Can you name the top five in the AL for batting average?  I’m talking those qualified.  The person who said Erik Kratz for being 1-for-1 on the year is unqualified to answer.  By the way, if you’ve taken too many quaaludes to answer, does that mean you’re unquaaludified?   I pose this question to you while sprawled on a tiger-skin carpet like Burt Reynolds in a centerfold for Cosmopolitan.  “Loni, feed me grapes, would you doll face?”  Totally making current references right now.  The top 5:  Altuve, Avisail Garcia, Hosmer, Reddick and Jose Ramirez.  Yo, batting average leaders nowadays are weird.  There’s only ten guys in the league over .300, and two of them are Joe Mauer and Lorenzo Cain.  Yesterday, Avisail went 5-for-5, 2 runs, 7 RBIs and his 17th homer, as he hits .333.  Let me be the first to tell you, he has not really broken out like your teenaged face.  He’s hitting 52% ground balls, a .397 BABIP (!), not even top 70 for Hard Contact percentage, a high HR/FB% for him and still only has 17 homers.  There’s very little to point to that he’s breaking out, and not just getting crazy lucky.  Now watch him win the batting title and go full Terry Pendleton.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Yoan Moncada – 4-for-5, 5 runs and a slam (5) and legs (2), hitting .229, but had a huge series vs. the Tigers.  But, Part II, Back That But Up, the Tigers pitching is sad like how all the people look who were involved in the Scott Peterson case fifteen years later.  Are you watching this A&E docuseries?  It’s so good, who knew he used to date Janel Moloney from The West Wing?  Any hoo!  Maybe the Tigers pitching was the kickstart Yoan needed to reach his potential, or at least get hot for two weeks.

Jose Abreu – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .308.  Might have to start calling him El Grande Dolor again, and risk a Frank Thomas defamation suit.

Nicholas Castellanos – 2-for-4 and his 22nd homer, hitting near-.500 in the last week.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you wait for that and the other guy who secretly reads Razzball might beat you to it.  Though, that other guy might be reading for the ads at the bottom of the post, “Which celebrities can no longer wear bikinis?”  Now I have to know!

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-3 and his 16th homer, hitting .249.  Member we used to say Avisail looked like Mini Miggy?  This year that’s an insult to Avisail.  If you would’ve told me in March you’re a time traveler and Miggy’s going to hit .250 with 16 homers, I would’ve said, “That’s the bullcrap news you bring me from the future?!  You can’t tell me a stock to invest in or something?”

Jeimer Candelario – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  Looking at his minor league stats, I can’t wrap my head around why this guy was a top prospect.  Maybe the Cubs factor.  Legit, not sure.

David Price – Will return as a relief pitcher.  Sucks you drafted him high, but at least you didn’t pay $217 million over seven years!  For that price, the Red Sox could’ve had the African nation of Cameroon and renamed it Mike Cameroon.

Drew Pomeranz – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.28.  In the American League, apparently, ‘Ranz can dance.

Khris Davis – Out on paternity leave.  Maybe if it’s a boy, he’ll name him Chris Davis Jr. just to really confuse the shizz out of people.

Ryon Healy – 2-for-4 and his 25th homer, hitting .269.  I’m sure in/around May I said/wrote something about how Healy would be unowned in the majority of leagues all year and we’d get to September, and his stats will be saying he should’ve been owned.  And that’s me maybe/probably paraphrasing me!

Zack Godley – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.00.  Wow, Godley is not exaggerating, huh?  I’m gonna have to take a long look at him this offseason like a cyclops with a monocle.  For now, it’s just one start to the next, and, as the Stream-o-Nator rightfully points out, his next start is solid.  By the way, Poseidon’s fantasy team had a nice day, adverbially speaking.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 39th homer.  I shudder erotically (totally a thing) to think what Just Dong could do with 600 ABs.

Ozzie Albies – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .292.   He was born in 1997!  Member when Cuba Gooding Jr. jumped around, winning an Oscar for Jerry Maguire?  That was 1997!

Koda Glover – Shut down for the season with shoulder issues.  Don’t worry, I’m sure Glover will once again be a closer sleeper next March.  Glover, Leonys and Lawrie are perennial sleepers.  Call them, Rip Van Winkles.

Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.43.  Fun fact!  Before global warming, his name was Pale Roark.

Jorge Alfaro – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .308.  For some reason, Prospector Ralph doesn’t like Alfaro, but Alfaro smoked that home run last night and it made me drool a little.  He didn’t flash home run power, he flashed 450-foot power.

Freddy Galvis – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .256.  For those concerned, he still has his Ripken-esque streak going.  He even pinch hit in one game just to keep it going.  If any Phillie fans (Phans?) are reading (in Reading), I’d love to know why this is so important to keep going.

Rhys Hoskins – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Bob Hoskins has already lost his place at the top of the Google results for Hoskins.  Next up, Rhysus is going to be number one when you search Jesus.

Cesar Hernandez – 4-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .293.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but a four-hit night usually translates into a couple day schmotato.

Jake Junis – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.15.  This feels like an ESPN thing to say, but Junis against the Indians last night gave a gutsy performance.  Showed great intestinal fortitude.  Oh, snap, I just realized intestinal fortitude’s root origin is likely gutsy.  Unless it’s strictly a Gorilla Monsoon-ism.  As for Junis, the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like his next start, but I’ll say this.  Right now, game time decisions on streams could change on whether a team is playing their A or B lineup.

Kelvin Herrera – 1 IP, 1 ER and the blown save.  Mike Minor, you’re up next!  Or Ryan Buchter.  Can’t believe they keep going back to Herrera.  And Scott Alexander or Brandon Maurer?  Well, let’s just say I have it on good authority that they suck.

Jose Ramirez – 4-for-4, 1 run, hitting .314.  Everyone wants to make the Indians’ insane winning streak about Lindor, and, of course, he’s a big part of it, but go look at when the Indians started winning and Jose Ramirez.  He got fire emoji just as the Indians picked up baseball at an orphanage, crocheted it some booties and had it move into Cleveland with them.

Jake Marisnick – Out six to eight weeks with a fractured thumb.  This guy is such an emMarisnick!

Mike Fiers – Suspended for five games for throwing at Valbuena.  Technically, they just told Fiers to stop, drop and roll for five days.

Brad Peacock – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.98.  You in March, “Right after I drafted David Price, someone drafted Brad Peacock.  Man, people are dumb.”  You now, “I have a time traveling magician in my league, who dresses like a pick-up artist.”

Luis Valbuena – 1-for-4 and his 21st  homer, and the third time I’ve mentioned this week.  Well, third time I’ve mentioned him for a homer, fourth if you count Fiers, but who counts Fiers?  You a pyro?

Kyle Seager -2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer.  He did it.  He reached his usual benchmarks for power.  Honestly, when he was sitting at 10 HRs at the break, I did not think he’d be getting there.

Yonder Alonso – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd steal.  Okay, imagine a wrestling ring is “home runs.”  Now imagine Alonso tagged Seager and Yonder went out for the whole 2nd half.  All the people who were saying Alonso became a new hitter this past offseason have to admit this 2nd half from Alonso (5 HRs) is right back to his usual blech.

Nelson Cruz – 4-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 33rd homer.  Anyone want to bet he now goes off for at least seven homers in the final two weeks?

Rougned Odor – 1-for-2, 4 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .213.  Literally, the least you can do is go 30/15 with that crapola average.

Jose Berrios – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.84.  Ugh, just shut him down until the playoffs at least!  C’mon!

Byron Buxton – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Seemed to be the only one on the Twins not hitting homers recently, but he took responsibility for winning yesterday’s game in extras, saying the Bux stops here.

Justin Smoak – 2-for-5 and his 38th homer.  With two outs in the ninth, he took away my save from Matt Belisle (1 IP, 1 ER, 4th blown save).  That’s just wrong, Smoak, like a sky writer who is doing an advertisement for a therapist and puts a space in the wrong spot.

Jen-Ho Tseng – 3 IP, 5 ER as he was called up.  So that’s where Jen-Ho from high school went!  *intern whispers in my ear*  Wait, it’s a guy?  His minor league numbers look fairly mediocre — 6.4 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 4.13 xFIP.  Maybe there’s some streamer value here in mixed leagues, but I’d leave the owning of him to dynasty and NL-Only leagues.

Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (32) and double legs (9, 10).  HR to the Rizzo!

Jason Heyward – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer.  For everyone that tuned out in April and tuned back in September, Heyward isn’t fixed.  Ten homers in baseball this year is equal to a negative three homers.

Dominic Smith – 2-for-3 and his 7th homer, and third homer in the last four games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-3 and his 32nd homer, hitting .302.  Hey, nice deductive reasoning!  Yup, Schoop is one of only ten guys mentioned in the lede who is hitting over .300 in the AL.

Trey Mancini – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 24th homer, hitting .292.  This guy is going to be tricky next year.  It’s not tricky, it’s illusiony!  Where he gets drafted is anyone’s guess.  My guess is around 175-200 overall and comes at a great discount.

Wade Miley – 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.32.  Damn, I hope Miley shakes the rust off by October.  If the O’s make it to the playoffs, he’s their 2nd starter.

Aaron Judge – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 6 RBIs and his 42nd and 43rd home run, hitting .277.  Also, in this game, Gary Sanchez (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 31st homer.  The Yankees’ right fielder and catcher are carrying this team.  Hopefully, Judge doesn’t say anything about being the straw that stirs the drink, though, to be honest, I can’t imagine Judge using a straw.  And, if he does, it would have to be a boba straw.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .214.  The Yankee game was a blowout (as just about every game in the major leagues this year).  I mention that because the Yankees removed their best players yesterday around the 6th.  Frazier?  Oh, he played the whole game.

Felix Hernandez – 3 2/3 IP, 1 ER as he was activated from the DL.  Was limited to around 50 pitches, and can’t imagine he really gets stretched out the rest of the year like Yoga Mom.  I wonder if we could convince Christian Yelich’s mom to play Yoga Mom in my dreams.  Oh em gee!  I got an idea!  We should have Yelich’s mom on the podcast.  How do we make this happen?  Can someone help, please.

Amir Garrett – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 7.49.  Aw, ‘member when Muslim Mrs. Garrett was a thing?  I think that was this year, but when I see a 7.49 ERA it makes me doubtful.  Not Mrs. Doubtfire, different naggy b*tch.  Just playin’, ladies!  I’m your Fantasy Master Lothario.

Luke Weaver – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.89.  *eyes spin like a slot machine, they all stop on avatars of the Ghost of Dave Duncan*

Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (20) and double legs (20, 21).  A two-thirds of a season 20/20!  Uh-oh, I feel a return of my rap alter ego, B. Fire.  Dizzamn!  Phizzam!  We fizzam?  No?  Then I shouldn’t have screamed, “Daddy, stop tickling me,” when we was dancing to that jizzam.  Or pointed out how your mom is bougie.  Guy Frieri is Poochie and douchey.  Queen Elizabeth be like, “Coochie, coochie, corgie!”  Just watching Charmed, what happened to Doherty?  Yo, I wanna steal your Connie, talking to you, Maury.  Yeah, I’m special, call me, Corky.  Ah, call me Corky.  Ah, call me, Corky.  (This is the chorus.)  Think I might lay down this track.

 
  1. Herr Drumpf says:
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    I spat out the beverage I was drinking when I read the Pale Roark line. Awesome!

    How high does JD go next year?? How about Benintendi??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herr Drumpf: JD’s a top 20 player, Bennie maybe top 50

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great write-up!

    a. Nice Pham rap, though it’s about Pham right? so Call me corky as the chorus is a misnomer, right? Still nice rap, can totally hear it blaring at the strip mall in Schenectady, NY ten years from now.

    b. Fiers in the hole! I think the Astros were saddened that the suspension wasn’t for 10 games or more, guy’s been totally unreliable as a pitcher of late. But I’m sure taking one for the team always wins you brownie points with your fellow teammates and management so it’s a win-win for all concerned.

    c. No rest for the wicked. All of my subordinates have either gone on leave or on mission leaving me to do their dirty work for them (i.e., sending reports dur!). The sign of a good manager is knowing how to do everything that your subordinates do, making me a mediocre manager at best.

    d. Rambo quote of the day for September 15 – last one from Rambo I (First Blood) from the week of June 19

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Think about what you’re doin’. The building’s perimeter’s covered. No exits. There’s nearly 200 men out there and a lot of M16s! You did everything to make this private war happen. You’ve done enough damage! This mission is over, Rambo. Do you understand me? This mission is over! Look at ’em out there. Look at ’em! If you won’t end this happen, they’ll kill you! Is that what you want? lt’s over, Johnny. lt’s OVER!’

    Rambo: ‘Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don’t turn it off! lt wasn’t my war. You asked me, I didn’t ask you!’

    Rambo: ‘And I did what I had to do to win, but someone wouldn’t let us win. And I come back to the world, and I see all those maggots at the airport, protestin’ me, spittin’. Callin’ me baby killer and all kinds of vile crap!Who are they to protest me, huh? Who are they? Unless they’ve been me and been there, and know what the hell they’re yellin’ about?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘It was a bad time for everyone, Rambo. It’s all in the past now.’

    Rambo: ‘FOR YOU! For me, civilian life is nothing. In the field, we had a code of honor. You watch my back, I watch yours. Back here, there’s nothing!

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You’re the last of an elite group…don’t end it like this.’

    Rambo: ‘Back there I could fly a gunship, I could drive a tank, I was in charge of a million dollar equipment! Back here, I can’t even hold a job parking cars!’

    [Rambo breaks down, throws his gun away and starts to cry.]

    Rambo: ‘Where is everybody? I had a friend, who was in the Air Force. There were all these guys, man. Back there were all these fuckin guys! Who were my friends! Back here, there’s nothing! Remember Dan Forest? Wore this black headband. I took one of his magic markers, and I said: “If found, you mail this to Las Vegas”, ’cause we were always talkin’ about Vegas, and this fuckin’ car. This so great ’58 Chevy convertible! He was talkin’ about his car, he said we’d get cruised till the tires fell off!’

    Rambo: ‘We were in this bar in Saigon, and this kid comes up, this kid carrying a shoe shine box. And there, he says: ”Shine please, shine!” I said no, and he kept askin’, yeah, and Joe would say ‘yeah’. And…I went to get a couple of beers. And the box was wired. He opened up the box… Fucking blew his body all over the place. He’s laying there and he’s fucking screaming, there’s pieces of him all over me! And I’m trying to pull them off, you know…my friend! It’s all over me! I got blood and everything and…I’m trying to hold him together, I put him together the fucking entrails keep coming out! And nobody would help! He’s saying, sayin’, ”I want to go home!” just calling my name. ”I wanna go home, Johnny, I wanna drive my Chevy!” I said: “Why I can’t find your fuckin’ legs.” ”I can’t find your legs!” I can’t get it out of my head. lt was seven years. Every day it hurts. Sometimes I wake up and don’t know where I am. I don’t talk to anybody. Sometimes a day. Sometimes a week. I can’t put it outta my mind…’

    [The movie ends with Rambo crying into Colonel Trautman’s shoulder. After he surrenders with Captain Dave accompanying him in handcuffs. Rambo looks in scorn at Sheriff Teasle who’s lying on a stretcher bed just before being carted off into an ambulance and continues to walk with Colonel Trautman and Captain Dave and freeze the frame (a la most movies at that time). Cue the queue for the credits!! ].

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Ha, thanks B. Totally C. That’s not fair! D. Nice!

  3. Brad says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’m in my h2h semi finals and wondering if I should start Alex Wood today in Washington? He has been sketchy lately and I have a feeling he will be lit up. I’m currently leading pitching cats by a pretty wide margin but don’t want to let my opponent potentially back into the match up. Cats are W, ERA, WHIP, K’s and K:BB.

    Thanks,

    Brad

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Brad: I could see benching him in that situation, but I’m starting him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brad: No reason to start him

  4. Tony C says:
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    Limited to 3 pickups per week in playoffs. In a close battle this week in several hitting cats I Need in order of importance SB, R, BA, HR and someone who does not strikeout so much since that is also a hitting cat in my league. I have one pickup left for this week. Because of Khris Davis’ inopportune time to have a baby should I drop him or Blake Parker, Knebel is my only other RP, for

    Michael Taylor Vs. Rich Hill and Ryu
    Mitch Haniger vs. Keuchel and Verlander
    Tim Anderson vs. Porcello and E-Rod
    Tommy Pham vs.Hendricks and Quintana
    Ed Rosario vs. Estrada and Biagini
    Jose Reyes vs. Dickey and Teheran

    Although Anderson is stealing more lately he strikes out way too much. I am leaning towards Taylor, Pham or Reyes. Thanks as always!

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Tony C: FWIW, the Twins have seven games next week. Washington, STL, SEA, and CWS are all off on Monday.

      MIN, DET, BAL, PHI, and MIL have 7 games next week. Given your low move limit, you might try to find someone on those teams (I.e., Rosario from your list)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Agree with CGS, but of these… Drop Davis for Pham

  5. Sean says:
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    Great read as always Grey, enjoyed the Pale Roark line as well. Looking to make some moves for next week’s finals since I’ve had the bye this week. I’ve narrowed it down to dropping Reynolds (cold and away from coors), I. Desmond (horrible since return), and Choo (cooled down a bit).

    1. Who’s the top 3 adds out of Reyes, T. Anderson, Nick Williams, Jose Martinez, Dom Smith, and Albies? Positions don’t really matter as I have decent flexibility.
    2. Would you drop J. Polanco for any of the SS eligible players above (Reyes, Anderson, and Albies)?
    3. Should I hold Nunez as a bench bat in hopes he returns in the beginning of next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: Thanks! I’d drop all three for Anderson, Reyes, Williams 2. Yes, Albies 3. Prolly not, so can hold Polanco, I guess

  6. Wu Tanguay Clan says:
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    referring to Ryon Healy ending up looking like he should be owned, you 100% said this in the first couple weeks of the season. Said he could end up looking like Seager at the end of the year…

    Seager: 67/25/82/2/0.257, rank 201 in standard Y! leagues (89% owned)
    Healy: 62/25/75/0/0.269, rank 230 (54% owned)

    yeah…. think you were pretty dead on there!

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    Morning Grey –
    Im in a dogfight for first place with wins, saves, WHIP and ERA and K’s all still up for grabs.

    I have Wood, Ray, Darvish, Godley, Hill, McCullers, Jon Gray and Corbin as my starters.

    Giles, Knebel, Dyson, Treinen, are my closers and I have Chad Green and Bryan Shaw helping my ratios.
    I want to pick up Swarzak for ratio help as well (literally I’m tied in ERA at 3.709 and trail in WHIP 1.241 to 1.240.)

    Who do I drop? I thought McCullers cause of arm fatigue, but your top 100 starters for week 24 has him #13 which made me hesitate. I know some of closers kind of suck, but I have an 8 save lead and need every one i can get.

    Help me Grey! What do i do?

    • bossmanjunior333 says:
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      @Murph:

      I dropped McCullers yesterday. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session this weekend some time and the Astros haven’t announced his next scheduled start, just that they’re going to be careful to make sure he is ready for the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Non-keeper? Drop McCullers

  8. Matt says:
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    Grey-
    Drop Carpenter and/or CarGo, to pick up Castellanos and/or Avisail Garcia?
    Thoughts??

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Matt: Cast over Carpenter / I’d hold Cargo over Avisail unless i needed a bump in AVG. Cargos been better as of late

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Agree with F

  9. Sean says:
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    Are sabathia vs balt and/or reynaldo lopez vs detroit worth a stream?

    Please rank for droppable purposes:
    Moustakas series vs CLE
    Cain series vs CLE
    Olson series vs PHIL
    Carpenter series vs CUBS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: I wouldn’t stream them unless I was really needing them… Can drop Carp

  10. Buxton Turner Overdrive says:
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    14-Team H2H OBP League;

    1) Pick one to roll with for the next two weeks:

    Tim Anderson – 2 @ DET, 3 @ HOU, 3 vs KC
    Jose Reyes – 2 @ ATL, 3 @ MIA, 3 vs WAS

    2) Also, drop Hanley for Olsen or A. Garcia?

    • Buxton Turner Overdrive says:
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      @Buxton Turner Overdrive: Actually, I’m a little embarrassed I asked that 2nd question; obviously you go with Olson. I’m just having flashbacks when Hanley carried me to a championship last year.

    • Sean says:
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      @Buxton Turner Overdrive:

      I chose reyes with same dilemma. Better player and playing atlanta.

      Would you drop carpenter or moustakas?

  11. GOAL says:
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    Say I have a 4.91 era and a 1.50 whip so far in the h2h playoffs this week, should I just stream everyone to try and win Ks and QS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GOAL: I don’t know what your opponent has, but maybe

  12. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Happy Friday!!

  13. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Best SP stream for tomorrow of these guys? Looking for best opportunity for Ks and the Win since those are the two tight categories right now. Could you actually tell me your #1 and #2 options in case one gets scooped up before I am able to add them. Thanks as always.

    Nova @Cinci
    [email protected]
    Montgomery vs Baltimore
    Reynaldo Lopez @ Detroit
    Tyler Anderson vs San Diego
    Graveman @ Philly

    Not very confident in Nova in what would previously seem like great matchup. Erasmo has tough matchup but has been pitching very well, including against Houston. Yankees have been hot so can see a win there. And Anderson has SD which is always a nice matchup. Thanks as always. Good luck in the rest of your leagues.

    • G says:
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      @G:

      To give you some more info, Erasmo faces Keuchel who hasn’t been himself. Nova faces Sal Romano who has had some solid starts himself lately. Anderson will be on a pitch count. And didn’t realize Montgomery hasn’t hit 5 innngs in a while.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: None of them… Tyler Anderson?

      • G says:
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        @Grey:

        My league has 5 moves max per week and I have one more move left over my opponent. We are close on strikeouts where’s he’s up about 15 Ks now but I have one extra starter than him and one more move left to catch up. Based on how my starters go today, I may need to snag one of these. Is there one who you would take if forced to? Thanks man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @G: Reynaldo

  14. Chris says:
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    I’m in a 10 team H2H points league that allows 6 keepers. 5 of my keepers are set in stone but I’m wondering about the 6th. All 5 I’ve set are offensive players. My other keepers are Stanton, Arenado, Bryant, Correa and Bellinger. For my last keeper, should I keep:

    Rhys Hoskins
    Rendon
    Encarnacion
    Benintendi

    or should I keep a pitcher such as:

    Bumgarner
    Robbie Ray
    Severino

    Which of the above should be my final keeper for next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Hoskins, Rendon or Benin are all great, tough call…

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Chris: Think you could package three of these guys and get Trout or Harper? I know people clutch players like that in keeper leagues, but I was able to get Trout that way a couple years ago.

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    With news that Price has been activated and will be used out of the bullpen for the rest of the year, would you drop Devenski or Nicasio for him? My other RPs are Colome and Ramos. My last two opponents are loaded at SP so I’m more interested in ratios than Wins and Ks.

  16. Nomahhh says:
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    We rollin Paxton out there tonight @ HOU? Winning ERA, WHIP, and W’s by a good margin in H2H semis but hes got Sale/Ray/CMart going tonight (CRIPES) so trying to pad the stats maybe wouldn’t hurt.

    Also Rudy fixed my profile problem yesterday in about 34 seconds, you guys rock! Not just a beautiful mustache eh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nomahhh: May as well…. Thanks!

  17. bruuuuuce says:
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    I just want to say that I love Rhysus to pieces.

    • knucks says:
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      @bruuuuuce: He is Rhys “The Alien” Hoskins. Cue the X-Files theme.

  18. PrinceRudynasim says:
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    “Avisail Blasts By Detroit Like He’s The Late 20th Century Economy”

    LOL it literally laugh out loud

  19. Dr Y says:
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    starting Paxton off dl @ Houston?

    • My Seven Rizzos says:
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      @Dr Y: He’s on a pitch count of 50. I’m not starting him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Y: Not worth it

  20. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    h2h OBP 10 team limited moves (4 moves left for season)

    My current team:

    C Realmuto
    1B Votto
    2B Merrifield
    3B Rendon
    SS Story
    OF Bellinger
    OF Hoskins
    OF Marte
    UTL Olson
    BN Beckham
    DL Harper

    SP Strasburg, Carrasco, Hill, Nola, Corbin, E-Rod, Teheran, Woodruff
    RP Treinen, Diaz, Holland, Rivero
    DL Paxton

    In the semifinals right now and things are very tight, especially close will be strike outs and wins. Currently tied in wins and down 4 strike outs with a decent lead in ERA/WHIP and up 1 SV. I obviously have 4 closers and he only has Neris and Belisle, so not happy I don’t have a bigger lead there. My opponent has already started picking up streamers to ensure he wins in K and Wins.

    Anyways, two questions:

    1) Would you risk your ERA/WHIP to activate Paxton tonight, knowing he is on a 50 pitch limit and likely won’t factor in the decision, pretty much just to get a few extra Ks.

    2) To activate Paxton, I would have to drop someone. Nola is the only starter with no remaining starts this week, however he has a 2 start week in the potential finals, so not sure I’d want to drop him.

    The best two options would likely be one of Beckham/Story or one of my closers, likely Treinen. Beckham is at Yankee stadium this weekend facing 2 lefties (neutral splits however) and Story is home against the Padres (vRichards, vLyles, vChacin). Story has been slightly hotter this past week but was also pulled last night with a hamstring cramp, however he expects to be back in the line up tonight.

    Even if I don’t drop someone to activate Paxton, I’ll still have to drop someone if I want to pick up another starter this week, likely Gibson vTOR.

    So would you rather drop one of Beckham/Story and play with no bench hitters or drop one of my closers (Diaz, Rivero, Holland, Treinen)?

    Thanks!

  21. Marti says:
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    2 comments first of all who would have thought Tommy Pham be the first player to go 20/20 this year and secondly I won my national league auction for the fifth time in 11 years razzball continues to be the best website for fantasy baseball

    • Stumanji! says:
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      @Marti: Buy this man some daquaries!

  22. ryanoger says:
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    redraft

    Drop Choo and DeShields for Castellanos and Kyle Seager?

    I have Timmy Anderson, Reyes, and Pham for SBs…so could lose DeShields, thoughts?

  23. ryanoger says:
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    Or I could Lose Duvall as well…

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      *My bad, meant this to be a reply on my post above*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryanoger: Choo and DeShields are first lost

  24. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    31.3% K rate, 2.4% Bb rate, 57% Gb rate, 19% hard (nestled between Dee Gordon and Jose Peraza), .429 BABIP…. enjoy Alfaro :)

    • Grey

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, in about 25 games… I’m not digging my heels in on a catcher, but did you see his bomb last night?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: OMG! IT”S HIS WHOLE CAREER!!!! HE WAS DOING THIS FOR YEARS.

        Yeah I saw the homer. Wily Mo Pena hit a lot of impressive homers too.

        • Grey

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          Wily Mo! A true Red Sox fan never forgets… Alfaro looks like a top 5 catcher in the making, is all I’m saying — Wanna bet he’s top five in the next two years?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: Sure I’ll quit and you can just link to Baseball Prospectus. They love Alfaro.

            (I’M JOKING…about the quitting thing, BP loves Alfaro).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Why do they love him? Defense?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: It’s their fantasy list by Bret Sayre.

                I then tried to trade Alfaro in a league we’re in together for his worst player and he wouldn’t do it.

                BTW cause I know you’ll ask, I own Alfaro because it’s a team I took over from Mike.

                • Grey

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                  Oh, what do they expect from him? More power?

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Grey: Yeah I guess so. I’d rather have Danny Jansen, but really there are only three catchers I’d own in dynasty Mejia, Collins, and Jackson.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, catchers do nothing for me, and might own Alfaro next year if he’s the starter, but to say I’m gonna hold him longer than a week is crazy

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: 84 games in AAA 32.3% K%, 4.6% Bb%, .241 BA, .345 BABIP, 52.2% GB%.

        Do you want his 2016 stats in READING! Hahahaha Damn it if I have one player that everyone should stay away from in dynasty it’s Alfaro.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fine, no Alfaro… Way to go out on a limb with a catcher… Who’s the one player you’re telling people to get, Trout?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: He’s ranked top 50 on the BP fantasy Top 50 prospects list. So, yeah I kind of have a reason for saying that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Do you see what he did in his 2nd year at a level?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: The Reading year?

            • Grey

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              Don’t have it open in front of me, I thought it looked like he was better in his 2nd year at a level

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: He was but he was also playing in Reading. That park does a lot to boost production. Look at Cozens. It was also technically his third taste of AA, but the first go round with the Rangers was short.

                Don’t get me wrong I understand why a real life team likes him. There’s some offensive ability in there.

  25. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Morning Grey!

    I’m down to the wire in my biggest $ h2h points league and I’m needing 5 good starts for the weekend to have any hope of winning (and major 3 day tears from my bats).

    I have Severino and EdRod who I’m definitely starting (SON loves EdRod away at TB). These are must starts/safe…right?

    Out of these guys which 3 would you start this weekend?

    1. Anibal Sanchez home vs. CWS (Fulmer) SON likes, but I dont trust ($7.8)
    2. Matthew Boyd home vs CWS (Covey), SON loves ($8.9), but I know nothing about this guy
    3. RA Dickey home vs METS (deGrom)…SON not thrilled, but…Mets
    4. Bud Norris home vs TEX…why does SON love this guy ($9.5)?!
    5. Jordan Montgomery home vs BAL ($6.8)
    6. Rich Hill away vs WAS ($3.5), SON doesn’t love him…but I kinda have to start him, right?
    7. Sean Manea away at PHI, Son loves him ($9.4)
    8. Mark Leiter home vs OAK ($5.1)

    Lawd…looking at my options this is going to be a tough weekend. Win/lose/draw thanks for an amazing season. I’m pretty sure I’m going to win my other 3 leagues, but this one with the big $ has me sweating. My opponent picked up Rhys Hoskins 10 minutes before I was about to, added Olson mid playoffs, added Avasail Garcia when he lost Harper, and owns Jose Ramirez. Fingers crossed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marty Jannetty Was Set Up: Sucks about Hoskins… Yes, EdRod and Severino are must starts…. These other ones are tough matchups…. You have to start 3? Hill, Manaea, Leiter, and pray

      • jlfc42 says:
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        @Grey: If I want to win I have to get all 5 of my next starts and pray for the best.

        I have Kyle Gibson rostered at home vs TOR, but SON really hates him. Hes been on fire recently. Do I trust the robot, or go with the hot hand?

        If I go with Gibson, who of Hill, Manea, Leiter do I sit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sit Manaea, go Gibson

          • jlfc42 says:
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            @Grey: If I want to win I have to get all 5 of my next starts and pray for the best.

            I have Kyle Gibson rostered at home vs TOR, but SON really hates him. Hes been on fire recently. Do I trust the robot, or go with the hot hand?

            If I go with Gibson, who of Hill, Manea, Leiter do I [email protected]Grey: Thanks my man, you’re truly the best in fantasy baseball!