If you had 75 hours into the season for when Joakim Soria would become the closer in Detroit, you win a brand new car*!  *Prizes not included (there’s no car; stop being greedy, you instead get words pieced together by the Fantasy Master Lothario).  The Tigers’ pen is more of a pencil and a dull one at that.  Where for art thou, Willie Hernandez?  My kingdom for Todd Jones!  Poopie Grande by any other name is still Poopie Grande.  That was Shakespeare, you ignant boo-boo!  The Tigers did get better yesterday with Joe Nathan, hitting the DL with a flexor strain in his elbow.  Like when you remove that hair from your lip mole, it’s addition by subtraction.  For those of you that drafted Soria, well done.  Hopefully, he keeps the job all year.  If Barry Manilow can find love, anything’s possible.  By the by, all this time I thought he put the emphasis on Dee in Mandy.  Guess I was wrong.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Justin Verlander – Could return next week.  Kyle Lobstein will fill-in this Sunday.  Lobstein is the least fear-inducing pitcher name since Boof Bonser.

Alex Avila – 1-for-1, 4 runs with three walks for the Joey Votto Cycle!  Avila is piquing my interest.  Quack, quack, China Chef, I’m a mother-effin’ piquing duck!

Jose Iglesias – 4-for-4, 3 runs, hitting .857 through two games.  Yeah, it’s crazy early, but I think we have our first legitimate hot schmotato.  He wasn’t getting cheapie hits and in his first game he stole two bases, which tells me he’s hungry.  I like hungry.  It’s good for fantasy when a guy is hungry.  If Iglesias keeps going like this, before too long, he could be batting leadoff in a stacked lineup.

Anthony Gose – 3-for-6, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  Should be a cheap SAGNOF flyer, i.e., Hey, Gose….I feel the need…The need for speed!

Anibal Sanchez – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Twins.  Solid start, but against a major league offense he’ll be winning more 6-4 games, rather than shutting out his opponents.

Yoenis CespedesTigers scored 11 runs and Yoenis went 1-for-5.  Ticker tease!

Jake Peavy – On track to start on Sunday, after it was rumored he would go on the DL.  I’m guessing this shituation will change at least 17 times before Sunday.  With the 14th and 15th change, oh, so similar, yet different!

Brandon Belt – Has a minor groin strain, after undergoing an MRI on his groin.  I bet E.L. James could do something hilariously erotic with that.   “Put both feet up here.  No, not up there.  Up here.”  Anatasia takes his foot and places it in her mouth.  Incredibly, she moves his second foot into her mouth too.

Chris Heston – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  When Bochy went to remove him, Heston grabbed the ball, raised it triumphantly above his head and said, “From my cold dead hands!”  Heston could stay in the rotation for Cain since Vogelsong sung a terrible tune two nights ago, but Heston throws around a 89 MPH fastball and only had a 6+ K-rate in Triple-A, so I wouldn’t mess with him outside of an NL-Only league.

Nori Aoki – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  That Aoki is wrapped in Nori-deliciousness!

Matt Duffy – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and hit 2nd because he replaced Panik in the lineup and Panik was hitting second.  Ah, the ol’ White-Out lineup card management system made famous by Jim Leyland.

Casey McGehee – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, which came off Evan Marshall because no good ever came of drafting a middle reliever.  I love owning middle relievers to help with ratios, but they never feel safe in April.  It’s like you need until May to figure out which ones are gonna be good each year.

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks as he was outdueled by Aaron Harang (6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks).  That stings, Porcello.  That’s like your wife bidding more for Harang in a charity date auction.

Jeff Francoeur – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and Frenchy’s first Freedom Fly in his first start.  Je suis Jeff!

Carlos Ruiz – 2-for-3, hitting in the two-hole.  Not much to see outside of deep leagues, but Phils don’t really have anyone else to hit in the two-hole so Ruiz could get some counting stats.  Lowercase yay, counting stats.

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  If you like Michael Pineda and making love in the R.A. Dickey Oh, sorry, didn’t hear you come in.  Pineda looked decent last night, and I expect big things from him this year.  Me likey, Mikey!

Andrew Miller – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save, looking dominant, after Dellin Betances was brought into the game in the 8th and gave up one run.  I will say this, I appreciate Betances giving us clarity on the Yankees bullpen situation.  That is very cool of him.  So, if you need Holds, grab Betances.

R.A. Dickey – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Solid enough, but, unlike JayWrong, I don’t have unconditional love for Dickey.  I meant that as it sounded, not as it sounded sounded.

Brett Cecil – 1/3 IP, 2 baserunners, blown save, and looked much worse than his line shows.  I don’t think he’s done just yet, but I do think he should be.  Enter stage right… Enter stage right… Enter… Someone open the curtains already!  Roberto Osuna!  God, it’s me Grey and Osuna should be the closer, like, yesterday.  Gibbons and the Blue Jays may not want Osuna to get that sorta pressure that quickly, but he didn’t seem fazed to step on the mound in Yankee Stadium with the bases loaded.  I grabbed Osuna in all leagues where I could.  If he’s not the closer, he will be an insane K-rate middle reliever.  Mark my words.  Don’t mark them with a Sharpie.  Doode, you just mucked up your ‘puter.

Scott Kazmir – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 baserunners, 10 Ks.  “Siri, remind me to tell people to trade Kazmir in July.  No, I don’t want to book a trip to India in July.  Forget it.”

Brett Lawrie – 3-for-5, 1 run, now batting .308.  Put that in your golden sombrero!

Mark Canha – 3-for-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs.  Canha had a huge spring, nearly as huge as Kris Bryant’s (Member him?  Me neither!), and Canha had 20 homers in Triple-A last year for the Marlins while batting .303.  He’s always shown power, too.  The caveat, no idea where or when he plays.  Same could be said of everyone on the A’s, but with no track record in the bigs, it makes it harder to trust Canha.  For now.  Muahahahahaha.  Sorry, I’m recently possessed.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI.  In the lineup, Semien followed Phegley.  Ain’t that always the case?

Shelby Miller – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Member when it seemed like the balls were juiced?  You remember, it was like a day and a half ago.

A.J. Pierzynski – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Will be interesting to see how that Pollock gets platooned.  The A.J. one.  The Diamondbacks outfielder.  Dur.  Who else would I be talking about?

Tom Koehler – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Averages about 93 MPH and had a decent not great K-rate last year.  I’m not on board yet, but I’d watch him like a cyclops with a monocle in very deep leagues.  He did have a 3.55 ERA in the 2nd half last year.

John Jaso – Headed to the DL.  David DeMessus and Some Guyer will fill-in for him.  Neither are great options outside of AL-Only leagues for some cheap speed.  I like DeJesus a tad bit more, but he’s no fantasy savior.

James Loney – Hit the DL with a strained oblique.  Allan Dykstra, or as his fans call him “Fails” (some fans!), was called up to replace him and start at 1st base.  He’s shown some pop in the minors (16 HRs in Triple-A last year), but that was in the PCL, which is like hitting with an aluminum bat on the moon, so 16 homers there might translate to Ecksteinian power.  Dykstra has always sported a great OBP, though sometimes that’s just due to him never swinging.  I remember trying that strategy in Little League, and we see how well that turned out for me.  In AL-Only leagues, I’d take a $1 flyer, but would rather entrust my IRA to Lenny Dykstra.  By the by, Allan Dykstra went 0-for-1 yesterday, then Tim Beckham pinch-hit for him.  They were both drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 Amateur Draft.  And that’s why Billy Beane trusts eggheads!

Jake Odorizzi – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I had to go back to my top 60 starters to remind myself why I didn’t like Odorizzi this preseason, because he strikes me as a guy I would like.  After reading it, I’m still not sure.  Stupid January Grey!

Seth Smith – Sidelined with groin tightness.  The Mariners trainer thought at first Seth ran into Tiffani Thiessen.  Turned out The Lisper’s Nightmare just had a stiffy.

Michael Brantley – Scratched with back stiffness.  Same ailment that was bothering him in the spring.  Uh-oh, Chirinos!

Carlos Carrasco – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks.  I think anyone who didn’t draft or want to draft Carrasco has never seen him pitch.  He doesn’t just strikeout out hitters, he makes suckers look stupid.  There should be a separate rate from K-rate, a Sucker:Stupid rate.  Carrasco had a 1 to 1 Sucker:Stupid rate last night.  Every sucker he K’d looked stupid.

Jacob deGrom – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I said earlier in this roundup something like, “What happened to the juiced balls from about three days ago?” and I realize what happened.  Opening Day is all the flashy names that ESPN and Yahoo touts as aces, but yesterday was the debut of all the nasty pitchers I told you to draft.  You’re welcome.

Ryan Zimmerman – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his first home run.  Watch out for Sky’s MVP pick!

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Is it me or do the Zimmerman(n)s always do well on the same day?  Well, the 12 games started by Jordan that Ryan is actually healthy for.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  I’ve drafted Hosmer for the last two years, and I believe that’s the first time he’s homered while on my team.  Now we’re on the log flume and we’re having fun!

Lorenzo Cain – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Cain…Sugar! is gonna be insane value for where he was drafted if he stays in the three hole and puts it together a 10+ homer, 25+ steal season.

Tyler Flowers – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  You would’ve been better drafting Flowers and Avila than those other guys you drafted.  Ah, catchers.

Avisail Garcia – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Grey Sounding Like He’s Out On A Limb But Really Shouldn’t Be Viewed As That Pro Tip!  Avisail will be drafted in the top 75 next year.

Eddie Butler – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I was admittedly watching mostly Carrasco last night, but I flipped here and there to see Butler and…Meh.  You’re no Butler, more like a Man-maid found on Craigslist.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  He’s hitting a home run every other game, because Weiss can’t bench someone who hit a home run in the last two days.  What a schtickerson!

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his first home run.  I just got chills thinking about the Rockies hitting in Coors.  Wait a minute, Cougs, shut the window, I’m freezing!

Justin Morneau – 0-for-4.  Almost didn’t start yesterday due to getting hit by an errant throw on the neck the night before.  Wilin Rosario was temporarily put in to replace Morneau, but then Morneau talked his way into the lineup.  Morneau said, “Skip–”  And Walt Weiss heard enough and removed Rosario.

Wilin Rosario – Hit the pinch-hit, game-winning home run in the 10th inning, because he’s actually good.  Too bad Walt Weiss is actually stupid.

LaTroy Hawkins – 1 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  You know what goes real well with an noodle-armed closer?  Ottavino.

Wily Peralta – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks and one homer allowed.  Ah, Wily, you throw so hard, yet make it so hard to like you.

Scooter Gennett – 0-for-4 as he hit eighth.  And I’m done with him.  I don’t have time for bird sex and I don’t have patience for a middle infidel that isn’t hitting and in the bottom of the order.  Here’s to you, Jose Iglesias!

Gerrit Cole – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Well, here’s one guy I liked in the preseason that didn’t look so good.  I will say this after this clunky sentence opening, Cole looks completely hittable in some starts and then dazzling in others.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  Yeah, but two games and still no steals.  Huh?  Huh?  Yeah!

Billy Hamilton – 3-for-5, 1 run and 3 steals, (2, 3, 4). How cool would it be if he stole 100 bases?  Okay, I’ll specify.  How cool would it be for me because I actually drafted him?

Hisashi Iwakuma – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Hisashi my dashi — slurp, slurp, bloop, bloop, blast!

Brad Miller – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer.  When you wish middle infielders had more eligibility, you have a problem.  Why do I want to own so many of these guys?

Matt Shoemaker – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks (zero walks).  I got the sense during draft season I was the only ‘pert that liked Shoemaker, and I still do.  Solid Ks and doesn’t walk anyone, which should result in keeping his club in the game and a solid ERA.  Don’t sleep on the Shoe!  Unless you’re Evan Gattis’s old homeless buddies.

Matt Joyce – 1-for-4, 1 run as he played over Cron.  *shakes fist*  Sciosciapath!

Scott Baker – Could be the Dodgers’ fifth starter.  Depends on if Mattingly uses his pinkie when counting or jumps from his ring finger to other thumb.

Joel Peralta – 1 IP, 0 ER and the easy(ish) save!  I own Peralta and not Hatcher, so I want this to be how the Dodgers saves happen while Kenley is sidelined, but it’s still likely in flux.

Adrian Gonzalez – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs with 3 homers, to bring his total to 5 homers on the year.  Next stop, Bonds!  Yesterday, I posed a question to youse that said I wonder if older players are better out of the gate, since they wear down as the season goes on and younger players get more comfortable.  The results are in!  Commenter Chris wrote, “Players who are 31+ in age saw their OPS go down 55% of the time (11 of the 20 hitters).  Players who are <31 in age saw their OPS go down 44% of the time (22 of the 50 hitters).  Adrian Gonzalez was the player over 30 who saw the biggest increase in OPS in the second half of the year last year.”

Brandon McCarthy – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Sure, but he had an excellent xFIP!

Andrew Cashner – 5 IP, 5 ER.  Also a great xFIP!  Watch out in those Benjamin Netanyahu leagues!

Will Middlebrooks – 1-for-4 and his 1st home run.  On the one team I have him, I’ve gone to waivers and picked up a corner infidel replacement for Middlebrooks five times in the last three days, but didn’t push click to drop Middlebrooks.  If Uribe would’ve homered on Tuesday, I might not own Middlebrooks anymore.  How’s that for a big vote of confidence?

Yonder Alonso – 3-for-4, 1 run and back-to-back three hit nights.  Who’s over Yonder now?

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks.  This could be the 2nd year in a row where Lynn gets no love from the fantasy community and puts up another top 30 starter season.  You’d think the fantasy community would want love anywhere it could get it.

Jake Arrieta – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Cubs fans were said to be so enamored with how Arrieta was pitching that they didn’t want to go to the bathroom while he was on the mound.  Though, that could’ve been the river of urine running out of the one working bathroom.

James Russell – Signed a minor league deal with the Cubs.  In his picture, he looks like a fat DeGrom.  Call him DeNomnomnom.

  1. Robert says:
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    12 team Nfbc
    C: Salty, Norris, 1b Gonzalzes, 2b: Kinsler, SS: Jose Ramirez Mi: Odor 3b: Longoria CI: Sandoval Out: Trout,Puig, Brantley, Dickerson, Calhoun Utl:Moss
    P: Rondon, Rodney, Paplebon, Wood, Shields, Carrasco, Archer, Hahn, Lohse
    Bench: Everth Cabrera,
    P: Shoemaker,Paxton, House, Garza, Syndrrgaard.
    Biggest problem is lack of speed, in offense could bench Moss or Sandoval from time to time get Alejando De Aza, both Iglesias, and Devon Travis on waivers. So figure if dumping 3 players they are Between Lohse, Garza, House, and other two borderline are Syderrgard, and Everth Cabrera (not playing like I thought). David Peralta, as is Travis Snider there also should pick up one for depth. Do you agree with assessment.?

    • kenly0 says:
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      @Robert: I’d drop Cabrera and Syndergaard for Saunders and Snider.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: Lohse, Syndergaard, Garza… Travis, Snider, De Aza

  2. Robert says:
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    Just looked again on waivers only other decent outfielders are Kevin Kiermaier, and injuried Michael Saunders De Aza looks like a must add if possible. He’s batting first right now has 20-25 Sb potential and he should’ve kill me otherwise.
    Thanks again

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Really gr8, didn’t think you could outdo yourself so many times last year, yet here you are!

    Splashed on some Eau de Rizzi last night, but wait until next week’s start at Toronto to see if he’s improved his home/road splits. If he does, then he will be a reliable pitcher.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Eau de Rizzi = who?

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @Wilsonian: LOL, how did I miss that one..thanks man

  4. Gary Thorne says:
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    Grey, trade Frazier-Arrieta-A. Miller-Khris Davis for Altuve-Samardzija-Pearce-Avila? Montero is my C right now and Andrew Miller doesn’t have a face according to the SAGNOF Way.

    • Jason E. says:
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      @Gary Thorne: I’m not Grey, but just looking at it without knowing you’re full team, the Frazier side looks better. I live in Detroit and any trade that includes getting Avila makes me ill.

      • Gary Thorne says:
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        Thanks, Jason. I thought it was a decent offer for both sides. In the end, the owner declined. It’s hard to pry away anybody who’s hot. Wrong time to ask about anything to do with Pearce. @Jason E.:

        • Jason E. says:
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          @Gary Thorne: Yeah it seems kinda close in terms of fairness, but I really like Arrieta, Miller looks like the guy on the better side of that closer platoon, Davis is a great source of power, and Frazier I think has 1B/3B eligibility. Who is your 2B?

  5. Robert says:
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    Sorry forgot I had Jon Niece also on bench

  6. Moustard says:
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    ESPN has Osuna as a SP… Totally sucks, can’t add him as a SP…

  7. Fister Furbush says:
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    Drafted this staff-
    Matt Harvey
    Sonny Gray
    Taijuan Walker
    James Paxton
    Yordano Ventura

    Now, after a couple of trades-

    Matt Harvey
    Jeff Samardizja
    Jacob DeGrom
    Sonny Gray
    Taijuan Walker

    I’m wheeling and dealing like a mad man!
    What has been the best trade that you’ve made so far in your season?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Fister Furbush: I traded Shelby and Mookie for Dickerson

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Fister Furbush: Revere for Fielder (It was even offered to me, didn’t have to propose it)

    • tony says:
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      @Fister Furbush: i got sale trading longo and starling marte for boxberger and baez Holds is a category

  8. Forgot My Duck says:
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    Drop Castellanos for Lamb? Does it even matter?

  9. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great read as always. I need some reassurance. I wanted to add a bat, so yesterday morning, I flipped Carrasco and Papelbon for Puig. I was flipping psyched when the trade was accepted. But after watching how filthy Carrasco was (and I did get his stats for yesterday’s game) and looking at Puig’s slightly above average stats from 2014, I’m dealing with slight remorse.

    I needed an OF, with Brantley, Myers, Avisail, Eaton, D.Peralta, and EY Jr being my others, so Puig is easily a 1A on this team. Plus I am stacked at pitcher with Scherzer, Price, Cueto, Shoemaker, Pineda, T.Walker, Bauer, and Hahn all still around after moving Carrasco. I didn’t care about moving Pap; he needed a closer and he was my 3rd and I grabbed Joel Peralta and will play the waiver wire all year.

    I obviously made the correct move, right? I mean I could afford to move Carrasco, as filthy as he is, seeing he was arguably my 4th best pitcher and the OF upgrade of Puig should be much more valuable to my team.

    Just tell me I was right so I can continue living.

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Chris: Puig..SOLID trade for you..Now come in off the ledge, it is cold out there!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Sounds solid

  10. Added Soria and Osuna to Team Geezer. The rest of the league must have been caught napping.

      • tvators1 says:
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        @Grey: I think Castro is ahead of Osuna ….

        Osuna, we’re not sure exactly how we’re going to break him in, we’ll let the game dictate that, I’m not afraid to use either one of them in the middle of the game or later,” Gibbons said. “Osuna may be more of a multi-inning guy than Castro, but we envision Castro being in a pretty important role.”

        Castro made his MLB debut Monday against the Yankees, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a 6-1 win. He finished off the game, which included one strikeout.

        “He’s a cool cat,” Gibbons said of Castro. “He comes out there, you give him the ball, and he’s just staring at you with a little grin on his face. He’s a special guy. He’s got the arm, he can pitch, but he’s one of those guys with a slow heartbeat.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I agree… I grabbed Osuna as an MR… Cecil is still the closer

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    I would think Castro would be next in line for saves if Cecil was to lose the job. Gibbons has been raving about him. Who knows what Gibby will end up doing though…

    • Phil says:
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      @Cabby:

      Yes, this is the conventional wisdom and I am wisdomatically conventional. Osuna was nails today but he has had a few shaky outings whereas Castro has yet to throw a BB yet, including ST. As Grey said Cecil looked worse than his line today and his FB was topping out in the high 80s. Cecil said it’s cuz he is a few weeks behind from spring shutdown but I would grab Castro or Osuna toute de suite y’all.
      Could be that Gibby thinks Cadtro is more valuable In the 7th putting out fires for the young (and old) SPs.

    • Grey

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      @Cabby: True, and I think Cecil is likely still the closer for a bit, and has time to straighten his shizz out

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    To Chris: I love Carrasco but I would have traded him and Papelbon. for Puig in a second. Plus you have too much pitching already, good luck.

  13. C says:
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    Grey (and anyone else that wants to chim in),

    Have 3 P slots that I start middle relievers in – mainly looking for holds, followed by Ks, ERA and whip.

    Which three would you start:

    K. Giles
    J. Smith
    D. O’day
    P. Strop
    D. Farquhar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C: O’Day, Giles, Farq

      • C says:
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        @Grey:

        Many thanks, as always. Mostly for the excellent start to the workday with the daily write ups.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @C: Giles, Smith, O’day

      Strop has lights out stuff but can be a huge headache and is prone to exploding.

      Farquauhhhauhr seems to have fallen out of favor with a rough spring.

      Giles has an insane K rate, Smith’s BAA against righties is something like .177, just absolute filth, and O’day finds himself in hold situations really frequently, as the O’s are generally in close games.

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    Six starts to start the season, six quality starts. Thanks, Grey.

    Greinke Carrasco Shoemaker Hutchison Ventura Ross (10-team)

    Only 169 more to go!

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    Your comment about Evan Marshall is so wise it should be put on a postage stamp and attributed to Maya Angelou

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    Carrasco makes me so happy…

    Agreed on Cecil, he looked like toast – FB velocity only high 80s, something seems wrong. I added Miguel Castro, his stuff also looks great and has been lining up as Blue Jays’ RH set up guy.

    Speaking of lost velocity – whasup with Ken Giles?

    • Tigres says:
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      Quick scan of Blue Jays blogs – fans suggesting Cecil was not fully warmed up, got rushed into the game. So that plus cold weather maybe explains it. Maybe.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Tigres: That would make sense

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    Hold two.. A miller cischek or boxberger ROS

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Los locos: Lose Box

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Los locos: find a way to hold all three

  18. Swfcdan says:
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    You sure Ottavinos the man when Hawkins fails? Axford got the save yesterday and Ive even seen Betancourt listed as 2nd in line on some site.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: oh and epic recap, so glad these are back. Went out for breakfast and was reading throughout, wouldnt leave until I finished!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Axford went b/c Ottavino had already thrown

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Swfcdan: axford too busy pretending every day is wacking day.

  19. Fungazi says:
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    I’m giving Cole a pass for last night, pitching on the road on a cold, rainy night after a 3 hour delay.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fungazi: He gets lots of free passes from me

  20. Bryan says:
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    Looking for another starter Kazmir or Shomaker?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Bryan: Shoe

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bryan: that’s a tough one, really a coin flip, Kazmir had such an innings increase last year and faded down the stretch. Shoe is nice with the walk rate and solid K rate but doesn’t throw hard. Id go Kazmir for now. Home park and stuff is slightly better. I’m sure grey will say Shoe.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Actually statistically the Big A is a better pitchers park than the Big O.co. Another one of those weird perception things.

        I was bearish on Shoemaker this year. My theory is that he got it all done with the split change last year. Guys seeing him again will try to look fastball early and have a better ability to lay off the split.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: I know it’s close I just can’t get past that huge foul territory

      • Bryan says:
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        @J-FOH: lol,thanks

  21. Tom Drizzle says:
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    I kind of went a little pitcher crazy during my draft (damn u vodka!)
    Can you give me some tips on if it’s balanced?
    C-GATTIS
    C-C JOSEPH
    1B-K MORALES
    2B-GYORKO
    SS-FLORES
    3B-SEMIEN
    MI-B MILLER
    CI- J LAMB
    U-B MOSS

    BENCH
    J PERALTA
    VALBUENA
    K WONG

    P-SCHERZER
    P-HARVEY
    P-LESTER
    P-FIERS
    P-LIRIANO
    P-TILLMAN
    P-PAXTON
    P- B MCCARTHY
    P-G HOLLAND
    P- W DAVIS
    P-HATCHER
    P-C MARTINEZ

    Obviously 3 pitchers are reserves.
    Thoughts? Thanks!!

    • Tom Drizzle says:
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      @Tom Drizzle: forgot OF
      A JONES
      G STANTON
      J UPTON
      A POLLOCK
      OZUNA

      • Tom Drizzle says:
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        @Grey:

        12 team h2h keeper

  22. Swfcdan says:
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    Good hot schmotato OF to use over Rua with Pence out?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Swfcdan: Peralta? Markakis? deAza?

  23. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT of THE DAY:

    Each year the Moon moves away from the earth by about 4 centimeters

    • Philsfan76 says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: love this daily feature JeF

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Philsfan76: Oh wait your a Phillies Fan?…I just Like you…not Love

  24. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    In honor of Too Many Cooks, I named my team “It Takes a Lot to Make a Choo”, but alas, I just sent Choo and Porcello for Samardzija, and I now I am faced with an identity crisis, as well as a hole that needs to be filled stat.

    Gray, would you fill this hole (OF) with De Aza, the lisp, Maybin, or Gose?

    Rest of lineup for your pleasure:
    C (x2) Hundley, Wieters
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Devon
    ss: HanRam
    3B: Arenando
    2B/SS: Crawford
    1B/3B: Moobs
    Util: Vogt
    OF (x5) Giancarlo, Ajones, Joc, Fowler, insert here
    SP: Lester, Shark, Yordano, Iwakuma, Odorozi, Shoemaker, Peralta, Hammel, (Bailey – DL)
    RP: Robertson, Rosenthal, Betances

    Ciao,
    The Mrs.

    • Jay says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom:
      if you have a hole to fill, you should check if Wong is available. always good to fill a hole with wong.

  25. larrya says:
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    start Daniel Norris tonight vs Yankees? Aren’t they especially vulnerable vs lefties?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @larrya: DO IT…if hes on your roster hes there for a reason…start him till he gives you a reason not to.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @larrya: stream o nater likes it and I too like the match-up for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @larrya: Yanks don’t scare me

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: *sigh*

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @larrya: I just picked up Norris to do the same + will probably hold for at least his 2 tastey matchups next week (TB and ATL), if not longer.

  26. Iguy says:
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    In a Utility slot, 5×5 Roto, 12 team keeper league, Hosmer or Myers? I have a reasonably well-balanced team, but I skew to more power/rbi (Abreu, Stanton, Harper, Soler) than run/SB types (Hamilton, Wong). I like Hosmer more all-around, but would I be giving up runs/SB if I drop Myers?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Iguy: Id go Myers, sounds like you need the balance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Iguy: Agree with JFOH

  27. papasmurf says:
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    Well I’ll be damned. Not only did the Hos not get jammed on the inside fastball, he drove it 400 feet off a lefty no less? Hosmer and Lawrie… Jekyll and Hyde.

    I hope you are right about Avisail. My only gripe is he isn’t eligible for LF, where he’d be a better fit for my team.

    Randall Delgado could be a decent SP-eligible RP this year. Maurer was supposed to be that guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Agreed on Delgado, but wish they’d give a chance to start

      • papasmurf says:
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        @Grey: Delgado’s splits by pitch count last year show that he’s dominant up to pitch 30 (from Yahoo), which theoretically should make him a strong bullpen candidate. Small sample only, but worth a gamble.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, I think they never gave him a shot though is all

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, not saying I’d own him in most fantasy leagues if he were a SP, just sayin’ I’d like to see it

  28. elipitt says:
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    Am I crazy or is KC missing from the tools?

    • elipitt says:
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      @elipitt: Maybe OAK too?

      • Adam Jonze says:
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        @elipitt: KC and OAK both missing from today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elipitt: You should comment on the tools b/c then Rudy gets an email pinging him

      • elipitt says:
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        @Grey: I’ll keep that in mind. thanks. Now can you make it not rain in DET, please? I REALLY want to use Greene in daily…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Will do my best!

    • @elipitt: Fixed (not sure why it wouldn’t have been in there)

  29. Five-On-One says:
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    Couple of early season questions:

    1) Just picked up Castro. Are any of Ramos, Marshal, Petricka, Putnam, Duke or Osuna a better bet for saves?
    2) I have Gyorko and Lawrie at 2B, MI. Are DevON Travis or Brad Miller improvements, or should I hold?
    3) I am using Chiniros as my second catcher. Pierzynski, Hundly, Flowers and Rosario are available. What say you?
    Thanks for the awesome daily write-ups. It is the first thing I read every morning after getting to work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: 1) Not yet 2) Hold for now 3) Hundley No problem

  30. Luce Wayne says:
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    Grey,

    Why Osuna over Castro for Jays closer? I’m seeing reports of them wanting Castro in a important role. Just curious..

    thanks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Luce Wayne: I read the same, they like how hard Castro throws but looking at minor league track records, it looks like Osuna has better control and higher K rate. i think its a coin flip

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luce Wayne: Osuna’s nasty, loving what I saw for an MR… Cecil’s still the closer, Castro likely next

      • Luce Wayne says:
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        @Grey:

        Cool. Just trying to make a pick up for when and if Cecil loses the job.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  31. bigbear says:
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    Sounds like you’re higher on Osuna than Ottavino, is that a fair assessment? Who got the greater likelihood of getting the CL job?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @bigbear: I say Ottavino but Im basing that off a three year track record of improving numbers, but Weiss is an F-ing wildcard so you never know. Id grab Ottavino over Osuna for now

  32. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Grey,

    An update on “your” Atlanta Braves.

    First three games of 2014. Braves were 2-1. Scored a total of 6 runs while giving up 2. They had 27Ks over those three games – or 9 K’s per game.

    First three games of 2015. Braves are 3-0. Scored a total of 16 runs while giving up 3. They have 18Ks over those three game or 6K’s per game.

    I hate the Braves, but this is what GM J. Hart was talking about when he blew them up this year. With all the talent they were still 29th in runs scored and led the league in K’s. I thought his dismantling was criminal. It’s early, early, early…but maybe he was on to something.

    Anyway, back to regularly scheduled program – because, yeah, I know, no one gives a shit about the Braves. Pax, kid.

    • Del Griffith says:
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      @Hieronymous Lohse: In all fairness, a large chunk of those runs scored came against an ineffective Latos. I think that game is the outlier and it’s probably going to be a lot more of these 2 run games.
      As for the Marlins offense, my biggest gripe is that Morse hitting cleanup is not working. Why Ozuna is batting 6th behind Morse and Prado is kind of a head scratcher.

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Del Griffith: OZUNA bat cleanup, OZUNA hit ball far and drive in many many runs..

      • 2qbn says:
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        @Del Griffith: marlin fan and owner of Ozuna and completely agree. Ozuna should be in the 4th spot. Redmond has proven time and time again that he may not have the light in the attic

        • Del Griffith says:
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          @2qbn: He’s a hand puppet for Loria, same reason they didn’t move Mcgeehee out of the 4 spot once he cooled off 2nd half last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hieronymous Lohse: Think it’s too early to make any assessment on anything… Their three hitter is Markakis

  33. pickleball says:
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    in a keeper league, would you rather have bryce harper for $34, or justin upton for $23.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @pickleball: In Grey’s top 400, Harper is 13 and J Up is 14..Can’t go wrong with either.

      I like Harper better, cause his best is yet to come..

  34. chainlow says:
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    what sides of these woud you want?

    justin upton, chris archer OR matt harvey, wil myers

    avisail garcia, alex gordon, paxton FOR jordan zimmerman, neil walker

    pablo sandoval, alex gordon, matt shoemaker FOR zack grienke, chris davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chainlow: Upton…Zimmermann…Davis

  35. chainlow says:
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    james shields, pablo sandoval, aj pollock FOR gerrit cole, nolan arenado

    james shields, pablo, justin upton FOR g. cole, arenado, leonys martin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chainlow: These trades aren’t close…Arenado…Upton

  36. Ray says:
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    Vogt or Avila?

    • burningbridges247 says:
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      @Ray: Go with the upside, i.e. Vogt.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ray: Vogt, he showed great flashes last year and Avila has done this to us before

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: Vogt

  37. Cheese says:
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    Pineda’s health is not much of a concern for you? I like him too, and may be looking to trade for him, but the injury history…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cheese: you gotta take chances to win, just dont give up the farm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Everyone’s health is a concern, even yours, Cheese

  38. Chris says:
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    I have betances in a weekly h2h 10 team keeper. Who is it best to drop him for (Chapman is my other closer) Grilli, Miller, Gregerson or Soria?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Chris: You giving up on him already?

      • Chris says:
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        @Fungazi: giving up no, reading signs yes. I could drop Fiers as well but holding onto another reliever in a H2H league doesn’t seem right to me.

        • ERad says:
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          @Chris: Just an FYI – Betances came in against the 2,3, & 4 hitters of the Blue Jays – all righties

          • Chris says:
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            even more in such a shallow league does it not make sense to have a guy who is only going to get a portion of the saves? I know its early, one game but he went in on the eighth inning, i need saves not holds.

            • KB says:
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              @Chris: You can’t drop Betances after one inning facing Bautista, EE, etc. – way too reactionary. April was his worst month of ’14 too. I’d still bet on him ending the year with more saves than holds.

  39. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Here’s my purely speculative read on the Jays’ pen: Dickey and Bueherle are both free agents after this year. Toronto would probably love it if Osuna could take one of those spots. Given most teams’ aversion to sudden massive jumps in innings pitched, Osuna would have to throw more innings than a typical reliever this year. Meaning, at some point, he’s likely to be sent to AAA to be stretched out for next season. If that’s their plan, I don’t see how they’d name him the closer. As a pure Saves play, I’d go with Castro, but for a more impactful number of K-filled, ratio boosting relievery goodness I’d go Osuna. Or Cecil will Rodney his way to 40 Saves, who knows?

  40. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I love that it’s finally back to the season, I finally have something to do at work for the first hour (or three).

    NL Only, keeper league. My team is pretty weak in power and counting stats.
    Give: Josh Harrison
    Get: Wilmer Flores, Dexter Fowler

    Thanks as always,
    Nick

  41. Mr. Rickey says:
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    How would you rank these “closers” going forward?

    Grilli
    Boxberger
    Carlyle
    Soria

    Also, any early recommendations for a Mr. B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: Mr. B — Osuna! Grilli, Soria, Box

  42. Strolg says:
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    The Phillies two hole is now the Chooch Shoot

  43. DirtyD says:
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    For the season, primarily for saves speculation, secondarily for ratios:

    Hold K. Giles or drop him for R. Osuna?

    Thanks!

  44. Jack & the bean stalk says:
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    Howdy grey would you add any of the following bats/ pitchers?

    Bats:
    Lorenzo cain, Jose Iglesias , mike moustakas, Travis d’arnaud, derek Norris, Ryan Howard , howie kendrick, neil Walker, cody Ross, Carl crawford, michael cuddyer, javier Baez & Tomas but not sure if Baez & Tomas are worth stashing at this point what do you think?

    Available pitchers:
    Drew Hutchinson, jason grilli, kyle kendrick, CJ wilson, bartolo colon, RA Dickey, Nathan Eovaldi, Wade mikey, brandon McCarthy, Archie bradley, Colby Lewis .

    My team h2h points weekly roster lock

    Here’s my team

    C- devin mesoraco

    1b- Napoli

    2b- odor

    3b- Todd Frazier (eligible at 3b/1b)

    SS- hanley ramirez

    IF- danny santana

    OF- Puig

    OF- bryce Harper

    OF- mark trumbo (eligible at 1b/OF)

    OF- joc pederson

    DH- Edwin encarnacion (eligible at 1b/DH)

    Utility- carlos santana(eligible at 1b/3b/DH)

    Bench:
    Wil myers, Kris bryant, steve Pearce

    Pitcher (we have six pitcher slots)

    P- max Scherzer

    P- jeff samarjadza

    P- Matt Harvey

    P- Jacob DeGrom

    P- Tijuan walker

    P- Kendall graveman

    Bench: Brett cecil, Matt shoemaker, iwakuma

    Thanks grey, love your posts you helped me last season !

    What did the cold pirate say to a Timberwolf?
    – shiver me timber arrgh!

      • Jack & the bean stalk says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks for the response bud, you’d leave the offense as is at this point?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  45. Gareth says:
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    My team is lacking pop so I dropped Jose Ramirez (Who’s dwelling in the 9 hole) for Brad Miller.

    Pretty sure my MI slot will be a revolving door this year.

    “Ok, Who’s hot right now…………”

  46. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great writeup! Drop Cecil for Soria?

    Sounds like Soria is the better shot for keeping the job all season now…Cecil could be good, but Osuna looked fantastic + it’s easy to imagine the TOR favoring a righty as closer…

    Thanks!

  47. Frank White says:
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    Sup Grey… Is Ortiz gonna be sitting a lot of games this year or when Napoli plays 1st he hits DH??

    • Gareth says:
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      @Frank White: NL games it’ll be mostly Ortiz.

      Napoli should be at first base most days when they play AL opponents.

      • Frank White says:
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        But either way will he bat every game??

  48. Filet O'Fish says:
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    @Grey

    I’ve got Scooter, Gyorko & Odor rostered trying to find a 2B. Trying to be patient, but which could I lose to pick up Osuna?

    I’ve also got Rajai, LaRoche & Pearce on my bench.

      • Filet O'Fish says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        Thanks. May I ask how you decided? Scooter is 1/10, Odor 0/8, & Gyorko 1/8. It’s a turd sandwich all around.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Filet O’Fish: Because players are more than their last 10 AB’s.

  49. Bbb says:
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    In an 11 team roto league do I drop wilson ramos for avila?

  50. jay says:
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    Hey Grey does it make sense for me to drop either Cron or Khris Davis on my bench for Osuna. Cron is blocked by Goldy and Pujols in a league that doesnt have an corner infield spot. Also its a holds league so I think having any bench hitters might not make any sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jay: I’d hold for a few

  51. Wilsonian says:
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    In Gerritt Cole’s defense, they had, what, a 2-3 hour rain delay? That never helps shituations. I think he’ll be fine. Dude has #1 written all over him. Seriously, look at him. It looks like he passed out at a frat party and someone got Sharpie happy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Yeah, I like him, was Cust kayin

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: and I was just making a failed attempt at being funny!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  52. JAL says:
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    Grey, you think Osuna>Castro? I’ve read that Gibby loves Castro.

    • Cram It says:
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      @JAL: Tomawesome-o, tomahsome-o

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: Castro’s likely next in line

      • JAL says:
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        @Grey: Thank you. Can you please get our boy OZUNA in the 4th or 5th spot where he belongs?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Will do my best!

          • JAL says:
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            @Grey: Own Strasburg for second year in row now. At work, what is going on with him today/why is he getting hit like this?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ian Desmond booted a ball, I think 3 are unearned

              • JAL says:
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                @Grey: Thanks. How ’bout swinging strikes though? Cheers. Also, while we’re here, tell me JDonald and Bautista will wake up tonight and make my dear friend CC pay?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hope they wake up, I own them too… Stras looks fine, some cheap singles, nothing to worry about

                  • JAL says:
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                    @Grey: As always, appreciate your work and responses.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  53. Robbie Mack says:
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    Avila is really piquing my interest with the solid play by the catcher combination of Zunino and Chirinos. (Yes I am over-reacting early.)

  54. Gareth says:
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    I tried not do draft a 1B too early but still ended up with a logjam for three spots (Votto, Duda, Napoli, Vogt, Lind).

    Is Vogt worth holding onto until he gains catcher eligibility, Or is he still a streamer at this point? I would drop Lind but he hit a homer last night and seems pretty hot at the moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gareth: Not worth holding

  55. danny almonte says:
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    Ill be the first to ask, time to cut bait on D.Santana for Iglesias?

  56. Wilsonian says:
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    Can only have 3 of these doodes (unless I lose my streamer spot), who are you rostering:

    Duda
    Joc
    Khris
    Avisail

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: 8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

  57. Boomer19 says:
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    I’m holding Benoit in hopes he gets dealt somewhere for saves. Should I drop him and grab Osuna? Just a bench spot for saves right now. Thanks.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Boomer19: Yes make the move.

      • Boomer19 says:
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        Thanks 1F!

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Boomer19: NP

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Boomer19: I don’t think Benoit gets moved unless he’s part of the shortstop they are trying to make. I think Castro gets first crack after Cecil. Any other handcuffs in there? Ottavino?

  58. Mac McMacinmac says:
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    Hello grey

    Which rp should I drop for Iglesias? Cingriani, walden or farquhar?

    My pen is a mess, so hoping one of the latter two move into closer and since its a keeper league I figure my cheep cingriani is a nice guy to have on the bench. He is too talented to stay buried all year, right?But I need speed so wanna grab Iglesias.

    Thanks.

  59. stynyr says:
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    Hi Grey,

    10-team, h2h, 5×5

    c-d’Arnaud
    1b-Rizzo
    2b-Betts
    3b-Arenado
    ss-Bogaerts
    of-Gomez, Cargo, J-Upton
    util-Myers, Hosmer

    sp-Kershaw, Alex Wood, Hutchison, Fiers, Peralta, Miller, Hammel, Latos, Carlos Martinez
    rp-Storen, Britton, Hawkins
    dl-Smyly
    n/a-Syngergaard

    I get: Matt Holliday + Teheran
    I give: Carlos Gomez

    Thoughts? I traded a bunch of offense last year for pitchers that didn’t work (Wacha for Donaldson was the biggest bag of dicks), so I don’t want to get burned like that again this year.

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @stynyr: Never trade for pitching.

  60. ryanoger says:
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    10 team 5×5 redraft league

    Yan Gomes Cle – C
    Paul Goldschmidt Ari – 1B
    Devon Travis Tor – 2B
    Evan Longoria TB – 3B
    Ian Desmond Was – SS
    Nelson Cruz Sea – OF
    Melky Cabrera CWS – OF
    Wil Myers SD – OF
    Chris Davis Bal – 1B,3B
    Lucas Duda NYM – 1B
    Anthony Rendón Was – 2B,3B
    Matt Wieters Bal – C

    Corey Kluber Cle – SP
    Jake Arrieta ChC – SP
    Jacob deGrom NYM – SP
    Alex Wood Atl – SP,RP
    Matt Shoemaker LAA – SP,RP
    James Paxton Sea – SP
    Drew Smyly TB – SP

    Trevor Rosenthal StL – RP
    Fernando Rodney Sea – RP
    Huston Street LAA – RP
    Edward Mujica Bos – RP
    Wade Davis KC – RP

    Should I part with Mujica/someone else to add a hot bat like: José Iglesias? I know it’s still early and all but I’m strugglin’ out of gate with hitting. Or should I loose Mujica/someone else to add Roberto Osuna!? Love the idea of grabbing Osuna.

    AND what’s your take on Asher Wojciechowski?

    thanks Grey
    Ryan

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      *Khris Davis was just dropped potential to add him now too
      *Tony Watson too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryanoger: You’re going to play him over who? Desmond? Hold

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Slot him in a utility spot was my thought. Hold on adding Osuna then as well?

        thanks man!

        • ryanoger says:
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          @ryanoger:

          Mujica for Castro or just hold?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hold

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  61. claw dog says:
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    Not sure what I should do with my closer situation. Should I drop Hatcher for Peralta? I haven’t seen anywhere where someone has said who actually has the job. Especially after hatcher gave up 3 the other night

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @claw dog: Mattingly never announced it, hold

  62. Wilson says:
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    Want to trade a SP

    Cole or Iwakuma? or.. wait for one more start if I can’t trade for a good deal

    Thanks

  63. Dingbat says:
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    I’m an unhappy Benoit owner. Drop him for Ottavino? Or for Osuna?

  64. Frank White says:
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    So far in my league if you get a win and QS you get anywhere from 33- 42 points. With my last add/drop for the week, would you stream Pomeranz for tomorrow or grab Derek Norris dropping Rosario to have a catcher for 3 days??

  65. Charlie says:
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    Need to drop one for Soria. Morneau, Souza or Pompey.

    Have Wilson Ramos currently. Hang tight or drop for Avila?

    Thanks!!

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        Drop Ramos and add Avila?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

          • Charlie says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks! I’ll hang tight with Wilson Ramos.

            Out of Souza, Morneau and Pompey I dropped Pompey. Right drop?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds fine if you didn’t need SBs

              • Charlie says:
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                @Grey:

                I have Goldschmidt, Pedroia, Danny Santana, Trout, Stanton, Souza, Rendon, and Span…so I have some speed. You think enough? Or should I try and pick up Pompey after he clears waivers? Who would the drop be?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Looks fine for now

                  • Charlie says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Cool. Thanks!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  66. Brade says:
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    So true about unsafe middle relievers. I watched in horror as Ken Giles apparently forgot how to pitch.

    • Bill says:
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      @Brade: He’s on my bench in two holds leagues and I just traded him in another. Tempted to drop him for either Osuna or Castro at this point for the holds and ratios

  67. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Which of these injured SP’s has the better chance to be useful; in the 2nd half of 2015:

    Matt Moore
    Cliff Lee

  68. Dommattingly says:
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    Would you drop Scooter for D. Travis? Want Iglesias, but he’s only SS eligible on ESPN.
    Thanks!

  69. Joe says:
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    Who is a better speculative closer add, Soria or Jeurrys?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Joe: it’s not speculative, both are the closers. Soria has a better shot at being there all season.

      • Joe says:
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        @Wilsonian:

        Speculative as in, they’re both interim closers and haven’t yet been anointed as the rest of the season guy absent performance issues. They could each lose their position to a returning Nathan or Mejia, and I’m not about to presume the Tigers or Mets are smart enough to avoid a closer carousel even if Soria and Familia both perform well.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Joe: Nathan is constantly hurt. Soria could be lights out and give Ausmus very little reason to put an oft-injured Nathan back in the gig.

          Familia has both Mejia and Parnell to contend with when they come back from injuries. Could he be the closer the whole year? Yeah. But I’d roll the dice with Soria and I’m sure Grey would, too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Soria

  70. ERad says:
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    I didn’t see this touched upon in the comments yesterday – but Tristan Cockcroft’s DFS lock of the day on Tuesday was Mat Latos (yikes) – and ESPN promptly deleted the video after his meltdown to ‘preserve their brand’.

    Good thing the Razz brand ain’t nuthin ta F wit!

  71. Ray says:
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    Offered Wil Myers for Latos. Obviously have to take, right?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Ray: YUP!

    • ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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      @Ray: Lucky dog

  72. Ron Rondell Dell says:
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    Patience for Peavy or start streaming?

  73. JoshSamBob says:
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    How are we feeling about Butler? I appreciated that he didn’t explode my team, but is he going to dominate, or is he another in a series of COL pitchers who will do well on the road – or will he even do that?

    Would you drop him for, say, Jose Iglesias? Lind? De Aza? Brad Miller?

  74. phil says:
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    Would you pick up Flowers and drop Navarro?

  75. Jvanslyke says:
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    Have Benoit in a holds league. Just picked up Osuna. Should I drop Benoit for Castro? have Watson and Giles for holds but both have looked shaky

  76. GhostTownSteve says:
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    That Cole start last night was some dyspeptic deja vu. I said it yesterday as soon as I saw the weather report. For the first month and a half of the season last year it seemed like every Cole start was rain interrupted in some way. And when it wasn’t, all kinds of things went screwy. Weird calls. Broken bat stuff. Last night he lets in a run on a wild pitch. That’s another thing he seems to do a lot. So far in his career he’s had an ERA almost 3/4 of a run better in the second half than the first. There’s not a lot wrong with maybe picking your spots with him this month, though when you draft him as an SP2 you do want to throw him out there every day.

  77. b-rock says:
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    How soon is too soon to tell Devon Travis that I love him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @b-rock: Yesterday was too late, stop teasing!

  78. jr says:
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    Howdy sir. Im curious what side of a trade you prefer. 12 team h2h cats league. It’s a keeper league. We count bb and slg as 2 extra hitters cats, for hitters we run with qs, era, whip, holds, bb, k’s and net saves.

    I give beltre and kimbrel and get. Rendon and gio. I would have Allen, storen, grilli and Jansen when he gets off DL.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jr: Nah

      • jr says:
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        @Grey: I have arenado to play at 3rd and cano at 2nd. Would shop cano for improved outfield when rendon comes back. Not sure if that makes a difference

  79. Charlie says:
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    If you were going to drop Addison Reed, Bret Cecil, or LaTroy Hawkins for Jose Iglesias, which closer would you drop?

    My other closer on my roster is Joakim Soria. Thanks!!

    • KB says:
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      @Charlie: I wouldn’t drop a current closer for a MI. If your league is so deep that Iglesias is valuable than it is too deep to drop a closer.

      • ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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        @KB: KB said it.

        • Charlie says:
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          @ShawnOfTheLivid:

          Thanks! It’s a 10 team league btw.

  80. G says:
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    In my 12 team head to head category league, holds and saves are both categories. I have Cecil and the recently departed Nathan. My holds guys are Neil Ramirez and clippard and just picked up Farquhar for whatever he winds up being. One guy in my leage is really looking to trade for my Chris Davis and is offering closers since he stacked up on them. To give you an idea of my roster, my lineup is Zinino/Ramos, Abreu, wong, Danny Santana, arenado, puig, upton, marte, joc pederson, and Chris Davis. Avisail garci and Pearce are on my bench and would replace Davis. So should I make a deal if he’s willing to give me Cody allen and wade Davis for Chris davis? If so, would you take less – since he hasn’t made this offer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Don’t trade for closers

  81. Scratch this says:
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    Can Jeff Francoeur now be referred to as “Phrenchy” and/or “Jeff Phrancoeur”? Actually, this isn’t a question. The douche marks make it a demand. Yes, another philly phan overreaction. You don’t have to say it.

  82. Fungazi says:
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    Check back on Odorizzi after his first road start. You won’t be liking him so much anymore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: Ah, yes, that’s right

  83. BrewerFan says:
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    In what order would you list these closers?

    -JoelPeralta (LAD)
    -Familia (Mets)
    -Broxton (Brewers)
    -Osuna (TO)

  84. Griff says:
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    Grey,
    Which is a better grab for future saves: Ottavino or Parnell?

  85. ERad says:
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    Jose Ramirez in the 2 hole today – get it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ERad: Love that!

  86. ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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    I may be totally biased on this, but I’m curious if others feel the same.

    I cannot stand the ESPN layout/research/finding a player or ANYTHING else for their fantasy baseball. Now, I’ve played yahoo for 15 years so maybe I just can’t get used to it.

    This is my first year in an RCL and that is my only espn league. We’ll see how the season goes but I think I’ll be avoiding any espn leagues in the future. Any chance of some future yahoo RCL’s?

    Anyone else feel the same or am I just an old stumpy curmudgeon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ShawnOfTheLivid: I like the game play at ESPN better than Yahoo… The “move” and “submit”… The real time scoring on the team and standings page… the ability to find waiver guys easily… Might be what I’m used to

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @ShawnOfTheLivid: I agree…I like Yahoos better, but i dont dislike ESPN as much as you

  87. Hawkeye says:
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    FINALLY had our 10 team, AL-only roto draft last night. It’s both a keeper league and an auction draft. Prices were pretty volatile all night and definitely missed on some of my targets.

    We go 6×6 with OPS and Holds. Had to choose to keep Castillo a few weeks back, so will need to put him on my reserve list and replace him.

    Give it to me straight, how bad is it?

    C-Vogt
    1B-Abreu (K)
    2B-Altuve (K)
    3B-Sandoval
    MI-Franklin
    CI-Freese
    OF-Calhoun (K)
    OF-R. Castillo (K)
    OF-Pompey
    OF-Snider
    OF-Joyce
    DH-Vargas
    U-Seth Smith

    P-Hughes (K)
    P-Smyly (K)
    P-McHugh
    P-Happ
    P-Greene
    P-Street
    P-Cecil
    P-Farquhar
    P-Tazawa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawkeye: Pitching could be a mess and just short on SPs in general, but the hitting looks solid… Love for a better CI and last OF, but not bad at all for AL-Only

      • Hawkeye says:
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        @Grey:

        Ok, I feel better now. Guys were throwing money around like crazy on starters (King Felix went for $47!?), so decided to pick up a few relievers and go for holds/ratios to compensate. Will definitely be a hawk on the waiver wire to fill in the gaps.

        Appreciate the help.

  88. Greatest Show On Dirt says:
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    Possible adds in my 12 teamer:
    Wil Myers
    Khris Davis
    Angel Pagan
    Mike Napoli
    Devon Travis

    CJ Wilson
    Clay Bucholz
    Trevor Bauer

    My bench bat and Utility are Arcia and Dozier. Hold or jump on one?

  89. FrankGrimes says:
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    Anyone else starting Bauer today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: I would if owned him… BTW, saw your comment late the other night… Still loving Milk and Honey, but got a Tiki Juice I’m liking…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Tiki juice?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s lychee/coconutty vape

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Mmm…coconuts

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s good!

  90. prime_time says:
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    Grey, drop Peralta for McCarthy?

    Also, pick one.. Cecil, Soria, Miller, Box?

  91. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Harvey v Strasburg. Anybody geeked for that?

  92. Mostsuckass says:
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    Who do you like better for a Hittertron-endorsed batty call today:

    David Murphy @ HOU (Wojciechowski) (sorry, my ferret just walked across the keyboard)
    Krispie Young vs. TOR (Norris)

    A related question: will Krispie start against lefties (Hittertron gives him a 75% chance of playing today), or is he strictly a bench guy?

  93. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Picking my MI scab…

    B. Crawford, Scooter, Owings, Lowrie, LeMahieu (gesundheit!), Jace, or Aaron Hill?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jace

  94. Bill says:
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    Outstanding work today Grey!!

    Hold on Segura to see if he hits his way out of the 7 hole or move on Iglesias now? I have REYES so it’s for bench and off days.

    also, stick it out with Giles for drop for either Osuna or Castro?

    Thanks, much appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hold…Hold

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Bill: Id hold on both

      • Bill says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: excellent, thanks. Enjoy the Strasburg-Harvey duel.

        Jef, love the daily knowledge you drop.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Bill: HA!

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Bill: So does J-FOH

  95. SallyCips says:
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    I drafted Nathan, picked up Soria in preseason, and traded Nathan for Avi Garcia. Is that enough to win the car?

    Also, my latest offer to try to get Arenado is now Wong/Machado/Ross for Arenado/Perkins/Hawkins. This is starting to skew to him I think…yet still no biting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  96. Jacks says:
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    Posted a trade: my Latos for his Latroy Hawkins after Latos’ blow up. He accepted after Hawkins’ bad inning. Garbage in, Garbage out! Just happy to have Latos off my team. I neglected to check his ST velocity before drafting him. Thought the velo concerns were due to his bum knee last year. He’s a different pitcher if he’s sitting at 90-91 vs 92-94.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t mind that at all

  97. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Andrew Miller was cut in my league..

    Drop
    Neftali Feliz OR
    Glen Perkins OR
    bench bat : Arcia

    or HOLD

    • Cram It says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: C’mon MP, you’re better than this! At least your trophy room suggests as much.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA

      • J-FOH says:
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      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Cram It: LOL Cram, even a veteran fantasyballer like myself, needs occasional reassurance before making a move..

        • Cram It says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: This is certainly true, however, we have VERY different definitions of ‘occasional’.

          • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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            @Cram It: LOL

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Cram It: what about veteran Cram, you’re slippin

            • Cram It says:
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              @J-FOH: Admittedly so. I can’t be shitting on everybody.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Cram It: there is no can’t, just do or do not

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia

    • Paul C. says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Think of Miller as a first-tier closer just below Chapman/Kimbrel. Girardi likely ruined Betances’s arm with overuse last year, and I think Miller will have the job all year. Definitely pick him up. As for the cut, it depends on how deep a league and whether Feliz has trade value as an established closer even though based on skills he’s shaky.

  98. phil says:
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    are you saying to drop Osuna and pick up Castro instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro for saves spec, Osuna for downright nastiness

  99. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    1. Lose Scooter for Travis? Two games in and I already want to pick my 2b scab.
    2. Any concerns about Travis losing playing time once the imcomparable Maicer Izturis is back?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mr. Tibbs: TRAVIS!

      • Mr. Tibbs says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks! I just saw that Grey answered this question above earlier. Sorry to post the same pregunta twice. Today J-FOH stands for Jack Full of Help.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Mr. Tibbs: Im here to help everyday

          • Mr. Tibbs says:
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            @J-FOH: Cool. Just a heads up, there will probably be more tedious MI questions from me as the season progresses.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes 2. God I hope not

  100. HighHeat says:
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    What are your thoughts on how the Pollock situation will play out. He was put on waivers last night in my league. I am considering grabbing him and drooping Choo. Thoughts?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @HighHeat: drop Choo grab pollock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  101. Lex says:
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    Do u like iglesias over Santana,Segura and micah johnson?….in either roto or a standard 12 team points league?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Lex: no

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Micah

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Lex: sorry didnt see Micah there, yeah drop for Micah

  102. Mark says:
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    In a 4×4 10 team CBS league (no runs or Ks), okay to drop belt for lind? we have no DL slots

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  103. Meet The Jets says:
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    Anyone else notice Grey threw a heart emoji in his Adrian Gonzalez blurb? Subliminal messages? Better than a Fight Club subliminal emoji though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  104. Dommattingly says:
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    As a last bench spot, you like Gose or devon Travis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gose

      • Dommattingly says:
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        @Grey: thanks man!

  105. nick the dick says:
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    Fantasy Joint Of The Day:
    (Powered by JFoh, the official sponsor of Hate)

    Bunch of closers wondering if their times up,
    Aoki looking okie dokie at the top of the lineup,
    Yanks down late but still tryin ta fight,
    Batty call tonight, hoping Plouffe goes the dynamite,
    Old man Hawkins blew it, grabbin Ottavino,
    A-Gon with 3 bombs, holy night of the living zombino,
    Iglesisas is schmottahto-ing,
    Kenley Jansen still hobbling,
    Give the saves to Peralta,
    Nom nom and im gobbling,
    All the sagnof, ive got 7 closers in one league,
    And every team with the Parnell DL trick up my sleeve,
    James loney aint alone with Jaso to the DL,
    FML in the FCL,
    I’m in the basement of hell,
    Fom a bad dose,
    Of Latos,
    My old goats,
    With 0-fers,
    Bunch of oafs,
    Only mustered up four,
    Fuckin hits,
    What is this?
    No homeruns,
    Fifty-fuckin-one,
    At bats! Whats that?!
    For those who suck at math,
    That’s .078, oh great,
    Ahh shit, now im pissed,
    I am not,
    Having fun,
    I am done,
    Angry and surly,
    But wait, its still early…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is it Chino? Kidding. Wow, that’s seriously awesome… Well played!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Haha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: *starts slow clap*

      great work my man. I would rather have your original raps than anything anyone else has ever written. Originality is king, dont make me ping….you, maybe I should drop choo like a mic, on Kuech-el, dont be bull he’s a bear, that wont tear your dairy aire..

      Seriously awesome. Keep up the good work

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: HA nice. Probably shouldn’t seperate Keuchel’s name out loud though. New schtick it is this year!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: Im glad you took on the challenge, keeping it original is much better than copy and paste from another site. I’m proud of you like a third step dad

    • Cram It says:
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      @nick the dick: I lurved this. Favorite one yet! Cheers.

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: You sound like MP

        • Cram It says:
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          @JeF WiTH 1 F: Hey now! There was no catcher question in there.

          • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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            @Cram It:Ha ha Maybe it was the “Cheers” at the end that did it

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @nick the dick: Fuh-Fuh-Fuh-Freshhhh

  106. Bobby says:
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    I have Chris Sale coming off the DL this weekend in one of my keeper leagues. I am trying to figure out who to drop. I currently have Bogaerts as my starting SS. Would you drop Danny Santana, Francisco Lindor, or CJ Cron?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor prolly, but I’d like to know the depth of the league

  107. Jay says:
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    Rios or Cain…sugar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  108. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Forecast in Detroit not looking conducive to baseball. Not cool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, just grabbed Schafer

      • Mr. Tibbs says:
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        @Grey: Dropped Victorino, due to platoon concerns, for Gose. Oh well

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  109. Steven Earley says:
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    Well the first three days for my 10 team Yahoo AL Only keeper league team has been ugly! Dead last with 0HR!
    I did win the title last year so at least I have that to get me through the year.

    How bad does this team look? We have 6 bench and 2 DL spots.(k)denotes players I kept from previous year. I didn’t have much to choose from after some trades to secure the title last year.
    C-Zunino(K)
    1b-Vargas
    2b-Kipnis
    3b-Machado(K)
    ss-Bogearts
    OF-A.Garcia,Calhoun(K),Pillar
    Util-Donaldson
    Bench/DL-R.Castillo(K), Saunders,Canha,Aviles
    SP-Hutchinson,Paxton(K), T.Walker(K), Bauer
    RP-Cecil,Osuna,Castro
    Bench/DL -Moore,Rodon,Richards

    I have been playing RP streaming as was recommended by JFoh I think. Gotten good numbers so far from the ones I have cycled. Today I picked up Osuna and Castro for Tor. Might have to hold onto them both for handcuffs to Cecil and/or just some nice K from RP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can’t win if you panic after 3 days, be cool, Steve it’s earley…. You do look a bit low on power though… Machado, Bogaerts, Avisail might combine for 25 homers

  110. Bob says:
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    In a 10 Team H2h Roto Categories 6×6. Extra Cats K’s for hitter and QS for pitchers Weekly Lineup

    Would you trade Andrew Miller for Steve Pearce or Micheal Pineada

    My current Situation of affected Pieces

    1b-Chris Davis
    OF-Trout
    OF-Bryce Harper
    Of-DannY Santana
    Bench-Brandon Belt
    Bench-Joc Pederson
    DL-Jayson Werth
    RP-Feliz
    RP-Grilli
    DL-Jansen
    P-Samarj
    P-Arrieta
    P-Iwakuma
    P-McHugh
    P-Shoemaker
    Bench-Tijuan Walker
    Bench-Carlos Martinez(rp/sp)
    Bench-Drew Pomeranz(rp/sp)
    Bench-Andrew Miller
    Bench-Fiers
    Bench-McCarthy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Pineda

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: Gracias!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  111. Rice says:
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    I haven’t been hearing much about our friend Yasmany lately…. other than he can’t play D, has been sent to AAA, and apparently Chip Hale is calling him fat!

    I try not to make any moves in the first week… but are we holding or folding here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly folding in most leagues, unfortch

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Grey: They’re still working him out at 3b also, which is gonna make him stay down in AAA even longer. I dropped him in my 10 team but kept him in my other two 12 team leagues, but he’s probably not worth stashing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  112. Cram It says:
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    I’m totally forgetting about my NFBC team, but what’s the deal with Friday? You can edit your lineup every Friday and Monday? So it’s a twice weekly league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s wacky… Hitting on Friday, hitting and pitching on Sunday night/Monday

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Oh just hitting on Friday. Yeah that is wacky.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I see my team is struggling as badly as yours…

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Ha. Yeah, not off to a great start, but my teams NEVER are. Latos didn’t help. I’m calm…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cram, calm? Hmm…

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Grey: Right there at the bottom with you boys. Lots of TIME to catch up to Marques.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        It makes sense though. Keeps you from streaming pitchers but allows you to make adjustments to the offense for interleague for instance.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tell me 3 of those were unearned, right?

  113. ashtray says:
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    I’m reaching that point where all these sexy pickup options are just calling for me to start rosterbating. Remind me again what month it is?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  114. ashtray says:
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    Speaking of which, DeSclafini looking good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, yeah

  115. ERad says:
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    Pretty wild teams pitch out on Billy Hamilton – and it still doesn’t matter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally!

  116. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Of course right when Harvey/Staus starts I get an urgent work request… oh well. Hopefully I finish in time to watch a pitcher even greater than those two combined. NICK FREAKIN MARTINEZZZ!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  117. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    Our first getaway day…preparing for a lot of O-Fers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, especially in Stras v. Harvey

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: Yeah Buuuuuddddy…Harvey 2 K’s through 1

        • Cram It says:
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          @JeF WiTH 1 F: Metsie! Ian Desmond is our best offensive player…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA

          • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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            @Cram It: Love him…see we really did trade for him, just nobody knows about it

            • Cram It says:
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              @JeF WiTH 1 F: Strasburg gone. Lock it down Harvey and oh-so-medicore bullpen!

              • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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                @Cram It: Yeah nice win

  118. Nipsey Russell says:
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    Keep one: McCarthy, Kazmir or Hughes?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Nipsey Russell: Id keep Kazmir…but can see going hughes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Nipsey Russell: Kaz for K’s but if you own Hughes i wouldn’t drop just yet. He ran into a tough Det lineup

  119. Paz says:
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    the A’s are the most confounding team for fantasy

    they’ve got like five different OF configurations and each guy *could* have value if he played every day, but unless you can platoon/AL only, none of them have much value

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, very frustrating

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Grey: They don’t even have Coco back yet either

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but he won’t be until ASB likely

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Paz: oh ghostown

  120. Carlos says:
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    Mr Box or W. Peralta for saves?

    Thanks!

    • Carlos says:
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      @Carlos:

      I meant J Peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Box

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: HA HA DIX! and to everyone else NSFW

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Wake Up:
      cue spit take ha

  121. Carlos says:
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    Thanks. I was leaning that way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  122. A2K says:
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    Joe Smith or Osuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Osuna

  123. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Man, Desmond is such a brutal SS. Just played a bouncer off his chest for the E6. The league where I own him is an 11×9 that counts Err and Ast for some ancient, terrible reason. I may lose the week to the team that rosters all Mets because of him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s terrible

  124. So what happened to Straus? For some reason the feed won’t work on MLB.tv, I remember now this was one of the issues I had the first time. Certain games just don’t want to load, and won’t say why, just endless spinning. Same thing on multiple computers. Anyhow, bad luck or bad pitching? Is it time to make a trade offer for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond booted a ball that led to a big inning

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Elijah:
      both!
      it’s prolly your connection and/or speed of said connection

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Elijah: I share my account with 2 other friends, and all of us randomly from time to time experience the never ending spinning. I don’t know if its placibo effect or not, but I usually turn off my ps4/phone and turn it back on and it’ll work

      • @Fireball Feliz:

        Yeah Im guessing its partly my lackluster connection here at work, but then why do some games work like a charm and some just spin? Puzzling

        So if its Desmonds fault, I guess offering something for Straus=Good. Yet on the other hand, it’s not like the Nat’s D is going to become good all of a sudden. Hmmmmm

      • ERad says:
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        @Fireball Feliz: I was kicking around this idea – splitting MLB TV with my buddy – any issues with logging on at the same time and such?

        • Fireball Feliz says:
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          @ERad: Nope. We’ve each experienced the spinning circle of death, but I don’t think that has to do with multiple people. I had my tv and computer on, my buddy had his ps4 and ipad on, and my 3rd buddy had his ps4 on all at once opening night and we were fine

  125. J-FOH says:
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    I agree and disagree with the MR being drafted statement. Certain handcuffs are worth it in shaky situations while others are not. I was just telling someone the other day that every year guys emerge while others fall off in the bullpens. See Brian Wilson, Steve Delabar and Alex Torres last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need how many on your team? 2 at the most? You can find them in-season

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I wanted Ken Giles and Joakim Soria on my teams this year. I drafted Ottavino on a team and see the benefits of owning Wade Davis. I’ll also stream MR’s as i look for a good handcuff to emerge. It’s a strategy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, and you could just stream MRs off waivers too

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: see what i wrote below and watch me in the Perts’ league this year. I’m going to neutralize all of JB’s arms

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Word

        • @J-FOH:

          Drafting guys like Soria or A Miller or even Romo makes sense to me, but I don’t know about drafting MR’s in general in a league like the RCL. I’d want at least a chance of taking the closer job.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Elijah: thats what I’m saying, you take the MR’s who can be closers, see below for strategy

  126. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    4 inn…6Ks….all is well so far

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he looks great

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: he does and the Natss look poo poo, even Fatolo looked good

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Nats aren’t clicking yet

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @J-FOH: Yeah they look awful

          • Fireball Feliz says:
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            They need Rendon back!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not until after Jeurys gets off the mound, please

  127. Hi Grey or anyone else — This is in a 14-team redraft roto league where teams have to have at least 150 games at avery position (162 max)

    At 2B, SS, 3B my starters are: Kipnis, SCastro, Miggy and my only backup at any of those positions is Danny Santana (SS/OF). With the 150 games minimum, a decent backup is more important.

    I’ve been offered Brett Lawrie and an 18th-round pick next year for Santana and a 20th-round pick. Lawrie would give me a backup with some upside at both 2B and 3B, and I’d drop an extra OF (Jon Jay, most likely) for a new backup SS (Brandon Crawford, ASimmons, ECabrera, Jose Ramirez are available).

    Nobody worth having on waivers for the 2B/3B role (Valbuena, Aviles, Schoop) so that’s not an option. I don’t have roster space for separate backups at 2B, SS, and 3B.

    Pull the trigger on Lawrie for DSantana? Or try to craft a different deal somewhere else? Or hold until it’s clear I need a backup for Castro or Miggy?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  128. J-FOH says:
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    For those new to the RCL’s and why we preach MR’s and even streaming MR’s when you can. Over a three day period in 10.2 innings I have 17 K’s with a zero ERA. Not one game start used and numbers you would love out of any combination of starters. This might be from the extreme side of things but look at some of the guys you could of used on the player page and got good numbers from so far. I suggest adding the K/9 option under display preferences and use that as a quick tool to see what guys have been doing and then go see their usage, if its been a day or two then go ahead and stream that MR.

    This is just a way to go about it and in no way reflects Greys strategy

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @J-FOH:

      …and of course, most importantly, while your GS are capped, your IPs are not. Optimal strategy absolutely dictates that you maximize your innings pitched. Which is why it’s recommended to carry as few starters as you can feasibly carry given the competition for streaming in your league (as well as your level of dedication to streaming). That the extra innings you’re adding come from high K, low rate stat MRs is icing on the cake.

    • Great White North says:
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      @J-FOH: Since you are giving away RCL strategy, explain how tobest amass 180 starts. Is it ideal own four solid SP and stream the other 60 or so starts? 5 SP and stream the other 30 or so? Is your bench more arms then bats?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Great White North: for me it’s 2 and then stream the rest or grab one who is killing it like Richards, Arrieta and Carassco las year. The rest of the spots are for MR’s to stream and closer handcuffs. Make sure always always good K/9 guys

        • Great White North says:
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          @J-FOH: And I was worried four was too few. Or is this all just part of the Grand Razz Master Plan to force everyone to buy the Steam-o-nater?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Great White North: Nah. Last year I played one RCL with one arm wire to wire

  129. Aero says:
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    Thoughts on the following injured pitchers and trading Latos for them: Sale / Cobb / Smyly / Ryu / Bailey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade Latos for any but Bailey

  130. Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Might be a little late to this thread. Anywho, thank you guys as always.

    Bench spot question: Hold Vargas, or drop for Iglesias? My current SS is Dannys Antana.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now

      • Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  131. Bauer amusing to watch in a young Nolan Ryan sort of way.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Elijah:

        Astros hitting instructor is a shampoo bottle: swing, miss, repeat

      • @Elijah:

        Downside is he won’t make it to the 5th inning heh

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Elijah:

        Factor in the back to back to back jacks Bauer gave up in spring and I think the league may have found it’s very first 3 true outcome pitcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  132. Emily Bonerface says:
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    Heston was actually sitting 91-92 all night, occasionally touching 93. He threw his change-up and sinker in fastball counts, with tons of sharp movement, and a buncha broken bats and ugly grounders. Vogey and Peavy look done, Timmy belongs in the bullpen, and Hudson could collapse at any time – do not be surprised when Heston, with that infield defense, is sitting on 10 wins at the break, with a 3.30 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and ~100 Ks in ~120 IP. Like Sammy Sosa once said, “he looks so reallllllllll!” This year’s Keuchel.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Emily Bonerface:

      Giants org is high on him across the board. A good comp for him might end up being Graveman. Just a flat out ground ball machine. I agree that he’s got a chance to stick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guess we’ll see

  133. Jonfin says:
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    9 team 5×5 with 1250 innings cap and max 80 moves

    Someone panic dropped Calhoun. Looking to add him as a bench bat/utility. Current OF: Harper, CarGonzalez, Cruz, Ozuna, Revere.

    Would you drop Mujica (4th closer) or Carloz Martinez (8th starter)? or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mujica

  134. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I am compelled to say…do not f**k with Matt Harvey.

  135. Mike says:
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    What would you think of flipping Paxton for Matt Wieters… right now my staff is Kluber/Arrieta/Carracsco/McHugh/ and Shoemaker. Could also try to shop Shoemaker.

    Right now I have Yadi under center so trying to fix that issue.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  136. I am the walrus says:
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    2 different leagues, 2 questions:

    Ottavino or Hatcher?

    Peralta or Axfor or Mujica or Ottavino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hatcher…Peralta

      • I am the walrus says:
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        Oh one more…Hatcher or Peralta?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Peralta

  137. alcohol abuser says:
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    Hey Grey,
    In a 14 team H2H keeper with OBP instead of Avg. and QS instead of Wins…without getting into roster composition and going in player value alone, would you trade Strasburg for Machado/Pedroia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  138. Evan Romano says:
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    12 team weekly lineup points league: CJ Wilson or AJ Burnett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burnett

  139. ERad says:
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    Slam & Legs for Jose Ramirez! Tell Tito to keep him in the 2 hole, fo real.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  140. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    First Slam and Legs batty call of the season, thank you Jose Ramirez!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  141. CarpCasserole says:
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    Hey Grey, theres a guy in my points league who has A. Gon and Rizzo while Im stuck with Chris Davis and Matt Adams. Would sending my Jose Reyes and Davis for his Rizzo and Rollins get it done? I’d also consider swapping my Melancon for his K Rod. Are either of these trades realistic, or am I being “that guy” in my fantasy league? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try it

  142. Wow, Votto actually hit me a HR.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miracle!

  143. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Familia gave up a run, so we can all get the save. Thata boy Familia!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t work like that

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Grey: Crap! Forgot about that

        • Fireball Feliz says:
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          Kazaam right?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup, Kazaam!

  144. Long Bawls says:
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    I’m guessing Trevor Bauer didn’t watch a lot of 3-2-1 Contact as a kid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Long Bawls: Damn i remember that

  145. Steve says:
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    Ugly, ugly start for Graveman. Nerves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was never a big fan

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        He’s not a real fantasy asset.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Steve:

      Looks like some shaky defense too.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: what do homers have to do with defense?

        I never got all the people on his nuts for fantasy. made no sense to me. Speaking of A’s arms, how are you feeling about Pomeranz tomorrow? The M’s got killed by the last lefty they faced, not that that means much, but is he a streamer for you tomorrow? I’m on the fence and would love our resident A’s beat writers perspective.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @J-FOH: He’s probably referring to the error on the ball Vogt dropped at the plate. I think some of those ER wont last but he looked like trash anyhow. Nothing special about the Rangers offense, Graveman just can’t seem to locate or get himself out of trouble

          • J-FOH says:
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            @mauledbypandas: pairing him with harvey today in the FCL was just awesome. I have Greene going and don’t think I’ll keep my zero ERA intact after today.

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @J-FOH: Not sure what Harvey has to do with it. All the stats go to the same place anyhow. I was hoping for a win more than anything with Graveman, 7 ER hurts though. Alwasy fun to dig yourself into ratio holes in the first week of the season.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @mauledbypandas: just poking you with bamboo. Being a Rangers fan this must be hard for you….emphasis on hard….like bondage

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @J-FOH: It’s tough to bet against your real life baseball team yeah. I guess it’s good to get wins against the A’s even though Rangers are going nowhere. I was surprised how much the ball carried at O.co today. Greene looked good in the first. I really wish I had decided to stream him instead. This year really has not started well for me. I need some bamboo soaked in booze

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          I’d roll Pomeranz out there. Graveman is better than he showed today I think.

          I still kind of like Chris Bassitt’s aresenal. Had a mechanical thing to straighten out, but there’s plenty of help if Graveman struggles. Could see old #75 too.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Steve: Don’t know why people are running him out there. Unproven fantasy value.

      • Steve says:
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        @Cram It: Because we all dream of lightning in a bottle, Paxton’s first start last season….

        He’s already sent back to the wire. Welcome Osuna!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: same could be same for Norris too but the difference is the K rate, no K’s no play

        • Steve says:
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          @J-FOH: I’m no longer starting Bradley this weekend.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Steve: not against the Doyers in AZ

        • Cram It says:
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          @J-FOH: Right, but I’m still not running Norris out there in his first start unless it’s against the Twins. I don’t own him though, so he can be someone else’s Trevor Bauer.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Cram It: Yankees no bueno vs Lefties. I would as a streamer

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @J-FOH: I came so close to streaming Norris today but went with Graveman, which turned out to be a grave decision, man

  146. I Love You Wong Time says:
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    How long until you dump Cecil and replace him with Osuna? I need to get a jump on the Closer crazed league Im in so are you thinking after the next crap outing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, hold

      • I Love You Wong Time says:
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        @Grey: Guess now being that team stream just said he was done?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

  147. Fireball Feliz says:
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    CHOOOOOOO!! Earning that 130 mill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  148. Bye Felicia says:
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    So in other words it’s time to sell A-Gon high for a 1st rounder like Adam Jones or Goldy lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  149. jaw says:
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    drop joel peralta for miguel castro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  150. Closer-pocalypse says:
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    How many of my $1000 FAAB dollars should I throw down on Castro now that Cecil’s been yanked? 12-team H2H points league. Current closers: Kimbrel, Casilla, Grilli, Jansen (DL). Got a free space, so I don’t need to drop anyone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $21

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Make that $76

  151. Wilsonian says:
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    Damn, picked up Bauer to stream him, now I can’t drop him after that performance. So who do I drop:

    Bauer
    Archer
    Hutchison
    Grilli
    Soria
    Miller
    Reed
    (Cishek and Papelbon are my other closers)

    8 Team H2H – W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reed

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      Coin flip Miller or Archer. I would drop Miller but oddly I’m not sure that’s right. Assuming that’s Shelby

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wilsonian: Reed. That’s Andrew Miller right? And there’s like 10 closers on the wire?…You can lose Reed.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: and no, that was Andrew Miller.

  152. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I don’t really have my head in daily as all my leagues are weekly but I should have thrown out Moreland as a good batty call. He rakes at the O (at least for Moreland he does). 7 career homers (more than any other road venue), and .860 career OPS. Ball carries at the O a lot better too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Little late, ha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I peeped on him for today but instead grabbed axford last night as I’m desperate for saves.

      Did you catch my Pomerantz question?

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        I answered above. I’d start him.

  153. Erriiiic says:
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    Yo gray quick question. Do I pull the trigger on giving Harvey and Adam jones for trout? Feel like I have to

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  154. Durkin says:
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    10 team mixed 5 OF, Keeper for 3 years max at $3 increase per year. Both in first year contracts

    Get: $16 Harvey
    Give: $6 Joc Pederson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  155. Aero says:
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    Drafted Reed and Casilla at the last 2 rounds (SAGNOF!). Grilli, Mujica, Hawkins, Gregerson, Soria available. Worth a switch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  156. The Great Knoche says:
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    Evan Gattis with the Back To Back Golden Sombrero. He should win a Wooden Donkey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Gattis is the dumpster donkey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  157. knucks says:
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    I need to drop a 1B to pick up Ottavino. Should I lose Mauer, Belt, or Headley? One starts at 1B and the other two are Bench guys for me. I know this looks ugly but I’m confident with the pop/avg I have elsewhere… Standard Roto 11 teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mauer

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: you da man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  158. the swinging says:
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    Cecil out! They said they going to miguel castro. Another very young arm.. gl

  159. goodfold2 says:
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    net saves and holds leagues, which of loup/castro/osuna?
    2. different league, 12 teamer with saves only. i have 4 RP slots and 11 SP. cecil/hatcher/familia/perkins/parnell (DL)/mcgee (DL). my worst SP is one of burnett/peavy/d.norris. drop cecil yet for castro or one of the SP and keep Cecil in case he gets job back?
    3. yet another league, saves and holds 16 teamer where i am weak in saves with cishek/miller/farquhar/strop/hatcher/barrett (who i can’t drop yet, he’s played today). drop which for castro?
    4. holds and saves drop j.peralta/hatcher/jepsen for castro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Osuna… Hold Cecil… Strop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Last: hatcher

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: interesting that osuna ranked ahead in net saves and holds.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: and keep d.norris/peavy/burnett over grabbing castro as well? waiver SP are haren/heaney/house/vargas/b.anderson/c.anderson/gee/niese/petit/happ/j.nelson/hellickson

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Can lose Peavy

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Grey: wow, that worried about his soreness?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Any league where Peavy is a potential drop is a league where you can just re-pick him up if you need to

  160. Sky

    Sky says:
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    A dramatic reenactment of Kendall owners today:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: f**king beautiful

  161. mauledbypandas says:
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    J.D. Martinez just destroyed a HR to right on a cold day in Detroit. Really wish I had some faith in him and/or Pearce before the season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As of right now, I agree

    • J-FOH says:
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      @mauledbypandas: I had faith just couldn’t see myself reaching and they got reached in a few of mine. I have Pearce in the league I’m in with Grey which makes me happy

  162. Scooterboy says:
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    Who would you rather have at your catcher position, Wilson Ramos or Yasmani Grandal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos

  163. nick the dick says:
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    I’m throwing Daniel Norris everywhere tonight *cheeks clenched*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pucker up! I have him too

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Hope he can loosen my ass up as the game goes on. Wait, what??!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too! Wait, no!

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: CC mixing his changeup nicely with his fastchange. Hitting hit spots on the middle of the plate well.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: I have him in the one and only H2H league I’m in….god I hate H2H but its a writers league

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: CC helping the cause so far

  164. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    wade and boxberger deals turned down for my carp in dynasty 16 team league. owner asked for blackman, my only LF, and i’m not doing that. only moving carp or panda since i nabbed bogaearts in draft and don’t need 3 BN bats, and 3 3B. is this order about right for carp trade ideas
    storen/watson/walden/britton/mcgee/kelvin/jepsen/strop/n.ramirez? current RP are (7 slots)
    hatcher/kenley (DL, hatcher is drop later)/ottavino/rondon/kela/marshall/pomeranz (likely to drop him for 7th RP soon). wade davis owner is using prado at 3B so he might come back on this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks fine

  165. Ross says:
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    thank you for the advice of dropping salazar for bauer yesterday. good timing.

    arismendy and miller are my back up middle infielders. drop any or either for travis and iglesias?

    thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arismendy for Travis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh and no problem

  166. SteveNZ says:
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    Jerko.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  167. SteveNZ says:
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    Kennedy out already?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What happened?

  168. The Great Knoche says:
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    Anybody see what happened to Ian Kennedy?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Great Knoche: hopefully he finally ate s**t and died

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @J-FOH: Bitter from Previous years of Kennedy failures? Or Jealous of the Red Beard?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @The Great Knoche: the Dodgers crap he started when with the D Backs. He’s a bitch ass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

  169. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    me likely listening to greene being ranked crazy high by JB. own this dude in like 6 leagues now. some dynasties too.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: still early, but MIN looks like it’s gone right back to being MIN, not that weird top 15 offense that showed up in 2014.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was the Twins

  170. GhostTownSteve says:
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    CC is dealing!

    That’s what they’ll be saying about the new employee at the Reno Peppermill next month.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  171. Long Bawls says:
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    As any Spanish speaker will tell you, CC is the opposite of no-no.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Long Bawls: And I just thought it was the name of those cheap $3 carryout pizzas Sabathia has been eating since his summer in Milwaukee.

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Dude’s a belly itcher and proud of it!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @The Great Knoche: i’m sure he dined in for the all you can eat buffet. I thought fat CC was better?

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @nick the dick: He’s like Oprah. He’s fat, he’s thin, he’s fat, he’s thin. I cant remember which years are which, and if they made a difference in his pitching or just his nostril size.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  172. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    20 team dynasty. this offense
    zunino
    fielder
    gyorko
    andrus
    beltre
    LF choo
    CF leonys
    RF stanton
    util ozuna
    BN vargas/rios/jose ram
    a guy just dropped valbuena for alonso, stick with jose ram as backup 2B/SS or grab Valbuena as back 2B/3B? defensive categories as well like double plays in this league so SS might have more value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  173. keeperleague says:
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    in a keeper league, what side would you want:

    $32 bryce harper, $13 Pablo, $4 Krod, $15 Archer FOR $10 matt harvey, $20 chris davis, $10 wil meyers, $10 kenley jansen…

    the only real keepers in my mind is harper and harvey, but those were their auction values this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks good

      • keeperleague says:
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        @Grey: do you prefer a side for
        1) this year or
        2) the future ? harper at $32 isnt really a value, but could be. harvey at 10 looks nice right now

  174. Mark says:
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    Is it overreacting to drop quintana for daniel norris? 11 team shallow league with inn limit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not overreacting

  175. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I just traded for Chris Davis so I need to drop a bat. Who do you like better, Jace Peterson who’s been hitting leadoff, or Jose Ramirez who’s now moved up to the 2 hole the last couple days. I was leaning (ever so slightly) towards Jace when Ramirez was batting 9th, but after today I guess he may stick at the top of the order for a while. Now I’m torn on who to hold onto. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Ramirez better

  176. Ty says:
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    What up Grey, I know its way to early to stress about anyone on your team but i’m thinking I need a back up SS just incase Santana doesn’t pan out. I can drop one of my bench outfielders ( Moss, Pearce,K Davis) i’m thinking Davis. Guys of relevance that are available are B. Miller, Crawford, bogaerts.

    • Ty says:
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      @Ty: Jose Ramirez too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis for Bogaerts

      • Ty says:
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        @Grey: Thanks dude for confirming my thoughts

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Hondo says:
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            @Grey: Who would you take next from that SS group?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Miller

              • Hondo says:
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                @Grey:

                • Hondo says:
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                  @Hondo: Chris Taylor is almost ready to come back,is he going to take Millers lousy AB’s away?

  177. Jon says:
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    Which SP would you add? Chase Anderson, Brett Anderson, deSclafani, Brandon Morrow…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morrow

  178. Carlos says:
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    Castro (from the Jays) or Mr. Box for saves?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Box

  179. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    So…yet another person with a Cecil question…

    10 team h2h with limited moves (real money budget), here is my roster:

    C McCann 1B Ortiz 2B Kipnis 3B Donaldson SS Desmond OF Trout OF Marte OF Soler UTL Moss BN Duda

    SP: Hamels, Carrasco, Arrieta, DeGrom, Wacha, Hutchinson, Shoemaker, Paxton, Kuechel
    RP: Casilla, Rondon, Cecil

    So looks like Cecil isn’t the closer anymore but could regain the job sometime soon if his velo comes back. It would probably be really risky dropping him since someone else will likely pick him up. Do yo feel confident that Casto or Orsuna will take the job and run with it or should I just hold onto Cecil and wait out the storm?

    None of my starters look droppable and Duda is my only bench bat….suggestion?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cecil should regain the job

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: i remember when girls used to wear pants like that, it was a great time in our history.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: from tonight’s usage it looks like castro/cecil/osuna for the short term with cecil/castro/osuna for longer term. If TOR was so worried about Cecil’s shoulder still being hurt (claimed in some articles) he wouldn’t have been used on back to back nights, certainly not in the 8th tonight. they just want him to get sharper first.

  180. Great White North says:
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    If you were in need of HR and had to choose one, better bench bat: R. Howard, Texiera, A-Rod, or just stream the bitch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  181. Bob says:
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    Have a minor league roster spot to fill and somebody dropped Rusney Castillo. Pick him up right? What do you see think ROS numbers are when he’s called up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, grab him

  182. SteveNZ says:
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    Still early, but Jerko.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Such a…

  183. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Who’s the best option for steals as a backup in an OBP league for Mr. “O for the season” Danny Santana?

    Travis, Iglesias, Peterson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis

  184. nick the dick says:
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    A-Rod!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Son of a

  185. Hondo says:
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    So much for having my clicking finger warmed up to snatch Norris up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  186. nick the dick says:
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    Damn batty called Tex last night and that jerkface wants to go deep against my stream now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sucks

  187. ThE sHiT says:
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    10 team h2h league where we have 2 util spots. I dropped Khris for Cain Sugar. Decent move?

    Also, Devon Travis, Pearce, and De Aza are on the wire. I have Wong, Lawrie and Gyorko for 2B and a util spot (Panda is manning the other one). Make a move for either of those guys? Thanks and long time no talk. Hope all is well, the site is golden as usual!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…Hold

  188. the swinging says:
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    Osuna pitching in the 6th…

  189. Jerry says:
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    Hey Grey! Would you drop Quintana for McCarthy or hold for now? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  190. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    ozuna in – bottom 6th.

    in other news I hate Jedd Gyorko and I know it’s early, but should I grab Odor / Travis / Jose-Ramirez or Jace over him? I pretty much need to move to steals at 2nd anyhoo… thoughts? (keeper league) Thanks

    C – Norris (Wieters)
    C – Ramos
    1B – Edwin
    2B – JERKO
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Tulo
    MI – Bogaerts
    CI – Machado
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Marte
    OF – Avisail
    OF – Trumbo
    OF – Souza
    Util – Chris Davis
    Bn – Baez

    P – Scherzer
    P – Hamels
    P – Arrieta
    P – Carrasco
    P – Richards
    P – Papelbon
    P – Gregerson
    P – Latos

    Bn – Giles
    Bn – Parnell
    Bn – Carlos Rodon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Grey: I lied my b – he was only available in another league. pick a 2nd one… Odor?

  191. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Grey, are you watching this Kimbrel thing? :)

    • Hieronymous Lohse says:
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      @Hieronymous Lohse: AAAHHHNND, You are welcome! :) See, that is how the Universe, and my power within it, works. Kimbrel was struggling. To have remained mute would have exacerbated the struggle. To mutter, however…that is the key. It awakens the Universe and the struggling pitcher. It sets things right. And, as a Kimbrel owner I needed to set things right.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wasn’t

  192. SteveNZ says:
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    No way Gyorko walks this off here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: No But he Did hammer that infield single to break up that 0-fer 13 he was on.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  193. TJ says:
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    Hey Grey. Not sure if someone has brought this up today or not (680 comments.. Damn you’re popular..), but what do you think of Bautistas struggles here in the first few days? I plan on trading him for a fake signed Kim Kardashian poster soon.

    Haven’t seen any of his at bats yet, does he look bad? Wouldn’t be surprised if in the next few days we hear he’s been dealing with something sore…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fine, it’s early

  194. J says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Not sure if you’re still fielding questions.

    1) Should I lose Hahn, TWalker or DHolland for:
    -Bauer
    -Greene

    2) Should I lose Familia for:
    -Castro
    -Osuna

    Thanks!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @J: Grey had holland ranked way below all those starters. Bauer was ranked highest.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: familia is more likely to have more saves than those two, at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland for Greene, Hahn for Walker

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: he already has t.walker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right right, Bauer for Hahn

  195. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    looking like loup if the big loser in TOR shufflling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: dropped that dude in like 3 spots. marshall/tolleson/castro/osuna all appear to have better jobs currently. Maybe even Ottavino soon too (ottavino not really available in leagues that have holds though)

  196. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I don’t think there’s any chance Cecil gets the regular gig back no matter how well he throws because of the handedness comma left. They’ll use him in the 8th and possibly situationally earlier. I think it’ll be Castro’s job to run with.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: First time in 2 days. I agree.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be

    • the swinging says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: not sure why there’s so much castro resistance from the king.

      He advised someone hold mujica over castro? Really king? Really?

  197. Johnny on the Spot says:
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    Roster crunch and I have to drop either Marcell Ozuna or Joc Pederson. Its a 10team H2H points league if that makes a difference. What do you think?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joc

      • Johnny on the Spot says:
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        @Grey:

        Also Grey, general site question…
        Recently I’ve found the home page has not been updating for me automatically. I’ve had to either reload the page, or today I actually had to access the forum page and then get back to the home page to see recent posts by you and the writers. Not sure if its a problem others have been having or if its just me, but I thought I should mention it.

  198. WHODAT says:
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    ozuna or castro to gt the closer gig?

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @WHODAT: castro.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Mordacious Levator: but likely Cecil later, and as good as cecil looked today that later could be sooner.

  199. Dan says:
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    Tanaka or Richards for long term in a dynasty?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Dan:

      Richards

      • Dan says:
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        @GhostTownSteve:

        Thanks for the reply… Who do you think has the higher ceiling? (Injury risks aside)

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Dan:

          I think Tanaka has the higher upside but I think there’s Tommy John in his future. Now you’re two years out from here. By then the landscape will have shifted so much. Go bird in the hand. There’s not enough gap in the talent level to justify waiting for Tanaka.

          • Dan says:
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            @GhostTownSteve:
            @GhostTownSteve:

            Solid point. Only reason I am considering Tanaka is because of his ceiling coupled with the fact that I am not competing this year and probably next year..

            Plus I’m a Yankee fan.

  200. Long Bawls says:
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    Portmanteauing my closers; I’ve got Cecastro and Nathoria, which can cause dehydration. Worth it to drop Nathan for J-Ram as a backup to Jerko?

    I’m depressed that the above sentence makes perfect sense to me.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Long Bawls:

      Depending on league settings. Yes.

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Thanks! We’re 12 team 6×6 roto. Already have Box, K-Rod, Familia in addition to the above. Basically, I paid for the salad bar, so I don’t care that all they have are pinto beans, cottage cheese, and a semi-opaque sneeze guard.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Long Bawls:

          I guess the main point is that Nathan is done.

  201. JFK says:
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    Ahoy, Greycarlo!

    Yes, it’s only the first week, but my bats are off to an atrocious start and I’m itching to make a move in a 7×7 league with R / HR / RBI / SB / K / AVG / OPS:
    C – Lucroy
    1B -Big Papi
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Seager
    SS – Bogaerts
    OFs – Jones / Kemp / Pollock
    Util – Daniel Murphy
    Bench – Cuddyer / Lamb
    DL – Pence

    I picked up Jim Johnson and Hatcher for speculative saves, but what are your thoughts on dropping one of those guys for any of (speed generally being the recurring theme): Brad Miller, Eaton, Micah, De Aza, Pagan, Gose, Crawford or Jace?
    Thanks!

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