Big Game James went into Milwaukee and clinched at least a 16 win season for the Padres. Clutch!

This was a flashback Shields start – 7 IP, 9 K, 1 BB, 0 HR. I thought the NL would extend his fantasy acehood a little longer – like it did for Jon Lester and his fried chicken and beer buddy, John Lackey – but Shields’ BB and HR rates spiked insanely last year.

The HR rate (a near league-leading 1.47 HR/9 IP) was due to regress a bit (now around 1 HR/9 IP) but his BB rate is still 3.6/9 which relegates him to streaming in shallow leagues and an Ian Kennedy-like SP4/SP5 in 15-team leagues. If he could regain his control, he has a shot at a 3rd act as a KaBoB.

So Grey handed me the roundup keys on a short slate Thursday. I’m so excited. I’m so scared. I’m so tired (I’m shocked Grey hasn’t moved to Hawaii yet so he doesn’t have to write at night). I asked him to return the favor and give me a title and all he came up with was, “Brooke Shields Is Handsome” and “The Shields Start Was RiChiklis”. Oy.

David Price – Did he finally realize it’s not the playoffs? 6.7 IP, 7 baserunners, 1 ER, 12 Ks against the reeling (but still dangerous vs LHP) Astros. Crazy that this guy is 5-1 with a 6.00 ERA but a 2.52 FIP. Maybe Bill James convinced the Red Sox hitters to score more runs for him during his ‘unlucky’ ER streak.

Derek Norris – Left the game after being hit in the left hand by a Jimmy Nelson pitch. If it had been Chuck Norris being hit on by Charles Nelson Reilly, things would’ve ended much differently. I owned him for 2 days…back to the catcher stream! Let’s try some Kevin Plawecki in Coors.

Ryan Zimmerman – Let me get my exasporator to talk about ol’ Zimmy. He’s at 15/3/19 with a .239/.302/.385 yet he’s still owned in 74% of RCL leagues (including my team) Zimmerman only goes one of three ways – hot (see .311 with 11 HRs in only 156 2nd half PA in 2016), cold, or injured. I can’t imagine a better lineup spot than between Harper and Murphy (hence tweet sarcasm) but maybe swapping him and Murphy will get him hot. The only player who may be more streaky is Justin Upton. Ryan Zimmerman is the white Justin Upton. He’s like Justin Midton. If he doesn’t turn it around in the next week or two, I’d be surprised if that ownership rate doesn’t plummet.

Yasmani Grandal – 1-for-4 with a 3-run HR. #3 on the year. Still 2 HR behind Yasmany Tomas. Winner has to change the last letter of his first name. Almost as riveting as the time that 47 active NBA players competed for top Antoine/Antawn/Auntjuan/Ann2wan honors.

Ian Kennedy – The Streamonator likes him some Ian Kennedy but passed on a road start in Yankee Stadium where softball rules don’t apply (ground rule double or out if you hit it over OF fence). Unsurprisingly he gave up 3 HRs (and 7 ER) including a charity HR for Chase Headley and a Russian-aided home run by Castro. Ian….Hurlin’, Bay of Pigs Invasion…IFK (Ian Fuckin’ Kennedy) blown away…what else do I have to do to get that awful song out of my head….

Gary Sanchez – The Yanks finally called up their shiny catcher prospect but no idea how much he’ll play. Maybe they can teach him to play 1B when Teixeira is hurt. He can’t be any worse than Dustin Ackley who emulated Frank Thomas in Michael Pineda’s start by putting the big hurt on him in the 1st inning (whiffed on a ground ball that was charitably called a single, missed a scoop). AL-only play for now but could be stream-worthy if he gets some play vs LHP.

Clayton Kershaw – A 13 K, 3 hit, 1 BB shutout of the Mets @ Chavez Raven Simone for the gentile Sandy Koufax. But 0-for-3 at the plate. Gotta work on that Clayton. Can’t expect the Dodger offense to explode for 5 runs every start.

Kole Calhoun – 2 for 3 with a run and 3 RBIs. Hitting .290 for the season but only 2 HRs. You know the rules. You can stop hitting HRs if you commit to stealing bases. But you gotta bring one or the other and you’re not very fast you lump of Kole so start donging.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 9 K in a win @ARI. Evidently, Arizona is a lot more tolerable when you’re visiting than when you call it a home (*cough* Greinke *cough*).

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-4 in the Boston onslaught with his 29th RBI. How does he have 29 RBIs with 6 HRs and hitting at the bottom of the Sawx lineup? He’s second on the team to David Ortiz who has 30 RBIs. Crazy. I don’t like 8th/9th place hitters who aren’t super-SAGNOF but I’ll make an exception for you Jackie B.

Junior Guerra – The Streamonator somehow ranks his home start today (5/13) as the 2nd best start of the day next to Chris Sale. A few of you have asked me if it’s real. I’m telling you….I don’t know. He’s a rookie and his minor league stats are kind of a mess as he’s started and relieved. If Milwaukee was a pitchers’ park, MAYBE I’d give it a try. But it ain’t so i ain’t.

Ryan Buchter – Fernando Rodney was unavailable after pitching both ends of a doubleheader so the Padres turned over the keys to Ryan Buchter. He’s been really good so far with 23 Ks in 16.2 IP and a 0.54 ERA. That said, he’s walking 1 every 2 innings and he’s bounced around AAA for the past couple years. I still have Brandon Maurer as the ‘cuff but he might be worth a stash in at least NL leagues for now.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-4 with a HR (#7) against his ex-team. Prince Albert’s average is “up” to .194. Prince Fielder is also having a dumpy season. It just has not been a good 2016 for Princes.

Santiago Casilla – He was pulled for LOOGY Javier Lopez after loading the bases with 2 outs in a 1-run game. This on the heals of blowing a 1-run lead two days ago by coughing up a gopher ball to Michael Saunders. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. There’s no fire yet. But where there’s innuendo, there’s smoke. So stop, drop, and stash Hunter Strickland.

Trevor Rosenthal – Came into a game needing to get one out to close out the game. What’d he do? Walk, walk, walk. Kevin Siegrist had to put out the fire. After the game, the team drank some Budweiser and played “Show Me State”. Based on listening in for 10 minutes, you’d swear their 2nd baseman was the most popular guy in the clubhouse.

David Peralta – He’s still out day-to-day with his bad wrist but an MRI said the injury was not too serious. The MRI then talked shit about Jacoby Ellsbury. How many times can I scan one body?

Adam Wainwright – Got the ‘win’ by stranding almost 50% of the 12 baserunners he let on in 5 IP (11 hits, 1 BB, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 Ks). Most pitchers would’ve suffered a loss but he had the right representation talk to the Cardinals offense.

  1. ThE sHiT says:
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    Give Segura/Shark for Darvish in a 12 team h2h 6×6 league where the extra cat for pitching is Losses?

    Im thinking take Darvish and rotate hot the 2B on the wire, Scooter is available right now

    • Relsh says:
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      @ThE sHiT: The drop off from a top 3 SS/2B to the worst is way to severe IMO. Unless you’re banking on Segura having a way worse 2nd half I don’t think it’s worth it for a pitcher coming off such a serious injury.

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @ThE sHiT: relsh is right – unless you can get a better 2b/MI – like at least a Schoop, the I would hold Segura

    • @ThE sHiT: I wouldn’t trade Shark for Darvish right now. Seems crazy I know but Darvish still has some risk involved in that first month or two while he’s getting back into form. I’ve been big on Shark since preseason and nothing so far this year has altered that POV.

  2. Quimmy says:
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    Good morning Razznation.

    Deep 15 team league with obp, slg , k/9 and inn as extra cats.

    Please rank the following whole what everything bagel sanwich combinations:

    Sausage egg and cheese, PB and J, Turkey Muenster and Mayo, Extra Scallion Cream Cheese, American Cheese and Butter, Tuna Salad and Pickles

    Any help on this would be appreciated, like I said, this js a very deep ans competitive league. THANKS!

    • Jordan73 says:
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      @Quimmy: Are you kidding with this? It’s obviously sausage, egg and cheese. Granted, PB&J and Tuna Salad are looking good this season, but they’re still not on the same level as SEC. American cheese and butter has a spotty minor league career, regression’s going to hit hard there and soon – look to trade while you can still get some value. The other two are decent streaming options, but not reliable enough to depend on every day. Good luck RoS!

      • Quimmy says:
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        @Jordan73: thats what I was thinking too. SEC it is!

    • Dingbat says:
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      @Quimmy: I don’t understand the question. All I see is one amazing sandwich.

      • quimmy says:
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        @Dingbat: Ha!

    • @Quimmy: Sausage on a bagel is sacrilegious. I’m a toasted w/ butter guy. Don’t distract me from my bagel. (Though there’s like only one place in all of Austin that makes a ‘better than Einstein’s’ quality bagel)

      • quimmy says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: I hear ya. I just moved from Brooklyn to NJ so the quality of bagel has degraded to a point where the highlight of the bagel is what you put in it.

        • knucks says:
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          @quimmy: I know its Jersey… but try moving to the west coast and let us know how you feel about bagels. I was just in UT for a minute and (though its not my proudest moment) tried to grab a bacon egg and chee BAGEL at micky D’s one morning. She laughed at me… “Sir we don’t do that here”. I wanted to treat the box like the guy in Dude wheres my car… and then and then and then and thennnnn. Don’t do that here?!? I get it, but this isn’t some five star drive thru, wtf!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @quimmy: Such lies! Brooklyn bagels aren’t even on Northern NJ’s level. You NYers are silly.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hey, Einstein!…bagels are terrible

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Taylor ham?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pork roll, playa

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: There has been more pork roll talk this year than usual, no? Thank you Michael A. Taylor!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @knucks: It’s the most sensual of the breakfast meats. The pastrami of the AM.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ooh, I like that for the marketing materials

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can’t get enough pork roll talk

              • knucks says:
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                @Grey: No longer a sleeper. Unrivaled MVP for convo of the day thus far.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s the new bacon

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: Jersey Bacon…. greasy, spotted, and better under cooked

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And cut like a Mayan sun

                    • knucks says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: Should I drop female arm pit hair and scoop up Taylor Ham? It sounds like pork roll can really get it going this year.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: Yes pork rolls Hard contact% is off the charts. Watch out for the 60% indigestion rate though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I still have pork roll from the late 90s in my colon

        • I love taylor ham/pork roll BUT i put this one to the test b/c the one good bagel place in Austin (Wholy Bagel) is also the only place in town with Pork Roll. And the verdict is….go pork roll on a hard roll with cheese. but keep it off a good bagel. if it’s a medicore bagel, then sure.

    • knucks says:
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      @Quimmy: Bacon egg and cheese is my go to. This has some sleeper potential as one of the best convos of the day btw.

    • davidcee says:
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      Please rank for save speculation: Buchter, Oh, Osich, Gearin. Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Buch, Osich

  3. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Nice Ruddy!

  4. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Ruddy in da house!

    1) Currently have Berrios and Roark at the back end of my rotation. Hold both/either or drop for: Moore (just dropped), Pineda, Corbin, Severino, Wood, Rubby

    2) OBP league…currently have Mazara as my only bench bat, any of these other guys an obvious upgrade (limited season moves): Zobrist, Carter, Castellani, Vmart, Myers, Odubel, Rasmus, Dickerson, Park, Krush*

    * 10 team Yahoo format with no MI/CI, 3 OF, 1 UTL for those curious why all of these guys are available…. believe me, I know

    3) Trade Aaron Sanchez for Boxberger?

    Thanks Ruddy

    • @bossmanjunior333: 1) No on Pineda/Severino/Rubby. I think Wood is really a home-start only guy in shallow leagues. Corbin is okay. I think Corbin and Wood are slightly better bets for quality starts going forward than Berrios and Roark – i’d make the call based on their next 2 matchups.

      2) I’d use the ROS Player Rater to decide this one – https://razzball.com/playerrater-restofseason-5x5obp-yahoo/. Off top of head, I’d think Zobrist would be best bench option given he could fill in at a few positions.

      3) If you need saves, yes.

  5. Ross Watson says:
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    Give Rosenthal a break. He needed to get two outs, not one. Jeez

    • VinWins

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      @Ross Watson: Yeah, Razzball just does not respect the Cardinals.

  6. Hack-E says:
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    I miss Grey!

    • don’t worry – he’ll be answering comments in a bit.

  7. The JoGarza says:
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    Good to see you around here, Rudy!

    Quick question about strategy and holding on to what *should* be a valuable player.

    16 team dynasty, save+ holds.

    I have Mychal Givens, who can be absolutely filthy and I think in 2-3 years will be a closer. Right now though he’s struggled of late and doesn’t even get holds. Got to think about the now and cut him, right?

    • Yes. I wouldn’t have a long leash on Holds guys unless they have an amazing track record (like Giles).

  8. Scooter G says:
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    Hey Rudy

    Which two hitters and one pitcher would be the best adds in 10 team h2h with OBP?

    JB Jr, T Turner, C Santana, ozuna, park,
    A Sanchez, porcello, I Kennedy, happ, glasnow, taillon

    Thanks!

  9. Ian says:
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    In a weekly start limits league, do you like Jon Gray (away from Coors) over Corbin? I have a better chance of winning Ks than I do winning ERA/WHIP.

    • Ian says:
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      @Ian: ooops, this game IS in Coors.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ian: DO NOT throw Gray in Coors, he is strictly a road SP only.

      • Ian says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: No, I meant Gray today. Probably just a hold at home at this point?

  10. Fever Dog says:
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    Hey Everyone,

    10-team, h2h, 5×5

    c-castillo
    1b-rizzo
    2b-walker
    3b-arenado
    ss-correa
    of-marte, polanco, upton
    util-belt, hosmer

    Would you rather have any of these 2Bs instead of Neil Walker?

    Brandon Phillips
    Brett Lawrie
    Logan Forsythe
    Brock Holt
    Joe Panik
    Chase Utley
    Aaron Hill
    Martin Prado
    Jonathan Schoop

    • knucks says:
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      @Fever Dog: Forsythe if/when healthy at 2B for me

    • None of those guys are surefire upgrades. Unless you have a cap on # of moves, I’d stream based on next week matchups.

  11. Fever Dog says:
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    That third outfielder is Justin Upton by the by.

  12. Mickey Maloney says:
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    Did Grey give you the keys to the Buy/Sell car too?

    • nope. i just get to write the buy/sell titles.

      • Mickey Maloney says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Oh man, a Title Clash of the Titans! Razzball: Civil War.

  13. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Rudy-

    Really liked you delving into Guerra. These recaps are the first way to start the day, but I think occasionally delving into something a little bit weird and prospective (say the Strailly start on 5/14 which is off the charts!) can be helpful.

    So I guess I’m also saying thanks for stream-o-nator and hittertron at the same time haha.

    • no prob. there is usually so much player news that it’s hard to cram them into the updates. SON is really liking Straily to curtail his BB rate (which is his biggest negative). I had bids on Straily for this 2 start week but didn’t get any.

  14. Pager24 says:
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    Rudy,

    Do you like Strickland over Dyson as a save stash?

    Thanks!

    • I like them about the same. Both have great stuff and back up mid-tier closers. Maybe Strickland a tad more b/c he pitches in a great park and in NL.

      • Shill Team 6 says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: A lot of sites are putting the lefty Osich as next in line. Is that crazy? Or is he legit?

        • there’s a chance…i always bet on RHP.

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great job Rudy

  16. Mrs. Kimmel says:
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    Strickland is the stash? Some places have osich.

  17. Will says:
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    are you starting McCullers today against the Sox?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Will: Danger Will Robinson!

      No. Not in his first start and not with Boston scoring double digit runs the past 4 days (unless you think they’ll cool off suddenly). Not me. Good luck if you do — fortune favors the brave…sometimes…

      • Will says:
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        @JakeTPE: Thanks, that was my gut feeling on the situation. What about Finnegan or Severino?

  18. E says:
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    In a vacuum, which side you like: Arrieta and Justin Upton or Mike Trout?

  19. knucks says:
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    Along with what others have said and will say, you da man. Thanks Rudy.

  20. Big league choo says:
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    10 team 6×6 OBP / QS no Hrs. Sub total bases and walks

    We start a minimum of 8 games and I’m trying to get rid of a bat, but it’s so hard to make trades in a 10 team league where only 4 teams make trades. I’m in 9th 11.5 games out of playoffs

    C McCann
    1b Goldy
    2b Gennett
    3b Frazier
    SS Villar
    MI Kang
    CI Votto
    OF Martinez
    OF Heyward
    OF Kemp
    Util Marte
    BN Pujols, Franco

    My marte/smyly for Kershaw
    My marte/nicasio for kluber/odorizzi
    Goldy/smyly for miggy/kluber

    • No way you’re getting Kershaw unless a top 10 bat is included (I love Marte but he’s in the 11-20 bucket). The bottom two trades seem fair.

  21. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Rudy! start who today? Thanks!!

    – Jung Ho Kang at Cubs (Hammel)
    – Story vs Mets (Harvey)
    – Yelich at Was (Gonzalez)

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: I’d start all 3

  22. Wacha wacha says:
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    Good morning Rudy

    Can you rank the top 3 mi options from this list for an obp format Ros?

    Story, segura, C seager, villar, Drury, I Desmond, suarez

  23. knucks says:
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    If anyone finds anything or heard any comments from that jagbag Counsell regarding Villar batting 9th, please share.

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: This is pretty funny and I feel the need to share… Twitter searched “Villar Counsell” a minute ago to try to get to the bottom of this. Only twit since 03MAY occurred 21 hrs ago…

        @Sky_Razzball: Villar getting the Billy Hamilton treatment is criminal. Counsell needs his lineup setting license revoked

        I lurve you guys.

        • Grey

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          Haha, agree with Sky

  24. Bye Felica says:
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    Rudy’s turn for catcher questions! HAHAHA

    • knucks says:
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      @Bye Felica: Rudyyyy can’t fail

  25. Will says:
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    Thoughts on Severino and Finnegan today and ROS?

    • Both are eh starts today. I see them closer to equal than Streamonator (who likes Severino better). I think both are marginal mixed league starts rest of season. Severino has higher upside w/ slightly lower floor.

  26. Eric says:
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    Hello,

    Are you starting Liriano vs the Cubs at Wrigley today?

    Thanks!

  27. Bye Felica says:
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    JBJ should be hitting 2nd or at least 6th or 7th. How is he still hitting in the 9 hole when he’s mashing everything in sight? #Blasphemy

    • knucks says:
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      @Bye Felica: Hurdle would bat him 10th

    • Betts/Bogaerts are a solid #1/#3. Bradley’s LH bat would lay nicely at #2. But I can see him at #6/#7 with Shaw. I’d focus more on getting him RBI opps than setting up the top of the order.

  28. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 H2H with L as the extra cat, which SP do I drop to activate McCullers: Rodon or Berrios?

  29. Lucc says:
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    Uh oh, weekly leagues owners who already started Guerra because they’re desperate and believe in the stream-o-nator, would very much like it to be correct….

    • I’m not hating on Guerra. Weekly leagues are a different beast anyway as they typically have more GS. My comment was for daily leagues.

  30. ryanoger says:
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    Thanks for the write up Rudy!

  31. JimmyJackJames says:
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    I’ve been offered Prince/Waino for Papi in my 15 team Roto keeper- is it crazy that my first thought is to say no?

    • run away from that offer.

  32. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    That was a fun read, Rudy!

    My league counts Quality Starts instead of Wins. After last night Velasquez has two straight starts giving up 4 runs with 5 Ks a piece. How do you see the rest of his season going for QS and Ks? A major talent but, in a 10-team roto league, should he be rostered ROS when guys like Shields, Roark, Odorizzi, Rodon are on the wire?

    Thanks!

    • thx. i think Velasquez’s upside makes him worth holding onto. Odorizzi is the only guy on that list that I think may be a notch better.

  33. Jim says:
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    Starlin Castro dropped in one league.
    Drop Ketel Marte for him or hold?
    Thx

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jim: drop Ketel, add Castro

    • I’d hold for now. Concerning that Marte isn’t running but at least there’s a hope. Castro’s lack of HR or SB makes him an uninspired play.

  34. Hi Rudy (and Grey, depending on when you’re back).

    What do you think of Dillon Gee as a streaming option against the hapless Atlanta hitters? The SoN values him at only $3.10, but I guess Junior Guerra shows SoN has less insight when samples sizes are small.

    And if I’m speculating for saves while of course welcoming over category help (including holds), is Strickland the best bet if the alternatives are Grilli, Siegrist, Seung Hwab Oh, and Andrew Bailey?

    And, lastly, are any of Pearce, Cron, Drury, Alvarez, or Duvall a clear upgrade over Granderson, Saunders, Lawrie, or Khris Davis on my roster now? (I picked up Grandy for the series at Coors, so would drop him in any case starting with Monday’s games).

    Thanks everyone!

    • Gee is an okay stream ($3). I like Strickland best out of that group. I prefer those hitters than the FA options.

  35. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Starting Harvey at Colorado tonight ?

    • knucks says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: If I had to, depends on the situation really

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: Son don’t like it and neither do I.

      • knucks says:
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        @Enrique: Right? I would have a similar question if Thor had to pitch in coors this series, but I would prob just bench him and laugh if he had a nice game. The only guy I would throw anyway is Kershaw. Could see a small handful of others, but Harvey is not one of them. Good luck JBG!

        • i would start Thor….as a hitter! actually Thor would be startable there IMO b/c 100 MPH is 100 MPH and that slider bends to no altitude.

          • knucks says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: RCF!

            Now if only the rest of my staff didn’t contain the numbers that Corbin/Rodon/Berrios have offered thus far I might be in better shape in Roto!

    • I would not. SON has him at -$6.

  36. Ante GALIC says:
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    Rudy!

    Great write-up, man! Much appreciated.

    a. What’s your take on Steve Pearce? Think he can continue to stay hot and get ABs consistently?

    b. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (May 13-15)

    Antonio (Bad guy): ‘I don’t think you know how this is going to end, Caine.’
    Horatio: ‘I know exactly how it’s going to end.’
    Antonio (Bad guy): ‘Go home.’
    Horatio: ‘I will, Antonio, (queue the sunglasses) when this is over.’

    Have a great weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Thanks!

      a. No on Pearce. He’s an okay hitter. Can ride him while he’s hot but i prefer him as a matchup-only stream.

      b. that sunglass bit gets me every time on the commercial promos. not enough to watch it. pet peeve of mine are when people wearing regular glasses take them off when talking. make up your damn mind. either you need them to see or you don’t. if grey and i ever get our own sitcom, i’m going to have someone remove their contacts when they make a point (c’mon producers, get in line to work w/ us!)

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Haha! That’s too funny, Rudy! Just the thought of having someone on live TV removing and then putting them back in again makes me crack up. Something out of National Lampoon.

        Cheers,
        Ante

  37. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Great job Rudy!

  38. Steve D. says:
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    10 team redraft. Ks don’t count, neither do runs. Full roster below.

    Just traded King Felix and Corey Seager for Sonny Gray and Jason Kipnis. I’m hearing everywhere that Hernandez’ velocity is down and that he will regress, so thrying to sell high there. Sonny Gray has been smacked around lately, but he’s better than his numbers; so buying low there. With Desmond on the team, and with me needing more speed, Seager would have been relegated to the pine.

    Thoughts on this deal?

    C Brian McCann NYY
    C Yadier Molina STL
    1B Anthony Rizzo CHC
    2B Addison Russell CHC
    SS Manny Machado BAL
    3B Matt Duffy SF
    CI Nick Castellanos DET
    MI Corey Seager LAD
    OF Justin Upton DET
    OF J.D. Martinez DET
    OF Mookie Betts BOS
    OF Kole Calhoun LAA
    OF Marcell Ozuna MIA
    Util Victor Martinez DET

    BN Ian Desmond TEX-CF,LF,SS
    BN Khris Davis OAK-DH,LF
    BN Russell Martin TOR-C

    P Trevor Bauer, CLE
    P Wei-Yin Chen, MIA
    P Patrick Corbin, ARI
    P Luke Gregerson, HOU
    P Felix Hernandez, SEA
    P Craig Kimbrel, BOS
    P David Robertson, CHW
    P Vince Velasquez, PHI
    P Arodys Vizcaino, ATL

    RESERVES
    P Tyler Glasnow, PIT
    P Marcus Stroman, TOR
    P Julio Teheran, ATL

    • I don’t love the trade only b/c you are giving up all the upside w/ Seager and F-Her. I’ve never been a fan of Gray given his control issues. I shied away from F-Her this year and not ‘buying’ him….but not sure I pull the trigger on that trade.

  39. Jeff says:
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    Thanks for all the advice – so helpful.

    I’m in a 12 team league that awards points for Saves + Holds, K per 9, ERA, WHIP, QS, and IP . I currently have Vizcaino, Dyson, and Papelbon as RPs. I’m eyeing Will Harris. Should I drop one of these for him, given opportunities, et al? Papelbon scares me a little, and even though there are chances (for now), his other stats aren’t as good as any of the others. Thoughts?

    Thanks again.

    Jeff

    • i think Saves are more reliable than Holds so I wouldn’t drop Pap for Harris. I’d consider Vizcaino since the Braves aren’t going to win much so not a lot of games for him to save/hold.

  40. JohnnySquid says:
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    Werd Rudy.

    In a deep 14 Team League. 2 Catchers, MI, CI, 5 OF, blah blah.

    Two questions:

    1. Strickland is available in my league and ya know b/c SAGNOF I want to snag him. However I’ll have to drop Wainwright. You think he rights the ship by June? Getting impatient and I’m pretty patient.

    2. SON is drinking Hateraide on Aaron Sanchez start next week vs MIN. Is that b/c he’s on the road? Dudes been solid this year, sans some BB.

    • 1) I would hold onto Wainwright in hopes he turns it around. But bench him unlesss it’s a great matchup until he shows some signs.

      2) I’m surprised SON hates the @MIN start that much. Being on the road is definitely a factor. I think the SON jury is still out on his true skill level.

  41. knucks says:
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    We know that on the last day of the year you can start 9 SP and go well over your IP limit in Yahoo and get all the counting stats.. But I’m curious though I should know this by now… does anyone know if Yahoo picks up on double header’s in the PLAYED/REMAINING/MAX department? Can’t see why they wouldn’t, but figured I’d ask.

    I might grab Bour for tomorrow’s double dose of righties in WASH (Roark/Cole). I would assume it’ll count as 2 games against my projected UTIL slot total. Not all that concerned (especially in May), just wondered if anyone already knows the answer.

    Also, for any of you batty call guys out there, I always enjoy hearing about them and how they work out so I figured I’d share mine from yesterday.

    Pedro from BAL (1-3 with a Run and a RBI). I believe he was the third best bat or so on the HT yesterday.

    • Donslaughtonslaught says:
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      @knucks: I am pretty sure it just counts as one game. It is just one batch of stats (as in Heyward was 2/7 or whatever, not 1/4 and then 1/3).

      • knucks says:
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        @Donslaughtonslaught: Aight cool man, thought I may be the only one on the island that thought. Rudy and G will know fo sho. Thanks Don.

    • hmm, don’t know on this but I assume they wouldn’t. if they don’t for pitchers, why hitters?

      crazy thing was Alvarez got the hit against Justin Wilson. that’s an awful matchup for him.

      • knucks says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Was thinking the same thing on Alvarez last night. Almost flipped to a different game during that at bat cause I was annoyed that my batty call didn’t work out.

        But the fact that we aren’t sure about this means I am officially grabbing Bour right now. This is now my sole purpose over the weekend. The beers were going to be consumed regardless, but the lawn can officially wait. I’ll report back with findings on Monday.

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @knucks: Yahoo! counts double headers as two-games. The only way to take advantage is “if” there is a double header on the day you meet your games played for a position requirement, then you can you go over the “games played” max. For what it’s worth, I only like to start my “stud batters” when there is a double header in position game max formats since a) my experience indicates that players rarely have great games in both games of a double header (no empirical data) and b) the possibility that a player could be benched on one game and pinch hit in the other, robbing you of a player “game” for one AB.

      • knucks says:
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        @Count de Monetball: The count!! Thanks for this, figured somebody would know and chime in. My weekend agenda is officially open again. Will watch baseball at home, pray for rain to feel better about skipping out on the lawn, then avoid potentially undesirable weekend outings with ‘friends’ as usual.

  42. ryanoger says:
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    DJ LeMahieu or Neil Walker?

    thanks rudy!

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      or go Starlin Castro?

      • knucks says:
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        @ryanoger: I have DJ and would rid him for Castro if I could. He had something like 5 homers last year even though he is playing half his game at Coors. A somewhat empty B.A. kind of a guy (though he does steal bags). I’d want the upside of Castro here (dual elig if that helps too). Not sure if its Castro > Walker though atm. You prob are aware of everything I’m saying, Good luck ROS!

        • what upside does Castro have? LeMa is going to hit .300 with 25 SBs. gives you the flexibility to chase power w/o SB/AVG in another roster spot.

          • knucks says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: hmmm… good point rudy. Dual citizenship maybe? Grasps for straw… Wait why am I drinking my coffee through a straw?

    • i prefer LeMahieu (though his demotion to #8 still sticks in my craw!)

      • knucks says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: This is great news for me… forget everything I said Ryan!

  43. DancinHomer says:
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    better streaming option (I know what SoN says, but i’d like your take):

    Trevor Bauer vs. MIN – 5/15
    Danny Duffy vs. ATL – 5/15

    Was going to include Guerra, but i already know your thoughts on him from above.

    thanks in advance

    • I prefer Bauer since i think he’s a better bet to get through 5 IP.

  44. Scott says:
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    Hi Rudy. How many pitchers do you like to roster?

    I have Syndergaard, Cueto, Hammel, Joe Ross, and Tanner Roark, with Iglesias and Eduardo Rodriguez on DL.

    Should I drop any of them for some MR help with my ERA and WHIP?

    • depends on format. in RCL, i prefer to hold only 3-4 SP. in that type of format, I’d cut bait on Roark for an MR.

  45. Joe Cool says:
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    Greinke owner countered my offer and asked for a 3-for-1: I give J-Zim, Rondon, and Cozart and she gives me Greinke. Is Greinke worth that in light of his struggles at home? His peripherals aren’t bad, but Arizona is obviously pitcher unfriendly.

    Also, would you rather stash Glasnow, Taillon, or neither at this point?

    Team in a h2h standard yahoo 5×5 12-team redraft.
    C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Odor, SS – Machado, 3B – Frazier, OF – Martinez, Herrera, Belt, Util – Cozart, Bench – Heyward ||| SP – J-Zim, Smyly, Velasquez, Gausman, Moore, Wright, Glasnow, Carrasco (DL); RP – Chapman, Rondon, Cishek, Rodney, May

      • Joe Cool says:
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        @Rudy Gamble:

        Notwithstanding Cishek’s higher volume of saves? (Though I guess saves are unpredictable and that’s why they got no face…)

  46. BambooLounge says:
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    Didn’t make the recap probably to avoid this “Should I pick him up now” reactionary bs, but yet, here I am…

    Should I drop K. Morales and make a bid for Matt Holliday? Or hold tight w/Morales as Grey recommended in his last round up?

    12-Team ESPN 5×5 Roto, weekly roster lock. My Team:

    C Francisco Cervelli
    1B Miguel Cabrera
    2B Brett Lawrie
    3B Kris Bryant
    SS Jean Segura
    2B/SS Jonathan Villar
    1B/3B Albert Pujols
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Gregory Polanco
    OF Yoenis Cespedes
    OF Stephen Piscotty
    OF Nomar Mazara
    UTIL Marcel Ozuna
    Bench Kendrys Morales
    Bench Wil Myers

    P Danny Salazar
    P Taijuan Walker
    P Carlos Rodon
    P Cole Hamels
    P Jeremy Jeffress
    P Alex Colome
    P Patrick Corbin
    P Tanner Roark
    P Rich Hill
    Bench Carlos Carrasco – DL
    DL Yu Darvish – DL

    • i don’t see what week you are going to start Kendrys or Holliday w/ that lineup. Myers provides nice flexibility at 1B/OF. I’d drop Morales for a pitcher.

  47. El Guapo says:
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    Gray, I’ve been offered Archer and Tyler White for Taijuan and M. Franco? Your thoughts on Archer? Do you think he’s a Top 15 SP? Can Walker be a Top 25 this season? 18 team/roto/redraft… Thanks man.

    • knucks says:
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      Not really sure what the hell is going on with Archer, but YES on Walker. He is legit. I wouldn’t care so much about TWhite if it were me. In my eyes if I could get Walker and Franco for Archer, I’m doing it. Especially in a deeper league like this. No one expects White to keep up with what he was doing in April. When Reed is up in a month or so, he’ll have to move over to third and prob share it with Marwin. Gattis is gonna catch a little but he will most likely keep getting DH starts as well. What I’m getting at is White will be platooning or without a solid starting roll pretty soon anyway.

    • I prefer Walker/Franco. Tyler White is worth $0 and I think Walker + Franco > Archer.

  48. jaybo says:
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    @rudy is Justin Upton a good buy low candidate or someone I should just avoid?

    • good buy low candidate at the right price.

      • jaybo says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Would you trade Velasquez for him in a keeper league? I have pretty good pitching and my left field is Rajai Davis since DeShields was just sent down.

  49. stoopid says:
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    Been around Razzball since 2009, can’t remember the last time you did a write-up. You still got it Rudy!

    • knucks says:
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      @stoopid: RCF!

    • ha. this might’ve been my first of the year. i’m the lenn sakata to grey’s cal ripken.

  50. MyHerreraBurns says:
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    I just got offered Buster, Gomez and Cashner for my Lucroy, Herrera and Porcella in a 10 team points league. Buster is the best player in the deal. I have zero interest in Gomez and Cashner. Should I take this and just drop Gomez and Cashner? I can stream pitching and pick up a hot hand at OF if I need it. Or should I just counter and offer Lucroy and Herrera straight up for Posey?

    • knucks says:
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      @MyHerreraBurns: Thought it was Jeanmar and Kelvin until I read through a second time.

      Just my two cents, but in my exp with these kinda situations, if your just gonna drop the other two guys you might as well just be upfront with the owner and tell him that… as to avoid any kind of angst during future trade talks. People take that as a backhanded diss at times. It could help move something along like Lucroy/Odubel for Posey instead as well.

      I’m not a Posey fan… and maybe you have enough at OF in a shallow points league, but Odubel has been incredible and the underlying stuff doesn’t look like its luck. I’d covet him more than you might, but maybe not. Depends on the rest of the roster.

      • MyHerreraBurns says:
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        @knucks: thanks, based on your advice, I am just going to hold.

    • Cram It says:
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      @MyHerreraBurns: I would probably hold. But it depends what the rest of your OF looks like. That said, I wouldn’t worry about offending anyone if you dropped guys you just traded for.

      • knucks says:
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        @Cram It: Bahh Bahh (sometimes) Teal-ish and dark gray sheep have you any value?

        Quite honestly, your boy has kept me pretty happy since day one of roster-ization.

        • Cram It says:
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          @knucks: He’s downright putrid against lefties. Tough to own in a format like RCL but he’s been useful otherwise!

          • knucks says:
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            @Cram It: Yep, have him where he can be platoony’ed so life is good on that front.

  51. AdamH says:
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    ROS in a 6×6 (OPS added)

    JDM or GPolanco?

  52. Zobrist Guy at the Bar says:
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    12 team, 5×5 roto. Are you comfortable streaming Nate Karns v. LAA? Streamonater has him at $6.2. Thanks.

    • yes, i like that stream.

  53. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Nice subbing! Loved the Yaaasmany and Yaaasmani blurb.

    In a keeper league where you catchers a total garbage, how much FAAB out of $100 would you bid on Sanchez. I’m guessing he only plays a few games a week to start, but would be betting on an injury to McCann or Tex. He’s gotta be better than my current part time tandum of Ruiz and David Ross (blerg).

  54. I'm Ron Burgundy??? says:
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    Would you trade Glasnow for J Ross? Don’t factor in keepers…

    Could you name a few players that equal Glasnow’s trade value?

  55. ohbilly2134 says:
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    Please Pick 1 to start:

    deGrom @ COL (Chatwood) – $-8.8
    Straily @ PHI (Morgan) – $18.7
    Moore vs. OAK (Graveman) – $15.8
    Iwakuma vs. LAA (Smith) – $12.0
    Bauer vs. MIN (Duffey) – $10.9
    A. Wood vs. STL (Leake) – $9.7

      • ohbilly2134 says:
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        @Grey:

        Didn’t see that. Thanks Grey.

  56. Branta says:
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    I have been contemplating dropping Prince in a Yahoo! h2h keeper league 6×6 w/ OBP

    • Branta says:
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      @Branta: And I hit send too soon. Should I hold him or drop him?

  57. Ryan says:
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    Hey Rudy, please help me out.

    My line-up: Castillo C, Rizzo 1, Pedroia 2, Lindor S, Arenado 3, Davis/springer/pence OF, Abreu/Sano Utl, Dozier/Brantley B.

    On the wire are Trumbo, JBJ, and Oshizz.

    It’s an OBP league and I need steals.

    1. Do I drop Brantley for one of the guys I mentioned?
    2. Do I drop dozier also for one of them? I’m holding the Doz patiently but I have multiple tepid hitters who could cool it on the bench.
    3. I also have rich hill and joe Ross as possible drops.

    Thanks for any advice!

    Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: 1. Trumbo 2. JBJ

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey:

        So… trumbo and JBJ for Brantley and dozier? Are you saying they are superior enough to ignore herrera’s steals?

        Thanks a lot, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’ve ignored OShizz’s steals thus far, no?

          • Ryan says:
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            @Grey:

            P it would appear that way, but …

            1 . I Expected to steal more bases than I have. I’m probably leading in caught stealing.

            2. I’m dead last in steals and the gap is widening and I’m becoming desperate.

  58. Sideshow says:
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    Wind blowing out in Wrigley. Hammel an auto start? Does streamonator factor that in?

    • knucks says:
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      @Sideshow: Good stuff. Had Liriano in there. But based off Rudy’s advice above and this info he’s been benched.

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Back, Back, Back, Backtrack… haha I’ll start him in one place and bench him in the other. I’m only slightly manic. But usually not on weekends.

        • knucks says:
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          @knucks: Just realized I stole the sideshow… sorry bud.

          Grey is starting Liriano and Hammel.
          Rudy is not starting Liriano.

          This is from a response from Rudy back in April on the Streamonator…

          “Today’s Weather – I incorporate weather starting with the ‘morning run’ of today’s projections. Took a look and the wind is blowing out slightly in Philly today (3-4 MPH to CF). So that might have goosed up his ERA/WHIP a bit.”

          Ill stfu now.

          • note: i would’ve started hammel. i’m anti-road starts unless the pitcher is clearly better than the lineup+park factors (i.e., Kershaw > all 29 away combos. Liriano is a tough duck. Hasn’t gotten fully in rhythm yet. No way I’m starting him in a Wrigley day game that could go sideways at any time.

  59. RUDY! RUDY! RUDY! says:
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    Who would you say is the top middle reliever with duel SP/RP eligibility?

      • Warren says:
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        @Grey: May and Colome aren’t too bad either!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  60. Natsochist says:
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    5×5 Auction Keeper league, 10 teams, OBP instead of AVG.

    Got offered Gerrit Cole for Abreu 1:1. Abreu can’t be kept after this year; Cole can, albeit at ace prices. Belt would be my 1B if I make the deal.

    Do I pull the trigger?

  61. Bombs Away! says:
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    Rudy! Glad to see you taking the reins today!

    In an OBP league, who would you rather have Eaton or Parra?

  62. Wywyz says:
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    12 Team H2H RDL
    AJ Reed was just dropped (hammy injury looks minor), worth a claim? Drop Deshitz or Snell for him?

  63. SteveNZ says:
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    Wake up Grey!

  64. SteveNZ says:
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    Where’s my breakfast in bed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ted and I are making French toast like that poignant scene in Kramer vs Kramer

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Awwww. I’m just waiting on a restorative breakfast myself.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re biting worms in half and waiting until they grow back to bite them in half again? That’s weird, Steve

  65. ryanoger says:
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    10 h2h redraft holds league

    My RPs- K-Rod, Casilla, Madson, Jeanmar Gómez, Dyson

    Should I lose a closer above to have two holds guys or hold?

    FAs that I like- Neris, Carson Smith, Pedro Strop, Will Harris

    thanks again rudy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Casilla for Smith

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Smith over Siegrist and Oh right?

        thanks grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

          • ryanoger says:
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            @Grey:

            Phelps or Carson Smith?

            I’ll stop now, ha!

            thanks man

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Smith

  66. Andre says:
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    10 team H2H categories, Keeper league. Story, Sonny Gray, Estrada for Correa. Which side? What do you think Story’s end of season line is? Is he in the same category as Correa/Lindor/Bogaerts/Tulo long term?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Correa

  67. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Rudy, are you running Odorizzi out there against the A’s? He’s looked pretty sharp at home. 5×5 12-team mixer.

    Also, are you sure you’re benching Liriano? He’s been nails against the Cubbies and his last turn at STL was pretty sharp.

  68. Jason says:
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    Which side…Trout/Arrieta or Betts/Gerrit Cole/Jansen? 10-team H2H keeper. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  69. Wywyz says:
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    RDL my SP sucks, stashed Glasnow and have Manaea. Hold them both? Urias, Reyes and Taillon are all available, any worth a stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon over Manaea

  70. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Jupton for Smyly, Maeda, or McCullers? Or hold… (outfield without him remains stacked + im hunting for sp upgrades)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it

  71. Clay says:
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    10 team H2H redraft, I’ve been offered Hosmer for my Harvey. Should I accept this?

    Thanks in advance Rudy/Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Hosmer

  72. knucks says:
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    15 celebs that you won’t believe are still virgins… with a picture of phoebe from friends. Pretty believable to be honest. While at the same time a total crock of shizz. Also, I prefer this dirty stuff over when I’m on Razz on my work laptop… Way too many disgusting medical images. Grey… don’t ever change a thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, shizz is targeted just right!

  73. cashmoney says:
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    Grey

    is it worth claiming Carlos Gomez off waivers? I could use speed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Haha wtf? I didn’t know you guys also worked the wheels of steel.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We simply bring the glowsticks, others provide the flashing lights and ping-ponging of beats

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kool Keith! Nice, underrated jam

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: I saw him in Flagstaff years ago. I was a huge Doc Octagon/Dr. Doom/Kool Keith fan – loved Sex Styles. Dude rapped over his own record (not an instrumental version, but one with lyrics) and handed out titty-pics from a porn mag he brought on stage with him. I was hella lit and had a blast – even though the performance was really lacking.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s awesome, was he in a straitjacket?

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Mrs.Featherbottom: Yeah he’s not good live, and his freestyles are bad on purpose. Funny one of the first Kool Keith records I bought post Dr. Octagon was Black Elvis at a record store in Flagstaff. I was on vacation with my parents and it had just come out. I literally read the reviw in the source on the plave ride there, haha.

              I saw him years later maybe 2003-2004 at the Middle East in Cambridge and he handed out pages from a porn mag called “Graham Crackers”. We kept the pages in my glove box for like 4 years and I used to make people go into my glove mix for directions just to see their reaction when they pulled out the pics.

  74. knucks says:
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    Stash Taillon and drop Berrios now? I know he should have already been dropped and everything, just wondering.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try it

  75. Smell The Glove says:
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    Shallow non-keeper league, Khis Davis or Steven Souza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  76. Joey says:
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    Bring back “Creeper of the week” segment!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re every Monday

  77. Brown L says:
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    Have Scooter in a couple leagues coming off the DL. Drop any of Schoop, Cozart, Lawrie for him, or just let him scoot away?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  78. cojason says:
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    Two scenarios…Trout for Betts/DeGrom or Trout for Betts/Cole in a H2H keeper league. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take the 2 players in both, deGrom first

  79. Biggie Smalls says:
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    Pretty deep league 12 teams 30 man rosters, hitter stats are as follows:

    R/HR/ RBI/SB/K/AVG/OBP/SLG

    I have Justin Upton, I cannot take it anymore and I need to bench him.

    Would you pick up Melvin Upton or Steve Pearce?

    Melvin is in Milwaukee this weekend–but the Upton name infuriates me. Pearce is hammering the ball and Cash is not playing him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  80. Rich says:
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    Do I start Mazara v RA the sun god Dickey or Matt Duffy v Shelbyville Miller today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maz

      • Rich says:
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        Thanks Grey!

  81. Warren says:
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    Odorizzi
    Gausman
    Pomeranz
    Lackey
    Chen
    Rodon

    correct order for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip the top two

  82. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, Corey Dickerson just hit the wire, please rank these guys to drop and pick up Dickerson:

    Leonys Martin
    Delino DeShields
    Mike Pineda
    Brett Lawrie
    Khris Davis

    (and I’m in second place with these clowns!)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Pineda

      • Alcesto says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, whose next to drop after Pineda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

      • Alcesto says:
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        @Grey:

        And finally, are you bidding any free agent auction bucks on a guy like Dickerson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  83. Alex says:
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    I’m in need of an OBP boost… I tried to trade Bruce for D. Fowler to a team that needs power. They declined and countered with Ozuna for Fowler. I’m loving Ozuna, but Fowler’s runs and OBP is looking real strong.

    Thoughts? Should I keep shopping Bruce or lose Ozuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Fowler

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: Awesome.. You’re the man. I also like Fowler’s SB potential. Pretty solid move for Ozuna being a waiver pickup.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  84. Scott says:
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    Side A: Polanco and Burns
    Side B: Salvador Perez, Prince Fielder, Cole Hamels

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  85. Scott says:
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    Outfielderpalooza! through various quirks of fate I ended up with all these OF:
    Stanton
    Braun
    Piscotty
    Fowler
    Parra
    Domingo
    CDick

    Which one of the lower half do I drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo
      CDick

  86. knucks says:
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    I wonder how many times Stevie’s bday has fallen on the most superstitious day of them all. Please everyone, round up your black cats and lock them in the basement. Keep the ladders in the garage and fix the light bulb tomorrow. And (this one will apply to most of us fantasy players I’d imagine) don’t look in the mirror.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: And before anyone can call me out its every 5-6ish years btw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      True story, I saw him in a supermarket one time…Dude is huge!

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Yea you Cali guys may run into some cool people in the supermarket… but when was the last time you ran into Taylor Ham in the grocery store! I can get some dry ice and ship it out as needed…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I actually can buy it at my local grocery store

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: So the “we’re from Jersey and we have what you don’t!” thing is in fact a myth!

            Well the part about having what you don’t at least. The thought itself couldn’t be more real around here. I can look out my window now and see several meatheads that would kick my ass up and down the street if I yelled “Jug handles are for jagbags!”

            Though they def wouldn’t know what a jagbag is.

  87. Has anyone ever been more SAGANOF than Jeanmar Gómez in the history of fantasy baseball?

    God I love this guy. I was literally mocked during the draft by league-mates – they were so sick of my punting on closers then leading the league in saves schtick every year, that they drafted them early and often, and then stacked up on set-up guys. I ended my draft with Allen & Viz and started praying.

    Sure, I’ve streamed a couple short-timers, the most current of which is Joe Smith, but his time is due. I also snagged Dyson just in case Tolleson has another few meltdowns.

    But Jeanmar Gómez is the apple of my eye, the throb in my heart, the happy dance in my pants – ok, maybe I won’t take it that far, but holy crap has he defied all odds.

    I <3 Jeanmar Gómez and I want the whole damn world to know it. He just has to be SAGANOF-iest SAG who ever OF'd! What an unlikely closer. They should seriously do a movie about his life story, with exposition on his ridiculous and unpronounceable first name. The ending will be an uplifting "little engine who could" type story about a nobody with rough peripherals who finished the year with 40 saves, against all odds, logic and common sense.

    The part of Jeanmar Gómez to be played by Gray. His love interest will be an aging, but still totally do-able Julia Roberts. Let's make this happen – who wants to start the GoFundMe page?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Jeanmar is the SAGNOF Man of the Year so far, for sure

        • @Lucky Dog:
          Also, why was I putting the extra A in SAGNOF?

          Man, the things I do before coffee I tell ya. Sigh.

          I’m seriously hoping SAGNOFMOTY sticks – it’s easier to say than Jeanmar.
          ;)

        • @Lucky Dog: And an extra A in “Grey” too.

          Forgive me – I’m brewing a pot now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          About to share it with Villar

          • @Grey: who I missed by about 18 seconds a couple weeks ago.

            Dammit.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn

  88. ebudz says:
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    10 team (3 keeper) ESPN H2H Points (weekly 12 start pitcher limit)

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

    (4) SP: Scherzer, Salazar, Matz, Walker
    (3) RP: Gregerson, Jeffress, Betances
    Bench: (Hill, Odorizzi, Gausman, Rodon, McCullers)

    (1) DL: Carrasco

    Available SP (% owned): Volquez, Iglesias*, Teheran, Pineda, Chen, McCullers, Fiers, Corbin, Anibal Sanchez, Berrios, Conley, McHugh, Moore, Colon, Leake, Severino, A. Wood…

    So I’m trying not to lose to an 0-5 team this week and I’m currently down by 5 points and assuming his Cain and Trumbo don’t kill me this weekend I’m trying to figure out what the best moves are for my pitching this weekend.

    My opponent is starting :
    Harvey @COL
    Karns vs. LAA
    deGrom @COL,
    Lester vs. PIT

    … I have 4 starts left for the week (technically 3 left today and tomorrow). Matz’s start was skipped so I was only planning on starting Odorizzi, Hill, and Gausman but I’m trying to decide if it’s worth cutting someone from staff to stream one other guy today OR tomorrow out of the following… I’m also benching McCullers because I think it’s too risky for negative points unless you think it’s worth the risk? Who should I stream today OR tomorrow and would gets cut if so?

    5/13
    Odorizzi vs. OAK 8.0)*
    Hill @TB (5.5)*
    Severino vs. CHA (3.3)
    Volquez vs. ATL (3.3)
    McCullers @BOS (-9.4)

    5/14
    Moore vs. OAK (15.4)
    Corbin vs. SF (0.8)

    5/15
    A. Wood vs. STL (10.2)
    Gausman vs. DET (6.8)*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odorizzi, Hill, and Gausman…. Rest are very risky… I guess Wood

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Word guess I’ll see how today goes .. if I end up needing to stream Wood on Sunday then who would you drop? Rodon? I’m also thinking about flat out dropping Rodon for Chen anyway… or Iglesias once he’s healthy..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Rodon

  89. Rusty Arms says:
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    My team is doing fine but flirting with the idea of buying Trout while he’s low. What do you think of Trout and Osuna for Aarrieta ,Colome and Villar. I have Kershaw and Scherzer as my other top pitchers with a few good arms behind them.
    Thanks much

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Rusty Arms: That is trying to buy Trout really low.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout side

  90. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    Solid fill in Rudy. You came in for the spot start and pitched a strong 7in.

    10 teamer, My OF is Trout/Belt/JUp and Mazara…. been play M for JUp waiting for him to show Up. Would you shop him around or wait it out more?

  91. rick says:
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    Keuchel for Carmart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mart

      • rick says:
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        @Grey:

        Brantley eaton Volq Keuchel for Carmart Mcgee Cain?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mart

          • rick says:
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            @Grey: you da man

  92. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    I picked up A Gordon and Holliday as short day fill ins yesterday. Now I am hesitant to drop right away. Is there a term for falling for a batty call. I don’t think streamboat fits.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamboat is the area

        • Coolwhip

          Todd25 says:
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          @Todd25: or in honor of Wayne’s World, Streammmmm-weaver!

  93. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    Notice that Mazara was batting 3rd yday? YAY! Odor, Des, Maz, Beltre, Prince… hope that trend continues into the summer. Like a fat guy at a BBQ “gimme those ribbies!”

    • Grey

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      HA

  94. Coolwhip

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    Billy the Kid put on bereavemnet list. (Sad that he can’t get on base?) Peraza called up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  95. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ********THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS***********

  96. GoJays says:
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    Hey Guys, wondering your thoughts – I’m down a 3B for at least a week or two while Moistasskiss is on the DL. Assuming any of these guys are better than an empty roster spot, who would you prioritize as a waiver claim?

    Prado
    Yunel Escobar (though now I see he hurt his thumb)
    Freese
    Sean Rodriguez
    Aaron Hill

  97. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ********THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS************

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