A reporter, ducked behind chairs, yells at Aaron Sanchez at his no-hitter, post-game press conference. All we hear is the reporter’s disembodied voice, “Isn’t it true your four-seam spin rate went from 2,300 rpm to 2,565 rpm overnight?” Some reporters move out of the way for the reporter, who is crouched behind the chairs. One reporter recognizes him, asking, “Trevor Bauer, is that you?” What are the Astros feeding their pitchers? Pine tar and they’re being told to eat with their hands. Aaron Sanchez (6 IP, 0 ER, 0 hits, 2 walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.76) had a 6.07 ERA before this game! I get it, it was the Mariners, but this is crazy. Sanchez wasn’t usable at all in Toronto.  The Astros’ coaching vs. cheating argument:  Sanchez did kibosh his sinker, which was by far his worst pitch. Could it have been that easy?  How could the Jays not figure this out?  I could’ve figured this out!  I guess Sanchez’s worth the flier. If he’s fixed, he’s too valuable to ignore. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.68. Verlander dedicated that start to “Astros not trading for Bauer.”

Kyle Seager – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting near-.370 in the last week with two homers, and a hit in every game, except one.  Or as Mother Seager says, “We babied Corey, and now he can’t overcome adversity.”  They should’ve never gave him a trophy for “Best Son.”

Cole Hamels – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.84, as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Is David past tense of Dave?”

Willson Contreras – Hit the IL with a hamstring strain.  That means the Cubs are going from a hammy issue to a Caratini.  It’s the green new plan!

Kyle Schwarber – 2-for-2, 2 runs and his 25th homer.  Fun with the Player Rater! Schwarber or Kole Calhoun, who’s higher?  It’s not even close.  Sorry, Joe Buck.

Jason Heyward – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer, and 2nd homer in three games, was hitting leadoff. Only have Heyward on one team; it’s a Cutline team. It’s a Best Ball format, means there’s no lineup adjustments, it runs itself — the 1984 of fantasy leagues. I just made it past the 2nd cutoff in the playoffs, and, honestly, I have no idea what I have to do to win money.

Trent Grisham – 3-for-4 and his 1st homer, as he hit leadoff.  Classic Counsell to not start him every game, but also to think he’s worth leading off. Brewers are about to make it more complicated to vote Yelich (2-for-4 and his 37th homer) for the MVP because they’re going to finish below .500, if they don’t get their shizz togther.

Marcus Stroman – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.07. There’s an Alternative Universe Marcus Stroman that threw a 12-inning shutout with 25 Ks for the Astros, and was christened Marcus Astroman.

Edwin Diaz – Mickey Callaway said the Mets have to be open-minded about who their closer is. Damn, quick hook if this is the beginning of the end of Diaz.  Lugo only has a near-12 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 with a 2.68 ERA and Edwin has given up a home run in every appearance since April. Mickey Callaway is so dumb, he should start every sentence with, “Duh, George,” like Lenny from Looney Tunes’ Of Mice and Men.

Joe Musgrove – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.69. The Pirates’ pitching womb is polluted!

Pete AlonsoMets score a bazillion runs and Alonso doesn’t start.  Holy sit!

Michael Conforto – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .256. Points out how crazy power is this year that Conforto’s been yawnstipating, but not really bad, in the big picture.

J.D. Davis – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .297. All the terrible moves Brodie did for the Mets, he somehow fleeced the Astros.

Jeff McNeil – 2-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .336.  I know following who leads each league in categories is not really a fantasy thing, but McNeil is about to run away with the NL batting title.

Robinson Cano – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI, but left with a strained hamstring. Elias Sports Bureau said Cano is the first person to strain their hamstring while walking.

Noah Syndergaard – 7 IP, 1 ER 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.96. This is the 1st time his ERA has been below 4.00 since the 1st inning of the season. His peripherals are still saying he’s pitching less effectively than last year.

Stephen Strasburg – 4 2/3 IP, 9 ER, ERA at 3.72. Strasburg didn’t have his best stuff, which is about as big an understatement as saying Cooking for Dahmies: Jeffrey Dahmer’s Cookbook wasn’t a hit with vegetarians.  Also, if he just changes his name to Strosburg, he’ll get an additional 1,000 RPM spin on his curve and throw a no-hitter.

Patrick Corbin – 5 1/3 Ip, 5 ER, ERA at 3.43. Come for the Diamondbacks and you’re hiss-tory.

Eduardo Escobar – 0-for-4 and his 23rd and 24th homer on Saturday. If I were that type of person, I’d go back to my preseason rankings and point out the people in the comments saying Escobar shouldn’t be ranked in the top 100. You’re lucky I’m your humble servant named the Fantasy Master Lothario.

Ketel Marte – 3-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (24) and legs (6), hitting .319. He won’t be (I don’t think), but there’s a case to be made he’s a top 20 guy next year. Zoinks!

Trevor Bauer – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.85. He said he was struggling with an injury for the last few months, which might explain why he only threw 107 pitches in less than 5 innings, instead of his requisite 120. I can’t speak for him, but his peripherals aren’t saying an injury, they’re saying last year was a fluke.

Sonny Gray – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.25. Gray pitching dramatically better than Bauer is so 2019.

Shane Greene – 1 IP, 3 ER and the blown save on Saturday. That’s one way to lower your Sunday FAAB price, by losing the Braves’ closer job before bids are even announced. Okay, maybe things aren’t that dire for Greene, but Chris Martin is becoming a must-own (again).

Ronald Acuña Jr. – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer.  Tildaddy says to get him another beer!

Maikel Franco – Optioned to the minors. Not that you asked, but what would I have done with Maikel if I were the Phils? Trade him for literally anything last week. Not saying he’d fetch much, but you know how much he’s going to get now? Maybe could fetch you Nadir Bupkis.

Drew Smyly – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 7.01. Smyly just doesn’t feel like the right emoticon. More like an emoticon that is standing on the train tracks, just waiting, numb. Streamonator is positive on Smyly’s next one, but I’m not.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer, as he hit leadoff. Mean’s while, Scott Kingery (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) hit eighth as he played 3rd. Wait until Kapler hears you don’t have to bat a guy 8th just because he’s replacing Maikel.

Eloy Jimenez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .235. “It says, ‘No dumping,’ but I’m sick of carrying around this potato sack filled with Eloy–Wait a sec! He just moved! I think he’s alive.”

Reynaldo Lopez – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.41. That was a super iffy start, but Streamonator likes Reynaldo’s next start and I could see it.

Griffin Canning – Hit the IL with elbow inflammation. Usually I’d be saying this means he’s done until 2021, but this could just be the Angels limiting his IP, and finding the most horrifying way to do it.  It’s like this:  Dodgers, “This pitcher has a sore neck and, uh…a blister.”  Communicating it is a fake injury.  Here’s the Angels, “His elbow is broken.”  Whoa!  Guys!  Seriously?  Angels, “Uh…no?”

Andrelton Simmons – Hit the IL with an ankle sprain. I will say one thing, if Andrelton is any indication of an alien invading Earth, we just have to wait until they sprain their ankle or wrist.

Felix Pena – Hit the IL with a torn ACL. Also, the Angels have a torn MMXIX.

Kole Calhoun – 1-for-3 and his 25th homer.  Now that Dustin May aka The Pigment Dodger is up, the Dodgers have two gingers to the Angels one (Calhoun). So, once again the Dodgers are a better organization.

Oscar Mercado – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .288.  Ugh, I want to draft Oscar Mercado already for 2020.

Shane Bieber – 9 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.31. With the thought in mind that there’s only about 12 starters worth owning in fantasy, where’s Bieber ranked? 7? 9? 11? Don’t say an even number, you commie!

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Chris Sale – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.68. After Sale left the game, Alex Cora whispered to the bat boy, “Go into the clubhouse and hide all of the scissors.”

David Price – 2 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.36. Speaking on behalf of fantasy owners of Red Sox pitchers, do the Red Sox and Yankees have to face each other? It would feel more special if they didn’t until the playoffs.

Christian Vazquez – 1-for-3 and his 17th homer, hitting .285. He could conceivably double his career home run output across four years in one season. Conceivably is actually silly. He definitely will, barring an injury.

Gio Urshela – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .314, as he hit cleanup. Any other team gets hit by this many injuries and has Gio Urshela batting cleanup they’re what, a 60-win team? The Yankees are starting Cameron Maybin like it’s five years ago and he’s hitting .312!

Edwin Encarnacion – Hit the IL with a fractured wrist. In only what I can call a courageous move — it’s really the word for it — Edwin’s parrot tried to grab a bat and fill in for him, but he only weighs eight pounds. I’m guessing Edwin’s out for at least six weeks, which means he’s droppable in most redrafts. This could be good news for Mike Tauchman’s playing time.

Aaron Hicks – Hit the IL with a flexor strain. Yo, are the Yanks on a three-month cycle for injuries? Well, it might be cycle related. This is good news for Mike Ford’s playing time, but bad news for Mike Ford because now he’s being asked to do something. I razz, I razz; he could be okay in that rinky-dink stadium — he had 23 HRs and hit .303 in 79 Triple-A games.

Michael Pineda – Hit the IL with a triceps strain. Wow, that came out of nowhere.  He was pitching so well.  Maybe a triceps strain is good for him. Can we get a doctor’s opinion on this? *intern whispers in my ear* Hearing now they likely did get a doctor’s opinion.  Fair enough, nerds!

Devin Smeltzer – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.28.  Smeltzer is a high-command, meh strikeouts guy. Think like a poor man’s Nola.  I will call him, Treme. By the way, a commenter brought this to my attention (sorry, forget who it was):

Nelson Cruz – 0-for-3 and three homers on Saturday (30), hitting .292. Cruz is ridiculous. RidiCruzlous? Hmm, maybe not. He’s basically, “I will hit 35-40 homers every year, whether it’s in 140 games or 40 games.”

Jesus Aguilar – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .236. Aguilar moving from a non-entity to a three-hole hitter on the Rays is just too on-brand.

Brian Anderson – 2-for-3 and his 17th homer, 4th homer this week. Could see his hot schmotato cooling down to a lukewarm simmer, but he still appears to be more schmotato than schmo.

Isan Diaz – Called up by the Marlins and I grabbed him everywhere. Go ahead; I’ll wait. You done? Okay, Diaz had 26 HRs and hit .305 in Triple-A this year, while chucking in a handful of steals. The Prospectonator isn’t a huge fan of his, but that does tend to dig its heels in during preseason and doesn’t know about approach changes — Diaz cut his Ks this year. My only concern is Don Mattingly will do something dumb like play Berti/Castro over him.  Leave Berti/Castro to the dank memes from Russian bots.

Justin Shafer – Came into the game in the 7th inning on Saturday, and Ken Giles (1 IP, 0 ER on Sunday) refuses to go full-IL, so I’ve been dropping Shafer.

Bo Bichette – 2-for-5, and his 2nd homer, hitting .406, and has hit in every game since his call-up. Starting my Boba Chette fan fiction graphic novel where he arrives from a far away planet to save my MI slot from Jurickson Profar.

Cavan Biggio – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .213. Is it just me or do you look at the last names in the Jays’ box score and think it’s 2005 and start wondering how The Sopranos is gonna end?

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4 and his 23rd and 24th homer, hitting .305. Can’t believe I found this last will and testament of my great Aunt Gertrude and she left me all six of her Dairy Queen locations. Before acquiring my windfall, I’m going to haphazardly leave it by this open window–NOOOO!!! Torenado!

Donovan Solano – 2-for-4 and his 3rd and 4th. As if you needed more reason to believe this was not the season of the pitch, Donovan does this.

Mike Fiers – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.46.  Here’s his last three months of ERAs: 2.87, 2.30, 2.14. Hopefully if there was a Fiers Sale in your league, you went for the Fiers side.

Matt Carpenter – 1-for-5 as he was activated from the IL. I’m not running out to add him in shallower leagues. He’s done nothing all year and I don’t even know if the Cardinals will play him every day.

Marcell Ozuna – 0-for-3, 1 run, as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “I understand Human Resources has a job to do, but, if someone has a problem with me picking up my veal cutlet sandwich and singing Veal Diamond, why don’t they say it to me?”

Danny Santana – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer in, like, 12 games. Guys and five girl readers, if Dannys Antana isn’t a first ballot Hall of Famer, they should close Cooperstown down. Sorry if you live there; it’s done. Move now.

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .284. In a sea of 30-homer hitters, hitting below 20 homers feels like flotsam. (Or is it jetsam? Do we really need two words for shizz thrown overboard?) But Hosmer’s having a nice bounce back season when counting stats are included.

Manuel Margot – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two days.  Him and Wil Myers have been fire schmotato, as long as Green stops freakin’ playing Josh Naylor.

Chris Paddack – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.19 vs. Kenta Maeda – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.37. During the postgame press conference I had with my fantasy team, this matchup was billed as, “A bad week to quit sniffing glue.”

Max Muncy – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 27th homer, hitting .265. If only someone told you to draft him. Wait, someone did. Me. *dons crown* King stay king!

A.J. Pollock – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  How many Pollocks does it take to homer?  One Pollock to hit the ball over the fence, and 23 million to move the stadium counterclockwise so he rounds the bases.

Walker Buehler – 9 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 15 Ks, ERA at 3.22. Glad to see he’s finally stretched out from Spring Training. Now the Dodgers can shut him down for the playoffs.

  1. PK says:
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    Heh, that was me who pegged Smeltzer as Andy Capp. Those hot fries are hard to resist!

    • Andy Crapp says:
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      Until you realize they’re made from gmo’s : (

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        Hot Fries are incredible. Love them. Turns out they are absolutely awful for you to consume however. Why can’t we just have good things….???!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hot Fries are the absolute best! Except they never breakdown in your body and 85-year-olds have Hot Fries in them they ate when they were 12

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice, PK!

  2. jeffjam says:
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    Name the brave twelve starting pitchers worth owning in the fantasy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Does anyone dare?

    • jose says:
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      If I could own any 12
      Cole
      Verlander
      DeGrom
      Scherzer
      Bieber
      Strasburg
      Corbin
      Buehler
      Morton
      Ryu
      Greinke
      Kershaw

  3. Ellis says:
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    Which should I NOT start

    Odorizzi v ATL and v CLE
    Sonny Gray v CHC
    Marquez @HOU and @SD

    I’m leaning Sonny (so does SON by a lot) but he’s been so good and Odor had some tough matchups this week

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  4. toolshed says:
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    Willie Calhoun or JD Davis ros, obp format? I read your buy list and you mentioned concern that they may jerk Calhoun around. They did release asdrubal Cabrera over the weekend. Dont know if he factored into the dh mix, but Calhoun is listed as the starting LF on the depth chart. Davis is also listed at starting LF with Dom Smith on IL.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d go Willie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, true on Asdrubal, agree with MP

  5. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Sealed up a first round bye already, not a humble brag but just wanted to say a big Thanks to all you guys at Razzball. In all seriousness, no way I would have had such a strong team without the site. To have the back/forth advice in these comments has been a big help. Thanks again for taking the time here to help all of us fantasy base ballers!

    Also, this weekend, I tried to hold the door open for an elderly donkey at the liquor store. The old Donk shoulder checked me and called me a young pup, saying he didn’t need any damn help then proceeded to pick up a smoking hot looking stripper Donk in the Hennessy section with some smooth equine flow. Could this have been Grandpa Donk?? I wanted to get a selfie or an autograph but wasn’t sure…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Let’s get you the win!

      That’s a question for Donkey who’s out sick, To Be Continued!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      nice! Great to hear it, good luck

      • Snacks Zillion says:
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        Thanks guys, much appreciated!!! Hope DT feels better soon.

  6. KCC26 says:
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    12 team mixed:

    Which side?

    Benintendi/Hamels or Judge/Treinen?

    Also- Benintendi and Judge have the same keeper cost for next year in a league where we can keep 6

    I’m actually ok on power. Benintendi has been killing me this year and I’m struggling to decide if his little hot streak is a sign that he’ll salvage his season down the stretch or if he’s just providing me a window to make a deal like this happen (last 365 days he’s .280 14/10).

    My pitching is: Nola, Sonny, Thor, Hendricks, hamels, Caleb Smith, Yonny C, Miley, D. May

    Whaddya think?!

    Thank you!

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d want Judge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

  7. Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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    Grey, dude.

    From the NOAA: “You may have heard of ‘flotsam and jetsam’ from the movies, but do you know the meaning of the words? While the phrase ‘flotsam and jetsam’ is often used to describe ‘odds and ends,’ each word has a specific meaning under maritime law.

    Flotsam and jetsam are terms that describe two types of marine debris associated with vessels. Flotsam is defined as debris in the water that was not deliberately thrown overboard, often as a result from a shipwreck or accident. Jetsam describes debris that was deliberately thrown overboard by a crew of a ship in distress, most often to lighten the ship’s load. The word flotsam derives from the French word floter, to float. Jetsam is a shortened word for jettison.

    Under maritime law the distinction is important. Flotsam may be claimed by the original owner, whereas jetsam may be claimed as property of whoever discovers it. If the jetsam is valuable, the discoverer may collect proceeds received though the sale of the salvaged objects.”

    You’re a crook, Captain Hook

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, thanks! Still say wrap those two into one word

    • Systems Overload says:
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      This entire time I thought Flotsam and Jetsam was the band Jason Newsted used to thrash with.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  8. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    ***bulk alert***

    Angels bulking Sandoval today. *pours one out for PBJ Pena*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Sad face for Pena

  9. Drew says:
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    With his move to the pen, is Newcomb (or Pivetta) worth a speculative add if searching for holds?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I guess Newcombe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

  10. pats mom says:
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    Grey, thanks for the write ups! It’s the only way I can stay engaged this late in the season.

    Would you take Duvall or CJ Cron over Hunter Dozier ROS? H2H categories 12tm yahoo.
    Appreciate it

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      No, I’d stick with Dozier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d try Duvall, but extra risk there

  11. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    You starting Scherzer this week in hopes he gets a start in by end of week? I’m winning ERA narrowly and have a top 3 whip, so trying to protect those points / can’t stream too aggressively.

    Alternative options – Odorizzi @ATL and v CLE, LeClerc as 4th RP, Wood v CHC. (Nothing too great)

    • Maybe none of them. Unless you need wins and k’s. Leave the spot open? Tough call.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d put Max in the open spot. Better than your other options and no big deal if he does not pitch..

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks – yeah, the other options can actively hurt me + the K/SV upside (the only reason I’d put them in) don’t outweigh the ERA/WHIP downside given the matchups and LeClerc volatility..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you have to start Max

  12. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey!

    16 team H2H weekly points league… redraft

    UGH! I lost Crystal DAHL and Crystal BUXTON (Also Stanton a while ago) and now I’m in need of OFs… there’s not much on the wire.

    Who should I pick up?

    Kipnis, JD Davis, Tauchman, Inciarte, Teoscar Hernandez?

    Thanks Grey for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender, but could depend on needs

  13. RicoSuave says:
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    And I guess it’s safe to drop Buxton, right? I have Tucker stashed so hopefully he’s called up soon otherwise I’d have to drop him and pick up some immediate help…

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  14. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    The Pitcherpocalypse continues. Great that Musgrove is pitching to contact! Thanks, Ray Searage!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  15. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Loved your report, that day has still not arrived.

    a. You can call it the Conforto Line.

    b. On Earth 3, there is a Marcus Stroman who calls himself The Ass man and works the concession stand selling cracker jack and ice cold drinks.

    c. Btw, love how they say ‘The Long Island native can finally come home’ of Stroman. No one tell them Long Island is far from Queens (it’s about 40 miles of straight highway, right?).

    d. Thank you for not mentioning my slip last week. I called Shane Greene, Shawn Green when referring to the Braves’ bullpen closer. Now I’ve gone and jinxed him so technically it’s your fault for not correcting me. LOL.

    e. Phils could also get Nadir’s ugly cousin….My Dear Bupkis. They call her My Dear to deflect her ugliness.

    f. I saw the play that Pena made – seriously innocuous play…run to the bag, catch the underhanded flip from the 1st base man and step on the bag… Of course he Mr Bungled it and landed with his right foot on the bottom left corner of the first base bag in an effort to avoid having the runner step on his foot. I thought initially it was a sprained ankle, so he has a really flaky body for an athlete. Agreed, poor Trout, Angels are toast yet again. He’s going to retire an Angel and be the best player NEVER to win a world series ring and it’ll be the reason he doesn’t get into the hall in 2034.

    g. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 5

    From Pardon my Sarong, 1942

    [Abbott and Costello are driving a bus (actually Lou is driving) full of bodacious babes. Easy, it’s 1942 so they’re dressed conservatively. They pass a sign post…’Los Angeles 144 miles’.]

    Abbott: Oh, will you keep your eyes open?

    Costello: I can’t. I’m sleepy. I didn’t get no sleep in that motel.

    Abbott: Why?

    Costello: Some dummy put the bed in the closet.

    Abbott: It’s a Murphy bed.

    Costello: Murphy should have slept in it.

    Abbott: Drive straight. We’re running out of gas.

    Costello: Running out of gas?

    Abbott: Oh. Yes. What are you driving so fast for?

    Costello: I got to get to a station before we run out of gas.

    Abbott: No, no.

    [Small segue to the closest gas station with two gangsters talking. There’s a baseball story so I include it herein.]

    Gangster #1: How you gonna pay for gas? What are you gonna use for dough?

    Gangster #2: Don’t worry about the dough. I’ll see if I can get away with a baseball story. [To the Gas station attendant]: Hey, you like baseball?

    Gas station attendant: Do I? I never miss a game.

    Gangster #2: The last half of the 9th, the score is tied. Three men on base. Up comes DiMagg. Three balls, two strikes. The pitcher winds up, throws… Zowie, a home run! The Yanks win five to one.

    Gas station Attendant: We sure put it over, didn’t we?

    Gangster #2: Yep, we sure put it over! We certainly did!

    [And the Gangsters drive away without paying. I wonder if that story still works. Somehow I doubt it.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. The Equarto? B. HA! C. I know, that is one of the sillier narratives D. Ha E. Yup F. I didn’t see it G. Nice!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!

        a. I saw it on the daily recaps on MLB.com. Pitchers aren’t that good on defense, except Stroman on the play he made to throw out the runner at home on a force out with the bases loaded! That is must see tv but pitcher defense is not really relevant. What I see a lot of his infield singles resulting from poor infield defense (poor range or indecision etc) like what happened to May in his start. 9 hits surrendered but 8 singles!! Someone wasn’t on top their game on the infield (maybe Freese who is a human statue at 3rd base, though didn’t see the game).

        b. Dropped Chris Martin to pick up Diaz for the Marlins/NYM doubleheader today and tonight. I added Chris Martin this morning when you said he was a must add everywhere after Greene’s (got it right this time) debacle, but I’m sorry. I’m a whore for offense and as you say pitching this year has been so bad

        c. Best ROS in your opinion.

        1. Alex Wood
        2. Drew Smyly

        Or are they both streamers in RCL, 5X5 leagues.

        d. Slithered like a snake into 6th (72.5). I started Smyly (since dropped for Isan, via Civale and Chris Martin), Alex Wood and Syndergaard. Syndergaard cruised to the IVictory Coast after the Mets tacked on runs after runs. Wood is better than Syn, I agree, but Syn is still useful. The Ks helped and now my pitching is

        SP – Syn, Paxton, Giolito, Sonny Gray, May, Gallen, Sanchez (just added after his GREAT start)
        RP – Iglesias, Rogers and Kennedy
        IL – Glasnow

        Am pushing pitching now ’cause I need to make up ground in Ks. K/9 is around 10 so if I just boost my innings pitched it should work out to an increase in Ks. Could be wrong.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Yeah, saw the Stroman play, he’s fleet footed B. Ha, nice C. Wood, but likely streamers D. Looks like a decent pitching staff as long as your top two pitch well

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!!

            MIA lineup for the first game of the doubleheader just announced!

            Berti leading off
            Diaz batting second!!

            Unfortch, Rojas not playing in 1st game.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

  16. ozzie smith says:
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    Hope you had a great weekend buddy!
    10 team h2h redraft league
    1) considering dropping Contreras and picking up Will Smith, I only have two DL spots and currently have Ryu, Kluner, and Moncada jamming them up. Contreras in the last month is only batting .165 with 1 homer, 4 runs, and 5 rbi’s anyway. He looks spent or disinterested.

    2) looking to upgrade my MI counting stats, I currently have Albies, Tatis JR, Hiura, Segura. Segura has given me next to nothing in counting stats the past month now.
    Bichette, Daniel Murphy are the most enticing free agents.
    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1.Go for it

      2. Bichette over Segura

  17. Way says:
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    Best start this week

    Smeltzer @ Cle
    Vargas @ Ari
    Rey-Lo vs Oak
    Woj vs Nyy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ReyLo

  18. stevie says:
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    With OZUNA back someone’s gotta go. Who would you recommend cutting?
    Scott Kingery
    Eloy Jimenez
    Khris Davis
    Domingo Santana
    Or is Ozuna the cut?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Khrush

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

  19. ozzie smith says:
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    Starting Soroka tonight @Minnesota?
    H2h league 5×5, the robot hates it, but everytime I bench him on a tough matchup somehow he avoids a meltdown.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t trust him at all, but I think you have to start him

  20. Jimmy Suitcase says:
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    Two quick ones:

    1. If you had to do it today, where are you ranking Laureano next year overall?

    2. Would you trade Laureano for Correa for ROS? I’m I second place in a standard 14 team 5×5 Roto league, but could keep laureano for very cheap next year (we can keep two guys).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. 85-105 range

      2. Yes

  21. LG Baseball says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thanks for the weekend recap. Need a couple lineup calls for the week with number of games, opponents and Hitteron values below:

    1)for my 2B: Odor 6 games @CLE, @MIL $13.2
    Or
    Muncy 6 games STL, ARI $6

    2) for my Util: Yordan 5 games COL, @BAL $18.8
    Or
    Story 6 games @HOU, @SD $5.1

    Thanks!
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Muncy

      2. Story

  22. bigbear says:
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    I would like to stash Kluber for a 12 team H2H playoffs. Who’s the drop?

    Options:
    1. Dahl – Mondesi and Ryu already on the DL and Dahl on the bench. He’s gone for most/all of my regular season, but could be a playoff option.
    2. Paddack – I’d guess he’ll be shut down in the not too distant future and not be available for playoffs. Any guesses on how many more IPs he has left in the tank?
    3. An RP – Oberg, Jimenez, Workman – SV are tough to come by. Only other CL I have is Kennedy. FA options are Givens/Armstrong, Lugo, Jarlin, Shafer – i.e. the bottom of the barrel.

    RP – Kennedy, Jimenez, Workman, Oberg

    • Norman Ginsberg says:
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      When I asked a similar question last week, Gray said “Dahl”.

      But note this Saturday comment on Rotowire (concerning Mondesi), which makes me wonder how valuable he’s going to be .

      Mondesi (shoulder) recently progressed to hitting off a tee, but his return timetable is still up in thIe air, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. “He’s making progress, but it’s probably, realistically going to be a while,” manager Ned Yost said earlier this week.
      Spin: Not long after his return from a groin injury, Mondesi landed back on the injured list after suffering a left shoulder subluxation July 16. Fantasy owners were hoping for a relatively quick turnaround, but the quotes from Yost don’t inspire much confidence.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

  23. Doc Samson says:
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    I had two guys owned by me (Muncy & Yates) facing off against each other at a crucial point of the game. This was like Batman trying to decide between Rachel and Harvey Dent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  24. Worm Burner says:
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    I know they’re both lotto tickets, but who do you think has the biggest impact this year, Isan Diaz or Trent Grisham?

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Diaz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who plays more would be my answer, unclear still… I’d guess Isan

  25. KCC26 says:
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    12 team H2H keep forever league: (we keep 6)

    In first and looking to move youth for some put-me-over the top pieces

    C Grandal
    1B Alonso
    2B Muncy
    SS. Machado
    3B Bryant
    Inf Olson

    OF. Acuna
    OF. Benintendi
    OF. Puig
    OF. Y. Alvarez
    Utiliy: Sano/Bichette

    Taking into account current and future value, as well as who each might fetch in return, who are you peddling?:

    $1 Bichette
    $1 Alvarez
    $6 Alonso

    Thanks

    • Kcc26 says:
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      Just as a follow-up, we keep 6 players (can keep forever). Of the other players, I can’t keep Machado or Bryant next year. So trying to win now and still keep an eye toward 2020!

      • Marty the Clarification Seeker says:
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        If you can keep forever, why can’t you keep Machado or Bryant?

        • KCC26 says:
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          Sorry I was just trying to simplify our league rules for the purpose of the question. We draft, so players are kept at round value rather than the dollar amounts I posted. We keep players at the average of their previous years’ cost and their ADP. Machado and Bryant were both first round picks this year. I could keep either but not both, and it would cost me my first rounder.

          Here are the approximate rounds that Each player would “cost”to keep next year

          Grandal- 9
          Alonso- 10
          Muncy- 11
          Machado- 1
          Bryant- 1
          Olson-16
          Acuna- 5
          Benintendi- 6
          Alvarez- 15
          Puig-4
          Bichette- 16

          We keep 6 so right now Acuna, muncy, Alvarez, Alonso, Bichette are my biggest discounted guys…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sell Bichette

      • KCC26 says:
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        Where do you think Bichette goes next year?

        Love that he’s leading off already and feel like he could be a .290 15/25 guy with 100 runs scored as early as next year. Too optimistic?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe top 50-70 — he won’t be over Yordan or Alonso unless something weird happens rest of the way

  26. Chad Bowling says:
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    Would you own Biggio, Urshela, Odor over Calhoun?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      No, I’d own Willie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  27. saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Saves only redraft.

    Lugo or Leclerc ROS?

    Thanks again for your thoughts

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Lugo

      • saint says:
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        Thanks MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip really, but I’d lean Leclerc

      • saint says:
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        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. The time has come to drop Maeda right? Or maybe I’m late to the party as usual

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lose him

  29. aintlifegrand says:
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    Another monster Monday recap- thanks!

    10 Tm redraft OBP

    Would you cut Laureano for Isan Diaz if already carrying Voit and Mondesi injured for playoff lottery tickets in September? I am in first and have clinched a playoff slot.

    Second, with Odor so hot, Hittertron likes him pretty well this week at #65, but if Diaz is the pickup, would you throw Diaz in to the starting lineup instead with 8 games on the schedule?

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Isan over Laureano

      I’d start Odor, we don’t know Isan will play every game

  30. Brett says:
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    who would be your top 3 guys for holds?

    • knucks says:
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      Prob guys like Gallegos, Will Harris, Ottavino, Kahnle, Andrew Miller… Seth Lugo if he isn’t getting the saves instead. And Pressley before he hit the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knucks

  31. Ivanmakebasket says:
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    Once I saw Smeltzer was starting yesterday morning vs KC I added him right away. Ended up cutting Oscar Mercado in a league to make space for him who homered so that was bitter sweet. Went back to watch the highlight of Mercados HR which was a wall scraper and to me he feels like a guy who’s lucky to have 9 homers this year even with a juiced ball. His avg HR distance this year is 380 feet with an 88mph avg exit velo. He’s not a big guy and takes a small compact swing with no leg kick. Also his last 15 games he’s got 0 steals with 1 stolen base attempt. Mercado feels like a .280 hitter with 15 homer power and 15 steal speed in a full season. I don’t see him being a huge value in 2020.

    I can tell by your write up that you don’t own Danny Santana anywhere important and that makes me sad for you. I’m weeping.

    Speaking of Texas, I don’t trust Clevelands rookie starter tonight at all. Hope he gets rocked becasue I didn’t add him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I owned Dannys, but, yeah, I don’t

  32. Shazam says:
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    Tauchman or San0-4?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I’d go Sano

  33. zombie says:
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    Happy Monday, gents. & great crazy weekend recap Grey. Truly a difficult weekend for all of us that have ridden late pick gems Greene, Yates & Paddack all season! Violated the ol’ERA & WHIP at a critical time in our seasons. Ugh! Ok, movin on… Also nervous about Mattingly uncharacteristically doing the right thing here, but, is it time to give up on our breakout candidate Robles and take a shot on young Isan? Only other drops remotely worth consideration would be Senzel or Kingery. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, try Isan — I like Robles over Senzel, but both are kinda whatever

  34. krazyivan says:
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    ROS question.

    JD Davis
    Kingery
    Aquilar

    Also, sell high on Bichette and Gallen in H2H 12 team keeper, or ride on? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery — Sell high for what? Maybe

  35. JC says:
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    1. Urshela, Braun or Odor?

    2. Aguilar on a platoon like the rest of the team or could he be an everyday guy? Would have to drop Senzel to add. Please advise.

    3. Hate to trade for hurt guys but would you trade Sale and Paddack for Mad Max?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Odor 2. Platoon 3. I would

  36. Cole says:
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    Bret Gardner or Urshela for the week? Need to replace Dahl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urshela

  37. Justin Ralph says:
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    Maeda is beginning to feel droppable in 10 team mixed. Am I wrong?

    I have a feeling I may ask the same thing about Minor tomorrow.

    • knucks says:
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      He’s been dropped in my somewhat deeper 12 Teamers and sat on the wire. So I think yes.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      in 10 teamer for sure

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        Thanks guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Droppable

  38. Dave D says:
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    Yeah, McNeil was fantastic last week. I’m glad to see this power coming from him after not seeing much first half. The Elias trade hurt me in DC, down to one closer. Nothing I can do there. I made the bold (desperate) choice to start Lauer @LAD and amazingly he rewarded me. Thanks be to the man upstairs. I was very nervous about that one!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish Paddack would’ve done as well… He killed me in multiple leagues

  39. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Hah – The Santana blurb has me rollin’, what a cruel fate for the residents of Coopers town!

    How do you rank these 2 groups ROS?

    1. Kingery, Duvall, Corey Seager
    2. Ian Kennedy, Emilio Pagan, Scott Oburg

    Preciate ya!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      1. Flip last two

      2. That looks fine

  40. knucks says:
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    Skipping over Mike Ford and adding Maybin in my deep leagues. Hopefully he heats up in this Baltimore series and I can ride it out in August for some SAGNOF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be smart move, I have to play Maybin in one league, so I hope so

  41. Waldorf says:
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    Grey, position be damned who do you like best? Smoak, Kiermaier, Piscotty, Grichuk, Leury Garcia, Cooper, Thames?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s going to face the O’s?

      Without that info, Kiermaier

  42. jose says:
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    Sanchez over Eduardo Rodriguez, Kyle Gibson, or Domingo German? If so, in that order?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, hold

  43. Der Wolfchen says:
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    I was just offered Bryce Harper and Eloy for my Devers and Kingery in my roto league. Can keep up to 6 keepers. I’m stuck in 3rd or 4th every year and other keepers include Arenado, Starling Marte, Treat Urner, DeGrom.

    Accept that or naw?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      I’d take Harper and Eloy in a second over Devers and Kingery.

  44. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I just got a trade offer. Remember this is a keeper league. I will give you the salaries for this year/and the price to keep for 2020

    I give up: Yandy Diaz ($5/$6, covered big time at the corners), Corey Seager ($39/$43, would leave me with Didi, Fletcher, and VanMeter at SS(at least this year)), and Buster Posey ($30/$33). I still have Garver, Sal Perez, and Realmuto to cover me at C.

    I get: Jose Martinez ($25/$28), Adam Ottavino ($27/$29), Yu Darvish ($30/$33)

    It gives me the arm i am looking for.
    I am also talking to some other owners to try and get either Zack Wheeler, deGrom, German, or Gallen (The guy with Gallen wants Luis Roberts in any deal, so I dont think that will happen).

    What do you think? Make the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        just accepted. Thanks as always

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            I think this trade just gave me my fourth consecutive title

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hopefully!

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                Is Scherzer coming off the IL today?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I have no idea

  45. RTP123 says:
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    Great stuff as always!

    Isan Diaz or Kingery ROS?

    Pick one pls to replace Dahl: Cole or Willie Calhoun, Corey Dickerson, Austin Meadows, Braun, Kingery, or Grisham?

    Thanks~!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Kingery for me

      Leaning Meadows over Calhoun, but pretty close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery

      Meadows

  46. Adam says:
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    Either worth a spot start tomorrow? H2H.
    Z.Plesac v TEX
    D. Norris v CWS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Home? Plesac

  47. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Mike Yasdtrzemski or Willie Calhoun?

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Calhoun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree w/ Coolwhip

  48. Marty the Celery Salesman says:
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    My confidence in my “aces” is now at an all-time low, so I will include (almost) all options in my ask this week. Please, Grey, talk some sense into me!

    I’ll lock Strasburg in as my first option…
    Strasburg vs. Stroman (@NYM)

    Please pick 4 of the options below for weekly H2H points:

    single-starts:
    Boyd vs. Duffy (@DET)
    Sale vs. Suarez (@BOS) hint: that’s the Angels
    Price vs. Peters (@BOS) hint: that’s the Angels again
    Paxton vs. Means (@BAL)

    double starts:
    Lamet vs. LeBlanc (@SEA) & Lamet vs. Marquez (@SD)
    Tanaka vs. Ynoa (@BAL) & Tanaka vs. Waguespack (@TOR)

    • Marty the Celery Salesman says:
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      And, yes, my staff was massacred this weekend :-)

    • Dave D says:
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      I would feel comfortable starting almost anyone against Angels right now. They are a demoralized team and should lose 70% of their remaining game with no healthy quality starters and a so-so lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale, Price, Boyd, Paxton

  49. Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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    Morton, soroka, Bieber, clevinger, wheeler, Flaherty and price who would you start in a h2h league for this week?

    I was going to sit flaherty and price

    Couple trades and clevinger on waivers all the sudden my pitching is horrible any longer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matchups matter… I saw Price is against the Angels who are not good, so I’d start him

      • Dave D says:
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        Plus the Angels are about 50% worse against lefties, and often make mediocre lefties seem like aces. I honestly have no idea why anyone wouldn’t pitch around Trout every at bat.

  50. Sharky says:
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    I get that Glasnow is a likely drop this year…but what about in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on league, I’d likely hold

  51. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Back to the world of the living now that mommy and baby are good to go. Damn, I go away for a week with a newborn and my entire team takes a dump. Darvish was my best pitcher last week! Speaking of, he’s looking real good now and keeping that whip low for a solid month now, love it.

    On the Dahl train (i now have Stanton, Gallo, and Dahl IL’d yuck), I’m thinking he’s borderline droppable now and just run with hot bats the rest of the way. I am currently waffling between Franmil and Calhoun, Calhoun is def the hot bat, but for some reason I think Franmil is about to get crazy hot on a suddenly deep Indians lineup (no stats to support it tho). Though Mercado was just dropped (for some reason) and clears waivers tmw, so I guess he’s now an option too.

    Good to be back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats, man! So you’d get a boywhp or girlwhip?

      Dahl’s droppable for sure — what are you going to get from him rest of way? 4 HRs, good AVG? Meh

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Boywhip this time, our first was a girlwhip. i can stop now! phew, wife got what she wanted hahaha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! That’s awesome! Congrats, man! Glad to hear all is well!

          • Coolwhip

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            by the by… if babywhip sleeps enough this week, i think i’ll do a post on Aaron Sanchez… he’s an interesting story, and he could be very interesting on the Astros partly due to what you hinted at with how they handle pitchers. stay tuned!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice, he’d be a good one!

        • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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          CONGRATS Whip!

    • Snacks Zillion says:
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      Congratulations and good to see you back!!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      Congratulations Coolwhip!

  52. knucks says:
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    Did you see that MLB Trade Rumors tweet about how the Tigers were offerred Baez or Bregman in 2017 for Michael Fulmer. Thx Captain Hindsight! Ouchhh

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      bahahahahaha thats so Tigers its not even funny.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, ouch indeed — Tigers had Verlander, Scherzer, Porcello and someone else at one point didn’t they? What did they turn them into? Jeimer Canderlario?

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        David price…was then traded for Boyd

        Not to forget yoenis cespedes. I believe he was turned into fulmer. Those are the best two returns we ever got. Suppose you could throw Justin Wilson for jeimer in there because as my cubs fan friend put it “Wilson ruined every game he touched for us.” Will be in the market for a new favorite team until Avila is gone.

        #FireAvila

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yikes, those are not good

  53. ryanoger says:
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    10 team

    Bench bat:

    Hosmer or Renfroe?

    thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  54. Big Ticket says:
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    Start Velasquez at ARI tonight? A little gun shy after they drilled Strasburg yesterday. I’m not desperate for innings, but do need to get the ratios down. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

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      Does not seem like a good start

  55. waffles says:
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    if I’m running away with 1st place in a re-draft, should I hold all of the injured Dahl, Severino, Carrasco, Snell for the playoffs or do you feel comfortable dropping any of them in a re-draft? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Carrasco, Dahl and Severino if I needed room

  56. Ivanmakebasket says:
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    100% agree on the Griffin Canning take. If they didn’t fake DL him he woulda lined up in Cincy today where obv he would have to hit which is not appealing to the organization in a lost season… Then his next start over the weekend he would have faced Boston in Boston. Perfect time to fake DL him, now he skips those 2 starts and they can line him up to pitch the home series vs the pirates which starts next Monday. It’s free!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, true

    • Dave D says:
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      I think after the emotions dissipated following Skaggs tragic death, the front office just threw in the towel and didn’t even try to acquire anyone despite being a few games above .500 going into the trade deadline. Canning is about the only bright spot in the Angels rotation this year or looking forward. Heaney seems gimp, so I’d say there are three SP slots to fill heading into the offseason if they want any hope of competing for a playoff spot in 2020. Canning seems like the safest bet with question marks for Ohtani and Heaney health wise.

      Unlike you, Grey, I don’t feel sorry for Trout. I think he would have been much wiser to hold out and make singing an extension conditional upon bringing in the talent this offseason to make them competitive in 2020. That is if he cares about ever winning a ring which I believe he does. He really did not use his leverage as he should have in my view…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Meh, I don’t feel that bad for a guy making $300 million

        • Dave D says:
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          Good!!! He dropped the ball. I bet his wife is happy though. He’s not gonna be getting any rings anytime soon though

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He can buy Lawrence Taylor’s old rings and say he won the Super Bowl

            • Dave D says:
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              Yes, good idea. Although Pete Rose, Lenny Dykstra and Doc Gooden all might be open to negotiation on their rings if they still have them…

              • Ivan Make Basket says:
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                serious question? how many MLB hall of famers never won a sinlge playoff game?

                • Ivan Make Basket says:
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                  next question… how many of those players (if any) are considered even close to the best player ever?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Put it this way, if Trout goes in 12 years to the Yankees as a DH-type who comes off the bench and they win the World Series with no help from him, does it change the player he is?

                    • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                      Trout is the greatest but also the most meaningless player ever. I’m going to put my thoughts into a haiku

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Was Ted Williams meaningless?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh I’m sure!

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        yeah canning been struggling a little lately, and they are trying to preserve whats left of his confidence and give him a mental break. He’s prob the best pitching prospect we got right now and need him to not take too far of a step backwards cus he will likely be needed fulltime next season.

  57. Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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    Morton, soroka, Bieber, clevinger, wheeler, Flaherty and price who would you start in a h2h league for this week?

    I was going to sit flaherty and price

    Also Shane Greene or raised Iglesias this week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

      Raisel

      • Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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        Thx grey sorry for the double post I’m on the Mobile all week!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…Still need matchups to make informed decision

  58. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Hey Grey/DT

    hope you guys had a good weekend. I did not in terms of baseball. Dahl and Contreras went down this weekend and I already had kluber and Mondesi in my DL spots. Plus Bryant is now DTD with his nagging knee problem. Looking for hitters to pick up. Who would you rather have on your team: Odor, Willie Calhoun, Aguilar, C Kelly

    Was going to run no catcher unless you guys like Kelly better than those guys.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      I feel the pain too bro. of that list i’d go Calhoun

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        Thanks Coolwhip, appreciate the response. I saw you were suggesting Calhoun a lot after I commented. Think I could drop Mondesi or Dahl?…we have 4 weeks of regular season left followed by 3 weeks of playoffs. I’m the 2 seed currently.

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          if Dahl is not keeper i’d drop him. I think you can replace his vaue with riding the hot bat for 4 weeks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m with you on Dahl

      Odor’s been hot for weeks

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        I had odor then dropped him last week after he had two 0-Fers in a row cuz I needed a pitching spot and yeah that came back to bite me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Always happens

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        Might have to roster Dannys odor and slick Willie lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  59. Turner Overdrive says:
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    14-Team H2H OBP Keep 6 Forever League;

    Currently in 2nd place looking to win it all this year. With Mondesi likely out for the playoffs, would you trade Mondesi for Albies or hold?

    Current Keeper Options; Judge, Trea, Yordan, Rendon, Hoskins, Mondesi, Beiber, Puig

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can make trade

  60. Slowmez says:
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    Lovely as always. So I’ve fallen out of first and wondering if I need to retool for a championship run. Would you swap in Bichette, Duvall, Gallen, A Sanchez for any of the below?

    C: Will Smith
    1B: Rizzo (k)
    2B: Moose
    SS: Elvis
    3B: H Dozier
    MI: Hiura
    CI: Bellinger
    OF: Yelich
    OF: Hoskins
    OF: Puig
    OF: Yordan
    OF: Mallex
    UTIL: Krush / D Murphy

    SP: Scherzer (IL), Strasburg, Castillo, Boyd, Hamels, C Smith, Soroka, Fried, ReyLo, K Gibson
    RP: Greene, Neris, Hendriks, Leclerc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis for Bichette

      Gallen over ReyLo

  61. On Paper All Stars says:
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    Keeper roto league. In rebuild mode and sticking up on young bats. You keep 10, no stipulations. Here are my probable keepers: vlad, trea turner, Moncada, Hiura, Harper, wander Franco, Luis Robert, victor robles, ketel Marte, Oscar Mercado. Do you like bichette and /or Biggio better than any of those guys? Looking at 2021 as start of my run. Thanks for any input.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Bichette, He is a better hitter than Biggio and higher-ranked prospect (Bichette has been in top 10)

      • On paper all stars says:
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        Bichette over who?

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          personally i’d keep bichette over mercado, i think he has a higher ceiling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Coolwhip

  62. T Cole Anderson says:
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    12 team H2H -1 SO standard scoring after that 6 man bench

    need to drop 1 Hiura, Senzel, grisham, Bichette

    have Bichette starting this week at SS . Leaning towards dropping SEnzel, been holding him all year but he really has not done much. or are there others below that you would let go in favor of the young guys. 2 weeks left until playoffs start. Must win for me this week to take first in my division.
    c D’Arnaud
    1b Bellinger
    2B Moustakas
    3b Bregman
    SS Bichette
    Of Soto
    Of Meadows
    Of Yelich
    Of Benitendi
    DH Fran REyes

    Pitching 10 point win -5 loss -1 ER 1 SO 5SP 2 RP
    SP Giolito
    SP German Marquez
    SP D Lamet
    SP Jon Gray
    SP Robbie Ray
    RP vasquez
    RP Maeda
    Bench
    Gallen
    Matz
    Lynn
    Smith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Senzel

  63. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know how much you love catcher questions, so here you go! Roberto Perez or Will Smith ROS?

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith

  64. Mookiewilson says:
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    Need pitching help in 16 team roto. Would you do Nelson Cruz for Castillo or Darvish? Not sure how much those guys move the needle. Could do Just Dong for Buehler also, thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeJong for Walker is a no brainer if Buehler pitches from now until end of season, might be a no brainer even if he doesn’t — Cruz for Castillo sounds fair

  65. Cohen says:
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    Cory Dickerson or Piscotty ros?

    • Cohen says:
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      Or Maybin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? I guess Dickerson

  66. peacecoast says:
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    sup G!

    drop verdugo for heyward or corey dickerson or will myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  67. Spicy Pete says:
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    Out of these players with 2B eligibility, whose long term stock are you investing in: Hiura/Moncada/K. Marte?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All are decent, I’d say Marte

  68. Cyler8 says:
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    Great write up Grey.

    So Sale seems broken? I read an article where the prior Sox pitching coach said that Sale has one of those mechanics that is just going to keep making him worse unless he changes something. The reason I ask is I was offered Chris Sale for Whit Merrifield in my 6 X 6 OPS/QS keep forever league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Sale

  69. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey 12 Team H2H Categories

    Lost Edwin who should I replace him with (doesn’t need to be a power replacement already have enough of that) as the best overall player of these options:

    Josh VanMeter
    Ryan Braun
    Ian Desmond
    CJ Cron
    Michael Chavis
    Trent Grisham
    Mike Tauchman
    Isan Diaz

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Diaz for a few, but other guys are likely better (Braun, Chavis)

  70. William Hung says:
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    Working hard for the SAGNOF. My league counts Ls, & K/9 in addition to the standard 5 cats –

    Who should I pick up from the following gross options:
    -Quijada, Garcia, Givens, Castillo, Nick Anderson, Farmer, Gearrin?

    or do I continue to stash Shafer and hope for another Giles injury? I was hoping to flip Dahl for a closer, but then his injury happened, so I actually ended up having to drop Dahl for Vazquez since Contreras is hurt too… blah!

    For context, my current SAGNOF options are: Hendriks, Treinen, LeClerc, Martin (shading Greene), and Neris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Anderson for now

      • William Hung says:
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        Batting side of things:

        C- Vazquez
        1B- Bellinger
        2B- Hiura
        3B- Kingery
        SS- Lindor
        OF- Betts, Benintendi, Alvarez
        UTIL- Story
        B- Contreras
        IL- Mondesi

        Odor over Hiura or hold?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  71. JC says:
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    I have Mondesi, Dahl & Encarnacion on the DL (Yahoo’s term). Only 2 spots….
    Who do I drop (redraft)?
    Thx.

    • Cyler says:
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      Encarnacion as he is prolly out a good amount longer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  72. jdred5 says:
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    14 team 5×5 Roto. Start 1 of:
    Cease @DET (best matchup)
    Gallen vs PHI (best pitcher)
    Happ @ TOR (best team)

    10 team 5×5 Roto. Start 1 of:
    Flaherty @LAD (scared of the matchup)
    Gallen vs PHI (scared of the matchup)
    Ryu vs ARI (scared he won’t be activated yet)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallen

      Gallen

  73. Gotime says:
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    A) H2H weekly cats bench 1 out of:
    Escobar 3 vs Phi 3 @ Dodgers
    Mercado 3 vs Tex 4 @ Min
    Tim Anderson 3 @ Det 3 vs Oak
    Pollock 3 vs Stl 3 bs Ari
    B) Start 2 out of (Wins / QS)
    Maeda vs Ari
    D. German @ Tor
    Gallen vs Phi
    C) Pick 3 out of:
    Iglesias 2 vs LAA 4 vs Cubs
    Jimenez 4 vs White Sox 4 vs KC
    Bradley 3 vs Phi 3 @ Dodgers
    Thanks!

    • Gotime says:
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      Sorry pick 2 closers (not 3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eduardo

      B. Not Maeda

      C. Bradley, Raisel

  74. PatPat says:
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    If you can beat Nola/Goldy then I’ll take it, otherwise I’m gonna accept that one today

    • PatPat says:
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      Sorry, pasted the wrong text here

  75. PatPat says:
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    ROS Nola/Goldy or Boyd/Cruz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz/Boyd

  76. Schoolboy P says:
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    McMahon or Diaz ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Isan

  77. Larry says:
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    Should I drop Avisail or Chavis for Grisham?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail

  78. Chris says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    Who do you like week:
    Duffy vs Tor and @Seattle
    Demeritte vs CHW and vs KC

    Also, how do you feel about taking chances on Scherzer and Gordon this week in a weekly change league. Replacement for Gordon would be either Duffy or Demeritte and Gonslin for the Scherzer. Seems to be looking better for Gordon then Scherzer unless you have a more recent update for me?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Demeritte

      Gordon sounds back and I’d start Scherzer

  79. Brett says:
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    in a league with categories for saves and holds would you rather pagan or bradley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pagan

  80. rhodyballer says:
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    Oh boy – got a tenuous hold on 1st place in a 12-team 5×5 weekly roto redraft. Gotta replace Dahl, Buxton, Laureano, etc…

    Which 3 to add in order please for ROS counting stats?

    Verdugo
    A. Riley
    Ender
    Heyward
    Dickerson
    Tauchman
    K. Seager
    Myers
    Reynolds
    Eaton
    Aguillar
    Grisham

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender, Myers, Heyward

  81. toolshed says:
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    Schoop droppbable in a 14 team league? He hasn’t been playing much. I thought he was doing ok and about what I expected up until the all star break. Seems like he is in the doghouse now

    • toolshed says:
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      Sorry you skipped over my question. Is schoop still worth owning in a 14 teamer?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nah

  82. Weird Fishes says:
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    SON likes Lockett today in the back-end of the double-header vs Miami. Anyone streaming him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see it

  83. Matt says:
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    1st in my H2H 5×5 OPS league where pitching is super shallow. Made a deal for K. Hendricks, Hader, and W. Smith (RP). Pitching now is Gallen, Stras, Giolito, Ryu, D. German, C. Smith, (Glasnow and Woodruff IL). Hendricks and Kennedy are my other RP, I dropped my bench bat this morning for A Sanchez for his potential down the stretch, if he sticks.

    Deadline is tomorrow and I’m thinking playoffs. Eyeing Danny Santana in a trade due to multi positions and being a great bench bat for the run. The dilemma is I don’t have a spot for him without moving a pitcher.

    One option is to cut Glasnow and plug Ryu in, but that only buys me a week until Ryu is back. Plus I’d lose Glasnow in the event he comes back.

    Option 2 is to just hold for now and stream a hot bat. I just love one spot with 4 positions.

    Option 3 is to trade Inciarte for him just to get Santana on the roster and figure it out later on.

    Which option should I roll with? If a pitcher has to go, which one and why?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3 sounds good — I guess Glasnow

  84. Weird Fishes says:
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    SON likes Lockett today in the back-end of the double-header vs Miami. Streamworthy in NL-only?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems worthwhile

  85. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    If you had to start at least one of these pitchers this week, who do you like?
    Cease (@ DET)
    Duffy (@ DET)
    Smyly (@ SF)
    Cashner (vs. KC)

    Thanks!

    • Eric says:
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      btw, it’s a QS league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None…Cashner

      • Eric says:
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        From some of your previous comments, can I assume that you prefer Lockett tonight @MIA over those other options? Thanks!

        • Eric says:
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          at home vs. Miami **

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, try Lockett

  86. sheriff paddack says:
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    12 team 6×6 w/ OPS

    I’m in first in a league where we have 1 keeper but can’t keep him 2 years in a row. I got offered S. Marte and J. Ramirez(last place guy who wants a keeper) for my Betts (who I already kept) and a throw in to make it 2 for 2. Do those 2 help me more than just having Betts- I consistently lose SB category which would be upgraded slightly. Currently my 3b slot is Kingery/Myers since Encarnacion hit the IL and had to slide Dozier to 1b.

    I think if I accept it may be vetoed anyway but wanted some insight. I’m already in first so why change things up but it’s intriguing.

    Thanks!!

  87. Kingslayer says:
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    Who to start at DH in a 5×5 NL Only H2H Weekly league

    Votto

    T. Cole (R)
    J. Suarez (L)
    C. Hamels (L)
    Y. Darvish (R)
    K. Hendricks (R)
    J. Lester (L)

    OR

    Myers

    TBA @SEA
    Y. Kikuchi (L) @SEA
    J. Gray (R)
    K. Freeland (L)
    TBA
    G. Marquez (R)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  88. J-Money says:
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    Hey G,

    With 2 IL spots and Carrasco, Pineda, and Hicks eligible in a 12 team H2H OPS and K/9 league, who’s the odd man out?

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco

      • J-Money says:
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        Thanks man. What % chance do you give him to return and be effective this year? I know it’s tough to call, but I’m in first heading into the last week of the season and I’ve secured a first round bye, so my next week of action is in three weeks in the semis. Looking at Isan if I drop cookie.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he’s done for the year

  89. Keeks says:
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    Yo

    QS ERA WHIP K/9 svs+holds league

    Which side?

    Caleb smith or Paddack & Lugo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paddack/Lugo

      • Keeks says:
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        To add some context, my team (currently with Paddack and Lugo) is in first place with a playoff spot guaranteed nd I’m preparing for H2H playoffs in a few weeks so wanted to sell Paddack before his limits hit. Lugo has been a stud but I’ve also got Hader, Kimbrel, Kennedy, and Neris.

        Still Paddack side?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fine go w/ other side

          • Keeks says:
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            Yes sir, thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  90. aardvark says:
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    Isan over segura? Segura has been extremely boring to own

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try it

  91. Game Of Throws says:
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    Would you drop Tim Anderson or Didi G for Danny Santana? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didi

  92. jdred5 says:
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    In Util slot, 5×5 Roto:

    Segura (7 Games)
    Isan Diaz (7 Games)
    Trent Grisham (6 Games)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz

  93. Stumanji! says:
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    Need to sit one of these guys this week:
    MadBum vs Philly
    Fiers @ CWS
    Maeda vs LAA
    Ray @ LAD
    Price vs LAA
    Disco vs LAA
    Sonny Gray vs Cubs

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ray

  94. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Bo Bichette is just hanging out on waivers in a 12 team h2h points league.

    I feel like I replaced both Dahl and Laureano with Kingery and Duvall for the moment; and I also own Corey Seager, Tim Anderson, Keston Kiura, and Whit Merrifield (i.e. my entire 2B, SS, MI slots are occupied and I’m playing Merrifield in the OF w/5 OF slots to fill). My U slot has Ohtani filling the space, but dudes been kinda slumping recently.

    Add Bichette over Duvall, Corey Seager, over any of the others above?

    Is Gallen a HODL in all leagues/formats as shallow as a 10 teamer ROS? With the humidor in AZ and only so many times he has to play in Coors or vs. LAD I think he’s gonna like the uptick in run support.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bichette over Duvall

      I’d HODL Gallen

  95. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Who you got ROS in QS roto league – Folty or Elieser Hernandez?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Folty

  96. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need to start 4 of the following. who do you like (SON in parentheses).

    bassitt – @ chc, @ cws (9.9)
    gibson – vs cle (3.8)
    caleb – vs atl (4.9)
    vv – @ ari, @ sf (8.1)
    flaherty – @ lad (2.1)
    gallen – vs phi (3.5)
    matz – vs mia (8.1)

    thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson, Smith, Matz, Gallen

  97. Thundershoe says:
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    Heyo Grey,

    A. Could you rank the following: A. Sanchez, Smeltzer, Desclafini, Lucchesi?

    B. Could you rank the following: Kipnis, Bichette, Tauchman?

    C. Which 3 starts would you go with out of the following:
    Marquez @HOU
    Marquez @SD
    L. Castillo vs CHC
    Luchessi @SEA
    Paddack vs COL
    Desclafini vs LAA
    A. Sanchez vs BAL
    Smeltzer @CLE

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi, Desclafini, these depend on matchups

      B. Bichette, Tauchamn

      C. Marquez @HOU
      Marquez @SD
      L. Castillo vs CHC

      • Thundershoe says:
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        Much appreciated!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  98. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    In a 10 team money and keeper league
    In 1st Place at this point and I have a substantial lead
    I was offered a trade
    I give Altuve ( would be $38 to keep next year)
    I receive Meadows $11 and Hansel Robles $6
    My guess is it’s not enough
    But what do you think
    I am looking for keepers for next year already
    Isn’t $38 for Altuve a lot for next year so maybe I should trade him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Alps says:
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        Good I said no
        Do you think $38 for Altuve is too much to keep
        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not too much

          • Alps says:
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            Awesome thanks for the help
            This is why I am in 1st place
            Thanks again

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  99. PatPat says:
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    Top 100 Hitters and Pitchers coming out this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think they’re off this week, back next week

  100. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS:
    1) Isan or Keston?
    2) Sano or Urshela?

    Thanks – peace V

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Keston 2. Sano

  101. Metric Man says:
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    July and August for P. Alonso and Danny Santana

    Alonso

    113 Plate appearances
    13 Runs
    6 HR
    14 RBI
    .185 AVG
    48.6% GB
    35% Hard Hit

    Santana

    104 Plate Appearances
    19 Runs
    8 HR
    24 RBI
    .380 AVG
    38.9% GB
    48.6 Hard Hit

    Santana had a great June too. Since that time he has been getting regular playing time and starting everyday.

    I’m tempted to swap Alonso for Santana. He’s been a 5-cat producers for 2 1/2 – 3 months now. What do you think? Alonso is looking like Josh Bell during the dog days now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  102. William Hung says:
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    Is there anything to Ryne Stanek being the closer in Miami or is this all pure speculation similar to how Eovaldi being the closer was speculation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could happen, Marlins don’t have a closer right now, it’s all speculation

  103. 1 needs to sit this week:
    Hosmer 6 games (4 vs Col – 2 @ Sea)
    L. Urias 6 games (4 vs Col – 2 @ Sea)
    Arraez 7 games (3 vs Atl – 4 vs Cle)
    V. Robles 6 games (@ SF – @ NYM)
    Robles has deGrom & Thor on the menu
    Thanks for your opinions guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robles

  104. DonnieB says:
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    Would you want Folty over Giles who is my 4th closer? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with Folty

  105. William Hung says:
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    anything short of 2-0 with a 3ish ERA and 9 K/9 from Tanaka this week and he’ll be a drop candidate – you could not possibly ask for an easier matchup from the AL East this week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

    • Ivanmakebasket says:
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      Wow Tanaka era in his last 7 starts is 9.19 in 32 innings with 22 ks vs 12bbs over those 7 games. How the hell are the Yankees such huge favorites today with all the injuries and Tanaka being awful?

      You can get +135 on the Orioles +1.5 runs. So risk 100 to win 135 and you get a run and a half. That seems like a decent proposition.

      • William Hung says:
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        Dropsville, population Tanaka

  106. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a standard 5×5 H2H redraft league where closers are hard to come by… would you trade my:

    Bass and Jarlin the Marlin for — Marcus Stroman? Is the trade fair?

    Here is my rotation
    SP: Giolito, Caleb Smith, Yarbrough, Chirinos, Matz, Cole, Clevinger, Lucchesi
    RP: Jansen, Iglesias, Bradley, Workman, Jarlin, Bass
    DL: Kelley

    Thank you!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stroman side, not fair

      • Josh-NYC says:
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        Would it be fair for Mike Fiers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Try it

  107. Gregg Jeffries, Future Star says:
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    Add any of the following SP over Wood? Folty, Aaron Sanchez, Gallen, Matz?

    I could also create a second spot for one of these arms by dropping one of my Util/BN bats:

    Regular Util Bats: H Dozier, Kingery
    Bench Bats: Ender, Mallex, Bichette

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on matchups with these SPs

  108. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Hey Grey, weekly lineups, which would you start this week? Dustin May vs STL (SON $6.4) or Yonny Chirinos at SEA ($18.5)? Yonny left his last start with finger inflammation, doesnt sound serious, but I cant find any news on if he’s still on track to pitch scheduled start this week. Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      May

  109. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    15 team roto – I lost Encarnacion in the heat of the race for top 3 and have a large void at 1B – I picked up Jesus Aguilar if that tells you anything. Is there any point in holding Edwin or better to dump him in the hopes of platooning two guys into production?

    I’m leaning towards dumping – Canha, Migs Cabrera and Desmond are the top options to work in with Aguilar – please rank them if you agree.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dump Edwin….Canha or Desmond at home

  110. Ivanmakebasket says:
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    Folty gets a tough challenge back facing minnisota. I kinda want to add him since he did well in the minors after the demotion.

    You taking a shot here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

    • KarlJ says:
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      I’m debating picking him up even though I have limited moves left because the SP left on my league’s waiver wire is very thin ( Velasquez is probably the best SP on there). I also read the reports about him looking good in the minors and his slider regaining the bit from last season. I guess he could be a lottery ticket.
      Definitely would not start him against Minn. though

  111. The Great Hambino says:
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    Folty back in the rotation, do you like him more than Matz rest of season?

    • Ivanmakebasket says:
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      Matz gets Miami this week. At least in the short term hodl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz

    • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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      Matz is significantly better at home than on the road. Without looking it up, I want to say he has a sub 3 era at home vs. an over 5 ERA on the road. I picked him up last week and got screwed but im HODL’ing anyway. I’d go with Matz for any easy home start over most any streamer.

  112. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Another start sit for ya!

    CJ Cron (3 v ATL 4 v CLE, but not starting today) – tron around $2

    DeJong (6 games, 3 @ LAD but only bad matchup is Kershaw, 3 v PIT) – tron around $5+ and swinging hot bat

    Cooper (8 games – [email protected] 4v ATL) – has been terrible this month

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit Cron

  113. Dave D says:
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    Brinson recalled and starting 1st game tonight. I’m taking a flyer on him in DC, not that that is really wise. He does have 7 hits in last 4 games in Gwinnett including 2 HR the other day. I’m not picking him up elsewhere but I figured I’ll give him the a final shot on my roster (even though I cannot drop him). Marlins got 5 games in 4 days so….

    • Dave D says:
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      I mean New Orleans (if it matters to anyone anyway)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, in deep leagues kinda no harm, no foul

  114. Travis Hafner says:
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    5×5 redraft
    I have a huge lead in R, HR and RBIs, but could use a push in SB-

    Trading Trout for Acuna makes sense right? I’m not insulting the fantasy gods by trading trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

      • Travis Hafner says:
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        How about Bellinger? (I have both)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bellinger for Acuna? Get cheaper steals

  115. William Hung says:
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    Willson Contreras out 4 weeks – on the bright side he’ll be back for the playoffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow

  116. Grey, I’m in a Standard 12-team H2H 7×7 (W SV, H, K, ERA, WHIP, QS) and looking to improve starting pitching.

    I’d appreciate your thoughts on trading Correa and Soroka to get either Bauer or Ryu.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it

      • Would you trade Correa alone for either or is it still over paying?

        Really appreciate the advice!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For who?

          • Sorry. Give Correa for either Bauer or Ryu.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Bauer or Ryu, that order

  117. vee says:
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    yo Grey – great stuff again

    hold JIminez (DET) as potential closer?
    and hold Treinen?

    take Romo over either since him and Rogers are sharing atm? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hold

      • Vee says:
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        Thanks man
        Looks like Kimbrel just hit IL. Cishek or Kintzler?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cishek, but could be either

  118. Steve says:
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    Do you think Sixto makes his debut in the near future (next 2-3 weeks)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t

  119. aardvark says:
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    Out of Aguilar, Hosmer or cron who do you like best?

    I’m liking Aguilar for some reason

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  120. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh Great Grey,

    Dustin May or Caleb Smith ros points league??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith

  121. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? I secured 2nd place, and a first round two-week bye, over the weekend but also lost Encarnacion and Dahl in my 12-team keeper league. Threw them on the IL and picked up Aguilar and Diaz to replace them. I like the upside of both, but would J.D. Davis be a better bet than Aguilar? Do we need a prayer circle for both Encarnacion and Dahl? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poop! Nice on the bye! I’d go Aguilar — I think your prayers will be wasted on them

  122. sheriff paddack says:
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    Reposting, maybe you missed it above or it’s such a dumb question it was on purpose :)

    12 team 6×6 w/ OPS

    I’m in first in a league where we have 1 keeper but can’t keep him 2 years in a row. I got offered S. Marte and J. Ramirez(last place guy who wants a keeper) for my Betts (who I already kept) and a throw in to make it 2 for 2. Do those 2 help me more than just having Betts- I consistently lose SB category which would be upgraded slightly. Currently my 3b slot is Kingery/Myers since Encarnacion hit the IL and had to slide Dozier to 1b.

    I think if I accept it may be vetoed anyway but wanted some insight. I’m already in first so why change things up but it’s intriguing.

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I just missed it

      I’d want Betts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tend to agree with Cishek

      • Daze says:
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        What about Strop
        He is supposed to come off DL tomorrow

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe, Kimbrel sounds like a minimal IL stint

  123. Dave D says:
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    John Jay hitting clean up tonight for CHW???!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  124. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Hey, thoughts on Tony Gonsolin..You think he is in the Dodgers future plans as an SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, he’s a fill-in…Maybe if they give Buehler a phanton IL stint next

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Not for this year, going forward, is he good enough to stick in their rotation for the next few years you think..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, he’s a 5th starter IRL

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            Cool, thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  125. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    It’s not that I want Alonso to be as good as he was in the first half. It’s that I don’t want him to be abjectly dire.

    I wrote this after watching him get blown away by a belt high 90 mph fastball over the middle of the plate. It’s bizarre and frustrating that he seemed to do pretty well driving high fastballs, but now is completely lost against them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stupid Home Run Derby!

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Haha

        Normally, I don’t lend much credence to the homerun derby thing, but it would seem that Big Pete’s swing is even more of an upper cut now. He needs to level off some.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, it’s prolly nothing, but I do wish he was Albombso more

  126. Juubaka says:
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    Should i drop carintini for molina? Should i also drop jay bruce or wil myers for corey dickerson?

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      Sure, why not. Sure, Bruce.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes and Bruce

  127. LaRockakis says:
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    Soto or Mondesi for 2020 in a 11 team points keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi

      • LaRockakis says:
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        JD Martinez or Mondesi for 2020

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Close, I’d prolly lean JD still

  128. db says:
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    Start odorizzi today at home vs braves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  129. Juiced Balls Better Than Juiced Players says:
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    Please rank these closer for saves and ratios ROS.

    Liam
    T. Rogers
    Diaz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

  130. Long Bawls says:
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    I feel like the name Breyvic Valera is just pandering to people who miss Game of Thrones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  131. FantasyLand says:
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    Grey,

    A. who do you like better for ROS: Mercado or Ohtani?

    B. Same question but for next year.

    Thanks

    • FantasyLand says:
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      Add Grisham to both question please. Sorry

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mercado

      Ohtani

  132. Steve says:
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    Keeper league, do you send Verlander for Carlos Santana, Caleb Smith, and Soler? Need offense. Is this close?

    Do you think Caleb Smith a top 20 arm next year?

    Thanks!

    • Steve says:
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      To be clear though, the Verlander trade would be primarily to help this year. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want more for Verlander — Smith will be around a top 25-30 arm in 2020

  133. William Hung says:
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    OMFG now Mookie might be hurt? Watching the game right now and as Barlow comes in to pitch for the Royals, Cora and the trainer are talking to Mookie at 1B looking at his foot…

    I’m definitely getting snakebitten right now – this would be the 4th injury in what seems like 5 days for this team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? Damn, that would suck for people

      • William Hung says:
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        Got taken out of the game – he was able to score from 2nd on Benintendi’s double but it was obvious he wasn’t 100%

        Announcers said they hope it was precautionary

        • Grey

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          That doesn’t sound serious

  134. William Hung says:
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    Derek Law with the save tonight????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So annoying…I guess Giles was used yesterday

      • William Hung says:
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        Chris Martin – more annoying

        • William Hung says:
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          And why are the A’s running Treinen out there like every day?!?!?!?

  135. Primetime says:
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    Grey, any info on civale from the Indians? Another Bieber? Nice stats in AAA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over him

  136. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12 Team H2H Categories

    Drop Franmil for Tauchman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  137. The tone ranger says:
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    Hi grey.
    How do you rank these guys goin goin forward

    Khris Davis
    Gallo
    Sano
    DUvall
    Grisham
    COle Calhoun

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