Masahiro Tanaka hit the DL with a strained forearm.  It’s not related to his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.  So, here’s my question?  Why not just play through the forearm strain too?  That’s where he draws the line?  It’s like, “I was fine sleeping with my wife’s sister, and having a baby with her that no one knows about, and plotting to kill my wife on a weekend jaunt to Mexico, but I will not jaywalk.  Those people in New York are crazy!”  You have nothing to lose, Tanaka, get in there and shank someone in the yard and Hacky Sack the ball to the plate!  The Yankees haven’t announced how long Tanaka will be out, but maybe they’ll try to sneak in Tommy John surgery while he’s sleeping.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Chase Whitley – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Will fill in for Tanaka. Whitley’s best known as Dwayne Wayne’s best friend on A Different World and not being a great pitcher.  In AL-Only leagues, you do what you have to, but in most mixed leagues he’s a streamer.

Jake Odorizzi – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Take it ‘rizzi, take it ‘rizzi, the sound of your own wheels–  Sorry, I didn’t hear you come in.  Odory Barfstein didn’t look like the meow’s cat, but his ERA is still 2.41 and I’d continue to roll with him.

Chris Martin – 1 IP, 0 ER and got the save because Miller had worked too many games previously.  Just Jared said Chris Martin was conscious coupling outs together.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 3-for-4, 2 runs and 2 steals (6, 7).  Good to see Ellsbury is healthy*.  *This might be untrue if you don’t read this first thing in the morning.

Domonic Brown – Activated from the DL and sent to the minors.  Sandberg decided to go with Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur instead.  I love the Phillies odds now to win the 2006 All-Star Game.

Severino Gonzalez – 2 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Did you know in Spain 127 Hours was released under the name Severino?  Severino was the Phillies 19th-best prospect as ranked by Baseball America, but Baseball America said they only wanted to go to 18.  C’mon, Phils, bring up Aaron Nola, who I drafted in NFBC!  Severino looks like a three to four starter in a couple of years when he settles in.  Now, I’d struggle with owning him in NL-Only leagues.

Michael Wacha – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA up to 2.42.  Wacha’s K/9 is 5.5 and xFIP is 3.78, which is shorthand for shizz ain’t pretty under the hood.  Obviously, you don’t drop him, but I wouldn’t hesitate to sell him either.

Matt Adams – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .267.  Yeah, with one leg off the scale.

Kolten Wong – 2-for-5, 1 run, hitting .288 and back in the eight hole.  That’s all there is to it, Matheny doesn’t appreciate a good Wong.

Danny Santana – 3-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting .261, raising his average from .195 in the last ten days.  Dannys has heeded my calls for him to start hitting!  Not start stealing bases, you schmohawk!

Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for-3, 1 run.  Not much to report here, I just can’t believe he actually had multiple hits in one game.  And I didn’t even have to use my AK.  Gotta say it was a good day.

Mike Pelfrey – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Tigers and his ERA is at 2.25.  Should call him Mike Jamesfrey cause all of those stats are lies.

Mitch Moreland – Will have elbow surgery and be sidelined two to three weeks.  Wow, whoever is operating on his elbow should have pitchers lining up!  Someone give Matt Moore this doctor’s card!

J.A. Happ – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.30 vs. the Rangers.  Nice that one sleeper that wasn’t really a sleeper because everyone picked him to be a sleeper is looking good.  Somewhere, Brandon McCarthy sighs.

Jed Lowrie – Out until after the All-Star break, due to a ligament tear in his thumb.  He hurt it sliding into home plate.  “I once had a similar injury from a slider on a plate at home.”  That’s Pablo Sandoval oversharing.

Tyson Ross – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.55.  Another bad day for pitchers that Rudy told you to avoid (and I told you to draft.  Oopsie!).

Wil Myers – 2-for-4, 2 runs, and a slam (4) and legs (3), hitting .287.  I’m so glad I drafted Myers on nearly all my teams.  Please remind me of this if shizz goes pear-shaped.

George Springer – 2-for-5, 5 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (8), hitting .197.  Also, in this game, Evan Gattis (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) hit his 2nd homer, hitting .162.  Finally, in this game, Chris Carter went 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and hit his 2nd homer, hitting .176.  If you add up all their averages, these Astros are hitting .300!

Luis Valbuena – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 1 RBI.  Yeah, I have no idea when it will end, but I’d own him until we figure out the end.

Jose Altuve – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 8th steal.  Things are looking up for Altuve!  Okay, nothing’s below him, but still.

Adam Ottavino – An MRI revealed he also has an elbow injury.  Keep poking around and by Friday it’s gonna be revealed he really has a leg for an arm.

Archie Bradley – Left the game after taking a liner off his head.  On his way off the field, Bradley gave a thumbs up to the crowd.  Okay, so at least he remembers the movie, Gladiator.

David Peralta – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Diamondbacks always seem to have this problem:  too much fantasy value, not enough room to play them all.

Mark Trumbo – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .324.  He’s been doing that without even having a prolonged hot streak.  If he starts hitting bombs, he’s gonna have a huge year. (If he starts bombing, he won’t.)

Sonny Gray – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 1.98.  Of course that won’t continue, but I wish I owned my boy Sonny somewhere while he was flaunting the family name around town.

Brett Lawrie – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .224.  Why do I so desperately want to throw out everything we’ve ever learned about Lawrie in his career and believe this is the start of something?  Am I romantic?  Or just dumb?

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .360, and in this game Marcus Semien 2-for-4, 1 run and his 3rd steal.  Is it me or does Reddick go deep every time Semien runs?  Asking for a friend.

Jered Weaver – 7 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 5.83.  It was more fun when I was the only one that hated him.

Max Scherzer – Threw from the mound without issue yesterday.  Now if only the same could be said of Fister, Zimmermann, Gio and Strasburg.

Denard Span – 5-for-6, 4 runs and his 1st homer, and he went 2-for-4, 1 run in the Phillies game disguised as Ben Revere.  You Joel Youngblood mothereffer!

Jose Lobaton – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Little bit of trivia for you:  Lobaton is J. Lo’s favorite player.

Dan Uggla – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Little bit more trivia:  Dan Uggla is Dan Uggla’s favorite player.

Julio Teheran – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER (4 unearned), 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  For what it’s Werth, the Braves have a better record than the Nats.  The Braves are like Montgomery Brewster.  They can’t lose if they want to.

A.J. Pierzynski – 4-for-4, 1 run, 4 RBIs, hitting .439.  I just picked up Pierzynski the other day in Tout Wars, which I thought was odd since it’s a 15-team, two-catcher league and it’s a weekly waiver FAAB, so it’s not like you can rush to waivers and get him before everyone else.  I only needed to bid a $1 too.  Not that Pierzynski’s gonna help me polish up a trophy.  Maybe a bad choice of verbs.

Freddie Freeman – 4-for-6, 3 runs, hitting .286.  At eight, Freeman has less RBIs on the year than Pierzynski, Kelly Johnson (1-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs) and Andrelton Simmons (1-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs).

Jason Grilli – 1 IP, 3 ER and his first blown save.  Usually the idiom ‘throw enough crap against the wall and something will stick’ is a positive.  Not for Grilli.

Carl Crawford – To the DL with a bad tear of the oblique.  That is both vague and sad.  Nice job, Carl!

Kenley Jansen – Will start a rehab assignment this Friday in Rancho Cucamonga, which was the largest exporter of fake vomit until China opened its borders.

Alex Guerrero – 0-for-3, hitting .440 as he started in left field for Crawford.  Don’t worry, Mattingly still has Scott Van Slyke to play in front of Guerrero.

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. Madison Bumgarner 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  This was a rematch to last week’s Bumgarner/Kershaw matchup in San Fran only this time it was in LA.  This was also a rematch of Tino Fernandez and Walter Thompson, who met by the giant glove last week to shout insults at each other.  Only this time they met by the giant douchebag who was talking about how Russell Crowe can no longer open a film.

Matt Cain – Played catch with no issues.  Now, if baseball changes into a game of catch, Cain’s ready to go.

Buster Posey – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .267.  Well, he’s no Pierzynski, but he’ll have to do.

Homer Bailey – Rather than Tommy John surgery, he’s debating getting platelet-rich plasma injections.  This is like when your mechanic tells you that you need a new carburetor, but, before you pay for that, you can just change the oil and see if that does the trick.  Right now, Homer’s changing the oil.  The carburetor won’t be far behind.

Devin Mesoraco – Sat out again.  The Reds are in a predicament.  If they start him, his hip might flare up worse.  If they DL him, they will have to rely on natural light since Devin’s main role with the club is providing light by holding a lightbulb in his mouth.

Johnny Cueto – 8 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.95.  He’s the anti-McCarthy — a better ERA than xFIP and a Red.

Marlon Byrd – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer, and two more homers than walks.  So, Byrd doesn’t like to walk, don’t badger him; it’s probably a homage to Maya Angelou.

Joey Votto – 2-for-4 and his 7th homer.  If the Baltimore riots spread across the country and the season is called five months short, my MVP pick of Votto is looking pretttttay pretttttay good.

Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-2 and his 2nd homer.  Don’t look now, but he’s halfway to four homers!

Ryan Braun – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .227.  Hey, stop throwing rocks at Marla Gibbs’s house!  Side bet between me and you:  who will have more fantasy value:  Adam Lind or Ryan Braun?   I’ll take Lind.  I will say Braun will need to get hurt to not eclipse Lind in value, which is to say Braun will get hurt.

Carlos Gomez – Hoping to return on Saturday.  Put hope in one hand and the Brewers’ luck in the other hand and you have two empty hands.  How can you put hope or luck in hands?

Greg Holland – Aiming to return next week.  Holland will immediately take the closer’s job back and won’t even hear of going Dutch.

Alex Gordon – 3-for-5, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and now the team co-leader in homers.  Such a powerless team that Steve Balboni rolled over in his bed lined with hoarded Twinkies.

Kendrys Morales – 3-for-5, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and his third homer.  Fun fact!  His mother named him after Don Drysdale and Kenmore appliances.

Omar Infante – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .268, and has hit in nine of his last ten games.  Hispanic Baby Omar usually gets hits in bunches, so if you’re hurting for average, I’d get HBO Now!

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .346.  All he does is hit (after four years of being terrible)!  Seriously, it’s all he does (finally)!

Trevor Bauer – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners (2 BBs), 2 Ks, ERA at 1.80 vs. Royals.  Could’ve been the food poisoning, but he didn’t look great yesterday, but at least he didn’t get baited into a fight when Yordano was shooting spitballs at him from the dugout.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-5, 1 run, hitting .333 with zero homers and one steal.  He’s like a rich man’s Martin Prado.  Call him Martin Prada.

Brandon Moss – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  On pace for about 35+ homers, and somehow not owned in 100% of leagues.  Like you’re lost in the woods, I’d look for Moss.

David Phelps – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  As I’ve said previously on the aforementioned tip, I like Phelps for deep leagues.  Stream-o-Nator hates his next start, but I could see going either way on it, depending on the depth of your league.

Daniel Murphy – 3-for-4, and six for his last eleven.  Sigh, looks like Murphy’s not done tormenting me.

Steve Cishek – 1 IP, 0 ER and the easy save as A.J. Ramos gave up an earned run in a third of an inning.  It’s always so fun when we get punished for actually paying attention.  Mean’s while, the absentee owner in your league that owns Cishek texts, “Why you grab Ramos?  El oh el!”

Juan Lagares – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs, hitting .310.  I grabbed this hot schmotato in one league, because I got grabby hands!

Dexter Fowler – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th steal, and hitting .400 in the last week.  Leave your password in the comments and I’ll grab Fowler for you.  If your password is Greyisabuttsniffer, not cool, man.

Travis Wood – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA down to 3.04.  His K/9 is 9.9 and his BB/9 is 2.3.  That alone makes him worth owning.  There’s other issues like his velocity, his track record and his ground ball rate, but his strikeouts and walks are enough to own.  So, now you know why I’ve told everyone for the last two weeks to pick him up.

Starling Marte – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I can’t wait to see Marte Gras in the same game as Matt Adams’s moobs.

Brett Cecil – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save.  John Gibbons said Cecil’s the closer again.  In Miguel Castro’s last five appearances, he’s given up four runs.  So, this was bound to happen.  *intern whispers in my ear that Cecil’s given up four runs in his last five appearances too*  Shut up, intern!

Drew Hutchison – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 6.33.  To keep the dialogue going between us open and fresh like your mom’s deodorant that you keep stealing, I want to tell you that I dropped Hutchison prior to this game.  I figured if I wasn’t going to start him, why own him?  After yesterday’s performance, I know why I didn’t start him.

Kevin Pillar – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd steal.  Not great news for Pompey that Saunders returned and Pillar is still playing.  First Vesuvius, now this.

Josh Donaldson – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Also in this game, Jose Bautista 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Can I go back to March and draft the entire Blue Jays offense on every team?  Please, Mr. DeLorean car dealer.

Clay Buchholz – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 5.76. More like Butt-hurts!  Amiright?!

Pablo Sandoval – 4-for-5, 2 runs, now 7 for his last nine with two homers.  He bounced right back from being diagnosed with whiplash and having his hopes dashed when he heard his symptoms weren’t related to whipped cream.

Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Have you seen him hit a home run recently?  He’s seriously channeling his brother from another, Manny Ramirez.  He watched the ball leave the stadium in his home run pose, then half jogged/half walked around the bases.  He’s definitely Manny’s dreadganger.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .229.  According to the Player Rater, Betts has been about as valuable as Jose Iglesias, but having Betts on your team makes Boston girls like you more!

Adam Jones – Due to the riots, the White Sox and Orioles will play today without any fans in attendance.  Finally, a White Sox game without Hawk Harrelson.

 
  1. TarmanGotHim says:
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    I literally laughed so hard about the Mesoraco blurb that I shot chocolate milk out of my nipples.

    Snoogins

    • TarmanGotHim says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: I’m all over the place reading your blurbs, sorry for the abundance of comments, but this is single handily the funniest plethora of blurbs I’ve ever read from you. The Martin Prada comment almost gave me a heart attack. Fowler comment could be used in a baseball stand up comedy act. Funny.

    • @TarmanGotHim:

      same here. how am i just becoming aware of uncle fester behind the plate!

      thank you. grey!

    • Nate says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: “Literally”. This word. I do not think it means what you think it means…

      • Blueisthenewgray says:
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        @Nate:

        She could always be keeping a fresh drop of Hershey’s syrup on those nipples… you never know, dude.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Nate: INCONCEIVABLE!!!!

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @Nate: if the definition of literally is precise, I think I used the word in the correct manner. Internet bullies. Get.life.duuuuuude!!

        • Nate says:
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          @TarmanGotHim: @TarmanGotHim: I was just trying to quote Princess Bride… No ill intent. Did not mean to offend…

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Nate: Punctuation goes inside the end quotation mark.

        • Nate says:
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          @Hal Incandenza: ah, one-up-man-ship… Well done… Care to comment on the period that should be a comma?

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    I proceed to read the rest of your blurbs a do equally collapsed from the Sandoval comment.

    You’re getting funnier dude

  3. Miles says:
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    yeah, kinda wish I went ahead and traded Tanaka for Kluber before listening to the clown commentators here who told me that was crazy

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Miles: This clown commentator now wishes he did the same thing when he had the chance to trade Tanaka…grrrrr

    • Shoop da Whoop says:
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      @Miles: They were telling you it was crazy to expect Kluber for Tanaka.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Miles: I (badly) traded Tanaka for Choo in attempt to get anything last week. Just felt like this was going to happen. I didn’t see you could’ve gotten that, that would’ve been a no brainer.

      • SallyCips says:
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        @SallyCips: Also, end of the day, it’s your team so always go with your gut. Getting advice is cool, but it’s not the be all end all. There’s even plenty of advice from the experts that I didn’t listen to.

    • Dickerson"s jock strap says:
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      @Miles: maybe it’s time to start a milesball site so we can all listen to your commentating and then complain about it? :)

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        Ha!

    • dickersons jock strap says:
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      sit 1 please
      fowler vs cole
      marisnick vs cashner
      heyward vs harangg

    • Hawk says:
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      @Miles:

      As one of the commentators who told you to deal him, I’d like to say.

      Sorry man.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Miles: you must be in a league full of tardies

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Miles: we said it was crazy that A. anybody drafted boss tanaka, and more so B. that any kluber owner would give you him for tanaka. read the comments, and all of them.

  4. Fister Furbush says:
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    Nice!

    H2H Points league- Pick one OF

    OF A.Gordon
    OF M.Trumbo
    OF W.Myers

    Root leaguep- Pick one

    Valubuena
    Or
    Danny Santana

    Thanks!

  5. Ante GALIC says:
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    Great Grey!!!

    Fantasy Master Lothario!!!!! Fa(a)b write-up, man!

    I think Sandberg is using Grady Sizemore’s stats from MVP Baseball 2005. Can be the only reason why the Domonator is not starting in RF for the hopeless Phillies. I could understand if they were like 40 games over .500 and in the throes of a pennant race with anyone, but given their current terrible play of late is completely Sandbergian. Must coin a new phrase…Sandbergian for a manager’s stupid call with obviously better statistical options in front of him.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Ante GALIC: How about Mattbergianingly for Donnie..

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: MP!!! LOL, made me laugh so hard that I tears came to my eyes.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @Ante GALIC: Hey man up, there is no crying in fantasy baseball!! lol

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: I was so overcome with emotion that I couldn’t even formulate the sentence correctly. Wanted to use I, then something else. A mess.

            Cheers,
            Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC:Thanks! I’m all ears on a term

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey! Sandbergian to describe a manager who has a healthy option to really help his team but he decides to option (pun intended) that option to the minors for two other players who will be a collective 2 for 50 with no counting stats and average defense at best.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not loving that term option…What happens when Sandberg is fired this year and in two years the term doesn’t mean anything?

          • Hawk says:
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            @Grey:

            The same thing that happened to the term “Saberhagen-metrics” when Saberhagen retired?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He was long retired before the term originated

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, I agree it’s a reach. Need something more all-encompassing! Back to the drawing board.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Happy Vegans says:
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                  @Ante GALIC: How about ‘Dumb Ass’? Short… sweet… and to the point!

  6. Birdog says:
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    Is Werth droppable at this point?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Birdog: sure if there is somebody better among your free agents.

      • Birdog says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Pretty much all free agents are better than Werth so far….

  7. assy says:
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    Hey Grey, Assy here. Who would I wanna target a trade of Wacha for… a McHugh? one Dallas Keuchel? or deGrom?? wanna know before the chickens come home to roost with the WachaFlaka

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @assy: hold

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @assy: I would take any of them if you can get it…deGrom, McHugh, Keuchel in that order

    • Jason E. from the D says:
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      @assy: I’d take Keuchel for Wacha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @assy: McHugh or deGrom

      • Assy says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: word, thanks! Also, would you give up C-Mart and Shane his-peripherals-make-me-Greene for McHugh?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  8. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I have a waiver wire full of OFs I would like to have but can’t have them all. Here are my OFs:

    Bryce Harper
    Charlie Blackmon
    Jorge Soler
    Matt Holliday
    Matt Kemp
    Michael Brantley
    Mike Trout

    The wire has:

    Melky Cabrera
    Alex Gordon
    Brandon Moss

    What change would you make?

    Thanks…

    Mke.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Mike: None of those 3 are better than what you have..

    • Fastpitch says:
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      @Mike: Your league must be shallow to have that many outfielders on your roster and with that quality on the wire. I would keep Trout, Harper, Soler,Kemp and Moss. Try a package a 2 for one to fill another position using name value. All those guys have name value. You can basically mix and match to get other needs.

  9. Eric B says:
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    Hey Grey who do you like more ROS Happ or Chavez?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Eric B: Happ

      • Eric B says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Thanks man…why so Malicious all of a sudden lol?

  10. troy says:
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    Great stuff Gray.

    Who would be your top 5 SP trade targets? I think it’s just about time to prey on the overreacting managers in my league.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @troy:
      Kluber
      Strasburg
      Sherzer
      Zimmerman

      • Ralph says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Add Samardzija and Ross to that, I think.

  11. Moustard says:
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    When Puig finally landed on the DL, I cried.

    If it was relief they finally chose to do something about his nagging injuries (unlike the Reds, see: Mesoraco, the lightholder on the very same team I own Puig on…).

    When I followed your advice and picked Fowler as Puigs replacement, the crying stopped.
    And now, for three ongoing days, I’m smiling.

    So what I want to say is: Thank you Grey!

    tl;dr
    read only the last sentence.

  12. Chrisso says:
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    Good stuff Grey,

    I’m a longtime Razzball connoisseur, 1st time commenter and really appreciate all the insight you and your team provide.

    Catcher question, (your favourite!)

    I’m in a 14 team Yahoo roto league with the extra batting catagories of 1B, 2B, 3B, TB’s and K’s.
    I’m persisting with Zunino and know that it’s still early but wonder if you would entertain any of these options that are on the wire?

    Montero
    Suzuki
    Hundley
    Lobaton
    Plawecki
    Realmuto

    thanks again

    C

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chrisso: Thanks! Plawecki for now

      • Chrisso says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:
        Cheers Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ta!

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @Chrisso: IMO, you’re looking for a bomb every once in awhile from Zunino. but he’ll kill you with those categories you laid out.

      i’d go with Hundley at home and Plawecki otherwise.

  13. Shoop da Whoop says:
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    Betts is on pace for 15 HR, 39 SB, 100 R, and 93 RBI on the back of a .229 AVG and .258 BABIP. Allow yourself to be excited, Grey!

    • Shoop da Whoop says:
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      @Shoop da Whoop: For a similarish exercise, how low can Springer’s average be acceptable to owners if he puts up 60 HR+SB and >150 R+RBI? Because his lack of steals last season certainly looks now like it was the result of his quad injury early in the year, and not a case of him having AAAA speed.

      Hype!

  14. Bas says:
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    Like always great way to wake up in Holland. Thanks Grey!!

    A few weeks ago you suggested to trade away the guy formerly known as ‘the Dreaded Pirate’
    I have him in my 5×5 12 teams keeper league.
    Is it time to trade him away for an ace like Bum, Greinke, Sale or Kluber and a Carlos Santana (we are in 2 catcher league) and Inciarte. Or just keep patience?
    My other pitchers are Salazar, Richards, Gonzalez, Latos and Greene. Ryu on the IR.
    Kimbrel, Chapman, Reed, Octavino, Cecil and Davis RP.

    rest of outfielder are Jupton/Cespedes/Souza/Blackmon/Van Slyke/K.Johnson
    Many thanks as always ,

    Bas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: Thanks! I’d take Sale or Kluber and Santana

  15. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Correction: Semien runs every time Reddick goes deep.

  16. Sherm says:
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    Well, I rolled the dice on Hutchison just like a number of fantasy baseballers (<– Grey's mom's term) here. So we lose Hutchison. Is Ross next? Nick Martinez is out there. (cue X-Files music)

  17. Adam says:
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    Josh reddick or Fowler?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Adam: Fowler

  18. Vitruvius says:
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    With Gomez coming off the DL, I need to get rid of someone.
    Pick one: Fowler, Hosmer, Bruce, or Blackmon? Or, should I keep 2 bench bats and get rid of a pitcher?

    Thanks Grey. Your post get funnier every day.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Vitruvius: Fowler

      • Vitruvius says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Ok, I also have Abreu and Rizzo as my 1B and looking for runs. Still get rid of Fowler?

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @Vitruvius: what pitchers do you have,that you could cut?

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Vitruvius: If your looking for runs…keep Fowler..and maybe trade Hosmer for a pitcher…what pitchers do you have that are droppable?

          • Vitruvius says:
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            @JeF WiTH 1 F: Hutchinson, Paxton, Shoemaker(kinda), Lackey, M. Castro. My pitching is dragging my team down.

            • Malicious Phenom says:
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              @Vitruvius: I’d drop Shoe.

            • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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              @Vitruvius: Lackey would be the first to go for me

  19. Chuzwozza says:
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    Springer continues to do just enough while sat on my bench to sneak into my team – watch him go 0-4 with no steals tomorrow! Sorry fellow Springer owners!

    May I ask for some DL advice?

    Is Iwakuma worth DLing rather than Betances?

    Also, is Yelich worth a pickup and stash if I’d have to drop Ryu or D’Arnaud?

    Many thanks!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Chuzwozza: Betances is NOT on the DL..hold RYU & D’Arnaud

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Chuzwozza: Id Drop d’Arnaud for Yelich.

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Grey: Thanks all.

        That’ll teach me to ask questions when I’m not paying attention. Parnell, not Betances – apologies! So, is Parnell worth DLing over Iwakuma? Or vice versa?

        Cheers!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop Parnell

          • Chuzwozza says:
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            @Grey: Thanks again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  20. Five-On-One says:
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    I finally closed the deal to acquire Wong last night. Now I have to sit either Brock Holt or Brett Lawrie (dropped Jose Ramirez). Is Lawrie finally strting to put together some value, or is he teasing us as he is wont to do?

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

    The Capital Building in Washington D.C. has 365 steps to represent every day of the year

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: what about leap year? lol

        • Five-On-One says:
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          @JeF WiTH 1 F: uhhh… no. Don’t think that gets an extra step.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Hop on your left foot on Feb 28 and your right foot on Feb 29. Think laterally!

        Cheers,
        Ante

  22. Jhan23 says:
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    Hey Grey
    10 man H2H league with almost every stat possible to use on Yahoo
    Can you rate in order ROS
    Duda-Moss-Pujols
    As always thanks.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Jhan23: Duda, Pujols, Moss

  23. 2qbn says:
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    The ppd Chi-Bal game has now pushed my Shark start into today where I now have 6 pitchers and only 5 spots. You guys mind in assisting who I should bench?

    [email protected]
    Pineda vs Rays
    Shane [email protected]
    Hughes vs Det
    Danny Salazar vs KC
    Latos vs Mets

    Thanks

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @2qbn: Latos

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @2qbn: S.O.N. has Hughes and Latos about the same..id bench both but if you need the start id bench Hughes against Detroit

      • 2qbn says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Thanks to both of you.

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @2qbn: Shark will get pummeled

      • Catcher Fever says:
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        @Catcher Fever: First Inning: 6 ER. Told ya!

  24. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Aybar or Utley? ROS

    • chucky says:
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      Utley’s been hitting the ball hard, just right at somebody

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Nice to see you keep yourself humble by asking a simple question after answering everyone else’s.

  25. snake says:
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    ROS: please rank Roto (Saves, Whip, K/W, ERA)

    Cecil
    Doolittle
    McGee
    Soria
    Betances

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @snake: Soria, Cecil, McGee

  26. MadMax210 says:
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    Grey! Moss or Texiera ROS?

    Moose or Hosmer in 5×5 roto ? Thanks playa!!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @MadMax210: Moss and Hoss

  27. TD says:
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    I was offered Kluber for my Wacha and Bauer. QS H2H 14 Team League (expanded rosters with 9 P slots and 5 bench). Free agent pool doesn’t have many starters (only sorta viable option is Daniel Norris), but I have Carrasco, Wood, Paxton, Greene, Hahn, Hutchison, Chase Anderson, Bauer, and Wacha. Accept the offer?

    • Five-On-One says:
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      @TD: Klubes!

    • Hawk says:
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      @TD:

      The only thing that might hold me back is if it’s a keeper league. Even then I’d probably want Kluber but it’d be closer.

  28. MadMax210 says:
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    Also, pick best 3 of 5 you’d want on your team for ROS: Hosmer, Harrison, Moose, Texiera, Moss …thanks!

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @MadMax210: Hosmer, Harrison, Moss

  29. Nojangles says:
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    would you deal alex wood for either kuechel or mchugh?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Nojangles: McHugh yes..Keuchel no

  30. Ian says:
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    Prospect advice:

    Hold on to Lamb (my DL is full) and Rodon or drop one/both for Franco/Lindor/Seager?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Ian: Drop Lamb for Lindor…he should be up first…if its a keeper/dynasty i like Seager better long term

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ian: Id go Franco for this year, Lindor is not very fantasy special with the bat yet and Franco can at least come up and give you some power. I would also ask this to Mike. Hold Rodon and Seager too….I also just read that Lindor is a ways away.

  31. Derrick says:
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    Rollins and Altuve for Boegarts, D. Travis and Uehara.

    Which side?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Derrick: Close for me but i think id stay with Altuve

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Derrick: I’d go with Xander.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Derrick: Xander, Devon, and Koji walk into a bar and onto your team.

    • Ralph says:
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      @Derrick: Depends on league depth. In a shallower (10 or 12) league, I’d hold Altuve — by far the best player in this deal. I’d work the wire to find a decent SS to replace Rollins, roll with hot bats until someone sticks.

  32. poundsand says:
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    Drop Werth for Moss, Lagares or Reddick
    Pts league
    Thx

  33. Nojangles says:
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    long term keeper league:

    minimum rusney/pablo for minimum todd frazier

    alex gordon/hunter pence/ yan gomes for bautista

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Nojangles: Frazier/Bautista

  34. Wes Mantooth says:
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    Which IF train would you rather ride? Morales, Hechavarria, Semien, or Moustakas

    5×5 obp

  35. JVanSlyke says:
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    I’m right outside Baltimore so certainly don’t want to see more riots but part of me thinks it would be hilarious if the Orioles only let Jeffrey Maier into today’s game and sat him in right field with a glove on.

    Is Castro droppable? My bullpen is a mess, Roto holds league with Chapman, Allen, Shaw, Osuna, Watson and Giles. I have Mcgee on the DL so Pappelbon getting dealt or Mcgee regaining the closer role are my only chances at posting a decent saves number.

    Great write up, thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JVanSlyke: Ha! Awesome… He’s droppable

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @JVanSlyke: gotta see how shallow a league this is where you think THAT’s a bad bullpen group. other than shaw’s performance and usual low K’s.

  36. Buge Hoobs says:
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    12-team 5×5–Please pick two:
    Hutch, Shoe, Paxton, TWood, Hammel, Leake

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: Right now, haveta go with Wood and Hammel.

  37. papasmurf says:
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    Woulda been funny to see Bauer put to use the boxing gloves that he brought to the game!

    Here’s hoping Ross will be alright. The stuff is there and he tends to get better as the season rolls on.

  38. The Iron Horse says:
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    Wow an Ice Cube and A Different World reference!!!! Love it. Is it February?

  39. Kevin says:
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    I’m in a 10 team mixed league shallow bench. Is Teheran droppable?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Kevin: no

  40. Kevin says:
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    Other starter I have are gray Salazar wood McHugh Carlos Martinez. Thanks

  41. Five-On-One says:
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    Need to sit three from the following group of SPs for the next week. Leaning towards sitting Eovaldi, Chase Anderson and Hutchison. But they all have issues.
    Eovaldi @BOS
    Anderson @LAD
    Hutchison @CLE
    Fiers @CHC
    T Wood @ STL
    Cosart vPHI
    Feldman vSEA and vTEX

    Other available pitchers are J.Happ @HOU, Haren vPHI,Pelfrey vCHW, Phelps @WAS.

    All input appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: Eovaldi, Chase Anderson and Hutchison

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Pick up Happ (@HOU) or Haren (vPHI) to use instead of Fiers (and drop EO, Chase or Hutch)?

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: sorry, Happ is gone. So pick up and use Haren or Pelfrey instead of Fiers? And drop Chase (or one of the other streamers)?

        • Grey

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          Can drop Chase, but wait for a better streamer

  42. The Iron Horse says:
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    Forgot to post my question. Is Marco Gonzales worth a stash? Some really love him and some can go either way. With Wainwright done for the season he has a nice opportunity in front of him. What say you? Thanks. Keep up the great work!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Iron Horse: I like him, but he’s been injured in the minors

  43. Five-On-One says:
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    One more question for today – this time related to closers… McGee or Doolittle for ROS? McGee is closer to returning, bu the BOX has pitched well. Doolittle is further away, but Clippard hasn’t impressed in his time on the job.

  44. Rawr... says:
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    The Yankees are crazy.

    Would anyone drop Choo for Pillar? Having LF field issues, and not much is out in FA.

    Thanks everyone and especially you Grey.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Rawr…: Yankees are crazy good right now!

      drop choo for Pillar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rawr…: Meh, don’t love it, it’s fine in a shallow league

  45. Eb says:
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    Nelson, greene,
    chase Anderson, Joe Kelly, rubby, aaron sanchez, Koehler, Phelps, happ
    Choose two!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eb: Greene, Happ

  46. ryanoger says:
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    Drop Leonys for one of the following or hold?

    Fowler, Moss, or Kendrys?

    thanks
    Ryan

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @ryanoger: hold

  47. Mike says:
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    Closer options have been scarce, just had to cringe and add Axford as my third yesterday with Ottavino dropping..

    Im rolling with Betances and Rodon at the moment, is it worth dropping either one for Cecil? .

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Mike: hold and see how Cecil does through the week..

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Mike: No disrespect to MP, but Cecil won’t be there for long. Either drop Rodon or drop someone else not an RP. Surely you have someone more clunky.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Rodon for Cecil

  48. rick says:
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    What are the chances Marisnick plays full time and move to the top of the order. If yes and yes could be a stolen base/runs goldmine?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rick: Yeah, I like him

  49. Hack-E says:
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    Do you think Kris Bryant will play enough OF to get eligibility eventually?

    Pick 2 ROS: Cuddyer, L. Martin, Fowler, Marsinick?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hack-E: Not more than a few games… ESPN needs 10, so no there… Leonys, Fowler

  50. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Do you believe in Jay Bruce and should I try to sell him or hold him and wait for the dividends to kick in??

    He is currently my 3rd OF after Stanton and Brantley. I have Fowler and Laroche and my other UTL and BN spots depending on the match up.

    thanks!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: What pitchers/tier would you target?

  51. TroutMask says:
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    Shallow 10-teamer: drop Mesoraco for Yadier or hold?

  52. AMolnar says:
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    I have Pence, Rendon, and Gomez coming back from the DL soon.

    C Russell Martin
    1B Pujols
    2B Wong
    3B Bogaerts
    SS Hanley Ram.
    OF Kemp
    OF Marte
    OF Pederson
    Util Duda
    Util Lind
    Bench Gomez
    Bench Alvarez
    Bench Addison Russell
    DL Rendon
    DL Pence

    I also have quite a few pitchers but we have no innings limit and I would rather not drop any.

    I have to drop 2 players when the 2 come off the DL. Which two of these do you think I should drop?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @AMolnar: Russell, Alvarez

  53. Principal Blackman says:
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    Which side of this trade do you want in a shallowish 10-team H2H league? (H, BB, K are extra hitting cats and L and BSV are extra pitching cats)
    Team A: gets Kluber and OZUNA.
    Team B: gets Alex Wood, Gerritt Richards, and J Hayward.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      is it even close?

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: thanks, Jef. I don’t think so either. I put it out there to the Kluber owner sort of as the opening volley of my buy low attack, and then I was really surprised when he accepted.

  54. scott steelers says:
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    I used to get excited when cutch was on 1st looking for a steal… might as well be john kruk out there. He’s not even getting far enough off 1st to draw a pick off throw. Get out of my life and off my team! (But stay on the Pirates and get healthy for real life)

  55. Luce Wayne says:
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    With Tanaka down and out on my team. I am considering a sell high / buy low opportunity. Scooped up Johnny Peralta from the waiver wire and have a glut of SS with Igelsias & Desmond.

    Would you deal Jose Igelsias for Michael Wacha? or Jimmy Nelson?
    And with that in mind, am I better trying to move Peralta?

    I’m starting to feel like Igelsias could be a surprise player this year. Am I off?

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luce Wayne: You’re gonna trade someone you just picked up? Sure, try Wacha

  56. Thad Miller says:
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    AJ Pollock, Folwer, or Khris Davis? Keep 2.

  57. Mike b says:
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    Start Harper vs a. Wood or kris Bryant vs cole

  58. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Grey, you dumb romantic bastard!

    Castellano or Rubby De La Rosa?

  59. Carns says:
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    Odirizzi’s matchups so far: BAL, @TOR, NYY, BOS, @NYY. Next up @BOS… ahhhh life in the AL East.

  60. Lar says:
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    Who do you like better today crush Davis or duda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lar: No idea of matchups

  61. cubjet says:
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    I am currently #1 on waiver wire. Is Brandon Morrow worth using that on? My current staff is…
    Cole
    Arrieta
    Zimmerman
    Quintana
    Paxton
    Greene
    Heston
    T Wood
    Pomeranz
    C Anderson

    Thanks in advance.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @cubjet: no

  62. CL says:
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    I have to keep Ross parked on my bench in a 11 team Dynasty league, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: No idea who he’s facing next

      • CL says:
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        @Grey: Guess I meant, is Ross rosterable? Or waiver fodder?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  63. ashtray says:
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    I just read that Tyson Ross didn’t have as bad a game as it looks. Evan Gattis hit a fly ball in the first with one man on and two out and the ball bounced off Wil Myers head and out of the park for a 2 run homer.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, actually replays showed Myers had the ball in his glove, popped out of his glove off the top of the wall and into HR history.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          Nice!

  64. Swarley says:
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    10 team roto 1 dl spot….Homer and Ottavino worth keeping or ditch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swarley: Ditch Homer, then Ottavino if you need to lose both

  65. CMUTimmah says:
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    Going to make playoffs… need to determine what the hell I want to do with HUtchinson though.

    Two questions:

    Pick one to drop: Fiers or Hutch?

    And…

    Drop that choice for Trevor May, Roberto Hernandez (ole Fausto), Chase Whitley, or Hector Santiago? Or drop that choice for Erv (the perv) Santana?

    Bonus question:
    Which Tommy Johner would you hold between Jared Parker, Pat Corbin, Brandon (don’t get) Beachy, or Kris Medlen?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @CMUTimmah: hold Fiers and Hutch..Parker will be back first if that helps…Medlin might be the best of the Tommy Johners..When do your playoffs starts??

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: We play 20 weeks (starting in ‘week 2’ of the mlb season and ‘week 22’ is the first week of playoffs, but my team is currently stacked with Rendon soon to come off the DL, and I’ve already built a strong lead so I can sustain a few down weeks over the course of the season. I want to stash a tommy johner in the DL spot vacated by Rendon.

      • John says:
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        @Grey: I like keeping track of Corbin as well as Parker but wouldnt change much for a tj arm dont know exactly what you are going to get.

  66. Jiggy Nits says:
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    wilmer flores or dexter fowler ROS nl only 5×5 roto

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: Dexter

  67. Phil of the Future says:
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    G., Even during the steroid era I don’t remember pitchers getting hit in the face this much. What gives?

    Thank you for putting Chris Carter in the write-up. Even though he was part of someone else’s, I’ll take it. Whatever I can get.

    Wanted to bounce another idea off you. I feel like I’ve got a window to move Dickerson, though admittedly I have no idea how mild his plantar’s might be. I just hear bad things about the injury.

    I’m in talks with an owner who is in love with Keuchel. If I package C-Dick and Keuchel together, what would you expect back? He’s got three very good outfielders. Harper, Springer, and Soler. Not much by way of pitching. Not really any infielders I’d go for either.

    Thx as always, long live Devon.

    P.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Phil of the Future: I’d try and get Harper for your 2.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: C Dick > Harper. Everyone is in love with his name, but the OPS numbers aren’t impressive for his ADP. C Dick, with some plant chlorophyll disease in his foot, is in a hitters park, and seems to be thriving hitting second most days.

        I would try to trade Kuechy straight up for Soler if he’s that in love with him. Soler is going to put up numbers in that lineup as it warms up and the ball starts carrying at Wrigley.

        C Dick + Soler > Just Harper.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Thx, G.
        It’s an OBP league, and I should be okay weekly with HRs and SBs, so in that light would you prefer Harper? or Springer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Harper, by a hair

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Hairper?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, perfect!

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Then it’s settled!

                Offer out. Will let you know what happens, if you’re interested(I know you are!)

                • Grey

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                  Totes!

  68. Relsh says:
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    Trade Drew Hutchinson for Tanaka?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Relsh: I would.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: above you mention you were silly enough to draft him so might want to leave yourself out of answering that one.

  69. MikeY says:
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    Drop zunino for pierzynski, Hundley, Martin, montero, Castro, flowers

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @MikeY: hold

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @MikeY: if all those are consistently out there martin except for hundley at home. so pierzynski right now with how hot he is. flowers will never be the answer though, he’s only playing half of the time.

  70. Ralph says:
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    Keep forever league — what do you think about trading Wainwright (rd 19) and McCutchen (rd2) to get Felix (rd2)?

    • Ralph says:
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      @Ralph: my OF is

      McCutchen
      Gomez
      Pederson
      Springer
      Avisail
      Gardner

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Ralph: hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph: I’d take Felix for win now purposes

  71. Mr. Rickey says:
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    According to ESPN this AM, Uggla is the highest paid player on the Braves’ payroll. Makes his HR yesterday kind of hilarious, unless you’re a Braves fan.

    Picked up Axford and have Kenley returning soon (I hope) – any reason to hold Ottovino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: That is hilarious…Nope, lose him

  72. Clint says:
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    Okay, Bossman (wasn’t he awesome once upon a time in WWE?), I’m trying to get a 2nd closer in my h2h league per your suggestion yesterday (already snatched Soria) but to do it, I gotta drop a SP and decide on a replacement. So who’s going and who’s getting the Favre private jet treatment?

    Droppables: Hutch, Shelby, Jimmy Nelson, Shoemaker, Latos, Fiers
    Waiver options: Boxberger, Axford, Clippard, Wade Davis, Cecil, Watson

    Thanks as always mon ami.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Clint: Latos for Box

      • Clint says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:
        What about the fact McGee’s supposed to be back in less than a week?

        • Ralph says:
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          @Clint: you have plenty of fringy SPs and I’d drop a couple to grab anyone who is getting saves. no guarantee McGee gets the job back. I’d say it is more likely Boxberger keeps it. Cecil and Axford are also worth rostering. as noted above by Grey, you can safely drop Hutchison as well.

          you didn’t say how many teams are in your league, but if it is ten or 12, you’d like to have 3 active closers.

          • Clint says:
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            @Ralph:
            8 teams w/12 keepers allowed. Yesterday, Grey suggested 2 closers and one spot for streaming (we’re allowed 6 moves/week).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Shoe for Cecil

  73. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    He may not have gotten the hitting in full gear yet, but gotta love Springer’s 14.3% BB rate and tied-for-AL-leading 8 SB (1 CS), amarite?

    At this point, what do you think of his chances at reaching 30 SB?

    Thanks!

  74. MikeY says:
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    Santana or andrus? Santana up to 261 heating up

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @MikeY: Danny Sanny

  75. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Mike Tweedfrey says all his stats are only wishes.

  76. Joe says:
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    Someone panicked and dropped Trumbo. Is he worth a #4 waiver priority and, if so, who is my drop? (Or, if he’s not worth the waiver priority, but you think I should add him if he clears, who’d be my drop)

    12-team, 5×5, h2h, non keeper daily league

    C – Perez
    1B – Bautista
    2B – Dozier
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Segura
    OF – Ellsbury, Kemp, Pollock
    Util – Moss/Marisnick (based on matchups)
    Bench – Moss/Marisnick (based on matchups)
    DL – Puig

    SP – Shields, Carrasco, Richards, Wacha, Quintana, C.Martinez, D.Salazar
    RP – Allen, Gregerson, Soria, A.Miller, Grilli

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Joe: Trumbo for Marisnick

      • Joe says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        Use my #4 priority (assuming 1-3 don’t beat me for it)?

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @Joe: yup

  77. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, Your comment about buying Kluber low yesterday really got me thinking, “hey I should try and offer some trades in the league that absolutely nobody trades with me” (I’m in the top spots every year except last year so I’ve been kinda of black balled to a point), After last night’s dealings I guess they don’t see me as a threat anymore, which is AWESOME! I hit the phones and I came out smelling pretty sweet. I got Salazar for Castro & Britton and wait for it……. wait for it……. Strasburg for Moose! Bam that means he’s going to start dealing cause we both have him BFF!!! Thunder Buddee’s for Life! Poor Wong has been sitting on my bench for the past 2 weeks so now Moose is gone I need to figure out how to get Wong in the 2 Hole, Hmmmmmm, I’ve done it in the past, but I’m not sure if that will work again that was a really long time ago. Let me hit the books and see what I can do for the Love of Wong! Thanks for the motivation BFF, couldn’t of done it without you!

    PS. The Jobu’s have not been shipped yet, AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! I need OZUNA to start hitting, everyday count. Come on Jobu life style website, hurry the eff up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: BFF! That trade is insane…I need some Jobu!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: It came from my nemesis who loves all the same guys I do. It felt too good to be true, so I was like hold on, did something happen to Starsburg that I didn’t hear about?!?…… Tries to check Twitter……. but realizes I don’t have Twitter account. Google, nothing there so I jumped on it. That’s what happens when you bring in the Jobu lifestyle! HA

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice!

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: BFF I got Good News and Bad news. Bad news is Smudge (my new name for Samardzjia) Wood & Salazar have me rolling with a 8.47 ERA this week. Apparently +7 ERA is in, so I’ll rock it, But let’s focus on the good news:

            1. My shiny new Strasburg is ready to for a test drive tomo, I’m expecting big things now that the Thunder Buddee’s both own ya pal. (Fun Fact, my sister’s house was used in TED 2, they used her house to throw crab apples off of) she got paid a decent amount for the shoot and I did ask her to get a picture of Ted, well you know cause I’m a Teddy an all. Apparently they shoot the scenes with a big stuffed bear and in between shoots they cover him with a bed sheet. She tried desperately to take a picture of him and the production team would not allow him to be seen, touched or photographed. Bostonians now believe that there is a real TED because of the cover up.
            2. This is a 50/50 depending on how you take it. I talked to the Jobu guys and thankfully they are the real deal! bad news is Jobu won’t be shipped out for 2 maybe 3 weeks, but he will bring the JUJU we need! (I’m hoping Ozuna hits a HR before then)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              1. hahahaha…Awesome. No pics, didn’t happen! 2. It’ll happen at some point, so that’s all good

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: 2. I’m gong to purchase all the inventory and take it to Shark Tank!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You are an entrepreneurial genius!

      • FunkeTown says:
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        @Grey: ummm. can i play in your league?

  78. Fungazi says:
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    Rudy’s Teheran/Latos/Ross smohawk post is looking great.

  79. Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Still Iglesias over Danny Santana?

    ROS Machado, Span, or Fowler?

    Thanks!

      • Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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        @Grey: Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  80. Spyre says:
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    Too many SPs on my team are scheduled to start today. I need to sit at least one…. who’s the dog riding the bench?

    Hughes vs DET
    Greene @ MIN
    Ventura @ CLE
    Pineda vs TB
    Shoemaker @ OAK

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Spyre: Shoe

  81. John says:
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    This bit overkill, Wacha and pollock for kluber?

    Also have pederson and souza that i could trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Kluber side

  82. Sam says:
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    Grey,

    Should I trade Teheran for Pederson, Joc??
    My concern is that its a sell-low buy-high but I haven’t even been rolling J-Teh out and have other SP options (Gray, Price, Ventura, Wacha & waiting on Rodon to get unleashed & Paxton to be the guy JB thinks he is).

    Correa gonna get the call with Lowrie down??

    You think AJ Ramos will land that closer gig shortly?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Sam: Trade Teheran for Joc..No on Correa, they called up Villar…Not sure on Ramos.

  83. Big Al says:
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    I feel somehow guilty every time I laugh at your Don “I forgot to wear pants, again!” Mattingly blurbs, since he was my childhood favorite player. Then I ask myself, would I feel guilty if he was my manager? Nope!

    Update from yesterday: I successfully traded Greinke for Cruz! Happy face, right?! Thanks to JeF & you. Now my pitching staff looks like this…not so happy face. Every starter could throw a 2-hit shutout or pull a Hutchison on any given day. So to get to the point of my rambling, Question: Who should I try to trade for Kluber? Longoria, with Middlebrooks as my new 3B, or Desmond, with Flores as my SS and Addison as my MI, are the only options I can think of, unless I try to package some of my other outfielders, which I doubt he’d go for, but worth a try I guess.

    SP: Carrasco, J Kelly, Shoemaker, Bauer, J Hammel, A Simon, R Montero
    Closers: Allen, Box
    Bench: Roenis, Colome, P Corbin, Rubby de la Rosa, Hutchison

    Rest of my team:

    C: Hundley
    1B: Miggy
    2B: Altuve
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Desmond
    MI: Flores
    CI: Hosmer
    OF: Betts
    OF: N Cruz
    OF: Ozuna
    OF: Aoki
    DH: Middlebrooks
    Bench: Span, A. Russel, K Davis
    DL Yan Gomes, Peavy

    • Big Al says:
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      @Big Al: and this is a H2H 14-team weekly lineup sets OPS/QS league, FWIW.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Al: Ha, I liked him as a kid too… Try Desmond straight up

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @Big Al: I have a Mattingly rookie card if you’re buying.

  84. Lee says:
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    12 teams H2H, 2 DL spots. I currently have Yelich, Rios, McGee, and Ottavino on DL, so 2 of them are on the bench. Do you think Ottavino will regain the closer job and somewhat soon, or shoudl I just drop him and lose the extra closer? My other closers are Cishek (ouch) and Krod. Cecil and Axford were picked up. If Yelich and McGee actually come back in a week or so, there wont be any conflict in DL spots. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lee: You can drop Ottavino

  85. Kas says:
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    Good morning Grey,

    Drop OZUNA for Fowler, or do you think Oz’s power comes back eventually? Thanks.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Kas: hold OZUNA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: Morning, agree with MP

    • Kas says:
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      @Kas: holding. Thanks gentlemen.

  86. FunkeTown says:
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    Yo – Grey, J-Foh, Phenom, some intern or whoever will read this…

    Trade Chris Davis to get Polanco? (could use some steals) or trade J.D. Martinez for Polanco?

    Funketown

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @FunkeTown: JD for Polanco.

      • FunkeTown says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: I don’t trust your name but your advice always seems solid – appreciate it!

        • Cram It says:
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          @FunkeTown: May God have mercy on your soul.

          • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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            @Cram It: good one here.

  87. The Jerk Store says:
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    Hola, ay preguntas, yall!

    I’m hearing 2 candidates to replace Wainwright are:
    Jaime Garcia
    Marco Gonzales

    Both are coming off shoulder issues.
    1. Who do you think replaces Wainwright?
    2. Pick them up now or wait?

    gracias Greymigo!

    -some jerk

    • The Jerk Store says:
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      @The Jerk Store: Add Tim Cooney to that list, as he’s starting thurs

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Jerk Store: Jerk, is your staff that bad that you want to jump on one of these guys? I’d wait to see Cooney before getting too excited.

        • The Jerk Store says:
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          @Cram It: I have a really good staff, but they are doing nothing, except for Harvey and CarMartinez. Not too many other pitchers out there on FA to grab that will have an impact this season

          • Cram It says:
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            @The Jerk Store: Jaime Garcia will not have an impact this season. If you’re digging this deep, you should just be streaming that spot.

            • The Jerk Store says:
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              @Cram It: makes sense, thanks Cram!

              • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                @The Jerk Store: he could be talking about a 20 team here though. But very true if he’s talking about a standard league.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @The Jerk Store: Marco will be the long term guy and he should be back before Hi Me..

  88. Uncle Red says:
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    Grey: Would you trade Guerrero for Billy Butler in a 12 team OPS H2H league?

  89. JAL says:
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    We throwing Smyly out @ NYY in innings-capped 12-team 5×5 today or what?

    • FunkeTown says:
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      @JAL: well – they’re limiting his pitch count so he should only about 5 innings which may lessen the chance for a W. I’d stay away as Yanks seem to be hitting the ball

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: Sit

      • JAL says:
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        @Grey: Sat Hutch yesterday, luckily. If I had a good replacement he would be long gone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  90. Pitching Starved says:
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    I’m in a super deep head to head points league. My pitchers are dropping like flies. I can take 2 of the following: Alex Colome, David Phelps, Michael Lorenzen, Mike Pelfrey and Marco Gonzales. What say you from this stellar list?
    Thanks.

  91. Eng says:
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    Excellent morning read as per, Grey. Bravo. Prescient stuff re Wacha and Tanaka (rhymes too).
    Grey, would start Wood vs Washington and Hughes vs Detroit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng: Thanks! Wood and Hughes, yes

  92. Carp says:
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    Brandon morrow, descalfini or volquez?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Carp: Descalfini

  93. Redshirt Senior says:
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    Looking for a boost at RP in points format where dual eligibility rules. Hector Santiago or Marco Gonzales?

    B) Drop Lind or Fowler from my bench to add SP depth? Available are Paxton, Kelly, Fiers.
    My SP are Scherzer Kluber Hammel Shoe Buchholz with Iwakuma on my bench and Fernandez in my only DL slot.

    Thanks for all you do Grey!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Redshirt Senior: Marco..Drop Lind for Kelly.

    • FunkeTown says:
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      @Redshirt Senior:Depending on league size, I’m guessing Buchholz can be replaced by a dozen guys on the waiver wire… I’d keep Lind and Fowler over him if you can. Kelly looks interesting but i’d probably go for Paxton depending on his next start. Fiers is on two of my teams and looks awful – i’d wait till he/TheBrewers turn it around

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Redshirt Senior: I’d rather have any of those three available SPs than Bucholz. I don’t trust him.
      People will say drop Shoe as well, which i get. But i’m still holding him.

  94. Redshirt Senior says:
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    Rafael MONTERO also available but role is a concern

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Redshirt Senior: Right now Montero is the 6th starter in a 6 man rotation..Mets are trying to trade Dillon Gee to open a spot for Montero.

  95. Winthrop says:
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    Hey Grey, great write up!

    Current OF
    Upton
    Hamilton
    Mookie
    Pence
    Gomez

    Current RP
    Cecil
    Grilli
    Street

    Would make either of these trades: Mookie for Rosenthal? or Mookie/Liriano for Rosenthal/Cishek?

  96. chucky says:
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    Pick up DSantana for SS, drop Flores? Owings? or Cozart?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @chucky: Cozart

  97. Brade says:
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    Totally gonna DVR that Sox/Orioles game. I love eerie thrillers.

  98. M att says:
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    Choo is on the waiver wire…
    do you like him better than;
    Fowler
    Tori
    Coco

    Good stuff as usual – Always gets me excited in the morning. In the laughing kind of way…not the slacks getting short kind of way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M att: Thanks! Over Coco if you don’t have a DL slot

  99. Mike says:
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    OPS league

    Give up my Bautista for his Votto? I know in a vacuum I’m losing out there, but this shoulder injury has me worried, and Votto seems to have his power back…

    • FunkeTown says:
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      @Cram It: @Mike: i’m going to spit in the wind here and say Votto

  100. Vitruvius says:
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    Would you trade Price and Arrieta for Trout in ANY scenario? I’m in a 12 man keeper league and looking to trade for Trout but my pitching is absolute sh*t with Arrieta and Price.

    • Nojangles says:
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      @Vitruvius: absolutely

  101. Frank White says:
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    I picked up Belisle cause the SON said he was starting tomorrow but on the Cardinals website it sais they’re going with Cooney. I never heard of Cooney. Is he worth a stream or even a pickup??

      • Frank White says:
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        Hold onto belisle?? Also, Is he starting this week??

        • Frank White says:
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          Actually up until Saturday he isn’t pitching. I just don’t want another RP

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

          • Frank White says:
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            Who do you like better today, Lorenzen vs Garza or Hahn vs Shoemaker?? Thanks for your help Grey!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The games started already

              • Frank White says:
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                Hahn starts a 10;35pm.. You like him over Shoemaker?? This league you get minus for hits and ER.. Everything else is a plus except for a loss of course.. Lol

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d go with Hahn

                  • Frank White says:
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                    Thanks Grey!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  102. Ryan T says:
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    Yo Grey!
    Or Greys intern…..

    Is it worth holding onto Machado and Duda with hot guys like Fowler, Reddick, and Leonys on waivers? (hand hovers over dropping Harper with 27 K’s) but i see the 30 HR coming.
    I already have Arenado and Adrian, but I do hate wrist injuries, that’s why i scooped up manny.

  103. Carp says:
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    Where would Makiel Franco rank if he was called up soon? What should we expect?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carp: I went over him in the preseason, search the site

  104. Dingbat says:
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    I’m not falling for the Travis Wood show again. Last year after four starts, he had the following stats:

    ERA: 2.52
    WHIP: 1.24
    K/9: 10.08
    K/BB: 7.00

    At the end of the year, he had an ERA over 5 and a WHIP over 1.5, and it took a lot of sucking to reach that point after his great start.

    On the other hand, I just grabbed Alex Wood, after his owner got sick of him. Someone please tell me he’s not toast!

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Dingbat: ha,yeah i made that mistake lasy year and got shelled

  105. chucky says:
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    Pearce or Alonso?

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Grey: really, with his lack of playing time?

  106. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Dropped Danny Sanny and Inciarte for Segura and Fowler in one league. I don’t regret this decision. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: C’mon Ralph…You love Santana, Segura shouldn’t of been available. I’m fairly certain that Fowler will be waiver wire fodder within a month. What do you think?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @J-FOH: I do love Danny but Segura was sitting there and this team has Puig and Gomez on the DL I needed a platelet rich injection of funk. Jean’s got the funk.

        I sort of agree with Grey on Fowler he’s at the top of a good lineup. I’m willing to see what he does for a few weeks. The podcast got me all jacked up on Fowler Dew.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: he was on top of a good line up in Colorado too. I have hard time believing he just up and figured it out after all these years. String bean can be fowl.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @J-FOH: He was a lead off hitter about half the time in Colorado. He’s also been a useful 4th or 5th OF throughout his career. I think he’s worth a flier for a few weeks certainly an upgrade from Inciarte. I think we’ve seen the best of Ender.

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: fowler was ranked ahead of inciarte at start of year already.

  107. cardsfanman says:
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    I just got offered a trade where I get Goldy and give up Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper. Currently I have Hosmer/Duda at 1st and I’m stacked in the outfield with Harper, Adam Jones, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Greg Polanco, Ellsbury (who someone dropped), and Alex “free the man” Guerrero. Its your standard five categories plus OPS and net stolen bases rather than stolen bases. I usually start the first four OF listed. I’m in first by a big margin (especially on offense) but have been wanting that big bat. I can replace Desmond with Flores at SS. Should I accept it?

      • cardsfanman says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  108. Frank White says:
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    Is Carlos Gonzalez droppable?? I can grab Gardner, Blackmon, Markakis…

  109. Sportive Tricks says:
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    Dear Grey,

    First, off, you are a handsome man. Nothing gay, just saying.

    Second, I am trying to decide whether or not to start Samardzjia today. The sitch in Baltimore is just plain weird, and because of multiple postponements, he’s not showing up on the SoN.

    Love yas!!!

  110. JLO says:
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    Hey guys,
    I have a gluten of OF;
    Polanco
    Martinez
    Hamilton
    Cain
    Brantly
    Dickerson
    Souza

    I need five they remining would be used to acquire an SP.

    I also have to many 3B;
    Machado value is down
    Bryant
    Moistkissass hot fire.

    Are you buying moistkissass enough to move the Bryant?

    Thanks guys and 4 ladies

  111. aki says:
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    flores or jimmy rollins
    in OBP league , Thx~

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @aki: Rollins

  112. Captainpyper says:
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    Sent out Zimmerman for McHugh, Hamels, Carrasco and such but wound up dumping him and Cecil on a sucker desperate for saves and got Kluber!

    Also watched Pelfrey last night. His avg fastball velo is up to 91.blah from high 80s last year. Seems like a similar pitcher to the “sleeper” Happ and I could see streaming him with the right matchup. But as always I defer to the wisdom of the Fantasy Master Lothario!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Captainpyper: Interesting on Pelfrey, I’ll have to watch him… Nice trade!

  113. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey, my roto pitching staff has been sabotaged by some early rough starts and bad outings by the likes of Cody Allen and Cishek. I’d like your thoughts on what to do to rehab my standings

    My current staff is: Cole, Carrasco, McHugh, Salazar, Smyly, Paxton

    My other options are: T. Wood, Hammel, Quintana, R. De La Rosa, Happ

    Is it time to give Paxton his walking papers after his next start?

    Thanks

  114. ashtray says:
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    I’ve been staring at Fowler on my waiver wire since the season started but haven’t made the move yet.

    I don’t really carry bench bats but do you see the easy drop from this team:

    12 team h2h 7×7

    C-Santana
    1-Rizzo
    2-Betts
    3-Arenado
    SS-Semien (DL Zobrist)
    O-Brantley
    O-Heyward
    O-Pederson
    U-LaRoche
    U-Devon Travis

    SP-Arrieta
    SP-Ross
    RP-Rosenthal
    RP-Britton
    P-Rondon
    P-Cecil
    P-Axford
    B-Yimi Garcia
    B-Carrasci
    B-Salazar
    B-Richards
    B-Burnett
    B-Colon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: You should rotate LaRoche with hot bats

  115. Is Carlos Gomez too much to offer up for Kluber? Thanks Grey!

    • Nojangles says:
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      @WNWDOTCOM: as a kluber owner that’s not panicking, I would rather have Gomez.

  116. Grant says:
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    There’s a guy in my league who is trying to trade for Corey Kluber (on my team). I’m looking for another good hitter.

    The top players on his roster are:
    Kendrys Morales
    Longo
    Ellsbury
    Lorenzo Cain
    Ryan Zimmerman

    I have open spots positionally so that’s not an issue. Which players, if any, should I trade Kluber for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grant: Ells or Longo

  117. Johnny F. says:
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    What do you guys think?

    Start Samardizjiaisjiaoa against the Orioles today? Or is he going to get lit up like a doobie at a Cypress Hill gig?

      • Johnny F. says:
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        @Grey:

        Good call, Grey…

  118. JimmyBond says:
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    Like I said before, Astros are good this year. Or at least I want to think so having bet them for World Series at high, high odds back in December (250/1, baby!) Even I didn’t think they’d come out of the gate like this, though, kind of crazy that they have 9-2 road record, two higher wins than any other team in MLB.

    I personally think the Astros will bring up Correa to replace Lowrie? Both the current replacements Villar and Gonzalez are nowhere near as good. Interesting quote via Rotoworld: ““We do think there’s value in spending more time at Double-A,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com late Tuesday when asked about a possible Correa callup. “At Triple-A, the pitching is better. It’s closer to what it looks like in the big leagues. Carlos has done such a nice job. [Jose] Altuve was able to skip Triple-A completely, and I think Carlos may be able to, but right now it’s something that we’re discussing internally.””

    Also per Rotoworld: Correa “hitting .382 while leading the Texas League in doubles (10), RBI (21), slugging percentage (.735), extra-base hits (15), runs (16) and total bases (50).”

    Um, yeah. The rest of the Texas League is probably cheering privately for a callup too. If the Astros keep up this pace and look like contenders, Correa should be up for sure…he looked good vs MLB pitchers in spring training.

    • Mike B says:
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      @JimmyBond: still talking about an organization who kept Springer down with a near 40/40 season when he was nowhere near as young as Correa. I own Correa in 2 keeper leagues so I’d be ecstatic if it happens sooner than later, but missing so much time last year I’d be shocked if the team who drafted him over Buxton so they could sign him under slot gives him the call this early on.

      With that said, #Correatime is trending in Houston

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JimmyBond: Could be on Correa, maybe June likely Sept

      • JimmyBond says:
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        @Grey: oops Rotoworld was a day old. After yesterday’s game, now he is batting .400, 1.268 OPS, .800 SLG, 5 HR (3 in last 4 games), and 22 RBI. At the very least he should see a callup to triple-A, I mean c’mon!

  119. Nojangles says:
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    Concerned with Alexi yet? Drop him for Danny Santana?

    Is rendon the new Hanley Ramirez? C’mon dude….

  120. Carnac says:
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    Go open up your MLB At Bat app and queue up the highlights from last night’s Astros/Padres game. I’ll wait.

    1) “Springer’s two-run homer” haven’t seen an upper decker so big since Semien came in the bathroom! wait, what?

    2) Gattis’ home run… the guy writing the labels didn’t even give Gattis credit, instead calling the clip: “Myers assists Gattis’ home run”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! 2) Yeah, I need to check that out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just watched 2, ha…Not as funny as Canseco’s though for some reason

      • Carnac says:
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        Yeah, not as funny as Canseco’s. Myers wasn’t quite as inept/lost, the fence was chainlink so the perspective isn’t as dramatic and the PA wasn’t playing yakkity sax.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Carnac: Ha, yeah, the chainlink really hurts things

  121. golfnut says:
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    Marisnick or Reddick ROS?

  122. Nightpandas says:
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    Sir Grey,

    Would you trade Scherzer for Miggy in a keeper? Seems obvious but the wire is pretty bare.

    Here is the rest of my staff (15 teams)
    Cueto
    Ventura
    Nelson
    Rodon
    Eovaldi
    Rubby
    Chavez

  123. Fish says:
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    For Sonny, isn’t 2ER in 8IP make his ERA rise to 1.98?

  124. MikeY says:
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    Drop walker, Paxton, or nelson for happ

    • MikeY says:
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      @MikeY: or hold for each guy to start

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Would you rather have Paxton or Happ, or are they both just matchup guys at this point anyway?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          matchups

  125. Mike B says:
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    I’ve been attempting to buy low on Kluber in a 10 team redraft. The owner typically rids himself of all things injured or underperforming, but I’m not sure this asking price is really buying low:

    My CarGo 1.0, Holiday and Wade Davis for Kluber and Yelich

    We use OBP and QS, 1350 IP limit, 29 roster spots to give context. Thoughts?

  126. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Hey there grey,

    What are your thoughts on dropping Tomas in a 12 team, 5×5 league? Its a 5 year keeper league, and id like to stash Carlos Correa. Am I going to immediately regret doing this? Ive watched Tomas and he just doesnt look that good…

  127. Mark says:
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    Uhoh!

    I own both Ventura and Salazar in a year-long points league. Should I start one or the other? Or should I sit them both and preserve some innings for a rainy day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: Start them

      • Mark says:
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        @Grey:

        did I mention they are pitching against each other?

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Mark: why would that matter?

  128. Bob says:
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    trying to get stanton. Three keeper league with no restrictions so would love to land him. Thinking of offering scherzer for him straight up. Not sure the guy will go for it though. If he doesn’t, is scherzer and one of these OF a doable offer or is it too much? If it’s not too much, which OF would you offer with Scherzer for Stanton? Garcia, Calhoun, Ozuna, Myers. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Sure, Garcia

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: shipping out Scherzer would leave me with a staff of Samardzjia, Archer, A Wood, Smyly, Salazar, Miller and streaming spot or two. Seems okay still, right? 10 team standard 5×5 scoring…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  129. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Kris Bryant is currently experiencing the longest home run drought of his professional baseball career. He is up to 11 straight games without a home run.

    His previous long was 10 straight homerless games in July, 2014.

    He had 9 straight homerless games once – in November, 2013. He had a combined 9 straight homerless games if you count the end of AAA last year and the beginning of AAA this year*

    8 homerless games in October, 2013

    7 homerless games in April, 2014

    Here’s something very interesting – he has 7 different times where he went five straight games without a homerun. Just a statistical anomaly that stood out. Curious.

    *in 18 games between AAA and the majors, Bryant has 3 homeruns – not including spring training games (ie; games that don’t count).

    What does all this mean? Mount freakin’ Vesuvius is about to pyroclastically lava-jizz all over your fantasy lineup.

    Bryant is about to go off.

    Starting today.

    With 2HRS!! (which he has only done three times in his career).

    Unless he sits.

    Which will give us time to buy our magma resistant IUDs.

  130. mooberry says:
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    fowler or ozuna

  131. Cubs pitchers says:
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    Both are available, who would you rather have… Travis Wood or Jason Hammel?

  132. AI says:
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    Thoughts on trading Kershaw away in a 12 team H2H points keeper league with $5 annual increases ($260 cap).

    Kershaw ($60) for Kluber ($6) and Hamels ($20)?

    • Hieronymous Lohse says:
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      @AI: I just made a run at Kershaw (in a keeper) and Gattis for Gio Gonzalez, Carlos Martinez, Brian McCaan, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rodriguez. Like a monkey throwing poo and seeing if he hits anything. Kershaw owner said no. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AI: Sounds decent

  133. Filkarri says:
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    Two questions for you today, Gray.
    1. Somebody dropped VMart in my league. Should I pick him up or trust my fear of his knee problems and leave him there?

    2. Drop Nelson for Happ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Filkarri: If you don’t say who you’re dropping for V-Mart, it means nothing 2. Yes

      • Filkarri says:
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        @Grey: Sorry Headley would be the drop.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop headley

  134. Greyismyhero says:
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    Please rank ROS

    Morales
    Fowler
    A.Garcia

    And… Happ over Hutch ROS?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler, Morales, depends on needs… Yes, Happ Smoke it!

  135. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Mr. Grey,

    I’m the guy that allows himself just one fantasy related question a year. I already asked it and you already kindly answered. And I took your advice.

    But I do have another question NOT fantasy related – are you gonna try to check in on that empty stadium game in B-more? Sounds fascinating. Would love it (if the game is being broadcast) if the field sounds are more audible than normal.

    Have a great day, man.

    • Hieronymous Lohse says:
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      @Hieronymous Lohse: OH! It’s the free game at MLB.com! I just saw that. Maybe they’re doing something experimental with it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I can’t wait to watch it

  136. Lars says:
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    Hammel,, chase anderson, jimmy Nelson,walker, greene, rodon, simon, jesse Chavez, maztek, Phelps, happ, paxton

    Choose 4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel, Happ, Walker, Greene

  137. joe says:
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    cut anyone for matt carpenter?

    C: Joseph (d’arnaud DL)
    1B: goldy
    2B: dee gordon
    3B: arenado
    SS: Bogaerts
    OF: Puig (DL) Upton, Soler, Myers
    BN: Martin, Polanco, Laroche, Russell

    SP: Cole, Shark, Salazar, Cashner, Richards
    RP: Street, Feliz, Grilli, Rodon (McGee DL)
    (Keep in mind pitching on the wire has been picked clean)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

  138. UL's Toothpick says:
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    Reddick and Semien.
    Killing it as usual.

    Picked up Reddick when Gomez hit the DL. He may be good? I would need to lose him or Pagan when Gomez is activated. I need some steals since Revere sucks and Gomez is hurt, but Pagan isn’t running and is batting third.

    Leaning towards keeping Reddick.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Reddick

      • UL's Toothpick says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  139. MooseOutFront says:
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    Need to drop 2 of these:

    Lind
    Arcia
    Marisnick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Marisnick

      • MooseOutFront says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Very helpful as I was about to keep Arcia just due to anchoring to original rankings.

  140. Hometown Hero says:
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    5×5 roto 12 team AL only. I can activate Shoemaker today but who should I drop? Castro or TJ House?

    Also Santana for M Johnson and Valbuena. What side? Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro…Micah side if you need depth

  141. thomas says:
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    Is Brandon Belt in a platoon? Drop in 12-team leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  142. joe says:
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    martin prada is the greatest thing i’ve read this morning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  143. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Yep….you have to watch baseball to be good at fantasy baseball. I didn’t watch hardly any from July last year until now. Just radio and stuff. Man did I miss it.

    Take Gyorko…please!…for instance. You have to see how bad he is. I think his problem is rhythm. His swing seems out of rhythm to me. The weight transfer doesn’t look like it’s timed properly and he’s just late on everything. Swing path doesn’t look terrible and otherwise mechanically it’s not so terrible. But he’s just like a white guy trying to dance. Everything is just wrong. It looks like a disassembled watch. There’s no connective fluidity.

    It’s not impossible that he could regain the rhythm. It’s a slippery thing.

    Did you know that the Astros bullpen has the best K/BB rate of any pen in MLB? And they could argue that they have the best 1-2 starters in the West (Gray and Kazmir really close). They are real contenders. Crazy.

    Unlike Gyorko, Myers swing looks real good. Man he just dropped the bat head on that homer last night. Absolutely clobbered it.

    Mark Trumbo still has more triples than homers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Yanks bullpen is pretty nasty too… Loving having Myers in multiple leagues…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yanks have a good pen for sure. A’s have their worst pen in a decade.

        Glad to hear your teams are doing well. Always good to get off to a good April. I seem to have cruddy Aprils. Makes the buy/sell tricky but necessary. I effed up Magoo and I dropping Cecil. Shoulda aughta listened to you, Albright.

        I have one NFBC team that is irredeemably bad. Worst team I can remember having drafted. And I just lost Ottavino and McCarthy off that team. I like my auction team. Kind of hovering at 4th of 15, waiting for Pence and Wright and Jansen to come back. And Pujols to start hitting.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @GhostTownSteve:

          In fact that team is so bad I think I’m going to pick up Wainwright and keep him on my bench as decoration to brighten the dump up and stuff.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sucks, bad Aprils makes things much harder because you have to keep patient when it’s hard to…Easier to stay patient when 90% of your team is doing well and waiting for the bad 10%

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            It’s not that bad. Magoo and I have been top three bouncing around and that team can rake.

            Auction team I think is more built for the long haul. Need Soler, Trumbo, Pujols, Santana to up the lumber a bit. But they all have it in them.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That doesn’t sound dire at all

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                The main event team is awful though. 12th and ugly.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That sucks… My CBS team is dreadful… I blame drafting in February

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @GhostTownSteve:

                  EE, Cargo, Strasburg top three. Yuk.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I’m in fourth in Tout with Stras… Shows how right my hitting has been

                    • GhostTownSteve says:
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                      @Grey:

                      Funny thing is, I really didn’t want Stras. I wasn’t a believer. But I drafted him anyway. There’s reason enough to feel like he’ll come around eventually.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, he’ll be fine

  144. Mustard says:
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    With my pitching staff decimated in a deep points league what kind of sp can I realistically target for familia ? Already rejected for liriano ventura and archer. Or should I hold and vulture the waiver wire dumpster ? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who’s available

      • Mustard says:
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        Pelfrey is prob the best option right now to stream

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe McHugh for Familia?

  145. Jonathan says:
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    Trade question for ten team head to head points keeper league:

    Miggy and Alex Wood for Kris Bryant and Trumbo?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy

  146. Big W says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Awesome write up as always!

    Will we be sitting Shoemaker tonight @ Oakland? I’m in a 6×6 with K/BB…

    Or does he dedicate this start to his dead family member and pitch a no hitter? haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I dropped Shoe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, in K/BB I’d still own him and start him

  147. Eric B says:
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    Grey do you agree above with MP that Happ is the better SP to own than Chavez? I have an open spot on my roster:
    ( 5×5 HTH OBP league)
    Bats
    C McCann
    1B Freeman
    2B Kipnis
    3B Santana
    SS A.Ramirez
    OF Stanton
    OF Springer
    OF Soler
    OF Betts
    Util Pollock
    Util Semien
    Util Calhoun
    Bench Avisail Garcia
    Bench Lawrie
    DL C Yan Gomes

    Staff
    P Kluber
    P Odorizzi
    P Cole
    P Salazar
    P Paxton
    SP Ventura
    SP S.Greene
    RP Chapman
    RP Britton
    Bench RP Perkins
    Bench SP T.Walker
    Bench SP ?
    DL RP Parnell
    DL Colome

    Any other suggestions to improve this roster? Top waiver guys available are: D.Santana, A. Lind, O.Herrera on Offense and Wood, Happ and Chavez as SP’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Eric B says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  148. Dkohn says:
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    Gr~ey,

    Is there nothing we can do to fight Mattingly’s stupidity?

    Guerrero’s third AB he popped up to right, and on the way back said something to Bum, who kinda jawed back.

    Kid’s got moxy! I got a fever, and the only prescription, is more Guerrero.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Start an online petition? Those always get things done!

      • Dkohn says:
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        @Grey: Haha!

  149. Jay says:
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    Dannys or souza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  150. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Drop Nelson for Happ?

    And Moustakas keeps staring at me from the waiver wire. He’s starting to make me uncomfortable.
    Drop Dozier for him? or hold? I start Altuve at 2nd currently.

    Thanks, Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes Happ…. Hold Dozier

  151. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Going to the game tonight. Excited to see Hahn. He told Fangraphs the K’s are coming.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • royce! says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Nice! I’m starting Hahn in a few places…I’m on tilt already. I’ll be at the Padres game rooting for a pitchers duel as I have Keuchel all over the place.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @royce!:

        Sup Royce? I’m excited to get eyeballs on Hahn. Gun says velocity is up. I think with the extra velo he’s just been happy pounding the zone. He’s up over 2 mph from last year on the two seamer and throwing the curve less than last year and probably mostly when ahead in counts, which is probably why fewer swings and misses. I think given the quality of his pitches, he can probably sequence differently to get more Ks.

  152. Grant says:
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    Pick up Nick Hundley and drop Yasmani Grandal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  153. Malicious Phenom says:
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    I have Longo and Headly at 3B, we start 2 each week…

    I have A. Guerrero and Middlebrooks as backups…which one should I keep?

    thanks mate…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alex

  154. Jay says:
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    Happ over Hughes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  155. Mostsuckass says:
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    In my deep keeper/dynasty league, I’m looking to unload Tanaka. One of my fellow managers has inquired about him. Which of these guys on his team, if any, would you target?

    Phil Hughes
    Drew Smyly
    Hisashi Iwakuma
    Jason Hammel
    Jonathan Papelbon
    Hyun-jin Ryu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes, Hammel, Smyly or Paps

  156. Jason Morgan says:
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    Is Ottavino done? Should he be dropped?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @Grey: Do you expect him to return this season and resume closing games?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He might, no idea, my Guess is yes

  157. Grant says:
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    Can we believe in Travis Wood?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For now

  158. Eric says:
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    In a 12 team H2H yahoo league with obp instead of avg, which side would you rather take at the moment?

    Andrew Mccutchen and Victor Martinez or Jose Abreu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  159. Harvey Wallbangers says:
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    Here’s another Dread Pirate deal: My Cutch/Pujols for his EE/Harper

    I’m sure you’ve gotten a ton of asks about possible Cutch trades, but what do you think of this?

    10 h2h league with R,H,RBI,HR,SB,AVG,OBP,SLG.

    My team is a little light on power

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin side

  160. Larey says:
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    Hammel or hutchinson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel

  161. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Did you make two Ice Cube references? Arcia’s blurb is the obvious one, but the Reddick blurb nearly put my butt to sleep.

    Grey and other brazzballers, I have a trade question. 12 team, H2H (2 Catcher format)
    My pitching has been abysmal, hitting has been awesome.

    I give Goldy/Odorozi/and someone like Moistasskiss/Cecil/Betances
    I get either Donaldson/Sale/Leonys Donaldson/Sale/Bauer or Donaldson/Felix/Souza (he’ll probably want something more for this last one)
    C: Hundley/Vogt (can move to 1st)
    1b: Goldy
    2B: Devon
    SS: HanRam
    3B: Nolan
    2b/SS: Valbueno
    1b/3B: Moust
    OF (x5) AJones, Stanton, Joc, Reddick, Paredes
    Util: Moobs (Could move to 1st)
    SP: Lester, Shark, Ventura, Odorozi, Chavez, Shoemaker, Rodon
    RP: Rosenthal, Robertson, Cecil, Betances

    Since he went to Jared, I’m thinking yes- what about youse?
    Toodles!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe… Solid trade if you need pitching

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Felix or Sale ROS? Leonys or Souza?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Felix… Souza

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Man!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

              • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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                @Grey: Guy countered with his Felix/Seager/Souza for my Goldy/Odorozi. What do you think of this one?

                • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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                  @Mrs.Featherbottom: After further thought, I don’t like it!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Fine if you need SPs, but I’d prefer to get cheaper pitching

  162. Big Al says:
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    Should I buy low low on Buchholz in a deep 14-team, H2H weekly lineup league? Thinking of offering N Aoki…also have Span, K Davis, Middlebrooks…

    Also any ideas for SP targets that I might have a shot at by selling Alfredo Simon?

    Thanks, Grey. You’re awesome for answering so many commenters questions. No one else out there does what you do.

    • FunkeTown says:
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      @Big Al: No – even in head to head, Buchholz is looking pretty bad

      • Big Al says:
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        @FunkeTown: Thanks guys. I drafted him last year and he was horrible. This year he’s all over the leaderboards for K rate and K-BB and FIP-ERA and such, but he’s ALWAYS been so inconsistent. Thinking Aoki might lose some playing time with Maxwell around when Hunter comes back, though, and I have probably excess SB and average, so I’d like to sell him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  163. stuff says:
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    12 teams h2h with QS, OPS, BB for pitchers, K’s for hitters on the 5×5 standard.

    I give Dee Gordon. I get Kluber. I have Devon Travis. Would still have ok speed on the hitting side.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  164. Griff says:
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    Grey,
    In a 12 team dynasty. Currently have Ottavino on my bench because my 3 DL spots are currently full, but one should open up in less than a week. AJ Ramos was just dropped by his owner. Good move to drop Ottavino for Ramos?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  165. ashtray says:
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    per Rotoworld:

    Tyson Ross got the loss on Tuesday versus the Astros, serving up four runs in five innings.

    Ross was hurt by center fielder Wil Myers in the first inning, as a deep fly ball hit by Evan Gattis ricocheted off of Myers’ glove, then off of his head over the fence in center field for a home run. Ross otherwise wasn’t that bad, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out nine. It was good to see him limit the walks, as he entered the start with 16 over his first four starts. The talented right-hander will bring a 4.55 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, and a 37/18 K/BB over 27 2/3 innings ratio into a start against the Giants at AT&T Park. Apr 29 – 1:47 AM

    • ashtray says:
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      @ashtray: “a deep fly ball hit by Evan Gattis ricocheted off of Myers’ glove, then off of his head over the fence”

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @ashtray: OOOHHHH! Can we start calling Myers, “Cansecito” or “Little Jose”?

  166. ERad says:
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    Rizzo already tied his career high for steals this year – with 6 – pretty sure Maddon plays fantasy baseball. Joc Pederson homers and doubles on Monday and plays himself right onto the bench!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  167. CJ says:
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    Love the anti-McCarthy joke, killin’ it man! Keep up the greyt work!
    (I’ve gotta be the 100th person to say that, so I apologize, but it’s my first time! You wouldn’t deny a guy his “first time” just because everyone else on this site already has a lady, would you?)

    Question- 16 team points league- I have Xander Bogaerts at SS and Addison Russel is currently riding the pine. Carlos Correa is still in the FA pool. Who should I be stashing on the bench for now, Russel or Correa?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Russell

  168. Jaybuhner says:
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    Jimmy Nelson or Travis wood?

    • FunkeTown says:
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      @Jaybuhner: Wood for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood

  169. kisses says:
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    Hey there! You commented on a trade I was working on yesterday and it has slightly changed since then. Which side you taking now:

    Votto, Odubel, Vogt, Keuchel, Holland, and Jansen
    for
    Edwin, Reddick, Gattis, TyRoss, Axford, and Britton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  170. Basement Artie says:
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    Not that he cares, but I’ve kinda had it up to here with Rendon. Someone needs to tell him to suck it up and stop acting like J D Drew.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  171. nightpandas says:
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    Big Thanks Grey,

    Just got Miggy for Scherzer in my 15 team OBP keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  172. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey,

    Fister is on the waiver wire on my 10-team standard H2H league. Would you drop either Hahn or DeSclafani to pick him up? Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  173. Voss says:
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    Heyward was dropped in my league. Use my #3 waiver priority and pick him up while dropping Guerrero? I am kind of hurting in stolen bases… I could also drop a pitcher for a Fowler/Gose/Pompey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  174. cubjet says:
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    Only one move left til Sunday. Happ is available right now. Morrow ( if he clears waivers) will be available tommorow. Which one do you prefer?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  175. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft, ramos or hundley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hundley

  176. airweino says:
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    Looking for saves in my 26 team dynasty league – is this too much for them?

    Zach Wheeler
    AJ Cole
    Jacob Lindgren

    for

    Trevor Rosenthal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  177. Thurgood Congo says:
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    JD Martinez and Frazier or Rizzo and Kinsler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  178. Dommattingly says:
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    I was already feeling Rostalgic over Devon Travis, now I have to look at his photo on the ESPN app’s home screen for the next week?!?! FML!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  179. gbwr82 says:
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    Brandon Moss or Steven Souza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  180. Bob says:
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    5×5 h2h Samardzjia and Calhoun for Springer, who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  181. Namrod says:
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    Any guesses on when Syndergaard will be called up? Should I go ahead and pick him up now or wait till later. Is he worth stashing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      June

  182. Det. John Kimble says:
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    I trade Hanley and Calhoun

    for Strasburg and Desmond

    Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  183. ERad says:
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    Stop the presses – Shane Greene strikes out the side!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  184. Mark says:
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    In a year long points league. My hitting pretty good, my pitching needs some work.

    Should I trade my Cutch for his Scherzer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  185. Jacks says:
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    Oh boy, Braun is rolling now. Should have trusted the batted ball velocity leaderboard. He was top 10 despite poor results. You know that leaderboard site? Could be very useful roto tool. Hittertron should include that data.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  186. Grant says:
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    What side ya got?

    Jacoby Ellsbury/Rafeal Montero vs. Corey Kluber/Michael Saunders

    • Grant says:
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      @Grant: Montero was just sent down (and a throw in anyway).

      Ellsbury vs Kluber/Saunders. Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber

      • Grant says:
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        @Grey: What about Kluber vs Ellsbury straight up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair

  187. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Hey Grey,
    In my 10 Team NL-Only I dropped Locke for Bolsinger. However, Taylor was just brought up by the NATs as a back-up. Does he warrant a spot over Bolsinger since I have guys that will play? Here’s part of my roster:
    OF: Dickerson, Myers, Pollock, K. Davis,
    Util. Maxwell
    B: A. Guerrero
    B: M. Franco

    SP: Shields, Arrieta, Alvarez, Hendricks, Peralta, Heston, M. Gonzales
    B: Bolsinger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

      • Pugs&Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Didn’t think so. I would probably snag him once an OF goes down.

  188. JP says:
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    Two trades in a HXH league

    Send Prince/Cargo/Hamels for Votto/Braun?

    Send Prince/Cargo for Tulo/Travis? Need MI help and Lind could replace Prince in lineup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither

  189. John Rice says:
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    Cody allen worth a buy low? or is something really wrong w him? BB rate seems crazy

    • John Rice says:
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      @John Rice:

      also too early to give up on cargo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you’re selling

      • John Rice says:
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        @Grey:

        Jake Lamb and CJ Cron for Allen.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Allen side

  190. GhostTownSteve says:
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    EverCab has a .000 ISO.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Make the O’s 1st inning stop

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Brutal

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Correction…

      had a .000 ISo

      oh lordy, Shark.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Effin eff

  191. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    I’m offered McHugh and Benoit for my Wacha and Boxberger. I have Robertson, Giles and Kenley Jansen closers. Should I take it? Thanks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

  192. Steve says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who do you like better for save chances the ROS – Ramos or Osuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos

  193. Juan says:
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    Hello,

    12 team, H2H, Keeper league. We keep 10 players and I need a 2nd baseman

    I would trade Kendrys Morales and my #1 pick (which would be the 11th round pick) for Devon travis and his #6th pick (16th round).

    What do you think?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soudns fine

  194. Atlas says:
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    No one really talking about Trumbo or Prince Fielder. I have the chance to trade cole kalhoun and one of Pujols or wong for Trumbo and Fielder. Anyone have any thoughts on this deal ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do Kole and Wong for them

  195. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Screaming “SuperGreene!” is a little less warranted now that he gave up 3 ER, but 7Ks in 4IP is still encouraging!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Oof – now I really need to take that back (7 ER v. Twinies). Maybe time to look elsewhere?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  196. Alex says:
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    Man, I would really love it if someone could explain to me what is going on with Samardizija. Either that or come over and drown me in my bathtub. Or both. God do I regret that pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Alex says:
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        You think he will get it together? So inconsistent…

        @Grey:

    • Atlas says:
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      @Alex:

      Yeah he is blowing my team up also. Not after today though. He was lucky to have a quality start vs detroit. He was missing up in the zone constantly, and Miggy put one off the very top of the wall that could have just as easily gone out. Several defensive gems behind him that day as well. Dude has been consistently bad.

      • Alex says:
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        @Atlas: Ugh. Yeah. so frustrating. He is gonna be banished to my bench until he recovers or I can actually get something for him.

        • @Alex:

          Worse yet I didn’t really need him on that team anyways so he’s just a total waste of a pick. I had tried to trade him before this start with no luck, now no one’s gonna want him.

  197. Fish says:
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    Yahoo std + hits/ops & QS/k per 9. 12 team, non keeper. I just got offered Mesoraco for my Petit. Current catcher is grandal. I have to jump on this even with injury concerns, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  198. Jon says:
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    Any reason to hold onto Paxton in a keeper? I generally want to give a pretty long leash to pitchers in this league because staffs run 10 deep. Other options to drop: Hahn, Shoemaker, C. Anderson, Burnett or Rubby

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  199. Jon says:
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    I’m looking to deal J Zimmermann+Heyward for a SP and RP. Which return do you prefer?

    A) McHugh+Robertson
    B) Carrasco+Betances

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither…B’s closer, but Betances isn’t enough

  200. Grant says:
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    Final offer. Which Side?

    Jimmy Nelson/Ellsbury vs Corey Kluber/Michael Saunders

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nelson and Saunders are waiver guys…Changes nothing…The trade is fair, depends on needs… I’d take Kluber if I needed pitching

  201. I Love You Wong Time says:
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    Would you loose Michael Saunders for Fowler? 10 team OBP keeper league where I drafted Saunders in the 24th round

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  202. the swinging says:
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    I’m starting to think pitching talent is irrelevant. U can’t get by starting a good pitcher in a bad matchup, they get crushed everytime. All u need to do is stream any pitcher vs the nl east and you will do well. Tom Kohler vs the phils is better than almost any fantasy ace vs a good team. This year is bonkers. Bonkers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream!

  203. Jay says:
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    Marisnik or Souza

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: or fowler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  204. Great White North says:
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    Atwood and Orwell come to mind when thinking of the game at Camden Yards today. Hunger Games anyone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  205. Jon says:
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    How do you like Segura and Carrasco as a return for J Zimm and Heyward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco

  206. DeezNutz says:
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    Give Bogaerts and Smyly to get Vogt and Semien. H2H League R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP x K, QS, W, SV, ERA, WHIP

    Batters:

    Ramos, Fielder, Utley, Herrera, Travis, LaRoche, Puig, Upton, Kemp, Betts, Span, Garcia

    Pitchers:

    Samardzija, Alex Wood, Keuchel, Shoemaker, Smyly, Boxberger, Davis, Giles, Cecil

    You da man, Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

  207. Wilsonian says:
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    Saunders or Khrush Davis in 16 Team H2H

    H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  208. Harris Kiperman says:
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    very funny stuff as always. question for you…. Im in a h2h league no dl. I have three guys on the dl so no room for players not playing. I picked up Travis and have Kipnis sitting. Do you think this guy will ever be a better option than Travis? Second question was Hutch for Haap, but you answered that one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and thanks!

  209. Great White North says:
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    This Braun guy is washed up……..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Careful, he could be injured by the end of the week

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: They got these little chewy gummy bears for that. No worries.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  210. nightpandas says:
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    Offered Pomeranz and two early picks next year for Cody Allen. (We keep 11 so would be round 13 and 14.) I also have Rondon, Jansen and McGee.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Allen

  211. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Grey,

    Sorry for the repeat here, but I don’t recognize the one who responded to my original post.
    I’m having difficulty making a decision because of the 2015 ROS player rater $’s. Go with the hot schmatato of the past two weeks (lowest $) or the higher long term values?

    12-team 5×5–Please pick two:
    Hutch (5.1), Shoe (3.4), Paxton (-3.5), TWood (-8.2), Hammel (8.3), Leake (5.7)

    They would be my SP6-7 as I also have Kluber, Liriano, Salazar, Samardzija, and Hughes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel, Wood

  212. JAL says:
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    Grey, 12-team 5×5. 5 guys on DL. But need saves…drop Ottavino for Paxton, Shoemaker, Burnett, Walden, Joe Smith, Carson Smith, Caminero, Strop, Jepsen, Barrett, Farq, Tazawa, Osuna. Thanks!!

    • JAL says:
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      @JAL: Alternatively, could drop Greene or Pomeranz for any of those guys…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t drop a potential closer if I needed saves

  213. Machado Man!

  214. Larey says:
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    Drop greene or rodon for hammel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon

  215. John says:
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    Ohh man Betances looking nasty, got the 98mph command going. I guess I just hold him also have Miller. I could own a streamer type but at this point not worth it he been too helpful. Its a shallow lg. If he never gets role would you be against dropping down the road, seems hard.

    • Cram It says:
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      @John: Cross that road when you get there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s worth owning as a setup man

  216. trigger cut says:
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    Scraping the bottom of the barrel here. T.Wood or J.Chavez or J.Nelson or C.Anderson or C.J.Wilson or just hold stupid awful Shane Greene? Or give up on rostering pitchers altogether?

    • Cram It says:
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      @trigger cut: Or stream. But then again, you probably would’ve streamed Greene against the Twinkies. So punt starting pitchers

      • trigger cut says:
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        @Cram It: Yeah, I’d like to be able to stream, but I’ve got a moves limit. I hate pitchers so very, very much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood

  217. Fever Dog says:
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    Betances + Blackmon for Carlos Gomez

    Which side?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Fever Dog: Gomez. Not close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez, not close

  218. Great White North says:
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    Soriano time is near!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He signed?