Yesterday, the Mets debuted their 2017 1st round pick, David Peterson, and he went 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks. Here’s bit of tid on him:  Tall dude, stands about 6’6″. *standing on my chair, arm up in the air* About yay high. Fastball velocity sits *gets off chair, points at my framed picture of Angela Lansbury* low 90’s. Slider and curveball are *looks around to illustrate, points at colored-in Denny’s placement of a cowboy, realizes that won’t be enough, takes crayon and draws a cape on the cowboy* That’s a super okie. As in okie doke. C’mon, that was an easy one. So, lots of okie-doke usually equals okie-dookie, but he has solid command, so he might be a four to five real-world starter, which makes him good for Streamonator in shallower fantasy leagues. In a short season, there could be some value here. He should at least limit damage, as he did last night in Fenway. Also, Prospect Itch wrote about 500 words on David Peterson in his 2020 Mets fantasy baseball prospects writeup, and only one overt threat directed at me. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Bruce Maxwell – Signed with the Mets. The team decided to sign him rather than stenciling his name on the mound.

J.D. Davis – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Jonathan Davis Davis is on the board board!

Matt Hall – 2 2/3 IP, 3 ER. I always listen to the Mets announcers, because they’re the best, but my MLB TV briefly switched to the Red Sox announcers for them to say, “Matt Hall wasn’t highly touted coming into this year, or considered a good prospect, but the Tigers’ Matt Boyd wasn’t either and he’s turned out well.” Ha! What do they have in common? Letters?

Miguel Rojas – Was among the 17 Marlins’ Covid-19 cases. If teams refuse to play the Marlins, and all forfeits have to be ruled wins, then the Marlins are about to finish this year with a 59-1 record. As many of you have heard, the Marlins won’t play until next Monday, the Phillies are off until at least Friday, and the Nats will be off all weekend, so get them out of your lineups. This must’ve been what it was like playing fantasy baseball during the Black Plague. One epidemiologist told Maryland Governor that if the Marlins try to enter the state, he should roadblock them on I-95. So, if that happens, Rob Manfred will prolly have them play on I-95, does anyone know its park factor?

John Means – Will start on Thursday. Put two average starters together and in the middle of them is Means.

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, as he returned from the IL. Can’t believe he missed all the way to the point where the Angels only have 56 games left. Oh, wait.

Andrelton Simmons – Hit the IL with an ankle sprain. I always said Andrelton looks like an alien, which is just crazy talk, obviously…But then why is ankle sprain an anagram for “alien pranks?” Hmm? Hmm? Well?

Tim Lopes – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .462. I haven’t started adding ERA and AVG for the stat lines in the roundups, but I figured I’d do it here to show you how hot Lopes has been. He’s been platooning a bit, but if it’s with Vogelbach, who has yet to record a hit, the M’s might realize Tim isn’t a cantaloupe, but a Can-a-Lopes. So, hot schmotato, but he also went 10/26/.302 in Triple-A last year, so there might be something here, at least short-term.

Dylan Cease – 2 1/3 IP, 4 ER. Cease is total SHET.

Carlos Rodon – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER. What was I thinking saying the White Sox were my favorites for the World Series? There’s not gonna be a World Series; two teams are going to play MLB: The Show  remotely. Also, the White Sox pitching is awful. Their offense is legit, but even if Giolito looks better going forward, and Keuchel keeps it up, who is their third starter? Can Luis Robert pitch?

Aaron Civale – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks. Honestly, this game could’ve easily been 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, but to remain civil Civale, he looked solid, and threw 100 pitches, which is a feat this year. “Did someone say “feet?” Stop it, Tarantino! The secret to Civale’s success yesterday was throwing his weak-sauce fastball less. Not sure it would work over 162 games, but for a short season? Sure, I’m buying, but he goes to Twins next, and meh.

Adam Plutko – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks. Considering what all pitchers have been able to do this year, this may as well as have been Plutko and Civale throwing two CGs.

Daniel Johnson – 1-for-2. Not sure what Domingo Santana and Oscar Mercado did to incur the wrath of Francona — Wrafrancona? — but Daniel Johnson, noted Austin-area singer, became the go-to right fielder vs. righties, and Bradley Zimmer (hit his 1st homer in the day game) started in front of Mercado. You in the market for a better outfielder? Then go to Mercado! I guess Daniel Johnson is worth looking at in some leagues, since he has speed and power, but he’s done little of nothing so far this year (hitting .200). I did enjoy that the Indians’ day game lineup looked like a buddy comedy with M. Freeman voicing God, and D. Johnson as the Devil with a soundtrack by C. Santana.

Kyle Wright – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER. I own Wright and watched this start, so please pray for me while I remove this visitor’s pass at this sanitarium. He looked so good for the 1st two innings! Actually…YES ACTUALLY! He didn’t even look bad to start the 3rd, but like a stripper’s thong, he got singled hard with some terrible luck. I only own him in an NL-Only, and wouldn’t look at him in mixed leagues yet.

Oliver Drake – 1 IP, 0 ER and another save. Nick Anderson has disappeared, and is an air ball of a draft pick. It must be the magic.

Curt Casali – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer. Psycho killer! Curt Casali! Fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, far better run run run run run run away!

Nick Castellanos – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and 1st homer. During the shutdown, The Greek God of Hard Contact was seen delivering dolmas and kebabs for his family’s diner. He reported it was very hard to social distance because he enjoys hard contact so much, especially with his lips to his mom’s mustache.

Aristides Aquino – 0-for-3, 1 run. Yo, GGOATOAT you need to kick your hitting in the shins. We don’t have time for a slump.

Javier Baez – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer. He seems like a player who really feeds off the fans, so pump up the fake noise until the cardboard cutouts are shaking!

Kyle Crick – Hit the IL with a right shoulder strain. That was a good use of 1st week FAAB money. I should’ve listened to that little Burdi chirping in my ear. Nick Burdi is the clearcut closer here, and I could’ve had him for less money than I spent on that giant dope Crick!

Adam Frazier – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Adam Frazier, or as Rudy calls him, Babe Ruth, hit leadoff. No longer a fit for the three-hole, I guess. Wait until they realize he’s not a fit for leadoff either.

Josh Lindblom – 3 2/3 IP, 2 ER and left the start with back cramps. Saw he went into the 4th, and, until I saw a beat reporter say Lindblom’s back would be fine, I just assumed he was like every other starter.

Keston Hiura – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. Is it me or is one homer and one steal not enough? I want everyone I drafted in the top 50 to hit multiple homers, steal bags and have four hits every day, or I’m really not having a good time. You only have 55 more games!

Brett Anderson – Will return on Friday from the IL. Get him in your lineup before B.A. Brokeass breaks again.

Fernando Rodney – Signed with the Astros. Fernando Rodney cocked back and shot an imaginary arrow, but before it was out of his reach, he grabbed on and rode it all the way to the Astros. “Thank you for flying the Imaginary Skies,” said Fernando Rodney to an imaginary flight attendant.

Yordan Alvarez – Close to taking batting practice. Practice makes perfuct–damn!

Carlos Correa – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Later in the game, we had our first social distanced benches clearing brawl. Usually baseball brawls have the feel of middle school when one kid is yelling, “Hold me back,” and the other is screaming, “No, hold me back,” and they’re both about forty feet from each other. Last night’s brawl was that with masks. It looked like there was heated words at a nursing school.

Alex Wood – Hit the IL with shoulder inflammation. Wood said, “I can’t get it up,” then qualified his remarks with, “My arm.” Clayton Kershaw could return on Friday and take Wood’s spot. I guess a knock on Wood works out here.

Miles Mikolas – Hit the IL with the same forearm injury he had back in March, and is headed for surgery. Not sure why the Cards didn’t just send him for surgery back in March, or something. “Or something” indicates I am not an actual doctor. Some have speculated that Daniel Ponce De Leon would take over. Well, at least he has his youth.

Carlos Martinez – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER vs. the Twins. Sometimes you sneak one through, sometimes the opposing team spots that you’re Vincent Adultman in a trench coat not fooling anyone. I still like C-Mart, but I think being more stringent about avoiding the Twins might be prudent.

Tyler O’Neill – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. In a 60-game season, I’d like to see teams play their lineups more like DFS. If O’Neill is hitting bombers, stop being sympathetic to old-ass vets like Carpenter, Molina and Fowler, and move O’Neill up.

Tommy Edman – 2-for-3 and his 1st homer. I might have too many teams, but I still don’t have any idea who I own. I see Edman homer and I’m like, “Yay…Wait, do I have him?”

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Also, in this game, Jorge Polanco (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) hit his 1st homer. Twins are the lineup. Every day another guy steps up. Nelson Cruz is off reading the AARP Magazine with his cover story, and Polanco steps up.

Taylor RogersSergio Romo got the clean save yesterday and you should pick him up immediately. I searched for news on Taylor Rogers, and it ranged from “Where is Taylor Rogers?” to “Has anyone seen Taylor Rogers?” to “Is Taylor Swift’s Rogers Centre concert cancelled?” But I don’t think the last one is related. Players just randomly not being at a game is on par with 2020, though.

Drew Pomeranz – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save as Kirby Yates was…on a Zoom call? See what I said for Rogers, but change Taylor Swift concert to Sally Yates book reading.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. FTJ! Fun the Jewels fast! Look all these save masters posing on your FAAB dollars!

Wil Myers – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Just to make sure you never forget how ridiculous 2020 is, Wil Myers is gonna win the NL MVP, isn’t he?

Tommy Pham – Left the game after taking a pitch to his beanbag of love. Gotta be careful of the Phamily jewels.

Sam Hilliard – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Quick, Bud Black, bench him!

Kyle Gibson – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks. He was nearly the best Streamonator start yesterday, which was still awful — like negative $2. People have been asking me about why so many terrible starts on SON. Well, there have been a lot of terrible starts, so there’s that. But it’s also because innings are currently tamped down for all starters, because no one is going deep. A 5 IP, 3 ER start, just isn’t that good, and that’s what Gibson was projected for. He had 5 IP, 3 ER, but the three runs were unearned. Get it together, SON! You don’t see errors in your future goggles?

Rougned Odor – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. The Rangers have played four games, and Gallo is leading the team with a .214 average. “At least they played four games.” That’s a Marlins’ representative.

Merrill Kelly – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks. This was the first impressive start I’ve seen from a guy who I wasn’t interested in during the preseason that has changed my mind. He had bumped his velocity at the tail of end of last year to 93 MPH, and it produced a 2.18 ERA and .202 OBA in 33 IP. That was there again in his 1st start. If he maintains those gains, he could be a short-season ace. Get him in all leagues.

Juan Soto – Received six negative tests followed by six positive tests. Sounds like they’re doing a lot of testing. No one said the tests had to be accurate. They did say his final two tests were both negative so Sexy Dr. Pepper will be rejoining us soon.

Austin Voth – 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks. There were so many pitchers to watch last night — Wright, Peterson, Mahle — that I just didn’t see Voth, but I don’t think this start moved him up to shallower league radars, unless someone saw him and wants to convince me otherwise.

Sean Doolittle – 2/3 IP, 0 ER as he pitched in the 7th. Seeing Doolittle appear on a lot of fantasy teams, and not sure if the Nats ever announced it officially, but Daniel Hudson seems to be the closer, and Doolittle’s velocity has been down. He might need to see a doctor and not just for his talking hamster.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. They should do a Toronto Blue Jays’ promotion in Buffalo. Change their name to the Blue Cheese, have a mascot celery race and have everyone’s hands painted orange like they just ate wings. Also, I love Lou-Gu. Every Lou this year is good!

Tanner Roark – 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks. Solid start, but I’d rely on the Streamonator for Roark in fantasy. For Roark in Fantasy Island, I’d rely on Tattoo.

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. I own Schoop in my RCL league, but that team isn’t doing well, and I have been soclose (italics, no space) to dropping him for the last three days. Let’s go! (My guys desperately need a pep talk.)

Whit Merrifield – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games. Exactly what you drafted him for.

Matt Harvey – Signed a deal with the Royals. Harvey said, “Happy to help the ball club any way I can, and I’d like to sleep with Hunter Dozier’s wife.”

 
  1. Michael DePinto says:
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    Would you stream Cueto against San Diego tonight?

    Also, who do you prefer out of Teoscar or Canha?

    Thank you very much!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Ima streamin Johnny tonight..

      Teoscar

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Pass on Cueto for me. Teoscar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m streaming Cueto, so help me

      Teoscar

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Excellent report, man!!

    a. Seriously, love me Edman too. But I knew sadly I didn’t have him on either RCL and he is a guy I wanted but didn’t get leaving me feeling very sad.

    b. Sorry, man. Had to drop CJ Cron (even though AGAIN he’s facing a LHP tonight in Duffy) to pick up Burdi. Drake is also on the roster in that other league.

    So here’s the pitching on that other team – just as I scripted it way back in March 2020.

    RP
    Nick Anderson
    Anthony Bass
    Nick Burdi
    Oliver Drake
    Greg Holland
    Brandon Kintzler (just checking on what’s up but he looks like he’s the first to go. What are people doing for MIA players? Just straight dumping ’em all? Let me know.)
    Brandon Workman (his parents were inspired by the character named ‘Brandon’ in that Beverly Hills 90210 show)

    SP
    Heaney (starting him tonight at home versus SEA (Justin Dunn)
    SGray (NOT starting him tonight at home versus CHC (Kyle Hendricks, fresh off his CG and he’s going to tank and I’m going to miss Sonny’s great start).
    GRichards
    Ryu (he’s almost unrosterable with the move to Buffalo for home games, will probably drop him when Odorizzi comes off the IL. I’ll see.)

    IL – Odorizzi, Chapman

    c. MLB quote of the day for July 29, 2020.

    ‘I concentrate more when I see men on base.’

    Juan Alberto Gonzalez Vazquez. Two-time MVP (1996 and 1998), Gonzalez was one of the most feared sluggers of the 90s and early 00s. He is most noted for his time in TEX though did have a very good year with CLE in 2001 when he finished 5th in the voting for the MVP.

    His 162-game average….

    686 PA, 629 AB, 102 R, 186 H, 37 2B, 2 3B, 42 HR, 135 RBI, 44 BB, 122 K, .295/.343/.561 slash line, 132 OPS, 353 TB.

    His season in 1993 was to die for.

    .310/.368/.632 slash, 46 HRs, 118 RBIs, 105 R, 169 OPS+. He did that in 140 games. One of the best in the ‘roids era, and you gotta love his mustache and the jerry curls!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      Well, you sure have made me nostalgic for that early-mid 90’s era, back when heavy juicing was merely an open secret and Juan- Gon and Albert Belle reigned supreme no matter how nasty the pitchers grew their mullets. Before Sosa,McGuire and Bonds flew too close to the sun and everything melted. .

      • galica says:
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        Manley!

        Thanks for the love man. Always love Reading your posts and baseball insights. Take care.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Yeah, I love him too, I think

      B. I’d lose Miami players in RCL — 15-17 of them are going to be out a while — think you gotta start Gray every time out

      C. Wow, this was a change of pace from early 1900s quotes

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Wanted to lively it up a bit. Actually moving from Google search of ‘top 10 Career MLB WHIP’ to ‘top 10 career MLB SLG’. I might go back to WHIP we’ll see.

        b. Dropped Kintzler to pick up Merrill Kelly. Got him in both leagues. I am REALLY intrigued when you are just normal intrigued about a player. What about Villar?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Ha, nice!

          B. Villar is actually one I’d bench for now until we hear more

  3. Dr Easy says:
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    So I drafted Pearson and I’m excited about watching his first start tomorrow, but should I bench him for his first game just to see how it goes and avoid getting roofie’d, or go YOLO in the COVID era?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d start him

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

      • Dave D says:
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        Talent is there but Im real curious about how many pitches they let him throw given his injury history and that 28 pitch limit he had every other start last year. We’ll see.,.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed

  4. Tbone says:
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    Soler for Hoskins

    Who you got for a dynasty?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Soler

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Soler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Not sure why I thought Rays would stick with Nick! At least he’s good for SV+HLD leagues.

    1. In saves only (no holds) league, I’ve found myself with hand, Anderson, Hudson, Britton, and Lugo. Drake and Burdi are also on the wire. When I need to clear roster space, is Nick Anderson sadly the first drop from this group?

    2. Fletcher or Berti as a bench utl option? Could use average…

    3. Riley or O’Neill?

    Thanks!

    • NUX says:
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      1. Grab Burdi, if only for the Burdi in the Hand jokes. Drop Lugo. If Burdi/Drake still on the wire, then Lugo (or another option) should be there later if you need it.

      2. Fletch for me, all he does is Hit and NOT strikeout. Finally getting that leadoff role to himself and also Berti isn’t even playing again until maybe Monday. And he might be one of the Merlins that test positive, we just don’t know.

      3. O’Neil right now

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Nux

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  6. krazyivan says:
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    When the O’s host the Marlins there will be huge park factor to consider. The Fort McHenry tunnel is 1.5 miles to dead center and 33 feet below sea level.

    Grey, how do you get the radio broadcasts of Mets games on MLBtv? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank you!

      You can adjust the audio on an iPad, top right, click screen icon, change audio

  7. NUX says:
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    Razzslam question for DT if he’s around.

    I grabbed Burdi last night in FAAB and it looks like he can slot right into my lineup for this Week 2 period. That correct?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Correct

      • NUX says:
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        Thx man!

  8. Five-on-One says:
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    Please rank the following crappy closers:

    Melanin, Davis, Drake, Hudson, Kintzler, Watson,

    • NUX says:
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      Hudson, Melancon, Wade Davis…. Drake….. Kintzler

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Davis, Melancon, Drake, Hudson for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Drake, Hudson,

  9. Five-on-One says:
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    One more question, this time crappy outfielders. Please rank

    Benintendi, Mercado, Riley.

    I may need to drop one for a crappy closer.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Benny, Austin, Oscar

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  10. Olesky says:
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    Regarding T Rgoers, it sounded like Romeo was already warmed up sitting on a 4 run lead in the 8th. But still a little worrisome…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s good to hear, but how has Rogers not pitched once all season?

      • Olesky says:
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        Hence the worrisome part!

  11. Philsfan76 says:
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    Burdi or Romo

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Burdi

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Burdi

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Burdi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  12. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    A. Would you drop D May, Maeda or Ryu for Merrill Kelly or hold
    B. Also losing patience with Danny Santana. Would you drop him for Wil Myers or hold

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      A. hold
      B. Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Hmm…Prolly hold but I want to drop May if he’s not going 5-6 IP

      B. Agree with MP

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Thanks guys

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  13. LastPlace says:
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    Where is Brenden McKay, and do you see him making a meaningful contribution anytime soon?
    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I expect we see him within the next week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No on meaningful

  14. My fantasy team got up 8 times will the base loaded last night. Got 1 rbi a sac. Fly. Yikes. But I did save 15% on my Gieco insurance!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  15. Uncle says:
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    Think I need saves more than a Cease, should I get Romo, Drake, Burdi, or Pomeranz for good ratio+occasional save? I also have N. Anderson so mad about this Drake thing.

    • Uncle says:
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      Gott is also on the wire to add to the list

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d go with Burdi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  16. DangerPowers says:
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    I’ve got a trade proposal in a 25 man keeper league. 14 team Roto league

    Send DeGrom + Gleyber Torres
    Receive Lux + Flaherty

    Would you take it?

    Current roster:
    Trea Turner
    Adalberto Mondesi
    Jacob deGrom
    Gleyber Torres
    Charlie Morton
    Tommy Pham
    Oscar Mercado
    Yuli Gurriel
    DJ LeMahieu
    Dinelson Lamet
    Michael Brantley
    Jake Odorizzi
    Brad Hand
    Willie Calhoun
    Jesus Luzardo
    Hector Neris
    Jose Leclerc
    Delin Betances
    Justin Turner
    Matt Barnes
    Francisco Mejia
    Pablo Lopez
    Nick Solak
    Kwang-Hyun Kim
    Dylan Carlson
    Daniel Murphy
    Trent Grisham
    Travis d’Arnaud
    Asdrubal Cabrera
    Andrew Knizner
    Clint Frazier
    Nick Lodolo

    • Tim Anderson Project says:
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      IMO

      Your two players are better. Do not see where you get better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  17. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Must be nice having players that can … play. My Stanton, Judge, Harper outfield remembers the sweet sweet days of (checks calendar) last week.

    Is this the space where I get to whine about having no idea how to react to anything this season? Normally, the smart fantasy baseball players don’t overreact to week 1, but this year week 1 is almost 10% of the season. Ugh. Here’s to chasing the dragon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, I hear ya…I’m just trying to field a team in some leagues

    • Brian Snyder says:
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      Yeah, it sucks. In a normal season, the games would be made up. But maybe not this year. At least the Marlins don’t have too many fantasy-relevant players (in shallow leagues) outside of Realmuto.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

      • Brian Snyder says:
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        Brain cramp – of course they moved Realmuto to Phillies last year.

  18. Jon says:
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    Which side in a dynasty league?

    Trea Turner ($15+5) + Meadows ($4+3)
    OR
    Betts ($25+5) + Jose Ramirez ($15+5)

    I’m the Betts owner, a couple of reasons I’m considering this: cost savings, I have the highest payroll in the league and going from $50 in 2021 to $27 would be big. The other is positionally, I’m overloaded at 3B but could use MI help so Turner would be a big get there. Meadows’ health is obviously a big question mark for me.

    I proposed this trade with Stanton instead of Betts (same price) and this is his counter. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea side

  19. brian says:
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    Is the hype of Cease / Kopech / Giolito going to end up being more of a disappointment than the hype of Danks / Floyd ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, good callback — Let’s go Bobby Jenks!

  20. DangerPowers19 says:
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    25 player keeper league – ROTO
    14 teams

    Would you trade DeGrom + Gleybor Torres for Flaherty and Lux?

    • Tim Anderson Project says:
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      Why???

      IMO your giving up the best two players?

      • DangerPowers19 says:
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        This was a trade offer I received. Wanted to make sure I wasn’t making a mistake by declining trade offer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  21. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have the following closers in a saves only league: Gott, Kennedy, melancon, Kimbrel, Jansen

    Do you drop any for Romo?

    Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  22. Jason says:
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    Should I Drop Cespedes for Jose Martinez, Jacoby Jones or Moran? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  23. BadFantasyManager says:
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    Can someone explain to me where is Rogers? Seeing Rome getting the save drove me mad…

    Anyways, redraft H2H. My team is doing good this week but I have as bench hitters Kendrick and Shogo which haven’t produced this week. I want to replace them but there is nothing good on waivers, so I am planning to go ahead of the curve and drop them for some hitting prospects before someone else grabs them. For information, my league is prospect happy and as soon there are news of a call up, it is normal to see that player being pick up immediately.

    Who would you choose out of Dylan Carlson, Madrigal, and Adell? Do you see any of them being called up before the end of the week?

    And what about pitching prospects? I’m on the fence with Boyd, and if he doesn’t do well today, I’m going to drop him and I’m looking at prospects that will be called up soon. Pearson was taken, but Howard and Montgomery are there… pick any of them? Or pick Mackenzie Gore and hope he is called up soon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure why Rogers hasn’t pitched all year, but you know he’s gonna go today in a non-save situation and give up 5 ER

      Madrigal — I think they’re all coming soon

      Grab Howard

  24. Brett says:
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    Drop Danny Santana or Yo Cesp for….

    Jose Martinez, Teoscar, JD Davis, Wil Myers

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis over Dannys

  25. stevie says:
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    So many awful-closer options out there, here’s another question. Please rank Burdi, Drake, Gott, Hudson, Kim, Romo. Much thanks!

    • NUX says:
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      Burdi, Hudson, Kim, Drake, Romo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

  26. J-Hova says:
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    Great write up! What a stressful night… I spend all day and early evening worrying about a potential COVID breakout ruining the season and can’t even enjoy watching the games because Baldeli is skipping Taylor Rogers without explanation! 100% on the Hiura blurb, no stats are enough right now. Also, thank you and Ralph for Lewis and Burdi, definitely two of my bright spots that made me look way smarter in my draft than I am!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice! Yeah, it’s a struggle filling my fantasy roster in some leagues

  27. Cohen says:
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    Drop Happ, Hays or W.Calhoun for Jose Martinez or Tim Lopes or hold?

    • NUX says:
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      Hold for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      agree with NUX

  28. mcmi11ions says:
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    Hey Grey! Longtime reader, not first time commenter, thanks for taking my call… HEY MOM! I’M ON GREY’S COMMENTS SECTION! sorry… phew… man this is AWESOME!

    Anyway… What’s up with SON? seems like every pitcher in the world is a liability right now. I don’t know if it’s an anticipation of smaller workloads each time out, if hitters are being given more credit than they deserve, or if this happens at the start of each season. I mean Paddack is only a $3 value against the Pirates today? I fully trust SON as I’ve been using it the last few seasons, but this seems weird right now.

    • NUX says:
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      There’s some info on this in the opening blurb

    • NUX says:
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      Correction, the Kyle Gibson blurb

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        thanks! Sorry I missed that. Grey you can ignore my comment. Unless you want to say hi to my mom… NO! NOT LIKE THAT!

    • J-hova says:
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      He goes over it in the blurb, was wondering the same thing but mostly due to inning Expectations being so low. I picture Rudy having to spray the Streamonator/Hittertron Computer down with a household fire extinguisher from over heating nightly wIth the constant changes and uncertainty each night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, well done!

      Hi Mom!

  29. prey879 says:
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    Would you trust Dustin May @ HOU in a 12 team custom H2H league where we are facing all 11 other league members in weekly individual H2H matchups?

    Pitching categories are ERA, BB/9, H/9, K/9.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really, but I would start him and pray

  30. ratedm4man says:
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    I like Christian Javier and want to pick him up, just in case. What are your thoughts on him?

    Who, if anyone, would you drop for him. It’s a full keeper daily H2H points league. I’ve got Paddack, Cueto, Hill and Giolito all going today too so he probably get much PT unless he just crushes it…or the guys i have continue to blow.

    Kyle Lewis
    Tarik Skubal
    Willie Calhoun
    Johnny Cueto
    Corbin Burnes
    Verlander (just picked up off waivers. I expect he’s a next year player)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is this a shallow league? How was Verlander on waivers if it’s a dynasty? Um, I guess lose Skubal

      • ratedm4man says:
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        The guy who had verlander lost his cool and dropped him on the first news of out for the season. I guess he assumed TJ and would lose him for next year too. the guy hasn’t won much in the 13 years the league has been going.

        You think he’s as good or better than Skubal in the long run?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think Skubal is better in the long-term

          • ratedm4man says:
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            I figured the same. The Dumb A** who dropped verlander is a tigers fan so he would probably pick up Skubal. I’ll see how he does tonight before making a move. thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  31. The Great Knoche says:
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    RazzSlam FAAB got Bass at $252. Didn’t bid on Burdi as I already have Neris and Diaz. Could have had Burdi for $1. Hows that for a bunch of industry experts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you play in some of these leagues and you realize your friends and family league is as competitive at times

    • NUX says:
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      Got Burdi for $138 and also could have won him for $1 in my Razzslam

      I prob should have dropped Stroman for something else, but couldnt get excited about any of the options that I had.

  32. Christopher Stevens says:
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    in 16 team total points league. Ty France or Nico Hoerner will do better? I have france looking at replacing him with Hoerner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nico

      • Christopher Stevens says:
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        Thank you

  33. Tony C says:
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    My current pitching staff in a league that includes QS, W, L, K, K/9, ERA, WHIP, Saves and Holds separately who would you add and drop for a RP such as Burdi or Holland and SP M. Kelly, Civale, Richards, Bassitt, Wacha, Turnbull or Plesac?

    My SP: Morton, Woodruff, Maeda, Lynn, Marquez, Gallen, Odorizzi, Burnes, Pearson, Howard
    My RP: Taylor Rogers and Robles.

    Also which of my hitters would you drop when Soto and Moose are activated among JD Davis, Tommy Edman or Franmil Reyes? It seems to me I need a trade to alleviate the log jam.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly over Howard

      Edman, Davis

  34. Phil says:
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    If it was a normal season, I wouldn’t dare ask this question, but considering the shortened season, the return from the fractured kneecap, and his recent fat long-term contract (which induces some players to rest upon their laurels), is it time to start worrying about Yelich? What the fax is wrong with him? His OPS is lower than his career batting average. And understandably it has only been a handful of games thus far, but dude looks out of sorts swinging in the box. What should I do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, two more weeks of this and all teams with him will be out of it — unless they also have Kyle Lewis

  35. erad says:
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    Sorry about drafting Aldaberto, I will bench him tonight to sacrifice his stats to the rest of Razz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You ruined him!

  36. Matt says:
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    I need a little advice on a dynasty league trade offer… If this needs to go to that it’s just let me know!

    My Nate Pearson for Michael Kopech and Xander Bogaerts. The lights really isn’t going to be capable at his price so there is little value their past this season. Any thoughts?

    • Matt says:
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      Oops, Bogaerts isn’t really keepable beyond this season at his price! Siri autocorrect strikes again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So who’s keepable? Just the pitchers? I’d want Pearson

      • Matt says:
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        Well, it’s a salary cap league and Bogaerts will cost me $32 to keep for next year. Kopech will be a free minor leaguer and Pearson $10 to keep. So basically a cheaper Kopech keeper and Bogaerts for this year versus Pearson as a keeper. 12 team mixed roto.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          $32 sounds keepable — I’d want Xander

          • Matt says:
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            Ok, thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

      • Matt says:
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        Armed Rosario is my SS now so it’d be a decent upgrade there.

  37. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    1) So C-Mart was not good, pitches were not crisp and velo was down across the board, you can see my breakdown here: https://twitter.com/CoolwhipRB/status/1288331034111676416 that’s a little concerning.

    Like i said, not good. This opens up an interesting discussion, which I think I make into a Deep Thoughts, do to starting ST, stopping it, then restarting it with only 3 weeks before the season is having a widespread effect on pitchers (duh) where they usually come to camp early (pitchers and catchers day) and are in camp for an extended time. Several pitchers are observably down in their velo: Morton, CMart, M.Keller are ones off the top of my head. And so many not going full innings.

    2) Its affecting hitters too, as many top hitters are coming out of the gate slow: Acuna, Yelich, Betts, Bellinger, Lindor, Springer, Alonso, Trout, Devers, Harper to name a few are all hitting under .230 so far. So far i’ve seen Beli and Lindor comment about still feeling like their swing is in camp. Welcome to the Mouth of Madness.

    3) Kirby Yates didn’t go because he had a rough outing on Sunday where he threw over 30 pitches and skip said he wanted to give him “extra rest” okayyyyyy. And since the SD bullpen is deep AF they didn’t sweat it. (Pom with 3 Ks) Mild concern?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s this short camp I fear that is hurting a lot of SPs — I wonder if you can look to see if guys who average 92 or lower usually are just better since they didn’t need as much ramp up?

      3. All pens are concerns rn, sadly

    • Dave D says:
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      All I can say is “David Fletcher”.

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Yes!!! david fletcher is my personal hero right now. I wouldn’t be surpised if he competes for batting title this season. He showed up in midseason form. I’ve been singing his praises on twitter. also you’ll appreciate this:
        https://twitter.com/Angels/status/1288324320825978880

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          Also Maddon’s weird times to use super-shifts is already irritating me

        • Dave D says:
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          Ha! Nice. Outside of Trout, he’s our most exciting player since Chone in his prime. I just hope Maddon keeps making him aggressive on the basepaths like he was the other day. He was running a couple times before he eventually swiped the bag. Loved it.

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            Dude, we think alike. I still have my Figgins jersey… i was thinking about buying a Fletcher one this year… i’ve always had a thing for the super-utility guys – most valuable players on daily level and good to have another manager that appreciates them as much as me.

  38. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Mr. Grey, you are a really funny. Thank you for the baseball last names, lit references and pop culture tie-ins.

    16 team keeper league (no hr’s):
    Drop A. Hicks for T. Lopes?

    Peace

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold Hicks for now

  39. Brett says:
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    Rather Hudson or burdi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hudson

  40. TC says:
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    Once Odorizzi comes off the IL, I’ll have to drop a pitcher I really don’t want to, but no room for them all. Which one gets the boot. I’d love to try and combine 2 of them for 1 higher ranked arm, but not a lot of active owners unfortunately.

    Maeda, C. Burnes, Bundy, Fried, S.Lugo, or just drop Odorizzi?

    What’s a fair arm to ask back for if I put Fried/Maeda as the return?

    Any ideas what to do with this group is appreciated. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burnes

      Do the trade for a bat maybe? Depends what you need — Springer?

  41. Harley Earl says:
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    You hate on Wil Myers every chance you get! Hating is so unappealing!

    That’s OK, I’ll defend him because I know he’s a healthy season away from 30/30/250. That’s 30 HR, 30 SB and 250 Ks. I don’t give a shit about the 250 Ks either! I’ve got Wil on all three of my teams this year, and we’re doing just fine!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  42. LaRockakis says:
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    Grey! Hola, amigo.

    Some guy in my league has put Tatis on the trade block. He’s a keeper forever. Should I move mountains to get him? Would you include Hiura in a package to get him?

    Also, did you see Tony Wolters shaved his moostache? He can’t be your stunt double anymore. At least you don’t have to worry about him stealing Cougs from you now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, get him

      Wolters is such a loser!

  43. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey,
    When D. Carlson gets called up would you drop Happ for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  44. Ellis says:
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    Who do you prefer as a bench bat, Pillar Teoscar or Dylan Carlson

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar

      • Ellis says:
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        You like Teoscar over Oneil too, I’m guessing?

        Something I picked up looking at Pirates media, they are babying Burdi because of his history of arm problems and may not pitch back to back games

        Thank you again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do

          Good to know, thanks!

        • Ellis says:
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          Or Madrigal?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Teoscar

            • ellis says:
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              Got it, thank you for all of your awesome writing and advice, you’re the best!

        • Lower The Jolly Roger says:
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          Pirates fan here… the word is (in a lost season) you won’t ever see him B2B nights cause of injury past 2 years … kid gloves if you will … already cost them a game Monday night… my 2 cents

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Makes sense, thanks!

  45. Dave D says:
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    This seems to be the year when 4th and 5th starters I own (Kelly, Civale, Davies) are more valuable than my #1’s (Flaherty, Morton).., anythings possible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think whoever is going 5 IP will be valuable as sad as that is

      • Dave D says:
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        And Kyle Hendricks wins Cy Young the first time I dont draft him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, right!

  46. stuey says:
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    Mind ranking the following 3? Corbin Burnes, Shoemaker, Kelly. 6×6 roto with QS.

    I already have Shoe and Burnes. Could get creative to also grab Kelly off the FA heap. Although his next start vs LAD isn’t ideal.

    Thanks for all the great content!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly, Shoe

  47. Steve says:
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    How are you feeling about Marlins players on the roster? Sounds like they’ll have issues moving forward and/or quad-A fill-ins.

    Would you drop Pablo Lopez for a streamer? Looking at Jose De Leon, former prized prospect.

    14T mixed, k/9, daily h2h

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve benched or dropped all Marlins — yes, lose Lopez

  48. lwomack58 says:
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    Need to make a pickup bat:

    C. Hernandez, Fletcher, Grisham, Arraez. Need best overall even thou Grisham heading to Coors with only one lefty on the docket.

    Leaning C. Hernadez or Flectcher since both lead off and now Fletcher has everyday role with Simmons out.

    Thanks for your advise.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fletcher

      • lwomack58 says:
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        Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • lwomack58 says:
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      Did you have an thought on this question. Thank you

  49. lwomack58 says:
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    Sorry one more for another league. Need to stream

    Lester vs Pitt, Lyles @ SF, Alec Mills vs Pitt, Webb vs TX or Smyly vs Tx.

    Top two choices.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester, Mills

  50. DonnieB says:
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    I get the love for Burdi. Do you like him over Greg Holland? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  51. Cohen says:
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    Grey, would u start M.Kelly in his next start at home vs Dodgers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  52. prestige says:
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    Any faith in PONCE DE LEON putting together a few good innings @Twins today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  53. prestige says:
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    Would you stream Eovaldi @NYM in 12 teamer?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  54. Cohen says:
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    Grey, whos the better pick up today
    Hampson batting 8th at Montas or
    Solak batting 2 nd at home vs Bumgarner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solak

  55. Gary Z says:
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    Hey Grey! Trying to decide who to lose in a QS, H/SV league to pickup M. Kelly and Burdi

    Braun (I dont think I need a bench bat in a 60 game season)
    Doolittle meh
    Knebel no idea how he will be used this year
    D. May may never qualify for a W
    E. Pagan Good source of holds

    Thanks for your advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Knebel

      • Gary Z says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Gary Z says:
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      Sorry, forgot to add possible dumps Melancon and Greg Holland.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Can lose Holland

        • Gary Z says:
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          Sweet, thanks again!

          -G

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  56. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the great work Grey!

    16 team points league… who to drop when Soto gets back? Akiyama, K. Tucker or G Lux?
    Would you drop any of the players left (listed above)to pick up D. Peterson.?

    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

      Tucker and not yet

  57. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Welcome back Grey! Good to have baseball again (I think). Good stuff from you and the folks as usual.

    So like so many others, my bullpen is a complete disaster. Would you rather have Burdi or Kennedy in a 10 Team H2H Points League?

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Burdi

      • Yankee My Wanky! says:
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        Thanks Grey. Ok, one more. Drake or Burdi?

        And sorry for the crummy CL questions!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drake

  58. Dave D says:
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    Its pretty interesting that all Phillies tested negative. So, its pretty unlikely to pass on the field. That bodes well for the season. It seems they probably threw caution to the wind in their clubhouse. Hopefully all the other teams have taken note and are being vigilant.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heard from someone that a Marlins player went out partying in Philly last weekend (supposedly)

      • Dave D says:
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        Perhaps getting a little too freaky on the dance floor…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, finally Marlins make some contact

  59. prestige says:
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    SON hates these: would you start either in 12 teamer?

    Marquez @ A’s
    Bumgarner @Rangers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start both

  60. RICE says:
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    Grey!!! Hope all is good, man.

    How bout that performance by Joe Kelly last night, haha!

    10 team h2h

    My RPs: Lecleric, Melancon, Kim, and Gallegos
    My bench bats: Mercado, Braun, H. Dozier (IL)

    With Gallegos coming off the DL I can:

    1) Drop Gallegos
    2) Drop Gallegos & a bench bat and add Daniel Hudson
    3) Drop Gallegos & a bench bat and add Burdi

    Thanks in advance! Go Halos!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah

      3

      • RICE says:
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        thanks Grey.

        Are we dropping Braun or Mercado? Braun seems to be getting a lot of days off so far and Mercado, well you talked about it in the article. So sad.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mercado

  61. negatto says:
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    Can you rank the following assuming the Madrigal is called up soon and playing?

    Wong, Madrigal, Fletcher

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Madrigal, Fletcher

  62. Weird Fishes says:
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    Drop Doolittle for Merrill? 10-team NL-only and my closers are Kim and Burdi. Available SPs are limited

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

    • Weird Fishes says:
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      Forgot to mention – this is a S+H league

  63. ellis says:
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    JT not playing for a few days and more games in question because they are playing the CoronaMarlins again next week, who would be the two best choices for a replacement for the next few days?

    Kiner-Felafel
    Caratini
    Casali
    Heineman
    Maldonado
    Barnhart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kiner

  64. Curious George says:
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    Khris Davis (0-15 with 7 Ks) droppable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  65. jnienow says:
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    So Mitch Haniger and Alex Wood are now hanging out together,huh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  66. ratedm4man says:
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    btw…good article. Great Title!! How in the hell did you make that connections? You keep surprising me wh this sh*t.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  67. stevie says:
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    Drop Braun for Teoscar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  68. Travis Hafner says:
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    Just trying to weave through comments to see where your head is at on closers- tell me if I’m wrong

    1. Kennedy is the closer to own in KC and Holland is droppable in 10-12 teamers

    2. Watson > Gott? (If so is Gott a drop?)

    3. Drake is truly the best RP to own in TB?

    Thanks. Crazy how important these garbage situations are

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I believe so

      2. Nah

      3. It appears so

      It’s all a mess with pens

      • Travis Hafner says:
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        2- Nah as in Gott > Watson? Is Watson a drop?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  69. JP says:
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    Need some OFhelp, which 3 from this group to keep?

    O’Neil, Hilliard, Domingo Santana, Aquino, Hays

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      O’Neill, Hilliard, Hays

  70. sportivetricks says:
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    Captain Sir Oliver Drake and Sergio Romo are both available, and I am holding Kintzler and Jeffress, and I got Gott as I look to develop my closers.

    I feel like Jeffress has the most upside here, but should I drop either him, Gott, or Covid-Kintz for the Captain or Serge?

    Lurve yas all!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Romo and Drake

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Over all three alternatives? Gott, Kintz, Jeffress?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drake, Gott, Romo

          • sportivetricks says:
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            Oh. So much lurrrrve.

            TY!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              YW!

  71. Fred says:
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    Should I drop K Davis for Teoscar Hernandez or Tsutsugo? If so, then who?

    Also – should I drop Rich Hill? I can grab either Merrill Kelly or Turnbull for ROS? Which one or keep Hill?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar

      Kelly

      • Russ says:
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        Wait and see how it goes with Hill today though before moving on to Kelly yea?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  72. Moon Shots says:
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    Sup Grey. Im in a very deep dynasty league and in rebuild mode (read: selling anything i can pry off the walls). Another manager wants to give me Aquino and a first rounder for Merrill Kelly and Kike. I really dont know how to evaluate Aquino..mythical dinger hitter of the future (and past) or flash in the pan strikeout machine?

    I like Kike since he plays in a great lineup and sporadically mashes, but def down to sell him for the right price. Does that deal do it for you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aquino’s looking flashy, both ends of that spectrum

      Hold

      • Moon Shots says:
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        Thats a no (keep Kike/Kelly)?

        Thanks (I am dumb)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  73. Zach says:
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    Would you pick up any of these guys for their next start? Cueto tonight v SD. Singer tomorrow v DET. Or Chatwood on Friday v PIT. And are any of these guys rosterable for this year? I have an open roster spot and I’d like to fill it with a pitcher. We only have 4 roster moves a week, so streaming isn’t really an option. Thanks as always Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d own all three — Cueto, Singer, Chatwood

  74. Milarky says:
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    Yo Grey, saw the commenter above asking about Cristian Javier, and your write-up on Peterson. Our league requires a rookie pitcher in starting lineups, and the only on my roster is Urquidy, who still isn’t ready. There’s not much available on waivers, but unless a bigger prospect gets called up before the end of the week, who would you pickup from this list? FYI – we only get one waiver claim per week.

    Cristian Javier
    David Peterson
    Randy Dobnak

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Peterson, but can you wait until Javier pitches so we can see him? Answer might change

      • Milarky says:
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        I just checked in on the box score for Javier, and it looks pretty, pretty good (5.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 hits, 1 BB, 8 Ks). Is this enough to sway it to Javier over Peterson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, try Javier

  75. FireRobManfred says:
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    I don’t get why Oscar Mercado isn’t playing baseball. I’m looking through his twitter feed and there are no videos of him taking Tito’s scooter for a joy ride. Do you think he keeps trying to sell him Amway?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, it sucks

  76. Bombadier says:
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    I’m pretty deep in saves, so focusing a little more on skills with saves as a bonus. Top two from Melancon, W.Davis, Holland, Burdi, Romo, Drake, Taylor Williams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Drake

      • Bombadier says:
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        Apparently someone in my league is reading this faster than I am and grabbed Davis and Drake! Who’s next?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Burdi

  77. Dancin Homer says:
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    Happy Hump Day!

    Nick Markakis reversing course on opt-out and will now be joining ATL… anything to see here?

    Also, Franmil Reyes, Mallex Smith, & Aquino were all dropped in my 6×6 Roto league (hurting on steals, so Mallex would help, unfortunately it seems the only way he can get to 1st is by an error).

    Are any worth adding?
    current OF/UTL/BN consists of (start IF, UTL, 3x OF):

    Judge
    Kyle Tucker
    Kyle Lewis
    Joc Pederson
    Akiyama
    Schoop

    Lastly, any of these RP’s worth scooping for saves:
    – Holland
    – Burdi
    – Romo

    Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not much on Markakis…he’s like a 10-homer hitter in a full season… Franmil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burdi

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        thank you

        put in a claim to drop Akiyama for Franmil

        would you drop Canning, C. Burnes for Burdi?

        Also, what are your thoughts on Chatwood…he actually looked good in his last outing and gets PIT next. Worth an add over one of the aforementioned SP’s?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Burnes

          Chatwood looked good, I’ve added him

  78. Primetime says:
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    Have to drop one. Moose is of the IL.

    Happ
    Mercado
    Yoenis
    A Rosario

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mercado

      • Ouch! But that’s what I admire, the ability to make the call

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  79. Swfcdan says:
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    Long time away (damn you Covid…) but I’m back! Light the candles, sing and dance out loud! Or maybe just nod your head going “umm hmm”.

    Rank these schmos for save chasing please:
    Burdi, Karinchak, (Mein) Gott, Bass.

    Also Monty, S Howard or M Kelly for SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you! Bass, Burdi…Kelly

  80. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    1. Pick 2 SP: Chatwood, Lucchesi, Musgrove, or Singer
    2. Need an RP ( league counts saves and holds) and my choices are Kennedy, Burdi, Wilson, or Dolis.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Musgrove, Singer…Kennedy

      • SF says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. joeurso1 says:
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    1. Bassit or M. Kelly? Both on my wire.

    2. Is it me or is Trout striking out a lot? 8 Ks in 5 games. That’s way more than his usual pace. Maybe he’s starting to slow down. Something to watch for, me thinks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Kelly 2. Meh just a short slump

  82. Play Ball says:
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    Catcher question – in order, who would you take?

    1. McCann – ChiSox
    2. Jansen
    3. Garver

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garver

  83. William Hung says:
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    Hopefully Mondesi gets going soon – dropped to the 6th spot today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  84. Will says:
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    Soto getting screwed by the DC authorities, can’t play until completes 14 day quarantine – now out until Aug 4th.

    Baseball should have one set of rules for returning covid players. This is a mess.

    • hondo says:
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      DC’s mayor wants the attention.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously?!

      • hondo says:
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        LA has the same policy but it hasn’t come up yet.(Thankfully)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t see Soto needing to be out 14 days anywhere

          • Will says:
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            Here you go:

            Juan Soto
            Eyeing Aug. 4 return
            OFWashington Nationals

            July 29, 2020
            Soto was cleared by MLB Wednesday but due to local health standards, he won’t be able to make his season debut until Aug. 4 against the Mets, at the earliest, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

            Washington, D.C. requires anyone who was exposed to COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days, so he won’t be able to play in either of these next two games against the Blue Jays. This weekend’s series against the Marlins has been postponed, so that leaves next week’s series against the Mets as his first opportunity to get back in the lineup.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That doesn’t make sense…14 days from 29th isn’t Aug 4th

              • Will says:
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                Hasn’t he been quarantining since his positive test? Prob counting those days as part of the 14 day window.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He’s returning for next series, it’s not 14 days

                  • Will says:
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                    It was reported Soto tested positive on July 23rd. August 4th would be 13 days from that date. So if we assume he tested positive on the 22nd and it was reported a day later, then Aug 4th is 14 days.

                    https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1286365378067783683

                    My only point in bringing it up is baseball needs to have the same rules for everyone. What’s to stop say, Boston’s health department from instituting a 14 day quarantine and preventing any Yankees player who hasn’t sat out 14 days from playing?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, gotcha…It’s all very confusing

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I did a Find for 14 on that page and it took me to Bieber article

              • Will says:
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                See my reply above re: 14 days

    • The Harrow says:
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      this is exact idea is why having states rather than one federal rule is just stupid (and the idea of states at all is stupid in this realm too). the issue here isn’t MLB’s problem, it’s WAS state vs other states. now manfred should’ve had i don’t know, maybe his lawyers notice that this could’ve happened, and WAS not play in WAS (no fans anyway, why the f do they want to play their with those rules anyway, it’s not a home field advantage already. they should’ve picked the areas/states where the governors wouldn’t hamstring them, and ONLY play in those parks. moustakas was able to get an extra day probably only since he’s in ohio not DC. these are large advantages for some teams to have in the instances of their players testing positive.

      • The Harrow says:
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        sorry, DC vs other states, the point is the same though.

  85. Dancin Homer says:
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    Just noticed Mike Ford is hitting 6th in the Yankee’s lineup today and Hittertron has him ranked 24th overall…

    I’ll be honest; i’ve never heard of this guy, but is he worth a Batty-call today?

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s worth it

    • jason batteiger says:
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      was a backup last year too

  86. happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6X6-Would you drop Oscar Mercado for either Benintendi or Kyle Lewis? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lewis

  87. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team roto redraft saves only.

    Hi Grey,

    Hoping to vulture saves, but need a bat.

    1) Are Betances, Nick Anderson droppable?

    I’m gleaning from your answers in the comments that Gott is a sleight hold for now. I’m guessing that’s mostly because of Kapler’s screwing with bullpen usage, but also because he doesn’t have dominant closer stuff?

    I guess what I’m asking is…

    2) Please rank Gott, Jeffress, N. Anderson, Betances for save chances.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes — no idea with SFG bullpen

      2. That rank seems fine

    • The Harrow says:
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      betances in saves only can be dropped for any of the new closer or possible closer list which depending on league is: kim, burdi, bass, s.anderson (i’d roster over everybody not named gott at SF), drake, holland, romo, altavilla, hudson (but he should’ve been owned even over a week ago), jeffress and i’d put phelps over betances and knebel too (from usage on both knebel and phelps and esp since phelps had the hardest 2 innings successfully done yet)

  88. Dan Rydell says:
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    Which side of this trade do you guys prefer? 10 team league, 1 catcher, 30 man rosters.

    Kris Bryant, Benintendi, and Carson Kelly (or Jorge Alfaro)
    For
    Matt Chapman, Salvador Perez, Ian Happ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  89. baby seal says:
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    “but like a stripper’s thong, he got singled hard with some terrible luck”

    lol, can you explain this one for me please? hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No! Haha

  90. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    yeah, put in ALL steals guys against ARI, even not fast guys (this noted before by grey, but this is getting out of hand, their catchers must make it like every pitcher is lester or thor)

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      which is weird, since kelly was an STL prospect (although maybe that’s why they dumped him off)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup

  91. Curious George says:
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    Burdi, Davis, Pagan, Hudson in a svhd league?

    Humor has been on point thus far, Grey – nice to see you aren’t a slow starter in a shortened season

    • Curious George says:
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      Missed one: also Drake

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drake, Hudson — thanks!

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        hudson def being used in closer or at least most important bullpen piece here, comes in 0-0 in the 8th with 2 on, stays in for 9th.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  92. krazyivan says:
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    Not sure what is going on with MLB hitters right now. The pitching is just dominating right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Most teams have their #1s starting tonight

  93. Stat Man says:
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    I’m liking Woodruff more than Giolito after their two starts. Giolito had a decent line, but to me he labored his last couple innings.

    • Stat Man says:
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      Plesac outpotched him and faced a more potent lineup than Giolito faced too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

      • Stat Man says:
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        Would you take Woodruff over Giolito?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  94. William Hung says:
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    The Cubs have a Norwood, Underwood, and Maples – there’s gotta be a joke there somewhere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, I’d make it but Trump supporters might get mad

      • William Hung says:
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        All bullpen guys too – speaking of the bullpen, every time I see Alvarado pitch, it’s just boggling to me he gets hit so hard – his stuff looks so electric. Tonight he def got a little screwed by a misplay by Kiermier that lead to a double for Camargo, but wow – he’s lost something since whatever personal issues occurred last year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, it kills me

  95. Russ says:
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    What up Grey
    Holding Musgrove or drop for Plesac?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Russ says:
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      Follow up, Kelly over Musgrove?

      • Russ says:
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        Damn it sorry I messed this one up, it’s on me.

        Your choice in order or Plesac, Kelly, Musgrove

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Kelly

  96. russowl says:
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    buxton or calhoun?

    • russowl says:
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      sorry willie calhoun

    • russowl says:
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      Rangers manager Chris Woodward admitted Wednesday that he has some concern about how Willie Calhoun is responding after he was hit in the face by a pitch during spring training.
      Calhoun suffered a broken jaw back in early March when he was struck by a Julio Urias offering. He was 100 percent for summer camp but went 2-for-37 in intrasquad games and is now 0-for-10 to start the season. “I trust Willie,” Woodward said. “He has no fear, but I want to make sure he’s OK. It’s traumatic to get hit in the face, so I’m obviously keeping that in mind. I want to get him going. I want to make sure he’s a big part of our offense, but also don’t want to put him in a vulnerable position where it creates an issue.”

  97. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am looking to pick up Tanner Rainey the closer in WAS, biut dont know who to drop in order to get him. These are my relievers on my team:

    Nick Anderson
    Giovanny Gallegos
    Chad Green
    Will Harris
    Daniel Hudson
    Raisel Iglesias
    Kahnle
    Kimbrel
    Knebel
    Pagan

    Who should I drop to get him? Thanks as always

    • William Hung says:
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      are you sure Rainey is the closer?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        I havent seen Doolittle closing

  98. russowl says:
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    calhoun is my last bench bat. if i cant get buxton should i look for a hot Fa or hold.

  99. Umpy 70 says:
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    Hey Grey

    standard 5×5 12 team league

    got offered biggio for montas and voit

    voit isnt a keeper for me anyways, but im short at pitching, and have escobar at 2b right now

    do i pull the trigger? intrigued by biggio power/speed combo at 2b, but not sure if i should sacrifice my pitching for it when i have decent bats already (lacking speed though)

    thoughts?

  100. fake name says:
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    my mookie cesar shoemaker for his ozzie brantley cespedes verlander?

  101. Justin Ralph says:
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    Hittertron won’t show anything for tomorrow. Any idea what is wrong?

  102. gwaskiew says:
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    Drop Musgrove for Kelly?

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