Yesterday, Anthony DeSclafani went 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.05. This start was against the Marlins, so, thankfully, Anthony DeeScalated the hard-charging school of fish. “Lobsters don’t have sex, they butter each up and green stuff forms in their middle belly.” That’s a substitute teacher at fish school half-assing it. So, DeSclafani bought a pet goldfish and named it Flushy, but he’s better than some random game against the Fish. The Fish haven’t been good since Hootie said, “I’ve had enough of all of you.” DeSclafani, on the other hand, has been good in the not-too-distant past and is better this year — his peripherals:  9.2 K/9 (best of his career), 2.8 BB/9 and velocity up to 94.6 MPH from 93.6. His gamely homer allowance (GamHomAll) needs to be curbed for real success, but I can see why the Streamonator likes his next start. He’s underrated, unlike the Marlins, who are underwater. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Aristides Aquino – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer. He’s the 1st MLB player in history with 13 homers in his 1st 100 career plate appearances. Which I guess is okay, if you like that sorta thing *insert picture of Grey drooling like Beethoven, the dog, not the German composer*

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 38th homer, and his 4th straight game with a homer. He leads the majors in homers since the break (18). That surprised me so much I looked it up at two different sites.

Gerrit Cole – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 2.85. I went back to look at what I said on June 17th of 2013 about Gerrit Cole after his 1st major league start, and, well, here it is, “One word that would describe what I saw after using a bunch of extraneous words to say I had one word to describe him:  poise. I think he can be a number one starter as soon as next year. He reminded me a lot of a young Verlander. I don’t say that flippantly, if I’m using the word flippantly correctly. He easily touches 98 MPH and can overpower just about anyone. He looked a lot more seasoned than a guy going in his first major league start. The Pirates announcers said he was trying to save his minor league bullpen so he didn’t strikeout as many guys in the minors. Not sure if he’s carrying that nonsense over to the majors, but maybe that’s why he only got two Ks. He was very efficient last night. For fantasy, that’s more like EFF-icient, give me Ks!” And that’s me quoting me!  If only older, wiser Grey could go back and tell that younger, but just-as-handsome Grey, that it wasn’t efficiency, it was stupid Ray Searage telling him to pitch to contact.

Willy Adames – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .252. If this was any other year, we’d be salivating over Willy. Hmm, that came out wrong. Hmm, so did that.

Kolten Wong – 3-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .280. Also, in this game, Keston Hiura (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) hit his 16th homer. Elias Sports Bureau said this is first time two Asian-Americans homered in the same game since Lenn Sakata and Pat Morita got involved in a game of 7 Minutes in Heaven during a USO tour.

Mike Moustakas – Out with his 18th injury to his hand. Hey, Mike, maybe you throw your hip at a pitch, just a thought.

Adrian Houser – Hopeful he can make his next start. Ah, so uncynical. The naïveté of youth.

Jordan Lyles – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.55. A certain former pitching coach sees Lyles’s line and shrugs, “Glad we got rid of him.”  Streamonator doesn’t like Lyles’s next start and I don’t blame BotHead.

David Price – Will start on Sunday vs. the Angels. Price said, “Excited to see how good Trout is at Fortnite.”

Xander Bogaerts – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 29th and 30th homers, hitting .311. Okay, I know it’s Coors, but Bogaerts in the 1st round next year or nah? I’m thinking yah, but that sounds Swedish and I’m not Swedish, so yah or nah?

Carlos Carrasco – Will return on Sunday to pitch in relief. That’s great news. Cool story, bro. Seriously. Actually, a cool story and I am calling you bro, bro. I’m not being sarcastic. Why won’t you believe me? I’m seriously inspired. How’sever, he’s useless for fantasy in a light bullpen role. But useless and awesome. Not mutually exclusive.

Aaron Civale – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.96. Here was me before this game where I streamed him, “Nice butter, Civale, may I interest you in some Tigers-are-toast?” Civale might have some long-term interest, but we’re in short-term churn-and-burn mode and I’ve already dropped him for…*looks at the Streamonator for who’s next against the Tigers that’s available*…Martin Perez!

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-4 and his 15th and 16th homer, and three homers in the last two games. Kipnis sounds like a deli appetizer and I’m stuffing my knish with his hot schmotato!

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and two homers (20, 21), and now has five homers in five games.  Schoop is dope when he’s hitting ropes. That all rhymed because I am a Master Rhyming Dictionarographer.

Mitch Garver – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  If you drafted Garver, Roberto Perez and Christian Vazquez, you’re doing better than someone with Giancarlo, Aaron Judge and Goldschmidt. The pain I inflict with my words!

Justus Sheffield – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 7.94. My one hope for Sheffield is he runs out the clock on his rookie eligibility so I don’t have to write a Sheffield rookie outlook post for the 5th year in a row. Justus Christ give me that one silver lining.

Kyle Seager – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Seager out here like, “I’ll tell you when I’m no longer a hot schmotato.” Loud and clear, Seags.

Clint Frazier – Aaron Boone said Frazier will be called up in September.  Aaron Boone with his hand over his mouth, “Bench player says what?”  Frazier, “What?” Aaron Boone giggles.

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer. Sanchez is only the 4th catcher in history with two seasons of 30 homers in his 1st five seasons: Piazza, Campanella and Rudy York, which was Giuliani’s stage name.

Aaron Judge – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer and finally seems to be clicking with his 6th homer in his last eight games. Only a shame that he didn’t homer off Sheffield for the Judge hammers home Justus.

Mike Ford – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer and 100th homer in the last week. Whatever concoction of PEDs, SuperBalls and pinball flippers that Gio Urshela was using two weeks ago has been baton’d over to Ford, and Ford is running around like Zola Budd knocking down homers like they’re Mary Decker in the upper deck.

James Paxton – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners (5 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 4.39. Paxton was prolly intimidated playing back in Seattle, which is why he made a terrible team look decent.  I’m kidding, Paxton sucks dog balls. Not sure what’s going on with him, but he made a team with Austin Nola, as its three-hole hitter, look good and himself look bad.

Noah Syndergaard – 3 IP, 9 ER, ERA at 4.14. Be lame for me to swoop in now and say I told you Syndergaard was overrated in the preseason and to avoid him, so I just won’t do it. You can’t make me.

J.D. Davis – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 17th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, which is also the number of times Davis appears in his name.

Jeff McNeil – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .333. Doode, we all moved on to loving Bryan Reynolds more. Sorry, McNeil, but that’s just tough stuffing.

Nicholas Castellanos – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer in August. The Greek God of Hard Contact had a very similar amount of homers in the first four months of the season.

Ian Happ – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. I own Happ in one league because I bought seventeen-hundred ‘post’s to go in front of ‘hype’ and I have to use them or they’ll go bad.

Kyle Schwarber – 2-fro-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer. When he’s 37 and can barely lift his arms or move his legs, he’s going to make such a great outfielder for the Rangers.

Kyle Hendricks – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.47. I don’t even own him and I’m annoyed that he couldn’t go five innings with a nine-run cushion.

Mike Foltynewicz – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 5.59 vs. Jacob Waguespack – 3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.93. Their last names are longer than their outings.

Freddie Freeman – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 36th homer, hitting .297. Freeman homered off Boshers, who got his name when a man reached climax while watching Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco bash forearms.

Vince Velasquez – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.86. Streamonator liked this start, and it was a (mild) success, and likes his next start mildly, which means…I’m not sure. It feels risky to me.

Corey Dickerson – 1-for-5 and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games.  Hard for me to give a full-throated hot schmotato alert on a 1-for-5, but could be something here.

J.T. Realmuto – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 20th homer.  Jerry Tomato is walking away with the number one catcher spot in the Player Rater, and I’m honestly not sure when the last time was that a number one catcher coming into the season ended the year in the same spot.  Maybe an early Posey year? Not sure, tee bee aitch.

Starling Marte – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 23rd homer. He’s a good bellwether for how juiced balls are. He should be a 20-homer hitter. So, balls are 13% juicey. Math holds up.

Josh Bell – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer. “Partly cloudy.”  That’s Josh trying to be a good bellwether too.

Mitch Keller – 4 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 8.62. After the game, Ray Searage said, “You love to see a guy groove pitches like that. But he could’ve easily thrown 75 pitches and gave up 12 earned, so we’ll work on it.”

Hunter Dozier – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .282. Prepare the part of your brain where my sleepers go, because Dozier’s gonna be living in there for about four months this offseason.

Ryan O’Hearn – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer, 3rd homer this week. Tommy O’Hearns is famously known as The Hitman *intern whispers in my ear* I mis-googled? I never mis-google. That’s amatureish. What, I mis-googled how to spell amateurish?

Brad KellerRoyals shut him down for the year. Royals had previously said they were going to wait for two to three more starts, so I’m not sure Keller saw this coming.

Mark Canha – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and 45th homer this month. Yo, is Canha running for Mayor of Hot Schmotatoland? Because Ty Wigginton has a lifetime appointment and can’t be removed from office.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-5 and his 24th homer, and his 2nd homer in three games.  On one hand, Semien is so hot; on the other hand, gross.

Sheldon Neuse – Called up by the A’s. He’s on the older side for a prospect (24), because he played college ball. So, I will call him Old Sheldon. OS (I’ve now shortened it) hits for power and looks like he eats and/or is called Chunky Monkey. CM (I’ve now shortened Chunky Monkey) was originally being called up to fill-in for a few days for Khris Davis on paternity leave — if that kid isn’t born at 2:47 AM or PM, send it for DNA tests — but now Matt Chapman had his melon struck, so Neuse may stay up longer. Didn’t run out to grab Neuse anywhere, but I could see it for upside on power.

  1. toolshed says:
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    Ok, desclafani owned the Fish. Castillo gives up 5 earned vs them. Vince V had a rough start vs them last week. Do you dare use joe ross vs Miami on Saturday? Looking for a qs and good ratios. I of ourse am the same guy who advocated using Gibson vs det and chw. He gave up a total of 9 er in those 2 starts. Not exactly what I or the streamantor expected.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d try to find a better option

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Ross, but I wouldn’t expect a QS

  2. toolshed says:
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    How about that haul the pirates got for cole. He had 2 years of control when they made that deal. They got musgrove who is maybe a 4 or 5 starter who has a 4.7 era, moran who is looking like a platoon player, a dime a dozen middle reliever and an OF who projects to be a 4th or 5th OF. I could go on, but this organization is a joke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, one of the worst trades of the last few years

      • JP says:
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        Hard to have a worse year in making trades than the Pirates had in 2018

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They don’t seem to learn their lessons either…

          • Francisco DeLaTorre says:
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            They could of got some good players from the dodgers for their closer too but were too greedy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, the ship the Pirates are sailing is being plundered from them

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Nice report, man! Reminds me of 2013 when you were young, handsome (still are) and remembering Gerrit!

    Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 29

    Abbott (Ted Higgins): I’d like to have a tooth pulled. I want no anesthetic and I don’t care how much it hurts.

    Dentist’s Assistant: Oh my, what a brave man you are! What tooth is it?

    Abbott (Ted Higgins): [turns to Tommy (Costello)] Show her the tooth

    [Poor, Lou! Screwed, blued and tattooed once again.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

      Nice!

  4. Luis says:
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    Is John Means the best John in baseball? I think Jack Flaherty is actually named Jack.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not since John Mayberry has there been such a great John

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        I had to look at best baseball players named John, and there are only two on the top 300 HR hitters of all time. Mayberry and Olerud. Both have exactly 255 career HRs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Somewhere, John Valentin weeps

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Doesn’t count

              • Kris Davis is out on maternity leave for 3 days, The A’s told him he could stay out until the kids out of diapers.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  5. Doc Samson says:
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    Here are Gerrit Cole’s salary demands for signing with a team next year: Miley Cyrus wearing nothing but an ostrich feather, a billion dollar’s worth of slot play at Caesars’ Palace and Ireland.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s it?

  6. Dancin Homer says:
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    Morning!!

    I’m in need of some SP help if I want to make the playoffs. Need to drop someone to add Lamet and then stream the rest of the week. Who would you drop:

    c: Vazquez
    1b. Hoskins
    2b. Baez
    3b. Vlad
    ss. J. Polanco
    of: Acuna, Alvarez, Castellanos
    Utl: Eloy, Hiura
    bn: Canha, Sano, D. Murphy

    As always, I appreciate the help

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Drop Canha

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d drop Canha and Murphy for two stream spots

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Murphy

    • knucks says:
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      I wouldn’t drop the hot bat. I would consider Eloy or Murph but Murph is at Coors… though he hasn’t hit many HRs there all year.

      Might not be a popular opinion, but I vote Eloy. I own him in all my leagues which are deep roto. If I had any kind of decent replacement or a need in a H2H league like you do, I’d drop him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Murphy then Canha

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        Thanks everyone for all the input on this one.

        As much as it pained me to drop the hot bat, I dropped Canha and pending how Murphy looks tonight, he’s nex on the cut list.

        Thanks again

  7. bigbear says:
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    Where’s the Just Dong blurb?! Me likey.

    Streamer for W’s?
    Anibals Sanchez vs MIA (the Hispanic prophet Elieser Hernandez)
    Gibson @ Det (Jackson)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Gibson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, sorry, skipped J. Dong

      I’d go Anibal

      • bigbear says:
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        Thanks DT and Grey!

        Dang, split decision from the ‘perts! Guess I have to take responsibility for my own actions now…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, don’t do that, follow me!

  8. Kingslayer says:
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    Fantasy playoffs start Monday in a weekly AL only H2H 5×5 League.

    I am considering starting two start Patrick Sandoval .

    I know that sounds crazy, but he switched which side of the mound he pitched on, and struck out 9 with 0 ER last night.

    My other option is 1 start Stroman at Philly but he has been such a dissapointment since getting traded. Tell me Sandoval isn’t complete trash? (Only if it’s true)

    • Kingslayer says:
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      Forgot to mention Patrick Sandoval is @OAK and @CHW

      Kung Fu Pitcher?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Stromans in the NL now so I’d go with Sandoval since he’s in the AL…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sandoval is trash, but I guess try him

      • seano says:
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        He’s a kid! Big lefty with upside. But hey I coached him in T-Ball when he was 5 so I might be biased. Seriously I did.

        Of course last night Ausmus went Sciosciapath on him after throwing 5 shutout innings of 1 hit ball and 9 Ks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seriously?

          • seano says:
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            Yes seriously

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s awesome! I will refrain from calling his pitching garbage (for now)

  9. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    Killer video, Anime Grey really knows his football!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Wait is it football season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are you trying to tee me up to compliment you?

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Yes, I don’t get many chances

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You did good, Donkey!

  10. Dave D says:
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    Yeah, ridiculous that Hendricks just fell apart in the 5th with a nine run lead and couldn’t get the win. I had him and Folty going in my Razzball DC and they did pretty much the same thing: set up for an easy win and sh*t the bed. Of course I’m neck and neck with a few other teams for W’s. At least one of my guys, McNeil, did some of the damage, but that was so brutal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Having Folty and Hendricks there is exactly that, brutal… Two more outs, ugh

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, its tough. Im down to six healthy starters in that league and, as you know, can’t pick up any FA’s so I’ll just hope and pray that my rotation of Berrios, Ray, Hendricks, Lauer, Folty, Eflin holds up. That and with any good fortune my offense starts to mash again…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Feels like it’s always the case this time of year in those no-free-agent leagues… I was down to 4 SPs in July!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            And one was JA Happ!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kill me

            • Dave D says:
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              Yeah, Happ was hapless and brought only unhappiness. It definitely has not been the “Year of the Happ”.

              Well, at least the year is almost over. Say goodbye to Giancarlo for a longtime hopefully…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh I’ll be suckered in by Giancarlo again next year

  11. William Hung says:
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    That popcorn eating thread from yesterday had me LOL’ing more than it should’ve. I’m secretly hoping for more of that today… is there any other player you allegedly like/don’t like and rank/didn’t rank????

    Can we complain about Travis Shaw?

    • knucks says:
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      Nah no more of that today please! We have all off season for that clown to re-emerge as the resident Razzball ombudsman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I still like Shaw too! Though, maybe a tad less now

      • William Hung says:
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        Grey is a lover not a hater – he loves everybody to some degree unless you are a pitcher valued in the first 3 rounds of drafts

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  12. Edgar Gonzalez says:
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    What do you guys make of Seth Brown ? Worth a risk or will he not get enough playing time with the A’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just went over him, search the site

  13. Bradley Kukenberger says:
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    Khris Davis is out for three days on paternity leave. I’m in my H2H playoffs and need a replacement for the rest of the week in my Utility spot. Who do you like the best out of:
    Mike Ford, Wong, Schoop, or Longo?

    Thanks for all the help this year!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I like Schoop just because he’s playing almost everyday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop’s as good as any bet

  14. aaron says:
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    ugh..I own Syndergaard and Hendricks in a 12 team NL only that I WAS winning. What’s the most number of combined runs two starters have given up in a game? Maybe better question, highest ERA two starters left with? 7 2/3 15 ER last night. That’s a 17.61 ERA. SO..9 RUN lead and still no win!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, that’s absolutely wretched… That shouldn’t happen to anyone

  15. William Hung says:
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    Trade Analyzer is broken when it comes to JD Davis – I am guessing the bot has him down as a PT player and a -$12 value ROS

    Grey-0-nator – what do you think for JD ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do worry when Nimmo and others return he gets a squeezed a little, but he’s a #3 OF right now for any league

      • William Hung says:
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        you think he’s a Top 10 or 12 3B too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who?

          • William Hung says:
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            J.D. Davis

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, yeah, I think he could be, but I’d imagine closer to 15

  16. TonyC says:
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    Please rank for September Schoop, Wong, McMahon, Alberto, Flores and Kieboom. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop, McMahon

  17. Zeus says:
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    Junis vs Det and @Mia. You starting him next week if you need Ws?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Hard to get wins if you don’t.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  18. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Looking forward to my semi final match up next week (bye this week). Streamonator hates Houser next week versus Houston -17.0 and DTD with hip issue and possible next start vs CHC. Lose him for any of the following projected starters as per Streamonator in what order?

    T. Richards 9-3 Bal $21.4 (Possible 2 Start week 9-8 Tor)
    Framber 9-6 Sea $24.9
    P. Lopez 9-6 KC $20.8 (see how does 8-31 vs Was)

    Thanks again for your thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Richards

  19. Wudaben says:
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    Need help choosing a SP through next week in my H2H points league playoffs. My choices:

    Lucchesi @SF (Webb) COL (Melville)
    Rodriguez MIN (Gibson)
    Soroka TOR (Waguespack) WAS (Scherzer)
    Wheeler @PHI (Nola) @WAS (Sanchez)
    Samardzija @STL (Flaherty) @LAD (May)

    Soroka is interesting and Wheeler has killed me lately but I’m thinking Lucchesi here. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi works for me, don’t mind anyone of them, tbh

  20. Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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    Ryse Hoskins to the four hole and ba-bam

    You could see his swing was totally different not trying to pull everything

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw his triple, going the other way, agreed, it was better, less aggressive

  21. Jesse says:
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    Is it bad I’m wishing a DL stint for Muncy, so Lux can take his spot?!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      It’s not so much Muncy blocking him, its a 40 man roster issue. If Lux does get tabbed to play then Muncy goes to 1B and Belly to the OF. Cuts into Taylor and Kike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dodgers have said they’re bringing up Lux, so he should play a bit

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Article came out last night said they said he will be with team, not confirming that they are bringing him up. They did it with Will Smith last year where he was with the team and did drills and was in clubhouse, but not on roster.

        • Jesse LIBROT says:
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          Gotcha, thanks guys!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  22. Lil Mo with the gimpy leg says:
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    10to H2H playoffs just for today pick 1- JD Davis vs Lester or Puig @Norris?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD

  23. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 Team H2H Categories
    Looking to add a Coors bat for the rest of the week, who should I go with:

    Hillard
    Hampson
    Jose Osuna

    I’m thinking Hillard is the go to but you tell me.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hilliard

      • Russ says:
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        Ok great thanks!

        Also there is a Mrs. Doubtfire joke there somewhere with Hillard, can’t figure out exactly how it would go but you are the gifted writer I’ll let you figure out exactly how to handle it haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, a drive-by lime’ing!

  24. The Great Knoche says:
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    So funny story. Mitch Keller’s xFIP is 4.13. He’s still striking out guys, but I think they are taking the pitch to contact thing just a little too deep.

    .479 BABIP
    53.6% LOB
    Only 16.2% Soft contact

    His Goddamn ERA is twice his xFIP.

    Please fire them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hurdle and Searage need to be launched into the sun

      • Huffin Gas says:
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        Not enough contact for Searage. He’d prefer a meteor shower.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  25. Cahna Borrow A Feeling? says:
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    I’ve decided to change my moniker from the subversively profane Lincecuminmypants in honor of one of the best Simpsons songs ever/white Oakland A 1B thumpers named Mark (non-Mack division).

    With that in mind, pls pick 3 for ROS:

    Avisail, Delino, Franmil, Edman, Tauchman, Kingery, Pillar, Kike, Urshela, CahnaBorrowAFeeling?

    Thanks!

  26. jose says:
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    Need points in a H2H points league: Would you take a chance on waiting for a waiver claim to clear for Plesac (@ TB) overnight, or go ahead and pick up Allard vs SEA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Allard

      • jose says:
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        Thanks! SON has treated me well this week with May (meh), Plutko, and Sandoval. Hopefully can keep the good times streaming.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice, No problem!

  27. Brett says:
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    Have a 30 save league so need better pitchers for ratios. Going to trade the other. Who do you prefer Bradley or Jansen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jansen

  28. toolshed says:
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    Are you starting paddack tonight if you are in a tight race for ratios? Streamantor likes him, but also like caleb Smith earlier this week. Not sure how much lag is in the model to account for recent performance and the eye test where these guys are clearly running pit of gas. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him but don’t feel great

  29. Bob says:
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    Was offered Chris Sale for my Jack Flaherty in Keeper League. I’m all turned around on this one. Take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  30. toolshed says:
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    Do you think luzardo will have an impact and be in the A’srotation by sept 1? Looking for pitching help. Would you cut caleb Smith for him in a 12 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes on Luzardo, went over him two weeks ago… Him or Caleb feels like a tossup tho…I don’t love Smith for this year, he seems taxed

  31. Ed Rod gets the W but couldn’t chance it, went with DeSclafanny instead!!! Rhys Bumkins had a couple of hits! Sorry Bum, not falling for it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  32. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Yesterday I asked you about my 4 keepers and we agreed on:
    Mondesi (would be my 4th round pick next year)
    Bieber (would be my 8th round pick next year)
    Suarez (would be my 12th round pick next year
    Corbin (would be my 13th round pick next year)

    Would you swap any of those dudes for Xander (would be 2nd round pick next year)?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, maybe Mondesi

  33. zach jany says:
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    I picked up trevor Richards bc the streamonator loves his start next week (playoffs). The Ray’s used him today behind an opener for an inning or 2. Do u think he gets his start next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, but now am doubtful

  34. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    1. Would you trust Matz this weekend vs Philly — he had a blister issue his last start?

    2.I don’t trust Mondesi with his constraints; when activated, I expect to drop him (and keep Berti). Am I being overly risk adverse?

    3. I’ve tried assessing upcoming pitcher assignments for streamer candidates. Homer Bailey seems like a keeper (!!) — other than 1 start vs Houston; he has Det, KC, Texas, and Seatle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure, if it’s home

      2. Seems so

      3. Okay

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        Matz game in Philly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yuck

  35. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    And I owe DT a major apology for criticizing his low assessment of Dakota’s ROS outlook. His next 4 starts are SF (Baumgarten), @ Col; Mil; @ ChC.

    I’ll be dropping him for Bailey (who’s been pretty good w Oakland) in 3 leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m holding Dakota for Giants then he’s off the club

  36. LenFuego says:
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    Hi Grey, I think this is really a question more for Rudy than you, but I am not sure how to submit it to him.

    I was checking out the Player Rater season-to-date for 12 team ESPN roto leagues, and I noticed that RPs who have 0 wins, like Kirby Yates, are getting a -$2.7 value in the $W column, while SPs who have 0 wins, such as Matt Moore, are getting a big fat $-9.0. Those values, of course, feed into the player’s overall value and ranking.

    This suggests that the Player Rater model is using different “Replacement Level” values for SPs and RPs when calculating the value contributed by the player in each category. That seems perfectly sensible for leagues where you are required to put a certain number X of SPs and a certain number Y of RPs into your lineup, since the replacement for that player would necessarily be someone of the same SP or RP category. But it seems surprising to do that for ESPN leagues, for which the rules are that SPs and RPs are completely interchangeable – you can put 9 SPs into your lineup or 9 RPs.

    As an example, Ryne Stanek is categorized as a SP on the Player Rater (I assume because he has often been an “opener”), even though he is for all intents and purposes a relief pitcher, and he gets $-9.0 under the $W column. If he was categorized instead as an RP, he apparently would get $-2.7 under the $W column, even though he can be put into your ESPN lineup regardless of whether the pitcher you are replacing him with is an SP or RP.

    I cannot think of a rationale for changing Stanek’s values in an ESPN league based on whether he is categorized as a SP or RP, but I highly respect Rudy’s knowledge and instincts on the mathematical analysis for rating players, so I am wondering whether there is a rationale for using different “Replacement Level” values for SPs and RPs for ESPN leagues that I am just not getting.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is a question for Rudy, I’ll ping him so he sees this (can’t promise it will be today)

    • Rudy Gamble

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      Stanek should be marked as an RP. Just a case where my position assignment rules need to better account for openers.

      • LenFuego says:
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        Sure, but that does not really address the question I am asking, Rudy. The question essentially is, in an ESPN league (where the pitching positions are not assigned as either SPs or RPs), why would Stanek’s value (or any other pitcher) be different depending on whether he is classified as an RP or SP?

  37. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey,

    Haven’t posted much this season but of course I still come to Razzball. Haven’t really had too many questions but I am stuck right before playoffs.

    I own Benintendi. I’ve been wanting to drop him for weeks, then he got hot, that lasted 2-3 weeks. I want to drop him basket and have gas my hand in the button 10 times but would like a second opinion lol.

    I picked up Voit and DL’d him last week… comes back tomorrow!! I also had Mondesi DL’d and he comes back Sunday. I have to technically drop 2 players. Who? Here is my roster.

    C – Will Smith
    1B – Bellinger
    2B – Hiura
    3B – Baez
    SS – Bichette
    OF – Acuna Jr.
    OF – Benintendi
    OF – Robles
    UTIL – Jorge Polanco
    UTIL – Urshela
    B – Canha
    DL – Voit
    DL – Mondesi

    SP – Clevinger
    SP – Bieber
    RP – Smith
    RP – Workman
    RP – Magill
    SP – E. Rodriguez
    SP – Pineda
    SP – Wheeler
    SP – Heaney
    SP – Luchessi
    SP – Caleb Smith
    SP – Gallen
    NA – Luzardo

    I’m thinking Players I can drop at this point include Urshela, Benintendi, Caleb.

    I wouldn’t drop Canha he seems legit for the rest of the season.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Caleb, Urshela

  38. Harley Earl says:
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    Aquino …. Again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And Merrifield Junior (Berti) goes deep oppo too!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aquino is a marvelous wonderful human and Berti too

      • Harley Earl says:
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        He really is a good human. Haha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  39. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Lance Lynn is such unmitigated garbage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Sadist

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      4 pitch walks to Vogelbach, Fraley, and Dylan Moore. He’s had zero control for a month or so. About to drop.

      • William Hung says:
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        yeah he picked a bad time to stink it up!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He’s hurt us all at some point!

        • William Hung says:
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          His fantasy line ain’t bad – QS 1 ER and 5 Ks

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            Phew. Yeah, he really got it together. Thank goodness.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Seems fine, not sure why y’all were coming down hard on him, but I was at dinner earlier

            • Fred Garvin MP says:
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              He was out on the mound reading passages from the book “I Can’t Throw Strikes To Garbage Hitters”. Thankfully, the official scorer made the right call eventually, and took 2 ER’s off his line.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HAHA, I missed it, I guess, damn!

  40. Cohen says:
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    Bader or Seth Brown in the short term?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bader

      • Cohen says:
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        Thanks for the quick response!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. Crazy J says:
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    I got my dunce cap on, and starting Paddack, because… how much worse can it get?

    Looks like Aristudly may only project out to 100 HRs on 500 AB. Not even close to the initial estimate of 450 HRs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Aristides kinda disappointing me only hitting one homer per game

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        I don’t mind the dearth of HRs. But, like Trea, he apparently has stopped stealing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, needs to slam and legs every game, geez!

  42. James Bolger says:
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    Hearing news of an injury to Muncy which would seem to open a spot for Lux. Would you drop either Berti or Eloy for Lux?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eloy

  43. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    1. Since there is essentially no DL in September, the Muncy injury might imply an extended dead roster spot (LAD already conceded at least a few days). So would you drop Muncy for Hansel Alberto (keeps same defensive flexibility)?

    2. I have Mondesi in 3 leagues. As I’ve repeatedly mentioned, I assumed I’d be cutting him once learning he’d be returning with playing limitations (I can’t explain why KC would activate him under stipulations — especially since they’ll probably also baby him with add’l off days). My question concerns who I would be cutting if I kept Mondesi.

    a. League-1: Drop Berti (my 2B) for Mondesi.

    b. League-2: Drop Mallex (my bench bat) for Mondesi

    c. League-3: Drop Urshela (bench bat) for Mondesi.

    Just composing this note makes me feel dropping Mondesi is an easy decision. Which ones would you re-consider?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Already you’re dropping? You can’t give him, say, 3 days?

      2. A. Mondesi B. Mondesi C. Urshela

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        I’m glad to give Muncy 3 days; but I remember similar September situations (e.g., Ellsbury) when 3 days becomes 3 weeks. If this were July, fine; but Playoffs start Monday.

        wrt Mondesi, I still have a few days to decide. Mallex is probably an easy cut, but Berti has been effective — do you think the bubble will be bursting soon?

  44. HamPorter says:
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    I just wanted you to know I thought Brad Keller not seeing being shut down coming, was pure Helen Keller gold!

    • HamPorter says:
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      I hope that it didn’t fall on deaf ears!!!!

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