Andrew Benintendi has been…Actually, we should stop there and dissect those first four words.  He is Andrew Benintendi, as far as I know. ‘Has been’ is interesting, but more of the hyphenated word ‘has-been,’ as in ‘once was’ as in, “I saw Tom Arnold at the Whole Foods near me, what a has-been.”  Funny side note that is actually related, as most of you know, Rudy does the titles, I write the posts. So to get a title, I text him what I want the lede to be. Yesterday, I texted him, “Benintendi is a sh*tbird, but might be coming out of it with a homer, title ideas?”  That really is it, isn’t it?  What more is there to say?  His strikeout rate is egregious (for him), up from 16% to 23.6%.  His home run per fly ball would make Juan Pierre be like, “Nuh-uh, cuz, you don’t play with that turd.”  On top of the vomitorium that is housing his stats, he’s hitting so many fly balls (46%) that are going nowhere (87.5 MPH average exit velocity). This is actually a recipe for disaster I just made-up:  Benintendi has 17th most extreme launch angle and the 7th (!) worst HR/FB.  In layman’s terms, he’s hitting everything up and nothing out.  That’s awful.  So, yesterday was a solid game (3-for-5 with his 8th homer, hitting .266), but I’d be careful thinking he has been good, without the hyphen.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Eduardo Rodriguez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 4.10. Ed-Rod feels like the kind of guy who has a 2.50 ERA on your bench and a 6.75 ERA in your lineup. I don’t know if he does…Okay, actually, I do, because I broke into your house last night.  Nice furnishings!  He does have an under-2 ERA for the month of July, so he should just be in your lineup.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .287. Just Dong because the alternative is just don’t.

Sam Travis – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .205.  As soon as the ball landed, the Red Sox front office texted Brodie Van Wagon in New York, “Travis for Syndergaard. C’mon, you know you wanna.”

Jalen Beeks – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 3.69.  More like Jalen Reeks!  High-five the crap out of my hand!  No?  Okay.

Shawn Kelley – Hit the IL with biceps tightness, and Rangers’ manager Steve Winwood said, “We have to roll with it, Dear Mr. Fantasy.”  Cool, Steve.  I grabbed Chris Martin, who has seen most save opportunities the last few months when Kelley wasn’t able to go, but this could be the chance for Jose Leclerc to get his job back.

Kyle Seager – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 7th homer.  Who has more homers: Corey or Kyle Seager? Okay, Corey, but he only has eight and has almost 100 more at-bats. The Seagers have as many homers as Rougned Odor, who hit his 15th homer last night.

Edwin Jackson – Signed a minor league deal with the Tigers. When Edwin Jackson retires, he’s going to have to sign one-day contracts with all 30 teams and all their minor league affiliates because it’ll be too hard to choose his favorite.

Ryan Zimmerman – Hit the IL with plantar fasciitis. I’m not going to B & M about how I could’ve drafted Matt Adams instead of Zimmerman in my deeper leagues for half the price and five bajillion times the value. B’d that, M’d there.  I will say it’s bizarre how it seems like only corner men get plantar fasciitis. Real question: a lot of prostitutes get plantar fasciitis or nah?

Ryan Goins – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  Elias Sports Bureau said Goins has the must ready-made home run call last name since Luis Overthefenceio, but Overthefenceio only saw 54 career at-bats with the Seattle Pilots, and no home runs, which made very confusing play-by-play.

James McCann – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .292.  “Right here we have the crater formed from me dropping McCann for Danny Jansen.” That’s me giving a tour of my home office and all the holes in the wall.

Yoan Moncada – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Yoan can homer and so can you!  By the by, if you play fantasy football and want to get in a Best Ball league, we’re doing one with a bunch of ‘perts.  You can play against Andy Behrens, Brad Evans, Scott Pianowski, and non-Yahoo guys (there’s about 120 ‘perts from other sites, CBS guys, Sirius XM guys, you name it). Follow the instructions here. To be the best, you have to beat the chest while beating the best.

Ivan Nova – 9 IP, 1 ER, 4  baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.49. I just looked at Streamonator after this start of Nova’s vs. the Marlins and it said, “Well, yeah, no dur.”

Jorge Alfaro – 1-for-3 and his 11th homer, hitting .278.  Eleven homers isn’t bad.  Dot dot dot.  If this were April 20th!  Let’s go, Alfaro!

C.J. Cron – Hit the IL with thumb inflammation. Cron seems to have a low-grade case of Gamelitis.  It’s a disease named after Mat Gamel, who would suddenly get hurt every time he received everyday playing time.

Mitch Garver – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 18th and 19th homers.  You want Mitch Garver or Gary Sanchez?  Okay, answer again after I tell you Garver has a .304 average and Gary’s hitting .233.  Same answer or different?

Jorge Polanco – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 14th homer.  Because Polanco was hitting .226 in July, I received my first “drop Polanco” question yesterday in three months, so we can all thank that person. Way to take one for the Razzteam!

Max Kepler – 1-for-3 and his 25th homer.  I knew the Twins would hit a lot of homers against the Yankees, because, well, they hit a lot vs. everyone.  They’re on pace for like 275 homers this year, but I had Marwin and Sano, which sounds like a detective show that investigates insurance claims, and they went 0-for-8.

DJ LeMahieu – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .338.  I guess if he’s not going to cool off, the alternative of him being wildly overrated next year isn’t bad either.

Luke Voit – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer.  The Reverse Jinx Sell rears its head!  Wait a minute, it painted a nose on its butt!  Oh, gross!

Ryan Borucki – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.86, as he was activated from the IL. Borucki ducki mucki be fie-foe ducki…Borucki is barely a streamer in deep leagues, and the Streamonator hates his next start and I wouldn’t go near him.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-2 and his 16th homer, hitting .215. The Jays are one ugly mess of a team. Good news is next year they might be as delightful as the Padres. That’s not sarcastic either.

Oscar Mercado – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .297.  It’s not too early to talk about 2020, is it? Don’t answer, because I can’t hear you anyway. Mercado feels to me like a Laureano-type that is forgotten about next year, and I’m all about him.

Daniel Ponce De Leon – 3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 2.82.  He was on my short list of guys I wanted to cover today with the lede, but this wasn’t even yawnstipating. Ponce De Leon was like your standard Florida Man who wrestles meth gators who pop out of his toilet while he’s auditioning for a music competition reality show, or something very Florida-like.  Super pumped for PDL’s next start this week in my weekly leagues where I started him.  Lowercase yay!

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .248.  Au Shizz!

Carlos Martinez – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.86, and his 9th save. Who said about Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera that even a mediocre starter could be great reliever? His browbeating mother? That’s awful of her. Carlos Martinez is trying to prove Mama Rivera wrong, because he does not look cut out for the closer job.

Trevor Williams – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.96. I mention this on the podcast coming later today, but I’m fading all Pirates pitchers. Until they’re on the Astros, at least.

Robbie Ray – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.95.  As George Strait once sang, “All my exes live in Texas, that’s why I live in Tennessee and start all pitchers vs. the Orioles.”

Robel Garcia – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer in only his 13th game.  He could end up hitting .220 when this doohickey is donehickey’d but he has big-time power.

Sam Dyson – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.57, and his 2nd save.  Will Smith, star of Hancock, had just went too many nights in the row, but this is a good sign for Dyson to take over if Smith’s traded.

Aledmys Diaz – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .284, as he was activated from the IL. With Tyler White being DFA’d — damn, between White, Peacock and DeJong, not the best year to draft based on Clue — Diaz went to third, Yuli (3-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer) to 1st and Bregman to short. Diaz is the most platoony guy there, but it shows you the lengths the Astros are going to not bring up Kyle Tucker.  I could see owning Diaz, but you might have to platoon him.

Yordan Alvarez – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  As the ladies say, what a beautiful dong.  Who’s dong?  Yordan.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.03.  This might sound goofy, but, after Scherzer, who’s the number two starter in the majors? Are you sure you want to say deGrom or Verlander and not Cole?

Homer Bailey – 2 IP, 9 ER, ERA at 5.42.  Yes, but Billy Beane has a perfect record, except, ya know, with getting to World Serieses (Serii? Siri?).

Tyler Mahle – Hit the IL with a hammy strain.  A T. Mahle shouldn’t even have ham.  Carne asada strain?  Sure!

Raisel Iglesias – 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.60, as he entered in what? The 7th?  Jesus, Iglesias apologize to David Bell already so he stops making a martyr out of you!  He’s crucifying your fantasy value.  Honestly, I think it might be mutual, and Iglesias hates Bell right back.  Forgive and forget!  The Golden Rule!  Do onto others as they’d SAGNOF onto you!  I’d say grab Michael Lorenzen, but he’s also being used randomly in all innings. Jared Hughes got the save (1/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.93). I guess he could be the closer, but why on this earth that Al Gore is eating his way through didn’t he start the 9th?!

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 25th and 26th homer, hitting .253. Hall of Famer, Eugenio Suarez!  Well, Harold Baines made it so technically anyone is a Hall of Famer if they play long enough.  Ryan Goins be goin’s in the Hall of Fame in 2078, if he gets 75,000 at-bats.

Tyler Saladino – 1-for-2, 4 RBIs and a slam (2) and legs (2), and his 2nd homer in as many games, so I guess hot schmotato, but Keston’s supposed to be playing 2nd, not Saladino.  I could see Counsell saying something like, “We wanna play the hot hand and Saladino’s hot.”  Then, in my dreams, Keston screams, “I was hitting .600 and you sent me down for Travis Shaw, you motherf**ker!”

Brandon Woodruff – Will miss up to six weeks with his oblique strain, and puts him in jeopardy with missing the rest of the year.  Damn, dog, Brandon Woofruff.

  1. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Just wanted to thank you guys for pushing Yordan Alvarez early on, he is keeping my squad in 1st by a mile!!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Nice!

      • Basement Artie says:
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        Had Gray starting last night then Iglesias comes in(who is also on my team) and, as the greeting cards say, was the bluebird of happiness that shit all over my birthday cake. Wait till the ninth, Bell!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I always thought the Bluebird of Happiness was a penis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Snacks, you should check out the video at the top of the post

      • Snacks Zillion says:
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        Haha, that was awesome, made my day!

  2. toolshed says:
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    Is Margot now the every day CF for SD? He is having a great July. He has upped his walk rate and is making a lot of hard contact. I am not expecting a lot of hr but he jas been batting 2nd and can run. Will Myers seems like he is entrenched on the bench for now and may get traded. Would you cut mazara for Margot?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I would

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  3. FantasyLand says:
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    Out of Coldplay, Andrew Miller, and Eovaldi, who has the less chances of actually closing games? Meaning who’s the one to drop?

    Also, who do you like more for 2020? Victor Robles or Mercado?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d lose Miller.

      Robles over Mercado for me, like em both a lot for 2020 though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      FantasyLand, you should check out the video at the top of the page too

      • FantasyLand says:
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        Wow! Freaking awesome. Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

  4. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Nice report, man.

    a. Getaway day today!! Everything’s all cleaned up and ready for departure. My wife is a neat freak and must have the whole place 100% vacuumed, floor cleaned, dishes washed, laundry washed and dried. Basically leave the place clean for the moment you get back so you don’t have to do that when you arrive. Makes sense.

    b. Samesies on Marwin and Sano. I had the Luplow and Belt show, I think they went 0/7 or something. Or was it Jordan and Brandon, about two guys who dress up as girls to get into a ladies condominium but are in fact madly in love with each other and also went 0/7. Actually Belt was 1/4 (a single) and Luplow was 0/3 with a BB so my guys were much better than yours. Dropped them both for Stripling and Gallen for their starts tomorrow after consulting SON.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Safe travels back!

      B. Yeah, I had like an 2-for-30 day, 1st bad offensive day in a while

  5. Yes says:
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    I kind of lost you with the whole guys dressing up as girls thing…but Belt and Luplow are replaceable, don’t worry about them

    • galica says:
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      Yes!

      It’s the set for Bosom Buddies with Tom Hanks.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Yes says:
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        Interesting! Don’t blame you for using that reference you probably don’t get many chances to use that one I expect…

  6. Yes says:
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    Btw I think I was the person who asked McCann or Jansen after Jansens mini hot streak – my apologies for the catcher question I should have just flipped a coin and made the decision the reasonable way…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, prolly made me want to do it myself and now I have Danny Jansen, this bum, on my team

  7. Murph says:
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    Hey guys
    Not a great start for Eovaldi. Keep him or cut him for: Chris Martin, Jared Hughes or Sam Dyson?
    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Martin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  8. Mike says:
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    You starting chrinos at home vs the bums from Boston?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Only in H2H or deeper roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  9. Tom says:
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    Most perts and players loved Astudillo coming into this season and he was being way over-drafted, Garver looked like the obvious choice between the two.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Yeah the guy who hit 7 HR in 335 plate appearances last year looked OBVIOUS….Oh and he also had 2 options left just in case he struggled early on or in the spring. OBVIOUS.

      I suppose Roberto Perez hitting 16 HRs vs the 2 he hit last year in slightly fewer at bats was OBVIOUS. Come on.

      • Tom says:
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        You sound like a guy that drafted Astudillo in the fifth round. you probably drafted Barnes early last year too. What I said that was Garver was the obvious choice over Astudillo, that’s all.

      • Tom says:
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        The short portly Venezuelan you fell in love with never hit more than 4 homers in a season at any level prior to last year.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Nah don’t own him anywhere. Just pointing out Garver didn’t have a guaranteed big league job at start of year, and Astudillo has an 80 hit tool grade. Makes it not that obvious. But hey great call on Ian Happ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, Tom… Where were you in March?

      • Tom says:
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        In March I was saying Ian Happ looked more like the next Brett Lawrie than a starter for the Cubbies, I was roundly criticized for that assessment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You were right on, Tom

        • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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          happ got the worst version of maddoning ever.

  10. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Are you buying into the Chris Archer got his groove back theory? SON absolutely loves him today vs. STL. You rollin him out there today, or pass?

    Domingo German on the road is getting no love from SON, but if all I need is a win should I start him, or pass with MIN being one of the top teams in MLB looking to make a statement vs. NYY?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d start both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am not buying into Archer, but the Cards’ offense is awful

      Agree with DT

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        For reference, I’ve only got 12 starts this week. Am already starting Darvish and Keuchel. Would you roll out all 4?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, but I don’t know who else you have

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        it’s about to get worse, carp back friday. no better way to tank a winning streak than that guy being shoved back into leadoff slot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly

  11. otisP says:
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    Keeper league – how do you feel about me giving up Kershaw, Bo Bichette, and Eddie Rosario for Jack Flaherty, Corey Seager, and Benintendi?

    • keith o branstetter says:
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      I would say hell to the no.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d do that, but I’m also Captain Jack’s first mate. It’s fair.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…

      Kershaw = Flaherty, but likely a little in Kershaw’s favor; Bichette =Seager, but likely in Bichette’s favor for future years and Rosario = Benintendi, though slightly in Rosario’s favor… So Rosario side

  12. Alex says:
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    Give Voit, get Caleb Smith?

    And let’s hope Alfaro has many dongs in his near future. I miss the days when he was the answer to every catcher question.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sure if you need pitching

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  13. Uh says:
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    Ideally, how many closers and pitchers do you like to have in a H2H points league

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      How many bench spots do you have? My whole bench would be arms…

      • Uh says:
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        4 bench spots. But right now I have Mondesi in one b/c I’m using Eloy in my IL spot. I have 8 starters and 3 closers right now. 2 of my bench spots are arms and the other 2 are hitters. Mondesi and Didi are my bench hitters. I would drop Didi but my only other healthy shortstop is Segura who might get an IL stint as well.

        • Uh says:
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          My closers right now are Diaz, Doolittle, and Robles so I’m not hurting for another closer at the moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have enough closers

      • Uh says:
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        Would you cut Mondesi for another starter?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  14. Bats says:
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    Do you like Urquidy @ STL this week?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Not really

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him

  15. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Good morning!

    16 team H2H DYNASTY keeper LEAGUE

    Start Boyd tonight vs Phillies?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yes

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Thanks DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  16. Anon says:
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    Ian kennedy/Hunter Dozier/Story or Scherzer/Matt Olsen?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Needs based, its fair. Lean Story…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. Juubaka says:
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    Should I trade away mondesi for munch. I’m in a keeper auction and I drafted mondesi for $30. If mondesi is out for months I def want to do this trade but not if he’s coming back soon

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Munch? Grey thinks Mondesi may be done for year. I’m more optimistic, but it might just be wishful thinking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Muncy? Sure

  18. Five-on-One says:
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    Speculating on saves this last week coming up to the deadline…

    Currently own Workman, Strickland, Martin, Hudson and Dyson…

    Guys like Kela, Crick, Jimenez, Anderson, Biagini, Munoz, Stammen, Watson and Melancon are available.

    1) Make any switches?

    2) I might have room for one more – who is the best of the rest?

    • Five-on-One says:
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      Hughes is also available.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1) I like Anderson over Strickland
      2) Jimenez would be next for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  19. Trader says:
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    1. Senzel on the wire. My team below. I imagine Santander is my drop, correct?
    2. Something up with Will Smith. He did not pitch Friday or Saturday. Then one inning on Sunday. Not pitching last night does not seem to be tied to usage.

    Omar
    Yandy, Bryant, Moose
    Trea, Albies, Segura
    Acuna, Laureano, Soler, Braun, Hoskins
    Util: Christian Walker or Santander

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Yes
      2. Maybe close to dealing him?

      • Trader says:
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        I think so. He has not exactly been lights out recently either. Risk v reward.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Agree with DT 2. Meh, he went 3 of the last four days as of yesterday… Of course, they want to trade him too, so they’re not pushing him, I simply meant Dyson didn’t get the save bc something’s wrong with Smith

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    Trade Domingo Santana/Isan Diaz for Starling Marte? Need sb since I lost Mondesi.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yep

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  21. Erik says:
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    I bench Au Shizz for C.J. Cron in a weekly format, and well, it seems the karma fairies have it out for me. Phooey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      i would’ve done that one too, MIN hid any updates about why cron was out sunday’s game. it wasn’t just a day off but they lied about it till monday. technically if you were at internet when he was DL’d you might’ve been ok, but that might not have came out till lineups locked for weekly lock type leagues.

  22. FMFBL says:
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    hi grey,
    i saw your tweet yesterday on Khris Davis and his yucky stats! boo!
    is he gonna get hot again or you think its lingering injury crap with him.

    he just got dropped in my one league. is he still worth the waiver? I would have to drop kingery or leclerc to get him
    thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d lose LeClerc for him. Unless you’re really desperate for saves…I’d lose Kingery also if he’s your only other option.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  23. Five-on-One says:
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    Looking for speed. Team in first in SB has Treat Urner, Mallex and Dee. I could offer either Rhys Hoskins or George Soler for Treat. Good for me if accepted, right? Fair or offensive? Not terribly interested in Mallex or Dee, but would consider if I can’t get Treat, I guess.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Absolutely…well Soler is pretty offensive. I’d try Hoskins, still not sure I’d call it fair.

      If you need the steals badly then Soler for either of Mallex or Dee is fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      nobody in their right minds is giving you treat urner for either of soler power or rhysus alone. mallex or dee is fine though for soler.

    • knucks says:
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      Don’t trade for Dee, he left yesterday’s game hurt I believe. And Mallex would be a better get than Dee in my opinion anyway, if it comes to that.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        agree here, would rather have mallex, even before the thing with dee yesterday.

  24. Steinbrenner Youth says:
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    My third round pick, I finally decided that I couldn’t stand another week of the Benny drain. So for the first time all year, I benched the guy for the week. In favor of CJ Cron, who so nicely went on the disabled list at 7:00 at night. You had all day Twins!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Ouch. Please continue to bench him for the rest of us!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  25. Steve says:
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    proposal sent to me ~ sending me JD Martinez for my Bregman. This seems just a shuffle of players (with different positions). Am I missing something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fair, I’d want Bregman

  26. Chud says:
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    ROS what SP combo would u prefer?

    Marquez/Stripling or Morton/Gallen?

    In a dynasty would u rather own Woodruff or Gallen?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morton, but it’s likely fair if Morton is on an IP limit of any sort

      Gallen

  27. Steve says:
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    ESPN agrees with your Beni assessment, I noticed the other day that he’s been moved off the undroppable list. How does he have less than double digit HR in this environment? Someone get him a hitting coach!

    • Zevon says:
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      I’d think about an eye exam

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The crazy thing is he’s upped his fly balls and hit less HRs, so I almost wonder if he’s struggling with a shoulder thing or something

    • The Harrow says:
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      wonder what is the inflection point such that a player goes from “not droppable” to legally droppable anyway here.

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

    Pedro Payano bulking tonight for the Rangers! Unfortunately looks like Milone will start. Still waiting to see what the Angels will do with PBJ Pena.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      PBJ!

      Thanks!

  29. Trader says:
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    Please weigh in on these trade options. Fair? Preferred side?

    1. Yandy and Lucchesi for C Santana
    2. Yandy and Yonny for C Santana
    3. Lucchesi for Cain

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Santana 2. Same 3. Cain — apples/oranges trades

  30. Zevon says:
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    Head to Head redraft, I cut Benintendi Sunday night. He has looked lost at the plate, and went down on two swing and a miss-es against a back up CF Sunday night. So of course he had a good game yesterday. I’ve drafted him 3 seasons in a row, and ended up cutting him every time. And the same thing happens every time I cut him… If I pick him back up, he’ll suck again, cuz he hate me. So this may be good news for other Beni owners, I have removed the curse and he may be OK for you guys. And I’ll never draft him again. *

    * Until at least next year, LOLZ. Nah…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Zevon says:
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        5-9 with 3 RBI and a dong since I freed him. Recommend you hold ;)

  31. Paul says:
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    Chris Martin or Blake Parker? Dead giveaway at how badly my relievers suck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

  32. Kas says:
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    This trade is kind of meh but I figured I’d run it by you guys anyway:

    I receive: Brendan McKay
    I trade: Danny Salazar

    Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, so meh — I guess Salazar

  33. Ozzie Smith says:
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    All torn up on which guy to stream to finish out the week, I like them all and so does the robot

    Pineda @ ChiSox
    Lopez vs MIA
    Urquidy @ STL

    As a Cards fan I fully expect them to look completely lost against Urquidy on Friday as they usually do against pitchers they haven’t seen before so I’m slightly leaning that way.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urquidy

  34. The Great Knoche says:
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    6×6 Keeper League with OBP and holds as extra category.

    $17 Pete Beef
    $10 Verdugo
    $13 Flaherty

    or

    $30 Blackmon
    $37 Sale

    Competing this year, but am sad I would be losing the Beef. Think I need the pitching upgrade. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  35. DLev45 says:
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    Garver or James McCann ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garver

  36. luvdarooks says:
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    4×4 No Runs Who better for R O Y M Beaty Or A Slater ? for the counting stats Need Ave and RBI the most

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Slater

  37. uncle ernie says:
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    Price or Tanaka for rest of season overall

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Price, but close

  38. Deriler says:
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    SAGNOF, but choose one

    Robles
    Kennedy
    Romo
    CMart
    Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robles

  39. Sunshine On A Cloudy Day says:
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    Beiber or Benintendi (ROS)

    12 Team H2H 8 Keepers; neither are likely kept . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fair, Benintendi

  40. HappyJax says:
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    Please rank for ROS – Yarbrough, Urquidy, Wojciechowski. Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

  41. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Keston was actually a late scratch yesterday due to a tight quad. the question is did Counsel make it up? hmmm. Is Counsel the Manchurian Manager secretly working for the Cubs??? the perfect plant!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I heard on the quad, but I have no faith in Counsell knowing what he has with Keston

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        I have no faith in Counsell knowing anything, lol. Just look at his batting stance! how you are you supposed to get around on a 97 heater with that? answer: you can’t. I think Counsell is just jelly of his power… in his best season Counsell hit 9 HRs… 9!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA, exactly

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            more like CounSELL! amirite? high five!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  42. uncle ernie says:
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    I have Price,Cole,Giolito,Scherzer, Sale and Wheeler as my starters. I was just offered Sale for Bell. With Edgardo Rodriguez and Sonny Gray on waivers would you swing this deal. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fair, pick up EdRod

  43. Carl says:
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    12 man keeper league w/ little value in the draft

    I trade the following:

    Severino
    Paddack
    1st/2nd/3rd round picks

    for

    Rafael Devers
    Shoehai Ohtani (hitter)

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  44. Five-on-One says:
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    Already going with Clevenger, Ryu, Marquez and Luccesi. Options for the rest of my starters this week are:

    Reynaldo Lopez vMIA ($9.9) and vNYM (-$3.6)
    T Richards v ARI ($8.7) but he just got hammered, and I am leery.
    Urquidy @STL ($9.7)
    Plesac @KC ($1.8)
    VV @DET ($4.6)
    Gausman @PHI ($0.1)

    1) Can you rank the six guys above?

    2) And would you start any of them in a 12 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Urquidy, Plesac 2. Sure

  45. luvdarooks says:
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    Also.. in 5×5 NL, 2 catcher using BA : who better next year ? an $11 Mejia or an $8 Alfaro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alfaro

  46. pinkman says:
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    Damn, that Nova start completely slipped under my radar… I usually check SON the day before too and missed it, that would have been really useful. Instead I went with stinky Martin Perez… such a hot and cold start for him. He walks the first two Yankees, then gets EE to ground into a triple play. Then, he strikes out Sanchez, Hicks & Voit 1-2-3 in the second and seems to be sailing to the IVictory coast, only to get punked in the fifth by a Lemahieu blast, walks Judge for a third time & gets pushed out of the game before qualifying for the win. UGH… rant over.

    I made that trade in my deep AL-only (all my draft picks for Judge and Kelley) and my team went up 10 points last week. Pitching is still abhorrent, but I can’t miss any more obvious stream starts going forward!

    Starting D German @ MIN today vs Gibson?

    • pinkman says:
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      Also Leclerc, Kennedy or Workman over Iglesias?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Kennedy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I hear ya — I think you have to start Domingo

  47. G says:
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    Who would you rather have rest of season – Clevinger or Madbum? And for a utlity/bench spot, how would you rank Puig, Mancini, Riley as I might need to offer two of them for one of these pitchers if I want them. Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clevinger — You ranked them

  48. jose says:
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    In a 10 team H2H points keeper league where I can keep any 25 players with no restrictions should I look at trading Woodruff? Playoffs are 3 weeks long from the last week of August to the second week of September. I’m first in points and in a definite win now mode. I’ve also got some excess rookie currency to include in a trade to really go for a big piece in my rotation.

    I got him for next to nothing and he’s been my 4th best pitcher for the year. Any underlying stats that say he’s outperformed himself this year?

    Possibly looking at Ryu, Corbin, Verlander, Buehler, Gray as potential targets of guys who are rebuilding teams.

    Options on waivers would be Pinaeda ,Samadzija, Desclafani, and Leake…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re gonna trade Woodruff for Ryu, Corbin, etc? Sure, go for it

      • jose says:
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        It’s obviously going to take more than Woodruff for any one of those guys, but what do you see Woodruff being in the years to come? top 25 pitcher? Top 10?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Top 30-40

          • jose says:
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            Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  49. Birdmann says:
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    ROS
    B. Lowe or Riley

    • Birdmann says:
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      Someone dropped Lowe and I was thinking he’d be a better bench bat ROS. Currently in second making a push to take over first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, can try Lowe… I think it’s a toss up, and as a bench bat, Riley has more upside

      • Birdmann says:
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        Thanks, even with Ender coming back? I know play time is crazy with TB as well.
        I feel my bats are solid
        C Vasquez
        1B Alonso
        2B McNeil
        3B Kingery
        SS Lindor
        OF Acuna, Marcado, Dom Santana
        Until Au Shizz and Krush

        • Birdmann says:
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          I traded Altuve and Chavis for Goldy and Krush hoping they have solid second halves.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That doesn’t sound terrible in theory

            • Birdmann says:
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              Haha thanks wish me luck, have a great day.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                You too!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For a bench bat? Sure, just a flyer on upside at this point

  50. Five-on-One says:
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    Margot over any of Braun, Domingo, B-Dixon, G Cooper? Looking for speed without giving up too much elsewhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dixon

  51. Dustin Stokes says:
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    Saves/holds league.

    Drop Eovaldi for Ottavino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  52. Yep, yep yep…count me as one of those Ed Rod owners. I lead the league in bench stats. Some of the missed opportunities are flat out embarrassing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I can imagine

  53. Cyler says:
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    This is my 7th favorite post of yours. Don’t ask what the other 6 are.

    I’m a bit torn on a trade offer in my dynasty league. We get to keep the players for ever if we want. It’s a 6 X 6 OPS league and I was offered Vlad JR for Yordan. Vlad seems to have the higher ceiling maybe but we haven’t seen much.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

      I’d want Vlad, they might not end up that different tho

  54. Tavern says:
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    Lost Woodruff and am trying to fill his spot. Right now I have Hendricks, Boyd, Soroka, Lamet, Canning, Giolito, C. Smith and Chase Anderson who I picked up to stream this week. I have Taylor Rogers and L. Hendriks to round out the squad. We have 9 pitcher spots available with a limit of 12 starts per week. Should I pick up another RP (L. Jackson, Robles, Pressly or S. Dyson) or are there any SPs you think will bring it ROS? No categories, just a redraft points league with points for Holds and Saves. Any SPs you think will get called up that will have high strikeout upside or just be decent in general? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know who’s available for SPs in your league

      • Tavern says:
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        That would probably be helpful. The ones that have score the most points thus far in our league are John Means, Brad Keller, Chris Bassitt, Felix Pena, Julio Urias with R. Lopez having the most Ks. Ugh, just typing them out makes me realize how ugly this situation is.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not pretty

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Jackson

  55. Tim says:
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    7×7 with OBP and SLG redraft league. Would you rather Nate Lowe or Vogelbach the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogel, but could go either way

  56. Waldorf says:
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    Master Lothario, who do you want rest of the way Tyler Beede or Jordan Lyles? Such is the state of deep league pitching. I lean Lyles bc Beede’s schedule is pretty rough but would appreciate your take.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beede

  57. Bats says:
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    If you don’t have an IL spot available, are you dropping Mondesi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  58. Five-on-One says:
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    Sorry to double-up on questions, but could you give me your top two from the below list? They all make me bit queasy. Thanks

    Reynaldo Lopez vMIA ($9.9) and vNYM (-$3.6)
    T Richards v ARI ($8.7) but he just got hammered, and I am leery.
    VV @DET ($4.6)
    Gausman @PHI ($0.1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None

      Lopez, Richards

  59. Gotime says:
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    H2H W/SV/QS
    Drop Eovaldi for Chris Martin, Yarbrough, Dyson,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

  60. HappyJax says:
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    ROS – Pls. rank Mercado, Conforto, and Upton. Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto, Mercado

  61. Yan Can Cook says:
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    Thanks for remembering me fantasy master Lothario grey.

    Extra crispy fried rice for you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can never forget you, Yan

  62. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    15 team roto keepers – I’m in it for this year to finish top 3 – would you move my Luis Castillo (6th rounder) for his Bieber/Lynn?

    Thanks!

    • Jimmy Jack James says:
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      I’d have to drop someone if I pull the trigger so it’d likely become:

      My Castillo and Ponce De Leon or Margot

      for his Bieber/Lynn

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Bieber/Lynn — Send Ponce or Margot depending on your team needs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  63. rhodyballer says:
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    Cole & Kingery for Arenado? 5×5 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  64. Wondo says:
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    Urias or Hiura ROS

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      Hiura all day, every day.

  65. Bat Flip says:
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    I traded Garver for Gary Sanzhez as part of a 2 for 1 a month ago. I want a do over! The only drawback with Garver is he plays no more than 2 games in a row a time, but he makes the most of it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  66. Mordacious Levator says:
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    16 teamer with holds, relief appearances, relief wins and K/9 added h2h dynasty. have these RP:
    wittgren, iglesias, rogers, hader, rivero (vazquez), leclerc, britton and d.castillo in one of the 5 SP slots. i’ve gone from having too few closers to probably too many. meanwhile wittgren isn’t getting the 8th all the time anymore, they’re back to cimber or o.perez or goody getting a lot of those holds. drop wittgren for any of: lorenzen, phelps, drake (him or castillo gets the 8th usually at TB), nicasio/j.alvarez (these or morgan gets the 8th at PHI for now, gotta think k-rob is back soon though, got him in DL slot).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drake

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        forgot, also have lugo in SP slot. so i now have probably the deepest bullpen in the league, albeit only these SP (with both of pab lop and fried in DL slots, and otani SP for next year in DL slot, league rule (yahoo here) where otani owner has to have both at all times): ryu, milone (streamer, most days i’m using one), morton, darvish. even with that low depth at SP i’m a top 2 team most of year. 35 min innings per week, which i beat easily from the streaming.

  67. James Bolger says:
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    Voit and Soroka for Goldschmidt? Too much, too little or not recommended? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

  68. JP says:
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    Would you still rank Beni top 40 for the 2nd half?

    Also, L. Urias or H. Dozier ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, maybe 75 now

      Dozier

      • William Hung says:
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        I think I’m dropping Benintendi the second you don’t see him cracking top 100 value for the 2nd half

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s dropping like a rock in my eyes

          • William Hung says:
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            but still a hold?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              For now, maybe yesterday pushes him out of his funk, but I have my doubts

  69. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am trying to trade Corey Seager and Yandy Diaz for a SP. I am thinking either Darvish, Mad-Bum, Geritt Cole, Tanaka. Do i have a chance to land one of those? If so, can you put in order who I have the best chance to get for that package down to the least likely? Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole seems unlikely; Tanaka maybe, Bum or Yu maybe, try it… that order

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        how about Ryu?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems unlikely

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            he agreed. Corey Seager and Yandy Diaz for Ryu.

            • Scott Kimmel says:
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              sorry. Wrong owner. I can get Darvish for C. Seager, and Yandy Diaz. Thoughts?

              • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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                I’d try just Seager but I guess. Seems a tad expensive unless you don’t need Yandy at all

                • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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                  Welp now Yandy is IL’d so now you gotta try just Seager lol

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Sounds fair, not great for keepers

                • Scott Kimmel says:
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                  grey it is a keeper league

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Grey,

            THe guy with Mad Bum wants Seager and Ohtani. Said no.
            Someone wants my Jordan Hicks for his deGrom. Would you make that deal?

            • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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              a) MadBum is a cool pitch to target. I’d say Ohtani straight up is fair if you need pitching that badly. I’d want Ohtani.

              b) Jordan Hicks? Good one…. *rolls eyes*

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                he wants hicks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take deGrom

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                its a keeper league.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d take deGrom

                • The Harrow says:
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                  somebody sent you hicks alone for degrom? doesn’t matter league type (unless some goofy points league where saves are worth way more than any other pitching stat), grab and run. hope league doesn’t veto, which it will most of the time.

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    no harrow, the guy wants Hicks for deGrom

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d want deGrom

  70. William Hung says:
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    I let someone else decide between LeClerc and Martin and he chose LeClerc so now I’m trying to think about who to drop for Martin. Should I drop Eovaldi or Urquidy? I figure Urquidy is probably streamer level in a 10 teamer, but his next start is @STL and their offense isn’t that great

    FYI – the guy i’m playing this week has the following SAGNOFs – Vazquez, Kimbrel, Jansen, Davis, Hand, LeClerc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urquidy is pretty streamer-y in a ten teamer but Eovaldi is bleh too… Prolly lose Urquidy

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      Drop Eovaldi, meh.

  71. Metric Man says:
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    Kris Bryant –

    20 HR’s and 47 RBI with 10 HR and 22 RBI coming in May. He’s never had more than 9 RBI in any other month. Really weird for a guy that hits nearly .300 and in the two spot in a good lineup.

    RBI by month:

    Mar 4
    Apr 9
    May 22
    Jun 6
    July 6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is odd

      • Metric Man says:
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        Would you take Muncy over Bryant?

        Muncy 66/26/69/.271

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, but they are close

      • William Hung says:
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        my oppo this week has him so he’ll be off on another hot streak starting today. In other news, of course Bryant and Eduardo Escobar both steal bases yesterday…

        My opponent also has Josh Bell, Lemahieu, Khrush, Grandal, and Edwin, so expect all those guys to provide excellent production for the next 6 days. Grandal and Bryant both killed me the first time I faced him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, ouch

      • Moe Spaghetti says:
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        2 spot is middle of the road in terms of expected RBI over a season (Search: Fangraphs RBI and Batting Order).

        Factor in that he is preceded in the batting order by a pitcher and Schwarber/Almora at leadoff most days and that seems to explain it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, for sure

      • hot corner says:
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        Cubs are in desperate need of a lead-off hitter to hit in front of Bryant. Right now, Kyle Schwarber bats lead-off. No bueno…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  72. Jason says:
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    10-team H2H keeper trade question…which side do you like? We keep 10 major and 10 minor leaguers.

    A. Wander Franco, Yandy Diaz, Chris Paddack
    B. Luis Severino, Benintendi, Sixto Sanchez, Carter Kieboom

    Thanks!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      I want Franco, Diaz, and Paddack.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wander

    • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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      try to see if you can get yandy taken out of it and you hopefully could keep kieboom there.

  73. baby seal says:
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    LOL Anime Grey roasting the rabbit!!

    Somehow I saw that post and Baby Seal can relate. He’s had ~5 shoulder dislocations, 1 surgery, and currently has torn labrum. Not so many subluxations, but then again, I don’t want to emulate the rabbit too much (for obvious reasons)!

    You would never get rid of 2 cute animals in the same week… or will you??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, better be careful, Baby Seal, we put down our pets with the quickness here

  74. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    I miss the OG days of Razzball. Just popped in to see if you guys were still around.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you!

  75. Tbone says:
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    Currently in 1st by a large margin in a 12-team weekly H2H 5×5.
    Hitting has OBP in lieu of AVG and pitching using QS and K/9 instead of W and K.

    Do I deal Gallen and Senzel (both keeper eligible) for Charlie Morton (rental) or Roberto Perez/Senzel for Realmuto (rental)?

    I feel like I need more depth in my SP ranks, but I don’t exactly trust Morton.

    C – Perez
    1 – Alonso
    2 – Muncy
    3 – Baez
    S – Lindor
    O – Acuna
    O – Harper
    O – Bryant
    O – Puig (or Ozuna/Robles)
    U – Bell

    S – Snell
    S – Ryu
    S – Clevinger
    S – Strasburg
    R – Kimbrel
    R – Diaz
    P – Hendriks

    Bench arms are Chirinos, Lucchesi, Gallen, Bassitt, and Holland.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do you have other keepers or are Gallen and Senzel your keepers? I’d lean Morton to try to win it — Realmuto isn’t gonna make a huge difference

      • Tbone says:
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        Thanks for response.

        Alonso, Muncy, Acuna, Bell, Snell, Clevinger, and Robles so no concerns there…tough to move any of them for an elite piece given their roles…though moving one of Alonso or Bell would make sense.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems like trading for Morton is fine then

  76. Alex says:
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    It could happen like this… Martin gets a save then gets traded then Leclerc is the closer.

    That’s my hope anyway. I dropped Kingery for Leclerc because I have Liam, Robles, and Wade. Wade worries me a bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could happen, wouldn’t shock me — I’d guess Ranegrs want Leclerc to close, but who knows

  77. Harley Earl says:
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    Just want to agree with you on Benintendi. I don’t think he’s a has-been necessarily. I mean, I expect him to adjust and bounce back next year. But I think he’s joined the “Launch Angle” crusade and it’s clearly not suited for what he does best. This season is basically lost unless he adjusts now. Hopefully, for the sake of the two teams I have him on, he is adjusting back to a more level swing already. I have zero confidence in him for the rest of this year though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hopefully, yesterday was a good start

  78. stevie says:
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    Totally speculative but are there any starting pitchers way below the radar that you’re cyclopsing for the ROS? Maybe they might benefit from the trade deadline. Naturally I’m just looking to gain advantages on the competition. Thanks for your or anyone else’s thoughts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urquidy

      • stevie says:
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        Yeah he has looked good lately. He might be a factor down the stretch. Thank you Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  79. Harley Earl says:
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    Interesting comment you made to CoolWhip earlier about Keston Hiura and Craig Counsel, but I’m curious what you meant.

    What do you believe Counsel has with Hiura? I think he may have the next Ichiro if this keeps up! Have you seen Hiura’s spray charts? He hits everything to every part of the field. I’ve never seen anything like it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Hiura, I worry Counsell doens’t know what he has

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      He meant Craig Counsell has gone full retard as a manager, and inept at recognizing that he has the next Joe Morgan/Jeff Kent/Chase Utley. ;-)

  80. erad says:
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    Pretttty much ready to move on from Segura

    Need SBs – drop for Margot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  81. Trader says:
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    Bunch of bats hit the wire. I have a couple hitters hurt so just trying to buy 2 weeks or so until they return.

    Wire: Desmond, Senzel, Gardner, Renato, O’Neill, Kike, Adams.

    My guys who I could swap: : Yandy, Christian Walker, Santander (streamer)

    Please advise!

    • Trader says:
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      Just saw Yandy hit IL. So that helps clarify things sadly enough.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      O’Neill, Senzel, Adams

  82. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? I did a 10-day road trip up to Banff, Alberta a ways back with my wife and two dogs. A lot of time in the car listening to Yacht Rock which was disturbingly addictive as I know the lyrics to about 90% of the songs that come on (I guess I picked it up via osmosis sitting in the back of the Volvo:). Whereas there’s a handful of groups that I wouldn’t classify as “yacht rock” in the classic sense (e.g., Fleetwood Mac, America, Eagles, Toto, Steve Miller Band, Hall & Oates, etc.), they definitely have a handful of songs that fall into that genre. Along the same lines, I generated a list of questions that you need to answer “yes” to in order for your song to be coined as “yacht rock”.

    (1) Are there politically incorrect/inappropriate lyrics?
    (2) Does the song refer to a “relationship” in anyway, shape, or form?
    (3) Is there a random instrument solo in the middle of the song?
    (4) Is there a use of an obscure instrument (e.g., xylophone, flute, chimes, etc.)?
    (5) Is there a maritime reference found within the song?

    *Given those criteria, I also determined that if a song has Michael McDonald appear at any point, it’s automatically grandfathered in to being coined as yacht rock.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, awesome… Also, any group Michael McDonald was ever in automatically gets billed as Yacht Rock, see Steely Dan. It’s the Michael McDonald grandfather clause

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        The Mt. Rushmore of Yacht Rock is Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Boz Scaggs, and Gerry Raftery.

        Rupert Holmes was close to taking Raftery’s spot due to his “Escape” song (quintessential Yacht Rock). Also, he has these two “gems”…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaDGjAVMudk
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_eQ63Plv6A

        I have a Top-25 list. Do you want me to give you one everyday?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think Yacht Rock station only plays 25 songs, but I’d love to get it

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            I thought the same thing, but after a solid 24-hours driving in the car, there’s a lot of creepy songs from the late 70s-to early-80s that fit into the genre that they play.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I never heard the two that you just linked to

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Or maybe they just weren’t memorable

              • Slimcompoop says:
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                They’re both awful. But Rupert Holmes is a pillar of Yatch Rock.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  More like Yuck Rock! Sorry

                  • Slimcompoop says:
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                    No need to say sorry. Both those songs are awful, but it’s amazing that “yacht rockers” listened to that back in the day.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, did “Yacht Rockers” wear the Thurston Howell?

                    • Slimcompoop says:
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                      Oh for sure they did. Liked the Gilligan’s Island reference. That’s how I see every yacht rocker back in the day.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHA, yes!

                    • Slimcompoop says:
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                      Maybe a little Mr. Roarke?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      White suits galore

  83. Willy Mo Penguins says:
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    Desclefani or Lamet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeSclafani

  84. ozzie smith says:
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    Mercado or Cruz ROS?
    5×5 h2h
    My outfield is full so this will pretty much be strictly utility.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz

  85. Drew says:
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    Jose Abreu (currently my UTL) for Charlie Morton, if I need pitching? I’ve got Muncy as my 1B. Other SPs are Sale, Verlander, Flaherty, Stripling, Lamet, and Wheeler (IL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fair

  86. Metalgod says:
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    Hi Grey! Need to drop 1 of DL
    Rich Hill
    Luke Weaver
    Brandon Woodruff
    Shawn Kelley
    Thanks for all your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woodruff

  87. JP says:
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    Hunter Dozier or Segura ROS, would be playing at Utility spot, is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura, it’s close

  88. krazyivan says:
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    Grey,
    Are you buying any shares of Mitch Moreland on 12 teamers or are you going to wait and see?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah wait and see

  89. Ferris says:
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    NL-only so saves hard

    Justin Turner
    For
    Wade. Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh can try Davis, but he’s not a good closer and you should do better

  90. Metric Man says:
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    I got an offer where I get Springer and Garver and give K.Bryant and G. Sanchez.

    Which side do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  91. toolshed says:
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    A Riley or Candelario ros, obp league . Look at stats over last 2 weeks and 30 days. Cendelario seems like a different player after his demotion.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Candelario

  92. Fenn says:
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    Dynasty Points League: Rafael Devers and Matt Olson for Nate Lowe, Trevor Story and Hunter Dozier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers

  93. Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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    hiura back… and hitting 7th. sure looks like MIL manager is trying to see if they can miss the playoffs by exactly the amount of WAR lost during the time shaw was playing over hiura (2 times actually). gonna be super awesomely funny if/when that happens

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup

  94. HappyJax says:
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    Urquidy or Yarbrough?

    • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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      in some leagues can probably nab yarbrough now and urquidy just after.

    • The Harrow says:
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      sorry, they both SON says pitch on the 26th, it likes urquidy more though.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Interesting on SON

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yarbrough

  95. DLev45 says:
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    Sit/start:

    Gibson v. NYY (German)
    Fiers @ HOU (Miley)

    Gut says sit, but last week I sat them both versus each other and they both threw pretty good games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d throw Gibson

  96. Ratiodeath says:
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    In a 12 team roto with Sv+H, would you still hold onto Iglesias or is it not worth it for the ratio hit anymore? I’m holding out in second, but my hitting rocks and my pitching sucks—Good on wins and Sv+H, but terrible on k, era and whip and qs due to failing starters. He’d be getting replaced by whatever middle reliever is hot right now and has less shit ratios. I’m hoping I can use relievers to drag my ratios back down since I’m way out on k and qs at this point…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you can lose Raisel

  97. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Who returns more value ROS in a 15 team roto (QS instead of W) – Lamet or Pablo Lopez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lopez

  98. Moonraker says:
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    My Soto for his Devers. Bad idea? Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t seem bad, seems fair

  99. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Who to start tonight:

    Laureano @ Miley
    [email protected] Aaron Sanchez
    Harper @ Boyd
    Hoskins @ Boyd
    Albombso vs. Paddack
    Gurriel vs. Fiers

    Pick 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Laureano, Harper and Hoskins… crazy names to bench tho

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Wait, bench the guys you mentioned?

        This is what I hate about my 10 team league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Now those were starts, but now I see Philly’s delayed… Hate to see it rained out and you miss two… So I’d prolly go Gurriel and Albombso

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            Thanks for helping me navigate the maddeningly shallow waters of a 10 team mixed.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            It’s a bit odd, I never seem to need input on decisions in my deeper leagues, but the shallow stuff confounds me because I’m spoiled for choice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kinda rolls of the die tbh

  100. florida jack says:
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    greetings, which side and is it fair, 12 team H2H points keeper league

    side A
    eloy, senzel,robles

    side B
    flaherty,alonso,didi

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso, pretty fair tho

  101. Scrapski says:
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    Where’s Cram It been?
    “Calling all Cram it’s”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  102. AUFan says:
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    h2h dynasty league, 12 team. 6×6 with obp added. I got offered Merrifield/Gallo for my Jose Abreu/Zach Gallen/Luis Robert and Merrill Kelly. Which side do you like there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • AUFAN says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  103. William Hung says:
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    Decided to roll Archer off of SON – damn man, now i’m wondering if he’s worth holding on to for his 2nd start this week @NYM – Alonso is probably gonna go 3-3 with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah I don’t trust him at all

  104. Dr Y says:
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    Urias or cano at 2b

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

  105. Gotime says:
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    Why do I feel like Guy #1 indulging in copious amounts of drugs and booze has the same effect on their heart as Guy #2 playing fantasy baseball? … looking at you Domingo German … now where’s the Home Depot need some dry wall crack filler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  106. JC says:
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    I imagine no one trusts Santander, but he has been really good over 150 at bats. Senzel is available and I know he hits lead off, so why am I staring at this unable to drop Santa for him?

  107. Trader says:
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    Miley is a Cy Young candidate. McNeil is in the hunt for a batting title. That is all we need to know to conclude this is the craziest of baseball years.

  108. Gregg Jeffries, Future Star says:
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    Vazquez or Garver?

  109. KrazyIvan says:
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    Keone Kela got suspended for getting in a fight with the Pirates cultural readiness and peak performance director. I heard he got angry when he was told he was culturally ready for Pittsburg and from now on Ray Searage would take care of his peak performance.

  110. jason batteiger says:
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    espn STILL shows the picture of big willie for payano, same as last start, or maybe it was even 2 starts ago i noticed this.

  111. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Great day to own both Blake Parker and Zach Britton.

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      Or any reliever in that game, apparently.

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        Not quite as bad as owning Gibson. Up 8-2 in the fifth with two outs.

        Gives up 3 run bomb to Didi. Gets out of the fifth, amazingly, leaving him in line for the win.

        Your bullpen proceeds to crap the entire lead away.

        Gibson’s the most frustrating guy to own. Grey’s right. Pretty sure his 5th inning ERA is about 15.

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