With Aaron Nola, I should likely talk about Zydeco, but he reminds me of Paul Simon’s quote about Graceland.  Vampire Weekend was criticized for copying his signature style, which is absurd since he copied it from African artists, and Simon copped to that.  He said, “In a way, we were on the same pursuit, but I don’t think you’re lifting from me, and anyway, you’re welcome to it, because everybody’s lifting all the time. That’s the way music grows and is shaped.”  Without every great pitcher to come before, would there be Aaron Nola?  I know what I know, and I lost Nola this year.  Like I lost Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber previous years.  I long for them when the diamond’s on the sole of their shoes.  Every year, I have guys I’m targeting as my ace whose preseason prices aren’t out of control yet.  Well, Nola went from fringe Grey-ownership this year as possibly my ace to not going to be able to own him until he falters one year down the road.  That sucks, and not sucks as in good, but sucks as in bad.  Yesterday, Nola went 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 10 Ks, to lower his ERA to Marla Gibbs’ address 2.27.  When he’s on other people’s teams next year and I say I would never draft him because his price is too high, remember, I see losing love is like a window in your heart.   Everybody sees you’re blown apart, everybody feels the wind blow.  In Nola, in Nola.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Vince Velasquez – Expects to return on Wednesday with a 3 IP, 6 ER or a 9 IP, 0 ER, 14 Ks game.  Nothing else is possible.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-6, 2 runs and his 11th homer, hitting near-.500 in the last week since he was moved to the eight hole.  Hot schmotato alert, fo’ sho, but, woof, on the eight hole.   Seems like the best spot for Kingery, but what do I know, I’m just a righteous as hellfire fantasy baseball blogger with a sweet eh-eff mustache.

Nick Williams – 3-for-8, 1 RBI, as he hits third, and hitting over .300 in the last week.  Podcaster Ralph and I talk about Williams on today’s show.  Not on the Today Show, but I hear Hoda is a fan.  By the way, nine out of ten men agree, Hoda Kotb sounds like a character in Star Wars.

Victor Arano – 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his 3rd save, ERA at 2.51.  Gabe Kapler is the Oprah of bullpen managers.  You get a save!  You get a save!  You get a save!  You get a save!  You get a save!  Everybody gets a save!  Guess since Arano has three saves in six days it’s time to pick him up too.  Thankfully, most of the Phils’ relievers are good, because I own, like, four of them.  Yo, throw Edubray some of that sweet savetang.

Zack Wheeler – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.42 vs. Zach Eflin – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.15.  This was a battle of, “Zack’s with an H!”  “No, it’s with a K!”  “H!”  “K!”  The H’s eventually lost by runs, but you can’t argue with anything related to Dear Zachary.  Damn, that documentary is sad!  Eflin is ownable everywhere, which I’ve been saying more or less for the last month.  Nate Orf course, there could be some hiccups.

Todd Frazier – Hit the DL with a ribcage strain.  Billy Butler once strained himself getting into a cage made of ribs.  Don’t cry for Wilmer Flores, he’ll do it himself, and he should see more playing time.  Yesterday, Wilmer (3-for-5, 2 RBIs) won the first game with game-winner, his 8th homer, and had the only two hits in the nightcap.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  As he trotted around the bases, he carried with him a For Rent sign.

J.T. Realmuto – Out on paternity leave.  Jerry Tomato will be in the maternity ward just picking babies off the vine.

Cameron Maybin – 2-for-3 and his 4th and 5th steal.  I’ve been subtly side-eyeing Maybin all year with a monocle to see if he can go on one of those patented “15 steals in two weeks then to the DL” runs.

Starlin Castro – 2-for-5 and his 7th homer.  He’s turned it on of late with four homers in the last two weeks.  Someone must’ve called him Starlin Catsup!

Brian Anderson – 2-for-5 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games.  Someone must’ve called him Brian Catsup!  Okay, will stop now.

Jesus Aguilar – 1-for-4, and his 23rd homer, hitting .305.  He’s easily in the top 100 for the 2nd half that I’ll post next week.  Look at the Player Rater for how high Aguilar is.  Jesus is turning water into fantasy value!

John Hicks – 1-for-3, but didn’t start for the third time in the last week.  Wonder if the Tigers know you don’t need to rest a player who has catcher eligibility who is not the catcher.

Niko Goodrum – 2-for-6, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting near-.375 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Chris Archer – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.41, as he was activated from the DL, and threw his last rehab start in the majors.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Can I expense a happy ending massage if I’m unable to date because I’m working long hours?”

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 13th homer, hitting .291.  That’s All-Star Wilson Ramos!  Eat a D, Blake Snell!

Daniel Robertson – 3-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .268, as he hit third.  I’m pretty sure Kevin Cash had a reason he hit Robertson third yesterday, but I Googled “Robertson reason,” and all I found was the reason Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si Robertson voted for Trump, and stopped Googling.

Scott Schebler -4-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .283, and he was caught stealing, which you may think is whatever, but I love that’s he’s trying everything to help my fantasy team.  Now that I think about it, that’s exactly what the Reds are.  Crap team, due to their pitching, but there’s fantasy value in their lineup!

Joey Votto – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .292.  Votto choked up on the bat yesterday for his homer like he was Joe Morgan.  Wait, Morgan was famous for the chicken wing.  Guess I’ve confused choking/the chicken.

Anthony DeSclafani – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.43.  He does this in Cleveland, but where was this when I streamed him his last time out vs. the White Sox?  All I can do is laugh (through my tears).

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .220.  I like to call Kipnis, Post And Soon To Be Pre-Asdrubal.

Yonder Alonso – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 13th homer, hitting .255.  Every time he has a big game I look at his player profile and there’s always multiple games between each hot game.  Hard to schmotato like that.

Danny Duffy – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.89.  Was a good night to be an awful starter having a miserable year, huh?  No reason to answer, I know what’s going on.  *eyes dart to the corner of the ceiling*  Why do I keep expecting to see Toni Collette up there?  The movie Hereditary damaged me.

Jose Berrios – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.41.  Jose’s been Berrios, Berrios good to me.  Haha, now I take a nap.  *five seconds later claps hands*  I’m back, snitches!

Aroldis Chapman – Appears fine from his knee scare this weekend.  Fun fact!  I have a knee scar, which happened during the semi-finals in the New Jersey State Checkers Championships when I had to take down Tommy Vitaly.

Gary Sanchez – Taking batting practice today and will be activated right after the All-Star Break.  I squeezed him into my top 100 of the 2nd half that’s coming out next week.  Coming out as in being posted, not announcing its sexual orientation.

Brett Gardner – 4-for-7, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games, hitting over .400 in the last five games.  I know this because I just randomly picked him up in my RCL five days ago, and a batty call turned into a full blown love affair with the Gardner and now I’m in a thorny situation that has me sitting Marcell Ozuna when all my outfielders are playing.

Giancarlo Stanton – 4-for-9, 3 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .272.  He homered on the top half of the doubleheader, but, in my eyes, I only see a dong from him on the bottom half.

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-7, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Watch him hit 20 homers in the 2nd half and be a 35-homer guy once again going into next year, and, then in March, you’re gonna draft him, and he’ll do nothing, and by end of April, you’ll drop him, and by June, he’ll be homering again, and he’ll hit 20 homers next second half, and, for crissakes, why did I have to get the Magic Eight Ball with the extra-wide screen?

Tim Beckham – 2-for-7, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .214.  Whoa, member this guy?  I think I actually liked him this preseason, but then he missed six weeks and the world moved on without him like he was Brooks in Shawshank Redemption.  The Orioles went from Brooks Robinson to Brooks in Shawshank Redemption.

Yasiel Puig – Hit the DL for prolly ever, but maybe two weeks, but maybe four weeks, but maybe–It’s oblique!  No one ever knows!

Clayton Kershaw – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.61.  Not this time, Padres, not this time.  Which is what Kershaw said yesterday and what I say when surrounded by monks staring at a clock that is incorrect.

Wil Myers – 2-for-4 and his 7th homer, and his 5th homer in the last three days, and 17th homer in the last fourteen hours.  He went from scooting around on his butt like he’s a dog who can’t get a turd loose to straight fire.

Stephen Piscotty – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 3rd homer in the last three games.  Grab him right now!  I don’t know how long it will last but there will be time for questions later.  And not the question, “Should I pick up Piscotty?”  I just answered that question!

Frankie Montas – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3,35.  When I clicked on his name to look at his player page, a window popped up that said, “You’ve been here after every one of his starts and it hasn’t gotten better.”

Gerrit Cole – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.57.  What I said for Nola about never owning a guy again?  Same goes for Cole after this year’s breakout, but I didn’t even get to like him his last year I could’ve owned him, because for the last HUNDRED YEARS I’VE OWNED HIM HE WAS TERRIBLE!

Yu Darvish – Played catch yesterday.  Sounds heartwarming.  I hope someone nearby was playing some light jazz.

Kyle Hendricks – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.93 vs. Andrew Suarez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  This would’ve made a nice stream of Suarez.  If the stream was big enough, you could’ve even called it the Suarez Canal.  Hendricks, mean’s while, looked solid in San Fran, even without a backing band of J. Baez.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (13) and legs (4).  This was his 2nd homer in the past four games, and in the past week he’s been hitting .200.  Stupid end of the sentence!  Okay, so it hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns, but maybe this is the start of something again for Polanco.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .309, hitting leadoff, hitting near-.500 in the last week, so schmotato, yes, but where’d this young brother’s power go?  He has six homers on the year.  Is he sleeping in a humidor?  Tell me true.

Matt Wieters – 1-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  When he left the DL, it was a tearful goodbye and Wieters vowed to return to the DL soon.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer, hitting .218.  After the game, he went into the cage with Adam Dunn to work on getting more 1-for-5’s with a walk.  You know what must be fun to watch?  A major league baseball player go into the cage and take pitches.

Juan Soto – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .301.  Sexy Dr. Pepper is like, “Yo, who Acuña?  I am Sexy Dr. Pepper, Acuña sounds like a flavor of Shasta!”  Then ripped a burp.

Christian Vazquez – Hit the DL for eight weeks after fracturing his pinkie.  He’s also going need to be replaced in the role of Thumby Shelby in the off-Broadway show, Pinky Blinders.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (3 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.62.  The Stream-o-Nator liked this start and loves his next one, so you do you while trying not to go blind.

Steve Pearce – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He’s been hitting cleanup at DH.  In related news, is Hanley still alive?  Imagine that “Hanley’s the worst meth dealer ever” story was totally wrong and completely blackballed him from baseball.  Yo, I’d be pissed if I were him.  Arrest me or clear my name!  Attica!  Attica!  Attica!

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 28th homer.  If I owned Just Dong, I’d kidnap him for 90 minutes during the Home Run Derby.  Here’s your cover story, “Hello, I am Kevin Spacey and I am pissed off I was replaced in that kidnapping movie so I grabbed Just Dong in an unwanted manner and will return him once the 21st Century Home Run Derby is over.  Bye-bye.”

  1. Cabby says:
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    Would you do Eloy Jimenez for Votto in a 12 team keeper. I am currently in first place and need a bat.
    We get to keep 10 players(7 minor leaguers also) and it’s an OBP league. I have some nice MINORS such as Gleybar Torres, Acuna, Robles, Fiorinal(NYY?) And Trammel. Should I make this deal?

    Or should I target Jesus Aguilar? Because he was picked up off waivers he wouldn’t be allowed to be kept next year but I’m not even sure if Votto would be a keeper for me if I traded for him.

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    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cabby: I’d take Votto, top 25 OBP guy

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Great write-up!

    a. Your write-up was very soothing after a bad night involving a guy named Corey. Thanks for not mentioning that he lost to a guy named Holaday, aka not related to Matt Holliday (is he coming back this year?). A dang reject from Detroit beats Corey! Sad emoji.

    b. Mark Twain quote of the day for July 10

    A young printer wanders around a good deal, seeking and finding work; and seeking again, when necessity commands. N. B. Necessity is a CIRCUMSTANCE; Circumstance is man’s master–and when Circumstance commands, he must obey; he may argue the matter–that is his privilege, just as it is the honorable privilege of a falling body to argue with the attraction of gravitation–but it won’t do any good, he must OBEY. I wandered for ten years, under the guidance and dictatorship of Circumstance, and finally arrived in a city of Iowa, where I worked several months. Among the books that interested me in those days was one
    about the Amazon. The traveler told an alluring tale of his long voyage up the great river from Para to the sources of the Madeira, through the heart of an enchanted land, a land wastefully rich in tropical wonders, a romantic land where all the birds and flowers and animals were of
    the museum varieties, and where the alligator and the crocodile and the monkey seemed as much at home as if they were in the Zoo. Also, he told an astonishing tale about COCA, a vegetable product of miraculous powers, asserting that it was so nourishing and so strength-giving that the native of the mountains of the Madeira region would tramp up hill
    and down all day on a pinch of powdered coca and require no other sustenance.

    I was fired with a longing to ascend the Amazon. Also with a longing to open up a trade in coca with all the world. During months I dreamed that dream, and tried to contrive ways to get to Para and spring that splendid enterprise upon an unsuspecting planet. But all in vain. A person may PLAN as much as he wants to, but nothing of consequence is likely to come of it until the magician CIRCUMSTANCE steps in and takes the matter off his hands. At last Circumstance came to my help. It was in this way. Circumstance, to help or hurt another man, made him lose a fifty-dollar bill in the street; and to help or hurt me, made me find it. I advertised the find, and left for the Amazon the same day. This was another turning-point, another link.

    Could Circumstance have ordered another dweller in that town to go to the Amazon and open up a world-trade in coca on a fifty-dollar basis and been obeyed? No, I was the only one. There were other fools there–shoals and shoals of them–but they were not of my kind. I was
    the only one of my kind.

    Circumstance is powerful, but it cannot work alone; it has to have a partner. Its partner is man’s TEMPERAMENT–his natural disposition. His temperament is not his invention, it is BORN in him, and he has no authority over it, neither is he responsible for its acts. He cannot change it, nothing can change it, nothing can modify it–except temporarily. But it won’t stay modified. It is permanent, like the color of the man’s eyes and the shape of his ears. Blue eyes are gray in certain unusual lights; but they resume their natural color when that stress is removed.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  3. Elliot

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    Drop either Seranthony or Joe Jimenez for Arano?

    • c says:
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      @Elliot: i still think Seranthony is the “closer” and the arm to own in that bullpen, but it’s still clustermessed up.

    • knucks says:
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      @Elliot: Don’t drop Seranthony.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elliot: Can’t drop Seranthony… Prolly hold Jimenez too

  4. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Yeah if JDM is doing the HR Derby, he’s going on my trade block!

    Keep forever trade Q for you, 12 team roto (this trade would be between me in 2nd and the other guy in 3rd). Which side do you like?

    $12 Bryant and $0 Buehler for $13 JDM + $1 Muncy

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Though maybe if he goes for HR derby, that’ll change!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Actually, apparently Betts, JDM, and Trout just joined the “no derby” group. Phew!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

  5. Mr Rogers’ burgundy sweater says:
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    You were inspired tonight, Grey!

  6. Whatever says:
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    I own me some Just Dong. I guess I will just have to pray he just takes it easy during the HR derby. Its all in your head Grey. :)

    Anyhoo, 12 team keeper using OBP and SVH. I am currently in 1st but could use some speed to seal the deal.

    $21 Bogaets and $4 Bauers (MINORS) for $13 Segura and $1 Felipe V?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Whatever: There are no free SB’s on the wire? Villar maybe?

      • Whatever says:
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        @Cram It: Its a deep-ish league. 12 teams. with 14/10 roster and 5 bench spots. and we also carry 10 minors so all the good minors are taken. Villar is rostered. I was so desperate for steals I picked up rajai davis.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Whatever: I would go for the win and take Segura then if you don’t think you can hold on without the steals. Hell, Segura might even be better than Bogey at this point anyway.

          • Whatever says:
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            @Cram It: Thanks Cram, appreciate the opinion.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Whatever: It always is! Segura side

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. At least the second place team that is chasing me has Max Muncy in the HR derby as well. So maybe they will cancel each other out. Lol.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  7. Muncynator says:
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    Rest of season: Odor or Castro

    • B_Don

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      @Muncynator: Needs based. If you can stomach the avg and need the upside, Odor. If you need something more steady that won’t hurt, Castro. In the proverbial vacuum, I have Odor 1 spot higher in my 2B rankings.

  8. Ozzie Smith says:
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    Well done as always sir!
    So how dumb would it be for me to NEARLY completely dump my SP’s in a 10 team 5×5 h2h league to try to win 4 catergories and just keep enough SP’s and middle relievers around to rack up K’s and vulture a few W’s?
    To clarify I will not be banking on winning W’s any week but I will have enough to keep opponents honest, so not completely punting W’s.
    The reason I ask this is I am getting mutilated in whip and era just about every week since I didn’t draft any SP’s till the 5th round. I’m in first place with a comfortable lead but I’m only winning each week 6-4, 7-3 or somewhere close to that, most weeks I win all five hitting categories easily.
    Here is my pitching staff…

    SP- Bauer
    SP- Flaherty
    RP- Jansen
    RP- Vasquez
    P- Hector Rondon
    P- Minter
    P- Ray
    P- Archer
    BN- Eovaldi
    BN- Quintana
    BN- Eflin
    DL- Buehler

    I’ve gotten rid of in the last few days the guys that have been killing my whip and ERA …

    Pivetta
    Newcomb
    Castillo
    Gio Gonzalez
    Etc.
    I’m just wondering how it would work out if I trimmed a couple more SP’s off the roster and targeted some of these part time closers or middle relievers.

    Trivino
    Arano
    Familia
    Mchugh
    Shawn Kelley
    Jeffress
    Etc.

    Just wondering your thoughts on this buddy, something I’ve never done before, but considering trying it for a few weeks. This shallow of a league there will still be plenty of SP’s on the wire to pick up if it doesn’t work out.
    Which SP’s would you hang on to for sure?
    Thanks Pal!

    • Raider says:
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      @Ozzie Smith: I’ve used this strategy as well as some others in a very similar league. Keep bauer pick up trivino, arano, McHugh- also a nice guy to target might be josh hader- elite reliever high k/9 and just gave up 2 runs yesterday…. it can really backfire in playoffs though

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ozzie Smith: I’d stream Ray, Q and Archer’s spot, or go with diesel MR’s. You’d still have 5 SP’s which isn’t enough for wins, but not a total dump.

    • B_Don

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      @Ozzie Smith: I’d go w/ one of 2 approaches. Either do what you mentioned and stream the best of the RPs available. The other would be to stream as many starts as possible to take the W and Ks while ignoring the ratios all together.

    • ctrengove says:
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      @Ozzie Smith: @Ozzie Smith:

      In a 10-team league, Quintana should be easily droppable. I dropped in my 12-team and haven’t looked back.

  9. Papasmurf says:
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    I take credit for hendricks. I finally benched him and he throws his best game of the year after a string of stinkers. Costanza Smurf power.

  10. Shawn says:
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    20 team dynasty.

    I was offered Shane Bieber for Tyler Glasnow.

    Will Glasnow be a starter again? Should I be a Belieber?
    Thanks!

  11. Milarky says:
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    So I’ve been offered Bryant/Roark/Gardner for Beltre/Snell/S. Marte. I’m pretty much out of it this year, and this means I’d keep Bryant instead of Rendon as one of my 4 hitting keepers. No impact on pitching keepers, as I’ve already got Kluber and Severino as my 2. The trade analyzer has me losing in a landslide. SLG% is an extra hitting category. How bad is this deal for me?

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Milarky: It’s pretty bad. If your looking at it solely based upon keepers your essentially trading Rendon (who you’re dropping), Snell, and Marte for Kris Bryant. That’s not a good decision.

    • B_Don

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      @Milarky: If you’re out of it this season and limited to 4 offensive keepers per year and you’ve already got your 2 pitchers, I like this deal for you. You’re getting the best overall player for a keeper format and setting yourself up for next season with Bryant, Sevy, Kluber, and whoever your other hitting keepers would be. I assume they are pretty strong if Rendon would get tossed back. Trade analyzer looks at this season, so, the trade will look bad regardless, but you weren’t keeping any of those 3 anyway.

      • Milarky says:
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        @B_Don: Thanks for the feedback. I agree it’s really not good this year, just trying to assess how much of an upgrade over Rendon Bryant is. My other hitting keepers are 3 of Stanton, Rizzo, Story or C. Seager (we can’t keep two hitters at the same IF position – long story). My other hesitation is whether Marte should actually be in consideration for one of those keeper spots. I only have so many bullets in the chamber to upgrade my keepers.

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          @Milarky: Of the hitters you listed, as is I’d keep Stanton, Rizzo, Seager, and Rendon. That being said, Bryant is probably slightly better than Rendon, but what are you really getting out of trading Marte/Snell and just cutting Rendon? Can you get draft picks or something?

          • Milarky says:
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            @Slimcompoop: Nope, we don’t trade draft picks. Traditionally it has been very difficult to upgrade keepers in our league without lopsided trades. I like the idea of getting Bryant, but I’m not sure I’m comfortable with how lopsided it would be this year. That’s not to say I can’t negotiate to get a more even deal, but guys in contention don’t normally trade their keepers unless they’re getting a clear win in return.

            • B_Don

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              @Milarky: It’s the right move for your roster. If you’ve already decided you’re not making a run this year, then your only concern should be how to improve your roster for next year. Which adding Bryant certainly would do. I’d also keep Stanton, Rizzo, Seager, and then Bryant.

  12. Elliot

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    Also, has anyone noticed that Schoop is heating up? He is available in a lot of leagues. Worth a look if you need help at 2B. Concur, Grey?

    • Grey

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      @Elliot: Sure, as long as it’s not at the expensive of anyone great

  13. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Great stuff as yoozh, Gray.
    I’m looking for a MI in my 14-team 5×5 OBP league. I notice the hot schomato alert on Good-Rum. Others I have to choose from are: I.Happ, A.Russell, H.Perez, B.Miller, and J.Gyorko. The hitternator thinks it’s MILLER TIME; however, I stopped drinking years ago. What to do??

    • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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      @Kruk_Ain’t_An_Athlete: Sorry GREY. Typo made you Gray. I apologize. I know you are G-R-E-Y.

    • B_Don

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      @Kruk_Ain’t_An_Athlete: I’d roll with Addi or Happ personally. Addi has been hitting well the last month (.293/.359/.457 with 3 HR, 15 R, 18 RBI, 2SB) and has been hitting higher up in the lineup vs lefties recently. OBP really helps Happ’s value as well when you don’t have to worry about the Ks as much. Fun fact, he’s been a .400 OBP guy in May, June, and the 7 games here so far in July.

  14. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    My OF is solid in 3/5 spots (OBP league) but the last two spots I have Souza coming off the DL (but can wait another week to activate; however, the hitternator has him hot this week) along with Piscotty and Reddick.

    Should I wait on Souza or drop Piscotty or Reddick?

      • knucks says:
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        @knucks: Maybe Reddick, I didn’t realize how hot Scotty has been. I’d still try to work Souza in the lineup at Coors somehow.

    • Lindorphins says:
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      @Kruk_Ain’t_An_Athlete: Grey, could I add Avisail to this group and ask how you rank them ROS (Souza, Piscotty, Reddick and Avisail)? Obviously could change if Avisail’s hamstring is now an issue again, but assuming it’s minor. Thanks!

  15. aardvark says:
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    Pick up Kyle Hendricks if he was dropped?

    • knucks says:
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      @aardvark: He pitches @ Petco next on Sunday

  16. Clive says:
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    Hits like a woman and throws like a man, like my Nola

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clive: No-no-no-no-no-no-NOLA!

  17. AP says:
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    Holy Shit, Grey…..it’s like this morning’s write up was written just for me. A plus plus on all of the Paul Simon Graceland talk. Absolutely love that album. When I was 7, my mom used to blast that cassette in her car taking us to school. An absolute gem and one of my favorites. And this, on the morning I FINALLY move into 1st place in my roto league! (Own Nola in both leagues, thanks to you!)

    Along comes a young girl, she’s pretty as a prayer book,
    sweet as an apple, on Christmas day.
    I said, “good gracious”…can this be my luck?
    If that’s my prayer book, lord let us pray!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: Nice! Cougs and I went to see him a few weeks ago at his ‘final’ concert in LA

  18. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? On point today…laughed out loud multiple times. Usually I just say “now that’s funny” in my head and move onto the next blurb.

    Anythehoo, I will join your love affair with Brett Gardner and make things more complicated. I just picked him up over the weekend and now Puig is to the DL so he gets to stay.

    Thinking it might be time to part ways with Brandon Nimmo in my OBP league. Would you say Reddick and Willams are both better plays going forward than Nimmo?

    Muchas gracias senor!

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: (1) Is Jake Bauers a better solution than Nick Williams to replace Nimmo?

        (2) Nick Williams or Brett Gardner?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Meh, wouldn’t say better, different 2. Gardner

  19. Five-on-One says:
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    Please rank the following SPs for the upcoming week:

    Suarez vOAK ($12.7)
    Wheeler vWAS ($9.4)
    Kingham vMIL ($8.6)
    V V @NYM ($5.7)
    Rodon vSTL ($5.3)
    Zimmermann @TB ($4.3)

    I have listed in order of SON’s preference, but I might rank them Suarez, Zimm, VV, Kingham, Wheeler and Rodon. Can you rank them please?

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Five-on-One: VV, Rodon, Zimm, Wheeler, Suarez, Kingham for me.

      • B_Don

        B_Don says:
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        @B_Don: Ok I lied, actually Suarez moves up to 2nd behind VV for me.

      • Five-on-One says:
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        @Grey: Sorry Grey. I should have been more specific. I need to sit two of them. So of the remaining three (copied below), which two sit?

        Kingham vMIL ($8.6)
        Rodon vSTL ($5.3)
        Zimmermann @TB ($4.3)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Start Zimm

  20. Tracey says:
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    Is Arano or Trivino the better reliever to own in a standard 5×5 league?

    • prey879 says:
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      @Tracey: Could include Sergio Romo and Joe Jimenez in there as well b/c not sure how long they’ll be closing.

      Turns the question into how would you rank Romo, Jimenez, Trivino, and Arano at the moment?

      Other Closers on roster: Kimbrel, Osuna (SSPD til Aug 5th)

      • prey879 says:
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        @prey879: also the original and follow up were both asked by me…just hadn’t signed into my Razzball account yet when I asked the first question. Oops.

      • B_Don

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        @prey879: Romo, Jimenez, Arano, Trivino. Romo and Jimenez should have the job until they get traded. Arano has the potential to steal the job and run with it, but Seranthony also has done nothing wrong to lose the role and was used against the better parts of the lineup. Trivino has lost the closer job with the return of Treinen.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @prey879: Romo, JImenez, Arano

  21. knucks says:
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    Couldn’t move Yu for much in my 15 team QS league.

    Ended up getting Godley back for him the night before the league’s early trade deadline that happened this past weekend. Blehhh.

    I’m way under pace for GS in that league and the most owned SPs right now on the wire are LeBlanc, Domingo German, Frankie Montas, Hellickson, Nova, etc. Gonna need that SON to work some wonders for me the rest of the way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: About best anyone’s gonna do for him…

  22. Bk says:
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    Solid write up

    1. Was offered J Taillion for my Yuli Gurriel. I’m pretty deep at CI, but Taillion been pretty up and down. Pitching is not that shallow (10 Team mixed)

    2. Trying to squeeze Piscotty into lineup. Drop Reddick or Matt Adams? Daily moves/rosters; can also drop Marco Gonzales, but starters are tough to come by and he’s been pretty good.

    3. I’m holding Pearce in one 10 teamer. Just play him vs lefties, as he hits clean up in that lineup, and you’ll be alright.

    4.) Still a hold on Hosmer? It’s brutal out there, and selling low will probably get nothing. What a disaster.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Bk: 1) keep Yuli
      2) Drop Adams
      3) Good call.
      4) Hold on Hosmer. Still in the middle of the lineup and I think the numbers still look normal at the end of the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: Thanks! Agree with B_Don

  23. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Please pick a side on each potential trade in a 12 team, H2H league. Thank you.

    1. My Ryu and Jo Ma for his Starling?
    I have loved Jo Ma’s stats in a ten cat hitting league. But Dee is my only source of steals and he has not been running since getting injured. Jo Ma’s playing time not guaranteed?

    2. My F Peralta for his Rondon?

    3. My Hendricks for his Knebel?

    4. My F Peralta for his Norris or Davis (need RPs)

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @DodgerWindowClosed: 1) bye JoMart
      2-4) Needs based. If you need saves, fine with any of these deals. I like the RPs in this order, Knebel, Davis, Norris, Rondon.

  24. The Great Knoche says:
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    All I saw in Chapman blurb was New Jersey state chicken choking championship. Use lotion. Less scars.

  25. Five-on-One says:
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    Trying to stream my last few OF spots. Can you rank the following for the short term (until the break, I guess) and also for ROS? Avisail might be the best of the bunch for ROS, but with a tweaked hammy, he might be at the bottom for the short term (but he is probable for tonight, so who knows). You won’t be surprised to see a few ‘must adds’ from prior write-ups.

    Avisail, Polanco, Gallo, Reddick, Nick Williams, Piscotty, Grichuk.

  26. Joel says:
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    Always Coca-Nola

  27. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Brother Grey, the Kevin Spacey and Kershaw/Padres/Clock references were brilliant!

    You touching Gagnon vs. De Los Santos today? Gagnon is the home SP.

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: But not in ESPN, because he doesn’t exist yet. They have so many rando names in the player pool… so how do you not have a guy like this that has been in AAA all year. They did the same thing with Bieber. I’ll never understand that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I kinda understand it… Weird to add new guys randomly in the middle of the season before they’re called up, bc then people not paying attention could be surprised if Bieber isn’t there in say April but is in May when still not called up

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ugh, defending ESPN

  28. Murph says:
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    Yo Grey
    I hate catchers. That is all.
    Actually here’s the question – cut Sally Perez for Grandal?
    Perez has 3 RBIs in the past month. THREE!
    Ugh.
    Thanks.

    • ctrengove says:
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      @Murph:

      Murph, I hate catchers, too. I’ve used a catcher in only about 7 weeks of the 15 so far (points league), and I’m in first place with a 13-1 record.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Murph: Make the move. Cya Sal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Agree with B_Don

  29. vee says:
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    morning Sir

    it’s been a while

    i have DJ at 2B, he got back from injury a few weeks ago, but i am heavy on batting. I also own Scooter. should i just drop DJ? a few closers and decent SPs on wire.

    Thx n cheers

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @vee: Depends on the depth of the league to an extent, but would be fine letting go of DJ for streamers/closers. If it’s a deeper league, I’d look around and see who may need a 2B or some avg before dropping.

      • vee says:
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        @B_Don: thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vee: Good to see ya! I wouldn’t drop DJ, trade

      • vee says:
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        @Grey: gotcha thanks. Arano sitting on the wire and i hold seranthony… bleh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Alex says:
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    Trying to trade Shaw, I keep getting rejected. Sad as a lonely little wrinkled balloon.

    Would you give Shaw for Robbie Ray? I could probably wait until he has a good couple of starts.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Alex: Sounds like you may be overvaluing Shaw a bit. I’d take Ray for Shaw if you can get that done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: I wouldn’t touch Ray

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, not feeling Ray either. If the best I can get is Keuchel, would you take him for Shaw?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t own Keuchel either

  31. Matty says:
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    In a deep 12-team H2H keeper would you lose Trevor Williams and/ or (Sr.) Jr. Guerra for Musgrove or Faria?
    Do you have any faith in Maeda or Hill going forward? They’re also taking up space on my bench.

    I look forward to hearing what Kevin has to say about Kris Bryant’s impending return.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Matty: No problem dropping Williams for Musgrove or any streamer starter. Hill has been good in 3 of his 4 starts since coming back so I’m holding there. Maeda has been solid as well. Idk that there is anyone on the wire worth dropping him back into the FA pool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Agree with B_Don

  32. Starz says:
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    I have Velazquez coming off DL on Wednesday with Cahill available for Thursday supposedly. Castillo and Wheeler were just dropped in my league as well.
    Who do you like in short-term and ROS? Velazquez/Cahill/Luis Castillo/Wheeler
    In that order or is a healthy Cahill tops?

    Separately, how do you like Nick Williams vs. Jake Bauers in short-term with their prime hitting opportunity? Or just Yawn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Starz: VV, Wheeler, Castillo, none of these — Williams

      • Starz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Porter says:
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    Schwarber or Cain in dynasty points leauge?

  34. ctrengove says:
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    Grey,

    Just how stupid is the MLB All Star process? I know Fantasy doesn’t necessarily equal reality (except for that it is my reality (I took the red pill)), but how the hell are Blake Snell, Charlie Morton, and Max Muncy not All Stars? I mean, Snell especially…

    They’re all on my team, and after speaking with them individually, I can tell you they are piiiissed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ctrengove: Ha, I know, it is crazy, Ralph and I talk about it on today’s podcast

  35. Dancin Homer says:
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    Looking for some Closer help & the following players are available (12-team, H2H, 6×6, redraft):

    Zach Britton (BAL – for now)
    Wily Peralta (KC)
    Will Smith (SF)

    How would you rank these closers/ would you add any of them?

    I’d need to Drop Eaton for one of them (Current OF is a mix of: Stanton, Rosario, Olson, Jose Martinez – we start 3)

    Also, I’m still stashing Sano in my “NA” slot on the hopes he can regain something remotely close to last year’s All-Star capabilities, but also have Jon Gray burried on my bench. Would you rather have Sano, Gray, both or one of the following players in that “NA” spot:

    W. Cahoun
    F. Mejia
    any other minor leaguer you think can make an impact

    Lastly, SON seems to think Joe Musgrove has an “ok” start ($5.3) today vs. the Nats; would you take a chance on him?

    As always, thanks for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dancin Homer: Smith, Britton — Drop Eaton — Lose Sano, stash Gray until he’s up this week, then Calhoun — I’m not starting Musgrove, could be okay

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey.

        Dropped Eaton, grabbed Smith, Dropped Sano, stashed Gray, & added Musgrove since SON seems to like his next start vs. MIL ($14.5) on Sunday as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  36. Aardvark says:
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    ROS. Hosmer or devers?

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Aardvark: Hosmer despite his awful performance the last month or so, but don’t feel great about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aardvark: Flip a coin, Agree with B_Don

  37. fudgemybudge says:
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    10T H2H
    how much would u bid for L Weaver out of $156 remaining
    Thx

    • B_Don

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      @fudgemybudge: Not much. Weaver pretty streamable at this point in 10 teamer imo.

  38. Fabbsy says:
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    10 team 3 player keeper forever

    Give: Harper + 8th round pick
    Get: Springer + 1st round pick + Walker Buehler

  39. fudgemybudge says:
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    drop hosmer for gurriel?
    pts league

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @fudgemybudge: Depends on the depth of the league. I’d prefer to hold Hosmer, but Yuli should be owned in a points league as well.

  40. The Biz says:
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    Grey! What’s the haps?

    What would you say the odds of Barraclough getting traded are? At first I thought for sure, but apparently they want a ton for him. I own him in a redraft league and have an offer on the table in a dynasty league giving up a mid tier prospect for him for this year only.

  41. JB says:
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    I find myself with a surplus of healthy OFers including : Judge, Marte, Pollack, Avisail Garcia, Cain, Soto & Tucker. I need to upgrade my Pitching.
    1. Can you help me prioritize this list?
    2. What caliber of SP should I be targeting for my non-keeper outfielders?
    Thanks for any advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JB: Pollock for Greinke type deal? Tucker for a #2, riding off Tucker’s hype?

  42. Stewart I Schmier says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Great write up as usual. Really look forward to your morning postings it’s a big part of my day.

    Question is it time for me to drop Michael Taylor as he only plays on a limited basis I can drop him for Bauers, CJ Crones :-) or Piscotty appreciate your thoughts

  43. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-team 5×5 roto (Saves+holds) question. I have Chapman, Winkler and H.Rondon.

    I see Arano, Will Smith, Alvarado, J.Anderson, T.Hunter, Parker, Nicasio, and Amir Garrett out there.

    Stay or hold? Pun intended.

  44. Cable says:
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    H/H. Points …….give Newcomb & Mikolas for G Cole

  45. Heyman87 says:
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    Once Muncy gains 2B eligibility I will be set on middle infielders and will be looking to unload Odor. Would you drop him for one of the following or hold:

    Trumbo
    Mancini
    Adams
    Happ

  46. Cram It says:
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    Jerry Tomato gets me every time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Ya know, the Marlins have two Jerry Tomatoes

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: They do! The other Jerry Tomato was forced into action this week on my NFBC team for the first time this season. :/

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve been rocking The Riddler in my Tout Wars league for about a month

          • crimedog says:
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            @Grey: who is the Riddler?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Jerry Tomato Riddle

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pretty solid move to get him in the preseason, nice foresight

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, he’s only in there because I thought Kipnis wouldn’t play much this week, so hopefully Tomato keeps pace.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Just knowing to draft him is impressive even if you never play him

  47. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    I spent $24 on Ohtani and $12 on M.Fulmer in our 14-team 5×5 (QS) league. I’m starting Bauer, MadBum, Carrasco, Gausman, Musgrove, L.Weaver and 3 RPs after looking at the streamonator. I could really use some saves/holds (last pitching cat is saves+holds) so I want to roll with 3 RPs but I don’t want to drop either Ohtani or Fulmer.

    I have one pitcher bench spot and COULD stash Ohtani on the HITTER bench spot if I dropped Ian Happ. What to do, what to do??

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        @Grey: Yep. It’s a weekly league through CBS. It doesn’t look like he’ll start this week so I’m dumping him on my HITTER bench. He won’t beat out my U – Nelson Cruz so he’ll sit on the bench. THANKS!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    With the Paul Simon quote it was obvious you were thugging with the Boyoyo Boys back in 89′

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: I’m only here for the cackles.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That should be in the Special Skills section of your resume.

  49. Five-on-One says:
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    Avisail, Gallo, Reddick, Nick Williams, Grichuk

    1) Top 2 (who to play)?

    2) Bottom 2 (who to drop)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-on-One: Williams, Gallo — Avisail (or Reddick if Avisail is healthy, which I don’t think he is), Grichuk

  50. lwomack58 says:
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    Hader and Mikolas for DJ LeMahieu-

    To much to offer?

    Better to just offer Hader for DJ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much, just Hader

  51. prey879 says:
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    This question could be served better later this week but would you drop any of Pivetta, Gibson, Jordan Zimmerman, or Ed-Rod to activate Buehler? or is Buehler the drop?

    Matchups this week are: Pivetta (@BAL), Gibson (TB), Zimmerman (@TB), Ed-Rod (TOR).

    If you were to drop 1 of these 4 and not start one this week, then I could stream until activating Buehler. Or could just see how they all pitch this week and make a decision then (looking specifically at Pivetta)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait until Buehler’s about to return — but I rage-dropped Pivetta after Friday’s start

      • prey879 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I managed not to rage-drop Pivetta (mainly cuz I was out of adds for the week) but it can’t be a good sign when I already have a queasy feeling at the thought of starting Pivetta vs. the 25 win Baltimore Orioles…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  52. Gibson-nation says:
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    Freeland or Pivetta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta

  53. Tastes Like Chicken says:
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    Please Rank:

    Wheeler vWAS ($9.4)
    Kingham vMIL ($8.6)
    Rodon vSTL ($5.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingham, Wheeler

  54. gfhyde says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Is Florial enough of a return on Stroman in a dynasty, or is the risk factor too high? Should I be aiming for Kirilloff? I don’t trust Stroman long-term but he’s tough as all hell to trade!

    Thx for everything.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take what I could get

  55. Scott says:
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    Piscotty or Joc P ros?

    Cron, J Bauers or J polanco ros?

    Obp league for both. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty — Cron

  56. Matty Ice says:
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    Grey! Would you make this trade in an OBP/QS league:

    Dee Gordon
    E-Rod

    For Gallo

    Between Gallo and Sal Perez my OBP is hot garbage

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon side

  57. waffles says:
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    would you trade Juan Soto for Kris Bryant in a shallow 10 teamer if I have too many good OF to all play?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  58. crimedog says:
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    Well we drank protein and danced all night, under the Philly moooooonlight. Gabe picked Aaron up and sat him on his knee and said “pretty boy won’t you tan your nuts with me!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  59. Jason Murray says:
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    Which side in a 10-team H2H keeper…Hoskins/Snell/Whitley or Bregman/Nola? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  60. Launch Angle says:
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    Hey Grey.

    Couple questions for a standard, 5×5 10-team season-long roto league using R – HR – RBI – SB – AVG – QS – K – SV – WHIP – ERA.

    1. In order of preference for SS – Bregman or Story?
    2. Would you offer either Bregman or Story AND Thor for Verlander?

    My roster:

    C Molina
    1B Freeman
    2B Baez
    3B Arenado
    SS Story
    OF Trout, Judge, Benintendi, Betts
    UTIL Goldy, Bregman
    BENCH Springer, Correa (DL)

    SP Severino, Bauer, Pax, Nola, Kluber, Thor (DL), Stras (DL)

    Still trying to find a decent 2 for 1 deal so I can make room to activate Thor when he comes off the DL. Been offering Correa along with Thor with little interest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman 2. Nope

      • Bk says:
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        @Grey: Interesting, you prefer Bregman to Story?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pretty close

      • Launch Angle says:
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        @Grey:

        What about offering Story and Thor for Sale instead? Long shot Sale would be moved though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh

  61. Bk says:
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    1.)Best to own right now (daily moves)
    Pick 4
    Trumbo, Reddick, Avisail, NWilliams, Ohtani

    2.)Also, worth adding VV in 10 team? Mets can’t hit so maybe worth a try.

    • Bk says:
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      @Bk: @Bk: Actually, Rank them if possible. Thanks.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bk: 1) I feel like you’ve asked about 3 of those guys in the same sentence every day this week. Just stick with one!

      2) Worth a stream, but Grey already gave his prediction in the blurb.

      • Bk says:
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        @Cram It: Your absolutely right. My OF carousel is going to put me in a mental ward. Just trying to figure out if Nick Williams is worth an add relative to what I have; Trumbo as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can lose Reddick for Williams

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I’m trying to save you from yourself. Notice Grey usually omits the guy who isn’t hitting RIGHT NOW. Reddick was the lede last week and now he’s a cut on this list of meh. Go with the hot bats. Are any of these guys even playing for you in your 10 teamers?

            • Bk says:
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              @Cram It: I rotate based on Hittertron matchups per day. 5OF with 6 bench spots. So I can really run a real rotation.

        • Cram Ite says:
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          @Bk: I’m trying to save you from yourself. I know they’re bench bats so stop driving yourself nuts over guys you’ll hardly use. Notice Grey generally omits the guy who isn’t hitting RIGHT NOW. Reddick was the lede last week, and now he’s last on this list of meh. Go with the hot bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Not Reddick 2. Risky, agree with Cram

  62. NH says:
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    I was offered this trade.

    I give Judge and Morton
    I get Nola

    Thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

      • NH says:
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        How about Judge and Corbin for Nola
        or
        Hoskins and Corbin for Nola

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Judge is much better than Nola — Hoskins and Nola are close

          • NH says:
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            Would you trade for Blake Snell? I have Hoskins, Votto, Marte, Springer, Corbin, Morton all available to trade.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure, Corbin or Morton

  63. Chris D says:
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    Dynasty League trade question. I’m in 4th pushing for playoffs and he’s in last looking for a rebuild.

    My Marcell Ozuna and Joey Lucchesi

    For Rick Porcello

    And if so grab a FA (Billy Hamilton or Shin Soo Choo) to offset the Ozuna loss ( I am deep at OF which is why I’m okay making this move, but just lost Puig so need a backup/fill in to offset Ozuna)

    Your thoughts Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t like it

      • Chris D says:
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        @Grey: the man has spoken. Thanks and have a great rest of the day Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  64. Ted Williams’ Frozen Head says:
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    Give Cole/Soto for Stanton/Montgomery? Feels like a no brainer but that 19 year old can mash when he gets around on it…

    12T mixed h2h – thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  65. Rodelo Maglente says:
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    which side

    Meadows and Yordan Alvarez (1B HOU prospect) for Carrasco

    I will have Margot in CF if I do trade

    Appreciate all you do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco, meh, kinda fair I guess

  66. dau says:
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    Avisail to DL….replace with Franco (NYM,Bal,Mia away), Piscotty (Verlander today, Hou for 2 then 3 @ SF) or [email protected] Coors later in the week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty

  67. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    Thanks for the write up as always, Guys like Snell, Nola, and Bauers were on my -pitchers to draft late list and it didn’t work out… ahh oh well. been reading the comments and replies. Where are you on Piscoty ROS- Higher than Avisail?

      • Johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Cram It: dude is glass, its almost tragic given his hitting ability. he needs a new doc, something.

      • Johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Cram It: not worth the DL stash?,probably out the next two months? what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

      • Johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: Hey Grey, A Garcia – drop or stash?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop

  68. Stickball Al says:
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    Down goes Garcia !!! Hit’s the DL with the same bad hammy… 8 HR’s in the last 13 games !!! Avisail Garcia on all my teams picking up fantasy points left and right. And now he’s gone… Again like the last 20 times. Can’t have anything nice…………

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  69. Zest-Mania says:
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    Do you add Marwin Gonzo to drop one of the following:

    Kyle Tucker
    Yuli Gurriel
    Odor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  70. Brian says:
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    16 team dynasty. h2h 6×6 with hits and OPS, and k/bb and QS. wasn’t expecting to contend this year but currently in 5th 7.5 games back. top 6 make playoffs.

    roster is C-flowers, 1b-encarnacion, 2b – eduardo escobar, ss-xander, 3b-machado, of-mazara, and generally polanco and thames but i’ll also rotate in span, brinson, and para), util-aguilar, then i rotate between the aforementioned OFs and my BN for the 2nd UTIL spot, BN-brad miller, culberson, wilmer flores,
    SP-sale, pivetta, domingo german, morton, bassitt, gant, buehler, tropeano, cahill, alcantara RP-peacock, hector rondon, greene, seranthony, kela, chad green, will smith, arano, strickland.
    My minors roster is pretty loaded-tatis, adell, trammell, yordan, will benson, rodgers, corey ray, wander javier, kyle lewis, lutz, loaisiga, jojo romero, graterol, allard, kaprelian.
    another owner put nellie cruz and stras up for bid. he loves buehler, tatis, and adell. I’m debating including tatis in the deal and will probably start with buehler, adell, and some other prospects/picks. Most likely he’ll want at least all 3 at minimum.

    would you pull the trigger if it meant including tatis, adell, and buehler? would you go higher if the other owner tried to push? i’m in more need of an arm than a bat but even at 38 or whatever in a dynasty league, cruz would instantly become my 2nd best hitter. my team’s been all over the map in this league so far. finished 4th my 1st year, then sold off some prospects to make a run only to finish 10th last year. that’s why i’m somewhat hesitant to go all in.

    thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much, do smaller deals unless Cruz and Stras could be keepers… Stras may not even be able to go much in the 2nd half

      • Brian says:
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        @Grey: it’s a dynasty league so I’ll have them for more than just this season. That change your thought process?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then it sounds fair, I’d take Cruz/Stras

  71. ty says:
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    hosmer or Reddick ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  72. alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    I need SP
    1) You think any one of these guys would get me
    Lance McCullers – owner will trade him
    Keeper league
    Mazara (next year $6)
    Hoskins (next year $16)
    Bellinger (next year $16)
    My first choice is Mazara of course
    2) What other SP could I target for Mazara if not McCullers
    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. They should, wouldn’t trade Hoskins or Cody for him 2. Greinke type? C-Mart maybe

      • alps says:
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        @Grey:
        awesome
        thanks
        would you do Haniger for McCullers
        I forgot about him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine

  73. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    remember what i said about piscotty “will in somewhere in the 4-6 weeks directly after his mother finally died from lou gehrig’s all of a sudden get really good”. clearly he hasn’t sustained yet what i claimed, i said something like “near all star levels”. it’s the segura syndrome at play.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Montezuma’s Revenge… right now, our Frontier Psychiatrist

  74. Robert says:
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    Vlad Jr is going to AAA. Do you think he gets called up to the Jays before September?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t see why they would

  75. Blah says:
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    Your Velasquez blurb is the most accurate thing that’s ever been written in the history of history. I’ll never have the balls to own that dude again, I’m forever jaded.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  76. Tyree says:
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    Dynasty 7×7 (QS,K/9,HLDS…)

    Trade offered: Gerrit Cole

    I trade away: Moncada, Flahrety

    Would you make that deal for Cole?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole side

  77. NH says:
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    Which starter pitcher would you try to trade for out of these 7. I would like to trade S. Marte
    Gio, Stripling, Peralta, Arrieta, Tanaka, Eovaldi, Buehler

    Which two would you go after or would you just hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None, hold

  78. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    I’m looking for ratio help and possible save speculation guys – please rank the following:

    Diego Castillo
    Hildenberger
    Hughes
    Trivino

    Also, in one sentence, how much would you value holding onto Brendan Rodgers with a very late round ref as a keeper starting in 2019?

    Thanks Grey – bless your mustachio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trivino, Hughes… The Rockies ever play rookies?

  79. Ty says:
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    Kyle Gibson, Gausman, Pivetta….keep two ROS.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Gibson

  80. hiphoppanda says:
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    Keeper trade offer. I give up Blackmon (rd 1 cost for 2019) for Matt Olson (rd 25 cost for 2019) and Andrew Heaney (rd 18 cost for 2019/2020)? Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

  81. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey, Grey,

    Today’s closer question is . . .

    . . . when does it make more sense to roster Osuna, who will definitely get saves in August and September, over guys like Hughes and Yates who might get saves if the guys ahead of them are traded.

    1. So to make that into a question that’s easier to answer quickly: please rank ROS for spec SV: Hughes, Yates, Osuna

    2. And Greene is supposedly coming back this week. Would you rather have Jimenez or Greene right now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yates, Osuna
      2. Greene if healthy

  82. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    Grey, I asked above but I got lost in all my many questions …but Avisail – is he stash or drop now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop

  83. Josh C. says:
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    Do you think Andrus is going to pick it up 2nd half? Guy has not been the same since hand exploded. Thinking of dropping for Chris Taylor.

    What do you think? Hold Andrus or not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Taylor

      • Josh C says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  84. b the esq. says:
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    Rank ’em RoS…. Rendon, Myers, Andrus, Tim Anderson

    Also, closer/potential closer rank ’em in a Holds and Saves (separate categories)…Giles, Yates, Will Smith, Romo

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip last two to rank — Romo, Yates, Smith

      • b the esq. says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. So, you think Giles is pretty much done, or just not going to see meaningful innings?

        Im having trouble understanding why Rendon continues to be ranked so well when he just seems to be playing so poorly….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Forget Giles, he hasn’t been the closer for a couple months and the Astros have better options

          Rendon could turn it on at any time and is in a good lineup

  85. Screwballs says:
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    Grey-another great write-up!

    8 team H2H keeper league [keep 15] 5×5 using OBP and QS. I have both Cain and Tanaka coming off the DL. Currently in 2nd place [30 games behind].

    With an eye to the play-offs and 2019, who are the drops?

    Batters:
    • Ramos
    • Rizzo
    • LeMahieu
    • Aranado
    • Bogaerts
    • Bregman
    • Turner
    • Benitendi
    • Hoskins
    • Soto
    • Encarncion
    • Springer
    • Acuna
    • Desmond
    • Torres-DL

    Pitchers:
    • Cole
    • Snell
    • Morton
    • Mikolas
    • Porcello
    • Happ
    • Lester
    • Eovaldi
    • Treinen
    • Hand
    • Dominquez
    • Vasquez

    Thanks for the advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka, Desmond

  86. JP says:
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    Been offered Scherzed/McCuthchen for my JD Martinez

    12 Team HxH league, thoughts?

    Could counter with Scherzer/Polanco instead

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid, can counter if you like

  87. J-FOH says:
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    Magnificent Kinks title today by Rudy. Took me back to when my dad would play albums every Sunday morning.

    • thanks. i had an okay Lola referencing title that Grey upgraded.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: wait, Grey actually knew the song and made it better. Shocking when its not hip hop

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          Or 13 year old girl music

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s eclectic (boogie woogie woogie)!

  88. Uncle K says:
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    Great One,

    Would you mind ranking the following three bats ROS for a RCL type league? T. Shaw, I. Desmond, K. Tucker

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shaw, Desmond

  89. OaktownSteve says:
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    I told you Piscotty was rockin’ a new swing. He looks good. A’s working on close to 30 consecutive shut out innings across @CLE and @HOU. Maybe they won’t trade Treinen. They’ve won like 18 out of 22. Beating good teams on the road the last couple days. Treinen-Trevino for now looking like Wetteland-Rivera.

    The Oaktown Kids are a .5 from 120! Crazy. Leading their league by 20.5? Crazy.

    Taking the boy to A’s Giants next Friday. The girl gets a Disneyland trip every year…her thing. But the boy doesn’t want to go. He demanded a three day “baseball Disneyland” so we’re going to the game and sitting 10th row behind the A’s dugout. Got him a new glove and the complete 2018 Topps set. Going to wrap them up on Saturday like xmas morning. Then we’re playing baseball all day with some of his little buddies. Sunday we’re going bowling in honor of Mookie.

    Every time I look at your Tout team I kind of shake my head. Not used to looking at Onlys. Looks like such a mess…and clobbering the rest of the mess. Nice work.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Are you taking her to Disneyland?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        I am. Birthday trip in September

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @OaktownSteve: he’s rocking a “my mother finally died after about 2ish years of rotting decrepitude from lou gehrig’s”, this of course MAY have lead to him to try a new swing as well. he’s got the jean segura bonus after super depressing (since it’s slow and you get to watch your family member rot) family death.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You think they’d trade Treinen? Be such a shot in the gut to their fans when they look like they’re contending…

      120! That is insane. Well done!

      That’s awesome, man! That’s the kind of stuff that gets him writing/obsessing about baseball when he’s in his 40s… I don’t fully understand how I’m beating the rest of Tout by so much this year… Last year’s team was rock solid, this year’s team is a bit of a mess, getting killed by injuries to arms… I’m hoping I just can keep the team together thru Sept.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        They had been sitting Gardner and Dickerson for a couple weeks rolling with Heyward and Dietrich and swapped them back yesterday. MIdas effing touch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We should have a column just jpg’ing their moves

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I think up until a week or two ago they would have been sellers. Now I don’t think they can.

            Eduardo ChiChi Rodriguez is another example of the charmed Lil’ Oak season. 11-3. ELEVENANDTHREE. They are first in K, ERA, WHIP, W and the first pitcher they took was I think Garrett Richards.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              A’s would have been sellers that is

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Gotcha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Did they miss on any picks?

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Schoop is the underachiever. Myers until recently. Brett Gardner maybe just under draft slot. Other than that on point everywhere.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gotcha, Schoop has been heating up too, but those O’s are ugly

  90. Clive says:
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    10 team H2H keeper league

    Need a C and some offense – would you trade Vlad + a decent draft pick next year for Blackmon + Sanchez? Both could be kept late next year as well..

    Do you think we see Vlad this year?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vlad’s a non-issue this year… No idea who Sanchez is, but Blackmon is a great late keeper

  91. Joel says:
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    Dozer for Bumgarn?

    • Joel says:
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      @Joel: Bull Dozier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier

  92. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey

    please rank for rest of season ( 6 cats, standard 5 plus OBP ) :

    Piscotti, Trumbo, Souza, Reddick

    also, any of these following droppable for the above 4:

    Mancini, Teoscar, Kike, Dietrich,

    As always thanks in advance as I eagerly await this weeks podcast.
    Also thanks to Ralph as he gave birth to a new thing on my bucket list , that being, someday attending a weed wedding.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo, Piscotty, Souza… All of them are droppable, I’d start at Kike, Dietrich and Mancini for first three above — Haha, nice on the weed wedding!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Ace of Spades: It’s a nice day for a Weed Wedding, it’s a nice day to smoke again!!!!!!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  93. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Should I play Desmond @ home vs. Corbin or Rendon @ Pittsburgh vs. Musgrove?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  94. Cbf says:
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    Drop Avisail or hold till Bryant is off dl so I can switch them?

    Drop one happ, Brad miller, camargo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just drop Avisail

  95. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey, 12-team mixed league with deep rosters, can you rank these waiver wire options as replacements for Avisail now that he’s on the DL?

    DeJong, Reynolds, Piscotty Doesn’t Know.

    Thanks as always man, love reading these every morning!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty — thanks!

  96. lubey says:
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    ROS
    SerAnt or Rondon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seranthony

  97. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – I’ve been holding Tom Murphy as my C2 (12 teams) in hopes that they start playing him again when he returns from paternity leave . . . if he’s still not starting fairly regularly by ASB, is it time to drop him for Sandy Leon or C-eligible Isiah Kiner-Falafel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now with those options

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – yeah, nothing good. Trade market isn’t great either . . . I tried offering Nimmo (in a keep forever league) to a near-last place team for Hicks or Suzuki and got mocked for such a “low ball” offer . . . methinks someone is overvaluing catchers!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, I’d take Nimmo there, why not? Not like Hicks or Suzuki are worth anything

  98. Sean Foley says:
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    Which side in a trade (looking to win this year)

    Bellinger (2 more years of control) and Hosmer

    or

    Moustakis, Bryant and Grienke (all 1 year deals)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bellinger

  99. Mauricio Frid says:
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    Doolittle to the DL

    Who’s the grab?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Mauricio Frid:

      Gotta be Herrera

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Herrera

      • Mauricio Frid says:
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        @Grey: Duh, forgot he was traded during the panic and the World Cup semifinals

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • Mauricio Frid says:
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        @Grey: Duh, forgot he was traded during the panic and the World Cup semifinals

  100. Jack says:
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    Gallo, Healy, Chapman, or Camargo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Healy can hit. Stays inside the ball, thunder to right center.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  101. NH says:
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    Off my team who would you trade to get Nicholas Castellanos?

    Molina, Hoskins, J. Ramirez, Arenado, Machado, Judge, Stanton, Springer, Pollock, Votto, S. Marte, Severino, Kimbrel, Morton, Kershaw, Sale, DeGrom, Bauer, C-Mart, Corbin

    • Cram It says:
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      @NH: Why do you need him? Is your team not in 1st place?

      • NH says:
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        Nope
        Sadly I’m in 4th place with a 10-4 record. I lost last week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Molina? Why do you want Castellanos?

      • NH says:
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        I might trade Stanton, lots of strike outs. What do you think of my post below for B. Harper or Synderguaard or both of them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stanton is better than both

  102. NH says:
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    Off my team who would you trade to get B. Harper or Synderguaard or both?

    Molina, Hoskins, J. Ramirez, Arenado, Machado, Judge, Stanton, Springer, Pollock, Votto, S. Marte,
    Severino, Kimbrel, Morton, Kershaw, Sale, DeGrom, Bauer, C-Mart, Corbin

    • Cram It says:
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      @NH: Any of those top line starters. You don’t need all of them.

      • NH says:
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        If you were in my shoes, what would you do?

        • Cram It says:
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          @NH: It’s hard to tell without knowing the schematics of your league, and what you actually need and what the guy who has Harper needs. Like, why trade for Noah when you have all of those aces already? Do you need more pitching? I’d try trading Kershaw or DeGrom or Morton for Harper.

  103. b the esq. says:
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    Is Ross Stripling going to be on an innings limit this year?

    10 team Roto, 5×5 standard categories.

    Saves are very had to come by as everyone is competitive and any possible new closer is picked up quickly.

    Im currently tied for 1st in Wins and Saves. 2nd in ERA and Whip, 5th in Ks. My pitching is strong, Offense, not as much, so Im in 5th overall.

    Was just offered Kenley Jansen for Ross Stripling.

    SP – Norris
    SP – Romo
    RP – Felipe Vazquez
    RP – Boxberger
    P – Hader
    P- Yates
    P- Trivino
    BN – Kershaw, Nola, Lester, Scherzer, Stripling, Porcello, Newk
    DL – Skaggs

    Other manager only has 1 closer, Kenley, but is one of the 4 ahead of me in Ks.

    Seems like a no brainer, but wanted to get some thoughts.

    Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a no brainer, just not sure why you’re trading fro saves if you’re in 1st in saves and you need SPs

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        For that price I’d try to trade him and flip him to somebody. I would bet that if you did get him on a whack trade though you’d have to hold him for a week or two and probably package him to disguise the fact that you got a gift deal.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This is true

      • b the esq. says:
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        @Grey: My initial thinking is that I want to remain in 1st in Saves. Kenley obviously helps with that without hurting ERA and WHIP. Additionally:
        1) Stripling only pitched 80ish innings last year and is up close to 100 already this year so he may be very limited in the 2nd half. You think that will be the case?
        If not, he could very well wear down in the second half or get a DL stint like the Dodgers are wont to do.
        2) If I do this, I could lose one of the non closers for another SP….there are some at least decent options out there.
        3) Possible that Norris, Vazquez or Box dont hold the job the rest of year, so insurance for that.
        4) I could flip a closer for bat or SP…..even possibly just flip Kenley for an elite hitter or top tier (better/more reliable Stripling) SP.

        Thoughts?!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oaktown is right, take Kenley and flip a closer for another arm

          • b the esq. says:
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            @Grey: Gentlemen, thanks for the discussion and the thoughts. Accepted the trade and feel good about it. Will probably wait and throw out some offers over the All Star break to flip a closer for either an elite bat or upgrade at SP.

            Much appreciated!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  104. fudgemybudge says:
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    is bieber a hold in an 11 team roto league or stream the spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  105. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    Going to offer Scooter for his Dozier… Yes?

    • Johnnyhobbes says:
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      @Johnnyhobbes: also, just listened to pod cast. would like to formally apologize for the one time i think i asked you a player question on twitter. :) Also Enyel Santos…. philly people think its the second coming every time…. not too sure about this dude but hey its the mets.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, no worries, I just ignore Twitter questions

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  106. Cram It says:
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    I’m going with Enyel too. It’s uhmazing how bad the Mets are against rookie pitchers they’ve never seen. Every time I watch them against some schmuck just called up, they make him look lights out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Uhmazing is my new fave and will be stealing it…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Take it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, thanks!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Cram It: Cards are the same.

      • Cram It says:
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        @VinWins: Good to know.

  107. Crazy J says:
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    I punted Duffy for Goodrum. Hopefully that’s a positive. I was nodding off looking at Duffy’s stats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Duffy

      • Crazy J says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, F Duffy!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah!

  108. OaktownSteve says:
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    Alright, you got any batty calls jump at you today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m waiting on lineups, but I’m currently sitting on Nick Williams

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I think it’s Kyle Tucker night. Not a batty call based on ownership. More of a dfs. How about Moran hitting clean up against Hellickson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moran could be ok, you know I go for guys who are hitting well in recent games, and Moran hasn’t done anything…

  109. kevinb says:
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    Love the write up.

    I need saves.

    add Arano and drop Ray, Greene, j hicks, S Perez or Cespedes.

    Seemed like a no brainier until I posted the question instead simply dropping one of the 2 catchers I have. lol

    Thanks for all you do brother!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Sure, Perez

  110. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    So, I benched Corbin because Coors, then blindly added Tyler Anderson on a bunch of teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, logic!

  111. jon says:
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    why do I want to start Corbin @ Coors? I have removed him from starter spot 8 times in the last 10 minutes… urghhh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve benched him, fwiw

  112. Thomas Petrone says:
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    Joc Pederson, Teoscar Hernandez or Jake Bauers? rank ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar, Jake

  113. Jubaka says:
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    Should I start C orbin at colorado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am not

  114. OaktownSteve says:
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    There are going to be a brazilian runs scored across MLB tonight. Picks to click…Tucker, Moreland, B Dozier, Carpenter,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Phils are gonna pound this Mets starter

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Sawks, Indians, Twins, Yanks, Dbacks, Rocks could all go stupid

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Phils looked awful first inning against some random journeyman

  115. Andy Dwyer says:
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    should I deal Happ for DeJong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  116. DodgersWindowClosed says:
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    Tucker-Mania! Hopefully not like Brinson-Mania I had last year :-).

    Is he an upgrade over any of these on my team?

    A. Jo Ma
    B. Seager
    C. Peralta
    D. Mazara

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Peralta, but I’d wait until out of Coors

  117. rukky says:
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    ROS utility:
    Odor
    César Hernández
    Kemp
    Desmond
    Gurriel

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp

  118. CP says:
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    Please rank Joc, Nimmo, and N. Williams ROS, OPS instead of runs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nick, Joc

  119. Steve says:
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    Replacing Puig/Avisail:

    Pearce, Cargo, Reynolds, Bauers, Meadows, N Williams

    Top 2

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nick, Bauers

  120. Corey says:
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    6X6 OPS/QS H2H league. I’ve been offered Blake Snell ($6 keeper next year) for Paul Goldschmidt (too expensive to keep). I’m currently tied for first, but my 1B is Ian Desmond and I could def use a power boost. My pitching has been dominating every week, but Snell has been a huge part of that.

    Do you give up one of the best pitchers in baseball for the rest of the season and beyond for a few months of one of the best hitters in baseball?

    • Corey says:
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      Rest of rotation:
      Verlander
      Bauer
      Lester
      Price
      Tyson Ross
      Sabathia
      Streamer spot (currently Rich Hill).
      DL: Buehler, Wacha.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        More helpful to show offense that Goldy’s joining

        • Corey says:
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          @Grey:

          C Sal Perez
          1B Desmond
          2B DJ LM
          3B Arenado
          SS Treat Urner
          OF Springer
          OF K Davis
          OF Juan Soto
          Util Kemp
          BN Asdrubal Cabrera

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            So Desmond goes to the bench, huh? Okay, if it wins you the league, go for it

            • Corey says:
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              @Grey: It might well. Thanks!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whoa Snelly!

  121. Ty says:
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    Andrus, Cron, or Hosmer? …keep 2 ROS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Cron, depends on needs tho I guess

  122. Milarky says:
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    So now I’m being offered Bryant, Roark and Familia for Snell and Kimbrel. As mentioned in a post above, I’m out of it this year and it doesn’t impact my pitching keepers (already have Kluber/Severino), and this allows me to upgrade my 3B keeper from Rendon to Bryant. It also allows me to see if I can turn guys like Rendon and Starling Marte into more better hitting keepers. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bryant

  123. FrankGrimes says:
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    Bauer continues… I said it before but great call FML!

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Grimey! Pity about that bullpen tho…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Stephen Lyon:

        Ya crazy Allen gives up a six spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      FML FTW!

  124. William Hung says:
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    Shaw with the sonnavabench since I played Desmond over him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Abreu with the sonnavastart… In related news, I listened to a podcast where a White Sox beat writer speculated that Abreu is trying to do too much, and reminded me of when David Wright circa 2009 tried to carry the Mets and had a bad year by his standards. Praying to the baseball gods that he’ll summon some 2nd half Votto magic and has a monster 2nd half.

  125. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS:

    Need to drop 1, Tucker or Avisail (who now seems to be semi-ok).

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garcia

  126. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Another night, another bunch of scrubs tearing up one of my pitchers. Tonight’s culprits were Grichuk, Russell Martin, and Kevin Pillar. Of course Aledmys Diaz drove in Minter’s inherited runners after he left the game.

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: Now Greg Bird boots a sharp ground ball (though it is an error, is scored a hit) to let the winning run in. I’m on a roll.

  127. Brett says:
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    Would you rather tucker or moncada for the rest of the year?

  128. lwomack58 says:
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    W. Smith over Seranthony for saves.
    Thanks

  129. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, H-2-H, 7 hitting & 7 pitching categories. Trade offer Nola for Baez. Which side? Thanks in advance!

  130. Matt G. says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Couple of questions for a season-long, mixed, H2H league with 12 teams and OBP and QS instead of Batting Average and Wins. My team is as follows:

    C: Buster Posey
    1B: Rhys Hoskins
    2B: Whit Merrifield
    3B: Nolan Arenado
    SS: Trea Turner
    OF1: Eddie Rosario
    OF2: Khris Davis
    OF3: Michael Brantley
    UTIL: Eugenio Suarez/Max Muncy/Mazara
    SP’s: Kluber, Newcomb, Manaea, Alex Wood, and Taillon
    RP’s: Cody Allen, Morrow, Blake Parker, Britton, Giles
    Bench: Matt Olson, Paul DeJong, Muncy/Suarez/Mazara (2 of the 3).

    I need to drop one of my players in order to even make a move, because (long long story short) the ESPN Fantasy app went down last Friday when DeJong was activated from the DL, and is still in that slot with no one else on my team DL-eligible (at the moment). Who would you drop from the above mentioned team? I know my pitching is much weaker than my hitting, but I was still thinking I’d release Taillon or Giles. Any thoughts? Potential options on the wire are: Buehler, Kelvin Herrera, Rodon, Andrew Miller, etc..

    Secondly, one of my buddies in the league managed to somehow amass the best fantasy baseball infield I’ve ever seen with Goldy, Jose Ramirez, Lindor, Machado, and Dozier. Since that lineup isn’t good enough for him, he wants Arenado of course. What would you look for in a return for Arenado? He’s talked about doing Machado and Dozier for Arenado and Merrifield. Do you think that’s a good trade for me, or would you focus more on trying to improve my pitching staff. I’m basically trying to get Machado and am willing to give up Arenado, but not straight up, in the hopes Machado thrives on a contending team in a hitter’s park.

    Please let me know what you think when you have a chance.

    Thanks,
    Matt G.

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