Yesterday, Alek Manoah went 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 10 Ks vs. the Rays, i.e., they’re supposed to be good. Alek Manoah has a 3.39 ERA, and a mom that’s a 10. Sign me up (for a spot in the mailbox outside their house)! “Hello, Ms. Alek Manoah, can I call you Alek Mommamia? Alek Womanoah? Why are you walking faster? I just wanna chat!” I scream from the mailbox. Call me a Cougar Chaser because I chase cougars! Any hoo! Alek Manoah is doing this as a rookie. Um, how about pretty unheard of. He is the 1st Jays’ pitcher to throw eight scoreless with one hit, zero walks and 10 Ks. Again, that’s against the best AL team. He tied Trevor Rogers for most 6+ innings starts for a rookie this year. His slider was dropping five inches more last night than when he first came up. He looks like a young Lance Lynn if Lance Lynn hung out with Action Bronson. For 2022, he looks like a ready-made horse, even though he will have roughly 100 IP under his belt. Right now, he’s rocking a 9.8 K/9 and a 3-ish BB/9, and for 2022 I’d put him around similar numbers, but with better command upside. So, roughly a number two fantasy starter who will have moments much better and worse. In only year two! Alek Mommamia, I love what you’ve produced! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1-for-5 and his 45th homer. As the sticker says on my stand mixer, there’s nothing better than Cake Batter.

Bo Bichette – 1-for-5 and his 24th homer. Jays have Cake Batter and Boba Chette. They are the sexiest team or I’m just very hungry.

Randal Grichuk – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI. Grabbed Grichuk for his three-hit Sunday and now he’s got a three-hit Monday and Hot Schmotato Fever says he’ll have a two-hit Tuesday with a home run.

Gleyber Torres – 0-for-4, 1 run as he was shifted to 2nd base to take some pressure off him. Hey, whatever’s clever, but he homered on Sunday. The day after his first good game in a while is when you decide to release some pressure? I swear MLB teams are run by guys with no common sense.

Luis Gil – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 2.88. So, maybe streaming Gil wasn’t the best idea. *rubs self with dirt, dons a potato sack, walks into an Irish neighborhood* Come out and devour me! I’m nothing but a stupid potato!

Joey Gallo – 2-for-4 and his 33rd homer, hitting .199. Not to be the guy who does the negative thing during every positive thing, but Joey Gallo is currently tied with 2006’s Adam Dunn and 2016’s Mike Napoli for 26th most strikeouts in a season (194), and, with each strikeout, he passes a titan in the windmill industry. Be it, Ryan Howard, Jack Cust or four more seasons of Chris Davis and one Khris Davis. So crazy that Reggie Jackson used to be considered too strikeout-heavy, and his top season of strikeouts was tied by Freddie Freeman, who no one would consider a strikeout hitter. Reggie’s top season of strikeouts was also passed in a season by Mike Trout (not this year, that bastard).

Aaron Judge – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer. Elias Sports Bureau said with Judge and Gallo both hitting their 33rd homers in the same game, the last two Yankees to do that were Maris and Mantle in 1961. Only it was in, like, June.

Miguel Sano – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer. Also, in this game, Jorge Polanco homered. His 30th! Polanco has more homers than a guy who only homers. Incredible. It’s not been talked about enough, which is what I say before talking about it, but Polanco is a top 20 guy on the Player Rater. Guarantee you that he won’t be drafted anywhere near that next year, and you look at his numbers, maybe his HR/FB% comes down a little, but he has a .292 BABIP and a 17% K% with a 19.8 Launch Angle. That doesn’t scream, “7-homer hitter who will hit .250.”

Byron Buxton – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer, 3rd homer in four games. Imagine he played more than 50 games per season.

John Gant – Left after 12 pitches. These new pitch counts are crazy! Oh, wait, he was hurt. Okay.

Sandy Alcantara – 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.10. Went over my Sandy Alcantara 2022 fantasy the last time he pitched, which is meant to point out how effin’ fantastic he’s been.

Paolo Espino – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.18. For the two-start week, Espino needs the Nats not to be in a six-man rotation, but, if they’re not, his next matchup is better than this one, according to the Streamonator.

Jake Odorizzi – Left the game after covering 1st base. Should’ve used a tablecloth. Cristian Javier (2 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.19) might see a start or two if Odorizzi can’t go.

Jose Siri – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer. “Alexa, please hit me a home run.” “Not if you’re using that b*tch Siri!” Siri, the player, not the disembodied voice, had 16 HRs, 24 SBs and a .318 average in Triple-A. I don’t know where he’ll be playing, but if he is playing, due to resting regulars, might be some upside here.

Yordan Alvarez – 2-for-5, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and his 29th and 30th homer, hitting .281. The whole Astros team, except Altuve, seems like they sell out power for batting average. Even Tucker, who I thought would struggle to hit .260, is a .290 hitter.

Alex Bregman – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .297.  I’m actually surprised their team average is only .268.

Jose Iglesias – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Or maybe we should say that’s his 9th Hozier. Ya know, Take Me to Church.

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-4 and his 21st homer. Has been a solid season overall, so take this with a grain of salt, but his 2nd half (.248, 6 HRs) has been dog shizz.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.00 vs. Logan Gilbert – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.97. Streamonator liked both of these starts, but I’d be lying if I said I trusted either of these guys in any matchup, especially Ed-Rod.

Mitch Haniger – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer. If you can read this blurb, the Mitch didn’t fall off.

Chris Paddack – Hit the IL with elbow inflammation. Wake me when he has a new team and a new elbow.

Yu Darvish – 4 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.32. Ha, man, he’s just effin with us now, huh? He pitches a gem on your bench, then he does this in your lineup. What a jizzoke. Stop being passive aggressive, you bastage!

Mike Yastrzemski – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer, and his 2nd homer in the last week. Carl’s Jr. Jr. helped the Giants clinch a playoff berth last night against the preseason favorite, Padres. Are people still exalting A.J. Preller up to the heavens as the genius who brought in Yu Darvish, Frazier (member him?), Grisham (whatever there?), Profar (um, huh?)…Hey, at least Blake Snell’s turned a corner, but he’s hurt now.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer. And the Giants can throw anyone out there and get decent innings! Sorry, still massively peed-off at Darvish, while feeling peed-on.

Tommy La Stella – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games, and, of course, he’s on the Giants so he’ll get to ten homers too! Also, hot schmotato alert for Tommy Launch Angle.

Adam Wainwright – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.88. Next year, we’re gonna be like, “Wainwright is so RIGHT, baby, YAY! I’m taking him at 150 overall and banking on the lovelies to wash over my fantasy team.” And next year he’ll have a 5+ ERA and it’ll be like, “Why does the Fantasy Baseball Overlord hate me?”

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (25) and legs (12). Au Shizz! By the way, the Cards don’t seem like they’re aging–Wait a second! They have Ponce de Leon!

Clayton Kershaw– 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.33, as he was activated from the IL. He’s likely just back, um, bad choice of words with his health. He’s likely just returned to get him up to speed for the playoffs.

Justin Turner – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. He’s banked more fantasy value in the last two days than Cody Belanger dating back a month.

Steven Souza – Designated for assignment. In other words, Dodgers gave Souza his marching orders.

David Bednar – Dealing with side discomfort. Think it went like this: Pirates amongst themselves, “We have to use Chris Stratton to close games because he won’t cost us money in arbitration if he gets saves.” Pirates to Bednar, “Your side hurts.” Bednar, “No, it doesn’t.” Then the Pirates’ front office kicks Bednar in the side.

  1. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!!

    Supreme!

    a. Sorry for the continuing forest fires!

    b. Signed up Siri everywhere. While Brantley tends to whatever injury he has.

    c. Marx Brothers quote of the day for September 14, 2021

    Dr. Hackenbush: ‘I proposed to your mother once.’

    Judy: ‘But that’s my father!’

    Dr. Hackenbush: ‘No wonder he turned me down.’

    [Dr. Hackenbush is pointing to a portrait of one of Judy’s parents]

    Dr. Hackenbush=Groucho; Judy=Maureen O’Sullivan

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Thanks!
      B. Maybe not a bad idea
      C. Haha

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        Haha, just chucked on your ‘… so a number 2 SP for fantasy purposes…’ without toilet paper required! That’s me quoting and paraphrasing you. Ah, just trying to lively things up a bit. ‘Member how riled up our gentle readers got reading…

        1. Almost an entire episode of CSI Miami
        2. The Norm MacDonald quotes of the day that were pretty insensitive.

        Anyway, last year was tame until I started quoting Who’s on First in Swahili. What will we do next year? Something somber because I win when the quotes are somber. How greedy, huh?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, it’s up to you…Norm MacDonald quotes were pretty awesome — may I suggest George Carlin

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!!!

            George Carlin it is! He can get pretty somber too. I have his entire video collection. So I’ll try to be as obscure as possible.

            Cheers,
            Ante

              • Handy Afterall is Sad Mitt Face says:
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                nooooooooooooooooo…. swear i read that comment and my phone got an update saying Norm has died. The universe just got so much less funny…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that truly sucks

  2. scoboticus says:
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    Good morning!

    I watched a replay of Cake Batter’s homer last night and I still can’t believe it cleared the wall. That ball was hit on a rope!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I saw…It was the lowest launch angle on a homer all year

  3. scoboticus says:
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    Who do you like more for upside?
    Bryan De La Cruz for Miami
    Jose Siri for Houston

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz bc of PT

  4. Linda from Bob’s Burgers says:
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    In a points league and this is our second week of playoffs. For this week and next, would you drop Buster Posey for A. Kirk or D’Arnaud? Also, would you rather have Dalbec or La Stella through this stretch over the likes of Jonathan Villar. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      Dalbec

  5. Todd says:
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    Hey, Grey!

    Did you see Iowa’s punter over the weekend? 8 punts for 51.1 avg, long of 69. Very Robyish performance!

    I’m in a points league with four keepers. I’m thinking I’ll keep three hitters and one SP. Pretty set on my hitters: Vlad, Acuña, Soto. (Other options: Semien, Muncy, Castellanos.)

    Which pitcher is my best option? Alcantara, Darvish, Flaherty, Gausman, Peralta. I’m kind of leaning towards Sandy or maybe Jack.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robyish! I love it! I didn’t see them tho

      Sandy

  6. UkraineGameToYou says:
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    Was curious on the general consensus on how you guys handle/feel about vetos? There were some super sketchy trades made in one of my leagues that year, but I didn’t want to be “that guy.” Guy who won the trades is in 1st now, and I’m in second (guess that why I’m so pissed, lol!) Just realized after digging thru message boards that I wasn’t the only one with that sentiment, but too late to do anything now- more for going forward in future leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t veto unless it’s clear collusion

    • Tom says:
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      Do yourself a favor and get out of leagues with trades, I did a few years ago and I haven’t looked back, don’t miss them a bit.

  7. Alps says:
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    Grey
    2 questions
    1) who to pick up for saves Wick or Scott Barlow
    2) Which SP I really need K’s not wins
    Urquidy vs Texas
    Megill vs STL
    Houser vs Cubs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Barlow
      2. Megill

  8. Schoolboy P says:
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    My team is in tank mode. Sell out to get a $21 Altuve for next year? Is he back, and if so what do you project an auction value ballpark for him? Thanks –

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How big is the league…In an AL-Only his price will be higher than 12 team mixed

      • Schoolboy P says:
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        13 team mixed with 2 Catcher, CI and MI, 5 OF, 2 Util.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, maybe he’ll be around a $25 player

  9. Sport says:
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    As the season is winding down to just a couple of weeks I want to thank you for your relentless content. It’s definitely been a roller coaster season but your blurbs have made it fun! And I’m already looking forward to next year’s sleeper posts!

    Do you like Megill at home tomorrow against the Cardinals?
    Do you like Josiah Gray at home Friday against the Rox?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Appreciate it!

      I’d prefer Megill, but I wouldn’t say I like him

  10. BAC says:
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    If I need to prioritize wins with my remaining innings, do I start Joe Ryan today in a 7 inning game? I haven’t really watched how these have gone. 80 innings left.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

  11. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey!

    So, since Cody ruined my season along with his pals George and Trevor, and I only play in one league, I am not ot my usual commenty-self this September. While I am busy throwing last-ditch streamers out there, I figured I could come by to tell you that I LUIRRRRRRRRRRRVE YAS!

  12. scoboticus says:
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    Grey, I’m looking at Sano on statcast. It says he has a .219 BA but a .338 wOBA. Does that mean we can expect some positive regression?

    • scoboticus says:
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      Sorry. .328 wOBA

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      He’s been below is wOBA every year, so looks like he’s performing as he normally does.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Fungazi, sounds pretty normalish

      • Coolwhip says:
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        I believe i can be of assistance here. *shouting from the top of a near by building before jumping down to land next to Grey in the conversation*

        wOBA is not exclusively looking at BIP and BABIP etc and not meant to be an “expectation of batting average” (that’s what xBA is).

        wOBA is a combined metric of AVG, OBA, and SLG… it’s designed to weight and give a more comprehensive value to a hitters offensive production that includes the result of hits and the ability to get on base via walk etc. Sort of a wholistic look at the end result of plate appearances.

  13. Cohen says:
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    Can only start one?

    Ryan home vs Indians or
    Pivetta home Orioles

  14. scoboticus says:
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    Who do I keep out of Mize and Gallen next year?

  15. Mark Viso says:
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    Having Alcantara and Manoh in the middle of a tight race for first sure felt good.

    Where do you think Sandy is going to go next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If he keeps this up, he might go higher, but I’d guess around 15-18 SP area

  16. Dave Funnell says:
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    Last year….I think I have this right….you had Gausman as your pitcher to target for cheap (er) in drafts because they would produce SP1 values for half the (draft) cost. Is Sandy Alcanatara your Gausman in 2022? Or has his price risen too much to make that happen? Who are others you see as this? Garcia? Mahle? A discounted Nola? Bassist? I’m just throwing lower names that had a great year….minus Nola.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you think Sandy will be as cheap going into next year as Gausman coming into this year, my guess is he’ll be a bit pricier

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        I thought maybe he would have after the Mets’ game, but his last two outings have been dominant. So year he’ll cost a lot. I could see Top 10 pricing bu some trying to capitalize on the upside if they drafted hitters in the first 2-3 rounds.

  17. Dave Funnell says:
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    I thought maybe he would have after the Mets’ game, but his last two outings have been dominant. So year he’ll cost a lot. I could see Top 10 pricing bu some trying to capitalize on the upside if they drafted hitters in the first 2-3 rounds.

    • Dave Funnell says:
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      Whoops. Wrong spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman was nowhere near that coming into this year…Doubt Sandy’s a sleeper

      • hot corner says:
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        Next year, it will be Frankie Montas and Dylan Cease.

  18. Gary C says:
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    ESPN points, this week only, utility spot

    Swanson vs Col (3), @ SF (3)
    Hays vs NYY (3), @ Bos (3)

    Thanks!

  19. florida jack says:
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    start Luzardo at washington, H2H points playoffs?

    thanks, hope3 all is well and thanks for another great year of info and humor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, hope you’re well too! I wouldn’t start him

  20. VinWins

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    I think the Cards offloaded their aging to Carpenter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too bad, they had Ponce de leon to youngen him up

  21. Martin Rostoker says:
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    Hi Grey

    Shame on me. I pitched Yu and lost 23 points.

    What would you suggest? His next start is at St Louis. Should I cut him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I hate to, but you can’t start him

  22. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Drop Colume for Steckenrider or Florio?

  23. andfog99 says:
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    Start Touki vs Col at home today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you need to, but doubt he goes more than 4 IP

  24. ERad says:
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    Yes the fantasy advice on this site is top notch

    But I just found myself down an hour rabbit hole of googling ‘Alek Manoah mom’ so for that, I thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice

  25. toolshed says:
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    You nailed the bednar comment. They won’t let him get any more saves to keep his arbitration cost down. What the pirates are doing is bad for the league. Not saying they are going to win many games, but their behavior may impact the playoff race because they will not win games that they should have if tbey don’t use bednar who is by far their best reliever.

    They should be fined for what they are doing. Or better yet, have their revenue sharing check cancelled.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s total BS, MLB needs to step in so teams can no longer do this nonsense

      • toolshed says:
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        They need a commish for that though. Manfred is not focused on the right things and is a buffoon, that is the pc way of saying it.

        • toolshed says:
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          Speaking of impacting the playoff race, pit plays the reds 6 times and also has Philly on the calendar.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, what a joke

          • VinWins

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            Minimum, the league shouldn’t allow the front office to kick players.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Truly the saddest part of the story

  26. scoboticus says:
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    Hmmm. Not sure why the Twinkies are starting Sano against the Right hander in the Double header today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep him on his toes?

  27. Wesley Warren says:
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    12 team, H2H, and I’m in need of saves!
    I have Soto and Romano, and I want to add Finnegan.

    The problem is I have a slate of really good SPs going this week and the only SP I could drop would be Odorizzi (will he or won’t he get the nod on Sunday…).
    But if I don’t drop Odorizzi, I’ll have to dip into my bench, which is only 2 deep right now and thin in the OF. This means I’d drop either Adolis, Varsho, Soler, or Jesus Sanchez — my only OFers (it’s pathetic, I know, but I finished first and am hopeful for the playoffs, but had a rough start yesterday).
    My only other candidate would be Toro.

    But my other idea is to just drop Soto, since his week is MIL @TB @TB @TB @TB and might not be looking at (m)any save chances.

    So should I drop Odorizzi and give up a much needed possible start, one of my thin OFers, or a RP who might not see Save action this week?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Odorizzi

      • Wesley Warren says:
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        Thank you, phew!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Jose Siri worth a stash for next year?

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Drop Clarke Schmidt or Luis Garcia, Nats

  29. Mrs. Roger. Dorn. says:
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    Think the Giants clinching last night affects Disco tonight (home vs. SD) and how long they let him go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, wouldn’t be surprised

  30. toolshed says:
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    Can someone tell Machado that they are still alive for a wildcard spot? He has been virtually invisible since July 31.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh I know

  31. scoboticus says:
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    Dammit Straw! Hit Joe Ryan on the arm, he’s probably done for the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh seriously?

  32. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Ouch – not very loyal. Straw is Ryan’s teammate on my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, you need to have a word with them

  33. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Especially on a bye week. I guess I shouldn’t have activated Ryan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did this!

  34. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Is cutting straw a reasonable action by me>

  35. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Norm Macdonald dead at 61

    • scoboticus says:
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      What?!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        Apparently he had leukemia for quite a while.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Super sad

      • scoboticus says:
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        “I’m not Norm” is one of my favorite YouTube channels.

  36. DanjNz says:
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    Are you sold on K Tucker yet? You had him at 23 HRs with 100 more ABs in the preseason. He’s now stealing bases at a 90% clip in his age 24 season. Sounds like great value to me, say early in the 3rd round after all the flashy guys have gone off the board.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’ve been sold on him for a few months…I was mostly worried about Dusty and his AVG and neither are issue

  37. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    WWith various positional changes, I can now cut Toro for Swanson. No brainer, right?

  38. toolshed says:
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    Phillies released vince v today. Funny his era was better than nola until July 9. Frankly, nola hasn’t been that much better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah long overdue tho

  39. scoboticus says:
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    Joe Ryan has a wrist contusion, no break. But since Min is out of it, I doubt we’ll see him again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh hope you’re wrong

      • scoboticus says:
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        Me too.

  40. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Springer over Franmil or Walsh? Or hold?

  41. FrankGrimes says:
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    RIP Norm :(

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        One of the greatest of all time

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hell yeah

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