Maybe it’s because Whip/Nae Nae is permanently stuck in my head — One word of advice.   If you take no other advice from me, please, I implore you, accept this advice.  If you don’t know what Whip/Nae Nae is, don’t, under any circumstances, Google it.  It make Gangnam Style seem like a walk in the park when it comes to catchy songs. If you don’t know what Gangnam Style is, I love how you’ve decorated under that rock of yours.  — but I can’t help looking at Jake Arrieta‘s no hitter less about the 12 Ks and only allowing one walk — Sure, those are sweet — but more about how his season WHIP is 0.94.  There’s Greinke (.85 WHIP), Kershaw (.90), Scherzer (.93) and deGrom (.94).  An under one WHIP and a 9+ K/9 is a little piece of heaven like sitting in an exit row of an airplane.  On the podcast that’s coming later today, I debate Greinke and Arrieta, Scherzer and Arrieta and deGrom and Arrieta as we try to figure out where they’ll be ranked in 2016.  I say something like Arrieta will be ranked around the 4th to about the 7th SP off the board.  I agree with Early Sunday Afternoon Grey, but I will say that Arrieta has made it difficult for me to think of four SPs that should be drafted before him.  Let alone six.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Javier BaezCubs (team, not the animals) annouced Baez would be in the first round of callups.  Javier na gila!  Since the Cubs (still team, not the animal) are platooning Starlin Castro (3-for-5) and Tommy La Stella at 2nd base, I have but one question as I lift my quill, “Why wasn’t Baez called up months ago?”  *waits for an answer which never comes because I’m writing this in a room where there’s no one else around*  I’ll take your silence to mean you don’t know either.  Baez has 13 homers and 17 steals in 67 games in Triple-A.  He proved months (years?) ago that he should’ve been given a chance to strike out with the Cubs.  Speaking of striking out, that was always Baez’s biggest issue.  Last year, he came up and struck out 41.5% of the time, which led to a .169 batting average in 52 games.  Even Rob Deer looks at a 41.5% strikeout rate and shudders.  “Don’t speak for me.”  Sorry, Rob!  This year, however (I sense some goodness coming), Baez has only K’d 25.2% of the time in Triple-A (vs. 30% in Triple-A last year), which likely means he’ll K about about 30% of the time in the majors this year and hit around .250.  Hit-schmit!  You want to grab him for his power (9 HRs in 52 games last year) and his speed (5 SBs in those same 52 games).  If I were a betting man, I’d bet you’re sitting on the toilet while reading this.  If I were a betting man on Baez, I’d say he’ll prove ownable in every mixed league and would grab him now.

Jason Castro – Hit the DL with a strained quad.  In a deep league that doesn’t have waivers, I drafted Conger and Zunino.  Well, Zunino just got sent down the other day (to where, I don’t know, since the minor league season is just about over.  You know shizz is pear-shaped when you’re sent to the minors after the minor league season is over.  Any hoo!), now that Castro is injured, I once again have a starting catcher.  That I’m excited about this shows you how well this team has done.  Hashtag, this is what happens when you draft Samardzija, Cingrani and Zach Wheeler as three of your top four SPs.

Carlos Correa – Has missed four straight games with a hamstring strain.  This is as good a time as any to point out that as clubs expand their rosters like Sandoval at a Golden Corral, they won’t always put guys on the DL because they have extra room to carry them.  Not saying that’s what is going on with Correa…Or am I?!   No, I’m not saying it.  Leave me alone, reversal ellipsis.

Chris Carter – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer.  He has fewer singles in the last ten years than Notorious B.I.G.

Jose Altuve – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Thank God, MLB hasn’t installed those roller coaster “Bugs Bunny holding his hand” height restrictions.

Lance McCullers – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks.  According to the Stream-o-Nator, he gets the Twins again next time and it’s a home start, which we like.  We meaning me and a robot.  What, I’m an only child, all I need are robots.

Ervin Santana – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  That’s nice; too bad it was preceded by months of “Oh, God, he’s awful, please get him off my team,” so when a good start came finally, no one was within “Jared and a middle school” distance of him.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Between this guy and Schwarber, are they trying to make it impossible to reasonably draft them next year?  Okay, in a 2016 fantasy draft, who do you want:  Sano or Chris Davis?

Jordan Zimmermann – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I was able to pick him up for this start on Saturday in my RCL league.  I know, I know, Zimmermann shouldn’t be on waivers, but there’s a 180 start limit, so at some point guys have to start dropping their slightly lesser pitchers.  (I also grabbed Hamels.)  The real challenge will be whether I can hold onto these guys for the entire month of September.  My guess is no.  And by no I mean no way, and by guess I mean I know, so I know no (stutterer!).  Hey, look at me, throwing a know no!

Stephen Strasburg – Left yesterday’s game with discomfort in his back.  *opens window, jumps out, lands five feet below in a rose bush*  NOOOOOOO!  Put me out of my misery, cruel world!

Doug Fister – 2 IP, 0 ER and could go back into the rotation with the newly-injured Strasburg.  Well, Fister could go into anywhere.  Even something the size of a pinhole.  I’m just sayin’, I’ve seen videos.

Jayson Werth – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 2nd in the last four days.  I wouldn’t want to own Werth, but I would own him while he’s swinging a hot bat.  That’s what she said!  Huh?

Justin Bour – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!  Also, what’s interesting about Bour, I could see him hitting 15-17 homers no matter what his stats prorate to.  He’s one of those players that could hit ten homers in April and I still wouldn’t expect him to hit more than 17 homers in a season.  Okay, it was more interesting in my mind.

Derek Dietrich – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer.  Here’s a guy that I wouldn’t be shocked to see 20+ homers next year, assuming the Marlins play him the entire year.  But I thought they were going to play him this year and that didn’t happen.  Didn’t happen!  It didn’t happen!  Oops, I started singing the wrong lyrics to that Shaggy song.  Well, the lyrics are very complicated.

Josh Hamilton – Not cleared to run.  If only they declared the same for Donald Trump.

Derek Holland – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Your mustache is a joke, Derek, but your everything else can spoon my nethers.  Damn, hello, pretty start, don’t mind if I do.  I’d definitely own him in all leagues until further notice.  Like now now!  Like now now now!  Like now now now now!

A.J. Burnett – Hoping to return by mid-September, so it doesn’t seem odd when, at the end of September, he’s considering retirement again.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-5 and his 35th steal.  Cool, nice, adjective, but can the Rockies go back to Coors before it starts getting cold and they get snowed out and balls are no longer flying out of the stadium?  Rhetorical!

Ryan Braun – 2-for-4 and his 24th homer.  We discuss Braun on the podcast that’s coming later today.  Dot dot dot.  Of course, we do!  JB is back hosting it.  We also have a very special guest that is hip hop related.  Stay tuned!  Or not.  Your choice.

Wily Peralta – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  You have bigger trouser oranges than me if you started him here.  Or anywhere really.  I don’t even know how I ended up drafting this guy since I kinda hate him.  It’s amazing how attractive Speedy K. Goneless is in March and how unattractive he becomes once the season starts.

John Lamb – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Solid start, but this isn’t who he is.  He’s usually a Randy Wolf in Lamb’s clothing.

Luis Severino – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  It’s legit weird for me to be excited about a Yankee player, and especially a pitcher, but I’m goose-pimply and I already want to own him in all leagues next year.

Stephen Drew – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .201, as the Yankees scored 20 runs yesterday.  The only Yankees to not score yesterday were the Civil War reenactors in Roanoke.

Chase Headley – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer.  By the by, moving to Yankee Stadium hasn’t made Headley into a 25-homer guy.  Please break it to your March self.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Mo’ better news!  He didn’t get hurt.

Carlos Beltran – 3-for-5, 1 run.  Has hit in nine of his last ten games, and, well, everyone on the Yankees is currently hot, but Beltran’s up there with some of the hotter ones.  Stop thinking about Jeter, five lady readers.  He’s retired.

Adonis Garcia – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 7th homer.  He’s hitting near-.325 in the last week with three homers.  Yes, I officially wish I dropped Longoria for Adorable Adonis.

Julio Teheran – 4 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA up to 4.62.  The good news, you can drop him without any ill feelings.  The bad news, everything else.

Lance Lynn – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, but left his start after rolling his ankle.  “That’s a new one for even me!” said Snoop Dogg.  Lynn expects to make his next start.  After the game, he had no noticeable limp and wore cowboy boots out of the clubhouse.  One reporter remarked, “He looked like Dolly Parton from the shin down.”

Brandon Moss – 1-for-3 and his 17th homer, hitting .200.  This is perhaps only surprising to me, but I can’t believe he’s hitting for a worse average than Stephen Drew.  There’s a mystery for J.J. Hardy to solve.

Matt Carpenter – 2-for-4 and his 20th homer.  Coming into this year, in three seasons, he only had 25 homers total.  See what that Carpenter can do when he’s not being a martyr or being persecuted, though those two things kinda go hand in hand.

Chris Heston – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Get your dirty stats off my team!

Brandon Belt – 4-for-4, 3 runs with four singles like you at 3:30 AM in Spearmint Rhino when you start crying about your woman leaving you for her yoga instructor.

Marlon Byrd – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and hit a gran slam on Friday.  And this Byrd you cannot cage

Joe Kelly – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Before this start, I was examining him, the Stream-o-Nator, tea leaves, and I still didn’t stream him.  Alas, a name Caitlyn calls herself.

Hanley Ramirez – Missed the entire weekend series with the Braves.  Hanley + weekly lineups = Dr. Kevorkian.  Hmm, math’s a little off there, but close.  Was supposed to equal death.

Jean MachiRed Sox announced that Machi is their closer, which comes about three weeks after they announced Machi was their closer only to start using Tazawa in the ninth.  Hopefully, this time, Machi is their closer that they actually use to close.

Addison ReedMets acquired him to work in middle relief and to make other relievers in the Mets bullpen look better.

Michael Cuddyer – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  He seems to have cooled off a bit in the last few days, but he was hitting near-.450 in the last week prior, so schmotato.  Nahmean?

Noah Syndergaard – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA up to 3.31.  For those who own Syndergaard in H2H leagues, you’re gonna get a taste of why H2H playoffs aren’t the same as real baseball.  Mostly because Syndergaard will be skipped for your playoffs and not for the Mets’.

Alec Asher – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  His name completely betrays my feelings for him.  If you say his full name, you can’t dislike him, but I do.

Cameron Rupp – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer, and his 2nd homer this weekend and his 4th homer this week.  I’ll need to get past my prejudices against anyone that reminds of an Adolph, and admit that Rupp is a hot schmotato.  “Glad to see you’re coming around.”  Not for you, Jimmy Hitler.

Justin Upton – 1-for-5 and his 24th homer.  Kinda hilarious (not funny at all), that Upton is going to get to 27 homers, as he is wont to do, and next year you’re going to draft him, thinking, “Okay, it’s not sexy, but Upton just gets me stats,” then two months into next year, you’re gonna be like, “When does fantasy football start again?”

Matt Kemp – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Bangfizzle!  Which seems like the perfect glossary term for Kemp.

Yangervis Solarte – 1-for-6 and his 11th homer.  Because, brucely, I just dropped him.  Yangervisis is like a bubble.  I touch it and it pops.

James Shields – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.78.  In the past years, I’ve talked about how on one team I’m gonna draft only Padres starters.  Well, I still haven’t done it, and I’m sure glad I didn’t do it this year.

Josh Tomlin – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.08.  You streamed Tomlin?  Well, who’s Laugh-in now!

Abraham Almonte – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  His home run was a grand salami, which is also a title given in the KKK.  The Grand Salami is in charge of lunch meat.

Carlos Santana – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs.  Oh, stop with the hits.  Just hit a few homers and let’s pretend this season never happened.

Drew Pomeranz – 1 IP, 1 ER and a blown save on Sunday, after securing his 3rd save on Saturday.  Doolittle, maybe don’t be so literal and you’ll get another chance.

Stephen Vogt – 3-for-6, 2 runs and his 18th homer.  Ah, finally, the suffrage is over for Vogt.

David Peralta – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Out of the Diamondbacks 130 games, how many you think Peralta’s played in?  Nope, way higher.  18,000?  You’re not even trying.  He’s played in 121 games.  Surprising right?

Felix Hernandez – Will have his next turn skipped.  McClendon said, “I did the same thing last year.  I freshened my pitchers up, and Felix had the best September of his career.  Everybody thought I was nuts when I did it.”  No, McClendon, they think you’re nuts for various other reasons.

Kyle Seager – 3-for-6, 3 RBIs and his third homer in as many games and fourth homer in the past five games.  Seager has 21 homers and is batting 2nd.  I have an idea.  McClendon should point out when he’s not being nuts.  Be easier.

Austin Jackson – 3-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBI and his 8th homer, hitting near-.500 in the last week.  Someone called action on Jackson, and I’d cut someone else to pick him up.

Jeff Samardzija – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 4.85.  S%@(#*^@zija!

Melky Cabrera – 4-for-5 and his 9th homer.  Melky went cold, which is nice for cereal, but not so much for fantasy.  Melky is getting hot again, which is good for melting chocolate, and fantasy.  Remind to eat before writing blurbs.

Alexei Ramirez – 3-for-5, 2 runs and three days in a row with multiple hits.  What will he do tomorrow?  Ask El Cubanati.

Kris Medlen – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. Jake Odorizzi 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  This matchup sounds like a letter to Dear Abby, where the person isn’t sure if they should mention to a co-worker that they smell.  It’s signed, Meddling in Odor Eaters.

Kevin Kiermaier – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer, and had a slam and legs on Saturday.  You, “Are you seriously suggesting I pick up Kevin Kiermaier?”  *looks left, looks right*  Meekly, “Yeah?”

Drew Hutchison – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  It’s irrelevant who he’s facing.  If he’s at home, you start him.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 36th homer.  F5!  Also, it’s official, Donaldson is the top rated player on our Player Rater.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting near-.400 in the last week.  Sure, he’s kinda like Bill Schnacky, the little known 8-hole hitter on the 1927 Yankees, and even Schnacky had a solid year, and not at all crumby as his name would imply.

Russell Martin – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Occasionally, I get comments asking if I’d own more than two hitters on the same team.  I’d own every Blue Jay.  Fo’serious.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-3 and his 30th homer, and three homers on Saturday with 9 RBIs.  For Edwin and Bautista, the city of Toronto should put a fountain on top of the CN Tower so it looks like a cortisone shot.

  1. Twice on Muesday says:
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    Paulsen over Domingo,Bour,Arod, or Howard for this week – H2H playoff week?

    Start Peavy at Doyers? SON says no, what say you?

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Twice on Muesday: Paulsen all the way….Must be a deep league if you are still messing with Peavy. What are your other options?

      • Twice on Muesday says:
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        @Manley Ramirez:

        18 team keeper
        Peavy is my #9 SP but team I’m up against has 10 SP. War of attrition. I have better quality SP

  2. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Wait…why am I awake this early on a Sunday morning?… And what’s that goddamn awful crowing sound coming from the window, like “uppperback bagowk, uppperback!”?! OH SHIT, it’s STRESSBIRD. Just when I’d forgot about him, he’s flown back to torment me.

  3. Robert says:
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    I have Matz and Carrasco returning from the DL in a 10 h2h. Could you rank these SP for me please? two of them have to go: Matz, Carrasco, McCullers, Iglesias, Berrios, Verlander, Tyson Ross. Thanks

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Robert: Why not wait until they actually come back from the DL before making this call. Carrassco could have a setback. Anyway, hard to justify stashing someone who has never even pitched in the majors in a 10 team, so Berrios should be the first to go. I don’t recommend dropping Church because Santa won’t treat you well this year if you do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: Agree with Manley, wait until they’re back

  4. TGD says:
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    I don’t know what is more sad. My fantasy baseball season is done soon or that I won’t read your daily notes until next season….

    anyway.

    who is the odd man out out of these in a standard league:
    Baez
    Michael Taylor
    Marlon Byrd
    Asdubral Cabrera
    Odubel Herrera

    thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TGD: Aw… Odubel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Noam: Hundley… McHugh, Salazar

  5. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey,

    Had an okay weekend. I bet 100 $ that E5 would hit for the homer cycle (solo, 2-run, 3-run and salami). Fell the solo short (sad trombone :p).

    NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘This week NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez came to California to volunteer as a firefighter at the Orange County Fire Department. Why? Because being an NFL QB wasn’t getting him laid enough.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

  6. PK says:
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    Yesterday’s game: Fister with the Win, Hand with the Loss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Haha

  7. PK says:
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    Also, John Lamb totally looks like Skinny Pete from Breaking Bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Ha, nice

  8. Bread N Mustard says:
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    Final week in my league, need to do well in order to make the playoffs.

    Should I take a chance on Byron Buxton or should I add a potential schmotato like Lonnie Chisenhall or John Lamb who has an advantageous week playing at Coors field and facing righties?

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    I’m on the fence about starting Salazar today @ TOR. Somehow I crawled into second place and with a crappy outing I would most likely fall back into fourth. Unfortunately, he’s been my best pitcher this year and for the most part I can count on him to do pretty good. But this start…meh…

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @JWRAY: I have the same dilemma, and I’m leaning toward benching him: too much risk (like Coors), and with Price starting for the Jays his chance of a win goes down even further…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JWRAY: It’s a terrible start, but I start my top guys and would do the same with Salazar

      • Tigres says:
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        I think KCzar pitched a 2 hit game in Toronto earlier this yr. Or was that Carrasco? Anyway. I’ll start him and hope for the best…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think you have to

        • Slim Nincompoop says:
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          @Tigres: Has to be Carrasco as Toronto only has 21 total AB’s (.286AVG) against Salazar. I’m scared shizzless of the start just cause he’s been sick and dropped weight, but I think he’ll be okay. Don’t expect him to pitch that deep though.

  10. Kiss a Bum says:
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    StreamOnator question. On sundays after the games begin i go to streamonater and press “Next 7 Days” under the Weekly catagory. I assume thats right but it shows David Price as having One Start this week when we know he is having Two Starts. Is streamonator wrong or am i doing something procedurally wrong using it? Thx fellas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kiss a Bum: I see two starts for Price in SON

  11. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Great Fister comment! That video was nuts!

    I’m going Chrush by a decent margin there. His position flexibility is tit-ehs. I do think Sano cracks Rd.3-5 in standard leagues.

    Speaking of Fister, and assuming he is put back into the rotation, you liking him or Fiers more ROS?

    And I’ve always felt that Butt-lips was a more balanced rapper than Iggy A.:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs424nzNiyg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: HA, I like how your brain went from Fister to Crush to Buttlips…I’d go Fiers

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: I agree with the missis. I’d go Sano in a keeper league drafting from scratch, but just for next year? Gotta go with Crush.

  12. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey! David Peralta, Beltran or Reedick ros? Thanks!

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Jerry: Peralta all day.

  13. G says:
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    Three quick one as I try to hold onto 2nd place And playoff bye in final fantasy regular season.

    1. Drop pillar for baez. Have correa at SS and district at 2b

    2. Start salazar today vs the jays?

    Thanks as always

    3. Pickup machi and drop Bruce rondon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: 1. Sure 2. Yeah 3. Meh, sure

  14. Red Barons says:
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    You just need to put a warning label on Upton that tells people he is a unique type of platoony-toon. Play him everyday in months that do not start with “J,” and bench him every day in months that do.

    After owning him in the past and knowing his mid-summer tendency that’s what I did this year, except I did play really good matchups in the “J”s. I missed a couple HRs, a couple SBs, but have a ~ .290 AVG from him and little-to-no frustration. Yes it’s odd to sit somebody that you draft that high for two months, but if he delivers as expected you can plug that hole with hot schmotatoes during that time (and get more production).

  15. Happy Monday!

    Trying to get my SP set for the week… I have room for 3 of these 4.

    Andrew Cashner (TEX,LAD)
    Noah Syndergaard (@MIA)
    Yordano Ventura (DET)
    Brett Anderson (SF, @SD)

    The SON LOVES Thor this week, but I am worried that it is an away game and he will be skipped. That, and Anderson having 2 starts (and me needing wins) is making me lean to sitting thor… but IDK.

    Cashner has also been meh, but it feels silly to sit a 2 start pitcher when I need wins.

  16. Chris says:
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    My league has contracts we have to hand out. My last contract to hand out is for 3 years. Each keeper has an auction cost between $1-15

    Currently I’m keeping Correa, Miggy, Altuve and Sale

    Which should I add to my keepers:

    J. Fernandez at $3
    J. Donaldson at $15

  17. Pete says:
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    I have Peralta at SS but he has been horrible. Is Javier Baez an upgrade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pete: I’d try Baez

  18. Anal Hershiser says:
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    Greetings from the head to head playoffs. SON is semi-enthused about Lackey at home vs. GIO and the Nats. Do you pitch the Lack Man today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am, Anal

  19. Lville Jim says:
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    Santana had the luckiest 3 for 4 day ever, two doubles that Angel outfielders lo

  20. Anal Hershiser says:
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    The Mets and Phillies played in Philly last week and play each other again in NYM this week on the same rotation schedule. So last week Colon faced Eikhoff at Philly (and did fine) and Niese faced Harang (and did bad). SON really likes both Mets pitchers at home…but is there increased risk for just having faced a pitcher a week ago? Would you start both Colon and Niese?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anal Hershiser: There’s no increased risk because they just faced each other… Starters at home are better, in general

      • Slim Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: I think about the same question a lot, but Grey is right, it doesn’t make a difference + the Phillies are really bad.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup!

  21. Chris says:
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    Coming up on my H2H points league playoffs. Pitching is a premium. We can carry 10 SP’s only. My staff is:
    Bumgarner
    Arrieta
    Salazar
    Kazmir
    Syndergaard
    Ross
    Iwakuma
    Rodon
    Quintana
    Medlen

    I’ve got Carrasco, Matz and Stroman on the DL. When Carrasco comes back, I’ll probably drop Medlen but let’s assume all three came back today. Who stays and who goes?

    I’m also finally dropping Joc Pederson. Who should I pick up – Jackie Bradley Jr, DeShields or Micahel Taylor?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Why can’t you cross the SP bridge when they actually return? Taylor

  22. Jobu Needs a Refill says:
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    Sano over C Davis here because Sano doesn’t need adderall to do his thing…

  23. Kendrick Llama says:
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    D’arnaud or Wellington in OPS for ROS ?

  24. joe says:
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    drop odorizzi for holland? or stream out of his spot? trying not to wreck my era here, 12 team standard roto. odorizzi has been so disappointing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe: Holland

  25. Wilsonian says:
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    1) Where’s the Beef OR d’Arnaud OR Vogt for this week? Beef has a couple games @ Coors.

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

  26. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Here’s hoping Arrieta somehow does NOT get the Cy Young so we can all still draft him under the radar next year. (I made the same wish, albeit unsuccessfully, with Kluber last year).

    As a Correa owner coming off his playoff bye in a week, should I be thinking about grabbing a guy like Lindor or Baez to fill in? Correa apparently has been lobbying to start the last couple games, but who knows if that’s just talk…

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Unfortunately agreed, and thanks. If he’s still not playing this weekend I’ll find a way to hold and grab Lindor

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, no problem

  27. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    I’ll take Sano over Davis. Did everyone forget that Davis batted .1986/.300/.404 last season? There is a lot of risk here, particularly in a guy who is about to turn 30 and has already proven to have some serious holes in his swing. There is risk with taking the relatively unproven 23 year-old in Sano, too, but I actually feel more confident in him than I do with Davis. Now, this does assume that Sano achieves 3B eligibility. If Sano is DH only, that might push me to taking Crush.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elliot: I tend to agree, I think they’re very close

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Elliot: his babip was about .200 last year and was having some other off the field issues. Crush feels safer.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        JFOH you got a shout out in SAGNOF post today, you’ve hit big time!

  28. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Looking for a bat for my UTIL slot. 6×6 with OBP. Who would you rather have ROS – Byrd, Cuddyer or Zimmerman?

    Thanks!

  29. Five-On-One says:
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    Start Baez over any of Odor, Desmond, A.Escobar and Wong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: All? Odor might be hurt, so prolly him, I’d check the news about his injury though

  30. Natty Boh says:
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    Damn, caught with my pants down. Well played Grey. (As I sit here on the throne. )

  31. Don Majkowski says:
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    I have Puig and Corey Dikerson for one DL spot. who provides the most, if any value ROS???

      • Don Majkowski says:
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        So you think Dickerson makes it back at some point?? You would drop [email protected]Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t think either are going to do much, but Puig just hurt himself and Dickerson has been rehabbing… It’s a toss up

  32. Mornin’. H2H 12 Team Playoff Time! Was fortunate to be able to hold Odor through this nail thing (really?! A NAIL!). But cannot expect to afford absorbing his absence to survive Round 1. Despite somewhat uncertain playing time , might the Baez potential be a wise substitution? Or too risky & I should stay patiently loyal to who brought me here? Thanks Grey, great read this AM/all season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie: Thanks! I’d likely go Baez, but, honestly, I’d Google latest news on Odor first

      • @Grey: Been googlin’ like a mo’fo. & always discount the NAIL as not really an injury. Yet day after day he’s out, hour after hour no definitive update. F’in nail. Sounds though, that if he does return, play him over Baez? Thanks again. F’in nail.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, if he returns, I’d go him, but if the nail affects his swing, it could be a lingering issue

          • JJ says:
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            @Grey:
            I was watching the game when it happened. He nail caught on the glove as he went to grab the ball to throw it to first. Either tore part or the whole nail off. Was bleeding pretty good as he left the field. At least he made the play. Hanley would have already been sitting at home on the couch waiting for his first workers compensation check to arrive

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  33. Matty says:
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    Thanks as always.
    For my H2H playoffs do you prefer Wilmer Tearsy-eyes or Lindor?
    Now is when I reap the profits of making relatively few moves throughout the season in my limited transaction league.

  34. Swfcdan says:
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    Ah the catcher streaming merry-go-round, f’ing catchers.

    Drafted Gomes, hurt so added Martin, then Gomes was crap so dropped him, then Martin turned crap so dropped him and added hot Beef Wellington. Now do I need to swap them again?

  35. Josh Freeman says:
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    I need one more 2-starter. Who?

    Gio @StL; ATL
    K.Hendricks home v. CIN and AZ

  36. Scott says:
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    Ziegler thought he was in Colorado already and gave up a million hits and runs. My theory works on both sides of the ball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Yeah, that sucked

  37. Phil of the Future says:
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    B to the B,
    Well, I think I have just experienced first and a last. No-hitters on my staff in back to back weeks. I know this is all going to end at some point but man it’s fun right now. You are now best buds with a first place team :)

    I’ve almost run out of things to say about Arrieta. His arsenal is unfair. His control is impeccable. The slider he was throwing yesterday should really be illegal. The look in his eyes before he pitches is straight insane. I couldn’t love this guy more if he was my own son.

    Okay I’m finished.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: BB! Nice! Our plan is finally coming together! The sweetest thing of all (besides what we share) is when a strikeout pitcher also has control

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: It’s truly a most beautiful thing. Like when you meet a hot chick who is also interesting to talk to.

        And yes, I love it when a good plan comes together!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Talk to…about baseball!

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Well, yeah. What else would we talk about?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Reality TV?

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Spending money on useless things?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Wigs?

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Shoes?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And back to Shoemakers…Fin!

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Ha!.

                I’m actually starting him this week! I feel like some unnecessary stress….

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I wish I could say I trust him…

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I wish I could say that too.

                    Maybe next year he can be one of the one/two dollar guys that returns big value

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, he might’ve been battling injury at times this year, he definitely didn’t look right

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Something was going on. I’m hoping he can finish strong here and build on it going forward. Shoes!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Indeedy!

  38. Clint says:
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    Since SON seems to be on the fritz, which would you roll with until Puig returns in a h2h points keeper league (or ROS if he doesn’t I guess):

    Moustakas, Carpenter, Kendrys, Lindor, Melky, Revere, Paulsen, or Piscotty

  39. The Big Yabu says:
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    Q1. Roto with tons of categories, room to start two of these:
    – Hanley (3 vs NYY, 3 vs PHI – 1 lefty)
    – Wong (3 vs WAS, 3 vs Pit – 2 lefties)
    – Coghlan (3 vs CIN, 3 vs ARI – 2 lefties)

    Q2. 5×5 roto, all categories competitive: Gardner (3 @ BOS, 3 vs TB – 2 lefties) or Piscotty (3 vs WAS, 3 vs PIT – 2 lefties)?

    Q3. same league: Lynn vs. PIT or Tanaka @ BOS? (SON favors Lynn,but doesn’t know about his ankle.)

    Thanks!

      • The Big Yabu says:
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        @Grey: I just read that both Hanley and Gardner are on the bench tonight — would that change your view about either? (Both of those leagues are weekly lineups.)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, bench em both

  40. dom says:
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    have you been getting a lot of drop Parra questions? his seasonal numbers are great but he’s been bad for a few weeks and I’ve been waiting all year for him to come crashing back to Earth. Would you rather own him or Yelich?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dom: Yelich

  41. Swfcdan says:
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    K Marte over Wong short term? Not sure if Ketel plays everyday, I just grabbed him as a hot middle infidel.

  42. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Is it safe to start Ross (vs TEX Lewis) and Hendricks (vs CIN Lorenzen) all at home? Or bench who if not safe? Thanks.

  43. db says:
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    Jay Bruce or piscotty Bruce has juicy brewers matchup coming up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @db: Bruce

  44. db says:
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    Who do I drop for Derek Holland
    This is my rotation
    Hendricks
    Thor
    Gausman
    Tillman
    Nola
    Wilhelsen
    Machi
    Axford
    Holland
    Ziegler

    W,l,cg,s,nsv,hr,era,whip,qs

    DL matz,carrasco na berrios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @db: Axford

  45. ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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    This is with Sano vs Crush, is the value. If both went a bit later in the draft, in the same round, I would go with Sano. But that will never happen because Sano will be gone long before Crush.

    In a couple leagues this year I got Crush in the 6th-7th round, which provided great value. People seemed to be a bit weary of him this year. I could see getting him in a similar spot next year. Sano will be gone in the 3rd/4th, and I will not be the taker. Well. Maybe the 4th, depending on how things are going :)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ShawnOfTheLivid: I would disagree on Crush, he’ll be coming off a 40 HR/ 100 RBI season.He’ll be drafted higher than this past year

      • Slim Nincompoop says:
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        @J-FOH: Couldn’t agree more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ShawnOfTheLivid: Agree with FoH… Davis will be a 3rd/4th rounder and Sano won’t be far behind

  46. EA says:
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    Would you drop Pederson for him? dude is killing me.

    • EA says:
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      @EA: for Baez, that is.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @EA: drop Pederson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EA: Yes

  47. Chosen1 says:
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    You are not allowed to write nice things about Derek Holland after bashing him so much when he was activated

  48. J-FOH says:
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    I looked up your whip nene, that was the worst song Ive ever heard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: It has like 140 million views!

      • J-FOH

        J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I rest my case

  49. McNulty says:
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    Odor’s health is up in the air, would you start him or Holt this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @McNulty: Likely Holt, but I’d check Odor’s health first

  50. Dude says:
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    Which injured dude is safest to start this week?

    Teixeira, Hanley, Yelich? None of them?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dude: Yelich most likely to play the most among those three

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dude: Agree with FoH

  51. Cram It says:
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    I’m down to a half a catcher in NFBC. And zero available bench SP’s. I was just coming up your ass. Wow, that sounds awful.

    I’m not looking up whip/nae nae. I’m so strong!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: dont do it, I did and was it not only awful but it constantly reminds you about everything wrong with our look at me society

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: Ain’t doing it. If I could go the rest of my life without hearing that kind of crap, or the name Miley Cyrus, I would pay money.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cram It: you’d bang her if she asked you

          • Cram It says:
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            @J-FOH: Probably

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Me starting Samardzija every week has been my undoing…Oh, and drafting Beltre and Adam Jones as my first two bats has been great too, with Carlos Santana as my 1st baseman

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Carlos Gomez. My whole pitching staff outside of Arrieta has let me down. Thought it would be my strength.

        Yeah it’s a tough spot when you have an “ace” shitting the bed in this format. You HAVE to start him unless your staff was that deep.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was happy to have DeSclafani and Wei-Yin Chen all year… Oofa!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Chen was respectable. I don’t even want to name my staff. It’s painful. 3 starters have over a 5 era on the year. I’ll leave it at that!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I just benched Samardzija for Colby Lewis!

  52. Anal Hershiser says:
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    Whose dat batty call today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anal Hershiser: Give me 30 minutes to look at who I’m picking up

      • Anal Hershiser says:
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        @Grey: what do you think about yasmany at COL?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he’s great if he’s starting

  53. RicoSuave says:
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    Awesome work Grey! Thanks for everyday exceptional work…

    14 team H2H points league and starting playoffs this week.

    Need some advice here please.

    A) Do you think is safe to start Correa this week? waiver wire runs at midnight everyday and was only able to pick up Asdrubal Cabrera… Correa or Asdrubal?

    B)I need to start 5 Pitchers for this week, please help decide the best 5 for the week

    Fiers vs MIN;
    Hamels @ SD;
    Iwakuma @ OAK;
    E. Rodriguez vs NYY and vs PHI;
    Hendricks vs CIN and vs ARI;
    Lester vs ARI;
    Richards vs TEX;
    Shoemaker @OAK;
    McCullers vs MIN.

    Thanks, appreciate your help! again and again…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! A) Correa B) Lester, Hamels, Fiers, Iwakuma, Hendricks

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: Awesome, THANKS!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  54. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh Great Grey:

    I’m jumping ahead a week, but I need major help in H2H points league. Could you please rate these for the following week?

    Leake @AZ; SD
    Jungman @Mia; @ Pit
    Iglesias PITT; StL

    Any to stay away from?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raisel, Leake…I wouldn’t touch Jung

  55. Jogon says:
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    Rest of season :

    Wieters, W.Castillo, B. Swifthart or J Jaso ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beef

  56. Holden says:
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    Could the Jays’ lineup win a 12 team league? 10 team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      10 team

  57. Eng says:
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    Grey, sorry to do this to you but here’s my second sit/start of the season for you. Lackey vs Washington.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  58. seph meier says:
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    Having a staff with greinke, arrietta, degrom, and kluber as my too 4 paired with EE, arenado, and Goldy has led to the opportunity to clinch mathematically this week. (12 team keeper weekly roto).

    What an amazing year and the nice write up on arenado in 2013 when you said to draft him!! Thanks for the daily write ups!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Nice work!

  59. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, Loved the Jared Blurb!

    1. After some conversation with J-Foh last night I dropped Salazar for Wade Davis, as I’m not too keen on his start today or against Det this weekend, I just have that feeling that he’s maxed out on innings this year. I also dumped Wong for Schoop, Wong has been ice cold.

    2. I’m hoping last weeks additions of Tomas, Paulsen & Beef (btw I make an outstanding Beef Wellington as I perfected Gordon’s recipe, and I even made a special chicken one for non red meat eaters) pay off this week.

    3. We only get 7 moves so last week I added Gio @ Stl, v Atl, Lewis @ SD @ LAA, Santiago @ Oak v Tex. A little worried about Gio tonight as Stl is 13-3 vs Was as of late, should I sit him and rock him vs Atl?

    4. I know it’s early but for next week, but who do you like out of these 2 start guys?

    J Gray @SD, @ Sea
    Elias v Tex v Col
    Shoe v LAD v Hou
    Hammels @ Stl @Phi
    Walker v Tex v Col
    Bauer @ CWS @ Det

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Teddy Heater: I didn’t even think about the Noah skipped starts coming up. Im sorry buddy. Ill be watching this one closely. Did you get the pic I emailed you last night?

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @J-FOH: I did, I just replied with a pic of our new foster Butter’s! Noah can hang out on the bench this week, hopefully he gets a 2 start next week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yeah, could be, I would’ve kept him though 2. With a mushroom duxelle, my good man?! 3. I’d bench Gio 4. These aren’t pretty…Walker, Elias, Shoe

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey:
        1. I’m #1 on the waiver so I can scoop him back up

        2. The duxelle consists of Chestnuts, Mushrooms, Thyme and white wine. I do it exactly like his and I’ve perfected so it doesn’t get soggy on the bottom. I get fresh cuts of Filet at an amazing meat market by our house and some 5 star prosciutto (this is one of the times Bug will eat pork)

        3. Gio is ridin pine

        4. Yeah I know, slim pickens I was leaning Gray @ SD and then seeing if I needed him for the 2nd start

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Not sure if that’s necessary, more team dependent 2. Wow, that sounds amazing, like serious… Do you put any liver pate in it? Or does he not do that with his Wellington? 3. Yeah 4. Yeah, could be risky, none are great honestly

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey:
            1. I’ll monitor
            2. Nah, it doesn’t call for it and I’ve never had liver pate. I’ve seen some recipes call for foiegras, but I can’t eat that with knowing how they get it.
            5. Couldn’t of Arrieta waited til this week? I didn’t have Fiers last week, but I had wakuma & Arrieta, maybe I can get one this week being that they come in 3’s right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              2. Foie gras, yeah, that’s real classy shizz! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beef_Wellington I’ve had it with liver pate or foie gras, never had it just mushroomy, but it’s been prolly ten years at least… You don’t really see it on menus anymore, at least I don’t… I did, however, see it recently in New York, but didn’t order it… Damn, I’m hungry now! 5. Ha, yeah

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Bug took me to this French restaurant in the Valley and I was not impressed. That’s when I decided to try it out an dI was not happy with the 1st try, but I got the hang of it after 2-3 times and feel I have it down now. There’s mushrooms are like faux patte

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m assuming you’re buying the puff pastry right?

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah, that’s the only thing I don’t make, but I want to try it because I think that’s something that could be improved upon.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I made puff pastry once, it is incredibly difficult… Took about 4 hours (not straight)…You need to keep refrigerating between rolling it out

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: all I’m reading here is teddy is hosting an October beef wellington dinner party….

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And I’m going to make the puff pastry… You better come with something other than queso

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: a jello mold? Ambrosia? Fruit salad?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Step up your game, JFOH!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: I’m like claudia. Only good for mexican themed parties. Honky food ain’t my forte

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      But you can eat it, right?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I eat everything….C’mon grey

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Except sugar

                    • Teddy Heater says:
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                      @J-FOH: I haven’t done one for a while, so that might be in the near future. We can mix in a Wii bowling tourney too!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m like Earl Anthony of the Wii bowling

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Maybe a little wii boxing too

  60. Johnny says:
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    Another playoff question: we have a late trade deadline. I know Adrian Gonzalez has been in a slump lately but he has a great schedule during the playoffs. Would you trade C. Davis for him in my H2H league using OBP (schedules during playoffs listed):

    A Gonzalez (3vCOL, 3vPIT, 4vARI, [email protected])
    C. Davis (3vBOS, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected])

    Also, Baez is a FA in our league. Would you drop Justin Turner for him (again, OBP league)? Both seem like they will have playing time issues.

    J. Turner 13 games (3vCOL, 3vPIT, 4vARI, [email protected])
    Baez 12 games ([email protected], 3vSTL, 3vMIL, 3vPIT)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t trade Davis for A-Gon… A-Gon could sit in Coors for the playoffs… I’d go Turner there

      • LittleJoeyCora says:
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        @Grey: Probably a dumb question – why will A-Gon be sitting in Coors?

        • Johnny says:
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          @LittleJoeyCora: I have the same question. Ironically, C. Davis could sit in 1 of those games @WAS without a DH. Are those risks the same?

          • Johnny says:
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            @Johnny: Also, C. Davis faces tougher pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          B/c of real world playoffs, he could rest two of final 3 games

          • LittleJoeyCora says:
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            @Grey: Ah Gotcha. Crud. Time to start cyclopsing a possible 1B replacement for the final week, eh?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m not saying it’s a definite, but I’d be shocked if he doesn’t for at least one of those games

          • Johnny says:
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            @Grey: That COL series actually is played 10 days before the season ends. Does that change your mind on the trade?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, yeah, I thought he was the Coors series was last one of the season

              • Johnny says:
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                @Grey: So you WOULD trade Davis for A Gon?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I still don’t see the point of this trade, but it’s fair

  61. Funny Name says:
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    H2h league. Rusney is my only bench hitter, drop him for Baez or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  62. Steve Stevenson says:
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    If Hanley’s out again tonight, I’m gonna need a MI in my weekly lineup. Who ya got?

    E. Escobar (7G, HT -$4.3)
    Dietrich (6G, $3.6)
    Coghlan (6G, $3.9)
    K. Tomlinson (7G, incl. 4 in Coors, $0.9)
    K. Marte (6G if he comes back today, $4.0)

    Escobar’s been the hottest and has an extra game but Tron hates him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dietrich

  63. JB Gonzo says:
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    Add/Drops lock for playoffs at the start of the games today and then only an injured player replacements can be added. So I am trying to lock up my best squad now. I have a bye this week, so planning for Week 23-25 (24 & 25 is the 2 week championship final)

    H2H, 6X6 with QS instead of W, IP/GS is the 6th Cat; OBP instead of AVG, Doubles + Triples 6th Cat.

    Picked up Baez already to replace the Unholy Hanley.
    I have (matchups if everyone stay on schedule)
    Gausman (Week 23: @NYY; Week 24 & 25:vs. BOS, @TB, @BOS),
    Wood (Week 23: @LAA; Week 24 & 25: vs. COL; vs. AZ, @COL)
    Hammel:(Week 23: @STL, @PHI; Week 24 & 25: vs. STL, vs. MIL)
    Pineda: (Week 23: vs. TOR; Week 24 & 25: @NYM, @TOR)
    as mostly bench pitchers (would have to start at least 1 with Kluber/Keuchel/Thor/Verlander – and Thor may get skipped, requiring me to start 2).

    Available SPs include:
    Holland (Week 23: @SEA; Week 24 & 25: vs. HOU, vs. SEA, @HOU)
    Teheran (Week 23: @PHI; Week 24 & 25: vs. TOR, vs. PHI, @MIA)
    Chen (Week 23: vs. KC; Week 24 & 25: @TB, @WAS)
    Nola (Week 23: vs. ATL, vs. Cubs; Week 24 & 25: @ATL, @WAS)
    Hutchinson (Week 23: @BOS; Week 24 & 25: @ATL, vs. BOS, vs. TB) Though if Stroman added to rotation, could get vs. NYY in Week 25
    Joe Ross (Week 23: @MIA; Week 24 & 25: vs. MIA, vs. BAL) : Shutdown also possible

    I also could drop Hanley, as I obviously loathe him now with weekly lineups.

    So long story short – Which 4 (or 5 if I drop Hanley) would you roll with in the playoffs?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel, Holland, Chen, Nola…Man, some of these are hella iffy… I’d hold Hanley

      • JB Gonzo says:
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        @Grey: Right??? Thanks for helping me sort through it…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  64. Cohen says:
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    Grey, drop Buxton for Paulson or Lamb or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paulsen

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          NP

  65. nation says:
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    In a league where I only have 13 of my remaining 85 moves left, what pitcher would you take ROS: the emoticon or holland? 12 team 5×5 and need k’s and wins more than ratios help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland

  66. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Nola 0r Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  67. JoeG414 says:
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    Here’s a tough one ; Keeper for next year and the year after in that round :
    Arrieta – 7th round
    or
    Cole – 5th round.

    6×6 mixed daily roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  68. LittleJoeyCora says:
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    TGIM Grey! Hope your weekend was fantastical!

    Looking for a flyer in my weekly league for the MI/CI position. Who would you choose out of these shlubs? (independent of need)
    – Aaron Hill (@Col, @ CHI) Hittertron #103
    – Holt (vs NY, vs PHI) Hittertron #85
    – C. Owings (@Col, @ CHI) Hittertron #82
    – Rollins (vs SF, @ SD) Hittertron #78
    – Schoop (vs TB, @ TOR) Hittertron #109

    (Leaning towards Hill, but I’m already starting Lamb and Boeuf Wellington…. AZ overkill?)

    Thanks again Grey. Much Appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rollins

      • LittleJoeyCora says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  69. BornTooLate says:
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    Parra or Baez ROS? 12 team H2H 6×5 w/ OPS.

    Thank you, Lothario.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

  70. Cohen says:
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    Grey, Blanco or Paulsen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paulsen

  71. James McCann says:
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    i’m in a must win week in a h2h league.

    would you start or bench salazar today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  72. G says:
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    Heh Grey,

    I know myself and a few others asked you about starting salazar today which you said you would do. I also have Price. Should that change anything or just throw them both out there for the starts? It’s a league that counts wins and losses for categories. Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start them both and hope for a 3-2 game

  73. Tom says:
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    Do you have any guesses as to when the makeup game between CHI & PIT will happen? This could have HUGE H2H playoff implications. the most logical thing for them to do is to schedule a doubleheader when Chicago goes to Pittsburgh on 9/15-9/17. They COULD schedule it the day before since both teams have an open date, but I think that might violate union rules on the number of consecutive days with games. My best guess is that they will wait until the last minute before that series & if both teams haven’t clinched the wild card by then (Cubs have a 5.5 game lead) they will go ahead with a DH. They can’t wait until the end of the season and have it the day after, can they?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have no idea, they could wait until the day after the season if the game has real world implications

  74. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Any room forD. Holland?

    Staff: Rodon, Arrieta, Nelson, McCullers, Pineda, Nola, Iglesias, , Richards, erasmo,
    DL: carrasco
    NA: Berrios

    • Greys #1 Fan says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan:

      Would you drop any of those guys for him? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Richards

  75. Tom says:
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    Ian Desmond, Brandon Crawford, or Eduardo Escobar ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crawford

  76. ScreechOwl says:
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    Aaaaaaaarrieta, they don’t get no bettah
    Aaaaaaaarrieta, il puet bien jouer!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  77. Joey Biggs Bosco says:
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    Please please rank these 3 studs for the last month….

    VMart, Burns, Hanley

  78. Slim Nincompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? I’ve been singing Eagles’ songs for the past 24 hours…(deep sigh). Totally agree on your Hamilton/Trump blurb. I’m forced to keep up on politics because of my J.O.B., but sheeeeesh dude. Can’t believe the GOP faithful are actually considering that Trump’s a serious candidate.

    It’s playoff time in my 10-Team, H2H, keeper league. I’m the #2 seed. I like the Baez call by you, but I’m not sure I can gamble on him and drop either Kipnis, Reyes or Zobrist. Would be interested in your opinion.

    Did you hear about Stanton? FRIDAY! I’m not sure how great he’s going to be over the last month of the season, or even how much he plays, but if he’s back, you gotta roll him out there. My OF consists of McCutchen, Pollock, Just Dong, Heyward, K.Davis and Inciarte. Ender has to be the drop there, right?

    Happy Monday and thanks for the write-up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve talked to some republicans and I really think Trump’s polling well with non-voters… I’d hold the MIs you have…yeah, drop Ender… I’m praying for Giancarlo to be fine… If nothing else he hits five bombs and .240

      • Slim Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: I think he’s polling well cause non-voters have manure for their brains and are only going off name recognition. Non-informed…but what else is new with the voting populous?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I read it in Atlantic or Slate, but it makes sense that this early they’re polling everyone, non-voters included, which means people are just going with who they’ve heard of… See Perot and Forbes polling well early…

          • Slim Nincompoop says:
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            @Grey: Funny you mentioned Perot as I still think that Trump is going to flip to an “Independent” candidate down the road after the GOP gets tired of his shizz, and run on a similar “economic” platform to that of Perot. Much like ’92, it’s going to get either Clinton or Biden elected as he’ll bleed votes from whatever GOP candidate they end up choosing.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, I could see that, and the only thing stopping me from saying Trump is doing all of this to get Clinton elected is I think he’s too much of a megalomaniac…

  79. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: you doubling down on Tyson Ross in weekly leagues? Vs Tex and vs Lad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  80. henncoop says:
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    Currently in 1st in a 12 team 5X5 roto league with 96 pts (2nd with 90). The issue is weekly lineups & being worried about Strasburg either being injured or ineffective despite a tasty match-up at home vs the Braves. We start just 7 pitchers (SP or RP) for the week.
    My options are to play it safe & start my 4 other SPs ( Hammel, Gausman, Liriano & Arrieta) & go with 3 RPs (H Rondon, K Rod & Wilhelmsen). Boxberger is out there on waivers as well
    Currently 2nd in Wins 11 behind the 2nd place guy who I can not catch because he starts 7 each week having punted Saves totally but 3rd & 4th are close behind me within 3 wins. But of course by using the 3 RPs I could move up the ranks (9th place) 5 saves behind 8th but within 9 of 5th if I focused on saves.
    Sorry for the length …thanks for your advice over the past season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench Stras

  81. Mike Devereaux says:
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    Nola or Shoemaker for rest of season??
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  82. whatever says:
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    Gray,

    Would you start Salazar @TOR?

    • whatever says:
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      @whatever: never mind. I just saw your response to earlier post on this

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  83. Jay_0321 says:
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    Drop Salvy and his Abuelita for RMart?? OBP league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  84. Jerry says:
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    Thanks, Grey! What about Byrd or D. Peralta ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd

  85. Looking for a Job says:
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    Grey what do you think of this offer?

    I give up Bryant, Puig, Freeman, Russell, and Buxton for Goldy? We do OPS instead of AVG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t like it

  86. Jay_0321 says:
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    I’ve got Blanco, Beltran and Moreland on my team. Just clinched a playoff spot and was wondering if you think Blanco’s ship has sailed along with the others mentioned? Byrd, Kiermaier, Bradley Jr. are on my wire. I also have lost a few pitchers and need some more depth. Happ, Kelly, Eickhoff are out there too. Anything appealing here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd over Blanco… Happ

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Grey: who to drop for Happ? Beltran or Moreland? They’re my subs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moreland

  87. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto where the only offensive category i can gain/lose points is avg. which of the following do you start?

    2b: wong (3 vs was, 3 vs pit) or wilmer flores (3 vs phi, 3 @ mia)

    OF: cargomez (3 vs sea, 3 vs min), khris davis (3 vs pit, 3 @ cin) or paulsen (3 vs ari, 4 vs sf, but facing 3 lefties)

    DH: pujols (3 @ oak, 3 vs tex) or xander (3 vs ny, 3 vs phi)

    thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flores..Paulsen… Pujols

  88. henncoop says:
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    Trust J Ross with 2 starts @ StL & vs Atl??

    • henncoop says:
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      @henncoop: SON has the week ranked @ $0.4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re okay, as SON says

  89. mr. west says:
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    Who do like for this week in a H2H league with the 5 basic roto categories for scoring – C. Gomez or Betts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

      • mr. west says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  90. Tom says:
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    Thanks for the article and for all of the guidance this season, very much appreciated! I’m in a 16 team league and playoffs start tonight. My opponent has a two start edge and I’m considering replacing Quintana with a two-start (presumably) Michael Lorenzen. Bad idea?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Bad idea…

  91. FKA Ralph says:
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    Word is the Olivera is getting called up tomorrow. Thoughts on him? Add Baez or Olivera?

    Is Olivera worth prioritizing? He’s not in the Yahoo player pool right now, so nobody can add him until he plays a game. Do I try to add Baez now or wait for Olivera and risk getting neither?

    H2H league, playoffs start next week (on Labor Day). I’m in the playoffs, but no bye, so playing in that first week. My lineup is a disaster. I’m planning on playing several hot hands and working the platoon splits hard.

    Assume you’re fine with dropping the following guys as needed to optimize my lineup: Gardner, Morales, Fowler, Khris Davis, right?

    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d add Olivera, clearing path to playing time… Not sure why you’re dropping those guys for Olivera though

      • FKA Ralph says:
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        @Grey: yeah, I’m not. I just mean as we move into the playoffs, those are sort of guys I’d be willing to cut if their matchups are bad or to add a schmotato. You think they’re must own and cannot drop guys?

        10 TM league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think you can drop them, I don’t see a reason right now from what you’re giving me

  92. B.o.B. says:
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    You liking Colon tonight vs Phil? SON loves him $26.80, but it’s Colon…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  93. ebudz says:
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    These guys all worth streaming in my H2H points league tomorrow? I just need as many points as possible and no negative scores!

    ESPN 10 Team H2H Points:
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    Niese vs. PHI (20.7)
    Cashner vs. TEX (11.2)
    Shoemaker @OAK (0.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream them all

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Sounds good! Also what about Smyly @BAL (8.1)? If you would start him too could narrow those 4 guys down to just three starters tomorrow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t start Smyly

  94. Fungazi says:
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    Great call on Salazar, Grey! I first saw his start this morning and figured, well I’ll be sitting him there, but put him in based on your comments.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I’m glad too, since I started him in a few leagues

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: this is funny. I started salazar and sat price in the fcl thinking that I benched salazar and started price. I was distracted while I was doing my lineup. In this case it’s better to be distracted than good? Yeah I know makes no sense.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, I would’ve started both, but hot damn my RCL team has gone cold as dog balls so maybe I should be more distracted…

          • J-FOH says:
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            You might be cold but you’re in first. I dropped colon today for a batty call….a c#&%×@£$%#/ mother f $%£#@÷& batty call. *shoots self*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have like one hit in two weeks… So effin cold

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Watch Sky pass us both

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: My homer lead is falling faster than Steven this week when he goes home

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha…He’s not going anywhere!

  95. JoeG414 says:
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    Looking for a Starter or Tuesday :
    A –Scott Feldman – Home vs Sea. – Elias
    B– Tyler Duffey – Home vs CWS. – Sale
    C –Both
    D– None

    Need Whip, ERA ……
    6×6 mixed roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Feldman

  96. Wilsonian says:
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    Better stream for tomorrow:

    Gallardo @ SD
    Marco Gonzalez v WAS
    Haren v CIN
    Smyly @ BAL

    8 Team H2H – W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallardo

  97. Left Hangs Lower says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Choose two in a redraft H2H OBP league.

    Buxton, Baez, FraGu (assuming he now gets regular ABs with AJax’s departure)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buxton, Baez

  98. adg says:
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    Have one guy constantly on my bench for offense..

    In a race for saves

    Drop D.Wright or Moose or David Peralta for Doolittle or Drew?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drew?

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @adg: storen not a closer anymore, there was somebody else around lately wondering if he’d still be getting saves and had held him that long.

  99. Mordacious Levator says:
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    SON two home runs in two days, Fatolo today after holland yesterday.

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