I’m convinced you’d be better off if you ignored everything from Spring Training.  For every one thing you gleam from the spring that pays off, there’s five terrible habits you pick up like you’re a priest in The Keepers on Netflix.  Okay, maybe you would have seen Joey Gallo wasn’t striking out as much (barely has carried over), but you also would’ve seen Shohei Ohtani looking terrible.  Hat tip to someone on Twitter who screenshot this:

So many things wrong with this — Has Bryce Harper ever been bad?  I mean, maybe injured, but a bust?  WUT.  Also, it’s one thing to be concerned about Shohei Ohtani, but bust?  He hadn’t pitched one inning in the major leagues by that point and was being drafted around 100th overall.  Bust?  It was a gamble, risk was baked in.  Yesterday, Shohei Ohtani bust…ed out!  (See what I did there?)  He went 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners (1 hit, 1 walk), 12 Ks.  Good luck convincing someone he’s a bust now when trading for him.

The other pitcher with “Otani” in their last name is Jameson Taillon who went 9 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 2 walks, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.26.  Last year, I suggested to get his feng shui back, to find his equilibrium, because he couldn’t pitch with one testicle missing, I suggested he put a walnut in his jock strap for balance.  Well, I’m not saying he took my advice, but, yesterday, Jameson Taillon gave up one hit.  Imagine he was a eunuch?  He’d be Sandy Koufax!  Wait, was that why Koufax had a girl’s first name?  For a while last year, Taillon was treating the surviving twin like a punch bag, but he looks back to the potential ace he once was.  Go get ’em, Jameson Walnut!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Mike Trout – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (2).  Who this guy?  He new to the league?

Franklin Barreto – Was called up on Saturday.  I’m feeling the A’s (hey now!) more so this year, than I have in past years, in like 15 years.  All your bases belong to the A’s Matts.  However — again with some stank — HOWEVER!  Barreto does very little for me, as of this writing.  *waits ten seconds*  Yeah, still now.  He’s ranked relatively high on Prospector Ralph’s top 100 prospects for 2018 fantasy baseball, but PR doesn’t exactly gush like a Diet Coke bottle with a Mentos in his blurb on Barreto.  In redraft leagues, I’m waiting to see something, and, if that means I don’t own him, then so be it.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Brocktune!  I talk about Polanco in Friday’s Buy video:

Corey Dickerson – 1-for-4 and his 1st home run.  I might be misremembering this, but I feel like Dickerson has more homers than RBIs in the last year-plus.

Eugenio Suarez – Out with a fractured thumb.  Apparently, for drafting him, a fractured thumb was Eugenio’s levy.  So, Nick Senzel, right?  I looked to grab him in every league.  Yet, every time a rookie gets called up, I immediately veer on the side of the conservative timetable with “He’ll be up in June,” with a side of “Maybe in September.”  No harm, no foul in grabbing Senzel to see if the Reds surprise the world, but they’ve called up Alex Blandino, who is as good as he sounds.  You’ve heard of The Great Houdini?  Well, the new Reds’ 3B is The Bland Blandino.

Tyler Mahle – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.22.  Well, that was short-lived.

CC Sabathia – Hit the DL with a hip strain.  Technically, with CC, it’s a hungry, hungry, hip strain.

Giancarlo Stanton – 0-for-7 with 5 Ks.  Visual metaphor:  Giancarlo is wearing a sombrero and my fantasy team’s batting average is a piñata.  Oh, and all he’s wearing is a sombrero.

Anthony Santander – 3-for-6, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .207.  He was an early pick to potentially breakout, because the O’s had to carry him, due to Rule 5, uh, rules.  It’s still early, maybe he just needed some time to find his sea legs (then we can call him Anthony Santa Maria).

Steven Matz – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.00 vs. Gio Gonzalez – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.59.  This matchup featured a home plate ump, Marty Foster, who ejected Anthony Rendon, because his strike call was so bad Marty Foster assumed Rendon would argue even though he didn’t.  No joke, Marty Foster ejected Rendon for standing in the batter’s box an extra two seconds.  Maybe this is one of those new pace of play rules.  By the way, is it me or is it impossible to say any umpire’s name without saying their first and last name?

Matt Harvey – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.60.  Prospector Ralph, excuse me, Pitcher Profile Ralph will be along in a few hours with a Matt Harvey pitching profile.

Bryce Harper – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .357.  Seriously, a bust?  Is that legitimately the craziest thing you’ve ever heard?

Jake Faria – 1 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  This 4-man rotation experiment is going as well as The Sopranos finale.  “Don’t stop believin’…Wait, that’s it?  There’s no more?  Mom, they shut off our HBO?!”

Rick Porcello – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.84.  In case you’re joining us late, I’m back in on Porcello this year, and own him in one league.  It’s still early, but I’ll give you a lowercase, non-exclamatory natch.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER as he was activated from the DL.  I liked Ed-Rod in the preseason, and he was in Friday’s Buy.   Obviously, yesterday’s start was not what I had in mind, but it’s too early to write him off completely.  He did have seven strikeouts in under four innings.

Xander Bogaerts – Left yesterday’s with a lower extremity injury.  A lowextremjury.  Next time on Fox’s When Portmanteaus Go Wrong — lowextremjury!

Alex Colome – 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 15.43.   He wants to stay on the Rays so bad he’s cratering his trade value.  Aw, it’s kinda sweet how poorly he’s pitching.  Sweet and painful, like befriending a porcupine after you sit on it.

C.J. Cron – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  You know any time I see a sign of life with Cron I’m going to be watching him like a cyclops with a monocle.

Trevor Bauer – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.08.  Some of you are winding up the “Yeah, okay, but Bauer was vs. the Royals.”  This is true, and to those people I say, look at the AL Central.  What are you worried about, the White Sox?  The Twins?  Bauer’s gonna have about 17-20 cakewalks this year, which sounds like a good year for Billy Butler.

Lonnie Chisenhall – Hit the DL with a calf strain and could miss four to six weeks.  Geez, Ozzy Osbourne came back quicker from a drug-fueled coma.  In Chisenhall’s place, the Indians will turn to Naquin, Rajai and Brandon Guyer.  Pretty clear which one doesn’t sound Indian at all.

Yan Gomes – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .143.  He’d be leading my RCL in homers if I owned him.  *scratches head*  Yeah, I might need to make a trade.

Mike Clevinger – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 0.71.  Can someone tape Danny Salazar’s mouth shut, put a gorilla costume on him and ship him to Africa?

Ian Kennedy – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 0.75.  See what I said for Bauer about matchups.

Michael Wacha – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 5.59.  Trying to remain optimistic, but Wacha’s looked not nearly half as good as I thought he would in the preseason.  Five walks vs. five Ks?  That’s the new blech.

Taijuan Walker – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.27 vs. Luke Weaver – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.59.  Not saying these guys will always been gorge, or make you engorged, but how long does it take for you to realize you didn’t need to draft that top starter?  Did the time elapsed get shorter than last year?  Then you’re growing.  You’re really growing if you owned Luke Weaver and Taijuan Walker yesterday.

A.J. Pollock – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (1) and legs (3), hitting .343.  See comments about Spring Training in the lede.

David Peralta – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .324.  He’s crushing the ball almost as much as I’m crushing on him.  Samesies on the crush meter.

Jose Berrios – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 6 hits, zero walks, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.29.  If you had to wear a neck brace after that FIPlash, I’d understand.

Ryon Healy – Underwent an MRI on his twisted ankle.  Gonna start calling him, Ryon Injurly.

Lucas Giolito – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.17.  But he was so good in Spring Training?!  “I hear that, homey.”  Oh, shut up, Jason Kipnis.  (Think we have a theme of today’s roundup.  What’s that, English Prof?  Don’t point out my thesis statement?  Oh, shut up!)

Reynaldo Lopez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 0.69.  Rey-Lo is using those Jedi master tricks taught to him from the first three Star Wars movies which have now been recycled four times.  Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like Lopez’s next start, and I wouldn’t trust him either.

Tim Anderson – 1-for-3 and his 5th steal, hitting .276.  Who ranked Anderson higher than anyone had any right to rank him?!  Shake your body spastically in my direction!  I am your Osho!

Michael Fulmer – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 0.68.  He throws hard, but is a total velocitease with a 4.7 K/9, and career K/9 under 7.

Cody Bellinger – Out with food poisoning.  Right before Cody got sick, he was heard saying, “Did that sign say this Dodger dog was made with real–” *dry heaves*

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.89, but he went against his archenemy, The Blach Panther, Ty Blach – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.11.  Now it’s back to No-K-anda for The Blach Panther, where someone is holding his country hostage and demanding blackmail.  Or it might be Blach mail and he just received a Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon.

Jeff Samardzija – Hopes to return on April 19th.  I kinda need him in one league, which is like, “I hope to get over this pneumonia, so I can go to the dentist to get a root canal.”

Sean Newcomb – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.35.  Where was this start the first time out?  Saving your best for a start in Coors is so passive aggressive.  You also sneeze on hand towels in your friend’s bathroom when no one is looking?  I know that trick!  I invented that trick!

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and 2nd of the weekend in Coors.  Albies sure — I can tell you how I feel about you night and day, nite and day… — is a 2nd rounder if he played every home game in Coors.   He might be anyway.  Zoinks!

Dansby Swanson – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .382.  Damn, just think, the Braves could’ve had Shelby Miller hitting there if it wasn’t for Dave Stewart.  Are you saying Dansby might not have been completely washed up at 24 years old?  Wow, shocker.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners (0 walks), 11 Ks, ERA at 0.64.  I wonder if the Astros said, “Hey, ‘member how the Pirates said you should throw your nasty, 95 MPH fastball for contact?  Yeah, forget that.  We appreciate missed bats here.”

Charlie Morton – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 0.00, which would be a record if the season ended today.  I like anyone with a heartbeat facing the Padres, but Morton’s more than a heartbeat, which also sounds like something Elon Musk would say.  “You are more than a heartbeat.  Let’s go to Mars together.”  That’s Elon tucking in his robots.

Brad Peacock – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save.  Ken Giles did pitch the previous two days, but not sure the Astros really love the K. Giles Band.

Josh Reddick – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .346.  You could’ve had Reddick for cheap.  Which is not just a sign you see as you’re leaving Tijuana.

Max Stassi – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  It was in poor taste when Stassi used his home run trot to goose-step around the bases.

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.53.  I’d own Minor, so don’t take this the wrong way, but wait until we get to August and the Rangers throw Minor’s arm against a wall like a limp noodle to see if he’s done.

Cole Hamels – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  …And we can go back to ignoring him.

Joey Gallo – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .200.  But the Ks are down!  Lowercase yay!

Vince Velasquez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.19.  As I always said, if you stake Vince Velasquez to a 45-run lead vs. the Marlins, you’re gonna walk away with a win.

Jake Arrieta – 4 IP, 2 ER in his season debut.  This was Arrieta first game with Kapler and at first Arrieta was confused, saying, “Wait, the hummingbird, zipping around the dugout, is our manager?”

Ben Zobrist – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, as he hit third.  Ridiculous.  It’s almost like wins come too easy for the Cubs, and Joe Maddon is trying to make things more difficult.  I get it, Rizzo’s dealing with back pain, but Zobrist shouldn’t be the three-hole hitter for the Padres, let alone the Cubs.  Maybe Maddon made a (almost stutterer!) deal with the devil for the World Series victory and now needs to try to get his soul back using Zobrist’s wife, the Christian singer.  Play Ian Happ!  By the way, you’re gonna be hearing a lot more about Ian Happ, because I just traded for him in Tout Wars.  I traded Jeurys Familia and $60 of FAAB (out of $1000) for Ian Happ.  Oh, and I’m in first place with Hunter Strickland and Sean Doolittle too, while needing a bat.  I’m happy with the trade, but feel free to lambast me in the comments.

Christian Yelich – Hit the DL finally with an oblique injury.  Apparently, for five days, it was oblique that he’d need two weeks to recover like everyone else who’s ever had an oblique injury.

Chase Anderson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners 2 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  This was not a resounding vote of confidence.  I mean, two Ks?  The aforementioned Zobrist was the three-hole hitter and Caratini was playing 1st.

Jacob Barnes – With the blown save on Saturday.  If the platypus is a duck designed by a committee, the Brewers’ bullpen is a yuck designed by committee.

  1. TTRA1N says:
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    Trade Castillo for Happ, Puig or Baez?

    • Justin says:
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      @TTRA1N:

      No

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TTRA1N: Puig sounds fair

  2. CrazyJ says:
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    Is it just my roster? What ever happened to quality starts! Oh, and I’m still not over it… another shout out to Fiveout Faria… &*(@!

    • billiejak says:
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      @CrazyJ: seriously…I can’t even tell you how many 5.2inning starts my roster has produced over the last two years. I regret trading Klubot.

  3. MrMoonsault says:
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    Would you drop Chase Anderson or Reynaldo Lopez to stash Jack Flaherty in a 12 team h2h? Who would you prefer Maraza or haniger ROS? Thanks

    • bigbear says:
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      @MrMoonsault: I’d go with Lopez (but could easily stream). And Haniger until he gets hurt.

  4. H says:
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    My weekly H2H team hit .197 for the week. Can someone tell Goldy, Jose Ramirez, Bregman, and Hamilton that spring training is over, the season has begun…jeez!

    • crimedog says:
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      @H: I feel you. Only lost 2 total weeks last year in my h2,h and just got finger blasted this week because I drafted bellinger, Springer, schoop, Puig and Rosario and even trout had been whatever until yesterday. Ugh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @H: I’m right there with you

  5. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H auction redraft league. Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9

    1) drop Bradley Zimmer or Michael A. Taylor for Chris Owings?
    2) I came to my senses and accepted the Patrick Corbin (and FAAB $4) for Aroldis Chapman offer. So thanks again to you and fellow Razzballers. Won Week 1 with a score of 12-0 with Lindor and Christ Taylor doing nothing so far

    C: Yasmani Grandal
    1B: Josh Bell
    2B: Chris Taylor
    3B: Matt Chapman
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    OF: Michael A. Taylor
    UTL: Tim Anderson
    Bench: Bradley Zimmer
    DL: Steven Souza
    DL: Jake Lamb

    P: Clayton Kershaw
    P: Brad Boxberger
    P: Fernando Rodney
    P: Shane Greene
    P: Aroldis Chapman
    SP: Max Scherzer
    SP: Sean Manaea
    Bench: Mike Foltynewicz
    Bench: Miles Mikolas
    Bench: Eduardo Rodriguez
    DL: Luiz Gohara

    Thanks as always!

  6. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Loved the write-up, so good!

    a. Dropped Barnes after his debacle. Picked up Barraclough (’cause you know Ziegler will collapse soon), Carl Edwards Jr for ratios and Ks.

    b. Picked VV everywhere ’cause he could be really good. Hate how you have to discount his performance because his teammates staked him to a 5 run lead!! Total BS!!

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for April 9

    “And he had a little small bull-pup, that to look at him you’d think he warn’t worth a cent but to set around and look ornery and lay for a chance to steal something. But as soon as money was up on him he was a different dog; his under-jaw’d begin to stick out like the fo’castle of a steamboat, and his teeth would uncover and shine like the furnaces.”

    From – THE NOTORIOUS JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Fair enough B. Haha C. Nice!

  7. Duntroon68 says:
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    I own Ohtani in one place. I didn’t draft him anywhere but someone dropped him for Zach Davies a week before the season opened and I had first waiver priority. And I don’t have a question as much as a point. When you are dropping players surely there is someone else you could drop. If your 2nd round draft pick is playing like a 15th rounder in May there still has to be someone else that’s worse. I have a friend who does stuff like this. Two years ago, Freeman had to go in April. I FAABed him and won the league going away. He had Brock Holt on his team.

    I also have Taillon on that team along with Severino, Price, Bauer, J. Gray and Richards. Looks good so far. I have Taillon in five of six leagues. I kept betting on a bunch of that Taillon, Bauer, Richards, Gray, Snell. Gausman range after my first two hoping to catch some ace magic. Fingers crossed.

    Harper was my first rounder this year when I could get him. In four of six leagues. One an OBP league. Last year’s 600 AB pace: 135 runs, 41 HR, 124 RBI. He’s hit .319 or better in three of the last four years. And his has 20 steals in him, if he wants. He’s 25. Great team. Contract year, if you believe in those things. Why do I wants Betts before him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duntroon68: Nice on Ohtani! I have Harper in two leagues, loving life so far, hopefully he stays on the field

  8. Scott says:
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    I’ve complained several times of happ getting jerked around. Madden has destroyed his confidence. Too much pressure on him. He knows if he doesn’t hit, he is benched. This is a 23 year old with talent. He needs to play every day to get out of his funk. What’s crazy is that the cubs hitting stinks right now and they are all striking out. Happ is getting singled out. I can see the cubs sending him down b/c he must be on madden’s $hit list. You don’t bench the kid and play him every other day after a bad week. Move him down in the lineup and let him get AB’s. If he doesn’t hit after a couple of weeks then bench him. This situation is ugly.

    • Isd71 says:
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      @Scott: I was coming here to ask about Happ. Didn’t think I would see Grey buy in to that situation. I am in a 16-team league and have Happ as my LF and am carrying an extra hitter just because I have no clue when he is going to play and the league is pretty deep. Was going to ask if we should move on but sounds like we are buying in.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scott: He’s doing the same thing with Baez, as he’s done in the past. I don’t think he’s singling him out. This is how Maddon rolls.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Yeah, hopefully he hits in back to back games and runs with it

  9. RTB says:
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    In a Points League (-1 point per K), which catcher would you prefer for the season? Brian McCann or Chris Iannetta. All this Iannetta love in the industry is making me think I need to make a move.

    PS. I hope you’re right on Happ! Curse of the Cubs leadoff hitter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RTB: I hope I am too! Iannetta

  10. Managers are morons says:
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    Dave Martinez’s lineups are a joke. Matt Adams hitting after Harper and then Kendrick (this has happened twice already). Turner 6th. Rendon should hit behind Harper. Harper is going to get walked every time with these kinds of lineups. Why the hell is turner 6th? He has nobody behind him and he is a table setter. I was expecting him to hit 2nd while eaton is healthy.

    Glad I don’t own any Philly pitchers. Kapler acts like he has the Yankees bullpen. He pulls nola after 68 pitches already while he was throwing a shutout. Arrieta got pulled after 74 pitches yesterday. He had a bad first inning but settled down and threw 3 scoreless frames.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Managers are morons: Haha, totally on Kapler, good call… Agreed on Turner too, it’s so ridiculous

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Managers are morons: doesn’t Harper have 6 homers in like 8 games? Doesn’t seem like he’s getting walked all the time…

      • Scott says:
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        That’s just it. Managers should walk him every time. It is going to happen. I am surprised it hasn’t happened yet especially with the lineup construction

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally

  11. Phil says:
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    Grey, I need some SP wisdom. Deep roster 10-team league w/ IP, GS, QS, W, K, era, whip, saves, relief wins, relief appearances. Crazy, right?

    Severino
    Keuchel
    Bauer
    Castillo
    G. Gonzalez
    Anderson
    Montgomery

    On the wire: Kennedy, R. Lopez, Gausman, Lynn, Matz, Skaggs, Minor, Folty.

    Is it time to make a move? I have a streaming slot that could become a permanent slot, or I could drop Montgomery.

    Thanks always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Jo-Mo for streamer works for me, but I don’t know Jo-Mo’s next start

      • Phil says:
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        @Grey:
        Would you drop jo-mo for anyone on my wire?

        Also, a guy just agreed to send me Goldy for Bellinger and Kingery. How happy should I be?

        • Phil says:
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          @Phil:

          As in, drop him outright for an “upgrade”? I can have a streamer and swap out jo-mo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Phil: These guys are streamers until further notice

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Happy

  12. EZ says:
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    Drop Giles for boxberger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EZ: Nah

  13. Dutchmen says:
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    I’m RP happy and need to drop someone…..
    R. Iglesias
    K. Barraclough
    D. Leone
    B. Parker
    B. Treinen
    J. Fields

  14. Espn writer looking for advice says:
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    Yo G

    Trade Happ for Albies? Who would you rather have?

  15. Chris says:
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    Yahoo 10 team 5×5 OBP league. My Altuve and Springer for his Jose Ramirez ($11 keeper), Jose Abreu and AJ Pollock.

    Move would mean benching one of Domingo Santana, Schwarber or Cano on most nights…

    Thoughts?

  16. Peter Rabbit says:
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    Haniger, Matt Chapman, or Reddick. Choose one. Thanks!

  17. Peter Rabbit says:
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    With Bogaerts banged up, would you drop any of the following (Franco or Scooter) for Darby Swanson?

    I’m in a 8 x 8 league with OB, Slugging, and Total Bases.

    Thanks

  18. M says:
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    Peralta, D Santana, kiermeir? Which one going forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Peralta

  19. Ron Pridgen says:
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    H2H Points league – Colonel, Boxberger, Kela, Hader, Strickland.

    How would you rank for most points earned ROS?

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        Is it “Sanders”?

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: probably Colome autocorrected

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey, CGS, good to see you!

          • Ron Pridgen says:
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            @Grey: Autocorrect got me. Ugh! That was supposed to say Colome.

            H2H Points league – Colome, Boxberger, Kela, Hader, Strickland.

            How would you rank for most points earned ROS?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hader, Box, Kela

  20. Swfcdan says:
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    Flip Godley who can’t be kept for Berrios who can also be kept for $6 next year?

    No talk on Colome’s replacement? Even if it’s short-term I can see them making a move as he’s been trash. Romo be the add over Alvarado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Doubt they replace Colome — Sure, Berrios

  21. CaughtLooking says:
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    How would you rank these three ROS for h2h?

    Dickerson, K. Calhoun, Ian Happ

  22. Tigres says:
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    Hey Grey. and XBog was just coming off a 6 RBI game when he got hurt, too… I wish he didn’t hustle so much, Manny never woulda gotten hurt sliding down the dugout steps like that! Anyway, you can join my prayer circle on instagram to ensure Xander is back in my fantasy lineup soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Haha, will do my best!

  23. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Serious question:

    I have an NA spot, I am in a 2nd year keeper (won year 1 last year)

    I kept Stanton and Bryant and currently own (drafted Hoskins who I will be keeping and Polanco and Benintendi) we keep 4 total and I PLAN on keeping Benintendi and Hoskins.

    I should it pointless to add anyone in my NA spot who could ben called up AT SOME POINT this season like a Fernando Tatis Jr.? I ask because I’m still learning how keeper leagues go when it comes to looking down the road. I take it guys like that are guys I should target in next years draft?

    Also, Kopech is available, is he more of a NA stash for this season?

    Thanks!

    Also, in another league, would you drop Brinson for Owings? And would you stash Zunino for his return this week if you own Ianetta?

    • TarmanGotHim says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: is it pointless*

      I also meant I would proceed to drop Ianetta.

      Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: If you have an NA slot, why not put someone in it? Doesn’t sound like there’s any way he’s a keeper in your league tho — Sure, Owings, I’d own Iannetta

  24. The Skrimmer says:
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    One final pitching spot to fill and it is between Colome (I am starting Hand and Holland already) or one of the following: Wacha @ CIN or Gausman v TOR. None of my current starters are two-start pitchers so I was considering rolling the Colome dice to hopefully gain a save or two. Thanks in advance.

  25. Alex says:
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    Someone just dropped Whit Merrifield in a small 8 team H2H. There’s a lot to go around including Lowrie, Odor, Scooter.

    Any of these upgrades over Kingery?

  26. crimedog says:
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    Who was talking up Colin Moran this preseason? Was it oaktown? Anyways, starting to believe all the adjustments talk, the guy has looked solid. I think the biggest question is if he can hit 25-30 homers instead of 15. Had 18 in half a season last year in the minors and his FBs continue to go up and GBs continue to go down.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @crimedog:

      It might have been me. I went back and watched some ABs from last year and liked the swing. He’s a launch angle guy. I liked the fact that he always seemed like he could hit but needed to develop some power.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crimedog: Still looks like a David Freese clone — 17 HRs, .260

      • crimedog says:
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        @Grey: freese is usually around 25% fb rate and never had great pedigree. Moran has been getting up over 40 since last year. Chances are you are probably right, but the adjustments and early results could be leading to something.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, we’ll see

  27. Swfcdan says:
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    E-Rod or Pom?

    • Dan Venables says:
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      @Swfcdan: And Gattis or Zunino for C?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Swfcdan: The one that’s healthy and actually playing

  28. Willy Mo says:
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    i faded ohtani, i feel dumb. I mean he pitches baseballs 100 mph, hes an absolute speed demon (watched him almost leg out a routine ground ball in the infield, he absolutly flies down the line) and he can slug 450 foot homers to dead center. The angles got an absolute steal and on espn fantasy where theres one ohtani what a steal that was as well. Hes the most exciting thing to happen to baseball since the mcguire and sosa hr race imo. The angles maybe have the 2 most valauble players in baseball (although Harper looks like he wants the top spot this year)

    Charlie morton is going to win 20 games. Love how hes working the top of the zone, much harder to barrel and get launch angle off of compared to hard stuff down, where batters just drop the head of the bat. Great curve off it, just in complete control right now. Got Morton everywhere :) (good thing i watched the 2017 playoffs)

    I was def encouraged by Eduardo Rodriguez first start, absolutly hes a hold in every format imo right now. He struck out 5 of the first 6 batters he faced. Excited to see what he does next turn.

    Stanton took his closed stance from last year, and closed it off even more in an effort to go the other way and take advantage of the short porch in right field in yankee stadium. Now his back foot is positioned in the far back right corner of the batters box and he has no way of covering an outside pitch. Hes just flailing away hopelessesly at those pitches. Hes an easy out right now, and what worries me is hes not going to make any adjustment. He needs to square up to the pitcher with his feet and reduce how closed his stance is. I tried tweeting at him to no avail (lol).

    Im obsessed with Mickey Callaway as a coach. I mean he joined CLE in 2013 and turned Kluber into a cy young winner. Since he joined CLE until he left they were top 4 in every pitching category, and were near the bottom before he got there. He comes to Queens and now the Mets lead the league in ks so far 2018 and are at or near the top in pitching after being dead last in 2017. What an amazing signing for them, i think hes the best maganger in baseball and it will be self evident soon.

    Have a nice day.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Willy Mo: I noticed this too. I finally got to watch him hit this year and even remarked to my buddy that his closed stance seemed even more exaggerated than last year. Sure enough, last year his back foot was slightly into the far half of the batter’s box. This year it’s parked in the far back corner of the box. And yeah, he was completely unable to reach anything on the outside part of the plate. Why is no one on the team noticing this???

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Cram It: dude im tweeting at boone and stanton relentlessly to address this. I like when we on the same page btw, feels nice.

    • crimedog says:
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      @Willy Mo: Harper looks like that every year in April. Last April was no different.

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @crimedog: yeah thats true. Idk tho, so far for harper 13 bbs, 6 homers and only 5 ks. I wouldnt bet against him, clearly hes got what it takes to be the guy.

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          @Willy Mo: absolutely. In my OPS league I’d draft him 2 overall. Said that before the year. Just pointing out he’s historically insanely hot in April

    • TheOne189 says:
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      @Willy Mo:

      As a redsox fan, i love your optimistic outlook on E-Rod but i saw it differently. He was trying to strike everyone out like he usually does and almost threw 100 pitches and didnt make it thru 4 innings vs the sorry ass Rays. The same ol E-Rod we are used to seeing. I wouldnt hold

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @TheOne189: yeah, i hate pitchers who try to strike everyone out too…

    • OaktownStevr says:
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      @Willy Mo:

      Good post. Thanks. I also heard a few whispers on Stanton this year that he’s a little bit of a head case. New York and head case not always a great match.

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @OaktownStevr: hopefully hes not stubborn and is coachable. This is more than a slump, this is a mechanical issue. Hes too good of a hitter to strike out 20 times in 10 games and look really bad doing it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Willy Mo: Great comment! Agree on all counts, it looked like Giancarlo was standing in the dugout on a few strikes, hopefully he makes adjustments soon

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: i plan on taking full credit for the adjustment if/when it happens

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  29. Cram It says:
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    Weekend observations:
    Soooo I guess Ohtani is the real deal. Noted!

    I’m thinking Bellinger and Stanton have not gotten your NFBC team off to a flying start.

    The winner of this weekend….your New York Mets. Get on board the 7 line!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: He’s got Yelich too. And somehow still ahead of me in the hitting and overall standings.

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Great Knoche: I don’t know if that’s a testament to his team, or an indictment on yours…

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: At this point I am saying indictment.

    • TheOne189 says:
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      @Cram It:

      “I guess Ohtani is the real deal”

      Damn, Oakland hitting holds this much weight these days? I dont even think they were projected to be a top offense

      • Cram It says:
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        @TheOne189: Because every good pitcher strikes out 12 and yields only 1 hit when facing them?

        Oh, and he also hit his 3rd HR in 19 AB’s. Nothing to see here.

    • Willy Mo says:
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      @Cram It: I’ll be there this friday night, 10 rows behind the mets dugout.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Willy Mo: Nice. Unless you’re not a Mets fan.

        • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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          @Cram It: It is pretty cool seeing what the Metsies can do when fully healthy (kinda). In those games against the Nats they really showed some fire. And for some reason Matz loves pitching against them. Can’t believe the Mets are the 7-1 team and the Nats are 4-5. Nice change.

        • Willy Mo says:
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          @Cram It: haha. Yanks fans for Mets!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Willy Mo: ha. That is not a thing!

            • Willy Mo says:
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              @Cram It: citi field is such a better experience than yankees stadium. I get out there at least 5 times a season. And i heard they introduced even more stuff #cheatday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: I haven’t looked at NFBC since Saturday, but I was up to around 4th in standings then… Bauer! Darvish! Albies! Chapman! Desmond! Tho, Bellinger and now Yelich injury… Before submitting, I looked at my team, I’m in 5th with no real 1st and 2nd rounder doing much

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I haven’t looked at the standings. That’s encouraging that those two haven’t put you in a huge hole to start.

  30. Kevin k says:
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    Drop Felix for Lucchessi?

  31. RobMac says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff as always!

    I’m in an 11-team roto league 6×6 (Avg and OBP; Sv+Hd). Just offered a trade. Which side do you take?

    Josh Hader, Acuna, Abreu for my Goldy & Moncada

    Thanks!

  32. Hooray for Boobies says:
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    If President Trump called you and said, not factoring race into this…you must fire one pitcher today or else your fired. Who would you choose? Stroman or Wacha?

    • TheOne189 says:
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      @Hooray for Boobies:

      Stroman. He came into the season with a messed up shoulder and has to face BOS and NYY on the regs.

  33. The Great Knoche says:
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    Keeper League Start

    Sanchez .062 2R, 1 HR , 3RBI
    Rizzo .107 2R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
    Votto .226 0R, 0 HR, 2 RBI
    Goldy .100 5 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI

    Wanna guess who is in last place?? Just stay calm and keep telling yourself that we are not even 1/16 of way through the season.

    At least Arenado has been semi-decent

    Votto hasn’t scored a God Damn run!

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @The Great Knoche: damn you have all those dudes on the same team?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Slappy Jack: Years of Razzball pays dividends in keeper leagues if you get guys cheap before they breakout. Also have Dee Gordon and Kershaw.

  34. 6×6 where its OBP and 2B+3B are a category I think Voglebach should play over Healy all year .. So should his foot get stuck up his butt for a while (hope so) should I drop any of my bench guys like Altherr or A Cabrera or J Vilar and take a chance on him being “ the guy at first this year ?

  35. JJ says:
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    Got offered Giancarlo Satanton and Hunter Renfroe for Jacob Degrom and Mitch Haniger?? Decent offer, but wanted others input…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ: Giancarlo side

  36. TheOne189 says:
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    Tim Anderson……30% K rate, 66% contact rate, & a crazy lucky .310 Iso……if you can trade him now, do so. This dud will be hitting .220 in no time

    • crimedog says:
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      @TheOne189: could swipe 40 though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheOne189: He will go 20/30, there’s value there

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Anderson > DeJong

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly depends on needs, but yeah

  37. D says:
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    Need to drop 2 hitters but can’t pick 12 team yahoo h2h
    Give it another week and let things play out more I have some dope hitters other guys will want to trade for I won 10-9 last week?
    C empty thanks Alfaro
    1b Abreu
    2b Peraza
    3b Bryant
    Ss Tim Anderson
    If Albies
    Of Ozuna, benetendi, Cain, Puig
    Util Moustakas, Ohtani (Dh)
    Bench odor, Mancini, haniger, Nunez

    Pitching
    Sale, Nola, Ohtani (pitcher), Bauer, wacha, Trevor Williams, vv,
    Colome, Archie Bradley, Tony Watson, Chirinos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @D: Nunez, Haniger

  38. Peacecoast says:
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    Waiver wire day. Picked up Pillar to cover Deshields. No SB in a week bleh. Who do you like better Peralta or Hanley? Also Leonys > Pillar too right?

    btw watched Shape of Water with the wife. It was fine but not fantastic. Maybe cuz I am a sci-fi guy so am used to the genre. But hardly Oscar material, capi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: Hanley – Leonys yes — Capi on Shape of Water, totally watchable, decent movie, was it best movie of the year? Meh

  39. Lipson says:
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    Drop Wacha in favor of Erod? Need to drop someone to get him off my DL to make some other moves.

  40. Murph says:
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    Grey!
    So glad to be back for another go-round. You helped me win last year, now im back in the cellar so…..
    Couple questions

    1 – Holding Chad Green and Josh Hader for ratios. Drop either one for: Andrew Triggs, Reynaldo Lopez, Steven Matz, Nick Pivetta, Ian Kennedy?
    (rest of staff; Yu, Carlos Martinez, Blake Snell, Castillo, Clevinger, Samardzija)

    2 – Maikel Franco or Matt Olson as corner infidel?

    3 – Worried about Luis Miguel Castillo?

    Thanks internet friend!
    Murph

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: 1. Meh, maybe on matchups 2. Franco 3. Nope

  41. Michael says:
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    Having a hard time deciding if I should accept this offer, which side would you guys want? Betts/Ohtani OR Stanton/Carrasco

    • Gavin Smith says:
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      @Michael: Betts side.

    • Whirlaway says:
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      please pick 1 for SS in a OBP + SLG h2h 12 teamer…

      peraza
      semiein
      crawford
      asdrubal
      eduardo escobar
      solarte
      galvis

      Thanks Grey!

  42. HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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    Couple of questions.

    1 Would you trade Alex Wood for Buxton?

    2 Would you drop any of the following guys for Pomeranz?
    Mancini, Michael A. Taylor, Eddie Rosario, Ziegler.

    My other closers are neris, vizcaíno, Kimbrel, Boxberger and Strickland in case that helps for the decision.

  43. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’ve had 10 guys miss games with injuries or go on the DL in NFBC. 20% of my 50 man roster. Waiting to hear in Bogaerts. Hate when a guy gets hurt when he’s on a hot streak. There should be a glossary term.

    • Gigorilla says:
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      Flaming Shipwreck

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I’ll ask tomorrow if he does get DL’d

  44. DonnieB says:
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    Kipnis or Peraza ROS at MI? Reynaldo Lopez or Josh Hader ROS for a reserve spot as Hader looks like Andrew Miller with outside chance at saves. Your thoughts? Thank you for Anderson and Corbin. I have them everywhere. I need Wacha Wacha to get it together…and Castillo.

  45. Hot Rod

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    Further to my DH info last week, ESPN showing this morning that BOTH springer and stanton now have DH position in my leagues. I agree with ppl here that it is surely in error, but there it is – somehow the game counter has tallied up 10 DH games for each.

    • VinWins

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      @Hot Rod: I need them to give Pujols 1B eligibility! At least he has 5 games there.

    • Hot Rod

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      @Hot Rod: also notable (but not surprising): Machado now has SS eligibility in ESPN too.

  46. Joel says:
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    Thanks to your mild encouragement, my waiver wire pickup of Ohtani the SP (dropping Lamb—–pleeeeease Lisa, don’t eeeeeat meeeee!) has been simply carnivorous!.

    Oh, and the offers for trades are flowing in. I suspect this will be an excellent sell high opp. week. I don’t think that is too crazy to even consider offers. I am compelled to hold and enjoy the benefits of a strong SP (having followed your SP drafting pairings guide which is working out nicely BTW).

    Still, what range of top hitters—number wise according to your rankings (I really have no need for hitter upgrades, but still) would you consider in exchange for this fella?

    8 team h2h

    Thanks again!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Joel: Seeing as Ohtani was on waivers and only now are you getting offers, sounds like a bunch of fish.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Cram It: Yeah, if Ohtani was on waivers, I’d target first/second round slow-starters (Goldy, Stanton, Lindor, JoRam) and go down from there if it doesn’t work.

          • Grey

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            No problem

        • Joel says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yeah, I don’t know what the guy who dropped him was thinking. Dropped for M Fulmer before Ohtani even threw his first regular season pitch.

          Dude then offers me Bregman and A Sanchez (why bother? with A A RON) my Japanese duo of Ohtani and Tanaka.

          The thing is, I have Lindor, Rendon, J Ramirez, Schoop and Hoskins for my infield.

          OF is killer too with Trout, Ozuna and Springer. So yeah, hitting is no problem for me.

          This’ll be fun to see what I can do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: Haha — Hmm… Maybe Buxton area of ranking legitimately, can try higher tho

      • Joel says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  47. papasmurf says:
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    Stanton is now Sombrero Smurf. Maybe he was just pressing in front of the home crowd. The catchers would appreciate all the breeze during the summer from his whiffs, but it’s still so cold so maybe they should call for FBs down the middle when Stanton’s batting to avoid catching a cold…

    Smurfs have 6 dudes on the DL already. Jeez.

  48. GroovyGreg says:
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    Grey great write up as always. In my yahoo league I have Ohtani the pitcher and Ohtani the hitter so I naturally named my team “The Bothtanis”.

    Anyways I was offered Votto/Hamels for Degrom/Wood. The razzball trade tool has Degrom and Wood valued higher but with Wood being on your sell list Friday I’m wondering if I should pull the trigger.

    My top 4 pitchers are Carrasco, Degrom, Ohtani, Wood and I currently have Freeman and Hosmer occupying 1B and CI slot so don’t think Votto is a need but it would be interesting to have him in this keep 5 league.

    Thanks for the great work as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GroovyGreg: Thanks! Nice team name! deGrom side

  49. Ron Pridgen says:
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    Looking to boost the bench in H2H points.

    1) SP: Manaea, Kennedy, Junis, Castillo – Top 2?

    2) OF: Markakis, Calhoun, Schebler, Peralta, J. Martinez – Top 2?

    3) MI: Lowrie, Solarte, DeJong, Swanson, Flaherty – Top 2?

    4) DH: Davidson, Kendrys or Joyce?

    Thanks for the help!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Castillo, Manaea 2. Peralta, J. Martinez 3. DeJong, Dansby 4. Davidson

      • BSA says:
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        @Grey: In a keeper – do you like Swanson over ARosario?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Amed

          • BSA says:
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            @Grey: Amen!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  50. Eric W says:
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    Pick 3
    Brinson, Merrifield, Buxton, Mancini, Rosario

    Thanks for the help. They all feel about the same right now

    • Cram It says:
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      @Eric W: Last 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Brinson, Bux

  51. EZ says:
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    Drop ken Giles for boxberger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  52. Lindorphins says:
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    Think Senzel is up later this week with the Suarez injury?

    • Grey

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      See post

  53. Joe Beisbol says:
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    How are you ranking the following guys in a 5×5 12-teamer ROS?:

    Folty, R.Lopez, Estrada, Kennedy, Triggs?

    • Grey

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      That looks fine

  54. Gotime says:
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    Morning Grey.. I’m in a weekly lock league and not sure what to do with Rizzo being held out over the weekend, but not DL’ing him.

    1. I need 2 bats for this week:
    – Rizzo (6 games: 3 vs PIT 3 vs ATL)
    – Jose Martinez (7 games: 3 vs MIL 4 @ CIN)
    – Conforto (6 games: 3 @ MIA 3 vs MIL)
    – Puig (5 games: 2 vs OAK 3 vs ARI)

    2. Who would you start Wacha @ CIN ($2) or J-Mont @ DET ($2).. or bench in favor of a 3rd closer (Giles, Vizcaino and Colome)

    3. Which 2 RP to play this week: Giles, Viz, Colome

    4. Would you drop any of Wacha, J-Mont, Newcomb for Luis Castillo…if so, FAAB amount out of $100? (all of it for upside?)

    Much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. – Jose Martinez (7 games: 3 vs MIL 4 @ CIN)
      – Conforto (6 games: 3 @ MIA 3 vs MIL) Assuming Rizzo doesn’t play 2. Vizcaino, but I don’t know your matchup 3. Giles 4. Jo-Mont — You can spend all of it? $31

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Vizcaino gets Nats and Cubs… would you stick all 3 RP in and pray?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

          • Gotime says:
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            @Grey: Last one here.. news says Rizzo out Monday, so he can play 5 games if back Wednesday… stick with him and Jose Martinez or bench Rizzo for Conforto..(hard to bench a stud …ugh)

            • Grey

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              Go with Conforto

  55. willie mickey and the duke says:
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    If Bogy is put on the DL we have a few lousy choices in a deep 15 team standard roto league (with errors as an additional category) Can you rank these guys:
    Rosario, Ahmed, Mercer, Rojas (Miami), Hechavarria
    Tanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Other ones are way after Amed, fwiw

      • willie mickey and the duke says:
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        @Grey: Thanks..lets hope Bogy is at par and not hurt badly..we are on the T Anderson train in our other league( thanks again)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem! Say hello to your son for me!

  56. Mike Honcho says:
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    Who do you drop for Newcomb in a 14-team Roto mixer? Ryu, Hader, E-Rod, Middleton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ed-Rod

  57. knucks says:
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    Tyler Cole Chatwood, Luis Miguel Castillo, Mike Anthony Clevinger

    Is this happening in everyone’s ESPN leagues? I laughed at the first few, but now its getting kind of annoying to have to think for an extra split second about the excess in the names I’m reading.

    • Grey

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      Haha

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @knucks: It’s weird. I’m seeing it too.

      Mike Anthony Clevinger
      Adam Robert Ottavino

  58. Baseball says:
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    Do you hold either 1) Roark (next home vs Col) or 2) V.V. (next away at TB) in a 12 team mixed league?

    Or cut for a middle reliever or streamer?

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Baseball: Both of these guys are basically streamers anyway.

    • Grey

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      Hold both

      • Baseball says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! They both scare me a bit, but I like the upside. We’ll see how it goes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  59. Bauer Power says:
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    Thank God baseball is back!!
    Considering dropping Chris Taylor in my 10 team league for Tim Anderson while he’s getting on base and stealing. This is just the one bench bat I carry all year and it’s usually a revolving door. Whatcha think buddy? Taylor is my weakest link.

    • Grey

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      Nah, hold for now

  60. Matt H says:
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    10-team 5×5 mixed…Billy Hamilton was just dropped. I suppose I’m above average in steals already. I have the roster spot, so how much of $100 FAAB should I bid?

    • Grey

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      $8

      • Matt H says:
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        @Grey:
        Many thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  61. Cole says:
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    Start Cron or Schwarber for the week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know their matchups

  62. Josh says:
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    Dansby or Andrus ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andrus

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  63. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    LOL at the Ohtani and Harper bust labels. Re: Sano, I think he meant “busted”..

    Making a couple lineup calls before the weekly lock….

    1. Thinking of keeping Castillo ($3.5 @PHI) on the bench given his early rust + Phillies being insane right now. In his place, I can slot:

    Greene (my 3rd closer, 7 games, but against NYY and CLE, so unclear if DET will win any of those) or
    Ryu (SON loves his v. OAK start to the tune of $11.9 . . . though I know SON is usually still calibrating a bit to how pitchers are this year this early on). I think I’d feel safer watching Ryu for a start first…

    I’m leaning towards Greene over Castillo/Ryu so I can limit the risk of ratio damage + wait til they put together a solid start…

    2. Tron likes David Peralta over Chris Taylor this week, despite Peralta facing 4 lefties including kershaw and hill. Do you agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Ryu 2. I don’t

  64. Synyster says:
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    Grey!! Spit out my coffee and I wasn’t even drinking any when I read the Taillon part with the walnut in his jockstrap. Good stuff.

    Have Ed-rod in my DL spot still, since I didn’t need him in my H2H matchup as I was winning last night. Need to drop someone to get him on my active roster. Thinking fields needs to go? Thinking I don’t need to carry 4 RP in my 10 man h2h league w/ QS. Drop Fields since Jansen had a good outing? Thoughts? Danke!

    C. Ramos, 1B. Hosmer, 2B. Dee Gordon, 3B. JoRa, SS. Machado, OF. Trout, OF. Cain, OF Merrifield, Util. Gregorius, Bench-Puig,Braun.

    SP. deGrom, SP. Ohtani, P. Bauer, P. Taillon, P. Sonny Gray, P. Snell, P. Wacha, RP. Chapman, RP. Herrera, RP. Middleton, RP. Fields, DL-Ed-Rod.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Lose Fields

  65. JPR says:
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    Who to start? Pick one:
    Reynaldo Lopez at MN
    Chris Stratton at San Deigo
    Hector Neris (Would be my 3rd closer after Rivero and Strickland)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stratton

  66. JPR says:
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    What are your thoughts on Pivetta’s upside?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like him, went over him in the offseason

  67. lubey says:
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    ROS

    Gray or Foltynewschwicz

    Buxton or Conforto

    • Synyster says:
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      @lubey:

      Jon or Sonny Gray? If either, both over Folty.

      • lubey says:
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        @Synyster: Sorry, I meant Jon Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray, Bux

  68. Gigorilla says:
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    K. Giles croons P. Wolf.
    Now where is my Vic OKsiik moans BOrr from beyond, as Lips Tyler waits Til next Tuesday.

    Happ and Scharber are supposed to breakout steadily this year. Will Maddon stick with them? I’m having a hard time keeping either on my NFBC roster this week. They are back in Wrigley this week. Fingers crossed waiting for today’s lineups later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gigorilla: Haha… I hear ya, it’s still early, Happ has one good game this week and suddenly all will be forgiven

  69. Dave Funnell says:
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    Good stuff as always.

    These drafted players were recently dropped in my keeper points league:

    Owings
    Kipnis
    J. McCann
    J. Montgomery
    K. Morales
    J. Crawford
    Grichuk

    Any of these worth an investment? Are any of these drops from impatience? Damn I hate that my league mates are patient! I currently don’t have a backup catcher to Sanchez, and my current backup to Rizzo is E. Escobar. Anyone listed above would be depth. That said, I do have an open slot available on my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave Funnell: If I had an open slot, I’d grab Grichuk

  70. Teddy Heater says:
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    SHO-Time At the Ohtani, TM pending…………….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — Good to see you!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: I’m back! Between, work, dogs, house, football and GF it’s been a juggling act. Ready for some baseball therapy to keep me sane. Gotta schedule a game to go to, Laura and I are going April 21st Bellinger Bobblehead night and then in Petco on July 13th vs the Cubs. Let’s try and do a May or June game. I really want to see Ohtani pitch.

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Not yet, probably this summer.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Tell her to stop dragging her feet, tell her Grey said so!

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: She did stop smoking in order to “detox” She has to get that out of her system for when she tests out here.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  What a party pooper! (Kidding)

  71. Andre says:
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    Not the most earth shattering moves but….

    In a 10tm H2H categories league that uses batting average.

    Drop C. Taylor for C. Owings? I feel like there might be playing time concerns.

    Drop Harvey and Duffy (my worst two P) for Ian Kennedy/Junis and Foltynewicz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy for Junis

  72. mcmi11ions says:
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    I know it’s only two starts, but Charlie Morton kinda makes me want to blush, say “oh my” in a southern belle accent then fan myself just before fainting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup

  73. Chris says:
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    Take a chance on Newcomb or keep Odorizzi?

  74. Chris says:
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    Take a chance on Newcomb or hold onto Odorizzi?

  75. Gregarious says:
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    Drop Roark, Chatwood, or Chase Anderson for Newcomb?

    What tier OF do you guys think i can get for Otani (the pitcher)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gregarious: Roark — Maybe Buxton tier? Yelich while injured?

  76. tank1 says:
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    Who do you prefer ROS – Braun or Puig? Unfortunately may have to drop one to clear up some bench space. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tank1: Don’t drop either

  77. Chris D says:
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    Dynasty league (keep forever) question:
    Was approached about trading my Acuna for Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell.

    Thoughts on that one?

      • Chris D. says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  78. Great Bambino says:
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    Please rank in a vacuum

    Bradley Zimmer, Eric Thames, Michael Taylor, Chris Owings

    Thanks!

  79. Dodgersfan says:
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    Grey
    How badly am I getting taken If I do this deal?

    I trade Mancini, Smoak, Wood, and Corbin
    And receive Robbie Ray

    Lol it looks terrible I know, but my offence still has Freeman, Rizzo, Rendon, Bregman, Trout, Margot, Moustakas and I don’t have any ace

    Also, stashing an N/A spot, who should I stash away?
    Willie Calhoun or Dahl

      • Dodgersfan says:
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        @Grey:

        What if Mancini gets taken out of the deal and its Smoak, Wood and Corbin for Ray?
        Still way too much?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds ok

  80. Ben says:
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    Would you offer Wood for Happ straight up? Puig? Thames?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Puig

  81. Whirlaway says:
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    please pick 1 for SS in a OBP + SLG h2h 12 teamer…

    peraza
    semiein
    crawford
    asdrubal
    eduardo escobar
    solarte
    galvis

    Thanks Grey!

  82. Whirlaway says:
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    please ignore… meant to post this below

  83. Huffin Gas says:
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    No joke on the Rendon toss. He didn’t do a thing. I think it was last year Harper was thrown out in the first or second inning for tossing his helmet. Something similarly silly. A co-worker of mine took his 6 yr old son to the game that day because his favorite player is Harper. 2.5 hour car ride each way, plus two $40+ tickets and parking. Needless to say, the kid wasn’t happy. Text book on how not to win over young fans. I don’t get MLB. In hockey, if you say something to an official he’s likely to make fun of your mom, sleep with your sister and meet you in the alley after the game to fight you. He won’t throw you out of a game though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agree 100%, it’s total BS… A kid is going to see Rendon in that crowd, and he gets tossed for something silly? Umpires should be fined, when that happens, they’ll think twice about tossing someone

  84. jon says:
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    odor for Moose or Kyle Seager

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  85. Jensen says:
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    Is it just me or has relief pitching been particularly terrible through two weeks this year?

    Sitting in 3rd place in one of my RCL’s with Goldy and Lindor. Gonna need those two knuckle-heads to stop batting with blindfolds on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Always seems to be terrible early

  86. Big Ticket says:
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    Just confirming I’m not crazy … standard roto, 12 teams …

    Selling high on Pollock and Osuna for Springer is great for me … right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  87. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Btw, nice anagramming to you (or Rudy?) on the title/lede.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s Rudy

      • fwiw, we played like 1000 Words with Friends games and finished almost perfectly 50/50. grey albright=regal y bright (y=spanish and). i guess that is also large y bright or beg alrrighty

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Rudy Gamble:

          I played Words With Friends one time. The other person made “za.” I replied, “za” is a word? Got the reply in the affirmative, quit the game and never played again.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha — who doesn’t love themselves some za!

  88. jonfawn says:
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    12 team H2H weekly

    streamonator says Kyle Seager over Matt Chapman this week. Chapman has a hot bat would you start him over kyle seager this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Seager

  89. Terrence Mann says:
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    Just a hunch but Ma Sheela Gamble isn’t likely to go over well.

    Over/under on how many shizz starts out of Waino before Flaherty is back up?

  90. jonfawn says:
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    12 team H2H weekly

    Alex Wood for Jose Martinez. Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood, likely close

  91. Thomas says:
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    Would you trade Trout for Stanton and Acuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  92. Paul says:
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    Do you think Tyler Glassnow will become a starting pitcher for the pirates soon?

    is he worth a roster spot in his relief role because of the strikeouts now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • BSA says:
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        @Grey: Who do you like better – Taillon or Glasnow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Taillon

          • BSA says:
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            @Grey: Taillon or Newcomb

            • BSA says:
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              @BSA: Even looking at these three of Newcomb, Glasnow, and Taillon – I am thinking they are all going to give me less stress than Lester. Or at least be more more exciting/up side.
              You see I hate a stressful player whose rollercoaster only offers glimpse of past and a downward trend.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Taillon

  93. Nitro says:
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    What do you think of giving up D Peralta for J Arrieta? I already have, Ozuna, Trout, Castellanos, E Rosario, and E. Nunez on OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  94. Ctownrebel says:
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    Weekly League: Do I start Rizzo or my backup 1B Olsen? Hopefully Rizzo is back Monday but unsure and Olsen has only a 5 day week. Shenanigans!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d likely go Rizzo

  95. cyler8 says:
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    I’m a little disappointed the title wasn’t Grey’t Sunday For Pitchers With OTANI In Last Name…

    Good stuff as usual. Thank you.

  96. Derrick says:
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    Alfaro or Wilson Ramos ros?

  97. The Great Knoche says:
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    Thanks for not using Razzball at top of NFBC standings was fantastic

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Ha, yeah, it’s Rudy’s team he’s co-managing with someone

  98. Fredtbn1gs says:
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    Looking for a bench bat in a 12 team Roto 6×6 (add ops). My best choices appear to be Markakis, Lowrie, Moran, Dickerson, Tyler Austin, or Semien. Who’s your top choice?

    Also, drop Barnes (sv+h) for someone like Gsellman or Barraclough? Or hold him for another few games and see what shakes out?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson — Barraclough

  99. Omar says:
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    8 team AL Only 5×5 Standard roto
    Machado + Bauer -or-
    Bregman + Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  100. BigMoonThugPanda says:
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    How long are we giving Michael Taylor?

    Cut bait and run with the Choo train or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m holding

      • DonnieB says:
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        Taylor has 4 SBs already. Nice for when not hitting.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  101. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, need a 5th starter for this week. Who do you like?

    Ed-Rod vs Bal
    Wacha @ Cin
    Kennedy vs LAA

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kennedy

  102. Matty says:
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    Amid all of the Ohtani- Babe Ruth comparisons I saw one real gem:
    Des Bieler of the WaPo called him the Sultan of Small Sample Size.

    That being said, despite not owning him anywhere I hope it continues, it’s fun to watch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  103. peacecoast says:
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    drop arcia for dansby or owings? really could use speed tho

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dansby

  104. SallyCips says:
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    Heya G!

    Two trade pick ems:

    CarGo/Corbin for R.Zimmerman/D.Robertson where K/9 and no saves but RAPP are counted. Yeah odd one!

    Also Happ for Iglesias?

    Grazie, amico!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmerman — Happ, they’re both fair

  105. Glory Daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    Chris Taylor isn’t lighting it up. Actually none of the Dodgers are yet
    Do I stay with Taylor who is in my MI roster spot or replace with
    Panic
    Dansby Swanson
    Lowrie
    Also is Souza worth stashing on DL
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold, yes on Souza

      • Glory Daze says:
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        @Grey:
        ok thanks
        would your opinion change on Taylor if i mention Asdrubal Cabrera as a FA
        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not really

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Asdrubal’s changing opinions?

  106. Murph says:
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    Grey – quickly

    1 – Ianetta or Zunino going forward?
    2 – Cut Matt Olson for Maikel Franco?
    3 – Trade Devers for Ohtani?
    4 – Trade Bregman for Ohtani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iannetta….2. Sure 3. Ok 4. No

  107. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Hey Grey, LOVE that you gave Danny Salazar the Clarence Beeks treatment!

    So, my fellow Happ owner, checked the line-up this morning, Happ is leading off! Checked back an hour later, the game is postponed. There’s a symmetry to the universe.

    Would you be trying to buy Billy Hamilton right now? He’s always delivered the same steals by the end of the year. Or do you see worse things ahead?

    Finally, I grabbed Senzel because I noticed Prospector Ralph grabbed him yesterday. Aaaaaand Ralph then dropped him this morning. That’s as close to a ouija board as we can get on his chances of being up before June, huh? However, in a redraft league, would I be any sillier carrying Senzel than the guy who’s carrying Willie Calhoun and Victor Robles? Might his eventual production be worth it whenever he does arrive?

    Thanks a lot!

    PS: My wife and I recently moved to Los Angeles from Manhattan. Loving it out here on the west coast. Now I see why you’re always so upbeat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The universe is messing with us!

      I’d buy Hamilton if price was right — Senzel’s not coming up until June is my guess — Calhoun will come up before is my guess, maybe not much before… Where did you move to in LA?

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: We’re in LaCrescenta-Montrose. We wanted to be closer to nature and away from a “city vibe.” I can already tell the mountain views from our balcony will never get old. I also don’t feel the pressure to run outside on those few days with nice weather, because almost every day here has beautiful weather. Where are you and Cougs located?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, just looked on a map, you’re above Eagle Rock…. You should check out Oinkster, if you haven’t already… We’re Slums of Beverly Hills

          • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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            @Grey: Just looked up Oinkster–which apparently is not a dating site for portly singles. Alas we’re vegans. So we usually have to travel to Echo Park or Silver Lake when we do eat out. Nice to know you’re keeping it classy in the 90210!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm… Vegan, huh? Not sure in your neighborhood, we went to Thai Vegan on Saturday in BH, it’s a hole in the wall, but solid, but way too far for you for something that isn’t that incredible…

              • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, we’re not beyond traveling for good vegan food. Flore, Sage and Gracias Madre are favorites so far. To this point West Hollywood has been our furthest outing for food. Keeps us honest though. Manhattan was way too easy to order in.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  If you’re going to travel for good vegan, then try Crossroads… Gracias Madre is literally four blocks from me…

                  • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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                    @Grey: Nice! Will try Crossroads. Thanks for the heads up.

  108. Bterry says:
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    Is this Ozuna for Shohei Trade I made going to get any better? I drafted shohei and sent him to an eager soul post draft. Now I’m the eager soul wanting to send Ozuna plus one to see if I can entice him back. Talk me out of this madness someone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  109. Worm Burner says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Any concerns that last year was more of an outlier instead of a breakout for jose ramirez?

    I’ve been offered Ramirez & Carrasco for Kris Bryant & Hunter Strickland.
    Landslide per trade analyzer, I just hesitate to send the best player in any trade.

    I appreciate it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez had been doing it for two years — That is a slam dunk trade

  110. Don't Look a Gift Ngoepe in the Mtouh says:
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    Blessed that ESPN randomly started inserting folks middle names or initials into their player profile, now I can refer to my favorite Boston hitter as Mookie Lynn Betts.

    • Don't Look a Gift Ngoepe in the Mtouh says:
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      @Don’t Look a Gift Ngoepe in the Mtouh: Also, remember when Scotty Kimmel accidentally clicked the “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail” button?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

    • Hot Rod

      Hot Rod says:
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      @Don’t Look a Gift Ngoepe in the Mtouh: Makes running down lineups sound like parenting…. “Tyler Cole Chatwood I don’t want to hear that kind of language”, or “Mike Anthony Clevinger you apologize to your brother right now”

      • mrs. featherbottom says:
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        @Hot Rod: that’s the spirit!

  111. Willy Mo says:
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    Did anyone tweet that screenshot to Klarabell and rub it in? I know its early but his reads look awful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His reads are always awful… I tweeted the screenshot, not @ him tho

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: what a hack klarabell is.

        Check this out:

        Quick Comparison of Ohtani 2018 with 2017 MLB Sprint Speed Leaders:

        B. Buxton 30.1
        B. Hamilton 30.1
        S. Ohtani 29.9 (2018)
        B. Zimmer 29.9
        D. Gordon 29.7

        So hes got the 3rd fastest heater behind noah and sevy from a stat I saw earlier and hes the 3rd fastest runner in baseball.

        Ohtani might be the most complete baseball player of all time. Im so sick i dont have him anywhere, and looking back at who I took over him…. You had him ranked really well and I ignored. UGH!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, his Spring Training stats scared me too… I drafted him in one league, and that was back in Feb.

          • Willy Mo says:
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            @Grey: spring def played a part. Main thing was i couldnt imagine he would be able to be a sucessful two way player over a grueling mlb season. Its not even mid april yet so time will tell but obv he looks to be the guy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I still say under on IP this year at 140

  112. Scott says:
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    I realize catchers have been brutal. Ramos has 1 scored 1 run and has 3 total bases. He was bad last year too. Do I cut him for pina or mccann (Detroit) or hold? I think I may be better off w/o a catcher instead of taking an 0 for 4 every day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pina

  113. dbayley says:
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    Anyone starting Newcomb later this week and his -$15 SON at the Cubs or we pumping the brakes this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pumping brakes

  114. Milarky says:
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    Great stuff again Grey! Our waivers finally open tonight, and we only get one per week – so not much streaming – I’m looking for someone who could have the greatest impact for ROS. From my estimate, the best available arms below – can you rank your top 3 recommendations from this list?

    Shawn Newcomb
    Nick Pivetta
    Tyler Skaggs
    Mike Minor
    Reynaldo Lopez
    Trevor Williams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams (but not this week), Newcomb, Pivetta

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: Williams, huh? You sure you’re not biased because of a certain tweet???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

          • Milarky says:
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            @Grey: You showed a tweet from him saying that his 2018 is dedicated to Razzball…

            • Terrance Mann says:
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              @Milarky: Don’t ask Osho if you can’t accept Osho truth.

              • Milarky says:
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                @Terrance Mann: It was a joke. Just apparently not a funny one.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, right, forgot… Shows how much that factors in… I’m not far from my preseason rankings for ranking anyone, 2 starts hasn’t changed anything… Williams does have a tough matchup this week

  115. older fart says:
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    Should I drop Jose Ramirez and pick up a ball of lint that I found under the couch in my basement?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  116. Green monstah says:
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    Howdy & good afternoon master Grey! We were talking about wwe stuff on Friday ! Did you catch wrestlemania? If so what did you think?
    My league is H2H points/ weekly lock/ redraft

    Any who lost wil Myers to the DL, so I put Myers to my DL slot & who is the better option for this week at 1b: hosmer or Brandon belt? I’m leaning hosmer.
    Hosmer plays 7 games (3 @ Colorado & then 4 games in SD vs Giants )

    Belt gets 7 games as well (series vs diamondbacks in SF then at SD.)

    — I had hosmer at IF slot when Myers was my 1b , would you put belt at 1f this week or add any of these to start at IF:
    Joe panik, chris owings (2b/SS/OF), Ben zobrist (2b/OF).
    Panik gets who I listed with belt this week,

    Owings 6 games: @ SF & @ Dodgers

    Zobrist gets 6 vs pirates & vs braves

    As for OF depth on my bench I have Grichuk, Jackie Bradley Jr & willie Calhoun
    – drop any of those for either: Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Brantley, Curtis granderson, Derek fisher, Aaron alther, Jesse winker, schebler, lewis brinson.

    — keep in mind we start 4 OF’s here’s my 4: Bryce Harper, benintendi, polanco & Dexter fowler

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t want WWE, was it good? Hosmer, Belt… JBJ for Brantley, not really necessary tho

    • Green monstah says:
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      @Green monstah:

      FYI Scott kinery is also available & I could plug him into IF slot too do you like kingery more or less than the other options? He plays 6 this week : vs Reds & at TB

      Thanks again

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Kingery at IF

  117. Its me says:
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    Drop Domingo Santana for David Peralta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  118. trick dad says:
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    Need to drop a pitcher to pick up a catcher. Please rank Velasquez, Triggs & Mahle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Triggs

  119. Jason Morgan says:
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    Souza or Tucker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  120. Ron Pridgen says:
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    Dansby, Panik, Whit, DeJong

    Which two should I embrace with open arms and welcome to my squad as starters at 2B/SS? (leaving the other two to marinate on the waiver wire)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whit, DeJong

  121. Stumanji! says:
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    Better upside for a flier pickup, Swanson or Barreto?

    Is the 2-start SP tiers column happening this year? That was one of the most useful weekend write-ups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dansby — Let me ask Jay on 2 start starter post

  122. jack florida says:
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    16 team h2h points

    drop any of these
    r lopez, hamels, mahle

    for any of these
    pivetta, v velasquez, lucchesi or gibson

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinda based on matchups….Mahle to Pivetta

  123. Dau Tranh says:
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    Reynaldo/Michael Taylor for Choo/Folty –?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taylor side, it’s fair

  124. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a 6×6 roto league (OPS & Holds). Would you consider making the following moves:

    Trade Brandon Morrow for Jon Gray?
    Current pitching staff:
    SP- Bauer, Manaea, Wacha, Castillo
    RP – Rivero, Giles, Morrow, Boxberger, Devenski, Hader, Andrew Miller, Chad Green

    Dropping Chris Taylor for Peacock or Jordan Hicks? Machado is SS eligible now and Taylor is probably my worst bat if Swanson keeps it up.

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Gray — No, don’t drop Taylor

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Thanks, Grey! I think I’m going to pull the trigger on that trade.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  125. Brian says:
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    16 team h2h 6×6 dynasty with k/bb and QS. my starting pitching is dicey. I won the league with the same group last year but so far at least 3 look atrocious (teheran, gausman, duffy). I also have verlander, quintana, price, alex wood, sonny, clevinger. i have salazar and alex reyes on the DL. Looking to strike early on the SP market. can you rank these guys in the order you’d go after them? hendricks, paxton, richards, shark, morton, mccullers, corbin.

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teheran looked good last year? Gausman in the 1st half? None of these SPs have changed dramatically since preseason rankings

  126. Nick Nice says:
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    Drop Puig for Peralta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  127. Kingslayer says:
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    In weekly, AL-Only, 5×5 League start Kinsler or Yoan Moncada this week?

    IAN KINSLER:
    vs D. Fister (R)
    .273, 1 HR vs M. Perez (L)
    .333 vs M. Moore (L)
    .000 vs I. Kennedy (R)
    .389, 1 HR vs J. Hammel (R)
    .353, 2 HR vs J. Junis (R)
    .333, 1 HR vs E. Skoglund (L)

    YOAN MONCADA:
    vs C. Archer (R)
    vs B. Snell (L)
    vs TBA
    vs J. Berrios (R)
    .000 vs TBA
    vs L. Lynn (R)
    vs J. Odorizzi (R)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moncada

  128. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Got home Saturday night and watched the end of the Pads/Stros game. With 2 down, Bregman hits a routine pop up about 30 feet in front of home plate on the first base side of the infield. Hosmer completely misjudges it and it falls in, allowing the runner on second to score. This was ruled an RBI single.

    The league needs to end this type of scoring. It has been going on for years. It clearly violates the rules of official scoring, but yet it continues. An alarming amount of “baseball people” view this farcical type of ruling as some sort of charming nuance of the game. It is not.

    Old man rant over.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, Fred Garvin!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know what’s also not charming? Umps throwing players out for no reason

  129. Zach says:
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    Is Newcomb an upgrade over Duffy or Mahle? Or not really?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try over Mahle

  130. Skeezix says:
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    Grey, it looks like Kiermeier is going to sit today with a foot injury (and godawfulness), though X-Rays showed no break. Would you rather roll the dice with either one of Cron (PHI, @CHW) or Vogelbach (OAK, @KC), or start Kiermeier and hope he only misses the one game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

  131. Hepcat13 says:
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    Great write up!
    Yahoo 12 team, H2H 5×5 league:

    Andujar or Matt Chapman ROS at Utility?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman

  132. Scott says:
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    Lowrie, kipnis, panik. Please rank. Kipnis is hitting 2nd in a great lineup. Lowrie hitting 3rd. Panik top of order too. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Panik, Kip

  133. Packers says:
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    The Cutline contest ran by the NFBC has only two FAAB periods, with one being tomorrow.
    How much would you bid on a known closer like Box or Kela out of $1000?
    For content the other FAAB period is before the playoffs in mid July.
    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How badly do you need a closer? Likely $500+ plus if I needed one

      • Packers says:
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        @Grey: I really don’t need a closer per say, just players who put up points. I actually didn’t draft any closers because of sagnof. I’m just looking to dump a couple pitchers with the last name that sounds like Ramirez and grab somebody who could help. We have 42 man rosters, with the computer picking the best players per week. It’s low maintenance with the draft and two FAAB periods then sit back and see what happens. So this FAAB is important to help make the playoffs. The other FAAB is right before the playoffs. My first time playing this format, by what the hey, someone wins $50,000.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, then I’d try $176 on couple of closers, not even sure if they’ll make your lineup, no reason to save your money tho unless you’re crushed by injuries for 3 months, but then you won’t be in good shape anyway

          • Packers says:
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            @Grey: Alright! Thank you. I had 184 so we are thinking alike.
            I’m in the same boat as other Razzballer’s with shares of Staton, Rizzo, and a few others but it’s a long season and I hope to capitalize on other managers impatiences with waiver claims.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, totallly

  134. Stream Weaver says:
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    Scherzer Grichuk
    Or
    Springer Berrios
    Which side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That makes me feel a little better, he still feels like a long man perpetually being stretched out

  135. Just Busted says:
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    Matt Davidson, Matt Chapman, or Tim Beckham ROS?

    Yahoo 12 team H2H 5×5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beck, Chapman

  136. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Are you still holding on Snell and Giolito? The waiver wire is looking pretty bleh…. (12 team, 6×6 standard)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  137. Nico says:
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    Hey Grey! Hope all is well! My league switched over to H2H and things have already started on an unlucky note, however, it’s early. I was wondering if you trust Faria at this point? I can either plug him in, or a reliever like Bradley or Barnes. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you, Nico! I don’t trust Faria or any Rays anymore — I’d go Barnes for saves, Bradley for ratio

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Alrighty, thanks bud. You’re not turned off by Barnes’ last outing?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure what choice they have, maybe Barnes is done, but I doubt it, likely has at least one more chance, if not a few more

  138. J-FOH says:
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    Osho Albright! I don’t know why but a Trading Places reference always makes my day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I figured it would

  139. Rudy Corrales says:
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    Ohtani or Jose Quintana Rest Of Year?

    I’m thinking Jose what do you think Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jose

  140. Christopher Sherwin says:
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    Whit Merrifield or Ozzie Albies ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whit

  141. J-FOH says:
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    Can we call Ohtani something else. No offfense to you but Oshohtani feels fitting. The followers will be wearing red, he will have his haterss like the Oregon and Federal Government, and will be displaying mystical powers on the mound and at the dish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I don’t mind that, but I can’t promise to use it

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: you just don’t believe in the Oshohtani yet

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do, Oshohtani looked awesome, just not convinced on nickname

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Did Rudy take over the comments. Im not liking what I’m hearing

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Why’s that?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Because…its an awesome nickname that is also topical..sorry, Im having a rough day and taking it out on you

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, nah, no worries, didn’t think you were…

  142. Michael DePinto says:
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    Currently have Semien at SS. Tim Anderson is available. Would you drop Semien for Anderson?

    Hits and Walks instead of AVG.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Michael DePinto says:
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        I guess what I am asking is if you believe Anderson’s start is for real or will Semien be safer and consistent over the course of the season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have Anderson ranked way in front of Semien, nothing’s changed

        • Raoul Duke says:
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          @Michael DePinto: Grey had Anderson ranked in a fashion that I am going to say he believes Anderson’s start is for real.

  143. Michael DePinto says:
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    Also Kyle Seager was just dropped. Who would you drop out of Matz, Wacha or Andujar?

    • Michael DePinto says:
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      Or Alonso?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andujar

  144. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. You starting Gray (vs SD, @ Was) this week? Not exactly an ideal two start week….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

  145. OaktownSteve says:
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    I think Dan Jennings will end up getting some saves for the Brewers. Here’s how I think it will go down. First of all, it seems pretty wide open and I think multiple guys will get at least one crack at it. Jennings is the only left hander who will be in the mix. They won’t use Hader. If there’s a save situation with a lefty or two coming up, he might get a crack. For his career, he also gets leftys and rightys out with about the same frequency. His appearances so far have been full innings so they haven’t been using him like a straight LOOGY.

    His GB rate for his career is close to 60%. His HR to FB rate last year was a crazy 21%. The prior year it was 2.5% in 64 appearances. So there’s a chance he goes on the shorter side of a closer share situation, but if that happens, there’s also a chance he lucks his way into the lion’s share if the right handers all trip over themselves and each other.

    Longshot? Of course. But if you’re in a league where stumbling into 5-8 saves would mean something and where you have a roster deep enough to carry him and probably with daily changes then he might be worth a flier. I’ve now also seen two MLB beat guys reporting he “may be in line for some saves.” I don’t think he’s on anybody’s radar right now, so he should be basically free.

    I’m starting 4 closers in NFBC this week: Strickland, Middleton, Boxberger and Treinen. The way I figure, these four might not all be closing all year, so I’ll try to make saves while the sun shines and try to play catch up in Ks and Ws later by rolling 8 or 9 starters and focus on double starters.

    Drafting Kingery, Happ and Acuna was a lot more fun that owning them has been.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Jeopardy guy?! Oh, wait…That’s you! I could see that scenario with Jennings, they’re basically gonna go with matchups unless someone surprises and sticks — I started one closer last week in NFBC, starting two this week… Acuna’s due in like 5 days, isn’t he? I just traded for Happ, fwiw

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        As a Happ owner, alls I can say is sometimes he’s in the lineup and sometimes he’s not. I saw that trade by the way. Great trade for you. In only leagues, if Happ is a few ABs light it’s not as bad in that format as everybody will eventually sniffing around of ABs. Nobody is getting 550 to 600 ABs out of all of their roster spots. You got a 20/20 piece for a closer you don’t really need who may or may not be healthy all year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I thought the trade was a no brainer, but there’s some people who don’t understand Only leagues and saying Familia’s great and I’m dumb… Whatever… Happ’s going to leadoff tomorrow, if he has a big week, the 1st week will be history by Thursday…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Anybody who thinks you got the short end of that trade probably has Jansen, Rivero and Hand on their roster and an *I (heart) closers* bumper sticker.

            I can’t believe the amount of draft closers stupidity that infiltrated the fantasy expertocracy this year.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yeah, completely — I actually do have Rivero in that NFBC league of ours, tho with no waivers, I always go slightly stronger on closers there, and less on MRs… Though, never would go near Jansen and his price tag

  146. Rory says:
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    Yu darvish or berrios for Luis castillo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

      • Rory says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: H2H format and keeper forever….same answer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, same

          • Rory says:
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            @Grey: thanks, grey. You’re a warrior on the comment response

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  147. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    One addition before signing off…. (I travel tomorrow for Uganda, my journey starts at 04h00 from our home in Croatia and I arrive on April 11 at 08h15 in Entebbe!)

    Goodrum is decidely better than Badrum and Redrum (dur, murder spelled backwards!), but is he really the best option at 1B for the Detroit Tigers??? That is one awful lineup, feel sorry for Fulmer owners (gulp, myself!) because the 116 loss record season could be in danger of being broken. [If I lost you, my question is Goodrum the best option for the Detroit Tigers at 1B? Thank you.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’d say barely better than Redrum, but better, indeed — Safe travels!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Saw a replay of the Mets-Phils 2-0 game of earlier this year. The one that Familia almost blew but didn’t. Man, seeing THE CAPTAIN in the dugout must be so reassuring!!

        So, Mets quiz question. Name the only three Mets with 120 or more RBIs in a season.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh man… I don’t know… Wright, Strawberry and Piazza?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Ante Galic: Piazza, Wright and…..Ventura? Maybe Delgado?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Delgado’s a good call

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Cram It: CramIt!!

            I knew you’d know! It’s Piazza and Ventura from that amazing ’99 season and the Captain from 2008!!! A whole decade ago!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Cram It says:
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              @Ante Galic: I knew he had one stupid good career year with them.

  148. hanklongball says:
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    Would you trade Rizzo for Thor and Andrew Miller in a 12 team, 5×5 keeper league (Miller won’t be kept). I have Hoskins, Albies and Hosmer covering Rizzo’s spots and my rotation is Bauer, Godley, Clevinger, Snell and Wacha…

    It seems like a good deal, but I would value your input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  149. Sideshow27 says:
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    Drop Faria for Wheelers start v Miami Wed? Who is handcuff of Colome in TB? Romo? Alvarado?

  150. Bobbi Morris says:
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    Streaming options in 10 team H2H points league

    Blake Snell @ CWS Fulmer (SON +12.3)

    or

    Gausman vs. Tor Estrada (SON +6.4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell

  151. Baldy says:
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    Debating two possiable drops and adds:
    drop Jordan Montgomery for Sean Newcomb and
    drop Iannetta for Zunino when he comes off the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure on Newcomb, meh on Iannetta

  152. Stephen Lyon says:
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    We’d rather have Yonder than Davidson for the long haul right? Already have Rizzo and Bell but wouldn’t want to miss out on a Yonder repeat…

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      @Stephen Lyon: And to be clear, I have Davidson too. So drop him for Yonder?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, think so

  153. john says:
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    Trade K Seager for Charlie Morton in an OBP league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  154. Johnny2Seam says:
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    How’s this trade in a dynasty league:

    Give- Lance McCullers, Josh Reddick (waiver pickup) & Anthony Alford (minor league roster)

    Get- Michael Conforto, Archie Bradley & Reynaldo Lopez (minor league roster)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  155. EZ says:
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    Offer Lorenzo Cain for Buxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  156. Mookiewilson says:
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    Who do you prefer between David peralta and Jose Martinez?
    Also drop Ramos for Alfaro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta, close — Sure

  157. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft

    Who do I grab for my NA slot that just opened up Guerrero Jr, Robles, or Kopech?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robles

  158. Ben W says:
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    Nomar Mazara or Johnny Cueto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mazara

  159. Sideshow27 says:
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    Who is handcuff of Colome in TB? Romo? Alvarado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, prolly Romo, but I can’t see them giving up on Colome

  160. Mike says:
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    Haven’t seen too many Red Sox games on TV, but Jackie Bradley- the stats look terrible. Any feelings about him?

    I hate to cut a solidly drafted player this early, but I look at his history and, apart from 2016, I wonder if I’m hanging onto the guy hoping for 2016 numbers, but more likely getting .240-250, 12-15hr, ~60rbis, and 5-8 steals. Worrying about cutting that feels silly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d give him another week or so…

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: I think my feeling is: What level of production do I need to see in the short-term to make me think that that production is the beginning of, say, .270-20-80 rather than .240-12-60?

        (Really the question for anyone, right?)

        I can see him keeping me on his hook with a string of 1-for-4 games…

        Thanks for the thoughts!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends on what is available, we’re less than ten games in, we have not seen anything that says JBJ can turn his season around… If I remember correctly, he usually turns it on May… But the upside is obviously not that special

  161. Andrew Ball says:
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    Ryan Zimmerman and Domingo were dropped in my league. I know who to drop, but wasn’t sure, who should I prioritize and should use my waiver claim? Pick up both if possible? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick up both, Zimmerman first

  162. RJ says:
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    In need of pitching, I’ve been offered Tanner Roark for my Matt Olson, or potentially could trade Schwarber for Jakob Junis, other FA options are Skaggs and Odorizzi, thoughts?

  163. Oppo Taco says:
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    Please rank ROS : Brantley, Ohtani (hitter), Alonso,

    And Wacha over F-Her ROS?

    Would you trade Wacha and Alonso for Jose Martinez? 5×5 Roto

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso — Yes, Wacha — Sure, Jo-Ma

  164. RJ says:
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    HxH league and am in need of pitching, been offered Roark for M. Olson or Junis for Schwarber? Available FA pitchers include Skaggs, Cole Hamels (on Waivers) and Odorizzi, thoughts? /

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Junis

  165. Another Dan says:
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    Thanks for another good post. Essential reading every morning, even though I don’t often have anything useful to contribute.

    In a 12 team H2H dynasty with 5 DL spots.
    Healy, Bogaerts, Myers, Realmuto, Murphy, Rodon, Salazar all on DL.
    Cut both pitchers for streaming/batty call options ?

    Another Dan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, cut the SPs

  166. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I share your concerns about Wacha. His velo’s down over 2 mph, which is a big problem since his fastball is his bread and butter pitch. Trying to get hitters to chase his secondaries, but they’re not biting. Allowing lots of loud contact (46.7% Hard%) and not missing many bats (5.4% SwStr%). He’s parked on the bench for now. Next stop is the waiver wire in a couple of weeks if he doesn’t find that lost velo.

    Streamed Mahle in a couple of leagues last week, and grabbed Ben Lively as my cheap two-starter this week. Nothing special about him, but he’s shown good control and the ability to keep the ball in the park throughout his minor league career despite being a flyball pitcher. Has two great matchups this week against the Reds and Rays. Hoping for a win, 8-9 Ks, and decent ratios.

    Your Elon Musk comment reminds me of the joke that Norm MacDonald told on his podcast when interviewing Letterman. In essence, he likened him to a creative serial killer. I can try to track down the clip if you haven’t heard it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, would like to hear it… I’m hoping Wacha (and a lot of these SPs) main problem is the freezing temperatures…

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I’m actually amazed any player can do anything of note in this weather.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly… They’re all wearing ski masks, it’s kinda silly

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: The weather could be a factor, but the slow start is a concern for someone like Wacha. April is typically a strong month for him. Most pitchers usually regain up to one mph after this point, so being down 2+ is something to keep an eye on.

        It looks like the Norm clips have been pulled from youtube for some reason. Maybe Netflix bought the rights since he’s moving over there soon (I think). I’ll still try to track it down later.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! Trying to be optimistic with Wacha…

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Rhhhhyyyyyyyyssssss!!!

            Lively got small balled to death early on, but he’s retired 6 straight including 4 Ks. Just want him to get through five and leave with the lead (and decent ratios). Is that too much to ask?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rhyus!

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Ugh, Tucker freakin Barnhart. The dangers of streaming…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, it was a meatball to him — they pitched around Rhysus

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah, can’t relax after you get past Votto and Duvall. It’s probably wise to avoid Hoskins in most situations. Tough to do when guys like Franco and Kingery are in a groove though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, agreed

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: I’m done with Phillies pitchers as long as Kapler is there. You pull Nola in a shutout after 68 pitches but let Lively throw 100 pitches and go through the lineup three times? This guy has no clue what he’s doing. Was mildly interested in Pivetta, but I think I’ll avoid the headaches now.

  167. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Points league that count the following stats: W, L, SV, H, ER, BB, K, Hld, BSV.

    I need a reliever to replace Yates. My options are Peacock, Fields, Givens, Nicasio, or Ottavino.

    Also looking to pick up another SP. Who do you like ROS? Pomeranz, Newcomb, Skaggs, or Gibson?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peacock — Pom, Newcomb

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @SF: i like peacock and Ottavino

  168. Peter Rabbit says:
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    Would you use a #2 waiver claim on C. Taylor? I have Swanson filling in at Ss while bogaerts is on the DL? 12 team league

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  169. Peter Rabbit says:
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    Drop Ramos for Castillo? Hard to trust the rays right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  170. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’m dealing with a lot of dead bats right now. I have Acuna and Souza joining my lineup in the next week or 2, so hopefully that will help.

    Do you like Goodwin enough to justify dropping Pirela (everyday player)? Goodwin would be great to have if he was playing 4 – 5 games a week. Eaton is going to be given time off here and there with his sore ankle, and Taylor isn’t doing much. Would you hold onto Pirela?

    Also, who would be your first drop in order to pick up another Ottavino? I’m keeping Blach around for his start against the Padres.

    Thanks!

    10-Tm H2H NL-Only 5×5 OBP

    CA Hedges
    1B Au Schizz
    2B Scooter
    3B Rendon
    SS Arcia
    INF McMahon
    OFs Polanco, Brinson, Pirela, Kendrick
    UTIL N. Williams
    SP Castillo, Hendricks, Godley, Weaver, Mikolas, Blach
    RP Knebel, Holland, Steckenrider, Fields
    B Acuna, Robles
    DL Souza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I don’t think Goodwin’s anything special — why do you need Ottavino?

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: I have 10 pitchers and once Souza comes off DL, I’ll put Knebel on it leaving me with only 9 pitchers and no bench P. I like to carry 10 pitchers so that I can sit one. Other possibility would be Amir Garrett.

        • Grey

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          Not sure who you’re dropping

          • Pugs & Slugs says:
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            @Grey: Well, it could be Robles. He exited with a left arm injury. Report says he hurt it diving. It was “hanging limply.”

            Wasn’t expecting him for a while, but this changes things. [email protected]Pugs & Slugs: @Grey: Please see comment below about Robles. I think I’m going to see how things play out till Souza is activated.

            Thanks!

            • Grey

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              Ah, gotcha

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: I have 10 pitchers and once Souza comes off DL, I’ll put Knebel on it leaving me with only 9 pitchers and no bench P. Ottavino because of his Ks, and I like to carry 10 pitchers so that I can sit one. The other possibility would be Garrett. He could find himself in the rotation eventually.

        I just dropped Blach for Ryu. I thought Ryu was still on waivers, but SON likes his next 2 starts and hates Blach’s.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Blach’s garbage…. I’d go with Ottavino

          • Pugs & Slugs says:
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            @Grey: Well, it could be Robles. He exited with a left arm injury. Report says he hurt it diving. It was “hanging limply.”

            Wasn’t expecting him for a while, but this changes things. Bummer.

            • Grey

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              I really don’t see him being a factor much this year

              • Pugs & Slugs says:
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                @Grey: I didn’t expect to see Robles until much later in the season unless they really needed him, but it’s a keeper league, so I thought I’d try.

                • Grey

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                  I hear ya, maybe you can hold for a few?

  171. EZ says:
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    Until I Daniel Murphy comes back… DeJong or Panik?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeJong

  172. Hot Tamale says:
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    Replacements for Eugenio are scarce. Best of this bunch Grey in an OBP lg?

    Duffy Valbuena Spangenberg Holt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that is scarce, I’d look at matchups — Prolly Valbuena

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Hot Tamale: surprisingly no goodo has been hitting well WITHOUT a HR streak, something i don’t think i’ve ever seen.

  173. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    oh yeah NOW newtown is benched for headley. good F’ing night F my life. i guess it’s pirela with cheese streamin time, wasting a move here, or just hold. 6 moves left on week. rizzo probably about to hit DL soon along with yelich.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: oh yeah, and for holds, which of:
      tepera, hirano, grimm (8th inning at KC town now). K/9 here too. and K/BB

    • Grey

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      Hold for now

  174. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    good god colome in his first at bat 2/3 of the balls are strikes. either 100% in the zone or at least 75% in the zone on those 2

    • Grey

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      He’s such a mess right now

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: was a mess the other day, from the box score seemed fine today, 1 weak single, 3 groundouts on cutters, one BB in which if called right would’ve been a 4 pitch K on abreu. (unless the velo is significantly lower, but i’m starting to think the weather determines some of this, i mean how many guys do you hear about have “low” velo in april that simply don’t in 5 weeks? seems like a lot)

        • Grey

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          The outs weren’t that weak, it wasn’t a dominating save

          • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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            @Grey: not arguing “dominating” here. but what should’ve been a 4 pitch K to abreu but bad calls leads to BB, a single, then 3 infield groundouts isn’t bad for a guy who actually did suck just a day or 2 ago. this wasn’t like a rodney bad inning full of wild BB’s and line drives or fly outs to the track. this was more like kenley’s most recent save, low velo but still cutter weak contact (albeit kenley has had worse BB issues than colome today)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Fair enough, think we’re both sayin more or less same

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, I thought this was re: Colome — Yes, weather I think is a factor that no one is talking about… Homers are way down too

      • Grey

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        Yeah, was super touch and go

  175. Paul says:
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    Was waiting for Ralph’s pitching profile on Harvey but I don’t see it yet?

    What do you think about Harvey, hold or drop for speculative adds like gleyber Torres? I’m hoping to catch lightning in a bottle at 2B?

    • Grey

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      Ralph had kid problems yesterday, sorry about that

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: sorry to hear that, I hope everything is ok

        • Grey

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          Think it is, thanks

  176. Jubaka says:
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    Should I drop Duval for Preston tucker, or reddick. I need power though. They are bench bats.
    Should pick up Newcomb and drop mikolas, or any of these guys. Pivetta, lively, Kennedy, or Collin mchugh. Or actually Fiers.

    • Jubaka says:
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      The second question I meant, should I drop mikolas for any of them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick, hold Mikolas

      • Jubaka says:
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        @Grey: still holad mikolas right, drop him or chirinos for castillo

  177. Sad Keanu says:
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    Barria worth a pick up in 10 team H2H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  178. tjw4404 says:
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    1)I’ve been offered Ohtani (hitter) for Luke Weaver.

    2)Also been offered Carlos Martinez and Jose Quintana for Acuna.

    Thoughts?

    I’m in a standard 5×5 yahoo league.

    My team:
    C D’Arnaud
    1B Freeman
    2B Rizzo
    SS Bregman
    3B Gallo
    OF Bryce
    OF Cespedes
    OF Haniger
    Util Jose Martinez
    BN Acuna
    DL Deshields

    Sp Weaver
    Sp Wacha
    RP Soria
    RP Hand
    P Roark
    P Greene
    P Kela
    Bn Bauer
    Bn Wood
    Bn Junis
    Bn Clevinger
    DL Melancon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nah 2. Sounds good to me

  179. Dancin Homer says:
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    Happy Monday Grey

    With the news of Bogaerts going to the DL in my 12-team 6×6 (5×5 + OPS & QS) H2H league, I either need to:

    a.) drop D. Salazar & move Bogaerts to my last DL spot (already have Lamb & Samardzija occupying my other 2 DL spots)

    b.) just deal with 4 DL’d players for 3 DL spots for a bit

    On a side note, would you still be holding onto Brinson in this same 12-team (deep bench) re-draft league?

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

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      Drop Salazar and Brinson

  180. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hoskins hr he looks good but did u see Odubels hair ?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: now Kingery goes deep also

    • Grey

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      Ha, yup

  181. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Rizzo heading for the DL by the sound of it. Booo!

    • Grey

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      Yeah, think it’s happened already

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Stephen Lyon: when he was ruled out like 8 or so hours ago i’d have laid 70/30 on it happening. eh at least i think i only own him in 1 league this year (albeit a money one, along with yelich), far less than most years.

  182. Shin-Shoo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto.

    C – R. Martin
    1B – Gallo
    2B – C. Hernandez
    SS – Lindor
    3B – Donaldson
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Trout
    OF – J. Martinez
    UTIL – Simmons
    UTIL – M. Chapman
    BN – Moncada, Hanley
    SP – J. Gray, Taillon, T. Williams, Chatwood, Wacha, Taijuan, Snell, E. Rodriguez
    RP – Kela, Soria, Fields
    DL – Souza, A. Reyes

    Grey, I’ve got a team hot and heavy to trade me Chris Taylor, and since you’ve been advocating for him in these here comments…

    A) Please rank Taylor, Cesar Hernandez, Moncada. (I’d need to drop/trade one if I acquire Taylor.)

    B) Please rank Taillon, Gray, Chatwood, Wacha, Taijuan, Snell

    C) Is their C Taylor and Realmuto for my M Chapman and Gray fair? Send another SP? Or hold onto Chapman?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Drop Cesar B. Taillon, Gray, Wacha C. Yes

  183. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Anyone else watching this IV with Chris Carpenter? Pretty funny.

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      @Stephen Lyon: Doh. I mean Adam Wainwright!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Watching Phils

  184. Steve says:
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    Dropped Glasnow in 14T H2H mixed to take a flier on Villanueva. Use #1 waiver claim to get him back? Pitching’s scarce and I think I might’ve made colossal mistake.

    Thanks

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Steve: drop teheran instead (this’ll either sound stupid or genius depending on whether or not you own him)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  185. Nathan says:
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    Dynasty league (H2H points)– hold all players. Trade: Bryce Harper and Matt Harvey. Get: Ronald Acuna, Paul DeJong, Roberto Osuna. Trying to trade Harper for prospects and players for future years and upgrading other positions as I have Rhys, JD, and Bellinger holding down the OF. Unsure of the production Acuna might have this year so I may be weakening the team by a lot this year.

    • Grey

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      No

  186. Peacecoast says:
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    bah Mikolas is just too hittable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sigh

  187. Peacecoast says:
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    Felipe Rivero is now Felipe Vasquez, I’m not even kidding.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Peacecoast: best part is it’s announced as “his sister’s name”. i wonder if that means his mom’s maiden name, or this sister is a half sister or stepsister or whatever. since it’s somebody he lives with apparently in the offseason maybe this is like some kinda incest situation or whatnot too, i got questions y’all!

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Peacecoast: i no crazy what money will do to a guy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously?

  188. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    oh crap it’s about to be the old bader/hader at bat. wong is waking up too, some hits lately, BB’s are coming back.

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: yeppers. that was nice.

  189. mr baseball says:
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    Offered in trade

    J. Martinez Bos – RF B. Morrow  FOR  George Springer

  190. mr baseball says:
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    Keeper league above

  191. The Harrow says:
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    GIVENS you MF”ing SOB! that’s the WORST normally useful RP outting of the F’ing year right there.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: whew, the box scores hadn’t caught up yet, i thought ALL of those runs were his. 3 in 1.66, whip of 3 is bad enough, but not “worst useful RP of the year” or near it.

  192. Alex Tramble says:
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    Good lord Jon Gray is having one of those starts where you keep checking back in and the damage is worse every time. I thought he pitched well at Coors and against the Padres??

  193. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    What u think of. The Miller save tonight? Just bc Allen was used last night no back. To back and straight to Miller… U think that’s something or should I hold on a guy like Middleton and let that play out some more

  194. Robpopp says:
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    Damn you Albers!

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Robpopp: what about Holland?4 walks

  195. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Glad Holland is here to save us.

  196. J-FOH says:
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    Jewnis!

  197. Terrence Mann says:
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    Moustakas should be ashamed of that nonsense.

  198. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    I have Kiermaier for my only CF. I have Max, MadBum, Hendricks, Morton, Bauer and Manaea for SP. would you trade Manaea for Adam Jones in a H2H league?

  199. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Good evening Grey. Donaldson and Thor for Jose Ramerez and Bum. Or Donaldson and Thor for Jose Ramerez and Robbie Ray. Or hold. Thanks.

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