When you’re hot for two straight weeks, you’re talking in sexy whispers on my earlobes.   If Avisail Garcia and Mike Trout are filming a body-switch movie, I never want it to end.  For years I’ve remarked — I’m a remarker, yo! — that Avisail looks like Mini Miggy, now he’s actually hitting like him.  “Miggy, that is the first time in two years we’ve made love without you screaming your back hurts,”  Mrs. Miggy rolls over.  Avisail Garcia smiles wickedly at the camera.  Yesterday, he homered two more times (3-for-6, 3 runs, 6th and 7th homers), and now has six homers in the last week, and he hit .330 last year.  Sure, we can pee in the electrical blanket by talking about his BABIP last year, but there is no excuse for Garcia being on waivers.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Daniel Palka – 2-for-6, 3 RBIs and also homered twice (8, 9) yesterday, but he hadn’t had a hit in a week, so Palka’s not dotting the I in waivers for me yet.

Anthony DeSclafani – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 5.08.  I can’t believe I got suckered into this shart.  DeScabface is a giant dung beetle but what does that make me for falling for it?  Stupid Grey! *smacks face, weirdly turned on*  Ooh, smack me again, big boy.

Scooter Gennett – 1-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .332.  Your NL batting average leader, but Albert Almora is right on his tail.  Hello, weird times to be living in, say hello to your mother for me.

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .305.  I’m busy working on my top 100 for the 2nd half that will be posted during the All-Star break, and Suarez is a tough one to rank.  Also, literally a tough SOB for breaking his thumb and coming back in ten days, when he could’ve sat on his new contract and waited a month to return.  Right now, he’s a top 25 bat on the year, and I get the feeling already he will be underrated even next year.

Christian Yelich – Has missed five straight games with a sore back.  He’s got the face of a 14-year-old and the back of an 80-year-old.  Are we sure he’s not Benjamin Button?

Eric Thames – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .248.  Not sure if this is a compliment or not, but the Brewers are built like an AL team.  They desperately need a DH slot.  Maybe they can trade for Matt Harvey and be Harvey’s Wallbangers once again.  Let’s see, Gorman Thames, Robin Braun and, of course, Jesus Aguilivie.

Junior Guerra – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.87.  Not sure what’s more frustrating.  Struggling to find pitching or owning Guerra in one league, and watching him sit on waivers in other leagues while struggling to find pitching.  Okay, not even sure those are choices, but I’m struggling and not thinking straight.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 9 Ks, ERA at 4.57.  Since he tweaked his delivery, he had ten scoreless innings until Thames’ homer.  He gets the O’s next time at home, which is weirdly low on the Stream-o-Nator, but I think I’d stream him anyway.

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .291.  Mean’s while, I’m diddling myself with Tom Murphy and the Rockies inability to see the nose on their face while being Jon Niese.

Sandy Alcantara – Hit the DL with an armpit infection.  As Teddy Roosevelt always said, “Speak softly and carry a Speed Stick.”

Shane Bieber – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.97.  Bummer, sure, but have I mentioned in the last 400 words I started DeSclafani yesterday?  A 6 IP, 4 ER is practically a Quality Start nowadays.  Plus, Stream-o-Nator likes his next start, and I could see holding tight.

Jack Flaherty – 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.19.  Favor to ask, can we turn the humidor up higher?

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Au Shizz!

Brian McCann – Headed for knee surgery and will miss 4-6 weeks.  Yelling, “Yes we McCann,” has taken some recent setbacks.  Max Stassi is supposed to fill-in for him, but he left yesterday’s game after taking a pitch off his forearm.  The military police can’t get any breaks!

Carlos Correa – Not doing any baseball activity.  That sounds promising if he were anything but a baseball player.

Tony Kemp – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .313.  What a golden age for Kemps!

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Sounds janky but I am cyclops’ing Reddick.

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.12.  Yeah, but it against Texas.  If Dallas can’t feel at home there, then I mean cmon.

Colby Rasmus – Discontinued his baseball career.  Geiger!  No mo’!

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-3 and his 11th homer.  Avisail is doing otherworldly things right now, but with less pub, Trumbo’s not far behind.  Trimpubo?  No, that’s awful, let’s pretend that was never said.

Zach Eflin – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.97.  But he left with a blister.  *tears up everything nice*  Happy?!

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .313.  I’m gonna go ahead and light these fireworks by my window where I’ve hung wool curtains and hope the wind blows outwards.  Is outwards a word–NOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .275.  So, Chazz Noir didn’t retire after May 4th.  I thought so, but you can never be so sure.  This was his 4th homer since May 5th.  Stinko de Mayo, amiright?

Shohei Ohtani – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Not saying this was strictly a move to get more fans into the stands, but it was a move to get more fans into the stands.

Wade LeBlanc – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.19.  His peripherals are saying he’s not quite this good, but all of my leagues use ERA and not xFIP.

Starling Marte – Out of the lineup three days in a row because the Pirates don’t want to tempt fate with him getting injured and them not being able to trade him or alerting anyone of an injury he already has so they can’t trade him.  Tomato-tomato said with a different emphasis.

Max Muncy – 3-for-4, and his 19th and 20th homer.  And because he’s likely feeling like the middle child after a new baby is born, Chris Taylor homered too.  “Hey, honey, look Chris Taylor’s juggling with his feet.”  “Meh, Max is spitting up.  He’s so cute.”

Joc Pederson – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer, hitting .266.  In the last few days, Dave Roberts decided Pederson was his leadoff man, and the Dodgers are doing well, so it might stick for a while.  Since I own him, this is a time when a goofy manager is working out well for me.  The one time.

Enrique Hernandez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer.  Also, in this game, Yasmani Grandal (2-for-3, 2 runs) hit his 12th homer, and whatever the Dodgers are feeding their players, give all my players that.

Kris Bryant – Felt a twinge in his shoulder.  Not twinging!

Kyle Hendricks – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.27.  Podcaster Ralph and I talk about Hendricks on this week’s podcast.  Complete with guitar licks (no guitar licks).

Kyle Schwarber – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer, hitting .247.  Jason Heyward (2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .288).  On our Player Rater, can you guess who’s higher?  Ha, not close.  As Dark Helmet would say, you fell for the oldest trick in the book, mon.  Schwarber is almost twenty-five spots higher for outfielders — Heyward ~60, Schwarber ~35.

Pedro Strop – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save.  Morrow should’ve been able to throw yesterday, but Maddon is either trying to reduce his innings, totally forgot about him or Morrow is hurt again.  In case it’s the latter, I grabbed Cishek in one league even though Strop is obviously not the wrong answer either.

Josh Donaldson – Could resume hitting this week.  Sounds like he’s one step closer to being only a month away from being activated to then re-injuring himself.

Marco Estrada – Topped out at 85 MPH and was promptly removed from the game.  He’s injured, or traded to the Mets.  Stand by for updates.  *holding finger to ear mic*  They’re saying it’s an injury.  That means he could still be traded to the Mets.

Yangervis Solarte – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .250.  Not to totally depress you on this fine ‘Murica day, but Solarte is nearly top ten 2B and 3B on the Player Rater.  (Barely top 17 for shortstops; they’re much deeper thus far.)

Lourdes Gurriel – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .225, and his 2nd homer in the last three games.  If I remember correctly (and I don’t), he got hot for a few weeks last year (he didn’t; he was just called up for the first time, I’m thinking of a different Gurriel), so this could be a little schmotato.

Yoenis Cespedes – Began running.  Mickey Callaway said, “All went really well,” then continued, “Regarding Cespedes.  Everything else is awful.”

Noah Syndergaard – Threw a simulated game.  When he came off the mound, the Mets wrapped him in bubble wrap and hung a sign from his neck that read, “Do not pop the bubble wrap.”

Asdrubal Cabrera – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .281.  After Cabrera homered, he tried to connect on LinkedIn with the Mariners.

Devin Mesoraco – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .225.  Also, in this game, Wilmer Flores (1-for-4) hit his 7th homer.  Topps should do a combo card with these two guys, titled, “Ugly Crying.”

Eduardo Nunez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .254.  I said after his last homer a few days ago he is the type to get scolding hot schmotatoey, and I stand by that.  Literally, I have a standing desk.

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-3 and his 13th homer, hitting .276.  If he cools off his current ‘blistering’ 23-homer pace and only hits 21 homers, same as 2016, can we chillax with the launch angle talk on him?

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 26th homer.  Just Dong, because what the hell?  Shruggy the Emoji.

Brian Johnson – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.23.  Actual fun fact!  His mom and aunt were the Doublemint Twins.  They really chewed up the scenery!  *dodges flying tomato*  His mom sounds like a nice person, never wanting to pop your bubble.  *dodges thrown head of cabbage*

Stephen Strasburg – Threw a bullpen session, which puts him on pace to return right after the All-Star break.  Odds he can stay healthy for two months after the break:  12 to 1, which is slightly worse odds than “odds person who drafted Strasburg after I told them not to will take another top starter again next year.”  That’s 9 to 1.

Tanner Roark – 7 IP, 9 ER, ERA up to 4.60.  Damn, Davey Martinez has a slower hook than Keith Richards dressed like Captain Hook.

Matt Chapman – 0-for-3 as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Every holiday should fall on Wednesday.  Double Fridays!”

Mark Canha – 1-for-3 and his 11th homer.  He has a hit in ten of his past eleven games (maybe more, but I didn’t feel like clicking “More”), and looks like a light schmotato.

Arodys Vizcaino – Activated from the DL.  Minter and Winkler move back to setup until Vizcaino pitches terribly for three straight games and heads back to the DL.  I’m only half kidding, shoulder soreness is never good.

Sean Newcomb – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.10 vs. Domingo German – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 5.37.  This matchup was billed as, “Meh, he was in Yankee Stadium so what can you do about Newcomb there vs. What’s your excuse?”

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (6) and legs (22), hitting .249.  I love, love, lurve Acuña, but I do prefer Ender at the top of the lineup as he’s been and Acuña in the six hole.

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-5 and his 18th homer, hitting .273.  I can’t say his name without busting into Biz Markie’s Albee Square Mall.  I got Old School Tourette’s.

Nick Markakis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .326.  Sparkakis!

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .262.  You know what’s weird?  Ostriches.  Yes, Random Italicized Voice, but not where I was headed.  What’s weird is I grew up a Yankee fan, surrounded by them, and I don’t remember them being as dopey when I was younger.  I know, news flash, the internet amplifies dopey, but you can find Yankee fans who think Aaron Hicks is the 2nd coming of Jesus (Aguilar, Alou, Christ, you name it), but they didn’t know who he was before this year.  I guess there’s homers for every sport and every team, but it feels more pronounced with New York, or pronounced Noo Yawk.  Any hoo!  Aaron Hicks is solid, I told you to buy him two weeks ago, but the 2nd coming?  Maybe after a Viagra.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .267. *me watching fireworks today*  “It looks like Giancarlo and me spooning.”  Cougs, “You say that for every one.”

Kyle Higashioka – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .154.  Gary Sanchez who?!  He’s the regular Yankees catcher who is injured.  Hey, Random Italicized Voice, you get holiday leave from the slanted font factory?

Gleyber Torres – Out with a stiff hip flexor.  Fun fact!  A stiff hip flexor is a drink often ordered by Ben Gay.

  1. CloudTown says:
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    Usually not up this late but since I was? Ok! No Q, great shizz as uz. Thor, Stressbird, Hicks, great blurbs!

    Cueto for Hand? Fair or meeeeeeh?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CloudTown: Ha, thanks! Fair, I’d take Hand, not a big fan of Cueto

  2. BoSoxjackman says:
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    did you like drakes new album?

    conforto or winker ROS in a vacuum?

    pineapple on pizza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BoSoxjackman: Not at all, what songs are good so I can listen to those…Conforto… Pineapple on anything except pizza

      • AreYouSayingJelloOrHello says:
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        @Grey: ummmm – jello says no too. Jello is sacred and fruit and/or veggies need not apply

  3. Ozzie Albies' Helmet says:
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    Some fun Max Muncy stats/proof my fantasy team is built on a Native American burial-ground:

    45 games before he was on my team (Season Start-6/12) – .277/.395/.631 with 13 HR, 30 RBI, 22 Runs Scored

    11 games owned by me (6/13-6/26) – .188/.422/.406 with 2 HR, 3 RBI, 5 Runs Scored

    7 games after I dropped him (6/27-Current) – .438/.640/1.120 with 5 HR, 5 RBI, 10 Runs Scored

    Dr. Grey, I thought the adderall was supposed to help my waiver wire ADHD

  4. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    EFFFFlin blisters.

    Next on the list of my 2017 overachievers to pitch.

    Start Chase Anderson against MinneSOOOta?

    Great write up and Thanks!

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Mensch!!! Great write-up and happy, happy 4th of July! May your bombs burst in the air!

    a. Thanks so much for being here on the 4th of July!

    b. Still chasing you in # of moves made but not by too much. Have now tied in runs scored and I have always held the belief that the team who scores the most runs wins the league. Thoughts?

    c. Was going to seriously ask you if I should stream any of the pitchers available, but then thought it isn’t worth the time troubling you. The choices are bad – best choice (Yefry Ramirez) and worst choice (Dylan Covey, good thing he can always fall back on his father’s fortune (dur Stephen Covey!!)). So no streamer question today.

    d. Mark Twain quote of the day for July 4!!

    Doctor Meredith was our family physician and saved my life several times. Still, he was a good man and meant well. Let it go.

    I was always told that I was a sickly and weak and tiresome and uncertain child and lived mainly on medicines during the first seven years of my life.

    I asked my mother about this, in her old age—she was in her eighty­eighth year—and said: “I suppose that during all that time you were uneasy about me?”

    “Yes, the whole time.”

    “Afraid I wouldn’t live?”

    After a thoughtful pause she said,

    “No—afraid you would.”

    d. Happy 4th y’all!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Happy 4th, Ante! B. I like HRs, they give you runs, RBIs, AVG and of course HRs C. Yeah, not great D. Awesome!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Avisail!!

        Btw, Yefry reminds me of The Fresh Prince of Belair. You?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          I was thinking of an out of work giraffe

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            LOL.

            I wanted today’s quote to be extra special. It comes from the end of chapter 3 of his autobiography. He concludes every chapter of his autobiography with some kind of message, it’s up to y’all to figure it out.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              That’s so great, did you read it? (the book, not quote)

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                Because of the project, am slowly savoring it. It’s quite incredible finding out about him.

                By the by, found some material for WC Fields. Should be good.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  That’s awesome, little bit jealous and looking forward to WC (not water closet)

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    After last nights game, there is no doubt in my mind DeSclafani throws a 6 inning gem against the Cubs the next time out. Just the way baseball is. Maybe he’ll tempt someone else into a waiver wire roofie.

    Is Puig working on being droppable? He’s been ok and has the potential, but getting the occasional benching and hitting 7th or 8th is getting tough to hold. Not saying today, but should I be looking for potential replacements? The rest of my outfield is Marte, Ozuna, Peralta, Schwarber, and a rotating bench bat for when someone has a tough match up.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: Absolutely on DeSclafani! Puig is okay, I’d try to hold

  7. Drew says:
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    Thanks for the write up.

    1. Drop Villar for Avi in 16 team OPS?
    2. M. Adams, soler, or Avi ROS?

    Appreciate it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drew: 1. Yes 2. Avisail

  8. Tigres says:
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    Grey! happy 4th! Start Cueto his first game back, home vs STL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: You too! I’d start him

  9. Oppo Taco says:
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    How do you value Javvy Baez going forward and into next year. Top 50 guy? Top 30? I know he was a sell for you. I can’t decide if I should be excited to keep him or try to cash out. Thanks

  10. Henry Rowengartner says:
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    Hey grey! I’m looking to add another pitcher to my staff and struggling with what bat I should drop. I’m thinking Taylor now that Acuna and Pollock are back

    c- Zunino
    1 – Hosmer
    2 – Asdrubal Cabrera
    3 – Machado
    SS – Lindor
    OF – Springer
    OF – JD
    OF – Pollack
    OF – Acuna
    UTIL – Turner
    UTIL – Joc
    Bn- Puig
    Bn- Michael A. Taylor
    Bn- Cron
    Bn- Braun

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    Great write up today Grey!

    Yoenis Cespedes was dropped in my 12 team points league where OF’s are extremely scarce.

    Is it the right move to pick him up and stash him in 1 of my 3 available DL spots?

  12. Steve-O says:
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    Happy 4th of July….

    Who do you keep in H2H league ROS … Michael Brantley or Jose Martinez?

  13. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Officially drunk in love with Muncy. 20 HR when he wasn’t starting/full time initially, plus good average/obp and the advanced metrics to back it up? Please and thank you.

    Re: Eflin – apparently he doesn’t think it’s a big deal FWIW – he said he just cut his nails too short?!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: apparently! His post game was like, dude no big deal. We’ll see but promising sign.

        Somehow lucked into muncy at $1 in a keeper league. I’m just enjoying this season, but if he puts up 35 plus etc it could get interesting

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Muncy looks real

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    Isn’t it coincidental that the Reds are in last place, while Riggleman is the Mgr? Jesse Winker aka Joey Votto lite, is used as the designated double switch guy in the Reds lineup. Why is he doing this? Winker has walked more than K’d. He bats him sixth, only to take him out of the game as part of a double switch, mid game. I’d like to slot that high OBP into my lineup, but rocket scientist Riggleman makes that impossible to do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chucky: Been saying this for weeks, it makes no sense…Not sure what Riggleman is playing for, but it’s not to give Winker ABs

  15. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hector Rondon is now on the wire in my weekly lineup 12 team roto. How much faab out of 100would you put on him?

    I have 3 closers but they are all a bit exposed to trades (box, trienen, bearclaw).

  16. Cable says:
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    H/H points league..ROS possible you could put these in order…….not much here but digging

    Junis
    Teheran
    LeBlanc
    Marquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cable: LeBlanc, Marquez

  17. Cable says:
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    H/H points…….my SPers start 5 per week……would you trade Mikolas for Acuna

    Severino
    Snell
    Hill
    Newcomb
    Mikolas
    Ray
    Peralta
    Weaver
    Junis

    My present OF and DH …..can use 4 total per week
    D Peralta
    Pham
    Soto
    Gallo
    Moustakas
    Cain

  18. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    To celebrate today, my team is now independent of Zack Godley

  19. Joel says:
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    Ya man…had to dromp Murphy. The Rockies are the worst. I picked him up to fill in for my DL catcher. Looked forward to it. What did I get? 2 starts in 7 days? Nope!

    Hicks it is.

    • Joel says:
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      @Joel: Dat DROMP!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: So frustrating

  20. bill amodeo says:
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    Hey Grey.

    Need to drop one with Richards coming off DL.
    Newcomb, Pivetta or Richards?

    Happy 4th

  21. Wilson says:
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    Need QS/ERA/WHIP, and I am leading HDSV and SB in league.
    I lead 9 SB and 15 HDSV than 2nd place.

    Think to trade my Dee Gordon + Dyson for Greinke. How do you think?

    I also have Tim Anderson, Lindor for SB and Diaz, Doolittle, Treinen for HDSV.
    Thoughts appreciated.

    • Wilson says:
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      Or, how about trade my Porcello + Tim Anderson for his Greinke if he don’t need HDSV?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: It’s fair, trade Porcello/Anderson first

  22. Los Putos says:
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    12 team 5×5. We start 2 at IF (Cept C), unlimited IP

    My roster

    C Chirinos
    1B Muncy, Goldy
    2B Dozier, Lemehieu
    3b Anderson Bryant
    SS Crawford, Profar
    OF Just Dong, Judge, Mazara, Inciarte Deshizz, Soto
    DL Sauza

    SP Severino, Madbum, Cueto, Musgrove, Pivetta, Hill, Wood lester
    RP Iglesias, Sir Anthony, Britton, Peralta

    Was offered Moistasskiss, Chapman and Stressbird For Bryant and Mazara

    I am in 2nd but need major work in Ws Ks and Saves.

    Thoughts?

    Trade analrapist says to take the deal

    Thanks

      • Los Putos says:
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        @Grey: pulled the trigger. Thanks. Have a great 4th

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  23. Tuck says:
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    Which side do you like in a dynasty roto? Severino and Merrifield or Rizzo and Springer…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tuck: Springer, fair tho

  24. William Hung says:
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    Avisail or Desmond?

  25. Balls In Play says:
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    With so many players mashing dongs I’m struggling to figure out who to hold. ROS how do you see the following working Meadows, Adam Jones, Mini-Miggy, Odor?

  26. batflix says:
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    When did Lourdes Gurriel get hot last year? didn’t he just get called up this year?
    or am I drunk already (probably that)

    also I wasn’t aware of a launch angle story on Bogaerts so that will be super easy to chillax on

    HAPPY 4TH EVERYONE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @batflix: Hahahaha, apparently, I didn’t remember it correctly — was thinking of a different Gurriel… Happy 4th!

  27. Gotime says:
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    Grey, happy 4th to you and yours!
    For a 12tm H2H weekly lock league, I don’t find the need for more than 1 bench bat. Right now I have Ozuna in utility and Moncada on bench. Would you drop Ozuna or Moncada for AGarcia / Hicks or hold the move.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gotime: Happy 4th! You have a move limit? Hold

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: yeah 20 moves for ROS, I noticed you going Richards over Pivetta would you make the move of dropping Pivetta for Richard instead or are they close..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, they’re close, not with a moves limit

          • Gotime says:
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            @Grey: Gotcha, I’ll probably jinx myself as I’m in 2nd and look playoff bound, but i take it for limited moves you’d use them during playoffs to stream and pick up hot bats? 1st time with limited moves
            Appreciate the work on a holiday thanks again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, hold your moves… You too!

  28. Dave D says:
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    “On sale or not, he is what he wears… an Ass-veil, and that’s that. Btw, don’t be an Ass-veil. Thank you very much. ” -Biff Pocoroba, 1978 All-Star game

  29. Mike Scioscia says:
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    My team is now at .500 despite a hot start. I have the best player in baseball and the “Japanese Babe Ruth”. What the hell is wrong? If this keeps up I could become a scapegoat, God forbid, and be fired.

      • Kyzr5 says:
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        @Grey: HaHa!

  30. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Happy Independence Day Grey!

    Very deep RCL league where starting pitching is at a premium, which Brewers starter to keep
    Suter, Peralta or Chacin?

    Thanks!

  31. manormachine? says:
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    Dump Salvador Perez in a 10 teamer?

    Grandal, Hicks, Barnhart, Suzuki, Diaz, Gomes all available

  32. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey! Awesome recap today, loved the outwards and second coming lines! Two quick questions for my 12-team standard Y! league:

    1. Have Zunino, Cervelli just got cut onto waivers, should I put in a claim or hold Zunino?

    2. Have Puig, hold or pick up one of these available bats: Seager, Almora, Nimmo, Schebler, Marwin

    Thanks!

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @Grey: I figured, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Mordacious Levator says:
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    anybody else in a dynasty (that somehow didn’t see this coming) in yahoo wake up to otani now having to take up TWO MF’ING SPOTS WHILE ONLY HITTING ROS!, this already wasn’t cute when he was taking up 2 DL spots, now that i can’t even stream pitchers (and have a useless dead BN that should be a SP) without sucking up 2/4 of my BN slots, this ain’t cool yahoo gonna yahoo.

    note, this is for leagues where it was decided preseason where any otani owner gets both, but these leagues do exist in dynasties in yahoo. and long term i’ll be quite happy (esp if yahoo, and as dumb as those guys are this probably is only like a 4% chance) with having otani of course. about 18 months from now, when he’s back with a healthy arm (but LAA have a really stupid history of NOT fixing their broken elbows, see: richards) i won’t mind this. IF yahoo is stupid enough to have 2 separate otani’s they should at least allow us to DL the pitching one, as the pitching otani is still disabled.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Mordacious Levator: we’ll probably get lucky here if/when LAA realizes either of these:
      1. they fall out of playoff contention and realize spending extra months wasted where he should be having surgery, thus sending him to get his elbow fixed
      2. they find out that somebody with a damaged elbow also doesn’t make a very good hitter either
      3. he actually gets either the elbow more injured or something else more injured.

      • Los Putos says:
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        @Grey: halo fan here.

        They wont do the right thing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, sadly

          • Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist says:
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            The right thing would have been to build a strong farm system years ago and not overspend on 32 year old free agents to long term contracts.

            However this past off season signing a real 3rd baseman like Moustakas for $18-20 million annually instead of signing a 2nd shortstop and converting himeould have been nice. Having a bullpen that could hold a lead wouldn’t hirt either. While I’m at it, maybe having at least one arm capabale of throwing 200 innings. Hell, even one that could throw 150 would be a good starting point.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, awesome…

  34. Steve Jaguar says:
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    Was offered:

    Hoskins, Eloy Jiminez, Chris Archer

    for my

    Goldschmidt

    This is a keeper league.

    Thoughts?

  35. JC says:
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    Thoughts on Domingo German last night? Hold on to him or stream his spot?
    Thank you. Happy 4th!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream… Happy 4th!

  36. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    H2H league so aiming for the best lineup come September. In first by plenty so I can be patient, even take a flier. Thanks in advance as this team owner keeps moving the cheese on the offers. Your guidance has been so helpful.

    1. Is Peralta a back end SP that can be counted on late in the year? Innings limits or other concerns? (Besides being 22!)

    2. Of these closers, who do you trust to hold on to their gig and contribute late in the season? Norris, Familia, Soria, Rodney.

    2a. Out of the group above, is the top choice better than Parker? Britton? for saves.

    3. His Dozier and Wade Davis for DeJong and Hendricks is a YES correct?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Not really 2, Don’t think Familia or Rodney are going anywhere 2a. Huh? 3. Dozier side

      • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, 2a was not clear. Sorry.

        1. Would you rather have Familia, Norris, or Rodney come Sept. (pick one pls)
        2. Whomever is your top choice from question #1, would you rank him above Britton for Saves come Sept.?

        Thanks sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Familia 2. Yeah

  37. Cable says:
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    H/H points ..ROS

    Soto or Acuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna

      • Cable says:
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        @Grey:

        Not close

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

          • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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            @Grey: i’d think this would be closer for this year only, but longer term more towards acuna. unless you think soto’s hitting to this point is quite lucky and/or he’ll lose playing time. he hasn’t lost playing time yet and harper might even play 1B to make sure he doesn’t lose at bats. WAS is stacked, fatt adams is back too for 1B. r-zimm maybe they just demote or something shortly.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, they’re close this year, Acuna’s got more power and speed tho

              • jason batteiger says:
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                @Grey: yeah, and soto at least for right now has better hit tool (yet that could balance out eventually and probably will) or acuna is getting BABIP unlucky, i haven’t seen his.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, pretty close

  38. ellis says:
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    Happy 4th, happy to watch morning baseball!

    Please rank ROS

    Bumgarner Morton Corbin Greinke Happ Cueto

    thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th! You ranked them

  39. Mike says:
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    Would you deal Rendon/Folty/Jed Lowrie to get Blackmon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  40. FrankGrimes says:
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    I’m hesitant to start Berrios today.
    Happy 4th!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m streaming Steve Pearce, Happy 4th!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        Muncy! Insert tear emoticon.
        I didn’t believe.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m not sure if I believed or not, but definitely don’t own him… I wonder if he was even drafted in my NFBC league (50 rounds, 15 teams)

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            maybe in some of those leagues since they are sooooo deep

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Maybe, I should look (so lazy)

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:

                Do it!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Okay, geez

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Stripling was drafted 601st overall! John Hicks (by me) 697th overall! Junior Guerra 648th!

                  No Muncy, went undrafted, wow

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Nice on Hicks tho!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, in this league, it’s solid for 2nd catcher… Muncy would’ve been da bomb dot gov

    • The Harrow says:
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      @FrankGrimes: if you happen to be in a 900 innings cap maybe do that. but if you’re benching all your top 100 drafted SP i don’t know how you’ll get many innings total. honestly even in a 900 innings cap berrios is a start every time out guy.

      -good news is we can try this again, i could question your hesitancy to bench your highly ranked pitchers loved by SON, you have doubts about playing them with no discernible reasons, play him anyway, if he gets blown up, then you can think of me as the “douche” o moron and somehow be less culpable for your ratios being blown up. start…. now! in this case at least (unlike with ray) berrios did do quite badly last time out. so we found one reason this time.

      – one curious question, what SP DO you have no issues with starting? is the list like 8 guys long

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @The Harrow:

        Look at it like poker. I know all the math of hitting a gut shot but I am a feel player as well.

        • The Harrow says:
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          @FrankGrimes: i was actually thinking the same thing as far as the poker metaphor with you here. you being worried about playing top pitchers (unless you actually have a reason to be worried) is like being worried about calling an all in in a heads up pot with aces since the last time the guy in the pot against you won with his 87 suited. yes 87s is the best hand against aces, but it’ll still only win 23% of the time and you should snap call, and not be worried (or even if worried be happy you got your money in this good since it’s all you can do)

          -if you are taking “feel” player to mean somebody who thinks things like “this seat is lucky/unlucky” or “wash those cards dealer i’ve been being dealt crap” or “this dealer has it out for me” that’s not what it means.

          now if by “feel” you mean you have some other actual reason to be worried about ray/berrios since you maybe saw one of them the day before his start at a gas station and he seemed out of sorts, well that might be a good reason. or maybe if you saw that pitcher look bad lately that could be a reason (like berrios last time out)

  41. Ryan says:
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    Would you start mikolas @ ari vs Corbin ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Ryan says:
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        Thanks for for the encouragement

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. Donny says:
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    Please rank in a Points league Rest of Season:
    Conforto, Kemp, Avisail, Joc

    Also, is Godley worth holding for now, or should I dump and stream in his spot?

    Thanks man. This is the best place for advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp, Avisail, Joc — Dump to stream

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And thanks!

  43. Maverick says:
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    Hey Grey
    Can I get your thoughts on this trade please. I am in a Pts League 18 guys.

    Morton for Tanaka and Darvish

    Thanks Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morton side

  44. Sdub says:
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    11 team 5×5 R oto (avg, HR, RBI, SB, R — ERA, WHIP, QS, SV/HLD, KS)

    Was offered deGrom for Aguilar or Verlander for Aguilar.

    I’m near the bottom in ERA and WHIP but leading in HRs and doing decent in the other hitting categories.

    Hitters: Barnhardt, Gary Sanchez (DL), Abreu, Schoop, Arenado, Tim Anderson, Aguilar, Castellanos, Eddie Rosario, Cain, Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson, Gregory Polanco, Juan Soto

    SP: Greinke, Alex Wood, Pivetta, Ray, Heaney, Peralta, Keuchel, Buehler (DL)
    RP: Seranthony, Devenski, Giles, Hector Rondon, Vizcaino

    Do I pull the trigger and if so for which pitcher — deGrom or JV?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Verlander for Aguilar

  45. Steve says:
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    Hader in for 3 innings yesterday (36 pitches), are they stretching him to a starter or just wishful thinking? Thanks, happy 4th!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wishful thinking… Happy 4th!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: alas, thanks. Was offered Cutch for him (Hader), fair value or hold and enjoy the ks/ratio help?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Hader

  46. Jon says:
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    Gotta drop someone today, keep forever 5×5 stats:

    Matt Chapman, Nimmo, Choo, Billy Hamilton, Winkler, Minter, Yates, Ken Giles, Archie Bradley

    Who goes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles

  47. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Happy July 4! Your guidance this year has brought me back into 1st place.

    Very deep roto league, standard 5×5 categories.. few questions.

    1) in terms of rest of season value.. mostly need average from these guys. How do you rank Dietrich, Matt Duffy, almora

    2) ROS how do you rank odor, Smoak, trumbo, kike Hernandez . Can you rank all of them so I know how to set waivers ?

    3) what do you see avisail doing rest of season? Do his peripherals back this?

    Thanks Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th! 1. You did 2. Smoak, Trumbo, though all interchangeable 3. Maybe 17 HRs and .300…What he did last year but with more power (per games played) and less AVG

      • Sandman says:
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        @Grey:

        Follow up…

        ROS, Smoak or avisail? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d try Avisail if shallow enough

  48. Michael DePinto says:
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    Would you trade Bellinger straight up for Votto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Michael DePinto says:
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      Forgot to mention it is a OBP league.

  49. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    How is it that Sandy Alcantara has an armpit infection on the same day that Joe Musgrove has a finger infection? Do they know each other?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  50. Cable says:
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    H/H points start 2 closers…have Kimbrel,Vizcaino & Britton

    Is Britton worth a stash until he finds his groove or cut him loose

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose him

  51. Ted Williams’ Frozen Head says:
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    Happy 4th Grey! Thanks for not mailing it in on the holiday!

    What are your thoughts on Martes situation over in PIT? 3 days in a row on the bench, they say they’re just clearing his head to get out of his slump (which they’ve done before w McCutchen) – do you buy this and see it as an opportunity to buy low? Or more concerned it’s something bigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th! I’d buy him low if price was low enough, but I am a little concerned that he’s just not that great

  52. lwomack58 says:
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    Streamers for tomorrow-Please pick one
    Fried @ Mil-Son-3.2
    S. Miller vs SD-Son +5.8-Do you think he can put a good game together?
    Boyd vs Tex-Son +1.5

    Than you have have a nice 4th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting Fried, you too!

  53. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Oh patient one! One final question, sanity check. I think my reluctant trading partner finally landed on a deal. Triple checking with you as it seems more than fair to me especially since Seager has been a bench bat for me (playing Carlos Santana instead as walks count as a category). Would you do this deal in a 12 team, H2H league, focus is on September?

    My Seager, DeJong and Wood for his Dozier, Wade Davis and Knebel. Here is my team if that helps.

    C- Gattis. MI – DeJong, Dee, Bregman. CI – Freeman, Santana, Eugenio. OF – Trout, Mazara, Peralta, Jo Ma, Rosario. Util – Cruz. Bench – Seager. SP – Max, MadBum, Bauer, Morton, Wood, Hendricks, Peralta. RP – Bear Claw, Parker, Britton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier side

  54. lovedarooks says:
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    should I trade a $30 Goldschmidt this year and next (260 cap league NL) for a $15 Albies ’18 & ’19 ?
    is next years difference worth the $15 I would gain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  55. Nightmare! says:
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    Happy 4th Greylord! Rapid fire before the fireworks start

    1) would you rather own Maeda, Hendricks, or taillon

    2) which of these 2 closers do you want on your team
    Vasquez, Vizcaino, boxberger, rondon

    3) drop hosmer for Trumbo or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th! 1. Maeda 2. Vasquez, Viz 3. Hold

  56. Favio Vasquez says:
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    WHAT UP GREY! Idk if you remember my question about keeping Avasail ROS after I picked him up a couple of days ago and then you said can we wait till Sunday to find out, well I guess we did lol! Anyhow Im sailing away after setting my “Avasails” in first place but I wanted to ask you out of these guys on my bench who has most to least value;
    Andrus
    Dozier
    E Escobar
    M Kemp

    Also these guys are on my waiver wire; whos all worth an add ROS
    Merrifield
    J Turner
    C Santana
    Solarte
    Gallo

    -Roto league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice! Escobar for Merrfield

  57. Ralphy says:
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    Happy 4th Grey!

    Who would you pick up for ROS: Gausman, L Castillo, Harvey, Minor, Buchholz, Fried, Marco Gonzalez, Gausman, Odorizzi, Weaver or either of the Gray’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th! Really ROS? Gonzales I guess

  58. Favio Vasquez says:
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    Thanks brotha, Have a happy and safe 4th!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

  59. Bill says:
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    “Not sure if this is a compliment or not, but the Brewers are built like an AL team” . They for got that they moved from the AL years ago!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  60. Another Dan says:
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    Grey,

    Good stuff as usual.

    Got to it late today as my focus has been on the World Cup. England keep fraying my nerves …

    Been sent a trade. 13 team 5×5 roto. Keep 5 players year to year. Counted as first 5 picks.
    (Am in first by quite a margin at present but will trade if it improves my team).

    His Dozier for my Soto ? (Position is largely irrelevant because I have flexibility).

    Not sure either will be keepers for me as my roster includes (thanks to you!!) – Benintendi, Machado, Rosario, Hoskins, Acuna, Bellinger, Severino, Bauer.

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Depends if you need a 2B, it’s fair, you have plenty of keepers too

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Grey:

        I have Merrifield at 2B, so Dozier isn’t that much of an upgrade.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then not sure why you want to do it

          • Another Dan says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks. Stick with Soto. Waiver wire adds make me feel good when they are contributing big numbers.

            My pitching is also doing minuting thanks to you. Severino (keeper), Bauer, Morton and a trade for Pivetta along with some streamers and a good relief corps. They have pitched 810 IP , 960K, 3.00 ERA, 1.16WHIP. And it should have been much better but for my stubborn streak which meant I wouldn’t cut Castillo until later than I should have.

            Best wishes,

            Another Dan

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear ya… No problem

  61. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Happy 4th Grey!

    Would you trade Bellinger for Bumgarner or Bauers? Trying hard to move a bat for a starter (too many good bats).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th! I’d take Bum

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Or Bauer, if that’s who you mean

  62. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Some of my outfield and utility spots are Braun, Thames, Eaton and Puig. Should I swap any for Avisail?

    Thanks and happy 4th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton

  63. Primetime says:
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    10 team keeper league Obp. Currently 2nd place and we keep 7 players.

    Freeman and c seager for severino and snell.

    Realmuto
    Freeman
    Pereza
    Arenado
    Story
    Mazara
    Cain
    Haniger
    Ozuna

    Bellinger
    Moncada
    Profar
    Jose Mart
    Seager dl
    Trumbo
    Hicks

    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Nola
    Bundy
    Erod
    Tailon
    Bieber
    Maeda

    Diaz
    Dolittle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman side

  64. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? My 12-team keeper league has some funky rules for its keeper selections. You get to keep six total, but at least two need to be hitters and two need to be catchers (e.g., you could keep 3-and-3 or 4-and-2 either way). Last year I kept Kluber (32), Sale (29), Jo-Ram (25), Arenado (27), Turner (25) and Rendon (28). This year we have to add into the mix Bauer (27), Berrios (24), and I guess Pollock (30) warrants some consideration. Factoring in age, who would be your top six out of that group?

    I think you drop Rendon out and add in Bauer and keep three hitters and three pitchers. However, I kind of think I could trade Kluber and get three players in return to help me out this year and then just go with Sale, Bauer, Berrios, Jo-Ram, Arenado, and Turner.

    Happy 4th my friend…may you enjoy multiple poolside daiquiri’s!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Happy 4th! Sale, Bauer, Berrios, Jo-Ram, Arenado, and Turner works for me if you can get something for Kluber, otherwise you drop out Berrios

  65. lwomack58 says:
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    One more question for you and thanks for working on a holiday.

    Need save potenial and ratio’s: Choices
    Parker
    Minter
    Hirano
    Brach
    Trivino
    Leaning Parker(maybe current closer) Minter or Trivino but wanted your take.

    Thanks again

  66. Bk says:
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    It’s on only the 1st inning, but if Quintana tosses another dud, I’m fully prepared to drop him in a 10 teamer. Tell me I’m wrong.

    • Bk says:
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      @Bk: Sorry that was dramatic…

  67. Long Bawls says:
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    All Kyle Higashioka does is hit home runs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now, let me put my catcher questions in numerical order…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1A. Yup 1B. Sure 2. Nah

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey: Now backwards and in heels!

        Happy 4th from Brooklyn, where dozens of groups of 10-12 shirtless dudes have been launching their own Akron-worthy fireworks on the sidewalk since mid-June.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ronde…jambe, bow, fades off stage like a pixie… Happy 4th!

  68. primetime says:
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    10 team keeper. OBP. K/9 QS

    Happy 4th. Can’t wait for the 2nd half top 100.

    I hope to see guys like Castellano, Clevinger, Cruz, Dozier on it. I am trying to get those guys for my playoff push. I don’t think I need all those guys but like to have a strong bench as well in case of injury.

    Drop any off players for Garcia?

    My team below.

    Realmuto
    Freeman
    Pereza
    Arenado
    Story
    Mazara
    Jose Mart
    Haniger
    Ozuna

    Bellinger
    Moncada
    Profar
    Cain DL
    Seager DL
    Trumbo
    Hicks

    Pitching
    Kershaw
    Strausburg – DL
    Nola
    Bundy – DL
    Erod
    Tailon
    Bieber
    Maeda

    Diaz
    Dolittle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Profar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      h, and happy 4th!

  69. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Happy Fourth, Grey!

    Geez, this year is nuts for me injury wise. No sooner do I get a guy back when I lose a couple of others. I just lost Freddie Freeman and Gleyber in the same game. It’s amazing I’m doing as well as I am with the walking wounded I’ve had to throw out there.

    Please form a prayer hexagon for my boys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman’s not hurt bad, right? I mean, please…

      Happy 4th!

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: The Braves have just said upper-arm contusion, he’s day to day. I guess that’s the best we can hope for. Crazy he keeps getting hit. Is Freddie a big plate crowder? He should really start wearing Barry Bonds’ old body armor.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Whew… He just doesn’t move when thrown at…Lucky it wasn’t his hand or wrist

    • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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      @GrassyKnollRedding: elbow hit by pitch, but he still played defense after and ran for himself. this skaggs thing sounds much worse though

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, but Skaggs is always injured

        • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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          @Grey: well as often as freeman gets hit by something we’d assume he would be as well. i think that’s the 3rd freeman scare this year thus far. skaggs did make it half a year this time (or am i forgetting a this year DL stint already?)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            All DL stints are running together for me for Skaggs

  70. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    Happy 4th!

    1) Would I be crazy to drop Eaton for Heyward?
    2) Who wins this trade? D.Murphy/Eaton for J.Baez/J.Jay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! 1. Not crazy 2. Baez

  71. First Place Problems says:
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    Who would you rather have in September….Ryu or Peralta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu

  72. The Shoe says:
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    Happy 4th Grey,

    Following up on yesterday’s question about trading for Snell, C-Mart, or McCullers. Out of these guys, how do you rank them in terms of durability/health? Which one do you trust most to be pitching well when fantasy playoffs roll around (crap shoot question, I know)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C-Mart, McCullers

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: As in C-Mart has the highest injury risk or least injury risk?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Safest

          • The Shoe says:
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            @Grey: Thanks very much! Hope the rest of your 4th is great!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

  73. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Beiber or Garrett Richards moving forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Richards

  74. NH says:
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    Grey,
    Here is my team listed below. I am looking to trade Marte, Pollock, Morton, Corbin and Hand. Who else would you trade? I am trying to improve my team. Second line of players are pitchers.
    Molina, Votto, J. Ramirez, Arenado, Machado, Hoskins, Judge, Stanton, S. Marte, Pollock, Springer,
    Severino, Morton, Ray, Kershaw, Sale, DeGrom, Bauer, Corbin, Hand, Kimbrel

    Here are the list of players who are available to trade in the league. Who would you trade for.
    Second list of players are pitchers.

    Rizzo, C. Santana, Didi, J. Martinez, Muncy, A. Hicks, Posey, Baez, Bogaerts, Puig, C. Hernandez, McCutchen, Schwarber, Semien, Hosmer, Lowrie, Lindor, K. Davis,Profar, Haniger, T. Shaw, Segura, Aguilar, Gennett, Castellanos, Herrera, A. Cabrera, Cain, G. Sanchez, Goldschmidt

    Godley, F. Hernandez. E. Rodriquez, Pivetta, Quintana, Clevinger, Tailon, Happ, Hamels, Eflin, Gibson, Chacin, M. Gonzales, M. Fulmer, Gausman, Keuchel, Bumgarner, Snell, K. Headricks, Archer, Foltynewicz, S. Greene, Newcomb, C. Martinez, Doolittle, Roark, Nola, Flaherty, Lester,
    Strasburg, J. Gray, Cueto, Tanaka, Stripling, C. Allen, Berrios, G. Gonzalez, Syndergaard,
    Hader, W. Davis, Knebel, Mikolas, Freeland

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    • NH says:
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      Just looking to fill all the team needs for the playoffs.

      • NH says:
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        Willing to trade Votto too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ray, deGrom or Corbin… Pollock and Marte for Haniger? Ray and Hand for Bum? C-Mart? Noah? Happ?

  75. Robert says:
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    Best choice to fill in for Gleyber: Happ, Castro, Odor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

      • Robert says:
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        @Grey: got it

  76. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    schoop a doup just gave away a bag that would’ve easily led to him scoring. he hits a double that the PHI LF let bounce off his glove and even as he sees this he slows down to stay at 2B rather than take his free bag the bad D gave him. then of course his shitty team mates don’t get him in later. he would’ve gotten in from a groundout had he been on third though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was watching… So lame

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: yeah it’s nice we got back to back to back games on espn today. due to andujar/mallex being out today i’m actually starting schoop too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not bad fallback

  77. Grand Puba says:
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    Is Buxton going to do anything? He was a keeper in my 14 team league. I could get JBJ now but likely lose Buxton forever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Bux if JBJ is the option

      • Grand Puba says:
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        @Grey: thanks bro shot

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  78. bb says:
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    Ohtani really did hit well before he wenton DL. My question is now that he is activated, do you think he all of a sudden becomes an every day DH? I.e maybe this is the best case scenario for him in fantasy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is likely the everyday DH, yes

  79. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    wow, not owning odubel anywhere now i had no clue his OPS was only barely over .800! i know he’s had ridiculously hot AVG streaks and for a while hit a bunch of HR’s, so he really must’ve started the year horribly, and gone quite cold after those HR’s. based on just the times i’ve seen him in box scores doing great things i’d have guessed like an .860-880.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s surprising, I own him and he’s been aight

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: i know, very surprising. do you now have 3 podcasts a week, ralph already runs the weekly podcast with you, the prospect one, now another prospect one just today. or maybe donkey teeth took over the prospect one (but that seems to not make sense as if ralph was taken off one of them shouldn’t it be the one with you and he’d remain on the prospect one since he’s the prospect guy)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, Donkey Teeth’s is new, more of a general podcast

  80. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Ugh. Third home run given up by Berrios. He had been walking between the rain drops all day and they’re finally tearing him a new one. I have no hard science–or even weird science–to back this up, but I think pitchers slowly become more hittable once they learn they’ll never get any run support game after game. It’s gotta slowly drive you insane knowing your margin of error is non existent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, maybe…I think Berrios is just young and not quite where he will be next year

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: You’re totally right. It’s his youth. I just wish Berrios knew how money he was. Sometimes it seems like the batter is this little bunny cowering in the batters box, and Berrios is a big bear with claws and with fangs, and he’s standing on the mound staring at his claws and thinking, “How am I supposed to kill this bunny?”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, you should be a pitching coach…”No, you’re not the bunny! You’re the bear!”

  81. Bandzamakerher says:
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    $10 Correa and $11 rizzo for $30 Stanton and $36 kershaw?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, but I guess Correa/Rizzo for next year

  82. alps says:
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    Hey Grey Happy 4th
    Quick question
    Would you drop Odor for
    Jorge Polanco, Nunez, Russell, or Chris Taylor
    Can use some speed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th! Nunez

  83. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am so confused. MLB.com and rotowire reported that Evan Gattis had surgery on his knee last night and was placed on the DL, yet he is in the lineup tonight. Does Gattis have super healing powers I am not aware of or is the report completely false?

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: umm, please find where b.mccann getting surgery is the same thing as gattis getting it. find ONE source. we’ll wait. before you start looking you do realize that brian mccann and evan gattis are 2 separate humans, yes? in related news, please don’t try to chew gum and drive

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        youre right my mistake. It was McCann.

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: it’s always best to make sure which guy had the surgery before worrying.

  84. NH says:
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    DeGrom for Nola?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeGrom, coin flip

  85. aardvark says:
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    Can only start four of these guys on Saturday …

    Gausman vs. Minnesota
    Matz vs. Tampa bay
    Morton vs. White Sox
    Robbie ray vs. San Diego
    C-mart vs. giants
    Hamels vs. Detroit

    Which four would you go with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morton, C-Mart, Matz, Ray

      • aardvark says:
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        @Grey: you like pivetta vs. Pittsburg this week? Drop hamels for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, go for it

  86. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Two adds left this week and interested in adding some SPs, either for streaming or for ROS potential. Picking between:

    Hellickson (7/5 vs MIA)
    D.Rodriguez (7/6 vs STL)
    Harvey (7/7 @ CHC)
    Heaney (7/8 vs LAD)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are not good… Hellickson, Rodriguez

  87. Launch Angle says:
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    1. I give Story and Thor and receive Manny Machado
    2. I give Correa and Thor and receive Manny Machado

    If I was to make this offer for Machado are either of these options fair and would you part with both to pick Machado up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d do #2

      • Launch Angle says:
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        If he doesn’t take #2 would you still do #1?

        Also, out of these three SP who would you keep and in what order for the ROS in a standard roto using QS: Thor, Stras, Berrios?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1 is fair — Thor, Stras

  88. DodgersWindowIsNowOpen says:
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    Unsure what to think of Britton. Does he get traded and become a set up guy? Traded and become saves guy (not sure where). Pitching so inconsistently, could he have no takers and end up with Orioles as saves guy? Split ninth inning with Brach? Ugh and ugh. Do I hold and see how it shakes out or just drop him and pick up Hirano or Trevino for holds and ratio help???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He prolly does get traded and becomes a setup man, or he’s a mediocre closer on a terrible team

      • DodgersWindowIsNowOpen says:
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        @Grey:
        Thank you. So in a holds and saves league, would you dump him and his bad ratios for Hirano or Trevino? Or hold a bit longer?

  89. Launch Angle says:
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    In a standard 5×5 roto using R-HR-RBI-SB-AVG and QS-K-SV-ERA-WHIP.

    My roster. There are 2 DL slots and 3 BENCH slots:

    C Molina
    1B Freeman
    2B Baez
    3B Arenado
    SS Story
    OF Trout, Judge, Betts, Benintendi
    UTIL Springer, Goldy
    BENCH Correa (DL)

    SP Severino, Kluber, Paxton, Bauer, Nola, Berrios, Thor (DL slot), Stras (DL slot)
    RP Kimbrel, Jansen, Allen, Doolittle

    I’m in 1st overall by a decent margin. The HR (2nd), RBI (2nd), K (2nd), SV (2nd) and QS (1st) categories are close between 2-3 teams.

    With Thor coming off the DL I was wondering who I should drop if I couldn’t make a 2 for 1 trade to make room for him? I was thinking Cody Allen since I’m only 3 SV behind 1st in that category and no one is close to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Allen

  90. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    did the announcer for the WSOX @ CIN game just say that the WSOX hitters have the worst K/BB ratio since 1879 or 1979? either is pretty damn bad of course.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, did he?

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: likely NOT 1879, but even if it’s just the worst since 1979 that’s pretty F’d. avisail got his first BB of the year i think yesterday and it was probably just from pitcher being scared of him as of late.

  91. Thunder Thighs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Who would you want out of A. Hicks, Bauers, and M. Duffy?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Thunder Thighs: hicks here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks

  92. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft, need to drop two of Kingham, Stroman and Rodon. Who goes?

    Thanks and happy 4th!

  93. Gotime says:
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    Random thought between a drink or 10…I check some scores and notice Andrew Suarez… I picked him up for a 2 start couple of weeks ago vs MIA and SD..went well.. then drop him when I see he was @ ARI then @ Coors…. tonight @ Coors he’s going 6 IP 4 hits 0 BB 0 ER and 6 Ks… that’s better than our boy Bauer’s line… what’s the term for this ha!..ugh

  94. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS: Buehler in, who’s out (1 drop)?
    Mikolas
    Bieber
    Newcomb
    Mazara
    Desmond
    Acuna

    …many thanks.

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