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Matt Grace picked up his 2nd save in as many games on Saturday for the Nationals, and Ben Zobrist’s wife started to work on a song titled, “Saving Grace,” and requested Ben’s trade to Washington.  Then, first thing on Sunday, the Nats traded for Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle, and Saving Grace became a B-side for “Halleberrylujah, A Catwoman Licks Herself (Rated PG).”  When asked if the trade makes his team better, the Nats’ GM said, “That’s right,” and, “I’m Mike Rizzo.”  Picture this:  Dusty and Rizzo looking at a book called, “Baseball Strategy.”  Rizzo looks at Dusty, and Dusty says, “I got the baseball part,” and Rizzo nods his head.  Finally, Rizzo chimes in, “I don’t know the 2nd word and I don’t think it’s worth investigating.”  Dusty agrees, and that’s the Nationals.  So, who will close between Madson and Doolittle?  Your guess = my guess.  I’d want to say Madson, but it could be either, both or neither as they trade for David Robertson or someone else.  By the time the calendar turns to August, the Nationals might have five closers from teams not in the pennant chase.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 0 ER (3 unearned), 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.98.  Staked to a huge early lead, Mr. Roark cruised out to the Ivictory Coast for a stay at the W, waving to tourists arriving at Fantasy Baseball Island.

Daniel Murphy – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homers, hitting .348.  ‘Member the people who didn’t believe in Murphy?  Bunch of jackasses!  Like a Pre-All-Star Break Grey.

Anthony Rendon – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, and his third homer in two games.  Rendon said he wasn’t angry when he finished third in the Final Vote for the All-Star Game.  Apparently, he hits well when he’s denying his anger.

Homer Bailey – 4 IP, 8 ER, ERA up to 10.13.  Bailey has a better chance of hypnotizing the entire league into thinking a high ERA is better than a low ERA than actually having a low ERA.

Michael Pineda – Seeking a second opinion on his torn UCL.  If he asks a doctor for the 2nd opinion, this will likely lead to Tommy John surgery.  If Pineda asks a major league hitter for the 2nd opinion, this could lead to Pineda pitching through it.

CC Sabathia – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 3.54.  To put five walks to three strikeouts in terms you understand, “This party is a sausage fest, easy five guys to every three women.”  “That ratio doesn’t sound bad.”  “Yes, but the three women are lesbians.”  I.e., it’s not Si Si Sabathia.

David Price – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.39.  Damn, someone is rounding into form like a mid-21st century Sandoval.  That sounds like a negative, but a mid-21st century Sandoval was one of the most roundly formed specimens.  Not a pointy angle to be found.

Stephen Piscotty – Hit the DL with a groin strain.  Piscotty doesn’t—Oh, who cares?!  Where’s Harrison Bader?  Call him up, you godforsaken Cardinals organization!  Why do the Cards call up young pitching prospects so readily, but they drag their heels on hitting prospects?  Fo’reallies.

Magneuris Sierra – 4-for-4, 1 run and his 2nd steal.  But what about Bader?!  Sierra’s okay for steals, but will likely platoon, call him SAGNOFeuris.

Lance Lynn – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.40.  I think Kendrick said it best when he said, “I’m downin’ this D’USSÉ with my boo bae tastes like Kool-Aid for the analysts.”  According to Genius.com, that means cognac tastes the same as a 99-cent pack of Kool-Aid.  Just as Lynn, with his 3.40 ERA, tastes like an ace.

Brett Cecil – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and his 5th blown save, though his first one after the manager gave him a vote of confidence as his new closer.  Yo, Matheny, your vote of confidence is polluted!  If I were speculating here, I’d grab Trevor Rosenthal and Cecil, in that order.  Oh seems, well, Oh-ver.

Aaron Nola – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.54.  A) 3.54 would be leading some fantasy leagues this year with how bad pitching is, so he should be owned.  B)  In 28 1/3 IP, he has a 1.59 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with 32 Ks on my team  C) There’s no C.  D) Didn’t you just say CC wasn’t ownable with a 3.54 ERA?  E) Yo, D, eat a D.

Aaron Altherr – Headed to the DL and Cesar Hernandez will be activated to replace him.  Or as they say of Cesar’s return in Latin America, carpe diem.

Nick Williams – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in the last four games.  I wanna say schmotato, but he needs to get out of the eight hole.  He should too, since the middle of the Phils’ order is Nava damn thing.

Jimmy Nelson – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.27.  Swear to Giancarlo, I looked up the ERA league leaders to see if Nelson was in the top five.  He’s not, he’s eighth.

Johnny Cueto – Hit the 10-day DL with blisters, and goodbye.  I didn’t love putting him in the top 100 for the 2nd half, but he had an opening matchup vs. the Padres and he couldn’t be this bad and…goodbye.  I dropped him on Saturday, and I only wish I moved on from him about three months sooner.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.18, as he was activated from the DL.  Let’s hope he leaves the dirt bikes to teenagers who look like they’ve never showered and child actors with nothing to do.  Frankie Muniz — dirt bikes; Bumgarner — no dirt bikes.  Clear?

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.86.  Samard&*$#@! it was the Padres!  *lifts bowling ball, drops bowling ball on foot*  I still only feel the pain from Samard&*$#@!  The cleanup hitter was catcher, Hector Sanchez, who is hitting .191, and you let him hit a three-run homer off you?!  Samard&*$#@!

Brandon Belt – Scratched yesterday with a sprained wrist.  He hurt his wrist on a check swing.  Not to be confused with a Czech Swing, which is dance that involves high kicks and cheekbones.

Trevor Cahill – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.14.  Want a good laugh?  Look at Cahill’s road/away splits.  Hodgepadre by any other name would not make my toots smell as sweet, or as the French say ‘toot sweet.’

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th and 13th homers, hitting .313.  The White Sox said Avisail is off the trade market, and Avisail said, “Aw, c’mon!  Please!”

Kyle Seager – 2-for-5 and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  If Seager’s going to get to his usual 27 homers, and there’s nothing that says he won’t, he has a ton of homers still left in his bat.

Danny Valencia – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .271.  Has done nothing of recent — Malfrenquencia? — but this could be the start of something.

Alex Cobb – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.59.  *looking at league average for ERAs, looking at Cobb’s ERA*  So, Cobb is basically an ace this year too.  “But Sabathia wasn’t with a 3.54 ERA?!”  Please, leave me alone, Inner Monologue.

Logan Morrison – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  I wonder if Gary Sanchez knows Morrison is competing against him in a 2nd half Home Run Derby.

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (5 BBs), 9 Ks, ERA at 3.91 vs. Parker Bridwell – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.18.  This matchup of Archer vs. Bridwell sounds like it was penned by George R. R. Martin, but, if that were the case, it would never end.

Danny Espinosa – Designated for assignment.  His assignment is to try to board a plane with his beard.

Trevor Bauer – 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.59.  It’s a bad week to quit sniffing glue, but I must’ve been sniffing glue to start Bauer.  Hmm, I’ve painted myself into a logic corner.

Sean Manaea – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.68.  Feels like this guy is going to go this route next year:  in March, people will be like, “Do you think Manaea can break out?”  And I’ll be like, “He broke out already last year.”

Cole Hamels – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.05 vs. Danny Duffy – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.51.  This was a matchup of two guys who are owned by the guy who’s winning your league with a bunch of schmohawks, which keeps making you scratch your head, saying, “But these pitchers aren’t that good.”

Alex Claudio – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.59, and his 3rd save on Saturday.  Who’s the closer in Texas?  Everyone, “Jose Leclerc.”  Who has the most saves in Texas in the last two weeks?  “Oh, yeah, Claudio, but he’s not the closer.”  A’la Jay Z in The Story of O.J., “Okay.”

Mike Napoli – 2-for-4 and his 20th homer, and 2nd homer this weekend.  Hot schmotato alert!

Kevin Gausman – *uck Showalter says demoting Gausman is a possibility.  Since Gausman has a 6.39 ERA, the Orioles would be setting a dangerous precedent by demoting someone due to a poor ERA.  They’d have to demote their entire starting staff.

Wade Miley – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, and Gausman is the one performing badly.  Hahahahahaha.  Oh, Jesus Christ Ramirez.

Zach Britton – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.93.  Could resume closer duties any day now.  While Britton’s waiting to regain the role, he’s keeping a stiff upper lip.

Jake Arrieta – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (3 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 4.17.  On one hand, the start was in Camden, so that could be tough.  On the other hand, three walks and three Ks really isn’t that great.  On a third hand that is actually Hamburger Helper, this is Arrieta and you’re making excuses for him to have a 4.17 ERA.

Jose Quintana – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 4.20.  Speaking of 420, Quintana’s NL-Only FAAB price just got real high.  Could a trade to a team in the pennant race change Quintana’s mindset and performance?  P to the erhaps.  I also think there’s just as much a chance he goes out and has his usual 3.50-ish ERA.  My gut tells me people are overestimating his new value.  Though, I did just eat Mexican.

Kris Bryant – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .277.  This was his 2nd straight game with three hits, and suddenly all Cubs fans are now like, “We’re gonna repeat!”  Cubs fans do more 180’s than fidget spinners.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Willson Contreras – 4-for-5, 1 run, hitting .278.  Now seven for his last ten, and a home run on Friday.  Find someone who looks at you like major league hitters look at Orioles pitchers.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs as he was activated from the DL.  Soon, the Rockies will also get back David Dahl, and, at that point, they’ll have to decide if they want to play without a catcher and instead four outfielders.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-6, 3 RBIs, and his 18th homer, hitting .305.  It’s extremely susceptible to weather, but if you want to check out the Shroud of Turin I purchased on eBay, I left it by the window sill–NOOOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

DJ LeMahieu – 4-for-6, 3 runs and his 5th steal.  He’s hitting .315, which is 6th in the NL, so it feels silly to say this, but I bet you could buy low on LeMahieu.

Mark Reynolds – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .287.  The memo going around the Rockies’ clubhouse reads, “If you don’t get at least four hits in a game, you could be benched.  Or if you ever say anything bad about Todd Helton.”

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .337.  Parra definitely received the memo.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .320.  Chazz Noir likely didn’t need to read the memo, but he did spray some of his cologne on it, so others would think of him when they read it.

Yoenis Cespedes – Expected back Monday from a sore hip.  When a guy has hundred legs, there’s bound to be a lot of problems with his lower half.

Steven Matz – 1 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.58.  This start was so bad the Blind Boys Of Alabama winced, and they sung “Way Down In The Hole,” so they know depressing, and THEY’RE BLIND!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Which Cabrera has been more valuable this year:  Asdrubal or Miggy?  Okay, but you had to think about it, and, on our Player Rater, they’re closer than they should ever be.

Lucas Duda – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer, hitting .243.  Usually when he hits one home run, he follows it up with another soon after.  I understand ‘soon after’ is super subjective here.

Jose Urena – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.93.  The Regression Fairies usually have dotted their eyes by this point in the season.  That’s the Urban Dictionary ‘dotting of the eyes’ I’m referring to, by the by.

Adrian Gonzalez – Took 40 swings off a tee on Friday.  Since he should be retired, it’s good to see him practicing his golf game.

Alex Wood – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.56, moving his record to 11-0.  Okay, serious question, he starts seven more times, gets seven more wins, ends the season 18-0 with a sub-2 ERA, and can he not win the Cy Young?  Is there a way he does not win it?

Rich Hill – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.55.  It’s not exactly like he can’t go deeper in games, but, when you throw 94 pitches through five innings, you have no chance of that.

Justin Turner – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .374.  He doesn’t quite qualify for the batting title yet, but he will get there if he can avoid injuries, i.e., You can’t catch him, he’s the Gingerbeard Man!

Cody Bellinger – 0-for-3 but hit for the cycle on Saturday.

Francisco Liriano – 2 IP, 5 ER, but left the game with neck soreness.  That’ll happen watching each pitch you throw get knocked back the other way.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .233.  Hard to imagine you can find anyone else that gives power and absolutely nothing else.  Wait, that’s exactly what you can find.  My b.

Justin Smoak – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .290.  The most remarkable part of Smoak’s season:  none of his peripherals are saying he should regress.

Michael Fulmer – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.06.  His Ks aren’t great, his xFIP is over 4 and his BABIP shows luck.  Basically, he’s having a year that is giving the Fangraphs Database the middle finger.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and a slam (16) and legs (2).  I heard a rumor that Just Dong might get traded to the Rockies, and I fainted with a handkerchief to my forehead.  Toxicology reports showed a high level of dong.

Zack Godley – 6 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.09.  That’s fairly terrestrial.

Jaime Garcia – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.33.  I streamed him without the blessing of the Stream-o-Nator, but I’d go back to SON’s outlook for his next start.

Matt Adams – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 15th homer, hitting .291.  That was his 2nd home run in the past four games, one from before the break.  Adams does have admittedly more impressive before and after’s of late.

Ervin Santana – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (5 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 2.99.   I get it, this start was vs. the Astros and they’re, how do I say this, good.  Also, Ervin’s peripherals are saying there’s a bit more than Magic happening here.  But…again with some stank…BUT Ervin is available in my 12-team mixed league.  Okay, that’s slightly insane.

Bartolo Colon – After being cut by the Braves, he will make his Twins’ debut on Tuesday.  I think someone in the Twins’ front office confused “looks ready for the Twins” with “looks ready to give birth to twins.”

Byron Buxton – Hit the DL with a strained groin.  Perfect for this jerk-off.

Mike Fiers – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  Another guy I streamed due to the Stream-o-Nator, and would throw back to the waiver wire.  Shorty, let me tell you about my only vice.  It has to do with not a lot of starters who I’m loving and they ain’t nothing nice.

Dallas Keuchel – Will begin a rehab assignment today.  In my ‘pert RCL league, Malamoney offered me a trade of Keuchel for Sam Dyson, and I nearly drove my car off a cliff on the PCH into a ravine of cacti and hippies to accept the trade, but he traded Keuchel away in a different deal prior to me accepting.  Stupid Cougs and her All-Star break road trips!

   
  1. Baskets says:
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    Wilson Ramos and Gattis on waivers. Drop LeBouef for either?

    • Mark says:
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      @Baskets: Ramos is hurt and Gattis is a part time player.

      • Baskets says:
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        @Mark: Catchers are part time players and Ramos injury appears to be minor. Waiting for Gray on this one, thanks tho!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Baskets: I’d go with Ramos

  2. Scott says:
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    Cahill had another good start. I looked at his #’s and he has a 60% ground ball rate, 10+k/9. I haven’t given him much of a look, but i can’t discount what he is doing. He probably also has a good chance of moving to a contender. Would you rather own him ros vs taijuan walker? 6×6 with qs. Thanks

    • Grey

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      @Scott: You see his road/home splits?

  3. Razzer Man says:
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    Here’s a 1st place rotation that I probably would’ve laughed at before the season started.

    Alex Wood
    Jimmy Nelson
    Michael Fulmer
    Jose Quintana
    Ivan Nova
    Danny Duffy
    Drew Pomeranz
    Rich Hill

    I’ll probably be laughing again in September if luck doesn’t stay on my side.

    • Razzer Man says:
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      @Razzer Man:

      And by laughing I mean crying tears of defeat

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up as always or better than ever – you decide!

    a. On the Bartolo blurb, you got it wrong. The front office read on the ticker ‘…is ready for (Hostess) Twinkies…’

    b. John Rambo Quote of the day for July 17

    Lt. Colonel Podovsky: ‘Yushin! Yushin has a momento for you of this occasion.’

    [Yushin takes Rambo’s own hunting knife that’s had the tip heated in fire and scars Rambo from his left eye down to his lower cheek.]

    [Yushin then walks over to POW #1 who has just been brought into the same room.]

    Lt. Colonel Podovsky: ‘Put it in his eye. If your life means nothing to you, then perhaps his does.’

    POW #1: ‘Don’t tell them anything.’

    Lt. Colonel Podovsky: ‘You will talk. Yes?’

    [Yushin is inching closer and closer to POW #1’s eye with the tip of the knife’s blade.]

    [Rambo nods in agreement to save POW #1]

    Lt. Colonel Podovsky: ‘Ochen harasho (Excellent, in Russian)

    [Scene change, Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!) and she’s all dressed in magenta continues her stealth inflitration into the camp.]

    POW #1: ‘Don’t do it.’

    Lt. Colonel Podovsky: ‘Do it now.’

    [Rambo changes the radio station to communicate with command.]

    Rambo: ‘220… 56. Lone Wolf. Receive. This is Lone Wolf. 22056.’

    Radio Room Operator: ‘Lone Wolf, this is Wolf Den. Transmit location and status. Over.’

    Murdock: ‘- What is it?’

    Radio Room Operator: ‘- It’s Rambo, sir.’

    Rambo: ‘…Receive. Over.’

    Radio Room Operator: ‘We read you, Lone Wolf. What is your position? Over. I say again, what is your position? Over…’

    [Yushin grabs Rambo by the head and jerks him back.]

    Lt. Colonel Podovsky: ‘Your friend dies if you do not answer.’

    Radio Room Operator: ‘Lone Wolf.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Johnny, where the hell are you? John, come in.’

    Rambo: ‘Murdock?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘He’s here.’

    Murdock: ‘This is Murdock. We’re glad you’re alive. Where are you? Give us your position, and we’ll come to pick you up.’

    Rambo: ‘Murdock… I’m coming to get you.’

    [Rambo jumps from his chair, grabs the radio communicator and slaps Yushin hard then gets up and slaps Lt. Colonel Podovsky. From below the floor, Indigenous Co (and she’s HOT!) and she’s all dressed in magenta shoots any resistance, supporting Rambo’s ambush.]

    [Rambo ties up Yushin to his own invention and cranks up the voltage to maximum!]

    [A massive man hunt is unleashed by the Russians and Viet soldiers.]

    Rambo: ‘Come on. Come on! Down. This way!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Thanks, man!

        Had a quick question. In my 12-team mixed RCL, I randomly clicked on all COL players available. Guess who was available? (Hint: he got the memo.) Parra!!! So, the question…

        Am I high? Am I really alive asking this question? Should Parra be available in a 12-teamer??

        Sorry, now realized that there are many questions!! You can punish me answering just one – your choice!

        Cheers,
        Ante

  5. Glenn Halpern says:
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    hey grey,
    who would you pick up to replace cueto? pomeranz, godley, straily, peacock?
    thanks!
    glenn

  6. CrazyJ says:
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    10-team H2H points with OBP instead of AVG… I drafted all-star pitching with value long-ballers, so think 10 Joey Gallos (means I have crap for average, and didn’t target OBP either. )

    Ryan Zimmerman on waivers, do I trade out Mark Reynolds or does it matter? After the last 30 days (I know you feel it too) I’m leaning towards taking a waiver on Zimmerman. Would be really hard for me to not make playoffs, so if you have a crystal ball I need to know what weeks 23 – 25 will be like! ;) I’m worried about Reynolds playing time at the end of the year, or is that no longer a concern?

    Dickerson is also on waivers, but I’m running Thames, Duvall, Bruce, and someday Marte. I know you aren’t big on Bruce for the second-half, but he seems to be hitting pretty well. Do you think I should pick up Dickerson for Bruce? I feel there is nothing to gain except a smidge of a steal if I’m lucky, and not sure I trust Dickerson in the long-haul.

    Thanks in advance, and I appreciate a write up… one hundred legs, thats funny, but not as much as the Liriano comment!

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      forgot, Conforto also in the OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CrazyJ: I’d go Zimmerman… Dickerson over Conforto, thanks!

  7. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Happy Monday to you Grey. I could use some advice on which SPs to start this week in our 10 Team H2H Points League. I need 2 out of the following choices:

    Duffy vs DET
    Faria at OAK
    Lynn at NYM
    Clevenger at SF

    Thanks much Grey.

    • mthom42 says:
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      @Yankee My Wanky!: I’d roll with Clevinger & Faria, but the way Lynn has been pitching sort of hard to bench him.

  8. Tom says:
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    DJ LeMahieu or Ian Happ at 2B ROS?

    • mthom42 says:
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      @Tom: depends if you need Average or Power but I’d take Happ for some upside

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Tom: Happ

    • Grey

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      @Tom: Do agree with mthom42 tho, needs dependent

  9. David Niven says:
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    Greyjoy, sup guv,

    6×6 ops roto keeper I have a total of 20 points in the 6 offensive categories and 39.5 on the pitching side. Lead in whip and era so was gonna stream my ass off this half.

    Guy wants to give me Daniel Murph for Greinke, that would leave my rotation as Hill, Nelson, A Nola, Tallion, Ed Rod, Gray, Montgomery, Watcha with 2 slots to stream.

    That ain’t enough pitching to carry forward without Greinke is it? My offense is stacked for a 2nd half run—–but I’m seriously on the fence with this.

    Your 2 cents?

    Thanks man, have a great week!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @David Niven: It does leave you light on pitching but I’d still take Murphy and trade a bat for a pitcher to fill Greinkes spot

  10. Jump on it! says:
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    10 team H2H – who would you drop: Marte, Conforto, Trumbo, Thames

    Thanks!

    • Bird says:
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      @Jump on it!: Which Marte? The guy you’ve been holding onto all season long who comes back tomorrow and will get you 20 bags? Yes, drop him lol

  11. mthom42 says:
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    Grey, if the Frazier to Boston deal gets done, how much value does he have? Top 12 3B?

    • Grey

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      @mthom42: Sounds about right, top 12-15

  12. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey!

    10 team H2H 6×6 (add OBP and holds and swap out K’s for K/9). 5 keepers no cost. Trade Bellinger and Inciarte for DeGrom and Arrieta? Inciarte is a bench bat and Machado would come off his season-along benching to replace Bellinger. I’d be adding to an already decent SP core top-to-bottom at the cost of replacing Bellinger for Machado. Benintendi would replace Bellinger as 5th keeper.

    Thanks for your help.

  13. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    I’m needing a pitching upgrade in a h2h league pretty badly.

    I offered up Springer/McCullers/Thor to a pretty big Stros fan for Kluber/Bryant. If that doesnt work does Springer/McCullers for Kluber/JD Martinez get the Grey Albright approval?

    Thanks for the great read on a Monday!

      • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        Any of these streams sound good tonight?

        1. Eduardo Rodriguez at home vs TOR?
        2. Chad Kuhn home vs MIL
        3. Zack Wheeler away vs. STL
        4. Matt Moore home vs. FOR

        Son likes them all except EdRod. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1 & 4

          • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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            @Grey: “Eye I can see clearly now, the rain has gone. I can see alllll the obstacles thanks to Greyyyy!”

            Thanks brotherman!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  14. Cable says:
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    H/H points. Need to drop one of each…..hitter, C Davis,C Santana,L Morrison…….SPer Lackey,Peacock,Morton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cable: Santana….Lackey

  15. Bo Shankus says:
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    Scherzer for Votto straight up? I need the offense and could probably absorb the loss of Scherzer relatively well. It’s a keeper league, but both are old so there’s not much to factor in there.

    • mthom42 says:
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      @Bo Shankus: People in the message boards keep saying Votto always had a big second half if that helps

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Bo Shankus: Fair so if you need the bat then take it

  16. Cram It says:
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    Between Bauer and Matz on my NFBC team, I don’t know if it’s possible to do more damage to your pitching #’s in a shortened scoring period. But my team ERA was already just under 5.00 so…F it.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Cram It: It’s possible, I had Bauer Matz and Shark …ugh

      • Chucky says:
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        Did you consider Hari Kari Sunday afternoon?

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Grey: Then we both win!!! or Lose?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: 4.06 with 3 of my top 5 SPs of the DL.

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Great Knoche: If I had that ERA, I’d be sniffing the top 3.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: Yeah, let’s not talk about my offense since Freddie Freeman got hurt. Went from 60 to 42 batting points.

          On the bright side I’m only 10 points out of 3rd place and getting healthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: My pitching had made a comeback until Bauer… I’ve reached the point where I have to start him too b/c I don’t have enough pitchers

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I’m starting Bryan Mitchell and Adalberto Mejia this week. Good times!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wish I owned them so I could bench Bauer!

  17. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Weekly league who would you start?

    Reynolds (6 @ home) or Beltre(7 away)?

    Pham or Conforto?

    Thanks

  18. There Goes Masahiro says:
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    14-Team H2H OBP Keep 6 Forever League:

    C – Ramos
    1B – Cabrera
    2B – Happ
    SS – Correa
    3B – Rendon
    OF – JD, JBJ, Broxton
    Util – Bell, Pederson
    BE – Zimmer, Forsythe
    DL – Trea Turner

    SP – Strasburg, McCullers, Tanaka, Duffy, Peacock, Godley, Folty, Roark, Wheeler
    RP – Colome, Ramos
    DL – Melancon

    Working to improve my team for the stretch run and I can trade away up to 3 draft picks. What do you see as the biggest needs for this team that I can target in trading away a pick or two?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @There Goes Masahiro: Considering McCullers might get shut down, Stras has had bad 2nd halfs and this: Godley, Folty, Roark, Wheeler — is iffy at best, I’d say your pitching

  19. HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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    Grey,

    What do you think of Moncada?

    I Got an offer: Moncada + Raisel for my Odor. Keeper league. Need saves. Other 2B is segura

      • HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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        Grey,

        What do you think of Moncada?

        I Got an offer: Moncada + Raisel for my Odor. Keeper league. Need saves. Other 2B is segura @JeF WiTh 1 F:

        Thanks

  20. Dancin Homer says:
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    Morning & happy Monday (day starts off great reading Razz; is all uphill from here).

    Anyway, got a few (sorry, 4) questions for you in my 12-team, 6×6 (std cats + OPS & QS), redraft league:

    1. Steven Matz – is he droppable here (roster listed below)?

    2. Raimel Tapia – same question, he worth holding or drop since he’s not playing everyday now?

    3. My 2B/SS is killing me with the Villar/ Story combo. Would you trade Story for DJ LeMahieu?

    4. Should I add Kahnle now with the 99% chance of Robertson getting shipped away?

    Roster:
    C: Zunino
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Villar
    3B: Rendon
    SS: Story
    IF: Votto
    OF: Ozuna, Polanco, Brantley
    UTL: Healey
    Bn: C. Santana, Puig, Tapia

    SP: Carrasco, Strasburg, McCullers, Wood, J. Nelson, Eickhoff, A. Sanchez, Matz
    RP: W. Davis, Holland, Iglesias, Reed
    DL: Melancon, Vizcaino

    Thanks in advance

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Dancin Homer: 1. for who (but I’d hang onto Matz) 2. Drop Tapia (can lose Puig too) 3. Nah 4. Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dancin Homer: 1/2 Everyone’s droppable if there’s decent people available 3. Meh 4. Sure

  21. TacktheKack says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Desmond (3 vs SD, 3 vs Pit)
    or
    St. Marte (3 vs Mil, 3 @ Col)
    -I could use the SB after losing Turner so thinking of rolling the dice with Marte coming back.

    Happ (3 @ Atl, 3 vs StL)
    or
    Pedroia (4 vs Tor, 3 @ LAA)
    -I have a pretty powerful team (Judge, Trumbo, Bryant, Rendon, Machado, EE, Perez) so thinking just playing it safe with Pedroia cuz it’s an OBP league.

    Thanks!

  22. Skeezix says:
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    Yo Grey, which two sit this this week? My gut tells me to sit Nova and either Gray or Pomeranz because of matchups/parks.

    Nova (MIL, @COL)
    Pomeranz (TOR)
    Jon Gray (SD)
    Morton (SEA)
    Nelson (@PIT)
    Severino (@SEA)

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Skeezix: Nova/Pom

      • Skeezix says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Thanks F, I was leaning that way. Seems like both Pom and Gray are risky bets this week, but have to play one of them.

  23. TheOne says:
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    Lol @ dropping Cueto. The guy has been dealing with blisters all year and FINALLY hit DL. Guys with blisters cant get the ball down as you saw his last start. Samething was going on with Rich Hill and look at him now after DL. Stash Cueto till after DL, will win dudes chip

  24. OaktownSteve says:
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    Yo Albie. Cahill had 8 ks. Blurb says 6. I demand precision!!!!!!

    I picked up Corey Spongebob for the Padres 3 day stay at the House of Adolph. Also, Parra hit clean up for the Rocks the other day. Please let him hit 4th for the Rockies all summer. Oh please please please.

  25. Phil Brody says:
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    56 “Keuchel is one of those pitchers I’d actually like to face, and I haven’t faced live pitching in 27 years. ”

    Can’t forgive you for this. As much as I try.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil Brody: Hasn’t he been out for 2 months?

  26. Five-On-One says:
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    Speculating on Saves – Please rank for ROS:

    Kahnle, Rosie, Claudio and Brach.

    Thanks.

  27. Great Bambino says:
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    14 team H2H redraft league.

    My 2B is Dozier but I dropped Trevor Cahill for Odor to backup Dozier.

    Please tell me Odor will make me forget about dropping the actually useful Cahill. Odor or Cahill ROS?

  28. Synyster says:
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    Think Bush still has a shot at the closer gig in Texas, or should I drop him and pickup Claudio? Thanks.

    • knucks says:
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      @Synyster: I just dropped them both and have Kela sitting in the DL. He’s my lotto ticket. But the shituation is messy and if Kela does grab the roll right away, I’m ready to move on from the TEX pen as I’ve taken fliers on guys like Kahnle/Vizcaino that I currently consider to have almost as good of a shot at 10-15 saves ROS as Claudio or Bush.

      This really doesn’t help you much prob, but it helped me talk out my strategy. Anyways, I think I’d rather own Claudio than Bush right meow. Good luck!

      • knucks says:
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        @knucks: Meant to say “does NOT” with Kela, then I’ll move on. Obviously hoping he grabs the role, as well as Kahnle/Vizcaino with Braves/ChiSox selling. Anyways, cheers to save specs. Can’t wait until the next two weeks are over so that I either have the saves or I can cut for roster slots.

  29. daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    E-Rod or Manaea
    or keep both and drop Derek Fisher
    12 team keeper

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @daze: Lose Fisher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @daze: Agree with F

      • daze says:
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        @Grey:
        on it
        thanks guys

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. KCC26 says:
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    Which side? 12 team mixed

    Freeman/Holliday or Zimmerman/Upton/degrom

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @KCC26: Freeman for me

      • KCC26 says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: thank you sir! My original offer was Zimmerman/upton/manaea for freeman + an easy drop type player which he has him interested but ultimately prob won’t get the job done. Just thinking about what I’m willing to give. My SP right now are:
        Kershaw, deGrom, wood, manaea, Ed Rod, Tanaka, Walker, Rodon, Morton

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @KCC26: Maybe try sending Wood before deGrom…Probably just a matter of time before Wood is hurt again.

          • KCC26 says:
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            @JeF WiTh 1 F: yeah sorry. I actually agree there. League is a keep 6 guys at the average of their previous draft position and ADP at draft time (wood was a waiver grab and might actually be one of my six). That’s the only reason that I was thinking wood> degrom here. Though it’s also a head to head league and wood could get rested a lot down the stretch…

  31. ty says:
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    I LOL’d a good many times. Great job G

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ty: Thanks!

  32. El Famous Burrito says:
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    It’s getting to that point in the season where I get more satisfaction seeing players that I traded do bad, than I do at my own success.

  33. Texas Flood says:
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    I need to fill an outfield slot on my 6 x 6 OPS keeper team. Avasail, Chris Taylor or Marwyn Gonzalez? I like the position flexibility of the last two but could use some additional power. Thanks!

  34. Ted says:
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    Start two this week:

    Villar
    Pham
    Odor
    Zimmerman

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Ted: Pham/Zimmerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ted: No idea of matchups

  35. Eduardo Almaguer says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12-tm H2H OBP keeper.

    An owner wants to do one of those “If you’re still single when you’re 40 let’s get married” trades

    He wants my Mookie Betts (10th round next year) for his K.Bryant (12th round next year). The catch is that if we both finish the season with our current players, we can’t keep them because of unique rules. They only have that keeper value if traded away.

    So I either keep Mookie to help me on my playoff run and release him into the draft pool next season, or trade him to one of the top 3 teams in the standings but certify a 12th round Bryant next year while giving him Mookie in the 10th next season.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Eduardo Almaguer: If you don’t think you can win this year then take Bryant so you’re not left with nothing…otherwise I’d rather have Mookie

  36. Murph says:
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    Hey Grey
    1 – Drop Belt for Heyward or ODB? (for a bench bat)
    2 – Drop Cueto and stash Familia?
    3 – My SPs are Darvish, Wood, McCullers, Ray, Manaea, Nelson and Hill. Do I need Ed-Rod?
    4 – I heard the podcast from last week – dont let one jackass with a computer get you down bro. There are a ton of us who love what you do and appreciate it. That’s from the heart G!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: 1. Yes 2. Sure 3. Nope 4. Thanks, man!

      • Murph says:
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        @Grey: Hey man – extra Q – drop Belt for Heyward OR Herrera? Which one?? :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Odubel

          • Murph says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  37. mcmi11ions says:
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    JD might go to the Rockies? Sure I’ll try and trade Alex Wood for him straight up in this pitching starved era of baseball… to be continued…

  38. Coors Canaveral says:
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    Drop Peraza for C Hernadez when he comes off my DL today? I need steals, but Peraza isn’t exactly killing it…

  39. knucks says:
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    Hahhh

    *uck and C**nt sittin’ in a tree

    L-O-S-I-N-G!!

  40. Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man says:
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    I trade Strasburg

    I receive Dozier and Quintana.

    Do the deal?

  41. Robert DiSilvestro says:
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    Roto league: way ahead in saves, Offered Straily for Holland. I have a lot of bad memories from Straily, but is he better now?

  42. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    H2H weekly league, trying to manage 2 lineup spots for the week…

    I have 1 OF and 1 UT spot to fill for the week from the following guys, who ya got?

    Cespedes (health uncertain)
    S Marte (returning Tue)
    Alonso
    Pham
    Owings

  43. Chucky says:
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    Week 16 dilemma. Need two from: Pollock , Lamb ( both facing Max and Stras at home), Thames (facing 7 RHP), Polanco (facing 6 RHP including 3@ Coors) or Cargo ( 5 RHP all at home). Thanks, 6×6 OBP

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Chucky: I’d Polonco/Lamb

  44. asdfasdf says:
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    Hi, in a POINTS league I need to bench 2 of these guys this week:

    Taillon (vs. MIL)
    Samardzija (vs. SD)
    Nova (vs. MIL and @COL)
    Jon Gray (vs. SD)
    Maeda (@CHW)

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @asdfasdf: Taillon and Nova for me

  45. Ron "Rondell" Dell says:
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    Over the weekend I traded Rendon and Corey Dickerson for Machado? Did I give too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Possibly, hope it works out

  46. Pish says:
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    Nelson Cruz and Amed Rosario for max scherzer in a keeper league?

    Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Pish: Max

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pish: Agree with F

  47. The Great Knoche says:
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    Saturday: So Ryan Braun will now be day-to-day for the rest of the year with a calf injury….

    Sunday: Let’s turn him loose on the basepaths and see if we can’t rack up some stolen bases.

    Come one Grey, Manaea broke out last year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: This year he’s really breaking out, dem Ks, baby, dem Ks

  48. John says:
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    Hi guys,

    In a H2H saves and holds league.

    My RPs are Jansen, Knebel, Kahnle and Bedrosian

    My SPs are Darvish, Archer, Nelson, Samardzija, S. Gray,

    • John says:
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      @John: sorry, accidentally hit submit.

      Morton, Rodon and I have E-Rod and Salazar on the DL?

      What are you thoughts on Rodon and Morton ROS?

      Guy in my league just lost Pineda and he’s low on moves for the rest of the season so he’s more inclined to trade. Is pairing Morton with JBJ for Kyle Seager too much?

      Thank you.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @John: Sounds fair…Morton and Rodon are streamers for the most part.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Agree with F

  49. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Good morning and a happy Monday morning,

    Do you like Luis Castillo over J Montgomery (Yanks) in 12 tm h2h?

    I know you mentioned him a couple weeks ago, but what the heck is Scooter doing with all the HR’s and RBI’s? Nuts.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Scuffy McGee: Depends on Match ups with those two

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scuffy McGee: Agree with F — Think Scooter’s breaking out finally

  50. Jon says:
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    I need to drop someone from my roster. Candidates are Madson, Hand, Justin Wilson, Maeda, Nova, Sabathia, Jarrod Dyson, Cozart, Alonso, Reddick

    Who goes?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jon: The one you need the least on your team

      • Jon says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: That’d be Alonso or Dyson…

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Jon: I’d lose Dyson out of those 2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Agree with F

  51. NoOneIsHome says:
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    I am in a position where I need to start Gennett ( Home 7 games versus WAS,ARI,MIA) or
    Happ ( Home 3 games versus STL & Away 3 games versus ATL) this week & who would you roll with ROS? Thank you for always responding!

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Happ

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Conforto!

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Giancarlo!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can we double date?

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Ha..Ill ask Michael

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You should ask Terry

  52. Green monstah says:
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    Top of the morning grey, hope you had a great weekend!

    H2h pts weekly lock league.

    At utility who are you rolling w/ this week?

    Pedroia (hosts blue Jays; stroman, Tuesday’s is TBA, Wednesday pitching TBA, Thursday liriano.)
    Then at Angels ; JC Ramirez, bridwell, and Jesse Chavez.)
    Pedroia has 7 games

    Ian Happ (series at Atlanta vs braves;, Julio Teheran, newcomb, dickey)
    Then series in Chicago hosting cardinals (Martinez, wainwright, wacha.)
    Happ gets 6 games

    Tommy Pham (series at NY mets; wheeler, montero, deGrom, lugo.)
    Then at Chicago vs Cubs (arrieta, Quintana, Lester.)
    Pham gets 7 games

    Max Kepler (hosting Yankees; Mitchell, cessa, Jordan Montgomery,
    Then Hosting tigers (anibal Sanchez, Jordan Zimmerman, Matthew Boyd.)

    Marwin Gonzalez (hosting mariners; Miranda, gaviglio, Paxton)
    Then series at Baltimore (ubaldo Jimenez, tillman, bundy)
    Gonzalez gets 6 games

    —–

    Next Q, regarding my OF spot I know cespedes will return tonight or tomorrow but in a weekly format are you benching cespedes? If yes, I could put either Schwarber, Schlebler, Conforto, or any of the above mentioned names who I don’t use at utility I could use at OF.

    Lastly, with white Sox only playing 5 games would you bench Todd Frazier? I can move Miguel Sano from IF to 3b then plug a bat at IF.

    — is now the time to stash Moncada? Looks like Chicago wants to deal away Todd Frazier making an immediate opening for Moncada

    Have a great one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Green monstah: Thanks! Pham, start Schebler over Yoenis, yes, bench Frazier, stash Moncada now

  53. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Getting a little antsy in my pantsies watching Odubel & Parra (a little worried about his playing time with Dahl getting healthy) heat up. Drop Mazara or Bradley Jr. for either one? You the poop.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Maz for Parra as long as you can bench him when he’s not starting, otherwise, Maz for Odubel…. No, you the poop!

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: You’re so wise. Mustache looks on point!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw, poop, thanks!

  54. wokeupinanew says:
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    in a keeper league;

    would you give up a $12 bellinger for $10 scherzer?

    can keep 6 guys a year.

    pitching staff is this: wood/ nelson/ salazaar/ duffy/ manea/ severino/ peacock
    OF: domingo/ nelson cuz/ harper/ trout/

    thanks

    • wokeupinanew says:
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      @wokeupinanew: I should mention there is no limit on how many times you can keep a guy

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @wokeupinanew: I’d keep Bellinger there

  55. Scandalous Bob says:
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    Speculating on saves ROS. Pick two:

    Doolittle
    Kahnle
    Kela
    Rosenthal
    Vizcaino

    • William Hung says:
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      @Scandalous Bob: Looks like Rosenthal is getting the next save chance

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @William Hung: Why do you say that? Oh has scuffled before (this entire season, basically).

  56. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Eric Thames or Wil Myers?

  57. John Holden says:
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    Hello all!
    12 team h2h 7 player keeper league.
    Give Syndergard, Grienke and M. Gonzalez
    Get mookie Betts
    What do you guy’s think??
    Thanks

  58. primetime says:
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    Trade JBJ for Ender? Primarily for SB/Runs and as a Utility.

    I have Bellinger, A Jones and Cruz in OF with Marte coming back.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @primetime: I’d hold

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I’d hold

  59. Brian Boyle says:
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    I received a trade in my H2H 12 team 4OF 6×5 currently I am in tied for third place.

    I trade Freeman, T Walker and receive CMart and Lindor?

    I was hoping to just add some pitching for the run to the post season. This is my team.
    Avila, Freeman, Schoop, Seager, Story, JDong, Judge, Broxton, Trout, Abreu
    Bench Smoak, Pham, Garcia, Pereza

    Pitchers Nola, Cahill, M Moore, T Walker, Severino, Urena, Maeda, Morton, I use several P slots to stream.
    Colome, Devenski, Osuna.

  60. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey, thoughts on Strasburg this week? 2 start week @ Cincy and @ AZ, any hesitation about starting him in a super sallow league(with the caveat that we start our studs)? Simply put, I am in a very funky salary cap league and due to the weird rules, I need to bench either Stras or Kenley this week ughhh. I am doing well in all pitching categories, and while its far from drastic I could probably use Wins and Ks more than Saves, though do not want to hurt he ratios. So silly that I have to ask this, but in a vaccum, would you bench Stras or Kenley this week? Thanks as always

      • Laguna BobbyI says:
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        @Grey: got it, thanks for talking me off the ledge

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  61. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team OBP league, I’ve been in talks with another team to trade Thames (excess hitters) for a starter. I’m asking for Quintana, he’s offering Berrios. Should I take the offer, walk away or wait to see how Berrios looks after his next start Wednesday against the Yankees after his last rough start against the Astros? Thanks!

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        Would you accept Quintana if he budged?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fair

  62. demribbies says:
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    ROS Luis Castillo or Pomeranz

    &&

    Drop Hanley for Smoak or Beltre?

  63. Mr. Rickey says:
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    12 Team H2H – I had Eduardo Rodriguez stashed on the DL. Here are my starters:

    Wood
    Walker
    Nelson
    Hill
    Tailon
    Clevinger

    Who would you drop for Rodriguez? I don’t like Rodriguez’s first couple of starts so I could drop him and take my chances on getting him back later.

    Thanks.

  64. Nick says:
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    Was offered votto/thames for my encarnacion/quintana….

    Which side do you like?

    Thanks for your wisdom Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Votto, depends on needs

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey:
        C- S. Perez
        1B- E. Encarnacion
        2B- Odor
        SS- Segura
        3B- Machado
        CI- Rendon
        MI- Bregman
        OF- Springer, Stanton, Puig, M. Taylor (WASH)
        Util- HanRam, Desmond

        Pitchers:
        Paxton, EdRod, Quintana, Bumgarner, Berrios, Jon Gray, Severino, Godley, G. Holland, Cahill, Syndergaard, D. Robertson

        What are my needs in your opinion?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t understand this question, don’t you have standings? What categories are you lagging in?

          • Nick says:
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            @Grey: Sorry, its a 10 team H2H. Currently sitting in a 3 way tie for 4th place

  65. joeg414 says:
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    Any reason to hold on to Seung-Hwan Oh,? daily mixed 5×5 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joeg414: Prolly not, # of teams matters

      • joeg414 says:
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        @Grey:
        12 Teams. I already have Rodney, Edwin Diaz and David Robertson.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can lose him

  66. Red5 says:
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    Pick one starter from: Pomerantz (home) vs. Jays, Berrios (home) vs. Yankees, Godley (home) vs. Nats, and E. Santana (home) vs. Tigers
    Thanks!

      • Red5 says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  67. Steven Boyle says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you trade my Benintendi (three year keeper after this year at whatever his ADP round is next year, and also incredibly handsome) for Machado (two years left on contract at 7th round)? After the contracts “expire” the round values of the players are assigned as their ADP at that time so Machado in two years would probably become a first or second rounder unless he hits .230 the next two years. Thanks man.

    • Steven Boyle says:
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      @Steven Boyle: Oh also btw this is H2H points, kind of important information I left out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado side

  68. Rbglade says:
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    6×6 14 team mixed ( obp added to the traditional 5 cats )

    Ros Heyward or Tapia???

    Throw Mancini into the mix and what order would you rank the 3 of them.

    As always, thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini, Heyward

  69. MikeZ says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto league, no bench: I was able to pickup both Madson and Doolittle, but I can only keep one, and I’d have to drop Matz to do that. So — who do I hold on to: Matz, Doolittle or Madson? If I was sure who was going to get the saves, I think I’d go with the closer here, but govem the uncertainty, I’m not sure what to do…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Madson

  70. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Pham or C Santana ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pham

  71. eric says:
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    Pick up Pham and drop either C Taylor or Reddick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  72. Sam says:
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    I have King Felix and Gregory Polanco rostered in a 10 team. Are Aaron Sanchez or Colin McHugh worth an add over those two?

    • Fogimon says:
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      @Sam: King Felix is done. Rather have Aaron Sanchez

  73. joeg414 says:
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    Need to cut one Piscotty or Altherr ? 6×6 mixed roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr

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

    (3) SP: Carrasco, Severino, McCullers
    (2) RP: Wilson, Knebel
    (4) P: Betances, Nova, Lynn J. Gray
    (6) Bench: Walker, McCarthy, Aaron Sanchez, Pivetta, Eickhoff

    (2) DL: Shoemaker

    Yay for terrible pitching! I apologize in advance if these starts make you sick but these are the only streaming options I have for the rest of the week and I’ve got 4 adds left sooo are any of these starts worth using? I think I see maybe 3 decent options according to SON in Matt Moore, Wheeler and Blach but even those scare the bejesus out of me!

    7/18
    Newcomb vs. CHC (-3.0)

    7/19
    Nolasco vs. WSH (-2.1)
    Gausman vs. TEX (-2.5)
    M. Montgomery @ATL (-7.7)
    Hammel vs. DET (-8.3)
    Rodon vs. LAD (-9.5)

    7/20
    Lugo vs. STL (-1.1)
    Chacin @SF (-8.2)
    Folty @LAD (-12.7)

    7/21
    A Moore vs. NYY (-2.1)
    Corbin vs. WSH (-3.0)
    Sabathia @SEA (-5.8)
    Cahill @SF (-7.8)
    JC Ramirez vs. BOS (-10.7)

    7/22
    M Moore vs. SD (16.0)
    Wheeler vs. OAK (10.3)
    Bauer vs. TOR (-1.6)
    Miranda vs. NYY (-4.7)
    Hellickson vs. MIL (-7.4)
    Feldman vs. MIA (-11.0)
    Roark @ARI (-11.4)

    7/23
    Blach vs. SD (0.3)
    Tomlin vs. TOR (-8.6)
    Newcomb @LAD (-13.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thoght Lugo was positive bc I own him — Um, yeah, these aren’t great — Moore, Wheeler, Blach

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Yeah my bad man, Lugo is postive vs. STL(0.7)! Should I stream him too in that case?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  75. dustyfingers says:
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    When is it time to cut loose Story or Kinsler on a 12 team H2H for someone on waivers that is doing something, anything? I have a more faith in Kinsler but both have been dead weight on my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for another week unless great options available

  76. Don Majikowski says:
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    OBP H2H league…
    Please rank these 4 for overall production ROS…

    Thames, Marwin G, Dickerson, Trumbo. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson, Trumbo

  77. Joe says:
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    Currently have Claudio on my roster. Both Doolittle and Madson are available still. Would you rather either over Claudio? Just chasing some SAGNOF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Madson over Claudio

  78. Chucky says:
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    Week 16: Vargas at home but two solid LHP killer lineups in ChW and Det, Wacha @ NYM @ChC, or one starts Nola v Milw, Manea @ NYM, Cahill @SF, Godley v Wash, Castillo v Az or Hoffman v Pitt. Need the best three, thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola, Manaea, Vargas

  79. I only use Grey Poupon because of Razzball says:
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    Odor and Rosenthal were both just dropped in my 12T h2h league. Putting a claim in on both, more for value than actual need, so in a vacuum who do you think deserves the #1 claim spot? Odor becomes my bench bat and Rosenthal a 4th closer, in which case I’d probably trade another closer away to upgrade if he takes the job. Thanks!

  80. Rob says:
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    Start Story or Carpenter? Pick one between Hamilton, Conforto, Kemp or JBJ? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story…. Hamilton

  81. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Got one waiver grab this week in my 12 team H2H OBP league – can spend it on either Madson (other RPs are only Rodney and Knebel) or a randomly-dropped Elvis Andrus (no spot to play him though . . . my 3B/SS are Villar and Story, with Moncada my only bench bat right now. Andrus would spell / be Story or Villar insurance).

    You taking Andrus in this situation even though you have more of a need in saves? Certainly a very real possibility that I would need Villar/Story insurance . . . could easily see dropping Story if he doesn’t go HAM with these 7 games in COL…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andrus, trade Villar for a closer

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: I like it – thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  82. omar says:
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    Thoughts on Smoak ROS? Peripherals suggest he’s not due for too much regression. I’m doing well in pitching and need to somehow get Gallo out of my IF slot (AL Only 5×5 Standard Roto). Thinking about offering McCullers for Smoak. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Smoak, it’s fair

  83. Andrew Powell says:
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    Grey
    Sitting on the #2 waiver priority in my NL only. Should I burn it on Madson or hold out in hopes of someone better getting traded into the league? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  84. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’ve found myself in a predicament three weeks running where I have a pitcher in a weekly league with a two start schedule. One of the starts is dodgy (@COL, @ARI, @ATL like so) and the other is a reasonably friendly match up. Murphy’s Law is in full effect in this scenario, ain’t it? You sit him, he gets a couple of wins, you start him and you get Jeff Hoffman 9 run Coors fiasco. It’s even worse when you grab a marginal guy for the the two start stream (now known to me as the two shart steamer).

    Also, is it just me or does Jose Urena seem an awful lot like the second coming of Henderson Alvarez? High velocity power sinker Marlin who can’t miss a bat to save his life.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I enjoy the starts I get like “Samardzija’s got a friendly matchup, yay!” After his start, “WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?”

      Been riding Urena in a few NL Only leagues, hope he’s not coming back to earth, in the bad way

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: 6.16 ERA in his last four starts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who?

  85. Don Majikowski says:
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    Thames or Marwin ROS??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thames

  86. Don Majikowski says:
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    Also, do you believe in Smoak, or is this season just smaok n mirrors?

  87. Matthew Lehman says:
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    Carlos Santana or Matt Adams ROS in a 6-cat with OPS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

      • Matthew Lehman says:
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        @Grey: thanks, do you like JBJ or Carlos more?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Carlos

  88. msh2404 says:
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    How much are u worried about McCullers? IWhich side on offerring McCullers + Trumbo for Just Dongs?

    My staff right now is:
    Carrasco, Archer, McCullers, Strailly, Peacock,D uffy, Walker
    So my staff would start to be think without McCullers

    Also I received Todd Frazier in a trade and I’m debating dropping him. I have 1B Goldy, 3B Arenado and UTIL Morrison so the only way he plays is if he overtakes Morrison for UTIL. Am I correct to drop Frazier to stream? Or does a trade to BOS help his value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’ll regret dropping Frazier if he’s traded to Red Sox or Yankees…. That trade is fair, I’d want McCullers/Trumbo

  89. stu says:
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    Points league ROS-

    Pham or LoMo

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LoMo

  90. Random Collmenter says:
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    Was offered Dee Gordon for Schoop + Aaron Sanchez in a 12-team 5×5 roto redraft with QS. I need steals (but also QS), and am dominating HR category at the moment so can afford to give up Schoop. Thoughts? Here’s the rest of my team:

    C- Zunino
    1- Rizzo
    2- Schoop
    3- Rendon
    SS- Peraza/Semien
    OFs: Judge, Bellinger, Khris, Marte, Broxton
    U: Zimmerman

    SPs: Kershaw, Carrasco, Hamels, Vargas, Sanchez, Rodon, Castillo
    RPs: Aroldis, Rivero, Knebel

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon side

      • Random Collmenter says:
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        @Grey:

        Made the trade, thanks!

        In the same league, was just offered Darvish for Ryan Zimmerman plus Hamels. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair, tomato tomahto, Hamels is garbage

  91. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Grey –

    Who should I cut? Pick one in a dynasty league where this year I’m out of it.

    Folty, Snell, Newcomb

    Thanks!

    Also – I was listening to your podcast about how someone gave you guys a bad rating on iTunes. I want you to KNOW that I think that is INSANE. You are the best. I can’t believe how much you do and how ungrateful some people can be. Maybe it’s only one person? I listen to your podcasts every chance I get and it not only is informative but has me laughing out loud at the gym pretty much every time. Will give you the highest rating possible as many times as I can.

    Best,
    WT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Newcomb — Thanks, man, appreciate it!

    • Wild Thing says:
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      @Wild Thing:

      Ha – someone else posted under Wild Thing. That was NOT me. I just reviewed you on iTunes (my first one ever) as The True Wild Thing. Hope it helps!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks, WT!

  92. Cory Iler says:
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    Do you think if Yelich gets dealt to Philly he is more valuable than Lindor? I can acquire Lindor now for Yelich and Austin Meadows but I have this feeling that if Yelich does move he could be much more valuable considering Citizens Bank park is a much better place to hit.

    Hold or pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Lindor, no matter where Yelich is

      • Cory Iler says:
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        @Grey: Is Yelich and a 1st rd pick worth Lindor?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine, though I don’t know what a 1st round pick is in your league

  93. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey,

    If you think Odorizzi stinks, you should smell my finger! Anyway, the rest of my staff sucks too, are you running this schmuck out there at the A’s in a 12 team 5×5 mixer?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not

  94. Fogimon says:
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    At this point in the season, it just depends on what you need. I need K’s to gain points, and can give ERA as I am way ahead there…

    So I start Bauer week in and week out because he can’t hurt me unless he only throws 2/3 of an inning.

    • Fogimon says:
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      @Fogimon: that was meant as a response to Alcesto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup

    • Alcesto says:
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      I need all things pitching and Odorizzi doesn’t really give you anything in particular. I’m 50 innings under pace, so I’ll probably just run him out there and hope he doesn’t give up 4 dongs.

  95. OaktownSteve says:
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    By the way, did I see that you are winning a whole bunch of leagues against the industry dolts? Nice job, Albright. Did you notice during drafting season that the “experts” hadn’t notice that the “don’t draft any pitching” model is preferable once again in the new juice era. Felt like most of the punditry was holding on to the draft SP model. You think it helped you that you punted pitching more than most?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m doing well in a bunch of leagues this year (even with Odor)… It could be the don’t draft pitching early helped, or it could be owning Goldy, Trea, Conforto, Giancarlo, Robbie Ray, Rivero and Gennett in a 12-team NL-Only league is a tough team to beat

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Scooter has been unreal. I wish I owned Rivero. Robbie Ray was a nice call. Between the ballpark issue and his control he looked dodgy to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They all could be dodgy still… But so far they have carried me, I have Thames, Hedges and others too in deep NL-Only leagues where they sound iffy, but they’e been terrific… And I FAAB’d Pham, so yeah luck’s been solid

  96. Damien says:
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    nice write up Grey! what do you think ROS?
    clint frazier vs. ian happ
    chiris owings vs. andrelton simmons
    bud Norris vs. Edwin Diaz

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ, Owings, Edwin

  97. Kyke says:
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    Made a offer for Machado, was countered with this deal…
    – GIVE : Stanton, Bellinger, Happ
    – GET: Machado, LeMahieu, Smoak

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  98. Crime Dog says:
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    Healy or Bregman ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy

  99. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Booking this week. You going to be around the end of August into early September, or will you be out galavanting around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My grandfather’s 90th bday is end of August, will be back in NY for about ten days from 22nd until 3rd…

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: That’s about when I was looking to come, or right around when you would be returning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, we’ll figure out something… I’ll get my Noise time — BTW, I thought you were driving out here and staying?

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Nah, remember I found that Spirit Airlines is dirt cheap to fly. Think I’m just scoping this trip to see if I could live there.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Okay, just move here, my dude

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: Ha, I love how easy you make it sound.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It kinda is that easy… The valley, while not ideal, can’t be much more cost of living than Pittsburgh

  100. Dancing in the sheets says:
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    In a 12-team roto…

    Is Matz, Jon Gray and Jose Berriors all drops?

    They hurt me so bad last week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Berrios for now

  101. dhouse42 says:
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    Pitching is so crazy. My pitching staff is really rolling, led by Jake Faria, Jimmy Nelson, Brad Peacock, and the resurgent David “weird elbow” Price. And streaming Jeff Hoffman. Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  102. Dancing in the sheets says:
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    Orlando Arcia or Josh Bell for that IN slot? THX

    • Dancing in the sheets says:
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      @Dancing in the sheets:

      Brian Goodwin looks better than them both!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia

  103. ChiCitySox says:
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    Drop Holliday for Schebler? Hold tight?

    Also, league I’m in switched from ESPN to CBS this past year. Dudes be complaining about CBS. Curious on where people host leagues. Dynasty league where we want to have an minor league roster and ability to trade draft picks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Schebler… I like CBS the best, but they charge… For free, I don’t mind ESPN

  104. John Hagar says:
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    Grey, thanks for what you wrote in the Johnny Cueto blurb. I was surprised he was in your top 100 for the 2nd half and was going to ask you if we should keep starting him. Instead, now I can drop him and feel good about moving on.

    Bye Bye Cueto… Hello streamer!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, only sorry he didn’t turn it around

  105. RADickeyJokes says:
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    12-team 5 OF 5×5 weekly league where you need to start 4 relievers each week and where I am dying in saves and middle of the road in both HRs and Steals.

    Current OFs: Stanton, Marte; Rotation between Reddick, Gardner, Margot, Mancini
    Current Relievers: Miller, Betances, Doolittle, Claudio

    Was offered Bud Norris for either Reddick or Gardner. Pull the trigger on either to get at least a semblance of guaranteed saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Send Gardner and take Norris

  106. OaktownSteve says:
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    Talking about Robbie Ray’s season got me thinking about something.

    Here are the number of qualified starters since 2010 who have finished the year with a K rate above 10/9:

    2010: 0
    2011: 2
    2012: 2
    2013: 2
    2014: 5
    2015: 5
    2016: 7

    So far in 2017 it’s 12.

    I also looked at BB rates among the most successful pitchers over that time span. BB rate among the top 20 finishers in Fangraph War among starters is up roughly 10% in 16-17 versus 2010-2015.

    Additionally there were 3 pitchers who finished in the top 20 last year with BB rates above 3/9 and there are 4 on pace to do it this year. That 7 is the same number as in seasons 2010-2015 combined.

    Also, the percentage of pitchers who finish top 20 war with K rates below 8.5 has been steadily diminishing.

    I think it’s been pretty well established that Ks are up. I think it’s interesting though that not only are they up, but pitchers who K a lot of batters are becoming even more successful relative to their pitch to contact counterparts and that increase walk rate may not be such a bad thing.

    It may not be a huge difference but I also know that my own personal pitcher evaluation has always leaned heavily on BB/K ratio. I wonder if that calculus is starting to change in an age where the rabbit ball demands limiting contact rather than trying to prevent hard contact.

    Also, Michael Fulmer has the best command of a four pitch arsenal I’ve seen since vintage Matt Cain. He works all the quadrants in/out up/down with different pitches. Cain was the poster child for outpitching FiP of course.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      I guess maybe a better way to say it is that K/BB is just as important as ever and that you have to look at it rather than looking at BB rate as it’s own, independent variable. If you saw a guy with Ray’s BB rate in the past it seems like you could pretty much assume he was going to struggle but his K rate is so high that the K/BB is still reasonable.

      Really you’d need some Rudy level data digging to see if there’s any way to correlate the different variables but I put it on the table as a hypothesis that the importance of Ks for pitcher success is growing while the importance of low BB rate is diminishing.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s helped me with Nova and and Ray, for sure… Hasn’t hurt that one of my leagues is K-BB too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting stuff! I think it goes back to if a guy is K’ing a lot of hitters and not walking many, he’s gong to be successful, or be Samardzija

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Obviously King more and BBing fewer is optimal. Also more Ks are of course more valuable in standard fantasy. But I think it would be interesting to see if the high K guys are posting better rates even if the BB/K rate is comparable or even worse than low K low BB guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess I’m wondering why wouldn’t they be posting better rates?

  107. Xhibit says:
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    Yo Grey – you killed it today. Which side you like in a 12 team 6×6 Yahoo league:

    F. Freeman and I. Nova / K. Seager and R. Ray

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Freeman

  108. los locos says:
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    ROS Pham or Ender?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender

  109. OaktownSteve says:
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    Finally (and can you tell I’m procrastinating stocking the grocery shelves today?) I would like to take a second to defend Billy Beane in light of his comments yesterday to Susan Slusser. Beane for the first time publicly expressed frustration at the A’s unwillingness to sign talent long term.

    I want to go back to what many consider Beane’s low point, which was the A. Russell trade. If you are Beane and your mindset is, well yes Russell will be a star but he cannot help me win the WS THIS YEAR, a year in which the A’s had been just about the best team in baseball (regular season) for a several year run, then what does it matter if I “lose” the trade when the best I’m going to get out of Russell is a few years of control before I’m forced to trade him anyway.

    Yes you can lament the guys the A’s has let go, but if you do that you have to laud them for the ability to develop the talent in the first place. The A’s have had more competitive seasons and more playoff seasons in the last decade plus than pretty much all of the low payroll franchises. It’s hard to complain in the context of what they have to work with.

    And let’s not forget, he did get Baretto in the JD trade. He got Khris Davis for less than nothing.

    I think he’s one of the game’s best GMs and the haters are off base. Now that said, it should be really interesting to see what happens with Sonny Gray. I think he’s pretty much gone if the market is right as I have to figure the A’s are looking to peak this rebuild in about 3 years even though a lot of the position pieces are MLB or MLB ready right now. If Gray goes I think it’ll almost certainly be for arm. Apparently the minor league arm they got in the Doolittle trade is a nice player.

    I also think they are going to try to fix Treinen and make him a closer. If you have a deep league stash available might not be a terrible play.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fair enough, but isn’t he (you) explaining away any bad trade by just saying “Well, we won’t be able to sign anyone ever so why bother holding any talent?”

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        With the Russell trade, he went out and got the most successful post season SP of all time (to that point) in Lester. That it didn’t work out doesn’t change the fact that it might not be a bad trade to “lose” it on paper long term if a. there was really no long term there and b. you actually have a chance to win the WS that year.

        As far as the other player dumps, like Donaldson, for instance, I think Beane has managed to get good talent in return, especially considering everybody knows he has to trade the players. Other than the Russell trade, it’s really hard to point to any trades where the A’s haven’t at least gotten FMV.

        • mraccoe says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          Life long A’s fan and Beane supporter here. Russell was in the Samardzija trade , Lester was in the Cespedes trade the same year. But yeah, he went for it all and unfortunately the team folded in the 2nd half of the season. Lester looked like he just didn’t care and even in the wild card game, he had a lifeless expression on his face on the way to blowing that big lead.

          It’s never going to be the same until the A’s get a new park, and I really wish that Beane had decided on the re-build years ago as opposed to trudging along, hoping for mediocrity.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay on Lester, but we’re judging on what he did do, we have no idea what he could’ve done — for instance, maybe he could’ve traded for Rizzo from the Padres? Not saying he could’ve but we are operating with only so much info… So all we can go by is the results, the results haven’t been great… You can say, he’s made the best of a bad situation, but maybe that situation would be even better with someone else… All we know is he’s done a lot of meh

  110. Dave says:
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    Playing for next year, thinking of offering:

    $47 deGrom and $1 Chapman

    for

    $22 C. Mart and $1 Rivero

    All are 2 year contracts as of the draft, except Chapman, whose contract expires. Keeper points league where HR allowed loses points.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C-Mart

  111. Bill says:
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    Hamburger Helper is so good. Homer Bailey is not. Vegas had him as a -113 favorite yesterday over the Nats. lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  112. Xhibit says:
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    Quick follow up to my earlier question – which side?

    F. Freeman, I Nova and Z. Cozart / C. Correa and R. Ray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Correa

  113. Secretary Not Sure says:
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    Maikel Franco was just dropped in my 6×6 Roto Dynasty league. Drop Kyle Lewis, Josh Harrison or Jeff Hoffman? Or none of the above? Also, thinking about picking up Scott Kingery as well. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoffman and Lewis

      • Secretary Not Sure says:
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        @Grey: Thank you…It’s quite awesome of you to answer as many questions as you do…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  114. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey

    Do you like Gennet, Gardner or Bour over my Maybin or Broxton ? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bour and Gardner

  115. Brian says:
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    H2H league with QS. you starting teheran v CHC or marquez v SD?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither…. Teheran

  116. los locos says:
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    Do I need Kris Davis?

    Thinking about giving up a 7th & 8th rd pick next season for Ender & Kris Davis.. Thoughts.

    Grandal
    Freeman
    Schoop
    Areando
    Seager
    Bellinger
    Cruz
    A Jones
    Marte

    Hosmer
    LeMiehu
    Moncada
    Arcia
    Conforto
    Brandley JR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do it if it helped me win this year

  117. FeverDog says:
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    12-team, h2h, 5×5

    of-Springer, Desmond, Trout
    util-smoak, ???

    Who would you keep as a second UTIL guy going forward for the rest of the season out of these three:

    Marte
    Melky
    Peralta

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  118. Toughdrops says:
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    Who would u rather have ros and beyond? Nick Williams or bader? Thx Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  119. Matthew Macdonald says:
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    Jose Ramirez for Correa?

    What rank is Jose Ramirez next season? Top 30?

  120. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you trade MAchado to get Judge in a Keeper league?

    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  121. Fogimon says:
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    Marte for this week’s lineup locks, or wait for him to shake the rust off?

    Available replacements;
    Mancini
    Morales
    Adams (5 lefties on tap)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Morales if he’s playing in 7 games

  122. Alex says:
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    Alright, I’m starting to think about selling Wood. I want to get an ace and a well-rounded bat back. Here’s my pitching staff:

    SP – Wood, McCullers, Severino, Manaea, Faria, Nola, J. Gray, Berrios, Clevinger
    RP – Jansen, Giles, Reed, Rosenthal

    Which option would you pursue first?

    Option A) Give: Wood, McCullers Get: Scherzer and M. Betts
    Option B) Give: Wood, McCullers Get: Kluber, Machado

    If I should keep McCullers, who else should I throw into these deals?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do either, A’s better

  123. hankp says:
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    Grey
    Carlos Gonzalez or Odubel ROS in a deep 5×5? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odubel

  124. Jarrod says:
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    Hiya Grey!

    Quickie for ya ;)

    AL Roto 8 team league.

    Melky for Odorizzi

    Who wins that? Pitching is kind of a need for me..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melky

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If need tho, go Odorizzi

      • Jarrod says:
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        @Grey: Yeah set ya up with that one lol

        You trying to sell high on Sano anywhere? I’ve considered aiming for a higher arm with him in hopes I get a playable bat in return.

        Thanks again for all that you do sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d sell high on if I could — Maybe Kluber?

  125. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    What do you think of the following trade:

    I give C. Seager, A. Wood and J. Wilson and I get Harper. He needs a SS. Am I being a dum ass to offer this or would he be a dum ass to accept?

    This is a 10 Team H2H Points League.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper side, it’s fair

  126. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    14 team h2h with OBP over AVG and total bases/hits added
    C zunino
    1B myers
    2B villar
    SS reyes (hot for a while now, best SS over last 30 days in this league)
    3B longo
    OF (3) trout/stanton/souza
    util (2) desmond (1B)/avisail
    BN maybin/b.miller (1B/2B/SS)
    NA hoskins

    my weakest area in this league is OBP/hits. drop miller or reyes for pedroia or phillips, recently dropped? i do only have one move left on week, which isn’t great as we have 7 days left on that, in case of some new closer change or call up (most of the call up likely guys owned, devers/amed/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t use my last move on this

  127. herschel says:
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    @Grey: wasnt really looking to trade wood, but got an offer of segura and bruce for wood and conforto? thoughts?

    how was hearst castle??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was fun, thanks! I like Segura but that’s just fair

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: i own story, so trying to decide if its worth the upgrade or see if story can turn things around in the second half…..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope he does, but looking less likely by day

          • herschel says:
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            @Grey: bite your tongue. 2-2 with 3 rbi so far today!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  128. Los Putos says:
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    Wood/mccullers for madbum/cueto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers

  129. OaktownSteve says:
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    Parra…clean up…Coors…July

    Oh goodie good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So sexy

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Spongebob in the asexual 5 whole.

        By the way, I had never listened to the podcast before but I decided to take a listen when I heard you lost it on the last one. You were swearing like Pesci, dude. I feel you though. You answer a crap ton of questions. It’s what differentiates you though. The success of the site is as much attributable to that as anything. It’s something I do in my grocery store. Try to give a little attention to every person that comes in here. Goes a long way.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I do my best, the bad review caught me off guard, tbh… can hear many great things and only remember the negative unfortunately, just the way I’m wired

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: it’s just complete b.s. that some twat would go in to a thing like that to give a negative review, watch it be the fangraphs odor douchebag too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, that would be amazing!

          • Every29Years says:
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            @Grey:

            Softy

  130. Bill Brasky says:
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    Which RP to snag?

    Kahnle
    Archie Bradley
    Doolittle
    Kela

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bradley

      • Bill Brasky says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  131. wokeupinanew says:
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    trade Rosario in a keeper league for samardzija for rotation help this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on league depth

      • wokeupinanew says:
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        @Grey:

        10 team mixed league

  132. wokeupinanew says:
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    also felix hernandez just dropped.

    do I drop any of the following for him? peacock, duffy, Manea, bud Norris, david Robertson, Andrew miller (we only need two RPs but I carry3)

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  133. Cohen says:
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    Moreland, Hernan Perz or Caeser Hernandez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  134. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Oh Jason Vargas, it’s finally happening. Now if only Brandon Kintzler could get shithoused, the two pitchers I’m most actively rooting against will have fallen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  135. Daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    Cozart has been awful as of late. Plus he isn’t playing as much.
    That being said. Reyes is hot in July.
    Would you drop cozart for Reyes or hold
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try the switch

  136. Dommattingly says:
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    Drop Dex Fowler for Peraza?!
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  137. lwomack58 says:
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    Do you think it’s time to move on from Mancini.
    Available are Parra, Castellanos, Simmons, Margot, Chisenhall(on DL), Haniger, Puig, O. Herrera and Bregman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castellanos

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s funny I was thinking the same. Every where I read Cast. is going to have this big 2nd half.

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, no problem

  138. goodfold2 says:
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    barnes or cecil in NL only for holds. i just traded away ramos for schebler, now have a bullpen of knebel/neris/cecil/phelps. 2.5 closers probably too many when compared to holds guys. (neris counts as half of a closer due to few and far between save opps).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cecil

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: maybe neris should count as 2.66 of a closer, except the risk of neshek taking some, then maybe 2.5.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: i mean my TOTAL closers of course, so neris .5-.66 himself.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  139. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    McCullers wasn’t sharp, but deserved a far better fate than his line.

  140. Jon says:
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    Bogaerts for Polanco and Russell in a dynasty – which side?

  141. lwomack58 says:
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    Interesting O’s didn’t bring Britton on in the 9th.

    A. Britton’s been traded
    B. He’s not the closer anymore
    C. Showcasing Brach
    D. or easing Britton back into closer role

    What do you think. I have Britton on a couple of teams and just curious of your thoughts.
    Thanks

  142. Packers says:
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    JD Martinez left game in the middle of an inning. Trade coming.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Packers: THIS IS WHY I HOLD MY 3# waiver in NL only (if that’s where he’s going). i doubt a #3 even does it though.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Packers: it might also just be a guy getting time off (with POSSIBLE trade in mind maybe) with an 8 run 7th inning lead.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: or maybe it’s an even more traditional reason
        “J.D. Martinez was lifted from Monday’s game against the Royals with lower back tightness.
        The Tigers are saying he was pulled as a precaution, so it’s probably safe to consider him day-to-day. Martinez drew a walk in one of his three plate appearances before exiting.”

        from rotoworld.

  143. goodfold2 says:
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    good lord, added cecil in 3 spots yesterday just watched this save, really wanted to see the dude who had 25 or so out of last 26 appearances be a dominant dude, with low in the zone offspeed shit that either resulted in bad groundout contact or K’s. he threw about 5 balls high and outside to right handers that would never be swung at, 2 meat balls to assdribble at about 92 high over heart of plate (1 single from that, conforto would’ve HR’d those 2 pitches), conforto (1st batter) on 2nd pitch hit a line drive hard right at right fielder (lucky out). then his ONLY good pitch of all three batters was low in the zone and got a double play out of cespedes. i have no idea if molina was actually calling those 7 or 8 garbage pitches but it looked bad as F.

    meanwhile SOUZAMAPHONE heating up big time.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @goodfold2: meanwhile’s odor 1 for his last 23, no hits since break, nor BB’s, yuck.

  144. Every29Years says:
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    Quintana advice 5 weeks ago: drop him and don’t look back.

  145. FreePeteRose says:
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    would you trade McCutchen and Gerrit Cole for Everine Santans and Micheal Fulmer?

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