The day before our Independence Day, the Nationals exploded for six home runs, a fireworks display that would make the Grucci family jealous.   The Grucci fireworks family has a fascinating history.  Giuseppe Grucci in 1923 said to his momma, “I don’t want to be a two-bit gangster, cutting peoples’ fingers off for debt payment, I want to blow up thousands of fingers all across this great nation.”  Then his mother smacked him and told him to finish his lasagna.  Yesterday, Bryce Harper (2-for-4) hit his 17th homer, Wilson Ramos (3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 13th, Anthony Rendon (2-for-3, 2 runs) hit his 8th, but at the heart of the fireworks celebration was Danny Espinosa (4-for-5, 6 RBIs) with his 17th and 18th home run, and his 4th and 5th homers in the last four games.  For those of you who think he’s a weekend hot bat, he hit .309 with nine homers in June.  He’s only 29 years old and he is a guy that has seasons of 20+ homers and 20 steals.  So, yes, you should own him.  Fun fact!  Did you know what they call a fireworks display on July 3rd?  A premature ejacu-elation.   Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Joe Ross – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, and hit the DL with shoulder inflammation.  Our very own, JB Gilpin, has moist shoulders from his tears.  This is great news for Lucas Giolito, who will stay in the rotation.  Now, can someone get JB a tissue, his shoulders are going to be a breeding ground for fungus.

Stephen Strasburg – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 2.71 as he was activated from the DL.  It kinda makes it easier to activate a guy you own in a weekly league, when they’re activated on Monday, not at the last frickin’ minute on Sunday.

Michael Brantley – Will take batting practice this week.  Once he feels healthy, he should return almost immediately.  He won’t be the type to need a long rehab assignment.  Of course, him getting healthy has been like trying to watch OITNB on a dial-up connection.  Brantley’s been buffering.

Corey Kluber – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.79.  He seems to be in this game of Pong between the ERAs of 3.40 and 3.90.  Getting close to 3.40…pong…rolls back towards 3.90.  Gets close to 3.90…pong…rolls back towards 3.40.

J.A. Happ – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.54.  The Jays jumped out to an early lead and Happ began to Periscope his stay at the W on the Ivictory Coast.

Josh Donaldson – 4-for-4, 4 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .298, and hit two homers in his last four games.  F5!

Russell Martin – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 7th homer.  You can add him, but then he’ll stop hitting homers, so why not leave him alone for the rest of us?

Troy Tulowitzki – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .232.   His home run came off Tom Gorzelanny.  Fun fact!  The woman that watches his kids calls herself the Gorzenanny.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, and 2nd home run this weekend.  Where there’s Smoak getting hot, there’s…um…A fire schmotato?

Chris Archer – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA down to 4.50.  I just traded for him (sending DJ LeMahieu and K-Rod), so you’re likely thinking, “Wow, Grey got some good luck for once.”  Yeah, that’s sweet of you to think, but in order to offset the Fantasy Baseball Overlord, who waves over my team a you’re-so-effed wand, I needed to trade away Archer on Friday in another league (with Cishek), trading for David Price.  So, sorry to all of you Price owners.

Blake Snell – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.86.  He’s actually pitching really good.  Dot dot dot.  For a rookie pitcher.  I’m sure at some point in the future he’ll be all that and a bag of thinly-sliced potatoes that have been baked and/or fried, but for right now, I’d look at Snell as a streamer and use the Stream-o-Nator for him.

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  After the home run, Kid Dish and Ausmus practiced their new celebratory handshake which is the miming of spinning of a dreidel.

Rich Hill – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.31, as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department voicemail says, “Due to commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which was not a declaration of independence for women, blacks, Asians, Native Americans or anyone but white men, I have today off.  I will be partying like Ben Franklin if he knew Molly, the drug and not Molly Pitcher.”

Chad Kuhl – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.09.  Kuhl’s not old enough to be a prospblock, but I still want Glasnow and I won’t take no for an answer!  Unfortch, I’m not asking anyone of relevance to have Glasnow promoted, so my ‘no obstinance’ doesn’t really matter.

Max Kepler – 1-for-3, 1 RBI and two homers on Saturday (4, 5).  Has three homers this week, and it’s easy to dismiss everything the Twins touch as turning to Destiny’s Child post-Beyonce, but Kelly Rowland isn’t terrible, and Kepler could have some value.

Kevin Jepsen – Designated for assignment.  To tell him he was designated, the Twins edited together Bill Paxton saying, “Today is our independence day from…” Then edited in Paul Molitor saying, “Kevin Jepsen.”

Cole Hamels – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 2.93.  This is a more general note.  I had people asking if they should start Hamels his last time out in Yankee Stadium.  If you only start your aces in good matchups, then you started Hamels vs. the Twins yesterday, where he didn’t pitch well, and benched him in Yankee Stadium, where he did pitch well.  Don’t pick and choose ace starts.  I start my top starters everywhere, unless there’s some weird circumstances like a close H2H matchup and you don’t need the start.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, and third homer in the last four games.  Well, ain’t that a kick in the Shin-Soo’s!

A.J. Reed – 0-for-4, but hit his first major league homer on Saturday.  Too bad it was as a pinch hitter.  I’ll say it for you, sonavabench!

George Springer – 1-for-3 and his 18th homer.  On our Player Rater, he’s been about as valuable as Bryce Harper.  Cust kayin’.

Doug Fister – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.66 vs. Chris Sale – 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.93, moving his record to 14-2.  This matchup was billed as a special for the navy attendees, where they got to choose, “Sale or Fister, get the peg boy!”  Speaking of Fister and doing some adulting, who’s more excited than me to get Antiques Roadshow tickets?!

Jose Quintana – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.06.  After having a June ERA of 5.51, it’s good to see him right the ship.  Actually, I don’t own him, so I don’t give a ship.

Mike Zunino – Two homers on Saturday.  Who’s Zunino’ing who?!  Those were his first two homers of the season because that was his first game of the season.  See how that works?  I don’t have much love for Zunino, but as a flyer for power upside?  Don’t think it’s hurting anyone.  Unless, of course, you’re sitting next to Nick Hundley on a plane and you tell him what a piece of crap he is and that you’re grabbing Zunino instead, then it might hurt someone.

Seth Smith – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer, and has home runs in four straight games.  The Lisper’s Nightmare ith one of the hotteth thomatoeth in the land right now.

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  I’m not rooting for him to get hurt in the All-Star game.  And, no, I’m not saying this now as some way to try to jinx him.  How low do you think I’d stoop?

A.J. Ramos – 1 IP, 2 ER, and has given up three runs since the Marlins traded for Rodney.  Fernando does seem like a heavy breather, but he’s not going to be breathing on the back of Ramos’s neck much longer, but rather on the front of his neck, if Ramos keeps giving up runs.

Adam Conley – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.65.  Too early to really start with 2017, but Conley feels like he’s on that short list of guys I’m going to like next year.  For this year?  Uneven, streams, like the Jewish boy after the shaky-handed mohel.

J.T. Realmuto – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (5) and legs (6).  A slam and legs from a catcher?  Who is this, Benito Santiago?

Lucas Harrell – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks in his first start of the year.  Damn, there’s a name from the past.  Y’all remember Lucas Harrell?  I last talked about him in 2013, after he came up in 2012.  He’s now 31, and hasn’t pitched in the majors in two years.  Way back in 2012, I said, “Anyone with a rotation spot, you own in NL- or AL-Only leagues, so I grabbed Harrell in an NL-Only league.  Never looked at his stats.  Just grabbed him.  Then he pitched well yesterday for the second time in three starts and I was like, “Hey, this guy’s awesome!  I wanna see his minor league stats.”  So I Googled his name to see his minor league stats, and Googled asked me, “Are you sure you want to see his minor league stats?”  Yes, Google!  Give ’em to me!  “Oh.”  That was my reaction after seeing his stats.  Um, yeah, I wouldn’t touch him in mixed leagues.”  And that’s me quoting me!  By the way, he played for the Astros when I wrote that.  The Astros of the NL.  Damn, Father Time is a speedy, little Puerto Rican in a tracksuit and stopwatch that runs real fast on the treadmill, am I right?

Zack Greinke – Hit the DL with an oblique strain.  It’s funny (not funny) how oblique means ‘obscure, unclear meaning’ and, without fail, every time someone has an oblique strain they don’t understand the meaning, i.e., that they need to immediately go to the DL.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-5, 2 runs and a slam (15) and legs (11), hitting .294.  Au Shizz!

Jake Lamb – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Baaaaah, baaaaah badass Lamb!  Does Goldy and Lamb homer together all the time or what?  Not to answer (because they don’t), but to ponder quietly.

Denard Span – Went for an MRI on his neck.  Incredibly, as he was passing through the MRI machine, Ben Revere heard a faint hum.

Matt Duffy – Will return after the All-Star break.  This was brought to you by Matt Duffy’s iCal.

Albert Suarez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.72.  He’s a 26-year-old with no pedigree and a 6 K/9, 2.5 BB/9-type profile.  In other words, I just spilled my cup of yawns reaching for the snooze button.

Scott Kazmir – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.37.  He was Shizzmir for the last month, but the Rockies on the road and the Padres in his next start can be all the help he needs.  By the by, a Shizzmir is also what American astronauts called Russian space stations.  “What vodka were they drinking when they used masking tape to hold this thing together?”

Brandon McCarthy – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks as he was activated from the DL.  He’s available in multiple leagues of yours truly, the Holy See-My Stache, Grey “Fantasy Master Lothario” Albright, and I didn’t grab him anywhere.  If all things were equal, then Cougs would look like Selena Gomez, but since all things aren’t equal, McCarthy is around a 4.30 ERA pitcher, and someone to use the Stream-o-Nator on.

Yasmani Grandal – 1-for-2 and his 8th homer, hitting .185.  That was his third homer in the past seven games, though that dates back about fifteen days.  OBPwulf has been anything but a monster thus far, but he’s overdue like that Freddy Got Fingered Blockbuster rental.

Trayce Thompson – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer.  Trayce or Puig?  Is it close?  Remind me again what’s great about Puig?  Aside from the first two months of his career three years ago.  Puig hit 11 homers last year, he’s on pace for 12 this year.  I doubt he gets there because he’s always injured.  Seriously, Puig is good because _____?  He has a good arm?

Jake McGee – Was activated from the DL and pitched in the 7th inning of a losing game on Saturday.  Now, it was possible Walt Weiss forgot where the scoreboard was and thought it was the ninth inning of a winning game, but it seems like he didn’t and said Carlos Estevez will remain the closer.  There is probably an argument made to build up McGee’s trade value as the closer, and move him late this month, but making an argument to Walt Weiss is like making an argument to a head of cabbage.

Seung Hwan Oh – 1 IP, 1 ER and his 2nd save in as many games.  The Cardinals still might not have said Oh is officially the closer, but, oh, he is.  Oh, the SAGNOF you’ll get.

Stephen Piscotty – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Also, in this game, Aledmys Diaz (1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) hit his 11th homer.  How does Aledmys have more homers than Piscotty?  Grey doesn’t know!   Grey doesn’t know!

Michael Wacha – 5 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.38.  Now has five straight kinda, decent-enough starts that isn’t moving my needle a ton, and, yes, that’s my needle.

Brandon Maurer – The Padres named him their closer, because they heard people were talking about adding Ryan Buchter in fantasy leagues and the number one rule of the Padres is “No one talks about the Padres,” and when they heard people talking about the Padres, they got mad.  Plus, Buchter is a lefty and Maurer is a righty, so that prolly played into it.

Andrew Cashner – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.42, as he was activated from the DL.  Cash rules everything around me, if the only things around me are the born-in-1927 Yankees and Petco.

Yangervis Solarte – 4-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .296.  In his last ten games, he’s raised his average almost forty points, so, yeah, hot schmotato alert!

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer, hitting .291.  He was in Friday’s Buy column, and here we are on Monday.  How was your weekend?  Simon didn’t say talk to your computer screen.

Mark Teixeira – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and two home runs (6, 7), and four homers in the past week.  I told you he was hot last week, and this week he’s still not injury, and apparently still hot.

Chad Green – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, 11.5 K/9, 0.8 BB/9, 2.26, throws 94 MPH and had a 1.54 ERA in Triple-A with a 9 K/9, so obviously I’m a hardcore cyclops with a monocle on this guy, but he could get sent back down or to the bullpen.

Kendrys Morales – 0-for-3, but two home runs (13, 14) on Saturday.  I’ve been telling you to pick him up for the last three weeks.  The Morales of this story is stop smoking weed it’s slowing your reaction time down.

Danny Duffy – 8 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.11.  Racist!  Besides, Danny Duffy should be more like 24.  Or 214.  Or 26.  Or even 225.  Right now, there is a good 99% of the people reading thinking, “What the eff is Grey talking about?”  311 is the call sign for–You know what?  This tangent’s bored me.  I’ve told people to grab Duffy for the last six weeks.  Lay off the herbal medicine, doode!

Yordano Ventura – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER and left with an ankle injury.  His ERA is 5.26 and he hasn’t pitched well since 2014, so, of course, he’s owned in more than 50% of ESPN leagues.  Maybe some of those leagues have a Fight category.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, as he hit leadoff.  This is the year of bizarre leadoff men.  In the Royals’ lineup yesterday, Gordon had the 2nd worst OBP and has next to no speed.

Aaron Nola – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.69.  After his last start, I said I wouldn’t start him anywhere until I saw a good start, but that I would also hold onto him.  Ya know what?  We’re not here to own cuddle buddies.  I still wouldn’t start him, but I could see not holding him too.

Cameron Rupp – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  In a two-catcher league, you would’ve been better off drafting Rupp and Tyler Flowers than Devin Mesoraco and Travis d’Arnaud.  Yep yep yep, said a’la Al from Happy Days.

Vince Velasquez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.34.  Phils got out to a quick lead, so it’s appropriate that VV cruised to the W.

Cody Asche – 1-for-4 and his 3rd home run.  I keep talking about Asche being hot, but it makes sense that his name is Asche, because enthusiasm for him is done fired up and spent.  Call him C. Asche’d, because no one cares to take another hit.

Maikel Franco – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .258.  He’s on pace for 28 homers.  Damn, I love the math at the exact midpoint of the season.

C.J. Cron – 0-for-4 but, on Saturday, he went 6-for-6, 5 runs, 5 RBIs and two homers (8, 9).  Curtis Jackson Cron with the Magic Stick!

Carlos Perez – 5-for-6, 2 runs, 6 RBIs and his 4th homer on Saturday.  Better late than never by CP’s time.

Andrelton Simmons – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd steal, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  That’s out of this world!  That’s me looking at Andrelton’s face.

Yunel Escobar – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .318.  If you only drafted homophobes this year, you’d be in first in average.  Though, you’d only own Yunel and Daniel Murphy.

Matt Shoemaker – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.40.  Okay, two steps forward, one timmmmmmmmmber fall backwards, but this start was in Fenway and wasn’t advisable anyway.

Sandy Leon – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, hitting .457.   “Go to a 4th of July BBQ or ask Grey a catcher question.”  That’s you weighing your options.

Wilmer Flores – 6-for-6, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and two home runs (4, 5).  After the game, Flores said, “No, no, these are tears of joy.”  He had only two hits in the last week, but two homers in a game goes a long way to being a hot schmotato.

Noah Syndergaard – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.41.  The score is now Elbow Spurs 1, Syndergaard 1, and we’re going to extra innings.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer as he was a late addition to the lineup.  Must’ve been a Curtis-y flush with excitement.

Willson Contreras – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer.  Absolutely crazy how good this guy has been.  I feel another overrated Cubs catcher brewing for next year.

Jake Arrieta – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  You know, when he threw his no-hitter and everyone was giving him a reach around, I was the lone dissenting voice that said for about a month straight that he’s just not pitching as well as last year.  And he’s not.  The underlying numbers aren’t, oddly enough, lying.

Jon Lester – 1 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  The Regression Fairies were in Queens for Independence Day, protesting that the borough change its name to Homosexuals with the only train lines that pass through being the L, G, B and T.

 
  1. Abe Froman says:
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    What to do with the Dread Pirate, McCutchen in 25 team dynasty league?

    Worth entertaining trade offers even with him wrapped up reasonably through 2017? Or will he rebound in 2nd half?

  2. Grizza3569 says:
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    Happy 4th Grey! Pitching has taken a hit (Cole, Felix and Estrada), my OF is Polanco, Puig, Valencia and Gomez. Was offered Harper, Harvey and Castellanos For Arenado and Cole. I know that Arenado is the best player in the deal, but I have no faith in Cole’s shoulder. Non keeper… keep Arenado and patch work the OF and rotataion, of make the move? Thanks for the input!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Grizza3569: I take that deal, Harper is the best player in the deal and Harvey has looked good the last month..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grizza3569: You too! It’s fair, I’d take Harper

  3. Greg says:
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    First? I grabbed McCarthy cuz it’s vs Pads. Then I read your article. Drop cc for pax ?

    Tx, happy 4th bro.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Greg: Yes, drop CC for Pax.

  4. Jolly rancher says:
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    Morning Grey! Happy Independence Day! Question, with JRoss on the DL, would you pick up: JTaillon, BMcCarthy, CMcHugh, or ABradley? In 10 team H2H weekly points league. Thanks much!

  5. Ric Flair - WoOoOoO says:
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    Stuck with Rosenthal and McGee in a 12T mixed H2H, gotta lose one, leaning Roseys way as Estevez hasn’t exactly been money, but hate to do it. Agreed? My other RP are Osuna, Maurer, and Betances (love him for the ratio and K’s – just too nice) Thanks as always and Happy 4th!!

  6. True and Correct says:
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    Early a.m. deadline. Based on my analysis it would appear that Bum 2 steps. He definitely goes on tuesday, and Peavy (who starts mon.) is scheduled for saturday. Giants would have to skip Suarez for Bum to double, and avoid an all-star game appearance.
    Do you agree ? Home 2 step is very appealing.

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Wishing you all a very happy 4th of July!!! Loved the independence-themed blurb!

    Not much to add so…..

    Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (July 4)

    OPERATOR: This is William Campbell. There’s been a murder at Spiral Bar on Washington. Hurry. I need help. I went out when the coast was clear.
    Delko: And the guy’s body, it was gone.
    Horatio: It’s very difficult to prove murder without a body. That’s why what you’re about to say is so crucial.
    DELKO: All right, guys, we’ve got to get going. I’m going to radio ahead to the uniforms at the elevator and the rear entrance, tell them to prepare for transit.
    Horatio: All right? Get down!
    William: Eric?! I’m stuck! I can’t get to you!
    Delko: William?! William! Calleigh! William! Grab my hand! Grab it. Look in my eyes.
    Horatio: Stay with me! Stay with me! Stay with me.
    William: My family. (cue the queue of sunglasses) Yeah!

    Cheers,
    Ante

  8. endershadow says:
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    What are your thoughts on Jake Lamb’s dynasty value?

  9. jason bourne says:
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    Party like it’s 2099, Grey, except don’t lose any fingers. Pick up Steven Matz or Danny Duffy?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @jason bourne: Tough call, I think Matz is the better overall SP, plus I always go with NL over AL..Duffy has been solid lately, but the bone spur thing is worrisome..In a close decision I grab Matz, especially if this is a keeper.

  10. jason bourne says:
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    One more. Drop Rosenthal to pick up Brandon Maurer, Carlos Estevez or Jake McGee?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @jason bourne: Hmmmm, Maurer has pitched better of late and is in a much better ballpark. I go with the Padres closer here..

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    It’s kinda scary when you’re in a league full of Padre fans and they let you have their new closer for $1. I fear for my Lester-hit ratios

    • Jason E. says:
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      @Wombat: Are there enough fans to even make that 10 team lg?

      • Wombat says:
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        @Jason E.: it is a 10-team NL only, so yes, barely!

  12. True and Correct says:
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    Week to remember. Hammel/ Lester/Hamels/Kluber……quadruple ouch !!!! Our w.h.i.p. jumped from below 1.12 to almost 1.15.

  13. Nitro says:
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    10 team keeper league:

    Mazara or M Franco

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Nitro: Maz

  14. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Happy 4th home boy…Muah!

  15. Mike Schenk says:
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    With a 2.14 road ERA, do you start or sit CC against the Chi-Sox? After a quick glance, he’s got the best matchup on my waiver wire.

  16. TacktheKack says:
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    Hey Grey,

    What do you think about my Duvall and Verlander for his Polanco?
    8 category league (R, XBH, HR, TB, RBI, K. SB & OBP)
    I’ve been lagging in OBP and I could replace Duvall with Khris Davis or Saunders and I’ll have Darvish coming off DL (hopefully) to replace Verlander.

    Thanks!

  17. Fister Furbush says:
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    I pondered nice and long. You could even call me Ponderosa

  18. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Happy 4th Grey and all razzball writers and commentator’s.

    American beer, American hotdogs and American baseball, nothing better than that.

    Be safe and protect your digits.

  19. GanGGreeN says:
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    Does ryan dull have what it takes to be a closer. Will he steal the job if doo little and madson keep pitching like crap.

  20. RicoSuave says:
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    GREAT work Grey!

    14 team H2H weekly points league…

    J. Hammel was dropped and is on waivers right now, I’m #1 in the waiver order. Is he worth using my #1 spot?
    Is J. Ross worth stashing? was dropped as well and I have a DL spot available…

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @RicoSuave: If you need pitching and can get both, I would.

  21. GanGGreeN says:
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    Hector rondon been pitching poorly who would assume closing duties if he fell

  22. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Papelbon coming back this week or go with Kelley in my weekly?

  23. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Grey-

    You traded for Chris Archer? Next you will be trading for the Big Trumbone. Just when you think you know somebody. I own Archer in a 6X6 where Quality Starts count. Of course yesterday Archer is decent and falls one out shy of a QS. He is challenging Trumbo for my most hated player ever.

    Any chance Mccutcheon has a decent 2nd half? Toying with buying him low in my RCL.

  24. J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Should I drop Rendon for Espinosa?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: Yes

  25. david says:
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    Hey!
    Who do I start at utility for this week? Chisenhall (7gms) (Det, NYY) , or Belt (6gms) (Col, Ari), or Brock Holt (6gms) (TB, Tx)???? 12 tm h2h pts.
    Thx

  26. PumpkinPie says:
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    Hey Grey, Who do you prefer for next week? Moya or Thompson?

  27. Joe says:
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    Trying to decide whether or not to accept a deal. I need to free up a roster spot to activate Sano and had offered Bruce/Wacha for Odor, was countered with Ozuna/Wacha for Odor. It’s a 10 team H2H OBP keeper league and would leave me with:
    C – Vogt, 1B – Ortiz, 2B – Odor, 3B – Donaldson, SS- Bogaerts, MI – Rendon, CI – Sano, OF – Harper, JUpton, Betts, Yelich, Util – Bruce, BN – Kang and AJ Reed.
    P – Jose Fernandez, deGrom, Hamels, DeSclafani, Stroman, Iwakuma, Urias, Osuna, Ziegler, Rondon, Allen
    DL – D Peralta, NA – Alex Reyes

    Good as is? Giving up too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Odor side

  28. ryan says:
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    Grey , did you grow up in the NY area?

  29. Pat says:
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    Happy 4th Gray! Freddy Got Finered, is one of the best/worst movies ever! Totally agree with Puig even,though I manage to draft him every year. Wanted your thoughts, made a deal last night: I get Donaldson, Polanco and Gio Gonzalez for Jofer, Wright, W.Davis, Piscotty, Duvall.

    My lineup will be

    C-Contreas
    1b-Goldy
    2b-Odor
    SS-Villar
    3B-Donaldson
    OF-Harper Blackmon Polanco
    Utility- Lamb, Val
    Bench-Maz

    Sp-Kluber, Carrasco, Gioloto, Cole, Yu, Roark,
    RP-Jansen, Miller, Dyson, Madson

    Gonna add some streaming SPs

    I also have an offer Im mulling over I give Val, Maz, and Yu for Just Dongs ans Sonny boy Gray..Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pat: I’d want Donaldson side

      • Pat says:
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        @Grey: Thanks brotha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Chris says:
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    H2h points league:

    Carlos Gomez or C.Maybin ROS?

  31. Derrick says:
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    Blackmon for Jansen.

    Which side?

  32. Brian says:
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    As always, thanks for the write-ups…

    Just curious why you seem down on McCarthy. His xERA has been in the low threes the last two years he was healthy… are there underlying concerns or do you just not buy the Renaissance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: What’s his ERA been the last few years? K-rate?

  33. eric says:
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    Piscotty or Hosmer ROS

  34. Don says:
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    Starting Zack godley vs Padres or Rodon vs Yankees or stay away

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: Rodon

      • don says:
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        @Grey: feeling more confident about codons start?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, but not confident in general

  35. Should have gotten him a live chicken says:
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    Yo G

    whats is Jose Fernandez work load ROS?

    Will he get shut down?

  36. Scooter G says:
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    Which two of the outfielders do you like best going forward on h2h ?

    Heyward, ozuna, piscotty, Bradley jr., W Myers, yelich.

  37. peacecoast says:
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    my heart tells me Stroman is back, and that Jon Gray is too inconsistent. Also that McHugh might have a good second half…thoughts?

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey drop j gray for mccarthy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          To stream? Sure

          • peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: hmm what about bud norris? also over gray

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah not Bud

  38. Great Bambino says:
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    14 team H2H redraft mixed. No holds but we use K/9

    Kyle Seager for Gerrit Cole and Edwin Diaz.

    Which side? And is it close?

    Thanks!

  39. The JoGarza says:
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    Grey,

    12-team OBP H2H league where I have a massive lead in second place (16.5 games). I have a ton of SP and my only weakness in my offense is SS, where I have Semien.

    I’d like to stash Bregman. Who’s the drop? McCarthy, J.Gray, Paxton or DeSclafani? Or none?

    • kenly0 says:
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      @The JoGarza: Must be nice to have a SS on pace for 30 homers as your biggest weakness

  40. HelpMoiBBGod says:
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    Nomar or Nola in 12t H2H redraft 6×6?

    Thanks

  41. Jimbob says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Need some help, I’m in a must win if I want to get back in the playoff discussion…

    Points league 12 team. Who do you like this week

    Kluber nyy
    Maeda. Vs balt. Vs sd
    McCullers vs sea vs oak
    Walker. @hou @kc
    Porcello vs Tex vs tb

    Need to leave one off, I’ve never benched kluber, and doubt I should. I appreciate the help

  42. the swinging says:
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    Jimmy nelson or robbie ray ROS?

    I didn’t remove Rich Hill from my DL spot yet, took a wait and see approach with him being on a pitch count.

    Need to make a spot for Hill on the active roster. Which pitcher would you hang onto between nelson and ray?

    (Deep 12 teamer with limited roster moves allowed)

  43. i’m just seeing that from the top “mlb lineups” search in google the players link to here, how did you guys pull that one off?

  44. RicoSuave says:
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    Good Morning Grey!

    14 team H2H points league (weekly)

    Who should I start for this week?

    Shoemaker @ BAL or Rodon Vs NYY

    Thanks again…

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Alan says:
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    Do I start Juan Lagares or Mac Williamson this week?

  46. Ben says:
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    If trying to move Duvall, which deal would you rather make?

    Duvall and Aaron Sanchez for Harvey and Papelbon

    Or

    Duvall for Fulmer straight up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Duvall and Aaron Sanchez for Harvey and Papelbon

  47. Clay says:
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    Grey, I admit I’m a little late on the Morales pick-up. He just got OF eligibility in Yahoo (which in my mind makes him even more valuable).

    a) Do you think he’s a top-75 player going forward?
    b) Would you trade Harvey for him straight-up?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clay: A. No B. No

  48. Salazar Slytherins says:
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    I only hold two closers in my league, and I had been skating along just fine with casilla and gomez, but I picked up Oh and Papelbon was dropped while injuredNow I have four closers, and that needs to change. Who should I keep and who should I drop?

  49. weas says:
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    Morales just got OF eligibility in 5 start leagues, very nice.

  50. Scrapski says:
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    Grey, great stuff as usual. Best morning read ever…
    Your peripherals are still looking good!
    Thoughts please on best second-half stats between:
    Kendrys, AJ Reed
    Thanks!

  51. Ross says:
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    Morning and Happy 4th Grey,

    You pitching Urias at Baltimore today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I had him, I would…You too!

  52. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Grey and Razzball friends — Happy 4th of July!

    Reading that Nola is having his last turn skipped before the ASB. Even his real life team is benching him! Have dropped him — sad face — and stashed Glasnow. Hoping TG gets the call soon.

    Grey, I hope you can take the day off and relax but on the off chance that you’re recording a pod (Jay?) I wouldn’t not download that or not listen to it on Tuesday! But still hope you can take the day. Kind of. OK, cheers for now and happy 4th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Jay and I will be recording a bit later, yeah

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: Awesome. Looking forward to listening!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  53. Big league choo says:
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    10 team h2h obp/qs league

    My cueto/yelich/jansen/

    His cobbler/springer/Harris

    Good deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  54. mikey says:
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    favorite for today?
    cmart vs pitt, hendricks vs cincy, porcello vs texas, harvey vs miami, eikoff vs atl

    win is 12 points, strikeout is 3, er is -3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey

  55. Slimcompoop says:
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    Antiques Roadshow in Palm Springs? Holy shizz, there’s going to be some crazy/rich/old people stuff there. Totally jealous. Pick me up a marble stallion and some vintage spiral twist Irish drinking glasses.

    I had a two-catcher league question, but I forgot. Anythehoo, this past Friday after your “buy” column, I did some extrapolating on Javier Baez’s numbers if he had 100 more at bats (essentially the major league average). He ended up with a 36R/12HR/41RBI/8SB/.311OBP/.456SLG line which is almost identical to that of Carlos Correa, the consensus top short stop at the beginning of the year. What does it all mean? I haven’t the slightest, but I bailed on most of my middle infielders and picked up Baez everywhere that I could.

    Happy 4th of July!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right! “I believe this is a Ming dynasty coaster.” “It looks like it’s modern day.” “But I got it at a restaurant named, ‘Ming Dynasty.'”

      Baez!

  56. The Great Knoche says:
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    Only 43 comments this late in the AM? What, isn’t anybody at work reading Razzball but me today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is your job being a Statue of Liberty picture poser in Central Park?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Also I hate Ned Yost, I just saw Kendrys weekly stats on my bench from last week….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  57. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    Span or Melvin ROS H2H pts league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  58. docs says:
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    Top two for the day
    khris davis vs nolasco,
    sano vs gravamen,
    reddick vs nolasco,
    granderson vs koehler,
    cargo vs peavy,
    ellsbury vs shields.
    asche vs de la cruz

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano, CarGo

  59. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Would you drop Moya for judge? Happy fourth from Canada eh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure if bench bat…Happy Monday!

      • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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        Well I have moya and Ellsbury. I rotate them in and out depending if I need power or some sbs. Would you drop Ellsbury instead?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  60. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Would you drop Ventura for Manaea this week, and then continue to stream that stop?
    Ventura vs SEA if starts
    Manaea @ MIN and @ HOU

    thanks and happy 4th!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  61. My Thread Count Is High says:
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    Happy 4th of July Grey, fellow Razzballers…cause ‘Merica! Ok quick question Grey, hold Nola and hope the rest and skipped Colorado start helps him get back on track or drop to add McGee as a handcuff to Estevez?

    C Posey
    1B Cabrera
    2B Daniel Murphy
    3B Seager
    SS A. Russell
    OF Stanton
    OF Springer
    OF Polanco
    UTIL OF Choo
    UTIL OF Sano
    Bench 2B/SS/3B Baez
    DL Empty

    SP Salazar
    SP Shoemaker
    RP Kimbrel
    RP Melancon
    P Paxton
    P Pineda
    P C.Rodon
    P Pomeranz
    Bench RP Estevez
    Bench SP A, Nola
    Bench SP Gausman
    Bench SP DeSclafani
    DL SP A. Cobb

    • My Thread Count Is High says:
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      @My Thread Count Is High: Forgot League info: ESPN 12 team HTH 5×5 with OBP and QS daily moves and 4 keepers per season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Forget McGee

      • My Thread Count Is High says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man…only other arms worth thinking on are Gray and maybe Odorizzi. But I want to believe Nola will get the mechanics figured out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, hopefully

  62. Noam says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I’m in win now mode of a 15 team dynasty and am trying to trade for Salazar. The owner will trade him for my 1st and 3rd round picks next year. He would also do it for B. Rodgers and my 3rd round pick. Which of those should I do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Salazar

  63. hankg says:
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    Couple of lineup questions:

    1. Who do you prefer ROS: M. Upton or Heyward?

    2. Drop Ross to pick up Pineda? Could also drop Taillon, Duffy or Velasquez (note this is a keeper league).

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton…. Pineda, yes, lose Ross

  64. v says:
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    Need your best pick for first base today grey,

    belt vs anderson
    abreu vs cc
    texiera vs shields
    freeman vs eikoff
    hanley vs nick martinez
    rizzo vs reed
    marwin vs miley
    freeman vs eikoff
    joseph vs de la cruz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  65. Great Bambino says:
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    Please rank ROS:

    Kipnis, Espinosa, Baez

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez, Espinosa

  66. Reid a book doode says:
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    Happy Fourth everyone!

    Thanks for all you do Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

  67. v says:
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    valencia vs nolasco, frazier vs cc, franco vs de la cruz, a-rod vs shields, travis shaw vs nick martinez, peralta vs niese, belfre vs porcello, need one to finish my lineup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  68. v says:
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    betts vs nick martinez or cespedes vs koehler or blackmon vs peavy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  69. Mike says:
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    Hold Tomas for dynasty or drop for a guy like Meadows or Dahl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  70. yelllllawolf says:
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    gattis vs miley, contreas vs reed, or vogt vs nolasco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Contreras

  71. True and Correct says:
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    R.O.S.- Points- McCullers v. Rodon.
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers

      • True and Correct says:
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        @Grey: Thanks bro.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  72. Guido Cosenza says:
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    Hey Grey! Happy 4th!

    Piscotty was dropped in my 12 team H2H redraft. I was hoping Jung Ho Kang would be an everyday starter by now but he continues to be benched once or twice a week. Drop Kang for Piscotty or hold?

    Thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Piscotty

  73. rob says:
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    betts or springer today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  74. rob says:
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    cargo vs peavy, choo vs porcello, desmond vs porcello, odubel vs de la cruz, blackmon vs peavy, duvall vs hendricks, cespedes vs koehler, bradley, csrlos gomez

    need someone thats not going to give me a 0

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cargo

  75. crushbombs says:
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    ros
    Lance Mccullers

    Trevor Baurer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer

  76. rob says:
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    baez vs reed, russell vs reed, didi vs shields, or tim anderson vs cc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

  77. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. Sit two of the following::

    Polanco – 4 @ stl, 3 vs chc
    Mazara. – 3 @ bos, 4 vs min
    Saunders – 3 vs KC, 4 vs det
    Belt – 3 vs col, 3 vs ari
    Turner – 3 vs bal, 4 vs sd

    Thanks and happy 4th, yo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maz, Turner

  78. crushbombs says:
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    ros
    carlos gomez

    alex gordon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

  79. Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man says:
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    Drop Semien or Travis for Espinoza? Points league where K’s are -1.

    Thanks for the dope write ups. Enjoy your 4th!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis, you too!

  80. Rich says:
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    Grey, (and anyone else that wants to share an opinion) I’m at a crossroads. I’ve listed below my roster for a 16 team 6×6 (ops and holds) league where we keep 6 players from year to year at the value they were drafted the first year, then $10 more each year after. Keeper values for next year are listed next to each player. I don’t think my team is really that bad, but I’m in dead last. I only need to finish top 7 to be in the money, but I’m starting to think I should give up. Is it time for me to throw in the towel, or do you think this team can make a run for 7th place?

    C – Nick Hundley ($5)
    1B – Brnaodn Belt ($20)
    2B – Jason Kipnis ($12)
    3B – Maikel Franco ($32)
    SS – Starlin Castro ($9)
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton ($61)
    OF – Gregory Polanco ($27)
    OF – Marcell Ozuna ($4)
    Util – Mike Napoli ($10)
    Bench – JD Martinez ($30)
    Bench – Brett Lawrie ($16)

    P – Mike Leake ($1)
    P – Dellin Betances ($11)
    P – Wade Davis ($30)
    P – Craig Kimbrel ($25)
    P – Fernando Abad ($10)
    P – Jake McGee ($10)
    P – Matt Bush ($10)
    Bench – Zack Wheeler ($4)
    Bench – Michael Fulmer ($1)
    Bench – Taijuan Walker ($16)
    Bench – Michael Pineda ($13)
    Bench – Jameson Taillon ($10)
    Bench – Kevin Gausman ($5)
    Bench – Steven Matz ($20)

    Just to make it clear that I’m not a complete idiot and spent $10 on the most fringey guys on my roster, everyone left in FA after the draft has a $10 value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You and BTnH…. You can make a run, but you need to fix your pitching… Trade Lawrie and JD for an SP upgrade… You don’t need bats on your bench

      • Rich says:
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        thanks Grey. Any suggestions for who I should target? I’ve been trying to package Taijuan Walker and Jameson Taillon for a top 20 starter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure why anyone would do that, but maybe a Harvey type….Good pitcher who hasn’t pitched great…Maybe Price

  81. Dv says:
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    Contreas or posey today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Posey

  82. The Milkman says:
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    Dynasty OBP and TB added:

    My Buxton, Matz for Mazara, Porcello, Kemp

    I need pitching help and I’m going for it this year. However I like dumping Buxton and Matz, who are busting and will need surgery soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maz side, but it’s not really a pitching upgrade

  83. Great Bambino says:
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    check the video. Chad Green was hitting 97 mph and had a nice speed change with the slider. Looks like a pitcher. Passes the eye test. However, he does have the Tribe up next…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love that he’s staying in the rotation

  84. john says:
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    Grey,
    not knowing anything else other than 10-tm H2H keeper (keep 12) balanced stats, to maximize your offense, would you trade one of Arrieta, Sale or MadBum for Bautista?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  85. DonnieB says:
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    I traded Eaton and Profar for Yelich. I was not starting Profar. Yelich an upgrade? Thanks and Happy Declaration of Independence Day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me, you too!

  86. Nightmare says:
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    1) Getting tired of Villar’s strikeouts.
    I can trade for segura or Tulo, Cozart on waivers or hold Villar?

    2) when Dee gets back, u prefer Dee or Schoop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Meh 2) Depends on needs

  87. y4 says:
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    I was offered his Kershaw and Puig for my Hamels and Brantley. I’m currently in 1st and am pretty much guaranteed to make the playoffs. Neither Puig or Brantley would start for me so it’s essentially Hamels for Kershaw. Should I take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kershaw

  88. K Dot C says:
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    Happy 4th southern neighbours! We had our b-day July 1st so the partying is all over here in the North.
    What do you think of this offer:
    My Bryant, Pomeranz, J.Upton for Springer, K.Seager, L.Martin
    H2H league – 6×6 OPS.
    Need to offload a pitcher – got too many like Duffy, Pax, Joe Ross (preinjury), McCullers, Price, Matz, DeCaf.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy belated! Bryant side, it’s fair

  89. Q says:
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    Pts league w -1 for Ks & only 1 pt per steal:

    Trumbo, Blackmon, or Ad Jones ROS?

    • Q says:
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      @Q: Also, it’s a weekly league, so guys in platoons are no bueno. Does Blackmon still sit v lefties a lot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo

  90. Joeg414 says:
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    Leading in Saves by 10 to the team that’s right behind me in the standings. He has Osuna, Robertson , Famila and Maurer, Betances.
    But, I’m little worried since I have Miller, Colome , Gomez and Cishek both could lose their jobs if traded.
    Looking at offering Mazara for Will Harris and Holt. I got Fowler coming back and Kim on the bench.
    6×6 redraft mixed daily roto.
    Whata think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  91. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: Story is in today’s lineup for the Rockies. Gotta start him over Tim Anderson in a weekly roto league right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  92. Don says:
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    So didn’t start guerra today lol, cancel my claim of dropping guerra for estevez is he a must hold now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you need, Guerra will not get saves

      • Don says:
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        @Grey: you said he’s a streamer so just as good as the McCarthys on the waivers? In right matchups

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, and McCarthy’s next matchup is better

    • Steve says:
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      @Don: SON did not like the start, also sonofabenched. Was should bring up Turner already.

  93. Pickleball says:
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    Tyson Ross just hit the DL… Grab him for the stretch run or leave him. (I have an open DL slot)

    Also, lance McCullers an upgrade over taijuan or Duffy?

    Last one. Espinosa as a bench bat over jose Ramirez? I own jose because he has eligibility everywhere and can fill in for whoever when they announce player xyz is out of the lineup. Play in a weekly h2h league.

    Thanks. Happy 4th

    • Pickleball says:
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      @Pickleball: actually add pineda or McCullers over walker or Duffy to that list. I currently own walker and Duffy. The 4 of them seem to be about the same type of guy.

      Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold on SPs, yes on Espinosa, you too!

  94. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 5×5 h2h
    I can either drop Addison russell to pick up aaron judge or use the spot to stream. Streamers available would be:
    De la rosa @ SF $0.0
    Corbin @ SF $3.9
    Fiers vs. SEA $0.4

    Slim pickings for sure so I’m leaning towards judge. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge

      • Bobbo says:
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        @Grey: even with only one roster move left for the week would you add him or wait? Hate to have zero moves remaining with a full week to go. Nothing on the wire but injuries and such makes me hesitant. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wait

  95. Johnc says:
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    1. Parra or Pearce for DL stash (Pearce has eligibility for all positions except catcher).

    2. Need OF help. Would you trade the super hot Schoop for Heyward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parra…2. No

  96. Steve says:
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    Who is the drop:

    Pax, Rodon, Guerra, Kennedy, Taillon?

    Thanks and Happy 4th!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kennedy, you too!

  97. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey. Happy Fourth! Choo or Kemp ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Kemp

  98. peacecoast says:
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    Have S castro at 2b, and merrifield on bench, Villar SS and Lindor at MI. what do u think of grabbing Did,moving merrifield to 2b and dropping s castro? I need SB and AVG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  99. Don says:
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    Drop Kelley with paplebon back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  100. agarthered says:
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    Drop Joe Ross for Guerra, or keep JR and drop Smyly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Ross, Guerra

  101. Alps88 says:
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    Great read as always
    Now that papelbon is back I was thinking of dropping Kelly. I need offense. All categories.
    The choices are
    Pagan, crisp,chisenhall,Reynolds, Kepler, Cron , Moyà or Anderson,
    I could also grab Judge or Bregman if they come up real soon. ( of course no way of knowing)
    Willing to take the risk though if I have to.
    What do you do.
    1st and 2nd choice would be appreciated.
    Thanks enjoy the 4th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Kelley, Judge for the next week

  102. jacks says:
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    I’m at the top, but just barely, of my 10 team 4X4 keeper league. Year #33 for us BTW. Made a flurry of trades recently, trading away Polanco and Story and getting back Trout, Posey, Gattis, Vmart, Fulmer, and Oh. My team now is as follows. Any glaring weaknesses left to address? I’m near the top of all categories except for BA. I’m hoping that improves with my new additions.

    C- Gattis, Posey
    CI- Vmart, Lamb, Longo
    MI- Devon Travis, Villar, Tulo
    OF- Harper, Trout, Blackmon, Duvall, Choo
    Util — Justin Turner
    Bench: Kemp, Kang, CGomez, Valencia

    SP- Kershaw, Sale, Hamels, Hendricks, Pomeranz, Fulmer, Shark
    RP – Kimbrel, Oh, Dyson, Will Harris, Ziegler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, year 33! That’s impressive…. Team looks very solid, I’d trade all the bench bats I could for one upgrade… Maybe all of them for a Yoenis type?

  103. Dusty Briches says:
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    Currently starting Kang at SS with no bench bat to play while he sits every third or fourth game. Who do you like as a bench bat or starter to platoon w Kang? THX
    Holt
    Espinosa
    Baez
    Crawford
    K Marte
    Semien
    J Ramirez
    Didi
    Panik
    Prado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Espinosa

  104. Clos says:
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    Hey grey what’s going on? Someone just dropped jordan Zimmerman.. Should I drop yordano for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  105. Mr. Snrub says:
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    Oh boy I love owning the Cubs cleanup hitter in my catcher spot. I’ve never felt this before, I think I’m in love… Can you please rank him low next year for me so we can be together?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t it happens if he keeps this up

      • Mr. Snrub says:
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        @Grey: Damn it.

        I don’t think it’s a mirage anyways, check his plate discipline in the minors, dude knows how to get a free pass and take pitches (92BB, 102Ks this year and last in minors). That plus his +.200 ISO in the minors and his age (24), he’s a prime candidate for .300 and 20 hr going forward in my eyes.

        BTW good call on Bosch, I’m hooked!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bosch is so great, really captures LA…. Yeah, I don’t think it’s a mirage either, it’ll just depend if he is made the starting catcher

        • Robert says:
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          @Mr. Snrub: just to add in, I discovered Bosch on Prime about 6 months ago. Excellent!

  106. Abdoozy says:
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    About Contreras. I have Wieters at C (ESPN 10 tm h2h w/ops,qs).

    Offer Duvall for Contreras? I have Brantley on the DL to fill Duvall’s OF slot eventually. Other OF: Harper, Trout, SMarte, Ellsbury, KDavis. So power isn’t an issue.

    Thanks, happy 4th, even if it is the holiday dogs love to hate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, you too! Ha, yeah, Ted ain’t cool with fireworks

  107. What up Grey happy 4th! Maybin is a bench bat. Would you drop for Kendrys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! I would

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your photos are beautiful, btw

      • @Grey: thanks man I appreciate it.

  108. David says:
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    Please rank ROS: Tomlin, Duffy, Happ, Giolito. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy, Giolito

  109. Machado About Nothing says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a league where my offense is first in almost every category, I’m really trying to find some more starting pitching to put me over the edge. Looks like a trade is needed. Ill show you my team, want to know who you’d look to trade for a pitcher if anyone.

    C McCann
    1b Abreu
    2b Schoop
    3b/ss Machado
    SS Seager (cheap keeper)
    Of/3b Bryant
    Of Trout
    Of/1b Belt
    Util/1b Encarnacion
    Bench Mazara (cheap keeper)
    Bench AJ Reed (probably not keepable)

    SP Salazar
    SP Kluber
    SP Hill
    SP Duffy
    SP McCullers

    the rest of my starters are junk and I have a move limit, so its hard to stream. Any of those position players worth trading for another SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, trade Maz and/or Reed if it puts you over the top… Kershaw? Bum? Cueto?

  110. David says:
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    Also Paxson or Shoemaker ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paxton

  111. agarthered says:
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    Second post today..

    Pick 2

    Bud Norris, Smyly, McCullers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Norris

  112. royce! says:
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    I am very excited about the Antiques Roadshow tickets! I want to get on that show to share the Grateful Dead shirt we found while shopping for the Seattle bar. Bummed I missed the ticket window. I’m sure they’ll love your fisting pinback! I’d get that insured for at least $5k

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m so pumped! I’m so old! And Cougs used to work with Mark Wahlberg, so I’m gonna see if he’ll be on the podcast

  113. royce! says:
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    Damn, people are selling tix on craigslist for Antiques Roadshow for $300 a pair!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C’mon! Are you serious?

  114. web says:
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    Franco or Valencia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco

  115. Squints Palledorous says:
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    So Grey, there I was, on the beach, enjoying 88 degree weather on a great 4th of July holiday. And it gave me the peace and serenity to not hate Danny Espinosa for blocking trea anymore. So I dropped Tim Anderson this morning, while on the beach, and picked up Espinosa. Anderson goes 2-4 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2R.

    I love the endorsement in the article, but did I make a mistake? BABIP is very high for Anderson and low for Espinosa. I still feel good I guess. Can you reassure me? Ha

    Also, was just reading an article about McCullers curveball. Almost throws it 50%, and at the time of the article, he threw it on average 2 mph higher than the 2nd fastest average curve. Was making the Mariners look silly today. All he has to do is cut down the walks like he did today and he’ll excel.

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson didn’t hit two home runs today… Unless my eyes are going (possible)… Anderson is a steals guy, Espinosa is a HR guy, Espinosa is hotter, you go with whichever you need, they don’t do the same thing

      • Squints Palledorous says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, meant that as 1 HR, typo.

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  116. stanley roper says:
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    With Tallion hitting the DL with shoulder fatigue is Glasnow the add? Brault to start on Tuesday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try it

  117. Cohen says:
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    Grey, is McCullers a top 25 Starter after todays performance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s around there, maybe top 30

  118. PB and J says:
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    Head to head battle.

    You like [email protected] or Elfin v atl tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither…Folty if you have to

  119. Quimmy says:
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    Hey Grey.

    My Donaldson and Harvey for his Posey, Carpenter and DeGrom?

    Thx sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent if you need multiple positions and an SP

  120. Jon says:
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    In a 14 team keeper, If I was trading one who would it be…

    Kyle Seager or Jake Lamb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lamb

  121. William Hung says:
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    First Espinosa has risen from the dead, and now I suspect d’Arnaud is doing the same – is it time to pick up Travis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, try it

  122. Crock says:
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    Josh Harrison / Vizcaino or Brantley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly Harrison, but I’d try Brantley

  123. Funscombe says:
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    Hey Grey! Hope you had a great fourth.

    I have to thank you and the rest of the Razzball team- I moved into first place in my league this week! Lot of that is thanks to your great write ups <3

    Changes are in order this week. With Ross on the DL I have a potential roster spot opening up.
    I had Richards stashed as it looked like he might be back sooner than later. Keep him in the DL slot or drop him and put Ross in there instead?

    As far as pitching goes, I am currently running with:

    Carrasco
    Roark
    Harvey
    Tomlin
    Duffy
    Colon

    Again, with Ross/Richards competing for the DL slot. Which do I stash?

    Just saw that Ryu is going to start Thursday. And, I know McCarthy should be good on Friday.

    Are any of my guys (thinking maybe Colon…starting vs Wsh on thu?) worth dropping to roster Ryu before someone else does? I know he will be limited in his first start back, but still…

    I am thinking this is the move, then I can decide afterwards if I want to keep Ryu or drop him to stream McCarthy for Fri.

    Alternatively, another person in my league has taken up an odd strategy that really seems to be working for him. He has completely forsaken relief pitchers and instead has loaded his roster up with an extra three starting pitchers.

    Our categories are: K, QS, W, L, S, ERA, and SO as a wildcard.

    It seems like by punting saves he has been leading the league in Ks, QS, and W, although of course he also performs among the worst in losses with his increased pool of pitchers.

    Is he getting lucky, or is there something to it? Essentially guaranteeing a win in three categories in exchange for punting one/two depending on how losses go?

    On this logic, I am wondering if it's worth it to drop one of my relievers (I have Jeffress, Street and Hwan Oh) and to just roster both Ryu and Mcarthy? Obviously Jeffress isn't going anywhere but Street has been doing terribly, and despite Rosenthal continuing to tank, Oh isn't a sure thing either.

    Anyway I'm interested on your take! Thanks in advance and enjoy the rest of the holiday :)

    • Funscombe says:
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      @Funscombe: In summary:

      Ross/Richards for stash?

      Rank Colon, McCarthy, Ryu for this week?

      Finally, any merit to the idea of dropping one of my three relievers in order to keep all three of those starters rostered depending on how they do this week? (Am guessing the answer is no and that McCarthy/Colon aren’t worth losing a reliever…even one who is struggling like street)

      • Funscombe says:
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        @Funscombe: One more, Sorry!

        Drop Lemahieu, Castellanos for Espinosa?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dj

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stash Ross… Colon is a streamer, go with McCarthy, wouldn’t start Ryu the first time out… I don’t know what relievers you have to say if you should drop one, you shouldn’t punt any categories though

  124. Johnc says:
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    The back end of my lineup has been hot. But one needs to sit tomorrow. who takes the night off?

    Schoop v Maeda
    Maybin v Carrasco
    Crisp v Milone
    Espinosa v Davies
    Villar v. Gio

    • Johnc says:
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      @Johnc:
      I should add that this is in a ten category hitting league so average and k’s, walks are separate categories

  125. JJ says:
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    Hey grey,

    Which one to drop for espinosa?
    L.Martin or C.Gomez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leonys

  126. Jose says:
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    Grey would you trade david price for dustin pedrioa and chris tilman? Is a 5×5 mixed league

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