Bay Area sports teams may want to throw out the mother dough.  It’s tainted.   Bartolo Colon was suspended for 50 days after being caught with elevated levels of testosterone.  This much testosterone hasn’t been found in one man since they pumped Rod Stewart’s stomach in the late-70’s.  Sorry, Snopes, it’s a fact.  I see a lot of people on the interwebs saying steroids and Bartolo’s body shape don’t add up.  It says right on the side of the steroids bottle — take these and don’t exercise and you will get Meat Loaf breasts.  (I’m paraphrasing.)  Like Melky, Bartolo Colon started a fake website to try and cover his tracks.  The Go Daddy Website Starter Kit said open a new Safari window so Bartolo donned his Tommy Bahama pith helmet and then read their policies and stopped, deciding he couldn’t go without Spam.  Up until now, Colon claimed the remarkable turnaround of his career was because of his fat and bone marrow stem cell surgery, but it turns out doing steroids and eating a lot of fatty bone marrow while watching Sleeper Cell on DVD isn’t a surgery.  Unfortunately, we won’t have Bartolo to kick around anymore, but, for old time’s sake, feel free to punt him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Daniel Straily – With the blowing out of the Colon, Tyson Ross was recalled to take his spot for tomorrow, but that’s a spot start and Straily isn’t eligible to return from the minors yet (needs ten days in the minors).  Straily will probably be recalled to take his rotation spot next week.  Grab him immediately.  That wasn’t fast enough!

Tommy Milone – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks.  You know what’s a good cure for a tiring pitcher?  A nap?  No, Random Italicized Voice.  The Twins.  Your testicles?  No, Random Italicized Voice!

Coco Crisp – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and the slam & legs.  That’s a hearty breakfast, Coco Crisp.

Ryan Braun – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer.  When a guy is so good (Miggy, Braun, Votto when healthy), you don’t even need to talk about him.  Braun’s so good he doesn’t even need steroids! (Or he’s so good he’s figured out undetectable steroids!)

David DeJesus – 1-for-3 with his 4th homer in the last week.  Does it help if I say I picked him up in a league?  Does that make it worse?  Okay, now my feelings are hurt.

Tyler Skaggs – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 4 Ks  He didn’t throw most of those walks until later in the game when he was tiring (or when Trevor Bauer snuck out there).  This could be a one and done situation, but the Diamondbacks aren’t saying yet.  If you have room, I’d hold him for a few days until things shake out.  In one league, I dropped him for Straily.

Aaron Hill – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs with a homer in the 1st game and a steal in the 2nd game of the doubleheader for the Ernie Banks slam & legs.   Now has 4 homers and 3 steals in the last 5 games.  That’s a good season for Daniel Murphy!

Wade Miley – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.80.  Someone is going to show up at their 2013 draft completely unprepared and own themselves some Wade Miley.

Justin Upton – His MRI came back clean, but the doctor then kicked him in the shins, saying, “That’s because I drafted you.”

Ivan Nova – Felt pain in his shoulder and is headed for tests.  When in doubt, answer C for everything.

Michael Saunders – Hit his 4th homer in the last four games.  When I mention Michael Saunders or any Saunders for that matter  — Hey Joe, nice guitar riff — more than once in a week, you should probably look to grab him for a couple of days.

Emilio Bonifacio – And back to the DL with a knee sprain.  He could be out for three weeks.  If no one is in the room when you drop Bonifacio to waivers, will anyone hear it?  I don’t know; let’s see.

Everth Cabrera – 1-for-3 with 2 steals.  This is gonna sound crazy.  Like I’ve officially lost my mind crazy.  Like I’ve done nothing but read a TV Guide interview with Ms. Piggy for the last 20 years and because of that I think I’m Kermit and that Matt Roush is trying to steal my girl crazy.  But the Padres are actually hitting lately.  Maybin, Venable, EverCab…  Even Quentin.

Andrew Werner – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 2 Ks.  He wasn’t drafted and he just kept at it in the Frontier League, where the women drink brown liquor and the men shoot guns to get the piano player to play a song.  Werner doesn’t have overwhelming stuff.  He survives on command and stick-to-it-iveness.  He’s a milk man, who has everything because of hard work, and by everything, I mean milk.  I’d ignore him in most mixed leagues, but in NL-Only leagues it’s worth a shot because of the Petco factor.

Tom Layne – Got the save yesterday for the Padres.  Hmm, did Dale Thayer change his name to something more lisper friendly?   I think Layne got the save because A) They refuse to give Gregerson any saves. B) Thayer has struggled and pitched the last two days.  C) There’s no C.

James McDonald – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks as he ran into the offensive juggernaut, Padres.  Okay, still sounds weird.

Kris Medlen – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, now has 5 wins and a 1.86 ERA.  Not sure if I’ve mentioned him before *checking notes*  Actually, I’ve mentioned him every day for the last 45 days.  On day 27, I mentioned him twice.  If you haven’t been able to read the site because you’re busy campaigning for President and lunching with George Clooney and Kathryn Bigelow to get the facts straight for a movie about you, grab Medlen between debriefing sessions.

Ross Detwiler – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Not a terrible, soul-crushing start, but he hasn’t looked sharp in three weeks and he might be tiring.  He doesn’t have a bad next start in Crayola Canyon, but in some leagues I’d move on now.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his 26th.  You could say he’s sorta da boss so get lost.  That’s for Ludwyck.

Chris Sale – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 13 Ks vs. the Yankees.  Member the other day I said Rudy and I were in first in one league and we stood to win $6,000?  Rudy says it’s more like $8,000.  Oh, and we have Sale on that team and Jeter, the one guy who homered off of Sale yesterday.  Aw, sookie.  I don’t want this to come off as hubris — Me?  Never! — but some of you must have this feeling in some of your leagues.  We had a great start from Sale, but we already have the max points for ERA, WHIP and Ks.  Can’t Sale get some runs and steals?  Please.

Domonic Brown – 2-for-3 with his 1st homer.  Not of his career; it only feels that way.  He now has a modest four game hitting streak with seven hits.  It could be the start of something.  Or not.  We’ll see.

Moises Sierra – 2-for-4 with two doubles.  Getting to 2nd base twice in one evening is cool…If you’re in high school!  Where’s my homers and RBIs and offensive accoutrements?

Adrian Beltre – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs with 3 homers.  Two off of Tommy Hunter and one off of Kevin Gregg.  Peg boys hadn’t been used that successfully since the British Royal Navy.

David Murphy – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI and gets Diamond, Deduno, Duensing and De Vries over the next four days in Arlington.  If the Rangers don’t score 50 runs over the next four days, my name isn’t Grey Meadowlark Albright.

Jon Jay – 2-for-4 with a steal.  Now 8 for his last 18, which is close to .500.  Thanks, remedial math!

Matt Harvey – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  My kingdom for a whole staff of pitchers with 105 and above on the Stream-o-Nator.

Wilin Rosario – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs with his 20th homer.  You know what kind of season he’s having, right?  A Napoli season as managed by The Sciosciapath.

Tyler Colvin – 2-for-4 with his 3rd steal in 2 days.  The first two were off Christall Young, so I ignored them, because that giraffe couldn’t pick off Billy Butler caught taking a twenty step lead, but now Colvin’s hitting .400 in the last week with a homer in there.  Tyler, OFWGKTA.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-2 before he left the game with a tight calf.  Mo.  That’s what a tight calf sounds like.  I know shizz like that.  You’re welcome.  Pujols will undergo an MRI today, but he’s El Hombre and you need a dozen Clydesdales to pull him off the field for an extended period of time, and he left those horses in St. Louis.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Must’ve felt that his fantasy ownership had hit a nadir so he threw out a quality start.  That’s not playing fair, Anibal.  Some would say it’s dirty, Sanchez.

Johan Santana – As hinted at here after inferring shizz from other sites, Johan is done for 2012.  “What if we have Johan greeting fans AND making lattes?”  That’s Wilpon at his local Starbucks seeing if he can recoup some more of that Madoff money.

John Axford – The Brewers said Axford convincingly pleaded his case to be the closer, and they agreed, reinstating him.  At least that’s what I read from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but they might’ve lifted a plot line from The Closer.  Yesterday, he recorded his 2nd save in as many games.  Making Axford the closer doesn’t make him a reliable closer, but SAGNOF is the same in over 117 languages with one major exception, German.  There it’s ACHTUNGNOF!

Randy Wolf – Released by the Brewers into the wild.  Anyone who’s not Team Jacob should be careful going out after dark.

 
  1. Howard says:
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    @Grey, Thanks for featuring the Rasmus Girl (Nichole) in the Razzball podcast! I hope she can shake him out of his 2/35 slump! Did you find Rudy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Rudy’s amongst the missing… Check between your couch cushions…

      • @Grey, I was found in NYC asleep in a hotel room after ingesting a lobster rolls and a whole lotta beer. I’ll be back on the mike next podcast.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You sound like a japanese businessman.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, so he’s a voyeur

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes, exactly!

  2. beardcrabs says:
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    OFWGKTA…

    that hype needs to die soon…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @beardcrabs, Yeah, don’t entirely get it, which makes me feel old. Not cool…

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @Grey, its ok i get 75% of my world culture from watching Anthony Bourdain and 100% of my street smarts from reading your blog…

        well idk grey, i thought you were making a reference to tyler the creator and odd future…

        anyhoots, when i don’t get what your saying i feel uncultured and naive…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was making a reference to Tyler, the Creator… I agree, he’s overrated… I like one of their songs…

  3. Mdgross says:
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    Do you publicly vouch for particular money leagues, Grey, or do you just play in groups of people that you know? I’m looking for both Fantasy Baseball and Football.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mdgross, I don’t vouch for any leagues, there were people in that league we trusted… They could vamoose and we’d be out…

  4. Tony says:
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    Putz 2 saves in one night! I was like “yahoo typo”

    NOPE, DH’er!

    and why didn’t i throw Sale? oh wait because its vs the YANKS in a small park AND i only need 5 more innings, OF COURSE HE THROWS A RIDICULOUS GAME that would have won me the week for sure…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Ha, yup…

  5. Frank says:
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    Drop Rasmus for any of the following: Frazier, Jay, Colvin or D. Murphy? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank, Frazier

  6. mH says:
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    James McDonald 2nd half dead arm pitching on 3-days rest had disaster written all over it, even if it was @Padres… Bucs mgmt is exactly why they continue to suck every year. Think they’d notice his last start was solid due to 6 days rest? Lets bump the fatigued SP to 3 days! Brilliant!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mH, Yeah, I should’ve mentioned that… Wacky move…

  7. Exile in Dixie says:
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    A day late here, but… What would have to happen to get the podcast into the Zune marketplace so I can listen to it on my poor, market-snubbed and Razzball-less Windows phone? Petitions? Pleas? Promises to smite fellow commenters who ask for opinions on their line ups next April? Because the things I’m supposed to be willing to do for a Klondike bar? I would actually do for the podcast on my phone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Exile in Dixie, To get it in a Zune marketplace, you could research it and tell me what I need to do…

  8. Fuij (Fausto or Roberto? RCL) says:
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    “Like I’ve done nothing but read a TV Guide interview with Ms. Piggy for the last 20 years and because of that I think I’m Kermit”

    There needs to be a commentator like Sam the Eagle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fuij (Fausto or Roberto? RCL), HA!

  9. 2qbn says:
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    Drop Pagan or Dewayne Wise?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2qbn, Pagan

  10. Dale Gribble says:
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    Which two should I own going forward?

    Tim Hudson, Mike Minor, Kris Medlen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dale Gribble, Minor, Medlen

  11. Randy BoBandy says:
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    I did cut bait with McDonald last week, but then on the weekend he shuts down the Cardinals IN St. Louis. And then lays an egg vs the aforementioned juggernaut Padres. Drives me mad!

    And does anyone else realize Kyle Lohse is 13-2 with a 1.08 WHIP & 2.61 ERA? Some things just defy logic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy, Yeah, Lohse dedicated his season to Dave Duncan, or Dave Duncan is just pitching in Lohse’s body… One of the two…

  12. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    I dropped Straily yesterday for Milone! Bad move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buddo Chezuski, Not if you got Milone’s start…

  13. Eddie says:
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    Old McDonald or Corbin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie, Corbin

  14. radiohead says:
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    @Grey, I’m waiting on Tulo for the playoffs in a 10-team NL H2H. I’d like to pick up E Cabrera as a hedge. Do you like him better than T Greene? Or should I drop Dom Brown, J Mayberry, T Snider or EYJr instead?

    • radiohead says:
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      @grey, fyi I’ve clinched a bye so playoffs don’t start until 9/10 – so I want upside at this point in case Tulo has a setback. Also thinking I should hold on to EYJr as reports suggest he’ll be back.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @radiohead, Pick up EverCab for Young…

  15. Booya says:
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    A few questions,

    1) Drop Sheets or Haren for Straily?

    2) Drop Belt for Chavez, Alvarez, Reynolds, or Chipper?

    3) Drop L Cruz for Rutledge, Evercab, or Greene?

    4) Drop Krispie for Ruggiano, Jay, Wise, Maybin, or Brown?

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, 1) Straily 2)Alvarez 3) EverCab 4) Riuggiano

      • Booya says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. I know I want Straily but would you rather hold onto Haren or Sheets?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haren

  16. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Stash Chooch for the H2H playoffs, or just keep rolling with Doumit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Doumit

  17. Stumanji says:
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    Hey, remember when Daniel Bard was a thing? Ah, good times.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stumanji, The days we had!

  18. Chillmodious says:
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    SON is giving Alex Cobb a 112 for today (home vs. Oakland). I’m in a close pitching matchup, but also never one to doubt the SON. How do you feel about that start?

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Chillmodious, I’m starting him, similar situation.

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Steve Stevenson, I just dropped Thayer (my 4th closer) to stream Cobb. I’ll put the 112 in Cobb’s pipe and smoke it. Or something like that.

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Chillmodious, This is where the SON scares the daylights out of me. Thought it was a no-brainer and started Peavy vs Seattle this week over Cobb. Then I see Cobb’s 112 vs Peavy’s 102 and I’m already imagining Cobb’s perfect game.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @L-Boogie, I’m also looking longingly at Karstens’ 113 home start Saturday.

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve Stevenson, I’m using both Cobb and Karstens in H2H, solely on the basis of the SON.

  19. Paul says:
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    In a 12 team standard mixed keeper. C,1B,2B,3B, SS, 3x OF, util. 1450 innings limit.

    I’ve been in first the whole year until today. I have relatively easy pts to gain in HR, RBI, and AVG…can get a pt or 2 in saves

    I’ve been offered Posey (4, 4, 4, 4), Allen Craig (22, 19, 16, 13), Street (5, 5, 5, 5) and a 9th rd pick for Harper (4, 4, 4, 4) and a 25th rd pick. The numbers in brackets is the round a player can be kept for the next 4 years.

    My current catcher and 1B and 2B options are, Carlos Santana, J. Montero, Kendrys Morales, Ackley, Utley.

    Do I bite the bullet and trade Harper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul, Hold

  20. Charles says:
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    Drop Skaggs for Anibal? I owned Anibal all season until I dropped him before yesterday’s decent start. I’d hate to be the “ex-boyfriend” that finds his “ex-girlfriend” looking hot in an issue of Maxim.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Charles, I second this question. In fact, I think most people who drafted Anibal are probably thinking the same this morning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Ha! Yeah, switch them up…

  21. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    starting Fiers @ PIT?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd25, In some leagues…

      • Coolwhip

        Todd25 says:
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        @Grey, 10 team H2H that counts QS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd25, Sit

  22. Eddy says:
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    Woah, Kershaw with a 163 rating. Think that’s the highest SON has churned out, no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Was Garcia fixed?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, it was…

  23. doghat666 says:
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    12 team, 10×10 (adds: holds, K/9, Inn, BAA, W-L and D+T, Hits, Ks, OPS, SBA) daily roto keeper league, active roster 23, 6 bench, 6 DL

    SP Halladay
    SP Greinke
    SP THudson
    SP Detwiler
    SP Minor
    SP Fiers
    SP BAnderson
    SP Sheets
    SP Karstens
    RP Motte
    DL Marcum
    DL Griffin

    Would you drop any of these for Straily or Volquez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @doghat666, Sheets for Straily…

  24. Zach says:
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    hey grey — i just made a bunch of trades and now i’m flush with starting pitchers (bumgarner, hamels, j-zimm, cliff lee) but my RPs are wilhelmsen and balfour. axford and cishek are on the wire. the backend of my rotation is fister, minor, dempster, macdonald and jaime garcia. which 2 SPs would you drop and which RP would you add for non-keeper ROS purposes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zach, Cishek and Axford for Fister and MacDonald

  25. McClapYoHandz says:
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    When is it a good time to grab and hold Billy Hamilton as far as keeper leagues go. I’m a lock for the playoffs this year but with Bonifacio goin down again, I’m thinking of going with Hamilton for the future…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @McClapYoHandz, Now