Surprised Dylan Bundy is breaking out, said no one because literally everyone said exactly that when he was traded to the Angels. Okay, maybe the O’s are surprised, but I have a feeling even they knew it was coming. They just like losing, right? “We like to be owned by the good teams.” That’s the O’s front office. Even the Pirates are like, “Damn, for Bundy, we would’ve traded you Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows and…well, we don’t have anyone else. You want Colin Moran?” So, Dylan Bundy was masterful yesterday, going 9 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.08. He has changed his pitch mix in a dramatic way. Leaning way more on a slider and easing off his fastball, that has been become increasingly bleh in velocity. His command and Ks have been outstanding, but, I’ll be honest, I’m not 100% sold. Don’t get me wrong, I can be sold. I’m not saying it’s a mirage, go buy some more tigers, Steve Wynn. I’m just saying it’s 21 2/3 IP in three starts. Oh, I’d own him in 100% of leagues, but decreased velocity makes me want to see more. Promising vs. Promise Land. Me like vs. Me likey. Yummo vs. Gummo is a masterpiece. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jo Adell – Getting a routine day off, because he had played two whole games in a row. Sigh. Adell will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, which has already been released to our Patreon. It’s five bucks a month. Ya know, the price of–Actually, there’s nothing that cheap.

Max Stassi – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer. “Hey, Mitch Garver, why are you wearing that East German military outfit?” Deep German accent, “I am going undercover as the Stassi.”

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .167, as he returned to the lineup. Ohstanis don’t want to hear from me, but this is best outcome for his owners. Just let him hit.

David Fletcher – 1-for-5, hitting .333. Maddon compared Fletcher to David Eckstein, calling him Fletchstein. If I may, D. Fleckster. Word up.

Taijuan Walker – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 5.79. Start was made for Taijuan? Well, send it back.

Tyler Chatwood – 2 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 5.40. He went from Tyler the Creator to Tyler the Destroyer. The only way to get that ugly start out of people’s minds is to bring in Blair Underwood’s son.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. This is gonna sound like a crazy person talking, but I grabbed Maikel in a 12-team mixed league, and I’m not dropping him, and he’s in this afternoon’s Buy column.

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (2). WMs got it this year, folks. Check it: Wil Myers, Whit Merrifield, Wuis Mobert.

Nick Heath – 1-for-3 and his 2nd steal. Fun Fact! He’s been in a decades-long war against Nick Skor.

Brad Keller – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 0.00. A. Tyler Chatwood. Q: What people will be saying about Brad Keller next week?

Christian Yelich – 1-for-2, 3 runs, and his 2nd homer, hitting .111. Broke out of a slump with a can of corn that Eloy Jimenez played into an inside-the-parker. Eloy, similar to Elroy, takes a circuitous route to fly balls like he’s in a hovercraft.

Leury Garcia – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .326. Look at what Jean Segura’s doing, and look again at what Leury Garcia is doing. C’mon, short season! LG! Leury Garcia! Let’s go! Flip phone!

Will Smith – Activated from IL. Unlike Will Smith’s marriage, the Braves’ bullpen isn’t an open competition.

Nick Markakis – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer, a walk-off jobber. Sparkakis!

Touki Toussaint – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 6.08 vs. Nate Pearson – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.70. This was a matchup of two guys who I’m uncomfortably excited about aside from results, and Streamonator projections.

Bo Bichette – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. I could really use Bo Biscuit to get hot and start melting butter.

Jonathan Villar – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (2), hitting .269. Yesterday, the Marlins’ pitching didn’t have it, but like every great club, the 1927 Marlins stepped up and found a way to win.

Renato Nunez – 2-for-4 and his 3rd and 4th homer, hitting .273. Got sick of telling you to pick him up, so I don’t think he’s in this afternoon’s Buy, but I would own him.

Chance Sisco – 2-for-3, and his 1st homer, hitting .455. Chance looking like a young Stassi, because in Communist Germany chance is one with predeterminism.

Zac Gallen – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.81. We need to start putting some respect on Gallen…*sees his next start is in Coors*…well, maybe after his next start.

Brandon Bielak – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K in his 1st major league start. Looks like a serviceable righty with decent everything, and nothing that really stands out. A lot of meh and not too much whoa. Sounds like the world’s saddest dating profile.

Ryan Pressly – 0 IP, 2 ER and the blown save, ERA at 40.50. After the game, Pressly donned his karate spandex suit and fielded Zoom reporter questions. He appeared all shook up. Ya’ll need to check out Andre Scrubb. Don’t let the name fool you! Dude’s kinda money. Blake Taylor might also be in the mix. Pressly should be out of the mix.

Jose Altuve – 3-for-4, 3 runs and a slam (3) and legs (2), hitting .192. Well, sure, he knew what pitches were coming before, now he knows what’s coming because it’s the opposite of what he’s not hearing is coming.

Alex Bregman – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .235. Bregman’s home run was off Crichton, and he just took a DNA test, turns out that was 100% a bad pitch, and .01% dinosaur DNA.

Miguel Andujar – Sent to the alternate training site. Why does it feel like Andujar accidentally agreed with Clint Frazier on something in front of management and is relegated to the same dog house, needing a trade to another club?

Jordan Montgomery – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.59. JoMo more like JoMama. Crazy that a 91 MPH fastball hurler with barely three pitches was getting so much hype, which is what I say sarcastically, because he’s a Yankee so of course.

Gary Sanchez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .097. Maybe Gary Sanchez stopped wearing a mask to the plate that was covering his eyes.

J.T. Realmuto – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Back-to-back days with a homer for Jerry Tomato, but not back-to-back games, because they snuck in a 7-inning participation game in-between.

JT Brubaker – 3 IP, 3 ER in his 1st major league start. Saw some people in my leagues pick up this guy, and “it’s fine GIF with fire all around” came to mind. Hey, he could be all right, but 1st start pitching vs. the Twins. Good luck with that.

Gregory Polanco – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. Quick rant: The Pirates are punting. Of course, they are. They’ve been punting for years. Whatever. My bone to pick with them is that they’re not even punting in an interesting way. Jose Osuna, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Cole Tucker, ONeil Cruz–Anyone worth developing! Play them if you’re punting! What are you getting from J.T. Riddle is exactly that, a freakin’ riddle! Jarrod Dyson, Phillip Evans, even Adam Frazier — why play any of these guys? They’re placeholders!

Jorge Polanco – 3-for-5, 1 run and his 1st steal, hitting .294. MIN-PIT yesterday was coming up all Polanco. Show some Price is Right Plinko on the scoreboard to fire up the cardboard fans.

Jake Odorizzi – Will make his season debut this Saturday. His injury was deemed as minor but he ended up missing almost a quarter of the season. Wait, a quarter of the season is only two weeks.

Kenta Maeda – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.65. He Maeda’d into the 6th! What? No good? Okay. His one blemish was Polanco’s homer. No amount of Proactiv is helping there.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .147. I could watch Sano’s dongs all day. He has multiple dongs. Three, to be exact.

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 3rd homer. Rosario averages a home run every 12 games for, like, five years and still gets no respect. He feels the type of player who gets to a World Series and the announcers sound like they’ve never heard of him and no one else has either. By the by, whenever an announcer says “Not too many people know this guy outside of (hometown city),” it means the announcer has never heard of that player.

Byron Buxton – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .174, but he has three straight games getting a hit, so he might be coming out of his early-season funk. Or he might get hurt. One of the two is gonna happen.

Taylor Rogers – 1/3 IP, 2 ER and the blown save, ERA at 4.15. He lost it to the Pirates, but, I don’t know, something fishy about Mr. Rogers blowing a game in his old neighborhood, Pittsburgh.

Jose Ramirez – 3-for-5, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homer, hitting .308. Turning into a 1st half hitter. 1st half of August.

Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 4 walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.50. I don’t own Carrasco in any league. Had concerns about how he’d look this year after last. Obviously when he had an extra three months of rest, I had less concerns, but I will say it’s nice to see him doing well. Aw, Grey’s a big softie!

Yonny Chirinos – Hit the IL with triceps inflammation. Technical term is tricepsaurus.

Rougned Odor – Expected to avoid the IL. Um, good?

Anderson Tejeda – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (1) in his 1st career game and first game above High-A. I’m not saying there’s been upwards to fifteen-hundred Tejada infielders who have played MLB, but I’m not saying there hasn’t either. Tejada will likely return to the alternate camp. Does that stink? It will once Odor’s back.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .289. “Check out this jerk!” That’s Adam Eaton. Frazier won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because, bleh, but he has had a few two-hit games in a row, and might be a light schmotato.

Mike Minor – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.89. He just hasn’t looked good. The preceding was a Minor note.

Mike Fiers – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.63. This game of Fiers/Minor was what I’ve been saying to my wrongful termination lawyer since February!

Matt Olson – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, and three in two games. And you people — yeah, you people! — were already losing faith (I was too). How dare you (and me)!

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .396. Blackmon brushes hair off shoulder, turns to camera and hisses, “I am Chazz Noir.”

Trevor Story – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .295. You know what’s weird? Well, not yet, but you will know after I tell you. I drafted Story in a few leagues in the 1st round, as I ranked him, and it didn’t feel great. Was kinda regretting it. Then I love him once the season starts. That feels like a recurring thing. A *pinkie to mouth* never-ending Story.

Tyler Anderson – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.19 vs. Kyle Freeland – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.41. Just your standard 2020 pitching duel in Coors. Nothing to see here, everything’s totally normal with the ball, and Manfred isn’t putting lead in it to make the games go quicker. No siree Bob.

 
  1. Michael DePinto says:
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    Good Morning…it seems that everyone fell in love with Kikuchi after his last start. I didn’t see it but saw him last year and his first start and was not impressed. Are you streaming him tonight at home vs Colorado in a QS no Wins league?

    • jbona3 says:
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      FWIW Kikuchi has picked up 2-3 MPH on his fastball compared to last year, so there is a difference in performance.

    • Cyler says:
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      I’ve added him for tonight. Stream-o-nator loves his start tonight at home VS Colorado.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m streaming. Wait, is that the right term for owning him for the last 18 months?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HAHA, nice, DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! Home vs. Rox seems fine

      • krazyivan says:
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        Steaming him too-wow-Friday night roofies for everyone-party on to the break of dawn!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Jaco says:
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            Love the mass streams, misery loves company!!!

            Damn Grey I know you don’t write the Saturday blurb but if he throws a gem tonight ur title could’ve been “Yusei Kikuchi? I sei, he’s Gucci”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA, nice!

  2. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    Yahoo, 10 team, h2h, 6×5 including OPS. Several names that have been tossed around, mainly by you, that have me intrigued. Drop Buttrey for either a SP (Christian Javier, Adrian Houser or Chris Bassitt) or another bat (Monte Harrison)?

    My team:

    C – Christian Vazquez
    1st – Matt Olson
    2nd – Hiura, Villar
    3rd – Arenado, Moncada, Chapman
    SS – Mondesi
    OF – Trout, Yelich, Acuña, Grisham, Schwarber
    SP – Scherzer, Giolito, Lamet, Gallen, Plesac, Kelly, Marquez
    RP – Daniel Hudson, Colome, Bass, Buttrey

    Thanks!!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d try Houser

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Charlie says:
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        Thank you both!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  3. hal_incandenza says:
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    You had me thinking there must be two Kyle Freelands and they pitched against each other. (Gentle correction: One is Tyler Anderson.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, crap, brain fart, fixed

      • Dave D says:
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        No, they are the same guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  4. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    What a report, what a mensch!

    a. A lot of pitchers have changed their names from last year. To wit….

    1. Tyler Chatwood – 2019…..Tyler Chitwood – 2020.

    2. Mike Minor – 2019…Mike the miner – 2020

    b. Should have drafted a core of good guys early and then all Os bats for filling in from pick 200+ onwards, amiright? Damn, I want to own every Oriole. I have Handsome Hanser and Nunez and had had Santander earlier and look at Cisco go but I left him for my Falefa. No one be touching my Falefa this year!

    c. How bad is Kimbrel? His ERA actually IMPROVED after giving up yet another run in 1 IP last night!! Seriously, his ERA has gone 54.00, 27.00, 32.40 and 23.8 in his 4 appearances this year. Anyone who can predict what his ERA will be after his next appearance should get the Nobel prize for mathematics. [Psyche, there is no Nobel prize for mathematics I said should!]

    d. On Andujar, I drafted and dropped him like early on in the season maybe even before the start. Why? Where’s he gonna play? 3B, un-uh, guess again (Urshela and company hitting and playing GREAT defense). DH, Giancarlo is there, so that’s a no. 1B? I guess that experiment is over. LF? Don’t make me laugh. Yanks are full of good players with no spare roster spots.

    e. Thanks a bunch for never mentioning Oscar Mercado this year. He’s gone 3/60 or something this year so God knows he hasn’t done anything in any game to warrant even a sniff of a mention. You could have mentioned how bad he’s been, so for this thanks a bunch. I thought Alonso was bad, but Mercado has been disastrous. Close to dropping but still in 1st in one league and 2nd in another so might as well hang on. He might catch fire batting 8th with guys hitting into GIDP’s in front of him.

    f. Haha!!! I noticed that Anderson Tejeda’s name didn’t have the hyperlink in his blurb. And then I finally realized!!! Grey Albright, knower of all, mastermind that ALL other masterminds use as their model, Fantasy Master Lothario, made a typo! You typed Tejada, thinking he was Miguel’s bastard son, meanwhile….his name is spelled Tejeda! Haha, fooled ya! Miguel Tejada+Bobby Ojeda’s sister=Anderson Tejeda! Frank voila!

    g. Have a nice weekend.

    h. MLB quote of the day for August 7, 2020

    ‘If you are used to going five innings and then go six or seven, you won’t have your good stuff. They need to start that from the minor leagues and give pitchers strong arms.’

    Juan Antonio Marichal Sanchez, aka The Dominican Dandy. His debut (July 19, 1960) was a dandy indeed…He took a no-hitter into the eighth and ended up getting the complete game one-hit shutout, walking one and striking out 12! He appeared in every ASG in the 60s after 1962. Also, Marichal and Warren Spahn pitched in the greatest game pitched ever. It involved each pitcher going 15 scoreless innings at Candelstick park until Willie Mays hit a solo HR off Spahn in the 16th, winning it for Marichal 1-0.

    His 162-game average.

    18-10 (W-L), 2.89 ERA 33 GS, 18 CG, 257 IP, 231 H, 97 R, 83 ER, 52 BB, 169 K, 123 ERA+, K/BB 3.25.

    His best year was probably his 1966 season, though he had plenty of very good seasons from 1962 to 1971, excluding 1970 which was not as good.

    25-6 (W-L), 2.23 ERA 36 GS, 25 CG, 307.1 IP, 228 H, 88 R, 76 ER, 36 BB, 222 K, 167 ERA+, K/BB 6.17.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. He did a number on people, huh? Ouchies

      2. Yup

      B. Ha, yeah

      C. Yeah, he’s broke

      D. Oops

      E. Mercado’s been a terrible call, sadly…Didn’t work out, I liked him a lot too, I goofed

      F. Oops, that was a typo

      G. You too!

      H. Makes total sense, more should listen to this

  5. Giacomo says:
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    Hi Grey,
    do You prefer Trent Grisham or Ian Happ in Dynasty Keeper?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Grisham for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  6. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Sorry had one more name change I forgot…

    Nat Gio Gonzalez (2019)…Not Gio Gonzalez (2020)

    Also did you see that the Moran won for MIA after Morin won the night before? Who’s next? Who?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha…Moron?

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Yup, yup. Moron it is!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  7. Cookiecutter says:
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    VIllar got dropped in my league for whatever reason.

    My worst hitters are Moran, Teoscar, Donaldson, JD Davis, and Moustakas (sadly Alonso is not droppable)

    Who would you drop for him?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Moran if you. need steals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  8. Cookiecutter says:
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    VIllar got dropped in my league for whatever reason.

    My worst hitters are Moran, Teoscar, Donaldson, JD Davis, and Moustakas (sadly Alonso is not droppable)

    Who would you drop for him?

    12 team H2H 5×5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  9. Simsbad says:
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    IFK, Jansen, Stassi, d’Arnaud

    Choose one for short term, choose one ROS

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’ll take D’Arnaud for both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  10. Simps says:
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    Grey,

    As always, I enjoy the daily breakdown. Yesterday I was interested to read your blurb about Bubic’s start. He had a decent line but then I read the part about his 92 MPH FB and was turned off.

    A buddy of mine scooped him in our league and I asked him if he watched the start. He did and he told me he his FB was up to 96.7 MPH and his final pitch was at 94.9 MPH.

    Makes him a little more interesting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just did another search and Bubic sits in the 91-92 FB range

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Of course, I could be seeing misinformation

      • Will says:
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        My source agrees and has his fastball at 92.1mph.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah

  11. zombie says:
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    Tough to make someone laugh on a Friday morning after his Twins closer defecates on his ERA in a short season. Butt, the Mr. Rogers shizz? Too damn funny, Grey. Too damn funny. 2020 closers are the worst.

    • CTFDU says:
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      Hi Gray, Kyle Tucker ir Jo Adell ROS?

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Adell for me

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agree with DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

    • Dave D says:
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      No closer’s defecation this year compares to that of Hansel Robles. Kimbrel was totally foreseeable, Rodgers and Robles not so much… not enough time to normalize the ERA either with a good run…

      • Grey

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        Robles has been very bad in the recent past tho

      • The Harrow says:
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        and rogers had 1 baserunner in the 4 previous innings total, if that guy doesn’t get a pass for one inning with 3 hits (no HR’s, no BB’s) i don’t know who should. kimbrel is about as bad as we’ve seen robles be for a while up till last year or worse.

  12. Thundergunn says:
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    Colin Moran or Maikel Franco?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Moran for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maikel

  13. Jimmy Suitcase says:
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    Should I drop Kingery for Maikel Franco? Not sure I can take much more of Kingery’s o-fers

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  14. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Great write up.

    1) Mitch Garver or Max Stassi?

    2) hanser alberto or Brandon Lowe? This is mostly for a bench spot… only have 1x 3B who is hurt (Donaldson) so I’m thinking I make the change. If Donaldson wasn’t hurt, would you still make this move?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Garver and Lower for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garver/Hanser

  15. William Hung says:
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    I’m feeling a big weekend for Bellinger and Suarez. Those are my last 2 guys who are slumping out of the gate

    • Grey

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      Hope so!

  16. BAC says:
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    5×5 OBP 12 team. Need power with Stanton and Reyes slow starts. How would you order R Nunez Franco and Happ?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Franco, Nunez, Happ right now but all streamers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nunez, Maikel

  17. Jr says:
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    Great write up!

    Trade question in a 10 team h2h keeper league. Each team keeps any 5 with no penalty each year. Which side you like in the trade?

    Trout/Gray
    Bellinger/Devers

    I’m guessing Bellinger, but would you trade trout in an unrestricted keeper league?

    • Jr says:
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      For reference, my other options for keepers are Acuna, Bregman, Cole and Flaherty. If i took the belli get side I’d have 6 of these so one gets sent back. Could always upgrade something like move Bregman and a piece for tatis or some other upgrade.

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Bregman and a piece for Tatis would be great. Tatis could be #1 overall next year…

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Bellinger side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  18. TC says:
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    Fried and Castellanos for Austin Meadows and Kelenic in a keeper league. Standard roto. Would you take that deal if you were getting the Meadows side?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Meadows side by a lot IMO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  19. fausto

    fausto says:
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    Chance “Let me see that dong, That dong, da-dong, dong,dong ” SisQo streamed him yesterday @C in a deep lg…might just have to hold on to him now!

    Start odorizzi first game back @nym or nah?
    Threw a 52pitch sim game I’m guessing he’s on a pitch count and my ratios got dunked on yesterday by pressly and rodgers, clownsers.
    Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      If you have unlimited innings then sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

      I’m not starting Odorizzi, but could be an ok 4 IP

      • jnienow says:
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        Odorizzi is at KC not NYM, would you still not start him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Same story, he could give a decent 4 IP

      • fausto

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        Sorry I’m in quarantine because someone my wife works with has The Cov so I waked ‘n baked this morning… Odorizzi is @KC not @NYM. Not that it makes much difference. keeping odorizzi IL’d and stashng Scrubb in case that shakes out before Odorizzis 2nd start. Thanks

        • Grey

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          Damn, be well, man!

  20. wass says:
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    11 team 5×5 QS not W

    1) If all I’m trying to get is a QS any of these guys you wouldn’t start tonight?
    Boyd ($22 on SON) @ PIT
    Civale (-$5.2) @ CWS
    Canning ($5.4) @ TEX

    2) pick up Kikuchi for ROS (or even just today haha) over any of the above 3 guys?

    Thanks for all the excellent write ups and advice Grey!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1) Start em all
      2) Kikuchi over Civale for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      No problem!

      • wass says:
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        Thanks Grey and DT!

        As a follow up, would you prefer Turnbull (likely this weekend against PIT) or Civale’s start tonight?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vs. PITT is better

          • wass says:
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            That’s what I was thinking but forgot I had him in the first question. Thanks Grey! Have a great weekend watching baseball

  21. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    14 Team h2h league (now each day counts as a game instead of a week)

    -2 SP allowed.

    I have Snell vs Yanks and or Bassitt vs HOU

    Team im facing has no SP today but decent pen. I have Snell/Bassitt.

    1.) Bassitt I’d say bench? (unless HOU isn’t a horrible matchup?)

    2.) Snell 3-4 innings, so sure i guess?

    Start both, none or one?

    Mazel Tov!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d bench Bassitt and start Snell

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Thanks DT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is Bassitt home? I’d start him if so… I’d start both

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        He is at home…

        He’s also on my roster bc of your motivational sleeper articles waay back when

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice…Yeah, at home is fine with me

  22. johnnyhobbes says:
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    ReNu got it figured it out? i still have eyes on him in a points league– Drop Christian Walker for him?

    Also in a 12 teamer should i hold on to Lance McCullers for a few more starts?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Walker for me.

      Who can you pick up to replace McCullers?

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        thanks for your answer …..the only folks jumping out at me right now are Griffin Canning, Merrill Kelly….. or I could simply keep Kyle Lewis instead of dropping him when I activate Austin Meadows for next week. Its a points league so im trying have all pitcher bench to best stream for the week.
        Other outfielders I have are all pretty much set and forget – JD martinez, Starling Marte, Pham, eddie Rosario at utility. OR i just drop catcher… i hate catcher

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Keep Lewis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  23. Play Ball says:
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    Maeda or Montas for ratios and QS? Maeda has such an easy schedule.

    I watched Maeda yesterday. Super boring, but he gets it done.

    Montas high walk rate of 5% is reminiscent of a couple years ago and concerning. He also has the Dodgers, Rox and Astros lineups to navigate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know their schedules, but if Maeda does, then him

  24. J-Hova says:
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    Great write up, thank you AND lineup optomizer has been killing it!

    Bundy’s fastball was the most hittable pitch in baseball last year, i just can’t buy in.

    Slug and Murs released FELT 4 today. It’s incredible, best work from Slug, Murs and especially ANT who kills it in a very long time. Well worth a listen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Yeah, tend to agree on Bundy, I’m watching, but he’s done a lot of crap in the recent past

      Oh yeah? Nice! Dl’ing it right now

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Also need to DL Amine

        • J-Hova says:
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          I’ll give Amine a shot, though I’m trapped in the mid 90’s.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            If you haven’t listened before, give Good for You a chance and songs Yellow and Veggies

  25. kelly leak says:
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    Buttrey/Pena (LAA)
    Taylor/Scrubb (HOU)

    How would you rank these dudes?
    Closers are pissing me off this year!

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buttrey, Scrubb

      • kelly leak says:
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        Thank you, sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • hal_incandenza says:
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      great question btw

  26. Ghost of Grady Little says:
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    Weekly 5×5 league – Start 2 –

    Edman, Alberto, Swanson

    I think Swanson gets the nod. Not sure about the other slot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Swanson, Hanser

  27. prestige says:
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    Would you stream any of these in 12 teamer? SON not a fan..

    Anibal home vs Orioles
    K Wright @Phillies
    Velasquez home vs Braves

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not in a 12 teamer unless I have to

  28. Whatever says:
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    Lance Lynn’s next start is at Coors, is he matchup proof now because of how terrific he’s been or still bench if possible? Also, Houser gets two starts next week against the Twins and Cubs, close my eyes and pray or bench? Thanks a ton.

    • Whatever says:
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      Apologies, meant that Lynn’s start next week is @ Coors not his next start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t start guys at Coors still, old habits

      I’d pray on Houser

  29. Perfect Game says:
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    Thoughts on Castillo after 3 starts? Where would you rank him today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About same

      • Tigres says:
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        Castillo’s FIP is 1.80, the ERA should come down…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  30. HypnoAce says:
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    Drop Carson Kelly for Stassi? Kelly is playing a lot and doing nothing. Literally reverse Stassi. I shall call him Issats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Issats!

  31. Not sure if it’ll hold up but hangin onto 2nd in our early November draft, and snuck into 1st in our March draft. I’ll take the glimpse of glory as it will almost surely fade. I know you prolly drafted over 20 teams, don’t know how you do it. Both leagues being 50 rounders, been lucky to have enough reserves to band-aid lineups together. Still in 1st in my home league as well, thanks in part to my new law firm, Lewis and Grisham – HA! Thanks and keep the advice comin brother-man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

      Meh, I think I have like 7 teams maybe — then a bunch of Best Ball teams which I don’t have to manage

      • Stack City!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stack stack City, ya’ll!

  32. in says:
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    Don’t know if this is one you’ll have an opinion on, but do you like Forrest Whitley or Michael Kopech in a dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip a coin? Kopech

  33. Ostyle15 says:
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    Grey,

    Amazing write up as always.

    We all know bullpens have been a chaotic dumpster fire this year, so to-wit, can you rank these SAGNOF’s (12 team ROTO standard 6×6):

    T. Gott (SF)
    J. Diaz (COL)
    B. Kintzler
    K. Kela (PIT – upon return anyway)

    Gracias hermano!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Jairo, Kela, Kintzler

  34. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    its being under-reported that Zac Gallen tied the record for most consecutive starts to begin career as a rookie with 3 ER or less. MAJOR STORY.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What was the record?

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        “Right-hander Zac Gallen gave up two runs in six innings to tie Montreal Expos right-hander Steve Rogers’ National League record by beginning his career with 18 consecutive starts in which he allowed than three earned runs or less.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, the great Steve Rogers! Kidding, that is impressive. RIP Mr. Rogers

  35. The Wild Card says:
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    Grey,

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel for saves. Which would you rather have Sulser or A. Scrubb?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scrubb

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        so he’s scrubbing the bottom of the barrel then ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, nice

  36. Boomer19 says:
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    Avisail Garcia or Tyler O’Neil in my 5×5 14 team roto league? Ended up with a bench bat I don’t want. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail

  37. prestige says:
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    Would you stream any of these in 12 teamer? SON not a fan..

    Smeltzer @Royals
    Sensatela @Mariners
    Cease home vs Indians
    Junis home vs Twins
    Milone @Nationals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuck

  38. waffles says:
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    you would trade Britton for E Suarez if you needed power right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  39. thehombre says:
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    Alec Mill’s hype train tickets!!! One seat left. Kerry Klug just got the second to last seat. All aboard!!!!

    -TheHombre

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’m gonna sit out this one

      • thehombre says:
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        Will you ride the Alec Mills’ Pony Express?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          vs. STL? Meh

  40. erad says:
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    Chatwood, more like ChatWOOF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  41. 50 Shades of Sonny Gray says:
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    Two slow starting pitchers and have ground to make up with my ratios – start or sit Weaver @SD and start or sit [email protected]?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Boyd

  42. Dave D says:
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    Dearest Grey,

    I curse Hansel Robles. Things were going well for my P’s until he started a dumpster fire that has spread to others on my staff, and Jack Flaherty, my fire captain, has been sleeping through the ringing of alarms. Its a mess. Taijuan added to it a day after Bumgarner. Now I’m hoping Davies, Canning, Merrill K. can uplift me. Woodward goes on Sunday.

    The FA for SP’s in the 15 teamers is brutal. Mulling between your 2018 darling Trevor Williams, Porcello, P. Lopez, Alcantra, Yamamoto for next week. Sh*t show. I really need K’s and W’s.

    My offense is doing well with 64 points but my P is pathetic now with 15. I need to get up to 40 plus so I may just load up on SPs and punt RPs for awhile.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, you’re not the 1st to curse him

      That is ugly, I’d def go Lopez tho, easy call amongst them

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, that seems like a good move. Shallow as F player pool!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  43. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Grey!
    I know how you love a good Catcher debate.
    I have been auditioning Varsho. Meh.
    Free Agents (5×5 OBP roto)
    Stassi, Tromp, J.McCann, A.Nola, Suzuki, Chirinos, and Narvaez.

    Anything jump out at ya?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stassi

  44. Rafael Kam says:
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    Hey Grey! hope you’re well in these troubling times…

    Do we start Alcantara vs the Mets today or just stash him? Streamonator doesnt like it but ah what do he know

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same to you, man!

      I’d stash him for his 1st

  45. Brett says:
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    Drop Pollock for…?

    Ohtani, Will Myers, Fran Reyes

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ohtani

  46. herrlibomber says:
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    Saves suck this year

    Jonathon Hernandez or Scrubb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scrubb

  47. Yaz Mantle says:
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    1. 12 teamer. Start Wacha @home v. marlins? SON has at $3.5.

    2. open utility spot. Maikel or alex verdugo (who SON adores through august 11th)?

    3. in a 6 x 6 (holds league) should i pick up giovani gallegos and if so, who to drop from these?: ottavino, justin wilson, wittgren, blake taylor, diekman, daniel hudson, rown wick, raisel iglesias.

    thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I wouldn’t mess with Wacha

      2. Maikel

      3. Meh

  48. Jimmy says:
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    If you had to pick 2 ROS

    Biggio, JaCoby Jones, Leury Garcia

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Biggio, Garcia

  49. Phil says:
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    Hey Grey! OBP league, have too many 3B (Moncada, Suarez, Yoshi, Doizer, Moose) and Ohtani guy looking to sell.

    would you do Suarez for Ohtani? or Dozier + piece for Ohtani?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier/piece

  50. Mike L says:
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    Which side and is it fair? I give Albies, Kelenic, S.Howard
    I get Lux, Carlson, Glasnow….dynasty full keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies

  51. Jaco says:
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    Happy Friday Grey and Donkey-boi fresh (donkey teeth)

    6×5 12 team roto

    Contreras
    Olson
    Kingery
    Baez
    Suarez
    Ozuna
    Grisham
    Myers
    Machado
    Renato
    Berti
    (IL) Madrigal

    Giolito, Paddack, Castillo, Lamet, House, Gallen, streamer
    Jansen, Hand, Karinchak, Pomeranz, Sulser

    A). Can’t keep holding Kingery can we?? Batting 7/8 hole anyways….sickening!!! 1-5 hitters only for Jaco. Would you drop him for Johnny Schoop?

    B). Currently have berti as my Lone bench bat, do you like any of these guys more? I don’t have a ton of base stealers and love bertis position eligibility, but would love ur input:
    Berti, Canha, Peralta, Aguilar, Monte Harrison

    W). Would you roster one of these guys or just keep streaming the last rotation spot:

    Merrill Kelly, Pablo Lopez, Bassitt

    P). If ur answer is to stream, do u like Pablo @mets on Sunday?

    Thank you very mucho grande Grey (and D-teeth if ur around)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Go for Schoop

      B. Hold

      W. Kelly prolly, but stream if shallow, which seems to be

      P. Sounds fine

  52. toolshed says:
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    The pirates should be fined from the leqgue and not get any revenue sharing for what they are doing. It is a disgrace. The prospects are technically also placeholders. They will go somewhere else to get a paycheck as soon as they are able to. You know pit won’t pay them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it really is BS

  53. Gary Z says:
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    Hey Grey!

    1) Appreciated the read today, nice work! Always liked Bundy cuz of his fastball, I don’t see him out in LA, but it sounds like much of what Hader is doing to adjust to hitters sitting on his heater. He’s been throwing sliders and change ups for strikes…great to see power pitchers adjusting!

    2)Quick question for you, im in a league w/ saves & holds, out of these guys, I need to lose one or two to pick up Scrubb and possibly another Starter.

    Romo, Duffey, T.May, Karinchak, D. Castillo, E. Pagan, Familia, Bass, Sulser, Graterol…i seem to be fine on holds, need saves

    Thanks for the help as always and have a great weekend!

    • Gary Z says:
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      side note, I do have Melancon and Hudson for saves as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Thanks!

      2. I’d lose Familia

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You too, Gary Z!

        • Gary Z says:
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          Thanks Grey! Forgot to ask one more, Teoscar, Kyle Lewis, or Howie Kendrick in an OPS league?

          THANKS AGAIN!!!

          -gz

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Lewis

            • Gary Z says:
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              Thanks!

  54. Maaattttt says:
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    Mike Minor has been killing me, what I get for panicking in my draft and being seduced by 200ks from last year.
    He was my 6th starter until Price opted out and now Soroka is done for the year, so Minor is basically my 4th starter behind Lynn, Gallen, and Luzardo now. Losing starting pitchers has made me hesitant to drop Minor. I feel like he has no value in the trade market. I picked up Merrill Kelly, Javier, Kikuchi and Turnbull over the last few weeks.

    Are there any struggling SP’s with upside that you could recommend I trade Minor for?

    If I cannot trade, I just missed out on Dobnak, should I drop Minor for Bubic, Gibson, or Desclafani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson seems fine…Bielak?

      • Maaattttt says:
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        Yeah, Bielak is available, so is Cease. Do you like Cease’s start against the Indians today?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No way

          • Maaattttt says:
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            Hahaha alright! Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  55. Earl says:
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    I hate to ask this the way my pitching has been going lately but would you start Blake Snell at home against Yankees?

    Almost ever piece of advice I have taken has gone south this past week but keep on trying.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you have to start Snell

  56. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    12 team, 5×5 roto

    Ugh, Chatwood got me good. Is he a drop in 12 teamers – I guess I would use as a second stream spot.

    Current SP: Corbin, S. Gray, Houser, Kelly, Chatwood
    Stream 1: Kikuchi

    Notable streamers available:
    Musgrove v. Det
    Gibson v. Sea

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Musgrove

  57. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10)My bats are heating up so not too worried about them. But my pitching is another story. Been add/dropping daily. My weakest SP are Stripling and Kikuchi who I picked up to stream for his start today. My RP have been a revolving door of mediocrity. Didnt draft much. Just Iglesisas and Melancon/Smith. Figured id wait to see how the ATL played out. Looks like Melancon has the job to himself so I guess that I should just outright drop W.Smith now that hes off of the IL and taking up a spot on my bench. Right now im running with Iglesias, Melancon, Karinchak, Pressly, W.Smith.
    Best available RP-Helsey, Sulser, Scrubb, Drake, Buttrey
    SP-M.Kelly, D.Peterson, Turnbull, G.Richards
    So who do I drop from my relievers? Im guessing Pressly and Smith are expendable. Is Karinchak droppable too now that Hand has saved 2 in a row? We dont count holds.
    Do you like any of those SP over Stripling?
    Sorry if this is a little convoluted. Just looking for a little guidance.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith and Pressly are droppable

      I’d go Kelly, Stripling

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        Already have Stripling. My fault. Post wasnt that clear.
        I could grab Kelly and one of the RP options. Who do you like best of that hodgepodge?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Scrubb or Buttrey

          • dontbichetteme says:
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            Thanks Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  58. Crazy J says:
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    I caught that Chatwood start… I’m second to last, not sure if that helps mitigate the pain… seemed to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouchies

  59. Will says:
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    Cubs – Cardinals canceled for tonight. Which prob means the entire series also gets postponed. At this point being able to field a full fantasy roster on a daily basis is going to win leagues. Also, time to shut down the Cardinals for the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As I said on Monday, I expect they’re shut down a full week like Marlins

  60. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Thoughts on starting tonight:

    Wacha in NY v Miami
    Kyle Wright @ Philly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? I guess Wacha if I had to

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Don’t have to, so I will pass. Thanks for your 2 cents and have a great weekend man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  61. DLev45 says:
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    12 team 5×5 Roto:

    Rank these bench multi-position bats.

    Ian Happ
    Howie Kendrick
    Dylan Moore
    Danny Santana
    Luis Arraez
    Chris Taylor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Howie, Happ

  62. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Danny Jansen
    Kiner-Falefa
    Stassi

    Who do you prefer ROS as of now? I like Isaiah because of 3B eligibility although I won’t use him for that… but he plays everyday.

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m fine if you like Falefel

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  63. dmax04 says:
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    Points league – Garver or the Frenchman d’Arnaud?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garver

  64. Lil Petey says:
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    Here is a stinky, and admittedly auto-drafted team I have.
    This one is from a 10-team, daily, head-to-head redraft.

    League adds OPS and Saves+Holds

    C – Grandal
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Hiura
    SS – Joan Baez
    3B – Arenado
    IF- JP Crawford
    OF – K Lewis
    OF – Meadows
    OF – Castellanos
    CF – Laureano

    Bench bats: C. Walker, V. Robles, Rhysus-Monkey Hoskins

    SP – Leif-Gerrit Cole
    SP – Dylan “don’t call me Ted or Kelly” Bundy
    SP – N. Pearson
    SP – A. Civale
    RPs – Colome, Pressly, N. Anderson, Britton

    IL – Odorizzi

    Need to cut 1 for Odorizzi. Thinking Pressly or one from my logjam at 1B.

    What say you?

    Thanks and great daily read as usual! Have a good weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rhys

      You too!

  65. aintlifegrand says:
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    Lightning round before the Buy column is posted:

    Between Wick and Jairo Diaz, who ya got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz

  66. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Hi Grey. I’m looking to fill in for Lesters no start today. I’m looking at either Bassitt home vs the Astros or Alcantara at home vs the Mets. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alcantara has Covid

      • Uncle Ernie says:
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        The Marlins website has him starting. Any onsite on that. Thanks

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*********

    • Uncle Ernie says:
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      There seems to be confusion the Marlins have him starting. Any word on that

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