The rich keep getting richer and the poor get poorer.  The middle is being squeezed.  When I Google, “What happened to the middle class?”  I found some socioeconomic theories on Yahoo Answers, and ads to get rich quick and stop having to “steal food from Whole Foods.”  Okay, I have no idea how they know about that, but, if you switch a price tag, it is not exactly stealing.  It’s redistributing “gummies made with real fruit juice.”  All of this is fascinating and all, but I was trying to find out what is happening to the middle class of starters!  Aaron Nola (8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks) and Max Scherzer (7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks) faced each other, and both pitchers have ERAs of 2.13.  Not surprisingly, the police code for fantastic use of arms is 2.13.  Again, there’s top starters with a sub-3 ERA, and there is a ton of starters above 4.00 ERA that I don’t want, but where are the 3.50 ERA pitchers?  Doesn’t it feel like this middle class of pitchers has shrunk?  *coming across something on the internet*  Hmm, maybe this article by a Harvard professor in The Economist will explain it to me.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Odubel Herrera – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  After watching a few years of ODB, watching a Wu Tang documentary on Amazon Prime and painting a Wu symbol on my face, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, Odubel is the type to go from incredibly cold to crazy hot in a blink of an eye.  If he was dropped in your league, I’d go back in.

Pat Neshek – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 4th save.  I need saves, so I picked up Neshek.  Do I think he’s getting the next save or pitching with one out in the 6th inning?  I’d say it’s about 50/50.

Jacob deGrom – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 10 Ks, ERA at 1.71.  I nearly put deGrom in the opening lede with his opponent, Madison Bumgarner (8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.88), but I’m super OCD about not mixing two games in the lede.  Occasionally, the circumstances call for it.  Like if Acuña were to hit three homers in a game and elsewhere in the country, Jose Urena were to be hit by three lighting bolts, I’d prolly mention them both, but it’s best if you keep things very focused.  And, over-the-internet friend, I’m focused like a hummingbird on three packets of Sugar in the Raw.  Any hoo!  DeGrom (cap in the beginning of a sentence) and Bumgarner did a Swayze-spinning-Jennifer-Grey-above-his-head bit of Dirty Dancing and it was gorge.  DeGrom has been all year, and Bumgarner is just a has-been.

Todd Frazier – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in two days.  What Frazier is doing right now we call in the biz, “Holy crap, doode’s so freakin hot, grab him now.”  There’s only one cure, which is, ironically, us grabbing him, but we do it anyway.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  You can hardly wait!  No, you!

Jay Bruce – Set to return today.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because I’m not casting a performance piece called, The 2011 All-Star Game!

Evan Longoria – 1-for-3 and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games.  Not really a fan of older players (ageist!), but Longoria does appear to be a hot schmotato too.

Artie Lewicki – Headed for Tommy John surgery.  If you’re wondering why I’m mentioning a character from the original The Odd Couple, I’m not sure.  I’m told Artie plays baseball.

Welington Castillo – Returned from suspension but went straight to the DL with a shoulder injury.  Now, you know where’s the boeuf.

Matthew Boyd – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.09.  The Stream-o-Nator liked this start, but I wouldn’t trust Boyd.  Sorry, Mr. Robot.  I stopped liking that show too.  Sorry again, Mr. Robot.

Nick Castellanos – 2-for-4 and his 19th homer, hitting .293.  The Greek God of Hard Contact stands on a mountain of Greek diner gravy fries and bloviates about his hard contact.

Ronny Rodriguez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Someone better check him for Ron-Ron juice!  He had solid Triple-A stats, but he’s also old for the minor leagues, and presumably a Quad-A player.

David Price – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.50.  *knocks on lede*  “Hey, you guys think I could get mentioned with Aaron Nola and Max Scherzer?”  “No.”  As bad as, say, Verlander has been in the 2nd half, Price has been that good.  His 2nd half ERA is 1.09 in 41 1/3 IP.  Zoinks.

Yu Darvish – Expects to be fully healthy for 2019.  Hopefully, he’s a better psychic than he was a pitcher this year.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .270.  HR to the Rizzo!

Cole Hamels – 9 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks and his ERA on the Cubs is 0.79.  Don’t want to say this is a total shock, because I literally said on the Trading Deadline podcast that Hamels could easily be a 1.50 ERA pitcher on the Cubs, because it’s a small sample size — that’s what she said!

Javier Baez – 3-for-5, 3 runs and a slam (27) and legs (21), hitting.295.  Or as Yasiel Puig exclaimed yesterday, “Go me!”

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, an absolute bomb to left-center that broke a concourse wall.  Tildaddy says you better caulk that hole!  Of course, then Acuña immediately got hit by a pitch in his next at-bat.  If the Marlins are going to hit Acuña after every home run, he should homer, then go to the plate in his next at-bat dressed like a waiter at Medieval Times.

Charlie Culberson – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but Culberson has been hot for a few weeks, and I like him a little bit.  Guess that means I have a Chubberson.

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-4, and his 8th homer, to go with his 24 steals.  Not in this game, but you can’t spell Rickey Henderson without Ender.

Trevor Cahill – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.44.  The Ghost of Sherman Hemsley, “It’s gonna take a whole lotta tryin’ to get over that, Cahill.”

Khris Davis – 1-for-5 and his 39th homer.  If in about five years, a 40-homer-hitting Kris Davis comes along, I’m gonna swear all Chris Davises are Russian nesting dolls.

Max Kepler – 1-for-4, and his 18th homer, and three homers this week.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because:  he’s Max Kepler.  But he has been hot.

Mallex Smith – 3-for-4, 27th steal, hitting .307.  Mallex P. Stealin a capitalist because he’s capitalizing on weak catcher arms, so maybe he could explain the shrinking middle class of starters.

Corey Knebel – Demoted to Triple-A.  Knebel will have time to think about why his Twitter history isn’t more incendiary.

Christian Villanueva – Likely done for the season with a fractured middle finger.  Ton of middle finger injuries this year, huh?  I haven’t seen this many problems with middle fingers since the sign language convention seminar, “How To Properly Sign A Rap Concert.”

Hunter Renfroe – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer, and 3rd homer in the last week.  Renfroe!  Or as Scooby Doo would say, “Renfroe!”

Kyle Freeland – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I’m a big proponent of avoiding starters in Coors, but I’ve owned Freeland for about a month, and he’s been one of my best pitchers.  His ERA is 2.96, and it’s even better at home!  His ERA in Coors is 2.27!  Holy Marla Gibbs!

David Dahl – 2-for-3 and his 7th homer.  Don’t worry, soon he’ll be benched for Matt Holliday.  Oh (their reliever), I’m getting to it; I’m popping a vessel getting to it.

Ian Desmond – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  And the nerve of the Rockies to bat Holliday above Dahl and Desmond!

Matt Holliday – 0-for-3 as he was called up by the Rockies.  The scouts say he has a quick stroke to the ball and severe male pattern baldness from either years of steroids, being hella old or a combination of both.  The Rockies are such idiots to sign Holliday and now who is he going to take time from?  Dahl?  Desmond?  What a jizzoke.  I don’t even like CarGo, and Holliday shouldn’t take time from him either!  This is almost as bad as the Mets benching guys to get Bautista, Bruce, Reyes and the rest of the 2011 All-Star Game roster some at-bats, but at least the Mets are out of the playoff hunt.  Hey, Rockies, maybe bring back Larry Walker too.  Where’s he?  In his backyard doing a pickup Hunger Games?

  1. Alexander Sosa says:
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    Question- did you guys stop posting baseball articles on Facebook? I normlly read you guys through Facebook and noticed it’s been about a week since any baseball related material was on the Facebook page. Just curious

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alexander Sosa: That’s the first I’ve heard that, let me look into it, thanks for telling me!

    • Dave D says:
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      My theory would be that Grey was suspended for “inappropriate” content by some snowflake censor they hired a recent graduate from one of our fine universities’ SJ Warriors programs to police Fakebook accounts. They may have figured he was guilty of “mansplaining” online affiliated with Infowaaars and Breitbarttt but we all know he is really double-plus good and has neither a left nor a right wing. I hear he does have a soft spot for Thai Spicy Wings, however…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, I should’ve never said that against Posey

        • Dave D says:
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          @Grey: While I was sort of joking, the way things are going it wouldn’t really suprise me. You might’ve heard Jerry Seinfeld explain why he won’t do gigs on college campuses. It’s become pathetic with all these “cry-bullies” and they are only being emboldened of late.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’m sorry what I said about Anibal, I didn’t know men could be named Anibal! I apologize profusely!

            • bill says:
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              @Grey: There are no safe spaces on razzball!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Are you kidding? It’s all one big safe space!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                There are double spaces though after periods. See?

            • Dave D says:
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              Now you’re getting it! The Minister of Information will be following up with you soon to educate you on properspeak. Carry on.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Dave D. are you he/him?

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              @Grey:
              opps and I have been calling Anibal, Annabelle for years on here.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up.

    a. But, but, but….I thought we needed a holiday??!! Poor Dahl, CarGo and many others.

    b. Gtg so…..Mark Twain quote of the day for August 24

    The best way to cheer yourself up is to try and cheer somebody else up.

    c. Have a nice weekend!!

    Cheers,
    Ante

  3. Jordan says:
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    I was watching Kepler hit a homer with my girlfriend. When she saw Kepler hit one out of the park she whistled three times and called him out. Apparently this is how Finnish baseball (pesäpallo) works (she is Finnish). Finland is the most economically equal OECD country and the US is one of the least–how much of this equality do you think comes from their suppression of homeruns? Maybe this is how they protect the middle class of SPs….which player are you buying if we switched to Finnish rules?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jordan: You have solved the shrinking middle class (of pitchers), thank you!

  4. Scott says:
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    Mia throwing at Acuna is making me sick. This team sucks and is doing everything in its power to hurt acuna and baseball is doing noth ing about it. He is an exciting player and good for the game which desperately needs to relate to young fans. I fear that Miami is going to eventually hit the mark and knock him out of for the year with some kind of hand or wrist injury. I don’t get why he is being targeted. Lots of other guys have had success and could get this kind of treatment while the league office does nothing. This $hit hurts the game and will be a real sad story if it happens and knocks Atlanta out of the playoff race (sad for Atlanta but even worse for MLB). The worst part is that it is fu#king marlins doing it who have been out of the race since April.

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      I saw the highlight and he took it right above the right wrist. Not much margin for error when they are doing that. Guerra should have been ejected immediately after what happened with urena a week ago but was just warned. Atl then threelw at mia in the next inning and was warned.

      • Espn writer looking for advice says:
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        @Scott:

        All Hotlanta has to do is have their pitcher throw at Mia pitchers…every time they are at the plate.

        Dont worry Acuna is going to lose it and charge the mound soon.

        • Scott says:
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          Acuna has the right to lose. The problem is he will get suspended. A pitcher getting suspended is garbage. 5 games and they don’t even miss a start. Acuna can’t play for 3-5 days if he gets suspended. That is what mlb needs to fix . Suspend the putchers so tbey miss 5 starts, don’t get paid and also have to pay a hefty fine. The league will never do that b/c the players union won’t allow it.

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Scott: just fine the coaches/teams themselves, THAT would fix it. no coach getting hit financially would play his players doing it. then that would get them to stop.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Scott: Yeah, how does he not get tossed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Agreed, I think Mattingly saying he had no idea goes out the window too, he’s just as culpable, or he has completely lost control of his team

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        Or is Jeter telling Donnie to hit him??

      • Dave D says:
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        I support Acuña if he loses control of his bat and it magically decapitates a Marlins pitcher. Seriously, though, at least Markakis delivered some poetic justice. It’s all kind of pathetic. The Marlins are an embarrassment and a joke in every way. Atlanta can’t retaliate and risk losing players in the midst of a pennant chase. The Marlins are out of control. I agree and the hammer should come down on their brass and players for this out of control display of poor sportsmanship.

        • Grey

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          This has to be coming down from the top in the Marlins organization… Why all of sudden do they care so much? Unless there’s history amongst the players we don’t know about… Otherwise, why do they care? A lot of players homer off them, not just Acuna

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    You mentioned haniger’s lack of power yesterday. How about freeman? He has 20 hr, but only 4 hr since July 1. Wth? I agreed with your ranking of him beginning of year, but he is going to be lucky to hit 25 this year . As much as I like his across the board production, he has to do more than that to justify a 2nd rd pick.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bob: Freeman is ranked 18th in Yahoo. That equals the middle of the 2nd round. What’s the problem?

      • Bob says:
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        2 hr since July 1 is the problem. He won’t be 18th if he hits 2 hr every 7 weeks by end of season. He was top 10 for most of year and for me it was pick #12 so early 2nd rd.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Bob: I guess everyone has to find a reason to be upset. You’re assuming he’s going to hit 2 HR’s the rest of the way.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Bob: He has 5 HR’s since July 1 btw.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: There’s no pleasing some people. “I know he’s ranked #1 but what has he done for me lately?!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Cram It:

          Haha

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Cram It:
          Haha

  6. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    They should have baseball give away night in Atlanta when the Marlins are in town. The fans can take turns throwing balls at the Marlins pitchers. What are they gonna do, eject all the fans..

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    who is this dr.smith getting back to back days late innings for the mess? is he one of their inept “medical staff” who might be (kinda would HAVE to be) a better pitcher than he is a “doctor”

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @The Harrow:
      LOL

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: to get this you might need to check the mess’ play by plays the last two days in espn, as i’m pretty sure he doesn’t show up as “dr. smith” if you just check a box score.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Harrow: If the trainers can’t fix him, may as well, join them

  8. MrC22 says:
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    Frazier, Maikel Franco, Seager, Asdrubal top 2 ROS? Thanks – have a good weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrC22: Franco, Asdrubal

  9. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey

    is Will Myers finally droppable ?
    and would Encarnacion keep the pace in 2019 with a few cortisone shots???

    Nick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Sure, can lose Wil — Edwin’s a HR machine until he’s not, like Nelson Cruz

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    “Hey, Rockies, maybe bring back Larry Walker too. Where’s he? In his backyard doing a pickup Hunger Games?”

    Spot on, Grey, spot on.

    I watch allot of Rockies games mainly because I have Trevor Story on my dynasty team, but also because my dynasty team’s minor league roster is full of Rockies stashed away just waiting for playing time (Dahl, Tapia, Hampsen) …

    This weekend I expect Rox announcers to muse out loud about bringing back Vinny Castilla out of moth-balls as insurance for the stretch run, in case … you know … Nolan Arenado suddenly decides to skip town and move to Mars on the next space shuttle flight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse: Rockies announcers and beat writers are just as bad, they’re gushing about having Holliday back instead of asking tough questions

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        @Grey: true dat … I’d add that the national talkings heads are also fluffing this …

        Rox = Lox = liquid oxygen = as in bad Coors beer breath

        • Grey

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          Haha

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    I’ll take a reincarnation of Todd Helton!

    On a rant… why doesn’t Yahoo! tell me someone is due to come off the DL. They give me (ok, they link me from some roto site) all this speculative crap, but no heads up that a guy is due to come off the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crazy J: Ha, true, and then you miss a start with a guy coming off

  12. Dunder Mifflin says:
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    Scale of one to ten how confident would you be on winning a championship if you owned them as constructed. 12 tm mix h2h ops and qs are extra cats. Keep 7 at years end. Play one util and one extra infield slot.

    Grandal Zimmerman profar gleyber Lindor castellanos Soto Davis Rosario Benentendi

    Nola Verlander Lester wood Tanaka freeland Glasnow Fiers
    Allen Norris Greene

    Dl Donaldson and Doolittle.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

    • Grey

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      @Dunder Mifflin: I don’t trust your pitching after Nola, but hopefully they can hold it together… Your hitting looks like it could use a little help too — this team prolly looked better in July

  13. Tigres says:
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    Grey! We starting Mikolas @ COL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: I am, begrudgingly, but I wouldn’t do it in shallower mixed leagues

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        I usually follow all of Grey’s risky moves, but it looks like Mikolas’s only history in Coors is having been slaughtered for four runs (three earned) in one inning of relief work. Yuuuuuuuuck.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yuck or Youk? Hey I didn’t say I was enjoying starting him, I have to, if you don’t, don’t do it

          • Sportive Tricks says:
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            @Grey:

            I was comisserating witchyas. I probably shoukd start him too . . . but too scared.

  14. Shaggy says:
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    Are we at the point of benching Correa? I have andujar, lowrie, semien, moustakas, and Rizzo. All of them are producing and Correa is just taking a dookie out there at SS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shaggy: Think you have to start him, not like Moose is setting world on fire

  15. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    While the Rockies are at it bring back the Blake st. Bombers, Vinny, Dante and the BIG CAT!

    Remember Harry Carey, he cud never pronounce Damte’s name. It was hilarious!!

  16. Steeve Nadeau says:
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    Posey: your feeling about shut down for his surgery, mid-september? before or late… thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steeve Nadeau: Surprised they haven’t already, so maybe 1st week or two of Sept

  17. Murph says:
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    Grey
    Worth straight dropping Bauer for Nimmo? Need runs and steals. Don’t want to lose Bauer if he comes back…

    • knucks says:
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      @Murph: From what it sounds like, best case scenario he comes back and you’d get him for like 3 starts. So its Nimmo or whatever else you might need.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Agree with knucks

  18. Hawk says:
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    I will protect one of these two next year in a keep forever league

    Edwin Encarnacion
    Jesus Aguilar

    Who’s it gonna be?

  19. Wilson says:
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    Need QS/ERA/WHIP to win now in keeper OBP league ,
    Was thinking to trade my Rizzo for his Schezer however he has Freeman already so demand for 1B is lower and perhaps he also wants a SP for keeper.
    Thinking to trade my Rizzo plus Severino for his Schezer plus Perez (my catcher is a streamer..) Thoughts appreciates.

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        If Rizzo + Serverino + Cano for his Schezer + Xander?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

  20. crenshaw07 says:
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    Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon? Also, O’neill at Coors for the next 3 and drop Sano? It’s do or die in my playoffs right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crenshaw07: You gotta do what you gotta do

  21. QQQ says:
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    I have like a season and a half of Mr. Robot on my DVR. Guess I gave up on it too.

    IP cap league, looking for 3 starts this weekend. Mr. Robot thinks I should go with Quintana and Hendricks vs. CIN and Suarez vs. TEX. Not thrilled with any of ‘em, do you go with SON or do you go with any of these others?

    Matz vs. WAS
    Zimmermann vs. CWS
    B.Anderson @MIN
    Pivetta @TOR
    Archer @MIL
    Save a bullet and go with only one or two starts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @QQQ: Yeah, you bailed at the right time on Robot

      Don’t love those choices either, I’d prolly go Matz, Zimmermann, Hendricks — don’t feel great saying any of them tho

  22. Drew says:
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    Asdrubal has been my SS for the majority of the season, but he’s been scuffling lately. Hold or swap him out for any of these: Amed, Galvis, J. Polanco, A. Diaz, Y. Munoz, or Nick Ahmed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drew: Depends on needs, Amed for runs, steals, Asdrubal otherwise

      • Drew says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  23. MrC22 says:
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    ROS Maikel Franco, Seager, Frazier, Asdrubal? Thanks – have a good weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrC22: Franco, Asdrubal

  24. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey Hey Grey,

    Another outstanding web log posting, sir!

    Our skin job friend, SoN, has some love for SF starters hosting TEX this weekend, and I’m kinda intrigued by Dereck Rodriguez tonight ($14). Yea? Nay?

    Also, has your Fiers-lessness about tomorrow’s start against MIN changed at all? Earlier in the week, I was totally onboard with you, but now I’m full of self-doubt, loathing, and, well, irrational fier. SoN feels meh about it, and the Twins have fucked up many a good-looking streamer this year.

    I’ll have a position player question this afternoon!

    Lurveylurvelurveyas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sportivetricks: Thanks! I’d stream Dereck

      I’m streaming Fiers until he throws a bad game

  25. Jogon says:
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    Keeper league, keep 5 sp but i could win this year.

    Need to drop 1 or 2 sp to get hitters.

    Ray, hamels, j.gray, gausmann, folty or koppesch

    Who should I drop ?

    • Grey

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      @Jogon: Ray, Kopech

  26. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Man, what to do with Carlos Martinez?

    They say he’s all bullpen now, but I can clearly imagine a scenario where I drop him as an RP, and they change their minds later and give him starts again.

    • Grey

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      @El Famous Burrito: I dropped him, not much time left even if they switch their minds

  27. Gotime says:
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    A random vent.. You know what is worse than owning Pivetta on and off all year? It’s subjecting myself to H2H leagues. In 2nd fighting for a playoff buy, cold bats, then I see total points stats across 10 categories for the season and realize I’m 18 points ahead of 2nd place and all but sealed up a championship. Well Ef me, thanks for reading

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gotime: Haha, I hear ya

  28. Tinman95 says:
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    Would your pick up Herrera over one of the following:

    Boxberger
    Iglesias
    LeClerc
    Osuna

  29. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Jose Quintana is on waivers. Do I grab him for Saturday @ home vs. CIN? SON approves, but I’ll roll with the FML’s advice any day the week and twice on Fridays.

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: Gotcha, thanks! SON has him at $20+.

        I’ve got CC Sabathia slated to go tonight @ BAL…but SON went sour on him over night. Would you roll him fresh off the DL?

        My other options for the weekend are
        1. Rich Hill vs. SD (definitely starting)
        2. Mikolas @ Coors (planned to sit)
        3. Fiers @ MIN
        4. Pivetta @ TOR
        5. Gausmann @ MIA
        6. Bieber @ KC

        Thoughts on which 5 I should roll out there?
        Currently caught in a 3 way tie for 1st in h2h…but with a 2 week loss streak I could be out of playoffs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start CC ($3 isn’t awful), Hill, Gausman, Bieber, Fiers

          • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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            @Grey: appreciate ya brothah!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  30. Perfect Game says:
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    Start D-Rod today just coming off DL against Texas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wasn’t an arm injury

  31. M says:
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    drop Odor for Musgrove? already have altuve and cano…..

    could use another starter but someone could pick up odor and use him against me..ahh

    • M says:
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      or drop Cahill?

      • Cram It says:
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        @M: Drop Cahill…Houston next.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Drop Cahill over Cano

    • Cram It says:
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      @M: I’d drop Cano before Odor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor over Cano

  32. Cohen says:
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    Grey, u starting any of
    Heaney at home vs Houston
    Matz at home vs Wash
    Fulmer at home vs White Sox

  33. lwomack58 says:
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    Would you stream VV @ Tor. Son has him at +4.7. His road ERA is 2.97 and since the break his ERA. is 3.03.

    Thanks

  34. Cram It says:
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    Trevor Cahill splits:
    8 home starts – 0.85 ERA
    8 road starts – 6.92 ERA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not good

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Mega, super, duper, uber extreme. And it’s like, okay, do both have to normalize so fade those numbers? Or play the trend? Or how about I just don’t own him the rest of the way and avoid the aggravation all together?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re boiling down the entire mixed league conundrum, right?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I don’t know, how many guys have extreme home/road splits like that? Most guys have better home stats, but these are so extreme, it’s hard to trust either side.

            • Grey

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              Agreed, I do think it’s relatively normal to see A’s starters better at home with that park of theirs

  35. Ryan says:
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    In search of saves down the final stretch….

    Britton or Neshek (I have Dominguez)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neshek

  36. NowWatchMeYuuuu says:
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    Start Musgrove @MIL, Keuchel @LAA, neither or both tonite?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither

  37. Rickey says:
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    Rickey can’t believe you mentioned Inciarte in the same breath as Rickey. Rickey won Rickey’s 5×5 fantasy baseball league by drafting Rickey in the first round every year, and Inciarte is merely SAGNOF waiver fodder.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, sorry Rickey!

  38. Cohen says:
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    Grey u starting any of
    Heaney at home vs Houston
    Matz at home vs Wash
    Fulmer at home vs White Sox

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz is the only one I’d start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Geez, if we’re not safe in SF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Safe Francisco even

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Safe Francisco sounds like a character in a PSA about the importance of condoms.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

  39. Wilson says:
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    Would you start CC tonight @BAL in QS league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  40. lwomack58 says:
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    Would you stream VV @ Tor. Son has him at +4.7. His road ERA is 2.97 and since the break his ERA. is 3.03.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. Squat Cobblers says:
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    I remember when ‘Caulking Holes’ was my nickname in college. Ah Those were the days!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Squat Cobblers is a nice ring tho

      • John O'Brien says:
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        @Grey: I mean, why not. Who wouldn’t want to do something inappropriate to a pie???!?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can’t imagine anyone

  42. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Choose 2 out of Villar, Melky, Dahl. 12 tm h2h

    Would you want Trivino or Archie Bradley ROS?

    Thank you, mi beisbol amor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Melky… Bradley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  43. Your Mothers Lover says:
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    Ian Desmond or Matt Chapman H2H – the rest of the way?
    Coin Flip?
    Best Fantasy Baseball Website. Went from 9th to 4th by just listening to the advice here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman… thanks! Let’s get you to 1!

      • your mothers lover says:
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        @Grey:
        Mallex Smith is also available.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends on needs

    • Your Mothers Lover says:
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      @Your Mothers Lover:
      Mallex Smith is also available

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That depends on needs

  44. Jake says:
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    J. Villar or L. Gurriel Jr.?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  45. William Hung says:
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    As a Mets fan I’m hoping the Mets give Plaw-Dawg all the starts he can handle behind the plate now that Mesorasco is going on the DL. Plus, C is such a wasteland that I if I pick him up, he hopefully won’t hurt me since my league counts OBP as a category.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t even know why they’d bother with Mesoraco

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        The Mess traded a rejuvenated, somewhat, ‘Black Night” for Mesorcao, who should have to wear his catchers mask in public, what with a face that scares kids, adults and even animals.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  46. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – had a rough week of poor starts in my 12-team keeper where I was angling to make a push from 2nd to first.

    Looking to next year, I’ve still got an offer of my $21 Harper ($24 next year) for his $12 Bryant ($15 next year) and $0 Buehler ($3 next year). With Kris ramping up, which side do you prefer? Is it close?

    For context, here are what my keepers would look like if I did or didn’t do the trade:

    Option A – KEEPERS (no trade – $260 budget)
    $24 Harper
    $34 Betts
    $16 JDM
    $26 Acuna
    $21 Rhysus
    Plus two of: $4 Anderson, $11 Clev, $3 Mikolas, $26 Blackmon, $4 Matt Chapman, $8 Peraza.

    Option B – Keepers (with trade)
    $15 Bryant
    $34 Betts
    $16 JDM
    $26 Acuna
    $21 Rhysus
    $3 Buehler
    Plus one of: $4 Anderson, $11 Clev, $3 Mikolas, $26 Blackmon, $4 Matt Chapman, $8 Peraza.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Bryant bc he’s cheaper, prolly a push

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?:
      I like the bryant side as yu get to keep Bueler. He is the aire apparent to Clayton.

  47. ERad says:
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    You have any faith in Reynaldo Lopez today @ DET – SON hates it (-4.8)?

    I mean it’s the Tigers come on, but I know if I bench him – he’ll go out there and throw a gem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t

  48. Hater Bell

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

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