In my Blake Snell sleeper post, my prescience was like the exact opposite of science applied by flat earthers around the world.  Look out the plane window and it’s flat, but pull further back it’s round.  In reverse, if you pull out for enough, you see I wrote a sleeper post for Blake Snell — great! — but if you zoom in closer you see everything I said in that post was far from accurate.  Good from 30,000 feet, less from Altuve’s distance.  I talked up Chris Archer and Jake Faria.  Said Jose De Leon is ready!   Only one I didn’t like was Nathan Eovaldi, who actually was solid.  I went over how Snell could be great, but this good?  Puh-leaze.  Snell and his extended family didn’t think he’d be breathing down a sub-2 ERA in the middle of September.   Most accurate thing I said, “At 25 years of age and in his third major league season while primed for his first full year of innings, is about the best time to get in on him figuring it out.  After 2018, Snell is going to be a known top 20 starter and you’ll never get him cheap again.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Yesterday, Blake Snell went 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners (1 Hit), 9 Ks, ERA at 2.03.  In the AL East!  Actually, my ‘accurate’ quote might not be accurate enough, I should’ve said Blake Snell will be a top 5-10 starter in 2019 fantasy baseball.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Ji-Man Choi – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, and his 4th homer this month.  Hot schmotato, sure, but why do I picture myself in a back alley of the Roppongi district in Tokyo reading a graphic novel about a Ji-Man and his dog, Shibuya?  Am I the only one?

Jose Alvarado – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 8th save, ERA at 2.14.  Alvarado has been filling in for Sergio Romo as he A) Helps the people of Liberia.  B) Waits by the phone to be a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.  C) There’s no C.  D) Is trapped under a pile of phone books.  Okay, any of these could be right, but Romo is clearly no longer on the Rays, right?  What’s he pitched, once this month?  Can someone please update us on Romo’s condition?  At least tell us if we should wish him well on the Drag Race.

Jose Ramirez – 1-for-4 and his 38th homer.  In March, you weren’t sure if he could hit 20 homers.  I will now cackle until someone thinks I’m choking.

Luis Urias – Done for the year, due to his hamstring.  I still will like him for next year, if you’re at all *pinkie to mouth* Urias.

Hunter Renfroe – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  He’s been on one for a while now.  “On one” equals hot streak; “while now” equals since beginning of August.  If you’re still asking about whether you should pick up Renfroe, serious question, are you waiting until the season ends?

Austin Hedges – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .242.  He’s outhitting Gary Sanchez!  *presses evil laughter button bought from Spencer’s Gifts*

Wade LeBlanc – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.56.  He also gave up three unearned runs for a mild ticker shock.  Hopefully, Kenley Jansen doesn’t own LeBlanc in his league.

Kyle Seager – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, hitting .216.  With the homer in the 9th, he pulled off the fizzlebang!  (Going glossary term crazy today!)

James Paxton – Will miss Friday’s start with a virus.  Should’ve downloaded the latest McAfee update.

J.P. Crawford – 3-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .220.  This year he lived up to his full name, Just Pfft.

Aaron Nola – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.42.  Nola dedicated this start to deGrom’s Cy Young chances.

Stephen Strasburg – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.87.  Strasburg dedicated this start to the ‘chances Grey drafts him next year are looking increasingly likely.’

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 33rd homer, hitting .249.  Harper’s nearing the 100 RBI mark for the first time in his career.  No lie, he’s never had 100 RBIs before.  I know RBIs are an antiquated stat, and he hit 42 homers in 2015 from the third and fourth spot in the order with a .330 average and still couldn’t get to 100 RBIs, but, wow right?  This should be exasperated nicely when he’s in pinstripes next year.

Ryan Zimmerman – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Shana tova with the Zimmermania!

Juan Soto – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer, hitting .305, and third homer in two games.  Sexy Dr. Pepper can’t even legally drink for two years!

Ty Buttrey – There’s a chance he could be the Angels’ closer.  Ty Buttrey could also be how I say I like my massages.

Francisco Arcia – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and two homers (4, 5), hitting .240.  Francisco to balls, “Arcia you later!”  Then added, “That’s to baseballs, to clarify.”

Felix Pena – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  This was a Stream-o-Nator fave, but his next one is the opposite of a favorite — an underdog — hmm, might be using my thesaurus incorrectly.  An over-cat?  Yeah, this is wrong.  Stupid thesaurus!  *throws thesaurus*  Damn, that was my phone.

Jose Fernandez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Stop making me revisit Jose Fernandez, it bums me out!

Ross Stripling – 3 1/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.61.  Solid first start since his DL stint, but he’s still about two starts away from being stretched out enough for our purposes, or porpoises, if dolphins have already taken over the world.  I never enjoyed my time at Sea World, I want that down for the record.

Joc Pederson – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 21st homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, as he hits leadoff.  Previous to those two games, Chris Taylor homered in two games from the leadoff spot, then stopped playing abruptly.  Dave Roberts:  The Enemy of the Schmotato.

Jose Peraza – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer, hitting .293.  Too bad no one saw this coming.  Dot dot dot.  Except I did!  I told you to draft Peraza.  Drunk SpongeBob:  wHy dON’t yOU liStEn tO mE?!

Anthony DeSclafani – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.80.  Speaking of Drunk SpongeBob, DeSclafani’s name looks like it’s typed that way.  Maybe that should’ve tipped us off to avoid.

Derek Holland – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.46.  I streamed Holland yesterday like a Dutch baller, which I believe means to fart on testicles in a tightly-wrapped bedspread, because the Stream-o-Nator liked it.  No other reason, and now he’s off my team, for better or worse, which was my grandmother’s favorite cartoon.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners (5 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 3.01.  If I owned Anibal, she’d have a 6.50 ERA and be retired, asking her husband to Netflix and chill.  I promise you this.

Jonny Venters – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 3rd save, and 2nd save with the Braves, but the first one was a while ago, so I don’t think this means anything, besides Venters has a Five Million Dollar Man elbow, and that show was cancelled.  The Braves scored late in the 8th and maybe Minter wasn’t ready to go.

Aroldis Chapman – Could return sometime next week, which sounds like horsecrap, to be honest, but the Yankees said it, which means it is horsecrap, but to be fair, maybe.

Luis Severino – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.46.  One of the most baffling 2nd half slides has been Severino — emphasis on ‘has been’ — and it’s also puzzling why the Yanks didn’t shut him down for a few weeks.  Almost like the Mets sneezed on them.

Jake Odorizzi – 7 1/3 IP, 1 hit, 1 ER, 3 walks, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.41.  His 2nd half ERA coming into this game was 4.63, and his one September start was a mollywhopping.  Guess what I’m saying or sayin’ even, this was a nice start, but not sure how indicative it is of anything.  But, Part II:  Turn That But Around, the Stream-o-Nator loves his next start.

Yu Darvish – Underwent elbow surgery and plans to be 100% ready for the start of Spring Training.  You’re going 24 days of eating a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos every day, and I have more faith in you being 100% healthy next March.

Kris Bryant – 2-for-3, 1 RBI, hitting .277.  He just missed a home run by mere feet.  So, that gives him 11.5 homers.  Where’s the other 25?!

Curtis Granderson – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 13th homer.  Not a great season…unless you compare him to Kris Bryant!

Carlos Rodon – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (5 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.10.  Gotta appreciate how much effort Rodon is putting into being overvalued next year.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .248.  Another guy who absolutely no one wanted any part of in March, except for me.

Adalberto Mondesi – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 22nd steal, hitting .284.  Here’s a guy who I’m gonna want every part of in 2019.

Jon Gray – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.80.  I guess in some ways it’s appropriate that Gray is killing my fantasy team.  To each his own, literally.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 33rd homer.  Turns out my great uncle — yeah, the one that drank a lot — left me a piece of the Shroud of Turin.  Guess I’m a Christ on my dad’s side.  Here, I’m gonna leave it by this open window–NOOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

Eduardo Escobar – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  He has 10 more homers than Kris Bryant!  Escobar has been in an almost month-long slump, but appears to finally be peeking his head out from the cloud cover.

Yoshihisa Hirano – 1/3 IP, 2 ER and his 4th blown save.  I legit laughed out loud when I saw this.  The Diamondbacks’ closer role is polluted like Michele Pffeifer’s womb!  Steer clear!  Unless you really need saves, then I guess Archie Bradley’s next man up.

Jeff McNeil – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .340.  When he was first called up, I half-joked he could be like Jeff Kent.  The part that wasn’t half-joking might be more accurate.  Kinda pumped to own him in my keeper league.

Zack Wheeler – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.23.  His post-All-Star break ERA is lower than deGrom’s.  Cust kayin’.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Quite the season the Mets got from Bruce.  Helluva signing!

Amed Rosario – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  I need so many things to go right in some of my leagues to win, but Amed getting hot would be a nice boost.  Yes, this is about me!

Niko Goodrum – Left the game with an injured quad.  Like any Goodrum, he will now be shelved.

Nicholas Castellanos – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .294.  The Greek God of Hard Contact connects with a home run and screams, “Disco!”  Then seconds later, “….Fries at the Galaxy Diner on Route 22, it’s my Uncle’s place.”

Gerrit Cole – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.88 vs. Daniel Norris – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.14.  This matchup was billed as, “Cole/Norris or what Chuck’s child, Diamond, was named before he beat the crap out of him.”

Alex Bregman – 2-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs with his 50th double, hitting .296.  He’s the first hitter in history to play mostly 3rd base and hit 50 doubles with 30 homers in one season.  Not since 2007 have we seen 30 HRs, 10 SBs and 50 doubles, and there’s only eight in history with Lou Gehrig, Chuck Klein, Frank Robinson, A-Rod, Al-So, D-Lee and Ma-Ho.  The last three were not players in the Nippon Baseball League.

David Price – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.42.  Gonna have to give Price a long, hard look this offseason for 2019; he might be taking the path back to likability that Verlander cleared.

Aaron Sanchez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.90.  Solid game against the Red Sox, but they clinched like four months ago and were playing Fortnite in the dugout all game, finally able to get to play with Price on the mound.

Trevor Cahill – Might be skipped on Saturday because of a back issue.  Also, because the A’s might make the playoffs and they need one healthy starter.

Matt Olson – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .241.  Fairly quiet 2nd half for Allahson.  At one point, he was on pace for 40 homers; now he might not reach 30, without Allahson getting jihotti.

Ramon Laureano – 3-for-5, 1 run and his 5th steal, hitting .293, and has two homers this week (they both came in the same game).  Also, was hitting leadoff yesterday.  I cannot tell a lie, which is good in general, and this isn’t a lie, I’ve owned Laureano for the better part of September in my Yahoo league (15-team mixed).  By the by, the Yahoo Friends & Family league standings are getting pretty interesting.  Rudy and I are battling it out at the top.  Wish me luck and curse Rudy.

Liam Hendriks – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 5.94, and a one-hitter, as he started for the A’s.  Is it me or do you think Billy Beane got a little jealous he didn’t start using The Opener first (opening The Opener?), so now he’s just using it ’cause?

Daniel Poncedeleon – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.81. He feels a bit like a trap for 2019.  He’s older, walks a ton of guys, and is likely first one out of the rotation for the Cards.  I realize I have a real sickness thinking about 2019 rankings still in September of 2018.  Any hoo!  Poncedeleon won’t win ROY but maybe the FOY if he wanders around Florida, and I’d just use Stream-o-Nator for him.

Gregory Polanco – Underwent shoulder surgery after injuring his knee.  Wow, that was some slide into 2nd base!

Jameson Taillon – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.37.  Underappreciated how great his season has been, and doing this with fewer balls.  Also, his walks are down.

 
  1. Member Berries says:
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    Story, Bregman and Yelich first rounders next year (top 12)?

    Rank for 2019: Severino, Bauer, Snell, DeGrom, Nola, and Wheeler (bc he has a 1.32 era post allstar break)

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Member Berries: I’m going to hikjack your comment to bring up P. Corbin and cy young silliness
      if we are ignoring Wins , why aren’t we ignoring ERA?

      195 ip 11.03 k/9 2.03 bb/9 0.95 whip 2.71 xFIP
      186 ip 11.13 k/9 2.03 bb/9 1.03 whip 2.57 xFIP

      one of those stat lines belongs to Corbin the other belongs to DeGrom
      which one’s which??
      Slappy doesn’t know!

    • bigbear says:
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      @Member Berries: deGrom, Snell, Nola, Bauer, Severino, Wheeler.

      Actually, it’s been a while since I’ve looked at Wheeler’s stats. He’s been much better than I had given him credit for. I can see a case for switching Wheeler and Severino. But went with the K upside.

      • Starz says:
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        @bigbear: Definitely Severino over Wheeler. As a Mets fan, I love Wheeler, and he’s been downright amazing in the 2nd half. Best ERA in baseball since all-star game.
        But Severino is on a better team, is younger, and I think Is a safer bet. Wheeler SHOULD be able to continue this next year but this is also the first time in his career he has pitched this well and this consistently. He’s still a big injury risk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Member Berries: I’m not ranking for 2019 right now, because I don’t know, but my guess is those three hitters are top 15 and pitchers are all close and in top 20, except Wheeler

      • Member Berries says:
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        @Grey:

        disrespecting Wheeler bc he is Wheeler or bc he’s a Mets pitcher?! (just jokes, i have no real love for Wheeler other than a big thank you for all the streaming starts)

        I think Severino is quite interesting considering how dominant he was to how terrible he has been (6.35 era post AllStar!).

        You see Willians Astudillo (Twins) rounding the bases? Kid has wheels but because of his Bartolo Colon-esque build (and face) it resulted in a good laugh for me

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Astudillo is hilarious to watch run… Wheeler had a good 2nd half, we’ll see, I’ll need to dig in on him

  2. Oliver says:
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    Weekend? You mean yesterday? :)

    Who would you rather have ROS, Semien or Jeff McNeil? I’m trying to use my bye week productively. Also, I’ve got Acuna, Peralta, Beni, Franmil, and Kole Calhoun as my OF, but Kiermaier is available. Would you drop Franmil or Calhoun for him? (Yahoo 5×5 16 team)

    Thanks again for all the writeups throughout the year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oliver: McNeil — Franmil

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Loved it, you are the king!

    a. Thanks for the tip on Pena last night. Dropped him for Ji-Man as I said I would. But then I saw McNeil was available AND playing 2 today so, I added him and dropped the Ji-Man.

    b. Drop Voit for a Jay Bruce batty call? Bruce apart from being slightly hot is also playing 2 today. Other options are Cron who I’m really starting to hate despite his record-breaking season.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 13

    Nothing is made in vain, but the fly came near it.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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      @Ante Galic: yeah late in life (at least) he had a immense hatred of bugs, likely due to when his wife and multiple daughters all died of cancers or other slow rotting type diseases, the flys/bugs would be all over their bodies (before dying). also late in life had an immense hatred of god (or at least it showed more), not as much as say nietzsche/de sade, but a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Nice! B. Sure C. I don’t get it

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        I know, me too. There are two possibilities.

        1. Flies are the one thing that God made in vain (or really close).

        2. Flies fly near poop. Poop is made in vain. Therefore, flies fly by the poop. Therefore they come near it (the poop).

        What’s your interpretation?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Only thing I can think is, we have no reason for flies, so God made them just to prove that he could, so that’s vanity

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            I like that one better. Anyway, sorry for inciting a riot.

            Added Bruce, dropped Voit into the void that’s Matt Adams back side! Voit for sure will now go on a tear.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No riot, I was seriously perplexed

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                You got shook by Twain. Shame on him.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hahaha

  4. Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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    i’m telling ya he’s got some woman tied to a bed or in a closet of some hotel room somewhere. and he got away for a day or 2, but now he’s back (romo, and maybe kela is with him). neither one of them was pitching badly to have this much time off (romo twice now).

    AL only, with the son of donalding allen is a BN player (so he really IS the young version of the king of sagnof now). OBP over AVG, total bases added. allen is lefty side only guy (which is funny since when he was called up and first starting he was a righty only side guy, this was just weeks ago too)
    C ward (3B)
    1B alonso
    2B whit (1B/OF)
    SS correa
    3B mostsuckass
    CI rowdy
    MI lowrie (2B/3B)
    OF (4) grichuk, brantley, villar (2B/SS/OF, i think he’s back to being a keeper next year, pretty good price he’ll have on this as well, just had to get away from MIL like scooter), mancini (1B)
    util (1) fletcher (2B/3B/SS)
    BN allen
    options (not good of course):
    austin (even after going cold as shit has an 854 with MIN)
    rickard (playing every day now, some steals lately too)
    schweg engel (check that reference it’s awesome)
    goodwin (at least he was good a few different times)
    the new jo-fer (now playing everyday, hitting good lately)
    grossman (really high OBP lately, plays every day),

  5. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    i called it last year (didn’t think it would be THIS FAST though) “snell gearing up for those cy youngs (late in season) if he just lowers that BB rate”

  6. Steinbrenner Youth says:
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    My team logo next year will be a photo of Stephen Strasburg with#NeverAgain superimposed over his face. When I start him, he kills me. When I bench him, he kills me. Do I dare start him next week, championship week, for two starts? I am sure whichever I choose will be wrong.

    • Jake C says:
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      @Steinbrenner Youth: Everytime I hear “superimposed” I think of the goat skit with Adam Sandler

    • Jake C says:
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      @Steinbrenner Youth: Everytime I hear “superimposed” I think of the goat skit with Adam Sandler

      • Steinbrenner Youth says:
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        @Grey: @Marlins, vs Mets

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steinbrenner Youth: Can’t see why you wouldn’t start him (which means he’ll be roughed up)

  7. Scott says:
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    Ok so I add beltre who was on fire last week and so far he is 0 for 11 for me. I need a ci. Do I hold or add Bruce or choi, wil Myers who i cut? I just need somebody to give me some kind of hitting stats r, hr,rbi and total bases for 2 f’n weeks. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Try Bruce

  8. Doc Samson says:
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    Love the “Scarface” reference for the D’backs bullpen situation. It’s too bad Billy Wagner isn’t still around because then you could have said, “say hello to my little friend!” “Thank you, thank you, try the veal, it’s stopped moving off of the plate…

  9. chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Streaming for the Semi – FInals:

    WHat are the best option for tomorrow:

    Shields @ BAL
    Harvey @ Cubs
    Jorge Lopgez vs MIN
    Shoemaker vs SEA
    Lauer vs Tex

    many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chris: Shoemaker

  10. Raul says:
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    My first place team has gone ice cold in the head to head playoffs. Like 260 OBP ice cold. Somehow I’m still in it in counting stats. Would you recommend drop Donaldson and Brad Hand to get enough salary to pick up 3 deep league waiver players? I have 6 players playing, my opponent has 9.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raul: Works for me

  11. Drew says:
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    Adalberto or Asdrubal over the last 2 weeks? Assuming you prefer Adalberto for 2019…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drew: Adalberto and yes

  12. Savoy Special says:
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    14 Team H2H auction redraft league. I have a BYE week this week so for next week…

    1) I made a mistake by picking up Niko Goodrum. I mean, you can’t predict a player getting injured but I should have listened to you when you said to wait a few more days to make a decision. I’m now down to $5 FAAB. Anyway, looks like I will need to replace him. Who are your top 2 from this group of 1B?

    Trey Mancini (vs Blue Jays, @NYY), Ryan O’Hearn (@Pirates, @Tigers), Hunter Dozier (@Pirates, @Tigers), Max Muncy (vs Rockies, vs Padres), Wil Myers (vs SF, @Dodgers)

    If there’s anyone else I haven’t listed that might be on waivers, please let me know.

    Thanks as always!

  13. DrizzyDrizzle says:
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    Hildenberger or Alvarado for saves ROS

  14. Jordan Rosenblum says:
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    Do you wanna know how I got these positive urias vibes?

    My father was a drinker, and a fiend. And one night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn’t like that. Not. One. Bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. He turns to me, and he says, “Why so Urias?” He comes at me with the knife. “Why so URIAS?!” He sticks the blade in my mouth—”Let’s put a smile on that face!” Aaaand… Why so Urias?

    I told him not to worry about the lower minor league homerun totals bc he’s young and hits it hard (his second homer was a 430 ft bomb!) and he pretty much bought it.

    How many homers would you guess he hits in his best power season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jordan Rosenblum: When I said above it’s good to work through your problems, you can’t work through same problem repeatedly

      • Jordan Rosenblum says:
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        @Grey: I’m spinning my wheels now, aren’t I…it’s time to seek help

  15. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Would you drop any of the following to pick up Heaney for his start tomorrow? I’m in playoffs. 5×5 redraft.

    Lucchesi? He has a wonderful start next week so it’d be a shame to drop him but I can also worry about next week if I win this week.

    Reynaldo Lopez? He’s been good recently, and he hasn’t yet given me a start this week, but SON still doesn’t love his next two starts.

    W.Ramos (punt catcher)? Great per game catcher but seems like Philly only intends to deploy him 2-3 starts a week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe Beisbol: Be nice to know who these guys are starting against

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @Grey: I’m screen shotting this as the day I knew something Grey didn’t. Let me have my moment.

        Heaney is at home on Sat. against SEA (start pushed back a day)

        Lopez is @ Baltimore.

        Lucchesi’s next start is next week, likely at home against SF.

        I can drop Berrios after his start tomorrow @ KC.

        PHI has three games at home this weekend against the Marlins. It’s anyone’s guess whether Ramos will play and when.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha — I’d go all of them, but Lucchesi, Heaney, that order

  16. msh2404 says:
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    Keep 1 for MI: Torres, Rosario, Profar… Rosario has been hot, Torres has been batting 9th and Profar has been cold

    Cut Bud Norris? I could really use a couple more saves if he could get them. There is no saves on the wire

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @msh2404: Amed — Yes, cut Bud Norris

  17. brian says:
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    better bet for saves ROS…hirano, jace fry, or alvarado

    thanks grey

    • Grey

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      @brian: Alvarado

  18. Chris says:
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    Need to keep one of these pitchers in a H2H points league. Which should I keep:

    Severino or Snell?

    Thanks for all your help this season!!

  19. Chucky says:
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    If Stanton isn’t a bust, can we at least acknowledge that playing in the AL, hitting in a Yankee lineup, in that bandbox, didn’t work out as expected? Clearly he’s no Reggie. When you have to consider the likes of Choo, Haniger and David Peralta as better options, isn’t it time to admit Derek took Cashman to school?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chucky: You, Wally Pipp and that other guy who kept calling Grey an idiot for not conceding that Stanton was a bust, should get together and start your own Stanton-bashing blog. You can high-five each other after agreeing over false premises like “Yeah man, he’s so not Babe Ruth! Those idiots!”.

    • AllThePrettyStantons says:
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      @Chucky:

      hey look Chucky’s back. he went real quiet while stanton was hitting aka the entire summer. what I love about Razzball is how nice you dudes are to trolls. such restraint, keeps things from escalating. Just kill em with facts and kindness. keep it up, a sincere ‘thank you’.

      • Cram It says:
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        @AllThePrettyStantons: Funny how the Stanton haters only come out when they’re in a “slump”, aka the normal process of a baseball season.

  20. David Kohn says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Could you pick your 4 favorites out of these…

    09/14/18 – Diego Castillo vs OAK EJackson – 20.9
    09/14/18 – Tyler Anderson @ SF CStratton – 16.0
    09/14/18 – Zach Eflin vs MIA WChen – 14.8
    09/14/18 – Eric Lauer vs TEX YMendez – 11.4

    09/15/18 – Robbie Erlin vs TEX AJurado – 16.5
    09/15/18 – Ian Kennedy vs MIN CDe Jong – 11.2
    09/15/18 – Liam Hendriks @ TB RStanek – 8.9

    09/16/18 – Mike Minor @ SD JNix – 20.7
    09/16/18 – Kyle Gibson @ KC JJunis – 16.6
    09/16/18 – Dereck Rodriguez vs COL ASenzatela – 9.2

    Thank you so much as always!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David Kohn: Minor, Gibson, D-Rod, Anderson

      • Kohn says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!!

        I’m so sorry though Minor is owned.

        Who would you replace Minor with?

        • Grey

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          Guess try Erlin

        • Kohn says:
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          @Kohn: Geeze and D-Rod is owned.

          Could you pick 2 others. Sorry!

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            @Kohn: Should I just stay away from the others?

            • Grey

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              Yes, stay away

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Anderson

  21. Dean Kongslie says:
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    In a 5×5 H2H league with limited moves a week…I need Ks and Ws mostly, but have a shot at ERA and WHIP.

    I see that Diego Castillo is loved by Stream-o-Nator, but are we sure he will pitch enough innings? Where do you land on him and Tyler Anderson?

    • Grey

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      @Dean Kongslie: Can’t see Castillo pitching more than 2 IP — I’d try Anderson

  22. The Shoe says:
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    Morning, Grey!

    A. So it’s looking like we drop J. Gray for Gibson, right?

    B. As for Stripling, I didn’t watch any of it, but it looks like a decent outing. However, assuming I make the move for Gibson, what do you think of swapping Stripling for Musgrove who would be @KC and vs MIL next week?

    D. Would you take McNeil or Choi over S. Marte or Peralta?

    • Grey

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      @The Shoe: A. Yes B. I’d take Musgrove D. Nah

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Hmmm, so Stripling will start on Sunday against STL confirmed. And he’s also listed at probably starter vs SD next week. Would you keep him around for that start even if it’s a somewhat shorter one?

        I’m rethinking things now… I’ve got a 90 point lead with 3 days left in my H2H matchup. If the chances for Stripling to blow up @STL are low, perhaps I just keep him around and instead drop J. Gray for Musgrove’s KC start next week – Gibson will get the As next week and that matchup doesn’t seem great.

        • Grey

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          Nah, I’d lose Stripling, 4-5 IP, 2 ER, does nothing for you

          • The Shoe says:
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            @Grey: So you don’t think he’d be stretched out enough to log 5+ innings next week against SD?

            • Grey

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              Seems doubtful, maybe 5 IP, 0 ER

  23. Chocolate Thunder from Down Under says:
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    Streamer for today: Laureano (against Dylan Bundy) or Jeff McNeill (double header against Alcantara and the other pitcher is still unknown)? Also Dahl (Buchholz) or Ohearns (Stephen Gonsalves)?

  24. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Bregman got a little OCD going on? 100/30/100/10 and 50 doubles

  25. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    For me first round of playoffs may have come down to Nat/Phils ….an unfortunate week to have this series.

    I have nola and strasburg who went h2h. I also have Ramos, Harper, Turner, Soto so something had to give.

    Sitting here tie at 90pts so far this week still have a great shot.

    luck and timing play a huge role

  26. jose says:
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    I streamed Ramon Laureano on Tuesday at the Robots suggestion. He went 0-5 so I dropped him since I had a full hitting lineup for Kela in order to try to snipe a W. Kela didn’t even pitch…

    Real quick, no matter how many times he proves otherwise, or how many times you say you’re riding with him, I still can’t feel confident about it and I have to ask. Are we starting Freeland in Coors against Dbacks? SON says -14, but it never likes Freeland anyway.

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: I’m starting Freeland until he does something that makes me think I shouldn’t be starting him

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: I’ll never make you say it again. Haha

        • Grey

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          Ha, I’m just saying, he’s done nothing in months to warrant being benched… If he has a bad game, then shizz happens

  27. Will says:
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    Pinstripes? Perish the thought. Harper will be a Cub next year, as the Bryant and Harper wives will conspire to help make this happen. Leaving Heyward to be a $184 million dollar late inning defensive replacement, lol.