Junior Guerra has a backstory that puts the odd in odyssey.  The Braves signed him as a 16-year-old catcher out of Venezuela.  In 2006, he had position reassignment surgery and became a pitcher.  As a herbathrowdite in Georgia, bathrooms and strike zones were hard to find, so he was released.  He found courage from the support group, “PAC IO,” which is Pitchers And Catchers Input/Output, and tried his hand at Independent leagues.  Eventually, he played in Mexico, Spain, and Italy.  In Italy, it was especially difficult to be a pitcher because every time a hitter came up to the plate a large, mustachioed woman umpire would say, “Guerra, you hafta throw the meatballs.  C’mon, the hitter’s starvin’ over here.”  And Guerra’s cheeks would constantly be pinched.  But, miraculously, Robin Ventura found him in Italy, while mistakenly thinking that’s where Jim Rome taped his show, and signed him.  Of course, the White Sox had no place for Guerra, and his journey took him to Milwaukee, allowing him to be the first person with an Italian stamp on his passport in Milwaukee since Arthur Fonzarelli.  Yesterday, he went 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks to move his record to 3-0.  He’s touched 99 MPH with his fastball, averaging around 92-95 and has a split-finger change that falls off the map like an explorer in the 1400’s.  Is he more than a streamer?  Hard to say at this point.  He will get strikeouts and faces the Braves next so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and grab him for that start.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Domingo Santana – Scratched with his shoulder injury that has been day-to-day for the past two weeks.  Incredibly, I held him through all of that, but yesterday was the straw that broke the camel’s back that was in Julio Teheran’s backyard.  Um, Teheran, I think there’s zoning laws about having a camel in Atlanta.

Chris Carter – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .245.  I feel like .240 is around the fantasy baseball Mendoza Line.  35 homers from Carter would be nice, but if he does it at .238 vs. .244, it’s only a few hits difference, but, damn, if it doesn’t feel totally different.  Tell me this is not hashtag truth.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 2 Hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  And Nieuwenhuis is Ikea for a hideaway couch for two.  You can’t make this shizz up!

Jason Hammel – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA up to 2.31.  Ever since Gerrit Cole said the Cubs aren’t the best team in baseball (while losing five of six games to them), the Cubs have looked listless.  Luckily, there’s 123 more games to play.

Matt Harvey – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 5.77.  Okay, granted, I’m struggling in pitching thanks to Archer, Pineda, Rodon, deGrom, but you gotta love the fantasy teams that went heavy on pitching in the drafts with David Price and Matt Harvey instead of hitting.  Ouch, me hiney!  As for Harvey, to be totally Sinatra, I think he’s dealing with a dead arm.  As we’ve seen time and again, pitchers don’t tell you when they have a dead arm until after they’re coming out of it.  It’s kinda like for a woman being married to man who suddenly says he’s gay.  This is her, “Why didn’t you say you had a dead arm?!”  Right now, Harvey’s numbers are off the charts bad vs. previous seasons.  If he said he needed Tommy John surgery again, that would make more sense than how he’s looked.  The Mets are saying he could be skipped in his next start.  So, as crazy as this sounds, I’d buy super low that his BABIP comes down and his LOB% goes up, normalizing his ERA to around 3.50.  I wouldn’t expect a 2.75 ERA and a 10+ K/9 suddenly.  I would be careful about how much I gave up, I wouldn’t pay market value.  Anyway, here’s what else– Wait, I did that already.

Daniel Murphy – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .397.  Mets fans were very gracious with Murphy returning to Metco for this homestand.  They applauded him and he said, “I hope they’re not trying to sleep with me.”

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.80.  I told everyone to draft Strasburg, so my question is why didn’t I do it in every one of my leagues?  Anyone want Archer for Strasburg?  Let’s make this happen!

Anthony Rendon – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .250, which is up from .211 in the past ten days.  He could be hitting .280 with 7 homers by June 15th and all will seem right with the world.  Well, all right with Rendon, Trump is still the Republican nominee.

Nate Karns – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.33.  Quick, who’s been better, Karns or Verlander?  Okay, who’s owned in 60% more leagues?  Now, who’s about to sing every state capital?   Karns, Verlander, me!  *sings every state capital*  Damn, I am geographically harmonic!  Would I own Karns?  Darns tootin’!

Adam Lind – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Would’ve been a nice batty call.  Or as the Hitter-Tron calls it, “Putting my hand in your muffler and rubbing around the lubricant.” Oh, Hiiter-Tron, that’s a bit much.

Leonys Martin – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Now has two homers in two games.  He could be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s not because he’s here now.  Don’t make me repeat myself.  And that’s me quoting me!  Hot schmotato alert!  SAGNOF!

Joey Votto – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .215.  Are him and Jay Bruce (hitting .281) starring in a body switch movie?

Rajai Davis – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 10th steal.  Wow, doode is in Fogo de Chao and pitchers are just coming by with sticks of hits, runs, steals and homers and he’s piling them on his plate.  The King of SAGNOF is like a poor man’s Rickey.  He’s 35 years old and still rocking the crown.  I’d own Rajai in all leagues until he cooled off.

Carlos Santana – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 6th and 7th homer, hitting .237 and back in the cleanup spot.  Tomorrow, he’ll be back leading off and stealing bases.  Chameleon Santana blends into the environment like you blend your kale and apples.

Josh Tomlin – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.56.  He’s worth a look at his player page. *looks at his player’s page*  Okay, moving on…What?  I need to tell you what I saw?  Let’s say a 86 MPH fastball and a 6 K/9.  Good?  Cool.

Evan Gattis – 2-for-3 and his 3rd homer as he caught the game.  To honor him catching, Gatti’s Pizza in Austin squatted in all large pies.  It’s called a Squat Cobbler.

Collin McHugh – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 5.13.  Well, yeah, he’s not a 5+ ERA pitcher.  Doesn’t mean I like him, but in the right matchups he could be fine.  Stream-o-Nator likes his next one, for unstints.

Chris Sale – 9 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 1.58.  We have enough lead time right now to make this happen.  When Arrieta and Sale face off in the 1st game of the all-Chicago World Series in U.S. Cellular, can someone please get Steve Bartman to throw out the first pitch?  Please.

Jon Gray – 3 1/3 IP, 9 ER.  Hahahahahaha–Breathe, Grey, breathe!  Of course, I streamed him!  Of course, I did!  After he looks terrific for three starts in a row, I get the start where he buggers his owners!  Of course, I do!  What have I done to you, Fantasy Baseball Overlord?!  What have I done to wrought such fury?!

Trevor Story – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  In related news, Jose Reyes’s wife is loving her late flyer on Story in her fantasy league.

Michael Wacha – 4 IP, 6 ER vs. the Rockies.  This should’ve been a cakewalk, like the runway for plus-sized models.  I told everyone to avoid Wacha in the preseason, and that hasn’t changed.  He threw way too many IP last year.

Matt Adams – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs, hitting .275.  Speaking of a cakewalk…

Randal Grichuk – Left yesterday’s game with back tightness.  This has sidelined him in the past, so Adams could be in line for increased playing time.  “Did someone say buffeting time?”  No, Matt.

Stephen Piscotty – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .329.  You know who Piscotty is, right?  He’s a young Holliday.  I know Piscotty!  I know Piscotty!

Matt Carpenter – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 6 RBIs and his 9th homer.  He hit that homer off Oberg, which is the goofiest name in baseball.  Sorry, Ohlendorf, Oberg’s in town!  “Carlos Gonzalez, you are our captain, what do you have to tell the boys?”  “Oberg!  Right ahead!”

Jeff Samardzija – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.66 vs. James Shields 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.07.  James vs. Jeff!  Shields vs. Samardzija!  J.S. vs. J. S-alphabet!  Announced crowd in Petco was five fans for every letter in Samardzija. That might’ve been how many tickets they sold, not how many were there.

Joe Panik – 4-for-5 and his 3rd steal.  He was one for his last 16 coming into this game, so it could be worth cyclops’ing, but Panik’s not quite a pick-nic.

Brandon Crawford – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Don’t know if he gets back to 20+ homers like last year, but there’s still a lot of time for it to happen.

Ivan Nova – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.26.  Doesn’t he sound like a test-market Apple product for soccer moms?  The iVan Nova.  No?  Hmm, maybe it’s just me.  He only threw 62 pitches because he’s still not stretched out enough for a full game.  He’s also not worth waiting around for outside of matchups.

Josh Reddick – 2-for-3 and a slam (5) and legs (4), but fractured his left thumb.  A’s lineup is just not going to seem with Burns and Semien.  Like it’s missing something.

Ervin Santana – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.13, as he dueled Marco Estrada – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.61.  Yes, instead of Matt Harvey, Jon Gray or Wacha, you would’ve been better off starting Estrada and Ervin.  Do I need to put on Third Eye Blind to get you away from the ledge?

Danny Santana – 2-for-1 run and two steals (8, 9).  That whole 2nd leadoff hitter batting ninth is getting played out.  Dannys Antana can just leadoff and Dozier can move down to 2nd.  There’s no reason the Twins need to pretend they’re turning over the lineup.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-4 as he hit leadoff.  John Gibbons said he’s the Jays’ best ‘take a slap’ hitter.

Mike Trout – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a slam (10) and legs (4).  Oh snap.  This reminds me when Jay Z comes out of retirement once a year with a new album.  Y’all forget who the King of Slam & Legs is (are?)?

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  This is kinda insane.  The RCL team where I’m struggling with pitching (I have 3 points combined for Wins, ERA and WHIP!), I’m in 6th place overall my hitting is so good.  Guess it’s why I like it when my hitters are facing my pitchers.

John Jaso – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .301 and smelling of some serious patchouli.  Damn, white guy with dreads!

Jordy Mercer – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Has a five-game hitting streak and could be a very light schmotato.

Jeff Locke – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.00.  I’m totally fine with Locke pitching well, but can he slip getting onto the team bus so they can bring up Taillon?

Jeff Francoeur – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  The outfielders said there was no ketchup’ing to that Frenchy fly.

Mike Foltynewicz – 3 IP, 4 ER.  The Regression Fairies love the smell of the Callery pear tree, they have two tickets to see Britney Spears and they will hurt your ratios.

Erick Aybar – Missed yesterday’s game due to a chicken bone being stuck in his throat.  I’ll give Rudy the last word:

 
  1. Al Koholic says:
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    Been a wild year for starting pitching for sure

  2. Piranhaman says:
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    My pitching was being very good before JON GRAY DISASTER.. hahahahahaha I streamed him too ???

    • Tigres says:
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      The best/worst part of the night was after Rockies took 6-4 lead, only for Gray time give it right back. Me at home screaming, “But Jonathan Gray, I trusted you!!”

    • Ross Watson says:
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      Not even a mile high WALL could have kept the Bastard of Coors Lord Commander Jon from that implosion

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Piranhaman: I remember being pissed that someone in my league grabbed him two days before this start. I streamed Estrada last night instead.

  3. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @Rudy’s tweet is so funny it made me choke on a chicken bone and I’m not even eating chicken.

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: Dating Pence?

  4. Tulowitzki To The Walls says:
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    I’m stuck in second place — back from first by 9, up from third by 5, been this way almost all year. I’m in a 10 team, ROTO Non-Keeper 5×5. I’m starved for saves, and my 2B/3B/SS needs some consistency, though I’m happy with Kang and Segura starting for the next few weeks in two of those spots. I dropped Castellanos early, blammer! I dropped Dyson early, Kaprhufel! Any ideas when you take a look at my team? On who to trade/for or who to pick up and drop from Waivers (availables below)? Should I continue to stash Reed? Do I need to be holding onto Duffy, Schoop AND Castro?! RABABABABOWSKI! Please advise. Thanks!!

    C-Castillo
    1B-Rizzo
    2B-
    3B-Kang (3B/SS)
    SS-Segura (2B/SS)
    OF-Stanton
    OF-S Marte
    OF-Mookie
    UT-Trumbo
    UT-Heyward
    Bench-Schoop (2B), Castro (2B/SS), Duffy (2B/3B), Carter, Reed

    SP-Arrieta
    SP-Smyly
    RP-Kenley
    RP-Bush
    RP-Harris
    RP-Giles
    SP-J Ross
    SP-Ar. Sanchez
    SP-Jaime G
    SP-Hill
    SP-Lackey
    DL-Iglesias

    Waiver Wire: Rodon (should be owned), Mazara (better than Heyward?), Crawford, K Davis, Gattis, Hermann, Grichuk, Dickerson, Souza, Forsythe, Lawrie, Prado, Lamb, Baez, Richards, Iwakuma, Ventura, Miller, Severino, %100 Kazmir, Nelson, Leake, Wood, H Santiago, Jumbo Diaz, Karns, Phelps, Vincent, Benoit, Buchter, Hwan Oh, Eovaldi, Ryu, May, Wheeler, Urias, Giolito, Miley, Ohlendorf.

    • TheOne says:
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      @Tulowitzki To The Walls:

      Get rid of Heyward and pick up Mazara or Prado. At least you will get avg from them. Heyward sucks and will give you nothing on top or nothing. Pick him back up when hes in his hot streak.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Tulowitzki To The Walls: Id lose Duffy for Mazara and one of your second baseman (schoop) for Rodon

  5. Big Sexy's Left Nut says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff per usual.

    Tre Turner and AJ Reed are still on the free agent list. 12 team H2H 5×5 league. I’m tempted to pick up both but don’t really have an obvious drop. My league doesn’t really trade too often. Any suggestions or should I just hold?

    C Salvador
    1B Rizzo
    2B Lawrie
    3B Frazier
    SS Xander
    3 OF Crush, Belt, Heyward
    2 Util Castellanos, VMart
    Bench Drury

    SP Thor, Salazar, Nola, VV, Matz, McCullers, WChen, Odorizzi)
    CL Vizc, Ziegler, Jeffress, JGomez
    DL Iglesias, ZWheeler

    (Lawrie/Gomez/Castellanos/VMart/Drury/Odorizzi/Wheeler were waiver pickups)
    (I traded JGarcia+Parra for Chen+Salv in the preseason)

    And yes I’m in 1st, by 7 games. Thanks to you.

  6. I can confirm the part about meatballs and Italian baseball is right on the mark. Bravo Grigio!

    (“Grigio” is Grey in Italian)

  7. Fister Furbush says:
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    Dude, Guerra was paintin’ all day, like a young Picasso after a box of wine. Wherever Maldonado wanted the baseball, Guerra hit it (btw Maldonado is a really good defensive catcher, kind of like my wife after a box of wine. Oh wait, that’s a “defenseless” catcher…my bad).

  8. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    NL only,
    1. captain kirk, franceour, or wallace. wallace hitting in best part of order, but Hitter T likes kirk better. position doesn’t matter, unless that grichuk back thing is more for real than it sounds, in which case an OF seems better.
    2. wolters or flowers till hundley gets back. flowers appears to get more playing time (at least over last 14 days) and is hitting better, this includes the times wolters is at home.

  9. Dannyboy says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff per usual.

    Tre Turner and AJ Reed are still on the free agent list. 12 team H2H 5×5 league. I’m tempted to pick up both but don’t really have an obvious drop. My league doesn’t really trade too often. Any suggestions or should I just hold?

    C Salvador
    1B Rizzo
    2B Lawrie
    3B Frazier
    SS Xander
    3 OF Crush, Belt, Heyward
    2 Util Castellanos, VMart
    Bench Drury

    SP Thor, Salazar, Nola, VV, Matz, McCullers, WChen, Odorizzi)
    CL Vizc, Ziegler, Jeffress, JGomez
    DL Iglesias, ZWheeler

    (Lawrie/Gomez/Castellanos/VMart/Drury/Odorizzi/Wheeler were waiver pickups)
    (I traded JGarcia+Parra for Chen+Salv in the preseason)

    And yes I’m in 1st, by 7 games. Thanks to you.

    • Pu$$y Control says:
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      @Dannyboy: you could drop lawrie for turner and just take empty stats in 2b for a week…it might be better than actually owning lawrie. He is in an awful slump right now.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Dannyboy: Drury for Turner

  10. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Neil Walker or rendon ROS?

  11. Chud says:
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    Grey,

    10 team full keeper trade offer: I get Bautista & give Matz.

    Appreciate your wisdom!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chud: Works for me

  12. Mike says:
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    I give Mookie and get C. Seager and Keuchel. Should I pull the trigger on this trade?

    • bossmanjunior333 says:
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      @Mike:

      Noooooo

    • Knucks says:
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      @Mike: def not

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Mike: Get something better than Keuchel and this works

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Mike: Why would you want Keuchel?

  13. Jolly rancher says:
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    Morning Grey,
    Great write-up as always, thanks! Please rank and pick four ROS: Gaussman, Rodon, Santiago, Tomlin, McHugh, Kennedy, Keuchel. Many thanks and have a great weekend!

    • Jolly rancher says:
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      @Jolly rancher:
      Sorry, forgot to mention, 10 team weekly H2H points league. Thanks.

  14. Whodat says:
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    Tulo and scherzer for Chris Davis and Lindor?

    Who wins in this trade?

    • Lonestar3 says:
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      @Whodat:

      Lindor 4 sho

    • DozierTheDozierian says:
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      @Whodat: I’d want the Davis/Lindor side.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Whodat: Davis/Lindor

  15. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Guy in my league was practically giving away Puig so I traded McGee for Boxberger and Puig. Good move? I might just try to shop Puig now for another closer or starter. McGee for Boxberger looks like an upgrade as is, so if I get anything from/for Puig, it’s all gravy…dammit get our of here Matt Adams!

  16. Mickey Maloney says:
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    hey Grey, curious who are the top two you like to own RoS?

    Hellickson, Tajuan Walker, Joe Ross (heh), Jimmy Nelson, Iwakuma or Verlander?

    Standard pitching cats except we count QS & Wins.

    Thanks!

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Mickey Maloney: Walker, Ross, Nelson/Iwa are not too far from being in there

      • Mickey Maloney says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, crazy how packed up everyone is in our Scout league

  17. Strolg says:
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    Job 1:1. In the land of USA there lived a man whose name was Grey. This man was blameless and upright; he feared FBO and shunned evil.

  18. Jeff says:
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    Good morning –

    Pulled the trigger on a trade yesterday with your help – I got Castillo, C Seager, and Pederson for Price, Suarez, and Eickhoff. I need a pitcher for this week, and maybe beyond. 12 team H2H, pitching cats are IP, QS, ERA, WHIP, K/9, SVHLD. Already have Sale, Strasburg, Hendricks, Walker, Duffey. Looking at these guys – this week’s starts in parentheses: Andriese (v. MIA), Karns (v OAK), Chatwood (v SF), Tropeano (@TX, v HOU). Which way would you go?

    Thanks!

    Jeff

    • Jeff says:
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      @Jeff: btw, adam conley (@ATL) is also available.

      • knucks says:
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        @Jeff: I’d stream… so prob Karns on Tuesday then add Conley the next day if he is still available. Which he should be, unless he looks good against the nats over the weekend (which isn’t exactly expected) or if someone else beats you to his stream against the Braves.

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Jeff: Dont forget about Guerra (Grey’s lede in this article) as he’s playing ATL and his K rate is very nice

      • knucks says:
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        @WhiteRabbit: True True, good looks brutha

        And if you go chasing streamers
        And you know your going to fall
        Tell them a brewers touting JB, has given you the call

        FEED YOUR HEAD!!!!!

  19. Knighttown says:
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    Own all of Khris, Trumbo and Carter and I’m running away with power cats in my daily 5×5. I’d like a bit more balance and would flip one of these guys for a different bat. I need average>runs>> other categories.

    1. How do you rank Trumbo, Carter and Khris ROS?
    2. Have some ideas for a trade target to rebalance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Knighttown: Trumbo, Khris… 2. Trumbo for Polanco? Lindor? Odor? Hodor?

      • ty says:
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        @Grey: ha! Hodor….you should just respond to everyones questions with hodor

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  20. Josh says:
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    Pillar, R. Davis, or Melvin Upton Jr?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Josh: Davis right now. Pillar later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: Agree with Cram

  21. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, Schoop or Khrush Davis? Thanks in advance!

    • DBo says:
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      Double dip, dynasty league, Schoop + N Karns or Wacha? Thanks in advance!

      • Cram It says:
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        @DBo: Schoop

    • Cram It says:
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      @DBo: Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DBo: Agree with Cram

  22. Charles says:
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    RCL: all things equal, would you DL stash Reddick or Will Smith?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Charles: Reddick

    • knucks says:
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      @Charles: Agree with Cram here, but also just want to note that someone traded for Reddick yesterday in my league. The guy is in first and only real need is more power. Thank you fantasy gods!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: Agree with Cram, unless you have a blockbuster action film script looking for a dynamic lead

  23. Scooter G says:
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    Ive been trying to trade Velasquez in my ten team h2h and was trying for Fowler, segura,or Suarez. He countered back with ellsburry or parra.

    Would you prefer ellsburry, parra, or hold Velasquez?

    No glaring needs but hrs or SBS would be the biggest.

    Thanks

  24. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! A couple quick hits for you…

    1. Junior G over Miley going forward?

    2. Would you drop Darnaud to DL Peralta? My 2 Cs are horrendous (Ruiz and Ross, maybe Herrmann replacing one as of next week) but I’m not sure Darnaud is so much of an upgrade at this point. Peralta would be my OF5 in a league where I really need AVG and R (currently rocking Danny Santana as my OF5)

  25. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    So good, so good, ’cause I got you!!!

    a. SUPER swamped with work because we only operate from 07h30 until 13h30 on Fridays so SUPER pressure to perform in a SUPER condensed amount of time!!! SUPER, right?

    b. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (May 20-22)

    Tripp: ‘First, it’s a damn land mine. Now it’s a flying water heater. What next?’
    Horatio: ‘Next, (queue the sunglasses) we catch a killer.’

    Have a Grey weekend all! May ALL your hitters hit a-plenty and may ALL your pitchers pitch effectively.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! A. Not super SUPER B. Nice!

  26. Phil of the Future says:
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    Yo, BB.
    I had no starting pitching going last night. And that’s just fine with me….

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Next year bud. It’s happening….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s all coming together!

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: This is gonna be the best partnership since Cruz and Kasich!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hahahaha

  27. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey,

    Thank you for the writeup.

    If Piscotty really is a young Holiday, then who do you like more in a 10 team H2H keeper league, him or Marte? I’d still say Marte, but is it close?

  28. Richard Tracy says:
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    Rapid fire one words answers!

    1. I picked up Neris with the hope that he would take the thrown but from the sounds of your prediction Gomez is the guy. Should I Hold or Drop Neris?

    2. My worst SPs are Hendricks and Roark. Drop either or Hold?

    3. Rank which prospects you would prefer to have on your squad. AJ Reed. Jameson Tailon. Trea Turner. Other.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Richard Tracy: When you ask if you should drop someone, it’s tough to answer without knowing who you’d be dropping them for. Like, Neris gives great ratios and K rate. That’s useful. Why straight drop him?

      • knucks says:
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        @Cram It: Hah I’ll take a blind stab.

        1. Drop Neris for Dyson
        2. Drop Roark for Pomeranz
        3. Tre for Speed, Reed for Power, Taillon for an upside arm… whichever stat you need.

        One word answers aren’t going to give you the info you want and will cause you to have to asks follow ups

    • Pu$$y Control says:
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      @Richard Tracy: Hold,Hold,Turner

  29. PED Inc. says:
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    Thanks for the pre weekend Roofie Mr. Gray, that was fun!

    Who would you start next week?

    Rich Hill @ Sea and vs. Det

    Jimmy Nelson @ Atl and vs. Cincy

    I never thought after finishing my draft that Dick Hill would be my best SP!!
    Thanks Archer, Walker, Liriano, Waino!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PED Inc.: It was a joy, wasn’t it? Hill

  30. Comment_Section says:
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    God I freaking love these recaps.

    Two questions:

    How you feeling about Kluber @ BOS tonight?

    Which side do you like in a 12 team Y! Roto: Altuve+Robertson+ Jaime G for Odor+J.D+ Kluber

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Comment_Section: I’d sit everyone against BOS and slight lean for JD side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Comment_Section: Thanks! Kluber’s completely untrustworthy in Fenway, so depends on the risk you want to take…. JD

  31. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey. Great call last week on Folty, I listened and left him and his -3 on my bench this week. I just dropped him and added Guerra. I love the write-ups, great site! Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Nice!

  32. Pager24 says:
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    Just FYI. It’s supposed to be blowing out 20+ tonight in Oak and SF.

    I’m hoping for good things tonight! I’ve got H to the Rizzo, Valencia, and sweet baby Davis. Hell maybe even Belt and Heyward will get in on the fun? probably just wishful thinking tho! ha

    • knucks says:
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      @Pager24: Nice tip here. I wasn’t planning to start Belt vs. Arrietta. He’s getting replaced in my lineup by Khris though!

      • Pager24 says:
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        @knucks: Thanks Knucks- didn’t realize Arrietta was going tonight. gunna make that change also!

  33. Wudaben says:
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    How much difference do you see between Rendon and Odor for the rest of the season? and would you trade my Belt, Rendon (or Odor), Corbin & Ventura for C. Davis, Rodon & R. De La Rosa?

    Based on stuff Rodon & Rubby could be a pitching upgrade and I have a feeling that the other owner isn’t in love with either of them. Since I have both Rendon (2b,3b) and Odor and don’t have room in my DH slot one is expendable. Franco is my 3b so Rendon gives me a backup there though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wudaben: Odor is ranked about 100 spots before Rendon

  34. RePete says:
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    Does it make sense to trade away Velasquez for Nola in a 14-Team H2H League? I like Velasquez much better long term but I doubt he’ll be one of my 5 keepers and he’ll be shut down before the fantasy playoffs. I’m sitting in 1st right now and the guy that has Nola is 12th. Should I aim for a better SP or hold Velasquez longer? Thanks!

    Keeper Options: Stanton, Betts, Polanco, Bogaerts, Sano, Strasburg, C.Martinez, Walker

    • Cram It says:
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      @RePete: Sure

  35. Kendrick Llama says:
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    OBP League: Do I give up on Grandy yet?

    Choo is available (to stash), Beltran, Maybin, Rajai, and Duvall are available.

    Seems like power is still there for Grandy, but the OBP is low due to the avg and a low BABIP.. Not sure what to do.

    • Kendrick Llama says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: Actually, no Duvall**

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: depends on needs but Raj for speed/runs and Duvall for pop – i could see taking either. Choo if you have space to wait and see is also another.

      • Kendrick Llama says:
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        @WhiteRabbit: Rest of my team is as follows:

        Wellington
        Goldy
        Odor
        Villar
        Bryant
        Springer
        Upton
        Parra
        Odubel
        Belt
        Drury
        Grandy

        Feel like I’m possibly lacking in Power tbh (Duvall is also gone as of this morning lol)

  36. JIM says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in a keep all players league with 3 round amateur draft annually…

    Is this a no brainer?

    Rizzo, Strasburg, Correa FOR Machado

    Which side has more value this year? Future?

    • knucks says:
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      @JIM: Yea gimme the side 3 studs, for now and later

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @JIM: machado is good but this is not close – Rizzo side wins by quite a bit.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @JIM: You want the Rizzo side, 100%

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @JIM: correa’s almost as good as machado i’d take rizzo side probably even without rizzo in it.

  37. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Actually, no Duvall

  38. Q says:
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    Kind of over Randal Grichuk. You can hit .218 or slug under .400 but pretty tough to roster a guy doing both.

    WW in my league not great. Inciarte, Kiermaier, Werth, Mallex, Leonys, Ds Antana, Des Jennings among the highlights .

    It’s a H2h OBP league, so don’t need a specific category. Just overall production. Also only get 5 moves a week so can’t stream indefinitely.

    See anyone you’d drop Grichuk for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Martin

  39. Clint says:
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    With all these pitchers that are buy lows, I think RB needs to put together a sliding scale of belief on positive regression for them. I keep looking at Keuchel, Greinke, Archer, Gray, Harvey et al & can’t figure out which is the best target (if I can even get a trade response or counter from the noobs in my league who have them, anyway).

    • Cram It says:
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      @Clint: Tier 1: Archer
      Tier 2: Harvey, Greinke
      Tier 3: Gray, Keuchel

      • Clint says:
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        @Cram It:
        Gracias mon ami.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Clint: Ich mag Kuchen

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Clint: Cram pretty much nailed it and i would push Harvey to 3 not touch anyone besides Archer or Greinke unless you get them for dime

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Agree with Cram

  40. ThE sHiT says:
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    Miggy/Segura or Votto/Story? Needs aside in a h2h redraft league

  41. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In a league where pitching on the wire is BLEAK and you need a boost to wins and ratios (but are good with Ks), would you do any of the following Archer trades (selling your Archer)?

    A. Archer to get Nola + Pomeranz

    B. Archer for Walker

    C. Archer for Hill and Smyly

    D. Archer + closer (Boxberger? Dyson?) for Cueto

    Thanks!

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: None are really good for wins.

      I like A and D probably leaning towards A

      A for ratios but not wins.
      B and C. – possible wins but no guarantee
      D. for wins but no ratios

    • Donslaughtonslaught says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: no way a Hill and Smyly owner takes Archer for them right now, no offense.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Donslaughtonslaught: Agreed – I know I wouldn’t The Hill/Smyly owner is big on the “Big Name” guys, so he might be willing to buy low.

  42. Jedimasters says:
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    Great reads as always Grey. What to do with Kluber today? Start or sit @ Boston (Buckohlz). SON hates this start $4.7.

    Thank you.

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Jedimasters: Follow the son…

  43. FKA Ralph says:
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    My guess is Bartolo eats the bones.

  44. Q says:
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    Also, Harvey owner finally gave up & dropped him. Worth dropping Maeda to take a chance on him?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Q: Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Agree with Cram

  45. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    Are we starting Tyler Duffey today, Razzborg? The Streamonator doesn’t love the start, but Toronto has been below-average for the last week and doesn’t play all that well away from home. Thanks for the feedback!

  46. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Does Pearce keep this full time spell going all year or is he an 0-20 away from being a part timer again?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: he’s only playing this much while forsythe is out.

  47. William Hung says:
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    Someone in my league just dropped Joc Pederson – so the question is: Khris Davis or Joc Pederson? I haven’t been following the Dodgers this year

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @William Hung: Davis. Joc misses too many games.

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @William Hung: Keeper leagues – Pederson by alot and i’d still take Pederson in a redraft but it’s a coin toss

  48. Pu$$y Control says:
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    Mazara or Leonys ROS?

  49. Bye Felica says:
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    You may not have to pay much for Harvey considering how many times he was dropped in Yahoo after last night. He was actually dropped in one of my leagues.

    My Jon Gray experience ended with a major roofie. Era is still only at 4.05 for the week so im not really worried.
    Alex wood stream vs SD will make up for it Hahaha

    • knucks says:
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      @Bye Felica: So true. And I’d consider buying him at a low price if I didn’t also have to root for our fallen hero in real life. LGM! (sigh)

      Had two other mets fans in front of (and after) me in our draft… At the 3/4 turn I was surprised to have all three mets SP available. I went Frazier/Thor over Degrom/Harvey. Both mets were then were picked immediately after me and I got laughed at. Wish I could laugh now, but as stated already. It hurts me too.

      Also, I feel alot better about someone beating me out for Gray earlier this week. But it did allow for me to stream some Wood as well.

      • Coolwhip

        Todd25 says:
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        @knucks: Nice, you navigated those rounds like Magellan. I regret that i went with Archer over Thor cus i got caught up thinking of innings. Still trying to correct that mistake.

  50. Fungazi says:
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    I originally had a long, annoying post where I listed my whole roster and a few others in the league as well as half of the FA list and then listed 5 specific questions, but I deleted the whole thing just to say,

    keep up the good work my man!

  51. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Time to drop Conforto? Pick up Khris Davis, Will Myers, Gattis?

    • Det. John Kimble says:
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      Khris Davis also available.

    • knucks says:
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      @Det. John Kimble: *Mets Homer Alert* Don’t drop Conforto. I’d either find a different drop or hold.

      • Cram It says:
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        @knucks: LGM!….F*ckin’ Harvey…

  52. Ray says:
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    Desperately need pitching. Conforto for Matz?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ray: Ehhhh, I’d go safer. I’d be too worried about the elbow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: I’d take Matz, though agree with Cram can do safer

  53. Cram It says:
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    I’m with you on Harvey. I think it is absolutely dead arm. I noticed it towards the end of the post-season, he seemed gassed. His stuff wasn’t breaking sharply and his fastball was on a string, and somehow that’s carried over. If he’s not legitimately hurt, it’s gotta be dead arm. Orrrr he’s gotten fat and lazy and turned into an orgy guy.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Cram It: I like the last part..LOL I agree with you and Grey and let’s hope they skip a turn for him. I think it would help. Te rest will do him good.

  54. steve says:
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    Grey, Cram It, etc… – Keeper league: Trea Turner or Castellanos?

    • Cram It says:
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      @steve: Gimme the proven commodity, Castellanos.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @steve: Cast

  55. simonspecial says:
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    6×6 H2H league with OPS on the hitter side and K/9 (instead of K) and L on the pitcher side.

    My SP are butt. Salazar is great, Taijuan has had flashes, and my 3rd best is either Rubby De la Rosa or Francisco Liriano.

    We start LF/CF/RF, and I have Mookie Betts and Ozuna both with CF. My Util is taken up by David Ortiz, so no help/flexibility there.

    I have someone interested in Betts, and a likely trade now would be a closer (Casilla/Melancon/Madson/Allen) plus Kyle Hendricks for Betts.

    Hold? Go for it? Wallow in indecision?

    • Cram It says:
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      @simonspecial: That’s awful for you. Do way better than Hendricks if you must move Betts. But I’d try for cheaper pitching. Move Ozuna or Ortiz.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @simonspecial: NO FREAKING WAY!

      Betts is a 1st round player dude

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @simonspecial: Wouldn’t trade Betts for all the $12 Salads in the world

  56. The discarded head of Ted Williams says:
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    Hi!

    Drop straily or foltynewi… For junior?

  57. JIM says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in a keep all players league with 3 round amateur draft annually…

    1) Machado FOR Felix, Pomeranz, Brantley, Buxton, 1st round pick

    OR

    2) Machado FOR Strasburg, Pomeranz, Brantley, Buxton, 1st round pick

    If I’m looking at now and future, would you do either of these trades?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JIM: I’d want Machado in both

  58. Paul says:
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    Chris Davis for Jose Fernandez?

    • knucks says:
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      @Paul: A and O, whichever serves team Paul better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Agree with knucks

  59. rick carmichael says:
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    my Bratnley Eaton for Matz Mcgee?

    I’m loaded at OF just worried about matz forearm

  60. Jon says:
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    Who to add over Domingo Santana? Nobody really jumps out to me:

    Napoli, Headley, Trayce Thompson, Rajai Davis, Hazelbaker, Souza, Leonys Martin, Saunders, Moss, Duvall… Guerra, Nova, Rubby, Hellickson, Happ, Hector Santiago…

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jon: Rajai jumps out for right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Agree with Cram

  61. Ben says:
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    Never trust a schmohawk named gray.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Case in point

  62. K-Rich says:
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    10 team H2H points, 26 total roster spots, 11 for hitters, the rest (15) for pitchers, so even though it’s 10 team, the waivers for pitchers are very shallow.

    I was offered My Harvey & (Cole) Hamels for his Sale. I feel like this should be an obvious take but in a points league with rosters this deep in pitching it kinda comes down to ROS Harvey points + Hamels points VS. ROS Sale’s points + Best available FA pitcher’s points.

    Which side do ya like??

  63. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    My first batty call in like forever, was John dreadlocks Jaso, last night..You did a fine job Johnny! I think I might keep you and see where it goes..LOL

    • knucks says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: So with you here MP. Wanted to add Jaso yesterday as well but couldn’t get the commish to push my 2 for 1 trade through fast enough. Have him in there for today though. Can’t see why he won’t lead off again… Oh yea, Hurdle. Eff you Hurdle! You better not Polanco my batty call!!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @knucks: I am pretty sure Jaso has lead off most of the season so far..

        • knucks says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms: No your def right MP, he has against Righties. Just noting Hurdle has been a jagbag most of the season so far…

          • Coolwhip

            Todd25 says:
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            @knucks: A la ANTE…
            Horatio: The Pirate’s lineup card (cue the sunglasses) is always a tough hurdle to clear.

  64. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    NOTE: regarding young SP streamers. I noticed years ago when a young SP had pitched 3 good to great games in a row, the next start was almost always a Jon Gray last night type start..Something to keep in mind razzball streamers..

  65. Wywyz says:
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    Trade any of (Dozier, Castro, Ozuna or Myers) for Harvey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wywyz: Myers is fine to trade

  66. jdub01984 says:
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    Thinking of offering the following trade in 7×7 Yahoo HTH league – Hitting Categories are R H HR RBI TB S AVG; Pitching categories are IP W L S HR K ERA 45 inning minimum per week.

    I am offering Clayton Kershaw and Adrian Beltre for Stephen Strasburg and Josh Donaldson.

    My lineup is the following:
    C – Wilson Ramos
    1B – Joey Votto
    2B – Matt Carpenter
    3B – Adrian Beltre
    SS – Manny Machado
    OF – Jason Heyward
    OF – JD Martinez
    OF – Justin Upton
    UT – David Ortiz
    UT – Stephen Piscotty
    BN – Jay Bruce
    BN – Chris Carter
    DL – Travis d’Arnaud

    SP – Clayton Kershaw
    SP – Jeff Samardzija
    SP – Francisco Liriano
    SP – Kenta Maeda
    RP – Wade Davis
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    P – Alex Colome
    P – Jeremy Jeffries
    BN – Adam Conley
    BN – Tyler Glasnow
    BN – Jameson Taillon
    DL – Will Smith

    Should I continue to pursue this trade or hang tight with my current roster? Thanks.

    • jdub01984 says:
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      @jdub01984:

      Which of my SP would you consider trading for Harvey? Interestingly I moved Harvey a few weeks ago in the following trade: Chris Davis, Starling Marte, Matt Harvey, and Joe Ross for Justin Upton, Manny Machado, Kenta Maeda, Francisco Liriano. I think Harvey is too fragile (in his mind), especially the way he and Boras handled his innings towards the end of last year.

  67. Pita pan express says:
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    Is semien a good buy low for Harvey ?

    • knucks says:
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      @Pita pan express: As in offer Semien for Harvey?? That shouldn’t work, but I guess try it.

      • Pita pan express says:
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        I can sweeten the deal with yordano Ventura kind of like a craigslist swap of trash

        • knucks says:
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          @Pita pan express: I would think you would need to. The guy likely spent a 4th round pick on Harvey. Though frustrated, I wouldn’t sell him for an MI with pop that may have not even of been drafted if it were me. Could likely find that sorta thing on the wire.

  68. Eric says:
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    Anyway, here’s what else I was wondering:

    Rank these outfielders for the remainder of the season:

    1. Napoli
    2. Khris Davis
    3. Duvall

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Davis, Duvall

  69. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Way too early 2017 question – but do you see Story as a top 5 SS next year?

    Feeling very happy right now snagging him in my keeper league for a pot of vets like Gomez…

  70. Chris says:
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    Do I trade Drew Smyly for Jonathan Papelbon? My starters are Kluber, Salazar, Tanaka, Cueto, Quintana, McCullers. Closers are Chapman and Gregerson.

    • knucks says:
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      @Chris: Nah SAGNOF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with knucks

  71. Jesse says:
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    Grey, you are a wonderful man but I will never understand your infatuation with Adam Lind

  72. griff says:
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    12 team league: Drop burns for Maybin?

  73. AJ says:
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    I guess hindsight is 50/50, but it probably wasn’t a great idea to stream a RHP against the STL Cards . John Gray was awful but I’m giving him a bit of a pass.

  74. Sad Keanu says:
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    Drop Corbin, Conley, or Fiers for Guerra?

  75. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    I give up Quintana starling Marte and Madson
    I get Mazara hosmer and either Archer or Keuchel

    Make it or hold and which pitcher should I ask for if I make the deal

    • knucks says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: Your posts are getting much better Scott, but leave out the ‘who else should I ask for to make the deal’ part and just make that kind of call for yourself.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: Make the deal and add Archer..

  76. griff says:
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    Drop J. Ross for Karns?

  77. Kal says:
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    In a 12 team H2H, 10 (hitting) x 9 (pitching) dynasty league, would you do:

    My: Starlin Castro for
    His: HanRam or Adrian Gonzalez

    I am a middle of the pack team, he is at the bottom. I don’t have a long-term 1B solution (currently Trumbo and Jake Lamb) but several MI options now (Lindor, Turner, Drury, Wong) and coming (Arcia, Albies). I know neither guy is a long-term 1B solution but is this an upgrade for the next couple of years?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley, it’s fair

  78. Cohen says:
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    Grey, Keon Broxton is being called up, is he worth a flier?

    • knucks says:
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      @Cohen: Batting .301 with 7 slams, 15 legs down on the farm . I’d take a flier in the right league if I had room. Should note that the Brewers AAA team is in COL though. Once that thug Ralph pulls up his pants, maybe he’ll chime in here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cohen: Sure, why not

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich

  79. BillyBoy says:
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    Keon Broxton worth another try since he is getting called back up? He killed it in AAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • knucks says:
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      @BillyBoy: Just mentioned above, around the same time you posted. AAA for the Brewers is in COL for what its worth. The dude is obviously talented though. Braun and Santana ailing a bit. Its a def Sure for me as well. Good luck Billy Boy!

  80. Crock says:
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    How would you rank Cain, Cargo and Upton ros?

  81. Reid says:
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    Do we like Jr. Guerra over any of McCullers, Aaron Sanchez, Joe Ross, or Hill ROS? I’m in 1st place in K’s, 2nd in ERA and like 5th place in “wha” iskey whip (Thanks, no thanks to Liriano).

  82. We Did What? says:
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    Grey

    Dynasty league…6 x 6…OPS and K/9 added.
    Going to move Matt Harvey for OF help. Torn on my two trade options:

    Harvey and A Chapman for George Springer
    or
    Harvey and J Taillon for Just Dong

    I have an easier time moving Harvery and Chapman. The problem is I like JD better than Springer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer….JD

  83. Hi Grey

    Both Derek Dietrich and Steven Moya are on waivers in my 5×5 roto league.

    Should I put in a claim on one or both of them? The guys I would drop are J.Lowrie and B.Holt. Which one would you drop and for who?

    I have a diverse enough team that their position doesn’t really matter.

    Thank you kindly!

  84. Rice says:
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    I think Franko is already trying to audition his way out of Philly.

    Maikel Franco
    Home 1 HR .200 AVG .508 OPS
    Away 6 HR .286 AVG .908 OPS

    • knucks says:
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      @Rice: But the Sixers got the first pick!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the sample size? 16 games?

      • Rice says:
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        @Grey: This season. 41 games.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Rice: He hasn’t played in Philly for 41 games this year

        • knucks says:
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          @Rice: 22 away, 19 home. I’ve watched many of them. He’s been pressing. Especially with guys on base. Should be fine. I just traded for him actually and was pretty happy with the price.

  85. knucks says:
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    If anyone hasn’t seen that Bartolo bobblehead its worth the google search. His gut jiggles. Genius marketing move, though it would likely be my first thought as well, if the boss green lit my Bartolo bobblehead idea in the first place. Love it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Its Friday!! Looking forward to your best Jim Cramer impersonation to date. Save my team Greyyy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

    • Coolwhip

      Todd25 says:
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      @knucks: hahaha, brilliant.

  86. Ray says:
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    Only have room to hold one in my DL spot… so who should i stash till healthy? Reddick or Carlos Gomez? I was thinking it was an easy decision but it’s not.. Cheers Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Ray: reddick, not close, unless it’s ETA based.

  87. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    What are your thoughts on stashing any of the following? Reed, Arcia, Taillon in this 12 team H2H keeper (up to 5) format? Here is the squad:
    C – Sal Perez
    1b – Edwin
    2B – Schoop
    3B – Longo
    ss – Villar
    MI – Castro
    CI – Rizzo
    OF – Betts, Springer, Upton, Cain, Ozuna, Khris
    Bench – Lawrie

    SP – Archer, K-Czar, Rodon, Hammel, Odorizzi, Taijuan
    RP – Familia, Melancon, Jeffress, Betances, Colome

    The only potential drop could be one of my MI log jam or once Colome loses his gig. What is your opinion?

    Thanks, homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Colome for Taillon when he loses the job

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Any good newish hip/hop that I should be listening to? I haven’t come across much myself recently.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Chance the Rapper’s newest

          • knucks says:
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            @knucks: If you try it, Lotta Years is a great song.

            • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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              @knucks: Thanks, man. I’ve been an Aes Rock fan for awhile, just haven’t been up on any new music recently. I appreciate the heads up.

    • Cram It says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: You don’t really have room to stash a guy. One bench player? Yeah, you could lose Colome if he loses his job. Not sure you’d keep whoever you stashed anyway.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Cram It: My other bench spots are for the starters not starting. Our lineups don’t have just a “P” slot, so my RPs (except for Colome) can only play certain spots, same with my SPs… So there are 3 bench spots, but both taken up by my extra starters.

  88. joeproblems says:
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    As a devout member of The Church of Grey, I too have a combined 3 points from ERA, WHIP and W’s and am somehow in THIRD place.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice (not nice)

  89. Jason says:
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    Happy Friday! Straily or Ray to round out my H2H rotation? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ray

  90. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Just offered Jimmy Nelson for Harvey. I’m that guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t be that guy!

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey:Always that guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re that guy!

    • knucks says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: Hahah classic. The salt in wound guy. You meant that lady though… no?? Are you that confused/jacked up broad that couldn’t figure out how to use the urinal in the men’s bathroom at Target last week?

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @knucks: Sell high, buy low. Sadly, there is no Target in Blackstool, or in Houghton for that matter.

  91. Doc says:
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    Try and trade Nola, Iglesias, gausman, Pomeranz for Harvey which one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raisel

  92. Scott says:
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    Do you like Roark in his rematch with Miami? If so, which closer backup would you drop? Harris, Phelps, Watson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really, but I’m starting him…Watson

  93. Robert says:
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    Sonny Gray is on waivers. Drop Shields or Chen for Gray?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen

  94. Bunt Holes says:
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    Harvey or Tillman ROS? Seriously.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tillman

  95. Nature boy says:
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    Drop Ellsbury for Gardner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  96. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    Karns or Guerra for a 10 Team H2H Points League. I added Guerra this AM, but would be more than ok if I dropped him for Karns. Looks like Karns has Oakland and SD coming up. Yummy!

    Thanks and great stuff as always. Have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Karns

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

  97. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Starting C. Martinez against Arizona and McCullers against Texas tonight in the FCL. Let me tell you, my confidence is through the roof.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: You have a good team. Idk why it’s so……low in the standings.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Cram It: I’ve been dropping lately. I really like my team actually. Must admit, first year for an RCL….I wasn’t prepared for the amount of streaming that takes place.

  98. Adam says:
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    Need a streamer today
    Aaron Sanchez vs MN
    Colby Lewis vs Hou
    Antibel Sanchez vs Tampa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aaron

  99. Scott says:
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    Sorry,
    Beef or Yan ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beef

  100. Steve says:
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    Keep Pom or try and buy low on Grienke or Harvey with him?

    • knucks says:
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      @Steve: I’d keep Pom

    • Cram It says:
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      @Steve: I’d get Grienke or Harvey for him if I could.

    • Coolwhip

      Todd25 says:
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      @Steve: agree with Knucks. Grienke has a 7 era at Chase. Harvey seems to have deadarm. And Pom is a beast with that hammer curve and added a change/cutter this year.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Todd25: I think it’s a classic sell high/buy low situation. I wouldn’t be a prisoner of the moment with Pom. He may be good, but regression is coming.

        • Coolwhip

          Todd25 says:
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          @Cram It: Tis true, Cram.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey

  101. knucks says:
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    Biagini, who the eff?

    I wonder if he would get the next save chance on night where Osuna is rested. Storen does not look like he can dig out of his cuckhold role.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Storen if it’s not extra innings and used already

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @knucks: biagini used rather than storen in that last night instance.

  102. Great White North says:
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    Pick two to stay: Neris, O’Day, Seigrest

  103. ryanoger says:
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    Neil Walker or Pedroia?

    happy friday grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedroia, you too!

  104. Jake says:
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    Jordan Zimmerman or Matt Harvey ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm

  105. 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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    Altuve/Franco for Todd/Hosmer/Nola

    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve

  106. John says:
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    Archer has been a pain in my side late last year and now this year. Decent last start but walks are scary hurting WHIP and no trust in Rays’ offense to garner wins. 12 Team, H2H, With this staff would you trade him for J Up who has to get better, right??????

    Price, Archer, CMart, J Ross, Pom, Hill, Chen, Wood

  107. Ray says:
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    Kinsler or Zobrist for Harvey?

  108. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Have you noticed Marco Estrada throwing a lot more cutters. He has been very Andy Pettitte like. Not over powering but has good location. A lot of his pitches drop out of the strike zone so he is susceptible to walks.His k rate will not stay this high but I think he will useful in most formats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t noticed but makes sense

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: Need an Oaktown graph for this.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  109. Aaron Sorekin says:
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    trade franco for Kluber? Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

    • knucks says:
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      @Aaron Sorekin: A and O… what does team Aaron Sorekin need? Also, Keith Law hates you.

      • Aaron Sorekin says:
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        @knucks: I hate myself, believe me. its an OBP league (not franco’s bag) with a 1400 innings limit so i like having starters I don’t have to move… Kang and Shaw are my other 3B (with power coming from stanton, papi, park, bryce)…I have kershaw, straus, hendricks, ordorizzi, VV, and wood as my other starters.

  110. Brian says:
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    You starting sonny gray today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Against who

      • Brian says:
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        @Grey: home against yanks

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @Brian: Yes

  111. ScreechOwl says:
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    Well, yesterday was one of my best pitching days of the year. My line for the day:

    0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 W, 0 SV, 0 K

    This year, that’s a pretty good line for my team. The same pitching staff that won every category last year is… not winning anything, except for saves.

    I need to write a poem about something else that happened!

    Alas, lament what could have been
    A trade of magnitude so great
    What legends did I almost send
    To my opponent as trade bait
    First was Harper with his beard
    That would have made my league so fun
    Then Goldy with his bat so feared
    Chris Davis, king of all home runs
    And in return I would have gotten
    Talent roughly just as good
    Each a twin but misbegotten
    A funhouse mirror of brotherhood
    Trout the nemesis of Harper
    Suzaku, see, to his Lelouche
    Rizzo, like a rat but sharper
    Many runs has he produced
    You’d think, perhaps, the Evil Davis
    Spells his first name with a K
    That reasoning is still fallacious
    ‘Twas Stanton would have come my way
    The greatest trade in baseball history
    Nixed ere it could be effected
    Forever shall it be a mystery
    Why it had to be rejected

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

  112. Hugh Jast says:
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    Points league… I want to add Rendon to sub in for the dozing Dozier, but need to cut ties with a SS. Who to cut from Story, Kang, or A. Diaz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kang

  113. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    shockingly, someone dropped Belt, so grabbed off waiver in a heartbeat.
    What do you think of JUp + Segura for Odor + Stras to bolster pitching? Stras would essentially replace Gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your unwanted outfielder and waiver wire pickup for their studs? Sounds solid

  114. JP says:
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    12 Team HxH League

    Would you trade Altuve/Chen for Danny Salazar/Quintana/Pedroia?

    or Altuve/Chen/Brantley for Salazar/Pedroia/Braun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • JP says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, would it make a difference if I did Altuve/Chen/Carter for Salazar/Pedroia/Bautista?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fair

  115. ashtray says:
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    The newly called up Swihart or Grandal in a 12 team h2h 7×7. League counts K and OBP. Even if Swihart does not get AB it will be an improvement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yasmani

  116. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    It almost feels like cheating being able to have Machado replace the MI crap I have switching in and out. Playing Cast at 3rd Machado at ss. NICE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  117. KB says:
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    Was offered Kinsler/Chapman/Lackey for Goldschmidt/Walker in a 8-player keeper. In our league settings Kinsler is currently the #7 overall player. Goldschmidt is #31 (obviously I expect that to flip at some point). What side do you prefer?

    My current best SP is Tillman and only closer is Casilla (punted pitching a bit too hard in the draft). Current keepers of mine include Rizzo, C. Seager, Betts, K. Seager and potentially Conforto.

    • KB says:
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      @KB: @KB: I should be more clear. Its 25-man rosters, 16 teams and each team can keep up to 8 players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy side, not close

      • KB says:
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        @Grey: Strong answer. I was torn. Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  118. ERad says:
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    See ya at 3 PM! Bring your mustache!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I will, always

  119. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Carson Smith bsack to the DL he goes..Me thinks Seattle knew he had elbow probs when they traded him to the Bosucks..Cust Kay’n

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly

  120. William Hung says:
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    Tyler Duffey was just highlighted over at Fantasy Pros – anyone boarding this train?

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @William Hung: I don’t like this start but GL

    • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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      @William Hung: was highlighted right here by magoo.

  121. Q says:
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    So, somehow every one of my starting pitchers in my Yahoo league pitches today. And because it’s Yahoo, I can’t start all of them. So, please choose 1 to sit today:

    A Sanchez @ MIN
    Nola v. ATL
    Iwakuma @ CIN
    Quintana v. KC
    Matz v. Mil
    H Santiago v. BAL.

    SON says Sanchez is the sit, but then again SON hates Aaron Sanchez as much as it hates Trump’s “Art of the Deal” in binary code.

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iwakuma

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  122. senior says:
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    would you trade Sonny Gray straight up for Harvey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try it

  123. Grey

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

  124. knucks says:
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    Now that there is a new place to hang out with Grey, I just want to reach out on any of you “slower to react” Deadheads out there and let you know that Day of the Dead is now streaming on Spotify. Some decent stuff on there.

  125. Grey

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

  126. Polka

    Polka says:
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    Thinking about dropping Grichuk, moving Desmond to OF and possibly adding Crawford, Cosart , or E. Nunez? Any thought?
    Have a great weekend with Cougs- me and mine are celebrating 10 years of her not murdering me today!

  127. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Someone came to me saying I can get Rizzo if I give up Machado. Would you do it?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        >Polka

        The guy said he won’t do it straight up. He offered Rizzo and Hamels for Machado and Bumgarner

  128. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Nice work bud would you be starting duffey ba torotonto in Minnesota or matz at home vs the brewers? Thanks bud.

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Yes on Matz, depends on league with Duffey but yes start him per Grey’s comment above

  129. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    He wanted to do Bumgarner and Machado for Rizzo and Hamels. I turned that down flat.

  130. nick the dick says:
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    Yo G, to get Carrasco whacha think…Mazara and Rendon? Upton?

  131. Slick says:
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    Grey,

    I know you advised heavily against Shelby Miller, but will he be anywhere near usable this season? Even as a 5th SP? Geez!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I wouldn’t own him, maybe in matchups

    • Slick says:
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      @Slick: BTW, I’m in a 20 team H2H.

  132. Grey

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

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