Corey Kluber (7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.83, and his 1st 20-win season) just passed Trevor Bauer with 216 Ks, giving the Indians four guys with 200 Ks.  They may not even win as many games as the Rays, but you’re really coming for the Indians in the playoffs?  I predict a red-blooded, all-American Indians-Braves World Series.  “Hello, my name is Woke Wally.  Yes, I’m wearing a badge that reads, ‘Woke.’  I received this honorary badge as a participation trophy from my wife, Margaret.  Do you know what I was participating in?  Citizenry!  I’m here at your sheriff’s office to file a formal complaint on behalf of the millions affected by a casually racist World Series.”  The Stream-o-Nator lines Kluber up vs. the Royals for his final game, but I can’t imagine he throws more than three innings in that start, and is likely just skipped.  For 2019, Kluber is once again going to be way out of reach for me, like an imaginary tassle on the end of a Braves fan imaginary tomahawk.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Dylan Covey – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.06, but two straight solid starts. He gets the Twins in the final game, which might also be Joe Mauer’s final game, so he’ll be amped up to hit at least one dinky single.

Stephen Strasburg – 4 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs; thanks, Angel Hernandez!), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.77.  Pretty sure I’m going to like Strasburg next year, assuming he’s in the scrap heap of starters like Robbie Ray, Carlos Martinez and others who totally screwed up a few of my teams this year.  Hey, our first 2019 starters tier!

Matt Wieters – 1-for-1 and his 8th homer.  I grabbed him for yesterday’s game, after I noticed he homered in his last game, so wham-bam, thank you, batty call slam!  Didn’t hurt that he was lining up against the girl from Grease.

Juan Soto – 2-for-4 and his 21st homer.  Juan Soto says, stay thirsty, my friend!

Anthony Rendon – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .309.  When it comes to liking this guy, I am often Rendon’d powerless, and I see no reason why next year is any different.  Everyone needs some lynchpins of rock solid production and Rendon is one of mine.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (32) and legs (29), hitting .343.  You know what’s awesome?  When players get on a mission to conquer some personal achievement.  Whether it’s someone going for 20 wins, 200 Ks or 30 homers, sign me up for all that personal achievement crap.  I want my guys chasing shizz to show their agent for contract negotiations!  If Betts is trying to get 30/30 or .350 or 35 homers, sign me up!  This, of course, backfires when someone reaches a milestone and then takes himself out of the lineup, I’m reminded of Jose Reyes winning a batting title by not playing.  Also, it’s fun to remember negative things about Jose Reyes.

Nathan Eovaldi – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.88.  Who has more strikeouts this year:  Eovaldi or Ryan Pressly?  Okay, worse either or question ever.  Anyone’s that’s ever taken a test unprepared knows:  If one name is sticking out as not belonging, that’s the answer.  Some more names with more Ks than Eovaldi:  Gaviglio, Cahill, Straily and Cashner.

Dylan Bundy – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.49.  I just had a physic vision, Bundy will be owned in one 2019 league.  It will be a 30-team, mixed league.

Didi Gregorius – Thinks he can play this week after resting for a few days.  Also, Gregorius D.I.D. will be releasing a posthumous to being-declared-dead-for-the-year album called, “Life After Catching One’s Breath.”

Aroldis Chapman – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.54, as he pitched the 7th inning.  Chapman’s fastball velocity was noticeably down like the comforter left for the woman handcuffed to his bed.

Jameson Taillon – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.16, and was pitchslapped by Hamels.  The Stream-o-Nator rightfully loves Taillon’s final start of the year, and he seems like someone who will actually make that final start.

Francisco Cervelli – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  That gives him 24 homers combined with his spring training homers.  Ah, only six months until the Cervelli narrative that he’s a power hitter.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-3 as he hit sixth, which is the lowest he’s ever hit in a major league lineup.  When asked the last time he hit so low, Bryant replied, “It was 1999, and I was seven years old and I kept singing, ‘I’m gonna potty like it’s 1999,’ and coach was upset about Y2K and, well, I was stuck in the seven hole.”

Cole Hamels – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.60.  I’m now rooting that the Cubs lose the rest of their games until the weekend, so Hamels has to pitch again.  Who says fantasy bastardizes sports?

Trevor Story – 2-for-5, 1 run as he returned to the lineup.  He said he might have to bounce throws to 1st base if his elbow hurts too much.  Sounds like he’s in tip-top!

David Dahl – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Been some real ‘piece of work’ lineups this year.  One I haven’t mentioned as much is how Dahl hits third.  I love it.  Keep Dahl in the third spot, it’s what I say while sipping my cognac and stroking my mustache.  What is screwy like putting together a Whattafücker desk from Ikea is, how does a guy qualify to hit third — the best spot in the order — but also warrant getting benched?  His splits are bad, because the Rockies have made them bad by not starting him vs. lefties.  Hit him third vs. everyone!  (Especially in Coors, for me, please.)

Jon Gray – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.91.  One more start of 75 innings, 0 hits, 0 walks, 100 Ks, and we’ll be good.  Don’t discount the power of positive thinking.

Rhys Hoskins – 1-for-4 and his 33rd homer, hitting .245.  Okay, that’s my preseason projected homer total, now raise your average thirty points in the final week.

Jack Flaherty – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.16.  I have it on good authority that the Cards don’t care if Flaherty can’t pitch next year, due to too (stutterer!) many innings this year, because they’ll just turn someone else into a 3.25 ERA pitcher.  Tyson Ross, you got next!

Jose Martinez – 2-for-5 and his 17th homer, hitting .305.  Hasn’t been bad for his draft price, but, let’s just say, he was not a 30-homer breakout.

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  You got five games to hit seven homers, do something!

Robbie Ray – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.91.  No lie, his ERA on my team, where I dropped him about six weeks ago, is 5.15.  Also, no lie, my iTunes just started playing Joey Scarbury’s Believe It Or Not (Theme from The Greatest American Hero).  My iTunes is mocking me!

A.J. Pollock – 1-for-3 and his 20th homer.  He’s now homered twice in the three games since the Diamondbacks have been eliminated.  He’s taking this Pollock thing too far.

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-5 and his 21st homer.  He has a 14 AB/HR ratio, basically Just Dong and Nelson Cruz-type rate.  Here’s to hoping he gets 500 ABs next year.

Felix Pena – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  Not only does the Stream-o-Nator love his final start of the season, but he’s also the type who shouldn’t be limited, and he gets the playoff-bound A’s, who should be sitting everyone.  That’s a no brainer, my speciality!

Ty Buttrey – 1 IP, 1 ER and the blown save, ERA at 3.31.  He’s given up 5 ER in his last two outings, officially one inning.  He’s putting the butt in Buttrey.

Ronald Guzman – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer.  Like Mr. Chiquita Banana, he does hit them in bunches.  If you’re looking for a hot schmotato gamble, I could see grabbing Guzman.

James Paxton – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.85.  Paxton’s report cards, “Jimmy, has incredible ability, but he doesn’t exert himself.  Also, he missed 67 days this semester.”

Robinson Cano – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer.  Notice this clubhouse melanoma returned and the Mariners faded from the playoff picture?  Dee Gordon needs to flex on him.  “Gordon, you’re turning green.”  “I’m mad.”  “You look like an asparagus.”

Dee Gordon – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Flexing that asparagus power!

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer.  That season was mucho appreciado by some people in AL-Only leagues.  “I guess I’ll take a $3 Lowrie, and punt MI.”  Six months later, “I’m the Reggie Roby of MIs!”

Matt Chapman – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  His 2nd half has to move in him in front of his teammate, Olson, next year, right?  On our Player Rater, they are within a 12-team round of each other.

Khris Davis – 1-for-5 and his 46th homer.  Member what I said about 750 words ago for Betts?  Let’s hope Davis wants to get to 50 homers.

Derek Holland – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.63.  Streaming Holland is like streaming a Dutch TV show on Netflix without subtitles.  “I don’t know what is going on, but it’s dark and gloomy.”

Bryan Mitchell – 8 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.42.  Fun fact!  Until today, you thought Bryan Mitchell was hair care products.

Aaron Sanchez – Shut down for the season.  A school nurse would call that, an Unhealthy Sanchez.

Kevin Pillar – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer.  Ya know who Pillar is?  The hitter anyone drafting Kevin Kiermaier thinks they’re getting.  I will call him Kevin Nearmaier.

Josh Reddick – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, and three homers in the last seven games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Carlos Correa – Continues to sit with a back issue.  Speaking of back issues!  How about the back issue of Grey’s Sports Almanac where I begged you not to draft him this year?

Lance McCullers – Activated from the DL with the Astros saying he can throw a few middle relief innings and, “There’s no more DL, so what the hell.”  As much as it pains me to say this, because I like McCullers, but I think his real calling is in middle relief like McHugh.  Call it McRelief, which is also the name for the charity McDonald’s started for people who eat McDonald’s.

  1. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    20 team dynasty where i need at least 9 TEX players at all times (NA slots don’t count, DL would though). probably losing beltre (of course thought that this last offseason too), always have a chance they dump choo. this team actually was the best team for over the 2nd half of the season. league has a bunch of extra stats (holds, QS, K/9, K/BB, complete games, defensive stuff (so catchers and infielders in general have more value, esp 1B)
    C uh oh (and he only starts half the time now, that might partially be a function of them being out of it)
    1B desmond (LF man he really turned to shit right when he moved to COL, still useful though)
    2B odor
    SS andrus
    3B box wine (1B, all OF)
    LF mazouza (RF)
    CF blackman
    RF stanton
    util (1) whit (1B/2B/CF/RF)
    BN (normally in season (playoffs we get expanded rosters) it’s 4 BN slots total with at least 3 having to be hitters, and 13 MAX healthy pitchers: astudillo (3B/C), brinson (CF/LF), choo (LF/RF), big willie (LF), beltre
    NA (10), varsho, jp martinez (TEX), leody T (TEX), yordan alvarez, eloy, i.diaz (SS)
    SP: (5 starting slots): urias, f.valdez, morton, pivetta, ryu, V2, archer, skaggs
    RP (7 starting): giles, kela, c.martin, alexander, steckenrider, pressly, willy P
    DL (5): buchholez, darvish, morrow, fister (only to make TEX mins when their bullpen was all being traded away)
    NA: duplantier, greene, m.baez, graterol

    got a trade offer of my giles for buttrey + profar. it’s looking like i might NEED profar next year, if/when beltre retires, TEX has a large budget but refuses to spend any of it (or at least the amount needed) on good SP (didn’t pay darvish, nor sign ANYbody good, and i’m not trading for the guys they have. literally rostered NONE of their SP’s this year even once, and if i did i probably wouldn’t have been in 1st place for months)

    “we go back in time! i don’t play that shit!”

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fab write-up.

    a. Your boys Gray-Gray both getting Ws on the same night!! The stars were aligned man. You must be so proud of your contributions to society! C-o-n-g-r-a-t-s!

    b. Thinking of streaming Austin Gomber and Framber Valdez. Then I thought…

    Austin Gomber + Framber Valdez=Austin Valdez and Framber Gomber! Then I thought…Nah, neither nor!

    c. Am in first still! Removed McCullers from the IR to my bench. Should I do any of the following?

    1. Move him to the active roster
    2. Keep him on the bench
    3. Drop him for Chase Anderson and his start versus Detroit later next week.

    I need Ws, Ks and need a few clean innings to win ERA, WHIP will stay in 2nd.

    d. Which 2015 1st round draft pick named Stewart do you like ROS?

    1. Christin
    2. DJ

    DJ bats left and gets Houston for 4 at home, he’s in Boston today and tomorrow (Price, Sale) so prolly not great return. He also faces Keuchel for one of the Houston starts. So he’ll go maybe 3/6 games, maybe, this week.

    e. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 25

    The lack of money is the root of all evil.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. We’ve done it! B. I don’t know if Framber pitches, he filled in for Morton on Sunday C. 3. D. 1 E. Yes, exactly!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Thanks, man. Wow, 30 comments. Far cry from the throes of FB ecstasy in the dog days of August when you had 1000 comments!!

        Visited Roto-Wan’s SAGNOF write-up – 2 comments! Mine and his reply! Man, folks are gone, gone, gone!!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          Yup, either out of it, or have won it… Hopefully latter!

  3. Dave Funnell says:
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    Morning.

    I’m in 2nd place in a roto. I have 47 innings left to use. The guy behind me has 75 to go. Tonight he is starting 4 starters. SP traditionally get 25 points on average unless they give up hr or a lot of hits and walks, but more if they get outs. Anyhoo, I have Shoemaker and Harvey on my bench as I want to save my innings for later in the week, but you make an excellent point on Kluber probably benched. I have deGrom too and MadBum who is inconsistent. Anyways, start those 2 tonight to help counter his four starts? I have the stream-o-nator so I’ll be looking for anyone above $20.

    Thanks.

  4. Blaster says:
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    Which reliever is a drop to stream starting pitchers?
    Buttrey, Hirano, or Givens?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blaster: All of them? Buttrey

  5. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Grey,

    Won my finals this year and have to say it is due to a daily serving of this site and the great content you guys produce, thank you.

    I’ve got a couple extra spots (to which I was using to stream pitchers last week. Anyone off the wire worth taking a flyer on for next year ? We only keep 12 (of 24) so they most likely won’t be a keeper for me but free moves might as well right.

    Wire:
    HIT- Y. Molina, B. Dozier, A Simmons, S. Piscotty, B. Hamilton, K. Seager, M. Cabrera

    Thanks again,
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marv: Awesome! Congrats! Piscotty, Dozier, Molina

  6. Peacecoast says:
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    Man you were in my dream last night. It was so fucked up dude. Not gay or anything (sadly). You lived on ar army base and somehow I ended up at your house with some nameless relative of mine who set it up. But it was a fake house and your real house was somewhere else on base but you wouldn’t let me over there. And even though I know what you look like, my brain decided to make you look blurred out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: I was pixelated? What kind of crap gay dream was that?

  7. sportivetricks says:
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    Grey, you are the sunshine of my life,

    I’m streaming down the stretch and have my usual questions against the SoN for you.

    It has a roboner for Bauer @ CHW ($47.2), so I’m rolling with that, but only hoping for 3 innings. Any reason not to start him?

    Then that damned Cobbler is still looking good to the SoN (v. TEX $19.1), but it also liked his last few starts which ended up being small piles of poop.

    Finally, I’m trying to decided between ERlin and Stratton who are facing each other in a battle of meh streamers against weak offenses (Erlin away $10, Stratton home $9). Or maybe I should just wait until tomorrow?

    Lurrrrrrrrrrrveydurvey!

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      @sportivetricks: I saw that for Shoemaker, but couldn’t do it. Is Josh James available in your league?

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @curiousgeorgespringer:

        I kinda distrust JJ as much as the Shoe, but he’s not there for me anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sportivetricks: Ha, thanks! I’m starting Bauer, and expecting 3 IP, hoping for that, at least… I’d start Shoemaker, unless you’re in some kind of innings limit sitch

      • Joel says:
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        @Grey: do you suppose he will be playing the piggyback game with Bieber again?

        Yahoo and SON have him as a start tomorrow vs. CWS.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, with Bieber prolly

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Depends if Bieber pitches today in middle

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, brother. I’m going to be sad when I don’t have closer OR streamer questions to ask you every day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I’ll be sad too!

  8. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey!

    Just wanted to thank you personally and all of the Razzball staff for an amazing season. I won my regular season by 22 games and then cruised to the championship in the playoffs in large part because of your preseason rankings, daily notes and your lineup advice for the playoffs. Hands down the best site around and use it for hockey and football too.

    Enjoy a well deserved off-season (even though you write and work all off-season!) and see you next year! I know not required but let me know how I can financially say thank you as well.

    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LG Baseball: Thanks! Congrats! If you want to donate, on razzball.com there’s a button to buy me a boba — thanks!

  9. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Grey! Just wanted to pop in one last time for the season and say THANK YOU as always for your immense help all season long. I ended up taking home the ship in my keeper league and a still respectable 3rd in my longest running league. Key cogs throughout the run were some of your classic picks from this year, including Corbin, an always steady Rendon, Morton, Trevor Williams, and the too young to drink but crushes baseballs Juan Soto. Appreciate you my man! Enjoy some R&R this offseason and send up a flare if you’re ever heading to Boston.

  10. Ty says:
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    Oh that Holland blurb was priceless, more so because i actually streamed him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ty: I know, ugh

  11. Wally Pipp says:
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    Just listened to the bounce back pitchers podcast.

    My buddy who is really intelligent, well known and hard-working is a real estate agent in LA. Name is michael katz

    [email protected] is his email

    Phone is 323 599 7753

    Tell him billy referred you, not for any compensation just for warm introduction.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wally Pipp: Thanks, man! Longtime friend of Cougs’ family is real estate agent, and handling it, and I can’t step in and say, hey, lates, got a new guy, but I do appreciate it…

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Grey: you know whats funny ? The people in those relationships usually charge the most and do the worst job.

        • Grey

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          Maybe, but she deals with $5 mill homes usually and is doing for us as favor, so she’s likely okay

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @Grey: dude, send an email it cant hurt. Worst case you have someone else to bounce things off of and can only increase your potential buyers. You can do it discreetly. Bet hes real close in the area. Also for when you need to buy again.

  12. curiousgeorgespringer says:
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    Not for nothing, but if my math is correct Flaherty threw 169 innings across three levels last season and he’s only at 179 this season. Seems like he’s on pace for a reasonable increase, whether he makes another start or not.

    What are your thoughts on whether leagues should wrap a week early, esp H2H leagues (which I know you love)?

    Cheers!

    • Grey

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      @curiousgeorgespringer: I like going to the end, but it does become a complete cluster… Rudy likes the idea of wrapping end of August, if that was the case I’d be winning leagues…Ugh… Flaherty appears gassed, but maybe not

  13. JakeTPE says:
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    Grey!

    Well, here we are, Fantasy Master Lethario sir. The final week. Where the wheat is separated from the chaff. Time to go get that champeenship! Thanks for all of your fantastic advice this season. Couldn’t have gotten here without ‘chya.

    I’ve got a 3 point lead and just 41 innings left. So, it’s QS or bust for like five remaining starts if my math is correct.

    Could we go rapid fire through my remaining starts and you tell me if you disagree with any of the following?

    Bauer @ CWS – Nay (won’t go 6)
    Josh James @ TOR – Nay
    —–
    Sale vs BAL – Yay (should go 6 if he doesn’t mess around)
    Clevinger @ KC – Yay
    Lopez @ MIN – Yay
    Snell vs TOR – Yay
    Hill @ SF – Yay
    —–
    Porcello vs NYY – Nay
    Bauer @ KC – Maybe? (It’s Sunday so if I’m still not maxed out I can risk it — Does Yahoo give you the pitching stats for the final day of the season so long as you began the day under the max? I think I remember that being the case…)

    I’m getting 2nd at least so when the winnings come in my associate state-side will hook you up with a Boba or two. If we finish 1st I’ll see it’s three or four Boba. Did you know I am in the land of Boba? It’s true! Stuff was invented here. :-)

    Thanks again!

    Jake

    • Grey

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      @JakeTPE: I don’t know how you don’t start all of them, but Sale and Bauer going 6 seems improbable… Maybe on Sale, but I just don’t see it… Bauer won’t go more than 4, likely way under — yes, no reason why Yahoo won’t give stats — I wanna go to Asia so bad… On bucket list…

  14. Ozzie Smith says:
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    Big thanks to you Grey and the rest of the crew for guiding me through another year of the rollercoaster of a baseball season ending in my 3rd consecutive championship. You guys are without a doubt the best!
    I always take the time to look at my roster after the draft and compare what I drafted vs. what I ended with and it shows the big moves that were made for the win.
    10 team h2h redraft
    Draft. End
    C- grandal Molina
    1- freeman. Freeman
    2- Chris Taylor. Albies
    SS- Turner. Turner
    3- Rendon. Rendon
    MI- Machado. Machado
    CI- shaw. Andujar/ Chapman
    OF- Mazara. Conforto
    OF- Bellinger. Peralta
    OF- Acuna. Acuna
    U- Jose Martinez Malex Smith
    BN- Deshields JR. Tyler White
    BN- Brantley. Ohtani (Schmotato flavor of the day)

    SP- Bauer. Streamer
    SP- Ray. Streamer
    RP- Jansen Jansen
    RP- Vasquez. Vasquez
    P- Archer. Osuna
    P- Quintana. Jeffres
    P- Wood. Minter
    P- Buehler. Streamer
    BN- Wacha. Streamer
    BN- Weaver. Flaherty
    BN- Luis Castillo. Gausman

    My hitting was a rollercoaster at times but I generally won all 5 cats every week. Big move the first half was Albies that carried my team for a while even though he provided very little down the stretch.

    I felt very confident in my pitching after the draft considering I didn’t take one till the fourth round but as you can see that went completely to shit with underperformers like Archer, Quintana, Ray etc.
    By August I’d shifted my focus to winning saves, era, whip and occasionally K’s depending on my matchup and this strategy worked well, I won most weeks 7-3 or 8-2.

    Thanks again for everything Grey and Razzball contributors, you guys definitely make this a lot more fun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ozzie Smith: Awesome, congrats! Yeah, Albies’ 2nd half was not great, gonna be a tough one next year

  15. Big Ticket says:
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    Need a streamer for tonight … Matt Harvey, Brett Anderson, Mike Leake?

  16. Fantasy Freak says:
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    Pleas rank these pitchers for their final outing on weekend? Please consider their matchups and the probability of winning or at least pitch more than 5 innings given their teams status:

    Flaherty (@Cubs)
    Mikolas (@Cubs)
    Paxton (vs Tex)
    Hendricks (Vs Stl)
    Happ (@Bos)
    Snell (Vs Tor)

    Will you keep Brantley for the rest of the week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fantasy Freak: I’d lose Brantley if you have another guy to fill in — Snell, Mikolas, Hendricks, Flaherty, Pax, Happ…

      • Fantasy Freak says:
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        @Grey: Shoemaker vs Tex (Gallardo) at home, Harvey vs KC (Skoglund) at home. @Grey: Would you drop any of the pitchers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop any of who?

      • Fantasy Freak says:
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        @Grey: Would you drop any of the pitchers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Happ

  17. Fantasy Freak says:
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    Start Shoemaker Tonight vs Texas? Harvey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fantasy Freak: Who’s Harvey facing? I’d start Shoemaker

      • Fantasy Freak says:
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        @Grey: Shoemaker vs Tex (Gallardo) at home, Harvey vs KC (Skoglund) at home.

        • Fantasy Freak says:
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          @Fantasy Freak: Shoemaker vs Tex (Gallardo) at home, Harvey vs KC (Skoglund) at home. @Grey: Would you drop any of the pitchers?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh, from your list… I think Happ’s done for the year, doubt he does much if he even starts

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start both, Shoemaker 1st

  18. Fantasy Freak says:
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    I like Astudillo for the final week. Seven games vs White Sox and Detroit. Wath do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fantasy Freak: Works for me if you have no other options

  19. Lucky Dog says:
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    Naturally I get to face KlUber for a 2-start week in the LCG.

    Fortunately my man J-Mart roped a dinger, and my 1-day catcher rental Wieters went ham.

    Fun to be back in the championships! Not fun to lose Didi & now Hicks. Doh.

    More fun: a joke I heard last weekend…

    Did you hear about the dwarf psychic who escaped from prison?

    He was a small medium at large.

    …tip your webmaster, try the veal!

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        @Grey: thanks – it’s very distracting from my fantasy football leagues though. Heh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Just noticed that Rhys is not 1B eligible in most leagues next year . . . that’s a bummer. 1B is bleak next year…

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        @Grey: 5 GS/11 GP. Good to know, that means he should be 1B in yahoo. Boing!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, perfect for Yahoo

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: He’s probably a C there too (JK!).

            In a keeper league, would you rather an OF-only Rhys (and presuambly OF only through most of next year) for $21 or Blackmon for $29?

            Same question, $21 Rhys (OF) or $4 M. Chapman?

            Thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup! Rhys over Blackmon, Blackmon’s beginning of end — Rhys over Chapman

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Grey: gracias!

                i’ll still like Blackmon next year, but totally agreed. $29 isn’t much of a savings on him anyway . . . would rather take Acuna at that price!!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m not sure I will even like Blackmon next year

                  • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                    @Grey: You’re right about all the warning says, but if Coors can do it for Cargo . . .

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cargo’s really fallen off tho

  21. DrEasy says:
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    Catching up on my backlog of Grey recaps, did you just make a Cron job joke yesterday that only Linux admins will understand? Now that’s comedic range.

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @DrEasy:
      To be fair, if you had a Gantt chart of FA tasty geeks & Linux geeks, it’s probably just be a circle.

  22. Fred says:
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    Looking to stream Toussaint vs Mets tonight. Would you drop LeBlanc, Borucki, Keller, or Wainwright for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fred: What’s their matchups?

  23. Cobby says:
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    I can’t believe I’m asking this, but in a deep AL-only league, how would you prioritize these guys for the remaining games of the season:

    Rowdy Tellez
    Jake Cave
    Robbie Grossman
    Jeimer Candelario
    Niko Goodrum
    Tyler Austin

    Position eligibility doesn’t matter much.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cobby: Those names aren’t bad at all for AL-Only… Tellez, Goodrum, Cave, Austin

      • Cobby says:
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        @Grey: Cool. Thanks for all your help this year!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. Mike says:
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    Heaney or Reed (or neither) for a stream tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What are their matchups?

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey:

        Heaney at Tex, Cody Reed vs. KC

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Both sound fine, I trust Heaney more

  25. Dave D says:
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    Stream Kluber? He’s available in what league?

    Speaking of Stream-o-nator, I checked it on D. Covey after I picked him up on Sunday and he was negative $ on both starts. He was the only two start FA and I only had a dollar so I defied the genie and started him. It takes some balls to give Streamonator the finger!!!! Clearly matching up with Kluber brought out the best in him. Unfortunately I had Buttking and Nate Jones flubbing up in the bullpen so Covey’s fine start was negated. My relievers suck. At least Osuna did his job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I didn’t mean stream him, I meant Stream-o-Nator shows his next matchup vs. KC, but I don’t believe he’ll pitch

      Buttking is so dead to me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Funnily, Buttking will likely stay as closer bc Scioscia is crazy

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        Well, at least we know he won’t go back to “Kenyan” Middleton. And so the carousel turns…

        My whole bullpen is about equal to one Edwin Diaz, almost.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wish I had five guys that equaled one Edwin

  26. dk says:
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    Carrasco worth $30 next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  27. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Yo my dude! You need to check out the new Denzel Curry album, “TA13OO.” It is pretty interesting. It is sort of a concept album split in to three parts; “Light, Gray, and Dark.” Gray & Dark bang pretty hard.

    He’s definitely someone to keep an eye on after this album.

    Let me know what you think!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is it on Youtube? Or I need to download?

  28. CloudTown says:
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    Yo Grey!

    Feels like a crazy question but have 6 starts left for the year so I am trying to dole them out carefully. Anyway, any reason not to start Thor (vs ATL) and Seve (at TB) tonight? SON loves them both.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start both but don’t know your options

      • CloudTown says:
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        @Grey:

        Rest of year :
        Wed
        German Marquez vs Phi
        Heaney vs Tex
        Fri
        Nola vs Atl
        Corbin at SD
        Sat
        Kluber at KC
        Happ at Bos
        Ed Rod vs NYY
        Sun
        Thor vs Mia
        Keuchel at Bal
        Anibal at Phi

        Just looking at that list seems like I may not get much out of anyone Saturday or Sunday so I better start my 2 today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, better start your two today

          • CloudTown says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  29. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Bellinger and Stanton were just dropped. in my league Should either (or both be picked up) — my possibilities are Piscotty; Palka; Cain; and Renfro.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton over Palka

  30. Cohen says:
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    Gyorko or Lowe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowe

  31. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I have 2 adds left. I want to add Cody Reed for tomorrow’s start vs. KC. SON call here. But I don’t know who to drop. Don’t want to drop a hitter because never know who gets benched, and I don’t want to lose offense. (Also, wouldn’t know who to drop). Pitching wise, Buttrey’s been stinking, but he may yet snag another save or two? Buehler’s last start is scheduled to be today, I *think*, so I could drop him (the drop would be effective tomorrow), but is there a chance he pitches Sunday if the Dodgers want to skip Kershaw and line him up for game 1? Basically, do you think today is Buehler’s last start, or should I drop someone else?

    5×5 redraft h2h

    C – Ramos, 1B – Palka, 2B – Mondesi, 3B – Rendon, SS – Manny, OF – Stanton, Cain, Piscotty, Util – Dahl, Bench – Carpenter (I keep one guy on the bench in case of DTDs, sits, and for matchups)

    SP – Berrios, Buehler, Corbin, D-Rod, Holland, Keller, Odorizzi, R.Lopez
    RP- Buttrey, Davis, Giles, Jeffress

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buehler’s last start is today

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. I figured if the Dodgers are fighting until the last day, they’ll start Kershaw. If they’re not, they’ll rest all their guys and line up Kershaw and Buehler to start G1 and G2. But I guess it feels nicer to hear it said through a mustache?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Buehler would only pitch 3 IP tops if he even pitches

  32. Polish neighbor says:
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    Hi,
    So where do you rank Tim Anderson for 2019?! :))

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About same as this year prolly… Around 95-110

  33. Joe Beisbol says:
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    @Grey:

    Hey. HEY. I complimented your mustache.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh shoot! Thank you, Joe! *blushes*

  34. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Holy Rendon. Guy is red-hot at the perfect time of the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How about that for timing?

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: I know this has been raised before, but is there any real value in rostering guys at this time of year that still have something tangible to play for, eg Dodger players?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, completely… This hasn’t been raised before, I watched a doc on Kim Dot Com, what a cluster in NZ, huh?

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            @Grey: A cluster indeed. When he first came to prominence I actually thought here’s someone who might really disrupt (in a positive way) some of the old media-consumption business models, but most people here are just sick of him now. There might be some questions as to how he’s been treated by police and intelligence here, but I just DGAF. He’s basically a crook (not to mention a windbag) and the sooner he’s extradited back to the US the better I reckon. /rant

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The doc was done by someone in his camp, so pro-Kim, and it was still hard to root for him, he was just such a douche

              • Stephen Lyon says:
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                @Grey: I remember seeing him in one of those crazy Gumball Rally-type TV shows years ago (Cars, Bars and Superstars?) without really knowing who he was and he came off as a complete dickhead even then.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I had no idea any of that stuff going on in NZ or who he was really and all I could think is ‘those poor kiwis’

                  • Stephen Lyon says:
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                    @Grey: His personal life was a bit of a shambles too. What was the doco?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Caught in the Web… can even tell from title it’s sympathetic to him

  35. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Mornin’ Grey! Hope you’re well.

    Please form a prayer circle that the rains relent long enough that I get all my games in tonight. I’ve already got two in rain delay. I’m nudging my innings limit so I can’t take any postponements during this death rattle of a week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! Ugh, I know, worst time for rain delays

  36. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    oh thank jebus, otani isn’t letting LAA fuck him up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally!

  37. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Wandy retires Votto with the sacks full for the save. Not the outcome I was expecting haha.

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