Yesterday, Eloy Jimenez went 1-for-4 and his 28th homer, hitting .259, as he marches to the finish line on a mediocre year…Or was it?!  Damn, reversal question, you always scare me. It’s worth noting, Jimenez struggled with injuries a bit this year and he only has 430 ABs. He’ll get roughly forty more at-bats this year, so figure 32 HRs in 470 at-bats (this math totally tracks; don’t come for me, nerds!). Give him the standard 570 ABs and he would’ve hit roughly 38 HRs in his rookie season. Geez, it doesn’t sound so bad when I put it like that. Wait, I can do more, he was playing injured a bit so 50 more healthy at-bats and Eloy Jimenez hit 40 homers in his rookie year. Want me to keep going, because I can get him to 73 homers? No? Suit yourself. Think people are looking at Eloy as having a poor rookie year, and the shine’s off him for 2020. However, I see a guy who almost hit 73 homers in his rookie year. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Reynaldo Lopez – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER vs. the Twins, ERA at 5.44. Listen, as I always say, throw a terrible pitcher against a great team and it’s gonna end up bad for the pitcher, unless something weird happens. It’s one of my great quotes.

Luis Arraez – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .350. Highest average for a 22-year-old in the past 100 years (min 300 PA): .406 Ted Williams; .358 Freddie Lindstrom; .357 Stan Musial; Arraez; .346 Joe DiMaggio. Four Hall of Famers and Arraez.

Jose Berrios – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.58. Not because I predicted the Twins to win the World Series but didn’t bet on it, but I wouldn’t mind if the Twins were eliminated early to keep innings off Berrios’s arm. Okay, it was totally the first reason about the non-bet.

Carlos CorreaAstros said Correa would be activated some time this week. But they didn’t say what year!

Mark Trumbo – Out with a left trapezius strain. Remember, getting on the rope is the easy part, walking across it carrying the pole is the tough part.

John Means – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.65. Streamonator hated this start, so when Malcolm X Jr., or simply Malcolm XI, said he was going to win his H2H league by any Means necessary, it wasn’t by this Means.

Trey Mancini – 2-for-5 and his 33rd homer, hitting .279. Mancini Alfredo plays pepper before every game with a pepper mill. It’s-a not so legal, but-a, every time he get-a out, Boog Powell pull-a him back in.

Tyler Alexander – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.87. Slow news day so I googled to see if he was related to Doyle Alexander, but all I found was he was suspended. How did Doyle Alexander lead me to find out a suspension, you ask.  Naturally:

Jordy Mercer -1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  “My friends call me Jordache.”  Okay, Jordy, take it easy.

Garrett Richards – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, as he was activated from the IL. But who’s going to keep Rich Hill company?

Zach Davies – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.70. Streamonator hates Davies next start, but I like it and could see starting him there. Pirates should only scare peg boys.

Brandon Woodruff – Was activated from the IL and will work as an opener today. The plan is for him to make three starts before the end of the year, and hopefully have him go 4-5 IP by the last start. My plan is not to pick him up.

Carlos Martinez – 1/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.00, and his 20th save. Was available to pitch after a bout of allergies this weekend. If he was allergic to losing, Sunday would’ve been a real trying day for him.

Dakota Hudson – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.35. Dr. F. Angrafs Database about to go Reggie Jackson-loco, “I must kill the Queen,” when it comes to Hudson’s ERA next year. Dr. F. Angrafs Database said, “Your FIP is ungodly!”

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 28th homer. OZUNA like to go deep. OZUNA aim is to encourage open-minded inquiry into world religions through theosophy.

Tommy Edman – 2-for-4 and his 13th steal, hitting .350 in the last week with two homers and two steals. Hot schmotato alert! I wish Edman was batting 2nd instead of Wong, but now I’m off Wong (hehe) and on Edman.

Marcus Semien – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer, hitting .284. Holy peanuts on an open fire, Semien is hot. Now 17 homers since the break, and hitting near-.300. Only three players in Major League history with at least 116 runs, 173 hits, 38 doubles, 7 triples, 30 home runs, 85 RBI, 78 walks and 10 stolen bases in a season:  Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Marcus Semien. Yes, the legendary 173/38/7/30/85/78/10 club.  By the by, Babe Ruth had seven triples — ha, some great athletes in the outfield with a center field fence 700 feet away and tombstones in the middle. How about 10 steals? That was because fielders weren’t yet sure how to cover bases. Different era.

Jorge Soler – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 45th homer. Soler is Ra, the Sun God. Convince me otherwise.

Robbie Ray – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.20. He got the Marlins at home. Anything else would’ve had to be a do-over. And baseball doesn’t do do-overs, buckoo!  According to Google, things you can do-over are the Air Mobility Command Museum–Crap, I’m reading about things to do in Dover, Delaware. Okay, forget what I was saying.

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 35th homer. Escobar loves facing Miami. Didn’t you see Netflix’s Cocaine Cowboys?

Pablo Lopez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.94. Streamonator likes his next start, and I like Lopez, even if it’s a bit jarring an abbreviation of his name forms his 1st name again. WTF is Pab-Lo? Get out of here with that shizz!

Trevor Story – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer, hitting .296. Podcaster Ralph and I discuss Story on today’s podcast (I think it comes out today). Where does Story go in 2020? I’ll have to wait to see! (Hear?)

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4 and his 18th homer, hitting .255. When he’s in Coors, it’s time for Desmond’s close-up.

Jeff McNeil – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .319. Give me Coors for all my hitters, or give me death. Wait, I don’t own McNeil. Kill me now!

Brandon Nimmo – 1-for-5, and his 6th homer. So, seeing he was in Coors, did you stream Nimmo?  Hehe.

Steven Matz – 4 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.16. Glad I didn’t start him, but I did consider it:

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 37th homer. Hard to find someone hotter right now than Schwarber. Am I right, Joe Buck? Just nod your pants if you agree.

Cole Hamels – 3 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.92. Gotta do better if he’s gonna be an effective Opener. Effin’ around; he’s not an Opener; Hole Camels sucks.

Anthony Rizzo – Was seen in a walking boot yesterday. That’s what he gets for parking his foot by a fire hydrant. Rizzo’s got an ankle sprain, and I doubt he’ll be able to do much for you the rest of the year, so in most redraft leagues, you can lose him.

Craig Kimbrel – Will throw 12-15 pitches in batting practice on Tuesday. So close to good, but so not actually good. It’s like going into a Mexican restaurant and accidentally ordering whackamole, and the waiter bops you on the head with a giant rubber mallet.

  1. woodzler says:
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    Giolito shut down for the season…

    • c says:
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      yeah, it makes a bit of sense, honestly. It’s a “mild” lat strain. If they were in the playoff hunt, I’m sure he’d pitch.

      He’s broken out completely and I, personally, see him as a top-20 pitcher next year and I bet the White Sox do, too. So, to save his arm I think they’re Dodgering him.

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        *Top 10

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, they’re just shutting him down, all good, he’s broken out this year in a terrible climate for pitchers

        • Stephen Lyon says:
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          It’s not all good for me!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Um, shucks?

            • Stephen Lyon says:
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              I know, I know, world’s smallest violin and all that but having drafted Bauer and Marquez as your 1 and 2, and Giolito has kept your pitching afloat (along with SON of course), and you’re in the semis, another couple of weeks would have been nice.

              Plus I’ve lost Rizzo and Ohtani as well.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Damn

  2. Lil Petey says:
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    Are we trotting put Chris Paddack at Milwuakee sans Yellich? I know the Padres are but what about us normal people trying to win it all this week? (H2H, 10 team redraft, Wins and Quality Starts)

    • Lil Petey says:
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      Should read “Are we trotting out…”

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I would

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

  3. Yaz Mantle says:
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    heaney or JA happ on thursday? they face each other.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Happ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heaney

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      heaney does not have trout, ohtani, upton, or la stella hitting for him now. i would not trust any angels pitcher rest of the year.

  4. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great report, Yu da man!

    a. On Eloy, I will say if he doesn’t fix the defense management will banish him to DH land and then he’ll whine about not being able to hit without being able to field a position and then they’ll dispense with him. Maybe I’m wrong. Secondly, 40 or 35 or 32 or 28 (if he hits no more HR) is still not fabulous in the season of HRs where Caratini (!!!) can’t believe I even mentioned him (!!!) has hit 10 (!!!) HRs. The balls are (10-1/10) 90% juiced (you have my math to confirm).

    b. On Mercer, some goofy reporters in front of Comerica, put three kibbles each on three paper plates – one with Reyes’ name, one with Cabrera’s name (’cause duh, everyone loves Miggy in Detroit) and one with Mercer’s name! The idea is that the plate the dog chooses is the player who will be player of the day…so Frank Voila, the dog ate the kibbles on Jordy Mercer’s paper plate! It shows dogs are hungry some times and also Jordy Mercer is awesome about 1% of the time=1.62 games / season! Kudos to his owners who’ve been waiting for this awesome game performance all year!!!

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for September 17

    From The Naughty Nineties, 1945. It’s a film about two men who try to set things right after their captain is swindled out of his riverboat by a trio of gamblers.

    They do a couple of variations to ‘Who’s on First’. Enjoy.

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst): Now take it easy, take it easy.

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): And the left fielder’s name?

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst): Why.

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): Because.

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):Oh, he’s center field. Will you pick up your hat, please.

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): Center field.

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):Pick up your hat. And stop this – Now look, please.

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): Mr. Broadhurst.

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):Yes?

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): Wait a minute. You got a pitcher on the team?

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):Wouldn’t this be a fine team without a pitcher?

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): I don’t know. Tell me the pitcher’s name.

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):Tomorrow.

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): You don’t want to tell me today?

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):I’m telling you, man.

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): Then go ahead.

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):Tomorrow.

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): What time?

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):What time what?

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): What time tomorrow are you gonna tell me who’s pitching?

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):Now listen, Who is not pitching, Who is on…

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): I’ll break your arm if you say who’s on first.

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):Then why come up here and ask?

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): I want to know what’s the pitcher’s name.

    Abbott (Dexter Broadhurst):What’s on second.

    Costello (Sebastian Dinwiddle): I don’t know.

    Both: Third base!

    • galica says:
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      Grey!!

      Oops, bad math. 900%!

      Caratini hitting 10HRs…

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. That’s just irrefutable math!

      B. Haha

      C. Awesome!

  5. Twins Peaker says:
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    Pablo is so annoying. I benched him at the last minute to preserve innings so I could start Trent Thornton @Bal today. I hope that I don’t regret it.

    I noticed Scooter Gennett is available as a free agent. Would you recommend picking him up for next season? Only 29, if healthy, he could really do well with this Super Fun Happy Ball. My original plan was to retain Altuve in the offseason (25% off his 2020 draft price just for owning him now), but if i pick up Gennett, I could focus my attention on getting a 1B in the draft (Olson, Bellinger, Hoskins are all UFA) and is have plenty of money to spend in this $300 auction.

    So, in a points league, is Gennett a bargain for $1 in 2020?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Meh, not gonna knock him for $1 but definitely not excited about him either. How deep is this league?

      • Twins Peaker says:
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        My thinking is that he’ll get close to his last good year in the bigs. At only 29, I think a healthy year can be productive. It’s a 11 team, 30 deep league.

    • knucks says:
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      I watched the first Inning and saw Pablo hit 3 batters. Flipped the channel and stopped paying much attention to that game. Shocked to hear that there were 5 base runners all game for him. I think Thornton should be OK today @BAL. Good luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, no Scooter

      • Twins Peaker says:
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        Can I ask why? Is it the injuries? Age? Flash in a pan when he was successful? Nobody will sign him? Sorry, I’m just very surprised because I thought .290 20 HR 5 SB was a possibility as counting stats don’t really matter in this pts league. However if you guys think those stats are far less, then I’m not onboard either:)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Where is he playing?

          • Twins Peaker says:
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            Fair, no team now, but do you think he won’t find a team? He’s better, when healthy, then a lot of current 2B.

            Not a speculative add? Sorry to keep harping on this.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If he signs with the Rockies, he’ll be a steal for a $1 — if he signs with about 10-15 teams, he’s a bench player

              • Twins Peaker says:
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                Thanks for taking the time to help, as always, especially when it’s about a player that’s not even in the league. Haha

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  6. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    A healthy Eloy could have been the AL version of Alonso…cust sayin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right!

  7. Manley Ramirez says:
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    I’ll give credit to our robot overlord where due — but really wonder why Streamonater hated the Means start? Post Castellanos, Detroit is really just as bad against lefties as righties, and it was away from the hitter friendly confines of Camden…Does it just hate all Means starts because his poor periphs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It loves Means’s next start

  8. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    With a slew of injuries (now Giolito out for remainder of season), need to add a pitcher for today and for tomorrow. Please provide your input (most are home games):

    Today: Plutko (Det); Brian Anderson (KC)

    Tomorrow (please rank): Tehran (Phi); Leake (Mia); and Lamet (@Mil)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Lamet, Plutko, Teheran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuck, Teheran, Plutko, Anderson

  9. Zain Mirza says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thank you for these daily write ups.

    i’ve been in last place all season long after taking over a team, and I was wondering if you could tell me which 8 players you would keep.

    Alonso, Newman, McMahon, Turner, Ozuna, Soler, Pillar, Benintendi, Olson, Jeff McNeil, Dahl, Seth Lugo, Nick Anderson, Luzardo, Carrasco, Paddack, Bauer, Yarborough.

    Its a 11 team 5×5 Roto,

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Alonso, Soler, Paddack, Ozuna, McNeil, Olson, Bauer, Carrasco for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

      Agree with DT, except I’d go Benintendi over Carrasco

      • Zain Mirza says:
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        Wait what about Trea Turner

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What about him?

          • Zain Mirza says:
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            DT didn’t mention him, and i can only keep 8.

  10. Russ says:
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    Hey there Grey,
    12 Team H2H Categories

    With the news of Giolito, should I:
    Pick up Plutko now for the two starts (vs.DET, vs.PHI) to make up for the one I lost with Giolito out
    or go with the top one start option available Anibal Sanchez @MIA

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d go with Anibal

      • Russ says:
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        Two start Martin Pérez also available if that changes anything (vs.CHW, vs.KC)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal

  11. philip says:
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    Grey or others, forever keeper league trade idea. 20 teams, basic five cats plus OPS:
    Team 1: Freeman, Pederson, Turner
    Team 2: Kingrey, Kieboom, Berrios
    Team 2 is rebuilding. Fair trade? Enough return value for Freeman?

    • philip says:
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      Justin Turner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want more for Freeman

      • Philip says:
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        Thanks!

        What about?
        A. Giolito, Kieboom, Kingery
        B. Giolito, Kieboom, Berrios
        C. Giolito, Kingery, Berrios

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t trade a top bat for arms

          • philip says:
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            I hear ya. Here’s the thing: 1. I’m rebuilding and Freeman’s best years will be wasted on my team. 2. Not many teams are in the market for a 29 year old star bat AND have the talent to return and not hurt themselves. So I found one team who matches up except his strength is SP.

            What about Kieboom, Kingery, Gallen, Berrios for Freeman, Pederson, J. Turner, Hendricks? Still digging in the wrong vein?

            Less likely trade: Story/Gallen for Freeman, Pederson?

            Thanks for your time and advice, Grey! Always much appreciated.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kieboom, Kingery, Gallen, Berrios for Freeman, Pederson, J. Turner, Hendricks — sounds fine to me

              • philip says:
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                Thanks! If he doesn’t like it I’ll sniff for bats elsewhere.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  12. Chebe says:
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    hey grey starting caleb smith at arizona?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I am

      • Smooth as Eggs says:
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        I am skipping Caleb but doing Alcantara tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tend to agree with Smooth as Eggs

  13. toolshed says:
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    Well severino is finally going to make a start today. Are you using him? Very close era race. Could use wins and qs too. Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Nah he’ll only go a couple innings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  14. Justin Ralph says:
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    The Streamonator is really off with the dates pitchers are pitching. What has happened to the robot?
    Are you starting Lynn today at HOU?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Maybe in H2H but don’t feel great about it

    • sportivetricks says:
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      Hmmm. I thought it was just behind on a change, but I think Justin might be right that it needs an adjustment! Help us, Rudy!

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        Yes it definitely needs an adjustment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamonator was just updated again… Gets updated frequently in Sept. bc teams are constantly changing their rotation w/ 40 man rosters

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Lynn is a $9.80 start on SON btw

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I stand corrected, it’s a $1 start, I was looking at wrong name — It’s bc it’s vs. Verlander and any chance of a win is out window

          • Justin Ralph says:
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            Ok great! Thanks. Yesterday it had Lynn at $8. I guess Im benching him?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He had a different matchup yesterday with Framber as an opener

  15. Brett says:
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    Need to cut a hitter Starlin Castro or Urshela?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d lose Castro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d lose Urshela, but could go either way

  16. Doc Samson says:
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    Last night Moncada completely overran a ground ball, yes, a ground ball, which lead to two runs. Shouldn’t that be a stat? Like a “Benny Hill” or an “Upchuck?”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  17. toolshed says:
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    I’ve been rolling with castro for a couple weeks now at 3b. He didnt do much last week and yesterday. Is it time to move on. The streak was pretty good or do I hold. H castro (det) and a cabrera, wendle, moore (sea), longoria, spangenburg are avaialble. I need production. There isn’t much available. I’m looking at best stats over last 14 days. I need obp and sb the most. Hr a plus too. Why couldn’t jram get hurt when he sucked earlier in the year.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d try Spangenberg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT, Cory’s been hot, been meaning to mention him

      • hapcat13 says:
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        Spangenberg over Guerrero Jr. ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  18. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    My guys opened night one of championship week going 3 for 27. Not great! Story Time with the homerun at least though.

    Today is big for me. Corbin (@STL), Lynn (@HOU), Sonny (@CHC), C. Smith (@ARI), Young (v.MIA)

    All positive on SoN so I’m rolling them all out. Let’s get nuts

  19. Will says:
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    Schwarber’s going to make a great DH for some American League team next season. The Cubs really can’t keep running a .230 hitter who plays marginal defense in left out there, even if he hits 40 home runs this year. I’m somewhat torn on him as his ability to hit lefties has greatly improved this year while his K rate is down and contact rate is up and he’s still only 26. Thoughts, Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t disagree — Looks like a Khris Davis type who can do it for 4-5 more years

  20. Dude at Dudes says:
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    Championship round and I have any outside shot at K’s but not a realistic shot at QS. Should I continue to roll out questionable starts i.e. Lynn vs. Hou, Snell vs. LAD, Bundy vs. TOR & Pultko vs DET or should I focus on just throwing ratio based relievers out there (Gallegos, Guerra)?

    6×6 H2h QS, K/9 league.

    Thanks for the help?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ks as in K/9? Relievers for that

  21. sportivetricks says:
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    Someone asked above about him in weekly lineup leagues, but what do we think of streaming Plutko tonight only? SoN needs to run again, but it liked Plesac when he was scheduled for the start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks decent to me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s on SON as a $13 start

      • sportivetricks says:
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        I just lurrve you, bro. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re welcome, lurver!

  22. crenshaw07 says:
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    Take a chance on Brett Anderson at home against the Royals today? I need some W and some decent ratios in my finals H2H matchup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fine

  23. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Good morning,

    Start Lance Lynn tonight vs Verlander?

    (Streamonator has this wrong and it’s showing his start is tom vs Cole with a 9.1 score)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamonator was updated — you’re right, it’s a $1 start, not great

  24. The Terminator says:
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    Starting Snell today or to big of a risk?

    • crenshaw07 says:
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      don’t expect more than a couple of innings. Pruitt is the primary, Snell is the opener.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a 2-3 IP start at best

  25. HappyJax says:
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    Aquino or Kyle Lewis? Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aquino

  26. SheaSeraSera says:
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    League is super tight, points can be won/lost in ERA, WHIP and Wins….but it is worth starting Lynn in Houston?

    Innings limit is also an issue, got 92 remaining.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t seem worth it

  27. Twins Peaker says:
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    Any chance Taylor Trammell breaks camp with the Padres? He changes his swing as has looked good since the trade. Plus he OF in SD are not the greatest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t seem likely

  28. Bucktail30 says:
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    Which two do I stream tonight?

    Plutko vs DET
    Thornton @ BAL
    Young vs MIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Young, Plutko

  29. eballs says:
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    Are you starting Bailey tomorrow vs KC? (Duffy)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Home? Sure

  30. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am looking for a bat to get me through the playoffs to replace Matt Beaty. These are my choices:

    Albert Pujols
    Todd Frazier
    Brock Holt
    Harold Castro
    Dexter Fowler

    Who should I get? Im leaning towards Frazier because i might need a 3B not knowing about Justin Turner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        frazier or Holt for Beaty?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Frazier

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            ok thanks going to pick him up now. What can I expect from Severino tonight?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A few innings

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            thought he might go 4 innings or 65-75 pitches

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Maybe, depends on how well he does

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                hope he goes deep, The Angels are missing a few bats

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  True

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    so he could go 6 innings maybe 75-85 pitches

  31. Philip says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on Zac Gallen long-term? Can he be a top 20 starter or better? Is he as good as he’s pitched so far?

      • Philip says:
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        Nice! Who do you like better longterm, Gallen or Berrios? Thanks, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Close, Berrios

      • hot corner says:
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        I will be all over Gallen next year. Offense in the PCL was ridiculous this year and he was dominant.
        2019:

        PCL: 14GS / 91.1IP / 9W / 112K / 1.77ERA / 0.71WHIP
        MLB: 15GS / 80.0IP / 3W / 96K / 2.81ERA / 1.23WHIP
        Total: 29GS / 171.1IP /12W / 208K / 2.26ERA / 0.95WHIP

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, good point!

  32. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    QS league. What do you think of the following streams this week?

    Voth @ MIA
    Gonsolin vs. TB
    Lauer vs. ARI
    Sheffield @ BAL

    Also, would you bench Canha for Joc?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on how deep the league is — I’m starting Gonsolin, Voth, but my leagues might be deeper than yours — Sure, Joc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha – Keith Hernandez’s influence on the Mets can be seen all over the place

      BTW, Cougs said to me the other day, we should just move up north in with royce!

  33. pinkman says:
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    Trust Tony Gonsolin vsTB tomorrow in a QS league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way he gets a QS, but I’m starting him in a deep league

      • pinkman says:
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        Thanks. I think I’m gonna wait and see if the Astros go with Urquidy @TEX- they haven’t announced a starter yet. Would you prefer that start to Gonsolin’s in the same QS league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Urquidy

  34. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    This “no IL/DL” thing is killing me. I’m in the semifinals so if I play my cards right I can win the season… I’ve already had to drop Baez, Rizzo, and J Bell to fill spots to be competitive.
    Now my Giolito is done to and I’m torn. I was planning on keeping him for next season, but not sure if I can afford to not have another pitcher making starts when every start counts in the playoffs.

    Do you recommend I drop him to have 1 more SP start for this week and next week or keep him unusable taking up a roster spot and hope I still win this week and next?
    I want to be set up for next year, but the whole point of doing that would be so I could be in a position to win my FBB league (my current scenario).

    Please advise, thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a keeper for you? Then you have to hold him

      • 200 Proof says:
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        K. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  35. Rafael Kam says:
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    Sup Grey! Thanks for your part in helping me reach the finals.

    Please weigh in with three to start in obp league today from these options:

    D. Santana @Hou vs Verlander
    N. Solak @Hou vs Verlander
    T. Edman in StL vs Corbin
    R. Braun in Mil vs Paddack
    J. Segura @Atl vs Keuchel

    The 3 hot bats are up against the toughest pitchers. Though Santana has hit Verlander extremely well in the past and Corbin on the road hasn’t been so good. Sample size could be distorting on both of those, natch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think ya gotta go Edman, Braun, Santana

  36. Ozzie Smith says:
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    Need one streamer for tomorrow how confident do you feel about any of these?
    Alcantara @ Ari
    Bailey vs. KC
    Gonsolin vs. TB
    K’s are always nice but looking more for a W and ratios.

    I lost Plesac and Giolito now already this week in my championship so thinking I probably need to start
    Mikolas vs. Wash
    Padack @ Mil
    I know neither one of them are glamorous but what are your thoughts?
    Thanks as always Brother!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Confident? Haha — Uh, not at all? I’d start Paddack, Mikolas, Bailey

      • ozzie smith says:
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        I hear ya! Not drafting starters early as you recommend brings me to the ship way more often than not but it always does leave me streaming dogshit pitchers when I need to win the most!
        Guy I’m playing this week has Verlander, Cole, and Kershaw with decent hitting to go along with it.
        Alcantara listed at -2.2 on SON which I can’t quite wrap my head around and Bailey is not even listed, it has Bassit as tomorrow’s starter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha — yup… Bailey at home sounds fine, Sandy doesn’t sound good on road

  37. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    I feel yeah on Eloy, plus with him being bad for so long to start the year, but its hard to be excited about Eloy hitting 30 HR in his rookie season with the juiced balls and everything. Ketel has 30 HR, Escobar has 30 HR. Garver has 30 HR in like 80 games. Gardner will probably have 30 before the season ends. Renato Freaking Nunez has 30 HR and he hit all of like 5 to his name before this year. bahahaha so much ridiculousness. 30 is the new 15. 40 is the new 30. and the Twins have hit more HRs than the Yankees, because… of course they have (skimming over the fact that Stanton has been out all year). Which, by the by, as we visited earlier, is the true cruel irony of this season that proves Manfred made a Faustian bargain; juiced balls flying out all over the place, but no homerun chase between Stanton, Judge, and Gallo. All injured for at least half the season… hmmm, i might expand on this *thinking emoji*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, it is so true… Those 3 are healthy and we have three 60-homer seasons

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        LOL breaking news… Felipe Vasquez arrested and charged with 1 count of computer porn and solicitation of a child, and 1 count of providing obscene material to minors…

        Ruh roh Raggy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I said they should’ve suspended him last week

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            pervert dude, he is now officially Santana from Big Lebowski. That creep can spin though man.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yeah, what a creep, good word for him

  38. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write up!!
    In a standard 5×5 league, in the championship… final waiver wire period of the 2019 season. This is what we trained for. All dates are between 9/19-9/22:

    1) Can you please rank the Top 4 Batters:
    -Kyle Lewis: @PIT, @BAL, @BAL, @BAL
    -Jason Heyward: vSTL, vSTL, vSTL, vSTL
    -Oscar Mercado: vDET, vPHI, vPHI, vPHI
    -Brett Gardner: vLAA, vTOR, vTOR, vTOR
    -Cavan Biggio: @BAL, @NYY, @NYY, @NYY
    -Randall Grichuk: @BAL, @NYY, @NYY, @NYY
    -Harrison Bader: @CHC, @CHC, @CHC, @CHC
    -Cory Spangenberg: vSD, vPIT, vPIT, vPIT

    2) Can you please rank the Top 5 Pitchers (bottom of the bucket I know):
    -Anthony Desclafani: vNYM
    -Dylan Cease: @DET
    -Ivan Nova: @DET
    -Tyler Glasnow: vBOS
    -Jonny Cueto: @ATL
    -Pablo Lopez: vWSH
    -Zach Davies: vPIT
    -Merrill Kelly: @SD
    -Felix Hernandez: @BAL
    -Justice Sheffield: @BAL
    -Anthony Kay: @BAL

    3) Any of those pitchers that you absolutely avoid at all costs?

    Thank you!!

    -Josh-NYC
    -Greys #1 Fan (remember that name?!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you, man!

      1. Lewis, Gardner, Grichuk, Biggo

      2. DeSclafani, Lopez, Davies, Cueto, Kelly

      3. Anyone after Cueto…So Kelly and all unlisted ones

  39. Mark Davis's Haricut says:
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    Would you start Snell if you wanted to increase your K/9 stats but preserve ratios? I understand its only gonna be a 2-3 start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Mark Davis's Haricut says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…Nice haircut

  40. Hip hip jorge says:
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    Better 1b for the next two weeks:
    McMahon (2 vs NYM, 3 @ LAD, 3 @ SF, 3 vs MIL)
    Votto (assuming he gets over this illness) (2 @ CHC, 3 vs NYM, 3 vs MIL, 3 @ PIT)

    Last 7, 15, and 30 days paint a pretty picture for votto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McMahon

  41. Brett Lasser says:
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    So Vazquez season/career is done. Who closes in Pittsbugh now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Keone, but could be others

      • Brett says:
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        Need holds had a claim in for Kela, but now need other ideas options:

        Kela
        R Rodriguez
        Pomeranz
        Kahnle
        Diekman

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kahnle

  42. web says:
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    New pirates closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Keone

      • Matty says:
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        I could tell how deep into playoffs mindset I am when I read the news article about Vazquez and kept scrolling for the hot tip on who to pick up.

        Dropped Rizzo for Kela, which makes it my top three draft picks who’ve been dropped in the last week or so: Yelich for Shaun Anderson, Baez for David Fletcher and now Rizzo- Kela. Also Giolito for Mag Sierra.

        Man, late season baseball is weird.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup!

  43. Smitty says:
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    Loved “The Librarian” acknowledgement. Shhhhh be very very quiet, we’re hunting wabb…erghh 2020 bargains. Unlike Ante, I feel Eloy settles in with Js. Abreu (if resigned) & Moncada nicely. There will be some potentially elite company in the library (unless they go off in the spring) Guys like Sale, Snell, Kluber, Stanton, JoRam, Benintendi and Severino will quietly go later in most drafts. And OK I’ll say it – Hampson & J. Urias will be really valuable late late.
    How about Cespedes? Nahhh! Too fragile

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA — shhhh…we’re hunting bargains…

  44. Wes says:
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    I need to decide my final starter for the week and they all scare me. Points league.

    Houser vs SD (Lamet)
    Wainwright vs WASH (Scherzer)
    Lamet @ MIL (Houser)

    Can you rank them? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They scare me too…Houser

  45. Twins Peaker says:
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    2020:

    Yarborough > Alcantara > Pablo?

    Pts league where wins don’t matter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That looks about right

  46. Woolly the Mammoth says:
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    Trade Au Shizz for Jimenez in a keep forever league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  47. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Any idea who is piggybacking Stripling today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      May? Maeda? Not sure

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        apparently, it’s Ferguson opening with Stripling relieving

        I need wins in a couple leagues and I’m coming up on starts/innings limits. So, I’m trying to stay up on bulk guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah that makes sense

  48. Michael DePinto says:
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    I realize the numbers look in line and maybe it’s because it is the H2H playoffs but Trea Turner has been borderline useless the past few weeks. He has 1 steal in the past two weeks and that was as the back end of a double steal with Robles.

    No real question just venting about my 1st round pick disappearing during crunch time. I have seriously thought about picking Polanco up to play SS instead but do not have big enough privates to make the move. LOL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya… I need him to steal too

    • Smitty says:
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      Trea was my 1st rounder and has under-perfomed, spent time on DL, and definitely hasn’t met potential. Should be a “steal” in ’20

  49. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    1. Who should I pick up to replace Vazquez? Jairo; Colome; Jimenez; or Kela?

    2. For a bench bat, I have Cano (who I planned to drop after he leaves Colorado tomorrow). Keep Cano or add one of these: Sano; Pujols; Christian Walker; or Canha?

    3. Which, if any or all, of these is worth starting? It’s a points league (24 starts over these two weeks) and I currently envision having about 4 openings (from past years, I’ve learned that can’t predict starters the last few days and that most teams use “openers” the last weekend; on the other hand, roster spots are free the last few days).
    Tomorrow: Tehran (@ home vs Phil – Eflin)
    Friday: Plesac (@home vs Phil – Smiley). SON hates this start.
    Friday: Minor (@Oakland – Bassitt)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Jairo’s been great, though Coors is scary… Jimenez

      2. Cano

      3. Teheran, Minor, Plesac

  50. toolshed says:
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    Hampson has started 5 games in a row. Are the Rockies finally coming to their senses and giving him regular AB’s? Would you cut daniel murphy for him? I am trying to get a few more sb. I really cant justify adding him to my roster at this stage of the season if he isn’t playing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d cut Murphy for him

  51. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    I’m always happy when your answer is relatively consistent with my opinion — although surprised you prefer Cano to Sano (I’ve had bad luck with Sano — always cut him just before he got hot).

    You seem to have soured on Solak (Utility). Would you replace him with Tucker or Braun?

    I see Aquino analagous to Riley/Chavis — hot the 1st time through the league and then not. I have him in 3 leagues. Reasonable to cut for:
    1. Pollock; Eaton; Victor Reyes; or Mallex.
    2. Grisham; Lux; Victor Reyes; Franmil
    3. Braun; Bader; Tucker; Grisham; or Victor Reyes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, typo… I want Sano not Cano — ha, my bad

      Pollock

      Grisham

      Braun

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        So you do agree that Aquino should be dropped — or are you just saying that if I drop, those are your choices?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aquino looks like he’s been figured out

        • Norman Ginsberg says:
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          Also – the Solak question. Solak, Braun, or Tucker?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Tucker if he’s playing

            • Norman Ginsberg says:
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              And your opinion?
              And if not, braun or Solak?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Braun

  52. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    How gets the most saves for the Pirates ROS?

    • Schmohawks Bob says:
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      When I said “How” I meant “Who”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Kela

  53. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    seeing as his start went down to $1 because of verlander – if wins don’t matter, would you be starting Lynn tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, seems fine, he’s been so good this year

  54. The Wild Card says:
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    gotta start 2 bats out of the 4 grey. who would you start tonight. need all categories.

    Robbie Cano at COL-Meleville $61.1
    Keston Hiura vs SD-Paddack -$1.6
    Jorge Polanco vs CHW Detwiller $26
    Manny Machado at MILW Woodruff $8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado, Cano

      • The Wild Card says:
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        I was hoping you say hip hip Jorge……Machado has been a turd sandwich all year. thanks for the advice though!!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for it

  55. toolshed says:
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    Just when I thought the Rockies were seeing the light, they got hampson on the bench after 5 straight starts (11 for 22 with 8 runs, 1 hr, 3 rbi, 1 sb).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s so ridiculous

  56. Hip Hip Jorge says:
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    Another one bites the dust. I saw you assume kela is taking over in PIT.

    Best RP for svhds next two weeks?
    -Kela (vs SEA, @ MIL, vs CHC, vs CIN)
    -nick anderson (@ ARI, vs WSH, @ NYM, @ PHI)
    -Lugo (@ COL, @ CIN, vs MIA, vs ATL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lugo

  57. Drew says:
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    I’m now down Vazquez in my 16-OPS championship matchup. Who to help in NSVH: Kela, P. Baez, or J. Wilson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilson

      • Drew says:
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        Thanks! Is Vazquez a clear drop ??

        • Drew says:
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          in keeper, that is

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  58. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Bulk update: German will follow CC tomorrow, or start later in the week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, sounds like every team’s schedule… “He will start tomorrow, follow an Opener or pitcher later this week.”

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        “He will throw a baseball in order to benefit our team at some point before or on September 29th.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup!

  59. baby seal says:
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    Grey!!

    You really had to go there w/ Anime Grey’s mom didn’t you!!?? lol

    So, in sad news, baby seals tied last week 5-5, and the tie breaker goes to the higher seed, so, the baby seals lost. 1 SB would’ve tied up that category, thus giving me the win 5-4-1!

    Yelich, I miss you so much.

    Well, I can try for third place now. Which feels so meh! At least I get back 1/3 of the buy in if I win this week. But have barely looked!

    Let you know when I have a good fantasy question.

    Hmmm, here’s a try: I had dropped Moose and Muncy is on my IL (need to activate or drop to make another move). Would you try to add either, or keep my scrubs? I have Berti, McMahon, Castro. Think McM after he’s done in COL can be a goner. Keep Berti for legs.

    Some other guys avail: (TROUT!), Cano, Solak, Franmil, Gardner (lol), Reddick, Spangenberg…

    Thanks bro, and good luck ya filthy animal!!

    sealitooooooo

    • baby seal says:
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      Other thing: I have Hand and

      • baby seal says:
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        wow nice job computer.

        … Hand and Boyd. Would you toss either aside now?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can lose Hand and Boyd…Don’t you dare blame your computer!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anime Grey is a gangsta!

      You lost in a tiebreaker? Damn, that’s happened so much to people this year!

      It’s scrub time, but depends what scrubs you have — McMahon out of Coors for whoever is hot by that point, none of these really…Spangenberg a little bit, I guess

  60. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – would you keep an $85 trout over a $5 Soler in a 12 team $260 league (obp ops) where the rest of your keepers average about $9 each? (Apologies for the similar q earlier in the week where I asked about trout v $11 Rhys or $14 Nola – I forgot about my $5 soler)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d keep Trout

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Cool, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  61. Lil Petey says:
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    Another question…1B this week what does your crystal ball say?

    Alonso @Col, @Cin
    Olson KC, Tex

    I have Yordan (Tex, LAA) at Util.

    I feel Alonso’s due for some Albombsos but he was flacid last week. Olson is hot.

    Which combo and yeah, its a good dilemna to have.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso

  62. Ben W says:
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    Do you trust Danny Duffy as a streamer tomorrow at Oakland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  63. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Must admit, I thought the Aquino party was over, but he had just popped out to get more booze!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  64. Curious George says:
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    Looking at the 2earlymocks adp for 2020 because consolation round : ( . What do you think these adp’s will do?
    Sale @ 44
    Paxton @ 79
    Kluber @ 87
    Severino @ 93
    Carrasco @ 112
    Montas @ 165
    C mart @ 183
    Obviously lots of risk with injury returns etc. but all guys who have been top 20 pitchers…

    • Curious George says:
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      I guess I’ll add in Bauer @ 79 since he was going in the 30-40 range in 2019 (even though 2018 is looking more like the aberration – interesting comp I heard of Bauer to ray?!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch Sale or Pax there, Kluber, Severino and Carrasco will prolly go up and Montas and CMart seem about right

      • Curious George says:
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        Kluber high currently is 70, Severino high is 82, and carrasco high is 108. Obviously it is super early and people will adjust accordingly once they see them in spring training. Would you view any of those three as a bargain at the highs I listed assuming health?

        I dig Gallen at 145. In looking at the list I think starting pitching is actually deeper than people give it credit for.

  65. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    What is the “algorithm” for Kyle Tucker starting (certain types — but not all –righties?).

    He’s my bench bat but I am almost always forced to play him (e.g., Myers is now DTD). Would I be better with Heyward who is now hot and plays every day?

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