I had an idea to make the Olympics more watchable.  You know how you watch it now and you’re like, “Damn, he just ran the length of two football fields in 20 seconds?  I mean, it looked like he was going fast, but the guy next to him ran it in 21 seconds, so it’s hard to tell exactly how fast he was running.”  Enter my idea:  in every event, there should one normal person competing so we get a better idea of how great the Olympians are next to average schmos.  Tell me you wouldn’t watch the platform diving if between the North Korean and Chinese diver, I was there trying to get the nerve up to jump from three floors up, then plunging awkwardly into the water on my back.  Or running next to Usain Bolt, doing an 85-second 200 meter dash.  So, this brings me to Kris Bryant, who right now is making other major leaguers look like ‘normal people.’  Yesterday, he went 5-for-5, 4 runs, 5 RBIs with his 29th and 30th homers.  On our Player Rater, he’s in the top five for the season.  Member in the preseason when people were saying Bryant was going to strike out too much to draft in the 1st round?  Those people are enjoying themselves some Jose Abreu!  For 2017, it’s gonna be hard to rank Bryant much later than the top five, as he enters only his age-25 season.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jake Arrieta – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners (7 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at .275.  Cubs fans can ostrich their head into the sand, but for as long as I’ve been saying Arrieta doesn’t look right, about three months, something’s been off.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  I like to go into Ikea and ask a store clerk to show me to the Nieuwenhuis.

Hernan Perez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and yet another slam (11) and legs (22).  In two months, he’s done what you were hoping to get from Lorenzo Cain for the whole season.  Holy turdballs.

Danny Salazar – 1 IP, 3 ER as he was activated from the DL.  After his inning of work, he threw in the bullpen.  Terry Francona:  Making America Scratch Their Head Again.  My suggestion is have Salazar go on a rehab assignment and throw some bullpen sessions, then activate him.  See how the bullpen sessions come before the activation?

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .312.  You remember in elementary school when you’d put ditto marks, which were essentially quote marks?  Indians’ scorekeeper should just put ditto marks next to two hits for every player in their lineup in every game.

Carlos Rodon – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.26.  That start was Rodonkulous, dad!  I don’t mean you’re my father, I was talking to my dumb athletic director.  Hey, at least I wasn’t talking to my diarrhea after drinking.  So, Rodon looked decent, but I’d lean on the Stream-o-Nator for him, and it likes his next start.

Justin Morneau – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs, hitting .297.  You know he’s going to be in the afternoon Buy column.  Know how you know?  I’ve mentioned him four times this week for being hot.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Likely done for the season.  Elbow, groin and shoulder issues have plagued him this year.  To which, Rich Hill screamed, “You’re lucky you don’t have a blister!”

Yasmani Grandal – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer, hitting .234.  Could he the best pickup I’ve ever made in my life?  Not even top 100, but he has been doing work, and, because you love nothing more than rehashing shizz with my teams, he’s hitting .300 on my team and I’ve had him for about six weeks.

Justin Turner – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs, 3 RBIs, and his 23rd homer, hitting .278.  If he finishes with 30 homers, that’s the only way I think he’ll get the credit he deserves next year.  Even if it’s 29 homers, I bet he’s still underrated.

Ryan Howard – 1-for-3 and his 19th homer, hitting .198.  That’s almost one million dollars for every homer this year!  The other day I noticed Howard was hot, but you have a screw loose while only carrying a wrench if you think I’m recommending him.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .249.  If he gets to .260 and 27 homers, it’s gonna be real hard for me next year to not have him ranked again in the top five rounds.  Cust kayin’.

Aaron Altherr – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 5th steal.  Snooze!  You were so last week’s schmotato.

Yoenis Cespedes – Will return on Friday, which is today.  Thank you, Mr. Calendar!

Justin Ruggiano – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st home run.  I prefer Ruggiano’s cheese.

Jacob deGrom – 5 IP, 8 ER, ERA up to 2.73 vs. Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 2.25, as he pitchslapped deGrom for his third homer.  This matchup was billed as, “Why does my number one starter have to go against that other number one?  I’m trying to get wins here!  Ugh, oh well, another zero-zero no decision, I guess.”  The billing didn’t live up to its name and people were demanding their money back.

Eduardo Nunez – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 30th steal.  He homered three games ago, then went 0-for-6 in the last two games and what is this his autobiography?  I can’t say whether Nunez is hot, because he’s starting in fits and tantrums.

Jose Fernandez – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.05.  How’d that Public Enemy song go?  Can’t Truss it!  No, well, yes, but no.  He Got Game!  Yes, but no.  Welcome to the Fukudome!  No, Shut ‘Em Down!  That’s it!

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, three homers in the last four games.  OZUNA wish Giancarlo well.  OZUNA say don’t forget to write.  OZUNA say don’t forget to read either.  OZUNA lie if he say he doesn’t hit better without Giancarlo around.

Dan Straily – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Tracking his month ERAs:  April, 3.38; May, 3.47; June, 6.43; July, 2.41; August, 3.09.  Throw out June, and, you know what, we should, because June’s a dumb month — ooh, I’m June, I’m stupid — and Straily’s ERA on the year is 3.07.  Yup.

Jett Bandy – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, and 3rd homer in his last 11 games.  I have one question, is Jett Bandy related to Crash Bandicoot?

Hisashi Iwakuma – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.78 vs. Matt Shoemaker 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.14.  This was a matchup of two pitchers I want to trust so much.  Alas, they give me so many reasons to, then reasons not to follow soon behind.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-4 and his 31st homer.  And not hot once all year!  Kidding, sorta.  He really hasn’t seemed hot, fo’reallies.

Mike Zunino – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Who’s Zunino’ing who?!

Jake Barrett – 2/3 IP, 3 ER, in the 8th inning of a game the Diamondbacks were winning, so Barrett was not going to be the closer.  And that was the day Grey realized Diamondbacks saves were not that important to him.  I dropped Barrett before the inning even finished and now own Enrique Burgos, that could be short-lived too.

Jean Segura – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (11) and booted-thru-legs (7).  Booted-thru-legs are errors?  I’m trying it out.  No?  Okay.

Mitch Haniger – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs, hitting .462 in three games since debuting.  Haniger has a few things going for him.  Everyone wants a Mitch to succeed, except MAM, Mothers Against Mitches.  Haniger is also ready to contribute, since he’s 25 years old.  He hit 24 HRs and stole 10 bases in the minors this year, hitting .351 in Triple-A.  Could he be a late bloomer or just a guy that was much older than the league?  Prolly the latter, but in deep mixed leagues, it’s worth gambling on him for at least a schmotato.

Travis Jankowski – 4-for-5, 3 runs and his 26th steal.  Don’t even get me started on how many steals he has in how few at-bats.  Don’t even!

Reynaldo Lopez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.37.  Damn, Cousin Sweatpants, I’d like to bottle that and whenever I need a streamer, just push out another exactly like it.  I will call it a Lopez dispenser.  So, gorge, obvi, and other abbreviated words, but this start was against the Braves, and I’ve already dropped him back to waivers.  This time of year, you need to be ruthless like Helen Slater in Ruthless People.

Arodys Vizcaino – 0 IP, 3 ER as he was activated from the DL, and won’t resume closer duties immediately.  I own Vizcaino, so this is weird to say about Jim Johnson, but I’ve been so happy with Johnson’s results I don’t want Vizcaino to close.  This will prolly be the part of the program where Johnson gives up 5 ER in 1/3 IP and I forever regret this blurb.

Julio Teheran – Cleared to return from the DL today.  If someone dropped him while he was hurt, grab him.  Don’t walk, Tehe-run.  *small giggle, yawn*  Okay, I’ve done my work for today.  *opens beer can, puts it to mouth, dives into pool, drinking*

Dillon Gee – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.52.  Gee is a perfect name for him because my level of excitement when I say Gee is exactly right for Dillon.

Alex Gordon – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer, and 3rd in as many games.  I’ve said a few times this week he’s a hot schmotato, and, yesterday, I batty called him, and now I’m keeping him around for a little love affair that’s gonna make Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy look like child’s play.  Literally, they may as well be dressed as a killer doll in overalls.

Cheslor Cuthbert – 3-for-4, 2 runs. Je sais qui je yawnstipating.  That’s French for ‘this cigarette butt has no more tobacco to smoke.’  Secondary definition is, ‘this guy is yawnstipating.’

Joe Musgrove – 5 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  Musgrove’s not bad, just had a terrible matchup in Camden Yards, after roping people in with a great start in Toronto.  The ol’ rope-a-dope.  Sadly, you’re not the rope in this scenario.

Alex Bregman – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  His overall numbers look bad, but he has two homers in the last three games and has been hitting over-.300 in the last week.  He’s coming on… Which is not a sentence you want an ellipsis on in a lot of situations

A.J. Reed – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He’s coming too…?  Okay, enough.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 35th homer, hitting .256.  Yeah, but his 2nd half hasn’t been good.  More to come next preseason.  Cue maniacal laugh!  Hehe.  That’s not maniacal!  That’s schoolgirl!

J.J. Hardy – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th and 7th homers, hitting .278.  Member when he was a 20-homer hitter?  Hardy really cliff dove off his prime to under a ten-homer hitter.

Chris Davis – 2-for-5 and two more homers (26, 27), and three in two games, hitting .222.  Yesterday, I said he can go on one of those streaks where he hits ten homers in twelve games.  Today, I’ll say eight homers in the next 11 games.

Hyun Soo Kim – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .329.  Between his BABIP and Sandy Leon’s, the Fangraphs Database is gonna throw a hissy fit.

Sandy Leon – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer, hitting .382.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but I legit have no idea what you’re waiting for?  You waiting for the Virgin Mary that you burned onto your toast to talk to you?

Mookie Betts – 2-for-5, 1 run, hitting .318.  Can we just call him Mookie Best, and be done with it?

Clay Buchholz – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.42.  Sure glad I benched Buchholz in my weekly league and started Bundy and Strasburg.  Good move, Monday Grey!  “Blow me, Thursday Grey!”  We should let them hash this out amongst themselves.

Matt Boyd – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.93.  Besides being the 1st round pick of Flavor Flav’s fantasy team, “Yeah, Boyd,” there’s not a ton to write home about with him.  Not to mention, who writes home anymore.  Do pens and pads still exist?  I do not know of your simpler time.

Justin Upton – Has been benched three straight days because, as manager Ausmus said, “So, (Upton) can hit the reset button like the end of the Newhart show.”  Then reporters grumbled, “Jesus, man, say spoiler alert first.”

  1. Scott says:
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    Would you start cole tomorrow vs miami? Cole has been awful since returnin from the dl. He isnt missing any bats. His k rate was low pre injury but he has been wild and getting knocked around. Thanks

  2. muskysmell says:
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    If anyone is wondering about Shoemaker and what to do with his maddening inconsistency….he’s actually been very consistent.
    It’s quite simple, start him when he’s at home and bench him if he’s on the road:
    HOME: 3.16 ERA, 72 Ks in 62.2 innings
    AWAY: 5.09 ERA, 54 Ks in 76 innings

    Someone dropped him in my league about a month ago…probably because they didn’t see those splits and I swooped in and basically toggled his starts in and out of my lineup based on home/road matchups without much thinking. Obviously he’s droppable if you don’t have the room on your bench…but if you got the space, just ride it out baby. I’ve been mostly golden cashing in on these cheap, solid outings by Shoe.

    Gausman is similar too, but he’s also dead to me. And pitching in the AL Beast.

  3. I’m white as hell but I still make Bryant Gumble look as Whhhhitttteee as Pat Robertson. Any who for those who missed my rambling incoherent blah bur mouth I was serving a seven day sentence in the County…. true story… on with my question, will Blake Snell get put on the shelf love the KS but he drives me nuts with BB. Drop and stream Grey?

  4. who would you want in this H2H format 6×6 ops. MI, keep in my mind I’m not counting on them to specialize at any one asset just want the person ya’ll think will end the season on a HIGHERRR note…

    Yo grievious yo Solarte, I know that was lame
    Scooter helicopter hat Genntet… still lame
    or plain old Josh harry and the Harrison’s

    my comments to night are based loosely off the book “How to be Witty at Party’s” By Kris Novaselic or Dave Grohl

  5. Ed says:
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    hello guys!

    im in dire need of SS and 3B and im about to drop tanaka, ive been waiting for trea turner to get SS elegibility for around 3 weeks now and nothing, ive got dee gordon and rougned at 2nd so no chance of playing time (also trout at cf), so should i snatch yasmany tomas or brad miller, i also got desmond and villar sitting since they cooled off a lot last week, should i drop them to get those 2 hot schmotatos and trea?

    TYVM

    Ed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ed: Turner for Tomas

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great stuff, man.

    a. On the Bandy blurb, ‘Bandy’ is what comes out of my father’s mouth when he sees the word Bundy! Most immigrants have this malaise!

    b. In Musgrove’s defence, he gave up a trio of HRs – a 3-run shot to Trumbomb, a 2-run shot to Hardy and a solo shot to Hardy in the 6th to chase him from the game. That’s 7 runs and of the other two allowed, only one was earned. So, if he doesn’t give up the HRs, he pitches 5.1 INN with only 1 ER allowed, not bad. I will take away some of the positives like how he struck out Manny swinging and pitched a clean 5th INN (1 meaningless single allowed) on just 9 pitches. Wow, I really must have put on a lot of Musgrove cologne this morning or sang the words to this song replacing muskrat with Musgrove. I really do love him.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgF3FIrJc6Q

    c. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (August 19 – 21)

    Tony Enright, Pornographer: Ladies, refreshers, please.
    Anna: Thanks.
    Coop: Here’s what you need, some more rocket fuel.
    Anna: Hey, it’s not fair. You guys are not wearing your masks.
    Tony Enright, Pornographer: How do you know I’m not?
    Anna: Oh, come on. Get out of here.
    Tony Enright, Pornographer: Be naughty. Mingle.
    Anna: Okay. Where are you gonna be?
    Coop: Mmm, I’ll find you, sweetheart. I will always find you. Hey. Oh, come on. Come on. Let’s go.
    Anna: Oh, god! My head won’t stop spinning.
    Coop: I’m gonna get you some water. Come sit down.
    Tony Enright, Pornographer: That one needs a spanking.
    Anna: Please, Coop, take it easy, okay? Tony? I’m not feeling well. What are you doing? Tony? Leslie? Leslie? Tony! Tony! Tony! Tony
    Tony Enright, Pornographer: Anna, honey, it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s gonna be okay, all right? It’s, it’s really It’s gonna be fine. I’m gonna take care of everything and everything It’ll be fine, I-I swear to god.
    Anna, the pornstar: I know who you are And I know what you did in LA.
    Tony Enright, Pornographer: You are referring to baseless allegations. I was acquitted of my wife’s murder, and I had nothing to do with this.
    Horatio: I noticed the ink on your hand.
    Tony Enright, Pornographer: Very good, sir, very good. And?
    Horatio: Clearly, the victim was killed with a pen.
    Tony Enright, Pornographer: Oh, please, I sign a lot of contracts and checks all day long. I run a major business from my home
    Horatio: You’re a pornographer, Mr. Enright.
    Tony Enright, Pornographer: It’s adult entertainment. It’s a multibillion-dollar business. A very legitimate movie business.
    Horatio: Well, then, roll credits, Mr. Enright.
    Tony Enright, Pornographer: I’m sorry?
    Horatio: That’s a wrap (cue the queue of sunglasses).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks for the different perspective on Musgrove, Ante. @Bal is always a tough draw. Let’s hope for better next week @Pit. At least at PNC he’ll get to pitch to pitchers. Have a good one!

    • The Flayed Man says:
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      @Ante GALIC:

      I think it is quite a stretch to say he had a good game if you take away the three HR’s he gave up.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @The Flayed Man: I think it is quite a stench to put on all that Eau de Musgrove.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A Ha B. And if Liriano didn’t walk five guys per nine he’d be an ace C. Haha

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Thanks for bursting my Musgrove bubble.

        Who would you start?

        a. OF. Please choose 5.

        1. Cutch at home vs. Koehler
        2. Fowler @COL vs. Anderson
        3. JBJ @DET vs. Fulmer
        4. Broxton @ SEA vs. Wade LeBlanc (to differentiate him from Don LeBlanc, a former colleague who has no relation to him)
        5. Gordon at home vs. Berrios
        6. Sano @KC vs. Volquez
        7. Duvall at home vs. Norris
        8. Grichuk @PHI vs. Captain Morgan (thankfully he’s recovered just enough to pitch)

        b. 1B. Start 1

        1. Howard @STL vs. Waino
        2. [email protected] vs. Morgan

        c. 2B. Start 1.

        1. Kipnis at home vs. Liriano
        2. Gyorko @PHI vs. Morgan

        d. 3B. Start 1

        1. Donaldson @CLE vs. Bauer
        2. Gyorko @PHI vs. Morgan

        e. SS. Start 1

        1. Nunez at home vs. Lugo (spot start for Matz’ cranky shoulder)
        2. Gyorko @PHI vs. Morgan

        f. MI. Start 1

        1. Owings @SD vs. Cosart
        2. Gyorko @PHI vs. Morgan

        g. 1B/3B. Start 1

        1. [email protected] vs. Andriese
        2. [email protected] vs. Morgan

        h. U. Start 1 from any of the above not selected.

        i. Have Gattis @C. Gattis [email protected] vs. Miley. Russell Martin on the wire @CLE vs. Bauer.

        Drop Gattis for Martin?

        j. Start Porcello @DET tonight? Am 2nd in W, slightly ahead of the pace for 180GP – 77.8% used vs. 74.9% of the season complete.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. 1. Cutch at home vs. Koehler
          2. Fowler @COL vs. Anderson
          3. JBJ @DET vs. Fulmer
          5. Gordon at home vs. Berrios
          Duvall
          B. Howard C. Kipnis D. Donaldson E. Nunez F. Owings G. Beltre H. Gyorko I. Sure, Martin J. Sit

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            Thanks, that’s just what I was thinking! Will check lineups to confirm if injured guys (read DTD) in there or not too.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  7. Tony C says:
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    Does Chad Green have a good shot to stay in the NY rotation if he pitches well again this weekend or is he just a fill-in for an injured starter?

    • knucks says:
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      @Tony C: They have no reason not to give him a shot

      You mean Eovaldi? He’s done. Nova is gone. Severino was sent down due to performance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Agree with knucks

  8. Raoul Duke says:
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    Dear Marlins,

    As a former Matt Harvey owner please shut Jose Fernandez down so I can enjoy his pitching talents for years to come. Thanks.

    – Concerned Fantasy Baseball Owner

  9. JakeTPE says:
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    Hello Grey and fellow Razaballers. What it is!

    Ugh that Salazar start, And yeah, why not send him out for one tune-up in AAA? Our prayer hexagon was a complete failure…

    Please rank Benintendi, Werth, or OZUNA for the foreseeable future. HR/OPS being the key stats. Benintendi has been OK but no power. Werth just left Coors. OZUNA hit much HR!!!!

    Thanks and happy weekend all–

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: I know, awful…. So obvious in retrospect…. Ozuna, Benintendi

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, sir. Done.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  10. Bill says:
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    H2h please rank: Bautista, Judge, D. Travis, B. Moss

    Yes I’m not sure if JBats is as good as other 3 even when he returns!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill: Judge, Moss

  11. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Nice!
    Musgrove with the old Rookie-Dookie. Started Arrieta, DeGrom and Gausman last night. Came away with 2 Ws, a nearly 9 ERA and WHIP just short of a deuce. Painted the town brown.
    Re: Hernan- had my choice of either him or the Todd-Father in a points league. I chose Hernan (kind of a homer pick), which feels amazingly stupid.

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: So… ROS- Perez or Toddfather?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: Ouch… Yeah, I had deGrom go in 2 leagues, that one felt extra special painful… It was the Giants! I’d go Frazier, but can’t argue with Perez at this point

  12. Chicken Shack says:
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    Already looking to 2017, would like to get Bryant in round 1, Gordon in round 2, and power hitter OF in round 3. Crazy my brain is already looking to 2017.
    Thanks for the daily writings. Best in the Biz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chicken Shack: Thanks! You can prolly wait on Gordon Beckham

  13. Who to drop says:
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    5×5 6 move a week max. Am in a coast to playoff (9/12) situation

    SP – Syndergaard/Fernandez
    RP – Oh/Diaz
    P – Watson/Desclafani/Musgrave/Quintana
    BN – Duffy/Bundy/Taillon
    DL – Ramos/Teheran

    Don’t need the start from Teheran this week.So have time to decide just unsure who gets the drop? Musgrave or go back to 2 RP and drop Watson?

    I’m up 38 points from not making the playoffs. Even with both Fernandez and Musgrave last night I’m up 7-3. Unless body parts come off, I’m making the playoffs.

    Not time to gamble yet on who of my young SP won’t see all of September.However, have a move limit of 6 moves a week.So want to start getting situated for that run.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Who to drop: Hard to say, few crucial weeks left, I’d likely lose Watson for now, b/c you’re gonna lose Jo-Fer

  14. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    blash getting the bench now, parra or pham over him in NL only with no ratios, hits over AVG?

    or should i just stash burgos (along with the barrett i already have?)

  15. Knucks says:
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    Need a violation ruling. Is this fair or foul?

    Last night, our league was sent an email from the Commish…

    “I just realized that we did not push the deadline back to Aug 28th in the settings. I had informed some of you otherwise. I feel I should change to the 28th but only with approval from the league.”

    This guy is in 5th place and his team is surging at the moment. I am in 3rd place in this 12 team roto league. The only managers that have voted ‘No’ to this occurring are the current 1st and 2nd place holders, as well as myself.

    The rest of the league shot back some weak “I’m fine with the majority” responses. Well no shizz you cowards are… the “majority” currently needs to scratch and claw their way up the damn standings!?! “Put your name on it, tell me why this is acceptable,” was what I’ve been clamoring since this came up.

    I’ve demanded to know who and when were told that this deadline change would be made to the 28th. But no one is speaking out. This was the first time it’s being brought up league wide. The Settings stated the 14th, as well as the banner on top of the yahoo homepage for a solid three weeks now.

    This is B.S. right?? Obviously the “majority” ruling will be made. Nothing left to do after that but find a new league next year.

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Knucks: Hey Knucks. Yup. For me, if it wasn’t changed in the settings before the season started, you don’t change it in June or August or anytime. You say, “I just realized that we did not push the deadline up to Aug 28th in the settings. Thus, the deadline is the original one we had per the settings. Next year we will move it up before the season starts.” A commish shouldn’t go changing the settings mid-season, no matter what the majority says. It’s a slippery slope. Good luck.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Knucks: It shouldn’t be changed. And you shouldn’t join leagues with people you can’t personally hold accountable for being shady.

      • knucks says:
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        @Cram It: Yep, agreed. I’ve been in this league for more than a few years now. This is the first strange situation that has occurred. I just had to make sure that I wasn’t totally out of line before I commented more strongly to the league about why this is chicken-shizz.

        I’m no longer worried about how other owners view my comments, as I’ll be a free agent seeking a new league next year anyways. Plenty of league out there.

        Thanks JTPE, Cram, and Cheese for sounding off on this.

        • knucks says:
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          @knucks: And Duda. And anyone else that comments. Appreciate it guys.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Knucks: if it was done MUCH earlier in season, AND nobody thought it bad, (like in may comish realizes date is too early, that kind of thing); this cleary isn’t that. nor is he showing any of this bullshit “proof” that he even mentioned it earlier either. good comishes know goddamn well this looks like shit, even if it truly wasn’t.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Knucks: Definitely should not be changed this late in the season, esp after so much time with the notice banner up and without anyone saying they were told of the change.

    • Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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      @Knucks: Yeah, you’re totally right to be pissed. I’m commish of a league and sent exhaustive group emails before my league started, making sure everyone agreed on the settings and deadlines, because it’s totally unfair to change them once the league starts–especially since at this time of year the “majority” of every league will always be made up of people who are apathetic because they’re not in the hunt. Good luck, Knucks.

      • knucks says:
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        @Grassy Knoll Redding: Yes! And that was my exact point to them all last night. Funny enough, someone actually emailed a short time ago saying, “Please don’t mistake my short reply of ‘majority rules’ as apathy.”

        What’s more frustrating is the thought that even the last place teams are fighting still every day, clawing to get back in it… there’s no apathy in this league. Just zero willingness, outside of the leaders in the standings, to admit that extending the deadline would be a competitive edge to the “majority”. That’s all I’m looking for at this point and no one in the league is saying it.

        Instead I’m being called childish by the commissioner, who is contacting me privately through email, telling me to quit throwing a hissy fit. I thought broadcasting his emails to the league, exposing his rude demeanor would help. But no one seems to care.

        I think I really pissed him (and the “majority”) off recently by saying, “I was hoping that we could all consider both sides of the coin. But there appear to be only one side to a looney.” I’m pretty sure there are only 3 owners in the league that do not keep their milk in a bag, if you know what I’m sayin….

        • knucks says:
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          @knucks: Spelling loonie wrong in my email to them prob didn’t help me either haha

          I’d imagine they are all contacting each other about the filthy American owner that won’t give it a rest right about now.

    • knucks says:
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      @Knucks: Final thoughts… then I’ll stop polluting the site with the matter….

      The latest communications posted on the message board on the league home page:

      Commish: “The decision is to leave as is so that matter is closed it would seem. Not likely you would get a terse response from me publicly or privately if you refrained from the conspiracy theory talk about changing rules in August and wondering about the mystery co-manager. First time in 10 years anyone has suggested we conduct a “shady” league. The great thing about LeagueSafe is that the managers have to approve year end payouts via a majority vote so everyone gets a say in October as to whether the final standings are legit or not.”

      Me: “Yea that’s great. Not about money to me at all. More about time invested. I’m not gonna be upset about where I land in the standings in October. But I would be upset if it wasn’t a fair fight to the end, meaning rules shouldn’t consider to be adjusted in August. I never considered the league shady. Just you. And, as I alluded to earlier, I overstept and was out of line in saying that. My apologies. But I don’t care about your other leagues or how you handle them with others. Will someone please state that they also thought the deadline was the 28th and asked Crushers about it? I’m not saying now, but when you have the time. For peace of mind. I’ll crawl back into my crib and shutup now. Commish.”

      So It appears that he won’t be adjusting the rules. I understand he’s in a fickle position. I wouldn’t post stuff like this in the league site if he hadn’t acted like a weirdo the past few weeks, since his team has gotten hot…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Knucks: It shouldn’t be changed now, that ship’s sailed

  16. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    tell Rudy in the teamonator that the team that is projected to score the most runs must be backwards, as the higher scoring team isn’t the one projected to win (at least for the 19th).

  17. mH says:
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    Kuechel worth starting against Baltimore? Very nervous after the orioles put up 13 yesterday…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mH: I don’t think he’s worth owning

  18. Gator says:
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    Trying to identify keepers for 2017. Please rank Yelich, Trumbo & Franco?

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Gator: Yelich, Franco, Trumbo for me.

    • knucks says:
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      @Gator: Agree w/ the Mrs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gator: Agree with others

  19. Johnc says:
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    I am loving reading all the revisionist history as it relates to Turner. Early in the year ….So many comments about last year being a fluke. I especially liked the ” I told you so ” garbage. Now everyone is embracing him and saying they stuck with him and he was hurt this spring etc.
    If we throw enough crap against the wall, some will stick. Keep throwing people!

  20. CMUTimmah says:
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    Mitch Haniger – I think his skill set plays at any level. He was 64:94 BB:K in the minors, and his ISO and OPS could take a hit and he’d still be fantasy relevant. He seems to handle the bat well, and looks comfortable at the plate against MLB pitching, so maybe his age is the reason he’s developed finally, or maybe his age is the reason he’s ready at the MLB level! I think you have to give him a chance if you need OF help. If you’re counting on Aaron Judge, Mazara, and many many other questionable OFs, Haniger should be on your radar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CMUTimmah: Yeah, I grabbed him in a 12-team mixed league to see how it plays out…Nothing else, could have some Maas appeal

  21. DonnieB says:
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    For ROS would you want Grichuk, Kang, Morales, A Gordon, or Heyward at DH? Thanks.

    • knucks says:
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      @DonnieB: As of right now, I’d want Grichuk. He seems to be heating up.

  22. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In an OBP and OPS (no avg) league, if September rolls around and Frazier is still doing more or less what he’s currently doing, would you cut him for H2H playoffs if your starting 3B is Bryant and 3 OFs (and 1 bench bat) are Trout/Springer/Hamilton/Bautista?

    Similarly, if Bautista is not 100% healthy/hitting in September, would you consider dropping him in favor of Joc Pederson and his .416 / 1.034 OBP/OPS over the last 30?

    I know you usually only recommend 1 bench bat at most in H2H so you can load up on pitching and bank those counting stat categories…

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – yea, if Frazier/Bautista aren’t hitting by early Sept., I will cut them for another closer/streamers/whatever hitter is hot. The tricky thing with those struggling Big Name guys is that if they’re on your roster, they find a way into starting (even when you would never have done so based on their recent stats alone).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  23. papasmurf says:
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    Thank you for picking up Grandalf, I feel like you negated some of the smurf curse and allowed him to keep making successful sequels at the box office!

    PS, who the heck is Jeff Bandy? I picked him up based strictly on sorting recent catch rankings… Never heard of him before.

  24. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Happy Friday Grey!!

    NL- Only H2H
    I Did the exact same thing with Barrett and Burgos last night. To make things worse with the blown save, the guy I’m playing has both Buchter and Maurer.

    Crazy how match ups in real baseball affect fantasy teams.

  25. Haniger? says:
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    Haniger or Leonys ROS? Worth picking up Haniger on the chance he gets/stays hot? Thanks.

  26. Tiger's Pride says:
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    Good Morning!

    3 pitchers, 2 spots, all streamers but very deep 12 team H2H (redraft). Which 2 do you hang onto:

    R Lopez (8/23 @Bal [-$15.7], 8/28 Col [$5.1])
    Berrios (8/19 @ KC [-$1.0], 8/24 Det [$0.3])
    Norris (8/19 @Cin [$5.2], 8/24 SF [-$3.3])

    Thank you!

  27. Stankies says:
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    Good stuff as always. Thanks Grey!

    1.Better pickup: Bregman or Reed?
    2. More droppable: Wainwright or Odorizzi?

    Gratzie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stankies: Thanks! Bregman…Wainwright

  28. Phil of the Future says:
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    BB!
    I can’t get enough Hernan Perez! Who even is this guy????

    Holy turdballs is right….

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: I like it. A cyborg programmed to put on a baseball uniform and do nothing but seek counting stats….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like a creation of Chris Carter — a Careation?!

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Thanks for the reminder! I have to update Carter’s software, not much time left to get to 37 HRs!

            • Grey

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              Still early!

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Good point! I’ll program him for 41 instead.

                • Grey

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                  Oh, but I mean…You know what, that’s great!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Can’t wait to draft this guy for nothing next year when he gets ranked after 200 by ESPN/Yahoo/CBS. Same goes for Jankowski!

  29. Huddy says:
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    Oh Jose Fern…..couldn’t trade him at the deadline now I’m stuck with him (guess it could be worse)
    would you start him vs KC next week or bench in favor of 2 start Bundy vs WAS and @ NYY?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Huddy: I’d start Jo-Fer

  30. phennore says:
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    5×5 roto league. Tehran or Musgrove ROS? Thanks,

  31. J-Mo says:
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    Leon, Grandal, Zunino, Contreras, Sanchez. Where did all these catchers from all of a sudden and how am I suppose to know which one to own? Is Catcher going to be next year’s SS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Mo: Ha, that would be nice… Yasmani

  32. Slimcompoop says:
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    Great idea for the Olympics! My wife and I have been laughing all morning at the idea of normal people competing against Olympians…schmo’s that cannot even do a forward somersault on a wedge mat trying to piece together a floor exercise in gymnastics, an over thirty men’s league team missing breakaway lay-ins and losing 146-14 , an overweight guy stuck in the steeplechase pool/puddle, someone trying to do the butterfly for more than 10M…the list is endless. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Who wouldn’t watch this?! Frat guy playing Olympic ping pong!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Slimcompoop: @Grey: I don’t know, that celebrity diving show lasted 2 months! I guess Joes vs Pros had a decent run.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This is the Olympics, man! Look at the big picture!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: That’s what “Fail” youtube videos are for.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  33. Hugman says:
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    I owned Jankowski the last two weeks in case anyone was wondering why his steals were stalling out. Dropped him day before yesterday. You’re welcome, Jankowski owners.

    • knucks says:
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      @Hugman: Thanks Huggy!

      Anyone you need me to drop, as a token of appreciation? I own most guys, in one league or another. I often have the same affect on players!

  34. The Black Adder says:
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    Grey! Excellent plan! May I add to your proposal? I think in some events where it’ll be supremely noticeable, namely diving, as you mentioned, that the regular schmo should weigh in at least 100 lbs heavier than the largest competitor right before the event. You know, gotta have SOME sort of regulations, right? For a second, you got me all excited about Bryant. I was all, “He can’t be available. Maybe? Is he writing this because it’s obscene how available he is in various leagues?” No. He was drafted 13th in my league. BOO!

    Question: Start Julio in his first game back? He looked superb in his AAA rehab, but I usually don’t start guys in their first game back as a rule of thumb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Black Adder: Good idea! There should be weight requirements and height requirements… I’d start Teheran

  35. Steve says:
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    Lopez was dealing yesterday, he had 8K in this first 3IP in around 43 pitches… Let’s hope there’s more lightning in that bottle.

    1. UTIL spot, Haniger, Heyward or Morneau?
    2. Continue to hold T. Austin or cut bait?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: 1. Haniger 2. Cut

  36. Cram It says:
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    Buy Sell! Buy Sell!! Buy Sell!!!

  37. Maximumxpower says:
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    So Grandel or Leon?

  38. Jon says:
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    Kuhl has 3 QS in a row. Stream tomorrow at home vs Miami?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Sure

  39. Dr Y says:
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    starting Hendricks at Coors?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Y: I am, wouldn’t advise it

  40. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Y Grandal or S Perez for ROS?

    Thanks!

  41. Rice says:
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    Hey Grey! Great write-up as always.

    I have to choose 2 of the below to start next week. Help please!

    Polanco vs Hou (3) / @Mil (4)
    Ozuna vs KC (3) / vs SD (3)
    JBJ @TB (4) / vs KC (3)
    Moss vs NYM (3) / vs Oak (3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco, JBJ

      • Rice says:
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        @Grey: Thanks…. sorry, one more. What about…

        Moss vs NYM (3) / vs Oak (3)

        or

        Devon Travis vs LAA (3) / Min (3)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moss

  42. Z says:
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    Grey-

    10 team H2H Points league….

    My Piscotty & DeScalfani for his Big Papi. I have several top end starters in Strasburg, Sale, JoFer & Bumgarner (also Bundy & Waino). Do you think Papi has more upside than Piscotty for the rest of the season?

    Should I pull the trigger??

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine to me

  43. AJ says:
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    Morning Grey, Andre Miller just dropped, would you drop Jim Johnson or Ken Giles for him or hold. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

  44. Radley says:
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    Great stuff Grey!

    I’m in line for the playoffs in a H2H points league and need to decide to drop either Salazar or Shoemaker, what do ya think?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Ugh, tough call, I’d likely look Shoemaker…Salazar was hitting 97 MPH, just didn’t have command

  45. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Trying to hold on in my 10 team ROTO league for my 3rd straight title…currently have a 3 point lead. In order to cement my possible win I need to pick up some R/HR/RBI. Would you consider dropping Belt for any of these 1st/3rd options:

    Sano, Ed Nunez, Valencia, Mauer, Kang, Forsythe, Solarte, Baez?

    Calhoun is also on waivers and would be a nice source of R’s.

    What are you thoughts?

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun…Nunez

  46. Vinny Boombatz says:
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    Pitchers Rob Zastryzny and Felix Pena may be called up to join Cubs. Any intel on these guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d ask Ralph

  47. knucks says:
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    Who would you prefer to stash in 12 Team Roto, hoping for some production for a week or two in Sept, should I still need it.

    Aledmys Diaz or Mallex Smith?

    Both are without exact timetables as far as I can see… Saw that both are hopeful to return at some point in Sept.

    I don’t need the SAGNOF that Mallex might provide any more than the other counting stats that Aledmys could. Was leaning Mallex, as speed could be an easier thing to project or count on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz

  48. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Which would you rather start today: Koehler at Pittsburg or Tanaka at Angels?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka

  49. Schlitzy says:
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    Pregunta – is there a particular dollar amount cutoff you use on Stream-O-Nator as an indicator of a start you want to stream?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There is a listed one at the bottom, I believe $4

  50. Chris says:
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    I’ve been offered Machado and Price for Trout and Y. Ventura in a keeper league…would you accept the trade? I’m in the middle of a playoff hunt. Is Machado a better option down the stretch than Trout since the Angels are going nowhere and Manny is in a better lineup?

    • Grey

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      Sounds decent

  51. jojo says:
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    Are players like Sano and L Cain droppable in 10 team roto now?

    Players available on wavier:
    Ozuna, Haniger, Gregorius, Benintendi, AJ Reed

    thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Ozuna for Sano

  52. The Hack says:
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    There is one flaw to your idea…..You’re not normal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: One Ha, you might as well Yuptcha’ed me. Im sorry, Im just pissed I paid no mind to Musgrove pitching at Camden and before I knew it I had a steaming pile on my chest

  53. Scott says:
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    Which MI would you start today?
    Dansby Swanson vs. Roark
    Jose Ramirez vs. Liriano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez

  54. Drunk Mets PR Team says:
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    I’m in a 12-team league with 5×5 cats + hitter BB’s and OPS. Trying to solidify my spot in the playoffs. The Harper owner wants Lindor (can keep for 22nd rounder next year). Harper can be kept also, for a 2nd rounder.

    If I did this, Bregman would become my new SS and my OF would be Betts, Harper, Yoenis instead of Betts, Yoenis, Khris Davis/David Dahl.

    Lindor is incredible value but in a league with hitter BB’s, Bryce has the potential to be a monster. What say Grey and Co., yay or nay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Harper

      • Drunk Mets PR Team says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  55. dem ribbies says:
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    If you had to cut 1 of these 3 based on the next 3 starts (starting 22 Aug), who would it be?

    Cole (vs HOU, @CHC, vs MIL)
    Bundy (vs WAS, @NYY, vs NYY)
    Musgrove (@PIT, vs OAK, @TEX)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy

  56. dem ribbies says:
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    Looks like Lackey is going to the DL and is gonna miss his delicious start @SD. : (

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hate that

  57. Grey

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

  58. TheWokestBoi says:
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    Love the baseball writing, but I’m afraid it wasn’t your idea to have a normal person competing in Olympic events. This joke is old and frequently stolen. Kinda lame to pass it off as your own.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hadn’t heard it before

  59. Grey

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

  60. ohbilly2134 says:
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    “This matchup was billed as, ‘Why does my number one starter have to go against that other number one?'”…

    This happens to me from time to time. Do we have a Gloss term for it?

  61. joe is a popular name says:
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    starting fulmer today vs red sox?

  62. Grey

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

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