Yesterday, Chi Chi Gonzalez went 7 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 0.42.  Hey, Major League Baseball retired that number!  If this pitching thing ever stops working out for Gonzalez, he can go into Eastern medicine, and open a clinic called Chi Chi’s.  Or a tea shop called Chai Chi.  Or a tea shop where all the workers are dressed in karate apparel called Chai Tai Chi.  Or how about a karate, Eastern medicine clinic that serves tea called Chai Tai Chi Chi’s?  Or how about a Mexican restaurant called Chi-Chi’s?  Or how about a karate, Eastern medicine clinic that serves tea and Mexican food called Chai Tai Chi Chi Chi-Chi’s?  I can keep going.  So what’s the deal deal with Chi Chi?  He had a 5.4 K/9 in Triple-A with a 4 BB/9.  I don’t even know why he was called up let alone has done so well.  Sure, he gets ground balls, but how big is Elvis Andrus’s mitt?  Seventeen feet wide and twenty feet long?  I mean, this is ridiculous.  Through three games started in the majors, he has a 3.3 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9.  Hahahahaha…Breathe, Grey, breathe!  I almost lost it there.  Wow, is that silly.  So, Chi Chi has been cha-ching, but if I owned him, I’d cash out my Chi Chi chips.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Scott Kazmir – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners (1 hit), 6 Ks.  I nearly made Kazmir the lede with the title, A’s Kaz Has Chichiburger, but y’all know what to expect of Kazmir, right?  A soft, velvety wool?  What?  No, a guy that’s good until he’s on the DL for three months with a broken forearm.  We have about eight more starts before I’d be selling hard.  Or as the hard-up porn actor would say, “Hard here!  Come and get your hard!”

Mark Canha – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  I was so close to making him my batty call yesterday.  Thanks, Austin Jackson, for filling me with dreams of action, you big bleeping schmohawk!

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Sixty more homers and Reddick will be way damn dirty!  I just said that with a Louisiana drawl.

Billy Burns – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 11th steal, hitting .313.  Now at 64% owned.  Ya’ll’s reaction time is like that De Niro fella in Awakenings.  Damn, can’t shake this drawl.

Sam Fuld – 3-for-4, 1 run and his 5th steal.  Th-th-that’s all folks!

Rafael Soriano – Not expected to join the Cubs until after the All-Star break.  Good, gives Maddon time to shuffle through five more closers for largely no reason.

Tsuyoshi Wada – 3 IP, 3 ER.  Thank your deity of choice that I didn’t go back in for another stream with him after his last shellacking.  Wada don’t know, Wada won’t hurt you.

Miguel Montero – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Hector Rondon – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save.  I don’t think this is settled, but, yes, this is a good sign if you own Rondon.  Not that there was any reason to remove him from the closer role to begin with!

Zack Cozart – Out for the season.  The Reds beat reporter thinks Eugenio Suarez (1-for-3, 1 run) will be the starting shortstop.  I was reading the Reds beat reporter to hear about the latest harvest of red beets, so you can imagine my surprise.  Eugenio Suarez looks okay, but can I toss him in a salad with blue cheese?!  Suarez had 8 homers, 3 steals and a .256 average in Triple-A this year.  Scouts think he will hit .220 with below-average power and speed, but scouts also call everyone ‘kid’ and chew the ‘bacco, so what do they know?

Brandon Phillips – Out again yesterday with an iffy groin.  As long as he’s not out with Griffey’s groin, because that would be weird.

Ivan De Jesus – 1-for-4 as he hit leadoff with Phillips out.  De Jesus won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because I would never tell you to buy him.  See how that works?

Dilson Herrera – 0-for-3 as he returns from the DL.  Sometimes I feel like I’m just grabbing middle infielders for s’s and g’s.  Like, I’m always at a doctor’s office, killing time on my phone, and just cycling through MIs rather than reading the latest In Touch.  Though, I will say this whole Duggar thing is gripping!  Any the hoo!  Herrera doesn’t scream big power or speed, which is hard to get excited about in fantasy, but I still grabbed Herrera in one league, so there ya go.

Travis d’Arnaud – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  Honestly, you people have made me gunshy about saying nice things about catchers.  Yeah, you people!

Brandon Crawford – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .287.  It’s about time he was moved up to third in the order, isn’t it?  I mean, Angel Pagan (0-for-2, hitting .279 with zero homers on the year) doesn’t need to be hitting there, does he?  C’mon, let’s see the big brain on Bochy!

Wil Myers – 0-for-4, 1 run as he was activated from the DL.  At the point when the Padres game ended, my team was 0-for-12 with one run.  Do you see the difference he’s already making for my team?  I wouldn’t have had that run otherwise!

Andrew Cashner – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.16 vs. Julio Teheran 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.78.  This matchup was billed as “They Looked Like Number Twos In The Preseason And Now They Look Like Number Twos In A Whole Different Way.”  The bill that the matchup title appeared on was double-sided.

Matt Kemp – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 7th steal, hitting .249.  I’m not joking when I say the Padres scored six runs to win, and this was the lone offensive stand out.

Cory Spangenberg – 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .257.  With Gyorko sent to the minors (I have no idea why, he was about to come out of his slump!), Spangenberg played 2nd base and hit sixth.  And that’s about as positive as I can be on Spangenberg, though he does sound like a backup quarterback.

Jace Peterson – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  He will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, and if that doesn’t have you running back at noon PST than my name’s not Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it).

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  I’m about to concede he’s doing better this year than I thought in the preseason.  I figured he wouldn’t get pitched to, wouldn’t drive anyone in, wouldn’t hit for power, but none of those things have been a huge problem for him.  Not saying he’s all that better than Votto who was drafted about five rounds after him, but he’s not a Billy Butler-sized bust either.

Danny Espinosa – 0-for-4.  The Nats said they will try Espinosa in the outfield to get him more regular playing time.  That could be trouble for Michael Taylor.  Fun fact!  Lorde is working on her 2nd baseball-inspired song that also takes a swipe at the bourgeois.  It borrows Michael Taylor’s name and is called Lorde & Taylor.  Sounds highly anticipated!

Tanner Roark – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  I wonder if Tanner’s mom calls him a self-sabotager, because this isn’t how you pitch when you have Fister breathing down your neck for your rotation spot, and why is a Fister breathing on your neck?  I think Roark might’ve sealed his fate back to the bullpen.  And here I thought Mr. Roark didn’t believe in fate, but in fantasies.

Ryan Zimmerman – Hit the 15-day DL with plantar fasciitis.  I’ve poked fun at Sky for saying his preseason NL MVP prediction was Zimmerman, but I want to say I was only joking.  Zimmerman was as good a selection as any other player, assuming every other player suffered a Grade 3 quad strain in April and baseball, like truly no other sport can, soldiered on with the season as Zimmerman played every position for every team.  Then, yes, Zimmerman would’ve been the MVP and it’s not a bad preseason pick.

Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-4, 1 RBI.  This made me giggle.  The Mets were considering a trade for Aramis, but are not sure if they see a fit with the Brewers.  Talk about saving someone from themselves.  Who’s the GM for the Mets?  JB?  No, you don’t want Aramis!

Scooter Gennett – 1-for-4, 1 RBI as he was recalled from the minors after hitting better in the minor leagues than he has at any point in the majors.  It’s almost like the minor leagues has worst pitching!  I’d grab Scooter in deeper leagues, but he could get platooned, and I’d wait to see something in most shallower mixed leagues.

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  Two hits?  I thought Gerardo was a one-hit wonder.

Steven Souza – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  He’ll be making his seventh appearance in the last last eight Buy columns later today, which is bizzonkers to me, but there ya go.

Alex Colome – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (2 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 4.21.  The Stream-o-Nator predicted 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7.5 baserunners (2 BBs, 5.5 hits) and 4.5 Ks.  What a crock!  Colome wasn’t facing the Astros so how could he allow a half baserunner?

Brad Boxberger – 1/3 IP, 0 ER.  Some commenters were saying that Boxberger worked on Wednesday in the 8th because the heart of the order was coming up.  It’s an interesting theory, but he entered yesterday’s game in the 7th in a tie game with Aybar coming up, and then he was removed after one batter.  I’m not being daft, I don’t think Boxberger is the closer anymore.  He might get saves, but he’s not the “Let’s get him up in the bottom of the 8th for the 9th” closer.  I’m guessing Jake McGee’s the go-to guy now.

Kyle Kubitza – 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI as he starts for Freese at 3rd base for the Not Really Close To Los Angeles Los Angeles Angels.  Kubitza spent a year in Israel–Wait, that’s Kyle Kibbutz, different guy.  Kubitza offers a little of everything, and not much of anything.

Garrett Richards – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 3.97.  Quick get your hands in, the buy low window is closing!

Mike Trout – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Can we start one of those ineffectual online petitions to have Trout come up to bat to the song, Freestyle (Yo, That’s That Sh*t) by Diamond D, but only the end where he says, “And I’m out like a Trout?”

Albert Pujols – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Moves into sole possession of 15th place on the all-time home run list.  20 years ago he would’ve been eighth.  He’s still about three seasons worth of homers away from Jim Thome.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Sometimes I feel like my job could be automated.”

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  This is Giancarlo.  This is Giancarlo in beastmode.  This is Giancarlo in beastmode looking over his shoulder at me in nothing but a towel.

Christian Yelich – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting third again in front of Gian-novio, and his curfew was moved to 10 PM.  Here comes Yelich!

Jeff Baker – 1-for-4 nd his 3rd homer.  Damn, that was a tailor-made batty call.  Short schedule day and Jeff Baker is a lefty killer.  In fact, next year’s Serial is going to be about him killing lefties.

David Phelps – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.11.  It must be summer because the Rockies go from eight runs a game at home to looking like Nadir Bupkis on the road.  Even the Stream-o-Nator liked this Phelps start.

Miguel Gonzalez – Hit the DL with a strained groin.  There should be a company that supplies portable toilets called, It’s Raining Groins.

Adam Jones – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 10th homer.  I got Pac-Man fever!  Which, by the by, came on the radio the other day and how was this a thing?  That has to be one of the worst songs ever.  It makes Somebody Farted and Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer seem like a masterclass in song construction.

Nolan Reimold – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  Time for me to blow the dust off my post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-POST-post-hype sleeper post!  The Orioles called Reimold up this week due to his solid hitting in the minors, but I, honestly, have no idea what kind of playing time he’ll see.  Obviously, if he hits, he’ll play, but we’ve been down this road before and it’s been a downhill cul-de-sac with no entrance or exit.

Manny Machado – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 10th homer.  Macho macho Machado!

Wade Miley – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.07.  I just thought of something funny (not funny).  Imagine the Red Sox got to the World Series.  I know, improbable, but just imagine.  Now imagine they were facing the Dodgers.  Kershaw takes the mound in the ninth inning, the score is 14-1.  The score would’ve been 17-1, but Puig forgot to run on a three-run homer.

Pablo Sandoval – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs.  Could it be?  The Large Mound Of Bounce Back From Your Terrible Start Already, I.E. Rebound actually did something?  Nice work, bleb!

David Ortiz – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer.  The Comment Drop Magic worked again!  I swear to you, yesterday, there was a shizzton of comments about dropping Ortiz.  Seemingly out of nowhere.  Well, not out of nowhere, Big Poopie hasn’t been good.  For what it’s Wuertz, I would try to hold.

J.A. Happ – 2 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 3.72.  Meh, sometimes Happ happens.

Erik Bedard – Announced his retirement.  Rumors are flying that the Mariners could re-sign him.

Giovanny Urshela – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and hit his first major league homer after being called up the other day to replace Lonnie Chisenhall.  He looks like the regular third baseman for now in Cleveland and here’s what Prospect Mike said this offseason, “Urshela is exciting from a fantasy perspective because he has at least average power and can stick at third base thanks to plus defense.  He’s been young at each stop in the minor leagues and yet has handled himself with the bat.  The 23-year-old was a J2 signing way back in 2008 and is now close to reaching the majors.  He may get a chance to fight for the third base job this spring, but even if he returns to Triple-A he’ll still be one of the younger players in the International League.  Columbus (AAA) is a hitter’s park, but in 2014 Urshela hit just as many dingers on the road, and if I ever saw Grey on the road, I’d hit him.”  Hey, wait a minute!  Honestly, Mike’s more optimistic than me.  I look at Urshela’s minor league numbers (3 HRs this year in AAA; 13 the year before), and I’m yawnstipated.  Looks to me like a poor man’s Brandon Belt, I will call him Rope Belt.  If you’re in an AL-Only league, he’s an immediate pickup, but I’d hold elsewhere for now.

Shaun Marcum – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 5 Ks as the Mariners got away on getaway day about ten minutes prior to game time.

Ben Revere – Supposedly, the Mariners were interested in trading for him.  Here’s the kicker, Amaro asked for Paxton or Walker in return for Revere.  When a crappy offer hits your desk and you have one GM guess, that’s Amaro. When a crappy offer hits your desk wanting all of your prospects…That’s Amaro!

  1. Baggiejohn says:
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    As it’s morning here in the YewKay – rather than late at night where you are – I get to read your insights while sipping my English Breakfast tea and eating my hot buttered muffins, which are compulsory breakfast fare for all residents of this sceptred isle, as you are probably aware.

    Man, I just spat my muffins! And that’s not a euphemism. I think I’d read your write-ups even if I didn’t (mis)manage 6 Fantasy teams. Good work, Sir!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Baggiejohn: Good to see a fellow Brit on here. It’s always fun taking on the Yanks in fantasy leagues, then when you win you reveal you’re in fact English and live in the UK…always rubs it in that little more!

      We don’t all eat buttered muffins though!

      • Baggiejohn says:
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        @Swfcdan: We don’t?! Who knew ?

        It’s possible that not living so close to the hype helps … some players, you’d think they were Babe Ruth re-incarnated before they go 0 for 4 in their first four at-bats.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Swfcdan: I thought buttered muffins was UK slang for something else

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baggiejohn: Thanks! I was watching the Great British Bake Off last night, love that show…

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: Can’t wait for next season

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve gone back and watched old ones on YouTube, I’m addicted

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fabuloso, hermano!!

    a. Following Magoo’s scary story about Marte being paid a visit from the regression fairies, what three SPs would you target in a H2H re-draft league?

    b. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘Canadian Football League player Yoenis Davis was arrested for being in possession of 150 pounds of ecstasy. So bad news, Canada, you no longer have any ecstasy.’

    c. Have a nice weekend, Grey.

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Beastman: Thanks, Beastman! Love it!

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I think Magoo would agree that Marte’s power will come down (literally), but he’s not going to be worthless… I’d aim for around Greinke B. Ha C. Thanks!

    • ashtray says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I’d shoot for Greinke/Hamels/Price

      If that doesn’t work maybe Arrieta/Carlos Martinez/Wacha

      • Fungazi says:
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        @ashtray: Martinez or Wacha? That would be horrible return for Marte.

        • ashtray says:
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          @Fungazi: ok

  3. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    in a 14 team roto with BB’s and K’s for hitters and 53 moves left on year drop addison russell for alcides or hechavarria? (can’t believe hech in this convo)

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @A Wesley Snipes Life: similar question,
      2. in 12 teamers with OPS drop addison for any/which of holt/espinosa/tejada/aybar?

      • jacque jones says:
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        @A Wesley Snipes Life:
        Aybar/Addison
        Holt pulled this same Brock and Pony show last yr. It was a schmatato streak for the ages. Gotta Love the eligibility though. If Swihart goes down with injury you might add C to that list behind Holts name.

    • jacque jones says:
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      @A Wesley Snipes Life: ,/

      Wait and see, addison is holding his own and a great keeper at a shallow position and still young.
      Go alcides if you need steals

      Go Hech if he sticks in leadoff spot but expect some regression..he doesn’t have the track record to back his .300 avg. Check his babip.

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    Hey hey from Sweden (spelled hej hej, it’s super confusing, I think everyone knows me or needs my attention right away because I’m about to get hit by a Swede on a bicycle, but it’s actually just someone being polite).
    Thoughts on ROS in a ten team keeper: Crawford or Correa?
    Thanks.

    • jacque jones says:
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      @Matty
      Correa if you’re out of the running Crawford if you’re still in it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Ha! Correa, both should be owned though

  5. yellow king says:
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    Was offered Kemp for Velasquez. Should I take it or not?

    • jacque jones says:
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      @yellow king: Sell high unless it’s a keeper league. Velaszquez is only 23 with one decent start. I’d try to aim a smidge higher than kemp. Get the deal done before his next start. To max your return.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Grey:

        “Hi my name is Matt Kemp. My value has dropped to the point of being a trade partner for a rookie pitcher with one good start. This might have something to do with Joey Votto hitting more home runs on Tuesday than I have the entire season.

        I suck.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  6. pweeg in a blanket says:
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    points league (-1 for k’s)
    who do i drop out of josh reddik , kole calhoun, dickerson, will myres ?
    also got trout,puig & upton

  7. NJ All Day says:
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    RIP DUSTY RHODES!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NJ All Day: So sad, and a little funny, but mostly sad

  8. Aron says:
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    lorenzo cain or dexter fowler which is a better option to roster?

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Aron: I like Cain more

  9. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    kang or his name is paulsen in dynasty OPS league H2H 12 teamer with deep benches that make it pretty much a 14 teamer depth-wise
    norris
    E5
    pedroia
    franco/harrison
    segura/crawford
    LF upton
    CF cain/rajai
    RF polanco/calhoun
    util 1 spot
    DL mesoraco/morneau/soler
    NA frazier/tapia/t.anderson

  10. Todd says:
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    Great stuff, Grey. As a rule, I never LOL, but I laughed out loud at your “that’s Amaro” bit.

    So, what do you think of this trade in a 12-team points league?

    My Reddick and PFielder for their Rizzo?

    I’ve got Puig, Myers, Dickerson, Hunter, and Hamilton at OF and Cabrera at 1B. Fielder’s been at Util.

    Thanks, man!

    • Jason E. from the D says:
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      @Todd: Rizzo side

      • jacquejones says:
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        @Jason E. from the D: RIZZO ..go do it now then come back and finish reading.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd: Thanks! Rudy wrote Amaro bit, Rizzo side

  11. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    i’m assuming we’re still playing chavez in more leagues than SON would say (2.3)?
    NL only gotta drop somebody (or hope pedro gets DL’d) for pitcher spot.
    hundley
    rizzo
    rendon
    franco
    flores
    CI duda
    MI rollins
    OF (4) = marte/bruce/myers/k.johnson
    util (2) = realmuto/his name is paulsen
    BN owings/lake/pedro from PIT
    It’s Lake, right, from the playing time issue?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: oh, yeah, for those not in NL only or deep leagues, this team hasn’t lost once all year (it’s H2H), it tied once. and it’s done that without having a closer anymore, and when it did, it was cishek. (so it now loses 1/10 of categories per week every week). answer could also be paulsen, from playing time. Rosario has started at least twice against righty (and LF is gone with dick back) in last 4 or 5 games.

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    Downhill cul-de-sac, that was funny (yes funny)

  13. Beastman says:
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    Not sure if this has been asked recently, but what to make of Marte?

    Legit 25/25+ season or is the power completely unsustainable? Wondering if it’s time to sell high or enjoy the ride.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Beastman: see about 3 posts previous to Grey’s today post, it’s a entire post by Magoo just about marte.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Beastman: Agree with Beware… Magoo went over this yesterday, agree with him

      • Beastman says:
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        @Grey: Got it, thanks guys, missed that yesterday. Gonna see if I can grab a power 1B/3B/OF for him.

  14. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    you could call him extension cord belt, like that one jimbo had. I tried that once, it’s hard to get it to stay tied. People do in fact, rag on your cord as well (and i’m not talking about how some girls in fact do get very very horny on their periods, which is true)

  15. Don says:
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    Fact: I traded Correa to the Cozart owner for Richards last night.

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @Don: FWIW, I saw Correa traded for Ardolis in a redraft. And it made sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: Solid trade, I don’t think it’s a slam dunk

    • KarlJ says:
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      @Don:
      I did a similar trade a few days ago. Landed Bryant and Richards for Harvey and Correa

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    Is Paulsen gonna get everyday ABs? Him or Moreland as a hot schmo.

    Karns worth starting tonight in a 16 teamer? Think he’s getting close to streamer territory, same with Happ and Shoe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Moreland for now, I don’t know who Karns is facing

  17. Stanton in my way says:
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    Would you rather have maybin or mookie for Ros? Thanks

    • jacquejones says:
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      @Stanton in my way: Mookie..Maybin could be on the DL before you finish reading this.. ride the shmatato while he’s hot.

  18. Squidblob says:
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    Safe to drop Kevin Jepsen to take a flyer on Vincent Velasquez?

  19. The Rhino says:
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    Should I give up Donaldson for Altuve? I’ve been playing Cano at 2B and have Arenado to plug in at 3B.

    • Jason E. from the D says:
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      @The Rhino: No

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Jason E. from the D: Depends on league settings… if you need steals, then I’d consider it. If you need Power, obviously not.

    • seph meier says:
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      @The Rhino:
      Why not arenado for altuve? Hard call. Depends on league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Rhino: Arenado’a now in your UTIL? Bench? You’re not giving enough info

      • The Rhino says:
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        @Grey: yeah, Arenado is in a util spot everyday so I could use a hot schmotato there if I move him to 3B. I’m in 3rd in a 12 team 6×6 roto league. I lead the league in HRs but am middle of the pack in steals and average.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take Altuve

  20. Paul says:
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    Christain Yelich or Leonis Martin?

    • Paul says:
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      @Paul: Leonys martin*

      • Jason E. from the D says:
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        @Paul: Yelich

    • Walt says:
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      Yelich.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Yelich, it’s close

  21. bigbear says:
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    Just posted this to Magoo’s article, but was wonder what the Fantasy Master Lothario has to add regarding Duda’s days ahead?

    Dude’s been in a funk the last two weeks and I’m wondering if this is his regression or if it’s just a cold spell that he’ll pull out of. His BABIP (.331) is a higher than his career average (.296) and MLB norm. His HR ratios are lower this year, but his line drive rate is higher. Nothing wonky with K rate and BB rate. It wouldn’t be far fetched to think he’s just maturing as a hitter and squaring the ball better. I wouldn’t be shocked if this is just a funk and we see more HRs going forward. Seems to be a good buy low candidate. What say ye?

    • Harris Kiperman says:
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      @bigbear: Not sure if it means much, but Duda has not hit since being hit by a pitch in the knee. He was clearly in a lot of pain. Guy has a major leg kick. Long time to have a knee hurting and not have it looked at more seriously, but this is the Mets we are talking about.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Harris could be onto something, I don’t think BABIP matters for Duda, you don’t own him for him to hit .300, you want 30 HRs…I’d guess we see more homers once he gets in a groove

  22. Nico says:
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    Only fantasy can give you the dissatisfaction of starting Wong over Ortiz after Big Poopie has sucked the life out of your utility spot…

    Funny about the Ortiz thing, tho. Wrench in the Samardzija for Paps trade yesterday… If it turned into Samrdzija/Ortiz for Paps/Correa, do you like it?

    • Chris says:
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      @Nico: Have ortiz in my RCL has been benched for the past few weeks, but due to off days i switched him in my lineup yesterday. He knew!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: I’d take Correa

  23. UL's Toothpick says:
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    ‘Sup Coach Gray,

    Turned on the Reds broadcast to check out if Suarez was playing, as he is on 2 of my NFBC rosters. The announcers were talking about high school swimming in Ohio. He looks decent considering I have Aviles in my MI slot.

    You think Suarez xan hold that job down? I guess Aviles is a band-aid until Lindor is called up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @UL’s Toothpick: Ha! Their announcers are so bad… I’d prefer Aviles, but Suarez and him are likely a pick em

  24. alcohol abuser says:
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    Hey Grey,

    ROS what side do you like better?

    Pedroia / McCullers or Kinsler / Samardzija / Kazmir?

    Thanks!

  25. J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Shallow 10 teamer, 5×5

    C- CSantana
    1b- Pujols
    2b- Wong
    3b- CDavis
    ss- HanRam
    OF- Trout, Pollock, Betts
    UTIL- Correa, Rendon
    DL- Soler, CDick

    Looking to activate CDick. Don’t really want to carry any bench bats.
    Thinking about dropping Chris Davis. (Slide Rendon to 3b)

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • J says:
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      @J: Do you like any of these wire batters over anyone else on my current squad (ie. betts):

      Hosmer (w), Redick, Yasmani, Souza

      • Jason E. from the D says:
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        @J: If it is a redraft I prefer Reddick and Souza over Betts. At least right now. Looks like you could use a little average help I presume, so I could see Hosmer over Chris Davis as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: I’d drop Betts for CDick, you have no room for these waiver guys

  26. TOGMAN says:
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    Ramos or d’Arnaud? 12 team H2H 6×6 OPS

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @TOGMAN: Travis

      • Bro Jackson says:
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        @Grey: Weiters

  27. Hern says:
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    I was offered Freeman for Carlos Martinez and McCullers. Take it?

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Hern: I would.

      • Hern says:
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        @Grey: Thanks gentlemen, I got greedy and countered with C-Mart, Mcullers for Freddie and Chapman to no avail…

        But I still picked up Freeman with the initial trade! Thanks for the replies!!!

  28. PK says:
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    I’m surprised you didn’t mention anything about Chi Chi leading to Hepatitis A.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Haha

  29. I need to apologize to Phillies nation.

    It was me.

    I called the Seattle FO and pretended to be Amaro. Here is video evidence…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Maikel: HA! You shouldn’t pick candy off of Maikel’s butt either

      • ha! gimme that sweet, sweet, can

  30. Bob says:
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    Hittertron is down on Avisail Garcia for today.
    Human input time.
    Who would you rather play: Garcia @ TB facing Andriese or Souza v. CHW facing Danks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Souza

  31. Clint says:
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    Whatever Pablo & Ortiz found in the dugout, could they please pass it to the left hand side a few more times so Rusney can look more like his hype for the season along w/90% of the Red Sox roster? I can’t tell if these guys are great buy lows or this is going to be a lost season for their annually-hyped team. How Miley can have a shouting match for being pulled after that horrid start is beyond me. And don’t get me started on the Nationals…..

  32. fastfrog says:
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    Do you like Locke as a streamer today? He’s @home vs. the Phillies.

  33. E says:
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    Hey Grey — I got a couple extra bats now with Dickerson and Wil Myers coming off the DL. I’m looking to get one more safe starter to round out my rotation. Would giving up Myers for Tyson Ross be too much? Or Dickerson for Garrett Richards. I’d like to get rid of the injury risk with one of these guys, but am I aiming too low?

    Thanks for the notes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @E: I’d take Richards

  34. Dingbat says:
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    Who’s that baby-faced 3B who likes to flash his big-boy muscles? Just a guy I like to call Manly Muchacho!

    Dude is making me feel like a genius for passing on Wright, Panda, and Zimmerman and snagging Machado with an $8 bid.

    For my question, I’m leaning toward starting:
    Wood (@NYM, good matchup),
    Hutchison (@BOS, he’s been money for the past month),
    Zimm (@MIL, good matchup and he’s still a’ight), and
    Salazar (@DET, lousy matchup but I love him).

    Do you agree, or should I sit Hutchison?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dingbat: Nice! I’d start all except Hutch

  35. C says:
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    I offered my S. Gray and A. Russell for his J. Altuve. He countered with his J. Altuve and M. Shoemaker for my S. Gray and C. Correa. 12 team redraft 6×6 roto. I don’t care about Shoemaker. Correa is my starting SS and Russell is my starting 2B. My other SP are G. Cole, C. Archer, J. deGrom, N. Syndergaard, E. Rodriguez and V. Velasquez.

    Thoughts?

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @C: I don’t like it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C: I’d take Altuve

  36. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Excellent round-up. The comment about Cory Spangenberg is the most true thing I’ll read all week.

    Meanwhile, my relationship to the Cubs bullpen is like Michael Corleone’s relationship to the Mafia, and will likely end just as well: WIth me, on the marble steps of an opera house, holding my team WHIP in my arms and silently screaming “STROPPPPPPPPP!!!!” I picked up Kevin Gregg, so the cycle of self-abuse would be complete.

    I have both Clay Buccholz and Eduardo Rodriguez (DON’T BE JEALOUS). I’m sitting Clay at home against Toronto — but what about Rodriguez on Sunday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks! Sounds like a mashup of Eisenstein’s baby carriage and The Godfather… I’d start Eduardo

  37. Gern Blanston says:
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    ROS -Miguel Montero or Travis d’Arnaud ?

  38. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Looking fir streamer. CC (@BAL) and Latos (vs COL) are at $5 and $6 respectively. Leake (@CHC) is at $-8. Is this one of those instances where I got to fall back into the SON’s arms are to with Latos, or go against it because Leake has been serviceable as of late?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @The JoGarza: I’d try Latos there, Rocks suck on the road and Latos threw well in his rehab start, look at Latos careers numbers, if he is healthy he could be a steal for the 2nd half..

  39. liston says:
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    What do you guys think about this trade if I could pull it off.. My offer Pujols , Harvey, Bettances for Goldschmidt, Burnett, and Beltre ? I need more runs , figure if I could get Goldy that’ll help, or should I just be patient, Pujols is heating up. I need to get rid of one of my Mets pitchers. I have Harvey, Thor, and Matz. I figure Harvey have the most trade bait potential.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @liston: You’re giving up a lot

  40. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Great stuff. Streamed Marcum yesterday – patting myself on the back for being so clever (or lucky). Looking for strikeouts and K/9, which do you like for tomorrow:

    C.J. Wilson (OAK)
    McHugh (SEA)
    Nelson (WAS)
    Hale (@MIA)
    Hendricks (CIN)

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: Mchugh, Nice on Marcum

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: McHugh or Nelson, I’d look at SON

  41. Phil of the Future says:
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    BB,
    I saw a couple drop/sell Vogt questions. Hoping that gets him going on a nice run. One things for sure, that dude can take a walk. Love guys like him for OBP leagues, even when they go a bit cold they won’t kill you.

    I am so glad this bonehead GM/Manager finally woke up and relieved maybe Yelich SHOULDNT BE BATTING SEVENTH.

    Gotta love batting in the spot ahead of Stanton. Might be the cushiest spot in the league. Time for our little boy to become a man, G. I love Bar Mitzvahs!

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: I hear Collective Soul are doing a Fall 2014 Bar Mitvah tour

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Book them!

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: We can use the guy that did mine. I’m sure he’s still around. It was only like, 23 years ago I think…

        I’ll call him today once I finish pretending to work.

        P.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’ll be like 78 years old now, no? Perfect!

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: I think it’ll work out. It’s a family run operation and they say his son is even better than he is!

            This is going to be the best bar-mitzvah in the history of mankind.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think his son went to my cousin’s temple, this is lining up perfectly!

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: It’s Kismet!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t know her, is Kismet the Israeli girl that dyes her mustache?

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Probably! I don’t know it was always something my mom says when something all works out. She’s always goes, “It’s kismet!”

                    Prob yiddish or something

                    • Grey

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                      Maybe she’s referring to our mutual friend

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: It totally could be. I have no idea what she’s talking about half the time.

                    I’m leaving the office before anyone sees me. See you at the buy column!

                    Have a great weekend BB

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Lates!

  42. OneI'dWilly says:
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    Rank these keepers for next year? 12 team roto auction league
    Salazar $8
    G Richards $11
    Sonny Gray $15
    Carrasco $10

    Cory Spangenberg blurb – Football?! Gray’s branching out!

  43. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey, great work as always! I am in a 16 team league and my SS was unfortunately Danny Santana. I have Jung Ho Kang currently but wanted to get your thoughts on whether Brock Holt could be a better option now that John Farrell indicated he’ll be starting regularly. Thanks for the help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: I’d want Holt

  44. I am the Walrus says:
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    Two questions:
    1- C.Anderson for real or is there a real slide for him coming up?
    2- I’m in a league where you need to maximize your pitching starts. I have A.Garcia on my bench and would rather replace him with a pitcher. I was offered, Carrasco for Garica, Sanchez and C.Anderson. It’s a lot but I have Paxton on my DL so someone would have to go in a week or so.. My other pause is I have Pence and Myers in my 2 UTIL positions and worry a little that they might not stay healthy. Do the trade or not?

  45. Harris Kiperman says:
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    Who do you like the best out of this group… Yelich, J. Harrison, Revere, Span, Ozuna, Burns, W.Meyers, Trumbo. I can go get 100 other names if you would really like to dig in, its only a 10 team h2h league with no DL. lot of good players around.

  46. ryanoger says:
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    awesome write up!

    Arrieta and deGrom for Rizzo which side?

    thanks grey!
    Ryan

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @ryanoger: Rizzo unless you absolutely 110% NEED the pitchers.

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Wilsonian:

        I’ll have no real ace. I’ll have Salazar, Fiers, and Lackey. Then I would pick up Heston, Rodon, and Vincent. Shallow league, but my hitting will be out of control solid!

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @ryanoger: I’d hold, sounds like to me you need the SP’s more than another solid bat..

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @ryanoger: how shallow of a league? If it’s shallow enough, I’d go with the offense and then stream some pitching.

          • ryanoger says:
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            @Wilsonian:

            10 team

            T Walker, T Ross and a few others are up for grabs even….

            • ryanoger says:
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              @ryanoger:

              I’ve got Matt Moore and Corbin stashed as well

              redraft league

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @ryanoger: absolutely go for Rizzo then. Pick up Walker, Ross, Rodon, Heston, and dump Lackey, too.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                You’re not going to play Moore and Corbin in your league

                • ryanoger says:
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                  @Grey:

                  Thanks all!

                  Grey you think I should move forward with this trade then…and roll with Salazar, Walker, Ross, Rodon, Heston, Fiers?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yes, you can stream

                    • ryanoger says:
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                      @Grey:

                      Thanks man!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  47. thegreater says:
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    This is one of those pathetic “help me with everything” posts, so feel free to ignore.

    Third in 10 team league, killiong most offensive categories. Pitching is a complete wreck. So my staff of starters (after the nightmare of Teheran) is below, and is still a nightmare:

    Arietta
    Hammel
    Jesse Chavez
    Ross
    Cashner

    Obviously last in my 6×6 in WHIP, 3rd to last in ERA, dying in Ks. I have Encarnacion, Miggy, Chris Carter, Chris Davis, Todd Franzier as CI guys to trade

    FA SPs include Erasmo Ramirez, McCullers, Eduardo Rodriguez, Heston, Morton, Chi Chi, Maurer.

    I recognize there are a ton of variables, but if you were to throw a trade chip, which CI would you use? Which FAs in the meantime would replace Ross and Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thegreater: Eduardo over Cash, you should stream…Carter or Davis

  48. Jack says:
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    B. Phillips or J. Peterson?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Jack: Jace

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: Agree with MP

  49. Hal Incandenza says:
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    I read that Aramis also committed an error. Maybe now you’ll understand the Mets’s interest.

  50. Charles says:
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    Good morning Grey. I’m in a points league where pitchers bring in the most scoring (50pts per win, -15 pts per loss, 2.5 pts per K, -2.5 pts per ER, -1 pt per BB). I have both Salazar SON $20.2 @ Detroit vs Price SON $20.6. Which one should I start or do I start both?

    Also should I start Hammel SON $17.1 at home vs Cueto?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Charles: start em all..

  51. Walt says:
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    Deep keeper. Spent $27 on Longoria for the power. Him got none. I have Seager, Franco, and Bleb. I’m buried in 6th, 27 pts back of first, and there are other categories that need addressing. Is Longo worth holding at this point?

    • Grey

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      @Walt: Yup, or trade

  52. Dommattingly says:
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    Roark, Taijuan, or Fiers ROS?

  53. Jon says:
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    Add over Hahn? Tai Walker, Rodon, Hutchison, Fiers, Shoemaker

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Jon: I like Walker the best, he looks like he is about to go off big time..

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Get ready for the next 4IP, 7ER, 10 hits, 5BB, 4 K

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Fiers

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Jon: Rodon or Hutch

  54. Jon says:
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    McGee, Jepsen, Strop, or Carson Smith?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Jon: McGee

    • Grey

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      @Jon: Agree with MP

  55. Dan says:
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    Since I traded Pujols/McHugh for Fielder, Pujols has hit 8 homers and Fielder has hit 0 homers. Do you think Pujols slows down and Prince gets going again? If he doesn’t, I will end up like DeNiro in Awakenings.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Dan: I would never have made that trade..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: I just said to sell Fielder last week, not buy him

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dan: Thank you for playing. Try again next year.

      • Dan says:
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        Does everyone here realize Grey OK’d this particular trade at the time I made it, when I asked whether to do it or not. That’s what you do here, you ask for advice. Of course, things were different then. Prince was good. Albert was bad. Hindsight strikes again.

        • Grey

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          Hopefully it works out!

        • JeFFFFFFFFFF WiTh 10 F's says:
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          @Dan: I have a hard time thinking Grey would say buy Fielder..he hates that fat bastard…maybe he thought you were getting Pujols

        • Cram It says:
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          @Dan: I don’t know how we would realize that.

  56. Wilsonian says:
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    Can you pick two for now and in the near future from this group:

    Avisail
    Moss
    Souza
    Reddick
    Maybin

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

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: so if I already had Reddick and Maybin, you would dump both of them for Avisail and Moss? Avisail the first pickup?

        • Grey

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          Yup and yup

  57. Jon says:
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    Would you be looking at any of Ahmed, Aybar, Flores, Jace Peterson, Hechevaria, Matt Duffy, or Brad Miller over Kang?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Jace

  58. Alex says:
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    I’m trying to upgrade offense for pitching, looking at Salazar, DeGrom, or Carlos Martinez.

    How does Vogt for Salazar or Vogt for DeGrom look? Just picked up D’Arnaud, and I feel safe with him going forward as catcher.

    Or should I try a lower level move, like Kendrys Morales for C. Martinez?

    Other moveable offensive pieces are Braun, JD Martinez, Avisail, Pujols.

    Thanks for chiming in–I always have trouble getting rid of productive offense, but right now I have 3 offensive bench players, so someone has to go.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Alex: I would try all 3 of those offers and see if any get accepted…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: I’d take Salazar or deGrom, not the Morales one

  59. FGL says:
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    One utility spot available. Who do I start?

    Myers vs Kershaw

    Hosmer vs Jaime

    Colabello vs Kelly

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @FGL: Cola

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FGL: Hosmer

  60. Paul says:
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    Castro or Rollins

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Paul: Castro

  61. PurpleStickyNote says:
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    To hold or pull the trigger on one of the 2 trades:
    My Pujols…
    1- Pujols for Cueto
    2- Pujols and McCullers for Grienke

    H2H league. 7×7 OPS, TB, QS, L
    Lead the league in homers by a decent margin. Current starting staff:
    Arrieta, Carrasco, Chavez, Wood, Shelby, McCullers, Heston (Iwak and Corbin on DL)

  62. Relsh says:
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    Belated appreciation for yesterday’s post title “Wolgang Ahmeniscus Cozart”, honestly how many offers has the NY Post made for you to be their Sports section headline writer?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Relsh: The Post has made no offers to Grey, Rudy does the headlines..Its Rudy the Post needs!

  63. Chris says:
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    In a 10 team H2H keeper points league I have Miller on the DL. Picked up K-Rod (do people still call him that?) i could still pick up casillas instead but those are the best two closers avail. was offered Aoki and Betances for my Carlos Gonzalez. Do i overeact and do the trade?

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: or my carlos gomez for betances and C-Dick

  64. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Had a similar line with Myers yesterday too.

    Is it time to sadly drop Ca$hner for Shoe, Hendricks, May, Warren, Beuhlre, C Anderson, or Velasquez?

    I need the most help in ERA + WHIP…

    Thanks!

  65. Sausage says:
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    Have harvey and pederson who can both be kept in my keeper. Thoughts on trading them for Rizzo and greinke, rizzo who can be kept at same round as pederson. Wouldn’t be able to keep greinke. I’m
    In second place in my league and thinking this trade helps me more for now with the pitching upgrade, although I would love to control harvey for many years forward. What’s your thoughts. Also if he wants more would a throw in of kendrys morales be too much? Thanks.

  66. J-MoneyIV says:
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    Have to bring Dickerson off my DL, but not sure who to drop.
    12 Team Yahoo 6×6 (OPSxQS)

    C: Santana
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Wong
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Escobar
    OF: Brantley, Marte, Souza
    UTIL: Braun, Reddick
    BN: Fowler, Myers, Duda

    SP: Arrieta, Kluber, Walker, Heston, Carrasco
    RP: Familia, Tolleson, Ziegler, Carson Smith

    I think it has to be one of the closers, but not sure which one.

    Thanks in advance. Also, which OF would be fair to trade for DeGrom?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-MoneyIV: Smith…Myers or Duda and Reddick

  67. VRugg says:
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    Grey,
    Just wanted to say thanks for another week of great recaps and advice. Have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VRugg: Thanks you too!

  68. Brade says:
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    I vommed a little when you mentioned Billy Butler’s bust

  69. RicoSuave says:
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    Great as usual Grey!!! Thanks for making Fantasy Baseball even more enjoyable!

    14 team H2H weekly points league…

    I picked up Correa ( also have Starlin Castro)

    Got offered G. Richards, G. Polanco and Carlos Rodon for my D. Fister, Y. Cespedes and S. Castro

    What do you think? Should I do it? How close is it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks! It’s close, take it if you need pitching

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey:
        This is my team right now… what do you think? Do I need pitching?
        C Matt Wieters
        1B Brandon Belt
        2B Kolten Wong
        3B Nolan Arenado
        SS Starlin Castro
        OF Yoenis Cespedes
        OF Starling Marte
        OF Giancarlo Stanton
        U Joc Pederson
        SP Mike Fiers
        SP Cole Hamels
        SP Lance McCullers
        SP Eduardo Rodriguez
        SP Michael Pineda
        RP Kenley Jansen
        RP Joakim Soria
        RP Alex Wood RP,SP
        Bench
        SS Carlos Correa
        SP Tsuyoshi Wada
        SP Trevor Bauer SP
        SP Nathan Eovaldi
        SP Jesse Hahn
        SP Alfredo Simon
        SP Hisashi Iwakuma (DL)
        SP Doug Fister (DL)

        Thanks again Grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looks good for a 20 team league

          • RicoSuave says:
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            @Grey:
            what does that mean?

            • RicoSuave says:
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              @RicoSuave:
              so, I guess it looks pretty weak sauce! :(

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @RicoSuave: Was answering on my phone, misread…. It looks okay, not great…Should be fine, prolly needs help

                • RicoSuave says:
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                  @Grey: yeah, lost Cobb, Waino and Stroman … so, I’ve been picking up guys you recommend… Do I need to make that trade?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Trade seems to work for you

                    • RicoSuave says:
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                      @Grey: Thanks GREY

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

                • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                  @Grey: I love this answer

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I like the new extended F’s!

  70. Roger Podacter says:
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    Greyt writeup, Grey!

    Who do you like ROS @ SS – Starlin Castro, Jean Segura, B Crawford or A Hechavarria?

    Stats are R, 2B, 3B, HR RBI, SB, BB, K and AVG

      • Roger Podacter says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Greyskull!

        Have a great weekend dood.

  71. Jack says:
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    Someone in my 10 team league just dropped Tyson Ross. At first I was thinking whaaaaaaat? But after looking at his stats I see that he’s a whip killer with a league average era. I know he’s a good pitcher but the SD defense is by far the worst in MLB. Siera, xFIP and FIP all look good for him but I don’t think any of those take defense into account. Every single one of SD key pitchers are ALL underperforming Razzball/Steamer ERA/WHIP predictions. This HAS to be the defense, right? Ross’s current ERA/WHIP is 3.81/1.53. What is your guess on Ross’s ERA/WHIP ROS? Would he rank in your top 45?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: Yeah, he’d be in the top 45, I just went over him yesterday

      • Jack says:
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        @Grey: I’m sorry, I can’t believe I missed that, though as of yesterday, I didn’t want to trade for him so I may have selectively ignored ignored your comment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, gotcha

  72. Dynamite Dan says:
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    Weekly transactions on Sunday league

    1. Would you drop Eaton or Choo to make room for Myers coming off the DL

    2. Would you drop the remaining player for a Hot Shmotato OF from your buy sell this afternoon

    Thanks!

  73. Scott says:
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    Oi. Tai Chi is Kung Fu, not Karate. Cust kayin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: I’m from Jersey, it’s the same thing

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: Say no more!

  74. JWRAY says:
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    Zimmerman v. Fiers today. Who do you start?

  75. NuttyButty says:
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    Hi Grey

    1. Would you start Johnny Cueto or Jason Hammel? Or Both?

    2. Would you start David Price or Danny Salazar? Or Both?

  76. NuttyButty says:
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    Hi Grey

    1. Would you start Johnny Cueto or Jason Hammel? Or Both? Or Neither?

    2. Would you start David Price or Danny Salazar? Or Both? Or Neither?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NuttyButty: Oddly enough, I’m reading this in a cave too

      • NuttyButty says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your help. And sorry for the echo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem, I was kidding

          • NuttyButty says:
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            @Grey:
            I know.

            Every time I read your articles I have a smile on my face. I’m smiling right now.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  77. AJ says:
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    Morning Grey being offered Jose Reyes/Gattis for my Buster/Kemp. What side you got? Currently have Lucroy and SS are Dee Gordon/Segura, OF Stanton/Puig/Joc/Fowler/Harrison/Kemp. Gracias!!

    • AJ says:
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      @AJ: Also have HanRam

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ: Kemp side

  78. Scott says:
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    I was trying to choose between Ryan Raburn and Nolan Reimold for my batty call yesterday. Made the wrong choice, obviously.

  79. Marcus says:
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    Should I trade Wacha for Beltre or Manny Machado? I have Porky Sandoval platooning all over my 3B and would like to trade up.

  80. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Lost Miller, Betances or Jesse Chavez in my RP spot..

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: Don’t need saves, its a points league, looking fora most points per week guy..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Chavez then

          • Malicious Phenom says:
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            @Grey: agree, thanks for 2nding that..Have a GREAT weekend!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Did someone hack your razzball account?

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Cram It: LOL, I have a concussion, can’t make decisions without a pert’s help..

        • Cram It says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: You should probably hit the DL for 4-6 weeks.

  81. Smell The Glove says:
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    Both Ortiz and Sandoval were dropped. Which do you think is worth betting on a rebound from? Both would be UTL’s for me.

  82. FrankGrimes says:
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    Yelich over Heyward?
    I’m going to finally drop one fuck it!

  83. royce! says:
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    I accidentally dropped Ortiz in the Original Recipe RCL a few days ago. Decided that it was for the best and then today was able to pick up Pence off of waivers. So, probably the best move I’ve made all season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: Pence’s injury worries me, prolly lateral

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Meh, probably, but if Pence hits the DL, the spot he opens up will probably be worth more than Ortiz, especially because Papi was only eligible at DH. I mean, for god’s sake, he’s hitting .220 ./296/.385, his GB are up and FB are down, his hard hit % is down…and he’ll probably start hitting .330/.400/.900 now that I dropped him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can’t argue with that, could go either way

  84. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    must sit 2

    franco away vs locke
    ozuna home vs kendricks
    span away vs fiers
    tomas away vs BUM
    j ups home vs Kershaw

    if you had fiers would you start him home vs WASH? the machine likes it do you?

  85. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    holt or forsythe ROS

  86. Jack says:
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    Gomes or d’Arnaud ROS?

  87. Joe says:
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    Trade question in a 12 team 5×5 keeper league. Players are kept based on round value. I’m in 3rd and my weakest category is stolen bases. Would you trade Tulo (round 1 value) for Springer (round 10 value). I would then move Correa into my shortstop. In OF, we start 4 and I have Cutch, Souza, Maybin, Avisail, and Calhoun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: I’d take Springer

  88. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Trying to work out a trade for McCullers and Storen.

    Who is the more expendable of Alex Wood or Colin McHugh?

  89. stumanji says:
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    Everybody knows that beets are best with goat cheese, not blue cheese. STICK TO FANTASY BASEBALL, OVER-THE INTERNETZ NERD!

  90. OKC says:
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    11-team, AL-only keeper league. Start 9 pitchers (SP or RP). My closers are Miller and Britton. I currently am in first overall, including saves where I have 7 saves over the second place guy. Obviously though I’m a bit worried about Miller. Would you trade Chen ($7) for Cecil ($1)? My other P are Kluber, Salazar, Quintana, Hahn, Karns, Hutchison, McCullers, Miley, O’Day, Bundy, and Medlen (DL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OKC: I’d take Cecil

  91. MikeZ says:
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    Grey — 5×5, 12 team with no bench I was able to pick up Gio off of waivers. So who to drop? I’ve got McHugh, Wood, E.Rodriguez and McCullers as my 4 bottom SPs. Mccullers seems like the odd man out here, right?

  92. Ty says:
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    Great write-up sir. Can’t wait for todays B/S column. Rank ROS …

    Latos
    Mchugh
    Morton
    Hutch
    Elias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hutch, McHugh

      • Ty says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! where would fiers fit in here. I’m always forgetting someone

  93. Brian says:
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    1. Please rank for ROS for Utility bat
    Heyward, J. Harrison, R. Howard, L. Martin

    2. Mesoraco or Norris ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leonys…devin

  94. Nate says:
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    What is up with the Toronto closing situation? Brett Cecil has 2 saves all season, 0 in the last month plus. Yet, he’s their actual closer. Is it worth hanging onto him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • ashtray says:
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      @Nate: Toronto hasn’t had any save situations. There’s nothing wrong with Cecil. The offense just scores too many runs.

  95. mzyptlk says:
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    Trade JD for a closer? McGee frinstance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  96. knucks says:
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    jace, lindor, or russell for a MI slot ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jace

  97. JP says:
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    Dear fellow Razz readers. Please don’t be an idiot like I have been. For years I have enjoyed Razzball for the articles, the humor and most notably the knowledge. It is my first read of the day and the first site I check when I grab the computer. I must have been mesmerized by Grey’s mustache in the little picture across the “Buy a Daiquiri” banner and never had clicked on that to donate to the cause. I did yesterday for the first time and feel like a brand new man after Grey gave me the cyber man hug. Please take a minute buy a Daiquiri and say thanks to Grey and the crew for their awesome work. Grey I am sorry it took me so long to figure this out and thank you again for your knowledge and sense of humor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, No problem… Thanks!

    • mzyptlk says:
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      @JP: Agreed

  98. jojo says:
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    my Springer for Kipnis.

    fair trade?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @jojo:

      Springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, Springer

  99. Bro Jackson says:
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    Can we just put Edwin on the DL already? Something is not right at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  100. Wild Thing says:
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    Have my eyes on Correa but also I own Bogaerts. How much better do you think Correa is than Bogaerts in a dynasty league? Bogaerts plus a lot more or a little more?

    This will help me craft an offer. I can’t tell if Bogaerts is figuring it out and about to start hitting for power or not. He is doing a good job of hitting pitches that are off the plate for singles the opposite way. Maybe he stops swinging at those and getting moved up in the order helps his power turn on? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bogaerts looks at least a year away, Correa looks like he could be special…He’ll easily outperform Bogaerts both in their prime

  101. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, montero > ramos? my ramos/ziegler for montero?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know what you’re asking

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: trade my wilson ramos and ziegler for miguel montero? or are ramos and montero pretty much the same thing?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re the same thing

  102. Sparty Scott says:
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    Full of young pitchers, but concerned about them getting shut down before my playoffs even start. Which of these guys do you think will be on an innings limit? E. Rodriguez, C. Martinez, or McCullers

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of them

  103. Voldemort says:
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    Soler and bauer for Jose abreu, Dynasty league. Id be getting abreu. Yay or nay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  104. Tom says:
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    If Matz is brought up will he have an innings limit ROS? I think I saw that they are limiting him down in the minors right now. Would you drop Buchholz for him? Buchholz’s peripherals look awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll be on an IP limit… I’d hold Buch for now

  105. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Traded Altuve – who starts in his place Jace, Delino, or Phillips?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jace

  106. J-FOH says:
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    I inked this in my DFS post today and I thought of you when I found it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oy it is humid!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: MC Search would be proud

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who are these guys?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: no idea, was searching for old jewish women saying Its so humid because I was talking about miami and that video came up in my search. I dont question the net gods

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sky is a net god, whatever happened to him? He manufacturing granola bars in Or-a-gen?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: he’s a DFS junkie and we lost him chasing the dollaz’

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I wonder if he got gold fronts

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: that would be the oddest grille wearer ever.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      seriously, some cornrows with that grille and we got franco from Spring breakers

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA!

  107. Mike b says:
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    Upton vs Kershaw or bruce vs hammel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike b: Bruce

  108. jaw says:
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    need a ryan zimmerman replacement – lawrie, aramis, middlebrooks, plouffe, freese, spangelberg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plouffe, then Middlebrooks after Kershaw

  109. Mike says:
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    Cargo or Corey Dickerson ROS??
    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  110. Mike says:
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    Jean segura or Jace Peterson ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

  111. The K'Zararkatron says:
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    Correa for Arrieta

    Have Crawford.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  112. Paul says:
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    Drop pence for yelich?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  113. jacks says:
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    I hear you on the Boxberger-McGee issue and you may be right, but let’s look at the game leverage index shall we?

    When box came in on Weds, it was 2.12, and yesterday, 3.66 (second highest of the season for him). He faced Trout again, and this time Trout won. I think the skipper likes or liked the Box v Trout matchup in high leverage situations and dictated his pen procession by that preference. McGee’s highest leverage situation this year so far is 2.36.

    Box was put into what were likely the highest leverage situations in both games, despite fact that he was coming off an injury. I don’t think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I understand, but he’s coming into games in the 7th inning, that’s a high leverage reliever, not a closer

      • jacks says:
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        @Grey: I think the Rays treat all their guys as relievers and not closers. McGee was never named a closer last year and Box never got deemed closer this year (so there’s continuity despite coach change). I think it’s likely he rides McGee for a bit, but wouldn’t count on that as a permanent thing. Frustrating.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  114. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Trade Drew Storen for CMart? again looking for most points per week..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  115. Malicious Phenom says:
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    How about this deal

    My Storen & Marte for his Kinsler & CMart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, it’s close

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: Storen & Rendon for Kinsler & CMart? better

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kinsler, close

  116. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    in the 14 teamer i see not wasting the move to grab somebody else at SS than addison, but what about in the 12 teamer where i get 8 moves a week. any of holt/espinosa over russell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sounds fine there, Holt

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Grey: BROCK HOLT!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Holt!

  117. The Big Yabu says:
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    Would you say that Soriano is worth rostering in a competitive RCL, in the hopes that he’s the closer in the second half? Or free up that roster-spot for MRs and batty calls?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not worth it

  118. Au shizz showers says:
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    Have both Crawford and correa and trying to flip Crawford to lock down my rotation… Him and mchugh or samardzija for Arrieta or Cuerto seem fair? Current rotation is g.cole/s.gray/salazar/Eduardo Rodriguez/mchugh/shark with Jo-fer on the stash

    Cheers u sexy beast

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fair, I’d take Arrieta first and send McHugh first

  119. Mitchell Freedman says:
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    Carlos Gonzalez or Kemp ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  120. Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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    that team that’s getting pieced up .
    it’s by standings as of sunday, and i’m 3rd-4th now. non-snake. 12-1, then 12-1 and so on. What about K-Rob and Wade? i would think one of them better than lesser closer/holds guys
    my roster was this
    OBP wolf
    hosmer
    altuve
    franco
    alcides
    IF bogaerts/moss
    OF mccutchen/trout/harper/pence
    Util pence/lind
    BN choo
    NA buxton
    SP – kluber/salazar/liriano/j.garcia/burnett/kendricks/velasquez
    RP -K-Rod/watson/ramos/mcgee/siegrist/c.smith
    DL -walden/a.miller/peralta

    1. is k-rod or ramos my lesser closer such that i would try to grab K-Rob?
    2. is siegrist (since walden might be back) my least holds guy to grab Wade?
    3. i’m guessing choo is the drop if i get one of the hitters?
    4. i’m guessing hendricks is the drop if i get one of the SP?
    5. alcides or addison russell if it gets to that?
    6. is joe smith better option than any of my 3 holds guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Meh 2. Sure 3. Yup 4. Yup 5. Sure 6. Meh

  121. LOOGY & Messina says:
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    14 team h2H 5 keeper points league. Keeper prices are locked in forever.

    Proposed deal

    My Desmond (21st round) and Hundley for

    His Posey (18th round) and Addy Russell (22nd and final round)

    Do I need to sweeten? He needs OF- I have Betts (3rd rd) , Choo, JD Martinez (6th rd)

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Posey side, send Choo or Betts too

  122. Prime_Time_Players says:
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    Desmond for Dozier, what side do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier

  123. CMUTimmah says:
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    IS offering Pujols and Wong (guy has Brandon Moss as his starting 1B) for Altuve a crazy trade offer? I have Abreu as a starting 1B, so I would be trading a backup/Util guy for Altuve…

    I have Rendon/Souza/CDick in the Util in place of Pujols. (I’m going to have to drop a guy to get Cdick off of the DL anyway, so I would be dropping Maybin or Burns… )

    Is the 2B upgrade worth Pujols? I figure I should try to trade him while he’s on fire to get the most value…

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @CMUTimmah: I should note –

      This is a contract keeper league. Altuve can be kept 2 more years, Wong 4 more years. Pujols wouldn’t be kept (only keep 6) but could be kept 4 more years also…

  124. The Great Knoche says:
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    Feel better about accidentally drafting Urshella so early in NFBC now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  125. MikeZ says:
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    Is Edwin+B Moss enough to get Rizzo? or am I giving up too much? I picked up Lind, so I’m guessing that I lose about 6-10 HRs over the course of the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try it

  126. Great White North says:
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    I have Box in one RCL, McGee in the other. This means absolutely nothing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  127. 740 says:
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    hey Grey, 10team h2h 5×5.

    Yelich and Ozuna for Springer….who wins?

    thanks buddy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  128. royce! says:
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    Today is the 45th anniversary of Doc Ellis’ acid fueled no hitter! Which I discovered the other day while trying to find out if Heston was the only pitcher to hit 3 batters in a no hitter. Crazy that Doc only hit one batter, yet walked 8.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And Doc thought he was throwing with tentacles! BTW, I watched the documentary on his no-hitter, not very good, if you’re ever feeling the urge

  129. Warren says:
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    Trying to get Altuve. If my offer of DJ, Fowler, and Hammel isnt enough, which of these pitchers would you include instead:

    Price
    Arrieta
    Carrasco
    Salazar
    Richards

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Richards, Carrasco, Salazar, that order

      • Warren says:
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        @Grey: Gracias senor. Looking forward to the Buy / Sell!

  130. Grey

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

  131. drew says:
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    Someone in my league just dropped ian desmond, definitely worth #1 waiver right? I feel like theres something im missing.

    Also, brian mcann or wilin?

  132. Grey

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

  133. CalRipOff says:
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    Utility spot open. Brantley or Gallo? Both are facing lefties and brantley with his mini slump.

  134. Grey, looks like you are high on Brandon Crawford. You like him more than Prado for an IF spot the ROS? Crawford still under the radar.

  135. Atlas says:
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    h2h Avg. R. RBI. HR. K’s. SB’s.

    Who do you like ROS Chris Davis or Eric Hosmer ?

    If people were stranded on an island, and were only fed when Hosmer hits a HR could they live through the baseball season ? I dont think so.

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