As an Angeleno, I can’t tell you how amazing it’s been to be able to watch Clayton Kershaw every 5th game for all of his 2,500 Ks. I kid, games are blacked out here, and I’ve only seen him in the playoffs. Is he good? Really? Can you describe what he looks like when he’s good? He’s a lefty? A good slider? Are you messing with me? I can’t tell. *opening up Kershaw’s player page* Wow, I feel like I might’ve missed something by never seeing him pitch in a regular season game. Geez. Yesterday, Clayton Kershaw (6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.50) recorded his 2500th strikeout and he seems likely to avoid the Doom of F-Her, where he disappears in his 30s, and ruins his Hall of Fame candidacy. Forget that, actually, Kershaw could win the NL Cy this year for old time’s sake. Be kinda awesome to see him collect the award before Game 4 of the World Series, then goes out and gives up seven earned in the 1st inning, eliminating the Dodgers. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche! Before we go into the roundup, go and sign up for the fantasy football in-season projections. That shizz keeps the lights on, and helps you with your fantasy football leagues, so re2pect. Anyway, here’s the roundup:

Daniel Mengden – Hit the Covid IL. Not the man behind that glorious mustache! I was told my mustache is a natural mask! Any hoo, the A’s are supposed to resume play today.

Mike Clevinger – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.14. Wonder if Clevinger has asked Zach Davies if he’s related to Zach Plesac, and if he wants to go spliff one out in T.J. You know what’s kinda screwed up? Did you just answer 2020? Yes, but not what I was gonna say. What’s screwed up is I’m in these NL-Only leagues with FAAB bids on Sunday, and by the time someone (prolly not me) gets Clevinger, he’ll have like four starts left. What a goofy season.

Wil Myers – 1-for-3 as he came off the IL after one day. Because that’s what MVPs do!

Andrew Heaney – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.89. It’s scary taking on the Padres — they are MLB’s daddy! — but the Streamonator loved this start, and hopefully you started Heaney confidently. Meh, confidence would be irrelevant.

Felix Pena – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save, ERA at 1.86. After the game, a reporter asked Maddon, “Is Pena your new closer?” And he answered, “We’ll have to see.” I’m kidding, I don’t know if he was asked or answered. It sounds like something he’d say. It’s what all managers say. Or, “We’re gonna be reevaluating.” Like they’re not watching the games. Can you imagine having Felix Pena, and how well he’s pitching, and going with Buttrey? Maddon likely picked Buttrey originally because he was craving microwave popcorn.

David Fletcher – Hit the IL with an ankle sprain. Taylor Ward of the state of California Angels was called up, and I can think of 47 other middle infielders I’d prefer (in the AL).

Justin Smoak – DFA’d by the Brewers, and to replace him the Brew Crew signed up Daniel Vogelbach. Can you invest in cheese curd futures?

Reynaldo LopezWhite Sox optioned Lopez to Schaumburg. They optioned him to my dentist? Okay, cool.

Tim Anderson – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .347. Between Treat Urner and Anderson, it’s like these guys have completely forgotten about the steal. You have any idea the two players who co-lead the major leagues in steals? I didn’t know one of them, and I kinda pay attention to baseball a little bit. It’s Villar and…any guesses? No, not Wilson Ramos. Is that a serious guess? It’s Trevor Story. I would’ve never guessed that. If you told me it’s a Rockies player, I might’ve guessed Hampson. And I own Story in a bunch of leagues!

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer, hitting .173. Edwin is the best guy who is 37 years old who looks like he’s 57 years old, and Nelson Cruz is the best 57-year-old who looks 37.

Luis Robert – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .278. Wonder if Lou Bob wants to join me in an extra-wide trailer, and travel around the country taking photos in front of national landmarks while wearing silly hats. Kidding! Why wouldn’t he? Pick you up at 6!

Edward Olivares – 2-for-5, 2 runs as he was called up by the Royals, because Alex Gordon can only play seven games a week, and what if there’s a doubleheader? Seriously, why wasn’t Olivares already with the team? My AL-Only team needs him. Ed Olives won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s a deep league flyer. If you want to see who’s in the Buy/Sell column right now, it’s released on Thursday for those who have joined our Patreon. It’s free, plus five dollars. You also get a weekly podcast, which is me cackling for 60 minutes.

Hunter Dozier – 2-for-5 and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games. Hot schmotato alert!

Teoscar Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .311. Teoscar leads the major leagues in home runs, because of course he does. Kinda wish he saved it for a full year. Now everyone’s going to be in on him next year, jacking up the price on Teoscar’s jacks, like Weinstein jacking on everything while buying Oscars.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 2-for-5 and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Jays are like, “Wow, these Red Sox pitchers really do suck!”

Taijuan Walker – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.26 vs. Martin Perez – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.07. This matchup was billed as, “Are you really going to be out-pitched by a Red Sox pitcher? Oh, man, you are.” It lived up to its billing!

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 2.67. The Regression Fairies love Glow Up on Netflix and they will destroy your ratios.

Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .204, as he hits third. The Seoul Train is having a miserable year, but everyone on the Rangers is, so that’s prolly comforting for him.

Jose Altuve – Left with knee discomfort, and is having an MRI. Last year he would’ve known that injury was coming.

Zack Greinke – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.91. If I may be so bold, giving up three earned to the shizzball Rangers is the same as giving up six earned to the Astros, so Lynn is still better than Greinke; I’m taking a victory lap, lates.

Martin Maldonado – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 4th homer, hitting .272. Wanna dive out your 2nd floor window? On our Player Rater, Maldonado is a top catcher five on the year.

Aledmys Diaz – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .167. Sometimes I go to get my license renewed and start screaming, “You’re Al E. DMVs!” I can understand why I’m escorted out.

J.T. Riddle – 0-for-3, 1 run and his 1st steal. The Pirates are playing this guy over Ke’Bryan Hayes. Riddle, indeed.

Bryan Reynolds – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .196. Has he considered changing to one name, Breyn? Would make it marginally easier to ignore him.

JT Brubaker – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.96. Brubaker kept the ball on the ground, so guess you can call him the Micro Brubaker, because he’s cooking with tiny hops.

Ian Happ – Left after taking a foul tip to his eye. I have four! Take one of mine! Please let him be okay. I think we need to form a prayer hexagon, and bow our heads.

Alec Mills – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.50. This guy thought he’d just go into PNC and not get met forcefully by a team that has less runs scored on the year than the Giants in one series in Coors? Please.

Trea Turner – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, an inside-the-parker, hitting .366. Treat Urner’s 162-game pace is 40/15, exactly what everyone expected.

Michael A. Taylor – 1-for-2 and his 4th homer, hitting .196. He replaced an injured Adam Eaton. Not sure how Eaton was hurt, but I have some suspicions. Ahem, Michael ActivelytryingtoinjureAdamEaton Taylor.

Rhys Hoskins – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .269. Kinda have to hit three homers in a game to make an impression. Sorry, Rhysus.

Robert Gsellman – 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 7.84. Robert Gsellman:  Terrible Mets starter, future Mets closer.

J.D. Davis – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .274. Jonathan Davis Davis with the home home run run!

Pete Alonso – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer. Albombso! Honestly, that average is not ideal, but I’ll take 1-for-5’s every game if it comes with a home run.

Todd Frazier – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI and his 1st homer with the Mets, and 3rd on the year. I hate box scores. Why does it say this was Frazier first homer? There is literally no reason. This shizz keeps me up at night. Well, that and the diorama of the house where Juan Soto and I live.

Aroldis Chapman – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 9.00, as he blew his 2nd game. Yoan Moncada said he’s not 100% still after having Covid. Wonder if Chapman is being bothered still or he’s just an absolute wild man and it has nothing to do with the ‘rona.

Giancarlo StantonYanks said he’s still “a ways away.” A Ways Away sounds like a Yacht Rock song. I can dig it. Also, Giancarlo’s exit velocity is three to five days into every season.

 
  1. Nitro says:
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    My proud fantasy story that no one will care about. In my 10 team almost 30 year league, yes I am old, I am known as the guy who makes the most moves. Always streaming…. I also happen to have won the most. In part thanks to Razz of course.
    Yesterday they were giving me a hard time for the amount of moves I was making. They happen to all hate Todd Frazier also. So I made him my batty call. A nice 3 for 5 and 7 points later….. and I pad my 1st place totals as well. Real exciting huh? In these days, it is about as exciting as I get. Happy streaming!!

    • Travis Hafner says:
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      In leagues I am in, they implemented “transaction caps” literally due to my streaming constantly. Named the rule after me. It’s an incredible advantage.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice batty call! And we care!

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      There is rampant, mindless streaming and there is stragetic streaming. If the league has the former, I am not interested. If it has the latter, I am all about it.

    • rhodyballer says:
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      Rosterbation Nation. Our league charges $2 for a ww pickup and $1 to move a guy from the bench into your starting lineup

      • keith o branstetter says:
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        Yall must have a nice big fat pot with those rules !

  2. mojoman says:
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    nice job Grey.
    would (or could) you drop Ketel for anyone of waiver wire hitters?
    position doesn’t matter. even I rather like Jay Bruce over him.
    but i don’t know whether it would be right decision or not.
    let me know the way, fantasy god grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can’t do that yet

      • mojoman says:
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        thank you, Grey.
        so do i.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  3. alexandro garcia says:
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    I streamonated Heaney! Money well invested.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  4. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Stream:

    MadBum Vs AZ
    Gonslin Vs COL
    Desclafani Vs PIT

    Who do you like ROS?

    Thanks!

    • TarmanGotHim says:
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      MadBum VS SF*

    • Ace of Spades says:
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      Gonslin, Desclafani for streamers now.

      ROS ? Because the Dodgers have a 20 man rotation, it makes it a coin flip, but I would still go 1. Gonslin 2. Desclafani and 3. MadBum

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gonsolin and DeSclafani

  5. Simsbad says:
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    Todd Frazier batting cleanup for the Mets…. xD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  6. Simsbad says:
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    Rank in order:

    McCutchen, Winker, Buxton, Laureano

    And one more thing…. why are fantasy “experts” so high on Carlos Santana but always act like Yuli Gurriel is useless? Just grinds my gears.

    • Ace of Spades says:
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      Because Carlos always gives us such great lead guitar work . Yuli ? a lot of fret buzz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grinds my gears too!

      Winker, McCutchen, Laureano

  7. Denver90 says:
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    Need to drop 2 from the following:
    Hanser
    Solak
    Iglesias
    Cooper
    Dejong
    Please rank them in case I need to drop another.
    Thanks for the great reads daily!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends if Hanser can play today

      Cooper, Solak, DeJong

  8. Big Magoo

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    Today’s lede makes me sad. I drafted Kershaw in three leagues this preseason before the shit hit the fan. All gone. Probably the only chance I had of owning him at a reasonable price.

    That’s not as irritating as the speed situation around the league. Or my team’s, anyway. Robert has four steals. Not bad. Lindor has two. DeShields has one. Santana can’t stay healthy. Such a mess. Run, you bastards!

    • Big Magoo

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      And c’mon Happ. Shake it off. Already have three OFs down, and 12 of those damn Swiss suitcases on my bench. Throw some ice on it and get back in there.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I need Happ too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahahaha, you mentioned DeShields! Y tho, Magoo?

      I didn’t lose any teams, but that must be frustrating

      • Big Magoo

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        Because my team has 14 steals on the year. 14. That was a month for Juan Pierre back in the day. I’m so desperate that I’ve been mixing in DeShields and Straw. It’s the worst.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I hear that

  9. Mark says:
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    I think Mondesi was 0 for his last 25 or something like that. I lost count.
    I actually thought that guy had a shot at the MVP in a short season….lol

    I will not pound on Mondesi as he’s always been consistently producing, sure he doesn’t walk but he did everything else fine.

    Just thought I’d alert Grey on Mondesi’s amazing achievements….to go along with Kershaw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, Mondesi has been a real joy

  10. nightpandas says:
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    Would you move Springer a 7th and 8th rounder for Teoscar and 2 2nd rounders next year?

    It is a 12 team keep 7 so Springer is not a lock to keep at this point….those 2 picks are around 100.

    would be keeping 7 of Lindor, Bichette, Olson, MChapman, Springer, Meadows, Winker, Lewis, Mountcastle, Ohtani, Cole, Iglesias, Lynn, Howard, Paxton, Berrios

    • Ace of Spades says:
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      Imagine this:
      Trump gets re-elected and signs an executive order that MLB baseball can only have teams in the USA. The Blue Jays are then permanently located in Buffalo where the balls fly high.
      In this imagined land, its a no brainer. Take Teoscar and run.

      Actually, If the world decides in 2021 to drift to a more sane world again, I still would take Teoscar and the higher picks. The kid, and the kids of baseball players who surround him in the lineup , have a bright future.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar, sure

  11. Dave D says:
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    Hats off to Heaney. Awwsome performance. Great stuff yesterday. If only he could pitch that way consistently. More trustworthy at home but not on my fantasy radar due to inconsistency combined with injury risk..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that performance should be given, but it hasn’t been

  12. Drew says:
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    Was offered Moran for my McNeil in 16-team OPS keeper. My initial thought was meh, but then I saw Moran has shown some pop. Their projections seem pretty close ROS…Pull the trigger, counter, or reject? Thanks!

    • JKJ

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      Hard pass

    • hot corner says:
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      Agree with JKJ. Moran hit 5 home runs in the first week and has been pretty useless since then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  13. Matty says:
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    I watched that Trea home run last night; the way he jogged to first then sprinted the rest of the way the scorers should have understood that he intended for that to be a single and three steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It would match his season total in steals

  14. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Awesome report!

    a. Had a couple of assignments to handle in town (wait in line for our son’s monthly bus pass and close out an account in our bank) which will easily take 3 hours of waiting. Hopefully less. Wife had to go pick up a package that my sister-in-law sent from Frankfurt with a woman named Sonja. The things we do for love.

    b. Had Leody Taveras in my lineup last night. LEE OD!! That’s how desperate things are.

    c. Have a great weekend.

    d. MLB quote of the day for September 4, 2020.

    ‘I never said most of the things I said. Then again, I might have said ’em, but you never know.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha sounds like a spy thriller

      B. Yikes

      C. You too!

      D. Yogi?

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Yogi indeed! Had limited access to Internet, so that’s what limited access gets you. Wait until Monday, though! The quote will surely blow you away, (Ow, eye roll!).

        b. Yeah, the contents of the luggage was as follows.

        1. Like 4 or 5 jackets that she bought for cheap but she can’t fit into. There’s one nice one my wife likes, so hey don’t knock 20% success rate.
        2. Dog food and dog snacks plus a new squeeze toy and his 15th cushion. We’re way behind y’all and Ted but catching up on the cushion count!
        3. Running and soccer shoes for our son.
        4. Coffee fpr my wife, she loves coffee so I love it too just not to drink.

        c. Since dropped Lee OD, but might pick him back up again. He’s good for steals. On his Baseball cube baseball card his speed is listed as 87/100, so he’s fast. So is Engel but unrealized potential could happen to Lee OD too.

        d. No plans here for the weekend. Binge watching season 2 of The Blacklist, my wife fell in love and then I did too. Who knew? (I didn’t, I just like watching stuff that my wife likes to watch). It’s corny, predictable and returns our faith in humanity.

        e. We started to watch ‘The Informer’, looks pretty good, if your idea of pretty good includes making fun of Pollocks. If not, just a crime/thriller with a little romance mixed in. No humor or comic relief. My wife says is too much to watch just before going to bed, she likes watching stuff that puts her to sleep like Belgravia.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. Can’t wait!

          B. Sounding less and less like a spy thriller

          C. Um…Maybe

          D. Did you ever watch Dark on Netflix? Recommended if not

          E. Not sure I’ve heard of it

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!

            We loved Dark season 1. Then I go and blow like 12 GB for season 2. Her reaction? I don’t like it!!! Season 2 and 3 of Dark the most-watched show on Netflix but my gal doesn’t like it so I don’t like it. Terrible, man! I’ll watch it when I go away somewhere on mission to Africa or the Middle East, if I go ever.

            Belgravia is just like Downton Abbey but less well-known. Upper class British society putting down the lower class but then the lower class revolting and then marrying into the upper class. How ’bout dem apples?

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Haha, you’re gonna need to rewatch 1st two seasons to remember everything…Ah…Okay, will check it out

  15. Jesus Vasquez says:
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    Could you rub your crystal boba and rank these ballers?
    Riley, Frazier, Candelario, Duvall.
    Roto, 10tm, big benches
    Gracias!!

    • Ace of Spades says:
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      If your Frazier is Clint:

      Riley, Frazier, Duvall, Candelario

      If your Frazier is Todd:

      Riley, Duvall, Candelario, Frazier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I had crystal boba right now

      Riley, Frazier, Duvall

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agree with Ace

  16. A.J. Puk will join the A’s early next week working out of bullpen. Do you think he worth a pick-up? Need holds and K’s thank again.

    • JKJ

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      Definitely. Could be a ratio and K stud, multiple innings per outing most likely.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As a middle reliever? Sure, I guess, I didn’t run out to grab him

  17. RoarOf84 says:
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    Had one of my favorite teams that I’ve ever built this season, but it just didn’t come together during the shortened season, so deciding to sell for the future. Interested in your thoughts on this deal I made.

    League format: 10 team, 6×6 (OPS and holds), keeper league (just keep your best 8 players – no salaries or draft pick penalties)

    Give: Correa, Sonny Gray, Maeda

    Receive: Lindor

    Other keeper options (only need 7): Acuna, Soto, Bregman, Flaherty, Olson, Bryant, Wander, Mondesi, Ohtani, Gore

    ^^^I had more options than this (Darvish, Glasnow, Castellanos) but moved them for draft picks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  18. stevie says:
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    Is it time we cut ties with Escobar for one of the kids? Both Bohm and Hayes are available. Thanks.

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Bohm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with JKJ

  19. Alex says:
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    Morning Grey!
    Time to drop Stanton for ROS to open up my IL spot for Fletcher and grab another producing OF? I don’t think Stanton will return any time soon!! Thanks much!!

    • Grey

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      I’d prolly drop both, but can lose Stanton

  20. southside dom says:
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    Grey,

    Meant to comment the other day when you compared Luis Robert to a certain 1B on the NYM who I drafted and shall remain unnammed.

    Granted, I am a Sox fan and have watched about 80% of Robert’s games this year vs. 0% of Alonso’s. But LouBob is a complete stud and should be a top player in the league for many years to come.

    Bit of a free swinger now (goes after a lot of first pitches), but I’ve already seen his eye improve. And the strength/speed combo is deadly. He was caught a few times after swiping 4 bases early on basically effortlessly and has since stopped running — but the speed is definitely there.

    Strength wise — he hit a walk-off HR into the wind the other day…with one arm. And when he’s in swing mode, like on this 2-0 count last night, well just enjoy:

    https://www.mlb.com/news/luis-robert-crushes-458-foot-home-run-in-white-sox-win

    I’ll meet you and LouBob at the grand canyon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh man we’re gonna take the best pictures!

      Lou Bob is so special, dare I say he reminds me of Acuna

      • southside dom says:
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        I don’t think that’s a stretch. I feel more confident in him right now at the plate than anyone on the Sox with the exception of Abreu.

        He’s also been hitting in the 7/8 slot. He will 100% be moving up, if not this year, then next season.

        The only thing I am afraid of is him participating in a home run derby and jacking up his swing. He’d hit about 100

  21. Kcc26 says:
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    Would it be absurd to trade Alonso for Hader if you owned Alonso, Olson, Machado and Donaldson and could only start 3 of the 4 (1B, 3B, INF)?

    • Ace of Spades says:
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      If its a keeper league then yes, it would be insane to trade Alonso.

      In a redraft, you still should get more than Hader for him, but I could see it. Me personally, I would hold. Alonso is starting to wake up and looks good to go from here on out. plus, in a season like this, you can never have enough offensive depth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Ace

      • Kcc26 says:
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        What about Olson for Hader? Also Alonso is 5 for his last 41 so while I certainly hope he’s waking up, I wouldn’t say he’s necessarily showing signs of coming around :/

        • Grey

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          I’d take Hader

  22. waffles says:
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    how do you feel about Griffin Canning vs HOU tomorrow? Bumgarner @ SF?

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Canning is okay. Not a great away matchup tho.

      Bumgarner isn’t Mad Bum anymore: he’s Bad Bum. Totally done.

    • Grey

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      Canning works fine for me…I worry Bum won’t be ready to go

  23. Fred says:
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    0/16 for Grichuk! It is time to let him go? I want to play him in the double header at BOS today, but I fear that he’ll go 0/8 and screw up my averages.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him vs. BOS

  24. Curious George says:
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    Looking forward to the buy column this afternoon.

    Selling Kyle Lewis – do you prefer carrasco or plesac?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plesac

  25. Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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    Start Morton this week?

    I was at Seaver’s 300th as he pitched for the White Sox vs the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. It felt so wrong and so right simultaneously. RIP Tom Terrific

    Have a safe Labor Day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Morton, but he might not go more than 4 IP, guess depends on your options

      That’s so cool about Seaver’s 300th, I faintly remember that game, actually

      You too!

      • Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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        options are Keller or DiScalfini
        I think I’ll bench DiScalfini

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t he get the Pirates?

          • Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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            He does… Maybe I bench a closer for the week and start all 3. I have Hudson Colome and Melancon I think I can afford 1 week with fewer saves. My other starters are good..Lopez, Clevenger, Walker and I Anderson. We are allowed 9 pitchers

  26. jnienow says:
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    Are we starting Castillo @ Pit. today or will he continue to be a ratio killer? Time to move on from him or is there any hope left?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him

  27. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mr. Grey,
    Is today the day we start taking bigger risks with pitching. I’m currently 2nd in hitting in my league and 6th in pitching.

    I feel like there is a day in every fantasy season when I stop playing it safe with pitching, streamers and save guys. Its almost instinctual. Does that happen to anyone else? I imagine changing into 4th gear or pressing a button to redirect the focus of the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you better start pushing soon, there’s no much left of the season

  28. Proud Kershaw fan says:
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    I understand he’s no Eovaldi, but wow, really not a fan of Kershaw? From the way you wrote him up, the only thing that would’ve made him more of a punching bag is if he wore a NY uniform. Who knows? Maybe he only performs well during the regular season for us Fantasy Baseballers …that’s unselfishness gotta deserve some love.

    Thanks for the write-up FML. Great as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I don’t dislike him, was just saying I’ve never seen him bc of stupid blackouts…He’s a Cy candidate and future HOFer, that’s pretty good praise

  29. jose says:
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    Anyone have any thoughts on Hiura’s K rate? I own him in a pretty shallow keeper league and could probably stand to move on to compete this year instead of holding out for development.

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      It was already yucky last year and is even yuckier this year. I like him for pop but I definitely don’t love him. In a shallow league, I don’t mind letting him loose at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve been saying that about Hiura for the last two weeks

  30. Basement Artie says:
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    Great write-up. Buttery Popcorn! Sounds like a friend of Joe Biden. Should I hang on to Mondesi in hopes he comes around or drop him for Adames? Also, I have Pomeranz and was thinking of dropping for Holland or Castillo. Advice please? Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

      I’d hold Mondesi if I needed SBs

      I’d go to Holland

  31. The sportsguy says:
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    10 team AL only…chasing wins and strikeouts. can only start 3 of these 4 tonight..who sits?

    Singer vs CHW
    Dunning vs KC
    D. Garcia vs Balt
    McCullers vs LA

    We have 7 day transaction rules so other option would be to play all 4 and drop tomorrow’s game by Chase Anderson vs Redsox…but I like that matchup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers

  32. Zeus says:
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    Love the new normal. I wake up yesterday and am like wtf MVP Will Myers is on the DL???

    Shit my twice a week waivers run on Thursday night. Better put in a lot of claims while shifting Myers to the DL.

    Wake up this morning and all of my claims did not go through because Myers isn’t on the DL and played last night.

    Uhm. I guess that’s cool but I definitely wasted an hours worth of work because of this shizzz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I hear ya

  33. Chris says:
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    16 team Rotisserie OPS League

    Any advice what the hell I do with Joey Gallo? He hasn’t had a counting stat in more than two weeks. He’s really dragging my team down with no power. Bench him at least? I have Jeimer Candelario or Cronenworth for replacement

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Bench for sure. Cronenworth should be starting every day for you, and I’d play Jeimer over Gallo right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cronenworth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and with Gallo, I guess bench him, what else ya gonna do?

  34. jiggy nits says:
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    first place in my NL only roto 5×5

    winning almost all pitching categories

    need hitting avg/hr/rbi/sb

    pick one to keep
    shogo akiyama vs ke’bryan hayes

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Jiggy Nits lol

      erm…neither? Shogo has more fantasy appeal to me though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shogo

  35. BAC says:
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    Seattle streamers all look good At home vs Tex on SON

    Who would you stream? All of them?
    Kikuchi +14
    Justus +16
    J Dunn I imagine will be positive when SON runs today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They look good to me too, I’d stream them all

  36. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – yea, loving what Story has been doing!

    Assuming all of these guys continue doing what they’ve been doing thus far for the next 3 weeks, how would you rank these pitching keepers?

    $8 McKenzie
    $7 Julio Urias
    $4 Corbin Burnes
    $17 Ryu
    $19 Snell
    $13 Wheeler

    Thanks! I have a $19 Bieber keeper and, with our league trade deadline looming, am trying to figure out who I’d probably want to pair with Bieber for my 2021 pitching keepers.

    That said, I’ll likely only be able to keep 1 of the guys from the list above, so I figure I’ll spend the offseason trying to trade whoever I can from that crop + then keep the guy who’s left.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell, Wheeler, Urias, Ryu, Triston

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  37. David says:
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    Gerritt Cole or xander & t.mahle. thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Redraft? Depends on needs… Xander

  38. CJ says:
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    RP is a duece show and know you are not a fan of the ?s about them but need a quick peek into you brain. Have Pressly and lost Archie… need saves. Please rank for ROS. Thanks as usual for your work! Britton, Buttery popcorn, Jeffries & Sulser. Also have Nick A so not sure if Diego is worth the grab ??
    Cheers and have a great weekend – hopefully Labor-free!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jeffress, Castillo, Buttrey

      Thanks! You too!

  39. JC says:
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    Weekend holds needed. Please rank the following:

    Wittgren v Brewers
    Soria v Pads
    Dolis v RSox
    Cisneros at Twins
    Reyes at Cubs (3 games)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dolis, Reyes

  40. Will says:
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    Did I miss a rule change? How is it that Myers gets put on the IL and comes back one day later? Thought they had to stay on the IL for 10 days? Or was he put on the super secret “Covid” IL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Covid IL allows players to go on and off after a day

      • Will says:
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        OK, thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. David says:
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    Needed wins, k,and ratios. Thanks. Mount castle or d.peralta. be dropping peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need pitcher stats, and you’re asking about hitters?

  42. David says:
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    Forget the needed wins, k and ratios. My bad

  43. Ellis says:
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    Rendon has been cold lately with little counting stats, I have Winker, Dom Smith and Brad Miller on bench, MIller for his double header days, not looking for a ranking but would you play these guys for Rendon until he gets hotter

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Winker

  44. LG Baseball says:
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    Great stuff as always Grey!

    1) What are your thoughts on Ketel? Is this just a down year and do you still consider him a top 40 hitter longer term?

    2) in a keeper do you prefer Ketel or Adell?

    Thanks!
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Looks pretty unlucky
      2. Ketel

  45. JC says:
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    Need to catch up on starts. Tough match ups but here are the best of my choices. Please rank top three:

    Manaea at home vs Paddack
    Gausman at Ariz vs Gallen
    Pineda at home vs Tigers (SP not announces yet)
    Davies at Oak vs Luzardo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda, Gausman, Manaea

      • JC says:
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        Thank you! Sheffield at home vs Rangers and Gibson became available. Gotta like that right? Maybe the best of the lot?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sheffield, Pineda, Gaus

  46. Alex says:
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    Hey grey,

    Olson and in particular Laureano have essentially been benched on my team the past couple weeks. Other bench bats are Dansby and Madrigal who are playing much better. What are we doing in particular with laureano at this point? Already have Lewis grichuck and Teo eligible for CF.

    Is Ramon droppable you think for a streaming spot or pena for SV/HD?

    Sounds desperate maybe but suddenly slumping after being in 1st all season haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Droppable

      • Alex says:
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        Word thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  47. Cano or Hanser

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

  48. Cersy says:
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    Have you given up on Laureano?

    Do you think he still has value as a keeper?

    Thanks!

    Cersy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still holding hope in keepers

  49. birrrdy! says:
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    Nice write-up on Kershaw. And I don’t think the same playoff melt-downs are in store when they aren’t banging the trash cans to tip his pitches. What a mind f*ck for a clear HOF pitcher. Both Astros and Red Sox in their cheating years too… I hope he gets the Astros in the playoffs this year and pitches a perfect game.

    And I hate the Dodgers, but it would be fitting…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I went to the shortest World Series game in like 3 decades when Kershaw crushed the Astros

  50. Grey

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

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