I missed out on Julio Urias in all of my leagues.  Shame because I was just looking at his stats the other day — 9.8 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 1.10 ERA and I was like, “Those can’t be real,” and he winked at me.  An interminable wink.  And I was like, “Are you winking that those stats are real or are you winking at me that they’re not?”  He didn’t answer, he just kept winking.  So, I tried to pull a fast one on him and was like, “Wink once if I should wait to pick you up, wink twice if I should pick you up now or wink three times if you’re going to be called up to be a middle reliever.”  And he winked once.  Again.  Then, like I do at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, I climbed onto his head and blew into his eye to see if he was alive.  He wasn’t.  I mean, he is, but this was just a picture of him.  Don’t be like me, don’t worry about the wink test with Urias and just grab him in all leagues.  He could be a number one starter for the time he’s in the rotation.  That’s the catch, however.  (Or is it pitch?)  He’s filling in for Alex Wood, who has triceps tightness.  Wood could be out the rest of the season (not saying he is) and Urias would still not stay in the rotation.  The Dodgers have said they will limit Urias’s innings.  He could only pitch 60 more innings this year, which is about ten starts.  My guess is he’ll pitch a few starts in the rotation, then move to the bullpen and pitch an inning or three a week.  Sound about right to you, Urias?  Wink once for yes…. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Shelby Miller – Said he has discomfort in his right finger.  The ol’ “This Isn’t Me, I Was Injured” excuse.  However you want to deal with your pitching and ego.

Michael Bourn – 2-for-3, 1 RBI and his 2nd steal.  Also, in this game, Jake Lamb (1-for-4) stole his 3rd base.  If you didn’t own Bourn/Lamb, now ewe know.

Patrick Corbin – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.21.  I dropped Corbin the first week of the season (yes, after being excited about him in the preseason), and haven’t looked back.

Gregory Polanco – 1-for-4, 1 run as he hit 7th with David Freese (1-for-4) moved up to third.  Let me get this straight, because I think I might’ve figured out the logic.  Freese hits a game-winning homer so he gets moved up.  So, if Jon Niese were to hit a game-winning homer, he’d bat third.  Got it.  This makes perfect sense.  So…ARE WE THIS DAFT, Clint Hurdle?  What in the flying fudge in the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory are we fudging doing?  Please, someone who has a fudging clue give fudging Hurdle a fudging nudging in the right fudging direction.  For fudging cake–sake!

Gerrit Cole – 5 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.53, and pitchslapped Corbin.  Shine bright like a diamond!  Easy on the ghost riding my WHIP though.

Logan Forsythe – Aiming to return June 10-19.  What if the Rays play a ten-day extra inning game on the 9th? Will he return on the 20th?

Drew Smyly – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.92.  Reminds me of Julio Teheran.  Their peripherals aren’t completely analogous, but their xFIPs are within .10 of each other and their K-rates aren’t that far off.  They also could win a combined ten games in 55 starts.  Smyly’s doing better for Ks, Teheran has been doing better with his luck-slash-ERA.  Wouldn’t surprise me to see them end up around the same fantasy value.  For the record, this is also the only time any variation of smile and Teheran have ever been associated with each other.

Brandon Guyer – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer.  This Guyer won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s been hot enough he could’ve.  Almost, Guyer, almost.

Corey Dickerson – 3-for-4, hitting .197.  As of right now, a hitter moving from Coors to another park loses hundred points on his average.  Unscientific!

Giancarlo Stanton – Still out with a sore side.  Or as I call it, sigh-de.

Adeiny Hechavarria – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer as he hit leadoff.  Too bad he’s not a Hechavarria good player.

Jose Fernandez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.82.  Real question:  Arrieta or Jo-Fer?  Which one would you go-fer?

Chris Johnson – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Fun fact!  Chris Johnson is nearly exactly what an old man can be heard yelling while trying to pee in a urinal.

Joe Ross – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.52.  Somewhere, under the Aurora Borealis, JB watches an iceberg float by.  He points to it, speaking to his wife, “You see that dear?  The way it’s staying afloat?  That’s Joe Ross.” “JB, can we not talk about Joe Ross on our romantic trip into frigid weather?”

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .245.  Uh-oh, someone needs to be walked four times in the next game.

Danny Espinosa – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, hitting .201.  In related news, a reporter asked Dusty about Trea Turner and Dusty said, “The Proud Mary backup singer?”

Matt Carpenter – Placed on paternity leave.  Hoping to hear Carpenter sees his child emerging and names him immediately, Phillips-head.

Aledmys Diaz – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .329.  He’s cooled off a lot since his scorching April, and he will lose playing time when the Superfluous H returns.  Of course, that doesn’t mean Diaz should be dropped prior to that.

Matt Adams – Left yesterday’s game with mid-back stiffness.  And mid-front jiggliness.

Mike Leake – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.90.  His ERA started at 8.31 after his first game and has declined every game since.  See, a Leake doesn’t make you cry, that’s an onion.

Matthew Wisler – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.08.  I streamed him for this start, and that might be my first streamed Quality Start of the year.  Yay for being a moron.  On a related note, 6 IP, 3 ER may be a Quality Start, but it sure doesn’t feel that wonderful.

Tyler Flowers – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Fun fact!  His middle name is “The Creator.”

Ryan Braun – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer, hitting .361.  Damn, Cousin Sweatpants, I don’t own Braun anywhere, but I’d like a piece of that.  Sorry, with the Jersey accent that sounded like, “How about some PEDs with that?”  Yeah, the Jersey accent adds words, what’s it to ya?

Jonathan Villar – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, hitting .295.  Don’t take this the wrong way, becauase I own Villar on a lot of teams and he’s been great, but…Random Prediction Alert!  He’s going to have a top ten shortstop year in 2016, then never be worth drafting any year going forward.

Clay Buchholz – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.35.  This start came against the Rockies in Fenway.  Buchholz hasn’t just hit bottom, he’s dug out a hole in the earth the size of the Grand Canyon, installed an elevator that goes down 4,000 floors, and is now in a Barcalounger surrounded by magma.

David Ortiz – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .337.  Retire?  He’ll be better than at least two dozen other teams’ All-Stars.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Is it June already?  Better buy low now because he’s about to hit ten homers in June.

Trevor Story – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  This is funny (not funny), Story has been better than half of the first round.

Jon Gray – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.95.  Sure glad I owned him for his one terrible road start.  Sure am glad!

Luis Valbuena – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and third homer in the last three games.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because he’s here now.  He is the hottest schmotato in the land.

George Springer – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th and 11th homers.  At some point, he’s going to get insanely hot and you’re gonna wish you owned him.  Fo’reals.

Lance McCullers – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (6 BBs), 10 Ks, ERA at 4.60 thru only three starts.  Yesterday was an indication of why I wrote a sleeper post on him this preseason, and why I wanted to draft him on all of my teams.  The six walks is obviously concerning, and an issue he’s had in the past that’s worth monitoring.

Ken Giles – 1 IP, 1 ER, and his 1st save.  Gregerson was simply unavailable, so no change here, but it does show Harris is not moving out of the 8th inning if Gregerson goes down, in a non-sexual way.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .279.  Okay, okay, but his average is down 60 points since I told you to sell him and he’s not hitting homers at anywhere the same rate.

Kevin Gausman – 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA up to 3.24.  Guess we were due for a random bleh start from Gausman.  Better luck Mexican time!  “Next, Siri.”  “Moving to next blurb, Grey.” “No, next time, not Mexican!”  “Yes, there is no time like the Mexican time.”  “Forget it.”  “Forget what, Grey?”

Starlin Castro – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer.  At some point in the preseason, I said Castro is a solid bet in later rounds, and wouldn’t bat 8th or 9th in the order all year.  Yesterday, he hit third and has had a solid year, yet, and this is Abominable Snowman-sized yeti, he’s been kinda yawnstipating.

CC Sabathia – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.83.  Okay, time to look at his peripherals to see is it real, son, is it really real, son.  Let me know it’s real, son, if it’s really real.  *looks at his peripherals*  No, it’s not real.  I’d use the Stream-o-Nator and stream him in good matchups, which is something I haven’t said about him in a while, but I wouldn’t own him in most shallower mixed leagues.

J.A. Happ – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  Elias Sports Bureau said yesterday’s matchup of Happ and Sabathia was initially interesting.

Hector Olivera – Suspended 82 games for an alleged domestic violence incident.  He said, “For the record, in Cuba, a pressed ham with a little mustard and pickle, is a sandwich.”

Leonys Martin – Expects to miss a few days with his sore hamstring.  Can he miss September 12th thru 15th?  I will have made other arrangements by then.

Mike Moustakas – Done for the year with a tear of his ACL.  Kiss that moist ass goodbye.

Rougned Odor – Will begin a 7-game suspension today.  Knocking Odor out for a week proves that Commissioner Manfred is the world’s strongest deodorant.

2020 Draft Kit
 
  1. Troy: The Collector

    Troy says:
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    Polanco was moved done merely because a lefty was on the mound (very stupid I no but welcome to clint’s world..) fully expect him to be back in the 3rd hole once a right is back on the hill.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Troy: Shouldn’t be moved down for anything

      • Troy: The Collector

        Troy says:
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        @Grey: don’t disagree with u but Clint hurdle and most managers for that matter r morons lol

  2. zgk says:
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    hi Grey, awesome stuff!

    I know you’re low on M. Sano, but Sano or J. Upton ROS? Tired of waiting for him to do something. Is Upton droppable? 10 team mixed league ESPN 5×5 H2H.

    Thanks as always!

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @zgk: upton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zgk: Upton

  3. Matt says:
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    Gray. 25% of the season over I want to congratulate you. Always look forward to reading everyday.

    Jo-Fer > Arrieta

    He is my ace on 8 of 10 fantasy teams (Thor/Carrasco the other 2 teams). I’m a Cubs fan but Jake doesn’t have the cheese J-fer does and he almost makes me go yawn even though he did pitch a no no this year and a leading Cy-young candidate. I think Jake also walks more guys.

    With Darvish coming back do I drop Rodon? Velasquez?

    My M.I. slots are filled with the du jour of Schoop/Starlin/Lawrie/Semien. Will one of them impress me!! Trea Turner add?

    Nice call on Marte/Polanco. My OF are stacked. J-UP please!! Get out of this funk and hit me some bombs!

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Matt: package up Velazquez and Rodon get a better pitcher/bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Thanks! Agree with you, Matt…. Drop Rodon…Turner over Semien…Or if you can pull off the patented White Rabbit move

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Greyt write-up. Muy bien, compadre! Pressed for time, so….

    Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (May 27-29)

    Horatio: ‘My guess is that someone close to this child is either injured (queue the sunglasses) or dead.’

    Have a great weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey,

        Thank you! Can’t wait for this afternoon’s buy column!!!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  5. JakeTPE says:
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    Don’t worry about Urias, Grey. We’ve got Yu, babe!! I missed out on him (Urias) too. Add Ryu to the mix and a resurgent Kazmir and it’s crowded there in Dodgers-land. If he’s great and sticks we’ll both have Urias-staff infections.

    I also say Fernandez based on where they went. I had him queued up at the end of the 4th (12 teams, had 3rd pick) and he went two picks ahead of me! Argh. Got Boegarts so it’s been ok I guess. Anyway…

    Hey, if I don’t see you later, have a great weekend!

    • JakeTPE says:
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      Btw Loved the Joe Ross blurb!! Hopefully for Mrs JB’s sake the ship doesn’t have Internet!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Haha… Yeah, he won’t pitch a ton of IP anyway…. Agreed on Jo-Fer, you too!

    • BW says:
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      @JakeTPE: I got J-Fer at pick fifty, then chose Tulo over Bogaerts at fifty-one. Talk about going to extremes… one genius move + one total boner.

      I think folks in our shallow league were scared off Urias b/c of bullpen talk. He’s still out there for FAAB Sunday. I’ve hoarded my FAAB so I can get him if I want him, but really hard to decide what to bid b/c you don’t know how many starts you are getting. Is it two or three? Or more like seven or eight? Maybe they’ll be some intel on that before Sunday.

      Thanks for the great write-up as usual Grey.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @BW: Nice! Tulo in Toronto was tempting. He’s hitting some homers but yeah, you’d probably want X-Bo if you had a do-over there, although Xander’s ADP was probably a little higher than 51 (I reached for him) and Tulo was more around there.

        Good luck if you bid. I think Urias’ price maybe went down a little after Friday’s start, so maybe you can get him for cheaper than you could have pre-debut?

        Have a good one!

  6. Another Dan says:
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    Grey,

    Again, good stuff.

    You say you missed out on Urias, me too on the leagues where he wasn’t already stashed. This is a question for everyone really, what do you use to keep yourself informed of roster changes? or promotions ? I’ve got a couple of teams where I’m rebuilding a bit and I’d like to stay ahead of the game. I am wondering what I can do to keep track of promotions and impending promotions.

    Dan

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Another Dan: Hey Dan,

      Twitter: Beat writers for the teams that have guys you are prospecting.

      Rotoworld and Rotowire MLB frontpages or player notes front page: also a good source — the big box sites get their player card content (news) from these providers.

      As June 1 comes we just need to be refreshing regularly. Or grab guys now if you can take the hit for a week or two.

      Curious about other sites/sources as well! Let’s hear ’em!

      • griff says:
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        @JakeTPE: I also have Bleacher Report’s fantasy baseball page bookmarked.

        • JakeTPE says:
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          @griff: cool. thanks for the tip!

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            @JakeTPE: closer monkey is the bomb. Instant alert for changes in closers. I always end up with a couple of “new closers” every year from them. Of course it always depends on how much your competition stashes set up guys in your leagues.

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              @griff: Closer monkey is good, but Smokey is better. Just not as frequent obviously. I also like Rotoprofessor for saves specs. But honestly, the Razz guidance the past few years has helped me figure out how to make decisions or specs on my own. JFOH was money. Won a few leagues last year and attribute it mostly to Grey for the draft, JB for tips on the arms, Smoke for closers, JFOH for everything in between. Was a banner year for me.

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                @knucks: Amen.

            • JakeTPE says:
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              @griff: I like Closer Monkey except they doubted Melancon all year and I rode him to the championship. Our league includes holds so most set-up guys are owned anyway. Best way to play IMO, when you have to back up Tolleson with Dyson from day 1, or get Giles back because Gregerson looks shaky — add a Diekmann or Harris type into the mix and it gets even more interesting. I recommend holds leagues to everyone. And Smokey’s weekly column of course!

              • What's a Drexl? says:
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                @JakeTPE: everybody doubted melancon, he was one more bad start early last year from losing his job, and his K rate dropped like 2 till maybe june last year.

                • JakeTPE says:
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                  @What’s a Drexl?: Never doubted him! (And if I did, I had Watson for holds, so was covered….does that count as doubt?! =D )

    • griff says:
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      @Another Dan: MLB Trade Rumors website is pretty good. Also in Yahoo leagues, I tag prospects and add them to my watchlist. I check my list every few days. To get email alerts regarding changes on closers, I use Closer Monkey.

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      @Another Dan: I agree with Jake about trying to pick up some interesting ones before call-ups. My prob on East Cost is that news comes out after midnight and I wake up in the morning and someone grabbed them at 1 AM.

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Fungazi:

        Thanks everybody for the help. Plenty to work with there.

        My problem is a bit worse as I’m a bit further East than you.

        I do get the advantage that at 9am (ish) my time the day changes and so I often get first shot at that day’s streamers.

        Dan

  7. Grey are any of these bums even worth waiting for their upside

    Yordano Ventura
    Wacha
    Bauer
    Alex Wood
    I would like to trade or release everyone.

    • Grey

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      @Dnut Eastwood: I’d lose Bauer and Ventura in 14 and under mixed leagues, Wacha I’d bench, Wood I might lose depending on his injury

  8. What's a Drexl? says:
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    leonys out for probably a few days and unless upton starts playing i likely need an OF for at least the next few days. am winning RBI’s/steals easily so far, but tied in runs/HR’s, and need bases. OBP over AVG too.
    trayce @ degrom
    @ thor
    @ fatolo

    or
    duvall @ davies
    @ c.anderson
    @ jimmer nelson

    probably duvall just from matchups/park, even though his OBP is shit. leonys is my drop for either.

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    My Jo-Fer, Springer, Khris Davis for his Goldschmidt, Blackmon, Maeda. Pts league keeper (keep 2, so there’s a high priority on toppermost talent). Who ya got?

    • Grey

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      @Raul: It’s fair, I’d take Goldy

  10. The Red Onion says:
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    I absolutely love the site, Grey. Thanks for all your hard work!

    Outside of one hot week, Adam Jones has been horrendous this season. I haven’t been able to get anything decent for him through trade offers. He’s my #3 OF, but I’ve almost lost patience.

    Am I crazy to drop him in a head-to-head league (12 team mixed)? Would you prefer him or Odubel rest of season?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @The Red Onion: Thanks! I’d prefer Odubel, but I wouldn’t drop Jones

  11. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    I will never feel any remorse about missing out on Trumbo. My least favorite player ever for his injury proneness and general suckitude. Your validation of his suckiness always helps. I am throwing in the towel on Chris Archer….who would you target for him realizing I will have to take a step back in perceived quality SP?

  12. Billyboy says:
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    Who is best to replace moustakas out of Duffy, turner, Lawrie, lamb? Rest of season projector says Duffy but not by much and he has been blah besides some SB.

  13. Timmah says:
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    Mmm Greyness… Leaning towards no on this for a 10 team H2H league but what say you on this trade?

    Give – Goldscmidt, Walker, Wacha
    Get – DeGrom, Cole, Belt

    As important as pitching is in this pitching tilted league I don’t think that’s a good enough haul right? Thanks kindly!!!

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      @Timmah:
      I would axe that trade. If it was Degrom and Cole of last year then yeah, would do it. DeGrom is not the same guy this year and Cole’s strikeouts are waay down. On top of that Belt rolled over his ankle few daus ago, mildly but still. And unless its a OBP league Belt is meh overall anyway.

      Walker is a blossoming stud and could have a studly ROS. Goldy is the best player in the deal….and YOUR giving him up.

      Not Grey, but Id say no to this deal quicker than a 12 year old would to Jerry Sandusky.

    • BillyBoy says:
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      @Timmah: agree.. dont sell low on goldy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Timmah: Agree with others

      • Timmah says:
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        @Grey: thanks guys I rejected him shortly after but was curious if thy experts concurred :-)

  14. Schwab says:
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    Dynasty league 8 teams where we keep 15 each year. It’s a H2H points based league. Was offered Greinke for either Mazara or Ozuna. I also have Springer, Marte, Bradley and Sano as my other OF’s. Would you trade one or hold? Thanks.

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Schwab: take Greinke for Oz

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @Schwab: Hold Maz and Oz. Trade Bradley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schwab: I have no faith in Greinke, Ozuna would be the one I’d trade

  15. Tony C says:
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    Lost my Moose. I have Jake Lamb. Replace with Valencia or Gallo?
    Also at SP, Michael Fulmer or Jon Gray?
    Thanks for the help!

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Tony C: Valencia…..Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Valencia, Gray but only away games

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thanks for the shoutout on the pod! Very excited / my apologies for making you guys spend 10 min on Ben Revere’s goofy Wiki page! I hadn’t seen that bit about his MLB debut being as pinch hitter for Span…it’s really getting to Werewolf Bar Mitzvah spooky scary levels at this point!

  17. JohnnySquid says:
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    Random Deep (League) thoughts…

    You think Joe Musgrove gets the call before August?

    Dudes been sick since last year.

    • Grey

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      @JohnnySquid: I’d guess he will if there’s an injury

  18. Awesome Auger says:
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    Hurdle likes to mess with the lineup against lefties, that’s why Mercer lead off and Freese was hitting so high. Polanco should be back in the 3 spot Saturday when they face Darvish

  19. Wacha wacha says:
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    Morning Grey

    In a ten team h2h with OBP who would you want at 2nd Ros and which two would you want at util based on the options available?

    Travis, Schoop, Diaz, Drury
    K Davis, Valencia, ozuna, C Santana, Beltran, park, arod, l Martin, J Gallo

    Thanks!

  20. bigbear says:
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    I’m doffing my hat to the guy who said to sit Smyly against the Marlins yesterday… Well done, sir. Well done.

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @bigbear: He called it. Today he’s all like :-) but those of us who started Smyly are all like :-/ or :’-( .