“It’s an All-Star edition of Chopped!  I’m your host, Ted Allen.  Let’s meet the competitors.  First up, Aaron Sanchez.”  *hits fast forward button*  “You know, I didn’t think you could put together such a great starter with turkey jerky, kumquats, Mallomars and boxed rice, but this sauce you made is divine.”  Alex Guarnaschelli lifts the bowl and slurps.  Geoffrey Zakarian, “I thought it could’ve used a bit more spice.”  “Okay, GZ.”  True Story Alert!  My dog’s name is Ted, and the dog walker’s name is Allen, so in my phone I have him listed as Ted Allen.  Whenever he calls, I yell out to Cougs, “I finally got on Chopped!”  So, I started Aaron Sanchez and he threw a dazzler, 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  His 89th pitch was a 97 MPH fastball.  Sign me up for some of that!  I grabbed him off waivers in my RCL (no idea why he wasn’t owned), and I plan on starting him every time out, Stream-o-Nator be damned!   To keep the runner at first, I’m gonna quick pitch this one.  For the cost of four cups of coffee, you get the Stream-o-Nator.  To buy stats for all major leaguers that helps the tools run costs us about $8,000.  There’s a shizzton of man hours for Rudy to make the tools.  A lot of it is a labor of love; we get that.   No one is getting rich here; again, it’s all good.  I don’t want to pay extra taxes anyway!  Now, with that said (here comes a reversal!), I take the Stream-o-Nator with a grain of salt in April.  Sample sizes need to grow.  Ugh, that’s what she keeps saying!  That’s the size of the sample, sweetheart.  Please, don’t put me on the DL with a fractured ego.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-5 and his 1st steal.  Has 25-30 steal speed and some power.  Ya know, what you want from Lorenzo Cain.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Is it just me or do you want to face swap Rougned Odor and Anthony Rizzo and put it on top Odorizzi’s shoulders?  Okay, it’s me.  Got it.  I had some love for Odorizzi in the preseason, and, even aside from that, this game was home, where Odorizzi has a sub-3.00 ERA in his career.

Alex Colome – 2 IP, 0 ER and the win with the assist from Chase Utley.  Here’s what I think is going on.  Rays manager, Kevin Cash, likes that Colome can go multiple innings, but he also knows that he’s their best reliever.  I look forward to the games when Colome comes into the bottom of the fifth for the 15-out save.  For now, you have to hold Colome and Danny Farquhar for Rays saves.

Corey Dickerson – 1-for-4 and his 2nd home run.  Now he would’ve been a sleeper.  No one was drafting this doode.  He left Coors and it was like he became radioactive, Imagine Dragons.

Logan Forsythe – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Or I guess that’s Logan’s (home) Run.  Egads, it’s dystopian!  Thankfully, I could never see our country going that way.  Assuming we get a giant wall put in place.

Kevin Gausman – Will make a rehab start on Saturday.  Be interesting to see if the Orioles have room for him in the rotation.  I mean, Jo Anne Worley’s son Vance, Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson are such huge hurdles Edwin Moses would struggle with them.

Evan Gattis – Will begin a rehab stint on Thursday as he works his way back from a hernia.  Since he’ll be DH’ing, his hernia will be the only time he touches balls all year.

Carlos Correa – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (1) and double helping of legs (2).  This Correa guy is putting up stats like he’s playing in Korea.  Reminds me of that outfielder guy that plays for the Angels, but as a shortstop.  What was his name again?  Mike something?  Think it was a fish.

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks.  The Fangraphs Database will not tolerate another year where Keuchel’s ERA is below his xFIP.  It just won’t.

Luke Gregerson – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save as Ken Giles went 1 IP and gave up a solo home run.  A.J. Hinch said, “You never want to see one of your guys fail, but, if you have to, you hope he’s doing it while making you look smart.”

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  Rudy loved (liked with stipulations?) Didi this draft season.  Would Didi be the first guy ever to set career highs at 26 years old?  Rhetorical!

Masahiro Tanaka – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks in 87 pitches.  Tanaka would’ve pitched deeper into the game but the pitching coach threw Tanaka’s elbow tendon against the wall and it stuck.

Bryan Mitchell – Out for four months with a fractured big toe.  His other little piggies are gonna get fat and out of shape in the meantime.

Aledmys Diaz – 1-for-3, 1 run as he started at shortstop.  Not sure if he will, but Diaz should be the shortstop from now until The Superfluous H returns, so take heed NL-Only’ers.  I know, that might be the push off the ledge for the last remaining member of the Jedd Gyorko Fan Club.  “He’s still young…relatively!”

Jedd Gyorko – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  “Jimmy, don’t jump, Gyorko just homered!  Jimmmmmmmy!!!”

Michael Wacha – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  I told anyone that would listen to not draft Wacha.  Saw a bunch of youse didn’t listen.  Y’all a bunch of “Nay, Grey,” sayers!

David Freese – 2-for-5, 1 run.  Oh, please, just get injured already so Polanco (1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) can hit third.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He took a no hitter into the 5th inning and for about 90 minutes all of his owners were like, “No one wanted him, everyone was saying he was old, on his way to the twilight of his career.  I’m gonna Twilight your neck and bite in it Verlander’s initials!  I’m so brilliant for drafting him!”  Then, “Well, he got a Quality Start, that’s not bad.”

Francisco Rodriguez – 1 IP, 3 ER and the epic meltdown.  K-Rod hasn’t looked that bad since trying to make small talk with his father-in-law.  I grabbed Mark Lowe (1 IP, 1 ER) in two leagues, just in case there’s more to K-Rod’s blown save than just rust.

Anthony Gose – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 1st home run.  Don’t get it twisted (I’m totally a millennial), Gose’s main category stimulation is steals, but he can put up a home run or seven.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st home run.  I would trade Kinsler for anything.  I don’t believe in trading for saves, but I would even trade Kinsler for saves.  He leaves me so yawnstipated.

Wei-Yin Chen – 5 IP, 5 ER.  Wei-Yin?  That was worse than Pei Wei.  I can see making an affordable Morton’s, but did we really need an affordable P.F. Chang’s?

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his first home run.  Starting the countdown right here.  49 more homers to go!  C’mon, Hot Tush, get there!

Dee Gordon – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  First time I think I’ve ever owned him, and, when he gets three hits with two doubles and a triple, I get some serious premature extrabasulation.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Au Shizz!

Jean Segura – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  I loved Segura for years.  He finally bounces back and I don’t have him anywhere.  That would be my luck.

Shelby Miller – 6 IP, 6 ER.  How those offseason pitching moves look, Arizona?

Trevor Story – 1-for-4 and his 3rd home run.  Can I go back to March and move him up to the top five overall?  No?  Why, retired DeLorean car dealer?  Because you haven’t sold DeLoreans for 40 years?  Oh.

Nick Hundley – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run.  I think the Rockies players heard about the Coors Field changes, and they’re getting their licks in on the road like the Tootsie Pop owl.  Fun fact!  In Rwanda, the Tootsie Pop owl is at war with the Hutu Pop owl.

DJ LeMahieu – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs as he bats eighth.  Wasn’t a huge fan of LeMahieu in the preseason and batting eighth hurts his value a lot.  If he’s hitting, he’s worth holding, but I wouldn’t keep him around long.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  How’s his 2nd half last year look now?  Ain’t that a kick in the Jason LaRues.

Brandon Crawford – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer.  I mentioned this yesterday with Brandon Belt (1-for-4) and Matt Duffy (0-for-4, 1 RBI), but same holds true for Crawford.  Didn’t seem like anyone wanted to draft any of these guys.  Span (1-for-4, 1st steal) too, and Cueto and Casilla.  Samardzija seemed to be the only one anyone wanted.  Watch how that turns out.

Matt Garza – Hit the DL for four to six weeks with a strained lat.  Too bad, I liked looking at him upside down and seeing a troll doll.

Jimmy Nelson – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Obi Wanelson, you are the Brewers’ only hope.

Jose Quintana – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Five over-the-internet dollars says Quintana will have six Quality Starts by the end of May.  Who wants some action?

Todd Frazier – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  I ended up drafting Frazier on a bunch of teams, because I felt like he was a 2nd rounder going in the 3rd round.  How could he be a 2nd rounder?  Oh, I don’t know, maybe because he hits 30+ HRs and steals 15 bags.

Jimmy Rollins – 1-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  See what I say in exactly 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-3, 3 runs and his 1st home run.  Also in this game, Robinson Cano (1-for-5) hit his 2nd home run.  I think someone did the research on this previously, but it always seems to me that older players come out of the gate stronger because their legs are fresh, then they slow when the weather starts getting hot.  There may or may not be anything to that.  How’s that for insight!?

Seth Smith – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and the Lisper’s Nightmare’s first homer.  Thpectacular!

Hisashi Iwakuma – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (3 BBs), 5 Ks.  He had one game the entire 2014 season where he walked three guys.  The Dodgers sent Iwakuma back due to some hidden injury and I’m expecting Iwakuma to not make it past 120 IP.

Martin Perez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 3 Ks.  In the preseason, I said, “Last year’s numbers could absolutely be an aberration due to returning from Tommy John, but they were such an abomination that I can’t rank Perez’s abysmal ass any higher.  The preceding sentence was brought you by the only words starting with ‘ab’ that I know.  Somewhere, an abalone is shaking its head abjectly.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I’m still worried about Perez, and his start yesterday wasn’t incredible, but I’m like a cyclops with a monocle for him.

Noah Syndergaard – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Are there shirts in New York that read, “Go ‘gaard as a motherf**ker?”  Cause I’d like to buy one if there is.

David Wright – 1-for-3 and two steals.  Why would a guy with a degenerative spinal condition steal two bags in the 2nd game of the season?  I have a theory.  Wright knows he has 45 games tops that he can play this year and wants to be around for the pennant chase in September.

Neil Walker – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  I was thinking the other day, Neil Walker could’ve been named Army Crawler.  Deep Thoughts with Grey Albright.

Chris Young – 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Young came up big!  I don’t mean clutch, I mean he grew to be seven feet tall.

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

Matt Szczur – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st homer as he played instead of Schwarber.  Sorry, I need to reveal something.  There is no actual player named Szczur.  There’s 26 different outfielders in Chicago and Maddon just puts all their names into a Random Outfielder Generator.

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the 40 Minutes South of Los Angeles Angels.  It’s a bit early to say this definitively, but the Angels’ offense looks like they might be the AL Padres.  What happened to Arte Moreno throwing money at this team?  Did he short Star Wars on the Hollywood Stock Exchange?

Mike Trout – 0-for-8 to start the season.  What a bust!

Scott Kazmir – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, Zero Walks, 5 Ks vs. Padres.  Velocity problems are like elbows, everyone has them and they stink.  I might have that cliche wrong.  Obviously a good sign, but we’ll have to see how Kazmir does against a major league team.

Corey Seager – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting .444.  Yeah, okay, but how about Trevor Story?!

Eduardo Rodriguez – On track to throw a simulated game on Sunday.  Will depend if his Oculus Rift comes in the mail by then.

David Price – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks vs. the Indians.  Game time temperature was 34 degrees.  But sunny!  Talk about a lovely day in Cleveland.  That’s an order.  Talk about one, because I don’t know what it would be and I’m curious.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  First name:  Mookie.  Last name:  The Bettest!

David Ortiz – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 504th homer.  Not this season, though that wouldn’t be a record; Bonds hit 517 in 2001.

Travis Shaw – 2-for-5, 1 run.  Sandoval who?!  The chubby one trying to get sap out of the maple bats with his teeth.  I know, Random Italicized Voice.  It’s a figure of speech.  Sandoval who?! is a figure of speech like ‘Stick twelve Gobstoppers in your mouth to loosen your jaw before you get into bed’ is a figure of speech.

Brock Holt – 2-for-5, 1 RBI.  Rusney who?!  Are we seriously going through this again?

Corey Kluber – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I wouldn’t panic.  Kluber really has to throw meat to get his 10:2 K/9 to BB/9 to not at least repeat last year.   So, you want a meatless Kluber.  In other words, I’ll have the Vegan Klub with a side of sliders please.

Lonnie Chisenhall – Will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday at Columbus.  Fun Fact!  The Indians’ Triple-A affiliate is at Columbus but they call it The Bahamas.

  1. Muskysmell says:
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    Awesome stuff as usual…
    Good shizz Greyster

  2. Anon says:
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    So I bungled my draft and ended up with a black hole at 1B – I’ll be running Hanley there once he gets eligibility. I received an offer of Fielder/Liriano for Heyward/Carrasco, and I’m thinking of countering with Pujols/Liriano for Hanley/Kluber. I’m deep in pitching and OF. Reasonable?

  3. Mike in Busan says:
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    Ugh, I actually picked up Sanchez earlier in the week… and then started Verlander instead of him.
    And yes, those were the exact thoughts running through my mind through the first five innings.
    Great column, btw!

    • Jay says:
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      @Mike in Busan: After watching that game Verlander pitched way better than his stat line suggest. He had one bad pitch to stanton but other than that was controlling most of the at bats.

  4. muskysmell says:
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    wow, someone dropped Joc Pederson in my league…

    should I pick him up? 12 team, mixed, roto

    guys I have on my bench: Conforto, Khris Davis, Jason Hammel
    or do I hold?

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @muskysmell: Take him over Davis…or Hammel, but id lose the bench bat first.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Jef WiTh 1 F: Over Conforto

        • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Chicken Dinner: Id rather have Conforto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @muskysmell: Why do you have so many expendable OFs? Can lose Conforto

  5. Eric says:
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    In a 12 team H2H OBP League 5×5 with 4 OF spots, would you trade…

    Michael Brantley + Hisashi Iwakuma for Polanco and Berrios?

    Thanks for you advice!

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Eric: Yes…If you can get Polanco and Berrios for that take it now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Agree with F

  6. Rubik's Pube says:
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    Matt Albers is fat

      • Rubik's Pube says:
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        @Grey: They should have a wing eating contest between Albers, Bartolo, and Fat Adams as one of the pre-ASG events. I’d watch the shit out of it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh hell yeah

          • Mr glass says:
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            @Grey: panda from the top ropes for the win in a wing eating contest, heard he’s got some time on his hands womp womp….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA!

  7. The Theory says:
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    I love the opening Chopped paragraph. Alex Guarnaschelli is totally my BFF, at least in the alternate universe where we’ve met. In this universe I guess I have to settle for Grey, if by “BFF” I actually mean “Guy whose articles I read and have conversations with in my head while I do so.”

  8. Glenn Halpern says:
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    Hey Grey,
    mike leake is my bottom pitch. drop him for sanchez?

  9. Secret Admirer says:
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    Grey!

    I love your earnest ways of trying to be funny!

    Quote of the day
    “Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, it’s also the most annoying”

  10. trick dad says:
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    Dee Gordon is on pace for .500, 324R, 162RBI…premature extrapolation?

  11. kenly0 says:
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    5×5 roto

    Rank these for ROS

    Jake Lamb
    Cesar Hernandez
    Z. Cozart
    Olubel Herrera
    Desmond Jennings
    Michael Saunders
    E. Rosario

  12. Mickey Maloney says:
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    Drafted Story (post-Reyes charges dropped) in my big money league after Ketel Marte was snaked right before my pick… I know he has had a fairly high K rate before coming up , but the power seems legit. I keep seeing the specter of Jose Reyes in the rear view mirror though. Hoping against hope the Rockies just cut him, but have Ceasar Hernandez on standby.

    • Moneyball says:
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      @Mickey Maloney: It’s 2016. 5-10 years ago Reyes would have been a problem. The Rockies won’t throw their shiny new toy into the back of the closet to take out and play with some old and always-breaking lincoln logs.

      If anything, they can play Reyes at 2B before they cut/trade him. Either way, they’re going to eat a lot of his salary. The future is now for the Rockies and it ain’t Jose Reyes.

      • Mickey Maloney says:
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        @Grey: Story. Again today. I hope this a Neverending Story! Where is Atreyu and his weird flying dog when we need him??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  13. Jvanslyke says:
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    Great write up!
    Holds league and my bullpen is a mess
    Giles
    Krod
    McGee
    Benoit
    Hinojosa
    Strickland
    Bauer for holds and sp eligibility

    Should I drop any for Zych and or Lowe. Thinking Bauer for Lowe and Benoit for Zych? Thanks Grey!!

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Jvanslyke: Bullpen looks fine, especially in a holds league. Granted you didn’t draft Giles as a holds guy, but I’m in the same spot as you. I’d hold Benoit as he’s a great H guy and Cishek is shaky at best. I like the SP/RP eligibility of Bauer, I’m sure Colome is gone, but May is another guy who gets SP/RP too. I’d grab Lowe over Bauer for now as long as you can play him.

      • Jvanslyke says:
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        @Teddy Heater:

        Thanks, Teddy! I want to make sure to handcuff where I can so Lowe may be my best bet in case Krod does implode. You guys think Lowe over Wison if it does come to it? Saves are my main concern now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jvanslyke: Lowe over Wilson prolly, it’s not totally clear

      • Jvanslyke says:
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        @Grey:

        Dropped Bauer for Lowe.. Crossing my fingers I won’t need him

        No post OJ finale comments in today’s write up! Do you think Schwimmers performance and buzz will get us a Paulbearer sequel?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! I had read previously how the case turned out, so I knew the not guilty verdict was coming

          • Jvanslyke says:
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            @Grey:

            Part of me wishes for the civil case in season 2

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totally!

  14. Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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    damn, might have had my best day all year (by the end, obviously the best out of 3 so far) excepting steals. 42 bases (only 10 starting batter roster), 17 RBI’s, 7 homers. only delino sucked yesterday on this roster, rest were the 3 most expensive BOS guys (ortiz/hanram/mookie), frazier, rizzo, walker, segura, upton, hundley, and i correctly (sort of, see delino) benched heyward. had 7 total bases on sun + mon, somewhat due to rainouts.

  15. Donald Trump says:
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    What do you think about continuous waivers that only run on Sunday vs having all players be free agents 24/7?

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Donald Trump: I prefer all free agents with only the guys who get dropped or rooks added to the player pool going on waivers..

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Donald Trump:
      I enjoy a FAAB held semi-weekly in casual leagues. Gives everyone a shot at the new hot guys. It’s prob best for dynasty.
      But 24/7 is the first man to the computer crushes every one kind of deal. I really like 24/7 in redrafts.

  16. Travis says:
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    Like Sanchez over Joe Ross now? After last night, how would you rank Sanchez, Ross and Nola?

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Travis: Sanchez, Nola, Ross (until he comes out of BP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Travis: They’re upsidey… Prolly go Nola, Sanchez

  17. Wacha wacha says:
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    Morning Grey

    Which side do you prefer in ten team h2h obp league?

    Dozier and story for J altuve

  18. Himynameis says:
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    Morning..

    Weekly h2h roto league.
    Would you lose any of the following for Sanchez?
    Juan Nicosio
    Joe ross
    Aaron Nola

    Rest of my pitching: kl über, Salazar, Pineda, odorizzi, walker, Iglesias..

    Also, are you firing up Nicosio vs stl and Nola vs cincinatti or do you like to watch a questionable starter from your bench.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Himynameis: Ross…. I think you gotta start Nicasio 1st week after that spring

  19. Rabbit says:
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    Would the same thing you said about the Stream O Nater hold true about the HitterTron as well, i.e., grain of salt in April? Based on HitterTron for this week I started K Marte ahead of Story, and I have been Sonavabenched twice already this week. That’s my sad Story.

    • Rabbit says:
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      @Rabbit: By the way, I loved the Tootsie Pop Owl reference (“Ah one, two, three” , “Three”.) But I loved even more the Tootsie Pop Owl vs. the Hutu Pop Owl joke. Shows why Razzball is the best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rabbit: Yeah, not saying I wouldn’t use it, just would hold off on it being Holy Grail so early

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Rabbit: Not even HTron, could have seen Story’s line coming.

      • Moneyball says:
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        @Shill Team 6: Ignoring the pun and of course 3 HR in 2 days… Story was on fire, playing week 1 in Arizona, Colorado and Ketel is bottom of the order… not exactly rocket science.

        • Shill Team 6 says:
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          @Moneyball: How do you know? Are you a rocket scientist? Awesome!

  20. Himynameis says:
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    Keeper league:
    Kyle seater ($25) odorizzi ($4) joc peterson ($11) for ($10) Todd Frazier ($10) samardija

    What if you substitute ($4) ozuna for joc?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Himynameis: Frazier side.. Ozuna = Joc, same diff

  21. Dom says:
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    Would you stash Orlando Arcia or Trea Turner over Joey Gallo? Its an 18 team league that values power a bit more than standard leagues, but I feel like the shortstops have clearer paths to PT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dom: I’m stashing Arcia

  22. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Went to the Gyorko yesterday and got me a dong. Of I didn’t stay long.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: That was supposed to be the Gyorko Store. Damn wish you had an edit link.

      • Dingbat says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass: The Gyorko store called… and they’re out of you!

  23. Burningbridges247 says:
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    Lost Pollock and looking for a decent replacement. Eduardo Escobar, Saunders, and Michael Taylor are available. Like Escobar bc of OF/SS eligibility, and if I knew Taylor was going to get the playing time, is be all over it. What are your thoughts? And thank you!

      • Burningbridges247 says:
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        @Grey: Someone just dropped Marcell Ozuna. He’s the play here, right? I get that there will be no steals, but in an OPS, Ozuna would be the way to go, correct?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Ozuna, nothing’s changed since preseason

  24. Swfcdan says:
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    Lowe worth a $1 bid in FAAB ($100 budget)? I’m new to this FAB thing so you’ll have to excuse me for the questions early on, until I get the hang of it.

    • knucks says:
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      @Swfcdan: I’m new to FAAB and in a very similar sounding situation for the year. A few days in, it seems that I can get all my batty calls/streamers for $0 at the moment (hicks/panik/lind so far). I imagine that has a lot to do with owners respecting the rosters they drafted this early and not opening up streaming spots this early. But I’m all over taking advantage of the HitterTron whenever possible (panik yesterday and Lind today). Decided to let the owners figure out the FAAB values with their cash, not mine. This is new to the league so I gotta think I’m not the only one who is new to it (I believe about 75% have not).

      I think it might be one of those times where in order for the G-man to give you the kind of answer you are hoping for, he may want more deets (ie. how desperately you need a RP or info like “I own K-Rod”). Good luck this year brutha!

      • knucks says:
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        @knucks: Short answer… worth the flier, but I personally wouldn’t go to $2 today. He could obviously take a $5-10 bid if K-Rod blows another game this week. But I don’t want to spend too much on a cursed role!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: # of teams matters… Lowe’s worth $5 in AL-Only, $1 in 12 team mixed

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Swfcdan: It really depends on if Oak Town Steve has mentioned him recently.

  25. Swfcdan says:
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    And is it craze trading C Seager and Tomas, for Story and Pillar? Need some more speed, and well Story could be quite the umm story this season.

    • knucks says:
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      @peacecoast: @Swfcdan: I wouldn’t personally. Don’t want to buy in so hard on the hype a few games in. But your right he could easily be the gem this year. With Reyes situation still lingering and these being his first few ABs I dunno. I wouldn’t want to ship Seager for that kind of gamble. I might try to figure out a different way to get Pillar on my team though… Try to wait a week or two at least before trading?

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Swfcdan: Keep Seager and find cheaper speed

  26. Papa Jean Segura says:
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    Gerrardo Parra or Delino Shields? I am thinking career year for Parra, the only thing that worries me is the platoon.

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Papa Jean Segura: c’mon dude you know what Grey is gonna say….

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Papa Jean Segura: You have disrespected the Lothario

    • Moneyball says:
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      @Papa Jean Segura: Trout is 0/8. Too early to cut him?

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Moneyball: Two more bad games then ADIOS.

  27. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    At least my lady’s new obsession of watching Chopped! came in handy this morning.

    Just last night she was talking about a Craigslist post from a few years ago where an anonymous chef who says he has been on Food Network claims to have farted on all 37 of his employees. Everyone says it is Scott Conant.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: HA… I especially enjoy that you and your lady talk about Craigslist farting posts

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        Haha. We were watching a Grillmaster episode and I said that Scott looked extra douchey in his outdoor clothes. She wanted to reiterate the sentiment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can say he did make terrific pasta and Italian subs here in LA, but he looks like a total douche, indeed

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            His thing is Italian subs?!?! He’s a glorified me, ha. He put red onion on those hot hoagies?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t remember a red onion in sight… I think it’s closed or closing… Hotel he’s in is kicking him out

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Or I guess chopping him

                • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                  Seems like a real cutthroat…..kitchen…..

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    That’s the worst show they’ve ever put on

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Yeah, it sucks. Chefs are terrible trash talkers too. Alliteration!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Totally toes totes!

  28. The JoGarza says:
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    Dynasty league with OBP instead of AVG.

    Who wins? Is it close it lopsided?

    B.Zimmer, A.Meadows and J.Heyward for Trout

    • Hotlanta says:
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      @The JoGarza:

      Not close… That’s putting it nicely!

    • 1+2=456 says:
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      @The JoGarza: do you have any openings in this league

  29. TheTinDoor says:
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    Ugh. Radioactive is a truly terrible song.

  30. Carlos says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks again for the hard work. I am in a head to head league with extra pitching categories (W, S, K, BBI, L, ERA, WHIP, CG, SO

    With the extra categories, and 2 negative categories, would your head to head pitching strategy change? I usually wait on pitching in the draft and then stream pitchers. I am thinking my strategy should change in this league, and a high premium should be placed on pitching.

    • Carlos says:
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      @Carlos:

      That should say “higher” premium.

      Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carlos: Yes, you need better SPs there, you should tell your leaguemates CG and SO are silly categories

      • Carlos says:
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        @Grey:

        Carlos… I agree 100%. So are BBI and L’s. I have no pull in this league though.

        Thanks.

      • Funscombe says:
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        @Grey:

        My league uses SO as a strictly wild card wild card stat. Makes a match up pretty interesting when you have an extra category going on the other guy, and they’re so rare it’s obvious you can’t plan for them very accurately.

        I actually like it as a stat. Just have to take it for what it is, a crap shoot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          yeah, it is a crap shoot

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Carlos: @Carlos: I’m in a similar league and have had success with the opposite strategy, actually. CG and SO are so rare that, unless you happen to have one of the couple guys who regularly get multiple CG year after year (think prime Halladay), you can pretty much discount those cats. Every once in a while a week will swing because one team gets a CG, but it’s not predictable. With the remaining 7 categories, you’re better off maximizing RP with an aim toward taking S, BBI, L, ERA and WHIP every week, and maybe supplementing with an ace. I’ve done well in my 12-teamer loading up on bats early, rostering 5-6 RP that I start every day (at least 2 of which are MR), 2 SP in the 10-20 range of preseason ranks (typically the guys Grey likes that are lower on others’ draft boards, and preferably with an emphasis on low WHIP) that I grab between rounds 6 and 10 of the draft, and 2 or 3 other SP, again looking for values later and streaming the last slot or 2 if possible. I may only have 2 or 3 starts in a given week to hit my IP minimum, unless there’s an opportunity to take W or K, or I have a RP blowup and need to clean up ratios with streaming. Basically, your current strategy should work, though I’d make sure to have a stable of RP.

  31. JakeTPE says:
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    Hi Grey. Great stuff, sir! The highlight of my 3:00 – 4:00 PM hour if I’m not taking a nap of course.

    I was a Rizzo owner last year so I loved to read “HR to the Rizzo!”

    I’m a Goldschmidt owner this year so I’m loving “Au Shizz!”

    Not sure if you’ve answered this before, but my question is: Which do you like writing more?

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: Au yeah!

  32. me here says:
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    Segura or Semien after that start?

    • Cram It says:
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      @me here: Segura before and after that start.

      • me here says:
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        @Cram It: Thanks. I was referring to the rankings. Semien is at 8, Segura 11.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @me here: You can go Segura if both are available

      • me here says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Great stuff as usual. I have Semien but Segura is on waivers. i still feel the Segura burn from previous years so i was reluctant…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

        • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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          @me here: was ranked higher from semien’s projected extra homers, but if you want steals more drafting segura higher made sense.

  33. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Would you trade Schoop for Pillar? I don’t want to miss on a Schoop breakout but I also need OF and speed.

    Thanks

  34. theone says:
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    Its not “bad luck” with Kluber, hes just not a good pitcher vs good teams. Hes great at bullying the really bad teams( as he should) but cant hang vs gpod teams. Look at his game log even back in 2014.

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @theone: It’s cold and his breaking stuff is much more effective when the weather warms up.

    • Cram It says:
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      @theone: That proved nothing. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @theone: Not sure I agree

      • M says:
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        @Grey: Kluber’s always had bad Aprils even in his CY year. Perhaps he needs warmer weather to grip his breaking balls

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  35. peacecoast says:
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    Grey Poupon what about:

    POLANCO is rocking the house!

    Delino, sadly, is playing like real shizznit

    and why are they leading off with Domingo? that won’t last long will it? or are they that bad…

  36. mauledbypandas says:
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    That Bautista “takeout” slide, and by takeout slide I mean the guy reached out and grabbed the pivot man’s foot when he was turning a double play. Any the hoo, that was kharma for the bat flip. I am all for hard nosed baseball, which is what Bautista is claiming this was, but watch that replay. He doesn’t even try to stay on the base, he reaches over and grabs the guys foot! I hate the Blue Jays. Unless Storen becomes the closer again. Saunders is ok too

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @mauledbypandas: WTF was he doing? I was had Colome in and Osuna waiting in the wings, so either way I was covered. I know Logan has little fashion sense, but it wasn’t like he was rocking pegged pants and JB was helping with his look.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Teddy Heater: The Jays are really, really mad about losing too. I am ok if they clean up the language of the rule, maybe add something about the runner can’t attempt to grab the fielder?

    • @mauledbypandas: Have to disagree with you here. Bautista was still close enough to the base. It’s up to Logan to get out of reach. I’d much rather have someone grab my foot than take my knee out.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Wake Up: I would be ok with it if it was part of the slide. He reached out to try and grab his leg after he slid past the base. If he had his hands out and just happened to hit the leg, ok that’s fine. I have a feeling this is going to be a big issue. Should be interesting to watch.

        • MattTruss

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          I agree, when I first heard about it I kinda said WTF, but when I watched it and saw him reach out and grab his foot, that’s not necessary. It was a dumb decision on his part. No need for it.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @mauledbypandas: I’m fine with being on a lonely island here. There is no need to fix baseball in my opinion. There was no need for a new slide rule. Bat flips should be policed by the players. Double plays should not be assumed. The onus should be on the MI to get out of the way. I guess I’m old school on this. It looks like to me that Bautista was still actually on the base when he made contact. So, what I’m saying, is that Logan should have to move more out of the baseline, thus making it more difficult for him to make the throw. This way we don’t have umps deciding: were his arms out, was he grabbing and holding, etc. It was a terrible way for a game to end. https://youtu.be/yQ0bvjDZswc

      • Cram It says:
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        @Wake Up: So as long as he’s close enough to the bag, he can use whatever combat technique to prevent the fielder from throwing? Can he pop-up slide roundhouse kick him in the chest?

        • Teddy Heater says:
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          @Cram It: HA! Shadow Moon Cresent Kick!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Teddy Heater: I was looking for a cooler, more applicable name to the move I’m envisioning. You nailed it!

            • Teddy Heater says:
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              @Cram It: Anytime Cram!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Cram It: Brilliant analysis, per usual. Stick to berating people for asking fantasy baseball questions on a fantasy baseball site…

          • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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            @Wake Up: funny thing this is one time where cram is being correct and not trolling. getting mad at bat flips is stupid, but throwing at somebody to “police it” should get you longer fines/suspensions than all of hitting wives, shooting guns (at home, not on field of course), shooting drugs into your ass etc. throwing at somebody’s head should simply be ruled the attempted assault that it can be. and this isn’t some “new” “progressive” insight, it’s always been a dangerous assault attempt. that’s as “old school” as it gets.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Wake Up: It’s not just on a fantasy baseball site, believe you me.

  37. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Where in your pitcher rankings would you move Sanchez? In other words, who is droppable/isn’t droppable for him?

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Test Kitchen: Who’s available and who do you have?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Test Kitchen: Listing your pitchers to drop for him might be a better way of asking this question.

      • Test Kitchen says:
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        @Grey: My apologies for the poor question. I have multiple leagues so I was trying to get a rough idea.

        Here are the bottom few pitchers on my teams:

        Severino
        Nola
        Norris
        …the rest are too good

        Thanks and my apologies once again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can lose Norris

        • Bye Felica says:
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          @Test Kitchen: Bud Norris? Lose him

  38. ron says:
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    H2H points, keep 5 for ever, 10 team, daily lock. CS 3, W 7, L -3, K 1, out 1, ERs -2
    My SPs are Kershaw, Syndergaard, Liriano, Tyson Ross, Matz, Corbin, Rodon and streaming Robert Stephenson for Thur start.
    A, Do I use #1 waiver for Joe Ross (was dropped) after Stephenson’s start or

    B, Drop Stephenson NOW and pick up Aaron Sanchez or

    C, there is no C or

    D, Pick up Sanchez and claim J. Ross and drop one of my other SP, or drop a bench bat?

    Thanks.

    • ron says:
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      @ron:
      * QS

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @ron: A. No….B. Yes, if you don’t want to drop a bench bat…D. Forget using #1 waiver on Ross.

        • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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          @ron: NP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ron: Agree with F

  39. Gh says:
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    Start Khris Davis vs Rodon, upton vs Jose Fernandez, jd vs Fernandez , Brito vs chat wood, story vs Corbin.
    Who’s the odds man out?

    • knucks says:
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      @Gh: Meaning pick one to NOT start? If that’s the question, I’d leave Brito out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gh: Brito

      • Gh says:
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        @Grey: how come you would sit Brito against chat wood a pitcher I’ve never heard of?

        • Shill Team 6 says:
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          @Gh: Is this for DFS?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Gh: Because he’s not playing. Huzzah!

  40. Phil of the Future says:
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    Yo BB,
    May the gods bless Rodon tonight. That is all.

    P.

  41. They Might Be Giants says:
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    I promise I bought SON. SON is plus 10 on Samardzija today @ Mil. Do you trust it? SON doesn’t like Rodon today vs. Gray @ OAK. Would you start Rodon? Lastly…which is what place I am in…is Grilli a drop for Farquhar for speculative saves?

    • Cram It says:
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      @They Might Be Giants: If you’re not starting Rodon now, I don’t know why you drafted him. Unless you’re asking about streaming, in which case, I don’t know why he wasn’t drafted.

  42. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I really thought when I drafted Giles – this was a draft and forget about it.

    Do I drop him for Francisco Rodriguez or is that another mess I need to avoid?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • knucks says:
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      @Mike: Sounds like a shallow league if a Closer with a job is available right now of the wire. You could potentially get Giles back if things change in HOU.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d want K-Rod

  43. They Might Be Giants says:
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    Jesse Chavez looks like he will get the opportunity to collect a decent amount of holds from an SP/RP position. Aaron Sanchez did this last year and it was great…if your league rewards those types of things.

  44. Teddy Heater says:
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    1. HA! I was supa pissed last night seeing Verlander throwing a no-no. I was like every time this guy gets me in DK and right after m effin him Stanton makes everything better. I heart you Giancarlo!

    2. I always think of chopped with Aaron Sanchez too, he got supa Latino last night talking about the Sopapilla and he wasn’t happy with the way it came out.

    3. I’m with Phil, Peace be with you Rodon!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: 1. Totally 2. HAHA… That’s so Aaron Sanchez 3. Yeah, prayer octagon

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: 2. Classic!!

  45. Scott says:
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    And Joc Pederson with a steal, because I drafted him for homer upside.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Scott: I drafted him for his 30-30 upside.

  46. Mookie says:
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    did an 11-22-63 reference just get dropped up in here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mookie: Are you watching?

      • Mookie says:
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        @Grey:

        Finished it on Monday. Really enjoyed it

        Is Nicasio for reals?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looks it

  47. Nick says:
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    great read… Matt Adams safe to drop in a 12 teamer? what about JA happ?

    start any of the following today?
    Maeda vs SD
    Rodon vs As
    Happ vs TB
    nicasio vs StL

    I get seven starts a week and wins are worth the most pts

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Nick: Maeda fo sho & Rodon (depending on what the rest of your 5 match-ups are)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: I’d start them all… Happ is a streamer

  48. 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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    Premature extrabasulation. Now that has to be one of the best terms in the list.

  49. knucks says:
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    Following up something I mentioned yesterday afternoon in Comments, but Tyler White’s Xrays on his hand came back Negative he is DTD. So Marwin at 1B for now i think. Hopefully Reed soon!

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    Pick up Aaron Sanchez and drop Nelson, Corbin, or Piscotty (a bench bat)?

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wilsonian: You don’t need a bench bat in an 8 teamer.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Cram It: plus I’m a Cubs fan and effing hate everything Cardinals. I live in Cardinal country and I’m sick of hearing shizz from them all the time – so I hate having to root for any of those bastards anyway!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: well shit, got caught up at work and someone grabbed him before I could.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wilsonian: Let this be a lesson to you. It’s okay to trust logic and instinct sometimes.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Cram It: haha, no kidding. Shallow league, obviously, so there will be more.

  51. FrankGrimes says:
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    No Josh Phegley?
    2-for-2 with 2 runs
    #SnGs

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Ha…I was gonna say something about that last night.

  52. Mike says:
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    The band reference – awesome …

    Corey Dickerson – 1-for-4 and his 2nd home run. Now he would’ve been a sleeper. No one was drafting this doode. He left Coors and it was like he became radioactive, Imagine Dragons.

    I picked him off the wire in a couple of leagues – just taking him for a spin.

  53. Blake says:
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    U like Aaron Sanchez for the whole season? IN my 12 team pts league (15pts for a win, 1pt for a SO, 7pts for a save )no negative pts, , I can start 7 pitchers (can have all starting pitching or all relief pitching or a combination). However, I only have 15 pickups for the season, here is my current pitchcing staff (which I used your rankings for when I drafted):

    P: N Syndergaard
    P: J Smardzja
    P: C Hamels
    P: J Odorizzi
    P: Raisiel Iglesias
    P: Wei Y Chen
    P: Hector Rondon

    BP: I Kennedy

    and Luke gregerson, is also available on the wire

    I know its early but wanted to act fast if there are some pitchers that are worth owning

    I am allowed 4 bench spots – have Ozuna, A Eaton and C carter on bench for hitters

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blake: Hold your moves for now

  54. Tio says:
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    Points league:

    Which side?

    Hosmer, Giles, Gregerson

    Starlin, Blackmon

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Tio: Starlin side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tio: Agree with F

  55. Big Al says:
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    Thanks Grey, good stuff. Here’s to hoping Kluber has another 2 or 3 crappy starts so I can start making bad trade offers for him.

    Not interested in doing this, mainly just because Kinsler is my only 2B, but just for discussion-sake… would you try to trade him or something like him for Story yet? Maybe completely different, but remember when Brad Miller hit 2 homers in the 2nd game of the season in 2014? Heheheeeeeee….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Al: I’d take Story

  56. Jack says:
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    Calhoun, Grichuk, or Choo?

  57. ryanoger says:
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    10 team h2h redraft

    Should I trade DeShizznit for Polanco if I can swing it? Or hold?

    Team below:
    C-Castillo
    1-Rizzo
    2-Skinny Dee
    SS-Corey Seager
    3-Machado
    OF-Marte, Braun, Heyward
    Util-Deshizznit, Parra
    N/A-Reed

    thanks grey!
    ryan

    • Cram It says:
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      @ryanoger: You know where Grey has Polanco ranked right?

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Cram It:

        Ha, yeah dumb question, I knew the answer as soon as I was typing, doh! I just hate to get rid of DeShizz, but guy who has Polanco LOVES him so I think I can make this happen…

        • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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          @ryanoger: Yeah you have to make that deal if you can.

        • Cram It says:
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          @ryanoger: It’s H2H and you already have Dee. Polanco will be much more valuable.

  58. Ron says:
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    That Tootsiie Pop Owl and Hutu Pop Owl reference was AWESOME!. Great article as usual.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Thanks!

  59. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – trying to pick some streamers for the rest of my H2H matchup this week, with the primary goal being QS and W primarily…

    1. Peavy in SF v. LAD ($2.7 son) or Ubaldo v. MIN ($4.5)

    2. Velazquez @ NYM ($1 son) or Karns v. OAK ($2.5, but he never seems to go 6IP)

    3. Desclafani v. PIT (n/a) or Colon v. NYM (n/a)

    Thanks!

  60. Can we get your dog Ted to bite Scott right in the red onions?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wake Up: Grey has a dog named Ted?

    • Scott says:
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      @Wake Up: Ouch!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Don’t serve Scott Conant red onions!

  61. Cueto was pretty good at Rhe Brewers. Downright filthy at times. I wish I had him in my league but he was one of the dudes I missed by one pick.

    Nelson (who I did have) was very solid – worked out of trouble a couple times.

    Span hit the ball with authority every time up, but each time it was right at someone.

    Finally your boy DeShizzle better do something about that .000 average if he’s gonna steal 50 bags this year. Or in the least if he’s gonna stay at the top of the Rangers lineup. Sigh.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Lucky Dog:”Finally your boy DeShizzle better do something about that .000 average if he’s gonna steal 50 bags this year. Or in the least if he’s gonna stay at the top of the Rangers lineup. Sigh.”

      It’s two games AND he has a .333OBP. He’ll be fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lucky Dog: Nice, I didn’t see the Giants game… Span’s got the flu now… It’s 2 games!

      • @Chicken Dinner: @Grey:

        lol – there was a stitch of sarcasm in the DeShizzle crack. He’s on my bench behind a few other dudes so I too am hoping he’s the DeShiznit.
        :)

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @Shill Team 6: @Lucky Dog: Damn you written words and your sarcasm suppressing ways.

  62. The Trevorending Story says:
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    3 Things/questions for Grey

    #1 Why do I keep seeing a girl I went to High School with on one of your video ads about nutrition and dieting every time I check your site? I get the whole “demo” thing with the ads “Hey, this a group of overweight men who live in their parents basement and regularly suck Doritos dust off their fingers before they type nonsense onto the internet! Lets go after them to shame them into getting off their ass and working out!” Follow up, why is that girl stalking me (or is this some great marketing follow up plan for their company) as I was running errands in my Brooklyn neighborhood last week and walked right past her and her presumably young baby that she was carrying in one of those pompous things that my wife tried once and then said F This and we went with the stroller from that point forward.

    #2 Thank you for your piece on Trevor Story right before my draft as I was able to get him in a good round and he has been a rock star (small sample size I know) and I have now changed my team name to The Trevorending Story (It used to be Smell The Glove, then I stole Piscotty Doesn’t Know from you as a team name after I picked him up off waivers last year).

    #3 Domingo Santana, Ozuna SMASH, or Schoop for potential power stats down the line to hold onto now before they might blow up?

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @The Trevorending Story: You say “group of overweight men who live in their parents basement and regularly suck Doritos dust off their fingers before they type nonsense onto the internet” like it’s a bad thing.

    • JoeC says:
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      @The Trevorending Story: Hey, those pompous slings can be a lifesaver for both Dad and Mom. Mom, because she has her hands free to complete transactions and Dad because he doesn’t have to haul around his ever-heavier progeny.

      RESPECT THE SLING!

  63. Scott says:
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    Should I drop Wei Yen Chen for Aaron Sanchez?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Scott: What type of league?

  64. $5 OTI

    Quintana > Rodon (I mean Quintana better than for this year…I can never remember which one is less than and which one is better than)

    How bout that action?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: I think you could take those OTIs if someone bets you so it’s not me

    • Kid A says:
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      @Wake Up: The alligator eats the bigger shit taco.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Kid A: You’re always there when I need you…

  65. ScottyB says:
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    Kemp or Span?

    Have Kemp again this year and worried he’s going to drive me more crazy this year than last!!!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @ScottyB: Kemp

      • ScottyB says:
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        @Grey: BAH! but ok…

  66. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Fiddling with my MI slot while I wait for Orlando Arcia to get the call. Right now I have Panik in there acting as pepto bismol to my Desmond at SS and Schoop at 2B. Worth spending $1 FAAB to put Villar or C Hernandez in there, or hold?

    Thanks.

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

    Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (1) C: Posey
    (1) 1B: Abreu
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Correa
    (1) 3B: Seager
    (3) OF: Trout, J.D. Martinez, DeShields
    (1) UT: T. Story
    Bench: (n/a)

    (1) DL: Brantley

    (4) SP: Scherzer, Matz, Rodon, Walker
    (3) RP: K. Jansen, Familia, Gregerson
    Bench: (R. Iglesias, Odorizzi, Corbin, Ventura, Severino)

    Grrrr now you’ve sold me on Sanchez and I especially like his SP, RP eligibility but I don’t know how to get him on this team! I’d love to pick up McCullers too but I only have one DL spot. Too early to start sending out 2 for 1 offers so I can free up spots and also upgrade a position or two? I mean Brantley will be coming off the deal hopefully sooner than later too. Who should I try packaging and who would you target if you had this team? I was thinking of flipping one of my elite closers? Ideas for me start floating offers with?

    Available Bats: K. Davis, Ozuna, Myers…

    Available SP: Sanchez, McCullers, J. Ross, Nola, Heaney, Hammel, Volquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ebudz: Can you flip Gregerson?

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: That might be tough considering I scooped him off waivers a few days ago when he was announced the closer… not sure who I should package him with and what position to go for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ebudz: Jansen and Story for Kluber?

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Hm that might work since the Kluber owner was the one who traded me Correa before the draft for my Donaldson … so yeah maybe he’ll bite on Story since he’s got Bogaerts at SS now … I’ll try it thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: So he declined originally but later told me he’s been thinking about the trade all day so I might wait until Brantley is about to return before trying to get Kluber for Jansen and Story again. Or maybe he’ll send me an offer…

            Also, I looked at some other rosters and someone in my league has Andrus at SS and only Street as RP but has Greinke (his keeper), Salazar, Cueto, Samardzija, Verlander, Roark, Darvish, and Gausman so I might try offering just Gregerson to him for someone? Which SP? Should I offer Greg and Story for Salazar?

            Should I flip Story now or wait til he builds up more value? Maybe hold onto Story longer and look to trade him when Brantley is actually coming back? I figure if I can move a RP then I can pickup Sanchez and if I have to lose Story too then I can probably pickup Khris Davis again or even Myers who might clear waivers?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Try for Salazar

  68. mrbaseball says:
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    Matt Harvey – Hey Grey are you still fully in on Harvey – Just not sure if the Mets are hiding anything – he did sturggle in his first start of the year – Your still like him more than Keuchel

    • mrbaseball says:
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      I see you are almost here

      • mrbaseball says:
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        GREY > GREY

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Too early to say

    • Moneyball says:
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      @mrbaseball: ay dios mio

  69. Tintin says:
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    Good stuff this morning, unsurprisingly.
    1. Tried the podcast, liked it a lot. Though I’m not sure the left hand always knows what the right hand is doing.
    2. Darth Zakarian makes the baby Jesus cry.
    3. Received the following trade proposal: I get D. Gordon, M. Sano and J. Lackey and give up J. Kipnis, C. Dickerson and J. Zimmerman. All I have at the hot corner is David not-that-there’s-anything-wrong-with-that-oops-yes-there-is-my-bad Murphy. Any thoughts? thanks

    • Tintin says:
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      @Tintin: Forgot to say 10 team 5×5 mixed league, in which sanchez is available by the way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tintin: 1. So true! 2. Haha 3. I’d take it

  70. Dommattingly says:
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    Drop Ian Kennedy or Karns for Aaron Sanchez?

  71. Wilson says:
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    I’m thinking to stash AJ Reed due to I need power.
    But I can’t afford a bench for many weeks without contribution.

    Do you think him coming soon with White’s DTD? or Will HOU keep him until Jun definitely? Thoughts appreciated.

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        Do you think it worthy to stash Reed on bench now for two months until June?
        I don’t have extra room but I would stash if he can give me more and more power!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  72. MarvPesos

    John says:
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    Grey,
    10tm H2H keeper (keep 12) balanced stats, can I get your opinion on this trade:
    HIS: Odor, Story, Castro, Odorizzi, Keuchel
    For MY: Semien, McCutcch, Eaton, HanRam, Leake

    I know you don’t like big trades but I need to improve my pitching and need stronger SS/2B options. I have many other OF options on my squad and trying to unload. If you don’t like the above trade, do you see a reduced way of doing things? (Ie suggest a smaller trade option involving the guys above)
    Thanks for the great articles, quite the staff & great reads!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Terrible

      • MarvPesos

        John says:
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        @Grey: do you think it’s way off? I can try and counter without Mccutch and plug someone else in and see if he bites, any guys from his list you wouldn’t target?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Do I think it’s way off? I said terrible

          • MarvPesos

            John says:
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            @Grey: I assumed you meant it’s a terrible trade to make. Then I proceeded to find a way to make it favourable for myself and asked your advice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t like big trades, if you wanna go for it, try it

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @John: I think you’re getting the better end of that deal in a landslide. Was this offered to you? Keuchel, Odorizzi two nice pitchers, Odor/Story two great IF keeper options, for Semien (meh) McCutch (OF is deep) Eaton (meh) HanRam (meh X2) and Leake?

      I must be missing something – you should melt your keyboard accepting this. And if you’re offering it, prepare to be pepper with insults like you’re facing the French soldiers in Holy Grail.

  73. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? I have a rotating utility slot in my SLG/OBP league and Alex Gordon, Reddick, Castellanos, Moreland and Olivera are all sitting out there. Much like Pedro Cerrano, just looking for a hot bat. Anyone of them stand out over the other’s? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimcompoop: I watched Fantastic Lies last night, almost made a bunch of smart, handsome, rich Duke kids sympathetic, almost…. Castellanos

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Duke lacrosse…sheeesh! Fraternities are the worst (insert puking emoticon). Thanks for the reply.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The worst, and this is even worse because it tries to make them sympathetic

  74. jack florida says:
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    16 team h2h
    hamels or greinke?

  75. Cram It says:
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    Trout or Aaron Sanchez?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: *Sigh* Fiiiiiiine. I’ll check back after another Trout 0-fer.

        • Moneyball says:
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          @Cram It: But… but… the article is named after Sanchez! That must mean every ranking and everything said or thought before Opening day is worthless!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Moneyball: Yeah, poor Grey, the top 500 is rendered completely outdated after the first pitch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Cram It: Depends on needs

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        @Jef WiTh 1 F: like attempting to win.

  76. Ruben says:
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    Drop Pedroia for Segura at MI in obp league?

  77. Charizard says:
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    Kole Calhoun, Michael Saunders, Keirmaer, or Domingo Santana? Thanks!

  78. Reed says:
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    I have an offer pending to me giving me Schwarber/Arrieta for Lucroy/Liriano/Verlander. 3yr keeper league, no wins/losses but QS count for 12. Schwarber/Arrieta are both Rd 25 keepers for 2 more years. Would you do it?

    • Reed says:
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      @Reed: oh, and thanks! love this site and a 2nd year subscriber to your tools! Makes me laugh every morning! Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Reed: Thanks! Arrieta side, not close

      • Reed says:
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        @Grey: Graz!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nad

  79. Dem ribbies says:
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    Damnit. DeShields on the bench today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh

      • Byung Ho's Upton-o Good says:
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        @Grey:
        It’s ok, he will pinch run and steal the Razzball community 2 bases…

  80. Paul C. says:
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    I tried to tell people this last year, but Keuchel will continue to outperform his DIPs metrics (whichever one you want to use) because he generates weak contact, he gets tons of groundballs, and Houston is an advanced team when it comes to fielder positioning and shifts. Grey if you moved Keuchel down in your rankings due to an expectation that his BABIP against would regress toward league average, that was incorrect thinking. It is correct with the bulk of pitchers, but certain guys (Keuchel being a prime example) are exceptions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, Paul C., you bring clouds in front of my sun

  81. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    DeShizznit sitting today–in favor of fu**ing Ian Desmond and Justin Ruggiano

    Please talk me off the ledge, Grey.

    • Philsfan1976 says:
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      @Harrison Ford in Air Force One:
      Hopefull Ruggiano goes 0-4 with 4 K’s and Deshizznit pinch hits late and puts up some counting stats. Then all will be right again. We’re in this together.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Harrison Ford in Air Force One: Rangers play a lot of games in a row. Ruggiano mashes lefties and Banister wants to reward him and Rua (playing 1B today) for working hard and making the team. Also you want your bench bats to get some ABs early in the year to keep that timing up.

  82. Gigorilla says:
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    Hi Grey, and other knowledgeable, keen expert type Razzball posters — revised Aaron Sanchez innings pitched guesses for this year since he is now a top 10 SP and CY Young candidate.

    • Moneyball says:
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      @Gigorilla: On pace for 378 innings.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Gigorilla: 160ish.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Gigorilla: who anointed him top 10

      obvious sarcasm?

      • Gigorilla says:
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        Sarcasm? Obvious?

        My guess is 150 innings after only 100 last year/ 130 in 2014. If he stays hot, Toronto will have tough decision.

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        @Bye Felica: the best sarcasm is never obvious.

  83. Scott says:
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    Do I cut James Paxton in a 14 team dynasty league or sit tight? Or should I drop Joaquin Benoit?

    Possible replacements aren’t great but would be Chris Carter, Desmond Jennings, Jarrod Dyson, Rusney Castillo, or Mark Lowe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut both, Carter, Jennings

  84. Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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    I dropped Joe Ross in one league and Jimmy Nelson in another for Aaron Sanchez (in both leagues). Good moves?

    • knucks says:
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      @Baseball Fan 2000: For Ross, we’ll learn that answer over the course of the season. For Jimmy Nelson, that drop is a no doubter.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Baseball Fan 2000: oh no….dude you just lost your league in the first week of April.

      How could you?

      Just kidding

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sound fine

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Baseball Fan 2000: I like it, but keep[ an eye on Nelson – if someone else on your roster goes south, he’s a pretty solid arm in the right matchups. And there’s a bit of upside and a high floor.

  85. knucks says:
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    The Lisper’s Nightmare, batting 6th and word is the winds are blowing out at a big clip in Arlington today. So I would keep that in mind with all SEA/TEX player start/sit questions or DFS thoughts guys. Should be lots of runs, doesn’t hurt that it is Miley vs. Colby Lewis either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… That’s not a bad call, maybe I’ll lose Guyer and Pagan

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @knucks: can confirm, windy as a mofo here in Tejas

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        All right, I’m trying Ruggiano

        • knucks says:
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          @Grey: Good luck! Streaming Lind today myself

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Lind’s a solid grab, someone made it prior to me getting to waivers

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @knucks: for the longest time Ken Korach struggled with Seth Smith – it’s not just the lisper’s nightmare, but broadcasters as well. The alliteration, plus the “th” followed by the “Sm” is incredibly difficult to enunciate as a broadcaster.

      So after butchering it several times, every time he’d come to bat from then on, there was an exaggerated pause between his 1st and last names. “Now up to bat and hitting (whatever) for the year, Seth…………Smith.”

      Then when he finally got it down smooth, Smith was gone.

      Honestly I’m not sure why the A’s broadcasters bother to learn anyone’s name on the team.

  86. Bye Felica says:
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    Grey what is going on hombre?
    Jerko, D Jennings, Segura,

    ahhh it’s like 2011 all over again haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Bye Felica: don’t think segura and gyorko were in MLB yet at that point.

  87. Gh says:
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    Sit Nola today vs reds probably going to overload there lineup with lefties and finnegan should get hit around to. Over 8 bet of the day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Gh: if you can’t play a pitcher vs the Reds drop him.

  88. WillisReid says:
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    Grabbed Sanchez with the intention to start him, not realizing that the move wouldn’t go through until today as games had already started. So I ended up starting Odorizzi and sweating bullets.

    I picked up Story before the year. I had Devon Travis early last year too. Feels like dejavu. Dude’s gonna rake for a few weeks then regression fairys will come.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so

    • Moneyball says:
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      @WillisReid: I’d cut all promising Cardinals hitters in case they go the route of Oscar Tavares as well.

  89. Old School Brother says:
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    Desmond in CF Ruggiano in LF today… Wtf Banny how dare you sit DeShizz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, dubya tee eff, OSB?

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Ron refused to sit a slump in Michael Young for the entire year on 2013 when all he did was ground into double plays. Game 3 and banny already gives up on the speediest mofo around. Banny is totes new skool metäl

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t like new skool metal

  90. Bye Felica says:
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    I’m trading Harper & that Trout guy for:

    Greinke, Desmond Jennings, Matt Cain, and Jeb Bush Jerko.

    Solid move right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  91. Q says:
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    Drop WY Chen or Quintana for Sanchez? This is a league where I only have 2-3 SP spots & streaming the rest.

    ThX

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  92. Andre says:
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    H2H categories keeper league….need OF help. Story and Brantley for Britton. Vizcaino/ Jeffress/ Boxenberger available to replace. Good move? Which RP should be picked up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story side, Jeffress

      • Andre says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  93. mike says:
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    Mookie/Morales for Miggy

    It would leave me with an OF of Cain/ Polanco/ Sano with DeShields as my bench/speed option in a 12 team H2H league with OPS tacked on. I’d get Miggy at 1st and Abreu in my Util.

    Thoughts? I know your mookie-love.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mookie

      • mike says:
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        @Grey: if he throws in a grichuck does that help at all?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  94. Matt says:
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    I’m in a dynasty league that pretty heavily favors top SP. I’ve been kicking around a trade idea another owner brought up. I’m in the last year (hopefully!) of a rebuild so no big aspirations of contending this season. The ‘other guy’ is almost always in contention. What are your thoughts (Grey and anybody else that wants to comment) on my Arrieta for his Syndergaard, milb Berrios, and Schoop? (I’d probably include or drop someone like Daniel Norris)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Noah side, it’s fair

  95. Rod Beck's Mullet says:
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    SS swap n chop question.
    I’m in a 12 team roto re-draft. 5 bench spots and no NA use.
    I have Lindor w/ Reyes burning a bench spot. Someone just dropped Segura. Do I pounce and drop Reyes, or wait until a ruling is passed down from the Commish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, drop Reyes

  96. Reid says:
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    Definitely out on a limb here, but I’m feeling Michael Taylor as my 5th OF might be a shrewd pick up as the season goes on. Revere hurt already and he’s their best defensive OF. Just a gut-feeling. Always interested in your thoughts…as my 4th OF behind Marte, Polanco, and Just Dong, do you like Ozuna or DeShields? Both over Taylor?

    Great write-up!!! Thanks Grey

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Reid: DeShields…Ozuna then Taylor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! DeShields, both over Taylor for now

  97. Eng says:
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    Howdy Grey: trade your Wacha for his Gregerson? Danke

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Eng: You can most likely do better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Eng says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Wacha fell to me in the 10th but been regretting it ever since. He gone….I hope.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  98. Lil Mook says:
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    14 t H2H sv+hld with k’s and k/9 would you drop one of Strop or Strickland for any of Cecil, Kela, Zych, Reed, Hatcher, Kelley or L. Hendricks ? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  99. Steve Stevenson says:
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    9×9 H2H, I’m up 1 W, 1 L, 1 K and 0.32 WHIP. My opponent only has 3 starts left this week, I have 6 and neither one of us can stream. One of my dicier starts is Leake @Pit today. Run him out there or bench him given the matchup status?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pit? Sit, though I’d check SON

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: I heard Leake is this year’s Lackey. I don’t want to miss out again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds Leakely

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey: Ha. I guess that’s better than unleakely, anyway.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wake Leakely

  100. Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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    Thor looked ridiculous yesterday and Conforto just looks like nothing phases him. Fun time to be a Met fan, when 4 out of 5 games you get to watch an Ace or something close and the 5th game you get Big Sexy..must see TV every night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And I’m most excited for Matz

      • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Yeah hes being slept on a bit compared to the other 3

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Jef WiTh 1 F: i just don’t see anybody hitting vs his arsenal of pitches. Now he has a ridiculous 90+ slide piece. Geez. . .

      I wish I owned him or any of the mets pitchers this year.

      • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Bye Felica: Yeah i was watching that game and the 95 MPH slider is just not fair.

  101. Franklin T. says:
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    I was basically told to use my first pick on M. Trout. He doesn’t seem that good. I’m really falling behind on Wins. Should I drop M. Trout for Sanchez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Franklin T. says:
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        @Grey: 5 teamer. Lots of players on waivers.

    • knucks says:
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      @Franklin T.: See if the Mike Carp owner will make him available and try to work something out

      • Franklin T. says:
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        @Franklin T.:

        Pretty standard stuff. But not many bench spots for [email protected]knucks:

        Is that a real player? Carp? He could be part of my All Fish Team. But then I’d have to keep Trout. Hmm… this fantasy baseball is hard.

  102. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Limited moves league (20/yr), I have an open roster spot until Darvish comes off the DL. 12-tm 9×9 H2H w/ holds, so I typically have 6RP and am currently at 5 (Miller, Tolleson, Osuna, Storen and Kela).

    Would you: a) hold, b) grab Hinojosa as a 4th closer, c) grab a high-K, low-WHIP MR like Dyson (locking up TEX) or C. Smith, d) take an upside SP like Gausman (my rotation’s kinda weak at SP4-6) or e) grab an upside multi-position bench bat, as I’m currently not carrying one and it can help w/ limited moves (options include M. Taylor-LF/RF, Tomas-3B/LF/RF, Ozuna-CF/RF and B. Miller-2B/SS/LF/CF)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  103. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Grey, in a 10-team NL-only league with no keepers, how do you rank N. Williams, J. Peraza, O. Arcia, P. O’Brien and as stashes? Not mustaches, but stashes for this year only. Would you drop M. Adams or A. Diaz for any of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia, Peraza, O’Brien

      • Wacha Wacha says:
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        @Grey: Do you like J.P. Crawford better than Arcia?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

    • Wacha Wacha says:
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      @Wacha Wacha: Sorry, I meant to include JP Crawford in that list. Thanks Grey for everything you do for your adoring fans!

  104. bigwormsherm says:
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    In trouble with closers right now, (have giles, hernandez, arodys, McGee) would you trade Giles for Ziegler at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  105. Bobby Nice says:
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    Grey,
    When does AJ Reed come up? Is he like Bryant last year? Or June 1st? Would you pick him up and save him now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      June, no, I wouldn’t stash him now in most leagues

  106. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 teams, 8×8, holds and saves, 48 moves remaining for the rest of season

    SP: Salazar, Hamels, Smyly, Sanchez, Severino, Matz, Rodon, Hammel, Joe Ross
    RP: Kela, Romo, N.Jones, Siegrist

    I am punting saves but i would like to add Storen for even more holds and ratios. Drop Hammel to add Storen? I mean i have more than enough starters.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Is Joe Ross actually part of the rotation?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kinda

  107. Random Collmenter says:
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    U like my Joc/Matz for his Story/McCullers? Non keeper 5×5 roto. My SS is Semien and My other OFs are Marte Polanco Grichuk Fowler Taylor. SPs are JoFer Salazar Pineda Iwakuma and Hammel. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  108. paddytwotimes says:
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    @ Grey

    Great write up as usual. I am not unsurprised (is that a word) by the intro after listening to your questioning of Top Chef winner on the ‘cast.

    Can you tell me why/if JB claps as much as it sounds like? I feel like any time there is an intro or something exciting or something boring JB is clapping.

    Question as to your general strategy. 12 team roto 5 x 5. Currently have 6 SP v. 5 currently employed closers. Do you like having more SP or RP, or is dependent on the names involved? Thanks friendo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha… You should ask JB… More SPs

      • paddytwotimes says:
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        @Grey: I will. Thanks man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • paddytwotimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Don’t know if you saw with all the add/drop/ROS questions, but Delino is sitting today. Blurb says Desmond moving to center. Claim is this may become common occurrence with left handed pitchers. Hope not.

            Sad trombone?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s early

              • paddytwotimes says:
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                @Grey: Yup. Real early. Center field is not an easy position to play. Especially for a SS.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah

  109. JakBillie says:
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    I just wanted to say, I appreciated your sending out thank-yous for subscribing to the roto package.
    STREAMONATOR and HITTERTRON are so very helpful in my competitive, daily roto league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  110. OaktownSteve says:
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    Gio being skipped in favor of Roark and Ross.

    I’m hearing Elton John sing, “Gio, oh Oh OH ohohoho”

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Reason is they want to ultimately slot him between the two right handers at the top so this will allow them to set the rotation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t believe I bought into that schmohawk

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Perhaps we can try the power of positive thinking?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What good will that do?!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I hear it can help lower blood pressure and avoid heart disease. Course you can also get that from oatmeal.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oatmeal upsets my IBS

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                We could try you hating Gio with the fire of a trillion suns so that any semblance of decent results will throw you into a dizzying state of cognitive dissonance.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I never even liked stupid-faced Gio, don’t know why I have him on any teams!

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Pin the blame on me. I have broad shoulders (decidedly not literally so).

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

                  • ERad says:
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                    @Grey: Not true! You liked him when he had his breakout year on the Althetics – got him on the cheap cause of you.

                    I feel like my cougs that always remembers everything!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… You’re more affectionate too!

    • Cram It says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Yay for Ross stocks!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Cram It:

        It’s going to be interesting in WAS. Any of the bottom 3 under perform and it’s going to be hello Giolito.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Cram It: You know how Dusty loves him some rookie nookie… oh wait a second.

  111. Sportive Tricks says:
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    Hey hey Grey, it is nice to be back in your loving arms.

    Anywizzle. I always take your advice to take it easy when everyone else is drafting SP aces and wait until later rounds. I also always end up completely confused with who I should start, sit, or chuck to the waiver wire. I’ve got Nola, Heaney, E. Santana, and Nicasio on my roster. Should I feel comfortable chucking this guys to waivers for other streamers right now? Or should I hold for now (starts from Nola and Nicasio tonight will obviously factor in).

    Thanks man. Love yas!

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Sportive Tricks: I would hold for now. I did the “wait on pitchers” strategy for a decade – and here’s the problem with tossing guys like Nola, Heaney, Santana and Nicasio to the wire: your league-mates will scoop them up. Then you have whatever scrubs you replaced them with.

      I still see quite a bit of upside with Heaney – 4 ER in a bad inning – but no shame in giving up a longball to Rizzo. Other than that inning he was borderline brilliant, with 7 K’s and 0 BB.

      Nola and Santana seem like holds too.

      Nicasio is a guy I grabbed late in my draft and I usually give them 4-5 starts to see what guys like him really are about.

      So yeah – I’d hold on all of those SP. As for who to start, if you’re following the “wait on SP” strategy, you’ve already conceeded that you’re not going to have awesome #s, so I say start ’em all and hopefully you win W’s and K’ with poissible ERA/WHIP on a good week. Your hope with that strategy is to dominate hitting and hope for 1-2 pitching cats to win the week.

      good luck!

      • Sportive Tricks says:
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        @Lucky Dog:

        thanks, man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice to have you back! You can stream Ervin for now

      • Sportive Tricks says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, Grey.

        Oh, and I also have a stacked OF with: Harper, Springer, Belt,and Deshizz. One of those guys has to play at a UTIL spot and I have Krush Davis on the bench as my backup OF. Corey Dickerson in on Waivers in my league, but I’m running out of roster space.

        Should I swap Dickerson for Krush? Should I use my streamer spot for him and see what happens?

        Still love yas!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  112. knucks says:
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    OSB you at the Rangers game? Let’s get some ju-ju going for 3 Desmond errors in CF. Hoping he looks bad out there so this doesn’t become a theme.

  113. OaktownSteve says:
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    Hitless Delino getting mental health day. Desmond (also hitless) to coveted two-hole.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @OaktownSteve: It’s just rewarding the bench guys for all the hard work they put in during ST. Also comes after a blowout loss and the Rangers schedule is fairly rough with no off days for a while.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @OaktownSteve: cute, just saying Banister is playing pretty much the entire bench today.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @mauledbypandas:

            I’m just teasing ya know

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @OaktownSteve: Hah, it’s cool. I didn’t even grab Delino in most of my leagues. The price was too high. I love the guy, but I think he should have been going around 50 picks later that he did in RCLs. Call it the Grey effect I guess.

              I like what Banister is doing today (assuming Desmond isn’t terrible in CF) but that is for real baseball porpoises.

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @mauledbypandas:

                I like Desmond. I think he’s a good kid. Hard to know how I would respond to a 150 million dollar oopsie. I think he’ll be nails in center.

                The thing to worry about with the Rangers is their rotation. Hammels is borderline 1. Darvish I think will be good. I think it’s garbage behind that.

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: Perez and Holland have the ability… it’s more mental for them. THey could use some Searage magic. Maybe Brocail will be able to help them more than Mike Maddux ever could.

                  Colby Lewis is what he is, he keeps you in games usually.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s mental

  114. Kevin G says:
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    SS problems..

    Ahmed or A Diaz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz

  115. greybot says:
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    Rotation pretty full in a shallow league: Fernandez, Lester, Cueto, Liriano, Salazar, Corbin, Walker. Do you drop any of the last couple names for Sanchez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @greybot:

      Walker for me. I am not a fan this year. One pitch pitcher last year. Supposedly making progress with secondary stuff but I’d want to see it. Velocity is good, but the fastball is a little flat. He’s got control but not command. Throws too many center cut. I think his BB/K last year is misleading as he avoided the BBs with let up fastballs. His swinging K rate on his fastball is pretty pedestrian I seem to remember per Brooks. And he doesn’t generate GBs. He’s got upside. Sanchez looks much more polished to me.

  116. Lucky Dog says:
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    And right on schedule, Don Juan LeMehieu batting leadoff today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but not sure it’ll last

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        @Grey: Agreed, but it’s uncanny – like Weiss is reading your column and setting a lineup just to contradict you. lol

        I don’t own any shares, but I wanted to scoop him up late. For leagues with an MI spot I think he’s a safe-ish option. He won’t win you the week, but he should do enough to not lose it for you either.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah Weiss likes to mess with me

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Stacked right hand line up against Corbin. May hit lead there in that config with Chuck Nazty riding pine. Would be him Barnes or Story (who looks comfy in the two hole).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

        • @OaktownSteve: what’s with you A’s fans and your unhealthy obsession with the 2-hole?

          (I kid because I care. Go A’s!)

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Lucky Dog:

            the coveted two hole!

  117. Cole says:
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    some guy offered me morales and and jason hammel for Trevor Story. I have seager as ss so Story is just on my utility /bench. Would you do this trade?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cole: I’d counter for better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  118. Cram It says:
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    Moore no hitting Jays for 1 1/3 innings. Moore or Kluber??!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • @Cram It: well that was short lived. Either you jinxed the no no, or Moore isn’t as good as you led us to believe for that massive sample size.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Lucky Dog: I wasn’t leading anyone. Grey gets me.

  119. ERad says:
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    Look at all these comments!

    Take the cougs out to starbucks on us commenters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  120. Scott says:
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    Somebody got mad at Chen in one league and dropped him. Do I make a claim for him and drop Leake?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Scott:

      I would

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  121. Jason Morgan says:
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    Moustakas or Justin Turner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  122. Clay says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for the write-up as always. I know it’s way too early to generalize and all, but do you still consider Correa the 10th best player, as you did in your pre-season rankings? Would you move him up or down after a certain sample size of ABs/games? Thanks as always!

    • @Clay: pretty sure any player can move up or down in the rankings after a certain number of games.

      And I’m also pretty sure that number is not 1.

      lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t move him up based on 2 games

      • Clay says:
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        @Grey: Sorry on second read, my post didn’t make much sense haha. I liked that you compared Correa to a certain type of fish though!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah

  123. Windy Day says:
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    Is Aaron Sanchez > Nicasio?? H2H points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  124. BambooLounge says:
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    12-Team ESPN standard 5×5 Roto, Weekly Roster Lock

    Never to early to panic…or picnic…but, back to panicking…Brett Lawrie is hitting in the bottom 3rd of the lineup.

    I currently have Mr. Post Hype as my starting 2B with Segura and Schoop set at SS/MI.
    Would you drop Lawrie or Peraza (or both) for any of the following: Holt/Cozart/Rollins/Utley/Turner stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza for Turner

  125. Pete says:
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    Finnegan – start today vs. the Phillies? Stream say $9.2. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  126. Oppo Taco says:
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    rox are going right hand heavy vs Corbin today in Az, I have him in my roto seasonal but my gut is telling me to bench him. Thoughts? start/sit. Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  127. Grichuk It All Out The Window says:
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    Living in Newfoundland, I hate how I don’t really like NF but everyone here acts like it’s the bees knees. But if I moved to Cleveland, everyone would talk shit about the place, but I wouldn’t mind it.

    Move to Cleveland or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  128. Sad Keanu says:
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    I’m in a 10-team H2H mixed league. Eovaldi/Fiers are borderline rosterable in my league. Just bought a season pass for SON and noticed Santiago is a good stream for tomorrow. Drop either of these dudes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Eovaldi

  129. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    What’s up? What’d I miss? Only the whole party? Damn!

    a. Sorry was in the capital (’bout 100 miles away) today for a medical exam for that job in Chad. Left at 05h15 and got back about an hour ago. After rosterbation and reading your stuff, all caught up!

    b. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (April 6)

    Horatio: ‘Drive-by shooting, (queue the sunglasses) Miami style.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  130. Swfcdan says:
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    Cano is back.

    Jesus.

  131. mauledbypandas says:
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    Cano does not seem to approve of Grey’s assessment of his abilities.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @mauledbypandas: He had a nice 2nd half last year, and was nursing a thumb injury for the 1st half. He looked so good in ST I bumped him up from his ADP to grab him at 6.09 (10 teams) – I expected a rebound to respectability but nothing like this. His HRs are all line drives – nothing cheap about the upper decker he hit yesterday.

      Also, check Urban Dictionary for “Upper Decker” – difficulty level 8/10. Probably because you need to relax enough to poop while being dexterous enough to get up there just so….

      …and knowing is half the battle.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Lucky Dog: Supposedly his hips are feeling much better and that has helped him restore balance to his swing. I was looking to grab him but he went late 4th/early 5th in all of my 12 teamers.

        Great start to the year for a guy who usually is slow in April

  132. OaktownSteve says:
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    Cano too old to qualify for Zombino status?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Old? Can’t be too old

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Too young of course?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Now maybe that

  133. Lucky Dog says:
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    Cano hear me now?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  134. mike says:
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    Which side do you want in Cain and Carpenter for Votto and Franco

    League with AVG, OBP, and OPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @mike: unless you are super weak in steals that isn’t close.

  135. ferris says:
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    Per the game announcer, Adam Lind just “got fisted”. Didn’t look too bad. I own Lind but we don’t have fistings as a category.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • @ferris: I play in a SF Bay Area league – we award massive points for a fisting.

  136. Abe Froman says:
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    10 team AL-only keeper (6×6 with OBP). We have our auction draft tomorrow (weird, I know).

    How would you rank the following 4 OF’s (I’m hoping to get 2 of them):

    Khris Davis, DeShields, Dickerson, Eaton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeShields, Eaton, Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

  137. JoeG414 says:
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    Who’s a better bench bat in a daily 6×6 league : Cron , S.Brito or Hector Olivera ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Socrates

  138. OaktownSteve says:
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    Martin my first batty call of the year. Streamed Jerkstore on Sunday…missed him by a game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  139. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    Would u drop Matt Moore for Happ
    Would you drop Ketel marte for Cozart

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: Double No for me

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        why

        • Cram It says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: Because the guys you have are better, or at least, should be.

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            moore worries me getting hit hard

            • Cram It says:
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              @Scott Kimmel: Dude, it’s the first outing of the season, against the toughest lineup in baseball. Pump the brakes a little.

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                Cram It thanks for talking me off the ledge

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Scott Kimmel: Breathe, buddy, breathe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        “>Grey ok

        • Scott Kimmel says:
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          why grey

          • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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            @Scott Kimmel: same reasons mentioned above. rankings haven’t changed by MLB day 4.

  140. RIP Phife says:
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    You wouldn’t drop Corbin or Yordano for Sanchez would ya? Also just noticed Dickerson and DeShields not starting today :-(

    • Jef WiTh 1 F says:
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      @RIP Phife: Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  141. ferris says:
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    If Cano hits another HR today … well, let’s just say Jeter is eyeballing me from the ESPN player list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  142. Teddy Heater says:
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    Asking for a friend as I know what you’re going to say, I think he just needs some Grey reassurance.

    Cano & Lackey or Odor & Yu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Oh and the guy dropped Rodon to make room cause he had Yu on DL. Guess who has #1 Waiver?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  143. larry lugnutz says:
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    D’oh! It appears Donaldson hurt himself and was removed from game . Hope its minor…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uh-oh

  144. Jose says:
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    Glad real baseball is back and we get the daily Grey updates! Always great.

    Who fields (pun point) keeper questions now? J-FOH?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ralph

  145. Tyler Marty says:
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    Sir, I’m one of the poor souls that kept AJ Pollock on my team (and did not keep Justin Upton and CarGo). Based on your column yesterday, I picked up Kevin Pillar from waivers. Do you think that if Pollock had remained healthy this year, that Pillar still might have finished with better stats than Pollock? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly not, but maybe

  146. mauledbypandas says:
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    Prince just hit a bomb off Miley, good sign for him. Also, when the hell did hittrackeronline.com become property of ESPN? Must they ruin all that is good in sports?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About 5 years ago

  147. knucks says:
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    okay story, calm it down now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know

  148. mauledbypandas says:
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    Wow, this Story never gets old!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy

  149. Hot Rod

    Jimmy Bond says:
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    story on pace for 162+ HR. what a sleeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  150. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    wow Story another bomb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jesus

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: I think Cockcroft needs to pump the brakes some more. It’s obviously working!

        • nick the dick says:
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          @Scott: Ha to be fair, he said he’s pumping the ‘breaks’. His advice Blows more than Kurtis. Break it up, break it up!

        • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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          @Scott: cockraft guy Grey mentioned specifically who ranked players “where they were being drafted” rather than by his own projections, he’s epitome of espn hacks who either don’t care about it’s readers or actively have contempt for them.

  151. Down goes Donaldson. Down goes Donaldson!

    Pulled up lame…as opposed to me, who woke up lame.

    • Scott says:
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      @Lucky Dog: The one league I have Story, I also have Donaldson.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Scott:

        It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

        • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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          @OaktownSteve: blurst.

  152. Scott says:
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    The Souza-phone is making some noise today!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw, sookie!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: It’s days like this where I pick up Souza, only to see him go 0-4 with 4Ks when he’s in my lineup, then drop him, and repeat.

  153. I sure hope this Story has a happy ending.

    Wait, that sounded dirty.

    I was mocked for waiting on SS so long. Who’s mocking now?!?!? I feel like I should have a waxed handlebar mustache to twirl.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  154. Cram It says:
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    I keep trying to put Story into my Scout lineup. With all the wackiness to that site, I think there’s a chance it’ll work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I wouldn’t be shocked… Hosmer’s ERA went down today!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: I think I finally figured it out, all the bells and whistles. The honest truth is….it just plain sucks.

        One the bright side imagining Cram with 4 more homers makes it easier to deal with.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, it’s awful

  155. royce! says:
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    This Chen & Samardzija combo I seem to have everywhere is not working out how I had planned…got an ERA over 6 now…Still early!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, the safe guys!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Haha, yep- them and K-Rod. Just some boring old steady producers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you need some safe guys!

  156. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Trevor Story hits ALL THE HOME RUNS.

    Trying to capitalize on my Story grab in a league where I also have Manny and Seager at SS.

    1. Schmohawk Sano for Story?

    2. Would I likely offend Giancarlo’s owner if I offered Kluber and Story for Giancarlo? His owner is lacking in SS.

    3. I’m more than happy enjoying the Story until it’s over, but if you were to sell super-high, what sort of guy / what range in the top 100 would you be targeting?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Meh, could work 2. Maybe 3. Sano’s area’s not bad gamble

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  157. Chris says:
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    The trade never happened last week, but it’s back on the table. My Springer and Story for his Machado.

    Machado goes into my SS spot, my OF would be Marte/Pederson/DeShields/Parra/Billy Hamilton.

    OBP league 5×5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. If I’m desperate for SV and assume DeShizz is my SB source, what about throwing in BIlly Hamilton and getting back Glen Perkins? I’m leaning yes…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine

  158. mauledbypandas says:
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    Erasmo with the 2 inning save… interesting

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @mauledbypandas: sorry, I meant win

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jesus

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not a save

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @mauledbypandas:

      I mentioned to the crew a few weeks back that I thought Erasmo might be a dark horse to closer there. Not sure how it would work. Maybe Snell comes up. Maybe they find another bridge until Cobb is ready. Might not be workable. Just heard two different comments from Rays on the radio about how much they like him in relief. I’m imagining that they are imagining maybe they have a Wade Davis on their hands.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I think i recall that. Sage-like wisdom there. He did look good today

  159. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Souza a pair of bombs today. If he hits 260 this year I will be thrilled.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  160. OaktownSteve says:
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    Rayburn is going to be a solid streamer for the Rox this year, betcha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Feels like the type of guy that will always be at the top of the Hittertron

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Like Wilin Rosario was. What happened to that kid anyway?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Japan?

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: I feel you always have to play the Match game with Rayburn

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass:

          When asked where Rayburn would hit in the line up, Weiss replied, “I’m going to stick him in the (blank) hole.”

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Reilly and Somers would both say the 2 hole

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hilarious!

        • Todd25 says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Yeah, Raburn is the Lefty Crusher, llamas to the max… “Rayburn’s weighted on base average against LHP was tied for the eighth-best platoon split in all of baseball”

  161. Moneyball says:
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    Did Story pull Corbin or hit it to right field?

    That’s the best part of this IMO (got Story for $4 in $300 cap keeper league)… his 1st HR against Greinke was opposite field and he had 2 rocket line drive outs to the right side (right field, 2nd base) last night.

    Opposite field this early = feel good Story.

    • Chris says:
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      @Moneyball:

      It was a laser to pretty much dead center. Hit 15 feet above the 413 sign. Pulled maybe 20 feet from dead center.

      • Moneyball says:
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        @Chris: Sweet. Although I also own/start Corbin. So many emotions right now!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s got big time power

  162. Chicken Dinner says:
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    The advent of the internet has leveled the playing field to a degree in fantasy sports. Thankfully the instant gratification and impatience that comes along with our technological advances gives those who lived before them an advantage.

    Baseball season: 6 months, 162 games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: Ty Al Gore

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  163. knucks says:
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    Of 4 hits, 2 are HR against Corbin. At least he struck out Story this time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Settled in really nicely though. Would have never thought he would be throwing pitch #65 for his second K of Story after the way that first inning went.

        I guess Corbin slipped on that pitch that was a hit for Cargo to RF? Really scary to hear that via radio. But I don’t own Donaldson or Pollack anywhere so who the hell him I to be worried.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Yeah, I’m watching Corbin, he looks fine

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: Read that it is a strained calf and Donaldson is DTD

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, saw

  164. hankp says:
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    Grey
    Which combo do you like better for a deep 5×5, Kyle Hendricks and Koji or Wei-Yin Chen and Tony Watson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks

  165. muskysmell says:
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    ok wtf Trevor Story…..I wish I had you. *sniffle*

    looking at you Ofer-5 Xander…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  166. mauledbypandas says:
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    don’t worry boys, DDS pinch running for Prince

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @mauledbypandas: and thrown out easily trying to steal.

  167. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    DeShizz is having a rough start of it . . . CS after not starting [womp]. I feel like Arod just needs to have lite one coaching session with him re: how to time his jumps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  168. Syllogism says:
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    Hey Grey –

    Nice to be back in the swing of a new FBB season. Enjoying your useful columns pre and post draft. :)

    Kinda fumbled in my draft – had the #2 pick and let’s just say that I got burned by an ISP hang and an old, partially finished YAHOO draft list which I had messed with and then abandoned. I’m feeling that (a) my hitting bench is too long, (b) I need more pitching and (c) I need to make some moves.

    12 Team YAHOO Mixed – Head-to-Head, Weekly Cats – 7×7 (5+OBA|TB, 5+Holds|K/9)

    (1) C: Cervillo
    (1) 1B: Hosmer (+ Ho Park)
    (1) 2B: Kipnis (+ Panik)
    (1) SS: Seager
    (1) 3B: Sano (+ Lamb)
    (3) OF: Cain, Revere, Peralta (+ Yelich, Piscotty)
    (1) UT: Forsythe

    (5) Bench: Ho Park, Panik, Lamb, Yelich, Piscotty
    (2) DL: Kang, Grandal
    (2) Parked: Trea Turner, Reed

    (3) SP: Arrieta, Sale, Corbin
    (3) RP: Chapman (yeah), Rodriguez (yeah), Storen
    (3) P: Hendricks, Hammel, Severino,

    (3) Bench: (Sanchez, Jepsen, Velasquez, Finnegan)
    (1) DL: Hyun-Jin Ryu
    (3) Parked: Lincecum, Bailey (Andrew), Berrios

    I got all brain-farty last night and dropped Grilli for Finnegan, trusting that I’d reverse the swap today … fail. Not really high on Grilli, but in retrospect, the drop was a mistake … he got swiped.

    So – hitting … will need to make drops when Kang and Grandal come off the DL.
    H1) I will need to cut 2. NFI which two. Piscotty? Grandal? Suggestions appreciated.
    H2) Is my hitting bench too long? If yes – suggestions on who else to drop? Panik?
    H3) WW pick or pass? Ozuna, Buxton, Keirmaier, Taylor, Pedro Alvarez, Owings (2b/SS and OF soon?), Cozart, Odie Herrera, Szczur, Rollins

    Pitching
    Finnegan was a feeling streamer pressure (to coin a phrase) pickup. My league streams a *lot* (either all that tea drinking or daily no-limit transactions), but I like to keep one pitching slot for streaming.
    P1) Drop Finn and keep the slot for streaming starters or try and find another reliever to replace Grilli? Available: Hinojosa, Qualls, Farquharr, Blazek
    P2) WW pass or pick: Moore, Hughes, Pomeranz, Medlen, Ramirez

    [Theatrical aside – “Oh … last year … Span … this year … Revere. It’s a conspiracy, I tells ya. And my bench is hitting HRs – but … on the bench.]

    Long post, I know – you do yeoperson’s work, amigo. I guess the street version would be you do yo!yo!persons work. :D

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Grandal, Piscotty 2) Sure 3) Don’t understand what you’re asking 1) Hinojosa 2) Huh?

      • Syllogism says:
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        @Grey:

        Ah. Yeah – perhaps not the clearest I’ve ever been. Both were regarding waiver pickups. Rephrasing:

        Hitting
        On the ww – Ozuna, Buxton, Keirmaier, Taylor, Pedro Alvarez, Owings (2b/SS and OF soon?), Cozart, Odie Herrera, Szczur, Rollins

        A) Would take any of these over my roster? Which pickup (if any) to drop whom?

        Pitching
        B) Of my starters (Arrieta, Sale, Corbin, Sanchez, Velasquez, Hendricks, Hammel, Severin) which would you stream (if any) instead of hold?

        Which (if any) of Moore, Hughes, Pomeranz, Medlen, Ramirez are rosterable (as a straight pickup)? Which would you take any over what I have and who would you drop?

        Man – I hope that’s a little clearer.

        Whew.

        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can stream Velasquez for now…None of those SPs need to be on your team

          • Syllogism says:
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            @Grey:

            Fabulous. I have been on the edge re Velasquez. This will give me some breathing room. Nice.

      • Syllogism says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        Ozuna > Panik. This makes sense. I needs more pops.

        Gracias.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  169. OaktownSteve says:
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    Here comes the Tolleson implosion. Some consensus among those polled that Tolleson is the first closer to lose his job this year.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @OaktownSteve: to be fair he gave up a seeing-eye single and two bloopers, but still… meh!

      • Scott says:
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        @mauledbypandas: *rushes to pick up Texas relievers”

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Scott: Dyson would be my guess. Though Kela does have “closer” stuff

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @mauledbypandas: well that’s that. Should have known Seager would get the job done. Ranger killer

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @mauledbypandas:

        Yeah…not watching. What’s your take. One of the things talked about was that the Rangers don’t seem to believe in him that strongly. We bought Dyson in a couple of the NFBC leagues fishing for saves.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I don’t trust Tolleson at all. I appreciate his work from last year, but yeah I fully expect Dyson or Kela to be closing games before the all star break. Tolleson is one hell of a competitor, but his stuff is just not that impressive.

          • knucks says:
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            @mauledbypandas: JFOH had a nice write up about Dyson earlier this week

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @knucks: He’s kind of a right handed Britton, which is a wonderful thing when he keeps the ball down

  170. Ron says:
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    TREVOR. PERIOD. END OF STORY

  171. Scott says:
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    Shark is trying to undo everything Noah and Cueto did for me yesterday. :(

  172. Scott says:
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    Is Tolleson trying to vulture a win?

  173. Ron says:
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    So Souza is better than Melky in a points league with -.5 for strikeouts???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  174. Wilsonian says:
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    Thanks Tolleson! Jackass…

  175. Gbggg says:
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    Drop jumbo, Farquhar, Giles, hinojosa or 2nd bench bat Brito for rangers reliever and what rangers reliever ?
    Saves/nsvh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Farq, Dyson

  176. Ogb says:
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    Thanks tolleson won me my Mariners bet :) over 8 Phillies/reds next bet! Going to be some bombers in cincy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  177. lb. sand says:
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    T Walker or A Sanchez?
    10T roto
    thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  178. Lucky Dog says:
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    Cano(not) hit singles!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  179. OaktownSteve says:
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    In a era filled with guys with absolutely insane stuff, Fernandez is the filthiest. His breaking ball is an everlovin’ joke.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      and as I speak Salty takes him yard.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I got him lower than he should have been in a few leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, he’s so nasty

  180. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    I’m looking Yonder for batty tomm. where I can fit. 6/8 against Latos small sample but till we get stats it’s all guesswork now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good call, I’ll grab him too

    • royce! says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: And Lowrie 5 for 8 with 2 bombs off Latos. Could be a fun game to watch, assuming that you are like me and find Latos unbearable.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @royce!: Not a Latos fan at all. Never really owned him. I always thought he was drafted higher than he was ever worth. I couldn’t fit both.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass:

      And it’s a day game and it’s going to be warm. Ball should carry. And I’ll be there with my boy.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Very nice. The first game I ever took my boy to was the second interleague game ever at Fenway. The Mets won on a balk by Wakefield 1-0. Very bizarre game.

  181. nick the dick says:
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    Grichuk sitting tonight. Makes sense though, gotta make way for Jeremy Hazelbaker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Hazelbaker!

  182. ThE sHiT says:
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    Revere to the DL with the oblique strain. Taylor time!

    • ferris says:
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      Mark down April 23rd

      AJ Pollock Bobblehead Night

      I am sure that will put everyone at DBacks field in a celebratory mood.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  183. mauledbypandas says:
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    Segura purlions second base, verily sayeth ye olde english baseball fan!

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @mauledbypandas: purloins! kicks dirt muttering about typos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  184. muskysmell says:
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    pitching is such a crapshoot…bid for T. Ross at an expensive $25 (my most expensive pitcher). He implodes.
    Aaron Sanchez off waivers throws an absolute gem.
    Next up is my 2nd waiver claim Nicasio, watch they both become my most valuable pitchers this season. S in SAGNOF might as well stand for Startingpitchers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully

  185. web says:
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    12 team H2h… Thoughts

    C Realmuto
    1 votto
    2 altuve
    Ss Seager/Story
    3 Bryant
    OF Cespedes
    OF Eaton
    OF Parra
    Util Chris Davis
    B Freeman
    B Ho Park
    B Story

    P Archer
    P Wainwright
    P Corbin
    P Zimmerman
    P Nicasio
    P Hendricks
    P Aaron Sanchez
    Rp Britton
    RP Perkins

    How concerned should I be about my pitching?
    Would you drop Ho Park to add Dyson to DL slot and add Shaw? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Zimmermann or Wainwright… I’d hold Park

      • web says:
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        @Grey: Neither do I lol

  186. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Grey,
    I know it’s early and the D-Backs played the Rox, but can we have a Hot Schmotato Alert for Ahmed? Maybe the Cubbies squash him??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Total schmotato

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Dare I pitch Nicasio vs. STL? Yesterday I was a no along with SON, but the team I’m against has a 5.00 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 31IP. I am 0.00 ERA and .50 WHIP in 9 Innings.

        He still has starts from Scherzer, Harvey, Koehler, and Peralta. I have starts from Finnegan, Hendricks, Eickhoff, V.V., Cole, and Arrieta.

        • Ogb says:
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          @Pugs & Slugs: don’t start finnegan I’d start nicasio

          • Pugs & Slugs says:
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            @Ogb: I did the oppo. I’ll probably regret it. SON favored Finnegan instead of Nicasio.

        • Pugs & Slugs says:
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          @Pugs & Slugs: Ended up not. Better to be safe.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m starting him in NL only

          • Pugs & Slugs says:
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            @Grey: Well, at least I have Franco (2-Run Bomb off Finnegan). SON liked Finnegan, but not Nicasio.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Shizz happens, still early

              • Pugs & Slugs says:
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                @Grey: It was early. Finnegan did great aside from the tater. Nicasio’s start would have been huge for me.

  187. Green monstah says:
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    Hey grey love your articles!

    Thanks for the recommendation on Story- I added him a week ago while my league mates were snoozing!

    Now I know it’s only week 1, but going into next week would you drop Travis d’arnaud? It’s a h2h pts, weekly lock league.

    Now I do have Kyle schwarber, if yes to drop d’arnaud. I can move schwarber from OF to Catcher. Then OF where I have schwarber I can put polanco from the bench.

    Here are available bats, not necessarily to start but to have / beat my opponents to the punch.

    Bats: Travis shaw (listed at 1b, but I think will have 3b eligibility soon), Gerardo parra, Dexter fowler, yasmany Tomas (3b/OF), Chris carter.

    Or add best available pitcher:, buccholz, kenta maeda, or odorizzi.

    My team:

    C- d’arnaud

    1b- rizzo

    2b- odor

    3b- Kyle seager

    SS- Xander bogaertes

    IF- Francisco lindor

    OF- Bryce Harper
    OF- schwarber (C/OF)
    OF- joc pederson
    OF- Randal Grichuk

    Utility- Story

    DH- trumbo (OF/1b/DH)

    Bench- Addison Russell (2b/SS), conforto, polanco

    P- price
    P- Matt Harvey
    P- syndergaard
    P- Marcus stroman
    P- rasial Iglesias
    P- yordona Ventura

    Bench- Patrick Corbin, Severino, Carlos rodon.

    Since rosters are locked I can add a player but won’t be able to use the player until next week.

    I was also thinking of parting with odor , if I did that I can put add Russell at 2b- or schoop is there too

    Thanks & keep up the great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Travis, Odorizzi

  188. Syllogism says:
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    Well, while I was busy hatching evil plots, someone else was grabbing Hinojosa. Sigh.

    Bide my time or pick up top two (if any) of:

    Maurer, Quackenbush, Diaz, Blazek, Maurer, Reed, Lowe, Nate Jones, Shaw, Qualls …

    Yeah, it’s very thin. *sigh*

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Syllogism: I own Quack everywhere Diaz in a few. Handcuff the weakest closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quack, Shaw

  189. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: Oh wise and all-knowing FML, how did I do on these trades? Took over a team in ESPN 16-team mixed H2H points keeper league. Hated the roster… So, through a series of 4 trades, I’ve swapped out 10 players (so far). How am I doing in my overhaul? Thx!

    Traded away:
    Donaldson, Frazier, Kipnis, Khris Davis, Rasmus, Moreland, Greinke, Fiers, Hammel & Porcello

    Received via trade:
    Starling Marte, Polanco, Franco, Dickerson, Myers, Schoop, Corbin, Velasquez, Walker & Vizcaino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks about even

  190. Ogb says:
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    Going to look like the Biggest for sitting Nola or the smartest
    Either way he gets the Padres next week

  191. ThE sHiT says:
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    Gotta post my RCL team in J-FOH’s league, the one where Franco was taken in the first round…

    C Hundley
    1B Abreu
    2B Laurie
    3B Donaldson
    SS Story
    MI Segura
    CI Longo
    OF Boomstick
    OF Polanco
    OF PacMan
    OF Grandy
    OF Conforto
    UTIL Taylor
    BN Bour
    BN Jennings

    P Cole
    P Liriano
    P Matz
    P Taijuan
    P Yordano
    P Aaron Sanchez
    P Nola
    P Gregerson
    P Storen
    P Romo
    DL Darvish

    Obviously gonna keep hunting saves on the wire, closers went too early for my liking. UTIL and the last couple OFers will be fluid, especially for steals. Other than both SAFNOF issues, I really like my team, hopefully Donaldson is ok in a couple days. What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like Donaldson will be okay, solid team, like the hitting and pitching a lot

  192. ThE sHiT says:
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    Franco tater!!!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @ThE sHiT: FRANCO WORLD EMPIRE!

  193. Ross says:
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    Someone just dropped Conforto- worth dropping avisail from my bench for him?

    Thanks Grey. Just traded Carlos Martinez straight up for Polanco After reading your comments. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  194. Muskysmell says:
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    Carlos Correa……so many amazing players I don’t own. Sadness.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  195. Lucky Dog says:
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    Why why why does Clint Hurdle set his lineup with a blindfold on? Polanco could steal 30 bags…..if he ever hits in front of Cervelli. :facepalm:

    He doesn’t need to hit 3rd (instead of Freese), but 2nd or leadoff might work?!?

    On an up-note, NiCasio Keyboard K’d 2 in his 1st inning of work. I have an unnatural affection for him this year. It’s unhealthy. He was a guy I was crushing on before his call-up. Of course Coors did what Coors do (the beer, and the field – the way he pitched, whp could tell?)

    Meanwhile as I type Polanco walks in an RBI – sure glad I saw a lot of Leake last year in SF to know not to touch him in Stl.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Agreed

  196. Travis says:
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    If it makes you feel any better about not owning Segura anywhere, rotoworld says this about him after his great game today: “those in deeper NL-only leagues who need a speed boost may consider Segura, but he offers very limited fantasy upside otherwise.” This about a top-10 SS who’s off to a hot start after a solid spring. That’s why I come here for the truth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s insane

      • Travis says:
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        @Grey: agreed.

  197. The Great Knoche says:
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    MLB TV needs a new commercial already. I just saw the damn LG “Watch me Now Crossdresser” Commerical for about the 600th time since opening day. And worse it was on both TVs I’m watching at the same time.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @The Great Knoche: need some kind of auto mute for commercials, but that’s everybody’s need.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed!

    • 1+2=456 says:
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      @The Great Knoche: omfg YES this is fucking stuck in my head – BABABADADADADEDEDE DDADADADAD DEDEDE

      NO JUST NO. Jason Statham will be in my nightmares

  198. goodfold2 says:
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    well least in my bigger money league i’ve got nola… with carrasco…. but also with hanram and ortiz! BAD pitching week overall though, lots of chen/smyly/buchholz in many many leagues. carrasco too.

  199. Joeg414 says:
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    Lost Heaney.
    You think Skaggs will be up soon ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could

  200. BigRedLatrine says:
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    Finnegan is dealing. 9k. It’s the phils but still impressive.