Baseball watchers are funny, right? Corbin Burnes (6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 11 Ks) was absolutely dazzling. I’m talking one of the best performances of the young season. Everyone was talking about him. Just filth and people wanted that filth rubbed in their eye balls. “Is that eye black?” “No, it’s Burnes’s filth. I applied it myself.” That was everyone. But why was no one talking about Jose Berrios? He matched Burnes, then one-upped him with a 6 IP, 0 ER, 0 hits, 12 Ks, performance. Is that, oh, I don’t know, as I pause here for emphasis, not good? Both of these guys were fantastic, but one of them gave up a home run to Byron Buxton, and one of them was Jose Berrios. Early season overreaction alert! Both of these guys are going to be top 20 starters this year, but only one of them (Burnes) is being treated that way. Berrios is a safer bet for a huge season, and might actually be able to throw 175+ IP this year. Joe Berry has been berry berry good to me. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Byron Buxton – Left yesterday’s game feeling under the weather. Ryan or Julian’s merry? So many weathers now.

Mitch Garver – 2-for-3 and his 1st home run. See pitch, hit, Mitch.

Michael Pineda – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks. One thing I didn’t mention in the lede that was circling the wagons from my frontal to backwards lobes, the Brewers’ hitting is not at all scary. Streamonator loved this Pineda start, and feels equally generous for his next one.

Adrian Houser – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks. ‘Member when this guy was a thing? Way back almost one full 60-game season ago. Was a little crazy to me how quickly we all moved on from Houser, but I seemed to too (stutterer!) in my rankings.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1-for-4, 2 runs, and his 1st homer. JBJ is a true man, or as JFK would say, “Jackie BJ, era.”

Corey Kluber – 4 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks. Watched this game on Saturday, and Kluber looked better than I expected, but a cockroach couldn’t shimmy under the bar I have set for Kluber this year.

Domingo German – 3 IP, 3 ER. He really got hit around. Turnabout is fair play.

Robbie Ray – Says he’s really close to returning after injuring himself in a fall. Hopefully, on and off the field, he can limit his walks.

Alejandro Kirk – 0-for-3 as he made his season debut, hitting ninth. Allow me to fuse the preseason excitement with reality, “Grey, do you love Kirk as much as I do? Man, this guy starting once every three days in the nine-hole is so great!”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. Damn, I just dropped him for Yermin Mercedes. Maybe I overreacted.

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. The 1927 Jays have too many weapons. Babe Ruth would be a platoon player for them. Also Babe Ruth playing today would be about as good as Darin Ruf.

Julian Merryweather – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 2nd lights-out save, as Corky Romano came into the game in the 8th inning. Romano got Pipp’d without ever even getting an opportunity. Can understand why this Julian guy is having such a good time in the rain, he looks like he could lead the majors in saves this year. Must get in all leagues.

Cesar Valdez – Recorded his 2nd save on Saturday. This flamethrower is not to be reckoned with! And by “flamethrower” I mean, he puts a lit match into his hand, then farts into his hand before each pitch. It’s pretty cool; you should catch it, if you like smelling turds. I haven’t run out to add Valdez anywhere, but if you’re desperate for saves, Cesar ain’t got no face.

Cedric Mullins – 5-for-5, 3 runs. Forget what I said about Austin Hays. “I can’t remember what I say, I’m supposed to remember what you say?” That’s the idea! Might just be a hot schmotato, but Mullins is worth grabbing in all leagues.

Tanner Houck – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks. Hopefully, when Ed-Rod returns, Houck remains in the rotation. Houckamania’s runnin’ wild!

Garrett Richards – 2 IP, 6 ER. Fun fact! His name is abbreviated “Grr Dicks” which loosely translates to “grumbling dicks.”

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Just Dong because Rafael Devers needed a breather only three games into the season. Excuse me while I wander into rush hour traffic.

Zach Plesac – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks. Excited to see what Cleveland’s rotation can do once the season starts, and they stop with these exhibitions vs. the Tigers.

Franmil Reyes – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Only 53 more homers so he’s got a home run for every dollar to buy his $54 vending machine steak. Stay hungry!

Aaron Civale – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks. C’mon, I want more strikeouts, you giant fuc–Sorry, will keep it Civale.

Akil Baddoo – 1-for-3 as he made his season debut, and homered on the first pitch he saw above Class A. “Hey, I was wondering if I could get some oxygen.” “We have to ask Akil Baddoo. It’s his world we’re living in.” Keep in mind, Baddoo hadn’t even started yet, and the Tigers are the team that made Chris Shelton famous.

Tarik Skubal – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks. Cleveland’s running Jordan Luplow and Yu Chang out there like that’s a thing, so taking this start with a grain of NaCl, but Skubal’s line should’ve been even better than it was.

Ke’Bryan Hayes – Hit the 10-day IL with wrist inflammation. Could’ve been worse, he could be on all my teams vs. just most of them.

Colin Moran – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .300. If you can roster a Pirates player, you get all the back pats and head mussings your fantasy baseball father can muster. That’s me, by the way.

Jake Arrieta – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks. Old and funky is young and fresh in the April. *phone rings* Hello? Oh, hey, Adam Wainwright’s line from Saturday, how’d you get my number?

Ian Happ – 1-for-2, 2 runs, and his 1st home run. Glad to see him back in the lineup Sunday after a day of rest on Saturday, which was after one full day of baseball. Must’ve been exhausted!

Zach Davies – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks. Guess we’re getting another season of him just proving everyone wrong. Davies vs. the Projections systems. Talking with a Projections System: “Are you prepared for Davies?” “As prepared as we’re gonna be. We’re just going to put him down for 5.00 ERA and see if he can beat it.”

Austin Barnes – It’s Game 134; Austin Barnes is beat up from playing 130 of a possible 134 games behind the plate, and is being wheelbarrowed to his spot behind home plate. Prior to the game, Dave Roberts said, “I heard Will Smith was a prince and wanted to start fresh.” After the confusing of Will Smiths, Roberts actually played Smith yesterday, and he homered, natch’erly.

Julio Urias – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, as he goes into Coors and is it too early to say I want to switch my preseason NL Cy Young favorite to Urias or too late?

Tony Gonsolin – Hit the IL with shoulder inflammation. He injured himself throwing a stapler into the wall, pissed off Sam Hilliard wasn’t playing every day in Coors–Wait, that’s me.

Elieser Hernandez – His velocity was off by 10 MPH, and he left his start with biceps inflammation. Sobbing, dropping Elieser from my teams, renaming my teams, “Elieserasure.”

Kyle Schwarber – Tested positive for Covid, along with Josh Harrison, Jon Lester and Alex Avila. All of these guys need to work on their defense, just letting Covid take an extra base.

Cole Irvin – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER. Geez, maybe you shouldn’t have randomly pulled Daulton Jefferies from the rotation. Well, we know what A’s is short for.

Sean Manaea – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER. C’mon, can’t have a Samoan throw during Girl Scout cookie season.

Kyle Tucker – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer. Mother *ucker must’ve been proud. Sorry, someone swi*ched my keys.

Carlos Martinez – 5 IP, 4 ER. He went from CMart to KMart to Dollar Store in like 18 months.

Tyler Mahle – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks. Wondering where you heard his name before? Might’ve been my Tyler Mahle sleeper.

Tyler Naquin – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, as he leadoff, replacing Winker or Senzel. I’m done trying to figure out the difference. One has speed, one has power, neither can stay on the field. Also, Naquin was a batty call by yours truly, because I have CMart on a team, and I know how awful he is.

Nick Castellanos – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd home run. The Greek God of Hard Contact so locked in, and wants to be locked into a cage with Cards’ pitcher, Woodford. On Saturday, Castellanos flexed over Woodford at home plate, got tossed, then showed up like the Fonz:

Geraldo Perdomo – Called up by the Dbags with Nick Ahmed still suffering from a knee injury. Ahmed wouldn’t make a great M.D., because he thought he’d be fine by now. Here’s what Prospect Itch had to say about the Italian coastal city Perdomo, “(He) got a lot of well-deserved love for being among the youngest players to hold his own in 2019’s Arizona Fall League. He reminds of a young Robinson Cano for the way he stands right on the top of the plate and uses that angle to his advantage, working deep counts and walking as much or more than he strikes out. It’s a little unfathomable that as a 19-year-old in High A, he walked 12.3 percent of the time while striking out in just 9.6 percent of his 114 plate appearances. This came after he split Ks and BBs right down the middle in A ball at 14.5 percent. He might have to get a little more aggressive in his approach as he gets attacked in the zone at the higher levels, but if ain’t broke . . . .Speaking of which, I’d like to break Grey.” What the eff, my dude? So, would the Diamondbacks call up one of their top prospects for only a week or two, or are they just not telling us Dr. Nick — hello, boys and girls! — is going to be out for much longer? I’m not sure, but I put in waiver claims on Perdomo in NL-Only leagues, and am monocle’ing in mixed leagues.

Christian Walker – 1-for-4, 1 run after being hit on Saturday in the face by a throw from Josh Rojas, that must’ve left Walker red-faced.

Taylor Widener – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks. Decided to make the Padres/Dbags my Sunday afternoon game, because I grabbed Widener in one deeper league, and I wanted to see how screwed I was gonna be. Turns out, not that screwed. He works off a 94 MPH fastball, that looks hittable, and lives on his change and slider, the former better than the latter. He could sneak through some of those terrible NL West teams (Giants/Rox) and might have some deeper mixed league value. For now, a Streamonator call.

Joakim Soria – 2/3 IP, 0 ER, as he came into the 8th inning, because major league managers hate fantasy managers. Wait, it gets better! Soria left the game, tweaking something. That’s right, he left the 8th inning of a game where he should’ve been saved for the 9th inning. Dubya tee eff, Torey Luvello! Go back to the Real World/Road Rules Challenge! Chris Devenski got the save, but the next save could be Kevin Ginkel, Stefan Crichton, TBD, or even Soria, if he’s healthy.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer. $330 million for one homer? What a joke!

Chris Paddack – 4 IP, 2 ER. Two thoughts from this game. If the Padres are gonna wear camo, they should wear uniforms that would be camouflage at a baseball game — dress up like a hot dog vendor or an usher. Second thought, Paddack didn’t look overpowering against a lineup that I think 2019 Paddack would mow down. Widener looked better. I’m concerned on Paddack.

Caleb Smith – 3 IP, 3 ER. Caleb out here whistling dixie, throwing like it’s still Spring Training. Get *handclap emoji* it *handclap emoji* together.

Yolmer SanchezBraves signed him. For what reason? I’m guessing to feed to Pablo Sandoval.

Travis d’Arnaud -1 -for-4 and his 1st homer. The French Terminator says, “Je suis de retour.”

Zack Wheeler – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 10 Ks. He got more hits than he allowed in what is known colloquially as a, “What every fantasy baseballer thinks they’re getting from Ohtani.”

Zach Eflin – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks. *cough* Zach Eflin sleeper *cough* Sorry, I think I’m coming down with something and the only cure is MORE TOUTING!

Andrew Knapp – 2-for-3 and his 1st homer. We call that a Knapp four-sacker, which is also Grandpa Joe’s bed.

Michael A. Taylor – 1-for-4, 1 run, hitting .462, and his 2nd homer on Saturday. *running backwards into the room* Oh, tato mhcs toh! *pauses, runs forward* Hot schmotato!

Brady Singer – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER. I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts, and I think that’s called a Brady violation.

Nate Lowe – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run. He has nine RBIs already, and why do I feel like I’m going to be pointing out how Lowe has more RBIs than, say, Juan Soto for the next month?

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .308, as he hit leadoff. It’s not just Nick Castellanos’s mother who serves the Israel Diner-Falafel, I served him up to you in this week’s Buy.

Ty Buttrey – Retired from baseball, saying he only became a major leaguer because he was told he couldn’t. Yup, Ty Buttrey got triple-dog dared into becoming a major leaguer.

Shohei Ohtani – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 walks, 2 hits, 7 Ks, and his 2nd home run. Yo, Madison Bumgarner called, he wants his shtick back! *phone rings* “Oh, hey, Bumgarner, yeah, I told him you called already. No, I’m not going to tell him again, please stop calling.” ACKCHUALLY, I like Ohtani a lot. So fun for real baseball. Highest exit velocity for a hitter, throwing 100 MPH like he’s trying to win a SpongeBob at a carnival. It’s fun! I said it! But barely usable for fantasy as a pitcher, and only usable as a hitter in daily leagues.

Jared Walsh – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd home run. I’ve made a terrible mistake. *screeches to side of road, looks back, reverses back to waiver wires* Maddon’s playing Pujols or what? If he’s not, then great, I’m in on Walsh. I love him still! If he’s playing Pujols, then I’m out. Just someone make up their mind.

Yermin Mercedes – 1-for-5, after going 8-for-9 the previous two games, as he now plays over Andrew Vaughn. Elias Sports Bureau said Yermin Mercedes is the 1st player since 1900 to begin a season with eight consecutive hits. Elias Sports Bureau also added, “Due to a flood in 1947, we’re just guessing on some of these records.” Always dreamt of being able to affordable a Mercedes, but after this weekend, it was not meant to be with FAAB. Small samples are funny, aren’t they? Y’all were dipping your pinkies in molasses and exclaiming sweet sassy after each time you drafted Juan Soto, and he hasn’t even played yet, and Mercedes has already won people leagues. Pack it up! We’re four games in! It’s over! So, Mercedes is a power bat, who could hit .270, according to his minor league numbers, but he’s old for his experience level, and might’ve been considered Quad-A, prior to this weekend, and might be considered that after another week.

Lance Lynn – 4 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks. People seemed upset that Tony La Russa pulled Lynn at 99 pitches to end Lynn’s streak of consecutive games with 100 pitches thrown at 37 games. Yeah, but now Lynn has 38 straight games of 99 pitches thrown. However, if La Russa pulls Lynn in his next game at 98 pitches, then he’s just counting bottles of beer on a wall.

 
  1. Yes says:
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    “I’ve made a terrible mistake”

    Gob bluth immediately after he blue himself

    • C says:
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      Gob never blue himself. That’s Dr. Tobias Funke, MD, the first therapist and analysts, or the first Analrapist.

      • Yes says:
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        I dunno Gob always gave me the “i’d blow myself if my ribcage allowed me to” shtick, but admittedly i am speculating as it is a fictional character after all…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Technically, you’re right too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yes

  2. BB says:
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    The Angels have said they’re letting Ohtani loose this season, and if he keeps hitting every day – including the ones where he pitches – he could be kinda usable in weekly leagues too.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Grey is a party pooper

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Every party’s got a pooper that’s why we invited Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not playing in the Angels next game

  3. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome report and by awesome I mean super-duper awesome being that you’re here on a holiday no less.

    a. True story: Dropped Walsh adding Yermin, then added him this AM dropping Yermin. Mercedes said (round about midnight Hawaii time): ‘Yer mean.’ I thought for sure I’d lost him.

    b. Marx Brothers quote of the day for April 5, 2021

    Groucho: ‘You’re all invited to the wedding of Aunt Fanny’s 8 pound boy.’

    Bellboys: ‘Hooray.’

    Groucho: ‘Oh but that won’t be for a couple of years yet. In the meantime, I want you to buck up, get down to work. Let’s put this thing over with a bang. And, above all, forget about money. Don’t think of it, just forget about it, because you won’t get it anyway.’

    c. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for April 5, 2021

    ‘If I played in New York, they’d name a candy bar after me.’

    Cheeers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Ha, nice!

      B. Ha

      C. And they did!

  4. Crazy J says:
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    Meh… Brady STinger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It hurt

  5. tigres says:
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    Grey! I missed on Merryweather FA bid… but did get Ian Kennedy at 1/10th of the cost. 23 pitches, 5 swinging strikes vs Royals yesterday, FB 94-96 mph. Fingers crossed (but not while typing) for SAGNOF.

    • McKinzie says:
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      What bid $ got Merryweather?

      • JB says:
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        Two different yahoo lgs……. he went for 3$ after his first save, 51$ after his 2nd

      • tigres says:
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        $103 winning bid 12 team mixed (out of $1000). I came up a little short, concern not about job stability but more his injury risk – TJ in 2018, only 15 IPs since then, and ended last season on IL b/c of elbow tendinitis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully!

  6. LOLmets says:
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    one thing i noticed was how long cleveland let civale pitch in 2020, i think he was top 5 in innings last year. and after a rough start to yesterdays game he still went 7. my rotation of berrios, urias, fried, mahle, civale, eovaldi and bassitt is looking nice. only problem is you can only own 7 sp at once in this league so i cant stream without cutting one of them.

    one other thing that sucks with the 7 sp cap is i wanted to cut romano and pick up merryweather (as u noted it looks like romano is setting up not closing) but i cant becasue merryweather also has SP eligibility! had to settle for melancon.

    keston hiura- he looks terrible fielding 1b and his hitting is even worse. i did somthing drastic.. cronenworth was available and before someone else could grab him i cut hiura and added him. i wish you didnt have hiura ranked so high :( but really its my fault becasue this is a points league and hiura strikes out a lot (negative) so i never shoulda drafted him to begin with. i can totally see hiura getting demoted becasue hes playing terrible baseball. The pirates will finish ahead of the brewers this year.

    i owned yelich in 2019 and it was amazing for a while but towards the end of that season he broke. the next year just before the pandemic i remember having some banter with you about having yelich at 2 overall and saying wouldn’t go near him. what a weird player. this year i avoided him again and took harper over him in round 2.

    these cancelled games really stink, especially if they are still doing 7 inning double headers to make up the games.

    domingo german went from would he make the team to starting the yankees third game of the season. that rotation really looks weak on paper even if cole is great. cashman is a garbage gm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, we’re never getting back those Juan Soto or Trea Turner at-bats — they’ll be in 7-inning DHs or they’ll just not play both sides of the DH

      • Let’s Play Two says:
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        I’m wondering if LOLmet made the better choice in taking Harper over Yelich this year. I took Yelich. I’m in a standard roto league. What’s your opinion on Yelich v. Harper this year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I prefer Yelich

  7. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    When Kyle Lewis returns, I’ll need to drop one of the following: France (2B); Croneworth (1B, 2B,SS); Hiura (2B); or Jonathan India (3B). Leaning towards India — do you agree?

    Reply

    • Norman Ginsberg says:
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      Actually, I’m sure it is too early to give up on Hiura. So Ty, Jake, or Jonathan.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d lose France

      • Harley Earl says:
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        I wouldn’t.

    • Grey

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      Agree with DT

  8. Cable says:
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    Nothing better than reading a Grey Report at a 6:45 am EST on a Monday morning while sipping my Black Rifle Coffee Freedom Roast …Great Job

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

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    Drop moistkissass for walsh or falefa in a pts lg?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  10. Ghost of Grady Little says:
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    Eflin is available on the wire… Drop any of these for him? C. Paddack, P. Corbin, or M. Strowman?

    This is a QS (not W) league.

    Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Ghost of Grady Little says:
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        TY

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Crime Dog says:
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      I think we’ll be saying drop paddack before long. sigh.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, might be

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        It’s inevitable. You’ve been stressing over him for a while now. You must rid your team of that cancer.

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    Per Twins Announcers, I heard on Twitter that it was the dreaded “Sliding into 3rd disease.” *Queue the Diarreah Song. Hoping that is all it was, because this is my first ever share of Buxton.

    • Grey

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      Haha

  12. steve stevenson says:
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    AL-only keeper, coming off a league win but with kind of a middling roster this year, how much FAAB (out of 100) on Merryweather? I have a crapacopia of RP on my staff but the most definite “closer” is Barnes, backed by Ottavino.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Maybe 15-20ish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

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    I hated using my last add of the long H2H week already – especially with Braves PPD, KB Hayes IL’d, Vaughn getting benched – butttt pretty pumped I snagged Julian Floyd Merriweather. Took 10% of my FAAB budget but I agree with your assessment – he could be your MLB leader in saves this year.

    I mean Yankees were hot garbage this weekend, but his stuff was straight nasty. My only worry is if the Jays trade for another closer at the deadline, but if this guy keeps it up they might not need to.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, gotta get him

  14. aardvark says:
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    Hey grey,

    Someone dropped Jesus luzardo for some reason. How much faab out of 100 should I bid?
    Thanks !

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Need more details about your league

      • aardvark says:
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        10 team Points league and QS heavy. Can drop a joc, cronenwroth or cron and should be fine. I have Grisham and Kyle Lewis coming back hopefully soon

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lose Cron

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh, and $23 if you can do zero dollar bids

            • aardvark says:
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              Great thanks my man

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

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    Ohtani only useable in DFS formats as a hitter, I beg to differ. I’ll take the 2 hr’s and 1 sb in the first 4 games of a long roto-season and hope those stats keep piling up. Looks like Maddon is dedicated to playing Ohtani as much as possible. Who would you be feeling better about right now as a hitter Ohtani or Luis Robert? Robert buried in the bottom third of the order even with Eloy being out.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Ohtani insulted Grey’s mother

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No one talks about my moms!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robert

  16. Dancin Homer says:
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    Morning Grey!

    Had a rough opening weekend with injuries, PPD games, etc… & could use your sage advice (apologies ahead of time for the lengthy posts):

    League 1 – 12-teams, 6X6, H2H, OBP/QS (have 3 adds left for the week) :

    1.) need some healthy bats. Would you drop either/ both of: G. Hampson / H. Dozier for the following?

    – M. A. Taylor
    – N. Lowe
    – C. Mullins
    – L. Arraez
    – C. Santana
    – M. Canha

    2.) Would you drop A. Reyes for C. Valdez?

    – Current RP’s: Diaz, Rich Rod, A. Reyes

    3.) do you drop Elieser Hernandez for a Streamer Spot or hold to see if he makes his next start?

    Thanks as always!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. I’d lose both for Lowe and mullins
      2. Hold
      3. Stream spot

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        Thanks Donkey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. Dancin Homer says:
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    Part 2 (again, apologies for all the questions/ length):

    League 2 – 12-teams, 6X6, H2H, OPS/QS:

    1. Similar to other league; Would you drop either/ both of: H. Dozier / T. Trammell for the following:

    – M. A. Taylor
    – N. Lowe
    – C. Mullins
    – L. Arraez

    2. is Soria a drop or hold to see how this recent injury pans out?
    – Current RP’s: Chapman, Rich Rod, Bard, J. Hicks

    3.) Better Prospect stash (we get 1x “NA” spot):
    – W. Franco
    – A. Kirilloff

    Thanks again again!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Lowe and mullins again for me
      2. Who’s the alternative?
      3. Kiriloff if it isn’t a keeper

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        Thanks again!

        to answer your questions:

        2. Alternative “Closer” options:
        – Devenski
        – G. Soto
        – roll with the RP’s I have & drop Soria for a streaming spot (Morejon & J. De Leon both available and SON loves their matchups)

        3. not a keeper league, just a re-draft “NA-Stash”

        Thanks again (again)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        Thanks Grey,

        Any thoughts on whether to Drop/ hold Soria based on the below alternatives:

        – Devenski
        – G. Soto
        – roll with the RP’s I have & drop Soria for a streaming spot
        (Morejon & J. De Leon both available and SON loves their matchups)

        thanks again!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rudy said he was lowering Morejon, is he still a great start on SON?

          I wouldn’t drop Soria yet if I didn’t have to

          • Dancin Homer says:
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            Wow, Morejon went from around$15 to -$0.5 (De Leon still @ $17.5)

            That’s a pretty large swing. Any idea why the dramatic change?

            and thanks for the feedback on Soria.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rudy took Morejon’s IP down

  18. rhodyballer says:
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    Appreciate your update G-Funk.

    Are we definitely dropping Elieser? Roll the dice on a 2-start week for Rodon?

    Could also pick up Kiner-Falafel, Renfroe, Margot, Andrus, Castro, India for my UTIL spot for the week while Grisham convalesces…

    • rhodyballer says:
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      Nate 9-RBI Lowe is also on th ww

    • rhodyballer says:
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      Nate 9-RBI Lowe is also on th ww

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d grab Lowe

      • rhodyballer says:
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        Thanks DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with DT

  19. Jeffe says:
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    Nice write up! What a mini-first week of baseball. Based Romano’s situation with the Jays, would you hold on to him or take a flier on either Neris, Bard, Kennedy or Holland? Thanks again!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Bard or neris, lean bard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with DT

  20. TuloWindowTuloWall says:
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    Jared Walsh or Andrew Vaughn 5×5? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vaughn

  21. Jmn153 says:
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    Woukd you trade Castellanos for Bogaerts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  22. Weird Fishes says:
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    Drop Elieser in NL-only h2h for Morejon?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Anyone else to drop? Seems like a hold in NL only…

      • Weird Fishes says:
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        I’m holding Reyes and Hicks waiting for that situation to sort out … could drop one of them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Elieser

      • Weird Fishes says:
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        Thanks. Who do you like among Morejon, Widener, Cueto, J. Gray? Just stream?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stream

  23. Synyster says:
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    Morning Grey, glad to be back.

    I picked up Mullins and put him in my lineup for today… Which means he’s going to go 0/5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you and thanks for jinxing Mullins!

  24. ot2000 says:
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    Hi Gray, I need a closer. Merryweather is available.

    Should I drop Sonny Gray, Freddy Peralta or John Means for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta

  25. JB says:
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    Dynasty League
    6×6 with OBP
    6×6 with QS and Holds/Saves as separate cats

    C: S Murphy
    !st: C Bellinger
    2nd W. Merrifield
    3rd T Edman
    SS J Baez
    MI K Hiura
    CI B Dalbac
    OF B Harper
    OF N Castellanos
    OF G Springer
    OF M Ozuna
    OF E Rosario
    OF R Laureano
    DH J Martinez
    U V Robles

    P: S Bieber
    M Scherzer
    Y Darvish
    M Fried
    J Urias
    G Canning
    C Javier
    J Urquidy
    G Marquez

    RP: A Colome
    G Holland
    D Promeranz
    J Diekman
    B Treinen
    D Williams

    Bench: G Hampson
    A Rosario
    W Calhoun
    J Walsh

    Grey:
    Few offers I received, what do you think?

    I give up D williams for N Solak ( yes, I read sleeper)

    I give up Diekman for J Sheffield ( Diekman would be my top holds guy and some saves now, but I would gain 10 years)

    Also…. do you think I should hold K Hiura or try and move him…..not sure which way is stock will go?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d keep Williams, you don’t need the steals and he’s great in a holds league. Keep diekman as well.

      Grey doesn’t like hiura… predicted he’ll be sent down.

    • JB says:
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      would you drop anyone on the team for:
      Bryan Garcia or Cesar Valdez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      Willie for Valdez

  26. hunt2422 says:
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    Diekman or Merryweather?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Merryweather

  27. Hepcats13 says:
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    Greyt write up!

    With room on my DL, is it worth pursuing Grisham for, say, Kepler and a throw in Like India or Berti? I could use steals, but worry I am giving up too much with a hammy DL. Yahoo 5×5 H2H

    Thanks!

    I LOVE the smell of moustache wax in the morning!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

      Sure — either, India first

  28. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Would you trust Cease ($8.3 son) against a Mondesi-less Royals this week? Or would you lean towards starting a 3rd closer instead (Holland, who has 5 v @CLE and @CHW).

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Cease

  29. JC says:
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    1. Wong or DeJong? Different things but….
    2. Montas or Soroka (long term) h2h league so I have the time.
    3. Montas or Eovaldi?
    4. C Vasquez or Garver?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dejong

      Soroka

      Eovaldi

      Vasquez

  30. Powdered Toast Man says:
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    Grey- in saves +holds league. Drop Clase for Merryweather? Or Victor Gonzalez? Or hold steady (great bad)?

    • Powdered Toast Man says:
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      Eh…too late just got sniped
      Hold Steady- still a good band

      • NUX says:
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        Better than just a good band. Killer parties almost killed me.

        • Sing Us a Vogelsong You’re the Pineda Man says:
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          Not enough people know of them. They are one of the best bands out there. ODP rips, listened to “How a Resurrection Really Feels” on Easter, felt appropriate!

          • dubjay says:
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            Great band. His lyrics are stellar. Amazing storyteller.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, ok

  31. return2earth says:
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    Weekend at Walsh’s .. all that worryin’ for nothin’ from last weeks comments section .. he’s gonna be solid this season

    and yo .. Robbie Grossman .. 8 WALKS .. highest OPS on the Tigers w/o even a single hit so far .. OBP gold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so — I saw on Grossman, that is crazy

  32. Newbvic says:
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    Drop moustakas for walsh or falefa in a pts lg?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  33. mcstarrs says:
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    Any thoughts on Jordan Lyles?

    Also, wanted to take some space to shout out the trade analyzer. It is really a great tool and worth every penny.

    • NUX says:
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      Lyles was told he didn’t have a rotation slot out of camp. So need to see more from him before I’m adding anywhere, unless league is very deep.

      Also, its def worth every penny, bc it costs zero pennies!!

      • mcstarrs says:
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        Didn’t realize it was free! Either way, these people need to support the cause. This is the best fantasy baseball site on the planet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      No real thoughts on him, tbh…He’s one to watch for now

  34. moses mashers says:
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    Great to have a Grey update! I think Ohtani as a hitter is definitely viable in a weekly league. I can’t complain about his 4 days at my utility spot. He will be really tough to use as an SP though in a weekly league especially with the 6 man rotation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  35. Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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    Preseason: Pagan, Chris Martin, Romano, Wittgren, Taylor Rogers…Man, The Cobblers are loaded for Saves this year!!!

    Now: Merrywether and Valdez!?!?! Da Fuh?

    Summing up the Squat Cobblers’ ability to nail opening day closers:
    We couldn’t hit the ocean if you spotted us the beach!

    • NUX says:
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      Lol I’m same way, came out of most drafts not paying top dollar for saves, but feeling like I nailed several situations. I have several shares of a few guys you named. The hard part is feeling like some of these guys will get saves later, but having roster crunches everywhere and having to look at dropping them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I hear that

  36. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Hey Grey, DT,

    The”Maddon-ing” of ‘fantasy baseballers’ minds will continue regardless of what type of talent is on the Angels roster. Good luck trying to play that in a weekly lock in league.

    Any takes on Cease? Im holding on for few more starts at least. need to see what he’s really about. meanwhile Houser ( a Fa in my league) will be monocle’d very intently…..

    Also, any take on Chris Flexen with Seattle? (side note: looking forward to the puns with this guy)

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      Also , there’s a possibility the Colorado altitude never agreed with Dahl’s body…. I’m interested to say the …… most. (I’m’ a doctor so my suspicion has merit…. nope, lied, I’m not a doctor.)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Maybe on Dahl, but even if he’s healthy, he’s about as good as what? 20/5/.270 — it’s ok

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Cease for another start, but I was never a huge fan

      Flexen looks like a streamer at best

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        Thanks for the insight….So would you make a move for Merryweather over Flexen for the RP spot in a points league?

        Also patience with Heaney?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes and yes

  37. Packetfan97 says:
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    Drop moustakas for falefa in a pts lg?

    Thank you

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      nope

  38. 406mtechdigger says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    12 Team H2H Points Keeper League

    You get to have 1 for the next couple of years, rest of the team is strong so aiming for upside as much as anything….

    Dalbec, T O’Neil, Trammell, Mullins, Isbel, Franchy

    Muchos Gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Coin flip really at this point…Guess Mullins

  39. Will says:
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    AL-ONLY 5×5 roto

    Trade Vaughn (is LaRussa going to keep doing this?)/Karinchak (Wild Thing) for Merriweather/Mercedes/Urquidy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  40. Big Tilly Style says:
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    Need some of that sweet sweet expert opinion on my crew that ya’ll got in abundance over here.

    10-teamer 6x^ with OPS instead of AVG.

    C: McCann
    1B: Alonso
    2B: Semien/Moustakas
    3B: Chapman
    SS: Bichete
    OF: Yelich
    OF: Bellinger
    OF: Harper
    UTL: Moncada/Buxton

    SP: Woodruff
    SP: Kershaw
    SP: Lynn
    SP: Civale

    RP: Diaz
    RP: Pressly
    RP: Smith

    First four days were pretty brutal offensively. Is my team wack? AM I doomed for the bottom rungs of the standings barrel?

    Thanks so much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, it’s just a few days…Alonso hasn’t even played yet, and your pitching looks good

  41. Dan says:
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    Springer and miggy for sonny gray and walsh ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer side

  42. rhodyballer says:
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    Hampson, Nate Lowe, Peralta, Austin Hays, Mullins, Andrus, Kiner-Falafel or Castro fro my UTIL spot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs…Mullins

  43. Jmn153 says:
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    Hey,

    I need some advice, would you trade Castellanos for Bogaerts

    • NUX says:
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      I think you asked this twice?

      Need more info if you want the best possible answer. Xander is prob the guy I’d want. But I could see declining if I already have solid SS/MI situation.

      FWIW Grey has Xander at #20 and Casty at #50 in his 5×5 Top 500 ranks

  44. Trickrey says:
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    Jazz Chisolhm or Ty France as a infield bench bat? 6×6 H2H league with HR, RBI, Runs, SB, Total Bases, and OBP.

    Same league – David Dahl or Manny Margot?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      France

      Dahl

  45. bettiedaviseyeswideshut says:
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    So excited for baseball and the first weekend wrap up write up (wwuwu?) anyways thanks always for great analysis and laughs. Hows my team going? well in my h2h league I had mahle, means and skubal vs heaning and madbum and other “aces”- so pretty good (and my offense is stacked) – spanna – starting pitchers aint need no ace – thanks razzball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  46. bettiedaviseyeswideshut says:
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    So excited for baseball and the first weekend wrap up write up (wwuwu?) anyways thanks always for great analysis and laughs. Hows my team going? well in my h2h league I had mahle, means and skubal vs heaning and madbum and other “aces”- so pretty good (and my offense is stacked) – spanna – starting pitchers aint need no ace – thanks razzball.

  47. toolshed says:
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    Lost yates, so naturally I got romano before season started. Is Merriweather the guy now? I ask b/c two things happened in his saves. 1st one, romano pitched in a tie game in the 9th like a closer typically does. 2nd save, romano pitched 8th but faced the top of the order.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems to be Merryweather…But it’s closers, I have no idea

  48. Harley Earl says:
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    I don’t know about Cy Young Awards but I do think Julio Urias breaks out this year. I’ve got him on all three of my teams. Hopefully he at least lives up to the potential/hype that’s always followed him.

    On the other hand, I’ve got Hiura on all three of my teams, too, and he sucks. He’s so bad I want to cut him outright. I think you were dead right on the Schmohawk post about him. Wish you had actually posted it when it was appropriate and not after his crappy start. Still, good to know what some of your thoughts were even if you weren’t fully convicted to them. How long before they demote him? Because if they do, I think I will cut him outright. He’s terrible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully on Urias! And hopefully not on Hiura — My bold prediction this year was Hiura is demoted

      • Harley Earl says:
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        I think both happens.

        Urias will dominate and Hirua will demote-ate (I know it’s not a word but it works so let’s just go with it).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  49. toolshed says:
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    Posey has played in 2 games and has 2 hr. Normally I wouldn’t care, but looking at the C position, this could mean something because he had 7 hr in 2019 after opting out last year. He had hip surgery in 2018. That kind of injury could definitely require a full year off to get healthy and could be a legitimate reason for dragging down his stats in 2018 and 2019. Am I reaching or do you think posey may surprise this year due to the extra time off?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fine for now as long as he’s hitting

  50. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    Vlad has a 16 degree launch angle so far carrying over from Spring. Nice!

    You’re right about that Brewers lineup not being very threatening. It’s a hallow version of its former glory. No one around Yelich.

    Do you think Trea T. puts up comparable RBI totals to Yelich this year? I have an offer of Turner for MY Yelich I’m thinking of taking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Hiura looks so lost…Nice on Vlad! I’m hoping Trea and Yelich are not at all the same…20/40 vs. 40/20 ideally

      • Shallow League Decisions says:
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        Hold Yelich or deal for Trea?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Trea

  51. Cable says:
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    in a h/h points 12 team league……now I have to go out and find a 2nd baseman to take the place of Hiura……

  52. toolshed says:
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    Saves + holds league. Antone and Merryweather both qualify at sp. Who would you rather have? Antone may get some starts so there is that upside or downside depending on how he does if he gets a shot. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Merryweather

  53. Matt says:
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    10 Team Roto 5×5 Standard Mixed

    Thank God Baseball is back for 162. Am I the only one that think 7 inning baseball is a crime?

    Leody Taveras please pick it up. Drop for Michael Taylor or wait it out? My OF is pretty solid Robert, Laureano, Santander, Mullins, Edman

    Trying to get rid of Hiura. Can’t exactly trade him when he as done nadda. Dylan Moore too low? Probably going to have to wait it out.

    Can’t decide who I like better out of Bassit or Eovaldi,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and runners on 2nd in extra is a crime too

      I’d grab Taylor

      Moore is a bit low

      Eovaldi has more Ks

  54. toolshed says:
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    Obp league: drop senzel for mullins? 10 team roto, reserve OF. I know it’s early but mullins is leading off. Senzel could be good, but he has never been able to stay healthy. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  55. Sing Us a Vogelsong You’re the Pineda Man says:
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    Drop Kike for Mullins or Nate Lowe? Or did the Red Sox have a bad weekend?

    Thanks for the killer write ups!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs….Mullins is most like him

  56. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I’ll just display my collection of St Louis Cardinal caps here by the window. Whoa, Torenado!! Now I have to pick them both up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      +5

  57. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 10) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 40 moves – no streaming

    Couple IR spots to fill, who would be your pick-ups (I can pick up 2 guys)

    WIRE
    HIT – M. Taylor, C. Owings, E. longoria, R. Grichuk, J. Wendle, A. Eaton, J. Upton, J. Aguilar, G. Hampson, J. Chisholm Jr., A. Dickerson, A. Nola (IL), J. Pederson, B. Dalbec, N. Senzel, J. Berti, C. Mullins,
    SP – M. Pineda, D. Smyly, J. Arrietta, J. Odorizzi, C. Rodon, M. Minor, C. green, J. Lindbolm, M. Shoemaker, A. Alzolay,
    RP – C. Green, M. Barnes, E. Pagan, J. Soria, G. Gallegos, C. Martin, C. Valdez, W. Davis,

    My team:
    C – Mitch Garver
    1B – E. Hosmer
    2B – K. Marte
    3B – Eugenio Suarez
    SS – T. Turner
    CI – P. Goldschmidt
    MI – I. Happ
    LF – C. Yelich
    CF – M. Conforto
    RF – T. Mancini
    Util – J. India
    BN – R. Laureano
    IL – L. Voit (IL)

    SP – W. Buehler
    SP – B. Singer
    SP – A. Civale
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    RP – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – A. Reyes (RP)
    P – J. Means
    BN – T. Mahle
    BN – D. Dunning
    BN – J. Montgomery
    IL – S. Gray (IL)
    IL – T. Gonsolin (IL)
    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda over Dunning seems fine, but if you want to hold your moves for another few days, I could see it

      • MarvPesos

        Marv says:
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        Grey,

        With the IR spots I don’t even have to drop anyone, simply two pick ups. So maybe grab Pineda and wait on the second free pick up guy?

        Marv

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, yeah, grab Pineda, and wait on 2nd pick up for now since they’re limited

          • MarvPesos

            Marv says:
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            Grey,

            last extra question, haha. What about Alex Kirilloff, Matt Manning or Logan Gilbert, since I now have the room, either of these prospects worth the stash ?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kirilloff

  58. Turd Wendell says:
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    Oh no not a Darrin “Diamond in the” Ruff reference. Us Phils fans know all to well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  59. aardvark says:
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    Ramon laureno over joc or cronenworth ? Or hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Joc

  60. rhodyballer says:
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    Aguilar, Taylor, Mercedes, Votto, Mullins or N. Lowe as a stop-gap?

    • rhodyballer says:
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      Margot and Jazz also available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mullins, depends on needs

      • rhodyballer says:
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        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  61. Thundershoe says:
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    Happy Monday, Grey!

    Having so many first week of the season impulses –

    A. Which side do you like in this trade: J. Luzardo for E. Rosario

    B. Did I make a mistake in dropping Madrigal for Rojas?

    C. Was psyched to snag Merryweather, esp since he has SP eligibility in my league! Also have Romano already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Luzardo B. Yes C. Nice

  62. frankgrimes says:
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    Disappointing that Vaughn is losing time already.
    He won’t get enough ABs getting pulled early for defense and now this Mercedes character stealing his DH ABs too… think I’d rather have Walsh or Nate Lowe. Of course if the dude starts hitting who knows.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He just needs to hit

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Even if he is La Russa who is already over managing games still will pull him early.
        I found it hilarious that moments after that douche on ESPN was congratulating Maddon for his “courage” to leave Ohtani in there he got blasted at home plate.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah

  63. big league choo says:
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    13 team dynasty

    Trade my kelenic/jeter downs for trout/freddy peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  64. Umpy70 says:
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    Grey, who do you see having the most impact this year. 12 team 25 rosters and im crazy short on P and i got these guys eating my bench away. Are they all worth sitting on? Do i cut one loose? Morejon on waiver
    Gore, E.Cabrera, GIlbert

    Im way too heavy on bats (winker, k.lewis on my bench!!!) What value should i be looking for trying to trade Stanton or Olson (gotta find room for my na guy…oh its wando….my bats are siiick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cabrera is injured, you can lose him — Stanton for a low #1 SP? Maybe Castillo after he got hit around?

  65. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the hey, Grey!

    Oh man, the closer confusion is rougher than usual this April.

    I think it’s only a matter of time before Neris blows up and Bradley takes that gig, right?

    This Soria thing is making me batty since, indeed, it looks he might not be locked into the role if healthy. I like saying “Ginkel,” so I’m thinking of rostering him . . . but that’s the best reasoning In have for it right now unless you’ve got something better.

    Cleveland? Toronto? What the hell is going on?

    Lurrrrrrrrrrrrrrves!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t bet on Neris keeping the job

      Ginkel would be my bet

      Lurves!

      • sportivetricks says:
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        You ginkeled me!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  66. Dave says:
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    Would you start Montas today vs the Dodgers in an Otteneu pts league?

    Are you worried about Paddack long term? I own him for this and next year. Could his name bring back decent enough value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      Yes — Laureano?

  67. crimedog says:
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    Why keep Vaughn up to have him ride pine? Makes no sense to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t disagree

  68. Play Ball says:
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    Lourdes or Swanson for counting stats in a standard roto redraft league?

    Both are in my UTIL slots.

    I have Lindor and Seager for my SS and MI. Marte at 2B.

    Lourdes has dual eligibility. Swanson has double digit SB potential. Both hit 6th in great lineups.

    Thinking of trading either Lourdes or Swanson for some pitching help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lourdes, close tho

      • Play Ball says:
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        Sorry Grey…do you mean keep Lourdes over Swanson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  69. 162 says:
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    Pomz or Merryweather in a S+H league?

    Both have been equally impressive. Pomz has the better track record.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pom

  70. lindorphins says:
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    Trying to add Merryweather but not sure who to drop. Could you recommend someone? This is a 12 team H2H 7×7 league (R, HR, RBI, K, SB, AVG, OPS // K, W, L, ERA, WHIP, K/9, SVHD). FWIW, Merryweather is also SP/RP eligible. Thanks!

    C Murphy
    1B Olson
    2B Muncy
    3B JD Davis
    SS Lindor
    LF Verdugo
    CF Trout
    RF Conforto
    UT Franmil
    UT Gimenez
    B Hayes (IL)
    IL Mondesi
    IL Kyle Lewis

    SP Plesac
    SP Bundy
    SP Antone (SP/RP eligible)
    RP May
    RP Rainey
    P Sims
    B Gausman
    B Bassitt
    B Means
    B Lopez
    IL Sale

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sims

  71. Rachel says:
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    So I am in dire need of a pitching ace. Do I trade Yelich for Bauer or Cole? Not sure I like either this year but when in desperate times…I am in a 12person H2H OBP league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need an ace — take a lesser bat and trade for a lesser SP

  72. Lucky Dog says:
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    Early season thoughts:
    Acuna’s a bum
    I hate the Nats for being stupid and irresponsible
    Watching Sunday Night Baseball, every manager/base & bench coach still, after 14 goddamn months, doesn’t know that their mask goes OVER the nose, as the base coaches chat up every player that comes by in close contact. And “pods” of fans in the stands is a great system right up until a single worthless foul ball lands in their vicinity & a scrum of 20 maskless morons form a dogpile to fight over it.

    Humanity is doomed.

    Ps – I dropped Cease shortly after, but not only because of the Othani Homer. Dude was terrible. Missing with non-competitive pitches 2’ put of the zone. 7” high, in the dirt, so far outside batters never flinched even for a second. All his k’s were on bland cheese that the impatient batters just tried to take a bite out of for more discernible reason. He wasn’t deceptive, and he only threw 2 pitches, both of them flat & hittable. I don’t care that he throws 98. It’s 98 MPH trash. I predict an ERA of 5+ and maybe a trip down to the Minors of the ChiSox have literally any better options.

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      Ps – I don’t know why autocorrect changes Ohtani to Othani – neither are words. My phone is already sick of baseball.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Bland cheese haha

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Yeah, I mean dude didn’t have cheddar. It wasn’t even subtle like a brie.

        Toe-cheese or frumunda, while exotic-sounding, is not at all delicious & that’s more like what Cease had to offer.

        Even the color dude kept commenting on how the pitches 30” out of the zone were just wasted efforts and terrible pitches. He actually used the word terrible several times & each time with a more disgusted inflection. He was offended by the poor quality of the pitches.

        Incidentally, 30” out of the zone is the nickname my ex had for me.

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      Is there a first round batter that people are actually happy with so far? lol

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Trea and Soto haven’t even played

        • Lucky Dog says:
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          Nor DeGrom.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah

            • Lucky Dog says:
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              And what a sound investment that was, said no one who drafted a 1st round SP ever.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      Also “no discernible reason” – like the batter got bored and thought “do I have inspector gadget arms? Let’s find out!” only to be sad that they couldn’t reach a pitch so far outside it coulda landed in the away dugout.

      ChiSox catcher got his steps in last night for sure. Holy crap what a workout corralling that trash Cease kept missing with.

      Cease was so bad that when he finally made an amazingly good pitch of 99 painting the bottom of the zone on a 3-2 count, it got called a ball – that was right before his 3rd ER.

      When the umps are like, “nah, you suck too much for me to call that a K”, it’s time to divest.

  73. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12 Team Roto

    Andres Gimenez out of the lineup again. Would you drop him for Kiner-Falefa?

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      I would.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Amed already took over at SS haha gotta love the pre season bSOHL predictions!

      • Russ says:
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        Your thoughts on this one Grey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t drop Gimenez yet

          • frankgrimes says:
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            OVER REACTION MONDAY!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        See that, buddy? We ain’t good enough for Russ.
        :(

        lol

        I like Giminez, but gimme the lead-off power-speed guy who qualifies at C over the 9-hitter on principal alone.

  74. Kailuaboy says:
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    Aloha Grey!
    Lux or TB Lowe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowe

  75. Chet says:
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    Looking forward to Akil BADDOO today!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a Baddoo man

      • Chet says:
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        Well, that was fun! BaaaaaaaDOOOOOOO!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BAAAADOOO

  76. Cohen says:
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    France or Wong overall?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong

  77. Cohen says:
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    Please pick two best streamers?
    Rogers home vs Cards
    Morejon home vs SF
    Jose Deleon home vs Pitt
    SON likes them all

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rogers, Morejon

  78. Jr says:
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    How good is John means really? Did he get a favorable matchup against a putrid Red Sox offense? Or could he be a legit 2-3 starter?

    • hot corner says:
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      I believe that every hitter is geared up to velocity these days. A good change-up is the best pitch in baseball right now and Means has an elite change-up. I don’t know if I trust him yet to be an SP2, but I am confident that he is an legit SP3.

      • dubjay says:
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        I watched the game and he looked great. Got better as the game went on. Came away impressed.

  79. bobsnyder4210 says:
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    Hey Grey…happy Monday…

    Bail on Gimenez as a rotational piece (second benching in a row) for any of Wendle, Owings, DeJong, Rosario, Rojas, Chisholm…or hold a little longer and see what happens?

    Originally took him as a utility with good steals, but I can always pivot to best available…thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  80. stevie says:
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    I need some OF help with Lewis, Springer and Grisham all out. Slim pickens… Any favorites among these guys? 12-team H2H
    Mazara
    Taveras
    Peralta
    Grossman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grossman

  81. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Grey! Long time no question asking. Great write up as usual. Seeing lots of warranted Keston hate. I’m a sucker for punishment and drafted him in two leagues. Watch for him today – if he doesnt break out we are in trouble. Keston is 4/7 with 3 HR and 4 RBI vs. Trevor Williams. Should be interesting.

    Also, loved the Chris Shelton joke about my Tigers. Baddoo is almost as fun to watch as his name is to say. Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully he gets a hit

  82. Tbone says:
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    5×5 H2H Dynasty SV/HLD League

    Kershaw and Rainey for G. Springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  83. William Hung says:
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    Wow SON has a $7 value for Matz today – looks like it’s day drinking btw that and Rodon’s value

    I wouldn’t stream Matz unless you get points for negative outcomes

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      I would absolutely play in a “hedge betting” format where you win by having the worst starting players / SP.

      Someone needs to build that app.

      • William Hung says:
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        this used to be a thing way back in the day – Maxim Magazine ran it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes, no thanks

      • William Hung says:
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        The Robot knew something…

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          Matz looked terrific today. Throwing 97 in the 7th

          • William Hung says:
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            out of nowhere

  84. Lucky Dog says:
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    I’d like to apologize for Devers.

    Last time I had him on a team in 2019 he didn’t hit a HR for almost a month.

    I sold him dirt cheap to the BoSox fan in my league, and the very next day he started his power binge, hitting 3 HR over the next 4 days.

    This year I was high on him & drafted him 4.08

    It’s all my fault. He won’t hit a HR so long as I own him. The baseball gods have decided.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stop ruining Devers!

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        My bad.
        :(

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fine this time, but don’t make habit of it!

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        Please, please dump.

        • Lucky Dog says:
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          NEVAH!

          If I have to suffer, everyone has to suffer.

          -a Jewish memoir

  85. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    AL Only league- in desperate need for saves

    Would you drop Logan Allen or Cesar Valdes for Merryweather?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Allen

  86. Bigdadyb58 says:
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    Grey! Glad to be back. Love your content. 10 Team 5×5 category league. Overall better play for injury fill-in and possibly keeper. Position not important. Please rank:

    Nate Lowe
    Isiah Falefa
    Jonathan India
    Bobby Dalbec
    Cedric Mullins

    Thanks as always. Look forward to your posts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Israel Diner, Mullins

      • Bigdadyb58 says:
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        You da man thanks. Already grabbed Israel Diner (after your write-ups) but was stuck between him and India. Making sure I made the right move. Might sound crazy but would you drop Chris Taylor(playing time issue) for Mullens?

        • Bigdadyb58 says:
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          or Nate Lowe…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, I would

  87. sad sagnof face says:
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    got diekman, pomerqnz and clase.

    ill be happy in a month or so right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…well…maybe?

  88. Vrugg says:
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    Grey,

    My league Standard 12-team H2H 7×7: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and
    W, SV, H, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    My SPs are Bieber, Castillo, Ryu, Luzardo, Alcantara, Civale, Trevor Rogers and Dunning

    I received this trade offer: his Gimenez for my Civale.

    If I accepted, I’d then drop Dubon.

    I’d appreciate your thoughts on the offer.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  89. Travis Hafner says:
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    We’re back! Felt good to scroll the Grey Q-A thread today.

    I’m mostly in fairly deep 10-12 team 5×5 leagues (12 is 6×6 ops QS)

    Few guys I’ve been wondering:

    1.) Are wittgren, TScott, Soria all still holds despite bad situational weekends? I’m worried that the save chances may be low and the risk of blow up is high (10-12 team mixed)

    2.) I need to hold Kikuchi and Yarbrough until further notice right? I think they may have graduated from streamer arm at the moment? (Kikuch had a really sharp sprint as well)

    3.) You ok with Rodon in a 10 team today? Also a great spring, great matchup, always intriguing upside.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nah, can lose if need room

      2. Yes

      3. Not really ok with him

      • Travis Hafner says:
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        How about JMonty? Decent matchup, likeable arm

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems decent

  90. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Pick one – JD Davis; Hunter Dozier; or Austin Riley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley

  91. boner says:
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    hey grey,

    clase, pomeranz and diekman, ill be good, right? svs only.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uh…Well…Boner…

  92. H says:
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    Drop Jordan Hicks for Merriwrather? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  93. rhodyballer says:
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    Drop Pagan for Devenski or Valdez or hold?

    • rhodyballer says:
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      Or Diekman?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Diekman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Valdez

  94. Herb says:
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    Hey Grey,

    How would you rank Nate Lowe, Jesus Aguilar, and Mark Canha?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Canha, Lowe

  95. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto redraft with OBP. I’m a little light on steals.

    Drop Rowdy Tellez for Nate Lowe or Walsh?

    Drop Leody for Michael A. Taylor?

    Drop Hays for Mullins?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowe

      Yes

      Yes

  96. JP Christophers says:
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    Ramirez, Bichette & McCullers for Turner, Devers & Berrios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner side, but pretty even

  97. Russowl says:
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    Need to drop one
    Vaughn, Sano,Madrigal, Mullins,or Escobar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Escobar

      • Russowl says:
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        And if I need to drop two who would be next?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mullins

  98. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Need a bench bat soon, just curious who my drop is, options are…

    Cesar Valdez
    Emilio Pagan
    Jordan Hicks
    Gregory Soto
    Tarik Skubal

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto

  99. Old School Brother says:
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    *Mole Man Voice* I was saying Boo-Urns

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      +5

    • frankgrimes says:
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      HA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  100. OaktownSteve says:
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    Terrific day for you on the Tweeter, Albaloney.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, Todd Frazier name searching himself and blocking me is pretty funny

  101. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Would u rathewr have Evan Longoria or Hanser Alberto

    • Scott Kimmel says:
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      Would you drop Adam Eaton for Akil “dont call me Erykah” Baddoo

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Longo

  102. Harley Earl says:
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    Just curious Grey,

    Would you be willing to roll the dice with a roster spot for Yermin Mercedes and Akil Baddoo? I’ve got three guys on the DL and wondered about them. Think this is your typical Robel Garcia or Aristides Aquino flash in the pan start? Or do you possibly see more for either one of them?

    I gotta admit they both intrigue me. But they also make me shake my head and think ‘No way.’

    I’m torn. Patch me up with your insight and wisdom!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bet there’s better guys on waivers for you, but I’m not against trying them

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Not really.

        It’s a 14-team, 30-man roster league with 8 NA spots and up to 10 DL. Most teams already have 3-5 DL spots filled, meaning we have 470 players on the regular roster already taken and another 112 minor leaguers rostered.

        It’s slim pickens in the waiver wire. That’s why Baddoo and Mercedes offer some intrigue. Nobody else does lol

  103. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Trea wasn’t at practice today which makes me worried he’s one of the Nats with COVID. I have two adds left for this whole week. Would you drop someone, such as Ohtani (SP) or Rodon (if he blows today) to pick up a Trea fill-in? Who do you like from Chisolm, M.Rojas, Solano, Wendle?

    C – Garver, 1B – Bellinger, 2B – Biggio, 3B – Arenado, SS – Trea, OF – Ozuna, Conforto, Frazier, Util – Cron, Bench – Laureano, IL – Grisham

    SP – Fried, Gausman, Kikuchi, Musgrove, Ohtani, Pineda, Rodon; IL – Gallen
    RP – Bass, Diekman, McGree, Montero,

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Chisolm had two steals in a game. That’s going to be more valuable than anything you can get out of the other 3 on a short term basis. Guy is going to run. Plus you’re probably counting on Turner for bags anyhoo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Steve

  104. Harley Earl says:
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    I like Chisholm personally. Big upside or big fail! If he makes it, he’ll be a star!

  105. tiko698 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a dynasty league. 12 teams. I was offered Soroka, Othani (SP), and Hayes for Jack Fleharty. This is a FAAB league as well.

    Flaherty $35

    Soroka $14
    Hayes$5
    Othani $14

    Next year the price goes up $5 on each and flaherty $3

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d want Flaherty

  106. letsgobravos says:
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    Grabbed Arraez to replace Hayes. Arraez starts today 1/1 with 2 runs scored and gets pulled with an injury. Ugh,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

  107. JP says:
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    Would you drop any of the following for Ohtani: Sano, Moncada, Swanson, Hosmer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  108. OaktownSteve says:
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    Robbie Grossman pioneering the “TWO true outcomes model” with 0-2 2Ks today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  109. rhodyballer says:
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    Pick up Adzolay, Dunning, Skubal, Canning, Keller or MadBum to replace Elieser?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Canning

      • rhodyballer says:
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        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  110. OaktownSteve says:
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    Does it already kind of feel like we got a rabbit ball again this year? Sure doesn’t seem like they’ve deadened it.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Maybe it’s just me. My pitching has been absolutely awful across all my teams.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Meanwhile Matz looks good against the Rangers so far. I don’t want to live in a Steven Matz is good world.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Matz throwing a perfect game would be so…well, perfect

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nah, same here…Think a lot of pitchers are just stale in April, at least feels like that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, right? No way this is deadened

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        I have Logan Allen going and I want to see how he looks but I’m terrified and the box score said he gave up a tater to Whitley D. Merrifield and I just can’t watch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have him going and I’m watching the Rangers, so yeah

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            Same. I like what the Rangers are trying to do with their offense. They cut ties with Odor and brought in Culberson, who is known as the ultimate AB grinder. They’re emphasizing contact all through the organization. I have a couple shares of Gallo. I think more BB than K so far this year. I love that dude. He’s a gold glove outfielder, runs well and is a monster. Just dreaming on a .240, 50 homer season. Have a couple Dahl too.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              On the flip side, Taveras and to a lesser extent Solak look overmatched. Taveras I don’t think is going to stay up too much longer.

              • et says:
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                Seems like Solak just isn’t seeing the ball well right now. Hope he gets going soon before he gets dropped in the batting order.

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  He’s got a better chance that Taveras, that’s for sure.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Matz got lucky to get out of last inning with only one run, hard hit balls…I don’t think I have any Rangers hitters outside of IKF, Leody, Solak and Calhoun — they are not a great team, and Holt and Culberson…Well, I’m surprised they’re in the majors still

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                I think Holt and Culberson especially are like player coaches. Kind of like what the Tigers got Grossman to do. They’re there for the role model of the professional AB.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Could be, but I’m in on Baddoo now

                  • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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                    Austin Hays goes on the IL and I look on the waiver wire.

                    Meh.

                    I’ll give the BADDest DOOd on the waiver wire a shot!

  111. OaktownSteve says:
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    Interesting Garcia and Soto get innings in this Minnesota blow out. This is a wild idea, but I’ve been spider sensing that Cisnero might be a saves lurker there.

    The Indians seem not great offensively, don’t they?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, it’s so early I’m not willing to say that, but so far not great…Soto just getting IP no?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Probably. Like I said, just a weird hunch that next time the Tiggers have a save opportunity, they’ll run Cisneros out there and everybody will go WTF. Pretty much how closers have gone. He was their best reliever last year and been pretty good since coming back from the Mexican league. Perfect profile for like that late career out of nowhere closer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure why, but I guess it could be

  112. toolshed says:
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    Baddoo wth a grand slam in 9th. I love it. How can Detroit not play him and hit him 9th. He also stole a bag

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know! I’m in

  113. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Oh how I missed these weekday writeups!!

    Thank you for all you do to take our game to the next level!

    I heart you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  114. SteveNZ says:
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    It would be nice if Astudio had some sort of path to playing time. That C eligibility is awfully attractive…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on how long Arraez is out

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Yeah, doesn’t sound too bad for Arraez apparently.

        Elsewhere, I currently have a waiver claim in for Kike, dropping Leody. Baddoo is available but Kike is still the better option, right? He has multi-position eligibility in Yahoo too, which helps.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d try Baddoo

          • SteveNZ says:
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            Damn! My opponent just grabbed him! Same guy that drafted Muncy right in front of me!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, damn

              • SteveNZ says:
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                Kike it is!

  115. jdred5 says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto:
    I usually start 6 starters, 3 closers but at the moment I am starting 5 and 4 while I wait for Sonny Grey and Odorizzi. I picked up Alex Reyes (though I didn’t really need him). To start him, I would have to bench either:
    1) Bassitt (don’t love his matchup against the Dodgers though he’s at home – also would mean I am starting 5 relievers which seems like too many)
    2) One of Amir Garrett, Jake McGee, Raisel Iglesias, Richard Rodriguez
    Thoughts?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McGee

  116. William Hung says:
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    Madrigal leading off, but only because Tim Anderson D2D

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • William Hung says:
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        Lets hope Madrigal goes HAM until Anderson comes back on Thursday (expected date) so the White Sox are forced to hit Madrigal higher up… or keep him at 9 – who knows with La Russa

  117. Life of Brian says:
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    H2H, 12 teams, Mixed. After our draft, the commisioner changed it from a weekly lineup league to daily lineups. Complained, but looks like it will stay daily. Starting roster has 9 hitters (including 1 util), 5 SP and 3 RP. Anyway, my top 4 SPs are really strong, so for my 5 BN spots, I took 3 hitters and 2 SP. Now that the league is daily, and I can rotate my starting pitchers, should I exchange one of my BN hitters for another SP? My lowest rated BN hitter, my backup 2B/SS, is 47% rostered.

    • Grey

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      Yes, get another SP

  118. OaktownSteve says:
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    Magoo and I have been talking about Giancarlo Stanton. He’s such a weird player. I can’t remember seeing an MLB player look so lost as he has in his ABs so far this year. I don’t know what’s up with him, but he definitely seems to go through streaks where he looks like he has zero chance and then all of a sudden he’ll look like you can never get him out.

    Also, there are a lot of bad color guys on MLB broadcasts, but I think Barry Larkin might just be the worst.

    • Grey

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      Ha, I haven’t heard Larkin yet…There are so many bad guys on the mic tho…Like over half the league’s announcers are very difficult to listen to….Stanton hasn’t looked right for extended period of time in years

  119. Rick Brown says:
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    Been paying attention to all the Hiura bashing for the last few weeks.In one of my deep leagues I was able to trade him for Ketel Marte. Guy accepted right away! Some glad after reading all the negativity about him today.
    RICK

    • Grey

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      Nice!

  120. OaktownSteve says:
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    Jesse Hahn for the Royals save? Are you effing kidding me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, I have no idea

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Everybody is a closer and nobody is a closer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, be the spoon

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          Karinchak really doesn’t seem like he’s going to get many save shots. I’m starting to suspect it’s going to be Clase. K gets one out in the 9th inning of a game where their down 3?

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            they’re

          • Grey

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            I wouldn’t bet either way

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Players are a bunch of pussies these days.
        They need a day off already?
        Can’t throw more than 80 pitches or two days in a row.
        Half my teams are hurt already back in the day they play thru most this shit!

        • SteveNZ says:
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          Rub some dirt on it and get back out there!

          • frankgrimes says:
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            Beer used to be a nickel…
            Get off my lawn.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HAHA

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • frankgrimes says:
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            Apparently baseball players are soft on Twitter too!

            • Grey

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              Grimey taking no prisoners!

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          I’ve got an NFBC team with Mondesi, Voit, Ke’Bryan, K. Lewis, Gray, and Ray. I can’t tell you how much I hate those red suitases.

          • frankgrimes says:
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            I dislike their whole interface.

      • hot corner says:
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        I am about to give up trying to figure out pitching for a while. Just put in SPs and RPs that I think are good and check back in a month.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          Right? I don’t want to start any pitchers. Just watched Trevor Rogers walk 4 guys in the first inning (mostly through my fingers with hands covering eyes)

          • frankgrimes says:
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            That was brutal ha

          • hot corner says:
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            Haha. That is exactly what I was watching when I thought that. I have one guy throw a gem and the next guy get completely blown up while my closers aren’t closing.

            It’s craziness!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  121. OaktownSteve says:
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    471 feet. Baseball is really weird.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      He said after the game someone on Razzball said he looked lost!

  122. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    So why are MLB players so stupid and continue to slide into 1B headfirst? Laureano was one of the few guys that was producing for me, and now this.

    Appreciate the hustle Ramon, but I told you not to be stupid…

    So I started the Shoemaker, Montgomery and Rodon in my 10 Team H2H Points League, and so far, so good. Rodon better not turn into himself tonight!

    Ok, that’s all. Thanks.

  123. SteveNZ says:
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    Can someone let Devers know that the season is under way?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      +5

  124. lwomack58 says:
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    Watch a video clip of Baddoo and he has a sweet swing-little like Bonds-quick hands. I’m not one to jump at the newest toy- but would you drop either Tellez or Gimenez for him.

    This would be my last move for the week but currently leading my opponent in Yahoo h2h.

    Thanks

    • Al KOHOLIC says:
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      Possibility of a 20-20 guy from waivers at this point I’d have to grab him.

  125. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Watching Garrett melt down right now hoping he escapes with a save is best case at this point

    • Al KOHOLIC says:
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      Nice but not reassuring for the sole closer gig

  126. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    H2H Saves only

    I currently own Diekman, Garrett, and Bass. Merryweather made it thru unclaimed today.

    Make a swap or hold?

    • Saint says:
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      Sorry, looks like Merryweather for Diekman previously advised.

  127. Lucky Dog says:
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    The ultimate ticker tease: BoSox 11 runs.
    Devers 0-5

    Still doesn’t have a hit. Just made a hell of a defensive play at the hot corner so maybe it’ll shake him loose.

  128. Gigorilla -- Gregg says:
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    Thanks for the obvious — how about some deep research into the Covid IL protocols and the Nationals, and future MLB teams IL moves? C’mon man, this is several days old now — who knows more than Grey?

  129. frankgrimes says:
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    Tatis is down!

  130. letsgobravos says:
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    Don’t look now, but Big Sho(hei) is pinch hitting on his day off. Looks like Maddon is pretty committed to utilizing his bat. Got plunked in the thigh after a mound visit to load the bases with the halos down 2.

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