Adalberto Mondesi will have surgery on his shoulder and miss the next five to six months. *insert GIF of King Tommen falling out of the window* Mondesi likely won’t be ready for Opening Day. Cancel 2020. Don’t even want to go on. Please, don’t try to cheer me up. I’m wallowing! Let me wallow! Guess it’s better to get the injury out of the way now vs. in March. Ha, you thought I was being positive! Screw you for misreading my intentions! It’s not good news, this means his shoulder could re-injure at any point in 2020 and become a recurring issue. Give me a tissue. I already miss you. I’m a sad poet and aware of it. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ronald Acuña Jr. – Shut down for the remainder of the season with a left groin strain. That’s bad news for those relying on him to bring in a championship, but good news for us who just get to imagine Acuña’s groin. *small purr, mimes frisky cat claws*

Randy Arozarena – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (1) and double legs (2, 3). Randy made the Diamondbacks his b*itch! Change their name to the Arozarena Diamondbacks. Or maybe the Randy Arizonas! Or perhaps the Arozarena Randybacks? You know what I’m sayin’, don’t be daft, punk. Damn, now I have One More Time stuck in my head.

Merrill Kelly – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.42. Member in the preseason when we (not you and I, but other we’s) were sloppily comparing Kelly to 2018 Mikolas? We go oop.

Pete Alonso – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 51st homer. Albombso!

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.43. Streamonator liked this start–Kidding! No dur. DeGrom ends the year with 23 consecutive scoreless innings, and should likely win the Cy Young again. In arguably two of the greatest back-to-back pitcher seasons, he has 21 wins total. Gotta appreciate deGrom’s singlehanded refutation of the Win category.

Jeff McNeil – Fractured his forearm on a hit by pitch. Well, techinically, the pitch fractured his forearm. Stupid passive voice. That is an abrupt end of the season for McNeil. Guess this is his Irish goodbye.

Jorge Alfaro – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, and third homer in three games. Wow, he’s almost as hot as Yan Gomes <–not sarcastic!

Charlie Morton – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.05. This start was against the Yankees, and has to be seen for exactly what it is:  the ultimate troll job. “Yo, Yanks, congrats on winning the division, see you in the playoffs, if, ya know, J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia pitching the 2nd thru 5th innings holds up.”

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 20th homer, hitting near-.400 in the last week, so hot schmotato and all, but, seriously, what kind of infant-arm-power are you rocking to only get 20 homers in this juiced ball environment? Do you even lift, bro? Avisail has 20 homers in 483 ABs.  Tommy La Stella had 16 homers in 283 ABs. Avisail has the same HR/AB as Freddy Garcia. *chef’s kiss*

Christian Vazquez – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer. I’m currently writing up the recaps of each position that will begin their rollout next week. So, was writing up catchers (lowercase yay!), and, well, they’re not uppercase yay, but they were not that bad this year.

Mitch Moreland – 4-fofr-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer. With the Red Sox packed up and writing apology letters to the Sons of Sam Horn, Moreland could see at-bats in the final weekend and he looks hot.

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.52. Pretty solid year for Porcello. As in a solid that won’t flush.

Shane Bieber – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.28. Boo! Not how I wanted to see Bieber go out this year, but, if he’s here to throw absolute disasters in the playoffs and scare everyone off him next year, I’m so here for it.

Jose Ramirez – 1-for-3 and his 23rd homer, and third homer in two games. I DON’T HAVE THE SHIFT KEY OR CAPS LOCK PRESSED. MY TYPING IS SO STRONG NOW IT’S JUST CAPS BECAUSE I REMOVED MY HAMATE BONE.

Welington Castillo – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer. Where’s the boeuf?! Oh, here he is.

Tyler Mahle – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.34. Now I know why they call him T. Mahle, because he ignited my ulcer like a Jamba Juice smoothie of ghost peppers.

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-3 and his 49th homer. I have a rooting interest in Alonso winning the Home Run title, because I own him, but I do think it would be hilarious and a good troll of the MLB to have Eugenio win the title, just so in future years, when people talk about juiced balls, they can recount how Eugenio Suarez was the Home Run Champ, which is the least exciting name ever. It’s like, “1961 was Mantle and Maris! McGwrie and Sosa ruled ’98! How about Bonds in the early 2000’s?!”  “Yeah, who was in 2019, the Year of the Home Run?”  “Um, Eugenio Suarez.”

Ryan Braun – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 22nd homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Someone’s FedEx package arrived.

Eric Thames – 2-for-5 and his 24th homer, and the Brewers are about to go to Coors and they don’t really have any reason to not play Thames, so, if you need that last dying breath schmotato, I’d grab him.

Keston Hiura – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 19th homer. Coolwhip just gave you his Keston Hiura fantasy. Go there, and read that.

Rowdy Tellez – 2-for-4, and his 20th and 21st homer. Recently went to look at active Jewish players in the MLB and I saw Rowdy Tellez. That surprised me. I guess his full last name is Tellezyouwanttobecomeadoctor.

Frankie Montas – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.63, as he returned from an 80-game suspension. Okay, real question, whatever he was taking, does it stay in his system for, say, 81 games?

Ramon Laureano – 1-for-3 and his 23rd homer. Shame he was sidelined and missed time, because he could’ve had a 30/20/.300 season. Even with inflated helium balls that’s damn good.

Joc Pederson – 3-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 34th and 35th homer, and 2nd and 3rd homer in the last two games. Getting hot just in time to lead the Dodgers to a World Series defeat. Salty!

Zack Greinke – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.93. Greinke took a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but he’s said in the past that no-hitters seem like a hassle and he was prolly relieved to be relieved, so to speak. The Astros pitching is stupid. Stupid is good. Okay, they won’t face the Mariners in the playoffs, but c’mon. Good pitching shuts down good hitting and they have good hitting too. How do you not put them as huge favorites going into the playoffs? Can you tell I’m so excited for the playoffs? It’s when I get to sit back and watch baseball for eight hours a day and not have to worry about schmotatoes and the Streamonator.

Kyle Tucker – 1-for-3 and a slam (3) and legs (5), hitting .304. He has two slams and legs in his career in less than a month of play. Yes, slam and legs are a category now. Get ready for the sheer joy of owning Tucker next year or agony when the Astros leave him in the minors until June.

Kris Bryant – Done for the 2019 season. How long until rumors begin flying that he’s going to San Diego with Maddon? Will they wait until November?

Ian Happ – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer. It’s never too early to start tenderizing us for 2023 sleeper posts when you have a starting job on the Marlins!

Garrett Hampson – 2-for-5 and his 14th and 15th steal. Garrett Hampson out here winning people leagues in the final week. The one good side effect, if you don’t own him, is everyone who owns him now is going to have great memories of him during 2020 drafts and Bud Black will bench him for the entire month of April and screw them all.

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.52. Here’s a look inside my brain. All I can think about is if I owned Samardzija this year instead of last year in Tout, I’d be on my third straight championship. He screwed me last year by owning him, and this year by not owning him.

Randy Dobnak – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.59. Him or Berrios in the playoffs? I’m saying if you’re the Twins, not for your H2H team! Okay, fine, this start was vs. the Tigers and they didn’t make the playoffs, I don’t believe, let me check *blank stare* No, they didn’t.

Luis Arraez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .344. Shame he won’t qualify for the batting title, but odds of him winning a batting title at some point in his career are better than zero. (Might even be better than 20%.)

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer. He hit that home run off *googling for a Tigers website* MLive Schreiber? He should play for the Rays.

Brad Miller – 1-for-3 and his 10th homer, and third homer in two games. I am not embarrassed to admit I picked up Brad Miller in one league. When it’s go time, Brad Miller is your man! And by ‘go time’ I mean the time when it’s time to go home and stop playing.

Drew Smyly – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 6.24. Smyly got to face a hungover Nats team, who were partying the night before due to them being one of the ten of thirty teams to make the playoffs. I’m gonna sound super curmudgeonly here, but do grown men really need to celebrate every single advancement in the playoffs? I get it. It’s a long season. Awesome. Did Jonas Salk douse his assistant with champagne when he created the polio vaccine? Does the guy at the car wash get the area between your seat and middle compartment extra clean, then put his goggles on, and scream, “Ready to party?!” Maybe I sound like I’m an alien here, but why are they celebrating anything? If you must, celebrate after the World Series. But after a Wild Card berth? Seriously? You need to shake Cold Duck into your friends’ eyes?

  1. Twins Peaker says:
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    Goooooood morning.

    With no evidence and just an investigation so far, would it be worth dropping Freddy Peralta or Yastrzemski for Domingo German? Current staff for 2020 is Paddack, Heaney, Alcantara, Greinke, Ohtani, C. Smith, Stripling, J. James, W. Smith, Karinchak and Neris.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes, I’d lose Peralta for him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning!

      Agree with DT

      • Twins Peaker says:
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        Thanks guys. I’ve been so tempted but was thinking we might see an 80 game suspension or something worse. I’ve heard it’s been witnessed by MLB officials and they’re waiting for the offseason to make a formal announcement. But I figure $1×3 is a steal if he does come back say by the All Star Break.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who’s getting suspended?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh, German, right… Yeah, maybe, I haven’t heard any news yet

            • Twins Peaker says:
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              I’d assume he does. Still $1 is a great deal imo for a guy of his talents….unless he gets Ray Rice’d.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, true

  2. toolshed says:
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    I cant stream for $hit. Or I guess my luck just flat out sucks. I chose to Merrill Kelly yesterday b/c he was coming off back to back 7 inning gems. Az and the cards played a 19 inning game the night before that ended after midnight. The cards did not have any regular hitters except edeman in the lineup and he goes out and F’s my era and whip. Minus 2 points in the standings. I was looking for a qs.

    I passed on montas b/c he hasn’t pitched in 3 months and he goes out gets a qs and a w while only giving up 1 run in 6 innings. I needed a qs so freaking bad. I said there is no way he goes more than 3 innings. Great analysis. This just isn’t my year

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Ouch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya, sometimes things don’t fall your way

  3. toolshed says:
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    I LOVE THE JRAM WRITE-UP!!!! Seriously, when a guy had that surgery or was hit on the hand/wrist it has ALWAYS sapped their power for an extended period. Usually it did not return until the following season. Maybe it is just the baseball and the state of pitching. Or is there something else that they gave these guys to get them back on the field faster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know, but it happened with Olson too… It’s bizarre… It’s like the hamate bone removal is the thing now

  4. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!!

    Awesome report, man! Rip-roaring laughter mixed with things that make you go hmmmm?

    a. Seriously! Happ’s job in 2023 is going to be hitting coach, right?

    Happ: ‘C’mon, guys! How many times do I have tell you or show you. Flat bat through the zone, make sure you follow through on the swing and don’t chase pitches in the dirt!! Geez!’

    b. Man, stop being such a negative against….

    1. The goggle industry
    2. The cheap champagne industry

    How else are we going to make our economy grow??!!

    c. A friend sent me a message on how epic the ‘peach’ emoji has become in just the last 24 hours!!! As in ‘im’ + the ‘peach’ emoji on your smart phone. Check it out!

    d. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for September 26

    Ride ’em Cowboy, 1942

    Abbott (to Costello): Look, you made a horse laugh!

    Horse: Neiiiiighhhhhhhh!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully not too many hmmm things — those get tedious

      A. Haha, yeah, “Pretend I’m pitching and go get ’em!”

      B. I won’t stand for it!

      C. Nice

      D. Haha

  5. Sean says:
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    I almost talked myself out of picking up Mahle to start last night too. Looks like my prayer didn’t work. Silver lining is now I don’t really have to worry about blowing up my ratios anymore, can go for those counting stats.

    1B question: Would you stick with Canha if he’s healthy enough to play this weekend (saves 1 of my 3 remaining moves) or roll with Braun or Thames in Coors? Also who do you like better if Canha can’t play?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d grab Braun either way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mahle was a disaster

      Worried Braun sits since he’s old and the Brewers are in the playoffs… Whereas Thames should play

  6. Lubes says:
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    Down to the wire (3 points between 2nd and 4th!) – I need to protect my HR lead. Vazquez pulled with a hamstring strain, might miss the rest. Who’s my add- Gomes Perez or Alfaro.
    Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go with Alfaro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomes

  7. bigbear says:
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    Me pre-2019: I’m looking forward to owning Tucker and Hampson this year.
    Also me pre-2020: I’m looking forward to owning Tucker and Hampson this year.

    Seriously, Hampson and JRam have been a big boost!

    • Grey

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      Haha, I know

  8. Rabbit says:
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    Mondesi’s recovery from his shoulder surgery will depend a lot on what type of procedure he needs to have. I am a bit of an expert on this as I have dislocated both my shoulders seven times, had numerous subluxations (that’s when the shoulder joint goes out and then quickly back into the socket, as opposed to a dislocation when the joint stays out of the socket and needs to be put back in, which, trust me, sucks balls), and I’ve had surgery on both my shoulders for this issue. If Mondesi just needs a Bankart procedure–that’s when there is just a tear in the labrum (the cartilege/tendon that holds the shoulder joint in the socket) so the surgeon goes in and tightens the labrum by effectively tying it to the shoulder bone–he can be back to baseball activities in 6-8 weeks and I have no doubt he’ll be ready for opening day. These days the Bankart procedure is often done arthroscopically, which quickens the recovery time (back in the early 90s, when I had my shoulders done, that wasn’t an option–I still have the big shoulder scars to prove it). If there is more damage to the structure of Mondesi’s shoulder, they may need to do a more involved procedure involving the implementation of screws into the shoulder. That’s a longer recovery time, and may mean Mondesi’s shoulder will never be quite the same again. Still, I don’t see how he would not be ready for Opening Day, even with the more involved procedure. I have Mondesi in my keeper league, and I have no concerns about keeping him for next year. As long as Adalberto gets the right surgeon–and the guy who did my right shoulder (Dr. Joseph Iannotti), which has held up fantastically over 30 years, is actually now at the Cleveland Clinic (he was at UPenn when he did my shoulder), so that’s who I would recommend to Mondesi–if he were to ask my opinion, which he hasn’t yet but I am waiting by my phone….

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Haha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Grimey! Best 1st episode of a season in a while last night, yeah or nah?

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          Haven’t watched yet

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I think it was good, but I’m a Survivor apologist

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              Yes you are haha
              You know my issues with it but I’m still watching.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Be interested in what you think — it was definitely different

                • FrankGrimes says:
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                  You’ve piqued my interest lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You are our shoulder expert! That’s great news, you sound a lot more optimistic than me… Your shoulder’s held up well, but you’re not swinging a bat and diving for baseballs every day (I’m guessing) — would that be an issue?

      • Rabbit says:
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        The diving when sliding headfirst should be OK–as long as he strengthens his shoulder muscles during rehab (and that’s what the rehab will focus on), in that diving position his shoulder should hold up. However, diving to his left while playing SS could be an issue–his shoulder will be more externally rotated when he hits the ground, making it more vulnerable. That’s definitely something to keep an eye on in Spring Training. Swinging a bat should be fine because the position of the shoulder in that activity is not particularly vulnerable.

  9. Will says:
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    Let me just say here the Cubs are an absolute shit show right now. Eight losses in a row? In a playoff race? Talk about face planting. Maddon keeps saying how optimistic he is that he’ll be back but I don’t see how he survives this disaster of a season end. #RantOver

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Can’t see him back

    • Grey

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      I’d guess it’s mutual, and he’s gone… He’s now just saying what needs to be said

  10. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    So you how far do you think mondesi will drop ranking wise next year?

    Good point on the the Nats a wildcard spot isn’nt champagne worthy, it like a concellation trophy for adults………In HS the girls use to say Ice cold beer makes me wanna cheer Ice cold duck makes me wama….

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’ll guess Mondesi’s ADP settles in around 40-50 range with this news. I’ll probably have him higher around 30ish. At least it doesn’t affect his speed.

      • Kevin says:
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        ESPN had him at 97 on their too early 2020 rankings…LOL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          97! HA!

        • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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          I’ll take him at 97!

    • Gigorilla says:
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      Agree – Lenny. Watch to see the Brewers w/ an early game today and a chance to catch
      St Louis. They carried on quite a bit last night on live TV after their WC clinch.
      Plain ol’ stupid sheet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are we celebrating winning a game? Who started this? They don’t douse themselves at my DMV for a good job? It seems like if you make over million dollars, you have to douse yourself in champagne when you win something… Think actors with awards too

      Mondesi feels like a 30-40 guy right now

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        The self congratulatory stuff is BS it think it is a hold over from pre wild card days when winning the Pennant meant something the season was all or nothing

        ………..The DMV should douse themselves with molasses for the job they do …..that swamp moves slower than pond water..

        last time i went to the dmv for renewal it took 2 hrs 45 minutes and probably would have been more except for people in line in front of me left because they were out of time.

        • Grey

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          HAHA, yes, my example wasn’t great… Not DMV, but you get my point…

  11. mcmi11ions says:
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    F my team Grey! I feel like a failure. I finished 2nd in the regular season, lost in the playoffs, stuck in the consolation game and now my team is out Mondesi, Bryant, Acuna and McNeil. I don’t have another 2nd baseman on my roster! I’m already looking at keepers for next season. You can’t win championships in March, but you can in September….for next year? I dunno. Your mondesi take has me in a panic. Will have to see how the off season goes I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that sucks… Sorry it didn’t work for you… Yeah, I’m concerned about Mondesi

  12. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    After losing Trout, Baez, Freeman during the playoffs it’s come to this brothahman…who do you roll with to ride out the weekend and pull off a come from behind win in a h2h points league that has insane bonuses for extra base hits and HR’s:

    Hiura
    Whit Merrifield
    Thames
    Grisham
    Stanton (yes…have to ask)
    Aledmys Diaz
    Shed Long
    Sam Hilliard
    Garrett Hampson
    Howie Kendrick

    I gotta lose 3 of the above, no position needs in particular and this is a points league (why do I keep doing this every year? Most total ppoints for a whole season = meaningless in September)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose three? Stanton, Diaz, Long

  13. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey, Teeth and Grey,

    Ugh, streaming and even starting pitchers is a headache down the home stretch. I assume Manaea ($13.3 @ SEA) is about the best thing going tonight, right? Otherwise, what is a fantasy baseballer to do? Stream against clinched teams sending out AAA lineups? Any parameters you suggest?

    Lurrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust Manaea to go a full start with the A’s headed to the playoffs, but maybe… Impossibel to say, I’d look for guys like Eflin, who have good matchups (vs. Marlins) and have no reason to not try to throw a full game

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Wait, did the A’s clinch a playoff berth? I thought they can still lose out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure to be hinest

  14. CMUTIMMAH says:
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    Randy Dobnak – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.59. Him or Berrios in the playoffs? I’m saying if you’re the Twins, not for your H2H team! Okay, fine, this start was vs. the Tigers and they didn’t make the playoffs, I don’t believe, let me check *blank stare* No, they didn’t.

    —————————————-

    Some additional context for the Dobnak start. Dobnak was one of the first players signed out of one of the minorest minor leagues called “United Shore Baseball League” out of Utica, MI, about 20 miles north of the city. So him coming into Detroit and pitching a gem was a big deal, even if it was against the lowly Tigers. Good for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he seems like a great story… Not necessarily a great pitcher, but who knows…

    • knucks says:
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      Isn’t he getting married on Saturday and is allowed to leave the team too? I thought I heard them say this on MLB Network last night as I was passing out on the couch.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        What? Who scheduled a wedding ceremony in the middle of the season?

  15. J-Hova says:
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    Playoffs will be fun but i’ll Def miss the work you guys put in!

    A few quick questions – does Rudy still keep the DFS stuff updated for the playoffs? I forgot to look last year. no biggie if not, I shouldn’t be playing DFS playoffs

    Also – I’m up 4 pts on my season long ROTO. WHIP Is extremely tight with three of us at 1.13, me being in the middle of the 1.13 so can lose a point but gaining a point would be taking it from the person in second place. I’m 4 wins ahead of the person that i’m In front of in that category with no way of gaining an additional point in wins.
    My remaining pitchers are: Wheeler vs ATL – Glas VS TOR – Darvish VS ST L & Corbin VS CLE
    The guy behind 4 behind wins has Minor vs BOS – Matz vs ATL – Ryu VS SF, Tanaka VS TEX and Syndegard VS ATL… Should I start Wheeler today to protect wins or is it too much of a WHIP risk even without Acuna?

    SORRY for the long question but i feel as lost as Clint Hurdle trying to manage my team right now!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s question for Rudy on DFS — I wanna say yes, but you have to ask him (can ping him on the bottom of the tools pages)

      I’m starting Wheeler

  16. Gigorilla says:
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    The HR hits keep on coming. 4 teams have smashed the all time record set just last year by the Yankees (267) for HR in a season.

    Coolwhip gave some interesting scoring/stat trends for this year recently, for hitting and pitching vs previous years — Thanks.
    Will certainly have to review drafting strategy for next year as SB, BA go way down, and HR, Ks, and Runs go way up, and the juice keeps flowing.

    I predict with the ultra high scoring games, and extensive use of multiple relievers, top SP will go higher than ever, even w/ all the injuries. If you bag a top one, and they stay healthy, so much better than relying on Wacha types to come through.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, but avoid Wacha types and grab Soroka types

  17. Dong Show says:
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    Draft question for you Grey (thanks again for everything this year!)

    In a FA Draft for our dynasty league, is Hampson worth the first overall pick? I know there isn’t much context there, but this is an open world, so pretty much anyone who is worth some kind of future value is likely gone (most prospects from the 2019 draft, sans Bleday and Greene prob being best available there or a guy like Spencer Tolkerson could be other options).

    I am close to a trade that nets me the 1.1 pick and love what Hampson is doing/could do, but my positional need for him is low with guys like Villar, LeMahieu, Gleyber and Javy heading into next year and really have no more need for an OF prospect or 1b prospect.

    In short, what kind of value/production do you think you could see from him? I want that early sleeper post on Hampson is what I am getting at haha

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

      Sorry, how could everyone be gone but Hampson be available? Coming into this year, he was a potential 15/30/.280 guy who didn’t play, so he could be that again, if he plays

      • Dong Show says:
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        Thanks Grey, that pretty much confirms he’s the best guy available.

        Fun story on how he’s available: before our draft last year,

        I originally traded Sixto Sanchez for Alonso.
        That owner traded Sixto for the 6th overall pick

        6 pick was Hampson. He held onto him for most of the year, got frustrated and cut him due to playing time, performance and he needed that roster spot. No one felt the need to grab him (for our league and playoffs, after August we put a hold on FA grabs). It looks like I am about to end with both guys now lol

        But the moral of the story here is this guy basically traded Hampson for Alonso and walked away with nothing lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, nice!

  18. Coolwhip

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    Hampson can’t stop won’t stop playing with chip on his shoulder. Is this Rockies /Bud Black’s plan? piss off rookies for a full season so they play the next year trying to prove them/him wrong? That’s a bold strategy Cotton, lets see if it pays off.

    Alt theory – Bud Black is secretly working for the Dodgers a la Manchurian Candidate.

    • Grey

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      Ha, yeah, it’s about as optimistic of a outlook that’s going on… My thought is Tapia hasn’t started for four years bc Bud’s just dumb, but maybe it’s a motivational tool

      • Coolwhip

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        Here’s a fun stat, league-wide, avg age of players is it’s lowest since 1979! Despite the Rockies best (worst?) efforts more teams are playing their younger more talented players now.

        • Coolwhip

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          which to a small degree could explain the rise in Ks etc, youth movement brings in less experienced hitters that swing more think less.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            It’s what they’re teaching now, everyone just swings

            • Coolwhip

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              true that, LAR in full force.

              • Grey

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                Ha

        • Grey

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          Yeah, was a good year for promoting prospects and watching them play… I feel like past years it would’ve been made more a deal that Evan Gattis just disappeared

          • Coolwhip

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            haha yeah… now he’s a rich bum.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup!

          • Dave D says:
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            Except the regressive Halis. Thank the almighty that Pujols and Bour were playing all year over Thaiss and Walsh. When Albert breaks Barrys all-time HR record in August of 2024, it’s really gonna fill up seats and be incredible publicity for the “Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim” brand.

            • Dave D says:
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              Halos

            • Grey

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              Haha, yup, but MLB will have to make an official ruling on whether it counts bc Pujols won’t be capable of running around the bases

              • Dave D says:
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                Yeah. Maybe he can get an ADA lawyer involved and be allowed to use a walker to round the bases.

              • Dave D says:
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                Yeah. Maybe he can get an ADA lawyer involved and be allowed to use a walker to round the bases.

                • Grey

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                  Haha, I think it’s well within his rights

        • Dave D says:
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          And Angels, CW. Be fair!!! Taylor Ward has only started playing the last week and he’ll be 26 in December. Jared Walsh is a 26 year old rookie. Cowart is still trying to rise above AAAA at 27. They wont play young buck Thaiss because he’s 24. They’ll probably bury Adell next year and sign Goodwin long term in the offseason.

          • Coolwhip

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            yes true that Dave, Angels took way too long to give the younger guys PT.

            • Coolwhip

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              i actually like Goodwin though as a 4th/5th OF, but they better not jerk around Adell or i’ll be pissed. Thaiss took way too long as well, he’s a pretty polished college bat that needs ABs at the MLB level.

              • Dave D says:
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                Same for me. Goodwin is a fine #4, but they have a way in the front office of anticipating things that are often overly rose-colored.

  19. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Bad news indeed on Mondesi. Is he still a keeper? I had previously planned on keeping the following (I can keep up to 4):

    Bieber (would be my 8th round pick next year)
    Mondesi (would be my 4th round pick next year)
    Suarez (would be my 12th round pick next year
    Corbin (would be my 13th round pick next year)

    Would you swap Mondesi for any of these options:
    Mikolas (would be my 20th round pick next year)
    Luis Castillo (would be my 7th round pick next year)
    Soler (would be my 18th round pick next year)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler

  20. stevie says:
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    Do you think there are any decent streamers for tomorrow from this bunch?
    Plesac @ Wash.
    Vince V vs. Miami
    Urquidy @ LAA
    T. Alexander @ CWS
    Nova vs Det.
    Eovaldi vs Balt.

    • Grey

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      They all look decent… Nova, Vince, Urquidy, Eovaldi, that order

      • Grey

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        I should say decent in quotes, you know, relatively

        • stevie says:
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          Understood. My back’s against the wall so I gotta go with somebody, even these guys. Thanks!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  21. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Do you prefer Nova vs DET or Fiers @ SEA tomorrow?

    • dontbichetteme says:
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      I need some miracles in my H2H final this week. Ive lost Trout, Acuna, Kepler and now Seager to injuries. And its a keeper league so none of them are droppable and no DL either. Ugh. Not looking good.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Good luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        I could drop D’Arnaud and leave my C slot open to grab somebody like Hampson for the final weekend. I only have 3 moves left which ive been using to stream pitching but could definitely use some offensive help too. What do you think? D’Arnaud is in TOR and Hampson is at home vs MIL

        • Grey

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          Hampson, unless you need those moves for SPs

          • dontbichetteme says:
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            Ill give it a go. Fortune favours the brave. Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  22. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Silver lining with Acuna being shut down? Next year, no way is he not going for 40/40.

    • Grey

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      RIGHT! Great point

  23. Shawnuel says:
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    Not really fantasy related but Arozarena also had a SICK throw from RF to nail a runner trying to take an extra base at third.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Arozarena Randybacks!

  24. knucks says:
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    Life is good in Pitt, lets fly the Jolly Roger and give this C**nt a raise!

    • Grey

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      HAHA

  25. ctrengove says:
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    Grey – final 4 games here, and I’m neck & neck with my opponent for the championship.

    I have 5 SPs remaining. One will go to Manaea today, one to Clevenger on Sunday assuming he starts. Two questions:

    1: Do you like Civale today against White Sox? If so, he’s my 3rd SP.

    2: Which 2 of the following 5 do you like (points league that favors Wins and Quality Starts):
    –Tyler Glasnow, Friday at TOR (may not get to a QS, but his floor for points is high)
    –Trevor Bauer, Saturday at PIT (While Bauer is erratic, Pirates offense has been bad lately, except against free falling Cubs)
    –Mike Foltynewicz, Saturday at NYM (has been a stud of late and did great for me against SF, but NYM have been good against RHPs and will ATL let Folty go deep?)
    –Lance Lynn, Sunday vs NYY (bad match-up, but likely many Yanks sit?)
    –Sandy Alcantara, Sunday at PHI (hit & miss pitcher, but no motivation with Phils offense?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes

      2. Bauer, Lynn

      • ctrengove says:
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        Thank you as always, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  26. Smitty says:
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    Sounds like MLB commish Manfred is going to “look at” addressing the juiced ball. IF there are alterations/modifications actual power guys will be even more valuable. Could be a huge factor going into 2020 with only legit power guys hitting 30+ jacks. Interesting…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt it

  27. Gotime says:
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    I got the Mondesi blues … keeper league where he is $20 for the next 2 seasons do you keep him or drop (would cost $10 each season against my team’a salary cap)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotta keep

  28. Squat Cobblers says:
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    “I’m gonna sound super curmudgeonly here…”

    ‘Now GET OFF ME LAWN!!!’

    On the serious type tip…
    Thanks for everything Grey!! Solid seasons in all but one of my leagues. Thanks to you and Rudy!! Your minions ‘presh-e-ate’ you-uns!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

  29. 183414 says:
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    Looks like 2 of my 3 last week adds, Jo Ram and Hampson, have me in a good spot w/ 4 days left.
    Jo Ram was the epitome of a risk/reward pick up, who paid off in just 1 day.
    Hampson should get all 3 starts at Coors, as long as Buddy Black doesn’t decide to rest him.

  30. gary z says:
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    Whats up Grey!?-

    Heading to Colorado friday from Milwaukee to watch my Crew bring home a division title!!! Any tips on Denver if you have ever been? Never been, heading to the game fri & sat, will also hit up the Wisconsin bar downtown to watch the Badgers on saturday before the Brewer game.

    Up 8-6-2 in my Ship, but he has 15 moves left, I have 1, he will probably catch me in K’s….wish me luck on my offense blowing up to make K’s irrelevant! I have Vasquez, Biggio, Correa, Bregman, Sano, Rosario, Betts, Soler, Yordan, Gardner, Mercado, Berti…im down in runs by 4, down 1 HR, down 20 TB’s, down 8 rbi’s, but up 1 SB. He’s got have the Cardinal lineup as an offense, based off this info, what would I burn my last move on? IMO, I think I can catch him in 2 of these categories with the offense i mentioned. I guess I could pickup a Rockies bat, but then again im tied in QS and losses, up two holds…. grrr, GO BREWERS!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t spent any long stretches of time in Denver, just passed thru, driving to ski resorts…. Sounds fun tho! Have a great time!

      Rockies bat is prolly the move, but who?

      • gary z says:
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        I waited to long on Hampson, idk…good call, McMahon has been terrible 6/37 last two weeks, Murph doesnt do a lot for counting stats and not sure he will play, Tapia is 6/29 last two weeks w 3 bags, Hilliard lol….hard pass

        • Grey

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          Meh, I’d go Tapia but could be anyone of them — Hilliard’s been decent when he plays

          • gary z says:
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            Someone dropped Aquino…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Then grab him

              • gary z says:
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                Yep 10/4… thanks for everything, have a great weekend man!

                -g

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You too!

  31. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- hope this finds you well. There should be an award for those of us that came in second place with teams that drafted Machado and lost to a team with Yelich, K Marte and Devers. Some losses are more annoying than others.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, that sucks…

  32. toolshed says:
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    Looking for some steals. You down with locastro from az? Adam jones has a hammy issue, marte is out and almonte left the game yesteeday. Or deshields? Deshields has 3 swipes this month but not sure of his playing time. Tex hosts nyy and az hosts sd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Locastro

  33. Dave D says:
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    Btw, I was desperate enough for a win this week that I’m rolling out Jorban Yamamoto today vs. Mets. Wish me luck or, more specifically, lots of K’s and a W. I don’t even mind baserunners, just a stinking W with 5 runs and 10 baserunners would suffice!!!

    See, I am rather reasonable!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I almost streamed him, but I decided against the agita… Good luck!

  34. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Jeez – could have done with another couple of innings of Beede there. What happened?

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      Oh man – an injury. Sucks for me.

      And him, obviously,

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, I was rolling him out there too in multiple leagues… He had a perfect game going!

        • Stephen Lyon says:
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          How do you feel about Caleb Smith at the Phillies, who probably won’t give a shit, on Saturday?

          Nats might not be too interested when they face Plutko either?

          • Grey

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            Both seem decent, trust Plutko a tad more

  35. philip lutz says:
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    Eflin vs. Mia or Turnbull @ Chisox???? Need SO and QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eflin

  36. Tbone says:
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    Was offered Yelich and Jose Ramirez for my Acuna. Throughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

  37. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Wainwright vs. Cubs or Lynn vs. Yankees?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lynn

      • SF says:
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        Thanks!
        And one more question. Grab K. Tucker, Grisham, or Aquino for the weekend?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aquino

          • SF says:
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            Appreciate all the help.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

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