Didja you know The Captain from Captain & Tennille’s real name is Daryl Dragon?  Why would this guy have a nickname?  Your name’s awesome, you don’t get a nickname.  Daryl Dragon has bedtime slippers that are cooler than you.  Daryl Dragon washes his hands, then breathes a not-very-intense fire on his hands to dry them.  Daryl Dragon can’t get a speeding ticket.  “Okay, Mr. Dragon, I’ll let you go this time with a warning because your name is Daryl Dragon.” Raul Mondesi?  Now that name sucks as bad as Thanksgiving dinners with the Mondesis (Mondesii?).  “Please pass the potatoes and change your name back to Junior.”  “NO!” and chucks mashed potatoes at his father’s head.  “You throw like your mom!”  “I hate you”  And so on.  I don’t hate Adalberto Mondesi though.  Yesterday, he went 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and had a slam (9) and legs (25).  He has nine homers and 25 steals in only 219 ABs.  Mr. Prorater says, “In a full season, he’d have 20 homers and 55 steals.  And if I ate an orange a day for a year, I’d have enough Vitamin C for a Mars colony.”  You could consider this your first 2019 sleeper, assuming I don’t get too crazy with myself and rank Mondesi in the top 25 next year.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jakob Junis – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.42.  Son just gave you his Jakob Junis fantasy.  He called him trash.  Damn, son, don’t provoke Son.  Speaking of provoking Son (WUT), go join a fantasy basketball league and win prizes!

Jorge Polanco – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  The Twins have had one of the worst offenses in the 2nd half, but yesterday they were like a 40-year-old virgin right after sex.  They broke their Ji-Man Choi and the flood gates opened with a homer to:  Max Kepler (1-for-4, 2 runs) hit his 19th; Tyler “I’m Better Than Greg Bird” Austin (1-for-4) hit his 16th and MLB’s own John Doe, Johnny Field (4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 7th.

Daniel Palka – 2-for-4 and his 23rd and 24th homer, but left with an injury.  His first homer was the 2nd 110+ MPH, 40+ degree homer of the season for Palka; he’s the only one since Statcast’s inception to have two such homers.  Palka leads White Sox in homers and Abreu hasn’t homered since August 17th.  Appropriately, Chicago sang, “If you see Abreu on my team, look away, baby, look away.”

Reynaldo Lopez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.05.  When they go Lopez, we go, “Hi, ‘pez.”

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 5.77.  He had to get about 15 outs thru the first nine, due to balls lost in the sun, errors and bloops.  Does that ease your pain if you started him?  Unlikely, but there ya go (lito).

Jonathan Villar – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  The moment when I draft Villar on all my 2019 teams can’t come soon enough.  The moment in the 1st week of April when I regret drafting Villar in every league, that can hold off for a bit.

Adam Jones – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (15) and legs (7), hitting .285.  Having a solid season (for a middle infielder).  If you have parenthetical blindness, you missed a big part of that sentence (get your eyes fixed).

Cedric Mullins – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 1st steal.  He had three singles and a double, which is what Pablo Sandoval calls an amuse bouche.

Edwin Encarnacion – Diagnosed with a mild ankle sprain, which is likely accurate, but the Indians also clinched so welcome to your H2H playoffs where none of your Indians stars are playing.  There’s lots of reasons to scoff at people who say H2H leagues mimic real baseball more than roto and to them, I scoff a lot.  The best is when they say the playoffs are like real-life playoffs.  Nah, see, in real baseball playoffs, Edwin would DH and stay in games with a mild ankle injury, but, with H2H playoffs, Edwin doesn’t know you’re in H2H playoffs.

Mike Clevinger – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.06.  Continuing my H2H playoffs thought, the best you can do is go with guys who are on teams who are still in the hunt for the playoffs.  Am I saying Clevinger might only throw a few innings as he braces for the playoffs?  Yes, that is what I’m saying.

Shane Bieber – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.50.  I got cold feet from streaming him, because the Indians clinched the day before.  I’m glad I didn’t misread the signs and just don socks.

Michael Fulmer – Gave up back-to-back homers on Saturday and then was lifted with knee inflammation.  No one would’ve faulted him if he just took a knee.  Now he’s headed for an MRI and likely done for the year.

Mikie Mahtook – 2-for-4 and a slam (8) and legs (4), has three homers in the last nine games.  Do I expect you to pick him up?  Please, it’s Mahtook, you schnook.

CC Sabathia – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.80.  This is his third straight mediocre start, raising his ERA from 3.36.  It’s too bad that his season-long numbers are going to look so yawnstipating, because he wasn’t bad until about two weeks ago.  As for fantasy, no matter what the Stream-o-Nator says I’d have a hard time starting him since he’s a Septumbler.

Justus Sheffield – Being called up by the Yankees.  *places handkerchief to head, faints, moments later, awakens*  A young boy whispers in my ear, “It’s just for him to pitch out of the bullpen, you cracker.”  Thank you, boy.  His Triple-A numbers are, well, okay.  He throws 98 MPH with a slide piece, and he had merely a 8.6 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in Triple-A.  I might wag my bat towards Sheffield this offseason when I dig in on some prospects, but I’m not excited for him in 2018.  For what it’s Werth, he’s in the top 100 fantasy baseball prospects.

Aaron Judge – Could return for the Red Sox series.  I don’t own him in any leagues, and told everyone to avoid him, but, to show you this is not at all personal, I really hope he doesn’t mess his wrist up by returning too soon.

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer (4th on the Yanks).  Your standard goldplatement player, if a goldplatement player was a standard anywhere but for maybe three teams.

Dellin Betances – 1 IP, 2 ER and his 3rd blown save, ERA up to 2.77.  Betances is a Cuddle Boy extraordinaire.

Sean Reid-Foley – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 10 Ks, ERA at 5.54.  True story, I searched for a picture of Reid-Foley just because he sounds like a ginger and I wanted to see if he was.  He’s not, and apparently doesn’t become invisible when he goes outside in the sun.  The Stream-o-Nator loves his next start, and I could see starting him.  Another H2H playoffs point, guys who are battling to prove to their clubs that they should have a place in their plans next year are also good bets.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer.  One of these years Curtis Jackson is going to get 550 ABs, hit 40 homers and people are going to be like, “Damn, where’d that come from?”  And that will be the moment when my head explodes.

Willy Adames – 2-for-3 and his 9th homer, hitting .267.  He hit .318 in August, and is hitting near-.325 in September.  If there was more time, I’d say cyclops him, but there ain’t no time for bird sex and there ain’t no time for monocles!

Sergio Romo – 2/3 IP, 1 ER, and his 3rd appearance this weekend and 2nd save in two days after being gone for about four weeks without any mention of him.  We’re not going to hear where Romo has been for the last month any time soon, but a few years after he retires, a documentary will appear on Netflix, directed by Errol Morris, which will explain everything.  Romo will sit in profile, in an empty room, as he talks about what happened in a film called, The Fog of WAR.

Willson Contreras – Benched four of six games for Victor Caratini, due to Contreras’ abysmal bat.  Uh-oh, flashback alert!  *wavy lines*  “Hey, it’s March!  What a time to be alive!  I’m only 42 pounds overweight and feeling fine!  I’ve got this crazy idea to draft Gary Sanchez and Willson Contreras.  Position scarcity, baby!”  *wavy lines*  “Great news!  Because of my drafted catchers, I haven’t felt like eating all year and am now only 41 pounds overweight!”

Steve Cishek – 1/3 IP, 0 ER, and recorded his 4th save on Saturday, ERA at 2.32.  He’s my favorite for Cubs saves, but a third of an inning save is Maddon saying, “We don’t have a closer, but I guess this guy could get some saves.  What does Razzball call that?  SNOTOFF?”  It’s SAGNOF, Maddon!

Scott Schebler – 1-for-5 and his 17th homer, and 4th homer in nine games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Vince Velasquez – 2 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.50, and, on Sunday, Nick Pivetta – 5 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.67, as both faced the Marlins.  I’d like to put Pivetta and Velasquez in touch with Darlene from Ozark.  She’d take care of them.

Cesar Hernandez – 1-for-5 and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Peter O’Brien – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  O’Brien’s prospect status is TBD — To Be Dug out from a 2009 time capsule.

Willie Calhoun – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  Just in time for a post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-POST-post-POOOOOOOST-hype sleeper!

Jurickson Profar – 2-for-4 and his 18th homer.  If you had Profar over Calhoun in the preseason, you are a witch and I will burn you on a stake.

Mike Minor – 6 Ip, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.14.  Was an easy Stream-o-Nator call yesterday, and it dislikes his next start, saying Minor will B-flat.

Hunter Renfroe – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  Yes, he should be owned, but let’s remember about his season-long numbers, he missed almost six weeks with an elbow injury this year.

Francisco Mejia – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  …and with pick 225 in his 2019 draft, Grey takes Francisco Mejia.

Dereck Rodriguez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.30.  If this were earlier in the year, I’d be talking about how Smudge should be owned in all leagues yadda3, but, at this point, it’s all about their next matchups and his isn’t very good.

Charlie Culberson – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and now out-homering Kris Bryant.   HAHAHAHAHAHA–Breathe, Grey, breathe!  We’re losing him!–HAHAHAHAHA–*medics strap Grey into chair, fitting him for a strait jacket*  “Hey, this is Grey’s intern here, we’re going to heavily sedate him and see if we can’t revive him for the next blurb.”  HAHAHAHA–“Shh…Sleep, Grey, sleep.”

Sean Newcomb – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.04.  1st half Newcomb became a 2nd half Flowbee.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer.  If he hits six more homers this year, it will be so fitting.  Turning it on just as the Nats are officially out of it.  Bryce is the player equivalent to empty calories.  I will call him, Bryce Toaster Strudel.

Anthony Rendon – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  His homers this year are failing the SATs.  Last two years homer totals: 20, 25.  The next number in that series is more than 25, Rendon!  More!

Daniel Vogelbach – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Alexa, show me a bowling ball with arms.

Justin Upton – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 30th homer, and 4th homer in four games.  Upton and Bryce Toaster Strudel on the same team would be the best 81-win team in history.

Ty Buttrey – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 3rd save, ERA at 0.66.  Buttrey…ly is he the closer when he entered the game before in the 7th inning?  I have no idea, Buttrey…ly is the guy I’d own for Angels saves.

Mookie Betts – Left yesterday’s game with side soreness.  If the Red Sox lost Mookie Betts for the playoffs on sac fly in a meaningless game…  *places pillow over face, laughs hysterically*  I’m good now.  Betts, on the other hand, may not be as good.

Chris Sale – 3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.92, as he continues to be the best Opener in baseball.  Eat your heart out, Diego Castillo!  On a serious note, I get the Red Sox are wearing child-sized mittens with Sale, but is he going to throw 50 pitches a start in the regular season, then be asked to throw 100 pitches in the playoffs?

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 1.78.  This Sale-deGrom matchup was the first game where two starters had 100+ IP and ERAs under 2, since 1985 when Dwight Gooden faced John Tudor.  Gooden threw a 9-inning shutout and the Mets lost in ten innings.  As much as things change, they stay the same.  Gooden did win the Cy Young that year.  Tudor came in 2nd with a 1.93 ERA in 275 IP.  Yup, baseball’s changed a bit.

Trevor Williams – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.16.  His 2nd half ERA is 1.19 in 60 2/3 IP, easily the best 2nd half ERA of any pitcher with at least 40 IP.  On the year, he’s been more valuable than Noah Syndergaard.

Domingo Santana – 1-for-1 and his 4th homer.  Nice 6th round pick!

Zack Godley – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.84.  Gonna be looking real close at Godley next year to see if he could bounce back from this season, let’s call it ‘my come to Mary’s baby daddy’ moment.

David Peralta – 2-for-3 and his 28th homer, hitting .298.  You know who Peralta feels like?  A guy I talk all offseason about how he hit 4th or higher all year and produced, so there’s no reason for him not to hit in the same lineup spot again, then he hits fifth or lower next year.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.67.  Topps should do a novelty card with Verlander and Sarah Jessica Parker, titled, “Work-Horse.”  On our Player Rater, guess which pitcher Verlander is ranked on the year.  I don’t think you will ever guess, because I was about ten pitchers off.  Scherzer is number one, and Verlander is number two.  Shows you how fantasy differs from reality.  Wins matter.  Wait, they matter in reality too.  Well, you get my drift.

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games.  Reddick’s on the rise!  Which sounds like a dog in heat, and he does appear hot.

Lance McCullers – Hit 94 MPH during his bullpen session.  Might return for an inning or two this year, but seems unlikely to contribute, which seems rather uncharitable of him, unless…again with some stank, UNLESS!  He’s being asked to contribute to a charity by a Whole Foods cashier.  This drives me nuts, and I scream at the cashier something along these lines, “I don’t have a dollar for your charity, but you’re more than welcome to take a dollar out of the price you charged me for bell peppers and send it along.”

John Gant – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.53.  As if Gomber didn’t deliver a death blow to my Tout Wars championship, Gant walked by and peed on a fallen Grey.  I’ve fallen and my Life Alert isn’t working.

Adam Wainwright – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.72.  Gomber and Gant get absolutely bombed out and Wainwright throws his best game since he buckled Carlos Beltran’s knees.  Baseball, you fickle mistress!

Ross Stripling – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 2.77.  The good news, he was able to throw 70 pitches.  The bad news, throw a dart and you’ll hit something.  Last night, Stripling was throwing a lot of darts and the Cards hit something.

Yasiel Puig – 0-for-3 and three homers on Saturday (19, 20, 21).  He’s such a bat-licker, and it’s so like him to get close to preseason projections in the final weeks of September when only 10% of fantasy baseballers (<– my mom’s term!) are paying attention, a real Septacular performance.  Only thing worse would be Puig hits massive number of homers in the playoffs when more people are paying attention and it drives his price up again with casual fans next spring.  That is the epitome of a bat-licker.  He should lick balls while he’s at it too, and before you say, “Oh, gross,” or, “Oh, sexy,” think about balls vs. bats.  Balls are switched out nearly every pitch by the umpire, whereas a bat you keep every day until you break it, sometimes for entire seasons.  What’s cleaner?  Bats or balls?  Exactly!  So, I say this from the bottom of my heart, Yasiel Puig should lick balls!

  1. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey ,,,

    Playoffs final time :)

    almost lost the semi because of Jakob!! inflated ERA and whip !
    fortunately he lasted only 3 innings! and finally i won the WHIP stat by 0,01 dot dot dot

    seriously,,, i won thanks to Springer !! no HR , no RBI, but 0,429 avg and i won the OPS stat by 0,04 !!! :)
    Dropped Junis to activate (finally) Charlie Morton for the last week vs LAA :(

    would you add Renfroe over : Eddie Rosario ? Joey Gallo ? Jesus Aguilar?
    my OF starters are George / Ronald / Mallex + Scooter(in Y!)

    Nick

    • Grey

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      @Nick: Ha, nice! Renfroe over Gallo, though not sure where he’s playing

  2. Joel

    Joel says:
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    Stream Anibal tm vs. ATL? Or Not worth the risk? Matz @ PHI Better?

    • Ty Inez says:
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      @Joel: Anibal vs STL : )

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: At home? I’d start Anibal

  3. Seth Swirsky says:
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    1) u ok with wade miley today vs. the reds at home? SON says $8.8.

    2) jon gray, $15.2 (SON) at LA. yay/nay?

    3) first two on this list to get rid of during this (playoff) week of mine: Albies/ Eduardo Escobar/Aaron Judge/ Schebler/Wil Myers/Jose Abreu / Aaron Hicks/Daniel Murphy ? (i have JD Martinez. Mondesi, Andujar, Eugenio Suarez,Bryce , LoCain.)
    H2H, 12 categories (holds/.BA). THX!!

    • Grey

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      @Seth Swirsky: 1. Yup 2. Not unless you have to 3. Abreu, Judge

  4. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    it’s the MF’ing LAD,i had to drop puig last week since they were sitting him like 4 out of 5 damn games, he may have had a DTD that wasn’t announced. was able to reobtain in some spots though.

    – screw darlene, that’s a painless death probably they’ll get. hand em over to the cartel guys.

    – romo had a woman tied up (might still) to a bed in some hotel. kela is still there with her. they’re doing LA confidential stuff to her (getting through that 4 book set just now). later bud white will show up and blow some dude’s head off and plant a gun on him.

    saves only, have gsellman, romo (again, dropped the day before his last 3 days), leclerc, soylent greene, hildy. drop soylent greene (he’s been real badly for a few weeks) for any of: buttrey, hirano, steck, hunter, fry? 6 moves left in week, off bye just now. win once i’m in some money, twice even more money. K/9 added here too.

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Grey: oh and if it turns out that EITHER of romo/kela WERE in fact doing what i’m guessing at just like that troll guy used to be around here billy bo (rhymed with this) i’m taking FULL credit for it, but unlike when he would try this (sometimes after asking about whoever he was trying to take credit for weeks earlier, then taking credit for “calling it out first” after that player did well (heaney for one example)) I ACTUALLY AM the first to be saying this, as far as i can see anyway. be pretty funny if in reality i sold the kidnap victim to them so of course i could take credit for it.

        – that imaginary story above about me being the kidnapper makes ya think though, this here might be the only place where since we’re anonymous this could be the only place in your life where we converse with who could be big time criminal monsters (serial killers etc) if those guys have fantasy sports interests.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Many times I’ve wondered that!

          • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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            @Grey: i never thought of it till now, but it makes sense you would.

  5. Nick says:
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    Dynasty team this time !

    please drop 3 for next season: need to reduce

    C. Alfaro
    1B. Abreu / T.White
    2B. Villar / Adames
    3B. Rendon / Andujar / Castellanos
    SS. Lindor / Tim Anderson
    OF. JDong / Ronald / KrushDavis / Renfroe

    bench : Muncy32HRs / IR Cespedeads

    SP1. Hamels
    SP2. Trevor Williams
    SP3. Mike Mikolas
    SP4. Minor
    P. Derek Rodriguez
    P. Glasnow
    P. Lucchesi
    RP Ken Giles
    Bench . Justus Sheffield
    IR. Deadnelson Lamet

    got rid of the others RPs already : Greene/Kela/Fry/Knebel
    to pick up youngsters for next season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: How deep is this league? Greene, Lucchesi, Fry — dropping DL’d guys does anything? Cause I could see losing them too

  6. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Nice write-up!

    a. In a 5X5 RCL where I need wins and Ks, start Ryu at home versus Colorado (Gray)

    1. Yes
    2. No

    b. In a 5X5 RCL where I need wins and Ks, start Glasnow at Texas (Sampson)

    1. Yes
    2. No

    c. In a 5X5 RCL where I need wins and Ks, start Musgrove at home versus KC (Keller)

    1. Yes
    2. No

    d. Watching History 2 Channel on how aliens purportedly helped ancient civilizations to move massive rock formations of more than 10 tons distances of 250 miles. They apparently used sound waves and harmonics to do it. You think they could come down to my house for a brief visit to help crack my lineup challenges? Ah, never mind. Peacecoast you can back to sleep now.

    e. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 17

    Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: 1. Yes 2. Yes 3. Yes 4. HA! If they can build Stonehenge, they can figure out some lineups E. Nice

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Looked at my lineup. Saw that I still had Alex Gordon on my bench. Duh, doesn’t take an astrophysicist to figure that one out…Get him out of the lineup! Added Musgrove dropping Gordon.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          Ha, yup

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Or an Ancient Alien

  7. Gonzo says:
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    Made the final in my H2H league thanks to you! A few questions…

    A. Stream Aaron Sanchez @BAL and/or D Holland @SD? Im guessing the latter, but I could do both and drop my bench bat (Kris Bryant, whom I traded Yelich got on May. Still stings…)

    B. Im barely hanging onto a slim 4-pt lead in my 10tm 5×5 roto. The guy behind me has picked up 15 percentage points on me in BA, and hes now at .2545 to my .2557. Both teams are out of moves, so Im not worried about him picking up hot hitters to outlast me, but my team is ice cold. Do I just keep playing guys like Abreu and Stanton, or place guys like Dahl and C Taylor in their place when theyre starting? They arent hot schmotatoing either, but at least they seem more likely to slap out hits over those two ghouls right now.

    C. There’s no C

    Thanks again for your wisdom all year, FML. I mourn the loss of Smokey as my #2 fave Razzball writer, but I dig the new videos you added this year. Good luck with your teams down the stretch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gonzo: A. Holland B. Start Abreu and Stanton if those are your options — Thanks!

  8. surfer dude says:
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    Hi grey, h2h pts…this is it – could really use a hand on setting up the final roster week…

    for 2nd/3rd/ss

    McNeil: 2B,3B ([email protected][email protected])
    Mondesi: 2B,SS ( [email protected][email protected])
    Baez: 2B,3B,SS ( [email protected][email protected])
    Villar: 2B,SS (3TOR – [email protected])
    Profar: 2B,3B,SS (3TB – 3SEA)
    Chapman: 3B (3LAA – 3MIN)

    I realize it’s a lot but I’m doing head spins over it ans a voice over my shoulder would be great.

    THANK-YOU!

  9. The Skrimmer says:
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    Last week of the fantasy season and my dilemmas are below. I continue to start Correa even though he has done nothing for quite some time because of his potential. Additionally, Calhoun has cooled off quite a bit and I have other options.

    Of the following four, which two would you start: Correa, Calhoun, Zimmerman, C. Hernandez.

    For pitching: The only starter I am on the fence about is Jon Gray. He has two starts this week: @LAD and @ARI. Trust Gray or start K. Yates to try and get some saves. I also have Kimbrel and W. Davis for saves this week.
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Skrimmer: Cesar and Calhoun — Start Yates, unless your opponent has few saves, then Gray, depends on matchup

      • The Skrimmer says:
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        @Grey: Current saves for teams are 4, 4, 3, and 1. Two of those teams are not starting closers, so I am up against one team for saves…the one I am tied with at 4. Because I had limited starters in week one, I am down 20 innings to some teams…I think I should start Gray but worry he is going to implode.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d try Gray and ride closers you already have

  10. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the great write up Grey!

    16 team H2H weekly points league… Semifinals week!

    1. I need to start 5 of these SPs.

    Bieber Vs BOS,
    Buehler Vs COL,
    Holland @ SD,
    Rodon @ CLE & Vs CHC,
    Tanaka Vs BOS,
    Lynn Vs BAL,
    Wainwright Vs SF,
    Tyler Anderson @ LAD,
    Alcantara Vs WAS.

    2. Who should I use in my Util spot for this week?

    Villar 3 games Vs TOR and 3 games Vs MIN,
    Mondesi 3 games @ PIT and 4 games @ DET,
    McNeil 3 games @ PHI and 4 games @ WAS

    Again, Thanks so much Grey for your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RicoSuave: 1. Buehler Vs COL,
      Holland @ SD,
      Rodon @ CLE & Vs CHC,
      Tanaka Vs BOS,
      Wainwright Vs SF,
      2. Mondesi

  11. LT says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Thanks for the help, in a points league final and asking if Suarez today at padres is a play? Only 7 moves per week.
    Pretty much nothing else for today’s starts available. Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LT: I’d start him

  12. A sad fantasy baseballer says:
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    My girlfriend took all my shoelaces away. I lost my fantasy league playoffs by half a point. Half of a mother f***ing point. Well any The Who, I’m looking twords next year in a keep forever. 14 team 40 players max including minors. Elfin, Gomber, Luke weaver, Marcus stroman, joe Ross, Archie Bradley, Jordan hicks and Jesus Alvarado. Anyone here worth keeping? The last three future closers? I have a bunch of minors I was looking to grab before free agency ends.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @A sad fantasy baseballer: That sucks, sorry… I’d grab them all if you have room… Why not? Hicks, Ross, Bradley

  13. Erik says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for all the write-ups throughout the year! Helped get me to playoffs for several years now.

    Just wanted some advice on keepers for next year. Keep 3. H2H 10 team OBP league.

    Currently deciding between: (Leaning towards the first three)
    -Betts
    -Story
    -Freeman
    -Khris Davis
    -Verlander
    -Rizzo

    Thanks again,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Erik: Nice! 1st three

  14. Fantasy Freak says:
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    1. Will you start this pitchers for today? Rank them please.
    Mikokas
    Hendricks
    Musgrove
    Valdez
    Glasnow

    2. Happ tomorrow vs Boaton?

    3. Carrasco ROS? Do you think they will play him?

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      @Fantasy Freak: you will get a better reply from Grey if you put who each of the teams are opposing your pictures listed above as well as what son says..

      • Fantasy Freak says:
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        @Count de Monetball: Thanks

        1. Will you start this pitchers for today? Rank them please.
        Mikokas @Atl (Folty)
        Hendricks @Ari (Corbin)
        Musgrove vs KC (Keller)
        Valdez vs Sea (Leblanc)
        Glasnow @ Tex (Sampson)

        2. Happ tomorrow vs Boston (Eovaldi)?

        3. Carrasco ROS? Do you think they will play him? His supose to go on Wednesday at home against CWS (Rodon)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Fantasy Freak: 1. All are options? Start all of them 2. Yes 3. Yes, he will start, too early to totally shut down, but might only go 5 IP

          • Fantasy Freak says:
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            @Grey: Only 2 options

  15. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Grey,

    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS.

    Once again, in the finals this year, thanks largely to the Razzball team yourself, Mr. Grey, thank you.

    Due to having to use all my moves last week, I was out of moves to grab any Monday 2-start pitchers and now my opponent outguns me in 2-start pitchers by a lot. I’ve got 8 pitchers going this week VS his 14. We get a max 3 moves per week. So here’s my thinking:
    – Try to get the best SP numbers and don’t worry about strikeouts, QS, GIDP
    – Perhaps pick up a bench bat or 2 (as this week some of the top guys will start to sit out games), thus maximizing my batting stats.
    – Right away I can drop Lance Lynn and then I guess Kyle Gibson (@OAK) ? Who would you pick up out of the list below (2 guys)

    Waiver:
    HIT – J. Bell, M. Kepler, K. Seager, J. Pederson, C. Dickerson, H. Renfroe, K. Kiemaier, J. Reddick, J. Bruce, R. Grichuk, A. Altherr, R. O’Hearn, J. Bauers, B. Holt, M. Mahtook, W. Calhoun, Y. Alonseo, Y. Gurriel
    PIT –
    D. Bundy (TOR), D. Holland (@SD), F. Pena (@OAK, @HOU), (Daniel Norris 2-ST(MIN, KC), T. Glasnow (@TOR)

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – J. McNeil
    3B – Eugenio Suarez
    SS – T. Turner
    CI – A. Rizzo
    MI – X. Bogaerts
    LF – C. Yelich
    CF – C. Blackmon
    RF – M. Haniger
    Util – J. Upton

    SP – C. Carrasco
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – N. Syndergaard
    RP – W. Davis (RP)
    RP – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – J. Leclerc (RP)
    P – R. Osuna (RP)
    BN – J. Paxton
    BN – J. Taillon
    BN – W. Buehler
    BN – R. Hill
    BN – Lance Lynn
    BN – K. Gibson
    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • MarvPesos

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      @marv: Holland was snatched up, but he did drop Dee Gordon if that changes anyhting

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @marv: Oh, I see now Holland was grabbed… Grab Pena instead

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marv: Nice! I’d grab Norris, Holland — lose Gibson and Lynn –if you’re okay using all 3 moves today, then Bundy over Hill

      • MarvPesos

        marv says:
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        @Grey: Holland was snatched up so Norris and Bundy ? and who would be my third ? do I worry about another bat or just do pitching?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @marv: Pena, Norris, Bundy

  16. Bob says:
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    Made it to the championship in my H2H weekly league but don’t have a good track record in this game (1 for 3) so neee advise. I have Ohtani in my UTIL spot who has been a top 10 hitter over the last month but he rolled his ankle and I can’t believe the sciocopath that it’s minor. Do you roll the dice knowing you can’t chwnge it past the first pitch tonight or go with Renfroe or Mazara in that slot?

    • @Bob: some stats are better than no stats. h2h would sit. he going to be out 6 months
      . they might shut him down early so he will be ready for opening day of 2019

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Renfroe

  17. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Just don’t call Darlene a redneck.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        Have you seen Only the Brave?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey:
            It’s a must see.jeff Bridges, Miles Teller, Josh Brolin and Jennifer Connelly are briilant
            True story about the Arizona firefighters called hot shots. It is a gut wrencher of a movie. Not a dry eye in the theatre and a roaring standing ovation at the end for those true heroes!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice! I love all of those actors…

  18. prey879 says:
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    Start Suarez today @SD ($13.2 on streamonator)? Championship matchup H2H w/ QS instead of Wins.

  19. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Drop one of the following for Morrow? I currently have 3 other closers and a bench hitter to spare.

    Odor
    Mancini
    Junis
    Ryu

  20. VinWins

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    Sale continued pitching in the bullpen after the 3rd inning, so I don’t see why he couldn’t have come out for the 4th.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @VinWins:
      Doesnt matter Bosucks are gonna get beat in the first round anyway!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Fine, but I could have used another inning or 2 from Sale.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Ah…I didn’t see that, it’s weird then they pulled him

  21. ConstantinCable says:
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    Better matchup this week

    Junis @DET
    D-Rod @STL

  22. Dave D says:
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    Fine write-up, Greyson. I am a little perplexed about why you wont call the new Angels closer by his proper name: “Butt-king”. I know your linguistic skills are paramount and you have a strong working knowledge of the Spanish language. So, surely you know a “rey” is a rey unless, of course, you reverese course and crown him the “Culo-rey”. Ok? I’m glad we have that settled. Yes, the Angels have a new closer in case they have another late innings lead this year (which may or may not happen).

    Secondly, I would just like to say “Josh Reddick, you suck!!!”.

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave D: HA! Love it… Will use it from now on…

  23. Nick says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for the great write up, as always. Over the final two weeks, how would you rank Adelberto, Puig, and Eddie Rosario?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Nick: Rosario, Mondesi

  24. stevie says:
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    We have a 2-week final H2H and I’m trying to decide between these 3 start pitchers
    B. Anderson LAA, @SEA, @LAA
    Archer KC, @Cubs, @Cin
    Borucki @Bal, TB, @TB
    Skaggs @Oak, @Hou, Oak

    Also, for the next 2 weeks, H2h, Mallex Smith or Schebler?

    Thanks for getting me here!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stevie: Mallex — How many SPs can you grab? One? Archer’s matchups seem best, not great choices

  25. Ty says:
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    Good morning, would you start a one start Anibal vs STL at home or a two start Rodon @CLE, home against the cubs. I’m starting Kluber who is lined up to go against Rodon in his first start. Rodon is the whipping boy but he has a good record and ERA against the Indians. I need W’s and K’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ty: Rodon

      • Ty Inez says:
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        @Grey: Thank buddy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  26. Ciwa says:
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    So Romo and not Alvarado for Tampa saves?
    I’m being fucking crazy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ciwa: Yeah, me too

  27. Savoy Special says:
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    14 Team H2H auction redraft league. 6×6: Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP and Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9

    1) Willy Adames or Brandon Lowe. I’d love to pick up Lowe but there are 3 LHP this week for the Rays. @Texas, @Toronto
    2) I don’t think I have the balls to start Wei-Yin Chen this week even if it’s vs Cincinatti. Drop Chen for Richard Rodriguez, Scott Oberg, Johnny Venters?
    3) drop Wil Myers for Jay Bruce? Myers faces 5 LHP out of 6 games week but he looks a bit lost

    C: Kurt Suzuki
    1B: Wil Myers
    2B: Willy Adames
    3B: Matt Chapman
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    OF: Aaron Hicks
    UTL: Ramon Laureano

    P: Max Scherzer
    P: Jesse Biddle
    P: Craig Stammen
    P: Jose Castillo
    P: Greg Holland
    SP: Mike Foltynewicz
    SP: Miles Mikolas
    Bench: Clayton Kershaw
    Bench: Blake Snell
    Bench: Matthew Boyd
    Bench: Wei-Yin Chen

    I’m down to $3 FAAB so our time together is almost to a close.

    Thanks as always!

    • Savoy Special says:
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      @Savoy Special: 4) do you trust Greg Holland the rest of the way? last 30 days: 12.1 innings, 16 Ks, 1.46 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 11.68 K/9, 6 Saves+Holds

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Savoy Special: I don’t trust Holland and he’s simply a middle reliever now

        • Savoy Special says:
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          @Grey: with $2 left now, I’m going to have to hold. as soon as he gives up a run (hopefully just 1 ER…) I’ll drop him

          • Savoy Special says:
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            @Savoy Special: my league is Saves+Holds so no need to be a closer. they’re sorta in the same category, but I feel more comfortable starting Greg Holland than Wei-Yin Chen.

            • Grey

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              @Savoy Special: Ah…Saves and Holds, gotcha, then Holland has been decent

      • Savoy Special says:
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        @Grey: 1) holding Adames

        2) my opposing manager has 7 RPs and just picked up a 4th SP. so I went Oberg to give me a 5th RP. Chen’s last 2 starts have been bad after he was good for a stretch. Not going to put my season in this guy’s hands when I’ll have 8 SPs going maybe 9 if the Braves finally schedule Folty’s 2nd start

        3) I’ll drop Bruce for Myers on Wednesday. Bruce has Arrieta and Nola up first this week while Myers has Suarez and D Holland.

        4) God, I hope I’m/we’re right.

        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Savoy Special: 2. Fair enough 3. Makes sense 4. Me too!

  28. Will says:
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    Harper’s 1st half stat line: 327 AB, .214/.468/.833 with 23/54/6
    Harper’s 2nd half stat line: 180 AB, .311/.572/1.012 with 11/43/6

    Extrapolate that 2nd half to 540AB: .311/.572/1.012 with 33/129/18

    About this time last year I posted a similar extrapolation on Trevor Story’s 2nd half. That’s worked out pretty well….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: I wish I believed

  29. Alex says:
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    Hey Grey, wanted to say thank you for a great season. My first year using razzball exclusively and using Streamonator and hittertron. Was in first place all year. First round of H2H playoffs and my opponent had Juan Soto and mondesi, so I failed to advance. But thanks for everything and will be back to try to win the title next year with your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: No problem, sorry you couldn’t get through

  30. smegma says:
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    Odor or ball licker this week?

  31. Fred says:
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    Whats better this week…Wainwright vs. SF or Minor vs. Seattle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fred: Minor

  32. alps says:
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    Good Morning Grey
    I have only a 2 save lead going into the final 2 weeks
    Rumors are Chapman will be back this week
    I have Betances but his last 3 games have been rocky Even if Chapman doesnt come back Britton and Robertson I think have been better
    So… Would you drop Betances for any of the following
    Alvarado, Romo, Cishek,Peralta,Hunter, Neshek,Steckenrider,or Hirano
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @alps: Yes, for Peralta

  33. Mr. Rickey says:
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    I meant to pick up Bieber for his start yesterday but I forgot to do it and dodged a bullet. Best fantasy decision I make all season is because I forgot to do something stupid. I’ll take it.

  34. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Disappointed in you. Just could not do the right thing huh? Doing so would have made your dozens of admirers think even more highly of you.

    #SmallManSyndrome

  35. The Shoe says:
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    Happy Monday, Grey, It’s championship week, hope you’re still contending in those six leagues!

    A. Could you help me figure out my starts for the week. I need 8 of these, so one of them needs to sit. Which one? I’m really not sure about it. Feel like there are arguments for Clevinger, Junis, Ryu vs COL, even Holland @SD to sit…

    Clevinger vs BOS
    Morton vs LAA
    Ryu vs COL and vs SD
    Stripling vs SD
    Marquez @ARI
    Musgrove vs KC
    Junis @DET
    Holland @SD

    B. I could try to pick up Stratton @SD but over who? I’m wary of Stratton though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Shoe: A. You’ve listed 8 B. Over Stripling

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: A. Ryu has 2, so there’s 9 there. B. Wasn’t expecting that… is your reasoning mostly about how deep he’ll be able to pitch into the game or something else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Shoe: I see, so not 8 starters, but 8 actual starts… I’d bench Junis and lose Stripling, yes, he can’t go deep — or bench Stripling and drop Junis

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Yah, my bad on not being clear, I need 8 starts.

        D. So you’re suggesting drop Junis for Stratton? Musgrove will also be going against MIL later in the week, but I don’t think it’s a great start.

        E. There’s also Eflin going @NYM – do you like that start better than any of those I listed?

        F. As for benching Stripling, since this is my last matchup, it’d probably be better to drop him for a RP who’s eligible at SP like Chavez. How does that sound?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          D. Yes E. Nah F. That works

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Assuming Chavez is your best option

          • The Shoe says:
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            @Grey:

            F. Other than Chavez, there’s Venters and Yarbrough (@Tex and @Tor this week – last pitched on Friday, so not sure which series he’d pitch in).

            G. Ahh, it’s hard warming up to quitting Stripling. Ima do my best to stay calm and collected as I make my decision. If I do stick with Stripling vs SD, and assuming I’m able to drop Junis for Stratton, which other start do you like the least from the original list?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              F. Venters G. Clevinger scares me

              • The Shoe says:
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                @Grey: F. Gotcha

                G. Thanks, will factor that into my decision. So even though you might prefer starting Clevinger over Stripling, you wouldn’t be really down on sitting Clevinger and starting Stripling, am I reading your thinking right?

                I. Last Q – would you swap Suzuki for Astudillo?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  G. That’s right I. Nope — You forgot H

                  • The Shoe says:
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                    @Grey: Haha, I actually started typing an H to ask about how to use the projections systems in making these kinds of decisions at this point in the season, but I thought it’d be best to stop peppering you with the Qs haha and deleted H. I figure I already have access to your thought process through the advice you’re giving others and in the column.

                    You’ve been such a great help today and throughout the season – you’re THE best!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, No problem

                  • The Shoe says:
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                    @Grey: OK I lied – re-opening the Qs. I just took a look at Ryu’s numbers against COL and among the players on COL’s roster who have faced him, their slashline is .343/,420/0.610 with a pretty sizable sample size (more than 5 guys with 13+ ABs against him). Now, Ryu hasn’t pitched vs. COL this year, and it doesn’t factor in home and away, but the stats have me shaken nonetheless. Do you think he’s been different/better enough this year to warrant still starting him tonight?

                    • Grey

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                      I think he’s risky, interesting stats… I’m gonna go Clevinger over Ryu

                  • The Shoe says:
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                    @The Shoe: @Grey: Alright, he’ll ride the bench. Hope Clevinger can just put together a solid/OK outing at least. By the way, the projection systems do seem to have Ryu performing solidly – under 6 IP, whip around 1, 1K per inning yada yada – how can this be the case with Ryu’s poor track record against COL?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Bc Rockies on the road aren’t good and Dodger Stadium is a pitchers’ park

  36. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Made it to the finals in both my leagues!! Pitching staff completely fell apart and I’ve just been riding the hot hands that SoN spits out. I’m rolling with Musgrove (vs. KC) and Suarez (@SD) tonight. Likely cant trust either one but when your remaining rotation is Morton, Happ, Bieber, Newcomb, Junis….well trust has left town and uncertainty has moved in. Just gotta get hot for 7 days and who knows!

  37. Kingslayer says:
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    I won both my AL-Only and NL-Only leagues this year…. #ChampChamp

    Just commenting to say thanks for the help. It’s been fun reading your article every week day and look forward to doing it all over again next year. You’re the best at what you do, Grey!

  38. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    So I need to add a bat for the last few days here and I hate all of my options:

    – Bruce
    -Kiermaier
    -Schleber
    -Pisctotty

    Piscotty doesn’t know who to take here…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: Tough call, I’d try Schebler, but he platoons… If can’t do that Bruce

  39. jdred5 says:
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    Down to the wire – trying to cling to 1st for 2 more weeks! Tonight’s starting options are:
    Corbin vs. ChC
    Ryu vs. COL
    Musgrove vs. KC
    J Gray @ LAD
    I can start all, none, or something in-between. Wins don’t matter, but K’s, ERA, and WHIP do.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jdred5: I wouldn’t start Gray, but start rest

  40. Drunk Mets PR Team says:
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    Grey and Rudy and Ralph and everyone at Razzball: THANK YOU for your work this season. I read the site every day. I’m sure it’s a grind. I got some laughs over my morning coffee and tons of great info. Didn’t comment much this year but it was a pleasure reading.

    Just lost an absolute heartbreaker in my playoffs, with my opponent getting an Upton homer and Buttrey save at the end, and LeClerc failing to appear — the only sequence of events, at that point, that could have sunk me. So I’ll be checking out. Cheers and good luck to all still fighting!

  41. nitro says:
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    Started J Barria, J Quintana, M Fiers, and R Stripling yesterday in last day of HTH semi final match up yesterday. Needless to say, my season is over…

    Thanks for the daily great reads Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nitro: Damn, that sucks… Thanks!

  42. Richie Suess says:
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    how are you feeling about Ohtani this week? he “tweaked” his ankle on Sunday, rosters lock for the week tonight, its a one week finals match up. Angels match ups look dismal this week but he has been hot….

    I use him in my UTIL spot…head to head points league. would you consider benching him for a hot waiver add w/ good match ups

    Considering
    Robinson Cano
    Marwin Gonzalez
    Adrian Beltre
    Kevin Kiermaier
    Alex Gordon
    Jay Bruce

    Thanks in advance! I use yoru draft prep every year and i’m always in contention. This is my second straight finals. took an L last year, hoping for the W this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Richie Suess: I’d start Bruce — No problem, hope you win it!

  43. Mike Bickham says:
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    Championship week, in a weekly lineup league. Debating if Sale should be put in the lineup for Gausman, Rodon, Ray, or Keuchel. And Ohtani, who’s been hot but dinged up his ankle yesterday, for Cain, Puig, Blackmon or Acuna.

    • Grey

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      @Mike Bickham: You can start Acuna over Ohtani? Yes, do that 00 Maybe Sale over one of those SPs, but I don’t know their matchups

  44. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Welp, went 1 for 2 in H2H semifinals. My longest standing league where I continue my run as the Buffalo Bills (5 finals in 11 years without a ship) brought excruciating fantasy pain as I needed a Kirby Yates win yesterday to move ahead – improbably get it – and then have my opponent need a Wade Davis save to retake the lead, which happened about 5 minutes later. CRIPES!

    Anywho, still have one ship to worry about. 10T H2H mixed, 12 cats (OPS and QS added) with 7 moves per week. I have a few extra starts this week with Corbin, Hendricks, Happ all going twice. I’ve used one move on snagging Adalberto. Couple questions:

    1) Would you waste a move on switching out Betances for Yates? I have Osuna, Velasquez, Betances and my opponent has Iglesias, CMart, Giles.

    2) Hicks has been pretty rough recently, is it worth using a move to drop him for Kiermaier? No particular need of extra speed just looking at the hot bat

    Thanks as always Grey for helping our push to take the virtual crowns!

  45. Fantasy Freak says:
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    Aaron Hicks or Michael Brantley ROS?

  46. synyster says:
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    Grey! Now that my first round bye is gone anyone worth dropping to stream Stratton @ SD tonight? He’s kind of been on fire this past month with 2 wins, 25 k’s, 2.10/0.73, and 4 QS. This is a 6×6 h2h QS/OBP league.

    My pitchers….Berrios, deGrom, Stripling, Bieber, Lynn, Davis, Ed-Rod, Rodon, Snell, Odorizzi, Castillo, RP-Gsellman, RP-Givens, DL-Bauer, DL-Aroldis.

    Thank you!

    • synyster says:
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      @synyster:

      Davies*, not Davis.

  47. Fantasy Freak says:
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    I left my catcher position empty for a month since they play half of the time. Should I go with Mejia?

  48. Balke says:
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    How do you rank these streams this week: Wainwright @ SF, Glasnow @ TOR, Keller @ DET, Reid-Foley @TB?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Balke: Glasnow, Wainwright, Reid-Foley

  49. Succos Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    12 tm, H2H league with QS instead of W, this week is the finals.

    Do you go

    Glasnow @ Texas – Ks upside
    Suarez @ SD – QS upside

    Picked up Glasnow last night as my last pickup for last week. Like the K upside against Texas, but I’m having bad Glasnow flashbacks as a Pirates fan.

  50. Matthew Macdonald says:
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    Awesome write-up Grey! Hope you had a good weekend.

    Championship week in my H2H and worried about Mookie. Reports say he should be back for Tuesday’s game and Boston has 6 games this week.

    Would you roll with Mookie ($12.4 on Hitteron) or sub in Albies (7 games and Hitteron likes him
    at $21.3) or Carpenter (6 games $12.9 Hitteron value)?

    Thanks!
    LG

  51. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Grey –

    It’s championship week! Two quick questions:

    1. Who do you like better for combination of saves and ratios: Hand or Hirano?
    2. Pick 1 SP for this week, as they’re all fairly close on the projections: Glasnow @ Tex, @Tor; Arrieta v NYM, @ Atl; Marquez @ Ari?

    Thanks as always for the help!

  52. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Pearls of Swine is my bible. Today’s strip seemed eerily on point:

    Rat: I am the most successful guy in the world.
    Goat: Why do you say stuff like that when you know it is not true?
    Rat: Because self-delusion is the same as success. Only you do not have to work as hard.
    Goat: (yelling) Truth still matters!
    Rat: Sorry. Can’t hear you in my ego bubble.

      • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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        @Grey:

        Ha ha! Glad you did and recognized the intended target. I will stop now before I start cutting and pasting in your advice to:

        1. Trade Goldy for Albies. In May but still, C’mon.
        2. Dump Carp (been saying he looks old and lost for two years-May was a tough month for you).
        3. Bregman has not taken that step up. Trade him.

        Ok, enuf. I won’t stoop to that level.
        Doing so would be somewhat unfair given the amount of advice you give – which often contradicts itself with three days LOL.

        Ok, will close now before being banned from the site.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oy

        • Seth Swirsky says:
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          @DodgerWindowClosed: Dodger, that is about the weakest post i have ever seen on this site: 1) nothing comes close to the tools Grey developed for fantasy. nothing close 2) every single day of the season he does an incredibly literate, funny and insightful column on the day before’s games. every day he comes on here to answer, sometimes, 600-700 questions. you should be thankful. not obnoxious. i suggest you “go it alone” next year–without grey–and let’s see if you can climb above your likely (based on your bitterness) 11th place finish.

          • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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            @Seth Swirsky:

            Well, most of your post is correct. This is a tremendous site full of fun and wit. I usually don’t take anyone’s fantasy advice verbatim because, like Bush, I like being The Decider. I do like getting the information for sure that helps inform my decisions. Experts like Grey know a ton more than I do but they do not know the composition of the league owners, whether it is a H2H league, Roto etc. So many of the commentator’s questions come without enough detail in my opinion. I do like the banter. And the insights on minor leaguers etc. And I like to challenge folks obviously.

            But what you don’t know, you don’t know. You have come into the middle of a back-n-forth without proper context. Grey knows full well what he did in calling me out with a special double post over Morton…In his daily column no less! (I kinda liked him doing that….he had to go back and cut n paste LOL).

            He took a side, I took a side. He ripped me when Morton hit the DL but then Morton actually came back per my “side” of the argument. All Grey had to do was correct the record. It was on the record front and center when he thought he was right so a simple correction comment would have sufficed. But he couldn’t/wouldn’t do it. So much better to admit it than duck it. So, yup, I am rattling his cage a bit here.

            I do respect your coming to his defense. And it is reasonable to suggest that I should have just let it go. But it is good for the emperor to stay real with his subjects as well.

            Thanks for weighing in Seth. You seem like a good guy.
            Always feels good to express yourself, right?

            • Seth Swirsky says:
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              @DodgerWindowClosed: i respect your response, DWC. Thanks for it. All good. Sorry if I was over-the-top, but I really can’t believe the amount of work Grey does. I watch a ton of baseball everynight –each at bat of “my” players, etc. Scouting constantly for the next great “Holds” guy. In a SUPER serious league. Very competitive. When the games are over each night, I’m not writing a piece about it and then listing what else I “saw”. Grey does –Kind of amazing, the time and effort. There have been times he made some calls that I got burned on, but he’s not a soothsayer and I ultimately am the one ‘making the calls’. i’m just very impressed by his insights, the incredible tools (trade analyzer/hittertron/SON) and the write ups–all of it. anyway, all good DWC–thx for responding.

              • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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                @Seth Swirsky:

                Agree with all your points. Good luck to you.

  53. Cable says:
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    H/H points championshi week……..got 3 start /sit

    O’Hearn or Voit
    2 start ..LeBlanc or 1 start Severino
    Mallex Smith or N Mazara

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cable: O’Hearn — LeBlanc is starting vs. who? Mallex

      • Cable says:
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        @Grey:
        @Houston @Tex

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Cable: Those are awful starts, Severino is not good either… You can’t grab anyone else?

      • Cable says:
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        LeBlanc @ Houston @ Texas or Severino home Boston

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re not good

  54. Citizen5 says:
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    Need to drop one.
    Junis, Pivetta, or Gomber.
    Thanks,

  55. waffles says:
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    solid grind all year Grey thanks

    are you trusting all 3 of Brad Keller (@PIT) Joe Musgrove (KC) and Tyler Glasnow (@TEX) tonight? i feel like Wins are becoming harder to come by as teams yank starters earlier with the season winding down. I may go with a volume approach for h2h matchup. your thoughts? Any of those guys you don’t like for tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @waffles: I don’t trust Keller, but early in H2H week, I guess just roll all 3

  56. Murph says:
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    Hey Grey!!
    Cut Tommy Hunter and/or Stripling for Ty Buttrey and/or James Paxton or Luis Castillo?
    (will Stripling ever get enough innings in a start for a win again?)
    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Stripling for Castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: And Hunter for Buttrey if you need saves and aren’t wasting moves

  57. Cohen says:
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    Grey, which one of these streamers would u start. Can only start one
    Luccessi at home vs SF
    Odorizzi at Det
    Anib.Sanchez at home vs Stl
    Holland at SD
    SON likes them all

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cohen: Lucchesi

  58. Weird Fishes says:
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    NL-only h2h championship, only get 5 moves this week.3 questions:

    1. Pick up Fedde for 2 starts @MIA, vs NYM?
    2. Best bet for saves … Cishek, Hirano?

    3. Or should I save my moves for Wed/Thurs batty calls and weekend streaming?

  59. cg says:
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    Regarding Mondesi ~~~ I’m a bit scared how much helium he gets next year. I personally intended on drafting him everywhere after owning him everywhere this year, as his power actually projects UP *shutters. But I am a bit worried that he is going to be drafted in the 3rd round with an adp of 40 or less. I don’t see any reason he shouldn’t be drafted over Marte. None.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @cg: I don’t think we see that much helium… Maybe 60-75 overall

  60. Fogimon says:
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    Oh by the by, your worldy advice helped me win my 12 team Yahoo winners league. Thanks Grey!

    My CBS league is too close to call;

    E5 or Aguilar this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fogimon: Nice! Congrats! I’d go Aguilar

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: E5 or Franmil? Batting Average is most important.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tough call right now, is Edwin playing? I’d prolly go Franmil

          • Fogimon says:
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            @Grey: Agreed. I see no reason CLE would risk E5 this week at all. Thinking he gets 2 starts.

            Putting my hope in Franmil for the ‘Chip. Not what I envisioned this season.

            • Grey

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              Yup

  61. Tinman95 says:
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    Buttrey or Hirano for saves

    • AllThePrettyStantons says:
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      @Tinman95:

      Buttrey

  62. Funny Name says:
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    Couldn’t agree more with you view on H2H but my league is stuck in the 1980’s and won’t change anything. Not even changing the finals week because it we will have a “unbalanced schedule”.

    About your Harper blurb, I have no way of backing this up but I believe ARod was the same. Feel like he would hit a HR in the 8th inning when the yanks were up 7-1, the strike out in a big situation down 3-2 late.

    Hold Stripling for his SD start Sat or drop to steam/ pick up a bat for Thursday? SON has him around $31 but not liking his chances of going deep to get a W.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Funny Name: Totally on ARod! He was so bad in playoffs (without looking at stats) he had to try to knock the ball out of a pitcher’s glove — Stream out of Stripling’s spot

  63. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    HI Gray. This week re: Clevinger in H2H points league : does the fact that CLE has clinched, plus his opponent (v BOS), concern you enough to start Holland (@ SD) in his stead? Thank you.

  64. Cohen says:
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    Grey, follow up streamer question
    Which streamer do u trust the most for lower era and whip?
    Suarez at SD
    Fredde at Mia
    Valdez at home vs Sea
    Glasnow at Tex

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Suarez

  65. HapticHerminger says:
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    Do you like Holland tomorrow in San Diego? Also I’m going to bench Paxton his week. He gets the Astros and Rangers this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, I like Holland, makes sense on Pax

  66. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, need to start two of the following. who do you like?

    glasnow (24.2) – @ tex, @ tor
    keller (-12.2) – @ pit, @ det
    anibal (17.9) – vs stl, vs phi
    rodon (-3.7) – @ cle, vs chc

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal, Glasnow

  67. GabeFrappe says:
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    Drop one of the following for D. Holland? I have 2 bench bats so I could spare someone.

    Mancini
    Odor
    Cano
    Schebler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

  68. Cable says:
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    h/h points…had to go look at who’s left with 2 starts this week..need One

    1 start Severino Home Boston
    2 Start LeBlanc @Hous @ Tex
    2 start De Sciafani @Mil @ Mia
    2 start Odorizzi @Det @ Oak
    2 start J Zimmerman home Minn Home KC
    2 start Fromer Valdez Home Sea H LAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Framber

  69. Jt says:
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    He has wheeler @philly and gerrit Cole vs Seattle tomorrow

    I have Jon gray @lad and Nola vs Mets tomorrow

    W/L/homer given up/cg/era/whip/qs

    You starting gray tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am starting Gray but it is not advisable…

  70. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Start Miles Mikolas tonight? @ ATL MFolty – -0.1

    Thanks as always! And thanks for another amazing year of fantasy advice.

    • knucks says:
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      @Steamin Beamen: I don’t see why not. Is there context that I’m not understanding? A better option on the wire? Is there a Starts limit? Is this H2H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you have to — No problem

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        @knucks I don’t like messing with starts the Streamonator has negative. Also don’t love going against Atlanta.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  71. knucks says:
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    I scrolled the comments quickly, so maybe someone already mentioned this and i missed it. It looks like HT has Hess starting for the O’s today. Looks like he pitched yesterday though.

    Unsure if the Toronto bats get adjusted when that gets changed to whatever shmuck the O’s do go with today, but I thought I would throw it out there so that its on Razz nation’s radar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, knucks! I’ll alert Rudy

  72. Gotime says:
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    H2H weekly league:
    1. Start Stripling vs SD? 2. Start Flaverty @ Atl or bench to put in a closer (Leclerc) 3. Start Puig 3 vs Col 3 vs SD or ERosario 3 @ Det 3 @ Oak

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I doubt he pitches well or long 2. Leclerc 3. Rosario

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: True on Stripling, would you start Flaherty instead?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t love Flaherty this week

  73. dau says:
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    Weather will factor huge in KC vs Pitt 2 night–anyone know if this rain will be a factor tomorrow? Hoping for a doubleheader.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea

  74. Game Of Throws says:
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    Grey – Thanks for another season of entertainment and information. Infotainment if you will.

    Thanks in large part to you, I have made my H2H keeper league’s championship matchup.

    In order to maximize streaming I have to drop SPs who aren’t getting two starts. That includes possibly dropping Severino who I could keep as my 3rd or 4th round keeper.

    Would you keep Severino over Blackmon or Snell?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, No problem — I’d keep Snell, but if someone else can pick up Severino I wouldn’t

      • Game of Throws says:
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        @Grey: Good point… Also thinking about post season / off-season injuries that could possibly occur to my other keepers. Don’t have to make a decision until next years draft so it’s better off to keep him in case. Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  75. Fogimon says:
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    Odor has been absolutely killing me the last 2 weeks. Bench him for Shaw, who was killing me the 2 weeks prior?

    They both can’t be trusted, although MIL faces all righties this week. Not that it means anything with the way they sub players in and out.

    Think I’ll bench both and play McNeil.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Play McNeil

  76. DonnieB says:
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    Need a couple OFs for the last two weeks. I have Dahl and Bader. Would you replace either with Kiermaier or Souza or Tucker? Thanks For all you do in providing us the best information in the business. I already look forward to your 2019 Rankings.

    • DonnieB says:
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      Add Wil Myers to the list of outfielders available?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Meh on Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem — I just benched Bader for Souza — Dahl away from Coors feels benchable too for Kiermaier

  77. DonnieB says:
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    Also, start Shaw over Edwin in a weekly league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  78. DonnieB says:
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    One more big decision….Framber,Keller or Pivetta this week. Pivetta one start @ ATL. Other two starts with good matchups. Maybe really the question is Framber or Keller? Thanks

  79. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    From Fangraphs Sunday Night FAAB chat

    “Jeff Zimmerman: It’s a little late in the season to possibly pay the full price, but I live off the Razzball.com weekly/daily projections. Ruby Gamble runs it and he knows his shit. For many of the best out there, it’s one-stop shopping.”

    That’s pretty high praise advertising this site at the ‘Perts’ choice.

    It would have been nice if he had included “and Grey’s pretty awesome, too.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! That is cool of him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      More impressive he knew Rudy’s real name

  80. Steve says:
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    1. Have a max starts but IP is a category, who do you like best of:
    Chirinos @TOR (likely finish a game for 5+ IP with no start, which means I can plug in another starter next week)
    Shoemaker @ OAK (8.1)
    Junis @ DET (15.5)

    2. Neshek or Hunter better bet for saves in Philly?

    3. time to bench Grandal for championship? He’s killing my ratios whenever he plays.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Shoemaker 2. Neshek prolly, so hard to say 3. I wouldn’t

  81. DonnieB says:
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    Framber or Keller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Framber

  82. Prospector Joe says:
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    I am looking for some upcoming 2b prospect names to work with for next year and possibly the years to come.

    Have any in mind?

  83. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    wobbled into the finals in my h2h with a save Sunday from W.Davis at the buzzer and A.Mondesi doing everything else.
    Totally going to overdraft A-Mon everywhere in 2019 and I’m a’ite wit it.
    My oppo in the finals has a rotation that I can’t hang with even if I stream, but has no RP so the plan is to get a save, hope B.Snell is perfect in 2 starts, hit the minimum of 20ip/week and shut it down. I’ll take 3 pitching and hope my offense does work.
    You like any of these joker’s starts in case I need a plan B?
    C.Rodon (CHC)
    T.Glasnow (@TOR)
    S.Alcantara (CIN)
    A.Desclafani(@MIA)
    F.Pena(@OAK)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glasnow, Pena and DeSclafani seem okay (not great)

  84. henncoop says:
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    I just got a trade offer in a dynasty league. I was offered Stanton & Kluber for my Correa & Cole. I come up short on the age factor with Kluber 33 & Stanton 29 vs Cole 29 & a very young Correa 24. I do have several other options at 2B, SS, & MI with Peraza, Segura, J Polanco, & Marte. Pretty loaded with SPs as well with Bauer, Greinke, Thor, Folty, Morton Buehler, F Peralta & Eflin plus some decent prospects.
    Interesting enough, I am neck & neck with the guy for the championship this year. Unless I am totally missing something, I take the deal??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Giancarlo

  85. clnbailey says:
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    Grey,

    Smoak’s timeshare hurts and I’m in the finals this week. 10 team 6×6 H2H add OBP. Drop him for one of Bauers, Yonder, Mancini, or Yuli? Could also just add Tellez but that seems meh.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini

      • clnbailey says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  86. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Giles has pitched last two days – doesn’t look to have gone three in a row at any time during season. What’s your gut feel on whether he goes today if needed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt it

  87. DonnieB says:
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    Schebler,Souza or Myers ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to say, whichever is playing… I’d like Schebler if all played, but Souza over Myers

  88. DonnieB says:
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    How about Kepler? Seems to play every day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and homered yesterday, so maybe the start of something… Schebler is the hottest of them tho

      • Polish neighbor says:
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        @Grey: 10 but same roster format as razzball leagues.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then I think you need Jeimer

          • Polish neighbor says:
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            @Grey: thank you. Sending a box of dicks I mean kielbasa :***

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, thanks!

  89. DonnieB says:
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    Think Schebler and Kepler over Bader and Dahl? Thanks for a great season of fun and great information. A few Bobas just sent your way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, def over Bader, and could see it over Dahl — sitting here waiting for the Rockies lineup… Thanks!

  90. Matthew Macdonald says:
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    Grey,

    Last minute lineup advice. Hitteron has moved and now has Betts back up to $23.1 for the week playing 6 games. Do we go Mookie and assume he is fine or roll with Albies (7 games at $21.5)?

    Thanks!
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Albies, don’t trust Betts to play every day this week

      • Matthew Macdonald says:
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        @Grey: ok thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  91. Polish neighbor says:
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    Herrro handsome,
    Keepers league semifinals. Do I lose W.Calhoun for Candelario to win this matchup? Tough!!
    WHAT CAN DOOO??!!

  92. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I got Mondesi at 2B, Manny at SS, and Rendon/Suarez at 3B/Util. Which brings me to Abreu (1B) and Carpenter (1B, 2B, 3B). Both have been stone cold for the past two weeks. I’m in the semis. Are both/either a hold? Or have they reached a point where their spot is more valuable as a streamer slot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Carp, stream Abreu

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @Grey:

        Wooooow! How the mighty have fallen! Srsly drop Abreu? This is wild and I love it. Carpenter would become my 1B. Also, I have Kiermaier and Piscotty for my third OF slot. Piscotty has had the better overall season but plays all of this week at home, while the K man probably has the better matchups. Any reason to keep both and alternate or should I drop one? Dropping one of them plus Abreu would allow me to stream Odorizzi (@det) and/or D.Holland (@sd) tomorrow if I want to listen to SON.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Listen to SON and drop K man

  93. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I need some batty cal help:

    Pick 3:
    Adalaberto @ Pit (Musgrove)

    Lowe (TB) @ Tex (Sampson)

    Muncy vs Col (Gray, hey that’s you!)

    Puig vs. Col Gray

    Renfroe vs. SF Suarez

    Rosario vs. Det Zimmerman

    Grichuk @ Bal (Phillips)

    Need Avg. and RBI. Your thoughts/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi, Rosario, Grichuk

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Who are the next 2 after them?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dodgers

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Grey: My batty calls have been atrocious for weeks. The mini stack against Waino yielded sub optimal results last night.

            I thought you’d been into some hot Brandon Lowe action in Arlington tonight.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m starting Lowe, but I’m starting Gray and as awful as he’s been I figured go against myself

              • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                @Grey: Great, now you’ve used my desperation to lure me into your maze of circular logic. Though I suppose at least one of us is going to be happy.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, I hope it’s me, but I’m guessing it’s you

                  • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                    @Grey: Eh, I wouldn’t be so sure. I’ve spent a bunch of time in the 2nd half watching far worse pitchers than Gray retire my hitters with ease.

                    That Wainwright start against my hitters was emblematic of the past 2 or so months.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      My team’s already gone sideways only two innings into this week

  94. greggpatenaude says:
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    better two start stream for finals week?

    suarez at san diego and at st louis
    anibal home vs. stl and phl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal

      • greggpatenaude says:
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        thank you sir

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  95. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 Team H2H Categories

    Ws and QS , how would you rank these streamers?

    Aaron Sanchez @ BAL
    Lucchesi vs. SF
    Odorizzi @ DET

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi, Odorizzi

      • Russ says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Looking ahead to Wednesday, which one would you rather have? and is it close?

        Pena @ OAK

        Stratton (coming off that CG) @ SD

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stratton

          • dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            Pena has been replaced by Skaggs

  96. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I think we need to discuss the fact that I’ve been reading your write ups and comment responses so long now that I can anticipate your batty calls.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we need to discuss what in the holy f*ck is Folty doing to me

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Ouch. It did not help that by the 3rd or 4th his velocity was down 3 or 4 ticks. Rough stuff. What league do you have him in?

  97. William Hung says:
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    It’s finally playoff time for me – do I stick with Trey Mancini (I like his matchups this week but he’s kind of been blah lately) or go with Matt Olson, or Franmil Reyes

    Also – I hope Betts really is “OK” and can play some this week to help my team, and finally, prayer hexagon for Eddie Rosario! Went yard tonight then got hurt later

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Mancini right now — I saw on Rosario, ugh

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: I started Corbin @ home v. Cubs… i don’t feel good about that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I did too, I feel fine, Corbin’s been great all year

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: Rosario is 99% out for the year after aggravating his quad injury – I debated dropping him for Conforto last night but held off cause I trusted Rosario up to this point. My opponent picked up Conforto prior to tonight’s game so he benefited greatly.

            The Mets do face some tough pitching from the Phillies and Nats this week so hopefully it won’t sting. Anyway, do I go Olson, Franmil, Schebler as a Rosario replacement? I could also try to catch lightning in a bottle with AJ Pollock – I really need Betts to be OK now or else that’ll be my top 2 OFs for the year gone for the playoffs

  98. Jt says:
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    He had wheeler with a bad start and has no one going tomorrow
    I have gray tonight and Nola tomorrow do I sit gray now that I got a nice jump in hitting cats against him since he builds around pitching I’m 10-1 early

    Hmmm start gray or no?

    I have Ross vs Mets, Boyd vs royals and Gonsalves @det as my next starters up

    He has Thor, carrasco, sherzer, Bumgarner, Cole coming up to bad he has no hitting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, just seeing this, but would’ve said no don’t start Gray, as I said multiple times above

  99. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team OBP h2h limited moves (only 4 moves left)

    1) Between Giolito (CHC), Junis (@DET), Minor (SEA) and Gibson (OAK), is Giolito the only one you definitely wouldn’t start? Need to figure who I drop first to pick up another starter/closer.

    2) Which of these closers would you pick up:

    Greene (2 vMIN, 4 vKC)
    Buttrey (3 @OAK, 3 @HOU)
    Peralta (2 @PIT, 4 @DET)
    Hunter (2 vNYM, 4 @ATL)
    Hirano (2 vCHC, 2 vCOL)

    3) Top 4 options from this group:

    Mikolas SF
    Archer KC
    Lucchesi SF
    Roark NYM
    Odorizzi @DET
    Miley @PIT
    M Gonzalez @TEX
    Boyd KC
    Efflin NYM
    Gant SF
    Valdez LAA
    Stratton @SD

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yeah, love Giolito 2. Buttrey’s been real nasty 3. Mikolas, Archer, Lucchesi, Stratton

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        1) Did you mean “lose” Giolito?

        2) Would you still pick up Buttrey with those match ups? Just worried he might not get many/any save opps

  100. Stephen Lyon says:
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    I went for Bauers instead of JOC. Of course I did.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: The TRON was pretty limp on him. Oh well.

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: JOC encore.

  101. dubjay says:
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    are Hildenberger and D.Robertson a drop now? Options are Buttrey, Allen, Hirano or Cishek

  102. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Kind of annoying when Yahoo marks a guy (Colome) day to day, and you sub him out of your lineup, only for him then to appear in the game!

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Stephen Lyon: yeah esp when they didn’t even give you any news as to WHY a guy was DTD. i’m not saying that was the case with colome today but i’ve seen it with other guys before.

  103. The Harrow says:
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    ok this is just batshit, all year romo would get a day off after 3 straight. then he disappears twice over like a 4 week window with 1 inning in between the 2 and plays the 4th in row today. i had to bench one closer today, and went with him due to the 3 days in a row before today, as even with relievonator saying he was more likely to get a save than some of my others he hadn’t gone 3 in a row all year, in addition to disappearing for a long time twice

  104. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    Buy, sell or hold on Dee Gordon? I know injuries got him this year. But he’s getting older and the speed gift may be expiring. Dump him with a slow start next year, dump him now, or ride it out and see what happens?

  105. john says:
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    Grey, help!

    H2H Championship round. Had to drop Rosario tonight. Who do I pick up to fill a LF or CF slot?

    – Villar
    – Nimmo
    – Schebler
    – A Jones
    – Renfroe
    – A. Gordon
    – B. Lowe

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