You know how they say think about baseball to make sex last longer?  Okay, so I was thinking, to make the baseball season last longer do we think about baseball?  Maybe we think about sex.  This is a riddle for the Sphinx!  “Hello, Sphinx, I have a question.  Yes, I have $20.  Why do you ask?  Because you’re a sex worker wearing gold paint and not an ancient Egyptian statue?  Ah, that’s my bad.”  You ever read that book, The Mouse That Roared?  I think it was assigned for me to read back in school, and I watched the movie instead.  Solid flick!  So, if a mouse roared, he’d be a hoarse mouse while still roaring.  That’s how I’m screaming David Dahl‘s name right now.  Like a roaring hoarse mouse.  An RHM, as they say.  Who’s they?  Hoarse mouses, of course.  The bitter enemy of the church mouse.  Are you following?  Cause I’m leading you down some place of interest.  I am a hoarse mouse roaring David Dahl because I love him.  Yesterday, he went 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 4th straight game with a homer.  He might be my favorite player for 2019.  You take your Adalbertos, but David Dahl has 35/15/.290 ability in Coors and, with how he’s playing these final weeks, he might actually have the lead for the three hole in the Rockies’ lineup going into 2019.  This is the best spot in the major leagues to hit.  As a roaring hoarse mouse on a horse might say, giddy up!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Trevor Story – 1-for-3 and his 35th homer.  After he homered, he high-fived Ian Desmond and Story’s arm fell off.  Thankfully, his arm fell on his MRI result showing his elbow is fine.

Gerardo Parra – 1-for-1 and his 6th homer.  There won’t be a Buy/Sell this afternoon, because, brucely, everyone’s a Buy and/or a Sell at this point in the season, but if Parra is seeing the ball, and the Rockies play their B lineup at all this weekend, Parra could see at-bats.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-2 and his 13th homer.  Member when the Phils needed to boost their playoff chances and went out and traded for a catcher and an aging veteran, who could only play one position and not very well?  Well played, Philly!

Carlos Santana – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .228.  Next week I’ll start rolling out my positional recaps, but let me say that Santana shocked me for where he ended up for 1st basemen and how bad 1st basemen were, in general.  Shocked, I tell ya!

Jake Arrieta – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.96.  I will be wearing a corduroy jacket to all drafts next year to ensure I’m corduroy’d off from Arrieta.

Julio Teheran – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.94.  Impressed his ERA ended up below 4.  Less impressed because he was in the NL East.  I’m farting in your general direction too, Arrieta.

Jason Vargas – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.77.  His last eight outings:  44 2/3 IP, 2.62 ERA, 41 Ks, 10 BB, and I dropped him nine outings ago in an NL-Only.  Hold me, daddy.

Francisco Liriano – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.58.  You think Johan Santana ever watches Liriano pitch and is like, “And I’m out of the league?!”

Tyler Austin – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and hitting around .700 in the last week.  Okay, not that good, but he has been just about the hottest hitter of the last week.  Guys and five female readers, our last hot schmotato alert of the year.  I’m not crying, you’re crying!

Willians Astudillo – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs, hitting .357.  Shotgun, hut, hut, hike!  Astudillo blocks the pass rush.  How gorgeous would it be is Astudillo, said like Phil Collins, were to be the Twins’ catcher next year, as he was last night.

Trevor Williams – 5 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.11.  You can move onto the next blurb, I wanna just talk to Trevor now.  Aw, sugar plum, wasn’t the best last start, but the things you did this 2nd half.  I mean, your ERA was 1.08 in 66 2/3 IP before last night.  El oh el, babycakes, that was ridiculous.  Thank you for answering the call of preseason sleeper.  I prolly won’t like you next year, but we’ll always have 2018.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.32.  Fangraphs Database won’t ever get over the mockery Lester made of his xFIP.  “We’ll be sending you a Xmas card addressed from your ex-girlfriend who your wife still gets mad about you mentioning.”  Damn, FD, you cold.

Jesse Chavez – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 4th save with Steve Cishek working the 7th, because he seemed like the closer, Justin Wilson blew the save the night before, Carl’s Jr. is a hamburger shop, and Ty Buttrey’s out for the year, but he’s on a different team.  Cubs bullpen is ready to go to the playoffs!

Adalberto Mondesi – 1-for-4, 2 runs, and a slam (13) and double legs (29, 30), hitting .284.  You know you’ve had a fairly good 2nd half when you could’ve been the lede numerous times.  I’ve literally wanted to write a paragraph about Mondesi every other day for the last two months.

CC Sabathia – 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.65.  The Stream-o-Nator loved this start, and hates his next one.  Kidding, there’s no playoff projections.  Sabathia had a nice bounce back with his Ks this year, and it looks like it can be attributed to better use of his change.  Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.  Will be interesting to see where CC ends up next year.  He’s said he wants to play one more year.  He said it’s not true that he wants to play just to help pay for Bartolo’s kids who Bartolo dropped off at 3 AM at CC’s house.

Luke Voit – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Fun fact!  At the airport baggage carousel, Luke Voit grabs all Louis Vuitton luggage — no matter whose it is — saying, “LV, that’s me.”

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-3, 3 runs, and his 36th and 37th homer.  Love to see him get to 40 homers on the year.  Not because I need the homers, but I can only orgasm when he homers, so I want a few more.

Miguel Andujar – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 27th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games.  One pick I haven’t talked much about this year, but he was one of my better picks of the year.  I grabbed Andujar in the final rounds of a 15 team league for my N/A slot.  That was mostly thanks to an early spring training narrative.  See, spring training narratives aren’t all bad.  Though, it’s best to ignore Scott Kingery’s .411 spring average; Daniel Vogelbach’s 7 HRs; J.D. Davis winning the Spring Training MVP; Ian Happ leading spring with homers; Jason Kipnis putting up Triple Crown numbers in Arizona; Yoenis hitting .368 with six homers; Marcell Ozuna looking like a lock to repeat 2017 and, okay, all of them are bad.  But how about that Miguel Andujar?!

C.J. Cron – 1-for-4 and his 29th homer.  I might’ve set an official record for most sonavabenchings from Cron.  Since I was never sure if he was going to play, I’d bench him in a weekly league more times than not, and missed so many homers.  *phone rings*  Hello?  Cooperstown?  Yes, this is Grey.  It was a record for sonavabenchings and you want me to send you my computer with my fantasy team on the screen?  My computer will be next to Ty Cobb’s cleats he used to gauge an albino’s eyes?  That’s amazing!  But if I send you my computer, what am I going to use?

  1. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for the season man. You guys do a great job. I find myself coming back here daily. The fact that you also engage your readers daily on here is also a great aspect of the website. Love how much interaction you give everyone. I learn a lot just reading the comments!

    Now, on to my new question!

    Do you think Jorge Alfaro gets the Phillies’ full-time catcher job in 2019? Wilson Ramos will be a free agent after the season and is 31 years old. Alfaro is 25 and his numbers suggest he’s ready. He had very similar production as Ramos with a little less power.

    I’d like to pick up Alfaro but I’m unsure what to do. Would you pick Alfaro up? Or, would you go the prospect route and pick up Colton Welker?

    Thanks again! Hope you guys keep providing content through the off-season. Love getting your take!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harley Earl: No problem, thanks! Yes on Alfaro and I like him a lot — If Alfaro is available it does not sound like a deep enough league for Welker

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: I went and added Alfaro. Heard the Phillie’s are going all out for Machado, Harper and Kimbrell. if that’s true, his value could sky rocket

        League is 14 teams, 30 man rosters with five minor league reserve spots and five DL spots. Basically up to 560 players can be rostered at anytime. Still not deep enough to add Welker? I think he’s kind of on the fringe right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think Alfaro could be a cheap 20-homer catcher

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey:

            Love the website! Thanks for the help!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Lurve Jorge

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

        • Harley Earl says:
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          @Old School Brother:

          I’m a fan now, too! Rostered him today. Was shocked to see he had been waived by another team and nobody had picked him up!!!

  2. Citizen5 says:
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    Another great write up, indeed…
    Kindly choose two:
    Berrios vs. CWS (Lopez)
    Junis vs CLE (Kluber)
    Borucki @ TB (Snell)
    Thanks in advance,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Citizen5: Thanks! Berrios, Borucki

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Loved it so much, please don’t let this be the last one this season! Do one more for the weekend’s stuff plus the one game planned on Monday! I promise to do a final quote of the day!!

    a. On Astudillo, seriously true fging story! Okay so his name is Willians Astudillo. First name should be Astudillo, surname bastardization of Williams=Willians. I say should, but anyway…so I go look for him 2 days ago to drop Alfaro (don’t get me started on why Knapp and his lovely .206 BA or .313 SLG started all 3 games in Coors) for him. I look him up by ‘Willians’ ’cause Fantrax’s player search is alpha ordered by surname. Nothing comes up, nada. I go, he’s available, most of my league mates have gone fishing, onto football or basketball or are dead. Then I go back and see, dur, Astudillo is his surname!! Nope, the administrative clerk made a mistake when they registered his birth. His surname is Willians. Anyway, long story short, I got him including last nights masterpiece theater!

    b. Samesies on Cron, so frustrating. I don’t have Ji-man, so it’s a little easier. I’ve lost a few HRs from him, a few from Voit. I’ve played musical chairs with Cron, Olson, Voit, Freeman (he played almost exclusively 1b and all year, boring but effective), plus THE hot hitter of the day. Most of the times it was a success but some times…

    c. Still in first now with 94 – 2nd in hitting and 1st in pitching. 2nd place is 86.5 (but hit the innings limit), 3rd is 84 and 4th is 83. So still possible to lose it for me.

    Confirmed starts are as follows. Which would you start?

    1. Glasnow tonight at home vs. Toronto (Pannone)
    2. Ryu tonight at SF (MadBum)
    3. Verlander either tonight or tomorrow as part of the double header make up. Not sure which. Tonight versus YRamirez, tomorrow versus Bundy or someone else for the second game.
    4. Kershaw at SF tomorrow (Rodriguez)
    5. Gausman at Philadelphia (Ranger Suarez, nice name. Ranger’s father met a ranger crossing the border from Mexico, hence the name.)
    6. Chase Anderson was supposed to start one of the games at home versus Detroit. Not sure what’s up. Start him at home versus any of Zimmermann (tonight), Norris (tomorrow), Turner on Sunday?

    No innings limit problems (at 1233.2 IP).

    Pitching (1st with 46)

    Wins – 4th with 79. 5th is a tie for 78, 3rd is 84. I have to hold onto 4th place. So need Wins.
    Ks – 4th with 1347Ks. 5th is 1338 (so really close), 3rd is 1371 but hit the limit for IP, so I could hit that.
    Saves – 4th with 96. 5th is 84 and 3rd is 116, so you can pencil that in.
    ERA – 3rd with 3.39. 4th is 3.49, 2nd is 3.37 (again same guy with an innings limit so possible to catch 2nd), so I could hit that with a little luck.
    WHIP – 2nd with 1.139. 3rd is 1.171 and 1st is 1.109, so basically pencil in 2nd place.

    On hitting, 2nd with 48.

    Runs – 1st with 1,111. Second is close at 1,089.
    HRs – 6th at 284. 7th is 268 and 5th is 296, so you can pencil that in short of a major earthquake.
    RBIs – 4th at 992. 5th is 988 (so I’d better not fart) and 3rd is 1,013. Need to keep hitting HRs and getting RBIs!
    SB – 1st with 178. Thanks to Tim Anderson, Inciarte (1st half only) and Dee Gordon.
    BA – 7th with .257. 8th is .256 and 6th is .258 so need to keep hitting. It’s why I’ve got McNeil and Wendle in there for the BA.

    d. Can’t wait for SNL to re-start. They will have a field day with the Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings for the SC. Why do people think that speaking with a loud voice will definitely confirm that you are telling the truth? Crazy. Even crazier, stupid African and Muslim worlds have adopted the same aggressive behavior to confirm they are telling the truth (by raising their voices at meetings etc) and that anyone denying will be chopped into tiny pieces.

    e. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 28

    None of us can be as great as God, but any of us can be as good.

    f. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Ante Galic:

      Hey Ante,

      Thanks for a great season of Twain quotes!

      Best of luck on finishing in FIRST!!

      MP

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: MP!!

        Thanks for a great season of advice in all the comments sections, was really useful.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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      @Ante Galic: Looks like they cancelled your Monday Pirates-Marlins game, Ante.

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Chuckles Tiddlesworth: Chuckles!!

        They usually do that when the game has no playoff relevance, though there was or is a kid out there who had his or her heart set to go see the game or the rainout and now they won’t. Also, Co-Dick won’t get 7 HRs on the last day and prove Grey wrong again by becoming the third 20 HR hitter for Pitt.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

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      @Ante Galic: There will be a roundup on Monday morning — there won’t be for the makeup game A. Nice! B. I know what you mean C. I’d start the 1st four D. Haha E. Nice F. You too!

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    Grey –

    Great work, great season!

    Willians Astudillo … is this guy awesome or what? He looks like Kung Fu Panda’s and Pudge Rodriguez’s love child. And he never walks and never strikes out, ever. When watching the Twins, I prepare 2 innings in advance for his at bat because I’m afraid I miss it …

    Anyway, sorry for the rambling — thanks again for a great season!

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      @Racehorse: Austudillo = pokeable tummy, catcher, plus hit tool … if that ain’t a combo of Sandoval and Pudge then I’m Mr. Ed!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse: Haha, I know, he’s fun to watch

  5. mets3145 says:
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    @Grey: Didn’t realize Glasnow was available in my league for tonight’s start v. TOR – get him over DeSclafani and Urena?

    • mets3145 says:
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      Looking at Wainwright as well if the Cubs roll out their B team lineup, though that didn’t really work when I tried that against the Red Sox

      • jose says:
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        @mets3145: I wouldn’t count on the Cubs rolling out their B team with a 1.0 game lead in the division and the Brewers playing DET for a 3 game set to end the year. Now with Bryant hurt and Russel on leave you might be able to argue they’re putting B players out there, but that would be Bote, Almora, Schwarber as B players? Bote sure, but not beyond that…still pretty solid bench guys.

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          @jose: Lineup’s out: Murphy, Zobrist, Rizzo, Baez, Heyward, Bryant, Contreras, Hendricks, Bote

          • William Hung says:
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            @jose: That’s right! I forgot that 1st place in the NL is on the line – I just read that both teams clinched a playoff spot, but forgot about 1st overall

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mets3145: I’d go Glasnow, Urena, DeSclafani

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    Sabathia could have had a much better day. He got ejected for hitting a rays player in the 6th inning after they almost hit one of the yanks the previous inning. He only gave up 1 hit, no walks and three 55 pitches. That meant I missed out on a qs which is like gold now with 3 days left and pitchers not going deep. It also meant he fell 2 innings short of getting a $500k bonus in his contract.

    He hit the guy the guy in the leg. I’ve seen the marlins repeatedly drill acuna, throw at his head or way in tight at him near his upper body and hands and they get away with it without issue. What the hell? Sabathia hit Sucre for Christ’s sakes and is a 38 year old vet, former cy young winner with about 250 big leagie wins on his resume. The marlins pitchers are nobodies. This makes no sense.

    • Grey

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      @Scott: Damn, that sucks, hadn’t heard that…

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    Ramos is hitting .341 for Philly. They played 25 games this month, ramos has not started in 12 of those games. HALF! Nice. So much for a move to a better park and lineup helping him. Way to go Kap. You should take a poll for worst manager, lots of options, but Gabe and Dave Roberts have to be front runners

    • Grey

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      @Bob: I hear ya, been saying it myself…Kapler is the worst

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    Ramos is hitting .341 as a Philly. They’ve played 25 games this month. Ramos has not started in 12 of those games. HALF! Way to go Kap! So much for the move to a better ballpark and lineup helping him. You should run a poll for worst manager. Gabe and Dave Roberts have to be front runners.

    • Grey

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      @Bob: Yup, answered above

  9. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey and the gang

    For once I have no questions. Just wanted to thank you , Ralph, Rudy and the countless others that keep the Razzball machine rolling along thru out the season. Also all of the daily commenters that help with the entertainment and sharing of knowledge. Not sure if he wants it, but Cram it has earned himself a weekly column . I will win one of my leagues ( 14 teams mixed auction ) and will be either 2nd or 3rd depending on the weekend results so the $$$$$ will be nice. I owe much of this to the streamonator, Hittertron, and the insights provided by the many on this site. Very soon the long lonesome wait for the release of your 2019 rankings will be upon us. In the meantime, will miss the wit and wisdom provided daily. Keep up the great work and once again, thanks to everyone for all that they do

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    I’ll miss you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: I’ll be here all winter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: Sleeper posts have to come from somewhere…Trevor Williams of the world aren’t gonna write themselves!

  11. Wilson says:
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    Start Ryu (@SF) or Clevinger (@KC) today? If I have to choose one of them.
    Need QS, K, ERA, WHIP to win year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Both…Clevinger first

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        Ryu @SF on 9/28
        Clevinger @KC on 9/28
        Carrasco @KC on 9/30
        Buehler @SF on 9/30

        Need QS/K/ERA/WHIP
        Kindly advise to bench which one. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re all good, but I’d be surprised if Carrasco throws a full game or Buehler if the Dodgers have the playoffs locked up

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey:
            Yes, I think maybe their start on 9/30 might be cancelled at the last moment.

            • Grey

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              Think it was

  12. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    Thanks, Grey, for another season of daily posts. Don’t know how you do it, but glad you do. Best site on the internet for us fantasy baseballers!

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    The final rundown, how I will miss it…

    A) Did you see the inning Williams gave up 2 ER Marte literally just let a ball drop 5 feet in front of him. He was just standing there. Not to say it made the inning what it was, but it didn’t help. Great call on the sleeper. I never owned Williams this year, but it was quite a second half he had.

    B) I did get in on that Bautista HR yesterday thanks to Hitter-tron and the short schedule. Give me those Runs!

    C) Looking for 3 of these 4 to be my 7, 8, and 9 starters tomorrow in my final pitching day. I can’t lose the league and am going for broke on Ks and Ws. Would rank these in any different order? Cahill @ LAA (3.9), Borucki @ TB (3.4), Strasburg @ COL (0.0), Rodon @ MIN (0.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: There will be a rundown on Monday A. Yeah, I did see it, was unlucky he even gave up those runs B. Nice! C. That order seems right

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Looking forward to Monday now…After a very successful weekend of course.

        • Grey

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          No problem!

  14. Wass says:
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    I said last week I wouldn’t ask a question again until next year but already going through fantasy baseball withdrawals so might as well get a head start!

    Keeper question – 12 team H2H points, SP are very valuable being a 7 starts per week limit, keep 5.

    I have several keeper eligible players, this team definitely won the league this year haha Some of this will depend on who people are interested in for trades, and what rounds the players are going in so will ask something similar again next year once I know the rounds… anyways currently what 5 would you pick?

    Hoskins – OF
    Acuna – OF
    Mondesi – SS
    TTurner – SS
    Dahl – OF
    Juan Soto – OF
    ESuarez – 3B
    Clevenger – SP
    Nola – SP
    Snell – SP

    Im at Snell, Nola, Hoskins, Acuna, TTurner as of today. Thanks as always Grey, appreciate your help! Finished top 3 in all 5 of my leagues thanks to your advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wass: Nice, congrats! Nice keepers, I’d keep all, but 5:

      Definite: Hoskins – OF
      Acuna – OF
      Mondesi – SS
      TTurner – SS
      Snell

      • Grey

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        @Grey: Sorry, that was supposed to read, Definite:

        Hoskins – OF
        Acuna – OF
        TTurner – SS
        Snell

        Toss up on any of them, but Mondesi likely

        • Wass says:
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          @Grey: Thanks Grey! Glad we matched up on 4 of them, makes it easy. I’m really liking Mondesi as well, that last keeper decision will probably have to wait until I see the round value next year. Feel like I should be able to sell very high on Nola. Wish it was a keep 10 league, I’d be set haha

          • Grey

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            Yeah, so hard to say 5th keeper, they’re all solid

            • Wass says:
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              @Grey: So true. Maybe it’ll be more clear in March! Thanks again for all the help this year, love this site and appreciate you writing these recaps and responding to all my comments.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem!

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    caught the beginning of Trevor Williams’ start and not sure how they held him accountable for Schwarber’s run when Marte lost an easy popup in the lights.

    Happ jumped all over his next pitch (fastball down the middle). Bote had a well hit triple but Williams is likely not in that situation had Marte made the play. I did not catch the rest of his start but looks like his outing was better than the results

    and i mean easy pop up that fell like 5ft in front of him as he waiting for a few seconds trying to find it.

    I didnt start him bc SON was against it…

    • Grey

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      @Member Berries: Yeah, I saw it too, he was unlucky to give up any runs once again

  16. russowl says:
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    Start R. Lopez today @ min.? Losses count

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @russowl: Not unless you really need it

  17. Screwballs says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks again for outstanding advice all season long! I owe you a drink or two.

    I have already won two championships and am battling in three more [H2H 5X5]. I need to stream some SP this weekend. The following are available in all three matches:

    9/29
    Gibson $22.9 CHW
    Miley $17.9 DET
    Skaggs $26.2 OAK

    9/30
    Lucchasi $16.1 ARI
    Leake $14.3 TEX
    Gausman $10.2 @PHI

    I would appreciate it if you could you rank your top three in order.

    Additionally, each of the below is available in only one league, how would you rank them compared to your top three from above?

    Matz $26.7 MIA on 9/29
    Archer $18.2 CIN on 9/30
    Godley $18.6 @SD on 9/29

    Good Luck to you and the rest of the Razzball finalists!

    • Grey

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      @Screwballs: Thanks! I agree with SON values, except I wouldn’t touch Leake or Gausman unless I really needed them — The final three SPs I agree with on SON — So, Matz, Gibson, Godley

      • Screwballs says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate it as always!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • rapscallion13 says:
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      @Screwballs: They said during last night’s Pirates broadcast that Archer will not start on Sunday. A new starter has not been named. My guess is Clay Holmes and you probably don’t want that risk.

      • Grey

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        Good heads up!

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey: any idea on primary pitcher on Sun? Need the innings but not the start. Thanks!

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey: thanks for the rec, I do have – I was asking for the primary pitcher, the dude that comes in after the “starter” pitches one inning.

              It’s a new technique, the Rays use it, now the Twins and it looks like the Pirates might try it.

              It’s kind of like a bullpen day except the primary pitcher usually goes 2-6 IP and gets the W even if he doesn’t go 5IP (and has the lead when he leaves), since he didn’t “start”

              Gonsalves got one last night, Stewart a few days back and Chirinos two days ago.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh, I see what you’re saying, I don’t have a clue w/out looking up usage… Maybe Yonny again? Maybe Stewart again if he hasn’t gone in 4 or 5 days… Something you need to research…

  18. synyster says:
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    Drop trout or joram for lets say Dahl, Devers, or Braun to finish up this championship week?

    JoRam in the last week is 3/20
    Trout is 3/15

  19. Member Berries says:
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    Grey,

    Which start do you like better for tomorrow: Pena at LAA (vs Skaggs) or Borucki at TB (vs Snell)

    SON has about the same value for both – i could still use the good stats on Ks, era, and whip

  20. JakeTPE says:
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    Grey, the hardest working guy in fantasy!

    So, we’re nearly there. Just wanted to echo the above sentiments and say thanks for the fantastic season.

    Win or lose, we can all come here, read the blog and the comments, watch the vids and listen to the podcasts. It is, for me, the best part of the fantasy baseball season. And when you got Story in the 9th, Bauer in the 12th, Snell in the 15th, that’s just gravy, right? (As is being up 4 pts with just 3 days to go. Boba boba!)

    Thanks for the recaps, and for bringing together some really funny and informative commenters as well. Hope you enjoy the weekend and we’ll look forward to the pod next week!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: No problem! Thanks, appreciate the support and kind words!

  21. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Motherf*$!ng Hey, Home Grey,

    This could be my last in-season exchange with you, so I just wanted to tell you one more time how much I appreciate you website, your blog, and ESPECIALLY all the work you put into responding to commenters each and every day. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that I consider you a friend.

    As for questions, I hear ya on not posting a Buy/Sell column this afternoon, but any chance you could give us a few of the SoN calls that usually come at the end of that column? I know people have asked about specific SP above, but your eye seems particularly useful in reviewing the robot’s numbers since it doesn’t think about who is going to be on limited pitch counts or not.

    THANK YOU!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sportivetricks: I’ll be here next week, you’re not getting rid of me…

      Glasnow is at $32, LeBlanc looks decent…Miley, Trevor Richards (kinda meh, but not many options)

      You can get a free 3-day trial on the tools if you haven’t all year

  22. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    Would you not start any of these? Era is tight but could gain 2 points overall and need the K’s

    Happ at Boston
    Oswalt home vs Mia
    Leblanc home vs Texas
    Glasnow home vs Toronto

  23. m says:
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    grey-
    Please rank for next couple days.

    Borucki vs TB
    Pannone vs TB

    Cahill vs LAA
    Pena vs OAK
    Skaggs vs OAK

    Matz vs MIA
    Urena vs NYM

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @m: Matz, Urena, Skaggs, Borucki, Pannone

  24. Big Ticket says:
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    Is Dahl or Mondesi more likely to finish 2019 in top 50?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Ticket: Mondesi since speed doesn’t slump

  25. Schoolboy P says:
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    Thanks for another great season Grey! I bought you a boba!
    The link wasn’t super obvious. I would encourage you to promote the donation link in at least your final regular season post.
    Anyways, looking forward to the end of year rankings –

  26. William Hung says:
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    Severino is scheduled to pitch Sunday @ BOS – do I keep him for that start or should I drop him for a streamer? Not sure if the Yankees will be playing for home field in the WC by then and plan to roll him out there for a full start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t imagine he pitches

  27. Fish says:
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    Who do I start as a batter today?

    Grossman (with a doubleheader)
    or
    Robles (@COL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robles

  28. Cram It says:
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    Looks like half of my NFBC pitchers who needed to put up a strong week aren’t even going to pitch. Ah well, it was a good run!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, I’m in a photo finish, was tied yesterday, up by one today, crazy finish

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Feel you on that photo finish – feel like i need to hit on every move I make off the wire cause everything is so close. While I locked up SBs and most likely BA and OBP barring a 0-fer collapse over these next 3 days, my oppo has ERA, WHIP and K/9 in the bag. Everything else is up for grabs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just debated for ten minutes moving Adam Engel into my lineup for his doubleheader

  29. Polish neighbor says:
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    Hi,
    Peter Alonso or Austin Riley for the future?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley

  30. JP says:
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    ROS (Non-Keeper): Tyler Austin, Goldy or Robles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Austin

  31. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- I’m either going to finish first or second in my league, but there’s also a good chance we tie. Should a tie be celebrated?

    The frustrating part is I’ll finish high 90s and Saves will be my worst category. I got stuck in the Angels bullpen…again. How many leagues have been lost to the Angels bullpen?

    Thanks! Another great season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Angels were the worst! I’d celebrate a tie, it’s better than 2nd!

      • YC says:
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        @Grey:
        The Angels really are the worst.

        Imagine going to your doctor next week: “so what seems to be the problem?”

        “Well, you see, it all started when I picked up Cam Bedrosian…….”

        *10 minutes later*

        “…….and then I picked up Blake Parker again for the FIFTH time, and you can only imagine how that worked out.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not to mention, their SPs come down with a torn elbow and they try to rehab them and stick them up with PRP

  32. dude says:
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    What do you know about Victor Mesa Mesa? Is he someone that can make an impact in 2019 after he signs? Appears to be the best international bat from what I’ve read.

    What do you know about Yusei Kikuchi? Is he someone that can make an impact in 2019 if he posts? His 2017 numbers were off the charts, but he’s fallen back somewhat this year.

    If you had to roll the dice on one before the end of this season in a keeper league, who would it be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Mesa, but he’s going to need a year, or at least a few months, in the minors — Yusei Kikuchi appears to be like most Japanese SPs, think Ryu — solid command, some Ks (not amazing), maybe can pitch 120 IP

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, and go with the bat over the arm

  33. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Amazing season, Grey. Thank you for all your words and comedy. This has been the best find for me to enjoy during the baseball season. Cheers!

    Looking to next year, which 4 would you keep (11 tm)?

    Realmuto, Jose Ramirez, Villar, Suarez, Bellinger, Hoskins, Mondesi, Blackmon, Rosario or Carrasco?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Jo-Ram, Cody, Hoskins, coin flip… Prolly Carrasco to lock in an ace

  34. Count de Monetballl says:
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    Yo M.E.G. (mother effin genie),
    I am totally on the brink of bringing home the crown thanks to RB!!!! Tough call on whether to “blow out pitching” in an innings limit league. Slim 0.01-0.02 lead in ERA over three teams, although two have reached their innings max. Have some good starters for today (per SON) but may just hold pat and play conservatively (haven’t decided yet). Although I have a +/-7pt lead today, it could swing due to multiple categories and how the 2nd places pitching holds up over the last few days. Nothing left to stream for the last day of the season, so it’s a tough call (I should play it safe and not start anyone, but the pitching blowout day is the funnest day of the year for me)… Ugh, pull up my big boy britches and make a decision…

    Gotta agree with you that the Cubbies are mess right now (especially pitching) and don’t have high expectations for playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      MEG me!

      Totally on the Cubs, right? It’s like Javier Baez and Co., and Co. ain’t great — I’d play it conservative and not start anyone today

  35. J-hova says:
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    Can’t believe this is the last daily… These literally get me out of bed.

    Last bit of advice SON likes the following and i’m In a tight whip era wins and K race

    Davies
    Oswalt

    Start both?? Thanks so much for everything

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not the last daily, it’s 2nd to last

      I wouldn’t start either, but I guess Oswalt first

  36. Artem says:
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    Hi Grey!
    Great season!
    For today:
    Foltynewicz @ phi(Eickhoff)
    or
    Clevinger @ kc(Kennedy)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Clevinger

  37. hanklongball says:
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    Dear Grey,

    Thanks again for all the help this year! I’m trying to fill out the lineup for the weekend and I’ve got a surplus in OF/UTIL. I have to choose four of the following each day: Betts, Harper, Blackmon, Davis, Rizzo, Gennett, Dahl.

    Right now, I’m going with Betts, Harper, Blackmon, Dahl. Three in Coors and the Rockies are playing for something. Would you go with that today, or swap someone out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, That looks great to me

  38. Stephen Lyon says:
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    How we feeling about Eovaldi tomorrow? Good record v Yanks and SON likes, but…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him if I needed it

  39. hal_incandenza says:
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    I have a couple of connections with the NYT and got an advanced peek at an ad Matt Harvey took out to salute David Wright (farewell game at Citi Saturday night, where Wright is expected to PH).

    Didn’t expect such a classy move from Matt.

    https://imgur.com/a/pJ9pUC6

    • hal_incandenza says:
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      @hal_incandenza: Also, we won’t be leaving just yet, but in keeping with the thank you sentiment, thanks for all your work and daily content for yet another baseball year.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA, well played

  40. Count de Monetball says:
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    Thanks for keeping me in check Grey! I’ll just watch them on my bench and not accumulate stats and think about what might have been either way. I’m up to 1449 +2/3 Innings with a 1500 engine cap. I can still find some high-quality middle relievers if I need to scooch my numbers up again the last day.

    Seriously you’re right it’s Javy and nobody else. What a weird season for those guys. Still rooting for them all the way!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t mind if they get a huge October from Bote and win again, no sweat off my back, but it feels like cards stacked against him, and Cards specifically

      • Count de Monetballl says:
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        haha, you so craaayyyzeee

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  41. mets3145 says:
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    @Grey: So you know how I stack my team with closers to make sure I win saves? Well that is not working out for me championship week:

    Started the week off with: Treinen, C-Mart, Hirano, Knebel, Buttrey, and Minter

    Then pivoted to Vizcaino and Givens after Buttrey and Minter were replaced. I have a robust 1 SV this week by Knebel of all people. Treinen blew his first save this week in months… c’mon man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  42. mets3145 says:
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    Should I start Mikolas @ Cubs tomorrow? I can also pick up Eovaldi (looks like the only worthwhile streamer if Yankees roll out their B-team since they’ve clinched everything.

    Glasnow did his job and got me back into a battle for K’s, so gotta keep that category close. My oppo has 2 moves left as well with Kluber, Porcello, and Morton to go (who I assume will all go 3 innings or fewer in their final starts)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would start Mikolas

      • mets3145 says:
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        @Grey: Which streamer should I roll out there today or should I wait till tomorrow?

        Available guys today:
        Eovaldi v. NYY
        Godley @ SD
        Richards @ NYM or Matz v. FLA
        Cahill @ LAA
        Boruki @ TB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Godley

          • mets3145 says:
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            @Grey: Thanks man – good thing I didn’t go Eovaldi – he only went 2 innings.

            You think any of my oppo’s guys goes a “full game”? His guys are: Kluber, Porcelo, and Morton. He might also have Scherzer go tomorrow if there are playoff implications. I thought I’d have Derek Holland but it looks like Suarez is lined up tomorrow – don’t know if that’s set in stone though.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can’t imagine he gets five innings from all of them combined

              • mets3145 says:
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                @Grey: I was going to ask about tomorrow’s slate of starters but it’s literally a shit show of randoms. The only guys I think are worth a look are:
                Covey @ MINN
                Shoemaker v. OAK

                I don’t think OAK has anything left to play for so Shoemaker makes an intriguing plug n play

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t mind either of those with Shoemaker first

                  • mets3145 says:
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                    @Grey: Looks like the Indians are rolling Kluber out there for the full game- looks like I’ll have to somehow win this week with 4 starts from Kluber and Scherzer

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow, that’s surprising

  43. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Trevor Richards @ Mets or Skaggs @Oak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs

  44. John Lettiere says:
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    start skaggs at home vs oakland tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  45. FrankGrimes says:
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    This Yelich Guy is good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too early to say

  46. Steve says:
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    Yo Grey,

    I’m in the championship game. It looks like every category is decided except for WHIP. It’s currently 5-5 and I have the tie-breaker. I have a 1.38 WHIP with Robbie Ray (@SD) going tomorrow. My relievers are Givens, Britton, Minter & Iglesias. He has a 1.44 WHIP with Flaherty (@Cubs) going tomorrow, with Shane Greene, Knebel and Jansen. Obviously Ray is a hard guy to trust though SON loves the start. Should I start him? Bench all my pitchers (I’m going to lose saves anyways)? I feel like if I start Ray he’ll shit the bed and if I bench him he’ll throw a gem.

    Many thanks, and thanks for all the great advice this year.

    • mets3145 says:
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      @Steve: that is a tough situation – how many total innings do you have so far and how many does your opponent have? You can kind of estimate based on if it’s 25 innings versus 50 innings.

      I almost don’t want Knebel to go tomorrow just because he’s gone 7 of the past 9 games and his arm is probably going to fall off. Jansen is def pitching tomorrow due to the implications of the Dodgers game so that’s for sure.

      At the end of the day though – in SON we trust

      • Steve says:
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        @mets3145: I’m at 56 innings and he’s at 48.66. I’m also up 13 Ks so it’s possible (though not likely?) he could catch me there if I don’t start anybody.

        • mets3145 says:
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          @Steve: Trust your guys then – cause you damned if you do and damned if you don’t

          I only ever bench all my guys in H2H when something ridiculous needs to happen for my opponent to win (i.e. hit 6 HRs and get 15 RBIs) or pitch a perfect game. Outside of that, gotta go with the horses that got you here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench everyone, no point

  47. mets3145 says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for another successful season for the Sphinx Tour crew. No matter what happens tomorrow, making the championship 3 years in a row is incredible. I took a year off and thought I was done, but my friends brought me back in and I’ve been tearing them a new one for 3 straight years.

    My season was incredible because of your advice. I was comfortably in first since July and ended up 24.5 games ahead of 2nd heading into the playoffs. That first round bye was clutch cause of all my injuries and then won the semi-final 10-4. The final is between me and the 2nd strongest team that would’ve won 1st if the H2H record was by games instead of roto categories.

    TL;DR – You the man Grey and I owe my two championships (hopefully a third) to you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Hopefully you win the third today!

      • mets3145 says:
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        @Grey: As we enter today the score is 10-3 in my favor with the following score differential for me (I own the tiebreaker):

        Batting –
        R: +6
        HR: +3
        RBI: +12
        SB: clinched for me
        K: +11
        BA: clinched for me
        OBP: clinched for me

        Pitching-
        W: +1
        L: +1
        SV: tied
        K: +8
        ERA: -.89 (i think he has this clinched)
        WHIP: -.24 (i think he has this clinched
        K/9: clinched for him

        I have Gausman and Bauer going today and my whole slew of RPs – but he has Porcello and Morton (thank god Nats are not throwing Scherzer out there) plus a slew of RPs as well. I’m hoping the Yankees jump all over Porcello and he only goes 2 IPs – same with BAL and Morton.

        He has 2 moves left while I have 1. I’m debating whether to pick up a batty call (Victor Robles if he’s playing) or to counter with a 3rd pitcher, but by doing that I expose myself to Losses. Gausman should be pitching a full game as long as he’s effective since the Braves face a must win. Today’s streamers are pretty piss poor so if he uses those 2 to try to steal Ks I think I could potentially take ERA/WHIP as long as my guys don’t get blown up.

        I’m hoping Bauer either pitches the middle innings or the final 3 innings with the lead so he can get a W or a SV.

        Decisions… Decisions…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wouldn’t bother with another pitcher, so I guess Robles… Gausman and Bauer seem fairly safe, you also seem to have this locked up

          • mets3145 says:
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            @Grey: yeah i am lucky i am up big on all the batting rate stats plus Ks so very little risk in rolling out all my batters today. I’m just scared of a ridic 4 HR day by his guys with a bunch of runs and RBIs to swing those cats

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hopefully, that doesn’t happen, but you’re definitely the favorite

              • mets3145 says:
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                @Grey: or favourite if you want to talk fantasy baseball over high tea and scones

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

                  • mets3145 says:
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                    @Grey: The hegemony continues – 3 peat!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Awesome!

  48. Crazy J says:
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    Grey, I wanted to thank you for what you do in making fantasy baseball more interesting than fantasy baseball itself! I’m already looking forward to next year.

    No more H2H for me, I can’t believe they don’t end those in August, or Mid-September at the latest. Same reason I ditched fantasy football as the roto leagues seemed to dry up in place of H2H.

    Anyhow, finals in two H2H leagues but they’re looking bleak today. 2 roto leagues at the top, and one in a far second at only 87 points. And that is with trading or drafting Castillo and Weaver in every league, along with Buxton.

    Have a great offseason!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Winning two leagues is great!

      • Crazy J says:
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        @Grey:

        An amazing update! I actually came back from 2-8 this morning to a 5-3 victory! Other league I came up one SB or HR short since I held the tie-breaker and lost 4-5. That is the league that I only lost once (twice now) and it was the same team. He had Mondesi… what a monster! Season was 151-58-11 .711, pretty sweet!

        Hope you had a good day too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow! That’s amazing, congrats!

  49. SteveNZ says:
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    The drought, it is broken.

    In the words of Young MC, I feel like a winner, yo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Congrats!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: First time in 11 years!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seriously? How could that be?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: There are a small handful of pretty good players in the league – everyone has had their turn. Also had a couple of seconds and a 3rd in the last six years.

  50. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Grey, I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for everything this year. Your insights and Rudy’s tools are amazing.

    For me, it resulted in four wins and a second in my five leagues, including a 17 point win in the Original Recipe RCL, an 18 point win in my AL dynasty, and a nail-biting three-peat in my NL dynasty. None of it would’ve been possible with Razzball. It feels a little douchy bragging about it, but I feel like it’s necessary to share it with you, to the extent you have even the slightest interest in someone else’s teams.

    Anyway, already counting down the days to the first rankings posts in the spring. Good luck with the move and the rest of your life outside of here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome, man! Congrats!

  51. Cohen says:
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    Grey, it has been 4 years since i found your site and now i have won my league for a 3rd time thanks to you and the tools you and Rudy provide.Fantasy baseball is my addiction and you provide so much knowledge.I thank you again and cant wait till next year!!! Take care!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome! Congrats!

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