The sun rising at dawn as two towheaded surfers paddle out on their longboards.  One surfer, Rob, wears a business suit and sunglasses.  The other surfer looks like Tony Hawk’s wet brother.  Tony Hawk’s wet brother asks, “Why the business threads, my brosef?”  “I’m the commissioner of baseball and could be called into action at any time.”  “Whoa, right on.”  Rob points at the ocean, cascading out in front of them, “You see this Tony Hawk’s Wet Brother?  This water as far as the eye can see?”  “I do, my brosef.”  “This is juice that I will be stuffing into baseballs.”  “Whoa, right on.” And that’s Our Commissioner Manfred surfing in the morning sun.  Yesterday, was another day for the long ball bizzonkers led by the Diamondbacks.  Leading off literally and, well, literally, Jarrod Dyson went 2-for-4 and hit his 4th homer.  Inner monologue, “You know you want to compare how many home runs Dyson has to David Dahl.  You know you want to do it, so do it.  Come on.  Compare them.”  Dyson’s having a nice year.  “A nice year compared to who?  Say it!”  Hopefully, Dyson keeps it up.  “You are the lamest!” Next up literally and literally, Ketel Marte went 3-for-5, 2 runs and hit his 16th homer.  “I dare you to compare Marte to David Dahl!”  Shut up, Inner Monologue!  I hate you!  Next up literally and literally, David Peralta went 1-for-4 and hit his 9th homer, as they started the game Dback-to-back-to-back.  Four home runs is most home runs ever hit in a row. That record is in jeopardy this year in every inning. Then not literally, Ildemaro Vargas went 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and hit two homers (3, 4). I have a hard time suggesting him because names starting with Il confuse my pea brain.  You Il Duce? No? Then goodbye!  Finally and literally, Eduardo Escobar went 4-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and hit his 16th and 17th homer, hitting .299.  Gabe Kapler said to the opposing pitcher, Jer-khoff, “Don’t blow this,” and Escobar screamed, “Did someone say blow?!”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jean Segura – 1-for-5, 2 runs and a slam (6) and legs (4). Has started a bit slow, but he’s hitting 3rd between Harper and Hoskins in a stacked lineup and the weather is just warming, i.e., you think you’ve seen a lot of home runs up until this point? Hold onto your hat.  Nice ten-gallon foam hat, by the way.

Scott Kingery – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 5th and 6th homers, hitting .324.  So, what you’re saying is the ball is flying out of Citizens Flank?  Cool, good to know.  Of course, I’d own Kingery as I’ve said about three dozen times in the last two weeks.

Masahiro Tanaka – Will return today from the paternity list.  The maternity ward is everyone player’s 1st hot stove and #hugwatch. You:  *mind blown*

Andrew Benintendi – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .265.  Benintendi’s been a bit bleh so far this year, but his track record is longer than Prefontaine’s and I’d still be buying low if the opportunity presented itself.  *Opportunity opens trench coat*  Hey now!  Opportunity, you dirty dog.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.52. And you were worried about Chris Sale in April.  Silly, silly, you.  You were supposed to be worried about him in August and September.  I’m not kidding.  His 2nd halves are not the things of unicorns, rainbows and healthy pitching arms.

Matt Barnes – 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.76.  Okay, the Ks are nice, but. At. What. *shakes fist at heavens* COST!  I think I’m done with Barnes, I can’t handle this shizzshow anymore, and he’s nailed down one save in like a month.  I liked your sister, Priscilla, but I’m not liking you, Matt.

Mike Minor – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.52.  Not only is Minor pitching the best he’s ever pitched as a starter in his career, but he’s arrived at the point where I could see starting him everywhere, even in a start like yesterday’s in Fenway.  Would I have said that prior to the start?  No, the cliche is not foresight is 20/20, it’s hindsight’s 20/20 and Tommy Pham is always projected for 20/17.  The more I see Mike Minor on other teams and German Marquez on my teams though…well…I might need a protective cup to avoid a Haniger-like injury.

Michael Wacha – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.63.  He’s alive!  Dot dot dot.  Maybe.  He was facing the Marlins, which is less murderers’ row and more murmurers’ row. The Streamonator hates his next start, and I don’t disagree, but I will now cyclops him vs. just disregarding like trash.

Sandy Alcantara – 5 IP, 1 ER (3 unearned runs), 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.67.  That ticker shock got me.  For doing that to me, Sandy, you don’t deserve Danny’s love or any more Summer Nights. Meh, I’m just playing hard to get, gimme more gimme more, did she put up a fight?  Whoa!  In the MeToo era, that sounds over the line.  We need to cancel Grease.

Tanner Anderson – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks after being called up by the A’s for a spot start.  Going against him: a 6 K/9 and 4+ BB/9 in the minors.  Going for him:  The Pirates gave up on him.

Charlie Morton – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.10.  Damn, Morton’s speaking from the butter pulpit over here!  Then he was relieved with more butter by Poche.  Though, I do miss Itchy and Scratchy.

Brandon Lowe – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 3rd homer in two games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Kevin Kiermaier – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, 2nd homer in four games, hitting near-.300 in the last week.  Am I saying this to try to jinx him into getting hurt?  *blurting out* Yes! Are you happy?

Trea Turner – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  I don’t want to kick a gift Treat Urner in the mouthpiece, but I’d take four steals over another homer.  I have homers, I need steals!

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.92.  The one K says everything doesn’t it?  Or rather the absence of more Ks.  It’s the void.  The longing.  The unrequited–Okay, just reading Hallmark cards now.

Odrisamer Despaigne – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks in his first start, and his career ERA is near-5.  So, no, don’t trust Idriselba Despaigne outside of The Wire or Luther.

German Marquez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.19.  Yay, home starts in Coors.  We decided it was YOLO to start German at home, but now I’m reading Many Lives, Many Masters and reevaluating.

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  I can’t believe I just won Powerball!  This is incredible!  Allow me to rest my winning ticket irresponsibly on this open window sill–NOOOO!!! Torenado!

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Surprised Chazz Blackmonteri took until getting back to Coors to start doing damage.  I’m being sarcastic.  Effin’ of Coors.

Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  HR to the Izzo!

David Bote – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in the last six games and hitting near-.350 in that time.  Do I see a hot *pinkie to mouth* Bote-tato?

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer.  Start everyone in Coors always.  SEICA!

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.36.  He’s pitching like a throwback to a bygone era when balls weren’t juiced.  Like way back in 2017.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Kole shine bright on the diamond, song and lyrics by Rihanna.

Mike Trout – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Damn, this guy is almost as good as that La Stella fella.

Kevin Gausman – 2 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 6.21.  If there ever was a guy in need of an Ineffective List stint, it’s Gausman.  Luckily, he’s about to get draped over by a big, sweaty beard like he’s in the famous Castro bar, The Manhole.  On a serious note, you really have to wonder why all this time Gausman’s been in the rotation and Sean Newcomb (4 2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.59) hasn’t.  Are managers just dumb?  Cause sometimes I feel like I lean on that too much as the answer to everything.

Ronald Acuña Jr. – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer, and his 4th homer in six games.  Tildaddy says you are excused!

Nick Markakis – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .276.  Sparkakis!

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-4 and his 8th and 9th homer, hitting .269.  Sports Contracts dot com reports Albies made $7.76 between homers!

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  As he proclaimed, “I am Freeman, and now you are free too, ball.”  Get a load of the self-righteousness with this guy!

Starling Marte – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer, hitting .289.  It’s a Marte party!  Congrats to the three of you that get that reference.  You’re watching too much of the Cooking Channel for someone who has mastered undercooked and over-promised.

Joe Musgrove – Ejected after 2/3 of an inning for barely grazing Donaldson’s jersey, through no small part of Donaldson Hulk-smashing common sense and screaming for his teammates to hold him back. Then, the Ump Show went into effect and everyone got tossed.  Complained about this in the past, but it was a short schedule, so prepare your eyeballs to hear me b & m. Can’t hear with your eyeballs? Too bad!  This is such a crock of crap to eject players for little to no reason. Imagine you take a half day from work, round up the little sh*theads you call kids and head to the park.  After $300 for tickets, $30 for parking, $150 for food and $200 for souvenirs, your kid just wants to see his favorite player, Joe Musgrove.  Then, seven pitches into the game, he’s tossed. Sure, Josh Donaldson put Joe Musgrove’s ass in the jackpot, but all jackpotted asses need to be tossed? This is ridiculous. Okay, maybe no one’s favorite player is Musgrove, but people paid to see a bullpen game?  An ump show? This is stupid.  Bring on robot umps!  (Yes, I’m hoping to be spared from the coming robot apocalypse.)

  1. toolshed says:
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    You know who Dyson has as many homers as? The answer isn’t Dahl, but you already knew that. It is Jose Freaking 098 ISO Ramirez! Dyson did it in 12 fewer games though.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      !!! And about the same SB

    • Rabbit says:
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      How would you feel if in your money auction league the centerpiece of your offense is JoRam, Giancarlo, and Machado? I guess you’d be feeling about as good as me right now. (And before guys jump on me saying that Grey told us JoRam was going to disappoint this season, he was a keeper for me at $16 which would have been good value even if he just produced at 2017 levels, and no one suspected the Jopacolypse 2019.)

      • cyler8 says:
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        I’d just like to remind everyone of the time someone, it definitely wasn’t me, paid like a bagillion dollars to have Jonathan effing Villar in 2017 to only…well…yeah.

        P.S. it was me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know! Ugh

      • toolshed says:
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        Add shaw in the mix for me too. Great 2b and 3b combo

  2. Aklang says:
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    Speaking of robots, the one scene missing from netflix’s Mother was the robots playing baseball in the cornfield. Just saying

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, haven’t seen it (yet)

  3. Manley Ramirez says:
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    I never quite bought in to those “workin man costly day at the ballpark” anecdotes. Blue collar types don’t like to spoil their kids right so the last thing they should do is buy overpriced crap souvenirs. If you really feel the need then go to Target beforehand and buy a $15 sherzee. And how bout wifey packs some sandwiches for you? Stubhub for the tickets?

    That said, agree with the ejection critique.

    • moses mashers says:
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      I know it has been 9 games without a steal for Turner but you just can’t give him one unfortunately for being close.

    • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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      In St. Louis the Cardinals do a “1st pitch” special, and always have since I can recall. If you show up to the stadium around 830am in the morning day of game you can get 2 tickets for $11.00, even during playoffs and world series. The only catch is you dont know where you’re sitting. Could be front row, could be standing room only section. Before I could afford season tix I would go with my roommate every morning on my way to work and grab 4 tix for $22. Have probably attended 500+ games over the last 8 years.

      Just a heads up if anyones ever in St. Louis and wants to go to a game on the cheap.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        4 tix for $22? Wow, I stand corrected, that’s pretty good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still can’t walk into a park for $15 and just take in a game

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        You can if you want to watch the Tigers, basically a AAA team! $9 every game Standing room and you sit anywhere! I enjoy it so I go to watch opposing teams mostly

        • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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          but, we’re real real real bad…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I’ve noticed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go too! Not like that here in LA

      • rapscallion13 says:
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        The Pirates had a promo where every run they scored one weekend was $1 off tix for next weekend. Showed up just before game time on Archer bobble head day and got upper deck seats for $1 each. Spent a lot more on food and parking than the tickets. Probably wouldn’t have gone if tickets were $300. Not because players might not play, or that nobody would pay that for an Archer bobble head , but my 6 year old usually just wants to go to the right field playground instead of watching the game.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s awesome! I’d be there to for $1!

  4. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    i’d have to be paid to watch 5 minutes of a cooking show but i’ve been using marte party for years. also would’ve accepted “starving marte” as names i’ve called him for years. it’s true too above with manley, you can hide booze in women’s purses as well, esp really really big ones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, hiding booze in the bottle or just pour into a pocket then use a straw inside the park?

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        usually receptacles, but the straw idea is always good too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  5. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Trade j polanco domingod and plesac for abreu and canning in an OBP league?

    • wwekoda2020 says:
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      Or could get abreu and f Valdez

      • DLev45 says:
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        Assuming Quintana has to sit today @COL? Should I move on entirely or ride it out?

        Staff:

        SP:
        Cole
        Buheler
        Maeda
        Gibson
        Ed-Rod
        Miley
        Quintana

        RP: Chapman, Robles, Barnes

        Pivetta, Reyes, Musgrove, J. Gray, Nelson, Mikolas, Luzardo are the kind of guys still on the wire.

        • WhiteRabbit says:
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          hold or you could stream with those last three guys

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Agree with White Rabbit. But yes, sit.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold, it’s fair though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • crimedog says:
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        Fire in the theater on Corbin yet?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, everything is on fire

  6. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Great report, man. And a short schedule too.

    a. Kingery going 3/5 with 2 HRs and a triple! What a bum, he couldn’t go 5/5 for the cycle? I guess I’m just a cyclepath.

    b. Vote for Bote!

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for June 11

    In Society, 1944

    [Albert (Costello) gets up and closes the drawer on Eddie’s (Abbott’s) thumb.]

    Eddie (Abbott): Ow!

    Albert (Costello): Did I hurt you? I’m sorry.

    Eddie (Abbott): You should be sorry.

    Albert (Costello): Now listen. Put ’em up! Put ’em up! [Albert (Costello) wields two pipes like they are small guns towards Eddie (Albert)]

    Eddie (Abbott): Put those down. Stop that.

    Albert (Costello): I’m sick and tired of the whole…

    Eddie (Abbott): Never mind that. You just behave yourself, you understand? No more monkey business from you.

    [Albert (Costello) turns a fawcett and aims the nozzle (unintentionally, of course) at Eddie (Abbott), squirting him with like a gallon of water before he can turn it off.]

    Lou, squirting the man!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yeah, inexcusable!

      B. I just did, thank you for reminding me — he’s now my City Council

      C. Nice!

  7. PB&J says:
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    Hi Grey!

    What do you think of flipping my Chavis for his Bieber?

    Thanks a million.

    • Cram It says:
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      Bieber easily. But Chavis’ stock is bottoming out so good luck swinging that.

      • B_Don

        B_Don says:
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        Agree. Go get Biebs.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with others

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  8. Snacks Zillion says:
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    I am really thin at 1B with Dozier on IR. Would Pujols or Choi or a cold Dietrich be a significant upgrade over Chavis ? Thank you.

    • B_Don

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      If it’s a keeper/dynasty, I’m holding Chavis, but otherwise, he’s gone cold and I’d probably scoop up Dietrich.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with BD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

      • Snacks Zillion says:
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        Thats great, thank you guys very much. All the help is much appreciated. Still in first and the advice here, especially on no name guys that get hot has been a savior with a full IL all season. Many thanks amigos!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    best stream today:
    arrieta vs ARI (7)
    junis vs DET (22.4)
    thornton @ BAL (10.9)
    d.hernandez vs TEX (no number as SON has sharwyn starting)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Junis for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Junis

  10. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Also, spot on with the Musgrove ejection. Well said!

    • Shoegum Reynolds says:
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      C..nt Hurdle just decided it was prudent to run Musgrove back out against the Braves again on Thursday killing off his planned start against the Fish on Friday. Maybe I’ll get lucky and he’ll plunk Dondaldson in the 1st before there’s too much carnage on my stats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Snacks!

  11. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    OPS, hits, slugging, total bases added h2h 20 team league. with both stanton/gallo in DL i have these for OF: bauers (1B), thames (1B), drop which for tapia (back home too) or mercado. could be both for both.

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      Would you drop Carp for Kingery?

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        I’d hold there

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Thames for Tapia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  12. TC says:
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    ESPN doesn’t have Trea with a stolen base last night. Are they missing something, or does David Dahl’s mind games have you all messed up inside?

    • Evil Knebel says:
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      Didn’t have one according to MLB. Was caught stealing

    • knucks says:
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      Agreed, I watched some of that game. A single short of the cycle, but was caught stealing 3rd base according to the box score.

      Grey ain’t gonna be happy about one LESS treat urner-ed.

    • Grey

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      Nah, I jumped the gun, apparently… Fixed the post, my b

      • TC says:
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        No worries! Lol. I’m a forever Trea owner just crying out for him to steal some bags. If his HRs catch up to his SBs, I’m going to be depressed.

        • Grey

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          Me too!

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    Thanks for the write up!

    1. Drop M. Perez for F. Peralta?
    2. Trying to figure out what to do with Jram in my 16-team OPS keeper. Do I trade him for a package like Kingery and Robles? Or, Jram and Wheeler for Ketel and Berrios? Or, Jram and Wheeler for B. Lowe and Berrios?
    Do I aim lower? Hold? I honestly don’t even know what’s fair at this point.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Sure
      2. I’d hold but Robles and Kingery isn’t a bad return in a keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT but 1. Meh

  14. Jason says:
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    Would you drop Carp for Kingery?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      Depends? Do you get points for empty at bats, low batting average, low power numbers?

      If so keep Carp.

      If not trade him in for the younger model.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  15. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey and DT,

    12 Team H2H 6×6 OPS QS 3 OF Redraft

    Would like to stash Gallen or Luzardo for 0 FAB.

    C Narvaez
    1B Bell
    2B K. Marte 2B-SS-OF
    SS Story
    3B Suarez
    OF Yelich
    OF Brantley
    OF Yordan
    UT Voit
    BE Domingo
    BE Puig

    Verlander, Wheeler, Woodruff, Heaney, Flaherty, Musgrove, T. Richards, Anibal
    Weaver IL, Strahm IL

    Chapman, Doolittle, Kelley

    There is no innings limit and the wire is pretty thin for streaming, so tough to drop a pitcher. Any reason to keep hoping for Puig to turn it around, or is there another drop here? If he does turn it around it just makes lineup decisions more complex? Pablo is also available.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hey Saint,

      I’d hold Puig. Would lose Anibal for Pablo and not worry about Gallen/Luzardo for the time being.

      • Saint says:
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        Thanks DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  16. Cab says:
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    One gotta go

    Kingery
    Upton
    Riley

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Upton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. Luke says:
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    Can you rank these three the rest of season, Goldy, Turner, Benintendi

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Turner, Goldy, Beni

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  18. G says:
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    Hiura or Kingery – ROS value? Keeper, long-term value?

    Have Hiura and he has been a strong keeper candidate but I have other options and thinking he could be good trade chip. I also just traded for LaStella to fill my 2b once Hiura got sent down. Someone dropped Kingery (and I have top waiver and wondering if I should burn it). Thanks as always.

    Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Kingery ROS, Hiura long-term.

      Kingery is worth consideration with the top waiver, but depends on the league.

      • G says:
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        Thanks Donkey. Its a head to head category league with AVG and OBP. Hiura and Kingery could be kept at around 10th round value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Kingery

  19. Thundergunn says:
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    Sandy Alcantra blurb..HA!

    Who’ s the better stash, tucker or gallen or cease?

    Jordan Lyles was dropped in my league, I have a dl spot open, worth stashing?

    R. Laureano recent hot stretch the start of something or just a hot schmotato?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Tucker.

      Sure on Lyles if you have the open spot, he is kinda meh though.

      Leaning hot schmotato on Laureano.

      • G says:
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        Thanks Donkey. Its a head to head category league with AVG and OBP. Hiura and Kingery could be kept at around 10th round value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with DT

  20. CTFDU says:
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    Hi, Gallen or Luzardo ROS?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Gallen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip a coin really…Whoever’s up 1st is the answer… So maybe Luzardo, but I’d stash Gallen

  21. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    I think “Jar_Kof” may stick maybe they start the Jack Pack?

    Kingery needs to be on the field every day he can fly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great fan group name! Every Jer-khoff needs a posse

      • Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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        Question is will they all go blind or will they master their domain?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

  22. lzack1 says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Team A : Albies/Baez

    Team B : Mondesi/T. Anderson

    which side you like?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Mondesi for me, it’s fair

      • lzack1 says:
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        Thanks DT!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • lzack1 says:
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        Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  23. Mike says:
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    Would you drop domingo for kingery?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hold for me but it’s a coin flip.

      • Mike says:
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        I like that kingery has shortstop eligibility and althkugh domingo started great a significant amount of his rbis were from the first few games.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mike, if it’s shallow, try to go Kingery — Domingo is better tho long term

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  24. sopadopa666 says:
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    Hello! 14 league 5×5 with Saves+Holds rather than just saves. How would you rank these ROS:

    Holland, Baez, Watson, Parker , Roe, Crick, Oberg, Jimenez, Martin.

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Holland, Baez, Parker, Watson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  25. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    ***bulk alert***

    Jalen Beeks and Pena to go after openers and BULK tonight.

    I don’t think TREAT URNER had a steal last night, lord knows I’m jonesing for him to get 6 in 7 days….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Yeah, wishful thinking on my part, I saw his caught stealing

  26. RickyBobby says:
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    Treat Urner / Berrios or Baez / Paddack?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urner

  27. Dr Y says:
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    Have Chavis at 2b in 10 mixed no mi/ci league. Profar cesar odor Peraza Dozier are available. Senzel was just dropped. Do I make a move or who do you like ros?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Grab Senzel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  28. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    16 team H2H Keeper LEAGUE

    Am I starting:

    Arrieta vs ARI?
    Maeda @LAA?

    THANKS!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d start both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Thankyou both. Arrieta hurt my feelings last two weeks.

        I need LAD to let Maeda go past 5IP on 70 pitches if things are going well again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  29. Cram It says:
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    Remember when every Escobar owner was asking about dropping him half way through April?

    You seem to have something against B. Lowe. He’s been solid and consistent since the jump. Could I pick him out of a line up with D. Robertson and J. Wendle in it? No. But he’s a set it and forget until (if) he turns into a pumpkin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t know why I’m not convinced on Lowe, he’s been more than solid

      April was a struggle, but he’s been around a top 25 bat since

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Yep! remember i analyzed him earlier in season, he profiles as a mini-Baez. could finish season around 24+ HR and 10 stl (though hasnt taken a base for a bit) and finish around a .270 avg.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup!

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            footnote: looks like he’s been sitting vs LHP, something to keep an eye on.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              True

  30. DonnieB says:
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    Please pick top threefor ROS…Laureano,Kingery ,Tucker,Bruce….it is a keeper league….in other words,who is the drop? Thanks for all thoughts.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Lose Laureano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  31. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Think Paxton is fully stretched out to go more than 5 innings/85 pitches, today vs. the Mets? Are he and Peacock (vs. MIL) recommended starts in 200 start limit 11 tm roto keeper league?

    Thank you!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I think he should be.

      I’d start both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  32. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Roto league

    is it worth dropping anyone ot take a chance on pivetta?

    Yonny Chirinos TB SP
    Lucas Giolito CHW SP
    Mike Minor TEX SP
    Martin Perez MIN SP
    Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
    Shawn Kelley TEX RP
    Brad Peacock HOU RP
    Hansel Robles LAA RP
    Sergio Romo MIA RP
    Dallas Keuchel ATL SP
    Tyler Glasnow TB SP
    Luis Severino NYY SP

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Martin Perez…or Severino if that opens a roster spot for you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  33. BigToeCrusher says:
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    Do you think that you’ll ever write a TORENADO-themed coffee table book? Maybe call it something deep like, “Valuable Things – Once Had, Now Lost Forever,” so you pander the intellectuals. They pick it up, read the title, “Oh wow this looks deep and meaningful. I can’t wait to sit on my veranda and curl up to this for several days and learn something about myself,” they say out loud with their eyes closed, in hopes that a stranger sees what a thoughtful person they are. They buy it without reading anything but the title, because they know a good book when they see one. Now on their veranda, with a glass of rose wine , they sit Indian style and turn to the acknowledgements page, which simply reads, “SEICA.” Confused, but not willing to admit it to themself they say, “Yes. SEICA. That makes sense,” and they read on. Panic settles in as they read tales of lost pictures of Big Foot, early documents in world and US history, and the recipe for CocaCola at the hands of something or someone named TORENADO. Turning pages feverishly now, “THIS IS NOTHING BUT NONSENSE!” They scream and hurl themselves over the edge of their veranda. Just before they hit the ground, a purple spiraling cloud appears. They open their eyes and find themselves securing standing on the ground as the purple cloud fades away in the summer air. “I get it now.” They say with a single tear rolling down their cheek. Fade to black. Actually instead of a coffee table book, maybe it’s a movie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, nice!

      The recipe for Coca-Cola — ha!

  34. Jays for Days says:
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    A)Goldy or Bennintendi

    B)Vlad or Baez

    Keeper league, OBP

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      A) Depends on team, lean Beni
      B) Vlad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Meh, Beni, but close

      B) Baez

  35. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    Was offered Voit for Leclerc. Feel like I shouldn’t even have to ask, but I accepted and ran. No brainer, right … ?

    Will have a surplus of power bats after the trade, though. Can you help me decide between cutting Schwarber or Sano? Also have Eloy, who’s obviously been frustrating, but I assume he has way too much upside to give up on him ahead of those two, especially after the two dingers last weekend.

    Finally, would you prefer Diego Castillo or Taylor Rogers for speculating on saves? Everyone in the Red Sox bullpen sans Brasier is out there, too, but it feels like a fool’s errand trying to peg the Boston closer (and I’m assuming they’ll get supplanted before the deadline anyway?).

    Thanks a lot as always, Grey and DT! Hope you fellas have been doing well.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yep, no brainer.

      I’d cut Schwarber.

      Castillo for me.

      No problem!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, Buttlicker!

      Agree with DT except I’d go Rogers

    • Bill Buttlicker says:
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      Appreciate it, guys! Have a good one.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You too, Buttlicker!

  36. Kas says:
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    Grey, please analyze this trade:

    I give: Glasnow
    I get: Hader

    My closers right now are Strop and Hand. There aren’t many FA in my league to pick up for saves, which is why I’m considering this trade. Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d take Hader

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  37. First Time Caller says:
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    The Bot loves Junis v Tigers today (17) which is shocking to me. Only for the stout of heart. I am leaning Lucchesi tomorrow at Giants even though a road game. Which do you prefer?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Lucchesi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  38. Rod says:
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    Here are my closers

    Holland
    Romo
    Doolittle
    Davis
    Jackson

    I’m thinking about dropping Holland for a 9th starter. I’m in a head to head points league, and Holland rarely gets saves. Would you drop him or one of my other closers to pick up a 9th starter? Here are some free agents

    Hudson
    Jurado
    Sandy Alcantara
    Mahle
    Nelson
    Brett Anderson
    Wacha

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sure, Alcantara or take a shot on Nelson rounding into form.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do you really need a 9th starter?

      • Rod says:
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        Probably not, but I’m thinking a ninth starter will produce more than closers like Holland. While his era and whip are good, he only has 9 saves with his last one being converted a month ago. My points league awards both saves and holds. Would it be wise to possibly consider dropping Holland or one of my closers for a setup man as opposed to a ninth starter? Here are some options if you think I should go that route

        Workman
        Buttrey
        Garrett
        Walden
        Kahnle
        Britton
        Stammen
        Baez

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, go for a decent holds guy — Britton

          • Rod says:
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            Over Holland correct?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure

  39. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Does Toronto Cheering Kevin Durante’s injury get Philly off the hook for booing the drunken Santa Clause 60 years ago?

    • knucks says:
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      No.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

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

    You starting Wheeler @NYY today?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I am

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  41. Trial by Donuts says:
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    Pick two for ROS please:

    Kingery, B Lowe, Vogelbach, Avisail Garcia, Joc Pederson

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Lowe and Kingery for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  42. Don't be a Hader says:
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    Lots of Man Love for Kingery from Grey which is adorable…BUUUUUTT, the Trade Analyzer disagrees…BIGLY…on the young Phil. What gives? Can’t really gauge what to give up to deal for the guy when the TA shows so much hate.

    • knucks says:
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      The TA takes track record and PT into consideration, while trying to project ROS value. It gets updated from time to time, but its never 100% up to date in the way your talking about expecting it to value Kingery. Its a guide. You should be able to get a good idea of what your trade value might look like, but that’s also why Grey is here to take care of us too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knucks

  43. RobW says:
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    Couple of questions Grey.

    A. I used the trade analyzer and changed my Albies for Polanco (twins). Per the analyzer, it was a good deal. What do you think?

    B. Only reason I got Polanco is because it seemed a good opportunity, but now I have him, Story and Trea Turner. Do you think Machado + Soroka or Clevinger is a good deal for Story? Guy who’s asking needs power, I need mostly good SP. He could send Clevinger instead of Soroka also.

    Keeper league, 10 team, roto 5×5.

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      A) It’s fair but considering your SS surplus mentioned in B, I would have just held Albies.
      B) I’d keep Story, find a better trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Polanco side

      B. Agree with DT

  44. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    I just dropped B Rodgers for the Notorious Didi; was that a mistake? So frustrating watching him sit half the week and not have another MI to fill in.

    I’m in a 5 way tie for 1st place in a 12 team H2H points league. It’s my biggest money league and is a redraft. Hoping Segue Smooth and Mr. Teeth can help me optimize ROS.

    C – Mitch Garver
    1B -Freeman
    2B – Whit Merrifield
    3B – Baez
    SS – C. Seager
    MI – Didi
    CI – Chavis
    OF – Trout, Eddie Rosario, Tommy Pham, Dahl, Avasail Garcia
    U – Ohtani
    Bench: Kyle Tucker (c’mon Astros! Call him up!), and Dee Gordon
    IL – Upton, H. Dozier

    P – Archer, Plesac, Pivetta (in this slot I could swap RPs in but my team autodrafted the 2nd half when ESPN crashed and it’s why I own Archer/Darvish/Jon Gray. Eff ESPN, never using again)
    SP – Darvish, Hendricks, F. Valdez, Castillo, Jon Gray
    RP – Blake Parker, Alex Colome
    Bench – Carrasco, Domingo German, and Keuchel

    This league has always been obsessed with pitching and rarely making trades. I could seriously offer Trout for Gerrit Cole and Scherzer and the owner would say no (I wouldnt make this offer, just a reference). I’ve also won the ship the last 7 of 10 years, and finished in the money the other 3.

    This year I’m looking pretty good, but I need to build a roster that can win in September (the plight of h2h, as well as the adrenaline rush of playoffs).

    I’m thinking to win this year I’m going to need to stream. Which 2 players on my roster should I drop to free up space? Keep in mind whichever pitcher I drop is going to get picked up immediately.

    Thanks as always my dude!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      The Didi swap wasn’t a mistake.

      Without knowing the streaming options I’d say Framber and Parker are the two drops.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT on Didi

      I’d lose Parker and Gray 1st

  45. swat290 says:
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    This season is frustrating. No need for a stud filled offense and pitching streamers are likely getting hammered…at least my guys are… Perhaps an adjustment in draft strategy is in order? Value swing and miss pitchers over any others?

    Anyways I’ve got a wall that needs some head size holes in it to tend to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “and miss pitchers over any others?” Huh?

      • swat290 says:
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        I think I was trying to say to maybe avoid contact pitchers and go for guys with the higher swing and miss rates on their pitches seeing as fly ball contact seems to be leaving the yard at unprecedented rates.
        Perhaps it’s confirmation bias at work but I haven’t had this much trouble with pitching in a long time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Everyone’s having problems with pitching… Gotta figure out hitting and hope to hit on pitching

          • swat290 says:
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            Very true and my offense has gone cold the last couple weeks which is to be expected at some point. The pitching thing kinda freaked me out a bit and I’m also having terrible luck with matchups this year. Would be doing well in roto, but head to head I’m running into buzzsaws.\

            Either way thanks for letting me vent sir, you are the best!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  46. CMUTIMMAH says:
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    Robot umps and shock collars.

    What MLB has been lacking to keep game speed up.

    Imagine. Someone gets brushed back, benches start to clear. The Robo-Head Umpire pushes a button play a siren over the speakers. This is a warning for the collars to be activated. If anyone gets within 5 feet of the other team’s collar, they get shocked and fined by the MLB.

    OK – feels a little Orwellian… but I’d watch hoping someone gets so mad they forget…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it! Next season’s Black Mirror

  47. bucktail says:
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    Dynasty keep forever OBP league…contending this year.

    Trade my Altuve, Michel Baez and Touki Toussaint for Degrom, Berrios and 2020 late rd prospect pick?

    Muncy is holding down 2b with Franco, Bichette and Brujan waiting in the wings.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d take deGrom and Berrios there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  48. JG says:
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    Grey! In a 10 team points league, do I drop Nick Senzel, Austin Riley, or Max Muncy for Kingery? Or sit tight? BTW that Sandy Al write up was fire! SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDY

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d sit tight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  49. Dave D says:
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    Ha! Great write up. Maybe Gausman should wear safety goggles with all those hard hitting balls heading his way? How’s that for alliteration? Speaking of surf, ever eaten at the Reel Inn at the foot of Topanga Canyon? Food is solid and I think I recall seeing the Swipe Dog IPA on draft there.?Talk about a treat earner?

    Anyway’s, thanks to the potent duo of Kingery/Albies I had going in a couple DC’s yesterday. Throw in Lowe and Calhoun and “WahLahhhh!!!” Hopefully this is a sign of Albies turning the switch from his D-game to his A-game. I need it.

    BTW, WTF with GM? Coors or not he seems to be prone to a really crappy inning lately surrounded by entirely dominant ones. I don’t get how he just loses it, then like yesterday, pulls it back together. Is he ready for a new nickname? What should it be? German “OBI” (One Bad Inning) Wan Kinobi-Marquez. Can he run for congress?

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      OBInoxious, thats what.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think I’ve drank beer in about 18 months, don’t know of IPAs, tbh

      Yeah, Marquez’s (was it 2nd inning) killed my spirit last night

      • Dave D says:
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        It was your joke beer I was quoting, Grey, come on!!! And me too on the beer. I love the taste but not the negative stuff. There is a non-alcohol malt I like occasionally instead. I made some lifestyle decisions upon hitting my 40s and diet, rare ir no alcohol, exercise came out ahead. I feel great but not getting younger.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh! Ha! Yeah, same here, I try to be healthier, doesn’t always work, have a bad sweet tooth

      • Dave D says:
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        It was your joke beer I was quoting, Grey, come on!!! And me too on the beer. I love the taste but not the negative stuff. There is a non-alcohol malt I like occasionally instead. I made some lifestyle decisions upon hitting my 40s and diet, rare ir no alcohol, exercise came out ahead. I feel great but not getting younger.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh! Ha! Yeah, same here, I try to be healthier, doesn’t always work, have a bad sweet tooth

          • Dave D says:
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            It’s hard not to have some kind of indulgence, if not in moderation. Coffee and chocolate are two things that I don’t think I’ll ever give up entirely.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Same and same

  50. papasmurf says:
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    Damn Eduardo Escobar’s become a legit star. Most of his homers are just enoughs but who cares. Doesn’t play in Miami.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup!

  51. Five-on-One says:
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    Can you rank Odor, Goodrum, Wendle, Rodgers, McMahon, Schwarber? Currently rocking Odor and Goodrum, but interested on your take on them all. I have playing time concerns for Rodgers and McMahon. Wendell still isn’t back from the wrist, and Schwarber, is, well, Schwarber. So lay it on me.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Odor, Goodrum, Rodgers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Five-on-One says:
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        Thank you. As a follow up, any of Wendell, Rodgers, McMahon or Schwarber over Braun or Verdugo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Schwarber over Verdugo

  52. Travis Hafner says:
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    1.) Start Wheeler today @NYY? Robot hates it (-4)

    2.) At what point do I lose patience with Machado? He’s batting .122 in the last two weeks. He’s KILLING me. Sell low? Or hold and pray?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1) I am
      2) Hold and pray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Crazy J says:
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        I need to make friends with the robot…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Robot need friends, bad

  53. Pots says:
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    Choose two

    Riley
    Yandy
    Kiermaier
    Kingery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley, Kingery

  54. Murph says:
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    Drop chavis for Kingery in a 10 teamer?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  55. Blaster says:
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    Hold David Fletcher or pick up Scott Kingery?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery

  56. Fred says:
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    Jacoby Jones or Ramon Laureano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Laureano

  57. tshank13 says:
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    Whoa! The robot really doesn’t like Castillo @ CLE today -10.5! Are we sitting him!?

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      I’m starting Castillo all the time, because he’s been an ace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him

      • tshank13 says:
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        Right? He hasn’t required any hand wringing thus far, but that’s some serious shade SON’s throwing. Gave me pause.

        Appreciate the reassurances gentlemen!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Crazy J says:
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            Patrick Corbin is my ACE! And SON is so confusing.

  58. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Any thoughts on Elieser Hernandez who is spot starting for the Marlins today? His triple A numbers this year are pretty fantastic (13 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 1.13 ERA) but his numbers in the majors last year are bleh. Can’t seem to find much about him, at least not anything written this year to see if something changed with him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a spot start, and not loving it — feels like unnecessary risk unless you can gamble

  59. Clown Question Bro says:
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    Struggling for saves in 14tm 5×5 roto. Was offered Hader for E Rosario. Is that pretty even or do I need to try to get more back for Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, trade a lesser piece for a lesser closer

  60. Filthyrich says:
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    Kingery or Cooper? Mixed 5×5

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery

  61. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Grey/Cram etc –
    I decided to sit Marquez last night, go me. And because of that i’m not losing in ERA. :)
    I’m about to rage (or strong dissatisfaction) drop Marquez and move on until i see better, cus I can stream better than his turds. Rest of my staff is: Bauer, PCorbin, Ryu, Castillo, Odorizzi, Glasnow (DL). QS league.

    Change my mind.

    • Cram It says:
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      Atta boy! Funny, I also own Bauer in my Marquez league, and if Bauer sh*ts the bed again today, I could see me rage dropping him! Scherzer, Giolito, Paddock, Tanaka, Bauer, Marquez, Glasnow….the leash is short with Bauer and Marquez.

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        LOL Bauer feels like hes been a bit more consistent, had 2 QS in row prior to his last start and gets more Ks. I can only tolerate so many bedsh*tters at one time! And i got an itchy trigger finger on my colt45.

        • Cram It says:
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          More consistent yes, but I feel like he’s sliding. 2 QS in a row….sandwhiched between blech ones!

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            i know!!! too many bedsh*tters! they are ruining and wasting my ryu, castillo, odorizzi statlines… grrr

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He didn’t end up terrible, but I hear ya, it’s been a struggle to start him, and I need some road starts

  62. Ozzie Albies' Helmet says:
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    Here’s my “Next Moneyball” idea… somewhere in your first 3 hitters you start your Bruiser. His job in his first AB in the first inning is to charge the mound, like Donaldson for my Braves yesterday but the Bruiser charges regardless of what happens in the at bat. Either the pitcher retaliates and you get 8+ innings of bullpen, or the pitcher takes a beating and you see how well he can pitch after taking a punch. Once the Bruiser is ejected you sub in the better position player off the bench. Ideally the Bruiser charges before he sees a pitch, straight from the on-deck circle, so the position player you sub in doesn’t even lose an AB.

    The opener wouldn’t counter it, since pitchers are announced ahead of time, so you can just sub in your Bruiser to face the long relief guy after the opener.

    The Bruiser is good for baseball too, because the only way to stop it from working is to stop the ump ball and stop ejecting players over bullshit.

    Let’s make it happen Braves. I nominate Evan Gattis for our Bruiser, because it’s criminal he is still a FA

    • jose bautista is still out there. he’s got a bruiser mentality.

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        LOL on that note, theres Odor to counter Bautista. and he can’t hit above .200 right now, so getting ejected isn’t exactly a loss.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it! Why Gattis or anyone that can ‘sorta’ play baseball? I say sign up randoms to make it interesting — Gary Busey one day, another celeb another day… “Roseanne Barr won’t be signing the National Anthem, but she will be in the starting lineup!”

  63. Kailuaboy says:
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    Framber or F. Peralta ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Framber

  64. Jr says:
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    Need to start two today from these guys.

    Kingery vs Arrieta
    Sano vs Leake
    Mancini vs Thornton
    F. Reyes vs Beede
    Vogelbach vs Perez

    Also, start Quintana at COL, Duplantier at PHI?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery, Sano

      Those SPs don’t sound good

      • Jr says:
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        Thanks Grey! And that’s what I thought too, but wanted to see if you’d risk it. League has a 50 IP minimum each week so can’t bench everyone throughout the week, but should still be able to hit 50 without them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  65. krazyivan says:
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    Thinking of streaming a Friday starter since Heaney looks to have been pushed back to a Saturday start.

    Best options are:
    Mahle vs Texas (like the Ks and w/o Gallo they’re much less menacing)
    Richards vs Pirates (hot hand and friendly Miami pitching confines)
    Bassitt vs Seattle (Another home game at a pitchers park. I can’t say I know anything about this guy except he seems like another over achieving Athletic)

    Which one of the three are you dancing with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bassitt

  66. Five-on-One says:
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    1) Framber over Kikuchi?

    2) Pick top four choices for the week (12-team 5×5 league)
    Framber vTOR ($5.6)
    Fried vPHI ($8.5) (but he has not been very good recently)
    Pivetta @ATL (-$2.1) (I know it’s @ATL, but Pivetta has been great since his return)
    Marquez vSD ($7.7) (but in COL)
    Martin Perez vKC ($4.8)
    I know SON has Fried on top, but I am tempted to start all the others over him.

    3) If I can start them all (instead of a RP), should I?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Framber

      2. None of them except Framber — I guess Fried, Pivetta, Perez 3. Meh

  67. Tony’s C says:
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    Which pitcher(s) would you; drop Samson, Framber, Anibel, Reyes or Turnbull to pickup a lone bench bat such as Tucker, Cooper,Bryan Reynolds, Dan Santana, or Kiermaie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes for Tucker seems fine

  68. sportivetricks says:
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    Mmmmmmmmmm. I like me some hot bote-tato chips washed down with some Coors Field.

    nyum nyum nyum . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  69. Hershel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Would you trade Riley for Giolito or Odorizzi or do better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odorizzi or Giolito

  70. Jesse Librot says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know Segura is just heating up, but I am trying to shed hitting for pitching, and have an offer of Segura for Corbin. I also have Tatis at SS and Kingery who’s SS eligible.

    Do you think Corbin will get it together? I’m also hoping the Phils push Kingery to leadoff, that would up Kingery’s value considerably.

    Take the trade or hold?

    Thanks for your expertise!

    • Jesse Librot says:
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      I get Corbin, he gets Segura, to clarify lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Corbin

  71. Luke says:
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    drop Jones, SChoop, Absdrubal Cabrara, for kingery?

    • knucks says:
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      Jacoby

      • Luke says:
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        adam jones

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  72. phil says:
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    Need a holds pitcher for the rest of the year. One that gives you a lot of holds and won’t hurt you in the other categories. Britton, Baez, Morgan, Claudio, Barnes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Britton

  73. Lucky Dog says:
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    As a Morton owner who wanted his 2 starts I was pissed. I panicked & searched for injury reports. Before that I was trying to figure out how his ERA was 0.00, since Acuña had a grand salami. It was a very confusing time, personally.

    And then as a Tildaddy & Albies owner I was pretty happy to see it became a bullpen game.

    And now we get Morton on Thursday. Yay?

    I’ve been ready for robot umps since Eric Byrnes proved they work in the minors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Musgrove you mean?

      Eric Byrnes: arbiter of truth

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Oh, yeah – Musgrove. Sorry – mixed up my dogcrap pitchers. lol

        Byrnes was so damn scrappy. Mediocre as hell, but played as hard as Pete Rose ever did. Played so hard he blew out both knees & shoulders.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who’s this week on the Hot Sauce world tour?

          • Lucky Dog says:
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            OMG this week Trevor Noah!!!! He should be a perfect Hot Ones interview – dude is hilarious.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, that’s awesome! Hopefully it goes viral!

  74. Please rank Turnbull Terhran Framber Caleb Smith Trevor Richards

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith, Richards, Framber

  75. RobW says:
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    Is either Trea Turner or Story fair for Acuna? If so, who would you prefer to send?

    Keeper league, ROTO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fair, Trea 1st

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, will check it out in a bit

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Chance to watch it? Classic. MLB needs more fun like this and if you were ejections for a ball the grazes a jersey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, this morning… great stuff!

          • Lucky Dog says:
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            *fewer

            Good god why even have voice to text if it sucks balls?

  76. SpecialFNK says:
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    12 team, yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    give- Max Scherzer, Mallex Smith.
    get- George Springer, Starling Marte.

    I’m good in pitching, need help in offense.
    is this good, or should I get more for Scherzer?

    MY TEAM.
    CA- Chirinos. 1B- Olson. 2B- Torres. 3B- Chapman. SS- Turner.
    OF- KDavis. OF- Braun. OF- Renfroe. UT- Pederson. UT- Gregorius.
    BN- Senzel, MSmith, Mazara, Reynolds, Nunez.
    DL- Dozier. DL- Gennett.
    SP- Scherzer. SP- Buehler. RP- Osuna. RP- Hicks.
    P- RHill. P- Maeda. P- ERodriguez. P- Minor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  77. Uye says:
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    Sano or Kingery ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery

  78. jmccullough says:
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    1. Dropping D. German… best 2-Start Streamer this week in his place: Turnbull vs (@KC, CLE) or Hudson vs (@MIA, @NYM)
    2. Molina (supposedly returning this weekend) or Alfaro going forward?
    3. Make any other drops to grab Pivetta or Plesac?

    Yahoo H2H 1yr League (10 teams)
    Batter Stats: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG
    Pitcher Stats: W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS, HLD
    Roster: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, RP, P, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL

    C: Alfaro
    1B: Hoskins (1B,OF)
    2B: M. Gonzalez (1B,2B,3B,SS,OF)
    3B: Senzel (3B,OF)
    SS: Machado (SS,3B)
    CI: Alonso (1B)
    MI: Segura (SS)
    OF: Yelich
    OF: Soto
    OF: Rosario
    OF: Conforto
    OF: Y. Alvarez
    UT: Cruz
    BN: D. Santana (OF), Gallo-DL (1B,OF), H. Dozier-DL (1B,3B)
    DL: Molina-DL

    SP: Bauer, Marquez, Paddack, Soroka, C. Smith-DL, D. German-DL
    RP: Hicks, Doolittle, W. Smith
    DL: Clevinger-DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Turnbull 2. Alfaro 3. Dozier for Pivetta

  79. FantasyLand says:
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    Side A Machado + Giolito or Side B T. Story?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

      • FantasyLand says:
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        Kind of curious, it seems you and DT and others like Giolito, but the trade analyzer values him at “-1.30 $”. Why is that?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It factors in past performance more highly

  80. CMUTIMMAH says:
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    Is the lede an ode to Operaman (Adam Sandler SNL character?)

    Because when I read it, I sang it in the Operaman voice in my head…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      *thinking* …then again everything is Operaman!

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      PS – too bad he didn’t hit a home run off Antonio Bastardo holding the roster spot of Jesus Luzardo that hit the grave stone of Bridget Bardot or through the Mona Lisa causing a grave rolling for Leonardo

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  81. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Last 2 weeks: 14/6/14/1/.349/.525/.860, thats avg a run and rbi per day, lol.
    This Michael Nelson Trout guy is pretty good. Seems he’s finally figuring out this MLB thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  82. Brill says:
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    Lose three (ROS)

    Heaney
    Pivetta
    Plesac
    Smith
    Severino
    Strahm
    Valdez
    Luchessi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Severino, Plesac, Strahm

  83. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 12 team
    Which streamer would u start tonight or neither?
    Junis home vs Det or
    Turnbull at KC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither

  84. OaktownSteve says:
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    I sat Wheeler in both leagues today so y’all who started him should be good. You’re welcome in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Wheeler wasn’t scheduled for two starts on Sunday was he?

  85. Gary says:
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    Means Vs Toronto at home as streamer. Crazy? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  86. Cohen says:
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    Grey, another pitching question
    Getting frustrated with this staff
    Who would be first to go?
    Corbin
    Marquez
    Giolito
    Paddock
    Bieber
    Flaherty

    • Cram It says:
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      I would not drop any of those guys.

    • knucks says:
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      What would you be dropping for? Context like that matters. Like Cram said, theres no reason to be dropping these guys unless your in like an 8 team league.

      • Cohen says:
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        Thank u both, just frustrated with a few of them, was thinking of streaming out one spot with guys like Framber, Pivetta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go where? Trade?

  87. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Trade yandy and plesac for canning in OBP league or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  88. Bill says:
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    Choose one for holds

    Britton
    Ottavino
    Baez
    Claudio

    • Bill says:
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      Or Workman

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Ottavino, Workman, take your pick. both have been very solid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Britton

  89. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    So, last night leading 3-1 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th and a runner on first and Mike Trout, who is A) Mike Trout and B) on a super heater, at the plate Dave Roberts says I am going to bring in a ground ball pitcher (Floro) to pitch to the low ball hitter. Pujols is on deck.

    I am sitting there mumbling “Walk Trout” as if it’s almost a meditative mantra. Trout hits a game tying homer blowing Ryu’s win. Ugh.

    • pugs slugs says:
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      I totally agree. Also, Joe Kelly has got to go!! He destroyed us in the WS, and continues to do so as a Dodger.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Yeah, LOL. I was okay with that. But yes, that was a very Ausmus-like managerial decision.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I know, exactly

  90. frankgrimes says:
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    Looks up Pricilla Barnes… yikes!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t ruin the image I have in my head!

      • ellis says:
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        I always think of her in Mallrats as the Scaramanga-influenced fortune teller

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll take that image to my grave!

        • frankgrimes says:
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          Haha

  91. Schoolboy P says:
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    Any insight into the Red Sox closer shituation?

    They are all on my leagues waiver wire now and I’ll love to get it right.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Cora has stated several times that he prefers to committee based on matchups. Barnes is the one most often though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a committee, and not a great one

      • William Hung says:
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        I’d suspect Workman gets more looks in the 9th – he’s been the one shitting the bed less

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, could be

  92. pugs slugs says:
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    Interesting how H2H works. I feel like there’s only 1-2 degrees of separation between you and your opponent’s roster and what’s happening on the field. I have Musgrove vs. his Gausman. He has Josh Donaldson. He has Toussaint and I have Newcomb, and each can both go in for long relief. I’m actually shocked Snitker didn’t go with Toussaint. Seems like he’s gone in these situations more than not. Newcomb for the W!!!

    Here’s what sucks about the situation. Musgrove had a great match up coming over the weekend against MIA. Now he has to face ATL on Thursday and all the drama that goes with it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I know, it sucks

  93. Alejandro Martinez says:
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    Which start do you like better?

    Happ @CHW ($14)
    Stroman @BAL ($11)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  94. Kam says:
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    Heres the pitching staff for my roto league

    Starters

    Flaherty
    Marquez
    Fried
    Paddack
    Luchessi
    Valdez
    Pivetta

    IL: Glasnow

    Relievers

    Rogers
    Romo
    Giles
    Jackson

    Would you add any of the following relievers over any of the above? They would be helping me with Ratios, Ks, and Wins more than anything else

    Britton
    Workman
    Pressley
    Gant
    Beeks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  95. Rbid for her pleasure says:
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    Dynasty roto league which side do you like better josh bell and Dansby Swanson or Francisco lindor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor, but fair

  96. ellis says:
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    Who are the top two MIs, thank you!

    Rodgers Schoop Howie Odor Asdrubel Galvis Fletcher RosarioMets Dozier Goodrum Shaw Tucker Bote Lourdes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amed, Dozier

  97. sal says:
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    Is there someone i should get rid of in my lineup through a trade.. im in last place in home runs and rbis.. i have phegley ..josh bell.. recently acquired mondesi machado bogaerts k davis dahl f reyes bryant tatis .. its 2 utility and brantley on the bench.. i look at the line up and think im solid and dont get with those players how im last in hr and rbis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi for a Giancarlo or Judge? It’s risky, but should boost your HRs and RBIs

  98. Lindorphins says:
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    Drop anybody to prospectively add and hold Gallen? 12 team H2H keeper league. Thanks!

    C Willians Astudillo
    1B Daniel Vogelbach
    2B Max Muncy
    3B Javier Baez
    SS Francisco Lindor
    LF Kris Bryant
    CF Mike Trout
    RF David Dahl
    UTIL Adalberto Mondesi
    UTIL Scott Kingery
    Bench Eloy Jimenez
    Bench Shohei Ohtani
    IL Hunter Dozier

    P Rich Hill
    SP German Marquez
    SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
    SP Andrew Heaney
    RP Jose Alvarado
    RP Craig Kimbrel
    Bench Joey Lucchesi
    Bench Shohei Ohtani
    Bench Framber Valdez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  99. Huh says:
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    When Caleb Smith comes back, which two pitchers would you consider dropping for him?

    Heaney
    Valdez
    Pivetta
    Luchessi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Middle ones

  100. Robert says:
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    Odorizzi enough to to offer for Senzel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  101. Russowl says:
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    Helping My son out with a 8 team re draft league he was offered Tim Anderson and Pete Alonso for Mike Moustakas?

    • Tim Anderson Project says:
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      Take that and runnnnnnn!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Alonso

  102. The Art of Bat Flipping says:
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    If you had to re-rank these SP right now for ROS run, in what order would you take them?

    Bauer
    Marquez
    Wheeler
    Stras

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer, Wheeler, Stras

  103. winteriscoming says:
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    Hey grey! There’s a few decent options for outfield available right now – I currently have avisail, Bruce and mazara as my bottom 3 outfielders would you drop any of those three for : Eaton piscotty laureano franmil or k seager? Thanks grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I guess Franmil over Maz

  104. Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup says:
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    Is Altuve a sell?

    I have LaStella, Kingery, DeJong at MI, 10 team OPS and holds so most good RP are gone. Currently great in hitting, last in ERA, Whip, wins, middle of road Saves, holds, Ks
    just traded for Pax and Paddack

    C Alfaro
    1b Bellinger
    2b LaStella
    3b Arenado
    ss DeJong
    Mi Kingery
    CI Kendrick
    OF Conforto
    OF Dyson
    OF Pence
    OF Blackmon
    OF Domingo

    IL Altuve, Dozier

    SP Snell, Paxton, Paddack, Corbin, Kendricks, Minor

    IL Glasnow

    CL
    Diaz, Treinen, Robles, Elias
    RP Britton, Gant, Harper (Minn), Brennan, C mart

    what would you do here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is Altuve still playing baseball? What happened to him? I’d trade him for a SP if I could get someone decent

      • Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup says:
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        Supposed to be close to returning, “leg fatigue” last i heard

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Those tiny gams?!

          • Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup says:
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            Diminutive Altuve standing tall! :D

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  105. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Need more good vibes after last night’s pitching mini-disaster with Marquez and Holland giving up a bunch of runs

    I guess it’s better to have a slump now than later in the year when we get close to playoff time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that Holland random 2 ER was great too

      • William Hung says:
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        Eduardo Escobar’s game hurts extra for me – i was so close to dropping Shaw for him back in early May, and my team has been slumping in HRs and RBIs lately

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, I believed in Shaw coming around too

  106. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Mallex or Dee Gordon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mallex

  107. Db says:
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    Do you like Yarborough vs angels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not especially

      • Db says:
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        Would you drop fried vs Phillies and get the ball rolling with streamers. Had Marquez last night. Paddack, Freddy peralta, and Trent t tonight. I’m facing a guy with sherzer and verlander so my 3 homers given up already high era and whip limits me in chasing wins/k’s/k per 9/quality starts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for it

  108. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Conforto for Wheeler? Can Wheeler get right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think so, it’s fair

  109. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    The problem with shallow leagues and stacked teams is deciding who to play and not play.

    Josh Bell is slumping in the HR department. Bell faces Folty in ATL tonight.

    Hoskins may be waking from a slump after going long last night and faces Duplainter at Citizens, but he hasn’t given up many long balls.

    Nelson Cruz is on fire and at home against Leake.

    Which 2 do I start tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz, Hoskins

      • Shallow League Decisions says:
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        Thanks…I couldn’t get out of my own head.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  110. OaktownSteve says:
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    It didn’t work. Sorry!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What a nightmare — it was a home game! Effin’ incredible

  111. Neighborhood Narcissist says:
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    Mr. Albright,

    My league has Quality Starts over Wins –

    I currently own (and getting impatient with):

    Spencer Turnbull
    Martin Perez

    Wondering if you think these available guys have better upside for ROS? And, who would you swap?

    Eric Lauer
    Pablo Lopez
    Anibal Sanchez
    Adrian Sampson
    Freddy Peralta
    Michael Wacha
    Sandy Alcantara
    Mike Leake
    Tommy Milone
    Dylan Cease (rumored to be called up within this week or next)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lopez over Perez

      • Neighborhood Narcissist says:
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        Alright, will take a stab at that!

        Thank you for all you do…fantastic writing, comedy, and kick ass advice! You’re always my go-to!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  112. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for all your help. I am looking for holds. Which one should I pick up:

    Chris Martin – TEX (10 holds)
    Hector Rondon – HOU (9 holds)
    Brandon Kintzler – CHC (8 holds)

    • Scott Kimmel says:
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      Also have you heard if Hunter Dozier is coming off the IL today.

      • Cram It says:
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        The internet, nor the fantasy updates attached to your player don’t know….only Grey knows.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

  113. Stumanji! says:
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    Strahm just dropped. Pick him up and drop one of Framber, EdRod, Miley, J. Nelson, or K. GIbson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      EdRod

  114. toolshed says:
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    Do you expect Pollock to resume a starting role once he returns and be productive? He has already had his annual dl stint.

    • toolshed says:
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      And by productive I mean starter worthy in a 5 OF 10 team league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Returns? Isn’t he done for the year?

  115. RobW says:
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    A. Side A, Moncada + Eloy. Side B Chris Sale.

    B. Side A. Max Fried, Side B. Nelson Cruz

    Without considering the positions and different stats, who gets the best value in those deals? Trade A is in a keeper league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. A
      2. Cruz

  116. Travis Hafner says:
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    Ridiculous, I have all these Marquez, Wheeler, Corbin, and Carrasco shares and they all have been negatives. I’m better off streaming and riding hot arms like Pivetta.

    Should I sell these guys and upgrade bats? I think I can manage in these 10 and 12 team leagues.

    • Cram It says:
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      Slight overstatement on Marquez and Corbin. But if you can upgrade and manage, you answered your own question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you can get

      • Travis Hafner says:
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        All 3 have been good. Recency bias tells me they suck. I get that.

        But with these high level pitchers, it feels like good starts get totally wiped out by a few bad ones. At least hitters value generally accrues.

        Just frustration, but man, I find myself picking up guys like Heaney, Yonny, Pivetta, LLynn lately and having so much more success.

        • Cram It says:
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          It’s easy to say that about your streamers/short term plays when you hit on all them at the same time. It doesn’t always work out like that. I mean, Pivetta’s #s on the year are terrible. So you’re just catching him on a run.

  117. Dancin Homer says:
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    ROS – Moran or Kingery at 3B? (6×6 – OPS league)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery

    • Cram It says:
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      Kingery

      • Travis Hafner says:
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        Just a thought on Moran:
        Preface, I went to high school with him, so I’m a little biased.

        Moran was once considered an immediate .300 bat in the MLB out of college. He hit like .600+ in HS, which got him into UNC, and he was drafted 4th overall. That’s an ELITE level prospect; people forget that.

        His minors career was all over the place. He fouled a ball off his face, which broke it and caused some concussive and jaw problems. He also sustained another injury, I forget the details.

        Marlins traded him to the Astros, Astros traded him to the pirates. He never truly had a path to playing time, even in his stint in PIT.

        Moran has been hitting well of late, and we COULD be looking at a .300+ 25 HR bat with good discipline going forward. He hits 5th in a much improved lineup.

        Just saying, I think we need to take this kid seriously.

  118. CP says:
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    please rank these SP ROS with QS instead of wins: eickhoff, peralta, duplantier, keller (assuming he is back in rotation tomorrow), kelly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

  119. Dill says:
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    I’ll be streaming Pablo Lopez who has the Pirates on Saturday (at home). Would you then drop him to stream one of the following in Sunday? Points league H2H

    Sandy Alcantara vs Pit
    Thornton @Hou
    Leake @Oak
    Hudson @NYM
    Junis @Min
    Eickhoff @Atl

    • Dill says:
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      Or Jurado @Cin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sandy seems ok

  120. Buffalo Soldier says:
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    Abreu and Didi for Benitendi and Castellanos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benintendi

  121. Willing says:
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    Eflin is a must start tomorrow at Home vs Ari right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  122. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    In a shallow 10-team standard roto league that uses QS instead of wins for SP.

    C Garver
    1B Bell
    2B Baez
    3B Rendon
    SS Story
    OF Yelich
    OF Rosario
    OF Acuna
    UTIL Mondesi
    UTIL Hoksins
    BENCH N. Cruz
    BENCH Didi
    SP Cole
    SP Buehler
    SP Marquez
    SP Corbin
    SP deGrom
    SP Clevinger (IL)
    3 closers

    I need to trade 2 players or drop one in order to make room for Clevinger when he comes of IL.
    I will keep one bench bat – Nelson Cruz over Didi. So Didi would be the one to package in a trade or drop.

    I have an offer of Morton for both Didi and Marquez.

    Marquez K/9 is lower than last year. His projected ERA is near 4. The value of his slider has eluded him this year with a negative value. Baseball Savant metrics are below average except for his velo. Getting hit hard and BAA is high. QS% is only 40% of starts. Not effective at home and is looking like a road start only for the foreseeable future.

    I’m in first place overall, but the QS category is tight from top to bottom and ERA is tight among the top 3 or 4 teams. Morton has been a QS machine and his ERA will only regress to the low 3’s which is fine by me. It’s the QS and ratios that I’mi n favor of.

    Looking at my roster and circumstances do I take Morton over Marquez?

    • Cram It says:
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      Sure.

      Re: Clevinger, you don’t have to make a decision based on his status yet.

      • Shallow League Decisions says:
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        True, but I like the idea of improving the rotation with Morton’s QS and ratios over Marquez regardless.

        You like the deal on that basis Cram It?

        • Cram It says:
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          Yes, hence the “sure”. I prefer Morton.

          • Shallow League Decisions says:
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            Sorry, didn’t see that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram, take Morton

  123. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 Team H2H Categories

    Could use help in average and SBs.
    Looking to add Urias when he gets the call,
    who of these would you drop for him, if any?

    Dietrich
    Sano
    Olson

    Thanks!

    • Russ says:
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      Also one quick one. Tucker or Urias assuming both are up.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Tucker if up and playing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dietrich

  124. lwomack58 says:
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    Pham for my T. Bauer. Is Pham enough for Bauer.

    Thank you and have a nice day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fair

  125. P says:
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    Thanks for the great write up! I’m in a 12 team standard H2H league, hit hard with injuries…

    Should I drop one of these amigos:

    Michael Chavis
    Lordy lordy lordy Gurriel Jr

    For any of these guys:

    Kyle Schwarber
    Matt Olson
    The Kingery
    Ohtani

    Also are people starting to drop Matt Barnes?

    Thanks all!!

    P

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both — Olson, Kingery

      Yes on Barnes

      • P says:
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        Thanks Grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  126. LG Baseball says:
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    Awesome write-up Grey!

    Please rank for a keeper league:

    Josh Bell, Alonso, JD Martinez

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD, Alonso

      • LG Baseball says:
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        Thanks! Who do you prefer out of Bell and JRam?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bell

  127. Wand says:
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    Two gotta go ROS

    Strahm
    Smith
    Pivetta
    Eflin
    Luchessi
    Valdez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eflin, Strahm

  128. Ru says:
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    Rank em

    Holland
    Romo
    Jackson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Romo, Jackson… none are great

      • Ru says:
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        I own Romo and Jackson. Would you drop one or both of them for the following in a saves+holds h2h points league?

        Buttrey
        Robles
        Baez
        Workman
        Martin (Tex)
        Kelley
        Kahnle
        Watson
        Garrett (Cin)
        C-Mart

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Workman, Kahnle

  129. CloudTown says:
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    Hey Grey,

    14 tm points league, pretty standard hitting with 2/-2 for steals/caught, pitching Win 5 Loss -5

    Been offered JoRam and Musgrove for Pax and M Franco.

    Good pitching is valuable with limited weekly pickups (3) but not sure if JoRam might balance with the injury issues that seem to happen with Pax.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JoRam side

      • CloudTown says:
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        Thanks sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  130. Dave says:
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    Pick a bench bat

    Marwin
    Kike
    Chris Taylor
    Danny Santana
    Goodrum
    Bote

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marwin

  131. Captain Commander says:
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    Would you recommend owning multiple middle relievers from the same team? For example, I already own Britton, but would you pick up someone like Kahnle as if no other options were available? I’m considering someone like Kahnle since my league awards holds and both players get plenty of them. Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have no problem with that of the guys are good and those guys are good

      • Captain Commander says:
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        Cool cool, for the record is Britton your favorite of the two?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  132. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    1. I’ve run Beeks out there a bunch of times this year, but this is the first time I’ve watched him. Kinda weird for me.

    2. Watching Wheeler a fair amount this year, my view is it’s his secondary stuff that looks like flat and uninspiring. The fastball is still awesome, but everything is looks meh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Better or worse?

      2. Yeah he looked especially whatever today, everything so flat

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        about the same

        I’ve no little to no confidence in Wheeler’s next start in Atl.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me either!

  133. tigersharkz says:
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    Should we Get Yamamoto?…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, he’s pretty raw right now, I guess if league is deep enough

      • tigersharkz says:
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        It was a joke LOL. Get Yamamoto is a famous WWII “thing”.

        So I owe Razzball a serious post…Paxton back to IL -large, giant men should not try to pitch when they still “feel something” in their knee; it never ends well.

        Funny how baseball is now full of crappy pitchers with fake injuries, and good pitchers pitching like crap while hiding real injuries.

        • tigersharkz says:
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          To clarify: the IL thing is my prediction, has not happened yet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, ah… yeah, totally, it’s so frustrating…

  134. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    i’m guessing the MIA arlins just have a sign now “show up here and we’ll promote you ahead of gallen”

  135. Swop says:
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    Choose one in a points league

    Calhoun
    Soler
    Marwin
    Grichuk
    Kingery
    Hamilton
    Laureano
    McNeil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler

    • Swop says:
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      Or Olson

  136. Drew says:
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    JRam for Ketel and Montas in a 16-team OPS keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ketel

  137. Frentz Happidy says:
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    Kahnle or Workman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Workman

  138. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    there has been a lot of 3 to 4 HR innings lately but archer’s 4 HR’s in 5 batters has gotta be the worst right.

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      ok, WAS’s 4 consecutive HR’s 2 days ago was better, but i’m checking as i don’t think those all came off the same pitcher.

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        AND adam freakin eaton hit the 3rd of those 4 in a row, which is far crazier for him to be a part of this.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s pretty bad

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        no they WERE all off stammen, 4 for 4.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah, I knew that, forgot

  139. crimedog says:
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    Fire in the theater on Corbin yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fire! Ugh

      • crimedog says:
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        3 terrible starts in a row. Hope he’s alright

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too, don’t think so tho

  140. FrankGrimes says:
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    Tyler white is a such a fat tub of goo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s like Evan Gattis’s unathletic brother

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Haha

        El Oso Gordo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  141. bobbo says:
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    With Molina off the IL, drop Vazquez or hold for a week or so to make sure Yadier is good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Vazquez

  142. William Hung says:
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    Do you think Kingery can outplay either Carpenter or Senzel ROS? Looking to see if I should make a swap

    • Eric The Waiter With Hands For Hands says:
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      carpenter the way he is going sure. kingery remember WAS pretty much the last year version of senzel (except he was called up earlier), and he could outplay him too. probably a coin flip on senzel vs kingery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could, I wouldn’t bet on it

      • Eric The Waiter With Hands For Hands says:
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        there was some article written by i tihnk fangraphs in like late december or early january about how the last 2 years carpenter is almost as good as trout vs fastballs vs righties, HOWEVER he’s truly awful going back like 2 or 3 years vs offspeed stuff, and for some reason last year NOT one pitching coach knew this and pitched him almost all fastballs (i’d guess since he’s a leadoff guy known for his BB’s) anyway, which, as we all know, from about middle-late may till end of august carpenter destroyed the world and was a top 3 hitter for that time period. the article was very detailed and it was surprising that 29 pitching coaches didn’t notice this before last december-january. but it appears they may have noticed it in the offseason.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Interesting, seems like it would be the opposite as a hitter gets older — slower on the fast stuff

          • Eric The Waiter With Hands For Hands says:
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            yeah, i would’ve thought so too. even against lefties last year against fastballs he was really good, but against anybody bad at offspeed, which they refused to throw him. even in the article this was described as like a video game cheat code the lack of offspeed stuff that was thrown to him. or like he had telekinesis and forced the pitchers to throw fastballs that he wanted.

  143. Gibletto says:
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    Quick question about bench bats, do you normally look for someone with Multi-position eligibility, or simply the best player to serve as your bench bat? I ask because the way my team is set up, I’m leaning towards looking to fill my bench spot with someone who can play anywhere.

    Here’s my current lineup

    C: Alfaro
    1B: Bellinger
    2B: Muncy
    SS: Segura
    IF: Mondesi
    3B: Bryant
    OF: Trout
    OF: Dahl
    OF: Domingod
    OF: Eloy
    UTIL: Victor Robles

    Currently, Muncy is the only second basemen on my team which I’m fine with, but there might be instances where having a 2B eligible bench guy will help fill my roster better throughout the season. That being said, which of these 4 players would you choose as a bench bat? 12 team points league H2H

    Soler
    Marwin
    Olson
    McNeil
    Goodrum

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marwin is good for a bench bat bc of the eligibility

  144. Andre says:
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    What’s up Grey,

    For a UTL spot in a 10tm OBP keeper league. Do you like Mancini or Kingery more ROS? Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery

  145. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Drop one of these guys in an OBP league…
    C.Moran, DeShields, G.Cooper, and JaCoby Jones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        He’s always had speed and now he is starting to have some power….
        Cyclopsing him at all?

  146. William Hung says:
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    wow so LeClerc is in during the 7th inning with the Rangers up 6… not really where you want someone who is supposed to take over as closer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, it’s crazy

  147. Long Bawls says:
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    I’m toto in on Alvarez. “Meet you all the way, Yordana!” I sing every time he hits a homer, until they ask me to leave the airport bar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poughkeepsie airport are a bunch of bastards, sorry that had to happen to you

      • Long Bawls says:
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        Thank you. You look great in the picture on the wall!

  148. Peter Vermes says:
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    Kingery, Brandon Lowe, Eloy, Mazara,

    Pick two

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eloy, Kingery

  149. The Other JC says:
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    1. Trvino, May and Morgan on the wire. Holds is a category. Morgan hurt but can not find any word on the severity. All points to a June 14th return???? Or go Trvino in hopes that his recent collapse is temporary. He was good tonight. Or May who I guess is safer but could go even lower in the pecking order if the Twins grab a closer. Can only grab one

    2. Gibson at home v KC
    Framber at home v Tor
    Richards at home v Pitts
    Lopez at home v Pitts
    Matz at home v StL
    Pick your best two please

    Thank you!

    • The Harrow says:
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      the putting challenge (trivino). without looking at SON i’d use as many of those in #2 as you could.

  150. vee says:
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    hey grey – victor robles or avisail ROS? H2H 5×5 thanks!

  151. TJ says:
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    Reyes over Folty?
    Thanks!

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