Keeping the weekend theme of rookie pitchers not giving up hits, yesterday Domingo German went 6 IP, 0 ER, zero hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.66.  Since I wasn’t very familiar with German — “Guten tag, give your bratwurst my best kraut.” — I decided to watch this game.  German’s curve was made to look very impressive by an Indians team that still does not look right.  It also didn’t hurt that the home plate umpire gave him a very favorable strike zone — “You wear the lederhosen in the Deutschland, Lance Barrett?”  Kept feeling like a more patient team or just a few calls go a different way, and German has loaded the bases on walks with no outs, and, suddenly, he’s in a five run hole in two innings.  Bundesländer?  V to the ielleicht.  Maybe Sonntag had his Sunday best on, but I don’t trust him outside of deep leagues.  Of course, with that said (Grey’s turning the u-boat!), a flyer doesn’t hurt until the German roofie comes and you wake up in Frankfurt with a burly woman named Gertrude.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Sonny Gray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners (2 BBs), 7 Ks, ERA at 6.00.  For how he’s been throwing, a two-walk game may as well be a perfect game.  I really hope he’s not being passive aggressive and just setting us up for failure in his next start that is a widely considered positive by the Stream-o-Nator.

Gleyber Torres – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .327.  This is kinda who Gleyber is.  Home run here and there, solid average.  Okay, won’t Gleyber my point.

Mike Clevinger – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 1 hit, 4 walks, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.76.  I swear sometimes I think I’d do better not looking at some guy’s peripherals.  Clevinger’s numbers still are far from beautiful, but he took the eye test out for a spin yesterday and came home with Lasik (it makes sense if you don’t think about it too long!).

Clayton Kershaw – Hit the DL with bicep tendonitis.  No one could’ve seen it coming to avoid Kershaw in this year’s drafts.  Let’s see, though, for s’s and g’s if anyone could’ve seen it coming.  Last time Kershaw pitched I asked, how long until he’s DL’d for his back?  Before that, I talked for about 25 minutes on our top 20 starters podcast about how I would never draft Kershaw.  Then, before that, I talked in the top 20 starter rankings about avoiding Kershaw.  Ya know, I’m thinking maybe, I don’t know, possibly, who knows, could’ve, would’ve, eek, who knows, maybe, yes, someone could’ve seen this coming.  Ya think?  I looked to grab Brock Stewart in my NL-Only leagues.  Also, since we’re here, if you’re wondering how well someone needs to do to convince Dave Roberts they should be in the rotation?  A no-hitter is apparently a good start.  Buehler will remain in the rotation; I’d imagine until Ryu returns in July, at least.

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .297.  He hit two homers in back-to-back games in a stadium that is at the same elevation as Coors.  Monterrey Stadium should really be called Corona.

Rich Hill – Scratched from Sunday’s start but didn’t have a major setback.  The Dodgers are just worried about what the humidity in Mexico would do to his finger.  True story, Hill once stayed in the bathtub too long, and his fingers turned to prunes for 18 days.  At one point, an elderly man tried to eat Hill’s pruney fingers thinking they were his Raisin Bran.

Bud Norris – Left Saturday’s game with triceps tightness.  Chuck Norris left others with injury.  I had an idea…what’s the opposite of a brain fart?  Brain push-in-butt?  That’s what I had.  I had a brain push-in-butt the other day, why not use Jordan Hicks to close?  He throws 110 MPH, is that not good?  I think that’s good.  Any the hoo!  Holland may get a chance to do the job he was signed to do, but waiting for that to happen while holding your breath may be hazardous to your health.  Let’s hope the Cardinals get a brain push-in-butt.

Yadier Molina – Out for a month after a foul tip from a 110 MPH fastball from Hicks went right into his groin.  *every reader but five girls cross their legs*  Betcha Molina wishes he had the idea to have Jose Altuve wearing a batting helmet stand in front of his groin.  That would’ve been a brain push-in-butt to avoid a push-in-groin.  Still with me?  Good!  While Molina deals with his jockular sphincteritis, Carson Kelly will be called up.  I looked at him in my NL-Only leagues, but it didn’t even occur to me to look in mixed leagues.

Jedd Gyorko – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer.  I think he’s only played in three games, because I swear it seems like he homers every time he plays, then is benched for a week.

Luke Weaver – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.60.  I wouldn’t even stream Weaver.  I don’t believe he can get us through a night.

Caleb Smith – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.67.  Cardi B’s brother, Cale B is flat-out dominating.  You know when you can make a 4.5 BB/9 work?  When you’re doing like Cale B and dealing a straight fire emoji of 12.6 K/9.  His xFIP is actually lower than his ERA.  The walks and Marlins scare me, but I’m in.

Joey Votto – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .289.  Anyone want to bet he finishes the year above .300?  No, of course not.  Then why was anyone concerned when he was hitting .250 two weeks into the season?

Max Scherzer – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 15 Ks, ERA at 1.74.  He’s like Sarah Jessica Parker — a workhorse.  Yo, Scherzer you are a SJP!  It’s a major compliment (except to SJP).

Matt Adams – 2-for-4, and his 8th homer, hitting .296.  If the Nats were going to do the smart thing, they’d bench Zimmerman and play Adams.  I don’t think any team in the history of baseball has ever done the smart thing.

Sean Doolittle – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks, ERA at 1.72, WHIP at 0.45, and the win yesterday.  I don’t usually mention closers who are doing well, but that WHIP had me wanting to recognize him.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-3 and his 6th homer, hitting .283, and his 2nd homer in the last three games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Mike Soroka – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.50.  Flipping between German and Soroka — that gave me a brain push-in-butt for a German/Thai restaurant, The Bonn Mi.  No?  Okay.  So, as good as Soroka looked in his 1st start, that’s how bad he looked on Sunday.  As his line shows, still not terrible, but he was kinda all over the shop, which is odd for a guy with his command.

Andrew Suarez – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners (1 BB), 6 Ks, ERA at 3.06.  Looks to be the Giants 5th starter at least until Bumgarner returns.  Suarez has all the makings of a solid stream, guess that makes him the *pinkie to mouth*  Suarez Canal.

Jameson Taillon – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.42.  Better, right direction, yadda blabbity bloo.  But what I really want to talk about…here it comes…follow the arrow –>is under 6 innings the new Quality Start?  The way we’re headed in fifteen years we’re going to look at Quality Starts how we look at no-hitters now.  Forget 300 wins for the Hall of Fame, people are gonna be lucky to get 150 wins after 20 years.  Do we really need to pull starters at 85 pitches?  This is not rhetorical, I demand answers!

Chad Kuhl – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.12.  Fun fact!  Every time Al Gore meets a Chad, he says, “Chad cool,” then punches him in the face.  As for Kuhl’s fantasy value, I’m interested, when he’s traded to the Astros in two years.

Josh Bell – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, hitting .238.  For whom the Bell tolls, and the ‘whom’ in this case is the people who were able to hold onto a corner man who had one homer in the first month.

Corey Knebel – Expects to return this week.  Either way, Hader gonna Hade, and I’d continue to hold him.

Chase Anderson – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.97.  When you make Adam Frazier look like Rickey Henderson leading off the game, there’s concerns about your pitching.  Adam Frazier can’t even talk about Adam Frazier in third person with a straight face.  “Adam Frazier is the greatest of all-time,” Adam Frazier gulps, “Collector of tiny boats in bottles.”

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-4, 2 runs and three steals (5, 6, 7), hitting .252.  As Shakespeare once said, “To Whit, I’ll take it.”

Jake Junis – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (1 BB), 8 Ks, ERA at 3.18, WHIP at 0.99.  Since I picked him up after his first start of the season, there’s been no time when I’ve considered dropping him.  It’s like I’m practicing tantric sex fantasy baseball-style.  “No, I will not orgasm on a German, I am a Junis man.”

John Hicks – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .292.  Also, has a five-game hitting streak, and the Tigers finally got rid of that dead weight, Mig-something, I forget what they called him.  Could be a little schmotato on Hicks.  Or Hicks might’ve just felt at home because Buck Farmer pitched in this game.

Jake Faria – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.15.  Five and a THIRD?!  Geez, they better rest him an extra day!  He threw a whole 73 pitches!

Aledmys Diaz – Was carted off the field.  They’ve gone too far with new pace of play rules!  *intern whispers in my ear*  Oh, my bad, Diaz was hurt.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting .316.  His schmotato has been burning hot for about three weeks now.

Anthony Alford – 1-for-4 and his 1st steal, as he was called up.  On one hand, he has a solid mix of power and speed.  On the other hand, he’s platooning, at best.  On a third hand that is actually a Hulk Hogan foam finger, his strikeouts are absurd.  I’m ignoring for now, but that could change quickly.

Jacob deGrom – Placed on the DL with a hyperextended elbow.  Mets manager Mickey Callaway described this as being “overly cautious.”  That’s like saying not waking Russell Crowe with a bullhorn after he’s been drinking is “overly cautious.”

Steven Matz – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.23.  At the game was Matt Harvey, sitting behind the Mets dugout, screaming, “Yo, Callaway, I’m gonna sleep with your wife!”

Noah Syndergaard – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.09.  Not saying he’s hurt, but he’s not right.  I mean, look at his walks.  Is this not obvious to the Mets?  You know what, don’t answer that.

Chad Bettis – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.05.  Don’t buy it, he’s the Buttis.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4 and his 5th and 6th homer, hitting .188.  Hot weather and balls flying in Coors can’t get here fast enough.  Also, true of the National Beer Pong Championships.

Kyle Gibson – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.49.  If you click his name, you’ll be magically transported to previous articles on him and earn me .0000000001 of a cent.  If you’re not feeling charitable, I like Gibson.

Eddie Rosario – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (7) and legs (4), hitting .282.  If only someone told you to draft him–Wait, someone did.  It was me!

Delino DeShields – 1-for-3 and two steals (5, 6), hitting .308.  I have so much foresight, I told you to pick up DeShields three years ago! *thrown tomato hits right above head*

Sandy Leon – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .154.  He now has 5 RBIs on the year.  The Red Sox’s other catcher, Vazquez, also has 5 RBIs, and is hitting .193.  And I just spent fifteen minutes Googling around to figure out which one was the ‘defensive specialist,’ because they both look equally terrible.  Supposedly, Vazquez is the defense-minded catcher, and Leon is the professional hit man, and played by Jean Reno.

Charlie Morton – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 2.16.  He’s been iffy two of his last three starts, but I still think Morton’s worth his salt.

Alex Bregman – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .254.  “The boat’s kinda cramped, so let’s just drag the body behind–Wait!  I just saw Bregman move his hand.  I think he’s alive!”

Matt Koch – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.13.  He had a 5 K/9 in Triple-A.  As a stereotypical Italian would say, that’s notta so good.

Kevin Gausman – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.30.  Here’s a weird one.  Gausman is pitching well as far as ERA is concerned, which is the opposite of everything we know of him.  Usually it’s, “Well, at least I got six Ks in the 3 IP, 5 ER start.”  This year, his Ks, walks and velocity, are all down.  Some of that is good — yay walks! — some of that — Ks and velocity, lowercase yay!  He gets the Rays next, and the Stream-o-Nator likes it, and I could see dipping my pinkie toe in the water, but I wouldn’t jump head first.

Andrew Triggs – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the Orioles, ERA at 4.41.  That neighbor you have that put together a softball team, then got benched for his wife.  He’d be an improvement on some of the O’s hitters.

Trevor Cahill – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.25, WHIP at 0.96.  His peripherals are gorge — 11.6 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 2.27 xFIP.  Marla Gibbs can even dig that xFIP!  His velocity has rebounded, his ground balls are solid, he’s not even getting that lucky.  I’m grabbing him!  Not so fast, Random Italicized Voice.  It’s too late, I dropped Scherzer.  Damn, too bad, Cahill gets the Yankees and Sawx next.

Mike Trout – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (12) and legs (6), hitting .336.  This guy could have a future as a baseball player!

Zack Cozart – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting near-.300 in the last week with two homers.  Only 2,271 more hits, and 515 more homers to tie Pujols!  Could get there this year.

Cam Bedrosian – 1/3 IP, 3 BBs, as he started the 9th inning.  While The Sciosciapath may consider this a solid outing, it was a full-on walking.  Who is the Angels closer?  Insert Shruggy the emoji and he’s scrolling through Yelp reviews, unable to decide where to eat.  This shituation is likely just ‘wait until Keynan returns.’

Ryon Healy – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and five homers in the last ten games.  If you’re waiting until he cools off, you might be going about this fantasy baseball thing the wrong way.

Marco Gonzales – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.19.  Doesn’t get much better than his peripherals: 9.9 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 2.74 xFIP.  He’s in the top 25 for getting swings outside the strike zone, and bottom 25 for pitches swung at inside the strike zone.  That sounds logically awesome, then logic drops a mixtape called Bobby Tarantino and has a bottom 50 swinging strike rate.  I’m definitely cyclops’ing him, but his barely 90 MPH fastball makes me think he might be getting by on guile.  I like guile in my favorite 12-year-old eSports player, but not so much in my pitcher.  “Mom, I can’t go with the family to Aunt Susan’s, I’m in the eSports World Series!”  “Timmy, tell your friends you’ll play with them later!”  And that’s how the first eSports Championship got delayed four hours.  Seriously, instead of rain delays, they have mom delays.  Esports Announcer, “Turdlicker27 needs to take a timeout to take out the garbage.  Wait, no, he’s using his one Mom Delay.  Wow, didn’t see that coming, especially with dinner time only 20 minutes away.”

  1. Ryon Healy
    Pujols
    Mitch Moreland
    Matt Adams
    Matt Olson
    Matt Davidson
    Yuli “Matt” Gurriel
    Trey Mancinni
    Of these guys who would you want holding down
    first base. Not that you would want any of them
    5×5 roto. Need HR and RBIs

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Dnut Eastwood: Mancini or Moreland. Moreland sits more often, but when he plays he is a great lineup spot in a great lineup.

      • @Grey: I appreciate all your thoughts. But there is only one stash that makes Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds blush. Trust the Stash, and savior, won the can I get a BY POWER OF GREYSKULL I will take Healy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

  2. CrazyJ says:
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    Salvador Perez, E. Encarnacion, B. Dozier, M. Machado, J. Segura, B. Harper, K. Davis, C. Taylor, T. Anderson, and T. Mancini…

    That’s Sunday’s 2/33 1R and 2 RBI squad. Grrr I should have drafted hitters!

  3. Commissioner of the Fantasy Overlord Anti Defammation League says:
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    Yahoo 12 team 12 cat keeper league… My Felipe Vazquez for his Miguel Andujar?

    I already have Wade Davis and Edwin Diaz.

    Great stuff as always

  4. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Hicks’ photo should be next to “Velocitease” in your glossary. Velo so high, k-rate so low.

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Great write-up!! Better than Eddie Money live on SNL season 3!!

    a. Matt Adams should be called Phat!!

    b. ROS rank ’em: Gardner, LMartin, Chin-soo Choo (Gazuntheit!!)

    c. Mark Twain quote for May 7

    Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: You’re just saying that! A. Ha B. Leonys, Gardner C. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        I’m not just saying that. I really enjoyed Eddie Money….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCHlHJ73MZw……

        I was 11. My sister and I were precocious, our parents basically let us do whatever we wanted to. They let us go and see Grease in a movie theater, just the two of us, when it first came out. It was an awesome time. And your work was as good or better than that feeling I had when I saw Eddie Money on SNL.

        By the by, I don’t have any pitchers going tonight. Which do you prefer?

        a. Penne rigate
        b. Fusili

        Guess it depends, like in baseball, if you are cooking bolognese sauce or if you ‘re having cheese sauce. For cheese sauce, penne rigate obvi and if you have bolognese sauce well…fusili da! Right? Same for MLB decisions.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Ante GALIC: Eddie Money was awesome, to put me on that level, I’m flattered! Penne, all day, e’ery day — especially with the arribbaita

  6. Phil says:
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    Pivetta… I need more IP, QS, and W from my starters, so I think I’m over the guy. Pulling a Castillo never helps.

    So now I’m cyclopsing Gausman, Cahill, Kingham, and Liriano. Which would you grab?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Phil: Of those 4, Gausman.

    • Kingslayer says:
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      @Phil: Let loose the Goose!!!

      Aka that’s Gausman

    • Kingslayer says:
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      @Phil: Let loose the Goose!!!

      Aka that’s Gausman

      • Phil says:
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        Just curious, why Kingham?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Phil: You’re not starting Cahill for 2 weeks, Liriano you’re not starting anywhere, ever; Gausman has weird perfs; Kingham has some upside, maybe it’ll turn into something great

          • Phil says:
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            Alright. I dig your process. Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

          • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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            @Grey: do not besmirch the great Francisco Liriano! I’m in a 15 team AL only league, and I use him there!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, my b

  7. Phil says:
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    Grey, I’m thoroughly underwhelmed by my offense thus far. Batting average for the past couple weeks is about .200. Have yet to have a great week. Please tell me what is wrong with this roster. Did I draft a dog? Just a slow start?
    10×10 league: H, 2B, 3B, HR, runs, rbi, sb, avg, ops, xbh

    C Grandal
    1 Goldy
    2 Escobar (Schoop/Odor on DL)
    3 Bryant
    S Segura
    MI Story
    CI Shaw
    O Harper
    O OZUNA
    O Cain
    U Acuna
    U Suarez
    U Villaneuva
    B Mancini
    B Conforto

    Thanks!

    Also, just traded Villaneuva and C. Anderson for Tanaka. I’m happy, but what’s your take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Doesn’t look bad except your 1st two rounders are starting slow (Goldy, Bryant)… Trade looks fine

  8. Phil says:
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    Last question, promise. Would it be imprudent to dump Mancini and Conforto for Deshields and Adams?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Phil: No problem with Conforto for DeShizz…..Adams is a hot bat right now, but Mancini is probably better long term. If there are enough guys on waivers, pick up Adams and dump him when he eventually cools off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Agree with b

  9. Andrew Ball says:
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    Since were talking about all these Hicks’s are you holding Aaron?

  10. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the great write up Grey!

    16 team H2H weekly points league:

    who should I start this week with my 5th starter?

    Giolito VS PIT and @ CHC,
    Faria @ BAL,
    Weaver @ SD,
    Marco Gonzalez @ DET or
    Lynn @ LAA.

    Who should I start in my last RP slot?

    Koch Vs WAS or
    German Vs OAK

    Thanks again!

  11. Earl says:
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    Traded Justin upton and Michael Conforto for Andrew benendini and Jose martinez.

    Right now none of them doing much.

    Is this a whole lot of meh or did I do ok?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Earl: All of them seem to be meh. If you got Beni, I think you did fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: Agree with b

  12. JakeTPE says:
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    Grey the FML and commentators of Razzball,

    Great recap per usual, Grey. Oh, and didn’t want to let the Flat-billed Pitchypus sighting from last week go unnoticed. Always a thrill for us fantasy baseballer-naturalists!

    So, roster crunch with Smoak back from paternity leave and welcoming the wee Smoak. Then Knebel should be back this weekend as well.

    Who goes (pick 2)?

    Villanueva
    Matt Adams
    Smoak
    Dahl
    Holland
    Soria

    I’m thinking Villanueva and, umm, Soria? My closers would be Davis, Knebel, and eventually Holland. Loathe to give up a guy getting saves for a guy who might get saves but the White Sox aren’t that good. Thoughts?

    TIA!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @JakeTPE: Didnt the manager say Holland was not the closer at this point? Norris’ injury may be a factor also, but I think you lose Holland and Villanueava.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @b the esq.: Thanks for weighing in, B. Yeah, Matheny said basically that last week before Norris got hurt. Holland did pitch the ninth Sunday night in a tie game, so he might be getting closer. And I just like Holland over Soria for the long term, even though it’s not very Sagnofy of me. But I’ll mark you down for those two!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Haha, nice… Agree with b

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey! Have a good day with the light schedule and rest those eyes, sir.

  13. crimedog says:
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    Eddddddddddie! Can I drop him yet?

    Now it’s Puigs turn

  14. John says:
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    Drop Teoscar for DeShields?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @John: sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Agree with b

  15. B-man says:
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    I’m glad you mentioned the Diaz. That was the single most overly histrionic reaction to an ankle sprain that I have ever seen. Dude tried like five times to put weight on his leg, only to wince and flop to the turf like a wet towel. Baseball players, man. SMH.

    Thanks for the best Monday morning reading material Grey.

  16. Tigres says:
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    Grey! About one more week til the one-quarter point into the season. I will wait until then to ask you: “Where is OZUNA?!?!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: I hope he shows up soon

      • CrazyJ says:
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        @Grey:

        And the headline will read “Ozuna or later?”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  17. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey, are you starting Tyson Ross tonight against WAS?

    Rest of season, do you like one or more of maikel Franco, teoscar, cron, Matt Chapman over ryon healy? Thanks!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Sandman: No on Ross tonight. Teoscar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sandman: I am starting Ross in one league, might be deeper than your league… Teoscar

  18. SteveNZ says:
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    Big ups to Cram who mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the BAL lineup looked pretty crappy and that they might be good to stream against away from home.

    I streamed FIVE guys against them this past week (Triggs, Cahill, Tropeano, Heaney and Mengden), all with the help of the SON I might add…

    30.1 IP
    15 H
    3 ER
    5 BB
    34 Ks

    Big ups to me too! And SON.

    • Cram It says:
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      @SteveNZ: Nice! I streamed the middle 3 guys. I love streamers like Tropeano, who hit the DL after the one start you deploy them for. Such good troopers.

  19. Pb&j says:
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    I got Andujar, Cron, and Matt Adams. Who are you voting off the island? Thanks, Grey!

    • Tom says:
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      Andujar will be giving way to Drury shortly so for sure Andujar.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah

  20. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    I get Gausman and Adams for Mancini and Carlos Santana. Thoughts?

    • Willy Mo says:
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      @DodgerWindowClosed: oh hell yes, take Adams and gausman. Adams will be playing vs all righties weather it’s in LF of at 1b. Mancini is very overrated by Grey. Gota like taking a shot with gausman too and it’s not like you are giving up on some kind of stud in Santana who’s been so bad.

  21. JC says:
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    Hey Grey
    Lost Yadier this weekend
    Who do I drop to add a Catcher?
    Jose Martinez, Cron, Villanueva, Mancini, Belt or go catcherless?

    • William Olson says:
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      @JC: dump Mancini… Unless you really need a .268 hitter who will hit 20 homers with zero steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JC: Belt

  22. Buster Moon says:
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    Drop One:

    Schoop, Kingery, Sano

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Buster Moon: Don’t drop Schoop now — he’ll be back soon. Ditto for Sano. Just looked at Kingery’s numbers over the past couple weeks — still pretty brutal. He’d be my drop.

  23. Kingslayer says:
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    Drop Chase Anderson for Vince Velasquez in NL-Only League?

  24. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    After all that Gonzalez talk a leavuemate beat me to him in FAAB! (I figured a buck would do it, he went 2 haha).

    Anyway, would you bench Villar (Kluber, Carrasco, then [email protected]) in a weekly league despite the 4 coors in favor of Peraza (7 against mets and dodgers, but somehow missed all studs except a rich hill start maybe). Villar hasn’t started in 3-4 games so I figure that’s a hard yes (Peraza)?

    Thanks!

  25. eric says:
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    ROS:
    Healy or Balls Flying in Coors Desmond?
    Gibson or after the Saaawx and Bombers Cahill?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @eric: Desmond — Gibson

  26. The Situation says:
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    Hey Grey- ROS, how do you rank them… thanks G man…

    Wacha
    Junis
    Pivetta
    Gibson
    Cahill
    T Williams
    Reynaldo
    Caleb Smith
    Lucchesi
    Soroka

  27. Dave Funnell says:
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    Would you offer Brendan Rodgers for Alfaro in a 11 team keeper points league? Both are $1 and Alfaro would be for depth behind my Sanchez who has an expiring contract. I liked what you once said about him possibly being a top 10 catcher for the cheap.

  28. Kelley says:
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    Enjoy your work. Have some players coming off DL. ROS Will Meyers or Jo-Ma, Sano or Franco, Pick 2 Buxton, Rosario, Mazara. Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kelley: Myers, Jo-Ma — Not Bux

  29. BK says:
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    After Molina injury, my roster is sort of lacking in droppable players.
    I’m likely going to add Chirinos, here are my options to drop:
    Sin-Choo, M. Adams, Souza Jr., D Santana, Foltynewicz, Newcomb, Wacha, O’Day, or Molina himself.

    I’m in 1st, 10 team mixed 5×5 with 1600 innings cap. No real needs/categories I’m struggling in.

    • Cram It says:
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      @BK: For a 10-teamer, most of those guys are droppable, especially Molina.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BK: Molina

  30. Ted Williams Frozen Head says:
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    Are you dropping Non-Stream Weaver in 12T h2h mixed leagues? I’ll throw out there that I watched most of that start (not saying much in time commitment there) and they were scoring on him with broken bat singles and light stuff. Obviously his other recent starts have still been crapola. Guys out there as possible replacements are Folty, T Ross, Soroka, A Sanchez, Stroman (yikes), Skaggs and Caleb Smith

  31. GroovyGreg says:
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    So I was at Nats Park Friday night looking at my brand new shiny Max Scherzer Cy Young bobblehead and watching Harper crush 2 HRs in the first 2 innings when it hit me like a ton of bricks. The victim, Nick Pivetta was in my lineup for the cool line of 1+ IP 6 ERs… you still on board with Pivetta as a SP2 or no? I was looking at Sean Newcomb or Caleb Smith to replace Pivetta, or hold? Thanks as always Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GroovyGreg: I still like Pivetta, that was a terrible matchup… Newcomb’s solid tho too

  32. Squidblob says:
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    Cron or Healy? OBP league, also Ks count against you

  33. Cram It says:
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    Maybe there can be a term for a guy who asks what’s wrong with/should I dump so and so two weeks in? So you can just answer their question with one word and let them know they’re being “that guy”
    Guy: I know it’s early, but would you trade Machado for Matt Davidson? Drop Tim Anderson for Nick Ahmed? Also, the Mets have the best pitching staff in baseball.
    You: Bloaterhosen

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Cram It:
      Haha

    • Ty says:
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      @Cram It: That would be classic! Haha

  34. Gotime says:
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    SON has positive starts for
    Newcomb @TB and @MIA
    Castillo vs Mets and @LAD
    Son Grey vs Oak
    Wacha @SD
    Would you start Wacha Grey who have the highest value or Newcomb and Castillo for their 2 start weeks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gotime: Newcomb and Castillo

  35. Dunder Mifflin says:
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    GGGGGGGGGGG!! Great shit as always!

    Made a deal in a 12 team keep 7 forever. 6×6 ops and qs are extra cats. This weekend I traded berrios for Glyber straight up.

    I feel like in the long term glyber will be of more value. And I have a feeling he is better then the projections this year.

    What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance FML!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dunder Mifflin: Thanks! I don’t mind that trade, think long term you’re right

  36. Wacha says:
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    That Rich Hill “prunes” line nearly made me choke on my breakfast sandwich. Weekly lock– you starting Rich or Hill no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wacha: I’d start him

  37. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Would you drop Robbie Ray? I haven’t seen any outlooks on his return.
    And I just dropped Molina (for James McCann) — couldn’t afford the dead roster spot. And Molina seems to help only BA — never gets many couting stats.

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Norm Ginsberg: You have a DL spot? Keep Ray in there until there’s news. You likely paid a pretty high price for him, so don’t give him away for nothing in early May.

      • Norm Ginsberg says:
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        @JakeTPE: 1 DL [email protected]JakeTPE: 1 DL spot, and I’m carrying Reyes there. He has about 4 more weeks but at least this sounds certain; too many times in past, I’ve carried guys like Ray who linger for 2+ months (the fact that no info is being given is typical of those situations — reminds me of Price last year).

  38. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Great to read your recap of the weekend as usual. Best part my workday- no joke. With Molina, I think even the five girls crossed their legs….. *shakes his head but still laughs at Sandy Leon / Jean Reno joke*…. Help a dude out-Marco Gonzalez, Tyson Ross, Trevor Cahill, Caleb Smith – somebody doesn’t have a seat when the music stops. who be it?

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: also saw that you may be putting some faith in Gibson this year…. hes available too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: Thanks! I’d lose Marco and Cahill, and go Gibson, Ross and Smith

  39. Game of Throws says:
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    I didn’t listen to you and drafted Carrasco… Then I didn’t listen to you again, by trading for your sell hitter from two weeks ago. But finally, I did listen to you by trading your sell pitcher for that sell hitter. If that was too confusing…

    I traded Carrasco for JD Martinez.

    Hopefully it works out for me.

  40. Cohen says:
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    Which start do u like tomorrow?
    Minor vs Det
    Castillo vs Mets
    Newcomb at Tampa
    SON likes Minor start the most

    • Kingslayer says:
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      @@JC: @Cohen: Castillo for me.

  41. I am the walrus says:
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    I picked up Hanley when he was hot. Now he’s not so hot. 12 team H2H league. Do you think he’s keepable or streamable? Other waiver players are Soler, Kemp, Reddick, Thames. Healy.

    • Rudboy says:
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      @I am the walrus:

      I would only drop him for Soler who looks like hes running for post hype sleeper of the yr. Hanley hitting 2/3 in that lineup will bank 95 runs/ 100Rbis. Thats not easy to come by in Fa

  42. Rudboy says:
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    Folks, dont sleep on Gausman! This is probably the last chance to really gwt him for cheap. His fastball was down early on but if youve watched his past 2 games youve seen hes touching 95-96 and hes seeing results. Read Gray’s excellent preseason sleeper read on Gausman. Dont sleep!

  43. Bk says:
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    Pick up Caleb Smith and drop either Wacha, Foltynewicz, or Newcomb?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: Meh

  44. Db says:
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    Drop haniger, mancini, or Othani (hitter)

    • Db says:
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      @Db: or Souza…

      Need a spot for puig coming back on Wednesday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Db: Ohtani

  45. Worm Burner says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Your opening last week about Carrasco has scared me off a little.
    I know you’re not a big fan of Bumgarner either, but which side?

    Carrasco/A Vizcaino/Greg Holland
    OR
    Mad Bumgarner/Aroldis Chapman/E Longoria

    Thanks Grey

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Worm Burner:

      Actually (and I know this to be 100% true) he secretly loves mad bum.
      He asks cougs to ride a tractor with a baseball glove on her right hand singing we are the champions….

  46. Zeus says:
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    Grey I told you about Sonny and Romine catching him but do you listen? Feh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Aw man, sorry Zeus!

  47. chris says:
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    this 10 day DL is killing me. H2H Points and I want at bats.

    I have
    Yadi
    Sano
    Odor
    Miggy
    Beltre
    Hill and Degrom on the DL

    I have to drop wadi for a franked catcher, right?

  48. Bill says:
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    Hey Grey

    Drop Weaver for S. Gray?

    Also, drop Peralta for Deshields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill: Sure, Gray… I’d hold Peralta

  49. frobin2 says:
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    When DJ gets off the DL this week, I have to drop one of the following:

    Candelario
    JoMart
    S Schebler
    Cron

    Which one goes?

  50. Milarky says:
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    I don’t see a start this week beside Walker Buehler’s name, but I’m assuming he gets another go. Would you start him over Lucchessi, who has a home start against Washington? It looks like Buehler would get a home start against CIN.

  51. Ostyle15 says:
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    Senior Grey,

    Great write up as always.

    Looking for a stream this week: Gibson (v. Angels) or Guerra (v. Indians). Who ya got? I’m leaning Gibson (and possibly holding), but hesitating.

    14 team, 5×5 scoring, weekly lock.

    Thanks as always, FB kemosabe!

    • Ostyle15 says:
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      @Ostyle15: *Señor, but Senior, oofffaaatttss!

      • Green monstah says:
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        @Ostyle15:

        Oops thought I had it as Senor not Senior, dang autocorrect!

  52. Old School Brother says:
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    two DL spots, 4 hurt guys that I can no longer afford to be clogging spots.

    Who do you keep out of Myers/Miggy/Moncada/Turner?

    I’m leaning Moncada and Turner but curious to see what everyone else thinks

    • knucks says:
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      @Old School Brother: I’m with you OSB, especially as it seems like 1B/OF are easier to find on the wire. Unless this is FCL. Then please go right ahead and make the wrong decision here, that’d be the plan I’m in favor of.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @knucks: Ha, 12 team h2h. I’ve sadly let my FCL team go by the wayside due to fantrax

        • knucks says:
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          @Old School Brother: So with you. So much harder to churn and burn than I imagined it would be. Can’t focus as well as I would have thought.

          • John O'Brien says:
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            @knucks: U guys are nutz. Fantrax is fine. Just a learning curve. WAYYYY better than espn.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the advice Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  53. Glory Daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    Great write up! As usual!!
    I need saves.
    Who is my best bet
    Bradley ( I already own him) great era and whip.
    Ziegler ( will kill my era and whip)
    Nate Jones
    Reed
    O’Day
    Thanks

  54. knucks says:
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    12 team roto 6×6 (OBP and SLG instead of AVG… QS instead of Wins)

    Hosmer / Tim Anderson / Teoscar
    or
    Ozuna / J.A. Happ

    ?

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Sweet. Cause I just pulled the trigger on that last night. Figured this would be your answer, after watching anime grey but wanted to make sure. Rudy’s trade analyzer very much agreed. But its funny that I’m giving away a package that gave me 5 HRs over the weekend for Ozuna. The Ozuna owners seem very nervous round these parts today. I own him on another team that is starved for power (also have Rizzo on that squad), so I do understand. I saw Kerry dropped him a decent bit in his ranks and I get his reasoning with the data he pulled. Kerry is doing a great job with those ranks this year by the way. But I’m not too worried. Yet. For whatever that’s worth. I haven’t watched too many ABs. He seems to be hitting, just not hitting balls over the wall yet. But he did that at Crayola canyon, he’ll do it again soon. And hopefully often. Maybe pressing for his new team?

        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @knucks: It’s still early, I’m not really worried (maybe I should be)

  55. Murph says:
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    Grey
    My team is going sideways
    Loved the SJP line – and the last paragraph which reads like you ate a bag full of pixie sticks then started writing as fast as possible – brilliance!
    I got questions for a 10team 5×5 non keeper team in 7th place
    Starters –
    C Perez
    1B Freeman
    2B Cesar
    SS Lindor
    3B Devers
    MI Bregman
    CI Chapman or Zimmerman
    OF Stanton, Marte, Acuna, Soler, Cain, Peralta
    UTIL Dahl
    DL Puig, Bird
    Pitchers: Darvish, C-Mart, Snell, Castillo, Soroka, Hill
    RP Allen, Neris, Rodney, Kela, O’Day, Hader

    1 Drop Chapman or Zimmerman for Franco?
    2 Who do I cut when Puig comes off the DL?
    3 Newcomb or Junis over any of my pitchers?
    4 Adam Jones was dropped – pick him up over any of my guys?

    Thanks – and Greetings from Asbury Park!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Thanks! 1. Chapman 2. Soler 3. Meh, Soroka’s your first drop, but I’d hold him for now 4. Nah

  56. Green monstah says:
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    Great stuff as always Senor Grey! Hope your weekend was splendid!!

    H2h pts weekly league, I’m having troubles w/ my catcher position so until my catcher actually hits & heats up I’m looking to the wire to add & start a new catcher for the foreseeable future. Looking atleast this week, will reevaluate next week.

    For this week Kurt Suzuki: has 6 games: 2 @ Tampa ( snell, Yarbrough)
    Then 4 @ Miami (C. Smith, straily, j garcia, urena.)

    Or Francisco cervilli: 5 games
    2 games @ white Sox (giolito, r Lopez)
    3 games vs Giants (Suarez, Jeff shark, Derek holland.)

    Also would I be crazy to bench correa my SS to start Eduardo Escobar or alex bregman at SS instead bregman is my 3b but he’s also eligible as SS, I have other 3b’s I can put there if I move bregman to SS. Escobar is eligible at 3b/SS & DH he’s versatile on my team.

    Next benintendi is it time to bench him ? We start 4 OF’s heres my starting 4: Bryce Harper, benintendi, acuna, Jorge soler. One of my utility slots (we have 2, I have yelich, then on my bench I have polanco, teoscar Hernandez)

    Thanks man!!

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Green monstah: Cervelli — I’d start Correa over Escobar — I’d start Benintendi over Soler

    • Rudboy says:
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      @Green monstah:

      Pick up James Mccann if hes available!! No one is talking about this guy but he will finish top 6. Quote me

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I own McCann

  57. Dean Kongslie says:
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    Cesar Hernandez or Klingery ROS OBP league? How about Tim Anderson vs Klingery?

    In my OF I have an interesting pivot point coming up. Currently, I have Teoscar and Dahl playing well filling in for DLd Puig and Buxton. E. Rosario is also on waivers. Who should I be going with for my last 2 OF spots which both guys are back from the DL?

  58. Jay says:
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    Drop one in weekly points league for hill off the dl, klingham, stroman, castillo or duffy?

    • Jay says:
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      Also could drop r lopez

  59. Murph says:
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    Different team –
    1 Pick two for ROS: Soler, Jose Martinez, Suarez, Conforto, Miguel Andujar
    2 Better pitcher pickup: Buehler or German?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Jo-Ma, Eugenio 2. Walker

  60. EZ says:
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    Who do you like better as a bench depth guy. Tim Anderson or Zach Cozart? Cozart looks like a guy ready to heat up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EZ: Anderson

  61. That shit was funny G! I heard the Kung Fu Panda came to America via the Suarez Canal :)
    ROS ….C.Smith ,Faria or Cahil over Samardjiza? 12 teamer 5×5 mixed. My staff is tops in the league just looking for filler

      • Ty says:
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        @Grey: Thanks homeskillet… What if Kingham were in the equation? Any good shows lately? Westworld has been pretty trippy.. Barry is super funny

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kingham was just sent down… Did you ever watch Line of Duty on Hulu?

          • Ty says:
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            @Grey:
            You told me to watch it a while back and I was digging it but for some reason I never finished the 1st season. I’ve done that with too many shows. I blame it on the weed

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  62. Mookie Cookie says:
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    Love the Al Gore imagery – passionate guy.

    Despite the slow go yesterday against the lowly Giants (ay) I’m pretty intrigued by Soroka. What are your thoughts? Who would you drop for him out of Wacha, Gausman, and Cahill?

    I’m guessing you’re going to say Cahill given the upcoming games but he was just pretty dominant.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mookie Cookie: Haha, yup! Cahill, you can’t start him for two weeks

  63. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Time to cut the cord on Christian Villanueva?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Andy Dwyer: If you don’t want to only use him against lefties.

  64. MW says:
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    Wacha or Sonny Gray ROS H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MW: Gray

  65. jack florida says:
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    FWIW—-When i was at spring training this year, every scout i talked to, both Yankees and other teams—they all love German and claim he has the best stuff in the Yankee minor league system. Yankee front office loves him also.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack florida: If he can get teams to swing at balls 3 feet off the zone all year, he’s going to have a lot of success, but the Indians were chasing yesterday on balls way out of the zone

  66. hugglebottom says:
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    Stream or own:
    Soroka
    Faria
    Kingham
    Pivetta

    Thanks!!!

  67. kwoox says:
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    IN GREY WE TRUST

    Greg Polanco, Asdrubal and trevor williams for lance mcullers and Ozuna? Thoughts?

  68. Nico says:
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    With Yadi down two Molinas, here are my options in ownership % order…

    Ramos, B Mac, Suzuki, Lucroy, J Mac, Iannetta, Barnhart, Maritn. Chirinos, Barnes, Gomes, Wieters, Velasquez…

    Not sure why I listed that many, but thanks for taking a look! Would it be ironic for me to pick up Willy Ramos while Yadi nurses his Willy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: Haha — Iannetta in Coors

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Not worried about his playing time? My league is weekly. Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, not really, it’s a catcher

  69. fredtbn1gs says:
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    SON likes Weaver a lot for his start in SD in a few days. Would you hold him for that game or non-stream as you say and drop him for one of Mahle, Nova, Gibson, Triggs, Faria, EdRod, or Minor?

  70. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Great write-up, as usual. I’m starting to worry about my pitching and entertaining offers for Hoskins (Hosmer goes from bench to UTIL). Other than saves (last) and Ks (8th of 12), my hodgepodge staff is holding its own…

    Staff is the following:

    SP: Bauer, Snell, Mikolas, Pivetta, stream
    RP: Wade Davis, Miller, Steckenrider, Guerrero, Chad Green, Minter

    Which deals would you take (Hoskins/Pivetta for….)?

    1. Kluber/Vizcaino
    2. Greinke/Chapman
    3. Carrasco/Treinen
    4. None

  71. Skeezix says:
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    My offense is drowning, but my pitching staff has been great. I want to dangle one starter to try and improve my offense – considering trade value as well as guys who are best to hang onto for the long ride, which of these SPs would you try and shop? Keep in mind that we keep two SPs into the next year.

    Kluber
    Severino
    Tanaka
    Snell
    Newcomb
    Mikolas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skeezix: Trade Tanaka or Mikolas if you can get anything

  72. knucks says:
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    Had a busy weekend so just catching up with fake baseball, but just saw that my BCrawford batty call from Friday worked out. Went yardy against Folty. Noice.

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @knucks: So funny you should say that. I picked up Crawford last night for a batty call today. His numbers against Eflin are ridic!

      • knucks says:
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        @GrassyKnollRedding: Sick! I’ll prob throw him in another MI slot somewhere, seems like Friday might have been a jumping off point. He got a couple more hits over the weekend, I see. Good looks brother.

  73. AlexCL says:
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    Great summary as always Grey!

    Thinking of dropping Velasquez for DGerman for the short term…thoughts?

    Thanks much!

  74. wudaben says:
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    Would you choose Pillar over Mancini in a points league?

  75. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Good morning over the internet friend,

    Would you be trying to buy low on Au Shizz right now?

    Is this start just an abberation?
    Or are your witch powers again correct when you said pre-season that you were worried the humidor could get into his head?

    Thanks!

  76. The Skrimmer says:
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    So…most of my players are on the DL leaving my lineup in shambles. With that in mind, would you trust starting Schoop and/or B. Norris this week?

    • The Skrimmer says:
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      @The Skrimmer: Also…start Puig this week with his anticipated return for Wednesday or Margot?
      Thanks.

  77. GoJays says:
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    With Puig looking like he may be activated Wednesday, would you start him this week over any of:

    Josh Bell
    Kepler
    Cron
    Conforto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GoJays: I don’t know their upcoming matchups, but unlikely

  78. Milarky says:
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    CBS says Beltre is eligible to come off the DL today, and it looks like he worked out Thursday (their last update). My backup 3B is Gyorko – which of these two would you go with this week? I’m worried they stick Beltre on a rehab assignment.

  79. chrisL says:
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    @Grey…
    Out of these starters please rank for hold/drop
    Fernando Romero
    Tyson Ross
    Chase Anderson
    J Teheran
    J Weaver

    Also…what are your thoughts on J Candelario for 5×5 dynasty with OBP?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chrisL: Ross, Teheran — Jeimer doesn’t interest me much, but I don’t know your options

  80. Jason says:
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    Pick 2 or 4: ross, Roark, gausman, and cahill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Gausman, Cahill

  81. Alan says:
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    Yes, you said to avoid Kershaw. You also said to avoid Sale, Kluber and Scherzer who are absolutely crushing it.

    • fletch f. fletch says:
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      @Alan: He says to avoid all of the top pitchers. It is nothing against their ability, but rather a strategy. At the point in a draft where you buy these guys you should be focused on offense.

      • Whirlaway says:
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        @fletch f. fletch: investment strategy… yes… your largest, most expensive investments need not be in high-risk, high-reward stocks… which is what top pitchers are.

        there’s much safer, steadier returns for large investments

        cheers

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @Alan: based on grey’s projections… he didn’t say Sale, Kluber, Scherzer wouldn’t absolutely crush it…

      note that “avoid” and “won’t perform well” are two different things

  82. DonnieB says:
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    Trying to hold a shitty offense together:
    C Grandal,Iannetta
    INF Abreu,Happ,Machado,Shaw,Anderson and Yuli with Sano on DL
    OF Yelich,Cain,Domingo,Conforto,Margot,Castellanos
    DH Pujols
    Its a 12 team keeper. Where should I start cutting? Happ,Conforto,Margot,Yuli,Pujols? The list is long. Or should I be patient? 2B are scarce without trade.

  83. DonnieB says:
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    Schebler,Kipnis,Franchy are available.

  84. Brett Johnson says:
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    I have too many hitters and need pitching. Would you trade Hosmer or Haniger for Blake Snell?

  85. MikeZ says:
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    Would you drop either Conforto or Matt Chapman for Cron? 12 team 5×5 roto league with no bench — everyone starts.

  86. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    can i drop darvish yet? i could pick up pretty much about 100 pitchers scoring more points right now. on standby waiting for permission

      • ChefBoyRG54 says:
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        @Grey: i wont, but i want to. i mean, really bad just to prove a point to nobody

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  87. Sad Keanu says:
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    Castillo over Pivetta?

  88. Automan says:
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    Hey Grey! Two questions for you…

    1. Might Trevor Cahill be this year’s Rich Hill for the A’s?

    2. Drop Pivetta or Wacha for these guys (below) on the WW?

    N. Kingham
    T. Cahill
    I. Kennedy
    K. Freeland
    K. Gibson
    C. Kuhl

    6×6 ROTO (QS instead of W)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Automan: 1. Hopefully w/out the blisters 2. Meh

  89. SallyCips says:
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    I somehow got through a week with some struggling offense with flying colors, (8-2!). I don’t forsee my luck holding.

    Speaking of holding, should I dump or hold slumping or benched:

    VILAR
    CHAPMAN
    VILLANUEVA

    And pick any of these:

    SOLER
    HICKS
    HANSON
    KEMP

    THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SallyCips: CHAPMAN
      VILLANUEVA

      Kemp, Soler

  90. 1Bisdead says:
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    Which one of a $10 goldy/ rizzo / bellinger would you be most apt to trade away for pieces to win a championship this year. It’s a keeper league- can keep a guy forever if you do choose.

    All 3 are less than spectacular so far this year. Hard call for me.

    Would be aiming for a Chris sale/strasburg return

  91. Jake says:
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    Healy, Desmond, or Mancini?

    Fulmer, Price, or Castillo?

    Suzuki or Zunino?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake: Mancini — Castillo — Zunino

  92. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey, looking to give my offense some punch in a 12-team standard Y! league. Would you drop Mancini for any of the following 1B or hold?

    Carlos Santana, Ian Desmond, LoMo, Tyler Austin, Yonder Alonso.

    Thanks!

  93. William Hung says:
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    Picked up Gallo and now my lineup is:
    C- Grandal
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Chris Taylor
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Lindor
    OF – Betts, Eddie Rosario, Gallo
    UTIL – Shaw
    Bench: B-Hamilton, DeShizz, Moncada
    DL – Odor

    My leaguemates’ impatience with certain bats has forced me to picking up 3 bench bats currently. And don’t look now, but Hamilton is finally above the Mendoza line!

    I play in a H2H format – with that in mind, which bat do you think I can lose if I wanted to add a closer or a streaming pitching spot?

  94. gumball says:
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    ROS in 5×5 yearly please rank:
    teoscar
    mancini
    dah

    thanks l

  95. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Trade my Baez for his Altuve in a 20 team 5×5 keeper (just keep 10 – no limitations)? Thanks!

      • Bill Lumbergh says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. May cost me an extra piece, but I’ll shop smart…?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  96. gumball says:
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    last name from previous should be Dahl sorry

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  97. Bernardo says:
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    Grey, hermano, I believe you are confusing Monterrey and Mexico City. The elevation in Monterrey is about 500 m (about 1,770 ft) so it’s about a third of the elvation of Coors Field.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, really? I was fed the wrong info then, my bad

  98. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team redraft roto 5×5.

    C – Grandal
    1B – Abreu
    2B – C. Taylor
    SS – T. Anderson
    3B – Machado
    CI – Cron
    MI – Peraza
    5 OFs – Bryant, Ozuna, Marte, Leonys, Teoscar
    1 UTIL – Villanueva
    BN – Franchy, Healy
    DL – Buxton
    SP – Morton, Paxton, T. Williams, Wacha, J. Gray, Bauer
    RP – Greene, Herrera, O’Day, Steckenrider
    DL – R. Hill, A. Reyes, Middleton

    1) Who are my drops for Hill, Middleton?

    2) I’ll eventually have Buxton coming back, but any more drops for waiver players Ziegler, Soria, Domingo Santana, S. Gray, Taillon, Pivetta, Chatwood, Faria, Trevor Williams, Mallex Smith?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams, Franchy 2. Williams is on your team, it says there

      • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, already dropped T. Williams for Buehler. Who are my next two drops besides Franchy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villanueva, Steckenrider

  99. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    WTF has happened to baseball, guys either hit a homer or strikeout, that’s when their healthy, which isn’t often. Never seen so many injuries so early in the season. FMFBL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  100. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    If you were trying to get goldy and the other guy wanted either springer or bellinger which would you be more willing to get rid of? or would you keep springer and Belli?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly wouldn’t, but Bellinger

  101. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great work my man, just pulled off this trade in a 12 team h2h 6×6 league keeper and looking for some input:
    My: goldy with 1 yr left at 38
    Rich hill at 9, no contract (can have one signed at end of year)
    Teoscar at 7, no contract yet
    Devers at 7, no contract yet

    For:
    Abreu at 41, no contract yet
    Bregman at 3 years for 10 a year
    Eddie rosario at 7, no contract yet
    Newcomb for 1, no contract yet.

    The rest of my keepers are pricey and I’ve had goldy for a while and he kinda looks done so I wanted to get that contract off the books. I also need to make room to sign acuna and albies to long term contracts. How’d i do? I know i gave up the best player but breg is cheaper than devers and I don’t see abreu as that big of a drop from goldy. Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did well, I’d want the Bregman side

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Grey: thanks, you da man FML

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  102. Who says:
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    I’ve done 4 trades recently, what do you think?

    1. Give greinke get Rizzo

    2. Give Jose Ramirez, gleyber, Corbin get arenado

    3. Give wacha, A Bradley get darvish

    4. Give Jed Lawrie get archer

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did good!

      • DonnieB says:
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        Can I still get in that league? Next year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure!

  103. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Who’s the 1 drop of these 4 in our 10 Team Yahoo H2H Points League:

    Pivetta
    Folty
    Soroka
    Gibson

    Thanks very much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson

  104. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey!

    Are you dropping Jarlin Garcia, Caleb Smith, Wacha or Nova for Soroka, Mahle, Matt “Don’t Call Me Oil Can” Boyd, or Hellickson? Tough choices, I know.

    Also, I’m in need of pitching, are you dealing Bryce Harper for Kris Bryant and Carlos Martinez? Are you still making the trade if it’s Harper and Alex Wood for Bryant and C-Mart?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jarlin for Soroka — Bryant/C-Mart work, not with Wood

  105. Chud says:
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    Who would you rather own in a dynasty? Rizzo or Goldy?

    Am I selling low on either in a dynasty if I deal one of them for Springer?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not selling low

      • Chud says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        Rizzo or Springer in dynasty?

        Always appreciate the insight!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Springer

  106. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft h2h

    Cahill, Castillo, J Gray–ranked about right?

    All 3 roster-able in a 10 team or stream?

    Thanks g money

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      * Forgot to ask you like Folty over Cahil, Castillo and J Gray?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Over Cahill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo, Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  107. luvdarooks says:
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    So should i dump Reed for Hicks or Barraclough? Reed is on my bench waiting for a REAL CLOSER to emerge?

    • lovedarooks says:
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      … and please ADD Devenski to this list of better than reed for saves which one thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks

  108. MrBigDraws says:
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    Jo Ma or Healy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Ma

      • MrBigDraws says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  109. Skeezix says:
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    Which single one of these guys would you go with this week?

    Wacha (@SD)
    Lucchessi (WAS)
    Tanaka (BOS)
    Weaver (@SD)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi

  110. Daniel Balentine says:
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    Is Cobb, Weaver, or Matz droppable in 12 team 5×5 leagues. (24 man rosters)?

    I’m looking at picking up Cahill & maybe Pivetta or Koch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re on waivers in my 12 team league

  111. Chris says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    Please pick one to sit out this week.

    Luke Weaver @ SD
    Reynaldo Lopez vs Pit
    Trevor Williams @ chw

    Thanks!

    P.S. Is Margot ever going to come around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so on Margot… Lopez

  112. JP says:
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    HxH Keeper league

    Trade Gleyber/Didi(Combined keeper cost of $10) for Altuve/Cain (Neither can be kept)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve

  113. JD Hassett

    Otwins says:
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    Would you trade my Yangervis for Odor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  114. GoJays says:
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    Sounds like Knebel and Miller should probably be activate later this week (like for Friday or so).
    Roll the dice with one of them, or go with Brach in my last RP slot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roll with Knebel

  115. damn Inj's says:
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    Afternoon Grey !! Is it time to cut the line on any of these guys jeff Smarj, ivan nova, Tallion in a 10 team nl/al h2h weekly points league
    4 man bench and 1 DL spot who I have elvis andrus in now
    My staff is , Arrieta, Mccullers, berrios, carlos martinez, dallas K, tyson ross plus the 3 pitchers above….. Who would you drop so I can pick up a fill in catcher for Y Molina? all my offense is playing except for elvis on the DL and now Molina so I have to drop a pitcher… who would you drop ?? thank you for the help Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      NOva

  116. damn Inj's says:
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    oh and 1 more quick question… in my ten team league I mentioned above my closers are chapman and B Morrow… would you drop another one of those starters for archie bradley or just flat out drop Morrow for Bradley ?? we do get 3 points for a HOLD and 7 points for a save.. Thx again Grey !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Samardzija for Bradley

  117. Skeezix says:
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    Pick two of these awful hitters to start this week, please!

    Gyorko (6, MIN, @SD)
    Happ (6, MIA, CHW)
    Piscotty (6, HOU, @NYY)
    Conforto (6, @CIN, @PHI)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      COnforto, Piscotty

  118. Teddy Heater says:
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    So in Fantrax I got totally screwed with Autodraft, It took 10 Starting pitchers for my first 10 picks. Needless to say I own every Pitching cat, except Saves. Who would you be more apt to move Cole, Verlander or Kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Preesh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  119. “He’s all set to make his next start!”
    “Bullpen session went great – on track to start Monday!”
    Sunday afternoon, hit the DL.

    I knew it was too deGood to be true.

    I’ll show myself out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t want deGrom throwing with a hyperextended elbow

  120. chris says:
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    Thanks again!
    who to start this week? kinsler or kendrick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler

  121. Fogimon says:
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    Weekly lineup pick 3;

    Domingo – @Col(4) vsCle(2)
    Cespedes – @Cin(3) @Phi(3)
    Soler – @Cle(3) @Bal(3)
    Zimmerman – @SD(3) @Az(4)
    Mancini – vsKC(3) vsTB(3)
    Encarnacion – vsKC(3) @Mil(2)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo – @Col(4) vsCle(2)
      Cespedes – @Cin(3) @Phi(3)
      Zimm

  122. Fogimon says:
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    Pick 3 for the week;

    Pivetta – vsSF
    Castillo – vsNyM @LaD
    TWill – @ChW
    Weaver – @SD
    Berrios – @LaA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta, Castillo, Berrios

  123. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey,

    Would you drop Nate Jones to pick up either Caleb Smith or Domingo German in RCL?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! I’d hold Jones

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Phew! Glad I asked. And adding Barraclough & Minter to the list of possible drops and Fernando Romero to Smith & German, still holding as is? Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I’d hold

          • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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            @Grey: I don’t know why, but I go from being wholly unsatisfied with my team to feeling comfortably stocked with one of your simple Mehs. I’d be a lot happier in life if I learned to channel my “Inner Grey.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, channel away!

  124. JC says:
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    Drop any of these for Junis?
    Buehler, Taillion, Trevor Williams, Alex Wood or Cueto…
    Cueto is using a roster spot as I have 5 big names on the DL & only 2 DL spots.

    Thx, Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  125. EZ says:
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    Is giving up Moose and Lowrie for Rizzo and Kenley Jensen too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • fletch f. fletch says:
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      @EZ: Not enough if I was the owner of Rizzo and Jansen.

  126. Bk says:
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    How low are you buying on Goldy? Him or Votto? Him or Rizzo? (Including that Rizzo has 2b elg)

    Also, what about JD? Still prefer Goldy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Goldy vs Votto, I’d buy with a top 25 bat — I prefer Goldy still, JD never stays healthy, he’s great now, we’ll see

  127. steve stevenson says:
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    With the news that Cueto is only out 6 weeks, would you add him in a limited moves (19 left for yr) H2H? I have an empty roster spot and can afford to park him there, and am almost certain to make the playoffs in this league. It’s just a question of whether his post-DL production will be worth burning a move.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s going to come back, get reinjured and be gone for the year

  128. peacecoast says:
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    FAAB day. So many pitchers I want! You like this rank of free agents: buehler, castillo, smith, soroka, kingham.

    Started the Expanse. It’s pretty damn good. I read the books so I didn’t think I would like it. What you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What channel? Know nothing of it… Castillo, Buehler

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: hmm i watch it on Prime. I think it was a syfy show. Also I see all sorts of gomorrah wanna me dramas that are not in english. Have you seen any of them? like how vague I am being? One is about rain or some shit. Another one is in Brazil but it isn’t subtitled, it’s dubbed. So that’s gotta be hella lame. These are all netflix suggestions that popped up for me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, the drawback to watching Gomorra, now Netflix only suggests crap in other languages… I tried to watch The Rain (Norway) and The Method (Russia) (why are all foreign shows so basic titles)…They were both pretty bad…

    • steve stevenson says:
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      @peacecoast: the expanse is really good. I started with the show and am now reading the books. Show really starts clicking in season 2.

      Btw grey it’s on syfy

      • peacecoast says:
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        @steve stevenson: It’s pretty well done huh.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ah, thanks!

  129. Bossman Junior says:
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    Question on catchers…
    I am in a deep roto dynasty league 5×5 w/OBP- one catcher league but I own both Austin Barnes and Lucroy. Barnes was supposed to be Lucroy insurance but neither are doing much of anything and AB isn’t even getting any playing time. I am getting desperate…almost added J McCann or Hundley (shudders). Are both Barnes and Lucroy droppable if I find a decent catcher?

    Would you trade Rhys Hoskins for Gary Sanchez? I love Hoskins but have a chance to win the title this year and thought now might be the time to strike on Sanchez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure why McCann brings shudders but owning Barnes or Lucroy is good… I wouldn’t trade Hoskins for him

      • Bossman Junior says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Thanks. It’s hard to stomach the obp of McCann without much of a benefit in any other counting stat.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Harder to stomach Lucroy and Barnes

  130. henncoop says:
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    Hope your weekend was great. Trying to narrow down my SP in a 12 team weekly 5X5.
    1) Need one of the following:
    Berrios @ LAA (SON 6.5) ..tough assignment on the road
    Taillon SF (8.9) …hard to trust the last few starts
    Kingham SF (4.0) ….small sample but looks good so far
    T Willaims SF (-3.1) …the bot still has no love

    2) In the same weekly league I picked up Adams but with Rendon back I wonder about his playing time. You’d think they find a way to get him at bats but is it enough in a weekly league?? He does at least get 7 games this week. Suggestions for Adams in a weekly league?
    Is he a viable option at his point as long as he keeps hitting??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Taillon 2. I’d start Adams one more week

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Sounds good …Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  131. Steve says:
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    Deep league, need to drop a MI fill-in for returning Odor & LeMahieu, would you rather drop Difo or Hanson or both? I only need to drop one for tomorrow but have been eyeing Marco Gonzales, who has the 5th best xFIP in the league and looks to be the victim of a high BABIP.

    1. Which MI is the first drop Difo or Hanson?
    2. Or drop both and pick up Gonzalez (or is he just a streamer)?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Difo 2. Sure

  132. J-FOH says:
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    I think my daughter has some racist leanings hidden inside of her. I asked her to sort her laundry yesterday and she balked at the idea of separate piles. Her exact words were, ” dad, why can’t I make one pile with the blacks on the bottom, the coloreds in the middle and the whites on top” Obviously she rejects the idea of segregation but a rigid social hierarchy is somewhere in there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You ever call her, Georgina Wallace?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: no

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: hey wait, thats messed up

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not to everyone, some would find it to be a huge compliment!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: they also wear red hats with white writing on them

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Are they handmaids?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: its a tale

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  133. Lance Goldberg says:
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    Jo-Ma or Peralta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Ma

  134. MJP says:
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    Can you rank these 5 in order for of season? Thinking of trading for two and the other guy is open to any of them for the same piece: league is 7×7 +OPS and +BB. Thanks Grey!

    N. Mazara
    E. Rosario
    E. Suarez
    J. Soler
    M. Franco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rosario, Eugenio, Maz, Franco

  135. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!! Happy Monday! Lots of things to go over today. Stay with me now…..

    1) no homo but i had a dream last night that i won a contest to go with u to a cubs/cards game in wrigley and nobody knew what you looked like and i was gonna be the first to see you but when you showed up you were in disguise and then i woke up. Ahhhh!!

    2) i traded my Cano/Haniger for his Dozier/Hoskins. How’d i do?

    3) i saw Cueto only out 6 weeks, maybe more, but i dropped him for Walker Buehler. Kinda upset with myself that i didn’t hold him but you think he’s gonna do shit when he comes back right?

    4) Go Cards! Americans Wednesday night. Stan finds out about the neighbors! Llllllets gooo!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. That sounds plausible 2. You did great! 3. Meh, I think he’s done for this year 4. Stan Beeman looks just like Freddie Freeman

  136. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Trey or Scooter for at bats in September?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trey

  137. William Hung says:
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    damn, now someone in my league has dropped Whit Merrifield – isn’t he pretty good? I would guess my drop would either be Chris Taylor or DeShizz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over DeShizz

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! I figure that was tough to type out due to the DeShizz mancrush

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  138. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey!

    In a 10 team roto, 6×6 (OPS & Holds) would you prefer Villanueva or Jo-Ma at your 1b/3b?

    Someone cut Villanueva loose, considering adding him. If you wouldn’t lose Jo-Ma, would you lose Buxton & his achey toe for Vaudevilleanueva?

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Ma

  139. Savoy Special says:
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    I have no question today, but just wanted to take a second to appreciate Miles Mikolas. The dude has 2 walks so far this season. those 2 walks came in a single start. 5 out of 6 starts so far, he’s walked 0 batters.. The Lizard King is legit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Legit!

  140. Cole says:
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    Maybe getting blasted in the nuts will improve Yadier’s demeanor. Hmm. Maybe not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  141. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    MI question pt. deux!

    I see that CHW only have 5 games this week (Nova, Williams, Lester, Chatwood, Hendricks).

    Love me some Tim Anderson, but would you bench him in favor of a SS and MI of: Peraza (7 games, no one remotely good besides Maeda and Rich Hill) + Villar (@Coors for 4, 2 v. Kluber Carrasco).

    TRON says bench Anderson, but I wonder if Tron’s caught up to Anderson’s 2018 talents yet…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar in Coors

  142. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    who gets the best in this trade offer:

    Santana, Samardizja, Jon Gray for
    Goldy, Luis Castillo, Trevor Williams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  143. Ferris says:
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    Do you like Jack Flaherty as a top 50 SP ros? How many IP do you project ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is he in the rotation? Did he get called up? Where’s this question coming from?

      • ferris says:
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        @Grey: no, not called up, he just became available in a very deep league of mine so figuring if he’s worth a high waiver claim, didn’t mean to excite lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… I like Flaherty, but the Cards don’t seem committed to giving him more than maybe 75 IP this year

  144. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, need to bench one. who sits?

    J Gray – vs laa, vs mil
    Caleb – vs atl
    Gausman – vs kc

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Caleb

  145. Big League Wood says:
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    It’s funny that Kingham just got sent down, almost as funny as me not seeing him in the FA pool.

    Pinaowski spend like $188 on Caleb Smith in Tout. That is also funny.

    With JoMo down, does German hold that spot? I’m in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, that is funny… German holds the spot, for sure

  146. OaktownSteve says:
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    Short schedule streamers today, who you got? Pickins slim from the early line ups. I went with Caratini and Nick Williams in the RCL.

    Surprising start of the week has to be Clevinger beating up the Yankees. I left him out of the line up in a double start week. He had a couple so so starts and the Yanks have been trashing people. I’ve pushed all the wrong buttons in that league.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @OaktownSteve: yeah TRON loved altherr in one spot BUT it’s that stupid yahoo daily tomorrow so i can’t adjust for n-will playing over him now since i had to pick this back before 3 AM eastern. hicks for me in multiple spots, AND for deeper spots he’s a non-catcher who counts AT CATCHER, which is huge for consistent at bats (i’m talking AL only and/or 16 teamer with CI/MI and 2-3 utils type) for all the days actual catchers get off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch, Clevinger on the bench hurts, I haven’t had the opportunity to bench my SPs bc not enough of them, which has actually worked out so far… I’ve been looking late at RCL for batty calls, after lineups are in, and I’m not sure who I can drop, so, i.e., I have no batty calls yet…Am gonna look now tho

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I went Blanco

  147. henncoop says:
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    Another SP question in a weekly 12 team roto league.
    Pick one of:
    Shark @ PHI / @ PIT (-0.5)
    Godley @LAD / WSH (7.9)
    Mahle @LAD (0)
    Kingham SF (4.0)

    Thanks for all your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Godley

  148. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    the breadth of the NY media is nutzo. i’ve now seen at least 4 “team X, Y, Z is or isn’t or might be or might not be interested in harvey”. who the F cares, he’s no more relevant than fister at this point (actually less if we go from results in like over 2 years now); we didn’t see a half dozen across 1 full day (we’ll get to 6 if we aren’t already quite soon at this rate) reports on pitchers for where fister might sign. (or colon, really any of those guys the rangers brought in are great examples here).

    either that or harvey’s agent has a LOT of favors saved up in the industry.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i counted them, it’s been 5 in just under 24 hours. SF, TEX, BOS, SEA, DET. this would be funny if one of the blurbs was:
      “when annoyed by somebody paid by harvey’s agent to make a statement about harvey the GM of team W says “seriously, i have a baseball team to run guy, kick rocks, on yr bike””

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  149. Stumanji! says:
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    10 team H2H, is Yadier a hold (bench spot, DL is overflowing) or a drop? Cervelli or Suzuki look like best available options. If I hold, he’ll occupy my “streaming SP” spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop, Cervelli

  150. Ori-Ls says:
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    Grey! Nice write up.

    5×5 OBP 12 team 50 move limit keeper league.

    1.Drop Alen Hanson to take a flier on Caleb Smith? I have been streaming Hanson as the schmotato is strong with him right now. Could there be more than streaming value in Hanson ROS and beyond? I have Odor coming back soon to take Hanson’s spot but I could definitely roster both guys too.

    Other candidates to drop for Smith
    Chase Anderson, Nick Kingham, Jimmy Nelson($1) , Senzel, Domingo, M.Taylor

    2. Hold Kingham until Pirates need 5th starter to see what they do with their rotation? He would be keepable at $10 for next year and $15 for the following year and I like his upside. But I can’t have him taking up a roster spot and not contributing any stats for too long. 3 man bench and I’ve already got Senzel stashed taking up one of them.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes, Hanson 2. I’d hold for now

      • Ori-Ls says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Flier taken.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  151. EZ says:
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    ROS. Kelvin Herrera, bud norris or Felipe Vazquez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vazquez

  152. Dancin Homer says:
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    Happy Monday!!

    Thanks to SON, I streamed both Kuhl & Triggs and was able to put me ahead in K’s, ERA, & QS because of it.

    Now, is it worth holding onto either/ both of Kuhl & Triggs?

    I could drop 1/ both to stream Gant tonight / snag a batty call.

    12-team, 6×6 (QS), H2H league.

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Gant, can lose Kuhl and Triggs for batty calls tho

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  153. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    20 team h2h with QS league had been holding gohara (redraft though) and i could’ve swooped in on german (NYY) but now we have news that gohara was doing badly in minors, and will be a RP in majors probably starting tuesday. drop for any of: lynn, yarbrough, b.stewart (might be a SP now with kershaw and ryu out, but maybe they stick with stripling), miley, barria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lynn or Brock

  154. Balke says:
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    Drop chase for a flyer on German?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  155. LenFuego says:
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    For just this week in 5×5 12 team 2 catcher roto, pick one to start at Utility spot:

    Yonder Alonso ([email protected] and 3 v KC, but he might sit the KC games w/o DH rule)
    Lewis Brinson ([email protected] and 4 v ATL, but not starting tonight)
    Welington Castillo (2 v PIT and [email protected], but, well, he’s a catcher)

    • LenFuego says:
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      @LenFuego: I meant Alonso might sit the MIL games, not the KC ones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yonder

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, right on Alonso… I guess go Brinson

  156. Ty says:
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    10 team h2h drop Scooter for Odor (coming back from DL this week) or try get Semien off of waivers? Hold?
    Thanks.

    • Ty says:
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      @Ty:
      I guess I’m asking to rank Scooter, Semien, Odor ROS…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor, Semien

  157. Db says:
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    Drop one
    Haniger, Dahl, puig, Souza, Mancini

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  158. Dangerfield51 says:
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    Wilson Contreras was dropped, Drop James McCann for him?

    Also Souza Jr. or Ian Desmond?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, go with Willson… Desmond

  159. Steve says:
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    Gohara to bullpen – damn. Drop or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop

  160. kirby puckett says:
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    Hey Grey – Pivetta or Vince Velasquez?
    Thank you sir

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta

  161. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I want to pick Jose Osuna 1b,OF from PIT. i am trying to decide who I should drop for him. My choices are : Minor League OF Brian Reynolds or Jonathan Villar,

    • Scott Kimmel says:
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      what concerns me about Villar is that he is not playing everyday.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh yeah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        now to get him in the starting lineup, i need to drop someone. i am leaning towards Villar

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            so drop Villar and bring up Ozuna?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Marcell? Sure

  162. Steve says:
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    Conforto or Brantley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto

  163. Cohen says:
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    Looking at Thursday
    Gausman vs Kc
    Happ vs Sea
    Both at home, which one is better start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  164. Caught Looking says:
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    Hey Grey, pick one to send to the pit of misery. Pts league where K’s are a minus.

    Matt Chapman
    Ryon Healy
    Franchy

    Thanks! Dilly dilly!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman

  165. Mex says:
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    Dahl or Conforto, ROS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto

      • Mex says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  166. The Great Knoche says:
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    This SoCal weather isn’t too shabby. Going to Petco tonight to do some Tyson Ross research.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Enjoy!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @FrankGrimes: in the Park?

  167. Bobbi Morris says:
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    Need a streamer for tomorrow in a h2h points league:

    Minor vs Det (Fiers) SON 15.4

    Or

    Hellickson @ SD (Richard) SON (-3.8)

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor

  168. JC says:
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    Was just offered Acuna, but He is asking for Machado which I am going to reject. However, I would like to make a counter offer. Here the guys I have my team. What do you think would be a good counter offer to start with & how high would you Go?
    I have
    Smoak, McCutchen, Upton, Shaw, Bryant, Springer, Hanley Ramirez, Schoop, Peraza, Travis Shaw.

    Thanks, Grey..having trouble determining his value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton? Schoop and Hanley?

    • dau says:
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      @JC: use the free trade analyzer to assess value.

  169. herschel says:
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    Darvish just DL’s with some sort of virus for any weekly leaguers.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @herschel:

      Great. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuu can kiss my ass.
      What an F’n waste.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

  170. Cohen says:
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    Grey,
    Pivetta vs SF or Lucchessi vs Wash
    Both at home Wed, which one u like more?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Cohen:
      Pretty even says SON.
      Come on bro pony up for Rudy’s excellent tools haha.
      Giants have the weaker offense.

      • Cohen says:
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        @FrankGrimes: i use SON but i love Greys expertise opinions,lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  171. FrankGrimes says:
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    Shark = Garbage

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Hammered Head Shark

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally, can’t believe I went back in one this guy

  172. William Hung says:
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    Looks like Billy Hamilton’s bat might actually be waking up???? Maybe that’ll get his legs going…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: got fly ball happy rest of the game

  173. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    ok, let’s see if i was right. i said back like a year or so ago that when piscotty’s mom was reported with lou gehrig’s that “this is a segura situation” and once his mom dies and he gets over it he’ll be really good (give a few months buffer maybe). so my guess is somewhere from now till say july he’ll start doing really really well for ROS whenever it starts and will continue to next year. the issue when i said it was that that disease takes like 3 years sometimes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Grey: well to be fair, segura was a LOT better than piscotty pre-family slow death situations, so i’m not claiming equal value here. well except if segura’s steals stay low, maybe then.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  174. Gregg says:
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    Which side?

    Castillo schwarber faria
    Pollock trevor williams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock

      • gregg says:
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        thanks mate

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  175. Q says:
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    Just wanted to say thanks for sticking to your guns on waiting on SP. So many said that the big 4 were worth reaching. I almost did. And it’s not even that those guys have been bad, they’ve been great. But in my 12 team league there are SO many good, interesting guys that I don’t have enough spots for them. I’d much rather have Lindor than Sale or Kluber, who I passed on thanks to your advice.

    Just wanted to throw you some credit for staying sane in a world of “hot takes.”

    Which is maybe the first time you’ve been called “the sane one,” so congrats on that as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  176. Maverick says:
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    Hey Grey
    In an 18 Team POINTS League…(and H2H Combined Scoring)
    Streamonator does not like Heaney at Colorado (and I get THAT). Would you take a chance in Pts League? I’m in tough H2H this week so looking for every point I can manage. And for SnG’s I have Pomerenz at NYY too…I would think he’s a non-start but even a couple points could help get a W for the week?? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @COL? No way

  177. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    First time watching Carlos Santana in a long time. Never noticed he does some stupid toe tap with his front foot before going into his leg kick every at bat. I was screaming, “That’s so F’in’ awkward! How can you hit with that weird hitch????” He made two outs with that weird toe tap. Third time up, no toe tap, just the leg kick, and hit a home run. I’m not saying I could be an MLB hitting coach… But I kinda just did.

    PS: I just came back in the room after dinner and some fat dude named Moronta is now pitching for the Giants in the 10-0 game. At first glance I was like, “Geez, they’re letting Sandoval pitch again?”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, you are indeed a hitting coach!

  178. uncle ernie says:
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    So I traded Votto away and now I really want him back. Not sure why but I do. Encarnacion and Rendon for Votto and Suarez. I get Votto. Thoughts thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  179. jason batteiger says:
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    14 team league, had a freakout (already lost ryu, those with DL openings are vulturing this one up) when i saw darvish hurt (flu only though, not bad, might just be them giving him time to clear his whatever, a la LAD). puig back soon, so i don’t HAVE to drop anybody, but i don’t want this many hitters either. OBP over AVG, hits and total bases added for hitting, QS and K/9 added for pitchers
    C cervelli
    1B au rizz (2B)
    SS machado (3B)
    3B christ newtown
    2B whit (OF)
    OF (3) teoscar, rosario, franchy
    util (2) yelich, fatt adams
    BN puig, kinery (all hitting except C/1B), nunez (same as kingery)
    DL sano
    NA willie
    SP (would prefer 7 with a streamer): minor (streamer), lucchesi, pivetta, otani (pitcher only), wacha, shark, stroman
    RP (2 RP, 2 P slots): j.anderson, strickland, greene, giles
    DL reyes, darvish

    1. kingery the drop here first?

    2. with middleton probably not out long is j.anderson an easy drop here or another hitter if i want more SP spots, SP names to stream from: heaney (i just dropped, @ COL next up), yarbrough, V2, kuhl.

    3. if another hitter in #2 who?

    yarbrough and V2 i want to nab for their next 2 if possible. or at least stream both upcoming. 7 moves per week. shark already blew me up this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes 2. Anderson, lose him

      • Robert says:
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        @Grey: Mancini or M. Adams?

  180. William Hung says:
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    Matt Adams is crushing it right now – looks like the team that dropped Gallo for him is riding that super hot schmotato wave

    • The Harrow says:
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      @William Hung: it won’t be fun winning a league like that, trust me i’ve been in them.

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