In the first of sixteen doubleheaders yesterday, we were treated to The Bobby Dalbec Show, starring…Bobby Dalbec. *Bobby enters stage right and the crowd quiets* One boy in the front row of the black & white audience stands and points, “It’s the resurrection of the great Red Sox legend, Bobby Doerr!” Then an usher points, “Oh, my God, Dalbec is present tense for Doerr!” Another argumentative guy screams, “Yo, Bobby Dalbec, what’s the deal with Red Ruffing? He die from huffing? From being a Red? Screw socialism!” Yesterday, Bobby Dalbec, local hero, and all-around Red Sox player, went 3-for-6, 4 RBIs with his 4th and 5th homer in, like, two games. His power isn’t without its ceiling, but that ceiling is on the moon. He could be a 35-homer guy in the majors. The big drawback is–Wait a second, did he have a 50% strikeout rate going into the doubleheader? Hey, Dalbec, B. Doerr, don’t B. Don’ter. Dalbec might hit .205 for the immediate future, but he eventually finds contact once he gets comfortable in a league. For this year, Dalbec or Moistasskiss? Ya know what I’m saying, go with the hot hand and Bobby Doerr’s present tense. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Andrew Benintendi – Shut down for the year. Shame they didn’t do that with the entire Red Sox team. Well, Bobby Doerr’s present company excluded.

Michael Chavis – 0-for-4 as he played left field. He hadn’t played left field as a professional, but the Red Sox have a staff of pitchers who shouldn’t be pitching as professionals, so same diff.

Rafael Devers – 4-for-8, 3 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer. He’s scrapping together a bad, but not terrible season, which is more than Just Dong Martinez can say.

Alex Verdugo – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 6th homer, as he hit leadoff. Was thinking about the 50+ at-bats where Verdugo hit 6th or lower in the order, but then he was benched in the 2nd game. Like everyone with a passing knowledge of Verdugo knows he is the best bat to hit at the top of that order. How is it possible a major league manager doesn’t know this? To quote Vizzini, inconceivable!

Didi Gregorius – 3-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (6) and legs (3). “Didi, Didi, Didi, can’t you see, sometimes your homers hypnotize me.” — The Gregorius D.I.D.

Zach Eflin – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, ERA at 4.58. As mentioned on yesterday’s podcast, I tried to trade for Eflin in one league. It didn’t happen, but I love what I’m seeing behind the curtain of Eflin, and that’s your free peak, perv, when I rank Eflin ridiculously high next year. I want to do bad things with him and it’s up to us to wish superficially bad things on him, so his price isn’t inflated.

Ryan Yarbrough – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.31, as he returned from the IL. I started Yarbrough in one league where I smell of desperation and coconut oil. Much less tropical now.

Jorge Soler – Hit the IL with an oblique strain, and is likely done. Tough to see he only got 136 ABs this year. Oh, wait, everyone’s only getting around 220 ABs.

Adalberto Mondesi – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 12th steal, and moved back up the order. Oh, giddy the eff up.

Carlos Santana – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. Oye como yay!

Triston McKenzie – 5 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.57. Regression Fairies heard Keeping Up With the Kardashians was canceled and were just out trolling for trouble.

Bo BichetteJays said he could return this weekend. From your mouth to Juan Soto’s ears.

Jonathan Davis – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. J.D. Davis read this blurb, and screamed, “Imposter!”

Rafael Dolis – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 3rd save, ERA at 1.77. If a Toronto closer in Buffalo changed, would it make a sound?

Miguel Andujar – 2-for-4 and hitting near-.400 in the last few games, and I’d absolutely pick him up in all leagues. He shouldn’t be on waivers, to be Frank, and I Can’talanotto-lie.

Yasmani Grandal – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer. He’s quietly having a quiet season.

Dylan Cease – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.33. I watched some of him yesterday, and I don’t know, guys and five girl readers, he’s not very impressive. One of his strikeouts was a fluke and this was the Pirates.

Max Fried – Hit the IL with a left-side muscle spasm in his lumbar spine. Sounds like he could use a chiropractor, or just watch Two and a Half Men character Jon Cryerpractor draw out some laughs from a studio audience high on nitrous oxide. The Braves said Fried could return by mid-next week, but we shall see. Or not. Your choice!

Cole Hamels – Could also return next week for the Braves as they begin to put their playoffs’ rotation in order, starting from their 1st through their 9th starter. Little known fact, the Braves and Dodgers have 20 of 25 known fantasy starters in the NL.

Jorge Alfaro – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (2). 14,010,165,173rd example of why 2020 is crazy: Alfaro has more steals than homers.

Garrett Cooper – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Been calling him a hot schmotato for the last week straight, followed by ignoring him the very next day.

Sixto Sanchez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.80. Ya know you can’t trust rookie pitchers, right? When great, there’s always an adjustment at some point, even if it’s not the year they debut. Look at Chris Paddack this year. But, with all that said, Sixto Mode is absolutely gorgeous. He looks like an ace.

Adrian Houser – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.48. Can’t believe I fell for his charms. Your charms lie, you stupid charming liar!

Spencer Turnbull – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.32. Literally every Tigers’ pitcher is doing better than expected, other than Boyd. Flavor Flav sadly sighs, “Yeah, Boyd!”

Jeimer Candelario – 2-for-4. 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .319, and .375 in the last week. As someone who is currently starting The Candy Man in a couple of leagues, he has been hot.

Ryan Mountcastle – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer. It took a little bit of digging around in my memory bank on the podcast, but I finally landed on who I think Mountcastle looks like: Trey Mancini. Mountcastle is a 27+ homer, .280 hitter.

Rio Ruiz – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .228. The Rio runs through it!

DJ Stewart – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .185. Every year the O’s seem to have one guy who is alluring, but not really any good. This year, they had two that added up to one. When Santander went to the IL, they filled in with a new guy, who also seemed great. Sorry, that’s not fair for Santander. That’s *pinkie to mouth* Santslander.

Jeff McNeil – 2-for-3 and his 3rd homer, and 3rd homer in three games. One good thing can happen to the Mets each game. Wish it was more Albombso and less McNeil, but sigh, sigh, sigh.

Eric Hosmer – Might be able to return before the end of the season. From a fractured finger? Who are you, Eugenio Suarez?

Wil Myers – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 10th and 11th homer, and 11th homer since I declared him my NL MVP pick after choosing someone else that I’ve since forgotten about.

Austin Nola – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer. I wish we had another four months of the season for a myriad of reasons, but it would be great to see Nola have a breakout season, get everyone excited about him for next year, then watch him fail to live up to expectations. In a short season, I’m not sure people will give this much credence, but just look at him like an old man down the road.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer. Super proud of this rendition of Munch’s Scream painting I was able to make using grains of pollen, and it only took me seven years. Boy, it is stuffy in here, so I’m gonna carelessly open the window–NOOOOO!!! Torenado!

Gavin Lux – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer. Please get hot. It could change everything (for one league where I own him, and not really change anything else in the big picture). Everything!

Walker Buehler – 2 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.86. Buehler or Kershaw next year? It should be Buehler, but will it be?

Kole Calhoun – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer. Has cooled off dramatically — smash cut to dramatically, “I’m big, it’s the pictures that got small.” — but Calhoun is the type to hit one homer, then go on a run.

Tyler Mahle – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.89. Gonna be 26 years old next year (aren’t we all! (no, we’re not)), and he still hasn’t pitched more than 130 innings in a year, but something tells me I’m gonna be in on T. Mahle like a stoner at Taco Bell at two in the morning.

Lance Lynn – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.52. If Lynn didn’t look gross with that sweaty beard, I would hug him.

Frankie Montas – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.73. Hey, it’s the regression of the regression! The negation of the negation! The opposite of whatever crap was going on with him for the last three weeks. Streamonator loves his next one, and I can see getting back in on him.

Khris Davis – 2-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Ah, if only it were really 2018 again.

Matt Olson – 1-for-8, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .188. Ah, if only it were the 2020 preseason again.

Alex Dickerson – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer. Surprising, I thought Dickerson had already fallen off. *slowly crosses legs* Say again.

Jose Altuve – Dusty Baker said Altuve looked good while running on Tuesday. Dusty added, “Like a pygmy doing The Running Man. Very good and fun.”

Alex Bregman – 0-for-3 as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “One time I ran out of gas on Route 44 and tried to fart into my tank.”

Michael Brantley – 5-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .330. Between this and Khris Davis homering, maybe it was throwback Tuesday in Houston. Was someone banging a trash can? Anyone know, uh, beforehand?

Jose Berrios – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.40. Was coasting through five innings, then immediately got into trouble and yanked. Whenever you think he’s about to throw a gem, Jose raspBerrios his lips.

Randy Dobnak – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.61. Dobnak is Orkan for regression.

Nelson Cruz – 4-for-7 and his 14th and 15th homer, hitting .342. Guess I shouldn’t have benched him when he was out on Monday. Thank you, Fantasy Baseball Overlord, you are always bringing the most pleasant surprises. *drops hammer on foot* I just want to feel something else.

Miguel Sano – 2-for-8, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer. Another guy who was on my bench, since he wasn’t playing on Monday. Bro, I’m straight up not having a good time.

Josh Donaldson – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Son of Donald better than Son of the Mask, confirmed.

Tommy Edman – 1-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and 2nd homer in the last three days. Days not games, I think, but who knows with the Cards playing doubleheaders every other day. Still hot schmotato, if he’s unowned in enough leagues.

Carlos Martinez – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER as he was activated from the IL. I like C-Mart in the starting role, in general, but for the rest of the season he needs to go 5+ innings and show me something. Grey’s in tough dad mode (TDMTM)!

Dylan Carlson – Sent down to the alternate training site where he will try-on goth makeup and listen to Jello Biafra. Oh, crap, he went to the alternative training site.

 
  1. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Time to hit the gong on Just Dong. He’s now Just Done. Not to be confused with Just(in) Dunn, who is at least streamable in the right matchups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, true

  2. Dr Easy says:
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    Bottom of the barrel question! I need an outfielder who’s going to play the next couple of games, and maybe more if the feeling is mutual. DJ Stewart (@Mets vs Porcello then @Yankees vs Cole) or Edward Olivares (@Cleveland facing Carrasco and Civale)? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stewart

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great job on the report! Loved it!

    a. So sorry for the fires! I re-watched the ‘Governor Schwarzenneger on SNL’ skit again to make me feel a bit better about all the fires. Terrible.

    b. MLB quote of the day for September 9, 2020

    ‘We lived near a playground that had four baseball diamonds on it, and when I got to be 11, 12 years old, I was always over at the ballpark practicing or playing or doing something pertaining to baseball. And when I wasn’t doing that, I was bouncing a rubber ball off the steps of my front porch at home.’

    Robert ‘Bobby’ Pershing Doerr. Doerr hit for the cycle twice in his career – May 17, 1944 and May 13, 1947.

    Reflecting on being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having his number retired by the Red Sox, Doerr said, “If I had played on a world champion, that would have made my life complete.”

    His 162-game average.

    698 PA, 616 AB, 95 R, 177 H, 33 2B, 8 3B, 19 HR, 108 RBI, 70 BB, 53 K, .288/.362/.461 slash line, 115 OPS+ 284 TB

    His best season was probably 1944, though 1948 and 1949 were also very good. His 1946 season (he finished 3rd in the MVP voting when Ted Williams won) was also very good. In his 1944 season, he led the league in SLG (.528).

    1944

    536 PA, 468 AB, 95 R, 152 H, 30 2B, 10 3B, 15 HR, 81 RBI, 58 BB, 31 K, .325/.399/.528 slash line, 165 OPS+ 247 TB. (He did that in 125 games.)

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yeah, it’s been bad

      B. Yes! Nice! B. Doerr, not a B. Don’ter

      • galica says:
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        Grey!

        Thought I’d do one related to your opening blurb, plus he’s one of the greats. Two birds with one stone. No relation to Johnny Bench but then I am also totes different from what I was pre-corona so there’s that.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Amazing!

  4. Sandman says:
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    Grey, great write up!

    in a 10 team standard 5×5 league (Saves only):

    SP: Darvish, Giolito, Lamet, Ryu, Sixto, Heaney, Plesac
    RP: Jansen, Melancon, Pressly, Devin Williams

    Wins: Tied for 2nd with 32, leader has 38.
    Saves: 1st with 29, 2nd has 27.
    Ks, ERA, WHIP are all tight races

    I only have 105 innings remaining, and 5 moves left on the waiver wire

    1) Heaney has the following remaining starts:
    @COL, v. Tex, @LAD
    Should I be dropping him for any of these potential closers, or hold? I figure I’ll be hitting that 105 innings with the rest of my squad and he’s not worth the ERA/WHIP blow ups.
    -Yohan Ramirez – competing with Hirano?
    -Rafael Dolis – May lose job to Giles? Giles May be very rusty though
    -Ginkel
    -Ty Buttrey (meh)
    -Gregory Soto

    2) ROS: Gavin Lux (17 games) or Brad Miller (23 game)

    3) ROS, do you drop Riley or Arozarena – for Andujar, or hold?

    Thank you!

    • Sandman says:
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      Hi Grey,

      Can we add Scott Barlow to question 1? Also, please let me know if you like two of these relievers in the event that one is taken.

      Thank you!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ginkel, Dolis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure, Ginkel
      2. Lux
      3. Riley

      • Sandman says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        With 5 moves left in the season, is Andujar over Riley a must do in your opinion? really could use some offense

        Thank you again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

          • Sandman says:
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            Thank you!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  5. Dave D says:
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    Ha! Good one on Jello Biafra. Watching Carlson bat has been much like hearing Jello sing or talk. Painful. Hopefully Carlson has more upside than Jello, otherwise he might be playing in Cambodia in a few years… or whatever they re-branded the nation as.

    I watched Sixto for a few innings again. 99-100mph consistently, good pitch selection, great control, threw strikes that they had trouble hitting. At one point the announcer said “ Sixto’s only flaw is that he might be throwing too many strikes.” I dont see him getting barreled up much with that gas and those weapons in his arsenal. Love him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — yeah, right? He’s so easy on the motion to throw 100, that he reminds me of Pedro

      • Dave D says:
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        Bingo. Totally reminds me of Pedro. Was thinking the same thing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As I was saying with Coolwhip below, very few guys with 100 MPH and command don’t succeed — it’s like Eovaldi and that’s it

        • Coolwhip

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          Yep, Dave did you see the GIF of him and Pedro side-by-side? Looks eerily similar.

          • Dave D says:
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            No, but I had the very thought watching him last evening. He doesn’t seemed phased at all by anything. Very poised. Maybe not as fiery as Pedro. Maybe thats even a positive. Its weird how effortlessly he seems to throw any pitch, let alone his 100mph gas. Im extremely impressed.

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                Wow! Amazing similarities. The leg kick especially. Reminds me how Nolan talked about his legs being the key to his mechanics, and rode the exercise bikes like a maniac AFTER every start he made. Imagine a SP these days throwing 140 pitches and doing an hour on the bike afterwards. Im loving Sixto. Im glad I have one share this year. Hopefully more in 2021. I dont think he regresses much. Pedro didnt for a decade.

  6. BigEasy says:
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    14 team dynasty

    Time to give up on Amed Rosario and Odor? Have Kieboom and Rodgers. Gimenez on the waiver wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Agreed that Sixto looks better than McKenzie, but you think McKenzie is fighting off the regression fairies? I mean, he can’t always be at this sub-3, 11+ k/9 level, but seems more legit than plesac and civale + look at them!

    Do you believe in Burnes or McKenzie more for next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like McKenzie too, regression happens for all, will happen for Sixto at some point — Thinking Burnes, but that’s pretty close and I could change my mind

    • Coolwhip

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      To a degree I believe in every SP that CLE develops, lol, as long as they have “stuff” (i.e. not Plutko). McKensie has made strides in improving his game, approach, and his secondary pitchers – plus through the minors his K/9 has been around or north of 9, so worst case i see him as a 8+ K/9. I think he will a worthy later round pick next year as a 5th/6th starter-ish (assuming people don’t over-rank him). Hard to know for sure with Burnes as he has more command issues and that might come back and bite him like Robbie Ray.

      • Dave D says:
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        One could confidently draft only CLE and HOU rotation guys each year and be near top of the pack perennially. Whatever guys you miss just go with OAK and LAD as back up teams. I keep telling myself to do this but fail to follow through. Maybe I should get serious about it in 2021. My only exception should be Six-fingers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s not a bad idea to try it in one league

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          Add Slam Diego pitchers to that list too

          • Dave D says:
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            I imagine. Other than Lucchesi at least. Dude evaporated.

        • Crazy J says:
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          Alfonseca is back??

  8. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Also, Machado seems like he found his vibe again with Fun the Jewels and this SD team. Think he’s back in the top 10 or 20 next year? That .308 44 HR 12 SB pace with a normal babip ain’t bad!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’s tail end of top 20 next year

      • Dave D says:
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        Well, at least I was right about him. Unfortunately, I was wrong on a few other important guys.

        Btw, your DC team has a real chance! Looking good. If Trea stops hitting homers and swipes some bags you could very well win our league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I can’t believe how close I am, Yarbrough yesterday wasn’t the best move, but I figured I’d try

          • Dave D says:
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            If he gets a second start this week he might make it worthwhile.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, true, maybe, hopefully

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Yeppppppp, I will talking about this and the Padres in general in post next week. ;-)

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Nice! Looking forward to reading it. I have him keepable for $31 after being a little deflated this year, sounds like he’ll be worth it!

  9. Matty says:
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    With Houser does it look like underlying things are still okay and he’s having a run of bad luck, or is he not what he appeared?
    In a dynasty is he a stash on the bench, or a cut?

    • Grey

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      Depends on how deep of a dynasty…He doesn’t appear very good

  10. Chucky says:
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    Despite the Anthony Rizzo love fest for those who still believe….playoff time is no time for sentimentality ( wow, actually spelled that without spell check, I impressed myself)…..dropping Rizzo for 8 game Cooper is the right move, no? At some point Rizzo has to be held accountable for all the 0 fers, no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice spelling! I’d go Rizzo tho

  11. LaRockakis says:
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    All the hatred for Mancini and then I hear on the podcast…

    “Mountcastle is REALLY good. You know who he reminds me of? Mancini!”

    Dude!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dude! I don’t hate Mancini, he was a sleeper for me in 2018, when he was terrible

      • LaRockakis says:
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        Haha, I know. Just joshin’.

        Mancini!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  12. Ellis says:
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    Love the Red Sox write up today!

    When they say Bobby Dalbec’s name I have flashbacks to Brian Daubach, mostly good flashbacks

    Not looking for advice today, just gratitude, been leading my league all the way, right now have 110 points, up by over 25 points out of a possible 130, thanks for your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Brian Daubach is a solid throwback — Thrauwbach?

      • Ellis says:
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        haha

        try saying their names back to back Bobby Dalbec Brian Daubach, a Red Sox fan dream

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  13. scoboticus says:
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    Not a great situation for Bregman’s return, playing in Oakland.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  14. scoboticus says:
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    I feel your pain. Had to drop a hammer on my foot after benching Lux.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  15. BAC says:
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    12 team 5×5

    Milone today 4.2 vs Miami. Stream?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  16. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Good morning Grey. Looking at best bet for most steals ros. Mondesi Margot or Moore. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi

  17. Five-on-One says:
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    In typical Razzball fashion, rocking the awesome hitting and decent pitching to first place. Have 53 out of 55 possible hitting points, with big leads in HR, RBI and Runs, but no one wants to trade. Thanks for all the advice.

    One question for this week. For the bottom of my rotation, options are:
    2-start Paddack vSF ($19) and vLAD ($4)
    Montas @TEX ($5.7)
    Howard @MIA ($0)
    Dustin May @ARI (-$11)

    1) Can you please rank?
    2) Start an extra closer ahead of any / all of these guys?

    Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      1. Paddack, Montas, May
      2. Ahead of Howard

  18. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Position does not matter. Arozarena or K. Marte ROS?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  19. uncle wighty says:
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    drop soto for dolis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  20. Will says:
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    I started Montas yesterday and then watched the game. He looked good, fastball sitting 97-98 mph and threw some good breaking balls for strikes. Other than Brantley who clearly had his number I thought it was a good outing for Montas.

    Question – do you think Harvey will get save chances in BAL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, but kinda meh

  21. aintlifegrand says:
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    Only took the Royals about a month to do the right thing with Soler but instead Matheny let him struggle, injured. And now my Teoscar replacement Rowdy is going for an MRI after stepping funny. FML.

    Anyhoo, would you swap Lux for Wilmer Flores who has cooled off?

    Also, I’ve about had it with Austin Meadows. Would you drop him for Candelario/Mountcastle/ Andujar/Dalbec? Would you pick up any of the rest for either Laureano, (though he’s been showing some signs of life and is in the 3 hole) or Walker?

    Last, would you wait it out for Austin Slater? Seems like they are giving him the kid glove treatment though he had a pinch run steal last night, was showing signs of a breakout before his injury, and I can use steals.

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      I’d want Lux

      Mountcastle

      Nope

      • aintlifegrand says:
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        Thanks so much! Who are your top 2 out of Laureano/Candelario/Walker/Andujar/Dalbec?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Andujar, Walker

  22. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I know no one is actually prescient about fantasy, but you gave me the cautious thumbs up on Mahle, even against SON’s negativity, and you were right. Give yourself a fresh coat of mustache wax and a twirl for me :-D

    Would u drop Frazier, Schoop (can play Moore at 2b, and have Albies coming off the IL), or Winker for any of Dickerson, Duvall, Laureano, or Tapia (Tapia bc Coors series coming)? Also, does Winker have a barrage left in him? He’s hitting ball hard but not in the air.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, I do like Mahle more in general

      Schoop for Tapia

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        Are Winker and Frazier holds? Pickins are slim. Exploring who else I can drop, besides Schoop, in order to make room for Albies and Tapia.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d try to hold Winker

          • Joe Beisbol says:
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            Not a huge vote of confidence in Big Red, eh? I’m a Yankee fan. I wouldn’t give him one either, though the potential is certainly there.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh, he’s been fine, he could be fine

  23. Let’s Play Two says:
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    Bregman or Donaldson for ROS? Need R/HR/RBI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson

  24. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Do you trust CMart’s 2 starts next week (vPIT @MIL) at all for W and not terrible ratios?

    Alternatives would be Lugo (vATL) + Morton (@BAL) or a Ryu rematch @NYY

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not at all on CMart

      Lugo

  25. Crime Dog says:
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    Dolis or Greg Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prolly try Dolis

  26. Justin Ralph says:
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    Are you feeling good about Mahle rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • return2earth says:
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        would u drop Buehler for him in a 12 team?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  27. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    A few added notes:
    Montas – “The opposite of whatever crap was going on with him for the last three weeks.” They brought him back too early from his tweaked back injury and looks like he got his command back yesterday.

    Sixto – I’m with you, that GIF of him vs Pedro was magical. 25/2 K/BB ratio in 25 IP, it’s hard not to believe that would continue to be successful. His FIP is right at 3, so what would he regress to next year? 3.20 ERA? 3.40? I’m buying 100% after pick 100.

    Mahle – He’s very odd with his Ks, feels like he gets 8+ Ks every other start, and the others he gets like 2-3 Ks.

    Nelly – I only drafted him in 2 leagues, and feel silly for not grabbing him in every single one at that price… feels like a no brainer in a season like this.

    Devers – You know, he started super slow last season… that might be his MO. Like, we’ve only had a bit over a month of games which is basically an “April”. A lot of guys that seem like they are having crappy years might just be having “slow starts” on a normal timeline, so it’ll be interesting to see how guys like Devers finish the season out.

    Machado – 3-3, BB, 2 runs, 2 rbis… raising his line to .308/.376/.586 with 12 HR and 4 SB in 169 at-bats. And specifically over the last 30 days he’s hitting .361! I can’t think of another player that is hotter and/or more of a front runner than him… haha… when things are going well, he plays lights out. Working on my Slam Diego write up and i’ll go into this more, but i knew they’d be better, therein, he’d be better, but damn – if he finishes around this level its going to be a *chef’s kiss*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Montas — I had forgotten about that, you’re right, that might’ve been all it was

      Sixto — Yeah, he’s so easy on 100 MPH that it’s pretty impressive…The guys easily hitting 100 and not doing well are like Eovaldi and no one

      Nelly — always worries me bc he can only sit in UTIL, but it should’ve been obvious this year, if you drafted after the pandemic hit…

      Devers — Yeah, that could be, I still like him, this whole year feels lost for Red Sox

      Machado — He does have 60-game stretches in seasons before, I hope we’re not just seeing the regression

      • Coolwhip

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        Machado, yeah, last year he half-admittedly gave up (the numbers show it and Org thought so) and got called out for it in the offseason by FO/Coaches. He’s doing really really good now, and last year through end of July he was at his “norm”… I’d say its fair to look at him as his career averages for next year, especially if the team will be good again, which I expect they will be with that pitching staff + Gore next year. The opportunity for counting stats will be there as they are now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s the problem with Machado tho, what if he gives up next year

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            yep, totally agree.

            I believe the team will be good cus they are loaded now especially with pitching. I think they are pretty safe to above 500 next, so for that reason i believe Machado will be decent next. So it depends on how goofy his draft price is, if I can get him in the 3rd I’ll pay that, if everyone ranks him in the 2nd, its going depend on who else is there at back half of 2nd. Cus he’s going to lose his SS elgibility for 2021 (thats a big deal cus that has allowed me play him at 3B,SS,CI,MI this season, him being limited to 3B,CI – now that think about it – will shrink his value some, I’ll need to include that in post)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I doubt he falls past top 25 tho, my guess is in top 20

  28. Smitty says:
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    Great write on Bobby, I’m extremely excited for him. Used to be more pull happy, really happy to see him tapping into his oppo power. Quiet kid, I know he’d tip his cap to you for acknowledging him. Thank you Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  29. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    The current offer on the table is:
    I send Jose Ramirez/3B/CLE ($53), Nick Senzel/OF/CIN ($6) and minor league prospect Julio Rodriguez/OF/SEA
    And I get MInor league prospects Heliot RAmos/OF/SF, Ke’Bryan Hayes/3B/PIT and Mike Trout/OF/LAA ($57). Is the offer fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        ok i’ll let you know

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            they said no

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh well

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                What OF’s would be fair trade value for Jose Ramirez

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Juan Soto?

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    i was thinking that as well

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Git r dun

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      grey

                      would you trade Ramirez for Winker and Drew Waters?

  30. Mike says:
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    Torenado makes me laugh every time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  31. florida jack says:
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    12 TEAM h2h points keeper league

    drop 1 to activate Albies

    Hampson, Schoop or Arozarena

    thnaks

    • florida jack says:
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      sorry, thanks

      damn small keys on cell phone

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem, hope you’re well!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  32. Travis Hafner says:
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    Pablo Lopez a start today @ATL? Son doesnt love it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  33. DLev45 says:
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    Time to jettison Martinez or Baez in a 6-keeper league? I’m currently in 4th hanging on for dear life.

    12 team 5×5 Roto (6 keepers)(“K” denotes keeper from 2019):

    C – Vazquez
    1b – Olson (K)
    2b – Biggio
    3b – Chapman
    SS – Madrigal
    OF – Conforto
    OF – Brantley
    OF – Happ
    Util – Ohtani
    Util – Dylan Moore
    BN – Baez (K)
    BN – Martinez (K)
    BN – Chapman
    IL – Teoscar

    SP – Cole (K)
    SP – Buehler (K)
    SP – Clevinger (K)
    SP – Urias
    SP – May
    SP – Gonsolin
    SP – Pablo Lopez

    RP – Jansen
    RP – Jeffress
    RP – Rosenthal
    RP – Kintzler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Baez

      • DLev45 says:
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        Ultimately, I’m asking about keeper projections for 2021. Who do you think are the keepers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          SP – Cole (K)
          SP – Buehler (K)
          SP – Clevinger (K)
          Baez, Olson, wild card

          • DLev45 says:
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            Would you drop Martinez in the roster above for one of the following? I can’t see myself keeping Just Dong over Conforto or Teoscar based on the years they have had, and he isn’t doing anything for me in the meantime.

            Donaldson
            Polanco
            Robles
            Solano
            Profar
            Dalbec
            Margot

            Cat ranks:
            Runs: 5th
            HR: 3rd
            RBI: 3rd
            SB: 5th
            Avg: 8th (yuck)

            • DLev45 says:
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              Also Arozarena

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Donaldson

  34. William Hung says:
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    Is Olson a big enough “Sell” in your mind for me to swap him out for Clint Frazier or Miguel Andujar? My league counts OPS, Ks and Es in addition to the standard 5 batting cats, so Clint and Olson are prob equal with the Ks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Andujar

      • William Hung says:
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        damn, Olson has really sunk in your eyes

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Going for 1-for-8 with a HR has been his season in a nutshell

  35. LG Baseball says:
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    Hi Grey! My season is over and looking ahead to next season. I’m in a 10 team 10 player keeper 7×5 OBP league. Can you let me know the order of how you would look at some of these players heading into next season?

    Mountcastle, Kyle Lewis, Ian Happ, Ketel

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lewis, Happ, Ketel

      • LG Baseball says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Dave says:
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    Have watched all of a Triston McKenzie’s starts this year. Honestly, didn’t see much regression last night. If not for a couple of defensive blunders, he would not have given up 3 runs.

    Kid looks pretty legit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he looks legit, regression doesn’t mean not legit

  37. Linda from Bob's Burgers says:
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    Mahle or Montas for ROS in a points only league?

    Drop Ryan Braun or Brian Reynolds for Andujar or Jason Heyward? Or drop both for both?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mahle

      Reynolds, Andujar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  38. Tyler says:
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    Grey! I have Stanton ( never again ), Albies, Teoscar and Santander in my 12 team, 28 man roster roto league, so dubya tee eff. Picked up Rowdy, he played one game and is now injured as well. *breathing intensifies.
    I only have 3 moves left for the “entire” season. Grab one of Arozarena, Dalbec, Andujar, Profar or La Stella or hang tight and hopefully stay afloat a little longer? Need all general hitting cats, so one of these guys would fill in a Util spot.
    Also have you listened to any Vince Staples? FM! Is the new listen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love Staples, definitely! FM was my jam in 2018 — Prolly would grab Arozarena

      • Tyler says:
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        Nice. I like it so far. Trying Big Fish Theory too because people seem to love that one, but it hasn’t hit my ear right yet. Ok, cool. Will grab Aroz before tomorrow’s game. Thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  39. Bedtime Story says:
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    Time to call Boyd the Ace of Clubs… worst ace in the league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like that nickname, might steal

      • Bedtime Story says:
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        By all means!

        Also ignore my other attempt to post, thinking the first time it glitched

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

  40. KG says:
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    Gonna have to call Boyd the Ace of Clubs… worst ace in the league

  41. uncle wighty says:
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    drop moncada for dalbec, bohm or Willi castro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Prolly wouldn’t, but I understand urge

      • uncle wighty says:
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        Ohh I’ve got the urge

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  42. Big Dog says:
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    3rd Base has been a revolving door for me this year. Nothing I have done there since Draft Night has worked. Contemplating Andujar, Dalbec, Candelario and LaStella as my next victim there. Who do you prefer?

    Also, do you have any issue dropping Correa at this point? I have Treat and Mountcastle who qualify at SS. Correa has been fine but obviously very yawnstipating with no power or speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andujar

      Not issue with that

  43. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Drop Olsen for Daubec?

    • Here Comes the Pizza says:
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      Whoops meant Dalbec.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Dave D says:
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        Im experiencing cognitive dissonance while trying to process this. Olson, looks like the anticipated hamate bone fall off was delayed by a year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, right?

  44. Dave D says:
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    Damn. Looks like Merrill Kelly’s injury will end his career as a productive pitcher: thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Nobody ever seems to come back to pre-injury status with that procedure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks

  45. crimedog says:
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    did not know the tigers had a pitcher named funkhouser haha. RIP Marty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  46. DonnieB says:
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    Google Ads have taken over your page.

    • dontbichetteme says:
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      These adds are brutal . Cant read anything

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Buy an ad-free subscription

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I see now the issue

        That ad is not right, sorry will fix, but you still should buy the ad free

  47. Steve says:
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    8T 5×5 redraft

    1. Lose Ketel to activate Bregman? I Happ would slide to 2B and Bregman would take over 3B.

    2. Berrios or Sixto? Other options to drop:

    Kersh
    Davies
    Darvish
    Glasnow
    Gallen
    Plesac
    Bundy

    3. Mountcastle over Franmil or K Lewis?

    Thanks señor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure

      2. Berrios, but can lose Davies for Sixto

      3. Nah

  48. Trader says:
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    Something new going on with how your ads are being served up? They used to be in the corner. Now front and center blocking almost the entire page. Perhaps I triggered it somehow????

    Yes, I am aware that you have a subscription model that eliminates ads.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ads are screwed up right now, and we’re working on it, but you can buy an ad free if you like

      • Trader says:
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        Thanks

  49. rhodyballer says:
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    Montas or McCullers ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Montas

  50. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I asked yesterday who to drop in my 12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10) to activate Albies. Was kind of hoping that he would stay on the IL a little longer. Have Biggio filling in and nobody that I really want to drop. Yesterday you suggested Grisham as the drop. He has had such an amazing year that Im finding hard to let him go. I wanted to drop a bat and was leaning Gallo. Dont really want 3 bench bats. Could also drop a pitcher. Guessing that Heaney would be the one to go with a date in Colorado later in the week and a start In LA against the dodgers to end the season.
    What do you think?
    C-D’ARNAUD
    1B-CRONENWERTH
    2B-BIGGIO
    3B-ARENADO
    SS-BREGMAN
    OF-TROUT, ACUNA, SOTO
    UTIL-GRISHAM, TUCKER
    BENCH-GALLO, MOUNTCASTLE
    IL-ALBIES, S.PEREZ

    SP-BIEBER, SNELL, CORBIN, CASTILLO, HEANEY, P.LOPEZ, PINEDA, GAUSMAN
    RP-IGLESIAS, MELANCON, JEFFRESS
    IL-KLUBER
    Still leaning Grisham? Seems like he has keeper potential and could maybe deal him in the offseason. Plus his numbers are far and above Gallos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then lose Gallo, that’s fine, think he’s a better keeper tho

  51. Steve says:
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    Did Hiura get benched? Massive ticker tease in 19-0 rout. If he’s not inj, gotta imagine he’s going to tumble in the batting order, if he stays in the lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly just got rest bc they were out to a huge lead

  52. scoboticus says:
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    Bergman not playing tonight because it was chilly last night. Seriously.

    • scoboticus says:
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      Bregman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      haha, seriously?

  53. rhodyballer says:
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    Do Montas over Gonsolin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm, matchups, but prolly not

  54. rhodyballer says:
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    K thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  55. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    lost tellez. in OBP/hits/total bases added best CI elig guy (or it could be MI guy, mostsuckass could move to MI): w.castro (both), miggy, moreland, cooper, marmolade.

    2. also with hilliard probably losing more playing time again, i have these 2 that can do CF: JBJ and hilliard (about to go to COL again though). drop either for canha (just dropped) or margot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Moreland 2. JBJ — Canha

  56. Dougie says:
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    Pssst!
    Grey, you still responding on here? ROS, Sonny Gray or Sixto? Maybe it’s a crazy question, but maybe it’s not. Sixto is damn sexy.
    I own both but may have opportunity to snag Bichette right before he comes back. What are your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  57. William Hung says:
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    McNeil!!!!!

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