Yesterday, Chris Coghlan went full Ivan Drago on Jung-ho Kang‘s knee, taking him out in a hard slide.  Kang is now done for the year, and could miss a month of next season, with a torn MCL.  That’s not the year 1150, if any Romans are reading this.  He also has a fractured fibia.  Coghlan should not be allowed to wear that Iron Mike Sharpe knee pad.  Things couldn’t be much worse for the Pirates, who will now rely on Jordache Mercer (full name).  Kang’s agent said, “It is unfortunate that what would be considered heads up baseball would cause such a serious injury.  That said, Coghlan was playing the game the way it should be played.”  Doesn’t that sound backhanded?  Like, “It’s a shame we allow 85-year-old people to drive, but that’s the law and thanks for crashing into my car.”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  This was his 2nd homer in his past four games.  His is the important word in that sentence since he doesn’t play every day.  Well, homer is important too.  Okay, four’s kinda important.  You know what, there’s a few important words in that sentence.

Travis Snider – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer.  Isn’t he due to get traded back to the Orioles?  I thought he was a career platoon guy that started in left field vs. righties for the Orioles and against righties for the Pirates.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (9) and legs (26).  As I targeted Marte in all of my drafts this year, next year, I will be owning two Pirate outfielders, and neither will likely be The Once Dreaded Pirate.

Jorge Soler – Activated from the DL and served as a bench bat yesterday.  I think if I were Maddon, I would use Soler off the bench for the remainder of the year or until the Cubs are eliminated from the playoffs or clinch a spot.  You don’t put in a player that hasn’t been in the majors for a while right into the lineup in a pennant chase.  Then again, if I were Maddon, I wouldn’t be batting Coghlan third, I wouldn’t be starting Hendricks or Hammel and I wouldn’t be wearing Buddy Holly-type glasses after getting on an airplane.

Kris Bryant – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting .274.  I took some guff for taking Bryant in the first round of the podcast’s 2016 fantasy baseball mock draft (clickbait!), but that’s cause they all a bunch of guffers!

Kyle Hendricks – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.22.  Doode’s such garbage that his Garbage Pail Kids altar ego is exactly the same, Kyle Hendricks.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Mat Latos – Designated for assignment.  Wow.  I mean, he wasn’t good, but designated for assignment?  I’d hate to be a hashtag around Dallas Latos right now.  Rudy called this one big time in the preseason.   Well played, Rudy, though I am still killing you in our RCL league.

Adam Wainwright – News said he will find out his fate on Monday.  Yikes, sounds like a haunting Twilight Zone episode.

Thomas Pham – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs after hitting three homers in the past two days, and now he’s been moved up to the two hole.  Hot schmotato alert!

Matt Carpenter – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 23rd homer and 2nd homer in two days.  Carpe diem!  Oh, man, that reminded me of Diem from The MTV Challenge.  Now here come the waterworks.  C’mon, brain, stop playing highlights of her and CT’s relationship.

John Lackey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.79.  Sonavabench!  I was like, “It’s Miller Park, and Miller Park is a launching pad like every other cheap beer ballpark.”  Dah!  Can’t believe I sat a pitcher with a sub-3 ERA in September.

Jimmy Nelson – 2 IP, 4 ER, but was removed after taking a liner off the melon.  Gallager is looking into possible copyright infringement.

Jean Segura – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  You silly goose, you don’t have to tempt me any further, I’m already interested for next year.  All you have to do is be in uniform and I’m interested.

Billy Butler – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer and 2nd homer in as many games.  Butler will be appearing in this afternoon’s Buy column, and at a local IHOP where he’ll be asking, “In place of the Rooty and Tooty and Fresh and Fruity, can I just get more pancakes?”

Brett Lawrie – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Lawrie really hasn’t been bad this year.  He hasn’t been great either, but baby steps, Bob.

Sean Doolittle – 2 IP, 0 ER and the vulture win.  J-FoH brought up a good point yesterday.  He said that the vulture win is unexpected and exciting, it’s like the fantasy baseball version of the nip slip.

Mike Olt – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, but he started in place of Jose Abreu, so that should’ve been Abreu’s homer and hence my home run.  I feel like Stan Gable, “Hey, that’s my Pi!”

Jose Quintana – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  As the Stream-o-Nator would’ve told you, this was a good matchup for him.  His next one?  Not so much.

David Robertson – 1 IP, 3 ER and his 7th blown save.  Now has five earned runs in his past two appearances.  Did Samardzija sneeze on him?  Nate Jones hasn’t been much better, and Zach Duke seems to never get a chance to save games.  I could see Robertson getting a breather for a game, but he’ll likely be right back out there, since there’s only two weeks left and there’s no reason to replace him on the White Sux.

Danny Duffy – Moved to the pen to allow Guthrie to show why that mound is his land, from the Redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters.

Yordano Ventura – 5 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.40.  Is this the Royals ace?  Not to answer, but to place your hand on your chin and ruminate.

Omar Infante – 3-for-4, 7 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Member when playoff teams, especially ones driven by their offense, had decent bats at the bottom of their lineup?

Alex Rios – 3-for-4, 2 runs, hitting near-.400 in the last week with two homers, which is half of his season tally, which is not the same as the pitcher, Chris Young.

Trevor Bauer – Moved to the bullpen.  That’s all right, he’s been practicing his long toss and can pitch out of the bullpen.

Corey Kluber – 4 IP, 2 ER as he returned from injury.  Nice start, Kluber, but I could’ve gotten that from Joe Blanton.  It’s a lovely fairy tale you’ve told yourself on what Kluber will do in his return, but there’s not enough time to wait for him to get it together.  In most mixed leagues, I’d look at streamers instead of him.

Chris Tillman – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Matt Moore 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks.  This game was billed as, “How big are your trouser oranges to stream either of them?  Are they more like trouser grapefruits?”  For those thinking about now picking up Moore, this game was no indication he’ll be good again next time out.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s much worse.

John Jaso – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer.  John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt his name is my name too!  That will never fail to go through my head, which leads me to believe I was brainwashed in kindergarten.  Did I go to kindergarten in Manchuria?  Speaking of The Manchurian Candidate, here’s a drinking game for you when watching.  Every time you find Angela Lansbury attractive then get the willies because it’s Angela Lansbury, take a drink.

Giancarlo Stanton – His return was put on hold again.  For the love of Giancarlo, just shut him down until next year.  Please!

Martin Prado – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column because, well, Prado, but he does have homers in back-to-back games.

Justin Bour – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  I thought he was nothing but a Loney clone — a Cloney, if you will — but he’s showing some power.  Could this be the real Bour identity?

Tanner Roark – 5 IP, 6 ER.  He was much better in the rotation when he was actually in the bullpen and you were fantasizing about what he’d do in the rotation.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer.  I promise, you never have to draft him again.  So, you just know, he’s going to bounce back next year.

Josh Hamilton – Yesterday, he hit in a cage.  Then Pence started shouting, “Hey, I live here!”

Mitch Moreland – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer.  On Wednesday, it was the Rangers hitter that takes up more land.  Yesterday, it was Moreland.  The latter one has now homered three times in his last nine games, and is worth grabbing.

Shin-Soo Choo – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  Yeah, but what was his BIBIMBAP in this game?

Elvis Andrus – 0-for-3, 1 run and two steals (19, 20).  It’s almost like he was going against Cervelli.  Oh wait, Jason Castro (1-for-2) was activated.

Carlos Gomez – Was encouraged by his progress and was able to throw during batting practice.  Great, if the Astros need a pitcher for a Home Run Derby, they’ll know who to turn to.

Lance McCullers – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He could be tiring, but I’d also be hesitant about starting anyone right now vs. the Rangers.

Hector Santiago – 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  The Regression Fairies have become obsessed with Santiago.

Mike Trout – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 37th and 38th homers, one of which was a grand slam.  Trout with the grand slam?  That sounds like one fancy Denny’s!

Albert Pujols – 0-for-4.  Did he retire in August?

Taylor Featherston – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd home run.  After the game, he turned up the collar on his Vineyard Vines shirt, doffed his cap and changed into his plaid pants.   Taylor Featherston, when egg shell white, isn’t white enough.

Chris Iannetta – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Now, you did it.  Now, The Sciosciapath is gonna have to bench you.

Tommy Milone – 1 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Twins were just happy he didn’t walk anyone.  Gotta stay economical with your pitches!

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-4 and a slam (11) and legs (12).  Next year’s Pollock?  Could be.

Torii Hunter – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer, and his 2nd homer in four games.  This reminded me of the 80’s TV show, Hunter, but I couldn’t remember anything about it.  According to IMDB, Hunter was a renegade cop who broke the rules and took justice into his own hands.  That got me thinking, someone should do a mashup of different era cops ‘taking justice in their own hands.’  Imagine Hunter meeting Vic Mackey?  Hunter would be appalled!

Manny Banuelos – Went to see Dr. James Andrews for a routine checkup on his elbow.  Muahahahahahaha, bad move, Manny!  He left with elbow surgery to have a spur removed.  Elsewhere, a Vegas Wyatt Earp impersonator said, “That’s where it went!”

Marco Estrada – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Braves.  The lineup he was facing had Freeman, Olivera and Markakis.  And those are the good hitters!

Josh Donaldson – 1-for-5 and his 39th homer.  F5!

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-5 and his 33rd homer.  The Cortisone Brothers activate!  In the form of a cortisone shot!

Devon Travis – Will have exploratory surgery on his shoulder.  Here’s hoping they find either the player we saw in April or Dennis Miller when he was funny.

  1. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Speaking of BIBIMBAP, I don’t recommend Coughlan frequent any Korean restaurants for a year or two — that’s not salty because the seeweed, Coughlan!

    Loved the garbage pale kid reference!

  2. MB says:
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    Dude I listened to ESPN and streamed Milone, EFFF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MB: Damn!

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great stuff, man. Man, I hate Robertson. He was on my bench in one league and now on the scrap heap. I was following the game because I bet on the White Sox winning. Robertson was throwing 94 cut fastball all night. It reminds me of a simulation game I played against Heathcliff Slocumb where after fouling off so many fastballs, I finally hit a 97-mph fastball of Slocumb into the left field bleachers. It could happen.

    NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘I think my girlfriend wants to get married or something, ya know. She’s dropping hints now, ya know. Last week she got a 1-year subscription to Bride magazine. I renewed it for another 5 years.’

    BONUS NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘Cliff diving is a weird sport. You have two classifications – grand champion and stuff on a rock. Very hard to make a comeback in cliff diving.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Yeah on a very crude version of MVP Baseball on my friends desk top in like 1994 or earlier.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally…One of the better names in baseball

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Ha! Never thought of that until you mentioned it!!!! Heathcliff without the ‘e’ at the end was so his parents could demonstrate their disdain for the Crown in Jamaica.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Heathcliff Slocumb, great name all around

            • Ante GALIC says:
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              @Ante GALIC: Speaking of Jamaica, ever heard the line “You’re Jamaican me horny”? Check out this gem. If you don’t have 2 minutes, skip ahead to 01:25.

              Cheers,
              Ante

  4. Sam says:
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    Duda, Travis Shaw, or Canha for ROS in a dynasty points league? Been rolling Duda but I picked up Shaw and Canha in recent weeks. Think I should keep either of them for $4 next season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam: Canha

  5. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Coghlan is hitting .273/.357/.493 against RHP this year. Not a bad idea to hit him third against them.

      • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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        @Grey: Ryan Braun, A-Rod, Carlos Gonzalez, Kris Bryant, Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, AJ Pollock, Manny Machado, Adam Lind, Matt Carpenter, Brandon Belt are the guys grouped around an .850 OPS for the season.

        • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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          @Shoop Da Whoop: And Lorenzo Cain

    • Chris Coghlan's Mom says:
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      Team-wise, actually pretty good. But in the context of 2nd-half performance, with Fowler swinging a hot bat and Schwarber playing full time, I’d probably hit Coghlan 5th. He could easily lead off vs RHP, or if/when Fowler slumps like earlier in the season, since he appears to be the team’s best base stealer, going 11/13 in (85%) vs. Fowler’s 19/26 (73%), in 164 fewer PAs. Looking at these numbers, the biggest surprise was that Fowler leads the team in 2nd-half OPS.

      2015 Chicago Cubs OPS vs. RHP (min. 100 PAs)
      01) Kyle Schwarber 1.030
      02) Anthony Rizzo .905
      03) Kris Bryant .886
      04) Chris Coghlan .849
      05) Miguel Montero .763
      06) Addison Russell .761
      07) Dexter Fowler .750

      2015 Chicago Cubs OPS, 2nd half, vs all pitching (min. 100 PAs)
      1) Dexter Fowler 0.925
      2) Kyle Schwarber 0.882
      3) Kris Bryant 0.875
      4) Chris Coghlan 0.858
      5) Miguel Montero 0.850
      6) Anthony Rizzo 0.847
      7) Addison Russell 0.758

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I hear ya

  6. VinWins

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    I remember Stepfanie Kramer.

  7. assy says:
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    Butler over Piscotty. Piscotty doesn’t know!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @assy: Yeah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @assy: That’s yeah as in Butler…not yeah as in Piscotty knows, he doesn’t

      • Assy says:
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        @Grey: hahaha

  8. Clyde Prompto says:
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    I hope the Pirates get ahold of Latos, Searage could probably make him an All-Star again. Plus with Burnett retiring, they need to fill the “veteran douche” role.

  9. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In my daily head to head category league in up 7-6 and wondering if I should start Stroman today vs. Boston.

    My remaining pitcher for the week are madbum today (who I’ll definitely start) and then Tomm I have Carrasco vs. white sox, jungman vs. cinci, and Corbin @ San fran. I am winning in era and whip as of now and only up one win (losing in losses by two losses). Aside from Stroman start today, what’s yournthought on my three other possible starts Tomm? Thanks as always .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: I wouldn’t start Stroman… Jungmann isn’t good

  10. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    Locke @ Dodgers
    Bettis @ Padres
    Or
    Kennedy @ Rockies

    Finnegan @ Brewers would be interesting if he weren’t going to be on such a tight pitch count.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elliot: Locke, these are awful

      • Elliot

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        @Grey: Yeah, I agree. I am holding onto my ratios so I’m scared of using these guys. But, my opponent has a slight lead in wins, K, and QS. I can’t decide if it’s worth it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re not good

  11. Sausage says:
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    Better pickup for next weeks weekly head to head points league. Werth or Butler? Both have been hot. Planned to drop Piscitty for one of those as he’s cooled off. Thanks.

  12. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    Re: Hunter TV Show – That was my technique back in the day to target the ladies. I’d bring up the show as part of a joke. They’d start talking about their love for the show and soon realize it revealed that they often were home alone on Friday nights. As soon as they realized this, their enthusiastic chat would pause, and I’d know with their suddenly exposed insecurity, they’d need to do something to prove they were ‘cool’.

    Oh, for the Hunter (lovers) to become the Hunted…….

    Thanks for lots of great times Fred Dryer!

  13. scott steelers says:
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    Do you think piscotty everyday playing is gonna stop with holliday and grichuk back? I gotta grab another pitcher and I’d like to lose my bench bat instead of one of my arms

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott steelers: Yeah, it could with Holliday…Grichuk isn’t playing

  14. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    The Kang injury blows, but at least now I might be able to get Salt ‘n’ Peppa’s “Schoop” out of my head for the remaining weeks of the season. How do you like Baez for ROS as a replacement? Its between him, Russel, Castro, Holt, Kelby (seriously, who names their kid this?), or Ketel…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: Ha…Schoop is a different guy, I don’t follow… I’d go Ketel, depends on needs

  15. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS

    Pick 1 2B and 1 SS. (must be two different players) :P

    2B: Flores, Prado, Odor, D. Murphy, Castro, Wong, Baez, Schoop, Coghlan
    SS: Flores, Segura, Castro, Russell, Baez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TOGMAN: Odor…Segura

  16. Jim says:
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    Would you Pitch or sit tonight

    Cueto ( vs Detroit)
    Verlander ( vs Royals!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: I’d sit both

  17. Chris says:
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    Here’s my situation. I’m in the semi-finals of my H2H Points playoffs. I have Steve Matz but can’t use him this week because the Indians suffled their pitching staff and I’m starting Carrasco vs. CHW instead. I have a fairly big lead at the moment but I expect that to fade with him still having starters like Sale and Scherzer to go. It will probably be close coming into Sunday. I’m thinking about dropping Matz to pick up Gausman for his Sunday start (Gausman vs. TB (Ordorizzi) 4.8). I would have Gausman, Shoemaker and Medlen going Sunday and he would have King Felix and Tomlin. I’m hesitant to drop Matz because he has an easy start next week vs. the Braves and I would like to have that matchup if I’m in the championship. Matz is my only possible drop. If I holdout much longer the other guy may have Gausman. Would you make this move or hold out. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I’d want Gausman

  18. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    A Cocktail reference. Wow! I know it’s just an immensely watchable bad movie, but who would drink in any of those bars aside from the Tiki bar?

    Question: Any of these starters make good candidates for H2H playoffs next week? Tomlin, Shoemaker, Rodon, Peavy, Santana, Medlen?

  19. Scott says:
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    Fred Dryer is my hero.

  20. Scott says:
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    Win or lose, I think my best move this season was dropping Latos for C-Mart in my NL only league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Solid move, for sure

  21. Your Hillbilly Cousin says:
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    Nice Woody Guthrie reference Mr. Grey!

  22. Jon says:
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    Sit/start this weekend? H2H playoff matchup.

    Smyly vs BAL
    Erasmo vs BAL
    Stroman vs BOS
    Carrasco vs CHW
    Harvey vs NYY
    Liriano @ LAD
    Gausman @ TB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d sit Liriano, Stroman, start everyone else

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  23. nick the dick says:
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    Is Kyle Hendrick’s ‘altar ego’ just a preachy, god-fearing, molested but otherwise celibate, draped in robes version of himself?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pious Hendrick?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Makes up for the lack of faith in himself. Now, his ‘alter’ ego, that’s just another shitty pitcher.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reverend Stinkstale

  24. Shf9 says:
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    Kluber got pulled after 60 pitches. Pretty clear that they were just easing him back into gameplay. I’m sure the gloves are off next start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and he was great in those 60 pitches

  25. Matty says:
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    I just wanted to point out something cool I noticed this morning about how astonishing consistent E5 was last year to this year.
    Last year he had 477 ABs. 476 so far this year. Over that span, comparing last year to this year:
    +6 R
    +3 H
    -1 HR
    +2 RBI
    Same SB
    -1 TB
    +0.007 Avg
    +0.014 ops

    I was amazed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that is crazy

  26. papasmurf says:
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    Robertson and Boxberger killin’ me. No saves is bad enough, but the implosions are hard to take. Throw in Colome’s gem last night too… How does Cash leave him in there for so long in a close game?

    Worst part about Robertson’s BS was that I considered streaming Moobsie for the game. Didn’t and Moobsie burns me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, papa…

  27. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    At this point, is Pujols dropable? I always have this sinking feeling when i drop someone like this late in the season, but he’s batting .172 in the past month. WWGD?

    • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats:

      Also, Alvarez is on the wire in our league… @ Col to start the week next week (I have a bye this week). Is this a guy that you’d pick up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t drop him

  28. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    For R, OBP, and OPS – do you like Springer (v. Gray) or Fowler (v. Wacha, who he has nice numbers against)? Fowler has been raking in the Rs, and Springer hasn’t done too much lately, so this strikes me as more of a question as to which pitcher will continue to be visited by the regression fairies.

    Both Wacha and Gray have been meh lately. Wacha was thwapped in by the Cubs last time in STL (and now they’re in CHC), meanwhile Gray’s only good start of the last 3 was a shuttout v. HOU.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Meant to follow that first one up with my other weekend question:

      2. Please pick 1 of the following guys for Sunday, for the same R/OBP/OPS stats:

      Springer v. Brooks (0 for 3 first time he face him)
      Marte v. B Anderson
      Fowler v. Martinez, who he’s been very good against in about 3 games.

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. Paul says:
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    Feels crazy to ask, but is Eickoff or Nola a better stream against the Braves this weekend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Nola

  30. Panik Attack says:
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    Grrrrrrey!

    Muchas gracias for the insightful daily musings

    going into the playoffs…. and in anticipation of today’s Buy/sell…

    Do you recommend dropping Pujols and Kolten Wong for Canha, YSolarte and/or any other hot Shmotatoes?

    Pujols and Wong got me here in the looong months here, but the’re lacking a pulse lately.

    Also, Corey Disckerson or Schmotato? THink he’ll get his crud together in the next few games?

    As always, Much Thanks!

      • Panik Attack says:
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        @Grey: U the man. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  31. Rice says:
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    Archer has been a stud all season long but I’m looking at next week (weekly league – Semifinals) and he’s @BOS and @TOR. Am I freaking out or should I consider streaming someone instead?

    Hate to second guess a guy who has been so good all year.

    Streaming options:

    McCullers vs. Halos
    Estrada vs. NYY
    Quintana @ DET
    Shoemaker vs. SEA
    Peavy @ SD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Archer

      • Rice says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for talking me off that ledge.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. Josh O'Neil says:
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    Thoughts on rolling Matz out against the Yanks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  33. Rico Smoooth says:
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    Would you stream Eickhoff tomorrow @ATL? H2H championship I have 9 moves left for 9 days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  34. Old School Brother says:
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    “but I’d also be hesitant about starting anyone right now vs. the Rangers”

    Music to my ears. Huzzah!

  35. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    What do you think of Vidal Nuno tomorrow? He dominated Texas in his last start. I’m thinking about giving him a whirl.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with him in Arlington

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If that’s where he is

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Yep, he’s in Arlington. Seattle is visiting.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not safe

          • Old School Brother says:
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            @Grey: No one is safe against the Power Rangers in Arlington!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, nice… I’m pretty shocked they’re in first

              • Old School Brother says:
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                @Grey: Rangers/Mets world series would be the most WTF matchup ever haha

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Old School Brother: I thought last year was the wtf series

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Would be kinda awesome… Would have to go Mets though, OSB

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: mets vs anyone in AL. Oh wait. I don’t really watch the playoffs

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Mets bandwagoner!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: I take offense to that. I have a Gary carter game used cracked bat

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’d root for the Mets over the Dodgers?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: next question

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Where were you when I was walking?

  36. Sully says:
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    My chances look strong to quite strong (like my portfolio) to move on to the championship matchup next week in my weekly head to head points league. My only real conundrum is who to roll with at my MI spot. Choices are Odor, C. Seager, or Schoop. Seager is in Coors for a series, but have a feeling he may get Mattinglied once or twice. Thoughts? Thanks and please remember everyone, dry humping is a lost art form.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager

  37. Little Bootsie says:
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    Who would you start at 2B today Odor vs Paxton or Forsythe vs Tyler Wilson? Thanks alot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  38. scott steelers says:
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    Thinking of getting henry owens. Looks like a 2 start week vs Tampa and the Orioles again. You like him for next week or should I look elsewhere?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on options, I don’t love him

  39. Chilltown Rob says:
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    My favorite CT memory…..”I WILL WORK YOU”, me and my wife scream that at each other when shizz gets thick!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I hope you then both try to get past cameramen in your driveway…

  40. Gator says:
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    For 2016 can you rank: Polanco, Hicks, Heyward, K Davis, Hanley & Cain. Lots of names but need to make keeper selections (just thinking 2016).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain, Heyward, Polanco

  41. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    mr Grey! Would u start Stroman tonight vs RedSox…? How confident are you in a QS ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not confident at all

      • JohnnyBeGood says:
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        @Grey: agree, thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. Jason says:
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    Who should start for me at DH this weekend…Moreland vs. SEA or Butler vs. HOU? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Butler

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason: Moreland has been good to me, but two lefties and King Felix have me second guessing.

  43. Long Bawls says:
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    Weird. “Look at streamers” was also on my to-do list for the 2nd night of Burning Man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  44. birrrdy! says:
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    Grey, great stuff as always. Need your help urgently for the final push. Basically, need wins bad. Am in 2nd in my NL-only keeper, but can run down several (3-4) rotisserie points if I can gain +3-4 wins on the pack. Bad news is I can’t punt saves, and have another 2 points to gain there (+3-5 svs). And there is a another point or two waiting if I can produce some Ks (+30Ks vs. teams not trying). Basically, lights out pitching the last couple of weeks and I win the league. Probably can’t move up or down on WHIP/ERA, so don’t need to focus on that.

    But I’m kinda stuck holding on to keepers and closers. My pitching staff is as follows: Strasburg, Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz, C.Martinez, J.Garcia, Kimbrel, K. Jansen, Axford and Logan Verrett. Can’t tell if Verrett is going to get any more starts for the Mets, but he’s my drop to get a pitcher. Spcecial league rule: we have to hold players for 7 days before we can drop. So I can’t just stream guys in one spot over and over. But ideally, I’d like to get a guy that can get me two starts (wins), before I try to drop/stream like crazy final week, or perhaps be in line for a great third start to end the year.

    Possible pickups:
    – Hellickson-ARI (9/20 @SF, 9/26 @SD)
    – Pena-MIL (9/20 v.CIN, 9/26 @STL)
    – Gray-COL (9/21 v.PIT, 9/27 v.LAD)
    – Weber-ATL (9/19 v.PHI, 9/[email protected])
    – Nicolino-MIA (9/19 @WAS-v.JZim, 9/26 v.ATL)
    – Flande-COL (9/19 v.SD, 9/25 v.LAD)
    – Erlin-SD (9/19 @COL, 9/26 v.ARI)
    – Chacin-ARI (9/21 @LAD, 9/27 @SD)
    – Ray-ARI (9/22 @LAD, 9/29 v.COL)
    – Conley-MIA (9/23 v.PHI, 9/30 @TB)
    – Harang-PHI (9/[email protected], 9/29 @TB)
    – none, hold Verrett (starts TBD?)

    If you could rank in order your top 3-4 here for my needs, that would be awesome. Also, for keepers, only other pitchers I could see dropping would be Garcia and the closers final week, even if shut down. Ugh. PLEASE HELP! THX!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at SON… Ray, nicolino, Conley… Ray’s only halfway decent one, just lose Verrett

  45. J-FOH says:
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    Thanks for dropping Estrada in perts so I could stream him….oh wait. It doesn’t matter cause u r kicking everyone’s ass…..glad to be the one who gets his ass kicked the least

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I dropped him? When did I own him?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Wednesday

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, not sure why I even had him

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: it was an add drop very quickly by you. It’s all good. He got me a fake stat in the column that counts

            • Grey

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              I prolly thought he was starting a day earlier

  46. J-FOH says:
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    I just got an alert on my phone from bleacher report telling me it’s ok to drop puig in redraft leagues. Jeebus christobal! Any one of our readers could work for those f**k nuts at BR and do a better job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  47. Steve says:
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    You starting Fiers tonight v. Oakland in HOU?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  48. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 QS

    Drop Nola for DeSclafani?

    Pick 2: Nola, Heaney, E. Santana, Gibson, Burnett, DeSclafani, Porcello, Kelly, Happ, Tomlin, McCullers, Stroman, Heston, Dickey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at matchups… DeSclafani, Ervin

  49. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Who do you like more for this eve:
    Smyly vs. Bal (Wilson of the Tyler variety) or Meet the Matz vs. NYY (Tanaka)

    Wins and Ratios are the concerns. Streamonator prefers The Emoticon (yeah he’s a proper noun, I went there) to tune of $10 more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz

  50. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    Just wanted to applaud the excellent CT/Diem Real World/Road Rules Challenge reference. My co-workers definitely shot me some looks as I randomly burst out laughing reading that line during staff meeting. Those shows were the best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Thanks!

  51. Erik says:
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    I need to keep my average up in one of my matchups as we are close currently. Also could use some runs. At this point in the year (have one more week next week – either for the championship or 3rd) I think I need to drop Jhonny as he isn’t helping with this. Would you pick up Ketel Marte, Alexei Ramierez, Ahmed or someone else over Jhonny?

    Gonna be disappointed if I don’t win or at least get 2nd in this league as my team has crushed (12 games up on 2nd place). Donaldson, C. Davis, Pollock, Goldschmidt, JustDong, Sano, Schwarber, deGrom, Price, Lackey, Zimmerman have been pretty awesome on one team. Bad time for some of these guys to go a little cold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alexei…

      • Erik says:
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        @Grey:

        Actually just saw Eugenio is still available somehow. I’m guessing you’d pick him over Alexei right? I know you love him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, try him

  52. ERad says:
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    Ah yes, April Devon Travis – Never Forget. I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You Benjamin Button’ing?

  53. John says:
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    Hello, thanks in advance

    I have a league where I am hanging on for dear life. R, SB, HR, AVG are the categories i need to hang on in.

    Which one gets the boot out of: Rios, Canha, Byrd, C Crawford

    This is a dynasty league if that matters, 5×5 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crawford

  54. Tom says:
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    How would you rank these OFs based on value next year and beyond (who do you think will have the better careers fantasy wise):

    Betts
    Joc
    Buxton
    Polanco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts, Polanco

  55. KevBo says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Currently on a bye in my 10tm H2H keeper playoffs, but looking ahead to next week and have a couple of roster decisions to make. Current team is:

    1b – abreu
    2b – wong
    3b – arenado
    ss- kang
    if – morales
    lf – dickerson
    cf – trout
    rf – polanco
    of – eaton
    ut – piscotty
    bn – baez

    1. Dropping Kang, would you use Baez or pick up any of the following SS?: EEscobar, Andrus, Segura, Ketel?
    2. If not Baez above, would you drop him and/or Piscotty for any of these FA’s? Odor, Hicks, Schoop, KDavis, Plouffe, or Harrison (@ Col to start the week, but could likely drop him and add any of the other guys after that series)

    Thanks for all your help this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Segura 2. KDavis

  56. John says:
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    Playoffs next week….after a bye

    1.lost tulo roll with baez (not starting) or gotta grab alexei, castro russell…hold

    2. Need 1 OF choo coghlan dickerson prado bradley jr? top 2

    3. I think im going to dump lynn and pineda vs tor next week and roll with
    Carrasco keuchel hamels strasburg syndergaard eduardo rodrig stroman

    If i dump them both i would grab 2 OF above or wait for now. which would you drop first pineda or lynn and would you think drop both? h2h playoffs 10 tm

    • John says:
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      @John: lynn home vs reds next week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Alexei 2. Dickerson 3. Pineda

  57. Homerj24 says:
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    Is it safe to move on from Billy Hamilton? I’m tied for third in steals with two other teams (half point out of first overall). One of those two other owners could easily scoop him back up if he does indeed return. A viable replacement is Werth. I am only 5 homers behind the team in front of me there. I have a long ways to go before catching anyone in RBI. BA is very tight. I could gain a point there with a strong finish. I could also lose.

  58. Grey

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

  59. ScreechOwl says:
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    Juuuuuuuuust great. As much as your column is usually both enlightening and entertaining, today I just can’t enjoy the funny parts.

    Kris Bryant finally gets outfield eligibility. I’m ecstatic that I no longer have to choose between Joc Pederson, Byron Buxton, and Jorge Soler to stand in the shadows of my real outfielders. Nifty.

    See, now I can use Bryant as my third outfielder, plug Kang in at third, and smile contentedly at the fact that I now have the best outfield in my league to go along with the best infield.

    Great, but what’s this note on Kang today? It’s….

    …blue screen of death….

    Oh, hi, I didn’t see you come in. I was just trying to decide whether to start Lance Lynn today, but I got called into a meeting, and the game started while I was in there. So, I don’t have to bother you for advice today, so I’ll just thank you for your column.

    Also, your psychic mustache powers finally got Bryant his outfield eligibility, so thanks for that, too.

  60. Grey

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

  61. JJ says:
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    I can’t decide whether or not to hold onto Happ for next week. He has been pitching so well lately he doesn’t seem drop worthy. Two tough starts @COL and @CHC. I could drop him and grab Gausman @TB. Then drop him for another streamer or two next week. Only problem is we are limited to 5 moves in a playoff week.
    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s a new post

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