For Opening Day, I woke up at the crack of dawn on the West Coast, because no one in this godforsaken country cares about the West Coast.  Once I had my coffee and vape set up for a full day of baseball, I saw the Pirates/Tigers game was postponed and thought about how they should have their seasons postponed.  “I Mahtook you for a friend of the Tooks!”  That’s Mikie Mahtook.  Finally, I opened the MLB app on my iPad to find I had forgotten my password.  Cut to two hours later, and I was ready to watch some baseball!  Then Carlos Martinez gave up multiple runs on multiple fantasy teams of mine and I was ready to nap again.  Ah, it’s good to be back!  Speaking of which, I’ll trade you Carlos Martinez for a bag of Dick Pole’s.  Doesn’t matter which bag.  Maybe the one Salvador Perez was carrying.  You know what would’ve been Sweet Baby Jesus of me?  If I benched that goofy-haired, can’t-keep-his-hands-to-himself Cardinals pitcher.  Not to worry, I had Chris Archer going later in the day.  *sees Kiermaier and Span misplay a Eduardo Nunez ball into an inside-the-parker, crawls under bed*  Fantasy baseball:  When everyday stress is just not enough.  Any hoo!  It’s good to be back, now let’s get down to business.  Matt Davidson went 3-for-4, 4 runs, 5 RBIs with his 1st, 2nd and third homer.  Someone wants to be Tuffy Rhodes.  “Not bad for five innings.”  Oh, shut up, Mark Whiten!  Do we have our first hot schmotato?!  I schmay schwe schdo!  Sounded better in my head!  Davidson won’t be in today’s Buy column, but he could’ve been.  I grabbed him in my RCL, because I’m in straight panic mode and Joe Panik is already owned!  Yes, there’s a Buy/Sell later today.  You’re welcome.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

James Shields – 6 IP, 4 ER vs. Danny Duffy – 4 IP, 5 ER.  In a game of whatever you can do, I can do worse.  This round went to Duffy.  My money’s on Shields in the rematch.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and two homers.  My Tim Anderson sleeper isn’t looking so bad right now.  *blows on knuckles, wipes knuckles on shirt, sees knuckles are bleeding from beating the wall during Carlos Martinez’s start*  Damn!

Jose Abreu – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Commissioner Rob Manfred was in attendance for this game, handing out Super Balls to the pitchers.

Greg Holland – Signed by the Cards.  In related news, Scott Boras and the Cardinals were visited by the Guinness Book of World Records to record their times in the Last One To Blink Contest. Sounds like Holland should only take a few weeks (ten days?) to be ready to take over closer duties.  A shame, the West African province of Dominic Leone was beautiful this time of year.

Jose Martinez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his 1st homer as he hit fifth for the CardsMatt Carpenter (1-for-4) moved to 3rd base and Jedd Gyorko looked like the big Gyorko on the bench.  Jo-Ma could be an early season breakout.  Pay close attention.

Carlos Martinez – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  Days like these when you wish MLB would believe the women and suspended C-Mart for one start.

Michael Conforto – Could return from the DL by April 5th, which means he’ll be back on the DL by May 5th.  I’m only half kidding.  Or am I half adulting?

Brandon Nimmo – 2-for-3, 2 runs as he hit leadoff.  Likely squeezed a bit for playing time when Conforto returns, but Conforto could go to first over A-Gon and–What I’m saying is you won’t find Nimmo in my afternoon Buy column, but I did grab Nimmo in one mixed league.  Always be rosterbatin’.

Jose Urena – 4 IP, 5 ER vs. Jon Lester – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  Good ol’ fashioned Opening Day pitchers’ duel!  Unfortunately, they both came out of that duel like Alexander Hamilton.

Ian Happ – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer.  I’m not gonna waste my shot!  I’m not gonna waste my shot!  Sorry, mentioned Alexander Hamilton, and I went all Lin-Manuel on you.  I wrote an Ian Happ sleeper this offseason, and I can’t believe I didn’t draft him anywhere.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Addison Russell – 2-for-3, 1 run and his 1st steal.  I know, I know, it’s one game and vs. the Marlins, but I watched Addison’s at-bats and he looked better yesterday than I had seen him in two years.

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  He looks like a complete LUZR out there.

Luis Severino – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Yeah, those Quality Starts league are much better.  Maybe Prospector Ralph wasn’t Ralph Batshitz for ranking Severino 5th in the top 100 starters.

Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer.  58 homers to go!

Brett Gardner – 1-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  Clunky Metaphor Alert!  You just bought a new car.  It’s a nice car, Brent.  You like the car a lot.  You live in sunny California.  You don’t need windshield wipers.  Then the day after you buy the car, it rains.  You’re glad you got the windshield wipers.  Gardner is windshield wipers.  You’re never happy about buying him at a draft, but you always end up glad you did.

Kevin Pillar – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  One of these days I’m gonna blink and Pillar’s gonna be batting leadoff for the Jays.  It’s really hurting my staring contest chances.

Josh Donaldson – 0-for-3 and a steal, but John Gibbons said Donaldson is dealing with a dead arm.  If that’s the case, it looked like Jonathan Silverman was moving Donaldson’s dead arm to throw.

Kole Calhoun – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  Also, in this game, Albert Pujols (2-for-5) and Zack Cozart (leadoff; 3-for-6) homered, but WHAT ABOUT SHOHEI OHTANI?!  He actually hit a rope in one at-bat, at least a tightly wound piece of string.  Was he playing possum in the spring?  Maybe, but he looked like junk left in a mildewy trunk the other four at-bats and ended up 1-for-5.

Mike Trout – 0-for-6.  Who is this bum?

Garrett Richards – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Kendall Graveman – 5 IP, 5 ER.  This matchup was billed as One Foot In The Grave, Man vs. Graveman.

Matt Olson – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer.  All praise to Allahson!

Khris Davis – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer.  He’s like a power windshield wiper (the clunky metaphor that won’t end!).  No one cheers when they draft Davis, but then he goes out and hits 35+ homers.

Chase Anderson – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Yes, it was vs. the Padres but I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy owning Anderson this year.

Joey Lucchesi – Will make his major league debut today.  That’s Joey Lucchesi of the Teaneck Lucchesis.  Not the Fughetaboutit Lucchesis from Bensonhurst.  Different Lucchesis.  Any time a Padres pitcher is in the mix, count me interested, but, before we start grabbing each other with consent, Lucchesi might be out of the rotation when Lamet returns.  I don’t mind the flyer on Lucchesi, but keep expectations in check.

Clayton Richard – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Hodgepadre.

Eduardo Nunez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  That homer was of the “the defense is stupid” variety as mentioned in the lede, but they all count.  *hears something in my ear bud*  I hear this one does not count.  Oh well.

Chris Sale – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. Chris Archer – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  This game was billed as Chris vs. Chris, Sale vs. Back Corner Of The Sporting Goods Store.

Enrique Hernandez – 0-for-2 as he hit cleanup.  Yo, Dave Roberts done stole so many bases his head went goofy.  LA area Taco Bells are selling the brand new, Robertoloco.  It’s a fast food speciality that doesn’t know how to set a lineup.

Clayton Kershaw – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks as he was outpitched by Ty Blach – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Baseball, you weirdo!

Mark Melancon – Officially hit the DL, as I predicted yesterday after reading a large-scale mural that said, “Melancon is going to the DL.”  Actually, the mural was Melancon’s name being peed on by Calvin.  I’ve grabbed Tony Watson, Hunter Strickland, and Sam Dyson wherever I could, which is to say I grabbed Watson and Strickland, and made excuses for not grabbing Dyson.  Bochy says Strickland will close, but sometimes, due to the size of his head, his brain doesn’t always know what his mouth is saying.  Yesterday, however, he was on the money and Strickland recorded the save.  SAGNOF!

Jon Gray – 4 IP, 3 ER.  So, Gray’s gonna be shaky early, but he will find his side piece–Wait, that’s me imaging a side piece.  Gray, the pitcher, hopefully will fine his slide piece.

DJ LeMahieu – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  I guess Rockies players know how to hit in the humidor.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer.  This inspirational note my mawmaw wrote me when I was eight on how to always be my best self, this note that has always carried me through the toughest of times, I’m going to leave it by this open window–NOOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

Patrick Corbin – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Let’s just say if I wrote a sleeper post about you this offseason (Patrick Corbin sleeper), you had a nice Opening Day.  The world thanks me.

David Peralta – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st steal.  Sonavabench!  Damn it, why can’t all games happen at the same time so I know who is starting?  Don’t you answer!  I’m talking to the Lord.

Michael Brantley – Placed on the 10-day DL.  Who took the under on the over/under of one day?

Felix Hernandez – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I still wouldn’t own F-Her, but against an Indians team that has some weapons even if they’re retiring Chief Wahoo’s tomahawk, not a bad start.

Brad Brach – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  Let’s just say my dog, Ted, attacks elderly people on the street and I have him on a longer leash than I think the O’s will have Brach.  I have already picked up Darren O’Day.

Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. Dylan Bundy – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Don’t think I have any shares of either of these pitchers (hey, it’s still early I don’t know who I own across all of my leagues), but I liked both of them in the preseason, so hopefully you (and I?) own one of them.

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 1st steal, and robbed of the season’s first slam & legs when Craig Gentry said, “I’m starting on Opening Day?  Well, may as well leave on my jet pack.”  Too bad because Hitter-Tron loved Rosario yesterday, like it loves rubbing itself on a metal toaster.

Byron Buxton – 1-for-3 and his 1st steal, as he hit eighth and was subbed out for Robbie Grossman.  Not to yell fire in the theater of Razzball, but I’d be concerned.

Tyler Flowers – Left yesterday’s game with oblique soreness.   Braves are about to call 1-800-Suzuki.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  C’mon, let Freeman set balls free all year, and I don’t mean by forgetting his jockstrap.

Ozzie Albies – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer.  I have a feeling by the end of the year I’m going to be typing Albies’s name with my drool.

Nick Markakis – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Sparkakis!

Pat Neshek – The Phils’ Six Trillion Dollar Bod, Gabe Kapler, said the Phils won’t have a set closer.  Yo, Kapler, stop doing burpees, start overeating and smoking like most MLB managers, and play by the rules, and announce a closer!  Yesterday, Hector Neris (1 IP, 3 ER) took the loss and I grabbed Neshek everywhere, but Neshek is said to be dealing with a lat injury.

Aaron Nola – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks and pulled in a 5-0 game after 68 pitches.  Kapler should put a treadmill in the dugout so he can rid himself of excess energy.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Buzzfeed Quiz, What MLB Player Is Most Like A Robot?  Insert picture: Verlander.  That’s journalism!

George Springer – 1-for-4 and a leadoff home run for the 2nd Opening Day in a row.  As Rudy says, Springer’s got top five fantasy player written all over him.  I don’t disagree.

Keone Kela – As announced here before the Rangers’ manager, Jeff Banister, even knew it, Kela will be the closer.  He could be your 2018 Felipe Rivero.  No foolsies.

Anthony DeSclafani – Hit the 60-day DL.  Good news is we don’t have to talk about his bad news for a while.

Raisel Iglesias – Left on paternity leave.  In the maternity ward, Raisel said, “Here is the Iglesias, here is the steeple, here is my wife’s vagina with little people.”

  1. FrankGrimes says:
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    schmoes I’m giving up
    on after only one day:
    story and villar

    Instant Overreaction!

    • Crime Dog says:
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      @FrankGrimes: opening day overreactions are the best. I’m getting ready to drop trout and C Mart as we speak though

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Crime Dog: I remember last year Odor hit 2 homers on opening day and I was so excited for what was to come. Then April, may, June, July and September came ( I think he was good in august).

    • BSA says:
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      @FrankGrimes: @FrankGrimes: Yesterday’s Villar with Grey’s predictions, and last year’s ‘blech’ were grounds for dropping Villar, especially in a keeper with ARosario a FA. Itchy trigger fingers are harder to manage than underperformers.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @BSA: True

  2. Regan Sayer says:
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    It was vintage King Felix tonight! Baseball’s back! So fkn stoked,ima rosterbate all over this keyboard!

  3. CrazyJ says:
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    Thanks! That Chris Archer blurb has me cornfuzed though.

    Wait a week before fishing for Trout? :)

    Severino at 5 would mean he’s ranked above Thor, which is simply CRAZY (I should know!)

    • CrazyJ says:
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      While all these teams were launching home runs, I got to watch a 0-1 loss to the Giants from the comfort of home. Kershaw SHOULD have at least 15 wins every season… by the AS break!

    • Cheese says:
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      @CrazyJ: I think the first chris archer shoulda be Chris sale

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CrazyJ: You would be the expert on Crazy, with the name and all

  4. ukhalo says:
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    Damn I’ve missed these.

  5. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H redraft league:

    1) Matt Chapman or Matt Davidson ROS?
    2) Jake Lamb or Kyle Seager ROS?

    Thanks!

  6. Savoy Special says:
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    3) Yasmani Grandal or JT Realmuto ROS?

    Thanks again!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Savoy Special: Opening Day is over and ROS catcher questions begin.

      • BSA says:
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        @Cram It: @Cram It: I love the scab analogy. This year I went for the late grab and leave it approach – grabbed SPerez. REALLY?! luggage?! I actually add/dropped three times yesterday before taking a breath, grabbing a bandaid and blindfold, and inserting Alfaro. These catchers all truly have similar numbers, unless you’re leaning on Sanchez – then all bets are off.
        Let the catcher questions keep coming. Allows me to scroll – kind of like when our friend quotes whole scripts from Rambo.

        • Cram It says:
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          @BSA: Oh they will come. The catcher questions will most definitely come. Iannetta went 3/4 yesterday and I feel like I’m playing with house money the rest of the season.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Cram It: Should I drop Posey for Iannetta?

            • Savoy Special says:
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              @The Great Knoche: Posey sucks! go for Iannetta!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Cram It:

        And the first Rest of the season question!!!
        Baseball whoooo!

    • Moneyball says:
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      3) You’re special for asking Grandal vs Realmuto.

      • Savoy Special says:
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        @Moneyball: Realmuto on the Marlins offense vs Grandal on the Dodgers offense is a fair question, Money Balls.

        • Grant says:
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          @Savoy Special: They are both catchers, it really doesn’t matter either way. If they are both not injured, flip a coin. Otherwise play who isn’t injured.

  7. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey

    Loved it.

    Mark Twain quote for Mar 30

    ‘when you find yourself in the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.’

    Cheers
    Ante

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Ante Galic: Sounds better as “The Masses are Asses”

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @The Great Knoche:

        I had a 3 way with a couple chubby girls; Mass A ss can be fun.

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        a. Am leading our RCL! 4 HRs (Tim, Matt and Freddie!), 4 RBIs from Lamb, survived Brach and Knebel implosions but was blessed by JV, Strickland and Bradley! I know, I know it’s early! Hopefully it continues.

        b. Continue to enjoy Athens. Day 3 – Acropolis museum, wanted to go the Planetarium, found out it mostly sucked, waited 40 minutes instead of 20 minutes that Lonely Planet indicated (sad emoji) for public transport and really enjoyed a homemade meal!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Ante Galic: A. Nice! B. That stinks, but I’m still jealous

  8. MakeLoveLikeWar says:
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    In a 14-team 5×5 H2H, I have a decent power-speed balance with Ramos+Hosmer+Albies+Gallo+Machado+Stanton+Yelich+Benintendi+Pollock+Acuna.

    Would you trade Machado+Flaherty+Leone+Reyes to get Puig+Rivero+Miller? Can I afford to lose Machado from that roster?

  9. H says:
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    Who do you like more, David Peralta or Scott Kingery as a lone bench bat?

    • Raoul Duke says:
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      @H: For right now I would want the upside of Kingery.

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @H: def kingery

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @H:

      One day over reaction : Peralta!
      Looks like at least he getting ABs
      Kapler may mange his way into last place

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @H: Kingery

  10. Maverick says:
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    Hey Grey! Nice to be back!
    I tried to get Hosmer in every league I’m in! Only got him in my Auction! BOOOOO!
    In an 18 Teamer and was offered this trade.

    Hosmer / Shoemaker for Yonder Alonzo / Trevor Bauer

    My other Starters are Archer, Pomerenz, Wacha, Gausman, Trevor Williams

    Too much? Your advice would be approeciated. Thanks!!!

    • Jason Eldred says:
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      @Maverick:I know you’re not asking me, but I like the combo of Alonzo/Bauer better.

    • Maverick says:
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      @Maverick: oh and I should add it’s a Points League….

    • Maverick says:
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      @Maverick: oh and I should add it’s a Points League….

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Maverick:

        Hosmer side in points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Maverick: Bauer, pretty close tho

  11. Will says:
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    Start Blake Snell tonight?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Will: Yes, if your gonna bench him every time he plays someone from AL East might as well drop him now.

  12. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    @Maverick:Yeah, Bauer side as Eldred said. Don’t think your staff could afford the loss. Then again, what the hell do I know. I started CMart the perv and Gray and benched Bundy yesterday, so my advice ain’t worth shite.

    Good luck though.

  13. Crime Dog says:
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    Who’s the grab neshek or o’day? Not sure I can wait until this afternoon!

  14. J-Hova says:
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    Hoping not so see C-Mart in buy sell today! He ruined may favorite day of the year….
    Awesome write up, thanks Grey

    The other day i asked if you listened to the new Epic Beard Men, it’s Sage Francis & Bob Dolan. Probably my favorite rap album of the year so far. (Though new U-God came out today..jk)
    If you have a chance check it out, knowing what i do from your rap taste, think you’d like it.

    • Justin says:
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      @J-Hova:

      Martinez had control problems yesterday. I wouldn’t worry after one start. I did see Lester and dude was hot garbage. That guy was off last year and I see him continuing to decline. He’s only guy I’m worried about after yesterday, dudes velocity is gone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Hova: Haha, I hear ya… Damn, no, not yet, but I will listen now, thank you, J-Hova for reminding me, you are the great almighty, J-Hova

  15. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Sooo, I am setting my lineup for opening day and I DL my injured bats and bench my rained out bats and I insert two of my bench bats in my 6×6 roto dynasty.

    Oh, you want to know the two bench bats..MATT DAVIDSON & TIM ANDERSON. Can’t ask for much more than that from two guys that may not play much for me in 2018! WOOHOO!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        No, no, no, I STARTED them!

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: He actually started those 2 because of the rainouts, so Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @VinWins:
          Sometimes we all just get silly lucky.

  16. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great work my man, opening day was amazing. In my qs league, both my pitchers got yanked at 5.2 while having good games (corbin and teheran), i think this might happen a lot this year. You’re not dropping eddie rosario for jose martinez yet are you? This wouldn’t even be a question if gentry wouldn’t have robbed eddie haha. Thanks man.

  17. Dubjay says:
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    Hey grey,
    Lucked out in the closer carousel yesterday and managed to grab Strickland. Want to strike while the iron is hot so offering him up along with e.thames for j.smoak. hace I.desmond at 1b right now and that scares me a bit. Does this look like as great of a deal for me as I think it does?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dubjay: Yes, if he accepts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dubjay: Agree with Cram

  18. Duda Want To Build a Snowman? says:
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    [random italicized voice] Jo-MAMA could be an early season breakout!

  19. Racehorse says:
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    Does anyone know why waiver claims on the 2nd day of the season always seems to take longer than any other time during the season?

    Usually I wake up to a new day to immediately see whether or not my waiver claims were successful.

    But it just seems that Day 2 of the season I have to wait well into the morning.

    Maybe it’s yahoo waiting on MLB? Or, considering Yahoo’s ridiculous Ohtani situation, it’s just Yahoo?

    • Regan Sayer says:
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      @Racehorse: Yahoo crashed last night. Fantasy nerds killed it!

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Regan Sayer:
        Ha, yeah exacly ~

        My waiver claims just got processed …

        Scooped up Mychal Givens in a 16 team dynasty w/holds = luv it!

        Lost out on Greg Holland in a public 12 team h2h = crap

        Win some, lose some.

  20. Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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    Benching Brach…what order so you put these guys in a standard roto redraft league (all are available)
    Holland, Strickland, Boxburger and N Jones
    I will also love the Anderson brothers, Chase and Tim

  21. Jeff says:
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    Why are you concerned about Buxton? The fact that he was slotted eighth or that he was subbed out or that he had 2 strikeouts?

    • Justin says:
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      @Jeff:

      Maybe the manager not trusting him?

      • Jeff says:
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        @Justin: I hope not. He’s my top OF in my 18-team dynasty league

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jeff: All of those things!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jeff:
      I’d be worried about management in Minnesota. They have jerked this kid around so much, bringing him up to soon, and expecting him to be some kind of savior.

      Buxton is a legit stud, he will figure it out, prolly needs a change of scenery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Agree with Cram

  22. Tigres says:
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    Baseball is back! And so far the HR score is Matt Davidson 3, my team zero! I picked up Jose Martinez yesterday, as the dinger off of Syndergaard was leaving the yard – great sign (for him, and now hopefully me) that Cardinals start him on opening day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Jo-Ma has a beautiful swing

  23. Carl says:
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    So Grey, can we all agree Lester is done?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carl: I said not to draft him, don’t have to convince me

  24. BSA says:
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    “Smell that? You smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
    That’s what it is like to wake up to Grey’s morning round up after a long winter.
    Seeing Tim Anderson’s two dingers is a bonus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSA: Haha, nice!

  25. Josh says:
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    In a nfbc league do you start a guy like Peraza vs Scherzer or wasting average?

    • knucks says:
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      @Josh: Will need to know your other option(s)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: Agree with knucks, fwiw, I’m starting him

  26. The Great Knoche says:
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    Archer Vs Archer? Is that like Kramer Vs Kramer?

    Would you look at that? Markakis and Blach leading my NFBC team to the promised land.

    • Moneyball says:
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      That POS was 0/4 before Neris threw that splitter that didn’t split.
      Yes, Neris is in my lineup.

  27. peacecoast says:
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    Hi Grey! It feels so good, like I am home again. Capi?

    Curious, why is the website so slow? Is it traffic from all of us commenters?

    I feel bad for all the Do I add Davidson now omg questions you are gonna get today. The way I see it is, with his K rate, if his final line is 230/30 HR then you just missed three of them.

    Re: Gomorrah. Damn that Don Pietro is such an asshole. Seriously does he ever do/say anything nice to fucking anyone? I guess that is how you run a mob gang. Genny has some dead eyes too don’t he? And Ciro is the sexiest bald man alive.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @peacecoast:

      Patrizia is bad ass too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peacecoast: Capi! Yeah, traffic has spiked, sorry… Early in 1st season, I was kinda whatever on Genny, then when he flipped I was all-in, loved him from South America on…

  28. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    Drop Smoak, Domingo Santana for Jose Martinez or pass on dropping either?

  29. hanklongball says:
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    Would you start Snell today against BOS at home, or is he still a matchup play for the time being?

  30. dude says:
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    5×5 roto keeper league, with limited FA pickups (I currently have 2). Do I drop Brach for Strickland or sit tight?

    I took Dustin Fowler with last pick in the draft, which gives him a $1 salary. Pirela is available. Do I pick him up and drop Fowler? If so Pirela becomes a $10 player (value assigned to FA pickups). -This won’t matter unless these become players I want to keep as we have a salary cap for the 15 players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dude: You have two pickups on year? Hold

      • dude says:
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        @Grey:

        We start season with 2 pickups, then get an additional one every 2 weeks.

  31. Newbvic says:
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    Jose Martinez or Ian Desmond when focusing on R Sb and avg.

    • Newbvic says:
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      @Newbvic: also add Cesar Hernandez and odubel herrea if you could rank those ty

  32. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league where saves are at a premium

    My closers are Wade Davis, Sean Doolittle, Boxberger and the west african province of Dominic Leone. Greg Holland is somehow on the wire. I’ve got the #1 waiver claim so I could get Holland to replace Leone. I feel a little uncomfortable burning my #1 claim on a closer in the first week of the season. But if I don’t someone else will for sure. Would you go for it or hold back?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Chris:
      Saves at a premium haha good one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I’d go with Holland

  33. Fred says:
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    I have Ohtani as a batter in my league, drop for Tim Anderson?

    • Fred says:
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      @Fred:

      Or pick up Jose Martinez?

    • knucks says:
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      @Fred: Drop your 2nd catcher as well and grab them both.

      If you’re saying that you own Ohtani as a Bat only (is that Yahoo where he exists twice?), I’m not optimistic on holding and wasting a lineup spot. Would not have drafted that.

      • Fred says:
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        @knucks:

        I agree – it was a waste ill be honest, but mistakes get made

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fred: Anderson

  34. EZ says:
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    You like giolito this year?

    • peacecoast says:
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      @EZ: I love him. I think Grey is meh but he will come around.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EZ: I said I liked him in the rankings, nothing’s changed

  35. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Would add Yonder or Jose Martinez over Chris Davis? My league is a 10 team 6×6(ops & holds are the extra cats).

    Thanks, Homie!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Thanks, Grimey. I ended up going for Jose!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. It’s my last roster spot and a guy who will slide in to the CI spot after Machado gets his SS eligibility.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Gabe Kaplan needs to go back to Welcome back kotter he seems to have cr apped the bed yesterday. Phillies fans are already calling for his head! Ironically the same way they called for Doug Pedersons..

    Had our draft yesterday here is my team please let me know what you think? Every year i forget how fast it moves. I was searching through my list and it drafted from my queue and i didnt realize so next pick i got Baumgarner. Should i just drop him? Also Shohei Ohtani went undrafted i know he is a risk but is there anybody on my list worth dropping to take a chance on him.

    trea turner harper muchado kris bryant cody bellinger dee gordon starling marte aaron nola paxton brad hand ed diaz kole calhoun jay bruce will ramos madison bumgarner danny duffy taijuan walker lucus giolotio eric hosmer lance lynn edwin encarnacion

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood:

      Just looking back on it out of the top 30 hitters i grabbed 9 of them in a 10 team H2H league. Small league so most of the teams will be good. the guy with #1 pick took Trout, degrom, and surprisingly D Price in 3rd round.

      anyway thanks Grey and rest of razzball crew for all the insights

  37. Robert Schroeder says:
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    Would you start Sanchez v NYYin a deep 16 man league or wait to see how he looks.?

  38. The Great Knoche says:
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    Marte hitting 6th? WTF.

    Winker leading off, Yes! I mean sorry about Peraza hitting 7th.

    • Cram It says:
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      @The Great Knoche: High on Winker. Big Winks gonna get some.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: quick somebody Nancy Kerrigan Eaton.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Haha

  39. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Made the mistake of watching the entire Phils game. My first anger management class is today. If anyone in the group is named Gabe…so help me Jesus.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Mike: He was brutal. Talk about earning a loss.

      Nola- Hoskins- WTF

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      @Mike:

      It was awful….The time is yours.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood:

        Probably the only thing worse was the decision in philly sports this week was to play “Freindly Fire” Fultz so that he could take out Embiid

        • knucks says:
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          @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Respectfully disagree. Phillies are holding fan tryouts for a Left Handed BP pitcher. Asking 100-200 Tony Lukes/Tommy Buhbotz to congregate in one place and strut their mediocre stuff is never a great decision.

          Fultz looked great by the way, excited for him. Was at that game the other night. Just so grateful it wasn’t a knee or anything like that with Joel. He’ll be back. Sounds painful as hell though.

          • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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            @knucks:

            kaplan thinks he can rely on that bullpen it is only one game but nola did’nt throw that many pitches he blew it.

            Fultz has some crazy skills and hopefully he will be the player we all expected himt to be…….he looks good but no one is game planning for him yet other teams will figure out how to slow him down ….i think they should have kept him out of the mix at this point they don’t have any chemistry with him yet possibly part of the reason for the collision

            Either way been along time since we all could enjoy the sixers…trust the process

    • Ante Galic says:
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      @Mike: Mike!!!

      Really nice to see you again, man!

      Sorry about the Phils loss. They will be special this year.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Mike:
      Hey Mike, thanks for stoppin in, great to see you. Here’s to better things for the Phils and best of luck to you this season.

      AND yeah, Kapler is a joke! Hopefully he only has a temp contract. lol

      MP

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        You too fellas :)

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        ha!

  40. Willy Mo says:
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    Carlos martinez looked about as bad as he did in the spring. That was ugly. The mets walked like 40 times yesterday i think. The cards pen is atrocious.

    Severino was sparkling prolly the most impressive pitching i saw all day. Def good job by ralph having him top 5.

    Watch the springer home run in slo mo. Pretty sure he homered with his eyes closed. Maybe it was a Guriel dare “pretend you are darvish and try to hit a home run!”

    I feel like matt davidson is for sure worth an add unless you are loaded with power. Looks like theres going to be a lot of homers hit this year again maybe even more than last year. So give me a 30 hr guy after the draft as a free agent, which davidson should be, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Willy Mo: He should, with a .230 AVG and 75 RBIs

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: he had 68 rbi in 414 at bats last year, that’s like 2/3 of a season. watch him go 32 and 95, but yeah no debate on the avg.

  41. Ian says:
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    Thanks for post and I hope Moncada turns into somthing in my keeper league ( as I chose to keep him over Happ). Thoughts on Thor’s start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ian: He looked awesome, as he should

  42. Charles Varon says:
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    Grey,

    6×5 including ops, 10 team, h2h

    Was worried about my pitching, had excess hitting, and an owner who was thin at 1st and I ended up making a trade two days ago.

    My Rhys Hoskins and Tim Anderson for his Scherzer.

    Was feeling pretty good about it until Tim decided to go off yesterday. Did I give up too much in the trade, or did I do well?

      • Charles Varon says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you!

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Charles Varon: You did fine. You picked up the guy that may well end up the season as the most valuable fantasy starting pitcher – you are not going to score that for a bunch of crud.

  43. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team keeper league: Drop Pirela for Pujols for my UTL? Assume power and speed are of equal need.

  44. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Was that a Weekend at Bernie’s reference I detected?

    Pick two “closers”: Neris, Holland, Greene

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malamoney: Ha, yeah… Greene, Holland

  45. OaktownSteve says:
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    Bedrosian came in before Middleton yesterday. Then Bedrosian didn’t look real good. I’ll read that as Middleton is ahead of Bedrosian and behind Parker and Parker may be lousy. Not saying to pick Middleton exactly, but I do think it’s not a bad place to keep an eye. Throws 100 and has secondary. Converted catcher a la Kenley. How’s that for a tempting, meaningless equivalence?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @OaktownSteve:
      Since when did the scociopath do what’s right?

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @FrankGrimes: NEVER

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Eff it, I just dropped Alex Claudio for him

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Good insight, Oaktown. I, like Grey, also dropped Claudio for me.

  46. Cohen says:
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    O’Day or Barraclough for possible saves?

  47. phil says:
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    Would you start any of them today Folty, Manaea, Lucchesi ?

  48. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Which pair do you like better? Rizzo/Yelich or Springer/Abreu?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Herschel: Springer side

  49. Hugglebottom says:
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    So, I have Archie Bradley AND David Robertson on my team. I can’t keep both when I need a bench bat or two can I? Who would you drizzy?

  50. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Too early to drop someone to speculatively pick up Addison Reed? I have a surplus of mediocre pitchers and could drop Duffy to pick up Reed in the hopes Rodney finally does the father time thing and Reed becomes the Minny closer. Or I could drop Duffy for a J.Martinez or a Davidson. Or I could just hold.

    Team in a 12-team, h2h, 5×5, non-keeper:
    C – Ramos; 1B – Abreu; 2B – Kipnis; 3B – Machado (pending SS elig.); SS – Anderson; OF – Stanton, Cespedes, Cain; Util – Sano (until Machado is SS); Bench – Margot; DL – Murphy
    SPs – Darvish, Berrios, Duffy, Richards, Corbin,Fulmer, Montgomery, Roark
    RPs – Davis, Morrow, Ziegler, Strickland

  51. Ian says:
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    Thanks for info. My keeper pitching staff.
    Thor
    Kluber
    Pax
    Corbin
    Bauer
    Matz
    Kenley J
    Shane Greene
    Kela
    Should l hang with Matz for as long as he lasts or pull the trigger early and exchange for O’Day or the likes of Jepsen? Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ian: Meh, hold for now

  52. Lucky Dog says:
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    Grey in midsession form. Razz readers asking Catcher & closer questions, players getting A.D.D./dropped like crazy, everyone wondering if Matt Davidson is for real (yes, and likely so is his .expected 215 BA) – but he’s on pace for 486 HRs so holy shitballs!

    …damn I missed baseball.

    Ps – obligatory C question: hold hurt Zunino or pick up Beef Wellington? Batting practice injuries – the struggle is real.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lucky Dog: Ha, can see going with Beef

  53. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Do you think Machado’s steal in opening day is telling if whats to come? Or a fluke?

  54. Brian says:
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    best bet for saves spec…hirano, o’day, or edubray ramos?

  55. hotmilk8 says:
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    10team Points League. Have Betts,Marte,Puig to shore up bench pick 2 of 3 E.Rosario,A.Hicks,J.Reddick? noticed Reddick seemed always a favorite by hittertron in points leagues last season and is pretty high up there today but wondering if worth over Rosario or hicks Thanks a bunch

  56. WNWDOTCOm says:
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    Eric Thames or Jose Martinez? Who do you all have? Great baseball is back!

    • WNWDOTCOM says:
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      @WNWDOTCOm: Also throw in Brandon Belt (H2H points league)

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @WNWDOTCOM:

        Belt is NEVER the answer.

        • Lucky Dog says:
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          @FrankGrimes: giants fan: can confirm. AAAA player – might have once been something but Giants ruined him bouncing him up & down for years, and what Sabien didn’t ruin, ATT Park did.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  57. birrrdy! says:
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    Damn stop it, Grey! I can’t stop laughing after that Iglesias blurb. Priceless. And on Good Friday no less.

  58. HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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    Two questions here.

    For this year: Correa + Michael Taylor or Corey Seager + Acuña?

    Second question : In a keeper league, Correa or Acuña?

  59. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Grey how you een..? good luck on a new season..! I’m in a 10 team mixed points league. I think i screwed my whole draft. I’m in a league that favors pitchers cause of the 20 points for a win 6 quality start and 1 point per K and inning. Anyway i hope you can convince me otherwise. Thnx buddy
    gattis
    votto
    schoop
    rendon
    baez
    trout
    McCutchen
    polanco
    travis shaw
    matt carpenter

    DeGrom
    carlos martinez
    Peakock – I thought he was a starter, unless he will be?
    greinke
    alex wood
    castillo
    morton
    gausman
    giolito
    mikolis
    alex reyes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! How ya been? Team doesn’t look screwed up at all, I like the hitting a lot and pitching looks solid, don’t get down on yourself… You’ll be fine!

  60. ERad says:
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    Treat Urner batting 6th, that’s just bizarre

    I bet if we pooled all your ad money and my left over bar mitzvah checks, we could probably buy a team and field a lineup better than some of these schmohawks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously

  61. Nathan says:
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    Nothing on Rhys? Looks like he picked up from last year and is gonna give Judge a run for his money with that rookie HR record!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Only takeaway from yesterday on Rhys is he was pulled at end of the game because Kapler is overmanaging

  62. JC says:
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    McMahon or Davidson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davidson if McMahon ain’t playing

  63. Luigi says:
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    who would you rather have for rest of year: Desmond or Josh Bell. Have some concerns about Desmond’s playing time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bell prolly

  64. JC says:
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    Jose Martinez or McMahon?
    Thx, Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Ma

  65. Scott says:
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    Turner hitting 6th. Wth? I thought Dusty’s lineups were bad. This is a big deal if it sticks. What is up with managers today? The decision making ability is so bad. I don’t think it gets enough attention or criticism. Cora’s usage of the pen yesterday another example. Kapler pulling nola after 68 pitches, etc. 161 games left to set the bar lower. Ugh….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Ha, I know, sucks for Trea

  66. rick says:
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    my whit for madbum russell? is the difference between russel and whit a madbum (6 weeks out)?

  67. RT says:
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    Love the daily updates!

    Question: I need to fill two spots after DL’ing Samardzja and Limet in my Points League. Deciding between Ryu, Flaherty, Hellickson, Faria, Blach or Ryu. Ryan MaMahon also an option.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu, Flaherty

  68. J-FOH says:
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    I always enjoy seeing touches of FOH (bloody knuckles, Robertoloco) in your round-up…I’m somebody. I have this problem, I thought I was taking the year off and ended up in two leagues that are bi-weekly lineups weekly FAAB and after 1 day I can’t handle it. I need to Rosterbate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robertoloco was solid — I made a fatal error last night… I started watching The Looming Tower, which was great, however, I watched it with Cougs and now I have to wait for her to watch more

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: Relationship! What do you do?

        No seriously how do I get out of these presumed TV deals with them

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @BJFOHOHL: It sucks, man, I loved the show, wanted to watch episode 2 and she’s like, maybe Sunday night

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: thats like saying maybe we’ll have sex if you take out the garbage and when you come back in they’re asleep.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: also really glad you liked the Looming Tower. Its an easy watch with a good story of how fucked up government agencies can be with each other

  69. Alex says:
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    How many MR would you recommend keeping in a H2H lineup? 16 team 5×5 OBP league, my UTIL and two bench bats are Tim Anderson Jose Martinez and Mitch haniger, feel like none of those are with dropping for a MR right now. Have minter and petit currently I have 8 SP right now my weakest is Trevor Williams. Really want to add Nicasio and steckenrider but not at the expense of haniger or Williams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holds league?

  70. Alex says:
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    How many MR would you recommend keeping in a H2H lineup? 16 team 5×5 OBP league, my UTIL and two bench bats are Tim Anderson Jose Martinez and Mitch haniger, feel like none of those are with dropping for a MR right now. Have minter and petit currently I have 8 SP right now my weakest is Trevor Williams. Really want to add Nicasio and steckenrider but not at the expense of haniger or Williams. minter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holds league?

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey:
        No just saves figured MR would help with ratios and some Ks

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey:
        No it’s a saves league. Figured MR would help with ratios and some Ks

  71. luvdarooks says:
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    NL only $260 league medium inflation this year. standard 5×5
    10 KEEPERS and minors stay at the price till we activate them…. $5 year raise yearly.
    23 man roster tru NL roster auction then we have a draft where ANYONE is available that we keep on a 14 man bench so the league is very very deep.
    I am keeping
    Bryant 20
    Goldschmidt 25
    Hoskins 15
    A. Wood 13
    F. TATIS 2
    SOTO (WASH) 2
    —————-
    WHICH 4 do I keep from:
    D. Santana 20
    Deitrich 8
    L Castillo 19
    A. Reyes 7 (only 12 nexrt year)
    dahl 12
    Isan Diaz 5
    chatwood 10 (he will go for more if I cut him)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      D. Santana 20
      Deitrich 8
      L Castillo 19
      A. Reyes 7

  72. Alex says:
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    How many MR would you recommend having in a H2H lineup? 16 team 5×5 OBP, my UTIL and bench bats are Tim Anderson Jose Martinez and Mitch haniger. Have 8 SP, minter and petit are my MR currently, my weakest starter is Trevor Williams. Really want to add Nicasio and steckenrider but I’m not comfortable dropping Williams or haniger right now

  73. Dancin Homer says:
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    Love me some Opening day! Even if I got hosed by some of these guys.

    And the closer carousel begins. I currently have Nate Jones, but would you drop him for Strickland?

    Thank you and welcome back baseball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try Strickland

  74. herschel says:
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    @Grey: my league couldnt agree on a draft day so we are having ours this weekend after the start of the season (worst idea). anyway, with news of trea batting 6th to start the season, do you think that affects his overall ranking at all ? still like him more than betts/goldschmidt in 5 x 5 weekly roto?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It drops his value to about 7th overall

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: thanks. would you take betts or goldschmidt before him? would probably start out betts/rizzo or goldie/springer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Betts and Goldy, yeah

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: would you take betts or goldie over him? would probably start out betts/rizzo or goldie/springer.

        thanks!

  75. SKy Burnz says:
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    Joe Panik drinks boba.

  76. Joel says:
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    I’m stacked for hitters

    Wilson Ramos TB – C
    Rhys Hoskins Phi – 1B,OF
    José Ramírez Cle – 2B,3B
    Anthony Rendon Was – 3B
    Francisco Lindor Cle – SS
    Mike Trout LAA – OF
    George Springer Hou – OF
    Marcell Ozuna StL – OF
    Eric Hosmer SD – 1B
    Jonathan Schoop Bal – 2B

    BN:
    Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl – OF
    Trey Mancini Bal – 1B,OF
    Nomar Mazara Tex – OF
    Jake Lamb Ari – 3B

    —Someone dropped Shohei Ohtani—

    SP
    Chris Archer TB – SP
    Alex Wood LAD – SP
    Felipe Rivero Pit – RP
    Alex Colomé TB – RP
    Masahiro Tanaka NYY – SP
    Luis Castillo Cin – SP
    Jameson Taillon Pit – SP
    Danny Duffy KC – SP
    Michael Wacha StL – SP

    Grey, I followed your SP drafting suggestions to a T, only to have a decent amount of SP remain available later rounds….mostly “intellectual property” SP

    Soooooooooooo, whad’ya think. is Lamb droppable for a Shoei chance? I dunno, i’m kind of nervous about him….your rankings suggest otherwise. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ohtani as a pitcher? Sure, drop Lamb for him

    • Joel Blauvel says:
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      @Joel: BTW 5×5 H2H (8 teams)

      Thanks for all your upcoming advice this season!

    • Joel Blauvel says:
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      @Joel:

      Oh, scratched James Taillon….added Charlie Morton

      Scratched Duffy, added Kevin Gausman

  77. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Hicks to the DL. Already in mid season form

    • Regan Sayer says:
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      @Fungazi 2.0: What a fantasy tease! Bird and Hicks got me all worked up and left me with a serious case of blue baseballs!

  78. Joel says:
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    I’m stacked for hitters

    Wilson Ramos TB – C
    Rhys Hoskins Phi – 1B,OF
    José Ramírez Cle – 2B,3B
    Anthony Rendon Was – 3B
    Francisco Lindor Cle – SS
    Mike Trout LAA – OF
    George Springer Hou – OF
    Marcell Ozuna StL – OF
    Eric Hosmer SD – 1B
    Jonathan Schoop Bal – 2B

    BN:
    Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl – OF
    Trey Mancini Bal – 1B,OF
    Nomar Mazara Tex – OF
    Jake Lamb Ari – 3B

    —Someone dropped Shohei Ohtani—

    SP
    Chris Archer TB – SP
    Alex Wood LAD – SP
    Felipe Rivero Pit – RP
    Alex Colomé TB – RP
    Masahiro Tanaka NYY – SP
    Luis Castillo Cin – SP
    Charlie Morton Hou – SP
    Kevin Gausman Bal – SP
    Michael Wacha StL – SP

    Grey, I followed your SP drafting suggestions to a T, only to have a decent amount of SP remain available later rounds….mostly “intellectual property” SP

    Soooooooooooo, whad’ya think. is Lamb droppable for a Shoei chance? I dunno, i’m kind of nervous about him….your rankings suggest otherwise. Thoughts? Thanks!

  79. Joel says:
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    I’m stacked for hitters

    Wilson Ramos TB – C
    Rhys Hoskins Phi – 1B,OF
    José Ramírez Cle – 2B,3B
    Anthony Rendon Was – 3B
    Francisco Lindor Cle – SS
    Mike Trout LAA – OF
    George Springer Hou – OF
    Marcell Ozuna StL – OF
    Eric Hosmer SD – 1B
    Jonathan Schoop Bal – 2B

    BN:
    Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl – OF
    Trey Mancini Bal – 1B,OF
    Nomar Mazara Tex – OF
    Jake Lamb Ari – 3B

    —Someone dropped Shohei Ohtani—

    SP
    Chris Archer TB – SP
    Alex Wood LAD – SP
    Felipe Rivero Pit – RP
    Alex Colomé TB – RP
    Masahiro Tanaka NYY – SP
    Luis Castillo Cin – SP
    Charlie Morton Hou – SP
    Kevin Gausman Bal – SP
    Michael Wacha StL – SP

    Grey, I followed your SP drafting suggestions to a T, only to have a decent amount of SP remain available later rounds….mostly “intellectual property” SP

    5X5 H2H (8 teams)

    Soooooooooooo, whad’ya think. is Lamb droppable for a Shoei chance? I dunno, i’m kind of nervous about him….your rankings suggest otherwise. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Joel says:
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      @Joel: Sry for the multiple posts. The site timed out several times and redirected me.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sorry about that, working to fix it

  80. swaggerjackers says:
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    @OaktownSteve: Good insight, Oaktown. I, like Grey, also dropped Claudio for me.

  81. DeerHeadGhost says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Silly question: how many starting pitchers make sense in an RCL league? I’ve only done h2h points before, not roto. I currently have 5 SPs and 4 RPs.

    Thanks for the Jose Martinez plug on the mid-March podcast. Drafted him that night in the 23rd round.

  82. King Andrus says:
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    Drop Leone for Strickland?

  83. LeftCoastYankee says:
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    How much of a $100 free agent budget would you spend on Boxberger to make him your 3rd closer?

  84. H says:
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    With the Cardinals signing Holland should I drop Leone and pick up Nechek or hold for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  85. Cyler says:
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    In a dynasty keeper league, roto scoring, would you trade Rizzo for Machado? I feel like because it’s a dynasty Machado side is slightly better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  86. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Whoah, Jordan Zimmerman turning back the clock! Wonder how he’ll do second time through the order…. Oh… Oh, I see.

    PS: Using Archie Bradlee and Carl Edwards Jr as solid ratio guys. Do I drop either of them to speculate saves with Neshek? Thanks!

    • Grey

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      I’d hold for now

  87. Baldy says:
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    In a 14 team head to head league. I currently have Javier Baez at SS, but I have a chance to pick up Marcus Semien or Tim Anderson off Waivers. Should I ride it out with Baez or jump at picking up one of the other two for my starter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  88. Ron P says:
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    Points League – Jose Martinez or Carlos Gonzalez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Ma

  89. J-FOH says:
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    I wrote this earlier to one of the crabs in “thier” slack chat:

    I haven’t taken a peak at Holland bad second half. Something feels too dismissive here. His highest ERA outside of his Awful August (13.50) was 2.25, that’s pretty fucking good. A 1.86 September says the bad second half narrative is short sided and lazy. Before 8/6, he only gave up 2 runs in a game once (4/18 @ LAD) then in 5 of his next 8 outings he gave up 2,4,3,3, and 2 ER. After that it was back to the same solid closer he was all year.

    Then after writing this I was alerted to this: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/rockies/2017/08/03/greg-holland-rockies-closer-cuts-finger-kitchen-accident/536007001/

    Makes sense and people can stop questioning his skills. He’s still very good, just got a bad boo boo in the kitchen that led to him imploding for about three weeks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: See comment below, join me in new post — if site stays online

  90. Grey

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

  91. MIHAI says:
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    Hello Gray! Would you trade Stanton and Gausman for Kluber and Upton?

    • Grey

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

  92. Alex says:
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    Alfaro not playing again, time to jump ship?

    Also in 16 team OBP league which side wins

    Tim Anderson and Mitch haniger for Jordan Montgomery

    • Grey

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

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