Here’s what I said this offseason, “Before watching the video on Lucas Giolito, I looked at his vitals.  This is something I don’t usually do.  Doesn’t really matter to me if a guy is six-foot-one or five-ten.  But, dizzamn, Giolito is a strapping young man, huh?  He’s listed at six-six and 230.  He’s only 21 years old, but I think he’s done growing.  Hopefully, cause his mom tells CBS Sports that his “feet already hang off the bed.”  With a six-six frame, as you can imagine, he throws fast.  (Christall Young is the exception that proves the rule, an idiom that never made any sense to me.  If it’s an exception, how does it prove anything?  It proves that there’s exceptions, but that’s about it, right?  I’m gonna move on before my brain hurts in my thought-nodes.)  Giolito hits 97 MPH on his fastball, which is actually up a tick from the previous year.  If he keeps steadily increasing his fastball every year, by the time he’s 40 years old, he’s going to be throwing 117 MPH.  He throws from nearly right over the top, so the ball fires downhill and hitters have about no chance of hitting it.  A 9+ K/9 seems to be a given once he gets settled in the majors.  With speed comes no control, to sound like a drunk Yoda.  Or does it?!  Snap, reversed on that.  No, Giolito has control too.  97 MPH with command?  I’ll say it for you, hummna-hummna.  Oh, and his strikeout pitch is his hard breaking curve.  In 20 years, Al Pacino could be playing the role of a Hall of Fame pitcher in the film, Giolito’s Way.  Assuming Pacino has eighteen-inch stilettos.  He could be special, and TMZ spotted Pacino shopping for eighteen-inch stilettos, so that could be a good sign.”  And that’s me quoting me!  He should be added in all leagues, like yesterday.  To put just the tiniest bit of dampers in these happiness diapers, Kershaw had a 4.26 ERA his rookie year in 107 2/3 IP.  Rookies give roofies and take your kidneys.  Hashtag truth.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Trea Turner – Started playing center field in the minors, and could be called up in a week or so to replace Ben Revere and Michael Taylor, because Dusty loves him some Danny Espinosa (3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs).

Joe Ross – 6 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.30.  Why can’t he pitch poorly right before a podcast is taped so I can give JB the jazz?  Speaking of which, the podcast with the Jose Canseco interview will be here shortly.  Or has already been posted if you slept in.  Check you out, snoozecat!

Ben Revere – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI and three steals (8, 9, 10), hitting .220.  If Thor was pitching in April 1775, Revere might have reached the Pacific Ocean during his midnight ride.

Anthony Rendon – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th steal, hitting .256.  If he were to get hot, he could make a run at a top ten season for a 2nd baseman.  But if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, I’d be a diabetic squirrel.

Steven Matz – The Mets are dumb.  Here’s the Mets, “Matz is fine, elbow is great, he’s good, healthy, give me a thesaurus and I’ll tell you he’s healthy with a sprinkle of synonyms.”  Now, Matz might miss his next start with an elbow spur.  The Mets’ announcements are like a chess match between Terry Collins and a puppy dog.  The Mets say the elbow spur is something that he can pitch through, which will be the case until the Mets say they’re shutting him down and he needs surgery.

Noah Syndergaard – 3 IP, 5 ER.  In the first two scoreless innings, tweets for Syndergaard looked like this:  “He don’t need no stinkin’ elbow.”  After the 3rd inning:  “Can he get an elbow transplant from Bartolo?”  Then, around 8 PM PST, Syndergaard said he didn’t have a bone spur in his elbow.  Then, around 9 PM PST, he said he did have a spur.  Mets:  world’s worst liars or just dumb.

Brandon Nimmo – 2-for-4, 1 run.  Oh, you best believe I’m cyclops’ing him, and I even grabbed him in one league.  Rookie nookie!

Gerrit Cole – Threw a 15-pitch sess.  I say sess.  Cool kids say sess.  Cool kids don’t point it out.  Dah!

Francisco Liriano – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.33.  In related news, Ray Searage is just some lonely guy standing behind a curtain and there is no ‘Wizard.’

Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-2 but didn’t start for the 2nd straight day in lieu of Scott Van Slyke.  A-Gon’s not in the best milieu.  He used be the field lieutenant.  Okay, I’m out of lieu words.

Scott Kazmir – 5 IP, 4 ER, 4 Hits, 4 BBs, 4 Ks, and a 4.67 ERA.  Four score and five innings ago, Kazmir set upon this great nation an illusion of being good when healthy, but that illusion appears to be a trick.

Clayton Kershaw – Complained of back discomfort.  Kershaw, you can give up four earned in six innings without the excuses.  Liriano gives up 4 ER on the reg and owns that shizz!

Eduardo Rodriguez – 2 2/3 IP, 9 ER, and optioned to the minors.  Ed-Rod better get his thetans checked.

Bryce Brentz – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .467.  First name:  baseball God.  2nd name:  Ricky Gervais’ character from The Office trying to spell his name in a cool way.  Brentz has been filling in for Holt and Krispie.  In Triple-A, he had three homers, two steals and a .278 average in 38 games.  Lowercase yay.

Sandy Leon – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Hurricane Leon!  Hmm, that feels like it could be pithier.

Blake Snell – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.54.  Actually, not that bad a start vs. the Sawx, but that’s the problem.  Shizzy matchups, usual rookie hiccups, I’ve moved on.

Desmond Jennings – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  I’m not picking him up, but I can’t hate you for doing it.  I said it before, and I’ll say it again.  Life is too short.  Too $hort.

Logan Forsythe – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .297.  Hard to go a full season and be underappreciated, but Forsythe is going on a season and a half of it.  Apparently, fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) don’t have much Forsythe.

Oswaldo Arcia – 3-for-5, 2 runs, and two huge days back-to-back on his new club.  Could be feeling renewed in Tampa like a Massengill commercial, and Arcia has been good in the past.  Worth a flyer if you’re struggling for upside.

Nick Franklin – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Would’ve made a nice batty call.  Stupid hindsight and its omniscience!

DJ LeMahieu – MRI came back clean on his knee, but he was still out of the lineup.  Every…body, can move their body, except Mr. DJ.  What, not a fan of Zhané?

Devon Travis – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 5th homer.  This game was in Coors, so grain of salt, but he got to five homers mad quick, right?  They eat shoulder injuries for breakfast up there in Toronto.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers (20, 21).  For the Edwin!

Aroldis Chapman – 0 IP, 1 ER.  I don’t talk about trade rumors much, because they’re mostly ridiculous.  This one I heard yesterday was especially silly.  The Cubs are scouting Aroldis.  HAHAHAHAHA. Really?!  Aroldis?  What does the scout go back to the Cubs with?  “Um, yeah, he looks, uh, pretty good.  Seems to throw fast.”  Aroldis needs to be scouted?!  Hey, Cubs, get the MLB package!

Ivan Nova – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.32.  There’s a word for Nova this year, it’s whereisseverino.

Mark Teixeira – 3-for-5, 2 runs, and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  It’ll end, fo’sho, but he’s obviously a hot schmotato right now.

Ian Desmond – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  On our Player Rater, he’s in the top 5 overall.  Here’s your preseason prep.  Here’s your preseason prep being thrown into a blazing fire.

Trevor Bauer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.19.  I just gave you my Trevor Bauer fantasy.  It was written without the K sound.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, hitting over-.400 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Tyler Flowers – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer.  Flowers went deep off of Bauer, who once soured Kevin Towers.  Don’t love every Cougar, but, damn, Stefanie Powers.

Lance McCullers – Scratched from today’s start due to a blister on his thumb.  Sounds like he’s in Dire Straits.

Garrett Richards – Has “progressive healing” in his elbow.  Well, that’s a new one.  Keep shooting stem cells into his arm and see if he can grow a whole new arm to pitch with.  “I have a brand new arm, but it wants to play badminton.”  That’s Richards with his third arm that doesn’t want to cooperate.

Matt Shoemaker – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.12 vs. Collin McHugh 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.58.  This matchup was billed as, “The people that drafted these guys aren’t even benefitting from these good starts.”

Mike Trout – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 17th homer, and 3rd in as many games.  I randomly was looking at Trout’s Wikipedia page and I found this nugget, “In June 2016, Sporting News named Trout “baseball’s best player” for the season.”  Did the Sporting News also hand out this year’s World Series MVP already too?  Can they tell us who won the Men’s 400m in the Olympics in August?  How’s the Mr. Robot 2nd season premiere?  I got questions, y’all!

Kendrys Morales – 4-for-4, 2 RBIs.  Two days in a row I’ve said Kendrys is hot; your move.

Adam Wainwright – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.86 vs. Danny Duffy 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  Here’s a crystal clear example of a problem many have in fantasy.  Going for the known name.  Wainwright is owned in 92% of leagues; Duffy is owned in 33% of leagues.  Has Wainwright been better than Duffy in any substantial way?  Not to answer, but to ruminate.

Matt Holliday – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer.  He’s going to get to 25 homers this year with a .260 average and you are going to draft him next year based on that, yet you won’t even pick him up now.  Don’t look behind you, I’m talking to you.

Seung Hwan Oh – People are saying he’s going to get the first crack at the Cards’ closer job, which is what I said yesterday after I previously said Siegrist.  On a related note, I wonder if there’s anyone named Seung Kari Ohkey.

Aledmys Diaz – Was hit by a foul ball above his eye and will go for tests.  The first test:  can you see?  2nd test:  how well?

Taijuan Walker – Expected to return on Thursday.  He says the arch of his foot feels better.  I wonder if he went for arches’ therapy at the Ronald McDonald House.

Vince Velasquez – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.38, as he returned from the DL.  Damn, I picked him up, but then I got chicken.  Yes, Biff, chicken, stop taunting me!  I don’t trust Velasquez in road starts at all, but he’s worth owning in just about all leagues.

Odubel Herrera – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .307.  Now two big games in a row for ODB.  Keep it filthy, Dirt McDirt.

Robbie Ray – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.69.  Stream-o-Nator predicted a line of 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, and that was almost exactly what it was until he was brought for the 7th inning and gave up two runs.  Hey, Chip Hale, subscribe to the Stream-o-Nator!

Josh Reddick – Plans on being activated today.  About time, the A’s lineup without Reddick, is just a load of aftergoo.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, and third homer in the past five games.  So much for the aftergoo!

Daniel Mengden – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.81.  And his peripherals look pretty, as well.  Okay, I’m in.  Time to add.

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 3.91.  When he turned the corner in April, someone should’ve mentioned to him to stop turning corners, because then you’re back where you were last year.

Joey Votto – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a double slam (12, 13) and legs (6), hitting .248.  He didn’t wear his customary #19 uni for this game, but instead a uni that read, “2-for-1 with Bruce, let’s make a deal!”

Billy Hamilton – 1-for-2, 2 runs and two steals (18, 19).  Yesterday’s Reds/Cubs game (19 runs scored) was like when the pinball gets stuck between two bumpers.

Dan Straily – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  The Regression Fairies get drunk and profess their love of Hello Kitty, they call their guy friends ‘sister,’ and they will destroy your ratios.

Jake Arrieta – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 2.10, and pitchslapped Michael Lorenzen.  Gonna go out on a 150-year-old oak limb and say the ball was flying pretty good yesterday with seven homers in the game.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3 and his 18th homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Kris Bryant – 5-for-5, 4 runs, 6 RBIs and three home runs (19, 20, 21) to go with two doubles.  Bryant had so many shots in this game, the announcers kept mistakenly calling him Kobe.

  1. Troy: The Collector

    Troy says:
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    I’ll ask again arcia or nyquin? Lol deep 12 team league

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Troy: arcia’s gonna have a fun old time keeping playing time when one of his patented 2-29 with 13 K’s shows up and some amount of some guyer/kiermaier/souza (soon in this last one) are back.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: that being said, if this is short term question, probably arcia.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Troy: This should be fun everyday.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Troy: They’re two different players. If you want a low avg with HR potential, go Arcia. If you want a guy who chips in over 5 cats, go Naquin.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Troy: and there’s the news that some guyer is back soon too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Troy: Naquin likely more valuable, Arcia more upside if he sticks

  2. SF says:
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    Would you drop Liriano at this point? Thinking of picking up Zach Davies as a replacement. I haven’t been starting Liriano for a month or so now and he doesn’t look to be getting any better.

    how about picking up Evan Gattis for Wellington Castillo at C?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @SF: Liriano can likely go Le Boeuf but Reed’s call up may take the occasional start away @ DH.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @JakeTPE: comment got edited. should read: …can likely go based on Grey’s blurb. Gattis over Le Boeuf…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SF: Lose Liriano, I’d prefer Gattis

  3. howtathor says:
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    I can picture Syndegaard and Matz in Midnight Cowboy walking thru Times Square showing off their spurs…Hello m’am I’m Noah Syndebuuck and my buddy Steve Buck…how ya like our spurs! DTD is the kiss of death in fantasy baseball (Do The Drop). Personally, I’m adding Arya Stark in all leagues!

  4. phil says:
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    Naquin just keeps hitting. And for power.

    He for real ? dropped Aaron Hicks for him anyway in deep dynasty

    • Cram It says:
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      @phil: Grady Sizemore-lite

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phil: Can’t hit lefties, will be platooned, doesn’t have real power

  5. Chris says:
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    I’m worried about matz. Should I drop any of these guys for taijuan walker: aj reed (bench), paxton, mazara or ellsbury or even kintzler who I’m using for saves? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: These are all bench bats? You need to drop Reed or Maz, depends on who in front of them

      • Chris says:
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        I have ortiz, hosmer and freeman for 1b,ci,dh. Thought I may be able to get more from reed than freeman or try to trade him. Nobody wants freeman. Mazara or ellsbury are my 5th OF, one is a reserve.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends what you can get

          • Chris says:
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            Ok, so which one do I cut if I can’t male a deal? Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Maz

  6. RichardWellner says:
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    I drafted Ian Desmond in one league and dropped him after a week. I’m starting to feel like this was a mistake.

  7. JoeG414 says:
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    How about that Danny Duffy !

  8. Smell The Glove says:
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    Danny Duffy or James Paxton? And which one would you pick up: Chisenhall, Melky, Granderson or Revere?

    • Wudaben says:
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      @Smell The Glove: I don’t think they are that far apart and am curious too but I’m in a H2H points league and chose to keep Duffy for the higher win potential. Duffy has been allowed around 100 pitches in the past two games finally also.

      Grey: How would you rank Duffy, J Gray, Paxton & Giolitio ROS?

  9. 6ix Side says:
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    Braun, Tulo and Adrian Gonzalez or Carlos Gonzalez, Daniel Murphy and Beltre

  10. The King in the North says:
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    Reddick or Napoli? I’m not entirely convinced the former is over his thumb injury, but I also feel like the latter is due for an 0 for 30 streak. Then again, the last two times I trusted my gut, I got shivved by my friends and nearly buried under a pile of dead bodies. Help!

  11. Eric says:
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    Norris or Hundley ROS

    • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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      @Eric: hundley

  12. Slim

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    It’s about time! Welcome aboard the Mengden Mustache ride. It’s a little itchy but it’s been a fun ride so far.

  13. SteveNZ says:
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    My Votto+Heyward+Castro+Herrera or his Rizzo+C Seager+Betances

    Or am I just chump-dumping?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @SteveNZ: Rizzo side

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @SteveNZ: Rizzo side and yeah id be surprised if he took that.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: That trade should never happen.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: This was like one of those conversations with your parents when deep down you knew what the right answer was.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: This guy has been desperate to get Heyward, but only offering up, like Maybin (!) and Betances in return. It’s a holds league, but still.

            Just trying to figure something out where I can actually get something in return (even though Hayward has been dire).

            • Grey

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              What was the other guy’s reaction to the chump dump? Or did you not even try it?

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Didn’t try it.

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Guess it can’t hurt to try..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah never know what the other person might say

  14. Dusty says:
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    Travis got me intrigued. Esp at leadoff. Better than C Gomez for Util?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dusty: Yes, love me some Travis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dusty: Yeah, worth a shot

  15. brett says:
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    12 team 6×6 league with OPS and holds the extra categories. We can keep 5 260 auction budget. Drafted players can be kept for 2 additional years or prior to year 2 given a contract which raises their price $5 every year. Pick ups can be kept for 1 year at 5 or faab price which ever is more.

    I am currently in 3rd. My staff: J fer, Salazar, Cueto, Matz, Joe Ross, Taillon, Urias, Nola

    Current keepers options
    Harper 23, Machado 24 and J Fer13 are close to sure things. My other options for my last 2 spots:

    drafted players: Belt 11, Kang 7, Story 4, Bryant 46, Matz 3, Joe Ross 1, Salazar 15

    Pick ups: Mazara 8, AJ Reed 5, Taillon 5, Urias 5

    Have a trade from last place team looking for keepers Matz for Price. Would you do this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brett: I’d take Price to win this year…

  16. Eric says:
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    Start Lito against the Mets Lite Offense?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Eric: Yup

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Eric: I wud

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Starting Lito and Harvey… I just hope it’s a pitching duel that whoever is in the game longer wins.

  17. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Can’t wait for the podcast with JB and JC later! Good get, sir!

    No question today but an observation if I may. While the whole Gregerson – Giles question has been answered, and the answer is neither, Luke’s last three appearances are still noteworthy:

    3 IP, 1 baserunner, 3 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 3 W.

    I get that he’s got little value outside of leagues that count holds, but Hinch is still putting him out there in high-leverage situations and those 3 wins are a nice consolation.

    Have a good Tuesday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Oh, it’s classic, go listen! Yeah, noticed Gregerson has not only looked better, but is raking up wins

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: That was awesome. You brought the heat! And Jose picked up his ball and went home.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He let the question bounce off his head and into the stands

  18. paul says:
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    Carlos Gomez or josh reddick?

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @paul: red that dick till it gets ya to the ER baby.

  19. Greg says:
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    Is there a word for when a young starting pitcher has allowed just three baserunnes in seven shutout innings and is still sent out for the eighth inning, then proceeds to give up four baserunners in five batters before being pulled and losing said shutout and nearly his first ever win?

    Congrats on your first win Mengden. Rock that stauche.

  20. Tyler says:
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    That’s all the love you got for Bryant? Just a couple sentences at the end?? Your clearly a cardinals fan!

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Tyler: what would STL fandom have to do with it? me likely though the most total bases i’ve seen on my rosters, probably ever.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Tyler: It was a big day from a first round player, not much you can really comment on there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tyler: Ha, Cards’ fans prolly enjoy my love for Waino, Carp, C-Mart and Wacha

      • Nightmare says:
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        @Grey:
        Yes we do!! Let’s go Cards!!!! F the Cubs!
        Meanwhile I’ve got Bryant and conteras and no cards players hahaha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Tyler says:
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            @Grey:
            I just like poking fun at cardinals fans for all the years of abuse I’ve taken.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know, was kidding back

  21. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    I did drop merrifield to activate Velasquez. The question is who should I drop to pick up Taijuan Walker? My choices are:

    Zobrist
    Pujols
    Siegrist
    Quintana
    Duffy

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: Siegrist

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Malicious Phenoms I forgot to mention holds count in my league. Woukd you punt holds and give up Siegrist anyway for Taijuan?

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: Why do you want Walker?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Chicken Dinner I am looking for one arm to solidify my staff and thought he might be it

  22. Chris says:
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    Who wins:

    Machado, Sale and Carrasco for Arenado and Trout

    5xs5 OBP

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Chris: I wud take Trout side, especially if I didn’t need the SP’s

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chris: Arenado

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Cram It: Trout side… two first rounders… all day.

  23. Jensen says:
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    What would you do with Eduardo Nunez in a keep forever league? Try to move him this season while he is hot, or hold him?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jensen: I’d sell high if you could.

  24. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Great stuff as usual! What are your thoughts on Lance McCullers for ROS and next year? He is still very young and even though he hasn’t lived up to his sleeper status this year I’ve been targeting him in several keeper leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hometown Heroes: Thanks! I’d be looking to buy him, he’ll be fine

  25. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h obp

    Dropped Snell for Giolito…start him today in that format @NYM?

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F:There’s no guarantee he starts more than this game… if you picked him up, it would be foolish not to start him.

  26. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Worth noting that I changed my team name to The Regression Fairies when I was in 9th place a few weeks ago. Been winning ever since (h2h) and am now in 5th place. Cust sayin.

  27. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    BJ3!

  28. RePete says:
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    Would you trade away Polanco or Sano for Carrasco in a 14-Team H2H OBP Keep 5 Forever League?

    My Team:

    Betts, Stanton, Bogaerts, Polanco, Sano, Valencia, Pujols, Gattis, Schoop, Hanley, Heyward, T.Turner, Bregman

    Strasburg, Martinez, Roark, Velasquez, Walker, Gausman, Smyly, Suarez, Robertson, Colome, Vizcaino, Kelley

    • RePete says:
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      @RePete: What about Polanco, Sano, T.Turner for J.D. Martinez, Carrasco, Forsythe?

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @RePete: I would trade Sano for Carrasco

  29. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey. Which two out of these pitchers: Jon Gray, Duffy, Shoe, Shark and Wacha? Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jerry: Duffy and Shoe for me with Gray a close third

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Jerry: NP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jerry: Agree with F

  30. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    holy crap, when in a 14 team dynasty your 10th waiver gets it done for aj reed, it’s like waking up to a 2nd birthday and there’s a naked pornstar in yr bed.

  31. Holden says:
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    Arrieta hit a homer in that game too. I really think they should knock an earnie off the board for that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Holden: Pitchslapped, mentioned in post

  32. B.o.B says:
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    Would you trade Marte, Andrew Miller and Aaron Sanchez for Jose Fernandez and Arodys Vizcaino?

      • B.o.B says:
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        @Grey: I agree but curious on your reasoning

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cause Marte’s the best player in the deal, and Sanchez is as good as Vizcaino

          • B.o.B says:
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            @Grey: Thanks buddy!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  33. Slim

    Slim says:
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    If I could be so bold as to offer a nickname. It feels kind of obvious but does, “Dapper Dan” work?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slim: The Ice Cream Man?

      • Slim

        Slim says:
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        @Grey: More like… “I don’t want FOP goddamn it. I’m a Dapper Dan Mengden man”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          With his mustache, he looks like he has a pocket watch fob

          • Slim

            Slim says:
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            @Grey: Yeah if he had a monocle I don’t think anyone would even notice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              “Is it legal that he’s emptying his pipe on the mound?”

              • Slim

                Slim says:
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                @Grey: “Don’t forget they instituted that new rule this year for just this instance, they call it the ‘pace of packing’. He now has a 12 second ‘packing clock’, or …”

                I’ve got nothin.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Is that the shot clock at Ikea’s shipping department?

  34. Biff Tannen says:
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    : Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the Biff Tannen Museum! Dedicated to Hill Valley’s #1 Citizen. And America’s greatest living folk hero. The one and only Biff Tannen. Of course we’ve all heard the legend, but who is the man? Inside you will learn how Biff Tannen became one of the richest and most powerful men in America. Learn the amazing history of the Tannen family, starting with his great-grandfather, Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen, fastest gun in the West. See Biff’s humble beginnings and how a trip to the race track on his 21st Birthday made him a millionaire overnight. Share in the excitement of a fabulous winning streak that earned him the nickname “The Luckiest Man on Earth.” Learn how Biff parlayed that lucky winning streak into the vast empire called Biffco. Discover how, in 1979, Biff successfully lobbied to legalize gambling and turned writing for the spring news into a hobby of prognostication.

    I don’t have a question because I already know the outcomes of the games, so I’ll just just make like a tree and leave.

  35. Reid a book dude says:
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    Is Saunders worth owning over Khris Davis? Which, if any, of Davis, Maybin, and Gardner should be owned? Must-own? 11 tm

    Thanks!

      • Reid a book duude says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Lastly, Wieters over Gattis? Or toss-up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gattis

  36. You Know Nothing, J.T. Snow says:
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    12 team H2H points. Could use pitching, which is hard to get in the league. Crazy to move Devon Travis for gausman?

  37. Strolg says:
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    Juan Uribe Jackie’d me yesterday. That’s when your batty call ends up not starting and you can’t get a replacement because there was a day game. In honor of the black tranny call girl in Risky Business that Joel wouldn’t open the door for.

    • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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      @Strolg: one of the few things espn doesn’t do as well as yahoo. yahoo daily-today lineups only lock at each team’s gametime.

  38. Jonathan says:
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    Duvall, Lamb and Samardjai for David Price.
    I have depth. I’m receiving Price

  39. Jonathan says:
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    Duvall, Lamb and Samardjai for David Price.
    I have depth. I’m receiving Price

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jonathan: i would try to leave out either Duvall or Lamb but if your roster can take the hit and it helps you win this year go for it.

      • Jonathan says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F:

        I have Kyle Seager at 3rd and my OF is Betts, Springer, Cain, Polanco, buxton, and Puig

  40. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Grey great post like always, ros rank and then keeper rank, each as a 15h round keeper. Mengden Paxton Velazquez for ros and then again as a 15th round keeper. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ROTO OVERLORD: Thanks! Pax, Velasquez, doesn’t change for keeper

      • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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        @Grey: close between pax an Velazquez?

  41. smegma says:
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    Which are the best 2 SP’s to stash on my DL:

    A.Wood
    G.Richards
    Chatwood
    Ryu
    Cobb
    C.Lewis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma: Chatwood, no one else, Wood

  42. The Hungary Hippo says:
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    The guy I’m playing has Bryant, Votto and Encarnacion… so things are going great.

    • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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      @The Hungary Hippo: haven’t checked, but i’m pretty sure i’m not playing bryant in any h2h league this week (have him in some). yikes.

  43. Ricky D says:
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    Drop Paxton, Nola, Duffy, or Maeda for Giolito and/or Fulmer

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Ricky D: Lose Paxton for Fulmer…Id take Giolito over Nola too but there is risk with that as i don’t think Nola is as bad as hes been lately. Giolito’s upside is too high not to grab him though.

      • JoeyRickard4Prez says:
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        @Grey: are you fucking high?

  44. Jedimasters says:
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    Good morning Grey. Start Archer today vs Boston (Porcello)? SON 14.9.

    Thank you.

  45. Duda Want to Build a Snowman?` says:
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    Hey Grey – in a 10 team OBP league where you don’t need HR, would you drop Gattis now that Willson is pretty much a C-elig starter (with far better expected BB-rate)? I’ve been trying to trade Gattis for a week, to no avail (his horrible OBP turns everyone off). I already have Frazier as my power-obp-drain guy, and I’ve stashed Dee, so I’d rather not have a third poor-OBP starter. Thanks!

  46. William Hung says:
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    Dammit, now I am thinking of picking up Billy Hamilton… someone talk me out of it – my drop would most likely be AJ Reed or Jake Lamb since they are my bench bats

    If only my team didn’t stop stealing bases!

  47. Adam says:
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    Need a starter this week
    All get 2 starts
    Urias,Archer, Giolito?
    All on waivers
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: No idea of matchups

  48. Phil of the Future says:
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    G,
    Devon got to 5 dongs MAD quick.

    I sonovabenched VV last night too. Sad face. Can’t start him in ARI though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Fo’reals! Yeah, that was why I dropped Velasquez, plus 5 IP shows he’s not all the way back

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I’m holding in a deep league, could see dropping in shallower…

        We ready for Archer tonight? I’m wearing my cup….

        Hopefully they’ll do the right thing and have him start the second inning. Just gotta figure out who starts the first. Erasmo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As I said below… I’m starting him everywhere, I’ve expected terrible all year, so maybe expecting really terrible will help, I’m trying to convince myself right now….

          You listen to the interview with Canseco?

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: All seriousness, if he gets through the first quick and unscathed tonight I think we’re in for a nice treat.

            I heard the pod was hilarious. I’ll listen during lunch.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t jinx him! If Snell can get a win, c’mon Archer, seriously…

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: I know!

                Just listened to the interview. Holy crap that was hilarious! He took his ball and went home! Best interview ever.

                I never knew he banged Madonna ?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… I don’t think he ever did bang her, he said that she wanted his babies

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I still don’t see what the big deal is about the question…
                    Like someone wanting your sperm is an insult or something??

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I know! I have no idea but I need to have a podcast contest where I can see how long until someone hangs up

  49. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – in a 10 team OBP league where you don’t need HR, would you drop Gattis now that Willson is pretty much a C-elig starter (with far better expected BB-rate)? I’ve been trying to trade Gattis for a week, to no avail (his horrible OBP turns everyone off). I already have Frazier as my power-obp-drain guy, and I’ve stashed Dee, so I’d rather not have a third poor-OBP starter. Thanks!

  50. Johnc says:
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    Pls rank ROS Frazier, J Up, Freeman. Ten cat league that counts k’s as a category.

  51. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team keeper league, assume hitting and pitching are of equal strength, would you rather stash Alex Bregman or Jose Berrios?

  52. dudeman says:
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    Hey grey,

    Who shall i drop to activate vince?

    Mazara, t walker, paxton, matz, mccullers, duffy

  53. 3 questions Grey. Is Chissenhal or howeber you spell it finally breaking out and worth owning at a thin CI slot in my league. I did have Steve Pearce. Recently grabbed Bout / Miami. Does Lonnie trump either

    So many pitchers on my team that have upside but ain’t shit. Recently let Paxton go I don’t see any sign of consistency I said the same thing. about Bauer about
    a month ago after two ho hum starts. I have
    DelScalafini
    J.Nelson
    Lito
    D. Duffe beer
    Poker and
    Snell Burger
    And recently ‘re added Yoradono the slayer
    Yeah I’m drinking kool aid on the last one

    353rd and final question whats with Alex Colome

    Thank you so kindly all wise one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dnut Eastwood: Chisenhall over Bour for now…What’s wrong with Colome?

      • @Grey: he didn’t pitch last week much. but just noticed they have a huge losing streak. I guess that might explain.
        would you hold on to peace on the DL over Bour I’m worried if the Rays are out of it he will lose at bats to the younger kids

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope, no interest in Pearce

  54. Miamia says:
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    You fading tigers vs Conley today? Righties batting .219 off him. Kendra morales vs wacha better option then Miguel?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Miamia: Is Miguel batting .219 off of him? Don’t sit him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miamia: Fade on, fader! Don’t bench Miggy ever

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Miamia: also, grey’s gonna say never bench swiggy

      • The Harrow says:
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        @The Harrow: hahaha, exactly.

  55. TheCactusMan says:
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    Give up on Adrian Gonzalez, and drop for Matt Holliday?

  56. donod says:
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    Start porcello vs rays over kluber vs atl so I can get some bigger bats in my lineup. If I do that I replace J upton with Stanton.

    Start ubaldo @sd and replace j upton with Stanton, Cain with Michael Saunders, and either replace Kendrys with Edwin or replace Frazier with Donaldson and keep Kendrys?

    Sorry if that’s confusing lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @donod: No idea of question

      • Miamia says:
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        @Grey: which one scores more points

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Porcello

          • Miamia says:
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            @Grey: wins are worth 12 points an porcello faces Archie still go porcello? Stanton can make a huge difference vs pelfrey today

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

  57. Gummy says:
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    Here’s an interesting (maybe) note: Jonathan Schoop and Nick Castellanos have been virtually the same player this year. I wonder who has the better numbers at season’s end.
    Schoop – .292/ 39 R/ 13 HR/ 43 RBI /1 SB
    Castellanos- .295/ 37 R/ 13 HR/ 40 RBI /1 SB

    And yet, Schoop and his 2B eligibility are only 65% ESPN-owned to Castellanos’ 82%. Fantasy is weird.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gummy: Schoop has more power

  58. dhouse says:
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    hahahahahahahaha Conseco podcast was hilarious. One of the funniest things I’ve heard in quite some time.

  59. Red says:
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    J-Up or C-Mart? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Red: Upton

  60. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Keep 2 ROS: Freeman, Pujols, Belt, AJ Reed.

    Im log jammed pretty bad at 1B and looking to upgrade at SP.

  61. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    I did drop merrifield to activate Velasquez. The question is who should I drop to pick up Taijuan Walker? My choices are:

    Zobrist
    Pujols
    Siegrist
    Quintana
    Duffy

    I’m thinking Siegrist and punt holds for the year. Would you drop Siegrist for Walker

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: punting holds only makes this question more a yes to dropping siegrist, exactly like when asked above.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: How are you punting Holds for the year by dropping one Holds guy in June?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Grey,

        Siegrist is only one that I have for holds. My other five relievers are closers. That’s why I can give up holds

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can’t pick up another Holds guy at any point?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Sure I can. I’ll drop Siegrist for Walker. Thanks grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  62. My Thread Count Is High says:
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    Maybe McCullers can install some microwave ovens and do some custom kitchen deliveries while he waits for that blister to heal lol.

    Couple of questions for ya today…Leonys hasnt been quite as hot since returning from the DL. Would you drop him for Melvin Upton(roster and league info is below).

    Next I recently dropped Nola, he was killing me, but I sorta regret it(due to how hot he was earlier) should he be re-acquired? Actually the better question is out of the following wire guys: Nola, Gausman and Desclafani would you be looking to add any of them and who would you drop to acquire them?

    ESPN 12 team HTH 5×5 with OBP and QS daily moves and 4 keepers per season

    C Posey
    1B Cabrera
    2B Daniel Murphy
    3B Seager
    SS A. Russell
    OF Stanton
    OF Springer
    OF Polanco
    UTIL OF Choo
    UTIL OF L.Martin
    Bench SS/3B Suarez
    DL Sano

    SP Salazar
    SP Shoemaker
    RP Kimbrel
    RP Melancon
    P T. Walker
    P Odorizzi
    P C.Rodon
    P Pomeranz
    Bench SP Paxton
    Bench SP J.Gray
    Bench RP Estevez
    Bench SP Pineda
    DL RP McGee

      • My Thread Count Is High says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate it, so who would you drop fro DeSclaf?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eugenio

          • My Thread Count Is High says:
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            @Grey: Thanks man

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  63. Miamia says:
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    Smoak vs butler or Kendrys vs wacha
    Who has higher ceiling lower floor

  64. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Good god. Archer versus Boston tonight. Bring da pain!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Yeah, I’m starting him everywhere, I’ve expected terrible all year, so maybe expecting really terrible will help, I’m trying to convince myself right now

      • PED Inc says:
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        @Grey: any chance they decide to give Betts, Xander, Ortiz, Bradley JR the night off tonight??
        Archers officially been added right to the list of guys who I will never own again, schmuck.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would be sweet!

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Cram It: @Grey: Hard to disappoint with low to almost no expectations. Much like my life.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  65. Michael says:
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    Hey Grey & Team.

    Just traded my Bruce for Bautista. How do you feel about the trade? I remember Bruce always has a good first half and comes down to earth the second half.

    I do like the Toronto line up much better than the Reds, but Bruce might be traded to a better team. But overall was this an upgrade for me?

  66. Dave says:
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    Without depending on needs, Hosmer OR any 2 of the following?
    McHugh
    S. Gray
    J. Zimmerman
    Harrison

  67. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    12 team league but with large benches. h2h. somebody just dropped pineda, which is pretty odd since that guy held him all year long and lately he’s been pretty good, esp since it was to add feldman for god’s sake.
    SP smyly/shoemaker/porcello/gausman/duffy/nola/carrasco/salazar/reed/walker/chen
    NA reyes
    drop any of those or could drop the streamer bat and turn somebody here into streamer, but that’s really the same thing.

  68. Moscowitz says:
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    Drop Matz for Rodon or Roark?

  69. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey! Long time no talk and so much to catch up on…Just got back from week-long road trip around the NW, and while relaxing and filled with good fishing, I must say the most enjoyable part was my discovery of Yacht Rock Radio on Sirius. I mean, Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Gerry Rafftery, Orleans, Christopher Cross, etc., the “hits” keep coming. I haven’t listened to that genre of music since I was sequestered to the backseat of my parents’ Volvo 240 station wagon in the mid 80’s, but damn it if I didn’t know all the words. Anythehoo…I got two big questions that I need your expertise on.

    First, what to do with Josh Harrison in my 6X6 OBP league? He’s got eligibility all over the place, but I’m really only using him at my 2B/SS, so that begs the question is Andrus (yes, it’s a 10-teamer) or Tim Anderson a better replacement? Across the board, Andrus looks better, but I’m intrigued by Anderson’s power and the fact that he stole 40+ bags in the minors. What-cha think?

    Second, Ms. Nincompoop thinks the idea is somewhat ridiculous, but what about “Holland” and “Oates” for the names of our two labrador puppies? Is there a better option? Good day, sir.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Slimcompoop: You could name the pretty one Garfunkel (he kinda looks like a golden retreiver… ) and the one that can’t sing but makes all the decisions for both of them can be Simon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Gerry Rafftery screams outdoorsy! Anderson… I like the dog name, Arfer Woofruff, so what do I know? Go listen to the Canseco interview, I think you’ll be glad you returned today

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Oh man, that was hilarious! There’s a lot of things Canseco could be short about discussing, but his Madonna infatuation must be hitting too close to home…glad to be back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup!

  70. Teddy Heater says:
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    1. Great interview! Did you catch the agent say, “He’s got the kick shitted out of him”

    2. The sarcasm was dripping off the microphone, “I’m a Huge Fan!”

    3. #jonsnowiswinter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: 1. And I’d feel bad, but now it’s obvious he brings stuff on himself 2. Haha 3. Can it be?

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey:
        1. New glossary term “kick shitted”
        2. I grew up in Northern CA and McGwire was the favorite among the majority.
        3. I need to get some momentum on this.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Haha… Glad JB left that part in… It really drives home the point 2. I only liked the A’s b/c of Reggie being there in 87, then I got sucked into liking McGwire 3. Yes!

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: 3. So since Jon Snow is a Targaryen does that mean he has immunity to fire and he can ride dragons? Effin Jon Snow riding dragons. DUDE! Shizz just GOT REAL!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HOLY CRAP! You’re right! Jon Snow can ride dragons! Maybe that’s how they realize it for real, the dragon is nice to him

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Like Daenery’s sics the dragons on Jon Snow and they’re like, “Nah we can’t eff with that dude, he’s got dragon blood” 3 Dragons for 3 people, hop on snitches;

                Daenerys
                Jon Snow
                Tyrion Lannister

                Bam everyone freaks out the internet breaks and twitter melts down. Game Over……. Drops Mic……..

  71. DJ says:
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    So Syndergaard’s elbow concerns me and I am pessimistic that I will get much more out of him the rest of the year. The rest of my staff is decent so I’m willing to trade away Syndergaard’s upside if I can get back a solid contributed. Who are some pitchers you would target to try and trade for straight up if the other manager is willing to take on the DL risk?

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @DJ: lester’s pitched for like 4 years with spurs in elbow (last 4 years, pretty damn good ones)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DJ: It’s not the end all as Wesley said… I’d want back at least Salazar

      • DJ says:
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        @Grey: Alright. Thanks for talking me off the cliff, guys. :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  72. Bill Hodgeman says:
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    Pick 2 for the ROS in a vacuum: Castellanos, Reddick, Heyward

  73. JWRAY says:
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    Thinking of making some changes to my SP. Currently I have Martz, Wright, Cole, Taillon, Walker, and McCullers. looking at Velásquez, Duffy, and maybe Giolito. At this point I’m thinking of dropping Taillon and McCullers and maybe Walker. I have no idea what to think about Martz and his elbow right now. Wright has been pitching too good to drop and Cole will be coming off the DL soon. Thoughts?? Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JWRAY: Dropping for what?

      • JWRAY says:
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        Dropping Taillon and McCullers for Velasquez and Duffy. Maybe Walker for Giolito.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Duffy over Taillon, hold

  74. Hot Rod

    Jimmy Bond says:
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    do you prefer paxton or duffy, roto ROS?

  75. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Wacha @ Kc
    Ventura @Stl.
    Harvey @Was.

    SON is not liking any of them today, what do you guys think? Anybody starting any of them..Top 2 have thrown well lately..

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @ryanoger: LOL, I knew that!!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: I thought so too, just wanted a 2nd opinion, thanks Dr. Grey..haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Furious says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms:

      Ventura has had two good starts since beaning Machado to start the brawl. Perhaps that has woken him up.

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        @Furious: i’m betting it has more to do with his manager bascially threatening to sell him for a box of peanuts from being a sociopath who’s also a bad pitcher (excepting exactly the first start of the year he’s been awful or near it, up till the 2 after this threat).

        but alas, back to fairly gross again today.

  76. Steve says:
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    Deep league batty call:

    Chisenhall or Pagan?

  77. Luke says:
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    Pick 2 for today…

    Dozier vs Quintana
    Schoop vs Erik Johnson
    Jake Lamb vs Eickhoff
    Duvall vs Lester

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke: Lamb, Schoop

  78. Steve says:
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    Once the DC Strangler’s back, drop Kelley for Giles? Ratios & Ks

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @Steve: except kelley has been better than giles all year in ratios. kelley has like a top 10 FIP for RP in MLB.

  79. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    This is my third attempt in two days to send you something! If I fail, well there’s always tomorrow Annie Potts.

    a. True story, I started Duffy yesterday. I couldn’t ask you if it was a good idea or not because I was unable to access the site. So, went to plan B…aka what would Grey say.

    a. His average FB sits around 96.7 MPH (check)
    b. He’s pitching at home. (check)
    c. There is no c!

    Frank Voila! The kicker? I started Holliday in that RCL too!!!

    b. Grey!!

    What’s up? So much SNAFU, yesterday! Here’s my post from yesterday. Sorry for the tardiness.

    Grey!

    How are you? Amazing write-up.

    Just got to the capital. You no the drill already so won’t repeat it, SNAFU.

    Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (June 27)

    Horatio: Hey, Frank.
    tripp: One hell of a morning, huh? No luck on tracking the shooter. I got every man out there canvassing the area.
    Horatio: Oh.
    tripp: We’ve got every angle covered here.
    Horatio: I’m gonna take the streets.
    tripp: Got Ryan and Natalia going to check out the room that Manny Ortega fell from. Think that was a bad call on Fire-Rescue’s part? I mean, you heard it. Our dead guy took a damn breath.
    Horatio: Well, wasn’t a breath. It was a death rattle.
    tripp: Sounds like our shooter was lying in wait. Wanted to make sure Ortega was dead.
    Horatio: He didn’t care about who was collateral damage, either. Our new M.E. was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    tripp: I want this guy bad.
    Horatio: Yeah, we’ll get him, Frank. (cue the queue of sunglasses) We’ll get him.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    Here’s the one for today if it works.

    Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (June 28)

    Eric: Ryan, what happened?
    Ryan: It’s bad. It’s not good.
    Eric: What do you mean, it’s bad, Wolfe? Talk to us.
    Horatio took a round to the chest, and I got here too late. He’s gone.
    Calleigh: What? He’s dead. Oh, my God.
    Ryan: Calleigh Eric, Horatio’s dead. Listen to me– Horatio’s gone. He’s dead.
    Eric: Where is he? I need to see him.
    Ryan: I released the body.
    Calleigh: What?! What?! What the hell did you do that for? The first responder waits for the team to get here! His team.
    Ryan: I’m sorry! I didn’t want him lying here in his own blood on the evening news, I released the body!
    Eric: How did you get here so fast?
    Ryan: I was running an errand nearby.
    Calleigh: You left that interrogation for an errand?
    Ryan: I left a stupid errand, I dropped everything as soon as I heard it on the radio.
    Calleigh: It just doesn’t make sense. Let’s focus.
    Eric: Horatio had enemies. We know that.
    Calleigh: This must have been someone close.
    Ryan: We’re gonna find out who did this. (cue the queue of sunglasses) We find out!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    After all that

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Hey, I missed this the first time! A. Nice! B. Sweet…Thanks! Sorry about that!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Thanks. I saw that too, and I say to myself.

        Hmm, don’t tell me I have to do some explaining to Grey too. Let me explain…

        My wife is going to kill me. I lost like 8 pounds over the weekend – basically the lodging where I was stationed was about 5 miles from the center of town AND we’re in the month of Holy Ramadan in a 99.9% Muslim community, ergo no lunch at all anywhere. Also, there is no kitchen in the lodging where I was located. So, I had lots of fruit for breakfast, a makeshift of canned tuna and a tossed salad (not the Chris Rock prison variety, get your mind out of the gutter) and finally supper after a 5-mile walk. So, yeah not gonna gain any weight in that environment.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like Oprah’s next diet plan!

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey: Brilliant!!

  80. Jack says:
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    Are Duvall and Blackmon close ROS or does Blackmon easily top him?

    I have Duvall, could use upgrade at SB, wonder if I should try to move him and a pitcher like Jon Gray for Blackmon or if there’s no real point to it since Duvall looks legit and clearly he’s been the better player thus far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Close enough

  81. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Starting Archer against the Bo Sox tonight? I mean I love having to ask to start my “Ace.” I hate this man (*takes a long swig of Miller High Life)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, yeah, I’m starting him

  82. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Start Lester tonight at Cinci versus John ‘Silence of the’ Lamb?

    It’s a 12-team 5×5 RCL and I’m in need of wins (now 46 wins in 6th place).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        In a 12-team RCL 5×5 league, Angel Pagan is on waivers.

        1. Would you drop any of the following to add him?

        a. Espinosa,
        b. TJoseph
        c. Scooter Gennett.

        My 2B is Kipnis, SS is Nunez and MI is Johnny Giavotella.

        2. If yes in ‘1’ above, would you sit any of the following OFs?

        a. JBJ @TB versus Archer.
        b. Rajai Davis @Atl versus Wisler.
        c. Naquin @Atl versus Wisler.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Joseph… Rajai or Naquin, depends which one is not playing, Rajai might only be facing lefties now

  83. john says:
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    Grey, in a 10-tm H2H Keeper (keep 12) competitive, Balanced stats.
    My position players and Pitching studs are great but have some holes. These are the guys filling in for the batting positions below, anything on the wire worth swapping out? (I literally dropped Semien right before his break out)
    C – J.T. Realmuto (C)
    SS – Tim Anderson (SS)
    CI – Danny Valencia (3B,LF)
    MI – Jonathan Schoop (2B)
    BN – Jonathan Villar (3B,SS)
    I also have N. Velasquez on the DL and hes back so I will need to drop one of the players listed here, any suggestions (I’ve also included waiver pitchers below)
    Low end SP’s are Blake Snell, James Paxton, Aaron Nola
    WAIVER
    HIT – M. Reynolds, J. Bour, M. Wieters, S. Vogt, E. Gattis, M. Semien, J. Uribe
    PIT – J. Tomlin, B. Colon, J. Hellickson, J. Shields, A.J. Griffin

    thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson is the drop here for Velasquez, you have no reason to add any bats

  84. Smell The Glove says:
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    Snell or Duffy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy

  85. Mike says:
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    Would you trade Jay Bruce and Hammel to Get Cueto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Mike: yup

  86. Ray says:
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    Was offered McCutchen for Zobrist. Only have Devon Travis to fill in at 2B. Take Cutch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it

  87. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    what do you think of this trade

    I give:
    Duval, Rendon, T Walker

    I get:
    Starling Marte

    10 team roto, 4ever keeper..50 man rosters..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Marte

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: Made the trade over the weekend, with Ralph’s help..Thanks for seconding the motion..haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  88. Stickball Al says:
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    I may try some Gio Lito, but my main question today is, are you starting Archer against Boston today and later in the week against Detroit ??? He does pitch well at home unless You or me start him, and we are stuck with him, because we’re sadist’s… He’s riding my bench most of the time, unless I forget and it’s one of the Regression Fairies birthday’s and then they crap on my hopes and pitching ratio’s. Whatta ya think ???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him, begrudgingly

  89. Napol-Play says:
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    Napoli or Reed RoS?

    Asking for a friend who is having buyers remorse after Reed’s gone 0 for 8 in past 2 games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reed

  90. Soon says:
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    Frazier vs Gibson or castelannos vs conley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  91. JoeG414 says:
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    Colome hasn’t pitched since last Sat 6/18. Now , I know Tampa hasn’t had a Save chance; but to let your Closer sit and not pitch in a game for 9 days is crazy .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just resting him I guess

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Now on the DL . That answers that .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn

  92. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Nice! That truly was something to read between masturbation sessions! And that is me fake quoting Matthew Berry.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: BTW, super nice Jose interview more revealing than I thought, and, as you can likely tell from the aforementioned quote, I reread the Matthew Berry one from years ago – fantastic stuff..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Both are so classic… Maybe Katrina knew what she was doing by turning down interview requests

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: Ha!

    • knucks says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: JB posted the link for the SF Canseco article. Is there a link for the Berry interview? Would love to read that.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Google deadspin and Razzball

  93. Q says:
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    Nola or Taillon?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  94. Scott says:
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    Start or sit Hamels @Yankees?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  95. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    What’s your impression of Odubel and his breakout this year. Something sustainable? He’s (roughly) on pace for a repeat of Lorenzo Cain last year, a few less runs and RBI. Think he’s top 50 going forward? Awful offense to hit at the top of, I know

    Thanks

    • Test Kitchen says:
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      @Test Kitchen: Would you take him over Cain?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a top 75 guy, doesn’t have great power, terrible team

  96. Kratos says:
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    Hamels @ nyy, sit or start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  97. Gregjeffries says:
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    That Canseco interview was EPIC!!! So rad.
    Senior Grey, I’m looking for a utility bat. Who would you want out of these guys ROS?
    – Mazara
    – Pagan
    – Naquin
    – Arcia (TB)
    – Plouffe

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Maz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Listening right now

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: New RA is never a bad thing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, love him… Solid jam…I should get him on the podcast!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: He’d be more receptive to jizz questions.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No doubt!

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey:Song isn’t bad, never heard of that Canadian MC.

            That would be incredible. He’d probably just rag on nerdy fantasy baseballers. I still have to wait a couple hours to hear Canseco.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, never heard of him either… Until I started getting links from you guys I never realized how little I knew of underground rappers

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: I can’t keep up. Damn kids and their internet hip-hop fame. Most ppl I listen to are the same ppl I liked from the 90’s. It recently hit me that they are eventually going to quit rapping.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We are kindred spirits, Mr. Noisewater

  98. Q says:
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    So I grabbed Pillar for Coors. But now I’m thinking I should keep him and drop Rajai?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense

  99. ryanoger says:
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    Give up Machado for Haprer? I can pick up Franco to slot at 3rd if I make this deal…pull the trigger right?

    thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Actually he just came back, this might be better, he wants Rizzo instead for Harper. AND I have Pujols, Freeman, and or Fielder (yes I picked him up, ha) I can slot at 1st. Thoughts on My Rizzo for his Harper?

        thanks again man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

          • ryanoger says:
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            @Grey:

            You would dump Rizzo before Machado right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

              • ryanoger says:
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                @Grey:

                Not to beat you over the head with this, but do you think it’s worth the trade? Or are we just trading the same stats? Looking at your projections beginning of the season and with Harper’s recent slump…I’m second guessing giving up Rizzo….thanks g

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I wouldn’t

  100. henncoop says:
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    Great write up Grey …looking forward to listening to the podcast.
    Looking to upgrade where possible in a 12 team roto league currently using Castro @ MI with Merrifield in Utilty. Hitting has been decent 1st in runs, 2nd in HRs, 3rd in RBIs & BA but only 10th in SBs.
    Morales is available for utility as well as Didi or Anderson for MI.
    Any suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d go Morales over Merrifield

  101. John C. says:
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    Bit of a surplus in 1B/UT guys with Miggy, C. Davis, and Alvarez, what type of starter would you target in a 14 team H2H league for Reed? Verlander in the ballpark?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander sounds about right

  102. Duke says:
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    Grey, I’m looking for some increased flexibility to stream or go prospectin, or maybe I’m just bored but would you drop any of Maikel Franco, HanRam, or Kemp to open up a spot or stash T. Turner? It’s a 10-team OBP btw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  103. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    You dropping any of these guys for Giolito in a 10 team, re-draft, ROTO with no DL and small bench?

    McCullers, Danny Duffy, Aaron Sanchez?

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sanchez

  104. Moscowitz says:
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    Shoe, Bauer, Giolito, Samardzia. Which one ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer

  105. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Dang people play in some shallow leagues.

    My questions are more like Cheslor or Jefry in a dynasty?
    Start Griffin @NYY in a 15-team AL only? I have to drop someone to make that happen and I’m not playing him @Bos the next next time out.
    Over/Under 5 more holds for Kyle Ryan? Probably my drop for Griffin unless someone goes DL in the next 2 weeks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, I have both types of leagues… Cheslor

      I’d start Griffin…

    • Cram It says:
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      @Slim: Agreed, it’s either that or a public/work league with Rita Receptionist hogging up all the catchers. That’s why I started coming here, for the deep buys.

  106. Polancodonk says:
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    Moya or Mazara ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maz

  107. Great White North says:
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    Shoemaker just a streamer in an RCL? His next start is @ BOS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see dropping him

  108. Dusty Baker says:
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    Good Read ———– (a)–I got d’Arnaud coming off the DL, do I keep him and drop Rupp? Rupp’s been doing pretty good- in a NL Only 5×5 2 catcher format — My othe C is Realmato ——————————————————————————(b)– I have some pitching issues too – Leake, Taillon, and Urias is suppose to go to the pen after his next start –do I dump all three and try and get Giolito, Velasquez, or Kuhl , or maybe 2 of 3 and take Nimmo or Jankowski and put in a flex type position we use as our Utility spot = Pitcher of batter ? —————( c ) Do I hang onto to Granderson, that I just picked up 2 weeks ago, or drop for one of the afore mentioned bats? Rumor has it Reyes is being groomed for Outfld, and will bat leadoff when he is called up– we have no bench —————- (d) and last but not least – I also have Iglesis on my Dl and either have to drop or activate this week- am told he will remain in the pen- drop him ? ——————— thanks for the insight- always a good read ———- DB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d prefer Travis… Giolito and Velasquez over Urias and Leake…C) Yes D) Drop raisel

      • Dusty Baker says:
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        @Grey: –so ( C) = Yes -do you mean drop Granderson and grab either Nimmo or Jankowski ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope, hold Grandy

          • Dusty Baker says:
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            @Grey: ok thanks for the claification ————-you know things aint so easy here in DC ——–Strasburg down, Papelbon on the mend – Boy Wonder aint hitting like it was April no more- but you are right, I do like my Espinosa, straight up. — DB

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Keep it real, always, DB

  109. Donb says:
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    How you think reed does against lincecum

    His he a must start vs lincecum at the lowest price you can buy a 1b for or buy a mid range Kendrys vs wacha

    Looking for high ceiling, low Floor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2-for-4, 2 RBIs

  110. OH the choices.. says:
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    in a 12 team h2h weekly mixed points league I’ve been using wade davis and melancon as my 2 RP all season every week. You know a RP is usually a crap shoot so once I get 2 good ones I just roll with them all season or as long as I can. Both these guys are very solid closers but davis isn’t getting chances as of late. Would you consider benching one of them for a 2 start week out of say a guy like Bud Norris? he seems to be hanging in there and being serviceable. I just thought the extra innings to build stats/points would be better. Or do I stick with closers and pick up Alex colome and just try to find another hot closer. I know 100% if i drop davis he will be picked up and as soon as I bench him to play colome say…davis will go off. Just not sure what to do here. So in a nutshell I guess is Norris RP/SP worth a flier on or is he hot garbage and go with a more reliable closer like colome? and bench davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I would not bench them for Bud Norris

  111. SteveA says:
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    Hey Grey

    I’ve noted that you are suggesting DeSclafani as a pickup to a few individuals in these blog follow-ups. I looked at SON and his next couple of starts are not favorable (@WAS 7/1 is -14.1 and @CHN 7/6 -12.6). When you see this type of discrepancy between a SP that has been performing (I’d say that he is doing well; and in the case of DeSclafani, has a limited MLB resume) do you reduce the influence in SON when making your FA/WW pickup suggestions? I suspect that this is the case here.

    Thanks
    Steve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, those starts aren’t good, I don’t have matchup info in front of me for every starter

  112. Viv Savage says:
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    Grab Semien or Upton (Melvin) for a utlity spot? Points league..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

  113. Adam says:
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    Need to stream tonight
    Urias vs milw
    Archer vs Bos
    Giolito vs mets
    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archer

  114. nick the dick says:
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    Canseco’s a big puss! So good. You shitted the kick out of him.

    I see we’re all attending the Archer horror show tonight # https://youtu.be/3flv5nWZgII

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Welcome aboard, next stop…hell! Nice video, so sweet!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, Nick, is Carbonara Effect back with new episodes?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Yeah it’s a few episodes in. He still blows my mind.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dammit, I have to find on On Demand now, ugh

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Wednesdays, new one on tomorrow night. I so want to learn how to fool people like that. Be Nick the Rapping Magician!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              There’s not enough rapping magicians in this world

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: And too many rapping historic figures

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You can magically make everyone think you are a rapping historic figure!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: MC Houdini Revere. The thugs are coming! Poof, the thugs are gone!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… MWA!

  115. The Fridge says:
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    Bauer or Joe Ross?

    • William Hung says:
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      @The Fridge: Bauer. Not sure, but Ross might get shut down early due to innings limit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Where Are You Now Where Are You Now Where Are You Now! Woooo!! Pipe in the JB excitement when you read Grey’s comment here!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cue JB slow clap

  116. henncoop says:
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    1) I picked up Pillar this week for his 4 games @ Coors but now needing to likely cut back to one bench bat going forward …drop Pillar or JBJ???
    2) Drop SP Ray to pick up DeSclafani?
    3) Possible pick-up for SP for the abover dropped bench bat: Mengden, Norris, Corbin, Garcia (StL) or Liriano
    Thanks again …two 1st place teams with 108 & 108.5 pts in 12 team $$ leagues (playing 4 leagues) due to my reading Razzball & taking your very sage advice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Pillar 2. Yes 3. Mengden… Nice!

  117. William Hung says:
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    I’m looking at some SAGNOF options this week since my team has decided to stop running for the past week and a half –

    B-Ham or Mel Upton? My drop would unfortunately be one of Jake Lamb or A.J. Reed… Is it better to hold and hope my team starts running again? I mean I do have Blackmon, Marte, Betts, Polanco, and Bogaerts… which should be good for 3-4 SBs per week…

    Unfortunately for Polanco, he not only has a leg injury, but he’s been caught a bunch too – so I don’t know if it’s something he’ll keep doing. Blackmon looks like he also slowed down because of his turf toe… I’m kind of stuck right now and I hate punting a category

    • Cram It says:
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      @William Hung: Didn’t you ask this above already? You have speed guys. Relax. Or, you could just make the move yourself. Go ahead, drop Reed for B-Ham.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Cram It: It’s been a long day – plus I’ve been praying that the baseball gods will not smite Thor and Matz

        • Cram It says:
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          @William Hung: Less time praying…it doesn’t work!

          • William Hung says:
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            @Cram It: this is why we can’t have nice things!!! I can’t believe the Mets are going to hang their hat on Jose Reyes to turn that offense around…

      • Cram It says:
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        @knucks: Go Seawolves!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton over Reed

  118. LightBlack says:
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    If you had to trade Marte or Polanco who would you trade. I mean who are trusting more ROS? Health included. Would say a Blackmon/Roark type deal be decent. I know Ideally a pitcher a tier up from Roark would work but……im top 2 in all OFF cats other than dead last in k’s. Which is by design. Leading in HR/R/RBI is a exchange I will glady take. The problem is other than leading the league in Saves/Holds Im dead last in all the other 4 cats besides ERA where Im 4th out of ten. I just need to find a consistent 3rd and 4th rotation guy behind JFer and Carassco. At once it looked like I had that with Matz and Walker…..and even Kennedy but GD commies! No wait…I blame the blacks…yes the blacks…or is it Dago’s. Well whatever the case

    Jfer
    Carassco
    Matz
    Walker
    Rodon
    Kennedy
    Pineda
    Guasmen
    Liriano

    Dyson
    Colome
    Phelps
    K-Rod
    Rodney

    We play 4 Sp….3 RP…..3 P slots. Do I pursue that other starter or two or just hold steady and hope 2 after the first two prevail? Im about to make a panic trade…..Help. Im in third place right now and just want to stabelize K’s and WHIP ROS. Btw its H2H.

    • Cram It says:
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      @LightBlack: H2H is usually streamer friendly. There should be decent options available in a 10 teamer. Drop Liriano at least and stream the spot. Probably Gausman too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte I trust more…Blackmon/Roark works for me

      • LightBlack says:
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        @Grey:
        Thank you gentlemen. Right after I posted this I got a call that the rustic barn that will be holding my wedding on 9/3 was shutdown due to the township not allowing the owner to hold weddings there immediatly. Will be months before they can get in front of a fed judge. I had to deliver crushing news to my beautiful wife to be and now have 2 months to find a venue nearby. I booked the place a year ago.

        Life sucks sometimes eh? Keep swimming…..right…. yikes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sucks, man…Sorry to hear it

  119. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS, QS. C 1B 2B 3B SS 3OF 2Util.

    Realmuto, Votto, Dozier, Frazier, C. Seager, Trout, Marte, Desmond, Pujols, Herrera.
    SP: Syndergaard, Samardzija, Fulmer, Nola, Matz, Paxton, Taillon, Snell

    1) I have Velasquez stashed on the DL, who should I drop so I can activate?

    2) Should I drop any SP for DeSclafani?

    3) Should I drop anyone for Melvin Upton Jr.?

    • TOGMAN says:
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      @TOGMAN: Solved #1. Swapped Colome and Velasquez for my DL spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Snell 2) Samard 3) Nah

  120. Great White North says:
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    Colome to DL. The pickup is???

    • Jackie Treehorn says:
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      I think it’s Cedeno

      • Great White North says:
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        @Jackie Treehorn: Yeah. Closermonkey agrees. I also grabbed Box for the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cedeno

    • knucks says:
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      @Great White North: I’m tryinta add Cedeno myself. Just so we know though, Colome could be back as soon as Monday with the backdated stint. So if its’ not a serious biceps prob, Cedeno could be good for a save or two, if that. Just sayin, don’t drop any value for him IMO.

  121. knucks says:
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    Estevez/VV for Trevor Bauer

    12 Team Roto, QS instead of Wins

    I’m the Estevez owner, with a slight surplus in saves and worried about VV ability to last 6 innings for the next two months. I know we are Buying Trevor B right now.

    • Cram It says:
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      @knucks: I’d say you answered your own question buddy. *Shove*

      • knucks says:
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        @Cram It: Booyah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer side

  122. henncoop says:
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    Colome just to the DL … maybe explains why he has not pitched lately

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crap, bad time to be away from my computer

  123. CMUTimmah says:
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    Offered:

    I give Greinke

    I get Stanton and J Zim

    Points league.

    I’m leaning towards declining or countering with Stanton and Roark and throwing in either Piscotty or Mazara…

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton side

  124. Smell The Glove says:
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    Would you drop Liriano or Snell for Ventura? Or hold? 12 team keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Liriano

  125. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey!

    14 team H2H points weekly league…

    Someone wants my Stanton, who should i trade him for? He has Jo-Fer, Carrasco, Hamels, Salazar,
    McCullers, Paxton…

    My SPs are Maeda, Tanaka, Walker, Rodon, Shoemaker, Duffy, Guerra

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Fer and McCullers? Doubt he does it

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: yeah, me too… but it’s worth a try!
        thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  126. Tony Soprano says:
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    Sitting at 4-8 even though I’m killing the hitting categories, I’m having crazy thoughts…

    Is it ever advisable to sell starting pitching (like strasburg, carrasco, etc.) for elite closers and batting upgrades to punt starting pitching? It’s a 6×6 cat league with K, W, QS, S, ERA, WHIP as pitching cats.

    Seems like a huge risk, but my back is against the wall and I believe that if I could push pitching in every matchup for the rest of the year, I would like my odds. Not to mention some of these sales would upgrade batting positions, e.g. trading Strasburg and rendon for Chapman and Odor, etc.

    • Tony Soprano says:
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      @Tony Soprano: Also any one who has tried this strategy before with any success/failure feel free to chime in.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Tony Soprano: You only have 2 ratio cats and what’s the innings limit?

        If you punt SPs, it won’t work that well because there are too many counting stats. You are basically going to lose Ks, Ws, and QS every week and SVs are real random – though you could avg 1 save per closer per week as the floor.

        At best you are looking at 3 of the cats as your ceiling… unless you get lucky streaming SPs. Also are there limited moves per week?

        • Tony Soprano says:
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          @William Hung: no innings limit, 7 moves per week. saves are a bit random granted, but the most any other team has is 3 closers, so with 5-6 I don’t think that it would be a stretch to win saves every week. Also, if I were to sell all starters and fill the rest with elite set up men, wouldn’t I conceivably win K’s (and potentially W’s–another random cat) some weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take that trade… No idea of number of teams in league, but you can likely stream

  127. Boy Wonder says:
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    leave lineup as is? or swap Reynolds or Leonys in for anyone?

    C: Gattis vs Lincecum
    1B: Goldy vsEickhoff
    2B: Kipnis vs Wisler
    3B: Valencia (3B/OF) vs Suarez
    SS: Lindor vs Wisler
    OF: Springer vs Lincecum
    OF: Ozuna vs Pelfrey
    OF: Duvall vs Lester
    UTL: Khris Davis vs Suarez
    Bench: Mark Reynolds (1B/3B) vs Happ @ Col
    Bench: Leonys vs Niese

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds in for Davis

  128. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Please pick 2 of these for for ROS?:
    -Franco
    -Herrera
    -Diaz
    -Khris Davis
    -Rajai Davis

    Thanks for l’assistance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco, Khris

  129. Donb says:
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    Safest option for most points today

    Matt Adams, Kendrys, or Hosmer paired with Baez

    Aj reed paired with Corey Seager vs flyball pitcher Anderson in Milwaukee

    • Donb says:
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      @Donb: or aj reed with Baez and replace Justin upton with Cruz vs locke

      • Donb says:
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        @Donb: niese*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer/Baez

      • Donb says:
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        @Grey: or reed, Baez, replace Frazier with kris Bryant

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No idea what you’re asking

          • Donb says:
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            @Grey: just what combo you like Hosmer, Baez, Frazier, upton
            Reed, Baez, Bryant, upton
            Reed Baez, Frazier , Cruz

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hosmer

  130. Jon says:
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    Keep 18 league, I’m playing for this year (but always want to keep building for the future): trade my Blake Snell + Osuna for his Verlander + Will Harris?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  131. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, Castro/Calhoun/Lester for Trumbo/Tulo. Which side? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo, it’s fair

  132. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Just listened. Ha.

    Canseco dropped that call quicker than a left hook from Vai Sikahema.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup!

  133. Donb says:
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    Bobby Wilson vs cc sabathia, and Cruz vs niese
    Or
    Hundley in col and upton vs Conley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hundley

  134. Jack says:
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    Drop Khris Davis or Jon Gray to activate Reddick?

    • William Hung says:
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      @Jack: No play for Mr. Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  135. Letsgo says:
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    Got offered Lorenzo Cain for tanner Roark..

    Rotation looks like this:kluber salazar harvey nola taillon shoemaker fullmer

    Outfield like this: trout/HARPER/ozuna/ mazara/ jose Ramirez..

    10 team head to head weekly league.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Cain

  136. Boy Wonder says:
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    would you cut Mark Reynolds or Leonys Martin to stream pitching? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds

  137. Gareth says:
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    Sit Harper today?
    He’s a 0.42 hitter in 24 at bats against Harvey. He’s hit No home runs, and has a solitary rbi.
    (I’d be starting Choo against Sabathia instead).

    Also – I’m streaming Urias tonight in Milwaukee. Foolish, or do you think he posts a solid start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never sit Harper…. I’d start Urias

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: I’m doomed whatever I do.

        Got the first world problem of having too many good outfielders. It seems whoever I sit gets some counting stats with at least a home run or a steal.

        Outfield is:

        Harper
        Marte
        Mazara
        Choo
        Han Ram (thank god for 1b eligibility)
        B. Hamilton
        Ozuna
        Kemp
        M. Saunders

        Who would you focus on trying to trade?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trade Hanley or Marte, or anyone but Harper

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @Gareth: 24 at bats doesn’t mean anything, if you want details ask Rudy, i’ve done this too many times.

  138. JMAC says:
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    H2H 5×5 OBP Keeper (Only keep top 5 overall)

    People just dropped Heyward and Mazara, which one do you grab or both? Current OFs are Upton, Ellsbury, Kemp, Pederson, Polanco and have Jose Ramirez who acts as a good fill in whenever players aren’t playing across the board. Add 1 add both? Going to drop a pitcher to add one of them for sure. Drop any of the others as well? Mainly thinking Pederson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both over Jo-Ram and Melvin, or hold off on Maz if Justin

  139. Mr. Snrub says:
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    Anyone know where I can go to find active minor league players’ career stats?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baseball-Reference?

      • Mr. Snrub says:
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        @Grey: Eh, I am looking to compare active career stats of multiple players, like you would do for a season… I haven’t found a site that has it. I could just look at individual players career pages but that is far too time consuming

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Baseball-reference does that, no?

          • Mr. Snrub says:
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            @Grey: You may be right, but their site is a nightmare to navigate. I’m going cross-eyed. Oh well, they can’t all be Razzball

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

            • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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              @Mr. Snrub: if you know some way to look at 2 players histories at the same time on the same page you sound like you are from the future, just have two pages open at same time

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Mr. Snrub: milb

  140. dem ribbies says:
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    Cutch(R) vs Iwakuma (RHP)
    or
    Desmond (R) vs Sabathia(LHP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ian

  141. SteveNZ says:
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    PSA – I am sitting Heyward today so watch him go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I’m going with Coco at CF at the mo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s been decent recently, better than Heyward, saying nothing, I know

    • Cram It says:
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      @SteveNZ: OMG so am I! I’m starting Jose Ramirez batting cleanup instead. He’s apparently fallen further out of my circle of trust than I thought.

  142. Nightpandas says:
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    Think Nola turns it around? I can get him for Jeanmar Gomez, got 4 closers…15 teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Nola, but I’d sit him until he shows a better start

  143. Cram It says:
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    MASN is showing a piece with Giolito while the game is delay. He’s such a square. And his mother is/was an actress. Seems to lack being battle tested in life, hence no killer instinct. Expert analysis by Cram.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I don’t get the rain delay stuff with the MLB package… I got bitten toenails and Chris Archer

  144. Mr. Snrub says:
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    Giancarlo’s alive!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About time!

  145. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    the great red dick rub: (all leagues at least OPS, if not more stuff like slugging, bases, etc)
    1. pts league, keep beltran or red dick?
    2. 12 team dynasty with deep benches. slugging, OBP and OPS and K’s for hitters. have 11 SP (and r.iglesias in SP slot, since dynasty).
    C hundley
    1B E5
    2B pedroia
    SS villar
    3B franco
    LF upton
    CF cain
    RF polanco
    util mini donkey (streamer)
    BN t.anderson/beef welington/k.davis
    NA zimmer/mcmahon (COL)/swanson
    guessing beef welington is the drop?
    3. 14 teamer with no HR or AVG, they are replaced by slugging and OBP. roto dynasty
    C hundley
    1B goldy
    2B castro
    SS villar
    3B frazier
    OF (3) stanton/c.davis/ozuna
    util cespedes
    BN gattis/aj reed/kemp
    DL red dick
    NA arcia
    guess this is kemp. years ago i traded machado for c.davis + bruce + kemp, and earlier this year dropped bruce for MI streamer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hold 2. Welington 3. Kemp, sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltran’s hurt

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        @Grey: it took about 2 years but that other owner finally won that machado deal. i didn’t believe the bruce resurgence early in year (and really ozuna has proved better in this kind of league anyway). machado wasn’t close to this good 2 years ago of course. this team is in 2nd almost all of last 2 years, but man, if it had machado now it’d be the stone nuts (except in steals of course). beltran got hurt just in time for me not to have to make that decision, nice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya

  146. Cram It says:
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    Jesus Archer. It should be 42-0.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, he really doesn’t look that bad, mistake to Shaw that was crushed

  147. Donb says:
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    Who gets more points while playing it safe
    Urias with mark Reynolds
    Or Quintana with Matt Adams or agon

    Gotta go with Urias with the coors bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urias/Reynolds

  148. Travis says:
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    Whose most droppable for a streamer: Smyly, Paxton, Nola, DeScallop? I’m leaning Smyly at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smyly

  149. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    some more red dick rising questions. redraft or shallow keepers this time.
    1. 12 team h2h with OPS, net steals, K’s and BB’s.
    C (2) hundley/ramos
    1B rizzo
    2B murphy
    3B son of donald
    SS villar
    MI t.anderson
    CI pujols
    LF upton
    CF marte
    RF polanco
    OF ozuna
    util reed
    BN rajai
    DL red dick
    guessing it’s rajai, if i have enough steals
    2. 12 team h2h with hits, K’s, OPS, XBH, net steals and defensive stats (so IF often have extra value for double plays more than OF’ers do for assists)
    C hundley
    1B ortiz
    2B altuve
    SS segura
    3B seager
    IF (2) c-sant, villar
    OF (4) trout, harper, mccutchen, hanram
    Util (3) gattis, t.anderson, reed
    BN diaz
    DL red dick
    this appears to be hardest decision

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai….Hmm…I guess Diaz or Reddick,

  150. Chicken Dinner says:
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    How does Yordano know when he is in/out of my lineup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  151. rick says:
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    any reason to be excited about the return of alex cobb? or aj griffin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @rick: esp funny since griffin is already back (and had a much better start than he probably should’ve)

  152. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 5×5 h2h
    Who’s the streamer this week?
    Mike Fiers vs. CHW $8.4
    Jeremy Hellickson vs. KC $9.3
    Bud Norris vs. MIA $0.7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh…Fiers

      • Bobbo says:
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        @Grey: Tell me about it. Or I can grab Shawn Kelley until Papelbon comes back. Given the fact I have Pap, probably makes sense to have the handcuff since the waiver is the likes of those guys that were so bleh. Thoughts>?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, grab Kelley

  153. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Please pick 5 from the following:

    Bradley vs. Phi (Eflin)
    Hendricks @ Cin (Reed)
    Rodon vs Min (Nolasco)
    Kennedy @ Phi (Hellickson)
    Duffy @ Phi (Nola)
    Pom vs NYY (Nova)
    Roark vs. Cin (Straily)
    Wacha vs. Mil (Guerra)
    Ross vs. Cin (Lamb)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m gonna say mine then I’ll say what I think the SON’s are:

      Rodon vs Min (Nolasco)
      Duffy @ Phi (Nola)
      Pom vs NYY (Nova)
      Roark
      Ross

      SON:
      Rodon vs Min (Nolasco)
      Kennedy @ Phi (Hellickson)
      Duffy @ Phi (Nola)
      Roark vs. Cin (Straily)
      Wacha vs. Mil (Guerra)

      Was I close?

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        @Grey: it had bradley a lot higher, due to PHI, and much lower on roark. duffy/kennedy quite high like you thought.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey:
        Kennedy 21
        Pom 17.4
        Duffy 15.5
        Bradley 15.4
        Wacha 13.7
        Ross 8.9
        Rodon 7.3
        Hendricks 6.1
        Roark 4.4

        Thanks for the input. Fairly close on the SON guesses. Definitely going with Pom and Rodon. Frankly, I think they are are all pretty solid plays.

  154. PetFed says:
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    Would you take:
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Brad Ziegler
    Steven Souza Jr.
    Fernando Rodney

    For

    Michael Pineda
    Craig Kimbrel
    Jeanmar Gómez
    Taijuan Walker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • PetFed says:
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        @Grey: Whats the reasoning? Pineda and walker?

        What if Rodney gets traded to a contender?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If Rodney gets traded to a contender, he’s not saving games

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: If he gets traded to the Marlins, I think he would be – and yes, the Marlins are somehow contenders right now

  155. SteveNZ says:
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    Noooooo, Rendon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What?

  156. mrbaseball says:
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    Michael Brantley – grey what is your take on his injury – not so much this year but lets say next year – would you make an offer on him in a keeper league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I could get him very cheap, might never be right again, not like he’s young

  157. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Please rank Pagan, L. Martin, and Gardner.

    I’ve been giving my CF sperm (<<– new term in honor of the event!) to Gardner all year and would like another option in CF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d just go with that ranking for now in a shallow enough league…In a deep league, I’d go Gardner

  158. Jake says:
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    Would you drop Realmuto for Norris in a 12 team H2H?

    • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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      @Jake: no

  159. Chicken Dinner says:
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    How did I know Oh was going to explode first shot he gets.

    • William Hung says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: The Cards won 8-4, wasn’t even a save situation

      • Ain't nothing but a gangster Marte says:
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        @William Hung:

        And he didn’t explode 0 ER

  160. Ain't nothing but a gangster Marte says:
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    @ anyone. 12 team 5×5 roto

    Would you try and buy JD or Joey bats low why they hurt? Also, anyone see Madson move Wood from RP to OF since they were in 15th? Also started Baez since I had Xander sitting!

  161. Pat says:
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    Donaldson, Polanco, Hammel for Kluber, W.Davis, S. Wright, Maz, Piscotty

    • Ain't nothing but a gangster Marte says:
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      @Pat:

      Getting to that time of year where needs matter but Donny Polanco pretty easily for me

  162. Vinny Boombatz says:
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    ROS Thor or Stras?

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