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So, where does Mookie Betts go in 2018?  That’s what we all want to know, right?  That and WHAT TIME IS IT?!  Sorry, was listening to Steppin’ To The A.M.  I was not listening to Time to Get Ill, however, because I don’t like the Beastie Boys, but it might be more appropriate with The Bettsie Boy, Mookie.  Home run distance is a weird thing.  Well, maybe not weird, but hard to trust.  Yeah, that’s the ticket, said like that Jon Lovitz character.  In hindsight, it’s obvious.  Mookie had so many Just Enough home runs last year, of course, he’s not hitting as many this year, but I thought there would be enough mitigating factors to lessen Betts’ drop off.  He’s young — power still peaking; he’s in a good park — Pesky/Wall; the lineup — oh, that lineup.  Didn’t play out that way for power and average.  His average is nearly fifty points off of last year, and his power will end likely down about five homers from last year.  Not huge?  Well, that is around a 15% drop — even after his big game yesterday of 3-for-5, 6 RBIs and his 20th and 21st homer.  So, what does all this mean for next year?  I think he’s going to be undervalued, and I expect a bounce back of sorts.  Likely closer to a 27-homer guy than his 30+ last year, but there’s no way he hits near-.265 as he is right now.  He’s hitting as many line drives as last year, hitting the ball harder, in general, and a .267 BABIP.  He’s gotta be one of the unluckiest hitters this year.  He’s basically hitting line drives up the middle, but a squirrel is knocking it down into a fielder’s glove.  Maybe he’s not Mookie Best this year, but I’m not counting out Mookie Ballgame yet.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Eduardo Nunez – Out at least a week with a knee sprain.  Eduardo Nunez has DTD next to his last name so much that I am starting to think he has a dentist degree in the Dominican Republic.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 4 BBs, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.19.  He’s on a shortlist of starters I’m looking at as being a sleeper next year.  Hate Fenway for risky pitchers, but love Ed-Rod like Tom Cruise.

Sean Manaea – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.65.  Know what he’s doing, right?  Sonny Gray 2016.  Terrible impersonation, but it’s there.

Michael Fulmer – Underwent elbow surgery.  It was successful, according to Tigers beat writer, Anthony Fenech.  I wonder if Anthony knows his last name is highly derogatory in Italian.

Andrew Miller – Could return on Thursday from his patella tendinitis.  Turns out Patella Tendinitis isn’t the sweet Indian doctor you met in the ER.

Bradley Zimmer – Underwent surgery on his hand and now has 6-8 fingers.  Sorry!  Read that wrong.  6-8 weeks of recovery.

Corey Kluber – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 hits, zero walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.44.  Klubot!  Overheating!  Need refreshment!  Why doesn’t the new iPhone come with Kluber?  Well, new Steve Jobs who’s not Steve Jobs?  Tim Something, I’m asking you.  I gotta say, Klubz is singlehandedly winning me some leagues.  I know what you’re thinking, you thought I didn’t draft aces.  I don’t; Kluber was going in the 50’s in drafts.  I told every single one of you to draft him too.

Francisco Lindor – 1-for-3 and his 30th homer, as the Indians win their bajillionth game in a row.  Somewhere, the Ghost of Bob Feller is saying something racist and so proud of his boys.

Tommy Pham – 1-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBIs as he returned to the lineup.  His cornea is good to go, and he’s got an eye on 20/20.  Pun points!

Paul DeJong – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  This might be confirmation bias, but the Cards always seem to make something out of absolutely nothing.  Who the hell is Paul DeJong?!  I thought that was Colonel Mustard’s real name.

Jose Martinez – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .311.  See 1/18th of an inch above, or 5 inches above if a girl is reading.  Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, kazoo!

Kyle Gibson – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Padres, ERA at 4.97.  The Twins jumped out to a huge early lead, and Gibson cruised to the Ivictory Coast for an overnight stay at the W.

Jason Castro – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer.  Rudy was ecstatic to see this, since he owns Castro.  Yes, he’s the one-percent next to Castro’s ownership numbers.  By the way, on top of my dominating Tout march to a championship, Rudy’s winning his Tout league and could sneak out a LABR win.  Big year for Razzball, boys and five girls!  Speaking of big year, everyone on the Twins homered yesterday:  Brian Dozier – 3-for-4 and his 30th homer; Eduardo Escobar – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer; Jorge Polanco – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer; Eddie Rosario – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer and Kennys Vargas – 1-for-1, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Now I have to go soak my arthritis in salt water from typing this blurb.

Kyle Barraclough – 1 IP, 1 ER and the blown save.  Looks like we have our newest Cuddle Boy.  Bear claw?  More like Bear hug.

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-7 and his 33rd homer, hitting .304.  OZUNA has almost twice as many RBIs as Kris Bryant.  OZUNA love ribbies.  OZUNA use discarded bone to scratch his back.

Dillon Peters – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.50.  Endorphin Ralph is going to go over Peters in his next pitching profile.  You can hardly wait.  No, you!

Rhys Hoskins – 2-for-6, and two homers (15, 16), hitting .298.  Rhysus is taking our sins, eating them in the form of a wafer, and pooping out magic.  (I might be misremembering Bible psalms.)

Odubel Herrera – 3-for-8, 2 runs, hitting .291.  He’s gotta have the quietest .290+ average going this year.  Hey, ODB, 12 HRs and 7 SBs ain’t nothing to f**k wit.

Eric Thames – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .239 (!).  Whoa, he homered off a Pirate pitcher?!  Not a Red?!  Maybe he’s just prone to homer off pitchers near the Allegheny.  Hmm.

Kyle Seager – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer, and, like, his 17th homer in the last five games.  Well, I guess better late than never, but his owners are likely all onto fantasy football or fantasy basketball.  Double link drop!

Ben Gamel – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Willie Calhoun – 1-for-4 as he hit 7th and played left field.  Halp, one of Calhoun’s biggest fans, and I recorded the podcast a day late, and will be up today, but I forgot to ask him his thoughts on the Calhoun call-up (Cal-up?  Call-houn?  Will.I.Am Up?  These are awful.).  Everyone knows my thoughts on Calhoun, me love him long time.

Welington Castillo – Tests on his groin were negative.  That’s what she said!

Dylan Bundy – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.03, vs. Joe Biagini – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.07.  This matchup was billed as, “There’s not a chance I’m starting either of these guys.”  Then the billing was later changed to, “Ugh, why didn’t I start them?  Am I self-sabotaging?  That’s what my mom would say.”

Zach Britton – 2/3 IP, 2 ER, and the blown save.  There’s at least a 50% chance he’s injured again.  I’m only half-joking.  As the ladies say, my bottom half is the joke.

Sonny Gray – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.17.  This season by Gray is a good reason to not write off young starters.  He looked as good as dead last year, but Gray’s only 27 and, damn, I wish I were only 27.  I want a painting of myself in my attic that ages for me!

Kevin Kiermaier – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting near-.190 with 2 homers in the last week.  Maybe this is the giddy up he needs to get going again, but I’m jumping on a horse with no name if it’s hotter.  Horse with no name is also close to the name of a brothel Benjamin Franklin used to go to.   It’s a bit of trivia for you.

Blake Snell – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.25.  I had little faith in this start for Snell.  Much less than the Stream-o-Nator had in him, and Snell ended up splitting the difference.

Julio Teheran – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.57.  I don’t fully trust well-worn narratives like “players do better in contract years” and “tanning salons are bad for you.”  I do have some love for the narrative “start guys against teams that recently clinched,” like the Nats last night who Teheran faced.

Ozzie Albies – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .293, and in the two-hole.  Albies!  I told you, snitches!  He’s been fire emoji for average in September (not much power or speed), and has a ten-game hitting streak.

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .323.  Oh, and he missed six weeks with a broken wrist.  Oh, Part II, Another Oh, he has more RBIs than Kris Bryant.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homer.  He’s actually been hot recently, but, to undercut that, J.D. Martinez also homered in this game, and he has 22 homers, just on Arizona (38 on the year), and he missed a month.

Jon Gray – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.95 vs. Taijuan Walker – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.32.  This matchup is of two guys I don’t trust at home or on the road, but I should trust them on the road and at home.  But Coors?  Even with a humidor.  Then, Chase?  Where’s the humidor?

Clayton Kershaw – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.12.  If I were the Dodgers, I’d shut him down for three weeks and pray he’s better by the playoffs.  I’m sorry, this is not vintage Kershaw.  Yes, it’s a Quality Start, but it was against the Aints, whose third best hitter wasn’t even in the game, and that’s Madison Bumgarner.

Johnny Cueto – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.58.  Somewhere, Jason LaRue is having a good laugh.

Robert Gsellman – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.58.  Not all bad news if you’re a Mets fan.  This start brought the season one game closer to ending.

Gio Gonzalez – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 2.68.  Worst start of the year the day he triggered a $12 million vesting option.  That’s like when you phone-in senior year of high school, starting the day after you’re accepted into college.  “Mr. Albright, we can call your college and tell them what you did the last semester.”  “Yeah, all right, teach,” bends over and farts.

Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners (1 hit), 9 Ks, ERA at 3.58.  Holy crap, I just had a Ms. Cleo-type vision of the future.  The Astros are going to win the World Series, making a storybook, uh, story after the hurricane, and Verlander’s gonna be their Curt Schilling, only instead of blood, it’s gonna be Kate Upton’s lipstick.

Garrett Richards – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.38.  Okay, okay, but he only threw 63 pitches.  Is he a starter or a long man out of the pen?

Brandon Moss – 2-for-2, 4 RBIs and his 21st homer, and 3rd homer in three games.  If you follow the path of moss on trees, you are heading due north into a hot schmotato.

Scott Alexander – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 4th save, ERA at 2.00.  Here’s the quandary for vulture saves in KC, Brandon Maurer is awful; Alexander is a lefty.  Alexander appears to be the smart choice; Maurer appears to be the “your momma is so dumb she pronounces the B in dumb” choice.  Teams don’t always make the smart choice.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 26th homer.  Speaking of the devil, only fifty-two players with a full-season of at-bats have less RBIs than him.  Jorge Polanco?  Yup, he’s got more.  Yuli Gurriel?  You got the idea now!

Kyle Schwarber – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 26th homer, hitting .207.  Great, now Joe Buck is going to get embarrassed being patted down going through security.

Jake Arrieta – Played catch on Tuesday.  I hope whoever he played with, he asked them, “Wanna have a catch?”  That’s always sweet to hear.  Sounds like a father who wears black socks with flip-flops.

   
  1. Marti says:
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    What do you think of john Gray next year. Top 40?

    • chris says:
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      @Marti: overall????? no way in Hell. top-40 SP? sure.

      • Andrea says:
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        @chris: He has the stuff to be a top 20 SP but he pitches in Coors so he isn’t going to cost much. Undervalued in my opinion. I’m a girl though?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marti: Top 40 SP? Yeah, around that

  2. Slappy Jack says:
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    Corbin, Gray, Walker, whatever… start’em all
    Parks don’t matter, everyone is hitting a billion homeruns

    Except Bogaerts sob

  3. Dave says:
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    I have Stroman, deGrom and Kluber and plan on spending an exorbitant amount of money (which I have) on Kershaw and Scherzer to round out a staff. Was thinking of having a 6th just in case my plan doesn’t work.

    You don’t sound sold in Teheran. If I were to only keep one of these for next year, who would it be? Points league where hr surrendered means -14, hits allowed means -3, but every inning is +7, every k is +3….

    Manaea who looks terrible but could be tired, Teheran who has had one bad outing in almost 2 months, or Alex Cobb who is great if and when healthy.

    Or just play streamers for now, which is tough for me, and then wait for the draft and see who is available?

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @Dave: With that staff you don’t need a 6th. Just stream.

      • Dave says:
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        @Grey:

        So essentially, don’t worry about Manaea or Teheran for next year, stream pitchers now, and form a staff next year of just deGrom, Kluber, Kershaw, Stroman and Scherzer.

        And I say “just” not in the qualifiable sense but the quantifiable sense.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, stream now

  4. B-Man says:
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    1st place is a tight three team race in my 10 team roto. Oh wise one, what are your thoughts on starting either Glasnow, or Lamet tonight? Lamet has been great, but the Twins are sizzling. Glasnow @Milwaukee just makes me nervous.
    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B-Man: I’d start Lamet at home, not in Minnesota…No on Glasnow

      • Sportive Tricks says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m feeling lucky on this Glasnow start. Same kinda vibes I got when Berrios came back. Wheeeeeeee!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, hope you’re right! In MIL isn’t great

  5. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS QS

    Drop Souza and/or E. Suarez for N. Williams, C. Gonzalez, or M. Taylor?

  6. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Good morning Grey, great read as always!

    I’m in a real dog fight in the same league (h2h points league, 10 teamer) I’ve been asking for daily advice, yesterday I started Gibson and EdRod (woo hoo +60 pts between the 2), and Ian Happ, Haniger, and Eduardo Escobar had pretty good games. The only bummer is I own/started Britton (-12 for that Blown Save/L), and sat Tim Beckham and Jose Martinez…ugh.

    I have 8 starts left until Sunday, vs. my opponents 9. McCullers start getting skipped hurts, but may be a blessing in disguise as I was going to start him hell or highwater even with the arm fatigue. If I can keep pace today, I can overtake him and win this week by Sunday. I’ve got these SP’s teed up:

    Nola home vs MIA (Straily) – SON loves @ $13
    Glasnow away at MIL (Anderson) – Son likes @ $5.7
    Fister home vs OAK (Cotton) – SON Hates at -$10
    Jaime Garcia home vs TB (Archer) – SON’s meh @ $0.5

    I’m not too thrilled about these being my options, but the rest of week all I’m excited about is Severino vs. BAL; and between now and Sunday it’s slim pickings on the waiver.

    Today my opponent has Scherzer vs. ATL, Archer vs. Yanks, E.Santana home vs SD, Lamet away vs. MIN, and Giolito away at KC.

    1. Do you start all 4, sit some, sit all?
    2. Aside from 1 blow up over a month ago vs. CLE, Fisters been on fire. Why does SON show no love? Park factor? It hates J. Cotton way worse today, I just need a W from Fister.
    3. J. Garcia = Not good, I know. But, this is technically a home start since they’re playing in Queens. TB not good against LHP, and I hate to say it, but theyre minds might not be 100% on baseball with the tragedy in FLA. Any confidence in Jamie, or should I just drop him now and pick up a better streamer for later this week?
    4. Glasnow apparently pitching better out of the stretch, do you believe this hype…or is now not the time to gamble. Not sure what to make of MIL offense, insanely streaky.

    Thanks for everything this year Grey!

    • Grey

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      @Marty Jannetty Was Set Up: 1. I wouldn’t start Glasnow 2. He’s just not a great pitcher in grand scheme of things 3. No confidence per se, but I’d start him 4. I’ve gone over him

  7. joemorganhair says:
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    I’ve put myself in this situation again… 1 move remaining on the season too soon. I’m going to need QS down the stretch–who’s the guy that can get me a couple?

    Happ – @MIN, KC, @BOS, @NY?
    Glasnow – @MIL, MIL
    Perdomo – ARI, COL, @SF
    Skaggs- HOU, CLE, @HOU, @SEA
    Straily – @PHI, NYM, @ARI, ATL
    Chacin – @COL, COL, @LA
    Urena – @PHI, NYM, @ARI, ATL
    Kuhl – @CIN, MIL, BAL, @WAS?
    Erasmo – @HOU, Tex, @OAK, @LAA?
    Lively – @OAK, LA, WAS, NYM?

    Thanks for the help!

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @joemorganhair: With only 1 move to make I would go Strailey. SON has been advising him as a streamer for the last few weeks and he has the easiest schedule.

  8. Brian says:
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    First round of playoffs. 6×6. use QS and k/bb. my pitching was masterful last night (verlander, gibson, teheran, sonny, quintana). have ratio leads in era (1.10 to 2.40), whip (.83 to 1.20), and k/bb (5.57 to 1.75) in addition to QS (5 to 2) and Ks (39 to 7). my remaining SPs this week are clevinger v det, gausman @ tor, peacock @ laa, wood @ was, verlander v sea, quintana v stl, gibson v tor.

    my opponent has matt moore v lad, fister v oak, skaggs v hou, lugo @ chc, trevor williams @ cin, hendricks v stl, bridwell v tex, romano v pit, lively v oak, peters v mil, biagini @ min

    should i start clevinger and gausman today?

    thanks grey

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @Brian: I would start Clevinger, not Gausman. Your opponents pitching doesn’t look very scary.

  9. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Great write-up!!

    a. Two words…Rhys Hoskins

    b. Made it back to Farchana, USA thanks to you and your kind words! Thanks, man.

    c. Rambo quote for September 13 from Rambo I (First Blood)

    John Rambo Quote of the day from May 9 to 12-14

    Sheriff: ‘Whatever possessed God in heaven to make a man like Rambo?’

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘God didn’t make Rambo. I made him.’

    Sheriff: ‘Who the hell are you?’

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘Sam Trautman. Colonel Samuel Trautman.’

    Sheriff: ‘We’re a little busy this morning, Colonel, what can I do for ya?’

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘- I’ve come to get my boy.’

    Captain Dave: ‘- Your boy?’

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘I recruited him, I trained him, I commanded him in Vietnam for 3 years. I’d say that makes him mine.’

    Sheriff: ‘I wonder why the Pentagon would send a full bird Colonel to handle this?’

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘The army thought I might be able to help.’

    Sheriff: ‘I don’t know in what way. Rambo’s a civilian now, he’s my problem.’

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘I don’t think you understand. I didn’t come here to rescue Rambo from you. I came here to rescue you from him.’

    Sheriff: ‘Well, we all appreciate your concern, Colonel. We’ll try to be extra careful!

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘I’m just amazed he allowed any of your posse to live.’

    Sheriff: ‘Is that right?’

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘Strictly speaking, he slipped up. You’re lucky to be breathing!’

    Sheriff: ‘That’s just great! Colonel, you came out here to find out why one of your machines blew a gasket!

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘You don’t seem to want to accept the fact that you’re dealing with an expert in guerilla warfare.’

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘With a man who’s the best. With guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who’s been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather. To live off the land…To eat things that would make a billy goat puke. In Vietnam, his job was to dispose of enemy personnel, to kill…period! Win by attrition. Well, Rambo was the best!

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Thanks, man!

        Clevinger’s managers should be called Clevergers for being clever enough to sign him up and start him, right?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          I like it!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I did the Rhysus monkey gag a few posts ago about Hoskins…

            • Ante GALIC says:
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              @Grey: Grey!

              I’m so out of it!!

              Macaque sounds like how a transplant from New Jersey to Massachusetts would refer to his junk. Or a transplant from Scotland to New Jersey.

              Cheers, Ante

              • Grey

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                Sounds like a Cirque du Soleil show

                • Ante GALIC says:
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                  @Grey: Grey!

                  a. Not that it really matters, but are you starting Yu tonight @ SF (versus Matty Moore). I’m thinking he can strike out all 9 position players twice for 18 Ks or he won’t make out of the 5th INN again! Ga, he’s so bad since joining the best team in MLB! Btw, Not that it really matters will be the name of my RCL team next year.

                  b. I know HOU winning the WS would be like a story-book ending for the fans and everyone who suffered through the ravages of Hurricane Irma, but LAD will win the WS this year.

                  Cheers,
                  Ante

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    A. I would B. Secretly hope so!

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Now, to continue the discussion of why throwing shade should be a good thing . . . (kidding!)

    1 move left in my h2h semis . . . with Cullers scratched we now have the same number of starters left, though I have a razor thin edge currently over all pitching except Ks, which I am so far dominating.

    Depending on where things stand tomorrow, I may want to use my last grab on an arm (to outpace him if i need QS/W) or a bat (I’m down a guy on thursday, and then otherwise to play matchups and try for a boost). Aside from Thursday, I don’t have any clear “sits” (closest ones are all perfectly fine start options . . .Machado v. Severino or Gray, Devers v Faria, Goldy @ Bumgardner). That being said, I have Domingo and Devers, who are usually benched 1/week or so, plus Goldy who may be given a day off if they want to rest his elbow.

    Which arm / bat options would you go with?

    BAT OPTIONS
    – Cargo (@ Godley Thursday…not ideal, but Cargo is white-hot and is @COL against Richards, Lyles, and Chacin Friday-Sunday)
    – Olson (super hot, gets Pomeranz Thursday…not ideal, but 3 bad rhp @PHI over weekend)
    – Kendrys (berrios Thursday and bad twins rest of week)
    ARM OPTIONS
    – Nola v MIA today (faced MIA twice in last 3 weeks, gave up 6 runs and 7 runs in those)
    – Glasnow @ MIL today
    – Morton v SEA tomorrow (really bad whip lately)
    – Faria v BOS tomorrow
    – Tomlin v. KC tomorrow

  11. Cale says:
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    Thoughts on Villar for next year? 20 man, keeper league, I can keep him in the 16th round next year (pick 335-ish). Is he worth holding onto for his value next year?

  12. FrankGrimes says:
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    Odor has more RBI
    Than Bryant!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        2018 breakout!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Now you’re talking!

  13. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Pun points!!

  14. Don says:
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    Garrett Richards is the truth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: Good to see your avatar!

  15. Five-on-One says:
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    Season is coming to a close and I am scrounging for a point or two. Can gain points in steals, but also need to keep up average to avoid losing points. Runs and RBIs would be nice, but not crucial. HRs are totally irrelevant. Start 5 from the following (Hittertron next 7-day value included):

    Semien ($20.7)
    Pirela ($15.6) – 3 in COL, but sprained finger may keep him out for a game or three – SD doesn’t need to rush him back for anything, which was basically true since April.
    Odor ($8.9) – been starting him all year, but I dunno
    DeShields ($5.9)
    Reyes ($5.7)
    JBJ ($4.5)
    Albies ($2.4)
    Peraza ($1.4)
    Moncada (-$0.8)

    DeShields and Reyes have been hot lately and provide what I need (SBs). HitterTron is screaming at me to start Semien. If Pirela plays, I don’t want to miss 3 games in Coors. Leaning toward giving the last spot goes to Peraza over Odor, I think. Leaving Bradley, Odor, Albies and Moncada out.

    Thoughts? Appreciate all advice. Thanks.

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Five-on-One:

      DeShields, Albies, Peraza, Semien, and JBJ (though I haven’t looked to see what JBJ has been doing lately. he just seems like a safe average play)

  16. ryanoger says:
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    redraft leage

    drop Donaldson for Kyle Seager or hold?

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        what about losin’ Duvall for CarGonzalez?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fine with me

  17. ashtray says:
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    Was thinking about streaming Straily for his next 2 starts (@PHI, vNYM) but then I noticed he ‘s been absolutely terrible since the All Star break (5.19 era, 1.54 whip, 1.9 hr9, .313 avg). Is he purely a desperation play or are you streaming with confidence?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: I’d stream him at home, not on road

  18. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Yolmer Sanchez or Kolton Wong to replace Nunez?

  19. Salami Pettrino says:
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    12 Team H2h keeper league, can keep 2 position players and 2 pitchers. First 5 rounds of the draft are off limits for keepers. I’m in the semifinals and I’m still clinging to Odor because he’s a 7th round keeper for next year. Is it worth it to keep him on my roster? Or should I jettison him and pick up an extra start for this week? (likely would be Clevinger today)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Salami Pettrino: I’d hold Odor if he’s a keeper and you don’t have better keepers

  20. Liam BAve says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in the playoffs and I’m thinking of a move with my lineup. Would you drop hitters like Melky and Mancini for hotter hitters like Cargo and Haniger?

  21. GFY250 says:
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    Lots of hate for KB in this one! I’m in agreement with you since I own him but at least it’s an OBP league so he’s still top 40. Looks like Just Dong jumps him into the first round and KB drops to the 2nd or 3rd.

    Rhysus is basically KB with more homer upside thanks to his flyball % and low (ish) K rate. Where are you taking Hoskins next year?

  22. waffles says:
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    assuming everyone starts, who do I sit tonight in an OBP league out of Gardner (Archer), Mancini (Stroman), Smoak (Gausman), Josh Bell (C Anderson), Miggy (Clevinger)?

  23. Armchair QB says:
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    R, RBI, SB are dead heats. RBI is with guy in 2nd, so that’s probably most important. Gotta bench one guy out of:

    Happ vs Harvey
    Deshields vs Leake
    Reddick vs Skaggs

    I assume Deshields hits the bench, but just wanted to confirm.

  24. Armchair QB says:
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    Yu sucks!! Do you trust him tonight? I lead wins by 4 and K’s by 17 with tons of IP to spare for streamers if I decided to bench him …

  25. happyharry1958 says:
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    Grey. 12 team, H2H, 6X6. Probably drop Hanley down the sretch, give me your best two out of this group ROS….CarGo, M.Taylor, N.Williams, Deshields, J.Martinez.

  26. Tweak says:
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    “… Verlander’s gonna be their Curt Schilling, only instead of blood, it’s gonna be Kate Upton’s lipstick.”

    And it ain’t gonna be on his sock, if you catch my drift…

    Separately, gotta love DeJong. The minors numbers were there; he’s aggressive at the plate, but rarely makes the same mistake twice on pitches. Dude has a degree in Biochemistry. He’s now my personal novio. Favorite player since a certain other magical Cardinals SS.

      • Tweak says:
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        @Grey: Yep. I am not saying he’s the BEST since Ozzie. I’m just saying he’s my favorite player since then. Maybe excepting Griffey Jr since I was born in the mid-80s and backwards hats are super cool dude. Cowabunga!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No fear!

  27. Curious George Springer says:
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    What do you think about this one. I’m sure many others will have the same question. this is a sv+hold league.

    Drop Stumpf (DET) to activate Kela (TEX)?

    Both have 5 games remaining this week, and I’m in a H2H playoff matchup. I have one move remaining, and I can’t make the move as long as Kela is in a DL slot.

  28. Not your average Joe says:
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    Sittin’ grey and pretty during my bye week. I have three add/drops left to make this week. I had figured I’d probably spend at least two of them on two-start pitchers for next week since my pitching is so bleh. (I can use next week’s set of 4 add/drops to plug holes as needed). But I thought I’d check in early in the week just in case. Worth dropping anyone (like Kiermaier) for any of these schmoes to lock them up? Or hold for now?

    Reyes, CarGone, Mazara, E.Escobar, Olson, F-Her, Estrada, Folty

    12-team, h2h, 5×5, redraft.
    C – Realmuto; 1B – Freeman; 2B – Dozier; 3B – Machado; SS – Correa; OF – Merrifield, Hoskins, Pollock; Util – Pham; Bench – Pham, Kiermaier
    SP – Severino, Corbin, Weaver, Wood, Cueto, Glasnow
    RP – Greene, Doolittle, Vizcaino, Holland, Nicasio

      • Not your average Joe says:
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        @Grey:

        Whoo, Grey being bold. You’d do that even though CarGo plays all of next week away (@SF, @SD)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Now that you say that…. Doesn’t sound very appealing

          • Not your average Joe says:
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            @Grey:

            I didn’t notice it either! I just remembered his splits (quite sharp this year) and then peeked at the schedule and realized he’s not just away, he’s away at the worst parks. I mean, he did alright in Arizona and LA but not sure I’d bank on that. He’d probably ride the pine on my team on most days. Will probably hold off on making moves for now.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’d hold for now if interested in next week

  29. joemorganhair says:
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    I have two bench bats, and I need to drop one for pitching. Who’s the reluctant drop here?

    M. Taylor, Buxton, Rendon, Duvall, Segura

    Dropping Rendon or Segura would put Ian Happ in my everyday lineup regardless of days when he sits.

  30. Lloyd Braun says:
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    Hot takes on Ohtani please.

    He is a top ____ player in dynasty?

    ___ rounder in redrafts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mmm…Hot cakes… Oh!

      Top 5 player in dynasty redrafts

      75 overall in redrafts

  31. Art Vandelay says:
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    Starting Corbin at home vs. Colorado tonight? Thanks!

  32. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Fully expect the Indians winning streak to end today. If for no other reason than I’m starting Clevinger. The way it’s been going.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re the Cooler, huh? I don’t know, the Tigers are missing Mikie Mahtook

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Don’t worry Jeimar Candelario and Alex Pressly are doing the heavy lifting.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All-Stars, the both of them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, you’re jinxing has an early lead on your good fortune

  33. Jonathan Levin says:
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    Do you approve of any of these streamers?
    Graveman @ Phi

    Lively home vs Oakland

    Ordozzi home vs Red Sox

    Stratton home vs ARI

    Bridwell home vs Texas

    J Montgomery home vs BAL

    YUCK

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of the ones at home except Montgomery

      • Jonathan Levin says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  34. Shawn Of the Livid says:
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    Start Darvish today?

    I’m in a close H2H and just don’t know what to do. I ran Verlander and Bundy last night and now have some solid pitching stats. Usually I start my top guys regardless, but Yu hasn’t been right this year, and I just don’t consider him an ace at this point.

    Darvish has been so bad that I would have dropped him if it wasn’t for the name recognition. WTF do I do with him today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him

  35. Kas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Michael Taylor or Jose Martinez for the stretch run? H2H league, 12 team categories R, HR, AVG, RBI, SB

  36. jasen james says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Who is the sit today?
    N.Mazara vs Leake
    AJ Pollock vs Marquez
    Cain vs Giolito
    Haniger @ M.Perez
    M.Taylor vs Gohara
    Taylor and Haniger were pickups for the week since they’ve been red hot. Ozuna, Mazara have good numbers against their respective pitchers. Cain is facing a rookie. Tough one.

      • jasen james says:
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        @Grey:
        I was leaning towards that too. Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

        • jasen james says:
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          @jasen james:
          Out of curiosity, if you we’re in a H2H league, would you consider starting guys like Lamet, Glasnow tonight? Those counting stats are vital. Frustrating losing the week on something as trivial as strikeouts

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I wouldn’t start either if I cared about my ratios… If you just want Ks, then go for it

  37. LeggoPens says:
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    How we feeling about King Felix’s return?

    I’m in dire straights, losing 7-3 in the final week of my playoff. Down 12 ks at the moment and only up by a win or two. Losing ERA and WHIP 4.87 – 3.80 and 1.37 – 1.29, respectively. Probably too late for ERA unless he gets demolished a few times, but might have a shot at WHIP.

    So Ks are probably my closest to have a shot at taking over, have to maintain a close Win margin, and MIGHT be able to take over WHIP.

    All that said, I have 2 pickups left for the week. Here’s whats available – what would you suggest?

    THURSDAY
    King Felix @TEX
    Cashner vs SEA
    Junis @ CLE (prolly not)
    Tomlin @ KC
    Garrett @ STL (I also own Weaver, who he’s going against)

    FRIDAY
    Kuhl @ CiIN (pretty intrigued by this one)
    Faria vs BOS (thinking not)
    Jackson vs LAD (also own Wood, who he’s facing)
    Chatwood vs SD

    SATURDAY
    Rey Lopez @ DET
    Lively vs OAK
    Miranda @ HOU

    SUNDAY
    Manaea @ PHI (been burned by him A LOT this szn)
    Cobb vs. BOS
    Miguel Gonzalez @ LAA (highly doubt I’d trust him)

    Obviously threw some random flyers in there and excluded a bunch so if there are others you suggest checking out, even if they might be taken, I’d be happy to hear any opinions. These are possibly the last two move I make this season.

    Preciate your help all season. Love me some Razzball. Keep up the good work and (occasionally) witty humor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks… Cashner, Lively

  38. lwomack58 says:
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    Drop Marte for Haniger, J. Martinez, Nick Williams or Castellanos- This is a utility position.

    Another team-drop Moist and Kemp for-Albies, Cozart, O. Herrera, Pedroia, Smoak or Castellanos. Kemp is a bench bat and Moist @3rd but I can move J. Ramierz there.

    Thanks for all your help. Have a great day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger — Kemp and Moist for Cozart and Castellanos

  39. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Bannister said on XM they’re playing Willie Calhoun every day.

    Please rank Deshields, Bader, Calhoun

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeShields, Calhoun

  40. Springers Dong says:
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    Firstly, squeaked into the playoffs and barely keeping the 3-peat chances alive. Need more of that Razzball miracle juice (no Grey not that stuff, keep that [email protected] to yourself and cougs…I digress).

    I’m in the quarterfinals in a H2H league and need 20 more innings to meet the 40 minimum for the week. I’m already on the ledge after sitting Jon Gray yesterday so as you respond to me…BE PRESENT (as my wife always says).

    Looking for 3 starts from the following options (and a 4th just in case).
    9/13 – Darvish @ SF
    9/13 – Corbin vs. COL
    9/14 – Luke Weaver vs. CIN
    9/15 – Paxton @HOU
    9/16 – Carrasco vs. KC
    9/17 – Jon Gray vs. SD

    Also, I’m seeing conflicting reports on when Sonny Gray’s next start is Sunday or Monday. If Sonny starts on Sunday then he would be an option on 9/17 vs. BAL.

    Thanks…Glory be to Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Corbin, Carrasco, Sonny or Jon Gray

  41. luvpho says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Need to some for my starters today.

    Haniger vs Tex and Perez
    Benintendi vs Oak and Cotton
    Moss vs CWS and Giolito

    Please pick two

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Benintendi if Moss is playing

  42. lwomack58 says:
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    Do you think Deshields gets moved to the bench more with Calhoun playing everyday? I have Deshields in my OF position.

    Is Calhoun as good of a pickup as Hoskins has been?
    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, Hoskins set the record for most HRs in his first 20 games, no one has ever been that good

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Fausto

      fausto says:
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      @lwomack58: ohhh you done did it now comping Calhoun to Rhyzus… As the great Ken Lamar once said… “DAMN!”
      (but in all seriousity Calhoun had a Schoop-esque season, in hitter friendlier league, I’ll take that upside)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, but for this year, Calhoun might hit .240 with 1 HR, not much time left

  43. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    Looking at upgrades for bench bat possibly an OF upgrade(I carry 1 extra bat for the September off/clinch days), its a redraft so just playing hot hands. at this point.. Needs are not specific, just max stats.

    -Dickerson and Duvall have been fading hard, drop either or both for ODB, M.Joyce, Nick Williams or Haniger?… Thoughts and thanks.

    Thoughts and thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both for Haniger and Williams

    • Fausto

      fausto says:
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      @fausto: * *follow up* ..
      also where are we at with Chris Taylor hold or drop? I have the Infidel Bash Bros J.Schoop and Willie Calhoun, Anderson @SS…and can slot Rizzo at 2b if needs bees.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Could see dropping him for upside, but he’s likely better than Calhoun

  44. Fogimon says:
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    Rhysus crimoney! Rhysus Mary and Joseph!

    Top 75ish next year…. but what is the ceiling for him? Do you envision him ever being as valuable as…. a Freddie Freeman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, thought for a second he homered yet again… Not Freeman… More like Rizzo, if I were to guess… Which is still damn good

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: Rizzo only a small, very small, tick or 2 down from Freeman, no?

        I believe the separation from Freeman to Rizzo is mostly home ballpark related.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wouldn’t say step down, just different… I don’t think Freeman’s .315 AVG type will be matched by Hoskins… I get more of a .275 sense from Hoskins

          • NoOneIsHome says:
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            @Grey: Mr. Grey, who would you say Bellinger compares to then? If Hoskins = Rizzo, then Bellinger = ? Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Harper w/ less AVG? Think 35 HRs, 10+ SBs, .275

        • NoOneIsHome says:
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          @Fogimon: Mr. Grey, who would you say Bellinger compares to then? If Hoskins = Rizzo, then Bellinger = ? Thanks!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Bellinger has 36 HRs, 9 SBs and a .270 at 22 years old… Above Hoskins by a large amount…

            • NoOneIsHome says:
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              @Grey: Wow. If Hoskins = Rizzo then Bellinger = the #1 fantasy player if he is ahead of Hoskins by a large amount, right?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah but Bellinger is not that just as Hoskins is not Rizzo… he could be

                • NoOneIsHome says:
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                  @Grey: We shall see! Thanks again!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    No problem

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: also, Phils aren’t playing right now so him homering would be a miracle. Although, I heard Rhysus can walk on water, so anything’s possible.

  45. Daze says:
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    Grey
    A) Do I drop Clint Frazier for Willie Calhoun
    B) Would you keep either for $6 next year
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) sure B) maybe

      • Daze says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks that’s what I thought

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  46. Squat Cobbler says:
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    Hello Lorthario! Great post as uze!
    12-team roto, 2000 IP limit that possibly no one will hit…

    Just barely first in Wins, K’s and ERA, just behind 2nd place in WHIP (cannot be caught from behind in whip.)

    You mentioned in comments above that you wouldn’t start Gausman. I’m pondering starting both Gausman -2 at Tor and Nola +14 at home vs Mia. I have Sale and Severino but do not wish to scramble for K’s/Wins the final week (though that may happen anyway.) Given my situation, would you…
    A.) Start both
    B.) Start Nola
    C.) Start Gausman
    D.) Sit both
    E.) pick my boogers

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would not start Gausman

  47. DonnieB says:
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    Time to give Anderson or Semien a shot over Corey Seager? Seager hasn’t homered in over a month.
    Also,please pick 2 of these OF/3B for ROS? I can use one as DH.
    Cain,Haniger,Schwarber, Margot,Franco or CarGo.

    And thank you for a great season! It is the best read on the internet and great information.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t drop Seager…. Haniger, CarGo — thanks!

  48. iChiro says:
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    I need to get to my innings limit and try to preserve ratios, because the guy I”m facing already outnumbered me in starts for the week 12-10… so I’m trying to figure out my starts for the rest of the week. I need a minimum of 14 innings…6×6 H2H, with W, S, K, WHIP, ERA, K/9

    I have a Kluber vs KC start and Greinke @ SF start that I will play and could probably get the 14 innings right there, but I’m not sure if I should play any of the following? I’ve read though comments and see the Yes on Corbin for today, No to Glasnow

    9/13: Yes on Corbin home vs Rockies; No to Glasnow @Brew ; Chase Anderson home vs Pirates ?

    9/15: Wacha @ Cubs –?

    9/17: Richards Home vs Texas–?

    I can drop Richards from the DL spot — or I can drop Souza and/or Delino to try and get some streamers, but not a lot of quality options available, and only 3 moves available for the week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes on Anderson, no on Wacha, sure on Richards if you need it at the time — I don’t know how badly you need these bench bats…

      • iChiro says:
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        @Grey: People I can use in my 3 OF: Happ, Thames, Souza, K. Davis, Delino, Adam Jones

        Util: Tim Beckham

        Keeper league, so Happ is likely staying put.

        • iChiro says:
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          @iChiro: 12 team league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You don’t need Souza

          • iChiro says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. Delino was supposed to be my SAGNOF, but his FAGNOS since I picked him up again, lol

              • iChiro says:
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                @Grey: Michael Taylor over Delino for SB? Worth my #4 spot in waivers that carries over to next season?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Meh I’d hold there

  49. Curious George Springer says:
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    Yu Darvish has allowed a .500 BABIP in September! He’s got a 28% HR/FB ratio in September!!

    I think he’ll be fine tonight. this is where he and the Dodgers turn it around.

  50. Steve says:
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    Brewers are trotting out the B team today, still down on Glasnow’s start with weaker lineup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see it now, they look to be forfeiting

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: you tried to warn me but I wouldn’t listen. Glasnow has some sort of mental block when it comes to pitching in the big show, like stage fright or something. Too bad, he looked phenomenal during his stint in the minors.

  51. Bobby says:
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    Starting Glasnow tonight vs mil?

    Starting cashner vs Seattle?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start both

  52. Steve says:
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    With Avila’s playing time drying up due to Contreras being back, is Gattis a better play over the next 2.5 weeks? 13-team roto, weekly lock.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure go Gattis

  53. Jim says:
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    I’ve been clinging on with hope, and I picked up Nicasio, but just to confirm, Seung Hwan Oh is a safe drop right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah go for it

  54. The Harrow says:
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    AL only with holds/saves sold separately, 4 roster spots for RP. j.smith about to lose big value with a-mill back tomorrow. drop for which of: dull/hatcher/bush (back in AT least 7th inning, probably 8th soon, unless they finally let kela do it again, he’s also out there). have giles/hildenberger/belisle in other slots so need holds guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Prolly Bush

  55. Ball Park Frank says:
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    What’s up Grey!
    Last night when I heard about the McCullers scratch I though about dropping him and reclaiming Nola. Of course I didn’t. Hope you started him.

    12 team mixed standard 5×5. H2H semifinals have a big lead in Runs and RBI. Up 5 steals so I think that’s mine. Only up 4 HR’s so that’s close. Thinking of dropping a player for Olson or another hot bat. Available- Olson, K. Seager, Haniger, Jose Martinez, Williams, Escobar. Any changes you’d make?

    My team
    C-Contreras
    1B Edwin
    2b dozier
    3b Shaw
    Ss segura
    Of bellinger
    Of upton
    Of Rhysus
    Util whit
    Util Buxton
    Be Starling

    P.S. went to the Giants Dodgers game last night so if you’d like analysis of Pence’s infield single or Pablo’s pinch hit strike out, let me know!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I did start him, luckily…. Seager over Marte

  56. luvpho says:
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    Should I drop Moss for Nick Williams?

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