For the first time, there’s Reasonable Doubt for you, the Jay Z owner.  Asking yourself, on Growing Pains, am I, Boner?  You’re supposed to put up goose eggs, and be all zen.  Now the Black Album is scrambled, got funky albumen.  Grey told me don’t draft a top starter, but I got Jordan Zimmermann not Shawn Carter.  Jigga what…is with all the runs?  His starts make me want to curse, hide your nuns.  Pardon my question, but my H2H is on tilt and I need streamers from the SON, see.  This is fantasy, where’s my funzies!?  Yesterday, Zimmermann went 2 1/3 IP and gave up seven, but at least I have Kershaw, Strasburg and Samardzija.  Wait, then why is my team’s ERA pushing five and I don’t have anything that rhymes with Samardzija!?  As for Zimmermann, he looks like he’s hiding an injury so far this year.  Velocity’s down, Ks are down, pitches are up.  I wouldn’t panic trade him, but I wonder if something might be wrong and I would explore trade possibilities.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jayson Werth – 0-for-3 as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Get him in your lineup!  And please direct other questions to Tom in the “Get Him In Your Lineup Unless You Have Someone Better” Department.  Tom no longer works in this department.”

Ryan Zimmerman – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  Now two Zimmermann starts in a row that his brother from a lesser letter has gone deep.  If Ryan Z. is seen petitioning Matt Williams to make Jordan Z. an everyday reliever, we’ll know why.

Ian Desmond – 0-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting .115.  At least he’s not hitting as bad as he’s fielding.

Hanley Ramirez – Left yesterday’s game after fouling a ball off his foot.  He said his dogs were barking, which makes sense since his CAT scan was negative.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (2) and double helping of legs (1, 2).  “I did it all for the Mookie!  This could be our comeback!”  That’s Fred Durst screaming into his phone at his manager, who put the phone down and walked away to get a donut.

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .433.  Plenty of time, don’t need the microwave, but I’d put Ted Williams’s Frozen Head on the counter just to get it to room temperature.  It’s gonna wanna see this.

Rick Porcello – 8 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Why do I feel like the Red Sox are going to win 100 games and then lose their first playoff series because of pitching?  Am I soothsayer?  A sayer of soothes?  Did I eat a Magic Eight Ball for breakfast?  Or am I just stating what’s obvious to everyone except Red Sox fans?

Henderson Alvarez – Hit the DL with a shoulder injury.  The Marlins say it’s not serious.  Ri8ght.  Coming into this year, he averaged 93+ MPH on his fastball.  So far this year, his fastball has been around 90 MPH.  If he writes that on the patient intake form for Dr. James Andrews, he will have Tommy John surgery by May 1st.  Filling in for him will be David Phelps, who I like more than Alvarez.  Okay, that’s not fair to Phelps.  I don’t like Alvarez at all, but I do like Phelps, in general.  Not sure what the Stream-o-Nator says about Phelps’s start, but I could streaming him vs. the Mets.

Mat Latos – 4 IP, 2 ER.  Much better start for him this time vs. those same Braves that roughed him up last time out.  By this rate, he’ll throw a shutout by his twelfth start against the Braves.

Shelby Miller – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K.  Shelby seems incapable of throwing a start that gets you pumped about owning him.  A Shelby can do your income taxes, if you need a root canal, Shelby’s your man.  But pumped about Shelby on the hump?  Nope.

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-4, 2 runs, hit his 2nd homer, hitting .414.  Maybe he’s nothing but a hot schmotato, but, at this point, if you’re not picking him up, someone else is going to and you’re gonna be kicking yourself for your inaction.  The Morales of the story, grab him!

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting .360.  You know when Mostsuckass gets home, he’s taking a screenshot of his average.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 runs, 1 RBI and hitting .414.  It’s the 1927 Royals!

Danny Duffy – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Twins.  Against a major league team, his line would’ve been 4 IP, 5 ER, 12 baserunners, 0 Ks.

Trevor Plouffe – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  Plouffe goes the dynamite!

Michael Pineda – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks.  There’s supposed to be candy that pours out with Pineda is hit.  I want my candy!

Brett Gardner – Went for X-rays on his stiff wrist, but he’s fine.  Nothing wrong with a stiff wrist, according to my grandfather.  It’s the limp ones you gotta worry about.  Ah, a different time.  When men were men, and everyone was openly intolerant.

Stephen Drew – 1-for-1, and a grand slam after he came into the game late.  This is the 2nd game in a row he’s homered, and, I’m the last person to defend Drew, but what on earth do the Yankees have better that he’s not in the lineup every day?  You don’t need to answer, they don’t have anything.

Mark Teixeira – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer.  Hide your brain custard, we could have a Zombino sighting.

Krispie Young – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in his last two starts (didn’t start on Sunday).  Looks like Krispie could give some AL-Only value in daily leagues where you can bench him when he’s out of the lineup.  Though, it’s not clear when he will be benched.  When a guy strikes out against a pitching machine, it does sorta throw matchups out the window.

Andrew Miller – 1 2/3 IP, 0 ER and the save.  By August, Miller’s going to be entering games in the 3rd inning.  Speaking of which… Fun fact!  When Joe Torre texts Scott Proctor, he texts back, “This is Scott’s son.  Scott can’t use his arm.”

Adam Jones – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .440.  During my RCL draft after Cano was drafted, I said something like, “There’s a pick you’re bored by right after you make it.”  That’s the same deal with Jones, but the difference is you love owning Jones once the season starts.

Alejandro De Aza – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 1st steal.  In the preseason, I kept thinking De Aza would end up playing every day and having great value.  I should’ve been more aggressive with him.  And less aggressive with mothereffin Gyorko!

Wei-Yin Chen – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks and could pitch a perfect game and no one would ever want to own him.

LaTroy Hawkins – After I speculated yesterday that Hawkins should lose the closer job, Walt Weiss announced just that.  Weiss said that Hawkins was getting “a break.”  The inference there is that Hawkins is getting a break from losing games for the Rockies and he should’ve retired after he inconceivably made it through last year with the closer job.  Weiss gave yesterday’s save to Betancourt, because Weiss apparently only trusts guys that remember the first Woodstock.  I’m guessing that Weiss was only going with Betancourt because Adam Ottavino had thrown the previous two days.  To say I’m 100% sure that Weiss will make the smart choice and go to Ottavino from this point forward would be me lying to you.  I would never lie to you; I’m Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario!  If I were grabbing a speculative closer, I’d go Ottavino first, but I’d own Betancourt for now because, since he got a clean save yesterday, Weiss may take that to mean he should be the closer.  This is now officially the longest blurb in the history of blurbs.  Call Guinness.

Eddie Butler – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 11 baserunners, 1 K as he tied owners to a WHIPping post.  If this game were in Coors, at least half of those baserunners would’ve scored.  I wouldn’t trust Butler, except to open doors for opposing hitters.

DJ LeMahieu – 3-for-4, hitting .517.  Forget DJ Red Alert, this is DJ and a hot schmotato alert!

Nori Aoki – 2-for-4 and his 1st steal, hitting .412, and looking Aoki doki.  I told you to pick him up yesterday and today I’m reiterating that on the aforementioned tip!

Chris Heston – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, 1.38 ERA thru two games.  I streamed him this week for his two starts and it’s not too late to get on board for his 2nd start of the week that the Stream-o-Nator likes, and I like doubly.  By the by, try to say doubly without sounding drunk.  It’s impossible.

Devin Mesoraco – Headed for an MRI on his hip.  A catcher with hip problems + MRI = Capricorn.  Math’s slightly off there.  Was supposed to equal “not a good sign.”

Billy Hamilton – Day-to-day with a sore finger.  Shame on a finga!

Brandon Phillips – 4-for-5, 2 runs.  Get busy, Phillips!  I’m talking to casting directors right now.  Busy Phillips is underused.

Jorge Soler – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and two homers.  You know who made Soler power possible, right?  Al Gore.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 7.84.  Don’t worry, it’s still early.  Not in the grand scheme of things if you’re waiting since 1908.

Chris Coghlan – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in three games.  I truly believe whoever would’ve played while Mike Olt was nursing an injury would’ve been great.  That’s the way Mike Olt’s career has been.  Valbuena owes his entire career to prospblocking Olt.

Jake Odorizzi – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks in Toronto.  A pitcher who is usually not good on the road, going into Rogers Centre and holding the Blue Jays first seven hitters hitless is like going to a Jewish wedding and not being introduced to someone’s single niece.  It just doesn’t happen.

Ryan Rua – Will be in a walking boot for three weeks.  Damn, he must’ve really had a ton of parking tickets.

Kole Calhoun – Sat out his second straight game due to a calf injury.  Filling in for him was Cowgill.  Calf injury allowing Cowgill to play?  I sense a conspiracy.  Are they in cahoofs?

Matt Shoemaker – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Peaches?  Cherries?  Apples?  No.  This Cobbler makes quality starts.

David Freese – 1-for-4 and his third homer.  I knew I should’ve taken Freese in the first round instead of Abreu.  *slams head against desk*

Brandon McCarthy – 7 IP, 5 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  He’s going for the xFIP record:  12 IP, 19 Ks, 1 BB(!) and 9 ER.  That is sexiest/ugliest line ever.

James Paxton – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I wonder if Taijuan and Paxton think the Mariners selling their pitching prospects’ soul for F-Her was worth it.

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers.  Balls are really jumping out of Dodger Stadium this year.  That’s what she said!  Huh?

Dustin Ackley – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer, hitting .353 and led off yesterday.  Hot schmotato alert!  Actually, he might be more than a hot schmotato, but either way I’d own him.

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-5 and his 2nd homer.  And the Pweeg ran all the way home!

Yonder Alonso – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer, hitting .375.  Hottest bat in the Padres lineup.  Or as Padres fans call him at the game, “What’s his name?”

Ender Inciarte – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, hitting .393.   In this game, Jake Lamb went 2-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .400 on the year.  In related news, Yasmany Tomas ate a Ring Ding.

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Matt Garza 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I don’t own either guy, so I wouldn’t usually watch this, but I did since it was an early game.  As they were showing Garza and Wainwright, I kept thinking how they look like they’re extras from American Crime.  Why does Garza have to be one of those people?  Why can’t Wainwright’s mom just accept his Asian fiancee?  Why is the dialogue out of sync?

Kolten Wong – 0-for-1, 1 run, 3 walks.  You know where three walks would be good?  At the top of the lineup!

Jhonny Peralta – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .360, and 2nd day in a row I’ve mentioned the Superfluous H because, ya know, he’s hitting.  The H is O!

Mark Melancon – 1 IP, 3 ER.  Kazaam!

Gerrit Cole – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Tigers.  Even the Tigers can agree, Gerrrrrrrit’s grrrrrrrreat!

Josh Harrison  – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st home run, hitting .217.   He’s been ice cold so far, but maybe this will warm him up and get things moving as Harrison sings, My Sweet Fjord.

Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer as he hits .304.  Corey Hart breathing down his neck with stale 80’s era halitosis is lighting a fire under Alvarez.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  I get it, Jew Don, I was supposed to draft you on all my teams.  Please stop being petty and rubbing it in my face.  I’m thanking you in advance.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  I didn’t love Anibal coming into this year, but his first two games have actually been solid aside from ERA.  Nice Ks, WHIP and was just left in the game a little too long yesterday.  His velocity has been down, and it’s too early to say I’m excited by him, but it’s also too early to say I’m unexcited by him.  Anibal’s opening to rave reviews, “Grey says he’s unexcited!”  “Grey will be watching him in his next, not-Opening Day weekend start!”  “All in third person and loaded with weird syntax!”

Scott Kazmir – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  17 more starts before you need to sell.

Billy Butler – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his first homer.  His homer went completely out of Minute Maid Park.  Was there any doubt that a Juice Box would hold Butler?

Marcus Semien – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer.  I hear Semien’s was a real shot, but I refuse to watch replays.

Brett Lawrie – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  Travis Snider and Lawrie on the same All-Star team this year?  Mayans, you may get your apocalypse wish.

Jose Altuve – 3-for-4 and his 1st homer.  With Altuve and Butler homering in the same game, I’m reminded of a short stack of pancakes.

 
  1. Blint says:
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    Hi Grey,

    struggling big time in my league! whoever is on my bench is producing and when I put in starting lineup they suck! Somebody owns my Voodoo Doll for sure.

    My MI and 2B slots are a Black Hole right now! Have Daniel Murphy there who is struggling. Also kept Baez who isn’t even on the team anymore ! Checking the most adds MI available its these guys

    1) Jose Iglesias ( Wasnt he a one hit wonder singer in the 90s?)

    2) Anderlton Simmons

    3) Schooop

    4) Holt

    5) Lowrie

    6) Beckham

    Should I keep holding Baez? Its a keeper league I can keep him for $3 for 2016 and 2017

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Blint: I M keeping Baez for now…

      • Blint says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        how long do you think he is down in the minors?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blint: So you have an empty MI spot? Go with Lowrie

      • Blint says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        Nah I would preferred if I did have an empty spot. I had picked up Crawford because he hit well first few games. Will pick up Lowrie now! Thanks a lot!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  2. Birdmann says:
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    I need Hambone back he and AGon have been carrying one of my teams.

    After going to both A’s game this weekend with my kids great to see them blow out a team on TV. At least the cotton candy, walking the field for LL day and my sweet socks I got on Sunday made it worth it.

  3. Birdmann says:
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    do you think RJ Alvarez gets a shot at some saves, he reminds me a lot of Eck the way he throws, not the leg kick, but definitely the hair.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Birdmann: FCL got you all commenting now

  4. slimbo says:
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    Am I crazy to try and trade zimmerman away for bauer or Greene?

    What kind of return should he get

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @slimbo: I am holding Zim, it is only 8 days into the season, it is crazy to trade away a stud SP so soon..

      Speculating injuries is just plain STUPID!

    • SallyCips says:
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      @slimbo: If you’re going to trade, get back a major piece. Peeps will pay up more than that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @slimbo: I’d want more than that

  5. bossmanjunior says:
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    Did you watch the Dodgers game? Just curious to hear how Paxton looked. Aside from the ER, his overall line looked pretty fine, especially against a tough line up. Not like he wasn’t striking guys out or walking too many guys. From the highlights, looked like his velo was ok as well.

    For the 100th iteration of the same question, still hold the likes of Paxton, Hutchinson and Cecil or drop any for Ottavino?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I was watching The Voice… Can drop Cecil for Ottavino

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @bossmanjunior: it’s only up to 3.5 since yesterday morning, i thought there would be many many more but now that otto is closer they tailed off. you do have 2 of the 3.5 of them now. understandably the first was before otto was official though.

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Fantastic work, man! Had I known about you in high school, I’d have read this before Wuthering Heights.

    Was able to add ‘Kuma (dropped YGomes), Hughes (dropped Bauer) and C-Mart (dropped Norris) off waivers. Thank you for holding your breath!

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, man! Pedro Alvarez on pace for like 66 HRs. Mind you I think most left-handed players have mastered the ‘Hitting the 90-MPH fastball belt-high middle-in’ e-book.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  7. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    Jedd Gyorko is droppable now, right? He looks like he’s on the wrong end of a platoon. I just dropped him for Jose Ramirez, to help me out with a few extra steals. I am keeping an eye on Alex Guerrero though. He’s looking good.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @TheMuppetManiac: JoRam is just a place setter for Lindor, I would have kept Jedd, at least another week..

      I am also keeping an eye or two on Alex G..

      • TheMuppetManiac says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:
        I have Lindor in my NA spot, so I’m covered if he comes up.

  8. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Hey Grey!!

    Things are picking up after a mediocre first strange week.

    Anyhow, 2 questions:

    1) I have an NA spot in one of my H2H leagues. I’ve NA’d Buxton. Good idea? Rod on is already picked up. Can’t think of anyone else worthy other than Noah but he’s worisome right now.

    2) I’ve DL’d Parnell. You think he retains the closer job?

    Thank you.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @TarmanGotHim:

      1, BNuxton is the # keeper in fantasy..HOLD

      2. who knows with the mess..

  9. Jonathan g says:
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    Ten team roto 5×5

    Drop Cecil for betancourt? Ottavino is owned and I have Clippard, boxberger, and gregerson for other closers.

  10. Phil says:
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    Wanting to get in on the Bogaerts brigade. What do you think of Giancarlo and Jose peraza for Bogaerts and Cano? (dynasty pts league) I have Heyward to fill in at RF, and my current infield is gennett/Crawford.

    On a related note, is there a hotline for OTD (obsessive trading disorder)?

    • Jason E. says:
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      @Phil: I love trading too, but that trade doesn’t sound great

      • NimsheyPOBlo says:
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        @Jason E.: Me neither. Late night OTD talk. However, what three would you rather have in your lineup: Stanton-Gennett-Crawford, or Heyward-Cano-Bogaerts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Ha… Stanton side

  11. Ulysses says:
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    Drop segura for bogaerts in h2h category league?

    • pickleball says:
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      @Ulysses: own both of those guys. drop someone else, unless youre in an 8 team league

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Ulysses: If you have nobody else to drop, id take Bogaerts

  12. Moustard says:
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    Don’t worry Grey, we know it, too. And so does Ben Cherington. What do you think our prospects are for?
    After yesterday he might have scratched Zimmermann off the list…

  13. Raftman says:
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    H2H Pts – Desclafani or Bradley for their start this week?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Raftman: I like Archie.

  14. Ciwa says:
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    Hi!
    H2H,14 team.
    This trade was proposed to me:
    my Pederson and Hanley Ramirez for his Nelson Cruz and Ian Desmond.
    What do you think about it?

    Thanks and good luck from italy!

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Ciwa: Ciao, Ciwa! I’d make that trade in a heartbeat. E molto bene!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ciwa: Ciao! Sounds fair

    • @Ciwa: Where are you in Italy? I’m in Rome.

  15. Fastpitch says:
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    Grey, I’m down in steals thanks to Revere and Martin. Could pick up Marisnick or Gose and lose Fowler or one or two of Revere or Martin. Which of these players would you want ROS. 10 team with 5 outfielders. Basically need 2 of the 5, sorry.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Fastpitch: Revere and Martin are still your best bets for steals out of the guys you mentioned..Be patient, you can’t be that far down in steals 8 days into the season..Relax. :)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fastpitch: lose fowler for Gose

  16. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    Which of these would you drop Gyorko for….LeMahieu, Phillips, Owings, Alcantara, Jose Ramirez, Valbuena, or J. Peterson? Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @sasquatch sluggers: I M holding Gyorko to see what he does this week.. None of those FA’s are going anywhere, they will, for the most part all be there next week…I think Jedd will get it going real soon…Only 8 days into the season…:)

  17. peteo says:
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    Guy in my 10 team H2H league is dumping RP.
    Was sitting happy with:
    Clippard
    Rondon
    Boxberger (who I am crushing on)

    Can now pick up Cishek and or Perkins for free

    Rest of staff is cruddy ERA/WHIP, K-heavy, for what it’s worth

    Suggestions ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peteo: Cishek over Clippard

      • peteo says:
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        @Grey:
        ooh. Sorry, the other ex-brave- Storen, not Clippard

        • peteo says:
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          @peteo: Whaaa? Sorry- the other National (as a midwesterner, the NL East is like the flyover- hard to remember where one team ends and another begins).

  18. Sherm says:
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    The cobbler joke was sweet.

    • kisses says:
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      @Sherm: it was National Cobbler Day yesterday which just seems like a cruel joke. Who puts a day celebrating cobbler in the middle of spring when I can’t get any peaches?! Bastards…

  19. Strolg says:
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    How you know the dude who does color for the Minnesota Twins TV broadcast isn’t a fantasy baseballer, and I quote “I don’t know if anyone envisioned Moustakas filling the two hole.”

  20. Malicious Phenom says:
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    I can stash two of these SP’s:

    Matt Moore – June
    Mike Minor – ?
    Derek Holland – June
    Jarrod Parker – end of May

    Who you like?

  21. The Phatman says:
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    Hi there Grey. I am in something of a rhubarb of a jam. In a 17 team league with only 15 total moves(trades don’t count as moves) and I drafted Blanco with my last pick figuring he’d produce a bit whilst Pence is pensive on the DL. Blanco sucks the bag so far and Pence should be back soon…

    I’m looking at using a move to drop Blanco and add either: Coghlan, Alonso, Smoak (I smell fire), Jose Iglesias, or Canha. Of those I am liking Coghlan and Canha most. Thoughts? Musings? Yay? Nay?

  22. Keith says:
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    Aoki or Morales in a points league?

  23. Comatose says:
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    Grey, I’m in a 12-team NL-only auction. Stats are the basics- AVG, R, HR, SB, OBP; ERA, W, K, SV, WHIP. The waiver is super thing, so all moves need to be made with an eye toward the long term.

    Who would you rather own?
    Owings
    Hundley
    Galvis

    And from these?
    Matzek
    Heston
    Phelps

    Thanks!

    • Comatose says:
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      @Comatose: Throw Raisel in there with the starters too.

  24. pickleball says:
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    interesting i was actually thinking of ‘buyin low’ on J-zimm but admittedly havent seen the games.

    trade question for you. in a long term keeper league ($10 minimum keep price)

    what side of $11 RIzzo, $10 pollock FOR $10 jd martinez, $10 corey dickerson are you on?

    or, Pablo sandoval, $11 rizzo,,FOR $10 kris bryant, $10 corey D,

    one more to run by ya,

    Pablo, ($11) rizzo, shields, pollock FOR ($10) bryant, ($10) corey D, ($30) strasburg

    thanks. look forward to your writeup every morning

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @pickleball: Rizzo side in the first 2….Dickerson side in the last one

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @pickleball: Rizzo in the 1st one..Kris Bryant in the last two..

      • pickleball says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: thanks. sounds like a difference of opnion on trade #2… i feel like they’re all close, no?

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @pickleball: They are close enough, I am NOT at all a fan of Sandoval…As always wait for Grey’s to chime in..

          Best of luck with your decision..

    • Cram It says:
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      @pickleball: I like Dickerson side in all of them, because long term keeper.

      • Pickleball says:
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        @Cram It: yes it is long term keeper, and $10 is the minimum, so there’s that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pickleball: Rizzo 1st one, Dickerson is 2nd

  25. Knighttown says:
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    I’m rocking Odubel Herrera at MI in my 13 team daily 5×5. Have Maybin in the Util slot.

    -switch MI for Utley, Schloop, Jed Lawrie, Jose Ramirez or Gyorko?

    -Morneau on waivers. Worth grabbing for Util over Maybin?

  26. Evgeni Eckhart says:
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    ugh. in a league where you can only keep a guy for 3 years if you trade for him, or 5 years if you pick him up off waivers; I finally had to trade Cueto this year…and oop! the simple trade of getting a valuable piece in Zimmerman even if I’m going to lose some value? FML.

  27. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Love the Seattle prospects line!

    I’ve been trying to field offers for Tanaka in my work league (roto league with 5 OFs etc). Yesterday I was offered Myers + Eovaldi. Bauer, Burnett, and C Mart are also on his roster.

    I like the Myers part; but not sure how I feel about eovaldi. I’m going to try for Bauer or one of those other pitchers, but if I can’t would you still take it?

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I hold Tanaka for now and hope he raises his stock some before moving him.

      He will get better as the weather warms and he feels more comfortable with using ALL his pitches…

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Thanks – that’s what I had been thinking, but watching his last start, I’m just not convinced that Tanaka won’t snap his elbow in another couple of games. I’m also considering this because I could really use the offensive help and Myers alone is ahead of Tanaka on the Razz400 (aka. my fantasy bible haha).

        I’m a big Yankee fan, and on the most Yankee-loving blog I follow, I saw an article titled something like “Tanaka can succeed on guile”. . . which is never something you want to be the main selling point of a young superstar ace.

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I have both Myers and Tanaka and I M also a huge Yankees fan..

          Ig I thought Bauer could stop walking people I would say do Myers and Bauer, but I think Bauer is still a year or two away from breaking out..This year you will have flashes of brilliance, but not the complete package..

          I M meh on the other 3 arms..

          Lets see what Grey has to say…

          Best of luck to you snowman..

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: Hah, thanks! You too.

            Shows how great we feel about our staff this year. I loved the Eovaldi acquisition, but I think he needs some Larry R pow wow time before he’s fantasy material.

            • Malicious Phenom says:
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              @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: If you really want Myers trying offering a lesser player and or SP for him..

              I like Myers leading off in front of the Padres bomb squad, he could break out this year, lord knows he is too good of a player not to..

      • Happy Vegans says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: personally, i have a bad wing… rotator cuff tear. believe me, weather isn’t gonna do anything for him.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – re:the second prong of the trade, would you prefer any of Burnett, Bauer, or C-Mart over Eovaldi?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          C-Mart

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

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

    ONE is the only number with letters in reverse alphabetical order

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: It is also the loneliest number.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: I actually Googled this, so weird, and so interesting (to me)… Nice!

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Grey: every now and then there’s a good one

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, totes

    • Happy Vegans says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: Are Neo and Brian Eno the same person? Never seen them in the same picture… right… right… right???

  29. Schlitz says:
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    Hold latos in a 12 team er or use his spot to stream? Looking at morrow and niese tomorrow – Streamo likey.

    • El Jefe says:
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      @Schlitz:

      That’s my question too. Volquez is my streamer pick.

  30. Justin says:
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    I may be in a minority right now but I honestly believe Kendrys Morales will finish the year with top ten numbers among the firstbaseman this year.

    I know last year was a shit show for him, but the circumstances were out of thr norm. So im giving him a pass. He was on a path to be a really good player and then he broke his ankle celebrating his walk off grand slam when he played for the pre trout angles. Btw thst hurt my fantasy team that year , he was killing the ball and was a bat heavily relied upon. Thanks for asking. Haha.

    And there has to be something said for the atmosphere in kc now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Ha…I hope so since I own him

  31. Phil of the Future says:
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    H2H leagues where you start your week against Betts and Nellie Cruz. Sigh…..

    Did I piss someone off or something? Do they not realize I’m supposed to win? What is happening here? Has the whole world gone crazy?

    Screw it, I’m going back to the future. Love ya, G.

    P.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, man. Trying to distinguish between my normal early season “I drafted like crap” feelings and justified panic is my yearly April activity.

        And then there’s also the verified mathematical theorem proving that the level of my happiness is directly correlated to when Chris Carter starts hitting HRs. I don’t like to make things easy for myself, Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…Why are you so emotionally invested in Chris Carter? He strikes out more than 30% of the time

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: I wish I had a good answer for you.

            I guess it started back in 2012 when he broke through with the A’s(the AL team I root for). I’m a sucker for crazy power. And my league doesn’t punish Ks. And it’s OBP, not AVG. It’s the best possible setup for a guy like Carter.

            And then once he had that two month stretch last year where he was the most valuable hitter in the Yahoo game, I knew I was hooked forever. Oh, Grey….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… You have a problem that only more Chris Carter can help

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: That’s what I’m saying! See, you get it. Why can’t my wife?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, we’re soulmates

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: We sure are, my friend. So it’s settled. Carter hits 4 bombs this week and doesn’t look back. Glad we had this talk! Thanks Grey.

                    • Phil of the Future says:
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                      @Phil of the Future: Shoot, I forgot to ask you one thing. Would you grab Dyson or Enciarte right now? And would you drop Cingrani(stashing for later) for either?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ender, lose Cingrani

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem, see you for dinner? Phil? Phil, you there?

                    • Phil of the Future says:
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                      @Phil of the Future: Our regular table. Be there at 7

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      See you then!

  32. Q says:
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    Overreaction Guy dropped Danny Santana in my H2H league. Drop Andrus for him (or is that ME overreacting?)

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Q: I keep Elvis…Dan San never did it before and will never do it again..

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Q: Id make that move

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Meh, it’s a coin flip, no reason to

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Q: Elvis! It’s only week one. Btw, who are your bottom players? Do you have an MI slot? Danny can play OF and you can use him to buy time on a decision.

      • Q says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Good idea, but my worst OF are Souza and Cain. No spot there. Thanks all!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Q: souza is still a hold. He needs to stop pressing and be the line drive hitter he is

  33. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    Steve Pearce or Alejandro De Aza?

    Santiago Casilla or Matt Shoemaker?

    Thanks Grey!

      • Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys! I actually went with Casilla in the 2nd one. Needed a closer. Shoe’s good but declined velocity could lead to trouble and he was an old rookie. And the Giants have a lot of close games

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds good

  34. Shaggy says:
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    Woo Hoo, on yer game with the one-liners today.

    Spring training must be over…

  35. luvdarooks says:
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    5×5 What is your order of the 5 names i just threw out for R.O.S?
    For my MI I have D Santana & Odor *** LeMaiheu-J Schoop-A Guerra are all claimable for FAAB and can take the place of Hamilton who is rotting there

    • Luvdarooks says:
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      Think ya missed my question. Thx

      • Luvdarooks says:
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        PERHAPS AT LEAST THE TOP THREE?

  36. bigbear says:
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    I’d like to take a moment to thank/curse both Soler and Cruz for going deep twice each yesterday… Now there’s no way my trade proposals will go through.

  37. greg says:
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    Dropping Grandal at UTIL

    Pick 1

    Aoki
    Pompey
    De Aza

    12 team POINTS league.

    Could drop Travis Snider as well if you like 2 of them?

  38. Fireball Feliz says:
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    How early is too early to stash Danny Salazar?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: I’d get him now if you can..

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Grey: Head to Head league where stream is a must. only allowed 5 waiver moves a week, and I have one left on the week. Already got everyone I need to stream for the week and have one move left. Thinking once Niese makes his start tomorrow I’ll drop him for Danny

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  39. Wombat says:
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    Grey et al:
    Been offered D’arnaud and Fiers for my Lamb and Wil Myers.

    10 team NL only. Tempted to do it. My catchers right now are crap– Tuffy and Cervelli.

    Pitching staff is Arrieta, freakin’ Jay Z, Peavy, Haren, Leake, Harang, McCarthy, Kimbrel with Jansen on DL.

    Rest of my OF: Heyward, Soler, Polanco, Hart

    What say you? Thanks!

    • I have Brian McCann and D’arnaud is available. I’m wondering if he has more potential than McCann. @Wombat:

      • Wombat says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. @madden: seems quite possible

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  40. Jvanslyke says:
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    Haha. I love the Williams references. IMO Kno had the best black album remix with the Grey album, most underrated producer in hip hop

    Zimmerman wasn’t good but the Nats fielding was embarrassing.

    Great write up as usual!

    • Matty says:
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      @Jvanslyke:
      Brings me images of the Futurama frozen heads.
      I’m still partial to Jaydiohead.

  41. Cabby says:
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    Thoughts on 12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10 keepers, 7 minors)
    Total bases, SB, OBP, R, SB
    ERA, QS+wins, K, Whip, Holds+saves

    I had some good keepers but had to make a trade to get a decent Pitcher keeper as I won’t have Jose Fernandez for most of the year. I ended up getting Kluber before draft but in doing so I didn’t have a pick till the end of second round(after keepers). I was going with a pitcher and was hoping for one of Tyson ross or carrasco. they both went before me with Carrasco going the pick before me. My pitching is a bit thin, what do you think of the team as a whole?

    C- Vogt, Chrinos
    1b- Jose Abreu(keeper)
    2b- Cano(keeper)
    ss- Hanley(keeper)
    3b- Arenado(keeper)
    mi- Alcides escobar
    CI- Encarnancion(keeper)
    OF- Bautista(Keeper), CArgo(keeper), Brantley(keeper), Leonys Martin, s. Choo
    U- Headley
    Bench- Chris Owings, Plouffe
    SP- Kluber(keeper), Shoemaker, McHugh, M. Fiers, B. McCarthy, J. Happ
    RP- Street, Perkins, Gregorson
    bench-J. Hammel, A. Ottavino, Jimmy Nelson

    I also have Kris Bryant and Blake Swihart that will likely make contributions this year. Thoughts? thanks

    • Cabby says:
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      @Cabby:

      I will also be getting jose Fernandez back at sometime

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cabby: Team looks fine, though I’m not a huge fan of McCarthy, Happ, Hammel in a league that shallow

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cabby: I like McCarthy and he’s actually striking fools out. I’d try and upgrade Happ

  42. Chinese Arithmetic says:
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    Hey everyone,

    I wanted people’s thoughts on whether some teams in my league are colluding. Check out these insane trade offers:

    1. Trout for Lester straight up.
    2. Cespedes for Lester and Hosmer.
    3. Pedroia, Porcello, Rios for Daniel Murphy, Trout, Leake.

    • Five-On-One says:
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      @Chinese Arithmetic: Are these merely offers, or were they accepted? If merely offers, teams make lopsided offers all the time, don’t warry about it. If accepted, were the same teams involved with owners who are buddies? If so, it might be worth looking into.

      • Chinese Arithmetic says:
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        @Five-On-One: @Five-On-One: these were all accepted and everyone in the league is friends

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Chinese Arithmetic: 1 and 3 are garbage and I’d call them out. 2 seems reasonable

  43. Matty says:
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    I got excited about late round deals on offense and ended up with three bench bats, which leaves my pitching bench shorter than I like. Is it worth losing Lawrie, Pederson, or Hosmer (none of whom are bad, they’re just the worst players I have) for an upstart pitcher in an offense-centric twelve team H2H (5×5 + H/ TB/ OPS).
    Is there much trade value in any of these guys yet?
    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Sure, they have value

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Matty: lose Lawrie for an arm. The other two are worth the hold. Do you have daily lineup adjustments?

      • Matty says:
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        @J-FOH:
        Daily adjustments and 40 move cap for the season. Also, redraft.
        I’ll throw out some feelers to see how badly folks are buying the Joc hype. Maybe I can get one of the FML love-child pitcher sleepers for him and roll the rest of the season with an OF of Giancarlo, Cespedes and Marte.

  44. dk says:
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    Can you rank these closers in order of who has the best shot to have/hold their value for the next 2 months? I’m in a league with very limited roster moves (15 free agent pickups for the year) that does waivers every 2 weeks.

    Grilli, Miller, Familia, Soria, Ottavino

    Thanks!

    • dk says:
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      @dk: Add Clippard to that list too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dk: Miller, Grilli, Familia

  45. JAL says:
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    Haven’t been able to catch either of McCarthy’s starts. Can someone please tell me what the hell is goin’ on? Stuff is looking nasty, getting a lot of swinging strikes, but throwing too many meat balls/strikes in general? Thanks to anyone who responds!

    • Paul C. says:
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      @JAL: I saw bits and pieces of last night’s game, and he was throwing pretty hard and his pitches had good bite to them. Seattle was chasing a lot, which could be attributed to his stuff or to undisciplined hitting, depending on how you view such things. The home runs I saw were hit on pitcher’s pitches, the kind that wouldn’t normally be hit for home runs (but I didn’t see all of them). I actually am hoping he gets dropped in my league, because I think if he throws like that in the NL West he will have a strong year. He’s worth a speculative pick-up anyway, just based on the K results so far.

  46. Andre says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in a league that doesn’t count holds, but last season I won a championship with Wade Davis and Andrew Miller helping me in WHIP and ERA. This season both guys aren’t available, my closers are decent but I’m still struggling in pitching categories (standard 5×5 ). Who else can I pick up that would help me? Besides those two, no other guys who are generally set up men are available. I’ve been looking at Giles and Kelvin Herrera…anyone else I should be looking at?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andre: No idea who’s available… Giles between those two

  47. PK says:
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    One owner in my Yahoo 12-team 5×5 roto league went off the deep end and dropped the following:

    Machado
    Wong
    Pollock
    Molina

    Here’s the team I’m working with:

    C d’Arnaud
    1B Ortiz
    2B Kinsler
    3b Donaldson
    SS Desmond
    OF Trout
    OF Pederson
    OF Betts
    UT Gose
    UT Semien
    BN Grandal
    BN Souza

    Yeah, I roster two catchers somtimes. Please don’t throw rotten fruit at me for this!

    I’m planning on ditching Souza, Gose, and Grandal if I can get a few of the other guys, though I’m not sure which ones to prioritize. I’d be happy to hear some thoughts on what order to target them! Thanks folks.

    • burningbridges247 says:
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      @PK: I think Machado is a must. Read an interesting article on him that stated he ranked 10th in the league so far this year on hard hit balls. He has been extremely unlucky in the fact that he has hit a lot of them right at people. Grey also stated he could be a top 20 player (COULD, mind you) But my question is this: how many other guys on waivers can you say that about? It’s early; pick him up, and if he turns to trash, drop him and get another hot schmato. I would also try for Pollock and Wong, in that order.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Wong, Machado over your bench bats

  48. Ray says:
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    Shelby Miller for Ozuna?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Ray: If your getting OZUNA yes…Id be surprised if that worked though

  49. 740 says:
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    Grey, my man. HELP! 10team h2h 5x5cats….Need help in the C position. please pick one….Rosario, Zunino, Montero, Hundley, Saltalamacchia, Grandal.

    Thank you!!

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @740: Go with whoever is hot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Zunino

  50. Lville Jim says:
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    I love when people are not just pushing the panic button but bashing the shit out of it less than two weeks into the season. Waiting for good players to be dropped again that I can scoop and ride to a championship like last year. As lame as MI is a guy waived Alcantary in my 13 team all keeper no cash values points league, he won’t fall to me at my ww position.

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @Lville Jim: Alcantara that is. My apologies to his family.

  51. Jack says:
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    Have Utley. Stick with him, or go LeMahieu, Travis, or Guerrero? Thx.

  52. Dan says:
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    The twitters are abuzz with Mark Melancon’s decreased velocity. Your thoughts? Should folks rush out to pick-up Watson or the 100mph’er who’s been throwing in the 7th?

    • Grey

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      @Dan: Watson should be owned

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: the lefty options are always a wild card. I liked sky’s perts league grab of the flame thrower.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can write his name

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: sorry boss I was on the phone, too lazy to look up spelling

            • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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              @J-FOH: archimedes caminero.

    • Steve says:
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      @Dan: Walker cost Melancon two runs yesterday – he literally couldn’t hold onto one catch that was in his glove and then just completely missed another one right at him. If it were basketball, I’d accuse him of shaving points so the Pirates wouldn’t cover the spread on the game. What’s the opposite of a gold glove?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Steve: a mold glove?

  53. Jay says:
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    What’s better?
    Rendon Arenado Alex wood
    Or
    Wong rendon and one of sale/Harvey

    Which then leads to part two
    Sale or harvey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Arenado… Sale

  54. BraevArnie says:
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    Thanks for the great work!!
    Would you trade Ryu + K. Jansen for Gerrit Cole?
    Thanks!

  55. Tony Berkman says:
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    Marisnick or Kiermaier?

  56. papasmurf says:
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    I am trying to think of a reason not to start Alvarez over Longoria (against righties anyway) and I can’t think of any… Longoria is really mediocre right now and I am not confident at all he will turn it around. Dunno what happened to him. An old 29 I guess.

    I have gotten a homer from every spot in my lineup already except RF, Stanton, and for the second straight year he steals a bag before he jacks one! Who could have predicted?

    • Grey

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      @papasmurf: Yeah, agreed… So weird on Giancarlo

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @papasmurf: longo sucked last year too. i thought i was happy to get him last year at where Grey ranked him. Grey ranked him lower this year, but i still didn’t grab him there.

  57. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Who’d you take ROS (6×6, OBP): Canha or Kendrys?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Morales

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey: Kendrys was already picked up by somoene else. And if you had to choose Wil Myers or Canha…? I’m just worried about Canha’s playing time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Myers

          • Eric says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  58. Howie says:
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    Jake Lamb- early season aberration or is he safe to own the remainder of the year? I’m debating between adding him vs. waiting on Tomas to return (probably in the OF). Without knowing then the latter will be brought back, what does the crystal ball say regarding their respective season-ending stats in a 4×4 Roto NL-only?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

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      @Howie: Go with Lamb

  59. G says:
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    Have Pearce as one of my two bench spots – thoughts on dropping him for Kenny morales?

    Second quick question – matchups aside, in general would you be starting avisail or pederson on regular basis as utility?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Morales…Avisail

  60. Jeter North says:
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    Should Pollock owners be worried about inciarte?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jeter North: I think they should be worried about the manager. They are playing Oakland ball down there. Peralta also a factor too.

  61. Robert Closson says:
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    Drop Latos for Archie?

  62. Grant says:
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    How could you not mention Gattis. He got a hit, he now has 1 on the year. I pray he gets about 5 more this week at least, all homers. My team managed to get a 300 OBP last week even with him, and Santana sucking it up.

  63. ERad says:
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    Yo Chip Hale – you wanna platoon AJ Pollock? At least post those lineups as early as possible, ya heard.

  64. Jay says:
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    Someone has to ask
    Tex or kendrys? Who is the better add?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Morales

  65. Wilson says:
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    My OFs are Stanton, J Upton, Dickerson, Soler
    But my MI are messy…
    If there is possible to trade Dickson plus a RP to Tolu owner who may need a OF and closer.
    Agree to offer the trade?

  66. SallyCips says:
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    Well, I’m going to start with trade news that you just ain’t gonna like…I traded Ross/Souza for Perkins/Peralta. Yup, I pretty much hosed myself for massive relief need and not enough mobility to make many SAGNOF adds. This is the remnants of the weeks long quest to get Arenado, but in the end I just recognized my real needs. And I went through my whole staff, but kept getting countered with Ross. I relented. Here’s hoping Perkins and the Twins roll this season, and Peralta stays a closer longer than expected. Apologies to Jansen and his owners. Fantasy makes you cold on the inside.

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: Joel, apologies.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SallyCips: Don’t love trading for SAGNOF, but you did what you needed to do

  67. Five-On-One says:
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    Two questions for today –
    1) Who is best choice to replace Gyorko – choices are Jose Ramirez, Arismendy, Drew, Galvis, Crawford, Mercer. Leaning toward Ramirez. Also, is it worth keeping Gyorko on Bench (instead any of the OFs in question 2)?
    2) Need to start 5 OFs from CarGonz, Bruce, OZUNA, Joc, Arcia, Jennings, Snider, Alex Guererro, Aoki, Ackley. I own the first 8, and the last 2 are FAs. I know I have too many OFs, but all are intriguing. Advice?
    Thank you.

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Going in reverse:
        2) Which five OFs to start – the first five?
        1) Drop Gyorko or one of the OFs (which one)?

  68. B Boyle says:
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    Even though he looked somewhat better this outing, Do I drop Latos and pick up Salazar or drop someone else on my staff?

    12 team H2H 6X5 (OPS). My other pitchers are Ross, A wood, Burnett, Greene, Odorizzi, Hahn, McCarthy, and Smyly on DL.

    RP Storen, Bentances.

    Thanks for the wonderful read every morning!!

    BB

  69. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Worried at all about Marte’s slow start? He’s struck out in almost half his at bats. I just traded Soler for him in a league where I was heavy on power (Goldy, Bautista, Abreu, Ortiz, Frazier – had great keepers) and light on speed. Soler’s 2 homer game last night is causing immediate trade regret (at least I still got those stats).

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @TheBravesWearPrado: Marte started real slow last season too

    • J-FOH says:
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      @TheBravesWearPrado: he’s a bit of a hack so you will go through these times but don’t worry. He’ll be fine. Go look at his month to month splits last year. It will be a rollercoaster.

      • TheBravesWearPrado says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks for the responses all! Hard not to get wrapped up in small samples early on. His month to month splits were certainly interesting last year.

  70. Ron says:
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    I’m have Melky and Segura are on my bench in a H2H Points league. The guys listed below are on the wire. Would you replace Melky and/or Segura with any of them?

    Lind, Canha, Butler, Markakis, Pagan, Snider, Gose, Travis, Keimair, P. Alverez, Cuddyer

    • Ron says:
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      @Ron: One more I forgot to add to the list – K. Morales.

      Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Snider, Morales

  71. Awesome Auger says:
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    Rua had too many jaywalking tickets

  72. Collin Willis says:
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    Odor or Devon Travis ROS (SLG, OBP, RBI, HR, SB, R)?

    I have the best offense in my league, but my pitching is a little weak. I don’t have any batters to drop at this point, would you drop any of my pitchers for those I’ve listed on the waiver wire? Thanks!

    SP: Greinke, Arrieta, Ross, Fister, Latos, Bauer, Hahn
    RP: Rosenthal, Soria, Clippard, M.Castro

    WW: Paxton, Pomeranz, Duffy, Jimmy Nelson, Shelby Miller, CC, Burnett, Porcello, Dickey

  73. Mac McMacinmac says:
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    Grey!!!

    Sitting top 5 in all my leagues so far, so good.

    Jb is pimping Ja happ, having him as a top 60 pitcher still. He is available in a very competitive league, but I gotta drop my man gee (big met fan here). They feel like the same level pitcher to me…

    You in on the happ love?

  74. ryanoger says:
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    10 team H2H 5×5 redraft league

    Travis d’Arnaud NYM – C
    Paul Goldschmidt Ari – 1B
    Devon Travis Tor – 2B
    Evan Longoria TB – 3B
    Ian Desmond Was – SS
    Nelson Cruz Sea – OF
    Wil Myers SD – OF
    Anthony Gose Det – OF
    Chris Davis Bal – 1B,3B
    Lucas Duda NYM – 1B
    Melky Cabrera CWS – OF
    SP-
    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
    RP-
    Trevor Rosenthal StL – RP
    Fernando Rodney Sea – RP
    Huston Street LAA – RP
    Miguel Castro Tor – RP
    Wade Davis KC – RP

    On my DL-
    Drew Smyly TB – SP
    Anthony Rendón Was – 2B,3B

    Clippard hit the wire this morning do I look to add him as a solid saves/holds guy? Who would get the boot if I make the add? (holds league)

    Also, do I add anyone on of the following over one of my bats: Aoki, Lind, LeMahieu, Ackley, Coghlan, Marisnick, Canha, or hold?

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      Tony Watson is up for grabs too…

      thanks grey!
      ryan

  75. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Anybody have an updated ETA on:

    Miguel Sano
    Javier Baez

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Baez’s sister died, and he was apparently very close to her, so he isn’t even with the team right now. He’ll still be awhile. No clue on Sano.

  76. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Do it to me Shelby, you’re an animal Shelby, ride me big Shelby.

    At least I got the apartment.

  77. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you dump Khris for Kendrys and play him over Springer, who isn’t doing shizz right now?

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Wilsonian: I’d hold…jeesh Springer is so frustrating. You know he’s gonna make it happen eventually, but this first month is going to be a giant pain in the ass I think

  78. Jim says:
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    I’m panicking on pitching early here but here’s what I’ve got for SP: Samardzija, Hutchison, Arrieta, Wily Peralta, Latos, Eovaldi. I’ve got RP of Joel Peralta, Ottavino, Soria, Miller, Cecil. Any thoughts on picking up one or more of these guys: Jimmy Nelson, Bradley, or Hahn? Then who would you drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Nelson over Latos

  79. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Would you drop Travis for either Yonder or Kendrys? This is for a UTIL spot.

    thanks

  80. SallyCips says:
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    More..I dropped Paxton for Betancourt. It was my only real spot of flexibility. My RPs are now filled: Britton, Soria, Perkins, Peralta, Betancourt. Yeah, we have 5 spots. I have McGee on the DL.

    I think Weiss may give Raf another go, managers usually do, and from my memory he lost his job way back when due to injury (on subway, can’t look it up). If nit , I’ll take streamer slot, though we do have 100 move cap.

    With Gardner down for a spell, glad I pulled off the Shark for OZUNA deal this weekend!

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @SallyCips: Hope you’re right. Tried to get Ottavino, but now the price may be even steeper. Hopefully Walt uses that stupid “experience over stuff” logic and sticks with Raffy…should be a decent K/9 guy regardless

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        @Mello Yello: In real life experience counts, so there’s that. No doubt Otta gets it at some point, but I’m pretty sure he has to wait for the older gents to really screw it up.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @SallyCips: you did notice (looks like not) that ottovino has gotten every save chance on days he was available right?

  81. Reid says:
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    Greetings Grey and company,

    I was taken in by a Roto 11 tm. keeper league this year (my first ever) and as you can imagine, it was tough pickin’s when the draft came along. Everyone can keep 4 guys from the previous year, yada yada yada.

    My team came out as follows: C- D’Arnaud, 1B- Duda, 2B- Gordon, 3B- Donaldson, SS- Desmond, OF- Soler, OF- Myers, OF- Ozuna, UTIL- Frazier, Bench- Avisail G. & LaRoche…Pitching: SP- T. Ross, Latos, Paxton, Hahn, Hutchison, Carlos Martinez, A. Wood, and Fiers. Closers (can only start two): Robertson & Soria.

    What changes, if any, should I be looking to make? Need to drop a pitcher for positional depth? Any help would be most appreciated boys! ~Thanks for all you do and for the daily entertainment/banter we get from you guys. It’s refreshing and much needed!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Reid: I like your team for the future. You don’t need 8 starters, so you could lose Latos for a MI bench bat. At the same time, you could probably use a higher quality ‘ace’.

      • Reid says:
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        @Cram It: Thank you sir! As far as a MI player to pick up for Latos, who do you like from this list: Drew, Iglesias, Lowrie, Y. Escobar, J. Ramirez, Wong, Schoop, Solarte, T. Beckham, Lawrie, Guerrero, or Semien?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Reid: No problem, agree with Cram

      • Reid says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! As far as a MI player to pick up for Latos, who do you like from this list: Drew, Iglesias, Lowrie, Y. Escobar, J. Ramirez, Wong, Schoop, Solarte, T. Beckham, Lawrie, Guerrero, LeMahieu or Semien?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wong

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Reid: I’d put Laroche at first and start Avisail ahead of Ozuna for now.

      • Reid says:
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        @J-FOH: I already felt weird having Duda and D’Arnaud together starting, but you’re cool with LaRoche and Garcia going, while batting 4-5 in the order?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Reid: you still have to play the matchups. But yes

  82. Leon says:
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    In a Keeper, was just offered Starling Marte for Wil Myers. Steals is probably my worst category and my outfield right now is Myers/Cruz/Rios/Zimmerman/Pence (DL)/Rusney (NA).

    I just have a gut feeling that Marte is trending down and Myers is trending up and don’t want to pull the trigger.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Leon: I would do that move, especially if speed is a need. Marte looks like he’s gonna snag 40 every year. He’s an elite runner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Leon: Take Marte

  83. Fungazi says:
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    God bless Al Gore.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Fungazi: He’s the reason we’re here today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: Al was a legend in his day, created the world from dust

  84. montysep says:
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    Drop D. Santana for Semien?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @montysep: No

  85. Jon says:
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    What the heck is going on with Pollock!! Why does he keep randomly sitting dammit????

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Jon: Because you needed the reminder of how agonizing this shizz is

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Cause other guys are hitting better

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: he had a good game against Kershaw. Looks like they’re playing the splits. Oaktown did a nice breakdown of them doing the A’s style. It’s going to be a long year in that desert

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  86. Mello Yello says:
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    Hey buddy! Actually man, Red Sox fans are painfully in-tune to the fact that we have no front-line starter. That is our biggest fear…that and Koji’s arm literally falling off in August…he concerns me BIG time. Anywho, just picked up Betancourt. I can’t wait to lose another round of closer roulette! (Flash to me on a carousel horse crying as scary circus music is blaring in the background haha)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mello Yello: I’m actually feeling good about Betancourt, but maybe that’s because I won him and not Ottavino

  87. Warren says:
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    I snagged Santana in auction for great value, but he’s not going to start over Arenado. I need pitching so am looking to flip him. Is Samardijza good value?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Warren: Sounds fair…the Shark is gonna struggle a little, but he piles those Ks up man

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Warren: you should be able to get more. Who plays in your utility?

  88. Fungazi says:
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    I grabbed Morales yesterday and he homered before he was even on my roster. Probably go into a deep slump now though. Sorry y’all!

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Fungazi: Yeah I saw he got added to like 20,000 teams yesterday. I thought about it, but then remembered it’s not 2008 and respectfully declined

  89. Thad says:
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    Hey. So, I’m trying to balance out the roster.

    Potential drops: Brad Miller, AJ Pollock, Adam Lind, Joel Peralta

    Potential pick ups: Dustin Ackley, Moobs, Texeira, Ottavino

    Stand pat? Drop Peralta for Ottavino?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Thad: I’d move Lind for Ottavino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Thad: Lind for Ottavino works for me

  90. Scott says:
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    Desmond is killing my team! Please arrest him.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Scott: He’s just like Springer…this looks like it might take like a month…stay patient, and thirsty my friend…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: I hear that

    • Hondo says:
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      @Scott: You’re a real life Nats fan?

      Seriously,Scherzer and JZimm could pool a lot of money for a hitman if he keeps making errors.How can you have an .857 fielding percentage?Scherzer already hates him-he gave him the 2 tone evil eye.

  91. Jack says:
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    Pearce or Morales at Util?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Jack: Steven Pearce baby…Gamecock!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: Kendrys

  92. k-dog says:
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    Hey Grey, awesome read as always!
    Need to add a starter… Who would you take in a 10 team h2h points league:
    Fiers, J. Nelson, Joe Kelly, Miley, Peavy or Niese

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @k-dog: Thanks! Nelson

  93. titsmcgee says:
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    H2H points league: my Desmond/Latos for his HanRam/Smyly?

  94. Deebo says:
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    I’m heavy on power/RBI guys but have almost no speed. Should I move Trumbo for any of the following or hold:

    L. Cain, L. Martin, Pollock, Gose, Pompey

    5×5 OBP League

    Thanks for the consistently excellent advice, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deebo: No problem… Cain

      • Deebo says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir!

        Btw just wanted to share a highlight of last night’s baseball viewing for me: Vin Scully throwing shade on Mike Zunino after Z hit a weak pop up on a 3-0 count. Right as Zunino swings, Scully just deadpans “And apparently the Mariners are ok with their number seven hitter swinging on a 3-0 count…”

        I would strongly consider using a bench spot for Scully if ESPN added him. And I’m a Giants fan!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  95. LastPlace says:
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    NL Keeper League – looking to stash a guy for 2016.

    Who do you like better for 2016? Baez or M. Taylor?

  96. Lost in a canyon on a Donkeycorn says:
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    Grey-

    Quick question of the stupid variety. 14 team long time dynasty league. we’re 7 years in. Yesterday for no apparent reason I sent away Buster Posey for Anthony Rizzo straight up. I’ve had Posey since the beginning but love me some Rizzo (didn’t need him but I digress). Here is my offense now (after years of tweaking I think I love it):

    C-
    1B- Abreu
    2B- Kendrick
    3B- Arenado
    SS- Segura
    LF- Kemp
    CF – Trout
    RF- Soler
    Utility-Rizzo
    Utility- Braun

    Bench- Moustakas, Zimmerman, G. Polanco, Votto, Pence, A. Russell, Micah Johnson

    As you can see I’m now missing a Catcher. I’ve been offered the following trade:

    I GIVE Votto & Soler I GET D’Arnaud & Cain OR Should I just nab Conger of waivers (he is the best available in the FA pool)

    I don’t want to part with Soler as he is the shizz. What says you, trade or King Conger?

  97. Sam Fuld's Giant Head says:
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    Meant to post this yesterday, but one of ESPN’s “Fantasy Fives” for yesterday was “Sit: Yan Gomes.” With insight like that, who needs Grey?!?!

    Furthermore, do you get the feeling Walt Weiss hates fantasy baseballers? (Grey’s mom’s term) I feel like he got picked on as a nerdy kid, and now he’s paying back baseball nerds. I own Ottavino, but Betancourt, Logan, Ax, and amazingly, Rex Brothers, are all owned in my league. I feel like that makes Walt happy. Gives him power.

  98. los locos says:
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    Watch Brandon McCarthy last night, powerful stuff constant 94-95 mph and a whole lot of movement. Not walking people, but teams can hit off him. The homers last night was crazy. I’m on the fence of dropping Cishek for either Baily or McCarthy.

    I have Andrew Miller and Brad Boxberger, who I feel comfortable with right now and if I were to drop Cischek I don’t believe there would be a mad rush for him.

    Give me your thoughts?

    I have,
    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Hutchinson
    Paxton
    Shoemaker

    Bauer
    Fiers

  99. Commish Cauda says:
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    20-team, H2H-Points Keeper/Auction League. $300 cap

    Grabbed Miguel Castro for $1 off waivers ahead of the curve. Also own Melancon, Boxberger, Storen, Parnell and Carlos Torres, (start 4 RPs).

    Could use a bat. Grab a quick profit on Castro now and trade him for Travis Snider $1? Or hold/wait out for more?

  100. Moscowitz says:
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    Hex grey,

    Matt Adams, snider or Lind ROS?
    thanks

  101. Tio says:
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    Keeper League:

    Thoughts on Colon over Mat Latos… too early to give in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t do that

  102. Moscowitz says:
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    Btw it’s fun to observe how people clearly ask grey questions and that malware keeps answering on his behalf

  103. Surfer dude says:
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    hi Grey, who would you drop – Snider, Canha, or K.Davis, 12 H2H , thks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  104. Scott says:
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    Cain is sitting on the waiver in one league. Drop one of these OFs for him?
    Jay Bruce
    Shin-Soo Choo
    Leonys Martin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  105. Joeg414 says:
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    The rest of the year : Gose or Pompey ? 6×6 daily roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gose

  106. Malicious Phenom says:
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    WOW
    Alex Rios was diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand.
    Rough news for the Royals. Rios was hit in the hand with a pitch on Monday and ended up suffering a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal. There’s no clear timetable for his return. The speedy Jarrod Dyson should see most of the at-bats against right-handers in his absence and is worth picking up in mixed leagues. Paulo Orlando should see playing time against southpaws.
    Related: Paulo Orlando, Jarrod Dyson

    • Kid A says:
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      @Malicious Phenom:

      What time is “The Imitation Game” playing at the Loews on 34th Street?

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Kid A: Loews on 34th! It’s like 18 bucks to see a movie there. Shizzz that brings back memories, I can almost smell the piss crusted streets

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  107. Smell The Glove says:
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    Should I drop Gyorko for either Phillips, LeMahieu, or Alcantara? Alex Guerrero is also available but just don’t know if he’ll have a regular role.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Phillips

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: wow, that’s the worst one yet that’s beaten gyorko in last 3 days.

  108. Emily Bonerface says:
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    Cold Dead Hands! Heston was looking dynamite again yesterday in the Giant’s home opener. Bummer we’ve scored 7 runs in the last 5 games, hitting like .055 with RISP, but it was great to see he may have some staying power against a really good lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  109. Lost in a canyon on a Donkeycorn says:
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    Anyone Can Answer……..

    So Rios hits the DL. Slim pickings on the waiver wire. Which OF is a better pick up:

    His obvious replacement Dyson or Inciarte from Az who is blistering hot to start the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender

  110. Aero says:
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    Options over Latos… Shoemaker, Greene, Carlos Martinez, Pomeranz, Paxton (rough start yesterday), Hahn, Jimmy Nelson, Bauer.

    Can you confirm my most expendable bench bat? Segura (starting Santana), Myers, Cain Sugar, Avisail, and Soler who mashed yesterday (starting JUp, Harper, Adam Jones, Hamilton in Util).

    Thanks Grey, looking forward to another season with Razzball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker, Segura

      • Aero says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. I thought Segura, but with all those dang outfielders I thought you may have said of them. I can’t get anyone to bite on trades, grr.

        In regards to those pitchers, I should have also asked, are these really all just streaming option for now? Or does The Cobbler have some own outright potential?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I went over Shoemaker in my rankings

  111. Jack says:
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    Grilli or Soria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grilli

  112. joe says:
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    cashner was dropped in my league, who to drop for him?

    greene, eovaldi, walker, pomeranz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi

  113. Duke says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Would you lose Werth or Ben Revere for De Aza? It’s a 10-team H2H so I don’t keep more than maybe 1 bench hitter…

    best,

    Duke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Werth

  114. Collin Willis says:
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    I have the best offense in my league, but my pitching is a little weak. I don’t have any batters to drop at this point, would you drop any of my pitchers for those I’ve listed on the waiver wire? Thanks!

    6×6 (QS, IP, K, ERA, WHIP, S)

    SP: Greinke, Arrieta, Ross, Fister, Latos, Bauer, Hahn
    RP: Rosenthal, Soria, Clippard, M.Castro

    WW: Paxton, Pomeranz, Duffy, Jimmy Nelson, Shelby Miller, CC, Burnett, Porcello, Dickey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paxton over Latos, Nelson over Fister

  115. Scott says:
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    Who do you like better? Kiermaier, Gose, De Aza, Inciarte, Aoki, or Ackley?

    Could there be more hot bats on the waiver wire?!? And this is a 12-teamer!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gose

  116. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    I noticed in comments you missed the Dodgers game. Alex Guerrero has been putting up some solid ABS. I don’t see the swinging at everything from before. He had a opposite field classic sac fly that advanced all 3 runners. His GW single had it been earlier would have been a bases clearing double. His HR the other day would have been out anywhere. I am hoping Mattingly sees this and stops starting the chubby old dude that swings at everything.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: defense comes first with them and that fat chubby guy still has a solid glove at the hot corner

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @J-FOH: Spoken like a true Dodger fan.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: that really has nothing to do with it. All their off season moves have pointed to this approach and the big question mark with Guerrero has been his glove. He had an MLB ready bat last year and without the ear issue would of been up then.

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @J-FOH: The Dodgers now have an inf. of Gonzo 32, Kendrick 31, Rollins 36, and Uribe 36 To me that just sounds NYY like. Guerrero is 28 the prime age for ballplayers. Do you really want to sit him now. I think he could out hit any defensive short comings and be replaced by Uribe late in game doing pinch hit double switch. Just my opinion.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Toe Knee Arm Ass: I don’t see what age has to do with defensive effectiveness in this case.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hopefully, like to see him play

  117. Couple thoughts:

    1. I love Mousuckass and Hosmer as post-post-post-hype sleepers. Thanks to free MLB games the 1st week I managed to watch quite a few of their ABs and they both have a confidence – dare I say, a swagger, at the plate. They look like they expect good things to happen, which I’d not seen from them. Sometimes a deep post-season run can do that to young players. I don’t expect them to keep hitting .350+ this year, but I do expect them both to hit 20-25 HRs, and for my end of draft CI/Bench Depth I’ll gladly take them.

    2. I too missed Jew Don, and I am very sad about that. The round I wanted him (1-2 before his ADP) a friend of mine sniped him.

    3. Mookie Betts can suck it. Or at least wait until I’m not facing the guy who’s got him to have ridiculous days like that.

    4. Lawrie seems to have redeemed himself after the golden sombrero on 12 pitches, a feat I’m not sure many outside of beer league softball have accomplished. He’s no longer flailing away at the outside slider, so someone must’ve said something to him. Something like, “hey shithead – they’re gonna keep throwing you outside sliders until you stop flailing away at them!” – thank you for listening, Lawrie. you may not continue your 20 HR campaign.

    5. Semien’s other 3 ABs were either dribblers up the middle or sprayed all over the infield. But he had one good shot and that’s all I really expect out of any man. I immediately regret trading him away for NetFleaz, just because I can’t make these jokes on my league page without looking obsessive and weird.

    • @Lucky Dog:

      *now – you may NOW continue your 20 HR campaign.

      Thanks again autocorrect.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Could be, it’s early 2. Word 3. Ha! 4. HA 5. Hehe

  118. dem ribbies says:
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    Have Stanton, Brantley, Soler, Myers (and Goldy, Frazier, Votto), and a lot of risk at SP (MadBum as my ace)… so looking to deal Cutch

    which of the 2 do you like better?

    Cutch for Scherzer & Addison Russell
    or
    Cutch & C.Davis for Kershaw & Yelich

    • Hard to see you getting full / fair value for Cutch with his wonky knee.

      If I received an offer with him involved, I’d counter and want a “wonky knee discount”.

      Might be better to wait a week or two – a couple weeks of playing every day & proving the knee to be a non-issue will go a long way for his trade value.

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Lucky Dog: True, I wouldn’t do the deal in reverse, but the guys I’m trading with see “Cutch” and want to hit the green button…

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Lucky Dog: … largely b/c they are loaded on arms and starving for offense

        • @dem ribbies:

          I’d still wait – personally I’d rather have an every day stud OF-er than a once every 5 game pitcher.

          Unless you’re the one worried about the knee. lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need another ace

  119. Greyismyhero says:
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    Stanton is moving on up there quickly in my book with MF Bruce….Yes its very early I got it… but….let me lay it down 4 u…3 years ago, I was all over Stanton when he bombed, then last year I didn’t own him anywhere and he lead many to Fantasy greatness, now I own him everywhere and he’s starting like this..Moral of my whole babble u ask? I have no clue, but if he sux this year like Bruce did for me last year, I’m going to smoke more than I am now which is not possible….I own Stanton everybody…BEWARE….

    SMOKE THE GREEN!!!

    • dem ribbies says:
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      @Greyismyhero: I’m a first time Stanton owner here, and I’ve read that he tends to start slowly but once hot it’s bombs away. Grey, do you concur?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoke it!

  120. Sad Keanu says:
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    Do you like Charlton Heston over Brandon McCarthy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  121. Dommattingly says:
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    drop Napoli for Jimmy Nelson, Devon Travis, Arcia, or Lind? Looking for overall value

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind

  122. handy afterall says:
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    Werd! i’m in a quandary. a veritable pickle. which, i suppose, is better than an irritable pickle. alas…my morass: i need a pitcher.
    i’d like to trade for garrett richards, as the guy who has him swamped (to keep with the boggy / briney theme) with DL’d and NA players, and i may be able to get a bit of a discount.
    it’s a 17-team league, with moves at a premium (only 15 allowed for the season).
    the guy i’d be trading with needs either an SS or OF. these are my bats:

    c – grandal
    1B – rizzo (pretty sure he’s just haley joel osmont, and he’s been waving his bat like he’s trying to fend off dead people)
    2B – wong
    3B – arenado
    ss – dantana / segura
    IN – jose ramirez / jake lamb
    IN – brett lawrie
    LF – Bryce Harper
    CF – Ozuna
    RF – polanco
    OF – Khris davis
    OF – Gose
    Util – I AM CRON!

    the wire is a desolate wasteland, but if i could get richards, i’d DL him, then pick up Ottavino. Problem is…i’m having a lot of trouble assigning value to my team, this year. they’re all question marks. Does anyone jump out at you as someone i might offer for Richards? Dantana has boosted value in our league, by virtue of his eligibility, and our extremely limited number of allowed moves. Maybe Ozuna?

    thanks for the fun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana or Segura for Richards?

      • handy afterall says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. was hoping to hear something like that.

        Much fun unto you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  123. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Hello Grey. Thanks for the laughs every morning.

    12 team H2H 6X6 (OBP/QS) league.

    C- McCann
    1B- Abreu
    2B- Altuve
    SS- Tulo
    3B- Seager
    OF- Harper/Marte/Melky
    Util- Zimmerman/ Alvarez
    Bench- Dozier/ Matt Adams

    SP- Samardzija/ Gray /Ross / Archer/ Porcello/ Miller
    RP- Chapman/ K Rod/ Reed/ Boxberger/ Familia

    Would like to open a SP streaming spot. Trades are hard to come by in this league.

    Who’s the drop? or Hold for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Porcello

  124. ryanoger says:
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    DJ LeMahieu or Devon Travis?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis

  125. Ron says:
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    What’s up with all the Morales love going on today? I don’t get it. Please explain why he is going to be better ROS than a Melky, Segura, Aoki, Pagan, Gose and similar type waiver guys?

    • Ron says:
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      @Ron: Not worth a response I guess….

      • ERad says:
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        @Ron: Dude responds to 300 comments – you want comments on top of comments – inception [email protected]Ron: Dude answers 300 questions a day and ranks 400 players – you want a handwritten [email protected]Ron:

        • Ron says:
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          @ERad: I fully appreciate what the man does. Been following for many years now. Subscribed to the site first chance I got this year and come here daily to read all the articles, so do yourself a favor and RELAX!

          I asked a question and then made an observation. At times in the past he simply didn’t respond due to missing the question and not due to purposely skipping it.

          Now do me a really big favor and try not to waste your time trolling other people on the site when we are all here with the common goal of getting wise fantasy advice to help with the success of our leagues.

          Have a good day bro.

          • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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            @Ron: well put ronny.

  126. jaw says:
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    drop gyorko for lemahieu, devon, schopp, assdribble or hold? 10 team 5×5 h2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis

  127. MikeY says:
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    With Saunders coming back I’m going to have to drop one player…. Souza, marisnick, aaron sanchez, archie, fiers, nelson
    Other outfielders on team are Bruce, ozuna, leonys, solar upton
    Other pitchers on team Carrasco, hutchinson, Greene, Paxton, McHugh, smyly (dl)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marisnick

  128. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Odoreater is borrowing Cobb’s split change while Alex isn’t using it. He’s throwing it 30+% of the time. He hasn’t had real bad career splits anyway but in the small sample size that is this season, LHP wOBA (WOE-bah) .042 a’gainst.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: good info, I have him in a few places this year. Have you watched any of Alex Guerrero and if so have any thoughts on him? his swing?

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I haven’t watched one inning of baseball. It’s freaky to me because traditionally I feel like one of my strengths as a player has been doing my own scouting. I am basing my entire season on eye witness at the O and probably ATT plus radio broadcast, beat writers and data data data. And doing whatever Magoo says.

        I have decided to live entirely tv and tv like device free.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: I did that two years ago with baseball and did well. I found that I would fall in love with things that were fakse. The old eyes playing tricks on me. I would sometimes watch highlights but that was about it. I look at it this way, if we all had the eye like a scout we wouldn’t be here yammering away abut sweet swings and filthy stuff. Understanding the complete player is a huge task to grasp.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy

  129. Mes to the Rocco says:
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    Who are your top RP options with SP eligibility in ESPN system?

  130. al says:
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    1. Hosmer was just dropped. Is he an upgrade over anyone on my team?
    2. Should I continue streaming Shoemaker’s spot? Just dropped Hutchinson yesterday for him and now these guys are still floating in FA: Hutchinson, J. Nelson, Greene, McCarthy, Norris, Hahn, Harang, Eovaldi, Cobb, Smyly, Bradley, Bailey … I think I should stream Greene or D. Norris today but don’t know who to drop?

    ESPN 10 Team H2H Points

    Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (1) C: Lucroy
    (1) 1B: Freeman
    (1) 2B: Kinsler
    (1) SS: Andrus
    (1) 3B: Donaldson
    (3) OF: A. Gordon, J. Heyward, M. Cabrera
    (2) UT: JD Martinez
    Bench: (Brantley)

    (4) SP: Scherzer, L. Lynn, P. Hughes, C. McHugh
    (3) RP: Chapman, Kimbrel, Grilli
    Bench: ( C. Martinez [SP/RP], Bauer, Paxton, Shoemaker)
    Bench Total: (5)

    DL (1): A. Rendon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nah 2. Sure

  131. Greyismyhero says:
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    Is Hawkins droppable now or hold in a deep league, Any chance he regains the job?? I have Otta, Familiar, Gregerson…..Morales on wire…Thanks..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  132. The Tucker says:
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    Great Post Grey!

    Given the news about discomfort in McCutchen’s knee, how far does he slide in trade value? i.e. who is the last player you feel comfortable trading him for?

    I’m worried he will run less and miss random games due to rest, basically wind up with Corey Dickerson-type final numbers.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe a 2nd rounder

  133. moscowitz says:
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    Grey, in a 10 team H2H, Pollock is my bench bat. I have Kipnis, Desmond and Wong to get the occasional steal here and there. Pollock is only useful when he steals bags and when he is not sitting on my bench but he does most of the times. Would you drop him rather than Khris to add Adams? Someone -for whatever reason- dropped Adams after 20 ABs .

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • moscowitz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, now the other question is: is this move (dropping Pollock to add Adams) worth it to waste a waiver priority Nr. 4? I am as always in a league where transactions are limited and i cant afford to waste many of those transactions on nonsense moves. I for my one, feel like Adams might be worth it, what do you think?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he’s worth it if you need a 1B

          • moscowitz says:
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            @Grey: I dont necessarily need a 1B as i have Encarnacion but i could play Adams as UTL and drop Khris to bench. Still worth it?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Go for it

              • moscowitz says:
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                @Grey: I will. Thanks again

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  134. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey, are you sick of Gyorko questions yet? How about one more you say? Sure! So, due to some lineup flexibility, I have no positional restraints on replacing Jed. The league is roto, 11 team, 5×6(holds), The top of the wire looks like this:

    Pollock, Chris Carter, Napoli, Canha, Lamb, Ackley, Scooter, Schoop, Snider, Marisnick, Jose Ramirez

    Carter would be my early favorite option, but I have no priority…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez

  135. Scout says:
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    Grey,

    12 team H2H league with OBP instead of AVG. I’ve been offered Shane Green for Jhonny Peralta (who is my MI). I would have to pick up someone like Devon Travis, Jonathan Schoop, or Jose Iglesias to replace Peralta. Here is my current pitching staff: Carrasco, Jordan Zimmerman, Cashman, Michael Pineda, Chris Archer, Odorizz, C.J. Wilson, Daniel Norris (but just picked him up for 2 start week), Boxberger, Clipart, and Ottavino. I also have Rodon in a bench slot but I will move him to my minors slot as soon as Kris Bryant is called up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Greene…. Travis

  136. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I might need to borrow your Giancarlo binoculars pretty soon. Have a feeling that I’ll be required by law to keep my distance from Soler in the near future.

    I enjoyed your Torre/Proctor fun fact. Think Dusty ever texts Mark Prior or Kerry Wood? Probably grinds his toothpick while starting at a blank screen the rest of the day…

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      The 5 most exciting players to own, not necessarily in any order:

      Betts
      Soler
      Harvey
      Carrrasco
      JDM

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Great list. Love all of those players. I’d add Puig and Springer too, though I don’t own Springer anywhere. Just from an overall excitement standpoint. Athletic freaks who can do anything and everything on the field.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Big Magoo:

          I own no Betts and daily I rue. He and Soler went in very similar pockets and I went Soler.

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: Yeah, depends on roster construction. Both players look like studs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I can’t imagine Dusty texting anyone ever, or using a phone, especially not a dugout phone to call the bullpen

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: I can’t see him emailing or writing letters either though. Probably just grunts and hopes that someone’s within earshot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, can’t even imagine him looking at a computer

  137. JP says:
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    Which side of a Longoria/Fielder for Adam Jones/Duda? I’m thinking the first two are mostly name value at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

  138. Great White North says:
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    I Yan for the Gomes of yore. My RCL DL is already chock full of SAGNOF holpefuls Parnell and Nathan. Me Familia is my only true closer at the moment. I dropped my Yan and Vogted for Avila, as in I have both of them at the moment to fill in. Weiters and the Gomes I Yan for are on the wire.

    Do I drop nathan or Parnell from the DL to make room for Weiters or Gomes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: But I want to.

  139. Dickerson's Jock...strap says:
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    You like Travis Snider more than Khris Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For now

  140. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Happy to report that my C-Mart counteroffer was accepted on that Tanaka sale (rec’d Myers + C-Mart for him). Thanks again for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  141. purple dino says:
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    I think Axford is closing for the rockies when he returns but eventually loses the job and Betancourt finishes the year. Ottavino can’t get lefties out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be, but Axford doesn’t usually get out lefties or righties

      • purple dino says:
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        @Grey:

        True, but Walt Weis is the managing the Rockies

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @purple dino: axford been too busy trying to get “wacking day” added once a week in COL, legally.

  142. ashtray says:
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    Brandon Belt was just cut loose in my 12 team H2H 7×7 (includes OBP & K for hitters)

    Would you cut any of these dudes for the add:

    C-Santana
    1-Rizzo
    2-Betts
    3-Arenado
    S-Zobrist
    O-Brantley
    O-Heyward
    O-Pederson
    U-LaRoche
    U-Pearce
    B-Khris Davis

    SP-Arrieta
    Ross
    Carrasco
    Fiers
    Pomeranz
    Burnett
    Paxton
    Shelby Miller
    Hutchison

    RP-Rosenthal
    Britton
    Rondon

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold for now

  143. Bob says:
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    10 team 5×5 H2H

    Jacoby Ellsbury and Tyson Ross for Josh Donaldson.

    Which side wins?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Bob:

      I have serious concerns about Donaldson this year. Wasn’t buying all the love just based on park change. I think he’s been exposed a little. He’s got some holes in his swing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I am Barbara Harris to your Jodie Foster and this is Freaky Friday. You’re recommending Donaldson and I’m warning folk off him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can you be Barbara Hersey and I’m Bette Midler?

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Absolutely

  144. yardwork19 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Please pick a side:
    Gose or De Aza
    Headley or Lamb

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Aza…Headley

  145. John says:
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    Would you trade Zunino for Wieters, two catcher lg. I would possibly be out a catcher for while until he comes back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  146. Jason E. says:
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    10 team (H2H) keeper league. Was offered Brantley for K. Calhoun and G. Polanco. It seems like it should be an obvious acceptance. I don’t know why I am questioning it. My OF would be Brantley, Harper, Dickerson, Khris Davis, Leonys Martin, and Pollock.

    Thanks for the help. It is a forever keep league where you lose the pick of the round your keeper was selected.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Brantley

  147. Chris says:
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    10 team H2h points league – Here’s my staff:
    Bumgarner
    Arrieta
    Ross
    Carrasco
    Hughes
    Fiers
    Shoemaker
    C-Mart
    Daniel Norris
    I have Jimmy Nelson and Archie Bradley on the wire. I’m thinking of dropping Norris for Nelson. Should I do this or hold? Should either of these two pitchers be owned before any others on my staff? Thanks.

    • Jason E. says:
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      @Chris: Damn that is legit! Hope your offense is just as loaded! With your pitchers being so dominant, I’d take a shot on Bradley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  148. Hi Grey, anyone else.

    This is in a 14-team 6×6 roto league (incl. holds). I’m down a starter (thanks, Latos) and have one holds guy but because I’m loaded with closers I have 6 RPs and 5 RP or P slots (my closers are Kimbrel, Storen, Gregerson, Peralta, and Soria + Avilan for holds).

    My questions:

    –I think I should trade one or two closers for a good SP (My SPs are Kluber, Price, Shoemaker, Hahn). Which RP or RPs would you suggest trading away? And what level starter should I shoot for? Just a couple of names to have an idea of the range.

    –Also, would I be better off with Caminero, Joba, Torres, Jerry Blevins than with Avilan for holds?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kimbrel for Kluber…. Caminero

  149. jaone says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Who would you have at 2B – D. Travis, Odor, Micah Johnson, or Lawrie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lawrie

  150. tals23 says:
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    Grey
    Is it time to drop jedd Gyorko?
    Perhaps for jace Peterson….I have already picked up DJ lamieu. to fill the in while he is hitting but really wondering if I should just outright drop gyorko….I know it’s eearly, but I am almost out of patience with him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Grey: that is the first live player that gyorko was advised to hold over in last 3 days.

  151. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 with holds.

    Drop Latos or Morrow for any of:

    Heston
    Buchholz
    Aaron Sanchez
    Gausman
    Milone
    AJ Burnett

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sanchez over Latos

  152. Five-On-One says:
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    12 team 5×5 league – Drop one of Gyorko, Snider, Jennings, Alex Guerrero, Arcia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia

  153. GhostTownSteve says:
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    This is just some stupid stuff for the hell of it.

    Last year in April teams averaged .8907 HRs per game in April. This year it’s .9238 so far. Extrapolated over the whole season that would be 160 extra home runs hit MLB wide. HRs have dropped league wide every year since 2008 I think.

    Last year the Royals hit 11 HRs in 25 April games. This year 10 in 7.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morales!

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I liked him preseason, like him now, like him going forward. Own him nowhere.

  154. the tone ranger says:
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    would you trade fiers for greene even tho fiers is higher in your rankings? I know greene had a good first start and fiers didnt, so im having trouble differentiating when im overreacting to a bad start vs. being legitimately concerned.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I would

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @the tone ranger: shoulder thing with fiers caused this.

  155. John says:
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    Shallow lg with short bench trade two of pollock leonys and pederson for Marte?

    I have to bench one these guys each night and i think i could find a decent replacement on wire. Guys like snider span souza choo on the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Pollock/Leonys

  156. Phil says:
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    Would you trade Headley for Snider? Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  157. John says:
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    Ohh and one more Rant, WTF is Pineda pitching to Jones for 2 outs. Walk him and deal with the next bat.

    Anyhow thanks Grey for all your thoughts here your a monster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no problem

  158. DiRo says:
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    Feels good to read your articles again, Grey. I am ready for you to lead me to the promise land of fantasy baseball glory and tacos, everyone eabts tacos…

    Would you drop D Pompey for J Baez in a keeper league? I am already stashing Castillo and Y Thomas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d want Pompey

  159. Eric Favaloro says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Would you drop any of the below for Joe Kelly (12-team H2H 6x 6, QS)?

    Wily Peralta, AJ Burnett, Buehrle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buehrle

  160. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Just a heads up in case you haven’t seen it there was some data out there on a decent size velocity drop for Carlos Martinez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, effin’ velocity

    • Scott says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Is that tops or average, coz he’s been working his changeup in there.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Scott:

        Fastball velocity

        • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: he might finally be realizing that walking a shizz ton of people (from possibly just hurling it) ain’t really a good thing. He’s got a bunch of pitches that move a lot so this isn’t nearly as bad as a 2 pitch RP losing some velo.

  161. NuckingFutz says:
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    Grey, with Ryu now out until late May (at best), who would you suggest I target in a trade for a power OF? I have speed, just needing power. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo?

  162. Pickleball says:
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    Rizzo/Pablo for kris Bryant Corey Dickerson in a keeper?

    • Pickleball says:
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      @Pickleball: sorry Rizzo/Pablo/pollock for Bryant/dickerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  163. Me says:
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    Denied or Tracis?

    Non-autocorrect version: Semien or Travis? ROS (OBP keeper 14 team)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Semien

  164. Five-On-One says:
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    Aybar or Jose Ramirez to replace Gyorko?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez

  165. ERad says:
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    Dubbya T F – finally picked up Gose cause I maxed out my moves last week – and he’s sitting today. I was all gosed up for him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • Simply Fred

        Fred Barker says:
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        @Grey: Soothsayer, why is Gose sitting vs. a righty (and R.Davis in against said righty)? (Bad enough that he as only been facing righties, but now sitting against one today…?)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Might be a matchups thing

          • Simply Fred

            Fred Barker says:
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            @Grey: Thanks for putting up with the whining. Movin’ on…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  166. Dickerson's Jock...Strap says:
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    jose ramirez, lawrie, b miller rank for mi plz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez, Lawrie

  167. ERad says:
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    I like when the slew of comments wrap up – and then its just me and you man – couple of guys chatting baseball. Not that there’s anything wrong with it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  168. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I am sorry about writing to an old post.

    In a full 25% percent of my leagues – Brantley has been dropped. Is the back thing worse than what they are letting on? Do I drop my worst OF for him on every team?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, grab Brantley

  169. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I have Alcides Escobar. Alexei Ramirez was just dropped. Is it worth a swap?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

  170. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey!

    1. Carlos Martinez or McCarthy?

    2. Danny Santana or Peralta?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martinez… Santana

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I freaky friday this one too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  171. J-FOH says:
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    Did you catch all the hip hop I put in the RCL post today? I did it for you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t read it

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: well you should…hint hint nudge nudge

        • @J-FOH:

          He’ll never read anything of yours again! So there!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Elijah: when he’s in first in perts league he will. Don’t question what I already know…wow that sounds awful

  172. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Revere dropped to 8th. He’s worth bupkis hitting there, damn it.

    The 7th and 8th hitters for the Marlins today have a combined 25 letters in their last names.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: on offense THAT bad they think it’s a good idea to drop that guy?! awful

  173. Warren says:
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    OBP league, just receive and offer I think I have to take, but I don’t want to lose Nolan. I love him.

    Give:

    Carlos Gomez
    Nolan Arenado

    Get:

    J-Bats
    Donaldson

    I get a little nervous about the injuries on the turf and Donaldson’s streakiness, but this is a win for me right?

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Warren: Seems pretty even on both sides, but I’d keep Nolan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks fair

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Warren: you’d get more homers with deal if you are bad off in those.

  174. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    1. not dropping souza for marisnick yet in total bases/slug/OPS redraft 20 teamers yet right?
    2. dropping or no OBP wolf in total bases /OBP/hits leagues yet for hundley or at least get ready for jaso when he gets back? i don’t mind grandal being off for kershaw starts, but he was off yet again for a different guy yesterday. this could just be a wait and see.
    3. wait to drop latos for masterson (seeing his start today, daily-tomorrow so i should’ve asked this yesterday) in dynasty?
    4. 20 team dynasty where i’m TEX and need to keep at least 9 TEX players (i have 12 now). rios needs DL slot. drop one of profar/darvish/holland/s.simmons/scheppers (i only have him in case he steals a decent job he doesn’t deserve back from kela or tolleson, who i both own). start 7 RP and i was thinking simmons becomes closer (in like 5 or more months)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure 2. No idea what you’re asking 3. Okay 4. Scheppers

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: 2. wait to see if grandal’s playing time seriously is missing half of games (like so far, almost), or grab hundley/jaso (when he’s back healthy). all other decent catchers are owned since most own backups with deep benches.
        so
        1. souza still > marisnick for now
        4. you also don’t buy this “scheppers will immediately move into set up role” i’m reading. tolleson has been great.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hundley

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: in same deep 20 team dynasty with this offense i still can’t drop gyorko (i know he’s droppable in redrafts for any MI starter, i saw yesterday), but a dude making that much money can’t be benched for solarte-party that long, right? could’ve dropped for schoop less than a week ago, but now there’s only micah/valbuena. i have enough steals only types with these
            zunino
            fielder
            j.ram
            andrus
            beltre
            Ozuna
            leonys
            stanton
            BN vargas/choo/gyorko
            2. who’s best BN bat now (regardless of Gyorko ?), coghlan or valbuena? this is who i grab dropping sheppers.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Coghlan

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Grey: damn gyorko, at least youse guys can drop for starters in normal sized spots. it’s good for me somebody dropped jose ram recently.

  175. GhostTownSteve says:
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    On that Carlos Martinez fastball, per pitch f/x the four seam was 93.0 down from 96.1 last year average velocity. The two seam avg velocity was 94.1, down from 95.5.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Does that stat come from his starts or in his relief appearances or a combination?

      • Hondo says:
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        @Sky: I thought it was so obviously the expected drop from RP to SP that it was a jest.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Hondo:

          It’s not a joke. I don’t think you want to see a drop that big. If you’re expecting him to pull a Carrasco, he needs to hold that velocity as a starter as Carrasco did. Not sure he’s got the secondary stuff to live on 93

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Sky:

        It comes from his sp and rp combined last year so obviously there is going to be some drop but that’s a lot on the 4 seam.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He had 57 appearances last year, only 7 as a starter. I definitely get the concern but could just be early statistical noise.

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Sky:

            could be. But if/when you rostered him weren’t you thinking power fastball? Given all factors would you have been as excited if the fastball was advertized as 93?

            Pod wrote him up on FG today. Not drawing any conclusions, just bringing it to attention.

            • Sky

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              Oh sure, not debating, just saying it’s been 1 start/relief appearance. Concern is valid but it’s more of a watch and wait than an extreme worry for me, anyways. Of course, I own zero shares so I’ll sleep fine either way!

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Sky:

                agree

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, maybe cause he’s a starter and not a reliever

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: he did look good in recent start velo or no.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  176. JB says:
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    Not that this is relevant but i thought u’d enjoy…Should I trade Puig for Heyward and Bumgarner its 6×6 H2H( OBP and K/9 )… my team is as follows

    C.Santana
    Encarnacion
    Kipnis
    Alexei
    Arenado
    Dickerson
    Puig
    Pollack
    Gose
    Arcia
    Moustakas
    Odor

    Tanaka, Lynn, HUghes, Hutchinson, Smyly, Archie Bradley, Kimbrel, Robertson, Allen Ottavino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

      • JB says:
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        @Grey: So you think I should do it? It’s tough trading the ManBearPuig … trying to see if you think this would even benefit me or if thats good value for puig

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair value, could go either way

  177. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Apologies if this has been answered, you’re now too popular for me to have time to read all the comments…

    SON hates Volquez’s next 2 starts, both against the Twins and human punching bag Kyle Gibson–I think he has a negative $ value in both. What say you? He looked good in 1st start, and Twins look baaaaaaaad. Next best option is Hudson vCol, vAri.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Edinson

  178. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Stack A’s v Peacock?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      My crazy stack tonight is all the RHHs vs Buchanan. He has some ugly reverse splits from 2014 that don’t seem to have corrected coming into 2015

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Sky:

        I like the call. My cousin lives next door to Kevin Long’s brother. He gets scouting reports on the Mets a lot. Long likes some power uptick potential for Lagares and backs your Flores. Look for a David Wright bomb to right center.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yup, he’s in a sub-optimal spot in that lineup tonight (Flores, that is) but that could pay handsomely and they’re all relatively cheap. That’s cool to hear that from your cousin, glad to know I’m not entirely out there crazy with Wilmer.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Sky: I’ve got a few Mets bats sprinkled around, but as a Mets fan, I’m not too optimistic about them hanging a 10 spot or anything. They tend to stink it up against crappy pitching. But I’m rootin’ for ya!

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @Cram It:

              Maybe they’ll be buoyed by the euphoria that is

              MATT HARVEY DAY

              • Cram It says:
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                @GhostTownSteve: That morphine-like euphoria where they melt into the dugout, thinking “Hey we only have to score 1 run tonight. Yeahhhh duuuuuudes.”

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Some lineup surprises around the industry pushed me off it a bit but I still think you’re gonna see a good night from the RHBs. Happy Harvey day, Mets fan!

              • Cram It says:
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                @Sky: Oh no, you didn’t commit?! Once you hesitate, it’s all over. Abort!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Ha, not when there are deals like Everth Cabrera at $3,200 leading off you don’t. Every LU is a work in progress if there’s new info. Still have Wright in almost every LU tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t stack usually

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: You don’t play DFS

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: haha

  179. Jack says:
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    In a 10 teamer 5×5 h2h daily w/categories & 4 RP slots. I have Chapman, Grilli, Soria & Cecil. Castro, Clippard, Ottavino and Betancourt are on the wire. Do I make any changes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro over Cecil

  180. Bill says:
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    Ottavino or Boxberger? What say you?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Bill:

      Boxburger is insanely filthy per the numbers.

      Old FBB cliche says draft skills not jobs. In the absence of being able to handicap this thing, go with the really really lights out guy. Not that Ottavino is chopped liver.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Box

  181. Shawn says:
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    Hey Grey, i’m in a 12 team yahoo standard H2H league and have a couple questions. Here is my team:
    C D. NORRIS SD
    1B A. RIZZO CHC
    2B B. DOZIER MIN
    3B N. ARENADO COL
    SS A. ESCOBAR KC
    OF J. BAUTISTA TOR
    OF J. UPTON SD
    OF G. POLANCO PIT
    UTL D. ORTIZ BOS
    UTL C. DAVIS BAL

    BN S. PEARCE BAL

    SP J. SAMARDIJA CWS
    SP P. HUGHES MIN
    SP Y. VENTURA KC
    SP C. MCHUGH HOU
    SP T. BAUER CLE
    SP S. GREENE DET
    SP D. NORRIS TOR
    SP J. KELLY BOS
    SP AJ BURNETT PIT
    SP O. DESPAIGNE SD (streaming him tonight)
    RP H. STREET LAA
    RP J. PAPELBON PHI

    DL G. RICHARDS LAA
    DL J. MCGEE TB

    N/A D. SALAZAAR
    N/A E. SANTANA

    First off, what do you think of the team and do I need to improve anywhere? Secondly, Mike Napoli and Russell Martin were just dropped. Is Martin an upgrade over Norris? Also, should I try and pick up Napoli as a 2nd bench bat and lose one of my pitchers? I’m thinking it would be nice to handcuff Ortiz with Napoli for NL away games when Ortiz sits. And having a 2nd bench bat helps to maximize at bats on a weekly basis. Thanks in advance Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks fine… Martin over Norris sounds fine… Forget bench bats

  182. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Odor leading off, Martin to the 8 hole.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That was quick

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: son of a B! i didn’t overpay for leonys, having drafted him this year only before lead off spot was given him, but still have him in a lot of spots, starting him today even in a 12 with V-mart out.

  183. tone DEAF! says:
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    Bogaerts to have MRI on his knee? Huh!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whaaa?

      • tone DEAF! says:
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        @Grey: I can’t have anything nice… FMFBL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, seriously

  184. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Bogaerts not starting sent for an mri on sore knee. I own him almost everwhere ffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jesus

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Can it be that serious if he didn’t even feel anything until today?

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Fungazi: Grey – check that web MD thingy

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Fungazi:

          WebMD…aka “youprobablyhavecancer.com”

          • Fungazi says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: I got it’s either a meniscus tear or arthritis, but I dunno if I did it right.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wrote that one!

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Nice. Who’d you write it for? I want to say I heard it from like Gary Gulman maybe.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: i tried to bench reyes for him today, only other options where a-gon or panda.

  185. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Thinking about the why is Rajai playing against a RHP, it occurs that being on the right side of any position platoons in the AL Central is going to be tough. There are only 6 left handed starters in the division:

    Milone
    House
    Duffy
    Vargas
    Sale
    Quintana

    Tigers have none so if you’re a right handed hitter on either the Royals or the White Sox you’ve got only 4 starters in your entire division to get platoon ABs.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Interesting, good for LaRoche owners…maybe. How many were there last year? I imagine still a low number and if so how did lefty bats fare in the central in 2014.

  186. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    drop victorino for krispy/dejesus/colby/dyson/lagares. OPS and net steals, but just for general production. him and vargas alternate BN spot, but i kinda need a OF with vic’s spot. was happy to grab victorino post draft but he’s done little (small sample)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lagares

  187. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Is there a term for a real manager who constantly sets stupid lineups. I noticed i skip right over Freddi’s team. I saw Prado hitting behind Stanton again that should get him better pitches to hit. Granderson leading off is right out of Freddi’s book.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, not yet

  188. Yariel says:
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    12 tm h2h 6×5 (ops) keeper

    I was offered his Tulo, CDavis, Soler, and AWood for my Trout, CMart, and Pomeranz.

    I was thinking of countering by having him replace Davis and Wood with Miggy. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tulo, Miggy, Soler? Sounds good…

      • Yariel says:
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        He countered with his Miggy and Tulo for Trout and Pomeranz. Do it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds decent for you

  189. dickerson's jock...strap says:
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    any plans on a razzball app? Maybe with the ability to scroll to the bottom of the blog?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not right now

  190. Bob says:
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    10 team 5×5 H2H
    I traded Jacoby Ellsbury, AJ Pollock, and Tyson Ross for Jordan Zimmermann and Josh Donaldson.
    How’d I do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  191. corona says:
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    $34 bryce harper of $10 matt harvey in long term keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey

  192. Undercover boss says:
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    I hate catchers and you don’t like catcher questions but I can not ever pick the right one?

    Vogt or Grandal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogt

  193. J-FOH says:
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    Rizzo batting 2nd and Coghlan batting 4th? *looks out window for flying swine*

    • Cram It says:
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      @J-FOH: They did that last night too. Hell of a DK play last night, but I don’t know if he can do it two nights in a row.

  194. HighHeat says:
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    I think I have had it with Chris Carter and am considering dropping Choo also.. Looking at DeAza, Ackley, Cain, and Snider. Your thoughts on the top 2 ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain, Snider

  195. HighHeat says:
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    Thanks! Much appreciated….I want Pollock but will wait out the splits.

  196. Since I don’t own Xander, I hereby summon Dr. Freeze to examine his knee tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How dare you!

  197. Pete says:
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    7×7 H2H with hits and OPS. I only get 2 moves per week. To fill my 4 OF slots and 1 UTIl slot I have the following (with Pujols as my primary 1B):
    McCutchen
    L Martin
    A. Garcia
    Arcia
    Gose
    Lind
    K. Davis
    DL-Span

    I realize I need to do some cleanup and will probably ultimately drop a couple guys, but would you pickup Morales today and who of the bunch would you drop? K. Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia, Davis are droppable

  198. Hater Bell

    grey says:
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    test

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @grey: who’s karabell grey?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hater Bell, see Author page

  199. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    i’m assuming we’re all seeing this weird code gibberish over each message?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Something went screwy, looking into it

  200. SteveNZ says:
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    (My) Davis and Donaldson for Morneau and Cano is not good for me, correct?

    14 team H2H, OBP and AVG…

    Puig not playing tonight BTW…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  201. SteveNZ says:
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    @Grey: Is this thing on?

    Looks good, though a few lines of code still visible at the top of the homepage when you hit razzball.com. Clean when you dive into the comments though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think that’s a cache issue on your end… Tools are down though

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I’m a project manager for a software development company – that old “it’s a cache issue at your end” won’t work with me ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Really? Cause I don’t see it on any browser…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, was kidding. All good now. I’m always telling our clients to “clear their cache”…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t see it on my phone either

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @SteveNZ: mine had giberish on every comment, you could still read it but had to sift through code lines.

  202. Great White North says:
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    666 comments. I’m scared. Give my Zobrist for his/her/its Chris Carter? Could use some power.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  203. SteveNZ says:
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    Souza!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? Why do I not even believe it? So nice if he gets hot

  204. herschel says:
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    “Carlos Carrasco down after line drive by Melky Cabrera appeared to hit him in the head.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noooooo

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: and of course both runs come around to score…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seriously

  205. Tony says:
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    Not gonna sift

    Anyone throwing GRAVEMAN? Or are we waiting, it’s HOU?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d throw him there or not own him…

  206. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mr. Grey,
    I try to log onto SON and nothing comes up. Who or how do I approach technical support?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy and our web developer are working on it, there was a problem with the server… Should be fixed shortly

      • Joe Shmoe says:
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        @Grey: k…i’m an addict with no thoughts of my own

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fixed

  207. Dickerson's jock...strap says:
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    When chapman got hit how long was he out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      4 weeks maybe

  208. GhostSurfer says:
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    First Trade Possibility of the year:
    I give: Cespedes, Britton & Gio Gonzalez & (waive walker/hutchinson??)

    I get: Donaldson, Rendon, Cecil, Latos

  209. Josh says:
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    Drop Hammel or Nelson for Smyly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel

  210. pager24 says:
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    Damn! There I was just minding my own business feeling pretty good to start the season and then BAM the mother [email protected]#$in fantasy overlord comes outta no where and snipes my team! Xander and Corrasco in the same day! Ugh screw the oven I’m lookin for a gun! To put salt in the wound Corrasco’s baserunner scored as earned runs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know…Ugh

  211. Wake Up says:
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    Melky’s website is reporting that he “should in no way be suspended for tonight’s actions”…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  212. tone DEAF! says:
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    Oh cool, now Carrasco gets beamed in the fucking face. So that’s Xander, Brantley, and now Carrasco. I hate baseball right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

      • tone DEAF! says:
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        @Grey: I’ve been drinking whiskey again.

        • @tone DEAF!:

          Again, I don’t only any of them so…Schadenfreude.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pass some this way

  213. Wake Up says:
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    Something was going on with the site?

    Did you make sure that the power button was on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, someone unplugged it…Not saying it was Rudy (it was Rudy)

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Hahaha…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Good idea to start NL pitchers in AL parks???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not as DHs

      • Yup, was tinkering. Now we have Batters Faced in the Game Logs for SP and RP as well as the inning a reliever entered a game (“IPStart”).

        Going to see if I can add some type of average IPStart into the team pages so it’s easier to spot pitchers in line to close.

  214. Josh says:
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    If Ottavino gets used in the 8th inning tonight is it still worth it to hold on to him? How many closers do you usually run in a standard H2H league? I have 2 right now (Grilli, Uehara) with McGee on the DL. I feel like at some point you can have two many closers, cuz u cant compete in wins or strikeout categories.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2 to 3 seems fine

  215. GhostSurfer says:
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    First Trade Possibility of the year:

    Update – I countered for Segura – still strong for your love of the BrewCrew’s erratic SS??

    I give: Cespedes, Britton & Gio Gonzalez

    I get: Donaldson, Rendon, Segura – I waive Brad Miller

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @GhostSurfer: I would do that in a heartbeat. But I am not Grey, so it’s likely you care not what I think :)

      • Wake Up says:
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        @mauledbypandas: Always wise to heed an armed Panda…

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Wake Up: dont need thumbs to pull the trigger!

      • GhostSurfer says:
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        @mauledbypandas:

        You agreed with me so that makes you almost as smart! Thanks for the advice!

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @GhostSurfer: I have Rendon in a few places and I am a little worried about the knee, but it’s not even close in my book. I’d almost do the trade without Rendon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  216. Great White North says:
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    Salsa Czar time?

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Great White North: not sure if I am afraid or excited by that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be

  217. SteveNZ says:
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    Davis is like a wind farm so far this season…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @SteveNZ: Wind farms generate power, friend…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Wake Up: Ha! Feeling nothing but breeze over here right now though!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Since last year

  218. the swinging says:
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    Hey king.

    If it’s fun to own billy hamilton in the outfield, it’s an orgasm to own dee gordon at second base.

    Steals have a face, and they look like dee gordon. He’s gona steal around 80 bases.

    Weeeee gordon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whee

  219. Great White North says:
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    Jose Ramirez just SAGNOFfed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I like him

  220. Beardcrabs says:
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    Lacking speed in an RCL, is my Teheran for his Wong too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

  221. dk says:
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    Owings hitting second again today. Need to drop someone. Drop Gyorko or Owings?

    • the swinging says:
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      @dk: drop gyorko for anything with a pulse

      • dk says:
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        @the swinging: But he helped me win my league 2 years ago…I just can’t quit him

      • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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        @the swinging: since yesterday it’s literally been any starting MI over gyorko, one guy even had to ask whether or not gyorko or BLANK roster spot, and it was the only instance of gyorko being the kept or obtained player.

        • the swinging says:
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          @Grey: @Bull in a Chinese Restaurant: that was a joke obv.. but Idk y grey loves gyorko so much. Gyorko now has not been pence lid into the lineup in 4 outs the last 7 games, been riding pine. Which probably helps ur fantasy team since he’s such a negative asset

          • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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            @the swinging: i wasn’t kidding though, literally every person who’s asked was told drop gyroko for EVERY player mentioned, except one total, jace peterson, he’s the only one, and he’s a backup now, so i maybe shouldn’t even count him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  222. FrankGrimes says:
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    Nooooooo
    Not cookie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, cookie!

  223. dickerson's jock...strap says:
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    drop khris davis for ackley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  224. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league (keep 5), yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    give- Mark Melancon, Adam Eaton, Luis Valbuena
    get- Corey Dickerson, Adam Lind

    MY TEAM
    CA- Cervelli. (Gomes DL). 1B- Moss. 2B- Flores. (Rendon DL). 3B- Machado. SS- Santana. IN- Morales.
    OF- Marte. OF- Pederson. OF- Eaton. OF- Snider. UT- Morse.
    BN- Valbuena, Marisnick, RPerez, Asche, Espinosa.
    DL- Gomes. DL- Rendon. DL- Jaso.
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- AnSanchez. RP- Melancon. RP- HRondon.
    P- Grilli. P- Romo. P- Farquhar.
    P- Latos. P- Morrow. P- Nelson.
    BN- Despaigne.
    DL- Ryu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  225. joeg414 says:
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    Might need a middle inf (please no X). Here’s my choices :B.Phillips, Y.Escobar , L.Vallbuna , J.Schoop , M.Duffy , D.Espinosa , W,Flores or Y.Solarte . Daily , Mixed 6×6 Roto.

    • joeg414 says:
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      @joeg414:
      If B.Holt replaces X, but he won’t be middle inf eligible for another week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Valbuena

  226. Utley rising from the dead to slam and legs…he must have sensed me pondering my options at MI.

  227. dickerson's jock...strap says:
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    grey have you seen anything with shoemaker to change your opinion of him from before the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not yet

  228. Luke says:
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    Grey you killed me this year with keeping Salazar over JD Martinez. Killed me! So now I need a hitter.

    Which of the following pitchers would you drop:
    Salazar, Mujica, Hutchison, or Pineda? I actually might have to drop 2 so in order of worst to best would be ideal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mujica

  229. musky smell says:
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    Holy cow, Shane Greene man….my $2 dollar investment on him in the auction is paying off babyyyy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mos Def

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: As if you know anything about Mos Def. Pfffft! You’re Mostly Deaf to his music. Don’t even get me started on you mentioning Reasonable Doubt….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  230. SteveNZ says:
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    This Caminero fella is throwing some serious gas in Pittsburgh.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Just hit 101.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  231. Bob says:
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    10 team 5×5 h2h Looking to buy low on Braun, or what I hope is low. Given other owner’s needs, was going to offer longoria and an arm but I don’t want to overpay. One of these SP a good addition to the offer given I have decent pitching depth? Too much? Too little?

    Alex wood
    Michael Fiers
    Chris Archer
    Plus Longoria for Braun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

  232. SteveNZ says:
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    So glad I put Castro (TOR) into my lineup at the last minute.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • The Smart Team says:
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      @SteveNZ: coach really managing that bullpen effectively. y would castro be in in the 7th. at least let the guy give up an earned run as a closer before you decide not to use him in the 9th. like wtf.

    • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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      @SteveNZ: that seemed like an osuna spot, or even loup. osuna did 3 innings last 2 days for why he wasn’t in, loup 2.66 innings in same period. cecil was just as rested, yet they saved him for a different spot, which i’m sure some of us like if we’re holding him in saves only leagues.

  233. paz says:
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    trade Upton and Carlos Santana for Cutch?

    big risk with the injury…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton side

      • paz says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey, does anything change if I receive Belt and Pompey too?

  234. tk says:
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    aoki, ackley, Coghlan, or Inciarte to replace rios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aoki

  235. Fungazi says:
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    Super Green!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  236. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, Lots of good shizz going on today. Bug and I are setting up the new Mac tonight. I wanted to bet the computer money on Seattle to win the World Series. ….. Utttt ohhhh….. was that last year? HA, Long story short…. .MLB showed Iwakuma warming up and I commented MI Dashi, Slurp, Slurp is about to pitcg and Bug was like, “WTF is Mi Dashi Slurp, Slurp? I tried to explain it but Bug was like, ” I don’t get what you’re talking about”. Can you explain it to her in “Coug-Talk”? Btw I got the dogs the Yac Milk bones off Shark Tank and these guys are going Ape Shiz over them. I got some stashed to send Teddy when you activate him of the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bug knows what’s up! Teddy wants treats!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Not sure how to do it but you can make an Amazon Wish list for Himalayan Dog Chews and I’ll dial him in. Our dogs our 18-30 lbs and the love the 3 piece set. If Teddy is smaller he’ll get down on the smaller 4 piece set. Email me the list to [email protected] , as I can’t copy and paste the link and I’ll piggy back his order on ours. Can you explain Mi Dashi Slurp slurp so Bug can understand it?

  237. dickerson's jock...strap says:
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    10 team league, burn #2 wavier claim on travis snider?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you need him

  238. MikeZ says:
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    Grey,

    How do you rank these 3 closers? Soria, Boxberger, Grilli.

    Thanks,

    Mike

  239. Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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    leonys finally producing after being moved down, and it appears andrus woke up too, probably afraid he’d just get benched rather than moved anywhere else.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  240. nick the dick says:
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    I know i’m super late to the party but it was a phenomonal writeup today man, I audibly laughed to myself like a schizophrenic a whole bunch this morning. Wish I had time earlier to fart around in the comments or do a joint of the day. One thing, you know you like the out of sync dialogue. I do. Pretty good show for a basic cable network. Bout to watch Whiplash tonight. Shit, I have nothing of any substance here….I miss Cookie already

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cookie sounds like he’s gonna be all right… Whiplash is the balls, enjoy!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Balls are like the tits? I prefer tits….rented Birdman and A Most Violent Year also. Time to catch up on all the goodies!

  241. Andrus off the bench for Wong, swipe and dong.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  242. nick the dick says:
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    I love Giannys legs as much as the next guy but time to show me the muscle big boy

    • nick the dick says:
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      @nick the dick: The one RCL I have Gian, I started the day with 3 homers. A-Rod, Castellanos and Altuve…not really where I expected my power to come from. Batty called Utley tonight and got 2 homers from him. Again, not where…..

  243. SteveNZ says:
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    Gregg in the 8th for the Reds? Jeez.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: LOL

    • BigRedLatrine says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      Steve you wanna pitch in the 8th for us? Maybe your imaginary friend from 1st grade? Unless his name was Gregg…

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @SteveNZ: cingrani moving up in the world if he looks good i bet.

  244. SteveNZ says:
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    Holy Nelson Cruz.