Jake Lamb hit the DL with a stress reaction in his foot.  Now the Diamondbacks’ defense will go from Lamb to the slaughter with Yasmany Tomas taking over.  Yasmany makes Sandoval look like a gazelle.  Yasmany has the agility of an extra-wide trailer.  Yasmany looks like the genie in Aladdin, which means the D-Backs’s 3rd base shituation was Lamb-or-Genie, which is also a northern Italian farmer’s lamb that he hung a car medallion around its neck and rides around to swap meets.  I’d look at Yasmany in all leagues (yesterday, he went 2-for-3, 1 run with only one error!), because he does have power to spare — think 27-homer power — and he could surprise people with some regular playing time.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Prince Fielder – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, and the first one since he posed naked.  Now Verlander has no excuse.

Nick Martinez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA up (!) to 0.45.  I’m happy for him (I’m not), but I still wouldn’t own him in most mixed leagues.  No Ks for Nick, and you have no argument for that.

Leonys Martin – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd steal.  If he was dropped in your league, I wish I were in your league.  Oh, and grab him.

Chase Anderson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.00.  His peripherals suggest a guy that isn’t pitching that far off from a 3 ERA and he has a 8 K/9 and a 2 BB/9, which is code for banana Runts.  Hmm, that’s not the right code.  I saw The Imitation Game and I got full of myself.  It’s code for should be owned in most leagues.

Nolan Arenado – Sat out again with wrist soreness, but expects to return on Wednesday.  I wish it were Wednesday.  *intern whispers in my ear*  It’s Wednesday?  What a waste of a wish!

Corey Dickerson – Didn’t start yesterday, but told reporters that he felt like he could’ve played.  Minor quibble here, but if you could play, by all means, Dickerson, be my guest!

Tyler Matzek – 5 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (6 BBs), 3 Ks.  Keep going with all those BBs and he will shoot his eye out.

Nick Hundley – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Catcher questions start in 3, 2, 1…

Addison Russell – 0-for-5 as he hit ninth.  If they were going to bat him there, they should’ve called up James Russell.  Reality Check brought to you by Ivory Soap and Rudy Gamble.  If you click on Russell’s name, you’ll see his rest of the season Steamer/Razzball projections.  They’re, uh, conservative.

Starlin Castro – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  With all the prospects around him, you know the 25-year-old Castro is feeling like an over-40 actress in Hollywood.  Before the game, he went for Botox and to get his droopy eyelid lifted.

Welington Castillo – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Where’s the beouf?!  I will continue to contend that getting Montero this offseason was the worst move Epstein has made.

Starling Marte – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  It’s Marte Gras!

Mark Melancon – 1 IP, 3 ER.  Who’s next?  Could it be IROC Caminero?  How about Jared Hughes, who has been effective, but looked busted yesterday?  Or maybe T. Wats–Tony Watson, who we shouldn’t abbreviate and who has a 4.00 ERA?  I really have no idea who’s next in the pen.  Caminero is the sexy choice, Watson is the obvious set-up man and Hughes has been the best.  For now, Hurdle says it’s Melancon.  Hurdle obviously doesn’t own Melancon on his fantasy team.

Christian Yelich – Scratched with lower back tightness and could need a DL stint.  How does a twelve-year-old get lower back tightness?  Was he spanked too hard?

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer.  When he homers, am I the only one that sings a’la The Weeknd, “Giancarlo put in work, Giancarlo Giancarlo put in work, Giancarlo put in work, Giancarlo Giancarlo put in work?”  Okay, maybe it’s just me.

Dan Haren – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Phils.  Haren, just retire if you’re not gonna try.  Seriously, go full-Burnett.

Freddy Galvis – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .319.  I actually picked him up in one deep league because he was hitting and hitting 2nd, but yesterday he was back to the 8-hole.  8-hole in the corner ball!  Huh?

Ryan Howard – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  That comes out to $25 million per homer for the year.  Still early, he’ll earn it.

Ben Revere – 1-for-3, 1 run, RBIs and his 4th steal.  Revere’s back at the top of the lineup and the SAGNOF is coming, the SAGNOF is coming!

Carlos Carrasco – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, but pulled early because the Indians want to ease him back.  Not often pitchers look like they could strikeout 20 hitters in a game.  Carrasco is not that guy.  Carrasco is better than that guy.  Carrasco is the kind of pitcher that makes it look surprising when a hitter doesn’t strikeout.

Carlos Santana – 1-for-3 and a slam (3) and legs (2).  Without having to catch, Santana’s got Dyson legs.

Jose Abreu – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  The Grande Dolor!

Adam Eaton – 2-for-4, run, hitting .176, but looks like he’s coming out of his early struggles.  Definitely was dropped in some leagues, and definitely should be picked up in some.

Anthony Rendon – Finally, an update!  Rendon will begin a rehab assignment on Friday and could rejoin the Nats early-May.  Please return soon and save me from my Iglesias/Forsythe/Yunel FrankenMI.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 12 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Lance Lynn 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  In a matchup billed as “Two Guys You Don’t Want On Your Fantasy Team Until They’re Actually On Your Team.”

Matt Holliday – 4-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting .425.  Don’t worry, his back will start acting up around June and he’ll hit .200 for a month.

Kolten Wong – 3-for-4 and his 2nd steal.  Baby steps, Wong, baby steps.

Joe Nathan – Will begin a rehab assignment today and could be back by the weekend.  If you own Soria, you can only pray that Nathan’s ingredients (fragmented ligaments, lips and pitches like ass) catch up to him.

Kyle Lobstein – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.27.  Fun fact!  Lobstein is also an intimation lobster served in fine dining, kosher establishments.  “Irving, do you have the crackers, this faux matzoh shell is tough to break?”

Anthony Gose – 2-for-4, hitting .406, hitting leadoff on top of the Tigers’ lineup.  If you saw how many times people have asked to drop Gose in the comments, you’d think he was hitting .176.  Oh…*pounds out a chicken cutlet, fills it with spinach and ricotta cheese, rolls it up, ties it with twine, bakes it on 450 for 18-22 minutes, pulls it out and breathes in the aroma* …kay.  That’s the Chicken Florentine pause.

Nathan Eovaldi – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Tigers, ERA down to 3.12.  Let’s talk economical!  Yawn, can we not?  Hush, Random Italicized Voice.  Hush me?  I’m you with slanted letters, you idiot!  Eovaldi did those seven innings in 94 pitches and looked like he could’ve went another inning.  As I said in my rankings, I wanted to write an Eovaldi sleeper post, just never got around to it.  Why such intrigue?  Doode throws 96 MPH regularly.  Giddy up, Carlos Lee!

Stephen Drew – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer.  Ugh, I picked him up for the batty call on Monday, a day too early.  I blame, Siri.  Or maybe that’s iBlame.

Krispie Young – 3-for-3 and his 4th homer.  How is no one talking about The Curse of the Zombinos?  That curse is being near their clubhouse when they pump music from when they were young.  “A-Rod, is that Ricky Martin?  Turn it up!”

Drew Smyly – Could rejoin the Rays rotation on Friday.  I Googled Smyly, and found the Wikipedia page for smileys.  The smiling yellow face is owned by a Frenchman and he made $167 million in 2012 from the smiling face trademark.  Is it ironic that a Frenchman owns the smiling face since he’s probably too cool to smile?  How has no one done a documentary about the owner of the smiling face?  C’mon, NetFlix, get on this!  For those interested, the smiley Wikipedia page still smaller than Carson Cistulli’s Wikipedia page.

Jake McGee – Felt sore and pushed his extended spring training assignment back a couple of days.  He hopes to be back in the majors by early-May after clinching the extended spring training playoffs.  Go Rays!

Chris Archer – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA down to 1.07.  Since I own him in a few leagues, I watched him yesterday.  Slider was not just an out pitch as he used it, but it was a “You know it’s coming and you still won’t hit it” pitch.  Not against a Lastros-type lineup either.  It was more or less the Red Sox A lineup.   Aside from wins, Archer looks like a number one.

Wade Miley – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Be interesting to see how Boston honors him for his “That’s practically a perfect game for our pitching staff.”  I could see them giving him the key to the city.  If Schilling didn’t sell it on eBay to get Rhode Island out of hock.

Michael Saunders – Hopes to return on Friday.  Now is the time to stash him.  No, I don’t mean draw a mustache on his profile page pic.  Well, that’s not gonna come off.

Devon Travis – Sat out yesterday, nursing a rib.  “If he’s not gonna finish it, I will!”  Easy, Billy Butler.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-5 and two solo homers (3, 4).  Yesterday, Toronto was once again the 1927 Jays.

Dalton Pompey – 3-for-4, 3 runs, hitting .231, but in the last ten games he’s raised it from .111.  Won’t ever hit for a great average, but could steal a ton of bases.  Me likey Pompey.

Ryan Flaherty – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Still hitting, still hot schmotatoing.  Yes, I added schmotatoing to my browser dictionary.  So?

Mike Moustakas – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Could Mostsuckass be…Mustsuckless?  Wait, that doesn’t sound good either.

Alex Gordon – 1-for-4 and a solo homer (1), hitting .222.  He’s been terrifically awful on a club that is hitting everything.  Someone’s gotta pick up the slackakas.

Josh HamiltonAngels are ‘mapping out his comeback plan.’  This sounds like a Kevin Costner movie.   Is Costner going to move in with him and keep him on the straight and narrow while tending to his black daughter?  Is Costner going to have a screaming match with Hamilton in a heavy downpour until Hamilton breaks down and cries in his arms?  Is Costner going to tuck him in at night?  I have questions, y’all!

Hector Santiago – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.41.  Ah, the wonders of small sample sizes.  That’s what she said!  Yeah, he’s not this good.  Santiago is hot today, Chile tomorrow.

Johnny Giavotella – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Fist pump!

Kole Calhoun – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .293.  Or as Arte Moreno insists people call him, Kolé!

Drew Pomeranz – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA up to 4.24.  Brucely, I’m surprised Beane hasn’t become platooning corner men into the rotation.

Billy Butler – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  Butler said he loves hitting in Anaheim, because it sounds like And-a-ham.

Taijuan Walker – 5 1/3 P, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 10.66 (could it have gone up?).  This was against the Astros and Walker still had four walks to eight Ks, so it wasn’t hot butter on Kanye’s ego breaking the internet.  I’d want to see Walker do it again against a normal opponent before trusting him.

Nori Aoki – 2-for-5, 1 RBI and his 4th steal, hitting .344.  I’m crushing on Aoki so far this year.  Wrap me in Nori and call me Maki!

Justin Maxwell – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Camera starts tight on a naked man and slowly works it’s way up and we see it’s Maxwell.  Oh, Justin Maxwell.  Meh, nothing to see here.

Tim Lincecum – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Surprisingly, he didn’t seem a bit hungover on 4/21.

Curtis Granderson – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs, hitting .196 and in the leadoff spot.  Since the Mets are challenging the Bulls 72-10 record, it will appear to Terry Collins that it makes sense to have a sub-.200 hitter batting first.  Move up…Okay, maybe they don’t really have anyone else.

Kevin Plawecki – 2-for-4, 2 runs.  With d’Arnaud sidelined prolly close to a month, I’d give Plawecki a shot.  He was always considered a bat-first prospect.  Like Jesus Montero.  Okay, bad example.

Scooter Gennett – Hit the DL after cutting his hand in the shower.  Worst shower injury since Oz!

Elian Herrera – 2-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 1st homer as he took over for Scooter.  Herrera is a 30-year-old career minor leaguer and he gets put in the two-hole while Gennett was in the weeds in the eight-hole?  Oh, wait, that’s right, the Brewers lost their entire offense in the last four days.  I thought maybe Elian was getting favoritism because he was the feel-good story of 2000.  Well, feel-good until Elian was deported back to Cuba.  Just think of all the great healthcare you got.  Right, Michael Moore?

Mike Fiers – 4 IP, 4 ER and gave up grand slams in back-to-back innings.  It’s actually happened before, but you don’t know the player because he blows.  Hold on, it’s sucks.  Not blows, because that would add more oxygen to Fiers.  Stop, drop and roll your ass off my teams, Fiers.

Jason Marquis – 5 IP, 5 ER.  Putting aside the Stream-o-Nator, Marquis de Shat’s outing yesterday and the Brewers ten runs scored, for the next few weeks “vs. the Brewers” is fantasy baseball’s Golden Ticket.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a steal (2) and his 3rd homer, a grand slam.  Usually Bruce and a grand slam is a Jersey housewife’s dream that involves Springsteen, Denny’s and soiled lingerie.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer, a grand slam.  The Toddfather did you a favor, don’t forget it.

Joey Votto – 2-for-5, 3 runs and his 6th homer.  Maybe finally he stopped worrying about getting out in front of pitches.  It was almost homophobic how worried he was about pulling foul balls.

Zack Cozart – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and the double slam (3, 4) and legs, and has hit four homers in the last four games.  I added him before this game was even over.  I said he was a hot schmotato yesterday.  Today, I say what are you waiting for?

Devin Mesoraco – Has been out since April 11th, but pinch-hit yesterday.  I’d love to ask Bryan Price if there’s any reason at all why the Reds didn’t just DL Devin two weeks ago, then send him on a rehab assignment?  Bryan Price would probably just say, “Does this f******* benefit you to know?!  How the f*** does this f********* benefit you? What the f***-f*******-f*** does this f****** f**** f********* and another f******* thing, f*** you in the face, you motherf******** f***.  Actually, I’m removing my pants and going to jam your f******* fat f******** face in my beanbag.  You f********* cow v******* that got f******* by a big f******** ox.  Any more questions?”

  1. Alex says:
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    F*** that was funny

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Thanks!

  2. DT says:
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    Bryan Price is into some weird stuff!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DT: He’s freaky deaky

  3. Moustard says:
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    Ahh, nothing over a little swearing action in the morning, I swear!

    About Hurdle and Melanin and not owning him in his fantasy league…: Or does he?!

    • @Moustard: Hurdle has plenty of melanin…and melanin has plenty of hurdles…

      • Moustard says:
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        @Wake Up:

        Haha!

        Meant Melancon of course! Still not used to the autocorrect on my Macbook…

  4. Hooker says:
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    Filling an OF spot while the real CarGo mends on the DL. Actually, I have Ozuna on the bench, but what am I gonna do, actually play him!?

    Drop Dannys Antana for: Marisnick, Gose, Kiermaier, Eaton? Or hold tight on ole “can’t take a walk” Dannys?

  5. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fantastic work, man. George Ezra could not have said it better on Cozart!!!

    I need to drop Fiers. Need someone to say ‘Fiers in the hole’ for my inspiration.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Fiers in the hole….Damn spicy soppresatta!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @nick the dick: Ty, Nick! Tuning my classical guitar and can’t get high E to tune. I feel like the string is going to break from the tension. Will let out some of the slack and see if that helps. Really appreciate all your kind words. Best of luck in all your endeavors!

        Cheers,
        Ante

  6. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    1.already turned one top 30 pitcher in shoemaker to streamer land (happ today) in 12 teamer in last 2 days where 7-8 SP is roster sizeablely done. own any of these over fiers or just turn yet another spot into 2nd streamer (8 adds per week, so only so much). c.anderson/heston/sabathia/morrow/t.wood/santiago/hahn/m.gonzalez/hammel. only fiers/sabathia/anderson/hammel (not today’s but the next one this is daily-tomorrow transactions) get good or decent SON ratings.
    2. is fiers a hold in league where i only have 1 more add this week (i’ve gone from farq to walden to watson already in 2 days) and only decent SP left are c.anderson/karns/happ/masterson. also, i could drop cecil instead here (he’s my 5th RP when we can start 4, i have 3 current closers here). people grab good starters very quickly in this one.
    3. is shoemaker a hold in 14 teamer with 86 moves left on the year if these are around? no ERA here, just whip,BB’s,losses,wins, K’s.
    t.wood/eovaldi/santiago/haren/c.anderson.

  7. assy says:
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    would you start Jimmy Nelson against the Reds today??

  8. Swfcdan says:
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    God what a shituation in Pitts. Add Hughes over AJ ramos? Or use my waiver claim on T-Wats?

    Your boy Cozart maybe breaking out, just two years later than you said!

    • bigbear says:
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      @Swfcdan: That’s what I was thinking. He capitalized on some bad pitching yesterday though. I just dropped E-Cab this morning to grab Cozart and see where the pieces fall…

  9. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    3… 2… 1… Catcher question.

    Hundley, Zunino, or Plawecki?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I think Zunino has been asked about 20 times everyday since the start of the season. And the answer has always been Zunino. Fascinating. When you answer the phone, instead of saying “Hello?”, do you say “Zunino”?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Zunino?

          • JFK says:
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            @Grey: Malkovich?

  10. Bullwinkle says:
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    Two Grand Slam Alarm Fiers is smoking me out of contention, and Jimmy Paxton isn’t helping much either.

    Drop one of them for Jason Hammel or Joe Kelly?

    Also, I’m rolling with Santiago at RP in POINTS format. Speculate on Watson, Barrett, Giles or Walden for Ks & Solds, or ride Hector’s hot start(s)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bullwinkle: Hammel over Fiers… Ride Hector

  11. Swfcdan says:
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    My 16 team league seems to be loaded with hot start, potential breakout/ hot schmotato guys. How would you rank these guys on probability to break out:

    Snider, lesssuckass, Marisnick, A Guerr, Ackley

    Oh and greyt stuff today, hollarious.

    • bigbear says:
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      @Swfcdan: Mustakas, Marisnick, …gap…, A Guerrero, Snider, Ackley…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Thanks! Moustakas, Marisnick

  12. FilthyRIch says:
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    I have Wong and D Santana at my 2B and MI spots in 10-team 5×5 mixed. Would you take Addison Russell over either one? How about Cozart – you like him more than the other three mentioned?

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    Great post!! LOL funny.

  14. The Flayed Man says:
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    Hello,

    Just offered:

    His Price/Simmons for my Ross/Casilla/Pompey

    Yahoo 14 team roto 6×6 keeper{holds + OPS}

    C. Zunino
    1B. Rizzo
    2B. Wong
    3B. Arenado
    SS. Santana
    CI. Hosmer
    MI. Herrera
    OF. Harper
    OF. J. Upton
    OF. Heyward
    OF. Myers
    UT. Castellanos
    UT. Gyorko
    BN. Pompey
    NA. Frankal

    SP. Hernandez, Sarmadzija, Ross, Martinez, Green, Salazar,

    RP: Street Casilla, Castro, Barrett, Osuna, Giles, Kela, McGee

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    Are DeSclafani, Heston, and Despaigne worth long term roster spots? My pitching has started out terrible. I’ve got Zimmerman, Samardzija, Carrasco, Alex Wood, Latos and Hutchison. I’m thinking of dropping either or both Latos and Hutchinson.

    Thanks,

    • jal179 says:
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      @JWRAY:

      Hutch I think will be fine. Latos is white trash–dump away

    • bigbear says:
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      @JWRAY: Drop Latos, grab DeSclafani.

    • JWRAY says:
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      Dropped Laos for DeScalafani. I joined hat I Akuma was on waivers. Him or any of the pitchers I mentioned above?

  16. GJH says:
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    Grey,
    Chase Anderson over AJ Burnett or Jimmy Nelson in a 12 Team H2H League?

    Thanks much.

  17. Jangles says:
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    Plawecki over Ramos at catcher?

  18. Natty Boh says:
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    Trade Gerrit Cole and Micha Johnson for Neftali Feliz and Devon Travis? I have one closer, Kimbrel and after Cole my best pitchers are Tyson Ross, Hughes, Salazar, Alex Cobb, Carlos Martinez.

    • @Natty Boh: Feliz is not a good closer and is on a bad team..You can do better for Cole. HOLD

    • bigbear says:
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      @Natty Boh: Who cares about Feliz, I’d do it to get Travis. I don’t think Cole is as good as people think.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @bigbear: yes but this being asked to a guy who ranked cole 18th overall SP.

  19. He who hesitates...is lost says:
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    Hey Grey:

    I love this quick review of the day in fantasy baseball. Super helpful, especially in a deep league such as mine.

    I am in a 16 team keeper league. Weekly lineup. 5X4 (no whip), so pitching is slightly devalued.
    I am top heavy (spent too much on Trout & Cabrera), so I am thin as 3B, RPer, and OF (I just traded for Desmond, Crawford has been my starting SS). So here is my roster. Starting lineups include 9 hitters, 4 SPers, & 2 RPers.

    C: Realmuto Mia* (just picked up for d’Arnuad) & d’Arnaud NYM (DL)*
    1B: Cabrera Det* & Belt SF
    2B: Kenderick LAD & Travis Tor*
    SS: Desomond Was, Crawford, SF*, & Seager LAD*
    3B: Castellanoes DET* & Lamb Ari (DL)*
    OF: Trout LAA*, Dickerson COl, Gose Det*, Kiermiarer TB* & Pompey Tor*
    Utl: Guerrero LAD* (doesnt qualify for a position yet…its complicated)

    SP: Carrasco CLE*, Ventura KC, McHugh Hou*, Hammel CHC*, Nelson Mil*, Salazaar CLE, DeSclafani Cin*, & Anderson Cin*
    RP: Perkins Min & Davis KC*
    * Represents all players that can or will be (Miggy & Trout) next year.

    My questions:
    1) I am thin at OF with a couple of part timers (Gose & Pompey) & I am worried about Dickerson’s foot…I was just offered JD Martinez Det (I know you are not a big fan) for DeSclafani CIn straight up. Do I take the trade? I grabbed DeSclafani off the waiver wire before the season started. My SPing has been effective so far but it is hardly over powering. Martinez would be a rental, DeSclafani could be kept next year. Which way would you go?

    2) Travis Wood CHC SP, Walden RP STL, & Chris Young OF NYY are on the wavier wire. Do I drop anybody from my roster to grab any of the above?

    Thanks again for taking the time to answer my question.

    Look forward to reading the informative, well written, and highly entertaining content of your posts over course of the year.

  20. G says:
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    Hey Grey. Nice write up as usual. Trade question. Btw feels like my leagues is so much more active with trades early this year. Anyway, I was offered Ian desmond for my pederson and avisail. Pederson is my utikity and avisail platoons my second utility. I currently have danny Santana at SS. I have he option to keep pederson next year as a 10th rounder, but only have four keeper slots and i know three are likely filled with harvey, Abreu, and arenado. Arrietta was my fourth this year. I wouldn’t be able to keep desmond in this trade. Not sure I can take this deal and wanted to get your thoughts on it and if a counter offer of Chris Davis and avisail for desmond is giving to much? Thanks as always.

    • G says:
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      @G: one more thing to consider Grey. The league is a h2h category league which has avg and obp as categories. Say this encase pederson currently has highest ibp on my team at 462 as of now

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @G: No go. Not even close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Thanks! Agree with Phil

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    If Melancon is pulled it’ll be Watson or Hughes I’m guessing. Caminero doesn’t look ready to me.

    Don’t drop Gose, just pick up Rajai and you’d have one hell of a lead off hitter… albeit with 2 roster spots

  22. beanbag says:
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    moustakas sell high or can he keep this crap up?

    in a keeper league:
    moustakas/travis/alex wood/dex fowler FOR rendon/archer/fiers

    moustakas/travis/dex fowler for rendon

    alex wood/travis for archer/ cody allen

      • beanbag says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: I don’t think he’ll go for the first one (I wouldnt) but Ya never know..

        Thanks.

        • @beanbag: At least try and get Rendon and Archer, I’d stay away from Fiers…

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            @Malicious Phenom: yeah its a strategy of mine to target a guy i really dont like in a trade, then just drop them if it gets accepted. i feel like it makes the other guy feel like he’s “dumping’ someone to me

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    Im getting sick of Odors stench.
    Would you drop him for Valbuena? B.Miller?

    • trigger cut says:
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      @JJ: This is my question, too. Odubel also available in my league. Make a move, Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ: Valbuena, sure

      • trigger cut says:
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        @Grey: Gah! Valbuena got snaked out from under me. Miller or Odor ROS (gulp)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Odor

          • trigger cut says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I kind of hate Brad Miller anyway. I’ll practice patience with Odor. Thanks Grey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  24. Tigres says:
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    Salazar, Bauer, Carrasco @ DET this weekend. Start all three?

  25. beanbag says:
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    Alex wood or archer ROS? Is it close (we use qs over wins)

      • Beanbag says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: yeah I’m kinda thinking so too. Think it’s close or nah? I was scared of the AL east but when you’re on and dominating I guess it doesn’t matter.

  26. “Spanked? Pffft…” Father McFatherson said of the Christian.

  27. Mrsfrizzle says:
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    Would you trade wade Davis for koji knowing wade is (likely, most defineletly) out of a job in 2 weeks?

    Wade Davis/ avisail Garcia/ moustakas/ Travis for rendon/uhera/Hughes

  28. Nico says:
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    To be fair, Granderson does have an OBP of .362! 20.7 BB% ya bishes! But yeah, .196 is a terrible average… Just think about his on-base if he could hit!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nico: Metsies! Woooooo!!!

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: YEAH BUDDY!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: Yeah, saw that, that’s why they don’t have anyone else

  29. J says:
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    Hi Grey,

    10 Teamer, 5×5

    Dump shoe and/or fiers for any of the following:

    Rodon
    twalker
    chase anderson
    Hahn
    Latos chen tillman matzek wperalta porcello hendricks locke

    Thanks!

    • @J: I’d hold for now..I do like Walker better than Fiers..But that’s your call..

    • J says:
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      @J: @J: throw Happ, miguel gonzalez, milone in there too

    • bigbear says:
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      @J: Fiers for Rodon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: Rodon, Anderson

  30. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Get away from my ribs, Billy Butler!

    In a 2 catcher roto league, I’m rocking scabs Hundley and Plaweki in my C spots, with Darnaud on the DL. Sadly, Tyler Flowers and Avila are probably the “best” guys still on the wire.

    Was just offered Wieters (expected back in a couple weeks) for my Soria. It’s a large roster, so I’ve also got Chapman, Allen, Miller, and Boxberger getting saves.

    Get Wieters or hold?

    Thanks!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Ausmus said he would look at the closer situation when Nathan came back. Which is a huge back track from what he said earlier. He may be starting to realize that Soria is the better closer of the two. They’re out to win games, not make 40 year old relief pitchers happy. I think Soria hangs on to the job.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Phil of the Future: @Malicious Phenom: Thanks everyone. I read the same about Soria, I may try and hang on to see if we get more clarity but, in any event, given my lack of even a single legit catcher, I’m leaning heavily towards Wieters, assuming we hear that he’s good to go in these rehab games.

        Nice memory, Malicious! Happy to have accepted the trade (my Tanaka for his Myers and C-Mart). So far, it’s worked out great for both sides…but with the way Myers (especially) and C-Mart are playing, I don’t think I will miss Tanaka. As a Yankee fan, I’m thrilled to see that he’s still capable of putting a gem together.

  31. Mrs frizzle says:
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    Mustakas or Pablo?

    Wade Davis/dex fowler for kenley Jansen

  32. Fever Dog says:
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    10-team, H2H, 5×5

    Drop Fiers or Hammel for Jimmy Nelson?

    • Fever Dog says:
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      @Fever Dog: Here’s another related question.

      sp: kershaw, wood, latos, miller, hammel, carlos martinez, fiers, peralta, hutchison
      rp: hawkins (puke), britton, storen
      dl: smyly

      hammel, peralta and fiers are the candidates to get axed. my question is, which should i drop now for Jimmy Nelson, and which should wait to drop for when Smyly comes back?

  33. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Moobs, to Devon, “there’s still plenty meat on that bone. You take this home, throw it in a pot, add some broth, a potato… baby you got a stew going!”

    Unrelated note: I’ve been shooting trade offers back and forth with a league mate 12 team H2H – my sp.’s have been fairly terrible, and he has both Sale and Felix. He want my Goldy and Odorozi, and in return I could get something like Sale and Donaldson, plus Souza or maybe Leonys.
    Lineup:
    C (x2): Hundley, Vogt
    1B: Goldy
    2b: Devon
    SS: HanRam
    3B: Arenado
    2B/SS: Lawrie
    1B/3B: Mustsuckless
    OF (x5): Stanton, Jones, Joc, Gose, Tomas
    Util: Moobs
    B: Sanders
    DL: Weiters
    SP(x5): Lester, Shark, Odorozi, Ventura, Shoemaker, Iwakuma, Homer, Rodon
    RP: Robertson, Rosenthal, Betacnes

    Thoughts?
    Also Gose or Eaton ROS? I’m leaning Eaton just because of playing time.

  34. Rich says:
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    Should I drop Avisail for Tomas? Also which side for Polanco/Avisail for Odorizzi? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rich: No…Avisail

  35. Thomas says:
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    I have tears for Fiers today. May need therapeutic drop.

  36. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Need a LF to replace Yelich in 10-tm 9×9 H2H (it’s NetSB, and BB, K and TB also count). 19 moves left for the year so can’t rotate or sub on off days.

    Gose, Pompey, Snider, de Aza, Aoki or Krispie?

  37. Mrs frizzle says:
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    Salazar or Bauer ros?

  38. FilthyRich says:
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    10-team mixed 5×5. D Santana and Wong are my MI and 2B. Would you take Addison Russell and/or Cozart over either/both?

  39. Zach says:
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    6×6 OBP/SLG Roto League

    C: Vogt
    1B: Jose Abreu
    2B: Dee Gordon
    3B: Todd Frazier
    SS: Cozart
    1B/3B: Pujols
    2B/SS: Travis
    OF: J.Upton
    OF: Heyward
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Dickerson
    OF: Yelich
    Util: K.Morales
    Bench: Steve Pearce

    Moustakas is available and I’m picking up Granderson as it’s OBP/SLG and Dickerson/Yelich are concerning me, as is Heyward’s slow start.

    Would you trade a Corner Infield (Frazier?) and pick up Moustakas to boost my pitching staff?

    SP: Greinke, Arrieta, T.Ross, Bauer, Fister, Paxton

    Thanks!

    • Zach says:
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      @Zach: FYI it’s a 10-team 3 keeper…Morneau was just dropped so that’s an option. Would you try to sell k.morales high considering 1B depth on my roster/waivers

  40. Ghost ride the whip says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Which side do you like in a trade
    My duda, pollock & j-zim for his kluber & panda?

  41. jal179 says:
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    Marte is going to be a top 5 OFer… 20/40 dudes!

    Anyhoo, my OFers are feeling a bit run heavy with:

    Marte
    Cruz
    Yelich
    Pollock
    Avisail
    Leonys (bench)

    Would Yelich + Hamels be enough for Justin Upton? 10 nonkeeper H2H… Id really like an extra power bat rather than the trio of Yelich, Pollock, Martin…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jal179: Hopefully! Upton side, not really close

  42. Start Bradley in Sheriff Joe land vs the Texas Rangers…or is it a shootout?

    • bigbear says:
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      @Wake Up: Viva los Sheriff Joe! Y viva los Bradley vs los Rangers.

    • de nachos says:
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      @Wake Up: I’m rooting against Bradley with the heat of a 1000 melting Pablo Honeys.

      • Kid A says:
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        @de nachos: Anyone can play guitar, but not JUST anyone can dig themselves an inescapable hole after only 3 weeks.

        AUXILIO!!!

        • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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          @Kid A: that’s an old school radiohead drop.

  43. scott steelers says:
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    Best DL stash pitcher. J Parker, Beachy or Luebke?

  44. RePete says:
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    Who would you rather have in a 14-Team H2H Keeper League with OBP instead of BA;
    Springer or Betts?

  45. Q says:
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    Drop Fiers for Iwakuma?

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Q: I would

  46. stonepie says:
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    revere was dropped in my league so i grabbed him.
    too early to drop hughes? velocity down a tick and cc/chase look more appealing

  47. Bob says:
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    Roto 6×6 with OPS

    Hittertron likes Alex Gordon today and he seems to be slowly emerging from his slumber but I’m not sold on his production being consistent.

    Out of these guys, who would you play today?

    Gardner @DET
    Ozuna @PHI
    Melky v. CLE
    Gordon v. MIN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Look at Hitter-tron

  48. Hey-oh says:
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    Machado has been killing me in my util spot. Calhoun, Aoki, leonys Martin, and Michael Saunders are available. Should I drop machado for one of those guys or hold for now?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Hey-oh: Calhoun. He should not be available.

  49. de nachos says:
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    Delmon Young 2-4 yesterday, .304 for the season. Yeah former number 1 prospect.

    Yesterday you have stacked the baseball America 2006 top 25 list with Young, Tulo, Howie, Justin, Prince, Drew, Gordon, Butler, and Hanley and gone 14/36 with 3 HR and a stolen base.

  50. Boston Mike says:
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    Yasmany or Chris Carter?

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Boston Mike: Carter’s showing signs of life. When he gets going you’re going to want him on your team. The seismograph is starting to rumble….

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Boston Mike: FWIW…Yasmany is suppose to platoon with Hill

  51. Brett says:
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    Have Vogt at catcher and wieters on dl with plawecki available should I trade Vogt?

    • Brett says:
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      @Brett: or do I dump wieters to clear up some roster space?

      • @Brett: Matt Wieters (elbow) will catch 2-3 innings in an extended spring training game on Friday.
        It will be the first time he’s been allowed to throw at 100 percent effort since he was shut down last month with tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right elbow. The Orioles figure to slowly build up Wieters in game action, so it’s not clear when he’ll be ready for an official rehab assignment. He had been hoping for a return on May 1, but that’s looking unlikely at this point.

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Brett: I’d hold – Vogt is a much better player than Plawecki

  52. Cale says:
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    What kind of FAAB bid would you put in on Rodon? 20 man league, so there’s a bunch of FAAB money to go around and bids usually go pretty high.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cale: Out of how much

  53. JAL says:
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    Morning, for my 12-team 5×5 you co-manage, drop Pomeranz, Greene or Ike Kennedy for Paxton…or sit for now? (Or Cecil or Watson?) Thnx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: Pomeranz

      • JAL says:
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        @Grey: Yeah. While he may pan out, the swinging strikes just ain’t there and Paxton upside tasty, no? Also, as u know my format and innings capped and all, do we have the stones to throw Yimmy Shields out at Colorado? He’s been great but is that an auto sit? Cheers!

  54. Wilsonian says:
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    I’m going balls to the wall with questions here. First things first:

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    1) Who would you rather have of the following for now and the foreseeable future: Wong, Kipnis, Travis?

    2) Would you dump Rodon for a streamer or would you dump Reed? I’ve been trying to package some closers for a closer upgrade, and haven’t had any success.

    3) Picked up Middlebrooks for the next two days, would you hang on to him, or dump him when he leaves Colorado?

    16 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, l, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    4) Dumping Khris for Marisnick? Khris is my only bench bat.

    5) Dumping T.Wood or Hahn or Miguel Castro for: H. Santiago, Osuna, M. Gonzalez, Walden Pond, Chase?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: 1) Kipnis 2) Reed 3) Hold I guess 4) Ok 5) Meh

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: Kipnis was dropped, and I have Wong. Would you dump Wong for Kipnis or find another body to lose for Kipnis?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t worry about Kipnis then

  55. stoopid says:
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    Drop Fiers for Schoemaker, Quintana, Bailey, H.Alvarez, Burnett, Latos, Morrow…

    Standard 5×5 roto.

    Thanks.

  56. Steve D. says:
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    Anyone watch Rodon yesterday? Any concerns?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Steve D.: not really, but he just looked like nerves got the best of him. And he came in in a bad situation, and didn’t help things out. Then came back out the next inning and gave up some more. He’s also a starter who came on in relief – so not sure if that had anything to do with it.

      I’d hold tight in a deeper league, but 8-10 teams and I’d probably let someone else deal with the rookie pitcher struggles.

  57. Swfcdan says:
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    Osuna over AJ Ramos? Castro isn’t set in stone as the closer yet.

  58. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great ready homie, Hishashi was dropped in my league (12 team h2h), it would be my final acquisition of the week. Is he worth grabbing or does something look wrong with him? I haven’t seen him so I wasn’t sure if he’s just been unlucky or he looks done. Thanks as always.

  59. Scott says:
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    Ef me. I dropped Hundley after one game. So is the lesson here, keep a hot schmotato until they’re no longer hot? Or to not ask you catcher questions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: I don’t think he was ever hot

  60. Clint says:
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    As you said with the catcher questions, here comes a pair of quick ones:

    1) In roto, would you hang w/Zunino or snatch the recently-dropped Grandal?

    2) In an 8 team h2h, would you continue going without one & using the extra spot for a SP streamer or snatch one of Wieters/Gomes when they return (if the latter, which guy would you snatch)?

    And finally, I once cut my hand in the shower too. Did you know it’s possible to get a cut from rug burn even when using shampoo as lubricant?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: 1) Hold 2) Wieters Ha!

  61. Dorian says:
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    Man, what exactly is Trout or Goldschmdit worth? I figured an offer of Rendon, Addison and Springer would at least start discussions, but they were like “nope”.

    • Nojangles says:
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      @Dorian: I own both and I probably would’ve responded the same. Is it a keeper league?

      In fairness I would’ve considered it and had “discussions”

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Dorian: I’d tell you nope too. They’re the best two players in the game. Rendon is hurt. Springer has been bottled up hot garbage so far. And Addison (assuming this is Russell and not Reed) just came up and hasn’t done anything yet. No offense man, but you’re going to have to do A LOT better than that to get one of those guys.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @Dorian: I got offered Werth and Arod for my Cutch the other day, I responded with “that’s werthless.” In his defense, I have Arenado and it was the day after he was held out of the lineup, still garbage offer.

      • Dorian says:
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        @Nojangles:
        8 Keeper, 18 team League, 20 players per team (22 if NAs are used). With keeper value based on Round acquired (FAs being 20). Eventually will increase over time.

        Anthony Rendon and Addison Russell’s value are both 20. George Springer is 10. I figured since he seemed to be offering older players that he wanted to get younger. I informed him that I would be willing to include these 3 if he wanted some other guys. Just to increase the value he got in return.

        @Wilsonian:
        The entire discussion was started with “hey, can I get Rendon for Kipnis or Beltre”. Wasn’t about to trade Rendon away at such bargain value for just that. Though, as you say, it is two of the best guys he owns (also own Puig as well). Probably should’ve been exactly specific about who’s available.

        Then again, he knows I’m willing to trade anyone and make insane trades like a 7 for 1 (or 2 in Yahoo’s stupid case). Before you ask, yes, I have done a 7 for 1 trade.

        @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:
        So I probably should’ve asked as well about exactly what positions he was looking for. Ugh, seems I muffled things quite badly on my end with this trade.

        Thanks though guys, I appreciate the feedback.

  62. The Jerk Store says:
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    My pitching is killing me….. lil help herrre?

    I’m guessing that I should kick Fiers out the door. Anyone else i should be less enthused about?

    My Staff:
    Scherzer
    Harvey
    Tillman
    Liriano
    C Martinez
    B McCarthy
    Salazar
    Shoemaker
    Fiers

    Wade Davis
    Greg Holland
    Yimi Garcia
    Rafael Betancourt

    Dropping:
    Betancourt
    Fiers

    Here is whats out there:

    Alfredo Simon
    Despaigne
    Jeff Locke
    Chase Anderson
    Travis Wood

    Also, does it make sense to replace D’Arnaud with Plawecki or Caleb Joseph? (sorry for the catcher cwestion)

    thanks for the help, love the article as always!
    -some jerk

    • The Jerk Store says:
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      @The Jerk Store: I’m in a 12 team H2H Keeper BTW

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @The Jerk Store: with the exception of Tilman and Fiers, your pitching looks pretty good. I’d pick up Wood first out of that bunch.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @The Jerk Store: I’d ride the Alfredo train while it’s hot, good chance for a W everytime out with the way the Tigers are playing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Jerk Store: Shoe can be a streamer, Wood, Anderson… Yes, Plawecki Thanks!

  63. Tony C says:
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    9×9 12 team H2H league, I have Brett Anderson and Daniel Norris on the back end of my rotation….where else would they be? Anyways should I drop either or both for Eovaldi or Chase Anderson?

  64. Scott says:
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    After last night, I will never bench Aoki again. So he’ll probably never steal another base. sorry y’all!

  65. Nojangles says:
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    James shields/ moose/ Travis or Rendon/ Phil Hughes

    Keeper league.

    • Jason E. says:
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      @Nojangles: Rendon

  66. Nojangles says:
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    If you had to guess, rusney up by June?

    In a 10 team keeper league, should I let him marinate on the wire or grab him now

      • Nojangles says:
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        @Grey: outfield.

  67. Bob says:
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    Roto 6×6 with OPS
    Leonys Martin on the wire.
    Would you drop Gardner, Melky, Ozuna, or Alex Gordon to pick him up or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Melky

  68. denny falcone says:
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    minor move, i know, but i need some input:

    being offered miguel gonzalez for jimmy nelson straight up. thoughts?

    leaning towards no because nelson could be a high strikeout guy but i need some input.

  69. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Grey and others – 10-team NL-only – you dropping Fiers, T. wood or Hendricks for Chase? Thanks!

  70. Bamboolounge says:
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    Was just offered Moss/Harvey for my C.Davis/Myers in a RCL w/no innings/games started limits.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Bamboolounge: how are you playing in an RCL with no innings limit?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I took it to mean an RCL-type league

  71. Nude Intruder says:
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    If it were only that simple… I would go down to 7-11, buy all of their runts, and carefully separate all the 2 BB/9’s for my boy Trevvy Bauhaus Bower.

  72. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Joc Peterson and Votto both have a MLB-leading 12 BBs already this year. For us OBP-leaguers, you think Joc can sustain most of this Vottovian plate discipline?

    Also, what’s going on with CarGo – could he be hiding an injury? Seems like he picked off from last year post-injuries…”healthy” but just free-swinging with little-to-no power(or much of anything). Fire sale or hold?

    Thanks!

  73. Dave says:
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    Good Morning Grey,
    ROS Fiers or Smyly?
    Thanks

  74. boognish says:
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    Ugh…drafted Stras/T Ross/Sonny/Fiers/Taijun/Shoe FML, right!?!!?

    Since added Salazar/McCarthy/Chase Anderson dropping Fiers/Taijuan/Shoe

    So Current staff 12 Team 5×5 roto:
    Stras/T Ross/Sonny/Salazar/McCarthy/Chase Anderson

    Do you try
    a. Stras/T Ross for DeGrom/Carrasco
    b. Stras/Sonny for DeGrom/Carrasco

    Hoping name value will entice, despite crap starts from my guys – but I think it could be overreaction on my part

  75. Warren says:
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    10 team league, can start only two RPs, I have Allen, Ottavino and Melancon. Melancon droppable?

  76. Lars says:
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    Flattery, semien, Flores which one

    • Lars says:
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      @Lars: or lawrie just until Rendon comes back

  77. Peanuts gallery says:
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    Hey grey

    Drop any of these in a h2h pts weekly league.

    Adam laroche, Addison Russell, Steve Souza or Jose Iglesias

    To add any of the following:

    Leonys Martin, mike moustakas, Dexter fowler, zack cosart, Nick markakis, will middlebrooks, yasmany Tomas

    My bats;

    Vogt(at C), Carlos Santana (1b), Howie Kendrick (2b), Todd Frazier (3b), Hanley Ramirez (ss), puig(of), harper(of), trumbo(of), joc pederson(of), Edwin encarncian (Dh), laroche (utility)
    Kris Bryant (IF)

    Also on bench I have wil Myers too

    Or just hold for now?

  78. Dommattingly says:
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    Eovaldi, shoemaker, or Volquez ROS?

  79. Jollyroger says:
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    For anyone, how much would you bid to get Addison Russell? We have 100 free agent dollars for the season. Need an answer before 11! Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jollyroger: 11 what? No one can answer you without knowing any specifics… In an NL-Only league, bid $34 if you need a SS

  80. Mke says:
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    Drop Billy Hamilton, pujols, Chris Davis, duda, russell for leonys

    Have wong/Rendon at 2nd boagerts at SS souza my only other speed in of. Pence on dl

    • Cram It says:
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      @Mke: You have B-Ham and you’re considering dropping him for Leonys because you need speed? Am I reading that correctly?

      • Mke says:
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        @Cram It: no because he can’t hit the ball.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Mke: He can, just not at the moment. He can also steal 80 bases.

          • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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            @Cram It: even with his bad OBP doesn’t he have like over double leony’s steals here. that bad OBP could also get better.

  81. Oppo Taco says:
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    trade paxton and Morrow for Lester?

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Oppo Taco: I would. Don’t see it happening though.

  82. Dave says:
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    ‘Member when Kanye wrote that song about Edwin Encarnacion?

    NO ONE MAN SHOUID HAVE ALL THIS POWER

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Dave: My person favorite was Dominican Diamonds are Forever

  83. Bob says:
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    Drop Walden for caminero

  84. Whirlaway says:
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    Grey, In a 12 team 3 OF, 1 UTIL, h2h league, which one of the following for UTIL:

    Calhoun
    Avisail
    Ender
    B. Butler
    P. Alvarez
    Revere

    Thx

  85. Jon says:
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    Would you drop House for Happ, Leake, Lohse or Burnett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Burnett

  86. Jon says:
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    In a shallow league, move on from Hughes, Shoemaker, Iwakuma or Paxton for McCarthy or Salazar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Shoe, Paxton

  87. Rob Don't Want to use my last name because others in the league read you says:
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    Site rocks!

    So how long before I can trust Tanaka again? You think Detroit will pound him this week?

  88. John says:
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    Catcher ??? Relmuto or Zunino

    Leonys or Souza?

    Great stuff as usual and thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Zunino…Souza..>Thanks!

  89. Dubs says:
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    Start marte vs Hammel, souza vs Kelly, heyward vs fister, soler vs Worley pick two!

    Start bruce vs nelson or reddick vs weaver.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dubs: I’d look at Hitter-Tron… Marte, Soler…Bruce

  90. Phil of the Future says:
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    Sup, G.
    You catch Ike Davis toss a perfect inning last night? You like him for save chances?

    Also, did you trade for Dickerson yet?

    love ya,

    P.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, what if I trade for Chris Carter? Will we be even?

  91. Chris says:
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    What’s your thoughts on Odubel Herrera in a 14 team mixed league. Thinking something to stash on my bench. Is he worth even that?

  92. chisoxx22 says:
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    5×5 roto. Shelby miller or colon

  93. I also added Cozart. Hey, why not – I’ve got Votto, Fraizer & Bruce (my opponent had Friers & hated me yesterday…)

    On another note – did you see that Ike Davis pitched a 1-2-3 inning? 1B Ike Davis. Sure wish he’d teach Schoemaker or Gio how to do that. Ow my WHIP!

  94. Whatitfeellik says:
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    Want to pick up leonys is it worth it to drop Polanco or heyward for him

      • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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        @Grey: really, 3 days ago it was the exact opposite.

  95. Greg says:
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    Good stuff here.

    Dropped Fiers for Kennedy in a 1 year. Some impatient owners around these parts, including me. Stashed Kennedy and picked up Nelson because I just can’t quit the Brew Crew. Last in the league, first in my heart.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greg: Thanks! Sure

  96. Art Vandelay says:
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    In a 10 team 5×5 roto league, would you cut ties with Danny Santana at SS for Semien or Iglesias? Or give him more time? Thanks Grey!

  97. Brett says:
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    Keeper league have unlimited keepers. I have
    1b goldscmidt (can’t be kept)
    3b arenado $11 keeper
    Ci abreau $16
    Utility Bryant 22 keeper

    Have machado on my bench he is a $21 keeper need outfield help would you trade him for joc Peterson $13 keeper

  98. Tulover says:
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    Drop Trumboner to give Yas Thomas a run? Thanks y’all

  99. FatManWalksAlone says:
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    Assuming you are pretty balanced in SP’s and RP’s, would you drop Farquhar for Chase Anderson?

    Farquhar with 2 horrible outings in 2 days. I never get to watch him and I have no idea what his job security is like…..so what’s the deal??

  100. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    Eovaldi or Shoemaker? Thanx!

  101. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Drop Fiers for Eovaldi?

  102. York says:
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    Trade soler/rodon or c-mart for bumgarner or gray

    Trade heyward / rodon or cmart for bumgarner or gray

    Of on my team polanco, upton, marte, Adam Jones,souza, heyward, soler

    Pitchers are lester, McHugh, greene, ordorizzi, mccarthy Paxton, rodon, c-mart

    This guy has no good outfielders and I want to upgrade pitching his other pitchers Sherzer and liriano. Help me put something together!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @York: I don’t want to own Bum

  103. Hot Rod

    JimmyBond says:
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    Um, don’t look now but the Astros are far from being the ‘Lastros’. Winning some games! Strikeouts abound to be sure, but you might need a new team to pick on…like the Brew-hoo-hoo-ers!

      • Hot Rod

        JimmyBond says:
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        @Grey: I looked up the standings and was not startled to see how few runs the Astros had scored (expected), but was amazed to see how few runs allowed. solid underrated pitching, and far better bullpen making a big difference? They are fifth best in runs allowed, only teams they trail are Cardinals-Tigers-Mets-Royals all of whom touted as contenders.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s early, but their pitching was even good last year

        • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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          @JimmyBond: NYM aren’t touted by as contenders outside of NY media.

  104. dom says:
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    thoughts on Brett Anderson’s start? Only 8 K’s in 15 innings so far.

    How would you rank him, Travis Wood, and Drew Hutchinson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dom: Wood

  105. The King of Schwing says:
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    I’m in a 10-team keeper league (standard H2H). I could use some advice.

    C Zunino
    1B Miggy
    2B Cano
    3B Mostsuckass
    SS Tulo
    MIF Desmond
    CIF Valbuena
    OF Trout
    OF Harper
    OF JUpton
    OF Puig
    OF Ellsbury
    Util LeMahieu
    Util Cozart
    Util Fowler
    BN Rios

    SP Strasburg
    SP Walker
    SP McHugh
    SP Fiers
    SP Aaron Sanchez
    RP Grilli
    RP Ottavino
    P Papelbon
    P Rondon
    BN KRod
    BN Shoemaker
    BN Paxton
    BN Volquez

    DL – Wright, Jose, Wieters

    I want to improve my pitching staff. Should I package some hitters to trade for an arm? Who would you try to trade?

    Hottest pitchers available in FA are Buehrle, C Anderson, Wood, Lyles. Most owned pitchers available in FA are Doolittle, Hutchison, Sabathia, Duffy, Eovaldi, Holland.

  106. FatManWalksAlone says:
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    Plawecki or Zunino?

  107. Carns says:
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    Just wrote a two paragraph comment where I led myself to the answer of my original question. Still feel like with the time I invested, I should comment… so how’s Cougs been lately? Treating you right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carns: Yeah, not bad, thanks for asking!

  108. Mr. Rickey says:
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    12 Team H2H points league (R, HR, SB, K (-1), BA, OPS) – I have the following bench/util players:
    Rajai, Gose, Avisail.

    A few owners have panicked already and dropped: Braun, Melky, Belt, Choo and Revere. Also available are Rusney and Saunders.

    Hold or swap for any of the available options? Priority is steals without hurting the other stats.

  109. Wilson says:
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    Start Kelly Vs TB (Karns) today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: What does SON say?

  110. Scott says:
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    Who is the weakest link?
    Garrett Richards
    Anibal Sanchez
    Dallas Keuchel
    Brandon McCarthy
    Shane Greene
    Carlos Martinez
    Phil Hughes
    Jered Weaver

    • Warren says:
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      @Scott: Weaver

  111. Joeg414 says:
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    Good Morning All , Does anyone know anything about :Mike Bolsinger ? He is coming up to start for the Dodgers on Thursday 4/23 vs S.F.. A good start to the season in the Minors : 11 scoreless innings, 17K / 3bb. Don’t know anything about him ? Worth a shot, might stay around as the 5th starter ? I also sent the question to prospect Mike.
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joeg414: Worth it in some leagues

  112. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    Better question. Please tell how you would rank these now….Shoemaker Paxton Hughes Eovaldi? Thanks for input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes, Eovaldi, Pax

  113. Boomer19 says:
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    Is Jaso a better play that Hundley when he returns or should I throw him to the scrap heap? Hoping to slip this question by Cram.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Jaso

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Boomer19: wow, he reversed your reverse psychology on this one.

  114. Eric Riptide says:
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    @Grey,

    I’m in a deep league and I wanted some pitching depth. I grabbed Nathan Karns. I just have this strange suspicion that he can be fantasy relevant this season. I feel like there’s very little information available about this guy. Please give me your assessment. Thanks.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Hey! I don’t work here!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Cram It says:
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      @Eric Riptide: N ate Karns! I’d take a look at him. He throws hard and he has a downright nasty curveball. He has control issues and really only throws the two pitches, well at least. I came away really impressed by the Baltimore outing, even though he got roughed up. After getting tagged in the first inning for a 4 spot and 2 more in the 2nd, he sat down 9 in a row. My only concern is his walk rate, which is horrendous actually. But I’m going to enjoy watching to see if he develops control. I don’t know how deep your league is, but I’d give him some run. Pick your spots though to start.

      • Eric Riptide says:
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        @Cram It: Thanks Cram! We have deep rosters in our 11-team league, and I’m intrigued by Karns. Thanks for your advice. He has 10 walks in 17 innings, yet a WHIP of 1.08. That’s not something you see every day. And the few hits he’s allowed have been a few homers. I guess the Rays pitching coach is telling him to be less fine with his pitches. Maybe the light is fading up with this guy and he’s on the precipice of becoming pretty good.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Eric Riptide: Yeah well that’s the scary thing, so many walks yet so few hits. Could get ugly if he actually gives up hits! Aside from last year in AAA, his minor league numbers are impressive. And I agree, the fact that NO ONE is talking about him makes it extra intriguing. I mean the Rays, who have a nose for pitching talent, made him their #3 to start the season. I’m definitely paying attention!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            See, I knew you could do it!

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: Ha! Nate Karns!

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Cram It: Ubaldo Jimenez!

                • Cram It says:
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                  @The Great Knoche: Our NFBC pearls on our shitty teams. Yay!

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    @Cram It: I haven’t even put him in the lineup yet.

          • Mordacious Levator says:
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            @Cram It: wait a minute, so a guy who walks around as many as archie who also just so happens to allow homers when they make contact is a buy? does anybody else see an 8 run inning coming up soon here?

  115. Cram It says:
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    Nick Hundley in Colorado or any other available catcher not playing in Colorado? Doy!

    • Eric Riptide says:
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      @Cram It: Grey said that I should ask you about Nathan Karns. What can you tell me about the guy? Do you think he can be good?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Eric Riptide: Responded above.

  116. Peter says:
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    Thoughts on Ozuna at this point? Seems like he hasn’t been mentioned much, despite the awful start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s early

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: Not completely terrible either.

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: I’ve had his name – in all caps – queued up in my comment form. Just waiting, patiently for that first smash. Well, I’m benching him tonight in favor of Middlebrooks – so hope everyone else enjoys his breakout game tonight!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  117. Mr W says:
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    I have Belt in a keeper for $1 and he’s obviously on my bench. Is it too early to drop him to take a flyer on Saunders who would also be $1?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not in some leagues

      • Mr W says:
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        @Grey: Points league that’s essentially based on OPS. I thought this was Belt’s breakout year but I’m growing inpatient

  118. scrotchs says:
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    Points league, L. Martin, A . Garcia or D. Travis ROS for utl. Spot?

    Thanks

  119. Wilson says:
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    Thoughts about Kipnis,
    Do you think him still a 15 homers and 24 steals guys?
    Losing patience on him… Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Never really had faith in him

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: me too

        I drafted Kipnis in mid-late round, so it’s ok for me.
        Just .. Want him to be better..

  120. Jerms says:
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    Whats up man?
    I can only drop 2 of these three guys (weekly add/drop league) who should I keep?
    Fiers
    Hutchinson
    Shoemaker
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoe, Hutch

  121. Tony Mags says:
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    Mike Bolsinger is due to be called up to start Thursday against the Giants and has dominated in AAA. Worth an add?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues

  122. the fez says:
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    Rondon or Andrew Miller ROS?

  123. Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Currently rostering the following 4 SPs at the backend of my rotation:
    (1) Nelson
    (2) Quintana
    (3) Fiers
    (4) Shoemaker

    You losing any (or all) of them for these free agents?
    (1) Chase Anderson
    (2) Dan Haren
    (3) Despaigne
    (4) Niese
    (5) Hahn
    (6) T. Wood
    (7) Locke
    (8) Rodon
    (9) Tomas (to stash on bench)

    Thank you for managing my team as always!

    • Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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      @Wizard of Oz(una): It’s a 12-team league BTW. Thanks.

      • Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  124. the fez says:
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    Have: Tanaka, Wainright, Ventura, Lynn

    Could get Bauer or Odorizzi.

    What moves would you make?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka for Odorizzi

  125. Billy Beane is not my lover says:
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    Is Neil walker a 2b I can stand pat with, or is their someone better out there on the waiver wire like a giovatella?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  126. The JoGarza says:
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    Re:Fiers

    He’s at a 9.8 K/9, 3 BB/9. He has a .386 BABIP, 50% LOB and 1.84 HR/9. He’s been really unlucky.

    Granted, his FIP and xFIP are 4.78 and 4.17, but if we’re willing to hold onto T.Walker who shares similar bad luck (and a 7(!) BB/9) , why the knee jerk reaction to Fiers? Is it because the Brewers as a whole are sinking faster than the Titanic?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said to lose Walker after his last start in most leagues

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Grey:

        Fair enough. Just think it’s interesting you’re kicking guys out of bed that were ranked so highly, and it looks like bad luck is a major factor. But hey, I don’t blame ya’. I’ve only been playing fantasy for about 6 years, but one of my biggest problems remains learning when to cut players, especially when it’s a SP3 or SP4 in the third week of the season, especially when everyone on the corner of the internet is getting all ‘Network’ on you and yelling “IT’S APRIL!” out their window.

        Anyways!

        Who wins in a Liriano/Fiers for McCarthy/Eovaldi deal?

        • Cram It says:
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          @The JoGarza: Walker wasn’t ranked so high.

          • The JoGarza says:
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            @Cram It:

            Was more so referring to Shoemaker and Fiers, who were 28 and 29 in pre-season rankings.

            I’m just a little surprised at how little leash they had.

            • Cram It says:
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              @The JoGarza: It’s harder to trust guys that have only one year of wonder. I cut bait with Fiers in one league. Held him in another. I’m holding Hutchison in another even though he’s being dropped everywhere. It’s your team. Every league is different. Depends what’s available, etc.

        • Cram It says:
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          @The JoGarza: And “IT’S APRIL” applies to guys like Frank White below who are thinking about moving on from Beltre because there are guys on the wire with better stats right now.

        • Btdrnks says:
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          @The JoGarza: I am having this exact same issue. Having a hard time moving on from guys that Razzball and Grey had so highly ranked coming into the season (Fiers/Shoemaker). Being the beneficiary of knee-jerk reactions in the past, I dont want to be the goat who dropped a solid SP3 or 4 too early. I’m already smarting from dropping Salazar earlier this season following his demotion. April is a weird month for both hitters and pitchers. Theres no one on my wire that is worth anything beyond a stream and streaming is not an option in my league (65ip limit per week, points). I’m inclined to stash both Shoe and Fiers and see if regression to the norm occurs.

          • Mordacious Levator says:
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            @Btdrnks: we’re all smarting from not getting salazar back in nearly the leagues we drafted him in. it sucks. but that’s not the same conversation as dropping Fiers or Shoemaker. the good news about guys like those two, say you drop them, mostly the reason you got them is you liked them more than the rest of your league (or at least most of the rest) in the first place from here. if that’s true, AND they come back and have a decent start or two, THEN you can likely go back and get them (everything i just said applied to 12 team standard sized leagues. i have fiers in a 20 teamer where i know damn well i have no intention of dropping him. Also in a 12 teamer with really deep benches that plays more like a 15 teamer, but in that one it’s right on the line with Fiers currently)

  127. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, The overlord taketh Arenado & Dickerson and he giveth Tomas, (who’s been sitting impatiently on all of my benches). Oh baby can Bruce catch fire so I can move him???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BFF, he didn’t taketh away Arenado, he merely let him rest

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: I like that that angle!

  128. smashytooth says:
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    Chase Anderson, D Smyly, Shelby Miller, Iwakuma gotta drop one

    could also drop Cody Asche, or Yasmani Tomas

  129. lerryjee says:
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    Would you rather own Saunders coming off the DL or Marisnick in an OBP league?

  130. Ron says:
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    Lost Lucroy.
    Caleb Joseph or Derek Norris to replace him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Norris

  131. Bob says:
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    Hold or drop fiers for:
    Tillman
    Paxton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Paxton

  132. Todd25 says:
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    Kolton Wong…

    Why are the Cards so hesitant to put Wong in the 2-hole? is Mike Matheny a prude or something?

    ha, I demand a Cards fan behind home plate hold a sign that says “Put your Wong in the 2-hole” during a televised game.

    • The JoGarza says:
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      @Todd25:

      May not take too long if Heyward keeps on struggling like this.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Todd25: they have that A-Hole sign guy. Maybe he could be persuaded to do it. Great comment, by the way…

      • Todd25 says:
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        @Wilsonian: I like where your head’s at! If only we could contact him…

        • Mordacious Levator says:
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          @Todd25: “all you got to do is come on down to the club, and start some shit”

  133. claude says:
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    Drop Kelly for Eaton?

  134. Alex

    Alex says:
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    Literal LOL at And-a-ham

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Thanks!

  135. Bob says:
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    Hold or drop Fiers for:
    Tillman
    Paxton
    Simon
    Heston
    N. Martinez
    T. Wood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Wood

  136. CTP-O says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Are you expecting anything from Cory Leubke this season? Assuming he came back June 1, can I get a ROS predition?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CTP-O: Look at his player page

  137. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, I’m in a 12 team 5×5 mixer (one catcher). Are you holding the injured D’arnaud (DL spot opens up when Rendon returns) and dropping some schmuck like D. Hutchinson, Desmond Jennings, Khris Davis, Brandon Morrow, Jesse Chavez, Osuna, Farquhar, or Ziegler?

    Shit, when you list them all out, that looks an awful team!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto: Not sure what you’re asking

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto: Oh, I get it, drop Farq

  138. booya says:
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    Which side would you want in a 12 team H2H league?
    Strasburg or JZimm, Greene, Liriano

  139. Frank White says:
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    Sup Grey… 1 – Is Samardzija a good pickup in a trade or do you see him going downhill?? 2 – Do you think me giving Beltre for him is too much?? Or Ellsbury but he said he can’t do it cause hid OF is too crowded.. Remind you it’s a pitcher friendly league and I can use pitching. Plus I see so many guys that you’ve mentioned on the wire that are playing better then Beltre and Ellsbury

  140. Jay says:
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    hold on with Shoemaker or move onto the likes of….
    Volquez
    Heston
    McCarthy
    Eovaldi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Eovaldi

  141. Carnac says:
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    I feel for Bryan Price. It’s so frustrating when reporters don’t just report on press releases!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  142. SallyCips says:
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    Tomas, Tomas, Tomas, you sit on my waiver wire and I am tempted…

    But so many other Fiers to put out first, like this one in Milwaukee. Oof, what the heck? He was one of my favorite draft picks. Him and Shoemaker (still on my team) were supposed to make Shark and Ross expendable for better players. And while I helped myself with their trades, the former two have now become albatrosses. Fiers is a definite NaNa NaNa, but Shoe I’ll keep for his second start this week. I’m not touching my usual go to guys in Paxton and Hutch till they right the ship so I’m looking at Simon or Bartolo at this point.

    I dropped Fiers in my Razz for Z. Cozart, sadly can’t do the same in my Yahoo, gone the moment I added him to my watch list. Wrong button stupid!

    Also, is it really time to jump ship on Santana? I know a lot have, but like the two pitchers above, he was a draft fav. Cozart would’ve been a good fill here, doh.

    So here’s where I’m at and where some advice comes in. And no worries on needs/cats/etc, just best pickups. Should I drop Fiers and Santana for any of these folks:

    Tomas, Gose, Marisnick, Simon, Colon.

    Thanks, Grey and Team!

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: This was my initial thought as well, but I was in a writing mood on the subway. ;) Done deal. Thanks, man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  143. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Drop grand slam Fiers for Eovaldi, Buchholz, Kelly or Paxton? (ROS)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi

  144. Ryan says:
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    In a 20 team h2h dynasty league, should I trade Ryu for Walker? Ryu’s shoulder worries me and there is no timetable for his return. Is this a good move to make? Team is below.

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: oops btw this is taijuan walker I would be trading for

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  145. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Grey Sir….funny one today..thx!

    1) Cozart or Segura at SS ?
    2) Howie, Hosmer or Moose in Utility ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Segura… Hosmer

  146. bobby bonilla says:
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    who wins –

    Rizzo for Arenado/Salazar

    • bobby bonilla says:
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      @bobby bonilla:

      avg, ops league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  147. G says:
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    So I rejected the offer I asked you about earlier and he countered with offering me desmond for my chris davis and avisail. To give you some extra info my remaining starting hitters if i make this trade would be wilson Ramos, abreu, wong, Danny samtana, upton, puig, marte, joc pederson and kendrys morales. Thanks again. Best, G.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Take Ian

  148. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Saunders or Tomas?

    Flores or Cosart?

    Points league.

    Thanks in advance.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Grey: Thanks in hindsight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  149. Birdis says:
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    Is this how you’d rank these guys ROS (RCL League)?:

    Eovaldi, C-Mart, Anderson, Shoe, Porcello…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mart, Eovaldi

  150. BrownL says:
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    Better MI carousel pickup in a 6×6 roto league (AVG, OPS): Valbuena or Cozart? Seems like Cozart is a better contact guy, and Valbuena has that walk rate.

    Play either of them over N. Walker or Danny Santana when Rendon comes back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Valbuena… Over Walker

  151. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    What is your preference of Saunders or Khris Davis for the rest of the year? Davis hasn’t been bad, but he has been pretty, blah.

    I have a team with Chris Carter and Khris Davis and get the feeling that the minute I cut bait, a massive HR and RBI binge is going to hit.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Khris first

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: i’ve dropped both in a 12 teamer dynasty where i stupidly kept both when i didn’t know i could’ve gotten better players (not much better) had i not kept them in draft. They’ve since turned into de aza and a fill in catcher for mesoraco.

  152. C-Nug says:
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    That Lobstein crack had me in uncontrollable giggles.

  153. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I saw Elian in the lineup yesterday and I said to myself, “nice, we’ll get an Albright little Cuban raft boy joke.”

    Very hard to read the situation in Pittsburgh and Arizona, closer wise.

    I think Marshall has pitched his way out of it. I’m holding Delgado and Ziegler’s Follies in one league.

    It almost has to be Watson in Pitt….but he doesn’t look good so could be short lived. Melancon tank is empty.

    Both Archer and Odoreater credit watching Alex Cobb pitch for advances in their own game. I recall two years ago the A’s raving about Cobb’s ability to throw any pitch in any count. Archer was talking about just that thing on the radio. If he’s going to have Cobb’s pitching IQ with the power arm. Damn look out.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Let’s start a pool for the date Dannys (C)antana draws his first walk, shall we? I say May 21st. Not that a 17/0 K/BB rate isn’t magnificent in it’s own way. In fairness his LD rate is out of whack with his BABIP (thanks regression pixies). Still, auten’t he have more steals than his brother Carlos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Archer looked so nasty yesterday… Had the Red Sox looking bad…. Agreed on closer situations

    • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: GTS, Melancon’s inning last night was just pathetic. I think that you might be right. Watson has been rough so far in 2015, but he was actually pretty strong in high leverage situations last year. Maybe he has a shot to run with it if the change occurs?

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @OldMilwaukeePounders: I think Jared Hughes might get a shot at closing before Watson.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass:

          It’s entirely possible. There’s also that crazy bias against lefty closers.

          On the other hand, Hughes doesn’t profile as a closer at all. Usually the two routes to closerdom are power arm or pound the zone and limit homers. So far this year Hughes as limited walks but his MiLB track record doesn’t suggest he’s got that Huston Street, Casey Janssen ish ability. Could get a shot but why should we believe he can hold it? The raised K rate says maybe something has changed? Or is it just sample sizing?

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: I believe that Hughes is currently on a run that he can’t sustain with regards to K rates. To me he is a sinker pitcher that occasionally mixes in his slider, that being said, his slider has been quite effective this year. Maybe he is more comfortable using it and perhaps it has improved. I think in its limited use in 2015 he’s got something like a 25% swinging strike rate.

            • Mordacious Levator says:
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              @OldMilwaukeePounders: pretty sure (and i know you’d agree) 25% SWK% is completely unsustainable for anybody.

  154. B Boyle says:
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    12 team H2H 6X5 (OPS)
    P A. Wood, Burnett, T wood, Ross, Odorizzi, McCarthy, Norris, Greene, Simon
    Rp Betances, Romo, Watson, Storen

    1. Who do I drop when Smyly comes off of DL?
    2. Drop anyone elese to pick up either C. Anderson, Eovaldi?
    3. Drop any of my RP to pick up Caminero, Hughs? Only have one dude getting saves.

    Thanks

    BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B Boyle: 1. Simon 2. No 3. Nah

      • B Boyle says:
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        Thanks agian I appreciate it.

        BB

  155. Five-On-One says:
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    Fiers for Jansen? 12-team, weekly 5×5 roto league. Fair? Which side would you prefer?

  156. phil says:
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    Are you still holding Danny Farquhar ? Wast of time? Does he really have a chance to close?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: ok, so cool is the new yuptcha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yuptcha!

  157. John says:
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    Drop any of these guys to pick up Chase Anderson and/or Hahn? Who like better?

    Betances clippard WDavis Quintana

    Own mcgee DL, boxberger Betances Miller Jansen WDavis Clippard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Hahn over Quintana

  158. Eric says:
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    Noticed you didn’t mention Rodon with the white sox and the pending he took. What do you think about him moving forward? Does he stay in the bigs and crack the starting staff soon? If so, what do you think his projections are this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nothing changed in one game

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Eric:

      Heard a scout say his slider is a top ten pitch in all of baseball. Much like my mother’s cooking, he just needs some seasoning.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: His slider was one of the best pitches I’ve seen this year

  159. Eric says:
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    *pounding

  160. ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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    Is there a glossary term for the following:

    2013 Wil Myers breaks out. Following year,2014, is a flop. 2015 Wil Myers breaks out….. again?

    Can you re-breakout? If so I think Myers is headed for a re-broken season.

      • ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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        @Grey: HA! good one!

    • Fungazi says:
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      @ShawnOfTheLivid: I’ve actually been thinking about this a lot lately as a keeper that I’m in grows older. It seems like a lot of big prospects that get called up have either a flop or amazing first partial season, then the first full season doesn’t live up to expectations or is just decent, then they pull it all together and breakout in the second full season.

      I have some players in mind, but I don’t know if there’s anything to it.

  161. ryanoger says:
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    Jason Heyward was just dropped for some freakish reason who do I lose out of my roster below to make the add?

    Wilson Ramos Was – C
    Paul Goldschmidt Ari – 1B
    Jason Kipnis Cle – 2B
    Evan Longoria TB – 3B
    Ian Desmond Was – SS
    Nelson Cruz Sea – OF
    Wil Myers SD – OF
    Melky Cabrera CWS – OF
    Util
    Chris Davis Bal – 1B,3B
    Lucas Duda NYM – 1B
    Bench
    Grégory Polanco Pit – OF
    Devon Travis Tor – 2B
    DL
    Anthony Rendón Was – 2B,3B

    Pitchers
    Corey Kluber Cle – SP
    Jacob deGrom NYM – SP
    Jake Arrieta ChC – SP
    Carlos Martínez StL – SP,RP
    Danny Salazar Cle – SP
    Alex Wood Atl – SP,RP

    Huston Street LAA – RP
    Trevor Rosenthal StL – RP
    Wade Davis KC – RP
    Fernando Rodney Sea – RP
    DL
    Drew Smyly TB – SP

    Leonys Martín is up for grabs too, do I look to add or hold?

    thanks so much grey!
    best,
    Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What Shawn said

  162. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    nathan hurts elbow again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  163. ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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    Duda is gone for Heyward, Devon is gone for Leonys. My 2 cents at least.

  164. Fungazi says:
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    The roof the roof the roof is on Fiers
    We don’t need no water let the motherf***** burn

    Dam, am I too late to join in the Mike Fiers puns?

  165. Andy says:
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    I know dropping Fiers and Shoemaker has become a popular theme around these parts, and its understandable depending on league structure. That being said, what do you feel is the ROS outlook for guys that have struggled that we were all so high on early this season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoe’s a bigger concern right now, Fiers has been unlucky, both could turn it around… Most leagues it doesn’t pay to wait

  166. Lemmingness says:
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    I’m in a H2H weekly points league.

    Have either McCarthy or Keuchel moved significantly from your preseason rankings of them (81 and 51, respectively)? Or is it still too early?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both look good, and I’d start them every time out…

    • Lemmingness says:
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      @Lemmingness:

      And since it’s a points league where high K/9 isn’t as important, would it be worth dropping Shoe for Nick Martinez? Eovaldi and Alfredo Simon are also available.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Eovaldi

  167. Scott says:
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    Better RP pickup?
    Brett Cecil
    Sergio Romo
    Soriano
    Betancourt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cecil

  168. Gregor Schwartz says:
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    Someone offered me Yellich for Cuddyer….though I’m power short (thanks Springer) I tend to think Cuddyer will hit DL once again for extended time, and that Yellich will get hot.

    14 team 5×5 I have Cabrera (1b/3b), Longoria (3b) and Lamb (3b). I’ll miss Cuddy’s 1b/of elig. but I think I should focus on runs/sb so Yellich makes sense.

    Waiting for your answer afore I pull the trigger…and thanks for the great work….always fun to read.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Yelich

  169. GOOD News for Soria owners!

    Joe Nathan (elbow) had to leave a rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday after appearing to aggravate his elbow injury.

    Source: James Schmehl on TwitterApr 22 – 12:39 PM

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  170. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    Great stuff as usual. Always look forward to the AM read. A SP question if I may.

    My SPs in our 12 Team H2H Yahoo League with Holds and OPS are:
    Iwakuma, Carrasco, Archer, Fiers, Latos, Pineda, CMart, Burnett, Nelson, Simon

    I was kinda psyched following the Draft about many of these, but now am feeling kinda nauseous. From what I am reading and hearing back from you, you might advise dropping f’n Fiers and f’n Latos for somebody that can actually throw the f’n ball? I’m close to adding f’n Iwakuma to that list. Who I might add is a different matter, but that will come soon.

    Thanks. Your input as always is greatly appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah could be droppable

      • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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        @Grey: Thanks by the way.

  171. Jay says:
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    Drop phil hughes or Shoemaker for Eovaldi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoe

  172. montysep says:
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    With Saunders coming off the DL do I drop B. Moss to make space for him?

    What is Saunders playing time going to look like going forward? Is he going to be stealing bases following knee surgery?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs… Moss still over him

  173. Scott says:
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    I need a hot schmotato for my 2B/SS slot. Giavo or Cozart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart

  174. kisses says:
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    I need some help here. 5×5 OBP 10 team Roto.

    My friend is gutting his team for some reason and has put Rizzo, Desmond, BHamilton, Altuve, and Felix on the trading block. He’s willing to move them all, but he’s also delusional when it comes to trades. Do I even need to bother with him? I mean, those are some great players, but I’m also in first place with a pretty decent cushion. Some guidance would be nice.

    Here’s my team:
    C – Gattis
    1B – Edwin
    2B – DTravis
    3B – Arenado
    ss – Bogaerts
    MI – Addison Russell
    CI – Kendrys
    OF – Giancarlo
    OF – Myers
    OF – Cain
    OF – Souza Jr.
    OF – Cruz
    UTIL – JUpton
    Bench – Tomas
    DL – Pence

    SP – Harvey
    SP – Carrasco
    SP – Ross
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Lynn
    RP – Storen
    RP – Britton
    RP – Soria
    RP -Ottavino
    Bench – Rodon
    DL – JoFer

    My ERA and WHIP are my biggest weaknesses so far, everything else I’m either tops or second in (surprised I’m winning SB since that was my biggest concern post-draft). This conversation also started with him wanting Giancarlo and Britton. He lost Lucroy and replaced him with Caleb so I’m really pushing the Gattis as DNorris is on the wire (but I totally understand why he’s not biting).

    See anything you would do? I am also fine with just working the wire (which I do every season and have already done this year). There are still some great pickups to be made out there –> Moustakas, Aoki, Dannys (who I dropped for Addison), Span, Cozart, Marisnick, TSnider, MSaunders, Cashner, DeSclafani, Simon, Heston, Paxton (who I dropped to stream Haren…meh), Despaigne.

    Alright!

    • kisses says:
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      @kisses: I have Shoemaker too, but whatever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz for Felix?

      • kisses says:
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        @Grey: He’s pushing hard for Harvey or Giancarlo to be included for F-Her. What about something like Harvey+Britton+Cruz for F-Her+Altuve+Rizzo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          F-Her side

  175. Alex says:
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    Im going to drop Melancon okay? 11 team, 5 RP slots holds and saves. Already have walden, jepsen, watson, cishek and clippard. I am so far in last place it prob won’t matter. Just wanted to tell you.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Alex: Step back from the ledge, friend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ok

  176. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    Would you add one of the following SPs for Shoe in an 11 Team Roto League:

    Simon, Walker or Eovaldi

    Thanks much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eo

  177. Clos says:
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    Would you drop segura or boegarts for cozart?

    • Nojangles says:
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      @Clos: boegarts

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Nojangles: WTF dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  178. Jariners says:
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    I’m nervous about Dickerson… in a vacuum (help I’m stuck in a vacuum) would you make this deal:

    His Edwin for my Dickerson and Pederson.

    It is a three year keeper. Edwin would not be a keeper, Dickerson is cheap second year $10 and Pederson is first year $21. $260 budget.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin side for this year

      • Jariners says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! That is what I was thinking. Short list of keepers (10) so I’m not too worried.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  179. brett says:
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    Please rank: Walker, Shoe, McCarthy, Quintana, Paxton. Do you think Walker can turn it around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCarthy Pax

  180. Nate says:
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    Great write up Grey, as always!

    I made the wrong bet picking up Betancourt a few weeks back when i thought he might get the gig… it’s a limited move league, so I had to wait a bit to dump him.

    With 2 closers currently, I don’t NEED another closer, just looking for better ratios than he will give me. Who would you add (knowing the possibility of closing does add value)

    14 team league, these guys available:

    Yimi Garcia
    Osuna
    Giles
    Hughes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yimi

  181. Nojangles says:
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    Avisail/moose/a.wood/Travis for Rendon/Hughes/uhera

    Shields/moose/Travis/w. Davis for Rendon/uhera

    IWakuma got dropped. Drop bench bat fowler for any of the following: iwakuma, cmart, eovaldi

    Thanks. Have a great day!

    • Nojangles says:
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      @Nojangles: it’s a 10 team weekly roto h2h league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

  182. Peter says:
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    @grey Who’s better in a 12 team mixed league with that has Ks and OPS Souza or Tomas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  183. JP says:
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    Grey-6×6 whip, era, IP, Holds, Wins and saves. All AL teams plus Cards, Mets, Braves, Brewers and D backs. Please rank the following Fiers, Phil Hughes and A Simon. I own Hughes and Fiers and they are killing me thinking of swapping one of them with Simon but he scares the hell out of me. Can you help me out please and thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes, Fiers

  184. Sarge says:
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    Pick two to start kris Bryant, arenado, Chris davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      First two

  185. Fish says:
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    Give Hosmer and Wood to get V-Mart? Wood my #4 SP and league is batter heavy H2H:

    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG

    IP, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  186. GhostTownSteve says:
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    True story (also dull story): I was given an iPad. So I bought the MLB tv pack for the iPad. So I can watch baseball. Just not the A’s. I was never going to make it all year with out video baseball.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Thats like this one time back in the 90’s when my VCR broke and I couldn’t watch “movies” and I thought I could go without the “movies” and after like a week I borrowed the money to get a new VCR.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Movies I can live without. Almost a full year with no television.

        My son calls Billy Butler “Crunchy Breakfast”.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: they were movies that a teenager needs, if you know what I mean

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @J-FOH:

            Porky’s II?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @GhostTownSteve: More like Porking Miss. Choo

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @J-FOH:

                I miss Choo too.

                The one on the Reds. The one on the Rangers stinks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          GTS, still worried about Abreu’s GB rate?

    • burningbridges247 says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I tried to go without it this year. I made it a grand total of one day before I forked over the $$$. Toughest 24 hours of my life.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @burningbridges247:

        I’ve never had an iPad before. I had literally never held one until I was given this one. Damn the picture is clear. The definition on Cargo’s sucking against the Padres was incredible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course you gave in… Almost made it to May

  187. Fireball Feliz says:
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    In another league, drop Shoe or Hughes for Eovaldi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoe

  188. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Emoticon going Friday at home vs Toronto. I’m waiting to see how that goes before i grab him. What’s your thought wait or grab and sit or play. IDK why this guy intrigues me so much.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: grab either way, who are your low drops?

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @J-FOH: relievers

        • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: I cycle thru relievers like water. got him in 2 leagues thx.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Toe Knee Arm Ass: then do it. He’s an upside stud

  189. ERad says:
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    Dang, over 1,000 comments yesterday – shows how good of a site you guys run here – keep up the good work dudes!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  190. Driti says:
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    Drop Fiers or Ubaldo for Leonys Martin?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Driti: Ubaldo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ubaldo

  191. John Gibbons' Speech Coach says:
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    Happy Earth Day Grey,

    Got this offer…

    Danny Santana for Iglesias and Grilli.

    Is Danny just struggling and this is could be a buy low opportunity?

    I also have joel peralta, cishek, reed and miller as closers

    • J-FOH says:
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      @John Gibbons’ Speech Coach: I would hold for now, your closer situation is really shaky after Miller. Not worth it

  192. dem ribbies says:
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    Is Dozier droppable in a 10 teamer? Have Kinsler and Doz has no trade value at this time.

    • dem ribbies says:
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      @dem ribbies: Oh, could drop Darvish from the DL but like him as a keeper stash for minimum bid.

    • dem ribbies says:
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      @dem ribbies: Nevermind… I punted on Darvish. doesn’t help me win this year and I figure Dozier will heat up and have some trade value down the stretch. DL stashes are for healthy teams right? ; )

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  193. Bobbbby says:
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    Hey man trade / sell high my Jose Iglesias for any of these? I didn’t propose yet just want your input who you’d look into receiving / fair trade . It would be for depth I have all positions covered.

    Team A:
    Aj pollock , eric hosmer.

    Team B:
    Justin morneau

    Team C is a huge tigers fan;
    Brock holt, jay Bruce, Evan longoria , Pedro Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Longo

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

    111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice!

  195. Big League Choo says:
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    12 team OBP league is it worth losing choo for yasmany? My CI is set with abreu, votto, c santana, sandoval at util…my OF is harper, j upton and myers…he’d probably be just a piece to trade to upgrade my MI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  196. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Drop fiers for Miguel Gonzalez, chase Anderson or hold?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Herschel: this only flips the other way if there’s literally no possibly good starters out there (i.e. deeper league than this one shown)

  197. Steve D. says:
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    10 team, 5×5 redraft. I’m thinking it’s time for a trade.

    I have Rendon coming back within the next couple of weeks and a solid value piece in Xander as trade bait, with Russell waiting in the wings too.

    One guy in my league has a need at third and middle infield, plus he seems to be hoarding Red Sox players like they’re going out of style (to the point where he’s holding Buccholz and Porcello when there are clearly better options available). I’m a Red Sox fan too, but that means jack to me when I run my team, so I don’t mind moving Xander.

    He has a couple of big name pitchers in David Price and Cole Hamels that interest me. And I’d love nothing more than to open a roster spot via a 2-for-1 to snag a DeSclafani.

    Would Xander for Hamels be enough? How about Xander and Cobb for Price? Xander and Cole for Price? (His other arms are Homer Bailey, Jimmy Nelson and Shelby Miller. Plus his pair of Sox.)

    Any ideas welcome. Thanks!

    C Nick Hundley, Col
    2B Daniel Murphy, NYM
    3B Carlos Santana, Cle
    SS Ian Desmond, Wsh

    2B/SS Xander Bogaerts, Bos
    1B/3B Matt Carpenter, StL

    OF Giancarlo Stanton, Mia
    OF George Springer, Hou
    OF Mark Trumbo, Ari
    OF Brandon Moss, Cle
    OF Oswaldo Arcia, Min

    UTIL Leonys Martin, Tex

    Bench Addison Russell, ChC

    DL Anthony Rendon*, Was

    P Corey Kluber, Cle
    P Gerrit Cole, Pit
    P Danny Salazar, Cle
    P Drew Smyly*, TB
    P Alex Cobb*, TB

    P Trevor Rosenthal, StL
    P Neftali Feliz, Tex
    P Addison Reed, Ari
    P Jason Grilli, Atl
    P Adam Ottavino, Col
    P Carlos Rodon, CWS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Hamels there, try it

  198. Jim Diffley says:
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    Aways worth reading, thank you Grey!!

    I am yelliching at myself for drafting that 12 year old, and wondering why I held onto Fiers, who may be flaming out, and I’m mesoracable about the catching situation, but who gives a (insert a Bryan Price flameathon right about here)?!

    More importantly, what’s your forecast for Don Draper at the end of his last season??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he dies

      • Jim Diffley says:
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        @Grey:

        Oy Vey!! That’s very very sad…..hope not, but I really can’t formulate a guess yet. Somehow I think (want to think??) that he re-assumes his original identity as Dick Whitman and again reinvents himself—-successfully, this time. Hey, whaddyawant?? If you play fantasy baseball, you gotta be optimistic!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m just guessing, maybe he marries Peggy

  199. Five-On-One says:
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    Please rank J Parker, Fiers and Hutch for ROS. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers, Hutch

  200. Prime_Time_Players says:
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    Grey, should Anderson be owned in 10 team leagues? I like what I am seeing so far, even though he had issues with LA 1st game.

    Would you consider dropping Fiers for him? Hell I have Paxton, Shoemaker and Fiers who are not playing well. Drop one for someone below?

    Top guys on waivers: Simon, Colon, Timmy Jims, Bailey, AJ Burnett Anderson and CC.

  201. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Have the Emoticon coming off the DL – who would you drop out of Fiers, Latos, Shoemaker? (H2H, QS)

    I’m not exactly grinning from ear to ear about it, but how do you feel about starting Smyly in his debut vs Toronto? Chance he might get his teeth knocked out, and he’ll probably be on a strict pitch count…

    Thanks in advance

  202. ashtray says:
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    Latest batch of drops in my 12 team 7×7(includes OBP/K & QS/L):

    Garrett Richards
    Tomas
    Ozuna

    My roster is :

    C-Carlos Santana
    1-Rizzo
    2-Betts
    3-Arenado
    S-Zobrist
    O-Brantley
    O-Heyward
    O-Joc
    U-LaRoche
    U-Devon Travis

    SP-Arrieta
    Ross
    Carrasco
    Paxton
    Burnett
    Pomeranz
    Salazar
    Colon
    McCarthy

    RP-Rosenthal
    Britton
    Rondon
    Ottavino

    Any of those three guys worth adding to my roster?

    Thanks

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @ashtray:

      Richards

  203. WThothot says:
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    12-team H2H 6×6 OPS Keeper (9) League on Y!.

    1.The last couple podcasts have been 95% butter. This is me sucking up in the top of the comment.

    2. I’ve got Alexei Ramirez at SS and picked up Addison Russell. With Cozart available in my league, is A. Ramirez worth holding or can I drop & sstream while waiting for Russell’s Arya-in-Braavos arc to reveal itself?

    3. Same keeper league (6×6 Holds, H2H)–is Shoemaker worth dropping for a Holds+ guy like Darren O’Day or Farquar, a solid K/9 guy like Chase Anderson or should I start streaming guys like Happ since it’s H2H with no add limits? My SPs are decent, Kluber/Carrasco/Samardjiza/Salazar/Odorizzi/Hughes, but RPs are a little brain-freezy, Grilli/Boxberger/Gregerson/Romo/Farquhar/Rodon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WThothot: 1. Ha 2. Ha! Hold 3. Anderson

      • WThothot says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey. You’re my fantasy team’s Varys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dinkles is my peanuts!

  204. Working remotely watching my starter pitch while sitting on the sofa, gotta love it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah: Kluber or Samardzija?

      • @Grey:

        I have Sammy and Abreu going so a nice start so far.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Very nice! I wish I owned Abreu in more leagues

          • @Grey:

            I have him on my friends HtH league, and RCL Team Geezer (which has actually been doing pretty well as I have had great luck with free agent pickups, made it up to 3rd in the league now despite autodrafting half the team due to that ISP outage)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice, I only have him in my RCL

  205. Clint says:
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    Okay gentlemen, trade offered to me in my 12 keeper, 8 team h2h league and I’ve got an itchy trigger finger. I know most on Razzball, especially Grey, don’t like MadBum, but I’ve been offered him straight up for Joey Bats. The guy also has Sale. Should I reject, counter straight up for Sale, or accept Bum & hope his arm doesn’t fall off. Pitchers carry a LOT of weight in this league’s scoring system and I think I can find a bat (Travis, Werth, Span, & Gregory Polanco are all out there) to fit in the utility spot vacated by Joey Bats fairly easily.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Reject, it’s not close, get a cheaper SP

  206. Grande go Boom!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah: I love that man!

  207. Awesome Auger says:
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    Drop Iwakuma for Rodon or Nelson?

      • Awesome Auger says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! “Crullers, Crullers”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crullers!

  208. Eric B says:
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    Grey, Would you do this trade based on my roster below? Stanton for Carlos Gomez and Jimmy Nelson? I’d most likely have to drop Span to facilitate it. I was also offered Puig and Waino for Stanton…like either or neither? Any advice on my roster? Feel like I have one too many bats and could use an extra arm but D.Norris, T.Walker, M.Cain and J.A Happ are the best available on waivers, again I’d probably have to drop Span to add an arm(have plenty of OFers and would rate him last)

    ( 5×5 HTH OBP league)
    Bats
    C McCann
    1B Freeman
    2B Kipnis
    3B Santana
    SS A.Ramirez
    OF Stanton
    OF Springer
    OF Soler
    OF Betts
    Util Pollock
    Util Avisail Garcia
    Util Lawrie
    Bench Semien
    Bench Calhoun
    Bench Span
    DL C/DH Jaso

    Staff
    P Kluber
    P Odorizzi
    P Cole
    P Salazar
    P Paxton
    SP Ventura
    SP S.Greene
    RP Chapman
    RP Britton
    Bench RP Perkins
    Bench SP McCarthy
    DL RP Parnell

      • Eric B says:
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        @Grey: Gotcha,thanks! I have Stanton so I just wanted another opinion that I wasn’t crazy to turn those offers down. Would you hold Span with that Staff or add one of the available arms(T.Walker, Cain, Norris, Haap or RP Yimi Garcia for the K’s(no holds in this league)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yimi

          • Eric B says:
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            @Grey: Gracias!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              De nada

  209. Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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    Who is the next closer up..I have a bench spot in a 15 team mixed league…Watson is already owned..Thanks

  210. Jon says:
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    Was offered Billy Hamilton + Pedroia for my Upton + Kipnis. I could use some more team speed so BHam is definitely intriguing… thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Hold

  211. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I was wrong about Abreu this year. Prolly Adam Jones too. Though I’d consider selling high on Jones if I owned him (I don’t).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When you see Abreu hitting, you wonder how he only hit so few homers in the 2nd half last year, though I will now stop talking about him for fear of a jinx

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I over analyzed Abreu. When I bought in to him it was based on first looking at tape on him, then talking about the tape with Magoo and then getting the Dan Farnsworth seal of approval over at fangraphs. Just straight up scout. Owned him cheap last year and a big part of that team. When a guy can hit a guy can hit. Feel that way about Soler. Just a human rake machine.

        But yep, Abreu pretty much an animal.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Soler’s a good example… I’m not even sure I care what he does this year, and I may put him in the top 20 overall next year just on his ability… Like him much better than Bryant

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I need to get eyeballs on Bryant. What have you seen so far with him?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Easy homer swing, beat by offspeed stuff… Looks like Richie Sexson but prolly less Ks eventually

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Maddon things the kid will start “spitting” on breaking stuff right away. Honor student at Cubs University (A Liberal Arts Baseball Program).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Love that school!

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    I didn’t have the wOBA scores to get in. I went with my safety school…Diamondbacks JC. Tons of hot chicks at least.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Those Arizona chicks are the meow’s cat

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Kind of the same thing with Adam Jones. The data says no way. Jones says “way”.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totally

  212. JWRAY says:
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    Iwakuma or Hutchinson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iwakuma

  213. Los locos says:
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    Alex Gordon was dropped in league worth a pickup?

    Need to drop either
    Garcia
    Hosmer
    Pollock
    Travis Blue JAys
    Headley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis

  214. Fever Dog says:
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    Hi Grey,

    10-team, h2h, 5×5

    give Morales to get deGrom?
    fair/not fair?

    c-vogt
    1b-rizzo
    2b-betts
    3b-arenado
    ss-bogaerts
    of-j. upton, cargo, myers
    util-morales, hosmer
    dl-car gomez

    sp: kershaw, wood, latos, miller, hammel, carlos martinez, fiers, nelson, hutchison
    rp: betancourt, britton, storen
    dl: smyly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  215. John Gibbons' Speech Coach says:
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    Drop Shoe for which of these guys? 12 team H2H league

    Colon, Anderson, Despaigne, Simon, N Martinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice username, btw

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Was thinking same.

      • Mike says:
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        Thanks Guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  216. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    yay for addison russell

    boo for ryan braun

    totally unrelated, unless you own my team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  217. Carnac says:
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    So help me if Maddon is batting Rizzo 2nd again I’m gonna *trips and crashes into desk*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  218. Dickerson's jock strap says:
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    Is it me or does the strike zone just evaporate when samardzija pitches

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conspiracy!

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Dickerson’s jock strap:

      I’ve always found him to be strangely a nibbler for a guy with power stuff. I think that has something to do with it.

        • Dickerson's jock strap says:
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          @J-FOH: it’s like when the big guy hits like a girl

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          C’mom, Shark. Sever a few legs and arms

  219. Carnac says:
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    TO: Staples CEO
    FROM: Carnac
    RE: Constant Commercial on MLB.tv
    Hey Ron, longtime fan, but I’m getting pretty annoyed with how much your voiceover guy is trying to sound like Philip Baker Hall. wtf dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  220. Adam Eaton looks like he may be heating up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Elijah: kluber looks awful here (hopefully it’s just the cold) but that damn semien being traded really messed up my plan to name more teams eaton-semien WSOX? can’t bring myself to name more than 1 that now.

  221. GhostTownSteve says:
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    57.7% of Joc Pederson’s plate appearances have resulted in a BB or a K.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a 5 Outcome guy…Walk, K, HR, Hit, Steal

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Strange that a guy striking out 35% of the time is missing the K from his name.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  222. Lex says:
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    Was offered Desmond,Pence and Cueto for Altuve and Bryant…its a 12 team head to head standard points league…Travis and Arenado are on my team and would take the place of Altuve and Bryant and if I acquire Desmond he would replace Danny Santana…and Cueto would maybe become my Ace next to Cluber….but idk Altuve and Bryant are good..oh I forgot Pence when he gets healthy would move to my utility…what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve side

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Lex: hmmm tuff call.. i like Bryants upside a lot!! Im holding him in 2 leagues

  223. Bye Felicia says:
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    I only have one thing to say. The White Sux will win the Central and GRANDE DOLAR WINS MVP!

    (OKAY 2 THINGS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds possible

  224. Grr no RBI for Grande.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But another base-knock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They take the hit from him?

  225. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Watching [email protected] CWS game is boring they should seriously consider piping in some crowd noise.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass:

      Or at least the fake bird sounds they use for The Masters.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Bye Felicia: us STL’ians can never bitch about coldish weather or wind compared to up there. our summers are worse though.

  226. Travis says:
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    Thoughts on getting Freddie Freeman for package of Shelby Miller + Ian Kennedy? Trying to move two players to free a spot to pickup Salazar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Freeman

  227. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    from above, if i have this right eovaldi>c.anderson>shoemaker right (and that goes for 12-16 team leagues as well)

    in this question (“is fiers a hold in league where i only have 1 more add this week, and only decent SP left are c.anderson/karns/happ/masterson. people grab good starters very quickly in this one.”) was it better to
    2. a. hold completely
    b. drop cecil for c.anderson? cecil is 5th RP with 4 RP slots, i have mcgee DL, 3 actual closers and watson also. The “yes” answer could’ve applied to either. I’m also trying to trade a closer (this league is slower on picking up closer specs, UNLESS somebody actually got a save, castro/grilli were added quickly by other owners, i’ve easily grabbed familia/ottavino/betancourt so far before they got any saves). Fiers is currently my 10th and worst starter. H2H league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2. Hold

  228. Bob says:
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    Getting Concerned about my 2b Situation And Backup SS. Want to ensure I make moves before the pickings are slim. I originally drafted Santanna cause you have to have a backup SS when you own Hanley. And them both having OF and SS I figured would come in handy. Well Santanna is disappointing to say the least. And at 2b I have Kipnis and Dozier and Russell. Options on waivers are below. Which of the below would you drop Santanna for? And would you drop anyone else to take a look at either for 2b?

    2b-Valebuena
    2b-Giavotella

    SS-Odubel Herrera
    SS-Zach Cozart

    10 Team h2h Roto Categories 6×6. Extra Cats are k’s for hitters and QS for pitchers.

    C-Salvador Perez
    1b-Chris Davis(1b/3b)
    2b-Kipnis
    ss-Hanley Ramirez(ss/of)
    3b-Arenado
    DH- David Ortiz
    OF-Cespedes (of/dh)
    OF-Bryce Harper
    Of-Mike Trout
    B-Prince Fielder
    B-Daniel Santanna
    B-Joc Pederson
    B-Addisson Russell
    B-Brian Dozier
    P-Samarj
    P-Arrieta
    P-Colin MgHugh
    P-Iwakuma
    P-Shoemaker
    RP-Grilli
    RP-Miller
    B-Carlos Rodon
    B-Danny Salazar
    B-Brandon McCarthy
    B-Gio Gonzalez
    DL-Jansen
    Dl-Cobb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  229. Bye Felicia says:
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    Perez the guy hitting right now looks like he’s trying out for the Avengers with that face mask on. Doodle it’s not that cold.

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Bye Felicia: some of these dudes simply have never had to be outside for any kind of time though in this weather (i’m not sure of the guy in question, but it’s possible). I have friends of mine that when i’m wearing a t-shirt and am fine they have on multiple shirts and/or light jackets. I’m of course caucasian white (middle western euro descent) these friends are not.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @A Wesley Snipes Life: I had a buddy who moved from Southern Illinois to Tucson, AZ. He thought it was hilarious when he’d see people out in 55 degree weather bundled up like it was a blizzard. I’m sure this is the same thing here. I was watching the Cubs the other day and Soler was doing the same thing. It was low 40s and he looked like he was working on the frozen tundra in Siberia.

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Wilsonian: yep, but then when us STL’ian’s go to CHI town for a day or so in Jan-Feb we see everyone’s whole head bundled up and then find out why when it hits -10 actual temp (esp in north burbs of CHI near WIS) with a LOT of wind. I don’t own a scarf nor need one in STL. Hoods and hats are enough here. yeah 55 for me (like today pretty much) is light jacket at most, or undershirt and long sleeve shirt/hoodie/hockey jersey weather (actually a non-windy sunny 55 would get sweaty in a hockey jersey)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  230. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H cats, Hld and NetSv are 2 of the 7 pitching cats. Who’s the first drop, Cishek or Cecil?

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: in a vacuum i would think this is cecil unless you have many more closers than holds guys. sometimes in situations and leagues like that you can trade closers, sometimes it’s not so easy (if you are in situation where you have too many closers/too few holds guys)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cecil

  231. ERad says:
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    Mmmmm, Devon Travis hitting in the 2 hole tonight – tasty!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  232. Big 'Uns says:
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    Howdy, thinking of dropping any/all of these guys: Shoe, Pomz, and Latos, for any of these guys: Hughes, J. Nelson, T. Wood, Hammel, C. Anderson. H2H, 10 team, QS, K, W, L, SV, ERA, WHIP. Been burned by Hughes a number of times so I kind of really don’t want him, but I see him recommended often here. Should probably already have Hughes at this point, but man, I can’t stand watching him give up that long ball on quick pitch every night!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes, Nelson, Wood

  233. stonepie says:
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    concerned about brantleys back.. would you deal him for jacoby?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  234. ERad says:
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    Joey Bats unable to make warm-up throws – DL stint possible. Poop.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noooooo

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @ERad: p rolly hurt himself trying to throw out Delmon Young at 1st yesterday after Adam Jones punked him out.

  235. GhostTownSteve says:
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    …and who, you might ask, is Ty Van Burkleo? Yes, he’s the steward of the Cleveland Indian line up currently featuring one player hitting above .230 (Murphy: .231). Nice work if you can get it.

    Former A’s hitting instructor.

    Kluber…seriously bro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber just looked off… Wild pitches and shizz… Bleh

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I blame the businessman’s special

  236. Bye Felicia says:
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    Jose Abreu is a GOD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s our God

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Grey: Yes, I took him over Stanton in one league. He’s the best 2 strike hitter I’ve ever seen. He almost golfed a 3run shot off Kluber lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That ball went to the wall and he looked off balance when he swung

          • @Grey:

            He reminds of Mike Piazza offensive skill-set wise.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Reminds me of Frank Thomas

  237. Carnac says:
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    Why’d I plan my workday around watching Kluber’s start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At least work can’t be worse comparatively

      • Carnac says:
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        Looks like Carnac’s having a better day at the office! *pumps fist*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Carnac: then who watched the goats?

  238. Great White North says:
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    What kind of RP in return could I expect for Addison Russell in a trade? Nothing? Hoping on the hype to get someone to bite.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Great White North: Go for it all! Try Aroldis or Kimbrel!

      • Great White North says:
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        @Bye Felicia: My offers have been more pedestrian: Storen, Rosenthal, Soria, Reed, Otto, Paps (with hopes he gets traded). I still doubt I get bites, but I do need me some saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe a donkeycorn

  239. Whew glad I didnt end up with Joey Bats this year. Love the guy but he’s usually hurt at least once a year.

    • Carnac says:
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      Ha, same. I owned him last year and he stayed healthy the whole dang time… which I took to be an omen to not own him anywhere THIS year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, effin sucks

  240. GhostTownSteve says:
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    “It’s almost like I’m like the head coach of a really good baseball university and it’s really kind of neat.”

    “It’s broad. We really promote liberal arts. We’re a liberal arts education in baseball… You need a lefty out of the bullpen once in a while, but overall, the broader base you give your position players with a broader curriculum, I think you really develop a better baseball player.”

    Who doesn’t love this guy? “It’s really kind of neat….”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha

  241. Bobby says:
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    On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest how aggressive would you be in a keeper free agent auction league that will process for Russell tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      9

  242. More injury news for a guy I thankfully don’t own:

    Matt Harvey is having his foot examined by doctors.
    It’s being called a minor issue, but Harvey acknowledged Wednesday that he’s been bothered by it for months. The ace right-hander is still penciled in for his Saturday start at Yankee Stadium, but this situation obviously warrants monitoring. He pitched through an unrelated illness on Sunday against the Marlins and allowed four runs over six-plus innings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope he goes down

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your tent.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m wearing flypaper for pants, so bring them on!

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Sticky side out or sticky side in?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Doh!

  243. And some good injury news for another guy I don’t own…Anthony Rendon (knee) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Double-A Harrisburg.

  244. The Jerk Store says:
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    docs checking Harvey’s foot out…. come on guy….

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @The Jerk Store:

      The Harvey thing sounds minor. Invisible rabbit minor.

      P.S. the ocean is running out of shirp

    • Cram It says:
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      @The Jerk Store: Doc checked my balls yesterday.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: you sure that was a doc?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahahaha… Got you, Cram!

        • Cram It says:
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          @J-FOH: She can claim to be whatever she wants.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Volley, smash!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Cram It: you should check her balls next time to make sure she doesn’t have any

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cram wins

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: who asked you to judge

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m Judgey Judgestein!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uh oh

  245. Josh says:
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    Kluber didn’t look good but it’s like 10 degrees in Chicago so that explains the wildness IMO. He started out slow last year too, maybe he just doesn’t do well in cold weather. Frustrating start for sure, and in my H2H league I’m near the tops in K’s and WHIP and near the bottom in ERA and Wins. Can’t buy a win!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Josh: Slow start? What was wrong with his first 3 starts?

      • Josh says:
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        @Cram It:

        He blew that perfect game against the Twins

        • Cram It says:
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          @Josh: What a bum.

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Josh: are you really comparing a “blown perfect game” to “slow start” seriously? what pitchers did you draft that are better, and how does your hitters look if so?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lousy weather

  246. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Francona’s vote of confidence for Cody Allen (parentheticals mine):

    ‘Cody is about (about meaning nearly but not quite) as trustworthy and dependable as anyone we have (given he’s your closer, I should hope so),’ said Francona. ‘Monday night wasn’t a lot of fun, but if there’s anybody we believe in (and there isn’t), he’s right at the top of the list (there is no list, see “if there’s anybody we believe in…”).’

    Allen isn’t going to lose the job. But I found this amusing.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, less worried about him vs others…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Managers are funny. He could have just said, “I believe in Cody. Just an off night.”

        What gives with the “…if there’s anybody we believe in.”

        Side not, my boss tries to use “it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon” but he doesn’t quite have the jist and says “it’s not a race, it’s a marathon.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Bryan Price’s rant yesterday was classic, you hear it?

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            @Grey:

            Super classic. Directly into the all time pantheon with Lasorda’s ’77 bleepfest.
            I love the you kids get off my lawn tone underpinning the whole thing.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yup!

  247. Ralph says:
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    Start Devon Travis (home vs Ubaldo) or LeMahieu (home vs Shields). Thinking Travis. Help, please!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis

  248. Espn fantasy baseball editor looking for help? says:
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    Grey

    I have a depth problem in my pitching? Should I sell my Bumgarner for a couple high upside pitchers? If I can after tonight

    Two of these pitchers from his team
    C-mart/Bauer/Nelson

    I guess I should have read razzball.com instead of listening to my insiders colleagues!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Bum there… Maybe Salazar and someone?

      • Espn fantasy baseball editor looking for help? says:
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        @Grey:

        OK thanks. See what I can come up with but best to try and sell the name!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  249. steven says:
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    12 team H2H, 5×5, 20 players per roster, redraft

    I just traded…
    Ellsbury, Hosmer and Tanaka
    for
    Encarnacion and Archie Bradley

    Done well?

    I didn’t need the speed that Ellsbury provides, and Encarnacion will replace Hosmer at UTIL

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

      • steven says:
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        @Grey: Thanks again

  250. RJ says:
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    Does Beltran look done to you, Grey? Would you drop him for one of Pearce, Marisnick, or Arcia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For Marisnick