On Saturday, Charlie Morton went 3 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hit (!), 6 BBs (Oy), 4 Ks, ERA at 2.82 vs. the never-seen-nothing-that-was-too-terrible-to-swing-at Rangers, no less.  I can think of another word that rhymes with Chazz to call Morton.  It sounds a bit like the spa we operated back in 2010.  Don’t you remember Spazzball?  The retreat for prematurely balding men who had to check in with their moms once a day.  You don’t remember the Ballpark Water in the lobby that we floated hot dogs in?  It was poorly conceived, for sure.  Like this start by Morton, where he said, “I think over the course of the past couple weeks my delivery’s just kind of gotten a little out of whack and timing has gotten a little out of whack. And today was just really bad. It has to do with my front side. I’m just flying open.”  Well, at least he feels bad and seems to know the issue, right?  You don’t have a category for empathy in your league?  Can you check with your commish about adding it?  For unstints, if a player yawns after another player yawns, then they get an empathy point.  No?  Okay.  Hopefully, Morton can right the ship, but I can’t say I’m not concerned.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Hector Rondon – 1 IP, 0 ER with the Kimbrel on Sunday, and saves on Saturday and Sunday.  Not only was I the first person to tell you to pick up Rondon, there were other ‘perts as late as yesterday still telling you about Rondon like it was a new thing.  Get in my head and ride the lightning!

Yuli Gurriel – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  This is the 2nd guy in a row that was in Friday’s Buy.  I got more Buys than Kanye has songs on his new albums.  What EP is coming out this week?  Kanye & Hannity?

Doug Fister – Hit the DL with a knee strain.  Likely to replace him is Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who is Texas’ answer to Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Rhys Hoskins – 0-for-3, 2 RBIs as he was activated from the DL on Saturday when he hit his 7th homer.  PTR!  Praise the Rhysus!  Now show us (shoyus?) what you were doing last year once again.  Pretty pleasus.

Jake Arrieta – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 2.97, and back-to-back awful starts.  Like how my dog Ted sometimes gets fleas and he’s like, “Yo, scratch my bum,” Arrieta has the Regression Fairies riding his bum.

Maikel Franco – Benched for four straight games.  Say what you will about Kapler, and I will, but it didn’t take him long to realize Maikel is not a major league starter in his current incarnation.  Maybe he needs to don a battery-repellant helmet and be reincarnated as Maikel Schmidt.

Tommy Hunter – 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save, ERA at 4.32.  Let’s stop fooling ourselves.  The Phils don’t have a closer.  They can’t possibly, Gabe Kapler has the attention of a hummingbird.  “Hey, Seranthony Dominguez has been great–Wow, is that honey?  That’s high in sugar–Is that a tree? I’m gonna go bang my head against that–Is that a walk?  I have to pull the pitcher.”  That’s Kapler managing.

Zach Eflin – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners 9 Ks, ERA at 3.63.  First off, I don’t trust him fully.  Feel the need to say that, before I say this:  his numbers are gorgeous.  His velocity is up two miles per hour to 94+; his Ks are up from 5.5 to 9.1; his command has always been great and still is.  The percentage of pitches a batter swings at outside the strike zone on him is uncommonly bad.  The positive on that is hitters are swinging at balls in the strike zone and not hitting him.  I hate his next matchup, but I am cyclops’ing him.

Eric Thames – Due back today from the DL.  If he takes playing time from Aguilar, Thames is gonna turn Jesus into whine.

Brad Miller – Acquired by the Brewers.  The Brewers trade for guys like they don’t have their depth chart in front of them.  They have eighteen 1st basemen, twelve outfielders and four 2nd basemen.  Maybe Miller will be stretched out for the rotation.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and two homers on Saturday.  Screaming at stewardess, “You can’t take off yet, my arm is trapped outside the Buy Low Window!  Also, can I get an extra bag of peanuts?”

Alex Wood – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.43.  Not to get too righteous with my bad self, I told y0u to sell Wood two months ago, a Sell that was soon followed by me telling you to unload Ohtani.  By the way, Ohtani was great for baseball, so I am bummed to be right on him, but the Angels said he had a UCL sprain back in December.  You knew he was not right, or at least should’ve.  I think the real world hype clouded peoples’ judgment.  Honestly, I know it sucks, so I’m not even going full, 100% ‘I told you so’ here.  Just preaching to you that you need to separate reality from fantasy.  The reality was Ohtani being billed as the best thing since Babe Ruth.  The fantasy was, he was never going to throw a whole season of innings.

Enrique Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .208.  Dave Roberts should’ve been immediately fired when he turned in a lineup card with Hernandez batting cleanup. Only Kiké ever to hit cleanup for the Dodgers should be Shawn Green.

Max Muncy – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 28th homer this week.  Max is hitting so well out of the two hole Dodgers fans are showing up early enough to catch his 2nd at-bat.

Sean Newcomb – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 2.92.  More like In-that-funky-blue-water-comb.

Mike Soroka – Will come off the DL to start on Wednesday.  Yes, grab him.  Yes, in your league too.  Yes, even yours.

Clayton Richard – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.40 vs. Jose Urena – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.59.  This matchup was billed as, “If a tree falls in the woods on top of a TV showing a Padres-Marlins game, is anyone there to complain they were watching the game?”

Willy Adames – Will be recalled shortly by the Rays.  I looked at adding him in every league I was in and ended up not adding him anywhere, and he was available, if you catch my drift.  If you’re not catching my drift, try about three paces to the left behind me.  He could be a power/speed guy this year for mixed leagues.  Willy?  I don’t know.

Jose Alvarado – 1 IP, 2 ER and came into a save situation.  Dot dot dot.  If he was going to throw nine outs.  I legit don’t think the Rays have a closer.  Wait, I just thought of something!  What if you can’t have a closer, if you have an opener?  *black guy pointing at his head meme*

C.J. Cron – 1-for-3 and his 15th homer, hitting .258.  I just thought of something else! (It’s big idea Monday!  All ideas must go!)  What if all Curtis Jacksons can’t throw?  That’s why Curtis Jackson Cron is DH’ing.  *mimes head blowing up*  DUDE!  BIG IDEAS MONDAY!

Mike Zunino – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .211.  Everyone will be happy to know I believe I recorded my first home run by a catcher yesterday after waiver claiming Zunino last week.  And I didn’t even have to use my AK, gotta say it was a good day.

Kyle Seager – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 3rd homer this week, hitting .225.  Marla Gibbs’ neighbor!  News flash:  Kyle Seager is Jackée.  Or should I say Kylée?

Stephen Strasburg – To the DL with shoulder inflammation.  Another pitcher I told you to avoid in the preseason bites the dust.  Yet — again with some stank — YET! people next year will still not listen to me when I say to avoid top starters, and will instead say something like, “Kluber and Scherzer were good.”  Yeah, sure, you will always pick the two starters out of 15 top starters that are safe.  You go ahead with your so-called ace, while I rock Miles Mikolas, Patrick Corbin, Nick Pivetta and the Andrew Heaney’s of the world.

Adam Eaton – Activated from the DL on Saturday and didn’t start on Sunday.  Eaton said, “It feels great to be back–Ugh, I think at some point between the verb and noun of that sentence I hurt myself.”

Daniel Murphy – Could return on Tuesday.  If the Nats had balls, they’d be like, “Ya know what, Murphy can pinch hit once in a while and maybe start here and there, but what we have on the field is better without him.”  Instead, they’ll bench someone who is performing well just because Murphy is a veteran.

Brandon Crawford – 4-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .338.  Has been out of his mind for the last month-plus, and hitting over .500 in the last week.  Like your frat brother screams, “Bra-Craw!”  *burp*

Greg Allen – 1-for-5, 3 Ks and his 4th steal, hitting .241.  That the Indians are hitting him leadoff makes this more like Greg LOLlen.

Leonys Martin – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, and hitting leadoff again, hitting near-.300 in the last week with three steals this weekend too.  Hot schmotato alert!

Artie Lewicki – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  Fun fact!  Your aunt, who your mother can’t stand, once dated an Artie Lewicki, and has a picture with him where she’s wearing a poodle skirt.   For fantasy purposes, well, Artie was a better boyfriend than pitcher.

Carlos Martinez – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 4 hits, 7 BBs, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.50.  Clearly, the coach who handled Alex Reyes and Carlos Martinez’s rehab should be hired by the Mets.  I imagine C-Mart will be back on the DL by this time tomorrow.

Luis Castillo – 6 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 5.79.  There’s a bit of promise there with the Ks, but he allowed two dongs like Jennifer Connelly in Requiem for a Dream and I still wouldn’t touch Castillo.  The Reds have to play him, you don’t.

Carlos Rodon – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks as he was activated.  I just gave you my Carlos Rodon fantasy the other day.  Everything I said there now goes doubly after he pitched well in Fenway.  By the way, you cannot say ‘doubly’ without sounding drunk.  It’s impossible.

Reynaldo Lopez – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.26.  And still don’t trust him.  I know it’s unfair to be encouraged by Rodon shutting down the Sawx while being highly skeptical of Reynaldo, but why do I have to be fair?

Joakim Soria – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 8th save, ERA at 3.28.  Seems to clearly be the White Sox closer.  Of course, until he gives up 5 ER in 1/3 IP and the job cycles back to Nate Jones.

Alex Cobb – 3 2/3 IP, 9 ER, ERA at 7.23.  This Cobb is tossed with extra trichinosis.

Curtis Granderson – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last three games, as he lights a small glow under a schmotato.  Also, in this game, Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 and hit his 5th homer, hitting .213.   Both players homered off Cobb, which shows you’re never too old and/or crizzappy to homer off bad pitching.

Teoscar Hernandez – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .260.  The Jays are so bad they’re hitting Teoscar third, and I barely want to own him in my 12 team mixed league.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 7th homer, and third homer this week.  Do you notice a pattern besides those tartan sweatpants you’re wearing?  Jays hitters are doing well because they just faced the O’s for four (stutterer!) games.

Trey Mancini – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer, hitting .233.  Also, in this game, Jonathan Schoop went 1-for-4 and hit his 6th homer, hitting .220.  Visual metaphor alert!  Someone placed smelling salts in front of Mancini, which caused him to wake, and then sneeze the salts onto Schoop.  Then they sneezed back and forth on each other like Sideshow Bob walking near rakes.

Danny Duffy – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 5.28.  Yes, vs. the A’s, but a great start goes a long way to regaining my confidence.  Unfortch, the Stream-o-Nator hates his next start, and I can understand why.

Sean Manaea – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.49.  Getting to the point where you can throw a dart blindfolded and have as much a chance at a bullseye as you do guessing what Manaea is going to do start to start.  Also, not sure how you blindfold a dart.

Francisco Cervelli – Out after taking a foul tip off his mask.  Shark Tank Idea Alert!  They should make catcher’s masks like one giant Gobstopper.  So after one foul tip you can see the next color underneath, and a coach can have a sheet of paper which color to look for when the catcher is in the danger zone.  “Let’s see, that’s red, green, yellow and aqua…He needs a new Gobstopper on his head.”  How easy would that be?

Josh Harrison – 2-for-5 and a slam (3) and legs (2).  He’s assumed the mantle from Yunel as the game’s most yawnstipating player.  Hopefully his mantle has a pocket for his night guard because he’s the personification of a nap.

Yu Darvish – May not return before the All-Star break.  To quote Alanis reading this news update, “And I’m here, to remind Yu of the mess Yu left when Yu went away.  Yu, Yu, Yu oughta know.”

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at a 2.22.  At a Ramada in Parsippany, New Jersey, a convention of Saberhagenmetricians gathered to discuss Jon Lester’s great one year/terrible the next year pattern.  Quickly the seminar was sidetracked by Bill who kept asking if Ramada was short for Ramadan. Bill, let it go!

Jake Cave – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and he was just recalled from the minors.  He now has two homers in ten major league at-bats.  Cave homered off Johnson, so I guess that means Cave got a hit off something that produces bad seeds.

Tyler Skaggs – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.08.  For a second, I was thinking he was a homeschooler, and this was one great road start surrounded by mostly great home starts, but my memory was incorrect.  Not close to the case.  Skaggs is a sub-3 ERA guy in road starts.  Giddy up!  Which is close to “Gilly up” the motto on the license plates in Gilead.

Seth Lugo – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.77.  Whoa, Seth Lugo, who are you Ross Stripling?  The peripherals are about as gorge for Lugo (Lugorge?) and I could see him being owned in all leagues in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.  He’s likely the Mets’ 3rd best starter.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Okay, hot schmotato, but don’t make me drum up a ton of excitement about him.

Anthony Swarzak – 1 IP, 0 ER, and the save, and came in after Gsellman on Saturday too, so clearly Callaway wants Swarzak to close games, even if his last name sounds like a German epithet.  I guess In Callaway’s eyes Gsellman is their Josh Hader.  I will call him Jogsh Haderman.  Rolls right off the tongsue!

Michael Conforto – Might be demoted to the minors.  Has any team’s trainers cost a team more than the Mets?  They are ruining their franchise.  It’s not even funny anymore.  Is there any doubt that Conforto is still struggling with his shoulder injury from last year?  Does anyone seriously have any no doubt about this?  Of course, a player will never say it until months after.  Sometime in August, we’re gonna hear something like, “Yeah, my shoulder was still bothering me during the 1st few months of the season.”  Obviously!  Now the Mets are risking Conforto’s entire career.  He shouldn’t be demoted, he be shut down so he can rest!  What is comical and possibly ironic — only British people actually know what is ironic, Conforto might not be shut down until Yoenis returns who is piling up injury setbacks due to the same trainers!

   
  1. Murph says:
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    Hey grey – happy morning!
    Can you rank ROS:
    Rodon, Lugo, Soroka, marco Gonzales ?
    Thanks sir

  2. LenFuego says:
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    You missed mentioning what might have been the best part of that Charlie Morton start – in addition to the 6 BB in 3 1/3 innings, he also plunked 4 guys — Profar twice, Odor and Chirinos (not exactly murderer’s row)! So ten guys reached base without even having to swing the bat – now that’s wild!!

  3. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Funny Shawn Green ref but Joc Pederson kinda throws a monkey wrench into it doesn’t he

  4. Jau says:
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    That Murphy bit is spoken like a difo owner. Not that there is anything wrong with that. The nationals are tied for first and just lost Strasburg. I would venture they would have to take a look at a guy whose put up over 10 war last two years.

  5. Len says:
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    Wondeful write up Grey!!

    Drop Odor for Gurriel for UTIL position?
    14 Mixed point league

  6. Stumanji! says:
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    A) Sit 1 in my weekly league (need QS):
    Marco Gonzales vs LAA
    Morton @ KC
    Gibson @ Cle
    Gausman vs Mia
    Wacha vs ChC
    Junis vs Hou

    2) Schmotato more likely to stay useful, Kinsler or Leonys?

    D) My H2H opponent has four 2-start SP going this week so I had to pick up Jon Gray and his 5.66 ERA/1.51 WHIP (@Phi, @Tex) to try to keep up in total Ks. Please join me in my prayer octogon.

  7. hugman says:
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    I watched the Cards game. C Mart got squeezed as bad as I’ve ever seen anyone get squeezed. He struck out two guys (except they didn’t call it that way) that should’ve ended the inning before he lost his cool and got shelled. And they upheld a clearly wrong HBP call same inning.
    I agree with you about him ultimately being a head case, but the umpiring in today’s Cards game would get to anyone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hugman: That’s good news, I hadn’t seen or heard that… Hoping he’s ok

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @Grey: Just to piggyback, I watched a lot of this game too as I started both C-Mart and DeSclafani, and the ump was squeezing them both really badly, especially on the inside part of the plate. Lots of deep counts and close balls, hurt them both.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, good to hear!

        • hugman says:
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          @mrm3711: What was your take on the non-HBP call?

  8. Raf says:
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    Please choose 2: Beltre, Aguilar, Thames, Muncy.

    Thanks!

  9. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Muncy or Profar?

  10. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Did you notice ubs by-passed orrow 2x this weekend (Strop ; Dishek)? Something foe concern or just Madden being Madden?

  11. Spider Pigs says:
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    “who does he think he is Ross Stripling?” lmao

    Guirriel or Bour ROS?

  12. TheConsigliere says:
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    12 team points league, weekly lock, no negative points for strikeouts

    Scooter (5 games – [email protected], [email protected]) OR
    Gleyber (6 games – 2 vs Wsh, 4 vs TB)

  13. TheConsigliere says:
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    And one more…
    12 team points league, weekly lock, no negative points for strikeouts

    Jo-Mart (6 games – 3 vs SD, 3 vs Cubs) OR
    Soto (5 games – [email protected], [email protected])

  14. lubey says:
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    SON has a rock hard, raging robo boner for Mr. Wood on the reg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lubey: It’s pure math, and doesn’t know if a guy has mechanics issue or injury

  15. Bill says:
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    Grey,

    Better stream today,

    Wright @ Baltimore or
    Gaviglio @ Tampa Bay

    Thanks man

    • Zain says:
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      Gaviglio!

  16. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    12 team mixed league, Devers or Andujar?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: keeper leagues too? Coincidentally I just received a $0 Andujar for my $11 Devers offer.

  17. Sean says:
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    My team hit 4 HR last week…that’s just pathetic. I honestly don’t know what to do besides ride out this 3-4 week slump my team has been in.

    C: G. Sanchez
    1B: Desmond
    2B: Albies
    3B: Machado
    SS: Treat Urner
    OF: Marte, Pham, Soto
    UTIL: Rendon, E. Rosario
    DL: Betts

    I have someone interested in Soto, what would you look to get in return for him? Top 20 arm? He’s eligible as a 12th round keeper for next year and 11th the following year. I feel like I need to do something to shake up the squad, but its still early enough to keep letting it ride out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: Better get a great return if you can keep Soto that cheaply

  18. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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    14 team h2h with OBP over AVG, total bases and hits added. QS and K/9 added. 7 moves per week
    C cervelli
    1B au rizz (2B)
    2B whit (OF/1B)
    SS machado (3B)
    3B sano more (1B)
    OF (3) rosario, yelich, puig
    util (2) joc, kipnis (2B/OF)
    BN newtown (been back to real bad lately), nunez (2B/SS/3B/OF swiss army knife of positional backups)
    NA senzel

  19. Filthy Rich says:
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    The day after Morton’s wild start, I was offered Morton and Hector Rondon for James Paxton. League is 5×5 12 team H2H categories league. My only RP are Rodney, Herrera and Gsellman. Should I take that? Concerns about morton’s recent starts.

  20. Stephen Lyon says:
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    How sold are we on Trevor Richards v SF on Wed? SON has him at $7.9 as of now. 14 teams.

  21. Jogon says:
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    Keeper league, best source of steals ROS :
    Deshields or Hamilton.

    Choose a 2b ROS
    Marte, Perazza

  22. NYC says:
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    What’s up with Albies? He’s been terrible in the past month? Can he snap out of it or is he going to continue to kill my OBP?

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @NYC: I think he’ll be fine but, he was never going to really help your OBP to begin with

      • Cram It says:
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        @Slappy Jack: And he was like a top 5 player for a month, currently the 20th ranked player. Things even out. You didn’t think he was going to hit 45 HR’s did you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NYC: He just homered yesterday

  23. Aardvark says:
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    Seth Lugo over pivetta?

  24. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Drop any of these for Joc Pederson:

    Schebler
    Nimmo
    Moreland
    Meadows
    Jesus Aguilar

  25. NH says:
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    In my league, I was wondering who you would run your pitching rotation. Would you go with six starters with two closers, or seven starters and one closer or eight starters and zero closers. You have eight pitchers to put in your lineup every week. Here are the pitching stats.

    IP = 3 points
    Wins = 10 points
    Saves = 5 points
    Strikeouts = 1 points
    Walk = -1 points
    Earned Run = -1 points
    Loss = -1 points
    Blown Save = -1 points
    Hits Allowed = -1 points

  26. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Excellent write-up.

    a. In a 5X5 RCL where I’m chasing wins and Ks, start Flaherty tonight at home versus Trevor Williams?

    b. Mark Twain quote of the day for June 11

    Old Man: There is no such thing as a dumb beast.

    Young Man: On what grounds do you make that assertion?

    Old Man: On quite simple ones. “Dumb” beast suggests an animal that has no thought-machinery, no understanding, no speech, no way of communicating what is in its mind. We know that a hen has speech. We cannot understand everything she says, but we easily learn two or three of her phrases. We know when she is saying, “I have laid an egg”; we know when she is saying to the chicks, “Run here, dears, I’ve found a worm”; we know what she is saying when she voices a warning: “Quick! hurry! gather yourselves under mamma, there’s a hawk coming!” We understand the cat when she stretches herself out, purring with affection and contentment and lifts up a soft voice and says, “Come, kitties, supper’s ready”; we understand her when she goes mourning about and says, “Where can they be? They are lost. Won’t you help me hunt for them?” and we understand the disreputable Tom when he challenges at midnight from his shed, “You come over here, you product of immoral commerce, and I’ll make your fur fly!” We understand a few of a dog’s phrases and we learn to understand a few of the remarks and gestures of any bird or other animal that we
    domesticate and observe. The clearness and exactness of the few of the hen’s speeches which we understand is argument that she can communicate to her kind a hundred things which we cannot comprehend–in a word, that she can converse. And this argument is also applicable in the case of others of the great army of the Unrevealed. It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. Now as to the ant–

    Young Man: Yes, go back to the ant, the creature that–as you seem to think–sweeps away the last vestige of an intellectual frontier between man and the Unrevealed.

    Old Man: That is what she surely does. In all his history the aboriginal Australian never thought out a house for himself and built it. The ant is an amazing architect. She is a wee little creature, but she builds a strong and enduring house eight feet high–a house which is as large in proportion to her size as is the largest capitol or cathedral in the world compared to man’s size. No savage race has produced architects who could approach the ant in genius or culture. No civilized race has produced architects who could plan a house better for the uses proposed than can hers. Her house contains a throne-room; nurseries for her young; granaries; apartments for her soldiers, her workers, etc.; and they and the multifarious halls and corridors which communicate with them are arranged and distributed with an educated and experienced eye for convenience and adaptability.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  27. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Needing to unclog my utility slots. Can you help a brother see through some trees in the forest?

    ROS: Chris Taylor, Dan Murphy, Tim Anderson, Lowrie (did I get it right?)?
    ROS: CJ Cron, Jake Lamb, Max Muncy?

    Should we be trying to sell C-Mart, or HODL?

  28. Cable says:
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    Can you lay two buy players for this coming week on me in a h/h points league ….have to pick my spots at $5 per FA pickup

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cable: No one knows who is available, but there’s a list in Friday’s column of BUYS.

  29. ellis says:
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    I’m trusting Morton v KC over Roark v NY & Tor, sound good?

    thank you

  30. Worm Hole says:
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    Drop Luis Castillo for Junis? It’s been really hard to let go

  31. Jocstrap says:
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    How would you rank ROS: Pederson, Schebler, Yonder Alonso, and Nimmo

  32. JC says:
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    Plse rank
    Marco Gonzales, Lugo & Soroka.
    Thanks for a great write up. Love the video!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JC: Thanks! Soroka, Lugo

  33. Alex says:
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    Trying to sort out closers in a two leagues…

    1. When Britton is activated, drop Kela? Or a streaming spot to wait and see how/ when Britton throws?

    2. Swarzak, Rondon, Hughes, Tepera, or Soria?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: 1. See how well he throws 2. Rondon

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: missed out on the bid for Rondon, who’s next in line?

  34. GoJays says:
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    I’ve got Kinsler, Harrison and Cesar Hernandez all at 2B and I need to start 2. My problem is that I am awful in Avg/HR/RBI/SLG% so I’m struggling with which two to roll with. Help!

    Kinsler (6, @SEA, @OAK)
    Hernandez (6, COL, @MIL)
    Harrison (6, CIN, @ARI)

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @GoJays: GoJays!!

      Nice name, from a Torontonian perspective!!!

      Kinsler is one of the hottest hitters NOW in MLB. So Kinsler and Harrison INMHO. 0.02$ worth.

      Cheers,
      Ante

  35. Skeezix says:
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    With Tanaka going down, I need to start one of these guys (two with iffy matchups) this week – who do you prefer?

    Snell (@NYY)
    Wacha (CHC)
    Weaver (SD)

  36. Drew says:
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    what to do with Conforto in a 16-team OPS keeper? I love the long term projections but could I package him in a deal? What could something like Ike JA Happ/Folty and Conforto bring back in terms of a bat upgrade? Hoskins? Gallo? Maybe straight up for D. Murphy? Hate to sell low…

    • Cram It says:
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      @Drew: If you can get Hoskins, sure, but don’t sell him low in a keeper.

      • Drew says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Don’t think the Hoskins owner is too keen on Conforto, so looks like I might end up holding.

  37. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Good morning! Vegas was a success…back in Texas and back to work.

    Do you like Kyle Gibson as an add over Cahill, Bueheler, or Pivetta? 11 tm roto keeper. Thanks!

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: I did! Won $1000 off craps over 3 days. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesome! (as long as it wasn’t the Do Not Pass line)

  38. Robert says:
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    Is Vlad Jr still worth holding?

    • Steve says:
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      @Robert: reports out of Anaheim saying Ohtani needs TJs and is likely out till 2020. Brutal blow to their championship run.

      • Robert says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I have been holding him, but the latest news doesn’t sound good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why was Steve telling you about Ohtani?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: that was a mistake, should’ve been new comment, not associated with Vlad. Not sure what happened, prob a fat finger.

  39. Josh says:
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    Time to drop Giles?

    Would you drop Giles for H. Rondon or Blake Parker, or hold?

    thanks

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey:

        Done! I hope the Sociapath doesn’t make me regret it!

        thanks

  40. Michael says:
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    What’s a guy to do with Justin Turner? Man is burning a hole in my roster.
    Have Eric Thames and Zach Britton coming off the DL today. 5×5, OBP and K/9. Do I drop:

    – Turner
    – Zobrist
    – Devers
    – O. Herrera
    – Giles

    Pick two. Help a second-place brother out!

  41. Rosterbating says:
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    Grey – great stuff as always….ROS – I have the boat anchor better known as Jake Lamb at the hot corner…H2H league all he seems to be getting me is walks…drop him for any of – Matt Chapman, Isiah Kiner-Fallafall, Candelario, Cullberson?

    Matt Davidson, Josh Harrison (yawn), Ryon Healy are also available – but I’m not sure they’re much of an upgrade currently.

    Thanks as always!!!

  42. Amicrazy? says:
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    Keeper league:

    Sell a $5 Eddie Rosario for $30 Stanton and $59 kershaw

    Thanks.

  43. Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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    NL only 10 teamer h2h with OBP over AVG, total bases added
    C barnhart
    1B freeman (3B)
    2B harrison (3B/OF)
    SS gone varnish (2B)
    3B longo
    MI owings (2B/SS)
    CI anderson (3B/OF)
    OF (4) harper, marte, rhysus (1B), nimmo
    util (1) hanson (2B/OF)
    BN taylor
    DL thames/r-zimm
    NA (1) senzel

    who’s my drop for thames owings (mostly sucks but plays most of the time), hanson (is mostly awesome but gets 1.25 at bats per day with panik back, but does do a lot with those), or taylor (may have lost his job till eaton is hurt, or at maybe plays every other day). owings could likely be readded later if need be however, was just sitting out there when i dropped wong for him, probably only starter in the league out there at the time.

  44. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    1. CarGo or Peralta?
    2. Are you concerned CarGo and Peralta could be platoon candidates? If so, would you prefer DeJong (I can move Dee to that OF spot)?
    3. Rank top two for September playoff run (yep, that is far in the future but H2H league so that is my focus)….Godley, Pivetta, Wood

  45. Jon says:
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    Add Tropeano, Clayton Richard, Leake, Stratton, Chatwood, Matz, Steven Wright, Gaviglio, or Suter over Nick Kingham?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jon: Stream them. I’m starting Wright today and all those other guys are on waivers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Agree with Cram, except about starting Wright

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: O’s can’t hit knuckleballers…(unproven) fact!

        • Chucky says:
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          It’s not about the Orioles hitting knuckleballers. Or any team for that matter. If a knuckleball pitcher has that knuckleball knuckling he’s gonna shut down the 27 Yankees. If the knuckleball is flat…..a High School Team is gonna be all over it

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That’s the issue, Chucky

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, knucklers always scare me

          • Cram It says:
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            @Chucky: @Grey: Ain’t nobody know if the knuckle is gonna knuckle before it does or doesn’t knuckle. So you can’t say you’re sitting or starting a knuckler by predicting the knuckling. Therefore, the opponent must be the deciding factor here. And they can only hit fastballs.

            However, it is raining down here, which, anyone who’s been stuck in the mud in Alabama knows, you step on the gas, one tire spins, the other tire does nothing…sorry, My Cousin Vinny moment. I mean, rain can’t be good for a knuckleball pitcher. And for THAT, maybe he should be sat. Knuckle.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The knuckler is gonna knuckle or it’s not gonna knuckle, but to knuckle or not knuckle is the deciding factor on knuckling or not knuckling, prolly

              • nick the smooth dick says:
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                @Grey: Ask Knucks

  46. Dave D says:
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    Outrageous! You should start picketing yourself outside your abode for that S.G. reference, Albrightson! Since when did you think comedians could drop the P. C. hypersensitivity and be risqué again? It’s only ok to trash DJT, do not melt snowflakes. You must make the whole world their safe space immediately.

    What’s next, a Lenny Bruce reference? I suggest you walk down to the quad at UCLA, rig the PA system and spin some of his old recordings. I wonder what would happen? A P.C. apocalypse?

    Good work already.

  47. jon says:
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    keep two drop two: Harrison, Beltre, Gibson, Hicks.

    Basically Harrison v. Beltre (I still have Rendon, EddyEscobar) and is Hicks with his SP-elig worth speculating on?

    arms are Carrasco, Taillon, Heaney, Porcello, Ross, Musgrove, Pivetta, Gibson, Darvish (DL)

  48. Jason Murray says:
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    Which side do you like in a 10-team, H2H keeper with no time limits…Severino or Albies/Bundy/Alex Reyes? Thanks!

  49. Rich says:
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    “but he allowed two dongs like Jennifer Connelly in Requiem for a Dream….”

    Brilliant!

  50. Gotime says:
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    Morning Grey – H2H strategy this week my opponent has 7 starts and 1 closer.
    Would you play Vizcaino and Knebel or bench one and start Musgrove in RP spot to maximize starts (with Musgrove I would have 11 starts) Musgrove is @ Ari and vs Cin
    Thanks!

  51. William Hung says:
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    SAGNOF! Seranthony or Rondon?

  52. Oppo Taco says:
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    Would you flip Goldy and Baez for Harper in a Keeper league? It’s 5×5 roto and we keep 8 guys. Seems like I’m giving up too much. Thanks

    Currently keeping : Goldy, Rizzo, Freeman, Trea, Bregman, Bumgarner, Hoskins and one of : Baez, Upton, Bauer, Alex Reyes or Tatis Jr

  53. Ozzie Smith says:
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    First year I’ve taken your advice and not taken a pitcher in the first 3 rounds of a draft and my hitting is amazing for it. My pitching is doing enough to win 3-4 categories most weeks but could use some maintenance. 10 team redraft 5×5. Best names on the wire…
    Rodon
    Soroka
    Montas
    Junis
    Heaney
    Musgrove
    Romero

    My team…
    SP- Bauer
    SP- QuIntana
    P- Buehler
    P- Newcomb
    P- Archer
    P- Flaherty
    P- Pivetta
    P- Wright
    P- Wood
    DL – Ray

  54. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey!

    1. In a 12-team keep 5 league with shallow benches (basically, tough to hold guys who aren’t playing + still be competitive), is it time to drop Vlad Jr. in exchange for someone who will give some stats . . . or still hold?

    2. In a redraft league (12 teams), would you trade Albies for JoMart + Rich Hill? AVG and W are my worst categories (I’m in 1st most days, but almost last in AVG).

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Re: Vlad, possibly. My strategy this year was keep my dirt cheap solid guys + then blow my auction budget on Trout + another first rounder (Manny, this year) + it’s worked out great so far.

        For 2019, I have dirt cheap Severino ($7 next year) and Nola ($9 next year). I can also keep Walker Buehler for $5, who seems like a lock for Top 20 SP in 2019.

        Re: the other 2 keepers . . . I have a $4 Vlad Jr. and the below as my best keepable options:

        $8 Rhys ($8 next year) who had been my #1 keeper, though who knows now (it’s OBP though, so he’s insulated a bit)
        $8 Gallo
        $19 Upton
        $5 Jose Martinez
        $45 Machado

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re not keeping Vlad Jr. there

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Thanks! (BTW – the Vlad Q i asked below is a different league – 7 keepers and more bench space for holding prospects)

            • Grey

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              Honestly, I don’t fully follow, but Vlad is not a top 50 player going into next year, so unlikely a top 5 keeper

  55. Phil says:
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    You’re hilarious, Grey. Gobstopper helmets are genius.

    1. Rank please: rondon, barraclough, swarzak.

    2. Is Montas a hold in my 10 team league? He looked excellent on Friday night. I have a spot for him with Tanaka’s injury, or I just stream.

    3. Would you move Keuchel for someone with less name recognition like Heaney or little Marco G?

    4. Do you think Belt keeps it up or reverts back to his typical play?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Thanks! 1. Gonna say that order 2. Yeah, hold 3. Heaney 4. Reverts, no faith in him

  56. Cohen says:
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    Would u start Trevor Richards at home SF tomorrow?
    SON likes the start
    Also would start Maeda vs Tex or Weaver vs SD both home on Wed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cohen: I’d start all 3 — Maeda, Weaver, Richards, that order

  57. Alex says:
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    Holding Wheeler for a bit, or drop to stream German vs. TB?

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: Wheeler’s next start is @ATL, by the way. SON is loving German at $17.7, Wheeler not so much.

  58. Dancin Homer says:
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    Happy Monday, Grey!

    Got a few questions for ya (12-team, 6×6, H2H league):

    1. I need to drop someone to activate Eaton from the DL. Who would you drop to make room (or would you drop Eaton)? (roster below):

    c. Murphy
    1b. Hoskins
    2b. Albies
    3b. Machado
    ss. Bogaerts
    if. Gallo
    of, Stanton, E. Rosario, Olson
    utl. G. Torres
    bn. J. Martinez, Lamb, Sano

    sp. DeGrom, McCullers, Morton, Wood, Weaver, Richards, J. Gray, Germain, VV
    rp. Champan, Boxberger, Strickland, Barraclough

    2. Same roster as above; drop anyone for Swarzak?

    3. Better DL stash: Salazar, Pomeranz, E. Santana, Hellickson

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dancin Homer: 1. When are you going to play Eaton? Just drop him 2. Meh 3. None…Ervin

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        @Grey:

        had a feeling you might say that for 1. thanks for the reassurance.

        Cheers!

  59. The Skrimmer says:
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    1 start Arrieta @ MIL or 2 start Heaney @ SEA and @ OAK

  60. Starz says:
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    How would you rank these starters this week and ROS?

    Vince. V, Cahill, C. Rodon, Wheeler, Junis? (I currently own VV and Junis)

    • Cram It says:
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      @Starz: Don’t know who they’re facing this week, but I’d hold VV and Junis for ROS.

      • Starz says:
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        @Cram It: VV is @ COL this week, but I think his blow-up yesterday was a small blip, and in fact was the opening for me to acquire him since his owner dropped him after that massacre. I think his peripherals play well in a 12-team league. Junis too. Thanks tho, I was curious how they compare to the other available pitchers.

        • knucks says:
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          @Starz: VV is home this week. Don’t fake news those with weekly lineup locks.

          • Starz says:
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            @knucks: Haha my bad. Mixed him up with my Godley share who pitching in COL yesterday.

  61. Cohen says:
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    Need to drop one to activate Britton?
    Bradley
    Robertson
    Winkler
    Gsellman

  62. Matt Kleinschmidt says:
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    Does it feel like Goldy broke into the maintance office, stole the humidor, attached it to the back of his Hummers bumper and dragged it around the parking lot like George Costanza dragging the Yankees WS championship trophy? The exit velocity is back in their Chase Field baseballs. Nearly every one of their players has an added swagger in their step. Enjoy a Dime Bag, Punch a Douche Bag, and Buy In on the D Backs.

  63. Five-on-One says:
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    Small handful of pitching questions today (12-team, 5×5 league with weekly lineups):

    1) Been riding Snell all year, and he has a two start week @NYY ($0.9) and @HOU (-$1.1). Keep running him out there or sit?

    2) Also been riding Wacha. Only one start vCHC. SON hates it (-$1.3), but SON doesn’t like Wacha for most of his starts? Start or sit?

    3) You trust Rodon for two starts against CLE ($12.2 and $4.2)? Have to start, right?

    4) VV gets two starts this week vCOL ($13.8) and vSTL ($6.9), but he got destroyed (10ER) last time out. Start or sit?

    5) Looking for one more starter this week. Do you prefer Suarez (@MIA $3.6 and vMIA $9.2) or Straily (vSF $3.6 and @SF -$2.7)?

    That is all – thank you.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Five-on-One:
      1. Absolutely
      2. Start
      3. Don’t trust, but start.
      4. Start
      5. Suarez

  64. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Choose one to start this week please:

    Newcomb home vs. San Diego ($14.3)
    or
    Pivetta home vs. Colorado ($14.4)

    Thanks!

  65. Carlos says:
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    GREY

    What are we doing with Cespedes?

    My team is on a 5 week winning streak. I can continue to carry him I suppose, and I’ve carried him this long, but my league doesn’t have a DL spot.

    I am looking at Schebler red hot sitting on waivers. I have Aguilar but am worried about his playing time, and don’t want to be too complacent with my roster.

  66. Carlos says:
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    Follow up… Would you drop B. Parker or K. Kela (from Texas) for Rondon?

    I could see the Houston closer being more valuable long term, but the Houston closer situation seems murky at the moment.

    Thanks.

  67. hothot says:
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    Near the bottom in pitching, top in hitting.

    Q: My Machado for his Kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hothot: Trade a lesser bat for a lesser arm

  68. hankp says:
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    Grey – I’m in a 14 team 5×5 H2H and I’m sitting in 1st. I was just offered Yu and Sonny Gray for my Heaney and Stripling. Since it is a H2H and guys that are likely to be pitching in September are so important, I’m tempted. Which side do you like for the long run? Thanks!

  69. Wilsonian says:
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    8 Team – H2H – W, QS, SV, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, WHIP

    Are Keuchel and Wood streamers at this point? I will gladly dump them for some guys who have the ability to win games. Or should I dump one of them for Skaggs, and then stream the other?

    • Grey

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      @Wilsonian: I wouldn’t own Keuchel, and Wood seems hurt or something, lose them

  70. G says:
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    Am thinking of trading for Rondon or Swarzak, offering Pivetta? Im a surpringly a bit low on saves with Giles, Hererra, and Vasquez after a solid start with these guys. Thoughts on this?

    My other SPs are – Sevy, Sale, Folty, Wacha, and Cueto (DL)

    I own Giles and Devenski, so with Rondon Id have all save options (my league also counts holds)

    If I make the trade I could probably drop a random reliever and open it up for a streamer spot.

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Sounds fine, Swarzak first to trade

      • G says:
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        @Grey:

        Just noticed you ranked Rondon over Swarzak in some other comments. Any reason you are recommending Swarzak in my situation? Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @G: I said first to trade, thought you meant you were trading a closer away… Sorry, misread… I’d want Rondon 1st

  71. Noam Levenson says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Would you roll with Pivetta (v. DET) or Reynaldo Lopez (v. COL)?

    Thanks!

    • Noam Levenson says:
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      @Noam Levenson: Actually, add in Vince V (v. COL) and Z. Wheeler (@ATL and @ARI)

      So…
      PICK 2:
      Pivetta (v. DET)
      Reynaldo Lopez (v. COL)
      Vince V (v. COL)
      Z. Wheeler (@ATL and @ARI)

      Thanks Grey

  72. knucks says:
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    Hittin’ the Pigs game later this week. Can’t wait for Dinner. So much bacon to choose from. I’m thinkin’ Candied Bacon to start. Then go with my usual duel Aww Shucks corn cobb light sabers after.

    https://www.pigsfoodfinder.com/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: If you don’t do the mac and cheese nachos don’t come back here! (Emoji)

  73. ludicrouspeed says:
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    Start Bundy today home vs Bos?
    10T H2H pts
    SON is ok at 7.5

  74. vee says:
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    “fans are showing up early enough to catch his 2nd at-bat.” LOL good one

    and man .. you went full-on Feels mode with the whole Ohtani reality thing. i wasn’t ready for that on a Monday morning .. great stuff tho

    1) So.. Ender’s been really good for me, and definitely won me several weeks by himself… but he’s 3/0/3/0/.170 in the last 2 weeks… even after being given a chance back in leadoff. is it time to let him go and replace him with Michael Taylor purely for steals?

    2) also that’s two decent starts for Sonny Gray, even tho they were @BAL and @TOR. think a turnaround is looming?

    Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vee: Haha, thanks! 1. I’d want Ender, Taylor’s losing PT with Eaton 2. Maybe on Gray, still don’t trust him

  75. The Shoe says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Couple of questions to start off the week:

    A. Are you starting Quintana @Mil today?

    B. I’m looking to activate Soroka from the DL. Do you feel Haniger is droppable in a 12-team OBP league? He’s been pretty cold for the past month plus. OR should Meadows be dropped first?

    C. Who should be kicked off the ship first among the following: Cahill, Gibson, Soroka, Clevinger

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Shoe: A. I don’t own him, but sounds ok B. Meadows C. Cahill

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Do you think Haniger is just a streaky hitter? How do you rank him vs McCutchen and Merrifield (Merrifield just earned OF eligibility)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Merrifield, Haniger, McCutchen

    • Starz says:
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      @The Shoe: Haniger cold? He’s not droppable. Try trading him first but he’s having a breakout season and it’s sustainable if he stays healthy. He’s worth more than Soroka this season that’s for sure.
      Since Chaill is missing his next start he’d be my choice or just hold onto to Soroka for one more start unless you have to activate him.

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Starz: Thanks for the input Starz. Yah, I don’t want to drop Haniger – had him last year while he was breaking out, bummed when he got injured and had to move on… drafted him again this year and while he started off hot, he’s been cold the past month plus. In a league where a solid out fielder should average 2.8-3.0 points per game, he’s been averaging 1.2 ppg over the last 30 days with his season avg sitting at 2.6 ppg. Anyways, if I do intend to move on, I’ll definitely look to trade him first.

        On Cahill, yah, I think he may be the drop if necessary due to his trouble staying healthy, but I’ll wait a bit to see how things shake out in his and Soroka’s next starts.

  76. Wudaben says:
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    Can you rank these guys… Eduardo Escobar, Joc, Muncy & Yuli? H2H Points league

  77. Wudaben says:
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    Add Odor in there too.

  78. Synyster says:
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    Morning Grey. I cast the net out to see if anyone is interested in Gregorius/Hosmer combo, no bites yet. Another manager has expressed interest in my Gordon because he needs steals. What do you think, if anything, would be a good trade for me? Thanks!

    My team: Cervelli, Hosmer, JoRa, Machado, Gregorius, Trout, Brantley, Cain, Gordon, BN (depending on matchups)- Merrifield, Bellinger.

    Ed-Rod, Snell, Chapman, Herrera, Wacha, Norris, Bauer, Urena, Stripling, Newcomb, deGrom, DL-Ohtani,

    His team: Sanchez, Abreu, Rizzo, Moistasskiss, Swanson, Blackmon, Villar, Meadows, Villanueva, BN-Hamilton, Simmons, Acuna, DL-Andurs

    Carlos Martinez, Corbin, Clevinger, Smith, Lopez, Price, Berrios, Pivetta, McCullers, Weaver, DL-Cueto.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Synyster: What are your trying to trade for/what do you need?

      • Synyster says:
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        @Cram It:

        I think I need one of his top pitchers in return. Not too sure which is why I am asking.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Synyster: So keep trying for one of his SP’s. McCullers or Berrrios or Pivetta could happen.

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks guys! Do you think that’s a fair trade for my side?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Synyster: Is what a fair trade? McCullers for Gordon? Sounds okay

          • Synyster says:
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            @Grey:

            Is Gordon for Berrios just as okay? Thanks!

            • Synyster says:
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              @Synyster:

              Forgot to mention H2H 6×6 OBP/QS

            • Cram It says:
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              That’s what he said already

  79. fredtbn1gs says:
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    Is my LeMahieu/Barraclough for his Diaz/Schebler too much to offer in a league where saves will quickly move me up the ladder? Trade analyzer puts this heavily on the LeMahieu side. I could alternately try Bogaerts/Bear for Doolittle/Schebler….

    • Grey

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      @fredtbn1gs: I don’t understand why you would trade a closer for a closer if you need saves

      • fredtbn1gs says:
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        @Grey: Fair point, though I was assuming Diaz will get a lot more opportunities than Barraclough.

        So make it LeMahieu for Diaz straight up.
        Or LeMahieu/Cron for Diaz/Schebler.

        • Grey

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          I’d take Diaz there

  80. primetime says:
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    Grey, 10 team keeper league OBP.

    Was offer Rosario and Jansen for my Bellinger, thoughts?

    Grandal
    Rizzo
    Carpenter
    Rendon
    Lindor
    Cain
    Mazara
    Upton
    Castellano

    Bird
    Schoop
    Bellinger
    Braun
    Inciarte
    Jose Martinez

  81. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team 7×7 keeper (extra pitching categories are Losses and Holds): Pickup Jon Gray, Danny Duffy or Seth Lugo?

  82. RoarOf84 says:
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    Would you move Springer straight up for JD? Other offer he likes is Paxton and Rosario for JD. Which is better?

    6×6 leagues with OPS and holds. Each team keeps 6 players without restriction. I’ve noted my keepers from last season with an asterisk. My complete roster is below.

    C – Ramos
    1B – Bellinger*
    SS – Correa*
    2B – Merrifield
    MI – Schoop
    3B – Bryant*
    CI – Arenado*
    OF – Springer*
    OF – Rosario
    OF – Marte
    OF – Cain
    U – Abreu
    Bench bats – Soto, Jose Martinez

    P – Verlander
    P – Carrasco
    P – Chapman
    P – Hader
    P – Barraclough
    P – Quintana
    P – Musgrove
    P – Joe Kelly
    Bench arms – Paxton, Morton, Kela, Hector Rendon, Newcomb, Pivetta

    DL – Kershaw*, Robbie Ray, Rich Hill

  83. Drew says:
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    What sort of SP could bring in Andujar in a 16-team OPS keeper? Happ?

    • Drew says:
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      @Drew: Maybe Flaherty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drew: I’d take Happ or Flaherty

      • Drew says:
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        @Grey: Would you give either SP for Andujar?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re fair, Flaherty

  84. Green monstah says:
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    Top of the morning grey! Hope your weekend was pleasant! H2H points weekly lock league:

    Here’s my roster first & then I have some add/drops not too many add / drops but seeing what you think . For the add(s) looking not just for this week but particularly longer term.

    Heres my roster:

    C: Wilson contreras

    1b: hosmer

    2b: scooter gennett

    3b: alex bregman (3b/SS)

    SS: Carlos correa

    IF: engenio suarez

    OF, we start 4
    OF: Bryce Harper
    OF: benintendi
    OF: yelich
    OF: Michael Brantley

    DH: Gattis (DH/C)

    Utility, we have 2 utility slots
    Utility: Mitch Moreland
    Utility: Gleybor Torres (2b/SS)

    Bench: Gregory polanco who’s not been good thus far, moncada, Todd Frazier, nimmo, Soto, vlad Guerrero jr.

    DL slots: wil Myers, Brandon belt, acuna.

    SP: mad bumgarner
    SP: McCullers
    SP: berrios
    SP: tanner Roark
    SP: buccholz (streamed this week)
    SP: jack flaherty (streamed this week)

    RP: josh hader
    RP: Ross stripling
    RP: joe musgrove

    Pitcher DL: darvish

    ** I have Ohtani who’s eligible as both DH & SP, however it’s been reported he needs tommy John & im cutting him.

    That being said heres some bats I’m interested in adding:

    – max muncy (3b/1b)
    – joc pederson
    – Miguel andujar
    – Ben zobrist (2b/OF)
    – Brandon Crawford
    – Scott schebler
    – teoscar Hernandez
    – justin bour
    – Derek dietrich (3b/OF)

    Those are some bats, I’d be maybe looking to cut polanco, nimmo (although I’d rather hold nimmo, and possibly vlad jr. Or since Ohtani is on my bench as a bat & in the bench as a pitcher I could drop Ohtani for above mentioned bats.

    Next: if I don’t drop Ohtani for a bat I’d like to drop him for a SP:
    Either Marco Gonzalez, Andrew Heaney, Carlos rodon, or Sean newcomb.

    Thanks man!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Green monstah: Can lose Polanco, Frazier, Vlad (if redraft). But they’re all bench bats anyway. So lose Ohtani too, add Heaney and Newcomb and bats with however many slots are left.

  85. Murph says:
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    Grey
    5×5 redraft 10 teamer – im in 4th place. Solid in hitting, but 25 starts off max pace, leaving me struggling a bit on the pitching side.
    My lineup is solid except for corner infield – i have Devers, Olson, Bird and Candelario
    My pitching is C-Mart, Yu, Snell, Newcomb, Heaney, Rodon.
    Here’s my questions:
    1 Should I dump two of my corner infielders and pick up Lugo and Soroka?
    2 If so, which ones?
    in another league….
    3 Is Schoop droppable for a closer like Rondon or Barraclough (he’s a bench bat for me)
    4 Please rank closers: Barraclough, Rondon, Swarzak, Greene, Parker
    That is all –
    Rooster sauce!
    p.s. you gave me the green light to swap Morton and Moreland for Benintendi on Saturday – glad I did – particularly in light of your lead today!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: 1. Olson for Soroka 3. Rondon 4. Parker, Rondon, SAGNOF — Nice trade!

  86. Blah says:
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    Carlos Martinez looks like hot garbage at the moment. He was infuriating yesterday. With that said, start him this week home vs cubs? Other option would be Clevinger @ white sox or Rodon vs Indians. Thanks in advance.

  87. Peacecoast says:
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    Soroka> Marco Gonz> Rodon?

    Season 2 Goliath starts soon. I liked S1.

    Did you watch The Lobster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: Nah, didn’t have a chance yet…. S1 of Goliath was solid, will watch S2…. Soroka, Rodon

  88. Jason Murray says:
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    Soto or Hoskins in a 12-team H2H keeper? Thanks!

  89. baldy says:
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    Drop Eduardo Nunez for Ketel Marte
    Thanks again

  90. Citizen5 says:
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    I need a C and I could get Cervelli (is he healthy?) for SP Castillo.
    You like?

  91. demRibbies says:
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    Flip AJ Pollock $5 for Chris Archer $6 in a 10 team keep 12?

    Trying to win now, with an eye on the future too. Not sure what to expect for AJP rest of the way w/ a hurt thumb… Have okay OF depth (start 4) Blackmon, Rhys, Soto, Acuna, Muncy, Inciarte, streamer currently Braun. Worst 3 arms are Maeda, Castillo, Fulmer & see Archer as an improvement on all 3 of those. What do you think?

  92. Karl Christopherson says:
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    Monday columns are my favorite of the week! Great stuff. They get me amped for the weekly lineup set. Thanks for posting and maintaining the high enthusiasm throughout the long season and offseason!

    Starter question, H2H Pts lg. I purchased the Razzball tools, but with Buchholz’ hot start, I’m a little confused.

    SON loves the Fulmer start home against the Twins this week, $12.1.
    SON hates these dbl start pitchers:
    Buchholz (Pitt home, Mets home), -$15.7 total.
    Stratton (@ Miami, @ Dodgers), -$11.3 total.

    (I also have Porcello @ Sea, $8.7)

    Dbl starts are gold in H2H, GOLD!!! Now out of those 4 options, which 1 would you start?

    Cheers
    BBFace

  93. Hazy Shade of minter says:
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    Deep roster 5×5 10tm roto. Who/what tier closer should I go after for Travis Shaw straight up? Second to last in saves with wire barren, currently rostering Hader, Giles, Gsellman, Alvarado, Jones, Minter

  94. Jogon says:
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    ROS Deshiels or Hamilton for steals ?

  95. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!! Mondays suuuuck! Hope you had a good weekend. Billions ended last night and i don’t think I’ll be watching season 3

    1) i need a pitcher to add. Here’s my options:
    Rodon, Montas, Gibson, Odorizzi, nova, wheeler

    2) am i starting a 7 game Mookie Betts this week not knowing a return date or a 5 game Adam Eaton

    3) my current closers are box and Vasquez. Should i drop either one for Rondon or Britton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t watch season 2, didn’t like season 1

      1) Rodon 2. Betts 3. Nah

  96. Alex says:
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    I’m looking to package Keuchel and Quintana in a deal to acquire 1 SP. who are a couple SP you would target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trading too lesser SPs for one good SP work for you usually? Maybe Morton after his terrible last two starts

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey:
        Sometimes it works for me. Could try to get snell and Happ as well. Could add in a 3rd SP like Lugo or Jon gray to try to get the deal done

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Snell or Happ

  97. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Re: my Q above about $11 Devers or $0 Andujar in a 12 team keep forever league . . . updating to add another option:

    My $11 Devers or his $0 Andujar or $5 Vlad Jr.

    I’m in the running to win this year, and I’m sure Devers will improve, but at this point I’m ready to run out my Muncy over Devers + Vlad sounds like he could have an Arenado-esque impact on fantasy teams (esp keeper leagues) once he’s up.

  98. Milarky says:
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    Awesome again Grey! I’m hurting most in Avg/HR/RBI/SLG%, so wondering who I should plug into my last OF spots this week. Which two of these guys do I roll with?

    Ian Happ (6, @MIL, @STL)
    DeShizz (5, COL, @LAD)
    Conforto (6, @ATL, @ARI)
    Kepler (6, @DET, @CLE)

  99. Scandalous Bob says:
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    A) You buying low on J. Schoop?

    B) Which side do you like: J. Soria for J. Schoop?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Sure B Schoop

  100. Phil Up Your Crevice says:
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    Hye Grey and fellow Razzers,

    Thoughts/opinions on the following trade:

    Rizzo and Pham for Judge, T. Anderson and Strickland

    6×6 league, holds and OPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo side, it’s fair

  101. MikeZ says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto with no bench. Drop conforto? Top guys available look like pillar, dietrich, Mallex Smith, or GUrriel. Thoughts?

  102. Willy Mo says:
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    Dietrich or Lamb ROS

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: i feel like 3b is insanely weak this year. Im watching kang like a hawk. He just got promoted to aaa after destroying aa. Hes healthy and quit drinking and is focused. Im all fucking in on kang, im debating adding him today and stashing although i think i can wait, nobody on him. All indications are he will be playing a decent amount of ss to give him duel eligibility too

  103. GoJays says:
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    I know you don’t love Elvis, but my second starting SS is Addison Russell. I’m kinda stacked in SP and need help on offense (though we also count SLG%) – would you trade Wacha (or Mikolas) and Russell for Elvis? Too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine, I’d want more

      • GoJays says:
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        @Grey: I was also considering trading just one of Wacha/Mikolas for Chris Taylor.

  104. Johnny says:
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    Grey, whats up with Evil Knebel? Is he a hold or a drop for the likes of Rondon (or input RP of choice)?
    Brewers just bad and haven’t had many opportunities, hate dropping a guy who was a complete stud last year.

  105. Joe Beisbol says:
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    1. Who do you think I should be trying to trade to clear some logjam of 3B: Suarez, Rendon, or Carpenter?

    2. Would you drop anyone (like Cahill or Barraclough) to pick up Belt, Cron, Rodon, or Swarzak?

    12-Team, Yahoo, H2H, 5×5 Redraft League
    C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – DJ, 3B – Suarez, SS – Machado, OF – Stanton/Cain/Teoscar, Util –  Joc, Bench – Rendon, Carpenter 

    SP – Berrios, Corbin, Richards, Roark, Ross, Newcomb, Cahill; RP – Davis, Morrow, Strickland, Barraclough
    DL (2 spots)- Cespedes, Darvish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Carp 2. Cahill for Rodon

  106. dubjay says:
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    Morning Grey,
    Man Castillo is frustrating. He just seems like hes a few tweaks away from being a dominant starter. 10 strikeouts. Has a lot of similarities to Gausman/Bundy(who I also owned).Hard to straight out kick that to the curb in a keeper league. But I am considering it nonetheless. Best available SPs. SOROKA, LUGO, LYNN, EOVALDI, GAUSMAN, GIBSON

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        I could also drop Cahill or Bundy instead or is Castillo the guy to drop

        Also I somehow still have ODOR on my bench. Maybe THAT is where the smell is coming from? Would you drop him for any of DESMOND, KINSLER, GURRIEL, PROFAR, HICKS, SCHLEBER, L.MARTIN

          • dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            so drop Castillo, Cahill or Bundy for Soroka?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              All of them? Castillo

  107. Filkarri says:
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    Out of DL spots in a 12 team obp league and need to drop either DeJong or D Robertson to roster a middle infielder. Thoughts?

  108. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey,
    your last sell still has me shook. Would you trade Baez for Robbie Ray in a 12 team weekly h2h league. I have Chris Taylor at 2b and Machado at SS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want more

  109. Jay says:
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    12 Team mixed h2h points, worth holding onto senzel and osuna or adding streamer pitchers for bench?

  110. Dirk Diggler says:
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    Grey,

    In a 6×6 with OPS and K/9, should I trade away Price and Soria for Mous? SPs & Rps are below. Felt like I had a surplus of saves.

    Bauer
    Snell
    Happ
    Heaney
    Yu
    Carlos Rodon
    Montas

    Greene
    Doolittle
    Wade Davis
    Britton

  111. Ty says:
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    Drop Wheeler for Rondon?

  112. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Not sure if either of these guys are a good start, but would you rather Pivetta at home vs. Colorado or Gibson at Cleveland? I had Gibson in, then switched to Pivetta, but I continue to waffle. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks very much Grey.

  113. kilkennybrian says:
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    What do I do with Alex Wood? Own him in two leagues (10 and 12 team), should I keep trying to get a cheap asset for him, hold, or just drop? Such a dissapointment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try to trade, bit late for it tho

  114. Abe says:
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    Grey, which side of this trade would you take? For what it’s worth, walks are somehow their own category in our 7×7.

    Goldy and Carrasco for Votto and Morton.

  115. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Ok, one more Grey. If I want to add Soroka in our Yahoo 12 Team H2H League with OPS and Holds, who would be the drop: Gibson or Cahill? I kinda assume it will be 1 of those 2 (if any). I won’t bore you with the remainder of my crummy team.

    Thanks again Grey.

  116. johnnyhobbes says:
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    As a Morton and Carlos Martinez owner, the write up was appreciated but again no points for empathy. They need to right the ship now b/c i just lost by one point last week- down to the wire- Stanton- all head to do was not strike out…..

    Lynn is ist still hanging out there on waiver, Lugo is too, any of those guys ROS over Flaherty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya…I don’t mind Flaherty still

      • Johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your time and talents

  117. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    12 team (3 bench and no DL), Archer on WW. Would you drop Flaherty/Folty for Archer (2 week limbo likely)? Soroka also on WW.

  118. Fogimon says:
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    Praying to Jesus probably won’t keep him in the lineup for all 6 games this week with Thames back. How many games do you see Aguilar playing this week? 4? 5? all?

    Hurts me to bench him in a weekly league, but I need the counting stats.

    Any word on Encarnacion? Says his ankle is day to day, but if its a lingering thing on an old man, it could force him out later in the week.

    All that to ask, who is the bigger risk to lose playing time this week. Aguilar or E5?

  119. Michael DePinto says:
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    Saves + Holds League…Please tell me which 4 guys you like the best for the rest of the season:

    Felipe Vazquea (formerly Rivero)
    Seranthony
    Hector Rondon
    Blake Parker
    Archie Bradley
    Kirby Yates
    Tony Watson
    Betances

    Ratios and K’s are great but I need the most help in the actual S+H category. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seranthony
      Hector Rondon
      Blake Parker
      Archie Bradley

      • Michael DePinto says:
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        Thanks my friend. You rarely disappoint.

  120. Turd Wendell says:
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    Yo big up ya self for the Rondon call. Grabbed him Friday thanks to you. Got Bum back, got a very solid staff thanks mostly to you (Wacha, Pivetta, Newcomb, Buhler, Morton.. Morton for Khrush? Think I can do better, no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, maybe Cruz to avoid low AVG

  121. hankp says:
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    Grey
    How would you rank these three ROS for a deep 5×5: David Robertson, Giles, Joe Jimenez? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles, Robertson

  122. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on holding Brendan Rodgers in a deep roto keeper? I have him at a crazy round ref but not sure there’s going to be room for him with Story/DJ/Arenado anytime soon? He’s been a monster at AA – thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If it’s deep, then sure… Not sure what you mean by deep tho

      • Jimmy Jack James says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – it’s 15 teams, super competitive so late round keepers are huge – waiver wire is normally pretty horrendous

  123. Tony says:
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    The other day you said that rodon could be better than mccullers, would you trade mccullers for rodon straight up in a dynasty league whit qs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I said he could be

  124. Alex says:
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    Really in need of a lock-down closer. Would you trade Newcomb for E. Diaz?

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: I might need to go Newcomb/ Barraclough for Diaz.

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: “Not great” as in unlikely? There are many Braves fans in this league, so I think I can try 1 for 1 with Newcomb first.

        • Grey

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          1 for 1 is okay

  125. southside dom says:
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    Do you trust Jon Gray in two road starts this week? @PHI/@TEX ($19.9) – 6×6 league with QS

    Drop Nate Jones for Soria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust Gray…. Soria is the closer over Jones right now

  126. Liam BAve says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Huge fan! In a ten team league with sv+holds would you trade Schoop and Charlie Morton for Gleyber and Kimbrel? I have Severino, Nola, Bauer and Mikolas so i feel like i could improve 2b and RP with a starting pitcher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Nope, I wouldn’t

  127. Willy Mo says:
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    Healy or Dietrich

  128. ellis says:
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    My Dee Gordon and Rendon for Machado

    thank you

  129. Willy Mo says:
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    @Grey: sandoval or dietrich?

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: thanks. Gona hold healy for tonight vs lefty at home as a last gasp

  130. Chris D says:
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    Drop Andrew Miller for Rodon?

      • Chris D says:
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        @Chris D: Hector that is. Sorry Grey, case of the Monday’s brain

  131. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    1. 12 team (3 bench and no DL), Archer on WW. Would you drop Flaherty (or Folty) for Archer (lose two starts, prolly)?

    2. Soroka also on WW. Worth dropping Flaherty or Folty?

    3. Leonys Martin or Gardner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Flaherty 2. Nah 3. Leonys

  132. Marc says:
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    Cespedes for Ozuna and Folty, fair assuming health, or Ozuna side way better? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna way better

  133. FrankGrimes says:
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    Muncy or profar?

    Injuries are killing me this year…

  134. herschel says:
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    @Grey: need to start one this week. who do you like?

    Caleb Smith – vs SF
    Rodon – vs Cle

    Thanks!

  135. FrankGrimes says:
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    Is Buehler going to the DL?
    Stupid weekly lineups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wish he would already, you know it’s gonna happen by tonight

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        Maybe they don’t play til tomorrow.
        Thanks for the sympathy above. Ha.

  136. Kingslayer says:
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    Start Willy Adames over Mookie Betts because Im terrified Betts wont be back soon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3 games of Betts is better than 7 of Adames

  137. The Great Knoche says:
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    Britton getting activated today if you’ve been sitting on him for 80 days anywhere.

    Skaggs! Stay healthy!

    Trade Gary Sanchez for Ozuna straight up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me!

  138. ellis says:
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    I’m in first place, real shot to win, not many trades in our league, usually have to overwhelm, not thrilled if I gave up Vlad, he’d trade Machado for Vlad plus more, do you think this is fair?

    thank you

    Rendon
    Vlad (only keeper, would be for next two years)
    Devers, Aguilar or Moreland
    Familia

    for

    Machado
    Diaz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good for this year

  139. Tony says:
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    This is the fourth year of a 12 team dybasty where we keep all the players at no cost.
    So far my team has been disapointing mostly in batting
    What do you think about my roster:

    Yan gomes
    Rhys hoskins
    Yoan moncada
    Kris bryant
    Carlos correa
    Bryce harper
    Joc pederson
    Ian desmond
    Jonathan villar
    Bn jose peraza
    Dl ronald acuna
    Na yordan alvarez
    Na royce lewis
    Na jo adell

    Sp blake snell
    Sp jose quintana
    Sp kevin gausman
    Sp lance mccullers
    Sp luis severino
    Sp luis castillo
    Sp kyle gibson
    Dl jimmy nelson
    Rp josh hader
    Rp blake parker
    Rp deillin betances
    Rp chris devenski
    Rp brad boxberger
    Na forrest whitley

    I know it lpoks great but guys like harper, correa and bryant have been not that good, do you think they can turn it around for the second half (after all star break)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think they can be better in the 2nd half

  140. Cram It says:
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    Man, SON be hatin’ Steven Wright tonight. I’m so conflicted about starting him. Of course you can’t trust a knuckleballer, but that can’t mean you would never start him. You hate it because he’s in Camden right? O’s are loading up the lineup with righty bats. Do righties hit the knuckleball better? His splits say so. But c’mon, Valencia hitting cleanup? I’m trying to find that ‘aha’ moment in the thought process. I’m gonna go flip a coin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust knucklers bc of reasons mentioned by Chucky… He could throw a shutout with 12 Ks or 3 IP, 7 ER

      • Cram it says:
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        @Grey: That’s a dumb reason not to start a guy. Do we really trust anyone to have a good game. I’m going with my reason, which is even dumber than your reason, that I’m starting him because I can watch him. 90% of the time, it fails everyone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, nah, I do trust a lot of streamers, don’t always work out, but Wright I don’t trust to know what I’m getting…

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: You’re a more confident streamer than I then. Maybe that’s the x factor. I shall watch Wright with the confidence of 1000 gigolos!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, you’re more confident than me! You’re the one streaming Wright!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m in! (not really)

  141. Tommy Calendar Boi says:
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    1) Drop Bird or Dickerson for Joc Pederson?
    2) Speculative saves…Drop Gsellman for Yates or Roe?
    3) re: Keuchel’s struggles, time to pick up McHugh?

    Danke!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Bird 2. Meh 3. Sure

  142. JH says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Trade Buxton for Pederson?

  143. Bob's Your Uncle says:
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    Two quick questions:

    1. Please pick 3 to start among these 5 options: Max Muncy (good against lefties), Haniger (7 Home games), Gardner (6 H games), Tim Anderson (7 H games), Aguilar (6 H games)?

    2. And who to drop to pick up Zunino for next week (or go without a catcher because catchers are garbage): Muncy, Nimmo, Gardner, Tim Anderson, Aguilar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Haniger, Muncy, Anderson 2. Nimmo

  144. Cano Me says:
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    Please pick on fior each even though some apples v oranges type comparisons. Thanks!

    Parker v Rondon
    Rondon v Soroka
    Rondon v Wood
    Rondon v Pivetta
    Seager v Peralta
    Seager v Santana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parker — Rondon — Pivetta — Seager — Seager

      • Cano Me says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        Thank you. Very helpful

        Wood v Rondon only one missed. Thoughts?

  145. Crime Dog says:
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    Roberto Perez on DL. Indians call up Francisco Meija. is this a must add? or will he not get much PT?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, go for it

  146. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Wondering who I should drop to make room for Zach Britton (or just leave him in the DL spot until there is certainty in his regaining the closer role): Vizcaino, Greene, Boxberger.

    Also, Cron is available in my league. Is he worth dropping Meadows, Haniger, Puig, or Desmond for (or hold)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greene… Cron over Desmond while in away games

  147. Cohen says:
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    Whos the drop between Bradley,Gsellman,Winkler,Dominguez?

  148. WhatYouTalkingAboutWillis says:
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    Mr. Grey,

    12 team Keeper with OBP, WLQS, SVH.

    Was thinking of offering Harper, Wood for Marte, Paxton. I have good power but need steals and need another #1/#2 SP. What do you think?

    Off: Realmuto, Freeman, Dozier, Bogaerts, Healy, Solarte, Lowrie, Benitendi, Harper, JD-Mart, Brantley, Cain, Schebler, Profar, Happ

    P: Sale, Carrasco, E-Rod, Wood, Corbin, Musgrove, Stripling
    RP: Boxberg, Jeffress, Treinen, Tepera, Ottavino, Nicasio, Harris

  149. Ty says:
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    I have Baez, Kinsler, DMurph, Andrus, & Swanson at MI. Drop Swanson for Mengden?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you like, I have no faith in Mengden

  150. Whatever says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Was thinking of offering Harper/Wood for Marte/Paxton. Power is good but i need speed and more Quality Innings. In a tight race for first.

    12 team keeper using OBP, WLQS, SVH

    Offense: Realmuto, Freeman, Dozier, Bogaerts, Healy, Solarte, Lowrie, Benitendi, JDMart, Harper, Schebler, Brantley, Cain, Profar, Happ

    SP: Sale, Carrasco, Wood, Corbin, E-Rod, Musgrove, Stripling
    RP: Treinen, BoxB, Jeffress, Ottavino, Nicasio, Tepera,Harris

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey: Always the beacon of reality for us crazy amateurs.

  151. KevinB says:
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    Love it brother,

    add Muncy and drop – Cron, Flaherty, Melancon

    Thanks!!

  152. uncle ernie says:
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    Good stuff! Springer or Jose Ramirez? And by what margin? Thanks man

  153. Ty says:
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    Good afternoon señor Grey. Is it too early to trust Rhys in our lineup? Pick 2 this week
    (5) Muncy
    (7) Devers
    (7) Moreland
    (6) Hoskins
    12 5×5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins, Muncy

      • Ty says:
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        @Grey: Damn that was quick. Better than in and out….. maybe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How are you not managing a NZ baseball team? You have to know more than anyone else in NZ when it comes to baseball…

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: Ha – doubt I could do any worse than Gabe Kapler.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gabe Kaplan could out manage him!

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            @Grey: Up his nose with a rubber hose!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It was solid, I love me some docs — you should watch The Staircase

                  • Stephen Lyon says:
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                    @Grey: Oh -I like the look of that. Tangentially to the Bradlee thing, The Slow Burn podcast about Watergate was awesome.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It was awesome, great pod… Caliphate, a NY Times podcast, is pretty intense too…

                  • Stephen Lyon says:
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                    @Grey: Ohh, Caliphate. Now you’re talking.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, it’s scary shizz

  154. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team OBP h2h

    Drop Choo, Suarez, Carpenter or Haniger to activate Betts?

    I’m leaning Choo.

    Thanks!

  155. Jacks says:
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    Aaron Hicks or Austin Meadows?

      • Jacks says:
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        @Grey: Thanks and how about Meadows or Pillar?

  156. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Fulmer (MIN, @CIN, OAK, @TOR) looked really good in his last start against CLE. Would you hold him to see how he looks in his start vMIN on Wednesday or drop now for Soroka (NYM, @TOR, CIN, @STL)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, can wait to see vs. Twins

  157. Aardvark says:
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    Lugo over bundy ?

      • aardvark says:
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        @Grey: might not lose bundy ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hard to trust him, but if you wanna hold, go for it

          • aardvark says:
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            @Grey: I honestly trust him for some reason. Would you swap Norris for Soroka? Would leave me with no closer in a points league which is no big deal to me

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure, try Soroka

  158. Aardvark says:
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    Escobar and bundy for Albies?

  159. Matthew Lehman says:
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    2 questions for a 12-team 5×5 H2H that only allows 2 weekly adds and 1 DL spot:

    1. drop Luis Castillo or Seranthony for Soroko, Eflin or Reynaldo?

    2. drop Beltre or Meadows for Desmond?

    here’s the team:
    C – Ramos
    1b – Votto
    2b – Scooter
    3b – Bryant
    Ss – Segura
    Of – Trout, Ozuna, Meadows
    Util – C. Taylor, Beltre
    Bn – Acuna
    Sp – Pivetta, Cale B, Eduardo, VV, Montas, Taillon, Luis
    Rp – Norris, Rodney, Britton, Seranthony
    Bn – Archer
    DL – Yu

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Castillo for Soroka 2. Meadows, but would wait until Desmond is headed to Coors

      • Matthew Lehman says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey!

  160. Old Hoss says:
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    10tm H2H OPs non keeper Would youtrade Miggy and Juan Soto for Hoskinsa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Hoskins

  161. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    RE: Fulmer and Soroka

    Forgot to mention that Pivetta was just dropped today (despite his sub 3 FIP) after a couple mediocre starts, however his next 4 starts or so (COL, STL, @WAS, WAS) don’t seem super inviting, although his home FIP (1.79) is incredibly good and there are 3 home starts in that stretch.

    How would you rank those three going forward?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta, Soroka

  162. NH says:
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    Who wins this trade

    Morton for Corbin

  163. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. looking to trade Gennett for an SP. You like Scooter for Carrasco or Berrios (one more than the other?)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, think you might be able to do better

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: think he could get bauer?

  164. Jon says:
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    Who should I drop? 5×5 scoring. Billy Hamilton, Trey Mancini, Choo, Nimmo, Matt Chapman

  165. hal_incandenza says:
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    Got a nibble back on trading away Daniel Murphy for something more useful to me as I’m content with DJ the Mehwho at 2B, have concerns about how healthy Murphy will be, and bats are shallow in this league. It’s H2H and we’re deeper in SPs, so I’m looking at trying to get something there that is better that WW material. However, I’ve also done pretty well with the WW (despite losing a couple of guys by treating them like wire talent).

    So that’s the setup for asking if Garrett Richards is good enough to deal for? TBH, he’s been in my blindspot forever.

    Also, I could include Alex Wood if I want to try to bail on him. Would offering Murphy and Wood for Gerrit Cole be in the realm of reason, or just a bad offer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cole there first… if not Richards sounds fine

      • hal_incandenza says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

  166. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey:

    NL SS: drop Rosario for K. Marte??

  167. Nightpandas says:
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    Will.a.dam…lets get it started in here !

  168. NH says:
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    Grey,
    I am trying to get Corbin and Stanton

    Who out of these players would you offer in the trade?
    Morton, Mikolas, DeGrom, Sale, Quintana, Ray, Kershaw, Kimbrel, Hand
    Grandal, Hoskins, Martinez, Torres, Gregorius, Torres, Hoskins, Martinez, Pollock, Mazara, Nimmo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them? Mikolas and Didi?

      • NH says:
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        thanks

    • NH says:
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      or just Stanton

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sure if you can pull it off

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need Bauer… but Mikolas and Gleyber?

      • NH says:
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        Okay I am trying to upgrade my OF and SP but don’t know who to target and who I would give up out of the players listed above.

  169. NH says:
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    I am trying to get Bauer also, out of the players listed above, who would you give back for Bauer?

  170. mrtrivia17 says:
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    Swap my Muncy for his Giles? 20 team 5×5. Thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, bit risky

  171. hankp says:
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    Grey
    I was offered Adam Eaton for Stripling. I know Eaton is likely to get hurt again, but how many inning s will Stripling be allowed to get? Hard to walk away from this heater Stripling is on though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Stripling can easily out perform Eaton but it’s fair

  172. FrankGrimes says:
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    Yoinks! Six scoreless for Wright.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, was a possibility, still don’t trust him… You ever watch Fauda?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Not yet.
        I started the Staircase instead.
        Don’t be mad! I will get to it. Ha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Staircase is awesome, can’t get mad at that

  173. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. need some ratio help. chris taylor/hector rondon for mikolas seem ok?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, for Mikolas side

  174. Hepcat13 says:
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    Grey,

    Yahoo 12 team 5×5 H2H

    Need to clear room for A. Simmons coming back. I have Hoskins, Rizzo, Desmond at 1B and Bryant, Candelario at 3B and Baez at SS.

    Time to drop Sano? Or are you seeing any signs of life or reason to keep trying?
    Other option to drop is Joc Peterson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, if you have to… Prefer Sano to Andrelton

  175. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Jo-Ma started hitting them out after you mentioned he looked like someone who should hit homers.

    Since McGwire is with SD, Cards’ broadcast had a graphic showing their HR leader thru 64 games has 9; in 1998 MM had 30 thru 64 games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, noticed that too…

  176. William Hung says:
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    I wish leagues have in-game lineup changes so I can bench my whole offense – 0/12 with 2 Ks tonight… just an awful continuation of last week. It’s like the Space Jam aliens came and took all my hitters talent once June hit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally, been asking for this forever!

  177. Random thank you and shout out again for the Jose Martinez tip. Added him the day after my draft, and he’s straight mashing lately. Best….FA pickup…..EVAR.

    So thank you, Grey & thank you Razzball – JoMa is my 2018 mancrush, and saved me from my Polanco pick.

    lol

  178. Dancin Homer says:
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    I know how much you love catcher questions, so who would you rather have ROS:

    Zunino
    or
    Ryan Murphy

  179. Alex says:
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    Moncada’s struggles continue with more Ks tonight. I hope he’s okay. Hold him in a shallow 8 team league? Or drop for Muncy, Joc, Kinsler, or Leonys, or Yuli?

    If I’m keeping Yoan, are any of these guys must adds over Moreland?

    Thanks for all the tips!

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: add Brian Anderson to the list. Minus the Marlins, he looks solid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Moncada — Can try Muncy over Moreland

  180. William Hung says:
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    Is there a meetup for the Chris Archer prayer circle happening somewhere?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In Singapore, wait, wrong meetup

  181. Chicken Sandwich says:
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    drop polanco for thames?

  182. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Are you sure Schoop doesn’t rhyme with poop?

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: Honestly, he’s bloody terrible.

  183. NH says:
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    Which side wins this trade
    Bauer/Gennett
    For
    Mikolas/Torres

  184. kilkennybrian says:
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    Drop Smoak for Yuli? Smoak been the most meh ever.

    Also, trade cmart for Jansen and Strickland? Could use some closer help and Cmart sorts scaring me with these injuries.

  185. NH says:
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    Would you drop Torres

  186. Ted Williams’ Frozen Head says:
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    Thoughts on moving Morton/Olson for Votto/Familia? 12T H2H, could use an offensive boost and can afford to lose a starter right now – thanks Grey!

  187. Padre says:
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    Luis Castillo or Newcomb ROS? Thanks

  188. Five-on-One says:
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    Tom Murphy called up. Unclear how/whether he will be used. Him or Mesoroco or Gomes for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re in the wrong post

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