It’s Opening Day, so what better time to start an “I Told You So.”  Sure, any time is a good time for an “I Told You So,” and that doesn’t just hold true for So Taguchi.  Though, that “I Told You So” rings true, as well.  That’s if you did indeed tell So something, and he doesn’t heed your prescience.  Oh, and don’t be scared, Carl Everett, prescience isn’t science from before science.  So (Taguchi), A.J. Pollock has a fractured elbow.  I told you not to draft him.  Of course, I didn’t say he’d fracture his elbow; my Magic Eight Ball isn’t that precise, but I did say to avoid him in drafts.  If you would’ve just followed that, we’d all be okay.  You didn’t listen because you know better, and I’m not talking about that Armenian dishwasher you befriended at the bus stop, Better Vardanyian.  You might know that Better, but you didn’t know better than to draft Pollock.  For you drafters of Pollock, I’ll pour some of my “I Told You So” juice out that I’m marketing with So Taguchi.  By the way, So Taguchi — retired for seven years, but a major part of the Opening Day roundup.  Good for So Taguchi.  And great for us, we got baseball!  And not great for Pollock, he’ll be out for the better part of the year, if not the whole shebang, to quote Ricky Martin.  I grabbed Socrates Brito in one league because he’ll be facing the majority of pitchers (righties).  He was in my top 80 outfielders.  I’m a big fan, though not as a houseguest.  Wearing nothing but a toga on a couch is a little gross.  He has solid speed and some power, think 10 HRs and 22 SBs.  A poor man’s Pollock, I will call him Warsaw Ghetto.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend for fantasy baseball:

Adam Wainwright – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I’d say something unfavorable about Wainwright, but I don’t want him calling and berating me.

Ruben Tejada – Left a game last week with a quad strain, which puts Jedd Gyorko (0-for-3) back in line to be the starting shortstop.  In directly related news, the Cards placed an ad on Craigslist for a shortstop.  “Could use someone.  Not looking for a long-term commitment.  Contact us and let’s have some fun!”  Wow, the Cards sound desperate.

Tommy Pham – Left yesterday’s game with a tight oblique.  Pham sounds like a Thai beef salad.  If you were to tie something, it should be tight.  And I’m being oblique.  Dur, of course he’s out with a tight oblique.

Matt Holliday – 1-for-3 as he played first base for about an inning-plus until Pham said damn.  Holliday might play 1st base vs. lefties, and, no, I don’t mean against fans of Bernie Sanders, but it’ll depend on Pham’s injury.

Francisco Liriano – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 10 Ks.  Anyone who saw this game can attest to Liriano’s magnificence.  I, on the other hand, can’t because I was taking part in my annual NL-Only keeper draft.  Guess who I have in my outfield.  The one player I actually have more than Delino DeShizznit.  Matt Holliday!  Please let him Zombino his way back to respectability.  Or at least halfway-decent-ability.

David Freese – 2-for-4 as he hit third in the lineup.  At least I think it was third.  After I saw what I believed was Freese hitting third, I closed my browser, shut down my computer and threw my computer out the window.

John Jaso – 1-for-4, 1 RBI as he hit leadoff.  Compared to Freese hitting third, John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt hitting leadoff makes total sense.  Wait, Gregory Polanco (2-for-3, 2 runs) is batting sixth.  Oh, I see, Walt Weiss is squatting in Clint Hurdle’s brain.

Chris Archer – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 12 Ks.  I’ll take a dozen Ks every day of the week and twice on Muesday.  Muesday is that magical day between Monday and Tuesday.

Corey Dickerson – 1-for-4 and his 1st home run.  I was thinking towards the end of draft season that Dickerson was going too cheaply.  Seemed to go from overrated to underrated.  I get that he won’t be in Coors anymore, but he fell to around 200 overall in some drafts that I saw.  Dot dot dot.  While I was standing behind you.  Dot dot dot.  Wearing bicycle shorts.  That was me.

Marcus Stroman – 8 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Definitely was Stroman’ing my pain with his fingers (one time).  Wouldn’t put it past him to do it again (two times).  True story alert!  Wyclef Jean once went in to see my mom, who is a chiropractor, but he didn’t have back problems.  The first thing he said to her was, “What is this bump growing on my butt?”  Then dropped his pants.  In the reception area.  By the by, doctor-patient privilege doesn’t exist when you have a goofy malady.

Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his first homer.  Sell!  Kidding (no, I’m not).

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-5, 1 RBI.  I swear, about two weeks ago, I was going to post a poll on Razzball’s Twitter account, Kevin Pillar or A.J. Pollock for 2016 fantasy baseball?  Retweet for Pillar and favorite for Pollock, but then I realized A) I have little interest in the results. B) People really just do those polls so their shizz is retweeted. C) There’s no C.  Not to mention (this is really C), I thought Pillar was going to be more valuable than Pollock, but most would’ve said Pollock.  Those hypothetical Twitter polls are about as accurate as your standard focus group.  “I like the big guy, but can he say something besides Hodor?”  That’s your standard focus group takeaway.  So, yeah, helpful.  If you didn’t gather it from this, I wish I owned Pillar everywhere.  He’s about to have a huge season.

Matt Harvey – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks.  You can call this rematch vs. Kansas City, “Harvey’s Royal Flush.”  Not because he showed the best hand possible, but because he’d see the Royals, then immediately go to the bathroom to avoid further bladder problems.

Edinson Volquez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  You think he’s not worth owning, then he puts up great start after great start.  Then, you pick him up, and he blows up.  I will call him, Con Edinson.

Eric Hosmer – 3-for-4, 1 RBI.  A detective picks up a white sheet covering a body, revealing a dead stripper, “Looks like she was singled to death.”  The dead stripper is also any pitcher facing the Royals.

Miguel Gonzalez – Signed with the White Sox.  Since John Danks and Mat Latos are the last two guys in the White Sox rotation, Gonzalez could work his way in at some point.  Though, keep in mind, Gonzalez was booted from the Orioles and the last two guys on that staff are Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright.  In this blurb, I’ve hidden five pitcher names that you don’t even want in AL-Only leagues.  Can you find them?

Jason GrilliBraves could use matchups in the 9th with Grilli and Arodys Vizcaino.  Fredi Gonzalez said, “Hey, whatever I can do to wear out the most arms possible.  I’m jennie.  Jennie is how I say generous.”

Drew Pomeranz – Won a rotation spot for the Padres.  I had an inkling this was going to happen; wish I secured him in a few of my deeper leagues.  Alas, I got him in bupkis places, so I’m going to look at him with the glass half empty.  In four-plus seasons, he has only 291 2/3 IP and a 4.07 ERA.  Dah, I’m a dog person and can’t hate on a Pomeranz.  Two of those seasons were in Colorado.  When he moved to Oakland, he looked great in middle relief and spot starts (3.13 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 9 K/9 in O.co).  I wouldn’t be shocked if he goes from a guy you look for on the Stream-o-Nator to starting every time out.

Billy Hamilton – Will bat near the bottom of the lineup.  Well, yeah, he has a .287 career OBP.  Haha, man, that’s awful!  He sucks!  Replacing him at leadoff is Zack Cozart whose career OBP is .284.

Jose Peraza – At the last moment on Sunday, he failed to make the club in a bench role.  Sky called him his sleeper pick this year, and as much as I want to mock it, I could see Peraza working his way back to the majors and stealing 20+ bases.  Am I owning him in 12-team leagues right now?  Don’t be ridiculous, you need room for your Hitter-Tron batty calls.  You know the type, where Hitter-Tron breathes heavy and asks to speak to your car’s engine.

Dan Straily – The other day when he was traded to the Padres I called him the pitching version of Brett Wallace because every crappy team wants to own Straily at least once.  Well, on Friday, the Padres released Straily and the Reds picked him up.  Your move, Atlanta.

Ross Stripling – Got the 5th starter job for the Dodgers.  When you see Stripling, you don’t want to make it rain, you hope it does rain.  He was barely serviceable in Double-A last year, and I’d be cautious about him even in NL-Only leagues.

Bryan Mitchell – Fractured his toe.  If you’re looking for a legit excuse at missing work with an injury, just go into the bullpen for the Yankees.

Travis Shaw – Named the Red Sox Opening Day 3rd baseman.  When I added him into the top 20 1st basemen, I said, “He’s in the tier named, “They’ve attracted big fleas by wearing Big Dog shirts.”  Then, cut to Pablo Sandoval standing behind him, tapping his shoulder, asking him if he’s going to take his position for very long, when, finally, Sandoval eats a large flea with Tapatio.  Shaw could take Sandoval’s job until October.  He could platoon.  He could breakout.  Last year, in 226 ABs, he hit 13 homers.  That was more than Sandoval (for homers; Sandoval had/has more ABs.  He’s got close to a thousand ABs if he’s not currently dieting and shaking his belly.  His ABs roll for days.)  Shaw hasn’t shown dramatic power prior to last year, so I’ll be conservative and say he’s right on the edge of ownable for 12-team mixed leagues, but could be more.  Much more.   Much, much, okay, you get it.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Pablo Sandoval – Moved to the bench.  In the updated top 20 3rd basemen, I said, “Travis Shaw won the job in spring because he was in better shape.  Okay, if that’s the case, I could’ve won the job.  I’m not convinced Pablo won’t see any time on the field, but if he sits for a long time, he may not be able to stand up again.  It’s call Jabba the Hut Syndrome.”  And that’s me really just copying and pasting me!

Hyun-Soo Kim – Ended up getting on the major league roster after he refused his minor league assignment.  MASN reporter, Roch Kubatko, originally reported the “sense is Kim would report to the minors.”  He was wrong, and isn’t it spelled sensei?  Kim’s representatives said, “Kim would like to see his contract honored and executed faithfully.  He also hopes to receive fair opportunities to continue his career as a major leaguer with Baltimore.”  I’m not saying that sounds like Google Translator Gone Bad, but, well, I hope to receive fair opportunities in city of Los Angeles of United States while taking love instrument to my non-religious Cougar that ironically preys a lot.

 
  1. Dommattingly says:
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    Drop Karns for Pomeranz?

    • Dommattingly says:
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      @Dommattingly:
      And thank you for your awesome writing and welcome to a new season!!

  2. muskysmell says:
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    Grey-
    I’m in a keeper league where you can keep your guys forever (just get $4 added to the kept player’s salary every year).
    I recently lost my 2nd closer (thanks a lot Drew Storen!) so I’m already a little F’d with saves it seems to start the season.
    Someone recently offered me Chris Sale ($45) and Kenley Jansen ($15) for my Jake Arrieta ($13).
    Would you take the deal even in a keepers league?

    • Jensen says:
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      @muskysmell: That is a disrespectful trade offer. Reject it immediately. SAGNOF!

    • Cooper says:
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      @muskysmell: Personally, I’d only except it if u have a bad contract to give back. Sale @ $45 is redonkulous

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @muskysmell: Get a cheaper closer in a better trade

    • I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @muskysmell: if not for those costs i would do that.

  3. oh no cano sano says:
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    whats up buddy

    mmm baseball is back

    play in a 10 team keeper where hendricks is available should i be looking to grab him before everyone else does?

    we have saves and holds as 1 cat, we have 4sp 4p and rp slots

    is davis britton rondon miller and osuna enough to hold down the fort with 8 spots? have nate jones and benoit as well….

    Mchugh, Iwakuma, Gio Gonzalez, Kazmir, Hendricks and fiers are also available

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @oh no cano sano: Baseball! More than enough, you have too many actually

  4. ‘morning Grey … first comment of the season, but I’ve been reading and use your work to prepare for my draft.

    A deep-league fifth-ish pitcher question: who’re your top two pitchers between Cashner, Pomeranz, Heaney, and Eovaldi?

    Would you start Ross today at home in a 15-team league? I usually start Hodepadres at home, but the SoN isn’t convinced.

    Thanks and good luck this season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Good to see you! I’d start Ross… Pomeranz, Heaney, I’d look at the rankings though… You too!

  5. Noam says:
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    New season! Polanco looked great! I’ll owe you big time if he breaks out like you predict. Now it’s Deshields’ turn!

    • Noam says:
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      @Noam:

      Although reallistically, I definitely owe you anyways

      • Gigorilla says:
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        Buy Grey a Daiquiri then!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Noam: Hope so!

  6. Big league choo says:
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    Did a 12 team keeper auction 6×6 OPS, BAA

    C hundley
    C swihart
    1b duda
    2b rendon
    3b bryant
    SS marte
    MI lawrie
    CI belt
    Of martinez
    of springer
    Of Hanley ramirez
    Of deshields
    Of myers
    Of conforto
    Util fielder
    Util bung ho park
    Bn Schoop
    NA Aj reed, jose peraza, trea turner

    SP Pineda, Matz, Corbin, Ventura, Severino
    Rp Chapman, Betances, Osuna, Doolittle

    Dl Darvish, Eduardo Rodriguez

    Going to probably use the two dl spots as streamer/batty calls….how does it look?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big league choo: Looks decent, bit low on SPs, riskier staff than I’d like

  7. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    BASEBALL!!

  8. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Would you start Ervin today?

  9. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great stuff as always.

    a. To that same craigslist ad, please add the following.

    ‘Looking for someone who can provide AT LEAST a modicum of contact (any kind, physical, bodily, even getting hit (by the pitch), anything to get on base). Willingness to go to 2nd base a MUST, willingness to go for 3rd and home plate DESIRABLE (in a non-sexual way, get your mind out of the gutter).’

    b. Haha on Kim’s blurb. When fresh off the boaters (or FOBs) from China say ‘Cow eat grass yesterday’, they really think it makes sense. In Chinese everything is in context, there are no definite or indefinite articles, there are no verb tenses, and there is no verb declination. Frank Voilà! Don’t fret if you laugh at this comment and don’t be judgmental if you’re offended. China has a whole CSI crew who’s sole purpose is to find foreigners who make ‘classic’ stupid foreigner mistakes of modern standard Chinese so it all balances out, yin and yang, crunchy and smooth, give and take, in and out. You get it, write?

    Cheers,
    Ante

  10. Mel says:
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    Grey-

    I’m in a 10-team h2h categories league and I was looking for some pitching advice.

    SP Cole
    SP Matz
    SP Jaime Garcia
    SP Aaron Sanchez
    SP Shelby Miller
    SP Mike Leake
    SP DeGrom
    SP Heaney

    These are my starting pitchers. I saw on the waiver wire, that Joe Ross,Juan Nicasio, and Vincent Valasquez are still available in league. If I were to drop any pitchers from my team to pick up one of these guys, who do you think I should drop? Thank in advance, cheers to a good season!

    Thanks,
    _Mel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mel: Jaime

  11. Wild Thing says:
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    Any thoughts on waiver wire best player available?

    Hector Olivera
    Brandon Drury
    Jake Lamb
    Tyler Naquin
    Devon Travis
    Brock Holt
    Steven Souza

    Thanks!

    • Wild Thing says:
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      @Wild Thing:

      One more Ozuna… Thanks!

      • Jim says:
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        @Wild Thing:
        Ozuna
        Lamb
        Olivera

        that would be my top 3 and how I would ranke em, grab Ozuna, he batting 2 for MIA and has 25-30 HR power

      • Jensen says:
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        @Wild Thing: Ozuna is best avail. But you can add Travis and DL him and then add another guy. That’s what I would do.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wild Thing: Ozuna, guy.

  12. Gareth-come-lately says:
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    Great to have the round up back! Here’s to the next 180ish days.

  13. Summer is coming says:
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    Roster maintenance: 10 team, 5×5

    Would you make any swaps? Debating holding onto Reyes and Gomes…and possibly just streaming a pitcher with those positions ?

    C – posey
    1b – encarcion
    2b odor
    3b Franco
    Ss boegarts
    Of Braun, Bautista, jd Martinez
    Util – Castro, heyward
    Bench – deshields, Gomes, fowler,
    Sp – odorizzi, Nola, sale, Felix, hammel, Liriano, Nicasio, matz, walker, shields
    Rp- Rodney, Perkins, jefress vizcaino

    Some. Free agents are Caesar Hernandez, Colome, David Hernandez, jimmy Nelson, storen

      • For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron says:
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        @Grey: this flips now probably.

  14. Jim says:
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    Grey,

    Well I did something I never do, and you never recommend, I took A SP in the 1st RD 4th overall, and I kinda love how the team tuned out. Your thoughts? 12 man NFBC lg

    C W Ramos 21
    C J McCann 22

    1B J Votto 4
    2B R Odor 8
    SS F Lindor 6
    3B M Franco 7

    OF G Springer 2
    OF J Martinez 3
    OF N Cruz 5
    OF B Burns 11
    OF K Pillar 13

    CI B Park 16
    MI J Schoop 19
    Util D Deshilds 17

    B C Colabello 27

    SP C Kershaw 1
    SP F Liriano 10
    SP T Walker 12
    SP P Corbin 14
    SP L Severino 15
    SP J Hammel 18
    SP J Ross 20
    SP V Velasquiz 24
    SP A Cashner 25
    SP L Giolito 26

    Heres where I’m weak, took a lot of relievers hoping to hit on one this 1st week

    RP R Osuna 9
    RP D Hernandez 23
    RP L Gregerson 26
    RP R Madson 29
    RP D Farquhar 30

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Yeah, it didn’t kill you, bet it’s still a 80/20 split b/c you waited so long for your 2nd pitcher, which was the right move…. Nice team, and you are weak at RP

  15. WillisReid says:
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    Smyly or Odorizzi at home v TOR or Roark home v Miami?

    Usually avoid the Jays like the plague, but the off days shortened my rotation and there isn’t much on the wire that won’t force me to drop a SP like Rodon or Matz to stream and I’m counting on the Tampa dudes starts this weekend. Although I could probably sneak one through waivers and pick him back up.

  16. Dileo says:
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    Hi Grey-

    Late draft Sat in a 12 Team H2H points league. Pitching went early and often. This is what I came up with:

    C- Darnaud
    1B – Au Shizz
    2b/ss /mi – wong/schoop/Segura/forsythe/story (mish mosh)
    3b- Bryant
    Ci- Franco
    OF- cutch/springer/ Grichuk/joc
    Dh- papi

    Sp- Lester/salazaar/ t ross/ stroman/ severino/ aaron sanchez/ j nicasio/ v velasquez/ Pomeranz

    Rp: melancon/ramos/miller/ jj hoover

    Thoughts overall…is my pitching decent enough for a H2H ? Do i need mif help?

    Thanks as always!!

    • Grey

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      @Dileo: You need MILF help? Oh… Yeah, the team looks decent, you’re light on middle infield and SPs are a little upsidey… Not a bad team, just need to work it a little in-season

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    Hey grey what’s going on?
    Would you start delino or Travis Shaw in the utility? I’ve got springer,saunders and khris Davis in the OF spots.. Should I put one of them on the bench for delino and throw Shaw in the utility? After watching the Jay’s yesterday just feel like it’s hard to sit saunders.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Clos: Grey didn’t have you draft Deshields so you can bench him. Deploy Deshizz!

      • Regan says:
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        @Cram It: Well i only got Giles on half of my teams so it’s only like getting one ball slammed in a door. My own personal closer nightmare going on this year and it’s only friggen day one. Is it to early to start drinking?

  18. C says:
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    Grey,

    Had my last draft on Sunday. 10 team H2H points that favors pitching (4 SP slots, 2 RP slots, maximum 7 SP on roster, daily rosters). Let’s just say I went a little light on the bats. Do I need to deal some pitching, or am I primed to dominate? Looking forward to a season of daily recaps. Thanks!

    C – M. Weiters
    1B – B. Belt
    2B – B. Zobrist
    SS – C. Correa (K)
    3B – N. Arenado (K)
    IF – M. Moustakas
    OF – G. Springer
    OF – K. Pillar
    OF – E. Inciarte
    OF – M. Conforto
    DH – C. Santana
    Util – K. Davis
    Bench – W. Myers
    Bench – S. Brito

    SP – C. Kershaw
    SP – J. deGrom
    SP – C. Carrasco
    SP – S. Strasburg
    RP – W. Davis
    RP – C. Kimbrel
    Bench – T. Walker
    Bench – P. Corbin
    Bench – C. Rodon
    Bench – T. Watson
    Bench – D. O’Day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C: Your pitching is ridiculous and your hitting is very weak….You need to trade two to three of your SPs

  19. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    Recaps are back!
    Good call on Pillar, and the love instrument.

  20. G says:
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    Hey Grey. Baseballs finally back! Question is regarding my 14 team redraft 5×5 h2h where k/9 is used instead of Ks. I read few good things about the reliever on Seattle Tony Zych and was wondering if I should make the pickup of him with options to drop Jumbo Diaz or Ian Kennedy. I have Jumbo since he has a decent K Rate as well and could be good candidate to take over if Hoover falters (I don’t own Hoover). Ian Kennedy has sneaky k/9 rate but is my bottom pitcher with Noah, Lester, Rodon, Stroman, Corbin, and Joe Ross leading the way. Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Drop Kennedy

  21. Kiss the bum says:
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    20 team. Would you trade Naquin for Pomeranz? Thank you.

  22. SpecialFNK says:
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    Drew Smyly tonight at home against the Blue Jays. start or sit?
    Jays have a great offense, but in limited innings Smyly has had success against the Jays.

  23. Robert says:
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    Hello,
    Keeper league, new to this league went in with partner so some were previous keepers. Only 3 outfield spots,2 relievers 10 team league 5 by 5 league.
    C: Realmuto 1b: Votto 2b: Carpenter SS: Andrus 3B: Bryant MI: Corey Seager CI: Kyle Seager Out: Harper, Braun, Polanco DH: Sano
    SP: Scherzer, Hamels, Ross, Ventura, Shields, Wei Chin,
    RP:Jansen, Britton
    Bench: Parra, Deshields,Seimein, Belt
    Pitchers: Alex Wood, Aaron Sanchez, Cody Allen.
    Minor leaguers: Berrios and Urias.
    I’m not crazy about back end of staff but we have 3 elite closers, for two spots. Oh yeah he had Pollock from last year so he’s injured reserve (lol). I avoided Pollock in every league otherwise, great call, already guys are whining about season being over. Any thoughts on this team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: Nice team on hitting, pitching is safe, nice balance with some upside, I like it!

  24. Hiermonymous Lohse says:
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    Not related to anything, but there is no fantasy love for Yan Gomes. Dude has been sitting out there for weeks on waiver in my 12 team. Yu to the DL couldn’t come fast enough to finally be able to add the guy. Good news he’s going up again David Price today who he’s 0-15 against. But as a .294 hitter against lefties the law of averages will be avenged tonight as Gomes gets a double and a HR off Davie!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hiermonymous Lohse: Yeah noticed the same in my drafts… I didn’t get him anywhere, but I would’ve

  25. Old School Brother says:
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    Blunts Brews and Baseball goin down in Arlington this afternoon. Happy 2nd but kinda official opening day razzball nation! Hoping I can find Hamilton in the parking lot pounding jello shots and crack rocks

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Old School Brother: Feliz!!

      What’s up? Good luck to your Texas Rangers tonight. Started Soria last night in my RCL league! Yikes. Now he stays put until he shaves the ERA down from 40 to 2.5.

      They should fight for the NL West crown or at least make the WC and hopefully Yu pitches better down the stretch than at the beginning of the season. They need another ‘good’ pitcher if Dutch doesn’t do well and Chi Chi can’t make it past 5 INN.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Ante GALIC: Yo Ante!

        Ya, we need Yu to come back strong. Last years home opener was Derek Holland giving up a home run and leaving the game after one inning with an injury. No matter what Hamels does today, 99.9% sure it’ll be better than that

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Old School Brother: that’s the way baseball go! Hopefully don’t dig a giant hole this year though

  26. 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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    Being with my buddy who owns Pollock at the moment the news broke was an instant classic.

  27. Tim says:
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    Pillar or souza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tim: Pillar

  28. Swfcdan says:
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    Baseball is back, FINALLY!

    In my 16 teamer, only have 3OF spots and 2Utils. I have a lot of lefty OF’s (Choo, Calhound, Cargo), so is it worth platooning them against every lefty/just tough lefties, with solid bench bats like Reddick/Jennings/Lawrie all year long? I didn’t do it too much last year but I see their splits and well I didn’t win last year ha, lefties just have such starker (word of the day) splits than righties.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: It’s always worth it if you have room

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I have them as bench bats right now anyway, for off days etc. So I’ll give it a go with most of them when facing good lefties, just not when Cargo’s in Coors obviously no matter who it is. It’s amazing how bad lefties are against lefties, not just some….all of them!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

      • Swfcdan says:
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        Bum got flu and getting knocked around, not gonna be lasting long today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  29. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Love the Socrates lede!

    Safe to say Socrates > Hicks for now?

  30. knucks says:
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    Yanks/Astros PPD :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: But my little person Altuve wants to play!

  31. Phil of the Future says:
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    Best Bud!
    I missed you, man. Been too long.

    How you been? Offseason was good?(I know you don’t really have an offseason).

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: You too, bud! Offseason took forever this year. Thank god baseball’s back.

        So in my main league, 16 team auction, i’m worried about my pitching. Hoping I have enough depth. I’m not gonna run my offense by you cuz I got mostly guys we both love, Rizzo, Frazier, Lindor K. Davis, Schoop, Segura….

        Here’s my SPs, don’t spare my feelings: (I stockpile arms early and go with one bench bat, so there’s a ton)
        Archer
        Richards
        Rodon
        Smyly
        Joe Ross
        Vince Velazquez
        Tanner Roark
        Erasmo Ramirez
        Cody Anderson
        Jose Berrios

        Glad to be back, G.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t be worried, but I do think Berrios is likely droppable, and I’d give Anderson a very short leash

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Thx, man. How long can they possibly keep Berrios down there for? He’s probably their best starter today. Right?

            So that’s enough pitching for a 16 team league? Aces were going for waaaay too much money and I chose to stay out of it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s their best starter, but could keep him down for 2 months

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Can you tell them that’s not going to work for me?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m texting them now

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: That’s why I love you

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ve missed hearing those words

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I’ve missed saying them! Man, it’s good to be back.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA, it is!

  32. Jim says:
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    Would love opinion on trade
    I missed out on Delino in my last draft. Desperately need SBs
    Another owner who is a Cubs fan really wants Rizzo. Would you trade Rizzo & Alex Gordon for Encarnacion & DeShilds? Is value close or favor one side heavily?
    Thank you

  33. Funny Name says:
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    Finally drafted DeShizznit saturday night after missing out on him in my other live draft and my RCL. Also made a drunk bet on his over/under for steals at 42.5.

      • Funny Name says:
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        @Grey: I kept saying after the draft that he’d steal 87 and someone called me out and said he wouldn’t even get 45 so we somehow ended on 42.5. The countdown to 43 starts today. Grabbed Rizzo, Marte, Just dong, and Frazier with my first 4 picks and that was with a couple keepers like Correa and Bryant missing. Pitching went way to early.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m hoping for 43 too, that would be sweet, with 10 HRs

  34. Jimmy Two-times says:
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    @Grey I’m going to throw my hat in the ring and get your opine on my draft.
    12 team H2H, holds and OBP are scoring categories
    # is draft pos. 1st 3 are keepers.

    8 Joey Votto
    20 Charlie Blackmon
    32 Justin Upton
    44 J.D. Martinez
    56 Corey Seager
    65 Carlos Carrasco
    80 Jon Lester
    89 Mark Melancon
    104 Cole Hamels
    113 Francisco Liriano
    128 Patrick Corbin
    137 Tony Watson
    152 Carlos Rodon
    161 Neil Walker
    176 Justin Turner
    185 Joc Pederson
    200 Joe Smith
    209 Jonathan Schoop
    224 J.J. Hoover
    233 Tyler Clippard
    248 Josh Harrison
    257 Yan Gomes
    272 Nick Castellanos

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Jimmy Two-times: It would be easier if you posted the team in positions(C 1B 2B SS etc.) instead of draft order.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimmy Two-times: What Shill said, team looks okay, looks pretty strong on pitching and less so on hitting

  35. The Fridge says:
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    Karns, Nicasio, Pomeranz, Gausman…..What’s your order of preference?

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Grey: So, Nicasio’s your #1 of those options?

        Also – Which you trade Pence, Heyward or Kemp for Pillar?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Worth a flyer, yes, Pence

  36. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Yo yo Grey!! Thanks be to Hay Zues, that I listened to you on AJ. Now I look at the manager that drafted him and just shake my head while making a sad face at him. Then I turn around and smile at George Springer.

    Question of the day: I have an open spot on my roster. Should I use it to stash Berrios or grab Pomeranz?

    • HolyGhostClaw says:
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      @HolyGhostClaw:

      My crappy starting pitching staff for reference.

      Carlos Rodon
      Luis Severino
      Drew Smyly
      Vincent Velasquez
      Aaron Sanchez
      Mike Fiers
      Blake Snell
      Tyler Glasnow
      DL-Eduardo Rodriguez
      DL-Zach Wheeler

  37. Jon says:
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    I have two open spots on my roster after guys going on the DL, planning to add Jimmy Nelson for one. Where else to go?

    Zych, Strickland, Storen, Dyson, Madson, Farquhar, Benoit

    Volquez, Peavy, Porcello, Ray, Happ, Greene, Gibson, Rubby, Cody Anderson

    Thanks!

    • knucks says:
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      @Jon: I would use the extra spot for Batty Call/Streamer purposes so maybe take a peak at upcoming matchups? But based off of the player pool you listed I would prob go with Farquhar for the outside shot of falling into some saves.

      • Jon says:
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        @knucks: Thanks! I will definitely use this spot as a temporary player most likely, but we have some league rules in place that prevent too many add/drops. If possible, I’d like to go with the possibility of someone sticking on my roster.

    • Jon says:
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      @Jon: Scratch Peavy off this list (he’s unavailable) and add Pomeranz. Messed up that one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: What knucks said, Strickland for now

  38. KarlJ says:
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    Does Pomeranz get moved into your top 80 starters now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KarlJ: I’m not moving anyone after the season starts

  39. FrankGrimes says:
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    and all is right in the world now…

  40. Chicken Shack says:
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    Enjoy all the games today!!!
    Thanks for all the hard work.

    • Chicken Shack says:
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      @Chicken Shack:

      You think Cespedes was using the gold glove he was awarded? He should give it back.

        • knucks says:
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          @Old School Brother: i think he was busy day dreaming about his next potential automobile purchase instead of baseball stuff. friggen goose. how in the hell can they expect him to run away with the CF job? Not happy if thats what they do. But LGM!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chicken Shack: He seems like he should’ve got a golden noggin

  41. FrankGrimes says:
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    I did grab posey/pollock at the 36/37 turn
    trying be be anti razz in the FCL
    and now you gotta rub it in my face
    damn you albright!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        batty call for today?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I grabbed Rajai

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            I went for Alexei Ramirez
            he “owns” Kershaw 5 for 8 haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I also like Duvall

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                I’ll grab him somewhere for SnGs

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I like that, SnGs… It’s when you snag a player for shizz and giggles

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    glossary??? haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Feels that way

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    snap! now I can die completely fulfilled.
                    what flavor you crazy about lately?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m having problems actually with my vape… Has this ever happened, I screw the tank real tight and the vape doesn’t hit anymore… If I loosen it, it’s fine

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    too tight is usually not necessary
                    does it leak or not hit right when loose?

                    when last time you gave it a good cleaning?
                    Sometimes the “firing pin” on the mod needs an adjustment (where the tank hits the vape to provide power to the coil)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It hits right when loose but also leaks a bit

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:

                    if you use replacement coils could be a faulty one.
                    or a bad o-ring
                    or needs pin adjusted
                    prolly will have to take it in for them to look it over

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      At the store, he says I moved the coil up so when I screw on the tank it’s hitting it… Thanks, Grimey!

    • For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron says:
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      @FrankGrimes: pollock at 36 isn’t anti razz, he was ranked by both Rudy higher than 36 and i’m fairly sure Grey had him around that 30-38 area too, both lower than his 22nd or so ADP.

  42. Blake says:
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    Grey,

    Had my 13 team pts league last night (1pt for 1B, 2pt for 2B, 3pts for 3B, 4 pts for HR, 1pt for R, 1pt for RBI, 1pt for SB, 1pt for BB). Used Maloney’s rankings but used your projections for pitchers. Have a couple of problems – didn’t get a good 3rd baseman or catcher. Got moustakes in the 18th round and conger in the 20th. I only get 15 pickups for the year. do you suggest picking any of these guys up to replace them?

    3B:
    David Wright
    Josh Harrison
    Adonis Garcia
    H Olivera
    castellanos

    C:
    chrinos
    wieters
    castro
    and a host of others

  43. royce! says:
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    Anyone know if rosters will lock at 1 pm eastern (when the Yankees game was supposed to start) or when the giants/brewers game starts? Aka, if the first game of the day is postponed, do rosters still lock when that game was supposed to start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: Not until Brewers is my guess

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: I would plan on 1 pm

        • royce! says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: We have a winner! Not me, unfortunately…

  44. William Hung says:
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    @Grey – As I was drafting my team, I had an idea of something that might be helpful: A ranking of all the players that will begin the season on the DL, so it can help people figure out who to stash coming out of their draft.

    Also, perhaps it’s something that would be worth updating every so often

    • Cram It says:
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      @William Hung: I believe they’re included in the top 500 already.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Cram It: Hmm, perhaps adding a filter for DL players to that list?

        • For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron says:
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          @William Hung: why not just look at those on DL yourself?

  45. Jim says:
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    GIles owners, Gregerson just named closer, better run off a grab him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Ouch

  46. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thanks for pushing me to make that $1 FAAB bet on Gregerson!

  47. Pita pan express says:
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    Grey
    Can’t believe you left out your brother from another mother polanco 2-3 double 2 runs scored !! That’s like walking out on a gyro platter with Greek salad and large soda ! Where’s the love Grey ???

    • Pita pan express says:
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      Oh you did sneak him into the list you sneaky mustache devil you !!

  48. Holden says:
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    Anyone know who’s starting in the OF for SDP between upton, blash, and janikowski?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Holden: Blash is no longer on the team, I believe, was returned to Seattle

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Holden: Likely Kemp/Jay/Upton

  49. nyjacobs says:
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    hey grey – who do you like more/potential ’16 breakout: souza, brito or olivera.
    thanks

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    Gregerson named the closer in HOU.

    Drop Zeigler or Cishek for him?

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

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks man. Don’t trust Cishek much anyway.

  51. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    so me and a few buddies have a thing called “razzball of the week” where we send our favorite blurb from you about a player and laugh ha ha ha

    The billy hamilton one may well be the razzball of the year

    as far as my draft on saturday, lets just hope BRandon Belt really is the sleeper you predict, because my 1B slot will be a black hole if not. Damn keeper leagues and all these guys with their fancy 1Bs…

  52. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good grey? Top o’ the season to you! First comment since October, but have been following your advice (e.g., DeShizznit as my 5th OF and Schoop at 2B). Kept/Drafted a shallower starting pitching staff than I would of liked. I got Sale and Carrasco at the top, but it gets young real quick (i.e., Rodon, Walker, Severino, Hammel and Joe Ross). Looks like the stream-o-nator and I will be close again this season. Anythehoo, so much to catch up on? Untitled Unmastered? House of Cards? Fuller House? See ya round the bend…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Good to see you, man! My friends twins are actually the babies on Fuller House, no shizz… Didn’t watch it though… House of Cards was awful

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: I’m still working my way through the new season of HOC, but not impressed thus far.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s such a total bore of nonsense

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: I like(d) the show, but Jesus Montero, it gets tougher to watch every episode.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I liked the 1st season and it’s been a slow, exhausting descent since

            • Slimcompoop says:
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              @Slimcompoop: There’s always Game of Thrones!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                And Bloodline is due back too…. I really liked Bosch, if you have Amazon, best show I watched in last few months

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Having twins that gets casted on any show, is the way to go. Cash Cow. Guess I’ll look into folic acid! I’ll never watch “Fuller House”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, the amount they’re being paid is ridiculous… They’re basically paying for their own college education at 9 months old

  53. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: Hinch announces Gregerson to start off season as closer. In weekly roto, who do you like better this week, Gregerson or Jeffress?

    Thanks.

  54. Gigorilla says:
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    Hey Reddish Grey Rocker–we finally had our live Roto auction yesterday at Miller Park. It’s an annual thing there now for our 25+year old leaugue. Great fun.

    Here we go.

    “Gentlemen, start your engines”

    or (except you gotta pay this guy big $$$)

    “Lets get ready to Rumble…………….”

      • Gigorilla says:
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        We rent at private room at Friday’s with balcony overlooking LF. There have been exhibition games and/or practices going on during our draft almost every year.

        Yes, very cool. We’ll invite you out next year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You better!

  55. Smooth feat. Rob Thomas says:
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    Hey hey hey! Glad to have baseball back (and you and your fabulous team giving us all the help to get through the season). Got me a roster in a 12-team 5×5 (w/ OBP) with keepers that I would love some feedback on. Not feeling my closers at all, but it’s early and trades/waivers will happen.

    C- d’Arnuad
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Russell
    3B – Arenado (keeper)
    SS – Castro
    2B/SS – Schoop
    1B/3B – Lawrie
    OF – Jones, Revere, Polanco, Piscotty, Herrera
    UTIL – Spangenberg, Tomas, Trumbo

    SP – Harvey (keeper), Cole (keeper), F-Her
    P – Matz, Corbin, Pineda, Hammel
    RP – Miller, Perkins, Rodney

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Smooth feat. Rob Thomas: Looks solid, your closers are a bit of a mess, but the rest of the team looks fine, I think you’re a little light on power

  56. Tommy says:
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    I desperately want to feel terrible about how I drafted. Give me all your wisdom, Grey. Where do you see weaknesses in my squad ?

    10-team standard (but OPS instead of AVG)

    C-Martin
    1B-Rizzo
    2B-Wong
    3B-Arenado
    SS-Desmond
    OF-Bautista
    OF-Marte
    OF-J.Upton
    UTL-Polanco

    SP1-Harvey
    SP2-Stressburg
    SP3-Salazar
    SP4-Corbin
    SP5-Walker
    SP6-Maeda

    RP1-Familia
    RP2-Papelbon
    RP3-Street
    RP4-Gregerson
    RP5-Vizcaino

    BNCH-J.Pederson
    BNCH-Zobrist

    You da best Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tommy: Sorry, I can’t make you feel terrible. It’s Opening Day…. Team looks stacked, actually, insane SPs

  57. OaktownSteve says:
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    The reason Peraza was sent down is he is a bad baseball player. Familiar story…prospect guys talk up his tools, MLB evaluators get a look at him, throw up in mouth a little and trade him. How else do you think a guy who is supposedly a top prospect get shuttled between 3 teams and then back to miniors in less than 12 months? Fools gold.

    I’m disappointed that Pollock got hurt. Would have been fun watching you eat your preseason prediction on him like Mr. Pitt with Snickers bar.

    Rain out already announced in NYY today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Peraza is no worse than some of the flotsam the Reds are floating out there, c’mon….

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Sadly, he is. He’s not good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Peraza’s not good like Hamilton’s not good

          • Regan says:
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            @Grey: Yo Ralph, your boy’s getting trashed.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Huh?

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Regan: I know, how dare they insult Peraza, but this is my cross to bear. Back to back years my MI love affair has disappointed me. First Danny, now Peraza.

              If Brandon Phillips didn’t go 5-10 Peraza would be starting at second. I blame the old man.

  58. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league advice. Was offered Judge/Meadows/A Zimmer for Michael Taylor/Carter Capps (DL elig league). Are you a believer in Michael Taylor’s spring? Which side are you for? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DBo: Taylor for this year

  59. JAL says:
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    G, 12-team 5×5. K. Davis, Wil Myers, Domingo Santana. Right order, or nah? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: Looks fine

  60. Zeus says:
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    Happy opening day. First off your popup ads are becoming very annoying on iOS. When you scroll down it has been automatically opening up a new window. Very annoying.

    On to the baseball. The Royals are one of the biggest avoids this season for me. They don’t strike out and are so aggressive try throw the pitcher off the game. I’m obviously going to start my aces but borderine guys get benched.

    Had my big auction on Saturday. Was planning on loading up on OF but ended up getting all the cheaper guys I like as well as going a bit over board on pitchig bragains as well. How’s this OF look? Obviously going to need power rbi? $330 budget 13 teams.

    Upton $31
    k Davis $10
    delino $14
    fower $8
    pillar $3

    I love pillar as well. $3 is a steal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not supposed to open new windows, I’ll look into it… OF looks fine, Pillar is a steal there

    • For an Armenianless vacation come to Akron says:
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      @Zeus: adblocker.

  61. Mike says:
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    I am in 14 team leagues and picked up Drury who will be playing OF and has 3rd and Middle infielder in yahoo leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  62. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Telecast said Pirates were looking at Jaso for 4-5 years due to his OBP. That’s janky. I mean, who needs power corner bats. Both parties must be filling that chalice and feeling irieeee.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s creepy!

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        Oh, come on. It wasn’t even creepy when Jaso sat on Unkie Bobby Nutting’s lap at the presser. That’s just how grown men behave.

  63. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Yahoo Roto 5×5 league (1400 inning cap)

    Does anything scream out as in need of improvement besides the absurdly young pitching?

    C – Grandal (DLing and using Montero for now)
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Starlin
    3B – Bryant
    SS – Seager
    OF – Cespedes
    OF – Cain
    OF – Polanco
    UTL – Delino
    UTL – Corey Dickerson

    SP – Rodon
    SP – C. Martinez
    RP – Jensen
    RP – Familia
    RP – Vizcaino
    P – Walker
    P – Matz
    P – Ventura
    P – Ross
    P – Karns
    P – Bucholtz
    P – Velasquez
    DL – Gausman

    • Zeus says:
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      @Jammer McSlam: these leagues are basically k/9 so I like your staff in that department. The problem w a lot of these guys is that high k rate leads to more pitches and shorter outings so you may be hurting in the W department. If there’s any good k middle guys on good teams that can vulture wins out there you should pick them up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not really

  64. Cram It says:
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    Here’s to hoping my infatuation from last year, Brandon Drury, gets some regular PT amidst whatever the hell they plan on doing with the CF and MI situation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s gonna cut into your other fave, Lamb

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Now you’re just being ridiculous.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just now?!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Not ONLY now. But just now, in this moment…This one shining moment, you reached for the sky.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Okay, can we talk about how, um, interesting Scout’s live scoring is?

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: I don’t even know what I’m looking at, to be honest. I saw numbers and team names everywhere and 100 tabs you can click on and was like “I’m not trying to understand this right now.” I haven’t looked at it since.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That was pretty much my feeling on it too

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Cram It: my best prospect in 30 man league porn ass deep league.

  65. Blake says:
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    Grey – think you missed my post from earlier

    Had my 13 team pts league last night (1pt for 1B, 2pt for 2B, 3pts for 3B, 4 pts for HR, 1pt for R, 1pt for RBI, 1pt for SB, 1pt for BB). Used Maloney’s rankings but used your projections for pitchers. Have a couple of problems – didn’t get a good 3rd baseman or catcher. Got moustakes in the 18th round and conger in the 20th. I only get 15 pickups for the year. do you suggest picking any of these guys up to replace them?

    3B:
    David Wright
    Josh Harrison
    Adonis Garcia
    H Olivera
    castellanos

    C:
    chrinos
    wieters
    castro
    and a host of others

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  66. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey thanks for the updates!

    Can you check out my team and give me a thoughts or two, or three or four. I got a good amount of the guys you love. It’s a 14 team h2h . I’m going to make you proud on eof these years!!! It was also an auction.

    C- Hundley/Norris
    1-Abreu
    2-Walker
    SS-Crawford
    3-Carpenter
    CI Encarnacion
    MI_Andrus
    DH-Duda
    DH-Deshields
    OF-Kemp-Pence-Polanco-Conforto-Joc Pederson
    SP
    Carrasco-Liriano-Matz-Rodon-Corbin-Gio-Fiers
    RP-Krod
    RP-Street

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks fine, hitting looks decent, I don’t love some of the hitters you have but they’re okay for now, Pence, Andrus, Walker are kinda bleh

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks! I may be back on asking you about a trade in a month. Hopefull not! Hopefully I can get a boring 60 HR’s and decent BA R and RBI’s out of those three. I think 25 from Kemp-20 from Pence and 15-18 from Walker is ligit. I think I got really good value from som eof those guys $12 Polanco-$12 Deshields $6 Pederson. $14 for Liriano will hopefully be a steal.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup!

  67. J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Picked up a bunch of potential closers to round out the draft.

    Vizcaiano, Rodney, DHernandez

    Should I drop any for Colome/Grili?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vizcaino for Grilli

  68. camel says:
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    should i trade donaldson and matz for goldy and lawrie H2H 12 team standard scoring +OPS ?
    Team as follows:

    C. : Desmoraco
    1b: Luda
    2b: Schoop
    3b: Donaldson (keeper)
    SS: M. Semien
    OF: J.D. Martinez
    OF: J. Upton
    Of: M.Betts (keeper)
    UTL: Polanco
    UTL: Yelich

    SP Degrom (keeper)
    SP C.Martinez
    RP H. Rondon
    RP S. Cassila
    P S.Matz
    P Y. Ventura
    P A.Vizcaino
    P J. Nicosia
    P A.Nola
    P M Fiers
    P Velasquez
    DL E. Rodriguez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d take Goldy

  69. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    Stroman looked good, but his line would have looked better had they not marched him out there for the 9th inning. Kid threw 95 pitches on opening day through 8 innings after returning from an injury–what the hell am I missing here?

    He proceeded to give up a solo shot to the aforementioned Dickerson, and then gave up a single (which came around to score) before being pulled. SMDH.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that was stupid

  70. Spindr says:
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    Had my 10 team 5×5 roto redraft league yesterday. Going in I was going to drop down but was able to get the third spot with the intention of picking Goldschmidt (Goldy went 2).

    Here is the team I ended up……might set a low for BA for sure:

    C: Salvador Perez
    1B: Albert Pujols
    2B: Roughed Odor
    SS: Jean Segura
    3B: Todd Frazier
    MI: Ketel Marte
    CM: Maikel Franco
    OF: Bryce Harper
    OF: JD Martinez
    OF: Gregory Polanco
    OF: Delino Deshields
    OF: Avisail Garcia

    Bench hitters: Brett Lawrie, Tyler White, Domingo Santana, Odubel Herrera

    P: Max Scherzer
    P: Noah Syndergaard
    P: Steven Matz
    P: Patrick Corbin
    P: Taijuan Walker
    P: Yordana Ventura
    P: Ken Giles
    P: Shawn Tolleson
    P: Dellin Betances

    Bench pitchers: Shelby Miller, Jason Hammel

    I think the team is pretty balanced, batting average not with standing.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching is obviously rock solid, I’d be more concerned about the hitting… Bit low on power, high on speed, I see 4 guys to steal 25+ bases

  71. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I just got a trade offer. I give up Cueto and i get LuCroy. Would you make that deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        ok why hold? he also asked for either one of these pitchers: Wacha, Verlander or Cueto for Lucroy?

          • knucks says:
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            @knucks: Tell us your current catcher and maybe a handful of potentially usable Catcher options currently on wire. Grey will likely tell you to go with one of them over Lucroy because he has NO FACE. So why trade something useful for him?

            • Scott Kimmel says:
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              knucks

              i’m looking for a solid backup for posey on off days and a strong util bat

              • knucks says:
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                @Scott Kimmel: Got it. Just as a general rule for my own team. I never roster a 2nd Catcher just for off days (and I have W. Castillo in there). The fact that you have Posey just makes it even less necessary to worry about your Catchers off day. But up to you. I would focus more on the need for “strong util bat” than I would on that bat having Catcher Elig as someone with an OF or multiple position elig, will be more useful as a batter fill in than a backup Catcher. Good Luck this year Scott! Tell us something interesting that you don’t know, so that we can sneak a EuroTrip reference in here!

  72. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Happy Opening Day Grey!

    Pick an OF streamer today:
    Adam Duvall vs. Hellickson @ CIN
    Domingo Santana vs. Bumgarner @ MIL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

      • Jackie Treehorn says:
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        Just saw he’s leading off so that made it an easy decision – Gracias!

  73. The Marte Partay says:
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    6 by 6 12 teamer, slugging and quality starts added and OBP instead of batting average:
    C – Castillo
    1b Rizzo
    2b Dozier
    SS Seager
    3b Frazier
    MI Schoop
    CI Castellanos
    OF Marte
    OF JD Martinez
    OF Cain
    OF Gose
    OF Hicks
    Util Headley
    Bench Preston Tucker, Dyson, Reyes

    P – Degrom
    P – Salazar
    P – Rodon
    P – Matz
    P – Kazmir
    P – Erasmo
    P – Kimbrel
    P – k-Rod
    P – Huston Street
    Bench -cashner, knoble, ryu

    I’ll have a few open spots to fill because of DL but waivers don’t open until tomorrow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kazmir’s potential garbage, Eramso is iffy, top of the staff looks nice though… Hitting looks solid up until about Hicks and Gose and Headley… So you’ll need to stream hitters and SPs

  74. SDB says:
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    Gmorning Grey

    Went a little heavy on pitching early, think I should trade an SP or two for some bats or just wait n see approach for a few weeks?
    7×7 H2H Cats:
    R, HR, RBIS, TB, SB, AVG, OBP
    K, W, Sv, ERA, WHIP, OBPA, K/BB

    Starting Bats
    W. Castillo
    P. Goldy
    A. Rendon
    M. Franco
    K. Marte
    D. Pedroia
    A. Pujols
    Y. Puig
    S. Choo
    M. Holiday
    M. Ozuna
    C. Santana

    Starting Arms
    M. Scherzer
    C. Sale
    J. deGrom
    Z. Greinke
    N. Syndergaard
    .S.Matz
    P.Corbin
    A.Heaney
    L.Gregorson (picked him up this morning)
    (FYI, being H2H, I always punt Saves to begin to the year and pick up closers as the year progresses)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you did go early on pitching and your hitting is a mess… Hopefully you can make it work

  75. OaktownSteve says:
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    Pirates think they have some secret lineup SABR sauce. Marte clean up. Polanco 6. Cutch 2. Freese. Jaso. I don’t mind Polanco at 6. Pirates have said that’s a slot where they see him maximizing his running opportunities. I’m all for that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m fine with it as long as it doesn’t impact his running…

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: It’s the thin air of Denver..turns managers baseball IQs off for the rest of their days. It’s just affecting Weiss a little sooner than most.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s the legal pot

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: Hurdle must have had a medical permit back then.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yup

  76. Chucky says:
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    Just found out from the proverbial reliable source that the injury sustained by AJ was a matter of when and not if, as the prior surgeon in 2010, quite frankly, blew it. Heard he got his medical degree from Trump University. Anyway, supposedly the D’Bax got themselves a real surgeon to fix what wasn’t fixed correctly back in 2010 (growth plate). 3 months minimum is what AJ is saying. We shall see. Now that I’m scuffling from Day 1 with my OF3 with Pollocks injury, who do I start or stream in a weekly? Peralta, Santana, Taylor or Eaton? Or would you drop any of the aforementioned for Dyson?

  77. Letsgobravoa says:
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    The Giles/gregorson switch screwed me on my draft from last night. Was already in trouble on closers. Had a bad feeling about him but took him anyway when Britton went one spot ahead and he was the top closer left on my board. Was going to grab Gregorson late as a cuff but someone else had him already. In my other league I was able to snag gregorson this morning. Should I hold Giles or dump him and wait for another closer shituation to grab the replacement?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Giles until another situation opens

  78. Tio says:
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    Parra or Pillar – Points League format

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pillar

  79. ERad says:
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    The comment section today is like a who’s who of Razzball commenters.

    I’m just here so I won’t get fined

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally!

  80. matt says:
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    which side rizzo and stras or goldy and greinke…salary is close in a 5×5 22 team standard roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  81. KeeblerMN says:
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    Is Shaw worth an add in 12 team mixed? I’d need to drop an Alex Wood type to get him… or Kolten Wong.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Wood

  82. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Had my draft yesterday for my roto 12 team AL only keeper league.

    C-B McCann and R Perez
    1B- Adam Lind
    3B- Moustakas
    CI- Pedro Alvarez
    2b- Tim Beckham
    SS- Brad Miller
    MI- Jimmy Rollins
    OF- Trout, Martinez, Hicks, Coglan, Buxton, Kim
    U- Mitch Moreland
    Sp- Archer, Richards, Bassitt, Hill, Greene, Karns, Cobb
    Rp- Miller, Jepsen, Colome

    Saves were tough to come by since everyone keeps their closers and I wasn’t touching Cishek. I’ll just have to get lucky in season.

    What are your thoughts? And thanks again, you guys are the best in the biz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look weak on speed potentially and your pitching looks wonky and your RPs look weak… It’s a deep league, so hopefully some guys work out

  83. The Great Knoche says:
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    Happy Opening day!

    May your K’s be plentiful and your Walks be low, and may all of your hitters work 3-1 Counts all Year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No sweeter words have been said!

  84. ebudz says:
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    going to start streaming SPs later this week but for now who would you rather have as a RP in a 10 team h2h points league, Gregerson or Doolittle?

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greg

  85. Polanco batting 6th behind a slow as molasses uphill in the winter Cervelli had me swearing out loud when I looked at the lineup . What the F could that possibly achieve? And Jaso at lead off? Who does that?!?!?

    I really hope that doesn’t stick. Winning despite settings a fucktarded lineup is not validation.

    That all said, I hate the way baseball opens – such a tease. All I really did with yesterday’s sports (besides watching my Dubs roll to 68-8) was watch the players I targeted & missed have great games (Liriano, missed by 1 spot, Striman, 1 spot) while my Wong went 0-fer and Polanco hit in the bottom 1/3 of the lineup.

    Strange days we live in my friend. It can only get better from here.
    ;)

    I don’t have a question for you – just felt like ranting.

    The good news is that these articles are back – and for that, I thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re welcome!

  86. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who do like better for opening week at util?

    belt – 4 vs lad, 3 @ mil
    deshields – 3 vs sea, 4 @ laa

    gracias.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeShields

  87. jacks says:
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    Hi Grey. 10 team, keeper auction, 4X4. Just finished our 33rd annual draft. What do you think (full roster, taxi round included)?

    C: Grandal, Molina, Chirinos
    CI: Freeman, Longo, Duda, Moreland
    MI: Tulo, Kang, Baez, Forsythe, Walker
    OF: Harper, Blackmon, Gomez, Kemp, Polanco, Choo, DeShields, Leonys Martin
    SP: Kershaw, Sale, Hamels, Iwakuma, Shark, Rodon, K Hendricks, Cashner, Gio
    RP: Kimbrel, Ziegler, D Hernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks ridiculously stacked, hitting looks okay, guessing it’s just one of these MIs and CIs actually in your lineup

  88. JoeCool says:
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    Drafted this team right before opening day. Thoughts?

    13-team 6×6 roto keeper with OPS and QS.

    C: Schwarber
    1B: Goldschmidt
    2B: Gordon
    SS: Semien
    3B: Bryant
    OF: Springer
    OF: Betts
    OF: Buxton
    UTIL: Matt Adams
    UTIL: Piscotty
    BN: Jose Reyes
    BN: Gerardo Parra

    SP: Salazar
    SP: Matz
    RP: Perkins
    RP: Tolleson
    P: Taijuan
    P: Rodon
    P: Severino
    P: Rodney
    P: Jeffress
    BN: Madson
    BN: Roark

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the hitting a lot, nice team overall, might be some pitching concerns, will depend on how your upside picks work out on SP

  89. Tio says:
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    Parra or Khris Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  90. Dumb for drafting 5 outfeilders says:
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    Gotta lose/trade away two! Polanco,Yelich, K.Davis, Kalhoun,Pillar. 12 team h2h obp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade away Yelich and Calhoun

  91. Nick says:
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    New Trade offer !
    Corey Seager, dynasty league

    Zobrist+ Archer / Matz / Heaney for Seager

    i’m weak!
    C Martin Mesoraco
    1B Duda Park Alvarez
    2B Shoop
    3B Lawrie
    SS Lindor
    OF: JDMartinez Bgardner KDavis MATaylor SouzaJr
    SP: Tanaka Cueto Chen Ventura
    Lackey J.Nelson Desclafani, Snell
    RP Hoover Rodney

    meaning i have to drop 3players if accepted or HOLD?

    Nick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Four guys for Seager and I don’t see any of these guys actually in this lineup, so confused

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey:

        i do have Seager and Lindor at SS
        the guy wants the prodigy and offered 4 !

        sorry for the conF°

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  92. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Trade question for you in our 12 Team Yahoo H2H with Holds and OPS:

    I give up M. Franco and P. Corbin and I get Longoria and Tanaka

    It was offered to me for what its worth.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Terrible

      • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, what I thought. Always nice to have it confirmed from you.

        Thanks much.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  93. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Happy opening day part 2 to all! I’m only playing in one league, a 6×6 (holds and total bases) 10 team mixed roto. What are your thoughts on this squad?
    C Wieters (240)
    1B Abreu (20)
    2B Pedroia (200)
    SS Lindor (60)
    3B Franco (80)
    MI Desmond (120)
    CI Trumbo (160)
    OF Harper (Keeper)
    OF Betts (21)
    OF Upton (40)
    OF Adam Jones (41)
    Util Polanco (81)

    DL Brantley
    SP Thor (61)
    SP Richards (101)
    SP Pineda (161)
    SP Corbin (180)
    SP Matz (201)
    RP Familia (100)
    RP Andrew Miller (121)
    RP Osuna (140)
    RP Papelbon (141)
    RP Jeffress (181)
    RP Dyson (220)
    RP Kela (221)

    I think it’s pretty solid, but definitely heavier on offense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with you, the offense is great, very solid… Pitching is totally fine too, I’d be very happy with that team

  94. Bocephus says:
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    10 team H2H
    Current SP: Strasburg, Cole, Salazar, Pineda, Walker, Rodon, Severino, Maeda
    Current RP: Giles, McGee, Tolleson

    Who would you drop for Gregerson? Hold Giles for now?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Giles there

  95. knucks says:
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    Bumgarner getting over flu from Sunday but will be making his start today. I’m still rolling with him in a DFS free-roll lineup, but will be interesting to see if it has any affect on the start in any way, whether that be length or quality. But envisioning a flu-like NH, which has just been jinxed I’m sure!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, you just jinxed him!

  96. JJ says:
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    Yahoo Roto 10 team Roto standard (1600 inning cap)

    Feel pretty good with my team.
    But just want to see what you think, Grey

    C – Hundley
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Lawrie
    3B – Bryant
    SS – Lindor
    OF – Blackmon
    OF – Heyward
    OF – Polanco
    UTL – Hanley Ramirez
    UTL – Corey Dickerson
    BN – K Davis
    BN – Byung Ho Park

    SP – deGrom
    SP – Carrasco
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Hamels
    RP – Street
    RP – Rodney
    RP – Vizcaino
    BN – Rodon
    BN – Corbin
    BN – Kazmir
    BN – Nola
    DL – Darvish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid to me, your pitching is insane, good type of insane… Your hitting is weak on power and speed, but it’s a shallow league so you can fix in-season

  97. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Happy Monday!

    Grey-
    My team is killing me in a not so softly fashion. Had my Yahoo friends league (12 team mixed) draft over the weekend and I’m underwhelmed with the result

    I apparently missed the memo that said I was supposed to stockpile Catchers during the draft (damn auto-drafters)

    Let me know what you think.

    6X6 (OBP/QS)

    C: Realmuto (21)
    1B: C. Davis (3)
    2B: Schoop (18)
    3B: Longo (9) (Bleh!)
    SS: Seager (6)
    OF: Harper (1)
    OF: Marte (2)
    OF: Dickerson (12)
    Util: Pujols (7)
    Util: Delino (15)
    Bench: K Davis (16)

    SP: Archer (4) / Carrasco (5) / Salazar (8) / Matz (10) / Severino (15) / Velasquez (20) / Karns

    RP: Allen/ Ramos / Betances / Vizcaino / Hernandez

    Questions:

    1) Velasquez > Karns? Are they both streamers?

    2) Hundley is available. Add over Realmuto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Sure 2) Hold

  98. crock says:
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    Wacha and Kazmir both hit the wire for some odd reason in our 14 team h2h league. How much would you throw out there out of $100 fab on either of these guys. Not a lot of quality pitchers hit the wire and could use one of these guys as trade bait down the road.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $12 for Wacha, I wouldn’t touch Kazmir

  99. Ok, I guess I do have one question:

    Who would you rather have on your bench as a backup CI:
    Pedro Alvarez or Byung Ho Park?

    I expect the response to be “wait and see” since Park is kind of a mystery but you may know something I don’t. Also J-Foh got bold with Alvarez to the tune of 50 bombs. (Bold!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Park

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      50 bombs?! I think 35 would be bold

      • @Grey:

        I’m inclined to agree. J-foh was being esoecially bold. ;)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, 40 is bold, yeah… 50 is crazy town

              • knucks says:
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                @Grey: yo my butterfly.
                Suga’. Bae-B…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  100. Peter says:
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    Grey, here’s my team in a 12-team daily H2H auction league. Yahoo projections hate it, but what do you think? Stats are R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS / W, QS, S, ERA, WHIP, K/9

    C: D’Arnaud
    1B: Encarnacion
    2B: Odor
    3B: Frazier
    SS: Castro
    IF: Belt
    OF: Marte
    OF: JD Martinez
    OF: Polanco
    OF: Braun
    UTIL: Dickerson
    BN: Inciarte

    SP: Salazar
    SP: Liriano
    SP: Pineda
    RP: Giles (ugh)
    P: Francisco Rodriguez
    P: Hector Rondon
    P: Street
    P: Matz
    BN: Iglesias
    BN: Carlos Rodon
    BN: Velasquez

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t hate it, I think you’re wak on speed, but whatever SAGNOF…. Your pitching is fine

  101. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey,

    What do you think of this OBP/OPS league trade offer?

    My Votto and T Ross (Votto’s taking up my UTL) for his Betts and Iglesias.

    Overpay? Can’t tell if my desire to accept is motivated by my obsession with Betts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts side, it’s fair

  102. crushbombs says:
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    puig and wade davis for springer who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  103. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    M Sunday morning RCL draft
    C Ramos
    1b Belt
    2b Russel
    3b Franco
    ss Suarez
    1b/3b Duda
    o Stanton Springer, J d Mart, C Gonzalez, Fowler,
    U Carter
    B Valencia
    B D Travis
    p Carrasco
    pSalazar
    pRosenthal
    pStreet
    p Casilla
    p Matz
    p Ventua
    p Rodney
    p Quackenbush
    p Bailey autoed dropped
    Already have 2 built in strea spots. I like the base tam though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks great and the pitching should hold its own, actually like the team better than my RCL, not cool Toe Knee

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: You had Jfoh sniping half your picks and it makes a huge difference.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it hurt my love for the team, for sure

  104. JoeG414 says:
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    How long before you wait before you grab batty calls ? 200 pickup limit for the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No reason to wait, obviously I wouldn’t go overboard

  105. Regan says:
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    Did you know Marte was a vampire? Hates day games. Going thru the splits for my players and was mildly surprised to see his stats last year for day vs night games. OPS .814 in 107 night games vs .698 in 46 games. 16HR at night vs 3 day. SB 21/3 at night vs 9/7 during day. Now that 0/4 yesterday makes a little more sense. When i played i was the same way, have sensitive eyes and had a hard time picking up the spin on the ball during the daylight. Some people are just night people. Do you know any other players who share this trait?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I’m sure there’s others, I don’t remember off top of head

  106. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Anyone else thinking of sitting Price today due to the Cleveland cold? 33 degrees at first pitch predicted.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: you think that stuff helps the hitters?

  107. Regan says:
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    Here’s another interesting stat for your boy Shoop. Righty home cooker with reverse splits. What do you call those guys again?
    OPS .892 vs R, .572 vs L. .977 Home vs .667 Away. Still had good power away but the average went from .331 to .240. DFSers take note. Play him home against righties you got a monster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Regan this is good stuff, thank you!

  108. BreakOut says:
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    Jaso and Stroman nicknames superb.

  109. royce! says:
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    I drafted Giles in a 12 team h2h w 6 moves weekly. I also have Osuna, McGee, and Rondon. Hernandez, Colome, and others are still on the wire. Given all that shizz, is Giles expendable for a streaming spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Expendable, yeah

  110. Zach says:
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    Hey Grey. My league drafted Saturday and I’m really curious what you think of my team. It’s a basic 10 team h2h. Thanks in advance.

    C Brian McCann
    1 Miguel Cabrera
    2 Jon Schoop
    3 Todd Frazier
    SS Francisco Lindor
    OF Mike Trout
    OF Jason Heyward
    OF Ryan Braun
    Util Gregory Polanco
    Util Brandon Belt
    BN Khris Davis
    BN Matt Adams
    SP Jake Arrieta
    SP Francisco Liriano
    SP Carlos Rodon
    RP Francisco Rodriguez
    RP Hector Rondon
    P Raisel Iglesias
    P Scott Kazmir
    P Aaron Nola
    BN Mike Fiers
    BN Jimmy Nelson
    BN Lance McCullers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, don’t see much to pick apart, love the pitching, hitting should be fine

  111. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Anyone notice how bad Stl. hitting looks this season. I pretty much avoided drafting any but do have Grichuk on 1 team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, it’s one game

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: No speed no power. I can’t see Carpenter matching last season HR output. Having Holliday at 1B pretty much kills Moss and Adams value.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: holliday only plays at 1B vs lefties, and when he does moss plays LF, did their offense look any better last year?

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: matheny’s never let anybody run, wong would have minimum 20 steals on probably half of MLB’s teams, if not more.

  112. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey. In a points/salary cap league what combo do you like the best:

    Meseraco/Franco/Jeffers
    Hundley/Franco/Gregerson
    Hundley/Frazier/Gregerson

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

      • Eric says:
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        [email protected]Grey:

        Thanks Grey, looking forward to your insight and entertainment in 2016!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  113. Pager24 says:
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    Grey,
    SON hates Aaron Sanchez tomorrow. Would you give him a shot tomorrow vs TB?

    Also, unfortunately I drafted Kazmir. Would you bench him until we know if he is going to be completely useless this year?

    Thanks!

    • Pager24 says:
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      @Pager24: sorry 12 team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench Kaz…. I’d start Sanchez

  114. Tulanian says:
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    ” I will call him Warsaw Ghetto.” You Kraków me up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  115. Doghat666 says:
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    Drafted this one yesterday. What do you think?
    Thanks

    Yahoo daily roto 6×5(+ OPS) 11 team $ redraft league.
    C 1B 2B SS 3B IF 3OF 2SP 2RP 4P 6BN 4DL
    C Castillo
    1B Rizzo
    2B Odor
    3B Frazier
    SS S Castro
    IF. Semien
    OF Betts
    OF J.D. Martínez
    OF. Polanco
    U1 K Davis
    U2. Lawrie
    BN. K Marte
    BN. Ozuna
    BN. P Alvarez

    SP
    J Fernandez
    Carrasco
    T Ross
    Matz
    Y Ventura
    T Walker
    L Severino
    RP
    Britton
    AJRamos
    J McGee
    L Gregerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look balanced on hitting… Your pitching looks great, don’t sea problem

  116. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Happy Real-Deal Opening Day, Grey!!

    This Pollock (Keeper at $23) injury totally hurt me. I read that he broke the same elbow several years ago during ST and missed the year. Hmmm…. I am at a huge loss as I have 2 spots being filled by platoons now.

    I was thinking Goeddel was going to get the bulk of the PT now that Venable was let go, but Hunter is starting today. Sounds like the Phillies could do a L/R platoon.

    Bourjos, Gyorko, and Galvis are the only guys with starting gigs available. Utley is on waivers right now and he might be available in a few days if nobody claims him. However, that’s a short-term spot. I feel Goeddel offers a higher upside than the three listed, but should I go with a guy that has everyday at bats.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Bourjos

      • Pugs&Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  117. muskysmell says:
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    In need of a closer and just found out Luke Gregerson is the new Astros closer….
    We only get $150 FAAB dollars all season long to spend…what’s the max bid I should use on him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      number of teams matters

      • muskysmell says:
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        @Grey:

        12 teams, mixed roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $12

  118. Tim says:
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    Robbie ray or drew pomeranz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pom

  119. Cram It says:
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    Annnnd Scooter Gennett questions in 3, 2, 1…

    • knucks says:
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      @Cram It: I can sell my son’s Scooter that I bought him last xmas for $50 to the neighbor’s kid for $65 and genNett $15. Gery should I make the move?

      Hah that was such a reach, but yea only a matter of time….

      • knucks says:
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        @knucks: Sorry, Jerry is my cat… obviously meant you Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: Seriously. $5 to the first person who can prove they pulled that Lefty V Lefty Batty Call out of their ass against Bumgarner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  120. Opening Day says:
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    Bye, bye Giles.

    Who do I welcome to the team as second closer Tolleson or Gregerson??

    thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tolleson

  121. muskysmell says:
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    As a diehard Dodger fan, I really cannot wait to see MadBum finally break down. No humanly way possible his arm stays intact after all those years of abuse

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a Dodgers fan, but agree

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @muskysmell: @Grey:
        Blasphemy!!
        And why you say abuse?
        cuz he has 3 rings in the last five years?
        What’s kershaws workload?
        what’s his playoffs era? ;)

  122. Regan says:
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    Watching the Brew/SF game. Domingo looking very sexy. Def passes the eye test. Lead off single against Bum. Villar even hitting home runs now? Now that’s sexy time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Loving this!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Regan: Villar! Sweet!

  123. Sinner Man says:
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    Your rankings notwithstanding, McCullers was just dropped. Put in a claim losing Nicasio? Obv DL him and try to get Juan back. 11 tm roto. Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want McCullers

  124. JFK says:
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    Greycarlo – here’s my roster in a 12-team H2H 7×7:

    C – Posey
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Machado
    SS – Desmond
    OF – Mookie
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Wil Myers/Yasmany?
    BN – Forsythe/Norris
    DL – Pollock

    SP – Arrieta
    SP – Zimmerman
    SP – Pineda
    RP – Robertson
    RP – Osuna
    RP – Gregerson
    P – Giles
    P – Hoover
    P – Cecil
    BN – Odorizzi
    BN – Corbin
    BN – Jaime Garcia
    BN – Hector Santiago
    BN – Justin Wilson
    BN – Blanton
    BN – Will Smith
    DL – Carson Smith

    Pollock (my 25th round keeper, so you don’t hold draft bias against me) left a huge void in my OF, and I received the following offer:
    Alex Gordon + Boxberger for Hoover + Wilson

    I like Boxberger, but I’m not high on Gordon; that said, I’d like to get value for Hoover while he’s still closing. Pull the trigger, or hold Hoover and drop Wilson for one of:
    Souza, Domingo, Holt, or Odubel

    Also curious what you think the ceilings are for Danny Valencia and Eduardo Escobar?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold…Domingo… Valencia 25 HRs, Eduardo bleh

  125. Regan says:
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    Reason #36 why the east coast sucks…. Rainouts! Is every east coast game going to get rained out? What a buzzkill!

    • knucks says:
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      @Regan: Havent payed to close attention but O’s/Twins is on delay for now right? Hasn’t been PPD yet has it?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Red Sox/Indians postponed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I grabbed Rajai for today too, dah!

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Saw that tarp is on field in BALT, but still has not started raining. Not sure if it is going to be, but i guess they must be expecting it if they are delaying but not PPD. Yea I tried to use Hicks as a batty call but not too upset really cause I’m not sure it was a terrific choice against Keuchel. He is 2/5 against heem. Will prob start tomorrow. But have already moved on to Panik as there is currently no plans for a Baltimore game tomorrow. That could change I guess with this weather.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hate when I grab a batty call and the game gets rained out….My bad though, I should check the weather

  126. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    How’s it going Grey? Hope all is well. Really appreciate all of your hard work and advice, it has been invaluable.

    16-team 6×6 (OBP, QS) roto league, non-keeper, with extremely limited moves
    Thought I did great a couple weeks ago drafting Storen and Giles, but that came crashing down. I was offered Peavy or Rich Hill and Gregerson for Gausman. Would you make the trade? If so, would you take Peavy or Hill?

    Thanks in advance
    Here is my staff (we start 8 SPs):
    Salazar, Ventura, Chen, Iglesias, Corbin, Friers, Heaney, Gausman, Ryu(DL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Hill

  127. knucks says:
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    Hah Sonny Scratch!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      …get the horns!

    • @knucks: couldn’t resist the taco truck on coliseum way. Either that or he ate a coliseum dog (((shudder)))

  128. herschel says:
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    Tomorrow’s headlines today: “The Hinch that Stole The $12 Salad”

    Freakin SAGNOF…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  129. Pita pan express says:
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    Grey u looking like a genius polanco / belt flying out of the gate !

    • knucks says:
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      @Pita pan express: Sonny scratched, Liriano gem… list goes on. Hopefully a long one by the end of the day *cough, cough* “Looking at you Deshields!!!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope they keep it up

  130. Nothing like grilling hot dogs and drinking beer (in the snow) on Opening Day!

    Belt just missed one…crazy about him this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love Belt!

      • @Grey: Nice! I like being on the same side. I have him in the 70’s.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I had him in the early 2010’s!

          • @Grey: I have him with suspenders!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have him with a closet of clothes!

              • @Grey: I’ve had him tied around her hands…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I have down by my ankles watching Raisel

              • @Grey: Wow, I’m seeing now #62 love it!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Raisel?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, I jinxed the hell out of that

                  • Yeah no Pollack, the local fans are in shock, it’s like someone’s dog died. It’s a shame as this city is always more fun when the sports teams are doing well. As far as fantasy I of course listened to you (heck I wasn’t even a big fan last year, honestly did not see his breakout coming), so that part is ok. Plus now I can pick up Socrates and his shizztastic name. Only fantasy downside is I have Goldy in a RCL league and this probably hurts his #’s some. [email protected]Grey:

                    • @Elijah:

                      WHoops that was supposed to be its own comment oh well :)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      D-Backs fans can keep their head up, their offense will still be fine, their pitching, well, I’m not sure

                    • @Elijah:

                      Oh I dunno, I think their pitching will be alright…I hated the Shelby Miller trade but whatever. He’s still better than what they had. Bullpen is suspect as usual, but overall I don’t see their pitching situation as all that bad. In any case the perception is the season is already over. Overreacting sure but that’s the mood.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I know, I like him though and because I was high on him, I hope he does well for everyone that drafted him

              • @Grey: Here’s who I have a lot of :
                Belt
                Salazar
                Thor
                Addison
                Hendricks
                Corbin
                Trumbo
                Duda
                Osuna
                Smyly

                First 2 a lot of:
                Arenado, Abreu
                Rizzo, Bryant
                Goldy, Springer

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  All great names, I don’t have any Addison, Duda or Osuna, but I would… I have a ton of DeShizznit, Domingo, Holliday and Corbin

                  • @Grey: I like Domingo too…glad he got traded, he’s gonna shine there, I think

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Agreed, I think he could be as good as Khris Davis, maybe tail end top 40 OF

      • @Grey: I like Belt, but dont think he’s more than a .280/20 HR/75 R/80 RBI guy. Maybe a small handful of SB. I think the home ballpark and Belt’s streaky nature will always make for a risky fantasy player.

        Love him in RL for realsies though. Just got home from delivery in time to see Duffy go yard sale. Wish i’d been able to snag him for MI.

        I like Belt as a CI, but not really expecting a breakout season. He also seems kinda fragile for a 1B. Always dinged up. Time will tell I guess, but belt feels like a guy who shoulda been a little more than he is as a player.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think Belt is likely Freeman with a few more HRs and counting stats, but he was drafted like he was less

          • @Grey: not a bad comparison there. still think Belt could be anywhere from 16-22 HR though.

            Plays great defense though – which of course does jack snit for you in FBB. lol

            MadBum with a gritty performance today fighting through the flu.

            Stupid cancelled games – no Betts, no Springer. At least my 7th round Cano went deep. Woot!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, April is “yay baseball,” then you get rainouts all over the place

  131. Big Mike says:
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    My Yahoo! keeper draft is over, and my team features 11 hitters ranked higher by Razzball than the Y! rankings – Santana, Odor, Arenado, Lindor, Myers, Semiens, Pederson, Polanco, Betts, Deshields, and A.J. Reed – with only three ranked lower (Posey and Bautista, who were kept, and Parra). Excluding the 1,081 spots higher that you have Reed in the top 500, the other 13 hitters averaged 32 slots higher in the Razzball top 500. I’m going to go ahead and thank you for SAGNOF-fing me to the championship now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck!

  132. Regan says:
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    Cano says schmohawk this!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano’s garbage

      • @Grey: you didn’t if ish your sentence. “Cano’s garbage…..is filled with used needles and empty bottles, ensuring a terrific season making fantasy owners happy.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  133. Muskysmell says:
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    It’s gonna be so fun owning Bryce Harper again this yr

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Indeed

    • @Muskysmell: it’s gonna be so fun questioning whether I should have taken Harper over Goldschmidt all year. Sigh.

  134. ThE sHiT says:
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    Grey/anybody:

    Any apps or websites that are best at breaking news for MLB? Stuff like injuries, prospect call-ups, etc… Im anti social media so dont have twitter and all that other bs. Thanks and good luck this season. Shizz is great as always Grey!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I use Rotoworld

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @ThE sHiT: I am also not on social media, but search twitter to get weather, lineup, and injury updates. You don’t have to be a member to read the tweets, and many times the beat writers’ accounts have the most up to date info.

  135. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Didn’t Sonny get hospitalized with food poisoning last season?

    Someone needs to seriously teach him about the smell test and use by dates.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: Kid loves Chipolte!

    • @Fred Garvin MP: HaHa…
      Shower
      Shave
      Make sandwich
      Take sandwich to bathroom
      Lick fingers
      Repeat…

  136. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Thanks for saving me from batty calling Rajai in Perts. Saw Naquin wasn’t in and went to pick him up. Low and behold my plans were once again foiled by rampant rosterbater Grey Albright. Beat me to So-Crates too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You better make sure you’re near a computer when Peraza gets recalled

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: I’ll make sure to have a bottle of baby lotion too!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You trying to lubricate Delino off my team?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: Do they sell it by the tank?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: This reminds me, in a 16 team Yahoo H2H I play in with some friends from college, I drafted DeShizznit as my bench bat at 257 overall. I was already flush with OF so I was ignoring him at the top of my queue for like 6 rounds. It hit a point in round 17 that I just couldn’t let it go any longer.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He went 257th overall??!

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: YEAH! In a 16 team league with 3 OF spots and 2 Util.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s silly

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: Here’s the kicker….. Adam Wainwright went 88th overall

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You need a better league

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

                      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: Haha I actually tried to ignore the invite this year but they tagged me in Facebook the day before the draft. Trying to avoid personal ish. Plus I’ll gladly take their money again.

  137. mauledbypandas says:
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    1-2-3 inning for Iglesias. I knew he could do it!

  138. OaktownSteve says:
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    Revere removed in 4th. No word yet.

    • herschel says:
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      @OaktownSteve: @MarkZuckerman
      Revere did appear to grab his side and take a deep breath after a swing in his last at-bat. Could have been something, could be nothing.

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @OaktownSteve: scooped up Taylor in both of my leagues. Thanks for the heads up Oaktown!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @ThE sHiT:

        Grabbed him in the RCL as well

  139. bazzrall says:
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    uhh you can do official twitter polls now btw

  140. SteveNZ says:
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    Giles. Blech.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  141. Trumbomb!
    That’s why you draft him, the late speed…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, nice, wish I had him more places (or somewhere)

  142. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    Here is my counter

    I give Cueto, and Encarnacion
    I get Pujols Lucroy and Machado

    Do you think I’m not giving up enough

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        You would do Encarnacion and Cueto for Albert Machado and Lucroy?

  143. SteveNZ says:
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    Vote 0-3 with 3 Ks. I don’t know what to believe in anymore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  144. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Do you think I’m not giving up enough in this offer

    I give Cueto and Encarnacion
    I get Pujols Lucroy and Machado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try it

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Grey

        Would Harvey and Encarnacion for those three get it done

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        His counter offer is

        Harvey, Encarnacion, and cueto for pujols, lucoy, machado and Glasgow

        Would you make that deal

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          meh

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            I’m giving up too much pitching

  145. mauledbypandas says:
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    I forgot how agonizing these day games are when your team is 3 for 25

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I went the opposite way, started hot with Domingo/Villar then bleh

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: I did batty call Pagan so that wasn’t bad, but when Raisel started off like he did I was looking for the cyanide pills. Luckily he just made a few bad pitches. Looked great over all

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I watched Raisel, he looked solid

  146. Jingle Jangle says:
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    Warsaw Ghetto Man. Grey. Keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  147. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    When did Fonzie start pitching for the Braves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  148. My neighbor has offered me 3 goats, 5 laying chickens and naked photo of his wife in exchange for a horse, a mousing cat and a 3-legged dog with a bad tooth.

    Who wins this trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • @Grey: dammit, I’m always forgetting that part.

    • Funscombe says:
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      @Lucky Dog: full frontal?

      • @Funscombe: rumor has it, yes – but it’s also rumored to be 1970’s full bush.

        I started that rumor just now.

  149. SteveNZ says:
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    Already disappointed I was in no position to draft Harper in any league this year.

    • @SteveNZ: I was in position to draft him and took Au Shiz at 1.02

      Wonder if I’ll be kicking myself all year for that. Old mancrushes die hard. :(

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: And already glad I left Grilli on the bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear that

  150. muskysmell says:
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    Harper on pace for 162-162….

  151. OaktownSteve says:
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    Harper slam and legs. And so it begins.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I got him in 1 league with the 4th. ESPN gave me all low picks this year. I like to get an assortment have different players most look the same now.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass:

        I took him one overall in the only league I had a shot at him

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @OaktownSteve: The Davey Lopes effect. (for the legs at least)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Insanity

  152. OaktownSteve says:
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    Closer alert. Dyson warming in save situation for Rangers in top 9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  153. If Hinojosa is indeed the other saves candidate in philly y’all should pick him up right now. Not only did hernandez come out in the 8th, he proceeded to implode with a BB, 2B, BB & left with the bags chucked.

    Hinojosa Must add?

    • Grey

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      He is

  154. Dolltn says:
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    Bullpen is a mess missed with storen and Giles

    Have Giles,Farquhar, jumbo, Siegrist and it’s a saves and nsvh league

    Drop my 2nd bench bat Brito for one of these guys or drop one of top guys.
    Clippard,Madson,,Benoit,oday, hinojosa,Feliz,uehera, storen, Nate jones,axford

  155. Yoni says:
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    Which ones gets the dl spot , Ryu, wheeler, gausman, erod

  156. muskysmell says:
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    David Hernandez is definitely not looking good….who’s the guy in the Phillies bullpen to pick up the pieces now that Andrew Bailey is wallowing in the minors?

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      @muskysmell: I’m grabbing Hinojosa and dropping Hern a day after doing a waiver claim on him, but it’s a matter of who seems least stinky on the poo-poo platter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dalier

  157. Long Bawls says:
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    I believe it’s spelled David Herniandez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  158. muskysmell says:
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    speaking of dumpster fire closers….Grilli is slowly getting grilled

    • @muskysmell: that asshat can’t even blow a save right. first he coughs up the tying run, screwing up the W for my boy, then he gets all nails and locks it down. At least I was hoping he’d totally blow it.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Lucky Dog: Just saw a Vine on Twitter – looked like all the catcher had to do was catch the ball and block the plate…

        • @SteveNZ: Pierz never had the ball – was a 2-hopper to the plate.

          And he was the one who loaded the bags.

          I’m also biased because I’m rooting against him. But my account of the game is fair. ;)

    • Grey

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      Yup

  159. Giremelli says:
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    Saves/nsvh
    Drop 2nd bench bat Brito or one of these guys Giles,jumbo,Farquhar,siegrist for

    Uehera, clippard,hinojosa, Madson, Nate jones, axford, storen, oday, Benoit, feliz

    • Grey

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      Siegrist for Daniel

  160. Giremelli says:
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    Best dl wheeler,Ryu,gausman,erod

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  161. Funscombe says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I took serious pleasure today in planning out my dinner break to head to miss, grab a taco, and read the opening day notes. Excited for another season with your eloquence and knowledge!

    My keeper league was scrapped, which is good (last year I traded Arietta for Pederson hehe). I now do a 12 team h2h with standard categories plus batting K’s, QS, Losses and SO’s as a wild card.

    I took your advice and held off on pitching, by the way things fell I am worried I waited too long. I am thinking of maybe taking a strategy of “dominate in batting, run a lot of pitchers and win the cumulative categories”. (There are a few yawnstipating picks I went against your advice on…forgive me :)

    Anyway what do you think?

    C – Realmuto
    1B – Abreu
    2B – LeMahieu
    3B – Frazier
    SS – Boegarts
    LF – Upton
    CF – Trout (I was second pick…first took Clayton hehe)
    RF – Polanco
    OF – Burns
    UTIL- Freeman

    Sp – Carrasco
    Sp – Richards
    Sp – Smyly
    Sp – Corbin
    Sp – Ross
    Sp – Nola
    Sp – Rodon
    Sp – Wood

    RP – McGee
    RP- Jeffress
    RP – Hoover

    I know my relief is pretty weak and pitching as a whole is pretty lack luster. Is it bad enough that I need to make moves?

    Also, Harrison is on waivers in my league. Should I drop a sp to add him as a backup bench player? Who? Or just stick with my strategy of starting 8?

    Pleasure to be back and thanks for all the hard work on the off season rankings and write ups. Your pages were my bible!

    • Funscombe says:
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      @Funscombe:

      Joe Ross, not Tyson. Unfortunately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You didn’t wait too long in pitching, your staff looks great! I would drop Wood for a bat to move into your lineup when you need an extra bat, but Harrison is whatever, does nothing for you… Your hitting is solid, bit heavy on speed for H2H… LeMahieu does nothing for me either unless he’s in Coors

      • Funscombe says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir :) Yes, second base is as barren this year as the off season without my daily dose of Razzball. I’ll see what I can do. Appreciate it! Be well.

        • Grey

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          No problem, you too!

  162. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Do u think Harvey and Votto is worth giving up to get Lucroy Machado belt and Glasnow

  163. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey he wants Harvey and cueto or Encarnacion for Machado Lucroy belt and Glasnow. Thoughts?

    • Funscombe says:
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      @Scott Kimmel:

      Seems like regardless you’re giving up two big players for one. Lucroy and Belt can’t be big enough upgrades to justify this, right?

  164. mauledbypandas says:
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    the Souzaphone blows its first note of the year!

    • Grey

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      HA

  165. SteveNZ says:
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    Awesome, my SP/RP in my relievers only Holds league comes in to face Davis, Trumbo and Jones…

    • Grey

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      Ha

  166. herschel says:
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    tyson being tyson….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: sucker for those k’s though….

  167. Swfcdan says:
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    Seems Stephenson up for the Reds but may only be the one start.

    Worth bidding any FAAB to get him ($100 budget)?

    • Grey

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      Depends on the league

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Pretty standard 12 teamer. Only interested if he’s got a chance of staying in the rotation. Could use one more starter.

        • Grey

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          Meh, hold for now, or bid $1

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Grey: I’ll throw a buck at him. The WW hounds in my league will take him soon if I don’t.

  168. FrankGrimes says:
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    any point holding on to storen or Farquhar?
    going to grab dalier

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @FrankGrimes: probably better bet with nearly completely unknown PHI closer situation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, can lose Storen

  169. SteveNZ says:
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    Murray Chass still thinks that Felix just can’t find a way to win games for his team.

    • Grey

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      HA

  170. letsgobravos says:
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    Smyly knocked around. Should we adopt a policy of not starting anyone other than aces against the Jays?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, wasn’t really knocked around

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Upon further examination you’re correct. I saw the line after of 5 runs 3 homers after 5 IP. League scores HRs allowed so that hurt.

  171. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    how’s this one look. almost EXACTLY what my mocks said i’d get. missed lindor where i thought i’d get him (he went at 82, early for yahoo), but ortiz still around way late. drafted out of 11 hole in 12 team OBP over AVG, hits and total bases added and losses added for pitchers. once i missed lindor i punted both C and MI’s.
    C hundley (22nd)
    1B rizzo (1st)
    2B walker (15th)
    SS segura (19th)
    3B frazier (4th)
    OF mookie (2nd)
    OF upton (3rd)
    OF heyward (6th, so could’ve went lindor here, but had about 7 guys ranked higher)
    util ortiz (7th)
    util hanram (10th)
    BN delino (14th)
    BN lawrie (23rd)
    NA turner (27th, and arcia still out there if he comes up first)
    SP carrasco (was able to wait till 59th, but it was close gamble, 5th)
    SP salazar (8th)
    SP walker (11th)
    SP chen (13th)
    SP yordano (16th)
    SP smyly (18th)
    SP berrios (20th, one NA slot, but many BN spots, one guy had just taken both of urias/glasnow )
    SP nola (21st)
    SP porcello (25th)
    SP karns (26th)
    SP gausman (28th, forgot about him, he was still there)
    RP allen (9th)
    RP osuna (12th)
    RP casilla (17th)
    RP grilli (24th)

    added holland and ray after slotting. might dump one of them for off days if in need and make that one the stream spot. how’s it look?

    2. for another 14 teamer with OPS, rasmus or colabello, cola seems to not be a platooner currently.

    • Grey

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      1. Looks solid, I like th epitching and hitting, Lawrie’s droppable, Hanley’s scary, but nothing too bad 2. Rasmus

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: some BN spots in that #1 only from not great SP 12’s out there. this could be a backup catcher or really any backup spot.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: what about e.escobar for lawrie’s spot? he has SS and OF too, can fill in at more spots.

          • Grey

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            Lawrie over them, we haven’t moved that far from the rankings

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Grey: hanley is scary, but using 1/3 of your rankings and 2/3 of rudy/steamer OPS he was my 65th ranked player, and can get him pretty much every draft at 105-117 or so. also he’ll have 1b in 5 games.

  172. letsgobravos says:
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    Drafted last night in a yahoo pro100 league. 12 teams h2h 5×5…

    C-Hundley
    1-Rizzo (11)
    2-Altuve (14)
    3-Seager (86)
    SS-Semien (227)
    OF-Upton (38)
    OF-Braun (59)
    OF-Polanco (83)
    Util- Heyward (62)
    Util- Dickerson (155)
    Bn – DeShields (182)
    Bn-Kris Davis (206)

    SP- Harvey (35) Matz (110) Walker (131) Darvish (134) Ventura (158) Nola (230)
    Gausman (251) Heaney (254)
    RP Giles (107 -shit!) Cishek (179) Rodney (203)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grabbed Dickerson after the homer, huh? Nice team, great balance on the hitting, the pitching looks decent, a bit upsidey and not all that safe, should be competitive though

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Ha yeah. In my first draft, he was still there really late but I had filled up on offense. Went into this one planning to take him late. I missed on a few of my “safe” late pitching targets. Really hoping Darvish comes back strong.

  173. FrankGrimes says:
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    osuna matata!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, wish I grabbed him

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        you know I hate closers
        but it’s fun when you do find one sagnof style!
        (til they get rocked haha)

  174. letsgobravos says:
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    Zobrist batting 3rd for the the cubs…brilliant.

    • Grey

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      Ha

  175. Milarky says:
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    So to be fair, it’s not that I didn’t listen to you on Pollock, but I didn’t have much choice on someone better to keep. Luckily the injury happened the night before my draft so I could make plans.

    I am curious about your (or anyone’s) thoughts on my team. Frankly i’m a bit concerned. It’s a deep 10-team roto 6×5 (SLG% is the extra). I’m a little worried I’m low on power, with a vulnerable rotation despite the top 3.

    1B) Rizzo
    1B) Hosmer
    2B) Castro
    2B) Lawrie
    3B) Frazier
    3B) Moustakas
    SS) Segura
    SS) Semien
    DH) Travis Shaw (1B)
    DH) Ozuna (OF)
    OF) Bautista
    OF) Pence
    OF) Polanco
    OF) Sano
    OF) DeShields
    Rook) Olivera
    SP) Scherzer
    SP) Kluber
    SP) Salazar
    SP) Corbin
    SP) WY Chen
    SP) Joe Ross
    Rook P) Eickhoff
    RP) Giles (dammit!)
    RP) Ozuna
    RP) McGee

    Reserves
    C) Chirinos
    2B) Kendrick
    3B) Adonis Garcia
    SS) Villar
    OF) Soler
    OF/Rook) Brett Phillips
    OF/Rook ) Tyler Naquin
    SP) Karns
    SP) Gausman
    SP) Eduardo Rodriguez
    SP/Rook) Berrios
    RP) Rodney

    • Grey

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      Your pitching is insane, you have three legit aces… With that, your hitting isn’t going to be as good, and it’s not… Hitting isn’t bad, bit light on power, and has risk and injury potential

  176. OaktownSteve says:
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    Rich Hill might be entertaining this year. Um yeah. First pitch of the season hits Eaton. Takes Rollins to full count and gets a fly out. Picks off Eaton. Hits Abreu. Takes Frasier to a full count and strikes him out.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Dude has started 4 MLB games since ’09 and the A’s are paying him $6 million. Wish I worked in a field with that kind of results/compensation system…

  177. letsgobravos says:
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    The billion dollar man, Greinke, getting knocked around by the ’27 Yankees, err ’16 Rockies…Story with a 3 run jack.

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @FrankGrimes: 6 ER and still in the 3rd. Gave up 41 ER all of last season.

  178. Los locos says:
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    Grey

    Drop edcurado Rodriguez for Stephenson?

    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Salazar
    Odorrizzi
    Pineda

    Hammel
    Berrios
    E rod dl

    • I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @Los locos: if he’s on DL just put him in DL and add stephenson

  179. letsgobravos says:
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    Frazier is apparently the only guy who can’t figure out the ghost of Sandy Koufax aka Rich Hill. Just K’d with runners on 2nd and 3rd…

  180. For 18 rounds my league mates mocked me for not having a SS or MI on my roster. Story and César Hernández seem to be working out splendidly.

    Tomorrow’s’ headline today: True Story!

  181. letsgobravos says:
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    Story with another jack. Damn, wish I had snagged him late as my SS instead of Semien.

    • @letsgobravos: and he’s not even at coors yet! It sucks having a boat anchor “handcuff” in Reyes cluttering up a bench spot. Hopefully Reyes gets a 1 year suspension.

  182. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team dynasty with holds and relief appearances and relief wins and K/9. team is based around TEX (and glad i grabbed diekman earlier today as last RP, he went ahead of dyson, and even kela today).
    giles/tolleson/diekman/robles/kela/salas/hatcher. drop anybody for farq, recently dropped?

    2. also, in that same 12 teamer from above, it appears grilli already lost his job, stick with him or grab one of: jumbo, madson, romo, farq, quack, maurer, hino. i have allen/osuna/casilla/grilli

  183. Dennis says:
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    Drop Giles for Luke Gregerson?

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Dennis: Not grey, but that’s a no brainer. LG has the job.

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