Apparently, it was never the elevation in Coors.  It was because it was cold in Colorado.  Or at least that’s what the Yanks/Tigers game looked like last night while it was played in Arctic temps (granted, a hot day in the Arctic) and snow.  Other teams may get some ideas that it’s all about the cold.  “Let’s get Howard, Utley, Galvis and Asche on that side of the air conditioner, and the outfield on the other side.  Now go straight from the AC to the batter’s box.  No, don’t stop at the on-deck circle!  You’re dropping to room temp!”  Yesterday, David Price gave up 8 ER on 13 baserunners in 2 1/3 IP.  That reminded Yankee fans of their teams from the 1950s, or when most of the current roster was teenagers.   Obviously, this is just a blip, but if you can buy Price from a panicked owner, I’d consider it, even if it did seem yesterday like Price was Rocky screaming at Mickey to cut him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joe Nathan – Exited his rehab assignment after aggravating his elbow injury.  Funny, I aggravate myself whenever I draft him.

Gregorio Petit – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs.  With the Yanks middle infield combo of Gregorio/Gregorius, the Yankees right field bleacher chants have never been so moving.

Brian McCann – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  He’s a professional hitter!  Seriously, they pay him to play baseball, hitting’s involved.

Chase Headley – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  Just another Yankee hitter that was grooving in Motown.  He ain’t Headley, he’s my brother.

Mark Teixeira – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Don’t have to tell me twice!  Apparently, you have to tell me five times because I dropped Lind and grabbed Te(i)x in my RCL.  (My RCL where I’m in first by, like, 30 points.  Good showing, guys!)

David Wright – Expected out for three weeks.  He better hurry, the Mets might clinch by then.

Matt Harvey – Has a foot issue and having it looked at by doctors.  All of us that don’t own him can hope he misses the podiatrist’s office and accidentally goes to the pediatrician’s and gets chicken pox.

Eric Stults – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks. Stults looked Some Kind of Wonderful yesterday, but usually he resembles Rocky Dennis.

Dillon Gee – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Gee ended up with a no decision, but the Mets still won.  I swear, Jeurys Familia is going to tie Mariano’s career mark in one year.

Wilmer Flores – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  His other homers came on my off days so I didn’t mention him, but he’s raised his average from .143 to .273 in the last ten games and has three homers in that time.  I own Flores on two teams, and I’d consider him for more.

Dexter Fowler – Left yesterday’s game with groin tightness.  That’s something that every Cubs fan is currently suffering from.

Vance Worley – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Okay, but never trust The Vanimal.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer.  Polanco is basically Marte just a year behind him in school.  Damn, that made me think of Underclassman, the terrible Nick Cannon movie.  Was it not enough to ruin my favorite movie, Can’t Buy Me Love?  Was it not enough?!

Mark Melancon – T. Wats– Sorry, Tony Watson got the save yesterday (2 IP, 0 ER), but only because Melancon had worked in previous days.  Hurdle said that he was going to keep Melancon as the closer.  Hurdle went on to add, “I didn’t spend all that time to learn how to correctly pronounce Melancon for nothing.”  Yesterday’s game does clarify the hierarchy for saves for when Melancon finally gets replaced.  Get and own T. Wats– Sorry, Watson.

Starling Marte – Left yesterday’s game after being hit on the hand by a Hammel pitch.  Buh-buh-buh-buh-but Marte is my Blue Ivy.  Baby needs me and I need him!  X-rays are coming back that he’s fine.  He best be, otherwise Hammel and I gonna be warring.  I might even war with Hamels cause his name is so similar.

Matt Wieters – Expected to try out his elbow in extended spring training.  As long as it’s not hyper-extended spring training.  High five!

Jimmy Paredes – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (1).  Hey, it’s Ethel Merman’s favorite player!

Devon Travis – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (1).  Pedafroia Man is back!  You remember Pedafroia Man’s hit single, “Because I didn’t get drafted high.”

Jose Bautista – Due to a throw to first from right field, he hurt his shoulder and could require a DL stint.  Here’s one for John Gibbons or anyone that wants to play at home.  Who’s the Jays DH?  You can Google it if you need to, I’ll wait.  If Gibbons is reading and needs to Google it, it’s sorta my point.  Edwin was the DH yesterday, but he can play 1st.  So, really the only ‘bats’ that need to DH are Justin Smoak and Dioner Navarro.  Those are the reasons Bautista is risking serious injury.  Good thing Bautista’s in the outfield with a shoulder that makes it impossible for him to throw.  An excellent call, Gibbons.  *smashes head into desk, desk’s middle gives and head gets stuck*  A little help!

Aaron Sanchez – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (7 BBs), 4 Ks.  Are we sure he isn’t Jonathan Sanchez in disguise?

Justin Smoak – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  No word on how long Bautista might be out.  He could be back today, but, in deep leagues, I would cyclops-monocle Smoak.  I like him if he’s getting playing time.

Shane Victorino – Left yesterday’s game due to hamstring tightness.  In related news, 99% of fantasy baseballers went to their league waivers to see if Rusney was available.  It sounds minor with Victorino, and Rusney isn’t even playing himself.

Dustin Pedroia – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Pedroia making sure no one forgets he’s the original Sparky Anklebiter.  Mini OG!

David Ortiz – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .208.  Speaking of OGs (Old Geezers, in this example), Ortiz has looked his age in the early going and I’m gonna start calling him David Oldgeez if he doesn’t pick up the pace.

Alex Cobb – The Tampa Bay Peach is set to throw a bullpen session on Friday.  Mid to late-May seem the most optimistic of timetables.  Definitely more optimistic than 1 x 1 = 1.  That is the saddest times table.  Who’s doing that math?  Aimee Mann?

Steven Souza – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer, but left early with a forearm cramp.  Sounds like he’ll be fine.  Just take two Midol.  Not you, Cougs!  Damn, I was reading that aloud.

Nate Karns – 6 IP, 5 ER.  Karnsarnit!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 runs.  Welcome to the 2015 season, ‘Drubal!

J.T. Realmuto – 2-for-5, hitting .304.  Meanwhile, Saltalamacchia spent the afternoon spelling his name to a Starbucks barista.

Jarred Cosart – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Phils.  The Stream-o-Nator yesterday predicted Cosart would get six innings, four strikeouts and give up two earned runs.  Stupid machine!

Cody Asche – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer, hitting .340.  In the Phils’ lineup, Asche is the Cracker Jack prize.  Not in the traditional sense, because some people like the caramel corn and nuts.  No, it’s like Asche is stuck in the middle of the crack of a very large man named Jack.

Cole Hamels – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Right after the game, he sent his LinkedIn profile to the Giants.

Wilin Rosario – Sent to Triple-A.  It’s a real pain for Wilin to pack since he’s currently carrying with him every other team’s jersey.

LaTroy Hawkins – Sent to the Disgraceful List with a biceps injury.  While it was being reported, you could hear Walt Weiss in his office playing Eminem’s Cleaning Out My Closet.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-3 and two home runs (3, 4).  Put your plantar fasciitis concerns in a pot and plant ’em in a well-lit spot!

Yangervis Solarte – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .343 and that was his 2nd homer since Sunday.  Hot schmotato alert!

Wil Myers – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .309.  Prolly the one player I own more than any other player, so I’m being sincere when I tell you I call collect to Nepal every night and ask a sherpa to pray for Myers.

Kolten Wong – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .325.  What fun, Wong dong!  I give it about five days until the Cards move the .193-hitting Heyward out of the two hole.

Matt Adams – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Did anyone see the replay of his home run trot?  If you didn’t, imagine he crossed home doing The Truffle Shuffle.

Doug Fister – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Fister was hit hard by Wong and Carpenter.  All they needed was a pizza deliveryman and they would’ve had an amateur film.

Archie Bradley – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 2 Ks vs. the Rangers.  Coming into the game, the Rangers had a .291 OBP.  Andrus hadn’t walked yet this season, Bradley walked him.  Beltre had a .234 OBP.  Walked him too.  Odor had a .288 OBP, yup, him too.  I like Bradley, and he has a 1.45 ERA, but his peripherals are about as bad as they come.

Chris Owings – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  I liked Owings coming into the year, and he went 3-for-4 on Sunday with a steal and could be starting to heat up.  I wouldn’t say I’m Owings Chris yet, but I’m about to.

A.J. Pollock – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI, and his 2nd steal, hitting .358.  Judging Pollock on his first four games when he was hitting .130 was like judging Pollock by how clean he kept his studio.

Adrian Beltre – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer, hitting .183.  Up until now he’s been like A-drain.  Amiright?!

Carlos Quentin – Signed a minor league deal with the Mariners.  Quentin, there’s no such thing as minor league deals, there’s only minor league players, remember that!

Mike Zunino – 1-for-3 and his 2nd home run.  Who’s Zunino’ing who?!

J.A. Happ – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.61.  The Stream-o-Nator predicted Happ would get 5.7 Ks, 2.6 ER and go 6 IP.  What a crock!

Brad Miller – 2-for-3, 1 RBI, hitting .298.  If this is a trust exercise, I’m failing.  You hurt me too much last year!

Chris Carter – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .122, which, I believe, is just percentage points above his career average.

Matt Shoemaker – Placed on the bereavement list.  That’s nice of him to mourn my fantasy team’s ratios.

Ben Zobrist – Ready to do baseball activities.  So, he went from getting scratched to scratching himself.

Billy Butler – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and his 2nd in as many games, hitting .377.  Why can’t his walk-up music be Chili’s baby back rib jingle?

Ike Davis – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .348, which comes a day after he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.  Regarding the ease in which he took the mound, Ike said he just imagined pitching to himself.

Josh Reddick – 3-for-5 and Marcus Semien went 2-for-4, 1 run with his 2nd steal.  Didn’t see the game, but I’m guessing Semien was running because of Reddick.

Sonny Gray – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Angels.  I love my Sonny boy, so don’t take this the wrong way, but the Angels offense looks pitiful.  It’s Calhoun, Trout then a bunch of pooholes.

Clayton Kershaw – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. Madison Bumgarner 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  This was also a rematch of Tino Fernandez and Walter Thompson.  Oh, you don’t know those two people.  They just meet by the giant glove in the outfield and shout insults at each other.

Alex Guerrero – 1-for-1, 2 RBIs, hitting .438.  And still pinch hitting!  Seriously, someone needs to paste a mustache on Mattingly’s face while he’s asleep so he wakes up with some smarts.  He’s the King of the Mr. Bungles.

Danny Santana – 2-for-5, hitting .218.  I hear the calls for Dannys’s head.  10-4, over-the-internet buddies.  I still think you should hold him a bit longer.

Mike Pelfrey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I might be going crazy, but where are the bats on the Pelfrey?

Jimmy Nelson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 1.35.  Just as I drew it up when I meant to draft him everywhere and got him nowhere.  Nelson looks like the one bright spot for the Brewers team.  Well that and they didn’t lose anyone to an injury yesterday.  By the by, I have K-Rod on multiple teams and am dying for saves in those leagues.  T. Wats–Sorry, Tony Watson has as many saves as you and he’s not even an official closer!

Johnny Cueto – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Lose Crew.  Takes a real bully like Cueto to beat up on the Brewers when they’re down.  Speaking of which, stream everyone against the Brewers.

Carlos CarrascoIndians revealed that he was removed early on Tuesday due to being tight.  I sure hope the Indians are using that in the Urban Dictionary sense like, “Carrasco is tight, yo!”

Michael Brantley – 0-for-3, hitting .226.  Saberhagenmetrics is a fickle mistress that deletes from your DVR the result show of The Voice and tells your wife you watched it without her.

Corey Kluber – 6 IP, 6 ER, 14 baserunners, 6 Ks.  More like Klubed.

Jose Abreu – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  The Grande Dolor looks like he is worth the price of admission.  The price of admission is having Frank Thomas send cease and desist letters every time Abreu’s mentioned.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-5, 2 runs.  Mr. hot schmotato rising!  Got to keep on rising!

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 3.33.  Alphabet Soup didn’t look like he had his best stuff, but as Hawk Harrelson said– Oh, who are we kidding, I wouldn’t watch a White Sox game with the Hawk feed.  That guy would grate on a monk’s nerves.  I asked my Nepal prayer sherpa, he confirmed.

  1. SF says:
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    Is it time to part ways with Khris Davis or show some more patience?

    Thinking of picking up Nelson instead as an extra SP rather than having Khris Davis rotting on my bench.

    Other hitters I could possibly pick up: Marisnick, Guerrero, Gose, Adam Eaton,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SF: Go for it, Nelson

      • SF says:
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        @Grey:

        Really thinking of grabbing Guerrero though. Seems like he’s gonna hit his way into the lineup eventually.

        Drop Addison Russell for him?

        • Grey

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          Sure

  2. Ron says:
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    Grey, I just missed the cutoff on the post from yesterday so I’m re-posting here.

    Need your help with some roster moves.

    1) Norris or Joseph to replace Lucroy?
    2) Pick 2 ROS – Souza, Segura, D. Travis, A. Russell
    3) Would you drop Rodon to grab one of the bats above? How about Dasclafini? If yes on both, who gets dropped first?

    Thanks!

    • Jason says:
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      @Ron:
      1. Norris
      2.Souza, Russell (upside)
      3 Depends on how your league is structured and what your team looks like? Das looks solid however Rodon should gain Rp eligibility. Assuming he gets a rotation spot in a points league I’d go with Rodon . Long term/keeper type, Russell. Roto/ redraft, IMO Russell all day

    • Joe says:
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      @Ron: Norris. I’m going Souza and Travis. Russell is hitting 9th with the pitcher batting 8th. I’m also not sure that will change all that much. Travis is hitting in a good lineup and in a better spot in the order.

      Tough to say whether I would drop one without knowing what else your roster looks like and what your waiver wire looks like. If you’re desperate for pitching than no. if you have some reliable arms, I guess I would for Souza. I think Souza is the best of the 4 by a pretty good margin.

    • Ron says:
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      @Ron: Thanks for the replies. Looking back at the post from yesterday I can see that Grey already responded to the catcher question too so I’m goo there.

      To give more context on whether I should drop Rodon or Desclafii here is my complete roster: I only have ONE move left this week and no open bench spots.

      Should I drop someone for Souza? Drop Segura/D. Travis/Rodon/DeSclafini?

      C – Norris
      CI – Donaldson, Carpenter
      MI – Kinsler, Reyes
      OF – Trout, Brantley, Holliday
      Util – R. Zimmerman, Hosmer
      BN – Segura
      BN – D. Travis
      DL – Lucroy

      SP – Arrieta, Gray, McHugh, Keuchel, Greene, Pineda
      RP – Carrasco, Descalfini
      BN – Rodon,
      DL – Kennedy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Agree with Jason…3) DeSclafani

  3. DrEasy says:
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    Can you rank these three OF Schmohawks for me please? Reddick, Kiermaier, Pearce. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy: Pearce, Reddick

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    Hey, solid dick joke. Thank you.

  5. Robert says:
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    ROS=Archie Bradley or Ian Kennedy?

  6. Dierndls says:
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    Any deep league shortstop thoughts? I have Wilmer Flores as my top SS after trading Desmond. Have longo panda and Arenado and a very deep pitching staff so I can make a trade but it’s a dynasty league so I’m trying to grab a free agent to strengthen me for a playoff run t the end of the season. Not worried about the regular season

  7. Jason says:
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    My best fantasy draft pick? (12 team points league, 3 keepers)

    1:2013 – Matt Harvey Round 15

    2: 2014 – Jose Abreu Round 8

    3 2014 – Matt Harvey Round 24 of 24 (Darvish was my keeper till….)

    My real question is which pitcher on my staff would you package along with Addison Russell to acquire Chris Archer from our league’s Cubby homer?
    Harvey
    Wainright
    Wacha
    odorizzi
    Cashner
    Eovoldi
    Baily
    Rodon
    RP/Sp Heston

    • @Jason: Any of these guys ought to do it:

      Cashner
      Eovoldi
      Baily
      RP/Sp Heston

      • Eng says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: I wouldn’t take any of those guys. Would want Harvey or Wainwright, the guy must be a Cubby ‘tard to want no steal Addison Russell in fantasy.

  8. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey! Need some help with my pitching staff. 12 team yahoo league 5×5 category with QS instead of Wins.

    Out of this group of pitchers, which do you think are the top 3 ROS. If you only think 2 are worth holding, then just mentioning two is good! Thanks!

    Drew Hutchison
    Mat Latos
    Shoemaker
    J.J. Happ
    Odrisamer Despaigne
    Chase Anderson
    Joe Kelly
    Hector Santiago
    Tim Lincecum

    I’m desperate hahaha

    • Jason says:
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      @Eric:
      That’s fricken brutal. IMO Des and Anderson

    • @Eric:

      I just wanted to see how my pitching looks compared to yours, AND I though mine was bad..damn..

      POS PLAYERS INN GS QS CG W L S BS K BBI HA ERA WHIP FPTS
      P Archie Bradley P | ARI 18.7 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 12 11 7 1.45 0.96 35.67
      P A.J. Burnett P | PIT 18.0 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 16 5 19 2.00 1.33 21.00
      P Jarred Cosart P | MIA 17.3 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 10 4 14 3.63 1.04 23.33
      P Gio Gonzalez P | WAS 18.3 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 14 10 19 3.44 1.58 21.33
      P J.A. Happ P | SEA 20.7 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 9 2 20 2.61 1.06 28.67
      P Andrew Miller P | NYY 6.3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 13 4 2 0.00 0.95 39.33
      P Shelby Miller P | ATL 16.0 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 11 7 12 1.69 1.19 36.00
      P Stephen Strasburg P | WAS 18.0 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 17 5 24 4.50 1.61 26.00
      P Masahiro Tanaka P | NYY 16.0 3 1 0 2 1 0 0 18 5 11 3.94 1.00 39.00
      P Taijuan Walker P | SEA 12.7 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 14 10 19 10.66 2.29 -6.33
      RESERVES

      P Dylan Bundy P | BAL 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
      P Kyle Hendricks P | CHC 10.3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 11 6.10 1.16 13.33

      INJURED
      P Derek Holland P | TEX 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 9.00 2.00 -3.00

      • Eric says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        Haha I think overall I can manage… hopefully. I just happen to have Latos, Hutchison, and Shoemaker, and Happ on my team and was wondering who to switch them out for.

        Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Jake Odorizzi, Jeff Samardzjia, Phil Hughes, and Brandon Mccarthy are my other starters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: You ranked them, they’re all streamers

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey: As of now, would you even say it’s better to pick up decent relievers or bench hitters instead of keeping any of them?

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    In 5×5 league 10 team:
    P: Hamels, Cole, Wood, Shields, Greene, Anderson, Nelson, Boxberger, Grilli, Allen, Clippard, just picked up Tony Watson probably re drop for Eovidi, or M. gonzalzes. Also have Carlos Rodon.
    Current infield is H. Ramirez, Kendrick, Valbuena. Need steals pretty badly so tried to get Mookie Betts for James Shields got countered with both Shields
    and Rodon. Does that seem to steep? I’m more than willing to trade a pitcher or two.

    • Grey

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      @Robert: Does that seem to steep? What?

      • Ralph says:
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        @Grey: I think he’s asking if Shields and Rodon for Mookie Betts (with him getting Betts) is a good deal.

        FWIW, Robert, I would probably take Betts for those two pitchers. Eovaldi

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Betts

  10. ak says:
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    ss choice
    Aybar, hardy, flores, owings
    In OBP league. Thanks a lot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ak: Flores

  11. Eddard says:
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    Yo Theon Greyjoy. Hughes or Fiers? And I snagged Russell because I had a spot but Wilmer’s out on the wire. Should I swap them out? I do like Russell’s 2B eligibilty though, cause I’ve got Kipnis and it’d be nice to dump his 1 for 5s on the bench from time to time.

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    awesome stuff! loved your crack on the Angels lineup.

    10 team mixed league, pretty shallow. Evan Gattis was just dropped in my league. Think he’ll turn it around and be worth adding?

    • @Z: I think he will heat up and still get 25 to 30 homers..I would add Gattis if not dropping anyone of real value..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Z: Thanks! He’s worth adding

  13. Mowses says:
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    Which side do you prefer in this trade?
    Pujols + Chapman for Rizzo

    Thanks

    • Greys #1 Fan says:
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      @Mowses:

      Chapman and pujols

      • kinslerismyhero says:
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        @Greys #1 Fan: grey will say rizzo

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Mowses: That’s a good haul for Rizzo, especially since Pujols will probably finish with similar if not better numbers than Rizzo.

  14. Chuzwozza says:
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    Good stuff as usual squire!

    I’m new to this lark and the vagaries of playing in Colarado. How bad is it? Should I keep T Ross on the bench for his start?

    Thanks!

    • @Chuzwozza: I would start Ross.. Usually you start any and all hitters playing in Coors. I always throw my aces in Colorado, my lesser pitchers I go with career numbers..

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Chuzwozza: While Ross has not been terrible at Coors he is 0-4 3.79 in Coors I just think the risk is too high for the start.

      • @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Ross is ERA is not bad for Coors.

        He is 0-4 cause he has pitched on crappy Friars teams..

        This years Padres bats will get him the W today in the thin air..

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Chuzwozza: Just my $0.02 for what it’s worth in 1929 value…Look at the matchup, Lyles is throwing for the Rox!!! I’d say if you need a win this week both the way the Padres are hitting in Coors and it’s Ross versus Lyles edge goes to Ross and the Padres for the W.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Grey: Thanks to all for the advice. Glad it sparked some debate! For what it’s worth, I did leave him on the bench so missed a few k’s but didn’t bench a win.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  15. Fastpitch says:
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    Headley blurb reminds me of my youth. True story of a brother carrying his injured brother in the Cong. The Hollies I think. I still wake at night with a scared yell, bad dreams. Terrible times.

  16. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Segura or Rollins?

    Thanks!

  17. mike says:
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    Harvey has a mildly sprained ankle….

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @mike: And tomorrow the Mets will announce he’s having back surgery….i know whats coming.

  18. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Gr8 write-up, man! Nothing major happening so will keep it short. Many thanks for all the Friday buy/sell columns. Had already bought more than 50% of your buy column from last Friday so eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s buy/sell.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  19. Comatose says:
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    Aoki for Pence in roto no benches?

  20. Billyboy says:
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    Hey grey, I have Danny Santana and I’m willing to hang onto him a little longer to see if he can turn it around… Who do I grab in the meantime as insurance?

    Jose Ramirez, brad miller, Flores, or owings?

    • chucky says:
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      In a similar situation as yourself. Santana’s 0 fers were killing me, so I dropped him. Replaced him with Flores. Took a flier and stashed Kang with the injury to Mercer. Also found Cozart sitting on WW. That’s got to be better than Santana

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

    To make one pound of honey, a honey bee must tap about 2 million flowers.

    Fact #2:

    To make a baby i only needed to tap one ass.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: Aren’t you supposed to tap the other hole for that result?

  22. I b Teheran it up! says:
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    Good stuff G….
    Wilmer Flores or Addison Russell? H2H weekly points league

  23. Ain't got no time for B sex says:
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    These things are good: Razzball and Grey, a ride on a cougar, seeing SAGNOF on the wire, upside on my tongue, and the sun shining on my face.

    These things are a drag: Ticker teases and DL stints, holes in my MI, no money in my pocket, and the sun shining on my face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome, nice username too

  24. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    The uncle of Rougned and Rougned Odor is Rouglas Odor, (minor league hitting coach) who has two sons named Rouglas Odor and Rouglas Odor. True story, they are featured on a Venezuelan reality show called “Meet the Rougars”.

  25. kangaroo hops says:
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    The Pollock comment warmed my heart. I’m surprised I haven’t heard an announcer claim that he “splattered” hits in the 2nd and 5th innings, or some such thing.

    • Baggiejohn says:
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      @kangaroo hops: Yep, liked that one too!

      Perhaps the ‘AJ’ stands for Action Jackson ?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Baggiejohn: reminds me of a line from “Entourage” where Seth Green says “you’re just pissed because I blasted her face like a Jackson Pollock…”

  26. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Did anybody see this hideous Yasmani Grandal platoon coming? Between his lack of playing time and his not hitting well when he does play, seems unownable. Am I crazy?

  27. Nojangles says:
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    Travis/shields/ moose/ avisail FOR Rendon/archer

    $34 bryce Harper, James shields, moose For $10 Brantley,$15 archer, koji uhera

    It’s a keep forever league, 6 keepers

      • Nojangles says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: how about that 2nd deal? Harper only 22 years old. In a keep forever league could be a long time before I forgive myself if he explodes.

        And I’m not sure what to think of Brantley.

        • @Nojangles: I would not trade Harper. I drafted him this year for the first time and i get to keep him for 3 years..He will only get better and better, too gifted to fail..Right now he has a big ego and when he knocks that down to size, he becomes the next trout, or even better! Harper is the real deal..keep him..I traded away Brantley before my draft!

  28. Jbuhner says:
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    Tanaka and avisail for familia and wil Meyers?

  29. Fastpitch says:
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    Grey, My Rendon, R. Zim and Xander for his A. Jones, Liriano and Kang. I could ask for Andrus.
    It’s a 12 team 2 players at each position. I would lose Incarte (sp. Ari OF). I would need to pick up a 2nd baseman off the wire. I’m thinking not, but Jones and liriano would help, my team is way ahead. Thanks. BTW this is also a dynasty league and I’m losing the age angle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fastpitch: Take Jones if he helps you win

  30. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10-tm H2H, 18 moves left for the season. Drop Cishek and/or Shoemaker for Ottavino and/or D. Travis?

    Wong is my 2B, there are 2 Utils (2 out of Ortiz, C. Davis and Myers). Shoe is my SP6, with J. Fernandez on the DL; no reason to carry more than 5-6 SP in this league. Cishek, Soria and Box/McGee are my closers.

  31. papasmurf says:
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    I had Shark’s start in the bank when I got off work so I was feeling pretty good. Fast forward 5 hours or so later when I got home and checked my team page. The first pitching number I saw was 2.33 so I as like not bad, then something about the number’s placement seemed off and then’s when I realized it was the WHIP!

    Price’s last two outings vs. NYY are the stuff of nightmares. How do they rip a top pitcher apart back to back like this?

    And the DET manager… keeps leaving him in to get pounded even though it’s obvious he has nothing.

    CDick on the bench… Sonnuvabench! Insult to injury, replacement Gose goes 0fer 4 vs. lousy NYY SP.

    I hope it ain’t CDick’s final strong game of the year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Damn, Smurfie! Hope you didn’t have Paxton a few days ago too

  32. Fever Dog says:
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    10-team, h2h, 5×5

    Pick up Archie Bradley for any of my pitchers?

    sp: kershaw, wood, miller, latos, hutchison (prob being dropped for smyly), hammel, carlos martinez, fiers, nelson
    rp: betancourt, britton, storen
    dl: smyly

  33. Warren says:
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    I’m about ready to drop N Walker for D Travis. Too soon to jump ship on Neil?

    • kangaroo hops says:
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      @Warren: Nope, do it now.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Warren: Do it 3 days ago.

  34. Bob says:
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    Roto 6×6 with OPS

    Zobrist is getting me nothing at 2B and I’m wondering if anyone is worth a drop to grab Devon Travis. I also have Reyes at SS so having Travis rostered would give me some flexibility at the MI spots.

    Would you drop Melky Cabrera to pick him up or just hold and wait for Zobrist to come back. I’ve already lost the stats from this week so what’s another couple days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Go with Travis

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: what about Hosmer as the drop instead of Melky?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

  35. Joshy Bones says:
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    Grey,
    Is it safe to drop Parnell?
    Joshy Bones

  36. Hi says:
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    drop Gyorko for Wilmer Flores in a keeper?

    • chucky says:
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      Does a bear $hit in the woods?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Hi: sure

  37. RePete says:
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    Just traded away Tulo for Strasburg in my 14-team H2H OBP League yesterday. I don’t know if I got the better end of the deal but I needed a SP badly and I’m a Nats fan. With Tulo gone I’m left with Brad Miller and looking at Free Agency. How would you rank these SS going forward. Thanks!

    Flores, Santana, Miller, Crawford, Owings

    • RePete says:
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      @RePete: Also, is Lindor, Baez, or another SS prospect worth stashing? I should also mention that this is a keeper league (keep 4).

  38. Del Griffith says:
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    The Billy Butler Chili’s joke was solid. I also vote for the “Let’s go out to the snack bar” jingle from old drive ins.

  39. Fastpitch says:
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    Grey, another trade offer different league. Same format 2 players at each position 12 teams, dynasty. Fighting for the lead, 6 teams separated by 7 sgp, roto.
    My Longo and J. Up for his Arrietta, Castellanos, C. Carter and Britton.
    My drops would be Koehler and either Pomeranz or one of Arcia or Revere.
    My outfield would be Snider, Calhoun,Leonys,Dexter,Carter,Arcia,Revere. We start 5. need to lose at least one.
    You and your site keep me in the running with all my teams. Thanks, to you and your staff. One added stat is net wins instead of whip. My current staff is Gio, Zija,Gray,Arch,J. Zim,A. Defani with 3 middle road closers, Box, Clip Casilla. I feel Carter is going to go off and I have not ate his bad start. What is your thoughts. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fastpitch: Longo side, it’s not close

  40. K. Loggins says:
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    Pitching has been a dark spot for me so far, you could say I’m in the DANGER ZONE

    Some pitchers I have (not my entire staff though): Hutchison, Shoemaker, Heston, J. Nelson, Latos (grabbed because I’m THAT desperate)

    WW: Quintana, Hughes, Buchholz, Burnett, Eovaldi

    Got any advice?

    • Cram It says:
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      @K. Loggins: Hughes stinks. I’d go with the Eovaldi upside.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @K. Loggins: Agree with Cram…Captain EO

  41. Kraftster says:
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    Anthony DeSclafani, Odrisamer Despaigne, and Alfredo Simon are just sitting out there and I’ve got a drop that I need to make. I have an extra year under the cap to sign one of these guys for this year and next.

    Do any of the three warrant that? If so, which?

    Simon is what he is. The other two seemingly have roughly equivalent k rate upside?

  42. weas says:
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    Anyone starting Hutchison today against Baltimore? SON has him at $10.8 but he has been terrifying to start this year.

    • Cram It says:
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      @weas: I am. But I’m a masochist.

      • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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        @Cram It: Me too!

    • A Potamus says:
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      @weas: I’m not, so that means he’ll be great. SON has not been my buddy this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @weas: I wouldn’t in most leagues, but he could surprise obviously

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @weas: Im trusting the machine and starting him…I want my $20 worth of S.O.N.

  43. Eric says:
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    Is Devon Travis for real? Considering offering a trade for him. Addison Russel for Travis straight up.

    What can you tell me brother?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Eric: I think guy you are trying to get is already doing what the other ‘could’ live up to. Probably would get rejected anyways.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Unnecessary trade

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        Do you think I can get a Tyson Ross, Julio Teahran or Doug Fister for Russel? I need pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ross

          • Eric says:
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            @Grey: @Grey:

            Thanks Heather Grey
            Thanks Heather Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, no problem

  44. J says:
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    Hi Grey,

    10 Team, 5×5

    C- CSantana
    1B- Pujols
    2B- Wong
    SS- HanRam
    3B- CDavis
    OF- Trout, Dickerson, Soler
    UTIL- Betts, Souza
    DL- Rendon

    SP- Degrom, Carrasco, McHugh, Keuchel, Bauer, Greene, Salazar, Shoe, Fiers
    RP- Allen, Britton, Familia, KRod
    DL- Doolittle

    a) I currently have waivers on Rodon and Paxton (dropping Shoe and Fiers) respectively. [9/10 waiver spot]
    Any problems with that?

    b) Assuming part A is fine and dandy, once Rendon comes off the DL, who gets the axe from the active roster?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: A) Sure B) Ask in two weeks

  45. Cram It says:
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    Nate Karns! The exclamation point is for at least getting mentioned. We’re making progress Nate!

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Cram It: Your my boy Blue!…..Your my boy

  46. JVanSlyke says:
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    Praying to my Sherpa that Carrasconis just tight yo

    10 team roto with 3 ofs. My if is Mcutch/myers and Souza. Should I add Leonys martin or Rusney as a fill in/ just in case guy.

  47. Joeg414 says:
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    Paxton : Scoring change from Texas game adds 5 earned runs to his line.

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @Joeg414: GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joeg414: Oh man, that dropped me 3 points in ERA alone

  48. Schlitz says:
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    in a 12 team keeper, trade Addison for Wong ?

  49. Joe says:
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    For what it is worth, I watched the Bradley start closely, and he seemed to settle in very very well after the first inning. he got two quick out and then he fell apart with 3 walks and a hit batter. but over the next 5 innings he gained some control and walked 2 with 2 hits.

    I agree that he really needs to work on command, but I don’t think the stat line justifies his total performance in the game, if that makes any sense. I guess this start really does nothing to make Bradley owners feel better or worse about owning him. A brutal start followed by 5 solid frames is tough to figure out considering his small sample size of a career.

    • Grey

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      @Joe: It does make sense, and I saw that he settled down… His peripherals are still ugly

  50. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    About Alex Guerrero – I get the sense the more he does well pinch hitting the more Mattingly thinks he’s perfect where he is. In Mattingly’s Bizarro world he’s a weapon late in games that is so much more valuable than getting 5ABs a night. What Guerrero needs to do is go 0-10 his next ten pinch-hitting ABs. Then Mattingly will give him some starts to “get him going”.

    Why isn’t someone paying the bills mushing Mattingly’s face?

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Hieronymous Lohse: Mattingly is weak as a manager. Great batting coach though. Too Much Torre influence. Loyal to veterans to a fault. Too many in game mistakes for my liking.

  51. LastPlace says:
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    Will Chris Hatcher ever get another sniff at a Save Opp?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @LastPlace: Probably not, unless Peralta gets hurt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LastPlace: Not significantly to matter

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jay: Phase I initiated. That’s as far it’s getting.

    • Scott says:
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      @Jay: Prognostication.

  52. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    In other baseball news, Karabell has an Insider article on “Buying L:ow on Rougned Odor”.

    Is it possible to buy low on a dropped guy?

    Odor’s ownership is plummeting. I dropped him last week for The dread pirate Black Pedroia – who raped and pillage more fantasy wenches just last night than Monsieur Stinky-Dong has done all year in Texas.

    • Hieronymous Lohse says:
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      @Hieronymous Lohse: I should give credit, btw, for Grey suggesting Black Pedroia. He wasn’t on my radar at all due to hitting at the bottom of the order before Reyes got hurt. So….THANKS GREY!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Hieronymous Lohse: Odor’s not a buy (as in pickup), trade for? Not in most leagues, agreed

  53. Tony Mags says:
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    Who would you stream today…Locke, Chavez or Bolsinger?

    • Grey

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      @Tony Mags: I’d look at SON because I don’t know their matchups

  54. A Potamus says:
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    I normally loathe these questions, but Jimmy Nelson and Chase Anderson are sitting out there on the wire, while Mike Fiers, Matt Shoemaker and Drew Hutchison are stealing my money. We have a cap on transactions, so I’d hate to make a move just to get the hot pitcher for a start or 2. But if there’s long term value, would you make a move? My pitching ratios are a joke right now. 11 team, 5X5 roto. Thanks Grey.

    • Cram It says:
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      @A Potamus: I’d add Nelson. He’s an upgrade

      • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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        @Cram It: I like Nelson, too. I also think Anderson is a solid guy. Less upside than Fiers but less risky, too. I’d drop Shoe for Nelson, then see if Hutchison looks better tonight in Baltimore.

  55. Todd says:
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    In a h2h pts weekly league drop Jose Iglesias or hold him for now, I’d be looking into these;

    Wilmer Flores, leonys Martin , zack cozart, jed lowrie, melky Cabrera, Marcus semien, yonder alonso

    It would be for depth I have all the positions covered (my SS is Hanley Ramirez he’s OF eligible too, IF Kris Bryant , utility laroche, bench 1b is Carlos Santana also have wil Myers, Souza, Addison Russell Napoli

    • Cram It says:
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      @Todd: Depends on needs. But if you’re leaning depth isn’t Semien multi-position eligible?

      • Todd says:
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        @Cram It:

        Yes sir semien here in ESPN is eligible at 2b/3b/SS

        • Cram It says:
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          @Todd: Sounds like the prudent play then. Otherwise, I’d take any of those guys except Alonso over Iglesias.

  56. Tony Berkman says:
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    I have the top waiver spot and both Hutchinson and Latos are on waivers. Do I use my top spot? If so, Hutch or Latos?

  57. Mes to the Rocco says:
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    Re-draft league … Kipnis or Russell?

  58. Chris says:
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    Is trading my Heyward and Duda for Degrom too little? 10 team h2h keeper and degrom is kept at the 20th round… I would have bruce/ozuna to cover for missing Heyward

    • Mes to the Rocco says:
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      @Chris: Kinda depends on what you think Duda will do. Hit 30 bombs last year, and shows no signs of stopping this year.

      • Chris says:
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        @Mes to the Rocco: admittedly I’m a mets fan and regard Duda highly but remember i have goldy(1st round) at first base and abreu (13th) as my utility in a keeper weekly lineup league. Tough no matter how good duda is doing to play him over abreu or goldy. Duda is sadly relegated to the bench (he doesn’t have OF eligibility in ESPN

        • Chris says:
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          @Chris: PS don’t know why i said remember, no idea why you would know that. I understand i probably didn’t give enough info…

          Goldy and Abreu are blocking duda and my OF right now is Cargo, Cargo Lite (DL), Heyward and I have Bruce and Ozuna on my bench as possible replacements. My staff is decent but Im looking for someone of Degroms caliber because streaming is light in my league (i have sale, teheran, archer, cashier, keuchel, smyly)

          • Mes to the Rocco says:
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            @Chris: Yeah, that makes him expendable for sure. No CI spot? How many teams in the league?

            • Chris says:
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              @Mes to the Rocco: 10 teams. rather shallow league. no CI were basic… I’ve been playing fantasy for years now but we just started a keeper league with a few of my buddies last year. my first RCL this year (2nd place so far ill take it for just working out the kinks) ill tell you this much i have a good problem haha

              • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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                @Chris: I dont think you need to give both..Duda straight up is fair

  59. Catcher Fever says:
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    It was lovely that the Giants trodded out MadBum after 6 Innings, 0 ER, 6 K’s and 100 pitches. The 2-0 score promptly became 2-2 and then he was removed.

    They probably felt he hasn’t pitched enough (innings) lately.

  60. Devon Travis – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (1). Tristan Cockraft at this other web site is a Travis hater. “4.1% walk rate that’s beneath his 8.7% minor league rate. 3 of his 7 extra-base hits – including 2 of his 3 home runs – have come against lefty specialists, so wait until his split numbers have more sizable samples before determining that he’s worthy of an everyday role on your squad.” What?! Get a clue. He will be gone by then. Here is another from The Cockraft, “Most obvious sell high for me thus far is Devon Travis.” I don’t get his lack of love for Devon?! This is why I follow your advice over those other guyz Grey. I needed help at 2B, u said get Travis and I’ve been riding high on the wave ever since! Thanks for helping out a fantasy team, brotha!!!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @madden_curser: while I stand with Grey on his love for Devon, and am quite pissed that I have him in a grand total of ZERO leagues, I also agree that now is the time to sell him. He’ll cool off. He isn’t hitting .388 all year, and may only hit 15 HRs total (giving him 11 over the next 5 months). His value is at his absolute highest right now.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @madden_curser: Funny thing about Tristan. He has a video on why he thinks a pitcher is solid for the day on the espn team clubhouse page. Every time i’ve seen it the pitcher got hammered. Seems to be pitchers to avoid. Today’s pick Bartolo Colon. Sorry Met fans.

        • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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          @Grey: Pomeranz was good for double digit k’s verse Houston. 5-6-4-1-5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @madden_curser: Travis is a hot schmotato for now, he could go cold… I can’t imagine anyone getting anything for him in a trade….

      • jal179 says:
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        @Grey:

        Unless you’re in an all Canadian Jays fan league… I’ve got him and the doorbell won’t stop ringing for him. Please start believing in him y’all. Frodroia for Prime Minister!

        • Grey

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          Ha!

  61. The Jerk Store says:
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    StreamO says Tillman is not a good start today or next go around. Any way this guy turns it around? Anyone know his periph’s?

    • Cram It says:
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      @The Jerk Store: He’s meh. Nothing really to turn it around to.

  62. Mike says:
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    Pretty sure that was beltre’s 2nd homer and 2nd rbi, not his first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Typo, fixed

  63. Scott says:
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    Sunavabenched Devon in 2 leagues. MI is driving me crazy!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Scott: Yup only league I had him locks lineups at start of days first games. Did same not knowing if he was playing.

  64. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Some perspective of just how crazy Alex Guerrero has been so far this year:

    Juan Uribe
    8/35 3 Runs 0HR 0RBI 1SB .229AVG .527OPS
    7/16 3 Runs 3HR 11RBI 0SB .438AVG 1,537OPS
    A.Guerrero

    In just 16ABs Alex has as many RBI – 11 – as Josh Donaldson (59AB), Nolan Arenado (49AB), Wil Myers (68AB) and MIGUEL FREAKIN’ CABRERA! (57AB).

    In just 16ABs Alex has as many HR – 3 – as Mike Stanton* (53AB), Giancarlo Trout (54AB), Justin Upton (58AB) and Yolispyvonstupidname Cespedes (59AB).

    We hear his defense is awful. Really? Worse than Ian Desmond’s? In 1321 minor league “chances”, AG has 37 errors for a fielding % of .972 You can live with that if the guy dropping the ball is also dropping 400′ bombs.

    I can only conclude that Don Mattingly is…well…he’s a racist. And it pisses me off! Someone should do something about this man!

    *It’s Mike Stanton. It will always be Mike Stanton. He just decided a few years ago that he hates his dad. You only call a man Giancarlo when you are beating him down to the ground and taunting him – “you like that, Giancarlo? You like that!?”

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: That’s Brooks Uribe Mr. Gold Glove.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

      • Abe Froman says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        Biggest homer? Yes. But as a Sox fan, calls like that make my day

        • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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          @Abe Froman: I also kind of like how much he likes baseball.

  65. Big Fudge says:
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    Is Freeman and Sonny Gray fair value for Abreu or Miggy or would you look for more?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Big Fudge: Need more if you’re the Abreu/Miggy side.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Big Fudge: Nope. Maybe a higher pitcher.

      • Big Fudge says:
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        @SallyCips:

        Options other than gray are Zimmerman or Kluber

        • SallyCips says:
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          @Big Fudge: KLuber/Freeman might do it.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Big Fudge: I wouldn’t want Freeman

  66. Scott says:
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    Alonso, Canha, Napoli

    Pick 2 to keep.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scott: Not Alonso

  67. Charles says:
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    Good morning Grey. As always, great reads. SON has Wacha at $-1.2 today @ Wash vs Scherzer. I’m in a points league that gives 50 points per win but a -15 per loss.

    Start or sit Wacha?

  68. Joeg414 says:
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    Is giving up Middlebrooks and Gose too much for S.Miller ? 6×6 mixed roto. I have Pompey on the bench and Rendon coming back.

  69. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Must drop one slumping 1B- Vargas or Pearce?

  70. Sarge says:
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    Need to drop one for smyly coming back saves and net saves are 2 cats

    Travis wood
    JA happ
    Paxton
    Archie

    Could drop Jordan Walden also but my only other 2 relievers are Holland and feliz

  71. Claymation says:
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    In a league that counts era, whip, k/9 & k/bb among 11 pitching stats.
    Running a 7-man rotation with
    Scherzer, Sonny, McCarthy, Paxton, shoemaker & Taijuan.
    Nelson is on the wife & he looked dominant vs cin. Spike curve is dir-Tay.
    Would you drop walker or shoemaker for him at this point?
    Walker holds slight keeper value for next 2 years.

  72. Reckless says:
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    Drop pujols for Billy Butler?

  73. Bobby says:
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    What’s your suggestion on Fiers? Hold or dump?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Bobby: I put out my Fiers everywhere yesterday. Never to early to start winning.

  74. Kc says:
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    Butler or Morales ROS?

    Thanks!

  75. The Shelby Sensation says:
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    Danny Santana, Alexi Ramirez or Cozart ROS? Also, Souza or Billy Butler?

  76. DonnieB says:
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    Would you be watching Owings and Flores as replacements for Aybar and/or Lawrie? Or would take action now? And what’s up with Kipnis my other MI? They have all sucked.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: Go with Owings over Aybar

  77. Mikey says:
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    Pick two! Paxton, rodon, happ, Chavez, despaigne, simon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mikey: Paxton, Rodon

  78. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    My Dozier, Britton, JoFern for his Kluber, Devon?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Thanks! Right now the person who offered it to me wants to wait until there’s a clearer timetable for JoFern…but I don’t think that really changes anything.

        The other trade I was offer is my Votto (who is my UTL…Miggy is 1B) for his Scherzer.

        I’m a firm Votto believer, esp. since this is an OBP league, but do I have to take that trade?

        If I do, my UTL would be used as a 4th OF spot (my OFs are CarGo, Marte, Souza, Joc, Springer).

        • @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Votto surely is at the top of his game, will it continue? You know what you are getting with Max and you have the depth to replace Joey V…Max & Club, a nice one-two punch..

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: Thanks! Yeah, I would take either. Right now my pitchers are Arrieta and a lot of fairy dust and unproven guys, so a true ace could be really helpful, particularly as a balance to my streaming strategy. If I can swing both, that’s ideal.

  79. Charizard says:
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    Benched Devon Travis and Steven Souza last night…

    Gosh darn it.

  80. dizzystpizzy says:
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    Hey Grey and all,
    Wondering if I should be selling high on Dickerson after his 2 HR night last night. I have him in a 10 team 5×5 H2H. Picked up Myers (some dumbo dropped him after a slow start) on Tuesday after I heard about the foot injury to double with Pollock as a bench bat depending on matchups/Dickerson’s playing time.

    Rest of the team:

    c: Santana
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: D Gordon
    SS: Dannys Antana
    3B: Donaldson
    OF: Sugar Cain
    OF: Marte
    OF: Dickerson
    Util/Bench: Pollock/Myers

    SP: The Shark, Carrasco , Hughes, Nelson, Alfredo Simon, Ross, C-Mart
    RP: Cishek, Rosenthal, Feliz, Joel Peralta, Yimi G

    DL: Rendon

    Pretty pitching heavy league– most of the SP discussed here are owned and people tend to hold them and top non-closer relievers too.

    • dizzystpizzy says:
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      @dizzystpizzy: Thanks– you actually read my mind. Was looking at Desmond last night.

  81. Wilsonian says:
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    Wilmer or Valbuena for 2nd?

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

  82. pbmax says:
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    Catcher Help. I have Grandal, here are my waiver options: Zunino, Avila, Hundley, Plawecki, Flowers, Suzuki. Or Should I hold?

  83. SallyCips says:
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    Judging Pollack, a new Amazon Prime series starring Nick Nolte as the titular Pollack, former disgraced MLB star now a small claims court judge by day, roided out bat wielding dispenser of justice by night. Can his loving just recently discovered daughter Rowena help him get off the juice, or is the juice the only thing keeping him together?! Binge now to find out!

  84. Clint says:
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    I never thought I’d long for the days of Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz on ESPN’s fantasy podcast but this stuff w/Tristan & Karabell’s ridonculous. I’m gonna start a drinking game to jug a beer every time they mention the Cubs/Yanks/Mets/Phillies and a double shot each time Karabell brings up the fact that Ryan Howard stinks but then goes on to discuss whether he’s discussion-worthy for 20 minutes of the podcast. It’s gotten so sad CBS is starting to look as good as that chick that got busted for offering bj’s for drinks at a bar she was thrown out of. They tweeted about Travis doing well last night & I responded to ask if he’d finally make a mention on the podcast & take Khris Bryant’s obligatory 10 minute slot. Do more podcasts, Grey, your schoolgirl giggles on a loop is 100 times better than the other fodder that feeds my baseball needs when Razzball’s not there for my 3 hour daily car rides to work.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Clint: Address of the bar please.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Ha, thanks! Karabell is longtime Phils fan, can’t believe he’s actually talking about Howard though

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:
        He always starts it off with “Hey, Ryan Howard hit a HR last night but it doesn’t matter, right? He’s bad, right? Do we care?” And then the daily rinse/repeat analysis of how bad the Phillies are comes on & he eventually circles back around to tell people don’t bother with paying attention to Howard. Unfortunately, Tristan feeds into it because he says Howard is still valuable for his 25 HR power. I wait patiently for the few nuggets regarding Melancon or a guy w/potential like Descalfani but they’re few & far between.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotta make sure we don’t fall into the JB Brewers trap!

  85. Mac McMacinmac says:
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    Drop lamb or

    • Mac McMacinmac says:
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      @Mac McMacinmac: sorry. Full thought below.

  86. sniff test says:
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    Trade Bautista and Bauer for Dee Gordon and Price?

  87. Rob Don't Want to use my last name because others in the league read you says:
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    Chewing my fingernails off over this one. Has been trending in the right direction, but would you start Tanaka tonight?

  88. Five-On-One says:
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    Good morning Grey. I went into my auction with a standard list of guys I wanted and guys I didn’t want. On the didn’t want list was Longoria. I owned him last year, and hated him the entire season. Unfortunately, this year no one in my league really wanted him either. I ended up ‘stealing’ him for $14. Now, of course, I want to dump him. But then I look at a few of the other ‘top ten’ third basemen (Longoria, Beltre, Davis) and see a lot of garbage. Have you given up (changed your view) of any of these guys, or should we fantasy baseballers remain patient and expect things to turn around? What second basemen would you take for Longoria? Kendrick? Walker? Kipnis? Philips? Prado? Miller?

  89. Mac McMacinmac says:
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    Drop lamb or Farquhar or yimi for owings?

    My bullpen is a mess… But lamb was pretty awesome and not out for too long.

    I also could drop a. Sanchez or hutch, but feels to early to give up on them.

    Or should I just hold?

    Thanks!

    • Mac McMacinmac says:
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      @Mac McMacinmac: oh. 5×5 roto 14 team keeper league.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Who Is Yimi you ask hmmm. High k reliever for the Dodgers.

      • Mac McMacinmac says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: yeah. The thing is it’s not a hold for now… It’s a hold forever. As this is a very active league and owings will be gone any day now. Especially after grey talks about him as I know otters in the league read this blog.

  90. Wilsonian says:
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    Nathan out for season. Long live Soria!!

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Wilsonian: Wooooow. Feel bad for Nathan, but happy to see Soria keep the closer role must admit.

  91. Paz says:
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    Trade carlos santana for carlos gonzalez?

    • Paz says:
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      @Paz: ESPN 12 Team, so Santana has no Catcher eligibility

  92. Warren says:
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    D Norris or S Vogt ROS at Catcher?

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Warren: Asked this same question to Grey his answer was Norris.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass:

        Having seen a lot of both, I go Vogt. Guy has a really loud bat. I like em both but Norris is 10-12 homer guy. Vogt is a 20 homer guy.

        • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: I took Voght just asked his opinion but did run 2 catchers when Norris faced lefties in Coors both payed off.

  93. sniff test says:
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    drop iwakuma for nelson?

      • sniff test says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: seems like something is wrong with iwakuma

        • Aero says:
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          @sniff test: I usually hate the ESPN player blurbs, but this seems relevant.

          “Iwakuma, who has given up four earned runs in each of his three starts this season, has lost velocity on his fastball, but manager Lloyd McClendon said he is more concerned with Iwakuma’s wayward command, the Seattle Times reports.
          Spin: Iwakuma’s four-seam fastball was 93-94 mph last year while his two-seamer was 89-90. This season, those pitches are down to 87-88 and 84-85, respectively. McClendon said he expects the velocity to improve, but Iwakuma’s bigger problem is not leaving his fastball up in the zone. “He’s leaving too many balls in the middle of the plate and working behind on too many hitters,” McClendon said. Pitching coach Rick Waits said the solution for both problems is better mechanics. “He’s just not getting on top of the ball and behind the ball,” Waits said. “He’s dropping down just a little bit and it’s affecting the movement on his fastball. … If he stays on top and drives the ball downhill, you’ll see the velocity pick up.”

  94. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Yo Yo Grey!!

    Thoughts on Bolsinger starting for LAA tomorrow and his potential ROS if he can stick around?

    • @HolyGhostClaw: Here is too Boslinger getting lit up tonight, so my boy Heaney can be the 5th starter in LAA..

      • Holden says:
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        @Grey:
        Steamer likes him for a 3 ERA and 9K/9, though…

  95. Bryan says:
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    Just picked up pollack, most likely will play over Polanco. Trade Polanco for Smyly?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Bryan: I like Polanco more than Pollack. Either way, I’d wait to see Smyly’s first couple of starts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bryan: In a deep league, sure

  96. Eddie says:
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    Is Longo a good get, or does he continue to Disgrace? My hitting is stronger than pitching, but was going to try to get him for Shark (my #1 or 2) and Moose. Tehol’s “Getting Even with Dad” comment gives me shivers, though…try it anyway?

    • @Eddie: Moose will go back to his normal mustsuckass ways before long and Shark is nothing special..I get Longo and pray to those god’s Grey prays to ( I am sure he has there phone #) for Longo to stay healthy and hit like the prospect we all thought he was going to hit like..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie: I’d take Longo for Shark

  97. Cafuné

    Maxi says:
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    5×5, 12 team, h2h league (no AVG, we use OPS; no Ws, but we use SV+H and QS):

    3OF, 2 UTIL league, my OFs are Dickerson, Soler, Souza, Myers, Hanley (currently have Cozart at SS), with Saunders and Pence coming back from the DL soon (Saunders this weekend?) I think now might be a good time to trade an OF.

    I was offered:
    Familia/Kazmir for my Myers/Odorizzi

    Although Myers is killing it, I think I can afford trading him but dont really want to move Odorizzi either. I like his upside too much. The trade scenarios I’m thinking are:

    1) Countering for McHugh or Degrom (instead of Kazmir)
    2) Offering Desclafani or McCarthy (instead of Odorizzi) for the original offer of Kaz/Familia
    3) Trading for Chapman or Kimbrel instead of Familia. That would probably mean giving up Soler/Dickerson instead of Myers, which I’m reluctant to do since my power would drop off significantly.

    would you say door #1, 2, 3 or they all stink? I need help with pitching, drafting fiers and iwakuma have let me in a bind.

    Gracias por tus lindas palabras, Don Bigote!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Maxi: Don’t to that trade. You’ll have Hanley at SS when Cozart goes back to being Cozart. You need help with SP but you seem like you want to trade for a closer? Or trading SP for SP? Reset, try to trade an OF for an SP straight up.

      • Cafuné

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        @Cram It: Thanks for the advice, I agree. My closers are Grilli, Otta, Britton and Cishek, with Farq chillin in the wings.

        Do you think I need RP? I like Familia way more than Cishek. but I honestly think I need another SP more than RP. Does Myers for Kaz sound good? Or should I shoot for McHugh/deGrom?

      • Cafuné

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        @Cram It: I think he can’t give up SP, so maybe McCarthy/Myers for McHugh/Familia?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Maxi: These aren’t good

          • Cafuné

            Maxi says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, I haven’t agreed to anything yet.

            Better to hang onto McCarthy and Myers then?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes

  98. Yoohoo says:
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    Drop k-rod for Castro?

    Watson the closer if melancon blows up again?

  99. Hi says:
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    you bailing out on Braun? going to revise your projections? he looks just plain bad and his only HR was off a turrible dood

    • @Hi: A non juiced Braun, is just not enough Braun for me..Dude is never going to put of the numbers he did during his hay day..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hi: I said not to draft in my rankings

  100. crumbelievable says:
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    Another great roundup, the man simply cannot be stopped. Pomeranz just dropped in my 12-team points league–thoughts on him vis a vis Hughes or Paxton (or C. Anderson or T. Wood, though I just picked up those two)?

  101. Phil of the Future says:
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    Grey, I like to pretend that Devon Travis isn’t a real person, but instead it’s just really a magical spot in my lineup where all these beautiful little stats appear every night. Like a glitch in the Matrix or something.

    Did you trade for Dickerson and Carter yet?

    Love ya,

    P.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: HA! I like that idea… The trade’s are being rejected, everyone wants these guys!

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: You waited too long!

        Hurricane Carter has hit the coastline and people have already boarded up their windows and taken refuge. I feel so bad for the baseballs that find themselves in Minute Maid Park right now. They must be terrified. Terrified!

        About Travis, you mentioned you preferred both Kipnis and Segura to him ROS. I’m just wondering why you keep trying to sabotage our relationship? Is this some sort of sick game to you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! You must know something I don’t…of course you do, the future! I like Travis but let’s see more than 2 weeks before anointing him

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: I totally agree.

            I’m just so thin up the middle I really need him to be real. Please be real!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I want him to be real too, let’s make him real together!

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: We can do this

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hope so

  102. phil says:
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    Any word on Francisco Rodriguez losing his closer role? Did he get hurt yesterday?
    Would you pick up Jonathan Broxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phil: He got hurt?

  103. Scott says:
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    Do you like Sam Fuld vs. the new guy?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Scott:

      Super Sam. He’s a streaky guy. Worth riding him while he’s going.

  104. chrisL says:
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    Thoughts on Buchholz and Joe Kelly? Hold/drop? Standard scoring 5×5 12 team keeper league…

    Thanks

  105. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey,

    12-team H2H with QS, league is very pitcher-strong.

    What do you think of Gallardo for ROS? And would you add Despaigne to drop any of the following:
    Gallardo, Wily Peralta, AJ Burnett

    Thanks, as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Drop Yovani

  106. Kenny says:
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    Rank these 3 players Flores, Odubel Herrera and Russell. Is it time to stash ALEX Guerrero.

  107. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I tend to sit Ross @COL. He never won vs. Rockies and with Arenado and Dickerson back in there, i could see things getting a bit more complicated for him….what you think?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Moscowitz:

      The pitch that seems to be most impacted by the thin air is the slider. That’s not a good thing for him.

  108. Casey says:
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    I have to part ways with Shoemaker or Phil Hughes for another bat. Which is a better choice to rid myself of: 10 Team H2H (QS/SV/WHIP/ERA/K)

  109. Harris Kiperman says:
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    Kipnis or Travis ROS h2h league

  110. Cal says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 team keep all players league

    My OF consists of Stanton, A. jones, JD Martinez, then also have Brantley, L Cain, and A. Gordon.

    I’ve been using those other guys to fill in my 2 utility slots.

    This am, I was offered:

    My Brantley + a choice of Pomeranz/J. Nelson/t Bauer

    For

    His Machado

    Would you make the deal? If so, which starter would you give up?

    Thanks!

  111. Carter says:
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    When can we drop Jay “Fat as Fuck” Bruce?

  112. Harry Fartsniffer says:
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    Received these two trades yesterday in my 12 team H2H league 6X5 (ops)

    My team consists of Norris, Abreu, Gordon, Kendricks,Frazier,Bogarts, Desomond, Harper, Cespedes, Myers, Pujols, Morales.
    Pitchers are A wood, T wood, Burnett, Ross, Odorizzi, McCarthy, Norris, Greene, Simon, Smyly on DL. RP Bentances, Romo, T Watson, Storen.

    1. Send Norris/Abreu and receive Gattis/Ortiz/Britton

    2 Send Bogarts/Morales receive Pineda

    Both don’t look good to me. The second is somewhat better. Do I counter for another pitcher that he has (Cueto, Hamels, Porcello, CMart) in the second offer. Of decline them both??

    Thanks

    HFSN

  113. KeeblerMN says:
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    I currently have Segura and LeMahieu (Wong).
    Would you recommend dropping either for Solarte, Flores or Owings at all?

    • KeeblerMN says:
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      Also, I’ll echo a previous commenter:
      Is it time to (mu)stache – Guerrero?

      Oh! Actually that could be a glossary term:

      Stache – when you keep a player on your bench in the hopes that he will blossom into a man capable of growing facial hair in the figurative sense.

      Something like that… I can hear you now “I like it, don’t love it”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KeeblerMN: DJ for Flores, depends on needs.. Forget Guerrero until he has an everyday job… Not feeling that term

  114. Jaone says:
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    Should I drop Brett Lawrie for Alex Guerrero?

  115. The Great Knoche says:
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    Joe Nathan Done for Season.

  116. JoeCool says:
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    I’ve got Xander, Middlebooks, Valbuena, Danny Santana for my SS/3B Mix. Wilmer Flores is available.

    Middlebrooks and Valbuena just because they’re hot.

    Drop Middlebrooks for Flores and go Xander 3B, Flores SS? OPS League

  117. Scott says:
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    14 team, 5×5 dynasty league

    1) Should I drop Rosario or Chisenhall (both on my team) for Guerrerro or Crisp (both on the wire)?

    2) Should I drop Haren for Worley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: 1) Wilin for Guerrero 2) No

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  118. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Chris Rock really broke some ground with that “a lot of Cardinals fans are white” thing. Surely he’s the first to notice.

    I’d like to see Chris Rock as Buttermaker in a Bad News Bears remake where all the kids are black except two Mexicans, a token white kid and a booger eatin’ moron.

    Alex Guerrero homers 17.6% of the time he comes to the plate.

  119. Craig says:
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    If you could continue to work in Cubs fan pee jokes, that would continue to be great. I’m sure urine trouble with Cubs management as they are likely starting to get pissed but they’ll just have to shake it off and deal with your stream of jokes.

    Great write-up!

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Craig:

      Well played

  120. Filkarri says:
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    Hey Grey, had a good laugh at the Pollock line. Anyway, in a 12 team league with holds, would you drop Shaw for Thornton or Walden?

  121. k-dog says:
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    Please rank ROS in a 10 team h2h points league:

    Pomeranz, Niese, Despaigne, Paxton, Joe Kelly

    thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @k-dog: They’re streamers

  122. yardwork19 says:
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    Reshuffling the deck and it’s not pretty.
    Please pick a side:
    Shelby Miller/ KRod or Scott Kazmir / Neftali Feliz

    QS count, not wins.
    As always, thanks!

  123. Chris says:
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    Thinking of dropping Shoemaker in a H2H points league. Bailey, Leake and Paxton are available. Any worth adding or should I hold. Thanks.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Chris:
      meh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Pax, but, yes, kinda meh

  124. Ron says:
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    Segura or D. Travis ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Segura

  125. Ron says:
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    Kennedy or DeScalfini?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: DeScalfini

  126. FrankGrimes says:
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    No Marte today.
    I am concerned about that
    hand moving forward

    sad emoticon

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @FrankGrimes:

      He’ll be fine. Day to day (aren’t we all). Don’t get all Grimey pessimistic on us.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Agree with GTS, he’ll be fine by Saturday

  127. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Reddick and Ike Davis are both hitting a lot of balls to the left side (small sample size). Beating the shift is the new OBP. A’s are going to be on the vanguard on this one again.

    I was thinking the other day, what would Tony Gwynn or Rod Carew have hit if teams played a lefty pull shift on them. I will say with honest conviction, I bet you Gwynn could have hit north of .500.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:
      did you see mattingly
      mangle the ninth last night?
      took twenty minutes in between two ABs
      to still lose the game

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @FrankGrimes:

        Read about it and heard some sound on the radio driving in. He is to managing what Dane Cook is to comedy.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: hes like the wade phillips of football. Oh wait you won’t get that. Good hitting coach bad manager. Never liked him there. I miss Jim Tracey

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @J-FOH:

            I know some football. I go way way back with the Bolts. It’s really only the last two years I abandoned the NFL ship.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @GhostTownSteve: I thought you were long time removed, but I hope you got my comp

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @J-FOH:

                I got it.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @GhostTownSteve: so when I call him Bum’s son…ok, I’ll stop

                  • GhostTownSteve says:
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                    @J-FOH:

                    I was a Bum Phillips fan when Earl Campbell was rocking the tearaway jersey.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @GhostTownSteve: love the Earl Campbell, my brothers first ever football was an Earl model

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: they’ll win a lot of games and he’ll hold his job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: You’re prolly right, of course they could’ve just pulled their defense completely if they had shifted on him, no point

  128. Greg says:
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    LaRoche or Teixeira ROS? (H2H POINTS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greg: LaRoche

  129. Shawn says:
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    Is anyone starting Homer Bailey vs the Brewers today? Khris Davis has owned him in the past. I’m nervous but I love the matchup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shawn: I don’t own him

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Shawn: Says in the Cueto blurb to stream against the Lose crew. I’m starting him and if he screws up will prob drop after. Kris Davis is junk.

  130. 740 says:
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    as always great read Grey….10team h2h 5x5cat

    who would u rather own. Feliz or Watson?…..Gattis or Zunino?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Thanks! Feliz…Gattis

  131. reese says:
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    I have an elvis andrus problem…he is my ss and alcides escobar is my MI. Available guys include owings, miller, lemahieu, cozart, gyorko, Crawford, gennett, hill, mercer, lindor (stash?), giovatella, forsythe, yunel escobar. Would you drop andrus for any of them? 12 team mixed keeper.

  132. A2K says:
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    Wilmer or Jace in a vacuum?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @A2K: Wilmer

  133. Bryan says:
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    Grey, Novarro to dl, would u drop Tomas for Smoak?

      • Bryan says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  134. Re-Pete says:
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    You can blame me for Fowler’s injury. I’m already starting 4 waiver pickups this season after injuries have destroyed my drafted team. Even my waiver adds like Fowler are getting into the act. I’m taking requests on my next waiver/injury victims. Anyone looking for a hit on a certain role player? I’ll try to add them for you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Re-Pete:

      ARod and Nelson Cruz please.

  135. Connor says:
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    Do I start Tyson Ross today in colorado? 6×6 roto, cats are W, QS, K, SV, WHIP, ERA. The limit is 200 games started and I’ve already been streaming a bit so am pacing above the limit currently. I’m thinking I’ll trade away pitchers a bit later in the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Connor:

      It’s a tough call. I always like to limit downside risk. But said mentality cost me the Archer start in Toronto last week. Always tougher calls earlier in the year when you don’t necessarily have feel for the rhythm of the game yet.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: exactly. How many guys that are being dropped will be relevant like they were suppose to. For example I still like shoe, don’t get all the hysteria

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          I didn’t like Shoe coming into the year so tough for me to comment.

          I will say that over the years I have found that patience doesn’t always pay off. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again with less depth here but:

          Let’s say there are 25-30 undrafted or recycled players in the pool that you have access to at the moment. If you never roster them, you never have a chance to own them. Yes you may roster and release, but in general terms, if you cycle through and somebody who looks like a hot hand becomes a season long add, that’s how you do that. There’s a guy named Stephen Jupinka in the NFBC. I think most people consider him maybe the top player in many ways. I had a conversation with him online where he basically fessed up to being a lousy drafter and in a way that ends up helping him because he’s churning and churning. He has an uncanny knack for ending up with each season’s much have adds. I think it might be not as much about evaluation as process.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’m a process guy first

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              I like this crazy obvious thing to say as a kind of rule of thumb:

              You never own a player you never roster.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, that’s a tough rule of thumb to live by, but solid advice… Hard to do in practice

          • J-FOH says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: Agreed, except on Shoe, I’m a sucker for guys that don’t give out free passes. It’s been my achilles the last few years. WHIP has always been a struggle for me.

            I always felt I was a terrible drafter and used that to my advantage to grab and hold onto emerging players while at the same time not feeling married to certain guys. Lets you also watch the trends of your leagues and playing against them.. The hard part is when you play in non FAAB leagues and it becomes a time and being in front of a computer thing. I would love to see what the Russell bids are like in FAAB leagues right now.

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @J-FOH:

              In the 12 team NFBC Magoo and I share, Ottovino went for $606 out of a $1000 budget for the year.

              In non-keepers Russell is going to be tempered. I’d be surprised if he hit three figures in NFBC 15 teamers.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @GhostTownSteve: yeah Magoo played the “guess what Ottavino went for?” game when I talked to him the other day.

                I’m always weary of rookies, with that said I like Travis better than Russell right now. Cal it a gut call, but russell has a ton of pressure o him right now where Travis is a small fish in a big pond. I can see Russell being relevant later n the year

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @J-FOH:

                  Funny you should say you’re “weary of rookies”. My boss who says “it’s not a race it’s a marathon” is also fond of saying he’s weary of things. I always kind of chuckle but never say anything. Take this with a laugh, it’s not a shot my friend, but…

                  Leery means leery and wary means wary and you can not combine them into weary and mean 2x leary wary.

                  I agree with your assessment of Russell/Travis.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @GhostTownSteve: so no portmanteau points? I kid of course. English is my second language slangish is my first

            • SwaggerJackers says:
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              @J-FOH:

              Russell went for $200 out of a possible $1000 in my 10 team keeper league.

  136. boognish says:
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    Clippard for Iwakuma?

    Have Familia, Gregerson, Cishek 12 Team 5×5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iwakuma

  137. reese says:
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    drop k davis for saunders? 12 team mixed keeper 4 OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  138. phenomenot says:
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    I got klubered yesterday.
    Start or sit Hutchison v. Orioles at the bouncy castle in Toronto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  139. Henry says:
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    Hi Grey!

    Do you have desclafani or Nelson ROS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nelson

      • sternal says:
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        @Grey: How about Descalfini vs McCarthy ROS?

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @sternal:

          McCarthy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          ???McCarthy

  140. Jmerts says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Which two out of the three would you start if you needed wins and WHIP management:

    Hendricks @PIT (today)
    Quintana Vs. KC (tomorrow)
    Burnett @ ARI (Saturday)

    • Jmerts says:
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      BTW…

      Hendricks Vs. Locke

      Quintana Vs. Duffy

      Burnett Vs. De la Rosa

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hendricks, Burn

  141. Joey says:
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    OPS league, like to have a bench bat to sub in for 2nd/ss

    Would you rather have Macus Sieman or Flores in that role?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

  142. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Re Rock, this will be buzzy for a day or two:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have to say Real Sports is the whitest, old-fogiest show there is… He must’ve wanted HBO to pay him for a comedy special

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Don’t know if you watched the whole thing but I thought the Emmett Till thing was kind of a cheap shot. One of the backward thinking legacies of baseball (recently celebrated of course) is Jackie Robinson. The MLB players union is just about as powerful a labor organization as there is in America. There is a strong liberal strain that runs through baseball in parallel to it’s admittedly conservative side. But that thing about playing the game right, given lip service by players and managers, is counter-balanced by the Moneyball forward thinking which has not only impacted every other major sport but the entire US business landscape. I just wonder why Rock comes off as a little pissed here and who he’s angry at? There’s a slight hint that something exclusionary is going on but there’s no evidence or call for that. MLB would be thrilled to have more black players at every level from Little League up. And thrilled to have fans from every demographic. But there’s also the fact that the sport is just a different sport. It is boring, slow and pastoral. How much should the basic beat of the games be altered to make it relevant. I’m sure it’s discussed all the time. There’s a balance there no doubt.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I usually love him, he was off base here (pun)

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Feel the same.

  143. Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Someone dropped CarGo in my 12-team 5×5 league… I’m 7th on the waiver claim, so I don’t believe I’ll be able to get him. Nonetheless, I’d be foolish not to try, right?

    I’d have to part ways with Chase Anderson, AJ Burnett, or Eovaldi.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burn

  144. John says:
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    Hey Grey,
    10-tm H2H Keeper (keep 12) balanced 9 hit and 8 pitch stats,

    My team is below (sorry so long) but I’ve got K. Uehara on the DL and needs to come off so I need to drop someone. On top of that I have M. Latos & W. Peralta that I took a chance on and I don’t know if its time to cut the cord. Also, a lot of talent on the wire, any guys worth picking up, and who would you drop ?
    Waiver H: L. Duda, A Laroche, K. Morales, M Teixeira, Z. Cozart, W. Middlebrooks, L. Valbuena
    Waiver P: J. Grili, A. Miller, F. Rodney, E. Volquez, A. Simon, J. Nelson, H. Santiago, T. Lincecum, A. DeSclafani

    My Team:
    C – C. Santana
    1B-P. Goldy
    2B- B. Dozier
    3B – N. Arenado
    SS – I. Desmond
    CI – K. Seager
    MI- R. Odor
    LF – A. Gordon
    CF – A. McCutch
    RF – R. Braun
    Util _ G. Polanco
    BN – B. Revere
    SP – MadBum
    SP -C. Sale
    SP – C. Carrasco
    RP – G. Perkins
    RP-J. Papelbon
    P – J. Odorizzi
    P A. Bradley
    BN – J. Hahn
    BN- J arrieta
    BN – A. Wood
    BN- M. Latos
    BN – W. Peralta
    DL – K Uehara (not on DL anymore)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Latos, Wily and Hahn…. Koji, Nelson, DeSclafani

  145. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… I have 1 add left this week and I’m waiting for your buy column but do you like Hector Santiago 1- to own 2- stream on Sunday vs Texas?? Which the SON likes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like him

  146. Pete says:
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    Benching Ross @ Coors today in a 7×7 (incluing QS) H2H league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Pete: Im starting him….because i feel like it

  147. Jack says:
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    Remember when Joc Pederson was batting 8th?

  148. Managers can be sooo stupid..Guy is on fire and lets give him a day off in COORS..Give him a day off from Petco, NOT COORS!!

    Will Middlebrooks is not in the Padres’ starting lineup on Thursday against the Rockies.
    It’s just a day of rest for Middlebrooks, who has tallied three home runs and 11 RBI in 16 games this season for the Friars. Yangervis Solarte will start at third base and Cory Spangenberg will start at second.

    Also of note: No Jerko at 2B..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  149. dickerson's jock strap says:
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    you like Shelby miller more than Descalfani ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomato tomahto

  150. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, I’d listen to Hawk over Darling any day, especially if he would say “PUT IT ON THE BOARDDDDDD FOR GRANDE DOLORRRR!!”, yeah I might be able to tolerate it. Darling on the other hand has to be the worst, well between him and Suzyn Waldman, I shudder and cringe when I hear either of those voices. I’m sure I’m late to the party as I just got Direct TV 2 months ago, but they have a channel with 8 different games going and you can toggle through the feeds for the audio. Man I thought MLB tonight was great to watch, but how many commercials can you take? Hello channel 720 you and my BFF have brought me to a new level of fantasy! HA. Let’s keep those positive thoughts for our boys at Coors, 4 more days of ROX baseball! Keep stacking those numbers, I know your hungry for some more home cooking!! I’m looking at you Arenado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, BFF! Mets are the best in the biz

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I like Howie Rose.

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: Yeah Howie is really good too

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: hey we agree

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Teddy Heater: Really?? Darling is great…him, Mex and gary together are the best combo in baseball.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Is Budweiser infringing on your Wet Tail trademark? I noticed they came out with a new drink line Mix-Tail, are you getting any of that action? Is the MLB channel the demographic for mixed malt liquor drinks?

  151. CMUTimmah says:
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    Rank these three pitchers ROS:

    Fiers
    Lohse
    Hudson
    Hahn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers, Hahn,

  152. Jaone says:
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    Drop pagan for revere?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ok

    • Rizzo thrown out at first trying to BUNT for a hit!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He’s flexing his new speed!

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          They’re doing a bunting module in the Intro to OBP class.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha!

  153. Crayola Canyon Chief ENG. says:
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    Please rank ROS. Would you drop Kendrys Morales for any of these? PS. i am lacking in the speed dept.

    cole calhoun, jean segura, alcides escobar, denard span, elvis andrus, jake marisnick,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun, Alcides, drop Kendrys

  154. C says:
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    Start J. Quintana vs. KC tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  155. Mike B says:
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    10 team 10 keeper roto with OBP/QS: which side?
    Cole (25th) J Zimmerman and Souza (14th) or Yelich (19th) Blackmon (21st) and Nelson (20th)

    I have Yelich side, but am light on pitching and heavy on keepers and OF

    Many thanks, Marte is my Blue Ivy(27th rounder)

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Mike B: Souza side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza side

  156. Frank White says:
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    Is Souza in today’s lineup??

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Frank White: Dont know yet…but if it was just a cramp as they said then he should be

  157. Great White North says:
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    K Davis, Marisnick, or Cahna.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Great White North:

      I think Canha has been exposed as the Rule 5 guy he really is.

      Marisnick is going to be a guy everybody will wish they’d gotten cheap/late when looking back next year I think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  158. Nojangles says:
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    Travis/moose/wade Davis for Harvey?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Nojangles: Harvey

  159. Pete says:
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    Pujols vs Jesse Chavez in LA or Morales vs Sale in Chicago?
    Tron says Pujols, logic says Pujols, but Morales is 2 for 3 with a HR and a double against Sale (minuscule sample though)

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Pete: Pujols…not even close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols

  160. Jon says:
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    Cishek or Ottavino the better closer ROS?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Jon: Cishek

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Otta

  161. Nojangles says:
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    Drop Dex fowler or Khris davis/Alex Gordon/
    Marisnick.

    Probably good on speed so more balanced player or hold

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Nojangles: If im reading this right id drop Fowler for Gordon

      • Nojangles says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: yeah sorry had to type quick on my phone.. I own fowler. I feel adequate in stolen bases.. So with that in mind, do I drop him for: Khris davis/Alex Gordon/ or any other outfider conceivable to be in a waiver wire 10 team league.

        Looking for the most complete hitter( avg/runs/rbs/hrs)

        Prob Alex Gordon? He looks bad thus far

  162. Frank Condor says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Really enjoyed the write up. Having some 2B issues in a 12 team H2H. Hoping Gyorko learns to hit and wins the starting job but have the following options on the wire:

    Asdrubal, S. Drew, Micah Johnson..

    Need speed more than pop but could really just use a starter who is not a sink hole.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Micah

  163. Frank Condor says:
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    Same 2B question:

    Who do you like of the 4 (Gyorko, Asdrubal, S. Drew, Micah) in the short term and ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Micah

  164. Ralph says:
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    Hope Kluber’s owners used some Klubrication for that yesterday. ouch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  165. Frank Lynch says:
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    who xshould I start v-Mart or Souza? Ineedtoknowin5 minutes

    • Frank White says:
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      i

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Frank White: Love you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  166. Scott says:
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    Turn in your lineups, San Francisco! Grrr.

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: Thank you!

  167. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    who’s the drop for Smyly (including himself) coming off DL (10 team, keep 10 forever roto):

    Scherzer
    Arrieta
    Carrasco
    Hamels
    Richards
    Salazar
    McCarthy
    Shoemaker
    Familia
    Gregerson
    Papelbon
    Rodon

    Shoe?

    Thanks

  168. Grant says:
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    Who would you rather have: Evan Longo or Carlos Carrasco?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Grant: Depends on needs..id lean towards Longo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

    • jal179 says:
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      @Grant:

      Carrasco– keeps the CY in Hot Cleveland…. word

  169. Jay says:
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    you takin cozart over Dannys?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Jay: No

      • Jay says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: that much faith in Dannys or that little faith in cozart?

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Jay: That little faith in cozart…and Danny has been showing signs of coming around

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  170. Frank White says:
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    who xshould I start v-Mart or Souza? Ineedtoknowin5 minutes

    • Scott says:
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      @Frank White: Well, we know for a fact that V-Mart is playing. Don’t know about Souza.

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Scott: if it was a cramp…no reason he shouldnt play…but yeah if you dont want to hold your breath than go with V-Mart…id go Souza though

  171. Frank White says:
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    Sorry for the demand.. Lol

  172. Frank White says:
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    Thanks!!! What was the Love you about?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Frank White: i didnt see your question at first…all i saw was “I” so figured id finish the statement

  173. Great White North says:
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    Brett Cecil worth holding?

      • Great White North says:
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        @Scott: Nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues

  174. WTF, The Mets, the feckin New feckin York feckin Mets have won 10 in a row..

    How did they do that?

  175. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Boras beating the Soriano drum. What do you think Soriano’s ETA is?

    Any guesses on where he will land and/or if he will assume closing duties?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t pay attention to Boras

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Grey: burn!

  176. jal179 says:
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    1. Alcides + Wacha or Odorizzi for Desmond?

    2. Pollock or Yelich + Hamels for J Upton?

    Which most fair offer? 10 team 7×6, Hits, OPS, QS…. I’m swimming in SPs need OF or MI help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None are fair

      • jal179 says:
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        @Grey:

        figured. ha. thx much

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  177. Lander says:
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    One 1st base position 3 outfield 2 util
    1st baseman pujols, duda, crush Davis
    Outfield Stanton, Harper, Billy, souza, pence, Polanco.

    Need to get rid of one…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  178. J-FOH says:
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    Alex Guerrero playing today. Funny how the Dodgers have two of the most exciting bench bats in all of baseball, Van Slyke being the other, yet have easily top 5 worst manager in the leauge. I guess 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

    • Scott says:
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      @J-FOH: Word

    • jal179 says:
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      @J-FOH:

      Ha. Too old school. Maybe if he ran naked through the streets of LA eating KFC I’d respect him more

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @J-FOH: Also leading off Justin Turner when Rollins gets a day off instead of Joc.

      I think Rick Renteria is available.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Turner is a great bench bat too, he’s the Brock Holt of the Dodgers

  179. Clyde Prompto says:
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    In an AL-Only 10 teamer, is a rotation of Archer/Keuchel/Salazar/Eovaldi/Hutchison enough to cut the mustard? I have Samardzija also, but he’s drawing some decent trade interest. I should mention that we only get 2 FA acquisitions on each side of the All Star break, so streaming isn’t an option.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Grey: Gracias!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  180. Grant says:
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    Corey Kluber or Todd Frazier?
    Corey Kluber or Bryce Harper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitters

      • Grant says:
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        @Grey: Frazier or Harper then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Harper

  181. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Weekly 9×9 H2H OPS league with BB and K, Chris Davis or Coors CarGo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  182. Grant says:
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    Safe to start Drew Smyly tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not in some leagues

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: what sorts of leagues would those be? Trying to figure out myself whether to start him or not.

  183. 'Topes says:
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    Should I drop ShoeMaker for J Nelson or hold?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  184. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    McCarthy (whom Streamo loves) @ SD vs. Cashner or C Mart (whom streamo hates) @ MIL vs. Garza for tomorrow?

    I’m leaning CMart. Your or anyone else’s thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C-Mart

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: go look at the walk rate, BABIP and xFIP. I’m liking McCarthy at the Diego

  185. Whatever says:
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    Grey,

    AL Only (10 Team): would you start Bauer @DET? Bauer has been looking good lately.

    Also, do you think Quintana is going to turn it around?

    Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him, yes on Quintana

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  186. Sandlot Bully says:
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    12 team 6X6 H2H (OBP/ QS)

    1B- Abreu
    2B- Altuve
    3B- Seager
    SS- Tulo
    OF- Harper/ Marte/ Zimmerman
    Util- Ozuna/Alvarez

    Bench- Dozier/ Adams

    SP- Samardzija/ Gray / Archer/ Ross/ DeScalfani/ Nelson
    RP- Chapman/ KRod/ Familia/ Reed/ Boxberger

    Wondering if I should be carrying 2 bench bats or using one of those spots for streaming SP or picking up Schmotatos?

    Also, drop Dozier or Adams for what’s available on the wire?

    Available:
    Moustakas
    Guerrero

    Eovaldi
    TWood

    Make any changes or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no one to drop

      • Sandlot Bully says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the help, Grey. Wasn’t sure if I was holding Dozier or Adams for no reason while I could be stream hitters and/or pitching

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why don’t you trade them?

          • Sandlot Bully says:
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            @Grey: That was my initial thought. Will try but trades rarely happen in this league.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If you must, drop Adams

              • Sandlot Bully says:
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                @Grey: Appreciate it

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  187. Alex Guerrero is starting at third base and batting seventh Thursday against the Giants.
    It’s his reward for slugging a pinch-hit two-run homer off Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday night. Guerrero has three home runs and 11 RBI in just 17 plate appearances this season and should continue to challenge Juan Uribe for starts at the hot corner.

      • Sandlot Bully says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Thanks! Saw that earlier. As a Dodger fan I wish he would get a chance to not be terrible at 3B more often.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  188. Jaymz says:
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    Hey Grey, your preseason hope for Fiers prompted me to to draft him, but I’m about to drop him for Jimmy Nelson. Yay or nay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  189. Corey II says:
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    Got offered a trade to swap horrible SP in an NL league. Rather have Latos or Fiers for the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers

  190. John says:
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    Goal is to try give little as possible butif I am rostering Tulo and Kipnis should I try and trade for Russell with his soon to be 2/ss elgibility 10 team lg?

    Or I guess Im saying I am annoyed with KIPNIS!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @John:

      Albright doesn’t kare for Kipnis. You’ll find no sympathy.

  191. Great White North says:
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    What league did you drop Lind in? Homer has one of the more appropriate names ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It says in the post

  192. Wudaben says:
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    Thinking about that McCutchen sell from last week and trying to determine what I might be able to get for him. What do you think about Cutch for Kris Bryant and DeGrom? It’s looking like some don’t think much of McCutchen already…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want more

  193. GhostTownSteve says:
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    C’mon Castro.

    Also, is this the most boring headline ever:

    “Only 20% of cars in Norway have digital radio capability”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  194. TOGMAN says:
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    Pick only 1! Kolten Wong or Devon Travis? OBP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong

  195. ERad says:
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    No OZUNA smash yet – but he’s starting to heat up – gotta figure those long balls are a comin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  196. Steve says:
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    14-team h2h

    Paxton just hit the wire, my staff:

    Hamels
    Carrasco
    Yordano
    Fiers
    Miller
    Bradley

    Melancon, Grilli, Casilla, Peralta, Osuna

    Drop any of them for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  197. Swfcdan says:
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    Ottavino and Paxton for A Wood?

  198. North West says:
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    Got an offer of Gray, Joc P and Grilli for my Arrieta and Soler. Should I take it or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler side

  199. Swfcdan says:
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    And of course Anibal is dealin, right after we all benched him today due to him stinkin and Yanks rakin…FMLP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sonavabench!

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Pitching is a sonavabitch right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • Swfcdan says:
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        Maddeninglys brain synapses have returned! A-Guerr is in the lineup for you deep league owners dying at 2B like me.

  200. Archie got himself some bad cleats, man.

    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (5 hrs ago) Although Diamondbacks starting pitcher Archie Bradley improved to 2-0 on Wednesday against the Rangers, it wasn’t a flawless outing for the rookie right-hander. In fact, he got into trouble early and almost got yanked from the game.
    Bradley issued three walks and hit one batter in the first inning, which prompted pitching coach Mike Harkey to call down to the bullpen in case Bradley continued to struggled, per MLB.com.
    “You can say you’re not aware of it, but I heard the bullpen phone ring,” Bradley said. “I saw guys start to get loose, and I was like, ‘All right I’ve got to figure something out, or I’m not going to make it out of this first inning.'”
    Bradley worked out of the jam, allowing just one run, and then made a change of his own before the Diamondbacks made their change. Bradley used a new pair of cleats he had never pitched in to begin the game. Once Bradley switched his cleats, he settled down to throw five scoreless innings before being taken out of the game.
    “That’s what I’m most proud of — to have the long first and grind through six innings and leave with my team winning,” Bradley said. “I think that’s where you’ve seen some of the growth in me out there. Even though it still wasn’t pretty, and I still had the walks and the high pitch count, I was able to make some quality pitches and put some balls on the ground for the guys up the middle to make plays.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, wacky

  201. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Grey, who would you drop between Howard and Gyorko? dropping either means I’m left without a backup at 1B or 2B respectively and would probably mean I have to trade for help in case of an injury (we have very limited waivers). Maybe a better way of asking is who would you rather have available as a DH/Util in case of emergency?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, I butchered that question – your suggesting I keep Gyorko, or drop Gyorko?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop

  202. Jason E. from the D says:
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    ROS…Addison Russell or Danny Santana. I am just kidding, I am sure you are tired of answering that question. Thanks for the write up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  203. YoPizzle says:
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    Big fan of this site! Would you love get your opinion on a trade offer. It is a 12 team h2h points dynasty league (do not lose points for strikeouts and SBs are only 1point). A team offered me Zach Greinke and Dalton Pompey for Corey Dickerson and Brandon McCarthy. Dickersons injury scares me, but it is a dynasty league and he is young. What do I do here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, YoPizzle! I’d want Dickerson

  204. Warren says:
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    Puig and Arenado for Stanton

    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  205. danny almonte says:
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    Play Yordano @ CWS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues

  206. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    1st casualty of picking up Addison (and that really does sound like i’m crusing the JR highs for girls don’t it), somebody else waivered revere, I had to drop revere to add Addison right when he came up since it’s daily-today transactions and active players are locked at gametime, revere was off that day. this lineup in 14 team roto with no avg, just counting stats, they are XBH/hits/BB’s/K’s in addition to standard stuff.
    caleb
    1b Rizzo
    2b altuve
    3b belter
    ss Addison
    CI c-sant
    MI lawrie
    LFmelky
    CF jones
    RF heyward
    OF canha
    util arcia
    BN j.ram
    drop anybody for Alonso/guerrero/yes…. many/pillar/i.davis/vargas/d.jennings/coghlan?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ram for Jennings, play him over Arcia vs. lefties

  207. bigbear says:
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    His Wong and Carlos Martinez for my X-Bogs and Yordano Ventura? This would mean I’m trusting 3B to some combo of Chris Davis and Maybestakas… But allows me to drop Chris Owings from 2B and see how Alex Guerrero plays out at 3B(?).

    Or is my love for Wong to strong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems unnecessary

  208. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm weekly 9×9 H2H OPS league, with BB, K and NetSB, start 3OF: do you like either Eaton or De Aza over Saunders or Gose as a bench bat?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Saunders over De Aza, they both are can sit vs. lefties

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton over Saunders

  209. tony says:
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    trade longo for Sale? , also i have kris bryant

    • J-FOH says:
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      @tony: I would

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  210. Uglee says:
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    I was offered Trout for Soler, and Zimmermann…. Would I be dumb to not take this trade?

    OF is Kemp, Soler, Brantley, Bruce, and Zimmerman

    Pitchers are Zim, Bailey, Liriano, McHugh, Odorizzi, Sale, Salazar, Arrieta, Greene, and Heston

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Uglee: take Trout and thank the owner later

    • ashtray says:
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      @Uglee: Take it take it take it

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Uglee: He does get something in return, but I would 100% take that deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Trout

      • Uglee says:
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        @Grey: Thanks all… Ima take the trade.

  211. Long Bawls says:
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    Not something you want to say in Detroit (or really anywhere, ever), but: Yes, Masa!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  212. ryanoger says:
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    Wilson Ramos Was – C
    Paul Goldschmidt Ari – 1B
    Jason Kipnis Cle – 2B
    Evan Longoria TB – 3B
    Ian Desmond Was – SS
    Nelson Cruz Sea – OF
    Wil Myers SD – OF
    Melky Cabrera CWS – OF
    Util
    Chris Davis Bal – 1B,3B
    Lucas Duda NYM – 1B
    Bench
    Grégory Polanco Pit – OF
    Leonys Martín Tex – OF
    DL
    Anthony Rendón Was – 2B,3B

    Pitchers
    Corey Kluber Cle – SP
    Jacob deGrom NYM – SP
    Jake Arrieta ChC – SP
    Carlos Martínez StL – SP,RP
    Danny Salazar Cle – SP
    Alex Wood Atl – SP,RP

    Huston Street LAA – RP
    Trevor Rosenthal StL – RP
    Wade Davis KC – RP
    Fernando Rodney Sea – RP
    DL
    Drew Smyly TB – SP

    Went ahead and pull the trigger yesterday and snagged Leonys Martín and dropped Devon. With Jason Heyward on the wire (crazy) is Duda still the drop to pick up Jay Hay? I’m loving me some Duda right now…we play with 2 utility spots. Should I keep the bats and drop C-Mart or overload on the batting side…

    ALSO

    Still roll with Wilson or grab Russ Martin or A.J. Pierzynski or Realmuto

    thanks Grey

    best,
    Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        So don’t grab Jason Heyward?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  213. ashtray says:
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    Which closer would you offer up to a Joe Nathan owner in order to get McHugh:

    Rosenthal
    Britton
    Rondon
    Ottavino

    Or would you hold.

    Current pitchers are: Arrieta, Ross, Carrasco, Paxton, Burnett, Salazar, Colon, Pomeranz, McCarthy

    • Cram It says:
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      @ashtray: Rondon’s a closer?

    • Cram It says:
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      @ashtray: Never mind. Not Rodon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any…Whichever one he wants… Ottavino

  214. Hi says:
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    dynasty with obp and qs
    14 tm, 26 roster spots

    jose fernandez or starling marte

    hmmmmmmmm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, not close

  215. mzyptlk says:
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    Cole and Collmenter face off tomorrow in Az…..start both?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Cole

  216. Skeet says:
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    Which trade side do you like better? Mccutchen/cishek or Carlos Gomez/Matt Harvey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey

  217. Long Bawls says:
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    Also, I’m no Spanish speaker or mad scientist, but with Caminero and Walker, you think the Pirates are trying to Frankenfield a Cespedes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  218. Dickerson's Jock...Strap says:
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    trade dickerson for ross and sonny grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  219. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Updating my previous post: Alex Guerrero has homered in 22.2% of his plate appearances.

    Mojitos for everybody.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  220. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Wong in the six hole. Still confusing. Improvement on the eight hole.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moving up!

  221. Dr. Mantis Toboggan says:
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    Hey good call on Tanaka going sideways against Detroit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice patience to wait until the game is over to mock me

      • Dr. Mantis Toboggan says:
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        @Grey: you’re welcome

  222. hoggindapotti says:
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    Free Alex Guerrero. Yeah, he just went deep again….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  223. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Alex Guerrero goes yard again today. Glad I grabbed him after my lengthy rant this morning. There is simply no way they can keep benching a guy they are paying 28 million who is hitting like this. Those they pay the bills will tell Mattingly to eff himself.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy

    • Au shizz showers says:
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      @Hieronymous Lohse: agreed… My current OF is Dickerson/ellsbury/Myers/joc

      Only droppable pitcher could be Kennedy/iawkuma/Castro.

      Would u pull the trigger to snag Guerrero before it’s too late to use in platoon with crush Davis in my UTiL spot?

  224. herschel says:
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    @Grey: need to drop one of chase anderson, fiers or paxton in a weekly roto redraft league. who to drop?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers

  225. Steve says:
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    Comcast merger with TimeWarner dead… will LA get to see the boys in blue play before Vin’s hung them up for good? who knows?

  226. hankp101 says:
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    I can only keep one in a deep 5×5. Keep Kyle Hendricks or Roberto Osuna? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks

  227. Jake I says:
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    Hi Grey –

    A leaguemate of mine just offered his Addison Russell for my Francisco Liriano. My SS is Danny Santana (and picked up Iglesias only because hes a hot schmotato), and my pitching is just fine. There will always be streamers on the waiver wire this early in the season.

    Should I do this trade, and see who works out the best between Russell and Santana? Or hold on to Liriano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Jake I says:
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        @Grey: Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  228. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Blackmon & Rondon

    For

    Ventura & A Gordon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon

  229. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    Time to kick some Yankee ass this weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Mets are insane right now

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Im enjoying it while it lasts

  230. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey! Wilmer Flores or Peralta at SS for rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flores

  231. Cram It says:
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    11 in a row!!!!

    Love,
    The ghost of David Wright

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Cram It: Now they better take at least 2 of 3 from the skanks

      • Cram It says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Perfect weekend to go on a bender.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Cram It:

          Aren’t they all?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  232. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I’d kind of like to see Wacha start missing a few bats. His velocity is down just a tick but nothing major. His swinging K rate is sandwiched inbetween Josh Colmenter and Jason Hammel on the leaderboard. That’s not a real appetizing sandwich. Off to a good start but FIPping 4.30-ish.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      Nats have had the lead runner on in 4 of 5 innings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’s still dealing with shoulder issues

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        He’s definitely gutting through it if that’s the case.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup