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So, this legit blew my mind.  As you know, I’m busy getting my top 100 for the 2nd half ready for next week, and I was looking at our Player Rater.  So, Domingo Santana?  He’s top 50 on the season!  No, not for outfielders.  For all players!  Seriously!  For all hitters and pitchers.  Digest that for a second.  What are you swallowing?  I was speaking metaphorically.  What does this mean?  Invest in players with home games in domestic swill parks.  Rename PNC Park to Iron City Park and I want me some Jordy Mercer!  Busch Stadium is the exception that proves the rule, whatever that means.  This also means fantasy value is about filling out five categories.  All your Miggys and Edwins are purdy, but you get a guy that hits 15 homers and steals bases, and you’re getting value.  Yesterday, Domingo went 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs with his 9th steal, as he hits .288 with 14 homers on the year.  That’s how you get fantasy value.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Eric Sogard – Hit the DL with an ankle strain.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 16th steal, hitting .208.  The Sogard news is good news for Villar.  He won’t appear in this afternoon’s Buy column, because I think he’s owned in more than 50% of leagues, but I’m more positive on Villar today with Sogard’s DL stint, then I was this time yesterday.  Barely, but a bit more, yes.

John Lackey – Hit the DL, which means, if we put our minds to something, we can make a difference.

Mike Montgomery – 2 1/3 IP, 7 Ks–Wait, that’s 7 ER, not 7 Ks.  Damn, I didn’t want to take a cyanide pill just yet, but now I feel like I have no choice.  I’d check Stream-o-Nator for Montgomery’s next start, but, in most leagues, he’s definitely someone I could see dropping to stash someone over the break.

Willson Contreras – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer, hitting .258.  Not a fan of drafting catchers, and Willson hasn’t changed my mind.  Hanx.

Kyle Schwarber – 0-for-4 as he was recalled.  Before you put yourself in a barrel and ROFL near the edge of Niagara Falls, drawing spectators who think you’re going to ROFL over the waterfalls like you’re Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Schwarber only had two strikeouts.  Before he was sent down, he would’ve had three maybe even four strikeouts.  Improvement!

Sal Romano – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.50.  This start came in Coors, so it’s surprising Romano didn’t get shredded.

Adam Duvall – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting… Guess.  Go ahead.  Think it’s above .260?  Above .270?  Would you believe, Maxwell Smart, that he’s hitting .280?  Well, he is.  That kinda floored me like a half shot of tequila.  What?  Grey’s a lightweight.

Madison Bumgarner – Gave up 9 ER in his rehab start.  I know what you’re thinking, but, no, he was not facing himself.

Johnny Cueto – Was scratched yesterday due to an ear infection.  I was begrudgingly starting him in Detroit, so I was ecstatic when he was scratched.  Or as MC Serch would say, “Aiyyo, ecstatic after all!”

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Giants.  You see the Aints’ lineup and you’re like, “How are the Philly and Padres below them for team offense?”

Marcus Semien – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 5th steal, as he was activated from the DL.  Like a Cougar at a sperm bank, I’d absolutely grab Semien, if he were available.  You can do worse, but I wouldn’t expect him to answer my prayers.  I save prayer answering for 1-900 hotlines.

Khris Davis – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer.  If only when you draft Chris Davis, you got all homophones too.

Paul Blackburn – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 0 Ks, ERA at 0.66.  He throws about as hard as your grandmother trying to win you a SpongeBob.  Though, Maw-Maw does have a decent curve and command.  No, no, no, I won’t be seduced by Maw-Maw’s command!

Mitch Haniger – 2-for-4 and his 7th homer.  Apparently, he heard how I was telling anyone who asked to drop him.  Yeah, he’s fallen to the bottom third of the order, and I’m kinda off Haniger now, unless this is the spark he needs to get going again.

Jean Segura – 4-for-4, hitting .354.  Now has three four-hit games in the last five games, raising his average from .327 to .354 in July.   Gulp.  Whoa.

Edwin Encarnacion – 4-for-5, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .266.  Look at the big man, Edwin, beat back the Padres.  If only the Padres could now beat back Edwin with some Trappist music.  Trappist music is like Major Lazer mixed with chanting.  “Now for the Best Song of the Year at the NRG Trappist Music Awards…It’s “Chant, Robe Man” by Chanting Robed Man!”

Jose Ramirez – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .330.  Not only is Jose Ramirez a top 20 guy in the 1st half, but I’m starting to think he might be the underrated fantasy hero that we deserve.

Yan Gomes – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer, hitting .233.  Yan Can’t Hit, and neither can you!  Well, you can’t.

Josh Tomlin – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.90.  This start was against the Padres.  I’m farting in your general direction, Trevor Bauer!

Dylan Bundy – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.33.  I didn’t think anyone could slam Bundy back to earth, but the Regression Fairies are making him look like Salvatore Bellomo.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Please, just get 17 more homers to finish with 30 homers.  That is all I ask.

Jose Berrios – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.53.  Well, he’s not sparkling up the scene like Colgate sparkles up my teeth, but sometimes Colgate floss needs to squeeze out victories like it squeezes out crumbs that aren’t always pretty.  This blurb was brought to you by Colgate University, the home of Colgate toothpaste or so I think without using Google.

Xander Bogaerts – Was hit on the hand by a pitch, but x-rays came back negative.  Serves Bogaerts right for not sharing.  I grabbed Rafael Devers in one deeper league just in case this is one of those, “His hand is fine,” five hours later, “Fine and broken.”  It was no small part in my decision to grab Devers that I had Prospector Ralph chirping to me, “BOGAERTS IS HURT, GRAB DEVERS!!!”

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.75.  How good is Sale?  I nearly didn’t even mention him today and he had a dozen Ks.

Jacob Faria – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 2 Ks, ERA at 2.11.  Obviously his command yesterday wasn’t great, which is why I pointed out the four walks, but his BB/9 is 2.11, and, yesterday, was vs. the Red Sox.  Since Ralph watched this game, I asked him how Faria looked, he said, “His change is legit and the curve has gotten better, but sometimes he tosses get-me-over fastballs.  He wasn’t sharp but the Sox didn’t hit him hard.”

Peter Bourjos – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, hitting .247.  His last name from French roughly translates to “Bore the crap out of youse.”

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Ramos won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, though I think that’s because he’s owned in too many leagues.  Either way, Ramos should be owned.  When he’s healthy, he pounds the ball like it’s a game of Roshambo.

Mallex Smith – 1-for-3 and his 11th steal, and 2nd steal in as many games.  Hate that he was in the nine hole yesterday, but if he’s running, sign me up!

Robbie Ray – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 2.97 vs. Rich Hill – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.69. Suddenly, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers are playing throwback games from the dead ball era of 2012.  I do love me some Robbie Ray and Rich Hill, when healthy.  I mean, when Rich Hill’s healthy, not saying anything about Ray’s health.  Please do not jinx me, universe.  I can’t take losing Ray right now.  Oh, my God, the more I go on about Ray the more I’m jinxing him, aren’t I?  Ugh, I need to stop, but my fingers keep typing….Stop typing, you knuckle holders!

Jake Lamb – 2-for-3 and his 19th and 20th homers.  Lamb!  Da duh duh, da duh duh, let the boys be boys!

Fernando Rodney – 0 IP, 4 ER and his 5th blown save.  In the Diamondbacks’ bullpen, Archie Bradley has an ERA of 1.15; Andrew Chafin has an ERA of 1.86; Rodney has closer experience.  And they say Rodney gets no respect.  Puhlease.

Logan Forsythe – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .249.  This is funny (not funny).  A player is traded to a team (Logan to Dodgers) and everyone is like, “This team is so much better now!”  Then that player is five hundred times worse than the player he was replacing, even when the player he’s replacing is a 64-year-old Chase Utley.

Chris Taylor – 4-for-5, 1 RBI, hitting .295.  Taylor’s final hit completed the huge comeback against Fernando Rodney, so that’s basically a crime against a flat-billed pitchypus, and that I cannot justify!  Though, Taylor is hitting near.400 in the last week, so there might be some schmotato here.

Jim Johnson – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 19th save.  In yesterday’s post by VictoriaB, one of our many female writers (okay, two), she talked about why you’re likely underestimating just how good Johnson has been this year.  Sometimes you need a female’s perspective on Johnson.

Mike Foltynewicz – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.77 vs. Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.86.  Just think about how much you laughed at your leaguemate who drafted Folty and Gio while you took Syndergaard and Bumgarner.  What a fool they were, huh?

Gregory Polanco – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (7) and legs (8), hitting .258.  Not bad (if this were the first day of the season).  Plenty of time for Polanco to do something, though looking at his peripherals doesn’t inspire huge confidence.  The biggest difference in last year and now is he’s making contact with a lot of pitches off the plate, which induces weak contact and leaves you with seven homers and a .258 average through a half season.  Can this all correct itself in the 2nd half?  I think it mostly stems from confidence, so, yes, he could have a better 2nd half.

Josh Bell – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .229.  Wow, so not the player he was in the minors at all.  Maybe it’s all that double-switching him out every time a lefty comes in, even though he’s a switch hitter.  Yeah, I have no idea either, but C**nt Hurdle has no idea and he’s managing the team.

Lance McCullers – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.05.  Sigh.  Fantasy pitching is one of the most maddening things in the world.  You spend three weeks coaxing your ERA and WHIP down, then you have one blow up and it all goes to crap.  Any hoo!  Hopefully this was merely a rough start vs. an injury.

Alex Bregman – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 7th steal, hitting .260.  What Bregman is doing is nearly as impressive as Judge, only in its inverse.  To be as unproductive as Bregman in that lineup?  Even Marwin Gonzalez (1-for-3 and his 15th homer) is productive!

Russell Martin – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Know what kind of season Martin’s having?  One where we get to October and I do the recaps and Martin is a top ten catcher, and you’re like, “Damn, he was on waivers in my league for almost the whole season.”

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, hitting .220.  Not sure what the coaches in the minors were teaching Grichuk, but his strikeout problems don’t seem remotely fixed.  That’s the most to the point I’ve ever been, though this sentence is undercutting the previous one.

Luke Voit – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Hmm…*looks at Voit’s minor league numbers again*  Okay… *looks at depth chart*  Meh… *looks at Wikipedia page for Voit, which leads to clicking around the internet for five hours ending up on the creator of Scooby Doo’s Wiki page*  Damn, where’d the time go?  I’ve said this before, but Voit looks like Matt Adams-lite.  I will call him Yoga Matt.

Michael Wacha – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.10.  I like the Ks there, but under six innings and two earned with a 4+ ERA is not buttering the biscuits, is not walking the dog, and is not ruling out gout at the doctor’s office.

   
  1. TheConsigliere says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’ve been offered Myers and Bellinger for my Votto.

    Head to head points league, no -1 for strikeouts but otherwise standard ESPN scoring.

    Which side is better?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @TheConsigliere: I’d take Myers and Bellinger

    • mthom42 says:
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      @TheConsigliere: tough one. I’d hold in shallow leagues maybe take it in a deeper one

    • TheOne says:
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      @TheConsigliere:

      NEVER EVER trade Votto second half. Check his numbers each second half past 5 years then ask yourself if you want to trade him. Why would you want Bellinger? Votto has him beat and Myers doesnt make up for him. Dont let Bellinger hype have you thinking this guy is on Vottos level. Age and HR derby will also do Bellinger in second half

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Loved the write-up.

    a. Got to run to a conference in 3 minutes! Thought the lede would be ‘Jacob slays the giant Sale’, but I digress.

    b. Love you, man. Have a great weekend.

    c. John Rambo Quote of the day for July 7-9

    [Rambo leaves the POW behind, kills one enemy with a quick slit of the throat with his hunting knife, then shoots the night watchman manning the patrol light with an arrow straight to the heart, essentially killing the lights.]

    [Morning comes and an enemy officer sees evidence of Rambo’s infiltration into the camp and starts blowing his whistle. Many enemy guards are summoned.]

    [Scene shifts to the Army base, with Colonel Trautman manning the extraction team.]

    MP: ‘- You have clearance.’

    Colonel Trautman (to Ericson): ‘- Minus one hour to extraction.’

    Ericson: ‘I hope for his sake we’re not just wasting fuel.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Let’s get moving.’

    [Scene shifts back to the POW camp. Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!) has joined up with Rambo. They are accompanying POW #1 to the extraction point.]

    POW #1: ‘- Good thing you came when you did.’

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!): ‘- Why is that?’

    POW #1: ‘They move us around to harvest the crops. – Only been there a week.’

    Rambo: ‘- When’s the last time you were there?’

    POW #1: ‘A year. Yeah. – What year is it, anyway?’

    Rambo: ‘- 1985.’

    [POW #1 looks bewildered, thinking that it was 1977 or something less than that.]

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!): ‘Camp’s supposed to be empty.’

    Rambo: ‘Yeah, it’s supposed to be. Come on.’

    [Rambo carries POW #1 with a fireman’s carry uphill. At last they get to the boat waiting for them. The enemy is right on their heels.]

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!): ‘LZ two clicks up river.’

    [The enemy arrives to the river too late, but they do see the boat go off and report to the level up the food chain.]

    [An enemy ship approaches. Rambo looks out and then…]

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!): ‘- What has happened?’

    Rambo: ‘- We’ve been sold out.

    Rambo (to the Captain): ‘You little bastard.’

    [The Captain slaps Rambo across the face with the back of his hand!]

    [Rambo uses stealth and stabs one of the ship’s men carrying a gun, the Captain turns and fires at Rambo but in the true spirit of Hollywood you the lead never dies. Rambo uses the body of the ship’s man that he stabbed as a shield. Then he takes the shotgun from the dead ship’s man and kills the entire crew one by one!]

    Rambo: ‘All right, jump!’

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!): ‘- I fight.’

    Rambo: ‘- Jump! Go on!’

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!) and POW #1 jump ship and swim ashore. Rambo stays on board. The enemy ship shoots the ship Rambo’s on to smitherenes from about 400 feet. Rambo finds an armed rocket launcher in a box. He shoots and nails the enemy ship.]

    [Just as Rambo thinks he’s in the clear, a final enemy attacks him and is strangling him.]

    POW #1 (to Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!): ‘The boat – it’s gonna blow!’

    [Rambo continues his struggle and finally uses his good luck charm – aka his hunting knife – and fatally stabs the enemy in the liver.]

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT! and now all wet after swimming ashore!): ‘Jump!

    [Rambo jumps from the boat just before the enemy boat which Rambo set on fire collides with it. Suspense is in the air, will he survive?]

    Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT! and now all wet after swimming ashore!): ‘You made it, Rambo!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike Patton says:
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      @Ante GALIC: who is not loving this series!!??

    • Lt says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I’ve said this before, at first I’m like this dude with the Rambo script, huh? I read this every day and I love it. Great work Ante!

    • Doug says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I look forward to reading these..strange as it would seem, good stuff.

  3. CrazyJ says:
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    Streaming Wood and Ray early in the season, but sticking it out with Maeda… priceless!

    Is Forsythe hitting lefties? I think that is all that matters.

    Sale and Strasburg to repeat lame second halves same as ’16?

    Thank you for the entertaining write up as always.

  4. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Another catcher question.. zunino, Ramos or Avila?

    Thanks!

  5. scythe says:
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    Wonderful write-up Grey!

    My Judge for Altuve. Is it a fair trade?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @scythe: I’d want Altuve but fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scythe: Thanks! Agree with F

  6. Mic says:
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    Another good one Grey, would you rather have J Harrison or Chris Taylor the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mic: Thanks! Taylor

  7. Q says:
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    Drop Villar for Semien?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Q: if you need speed keep Villar, If you need power make the switch…both wont help with Avg.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Meh, prolly hold

  8. Jeem says:
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    I’ve started darvish and mccullers so far this week, yikes! hopefully both aren’t hurt

    • Alex Sutara says:
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      @Jeem:

      I had both go in my h2h. I’m not even going for IP minimum this week.,

  9. Scrapski says:
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    Heyyyy Greyyyyy!
    Plz rate ros:
    Tanaka
    Nola
    Quintana
    Thanks

  10. Sean says:
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    My current rotation is Cueto, Darvish, J. Gray, Walker, Pineda, Leake, Chacin, Rodon, and Cahill. I have someone interested in both Cueto and PIneda. His players of interest to me are Just Dong, Will Myers, Desmond, Aaron Sanchez, and Odorizzi. Which 2 of his players are fair trade? Ideally I’d want a hitter and pitcher back. Does this leave me too thin at pitching?

    • Sean says:
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      @Sean: My outfield is pretty light right now so that’t part of the reason I’m willing to lose some pitching. Current OF: JBJ, Pham, Tapia, Cespedes, C. Frazier, T. Turner (DL).

    • Cram It says:
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      @Sean: Forget fair. Ask for the two players you want, and work your way down if he rejects it.

      • Sean says:
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        @Cram It: Thanks, always looking for input

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: Agree with Cram

      • Sean says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    Trying to pull a 2 fer 1 to clear up a roster spot and Ive hit major roadblockage…Leaves me with 2 questions…

    1. C. Dickerson and Yonder worth an SP 2-ish? Or Freddie Freeman? Or am I delusional? ( I agree with podcast Grey and the wrist risk, but the upside is ridiculous)
    2. Glossary term ( or maybe a need for one) (_____) – a player you own that’s too good for a drop but impossible to sell; ex. 2017 Avisail Garcia(numbers are there but I can’t even flip him for Pomeranz). Just a thought as I own like 4 of these jokers this yr. .. stoked for the re-ranks this may clear up my prollems.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fausto: 1. You should get a decent SP for those two 2. True, I’m all ears

  12. Mike says:
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    Picked up Charlie Morton as a streaming option today. You confident in him vs Toronto?

    Also, safe to drop bundy? I’ve tried to trade him but one isn’t bitting, even before he got streaky.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Mike: I’m starting Morton as well but I’m not confident

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Drop Bundy — No, not confident in Morton

  13. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h (OPS/QS)
    Two questions.
    Traded Encarnacion for C-Mart, thoughts?
    Also, Orlando Arcia or Didi Gregorious? Been pretty content with Didi’s production. Worth the swap?

    • Cram It says:
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      @bobbo: Fair, depends on needs.

      I’d probably hold Didi for the reason you said. Unless you need to take a chance shaking things up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bobbo: Agree with Cram

  14. bobbo says:
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    $1.5 Gurriel @ TOR (Sanchez) or $10.7 Matt Adams @ WSH (Scherzer)?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @bobbo: Gurriel

  15. Grant says:
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    Domingo Santana or Carlos Gomez in OBP league?

    • Grant says:
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      @Grant:

      Nevermind, realized it was an easy answer after I wrote it, I went with Santana.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grant: You deserve a goddamn medal, sir.

  16. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Grey,
    I can’t wait for that top 100, thanks for all the hard work!

    H2H 10-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS) – 35 moves max a year (no streaming)

    I’ve got Braun still on the DL so who do you see at the drop on my team to bring him in ? Been punting Catcher position, but some interesting options available. Please let me know who you’d drop to bring Braun in AND are there any guys you’d swap from my team from the waiver guys ?

    Waiver:
    Hit –G. Polanco, D. Santana, J. Kipnis, Souza, T. Pham, HanRam, W. Merrifeild, W. Ramos, D. Pedroia, K. Broxton, R. Grichuk, B. McCann, M. Davidson, Trey Mancini, L. Forsythe,
    PIT – M. Clevinger, A. Bradley, M Folty, C. Davenski, B. Peacock, T. Bauer, J. Guerra, C. Morton

    My Team (Goldschmember):
    C – EMPTY
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Brian Dozier
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Xander Bogearts
    Mi- Jonathan Villar
    CI – Justin Turner
    LF – Christian Yelich
    CF – Charlie Blackmon
    RF – Lorenzo Cain
    Util- Justin Smoak
    BN – Corey Dickerson
    BN – Jedd Gyorko
    DL –Ryan Braun
    DL –Trea Turner

    Sp – Alex Wood
    SP – Sean Maneae
    SP – Carlos Carrasco
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    Rp – Greg Holland
    P- Brandon Kintzler
    P – James Paxton
    BN- Ivan Nova
    BN – Gerrit Cole
    BN- Masahiro Tanaka
    BN – Justin Verlander
    BN – Jimmy Nelson

    Thanks in advance bud

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marv: Gyorko, Verlander, Nova — Polanco, Clevinger, Bradley

  17. J-Hova says:
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    Great write up, thanks Grey
    I saw someone in the comments drop Story for Semien and you seemed ok with it. Are you recommending that move?

    I also asked about the tools app yesterday and saw your reply late. Berry tweeting FantasyPros revenue was crazy. It’s crazier that you guys aren’t raking like they are given the work that you put in. I also thought Atmosphere’s God Loves Ugly should have won a grammy… Either way, keep getting the listeners and readers know what we can do to help!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @J-Hova: I’d keep story…similar players right now but Story has the upside and Coors working with him.

    • mthom42 says:
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      @J-Hova: FWIW, I picked Story back up and holding both for now. Want the break to decide.

      • @mthom42:

        Story could use the break to get his head on straight. I wouldn’t put it past him to hit something crazy like 25 home runs 2nd half of the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Hova: Thanks, Hova! — I’d prefer Story, but it’s a coin flip…

    • J-Hova says:
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      @J-Hova:

      Thanks everyone, he’s my third rounder so figure i need to ride him out. i’d be sick if he were to blow up 2h.

  18. Grant says:
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    Another one… Forsythe, Alonzo, or Bregman?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Grant: Yonder, Bregman

    • Cram It says:
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      @Grant: Forget Forsythe

  19. Greg says:
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    Could you rank ros, Peacock, Wacha, JRosd?

      • RICE says:
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        @Grey: Think he means Joe Ross

      • Greg says:
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        @Grey: yes, Joe Ross

    • @Greg: i’m not grey but i’m pretty good at fantasy baseball too. i’d say – Wacha, Peacock, Ross

  20. Alex Sutara says:
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    I had an offer of Kris Bryant and Thor Syndy for J Ram and Lorenzo Cain.

    I’m still in the playoff race, but have a gimp squad until my 10 day DLers come back after the AS break. So Thor seems like a nice stash on the surface, but who really knows how that’ll go.

    And at this point I’m not sure Bryant is better than Jose. Sure there will be some regression from Jose(or will there be?) but am I really even upgrading anything except for HR.

    All this and then to mention I’m a Tribe fan anyway, and not that I let that play into Fantasy much, but I’d feel cursed for trading one of my guys for a damn Cubbie.

    could you please give me some unbiased criticism to clarify whether I’m crazy for not wanting to do this.

    H2H league 8×6 with OPS included

  21. Connor says:
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    Could you rank Semien, Panik, and Story ROS?

    • DonnieB says:
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      Story,Semien

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Connor: Agree with Donnie

  22. Yager says:
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    Just got offered a trade I give Wood, I get Hill and Altherr. I think I have to make this trade right?

    • mthom42 says:
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      @Yager: I was able to get Bellinger for Wood. Maybe shop around if you need a better bat

  23. The Red Onion says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Think Smoak stays good in the 2nd half? I’m considering unloading Arrieta for him straight up.

    Thanks!

  24. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    I actually took Mallex Smith’s position in the order to be positive yesterday, because it meant he was in the lineup! You can’t find a tougher lefty than Chris Sale and Mallex has been sitting more than I’d like against lefties.

    But I may be blinded by my TREAT EARNER grief at this point…

  25. The Boy says:
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    Lose Cobb or Pineda for Rodon or Ross?

    • Cram It says:
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      @The Boy: Stream

  26. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Semien or Arcia at SS with Nunez out?

    Would you lose Haniger for Polanco?

  27. Grey, in a 12 team H2h with hitting categories of R, H, HR, RBI, AVG, OPS, SB and pitching categories of W, S, H, K, ERA, WHIP and QS. Currently, my team is:

    Pos Player Eligible
    C McCann (C)
    1B Hosmer (1B)
    2B Odor (2B)
    3b Rendon (3B)
    SS Correa (SS)
    OF K. Bryant (1B, 3B, OF)
    Thames (1B,OF)
    Pham (OF)
    Tapia (OF)
    Util Reynolds (1B)
    BN Villar (2B, 3B, SS)
    C. Santana (1B,OF) Paternity Leave
    Desmond (1B,OF) DL
    T. Turner (2B, 3B, SS) DL
    Tomas (OF) DL
    SP: Wood, McCullers, Ray, Carrasco, Paxon, Nola, Darvish & Morton
    RP: Knebel, Betances

    Received these trade offers:
    1) Give – Thames
    Get – Strasburgh

    2) Give – Thames
    Get – Kluber

    Your thoughts on the offers? Other suggestions?

    • Forgot to include I. Happ (2B, OF) on my bench.

      Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @vrugg03: I’d take Kluber

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: And then try and flip maybe Paxton and/or Nola to upgrade an OF spot

      • Thanks to both of you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. tank1 says:
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    Looking to replace Pineda with either Straily or Pomeranz. Who would you recommend? Thanks.

  29. Sdub88 says:
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    Looking to dump Montgomery for a potential closer-in-waiting to hold through the break, thinking about the following two in particular, who do you like?

    Brad Hand (in the hopes he gets moved soon–i.e. to Washington lol)

    Archie Bradley – do you see Rodney losing the job?

    Also – Michael Taylor is DTD, obviously I want to find out more before dropping but do you prefer Mallex, Broxton, or Tapia ROS? With Trout coming off my DL soon I may not need any of these guys, though.

    • Sdub88 says:
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      @Sdub88:

      or do you like Chris Taylor more than all those guys?

  30. HomerHWBush says:
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    ROS: Semien or Addison, son.

    • HomerHWBush says:
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      @HomerHWBush: also, would you trade away John Schoop for Dj LeMahieu and Michael Brantley? (Already have Pollock as my risky, oft-injured OF…)

      • HomerHWBush says:
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        @Grey: thanks my man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  31. Hacksaw Jonny Gomes says:
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    The Accountant starring Ben Affleck was based on Eric Sogard’s life story.

      • 200 Proof says:
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        @Grey:
        “Hurt Sogard… Come on, baby, ankle hurt Sogard..” – Mellencamp

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  32. Bada Bing! says:
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    well done on the King Kong Bundy / Salvatore Bellomo reference. Not sure the young kids today will get that one… excellent! Google it kids…

  33. Make Richie Sexson Again says:
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    Curious if Hector Neris’ 7 remaining saves on the year will be more valuable than Schwarber’s 77 remaining K’s (plus a handful of homers)???

  34. eric says:
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    Trade Goldy for Encarnacion and Faria?

    • Cram It says:
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      @eric: Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @eric: Agree with Cram

  35. Blergball says:
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    Machado/Myers for Correa/Longoria in 12-team H2H OPS?

  36. Mike says:
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    Would you drop McCann for Ramos?

    Thanks!

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: Zunino is also available!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Mike: Zunino…meh

  37. Josh says:
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    I’m in a 13 team mixed keeper league. I’m in 11th place. One bright spot is I’ve got Jose Ramirez. Guy near the top offered me David Dahl, Mark Reynolds and rounds 1&2 picks for next year’s draft. I’m not high on Dahl/Reynolds but I could use the picks…. Should I do it?

    Here’s my current team:

    Avila, Miggy, Dozier, Jos Ram, Andrus, LeMahieu, Peralta, Haniger, Marte, Moncada

    Berrios, Faria, Hill, Godley, CarMart, Salazar(DL), Hendricks(DL), EdRod (DL)

    More worry is that Dahl/Reynolds aren’t keepers so I’d really just be trading JosRam for 1/2 picks. But I’d rather have him than a pick…. so in the end I get a pick next year….

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey:

        thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  38. DrEasy says:
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    Ha ha, Yoga Matt! Don’t make me laugh staring at my laptop in public!

    His Berrios for my Dickerson sounds a bit steep and full of sexual innuendos, no?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @DrEasy: Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy: Ha, thanks! Agree with F

  39. Five-On-One says:
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    Please rank: Russell, Semien, Forsythe.
    Thanks.

  40. RICE says:
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    Bench bat question:

    Would you lose Margot or Matt Adams for any of the below?

    Polanco, Pham, Tapia, Mallex

    Great stuff as always – thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RICE: Adams for Polanco, thanks!

  41. obleak strain says:
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    I’m from the seventies. The era of home umpires, home scorekeepers, and how many home runs it takes to win a gold glove. I do appreciate your style of humor.

    So, I’ll share one with you…

    It’s the top of the 8th inning. The fans are riotous from the job the plate ump is doing. Nostalgic fans are bringing back the chant of “kill the ump.” The ground crew has just finished filling in divots in front of home plate. The manager finally struts out of the dugout toward the plate ump.

    “What’s with you today?! Everything is a strike and everything is an out. You got a hot date tonight?”
    “Yup.”
    “She got a sister?”
    “Oh yeah.”
    “Listen, I need a little extra time to get ready.”
    “You’re outta here!”
    …and the fans cheer the manager.

  42. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Drop either Alonso or Healy for Mark Reynolds?

  43. goldentitties says:
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    Got offered my Taillon for his Cespedes in H2H points league redraft. We start 3OF and mine are Trout, A.Jones, Grichuk, and Polanco. Trade and if so, which OF to drop?

  44. No Name says:
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    Painful topic as Domingo represents a big miss for me. Both he and Marwin were on the wire early in the year. With Perez, Brinson loomimg and Braun coming back from DL, I went Marwin. A day later I decided to grab him but he was gone.

    Back to today’s challenges: My 3rd place team hits well in a ten cat league, H2H. I usually win singles, doubles, average, fewer strikeouts and SB. I struggle with RBI and Home Runs. Walks and runs scored up and down. Given that would you do any of these deals?
    Is my pitching decent enough to trade a SP for a big bat?
    1. My Maybin for his Thames
    2. My Conforto and Nova (home runs lately a concern?) for Stanton.
    3. My Conforto and Faria for Stanton (assuming Faria gets shutdown mid to late August??)
    4. My Conforto and Harrison for Stanton
    c- Realmuto
    CI – Freeman, Lamb, LoMo
    MI – Rizzo, Dee, Simmons
    OF – Maybin, Dyson, Schebler, Owings, Marwin (must play 5)
    Util – Harrison
    DL – Conforto
    SP – Kershaw, Verlander, Nova, Faria, Severino, Taillon, Happ
    RP – Holland, Maurer, Melancon

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @No Name: I’d do them all, the Conforto/Nova one would be the last one I’d do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @No Name: These are not close, agree with F

  45. Chris says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    I’m an hour from Milwaukee huge crew fan! Do they keep it up? I keep saying, no but man they’re looking good!

    Anywas:

    I’m in a 14 team league h2h 10 cats: this is my team:
    Flowers-Morrison-Sogard-Simmons-Frazier-Kyle Seager-Flores-Deshields-Upton-Hamilton-
    Pham-Pillar-Schebler-Dyson-Clint Frazier-

    Staff-Sale-Scherzer-Wood-Berrios-Tyson Ross-Guerra-Verlander-Chase Anderson-Nolasco-Syndergaard-Cody Allen-Britton-Kimbrel

    I’m in 4th overall and 1st by a big stretch in the breakdowns Should I stay put or take the trade? I’m kind of screwed at 2nd right now all I have is sogard. I also have hoskins and Devers on my bench.

    I got an offer of Wood and Cody Allen for Cano and Conforto-Stay put or take it?

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chris: Take Cano

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I don’t think the Brewers have the arms to compete with Nats and Dodgers in playoffs…. But you never know… Agree with Cram

  46. Weird Fishes says:
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    His Bryce Harper for my K Bryant and R Hill? NL-only H2H league. Thanks!

  47. Grey! You’ve already answered this but my day wouldn’t be complete without harassing you. Anyone worth dropping for Gausman? I could use K, QS, and W and he is on a roll right now. Capped moves a 70, I am at 34.

    Folty, McCullers, Gray, Peacock, Verlander, Faria, G. Cole, Nova, Severino, Holland, Bush, DL-Melancon.

    Have a great wknd!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Synyster: nope..you can just stream Folty’s spot and play match ups

      • @JeF WiTh 1 F:

        Thanks J!!! So to begin streaming Folty’s spot can’t I drop him and add Gausman for tonight? Hes got a tasty matchup.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Synyster: Sure

  48. Daniel Moran says:
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    Someone just dropped Cueto onto waivers in a 12 team mixed..

    Is he still a must add? His peripherals and velocity this year are both yawnstipating

  49. Crime Dog says:
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    that sogard tweet HAHA….Healy was dropped in my league….would you drop any of the following for him: Bregman, Tapia, Broxton, C Santana, Polonco, Souza, Peraza?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Crime Dog: Tapia since he will most likely be the odd man out

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: good point, which sucks, I wish rockies weren’t so crowded, the dude can hit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  50. Pazz says:
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    Looking at some guys on the waiver wire wondering who you think would be a good waiver add

    Chris Davis
    Mallex Smith
    Cameron Maybin
    Brandon Belt
    Nomar Mazara
    Scott Schiebler
    Trea Mancini

    Some of my guys I could drop would be
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Michael Conforto
    Ian Desmond

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Pazz: Hold…but hard to say without knowing your needs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pazz: Agree with F

  51. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you drop Matt Kemp for Michael Conforto?

    I am assumimg that he gets more playing time after the break if the Mets trade Bruce and/or Granderson.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

  52. Crock says:
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    Duffy/Granderson too much to give up for a struggling Story?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Crock: No. Granderson is waiver material.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crock: Agree with Cram

  53. Robert Schroeder says:
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    Is Chafin worth a pickup if you are desperate for saves? Bradley is taken

  54. Slimcompoop says:
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    Nice Onyx reference! The Boston/Tampa Bay game was on the ol’ network yesterday, so I got the chance to watch the whole game. Faria is going to be a solid MLB pitcher, if he’s not already. Stuff is good, but Ralph is correct about his fastball, he just throws it across the plate straight as an arrow. However, what I took away from this game (besides picking up Devers in the top of the 3rd inning), is just how dominate Chris Sale is. I legitimately think opposing hitters guess on one pitch, in one location, and hope they’re right 1/12th of the time. Pretty sure he made Souza cry after his 3rd strikeout. Absolutely filthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Thanks! Yeah, would’ve liked to see Faria… Sale is so nasty, one of the best

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Two questions for you…(1) Conforto comes off the DL tomorrow. Who gets dropped out of Mazara, Healy, or Margot (SAGNOF)? (2) Thinking of moving some of my starting pitching depth for a bat coming down the final stretch of the season. Here’s my staff: Sale, Kluber, Carrasco, McCullers, Wood, Cole, Duffy, McCarthy. Know you’ve be skeptical on Wood’s IP, would he be the “sell high” (i.e., can get the most for and will do me the least in the 2nd half) candidate out of that group? Happy Friday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tomorrow? I thought Conforto was aiming for after the break…. Maz… Yeah, Wood’s sell high

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Conforto’s eligible to come off the DL tomorrow and just played a “rehab” game in Single-A last night. So thinking he probably plays Saturday, definitely Sunday.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I doubt it, but maybe

  55. Ron Swanson says:
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    Grey,

    Should i deal godley and odor for Kinsler, Lynn, and Aroldos chapman?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ron Swanson: I wouldn’t. The only profit is Chapman

  56. eric says:
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    ROS: The early season Jon Gray or the recent version?

    • Cram It says:
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      @eric: Recent for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @eric: Agree with Cram

  57. lwomack58 says:
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    Adam Jones or D. Peralta ROS? Thanks

  58. msh2404 says:
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    Trade Proposal:
    Bellinger/Duvall/Severino or Goldy/Frazier/Guerra? Which side

    Thanks

  59. Your Mom says:
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    D. Santana or Schebler the rest of the way?? How close.
    On a side note, I dropped Shoemaker to pick up Wacha……after Wacha already pitched. Anyone else ever done that? So dumb. To further illustrate my stupidity…I live in St. Louis.
    Ahh… that’s better. My therapist was right.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Your Mom: Santana. Not super close.

  60. Jon says:
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    Semien or Cozart ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Cozart

  61. caliisthewurst says:
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    trade deadline coming up. keeper league and we can keep 6 guys if we choose.

    1) trade $12 lamb, $10 severino, $4 manea, f0r $13 grienke, $8 shark, $40 cano

    2) trade $12 cody bellinger for $40 chris sale

    3) lamb/ severno/ $10 jimmy nelson for tanaka, archer, sale

    what sides of these do you prefer?

      • caliisthewurst says:
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        @Grey:

        trying to get better pitching. I play in a weekly roto league and am about .500 with my record. if it was roto I’m #1 in nearly all hitting categories and #8-10 in all pitching categories.

        current team looks like this: mcann, Rizzo, pedroia, lamb, correa, harper, trout, domingo, bellinger, Goldschmidt

        pitching: wood/ salazaar/ manea/ severino/ nelson/ duffy

        its a keep forever league so the up and comers get valued heavily

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pitching doesn’t look awful

  62. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Best 2 adds in a 10 team h2h obp redraft? I need help in all categories but perhaps speed the most after the Turner injury…

    Haniger, Tapia, Scooter, Pham, Maybin

    Thanks!

  63. Chin Music says:
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    Would you start Sanchez tonight against the Astros?

  64. LeggoPens says:
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    Would you drop any combo of Happ, Kemp, Cain, Berrios, Gray, Hanley, or chris davis for Domingo, Rodon, or Semien?

    Figuring no but was toying with maybe switching Berrios for Rodon given that they seem to be swinging in opposite directions.

    Also is Kemp gonna get back to productive levels in the 2nd half?

    • LeggoPens says:
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      @LeggoPens: Also would now be a good time to Cash out on Bellinger or wait for him to go on another tear (or just hold indefinitely)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LeggoPens: Happ for Domingo — depends what you’re getting for Bellinger

  65. ryanoger says:
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    Stream

    Fiers @ TOR

    and

    Lynn home NYM

  66. BSA70 says:
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    Thoughts from a keeper league:
    Rizzo for Kershaw and Oh
    I have Scherzer, Darvish, Tanaka, Godley, Nelson for SP without Kershaw.
    Closer pool I have Reed, Diaz, Britton, Rivero with Archie Bradley waiting in the wings.
    I am thinking this helps solidify my infield and gain a cheaper keepr than Kershaw for next year.

    • Cram It says:
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      @BSA70: Rizzo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  67. Polancodonk says:
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    Rockies at home v weak ChiSox pitching and I’m sitting both Story and CarGo, WTF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  68. dopesettastone says:
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    16 team 6×6 h2h w/ OPS & K/BB

    My J. Lamb/G. Polanco/S. Newcomb -or- J. Hoffman
    for
    K. Bryant/C. Carrasco

    I am strong offensively so I think the pitching upgrade is too much to pass up, and not sure I’ll get hurt too bad offensively. Thoughts?
    If so, you like dealing Newcomb or Hoffman better? Who’s most likely to be accumulating starts come playoff time?

  69. Citizen5 says:
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    Just lost Michael A. Taylor to the DL (whom I just picked up) for my Desmond DL and Conforto DL replacement. Drop Taylor for any of the following?
    Gennett, Melky, Pham, Merrifield, Goodwin, Kepler, Buxton, Gardner
    Thanks in advance,

    • Citizen5 says:
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      @Citizen5: Calhoun also available. Thanks.

  70. DonnieB says:
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    Would you take Salazar over Pineda,Berrios effin’ Cole or drop Andrew Miller? I have Gio and Severino too but I think I need to hang onto them. Clevinger is also on the wire. It’s a 12 team root keeper league. Thanks and thanks for all your great writeups. Everyone is priceless.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Pineda

  71. Nightmare! says:
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    Can’t wait for today’s Buy column!!

    Souza or Domingo Santana ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

  72. Zeus says:
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    Nice Onyx reference. Hill has looked good his last few starts. Maybe all the time out will be good for him going forward.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agreed

  73. knucks says:
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    This look right for an MI slot with no specific needs right meow?

    Story, Peraza, Arcia, Semien, Pedroia

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @knucks: Right meow? Are you jumpin’ around all nimbly bimbly from tree to tree? I think your order should go Arcia, Pedroia, Peraza, Story, and Semien.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hahahahaha

  74. Charles Varon says:
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    Grey,

    My offer from the other day of Smoak for Archer was just accepted!! So pumped to own Archer!!

    Now that I have a surplus of SP I’m thinking of dropping Pineda for a closer. Would he be your drop? And which of these closers would you add?

    SP – Archer, Taillon, Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Peacock, Matz, Godley, Samarddzija, Pineda
    RP – Addison Reed, Jim Johnson

    Available closers:
    Brandon Maurer, Sam Dyson, Hector Neris, Matt Bush

  75. Cruz says:
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    My Cruz for his Carlos Martinez in a keeper where I could use pitching? Fair or get more? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cruz: Get more, but close to fair

      • Cruz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Same question for Ray, and would you rather have Ray or Martinez the rest of the way?

        • Cruz says:
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          @Cruz: to clarify, that’d be Cruz for Ray.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          C-Mart, splitting hairs, platinum hairs

          • Cruz says:
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            @Grey: sounds good, thanks again, I’ll check on both.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  76. Griffey24forlife says:
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    Drop realmuto for Ramos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos

  77. Bostero111 says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Which side do you like in the below trade in a 12 team H2h keeper league. Hitting categories are Runs, Hits, HRs, RBIs, SBs, OBP and pitching categories are Wins, Saves, Ks, ERA and WHIP.

    Paxton and Duvall vs Degrom.

    Thanks!

  78. Mike says:
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    Would you trade away Altuve/Franco to get Rizzo/Degrom?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Rizzo side

  79. BSA70 says:
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    On the Domingo front – I have been reaping the rewards of that balanced approach. Tough not to get sucked into the potential 40 HR bat and 50 steal guy until you get screwed with a DL stint or long cold streak.
    Also, some of these mid tier ‘balance’ guys are easier to move in and out when they stop producing.
    MTaylor goes down Domingo goes in.
    Another good example was last week with Benini’s 5/5 night, Betts went 0fer which still gave me good numbers for the night in the outfield.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  80. Matthew Macdonald says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Need a SS replacement for Trea . Best ROS – Didi, Simmons or Arcia?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Simmons

  81. John says:
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    Grey, I’m thinking of dropping Ryan Zimmerman and picking up Drew Pomeranz. Do you think Zim has anything left in the tank for the second half or is this a good time to drop him before he regresses to the mean? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  82. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    what do you think of these trades?
    A) would you do my ozuna for his greinke
    B) would you do my bellinger for his Darvish
    Keep in mind I have trout returning

    League: Yahoo 10 team, H2H standard 5×5
    My team:
    C: Ramos
    1B: Votto
    2B: Odor
    3B: Rendon
    SS: segura
    OF: khris Davis, ozuna, bellinger
    Util: Dickerson, smoak, bour
    Bench: maybin, Broxton
    DL: trout
    NA: Moncada, Rosario

    SP: Carrasco, Archer, Wood, Jordan Montgomery, godley, odorizzi, fiers, pomeranz, Hoffman, Happ Rodon
    RP: Kimbrel, Ramos, rivero
    DL: Hendricks

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Sure B. Meh

  83. Jack says:
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    Newcomb or Urena?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urena

  84. Bill Brasky says:
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    Domingo or Peralta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

  85. KCC26 says:
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    12 team mixed, keep 6:

    Zimmerman/T. Walker or Sano?
    Zimmerman/Walker for Pollock?

    Generally looking at bats to target with Zimmerman plus a Walker/Rodon type arm. Ideas?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano — Zimm

  86. Milarky says:
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    So I’ve now got too many SS. We start two, but our format drives us to have one decent backup at most positions. Having said that, which one should I try and trade? In case it helps, the categories I need to make up the most ground in are HR, Runs, and SBs.

    Segura
    Gregorius
    Simmons
    Semien
    Barreto (you can probably ignore him, since I’m assuming he’ll be sent down, and then I’ll probably drop him)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can trade any of these guys besides Segura?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Milarky: I don’t understand these “who should I trade” questions. You should trade whoever nets you the biggest return. You don’t know who a manager perceives as the most valuable.

  87. knucks says:
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    Interested to see where LoMo lands in your upcoming rankings and if he’s in the Buy later today. He’s been hot, seems rather motivated/confident in his power. Currently sits at #32 on the Player Rater, but it looks like a significant slump (more likely an injury) is to be expected in the 2nd half according to the ROS Player Rater, which has him at #371.

    Just a bit of conjecture, will await the rankings, but thanks as always Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m interested in him too!

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Yay!

        Continuing our Pod convo yesterday, someone from work just recommended 99% Invisible. You familia with that one?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah it’s hit or miss… depends on topic each week

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: Good shizz, thank you!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  88. Dave says:
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    Grey
    ROS rank Strailey, Cahill, Pineda
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily

  89. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Grey,
    10-tm H2H cat Keeper (keep 12), what do you think of:
    Give: Dickerson, I.Nova & Verlander
    Get: G. Sanchez & Berrios
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  90. Noam Levenson says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you trade Springer and CMart for Correa, Pineda, and Markakis. 12 team, 6×6 roto w/ QS and OPS…

    Thank you!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Noam Levenson: So Springer/CMart for Correa. No I wouldn’t.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  91. Not your average Joe says:
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    I have Hammel going today, Chacin going tomorrow, and one add left this week. Cahill is going Sunday and at least some pitching stats – Ws and Ks – may still be up for grabs (h2h). I’m ahead in ERA and WHIP though I suppose a pair of bad outings could ruin that. Would you:

    1. Refrain from streaming Hammel @ LAD or Chacin @ PHI?

    2. Drop either Hammel or Chacin (after their respective start) to stream Cahill @ PHI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I wouldn’t touch either, unless SON is positive on them 2. Maybe, depends what SON says

  92. OaktownSteve says:
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    Have you heard the theory that the hard, juiced balls are also responsible for all the blisters. As you, Albreezy might say, welcome to all those who googled “hard, juiced balls.”

    Had you heard that Piscotty has been worrying about his mother, who has ALS? He’s been schleprocking all year. He has that one game where he got hit by the ball 3 times in one inning and had to go through the concussion protocol. He pulled the hammy. I sort of figured with all that going on it makes sense his performance would be down. Strangely, though, all his peripherals suggest he’s pretty much the same player. K rate is actually down a bit, BB rate up a bit. Batted ball is off a couple of ticks across the board. He’s been a bit unlucky with his BABIP. Worst part is he’s been getting 1 out of 3 days off. Holding him in a 15 team mixed but he’s a tough hold. I need him or Odubel to get shizz together.

    Here’s a strange tale of pitcher peripherals:
    Player A: 15.95 k/9, 1.23 bb/9, 41.4% GB in 36.2 innings
    Player B: 14.52 k/9, 1.74 bb/9, 40.5% GB in 31 innings

    Not that far apart, right? A is Kimbrel and B is Astros reliever James Hoyt. Hoyt looks like a bit of a journeyman who has featured a wipeout slider. His HR/FB % is over 20%. If that regresses to league average he might be an interesting watch in RCL’s for the second half at that K rate. Plus he’s getting those multiple middle inning close game gigs where he might have a shot at the vulture wins. His current ERA is 5.23 and his xFIP is 2.37.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a shame for Piscotty, I hadn’t heard, makes sense something is up with him… I’d like to see Odubel do something, or at least get a viable excuse… Of course I heard about blisters and balls, I say get some Gold Bond medicated powder and get over it!

      The ratios are what’s stopped me from picking up Hoyt for about 2 months

  93. Every29Years says:
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    who would you rather have come playoff time in September? Dyson or Maybin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson

  94. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    With Michael Taylor going down, would you prefer Reddick, Pham, or Domingo Santana?

    If anything, my team needs steals and it looks like all 3 have been more or less equal on that front lately.

    Thanks and hope you have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

  95. Miller Time says:
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    Looks like Brad Miller gonna play with the big club. Have 2 streamer slots thinking grabbing him for some MI pwr/spd combo.

    What are your thoughts on his production? Worth a grab? Thx G

    • Beastman says:
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      @Miller Time: +1! In a 16 team H2H with OBP, would you rank Miller higher than these guys: Tommy Joseph, Buxton, Drury, Orlando Arcia?

      Have to drop at least one of them, likely two due to salary cap, if I pick up Miller.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab him if he were hitting or if I were in a very deep league

  96. Matthew Lehman says:
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    who would you prefer ROS- Longoria or Bour?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  97. Reece King says:
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    Give Donaldson Get Archer, Devinski? Points Keeper format

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  98. John says:
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    Hi,

    Thoughts on Robbie Ray ROS? Owner is desperate for pitching and put Posey and Zimmerman on the block. Could use the catcher help but not sure if Ray is worth keeping or swinging for one of the above mentioned.

    Thanks and enjoy the wknd!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  99. Los says:
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    Semien over Russell or swanson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Either… Lose Swanson

  100. KCC26 says:
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    Current OF/staff, 12 team mixed:

    OF Bryant
    OF Upton
    OF Benintendi
    OF Desmond
    OF Inciarte

    SP: Kershaw, deGrom, Wood, Manaea, Tanaka, T. Walker, Rodon, Morton, E. Rodriguez (DL)

    Trade Manaea for Domingo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  101. Knighttown says:
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    Went searching for an OF with one of my excess CI guys. Instead got offered Donaldson and Peralta for My Rendon.

    I’d have to drop Melky so the trade is Donaldson and Peralta for Rendon and Melky.

    Doesn’t fit my needs necessary but is it an upgrade nonetheless?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, Rendon’s been much better than Donaldson, depends how much you believe in bounce back, I don’t necessarily

  102. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. wood or cmart for lindor/k davis?

    gracias.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor

  103. Jose says:
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    Grey manny machado or Francisco Lindor rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  104. Jhohnnhy says:
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    Trade advice please. Do you like this for my team? 12 team yahoo H2H 5×5.

    I trade Trout/Jimmy Nelson/Arcia for Corey Seager, Kluber, & Britton. Competitive league, but for some reason there always seem to be plenty of OF on the wire while pitching of all kinds is at a premium. Here is my team as it stands now:

    C) Contreras
    1B) Han-Ram
    2B) Kipnis
    3B) Seager
    SS) Arcia
    OF) Braun, Dickerson, Polanco
    UT) Bradley JR.
    BN) Alsonso, Keon Broxton

    SP) C-Mart, Nelson, Nola, Matz, Leake, Wainwright, Walker, Ross, Bauer

    RP) Diaz, Ramos, Rosenthal

    • Jhohnnhy says:
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      @Jhohnnhy:
      Of course Trout is on my DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Jhohnnhy says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks for the quick response. If I don’t do that trade, what suggestions would you have for my team? I keep hovering around .500. Feels like I’m stacked with OF and short on MI and pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take followups to my newest post

  105. MikeZ says:
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    What kind of player do you think I can get for yelich + Matz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs, Kluber? Cruz?

  106. Rizzo boy says:
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    Benentindi for Cesoedes and Hoffman. Is it fair? Is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fair

  107. Chris says:
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    Any advice please. OPS Keeper League.

    I’m trading Xander Bogaerts and Gleyber Torres for Michael Conforto and Yoan Moncada. Good trade or Bogaerts has more value that that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      More value

      • Chris says:
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        Thank you for your opinion. What about Torres for Moncada? I’d have to include my first round draft pick next year. Teams in my league are crazy. Dude wants 7 players for Paul Goldschmidt, including Pollock, Carpenter, LoMo, DeGrom, Matz, Holland, Nicasio. Goldy worth that?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take followups to my newest post

  108. ryanoger says:
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    Bud Norris or Sam Dyson for saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Norris

  109. Joe Quadres says:
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    Start Manaea @ SEA ina 12 team league?

    SON says no bueno

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  110. Grey

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

  111. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Grey –

    What do you like better a $1 Cody Bellinger or a $37 Mike Trout? It’s a keeper league where Bellinger would be a $1 for another year and then $16-21 for 3-4 years after and Trout could be kept another year at the same salary or $47 for 2 more years total.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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

  112. Grey

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

  113. Rescue911 says:
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    12 team, up to 5 keeper league, H2H

    Trade C.Seager, J. Vargas, A. Jones,

    Receive Ozuna, Benintendi, J. Nelson/McCullers

    What do you think? Or does C.Seager position eligibility make him a hold forever? Should I try to trade Moncada instead?

    I can pick up Amed Rosario for SS whenever he gets the call, or hold Arcia?

    • Rescue911 says:
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      @Rescue911: I’l ask in new post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  114. Gigorilla says:
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    Malix or Whit ROS SB?

    Almost 5pm CST and just popped one. TGIF

    NFBC 4-7 has been volatile this week — nice move TA.

    D.D.

  115. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Would you take a flier on Z.Wheeler @STL or would you rather Eickhoff vs PHI?
    Also would you drop A.Pujols or T.Frazier to activate Conforto?
    Thanks! Have a great weekend.

  116. Grey

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

  117. Kari says:
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    I am in a h2h points league, 10 teams, 5×5 scoring. My first year, so my draft sucked.
    C – Realmuto
    1st – M. Cabrera (non droppable player)
    Travis Shaw
    2nd – Kinsler
    3rd – J. Ramirez, Eugenio Suarez
    SS – Elvis Andrus
    OF- Gardner, Cespesdes, J.D. Martinrez
    RP – Knebel, Peacock
    SP – C Hamels, Verlander, Vargas, Pineda, Faria, Stroman, E. Santana, Fulmer, and Porcello.
    1 Utility player
    Weekly lineups, 9 batters, 5 SP, 2 RP and 5 reserves.
    Domingo Santana, Trevor Cahill, and maybe Merrifield.
    Can anyone help me in deciding if the 3 players are worth giving up any of my existing players. Two things keep me holding onto Porcello, team run support, and pitch count and praying he will wake up one day and pitch to get a QS, and Win.
    Help!!!!!!

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