I hope everyone had a pleasant, footloose, but not finger-freeing July 4th weekend.  I did.  In the tradition of our forefathers, specifically Benjamin Franklin, I had an iced cold latte, three whole frankfurters and flew a kite with a key on the string.  Also, since this year our country passed the right to gay marriage, I ate those frankfurters in the gayest way possible.  *Graphic description of how I ate the hot dogs deleted*  Also, on this wonderful holiday where we pretend to be the greatest country in the world, I’m reminded of an ally from the 1700’s when we first got this ship afloat.  That country was Germany and their concept of schadenfreude, the enjoyment derived from others’ misery.  I’m sorry if you lost Miguel Cabrera for six weeks.  Really, I am.  *bursting with the schadenfreude giggles*  The Tigers say he could return around late-August, which is a bummer.  *barely containing myself*  Hopefully, he can return and give you a solid four homers and .300 average the rest of the way.  Thank God, this schadenfreude concept has no karmic retribution attached to it.  *reading that Strasburg is also hurt*  NOOOOOOO!!!  Can’t I have one nice thing?!  Ugh.  I’m sorry I laughed at your loss of Miggy, can I have Stressbird back?  Please!  I can’t, can I?  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Justin Verlander – 5 IP, 7 ER.  For those that own him, I should clear something up.  Kate Upton is not going to show up at your house and thank you for remaining faithful to Verlander.  It’s a pipe dream, i.e., it’s something you came up with while smoking hashish.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 23rd homer, and his 7th homer in the last ten games.  B-Fire, Martinez, B-Fire!  Uh-oh, I feel a rhyme coming on!  Last name:  Martinez, first name:  Jew Don.  Every time he comes to bat, it’s gone, gone, gone.  Just another dong, I wonder if Kolten Wong can play ping-pong.  If J.D. gets 80 homers like those 90’s ballers, then you know Todd McFarlane will spend mucho dollars.  I wonder how much he’d spend, that schmuck.  You think he’ll trade me the McGwire ball for a Billy Ripken card that says, “F*ck?”  Uh-oh, Jew Don’s up, you better duck, duck, Gose also homered yesterday.  What does Fonzie’s horse say?  Neeeeeeeeeigh.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Since I traded Bautista for Stressbird earlier in the year, it’s nice of him to homer on the day Stressbird goes back to the DL.  Very, very considerate.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 8th homer, and three homers in his last three games.  Sadly, there’s been about six Blue Jays games during the time he’s only played three.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-5, 1 run and homered on Saturday.  If you want to think of him as a hot schmotato, that’s fine, but he’s been better than about two dozen other outfielders that are on more fantasy teams than him.  For s’s and g’s, here’s five names he’s been better than:  Heyward, Souza, Adam Jones, Bruce, Burns, Kemp, Fowler, Brantley, okay, so I can’t count to five.

Stephen Strasburg – Effin’ Strasburg.  Hit the DL with an oblique strain.  This guy is an Effin’ Jokeburg.  Why does his oblique keep getting hurt?  To spite me for drafting a high starter after saying I never would.  That is the likely only reason.  Do as I say, not as I do or I will spite you to hell, you handsome mustachioed man!  Tanner Roark or Joe Ross could fill-in for him, but the Nats don’t need a 5th starter until after the All-Star Game, so they likely won’t announce anything for a week.  During the All-Star break, they should have a MMA-sanctioned Ross vs. Roark fight for the rotation spot.  Like you wouldn’t watch this.

Jordan Zimmermann – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 3.04.  Ah, to be a fly on the wall where Strasburg is right now.  A giant, six-foot tall fly with pointy elbows so I can nudge him really hard and gesticulate towards Zimmermann.

Michael Pineda – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA down to 3.79.  He seems to vacillate between good and bad starts, so you wanna know if there’s any way we can trust Pineda?  Come here, sit on my lap and I’ll tell you.  Figuratively!  Get off my lap!  Pineda has some of the best peripherals in the majors.  I would not only trust him, as I’ve been saying, I’d try to buy him.

Alex Rodriguez – 1-for-3 and his 16th homer, hitting .284.  Doesn’t look like baseball’s getting rid of A-Rod any time soon.  A-Rod:  Baseball’s STD.

Ivan Nova – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K.  Thank your diety of choice that you held onto him for three months.  Where else would you get a start like that from?!

Nate Karns – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  The reason why I don’t love him?  Because I’m never sure if I should spell his name Nathan or Nate.  Kidding, that’s not the reason.  (It seriously is.)  I still tend to think of Karns as a streamer, and would look at the Stream-o-Nator.

Erasmo Ramirez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 3.80.  Since May 1st, his ERA is 2.18.  Look at the worst pitcher you have on your team, now look at his ERA since May 1st.  Or as Mother Albright writes, Lqqk!!!! followed by six emojis.  “Mom, what’s this emoji mean you sent me of a little black girl wearing rollers?”  “What’s happening?”

Steven Souza – Left yesterday’s game with a deep cut on his pinkie that he needed three stitches to close up.  He worries that a DL stint might be necessary.  Teams should send in Jim Abbott to talk to guys who want to go on the DL for a problem with their pinkie.

Jaime Garcia – Hit the DL, because, ya know, that’s what he do.

Lance Lynn – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.53.  You’ll be happy to know I finally got him into my lineup without any help from CBS, Les Moonves or Julie Chen.

Thomas Pham – 2-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, after stealing a base on Saturday as he leads off.  Fun fact!  Pham is a Thai salad with beef.  Pham is also a Cardinals prospect they called up to replace the injured Federalist and to further prove they can make a mountain out of any prospect molehill.  Pham has some speed, light power and could hit for an okay average, an average average, if you will.

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-5 and his 4th homer, and his 2nd homer in his last three games.  Sure, the O’s had three months of games between his last three games, but don’t quibble, you quibbler!  I like Schoop a lot for power if he’s on your waivers.  I’d definitely *pinkie to mouth* Schoop him up!

Carlos Gomez – Was hit by a pitch on his wrist on Saturday, and sat out on Sunday.  He’s listed as day-to-day.  Or Day2Day if he were in a boy band.

Taylor Jungmann – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 2.43 thru six starts.  Yeah, and his K/9 is 6.5 and his BB/9 is 2.4.  He does have some speed on his fastball, but there’s still not enough here yet for most mixed leagues, and for him I’d look at the Stream-o-Nator.

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 7th homer, hitting .308.  On Friday, he homered.  On Saturday, he had multiple hits and a steal.  On Sunday–Well, I just told you.  Hot schmotato alert!

Adam Lind – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 2nd in as many games, hitting .298.  Whether he’s been as or more valuable than Braun (1-for-4, 1 run) is irrelevant.  Lind has been about as good as a top 15 corner infidel and should be owned.  To give you a name Lind’s been as valuable as:  Chris Davis.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4 and 2-for-4 with his 14th homer on Saturday.  SPOILER ALERT!  I have five over-the-internet dollars that says Marlon is the Byrd Man from True Detective.  By the by, Jay covers for JB on the podcast that’s coming later today and we discuss True Detective for, like, fifteen minutes.

Clay Buchholz – 9 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 3.27.  I think since I told you to buy him two months ago his ERA is in the negatives.

Hanley Ramirez – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  My Magic Eight Ball wasn’t turning over, and I thought it might be the alternator, so I sent it out to the shop, but I’m gonna try my hand at a prediction on my own.  I will insert Hanley back into my weekly lineup and he will get hurt on Tuesday.

Pablo Sandoval – 3-for-4, 2 runs.  I’d say he’s due for a solid 2nd half, but both of his halves look like 95% lard, so solid doesn’t seem in the cards.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 3.69.  After his last start, I said something like hopefully he’s turned the corner yadda, bladda, blabba, and some people mentioned that he was tipping his pitches earlier in the year when he got roughed up.  That does seem to check out via the Internet (thanks, Al Gore!), so E-Rod looks like a go pitcher.

Collin McHugh – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K, ERA up to 4.54.  He threw a few quality starts and seemed to turn a corner, but it turned out he was in a cul-de-sac like Knots Landing and now he’s Joan Van Ark putting sugar in your fuel tank.

Carlos Correa – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (7) and legs (5), hitting .315.  Fly, Icarlos, fly!  I don’t own him, and love to be able to own him next year, but it’s starting to appear that might not happen either.  In a month of at-bats, Correa’s been more valuable than a full season of Ian Desmond.

Evan Gattis – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .242.  How little do you have to do to be worthwhile as a catcher?  On our Player Rater, Gattis comes in as the 5th most valuable catcher, and his playing time as been as erratic like Amanda Bynes.

Lance McCullers – 5 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.16.  Not a terrific game (obvs!), but I still kinda love him.

Kendall Graveman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 1 K, ERA down to 3.16.  Graveman’s starts haven’t been pretty but he’s sure urning them!

Sonny Gray – Cleared to return on Tuesday after struggling with a bout of salmonella.  I guess he lost a game of chicken.

Michael Montgomery – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 1.62.  Looks more like the kind of game I’d expect from him rather than his previous unremarkbuehrle complete game shutouts.

Travis Ishikawa – Struggled on the Pirates last year and was released, but they claimed him again.  This feels like when you and a girl break up — a nasty, ugly break up that involves the police — then a few years later you run into her and you’re like, “Why did we ever break up?  You’re sweet as pie.”  And you sleep with her again only for her to slash your tires within a few weeks.

Starling Marte – Left yesterday’s game with a sore side.  I should’ve never laughed at the bad fortune of Miggy’s owners.  I own Marte fickin’ everywhere!  I really hope this is not an oblique.  If it is, we’re screweddd.  Damn, I got all the way to end of that sentence using only my own tears to type before messing up.

Gerrit Cole – 8 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.28.  This start was partly due to my coaching.  He gave up three runs in the first three innings to the Indians and I went to the mound in my mind’s eye and said, “Nuh-uh, I don’t accept that.  When I get back from brunch, I want a Quality Start.”  Oh, like Don Mattingly, Lloyd McClendon or a host of other managers are much better.

Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .242.  Hopefully he doesn’t lose any playing time to Ishikawa.  All things being equal, he shouldn’t.  Earlier this year, Corey Hart even tried to say he was better than Pedro by getting a greater than symbol on his hand and it didn’t work.

Danny Salazar – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Remind me to draft Salazar only in leagues that have xFIP as a category.

Cody Anderson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA up(!) to 0.76.  Hard to argue with the results so far, though if you put on a potato sack and stand on the side of the road while arguing with results, you could get on state disability.  At least that’s what my conspiracy theory uncle tells me.  I just gave you my Cody Anderson fantasy after his last gem.  Not much has changed except the the top of your head getting a little more sun.  Still having a hard time getting behind Anderson outside of very deep leagues.

Patrick Corbin – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks in his first start back.  Since we get a lot of people wanting to take on the risk of freshly un-DL’d starter, I’d rank them J-Fer, Corbin, Cain, Nova and Moore.  After J-Fer, they’re streamers in most mixed leagues, and the last four could flip-flop based on matchups.

Yasmany Tomas – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  For some reason, I’m reminded of Yasmine Bleeth, and now I’m trying to figure out how to take the Safe Search off my Google.

Troy Tulowitzki – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Also in this game, Carlos Gonzalez (3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 11th homer.  If they don’t each have 20 homers by the end of August, they’ll both be on the DL.  Or my name isn’t Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it).

Steven Matz – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.32.  Metz fans, I know you can hardly believe your luck, and are expecting the other shoe to drop, but remember, Matz already had Tommy John surgery.  There’s no reason to keep biting your nails.

Wilmer Flores – 4-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs as he hits cleanup.  He also had three hits on Saturday and three hits on Friday.  Meanwhile, the Mets are talking about trading for a middle infielder to replace him.  Oh, Mets.

Adrian Gonzalez – Hit on the hand by a pitch in the 1st inning and left the game.  That’s always a good sign (if you don’t own him).

Ervin Santana – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks in his first start back from suspension.  Ervin’s a bit different than the conglomerate of starters returning — Starters Inc. as overseen by Master P.  Ervin wasn’t hurt and has had a ton of time to get ready for his return.  He essentially had a three month spring training.  Sure, he likely spent most of that time playing video games and Googling “Where can I buy undetectable PEDs?” and “Can MLB check my search history?”  But he should be a decent number four to five fantasy starter in most mixed leagues and is the kind of starter that can pay off in deeper leagues.

Alex Gordon – 1-for-2 and his 10th homer, hitting .262.  Who’s more boring to own on a fantasy team — Alex Gordon or Chase Headley?  Equally yawnstipating?  Prolly.  The fact that Gordon is an All-Star is the number one reason fan voting should be stopped.  Number two reason is Alcides.  Number three is Lorenzo Cain.  Number four is Salvador Perez.  Number five is there is no number five.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 4.90, but has been more good than bad since he returned from injury.  So, I’m less Latos intolerant and more Latos tolerant as long as he doesn’t rob my ratios of their liberty.  I sound like Trump if Latos were Mexican.

Marcell Ozuna – Demoted to Triple-A.  Not a surprising move, the Marlins have a ton of options like that one guy who was good for a month a few years ago, and that other guy…whose name I forget.  Oh, and Ichiro!  Yeah, he was good about five years ago.  I get Ozuna wasn’t hitting, but demoting him is a bit harsh.  OZUNA will miss camaraderie of major league teammates.  OZUNA like Miami nightlife.  OZUNA sad.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-3 and his 8th steal and two homers (11, 12) on Saturday.  Rudy said to me on the phone recently that Bryant was due for one of those ten homers in fifteen days type runs.  I agree.  I wouldn’t be shocked if Bryant ends the season around 30 homers, and right now he’s only at 12.  Lots of power to come.

Jorge Soler – 0-for-3 as he returned from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “My hair is still dyed red, white and blue from laying in a tub of Jell-O shots, do I seem like I should be giving advice?”

Kyle Hendricks – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 3.82.  On the surface, Hendricks looks like a streamer, but he’s been pitching better than that for the whole season.  Not necessarily as good as an ace by any stretch of the imagination, but I like Hendricks, so, excuse me, while I kiss this guy.

Jason Motte – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 4th save, and his 3rd save since the last Cubs reliever has notched one.  Honestly (as if I’d lie to you; it’s not like I’m trying to sleep with you), I think Maddon named Motte the closer, but never used his outside voice, so we haven’t heard anything official.  It sure appears like he’s using Motte as his closer.  That’ll teach Rondon to put back the milk carton with only a drop of milk left, or whatever it was that pissed off Maddon.

Cesar Hernandez – 3-for-4, 1 run and two more steals (10, 11), and has eight steals in the last nine games.  Here’s what ESPN said about him (exclamation marks are mine), “Unfortunately, he lacks both power and speed (!!!), assets he would need to be fantasy relevant in all but the deepest fantasy leagues.”  The only thing that’s missing at the end of that quote is, “Beep….If you’re happy with this message, then press 1,” because they obviously phoned it in.

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.02.  After the game, Hamels said he would happily accept a trade to the Braves, because it’s the only team that would never trade for him.

Freddy Galvis – 2-for-5, 1 RBI and his 6th steal, hitting near-.450 in the last week.  Not a ton here, but definite short term hot schmotato.

Shelby Miller – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.07.  Random prediction that I’ll continually remind you of if it comes true but will forget it if it doesn’t.  Watch Miller get killed in one inning of the All-Star Game, then have a terrible 2nd half.  That’s right, I’m predicting he gets Atlee Hammaker’d!

Prince Fielder – 2-for-5 and his 13th homer.  Since I told you to sell him about a month ago, he’s hit three homers.  Incredibly (or not so incredibly depending on your expectation), he still has hit for around a .315 average.  Considering his BABIP is still about 50 points above where I think it should be, he’s still getting lucky.

Josh Hamilton – Strained his groin on Saturday.  When he returned on July 1st, I wrote, “Over/under for his next injury — ten days.  I’m taking the under.”  Pay me my money!  Hope Joey Gallo got a round trip ticket to Round Rock.  Pithy points!

Rougned Odor – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting near-.400 in the last week and has two homers and two steals in the last eight games.  Odor’s solid if you’re sniffing around for an MI.

Delino DeShields – 2-for-4, 2 runs.  I’d absolutely grab him since Hamilton’s on ice.  Shoot, bad choice of words.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer.  On a semi-related note, I’m surprised Pujols was never a spokesman for Charmin.  Where’s your gumption, Madison Ave?

C.J. Cron – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI and a home run on Saturday.  Don’t even have to ask, you know I looked to pick him up in multiple leagues.  I’m a Cron-Magnon man!

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer and 2nd in as many games.  Picture Dr. Frankenstein looking at Calhoun’s bat.  Now picture him screaming, “It’s alive!”

Hector Santiago – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.40.  “Relieving the All-Star Game starter, Keuchel, for the AL will be Hector Santiago,” as fans tune out of the All-Star Game and look at poor-taste GIFs made of Lebron not sure whether to kiss, hug or handshake Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPYs.

 
  1. paid for the house says:
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    Fair or foul:

    Give: Belt, Burns, Benoit, draft considerations

    Get: Encarnacion, Syndergaard

  2. richiespears says:
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    i got offered dee gordon for matz and gregerson. What do you think

  3. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    I have Corbin on the DL. Who should I drop, Graveman or T. Ross? Or drop Corbin?

  4. richiespears says:
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    i got offer Dee Gordon for Matz and Gregerson. what do you think?

  5. Pondfrogsplash says:
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    Grey! I just wanted to say thanks for another great piece. This looks like a ton of work to keep up everyday, but sure enjoy it. This site is the first thing i read everymorning for my fantasy and puns fix.

    • @Pondfrogsplash: I assumed Bryant killed him, and would be arrested and NA for the rest of the season. Buy, I read that wrong.

  6. Gareth says:
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    That Cesar Hernandez “NO SPEED” blurb from Espn was rediculous.

  7. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    1) Deshields or Burns? Thanks in advance.

    2) Check this bit of hyperbole from Rotoworld/Yahoo:

    “Advice: Bryant eradicated Marlins starter Jarred Cosart from this earth, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning and following it up with a grand slam in the second to drive Cosart from the mound.”

    Eradicated from this earth, headed for the showers, same thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: 1) Burns 2) Ha, sometimes I think their writers get bored and add in some crazy nonsense

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Grey: that’s a good thing though, it’s funny.

  8. Gareth says:
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    I Traded Carlos Carrasco in the rcl last night for Drew Storen and Glen Perkins.

    Thoughts?

    • Jason E. from the D says:
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      @Gareth: You traded a pitcher who will probably put up top 7 stats in the second half for two middling RP. Its fair only if you desperately need saves and have other SP

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Jason E. from the D: I think Carlos is the best player in the deal, but by no means are Perkins and Storen ‘middling’.

        • Gareth says:
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          @Mrs.Featherbottom: Context: I’m 20 saves behind the nearest guy, so it’s a trade based on needs. My other starters are Price, Scherzer and Kazmir.

          Carrasco is awesome, but Storen and Perkins are both $12 dollar salads. It’s not like I’m trading for Rodney and Axford.

          • Holden says:
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            @Gareth:
            That’s even worse, you’re barely going to make up 1 spot in the saves dept, and will probably lose tons of ground elsewhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gareth: You did what you had to do, you did give up the best player though

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: I was on the other end of that trade. With 136 saves, it was time to make a move. Gareth is in 1st, 17 points up, so I don’t think this move will end up hurting him (or me). I heard Carrasco was going to have a negative ERA the 2nd half like Buchholz. Currently I have a 2.99 ERA, which is only good for 10 pts, behind prospect Mike and Gareth. I am the defending champion, though, which I believe means something in the final standings.

        • Grey

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          Haha… It does mean something! I don’t think the trade is obscene, need to evaluate needs at a certain point

    • Chucky says:
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      Carrasco may be the most over hyped, over rated player in all baseball. If someone is willing to give you good value like that, “you make the deal Sonny”. When he’s on, he’s a 500 pitcher at best.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Gareth: why not ask this before the trade went off?

  9. Gareth says:
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    G3!

      • El Boss says:
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        @Grey: you sunk my battleship!!!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Gareth: it was G three out of 4 this time. choo choo broke it up.

  10. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    So much has changed since we last conversed. Please let me explain…

    a. In THAT ultra shallow league, I offered Harper straight up for Sale. Trade was accepted. With the trade my pitching consists of (in alpha order, CBS cares):

    SP Carrasco Cole Iwakuma Liriano McCullers Richards Salazar Sale Strasburg Wood
    RP Betances Jansen
    Around the horn: Vogt Rizzo Wong Davis Bogaerts
    Outfield: Marte Parra Trout with Abreu in the U

    I think the trade helps me, this should be enough to win that ultra shallow league, Stressbird’s trip to the DL notwithstanding. Hopefully it’s a brief stay on the DL, but oblique strains never turns out gr8! Please grade the trade!

    b. Hey, man! Only draft Salazar in leagues that have xFIP as a category. What, you asked us to remind you. Was watching the game! Salazar was in cruise control through 4 INN with a 3-run lead. Then the sky collapsed and suddenly the guy he owned (Harrison, 2Ks on 6 pitches) OWNED Salazar.

    c. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘I wonder how often coroners performing an autopsy crack each other up by saying, Look, I’m pulling a groin muscle.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

  11. Clint says:
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    So who’s you rather in a 12 team Roto keeper league while Stressbird’s out (and maybe more?): Gausman or Ervin?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Clint: If it’s a keeper you gotta go Gaus.

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:
        So will this Stressbird shituation be the first time January 2016 Grey follows the fantasy herd mentality & avoids him like the plague in next year’s rankings? I’d think this has to be the most challenging instance of forcing yourself to zig where everyone else zags especially when you could be facing drafting him again next year because of it.

        • Grey

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          I don’t think an oblique injury in July of 2015 affects his fantasy value in March of next year

          • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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            @Grey: random twits that only look at ERA for 2015 might though, even though the 2 starts he played while healthy were good.

  12. jacque jones says:
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    Great great stuff, per the norm…10tm redraft
    – Dropped fowler reluctantly to stash Inciarte AND less importantly to put soler on my bench.
    -Dropped Jace and Lindor for Aybar and Delino.
    Gray approved moves?
    And keeper question… 14tm what’s a reasonable return on stanton? Im buried due to injury..
    Burns/E. Rodriguez? Too much or not enough?..Hendricks/Rodriguez?.. stanton is pushing $60 next yr all guys I’d be getting are $5 keeps.

    Finding spot for sagnof tattoo. Not much room left to work with. If I go down side of my hand am I entitled to lifetime tron,son, dfsbot subscrpton? getting it regardless, not on face.
    Thanks as always love all yous guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jacque jones: Thanks! Moves sound fine…Those aren’t enough for Giancarlo… SAGNOF tattoo would do it for you!

  13. Colonel Angus says:
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    I’m still contemplating but I’ll ask you one more time. .. trade away Mad Bum for Frazier in a 12 team keeper league? That would leave me Price, Shields, Liriano, Hendricks and Rodon. My 1B now is Chris Carter. ….

  14. Natty Boh says:
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    You were on fire today! Loved the column.

  15. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Love a good Hamilton drug/alcohol shot. Keep em coming. (Hamilton: did someone say shots?)

    Grichuk or Soler ROS.

  16. Tigres says:
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    Save for Rodney. And that was first Sv opportunity for Ms in 2 weeks. Drop Smith for a streamer or just hold for now?

  17. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Not worth dropping Crawford for Hernandez, right?

  18. NBC says:
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    Who is your top two in this group? OPS, H2H league…

    Parra
    Eaton
    Holt
    Valbuena
    Melky
    Collabello
    Ethier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NBC: Parra, Melky, depends on needs

      • NBC says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Mostly looking for power etc.

  19. PB&J says:
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    Drop Souza for Cron, Uribe, or Laroche? I could really use a CI to fill in for Duda while he stinks out loud.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PB&J: Can try Cron

  20. Jollyroger says:
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    Devon Travis or Howie Kendrick ROS?

  21. goodfold2 says:
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    salvy actually deserves to be on all star team though, as he’s near top of defensive catchers, plays about as much as a catcher can and is also a top 7 hitting catcher each and every year (7th right now in player rater). voting on this is yet another reason why democracies always fail, it’s a good lesson for everybody right around 4th of july.

    pts league, 2 for steals, -1 for K’s, 1 for BB’s and 1 for each base (homer =4 and down to single = 1), also sac’s are worth 1. drop any of these for delino so i can keep streaming (it’s one of those leagues with NO negative pts for pitchers, so SP streaming about 5 a week is doable, and you can beat mostly any team by doing this if they don’t do this). also a keep 4 league and i am VERY glad i stashed correa for this purpose (also only league i have correa in, since i stashed in BN slot for nearly a month). i would have to drop one of byrd/plouffe/holt/paredes/eaton or calhoun to make him fit. If you don’t think he’s staring most days i should probably just drop delino.
    posey
    duda
    holt
    correa
    plouffe
    LF byrd
    CF eaton
    RF calhoun
    util ortiz
    BN paredes (counts at RF or util only)
    DL delino

  22. I will tell your Charmin joke to the wife, who will laugh. The only enjoyment she gets out of baseball is saying Pujols now and then and laughing. So she will definitely laugh at that joke.

    OK, here’s a middle infidel question. Out of the six, choose two for ROS: Travis, Lindor, Flores, N. Walker, C. Hernandez, S. Castro. Or is it just a matter of following the schmotato? 10 team 5×5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sherm: Ha, nice! Flores, Cesar, I’d schmotato

  23. AJ says:
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    Hey Grey which side you got? Kershaw/Beltre or Jose Fernandez/K Bryant Thanks!

    • Ron D. says:
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      @AJ: jo-fer bryant for the upside

    • AJ says:
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      @AJ: redraft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ: Kershaw, it’s fair

  24. BambooLounge says:
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    From the “You Miss All the Shots You Don’t Take” Dept:

    I cancelled my drop Corey Seager to add Miguel Sano waiver claim b/c I had the 11th priority and no FAAB and figured there was no point. Guess who is sitting on waivers right now (weekly lock, so no shot until next Sunday).

    Any chance Seager gets called up after the break to make me feel better? I don’t understand how the LA press isn’t killing the Dodgers every day for sticking with Rollins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BambooLounge: I don’t understand why the Dodgers would call him up

  25. your mom says:
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    Hey guys. 20 team h2h keeper league.. Was offered posey/aramis for my arrieta/c.allen… My team is:
    C- Hundley, 1b-morales, 2b-c.hernandez, 3b-beltre, ss-j.reyes,of- j.upton, marte, c.gomez, util-soler… Sp- strasburg/arrieta/liriano/hammel/milone rp-chapman/k.rod/allen/rodney/j.johnson..
    Should i take it? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @your mom: Your pitching would be a mess after this

  26. TacktheKack says:
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    Hey Grey, I only have 5 spots for these 6 starters, who is the odd man out?

    Arrieta (STL & CWS)
    Carrasco (HOU & OAK)
    Burnett (SD & STL)
    Walker (DET & LAA)
    Richards (@SEA)
    Matz (ARI)

    Thanks

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @TacktheKack: I’d look at the SON, but of the top of my noggin, I’d say Richards is the odd man out (your two-start SPs are good).

  27. Strolg says:
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    Your rap name- King G. First LP ‘Relaxing With Cougars’. Album cover is you laying by the pool in Palm Springs with real Cougars around you. Won’t be very big here in the states, but in Latin America it will be huge! You’ll be known as G Rey there and the LP ‘Relajante Con Las Pumas’.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Strolg: Can you manage my career?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Strolg: Please see my comment to the question right below for skills in action

      • Strolg says:
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        @Grey: with. Rhymes like that I’m all in

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Strolg says:
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            @Grey: I got you a gig at my buddy’s juice bar in Lambertville

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              When? Do I have to dress like an apple?

              • Strolg says:
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                @Grey: not a Jews bar, a Juice Bar

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, my bad!

                  • Strolg says:
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                    @Grey: Rapple

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is that my hype man’s name? I can work with that

  28. Lee says:
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    With Odorizzi coming back this week, who, if any, would you drop from him? McHugh, Wei-Yin Chen, Quintana, Bucholz, Bauer? I am thinking Qunitana, but would like to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

    • Ron D. says:
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      @Lee: quintana is solid id mchugh probly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lee: McHugh’s iffy, lose for Sniffy

      • Lee says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Greatly appreciated!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. Domenic Decocco says:
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    What should I do with Justin Upton? He sits on my bench in lieu of Blackmon or Pillar or Hot Schmotato. Will he wake up?

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Domenic Decocco: hes cold now but hitting 262 on the season with 14 hr, 48 rbi, 16 steals, at the halfway point. One of the best bats in the game to me…

      • Domenic Decocco says:
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        @Grey: Really? In his last 7 days, he’s at .111 with 1 run and 1 rsbi. You’d have to switch him out with someone in a weekly H2H league?

  30. danny almonte says:
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    Not a streamer but a ROS add.. Cody Anderson or Ervin?

  31. Timmah R says:
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    Lost Miggy in a 10 team H2H points league and have an offer for this trade. I have to do this right?

    I give K Bryant and Storen and I get Rizzo

    Totally yes right?

    • Timmah R says:
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      @Timmah R: side note, I have Donaldson as my 3B and my OF is Upton, Puig, CarGomez

      • Timmah R says:
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        @Grey: done and done, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. sniff test says:
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    Soler is off the dl…whom shall i drop? Sandoval, Carlos Santana, Xander or Segura? This is a keeper league. I had intended to drop Cesar Ondele Hernandez but he is swiping bags like a boss and I really need me some of that. I could also drop Soler but I invested a keeper pick on him.

  33. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Springer = DL
    Miggy = DL
    Strasburg = DL

    Kanye = DL? Probably. :)

    Matz = DTD

    My team is just falling apart.

      • Dangerfield 51 says:
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        @Grey:
        ESPN posted this after he pitched yesterday…what good are they???

        Matz said he felt some tightness in his left lat/arm during his first start, but he didn’t notice it during Sunday’s game against the Dodgers, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
        Spin: The tightness apparently wasn’t much of an issue, as Matz was brilliant in the second start of his career, striking out eight batters over six scoreless innings, with just two hits and two walks allowed. He even added another RBI, though he couldn’t match last weekend’s heroic 3-for-3, 4-RBI effort at the plate. The lat tightness is worth keeping an eye on, but Matz should be fine to make his final start before the All-Star break, scheduled for Sunday against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field.
        Breaking NewsSun, Jul 5

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, that doesn’t sound like anything

  34. Eric says:
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    ROS Hanley R, Syndergaard vs Bogaerts, AJ Ramos?

    ROS Iwakuma top … SP?

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Eric: Seriously? Hanley. It is not close.

      Iwakuma Top 30 ROS

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Eric: Hanley/Syndergaard and Iwakuma is tired. He’ll be back on the DL by the end of July.

  35. Scott says:
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    I know! I about died when I read ESPN’s blurb on Cesar.

  36. Paul says:
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    Milone home vs Jimenez or peavy home vs degrom

  37. Staff Infection says:
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    Would you do either Hughes or gio straight up for gausman? If both which would you prefer?

  38. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey! Ubaldo or Santiago ros? Thanks!

      • Ron D. says:
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        @Grey: definitely gotta go ubaldo look at the fip xfip and siera numbers… plus jimenez has pitched this well before, while he was calling coors home

  39. Paul says:
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    If Felix doubront plays tomorrow for Toronto against the white sox, would you recommend that as a stream?

  40. Laura says:
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    Thoughts on Lucas Duda ROS? The only points he’s getting me are negative. Is this just a slump or should I just cut ties and find someone else? 16 team H2H points league that counts every damn time he Ks. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Laura: Good buy low, I’d hold

      • Laura says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Much appreciated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. Db says:
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    Drop Hahn to add Corbin?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Db: No.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Db: Nah(n)

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey: haha

  42. Ron D. says:
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    would u trade Jo-Fer and Matz for Correa in a 10 team 6×6 OPS+K/9 H2H redraft?

    i already did it i just want some peer reviews..

    j.j. hardy wa.yfvytrcjvb f7..sorry i just threw up a little on my keyboard…

    jj hardy was my shortstop.. LOL

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Ron D.: I love all three players, if you didn’t need then pitching I’m down with it, though, it was a lot.

      • Ron D. says:
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        @SallyCips: i have kluber price harvey hammel buchholz and taijuan (also have kenley and aroldis) plus ive already traded away cueto and c-mart this season, SS was definitely a glaring weakness

        • Ron D. says:
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          @Ron D.: plus i held correa in my active shortstop slot for 2 weeks full of goose eggs before he got hurt and i thought it would delay his call up a couple weeks so i dropped him and he got called up like 2 days later and scooped up from right under my nose. so, needless to say, i had an empty burning pit in my stomach watching him produce like that and needed him on my team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron D.: Sounds fine for this year in a shallow league

  43. Phil of the Future says:
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    To my best bud,

    I was out all weekend. I come back this morning and look at your buy/sell, and well, you know what I saw. Let me just say I’m touched by the shout out. And thank you. Now please Chris go on a tear!!

    Hope you had a great holiday, G.

    Big matchup this week. Must win. All hands on deck.

    Oh, by the way. I picked up Gyorko again. Yup.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Phil of the Future: I’m SO close to going you on the Gyorko train.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: I was waiting for you, BB! Gyorko’s a boss and I don’t doubt he will make all of our dreams come true, or we will simply forget we ever had this convo

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, man got outta town early on Thursday and didn’t check until this morning. You made my Monday :)

        And we are in complete agreement on Gyorko. He’s going to save us. Send us right to the championship.

        And if not, this was all a dream and never happened.

        Should I start Delino over Leonys this week? I hate that it’s come to this, but I have to consider it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m glad I could! Nope, not a dream, as always we’re in agreement…. I’d start Delino

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Gyorko!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          GYORKO

  44. Danman says:
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    You like alcides escobar series against the rays and blue Jays or aybar @ rockies and @mariners

    Want to drop one to add Erod

  45. J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    UTIL spot. I dropped Paredes for Lind. Maybin is also out on the wire.

    Who do you like best out of the three?

    Thanks!

    • Ron D. says:
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      @J: lind unless u need steals

    • SallyCips says:
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      @J: Maybin is third there for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: Lind

  46. Marxo says:
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    Drop any of these guys for Corbin or odorizzi
    Hahn, Chavez, walker, Hammel, matz

  47. DancinHomer says:
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    Thanks again for the happy feels on a Monday morning. tough to get up and go to work but the daily Razzball helps!

    Just got a trade offer in my Roto league (Springer on DL):

    I get: C. Santana & Heyward (ESPN; Santana does not have C eligibility)
    I give: Syndergaard & Matz

    Current roster:
    c: Ramos
    1b: Abreu
    2b: D. Gordon
    ss: Bogaerts
    3b: Bryant
    mi: Russell
    ci: Arenado
    of: Harper, CarGo, Choo
    utl: Sano
    bn: Hosmer
    DL: Springer

    SP: Scherzer, Harvey, Arrieta, Liriano, Syndergaard, T. Walker, Matz, T. Ross
    RP: Allen, Robertson, Tolleson, W. Davis

    Scoring:
    Hit: H, R, HR, RBI, K, SB, AVG, OBP
    pitch: K, W, L, SV, BS, HD, ERA, WHIP

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DancinHomer: Meh, I don’t see where you need the bats

      • DancinHomer says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey.

        with Springer on the DL, would you counter with Matz OR Syndergaard for Heyward?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, Matz

  48. Chris says:
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    Sounds like Yo Ventura is coming back this week. Should he take anyone’s place? H2h Pts.
    Bumgarner
    Arrieta
    Carrasco
    Salazar
    Kazmir
    T. Walker
    Iwakuma
    McCullers
    Matz
    Gausman

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Chris: Gausman.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Chris: Iwakuma or Gausman

  49. Spyre says:
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    H2h Points league, my starting pitching is an inconsistent mess. Should I drop any of the below for Kevin Gausman now that he’s in the rotation? Also, who gets the drop when Yordano returns?

    Michael Pineda
    Trevor Bauer
    Garrett Richards
    Brett Anderson
    Colin McHugh
    Kendall Graveman
    Nathan Karns
    Patrick Corbin

    DL – Yordano Ventura

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Spyre: Graveman

      • Spyre says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop: Graveman is hard to drop, he’s been very good lately. Hes been the 12th best SP in the past 30 days according to my league settings. In the 9 starts since coming off DL, hes gone at least 5.2 IP, and given up 12 ER in 60.2 IP (1.78 ERA)…. The K rate is low (38K) , but its ok to live with since he’s been good otherwise

        You think Karns and Corbin are better ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spyre: Can lose Corbin

  50. scott steelers says:
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    Who would u rather have at 2nd. Howie, Turner, or Travis ROS. Also pick a streamer for tomorrow, gibsob, Velasquez, ray

  51. Moonlight Graham says:
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    Hi Grey,
    10 team H2H

    I’d like to put Ellsbury in my OF when he comes off the DL, who can I drop? Thanks

    Joc, Yelich, or Heyward

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Moonlight Graham: You have to drop one? Definitely not Joc. Coinflip between Yelich and Heyward. Tails. Cut Yelich.

      • Grillin & chillin says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop:

        You would have to be a moron to drop Joc, send Yelich packing. I wouldn’t be worried about cutting Yelich , if you wanted him in 3-4 weeks I bet he’d still be there to add, are you in a deep or a small league?

        • Grillin & chillin says:
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          @Grillin & chillin:

          Meant that for the original poster

          • Moonlight Graham says:
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            @Grillin & chillin: 10 teams. No, not really a moron, I know Joc is the keeper here. I just threw his name in to see what response I would get. Any thoughts on why the drop in lineup spot then, Grillin?

  52. Marzan says:
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    Streaming Rajai Davis, choo, and uribe this week. My normal outfielders are souza (dtd), yelich, upton, leonys, bruce, soler. A lot of tough matchups for those guys this week and not a lot of hitting recently.

    I want to add Erod to my rotation
    Carrasco
    Matz
    Thor
    Hendricks
    Fiers
    Ventura

    Axford, ziegler, Holland, parnell

    What move do I make to add Erod, Rajai, uribe, choo are projected for big weeks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marzan: Lose Leonys, Souza, Parnell…

  53. roger roger says:
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    My outfielders are Braun, Betts, Reddick, Maybin, Pillar and Yelich. If I need help at other positions, which of those would you try to unload? (Keeper league)

  54. Green monstah says:
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    Hey grey hope you had a great 4th!
    Here’s to another week of fantasy baseball, crazy it’s already week 14!

    In a h2h points league with a weekly roster lock which two pitchers who are two start pitchers are you adding & starting this week?

    -John lackey (@ Cubs & Lester, start 2 @ Pitt & Burnett.)

    – Brett Anderson (vs Phillies & billingsly, start 2 vs brew crew & lohse.)

    – Chris Heston (vs mets & niese, start 2 vs Phillies & billingsly.)

    – Andrew Heaney (@ Colorado & chad bettis, start 2 @ Seattle & taijuan Walker.)

    Keep syndergaard or drop for matz?

    Thanks grey!

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Green monstah: Anderson and Heston. Matz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Green monstah: Thanks! Heston, Anderson…I’d go Noah, him and Matz are a toss up

  55. SallyCips says:
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    I juggled trying to figure out if I wanted Odor or Cesar this week, but Cesar was an emperor, a great ghost, the Joker, and an amazing ape and Odor, well, an odor. Cesar and his three positions and lack of speed (!) won.

  56. Joe says:
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    Abreu, E5, Yoenis, and C.Davis may all be available if I’m willing to give up quality pitching. Who should I target first and what should I offer? (Note, E5, Yoenis, and Davis all have the same owner). [Insert flattery over Grey’s trade skills here.]

    5×5, 12-team, h2h yahoo.

    Roster:
    C – Perez, 1B – Bautista, 2B – Dozier, 3B – Arenado, SS – Desmond, OF – Puig, OF- Tomas, OF – Burns, Util – Duffy, Bench – Colabello, Moss, DL – Ellsbury

    SP – Kluber, Shields, Carrasco, Richards, Salazar, Quintana
    RP – Grilli, Soria, Allen, Gregerson, Miller
    DL – Strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Shields for Edwin, Abreu or Davis, that order

  57. Jake says:
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    In a standard, non-keeper…

    Would you drop Colabello for Parra, Melky, or Paredes?

    Would you drop Quintana for Gausman, Erasmo, or Heaney?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake: Paredes…. Erasmo

  58. Mac McMacinmac says:
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    Is it worth trying to get ozuna for cheap in a very deep league and stash him?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Mac McMacinmac: If on the cheap means wait till the manager drops him, then sure. Otherwise don’t give him the impression he is wanted or the price might be higher.

  59. edin says:
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    Brock Holt or Deshields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @edin: Deshields

  60. Jhan23 says:
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    Thanks in advance Grey
    ROS can you rank these guys
    Cesar Hernandez
    Brad Miller
    Wilmer Flores
    And since it’s Desmond I’m trying to replace I’ll throw his name in that bunch as well.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Jhan23: Bottom up with Desmond last.

      • SparkleShrimp says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for this thread, it’s helping me too…how bout if I add Semien, Ahmed and Eugenio Suarez in the mix…does the order change or do they get tacked on the end?

        • Grey

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          Tacked on end in that order

          • SparkleShrimp says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, nice username

  61. Dave says:
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    Drop Chavez to add Latos for ROS? Chavez hasnt been very good in his last few starts and looking at his game logs he has only done well against teams that haven’t seen him before. The AL West tees off on this kid and I’m losing faith. Grey, what are your thoughts? Thanks!

  62. SallyCips says:
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    Oh, so to follow up Friday’s addition of Stanton and Kershaw to my trading block, the ace was dealt.

    It made the guy I was talking with for a bit counter quickly and I accepted:

    I gave: Kershaw (sniff), Sally Perez, McGee, and Corey Seager (it’s a redraft, he’ll only fetch coffee this year for Mattingly’s stache)

    I got: Arenado, Carrasco, Boxberger, Wilson Ramos

    That helps plug the Stanton hole for now, though my staff is lacking in serious Ace-itude.

    Meanwhile, this is the only offer for Stanton I received: Heyward, Duffy, Giles for Stanton, Britt on

    Ha! No! In light of losing K-Shaw, definitely looking for an ace. Asked for Kluber and Granderson back.

    I made another offer as well my Stanton for Correa and Harvey.

    Thoughts on all that?

  63. Phil says:
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    12 team H2H league. 7×7 categories with standard ones + k/9 qs obp and slug. I got offered my Felix and Chris Davis for trout and karns. I know it’s hard to analyze without the full time but I’m looking to add RBIs and average. My pitching is below average but I stream for most of my 7 moves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Trout side

      • Phil says:
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        @Grey: Thanks appreciate the help.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  64. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Flores or Jace ROS?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Flores, not sure it’s close right now.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @SallyCips: How about throwing Gennett in the mix.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Chicken Dinner: be careful scooter will not play on tues, thurs, sat or sun due to either off day or lefties.

  65. John says:
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    Roto League with standard pitching categories and OBP and SLG instead of AVG and HR

    I was offered Scherzer for Pederson. Should I take it?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @John: OMG, I want to cry that I don’t play in a league where I’d ever be offered thatm . Yes of course, do it immediately before they cancel it!

      • John says:
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        @SallyCips: I should have mentioned that its a keeper league and I am already deep in pitching.

    • theone says:
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      @John:

      I would ask for more Scherzer who is in the middle of his prime and probably has about 3 more great yrs n him. Peteron’s contact rate is terrible. The kid is a hack and MLB pitchers are really smart. Once the avg starts to tank so will the BB%. The guy is a walk, HR or nothing and sooner tan later MLB pitchers will catch up to him and the slumps will get longer. Oh and lets not that hes only 6’1 85lbs so its not like hes the size of Bryant or a good ‘ol adam dunn. Where is Pedro Alvarez these days? don’t under estimate MLB pitching

      • theone says:
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        @theone:

        185lbs*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Meh, if you’re deep in pitching, don’t see the point

  66. FillyP says:
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    12t 7×7 H2H keeper
    OBP/XBH + QS/IP

    Was offered Ellsbury + Kendrick + 2016 7th Round for L. Cain + Kipnis + 8th Rounder.

    Any reason to consider this? Counter?

  67. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Got the need for speed in my UTIL spot and just picked up DeShields. An impatient owner simultaneously dropped Revere whom I could pick up manana. Which would be the better SAGNOF? Loving the J.D. Martinez inspired free style’s. Thanks.

  68. Steve says:
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    If Headley is yawnsitpating now, do you think he’s a buy-low for the 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Not in most leagues

  69. lb. sand says:
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    Bolsinger vs MIL 11.6
    or
    Chase Anderson @ NYM 3.6

    H2H pts.. thx

    • theone says:
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      @lb. sand:

      Mil has been hitting lately. I would go with Chase vs the sorry ass met hitterss

    • lb. sand says:
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      @lb. sand:
      Pls add/rank:
      Rubby @ NYM 11.5
      Corbin @ NYM 9.5

  70. Ryan Murphy says:
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    Mr. Grey aka FBL

    Should I given up my Noah Syndergaard keeper (18th round next year) for Edwin ? His wrist and other injuries scare me. Thoughts ?

  71. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Sano or Soler?

  72. Eric says:
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    Rank order ROS: Gausman, Erasmo, Cashner. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Erasmo, Gaus

  73. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Time to cut bait on Gregory Polanco? I know he has massive potential, but it just hasnt shown this year. With Marte out do you think that changes anything?

    Thanks!

  74. Blergball says:
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    Arrieta/Pedroia for Encarnacion/Souza?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Blergball: Love Arrieta, but Encarnacion side.

    • theone says:
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      @Blergball:

      It depends what the rest of your team looks like. If your hitting is stacked and you need SPs I would take Arrieta/Dustin in a heart beat

  75. theone says:
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    “Teams should send in Jim Abbott to talk to guys who want to go on the DL for a problem with their pinkie.”

    This shit had me dying!!!

    • theone says:
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      @theone:

      Btw have you ever watched Trailer Park Boys on netflicks? If you haven’t give it a peep lol

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Grey: it’s where this line come from (my name)

  76. ashtray says:
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    Traded for Miggy a week ago. Gave up Arrieta and Carlos Correa. It hurts. My entire squad of hitters has gone cold just to rub it in.

    I’d like to add Lind to help ease the pain. Who’s the drop:

    C-Santana
    1-Rizzo
    2-Panik
    3-Arenado
    S-Zobrist
    O-Brantley
    O-Pederson
    O-Maybin
    U-Sano
    U-Betts

    SP-Carrasco/ Richards/ Salazar/ Chen/ Burnett/ Heston/ Syndergaard/ Brett Anderson/ Matz

    RP-Britton/ Rosenthal/ Ramos/ Carson Smith

    12 team h2h 7×7

    • theone says:
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      @ashtray:

      Maybin and move Betts to OF

      • ashtray says:
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        @Grey: Betts can plug in to 2B as well. In that case would you still lose Maybin or Panik?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Panik

  77. Ron says:
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    Looking at my current pitching staff and the guys on the WW, would you make any swaps?

    My SP’s: Gray, Arrieta, Carrasco, Pineda, Keuchel, Kazmir, Fiers, Noah, Matz, Odorizzi (DL)

    Waivers: E. Santana, Cody, Hendricks, Eduardo, Ventura, Hahn, Buerhle

    Thanks!

    • theone says:
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      @Ron:

      pretty nice staff. Fiers would be ony guy I would consider dropping for Ervin, Ventura, Hahn when hes pitching at home and if you like to ride hot streaks Buerhle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Agree with theone

  78. SallyCips says:
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    I said goodbye to Ozuna and now Desmond in the last few days. The latter and my Kershaw trade made me realize I’ve gotten rid of the entire haul from an earlier trade where I received Kershaw, Perez, Blackmon, Desmond, and Eovaldi. I turn over my roster so much, it’s ridiculous. I think I may begin writing about my exploits in rosterbation!

  79. Scott says:
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    Cesar’s stats look very similar to Gose’s, with 63 less at-bats.

  80. Scott says:
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    Remember when Chris Parmelee was a thing? Yeah, me neither.

  81. Scott says:
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    3 games of Justin Smoak is better than 6 of Adam Jones, fer sure!

  82. Dommattingly says:
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    Really need an OF and have too many 3Bs. Seem to be in a trade hating league. would you drop AROD, Turner, or Moose for Marlon Byrd? Thanks man

  83. JoeG says:
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    Congratulations to the U.S.A. Women’s National Soccer Team.

    Today’s Batty Call ? Please pick two :
    J.Loney @ KC -Volquez
    Sizemore @ KC
    Y.Alonso @ Pitt-Burnett
    O.Herrera @LAD – Surkamp
    C.Robinson vs Cin – DeSclafani

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG: The USAWNTST?!

      Clint, Sizemore is how I went

      • JoeG says:
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        @Grey:
        World Cup winners yesterday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I didn’t know there was a World Cup going on

          • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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            @Grey: do they drink out of it like the stanley cup?

  84. danny says:
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    10 teamer, h2h 6×6 obp

    ROS: Aybar, Travis, Neil Walker, Sano, Holt, Flores

    I have Duffy and B Phillips rostered, do I switch either one or both for the above?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @danny: Sano, Walker, sure lose BP

  85. Ron says:
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    H2H Points League with -1 for K’s. Can you rank the top 3 in order for ROS?

    Burns, Cesar, Tomas, N. Walker, Yelich, D. Travis, Span, Franco

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Burns, Yelich, Franco

      • Ron says:
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        @Grey: ok sounds good. To add to that, where would Josh Harrison slot in that mix of Burns, Yelich and Franco? Is he the 2nd best of that grouping?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Last

          • Ron says:
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            @Grey: That’s surprising but extremely helpful.

  86. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Hey Gr~ey,

    So if you were a complete idiot, like myself, and dropped Roberto Osuna by accident, instead of Steve Delabar, how many waiver wire dollars would you spend to get him back? I currently have the lowest amount of $42, and the next lowest team’s budget is $85.

    Also which side…
    Kluber (9th round keeper)
    vs
    Lance McCullers (12th round keeper)
    Maikel Franco (12th round keeper)

    Just lost Springer and Miggy this week, so looking for a bat.

    Thanks as always!

  87. sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points keeper

    Staff is scherzer, Arrieta, carrasco,
    g. Richards, Teheran,
    mike Montgomery…..
    Roll with Montgomery still or grab Ervin Santana instead?

    Thanks!

  88. Cjwynes says:
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    I need somebody to fill in for Miggy at 3rd in my Yahoo 5×5 league. I have Sandoval at CI now, and Plouffe left over from a batty call last week. Schoop is available as is the new kid Sano in Minnesota. Sano’s SS eligibility is ok for maximizing my GP every day since I’m thin there but my league has plenty of serviceable SS on waivers every day. I could also just shuffle some things around and grab a 1b for my CI spot, but all the 1b in waivers are guys hitting .225 like Brandon Moss or Ryan Howard.

  89. Griff says:
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    Grey,
    Speculating on future saves for ROS. Who is the better pick up: Will Smith or J.J Hoover?

  90. Relsh says:
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    Streamonator likes Hisashi this week, confident in putting him out? (Alternates would be Phil Hughes, Tyson Ross, Drew Hutchinson, CJ Wilson)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Relsh: I don’t know their matchups

  91. Gregjeffries says:
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    I’m a huge Cron-Magnon man myself. Who do you like better at 1B ROS – Cron, Howard, Morrison?

  92. Hello Grey,

    All these questions are for two deep-ish redraft roto leagues, where the biggest need is power.

    Let me start out with a catcher question, to get you in the mood: who’s your pick ROS between Wieters, Castillo, Flowers?

    Non-catcher questions:

    –Castro or Andrus at SS?
    –Following your buy recommendation on Carlos Santana, is Rajai a fair price?
    –I need to hold onto both Miggy and Freeman in a deep league, right?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Wieters… Starlin…I’d sell Rajai for Carlos…I’d hold onto Miggy and Freeman

  93. dom says:
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    will Mike “screw your scouting reports” Scioscia play Cron this series in Colorado? Stream him or Pham (double header) tomorrow?

    hold/drop Souza in 12 team OPS league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dom: I hope so…Cron…Can drop Souza

  94. Carnac says:
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    Reminder: Atlee Hammaker is Yan Gomes’ father in law.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac: And he changed his name to @lee

  95. david says:
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    Great stuff as always!

    I’m looking to fill my utility spot in my 12 team weekly H2h league. (No negative pts for Ks)

    Who’s the best out of these?
    Cesar Hernandez, Byrd, Wonder Tommy Pham, Devon Travis, CJ Cron?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @david: Depends on needs…. Byrd

  96. hankp101 says:
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    Lindor or Markakis for a util bat ROS in a 5×5?

  97. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Do you like Iwakuma or Corbin more than any of these pitches for ROTO purposes going forward: Richards, Kazmir, Chavez?

    My staff is somewhat solid right now, but ERA is still my team’s main bugaboo.

    Thanks.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        Thanks, Grey. What are you thoughts on trying to buy Puig?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Price would have to be pretty cheap

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            How about trying to get an owner of a bad team in a keeper league to flip him for Sano and another piece?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t know who him is

              • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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                @Grey: Sorry, meant Puig.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Sano

  98. Reid says:
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    Out of the upcoming pitching group, who would you drop in order to replace with one of these guys? Forsythe, Walker, or Murphy for 2B/MI help/depth.

    Rodon, Matz, T Walker, Wood, Gausman, Hughes or T. Ross?

    Lastly, do you like Eduardo over any of these gentlemen?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Reid: E-Rod over Gausman….

      • Reid says:
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        @Grey: Would you drop anyone from that pitching staff for Forsythe, N. Walker, or Murphy to have depth at 2B? Have Dee Gordon at 2B.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You need a backup 2nd baseman? Rodon is your drop, Logan is best from those choices

          • Reid says:
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            @Grey: Don’t need one. Wanted to ask your opinion on if you think I need a back up 2B

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t back up Gordon

  99. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Would you drop Clippard, Osuna or Axford for Motte, or hold?

  100. Groovy says:
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    Yahoo 12 team, daily, unlimited transactions, 6×5 (OPS), 1300 IP Limit, 157 starts at positions

    C Perez
    1 Rizzo
    SS Reyes
    2 Kinsler
    3 Machado
    OF Trout, Braun, JD Martinez
    Ut VMart
    Bench J. Pederson, Sano (3b and ss)
    DL Iwakuma
    SP Kershaw, Zimmerman, Carasco, Ventura, Ross, A. Sanchez
    RP Tolleson, Familia, Ramos, Osuna, Motte

    Desmond hit the wire, drop Sano for him? Drop a pitcher for Iwakuma or drop Iwakuma? I also am not liking Kinsler, find a way to add Odor?

    • theone says:
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      @Groovy:

      Yeah I would drop Sano and pick up desmond. You already have power in Pederson and you can NEVER trust Jose Reyes. You are going to be upset if that chump gets hurt and you never picked up Desmond. Desmond will show up for at least a month and you need to have every corner covered down the stretch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Groovy: : Agree with theone

  101. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    panik or desmond ROS?

  102. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Delino or Odor?

  103. Filkarri says:
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    Which side? B Hamilton and VMart for Correa. Thanks, Grey.

    • theone says:
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      @Filkarri:

      Correa and its easy. Damn that kid is the man. Next best thing in baseball at SS position.

  104. thomas says:
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    I got Khris Davis as my 5th OF but I am afraid he might end up in a platoon with Parra hitting so well.

    I am looking at some replacements while I leave KD in the DL spot.

    Avisail Garcia
    Adam Eaton
    Curtis Granderson
    Delion DeShields
    Michael A Taylor

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thomas: Avisail, depends on needs

  105. henncoop says:
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    I am in a salary cap league (early season itch …never again) with Stanton, Springer, & Stras all on the DL. Any hope or reason to hold on to any of them considering limited moves during the season?? Starting to think especially with wrist injuries on power bats ….I should cut them loose & Stras is one injury after the other.

  106. J-FOH says:
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    Thank you Rudy for such a beautiful title. It doesn’t bring miggy back but helps me cope a little more without him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: And A-Gon’s hurt too

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: it’s just a bruise.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Riiiiiii….ght

  107. endershadow says:
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    14 team dynasty 6×6 OPS.

    Send Chris Carter and Matt Duffy for David Ortiz and Axford? Tied for 2nd and I have pretty good MI depth. Thanks

  108. GJH says:
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    Grey,
    Would you be starting Iwakuma this week? Streamonator actually likes him for at least his start today, but I am benching the likes of Martinez, Buchholz, Santana and Gausman over him. I would be interested in your thoughts.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GJH: I don’t know who any of them are facing

      • GJH says:
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        @Grey: Iwakuma is at home against Detroit and Anaheim. I didn’t want to take up all of your time with the other SP’s opponents, but here they are:

        Martinez at Pittsburgh
        Buchholz against NYY
        Santana against Detroit
        Gausman at Minn

        Thanks much Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Takes up more time listing names and having me ask for opponents… Iwakuma, Clay, Santana, I’d follow what SON likely thinks

          • GJH says:
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            @Grey: Thanks much Grey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  109. Grey – I know Carlos Santana was the lede for last week’s “Buy” column but would you drop him for Justin Turner?

    Or what if I drop Duda, Austin Jackson or A. Garcia to add Turner?

    Thanks man

  110. Grillin & chillin says:
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    Howdy grey!

    H2h pts/weekly lock, drop either Josh reddick or trumbo or both for the following for depth; Marlon Byrd, miquel sano, Mitch Moreland, gerrardo parra, denard span, soler, melky Cabrera, Trevor plouffe or Neil Walker.

    My team:

    C- Vogt

    1b- Edwin encarncion

    2b- howie Kendrick

    3b- Todd Frazier

    SS- Hanley Ramirez

    IF- Kris Bryant

    OF(we start 4)
    Harper, puig, joc pederson & Jay Bruce

    DH: Carlos Santana

    Utility: Carlos correa

    Bench: maikel Franco , trumbo & reddick.

    – I know sano is listed as 3b here on ESPN but I read he’s been the primary DH so he should be eligible for DH too

    Do you like Carlos Santana at DH this week or bench him only if I add Moreland?

    Thanks man!

  111. The Big Yabu says:
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    SON continues to love Bolsinger (next start vs. Mil, valued at 11.8), but it looks to me like his deal with the devil has expired — even the Mess hit him hard. Continue to hold? Best available SP on waivers is Tommy Milone (next start vs. Bal, SON says 4.8).

    Thanks!

  112. Smell The Glove says:
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    Drop Matt Moore for Yordano Ventura?

  113. Rod says:
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    I have to drop either Eduardo Rodriguez or Matt Moore to make room for Jose Fernandez on Wednesday. Standard 10 team league. Who gets the boot? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rod: Moore

  114. Jamoke says:
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    Matz and McCullers for Joc Pederson. Roto keeper league.

    Fills needs for both sides, but which side do you like and is it close?

  115. Eric says:
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    ROS: Is Bogaerts a significant upgrade over Aybar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Not really

  116. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. who do you like better this week?

    rosario – 3 vs laa, 3 vs atl
    ramos – 3 vs cin, 3 @ bal

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilin in Coors

  117. The Great Knoche says:
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    Just a cool stat from yesterday don’t know if anyone mentioned, but it was the 1st time in 9 years Ortiz had played 1st Base at Fenway yesterday.

    It was also the 1st time in Red Sox History that a 1B failed to record a Putout.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Nice

  118. AJ says:
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    Hey Grey what side u like best? Kershaw/Beltre or Abreu/Springer? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw

  119. Mark says:
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    Mixed, year long points league…

    Drop Corbin for Gausman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  120. Thomas says:
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    Does Cesar Hernandez and DeShields have the ability to stay in the starting lineup and keep up the SBs? I kind of want to pair them with Billy Hamilton to win my SB cat every week. Just don’t see future playing time no neither.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cesar will be dropped once Utley returns

    • Thomas says:
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      @Thomas:

      Just saw Wilmer Flores was dropped, been having Sano play for Desmond lately.

      Is Flores a good option for SS?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d want Sano

  121. jay says:
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    Two start Velasquez or one start Salazar this week in a points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea of matchups

  122. Dave says:
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    12 team H2H yahoo standard league
    Is Desmond worth a #1 waiver claim or should I wait for someone better? My current shortstop is Segura. I guess the real question is do you think Desmond could have a huge 2nd half or will he continue to disappoint?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  123. Defectors says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Looking for a little help on how to fill in a few gaps and possibly make some upgrades. This is a 10 team 5×6 (comish messed up) where OPS, NSB, K9, and NSVH count.

    C-empty
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Walker
    3B – The Torenado
    SS – Sano
    OF – Cespedes
    OF – Puig
    OF – Burns
    UTL – Beltre, Kemp, Burns
    BN – Young Joc
    DL – Pedroia, Dickerson

    SP – Greinke, Sale, McCullers, J Zimm, Ross, JFer, Corbin, E Santana, WY Chen
    RP – Familia, Rosenthal, Uehara, Tolleson, Allen

    I plan on picking up Wilson Ramos, but I wanted to grab Ervin this morning so I punted catcher. I also added Walker, but Travis is still available. Just traded Kipnis, Wood, and Gray for: JFer, Sale, and J Zimm.

    Drop Kemp for Byrd? I need to get rid of an SP, who do you like least out of: Corbin, E Santana, WY Chen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Kemp, lose Corbin

      • Defectors says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!! Also, rest of the way, who do you like: Walker, Travis, Pedroia, Rendon (he’s available)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pedroia

  124. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Last one.

    Scooter or Gyroko?

    seriously.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter

  125. Jerry says:
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    Grey, how about Santiago, Heston, Ervin or Gausman rest of season? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santiago, Ervin, Gausman

  126. Jon says:
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    Keeper league (where we keep 18): trade Betts for Odor + McCullers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  127. Phoenix Rising says:
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    Grey the almighty,

    11 team 5×5 roto (redraft)…leading most cat’s in hitting…struggling with pitching… would you send kris bryant for arrieta? Or should there be more involved? Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, get cheaper pitching

  128. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Nice write up dude! Ever watch Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares? Hilarious stuff. My new late night Netflix show. I honestly think he is/was the funniest person on televsion, sans Amy Schumer.
    My team is looking like a lock for the playoffs, and I’ve built an extremely power-heavy offense, but my pitching is a tad worrisome.
    Would you consider trading Jones for Pineada and Jay Bruce?
    Current SPs – MadBum, Carrasco, Chen, Iwakuma, ERod, Matz, Ventura, Kyle H.
    OF: Jones, CarGo, HanRam, Tomas, Betts, Krush (B) Stanton (DL).

    Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! The best Kitchen Nightmares I ever saw took place by my place in LA… Burger Kitchen, I believe it was called… Definitely search for it…I’d take Pineda and Bruce, but I think you should do better with Jones… Like him straight up for a Arrieta type

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Will do! I’ve found Ramsey to provide endless entertainment. I’ve also been hooked on this super stupid show called “A Haunting”, which is a bunch of goofball actors reenacting people being haunte by like mummies. Its a true riot. If I wasn’t getting a PhD I’d become a reenactment actor (see my work as George Bluth in New Warden). I’ll try for Arrieta! Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why can’t you become a PhD and a reenactment actor?

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: Touche’ – There are actually dozens of us (archaeologist types) who do ‘experiential archaeology’ – meaning they are professional LARPers. Not my ball of hash.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You should do pop culture archaeology and try to unearth the poodle skirt that Laverne and Shirley wore in Milwaukee…Actually, now that I wrote that out, those exist and they’re American Pickers, another quality show on History channel

              • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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                @Grey: My calves would look nice in a poodle skirt.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not to take anything away, but whose wouldn’t?

                  • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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                    @Grey: Haha

  129. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – as someone who just lost Miggy, Springer, and possibly Marte, would you roll with Sano (on my roster) or Franco or Lind (just hit waivers) in an OBP league?

    Given that Santana starred in Friday’s BUY, I’m guessing you wouldn’t drop him to keep Sano or Franco?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind, Franco… I wouldn’t drop Carlos

  130. Eric says:
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    Offered Carlos Santana for Cesar Hernandez. You think Slamtana is going to turn his season around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Carlos

  131. Random Collmenter says:
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    Dare to start Iwakuma this week (vs. Detroit, vs. Angels)? Could also play it safe(r) with Axford.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Axford

  132. FrankGrimes says:
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    Mmm…hashish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  133. Jon says:
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    Would you deal Polanco for either Odor or McCullers in a keep-18 league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  134. sniff test says:
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    In the ever changing world of SP. Would you roster any of these over Salazar ROS: Tijuan, Iwakuma, Corbin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  135. KCC26 says:
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    Hey Grey! Got offered Pence or Belt (now Of-eligible in Yahoo) for Salazar. (6 x 6, 12 team)

    Currently starting Bautista, Maybin, Parra, and Colabello in the OF with Dickerson on the DL.

    SP:
    Kluber
    Pineda
    Salazar
    Hammel
    Iwakuma
    Buchholz
    Fiers
    C. Young
    Graveman

    What do you think? Thanks for the input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Pence, it’s fair, sounds good for your team

  136. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    well i had miguel and im scrambling for help…..Bour Cron Melky ROS and I need answers!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Bour

      • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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        @Grey: I cant believe he was available…Im going to add him, and then do u think Crawford has any value? could I trade him and get something in return?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Brandon? Sure

      • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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        @Grey: Would you drop Paredes for Melky? ROS

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

          • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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            @Grey: The streamer ROS hated Paredes, prob bc of the BABIP, melky at 260 now, Hrs last few, batting up in lineup, would you drop Wei Yin Chen after his start today to add ? What do you think Crawford could yield in a return trade

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t drop Chen

  137. Sir says:
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    Let me preface this by saying I know Justin Verlander and Matt Cain suck. Having said that, I need to decide whether to drop Matt Cain strait up off the DL ( I have not activated him yet as I haven’t needed him but now need the spot), drop Verlander and activate Cain or drop a struggling Jesse Chavez for Cain? 16 team Head to head league so there isn’t any better options on the waiver wire right now either. Advice is mucho appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Verlander

  138. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Don’t be so hard on yourself, Grey. You counted to 8. That’s 60% higher, or as my niece would say *holds up 3 fingers* “This many more.” I almost picked up Pillar from LongBall Derby, but took Kemp instead. Probably a bad choice, I know.

    What are your thoughts on offering Dickerson and Wily for one of Lynn, A. Wood or Matz? None of the 3 would be kept. However, another SP now would help out a ton. My plan would be to then pick up Morse or Lagares so that I have immediate help in the OF. Either bat is better than no stats. I could also pick up Prado after AS break for either. Eventually I hope to pick up Peraza ($2) as a possible keeper. I also have Maybin, so I may need to get him as replacement.

    Holliday for Dickerson is still on the table, and I know that a healthy Holliday provides so much more fantasy value than any of the hitters listed while Wily will be an innings eater with average ratios. However, I need guys that play now in H2H. Once I get past my next 3 match ups it’s smooth sailing barring any serious injuries, and the PLUS Arm will be better for me than the PLUS Bat when it comes time to play the top 2 teams again.

    Do you see the value of one of: Lynn/Matz/Wood and Morse/Lagares/Prado over Wily/Holliday considering it gives me immediate help and the PLUS Arm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! I’d take Lynn or Wood or Matz, in that order

      • Pugs&Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Nice! Would a $7 CMART rank just ahead of or behind Lynn?
        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ahead, barely

          • Pugs&Slugs says:
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            @Grey: I’m assuming it’s the Keeper value that pushes him ahead. Thanks!!!

          • Pugs&Slugs says:
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            @Pugs&Slugs: @Grey:
            Alright Grey,
            Here are the three offers that I can do. Dickerson for:
            1) Heyward
            2) A. Wood
            3) Holliday

            I think Heyward is the one I like most, but the extra arm is nice.
            Here are the Pitching Staffs I will face the next three weeks. Every point from here on out counts in Pitching. I need Ks and a shot at Ws.:
            Team A: MadBum, GIO, Wacha, Niese, Kennedy, Rusin, Vogelsong, J.DeLaRosa (no CL)
            Team B: (10-Day matchup) Cueto, Hamels, Hammel, Corbin, Haren, Banuelos, J.Ross (2 CL)
            Team C: Greinke, Syndergaard, A.Wood, Matz, Teheran, DeSclafani, C.Anderson, Morton, Wada, and Beachy. He has no CL

            Here’s my current team:
            Ca Castillo
            1B Goldschmidt (42)
            2B Wong (14)
            3B Franco (2)
            SS Kang (5)
            INF Flores (5)
            OF Pollock (12)
            OF Dickerson (16)
            OF Maybin
            OF Bruce (30)
            Util. Gennett (7)
            B Myers (20)

            CL Chapman (20)
            CL Melancon (11)
            CL Jansen (18)
            RP Ziegler (1)
            SP Cole (18)
            SP Shields (30)
            SP Arrieta (27)
            SP Hendricks (2)
            SP Heston
            B Peavy (7)
            B W.Peralta (9)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Take Heyward

              • Pugs&Slugs says:
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                @Grey: Cool, Thanks!!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  139. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    is jason hammel the new “Adverb”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I know, right?

  140. henncoop says:
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    SP dilemma for the week. SON likes Milone by a tad.
    Choose 1 of these options:
    Milone vs Bal
    Wacha @ CHC
    McHugh @ Cle
    C Anderson @ NYM

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha

  141. Warren says:
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    Hittertron is still low on Icarlos and high on El Grande Dolor. Start 2 of three this week:

    Tulo – 6 games in Coors
    Abreu – 7 games vs Tor and at Cubs
    Correa – 7 games at Cle and TB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tulo, Correa

  142. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh Great Grey:

    Zimmerman @ Balt or
    Matz home against the Dbacks this week???
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz

  143. thesportsguy says:
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    10 Team AL 5×5 please rank

    Buehrle
    Nova
    E. Ramirez
    E Santana
    Shoemaker
    Simon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ervin, Erasmo, Shoe

      • thesportsguy says:
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        Where would Chavez or Hahn fit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          First two

          • thesportsguy says:
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            Headley for Buerhle

            or

            Choo for Santana?

            Id be getting the pitcher…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ervin one is fine

  144. Jack says:
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    Bruce or Deshields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce

  145. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. still looking to add an OF to replace giancarlo. my volquez for tomas seem fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, Yasmany side

  146. los locos says:
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    Grey, the guy I place this week has 9 starters: how do I deal with that? My team was on a role the last 3 weeks and now 2 games out of first with 4 weeks left. This a 10 team keeper league, K/9, QS, WHIP, ERA SV.

    Carrasco
    Kluber
    Keuchel
    Hammel
    Iwakuna

    vs my Bauer, Kershaw, Salazar, Chavez and Fiers one start. I also own Hendricks and Strausburg who on DL. Hughes is the only guys with 2 starts on waivers.

    The hitting matchup I will post later today, not sure if I should start Hosmer this week or Gordon… guys like D Peralta and Ethier on my wiavers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Win hitting? Try to win K/9, ERA and WHIP with fewest starts possible?

  147. Greyismyhero says:
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    Drop C. Anderson or Velazquez for E. Rodriguez? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Velasquez though I don’t know matchups

  148. Jimmy Suitcase says:
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    Jesse Chavez droppable for Motte? Could use help in the saves category.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  149. Jack says:
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    D. Norris or Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilin at home

  150. Jack says:
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    Turner or Sano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Jack: WTF kind of league are those two available at the same time by this point? an 8, maybe a 10 with unactive owners.

  151. Ryan says:
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    Odorizzi or Taijuan? Who do you like long term and why in a dynasty league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  152. The Great Knoche says:
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    Who is Erik Surkamp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guy you went to high school with?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: I guess, he is starting for Dodgers tonight. Don’t remember his arm being that good.

        Cram is the one with all the Al Bundy high school stories.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! True… Eric Surkamp, he’s a fill-in starter

  153. Ryan says:
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    Who do you like long term and why in a dynasty league…taijuan or odorizzi?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Ryan: walker much higher upside, he was a top 10 overall prospect just last year, odorizzi was never close to that.

  154. los locos says:
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    Grey, the hitters I am playing this week.

    Vogt
    Encarsion
    Kipnis
    Frazier
    Zobrist
    Bautisa
    Upton J
    Blackmon
    Jones A

    vs my team
    Martin
    Fielder
    LaMienau
    Arenado
    Hanley
    Brantley
    JDMart
    CarGo
    Hosmer

    On waiver, Byrd, Garcia, Ethier Y Escobar and Garcia who are pretty much matchup guys. Ether goes get righties and Phillies Brewers at home this week. My bench guys are Duda, Lindor, Pence DL Gordon A Buxton DL. Any guys worth moving?

    Again, 10 team keeper league OBP, SB HR, RBI AND R

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ethier over Lindor

  155. ebudz says:
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    Hey Grey long time no comment/question asked…

    Quick streaming question:

    In my H2H points league would you start Hughes vs. BAL tonight (10.4) ?

    Got no pitchers going tonight otherwise so any points are better than zero.. just don’t want a negative output!

    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Would you start any of these streamers tomorrow?

        B. Anderson vs. PHI (20.6)
        R. Ray @TEX (-0.3)
        Lyons @CHN (-2.5)
        Gausman @MIN (-6.2)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, all of them in some leagues… In that order, Anderson definitely

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: Yeah I was considering these guys in my same H2H Points league but grabbed Anderson already! Thanks again brotha man!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  156. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Hey Grey nice beat down of Tex. by LAA. right before they head to Coors. Grabbed Freese and Aybar was going to grab Cron except i don’t see him getting anything but 1 ab a game and Friday they head to Sea. to face Felix. With off day today idk if Cron can stay hot with almost a week off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope you’re wrong, but you’re likely right

  157. jacque jones says:
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    Haha sweet I was partially joking about the lifetime subscription in exchange for the sagnof tattoo, im getting it anyway ..but now I’ll speed up the procrss down the side of my right hand that’s visible..next Wednesday or friday, some fancy cursive.
    I believe in the art of sagnof….consider it done. You’ve answered a million questions(Even catcher questions for me, it’s the least I can do).
    Will send pics via Twitter to Sky or J-foh. Or whom ever other razz-writer follows me then you guys can laugh at my extremely impulsive behavior.
    Good day sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You better now!

  158. JoeG says:
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    Mixed daily roto 6×6 extra hitter : Please pick two.
    Grichuk , Bour , Cron ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Cron

  159. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I caught an episode of True Detective while I was staying a hotel last week. Never seen it before. My primary response was that it seemed well done. I did have a strong sense that stylistically it was heavily influenced by The Sopranos and also by Michael Mann. Visually all the filtering and the shot composition seemed very MM to me. The episode construction and how it seemed to be staged as both a stand alone and in the context of the long narrative was very Sopranos as was the soundtrack. Put it more in the well executed than the groundbreaking. Also, I’m not wild about any of the three leads and the performances I saw. Vaughn it’s hard to escape the “hey wacky guy is doing serious” vibe. CF is just weird. Maybe there always in the background a faint hint that his American accent is fake. McAdams is very wooden. She was horrifyingly bad in that last Seymore Hoffman spy flick. Still I’m sure it’s been a fun follow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1st season was better with Woody Harrelson and Matthew I’m-Kinda-Gay… Stylistically wishes it was Mann, I think… This season feels like a bad thriller, kinda like Reindeer Games…It feels like LA as seen through the eyes of other movies that have done LA better…. Not sure what episode you saw, but they’ve been uneven, if you saw last night’s…The scene at the mayor’s house felt like it was from another show entirely… Last Seymour Hoffman flick wasn’t bad, felt very John le Carre-ish….

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        The episode I saw I can’t really say without adding a huge spoiler but it had what seemed to be a very significant turn of events. I think with Mann all that heavy filtering was a way to capture the noir light and atmosphere while shooting in color rather than B&W. Your LA comment is pretty inline with my take. Kind of a neo-noir that is more derivative than it is homage or original

        The Hoffman movie was memorable and impactful at the end but also quite uneven. Hoffman was acting circles, ovals and hexagons around everybody else in the cast.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I agree, derivative is my feeling…Sounds like you saw the 2nd episode… Hoffman was a genius, if you ever find yourself looking for a movie to see, check out: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, small PSH movie that not many saw that is terrific

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I will. I still don’t have a TV or a Netflix account but now I have a GF who does.

            Also, saw Inside Out of the weekend. Found it completely charming.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I heard great things about Inside Out, I might check it out and usually stay away from animation

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: thats what weed is for…oh and great call on Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, I also liked him in Owning Mahoney, very underwatched. His character in Along Came Polly made that whole movie watchable

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Agreed on both too

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Also, Stras is one of two guys I’ve added to my probably never draft again list this year along with Trumbo.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        They’ve both really disappointed me…Trumbo more so…I think Stras might be a discount next year

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          He’s taken on a Mark Priorish feel to me all of a sudden. Inverted W (still not sure why it isn’t just an M) and mechanical questions dogging him every step of the way.

          Trumbo I felt like there were a couple of moment in Az where he was about to catch fire but he’d hit a homer and I think one time two in one game and then sit the next day and two out the next three and then it was gone again. And now with the trade it’s just feeling like a lost season.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, could be, Stras’s upside is just so tantalizing and now his price is actually falling… Trumbo just feels like one of those older guys that falls into the maybe “he hits 25 homers if he stays healthy” category, and doesn’t really go to the next level

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              He’s going to have to land with a team where is the clear cut full time first baseman or DH. His defensive liabilities keep him from being ownable where playing time is in doubt.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, he needs to DH

  160. Warren says:
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    Thanks again for all your work Grey. Truly amazing you reply to all of us nuts.

    Need to pick my 5th Starter for the week. Ratios, Ks, and Wins will all be close against my opponent, don’t need any stat over the other.

    Hammel vs Cardinals (Wacha)
    Richards at Mariners (Felix)
    Salazar vs A’s (Chavez)
    Bucholz vs Yankees (Nova)
    McCullers at Rays (Erasmo)

    Streamonator says Salazar, but my guy is telling me McCullers or Bucholz. What do ya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar, hard call though, if you’re feeling the other two, go for it…I’d go McCullers out of those two

  161. Grey — who’s a better OF to stash in an NA spot in a redraft league between Ozuna, Rusney Castillo, and Arcia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: thank god for this one. interesting, so his projected potential still high, as we’ve all seen rusney’s amount of this in questions all year.

  162. viv_savage says:
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    Pick 2 out of 3 this week: Wong, Odor, Bour. Points league..want to start Bour but have a hard time benching either, even though Wong is slumping.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong, Odor

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Heh heh….wong odor.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  163. Dave says:
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    Does anyone have any news on Marte? Is it an oblique? Is he going to DL? Damnit this sucks. Own him everywhere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t heard anything yet

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Dave: he probably needs a DL whether or not he gets one, and they really are waiting a long time.

  164. Dommattingly says:
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    replacing Harrison…do I grab Deshields, Kang, Uribe, De Aza, Aramis Ramirez, Scooter? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeShields

  165. Dommattingly says:
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    Motte or Osuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Osuna

  166. Bill says:
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    Grey,

    Great job as usual, I’m fed up with Kemp……I’ve waited and waited for it to turn, now I’ve lost Miggy and Springer and no way I can count on Kemp to keep me in 1st. Drop for Pillar, Span, Lind….or a bag of wet noodles. 6X6 redraft.

    I could also lose Granderson but I’m not nearly as frustrated with him yet……..yet….

    Thanks for all you do!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind… No problem

  167. Nolan Arenado says:
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    Thanks as always Grey! Would you flip Rizzo for Gray/Franco if you needed pitching? Its 12T H2H redraft. I would move Frazier to 1B and Franco would be 1 of 2 UTIL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  168. Dommattingly says:
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    Who’s a better DL hold RZimmerman or JHarrison

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm

      • Dommattingly says:
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        @Grey: tHANKS MAN!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  169. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    oh that’s funny. if i had the cosmology of a person who believed in jinxing something i’d think this had something to do with me. In one league i have soler/delino/dickerson on DL and only 3 spots. But i’m assuming marte gets one of those and now, so as to not give me a decision to make it appears harrison tore thumb ligaments, and it wasn’t even reported he came out of a game or had any issue so it’s as if my desire to not want to drop somebody voodoo dolled his thumb out of commission. Good thing i know the world doesn’t work around just me, even though i have no other way of viewing it directly.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: crap, so they aren’t DL’ing marte yet (an actual blurb saying PIT is treating it as day to day, but we all know at least 80% of the time the player needs a DL stint in these instances). Drop one of these in case they actually don’t do this properly, only to find out in 5 days he needs it anyway. idiots.

      soler/dickerson/a.miller. i also have j.garcia in active slot (stream spot) but he’s actually likely due back soon as STL put his DL date back when he was actually hurt back over a week ago. I’m guessing dickerson is the drop here, it’s a 12 teamer. I did have him as one of 4 keepers along with upton/donaldson/rizzo, of course maybe marte is better off in that spot anyway. roster looks like this
      chirinos/ramos
      rizzo
      delino
      donaldson
      aybar
      CI panda
      MI c.hernandez
      LF upton
      CF fowler
      RF avisail
      OF byrd
      util melky
      BN marte/flores
      One of these others could be drop too to activate soler.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You can lose Dickerson

  170. job3rd says:
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    Didn’t read commenters above (sorry if this has been asked..or if it has been asked everyday for the last month)…In an RCL, have C Santana, Desmond and Duda. Trying not to have bench hitters but I usually stash 2 of 3 everyday due to their suckitude. I know you mention to trade Desmond awhile back, but would you give permission to drop these turds? Looking at the wire, there appears Cron, Smoak, Uribe (with 4 @ COL soon), Ahmed, B Miller, Segura, Solarte, E Suarez, Bour, Flores, Andrus, Lamb. Should I hold or drop for these other turds? Thanks as always.

    • job3rd says:
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      I think the only reason I hung on this long is that Desmond and Santana (in the past?!?) have had some 2nd half tendencies, but you may know otherwise.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can drop Desmond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d likely go Segura, but you can play matchups and should in an RCL

      • job3rd says:
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        Thanks GA,FML …OOPS! I mean Master Grizzle.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

      • job3rd says:
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        Keep Carlos Santana and Duda though???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would, yeah

  171. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, I’m still laughing right now……Jay didn’t know who sang Jump Around, for realzy? Your reaction was classic. “what kind of music did you listen to?” “Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, 80’s right? Alanis Morisette and Ace of Base, I would of never pegged Jay as the Emo before Emo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I was so confused by his reaction, I thought everyone knew that song… I still didn’t get a solid answer on what music he did listen to, I’m thinking he doesn’t listen to music

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: That song is on every Jock Jams CD ever made and it’s qued up at least once a game at live sporting events. I like that you went in to the song and he was still like, ummm no I haven’t heard it! AWESOME!

        OZUNA in AAA

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I wrote about Ozuna above… That song is played at every cheesy bar and sporting event for the last 20 years, I’m still confused about this! BTW, I haven’t actually seen Jobu yet cause I’m still in the desert but I have confirmation it is at my place…

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: BFF, you’ve been in desert for a while are you doing research for a True Detective 3 The Desert Cult? I was really surprised that Velcoro was still alive, especially with the Double Tap shot. It’s not like he has a frickin wizard to bring him back to life, SMH!! The city they refer to as Vinci isn’t Carson, it’s actually Vernon. Carson is very similar to Torrance, I used to do a Farmers Market at both places and they weren’t like Vinci at all. Doing a little reading on Vernon, wow, the city officials were clocking dough!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, total cheat to bring him back to life… Was pretty lame, that episode last night was a mess… Mayor’s family felt like they were out of a different show…

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Different show, different planet! Yeah the kid was something else.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Tonally was a mess, yeah

  172. greg says:
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    I finally did it…dropped Desmond….and I don’t feel bad about it. Yet.

    Quick question, While Betts, Byrd, and Yellich in OF is not same w/o Springer, and Cola at 1b is not same as Miggy, Odor’s play and Sano’s at least might let me tread water…..

    But what’s up with Cola’s playing time lately? Batting .380 against lefties and a “paltry” .330 vs. righties, I can’t plug him in at 1b if he only plays half the time…..cant’ see why they’d do that.

    Something I don’t know? Joe Maurer would be better because he plays…..

    Thanks!

    Greg

    • greg says:
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      @greg: @ eg: Oh and thanks…finally figured out “Gravatar”….maybe i’ll come up with a witty photo sometime but for now….I don’t feel anonymous….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cola’s being platooned because Smoak’s hitting

  173. JimmySuitcase says:
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    Erasmo or Jesse Chavez rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez

  174. Jay_0321 says:
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    Grey Master Lothario,

    I’m back and this time happy to report that I got Nolan back. Need some input on the trade. Nolan is a keeper and I traded away JoFer and Abreu to get him back. JoFer is a keeper too, but bats over arms all day for me. Abreu was my first pick this year so he goes back regardless. How’d I do? Oh I get Nolan for 3 more years with no penalty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  175. Landisimo3 says:
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    Better future prospect

    Appel or Brian Johnson ?

    Thank you guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should ask Prospect Mike

  176. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft, span or tomas?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomas

  177. WayneH says:
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    Someone wants a pitcher for Harper and I have many pitchers I could give.

    Scherzer, Kluber, Wacha, Hammel, Fernandez, Keuchel, Walker, and Matz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Send anyone, start obviously at the bottom and work up

  178. Marzan says:
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    How long is souza out forr. Drop him or dyson. DySon Would get a couple starts if kept

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea

      • Dangerfield 51 says:
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        @Grey:
        Per Rotowire, via ESPN:

        Souza (hand) will not start Monday, but he has no damage to the tendon in his right pinky and should avoid a disabled list stint, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
        Spin: Souza said he is available to pinch-run or play defense Monday night, but he has not swung a bat since suffering the injury. He’s been running cold at the plate of late, going 6-for-44 with 22 strikeouts (.136) over the last 14 days. Brandon Guyer will handle right field for the Rays until Souza is cleared to rejoin the starting lineup.
        Breaking NewsMon, Jul 6

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, a bit late for my weekly league

  179. greg says:
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    Do you know why Cola has been sitting a bit lately? Doesn’t make sense to me….he’s hitting righties and lefties equally well….

    • greg says:
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      Do you know why Cola has been sitting a bit lately? Doesn’t make sense to me….he’s hitting righties and lefties equally well…[email protected]greg: @greg: whoops asked and answered….would you continue to run with Cola as replacement for Miggy, or since he’s platooning, go with any of the following:
      Bour, Cron, Maurer, Holt, Smoak, Espinosa, Robinsn, Forsythe, Paulsen, Alonso, Pearce, or Canha….all that’s left, really. If he’s really platooned a lot, Maurer has quietly been coming on, showing a bit more power and a lot of rbis/runs….

      Thanks, kind sir.

      Greg

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Bour

  180. Jon says:
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    Add Odor and/or Soler over Souza, Duda, CarGo, or Bruce?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor over Souza

  181. Jay_0321 says:
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    So I come into this year with a slew of top 10 ranked keepers. Jones, Cutch, Tulo, Gomez. (I actually traded Stanton for Jones and Gomez) ugh. I got offered a deal the other day and I need some advice. His Betts and Dozier both fresh keepers for my Cutch and Tulo. I think this is giving up way too much. Thoughts? I am in 3rd. Should I hold or should I shop? My keepers right now are all about to be franchise or throw back. E5, Tulo, Cutch, Jones, Gomez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold, it’s pretty fair though

  182. Dommattingly says:
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    Just added Deshields for Harrison. Do I drop him or M Byrd for C Seager? Only have Desmo for a SS!!! Is it too soon to Turn the Page and add the Night Moves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd, ha

  183. Mike says:
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    Would you give the boot to Corbin or Mchugh first?

    Who would you rather have as replacement for Harrison; Odor, Gennet or Walker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin…Odor

  184. Random Dude says:
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    With Iwakuma coming off the DL, who do you think is the drop:

    Iwakuma / E. Rodriguez / Tyson Ross / Matz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross

  185. Hal Incandenza says:
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    I think this R-world writer reads here:

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @Hal Incandenza: Sorry for my fail there!

      Fernando Rodney earned his 16th save of the season in Sunday’s win over the A’s, despite allowing a hit and a walk in the scoreless ninth.
      If nothing else, Rodney certainly knows how to offer an entertaining ninth inning. Holding a 2-1 lead over the A’s on Sunday, he recorded the first two outs in routine fashion. Then, the Fernando Rodney Save Experience swung into full effect, as he allowed an infield single to Josh Reddick and a walk to Ike Davis. He managed to retire Mark Canha on a grounder to end the game, but still. This is why the Mariners can’t have nice things. Rodney is working to regain his role as closer, but it’s clear to anybody watching that Fernando Rodney is who he is and will continue to pitch like Fernando Rodney. Loops of logic aside, he currently holds a 5.18 ERA and a 27/17 K/BB ratio over 33 innings while going 16-for-19 in save chances.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

  186. Jr says:
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    great article grey! Keeper question. I’m in a 12 team h2h league that counts r, hr, rbi, avg, slg, bb and sb. In a league like that how would you value joc? Is he worth buying low or do you think the first few months were a fluke?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His first few months weren’t a fluke

  187. My says:
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    Add choo for a games against, Hellickson, Kennedy, shields, despaigne Hittertron loves him for those 4 in texas

    Or add Kelly Johnson for a 4 game series in colorado

    If I add Johnson would be dropping giovatella who has a 4 game series in seattle

    Can only add one of the two. Roll with gia and choo or Kelly Johnson and one of my bench outfielders who Hittertron doesn’t like.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  188. Jaymz says:
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    Great post, Grey.

    Where does Schoop’s value lie? Would you drop either of Heaney or Erasmo for him in a 10-team mixed dynasty league?

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Heaney if you need an MI with power

  189. Yorky says:
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    Pick two
    Rajai vs Iwakuma $11, parmalee vs Hughes $10.7, soler vs lackey $4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai vs Iwakuma $11, parmalee vs Hughes

  190. Wolfie says:
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    who are the best 4 options this week, regardless of position

    Mike Montgomery
    Jake peavy
    Mike bolsinger
    Aj Ramos
    Jason motte
    John axford
    Jesse Hahn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Motte, Hahn, Axford, Ramos…No idea of matchups

  191. Mel

    littlecf24 says:
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    Yordano Ventura, Julio Teheran (both on the wire) or Eduardo Rodriguez rest of season?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura

  192. farcus says:
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    In a 14 team h2h points Keep 5 league:

    My Sano for his Kinsler?

    My hitters:
    C – Vogt
    1b- Pujols
    2b- Lemahieu
    3b- Arenado
    SS- Reyes
    OF- J Upton
    OF- Bautista
    OF- C. Gonzalez
    Util – Correa
    B- A. Garcia
    B- Sano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • farcus says:
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        @Grey: thank you greyt one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  193. Charles says:
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    Lose Stanton for Dickerson and Holiday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, it’s okay in a redraft

  194. Pever Fitch says:
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    Just lost Harrison(who I had in the OF b/c of injuries) in my Razzball league, already have DL occupied, OF available is poo-poo platter of Rios, Gose, Coghlan, Herrera, and Blanco. How would you rate them for the ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just play matchups…Gose, Rios, Blanco

  195. los locos says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on L Cain? His he worth trading a draft pick for? Does he help me for the ROS? Not much else on my waivers besides Fowler, Phillips, Ethier, Choo, Garcia, Revere, Plouffe.. HR/OBP/R/RBI SB.. Let me know.

    Current Team
    Martin
    Fielder
    LeMiehu
    Arenado
    Hanley
    JDMart
    Brantley
    CarGo
    Gordon or Hosmer

    Bench
    Duda
    Pedrioa DL
    Lindor
    Buxton
    Pence DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  196. Nick says:
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    Start Dyson over Cain in a weekly league this week? AL Only, no better options on waivers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  197. Zach says:
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    I was offered this trade. My Puig/Crawford for Hanley. I’d replace Crawford with Flores.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley

  198. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey thanks for the update!

    What are your thought on Clint Robinson do you like him better than Daniel Murphy? I’m in a 14 team h2h roto and its slim pickins!

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy over him

  199. Yorky says:
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    Are gausman and Erod both streamers in 12 team h2h or just gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamers

  200. hankp101 says:
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    deep 5×5, which side do you like: Lindor/Yordano or Castro/one of Erasmo or Rubby? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro, Erasmo

  201. SparkleShrimp says:
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    I like all your comments about Gausman, I’m thinking of adding him for either Fiers or Hutchison ROS…thoughts? 12-team H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Hutch

      • SparkleShrimp says:
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        @Grey: I’m over him too lol, claim set! Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  202. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Had someone drop Soler in a keeper league. He is a must add in a keeper format, right?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  203. FrankGrimes says:
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    carrasco is seriously frustrating to own

    • Jake taylor says:
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      @FrankGrimes:

      Not doubt

      It’s 3 good ones then a bad one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

    • The Harrow says:
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      @FrankGrimes: that cookie’s got a bug in it, don’t it

  204. Red Barons says:
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    OMG, Carrasco
    :::: buries head in sand :::::

    • Jake taylor says:
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      @Red Barons:

      He works his era down then it balloons back up. Tough way to start a week

  205. Fister Furbush says:
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    Awesome podcast today. True Detecive was alright…but overall it’s been disappointing so far. I still have hope though.

    Points league non keeper

    Señor Albright,
    Who wins this trade?

    Cano/Brantley
    For
    Bautista/Ceaser Hernandez

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Fister Furbush:
      they should really have killed the cop…rubber bullets ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Brantley, but pretty fair

  206. Donn says:
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    Start
    David peralta vs gallardor,
    abyar v s bettis,
    stubbs vs heaney,
    freese vs bettis.
    Grichuck vs twood
    Pick 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aybar

  207. Kap says:
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    Yasmani, Pablo, or Moustakas, ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  208. Ryan says:
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    Offered Arenado/Lind for D. Gordon/Cespedes/Sano…

    Been dealing with Rendon as my 3B all year…rolling out Turner right now, but just scored Sano. Have Altuve and Wong at 2B, but just lost Miggy to the DL. Have EE at 1B still, but could use a backup for him.

    10 team 5×5 H2H, we keep 8 on 3-year deals…and I’m rolling in first with 96 (!), vs. 71.5 for second place. Just took the lead in SBs, and also have Burns, Trout, and Span to support Altuve there. Rajai on wire for spot duty. Lead in Runs, Ribs, and Avg, second in HRs.

    Keepers for next year look like: EE, Altuve, Correa, Rendon, Trout…will likely deal Miggy/Scherzer/parts for Stanton and King Felix.

    **I have to do this deal, right??** Lock in Arenado at the hot corner through 2017?

    The thought of an EE/Altuve/Correa/Arenado IF, with Rendon providing backup from U…and a Trout/Stanton/who cares OF just has me all worked up.

    Thanks as always, you guys = best!

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: Er, 10 team 5×5 ROTO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d want Arenado

  209. jacque jones says:
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    10tm H2H 5×5 drop soler to claim avisail?..I know sox don’t hit for the most part but avi and grande do…im hanging on to the last playoff spot barely.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  210. Chicken Dinner says:
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    ……gyorko…….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, oh boy

  211. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Donaldson or Frazier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson

  212. JB says:
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    Grey and minions –

    I hate that I have to even ask this question, but some putz just dropped Lester and Shields and I’d like some advice on who to drop to try and acquire one or both. Strict rules so I can only drop a starter to pick up one of these guys, and it would have to be one or two of the following:

    Strasburg (safely nesting in one of my DL slots, so nope)
    Arrieta (nope)
    Iwakuma
    Walker
    Syndergaard
    Matz
    McCullers

    Damn. and thanks in advance for any input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers, Walker

      • JB says:
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        @Grey: Really, Walker? As well as he’s been lately – why?

        • JB says:
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          @JB: Without your approval, I put in for Lester as first priority, then Shields, only dropping McCullers. I approve of this decision.

          Who’s behind the door? Zebra, rock me to sleep…

  213. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Looking for some general schmotato-ness right now. 12-team H2H OBP.

    Eaton
    Neil Walker
    Gennett
    Devon Travis
    Byrd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Grey:

        Much appreciated!

  214. J-FOH says:
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    Kelly Johnson dong in ‘perts, it’s like Miggy never left

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, I looked at grabbing him

  215. NickfromtheRoc says:
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    Hey Razzball nation,

    I haven’t commented in a while and have let a number of questions build up, so I apologize for hitting you with so many questions, but here goes. 12 team H2H league – standard 5×5 with 8 keepers (1 rookie with no previous years playing experience). I’m 2.5 out of first (and was tied for first before a loss this past week). Team below:

    C – Y. Gomes
    1B – Encarnacion
    2B – Wong
    3B – Frazier
    SS – Bogaerts
    CI – Machado
    MI – Forsythe
    OF – Marte
    OF – Cruz
    OF – Brantley
    OF – Cain
    U – C. Santana
    U – Hosmer
    Bench – Burns
    Bench – Yelich
    DL – Deshields

    SP – Arrieta
    SP – Fiers
    SP – C. Martinez
    SP – C Anderson
    SP – Walker
    SP – Rubby
    RP – Holland
    RP – Britton
    P – Carson Smith
    Bench -Peavy
    Bench – Eovaldi
    Bench – Gausman
    DL – Jaime (of course)

    So here are the questions:

    1) Who do I drop to activate Deshields, or is Deshields the drop? I like the idea of having an additional MI bat to rotate in, but don’t necessarily know if he is worth it.

    2) I pulled the trigger on a trade without consulting anyone here, and have been doubting myself ever since. I gave Abreu and received Encarnacion and Holland. I’m 10th in saves, figured it would help my ratios and had Frazier and Machado (and got back E5 who I figure is a keeper for at least another year). Thoughts?

    3) I have another trade offer from the same owner on the table. I give Bogaerts and my 1st round (actually 9th round) pick for Degrom and either Andrus or Russell. I’d lean towards Russell since he would qualify for my rookie keeper, and feel like an ace would really shore me up for the stretch run. Thoughts on this one?

    Thanks again for taking the time to answer all the questions – especially since I just wrote a novel….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Logan 2) Sounds fine 3) Sounds solid, take Addison

      • NickfromtheRoc says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

  216. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey thanks again!

    With Nalasco out for the season do you think Berrios will be called up and would you drop Wada, Ross, Nola or Aoki for him? Any word on Aoki can’t fin dmuch.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Aoki

  217. Jon says:
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    Which side do you like? Polanco/AJ Ramos or Odor/McCullers

    • Chris says:
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      Depending on needs I like the McCullers side if you care what I think LOL. Tough call though, especially if Polanco comes back which I think he will. Do you have any thoughts on Berrios getting called up?

      • Jon says:
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        @Chris: Don’t know much about the situation in Minnesota. Sorry!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  218. lolno says:
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    in a 5-player keeper, do you like Freeman/6 or Betts/Keuchel?

  219. baltman says:
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    My Straus and Burns for his Puig?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig, it’s fair

  220. royce! says:
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    My wife gave birth to our second child – a boy – today! So I guess what I am saying is it was good to know y’all.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @royce!:
      many congrats!
      maybe name him Grimey ( insert wink emoticon)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @royce!: Congrats buddy. I had the 18th in the office pool

  221. Steve says:
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    Give Thor get Correa?

    MI are Addisson, DeShields, Lawrie

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:
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      @Steve: Take that deal

  222. the fez says:
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    Still Seager over Machado?

    I made the switch in late May and so far so good, but I’ll need power the second half.

  223. The Dude says:
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    I have to drop someone for Soler’s return. Non-keeper 12 team hth. Been driving myself crazy trying to choose.
    My 2 “worst” SP- Eduardo Rodríguez , Danny Salazar
    Hitters considering dropping-
    Miguel Sano
    Billy Burns
    Maikel Franco
    Ben Zobrist
    Yasmani Grandal
    Lucas Duda
    One other thing- should I drop a second player from above and pick up Choo-Choo?

  224. J-FOH says:
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    Have you seen Cedric’s barber battle?

  225. Running Frog says:
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    ESPN 10-teamer with $260 budgets and $5 per year escalation,

    Rizzo (at $33 for 2016, $38 for 2017 etc)

    for

    Archer (at $10 for 2016, $15 for 2017 etc)

    Thoughts?

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