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Yaisel Puig‘s home runs are so effortless they’re like Billie Jean King and Billy Dee Williams only needing to say, “40-love?” to hook up with a girl in the 70s.

Somewhere, Ashton Kutcher is struggling to come off as smart.  He is exerting more energy than Yasiel Puig on his home runs.  When Yasiel Puig is in El Zono Loco, pitchers should be chicken.  When Puig is locked in, he looks as good as all the Cuban graphic novels that were written about him in Fidelphia.  Of course, just as quickly as Puig gets everyone’s hopes up, he collapses under his own hype.  He’s a (ba)con artist?  I’d absolutely own Puig right now that he has three homers in two games (2-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and a double slam (3) and legs (1) yesterday), but I wouldn’t be surprised if by May he’s back to disappointing.  (By the way, the pitch speed on that homer is 78 MPH.  HAHAHAHAHAHA– Oh my God, I can’t breathe!  Member that old timey film of Bob Feller throwing faster than a speeding motorcycle?  They should have Weaver go against a speed-walking senior citizen.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brandon McCarthy – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator loved this start, like it loves writing itself notes to boost its self-esteem.

Wil Myers – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  True story, I first wrote his name as Mil Wyers, then I laughed hysterically.  What, I’m sharing with you.

Hunter Renfroe – 3-for-4, and his 1st steal.  A guy with 40-homer power shouldn’t have the proclivity to be stealing bases, he just shouldn’t.  You also shouldn’t say proclivity in social situations or you will be punched.

Jered Weaver – 5 IP, 4 ER.  Jered Weaver is the perfect pitcher to get around SoCal.  Weaves through traffic and will never throw fast enough for a speeding ticket.

Mookie Betts – Tentative to play today as he battles the flu.  “You russlin’ for some ‘Tussin?”  That’s my impersonation of a Duck Dynasty character getting a cold.  I’m like a written word Rich Little.

Drew Pomeranz – Due to the rainout yesterday, Pomeranz will now return on Tuesday.  Or as John Fogerty would say, Ranz to the dance on Tuesday.

Jason Hammel – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. Kyle Gibson – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  This matchup was billed as “Hey, you wanted to play in an AL-Only league so the Twins and Royals starters matter.”

Byron Buxton – 0-for-4.  Oh my God, I feel like I’m watching Rocky during the Apollo/Ivan Drago fight.  Throw in the towel, Buxton!

Max Kepler – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  Aw sookie, the guy who sounds like a character in The Man in the High Castle is starting to come around.  Goose step, Max, goose step!

Brandon Kintzler – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save.  *deep inhale*  Ah, cheap saves.  That’s better than the smell of the mist when peeling an orange.

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-5 and his 2nd homer.  Moistasskiss!

Salvador Perez – 2-for-4 and his 1st home run.  Aren’t you glad you held the catcher you drafted for a whole three days?

Geovany Soto – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and two homers (1, 2).  You’re such a Sneaky Pete for value, I will call you Geovany Ribbies.

Matt Davidson – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Some call Thursday “getaway day,” but with the White Sox I will call it “get a load of this crap they’re playing” day.

James Shields – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 5 Ks.  A note about the roundups, if I point out walks for a pitcher, it’s either very good or very bad.  Five walks in five-plus innings is not of the good variety.

Matt Boyd – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  A Boyd named spew.

Matt Harvey – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Considering the price Harvey was going for in drafts, I kinda wish I drafted him in a few leagues.  I mean, his price was that of nothing.  Though, four Ks and two homers yesterday?  You gotta admit he’s not completely himself.

Matt Kemp – 2-for-4 and his 1st and 2nd homers, hitting .462 on the season.  For those who missed it, I bet the Braves to win the World Series this year — $20 bet wins $3,000.  So, excuse me, but I need Kemp to go H.A.M.!

Andrew Triggs – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K.  Okay, okay, ohhhhhkay!  It’s not wonderful, but I have Triggs in a very deep league, and am thrilled with this backend ground ball pitcher.  (If only I didn’t start Chacin earlier this week.  That still hurts.)

Ryon Healy – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  If I had a DeLorean, I’d go back to March and draft Healy on every team.  I might’ve Mr. Bungled this one by not getting him.  He feels like he’s going to be drafted like a Kyle Seager next year.

Garrett RichardsAngels say it was simply a biceps cramp and his arm problems had nothing to do with him giving Tommy John surgery the “talk to the hand” sign.  Then, later on, the Angels said they were sending him for a precautionary MRI.  Oh, just one of those things!

Tyler Skaggs – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER. Isn’t it fun when preseason hype makes way for, “Oh, yeah, this guy had a 7.23 ERA last year in the only full month he pitched?”

Adam Eaton – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  Fun fact!  His name backwards “notae mada” is Italian for Post-It.  For example, “This notae mada?”

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  This pitcher mada?  In some leagues, Gio could mada.

Jayson Werth – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer.  He really no mada.  Okay, I’m done with that.

Ryan Zimmerman – 2-for-5 and his 2nd homer.  Seven more homers until an injury?  Six more?  No one wants to take a side?  I’ll say he gets to eight homers and then hits the 10-day DL.

Blake Treinen – 1/3 IP, 0 ER.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  Dusty really wanted Glover to be his closer, but management was like, “We will put a toothpick dispenser at the edge of the dugout stairs as you asked for, but we want Treinen,” then Dusty was like, “A’ight bet,” and has pitched Treinen in every game this year, and will continue to do it until the club comes around to Glover or Treinen’s arm falls off.

J.T. Realmuto – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Somebody’s trying to get above my ten-homer projection.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-4.  Yesterday, I said hot schmotato.  Today, I’m saying yup.

Blake Snell – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 5 Ks.  I told anyone that would listen yesterday not to start Snell, but that brings me to my larger point.  When can we start Snell?  I’m not sure ever with all his walks.

Kendrys Morales – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st home run, a grand slam.  He made Snell pay for all his walks like he was his bitch and Morales was a dog walker!

Marcus Stroman – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  See this?  This will hopefully be Snell next year.

George Springer – 1-for-3 and yet another homer (3).  I kept saying Springer is a 2nd round pick with upside.  You listen?  No, you didn’t or are you being coy and you’re gonna say you read instead?

Marwin Gonzalez – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  Mike Trout — 1 homer; Marwin — 2 homers.  Ah, first week of baseball, you unfeeling bastard.

Mitch Haniger – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  He’s on the cusp of a breakout; you can almost feel it.

Chris Herrmann – 2-for-3, 1 run.  Is it weird that my biggest want right now is Herrmann to become a thing?  Hmm, that sounds un-PC.  I mean, I want Herrmann to be the Diamondbacks’ catcher and hit 20 homers.  More clear?

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  Au Shizz!

David Peralta – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  I wrote a sleeper post for Peralta in the offseason, and I still believe he can be a top 30 outfielder.

Robbie Ray – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Wasn’t beautiful, but at least he didn’t have his assFIP handed to him.

Jake Lamb – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  He’s baaaaaaahd, he’s baaaaaaahd, he knows it.

Jeff Samardzija – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Somehow I have Samardzija on multiple teams this year.  Obviously, writing 400,000 preseason words about rankings and players wasn’t enough for me to avoid going back in the ‘zija.  Pray for me.

Daniel Nava – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and two homers (1, 2).  Ugh, the batty call that should’ve been.  I was between him and Michael Saunders (0-for-4) and, of course, I chose Summer Saunders.  I’ll never forget this blunder.  *two seconds later*  What was I talking about?

Drew Storen – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his first save.  Just yesterday I said the Reds’ closer job was Raisel’s.  Left side of the brain, “Nice call!”  Right side of the brain, “That cloud looks like an albino marshmallow Peep.”  I still think Raisel will get the bulk of saves, barring injury, but he had some issues in the spring, so it’s understandable he won’t pitch on back-to-back days.

Adam Duvall – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Check out the crowd in this gif.  The Reds need to stop doing “Dress Up Like A Seat” Day.

Ryan Braun – 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter, after getting yesterday off.  Yeah, he had played a full two days already this season.  Remind me to come back in my next life as someone who makes $19 million for six months of work and takes a day off the first week.

Keon Broxton – Left yesterday’s game after taking a pitch that careened off his melon flap and his nose.  He walked off the field with a bloody schnoz.  The Brewers said he broke his nose, but he won’t be DL’d, because he lives his life like Thames shaves his beard, badassly.

Neftali Feliz – 1 IP, 1 ER.  Kazaam!

Antonio Senzatela – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks,  Senzatela means business!  Wait, no that’s negocio.  Senzatela looked good in the minors (7 K/9, 2 BB/9), and he was dropping 96 MPH pretty easily yesterday in the clips I watched, but, well, ya know:  Coors.   A rookie in Coors is like having elective surgery to remove a kidney.

Mark Reynolds – 1-for-4 and his 2nd home run.  The Buy/Sell is back later today, and you know Mini Donkey will be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  You can hardly wait.  No, you!

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  Took me almost four hours, but I think I’ve finally collated all my commemorative hotel lounge napkins.  Wait, what’s that?  NOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

Stephen Piscotty – Should return to the lineup today, which would mean the Cards will have decide on the tandem of Gyorko/Wong.  Hey, sounds like my Friday night too!

Lance Lynn – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. John Lackey – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I have both of these guys on more teams than I care to admit.  Five teams, are you happy?  Stop badgering me!  I had a small case of ticker shock in the first inning, but a Zobrist error caused an unearned run.  Overall, I’m happy with both guys still, though neither really exceeded expectations.  Stupid expectations ruining life with, uh, expectations!

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  “What’s this dried paste on your jeans?”  That’s Joe Buck’s mom doing his laundry.

   
  1. trogdor says:
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    I already shot Salvatore Perez into space. Didn’t make it 3 days. Happy times!

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @trogdor: Was the cryptic response Joe Buck gave in response to his mom’s question.

  2. trogdor says:
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    Salvador! Stoopid spell correct. Now I don’t have to watch anymore royals games ever.

  3. Kas says:
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    Grey,

    Saw yesterday that you would rather have Finnegan over Snell ROS. Did I read that right? If so, I might have to say bye-bye Blakey-boy.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Kas: Yes you read that right….cant count on ROS with these guys though.

      • Kas says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: So would you give Blake another chance or dump him before he completely implodes?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Kas: Look at their next matchups, but if you need a ROS answer, Finnegan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: Agree w/ F

  4. Chris C. says:
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    Calhoun, Pence, Margot, Tomas ROS?

    • bigbear says:
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      @Chris C.: HR/RBI – Tomas. R/SB – Margot. IMHO.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chris C.: Apples, apples, oranges, persimmons.

  5. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    16 team h2h with OPS, hits added. was going to attempt to waiver e-rod for dropping andriese, BUT somebody just dropped keon for toles. hold off and attempt the #2 for keon. this roster:
    C vogt
    1B goldy
    2B odor
    SS segura
    3B torenado
    OF (3) puig/pollock/trumbo
    util (2) kepler/to-jo
    BN j.polanco
    NA meadows
    i have those hitters as this is a keep 6 league. i had polanco obviously for off days at many positions as i have no backups at 2B/SS/3B without him, but i’d guess even if i leave myself with holes sometimes this is still good idea here?

  6. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    these are the same LAA that said when they learned richards had a torn elbow tendon that it was “dehydration” for over 2 days last year. you can’t even make up the level of lying there on that. they’ve currently won the title of most misinfospreading team in any sport for that.

  7. J-FOH says:
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    Weaver blurb makes me think of this and yes I’m up in vegas reading this and posting nonsense

    https://youtu.be/geKPpNEDZeI

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @J-FOH: As opposed to your usual nonsense from home?

  8. Old Dirty says:
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    Finnegan, Bundy, or Urias ROS?

    Thanks

  9. Swfcdan says:
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    Start Vinnie V in a 12er vs Nats?

    And what about Jon Gray vs the red hot Dodgers on sat, bit scared about that one.

    • Chucky says:
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      Gray, actually pitches better at Coors than he does on the road. Just sayin….

  10. Matt says:
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    Dropped David Peralta for Corey Dickerson. Dickerson goes 2 for 4 but of course Peralta hits a homer.

    All I’m asking for is Buxton to hit leadoff and Kepler to hit anywhere from 2nd-5th. Come on Twins. You are undefeated.

  11. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Fantastic write-up and the GIFs!!!!

    a. On Smardzija, I feel ya! I was watching the game for a while and he looked okay early on, 2 solo HRs back-to-back, he could have been flustered by the first and then the second one woke him up a bit. My take away was it’s the 1st week, which is almost ST. He’ll be okay. Matty I have my questions on, but Smardz should be ok.

    b. Mini-Donkey!!! Been riding him 3-days in a row!!!

    c. Springer have him in 3 leagues – in THAT RCL I took him in the 3rd round.

    d. Busy as a bee. Received a mission of no less than 4 Americans – one based in DC, one based in N’Djamena (party, fiesta!), one based in Kampala and the fourth one based in Nairobi. We played Dutch blitz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Blitz) until all hours last night!! They’re a hoot – all high-ranking officers in their milieu but SUPER down-to-earth.

    e. John Rambo Quote of the day for April 7-9

    Rambo: ‘Died how?’
    Delmare’s wife: ‘Cancer. Brought it back from Nam. All that orange stuff they spread it around. Cut him down to nothing. I could lift him off the sheet.’
    Rambo: ‘I’m very sorry.’ [Rambo gives Delmare’s wife his only picture of Delmare and heads back into town, lost and sullen.]

    Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Tim says:
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      @Ante GALIC: What line of work are you in? Sounds interesting!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Hope so! B. Nice! C. Yes! D. Dutch blitz is a new for me E. Yes!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. It’s similar to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canfield_(solitaire).

        b. Can’t wait for this PM’s buy / sell column!!! Haven’t been rosterbating too much, only like from 05h00 to 07h00 and then from 18h00 (when I get off work) until 23h00 (when I go to bed!!), so that’s only 7 hrs!!! a day and we’re in week 1! When we get to the dog days of August…

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Solitaire with more than one person? Now I’m intrigued!

          B. Hahaha

    • breadnbutter says:
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      Ryon Healy or Carlos [email protected]Ante GALIC: Now I feel like watching Rambo. It’s more entertaining than watching the Mariners play.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haniger!

  12. Dirty d says:
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    Drop Justin Turner for Healy? Points league. Healy has 10/Turner 13 thus far.

    • Ekard says:
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      @Dirty d: Turner can’t be your worst bat

  13. Great Scott! says:
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    14 team H2H Redraft Weekly League

    Brandon Drury, Yasiel Puig, Max Kepler for Nomar Mazara, Eric Thames, Travis Shaw.

    Which side?

    Thanks!

  14. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Loving the Healy love!

    Same with Triggs (I always think of Danny Glover’s Murtaugh going Riiiiiiiiiiiiiggs).

    Would you keep Triggs around in a 12 team weekly league for his 1 start @ KC, or try streaming Wily’s 2 (TOR and CIN) or Brett Anderson (v LAD who have trouble v lefties)?

    Thanks!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: whoops! Other option is Bartolommeo “I can’t quit you” Colon – he has really nice matchups ahead and looked perfectly solid.
      1 start next week @ MIA followed by a 2 start week against SD and PHI.

      Thanks!

  15. Huddy says:
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    A) Thinking I have too many SP with upside/could fall off the rails type (see: Pineda, Snell (didn’t start him thanks Grey), Glasnow) drop 1 for Gio Gonzalez?
    B) Would you drop Cain for Kepler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Huddy: A. Okay B. Lorenzo? You must have someone else to drop

      • Huddy says:
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        @Grey:
        Sorry should have put rotation:
        Scherzer, Darvish, Archer, Paxton, Pineda, JRoss, Snell, Glasnow, Folty…any worth dropping for Gio Gonz or meh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Snell

  16. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you drop Snell or Skaggs for Graveman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Snell

  17. Wu Tanguay Clan says:
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    After reading your love about Healy in back to back posts, I think I’ve got a decision to make…

    Does Healy have to be owned in an 8 team league? Right now, I have Puig and Kepler on the bench, with Santana and J. Turner holding down the utility spots and Kipnis + J.D. Martinez on the DL.

    End of the bench pitching would be Feliz and Velasquez.

    thank youuuuuuu

  18. sall goooood man says:
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    This always happens in 10-man leagues. Draft upside in Jon Gray, Snell, Walker. Drop them after 1 start and begin the streaming train. It’s good to be back.

  19. bigbear says:
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    12 team H2H. Not too worried about SB. Have Greg Bird at 1B, no real back up until Desmond is healthy and eligible.

    Drop Dyson or Buxton for Reynolds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Dyson if you don’t need SBs

  20. Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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    Did anyone see the Arizona – SF game? Who was warming in the pen when they scored 3 runs in the 8th? In other words, who was set to come in for the save, Hoover or Romney? Thanks y’all!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        It was a mess, Hoover took most of the runs. But they all look awful in the early going. Gearrin, Hoover, Law. you name it, they look awful.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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          @Ante GALIC: uhh, Hoover is on the D-backs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, and Blach

  21. Chucky says:
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    6×6 OBP 12 team Dynasty . Exploring trade options and have been offered any one of the following, Odubel, Joc or Thames?

    • Packers says:
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      @Chucky: For who?

  22. Organigram Dan the Met Fan says:
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    I watched Harvey’s start and although the days of 10 plus K’s per start are now long gone(he really didn’t have many to begin with) his command is there, now that he can feel his hand. He only made two mistakes during the 6 plus innings. He would have gone 7 innings if it wasn’t for the second bomb from Matt Hemp.

    I would be buying Harvey as he looks locked in. Just get comfortable with the fact that we wont get 9 K’s per 9 innings.

  23. Iguy says:
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    Yasmany Tomas or Kendrys Morales at a Utility spot in a 5×5 Roto league? I don’t have much OF depth but it’s a shallow 12 person league. Thankyouthankyouthankyou.

  24. M says:
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    Puig is such a tease. Always has a first good week then will inevitably hit the DL in May with a hammy strain.

    Signed,

    The guy who had Puig & Buxton the past 3 years

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Haha

  25. Matt says:
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    Dump Tommy Joseph for Ryon Healy at 1B/3B or too early to make that move?

    • Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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      @Matt: Without a doubt.

    • lackeydrinksonme says:
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      @Matt:

      I saw this post, and just pulled the trigger. Goodbye Joseph, hello, Healy.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Matt: ah yes the 12 teamers with no CI slots or shallower.

  26. Matty says:
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    Perfect timing to drop Storen for a nonsense batty call.

  27. Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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    Do you drop Bush or Neris for Puig? I’ve got Kimbrel, Herrera, Holland for saves in a 10 team league.

  28. Jogon says:
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    Drop m. Moore for Finnegan, colon, d. Norris ? Drop y. Gomes for w. Castillo ? For rest if season ?

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @mcmi11ions: @Jogon: I would go for Finnegan. No one you have listed is a for sure ROS though.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jogon: There is no catcher ROS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jogon: Finnegan… Sure…

  29. mcmi11ions says:
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    ?Is there a glossary term for a pitcher who has a good game against a scrub team leaving you to wonder if he’s really going to be good or if it was just the team he was playing? Cause that’s where I’m at with McCarthy. Hold him or throw him back to the stream? I guess we’ll know if it’s him or the team after Cain throws tonight. If Cain does well, it’s the Padres… if he gets lit up, well maybe that’s just Matt Cain and we still don’t know anything about McCarthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mcmi11ions: Not yet…. McCarthy’s fine if healthy, but he threw under 20 IP last year so I doubt he stays healthy

  30. MattyM says:
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    Standard points league, can pick up two starts this week. Pick between the following:

    Nova vs. ATL
    Foltynewicz @PIT
    Wheeler vs. MIA
    Gsellman v. MIA

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @MattyM: Nova, Gsellman.

  31. Lt says:
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    Good stuff Grey. 12 team 5×5 h2h weekly lineup league, start 1 at each position, 1 U, 7 pitchers. I have rostered Duffy, Maeda, Gausman, McCullers, Paxton, Rich Hill, Nova, Ray, Walker, Bedrosian, Treinan, Grilli (just grabbed him when Osuna went down he’s gone soon). I was offered familia for Hill, I was gonn accept being i get 7 a week and usually go with who has 2 start weeks plus Bedrock is in Angels hell and Dusty has plans to ruin his “closers” arm. Familia for Hill? Tell Tehol to get the gambling picks ready for Sunday so I can get even with the bookies! Thanks!

    • Lt says:
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      @Lt: Also offered Tallion for Bedrosian, one dude drafted all the closers and everyone is running for the hills for closers.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Lt: I’d take Taillon

      • G says:
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        @Lt:
        One owner did that in our league and I just encouraged everyone else in the league to let him keep all the closers. Its one category and it ties him all up with flexibility.

  32. Johnc says:
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    In a 12 teamer, an owner dropped Lamb. I am already stacked at the corners but Lamb has too much value to ignore. I have had no luck trading VMart or Albert but of course it is only Week #1 (And Albert has the same hit total, typical April for him).

    I own Rizzo, Freeman and Seager at the corners and then play the matchups for the Utility spot between VMart and Albert.

    1. In a low trade league, do I add Lamb anyway and patiently wait for a trade opportunity down the road? Or do I hold.

    2. If I put a claim in for Lamb, who am I dropping between Melky, Harrison, Owings, Dyson, Kepler Parra (I have Dahl on DL spot).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johnc: 1. Lamb’s better than V-Mart 2. Any of 1st four names… Melky

  33. Sportive Tricks says:
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    Hey hey Grey,

    I’m intrigued by the Renfoe on waivers in my league, although I can always use a Renfriend more than a Renfoe.

    You really think there is 40-homer power there along with stolen bags? Should I drop any of B. Buxton, Grichuk, King Rajai, or Herr Kepler for him?

    Love yas!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sportive Tricks: Rajai’s only ownable if you need SBs… Hold on Renfroe otherwise

  34. Marty Jannety_Was Set Up says:
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    Morning Grey,

    I followed your rankings religiously in all of my drafts and 1. Im already either top scorer in my 2 points leagues or leading in most categories in my roto leagues, 2. I own Buxton and Kepler everywhere (both were around past the 15th rounds).

    Do I hold onto Buxton on my bench slot and hope he turns it around down the road (all leagues are 12 teamers, I have Trout and Springer in 3 leagues), or can I drop him to open up a streamer SP slot?

    Also, is Puig a sell now while his value is high, or is he on your radar to finally live up to the hype?

    I know its only week 1, but Im a chronic rosterbaitin’ SOB.

  35. Wilsonian says:
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    Someone already canned Dyson. Do I drop A.Reed or Madson for him? I know he’s looked like shit, but he’s still the closer and doesn’t have the locker room cancer Kela breathing down his neck.

    8 Team H2H – W, QS, SV, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Canned chicken sounds terrible, but Madson’s worse

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: haha, I didn’t even notice the unintentional pun. I guess I’ll make the swap.

  36. Puigy Smalls says:
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    Great write up — looking forward to buy/sell this afternoon. In the meantime, a couple of questions:

    1- judge, owings, d Travis, or t anderson as a utility guy? Hodgepodge I know…

    2- actually two questions here, but both about McCullers. In one league I have him and am getting flooded with offers. In the other I want him, so

    2a- what would you need in return to give up McCullers as high as you are on him?

    2b- what kind of offers are you throwing out to McCullers owners hoping they bite?

    • Hitler hates Juice says:
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      @Puigy Smalls: Throw Healy into the group on question 1, though my need for a corner infielder is much less than an outfielder or middle infielder

    • Cram It says:
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      @Puigy Smalls: 2a – I’d want a return that helps my team. Where is your weakness? Where can you upgrade? If you’re told Kyle Seager, and you say “I already have Arenado”, then this is a futile exercise. If you’re told “Top 50 Bat” and you don’t know if player x is a top 50 bat, then this is a futile exercise. If random names are thrown out and they don’t fulfill a need, this is a futile exercise. You could pass along the reasonable offers you’re getting.

  37. Randy BoBandy says:
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    More depressing then dress like a seat day was the 50/50 winner prize at the Rays game, wait for it…………….$121!

  38. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thanks for bring the season back in style.

    ESPN leaves so little wiggle room for bench depth.

    Team 1 – Would you drop Anthony Rendon or Justin Turner for Ryon Healy?

    Team 2 – Would you drop Anthony Rendon or Jake Lamb for Ryon Healy?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: How shallow is this league? 1. Turner I guess 2. Meh

  39. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Because James Brown is dead, does that mean Byron Buxton dies on the mat in front of Chris Brown?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Haha… And Jason Schwartzman is dressed as his mom

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Oh gawd does he annoy me, it prevented me from ever really enjoying Bored to Death, Rushmore, and every Wes Anderson movie.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I only liked him in Rushmore

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: Him and Michael Cera should fight to the death and both die.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              George Michael? Oh c’mon, I don’t know who you are

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: I liked him in AD, but after that all down hill. I hated Juno, but I think that’s a dialogue thing.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: you didn’t like him as cool Ethan

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @J-FOH: Funny enough I never saw Slackers. Which is odd, because Laura Prepon is in it, and I was very into her at that time. I didn’t really watch movies or even much sports between 98-02, I was out sowing my wild oats.

            Yes, my wild oats are clear, sticky, and usually take the form of the Hawaiian Islands.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: good to know. I thought that meant to quilt grain

  40. Lonestar3 says:
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    Rank these 3:

    Brandon Belt
    Brad Miller
    Martin Gonzales

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Lonestar3: You just did.

  41. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Minor League Notes from Opening Day

    You’ll love this, Hader’s first AAA start of the season last night, goes 5 scoreless innings, strikesout 6, WALKS 5.

    Moncada kills fastballs, still can’t hit a breaking pitch.

    Lewis Brinson hurt his hand stealing a base.

    Oh, yeah and Tim Tebow went oppo-taco in his first at bat.

    More to come on the podcast Saturday, and in my first Minor League Update Sunday.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Rock D: And Nader yells sorry!!!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Rock D: I have to save something for the Pod and post. Yes, If I open an English Style Gastro-Pub it will be named Pod and Post.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: tebow dong vs 666th player drafted in 2015…..coincidence?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @J-FOH: BAHAHAHA

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      Tebow also had 4 Hail Mary’s and 3 Our Father’s.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And intentional grounding! Grey with football talk!

        • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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          @Grey: I was trying to have a proper religion conversation, but we can throw the pigskin around Pa!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Cat’s in the cradle, boy, Cat’s in the…sorry, gotta run!

            • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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              @Grey: *cut to boy in overalls throwing football to family Golden Retriever, said dog is humping some mut*

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                “Shucks, that’s our dog, Mark Ruff-a lot.”

  42. papasmurf says:
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    Puig put up more stats yesterday in one game (from my bench of course) than my entire offense has put up for the season.

    Puig: 3 R 2 HR 3 RBI 1 SB
    Team: 3 R 1 HR 4 RBI 1 SB .169 BA

    Smurf already in midseason form!

    4 homers on bench already. Starters not doing jack, bench guys off to fast starts…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Papasmurf! Good to see you! Glad to see you’re still jinxed!

  43. eric says:
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    Offered K Bryant for CMart and Treinen.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @eric: Take Bryant before he sobers up!

    • Metlgod says:
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      @eric: hurry before he comes to his senses

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @eric:

      Take Bryant, NOW

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @eric: Agree w/ others

  44. Joeschmoe says:
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    Would you trade Votto for Springer straight up? Best OF is Polanco and next best is JBJ. Would have Cron as a replacement at first. Would almost rather trade votto for a pitcher though pitching is weak

    • Joeschmoe says:
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      but if Cron can be serviceable all year It benefits my offense since Springer could make more of an impact than Votto

      • Joeschmoe says:
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        And id be able to get booty ass beltran or Tomas out of my lineup while they are cold

  45. snarky anklebiter says:
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    I think Rotoworld is just trying to troll you on Kepler. Their blurb, “The 24-year-old Kepler holds some value in very deep AL-only formats for those in need of a little bit of bench power.” They followed up with something about mustaches only making sense on tall guys with deep voices. It was really confusing.

  46. Mike says:
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    Guys, help me out please.

    I got offered Carlos Correa for my Bumgarner.

    I’m about to accept it but I’m a bit worried about hurting my rotation. Oh, and this is a keeper league.

    Gary Sanchez
    Hosmer
    Odor
    Bryant
    Segura
    Blackmon
    Harper
    Polanco
    Buxton
    Kepler
    Rendon
    Tim Anderson
    Scherzer
    Bumgarner
    Strasburg
    Duffy
    Hendricks
    Rich Hill
    Gsellman
    Joe Ross
    Kimbrel
    Kelvin Herrera
    Dyson
    Benoit
    Jefress

  47. Hooray A Marte Partayyy says:
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    Is Finnegan worth adding over Joe Ross or Rodon?

    Guess we need to quarantine the entire Boston clubhouse and surrounding area. Sheesh! Mookie and HanRam OUT today with flu-ish symptoms.

      • Hooray A Marte Partayyy says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir. Follow-up question, have you given your insight on what to do as a J. Gomez and Neris owner? Hate having two roster spots taken by them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You need hold for now

  48. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve been stashing Buxton on my bench in hopes I could flip him for a profit. How long until I hit the eject button for Kepler or Haniger? If now is the time, which do you like?

  49. JAL says:
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    G, 12-team 5×5 innings cap, do I throw out Fulmer at home v. a “light” Red Sox lineup? Velasquez at home v. WASH v. Scherzer (mind telling me no, but he killed it at home surprisingly last year and my body telling me yes)? TY!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: Ha, start both

  50. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Looking for a streamer today. Liriano (@TB), Leake (CIN), Fiers (KC)

    I put them in the order SON has them but since they’re close in value, figured i’d see what you thought. Have a great weekend!

  51. playadlc says:
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    With this team…
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Odor
    SS – Correa
    3B – Turner
    OF – Kepler, Marte, Pollack
    Util – Abreu
    SP’s – Darvish, Rich Hill, T. Walker, J. Lackey, J. Ross, A. Nola and K.Maeda

    Would you move Correa and F. Rodney for Trumbo, Brad Miller and Jose Quintana?

    Could use the power increase and another decent SP would be nice.

    Thoughts?

  52. Fish says:
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    Is there any chance we hey an Arroyo-Weaver matchup this year????

    I would stream the backup AA catchers in that matchup and still come out a winner.

    • Fish says:
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      @Fish:
      *Get

      … Stupid Swiftkey autocorrect

  53. UL's Toothpick says:
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    Coach, I own lackey like everywhere based on your rankings. screw Zobrist. he rolls that DP and there would have been no damage.

    With the NFBC lineup changes today, would you roll the dice on Gutierrez at Co this weekend? They face 2 lefties (Freeland & Anderson). I have Moss on 2 teams where I could make this switch…

  54. Teddy Heater says:
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    No mention of #chestgate?

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: The ball sticking to Molina’s chest protector. If any other catcher did that they’re would have been a suspension.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The ball sticking to his protector was a type of suspension… Why would someone get suspended for that?

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: That’s a foreign substance, that shizz is so lubed up with pine tar.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that why it stuck? Seriously, not being daft, this is news to me

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, fo sho.
                1. It obviously gives the pitcher a better grip, a la Pineda
                2. It keeps the ball from bouncing off

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I love it, everyone should be cheating, or they’re not trying…

                  With that said, are we sure Molina isn’t doing a magic trick?

                  • swaggerjackers says:
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                    @Grey: It’s a pretty funny video watching him look all around for the ball while it’s stuck to his stomach.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: Exactly, if you ain’t first you’re last!

                    If he made the ball disappear, that would of been legit

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Good idea! Now catching…David Blaine!

                • JoeC says:
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                  @Teddy Heater: If it were me and my melon, I’d *want* the pitcher to have a better grip.

                  Pine tar is a funny substance, like honey and syrup: it gets EVERYWHERE. You try to grab a paper towel to clean it up, but then your hand sticks to that too. Grab the faucet to wash it off, now that’s sticky too.

                  I get that Cards-haters will show no sympathy, but it’s very conceivable that Molina wasn’t “cheating” and that the pine tar got on his catcher gear in the “natural” way.

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @JoeC: Just like the stick’em spray used to get “naturally” on my bat heads.

                    • JoeC says:
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                      @Teddy Heater: Just make sure to use your non-wiping hand to apply the stick-um, else you’re gonna end up with Charmin and butt hairs on yo’ fingers!

  55. cjw says:
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    Since I got back into roto baseball, Tommy John surgery feels like “The Sickness” in a pandemic apocalypse movie. Like Garrett Richards is speeding across the Nevada desert with Denise Richards after escaping the Plague Riots in Denver, and she looks over at him right as he notices his nose is bleeding, and he’s all “no no, babe, I’m sure it’s just dry air, not… look, we’ve just gotta make it to the FEMA camp outside Sacramento and we’ll be alright!” But she’s thinking about how his grenade velocity has seemed down in the last couple scenes and he totally missed that bandit leader they fought by 20 feet but it struck the abandoned gas pump and exploded all the bad guys at once and Garrett said he totally meant to do that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @cjw: Haha

  56. Green monstahh says:
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    Top of the weekend master grey, as my favorite poet; R Kelly would say “it’s the freakin weekend I’m about to have me some fun!”

    H2h points/ weekly.

    I can make adds/drops but of course since it’s weekly can’t change the lineup til next week.

    On my bench for bats I have jay Bruce, Greg bird, Javier Baez (3b/SS & 2B), and Manuel Margot.

    – at utility I have Sandoval, and my other utility is drury (OF & 3B).

    Here’s the rest of my squad:

    1b: Jose abreu

    2b: Pedroia

    3b: Todd Frazier

    SS: dansby Swanson

    IF: Miguel sano (3b//OF & DH eligibility)

    OF: Harper
    OF: cespedes
    OF: schwarber
    OF: benintendi

    DH: Carlos Santana also eligible 1b

    Catcher is willson (tom hanks voice willllllsonnnn) contreras also eligible at OF.

    Not gonna list every person available but here are a few available: Travis Shaw (1b/3b), Jason heyward, hunter renfroe & Stephen Vogt (c / DH) are available

    Pitching side not listing everyone but we start 2 RP’s, min are neftali feliz & AJ Ramos. Available RPs are Blake Treinen, Greg holland, and Fernando Rodney.

    Thanks & have a great day grey!

  57. Alberto Encinas says:
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    Renfroe or Buxton? As a throw-into a trade. 18 team Roto…

  58. Hugman says:
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    With the alternating Gyorko/Wong going on I’m really missing my Pujols.

  59. OaktownSteve says:
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    Went to the game yesterday. Quick scouting report on Triggs. Pitches exclusively out of the stretch. A big part of his game is the funky 3/4 arm slot. He’s a bit of slinger and he’s a pretty tall dude so you’re getting a lot of funky body action that I’m sure makes the ball tough to pick up. Tops out at 92 and lives closer to 90. He will not miss many bats. The A’s played Rosales and DH’d Lowry yesterday I think to help out the infield defense. Would be a good plan for the A’s when Triggs pitches. He did keep the ball off the barrel most of the day. I think pretty much as advertised. I would expect that the league will start to ketchup to him as the season goes on.

    Healy’s homer yesterday was one of the best struck balls I’ve seen from the A’s in a long time. It was a swung on gone on a day when it was rainy heavy air and the ball was not carrying. I approve of your Delorian usage.

    Skaggs looked very so so. Nothing really stood out. Curveball looked decent I guess and he seemed to command it ok. Not a lot to get excited about.

    The A’s seem to have decided they are going all in on SABR relief theory. It’s going to be a lot of match up and usage stuff. I really doesn’t look like they want to go with anything resembling a traditional closer.

    By the way, I thought Charlie Morton threw pretty well the other day. I found your blurb a little shall we say salty?

    Fewest people I’ve every seen at an A’s game yesterday. Rainy Thursday cap to a 4 game set with the Halos. Didn’t see the announced but there were fewer than 5000 there I’d guess.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I’m very excited for Healy own him all over in re-draft, and not nearly enough in dynasty.

      When do you think we see Barreto? The A’s are a tricky team to figure out with callups. My guess is late June, early July. What says you?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        It depends on how fast they fall completely out of touch with the race. You have to figure they want to give Plouffe enough time to build some trade value to somebody contending who loses a 3B. I think if and when the flip Plouffe we see Chapman for the rest of the year provided he takes a small step forward in his contract rates.

        My guess is we’ll see the Chapman, Semien, Baretto, Healy infield of the future some time this year though. That could be a hell of a quartet.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @OaktownSteve: I like that quartet a lot, not since Miles has any one man assembled such a worthy crew of up and comers. That’s my enthusiastic A’s hyperbole for the week.

          Chapman’s glove is so slick, he has value even if he does hit .220.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: This is what I wanted to hear about Triggs all preseason! Thanks!

      Snap on Morton, I just don’t see all that much there that wasn’t there previously, maybe a #5 fantasy starter vs. not reliable enough to even own prior… Meh…

      You see the Reds game? There was maybe 100 people there

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: My hate for Charlie Morton knows no bounds. He wasn’t good, isn’t good, and won’t be good. He will have a 4.30 ERA and 6k/9 in a whopping 100 innings.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, tend to agree Noisewater… Yay, Charlie Morton, until you actually own Charlie Morton

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I think Morton goes sub 4 and 7+ k/9. You should go check out the highlights of his start. Just made one mistake to Segura. Lot of life on his pitches.

        Not quite a Rich Hill level revival. By the way, I feel like Zombino (one of the all time best glossary terms) only applies to hitters. Need a term for resurrected pitchers like Hill, Verlander etc.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, need a vet SP revival term… I will put it to the greek chorus soon when opportunity is right… I watched highlights of Morton… Meh, we’ll see

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The 96 MPH fastball was nice, tho

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Segura’s homer was a cheapy. I counted 7 busted bats. He still had 97 in the 6th. Curveball looked a bit tighter than I remember it.

  60. GonzoChicago says:
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    Grey –

    With the first Friday upon us, I can’t wait for the Buy/Sell column this afternoon. Can you give me some relative ROS rankings for some guys I’m anticipating in the column? I have no particular needs, 10 team redraft league.

    Bats:
    Healy, Renfroe, Haniger, Mark Reynolds, Josh Bell, Dickerson, Dahl

    Pitching:
    Manaea, Finnegan, Cobb, Joe Ross

    Thanks!

  61. As much as I love Springer, I was the guy who took Marte over him. “Can’t turn down that .40 points in BA!” I said. “Can’t pass up the 40 SB!” I said. “Arenado/Correa all power, you need balance” I said.

    That’s what I get for starting my draft sober. Next year imma do what I’ve always done and punt steals. Now I’ll have Springer envy all year and Marte will probably go .220/10/10 and fill me with more regret than that time I bought a Betamax. It was 5 weeks ago. What, I thought it was making a comeback. Crap!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weren’t you the one saying two days ago Springer can’t steal bases?

      • @Grey: I was – and I stand by that. Also he’s hitting so many HRs he’ll never be able to steal one. What a loser.

        Also, that’s the point -I took Marte for the SBs. I shoulda taken Springer for the power.

        Try to keep up – sheesh. Say, ant to buy a slightly used Betamax? Good condition! Comes with a sealed copy of Footloose!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Footloose — Kevin Bacon movie; or Footloose — foot fetish porn?

          • @Grey: Kevin Bacon movie.

            Pssht – like the latter would still be sealed.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  62. The Great Knoche says:
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    Just benched Broxton for weekend for Kike Hernandez in NFBC. Painful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense tho

  63. Five-On-One says:
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    Pick up Saladino or Reynolds for any of Brad Miller, Tommy Joseph or Logan Forsythe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  64. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    Grey have you watched Banchee or Black Sails? any new tv shows you been into lately?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I started watching Peaky Blinders… It’s solid, you need subtitles tho at times

  65. FrankGrimes says:
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    You’re in the GIF vortex now soooo
    Every Dusty mention should include the
    Classic Jay gif! Bust it out Jay?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You like the gifs added to the posts? Not sure if it’s worth it if Grimey doesn’t like them… What classic Jay gif?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Haha like my opinion matters.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I does, Grimey, that’s why I’m asking… Why do you hold back your opinion from me?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Ok then. For me I’d say no. (I’m sure I’m the minority tho) They’re everywhere. You have your OG flow. You’re the FML yo!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, Grimey, overruled! Kidding… I may not continue them just b/c they take up time and not sure how much they add

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                Haha. Not all heroes wear capes.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Very true, Grimester

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey: Wasn’t trying to hate. I wanted to see Kershaw/Dusty blow up your head. Guess I’m a hypocrite!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not at all, you just have certain gif preferences — giferences?

  66. ERad says:
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    Anyone seen my offense?

    • JoeC says:
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      @ERad: I believe yours and mine skedaddled to the desert in a red convertible, picking up comely drifters along the way.

  67. Jason says:
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    Rizzo/Odor/Polanco/Russell/Cole/Giles or Freeman/Segura/Stanton/Story/DeGrom/Holland? Is it fairly even? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are you trading away half your team?

  68. Harry says:
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    Start Folty @ PIT today or bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SON doesn’t like it, I’m starting him

      • Harry says:
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        @Grey:
        I’ll go with you Grey thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, hope it works for us!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Me three!

            • JoeC says:
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              @Cram It: Well, that could’ve worked out better for y’all. :(

  69. Citizen5 says:
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    Pick two:
    Nola (WAS, @WAS, @NYM)
    Velasquez (WAS, NYM, @NYM)
    Pineda (TB, STL, @PIT)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Pineda

  70. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    Heading to Coors today for opening day. Bud Black already has the lineup in 4 hours early. The Walt “dead ball” Weiss era is OVER betches!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, enjoy!

    • MattTruss

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      DFSers rejoice!

  71. WalleyWorld says:
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    How would you rank Schoop, Yasmani, Grichuk, Healy ROS? thanks

  72. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 (OPS/QS) h2h
    Drop Skaggs to pick up Matt Bush since I am lucky to have drafted Dyson? Or grab Nate Jones for the stats until he takes over as closer? Or hold? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  73. Slimcompoop says:
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    So my wife and I decided to get away for a couple days to this resort where Seattle hipsters pretend they’re roughing it and Eastern Washington malcontents complain about the hipsters. Compelling and rich. Anythehoo…we’re sitting there at dinner last night and overhear a lady in a dinner group of rich old people that “My husband has a proclivity for fly-fishing. Right Tom? But only guided tours. Tying your own lines and fly’s…who wants to do that?” *Whole dinner party chuckles, Tom is emasculated*

    And then you say proclivity in today’s write-up…good stuff. Want me to grab you a lounge napkin for your collection?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha, awesome….

      They all blew out the window!

  74. Slimcompoop says:
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    Oh yeah…had an actual question. Some doode in my keeper league overreacted and dropped Finnegan and Arcia. Claiming Finnegan on Monday, but drop Forsythe for Arcia in an OBP league? Thinking hold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Logan

  75. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Which 2 would you rather have as 4th OF/Bench:

    Kepler, Parra or Peralta?

    Thanks much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Parra

    • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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      @Yankee my Wanky!: I guess the follow up question would be do I really need all 3. 12 Team Yahoo H2H.

      Thanks again.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Isn’t that the same question?

  76. breadnbutter says:
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    Ryon Healy or Carlos Gomez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy

  77. mcmi11ions says:
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    WOOOO Benintendi batting 3rd today! That is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully he does something w/ it

  78. Uglee says:
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    Would you drop Solarte or Hosmer for Healy? He’d fill my utility spot. Thanks!

    • Uglee says:
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      Yangervis that is @Uglee:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yangervis

  79. alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, Stream-o-nator sort of likes Wheeler against Miami ($9.9) and hates Foltynewicz at the Pirates (-$4.2), but Folty has the better name and looked sharp in the spring. Are you running either of those guys out there today? If you have to choose one, who do you take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting Folty and Wheeler

  80. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Fantastic write-up as per usual.

    I have a question regarding a 10 team 6×6 (OPS & Holds). I like the base of my team, but I’m a bit light on speed for sure. However, Haniger is available. I hate having bench bats, but I share your opinion of Haniger’s potential breakout.

    My weakest links are Leonys, Jon Gray, Robbie Ray, Finnegan.

    Since steals are a definite need, I’m hesitant to cut Leonys. What do you think?

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Martin for him, or hold for now

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Think I’m gonna hold for a little while longer, but won’t be shocked if he goes 20/15. Does that seem close to fair?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  81. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Corey Seager on the bench for game 1 in Coors? Rocks throwing a lefty..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ridiculous

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        Agreed! Dude missed most of spring training, dude needs to be in the lineup..Dude has already had enough days off!

        I swear the majority of ex players have zero clue how to manage a baseball team!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This is beyond awful managing… It’s Coors, let him find his rhythm!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey: no Parra either

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I saw, I own Cardullo, so fine with it…

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            that’s why you’re the FmL!
            I have buxton so 0-5 4Ks haha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, nice (not nice)

  82. Mike says:
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    Which side do you want?

    Duffy /Seager or Salazar/Gray/Bregman

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager?

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Kyle!

        Sorry!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gray?

          • Mike says:
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            @Grey: Jon!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Prolly Bregman, but it’s close, depends on how much you want Jon Gray

        • Mike says:
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          @Mike: if it were Gausman in place of Salazar, would that make a difference?

  83. peacecoast says:
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    Jeff Samarpineda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well done!

  84. OaktownSteve says:
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    Oh yeah by the way, impossible not to notice when watching that Charlie Morton start that Paxton looked sick. The late armside tail on 97 is brutal. His breaking stuff is super sharp. Insert obligatory IF HEALTHY.

    Here’s my discount pitching staff in the NFBC 15er.
    Hill
    McCullers
    Harvey
    Paxton
    Dan Norris
    Morton
    Musgrove
    Gsellman
    Tyler Anderson
    Kintzler
    Feliz
    Storen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay, agreed, but he’s looked sick for years, no? Not discounting him, Cust kayin

  85. Notorious PING! says:
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    in a 12 team keeper, points league, that has start limits, would you rather have:

    Mike Montgomery
    Archie Bradley (RP for now)
    Bush
    Devenski

    thanks brother!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Notorious PING!:

      Montgomery
      Devinski
      Bush
      Bradley is my order

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @OaktownSteve:
        Oak who would you drop:
        Casilla or Madson?
        Going to grab devenski.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bush

  86. Roger Podacter says:
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    “Blessed Are the forgetful for they get the better even of their blunders.”

    …. And that’s me quoting Kirsten Dunst quoting Friedrich Nietzsche!

    Great write up as always, got a new rap on Monday for ya! Great weekend, happy mustache growing!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love it! You too!

  87. J-FOH says:
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    There is some guy snoring in the bathroom right now. He must be reading fangraphs. Note: I love fangraphs but damn half those articles are boring as duck

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @J-FOH:
      They need more gifs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t read one fully through in years… I understand the stats, so I just look at the player pages

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I read some. The stats for sure. But for reals some of th roto graphs stuff is garbage. I’ve seen one guy who I know from twitter just blow dudes from his favorite team as pre season picks. It’s like have some damn integrity. People are going to draft these guys based off your work and you have nerve to suggest guys from your favorite team with the worst support ever. Im talking knoche and MP kind of analysis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know, like I said, haven’t read anything… I saw one guy called me out for liking Rougned Odor, that was first article I looked at in a while there

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: that’s ridiculous. That same person better be slamming all the people who love trea turner too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It was in some ridiculous bold prediction article that will likely be 100% wrong so no sweat off my waxed back

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: wait . A bold prediction post that you are wrong?… that’s my pie!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, yeah

    • peacecoast says:
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      @J-FOH: They write about minutiae too. I just scan their articles now and then.

  88. daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    What to do what to do
    In a 12 team league
    Alex Gordon 1 for 12
    I know its a marathon not a sprint. I know its only the 1st week
    But…
    do i dump him or keep for a little while longer
    options in FA are
    your boy Zimmerman
    Duda , Headley,Domingo Santana, Joey Gallo and Corey Dickerson
    At this point all categories are needed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  89. peacecoast says:
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    Folty not looking sharp today sadly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit all over the shop

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: PHEW that leftie got him our of the jam…

        I am also got Daniel Norris who is obviously sitting this Sunday vs the Red Sox.

        Would you drop either of Folty or Norris for Gio, Wheeler, Cobb or Glasnow, Ryu? keep in mind weekly FAAB so I have to live with the decision till the next Monday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that could’ve been very bad…. I’d look at matchups

  90. jon says:
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    Polanco is so frustrating… up to bat TWICE with bases and NADA.. WTF lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  91. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Anyone know if Joe Ross is starting during week 2? Setting weekly lineups tomorrow…

    *WHERE ARE YOU [PITCHING] NOW [AS IN NEXT WEEK]?!*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think so, honestly, not 100% tho

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: WHERE ARE YOU NOW JB?! I know he dropped Joe Ross, but we both know they’re still texting . . .

  92. Fungazi says:
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    Hill already DL with a blister? That bro should have worked up his calices in the offseason.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know!

  93. Jim says:
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    I was offered Kendrys & Addison Russell for Correa.
    Hosmer is my 1B now. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Correa side

  94. dustyfingers says:
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    Dahl is sitting out on waivers and I have an open DL spot. Drop Dickerson, Shaw or Thames for him? I’m not convinced on Dahl.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

      • dustyfingers says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  95. Jim says:
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    I was offered Kendrys & Addison Russell for Correa.
    Hosmer is my 1B now.
    Should I do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered

  96. Grey

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

  97. JoeC says:
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    My OF5 spot so far:

    1. Drafted Dyson
    2. Didn’t like him batting 9th or his slow start (that’s right, 3 games of 162!)… dropped for Margot because, honestly, my team couldn’t steal a base if 1st and 2nd were 2 feet apart.
    3. Held Margot for a day, but itchy trigger finger, who knows what this rookie nookie is gonna do (or more likely, NOT do), picked up David Peralta b/c hey, he once hit for .300. That means something doesn’t it? Shandler says “if a guy does something once, then he can do it again”. I wonder what he thinks about Chase Headley?!
    4. Now I sit and wonder: did I do wrong? Should I have been more patient with Dyson? He really was the only base-stealer on my team. They still have that cat in fantasy baseballs, yeah?

  98. Grey

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

  99. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Head to head league. 10 team with shallow benches. Do I add Puig?

    gattis
    Freeman
    trae Turner
    Villar
    K seager
    Betts
    Blackmon
    Benintendi
    J Baez
    Pitching
    C Martinez
    McCullers
    Duffy
    Harvey
    Velasquez
    Nova
    R Ray
    Edwin Diaz
    Ramos

    Do you see anybody I should dump for Puig?….. I also have Ian Desmond on IR.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ray

  100. Wil says:
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    You won’t regret not having Healy. I own him in 1 of 2 been watching as many of his at bats as I can. He’s got to do a better job with pitch selection. He has potential but I think he needs this season to work out some kinks. I’d be surprised if he hits over .250 this year. I know he’s hit for a good average at every level but when you walk 4% of the time and swing at bad pitches good things won’t happen. He’s got some pop but again I don’t think you’ll regret not owning him. I think you were searching for this reassurance so here it is…

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