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You know how they say think about baseball to make sex last longer?  Okay, so I was thinking, to make the baseball season last longer do we think about baseball?  Maybe we think about sex.  This is a riddle for the Sphinx!  I saw Chris Sale struck out his 300th batter of the season, and I got a pit in my stomach.  I mean, I know the season’s quickly approaching its French end title, “Fin,” but it still bums me out like a mid-20’s Evan Gattis.  Yesterday, Chris Sale went 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 13 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.75.  He became the first Red Sox player to record 300 Ks in a season since Pedro Martinez in 1999.  And Pedro had his good luck charm, little person, Nelson de la Rosa!  Well, I guess Sale does have Pedroia.  You look at Sale’s peripherals and you kinda wanna drool — 12.9 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 2.62 xFIP, and averaging 94 MPH on his fastball.  His K-rate is the third best for a starter since 1900.  Okay, so maybe Kluber doesn’t win the Cy Young.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mookie Betts – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .263.   My guess is people will drop Mookie Best a little bit in next year’s ranking — think Bryce this year — and, once again, you’re gonna have a nice buying opportunity.  You’re welcome (had nothing to do with it).

Zach Britton – Receiving a PRP injection in his knee.  I remember this time I smoked PRP.  I could’ve sworn I was on the set of Stand By Me during the blueberry pie contest–Wait, I might be spelling PRP wrong.  So, Brad Brach will fill-in while Britton has yet another injury issue, and could be done for the year.

Billy Hamilton – Didn’t play, but returned from the DL, after fracturing his thumb on September 6th.  Apparently, his bones heal at the same speed as him.

Luke Weaver – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.05.  He’s at 129 IP pitched, after 119 IP last year, and I’m ready for the Cards to shut him down.  Who’s with me?!  I can’t hear you!  Still nothing, but I’m assuming you’re yelling.  My guess is he’ll go at least one more start — +30 IP from one year to the next is usually the benchmark — and the Stream-o-Nator likes it, and I can’t see any reason not to go with him.

Paul DeJong – 1-for-5 and his 24th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  In the field, with a baseball bat, it’s Colonel Mustard!

Dexter Fowler – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 3rd homer in as many games.  It’s almost like he’s made up his mind that he would get to everyone’s preseason projections of 20 HRs.  Good for him, just wish he wasn’t Ambien-Dexterous for most of the season.

Rookie Davis – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 8.63.  He may never get to be Sophomore Davis.

Luis Severino – 3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.03.  Ugh.  If you own Severino in a keeper/dynasty league, you are rooting hard for the Yankees to get eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs.  Severino + deep playoff run = Adam West.  Hmm, math’s a little off there, but close.  Was supposed to equal Matt Harvey.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 45th homer, hitting .277.  Seriously historic season happening with Judge.  As Judge might say, can I get a witness?!

Gary Sanchez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer, hitting .282.  G. Love and the Special Sanchez is lapping the competition for best catcher.  On our Player Rater, he’s pushing $30 of value, and the next closest isn’t even at $20.  Also, his value per game is $23; there’s only two other guys above $10.  Also, he’s in the top 20 overall for fantasy value with every position included.

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer, a new Yankee record for shortstops — eat a D, Jeter.  If a 20-something girl is reading, I didn’t abbreviate Derek with D.

Ender Inciarte – Out of the lineup with a sore thumb.  Have Billy Hamilton spit on your thumb!

Matt Kemp – Out again with a tweaked hamstring.  He’s now missed four straight games.  Guess it’s a side effect of gaining 75 pounds.  Yo, Kemp, you don’t have to eat all of Matt Adams’ leftovers.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4 and his 28th homer.  Not bad for a guy who says swinging a bat feels like swinging a wet newspaper.  Right now, there’s a dog reading that flinching.

Kurt Suzuki – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  Yeah, no juiced balls, Robbie Manfred.  Sure, guy.

Lucas Sims – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.14.  Sims doing pretty good for a guy created out of thin air by a nerd.

Trea Turner – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 10th homer, hitting .283.  I’m drafting him every year until I get that 20/60 season.

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.68.  Sad emoji for the stunod who shows up next March with no prep and drafts Gio on the strength of that ERA.

Whit Merrifield – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (18) and double legs (31, 32), hitting .290.  Nobody steps to my Baby Bae, Pham, but Merrifield’s actually been better.  Shoot (not you, deranged white person), Merrifield is a top 35 player overall.

Mike Moustakas – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 37th homer.  Moistasskiss passed Steve Balboni for the single season Royals’ homer record.  Balboni still holds the Royals’ record for the most dad looking body and face.

Jake Junis – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.05.  He’s been a revelation, and that doesn’t suck even though he sounds like Judas.  He should get one more start at least, and I’d go in on him.

Blake Snell – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.01.  There’s prolly at least a few Blake Snell 2018 sleeper posts already written out there.  He’ll be a sleeper like someone who just drank a nitro cold brew.

Steven Souza – 1-for-2, 2 runs and a slam (30) and double legs (15, 16).  It’s kinda fun to start seeing some of these near-the-end-of-the-season stats that are you-can-hardly-believe crazy.  What, I got some hyphens at Costco, and have to use them.

Jon Lester – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.56.  He’s done the Saberhagenmetrics thing before in his career, so there might be some hope for him next year, but it won’t be the way I’m leaning.

Aaron Altherr – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 19th homer, and third straight game with a homer.  I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and not resort to caps locks and wild exclamation marks like a 12-year-old girl who just ran into Harry Styles, but Altherr should not be on your waivers anymore.

Alex Wood – 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.71.  This blurb is just for Prospector Ralph to draw a circle around in lipstick.

Chris Taylor – 1-for-3 and his 21st homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Not too shabby for a guy who I thought was a dame until about May.

Matt Moore – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.20.  Whew.  Shizz was touch-n-go like your Uncle Don when Moore left two guys on with no outs in the 7th, but we got out of it alive.  Thankfully, he’s in Chase for his next start, so not even a Stream-o-Nator option.

Yoan Moncada – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .241.  Well, let’s just be grateful that his overall numbers aren’t gonna look great, and most people are over at fantasy football now, otherwise his price would be getting inflated like a Kardashian’s ass.

Brad Peacock – 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners (1 hit), 6 Ks, ERA at 2.98.  March, “Haha, someone drafted Peacock right before I took Cueto.  What a fool!”  September, “Eff me with your Peacock.”

Austin Jackson – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd steal, hitting near-.500 in the last week.  Indians have a ton of weapons, so he may not play every day, but he has been hitting when he does.

Jake Lamb – 1-for-3, 3 runs and his 28th homer.  He hit .197 in the 2nd half last year.  He’s hitting .197 in the 2nd half this year.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, and, seriously, stop fooling me.

David Peralta – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Guess he’s healthy again.  He excites me so much, and I’m not even 100% why.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 41st homer.  You can try to stop Just Dong, but he will still Just Dong you.

Robbie Ray – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 2.95.  *rips up lottery tickets and throws them in the air*  Ugh.  *insert dank meme of Tyra screaming*  What did I do to deserve that vs. the Padres?  What?  Actually, don’t answer, it will only infuriate me.  Guess on the bright side is some people might see an almost 3.00 ERA and underrate him next year.

Hunter Renfroe – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 22nd, 23rd and 24th homer.  Whoa, doode’s playing mad.  I like it.  He’s like, “This team sucks and you demote me?!”  Oh, and obviously, hot schmotato alert!  I grabbed him everywhere I could.

Dinelson Lamet – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.45.  Lamet’s …And Justice for All, except the people who streamed him last night.  Let’s just say, there were nine homers last night in Petco, so, yeah, someone had a vacuum on in that Wester Metal Supply Co. building.

Rougned Odor – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 30th homer.  Sonavabench!  I don’t even know why I still own him, while not playing him.  I’m like an abused dog.  You’ve damaged my psyche, Rougned.

Felix Hernandez – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER and outpitched by Andrew Cashner.  Makes more sense for F-Her’s nickname if his last name were Himandez.

Mitch Haniger – 1-for-5 and his 14th homer, and his 4th homer in the last eleven games.  Somebody wants to win you a H2H playoff.

Domingo Santana – 1-for-3 and his 27th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games, and third homer in his last five games, and Sunday, Bloody, Sunday!

Adam Frazier – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .282.  He clobbered Knebel — Knlebbered? — but it wasn’t a death blow to the Brewers like Mike Tyson on Honda.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 56th homer, hitting .279.  Watching Giancarlo this year is like tantric sex, and I’m failing at the tantric part, if you catch my drift.  To put this in “There’s Something About Mary” terms, I want to start calling him Giancarlo “Unconventional Hair Gel” Stanton.

Justin Bour – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Yesterday, I said there wasn’t much time for a guy to heat up, so you should just grab Bour.  Today, I say, Yesterday Grey’s right again!

Jose Urena – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.55.  Urena’s so under the radar he won’t even win the postseason Razzball award for “Pitcher You Streamed So Much You Just Ended Up Owning.”  Of course, you should’ve.  He’s given more fantasy value this year than Tanaka, Taijuan, Hamels, Duffy, McCullers and Jon Lester, to name a few.

Brandon Nimmo – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer.  Definite bright spot for the Mets.  Oh, not Nimmo, I’m talking about Keith Hernandez on a coke binge cleaned the broadcasting booth and there was literally a bright spot from polishing.  I keed, Nimmo’s actually good with the oh-bee-pees (.398 OBP; 17% walk rate).

Daniel Mengden – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.30, after throwing a shutout in his last start.  Hey, maybe my Dave Magadan rookie cards will gain some value with dyslexic card collectors.  A boy can dream!  So, Mengden is obviously in a solid groove, and maybe you can get lucky if you start him next time out, but the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like it, and Mengden’s peripherals are hideous.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .253.  Due to injuries, this was a totally lost season for Semien.  In the preseason, to avoid Semien, should’ve put a sock on him.

   
  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up!!

    a. So many emotions as the season draws to an end. Last year I got lucky catching guys like Fulmer, Duffy (‘member when you were getting your duff’ on?), Duvall. This year it seems or it seemed like there weren’t too many of those rising stars and mostly guys who were supposed to be good got injured or fell off the wagon a bit. Also didn’t keep schmotatoes long enough on the roster.

    b. Still in Don Ameche where the weather is hot (like 90F in the shade and it’s winter here) and the women are skanky. Great combo, right?

    c. Best of Rambo quote of the day for September 21 (from Rambo III) – Rambo goes to Afghanistan from the week of July 24

    Colonel Trautman: ‘They’re partly the reason I’m here. Bob. This is Robert Griggs, a field officer with our local embassy. John Rambo.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘A pleasure. You’re certainly not easy to find.’

    Rambo: ‘Why are you keeping track?’

    Robert Griggs: ‘Well, like the Colonel says, good men are hard to find. John, I’d like you to look at these photos. I don’t know how much you know about Afghanistan. Most people can’t find it on a map. But over two million civilians–mostly peasant farmers and their families– have been systematically slaughtered by invading Russian armies. Every new weapon–including chemical warfare–has been used to eliminate these people. They’ve been very successful on many levels. I assume you’re out of touch with the current status of the war. After nine years of fighting, Afghan forces are getting shipments of stinger missiles. They’re beginning to hold their own against air strikes, except for one region, 5o Miles over the border. The Soviet commander there is brutal, as those photos indicate. He’s managed to strangle off all aid from the outside. So…We want to…Investigate the problem firsthand.

    Rambo: ‘And what’s that got to do with me?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘They’ve asked me to go in.’

    Rambo: ‘You’re not doing it?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Yes, and I want you to come with me.’

    Rambo: ‘I put in my time.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘What’s that mean?’

    Rambo: ‘It means my war is over.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘I thought you said he was this great soldier. Colonel, looks like we got a long walk down those stairs.’

    Colonel Trautman (to Rambo): ‘Don’t be down on him. He’s just following orders. This mission’s important.’

    Rambo: ‘Do you really think we’ll make a difference?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be going.’

    Rambo: ‘It didn’t before.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘That was another time. Come with me, John.’

    Rambo: ‘I don’t know what you think about this place, but I like it. I like being here, working here. I like belonging to something.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You do belong to something, not this. When will you come full circle?

    Rambo: ‘What are you talking about?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You said your war is over. Maybe the one out there is, but not the one inside you. I know the reasons you’re here, but it doesn’t work that way. You can’t escape what you are.’

    Rambo: ‘What’s that?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘A full-blooded combat soldier.’

    [Guess what, Nation? We’re going to Afghanistan!]

    Rambo: ‘Not anymore. I don’t want it.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘That’s too bad. You’re stuck with it. Let me tell you a story. A sculptor found this special stone. He worked on it for months, until he finally finished it. His friends said he’d created a great statue. The sculptor said he hadn’t created anything. The statue was always there. He just cleared away the small pieces. We didn’t make you this fighting machine. We just chipped away the rough edges. You’ll always tear away at yourself until you come to terms with what you are, until you come full circle.’

    Rambo: ‘I guess I’m not ready yet.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Hmm. Well, I got to move. Promise me you’ll look me up when you get stateside, huh?’

    Rambo: ‘I promise. Colonel. I’m sorry… but it’s got to end for me sometime.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘I understand.’

    [Scene change to Afghanistan at night. Of course, the Russians knew about their movements and attack with a helicopter killing two soldiers immediately.]

    Random voice: ‘Take cover!’

    Soldier #1: ‘Ohh!’

    Soldier #2: ‘Aah! Aah! Aah!’

    [Colonel Trautman defends bravely, unfortch the Russians have more weaponry and destroy most of the convoy.]

    Voice of a Russian officer: ‘Drop your weapons and remain where you are! You cannot escape! We will not attack if you do not run! Drop the weapons! You have no chance of escape! Drop your weapons! Now!

    [Scene change to the Buddhist village where Rambo lives.]

    Thai worker helping Rambo: ‘[Speaking foreign language]

    Robert Griggs: ‘Rambo. Something went wrong.’

    Rambo: ‘What happened?’

    Robert Griggs: ‘Soviets intercepted the team just over the border. Trautman and the rest of his party have been taken to a regional command post.

    Rambo: ‘What are you doing about it?’

    Robert Griggs: ‘We can’t do anything about it. I’m sorry. I just thought you should know.’

    Rambo: ‘What about me?’

    Robert Griggs: ‘What about you?’

    Rambo: ‘Can you get me in?’

    Robert Griggs: ‘You’re not serious?’

    Rambo: ‘Oh, yeah, I’m serious.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘It can’t be done officially.’

    Rambo: ‘Make it unofficial.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘I want you to know up front that if you’re captured or any of this leaks, we’ll deny any participation or even knowledge of your existence.’

    Rambo: ‘I’m used to it.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘I’ll get back to you.’

    [Peshawar, Pakistan….near the Afghan border]

    People at the market: ‘[Whistling] [Speaking foreign language]’

    Shop owner: ‘You want to buy? Many guns here.’

    Rambo: ‘No. I’m looking for Musa Ghani.’

    Shop owner: ‘What’s your name?’

    Rambo: ‘John Rambo.’

    Shop owner: ‘Wait here.’

    [Musa Ghani comes out of the back room and spies on Rambo for a few moments as he’s looking at the guns on the wall.]

    Musa Ghani: ‘They sell many in Afghanistan. Many land mines. Land mines everywhere. I am Musa Ghani. What is it you want?’

    Rambo: ‘I was sent by Griggs.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘You do not look like man Griggs sent before. You not look like you are with military.’

    Rambo: ‘I’m not.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘What you are? A mercenary?’

    Rambo: ‘No.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘You’re not military or mercenary. What are you? Lost tourist?’

    Rambo: ‘I’m no tourist.

    Musa Ghani: ‘Sorry.’

    Rambo: ‘Do you know where the American is?’

    Musa Ghani: ‘Yes. In Soviet fort, near the village of khowst, 3o Miles over border. Mr. Griggs send supplies you wanted. You wish to see them now?’

    Rambo: ‘Yeah.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘Is this what you asked for?’

    Rambo: ‘Yeah.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘What are these?’

    Rambo: ‘Detonators.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘And this? What is this for?’

    Rambo: ‘It’s a blue light.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘What does it do?’

    Rambo: ‘Turns blue.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘I see. How many more men come with us?’

    Rambo: ‘There’s no rescue team. Just me.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘Just you? I cannot take only one man to the fort. You need more men.’

    Rambo: ‘Griggs said you’d take me in.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘I am needed to take medical supplies. If I not take it, many people die. I do not know who you really are, but by the way you look, I can see you have no experience in war.’

    Rambo: ‘I’ve fired a few shots.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘Ha ha ha ha! A few shots? Come on. Maybe you should go back home and think it all over again for a very long time. Ha ha ha ha!’

    Rambo: ‘I did think it over.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘You did? Well, this is your choice. But let me tell you, you cannot get this American alone.’

    Musa Ghani: ‘If you fail, do not blame me. I will accept no responsibility.’

    Rambo: ‘That sounds familiar.’

    [Scene change to Russian command post where Colonel Trautman is being held.]

    Random sounds of American POWs: ‘Uhh! Aah! [Coughing]’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘I’m Colonel Zaysen, regional commander of this sector. Do you realize you’re the first American captured in Afghanistan? Congratulations. I believe you are planning to supply enemy rebel forces with stinger missiles intended to destroy Soviet aircraft.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘If I’m going to be interrogated, I want to be interrogated by your superiors.’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘Out here, I have no superiors. I am in full command. You are alone here…Abandoned by your government.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘What do you want?’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘Cooperation. This sector has been under total control for over five years. There is little more I can do here. It is, as you say, without challenges. If you supply to me worthy information about more stinger missiles you are planning to deliver, it could provide a way out of this for us both. After all, in the end, what everyone really wants is peace.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘The kremlin’s got a sense of humor.’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘Please explain.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You talk peace and disarmament to the world, and you’re wiping out a race of people.’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘We are wiping out no one. I think you are too intelligent to believe such absurd propaganda. Where are the missiles?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘I don’t know anything about any missiles!’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘You don’t realize I’m providing a way out for us both.

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You expect sympathy? You started this war! Now you deal with it!’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘And we will. It’s just a matter of time before we achieve victory.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘There won’t be a victory! Every day you lose ground to poorly armed freedom fighters. You underestimated your competition. These people have never given up to anyone. They’d rather die than be slaves to an invading army. You can’t defeat a people like that. We tried. We already had our Vietnam! Now you’re going to have yours.’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘So…You wish to test me! Good.’

    [Scene change, Musa Ghani leads Rambo on the way to the fort where Colonel Trautman is being held.]

    Musa Ghani: ‘This is Afghanistan. Alexander the great tried to conquer this country, then Genghis Khan, then the British. Now Russia. But Afghan people fight hard. They’ll never be defeated. Ancient enemy make prayer about these people. You wish to hear? It says, “may God deliver us “from the venom of the cobra, “teeth of the tiger, and the vengeance of the Afghan. You understand what this means?’

    Rambo: ‘That you guys don’t take any shit?’

    Musa Ghani: ‘Yes. Something like this. We go now. To the north are many caves. We will travel through them. This leads to the valley of five lions. In ancient days, the Afghan king was asked to send 500 warriors into battle. He said, “only five.” His greatest five. And they won. He said, “it’s better to send five lions than 500 sheep.” What do you think?’

    Rambo: ‘The king was lucky. How much longer to the village?’

    Musa Ghani: ‘About two hours.’

    [Scene change, at Russian command camp.]

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘Where in my sector are the missiles being delivered?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘I don’t know.’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘You’re a liar.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Ooh! Uhh!’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘Where?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘All right.’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘I knew you were lying. Now, where are the missles located?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Close.’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘How close?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘In your ass. Oh! Uuh!’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘You’ve tried my patience long enough. [Click] I tried to be civilized. [Door opens] [Speaking foreign language] [Speaking foreign language] [Talking about John Rambo in foreign language] The name John Rambo…Do you know it?

    Colonel Trautman: ‘No?’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘He says there are plans for a rescue attempt with the help of some rebels. He also says he knows where this man is going. We will welcome him.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Aah!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Matt Olson! B. Yikes C. Amazing

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Thanks a million. Signed up Renfroe in one league.

        Thing is I was in 3rd in one league earlier like about 76.5 pts or something, so lots of opponents from 4 to 8 encroaching etc. And then all the pitching collapsed and for the second year in a row I didn’t have enough closers. Having 2 closers is not a good way to stay competitive. Having Machado’s swoon in the 1st half as my 1st round pick certainly made things difficult, then Springer’s injury and Trevor Story’s entire season. If you relied on them, you were punished this year. In that same RCL, I had Yu Darvish another under-performer this year. It’ll be better next year ’cause it can’t get much worse than this year. Still no regrets, enjoyed it thoroughly. Must pay more attention of Friday buys in April.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          No problem, Altherr!

  2. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12-team H2H with QS. I know these are both pretty ugly, but slim pickins in the playoffs :/ Would you rather start Gsellman at Metco against the Nats or Andriese in Baltimore?

    Btw, I feel your pain with Odor… after a bit of an internal debate, I dropped him 2 days ago for Matt Olson. Yes, already got a HR out of it with Olson. But man is it a slap in the face after riding Odor’s wavy stink lines all damn year… watch him get hot for the next few days and be the deciding factor in my H2H season #baseball

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Gsellman — Ha, I know on Odor, ridiculous

  3. Don says:
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    Kershaw struck out 300 just a couple of years ago.

    • chris says:
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      @Don: and didn’t win the Cy Young.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Don: I totally forgot about that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: You’re right, misread a piece about it, he became the first *Red Sox player — fixed above

  4. chris says:
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    “to avoid Semien, should’ve put a sock on him.”

    the. best. line. ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chris: Thanks!

  5. Sean says:
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    I can’t believe they pulled Brault after only 65 pitches last night…i needed those stats.

    1. I need a streamer for tomorrow but my options are all negative on SON, but have done pretty well the past month. Who do you like best (none is also a possible answer)?
    Romano vs BOS $-9.8
    Woodruff vs CHC $ -7.8
    E. Ramirez vs CLE $-7.3
    Gibson @ DET $-11.0

    2. In need of a schmotato since Dom Smith didnt turn out so well in prep for this week. Who you like best between Domingo, Altherr, Bour, and Candelario?

    • DonnieB says:
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      Domingo. Been as hot as Altherr.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: Yeah, cause Brault isn’t stretched out fully 1. None 2. Altherr

      • Sean says:
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        @Grey: that would make sense to me if he didn’t go 6 innings last time and his previous 2 starts he threw 90 pitches each. What do i know, im just a guy chasing a QS in the semifinals and not real baseball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, yeah, that is true… Hmm, not sure then

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, I know! It’s C**nt Hurdle!

          • Sean says:
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            @Grey: haha, forgot about that guy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  6. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Playoffs are getting tight. I have 3 streamer moves left and trying to plan ahead. Guy I’m facing is also streaming so I might just grab 3 of these guys ahead of the weekend. Here are what I consider my “best” options:

    Clayton Richard (v. COL) 5.3
    Davies (v. CHC) -13.1
    Newcomb (v. PHI) 8.3
    Wacha (@PIT) 0.8
    Manaea (v. TEX) 16.0
    Chacin (v. COL) 13.8
    Boyd (v. MIN) 1.3
    Cotton (v. TEX) 7.7

  7. Alex says:
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    Trying to make a comeback in a H2H final round.

    1. Need 2 corner infielders:

    Dejong vs. Bailey
    Carpenter vs. Bailey
    Zimmerman vs. Dickey
    Yuli vs. Fulmer

    2. Thinking about switching outfielders too. I own: Rosario vs. Zimmerman, Braun vs. Arrieta, Puig vs. Leiter, Jackson vs. Bridwell

    Drop any to pick up Scooter vs. Martinez, Haniger vs. Hamels, Souza vs. Ynoa?

    3. 2B… Keep Daniel Murphy (concerned about hamstring) or go with Kinsler vs. Mejia and beyond.

    4. Last one: Catcher for today… Grandal vs. Leiter Jr. or Salvador vs. Happ

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: 1. DeJong, Carpenter 2. Haniger over Puig, Scooter over Jackson 3. Go Kinsler 4. Perez

  8. Packers says:
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    Hello Grey,
    For 2018 in a 12 team roto dynasty with OPS and Net wins as extra cats.
    1. Faria, Flaherty or Buehler. Is the odd guy out worth C. Allen. I only have Holland and Bradley as possible closers.

    2. Kiermaier, Herrera or Hays.

    3. Clevinger, Godley, Peacock or Pomeranz.
    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: I’d lose Flaherty 2. Kiermaier 3. For what? Dynasty purposes? This year?

      • Packers says:
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        @Grey: All for 2018 and yes a dynasty league. I’m trying to set up a trade. We only get one week till rosters freeze. Everyone switches over to football.
        So I have a trade lined up by giving up Odorizzi and Folty for Godley now. Was also giving him Siemen and Barreto for Story in the same trade. That would give me two roster spots to play with. I’m thinking I should try to get Allen and toss in Flaherty. Do you think it is close enough?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s plenty close

          • Packers says:
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            @Grey: Ok, great. thanks for the feedback.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  9. LastPlace says:
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    Saddest question ever… Super deep Al only keeper league. Please rank the following from most likely to least likely chance at saves next season. Santiago, Glen Perkins, Joe Smith.
    Thank you.

  10. ryanoger says:
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    redraft

    Lose Seager and Haniger for Altherr and Moncada?

    thanks grey

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      Or just lose Seager for one of those two? Haniger is rolling.

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @ryanoger: “Sure”

  11. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Mornin’ Grey. SON loves both Tyler Anderson away at SD and Salazar away vs LAA. Start both, one, neither?

    Anderson has looked sharp recently, and I was at the game he started at Coors and was impressed. Ive got almost no faith in Salazar, especially against a team still figting for a playoff spot and a healthy Trout, but…SON has been lazer sharp accurate as of late. Thoughts?

  12. Philly says:
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    Hey there. Was wondering your thoughts on streaming Wacha @Pitt or Gibson @Detroit tomorrow. My league is H2H categories, where my opponent already has 3 losses to my 0, and we are tied in wins.

    I have Boyd on Detroit who faces Gibson so wondering if I should go with Gibson to increase my likelihood for a win. I have some wiggle room to take a loss. Or is Wacha the better start? Wacha’s last outing against Pitt was great but the one before @Pitt not so much. Thanks.

    • Philly says:
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      @Philly:
      Looks like Boyd’s start is Saturday and not tomorrow. Not sure what happened.

      So with that news, doe that make Wacha that better stream? I just realized Lackey is also available @Milwaukee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Philly: I’d go with Wacha

  13. Grey! In the home stretch here I got Avisail Garcia Day-to-Day. I have two moves left til Oct 1. Who do I pick up in his place? Altherr, Renfoe, Fowler, Domingo. This person will likely be on my roster til the end. R/HR/RBI/Avg would be nice!

  14. Josh says:
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    I lead in WHIP 1.28 to 1.29 I need to win it to have a chance to win the championship.

    Which of these guys are you starting? Assume I already won K and W categories, and ERA.

    Paxton (TEX)
    E. Ramirez (CLE)
    Woodruff (CHC)
    Verlander (LAA)
    Hill (SF)
    Tanaka (@TOR)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: Hill, Verlander

  15. HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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    A couple of months ago you ranked for me Odor, Segura and Merrifield for next season, in that order.

    Has that changed?

  16. DonnieB says:
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    Altherr over Corey Seager or Manuel Margot for last week. Seager cannot be kept. Other two can at $10. I have loved Seager for 3 years but fear I must now say goodbye. Agree? Thanks my LaLa Land fantasy friend. ”Tis was a great season….oh, and who’s closing for the Royals and Angels? Any guess?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: Seager — Alexander, Parker

  17. Cannot spell wrong without Ron says:
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    I guess next year we should draft Lamb and then trade him at the All Star break for Donaldson.

  18. SMITTY says:
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    How do you feel about Maeda @ Philly tonight buddy?

    Unless things take a serious turn for the worse this weekend it looks like I will be advancing to the championship in a 10 team 5×5 h2h league. My Saves situation has become terrible the past couple weeks and I am considering dropping several starting pitchers and picking up as many relievers as possible to counter my oppronet who has a better starting staff than me. My thought on this is I can probably win whip, era, saves, and possibly even K’s if some of his starters get skipped. If you could add 4 which ones would you grab?

    Claudio – 3 vs Hou, 4 vs. Oak
    Hader- 3 vs. Cincy, 3 @ STL
    Parker – 4 @ White Sox 3 vs. Sea
    Brach -2 @ Pitt, 3 @ TB
    Treinen- 3 vs. Sea, 4 @ Tex
    Petit- 4 @ Whit Sox, 3 vs. Sea

    Also I’m trying to heed your pleats pick up Altherr so who’s my drop if anyone?
    Rosario
    Buxton
    Bennentindi
    Reddick

    Thanks for the hard work and help all season buddy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SMITTY: I’d start Maeda — Parker, Treinen, Claudio, Brach — Reddick

  19. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Robbie Ray you broke my heart – think of the Michael and Fredo scene in Havana. That’s how I feel after that start.

  20. ryanoger says:
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    Swarzak (home against the cubbies next 4) or T Hunter (@Baltimore next 4) for holds?

    thanks amigo

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  21. Citizen5 says:
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    Drop Buxton for:
    Renfroe, Haniger, D. Santana or Altherr?
    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Citizen5: Depends on needs, Altherr

      • Citizen5 says:
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        @Grey:
        HR is the biggest need. SBs are 2nd

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Renfroe

  22. ryanoger says:
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    Sorry last one man

    Renfroe or Moncada?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moncada

  23. lwomack58 says:
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    Streamer questions: Sorry for the long list-this is for 3 different teams

    Tallion vs Stl & Gant-Son +16.9
    Boyd vs Minn & Santana-SON+1.3
    AJ Cole @ NYM & Harvery-SON + 4.7
    Marquez @ SD & Perdomo-SON +13
    McHugh vs LAA & Skaggs-SON + 3.3
    Cotton vs Tex-& Pereza-SON +7.7
    Chacin vs Colo & Bettios-SON +13.8
    Estrada vs NYY & Tanaka-SON -1.3
    Wacha @ Pit & Nova-SON +0.8

    Can you give me three to four that you might like. Again sorry for so many names-down to the wire.

    Thank you and have a great day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chacin, German, McHugh

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    SO far this week’s matchup is close in pitching … got 5 adds left as I missed out on streaming Moore earlier but grabbed Anderson for his start today @SD …

    SO with my remaining 5 adds, are the best 5 streams still Manaea, Chacin, Boyd, Cotton and Gohara? Or would replace any with the another option below like Nova or Wacha?

    9/22
    Nova vs. STL (3.6)
    Wacha @PIT (0.8)

    9/23
    Manaea vs. TEX (14.7)
    Chacin vs. COL (13.5)
    Boyd vs. MIN (1.3)
    Lynn @PIT (-2.9)

    9/24
    Cotton vs. TEX (7.3)
    Gohara vs. PHI (3.9)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How did you miss on Moore? Go with original 5

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Yeah life happens but okay thanks boss!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  25. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Do you like the cars, the cars that go boom?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t actually, sorry

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Tigra and Bunny disagree. How you doing in the ‘Perts league?

  26. Brian says:
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    How far do you think salazar goes today? My opponent and I are pretty close in Ks and QS and i have solid leads in ERA, WHIP, and K/BB. Since i can’t see him going long enough to accrue anything more than 5 or 6 Ks, and certainly no long enough for a QS, I don’t see any upside in starting him. Would you start him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      4 IP, 2 ER, 5 Ks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  27. JoeBuckYoSelf says:
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    In a 6X6 OPS league would you keep Merrfield over Mazara at this point?

    • JoeBuckYoSelf says:
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      @JoeBuckYoSelf: It’s a dynasty keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  28. dustyfingers says:
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    One transaction left for the week. Which pitcher to stream? J Mont v. Tor, Woodruff v. Chc, or Skaggs v. Hou?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of them…. Woodruff

      • dustyfingers says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Categories and Lester destroyed my ratios. Mostly looking for counting stats now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. Lubey says:
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    After disobeying the all mighty streamonator by taking Chatwood instead of Moore, I’ve come to my senses and have decided to listen to thee almighty one.

    I’ve hated Newcomb all year, but I am now a believer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, BISON — Believe In…

  30. Fausto

    Fausto says:
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    Maaan, End of Season Reminiscing Grey got me all sadface and nostalgic face emoji(?) BUT I still gotta win 2 leagues, so lets put on our Bonefaces and 2011 Emilio da Deal’yos…
    I gotta STrANGe one here…
    H2H semi 5×5 vanilla A F but the wrinkle is theres only a 9ip minimun, and I’m @30 innings, my oppo is @ the 9ip and he’s working that angle. My era/whip is 2.30/0.91. His is 0.00/1.04… Basically he’s punting wins and ks and hoping either my sp/rp burn my whip.
    He has 4 closers I have 4 and B. Parker.. He still has Stressbird going vs NYM, Teheran if he needs him and 3 moves, I have Kershaw Carrasco Mchugh Salazar T. Anderson and 1 move. I’m up 4-0 in wins, up 22ks and 2-1 saves… Do I sit on the whip lead, make him catch me in wins/ks Or throw what I got?… My fear in sitting sp is that he uses Stressbird vs NYM and lower his whip a ton since he only has 9innings and that matchup is ripe. I know Salazar is prob suicide but that was a desperation grab after Kershaw Monday. Our offense is dead heat, except sb.. He’s got t turner and in h2h ain’t no Sagnof that can hang with that… This is chess I’m more a Chinese Checkers dude… Whats the Lotharios move?…Start SP, Sit SP, or Start Carrasco/Kershaw, (Grab taillon in case) and Mchugh Sunday nite if necessary… Its 5×5 I have the tiebreak so I can play for that…Appreciate it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s do this! Sit on WHIP lead and make him catch you in Wins/Ks….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tho, that could change by Sunday, obvi

      • Fausto

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        @Grey: heard that homie…. Appreciate it more than you know. 2 more for the the road…
        1. use my last move and grab Taillon for Sunday stream before somebody grabs him? (SON is a big fan of the start $14). Or 2 ditch MJoyce for Renfroe?.. I know JD just dongs but Hunter “HR” Renfroe be Hitting Rockets and Home Runnin… I led the league in HR RBI and my big bats havent got it going yet this week but in H2H can’t be too careful. Taillon prob should take priority, id guess… My team has been carried all week by New MI bae of the month Timcarlo Anderson M.Olson, and Velocitanos(one of greatest razz names all time btw) adios for a minute.. I’ll be back next week with a championship Q’s viva Razzball!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Renfroe, don’t trust Taillon

  31. iChiro says:
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    Need help in any of R, RBI, HR , AVG, OPS for final push this weekend to get into finals.
    12 team H2h keeper, 2 moves left for the week.

    Can drop T. Anderson after start today @ SD. Could drop McHugh also, or Delino since i’m +4 SB right now.

    Available Options: Kinsler or Miggy vs MIN; B Moss @ ChiSox; LoMo or Souza @ Bal, Hanley @ CIN, Marwin vs LAA.

    • iChiro says:
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      @iChiro: @Grey. Any insight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @iChiro: Kinsler over Delino, Marwin over Anderson

  32. HookedOnTrout says:
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    Thoughts on Arrieta’s start today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t touch him

  33. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I need your help and advise. I have to get my MLB roster down to 25. I have 41 on my roster right now (including DL). I am working on the list and have 13 of the 16 names I am going to make available for the free agency draft. Here are the tough decisions I have to make and need your advice. From this list which three should I make available: Adam Jones, Jake Faria, Archie Bradley, Arodys Vizcaino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Jones

  34. Seth Swirsky says:
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    1. Clayton Richard tonight? He just signed new contract yesterday. Prompts a terrific performance?
    Stream him?

    2. Stream/Trust Sean Newcomb?

    THX!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d stream him 2. Stream

  35. Anchovies says:
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    hey hey,

    i know you got it bad for altherr (and im inclined to agree)

    who to drop, though…

    kiermaier
    duvall (a bench bat that doesnt see much action these days)
    haniger
    story (i know,iknow…)

    also (2)
    lose lameT for chacin vs col or newcomb vs philly or

    thank you
    -dave

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duvall — Chacin

  36. lwomack58 says:
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    One more for you.

    I need to pickup a utility/bench bat

    Hittertron is listing [email protected] $41, $39, $35 for the next three days. Playing vs Balt. & all right handers.

    Would you grab him over Candelario, Fowler, B.Hamilton or Haniger. Could use his wheels as my path to next round might be thru steals.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Jeimer

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry should have said that the others are all wavier wire not on my team. Is he the best bet for the weekend.
        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Steals and nothing else? I’d grab Hamilton, otherwise Kiermaier

          • lwomack58 says:
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            @Grey:
            I was surprised to see Kiermaier rated so highly. He is ranked #9 overall for the weekend.

            Thanks again

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  37. Joeg414 says:
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    Heyward or C Gomez ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eek…Heyward

  38. Winter is Coming says:
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    Grey who do you prefer over renfroe and kiermaer for rest of the week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Renfroe

  39. Jerseyjon says:
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    Read this this morning and still chuckling Suarez canal?hilarious! Wonder if her name is Gertie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  40. Raoul Duke says:
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    I’ve solidified my first five keeper spots but if you wouldn’t mind I would appreciate some advice on my last two spots. Which two would you keep between Verlander, Braun, Luis Castillo and Godley? I am leaning towards Verlander and Castillo. Do you expect a rebound from Braun or are you pretty much done with him since he has had trouble staying healthy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander, Braun

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not my two favorite keepers I’ve seen

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But if you have 5 other decent ones, then I guess you’re okay

          • Raoul Duke says:
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            @Grey: Other keepers are Trout, Betts, Machado, Moncada, Sale.

  41. joemorganhair says:
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    Who are your top 2 out of these? I currently own Newcomb, starting him based on SON’s outlook.

    Nova vs. STL
    Lively @ATL
    Lopez vs. KC
    Newcomb vs. PHi
    Cotton vs. Tex

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Newcomb, Cotton

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