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Thankfully, I no longer do 4th of July like I used to, because when you have a holiday weekend that lasts five days, you will get alcohol poisoning if you go too hard, and the 4th is especially dangerous because:  day drinking.  At least with New Year’s Eve, it’s at night.  The Fourth is lying on a discarded sofa on the side of a highway at 3 PM and being like, “The hum of 75 MPH cars is so peaceful, I go to sleep now,” and waking up with a flashlight you mistake for a fleshlight and now you’re a registered sex offender.  Hopefully, none of that happened to any of you, well, maybe the fleshlight part, and you all had a safe holiday.  Any hoo!  Yesterday, Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 and his 15th and 16th homers as he hits .288.  He found the Fountain of Youth sometime in May and has been a Zombino eating brain custard ever since.  I’m still half expecting — cting? — McCutchen will resort to blah in the 2nd half, but it looks like I wrote off McCutchen before his sell-by date.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jameson Taillon – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.73.  As Taillon was pitching well, Rudy texted me, “Shame Tony Watson is going to come in and blow this win.”  Ah, but Hurdle had one Nicasio up his sleeve to get out of a jam of Watson’s own making in the seventh inning.  Thank God for Juan Nicasio, the number one keyboard salesman!

CC Sabathia – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER as he was activated from the DL.  You can go ahead and BCC me on that.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-4 and his 28th homer.  Judge will be starring in the upcoming August ESPN special, “Why Judge shouldn’t have participated in the Home Run Derby?”  Co-starring Giancarlo, as the sexpot, and Gary Sanchez as the ingénue with a dark past.

J.A. Happ – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.47.  Damn, I dropped him last week when I saw his upcoming matchups were in Yankee Stadium and vs. Houston.  I’d still own Happ if it weren’t for the matchups, because his peripherals are sparkling.

Zach Britton – Will return from the DL on Wednesday.  Wait, that’s today!  Yikes, you snuck up on me!  Plus, snuck is totally a word.  Eat a D, autocorrect!  Britton will be worked slowly back into the closer role, so hold Brach for now.

Mark Trumbo – Day-to-day with a bruised calf.  Better not let PETA hear about that shizz!

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 17th homer, hitting .296.  Not only the best Orioles’ hitter this year, it’s not close.

Jimmy Nelson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  I wrote a lede a few weeks ago about why you should pick up Jimmy Nelson; our writer, Lance, wrote a post dedicated to his Jimmy Nelson fantasy.  If you leave your fantasy team password in the comments, I’ll go and pick Nelson up for your team.

Eric Thames – 2-for-3 and his 22nd and 23rd homers, hitting .248.  Hmm, with these two homers coming off the Orioles, it’s gonna be harder to keep this “Thames only hits homers off pitchers with red jerseys” narrative, but I will try!  The red that Thames most associates with pleasure in his life is the red on his fingers from Flaming Hot Cheetos, and one time Momma Thames brought home regular Cheetos by accident, and now Thames associates orange with red too.

Stephen Vogt – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer on the Brewers, and 7th homer on the year.  It’s that time again!  Time for me to complain about box scores after a guy switches leagues.  I’m not a fan of interleague play, but I’ve come to ignore it.  It’s here, whatever.  Though, with interleague play, there is absolutely no reason why someone’s stats should go back to zero when they switch leagues.  It’s from a bygone era, fix this!

Travis Shaw – 2-for-4, and his 18th homer, hitting .297.  Good thing the Red Sox don’t need a 3rd baseman!

Trevor Cahill – 4 1/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.96, as he was activated from the DL.  Should give decent five-ish inning starts and Ks.  He’s like the Padres’ version of Peacock.  I will call him Untappedcock.

Corey Kluber – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.85, as he took the loss against the Padres.  And that’s why you’ll never get Murray Chass’ Cy Young vote!

Danny Duffy – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.51, as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “I don’t work on non-holidays, you really think I’m here on July 4th?”  Well, since we all don’t have it as easy as Kevin, I’m here and I had reservations with Duffy even prior to his injury, and I’m not talking about using my Open Table app.

Whit Merrifield – 1-for-5 and his 7th homer, and the 2nd time I’ve mentioned him this week, so the schmotato rising.  Mr. Schmotato rising!  Keep on rising!

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, and his 3rd homer in the last four games.  Moistasskiss!

Felix Hernandez – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA 5.04 vs. the Royals.  No good was going to come out of a King going against the Royals on July 4th.  Keep your tea and get out of here!

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4 as he returned from the DL and played 3B.  Halp and I go over thoughts on Freeman’s return on the latest fantasy baseball podcast (SEO, snitches!).

Yulieski Gurriel – 3-for-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs, hitting .297.  Yesterday, I said schmotato; today, I’m saying get some of that goodness!

Carlos Correa – Exited the game yesterday with a bruised thumb, but x-rays came back negative.  Finally, some good news in relation to a Correa.

Jose Altuve – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Altuve was playing mad last night because there was this group of guys standing in front of him when the fireworks went off and he couldn’t see anything.

George Springer – 4-for-5, 3 runs and his 25th homer, hitting .295.  Springer’s one of the harder guys to peg for the top 100 in the 2nd half that I’m working on for next week.  Zilch-oh on steals definitely lowers my excitement.

Josh Reddick – 3-for-6, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .313.  Astros’ offense is good, right?  (Hint:  yes.)  Okay, Reddick was hitting third yesterday.

Sean Newcomb – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  I’m going to leave my RC Cola right here on the counter of this ISIS-run bar and go to the bathroom.  Can someone watch it for me?  Thanks!  *four hours later*  Why is that guy putting a human kidney on a shish?  Wait, that’s my kidney!  AHHHHH!!!  ROOFIE!!!

Yu Darvish – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.56.  That’s it, lower 2nd half expectations!

Mike Napoli – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Yes, I’ve told you he’s homered for the last three days, and he even had one homer game before that.

Andrew Benintendi – 5-for-5, 4 runs, 6 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homers.  Actual conversation yesterday between Prospector Ralph and a loved one, “Ralph, aren’t these fireworks amazing?”  *Ralph stares at Benintendi’s box score*  “They’re the best I’ve ever seen.”

Tzu-Wei Lin – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st steal, as the Red Sox called up this rookie, utlity man.  That’s right, the Red Sox found a Taiwanese Brock Holt!  They also have someone who sounds like a segment on The Biggest Loser.  “Coming after the break, it’s the Sue weigh in everyone has been anticipating…”

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 11th homer, hitting .284.  I also mentioned this on the podcast yesterday, Bradley is having a nearly identical year compared to last year, which caused you to draft him this year.

David Price – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.02.  Besides a hideous outing vs. the Yankees, Price’s starts haven’t been as bad as advertised.  Yet (oh, here we go), his peripherals are also not necessarily spectacular — 8.6 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 4.53 xFIP.  That’s the verge of a fantasy #3 for 12 team leagues.  *beep, beep, beep*  Breaking news!  He might have a blister.  Yeah, who doesn’t?!

Scott Schebler – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 21st homer.  Also, in this game, Scooter Gennett hit his 14th and Jose Peraza hit his 4th.  All of these guys appeared in comments in the last few days about owning them.  Seriously, if you ask me if you should drop a hitter that is in Coors for a series, I’m pretty sure you’ve never read anything I’ve written, so why ask?  Mustache has mesmerized you?  You’re mustacherized?

Yasmany Tomas – Diagnosed with a groin strain, which I could’ve sworn he already had.  Can we get a groin check on Salami Tom?

A.J. Pollock – 1-for-4 as he returned from the DL.  Legit, everyone returned from the DL yesterday.  Should’ve had Puffy lip-synch “Coming Home.”

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.19.  Seems like this guy might be good.  He new?  I need a scouting report.  He new?

Justin Turner – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, and 3rd homer in the last four games, hitting .384.  With Turner’s red beard and blue and white uniform, whenever Rick Monday sees Turner on the field, he runs over and tries to save him from himself.

Brandon Kintzler – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 22nd save, ERA at 2.41.  I don’t mention closers who are doing well, but I just wanted to drop some thank you thunder — thankder? — on Kintzler.  A thousand thankders for you.

Byron Buxton – 3-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (5) and legs (15), hitting .204.  This schmohawk reminded me that I drafted his sorry ass in my RCL and dropped him around mid to late-April.  Sucks I dropped Broxton too.  Do I have something against -xtons?  P to the erhaps.  But if it meant getting Buxton off my team, then it was worth the double drop.  I went to MattTruss’s active stats to see what he got from Buxton since he picked him up right after me.  Ready to shudder?  19/2/9/.198/9 in 167 ABs, and dropped him the morning before yesterday’s game.  That’s why I AM JEFE!

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer.  Next to nothing recently, but he is the type to get hot for S-P-E-L-L-S.

Albert Pujols – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .235.  He’s been so bad this year it’s proving you cannot spell Pujols without PU.

Miguel Cabrera – Left yesterday’s game with hip tightness.  Sigh.  So few players are at the peak of their game when they retire.  Koufax, Papi, Bonds, which sounds like the beginning of a guys in a boat joke.  All right, so you got a Dominican, a Jew and a guy with a giant head…

Victor Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .252.  He’s not having a great year, though has it been better than Miggy’s?  It has not, but you had to think about it for a second.

Michael Fulmer – 8 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  I’ve gone over him so many times before, if you click his name you’ll be magically transported to past articles about him, his projections and yadda, blabba, poo.

Hunter Pence – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, hitting .260.  Approximately, two hundred and forty years after the birth of this great nation and hundred plus years after that racist movie, Birth of a Nation, the Gangly Manbird opened his 12-foot wingspan and bid adieu to a ball.  Then people were pissed off because he bid adieu, a partial French phrase, and didn’t just say goodbye.  What, you’re too good for goodbye?

Brandon Crawford – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  I see he had six previous homers, but this feels like the first time he did something positive all year.

Jose Urena – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.43.  I’m about to go into the break with four 1st place teams out of six leagues, and I have Urena in three of them, and had him in a 4th until I dropped him to stream someone else.  YO SOY JEFE!

Christian Yelich – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs, hitting .276 and his 8th homer.  I’m sorry, but, without a huge 2nd half, I’m counting this as another schmohawk I called correctly.  GLUTEN-FREE SOY SAUCE HANDED TO YOU BY JEFE!

Tommy Pham – 0-for-4, 4 Ks.  We are celebrating breaking away from British monarchy, and Pham is pining for a Mexican monarchy with a Golden Sombrero.

Jon Lester – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.94.  Happy July 4th, Cubs fans!  Your team is under .500 and it looks like Wayne Huzienga could’ve sold off your team last year and you’d have similar results so far.  People can go off and watch their basketball and football, but baseball’s got real parity because playing an extra 25 games in October kills all your arms the next year.  Convinced of this.

Tim Beckham – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .277.  I have an overcrowded rotating elevator at MI like I’m Macy’s at Xmas, and I should likely just start Beckham and leave him there.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Only another week of your pre-ASB shenanigans, Bruce!

Joe Ross – 7 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.86.  By miracles of all miracles, this start ended up looking good at the end of it, but, boy oh five girls, did this start not look good through about four innings.  Blech, I dropped Ross before the start was even over.  Good riddance (I didn’t have the time of my life).

Daniel Murphy – 4-for-5, 1 run, 5 RBIs, hitting .341. Murphy had some choice words for Razzball and me specifically:

Michael Taylor – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 10th steal.  Yes, Taylor H.A.M., and I love him, but I’ve also been pushing people towards grabbing him for another specific reason.  Since Turner went down, Taylor’s moved up a very potent lineup.

Wilmer Difo – 2-for-4, 3 runs, as he hit 2nd.  Wilmer Difo’s all right if you like guys in a Platoon.

Jose Abreu – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .293. B;iobda90`1kl–  Sorry, I had my fingers crossed that Abreu wouldn’t have a 2nd half collapse.

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .291.  Now has two homers in the last three games, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  Melk doesn’t really go with any entree, but looks like we have a side piece hot schmotato here.

Franklin Barreto – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .211.  Sometimes you get Bellinger, sometimes you get Failinger.

Yonder Alonso – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers (18, 19).  Fun thought experiment!  Try to think back to March.  You there?  Okay, now as your March self, think about having Yonder Alonso with 19 homers on your fantasy team.  Okay, what else do you think has happened in a world where Alonso has 19 homers?  An outfield wall apocalypse causing all outfield walls to crumble and now anything hit out of the infield is a homer?  All MLB teams donated their outfield walls to Trump’s wall?  The A’s played one 127,000 inning game which saw Alonso get 970 ABs and hit 19 homers in that game?

   
  1. JakeTPE says:
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    Belated happy 4th to you, Grey. You are the hardest working man in fantasy baseball. And good tidings to all on Razzball.

    Folks over here are very excited about their native son Tzu-Wei Lin. He’s been front page news since his call up. Above the fold even. It probably won’t reach Linsanity-like levels but folks are excited. It’s probably on a par with Manny Ramirez’s brief stint with the now defunct EDA Rhinos a few years back. He didn’t do much, but it was still fun watching his at bats and hoping he’d hit one out.

    And I was thinking about dropping Schebler (who has been sneakily awful for like two weeks) but held because Colorado Kool-Aid. Sometimes things go the way they should.

    Catch ya later!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Thanks, you too! Where’s ‘over here’ again?

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: I live in Taiwan, and folks tend to latch on to their major leaguers here (Chien-ming Wang, Chen Wei-yin being the most notable), hence the excitement for young Lin. Actually, TW baseball players are kind of like the flat-billed pitchypi of nationalities… Very rare (but hopefully not endangered)!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah! That’s right, nice!

  2. Bas says:
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    Good morning Sir Grey!

    I hope all is well with the fantasy overlord. I remember in the old days you where king to have a guy with 15/20 homeruns at the break. Since last year I feel it is cool to trade away even Shaw for a 12 dollar salad. So much homers to go around.

    And thanks to an Razzball draft I’am doing well enough to be in the lead of my 12 team keeper league

    Question: do you make more money now? With all big hitting you have to mention that means more words, means longer articles, means more……;-)

    Keep all the good work Sir Grey!

    Best,
    Bas from Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: Ha, yup! Thanks!

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Great write-up, thoroughly enjoyed.

    a. Hope you a good 4th!

    b. Would have had a great night if it weren’t for Yu! Not you, Yu! Damn, Yu! Started Schebler, Scooter, Springer, DeShizz, Pujols and Shaw in the league where I have Yu and McCutchen, Schebler, JBJ, DeShizz in the league where I started Kershaw and Nelson! Can’t win for losing.

    c. John Rambo Quote of the day for July 5

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!): ‘That why they pick you? ‘Cause you like to fight?’

    Rambo: ‘No, I’m… I’m expendable.’

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!): ‘Expendable. What mean “expendable”?’

    Rambo: ‘It’s like if someone invites you to a party, and you don’t show up, doesn’t really matter. What is this?’

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!): ‘It bring me good luck. What bring you good luck?’

    Rambo: ‘I guess this.’

    [Rambo wields his hunting knife.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Thanks! B. *shakes fist* Why Yu! C. Nice! (And she’s HOT) Ha!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Have a look-see…..https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Nickson…..

        b. Damn Yu! It’s still early, OMfG when is the football combine exercise again? August 1st you say? Ok, so not too far away!

        c. Caught a sinus cold thanks to AirFrance. Waiting on the tarmac at Charles DeGaule airport before the flight to N’Djamena – party forever – they set the air conditioning unit (not to be confused with Randy Johnson – aka The Big Unit) to like 20F or something. I was in a short-sleeved shirt and an undershirt. That was July 2 and I’m just about over it today July 5!! So, yeah! Damn, Yu!

        d. Wanted to get your take on an idea I had. I have an idea to do a documentary on all the no-man’s lands around the world. Each one would be a separate 45-minute deal. Each visit would entail the same MO – take a survey of everyone currently present, where they come from, why they are and what they do. Also, I would like to survey how many Western Unions there are in each no man’s land and find out their total take – both on the receiving and sending ends. Not bad, right? The most difficult one? The one between the two Koreas. An interesting one that I have seen is the one between Tanzania and Zambia.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Ha, nice! B. Yu….p C. That sucks, gotta put Neosporine in your nostrils D. That’s awesome, I love it! Logistically sounds like a nightmare to execute, but fascinating

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            a. Thanks, man! Using the neti pot before I go to bed. It’s efficient.

            b. Good luck to all your teams in 1st place! Hope they hold up for the entire season. Good work, boss!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. You needs to Neosporine! B. Yo soy Jefe!

  4. Bastian says:
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    With Freeman returning do I drop Alonso or Bour? I have Rendon and Lamb in the other corner spots. RCL.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Bastian:
      Bour

    • TheOne says:
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      @Bastian:

      I would drop Alonzo. Bour is huge, his line drive rates are insane and he was on pace to hit 30 before going down last season. Alonzo has no real past history to support what he is currently doing and has been hurt a couple times now in 1st half. Drop Alonzo with confidence.

  5. Packers says:
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    R. Zimmerman or J. Abreu ros?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Packers:
      Abreu

  6. muskysmell says:
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    The pitching this year has been just an absolute land mine…

    I traded for Yu Darvish with hopes of normalizing and anchoring my staff a bit, and this is the 2nd time he’s gotten blown to bits. Ugh.

    The only solace I find is that the pitching blow-ups are happening all across my fantasy league

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @muskysmell: The Sawx may be a no-go for pitchers the way they are hitting right now. It is too late for Yu, however.

  7. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Great stuff as always. Who do you like better ROS: Mark Reynolds or Thames?

  8. Mrniceguy says:
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    Morning Bro… can you tell me a better story then trevor? Guy is just killing me, I figured this week at home vs the Reds is about as good as you can get and then 0 fers… would you keep sticking with this boring story or go with a WW avail are: Simmons, Arcia, Barreto, Semien, brad miller,

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Mrniceguy:
      Hold, the all-star break should help him clear his head and he should have a solid 2nd half..IMHO

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: We were thinking the same thing about his DL stint FWIW. It’s not gonna happen for Story this year the way we wanted it to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrniceguy: I hear ya, he’s been miserable, I’d likely hold at this point

  9. JakeTheSnake says:
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    You starting Vargas tn @Seattle?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @JakeTheSnake:
      SON has Vargas at -7.5 for tonight. I’d sit him. Then again what the F do I know, I started Yu, Felix, Lester & Corbin yesterday. Thank the fantasy god’s for Jimmy ‘the kid” Nelson’.

      • JakeTheSnake says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms:
        Ya was thinking the same. Depending who’s on the line up for tn Seattle’s bats hit Vargas really well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTheSnake: I think you have to at this point, but there’s risk obvi

      • JakeTheSnake says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  10. Jim says:
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    Awesome as always! Grey,
    ROS please:
    Gardner or Taylor?
    Also
    Morton or Estrada?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jim:
      Taylor
      Estrada

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Thanks! Taylor, Morton

  11. GroovyGreg says:
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    Traded McCutch for Machad (who needs endings to their names?) in my keeper league, figured Machad is 24 and McCutch is 94 or at least his knees are, but first week they are in the lineups after the trade and Machad is hitting .100 and McCutch is hitting .500 with balls flying out of the park. Should I have this sinking feeling of buyer’s remorse?

    • Cram It says:
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      @GroovyGreg: It’s a keeper league. It was a no-brainer when the trade was on the table and now you’re worried about what they did the first week after the trade? C’mon now.

  12. Cheese says:
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    Sicario quote ftw

  13. jack florida says:
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    any razzballers going to the all star game festivities that want to meet up? i will be there july 7th through july 12th

      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: thanks

  14. mrs. featherbottom says:
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    ENRICO PALLAZZO LIVES!

      • mrs. featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: YES! On a tangential note, started a new series on Netflix thought you might like called Cleverman – (Australian Broadcasting Corp.), so far so good- ever see it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, but always on lookout for new shows… You ever watch Spiral on Netflix?

          • mrs. featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: Have not – I’ll check it out.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ooh, you got Hulu? Line of Duty is awesome too… Less time commitment than Spiral, equally good

              • mrs. featherbottom says:
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                @Grey: No Hulu – though wife and I have been talking about trying it out because of Hand Maid’s Tale. Looking forward to binge out on a series or two in August – as a newly minted PhD, just got to finish these edits first.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Congrats again! HMT is great, Line of Duty is amazing… HUlu’s kinda bleh otherwise tho, tbh

  15. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Odor, arcia, or Simmons your preferred mi Ros? Thanks!

  16. Five-On-One says:
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    Springer for Kershaw? Fiar?

  17. Kas says:
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    Grey…one thing: BENCHindenti!!!!!

  18. Kas says:
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    BENCHINTENDI***

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: NOOOOOO

  19. Not the real Hubie Brooks but possibly the real Danny Heep says:
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    Trying to find space for Buxton on my bench in case he’s flipped the switch again. Drop which if any of these for him: Bour, Gurriel, Delino, Schebler?

  20. Damien says:
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    Nice write up Grey!
    Haven’t heard a lot out of Hanigar lately, ok to move on?Thinking he may not be 100% back from the oblique strain. Too many options still out there in the wire.
    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Damien:
      If there is someone better, sure grab him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Damien: Thanks! Can move on

  21. Richard D says:
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    Deep NL only league and I need your help managing the margins

    Of W Difo, D Dietrich and J Osuna which would you drop (keep 2 of the 3)
    (players like Jay, Ianetta and J Martinez top the FA pool) : (

  22. Five-On-One says:
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    Please Rank:

    C-Dick, Smoak, Alfonso.

    Thinking of including one of them, plus Springer for Kershaw. Maybe a bit of an overpay, but I have hitting and am desperate for pitching and no one wants to trade decent pitchers in my league. Foolish, or acceptable given the circumstances?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Five-On-One:
      Sure, see which of the other three the other owner wants with Springer..

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: He countered with Kershaw and Maybin for Springer and Encarnacion. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: Springer for Kershaw is fair, you don’t need to give more

  23. Clint says:
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    With the uncertainty regarding Britton’s health, whom would you drop to activate him in a 10 team h2h pts league that has 2 RP spots:

    Cobb, Bundy, Giles, or Knebel

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Clint:
      Bundy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Agree with MP

  24. JP says:
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    Thanks for the great write up, as always.

    In a 10-team NL only with 5 keepers, I’ve been offered Alex Wood (+ a non-keeper replacement 3B) for my Rendon. I’m not competing this year, but could use an ace for next year. I guess my question, is Alex Wood for real? Do you think he’ll be an ace next year? I’m hoping a expert can foresee the future a little better than I can.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JP: Thanks! Meh, can try it, but I don’t trust Wood for more than 120 IP ever

  25. Adam Magerman says:
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    Thanks for then wonderful words. SAGNOF Q: Mallex Smith or Tapia?

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: Grey wtf is Mallex not stealing? pissing me off

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sucks

  26. Natty Boh says:
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    Nice call on “Hold’ for Yonder Alonso yesterday!

  27. Dr Y says:
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    polanco was dropped in my 10 team mixed. hurting for steals by getting by in h2h. Turner on DL and Marte about to come back, drop Choo for polanco? I could also drop aaron sanchez and see how things develop until marte comes back? Great write up on the daily!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dr Y: Sure, try Polanco.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Y: Agree with Cram

  28. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h (OpS/QS)
    Logjam in the outfield and with bats in general. Rodon and Straily for Thames and Casilla?

    • Cram It says:
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      @bobbo: Thames side. Do better.

      • bobbo says:
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        @Cram It: yeah, that’s what I figured. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bobbo: Agree with Cram

  29. speill says:
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    Good morning and thanks for the updates. Great job! I need a shortstop who do you like for overall production rest of season. Asdrubal Cabrera Andrental Simmons. Galvis. Escobar. Thanks a lot.

    • Cram It says:
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      @speill: Simmons

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @speill:
      Simmons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @speill: Thanks! Agree with others

  30. Not your average Joe says:
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    Do you prefer Donaldson or Machado ROS?

  31. Cano Soup For You says:
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    Aloha . . .
    In a 10 team H2H, which side?
    A: Scherzer & Lamb (SP’s Mccullers, Ray, Bum, Noah, Price)
    B: Arenado
    Thanks, happy feeeeefth!

  32. Adam says:
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    Please rank ROS
    Chris davis,Logan Morrison,Smoak,R Zimmerman
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Zimm, Smoak

  33. Adam says:
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    Please rank ROS
    Jimmy Nelson,Paxton, Severino
    Thanks

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Adam:
      that order is fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Severino, Pax

  34. Alex says:
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    Bour or Yuli?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Alex:
      Bour

    • Cram It says:
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      @Alex: Bour

  35. Chucky says:
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    Villar a drop? Mendoza line near the ASB. I’ve come to acknowledge 2016 ain’t ever happening again for this wannabe.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Chucky:

      I’d wait to see what he does after the break.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chucky: I’d wait a little too, since he just came off the DL a week ago. But depends on options.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chucky: Agree with others

  36. dfrench23 says:
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    I have 2 different guys who might be ready to dump (keeper lg) 2nd year guys for some of my potential keepers. Which group do you like best and who specifically should I target?

    Team A-Scherzer, D.Gordon, McCutcheon, Trumbo, Segura, A.Chapman, E.Diaz, M.Estrada, and D.Duffy.

    Team B-Trout, Braun, de Grom, and Napoli

    Some of my potential keepers to offer?
    $2 Bellinger is the key.
    $10 Smoak ain’t bad.
    Other $10 hitters: Maybin, Choo, Valencia, A.Avila, M.Taylor, along with $14 R.Martin and $31 Votto.

    Pitchers – $10 Alex Wood, $8 Betances (saves+holds lg) $10 Samardzjia, AAA.Meyer, Devenski, W.Harris, Pivetta and $45 Kershaw.

      • dfrench23 says:
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        @Grey: If I can get Trout, de Grom and Braun what should I offer….Bellinger will have to be in the deal I think….

        I could offer him Bellinger, Bregman ($5) and Betances ($8) for those 3. Fair?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fair to me

          • dfrench23 says:
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            @Grey: Thanks…if he goes for it do I have enough left over for Scherzer, McCutcheon and Duffy (or am I missing someone I need off team A?)

            Maybe $10 Smoak, $10 Alex Wood, and $10 Samardzjia? Is that enough for Scherzer, McCutcheion and Duffy?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Try it, doesn’t sound enough

  37. Blergball says:
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    Sitting here with three closers in an H2H league with two RP spots. Rich Hill worth a speculative trade in exchange for Justin Wilson?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Blergball:
      I’d take Hill for Wilson

  38. Blergball says:
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    Correa for Machado & Myers H2H OPS league?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Blergball:
      Manny & Wil

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Blergball: Blergball!!

      Machado side. Who will you drop from to roster Myers?

      Cheers,
      Ante

  39. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey hey, Grey,

    So I just got my broken Freeman back, and I’ll be getting my stupid Marte back in just over a week. Now I’ve got a logjam with a bunch of guys I picked up and I’m stumped about who to let go. I’ve got minor needs with SB and R, but Marte and Freeman should address this.

    Can you rank ROS: L. Morrison, M. Brantley, C. Dickerson, J. Gyorko?

    Given my needs and LoMor’s beautiful power so far, that’s about how I’d rank them . . . with the caveat that I need to carry a Gyorko-type to keep filling in missed games played in a roto league.

    Also, any thoughts on stashing an available Schwarber?

    Love yas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sportivetricks: Dickerson, Lomo… Sure, stash him if you have room, have no faith in him

  40. Micah Vansciver says:
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    My team is out of contention this year and I was offered Lucas Giolito and Jeff Hoffman for Robbie Ray. What do you think of this offer?

    Thank you!

  41. Joe says:
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    Is it time to move on from Trumbo? Names like Pham, Joc, Gurriel, Happ, Margot, Souza, etc. out there. Happ, Joc, Gurriel, and Margot are most interesting to me considering this is a 10 player keeper league based on acquisition value. I’m also not chasing any specific categories.

    I’m also still holding on Seager, is that a mistake? Hate to give up on him, but each time that it looks like a turnaround is coming he shits the bed some more.

    Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: I’d hold Trumbo and Seager

  42. TUnit says:
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    Deal for Lester? Kintzler/ Hamels or Kintzler/Reddick?
    K/9, QS, and W-L. Hitting has OBP and SLG.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TUnit: Sure, with Hamels

  43. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Hope you’re doing well. Who do you drop when Trout comes back?

    Maybin, Broxton, Bour?

    Thank you

  44. BSA70 says:
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    Grey – you’ll appreciate this. Work is taking me to Indy next week. The down side of this trip is, well, it’s Indy in July. the positive is that I have Marte. Guess I’ll be taking in the Indianapolis Indians Game while their in town. Double bonus – the stadium is within walking distance to the hotel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSA70: Nice! What hotel you staying at?

      • BSA70 says:
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        @Grey: Nothing exciting – going for the free breakfast and cocktails at Embassy Suites. Coming to the midwest?

  45. Richard says:
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    Rank Difo. D Dietrich. J Osuna. ROS

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: He wants a different response:)

  46. mthom42 says:
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    Starting Gray today? Jon not Sonny

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matchup?

      • mthom42 says:
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        @Grey: CIN @ Coors

  47. KCC26 says:
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    Segura/Rodon or Lindor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

  48. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Souza or Alonso ROS in OBP/OPS leagues? They have eerily similar stats so far. Alonso seems more sustainable based on babip, but souza has more history of power.

    Souza – .372 / .872 OBP / OPS (12.9% bb rate, .350 babip) 16 HR 4 SB 100 R+RBI

    Alonso – .377 / .952 (12.7 % bb, .312) 19 HR 1 SB 83 R+RBI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso, could be close tho like you said

  49. mthom42 says:
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    CIN @ Coors

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold off

  50. Citizen5 says:
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    I’m dropping SP Meyer since he was sent down to AAA.

    Add one below for Quality Starts and Ks?
    Urena, Feldman, Dickey, Clevinger, Pivetta, Gausman, Nolasco, Williams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urena

  51. I Am The Liquor says:
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    Is Villar a buy low candidate at this time? Hard to tell if he is slumping or just plain stanks? 31.5% k %??? What’s wrong with him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Struggling, wouldn’t buy low unless super cheap

  52. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Should we be done with Colombe? 10 ER in like his past 5 appearances. I can replace him with Knebel pretty cheaply, or pickup Boxberger?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Knebel

  53. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Birth of a Nation’s racism was pretty subtle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah…The insidious racism

  54. Nitro says:
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    L Cain or Odor Ros?

    HTH points league.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  55. Adam P. says:
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    More likely to turn around 2nd half? Story or Villar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story

  56. hustla says:
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    looking to fill a void in the MI

    his Gyorko for my Verlander?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  57. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Greetings El Jefe!

    Should I be rolling out Todd Frazier, Chris Taylor or Gurriel? 11 tm roto (keeper). Have Sal Perez, LogMo, Segura, Correa, Judge, Taylor H.A.M., JBJ, Duvall, and Bellinger.

    Happy July 5th!! *I’m out of fireworks* oops

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — Gurriel

  58. Five-On-One says:
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    Joc or Tapia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joc, apples/oranges

  59. Riles says:
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    Terrific Write-up as per usual. With Conforto and Desmond on the DL, I’m in need of OF help in a 10 team H2H league with limited transactions. Available bats of interest include:

    JBJ, Broxton, Reddick, Taylor, Pham, Adams, Morales, Santana. Thoughts on who to snag going forward?

    Thanks and keep up the solid work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! JBJ, Taylor

  60. KarlJ says:
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    In a vacuum would you rather have Judge or Correa for ROS (non-keeper)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge

  61. Milarky says:
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    Yo Grey, no question this time – I’m a loyal reader/listener, so just a big thank you to you and all the other writers for all the great advice to what must sometimes be excruciating questions (mine definitely included). And a specific thanks for saving me from putting Newcomb in my lineup this week!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! No problem!

  62. Ronald says:
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    I get Trout/Story. I give up Alex Wood, Adam Duvall and Corey Dickerson? 12 team keeper league. Im in 4th. Trout can’t be kept, but can be bid on next year. Should I do the trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  63. Over Manager says:
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    Been offered Dee for my K Seager. Seems like player rater Season to Date and ROS likes this deal for me. I think it fits my needs too. What say you oh wise one? My team in a 12 teamer, H2H…..

    CI – Freeman, Lamb, LoMo
    MI – Rizzo, Harrison, Simmons
    OF- Melky, Maybin, Dyson, Schebler, Marwin, Owings (must play 5…I play Owings at SS some too
    Util – K Seager
    DL – Conforto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Easy win for you if you need SBs

      • Every29Years says:
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        @Grey:

        Not sure I can trust Maybin and Dyson’s playing time…injuries, Trout back etc
        Thanks

  64. Dave says:
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    Drop Castellanos for Tapia? Have Bregman at 3B with Devers awaiting. Yahoo keeper points. Good enough for ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  65. Robert Itzkowitz says:
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    What up Grey. Shallow mixed league. I have had a black hole at my OF4 and OF5 positions all year, and am doing a horrible job filling in with hot bats. I pick em up, they get cold. I am crushing it in power categories, but am in desperate need for steals. I am pretty covered at CI – Edwin, Lamb, Beltre, Zimm and Hanley both occupying my 2 UTIL spots. In a vacuum, trade my Edwin for AJ Pollock? Or, dont mess with Pollock due to injury concerns? Thank you as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Pollock if you need an OF

  66. Five-On-One says:
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    So, Settled on Springer and Smoak for Kershaw and Inciarte. I get Kershaw. How badly did I overpay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  67. Jimbo Jones says:
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    Is trumbo worth a waiver claim?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  68. slimbo says:
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    owings or story ros?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Owings

  69. Sport says:
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    I may have read this last week sometime so sorry if if you have to repeat. What Tampa reliever would you target if Colome finally loses his job?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boxberger

  70. lwomack58 says:
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    Do you think Faria will be put on innings limit in 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  71. Abe says:
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    Hey Grey,

    What’s your ranking of these pitchers ROS?

    Manaea, Nelson, Nola, Paxton, Walker

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pax, Nelson

      • Abe says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        So if I’m going to grab Nelson, which of the other three should I be letting go?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Which three?

          • Abe says:
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            @Grey:

            Manaea, Nola, and Walker

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh, Walker I guess

  72. Fabsy says:
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    Verlander Jones vs Cueto Gio Gonzalez

    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto

  73. lwomack58 says:
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    Harper and Brantley for Darvish n Cueto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryce

  74. Rosterbating says:
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    Grey – fantastic writeup as always…your postings are always a part of my day…I have a couple of questions –

    Struggling for reliable production for players lost to injury (Turner, Castro)in a H2H points league (keeper)…no real positional need…just have a couple of positions to play with. Currently own Michael A Taylor, Trey Mancini, and Tommy Pham. Would you lose any of them for Tapia, Whit Merrifeild, Orlando Acaia or Logan Forsythe? Joc Pederson and Lonnie Chisenhall are available as well.

    Second question – with my SS position being vacated by the Turner injury…I currently have Simmons – am I still holding there, or do you like Acaia better? I’m thinking hold for now unless they move Acaia up in the lineup.

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Pham for Tapia… hold Simmons

  75. Joe Quadres says:
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    Red Sox 11 runs.

    Betts & Bogaerts combined 0 for 11.

    Twin Ticker Tease!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  76. Whodat says:
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    Shebler or Michael Taylor for the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schebler

      • Whodat says:
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        @Grey: thank you sir. Good day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too, sir!

  77. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Drop Oh for Bud Norris?

    *Makes OOOOOOOOO face awaiting response

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  78. hankp says:
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    Grey
    Rank these three ROS for a UTIL slot in a 5×5: Bregman, Franco, Semien. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco, Bregman

  79. MJP says:
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    Happy 4th Grey!

    With M.Taylor at the top of the lineup, does he vault past guys like Souza & Story for ROS?

  80. Howie says:
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    Brantley, Margot or Maybin ROS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Margot

  81. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I am streaming Bauer today because Padres. I am nervous because Bauer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, feel the same way, and also streaming him

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: I’ll meet you back here to commiserate if need be.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope not, tbh

  82. The Biz says:
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    Grey Happy 5th! Should it be another drinking holiday?

    Anyhoo, 12 team 5×5 roto redraft, my Longo straight up for Donaldson? Think I like.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why not?! Sounds fine

      • The Biz says:
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        @Grey: He wants me to take Porcello too..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          In what?

        • Cram It says:
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          @The Biz: What’s the problem? Just drop him if you don’t want him.

  83. Chris says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    So does Alex Wood keep this up? What side of this trade do you like?

    Wood/Cody Allen for McCuthcen/Cano?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks grey.

        What about wood and allen for Mccutchen and Pedroia?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wood side

  84. Jim says:
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    ROS
    Reddick or Pham?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  85. Armchair QB says:
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    Very shallow league – are you still starting DeGrom tonight vs red hot WAS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  86. With Britton returning, not sure if I should drop J. Johnson or Colome ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Colome

  87. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. last in saves and my league is full of hoarders. peacock too much to give for maurer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

  88. Andrew Ball says:
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    Does it bother you if people mispell your name Gray?

    Also, a guy in my league requested a “top tier” closer because he is stacked w sp. is offering Greg holland for Alex wood reasonable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not especially… I’d want Wood

  89. Steve says:
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    Get Pineda more pine tar, he’s awful!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Looks like Pineda saw his home/road spits and decided to even them out

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  90. Jake says:
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    J. Gray is available. Time to drop Pineda?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  91. knucks says:
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    Villar/Berrios or Inciarte/Clevinger in a 10 team h2h?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar, likely could go either way

  92. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    #29 for Aaron Judge, ties Joe D’s Yankees rookie record.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy… Before the ASB!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        Crazy for sure, took Dimaggio a full season to hit 29! Mark McGwire has the rookie record with 33 BEFORE the break..

        Judge has a shot at a triple crown, he is first in everything.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What’s really incredible… Pitchers keep throwing to him!

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey:

            He has great plate discipline..They may have to Barry Bonds him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think walking at this point is a great option

  93. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    This is my pitching staff in a CBS league, the only requirement is starting nine:

    Starters:
    Carlos Carrasco
    Carlos Martinez
    Gerrit Cole
    Ivan Nova
    Johnny Cueto

    Relievers:
    AJ Ramos
    Corey Knebel
    Justin Wilson
    Kelvin Herrera
    Zach Britton

    I have been starting all five SPs and four RPs.

    The staff as a whole has been providing saves and little else.

    The pitchers of note on the wire are:

    Dylan Bundy
    Trevor Cahill
    Mike Clevinger
    Alex Cobb
    Ian Kennedy
    Dinelson Lamet
    Charlie Morton
    Jake Odorizzi
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    Matt Shoemaker
    Jose Urena
    Taiwan Walker

    Is there any hope for my pitching staff or am I waiting for callups?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the problem? Staff doesn’t look bad… You look like you have too many RPs tho, make a trade

  94. vee says:
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    Splendid write-up as usual Guru!

    would you drop any of these jokers for Raimel Tapia (Rainbow Tilapia)? i just lost Trea turner so my SBs are hit as well

    T Frazier
    Jones
    Matt Adams
    Souza Jr

    Thanks in advance
    **didn’t realize Lackey had such an early game today….. sigh** is he worth dropping?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams if he’s a bench bat… Lackey is droppable

  95. John says:
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    Feel like holding Story at this point is just wow, meh. What would I really be missing? I have xander at SS Story in Util…hold?

    Current OF, Conforto, Marte, Myers, Bradley Taylor Gardner Bellinger Sano(my 3b)

    just deal with Story until Marte back or grab
    Reddick(he still platoon?) Happ Gurriel there too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      15 homers in a month

      • John says:
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        @Grey: the story upside? so just hold think longer term?

        • John says:
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          @John: Any other swaps there? K thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You asked what he could do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not much else there to change

      • John says:
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        @Grey: I know been killing me!! In 10 tm more inclined to move on?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can if you need to, Gurriel

  96. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for the help, as always! Got a question for you on my pitching staff in a 5×5, 12 team. SP is Yu, McCullers, Duffy, Samardjzia, Peacock and the brothers Montgomery (Mike and Jordan); RP is Giles, Iglesias, Rivero, Betances. Should I:

    1. Drop an SP for Boxberger or Doolittle (speculating on next man up)
    2. Drop an SP and stream (Maeda, Nova, Odorizzi, Nola are available)
    3. Drop an SP for Margot (cheap steals until Stashing Marte returns)
    4. Do nothing

    Currently, I am 3rd in all categories except saves (5th). Ks are the next closest category and I’m currently -20 IP on the pace.
    3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Jordan… boxberger 2. Mike is a streamer 3. If you need SBs

  97. Jimbo says:
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    McCullers for Judge – which side you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge

  98. GL3 says:
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    Hey Grey!

    My team

    C – Martin
    CI- Smoak, Shaw, Lamb
    MI- Lindor, Odor, Owings
    OF- Harper, Dickerson, Mccutchen, Avi Garcia, Gardner, JBJ

    SP- Kluber, Vargas, Shark, Ed Rod, Cobb, M Montgomery
    RP- Kintzler, Oh, Rivera

    1. Would you trade Gardner for Taillon?

    2. What do you think about CC, Folty and Nolasco ROS?

    3. Which 2 of my SPs would you drop?

    Thank you in advance, you are a gentleman and a scholar!
    Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes 2. Folty 3. Cobb, Ed-Rod

  99. Los locos says:
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    Grey, Pineda or sonny gray ROS?

    Matz or tailon in keeper league and ROS? Looking to trade for tailon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grey — Taillon

  100. Your Mom says:
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    Is Joe Ross going to turn it around? I can pick him up, but I would have to drop Eduardo Rodriguez. I really don’t know what to think about EROD ( are we calling him that yet, or is he not that good) It seems all the Rodriguez’s get a “Rod” nickname.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  101. Crime Dog says:
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    I started Darvish last night :(. I need to make 6 more starts over this week and next. The below are all slated to pitch this week. I figured I should probably start 4 of them and bank on getting scherzer and darvish again after AS break to make it the required 7 starts. Good stretagy or should I throw more than 7 starts to try and bring down yesterday’s disaster? If you’d go minimum 7 starts, which 4 below would you start?

    McCullers @TOR
    Scherzer vs. ATL
    Manea @ SEA
    Straily @ SF
    Archer vs. Bos
    J Gray vs. Cin (in Coors)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archer, Scherzer, McCullers, Manaea

  102. Scott says:
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    Happy belated 4th and Canada Day Grey!

    Question 1: Would you prefer Kenta Maeda or JA Happ in a dynasty league?

    Question 2: Would you trade Brian Goodwin and Ryan McMahon for either?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You too! 1. Happ 2. Meh… I guess if you’re trying to win this year

  103. dtbran says:
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    What you say Grey,
    AJones @ MIL (Garza)
    MYaylor vs NYM (DeGrom)
    Pollock @ LAD (Wood)
    Need to start 2 today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Taylor

  104. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Would you add Nola and drop Pineda, Danny Duffy or Jordan Montgomery? This is a ROS kind of question

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Pineda

  105. Scott says:
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    Choose 1 of the below to drop in a dynasty league:

    Joe Musgrove, Nick Pivetta, Junior Guerra, Matt Moore, John Lackey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of them? Musgrove

  106. Fred says:
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    Dee Gordon or DJ LaMahieu ros and beyond, points league. Both $1.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

  107. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h (QS/OPS)
    Donaldson for Strasburg?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stras

  108. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    (3) SP: Carrasco, Severino, McCullers
    (2) RP: Wilson, Knebel
    (4) P: Betances, Nova, Walker, M. Montgomery
    (6) Bench: Lynn, J. Gray, Bauer, J. Ross

    (2) DL: A. Sanchez, Shoemaker

    1) Which of the following starts should I be streaming the rest of this week? Got 4 adds left for the week so don’t necessarily need to use them all so at the same time should I use some adds to maybe stash away a SP or two?

    7/6
    Folty @WSH (-16.7)
    Lamet @CLE (-25.5)

    7/7
    Pivetta vs. SD (4.8)
    M. Moore vs. MIA (3.2)
    Morton @TOR (1.8)
    Hammel @LAD (-3.1)
    Gausman @MIN (-3.5)

    7/8
    A. Moore vs. OAK (3.0)
    Clevinger vs. DET (-1.0)
    Cotton @SEA (-1.9)
    Chacin @PHI (-3.6)
    Montero @STL (-5.3)
    Hoffman vs. CHW (-6.3)
    T. Ross vs. LAA (-8.7)
    Fiers @TOR (-14.0)

    7/9
    Snell vs. BOS (-0.6)
    Rodon @COL (-3.1)
    Newcomb @WSH (-8.0)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta, Moore, Moore, they’re all pretty terrible

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Ha this is me trying to figure out pitching off waivers… sad part is those are best I could find! I thought it’d be easy to fix my staff in this 10 team league!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just not this week

  109. Jon says:
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    Help me pick a bottom two of this staff? Depth is about 100-SP owned bc of deep benches and daily moves. 12-tm 5xt Likely gonna need to lose two off the bottom as we head to H2h playoffs.

    Darvish, Carrasco, McCullers, Wood, Estrada, Walker, Bundy, Rodon, Morton

    Thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada, Bundy

  110. Matthew Lehman says:
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    who ya got ROS, verlander or pineda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Pineda

  111. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Grey,

    Hope you had a happy 4th. Who should I target in a deal for Cueto (hopefully the response isn’t mccullers lol) I need a bat. Khris Davis is a possibility. Cespedes too. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Davis

      • Andy Dwyer says:
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        @Grey: I was offered JD and Mazara for Cueto and Odor….worth it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

  112. Brian says:
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    Got offered an interesting Dynasty league (16 teams, H2H; both OBP and BA are hitting categories) trade and would like your take on it.

    I give: Daniel Murphy
    I get: Carlos Carrasco, Victor Robles, and Dustin Pedroia

    For context, I’m in first place right now, so am definitely competing for this year, but that seems like a lot for Daniel Murphy, even speaking as someone who believes in him.

    In terms of my roster, I have Howie Kendrick on the DL and Willie Calhoun in the minors to back up Pedroia.

    We can carry 7 SPs and I currently have Kluber, Darvish, Mananea, Samardzija, Foltynewicz, Brandon McCarthy, Bud Norris (who would move to RP… OR I could trade Mananea for Rafael Devers), and a droppable Luke Weaver.

    In OF, where we only start three, I’m stocked (Betts, Pollack, Thames, Mallex Smith, Tommy Pham, Schebler, Kepler, Kole Calhoun, Grichuk… AND Lewis Brinson in the minors!) as all get out, but I find Victor Robles hard to resist, either as a dynasty hold or trade bait down the line…

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance for any help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to see how you can’t make that trade

  113. Joe Quadres says:
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    SV+HLD league. Drop Betances? Been good for so long, but gotta be on the Disgraceful List soon right? I’d grab a streamer or MR flavor of the week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lose him

  114. M says:
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    Would you take a chance on Brad Miller in a 15 team league for the 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not right now

  115. lwomack58 says:
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    Looks like I might need a short term SS with Elvis on leave. Would you drop Peratla to add Arica or just ride out the paternity leave and hold Peratla? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold unless Peralta is a bench bat

  116. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Shallow 10×10 H2H w/ limited moves. I have 16/20 moves left on the year and am in 1st place, but have some clear holes: my Villar/Story MI is poo, injuries are piling up which leaves me with a slumping Haniger and underperforming Polanco at Util, I only have 4 healthy SP and I’m going to be short on SV soon (Brach and Bush losing their closer gigs).

    So any moves I make need to be long-term, and multiple eligibility for bats is nice. I’m thinking wait on RP until closer to the trade deadline, but here are some potential adds elsewhere:

    2B – Odor (just dropped), Happ (2B/CF/RF), Owings (2B/SS/CF/RF), Marwin (1B/2B/3B/SS/LF), Scooter (2B/3B)
    SS – Owings, Marwin
    Util – the above + Reddick (LF/RF), Gurriel (1B/3B), Marte (LF/CF)
    SP – Nelson, J. Gray

    ROS Player Rater says to add Odor, Marte and maaaybe Gray and not bother with the rest, and I am still in 1st and like to have moves to burn come playoff time. What say you, JEFE–make some moves or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Owings should be, uh, owned in every league, don’t see why you won’t grab Marte too — over at least Haniger and Marte, and Owings over either of your MIs

  117. demribbies says:
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    you like JBJ in a keeper or is he better on and off the wire to be used when hot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be a keeper, depends on league

  118. tony says:
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    Nolan arenado for rizzo, meadows and hoskins, in a dynasty league, we can keep em all, wich side?
    Also have goldy as my 1b

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  119. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. for avg and sbs, who do you like between margot and merrifield? thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Margot

  120. Once I was Matt Carpenter says:
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    I’m in a 10 team, 10 player dynasty league

    Do I make any swaps ?
    C – posey
    1b – votto
    2b – schoop
    3b – rendon
    ss – boegarts
    OF – JD, Braun, Tapia
    Util – Encarcion, Odor
    Bench – Arcia, Bour, Haniger, Bregman
    DL – conforto, ian desmond, hicks

    SP – sale, Pineda, lynn, nola, c-mart, rich hil, samardzija, montgomery
    RP – reed, norris, j. wilson, knebel, giles, brach

    Free agents – Trevor Story (on waivers – could use my #2 pick), peraza, mancini, broxton, mike fiers, gurriel

    Thanks a lot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story, Peraza over Haniger and Bregman

  121. Nightmare! says:
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    Mark trumbo over who?

    Melky Cabrera
    Conforto
    Michael A Taylor
    Desmond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melky

  122. tony says:
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    would you drop colome for boxberger and wait if he gets the role?

    colome is hurting my ratios so bad, so far.

    thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  123. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Hopefully final q for the day, Polanco or Mazara ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  124. 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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    20 team h2h redraft with QS/holds/OPS/slugging/total bases

    C flowers
    1B freeman
    2B jose ram
    SS villar
    3B franco
    OF (3) stanton/gardner/morales
    util (1) pirela
    BN mauer/goodwin

    eventually i’m probably better off with an 8th SP than 2 bench bats.

    1. due to villar not necessarily playing every day who’s a drop for a SS elig guy in lin (BOS) or could go back to sogard?

    2. to get the 8th SP who’s the other drop, probably pirela or goodwin or franco (freeman will get 3B soon)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mauer… Goodwin

  125. mrbaseball says:
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    Aaron Nola for Manuel Margot in keeper league which side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Margot, it’s fair

  126. herschel says:
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    @Grey: second half sagnof spec – rosey, kahnle, box or soria? gracias.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kahnle

  127. Bob says:
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    Started tuning into the podcasts, good stuff! Took over for an owner in a 12-team, 10-keeper, ROS league at the start of the year. For someone inheriting: D. Murphy (YAY!), T. Story (uhhhh), A. Jones (who?), S. Marte (SSPD), J. Upton (whatever), H. Ramirez (WW), J. Teheran (lol), D. Price (puke), C. Kimbrel (yay, but… “one of my keepers is a closer?”), and M. Melancon (wait, “two of my keepers are closers?”), I’m not upset turning that shit-show into G. Sanchez, L. Morrison, Y. Cespedes, and L. Severino to go along with D. Murphy and C. Kimbrel. That said, with 3 mo. or so to go, if one were so inclined to look way-too far ahead, I am substantially lacking in players who’s value/talent you would consider a “keeper.”

    Anyway, went ahead and picked up J. Familia last night. There are no guarentee’s in life but it sounds like it is expected that he will be back Aug. 1. Whether he is the same 45+ SV closer this year or not is not my concern, but my thought is 1) really sounds like the NYM expect he’s gonna pitch; 2) I’m not rostering much else in terms of value that could exceed his going into 2018 (Familia & Kimbrel does sound nice); and 3) people seem to bite at “name-brands” and they sell and they sell high. That aside, would you say that, in general, its about that time to ahead and start rostering J. Familia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I picked up Familia about a week ago, he should be back, and if you have a DL slot, doesn’t matter, just stash him

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: Fits perrrrfectly! 100% healthy, M. Melancon occupying the DL. I can easily just sit him on the bench or I could just drop him (not hurting for closers, actually its suffocating: C. Kimbrel, E. Diaz, D. Robertson, B. Norris, and 1/2 A. Miller; but if Melancon also “should be back” I’m enjoying this little monopoly on RP and regulating the SVs market). Thanks again, you have a talent and admire your work.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  128. GL3 says:
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    So he countered w D Bundy for Gardner. I kind of want to tell him to go f himself…
    What do you think??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy’s garbage

      • GL3 says:
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        @Grey:
        My thoughts exactly! Serious b.s. move man. He asked me if I’d take Taillon for Gardner then i put it in and he declines. Messed up everything I set up today!

        Thanks for the help regardless Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  129. herschel says:
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    Odor!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ODOR!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        Aaaaaaaaaaaaand he’s hurt!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @herschel:
            X ray negative!

  130. Vee says:
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    And there we have it… George Springer stolen base!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woohoo!

    • Vee says:
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      @Vee: I’ll.. have… ANOTHERR!!!!!

  131. Fungazi says:
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    Time to drop Brach for Dyson?

    Also which side would you take in an obp 12 team with MI and CI spots – Story/Adam Jones or Thames/Bregman

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  132. I am the Walrus says:
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    ROS Gardner or Pham?

  133. Fungazi says:
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    Which side would you go in that trade, Bregman is a MI

  134. Earl says:
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    Thanks for all your advice Sir Grey!

    Managed to get Altuve, Duvall and Calhoun but gave up Dickerson, Robbie Ray and Scooter Gennett.

    Think I made out pretty good.

  135. Dommattingly says:
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    Should i drop Pineda for Happ?
    Thanks

  136. Chris says:
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    Hey again Grey,

    what side do you like?

    Wood-Cody Allen for Cano-Conforto

    Thanks!

  137. HELLO Grey,
    1. K Davis/Cutch for Bryant/A Wood or
    2. K Davis/Cutch for Bryant/Taillon
    Both leave me with Machado,Judge,Bour,Schebler,Goldy for power losing KDavis. Im anticipating regression from Wood but Taillons’ ceiling is low. Bryant gives me good power/avg ROS. Thoughts?

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