Yesterday, the Jays’ catcher prospect Danny Jansen was called up.  Finally, the Jays are ready to move on with their prospects.  *Vlad Jr. waves his hand, trying to get their attention*  It took long enough, but finally the time is here.  *Vlad Jr. takes out a bullhorn and blows it*  Did you hear something?  The Jays did…Danny Jansen’s bat!  Jansen looks like an offensive-minded catcher in the mold of Jerry Tomato Realmuto (think 15/7/.280).  I grabbed Jansen in one league, because, I had Cervelli, who has a magnet for foul balls on his face like Stormy Daniels, and Russell Martin is going to play third while Yangervis deals with an oblique strain and, shucks, if only the Jays had someone else to play third.  *Vlad Jr. marches with color guards’ flags, waving them.  Finally, Vlad Jr. sighs.*  Damn, too bad.   Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Ken Giles – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save, ERA at 6.11.  You throw enough crap against the wall and eventually someone says, “Is that a Mapplethorpe?  That’s beautiful!”

Sean Reid-Foley – Will be called up to start today for the Jays.  He was on Prospect Ralph’s top 500 fantasy baseball prospects.  PR said of Reid-Foley, “He offers my favorite pitching profile, a groundball pitcher with K per inning stuff, and solid control. Took a huge step forward in 2016 after learning a curveball from his older brother, a former Dodgers farmhand. His season ended prematurely after an elbow flare up (CRINGE), so there’s some obvious injury risk here. Overall I really like the player, plus he’s got a sweet stache reminiscent of one Grey Albright.”  *blushes*  Aw, geez!  I didn’t grab Reid-Foley anywhere, but I could see it.

Tyler Glasnow – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.25 on the Rays vs. Marcus Stroman – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.02.  This matchup was billed as “Glasnow vs. Ass Low (because he’s short).”  I wouldn’t go anywhere near Stroman — I’m a short heightist — Glasnow I’m all over, and Podcaster Ralph are gonna talk on him at length, including what the hell were the Pirates thinking.

Kyle Tucker – 0-for-3, 1 run.  The Astros recalled him from the minors.  Listen, discarded sunflower seeds in the dugout aren’t going to clean up themselves.  They need a guy who was hitting .382 in Triple-A since he was sent down to take care of stuff like that.

Hector Rondon – 1 IP, 1 ER and the blown save.  Roberto Osuna owners celebrate!  Dot dot dot.  And Osuna gave up a run and lost the game.

Erasmo Ramirez – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 6.75, as Er-Ram replaced F-Her.  As long as the romance remains.

Mike Zunino – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, and 4th homer in the last week.  Who’s Zunino’ing who?!

Jon Lester – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ERA ERA at 3.89.  Weird, on Saturday, a millennial was slathering him with avocado.

David Bote – 1-for-1, 4 RBIs and his 3rd home run.  So much has been made of his walk-off grand slam — I’ve heard how he has the highest exit velocity, how he’s hitting .329, how he’s the Cubs’ spark plug and more — but one thing I haven’t heard is, um, why was he pinch hitting and not, ya know, playing?

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.19 vs. Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 1.00 on the Cubs.  We know Max Scherzer is a weird-eyed freak, but look at Cole Hamels doing work!  Sure, I grabbed him in my NL-Only league and it’s the only reason why I’m excited, but, tell me true, you can’t be excited for me?  What is wrong with you!?

Ryan Madson – 2/3 IP, 4 ER and his 3rd blown save, ERA at 5.19.  That went sideways fast for Madson.  After the game, Madson complained of shooting pain in his back and leg.  That is a side effect of giving up one of the worst blown saves in history.  Next up, Koda Glover or Justin Miller.  My money’s on Glover, because he’s got the special sauce.

Paul Goldschmidt – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 25th and 26th homer.  Au Shizz!  Au Shizz!

Eduardo Escobar – 1-for-1 and his 17th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games, hitting .280.  Fun fact!  There’s a class you can take at Colombia University called Drug Dealing 101, that is sometimes abbreviated Edu-Escobar.  That’s not Columbia University in New York, by the way.

David Peralta – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 21st homer, hitting .303.  You know what Peralta’s year is saying to me?  Eddie Rosario in 2017.  Everyone is going to ignore Peralta next year, and I’m gonna say something like, “He was already a top 40 outfielder, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be ranked that high this year,” and big box sites will all but forget about Peralta in 2019.

Zack Godley – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.20.  Only three earned runs in his last 21 IP with more Ks than IP.  Two of his opponents were also the dog’s breakfast, but then again dog backwards is God.  Hmm.

Luis Castillo – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.04.  He’s owned in 45% of ESPN leagues.  Just in case you wanted to know how many people were still falling for the banana in the ol’ tailpipe.

Tanner Roark – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.12, but an under-1 ERA since the break.  I dropped Roark before his Saturday start in Wrigley, but, hey, I also sold $10,000 worth of Apple stock at $10/share a month before the iPod dropped, so, ya know, what can do?  *notices something*  Hey, look, cyanide!  Guzzle, guzzle!

Lance Lynn – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.46.  Right now, he’s the most reliable Yanks starter.  Okay, not fully true, but I’m still dealing with Hand Covering Mouth Because I Own Masahiro Disease.

CC Sabathia – 6 IP, 1 hit, 3 walks, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.32.  I don’t trust CC as far as I can throw him, and I can only bench around 35 pounds, so I can’t throw CC very far.  However (Grey’s turning the ship around!), he’s been decent for about three years in a row now.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4 and his 30th homer, hitting .281. I had a dream that Giancarlo would still get to 50 homers this year.  In this dream, Giancarlo was wearing a whipped cream Speedo and I was a giant tongue.

Didi Gregorius – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .270.  Lifting the Yanks with the absence of Judge is a new thing for Didi.  Guess it’s a trial run.

Jake Arrieta – 5 IP, 5 ER in Petco, ERA at 3.33.  Can’t believe I streamed this straight trash merchant.

Travis Jankowski – 2-for-3, 3 runs and 4 steals (16, 17, 18, 19), hitting .260, and more steals in one game than three weeks of Dee Gordon.  Weak, indeed.  Same word, different spelling, catch the drift?  Cool, man, cool.

Freddy Galvis – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer, and 3rd homer in the last week.  Just took him playing 267 of the last 268 games, and finally it’s clicking!  Definitely seems like a hot schmotato, though.

Logan Morrison – Season-ending hip surgery.  Too bad, so sad.  So, Tyler Austin should now have a full-time job as the Twins’ DH.  You know Tyler Austin, he’s the guy you loved when he was on the Yankees, and now couldn’t care less about.  He’s also the guy who was better than Greg Bird even if you insisted on preferring Bird — prefird?  You prefirded bastard! — Austin is more of an AL-Only guy for now, but that could change quickly.

Kohl Stewart – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER as the Twins called him up.  Or maybe that’s *pinkie to mouth*  Kohl’d up.  He’s a ground ball-inducing, low strikeout pitcher who…*snores*  Wait, what was I talking about?  I started napping mid-blurb.

Trevor Hildenberger – 1 IP, 2 ER and the 1st post-Rodney Twins save on Saturday.  The Twins using Hildenberger, as he continues to talk about how he’s tipping his pitches and not pitching effectively, is like that year in your 20’s when you wore sweatpants.  You just didn’t care, and the Twins don’t seem to either.  Trevor Sweatpantswearer is your closer, until further notice.

Danny Duffy – Has a 7.54 ERA in his last four starts, his velocity has dropped 3 MPH and he’s complaining of shoulder stiffness.  So, what does his manager say?  Duffy is dealing with “normal wear and tear.”  That’s normal wear and tear like those acid wash jeans you still wear.

Seth Lugo – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save.  Mets are such cheap f**ks.  Of course, they’re doing anything to not let Wahl or Gsellman get saves, and instead go with guys who they don’t care about.  The Mets could obviously let Wahl close and see what they have with him, but their organization confuses an ESL speaker on the meaning of organization.  Watch, the Mets will sign some vet this offseason to be the closer.  Or even better, they’ll give Wahl an opportunity in March to win the job, when they could’ve let him get his feet wet this year.  Any hoo!  Lugo is the arm to own for saves.

Michael Conforto – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer, hitting .235.  He’s hitting like a poor man’s Piscotty this year.  Call him Pisscotty.

Tyson Ross – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.38, as he started in pace of Luke Weaver, who cut his finger on a soda can.  That was a very expensive soda for the Cardinals, since Ross is owed $200,000 for every start he makes the rest of the way (which is why he hadn’t been starting).  I wonder what would happen if the Cards had Gyorko throw out the first pitch, then had Ross relieve him.

Paul DeJong – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 3rd homer in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Edwin Encarnacion – Hit the DL with a sore hand.  This is achin’ venient injury similar to Chris Sale’s injury with the Sawx.  It’s the ol’ “Our team is obviously winning the division so let’s rest our guys a little bit” injury.

Adam Engel – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and he also brought back a Yonder Alonso homer.  Hey, Engel, you got one over Yonder!  Yooooo-daaaaaay-leeeee-eeee-hooo!  I love a good yodel.  Or their rebranded Ho-Ho.

Tyler Skaggs – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.78.  He was activated from the DL and returned to the DL all this weekend.  Last December, an ex-Mets trainer removed “Mets” from his resume and connected with the Angels on LinkedIn.  It seemed inconsequential at the time, but could have lasting effects.

Edwin Jackson – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.48.  *opens envelope*  And your AL Cy Young is Edwin Jackson!

Trevor Cahill – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.39.  Fish don’t fry in the kitchen; beans don’t burn on the grill.  Took a whole lotta tryin’ to get up the nerve to stream Cahill.  Sigh, you failed me The Jeffersons’ theme song.

Trevor Williams – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.66. Imagine my preseason sleeper Trevor Williams can actually get to a 3.50 ERA this year.  That might be my greatest victory that I won’t consider a victory, because I can barely justify owning him in most mixed leagues no matter how well he’s pitching.

Dereck Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.25.  I’d continue to use the Stream-o-Nator for D-Rod.  By the by, this weekend the Giants retired Bonds’ number.  Somehow, Dereck’s dad, Pudge, is in Cooperstown even though he used to be called Pudge because he was a big guy, then he lost 200 random pounds of muscle once MLB starting testing for steroids.  The MLB leader in homers (and a shizzton of other honors) is not in Cooperstown because he wasn’t nice to sportswriters.  Sportswriters are literally the worst.  Don’t @ me.

Kyle Freeland – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.02 vs. Walker Buehler – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.32.  Remember when Coors was a good place for hitters.  *wavy lines*  Hey, it’s July 2018 again.  Sweet, I can pay the $340 July cable bill again.  *wavy lines*  Wow, worst dream sequence ever!

Adam Ottavino – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 1.73 and the blown save, as Wade Davis (1 IP, 0 ER) gets the win.  Fantasy Baseball:  When real life isn’t stressful enough.

Ross Stripling – Sent to the bullpen with Kenta Maeda for the return of Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Wood.  I’d own Wood and Ryu in any league.  Stripling will prolly act like the long man, but Maeda could see saves, especially with Scott Alexander acting like a cuddle boy.

Rich Hill – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.57.  Did I say Stripling wouldn’t be in the rotation?  Oh, just wait until Rich Hill tries to open a pickle jar.  “I hear pickle juice is good for blisters.  So, I’m just going to rather nonchalantly open this pickle jar and…Hmm…Is this stuck…Ugh…Blister!!!”

Touki Toussaint – Will be called up to start today.  I want to grab Touki for his name alone.  I’m pumped up for Touki.  I do it all for the Touki!  But the Braves don’t have a straight course of action to keep Touki in their rotation.  Touki is in Prospector Ralph’s top 500 fantasy baseball prospects too (key).

Sean Newcomb – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.40.  Galaxy brain:  Touki replaces Newcomb in the rotation.

Ozzie Albies – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer.  I’m giving Albies all A’s, babies!

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, his 4th homer this week.  Yeah, Juan Soto’s so much better than The Tilde.  *wipes dandruff off shoulder*  Whatever you say.

Jesus Aguilar – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 29th homer.  Too bad he can’t pitch for the Brewers.  But they got Schoop and Moustakas for that!

Josh Hader – 2 IP, 0 ER and the save on Saturday, ERA at 1.54.  Why is it surprising when a manager goes to the most obvious guy in a bullpen?  Have we been conditioned to expect so little from managers?  Can we not expect more?  That’s why I, Grey Albright, am running for manager of every major league team.  With your vote, I can have the right guys closing games.

David Price – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.75, 1.69 ERA in his last five starts.  Great, excellent, adjective, he was going against the O’s on Saturday.  You know why they’re called that?  Because they give every opposing pitcher the O face.  On the bright side, Price gets the Rays next and the Stream-o-Nator is all bowdy-bout-it.

Steve Pearce – 1-for-3 and his 10th homer.  As I always say, the fifth AL East team a guy plays for is always the charm.

Chris Sale – 5 IP, 1 hit, zero walks, 12 Ks, ERA down to 1.97, as he was activated from the DL.  Happy Monday, now it’s time for a rant.  Clearly, Sale was never injured; his pretendonitis wasn’t the least bit believable.  I mean, sure, the O’s are terrible, but, c’mon, Sale had pitched great prior to the DL stint and immediately following it.  The Sawx were obviously trying to keep his innings down, which is fine!  I don’t mind.  Who cares?  Not me!  But — again with some stank — BUT! they should have to keep him on the roster and just skip him.  Teams should not be able to do fake injuries for DL stints.  So, how do we stop this?  I have an idea!  A league doctor.  Let’s call the doctor, Dr. Don’tfeelgood.  Yes, with an apostrophe because he’s Hawaiian.   Don’tfeelgood flies in, checks a player injury and, if he’s not really injured, no DL.  We can have Don’tfeelgood check for injuries on so-called healthy players too.  Say Ohtani wants to be DL’d, but the Angels won’t do it, because they’re stupid.  The player can call Don’tfeelgood, have them look at the MRI results and override the team doctors.  You could air Don’tfeelgood’s checkups on MLB TV, tell me you wouldn’t watch this.  Well, except when they’re checking for groin strains.

  1. Simsbad says:
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    pick one for this week: Grichuk, Bader, Kepler, Williams, Dahl, O’Neill, or Wild Card Melky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simsbad: Is Melky a wild card? I’d go Williams

  2. mrbaseball says:
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    Dereck Rodríguez SF – SP,RP – do you like him for next year not fade away

  3. mrbaseball says:
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    M. Muncy LAD hey man do you think his numbers will be about the same next year or he will be taking a dive

    • bigbear says:
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      @mrbaseball: I doubt it, but it’s too soon to say. Depends on playing time. Which depends on if they resign Machado and/or Dozier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrbaseball: Don’t think I’m gonna like him

  4. Rocky says:
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    Grey!

    Getting down to crunch time… who do you like this week/ROS as a utility bat? Villar or Ry-Zi?

    Also, would you drop Peralta (or anyone else) for Reynaldo Lopez’s 2 start week? They seem to be trending in different directions down the stretch…

    SP – Archer, E-Rod, A Wood, Quintana, Happ, Minor, Eflin, DeSclafani, F Peralta
    RP – Dominguez, Minter, Norris, Osuna, Lugo (just dropped Alexander for him)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rocky: Zimmerman — yes, can lose Peralta, but don’t know Reynaldo’s matchups

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up!

    a. Many thanks for the Musgrove and CC stream-o-nator picks!! I’ll take a bow for starting Glasnow and Gausman myself!

    b. Giving Bader a batty call ’cause he’s playing today. Not bad logic, right? Rhetorical.

    c. Looked over some of the material for W.C. Fields quote of the day for next year.

    You are completely right about lack of material for a full season. Watched these two movies over the weekend looking for anything.

    1. Alice in Wonderland (1933)

    ….https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023753/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_19

    This movie features Cary Grant and Gary Cooper, among others. Didn’t see even one scene of W.C.

    2. Follow the Boys (1944)

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036832/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3

    A wartime movie, W.C. appears near the end of the movie and does mostly slapstick (he’s about to take a Masse shot but calls it a massage shot, just before he puts the cue through the table and then out the side of the table, complaining that they don’t make tables like they used to) but not much by way of quotes.

    3. Man on the Flying Trapeze

    This is a good one with classic W.C.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026676/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_11

    Hopefully there’ll be enough, will let you know.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 13

    All within the space of a couple of years we had two or three other tragedies and I had the ill luck to be too nearby on each occasion. My teaching and training enabled me to see deeper into these tragedies than an uneducated person could have done. But as a rule they could not stand the daylight. They faded out and disappeared in the glad sunshine. They were the creatures of fear and darkness. The day gave me cheer and peace and at night I was sorry all over again. In all my boyhood life I am not sure that I ever tried to lead a better life in the daytime—or wanted to. In my age I should never think of wishing to do such a thing. But in my age, as in my youth, night brings me a deep sorrow for my deeds. I realize that from babyhood up I have been like the rest of the race—never quite right in the mind at night.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Nice! B. Okay, might want to go with a comic who had more standup to pull from C. Awesome!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Yep. I’m thinking maybe the Marx brothers or maybe Robin Williams.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was thinking Marx too…But Robin Williams is the best

  6. Succos Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you pick up of the following in a 12 tm mixed H2H league with OBP instead of AVG.

    Ryan Braun
    Mark Trumbo, currently DTD
    Harrison Bader
    Ohtani (Batter only)
    Adrian Beltre
    Tim Beckham
    Ben Zobrist
    Willy Adames

    My offense currently is Chirinos, Bellinger, Gennett, Rendon, Treat Urner, Max Muncy, Dozier, Cain, Stanton, Acuna, Ian Desmond. I have Trout, Encarnacion, and Gary Sanchez on the DL.

    Thanks

    • Succos Baseball says:
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      @Succos Baseball: Franmil Reyes is also available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Succos Baseball: Is this a UTIL/Bench? Trumbo, I’d prolly look matchups tho

      • Succos Baseball says:
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        @Grey:

        UTIL, just need someone to get me through until the return of Trout on Thursday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then I’d go with who has a game today and is playing

  7. Cable says:
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    H/H points ROS……your SPer of choice in order
    Glasnow
    Glausman
    Ryu

    • bigbear says:
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      @Cable: Ryu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cable: Agree with bear

  8. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Good morning!

    Cahill or replace with Roark, Trevor Williams, or Touki?

    Tim Anderson or Semien?

    Thanks!

    • Scuffy McGee says:
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      @Scuffy McGee: 11 tm keeper lg. Fyi

    • bigbear says:
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      @Scuffy McGee: Roark and depends on need (SB – Anderson, Semien otherwise)

  9. Steeve Nadeau says:
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    Rank SP please :
    Wheeler, Rodriguez, Bieber, Gonzalez

      • Steeve Nadeau says:
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        @Grey: Marco from SEA

  10. Rocky61 says:
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    good morning,
    have to choose one between Eduardo Rodriguez and Tyler Skaggs (keeper league)

  11. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Would you drop Gibson or Eovaldi (or neither) to pick up Giles? I currently have Dominguez, Davis, and now Lugo as my closers.

  12. bigbear says:
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    With Grey as universal management, the future is Albright! Meh… Maybe me being your campaign manager isn’t the best fit…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: You’re the only one that applied, so you’re hired!

  13. Ron Pridgen says:
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    Playoffs start this week in our H2H Points league.

    1) Would you drop Stripling to pickup one of these guys- D. Rodriguez, Roark, Taillon or Friers? If so, who are the top two to target?

    2) Rank – Grichuk, Mallex, Heyward

    3) Rank – Semien, Aledmys, Ketel

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron Pridgen: Taillon, Roark 2. You did, depends on needs 3. You did

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey:
        How does Gausman compare with the above players?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          3rd

  14. Dan says:
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    What was your take on Snell getting pulled from a perfect game after 5 IP and only like 23 pitches (I exaggerate, but close enough)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: They’re limiting his IP the ROS

  15. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great work my man, grabbed toukie and reid-foley in a 12 team h2h cats league. Can only stream one, who you going with? Touki is probably better but reid foley has the slightly better matchup. Thanks.

  16. Slappy Jack says:
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    Really good stuff today Grey!
    the stormy daniels and the Lester avacado bits were top notch

    I can’t believe I started Skaggs even though I felt like I knew better
    The robot overlords can be so persuasive

    I want to see Tilde and Albies go JoRam and Lindor next year (and ever year after to infinity and beyond)

    and Trevor Williams must have damaging info on the Regression Fairies to have made it this far with an ERA under 4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy Jack: Thanks! I hear ya on Williams, he really hasn’t been very good, but here we are!

  17. Big Ticket says:
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    Thanks Grey! Need your input on who to activate in my weekly league. Classic case of going with the better player (who has crappy matchups) or the worse player (who has great matchups).

    Nick Pivetta (vs BOS, NYM) or Blaine Hardy (vs CWS, @MIN)

    Thanks!

  18. The Skrimmer says:
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    Brad Hand or Wade Davis ROS? I have to drop one and I have B. Norris and K. Yates on my roster as well. If Hand was #1 in CLE then no question but both of them are questionable. I don’t have the cap space to hold both and I haven’t been competitive in the saves category for weeks since Hand was traded to CLE. Thanks.

  19. MarvPesos

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    Grey,

    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 35 moves – no streaming

    With the trade deadline passed, our league typically picks at the last bit of value off the wire. I wanted to ask you, based on my team would you swap anyone out with a wire guy for the playoff run. Someone dropped Tommy Pham (DL) and I thought that is you see any swaps on the wire, I’ll pick up Pham, put him on my DL and add another guy.

    On a separate note, love the Razzball team and all the hard work you guys do. Clearly from my squad you can tell I’ve listened to your wisdom (and am in first by a far margin). It’s funny (not funny), I’ve finished 1st place in my league the last 6 years in a row but always get beat out in a down week in playoffs.

    Waiver:
    Hit- T. Pham (DL), C. Gonzalez, M. Gonzales. M. Zunino, A. Garcia, R. Zimmerman, A. Diaz, M. Trumbo, M. Semien, H. Bader, F. Cervelli, A. Hedges, H. Fenfroe, S. Pearce,
    Pit- E. Jackson, M. Minor, R. Borucki, J. Zimmerman, H. Bailey, J. Hellickson, J. Shields, T. Ross,
    RP- C. Knebel, S. Greene, P. Strop, J. Leclerc

    My team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – B. Dozier
    3B – Eugenio Suarez
    SS – T. Turner
    CI – A. Rizzo
    MI – X. Bogaerts
    LF – C. Yelich
    CF – C. Blackmon
    RF – M. Haniger
    Util – J. Upton
    BN – J. Villar
    DL– W. Ramos (10-day DL)

    SP – C. Carrasco
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – N. Syndergaard
    RP – W. Davis (RP)
    RP – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – A.J. Minter (RP)
    P – R. Osuna (RP)
    BN – J. Taillon
    BN – J. Paxton
    BN – R. Hill
    BN – L. Lynn
    BN – T. Glassnow
    BN – W. Buehler
    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marv: Thanks for the kind words, Marv! I’d drop Villar, add Pham to DL then Zunino

      • MarvPesos

        marv says:
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        @Grey: thanks bud

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  20. crenshaw07 says:
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    Alexander (The Great?) or Koda (Donald) Glover? Saves ain’t got no face and I only got one spot.

      • crenshaw07 says:
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        @Grey: Is Koda over Adam Conley if it is a saves/holds league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  21. Crime Dog says:
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    Logo, Glover or Giles?

  22. Murph says:
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    Hey Grey
    5×5 10 team redraft league
    Current SPs are Bauer, deGrom, Thor, Snell, Wood, Flaherty, Bieber
    1 Drop Bieber for any of: Gausman (vs Miami Wed) or Roark (vs StL on Thurs), Glasnow (vs Bos Sat), or Brad Peacock (still in relief, but 13 Ks, 1 walk, 2 hits, 0 runs in past 2 weeks)
    2 Also got Cano coming back tmrw… cut Schoop (.159 in past 2 weeks) for any of the pitchers listed?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Gausman 2. Roark

  23. MattM says:
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    Need a spot-start early this week before Ryu returns.

    Would you start Gio Gonzalez (@STL), Toussaint (v. MIA), Reid-Foley (@KC), or Hardy (v. CWS). SON likes Hardy best, but curious your thoughts. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattM: I’m starting Touki

  24. Tinman95 says:
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    Do you like Ryu over anyone of the following ROS

    Pivetta
    Marquez
    Gausman

  25. Mike says:
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    What’s your thoughts on Devers rest of season and as a $16 keeper next year (and $31 the year after)? Would you trade him for Machado (not keepable) now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d take Machado to win this year

  26. Peacecoast says:
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    Toukki Tousaint- totally new fav name of the year. sounds like a dancer from the 30’s with those high leg kicks and a sultry voice. Entertaining soldiers in a smoky bar room. Whit Merrifield sits nervously sipping his whiskey looking around as if he is waiting for someone. Sweat pouring down his face. Franchy Cordero is manning the bar in a white suit and bow tie. Please add some to my scenario…

    So started The Sinner last night. Hooked. BUT you are right it does seem drama-baity and that could be a deal breaker for me. We will see.

    Gonna hold on to Stripling, he gotta get back in the rotation right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: After a long night at the nightclub, she goes back to her apartment she shares with Franmil. Franmil doesn’t ask her any questions, just pours her some tea, and helps her with her stockings. They’re lesbians.

      I’d hold Stripling if I had room

      Sinner’s very drama baity but entertaining

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: They called a cab in the morning to go to the airport. Jesus Sucre honked his horn, waiting below. They were going to Africa for a long waited for holiday. Their plane landed at Isiah Kiner-Falefa international airport 8 hours later.

        I think we invented the term drama bait.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Peacecoast: While at Isiah Kiner-Falefa international Airport, or simply IKIA, they bought an all-white cabinet the IKIA store called a Cäntpüttögether.

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: Went for lunch at local Chinese resto and ordered the Cream of Sum Yung Guy. Cooks name was Coco Crisp.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The cream was milk and the Sum Yung Guy was an oddly named cereal.

              • Peacecoast says:
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                @Grey: no it is a Semien joke silly!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You dirty birdy!

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Ha!

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

    Add one: J. Turner, J. Bauers, T. Mancini?

    Drop S. Alexander for Hildenberger, Lugo, Parker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TOGMAN: Turner — Hold

  28. Taking14DaTeam says:
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    12 team, H2H league in first by plenty so focus is on September playoffs. Hoping to tighten up the weak spots of my crew over the next few weeks as other teams battle for entry to the playoff rounds.

    Best on the wire….Villar, A Diaz, Pham, Ramos.
    Lynn, Wheeler, W Peralta, Swarzak. Any swaps or hold?

    Gattis – Freeman, Eugenio, Santana – Bregman, DeJong, Cano – Trout, Peralta, Rosario, Haniger, Dee – DH Cruz
    Bench: Mazara
    Max, Bauer, Kluber, Wood, Ryu, Hendricks
    Osuna, Leclerc, Hicks, Allen. DL: E Rod

      • Taking14DaTeam says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. I was debating Wheeler for Hicks but this is a holds and saves league so this helps. Villar and DeJong close, no? If DJ has a solid wrist now, he could continue to hit bombs. Fingers crossed.

        • Grey

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          They are close

          • Taking14DaTeam says:
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            @Grey:

            Resisted trading Hendricks for Davis or Knebel earlier this year. But he could be streamed out during playoffs if he continues to be shaky. Cubs at home first week of playoffs so hoping for a W there without ratio implosion. Tough place to pitch

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, agreed, tough place but against who

              • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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                @Grey:

                Lined up for Brewers as of now but almost a month out, could be Reds. Wheeler is in line for Marlins at Home so very tempting. I might even try Wheeler for Hicks and sort it out as the playoffs begin.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Meh, pitching schedules change

  29. Gotime says:
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    H2H cats QS not Ws… I’m rolling out Minter and Leclerc for RPs this week. I have Flaherty home start vs Was but also debating benching for Maeda out of relief and possible saves… what you say Grey?

    • Gotime says:
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      @Gotime: Can also bench Eflin since not sure about his status this week in the minors (could be called up for scheduled start since it’s a double header day)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Gotime: Eflin is returning for good matchups

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gotime: I’d roll with who you have in the lineup, ie, no Maeda

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Gotcha, thanks Grey.
        Also, saw Jansen on the wire, he worth a DL stash for H2H September playoffs (11 moves left) or meh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem… I wouldn’t stash Jansen

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I mean, I would, but not with a move limit

  30. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    If I have to drop one… who am I dropping?

    Schoop
    Trumbo
    Desmond
    Cano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RICE: Trumbo

  31. Chucky says:
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    Danny Jansen or Garver, points scoring?

  32. synyster says:
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    I don’t get stripling getting sent to the pen. I thought he was having a decent season? Either way do you see he coming back up as a starter before the end of the season? Had to drop him for Reid-Foley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @synyster: I’m sure Stripling will get back in the rotation at some point, Dodgers are trying to limit his IP likely

  33. Stanton island says:
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    So true about Bonds! The whole process for the HOF needs a changing…

    Who’d you rather…

    Lynn or Roak?

    Conforto or Dahl?

  34. Neil says:
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    Is Touki Toussant a good streamer today? Also, is Knebel droppable now? Only 2 weeks before my league playoffs. Not enough time for him to straighten out, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Neil: I’m streaming Touki — I’d drop Knebel

  35. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Maybe too deep cut a question – but in a Holds league, should I start worrying about Matt Barnes? He’s been a top-20 reliever most of the season and is in a great situation, but he’s been letting up a lot of runs since the beginning of the month.

  36. Lindorphins says:
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    Any thoughts from you and/or Ralph on a potential Kopech call up? He looks like he’s really put things together with his control (last nine starts: 53 IP, 42 H, 13 ER, 14 BB!, 73 K!, 2.21 ERA). The White Sox haven’t been shy about promoting top prospects this time of year in the past but really stress a player’s “path” through the minors before being promoted (e.g. Eloy hasn’t really struggled and then recovered like Moncada did before his call up). Kopech seems to have done that and found the consistency the White Sox brass has been looking for. Or maybe I’m just trying to convince myself he should be called up because I have him stashed haha.

    Also, Glasnow or Gausman ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lindorphins: I can’t imagine Kopech is anything but a streamer this year, they’re not going to want to put extra IP on his arm — Gausman

  37. Bk says:
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    10 Team league
    Start Bumgarner? (@LAD, +0.8)

    Against Kershaw too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: Sure

  38. prey879 says:
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    Current replaceable starters: Kyle Gibson & Jose Quintana
    Current RPs: Osuna, Alexander, Kimbrel, Romo, Will Smith

    Would you replace any of the above w/ any of these waiver wire pitchers: Eflin, Pivetta, CC Sabathia, Edwin Jackson, Steckenrider? Or are the starters I’ve mentioned all just streamers in a 12 tm mixed redraft w/ QS instead of Wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prey879: CC and I’d look at matchups for 2nd SP — I’d hold on RPs

  39. Game of Throws says:
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    I assume Ryu’s first start back will be short. Especially considering they now have two extra arms for long relief.

    Would you drop any of these guys to activate Ryu this week? Or wait and see.

    Kyle Gibson, Joey Lucchesi, CC Sabathia?

    Thanks!

  40. Justin Ralph says:
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    Glasnow and Lynn are both on the waiver wire. I have 12 moves left in this league and I have Ryu back on Wednesday. I could pick up one of those two and leave Ryu on the WW. I would then have Ryu and E Rod on the DL as backups in case anyone else goes down. Or I could save my move and just use Ryu on Wed. What do you think Grey? I have a feeling you’re going to tell me to save my moves. I just hate seeing guys sitting there that I wish I had!

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        @Grey: I knew you’d say that! Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

  41. Junkmastah says:
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    Who to drop amongst C. Taylor, Schoop, N. Williams and Bundy? Need to make room for guys and streamers.

  42. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey!

    I read your Who’s Zuninoing Who after reading Twitter saying Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. You’re clearly on the pulse–the feint, slowing pulse–of the collective unconscious.

    I actually streamed Glasnow last night, but then dropped him because his next two starts he’s lined up against Boston. That scares me. Are you not scared, Bone Crusher?
    In general, for pitchers (outside of aces) would you say this last gasp of the season is all about matchups? Or do you ride a guy you think has figured things out (i.e. Glasnow) regardless of matchups?

    What are your thoughts on Osuna? Been holding him in case of a Rondon implosion/injury, figuring at the very least he’d give me elite ratios and the occasional win/save. But if he’s gonna get hit around anyway, is he someone you’re dropping for a hot bat/streamer? Seems late in the season to hold a lottery ticket.

    Thanks a lot!

    PS: Love the banana in the tailpipe reference. Young Damon Wayans for the win!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GrassyKnollRedding: Morning! I just saw on Aretha, that’s a shame, she was the queen of soul (has princess of soul been awarded to someone?) Bone crusher is scared, and I just look at matchups at this point for 75% of my SPs — holding Rondon and Osuna too, hoping this week figures something out — haha

  43. Gator says:
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    Where would you rank Pollock for 2019?

  44. KarlJ says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Redraft leagues – would you rather have Glasnow or Anibal Sanchez for ROS?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KarlJ: Anibal bc better matchups

  45. johnnyhobbes says:
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    the Edwin Jackson comment- some truth to the jest? just trying to figure out how to read that one.

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: also Lucchessi looking good or phillies looking bad?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @johnnyhobbes: Padres starter at home means nothing really, wanna see Padres SP on the road

        • johnnyhobbes says:
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          @Grey: right – will keep an eye on that

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: Also Good Morning, Hope you had a great weekend. Cyanide with Tanner Roark- yes I feel you on that one. How many times have commentators a said something to the effect of “enjoining their morning cup of Grey”, et al ? just curious

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @johnnyhobbes: Yeah, screwed up by dropping Roark, oh well

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And good morning!

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: Oka damn one more also- this week Hoskins, Giancarlo, Rosario, Au Shizz, Khris Davis, Kol Calhoun, Mark Trumbo- one of these dudes will be on the bench? Trumbo with this knee thing- Kole against lefties four match ups this week… its all vexing, I’m very very vexed

  46. Wally Pipp says:
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    i know you mentioned to buy Dahl friday and for sure agree with that but you also mentioned desmond in the dahl blurb saying you want to own whichever is getting playing time. idk how i feel about desmond. like he somehow hit .321 in july but with only 2 homers in 84 at bats. so far in august he’s got 0 homers and is batting .150 with only 1 extra base over 40 at bats. desmond should be good for like maybe 4 or 5 steals the rest of the way, but he could be done homering and hit for a crap average. im about to add fettuccine mancini and drop morto desmond. good luck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I hear ya, not playing every day doesn’t help Desmond either

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Grey: am i insane to drop desmond for mancini?

        you like conforto to rally?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not insane to drop Desmond, but if Desmond and Mancini were both playing, I’d start Desmond over Mancini every time — Conforto homered this weekend, maybe he’s heating up, not 100% sure

  47. Rudboy says:
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    “In this dream, Giancarlo was wearing a whipped cream Speedo and I was a giant tongue.”

    Hahahahahaha im done. Ur the efing man

    Who would you guys with this week…

    Pivetta vs BOS(Johnson), Pivetta vs NYM(deGrom)
    Roark @ STL(Flaherty)
    Gray @ ATL(Teheran)

    Im leaning Roark bc he’s been dealing but STLs entire lineup has been heating up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe, I’m starting Pivetta, god help us

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: I’m starting Pivetta too.

        For some reason, he reminds me of early 2017 Bauer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope he puts together an August/Sept like Bauer last year

  48. KimmyNibler says:
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    Rank These closers ROS

    Boxberger
    Iglesias
    Norris
    Dominguez
    Alexander
    Osuna/Rondon
    Minter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raisel, Box, Minter

  49. Five-on-One says:
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    Please rank the top 3 SPs from the following (12 team 5×5 league with weekly line-ups):

    2-start VV: vBOS ($6.8) and @WAS (?)
    2-start Duffy: vTOR ($8.6) and @TB ($18.8)
    2-start Gaviglio: @KC ($4.5) and vBAL ($18.6)
    Corbin: vLAA (?)
    D-Rod: @CIN (-$2.7)
    Stroman: @NYY ($3.3)

    Leaning Corbin, Duffy and Gaviglio, because I’m not sure I have the stones to start VV @ BOS or Stroman @NYY, despite how well they have pitched recently, and D-Rod away from home hasn’t been all that great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      VV is only scheduled for one start, no? Corbin, VV, Gaviglio — pretty awful choices tho

  50. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Trumbo or Kole this week. Trumbo with the knee issue lately and Kole against four left handers…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like Kole is way to go, what does Hittertron say?

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: for the week Kole sitting around 62 best option Trumbo in the low 200s. Interestingly enough, the Hitterton has Wilmer Flores and Conforto at 6th and 8th best options for the week. 8 games all at NYY, PHI, BAL . Do I start Kole or go for Conforto- no way do I believe in Wilmer Flores that much.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, then I’d go Kole

  51. Jason Murray says:
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    If I have to choose between Jeffress and Glover for saves, which one makes the roster? Hader clouds the value of Jeffress and Glover hasn’t been made official. One of these would back up Strop and Yates. I could pick up Steckenrider as well, but I assume save chances will be few for him. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glover

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d actually go Steckenrider

  52. jose says:
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    What’s up Grey!

    I had the same Cervelli problem (is it really a problem or just a good excuse to move on) and am going to roll with your call for Jansen.

    Heaney got dropped after his last start and I picked him up on SONs request this morning. Seemed like a no brainer @SD, but looking at his recent games has me questioning my decision. What say you?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hopefully Jansen does something… I’d start Heaney @SD

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Can you give ma a quick reminder what the K/9 to BB/9 gap you like to see is?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          6+ is decent

          • jose says:
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            @Grey: Was thinking that, but couldn’t remember. Much appreciated!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  53. Bob Loblaw says:
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    I have Cole, Nola and Wood at the top of my rotation. After that, I have Archer, Pivetta, Maeda, and I could probably drop a weak closer like W.Peralta/Lugo since I have a big buffer in saves, so 4 roster spots possibly available.

    Do you drop anyone for Hendricks, E.Rodriguez, E.Jackson, streamer, random MR (Green, Stammen. Petit are available)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maeda for Edwin

  54. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Still laughing at your Touki Toussaint/Franmil Reyes blurb in the comments. Touki Toussaint sounds like a pastry you’d get at high tea in Burmuda. Anythehoo…I disappointingly still have Hosmer as my starting first basemen and the playoffs began today. I have a two-week bye so can sit on him for a little bit, but desperate owners have cut Zimmerman and Thames. Are those better options?

    • Grey

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      Hehe, how’s it go, ‘poop? Touki Toussaint sounds like a character on Treme…. I think Zim might be better, but I’d prolly sit on Hosmer for a bit to see if something happens with him during your bye

  55. lwomack58 says:
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    Need to pickup a closer please rank in order.

    Giles, Lugo, Steckenrider, Glover, Alexander.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alexander, Steckenrider

  56. Ozzie Smith says:
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    10 Team team h2h league I find myself with several fringey SP as I’m setting things up to start the playoffs in a couple weeks. I’ve had a pretty good hold on first place thanks to my hitting and RP so I’ve been patiently holding on to these guys for their upside but I’m getting close to pulling the plug on a couple for streaming options (this league allows 4 moves per week) in the playoffs.
    My staff…
    SP Bauer
    SP Flaherty
    RP Vasquez
    RP Minter
    P Mchugh
    P hector Rondon
    P Osuna
    P Alexander
    P strop
    Bench Robbie Ray
    Bench Archer
    Bench Wood
    DL Jansen

    You can probably tell my strategy has been winning in Saves, ERA, and whip while having a decent chance in W’s and K’s depending on my matchup, it’s been working very well. Which of these starters or relievers would you send packing before the playoffs start?
    Some arms on the wire I could pick up to stream or hold…
    Anibal Sanchez
    Pivetta
    Heaney
    Glasnow
    Zack Wheeler
    Eflin
    Gausman
    Tyler Skaggs
    Koda Glover
    Madson
    Archie Bradley
    Ottavino
    Betances
    Trivino
    Thanks buddy! Been a really fun season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No point in dropping SPs now for streamers if you’re a few weeks away from playoffs… Someone over Flaherty prolly, but maybe not, so I’d hold for now

  57. WinterIsComing says:
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    Hey grey I think belt is coming back tomorrow he’s in my dl spot though so I’ll Have to clear a spot for him. Who is the drop right now (10 team h2h points) : belt, conforto, trumbo or Adam Jones ? I’m leaning towards belt or conforto…thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt

  58. WinterIsComing says:
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    Hey grey I think belt is coming off dl tomorrow have to drop someone in my 10 team h2h points who is the drop? Adam Jones, trumbo, conforto or belt? Leaning towards conforto or belt…thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt

      • WinterIsComing says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey! Appreciate your help

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  59. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    Bottom of my rotation is Newcomb and Carlos Rodon. Should I replace either with Ryu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu over Newcomb if matchups dictate

  60. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need to start two of the following. who do you like?

    gausman – vs mia
    rodon – @ det
    pivetta – vs bos, vs nym

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Pivetta

  61. hondo says:
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    There was a year in my ’20’s when I mostly wore sweatpants,but I was in the service so I couldn’t wear them all the time.Now that I’m older I never remove them,and although they make showering difficult,toileting is so much faster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re making your lifestyle choices work for you!

  62. The Shoe says:
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    Hi Grey, Happy Monday,

    A. I see you’ve advising people to hold on to Stripling if they can. I think I can but just want to check that I should keep him over Musgrove – I’m booting Musgrove with Ryu coming off the DL.

    B. Looking ahead to my H2H playoffs, J. Gray gets the Dodgers twice (once away and once at home) and Arizona once (at home). Would you trust him more, less, or the same as Eflin who gets the Mets twice and Miami once OR Gibson who gets KC twice and Det once? I’m asking since I’m trying to package one of these three guys in a deal to get Carrasco. OK, boiling it all down, how do you rank these three guys given their matchups?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Walker won’t be in rotation for long, even if Rich Hill stays healthy B. Eflin’s matchups are better — Gray, Eflin — trade Gibson

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Gotcha, many thanks, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  63. Curious George Springer says:
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    Re Peralta vs Eddie Rosario. The thing about Peralta is his age (30) suggests he’s probably on the wrong side of the aging curve. It might’ve seemed that way re Rosario, but he’s actually young. Maybe the only time the Twins have a guy who has been around a while and so seems older than he is. Rosario is 26 right now, so he was 25 LY (MATH!), meaning we should have expected him to keep it going (or get better!).

    FWIW, I own Rosario in every team I have, and I’m doing pretty well in most of my leagues.

    • Grey

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      That’s true on Eddie vs. Peralta… I was shooting at the hip, and you’re right, Peralta is likely not going to take a huge leap forward if even maintain… Forgot he was that old, good point…

  64. Yoyyyyyz says:
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    Need to drop someone so I can add a streaming spot. Who do you like more ROS – Olsen or Calhoun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson

  65. herschel says:
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    tilde is dialed in…..but soto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tilde, all day

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: how high do you see him (tilde) going next year? top 30? 50?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Easy top 30

          • herschel says:
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            @Grey: word. different subject, but you ever check out Love Island? good show to stream with cougs if thats your guys thing…..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that porn?

              • herschel says:
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                @Grey: debatable. british reality show. kind of like the short lived temptation island but with better accents. its on hulu if you have that….

  66. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Grey-

    Need some help in my H2H category league…..would you lose Quintan for any of these guys….Ed-Rod, Ryu, Hamels, Jon Gray, Godley or Gausman? Also ROS best bet for saves ……Romo, Seranthony, Will Harris, Giles, Osuna or Glover? Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu — Romo

  67. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! You think Acuna will already be a top 20/25 guys next year?

    I have him for $23 ($26 next year) in a keep 7 forever 12 teamer + I’m trying to figure out if I should hold onto him or let him go (and instead just make sure I pay up to draft him again). Marte Upton and guys like that go for $28- $34 generally….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m thinking that, at least…

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: totally – I feel like he’s barely played and is going to end up flirting with 20/20 (over on homers under on sb)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he has an outside chance of being a top 10 player next year

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: love all of that! so, easy keep at $26?

            First rounders go for $40 – $60 in this league.

            If I didn’t keep him for $26, it would be between $4 Tim Anderson or $3 Mikolas / D-Rod / Eflin.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, seems like an easy keeper

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Those other guys aren’t close to Acuna

                • Duda Want to a Build a Snowman? says:
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                  @Grey: thanks – good to know.

                  I’m likely going to end up keeping a bunch of $20+ studs (Acuna or Rhys being the “worst” of those), which will limit my auction budget spending ($160 out of $260 spent on keepers), but I’ve got no problem with that!

                  I feel like most years, about 1/2 to 3/4 of a roster turns over into waiver guys anyway….

                  • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                    @Duda Want to a Build a Snowman?:
                    Meant to say, those keepers would be 34 Betts, 24 Harper, 16 JDM, 26 acuna, 21 Rhys, 29 Blackmon, then 11 Clevinger or 3 Mikolas

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice keepers!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, guys always appear on waivers

                    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                      @Grey: thanks! Took lots of trading with people who overvalue cheap but second/third tier guys…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s worked out!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?:
      Keep him for as many years as you can. Kid can do so much, he creates runs. He homers leading off the bottom of the first today. bottom of the fifth he is safe on an error, steals 2nd, goes to third on a ground-out to SS, not many guys do that, and scores on a sac fly.

      The Braves will keep adding more great players around him. I see his ceiling at .320 110/35/90/30 at lead – off!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: I’ll take that anytime! If he does that, he’s an easy $40+ player every year!

        I was wanting to try and be cute and pick him up again, trying to draft him for less than $26, but that sounds too risky…

  68. Smoooth jimmy says:
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    Stanton really LMFAO

    Great stuff as always

    Is Kershaw even top 50 next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, prolly top 50 on Kershaw

  69. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    Please rank these RP’s over the next four weeks:

    Strop
    B. Norris
    Boxberger
    W. Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Box, Strop, Davis

  70. Smoooth jimmy says:
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    Ryu or teheran?

    Ryu or glasnow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu Ryu

  71. southside dom says:
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    10 team roto dynasty keeper. Weekly lineup locks. Aiming to win it or finish in the money this season.

    QS is incredibly tight, wins and Ks are somewhat tight.

    Annibal Sanchez and Glasnow both have RP eligibility. I maybe stand to lose a point in saves, but otherwise am pretty locked in at near the bottom.

    Preference between Sanchez and Glasnow? How much to bid out of $80 remaining on either. Also, any downside in dumping relievers and going all in on starters for the remainder of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glasnow

  72. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Touki looks good today, athletic, swings a good bat, covers first nicely, oh and he can really pitch!

    Didn’t the ATL get Dansy and Touki for Shelby Miller??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah…Diamondbacks are still feeling Dave Stewart era…

  73. Drew says:
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    If I’m looking for Saves and/or Holds, who’s the better add ROS: Lugo, Glover, Hilde, Rodney, Justin Miller, Conley, or Biddle?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, Glover

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Tough call tho, I almost said Lugo… Maybe Miller too

        • Drew says:
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          @Grey: Thanks!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  74. Fabsy says:
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    Taylor Ward is being called up by the Angels today. The 24-year-old Ward has hit his stride offensively this season after making the switch from catcher to third base, batting .349/.446/.531 with 14 homers and 18 steals between Double- and Triple-A (via Rotoworld).

    He has catcher eligibility is he worth looking at… potentially over Danny Jansen?

    • Crime Dog says:
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      @Fabsy: Where’s ralph! Ralph has him at 108. I juts scooped him in my league because I’m catcher desparate, and 3B is my next weakest so hoping he can play every day and get 3B eligible…and hit 15 homers and 15 steals ROS. that’d be cool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, can try him

  75. A2K says:
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    Danny Jansen, Taylor Ward or Mitch Garver ROS?

    As always, Graycias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip a coin, I think Jansen will see more ABs

      • A2K says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks amigo (that’s “friend” in Spanish [I’ve heard you speak Spanish])
        Is there a three sided coin in the Razzball merch store?

        Hoping to share some winnings with Ted, Cougs and you this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Si! Ted needs a new plushie, cmon!

      • A2K says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks amigo (that’s “friend” in Spanish [I’ve heard you speak Spanish])
        Is there a three sided coin in the Razzball merch store?

        Hoping to share some winnings with Ted, Cougs and you this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Si! Ted needs a new plushie, cmon!

  76. Jack says:
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    Will Ward play most days? Zunino or Ward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems doubtful on Ward… Zunino

  77. Jake says:
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    Drop Knebel for Glover?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  78. ryanoger says:
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    Willy Adames or Timmy A?

    thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  79. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    Position doesn’t matter. Please rank for points:

    Profar
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Matt Olson
    Hosmer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson, Profar

  80. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Maybe it’s because of the two young studs batting in front of him, but Freddie Freeman has been extra yawnstipating this month.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  81. brett says:
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    Acuna is playing amazing. Around where do you see him ranked next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Easy top 30

  82. Luke says:
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    Grey,

    Gotta make room for Alex Wood’s return. Should I drop Luke Weaver, Derek Holland, or CarGo? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  83. greggpatenaude says:
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    Desmond or zimm ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Assuming can platoon

        • greggpatenaude says:
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          Platoon?

          That would be my starting 1b. I should be in first heading to h2h playoffs

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            They’re platooning, so hard to start

  84. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Adames or Villar ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  85. Chris says:
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    Profar or Puig ROS in a points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar

  86. JP says:
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    HxH keeper league, Aaron Hicks (can be kept next year for $1) or Nelson Cruz (can be kept next year for $30)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz

  87. Shitwolf says:
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    hey bro only have room for 1 of Sano or Muncy who would you keep RoS obp instead of avg…

    (or until vlad is called up)

    • Shitwolf says:
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      @Shitwolf:

      could also throw dejong into the mix since he is a hot at the moment

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Go DeJong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

      • Shitwolf says:
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        @Grey:

        tiss confusion what’s your final answer? haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          DeJong

  88. Jon says:
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    Who to drop? 5×5 H2H league (keep forever) – I’m in playoff position.

    Musgrove, Pivetta, Maeda, Scott Alexander, Strop, Archie Bradley, Yates, Seranthony Dominguez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maeda — league size tho?

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: 10 teams, 40-man rosters

  89. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    I see your Edwin Jackson and raise you another contender, James Shields.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      James Shields? He’s got a 4.50-ish ERA

  90. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    (key).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too

  91. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Bench Bat: Diaz or Chris Taylor? (diaz hot but Talor provides more flexibility).
    Catcher: Cervelli; Chirinos; Gattis; Zunino?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz — Zunino

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Do you need flexibility?

        • Norm Ginsberg says:
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          @Grey: As a bench bat (and most of my team only play one position), it’d help as a “tie breaker.” Leaning towards keeping Taylor but still have a few days to decide (when Springer & Trout return from DL).

          Your input feeds my decision — but in actuality, will probably be swayed by performance next two days.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Don’t think it’s gonna make a big difference in the long run as a bench bat

  92. Jt says:
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    Free agents on waivers: d. Jansen, Reid-foley, Taylor ward, Bader, Renfroe, nick Williams anything you see I can switch out

    C chirinos
    1b Abreu
    2b Albies
    3b moose
    Ss Anderson
    If Sano
    Of haniger, Ozuna, benetendi, Cain
    Util Trumbo, reddick
    Bench McNeil, Dahl, Zimmerman

    Sale,Bauer,Nola,gray, pivetta, rondon, Osuna, seranthony, Glover, Jeffress, Bradley
    Saves/holds

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Jansen over Chirinos, Reid-Foley over McNeil

  93. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Position doesn’t matter. Please rank ROS based on points:

    Olson
    Profar
    Mancini

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

  94. Robert says:
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    Any insight on Taylor Ward, just called up by the Halos?

  95. Aardvark says:
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    Roster lance Lynn or Trevor Williams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? What’s matchups? Lynn

      • Aardvark says:
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        @Grey: Lynn vs. the rays
        Williams vs. the cubs

        It’s a H2H points league with emphasis on the QS.

        Or should I grab Josh Hader, stripling, touissaint

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grab Hader

          • Aardvark says:
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            @Grey: thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  96. herschel says:
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    Tilde!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forever!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Life!

  97. hanklongball says:
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    Dear Grey,

    I have to drop someone for Myers coming off the DL. Which bench piece would you get rid of: Hosmer, Stripling, or Wil Myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  98. Play Ball says:
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    Do you consider Taillon a top 25 SP ROS for a standard 5×5 roto using QS instead of W? I saw him ranked that high on another site and it seems high to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t seem far off… Maybe 35

  99. Perfect Game says:
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    When I drafted Severino I never thought I would worry about him blowing up my ratios when he started. Another crappy start…against the Mets! Dude can’t buy a QS. I’m done venting now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he needs DL stint

  100. Alex says:
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    Time to reactive Ryu. Pretty excited for his return. Drop Desmond or Piscotty? Probably Piscotty, but Desmond has been terrible.

    Thanks!

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: Activate was the word I was looking for, but you got me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am too! Piscotty

  101. Jubaka says:
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    Should I drop kela, madson, hicks, for Glover, lugo, Winkler, fry , brach , Carl Edwards , or neris,cishek?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holds league?

      • Jubaka says:
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        @Grey: no

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can likely lose Madson for Glover

  102. toneDEAF! says:
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    Yo Grey!
    Better options than Tim Anderson at SS for ROS? 12 team H2H points league.

    Amed Rosario
    Tim Beckham
    Camargo
    Nunez
    Adames
    A. Diaz

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really better, Diaz has been hot and Amed

  103. Dante says:
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    13 team mixed with OPS. Conforto or Trumbo ROS?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto

  104. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Do we trust this Kennedy fellow at home to the Angels tomorrow? SON certainly likes it but feels pretty risky to me…

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      @Stephen Lyon: Or Hardy v CWS come to that…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not Hardy either

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

  105. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    1 out with a 1-run lead in the 8th, you throw a wild pitch to advance the runners to 2nd and 3rd. How can you then pitch to the HR leader?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So bad, VinW

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: I guess they knew they’d get to face Bud Norris, so they weren’t worried about falling behind.

  106. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Here is the summary of trades I made this year. Seems like I did ok but lately my former team members are crushing it. Please weigh in on how you think this will play out ROS.

    Gave Got
    Mancini. Herrera
    Heaney. Allen
    Rondon. Wood
    Albies, Treinen, Manaea. Trout, Semien, DeJong
    MadBum, Morton. Kluber, Robertson
    K Seager. Haniger

  107. Dan says:
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    Ros at catcher jansen hedges or taylor wood ?

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