The Braves called up Bryse Wilson, their third starter who is under 21 years old (Soroka, Allard) and 4th player (Acuña).  Mean’s while, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. just collected his 3,000th minor league hit.  By the time Vlad Jr. is called up, he will be Vlad Sr.’s brother.  Didja you know in Latin America junior is a term of endearment like when you call that old lady in your family ‘aunt’ even though she’s unrelated?  That’s why so many Jr.’s get to their 2nd year of pro ball and drop the junior.  Right, Raul Mondesi Jr.?  Any hoo!  The Braves called up yet another gorgeous, young prospect.  “That’s what I love about these Braves starters, man. I keep getting older, they stay the same age.” — Matthew McConaughey seeing Bryse Wilson.  Prospector Ralph just gave you his Bryse Wilson fantasy.  He’s also in his top 500 fantasy baseball prospects.  Previously, he said, “A 4th rounder in 2016, Bryse Wilson rode his plus sinking fastball to one of the bigger breakouts of 2017.  His four-seamer sits 92-95 with sink, and commands it extremely well.  His secondaries are far more raw with a power 12-6 curve, and a fringe changeup.  Speaking of Wilson, I’d like to spike Grey like a volleyball.”  Okay, not cool!  Yesterday, Wilson went 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, as the Braves bumped everyone in their rotation back a day.  The big thing that struck me about Bryse is he looks like he’s been doing it for years (which could be said of the other young Braves players).  About to call him Poyse Wilson.  Seems weird to call him up to just send him back to the minors, so gotta expect him to stay up.  In shallower redrafts, I’d view Wilson as a streamer, but I did grab him in two mixed league redrafts.  He’s obviously a decent keeper in deep leagues (10.8 K/9, 0.9 BB/9 in only 20 Triple-A innings), especially now that’s he’s up with rest of the Braves’ Poyse of Summer.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Dan Winkler – 1 IP, 0 ER, recorded his 2nd save, ERA at 2.61.  A.J. Minter Amber Heard’d the bed on Saturday, and there might be a change afoot in the Braves’ bullpen.  Not to be confused with Change Afoot, who was a circus performer who walked on hot coals.  If you’re looking for saves, I would grab Winkler.

Chris Archer – 4 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.91 with the Pirates, and left early, tweaking his leg.  I watched this game to see Bryse, while suffering through Archer.  Imagine someone did a montage of all of Fernando Rodney’s archery moves combined with a nine-minute, seven-pitch single — that’s Archer.

Starling Marte – Benched for a lack effort.  Geez, is my mom managing the Pirates now?  Yo, moms, you a momanager of the Pirates?  Are their uniform colors a problem too?  Geez, leave me alone, mother!

Brandon Nimmo – Hit the DL with a bruised index finger.  For ten days, he won’t be giving any pointers.

Zack Wheeler – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.63.  This start was at home vs. the Giants, i.e., they don’t need Sandoval for a cakewalk.

Dereck Rodriguez – Will return on Friday from the DL to face the Rangers, which is a solid matchup.  Fun fact!  Dereck is how Shock G sounds out the bass groove in The Humpty Dance.

Derek Holland – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  The Stream-o-Nator liked Holland yesterday vs. the Mets, but, between being shook by Pivetta vs. the Mets, and not trusting Holland, I didn’t start him.  SON has crazy shine on Holland for his next start too.  Like the Nazis, I could kinda take or leave Holland.

Kenley Jansen – 1 IP, 2 ER, allowing back-to-back homers for the first time in his career, as he returned from the DL, ERA at 2.44.  If he’s breaking hearts, I’m sure he’d prefer it be the fans’.

Alex Wood – 4 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.60.  The Dodgers might want to start calling this guy an opener and tag team him with Maeda.  Though, you could get in trouble opening with Wood.

Jose Martinez – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .309.  Wow, Cards new manager, Shildt, is pulling all the right strings.  Wait, his string pulling is starting one of the Cards’ best hitters who he originally benched?  Oh, yeah, smart.

Stephen Gonsalves – 1 1/3 IP, 4 ER, as he was called up.  He was also on Prospector Ralph’s top 500 fantasy baseball prospects.  Prospector Ralph said just the other day, “After digging around a little, there’s some stuff to be concerned with. First, swinging strikes, over the 23 starts he’s made on the season, less than half have seen him tally double digit swinging strike totals. The next issue is the amount of strikes he’s getting looking. That’s telling of two things, one good, the other bad. He’s either completely fooling people with his changeup or curveball, unlikely, but possible, both flash plus. Or, the more likely scenario, he much like Jalen Beeks before him, is a benefactor of the slightly more generous black of a minor league strike zone. There’s still a lot to like with Gonsalves, he has two above average secondaries in his curveball and changeup, as well as a lower velocity fastball with reportedly good spin.  If only we could spin Grey’s head off his body.”  Hey!  For what it’s Werth, I watched Gonsalves and Bryse and came away a lot more impressed with Bryse.  Plus, good team in NL East vs. bleh team in the AL.

Jake Cave – 1-for-3,3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games.  Well, he has more power than Joe Mauer.  Though, that’s underselling Joe Mauer’s charisma.  More women in the Minnesota area wear sweaters with Mauer’s face knitted on their bosoms, and that’s what’s important — Mauer sweater puppies.  As for Cave, he does appear to be a hot schmotato.

Max Kepler – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Twins bats are hot or White Sox pitching is terrible?  Let’s see today, when the immoveable force meets the Kopechable object.

Matt Davidson – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.   April Grey, “Do I go Davidson or Christian Villanueva?  Davidson or Villanueva?!  Villanueva or Davidson?!  Thank God I’m not prone to male pattern baldness, because this question is going to expand my forehead!”  August Grey, “Maybe I’ll grab Jake Cave.”

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 6.08.  He hasn’t been good in his career, but Giolito’s now strung together two Quality Starts!  OH MY GOD!!!

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-3 and his 28th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Glad to see him get going again after a slow start to the 2nd half.  Eugenio, you have to shade in that gorgeous 1st half picture you were drawing.  Good shade, not bad shade.

Phillip Ervin – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, which have come in only 45 games.  That sounded better in my head before I wrote it.  Scott Schebler is rumored to return at some point this week too, and stop pulling a Kotchman.

Travis Shaw – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer.  I prolly put this together subconsciously, but I just realized something.  The Brewers traded for Moistasskiss and Schoop, so they could bench Shaw, and Shaw is having a better season than both of them.  *insert blinking white guy meme*

Mike Fiers – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.21.  I wonder if Fiers is related to my rap alter ego, B-Fire.  You can see today’s video for his latest verses.  As for Fiers, I stopped trying to fight climate change, and have embraced Fiers everywhere.  No idea what the Stream-o-Nator says about him, not even sure of his next start, but I’m all in.  Don’t be the one guy who loses his league just because he thought it was cute he could name his team, We Didn’t Start The Fiers.

Khris Davis – 2-for-4 and his 37th homer.  You know what pisses me off?  Don’t guess!  I’m going to tell you!  The people who chat in the draft room in March shizz like, “Great value on so-and-so.”  You said great value on Kris Bryant!  You had no idea in March who was going to be great value!  So just stop!  Am I guilty of this?  Prolly, yeah, so I can’t get mad?  You telling me I can’t get mad pisses me off too!  I need a goddamn spiritualist!

Ramon Laureano – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer.  The lucky fan who caught his 1st career home run ball was kind enough to return it to Laureano, and then Laureano autographed it and threw the ball 18 miles to the fan’s home.  What a guy.  Laureano had 14 HRs, 11 SBs and a .297 average in Triple-A this year in only 64 games.  He was a guy who had real shine on him at one point, and is still young enough (24), but he could hit .175 if he keeps striking out at a 38% rate.

Marwin Gonzalez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  I feel like I’ve been cyclops’ing Marwin to get hot all year.  Maybe now’s the time.  I don’t know.  I’m still mad about the guy telling me in March it was great value to get Kris Bryant!

Robinson Cano – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Cano is back!  Dot dot dot.  To a guy who could hit 5 homers the rest of the way and be out-fantasy valued by Jonathan Villar.

Edwin Encarnacion – Expects to return this week.  If you’re reading this next week, I hope this makes no sense and he’s already back.

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-3 and his 5th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games, third homer in five games and fourth homer in the last eight games, and replaced midway through the game by Brandon Guyer, who is more man than Ray Guy.  Not sure why Melky was replaced, guessing for defense.  If so, then Melky’s one of the hottest schmotatoes in the land.

Greg Allen – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  He’s supposed to be for SAGNOF — GregNOF? — with a full season of at-bats, Allen could steal 35-40 bags.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .302.  This was only the 15th time in the Indians’ history all three starting outfielders homered.  No Indians outfield will ever be as famous as the 1998 group of Chief David Justice, Kenny “Three-Sack-jawea” Lofton and Geronimo Berroa.

Chris SaleRed Sox said Sale won’t return when first eligible.  Adding, “We don’t care about your H2H playoffs.”

Rick Porcello – 7 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.14.  Hey, his xFIP in yesterday’s game was 4.23, and is 3.82 on the year.  Lowercase yay!  *raspberries lips*  That makes me feel great!

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homer, and three homers in two days.  It’s as painful to me to say Morales is a hot schmotato as it is to see a dad with an apron that reads, “Developing the apps,” but here we are.

Renato Nunez – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .246.  He used to be the “next power-hitting A’s 3rd baseman,” but when he refused to change his name to Rematto, he had to go.  He did hit 32 homers one year in Triple-A, but he might hit .220.

Mark Trumbo – Hit the DL with knee inflammation.  In related news, a Colorado baker refused to make a cake for Trumbo’s knee.

  1. Dr Easy says:
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    You know things are dire when I have to choose between Cave or Palka, but: Cave or Palka?

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Dr Easy: man i wish i didn’t drop palka a while back in AL only with total bases. still have freakin’ mancini though, that’s awesome. cave has been surprisingly good.

  2. Scott says:
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    Well I lost nimmo to the dl. Too bad it took him about 2 months to find his stroke again after getting hit on the finger the last time. This is a reserve OF. Should I add melky cabrera, kepler, jbj, or gurriel who is supposed to come off the dl this weekend (2b,ss,of). He was raking before he got hurt. Obp league. Thanks

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up, you’re on fire!

    a. True story #1. Being in Central Europe has its advantages, to wit. Just before I went to bed, like around 23h00 (17h00 EST), I noticed Cron was out of the lineup. So, I moved Olson from the UT to the CI, swapping with Cron. And then I swapped out Cron from the UT to add…..Cano!!! You know the rest.

    b. True story #2. Being in Central Europe has its advantages, to wit. Just as I wake up (around 06h00 (24h00 EST)), I see Jansen has been re-instated off the DL. At the same time I notice that Trumbomb has gone to the DL. Then I see Jansen warming up in the bullpen for a potential vulture win which I could use. But I’m too late to add him because dur, the game started like 17 hours ago. I make the swap of Trumbomb to the IR for Jansen to the bench and then Jansen to the active roster only to see him give up 2 bombs, but then retire the side. And then Norris came along and got the save, striking out the side! So not bad overall, right? Houdini? Pfffff!

    c. Signed up Laureano and Allen. Who knows how they’ll do tonight? Anyone?

    d. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 21

    Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Ante Galic: And I thought good breeding would be, like, how Vlad Jr. was produced! Or Joe Mauer if any female Minnesotans are reading.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Nice B. Whew C. Well? D. Awesome — you saved all the best quotes for the final six weeks, didn’t you?

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. I did not save the best for last!! In fact, I stumbled on this nice site that has ’em all lined up. So I just pick up the next one that I haven’t used previously. I do love this one, but his best are of this type so yeah I guess you’re right as usual. Damn, you just Tom Sawyer’ed the answer out of me!

        b. Btw, just dropped Laureano (I love him so much) for Pillar. Maybe he can continue his run of just above meh!

        c. Keeping Allen for a while to see what he can do, but he’s only a bench bat so I’ll drop him for streamers. I like the fact that he is on the good side of the platoon with Rajai until Leonys comes back (if at all).

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Booya! B. I hope so, I have Pillar too C. SAGNOF!

  4. VinWins

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    Touki (June 20, 1996) snuck in there in the first line; also should be 21, not 20.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Damn, I blame that on who I got the info from, will fix after done with comments

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @VinWins: @Grey:

        Touki just turned 22 in June, according to Fantrax.

        • VinWins

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          @Malicious Phenoms: Yeah, I figured that from his birthday which I listed.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @VinWins: Who cares? Touki is young!

  5. Nitro says:
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    HTH POINTS LEAGUE:

    Sano or J Turner ROS?

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Nitro: Turner

  6. Tinman95 says:
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    LeClerc or Minter going forward

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      @Tinman95: da clerc boss da clerc. minter some back issue and might lose job if/when the viz is back. leclerc has no competition

  7. Blaster says:
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    Steckenrider or Winkler?

  8. phennore says:
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    16-team 5×5 league. Currently in first place but my starting pitching staff is imploding. My current roster is : Sale (DL), Musgrove, Wood, Heaney, Pivetta, Glasnow. It’s a deep league so the waiver wire is thin. Would drop any current guys for:
    Boyd, Holland, Bryse Wilson, Buchholz, Brett Anderson? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phennore: Pivetta and Heaney for streamers, Holland and Bryse for now (if Bryse is getting another start and it’s a good matchup)

  9. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Brother Grey, SON changed his mind overnight and I’m needing guidance as I walk through the valley of H2H playoff jockeying.

    4 starters in the docket today, start/sit the following:

    1. Gausmann @ PIT (SON is meh)
    2. Brett Anderson home vs. TEX (Son is meh)
    3. Junior Guerra home vs. CIN (SON likes)
    4. Ryu (SON loves, but Cards bats are HOT)

    Should I blindly follow the robot or do you see something SON doesnt? Need W’s more than anything else. Thanks in advance!

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: fwiw the Pirates haven’t scored more than 4 runs since August 10th

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Slappy Jack: True…but knowing my luck that means they’re “due” to explode at home today. In any event, I’m not yet desperate to throw SPs haphazzardly….but I lost Bauer, and drafting Archer, McCullers didnt pan out (did trade both in this league for Hoskins/Mikolas…so theres that).

  10. Eric says:
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    Solid Digital Underground reference. That is all.. thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: No problem

  11. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    AL only with OBP over AVG, total bases added, net steals over steals. have this:
    C ward (3B)
    1B yonder is closer to my heart
    2B whit (1B/OF)
    SS correa
    3B mostsuckass
    MI lowrie (2B/3B)
    CI austin (good night this guy’s hot, added very recently, very under the radar trade here, for me anyway)
    OF (4) grichuk, brantley, allen, villar (2B)
    util (1) nunez (2B/SS/3B/OF)
    BN mancini (1B/OF)
    DL devers
    are we yet getting to thinking fletcher (2B/3B/SS, batting in very good part of order now) is an add over nunez? nunez doing his getting occasionally benched for brock freakin holt yet again. he’s got 5 net steals on the year, here’s some other gross stuff about his season (and i drafted nunez in a LOT of leagues being pretty sure pedroia wasn’t ever coming back (right about that one), and he’d get steals while having a billion positions (half right) with playing time on a great team (3/4 or so right)

    OBP: .282 (season stats here), ugly as shit
    OPS: .651 really ugly, IF he was a SAGNOF this would maybe be tolerable, but he was a LOT better at this in past years.
    RBI + runs per at bat: .207, i get it that this stat is lineup spot driven but good night this is the worst one of all these stats, this stat would be bad for a MIA or SD hitter.
    BABIP vs AVG: says he should be hitting .275 vs .257 (so unlucky)

    fletcher meanwhile, started off hitting for ok average and nothing else from a crappy part of the lineup. lately it’s been better both in the counting stats and lineup slot, and in general. last 30 days:
    OBP: .330
    OPS: .707
    RBI + runs per at bat: .264 (this’ll get worse when trout is back of course, maybe)
    BABIP vs AVG: .259 vs .270 (so luckier)

    IF nunez got steals still this would probably be easy, but playing time losses (also if he’s losing time now what happens both with kinsler in tow and if devers comes back) + lack of steals and the above….

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: to be fair nunez last 30 days does have 3 net steals and .716 OPS, .277 RBI+ runs per at bat. but he’s starting to play just over half the time (exactly half the last 6 games)

  12. Wilson says:
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    Blackmon or Springer for ROS?

      • Wilson says:
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        Worthy to trade @Grey:
        If it’s not for ROS, it’s for one more year keeper, who is better?
        Blackmon or Springer

        • Grey

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          Flip a coin, prolly go Springer

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey:
            Thanks for advise. Because Springer is younger?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes

  13. BronxBomber1014 says:
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    Bryse Wilson or Toussaint for the rest of the way.

    thank you!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Assuming Bryse is in rotation

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @BronxBomber1014: @Grey:

        Fantrax has Touki coming up to pitch Thursday or Friday against the fish again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds tasty

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey:
            Everybody’s invited to Touki’s Marlin BBQ.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like pork butts and I cannot fry

  14. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    Have Chris Taylor in an OF spot. And, he is not good. Drop for Joey Wendle, David Dahl, Cedric Mullins?

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      @Elliot: dahl.

  15. Gator says:
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    Daniel Murphy seems to be back to his old self again. Where would you rank him for 2019?

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Gator: Heard this morning he might get traded via waiver claim
      it might effect his value next year
      not sure what his contract looks like

    • Grey

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      Around 85-100

  16. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    I need an OF and have a glut of IF (even after the Baez for Harper deal I made). I was just offered his Nick Castellanos and Robbie Ray for my Robinson Cano and Chris Archer. Thoughts?

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Elliot: It’s close, but if Archer is healthy I’d hold onto him and Cano.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elliot: Sounds fair for Castellanos

  17. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Jo Mo or Bader? Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Ma

  18. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write up!
    1) ROS: do you think winkler gets more saves than hector rondon?
    2) who do you drop in a league where your chasing HR/RBI, without tanking in batting average? Sano, maikel, profar. I’m thinking sano since his average isn’t too good? Profar has been helpful in counting stats and maikel with average and power.
    3)Pick 2 ROS? Buccholz Fiers Gausman

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sandman: 1. No 2. Profar 3. Gausman, Fiers

      • hal_incandenza says:
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        @Grey: I assume your feelings have changed on #1 with the Osuna to close announcement. Should I drop Rondon for Winkler?

        I want to roster 5 save options in a H2H due to how the pitching slots are defined, but the struggle is real. I’m rostering

        Minter
        Rondon
        Giles
        Steckenrider
        Hildenberger

        Also, delayed thanks for the mention of Revisionist History. Great stuff. I blew through all three seasons in under two weeks. Have ye more recommended Podcasts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, drop Rondon instead — In the Dark podcast

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That’s 2nd season of In the Dark

            • hal_incandenza says:
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              @Grey: Thanks. Unfortunately, like Rondon, Minter has been one of my better closers. I’m hoping this Minter situation is quick, like Minter Took a Cigarette Winkler.

              Will check it out. Thanks again!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Look at you with italics!

  19. ty says:
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    That was some funny shit, nice write up Grudy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      • Ty Inez says:
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        @Grey: Did you ever start the Sinner?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I did, I liked it a lot, good call! Now watching The Shooter

  20. Caught Looking says:
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    Sano, Zimmerman and Muncy walk into a bar. They all are shouting that they’re buying the drinks tonight. You are picky, you only like to drink Homertinis and Long Island Ribbies. The bar is overcapacity by one player and the bouncer reads Razzball and recognizes you and says you get the call on who goes. What do you do?

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    Got Kimbrel, Romo, Will Smith, Osuna, and Steck as RP in a standard 5×5 league (saves, no holds).

    Winkler is on the waivers. Looking to carry 4, maybe max 5. Who would you want?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now

  22. Jt says:
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    Have to many closers drop Glover, Bradley, rondon in net saves/saves league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jt: Bradley — are you saying Holds is not a category?

      • Jt says:
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        @Grey: holds is

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

  23. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft

    Lance Lynn a streamer or add him?

    • Raider says:
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      @ryanoger: For what its werth, I’m holding him in a 10 teamer, H2H and he has some very easy starts coming up

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Raider:

        Thanks man

    • Cram It says:
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      @ryanoger: If you’re streaming him for Miami, you’re adding him, so take it from there after that start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer

  24. Call Me Mabry says:
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    I need to drop a bat when Edwin comes off the DL. Who do you drop inciarte or amed Rosario?

    Also which starter would u pick up for ROS out of Marco or chase Anderson

  25. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Gotta bench 1 tonight

    Mancini @Tor
    Cano vs Hou
    Amed Rosario @SF
    Dahl vs SD

    • Cram It says:
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      @CaptainKnauer: Don’t know who they’re facing, but probably Trey since he’s the coldest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini

  26. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Dropped Dereck Rodriguez like, four hours before the news that he’s coming back from the DL. Just let him and Robbie Ray go for Kopech and Cahill. Is it worth dropping one of them to get Rodriguez back?

    Also, while I’m on my first round playoff bye, any further changes or upgrades I should be looking to make to my roster?
    (12 teams, ESPN H2H 6×6, OPS/WHIP/SV/QS)

    C- No one; catchers are stupid
    1B- Ryan Zimmerman
    2B- Whit Merrifield
    SS- Trea Turner
    3B- Manny Machado
    OF- Giancarlo Stanton
    OF- Juan Soto
    OF- Eddie Rosario
    UT- Ronald Acuña Jr.
    B- Eloy Jimenez
    DL- Edwin Encarnacion

    P- Will Smith
    SP- Blake Snell
    SP- Zack Wheeler
    SP- Nick Pivetta
    RP- Jose Leclerc
    RP- AJ Minter
    B- Miles Mikolas
    B- Trevor Cahill
    B- Michael Kopech
    B- Jack Flaherty
    B- Walker Buehler
    DL- Trevor Bauer (kill meeeeee)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shopgurrrl: Let’s see how Kopech does tonight — hold on changes for now

  27. Jose says:
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    Need to pick up an OF, just looking for contributor across the board – Dahl, JBJ, or Greg Allen.

    Also could add Healy and move Desmond (currently my 1b/3b) to OF slot if he’s better than the above options.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jose: Dahl, he’s at home for the next six games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

  28. B-man says:
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    Predictions on Kopech line for tonight?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @B-man:

      4 inn 2er 4 bb 5 k

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B-man: I like Grimey’s predictions

  29. JBJesus and His Disciples says:
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    Drop 1 in a redraft league w/ QS instead of Wins: Kyle Gibson, Gausman, CC, Eflin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson

  30. fleeced says:
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    Adames, Dahl, Braun, McNeil or Davidson?

    • fleeced says:
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      @fleeced: adding Nick Williams.

      Please choose 2

  31. FrankGrimes says:
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    That Davidson blurb is too real.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  32. Junkmastah says:
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    14 team league, 12 keepers, utility and pitcher slots only

    Who do I drop to activate Kenley Jansen? (Would have 3 1/2 closers; Hand)

    J. Smoak
    E. Inciarte
    K. Davis
    Correa
    Polanco
    Rosario
    Mazara
    Muncy
    G. Torres
    Hosmer
    Tucker
    Jimenez

    J. Gray
    Mikolas
    Severino
    Hill
    Marquez
    Eflin
    Nola
    Boxberger
    Hand
    Treinen
    DL – Bauer
    DL – K. Jansen

      • Junkmastah says:
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        @Grey:

        What about dropping Tucker? Or should he be among my keepers. I am not sure he would.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why you need the arm?

          • Junkmastah says:
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            @Grey:

            Do you think I am okay with those 6 starters and 4 closers then?

            I guess Tucker should be recalled in September.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t think Tucker is a keeper

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You actually look like you could use German more, but I don’t trust him either

              • Junkmastah says:
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                @Grey:

                Well at the very least I could use that spot as a streamer and keep those 4 good closers. See ya Tucker. Thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  33. Luigi says:
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    Is Winkler the new closer in ATL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, grab to see

  34. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Damn Grey, I was literally Rollin throughout entire article. You hit it spot on, great shit!

    That’s all!

  35. Steve says:
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    Hicks or Winkler for saves down the stretch?

    Thanks

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Steve:

      Prolly winkler at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winkler

  36. Wilson says:
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    Blackmon or J. Upton for ROS?

  37. johnnyhobbes says:
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    prayer hexagon that Bryse stays up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m there with you

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @<a href="#[email protected]Grey: 01″>johnnyhobbes:

        He was just sent down.

  38. Cam says:
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    I need some pitching down the stretch in my dynasty league. I’m leading the league right now so would be willing to overpay a bit to cement that W. I have guys like Schwarber, Sano, Conforto who I could move for Blake Snell.

    Would you do a 1 for 1 with Schwarber? Am I crazy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cam: I’d take Snell

  39. Dave D, Fiers Starter says:
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    Yes, I picked up Fiers with a FAAB of $1 on 6/10. I’m pretty happy with that move. In 56.2 IP on my starting roster he has 47k, 2.86 ERA, .99 WHIP. My only knock on him is just 3 W. He did take some of the sting off losing Bauer. I hope he keeps it up.

    Btw, I feel I must come out of the closet as an J. Abreu owner after his SB last night. He’s like a good mutual fund. Never exciting, but gets reliable results by years end always even if he inspires yawns at times.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, good comparison on Abreu… Yearly Abreu Withdrawal Net-profit — YAWN

      • Dave D says:
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        Lol, I like it: Jose “Y.A.W.N.” Abreu. Worth that 63rd overall pick year after year.,,

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          YAWN…just barely

  40. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Do you like Muncy over Maikel or Sano? ROS
    Muncy is getting benched but it seems he’s still sneaking his way into the lineup each night. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  41. Taking14DaTeam says:
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    Lost Bauer but still have Max and Kluber in my 12 teamer. Playoffs start Sept 10 after a bye week. Rest of my staff is Wood (at Reds), Ryu (at Cards), Hendricks (two starts…home v Brewers and Reds) and stashed ERod.

    I hear ya on Fiers. Why fight it? He is set to face the O’s and Rays on the road that week and is on the wire. Also, Chacin, who I have a hard time trusting, is at the Cubs, Eovaldi at home v Jays, Marquez ( v DBacks in Coors, then at Giants).

    Another option is to trim my RP group….Osuna, Peralta, Allen, Leclerc. Been doing well with this ragtag group so been holding until Osuna hopefully supplants Rondon.

    Who should I add and who goes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers over Wood, Chacin over Ed-Rod

      • Taking14DaTeam says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks…..Chacin at The Cubs will take some stones!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m rolling those stones

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Packing?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Storing under my seat?

  42. lwomack58 says:
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    Looking at a couple of changes-Want the best player overall.

    1. O. Herrera(Ice cold), Amed or McCutchen(could be traded by weeks end)-who’s the drop

    2. Lowrie or Yuli for 3rd base

    Thanks for all your feedback.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. McCutchen 2. Lowrie

  43. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    I hate the Cards…..their management, their managers, their coaches, their uniforms, their city, their success against my Dodgers. And now to my Jo Ma saga. Held him forever thru the platoon, thru the benching, thru the manager change, and finally after six games on the bench – dropped him when they called up O’Neill. Looked how that turned out. I get screwed cuz Tyler had “groin area” problems….giving Jo Ma some at bats. Eff it, scratch it and play rookie!

    No question. Just a rant reminding me how humbling this fantasy shizz can be.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not sure what they’re doing with their team on any given day

  44. Gotime says:
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    Weekly league, I own Minter, wait until weekend to see how this pans out or add Winkler (10 moves ROS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hold

  45. Shitwolf says:
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    fun article! the Bull Dozier is more like a bullony dozier and im not sure i want play doughzier anymore…

    still hope for a 2nd half hot streak or am I just waiting for something that wont happen…

    other 2b out there are lemaheiu, peraza, dejong moncada, and i guess gurriel jr will be back and he was nice before getting hurt…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, just looked at Dozier’s 2nd half numbers… Woof… I’d prolly hold, but all of those available options have been better, so can’t argue with it

    • Dave D, Beisbol Karmatologist says:
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      He angered the baseball gods and created bad karma when dissed Chance Sisco’s brilliant bunt earlier this year.

      Serves him right. Hehe.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        All hail Chance Sisco

  46. Someone Pissed in my Alphabet Soup says:
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    please rank kepler, marwin gonz, ryan zimmerman, JOC ros OPS league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm, Marwin

  47. A Sciosciapathological Red(phallus) Owner says:
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    When will Josh Red(phallus)’s next hot streak be? I am tired of playing him as my 5th OF. I swear after his next 2HR, 5 RBI game I’m going to bench him before he goes 0-(the next few weeks)-28 and plug in somebody with a pulse.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, never got it going this year, I dropped him a few times in a few leagues

      • Dave D says:
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        I mean if Red(phallus) couldn’t even get it up last night facing F-Her, what does that say about his male potency?

        Josh is making us all flacid. Enough is enough. I’m not even gonna wait for him to face Colon again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, Reddick doesn’t sound super enticing, so maybe we should’ve seen this coming…ew

  48. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I’m sure it is past time to move on from Chris Taylor…in my 10 team roto my biggest needs are R/HR

    My options to replace him are:

    Semien
    Yuli
    Marwin
    Rosario
    Adames
    Fletcher

    Who are you going with? I’m leaning Semien or Yuli, but Marwin may be catching fire.

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey.

        Free Greedo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Free Greedo!

  49. Perfect Game says:
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    I only have room to stream one – D-Rod or Ryu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu

      • Perfect Game says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry Grey, I meant stream Kopech or Ryu today?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ryu

  50. prescriptionnugs says:
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    this is a sagnof question but i most know the worst svhd candidate for ros:
    carl edwards jr
    leclerc
    winkler
    osuna

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carl

  51. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Giolito has two quality starts in a row..cust kayin..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, you’re right, my b

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        lol, no worries, its all good.

  52. TT says:
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    Keeper league- Drop Kingery for Lourdes Gurriel ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  53. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Sir, in my first comment, I gave you all the information you needed to correct the first line, but something must have been lost in the translation. Here’s what you wanted to say:

    The Braves called up Bryse Wilson, their third starter who is under 21 years old (Soroka, Allard) and 4th player (Acuña).

    By listing Touki, you are naming 4 starters and saying Wilson is the 3rd. Also, Touki was already 22 when he started on August 13. I hope this clears things up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sometimes, the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet… Thanks, Vin!

  54. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Grey,

    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 35 moves – no streaming

    What I thought was a solid reliever core is now a bunch of Question marks (other than Diaz). There is other options on the wire. Someone dropped T. Pham a couple weeks ago, picked him up but he’s done nothing out the gate. Thinking of swapping out Pham, Lynn & Osuna (or other guys ?) for waiver guys, who are your top 3 suggestions from below ?

    Waiver
    HIT – A. Rosario, C. Dickerson, K. Morales, M. Gonzales, R. Zimmerman, H. Bader, T. Frazier, M. Semien, J. Villar, Y. Gurriel,
    PIT- B. Keller, M. Minor, J. Urena, J. Barria, W. Peralta, D. Holland, I. Nova, J. Samardzija (DL), S. Gray, D. Duffy,
    RP – J. Leclerc, C. Knebel, S. Greene, P. Strop, K. Giles, B. Parker

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – B. Dozier
    3B – Eugenio Suarez
    SS – T. Turner
    CI – A. Rizzo
    MI – X. Bogaerts
    LF – C. Yelich
    CF – C. Blackmon
    RF – M. Haniger
    Util – J. Upton
    BN – T. Pham

    SP – C. Carrasco
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – N. Syndergaard
    RP – W. Davis (RP)
    RP – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – A.J. Minter (RP) (DTD)
    P – R. Osuna (RP)
    BN – J. Taillon
    BN – W. Buehler
    BN – R. Hill
    BN – L. Lynn
    BN – T. Glassnow
    DL – J. Paxton
    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pham and Osuna for Amed and Leclerc — those waiver SPs do nothing for me

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually, Hinch just announced Osuna will close

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Grey:
          You think Rondon gets more holds than Winkler gets saves down the stretch?

          I have Rondon and Osuna and debating to add Winkler and cut Rondon.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’d guess Rondon gets more holds

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              @Grey:
              That’s what I was thinking, but I will keep an eye on the situation.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Cool

  55. Bob says:
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    Would you start eovaldi today vs cle? He’s been either really good or bad. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SON says it’s awful, I agree

  56. John Lettiere says:
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    one more, plz rank ros OPS league

    Kyle Seager, Ryan zimmerman, brandon belt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm, Seager

  57. Dante says:
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    I can’t believe I need to ask this….. Start Berrios @ CWS?

    thanks

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Dante:
      I would.

  58. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Would you start eovaldi tonight at home vs. CLE?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @Grey:

        Would you nonetheless hold on to him for his start @TB?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  59. With the Astros favoring a girlbeater over Rondon (‘Stros karma has officially went dark side), in a league where holds count for squat, I guess Rondon has to go. Who do you think would do the least damage and collect an occasional save ROS from the Twin’s Hildenberger, Royal’s Peralta, and the O’s Givens? Thanks!

    • @zombie: actually, could you please rank the three??? Thanks again!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hildenberger, Peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hildenberger

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        Is Hildenberger really the closer in twinkie town? His ratios are awful.

  60. Cram It says:
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    Kyle Tucker – I never jumped on the hype train with him, but if everyone could take off their hypster glasses for a minute…what do we realistically expect from him in future years, say compared to Springer (dude will be 29 already?!)? I have like zero assessment of Tucker even after all the research I’ve done. Who would you rather have in a keep forever, points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tucker’s minor league stats look incredible, but Springer is already a top 30 bat, gotta go him in a keep forever

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @Cram It: Grey’s obviously right, but I can’t help but wonder what kind of year Tucker would have had if service time weren’t a concern, and the Astros had let him stay up with the club after his monster spring training where he hit over .400 with 5 homers. Seems like a wasted opportunity for both Tucker and the Astros.

  61. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Morning, Grey!

    So happy you kicked the whole damn thing off with a Wooderson reference. Good thing I brought my wood screws, cause you blew my doors completely off!

    My favorite part of Anime Grey is that he always lifts up the letter he’s reading, but his eyes never leave us–kinda like a news reporter. Does Anime Grey have a teleprompter? Love that you poured out a 40 of Old E for Trevor. (Though I was a Ballantine’s 40 man). And Kudos for appropriating Slick Rick’s skyline for your album cover!

    Anywho, in redraft, with Strasburg coming off the DL, who is my drop out of Taylor Ward, Ryan Zimmerman or Eloy?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks! Ward

  62. Josh says:
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    Dahl or Heyward?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Josh:
      Dahl

  63. VinWins says:
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    If you happen to be in a league where Odubel has been dropped, he is 15 for 36 with a HR vs Roark. Tempered by his 4 for 18 in the last week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good call!

  64. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Which Rockie would you rather have the rest of the year at this point?

    Desmond or Dahl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

  65. henncoop says:
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    I am in 1st place in a 12 team 6X6 Yahoo dynasty league where I am in 1st place & it’s basically a 2 team race. I was offered a trade of my Bauer, Archer, Schoop & Myers for his Gordon, Dozier, Mikolas, & Greinke. He of course is trying to get his team younger for next year & has made previous offers for Archer & Myers. I really don’t want to lose Bauer for next year but I wanted to get your take on his offer.
    I was considering countering with Archer, Myers & Schoop for his Greinke, Smoak, & Mondesi. Obviously Mondesi with help me with steals where I need some help for this year. I am 7th in SBs but in the top 2 spots for all the other hitting cats.
    I know you’re not a fan of either Myers & his glass body or Archer who never seems to find his potential. Should I counter with that? & is it fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      re: Bauer trade — Not a good trade

      re: counter — Sounds fine

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your take. Appreciate your fantasy expertise as the season winds down

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your take. Appreciate your fantasy expertise as the season winds down

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your take. Appreciate your fantasy expertise as the season winds down

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  66. Jt says:
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    Bradley or rondon whos the drop. Holds/saves league

    Hinch just said Osuna is closer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rondon

  67. Keeks says:
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    Been using Chris Taylor as my backup 2B and SS for some time now after acquiring Lindor early and more recently Whit Merrifield.

    Chris seems to not even be playing up to backup level lately besides a few steals but the majority my roster is so locked in right now I really can only afford to drop him for another 2B/SS combo.

    Who would you add out of Yairo Munoz, Brock Holt, Kike, or Hernan Perez? Or would you still prefer Chris Taylor to all of those options.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taylor out of those

  68. Luke says:
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    If you had to pick two for ROS…

    Villar, Amed Rosario, Harrison Bader

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1st two

  69. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: more MLB starts ROS, Darvish or Pineda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None from either

  70. Josh says:
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    David Dahl or Jayson Heyward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

  71. alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    Need saves
    I guess I drop Rondon now
    FA options are
    Peralta from KC at least he has the job even if KC sucks
    Alvarado ( I have Romo, this would be protection in case Romo gets traded)
    Gsellman or Lugo from the Mets
    Whitesox (take your pick they are all available- not really interested though)
    can you list your top 2
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta

      • alps says:
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        @Grey:
        Thats what I figured
        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  72. uncle ernie says:
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    Hi Grey. Now with the Redbirds acquiring Adams do you see J Mart losing any playing time or now with new manager at the helm we finally get to see what he can do for a full season. Playing the outfield also should give him pretty much a full time gig even with Adams. Thank you sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Jo-Ma isn’t in a great position

      • uncle ernie says:
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        @Grey: gotta wait and see what shakes out with that before I lose Jo-Ma. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  73. sportivetricks says:
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    Yooooooooo, bro.

    As you know, Touki’s not yet up on SoN but is expected to come up for Thursday or Friday to shoot some fish in a barrel. If he goes on Thursday, should I roll with him or go with (a hopefully more stretched out) Glasnow hosting KC ($25.6)?

    L
    u
    r
    r
    r
    r
    v
    e
    yassssss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glasnow

      Y
      o
      u

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:
        T
        h
        a
        n
        k
        s
        !!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Y
          W

  74. Dante says:
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    Start Berrios @ CWS?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  75. Papa Jean Segura says:
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    Stripling worth a stash in 12ers? Comfortably in 1st with 3 weeks left til playoffs. Would probably have to drop anibal or rondon to activate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, he is

  76. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Your Digital Underground reference was top notch. *Side note* when going through grad-school, I worked the graveyard shift stocking the automotive/appliance section of Costco. My partner was a 5’8, svelte, white dude that moonlighted as an amateur wrestler under the moniker of “Shock G”. He was nice enough, worked hard, and told me great stories of wrestling in crappy bars, garages, etc. Whenever I asked him how his most recent match went, he always said “Shock G…still putting the satin on their panties”.

    Anythehoo…I got three questions for you as I bide time with a 1st round bye in my 12-team keeper, OBP/SLG%, K/9 league.

    (1) Who is the cut out of Pollock, Peralta, Hicks, Puig, ODB, Williams, and Dickerson?
    (2) Thrown this out there before, and I’m thinking that I wait till the last minute to make a decision as something may transpire in the next 5 days, but I need to clear up a streaming spot. My closers are Treinen, LeClerc (thank you), Hand, Allen, and Rondon. One needs to go…who’s the drop (think about K/9 more so than saves).
    (3) There is no 3rd question.

    Appreciate you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! That’s awesome…

      1. Williams if you have to 2. Rondon, but should wait

  77. Junkmastah says:
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    Need to drop Rondon for a new closer.

    Which one ROS?

    Hildenberger
    Peralta
    Parker
    Givens
    Hicks
    Jeffress
    Glover
    Winkler
    Strickland

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hildenberger

  78. Dancin Homer says:
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    12-team 6×6 (OPS & QS) H2H league,

    drop Pivetta for Freddy Peralta’s start tomorrow vs CIN?

    I see SON likes Pivetta’s next start, but is he even worth holding onto at this point (I’ve read your “love” for him over the last few articles, but figured i’d ask anyway)

    thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  79. Josh C says:
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    With D-Rod otw back, who to drop?

    Gausman
    Marquez
    Rodon
    Freeland

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      German

      • Josh C says:
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        @Grey:

        gracias

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  80. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Down the stretch, with ratios and the occasional save or win in mind, would you keep C-Mart in relief over McHugh, Trivino, Romo, Hildenberger and/or Yates?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: My man! Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Start Bundy tonight against the bj’s in Toronto.
    SON has him at 4.1
    Bundy has given up 7 runs in each of his last two starts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        That’s what I thought thanks for confirming..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  82. Wilson says:
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    Need QS and WHIP, ERA,
    Trade my Springer for Price’s next around 8 starts? Thoughts appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair in redraft if you need SP

  83. I Have No Life, So This Matters says:
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    12 teamer, playoffs start in three weeks. Any advice much appreciated.

    C- Ramos
    CI – Freeman, Eugenio, Zimm
    MI – Dee, Cano, Bregman
    OF – Trout, Rosario, Mazara, Peralta, Haniger
    DH – Cruz
    Bench – C Santana (league counts walks so he actually is helpful…alternates with Zimm)
    SP – Sherzer, Kluber, Hendricks, Ryu, Wood
    RP – Osuna, Peralta, Leclerc, Allen (holds and saves are separate cats)
    One open spot until E Rod returns
    DL: E Rod

    Wire: Gattis, Braun, Amed, Villar, Allen (will he play next month?)
    Godley, Chacin, Eovaldi, Teheran, Fiers, Jax, Viz, DeSclafani, Cobb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers over Hendricks

  84. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Bryse sent down, Prayer hexagon failed, going back to catholics…. worth holing onto?- Bryse Wilson that is, not catholics .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I dropped him

  85. Chrono Triggered says:
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    Gray, keeper question for you. I have deGrom and Bauer. Our keepers, up to five, take up our first first picks in the draft. Who would you select?

    deGrom seems like the more complete pitcher, but Bauer is right behind him, has more strikeouts, and is 3 years younger. Bauer getting hurt definitely sucks but I still have to think long-term. With my keepers, I can only keep one pitcher.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep DeGrom

  86. Jt says:
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    Starting mike minor @oakland??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  87. Jt says:
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    2 adds left for the week Musgrove @mil is out there, Freddy Peralta vs cincy, use either of my adds on it or try and get a better steam later this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freddy looks pretty good

  88. Wilson says:
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    K. Davis or Blackmon for ROS? Need power..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: thanks.
        Bellinger or K. Davis for ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Davis

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey: thanks.
            Then, JD or K Davis for ROS?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              JD

        • Wilson says:
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          @Grey<@Wilson:

          Thanks. Bellinger or Blackmon for ROS?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Bellinger

  89. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Is Alex Cobb worth taking a look at , I stream to survive (although Im 14-5 in my league) After posting a 6.67 ERA in his first 16 starts, he’s managed quite the turnaround, recording a 2.14 ERA in his last seven, though his K/9 remains low at just 5.4 over that stretch. his 8/18 CG against Cleveland is sticking out to me….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t go near him

  90. tshank13 says:
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    1 add left for the week. Championship on the line. Do I grab matz for today($14.2) and maybe sunday($7.9)? Do I wait for Suarez($22.2) saturday? Or just hang on to the add in case of emergency?

    SON says I’ve got 6 decent starts left for the week, my opponent has 8 good and 4 mediocre/bad starts. I’m up one win and up 4 Ks. I’m going to be chasing those categories and outgunned again. Should I just try and hang on to the ratios instead of chasing shakey starters?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab Matz

      • tshank13 says:
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        @Grey: Awesome. Thanks man! Follow up. SON keeps dropping Bundy’s value today. Down to $2.3. Send him out there, and drop Rodney(holds don’t count) for Matz, or just drop Bundy straight up for Matz? I could also drop Bryse I guess. It’s a no penalty 3 keepers league, but I can’t see him cracking the top 50 for 2019, and it doesn’t look like he’ll start again this week, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t own Bundy — I am streaming Matz — can drop Bryse too

  91. Wilson says:
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    Bellinger or Rizzo for one more year keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bellinger

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. So you think next year Billinger will be better than Rizzo?

        Thought Rizzo is still young too should be better like last year..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bellinger

  92. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Quick questions;

    1- Is it worth adding Fiers with the 5th waiver claim in a 12 team h2h?
    2- Same league would you take Fiers over Quintana or Castillo ROS?

    Thanks, Homie!

  93. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Just love how AJ Hinch runs McHugh out there for an inning to get absolutely rocked against the M’s last night when I picked him up to start against the Mariners today. I’d like to thank Rotowire for their expensive subscription (canceled). Peacock has now replaced him on their pitching grid for the next two weeks. Awesome! Oh, and does anybody know less about pitching than that Jabba the Hutt, Todd Zola?

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Turd Ferguson: rotoworld reported earlier that peacock starts today. if you are going to blame these things in their speculation rudy’s bot has guessed that start was going to be whitley for weeks now. my guess is rudy’s is cheaper though, and you could ask about why it showed whitley (as many have for last few weeks).

      – i’d make REALLY sure to NOT buy into any HOU info subscriptions from the team itself, as THEY never said who’d get this start or who would replace mccullers, who’s been out weeks now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turd’s coming in hot!

      • Turd Ferguson says:
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        @Grey:

        Agreed Dr. Toboggan! Sorry Razzball community. This is what happens when Marte is benched and is now seeing a doctor for a “fake” injury bc C**t Hurdle. Upton is inexplicably sitting for a 2nd straight game after an off day. Wilson Ramos losing PT to freaking Alfaro. Minter possibly losing his job. Stros couldn’t concretely activate Altuve when rosters locked yesterday? How to lose a league you’ve led all year in a freaking week! Grey, don’t these managers realize we literally have hundreds on the line? Lol FMFBL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have dozens of dollars riding on these fake sports, get it together!

  94. Scott says:
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    Add villar or melky ? One league. Villar is 2b/of eligible

    • Scott says:
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      Obp league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  95. jason batteiger says:
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    i’d guess we hold rondon for a bit just in case osuna fails in the early going for this job? already have romo/leclerc/greene/gsellman/romo/steck and was looking to drop one of these anyway, only have 4 RP slots, 3 SP slots (gsellman was the other drop idea for a streamer). 14 team redraft with saves and K/9, no holds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m not dropping him in RCL yet, but will after a clean Osuna save — I’d drop Rondon tho if I needed the room

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Grey: desclafani has been doing awesome lately (even IF you’d bench @ CUBS coming up) could stash him here, or one of gant/gomber/yarbrough (he’s great since even though he doesn’t get QS, almost nobody spends the time to count 5 days since his last “start” since it’s not a start, but like yesterday, in good matchups he usually does really well). i already have a stream spot for a most days daily guy.

        • jason batteiger says:
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          @jason batteiger: and a happy kopech day to you

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            And you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          DeSclafani

  96. H says:
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    Would you rather pick up Herrera or Winkler for saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winkler

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, I see he was activated, I’d go back to Herrera

  97. uncle ernie says:
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    So I’m looking at Fiers and Clevinger on waivers. I have Wheeler and Tanaka rostered. I’m thinking swap out Tanaka for Clevinger after the Korean’s start tonight. Also thinking about swapping Wheeler for Fiers. What ya think Grey. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Swap both

      • uncle ernie says:
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        @Grey: both? Ok thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  98. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Fiers over Quintana ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  99. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Coming into tonight, of hitters with at least 250 PA, who leads MLB in Babip?

    Been watching Mr. Mercedes, and it’s a good show. You seen it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not yet, been watching Shooter, which is good, if pretty straight forward

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: The answer to the Babip question: Austin Jackson with an unearthly .444.

        I had seen the ads for Mr. Mercedes and wasn’t too interested. I’m definitely into it now.

        I’ve heard of Shooter, I’ll check it out at some point.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Action Jackson! I actually own him in Tout so I hope it holds for another 5 weeks

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Grey: I hate to spoil this for you, but it probably won’t. You know, due to him being Austin Jackson and all.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sigh, I know

              • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                @Grey: Well now I feel bad.

                I’ve been a real batting average Grinch lately. Having someone make up 11 pts in batting average on you in a month(!), this late in the season, will do that to a man.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, it’s okay, it’s true

  100. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Feel like I was right to bench him, but watch Eovaldi hurl a gem here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: No gem to be found

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  101. The Shoe says:
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    Hey Grey, Hope you’re doing well and thanks for a great column once again!

    I ‘d like to speculate on Eloy getting the call, but I can’t seem to figure out how I should go about it, if at all. My roster is currently T. Ward, C. Santana, Merrifield, Arenado, Bregman, Cain, Peralta, S. Marte, Cruz, and Odor plus Morton, Clevinger, Ryu, Eflin, Gibson, Gray, Gonzales, Marquez, Kimbrel, Norris, Treinen, Leclerc, and J. Hicks. I have Trout and Stripling on the DL.

    A. When Trout comes off the DL, I would kick a batter off the ship – who should it be? Even though I know it shouldn’t be Marte, I’ve been pretty frustrated with his situation since I acquired him via trade (right after he got hit on his hand)… he shouldn’t be kicked off right?

    B. When Stripling comes off the DL, I’m thinking of just keeping him in the DL spot as long as I can in anticipation of his return to the rotation. In the case I do activate him, who would get kicked out? Gibson, Marquez, Gonzales Eflin?

    C. Adding to the context of A and B, I have 2nd place locked up with a longshot for 1st. I will have a bye in the first week of our H2H playoffs. OK, finally getting back to Eloy: Should I snap him up early to wait and see if he can make an impact in the playoffs? Is it worth the risk of exposing whichever player(s) I would have to drop to get him plus activate Trout and/or Stripling? I’m guessing I shouldn’t be holding on so tightly to guys like Marquez, Gonzales, and Gibson, but the waiver wire has been pretty thin when it comes to starting pitching…

    D. OK, maybe I should just drop J. Hicks to roster Eloy…

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Shoe: if this is a saves only league hicks ain’t doing much for you. holding strip in DL till LAD fake DL somebody else is a good idea.

      • The Shoe says:
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        @The Harrow: It’s a saves and holds league… but yah, it’s not as if J. Hicks is anywhere close to a Hader…

        • The Harrow says:
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          @The Shoe: saves + holds or saves and holds sold separately? if you want HOLDS alone hicks is good to have of course, and your only holds guy.

          • The Shoe says:
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            @The Harrow: It’s a points leauge where saves are 4 pts and holds are 2 pts. I’ve been taking advantage of Hicks’ SP/RP eligibility to squeeze in more points.

            Thanks for the help Harrow!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agree that Hicks is not doing much of anything

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Nope B. German C. No idea how deep this league is, guessing those SPs are nothing special in your league if Eloy is available

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: A. Yah thanks for sanity check. So who gets the boot? Peralta? Odor?

        B. 12 teamer – waiver wire consists of guys like Cobb, DeSclafini, Barria, Holland, Freeland, plus some callups like Toussaint and B. Wilson (who’s not even staying up it appears).

        E. Who do you like more between T. Ward and D. Jansen at catcher? Does T. Ward’s presumably greater playing time give him the edge?

        I’ll just kick Hicks for now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. No way you drop them B. German is replaceable E. Normally with Ward and PT, but I like Jansen — can kick Hicks and German

  102. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    guessing pillar over bader for now? just overall production in OBP, hits, total bases league. have whit/odor/yelich/puig so i already am a good steals team (14 teamer here h2h)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  103. Wilson says:
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    E. Rosario or J. Uptown for ROS?

    • William Hung says:
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      @Wilson: Isn’t Uptown hurt?

      • Wilson says:
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        @William Hung:
        Typo in mobile, should be Upton.

        E. Rosario or J. Upton for ROS?

        • Wilson says:
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          OOPS just saw Upton is in DL now.. seems obviously.. thanks.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rosario

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @William Hung: uptown doesn’t sound very hurt though. probably still rosario, as not that many weeks left.

  104. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: My bats have taken the first 2 nights of the week off – 8/58 for a .138 BA and .167 OBP and naturally 0 HRs… pitching though has been real shiny so far with Gausman leading the way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mine too

      • greggpatenaude says:
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        lance lynn or matt boyd ros? thanks mate

        • greggpatenaude says:
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          tyler o’neill or eduardo escobar?>

  105. William Hung says:
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    Lets talk injuries: Yesterday, AJ Minter was battling a back injury and is hopeful to be back tomorrow, but who knows… then there’s speculation that Posey is going to have season ending surgery very soon (though he says he’s playing tomorrow), and now Jose Abreu who was finally breaking out of his season long slump is sidelined for 2 weeks after surgery to his abs… C’mon man!!! Oh and that’s on top of Bauer getting hurt.

    I thought only Fantasy Football had injury avalanches like this

  106. Justin Ralph says:
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    Which Chapman replacement are you picking up? Betances? Britton? Robertson?

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      @Justin Ralph: it should be betances, he’s far better than britton all year and more often gotten the 8th inning.

  107. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    With Tanaka, Berrios and Kopech all starting for me I figured I might wind up with at least one win tonight. Luckily I did–thanks to Boxberger. Crazy night.

    PS: Am I the only one who didn’t know Boxberger’s coach called him “Ice Box?”

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @GrassyKnollRedding: Ugh. So after proclaiming that Osuna would now be the closer, Hinch brings him in for the 8th, where he gets Kazam’d and Rondon enters afterward for the save. WTF?

      • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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        @GrassyKnollRedding: MF’ing ass! i just dropped rondon in a spot from having too many closers, but good lord if he’s still closing he’s on by far the best team for saves out of all the guys i have (had) could FAAB him back.

        • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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          @For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron: this is soooo much worse than normal bullpening managers, as this cunt straight up lied less than 12 hours ago. there’s spots where you don’t KNOW what’s going on so you don’t drop anybody yet, here he literally went out of his way to lie about this, just today

          • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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            @For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron: Yeah, it’s so bizarre. He could have just said nothing, but he went out of his way to call Osuna the closer. I think he hates fantasy managers.

            • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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              @GrassyKnollRedding: he’s trolling both us and osuna for sure.

  108. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    NL only. bote about to lose playing time, just added him when nimmo went out. OBP over AVG, total bases added
    C ramos
    1B freeman (3B)
    2B dozier
    SS gone varnish (2B)
    3B longo
    MI legs mcneil
    CI b.anderson
    OF (4) harper, marte party, rhysus (1B), thames (1B)
    util (1) bote
    BN harrison (2B/3B/OF)
    DL nimmo
    options: duggar, hanson, jankowski, kike, one of the mehlins, riddle, discombobulated dean, ortega,

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