Are the Tigers king of summer streaming offerings? Are the Tigers eating their young or are they eating whatever is thrown in the dumpster behind the Costco? Should fantasy baseballers be singing Here Kitty Kitty to young Tigers or is Carole Baskin robbing us of our Baseball Nut? Is an actual ice cream flavor at Baskin-Robbins called Baseball Nut and does it have chestnut cream? All of these questions are going through my mind on this lovely mid-August day as the Tigers promote Tarik Skubal and Casey Mize. Every MLB team should look at how the Tigers deal with prospects and emulate. The Tigers throw them to the fire and it’s grrrrrrrrr…hey, this is fun after 13 years of Spanish couldn’t teach me how to roll my R’s….rrrrreat! On Prospect Itch’s Tigers fantasy prospects, he has Mize 1st and Skubal 3rd, but that’s from January, which is like another year ago. I wrote a Casey Mize fantasy, which is from another year ago. Both of these guys could be aces, and worth picking up, but neither may go very deep into games this year. So, in redraft? Prolly look at streaming Mize and Skubal, in that order, due to how long either can go in games. In dynasty leagues, Skubal is flat-out sexy, but in a Glasnow-type way. Could he go 4 IP, 3 ER and 10 Ks? Yes. Will he go 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 Ks and get you a bunch of Quality Starts? I don’t know about that yet on Skubal, but that might be Mize. So, I think Mize over Skubal for this year? Yes, I welcome your Sir Mize. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Isaac Paredes – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs, as he was also called up by the Tigers. As I said in my Isaac Paredes fantasy from the shutdown, “Singing a’la Ethel Merman, ‘I……saac Paredes!’ You ever wonder if Ethel Merman was an actual merman, the fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a man and the tail of a fish? Well, I do. It keeps me up at night, actually.” And that’s me quoting totally irrelevant information by me! You can go there and read the post. I like him, but in the short season, he needs at-bats. Does he have them? Then I like him. I like Willi Castro, if he has at-bats, nah’mean?

Nick Madrigal – Resumed all baseball activities. He better not be spitting!

Luis Robert – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homer, hitting .286. Lou Bob excites my underneaths.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-5, and his 3rd and 4th homer, hitting .340, and roughly that across two seasons. Yoan Moncada (2-for-5 and his 5th homer) pissed off the BABIP Gods this year, but Tim Anderson is still bringing them myrrh.

Danny Mendick – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. Fun fact! Mendick’s underwear fit like a glove.

Kyle Lewis – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .345. I’m proud to announce I’ve named my boner, Kyle Luis Robert.

Evan White – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homers, hitting .139, and now three homers in the last three games. Hot schmotato? Sounds about White!

Kyle Seager – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (3). Also, in this game, Corey Seager (2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 6th homer. Jody Seager, their mom, was so proud she Zoom’d in after the game, and asked them what they ate for dinner, did they have any sweet tea to drink, because they love sweet tea, and she put on their father to fart.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .319. *wavy lines signifying a flashback* “Mookie Betts is out of Fenway? No thank you! Also, it’s February, and I don’t want to invest in your stupid mask company!”

Ross Stripling – 3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.61. Him being in the rotation has botulism. Wouldn’t shock me if he’s moved back to the ‘pen and Gonsolin becomes the 5th starter vs. the 6th.

Tommy Pham – Broke his hamate bone and now he will return in two weeks with the power of thousand Gods. “You will now be a slugger on par with Hammerin’ Hank and myself.” That’s Matt Olson wearing a flowing white robe. So, this isn’t great news in a 60-game season, and you can prolly lose Pham. “Damn. I mean, ma’am, I whispered carelessly…Wham!” Easy B. Fire, now’s not the time for your dope raps. Sex toy manufacturer and manager, Tingler, said Josh Naylor (1-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI) would see time, and I imagine Ty France (1-for-4, 1 run), Jorge Mateo and Edward Olivares too.

Kirby Yates – Went for a 2nd opinion to Dr. Keith Meister, who said, “The Yatesmeister…The Yates Motel…Makin’ MRI copies,” and Yates needs season-ending surgery.

Zach Davies – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.25. Can’t hate on the results, but Streamonator wouldn’t touch Davies, and neither would I.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 2-for-5, 7 RBIs and his 10th and 11th homer, hitting .305. FTJ! Fun the Jewels! Sorry, can’t help but laugh thinking about all the people not wanting to draft him where I ranked him in the preseason. Seriously, rest of season:  Tatis, Trout, Story, Yelich or no?

Carlos Martinez – Has been cleared to resume workouts. He returns from the Covid-IL, while never saying he had Covid. Good stuff, MLB, very secretive!

Andrew Miller – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.45, and 2nd straight Cards save. As pointed out here yesterday, grab the guy actually getting saves, and not the guy not getting saves.

Brad Miller – 2-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer, and he went 1-for-3, 2 RBIs in the day game, driving in the winning runs. As I keep saying, I want all Cardinals bats because they will be playing more than anyone. Yes, even Brad Miller. No, this isn’t 2016.

Max Schrock – 1-for-2 and his 1st homer. Trivia Time! Max Schrock is not the name of a Beastie Boy. Thank you for joining us for Trivia Time!

Alex Reyes – 1 IP, 0 ER, as he started the 2nd game of the DH, and, c’mon, the Cards are supposed to play another fifty games like this? They have no starters who can go more than 3 IP. This is so stupid. At one point, the Cardinals were throwing your standard four-pitcher no-hitter, which was popularized during 3rd grade lunch when “Everyone gets a chance” ruled the day, but that ended as you thought it would.

Jeremy Jeffress – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 2nd save. This isn’t as clearcut as I made it sound in the Andrew Miller blurb, because it was a doubleheader and Wick had thrown in the 1st game (though, he blew it). Hard to say who is the closer in Chee-kah-go, but it’s prolly some form of a time share. Speaking of which, for $50 in casino chips, I can give you a tour of this lovely timeshare in Myrtle Beach, interested?

Robert Gsellman – 1 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 7.71 vs. Jordan Yamamoto – 1 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 11.42. *one by one, pitchers who are unwilling to throw more than 2 IP stand up* “No, I am Cardinacus. No, I am Cardinacus. No, I am Cardinacus.”

Pete Alonso – 3-for-3, and his 4th and 5th homer, hitting .241. Al…bomb…so! Please get hotter than the sun.

Robinson Cano – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homer, hitting .412. Do I love Cano truly, madly, deeply? Not even as much as Savage Garden, but he’s hot.

Jonathan Villar – 2-for-5, 2 runs, and his 2nd homer. He’s doing everything you could hope early on. Co-leading league in steals after playing about eight less games than most teams, or five more than the Cardinals, depending on whether you’re more proficient in subtraction or addition.

Brandon Bielak – 6 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 4 walks, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.69. Sorta been the way the starts have fell, but I grabbed Bielak a few outings ago and he’s been exactly that since: A go. For what it’s Werth, Streamonator loved his last few, but doesn’t like his next, but finding two-start starters who actually throw 5+ IP has been next-to-impossible.

Trevor Story – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer. On the Player Rater, it’s been FTJ then about five guys, including Story, vying for 2nd place. For Story to have a happy ending, it’s gonna take Trout to cool off nine months and two weeks from his happy ending.

Mike Trout – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer. Literally have never heard of this guy before.

Tommy La Stella – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer. I picked up La Stella for the batty call yesterday; I plan on holding him until he cools off, and I don’t make missteaks.

Brandon Belt – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. I saw that he homered on Sunday, and I almost mentioned it, but he’s so gee-dee boring, but I guess hot schmotato.

Trevor Gott – 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 14.73. Has now given up 11 runs in the last 1 1/3 IP. I saw Rogers come into the game in the 7th and I was like, “Ah, smart, Kapler’s surprised me, he’s using Tony Watson for the 9th,” then Watson came in for the 8th and I was like, “Ah, smart, Kapler’s not.” What kind of brain-worms does Kapler have to keep going to Gott? I get it, Kapler likes to say, “Welcome back, Gotter,” but c’mon.

Robbie Grossman – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .300. Grossman being a top 100 player this year is so fitting it makes me feel gross, man.

Zac Gallen – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.40. We gotta ask frequent contributor, Coolwhip, to verify, but I believe Gallen has had more starts of 3 runs or less to start his career than anyone in history.

David Peralta – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, hitting .337. I giggled a little when I saw he only had two homers, because I like him so much I thought it was more. Whatevs, I still like him!

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and 2nd in as many games. I spent about 300 words telling you why to pick up Grichuk yesterday. Don’t make me go back there!

Cavan Biggio – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer. Ooh, he’s gonna get a tongue lashing from his pops for hitting a home run instead of letting the ball hit him.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners (zero walks), 3 Ks, ERA at 3.46. Speaking completely anecdotally, Ryu feels like a guy who will be throwing quality innings until he’s 40.

Luke Voit – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers (6, 7), hitting .281. Voit loves playing well in only 60 games; this is now a fact.

Aaron Hicks – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .236, and leadoff. Average and power (and RBIs and runs and steals and anything) haven’t been there, but he’s in a great place to succeed, and worth at least a cyclops’ing.

Thairo Estrada – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. *Gio Urshela licking whipped cream out of an Omega Pi pie tin* That’s supposed to be my home run!

Aroldis Chapman – 1 IP, 1 ER as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “It’s easier than writing my name on it, so I coughed on my own tuna fish sandwich so no one else would eat it.”

Hunter Dozier – 1-for-3 and a slam (2) and legs (1), and 2nd homer in as many games. Maybe he can have a word with the guy I always confuse him for, Christian Walker.

Salvador Perez – Lifted from yesterday’s start with blurred vision that’s now bothered him two days in a row. Maybe a bug landed on his contact. That tricked me once into thinking I was having a seizure.

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-3 and his 7th and 8th homer. Someone’s going to shake Cruz awake from a nap when he’s sitting in the dugout during his 65th year in the league, at the ripe age of 90, and he’s going to slide a tennis-ball covered walker to the plate and homer.

Luis Garcia – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st career homer. He’s the 1st player to homer who was born in the 2000s, which I guess makes him younger than Juan Soto, which I didn’t think was possible. Garcia looks like a more speed than power, solid contact middle infielder, but since he’s so young, I’m gonna guess he can grow into more power. This year? NL-Only for now.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer. On our Player Rater, Asdrubal is a top 10 2nd baseman. I’m going to take a nap. *five seconds later claps hands* I’m back! What did I miss?

Trea Turner – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 1st steal, hitting .288. I think he stole a base, but all I’m going on is the box score. Anyone have eyes on this that can confirm? I do not believe.

Juan Soto – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .409. Every time I see Sexy Dr. Pepper, I scream, “Michelle Pfeiffer,” then do a split like Bruno Mars.

Daniel Hudson – 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 7.88. D-Hud better hope for a moratorium on evictions.

Ronald Acuña Jr.Braves are saying it’s unlikely Acuña will return after ten days. This is your daily reminder 2020 is the worst year ever.

Touki Toussaint – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 7.97. Gonna go out on a 150-year-old oak limb and say Touki isn’t startable.

Dansby Swanson – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .298, as he hits leadoff. Acuña who?! The best player in baseball–Random Italicized Voice, I was speaking metaphorically. ‘Acuña who’ isn’t a metaphor. It’s barely a thought. Screw you, RIV!

Oscar Mercado – Optioned to the alternate site. I had high apple-pie-in-the-sky hopes for Mercado this year, but an ant can’t lift a rubber tree plant and Mercado can’t hit MLB pitching, apparently. The writing was on the wall back in March when Mercado was hitting at the bottom of the order, but, honestly, I was choosing not to read the tea leaves, leaving me steeped in stupid.

Mike Clevinger – Being reported that the Indians might keep Clevinger and Plesac down to keep them for an extra year of service time. Yeah, no dur. Thought I had mentioned this last week, maybe it was in the comments, but, of course, the Indians are messing with Plesac and Clevinger’s service time. If they keep them down another couple of weeks, they can’t get free agency for another full year. MLB teams *handshake emoji* manipulating service time. Always. Mean’s while, Plesac is doing all he can, and held a press conference to say, “I’d like to read a prepared statement from myself and Mike Clevinger,” Zach Plesac cleared his throat, “We are extremely sorry for 216-65–Bro, you wrote that girl’s number over our apology letter!”

 
  1. Big Magoo

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    Lou Bob struck out chasing junk in his first two ABs, then crushed hanging sliders for HRs in his next two. He’s already making adjustments on the fly. Factor in the speed and dude’s gonna be a beast for the next 6-7 years.

    Nellie’s the new Big Papi. Nellie’s the new Big Papi. I feel like a broken record at this point.

    Brad Miller piqued my interest in the offseason with his impressive statcast numbers down the stretch last year. Saw most of his ABs in the doubleheader, and even his outs were loud. Glad I grabbed him in my DC league, especially with Cron finished now.

    Completely agree with you on Ryu. Doesn’t throw hard at all, but he changes speeds and puts the ball exactly where he wants it. Hitters don’t know how to approach guys like him and Hendricks these days.

    Every time I see an Alonso bomb, I wonder if we’ll see a Grey Jr. in nine months…

    • Cohen says:
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      Would u drop McMahon or Bohm for Miller?

      • Grey

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        No, Cohen

      • Big Magoo

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        I’d try to find room for all of them, but prioritize McMahon and Bohm over Miller for now, if forced to choose

    • Grey

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      These are all good takes, except Brad Miller, but no Brad Miller take is good, there are no Brad Miller takes — Haha, in nine months, there will be twins!

      Yeah, Nellie is 100% Big Papi, wonder if Nellie gets in HOF one day or if PEDs and DH keeps him out…Would be a little crazy if Cruz gets in HOF, testing positive for PEDs and not playing field, while Bonds couldn’t, or at least not until this comment was written

      • Big Magoo

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        The exit velo and the comps got me for Miller. Aquino/Suarez/Odor/C. Walker/Nunez were his top 5. Among 451 qualifiers with 100+ PA in 2019, Miller’s 92.6 mph avg exit velo ranked 14th in MLB, between Soler and Devers. This is a guy who hit 30 HR in 2016 too. Those numbers catch my attention.

        You could say the same for Ortiz as you could for Nellie, with the positive pre-Mitchell report… I think that both guys are special either way

        • Grey

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          That’s totally fair on Brad Miller, just a guy that I struggle to get excited about, but could be something

          Yeah, true on Papi too, I think he rehabbed his image so dramatically post-PEDs that he feels like a HOFer even though PEDs and DH, obvioiusly

        • frankgrimes says:
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          Magoo!

  2. letsgobravos says:
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    First!

    Serious couple of sonofabenchs for me yesterday. Replaced Kyle Seager and Kyle Lewis with Cubs/Cardinals hitters for their doubleheader. Missed out on the combined 6/8, 2 homers, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and a steal. Guys I subbed in went a combined 2/14 with zero counting stats. Unreal

    • letsgobravos says:
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      Dang! Missed out on being first as aI was typing.

      Thanks for another day’s summary Grey. Too pissed over all my lost stats to read it now, but will check it out in the morning.

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        at least you were almost first, good to have priorities for stuff that gives you meaning.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

    • scoboticus says:
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      I feel you. I completely dropped Kyle Seager a couple of weeks ago for a batty call.

      • letsgobravos says:
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        I held on hoping he’d heat back up. First day I removed him from my lineup when he was playing was yesterday. Unreal timing.

    • Grey

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      Damn!

  3. Dr Easy says:
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    Guess I’m no smarter than Kapler for keeping Gott in my roster for three blow-ups in a row, huh? DTMFA or SAGNOF? I’m thinking benching until further notice?

    • Grey

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      If you want to hold him, at least do it on your bench

  4. mojoman says:
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    another fun stuff as always, Grey.
    now I’m on 1st place with super hittings and pitchings.
    someone has dropped Donaldson and Berrios.
    should I bid on? which one? both?

    my 3B guys are Jo Ram, Muncy (1B,2B), Dozier (1B,OF)
    my SPs Bieber, Bauer, Bundy, Hendricks, Civale, and Gonsolin, and a stream spot (+ Clevinger)

    thanks for reading

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d grab both is you can

    • Grey

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      Thanks! Agree with DT

    • Umpy 70 says:
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      I have berrios and i hate him, but im NOT dropping him! Crazy. thats a ship you sink on….and tell yourself…its ok….this is how it should end….

  5. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    What a beautiful report to go with beautiful mustachio!

    a. First thing I thought of after I saw you write Kyle Luis Robert….John Wayne Bobbitt! Bet you can’t get that association out of your head for the next 24 hours, right?

    b. On Lewis, I offered him in trades everywhere. No one was taking. Sometimes when that happens, the value of the player being offered (but rejected umpteen times) goes up. Sometimes!

    c. Agreed on La Stella, he finally looks locked in his last 2 games. Could be the start of something.

    d. Sorry, man. Accept my apologies. Dozier had a slam and legs yesterday, only because I own him and I checked his stats and did a double-take ’cause Brucely I think it’s his 1st steal EVER. Need to confirm my brah, Coolwhip too on this one. Ah, I went to his baseball cube card. He had 2 SB in ’18 (3 CS, so 40% success rate, marvelous) and 2 SB in ’19 (2 CS, so more sucksess here too). So, to wrap up, in a completely meaningless game where his team lost 4-1, Hunter Dozier stole a base and that’s what I’m going with to show up the Fantasy Master Lothario for the second time in this shortened 60-game season, right? Apologies!

    e. On Hudson, I’m still holding on. Three facts to follow.

    1. He entered with a 4-run lead, non-save situation.
    2. The homer to Duvall was off-speed away and should have been caught.
    3. The homer to Dansby was long enough. So 2, 2-run homers.

    I’m wincing but he should be okay.

    f. MLB quote of the day for August 18, 2020.

    ‘Well really my story started by me writing a letter to the Detroit Tigers. The response from Jim Campbell was that all of their players had been previously scouted and that they didn’t have the manpower to send someone up. So, the public relations officer in the institution I was in wrote a letter to the Tigers’ organization and they agreed to come up. So, Billy Martin came up himself which I thought was phenomenal. I got a chance to talk with him and the field was really muddy but he was going to try me out. But he did tell me I’d get a tryout if I got a furlough from the Department of Corrections. So I got the furlough, I went to the ball park and it was one of those things that it would never happen for you because my father was driving me from Jackson prison to Tigers’ stadium – it was about 40 miles out. The car broke down on the motorway so we ended up hitchhiking. Eventually we get to the ballpark and I go in and Billy, he canceled the batting practice for the team and I hit for the whole batting practice. I hit for like an hour. When I first reached the major leagues, Ralph Hoggatt was the manager of the team and he signed me. They told me, he said look, Ron you’re gonna be my center fielder regardless what you do. You’re going to have to learn to play up here ’cause I only had like 130 games of professional baseball experience. I really worked my butt off, Jim Leyland was my first manager down in Clinton, Iowa and devoted a lot of time to me. He would take me out at 08h00 in the morning for batting practice, throw ground balls at me, hit fly balls to me, so my development was pretty fast due to being a good overall athlete in football and basketball. My instincts was really good. Picking up baseball was good, but I didn’t think I’d pick it up that fast without any experience. They used to use bazookas and you couldn’t really see the ball. I had a couple of balls hitting me on the shoulder or on the foot that’s because I misjudged them. Leyland kept helping me and I went to the Instructional League two years in a row. In ’75 I played my first full professional season of baseball, I hit .292 in the first half and I thought it was going to be easy. The second half I hit like .156 or something. In 1976, I went on a 30-game hitting streak which was I guess the longest in the history of baseball to start a season (He forgot about DiMaggio I guess).’

    Ronald ‘Ron’ LeFlore, aka ‘Twinkle Toes Boscoe’. LeFlore could have been much more but his repeated drug use caught up with and when Sparky Anderson took over as the manager they traded him to Montreal for Dan Schatzeder. LeFlore won the SB crown in both the AL and NL.

    His 162-game average…

    718 PA, 657 AB, 108 R, 189 H, 25 2B, 8 3B, 9 HR, 52 RBI, 67 SB, 21 CS, 54 BB, 131 K, .288/.342/.392 slash line, 104 OPS+, 257 TB

    LeFlore’s best year was 1976, that’s got to be because he was inspired by Franklin Ajaye in Car Wash (1976). Check out Franklin Ajaye in Car Wash (1976) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye4fqNh_vbs).

    That 1976 season…

    603 PA, 544 AB, 93 R, 172 H, 23 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 39 RBI, 58 SB, 20 CS, 51 BB, 111 K, .316/.376/.410 slash line, 128 OPS+, 223 TB. He did that in 135 games.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      Thanks!

      A. Haha

      B. Yup

      C. Agreed!

      D. Oh, wow, my bad, missed that, and I own him too

      E. Kazaam!

      F. Twinkle Toes! This is great, Ron LeFlore was one of the best

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        Grey!!

        He was one of the best drug addicts!! The drugs were easier to get in Montreal apparently. After Montreal, everything went downhill. He also failed at umpire school, oh well. He was fast and played better as he learned how to hit [He hit 16 HRs in 1977.]. Am also amazed by how many Detroit Tigers fans loved him.

        The quote was the only thing that I could find after searching for about 30 minutes. It was actually the inspiration for the LeVar Burton movie…One in a million The Ron LeFlore story.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          I remember reading a book about him when I was a kid, think it was inspiration for the movie, one of the best stories

    • Stan says:
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      incorrect on Hudson. they entered the 9th up 3 runs, he gave up 4 runs and they lost 7-6. the excuse for his last melt down was “he wasn’t warmed up and ready to come in yet”. ha.

      • galica says:
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        Stan!

        Thanks, man. I’m in stage 1 – denial. He was useful to them last year and I think he still has some rope, just enough to hang himself with.

        Cheers,
        Ante

  6. Bbhhi says:
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    Clevinger:

    He dances to a different beat…….

    I suspect if the Indians “punish” him to extend his service time, he’ll react in kind. I have no question he’ll accept the public embarrassment of the circumstances and genuinely try to avoid it going forward, but not a punishment with pecuniary reasons.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, could be

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    I saw someone cut Kyle Lewis the other day and was able to snag him before anyone else could, now I’m heavy on bats and would like to create a streaming spot or 2. Who’s the most expendable out of Lewis, Grisham, W. Myers, and Bohm?

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      likely bohm since myers will be the NL mvp. although had i not read the oh so compelling arguments for that truthy true thing it might’ve been close between myers and bohm.

      • Sean says:
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        thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Bohm for me

      • Sean says:
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        Thanks

    • Grey

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      Agree with DT

      • Sean says:
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        Thanks, who would be next after bohm?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Myers

          • swaggerjackers says:
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            There’s that Myers hate again. Poor Wil Myers and Ian Happ.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  8. Kerry T. says:
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    You seem to be patting yourself on the back quite a bit in this one for being right, which is fantastic.

    If only I hadn’t seen your SELL of Kyle Lewis a few days ago. Brutal

    • Grey

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      I said sell for a price, I didn’t say drop for nothing

      • TC says:
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        I used Lewis and Maeda to get Bauer in a keeper?
        Good use of Lewis??

        • Grey

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          Sounds decent

    • JDB says:
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      Have you ever heard the term, “sell high”? I guess not, dummy.

  9. c says:
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    Is Acuna the best plyer in baseball? Even before the injury Acuna had two good games and the rest was pretty meh. This coming from a Braves fan. This season my vote’s with RTJ.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah, Tatis for me too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Tatis

  10. Phil says:
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    Clevinger was dropped in one of my leagues. I have #1 waiver priority. Worth using on him? Do you think he’ll be back this season and if so will he perform?

    Also, would you start Merrill Kelly against Oakland?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Not sure but yeah I’d grab him and see if you can afford the stash. Guessing he’ll be just fine if they let him play.

      I’d start Kelly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  11. DLev45 says:
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    1. Drop Vazquez for Severino due to the plantar? Or hold and wait to see how the foot is doing?

    2. Are all of these pitchers below holds, or would you drop someone for a streamer spot?

    SP: Cole, Buehler, Urias, Stripling, May, Bassitt, Pearson, Mize, Clevinger (NA)

    RPs: Jansen, Rosenthal, Kintzler, Wick

    3. Who would you drop for Madrigal’s return? One of the pitchers above, or the following hitters?

    C – Vazquez
    1B – Olson
    2B – Biggio
    3B – Chapman
    SS – Baez
    OF – Just Dong
    OF – Conforto
    OF – Laureano
    Util – Ohtani
    Util – Teoscar
    BN – Tucker
    BN – Dozier
    IL – Madrigal
    IL – Donaldson

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Sure
      2. I’d stream Stripling’s spot
      3. If you’re using the Stripling spot to stream then Tucker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  12. Chris says:
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    Start both Maeda and Burnes tonight? Or sit Burnes to play safe with ratios and IP. Standard rotisserie.

    • The Harrow says:
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      are we on year 2 or 3 of freddy P and burnes being the upsidey K rate guys who we hope can be good decent amount of innings starters and tend to get blown to shit? maeda is def started for sure regardless of the answer to the burnes thing. seems like it’s 3 years of this now, but is probably only 2. meanwhile hader and his obvious cy young possible type skills languish as a 1-2 inning max pitcher since…. MIL. forget it jake.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d start em but really depends on your league and where you’re at.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know their matchups, but Maeda is basically an auto-start

      • Chris says:
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        Sorry shoulda said they facing each other. I can take a ratio hit from Burnes but am projected to be 30IP over limit right now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Maeda

  13. BigEasy says:
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    14 team dynasty

    Ok to drop any of the following?

    A. Rosario, Odor, Touki, Mercado

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Eh for who?

      • BigEasy says:
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        Not a ton out there. Gimenez, Luis Garcia, Oneill Cruz for MI and Walker, Sheffield, Bielak, Peterson for arms.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  14. Matty says:
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    Got to thank FTJ for the opposite of a ticker tease. Is that just called “satisfaction?”
    I saw seven RBIs and figured I was looking at the total from the last week, but actually he just funned a lot of jewels.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, he’s so awesome

  15. Lovedarooks says:
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    Five dollar raise each year for every player… So I can keep for three or four years it looks like at least…In looking at Winkers minor league stats they are very similar to Boehm… Should I trade away wink or who will be $10 next year for Bohehm?
    It’s a 5×5 bA 260 high inflation NL league for a five dollar Bohm

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      If you’re in it this year then I’d keep Winker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • actually not in it this year… so then Boem is the better long term play ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  16. Big Ticket says:
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    Looking at selling high on Kyle Lewis in standard 10 team. Possibility of getting Gleyber for him. Pull the trigger? If not, who is buy-low IF candidate?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d take Gleyber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. The Great Knoche says:
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    Is it just me, or did MLB decide Sunday night to sneak into all the stadiums and replace all the 2020 baseballs with what they had leftover from last year? Holy Homers batman!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      100%, something weird happened in the last week

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Yeah. Maldanado stole a base for the first time in 5 years. Turner did too!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Coincidence? Seems doubtful

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      Good thing that Torres missed the memo! He read it as momo…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  18. D says:
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    Lost my beloved leMahieu, acu?a, bo, and the fresh prince of catchers last week. My frown refuses to turn upside down. I need to make some moves here big time. Love La Stella but Escobar’s on the waiver wire too- If La Stella played a full season last year I’m thinking he woulda put up compatible numbers and he doesn’t know what a strike out is- But I do like me some Escobar. Hosmer and Cahna are out there too. Gotta pick up two- what to do?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d own Hosmer while he’s hot. Then kind of a toss up between Escobar and Canha for me…if you like Escobar then go with him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  19. Five-on-One says:
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    First, as an Acuna owner, I winced when I read the end of your Tatis blurb. ” Where the F*** is Acuna in the list of best players???” I screamed inside my head. I get it, he is hurt and out for some undefined period of time. Whatever happened to pitchers getting hurt more, so drafting top bats instead???

    Sorry for the above rant. On to my questions… 11-team 5×5 league with weekly lineups…

    A) RPs – I own Melancon, Hudson, Pressley, Williams, Romano. Please rank (never sure who to start any given week). Also, Pick up Miller over any of my guys?

    B) SPs – Starting Paddack, Lynn (I sat him for his gem in Coors – DOH), Gallen and May. Need to pick 3 or 4 from the rest… Please Rank…

    2-start Gibson (@SD $4.9 and vOAK $3.2)
    Yarbrough (vTOR $8.6)
    Houser (@PIT -$5.4) (don’t understand SON on this one)
    Bielak (@SD -$4.9) (used him for this week, but have already dropped him)
    Sonny Gray – BUT WILL HE PLAY????

    C) Say it with me… THERE IS NO C.

    D) WIll Smith (the catcher) – Injured and may not play this week. Hold the dead spot or drop (and risk losing him, not that he has been good) for someone like Cervelli, Pina, Sisco, Tromp, Barnes, etc.?

    E) When do we give up on Altuve, Devers and Baez? My all-star infield has been a bit of a dud.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      A) Miller over Romano
      B) Gray, Gibson, Yarbrough
      D)Stream
      E) Not yet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya, but missing even a week is a lot this year

      A. Agree with DT
      B. Gray, Yar, Houser
      D. Agree with DT
      E. Agree with DT

  20. Will says:
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    You forgot Hunter Dozier’s slam (2) and legs (1) special!

    Also what is with Dahl this season? Are you sticking with him?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Move on from Dahl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, corrected it, I missed Dozier’s steal

      Agree with DT on Dahl

  21. chrisL says:
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    Rank: Andrew Miller, Rowan Wick, or R Iglesias going forward saves+holds

    Thanks!

    • chrisL says:
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      Throw Sergio Romo in there too, please.
      Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Iglesias, Miller, Wick, Romo for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  22. Btdrnks says:
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    Amazing as always!

    Traded Kyle Lewis for Jose Abreu in my 12 Team Keeper Points League. I’ll chalk that up as a solid sell high, buy low. What say you Grey?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Nice trade!

      • Umpy 70 says:
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        I got Lewis too, you don’t think he can hold his value in a keeper league moving into next year?

        If hes a solid sell high candidate, which SP are you looking for in return?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sonny Gray?

  23. Tony C says:
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    Jeff McNeil was dropped in my league but I’m not so sure I should add him. I need stolen bases and less strikeouts from my hitters. Should I add McNeil?

    C. Severino
    1b Rizzo
    2b Happ
    3b JD Davis
    Ss Bogaerts
    OF Soto, Ozuna, Kepler
    UT N. Cruz
    UT Hampson
    IL Moustakas

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  24. Cram It says:
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    You starting Pearson today? I’m probably not. Idk what to make of this kid, outside of the hype. I haven’t seen him yet but I’ll watch him tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fun to watch at times, but has no command, or at least didn’t last game, I wouldn’t start him

      • Cram It says:
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        Yeah I figured on the command just looking at his walk rate. Hopefully he’s worthy of keeperness and not another Carlos Rodon.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rodon — yuck

  25. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Cleavinger and pleasac deserve what they get

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, our mockery

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        Meanwhile the Indians will flounder around the .500 mark with their putrid offense.

        Just let them pitch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure why Mercado was sent down either, they need to see what DeShields has?

          • swaggerjackers says:
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            Just way too many mediocre outfielders for Francona to cycle through. They’re digging Zimmer and Naquin at the moment.

            I think Mercado will come back and be solid when he returns. I’m pretty sure he was very yawnstipating when he first started getting ABs last season, too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, prolly right

  26. Matty says:
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    The best part of the new-normal of seven inning double headers with a half dozen pitchers throwing- the mystery win awarded by the scorer to whomever they liked the best. Gallegos surprised me with the win in the front half of the Cards double header.
    I suspect the scorer was rostering him on his RCL and wanted to get something for the effort.

    • hot corner says:
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      Gallegos was the pitcher-of-record. He pitched the bottom of the 6th and the Cards took the lead in the top of the 7th.

      • Matty says:
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        I stand corrected.
        For some reason I thought they had the lead earlier in the game.

        I do expect more phantom wins like that this year than usual, with the combination of openers and short double headers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  27. Foxman says:
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    If the Tigers are the King of summer call-ups, the the Padres are the constipated fathers.
    Let’s push back Paddack and Lamet a day, and then call up Morejon?!?
    I can only guess that one of the toilets got backed up, and the message got mixed.
    Hey, we need more johns here.
    Okay I will get Morejon here tomorrow
    His game is kind of poopy (He called the s%*t poop)
    That’s the one, get him here now, we may need an emergency number 2.
    What a joke.
    Give us Gore already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not sure what they’re doing with Gore

      • Foxman says:
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        Morejon goes 3 innings of no-hit ball.
        I came back to see how my foot tastes.
        Bitter, like my feelings about rostering Spud McKenzie this past week.
        Good for the kid, if Gore put up that line in first start the hype train would be speeding down the tracks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  28. Jacob Hartman says:
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    Freddy P or Bielak?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Bielak

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  29. Ciwa says:
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    Hi grey!
    Should i cut Buxton and pick up one between LaStella, Grichuk,Frazier?
    If yes, who?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Frazier for me unless you need Buxton’s steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  30. scoboticus says:
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    Michael Brantley and Aaron Hicks on the waiver wire. Should I use my waiver bid on either of them?
    My current Outfielders are Schwarber, Verdugo, Castellanos, Rosario, K. Calhoun, and Tauchman.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hicks and Brantley over Calhoun and Tauchman for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks over Tauchman, meh on Brantley, he’s on the IL

  31. Dr Y says:
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    are victor robles and mark canha droppable in a 10 team roto league with 5 of? Each has kinda done nothing. Outfielders available include Kole Calhoun, Cutch, Hunter Dozier, eaton, choo, grossman, hicks.

    Thanks, you’re the best

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Droppable. Hicks and Calhoun for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  32. lwomack58 says:
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    I would like to give Cano a shot while he’s hot. I would need to drop Solak, D. Murphy or Mondesi.

    Who’s the drop. I have steals coming from other sources. Just need the best bats going forward.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solak

      • lwomack58 says:
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        Would you keep Solak over Canha as he is another possible drop to pickup Cano.

        Thanks-sorry for the follow up

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  33. rhodyballer says:
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    Miller or Buttreys? Over Burnes or Skugal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller over Burnes if you need saves

  34. detroit696969 says:
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    Hey Grey! Happy Skubal Day from here in Detroit.

    Great write up as usual….I’m losing hope in Jeff Mcneil, is your leash still pretty long on him?
    Was thinking about scooping need a 2B from the wire.

    Can you rank Moore, Cano, La Stella, Asdrubal, Hampson, Solak on the basis of who you’d scoop for the next couple weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not especially on McNeil

      Hampson, Cano, kinda depends on needs

      • detroit696969 says:
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        I guess I could use counting stats and bags because I have Mondesi, Diner-Falafel, and Lindo for steals but Mondesi cant get on base and Lindo doesnt have a steal. #2020

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, but nah

  35. Steve says:
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    12T keeper roto

    Elieser Hernandez or Pearson?

    Or keep both and drop one of:

    Britton
    C Green
    A Reyes

    Other SP
    Scherzer
    Morton
    Lopez
    Stripling
    Lynn
    Kelly
    Heaney

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Pearson

  36. William Hung says:
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    Is La Stella the only MLB regular whose walk rate (12.3%) is higher than his K rate (6.2%) – I might need to get him on my team somehow since we count Ks and OPS

    Solak came so close to having a bigger game last night – man on 2nd and 3rd 1 out and he lines out to an infielder… forgot which one – Loving Solak’s rates as well 10% walk and 15% K rate

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure on Launch Angle

      Nice!

    • William Hung says:
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      Another Q: Is Ramon Laureano due to be back today?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Think so

  37. Chucky says:
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    What’s with all the beef about Tatis hitting a Grand Slam on a 3-0 cripple pitch, with a big lead? What constitutes a big lead and how late does it have to be in order for these “time honored” courtesy rules to take affect? As a fan I feel cheated when I watch a game, only to see one team, essentially lay down ( no 3-0 swinging, no stealing bases, etc), while the losing team gets to swing at whatever they want and run whenever they want, without reprisal. If the team catches up in scoring, at what point does the other team, get to resume and play real baseball again? Tell you what…when double headers resume 9 inn games, when relief pitchers can pitch to whomever they want for as long as the mgr says so, when we don’t start a runner on 2b in extra innings….then we can have a conversation about these time honored rules, which essentially cheat fans out of watching both teams play 100%!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      100% agree, it’s BS

    • erad says:
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      Preach

    • The Harrow says:
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      i’d love to hear what kind of baby whining shit started something like that kind of thinking. did anybody “let somebody catch up” in say a chess match, or tennis? probably not. why not pull your own goalie when you are up 5-0? in what kind of sick world did that ever become a thing.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, yup

  38. scoboticus says:
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    Ugh, more COVID in the Reds organization.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, really?

      • William Hung says:
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        NOOOOOO – last update I saw was that they flew into KC this morning and were optimistic they can play a doubleheader tomorrow

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, same

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The Reds are headed to KC, they’re playing as far as I know tomorrow

              • William Hung says:
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                yeah the article starts off with a “weekend test came out positive” but it’s still referring to Friday’s test – so AFAIK the Reds are good to go – giddy up for us Sonny Gray and Eugenio Suarez owners – though with Suarez I wouldn’t mind having him rest a bit more till he remembers he’s a major league player with the bat

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah, yeah, think we good

      • William Hung says:
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        @Scoboticus – is there a link you can provide? Last I heard this morning was that MLB rescheduled today’s game as a doubleheader tomorrow to make sure everyone is still negative – there wasn’t a new positive since Friday

        • The Harrow says:
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          you are reading what we are hung. i have no clue what this other person is referring to. unless HE is the more than 1 CIN player testing here and nobody else knows yet.

  39. Balke says:
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    Lewis was dropped in my 10 tm. Would you swap Santander or Reyes for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santander

  40. William Hung says:
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    Speaking of Rona – looks like MLB is kicking around the bubble idea for the playoffs after the Wild Card round

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense

  41. Brett says:
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    Drop josh bell for Donaldson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  42. The Great Knoche says:
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    Donkeyteeth is 206 of 216 in Razzslam. Do you win anything for coming in last in a contest you organize?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, you have to ask him

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      A) I drafted for the non-pandemic 2020 season
      B) Knoche is off the 2021 invite list
      C)
      D) Last place wins a night with Knoche’s mother

      • The Harrow says:
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        i’ll bet green money DT here isn’t the happy boy who gets to take this guy’s mother to the bone zone; it’ll take a not active owner.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        A. Didn’t we all?
        B. Aw…that would make me sad.
        C. ?
        D. She might enjoy a good donkeyshow!

        • The Harrow says:
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          a. depends on when you drafted. most of mine that would’ve been from march 12th or so to march 25th (season was supposed to start march 26th) all went to slow draft or last second in july online draft. so in my case, no.

  43. jose says:
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    I ended up with Altuve on a team I inherited from an autodraft. How long do I hold on before pulling the plug. The team is pretty good, but he’s not helping the cause at this point. Another week? 2?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  44. erad says:
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    I’ve never owned Cruz in the 10+ years (noob I know) I’ve been playing fantasy baseball – I always say this is the year he falls off the proverbial cliff and he never does.

    Kudos to you Mr Cruz

    On the other hand, I definitely broke Aldaberto for drafting him this year. I want to drop him so bad, but the 5SB keep me hangin’ on, it’s brutal out there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why did you ruin Mondesi? Not cool man!

  45. Cohen says:
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    Better start?
    Houser at Pitt or
    Heaney at SF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Houser

  46. fausto

    fausto says:
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    Willie Calhoun in a 16tm…keep on bench or lose for A.Duvall or R.Tapia? Leaning Tapia for SB, should be fine in HR.
    I’m holding out hope for Willie as I kept him and Mercado,(super fun) but I’m getting close to dropping. still in 3rd,place and I traded Chirinos for Grichuk so I bought Willie another week possibly, and hes a bench bat so not completely killing me at the moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now in a keeper

  47. hitzone says:
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    16 team pts lg

    Need MI fill in

    Dietrich, sogard, ty France, Nicky lopez, Jose Iglesias, Cole tucker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iglesias

  48. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    It’s almost criminal that Zac Gallen doesn’t have a win on his ledger this year.

    After Hector Rondon was seemingly going to navigate his way out of a mess of his own making, Ahmed, who has won the last 2 gold gloves at his position, completely whiffs on a routine pop up that would’ve have ended the inning and maintained the lead.

  49. 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. 20 moves all year, so no streaming.

    What are your thoughts on the following trade?

    I get: M. Machado, C. Biggio, J. Bell, D. Lamet, B. Woodruff (10th round pick)
    I Give: D. Fletcher, C. Blackmon, S. Howard, B. Bielak, J. Verlander (5th round pick)

    Best,
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually, my first inclination (as you see) is too many pieces, but that trade’s not terrible for you

  50. Play Ball says:
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    What do you think happens to Clev? They bring him back after the required 10 days at the alternate training site? Keep him down longer? Trade him? Does he pitch again this year? Mood in the clubhouse not good towards him. Wonder how he will be between the ears when he comes back.

    It’s killed his fantasy trade value too. In a small 6-team league and no real interest in him and he’s clogging a bench spot. Wondering if he’s even worth that if they wait to bring him back up with a month to go.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, brutal hit to fantasy value and owning him…Honestly, don’t think he’s keepable in a 6-teamer, sadly…But if you hold I wouldn’t fault you

      • Play Ball says:
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        I could drop for Santander or another RP or keep an open spot for streaming. Should I?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

          • Play Ball says:
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            I’ve gone into my FB app twice and chickened out both times tapping drop Clevinger for Santander or another RP. LOL.

            You say “sure” when I asked if I should..but, .what would YOU do in my 6-teamer where teams are pretty loaded and stats tight?

            Santander is the only hitter I’m interested in. Available RP are Pressly, Colome, Sergio Romo, Montero

            Here’s my pitching:

            Bieber
            Castillo
            Lynn
            S. Gray
            Montas
            Gallen
            Maeda
            Darvish – I traded Flaherety for Darvish last week. Hope I don’t regret that one.

            Poms
            Karinchak
            Rogers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Clevinger for Santander or any of those RPs doesn’t seem worth it, but not sure when we see Clevinger again — could be tomorrow, could be in two weeks

  51. swaggerjackers says:
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    I have Yordan in two keeper leagues. Seems like he has the knees of Rich Hill.

    Think he ever gets past this or are we in store for a short career of untapped potential?

  52. Cohen says:
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    Spec saves
    Bard,Estevez or Rainey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bard

  53. Dave D says:
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    Forgive me if I’m wrong, Grey, but did you say Tarik throws a screwball?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  54. Looking back at our early Nov draft I shared your enthusiasm taking FTJ at #11. He is a bit reckless and plays extremely hard, but wouldn’t have it any other way. Let the kid play!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

    • Dave D says:
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      That and Teoscar were great picks!

      • Thanks – Montero and D. Moore were steals for you DD. Thanks again for helping me navigate the draft website, the format etc. Appreciate you and Grey helping me out

  55. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey,

    I was going to ask about moving on from Dahl, but I see someone else already did, above.

    Just looking for another question . . . should I hold on to Taylor Williams? The Mariners brought my dude in with a one-run lead in the 5th or something yesterday? But pitching roles are a total mess across the league this “year,” so I don’t know what to do with him.

    I’ve also got A. Miller, Kintzler, and ButteryNips in my mix of closer sludge. Sulser, Romo, and Jeffress are my options on waivers. Oh, and the entire TB bullpen.

    Lurrrrrrveyas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Sulser

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Over TayWill? Or Buttery?

        Lurves!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All kinda gnarly

          • sportivetricks says:
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            hahaha

            yup

            Thank you, my HOTIF!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh yeah!

      • Dave D says:
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        A. Cole to you, sir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I feel a tummy ache…Is that “a Cole Sulser?”

          • sportivetricks says:
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            I had a nasty cole sulser on my lip the other week.

            • Dave D says:
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              I hear Preparation H works for that too…

          • Dave D says:
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            Are you drooling yet? Even better, if you could spew saliva while saying “Sulser” with a lisp, we are all sold on your antacids.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

              • Dave D says:
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                All this antacid talk has got me sentimental about the Rolaids Relief Man award. I looked up how long its been….2012 was the last one awarded. Too bad its gone. It seems the French company that bought it didnt appreciate the history. Some great names on the list of winners: Goose, Rollie, Sutter, Quisenberry, Lee Smith, etc.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I recently just found out it was discontinued, bummer, not Aaron

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Basically, in the 80’s the better the ‘stache, the more effective the reliever. I think they should bring that back as a requirement. Say to all bullpens: “if you want to close games, be a man and show it with a ‘stache!” Quis won Rolaids four straight years and 5/6 from 80-85, only outdone ( or would we say out-‘stached) by Rollie Fingers in 1981. F’n amazing!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Now that was an unwritten rule I can stand behind!

  56. ryangoer says:
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    Starting Gonsolin home vs. Sea tonight?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Do it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  57. uncle wighty says:
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    drop kendrick, kikuchi or robbie ray for andrew miller? thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kikuchi

    • frankgrimes says:
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      You can safely drop any of those bums

  58. ryangoer says:
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    Bench bat

    Drop EE or Joc for Randal Grichuk or hold?

    forgot to ask…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      EE

      • ryanoger says:
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        You like Danny Santana or Grichuk ros?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Neither — Grichuk

          • ryanoger says:
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            thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  59. Nightpandas says:
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    Afternoon sir

    Which of Bard / Jeffress / Watson for spec saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip a coin, Watson

  60. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Great write up. I appreciate all that you do.

    Yordan Alvarez to the IL.. still in 1st place despite losing Alvarez, Donaldson and Acuna.

    Position eligibility aside, who do I replace Alvarez with? Here are some options
    -Grichuk
    -Bohm
    -Canha
    -Wilmer Flores
    -Brad Miller
    -Jason Heyward
    -Willy Adames
    -Nick Ahmed
    -Piscotty

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Grichuk

  61. Coolwhip says:
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    Reporting for duty!

    So as the official RazzBall Zac Gallen stan…
    He set the rookie record last week with 20, he’s now at 21 consecutive starts by allowing 2 ER or fewer. *Assuming my research is correct* Now he’s chasing the MLB record held by Grienke that is 22. Why is this not more of a headline???

    Footnote: DeGrom has record for most consecutive starts with 3 ER or fewer at 26.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, good question, are you the only one talking about this?

      • Coolwhip says:
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        I’ve seen a couple others on twitter, and 1 Dback beat writer. But thats about it. REally weird.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That is so weird

          • Coolwhip says:
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            i think there may be some conflicting data… back in a few, haha

          • Coolwhip says:
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            Okay so after revieing fangraphs… so people had their numbers twisted…
            Gallen is currently at 20 starts with *3 ER* or fewer now, which is a rookie record (for beginning career) and he is now chasing the DeGrom MLB record of 3 ER or fewer which is 26.

            • Coolwhip says:
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              but this is still under reported

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, gotcha

        • Dave D says:
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          Meanwhile Robbie Ray is seeing the same lineups and working on 22 straight starts of throwing more balls than strikes.

          • Coolwhip says:
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            I know right? Just like how Turnbull is facing same people as Boyd… more like “Boy-did that go far!”

            • Dave D says:
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              Yeah, same deal. Btw, I knew Teheran would be bad, but I thought Canning might be decent after his summer camp and first start. Looks like we are screwed beyond Bundy. Heaney is as erratic as ever. If only Rendon could throw 9 innings.

              • Coolwhip says:
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                haha, no kidding.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, yup!

  62. jayhann says:
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    Is Jo Adell a drop in 12-team redrafts? Alternative is to drop an arm (Romano, Turnbull, Gallegos) but I sadly think they’ll all return more value ROS. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Romano, Adell and Turnbull are all droppable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And potentially Gallegos

  63. ashtray says:
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    I’m thinking of offering Snell and Maeda to try and get Albies with an eye on competing in 2021. Is that a fair offer? 10 team, keep 10, 7×7 with emphasis on batter counting stats and reduced value for pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  64. i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    this is awesome, this is EXACTLY how you get rid of this shit. take it to the idiot telling them to do it. if they really want to rub it in: https://www.rotoworld.com/baseball/mlb/player/16763/chris-woodward

    1. take the money like joker in dark knight, go on TV and burn it (in 1’s obv for volume)

    2. even better, take the money, give it to the minor leaguers not being paid right now but ONLY for the 29 other teams, you’ll help anger the upcoming players against their own manager eventually.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woodward is same guy who told his guys to drop a pop up so Minor could get 200 Ks, what a joker

      • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        oh yeah i remember that. if i was minor i’d have protested that by taking myself out of the game. otherwise you are complicit in that shit and it’s me over the sport and the team so my agent can wrangle more money by saying “look i got 200 K’s once”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah

  65. Coolwhip says:
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    Speaking of Gallen, remember when Miami traded him for Jazz Chisholm… that was fun. Jazz had a crappy season in AA, though still a lot of potential, but right now I don’t know if this was the pitcher they should have traded… we’ll see how this ages. Right now Gallen looks every bit the elite prospect he finished as so we’ll see where Jazz ends up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In fantasy dynasty, trade arms for bats, but in real baseball, I don’t know how you do that

      • Coolwhip says:
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        Yeah, Marlins had a glut of pitching prospects and they “needed” a higher ceilling middle infield prospect. But, Gallen seems like he’s going to be an ace for long time, haha, so I don’t see how you can trade that for a MI.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Plus, guy in majors who is succeeding >>>>>>>> prospect who may not succeed

          • Coolwhip says:
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            haha, for sure. Jazz isn’t even at AAA yet. A lot can happen (or not happen).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  66. lg baseball says:
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    Grey awesome wrote up! Clevinger blurb ending was gold!

    I have Yordan in a keeper and he is back on the IL. Are you selling at a (major) discount or is his talent worth holding. The guy was off for 8 months and his knees atill aren’t healthy. He’s not even fielding. I’m worried Grey!

    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d prolly hold, depends what you can get tho

  67. Coolwhip says:
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    Also, what I noticed yesterday is seems like Cards are using Gallegos like the Brewers used Hader last couple years… as the elite high-leverage firefighter (yday was to take out the middle of the order in the “8th”) and using Miller as the defacto next-man-up Closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe, but he doesn’t seem to be the go-to closer at all

  68. Andre says:
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    Trade question in a 10tm Keeper league that uses OBP and Quality Starts. Keep 5 players forever. Which side?

    Zac Gallen/ Moustakas for Vlad Jr/Gausman and a 2nd round pick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vlad

  69. Dr Sauce says:
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    Afternoon!
    Looking to improve my pitching via trade;
    I trade Adelbreto Mondesi and Joe Adell and I receive Darvish and Ryu
    It is a 6 man keeper league, however I have great keepers and I already have Tatis at SS. I have been using Mondesi in my Utility spot, but he’s cratering my average so I have him benched for the moment. This would be a win now move. The other team is out of it and looking toward building for next year.
    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me to win this year

  70. Nightpandas says:
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    Ryu for Neris and Marquez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu

  71. Dancin Homer says:
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    Afternoon Grey,

    Just got an alert that David Peterson hit the IL with “shoulder fatigue”. I have to drop either him or Alex Wood due to only having 3x IL spots.

    Who should I drop of those 2?

    thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bummer, drop both — Can lose Peterson first

  72. Coolwhip says:
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    Bundy getting hit by Giants… yeesh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t want to be too gleeful but…well…

  73. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Been sitting on Mize for weeks and now he’s here! Bit of a sad trombone that he faces the White Sox – you starting him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  74. scoboticus says:
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    Houston sat Correa today and now they can’t score.
    Just sayin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  75. Leon says:
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    Mccmahon or grisham 16 man 6×6 dynasty.

    • Coolwhip says:
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      I’d want Grisham in dynasty, he’s got a higher ceiling.

      • Coolwhip says:
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        esp if the 6th stat is OBP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grisham

  76. DonnieB says:
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    Pache getting call for the Braves. OF/DH is Yelich,Soto,Springer,Laureano,Conforto,Teoscar and Ian Happ. I assume hold versus dropping for Pache. Your thoughts? Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no place for him

  77. Al says:
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    Ugh, are we getting tired of Kyle Tucker? So much potential but in a shallow league with a short season?…

    Dansby is out there with will Myers on waivers…also Renato Nunez, even Dylan Moore. (Also need runs).

    Any thoughts grey? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dansby

      • Al says:
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        Word thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  78. Dancin Homer says:
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    Braves are calling up top outfield prospect Cristian Pache.

    worth an add in 12-team leagues or just add to the watchlist for cyclops’ing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab him

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        thanks Grey;

        would you drop Joc Pederson for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

          • Dancin Homer says:
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            got ya,

            only other bat to drop would be Chavis, but i literally just added him for a batty call b/c Ketel Marte, Correa, & Joc are all sitting today.

            I guess I could also drop Kyle Tucker too, but was holding out hope he’d finally break through… is that a pipe dream?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think you can drop Tucker in a redraft

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                My first drop would be Chavis and just miss one day

                • Dancin Homer says:
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                  as always, appreciate your advice.

                  Chavis back to the FA pool.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    No problem

  79. scoboticus says:
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    Pache over Tauchman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  80. Alex says:
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    Hey Grey just realized Grichuck is available and has been raking.

    Would you drop either of JD Davis or hunter dozier for him? That ballpark in Buffalo…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier

      • Alex says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. scoboticus says:
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    Thanks for saving me from the Minor Beerer Goggles.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  82. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    G*ddamnit Montas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I know

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        You own him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t but I don’t want to see him fail

  83. Cohen says:
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    Drop Oneil, C.Frazier or Senzel for Pache or hold?9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly hold there

  84. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    You can go get him now Bob.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah

  85. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Thank you Frankie Montas. In well over a decade of fantasy baseball this is easily the worst start I’ve ever had from a pitcher. And against a lineup where Stephen Vogt is hitting second.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, what a nightmare

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        This comes off of the Stripling and Hudson meltdowns on the same team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sucks FGMP

  86. Henny says:
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    Think the Braves call up Ian Anderson this season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  87. William Hung says:
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    @Cram – Nimmo just launched a HR… what an incredible player – def All Star material if I may say so myself

  88. Hepcat13 says:
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    Greyt write up!

    Normally no contest in Yahoo 12 team, 5×5 H2H

    His K. Marte for my T. Turner?

    I have Mondessi and Tatis Jr. at SS but Happ and Moustakis at 2B and S. Marte, K. Tucker, Eloy, and Adell at OF.

    COIVD Strategies are a thing now. Thanks!

    I LOVE the smell of mustache wax in the morning!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’d go for Marte

      • DonnieB says:
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        No way….

  89. William Hung says:
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    Dang – Cookie Carrasco has looked wonky last 2 starts… or just wears out by the 4th/5th inning and loses his mechanics

    Is he worth holding or should I swap him out for – Gausman, Richards, or Freeland (5 straight QS – where did that come from?!?!?!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold there

  90. MIlarky Making a Comeback says:
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    Great stuff as usual Grey!

    Which do you think is the upgrade that makes the biggest impact for the season?

    1) Pickup Severino to replace Alfaro as my 2nd catcher (2-C league – would drop Tucker Barnhart who’s filling in for Alfaro)

    2) Pickup Clint Frazier to bolster my OF (would likely replace Tyler O’Neill). This is also assuming Frazier is preferable over Grossman and Pache)

    3) Pickup Hanser Alberto to replace any one of Kolten Wong, Ryan McMahon, Michael Chavis or Scott Kingery, as I unfortunately usually have one or two of them starting.

    In case it helps with any tie breakers, in brutal in AVG and SLG%, and also really behind in HR and RBI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alberto over Chavis, but make sure Hanser was out of the lineup tonight only due to rest and not injury

  91. Steve says:
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    Still like Pearson? He’s killin me in roto…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, lose him

  92. Foxman says:
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    History or Progress. Baseball needs to decide if they are going to honor the past or embrace the future
    MLB’s unwritten rules might have been scribed by a KKK member, hear me out.
    We all know that baseball embodied the worst of America’s history. We don’t like to talk about it, but we should every time that an “unwritten rule” surfaces.
    Baseball was racist, maybe the most racist sport
    It was late to integrate, and when it did, it tried to white wash all the players
    Well that was then, but it’s 2020 and some folks haven’t got the message. Let us help remind them
    I appreciate that Manfred stepped in and squashed the supposed Tatis Jr beef, but all I saw was a bunch of white players and coaches trying to tell a Latin player that his actions weren’t MLB caliber. Hosmer please
    Get back in your lane sir
    You may have meant well, but you were dead wrong
    The last thing any fan wants is a league full of Hosmers
    We want Tatis Jr at every position
    MLB needs a TATIS on every team
    They don’t want fans turning off games because the players decided that it’s a “unwritten” to try hard late
    Get the F outta here
    They want fans staying tuned in for a grand slam by the superstar.
    Not to mention that we are all here for fantasy advice, we don’t care when grand slams happen. We just need stats. Do we care about unwritten rules? Hosmer please
    Does fantasy matter for MLB? More than they will ever know
    Last I counted, they are banking millions to play this game. Making it evermore a game of entertainment.
    Entertainment doesn’t end until the game is over.
    I don’t condone running up the score in Little League, but that’s amateur. We can superset that from the big leagues right?
    If they want to remain multi-millionaires in today’s world then they need to modernize
    First written rule that Manfred should write, there are NO unwritten rules. He’s messed up when it came to Astros, because they don’t qualify. They cheated, and he obviously knows that. They get what they get. Just remind them that you let them keep their WS title.
    If 2020 is the year we strive to defeat racism, remind baseball that their history is entrenched in it. Let’s also demand that they understand their history, so we don’t repeat it. While also improving the game.
    We won’t do it, but we should boycott daily until those entities go to bat for social justice.
    Eff unwritten rules
    Eff racism
    Wake up MLB
    Wake up baseball

    • The Harrow says:
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      exactly, even thinking a professional sports person should lay down like a father letting his kid win at something simply never should’ve entered anybody’s consciousness at all. this isn’t father vs kid to make the kid feel better. this is professional sports. if you haven’t watch brockmire, good stuff in there and relevant to this above on the racism stuff and just how backwards baseball is. MLB doesn’t have any rules saying “oh you got a 10 run lead, the game is over now” which IS used for children of course.

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