I wanna geek out for a second.  You with me?  Orf course you are, because I say “Orf course” and you’re still reading!  Entering yesterday’s game Anthony Rendon (3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 14th and 15th homer, hitting .285) was 19th overall for 3rd basemen on the Player Rater, in a virtual tie with Miguel Andujar and Ryon Healy and right behind Derek Dietrich.  Hey, over-the-internet friend, that’s awful.  Third basemen are not exactly stacked like hamburgers at IHOB either.  There’s seven top tier ones ($17+).  For context, there’s ten elite shortstops.  There’s 16 shortstops at $11+, and only eleven 3rd basemen.  I don’t think you heard me, Derek Dietrich has been more valuable than Rendon so far this year, or sofa if you’re reading in a furniture store.  Rendon already spent the 1st half taking the craps out, so, yo, I think he can roll up to 7 at the position by season’s end.  The route he’s taken has definitely been the hard way.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Zimmerman – Expects to return next Friday.  I told you he didn’t retire! *erases giant X over Zimmerman’s name and arrow pointing to him that reads “Retired”*

Bryce Harper – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .213.  Bryce, man, bro, clown question shutter downer, stop trying to emulate Adam Dunn.

Ryan Madson – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 4th save, ERA at 5.13, as Kelvin Herrera pitched the 8th.  Nats manager, Davey Martinez, pulled out that old school move, using the guy to close who has been with the club for a while, and not the new guy.  So lame, it’s almost like Martinez has no clue Herrera was the closer on another team.  This is in the same nonsense box with ‘stats don’t carry over from league to league in the box scores.’  There’s interleague now, you dipshizzes!

Amed Rosario – Didn’t play yesterday.  Classic Mets:

Jose Bautista – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .219.  Has actually been a solid pick up for the Mets.  Though, that’s comparing Bautista to the likes of Jay Douche and You-Must-Be-Jokin’ Frazier.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 17th homer, hitting .282.  After the game, Asdrubal adjourned to his hotel room, wrapped his finger around the phone cord, and coyly asked his agent if there were any offers getting him the hell off the Mets.

Charlie Morton – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA up to 2.96, and now two straight mediocre starts.  Morton will actually appear in this afternoon’s Buy, Sell, Hold video, and, if you look at how often he’s thrown this many innings in a season, I bet you can guess which segment of the video he’s going to appear in.  I know, it sucks.  I don’t own him, but I gotz that empathy, as a philosopher graffiti artist would tag a subway car.

Tony Kemp – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (7), hitting .297.  Kyle Tucker who?!  Is a top 3 prospect in Prospector Ralph’s top 100 prospects for 2018 fantasy baseball at the midseason point.  I know, Random Italicized Voice, it was a figure of speech.  Kyle Tucker who’ is a figure of speech?  Is that a noun or verb?  Forget it.

Collin McHugh – 1 2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 0.99.  On the Player Rater, if you put RP in the Pos column, you will see a ranking of only RPs.  Look where McHugh is.  Hint:  it’s high.  Real question:  who has the most IP in the 2nd half for the Astros, McCullers, Morton or McHugh?

Trevor Cahill – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.10, as he was activated from the DL.  Serious question:  if you were sitting on an airplane about to make a cross country flight and Cahill, Garrett Richards and Rich Hill were to step on, would you get off the plane or just call your loved ones in case something were to happen?

Nick Martini – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs as he hit leadoff.  First of all, we know Nick Martini is really Niko Goodrum in disguise!  It’s obvious!  Second, don’t hit Martini leadoff in the A’s lineup, because now I’m reading the lineup fast as a Martini of semen.  I nearly had a heart attack.  Third of all, there’s no third of all!

Jorge Alfaro – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .253.  Alfaro’s a weird cat.  No, he doesn’t look like one of those hairless cats, those are weird though.  He’s weird because when he gets into a baseball like he did yesterday, he looks like a 20-homer hitter, but, yeah, he has six homers.

Nick Pivetta – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.58.  See what happened here?  He knew I rage-dropped him after his last debacle and decided to pitch well while not on my team.  Masterson used to hold this title years ago, but we have a new one:  Nick Pivetta, Passive Aggressive Starter.

Trey Mancini – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  To everyone who said this preseason, “Grey, your smarts are only surpassed by your rugged good looks, but aren’t you worried about Mancini’s ground ball tendencies?”  And I said, nah, he’ll be fine.  Yeah, as they say in Latin America, mea culpa.  Mancini is hitting .220 and ground balls have tanked his value.  He’s currently hitting more grounders (57.3%) than Dee Gordon.  Woof.

Kevin Gausman – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.33.  The worst things I’ve done this season were trusting any Orioles player for anything:  Gausman, Mancini, Bundy and Schoop.

Logan Morrison – Hit the DL with a left hip impingement, which is different than when a Dead Head gets a phone number wrong and keeps calling you thinking you’re their brother.  That’s a “lefty hippie is pinging me.”  You thought the robocalls about interest rates were bad?  Imagine an aging hippie thinks your phone number is his brother’s and won’t stop calling it.  You’re better off just pretending to be his brother, because the calls will never stop.  “Are you coming up to San Fran to see the cover band, Dread Zeppelin?”  “I’m not your brother, but I will come for you.”

Blake Snell – 3 IP, 3 ER, ERA up to 2.27.  Marla Gibbs never pitched in the All-Star Game and neither will you!

Eddie Rosario – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Oh, and you’re welcome for me ranking him 100+ spots in front of every other person and writing a sleeper post for him.

Kyle Gibson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.42.  *reverse lights pop on, reverse beeping commences*  Here we go back in on Gibson!  For what it’s Werth, his peripherals still say he’s borderline ownable everywhere, but, let’s just say, if he’s your number three, you better have deGrom and Scherzer as your #1 and #2.

Rafael Devers – Hit the DL with shoulder discomfort that has lingered for four (stutterer!) weeks.  That would’ve been nice to know.  I hope him and Travis Shaw get healthy over the break and come back with fire emojis.  <insert>The King of Wishful Thinking by Go West video playing in my head</insert>

Mookie Betts – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .352.  Well, if it ain’t Mr. April!  Kidding, Betts is still the best.  L’chaim Mookie Bubbeleh.  I love you.

J.A. Happ – 3 2/3 IP, 0 ER, and 5 unearned runs, ERA at 4.29.  Holy ticker shock!  *licks pencil tip, begins to write*  Dear Mr. Happ, if you’re trying to get traded to the Yankees, getting your ass handed to you by the Red Sox isn’t the best way to go about that.  Also, make sure to clean your hands before you eat, you were just holding your ass.

Teoscar Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .259.  You ever have a guy who you own that you completely forget about?  There’s likely better guys out there, but I have so many other concerns on my team I don’t have time to worry about him.  We should have a glossary term for a guy like this.  Please suggest in the comments.

Wade Miley – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.38, as he was activated from the DL.  If the Brewers bump Purr-rawr-ta from the rotation for Wade Miley, Counsell should be painted green, put into his batting stance and planted on Ellis Island for pictures with tourists.

Jesus Aguilar – 1-for-4 and his 24th homer, hitting .307.  Make the Home Run Derby Jesus Aguilar vs. Max Muncy and leave it at that.  “Hey, this is Chris Berman and we’re going back back back back back back back back back back back back back–” *sparks fly from his ears* “Hurry!  Berbot is malfunctioning!”

Jameson Taillon – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.91.  Finally, a borderline starter has a convincingly great start!  Halleberrylujah!  His peripherals — 8.75 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 3.55 xFIP — have finally nudged themselves into position where he is a no doubt number three fantasy starter.  Hurry up and trade him to the Astros so he can be an ace!

Garrett Richards – Will have Tommy John surgery.  When PRP doesn’t morph to BRB.

Tyler Skaggs – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.57, as he was activated from the DL.  Give him a chance, people!  He’ll get back to the DL soon enough.  You’re so impatient.  Orf course, in the meantime, I would own him if he’s out there pitching.  Though, I’d prolly look at the Stream-o-Nator first on his matchups.

Albert Pujols – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homer, hitting .251.  Elias Sports Bureau said Pujols was the first 96-year-old man to hit two homers in one game, beating Minnie Minoso by four months.

David Fletcher – 2-for-5 and his 1st homer, hitting .273, and in the leadoff slot now.  Fletcher, aka Mr. Underhill, won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but I will be cyclops’ing very closely.

Justin Upton – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (18) and legs (5), hitting .249.  Know what’s a little bit crazy?  Pujols is only two homers behind Upton and hitting for a better average, while being 68 years his senior.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs, hitting .218.  Solid game for The Fun Police.

Ross Stripling – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.08.  Stripling would like to tell you what to do with your April takes of, “The Dodgers should start trading off their pieces.”

James Paxton – 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.70 and left with lower back soreness.  Don’t worry, there will be time in the 2nd half for a more serious injury from him.  I’m not kidding.

Luis Severino – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K (!), ERA at 2.31 vs. Corey Kluber – 7 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.76.  “Hello, this is Joe Buck, and we’re here for a beautiful night in the Bronx, which is not something you hear often unless you’re snuggling with Kyle Schwarber.  We are in for a pitchers’ duel from these two guys.”  Two hours later, “Brett Gardner is very handsome.”

Brett Gardner – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer, hitting .257.  With a jawline like his, are you surprised he’s hot?

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer, hitting .296.  I don’t want to punch down.  That’s no fun.  What I mean is making fun of sites that are less popular than Razzball.  I want to punch up.  I want to make fun of people who are more popular.  That is why it is my privilege to bring you Sports Illustrated’s March post, “Jose Ramirez vs. Josh Donaldson,” where they concluded Donaldson is the safer option!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA–Breathe, Grey, breathe!  *places Dennis Hopper’s air mask on mouth, inhales, exhales, centers self*  But, seriously, I didn’t know Sports Illustrated had fantasy coverage either.

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 16th homer, hitting .260.  Good that The Gregorius D.I.D. heated up again because Aaron Boone plopped him in the three hole for better or worse.

Joey Lucchesi – Sent to the minors, but this sounds like a procedural move because of the All-Star break and it was announced followed by the Law & Order chung-chung sound effect.

Trevor Story – 1-for-3 and his 18th homer, hitting .289.  He’s easily going to appear in next week’s top 100 for the 2nd half, only question is how high, starring Red and Method Man.

Robbie Ray – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.03.  As his best start in forever comes in Coors.  I will now laugh myself into tears.  You should turn away, it’s going to be an ugly cry.  The Rockies scored 19 runs on Wednesday and all Robbie Ray does this year is DOOKIES, and I’m not saying he’s a nostalgic tape-head and silk printing the cover of Green Day’s Dookie album onto shirts.  I’m saying he’s been unstartable against everyone!  I need a nap.  *shuts eyes standing, five seconds later claps hands*  I’m back, but still annoyed.  I wish I felt great that Ray was now back, but this start in Coors is going to lead to a total shizz show on the other side of the break.

Shelby Miller – Hit the DL with elbow inflammation.  Why does Dr. James Andrews always carry an umbrella?  Because everywhere he goes he makes it rain.

   
  1. Jackel berry says:
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    Can you recommend a true crime podcast or two?

    • Starz says:
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      @Jackel berry: Crimetown, it’s excellent.

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @Starz: Crimetown is good, and that company has a podcast on the RFK assassination out now that’s good too

    • Kyler Shaw says:
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      @Jackel berry: Serial season 1 is solid and S town isn’t quite true crime but its something kind of like that and is a great listen as well.

  2. dau says:
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    Aguilar Cmart for Muncy Quintana?

    • Cram It says:
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      @dau: Aguilar, not that close.

    • Rudboy says:
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      @dau:
      Hell nah. Jesus and CMart are STUDS. Huge 2nd half for Cmart

    • b the esq. says:
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      @dau: what they said….its not remotely close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dau: Agree with Cram

  3. The Mudkat says:
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    Thanks Grey. Drinking wine and worrying about Paxton will be the death of me.

    Give me a pitcher you have a gut feeling will step up in the second half. Nelson? Brad Lidge if Pujols suddenly retires?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Mudkat: HA! Lidge is just lurking, waiting for Pujols to retire finally… Samardzija, Nelson, Skaggs, Happ, Taillon, Pivetta…They should all be better, or at least healthy…Maybe…

  4. Andrew P says:
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    Upton or Haniger ROS? Points league.

    Is Haniger a sell high for the 2nd half? He’s been pretty average over the past month and the power is regressing.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Andrew P: Probably still Upton if you can deal with the hot and cold streaks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew P: Upton, Haniger isn’t a sell high tho

  5. Simsbad says:
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    Stream one at Coors these next 3 days: Healy or CarGo

    Choose one to DROP (assuming everyone listed opens the 2nd half in their respective starting rotation): E. Santana, Gohara, Wheeler, Velasquez

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Simsbad: CarGo. All are matchup plays at best…..probably drop Gohara as I dont know if he is even in the rotation.

  6. Bob says:
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    You mention Mancini’s gb rate of 57.3%. Hosmer came into tonight with a 61.1% gb rate. And guess what he went 0 for 4 with 4 more ground outs. He is hitting .250 with 9 hr as a 1b and has played all season. Padres paid him $144m for 8 yrs for that. Wow! He is utterly useless as a 1b, ci or utility in fantasy.

    I don’t care what his track record says. If he could only get his gb rate down to 57%, he’d be doing as good as mancini. Hosmer is the 51st ranked CI in my league based on ytd stats. How hard is really to get some loft in his swing. It is sad but kind of funny that only the Padres would pay him that much and trot him out there every day. They should’ve kept Myers at 1b to keep him healthy and signed Moose instead.

    • Rudboy says:
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      @Bob:
      Gb hitters get hot too. Expect huge 2nd half from hosmer. Check out ian Desmonds GB rates and hes had his moments. Its all about streaks.

      • Christopher Coriell says:
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        @Rudboy: keep waiting on that huge second half

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: I saw that with Hosmer, he also had same last year

  7. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team OBP h2h limited moves (season budget)

    C Cervelli
    1B Bellinger
    2B Albies
    3B Suarez
    SS Correa
    OF Betts
    OF Hoskins
    OF Acuna
    UTL Haniger
    BN Carpenter
    BN Gallo

    It pains me to ask but is it finally time to drop Joey Gallo? It’s a shallow league and I haven’t had any luck trading him and he’s been incredibly awful this month after a bad June. He’s maintained the high walk rate, but that doesn’t do much when you’re batting .186 on the year. I have Shane Greene coming off the DL today and would otherwise have to drop Eovaldi, who has looked awesome of late.

    Thanks!

  8. Stumanji! says:
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    Are you a Belieber streaming him vs NYY today?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Stumanji!: not against NYY, but generally he is a decent fantasy asset.

      • Molina bros bbq says:
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        @Grey: bench in all formats? I always struggle with this in roto where you’re trying to compile stats.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There’s a new post for followups

  9. Stumanji! says:
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    “You ever have a guy who you own that you completely forget about? There’s likely better guys out there, but I have so many other concerns on my team I don’t have time to worry about him. We should have a glossary term for a guy like this.”

    Isn’t that just a Catcher?

  10. Larry Walker says:
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    Teoscar is FAHM Forget About Him Man. Like a New Englander would say about grazing cattle on the FAHM

    • Wilson Moreno says:
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      @Larry Walker:

      I vote for FAHM

      • CodyJorge says:
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        @Grey:

        Because I’m a child, my adjustment to this would be…

        Forgotten About Roster Transgression… FART.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Will add to list bc I am also a child

          • CodyJorge says:
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            Thought of one more…

            Schmolock

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, prefer Forget Me Lot tho

              • CodyJorge says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, that’s good.

  11. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Glossary term for a player you kinda forget about because you have other problems on your team has other needs:

    Forget Me Lot

    Ignoredamous

    Insignificant Other

      • Sabo Knows Sabo says:
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        @Fogimon: Yeah, Forget me Not was my first choice as well. Also, these:

        Memento – the only way you’ll remember to drop him is if you write his name down with a sharpie on the arm you designated “Drop”

        Alzheimer Patience – you wake up surprised and alarmed that you own him, but then keep giving him more rope b/c it seems like the first time you thought to cut him

        Short Term Blah-mory

  12. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fab write-up and on a short night to boot. Doubly good!!

    Am shopping at a strip mall (fun, ow! Eye roll!!) so,

    Mark Twain quote of the day for July 13

    Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Shopping is as pleasant as trip to the dentist’s office for triple root canal.

        Dropped Happ to pick up Trivino in a 5×5 RCL where I am 3rd in saves (Jansen and Knebel with Norris and Strickland before he hit a wall) but 8th in Wins (Verlander, McCullers, Flaherty and Ryu on IR), with Green and Bradley for ratios.

        Question? Should I drop Trivino to pick up Happ?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I’d hold now

  13. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    OBP…

    Would you trade Gallo and Shane Greene for Luke Weaver?

  14. Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist says:
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    Yeah, Flecther leading off in Anaheim, I mean “Los Angeles”. Has looked good so far. Scisocia had the sense to bench Valbuena and his .603 OBP, but brought him in the second inning after Paxton left the game and he proceeded to go 0 for 4 with 6 LOB. No point in seeing what Marte can do Mike, right?

    Oh, and he finally moved Andrelton to the 2-hole, a move to the top of the order that I’ve been advocating for since April 1, and that is no joke Ian Kinsler!

    Lastly, as a proud Victor Arano owner I would simple like to finish with a “WTF?”

  15. Wally Pipp says:
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    Josh Reddick sucks

  16. Trick dad says:
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    Why are you concerned about Paxton? Should I be looking to sell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Trick dad: He never stays healthy, yes, I’d sell

  17. Brett says:
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    Are you starting Clevinger vs the yanks tomorrow? Qs league

  18. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Brother Grey, are you thinking McCullers is a sell candidate? The most innings he’s ever pitched in a full season is 125IP’s…he’s already at 112IP on the season. Or do you think we HODL?

    If you’re yellin’ fire in the church of Razzball…I’m trying to duck out the quickest exit. Ideally I’d like to swap him for another SP; who do you think off the top of the dome is a fair return for him?

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: I own C Mart in every league I’m in. Greinke it is

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: If I try and flip McCullers and Bellinger for Bumgarner and Ian Desmond am I winning or losing that deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Losing

          • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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            @Grey: Is Bumgarner an upgrade or downgrade for McCullers?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              dg

              • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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                @Grey: Gotcha. I’m gonna HODL til the top 200 for the 2nd half comes out

              • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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                @Grey: Really appreciate you taking the time to answer by the way brothahman…was scoping ROS player rater and saw Bumgarner is $16+ vs
                MCculler $6. I love the robots but trust the FML above any other baseball source. You da man!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, no problem

  19. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Let’s hear it for Bryce Harper and the power of the Pretzel Penis!

  20. Padre says:
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    12 Team H2H Redraft. 6×6 categories who wins this deal? And is it close?

    Trout for Harper and Bumgarner

    Thanks Grey

    • Cram It says:
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      @Padre: Trout by a good bit.

      • c says:
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        @Cram It: it DOES depend on needs, but i agree with you

        • Cram It says:
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          @c: Sure, it should depend on needs at this point in the season. But without any context, Trout will almost always win.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Padre: Trout….its pretty much always the Trout side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Padre: Agree with Cram

  21. JC says:
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    Buehler is back from his days off.
    Who to drop to activate him?
    Cahill, anibel sanchez, Eovaldi, Cueto, Efflin, Flaherty, Bieber or Corbin?
    I need 8 SP since I’ve been picking up and dropping pitchers all year and I am way behind in innings pitched.
    Thanks, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JC: Cahill

  22. JC says:
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    Also
    Kyle Gibson is also free agent list. Would you drop a second of the previously (above) mentioned Group to pick up Kyle Gibson?
    Thanks again.
    Look forward to Buy/sell/hold this afternoon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JC: Flaherty

  23. Tom says:
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    Say what you will about old man King Albert, but for a roughly 20th. round pick he’s doing exactly what you want and should finish with at least 25-90. On the other hand guys were drafting Miguel Cabreara 200 picks earlier and would have been happy with and called a 25-90 season a success.

    • Tom says:
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      Heck if you drafted Hosmer and Bryant you’ll be thrilled if they finish the season at 25-90.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Agreed, just messing with his age

  24. Cram It says:
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    I want to see Ichiro in the HR derby this year. The legends of his HR prowess are well documented, let’s see it. He’s played this year, he should be eligible. Fans would watch that.

  25. Papasmurf says:
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    I will take credit for rosario. Played him all throughout the recent slump. First time i benched him since May. He homered in the last game too! Two in fact.

    Believe in the power…

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Papasmurf: Believe in Rosario’s, sure….papasmurf’s, not so much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Papasmurf: You have a way about you, Papa Smurf

  26. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Good morning.

    For H2h with obp, which of the below players will you keep as keepers for next season if all remains the same rest of the way. we can keep 3:

    Arenado (of course)
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Trevor Story
    Eddie Rosario
    Ronald Acuña
    Strasburg

    I’m leaning toward Arenado, Acuña and Story/Rosario.

    Thanks!

    • c says:
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      @Chris: Story’s having a very good year and nobody seems to be talking about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Story, Acuna

  27. Ohtani Bonaduce says:
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    I’m not sure if you watched the Blue Jays- Sox. I would not put all of that line on Happ. He had some horrendous fielding and I believe he did not allow an earned run. Happ was dealing early and then his squad behind him fell apart. On top of that, he ran into an epic at bat from Mookie Betts that I am unsure was how many pitches and what felt like his 50th or 60th pitch of the inning that went yard. It was also a golf shot that the MVP just went down and wooded out.

    I’d make a grandpa (low balls) offer for Happ if you think the owner is impatient or about to dump.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Ohtani Bonaduce: Watched parts of that game, and go to see that at bat. It was the 43rd or so pitch of the inning and 13th of the at bat. Mookie is ridiculous. Agree that Happ could be a legit trade target in fantasy, but if he ends up in NYY pinstripes, that short porch could be a problem for Happ.

    • Fabbsy says:
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      @Ohtani Bonaduce:

      I watched it as well, I think the 1st pitch of the at-bat Mookie hit the ball foul and it went in-out of Smoaks glove that would of ended the inning..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ohtani Bonaduce: I saw highlights, and Betts homer… I still like Happ a lot

  28. Matty says:
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    In an offense-heavy (5×5 + OPS and TB) 12-team H2H redraft I need to make some drops to get Bryant and Buehler off the DL.
    The low-men on the totem pole seem to be Schoop and Teoscar and Musgrove and Pivetta. Who of those would you lose?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Matty: Teoscar and Musgrove

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Agree with b

  29. Andrew Mellars says:
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    ROS who do you like in a H2H category league……Taillon, Buehler, Weaver, Manaea, Rich Hill, L Castillo or minor league guy Jon Gray?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Andrew Mellars: Buehler, Weaver, Hill, Manaea, Tailon, Gray, Castillo.

      • Andrew Mellars says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys! Appreciate your reply. I own Buehler but I’m gonna wait and see how he does tonight before I make a change. I’m a little concerned with the innings limit down the stretch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Joel says:
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    Hi.

    What are we doing with Eovaldi tonight vs Minnesota?

    We love him. He’s been utterly dominant thus far but SON does NOT like what’s for supper.

    After sitting both Ray and Pivetta last night, I’ll eat anything placed in front of me. Let’s just hope desert (Crème Bûehlér) isn’t burned.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Joel: If you’re not starting him against a bottom half offense, then you shouldn’t own him.

      • Joel says:
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        @Cram It: ya, I’ve pretty much decided he is a start in consideration of his performance. Had him for the devistation of the Mets last start, dropped for a streamer and was luckily to grab him again once waivers cleared.

        Friggin SON

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Joel: I’m starting him

  31. Josh C says:
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    Bieber should probably ride the pine tonight vs. Yanks… would you agree?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Josh C: yup

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Josh C: i don’t know about all that SON has it 12.3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh C: I think it’s too risky

      • Josh C says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks everyone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. Fogimon says:
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    Was offered MadBum (non keeper). Strasburg (non keeper), and Wade Davis for my Yelich & Bichette in a keeper league. Bum and Strasburg cannot be kept.

    I currently sit in 3rd, 10 team 5×5 roto. Would you pull the trigger?

    Replacing Yelich in my OF would be Bauers or E.Nunez

  33. Raider says:
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    When owned and forgotten- Ownbeknownst to me
    Paxton was scheduled to start today at COL and got moved up- stupid mariners!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raider: That’s really good too, will add to list! Yeah, I know on Paxton, stupid call by M’s

  34. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    10 Elite SS?? Have they outnumbered the Elite 1B group as your high average sluggers? Where the hell the top 1B tier gone?

  35. KailuaBoy says:
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    Pass Pass Goose!

    For the player you kind of forget about on your team.

    Aloha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KailuaBoy: That made me giggle, but I think we have better above

  36. Old School Brother says:
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    Streamonator loves Walker Beuhler today. Roll the dice?

  37. Evil Knebel says:
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    So if I’m trading Morton for a pitcher, who am I looking for? Greinke? Madbum? Or try and package him with a hitter for an upper echelon guy, my offense is far and away the best in the league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Evil Knebel: Greinke seems fair, hard to trade SP for SP tho

  38. Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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    Rank ROS: Lemahieu, Odor, Hosmer, Gurriel, Ed. Escobar

    Ten team 6×6 OPS weekly matchups

    Deal Treat Urner and Darvish for Springer and Segura?

  39. Matchstick March says:
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    With Buehler back today, do you like him for the rest of the year over any of the following pitchers

    Eovaldi
    Peralta
    Eflin

  40. Fogimon says:
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    Glossary term; Found Money

    I always found it funny when basketball brodcasters would use that for when a player like Dennis Rodman made a shot.

    A fresh variation would be; Couch Coin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fogimon: That’s not bad, will add to list

  41. a2k says:
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    MRS STANWICK!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @a2k: Haha

  42. Fogimon says:
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    Or in my best Eminem voice, “Forgot about Te’

  43. Hepcat13 says:
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    When do you predict Vlad the Impaler will finally rise? In a standard, H2H Yahoo, 12 team, 5×5 is it safe to drop, say, Dietrich and stash Guerrero Jr. on the bench now, or is it still too early?

    Thanks!

    • Hepcat13 says:
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      @Hepcat13: Or on the Pitcher side, drop Soria for Vlad instead? Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hepcat13: September… Is this a keeper? Guess Soria

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hepcat13: Tho, if Dietrich is a bench bat

  44. Alex says:
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    Would you deal Whit for Carlos Martinez in a 12 team 6×6?

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex:

      How about Whit and Morton for G. Cole?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: I’d take Cole

  45. Dave Funnell says:
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    All week I’ve been let down by my pitching staff like a good girl at a speed dating site. Everyone of them showed potential but quickly disappointed. And even when I benched them (Ray at Coors), they disappointed the negative potential I thought they had.

    Here’s my staff:

    Stripling, MadBum, deGrom, Kluber, Happ, Ray

    Your comments about Ray concerned me for the shizz show….is that a long term show or a one time appearance that’s worse than expected ? Also, Happ has gone from startable to downright ugly.

    Here are those available: Hendricks, Gibson….or stream using the Stream-o-nator, or look at Ralph’s top 100? Hold?

    We lose points for hr allowed, hence my frustration.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave Funnell: Happ should be ok, Ray I’m still worried about, Gibson isn’t over any of these guys…

  46. Synyster says:
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    Grey!!!!

    I feel like Hosmer is killing my avg/obp, but I guess I can always sunofabench him? Is it worth dropping him for daniel murphy, or hold? Lineup as follows…Thanks!

    C. Cervelli
    1B. Hosmer
    2B. JoRa
    3B. Machado
    SS. Didi
    OF. Trout
    OF. Merrifield
    OF. Cain
    Util. Brantley
    Bench. Bellinger

    Also drop Peralta (or Zim?) for Odorizzi, or hold in a 6×6 w/ QS.

    Stripling, Snell, Chapman, Britton, Norris, Bauer, Zimmerman, deGrom, Manaea, Ed-Rod, Berrios, Peralta, DL-Wacha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Synyster: Hold Hosmer — I’d take Zimm or Odorizzi depending on matchup

  47. Matt G. says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Couple of questions for you about my 12-team H2H 5×5 (OBP and QS) fantasy squad. My current team is as follows:

    C: Buster Posey
    1B: Rhys Hoskins
    2B: Whit Merrifield
    3B: Nolan Arenado
    SS: Trea Turner
    OF1: Eddie Rosario
    OF2: Khris Davis
    OF3: Michael Brantley
    UTIL: Eugenio Suarez/Max Muncy/Mazara
    SP’s: Kluber, Newcomb, Manaea, Alex Wood, and Buehler
    RP’s: Cody Allen, Morrow, Blake Parker, Britton
    Bench: Matt Olson, Paul DeJong, Muncy/Suarez/Mazara (2 of the 3).

    A friend of mine in the league is trying to get Arenado and/or Kluber from me, and he has possibly the most powerful infield I’ve seen in a 12-team league. He’s got Goldy, JoRam, Lindor, Machado, and Dozier as his utility. What are your thoughts on Machado vs. Arenado ROS and same goes for Ramirez vs. Arenado ROS? Any trade ideas to land Machado and/or JoRam, or do you think Arenado will have better stats ROS? Trying to get an idea of how much value I should be getting back for Kluber and/or Arenado. Let me know what you think when you have a chance please. Thanks for your help.

    -Matt G.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt G.: Jo-Ram, Machado, Arenado…That order

  48. swat290 says:
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    I always called those forgettable guys my Memento after the film cause even when I remember I have them, I forget about it a minute later only to be reminded again in a few weeks and the process starts all over. Plus they are apparently on my team for some reason, I just don’t know what that reason is!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @swat290: Someone offered this suggestion above (maybe it was you and you forgot?)

      • swat290 says:
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        @Grey: HA! I’m gonna go with that….

  49. RTP123 says:
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    Can you pick two please ROS from the below collection of misfits:

    Belt, Cron, Adam Duvall, Carlos Santana, Trumbo, Jose Martinez, Pujols

  50. Scuffy Mcgee says:
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    Would you add Pujols over Hosmer at this point in 12 tm h2h? Or hang tight and pray for the second-half turnaround?

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Holding ever so gently

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  51. Peaches says:
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    Forgot-a-schmotato

    • Fogimon says:
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      @Peaches: this is a good one. It could be shortened to Forgot-a-schmot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peaches: Prefer Forget Me lot better

      • Peaches says:
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        @Grey: Don’t abbreviate it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  52. Mad Hungarian says:
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    Teoscar Hernandez is a “ Milford Man”. Referring to the Milford Academy on Arrested Development where students blend in and are not seen or heard.

  53. smegma says:
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    Offer my Newcomb/Gallo/Vazquez for his Stras/Arenado? Other team needs a closer and has full DL.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @smegma: If Im the Arenado owner theres no way Im doing that….

  54. DodgersWindowClosed says:
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    1. Need steals. Trade Seager (bench bat) for Hamilton?
    2. My Jo Ma and Seager for his Dozier and Norris ?

  55. Lindorphins says:
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    With guys like Morton and McCullers possibly approaching innings walls, who are some starting pitchers of similar value that you’d target and expect to have better second halves? Thanks!

    • Top 20 Evan Gattis says:
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      @Lindorphins:

      Real question: who has the most IP in the 2nd half for the Astros, McCullers, Morton or McHugh?

      as the owner of both McCullers and Morton – are both of huge concern?
      is someone like Severino last year an anomaly to this spike in Innings pitched?

      Fantasy Master Lothario!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lindorphins: Greinke, C-Mart, Happ, answered above to someone else, do a find for Morton

  56. B.B. says:
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    I am now in full on sell mode for Charlie Morton, what’s an offensive piece or pitching piece that would match his value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.B.: Top 50 arm or bat

  57. Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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    14 team h2h redraft with OBP over AVG, hits and total bases added.
    C cervelli (gonna get 1B soonish and probably have less off days, it’s not like bell’s doing anything anyway, used to be bell: will he hit for AVG with no HR or hit HR with no AVG, now he finally made up his mind, and found it’s much more amenable to just do neither)
    1B au rizz (2B)
    2B whit (1B/OF)
    SS machado (3B)
    3B healy (1B)
    OF (3) rosario, yelich, schebler,
    util (2) grichuk, joc
    BN tucker, duffy (2B/3B)
    DL puig

    drop anybody (and who) for any of odor (very good for a while now), bird (this won’t last, but doing well for now). could also turn this into a stream slot, but i do have a decent amount of guys who either platoon or should (schebler, tucker, joc)

  58. Eric says:
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    So… I think it’s finally time to cut ties with Hosmer, despite my 8th round pick on him. What do you think of dropping him in favor of some hot bats (UTIL slot)?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Meh, I’d hold for now

  59. Cram It says:
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    Schmoprise

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cram It: Schmo-get-me-not

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Prefer Forget Me lot better

  60. SK says:
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    Thanks for daily info, Grey. Always good to start off the workday with a quick read (and re-read).

    Mixed H-2-H, 5×5 (plus QS and ‘L’ instead of ‘W’). With Garrett Richards gone, I’m looking for a back-end pitcher that might have some 2nd half upside. I grabbed Ervin Santana (as a spec-play) and put him right on the DL, so I’ve got an open spot. Thoughts on any of these guys? The Trade Analyzer has a few of them with some decent value…

    – Lucchesi, A.Suarez, Pivetta, Jon Gray, Rodon, Samardzija, Sonny G.

    Thanks….have a great weekend!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SK: Thanks! Pivetta, Samardzija, Rodon — varying levels of need to look at matchups first

  61. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey Gardens, great Friday post, can’t believe that SI story on J-Ram, incredible! While I won’t trade him for an old shoe, I am going to try and explore what I can get for Morton. Would you trade Morton for any of these guys (keeping in mind that I’m listing guys who are either at or below in value, because obviously I would love to trade him for someone awesome):

    Khris Davis, Dozier, Greinke, Alex Wood, Scooter, Encarnacion, Springer, Haniger.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrm3711: I would trade him for any of them except Wood

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @Grey: grazie! have a nice weekend!

  62. Starz says:
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    WIll the real Greg Bird please stand up? His peripherals all scream break-out, until his next broken bone of course. You buying?
    Grab him over N. Williams or M. Reynolds? Side-note, is Eaton worth holding?

    • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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      @Grey: @Starz: mini donkey only plays against lefties and even that will probably decrease when r-zimm is back shortly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Starz: Over Reynolds — lose Eaton

      • Starz says:
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        @Grey: Do you like one over the other in N. Williams vs. Bradley Jr? J. Bautista I guess could be added to that but meh.
        Just looking to ride the hot-hand with this spot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Williams

  63. Robert says:
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    My McCullers for his Cain, who wins?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Robert: Cain Sugar

  64. FrankGrimes says:
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    Why they move Paxton up a day? They should have given him a few extra days rest instead. Dopes!
    Cards are now pitching Mikolas Sunday… same dopey move.

  65. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Pujois and Upton lol love it!

    Aguilar is being offered for trade (16 team Dynasty keeper, Legend, Contracts, Scouting, Epic, Minors).

    The douchebag won’t say what he wants in return. What’s a fair trade offer?

    BTW he’s the guy that posts everybody is up for trade, then doesn’t respond to trade offers.

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Hebrew Hammer: Says the guy who doesn’t say who he has to offer. Top 5 closer? Tim Anderson?

      • c says:
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        @Cram It: oh snap. About to be a commenter fight.

        • Cram It says:
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          @c: Ha.

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        @Cram It:

        His team is 2-10. Can’t get an answer what he’s looking for so CRAM it,
        RPs: Doolittle, Greene, Matt Barnes, Knebel, Devenski, Ottavio. (he has Kimbrel)

        I do have Ohtani, maybe go for that?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Hebrew Hammer: Since he’s probably giving up and it’s a dynasty, he might be looking for some young guys in return.

  66. uncle ernie says:
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    Good morning Grey. Speaking of Rendon. I just received an offer for Him. My Rendon and Maeda for his Suarez Markakis and Corbin. If and I know it’s a big if. Suarez and Markakis can maintain their pace it’s a no brainer. He would sub Paxton for Corbin if I want. What do you think Grey? Thanks

    • b the esq. says:
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      @uncle ernie: Eugenio, Markakis and Paxton sounds good to me.

    • uncle ernie says:
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      @uncle ernie: thanks for your input

  67. DonnieB says:
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    Should I take a look at Pujols as my DH over Yuli? Thank you handsome mustache. Your SI quote on Ramirez/Donaldson was hilarious. Where was Bauer ranked in SPs? 50-70? Right behind Marco Estrada—maybe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: HA, totally! I’d take Pujols

  68. stached1 says:
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    A player that only looks hot because the players around him are so ugly – Bakersfield 10 (or insert name of a different awful place(Toledo? Cleveland? Detroit??))…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stached1: Ha, prefer Forget Me Lot better

  69. Erik says:
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    You don’t trust any Oriole? Hey, in Machado we trust, not those other ones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Erik: Machado orf course, but I mean non-obvious ones

  70. c says:
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    for Teoscar:

    A “Memento”. Remember that Guy Pierce/Christopher Nolan movie where he (Guy) can’t make new memories so he has to tattoo himself to remember who killed his wife? That’s Teoscar: you forget you own him because you’re so focused on the other suckitude(s) of your team. There are constant reminders, but you still forget him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c: Someone suggested this above

  71. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Glossary term for a player you kinda forget about because you have other problems on your team you need to worry about:

    Forget Me Lot

    Ignoredamous

    Insignificant Other

    12 team 5×5 with OBP redraft

    I’m doing great with HR, W and Ks, fine with RBI, SV, WHIP and SB, terrible with runs and OBP.

    I was offered Chapman for my Morton.

    Other team also has Odubel, Freeman, Bryant, Hoskins.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: Forget Me Lot is my fave, but suggested above… Do better for Morton

  72. George Kershaw says:
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    Hey Grey, for a 12 team keeper pick the OF to dump: Reddick, Nimmo, Meadows, Buxton. Thanks!!

  73. aardvark says:
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    Trade cmart for Acuna?

    • Starz says:
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      @aardvark: Keeper league? Yes, no brainer. Otherwise, I guess, if you have plenty of pitching but I wouldn’t. Cmart will have a strong 2nd half and will likely match his draft cost as he’s finally healthy. Acuna is OK in re-draft leagues. You could get a better hitter back in a re-draft league for Cmart.

  74. Kyler Shaw says:
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    What is good everyone? Happy Friday.

    12 team H2H – HR RBI SB OBP SLG x QS ERA WHIP K/9 Svs+Hlds

    Currently rostering 6 SPs but rarely if ever use the bottom 2 guys
    Bauer SP8
    Nola SP9
    Snell SP10
    Corbin SP15
    Clevinger
    Archer

    Daily starting lineup
    1B Freeman
    2B Chris Taylor
    3B Rendon
    SS Lindor
    OF Mookie
    OF Benintendi
    OF Rhys
    Util Khris Davis
    Util Jesus Aguilar aka my large Venezuelan son (Having this dude as my 2nd best 1st baseman feels like cheating)

    Bench: Acuna, Kike, Winker

    Thoughts on my clevinger & Acuna for his Whit Merrifield & Siranthony Dominguez?

    Thinking turn Acuna who is benched daily due to the guys in the OF & utils into an everyday 2B in merrifield, let taylor become 2b,SS,OF depth and drop Kike. And turn clevinger who I rarely find myself starting into the 13th ranked RP that can go for Svs+Hlds each day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kyler Shaw: Good Friday (not like that)! I’d take Acuna

  75. b the esq. says:
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    Glossary term for a player you kinda forget about because you have other problems on your team has other needs:

    L.P.I.T.A…..Lesser Pain in the Ass
    Alz(heimers) Star
    An “a meh zing” starter
    An iphone 6……….nothing spectacular but won’t explode or burst into flames.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @b the esq.: Haha on iPhone 6, but prefer Forget Me Lot better

  76. DodgersWindowClosed says:
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    How about Morton and Seager for Severino?
    Trust Seve much more than Morton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I trust Severino more

  77. Lindorphins says:
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    Re Teoscars of the world: player-in-law.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, prefer Forget Me lot tho

  78. FedDog says:
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    Peraza just a SAGNOF or do you see him as much more? Need sbs but don’t want an empty SAGNOF, better to deal for Anderson at a similar value? Thanks Grey , have a GREYT wknd

    • Cram It says:
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      @FedDog: Is he that empty compared to Anderson? The only thing Anderson has on him is the HR’s really. Peraza has a much better avg, similar runs/rbi. I’d take Peraza for free unless you can get Anderson for cheap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s SAGNOF, Anderson is better

      • FedDog says:
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        @Grey:

        Rodon too much to give up for Anderson in OBP lg?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  79. CloudTown says:
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    Morning Grey!

    Need to drop someone to activate Thor – 10tm keeper 7×7

    Bieber, Flaherty, Eovaldi

    Thinking it’s gonna be young Jack, agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  80. Play Ball says:
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    Start Buehler tonight against the Angels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  81. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Name for Teoscar? Michael Conforto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  82. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    I have Marwin in AL only. Would you replace him with Canha or Tony Kemp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold

  83. The Shoe says:
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    Happy Friday, Grey!

    A. Say it ain’t so with Morton – I guess you’ll cover this in the buy/sell column later, but are you betting Morton won’t even be pitching during the fantasy playoffs period? If he is still pitching, how much will he regress?

    B. Still grinding away at a deal for an SP1. 12 team H2h points league. Here’s something I’m cooking up: My Arenado plus one or two of Quintana, Bieber, Gibson, Eflin, Clevinger for his Bauer and Muncy (he’s short on SP, so sending back 2 could help). Is it even? Which pitcher(s) would you try on my end first?

    D. In terms of keeper values, for next year, Arenado will be $38 and Bauer $14. I have Bregman for $19 who I can probably slot over to 3B next year. Do you think the deal makes sense for me with regards to keepers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Shoe: A. I bet they rest him in Sept B. Not good D. I see, makes more sense now, but don’t love trading away Arenado, I guess if you’re really desperate for pitching

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: B. Yah, I don’t want to Torenado, but I think I need to make a move to boost my pitching.

        The first place team has Kershaw, Kluber, Berrios, Sale, Bundy, Flaherty, and he’s running a 6RP setup with dominant relievers. My staff is Morton, Quintana, Gibson, Eflin, Clevinger, Stripling, Eovaldi, Bieber. My offense should be at least a half a step better than his (not sure what I even mean by half a step, haha), but I’m worried about my pitching keeping up. You think I’d be OK?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your pitching won’t compete with his pitching if things go as they will… So you have to win hitting and pray on pitching

          • The Shoe says:
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            @Grey: Already praying haha. Ok, last thoughts/questions:

            On the keeper question, how much do you like Bauer at $14 next year? He’ll be a top _____ pitcher next year? I also have Trout who I will keep at $72 (just can’t let him go yet, haha) who’s eating my budget so I’m looking at ways to save money.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              top 6-10 SP

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              There’s a new post for followups

  84. LenFuego says:
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    How about a Jack-In-The-Box, or a Jack-On-The-Bench?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      prefer Forget Me Lot

  85. Gotime says:
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    So traded away my Bauer for Springer, my hitting has been rolling 1st in every cat, 3rd in SB, now it’s trying to stay afloat with my risky pitching. H2H weekly league.
    Carrasco Maeda Wood Eflin Folty Flaherty Pivetta Newcomb .. do you use a season move to sub out any of these arms for Bieber CRodon or hold for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, the whole ERA vs. xFIP is a headache, true stat that if those above pitchers were pitching more to their xFIP Carrasco Maeda Wood Folty Flaherty Pivetta are all ranked within top 25 for pitchers and most with decent K/BB ratios… ugh what evs…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  86. Jason Murray says:
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    Javy Baez and Archer or Carlos Martinez and Dee Gordon in a 12-team H2H keeper? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez is huge keeper

  87. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    I need K’s to close out this week strong in my H2H and not too worried about ERA. Should I start Tyler Anderson at home against SEA (has 25 Ks in his last 3 home starts) or Andrew Suarez at home against OAK (OK Ks but great ERA over his last 6 starts)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Suarez

  88. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    RE: “You ever have a guy who you own that you completely forget about? There’s likely better guys out there, but I have so many other concerns on my team I don’t have time to worry about him.”

    Set and Meh-get?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, prefer Forget Me Lot

  89. Rum Ham says:
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    10 team QS league. Maeda or Felipe Vazquez ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Felipe

  90. Fish says:
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    Speaking of garbage: Yahoo.

    I would like to personally thank them for being lazy AF by having two Othani’s rather than rewriting their code to deal with him. It has really screwed over his managers who own him as a pitcher. Now that Othani (the batter) is off the DL, hit SP owners cannot keep him on said DL despite the fact that he may not throw a single pitch the rest of the season… or next. And, of course because he’s two separate players we don’t get to enjoy the ABs he accrues.

    Awesome.

    [Rant over]

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, had no idea, that sucks

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey:

        If it’s a one-and-done league, no worries. Just drop him.
        Pretty much sucks for a large portion of managers who plays keeper or dynasty formats.

        Did no one seriously consider the ramifications of such a decision??? I mean, I know Brad Evans has no foresight beyond the next hype-inducing adjective he finds in his “Dictionary for Gen-Xers who want to sound like Millennials,” but Jesus…

        (Okay, so I lied about the rant being over)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, Brad Evans took his talents to football I believe

          • Fish says:
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            @Grey:

            Talents should be in quotes.

  91. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team 7×7 keeper league (OPS and TB): Drop Deshields for Heyward, Teoscar or Gallo? Or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  92. Raider says:
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    Stream for tomorrow- Flaherty home vs Reds
    Castillo at Cards
    Newcomb home vs dbacks

    One or none?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flaherty

  93. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: #ShallowLeagueProblems

    Looking to free up a spot for an SP streamer/closer

    Batting cats are: standard 5 plus OBP and Ks – which batter is my drop:
    C- Posey
    1B- Abreu
    2B- Merrifield
    3B- Rendon
    SS- Lindor
    OF- Desmond, Betts, Rosario
    UTIL- Shaw
    B- Gallo, Tucker, B-Ham

    I was hoping that the combo of Gallo/B-Ham would lead to a 40/40 frankenstein player and I’d kill teams in HRs and SBs each week, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallo

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: yeah I was leaning that way too – I was so pumped when Gallo was dumped by another team thinking I was getting a great buy low bat

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  94. GMAN says:
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    Deep league, do you drop CarGo or Almora for Span, Jay, Duggar, Hanson or Pillar?

    • GMAN says:
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      @GMAN: Eaton’s out there too now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Almora, Pillar

  95. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team 5×5 with OBP redraft

    I’m doing great with HR, W and Ks, fine with RBI, SV, WHIP and SB, terrible with runs and OBP.

    Looking to trade my Morton. Please rank by fairness/preference:

    A) Morton for Odubel
    B) Morton plus Happ for Freeman
    C) Morton for Bryant
    D) Morton for Hoskins and S. Greene

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B C D

  96. C says:
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    Yo Grey –

    Have read everyday throughout the first half and am headed into the break in 1st most likely in my 12 team roto 6×6 (OBP and holds) league. That said, I feel like I need to do something to improve my middling bats (I am tops in almost all pitching categories). What do you think – or should I sit tight and hope my bats warm up a bit in the second half? Here’s my roster:

    C – C. Ianetta
    1B – J. Abreu
    2B – B. Dozier (recently traded for him)
    3B – T. Shaw
    SS – F. Lindor
    OF – G. Polanco
    OF – C. Yelich
    OF – G. Stanton
    Util – E. Hosmer
    Util – A. Eaton
    Bench – J. Profar

    SP – C. Sale
    SP – B. Snell
    SP – C. Morton
    SP – C. Archer
    SP – R. Ray
    RP – C. Knebel
    RP – B. Treinen
    RP – F. Vasquez
    P – A. Bradley
    P – A. Colome
    Bench – K. Kela
    Bench – D. Betances
    Bench – R. Osuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d worried about Shaw, and Eaton is not good — I’d replace Eaton, maybe trade Shaw and Morton for a 3B upgrade?

  97. Jimmy Lin says:
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    Which two for ROS?
    Steven Piscotty
    Adam Eaton
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Jason Heyward
    Brian Anderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty, Heyward

  98. Seismic DDT says:
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    ROS Peralta or Buehler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buehler

  99. OldMilwaukeePoudners says:
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    Grey/ Rudy –

    Not sure who titled today’s post, but it is a real masterwork!

    Perkins life was quite tragic. Not only did he die of HIV/AIDS, but his widow was on one of the hijacked planes that struck the towers on 9/11.

    Their son, Elvis, is a wonderful songwriter. He released a terrific album “Ash Wednesday” with some truly beautiful songs that really deal with the tragedies of his parents & his lives.

    Perhaps the most wonderful is “While You Were Sleeping.” Just a really beautiful song.

    https://youtu.be/YBP8d32sNQc

    There is your totally un-requested Tony Perkins trivia for today.

    Great work, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks, was my title… Wow, crazy about his widow, had no idea… Or about his son… Thanks!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: No problem!

        That particular song I linked gives me the chills every time. Knowing his life story really makes it come alive with emotion. He also delivered a terrific performance of that tune on Letterman. I think that video is on YouTube somewhere.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s crazy stuff on him…I mean, he was gay, right?

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @Grey: Yes, he had several, exclusively same-sex relationships in his earlier life. I’m pretty sure Rock Hudson was one of them, actually.

            His relationships with women seemed to mostly begin much later in his life.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, crazy stuff

  100. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey!

    Which will be the best 2 ROS in RCL… C Santana, STL’s Jo-Mar, Maikel?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! Jo-Ma…Not Franco ROS, but Franco now over Santana

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Very well said. Correct as usual, King Friday

  101. uncle ernie says:
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    With the second half in mind. I’m thinking of offering up either Bumgarner or Boz Skaggs and Gurriel for his Carlos Martinez and Abreu (who’s struggling mightily). I think there’s upside in both C Mart and Abreu. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

      • uncle ernie says:
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        @Grey: Bum or Skaggs in the offer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Skaggs

  102. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Looking at the shortened post-All Star game week and I see that St. Louis and CHC play 5 games. Which one of the following would you stream for the week?

    Heyward
    Addi Russell
    Wong
    Gyorko

    Thanks in advance!

    • RICE says:
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      @RICE: …All 5 games are @ CHC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  103. CP says:
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    Heyward or N. Williams ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  104. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    Okay, although I want to hold on to Morton…. I am willing to allow Morton to go for a #B. My current 3b is Devers. So here are the options I can consider:
    Morton and Devers for
    A) Javier Baez
    B) Eugenio Suarez
    C) Nicholas Castellanos

    Order of preference Please, Sir

    Also- What does your eye tell you about Eric Lauer,?

    Also also You go Anibal Sanchez over Cahill right now or ROS?

    THanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A, B — Lauer is streamer at home — yes, Anibal

  105. Pro Jj says:
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    Which side of this trade do you like in a roto league
    Rendon, Hamilton, Trumbo, Nola or Desmond, Merrifield, Cruz Verlander….and is it close for you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond side, new post for followups

  106. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME********

  107. Michael DePinto says:
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    Currently have Andrus at SS and Baez at 2B. Would you drop Andrus for either Odor, Tim Anderson or Schoop in a 10-team H2H league where average and OBP are not categories but hits and walks are instead?

    Odor has been hot since the benching and Schoop seems to have a pulse the past week or so. Andrus has been a zero but amazingly he had a good game vs Sale.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME********

  108. Barney Graham says:
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    Need your expertise!!

    I’m officially playing for next season in a 12 team NL-ONLY 5×5 keeper lg (we keep 4 players with no salaries)

    In examining the past 3-4 drafts in my league, I’ve noticed how thin and unreliable the pitching is that makes it into the draft pool. With that said, I’m curious as to whether it would make more sense to have 2 elite aces and build my offense in the draft and focus on pitching later in draft.

    My keepers are currently

    Nolan Arenado
    Ozzie Albies
    Max Scherzer
    Paul Goldschmidt

    Would it make sense to move Goldschmidt for Nola? I see it this way….Nola at 25 is probably the safest NL-ONLY SP to target in a keeper lg….every other upper tier SP carries significant risk.

    Kershaw – back issues
    DeGrom – injury/Mets might trade him to AL
    Thor – same as DeGrom
    Bum – not nearly as dominant anymore

    Not to mention, the strong SP are kept – In this year’s draft in my league, the best SP taken in the draft were –

    Cueto, Rich Hill, Jeff Smarz, Gio Gonzalez, Godley, Jon Gray, Wacha, Teheran.

    Am I missing something? Do I move Goldy for Nola? Does having 2 Aces in hand to start the year do more for me than having Goldschmidt?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re in the wrong post, and I answered this question above

  109. Control Towers says:
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    Great stuff as always Grey. I even clicked on a few of the ads and accepted the corresponding virus’ to show my support!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re the best, CT!

  110. Fish says:
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    Remember when everyone was freaking out over Goldschmidt? Now he has 20+ HR and an OBP approach .400.

    Good times.

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