Across the media landscape yesterday, people who vaguely know sports were giving hot takes like, “Cleveland lost their sports hero.”  “What do we hang on this LeBron sports banner now?”  “All Cleveland has left is the Browns, what will they ever do?”  I blame myself.  People don’t know baseball like they should.  That pains me.  What MLB was hoping for from Judge and Giancarlo is currently going on with Francisco Lindor (2-for-4, 3 runs, 7 RBIs and his 22nd and 23rd homer, hitting .298) and Jose Ramirez (2-for-4, 15th steal, hitting .298) and people outside of Cleveland have no idea.  Don’t worry, you’re not absolved of blame either.  I blame you, as well.  We need to shout from the rooftops at what these two are doing.  They are neck-and-neck in the top five on the Player Rater.  I can’t remember another time two teammates, who are hitters, were both in the top five.  (If you can think of an instance, hit me up in the comments.  I racked my brain, which is to say I placed my head on a video of a stripper’s rack.)  Together, they are worth nearly $90!  To swoop your pretty face back to the preseason, if your team added up to $260, you were at least working on even money.  Combined they’re worth more than a third of a total team!  Which one of them is going to end up worth more?  No idea, but this will be the greatest battle since Apollo-Rocky I.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Danny Salazar – Ruled out for the season after exploratory surgery.  Doctors didn’t reveal what they found with this Indian during the exploration, but, afterwards, they wrapped him in a smallpox-infested blanket, so he should be fine.

Jake Junis – 5 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 5.13.  So, what you’re saying is he’s not, uh, good?  Over and out!

Whit Merrifield – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .288.  He’s the best pure Royals hitter.  I know, that’s like being the tallest midget.  However, explain how Merrifield has 42 at-bats hitting 5th or lower.  It’s a trick question, you can’t.

Shane Greene – Hit the DL with a sore shoulder.  That came out of nowhere (for us; Ron Gardenhire says he’s been dealing with it for a while.  Hey, if there’s one thing a Gardenhire should know it’s the Greene!  C’mon, high-five me!  That one was good.  No?  Okay.  Wait, how’d we get stuck inside this parenthetical?  Aw, man, I told you not to follow Waze.  Oh, I see, I have to make a right.).  Joe Jimenez is the closer fill-in for Greene.  That will certainly be without its lumps.  Psst, that was sarcasm; he blew his first save yesterday (1 IP, 1 ER).

Ryan Borucki – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.77.  Borucki is great for the Name Game — Borucki, Borucki, bo-orucki, banana-fana fo-forucki, fee-fi-mo-morucki, Borucki! — and he was also highlighted by Prospector Ralph as a sleeper prospect, “A deceptive delivery where Borucki hides the ball behind his left leg for an extended moment, allows his lower 90’s fastball, slider, and changeup to play-up.  In 2017, Borucki scrapped his curveball in favor of his slider, and started to use it on the outer-half of the plate to great results.  With the improvement in his breaking ball, Borucki has a third pitch, and two true secondaries he can throw in any count.  I also count to ten rather than punching Grey in his face.”  Hey!  Outside of AL-Only and dynasty leagues, he’s simply a matchups play for the Stream-o-Nator.

Mike Fiers – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.79.  Sung a’la Alicia Keys, “This pitcher is on Fiers….He’s on Fiers….Does he still think he’s pitching for the Astros?  Cause he’s on Fiers…”  Actually, not “a’la,” she literally sings those exact words.  Don’t focus too much on how Fiers’ ERA is better than five-sixths of your staff.  It’ll only make you sad.

Arodys Vizcaino – Expected back today.  I’m forming a Praying Mantis with Cougs and my dog, Ted, that Vizcaino is actually healthy and not just returning.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.89.  Feels like such a throwback.  Not because he’s old, though he is, but because I can remember, and this is going to age me, when there were a number of pitchers who had inexplicably low ERAs.  Member that?  Way back in 2014.  MLB ERA in 2014 was 3.74, now it’s 4.08.  MLB, “Nothing to see here!”

Johan Camargo – 2-for-5 and his 8th homer.  And when I was your age, Johans were pitchers!  Humbug!  Also, Camargo is hitting near-.350 in the last week, so might be a little schmotato here.

Ronald Acuna – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .274.  Podcaster Ralph and I talk about Acuña on the podcast coming later today, okay, we spew love in free-form poems.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer, and 2nd homer in–Oh, he hits home runs every game.  Not Seung-hwan.

Jonathan Loaisiga – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.00.  If you want to drop him, it’s better to not watch him, because, if you watch him, you will be overwhelmed with how sexy his pitches are.

Luis Castillo – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.53.  About what Anime Grey said in the video above?  Yeah, it still stands.  Castillo looked better, but it was the White Sox and Jose Abreu didn’t even play the whole game (sore ankle).  So, better sign than his last 17 games started, but I’d like to see more.

Scott Schebler – 2-for-3 and his 11th homer, hitting .283.   No one wants him, not even the Reds.  He’s their leadoff hitter, homers and doubles, then is swapped out of the lineup.  Incredible.  Jim Riggleman thinks they’re in the 7th game of the World Series.

James Shields – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 4.12.  I Googled “Big Game James” and Google suggested every athlete whose name is James:  James Worthy, James Shields, LeBron James.  Someone needs to start going by Important Athletic Event Gent.

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer.  He’s now hitting near-.400 in the last week with four homers.  Just drop your password in the comments, and I’ll pick him up for you.  If you’re password is Grey’shairisnotthatgreat, then don’t bother.

Matt Adams – Expects to be activated on Wednesday.  He hit in a sim game with no issues.  How did he even play the CD-Rom?

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, hitting .217.  You know what it was a weird genie request?  When Bryce Harper asked to become Adam Dunn.

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-5 and his 12th homer, hitting .291.  Feels like just last week he only had seven homers.  Oh, look at that, it was.

Daniel Murphy – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .203.  If you still own Murphy, I bet you could get something in a trade for him.  Find the guy in your league who still talks about how he lettered in high school.  Unless you are that guy, then, uh, yeah, nice calves, I don’t need to see them.

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.57.  I’ve said this a few times in the past, but, really, what the hell are we gonna talk about with Porcello?  He is exactly a 3.55-3.80 pitcher with neutral luck.

Mookie Betts – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer.  Mookie Best!

Nathan Eovaldi – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.92 vs. Wei-Yin Chen – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.55.  This matchup was billed as, “The Rays vs. The Marlins, just be glad it wasn’t a suspended zero-zero tie.”  I keed, about Eovaldi, at least.  He has a 7.6 K/9, a K-rate that plays because his walk rate is only 1.3.  K-rate is strikeout rate, by the way, not a Wheel of Fortune clue for karate.

A.J. Pollock – 0-for-4, 1 run as he was activated.  Pollock said he felt as good as new, but then the camera pulled back and revealed he was looking at a gnu with a sore hamstring.

Robbie Ray – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.89.  Bad week to quit barbiturates.

Carlos Martinez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  I started both C-Mart and Ray in one league, because I am totally loco.  I am wearing a chicken suit screaming, “El Pollo Loco,” that’s how loco I am.  Thankfully, only Ray gave me the royal screwjob, and I’m trusting C-Mart again, which I’m sure won’t backfire.

Jedd Gyorko – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  As someone who owns Gyorko in one deep league, let me tell you that he never plays.  Matheny just has too many weapons.  Not a weapon, according to Cards President Mozeliak, is definitely Dexter Fowler.

Yadier Molina – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .272.  He’s on pace for 23 homers and a .270 average, i.e., what you would’ve taken from Gary Sanchez in the worst case scenario.  By the way, you need to rethink your worst case scenarios.

Gorkys Hernandez – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer.  There’s no truth to the rumor the Hitter-Tron loved Gorkys yesterday because it thought Gorkys was a sex comedy about gigabytes.

Nick Kingham – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.70, as he was recalled.  I told you yesterday I grabbed Kingham, and today I say, well, I hate myself.  Here’s to his next start vs. WASH.  Oy.  Now I subliminally want to scrub myself.  Obviously, if you’re not locked into starting Kingham again, you can lose him in most mixed leagues.

Elias Diaz – 1-for-2 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Elias Sports Bureau said, “No relation.”

Matt Kemp – 5-for-5, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .323.  11th best OPS in the majors, 8th best batting average, 9th best SLG, and number one for DMs with Rihanna.  Actually, all of that might be for the DMs.

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .241.  Also, in this game, Joc Pederson (1-for-6) hit his 12th homer and Max Muncy (1-for-5, 3 runs) and his 18th homer, as the Dodgers scored 17 runs and pregunta’d, “Who was eliminated due to a poor record in April?”

Nate Orf – 0-for-4 as he starts over Villar, because Craig Counsell approaches common sense similarly to how he approached holding a bat.  “Oh, well, that’s, uh…different.”

Robbie Grossman – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer, a grand slam because Rosario beat out an infield single to keep the inning going and I own Brent Suter (5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.53) and hold me please.  These are not tears of joy.

Willians Astudillo – 2-for-4, hitting .455 he was called up over the weekend, and played 3rd base yesterday for the Twins, because the Twinkies just don’t feel right without a guy who looks like he enjoys Twinkies playing 3rd.  Astudillo is as tall as he is wide, and swings, and hits everything.  His walk rate in Triple-A?  2.7%.  His strikeout rate?  4.8%.  That’s hilarious in a very nerdy way.  He has little power, and looks like a weeble wobble for speed, but he could hit for average.  Dot dot dot.  Or get sent down in a few days.

Jorge Polanco – 0-for-4 as he returned from his suspension, and Eduardo Escobar hit the bench.  I saw Escobar benched for Polanco, and all I could think of was Escobar was being abused like Mary J. Blige in Not Gon’ Cry.  “I was your shortstop and your secretary, working every day of the week.  Was at the job when Polanco was suspended, helping this team get on its feet.  Eighty games of sacrifice and you can bench me at the drop of a dime?  I shoulda made you DFA Polanco’s ass a thousand times!  Well, I’m not gon cry, I’m not gon cry, I’ll be here if Polanco’s hamstring tears.”

  1. Dirty Johnson says:
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    I don’t know about top 5, but C Davis and A Jones were both top 10 in 2013. Polluck and Au Shizz in 2015 were also close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dirty Johnson: Good calls, not sure if they were top five either, but Pollock 20/39 and Au Shizz 33/21 must’ve been close

      • 200 Proof says:
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        @Grey:
        Maybe 2004 Pujols and Edmonds? 133/46/123/5/.331 and 102/42/111/8/.301, respectively.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, forgot Edmonds was that good ever

  2. JakeTPE says:
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    Head Blogger Grey,

    How’s it going? Superb recap, sir. Looking forward to the pod later.

    Not to make this about me and my team, but with Hernandez (LAD) and Escobar currently manning 2B, and considering recent developments discussed a few inches above, do I need to address 2B again (cough Schoop cough)?

    Immediate options are Profar, Kingery, Castro, umm… Harrison? Looking for OPS and games played, basically. Drop either Enrique or Escobar for these options or hope one starts every day and hold for now?

    Welcome the thoughts of Razzball Nation as well!

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Thanks! I’d hold for another couple of days, those options don’t jump out at me

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: OK thanks Grey! They’re both starting Tuesday I see.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  3. Rexton Rexton says:
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    Does it still count if it’s not in the 21st century? How about Ken Griffeys (.285/48/134/24) and Alex Rodriguez (.285/42/111/21) in 1999?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rexton Rexton: I was thinking more recent, but those two were huge that year, good call!

      • Rexton Rexton says:
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        @cjw: Wow, I didn’t even think of Alomar. He could have even been somewhat of a steal in drafts that year too after going .282/14/18 the year before.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would’ve been nice butter

        • cjw says:
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          @Rexton Rexton:

          Times like this I wish I’d played on Yahoo in the 90’s. I was still using the now-defunct Sandbox.com in ’99 so I can’t see historical drafts (unless RotoWorld kept stats when they bought it)… but since I was drafting based on rankings in a $5 paper magazine that came out in February, I’m not guessing I landed him :-) I did LOVE chasing positional scarcity back in those days though.

  4. Simsbad says:
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    Where’s this weeks top 100 batters list?

    • Cable says:
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      @Simsbad:

      Eyes Wide Open

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simsbad: Kerry is on vacation, he’ll be back this weekend (I’m told)

  5. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Excellent MJB reference although I think it will be lost on many Razzball a reader, it’s just not the type of muzak being bumped in moms’ basements ya know.

    Counsel blurb also brilliant!

  6. Jim says:
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    Drop Chris Taylor for Odor in a 12 teamer? Thanks.

  7. Phil says:
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    Master Lothario, I picked up Avisail because Cain is injured. Obviously (obviously!) when Cain returns Garcia is out the door, UNLESS you think I should keep him over any of the following: Hosmer, Belt, Upton, OZUNA, Acuna, Shaw. League is 10×10 w/ deep rosters. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Avisail’s gone there

      • DonnieB says:
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        How about Avisail over Schebler or Gurriel or Conforto?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Over Conforto

  8. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up! That is some record of success you’ve managed!

    a. Love vulture wins and donkeycorn saves!

    b. Mark Twain quote of the day for July 3

    Young Man:

    Old Man: Do you know chess?

    Young Man: I learned it a week ago.

    Old Man: Did your mind go on playing the game all night that first night?

    Young Man: Don’t mention it!

    Old Man: It was eagerly, unsatisfiably interested; it rioted in the combinations; you implored it to drop the game and let you get some sleep?

    Young Man: Yes. It wouldn’t listen; it played right along. It wore me out and I got up haggard and wretched in the morning.

    Old Man: At some time or other you have been captivated by a ridiculous rhyme-jingle?

    Young Man: Indeed, yes!

    “I saw Esau kissing Kate,

    And she saw I saw Esau;

    I saw Esau, he saw Kate,

    And she saw–”

    And so on. My mind went mad with joy over it. It repeated it all day and all night for a week in spite of all I could do to stop it, and it seemed to me that I must surely go crazy.

    Old Man: And the new popular song?

    Young Man: Oh yes! “In the Swee-eet By and By”; etc. Yes, the new popular song with the taking melody sings through one’s head day and night, asleep and awake, till one is a wreck. There is no getting the mind to let it alone.

    Old Man: Yes, asleep as well as awake. The mind is quite independent. It is master. You have nothing to do with it. It is so apart from you that it can conduct its affairs, sing its songs, play its chess, weave its complex and ingeniously constructed dreams, while you sleep. It has
    no use for your help, no use for your guidance, and never uses either, whether you be asleep or awake. You have imagined that you could originate a thought in your mind, and you have sincerely believed you could do it.

    Young Man: Yes, I have had that idea.

    Old Man: Yet you can’t originate a dream-thought for it to work out, and get it accepted?

    Young Man: No.

    Old Man: And you can’t dictate its procedure after it has originated a dream-thought for itself?

    Young Man: No. No one can do it. Do you think the waking mind and the dream mind are the same machine?

    Old Man: There is argument for it. We have wild and fantastic day-thoughts?
    Things that are dream-like?

    Young Man: Yes–like Mr. Wells’s man who invented a drug that made him
    invisible; and like the Arabian tales of the Thousand Nights.

    Old Man: And there are dreams that are rational, simple, consistent, and unfantastic?

    Young Man: Yes. I have dreams that are like that. Dreams that are just like real life; dreams in which there are several persons with distinctly differentiated characters–inventions of my mind and yet strangers to me: a vulgar person; a refined one; a wise person; a fool; a cruel person; a kind and compassionate one; a quarrelsome person; a peacemaker; old persons and young; beautiful girls and homely ones. They talk in character, each preserves his own characteristics. There are vivid fights, vivid and biting insults, vivid love-passages; there are
    tragedies and comedies, there are griefs that go to one’s heart, there are sayings and doings that make you laugh: indeed, the whole thing is exactly like real life.

    Old Man: Your dreaming mind originates the scheme, consistently and artistically develops it, and carries the little drama creditably through–all without help or suggestion from you?

    Young Man: Yes.

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        In a 5X5 RCL, start Flaherty tonight at AZ versus Greinke? He’s on my bench, I don’t like either of his starts this week.

        So, question #1. Start tonight?

        Question #2 Start for second start later this week @SF Stratton.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, don’t start him tonight… @SF sounds ok

  9. A few years back Verlander was a fringe HOFer, I thinks he’s know brainer… Is C.C. Sabathia IDK Grey, or Ralph, Tehole, anyBudDy foe dat matter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dnut Eastwood: CC might get in due to career stats, he’s accumulated a lot of Ks and wins

  10. Bryan Turner says:
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    Marte for Bryce Harper? straight-up?

      • Bryan Turner says:
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        @Grey: thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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  11. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Great writeup Grey! I have Alonso and Edwin, got all excited when I saw score line. Then looked at box score and saw Lindor scored 35.5 points against me (poop emojis)

    Speaking of poop emojis and dumpster fires, I benched Duffy and EFFFFLIN their last two starts (85 points).

    Starting EFFFFLIN tonight (fingers crossed).

    Duffy really FFFFin irritates me. Two decent starts followed by destruction has been his m.o. this season.

    He got destroyed by Cleveland once. If i start him, make that twice. If i bench him, he shall redeem himself (not really).

    FYI, Duffy is under contract for 2yrs in 16 team Dynasty keeper league. Can’t get ride of him. Although I was offered Tebow for him (not even going there).

    Apologies to all readers who would rather jump into a dumpster fire than read my team’s SP depression

    Your thoughts on EFFFFlin and Duff-umpster Fire tonight?
    Thankyou for all you do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hebrew Hammer: I just tried to pick up Eflin this morning, wouldn’t touch Duffy

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        @Grey:

        Agreed. Hopeful Royals just place him on IR, then free of his contract

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  12. Chris says:
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    Would you rather own Pham or T.Shaw in H2H, 14 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Shaw if he were healthy, but I don’t think he is

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    hey man long time no talk I been away for a bit had a couple seizures… I told my wife I’m a seizure salad said like caesar.. I don’t know of that’s funny but I thought it was. Anyway back to it and I got a little crazy and picked up too many hitters who were hot… need to drop one of thames/avasail/odor/Herrera and I have guerero jr on my bench cuz jeeper league…

    10 team ops

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shitwolf: That sucks, man, hope you’re feeling better now…. Can lose Thames

  14. Robert says:
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    Keeper League:
    Destroying the league. Up by 29 points.
    Gattis, Encarncion, Ramirez, Lindor, Turner, Suarez, Rendon, Pillar, Nimmo, Bryant, Rosario, Hicks, Smoak,
    Allen, Boxberger, Bumgarner, Greinke, Gausman, Corbin, Cole, Servino, Dominguez,
    Bench: Bundy, Pivetta, M. Gonzalez, Pollock,
    Minors: Eloy Jimenez.
    Keeper value is based on scale 10-100. Max 170 allowed to keep. Dollar amount doubles every year. I want to obtain Vlad. Jr. 10 dollar keeper. I figure offer Lindor $90 dollar keeper to help other team for 1/2 a year.
    What else you recommended my cheap keepers are Bumgarner 10 dollars Corbin 10 Dollars, Cole 20. Rosario 10.
    Bumgarner for Vlad Jr?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: I’d send Bum for Vlad

  15. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Received an interesting offer in my keep 7 forever league . . . thought it was an easy one, but now + with the Trade-o-nator (do we have a name for that thing?), it’s a lot tougher than I thought . . .

    My $13 JDM for his $18 Altuve. I’m in 2nd place, he’s in 3rd. He has the most to gain in HR and RBI . . . I am first in SB already by a few SBs, and have just gotten another boost of speed in Acuna. I’m 4th in HR (but within reach of top). I’m also nearly last in AVG (though that’s Harper and Bellinger’s fault, not JDM’s!). We’re both very close to the guy in 1st, who is running on Gattis and Degrom insanity.

    Trade analyzer says its nearly a wash (presumably for redraft) + my needs for this year seem to say “JDM” . . . but Altuve is Altuve!

    What do you think? FWIW, he also has a $12 Bryant that is likely available for JDM.

    Future value is important, but this year feels like a year I can really make a push. I’m in second despite being without Robbie Ray + Acuna for a while, and with Harper, Bellinger, Devers, Blackmon and Rhys (until recently) underperforming to varying extents.

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: If you’re in first without Altuve and need to keep from getting leap frogged in power, I don’t know why you would trade JDM for him. What does he add if you’re trying to win this year?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Cram It: *First in steal.

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @Cram It: Thanks . . . yeah, exactly. Preseason, and for 2019, it’s probably Altuve easily . . . but JDM helps me way more for 2018 (and will still be a great keeper going forward), so I’ve been leaning towards declining. Just making sure I’m not crazy!

          Thanks Cram.

  16. Ted says:
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    12 team H2H mixed league. I’ve had a hole at 2b all year.

    My Paxton and Haniger for his Rizzo (2b eligible). Should I accept?

    • sta says:
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      @Ted: Would Paxton not be enough on his own?

      • Ted says:
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        @sta: I wish. Trade analyzer has this favoring the team getting rizzo ($29.40 vs. $25.30).

        • Starz says:
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          @Ted: Yeah, but does the other owner know that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ted: I’d take Rizzo, it’s fair

  17. pimpdaddy says:
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    First off love the read on the 1st Friday of the week, have just one question for ya….. Who would you rather have in a dynasty league Taillon or Flaherty and is it close?

    Thanks Grey Have a greyt 4TH!!!!!

  18. Carter says:
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    Thanks for the write-up.

    I’m not sure if both were top 5, but just last year Nolan (.309/37/130/3) and Blackmon (.337/37/104/14) had insane years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carter: True, good call, not sure if they were top 5 either

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Carter: I was thinking about two different Rockies, Helton and Walker in 2001. Don’t think Walker would of been top 5 as hitting numbers were crazy back then but I know he hit like .350 with 30+ HR’s and 120+ RBI’s. Helton was insane that year.

  19. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Do I have these guys ranked good by eligibility?
    2B-SS-MI spots: Happ, Russell, Villar, and last would be Peraza who might be the odd man out I could be trying to trade??
    1B-3B-CI spots: Goldy, Bryant, Happ would be next here, too (where is he more valuable??) then Mancini, Healy, Cron

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kruk_Ain’t_An_Athlete: MI — You can’t trade guys who are barely above droppable… Russell is last one — Healy over Mancini

  20. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS

    Drop Trumbo for A. Garcia?

  21. Billy Bob says:
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    Mookie and Jumbo Dong are #3 and #4! Which teammates would you rather have in fantasy and also real life? Mookie/JD or Lindor/Ramirez?

    • Billy Bob says:
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      @Billy Bob: Benintendi is #9 currently too and yet the Red Sox might lose the division with 100+ wins…sigh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Billy Bob: Damn, you’re right, Red Sox have teammates too in the top 5! Think I’d take the Indians

  22. Doc Samson says:
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    Great write up. In our league (5×5 standard roto) we have to start our waiver wire pick ups for at least one week. That said, is it worth it to pick up Kyle Tucker tomorrow night since he has no ETA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doc Samson: How deep is this league? Prolly worth it

  23. prey879 says:
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    Would you rather be rolling with Fiers or Kyle Gibson at the moment? 12 tm h2h with QS instead of W

    • Cram It says:
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      @prey879: Gibson

  24. Happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the updates! 12 team, H2H, 6X6. I’m stressed with a tough decision, Please help me out. I picked up Carpenter when Kris Bryant hit the DL, but now Bryant is coming back, who do I DROP. I have options, several elgibilities but I guess it’s down to Carp, Hernandez, Hosmer, Taylor, Santana?….Thanks Man!
    1B-Carlos Santana PHI
    2B-Jose Ramirez CLE
    3B-Matt Carpenter STL
    SS-Francisco Lindor CLE
    MI-Cesar Hernandez PHI
    CI-Eric Hosmer SD
    OF-Mookie Betts BOS
    OF-Nicholas Castellanos DET
    OF-Khris Davis OAK
    OF-Eddie Rosario MIN
    OF-Chris Taylor LAD
    UT-Anthony Rendon WA

  25. Bad Ash says:
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    Kent and Bonds in 2000 or 2002?

    Other than that, since the 50s, maybe Bash Bros, but before the Interwebs doesn’t count.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bad Ash: Haha, yeah, maybe on the Giants, Kent did have some great years

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: I remember those fantasy baseball years where 2B was a wasteland consisting of Jeff Kent and a bunch of tumbleweeds. Also remember when Scott Rolen was the only 3B of any note. MLB–and hence fantasy–has come a long way as far as talented depth at positions that used to be damn sparse.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All I remember is Ryan Klesko’s sideburns, I might have a hirsute problem

          • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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            @Grey: Haha, I’m sure the cup he wore was a merkin.

            PS: All I remember of Klesko is he (and Dykstra) always had greasy lips.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They looked like they had greasy everything

  26. prey879 says:
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    Would you trade Greinke and Grichuk/Moreland for JA Happ & one of Desmond/Markakis/Mazara?

    If so, which player would you give (Grichuk or Moreland) and which player would you want back out of Desmond, Markakis, and Mazara?

    • Cram It says:
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      @prey879: Yes, Moreland for Desmond.

  27. southside dom says:
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    Looking to buy low on Dozier. 10 team keep forever, 6×6 roto with OPS. I’m currently playing Moncada at 2B, with DeJong on my DL, and am in second place

    Dozier meanwhile is riding this guy’s bench. Who should I offer?

    Moustakas
    Polanco
    Buxton

    Any of the above?

  28. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP limited moves (budget)

    Trying to cast a wide net in an attempt to trade a hitter for a pitcher

    Current offense (when healthy)

    C Cervelli (DL)
    1B Bellinger
    2B Albies
    3B Suarez
    SS Correa (DL)
    OF Betts
    OF Hoskins
    OF Acuna
    UTL Carpenter
    BN Gallo
    BN Haniger

    1) In terms of trade asset value, I’m grouping Bellinger, Hoskins, and Acuna together and Suarez, Carpenter, and Gallo together. Which hitters in particular would you be trying to deal?

    2) Which of these pitchers would/wouldn’t you trade a member of the Bellinger group for: Grienke, Bauer, Bumgarner, Cole, Strasburg, Syndergaard, McCullers, Paxton, DeGrom

    3) Which of these pitchers would/wouldn’t you trade a member of the Suarez group for: Weaver, Kuechel, Darvish, Ray, Hill, Buehler, Skaggs, Richards, German, Taillon

    Thanks again so much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: 1. Carp and Gallo 2 Bauer, Bum, Noah, deGrom 3. Guess you can try Ray, I wouldn’t touch most of these guys in a ten teamer

  29. RICE says:
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    Rules question: How does Caleb Ferguson get the save when entering a game 17-1 and pitching the last three innings?

    • Eric says:
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      @RICE: Ditto .. it just doesn’t make sense. Current MLB rules:

      “A relief pitcher is awarded a save when he meets all three of the following conditions:

      He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and
      He is not the winning pitcher; and
      He qualifies under one of the following conditions:
      He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; or
      He enters the game, regardless of the score, with the potential tying run either on base, at bat, or on deck; or
      He pitches for at least three innings. (The word “effectively” has been removed from the MLB rules.)
      Under the last condition, the official scorer has some discretion as to whether or not to award a save. This is rule 10.20 of the Major League Rules.”

      Maybe the official scorer was his uncle… or the Pirates decided to put their whole team in the on-deck circle.

      • RICE says:
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        @Eric: Thanks for the info, Eric… that is ridiculous

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Eric: Or the official scorer has Ferguson on his fantasy team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RICE: Yeah, what Eric said, 3-inning saves

  30. Five-on-One says:
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    I asked a similar question yesterday, but with Kingham sh**ing the bed, thought I would ask again. 12 team, 5×5 league with weekly lineups. Looking for pitching advice for the coming week. Please Rank:

    2-start Boyd: vTex ($2.9) and @TB ($2.3) (Dokken has him 57th)
    2-start Adalberto Mejia: vBAL ($1.2) and vKC ($8.4)
    Kingham: vPHI ($8.7)
    Zimmermann: vTEX ($1.6)
    Rodon @HOU (-$2.4)

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-on-One: Non of these are safe… I guess Kingham, Zimm, Mejia

  31. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write-up, as always. Gardenhire-Greene joke was superb.

    What are your thoughts on Brent Suter after his latest shellacking? Worth holding onto for the next couple starts (vs. ATL, @ PIT) or should I drop and stream? (12-team H2H with QS)

    Also, do you think Chris Taylor is worth owning at this point? He is Yawnstipating (capital Y).. is he droppable in favor of hotter bats (don’t have anyone specific in mind as he doesn’t even have a set spot in my lineup, with his position eligibility I’ve been shuffling him between 2B, IF, OF slots)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Thanks! Drop Suter and Taylor

  32. starz says:
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    I’m looking over an offer to acquire Snell and Eaton for Bregman. I’m loaded with offense and need a SP. Don’t care about Eaton but he provides something.
    H2H cat league (keep-2 players) and Snell would be eligible as a 15th round keeper next year (Bregman would be 3rd).
    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @starz: I’d want Bregman, it’s fairish I guess

  33. yankee candle factory worker says:
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    I’m so frustrated the Astros haven’t used Correa’s injury to give Bregman his 5 SS starts to preserve his eligibility in next year’s Yahoo leagues. Also, Bregman’s hit more than 25% of his career homeruns over the last 30 days.

    Have a greyt 4TH INDEED!!!!

  34. Five-on-One says:
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    Also, please rank the following hot/eh outfielders for ROS:

    Puig
    Avisail
    Polanco
    Braun
    Grichuk
    Kiermaier

  35. Keith Holland says:
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    Any updates coming for overall dynasty/keeper rankings? Looking to make some trades coming up and I’d love some information from you guys to use. Thanks!

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Keith Holland: from what he said it’s coming and soon that. AND it’ll be his biggest list ever.

  36. hapcat13 says:
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    Yahoo 12 team H2H 5×5

    Bieber for Kike and Healy?

    I need to clear some space for Carrasco to return from DL and need some pitching help.

    Have Abreu/Rizzo and Machado/Rendon and Turner, Merrifield, Marte infield.

    Thanks!

  37. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    some interesting player elig stuff

    -thames hit RF in yahoo, where i NEED one of my LF guys (thames/khris/upton) to get that. big deal for OF specifcs

    – raise the church might finally be allowed to start again on some halfway decent team if the trade rumors are right. this in the SAME league helps me where i have too many closers, not enough holds guys and would LOVE R. church to get back his SP like last year and i could chunk a holds guy into one of my RP/P slots. maybe one day archie bradley and much sooner hader gets the same chance. bradley wasn’t really given enough chance to fail, hader not even a chance yet. hell diaz/the sandwich prince never at MLB NEVER had that chance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: I really hope Raisel is traded, but I also hope Hughes gets the saves

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Grey: hehehehe, that’s gotta be nfbc eye talking on that one, or NL only, or both.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

          • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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            @Grey: oh, here’s a big one too, muncy should be getting 2B at some fairly soonish point. meaning i can keep him and andujar in a league if i don’t want to keep otani or t.anderson as a hitting keeper.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

  38. Mike Smith says:
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    Would you deal Folty and Jed Lowrie to get Lorenzo Cain?

  39. HomerHWBush says:
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    Were Arenado and Blackmon ever co-Top 5’ers. Maybe last year or the year before?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ya know, they might’ve been last year

  40. Steve says:
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    Avisail or hold K Tucker?

    Thanks

      • Keith Holland says:
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        I assume this answer is for just this year…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  41. Ricky Raindrops says:
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    Would you be hanging onto Buehler in a 12 tm H2H mixed redraft league? 5×5 categories with QS instead of Wins. He was pitching so well prior to injury/demotion.

    Rest of my staff: Bauer, Greinke, Quintana, Hendricks, Pivetta, E-Rod, Bieber, Kyle Gibson, Yu Darvish (DL)

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Ricky Raindrops: Could be a late season diff maker in h2h. I’d hold unless you have need of the roster spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No I wouldn’t

  42. Dancin Homer says:
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    Just got an alert that the Nats are interested in Harvey (and Iglesias). With the way Harvey has been pitching, is he worth picking up/ holding in 12-team leagues or is he still merely a streaming option?

    Happy almost-holiday too!

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @Dancin Homer: it was mentioned he’s a possible streamer but not for the next one.

  43. bill amodeo says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Drop Bauers to stash Tucker?

  44. NH says:
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    Who would you want for the ROS? Morton or Berrios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NH: Morton

  45. Hov H to the O V says:
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    Yo grey!

    Do you think Max Fried is even with looking at? It’s hard to ignore a guy who blanked the cards and has good run supports. Also, Hereditary was the creepiest god damn movie I’ve seen in a long time. Only thing scarier than that this week was starting Taillon and Ross in the same game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just grabbed him in one league… Ha! Hereditary, right? Holy crap! You listen to the podcast last week when I saw it? So scared!

      • Hov H to th OV says:
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        @Grey:

        I didn’t, but my brother did. When I told him about it he said it scared the shit out of you too. Best horror movie I’ve seen in a while.

  46. Johnny BRavo says:
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    JA Happ and Adam Eaton for Moreland, BIeber, and Darvish? Who wins and is it close?

  47. Omar says:
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    8 team AL Only 5×5 standard Roto:
    Give: Lindor, Khrush, Romo
    Get: Trout, Andrelton

    Thoughts?

  48. Jackson5 says:
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    Need a MI in an OBP lg

    Ascab, Solarte or Kike? Thanks

    • Jackson5 says:
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      @Jackson5:

      Add Marwin to that too

  49. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Need to replace Shane Greene – how would you rank these:

    Jimenez
    Peralta
    Romo
    Clippard
    Britton

  50. Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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    About a week or so ago you rubbed your magic stache and Lindor came alive, I have about 13 hitters and 9 pitchers that can use your charms.
    Closer question for our 15 team league: I can get Clippard, Will Smith among several free Giants, or Lorenzen (assuming he’s the next Reds closer after Iglesias is traded), Who do I take. By the way, my stache is amazing..had it since 1967
    Adam is my partner in this league. We are comfortably in 14th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I have an entire team that could use my charms! I’d guess Hughes is Reds replacement, but it’s not 100% clear… I’d grab Clippard — Hopefully that’s 14th out of 1,000’s!

      • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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        @Grey: i’m not exactly “calling it” and “owning it (over everybody else)” like somebody would round here previous to the nazi in exile east getting blown up but it looks like this might be oh’s job at TOR town.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, could be

          • Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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            @Grey: Our problem , of course is that Green is now on the DL and our other jerk broke his hand hitting a wall. We do have Vazquez or whatever his name is today so we only need one guy. I’s like to look into Bochey’s melon and see who he’s going to use (besides Dyson)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, hoping for Smith

  51. Hubie Brooks says:
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    Deep 12 team…I need K’s, W’s, and ERA (in that order)

    I can pick up:

    Luis Castillo, Eovaldi, or Jordan Zimmerman….who to take??

  52. jose says:
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    If Bryce Harper asked to be Adam Dunn who did Turner ask to be turned into? It’s hard to imagine at some point over the next 3 months he wouldn’t get hot, right? Wait, we still have 3 months to play? Panicing in early May when I was in 10th place in almost every category may have been a bit of an overreaction. Ha, thanks for talking us off the side of the cliff so many times!

    Anyhoo, SON loves DeSclafani against the White Sox today. I took advantage of Castillo’s match up last night (still couldn’t get a W) and wonder if I’d be pushing my luck with DeSclafani today?

    Thanks and Happy 4th!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess he does get hot at some point…Hopefully… I just grabbed DeSclafani, hold my hand, Thelma!

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: I’m right there with you on DeSclafani.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We need a prayer hexagon

  53. OaktownSteve says:
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    Re two top five stablemates, Mookie is at 4 and Benintendi is at 10 after a putrid April. So maybe they get there. Both on Oaktown Kids, btw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD is at 5 — I have Lindor, Benintendi, Haniger (top 30) and Robbie Ray and C-Mart which has killed everything

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        In RCL, btw

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          I really wanted Haniger but ended up not getting him anywhere. Great value.

          Oaktown Kids with Betts, Benintendi and Baez on offense, Morton, Bauer and Snell pitching. I have to keep telling then they all won’t be this good.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Beginner’s luck, or Doogie Howsers of fantasy?

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              We spent a lot of time talking players in the off season. The girl did a ton of mock drafting. The did the draft basically by themselves but I gave them a framework and a little coaching. I’ve helped them a little more with in season and faab. But most of all it musta been the razztoons.

              The girl would be epic on a podcast. She’s a trip.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That’s a great idea! We interview your daughter — haha, let’s make it happen!

  54. bacca72 says:
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    5×5 OBP.

    Trumbo, Kiermaier or K. Tucker. Pick one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo

  55. JB says:
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    Start Newcombe tonight @ NYY? Stream-o-nater seems to say no. Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would and be too scared to watch

  56. demribbies says:
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    Happiness is owning Lindor and JoRam in dynasty!!

    You starting Fulmer @CHC (no KB) in a QS league? How about Wheeler vs TOR?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I would not start either

  57. Scott says:
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    Jackie Bradley seems to be hitting better. He had a nice season 2 years ago. Would you cut conforto for Bradley. Obp league. Or should I hold and see if conforto can rebound in 2nd half.. I thought conforto finally was turning the corner a couple of weeks ago. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lose Conforto

  58. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    I have Pollock in DL slot, the drop-able people (in my estimation) are : Y. Moncada, K. Marte, Avisail Garcia, N. Eovaldi, N. Kingham. I have the week to make a move so I can wait and see on the pitchers’ second start for the week but who would you drop to activate AJ? Thanks and Have a great holiday.

    ps- who wins machado? LA or Philly?
    pps-and will he sign with that winner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingham

      LA — will sign with the winner…

      • Johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. As a philly dude I’ll just say- that’s a bummer, man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m just guessing at writing on wall, maybe Phils do grab him

  59. stevie says:
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    Yahoo 12 team H2H 5×5
    Rest of season: Merrifield or C. Hernandez?

  60. The Mudkat says:
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    Hey Grey! Great stuff as per the usual.

    Can I get your imprimatur to drop Gio at this point? He’s killing me.

    Would replace with a streamer.

    Options are guys such as Estrada, Harvey, Anderson, Leake, etc. Not top of the order guys but could be useful in a matchup. Or should I stay the course and hope he figures it out in the second half?

    All the best to you and yours this Fourth as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Gio, those are streamers tho, thanks, you too!

  61. omar says:
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    Follow up to question above re: Give Lindor, Khrush, Romo for Trout, Andrelton.

    Left out some info that is probably pertinent to the discussion. This is the last year I can own Lindor, but I’d be able to roster Trout thru 2019. Still Lindor?

    The other scenario is that if a trade is not done, both players go back into the draft pool for next year, where if selected, they could be kept thru 2019. So I’d basically have a 1 in 4 chance of grabbing one of them for a 2 year stretch, which is enticing.

    Thanks again.

    • omar says:
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      @omar:
      Correction. If both go into next year’s draft, they can be kept thru 2020.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, you need Trout on the squad then

  62. Kyzr5 says:
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    I would guess Torenado and Blackmon last season would be pretty close to Top5 – other duo this year prolly Betts and JD. Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy JD and Betts are top 5 right now too, two sets of teammates, insane

      • Kyzr5 says:
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        @Grey: Ya, definitely. Exciting to watch!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Definitely!

  63. prey879 says:
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    Would you trade Darvish, Hendricks, Bieber, and Moreland for Ian Desmond and J.A. Happ?

    I asked this yesterday without Hendricks being included in the deal and you had said it wasn’t close for Happ side. Does adding Hendricks change your mind? I’m assuming it does not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond side

  64. Kyzr5 says:
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    Kris Bryant and Rizzo 2016?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, I don’t think so tho, tbh

    • Kyzr5 says:
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      @Kyzr5: Yea, 2016 was well mixed. Betts, Trout, Altuve tops. Duos would be close with Arenado (.294/41/133) and Blackmon (.324/29/82)… Cano (.298/39/103) and Cruz (.287/43/105)… Bryant (.292/39/102) and Rizzo (.292/32/109)…. some great numbers tho lol

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, think Rizzo might’ve been outside of top 10, but maybe not, I’m guessing

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

    Hope you have a great holiday tomorrow!

    12 team league and I’ve got rich man problems in terms of having too many good hitters.

    C – Gattis
    1B – Bellinger
    2B – JoRam
    3B – Suarez
    SS – Gleyber
    OF – Trout
    OF – Soto
    OF – Acuna
    Util – Ozuna

    Bench – Myers
    Bench – Xander
    Bench – Haniger

    I think the best play is to try to package 2 for 1 and upgrade offensively somewhere. Obviously hate having this many bench bats but am I right in assuming they’re all too good to cut in a 12 team? I didn’t have this issue until Myers and Acuna recently came off the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You can’t cut them

      • here comes the pizza says:
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        @Grey: Fair enough. I’m gonna try to package some guys and see if I can upgrade 1B to Freddie or Goldy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  66. David Gold says:
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    I was offered Bryce Harper for Alex Bregman in a 12-man dynasty/keeper league. At first I was thinking it was a good offer, but Bregman is on fire and qualifies at SS/3B. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Harper, but it’s closer than it should be

  67. mernest says:
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    Grey, great write-up as always!

    I’ve got 6 OF for 4 spots- who are you no doubt starting or would any of these be matchup-based decisions.

    Betts (duh always start)
    Haniger
    Pollock
    Mazara
    Acuna
    Peralta

    Trying to deal Peralta and Schoop for Dozier, fair or too much?

    6X6 w/ OPS

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts, Haniger, Pollock, Acuna… Yes, on Dozier

  68. Let's Play Two says:
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    Sage Grey,

    I’m in a 10-team 5×5 standard roto using R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG K/QS/SV/ERA/WHIP. Only 2 DL slots.

    I need advice on consolidating my roster – who would you consider expendable to try and package in a trade to make room on my roster when Thor and Stras come off the DL.

    I’m in 1st place overall, but the HR (2nd), RBI (2nd), AVG (2nd), K (2nd), QS (1st), SV (2nd) categories are tight between 2-3 teams.

    My roster:

    C Molina
    1B Freeman
    2B Baez
    3B Arenado
    SS Correa (DL)
    OF Trout, Judge, Springer, Betts
    UTIL Benintendi, Goldy
    BENCH Pollock, Story

    SP Severino, Bauer, Kluber, Pax, Berrios, Thor (DL), Stras (DL)
    RP Kimbrel, Jansen, Doolittle, Allen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Correa and Paxton for a top 15 bat?

      • Let's Play Two says:
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        With 3 bench spots I would need to move 3 for 1. Who would be the 3rd player on my roster you would move?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You don’t need to be giving that much, why don’t you ask the team you’re trading with what they want?

          • Let's Play Two says:
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            Well, I got an offer of Nola for Pollock. I have Pollock for the SB he can provide. Looking at my roster above in my initial post and the type of league I’m in…do I take Nola?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Take Nola

              • Let's Play Two says:
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                Will do.

                My roster would look like this when I trade Pollock for Nola so you don’t have to look at my initial post to answer my next question:

                C Molina
                1B Freeman
                2B Baez
                SS Story
                3B Arenado
                OF Trout, Betts, Springer, Judge
                UTIL Benintendi, Goldy
                BENCH Correa

                SP Kluber, Severino, Pax, Berrios, Bauer, Nola, Thor (DL), Stras (DL)
                RP Kimbrel, Allen, Jansen, Doolittle

                Would you trade Correa or anyone else on my roster for Acuna or hold?

                Standard, 5×5 roto – R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG K/QS/SV/ERA/WHIP

                I’ll be crediting Grey Matter if I maintain my 1st place position and win this thing.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No, don’t trade for more bats you can’t fit into your team

  69. Brian says:
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    16 team dynasty. h2h 6×6 with hits and OPS, and k/bb and QS. wasn’t expecting to contend this year but currently in 5th 6.5 games back. top 6 make playoffs.

    roster is C-flowers, 1b-encarnacion, 2b – eduardo escobar, ss-xander, 3b-machado, of-mazara, then I rotate the following for the other 2 OF spots (span, brinson, polanco, thames, para), util-aguilar, then i rotate between the aforementioned OFs for my other UTIL spot, BN-culberson, wilmer flores, munoz
    SP-sale, pivetta, loaisiga, domingo german, morton, alcantara, bassitt, covey, caleb smith, buehler, tropeano, cahill. RP-peacock, hector rondon, greene, seranthony, kela, chad green, dyson, strickland, will smith.
    My minors roster is pretty loaded-tatis, adell, trammell, yordan, will benson, rodgers, corey ray, wander javier, kyle lewis, lutz, jojo romero, graterol, allard, kaprelian.
    was offered bryant and heaney for my buehler, tatis, adell, and trammell but i talked him down to bryant for tatis, trammell, and one of buehler or adell. adell is shooting up prospect lists but my pitching obv ain’t great. buehler probably going to get shut down for IPs before playoffs however. if you’d do the deal at all, would you rather include buehler or adell?

    thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d include Adell and take Bryant

  70. cyler8 says:
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    Can’t wait for that mid-season top prospect list. Woooo.

    In a 6 X 6 OPS dynasty league, 10 team, would you rather have Trea or Harper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper due to OPS

  71. bananafactory says:
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    rank ROS:

    Candelario
    Michael A Taylor
    Dustin Fowler
    Andujar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andujar, Jeimer

  72. Benintendo64 says:
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    Sup Grey! Hope you enjoy your 4th of July!

    Need some help here fellow razzballers..

    So I’m currently in 3rd place (H2H 12 teams) despite building what feels like an amazing team
    Hitting (HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG)
    C- Murphy
    1- Freeman
    2- C Taylor
    3- Rendon
    SS- Lindor
    OF- Betts, K Davis, Benintendi
    UTL- Aguilar
    UTL- Hoskins
    Bench- Acuna, kike, Conforto

    Pitching (QS, ERA, WHIP, K/9, S+H)
    SP- Bauer, Nola, Snell, Corbin, Clevinger
    RP- Hader, Peacock, Rondon, Yates, J Hicks
    DL- Archer, A Miller

    So a few questions for y’all:
    1) We have daily lineups so having to decide to bench one of Aguilar, acuna or Hoskins each night is frustrating as hell, should I be looking to trade one of them? Our deadline is at the end of July

    2) If so, what caliber of 2B or RP do you think I should target? The categories I’m lagging in are S+H and RBI

    3) I liked the B side of Drake’s new album better than the A side, your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure, trade if you can… 2. Scooter for Aguilar? Scooter and Knebel?

      3. I didn’t like either side, but I will try it again

      • Benintendo64 says:
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        @Grey: thanks I’ll try out some of those offers.

        Was it better than Ye or Kids see Ghosts for you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not better, and I didn’t love those either

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        @Grey: #3 – you nailed it Grey, don’t even bother. The guy made two sides of moaning and moping that sounds worse than barnyard animals being put down.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  73. Jason Murray says:
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    Which group would you prefer in a 10 team H2H keeper…Bryant/Baez/Bellinger/Verlander or Machado/Bregman/Nola? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant

  74. Five-on-One says:
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    Can you rank the following for ROS: Polanco, Grichuk, Kiermaier.?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco, Kiermaier, depends on needs

  75. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Hey Grey!

    There are rumors that the Nats are trying to acquire Raisel Iglesias and they want to make him a starter. Should I try to move him now in a deep dynasty league? He’s under team control til 2020, so if this happens I’d think his value goes into the crapper, yeah? Or hold and pray he gets sent somewhere that he can close? Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could be okay as a starter, there’s only a remote chance any of this happens anyway

  76. Acuna is a HOF'er says:
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    currently rolling with escobar, muncy & scooter in the infield. since polanco is back from his suspension, you think escobar loses enough PT to support moving on in my SS slot? options are polanco, peraza, camargo, russell.

    thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Peraza

      • Acuna is a HOF'er says:
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        thanks Grey! appears I’ll be rolling with three reds in my lineup for now – votto, scooter & peraza.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            For now at least, this isn’t permanent

  77. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    12 team dynasty with OPS, K’s against the batters added, QS, K/9 for pitchers. h2h. auction prices on 3 year cycles, anybody added from FA is 10 in year 1. budget goes up like 10% a year and is around 335 now. predraft you can keep up to 18 players and up to 75% or so (251)
    C uh oh
    1B freeman (3B, traded an extremely expensive kershaw for freeman/hand/kopech, 31 year 3, but i absolutely match his increased bid)
    2B moncada (1, year 2)
    SS solarte party (2B/3B FA)
    3B rendon (26, year 2)
    RF stanton (LF 35 year 2, and i was going to go to like 51 last year)
    LF brantley (FA)
    CF heyward (RF, FA)
    util k.davis (LF 1 year 3)
    util schwarber (LF 1, year 1)
    BN kingery (2B/SS/3B soon to be LF/RF, 10, year 1)
    BN taylor (CF FA, about to be dropped, he’s been benched 4 days in a row
    BN kraken (1, year 3)
    DL ceager (1, year 3, probably won’t pay his next year bid up price)
    DL buxton (CF, 1, year 3)
    NA (up to 10, prospects don’t start year 1 till they get a decent amount of at bats in a given year): o’neill (FA), willie (LF, 10), robles (10), florial (6), j.sanchez (10), riley (FA), y.alvarez (FA), mountcastle (FA)

    SP morton (5, year 1), nola (22, year 1), weaver (10, year 2), wood (10, year 2), hendricks (1, 3), f.peralta (FA), musgrove (FA), maeda (FA)
    RP (room for 5) treinen (7, year 1), chapman (29, year 3, i WON’T be paying his bid up price), hand (10 year 2), norris (FA),

    DL (5 max), otani (pitcher only, 26, year 1), wacha (5, year 1), reyes (10, year 1),
    NA: kopech (1), allard (FA)

    i’ll assume buxton goes in taylor’s slot when he comes back, but pham just got dropped. his price is 10 year 2, BUT IF somebody is FAAB’d for more than 10 that’s his new price going forward. i have 74/100 left and here’s some other this year bids:
    mazouza (21)
    happ SP (4, 2nd place 3)
    musgove (3, me)
    sunday santana (10, in early april)
    morrow (25, i was 2nd with 12)
    j.montgomery (NYY media bias, 20)
    mikolas (6)
    brantley (5, me)
    kela (7)
    strickland (5)
    parker (5)
    greene (8)

    worth dropping heyward for pham to play CF here (his eye condition might be acting up again for the last 5 or so weeks, i watch a lot of his at bats, he hasn’t seen the ball well from the looks of it for a while) and how much?

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      @Sinkhole Demayo: no penalty for dropping a player at any time, so even if say pham went for 42 i wouldn’t have to keep him at all, certainly not at that crazy price.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, drop Heyward for Pham — Guess like $26

  78. Jacks says:
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    Would you drop Choo for Avisail? Choo is gimpy again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not yet at least

        • stefan says:
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          @Grey: Avisail has not taken a single walk this year so far. WTF? 122 PAs. .287 OBP. T

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA

  79. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Soto/Morrow for Marte? 12TMixed H2H, Could use some swipes, would have Kela/Barraclough/Familia left for closers. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto side, it’s fair

  80. Peacecoast says:
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    I picked up Odor. Crazy that I drafted him in the 7th round and dropped him awhile ago. If he goes back to shit I might for real quit this game. My hitters are sucking and I only have like 28 hitting points whereas I went late in pitching and have 50ish. Good enough to hover in 3/4th.
    How are your teams doing this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Some teams are doing better than others… In first in 2 leagues, waivering between 2nd and 3rd in two leagues, in 4th in another league… Robbie Ray and Kingham killed me yesterday

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: I picked up Kingham too but only after lineups locked haha. I am holding onto him though. Sit Fulmer today right (CHC)?
        Any plans for the 4th?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, sit — We’re in Palm Springs until the 8th, then back to LA… So just chilling, watching baseball, uze… You?

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: Having a neighborhood party at our house. We put a pool in so now we have to entertain everyone.

            Does anyone/everyone in LA have pools? You live in a single family house or condo? I keep imagining a condo type place with dog shit in every room and misplaced eye glass cleaner on the counters.

            We went to Palm Springs last year. That is some real desert shit there son. We stayed at some big hotel/resort with a great pool. There was not much else to do there. It must be hotter than my anus there right now.

            Link me to your favorite boba treat. I am curious.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We’re in a condo, but we’re selling… IN Palm Springs, we’re in a house (her parents’) with a pool, but I can’t go in, it’s 115 degrees out… Which hotel did you go to? I like any boba from Coco

              • Peacecoast says:
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                @Grey: wow you are buying a house? Where are you moving? Coming back to me on the East Coast? Ya, fuck Hollywood. But Cougs works for CBS or some shit right? Damn. Where will you move? Is LA crazy expensive? You must be Jewish right (based on all the jokes). Like, I am brown. Canadian born Pakistani roots. And I can make fun of fucking anyone from any race. Cuz I am allowed to. It’s like reverse racial privilege son. You can really only make Jewish jokes. Womp Womp.

                P.S. fuk u willy mo

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  LA is crazy expensive, but we own in LA so that gives us some cushion to buy in LA… Sell one to buy other, yadda…. Haha, I can make Italian jokes too, I’m a pizza bagel… Womp womp

                  • Peacecoast says:
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                    @Grey: Renaissance Indian Wells is where we stayed.

                    Same in Boston, you just keep using your equity to make 20% down on a new mortgage and keep moving up!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sweet, Indians Wells is nice, did you discount because of your ethnicity? See, I can make all dem jokes! Yeah, glad Cougs owns her condo, otherwise I’d be renting for my whole life

  81. Michael DePinto says:
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    I know you have been saying to sell Lester for a while now. Who would you prefer to pair with Lester in an offer for Bauer…Flaherty, Newcomb or Skaggs?

    Please rank which guys you would offer first with Lester in case I have a back and forth with the owner. Thank you very much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs, Flaherty or Newcomb

      • Michael DePinto says:
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        Just to confirm…You would offer Skaggs first and then Flaherty and the Newcomb?

        Thanks and have a Happy 4th!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, you too!

  82. Brett says:
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    12 team daily categories for saves and another for holds. I need to cut a reliever. Which would you cut? Hader, Yates, Cody Allen, kela, Boxberger. I also have seranthony but his sp makes him not an option to release. Thanks

    • Brett says:
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      @Brett: totally forgot Britton. My relievers are hader, Yates, Britton, Boxberger,kela, Allen, seranthony who would you cut? Sorry and thanks

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Lose Britton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kela

  83. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Ugh. Started Ray last night, and benched C Mart. If I could ever get out of my own way, I’d be dominating pitching.

    Please rank;

    Eflin vs. Bal (Cobb) 8.2
    Biebs @ KC (Duffy) 7.1
    Hill vs. Pit (Musgrove 23.3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I started both and it wasn’t much more pleasant… Biebs, Hill, though I like all 3

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: C Mart was decent enough and got a win. Man, my delicious Yarbrough plans were ruined because he is actually starting the game against the Marlins.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I considered starting Yarbrough, but I chickened out

  84. brian says:
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    better save spec ROS….seung or greg holland?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh

  85. Rachel says:
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    Would you drop J. Kipnis or J. Harrison for K. Marte? 12T Mixed H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harrison

  86. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS: any add/drops worth doing from the lists below?
    possible drops:
    Olsen
    Mazara
    Desmond
    Moustakas
    possible adds:
    A. Garcia
    R. Acuna
    J. Peraza
    S.Souza
    K. Tucker
    could also drop 1 of these 2 SP:
    Bieber
    Mikolas
    Big THANKS for taking the time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna over Olson

  87. Fogimon says:
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    In 2000 Kent/Bonds finished #1-2 in MVP voting;

    Kent – 114/33/125/12 0.334
    Bonds – 129/49/106/11 0.306

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy to look at some of those years without context

  88. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Posted it up above, but I’m thinking Helton and Walker might have been Top-5 in 2001 although hitting #’s were goofy back then.

    Todd Helton 132/49/146/7/.336
    Larry Walker 107/38/123/14/.350

    Anythehoo…I currently have Realmuto playing catcher and Sanchez on my DL. Thinking of offering Sanchez for Garrett Richards or a starting pitcher of that caliber/rank. Do you think that’s about right, or, am I aiming too low?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just said similar to Fogimon… Crazy to look at some of those years without context

      Gary Sanchez for Richards? No way, get a lot more or hold

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: I agree, but the owners in my keeper league downplay Sanchez’s previous production and focus on what he did in the 1st half (which wasn’t that bad when you look at it). My team is more-or-less coasting until the playoffs, maybe move Realmuto for a pitcher like Richards?

        This is for you…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PmUtmfTmbg

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I want more, Richards is ok, but what’s he going to do? 50 IP? Bleh, so unreliable

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Pausing El DeBarge to listen

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Okay, this is my new favorite song

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Just bought his album, I need to listen to this on repeat

            • Slimcompoop says:
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              @Grey: Malibu is a sneaky good album.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That’s what I downloaded, loving it!

                • Slimcompoop says:
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                  @Grey: Cheers friend!

                • Slimcompoop says:
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                  @Grey: Paak is kind of like Bruno Mars (who I don’t really like) and a gansta rappper:)

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, picked up on that, but I don’t mind poppy shizz too… Drake, Mars, Paak, it’s aight if I can bump my head to it

                    • Slimcompoop says:
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                      @Grey: Agreed

  89. Fogimon says:
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    going further back, in 1989 Mitchell/Clark also finished #1-2 for MVP;

    Mitchell – 100/47/125/3 0.291
    Clark – 104/23/111/8 0.333

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think that Clark year registers top 5, but maybe

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: 1989 wasn’t exactly hitters paradise, some of the others;

        Yount – 101/21/103/19 .318
        Sierra – 101/29/119/8 .306
        Ripken – 80/21/93/3 .257
        Guerrero (Pedro) – 60/17/117/2 .311
        Sandberg – 101/30/76/15 .290
        HoJo – 104/36/101/41 .287
        McGriff – 98/36/92/7 .269

        Howard Johnson probably was #1 in fantasy that year with the 36HR and 41 SBs, but I think Mitch and Clark were both top 5

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True, context matters, that HoJo year is insane

          • Fogimon says:
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            @Grey: he got a motel franchise out of it, but not much else.

            I think I have 10-20 of those Topps Future Prospect HoJo cards, worth all of $0.03 each now.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I definitely own HoJo cards, should’ve sold in the winter of 1989, damn!

  90. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. looking to swap box for a SP. clevinger a decent return or keep looking?

    re: palm springs, assuming youve been to melvyns?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s Melvyns? Clevinger is decent, yeah

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just asked Cougs if she’s been and she said yes like she can’t believe I haven’t bene even though I’ve never been anywhere without her in like forever or ever in PS

          • herschel says:
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            @Grey: hahaha…..its pretty classic. havent been since they redid it (end of last year) but from what i hear, still has same staff, old school feel. have had many a late night singing bad versions of caroline with multiple octogenarians. also, coming from la, its nice to be a guy in his mid-40s and still be the youngest guy in the room….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m the youngest guy in the entire city!

  91. I know this may sound absurd but Because of other injuries to my team I was thinking is Starling Marte rosterable in a 5×5 league that you play h2h. I have Brantley Trout Ozuna in OF and two Utilitie spots being used by Kemp and Marte. I should get some relief when and If Thor comes off the DL. Marte is helping only in steals, Which i have won by a few steals a week. I’m holding for now but he has stunk since coming off the DL stint last when ever.

    • @Dnut Eastwood: Sterling Starling cmon at least I didn’t call him Don Sterling that would of been ugly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure what you’re asking

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      To drop Starling Marte? I wouldn’t

      • @Grey: basically lost faith in Marte. But your saying hold on to him like they sang all on to the night back in the 80’s gottcha. But I tell ya Grey he is on short lease. But if I let him off the chain he probably be like a wild fire in a drought stricken prarie

        • @Dnut Eastwood: hold on to the night damn it auto incorrect hold onto the effing memories of Marte being good Grey. Thier getting smaller and smaller as i look in the rearview as I pull away in my 64 Implala

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I hear ya, but he’s not *that* bad

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, but c’mon he’s not that bad

          • @Grey: little reassurance for a struggler on your squad don’t hurt. I’ll let him know you haven’t lost faith

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m reassuring anyone who needs it

  92. Connor says:
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    Drop Moncada for Odor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine in shallow league

  93. Ozzie Albies' Helmet says:
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    Jabari Blash is hitting .335/.438/.773 with 23 home runs in AAA this year. What the hell. .773 Slugging?!?!?! He’s also cut his K rate to the lowest it’s been in 5 years.

    Is he worth a speculative pick up? What do you think of him?

    He’s been hot garbage at every cup of coffee he’s had in the majors though, so I don’t know what to make of him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You kinda answered your own question, he’s always hot garbage, but you can try him

  94. Fogimon says:
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    Against all odds I have kept Castillo…. and he’s been withering away on my bench in wait.

    So now that he has ONE good start, what would he have to do in CHI on Sunday to enter back into Grey’s good graces? 6 inn 2 ER 7 k’s?

    TBT, all it took was a 3 game hitting streak from Odor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice TBT… Castillo in CHI on Sunday, a 6 IP, 3 ER or better and I’m interested again, tentatively tho

  95. Jubaka says:
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    Should I drop Junis and or wacha? For any or 2 of these guys. Eflin, f iers, sabathia, Stroman, bassist.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both, Eflin, CC

  96. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Stick with Kingham for another turn or roll the dice on Fried against Mil on Thu – thanks!

    15 team roto with QS instead of W.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m trying Fried

  97. Mike

    Mike says:
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    For real…watching these guys every night here in Ohio is a treat. Even my seven-year-old stops what he’s doing to watch JoRam bat. Good stuff as always sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Does a seven-year-old have a lot of other things to do?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        lol…you’d be surprised! His Grossery Gang collection isn’t going to sort itself! it’s the new Garbage Pail Kids

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never even heard of that… Sigh…I’ve never felt so old…

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            haha having little kids can be a good excuse to do silly crap..like I genuinely enjoy Teen Titans Go and I am 37 years old. My wife thinks I’m DVRing it for the kids!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              C’mon, it’s TTG!

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                ha!

  98. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    drop hosmer for hicks in a 12 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  99. LG Baseball says:
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    Great write-up Grey!

    Should I be considering sending Trea to acquire Lindor in a keeper league? Trea’s been underwhelming and caught stealing more than usual lately. Is Trea a top 10 guy next year?

    Enjoy the 4th tomorrow!

    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Lindor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th!

  100. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Hendricks has been ragged last several starts. I have a big lead in a H2H league so I can be patient with him but i also have a superb SP staff of Max, MadBum, Bauer, Morton, Wood and Hendricks.

    I have Britton, Parker and Bear Claw as closers (yes, you have seen this sad sack lineup in posts before but I can’t seem to improve upon them via wire or trade). Would you send Hendricks for Knebel? Or wait until the dust settles and SAGNOF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Knebel

      • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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        @Grey:

        He countered with Wood. What say you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wood for Knebel? Sounds fair

          • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks! Funny how Wood was complete garbage four starts ago. Now I think I prefer him over Kendricks…close I guess. Who do you prefer longer term between the two?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wood

  101. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need SP help. would you swap Tim Anderson straight up for any of Manaea, Price, Ray or Mikolas? which two first? thanks….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mikolas or Ray are fair

  102. Jack says:
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    Stassi becomes full-time catcher for at least 4-6 weeks. Him or Zunino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Jack: he already had that job for almost a month a while ago, it didn’t go well then.

  103. ERad says:
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    Can we go back to simpler times when Robbie Ray was on the DL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amen!

  104. JP says:
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    12 team, HxH league, any reason to keep Adam Eaton on my bench, could drop for Puig, Parra, or Pivetta or Wheeler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Pivetta

  105. SteveNZ says:
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    As a Carl Edwards Jr owner, I’m pleased to hear his rehab is going so well.

    “Edwards issued two walks, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch to force in a run.”

    There’s a rumour going round that Marmol locked him in a cupboard and took his place on the mound.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  106. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    man all those years of outperforming his numbers have come home to roost on hendricks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally

  107. Let's Play Two says:
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    Between Soto, Acuna and Pollock – who provides the betters stats, including SB for the ROS?

  108. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    6×5 including ops, 10 team, h2h, standard one c, 1b, 2b, ss, 3b, three of, two util, two sp, two rp, four p, and six bench. Would you trade my Castellanos for his Robbie Ray? Below is my team.

    c – Yadier Molina
    1b – Goldscshmidt, Abreu
    2b – Albies, Peraza
    3b – Arenado, Castellanos
    ss – Bregman
    of – Trout, Judge, Pollock, Hicks, Braun, Inciarte, Puig
    sp – Scherzer, Luis Castillo, Pivetta, Keuchel, Price, Weaver
    p – Kela, Barraclough, Rondon
    dl – Archer, Wacha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching is a mess for a 10 teamer… I guess Ray is okay, but sounds like another headache

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        I’ve been trying to roll with it week to week. Castillo was a stream yesterday, Pivetta has kinda gone down hill the last few starts, Keuchel I picked up off waivers a few weeks ago , and Weaver Archer and Wacha were drafted and just not done well. So yes, I’m def having to deal with a mess.

        If not Ray what type of pitcher would you be looking to acquire for Castellanos or another one of my bats?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          C-Mart? McCullers?

          • Charlie says:
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            @Grey:

            How do you rank the following? I’ll move my way from the best to the worst when trying to move a bat. Do you think Castellanos can land one of them or will I have to offer up a bigger bat?

            Bauer
            Morton
            Snell
            Lester
            Eduardo Rodriguez
            C-Mart
            McCullers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bauer, Morton, Snell, C-Mart, McCullers…

              • Charles Varon says:
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                @Grey:

                Thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  109. big league choo says:
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    10 team dynasty 5×5 OBP

    1) matt carp/pollock for giancarlo

    2)carp/newcomb for nola

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giancarlo…Nola…1st one isn’t close

  110. The Harrow says:
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    in more further evidence of just how juiced the balls truly are, notice victorino’s stats, noted when he “retired” apparently he thinks this just happened

    http://rotoworld.com/player/mlb/3643/shane-victorino

    he only had 108 HR’s across 12 seasons, the latter of which weren’t full ones of course. but even if we say he had 9-10 full seasons wow is 108 HR pretty horrible for a player in today’s game; shows pretty easily what the juiced balls did to our expectations for players, as he was fairly valuable during a lot of those years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He wasn’t a power hitter tho

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: The Flyin’ Hawaiian!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not the power-hitting Hawaiian

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Grey: i know he wasn’t a power hitter, but in this day and age somebody hitting 9-12 HR per year would in almost all cases (except like mallex) be a schlub. that’s the point, the floor for fantasy relevance for HR is much bigger now that when literally many dozens hit at least 20 per year with the juiced balls. d.freese comes to mind (even when he was a starter) as somebody who hit 9-12 HR per year, and who ever would’ve thought freese/victorino similar in anything as far as fantasy evaluations.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah…Yeah, true

  111. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Two questions

    1) I get Ohtani back. should I drop Joc Pederson, eric Thames, Billy Hamilton or all of them to activate Ohtani and i can pick up 2 others?
    2) i get Hellickson back. Is it time to cut Pivetta loose or drop CC to activate him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hamilton if you don’t need SBs 2. CC

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        i heard gattis was placed on the dl for knee surgery and be out 4-6 weeks, yet Houston has him in the starting lineup. What is the true story?

        • Scott Kimmel says:
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          Rotoworld reported this at 3:30 this afternoon:

          Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Brian McCann will require surgery on his right knee which will sideline him for 4-6 weeks.

          McCann was placed on the disabled list Tuesday due to more troubles with his right knee. The surgery will take him out of the mix until somewhere around mid-August. Max Stassi will slide into the primary catcher role during his absence and is worth a pickup in two-catcher mixed fantasy leagues. Tim Federowicz was called up Tuesday to serve as the backup. It will be interesting to see if the Astros end up in the market for a catcher leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s McCann

  112. Justin Ralph says:
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    Pick up Ohtani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Apples/oranges — what do you need? Ohtani is a hitter

  113. big league choo says:
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    10 team dynasty 5×5 OBP

    last trade question. thanks grey.

    carp/newcomb for hoskins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins

  114. The Shoe says:
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    Heyo Grey,

    I’m trying to upgrade my pitching staff by acquiring a top 15-ish starter. I’m looking at Carrasco, McCullers, C-Mart, and Snell.

    What’s your ranking of these guys? Who do you have a thing for? Which one has the best change to be the difference maker for me in a H2H playoff matchup?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell, C-Mart, McCullers… I’d take any of them

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Interesting, didn’t expect you to put Carrasco last. I haven’t been tracking closely with your position on Carrasco recently – what’s not to like (relatively speaking)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He was (is) banged and velocity and Ks were down prior to injury

  115. Lindor and Ramierez, This was before I was a fantasy bb participant, but Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds in 2001. I will check it out

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Canseco and Madonna

        • @Grey: Her Va JJ probaly looked like Johnny Benchs catchers mit ugh. George Foster and Joe Morgan?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Willie McGee would still hit it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, someone mentioned Kent above

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, totally

  116. Aufan says:
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    Hey, I have a trade question for you. I am in a 12 team 6×6 (normal cats + OPS) dynasty league. I got offered Shwarber for my Teoscar Hernandez. Which side do you like here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Schwarber

  117. Stephen Lyon says:
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    I’m as happy to set-and-forget my catcher as the next guy, but it’s probably safe to move on from Tom Murphy, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, can lose him

  118. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Which pitcher to stash for September playoff run?

    Ryu, Buchholdz, A Sanchez, E Santana, V Velasquez

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu

  119. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    a couple of quick questions.
    1. would you start Heaney tonight @ Seattle in a H2H league?
    2. I need to activate Pollock. Yesterday I asked you who was the drop to activate him. I was basically trying to decide which of Olson/Smoak would be the drop. Was surprised that you said Olson considering he has much better numbers so far. Just curious of your reasons why you think Olson should be the drop?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nope 2. Honestly, they’re a coin flip, if you want Olson over Smoak, far be it from me to stop you… On the Player Rater, Olson has been much better, this is true

  120. Maverick says:
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    Hey Grey
    Thanks for great writes ups!!!

    What do you think of this trade?

    Harper/Sean Newcomb for Eddie Rosario / Robbie Ray

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Harper

  121. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    thanks for several solid pieces of advice today….this trade allergic league keeps dithering with their own ideas. so moving on to the following scenarios. thanks in advance for the help and humor!

    1. Do we trust Davis in Coors down the stretch? I have an offer of his Davis for my Hendricks. My SPs are Max, MadBum, Morton, Bauer, Wood and Hendricks so I think I could do this and then backfill my last SP with Peralta. Do you think that Peralta will be solid in September? Innings restrictions concerns?

    2. The other avenue to shore up saves is to just SAGNOF guys like Clippard or Romo by dropping a holds guy (Hirano or Herrera)…and keep Hendricks hoping he finds himself.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure, I’d take Davis there in a heartbeat, be happy you can get anything for Hendricks 2. Nope

      • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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        @Grey:

        Nice! Thanks. So to backfill Hendricks’ spot,
        I can drop Herrera for Freeland, Peralta, Matz, Nova, Buchholdz, Cahill, Teheran, Guerra. Any favorites here?

  122. Perfect Game says:
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    Knebel is looking like he did last year this past month. He’s getting 2-3 K’s an inning. Save opps haven’t been as plentiful lately, but he’s up to 9 after today and they can come in bunches. He seems to have more upside in K’s and ratios than Cody Allen. Was wondering about trying to trade Cody Allen for Knebel. Yes or no?

    • Perfect Game says:
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      Knebel – 34:9 K/BB ratio in 20.2 IP / 3.05 / 0.92 / 9 SV

      Allen – 39:12 K/BB ratio in 32.1 IP / 3.62 / 1.05 / 16 SV

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trading saves for saves? I guess, seems a little crazy

      • Perfect Game says:
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        Saves wasn’t on my mind. Was thinking of getting more K’s and better ratios from Knebel.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Right, but the other person’s gonna think saves… It’s fair, I’d prefer Knebel, just not an easy trade to pull off

          • Perfect Game says:
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            Gonna give it a try. Knebel’s 28.6% k-bb% is niiiiiice…8% better than Allen.

  123. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Of course Shane Bieber has saved up his worst outing when I start him against the worst offense against right handed pitching in baseball. Never fails.

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: Haha, glad it’s not just me. On paper, we looked like geniuses. Baseball’s crazy.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @GrassyKnollRedding: good starts don’t always go well, see ray yesterday

        • Fred Garvin MP says:
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          @The Harrow: Oh, don’t worry, I also started Ray.

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @GrassyKnollRedding: Hey, we might get something good out of this yet. Love some tack on runs about now.

        • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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          @Fred Garvin MP: You’re so right. I will happily run to the bank with that win. That’s a gift.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, so frustrating

  124. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Wow. Was expecting/needing a good outing from Bieber tonight. Yeah, not getting it. Crazy, but against KC’s offense (and with Moose sitting to boot!) he was my “safe” play since I was expecting a shutout. I’m sitting Flaherty, given that he’s going against Grienke and that offense with Pollock back. Now that I’m getting shellacked should I say screw it and throw Flaherty out there anyway? Or would that compound my problem?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, throw Flaherty if you can handle the compounding

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Hehe I thought about it, I can’t handle it. Guess I’m just a fraidy cat.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would’ve chickened out too

        • The Harrow says:
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          @GrassyKnollRedding: this should be very innings dependent. if you’re in a 1800 cap he’s the easiest start there is, if like 1200 maybe not. a h2h league i’d start him nearly everywhere.

  125. NH says:
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    Grey,
    Would you do any of these trades.

    I give Greinke
    I get Springer

    I give Kimbrel
    I get Bumgarner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, either, both

  126. Kevinb says:
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    Love the write up.
    Can we trust Harvey’s last 3 starts as a sign he may be coming around. His fastball cloaked 95-97 again.

    Please give me a good 5 year heads up before you retire. I need to to adjust to quitting the sport. Lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I don’t trust Harvey, but velocity is up and could see if matchups were good…Which his next is not

  127. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Reds bullpen sucks balls, but it was really de Scalfani that got the whole sorry business started.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  128. Launch Angle says:
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    Eddie Rosario of Springer in a standard 5×5 roto ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer, close

  129. Hepcat13 says:
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    J.A. Happ and Soria for Carassco, ROS?

    H2H 5×5 12 team

    Thanks!

    • Hepcat13 says:
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      @Hepcat13: How about Quintana for Happ and Soria? Thanks!

  130. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    solarte party!

  131. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Sonavajoc’d.

  132. Steve says:
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    What happened to Heaney?! He’s totally unreliable. He droppable? Showed so much promise. Like Mahle better?

    Thanks

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Steve: whatever the new term for LAA home only pitcher, that’s the ticket. i liked one of the words not chosen for that.

      • Steve says:
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        @The Harrow: wrote that when Heaney gave up 3 in the top of the first, he settled down impressively afterwards. 1.11 Fip 1.58 xFip 10K in 7IP, I’ll take it!

  133. Los Putos says:
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    Ive lost herrera as a closer and soon could lose Iglesias and britton to possible deals if what they’re saying on the interwebs is true

    I’ve Sir Anthony and Wily E Peralta as my other closers

    My Mazara for his Chapman?

    Can then try and send Iglesias and britton for a 3rd established closer

    I’ve souza to replace mazara

    Thanks

  134. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Are the Rays saving Alvarado for the save?

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