Off screen we hear screaming, “Who buried me?” A hand shoots out of the dirt, and that hand grabs some dirt, pulling it back inside. After some chomping, we hear, “It tastes like Oreo crumbs.” You’re not buried Eloy Jimenez, you have a sundae on top of you because you’re so tasty! Yo, Eloy Jimenez is a snack for coming back so fast. Am I using that correctly? The snack term. Is that right? Sometimes I walk into the potato chip aisle at the supermarket and say real loud, “I don’t need any chips, I’m already a snack,” then I sizzle my finger on my butt. Am I the only that does this? Not to answer but to nod encouragingly. Eloy Jimenez (0-for-4) returned last night from his season-ending-injury-that-wasn’t-a-season-ending-injury. From this point forward, there’s no reason to think he can’t be a top 25 overall player as we thought he would before the injury. Only wish I hadn’t dropped him in every league! Haha, I’m so dumb, as I sit on Chris Sale, Noah Syndergaard, Luis Severino and Carlos Carrasco. Great stuff, Snack Grey! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jorge Soler – 2-for-4 and two more homers, and 34 homers in the last week. You can sit on your hands and warm them from your farts or you can pick up Soler.

Andrew Benintendi – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer. Bit surprised the Royals team hasn’t clicked this year with the big, middle-of-the-order bat, Andrew Benintendi.

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.32. Because of the Streamonator, I grabbed him yesterday, and I’m so golad I did it blindly without looking at his ERA or his opponent because there’s no way I would’ve done it otherwise.

Francisco Lindor – Expected to be sidelined four to six weeks, but that’s backdated a week, and it’s the Mets so he’ll be back around September 19th.

Marcus Stroman – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.63, in 65 pitches. It feels like there’s something psychological going on with MLB managers where they pull starters quicker in 7-inning games because there’s less innings to throw. Oh, it makes no sense, but it seems to be happening.

Kyle Muller – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.55. Should’ve streamed him. I looked at him and I got cold feet. Next time I’ll put on my big boy socks! Streamonator doesn’t like his next one, but unless the Brewers get really stacked at the deadline, I’d prolly stream him. If I can find my socks.

Huascar Ynoa – Will begin a rehab assignment. Ynoa will likely need at least three rehab starts, and I like him as a stash, since he didn’t have an arm issue. Just a dumbass punching-something-harder-than-his-hand-with-his-hand issue.

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.86. Solid season from Pineda, even with forearm inflammation that sidelined him for a few. Maybe it’s because he embraced a disheveled look this season, so he looks like a piñata vs. acts like one.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer. Did you listen to me when I told you to buy Donaldson in the 2nd half? You didn’t. You hurt my feelings.

Brent Rooker – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer, and 2nd homer in two games. Hot schmotato alert!

Taylor Rogers – Sprained his middle finger. Or as truck drivers call it, “The How Ya Doin’ finger.” Now Hansel Robles could be the sole closer — soloser? Hmm, not a great omen!

Eric Haase – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer. Haase is gonna hit 25 homers in 80 games, and the prorating next season is going to be out of control. “If you stack every phone book on top of each other, you can put Jose Altuve on the moon.” That’s Mr. Prorater making up nonsense.

Hoy Park – Traded to the Pirates with infielder Diego Castillo for Clay Holmes, which is a head scratcher. I’m by no means a prospect guy, but Clay Holmes is a garbage reliever, and you trade him for two possible future bats? Turning me into the Joker thinking about the Pirates getting the best of the Yankees, but then I’m reminded of the Taillon trade, and well… Any hoo! No one in this trade is likely anything for fantasy, at least not right now.

Abraham Toro – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in two games. Bunch of guys heating up in baseball, and one fish.

Kyle Tucker – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer. Some time last week I said something about Tucker’s stats not blowing me away. That was through a lens of not rostering him anywhere, and I was corrected. Tucker has been plenty valuable. Mea culpa.

Dylan Moore – 1-for-2, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer. I don’t usually mention pinch-hit homers, but holy crap. What is even going on? The Mariners came back from that? Are you serious? Mariners are gonna win the World Series and get no-hit three times in seven games. Place your bets now, it will happen.

Kyle Seager – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer. The M’s becoming a playoff contender while batting collectively around .202 is really something.

Luis Garcia – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.19. Geez, it’s almost like guys who threw 12 innings last year can’t throw 100 this year. So weird.

Joey Votto – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer, and his 3rd homer in three games. Still not sure how he’s available anywhere, but I was told emphatically he is available in some leagues.

Kyle Farmer – 2-for-3 and his 9th homer, and his 2nd homer in four games. Could be a little hot schmotato action.

Kyle Hendricks – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.85. Hendricks is the one guy off limits in trades this year, according to team sources. Good choice, Cubbies!

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer. HR to the Izzo! Usually don’t say anything else on Rizzo, but he’s got 13 homers and 38 RBIs. The number three hitter in the Cubs’ lineup is on pace for 18 homers and 60 RBIs. Trade? They should just release him.

Willson Contreras – 1-for-5 and his 16th homer. Reds are buyers with a 51-49 record and the Cubs are sellers with a 50-51 record. Mmkay.

Andrew Chafin – Traded to the A’s. Or as it played out: Billy Beane on his treadmill screaming at Jonah Hill to get him his spreadsheets. Maybe the A’s just felt like it was up to them to rehab what it means when you hear ‘Beane’s Chafin.’ My guess is the A’s will continue to go with Lou Trivino as the closer, and Chafin will get the 8th inning. He’s solid; good A’s move; not much of a fantasy move. Of course, Trivino has coughed up runs in two of the last three, so one more and he’s in trouble.

Shohei Ohtani – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 hits, zero walks, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.04. He pitched a gem, drove in a run, scored a run and recorded his 14th steal. I’m going to the Lost & Found for the words I’ve lost watching him. As you might’ve heard me say a few times now on the podcast:  Like how A-Rod, Tejada and others led to young shortstops who didn’t have to be slap hitters, but could hit for power. I bet Ohtani leads to more two-way stars in the next decade. No longer will coaches be like, “Focus on hitting or pitching.” Now kids can push back and say, “I want to be like Ohtani.” I’m being 100% earnest; I know, it’s hard to spot.

Jack Mayfield – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer. Jack Mayfield is the most college basketball coach-sounding baseball player ever or what? “Hey, you run up and down the court and give Jack Mayfield 110% or you don’t play here.” That’s Jack Mayfield talking about what Jack Mayfield expects.

Jared Walsh – Left the game clutching his side. That sounds ominous and oblique.

Adam Eaton – 1-for-3, 1 RBI. Can’t believe he’s still starting somewhere. I liked Adam Eaton better on Man vs. Food.

Brendan Rodgers – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer. Homer on the road from a guy with upside? Don’t mind if I monocle!

Nick Pivetta – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.51. Pivetta is so much better. Dot dot dot. In our minds.

Rafael Devers – 2-for-3 and his 27th homer, hitting .281. On the two teams where I have Devers, it’s not a coincidence those teams are dominating in hitting categories.

Alex Verdugo – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .275. Don’t care how hot Enrisque is or how fast Jarren is, it’s ludicrous Verdugo is hitting sixth. But Alex Cora wins games, so he must be doing something right. I just realized something, everyone talks about how stupid pitcher wins are, but all anyone cares about are team wins. Not sure what that means, and my brain hurts thinking about it.

Joe Ross – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.80, as he returns from the IL. He had a 1.95 ERA in 32 1/3 IP in June and is keeping it going in his return. Joe Ross has been so good over his last eight starts he should have some kind of theme music. Streamonator is meh on his next start, but he’s getting the about-to-trade-everyone Cubs at home and I’d stream him.

Brad Hand – 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.67, 5th blown save, and his 7th earned run in the last three games, 8th run in the five games, and Brad is single-Hand-edly eliminating the Nats from the NL East. Daniel Hudson could start to see saves, or he could get traded.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .237. McClutchen’s home run was the one that gave Hand the finger, and said, “I’m now your father, call yourself Bad Handrew.”

Rhys Hoskins – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .232. More like “1-for-4 with a homer” Hoskins, but if his daddy named him that, he’d prolly be a pitcher. A Boy Named Sue-type deal.

Spencer Howard – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.72. Siri, show me Dom Brown as a pitcher.

  1. muskysmell says:
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    Is Dylan Cease nothing more than a streamer in a 12-team mixed roto redraft league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • William Hung says:
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        Cease 2022 Sleeper Post already in draft mode?

        Sucks his season didn’t pan out after that SP1 post from earlier this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he looks solid moving forward

  2. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Awesome, superb, so good!!

    a. Soler!

    b. So happy none of my SP started yesterday, so happy.

    c. Marx Brothers quote of the day for July 27, 2021

    ‘You’re willing to pay him a thousand dollars a night just for singing? Why, you can get a phonograph record of Minnie the Moocher for 75 cents. And for a buck and a quarter, you can get Minnie.’

    Groucho

    A Night at the Opera

    d. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for July 27, 2021

    ‘It never happened. At least not like [Ward] said it did. The whole time he was trying to feed me that quote, but I know I never said it. There’s no way I’d be that dumb to knock the captain of the team — and, by the way, the guy who told George Steinbrenner to go get me on the free-agent market.’

    In reference to…

    ‘This team, it all flows from me. I’m the straw that stirs the drink. Maybe I should say me and Munson, but he can only stir it bad,’ Jackson was quoted by Robert Ward in a June 1977 article in Sport magazine. The quote was in reference to Jackson being the key ingredient to a World Series winner with his penchant for delivering big hits in the playoffs, earning him the nickname “Mr. October.”

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yes! B. Haha C. Awesome d. Wow random day for his biggest quote

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!

        a. I’m amazed there’s so much out there and I haven’t touched his autobiography yet. I do it all for you, man.

        b. Start Cease tonight @ KC? He’s facing Brad Keller, he of 5.84 ERA (Don’t tell him. He’s blind like his mom so they tell him his ERA is 3.84 to keep him motivated.)

        Cheers,
        Ante

  3. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Hi Grey,

    A. Soler, check!

    B. 14 team h2h league, start Kaprielian @SD?

    Thankyou!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  4. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Meant to ask :

    Drop avisail Garcia, Adolis, or Will myers for Soler ROS?

    Thankyou

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  5. Trickrey says:
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    Which 2 SPs would you choose from the following in a 12 tm H2H 6×6 league (QS, K, K/9, ERA, WHIP, Sv/H):
    – Patrick Sandoval
    – Kikuchi
    – Eduardo Rodriguez
    – Kikuchi
    – Logan Gilbert

    Thanks!

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      Kikuchi and Kikuchi since you listed him twice…….the actual answer is Sandoval and Gilbert.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sandoval, Gilbert

  6. Alex says:
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    I need to put Betts on the IL but I’ve already got Rendon and Mondesi there. J.D. Davis is at 3B now–would you drop Rendon (to put Betts on IL) and then pick up Soler?

    My only offensive drop option is Baddoo, but he’s my only SB threat, and maybe Arozarena, but that seems crazy. I’ve got a few expendable pitchers right now (Gilbert, Green, Barlow) but my pitching and closer situation is shaky after losing Pablo and Peralta. With only $23 left to spend I can’t be too aggressive.

    Thanks for writing!

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      I have no hope for Rendon coming back and making an impact. At this point, I would probably drop Rendon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  7. Glass Half Empty says:
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    I can kind of relate with ole Jorge. Hitting double dongs yet losing the lead to a guy who tore his titty and went 0-4. Oh well, who can he lose the lead to tomorrow? Just kidding. I owe you 5oo fantasy meseta for telling me to pick up Soler and drop Killiroff about a week ago. You da man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha nice

  8. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Good morning.

    12 team league, 3 keepers, H2H
    Currently in 2nd place

    What on your thought on this trade:

    Give: Story + Bieber + Round 10
    Get: Trea Turner + Round 17

    Bieber is set to return for mid August if all goes well, and even that with CLE out of contention, Bieber should not pitch a lot.

    Should I do the trade or continue to hold Bieber for the playoffs and hope Stoty can start heating up?

    thanks,
    Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  9. G says:
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    Better ROS hold? Joe Ross or Heaney? Or are both streamers?

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      both streamers, but Ross would be the better option to hold if you want to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross, more or less streamers

  10. Dude says:
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    With the trade deadline approaching and rumors of who is possibly being dealt, who are the biggest potential fantasy adds?

    If Bryant is dealt, is Wisdom a must add?
    If Gallo is dealt, who benefits the most in Texas? Is Solak getting called back up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wisdom is an add…solak prolly returns, no add there

  11. Alex says:
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    Just flipped F. Peralta for Hader. I threw the offer out there before more folks knew about the innings limit. Thanks for the info! With just Barlow, Suarez, Green, I was about to punt the saves category but I feel back in it now.

    • Bamabterry says:
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      Thats like trading a guy that got injured before the other party knows he is injured. Good luck trading with that player ever again. Bad fantasy JuJu.
      Im in an NFBC keeper league where a guy got information from Greg Amb about Eloy that no one else on the league had. (Rules said if eloy dropped he could be kept in 20th rd. Greg changed the rule mid season to where if a player is dropped they can only be kept in rd they were drafted in. This player in our league was told that by Greg BEFORE greg sent out an email to the league. His response was to send Me an Eloy offer that was so in my favor it seemed strange. I reached out to Greg and he explained that he had spoken to this player and explained to me the rule change and I let the league group chat know the new rule). I immediately let the entire league know what this guy was trying to do. I will never trade with this player again for trying to gain a competitive advantage like that. Bad Juju.

      • Alex says:
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        I hear ya… I shouldn’t have bragged about it. That’s the bad juju. But there are articles on the internet about Peralta’s innings. League members can veto the trade if they want. It’s a keeper league so they are getting an $8 ace for next year.

        • Harris Kiperman says:
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          If its a keeper league, he got a keeper. Fair deal IMO Just piping in as a guy with Peralta, looking to flip him as well.

        • Bamabterry says:
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          Keeper league than he may have still won the deal. That def changes the trade. Im still bitter about almost getting worked. I was CLOSE to accepting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, and caveat emptor

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Much worse to trade an injured player…This guy just didn’t do due diligence

          • Bamabterry says:
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            Thats true. Due diligence is very different than a rule change only you know about.

            • Bamabterry says:
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              Or injury*.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, exactly

  12. Bbboston says:
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    Which side of this do you like better ROS:
    Greinke and Kikuchi versus
    Montas and Plesac

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke neither really tho

  13. Bob says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Would you trade Gausman and Sony Gray or John Means for Cronenworth and Rodon?

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      IF you need the hitter, then sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, either…Gray first

  14. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Soler over Franmil?

    Appreciate the write-up, Grey!

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      Hell no

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        Well alright, then

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        Preeshiate you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

  15. Jay says:
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    Is Lindor a drop if your playoffs start Aug 16th? Think he’s back in time before that? I think I know the answer just need approval from the Grey Master lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes drop

  16. Daze says:
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    Grey
    Is it time to cut bait on Biggio
    My only problem is the waiver wire is slim pickens
    Would you drop Biggio for any of the following
    Harrison
    Flores
    Odor
    Moore
    I think Harrison is the only one that should see regular playing time. The trade deadline has me thinking that Moore, Odor and Flores might not get regular at bats
    Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      Moore

  17. Zeus says:
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    Chafin gone. Who closes on the Cubs when Kimbrel gets traded?

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      IF Kimbrel gets traded…..he is controllable next year as well…..they may deal everyone else in the bullpen and keep him. Kimbrel is going to cost other teams more.

      If he does go, Tepera is next up with Chafin gone, though. But he may go also.

    • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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      My guess is that Kimbrel, Chafin and Tepera are all gone. At that point, it’s probably a committee … Winkler & Keegan Thompson. Rays & Mets are discussing KB, and Redsox are inquiring about Rizz. There may not be much of a team left come next week … can’t get a save if you aren’t winning ballgames.

      • NUX says:
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        Rowan Wick

        • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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          Not a bad thought with Wick.

        • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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          Have see how rehab goes …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with B

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And P

        Tepera/Committee

  18. Mo Vaughn says:
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    Duran / Conforoto / Hayes….. drop one (could use a few SBs ros).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hayes

  19. JC says:
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    Pitching cats are wins, losses, WS, ERA, WHIP, Ks, HRs allowed.

    Megill home vs Braves (Fried)
    Irvin on road vs Angels (Barria)
    Flexen home vs Astros (McCuellers)
    Lauer on road vs Pirates ( undecided)
    Gonsolin on road vs DBacks (Gallen)

    1. Please rank top two to stream this week
    2. Please pick one of Bader, Margot, Tyrone Taylor,

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      Megill and Gonsolin

      Bader

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with B

  20. P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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    Keeper league trade question. I have zero chance of a playoff spot this years, and will be going into full sell mode.

    I give Eloy who would have to be kept in the 1st round next year, and then released in 2023, and Julio Urias who would have to be kept in the 6th round next year, the 1st round in 2023, and released in 2024.

    I get Kelenic who would be kept in the 26th round next year, 21st round in 2023, 16th round in 2024 … etc.

    Almost for certain, I would not keep Eloy as a 1st round pick next year (unless he goes full beast mode for the rest of the season … and even then). I’d perhaps keep Urias (However, I’ve made a lot of trades this year, so I’d need to check and see if I have a different player I’d keep in that 6th round slot – you can only keep 1 guy per slot).

    Obviously, Kelenic has looked like a total clown this year in The Show. Pitching is a premium in our league.

    I feel like I could prob get a better offer … at least somebody who has shown a glimpse of being able to perform at the major league level.

    Am I over thinking this? To me, this is no go.

    Am I wrong to decline this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold, decline, yeah, no way

      • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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        Thank you, sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  21. Steve says:
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    Duran having rookie struggles out of the gate, replace with Bader? 10T redraft 5×5

    Same league, like Votto over Riley for power and average?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      Okay

  22. harris says:
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    FYI Stroman was pinch hit for, Mets down 2-0 in a 7 inning game is like being down 19-0 in a 9 inning game. Keeper league, I’m in a playoff spot now, should make it, and in H2H anything can happen. That being said would you offer up Bellinger for guy having a good season, or just hope he gets hot those two weeks when the playoffs begin? Trading deadline is Saturday. Thank you in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s fair, I hadn’t realized it was a PH situation — still sucks

      Yes, I’d offer Belly, but not for just whatever if he could be a keeper…

  23. RicoSuave says:
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    Excellent work Grey!

    16 team H2H weekly points…

    Sorry for the Catcher question:

    S. Murphy, Varsho or Haase ROS ? How would you rank them?

    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Varsho, Haase

  24. John Oldrods says:
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    Thanks to you, I picked up Soler this past weekend and am reaping the benefits (which include nicer-smelling hands). Do you prefer Ryu or Kikuchi ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Hmm, depends on matchups prolly…Ryu

  25. scoboticus says:
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    Somebody picked up Votto in my league two days ago.
    He’s been sitting on waivers all year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  26. Tappish says:
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    Happy Birthday!

    Duffy or Ynoa?
    Means or Sandoval?

    Cheers, T

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My bday is in January

      Ynoa — Sandoval

  27. ray says:
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    Hey Grey, Could you elaborate on your Brantley sell take? I get the relative lack of power, but his expected BA is .325 and in the 100th percentile…..not sure what you are getting at with BABIP luck.
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a .280 hitter with next to no power or speed…So, he’s going to slump on his main attribute

      • ray says:
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        But his expected BA is 325 and 100 percentile. so not sure a slump is imminent.
        Thanks for your opinion.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. toolshed says:
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    Garcia was winning that game 7-0. He had given up 1 hit through 3 innings and had 5k. I have no idea what happened and how Seattle suddenly exploded for all of those runs. You just wonder how may innings he is going to get. He is at 96 now.

    • ray says:
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      Defense didn’t help…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He should be shut down

  29. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    I’m confused about Freddie Peralta’s staus.

    Yes – As mentioned above, he was pulled after 4 innings (51 pitches) on Sunday; and Craig Councel said he was using “tandem pitching” (multiple starters/game) for rest of season.

    But – He did say that Peralta was the exception.

    And if he does this, might Peralta get used for multiple innings in more (win-friendly roles) more frequently — so a few less innings might be partially balanced by icomparable (or even ncreased) win possibilities. i.e., perhaps he’ll pitch innings 4-6 twice a week.

    Obviously, I can’t trade him for a comparable asset. So for now, I think he’s a hold until we know better.

    • Grey

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      He could, I have no idea…If it were up to me, I’d have him come in from the 4th inning until the 8th, but he might come in for the 1st thru the 4th

  30. Molina Bros BBQ says:
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    Bassitt or greinke ROS? For win now. 5×5 roto thx

    Bassitt at 130 IP

    • Molina bros bbq says:
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      Also, how close is it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bassitt, it’s close

      • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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        Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  31. G says:
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    In a H2H keeper league and trying to remain in playoffs in tight race. Was considering trading Gausman or Peralta for Pressley, with Pressley owner looking for a keeper. My closers are decent with Kimbrel, Suarez, and Romano. Also has Chafin.

    Have considered keeping Perlata or Gausman but not both. Gausman can be kept at 7th round value next year and Peralta can be kept in the 10th or 11th. So Peralta is better keeper value clearly but Gausman might be more effective this year. My SP staff is Perlata, Gausman, Heaney, Flexen, McLanahan with Bieber, Elflin, and Ynoa on IL.

    So not sure if should I stick with closers I have or trade one of the SPs who I will not keep next year and have diminished value this year (for Pressley)? Do you see Gausman and Peralta as far apart in rankings next year? Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman and Freddy will be around top 17 SP overall…So around top 50-70 overall — guessing but that’s my feel for things

      They’re pretty good keepers to trade for a closer

  32. Bish says:
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    Grey,

    can you pick the TOP 2 two-starters for me for next week? Thanks

    Wainwright ATL; KC
    Ryu CLE; BOS
    Taillon BAL; SEA
    Flexin @TB; @NYY
    Alcantara NYM; @Col

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Two of the top three, I guess Wainwright ATL; KC — Ryu CLE; BOS but could see Taillon instead of Ryu

      • Bish says:
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        Thanks, Grey! Gonna roll with Taillon. Easier starts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Jram it up your Yaz says:
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    Have to drop someone to activate Muncy. I’d prefer to drop a hitter but position eligibility only will allow me to drop an OF. Would you go Adolis or Laureno?

    If it’s crazy to drop either, would you drop Taijuan Walker at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Laureano

  34. Gator says:
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    Best guess on where you’d rank Bellinger & Bauer next year assuming Bauer is not in jail or suspended and Bellinger is completely healthy (if his mental state is even fixable)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around top 40-50 for Cody, and around top 80 for Bauer

      • Gator says:
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        Thanks. Sale or Bauer for 2022?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So much unknown on these guys…I’d guess Sale

  35. pizza5788 says:
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    I need HR anRBI would you drop Le Mahieu for Votto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  36. Sam Jacobs says:
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    lol gdi. great title this morning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy does the titles, will pass along compliment

  37. Will says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Love the write-up as always.

    Which side would you prefer to have in a 12 team NL-ONLY 5×5 keeper league?

    Ronald Acuna and Realmuto or Tatis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Tatis

  38. Mike says:
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    Soler over Adolis Garcia in 10 team H2H redraft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Mike says:
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        Thank you!

  39. Mike says:
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    Duval or Jesus Aguilar in 10 team H2H redraft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duval

  40. Herb says:
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    Morning Grey!

    Rank ROS: Bader, Andrew Vaughn, Kepler

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! Kepler, Vaughn

  41. JC says:
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    Trade my fifth OF (Benny) for Hand? We play five OF so would backfill his slot with Margot or Bader. Or is Hand broken (he he)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t mess with Hand

  42. scoboticus says:
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    Do you feel good about Jose Suarez vs Col today?

    • scoboticus says:
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      Or Alzolay vs Cin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, stream

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Suarez seems fine, Alzolay seems fine…Prolly that order

  43. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 10) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 40 moves (used 6) – no streaming

    Made some trades, changed my team around but I’m now in need of a MI or a 3rd base
    -until Seager comes back). Who would you pick up AND any guys you’d swap out for wire guys?

    WIRE
    HIT – J. Votto, L. Wade Jr, H. Bader. J. Soler. K. Hernandez (MI), J. Harrison (MI/3B), A. Baddoo, R. Grossman, J. Candelario (3B), H. Dozier (3B), W. Flores (3B), C. Hernandez, J. Bell, P. Wisdom (3B), E. Longoria (3B)

    My team:
    C – G. Sanchez
    1B – T. Mancini
    2B – J. Schoop
    3B – J. India
    SS – G. Torres
    CI – P. Goldschmidt
    MI –
    LF – C. Yelich
    CF – M. Conforto
    RF – T. Hernandez
    Util – E. Jimenez
    IL – C. Seager (IL)
    IL – K. Marte (IL)

    SP – W. Buehler
    SP – Aaron Nola
    SP – T. Mahle
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    RP – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – M. Barnes (RP)
    P – T. Gonsolin
    BN – J. Means
    BN – S. Ohtani
    BN – D. Price
    BN – J. Odorizzi
    BN – T. Glasnow (IL)
    IL – A. Civale (IL)
    IL – C. Carrasco (IL)
    Thanks, Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Think you gotta lose Odorizzi for Harrison

      • MarvPesos

        Marv says:
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        thanks, other option would be to try and trade to acquire either Brandon Lowe OR Jeff Mcneil. I don’t know what it would cost me but you think either are worth pursuing?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, unless they’re super cheap

          • MarvPesos

            Marv says:
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            which one you prefer out of Lowe or Mcneil ?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Lowe

  44. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft holds league

    c- Sanchez
    1- Olson
    2- Jorge Polanco
    3- Donaldson
    SS- Wander Franco
    OF- Soto, Harper, Yordan
    Util- Jose Abreu, Yuli Gurriel
    Bench- Alonso, Franmil, Eloy

    NA- Muncy

    SP- Peralta, Berrios, Urias, Ryu, Manaea, Marquez, Wood, Eovaldi
    RP- Petit, Loaisiga

    IL- Sale
    NA- Baz

    Sorry for posting my whole team just thought it’d help knowing who else
    I have – hard pressed on who I should drop — need to activate Muncy?

    Also, when Sale returns who then goes?

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuli, Wood

      • ryanoger says:
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        Thanks – appreciate it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Brett says:
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    6×6 with ops 11 team can you rank these catchers
    Stassi
    Christian Vazquez
    Varsho

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Varsho, Stassi

      • Brett says:
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        Where would Kelly be when he returns?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Last

  46. Dane says:
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    Hey Grey. Need some advice. 10 team H2H points, daily lineups. 3 pt IP, 7 pt W, -5 L, -1 for hit, walk, ER, .5 for K, 3 pt QS.

    Pitching comes at a premium. Most managers have no bench hitters, and some like myself even forego a Catcher to gain an extra SP. I guess due to it being daily lineups, most stream. Also worth noting that I am in 2nd at 11-4 and looks like I will likely make the playoffs which start Sept 13.

    I have 2 IL spots but currently have Buxton, Lindor, Pablo Lopez. So 1 player is taking up a regular bench spot.

    My staff is as followed (ranked by me)

    1. Yu Darvish
    2. Charlie Morton
    3. Hyun Jin Ryu
    4. Freddy Peralta
    5. John Means
    6. Tyler Mahle
    7. David Price
    8. Patrick Sandoval
    9. Chris Paddack
    10. Jameson Taillon
    11. Frankie Montas

    Ynoa is on the wire staring me in the face. Next best SP on the wire is Eflin. Want to build a strong team for the playoffs so really focused on September more than I am now. Would you add these guys?

    If so, who do I drop? Lindor? Lopez? I could drop one of my lower tier SP but they’re pitching decent right now so I’d hate to do that. But open to whatever you recommend. Thank u!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ynoa over Lopez

  47. H says:
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    Sonny Gray or Carlos Carassco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly take a flyer on Carrasco at this point

  48. Keeks says:
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    Duran – hold for now or move on for hot schmotato in 12 team mixed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can move on

  49. Brett says:
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    You think Kerri field is dealt? If he is do you think kc would bring Witt up immediately to play?

    • Brett says:
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      Merrifield

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt Witt comes up immediately

      • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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        The corpse of Mondesi is also allegedly back soon too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice

  50. Keeks says:
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    Already getting excited about some of the SPs we will get to draft after the top 50-60 next year. Manoah, Gilbert, Sandoval, Cease… oh man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, exactly

  51. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Better utility bat off the bencgh in Roto for ROS: Happ (once Bryant gets dealt, I assume he plays everyday) or Rojas once he’s back from IL?

    Also, any thoughts on Rowan Wick if the Cubs deal away their bullpen?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rojas

      Meh on Wick, he’s not even rostered in my NL-Only leagues

      • NUX says:
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        You should fix that in a league that deep.

        Both Tepara and Winkler are on last year of deals. Sounds like they will move Kimbrel. Wick is throwing in Iowa this week. Who else would be left? Rex Brothers? Kenan Thompson!?!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fair, if you need saves

  52. ray says:
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    I just dealt Luis Garcia and Duvall for Judge…..thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

      • ray says:
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        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  53. pizza5788 says:
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    Ty France or Caesar Hernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cesar

  54. Umpy70 says:
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    Grey, this is how you win fantasy

    Sell Stanton early in the year for a break out Gausman, and then pick up MCCUTCH!!! For. The. Win.

    MCCUTCH GREY…..mccutch….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

      • Umpy70 says:
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        i know you mention avg’s alot on here. Mccutch hitting 237 aint pretty, i know grandal was sitting at like 180 ish, but wouldnt you say OBP leagues make way more sense? Why wouldnt you reward BBs?

        Mccutch obp and grandal obp is like 360ish each? I think grandals is even higher.

        Do you think avg/obp is about 50/50? I just dont understand why some leagues stick with avg still.

        just my 2 cents and thats in CDN currency, so i dont know how much thats even worth Grey!

        • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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          McCutch started slow, he’s around 260ish average over the past few months. Probably why he got dropped early.

  55. Life of Brian says:
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    Redraft – Soler over Stanton ROS? If disregard Avg/OBP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  56. BtheEsq. says:
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    How do you view Durran as a keeper for next year? What is his longer term outlook?

    We keep up to 3 rookies in either round drafted or last round if FA pick up.

    Currently have a few of the rookie class on the active roster including Wander, India, Kopech, Lou Bob, Kopech, McClanahan, Ynoa, and several in NA spots…Rutschman, Detmers and Edward Cabrera.

    Where does Duran fit in that list of potential keepers? How would you rank those guys for the remainder of this year and next year (don’t want to look to far in the future).

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s a keeper for next year, prolly Wander, Lou Bob, Durran

  57. I Am Not A Smart Man says:
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    Morning Grey,

    How do you rank Soler, JD Davis, Conforto, Mount ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler, Conforto, Mount

      • I Am Not A Smart Man says:
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        Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  58. Jason says:
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    Hey Grey. I have a catcher question for you. Should I pick up Daulton Varsho and drop Isiah Kiner-Falefa in my H2H league? Kiner-Falefa was a great pick up but hasn’t done much in a long time. I appreciate your help. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • William Hung says:
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        IKF 4ever – also looks like he’s been batting leadoff. I wouldn’t be so quick to lose him for Varsho

  59. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Drop Luis Severino from my IL to Add Luis Robert?

    • Andrew Mellars says:
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      Or drop Pablo Lopez instead?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Lose Lopez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Andrew Mellars says:
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        Sorry I attached a second part to my question……would you rather drop Pablo Lopez or severino? Thanks Grey!

  60. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Ok thanks so much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  61. Gregg Jeffries, Future Star says:
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    Any FAs look like good adds over my current squad? Head to head, 5×5+OBP

    C – Garver
    1B – Olson
    2B – Wong
    3B – Machado
    SS – Tatis
    OF – Verdugo, Laureano, Blackmon, Soler
    Util – Bichette, Timmy Anderson
    Bench Bats – JD Davis, McMahon, Adolis, Nimmo

    SP Rotation – Urias, Eovaldi, Wood, McCullers, Marquez, Luis Garcia, Ryu, Sonny Gray
    RP – Aroldis, Barnes, Reyes, Trivino, Rogers

    FA Bats – McCutchen, Eugenio, Adames (although nowhere to start him), Vaughn, Kepler, Kike, Bader
    FA Arms – Touki, Skubal, Price, Sunday Sonntag, Alzolay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anyone over Blackmon? I’d go Kiké…Touki over Garcia, Price over Gray

      • Gregg Jeffries, Future Star says:
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        Thanks good sir.

        Blackmon has been a bummer, guess I’ve been holding onto classic Chazz memories.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, I hear ya

  62. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey Hey Hey,

    I don’t really have any good questions since Cody ruined our seasons. I dunno:

    We are sitting Robbie Ray in Boston, right?

    Spec closers? Bednar looks like the best stash available to me right now. You say him or Treinen (but Kenley seems back on track), Bender, or Mayers. (Most available all seem like garbage.)

    Lurrrve. Alas.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, lurves alas indeed…I’d sit Ray…Bednar

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Woooooooe is us.

        Thanks my friend! You rule!

  63. Indiana Jones says:
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    Who is the better short term shortstop? Urshela. MIguel Rojas, Suraez, Farmer, Wendle, or Jose Iglesias?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wendle

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

    Did not hit me how bad Rizzos counting stats were until that blurb, sheeeesh. Lose him for Votto in a 12 team with OBP? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait to see if he’s traded and where he lands

  65. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I was offered Meadows in exchange for Castillo. He turned down Gibson 1-for-1 so I offered Tony Disco plus Gibson to see if I could get him to cough up Meadows plus Nola. No dice. He has now offered me Meadows for DeSclafani, straight up. I can: A. Accept; B. Reject; or C. Counter with something else and keep trying to get Meadows plus Nola, but not sure that’s in the cards. I’m inclined to keep it simple and accept the straight up deal. Mustached thoughts?

    Current OF/Util: Conforto, Grisham, Riley, Kiké. Plus Varsho and Bellinger on my bench.

    Current SPs: Castillo, DeSclafani, Fried, Gausman, Gibson, Megill, Musgrove, Rodon, Taillon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take the deal

  66. Homefree Bogaerts says:
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    My league is roto 10 teams. You keep three players for next season not decided until week before next years draft. Have Bichette (keeper), Olson (Keeper). They are probably only 2 I can pick right now as most likely

    I have 6 players IR eligible with only 4 IR spots. I need pitching more than hitting.

    Bieber, Pablo Lopez, Aaron Judge, Manoah, K. Marte, and now Yelich. I can’t handle 6. Who is dropable keeping in consideration I would have to pick one more keeper.

    As always thank you. Not sure if its too late in the day to get an answer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can lose Alek, Lopez and Marte, that order

  67. Bish says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve got a team coming after my pitchers in a points league. Who has more value ros? Nola or Darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yu

      • Bish says:
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        Yu or Rodon ros?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yu…but these are coin flips

  68. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I have 5 pitchers going tonight:

    Flexen(SEA) at home vs. HOU (McCullers)
    McCullers (HOU) @ SEA (Flexen)
    Megill at home vs ATL
    Urias (LAD) @ SF
    Paddack (SD) at home vs OAK

    Who should I start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of them

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Tyler Anderson heading to PHI

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            mariners trade graveman and MOntero to HOU for Toro (Ole’), and Joe Smith

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Weird trade

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                thought Trea Turner was traded after getting pulled from game. Turns out he tested positive for COVID-19

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yikes

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    how much of an impact will it have on him getting traded

  69. TJ says:
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    Votto, Baddoo, Bader, or Wade Jr. as a last bat?!
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  70. toolshed says:
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    Duran sitting again vs lhp. Ugh. Hard for young guys to get in a rhythm when they sit too much. They need to play every day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah agreed

  71. TarmanGotHim says:
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    What’s up Grey!

    Haven’t been commenting, reading articles and comments per usual. So wanted to say I hope your procedure went well, seems it did, you’re still here!! Thank goodness.

    Mozel Tov!!

    You told me to accept my Teoscar, Sale, and Yelich for Bichette, Pollock, and Sonny Gray..

    I did and I’m stoked. I didn’t realize how thin my outfield would be.

    Trade went through yesterday. Poor Yelich is out so obviously I benefited immensely because I’ve lost half my team. I am in first and my team is stacked, but I’m really needed to trade for SP losing Pablo and Rogers and Civale, yet I do have Lynn, Ryu, Sonny Gray, Touki, Means, Urias so I’m comfortable. But these injuries are nuts.

    Anyhow. I have Lindor on the I and am really light with OF as my roster include
    C – Sanchez
    1B – Alonso
    2B – Albies
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Bichette
    OF – Franmil
    OF – Pollock
    OF – Grichuk
    UTIL – Jesus Aguilar
    UTIL – Jorge Polanco
    B – Grossman
    IL – Lindor

    Pitching as stated with Baz – NA and
    Diego Castillo – Matt absences – Yimi Garcia – Jake McGee

    I picked up Polanco 2 weeks ago on the wire and said “hmm, people love closed and Polanco is hitting, let me try to unload Castillo and Polanco see if I get a bite.”

    I offered both of them for Cedic Mullins. He bit!!

    Did I do well? So insert Nullibs with Franmil and Grichuk.

    What would you say I should do now? Stand Pat and work the wire as I am in FIRST place or try to trade for another OF and SPing?

    I want unload Lindor but it won’t happen I don’t think. Also, it’s an OBP Yahoo H2H 12 Team standard but like I said with OBP so Grossman is a lot more valuable than one would think. Sits in the top 40.

    Thank you Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Sounds solid if you needed OF…you look like you need an SP, don’t trust Means, Gray or Ryu

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        Nullibs lol. I means Mullins haha.

        I figured you’d say the trade was solid but it boosts my confidence LOL.

        I love Mullins, he’s legit man. It’s such a shame small market teams players don’t get more love (I am a Marlins fan).

        Yeah, I agree, BUT, albeit we don’t 100% trust them, I don’t think they’ll 100% hurt me as I’m pretty much winning most pitching categories week after week based off the leagues pitching combinations, 5 pick ups a week, and my diversity, but I do understand I need SP so I will definitely try to trade Lindor or someone like that for a pitcher.

        Thanks Grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Mullins looks great! No problem

  72. Russowl says:
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    10 team redraft dropped to six place lots of cold bats and arms. Currently have Justin Upton and Ursula on the injured list. Would need to drop either two bats and an arm to make a move or three bats

    Possible drops are Upton, Ursula, Chapman, yaz. Conforto, kelenic, Duran, Gallen, Gray, Ranger , Ian kennedy, hand but Are my only three closers

    Available players are JD davis, Joey votto, bader ,M Rojas, wade Jr, Dom Smith , Kepler, Av. Garcia , G. Polonco,Grossman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton, Duran, Urshela —Votto, Davis, Bader

  73. Russowl says:
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    Urshela I meant

  74. scoboticus says:
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    Would you accept a collect call from Bob Wehadababyitseloy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  75. Dude says:
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    Need QS. Drop Luis Garcia for Megill?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  76. toolshed says:
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    You said valdez was going to regress a while ago. He’s rocking a 1.7 whip over last month. That includes the last no hit, 6 walks over 6 innings start on Sunday. It looks like he has given up all of the control gains he made last year. Is this a blip or do you think he can get back on track. I wasn’t expecting ace like numbers, but I can’t use hits like that to me whip for much longer. I am going to sit him vs SF next time. Hard to believe I just said that, but their hitting has been good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s regressing, don’t see why he can’t halt the regression at some point and be good again

  77. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    In a league where I am in a 3-way tie for first, I traded Bellinger to a team 2 points back for Haniger. If that doesn’t get Cody turned around, nothing will.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shame you couldn’t trade Cody to both of your competitors

  78. Will says:
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    Grey, what do you think is going on in Anaheim? They’ve buried Adell at AAA (he just hit HR number 20 and RBI number 62 in 69 games there), Trout is now entering week 11 of his supposed 6-8 week calf strain, and Rendon is on missing persons milk cartons. Has Maddon been ordered not to play them in order to tank? I find it somewhat bizarre.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think something’s up with Trout to be honest and not sure he’s anything more than a September guy…Adell can’t hit the side of a barn so not entirely crazy he’s nowhere to be found

      • Will says:
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        Is it the 29% strikeout rate in AAA that you’re concerned about? It was 33% his last stint in AAA in 2019 so he’s improved that and his contact rate somewhat compared to then (contact rate 65% to 68% now). His AAA line stands at .276/.328/.556/.884 with 20 HRs, 62 RBI and 8 steals in 297 at bats (69 games). I can’t see them preferring Adam Eaton or Phil Gosselin over Adell at this point.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s not great, considering it will be worse in the majors — Tho, I agree I want him over Eaton or Phil G.

        • The Harrow says:
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          68% contact rate in AAA is horrible. as is 29% K rate. neat that those are improvements though.

  79. scoboticus says:
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    Tyler Anderson trade to the Phillies. I was streaming his two starts this week. Does this improve his overall value going to a better team?

    • scoboticus says:
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      It puts his next start in Cincinnati. Ugh.

      • scoboticus says:
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        Oh and it’s next week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Better team/worse park

    • Norman Ginsberg says:
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      Apparently for Phillie’s 28th prospect. Mets wanted him but couldn’t outbid Philly – WOW!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  80. E Phillip Anguay says:
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    Señor Grey,

    Holá from Cancún!

    Thank you for being constant, unlike this vacation and my fantasy baseball team!!!

    Thought’s on dropping Lindor, redraft league?

    CentralCoastCaliinCancún

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wanna be in Cancun!

      Yeah, lose Lindor

      • CCC says:
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        I almost bought you a ticket but the Mets trainer said you were month to month after your procedure:).

        Thank you as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Man, the Mets screwing me all over the place!

  81. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Slight need for defensive flexibility — drop Adonis for Luis Urias?

    • Norman Ginsberg says:
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      Particularly 3B. Bohm also available..

      So Bohm, Urias, or Adolis.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Adolis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  82. Johnson says:
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    Votto and Rizzo sitting on the WW. Who do you pick up first?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  83. toolshed says:
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    Taylor Rogers went on the IL. Is ranger Suarez the closer? Is he worth grabbing or should I see what happens after the trade deadline before making a move. This is a s+h format. He has a 64% gb rate so thats a plus. Other options are available too but generally closers get more saves than other setup relievers get holds. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rogers is on the Twins, Robles is the closer — Ranger is the closer in Philly

      • toolshed says:
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        Yes, I own Taylor rogers. Robles is owned. Ranger Suarez is available. I just don’t know how long he’ll stick with the trade deadline looming

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems unlikely to be the closer

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            To *stay the closer

  84. Gregg Jeffries, Future Star says:
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    Nico Hoerner was just dropped

    Lose McMahon for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Different things but nah

  85. Trader says:
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    I am leaning toward starting all these folks. Any you would sit?

    Flexen – Houston
    Megill – Atl
    Irvin at LAA
    Nathan at Tampa
    Gonso at Ariz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Irvin and Nate

      • Trader says:
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        You do hate road starts – for good reason. There must be a stat out there that measures the difference over 162 games between home and road starts. Do you know it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not off top of head

          • Trader says:
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            With all the metrics out there, someone must have it or access to the data. Seems like something SON would enjoy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m sure SON knows

  86. Worm Burner says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Which side do you like better ROS?

    A. Trout & Scherzer
    Or
    B. Cake batter & Freddy Peralta

    Thanks man, I appreciate it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cake

  87. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    TOS for Strasburg ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not good

  88. Russowl says:
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    10 team redraft

    would you drop Conforto, yaz, or M.Chapman for Bader or hold.

    Also I have Jeff McNeil and d. Moore that are possible drops , but second base is probably my weakest position then outfield and stolen bases my weakest category. Thanks for the advice

    • Russowl says:
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      Also if your league counts blown saves would it be wise just to not worry about having any closers at all?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, if you’re losing points on blown saves or don’t have such great closers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman

  89. Primetime says:
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    Grey, any value in Pineda if packaged with berries? For instance if Pineda goes to LA Dodgers.

    Also seems Phillies hit a snag in trade today wonder if they trying to get Rodriguez. If so, him over Diaz ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Dick Rod

  90. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    Is Andy Ibanez worth rostering over Biggio
    He has been hot and he certainly can’t do any worse
    Your thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Ibanez

  91. hal_incandenza says:
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    10 team redraft (9 active managers) 6×6 with OPS and Holds, QS instead of Wins.

    Hitting
    Pos Player Eligible
    C Willson Contreras C
    1B Max Muncy 1B,2B,INF
    2B Chris Taylor 2B,SS,INF,LF,CF,OF
    3B Rafael Devers 3B,INF
    SS Fernando Tatis Jr. SS,INF
    INF Jesus Aguilar 1B,INF
    LF Jesse Winker LF,OF
    CF Cody Bellinger CF,OF
    RF Akil Baddoo LF,CF,RF,OF
    OF Eloy Jimenez LF,OF
    UT Yordan Alvarez LF,OF

    Bench Jared Walsh 1B,INF,RF,OF
    Bench Ryan McMahon 2B,3B,INF
    Bench Wander Franco SS,INF
    Bench Mark Canha LF,CF,OF
    Bench Charlie Blackmon RF,OF
    IR Ketel Marte 2B,INF,CF,OF

    Pitching
    Pos Player Eligible
    P Jose Cisnero RP
    P Ian Kennedy RP
    P Michael Kopech RP
    P Emilio Pagan RP
    P Ryan Pressly RP
    P Jordan Romano RP
    P Ranger Suarez RP
    P Blake Treinen RP
    P Kevin Gausman SP
    P Kyle Hendricks SP
    P Hyun Jin Ryu SP
    P Brandon Woodruff SP

    Considering a few moves.

    With the Walsh situation being a bit of an unknown, I have him on the bench right now.

    1) Am I crazy to continue to pencil Bellinger in the lineup? I am big on Canha, but he doesn’t have the upside of Belly. I have sat Bellinger when someone else gets a high score on Hittertron, which I consult on a near daily basis.

    2a) Cut a bat to add an RP? I have 9 active P spots and 8 RPs. I don’t always have a SP going, and sometimes I don’t like the matchup when I do. But who would be the drop?
    Okay to cut Wander? Seems most expendable as I have C. Taylor as a backup to FTJ at SS.
    If I cut Chazz Noir, I’d only have Baddoo for RF (as I wait to hear about Walsh).
    If I cut Aguilar, I’d only have Muncy for 1B (as I wait to hear about Walsh).

    2b) If I cut a bat to add an RP, RP add options include Robles, Soria, or a holds guy like Whitlock, Stanek, Steckenrider. Go Robles with Taylor Rogers to DL?

    3) Upgrade an SP? Hendricks is low Ks and otherwise meh. Cut him for someone like Montas, Mahle (a recent drop), Sandoval, Manoah, or Toussaint?

    TIA!

    • hal_incandenza says:
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      McMahon is another guy I drop, but I assume the other options make more sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I would bench him
      2. Sure, Wander
      B. Robles
      3. Sure, Touki

  92. SteveNZ says:
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    When you activate Eloy, pick up Wade Jr, Bader and Soler, which means you can’t find room for Riley…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Not living the life of Riley.

        • LOLmets says:
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          if it aint broke dont fix it. riley been having a very nice season overall.

          thing about eloy is hes ice cold. been hurt all year, he had 38 at bats at AAA and had 14 strikeouts with 1 hr. could be a while before he gets going.

          your league is licking their chops to add riley

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You gotta get back on the boat

          • SteveNZ says:
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            Yeah I’ll make room for him. I didn’t drop him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Riley’s back on SteveNZ’s team, we good bros!

              • LOLmets says:
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                haha

              • SteveNZ says:
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                Eloy!

  93. Joe Beisbol says:
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    How are we feeling about Barlow sticking as the Royals closer after Holland’s most recent debacle (nearly coughing up a lead and having to be pulled)? Would you drop a Fried or a Gibson for Barlow if you were short on saves? Or hold and keep looking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Barlow, but he’s backend closer bc of lack of chances and other options — I’d lose Gibson tho

  94. LOLmets says:
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    austin riley breaking out. you love to see it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • LOLmets says:
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        i cut bohm and added riley months ago. handsome move

        • William Hung says:
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          Did the opposite and missed out – held onto Chapman instead of making the switch

          • LOLmets says:
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            he who hesitates, rosterbates

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No truer words

  95. LOLmets says:
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    maeda $$$$ LFG!!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s LFG szn

  96. LOLmets says:
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    my team is going insane. the turner news stinks but i dont even care. all about the playoffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now’s time to get everyone ready for the ‘offs

  97. scoboticus says:
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    Gutierrez is crushing it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vlad? Hmm

  98. SteveNZ says:
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    Haaaaaaaase!

    • Joe says:
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      Guy will go bridge. Loves the dingers.

  99. Joe says:
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    Drop Duran for Soler?

  100. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    NL only with holds and saves sold separately and QS over wins. 10 team h2h. d-will back today i didn’t get to it in time (MIL won 9-0 so no leverage RP went anyway or shouldn’t have).

    SP: gausman, gallen, s.gray, kim, megill, desclafani, muller, miley, brubaker
    RP: (4 slots max, lately gausman is in one of them so i have 9/3 SP/RP rather than the usually wanted 8/4): chafin, kimbrel, t.may

    1. brubaker the easy drop first i’d assume here for d.will back up

    2. with chafin to OAK, i’m guessing he moves ahead of 7th inning petit (and his garbage K rate) but if he doesn’t move ahead of diekman is he a better hold than any of these which i could obtain (we’re NL only but do not lose the stats midseason for that season if a guy gets traded away like chafin, albeit if i drop him nobody can add him): n.ramirez, matzek (but he’s at least behind c.martin), brach (who i had earlier when he might’ve held on over hembree, didn’t happen), givens, j.kelly (appears to be 7th inning man now, but of course we got j.nelson, v.gonz, and now graterol back too), brogdon (can’t be him though, PHI quite cluttered and might trade for more guys), g.cab (7th inning and still often wild as shit, easy to believe he might lead league in hitting people),

    • hal_incandenza says:
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      I play a mixed Holds league. I wonder if A. Adams (SD) might be an option for you. I had him on my radar for a bit and he was only recently grabbed. Assume Bednar is owned?

      Joe Kelly had what is said to be a minor hamstring thing on Sunday. Might wait to see him back on the bump before considering him.

      • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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        yeah noticed on kelly just after typing this (i’m in deeper leagues for holds than here, noticed on him from that), bednar owned yep. adams was before, checking now (but even if so he’s behind pom/pagan at least, often others). adams not owned, but it’s probably just noe ram here, def 8th inning and def doing well, only negative is ARI having leads (which has actually happened a LOT lately). also chance of noe ram being closer obviously, and having 2/2 closers/holds guys usually good idea (ASSUMING you aren’t carrying horrible RP just for saves chances of course).

  101. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    hehehe, maybe treat urner made sure he wouldn’t get traded by going into like a corona ward and getting coughed on for like 30 or more minutes. it’s what i’d do to dodge being traded if i didn’t want to be.

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