Rough year to be a Prince.  Watch yourself William, Henry and the kid who played Fred in the atrocious Scooby-Doo movies.  Prince Fielder is done from baseball with 319 homers.  Of the tens of thousands of other baseball players that have played the game, the only other person retired with exactly 319 homers is Cecil Fielder.  They are also the only two members of the 300-300 club — 300 HR/LB.  This also leads me to believe we’re on an 18-year loop with 1998.  Wait until Hillary Clinton meets a young Jewish intern in the White House who is just back from Cuba with some cigars.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Adam Ottavino – Named the new Rockies’ closer.  We lost Carlos Estevez to Human Ineffectivedeficiency Virus.  He was a closer considered to be one of the Young Guns of baseball but is now Two and Half Men back in the bullpen and falling fast into a 6th inning Platoon after hitting a Wall Street and is no longer a Hot Shot, but more like a Major League Loaded Weapon who should stay in the bullpen with a sign that reads, “Men at Work.”  Mean’s while, his replacement is scoreless this year, could be the closer the rest of the year and sounds like an otter sommelier.  I’d grab Ottavino in every league and has me intrigued long-term.

Tyler Chatwood – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks in Coors against a not very easy Rangers team, and Chatwood has a 3.58 ERA on the year.  Have the Rockies tamed the pitching beast?  Maybe the Rockies just needed more Tylers in their rotation.  Fun fact!  Tyler Chatwood is the name of a porn star whose claim to fame is being able to tie multiple cherry stems into knots at once.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 14th homer, hitting .308.  His speed’s way down this year (14 vs. 43 last year).  Maybe he’s spending too much time as his romance author alter ego, Chazz Noir.

Carlos Gonzalez – MRI results on his ankle were “OK,” according to the Rockies’ beat writer.  Solid reporting.  Or maybe I should say “OK” reporting.  I grabbed Gerardo Parra (2-for-5, 1 RBI) in one league, and am holding him until CarGo returns.

Fernando Rodney – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 19th save.  A.J. Ramos hit the DL with a fractured finger, so Rodney will take over the closer role.  Rodney gets no respect, and most of that contempt is well-earned, but I’d still grab him.  If Ramos should return, he’d regain the closer role, but, like Rodney says, “Saves are a danger field,” and Ramos will be out a while.

Tom Koehler – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.83.  Grey, don’t even compare his ERA to David Price or Chris Archer’s; it’ll only hurt too much.

Matt Moore – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 7 Ks.  Last game, 6 IP, 2 ER and 6 walks.  When someone asks me why I prefer NL pitchers, I’m just going to point to Moore’s post-trade numbers.  Stream-o-Nator loves Moore’s next start and I can’t see any reason to not start him.

Yasiel PuigDodgers are disappointed in Puig’s Snapchats he released of him and his minor league teammates partying.  The good news is, Puig is apparently his purported 25 years of age, since he understands Snapchat.

Vince Velasquez – 4 2/3 IP, 9 ER.  Did someone say it’s time to shut down Velasquez?  Yeah, I agree.

Aaron Altherr – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Don’t just sit there, make like a picky-uppy-thing and pick him up!

Howie Kendrick – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Ugh, I just picked him up for Monday, when he didn’t play, then dropped him before the start of games on Tuesday.  FMFBBL!

Yasmani Grandal – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  How bad are catchers?  Grandal was useless as of June 30th (hitting .179) and is now a top six catcher on the year, according to the Player Rater.

Justin Turner – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Legit question, Kyle Seager or Justin Turner?  Seager, but barely like the girls in Benny Hill.

Tyler Glasnow – Threw a 50-pitch simulated game.  He reported no issues with his shoulder, but wearing that Oculus Rift was uncomfortable for the simulated action.

Gregory Polanco – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer as he returned to the lineup.  Brocktune!

Jabari Blash – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  I actually grabbed Jabari Blash in one NL-Only league, and this is the saddest sentence in the English language containing the words Jabari Blash.  All other sentences with Jabari Blash are a tie for 2nd saddest.

Michael Wacha – Hit the Disgraceful List with a recurrence of the scapular issue that sidelined him in 2014, and now he might not be able to be a starter again — ever!  Too bad, so sad, but guess who’s coming in his place?!  Dot dot dot.  Alex Reyes?!  Yes, and no.  Read on, reader.

Alex Reyes – 1 IP, 0 ER as he was called up to work out of the bullpen.  Reyes is the type of guy that can come up and dominate for a month until major league hitters figure out to wait on his command, or he has a 6+ ERA and is atrocious.  I’m not sure there’s much in-between.  For now, he’s just a bullpen arm.  Long-term, he has ace potential, or so says his high-90s fastball and buckle-a-knee curve.  So, who is the Wacha replacement?

Luke Weaver – Will take over Wacha’s rotation slot.  Oh, the Cards’ prospect that is a mid-rotation-type.  If I wanted a solid floor, but low ceiling I’d go to the 7 1/2 floor of the Mertin-Flemmer Building!  Sigh, Weaver’s okay — 7 K/9, 2 BB/9, 3.75 ERA — but Reyes is so sexy!  Weaver will be safer, but if I wanted safer I’d wear a condom on my head and mittens on my feet!  I mean, outside, not just at home.

Yadier Molina – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  Would I pick up Yadier?  Get outta here!

Mike Leake – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 0 Ks, ERA at 4.79.  Zero Ks?  More like Mike Meek.  Amiright?!

Billy Hamilton – 2-for-3, 3 runs and 3 more steals (46, 47, 48).  Whoever it was that switched out all of the green M&M’s in the clubhouse, nice work.

Raisel Iglesias – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save.  Cingrani was used the two previous days, so there’s likely nothing here, but looking at Cingrani it’s easy to think, “There’s nothing ever here,” so it could be time to raise the church roof.

Tim Lincecum – Accepted an assignment to Triple-A.  The graphic novel that k.d. lang has been penning about her alter ego, Lincecum, has taken a decidedly less cheery turn in the last few years.

Cam Bedrosian – Hit the DL with middle finger tendinitis.  WebMD says this is a common truck driver injury.  In Bedrosian’s place will be…Um…How well can Trout close?  I’d guess Fernando Salas (1 IP, 0 ER in non-save situation yesterday), then JC Ramirez would be next in line, in that order.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer, hitting .276.  He can salvage his year, but he’ll need to get red hot in the final seven weeks.  Red hot like the color of his gingie hair.

Willson Contreras – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, hitting .265.  Oh, he’s still playing?  I thought he retired.  Cool beans.

John Lackey – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.56.  Random Prediction Alert!  Not Bryant (1-for-4 and his 28th homer), Rizzo (2-for-3, 2 runs), Arrieta, or anyone else will be the hero of the Cubs’ postseason, it will be Lackey.  Feels like a Curt Schilling-type scenario coming.  Hopefully Chicago doesn’t then invest in Lackey’s video game company.

Bryce Harper – Still out with a pain in his neck.  His owners have been suffering sympathy pains along with him.

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.80.  I think in the preseason I might’ve said something like this will be the last year that Scherzer is a top five starter.  And that’s me potentially paraphrasing me!  Well, I take that back.  At this point, Scherzer is a top five starter until he does something that says he’s not.

Michael Brantley – More shoulder issues, and now doctors found chronic biceps tendinitis too.  Brantley’s x-rays are like a Renoir.  Depending on where you’re standing, you see a new ailment.

Danny Salazar – Played catch yesterday and hopes to throw a bullpen session today.  He added, “My elbow ain’t no Renoir.”  We hope not, Salazar.

Andrew Miller – 1 IP, 1 ER in the 7th and 8th innings.  Terry Francona wasn’t managing yesterday, due to chest pains, but he said he was hoping it was indigestion.  Hopefully, he realizes he just couldn’t keep down Miller.

Cody Allen – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 21st save.  Not making the strongest argument in Miller’s favor.

Trevor Bauer – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Every time I see him pitch well, I hear Method Man in my head singing, “Is it real, son, is it really real, son, let me know it’s real, son, if it’s really real.”  Then I see Bauer’s 3.88 ERA, and I’m reminded he has a 4.39 ERA in almost 500 IP, so it’s not really real yet.

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 13th steal, hitting .305.  Someone offered me a trade of Chris Sale and Ramirez for Villar and Altuve, and I rejected it.  Not simply because it’s not close.  I don’t need steals and I do need an SP, but Sale has what left?  9 starts?  Assuming he doesn’t try out to be a contestant on Chopped again.  Just can’t pull the trigger on an SP this late in a shallow mixed league when I could just grab an SP off waivers.

Drew Smyly – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.04.  Solid start, but you have a screw loose if you started a guy with a 5+ ERA in Toronto.  Or whatever Canadians use to screw.  A loose moose?

Logan Forsythe – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Yesterday, I went over how hot he’s been this month.  Today, I’m saying don’t curse your hindsight and grab Forsythe.

Brad Miller – 2-for-4, 1 run.  Hitting over-.400 in the last week.  No, I have no idea what you’re waiting for either.

Luis Severino – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Oh, Severino, you’re making Joe Girardi look smart for leaving you in the minors.

Rick Porcello – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.40.  On yesterday’s podcast, JB and I talk about some pitchers who are safe, but not aces — Hendricks, Hammel, Lackey, okay, all Cubs starters except Arrieta — Porcello should’ve been in that conversation.

Craig Kimbrel – 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 BBs.  I’ve already grabbed Brad Ziegler in leagues where I need saves.  No, there’s nothing imminent, except Kimbrel is complaining about knee soreness in his surgically repaired knee and/or body switched with Fernando Rodney.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.16.  Only Royal that really was able to get in Sale’s head was Cut….hbert (3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI).

Kelvin Herrera – 1 IP, 3 ER, and, also in this game, David Robertson blew his 5th save with a 1 IP, 1 ER, but was an escape goat.  It feels like only a month ago, all closers were humming along with no vulture saves anywhere, but, when the closepocalypse hits, no one is safe.

Justin Morneau – 4-for-5, 1 RBI, hitting .300.  In 20 games since returning, he also has 3 homers and has been a lot more worthwhile than I thought he’d be.  Worthwhile in the grand scheme of things?  No, not really, but maybe a schmotato.

Hector Santiago – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.53.  Damn, he’s so much better than the pitcher the Twins traded away to get him in Ricky Nolasco.  Not being sarcastic.  Nolasco’s a career 4.59 ERA pitcher.  Yuge difference.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer, hitting .249.  Sano’s got this 1-for-4 with a homer thing down.  He may just get a visit from Adam Dunn’s attorneys about trademark infringement.

Brian Dozier – 1-for-5 and his 23rd homer, hitting .261.  I know what the Player Rater says, but Dozier or Cano?  Yes, it’s close.

Jose Altuve – 4-for-4, 2 runs and his 26th steal, hitting .361.  He’s making all Lilliputians proud.

Carlos Correa – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 16th homer.  This year he’s been quiet and occasionally deadly, like a fart.

Ketel Marte – 0-for-5 as he was activated from the DL, after missing three weeks with mono.  Isn’t that a high school thing?  Did he catch it kissing one of R. Kelly’s girlfriends?  Any hoo, that’s this crackpot, calling the Ketel back.

Kyle Seager – 3-for-7, 4 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Okay, him or Justin Turner?  Just making sure you’re paying attention.

James Paxton – His elbow’s swelling continues to dissipate.  Or as composers say a “gradual diminuendo,” which sounds like a boy band of Altuves.

J.D. Martinez – 3-for-7 and his 14th homer.  Just Dong, because someone has to just dong it.

Miguel Cabrera – 3-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer.  For a while, it looked like Jose Abreu was going to be the new Miggy, but old Miggy said there’s one Miggy and you, sir, are not him.

Sonny Gray – Diagnosed with a muscle strain in his forearm.  I bet Shawn Colvin wishes she wasn’t so tied to her fantasy team name that she avoided drafting Sonny.

Zach Neal – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.60.  I’m convinced that Billy Beane just fashions barely 5th starters out of bedsheets and pillow stuffing and sends them out to pitch.

Jose Reyes – Says he’s not ready for a rehab assignment.  Admitting he has a problem is apparently not the first step to recovery.

Neil Walker – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Deep Thoughts by Grey Albright.  Why don’t we call Neil Walker, Army Crawler?

Steven Matz – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.60.  Ever since it was revealed he has elbow spurs, I look at Matz the same as Tanaka.  I like him, but I’m so not cool with arm problems on pitchers.  Even ones they can pitch through.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .295.  Au Shizz!

Brandon Drury – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer.  Member when it was between Drury or Lamb in April?  Sure hope you went with the one that’s got gamey.

Zack Greinke – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks as he was activated from the DL.  Cause I’m a curious cat, I went back to look at my Greinke preseason projections (also because I had a feeling I was real close).  I had him down for 3.54 ERA/1.16 WHIP.  Right now, he’s at 3.67/1.15.  Not a bad time for a self high-five!

Welington Castillo – Out on paternity leave.  Welington hopes his wife gives birth to two healthy, little tournedos of beouf.

Tim Tebow – Wants to pursue a career in baseball.  He likely profiles as a 1B or DH since the other positions place a high dependence on throwing.

  1. Jack says:
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    I grabbed Reyes with hopes of starterdom, but to no avail. Whaddya think – grab Weaver instead and cross my fingers for his start at Wrigley? Sounds foolish, but I have been called worse. Also, think Koehler keeps this up? Thanks!

    • Branta says:
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      @Jack: Reyes is starting Sunday.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Branta: Really? The Cards changed their mind real fast on that

      • Hugman says:
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        @Branta: You sure you’re not reading an old headline? There was a false alarm about a Reyes Sunday start earlier in the year. I can’t find anything about him starting this Sunday.

        • Branta says:
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          @Hugman: Aw dang.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Neither can I

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: Don’t start a rookie pitcher in an away game at Wrigley

      • Hugman says:
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        @Grey: The article I read says Weaver has 10k/9 and 1.3bb/9.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He did this year, looks like a 7.5 guy in majors… Ralph will be going over him later today

        • Hugman says:
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          @Hugman: This season.

          • Hugman says:
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            @Hugman: You’re quick this morning.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You!

              • Hugman says:
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                @Grey: I just want Weaver to be good because after looking for news a couple times on Reyes I went and took my son to the park for a couple hours. When I got back, Reyes was called up and someone beat me to him. Had to settle for the Weaver consolation. I hope my son enjoyed his last trip to the park.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA… Weaver looks safer than Reyes, I bet you don’t regret missing Reyes this year

                  • Hugman says:
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                    @Grey: Agreed.

  2. Ghost says:
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    Pickup Luke weaver???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ghost: If you like

  3. Ryan says:
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    Do you like Bregman or Semien ROS?

    • Joe Shmoe says:
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      @Ryan: Fallopian injection is my choice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Semien

  4. Somebody tell me it’s ok to drop Shoop and Saunders. They remind me of over valued children of PTA members at the same same elementary school sure they did some good but there not Starz. They both have sucker over the past month but so has my other players.

    Middle INFIELD it’s Shoop, Bregman, or Solarte…. my heart says solarte but my brain says Bregman but someone else is saying Shoop. … Shoop has been bad but he was good for a few months any chance he breaks the funk. And I’m only kidding about bregman he will be gone soon

    Outfield: Harper. Ozuna. Bautista. Dahl. Saunders.
    I feel Saunders need to pack but he plays for Toronto

    • @Dnut Eastwood: for what it is worth I would cut Harper too. I looked at his numbers like BABIN line dr% ect and thought he would bounce back so I traded the Bum from the Tenderloin District manggg he has only got worse eff me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dnut Eastwood: I’d lose Saunders, though no idea who your options are

  5. David says:
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    7×7 roto dynasty with OBP, SLG and XBH. I have 3 OF slots and 1 Utility. I currently have Springer, Duvall, Benintendi, K. Davis, H. Perez, AJ Reed and Puig available for those slots.

    Thoughts on cutting Puig for J. Ramirez. Thanks

  6. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Nice! The Weaver blurb was great!

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up, exceeded only by your good looks!

    a. On the Smyly blurb, Canadians sure don’t use their stumpy penises much either to screw. Look at how low Canada’s fertility rate is

    ….http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-630-x/11-630-x2014002-eng.htm…….

    b. On Tim Tebow! Holy Crap!

    If he makes it, what would be his nickname?

    1. Hammerin’ Tim – he’d have to get to 744 HRs awful quick

    2. Mr. Angel – (a la Ernie Banks – Mr. Cub but for a different reason)

    3. Sunny Tim – a reference to Sunny Jim Bottomley

    4. “The Franchise” (Fiasco) – as in Lou Brock but in reverse for whoever signs him up.

    5. The Florida Orange – as in The Georgia Peach (Ty Cobb) because he’s from Florida but also possible is…

    6. The Manila Mango – as he was born in Manila

    7. Big T – as in Don Drysdale (The Big D)

    The list goes on but largely depends on if he makes any impact.

    c. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (August 10)

    Boss Lady who wired Wolfe for security: (very quiet chatter) (loud crowd chatter) # # I didn’t hire you for aquarium security, Wolfe.
    Wolfe: You know, those are box jellyfish? They can kill you.
    Boss Lady who wired Wolfe for security: Yeah, well, you’re supposed to be looking for the killers in the crowd.
    Wolfe: Yeah, I feel like at ten grand a plate, there aren’t many, uh, murderers in the bunch.
    Boss Lady who wired Wolfe for security: Don’t let the clothes fool you. I know you’re new to the security beat, but if you want to move your way up from temp, you need to learn to ID the bad guys no matter the camouflage.
    Wolfe: Oh, okay, all right.
    Boss Lady who wired Wolfe for security: Well, do you see any bad guys in the crowd?
    Wolfe: I do right there.
    Boss Lady who wired Wolfe for security: Why him?
    Wolfe: The way he moves. Looks like he’s stalking prey.
    Boss Lady who wired Wolfe for security: Yeah, that one’s trouble.
    Wolfe: Uh, I’ll tell you what, boss. I’ll go follow that one.
    MAN: May I have your attention, please? (tapping mic): There. Everyone, thank you. (conversation quiets) Thank you. Look, if you’ve had as much to drink as I’ve had, you’re, uh you’re probably not going to remember what I’m gonna say, so I’m gonna make this short. (scattered laughter) You’re welcome. Uh, Miami Tomorrow couldn’t provide textbooks to our city’s neediest children without your support, but I would also like us all to thank Renovation Warehouse. They’ve been our biggest contributor, and, uh, they….gorgeous lobby for this event tonight so…
    Wolfe: Excuse me, sir, I’m gonna need to see some ID.
    Horatio: What are you doing here?
    Wolfe: I’m, uh I’m moonlighting. I need a little extra cash.
    Horatio: But you don’t seem to. Look at this tux. You look gorgeous.
    Wolfe: This thing is rented. I’m here as somebody’s plus one.
    Horatio: Is that right? Looks like you’re, uh, somebody’s minus one now, pal.
    Wolfe: Oh, I don’t even know who that is.
    Horatio: You don’t?
    Wolfe: No.
    Horatio: She sure seems to know who you are.
    (glass shattering, screaming) MAN: Help me! Help me! (screaming) Help me!
    Wolfe: This is Wolfe! Call 911! I’m headed to the balcony! Sir, hold on! Hold on, sir.
    Man: Help me!
    Wolfe: Ladies and gentlemen, move over to that side of the room. Let’s go! Move! Move! Move!
    MAN: Help me! Help me! (women screaming)
    MAN: Oh, my God! (crowd screaming and shouting) (yelling) (onlookers murmuring) # #
    Horatio: (grunts) (panting) All right, listen up. I’m with MDPD. I need everyone to gather next to the stage. No one’s leaving here until an officer takes your statement.
    Understood? (cue the queue of sunglasses) Let’s go! Move!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Hehe B. Mr. Angel! Ha! C. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. That’s if he gets signed by LAA. If he gets signed by TB, he’d be Mr. Devil Ray!

        b. Loved the Antique or Antiques story. You’ll have to tell it to me again some time. The oldest thing I have is a broach my grandmother gave my mother which she got from her grandmother so we’re talking late 1800s. Prolly made with fool’s good.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Yes! B. Goldtone!

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            I wrote good, meant to write gold. Brain is still fried from my absence from the community at large.

            Still, whatever came before ‘goldtone’ in an era when nobody really checked if it was real gold and nobody received a certificate of authentication that it was pure 24 karat gold! That’s what my great-great-grandmother’s broach was made from.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cougs’ jewelry box was made of 24 carrot gold, which is gold made by rubbing carrots together

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                It’s nice you all got together to do that. Most men would opt for playing golf or staying at home to watch porn.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d do that too! Except mini golf

  8. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    in a 20 teamer h2h with QS where i just activated walker JUST before he was demoted, dropping bauer, then bauer goes and has a decent start, but it’s yahoo so i can’t even use by better than who won him to get him back, hold walker or grab cain (2 decent starts in a row, next 2 at home as well.) i’m so far in 1st i don’t need best pitcher over the next few weeks.

  9. Jensen says:
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    You know whats great? Getting Machado and Blackmon in the draft thinking that’s 60 steals locked down and here we are in mid August and it’s 14 combined.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jensen: Ha, I hear that

      • J-Money says:
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        @Grey: Yelich, Rizzo, is stealing bases even considered cool anymore?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  10. Slam says:
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    Got offered Bryce Harper, Salazar and Melancon for Gregory Polanco. Polanco is extremely cheap as a keeper and can be kept another two years in my league, the other players being offered in the trade are all prohibitively expensive as keepers. Do you think there’s enough juice left in Harper/Salazar/Melancon to help give me a push in the final stretch of the season? My team is already top three and will make the playoffs without this trade.

    If Polanco hadn’t homered last night I might just accepted already.

    Thank you for the all the advice and entertaining columns.

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Slam: Harper side if you’re trying to win this year. Sometimes you need to mortgage the future to improve your team.

      Do you really think Gregory Polanco is going to be someone that gets you to the championship next year on his own?

    • Branta says:
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      @Slam: Yeah, its a no brainer Harper side imo. That feels like highway robbery to me, honestly.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Branta: Branta – His only hang up is the keeper aspect of things… if Polonco is like a 24th rounder, and Harper is a first… then the trade is really Harper for Polonco and a first round pick. Again, if it’s win now, I like the Harper side. But I can understand his quandary about the future of his franchise.

        But getting a good closer, good pitcher (assuming he comes out of the DL OK) and a top notch OF having a middling year, this should really be a no brainer for a title contender.

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Slam: Harper side and it could be overturned (not that i think it should) but its bit much for one keeper not named Trout or similar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slam: Harper side

  11. Jeff says:
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    jim johnson, ottavino, zeigler or giles?

    • Branta says:
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      @Jeff: Giles has been killing it.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Branta: I have the most faith in Giles getting save opportunities and Ks. Situation and arm all point to Giles. Do it.

  12. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    How’s it going? I’m in a pretty deep league where these following guys are actually being considered. It’s standard 5×5 categories. Please rank these pitchers so I know how to set waivers. Only considering them while I wait for Glasnow, Salazar, Joe Ross, and guerra to return.

    Folty, Tyrell Jenkins, rodon, anibal, Brett Anderson, Luke weaver

    Thanks Grey!

    #1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh-NYC: Good…You? Weaver, Rodon, Anderson

  13. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, which pick up? Gary Sanchez or Kevin Kiermaier? Currently have Posey and Austin Hedges at C and Blackmon/Trumbo/JD Martinez/K Davis/Judge/Meadows/O’Brien at OF. Thanks in advance!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @DBo: Id rather have Sanchez but if you take him you should try to trade one of your catchers, shouldn’t carry that many.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DBo: Agree with F

  14. J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Have: Herrera, Dyson, Giles, Watson

    Who to drop for any of:
    Ottavino, Iglesias, Madson, Allen, JJohnson, Barrett

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: Hold

  15. I don't want to leave my name because others in my league read this site says:
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    Best site on the face of the planet….errr internet.

    So I was thinking of dropping Tyler Naquin for Eddie Rosario.

    What do you think of that move?

  16. Roger Podacter says:
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    none of that Phillips head crap, eh, we use ROBERTSON!

    ps. The Ottavino blurb was brilliant.

    pps. You are the man.

  17. Zeus says:
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    Grey haven’t got past the first post. The Carlos Sheen post is a home run

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Thanks!

  18. Chester says:
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    Crush Davis is 9/76 since the ASB. I went to bench him the other night and he hits a HR…..

    WTF!

    • Chester says:
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      @Chester: Also….are we dropping Justin Upton yet?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Chester: I could see dropping Upton now

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Chester: yeah – last year he did that just before the all-star break and I dropped him … then went on to hit 27 more homers in the next three months

      • Chester says:
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        @WhiteRabbit: lol, Chris Davis did that? I can hold him luckily, but between him, Upton, Hanley, and Cain, someone has to go for a hot bat.

  19. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Chazz Noir is fantastic.

    I feel like Men at Work was constantly on HBO around 10am while home for the summer months, and I watched it every single time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Doesn’t it feel like as you get older the less patience you have for awful movies? I watched Men at Work at least a dozen times in one month back in the day

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: It does. I forget which movie, but recently I was trying to get my lady to watch some of a horribly awesome movie. 10 minutes into watching, it was just horrible now. I was mocked and ridiculed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sky tried to get me to watch Half Baked, and I couldn’t get through 3 minutes, but if I watched it when it first came out it likely would’ve been one of my favorite movies of all time… I forget, do you watch Mr. Robot? I’m not up to date (week behind)… It’s gotten really good though, and I kinda understand it

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: That same thing happened with Half Baked. That was one of my favorite movies when it came out, thought it was hilarious.

            I don’t watch Mr. Robot, want to though. I still haven’t watched any The Night Of either. I don’t know I’ve been watching lately, bunch of nothing. Watched 30 minutes of Shenandoah, just couldn’t get into it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, watch Night Of immediately, it’s easy watch too, plus Turturro

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: I know. Maybe a weekend binge for me while on call for work.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah you should

  20. ryanoger says:
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    redraft league

    SPs-Thor, Darvish, Bundy, Snell, Musgrove, Kershaw
    DL-Salazar
    NA-Hammel

    Need to add Hammel back on, currently I don’t have Kersh in the DL slot, cause Salazar is there. Should I lose one of my SPs above to roster Hammel or should I just lose Salazar and slot Kershaw in my DL to make room for Hammel? Thoughts?

    thanks grey! happy hump day…

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      Or there is an option to lose an extra bat—Kepler or Freeman.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @ryanoger: Is this head to head? Because if you have a playoff spot locked up… not making a move at all is an option…

        • ryanoger says:
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          @CMUTimmah:

          Good point, it is h2h and I’m currently in 2nd place (I should have a playoff spot locked up but it’s all close right now…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryanoger: I’d hold for now in H2H

  21. The Biz says:
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    Rodney or Ottavino for heavier faab bid? Can’t break the bank but don’t want to go light on both and not get either.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @The Biz: Id want Ottavino

  22. Be like Maik says:
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    Grey, help!

    in a roto league I am near the bottom in steals, and first in Ks, ERA and Whip. Would you trade Darvish or Duffy for billy hamilton?

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Be like Maik: Duffy but at this point in the season you may want to look up if you can actually gain ground with the amount of time left…If you’re at the bottom in steals it may not be worth it to hurt your pitching.

      • Be like Maik says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: thanks man, I am in 7th (out of 10) and 13 away from 4th. I think thats possible with hamilton.

  23. papasmurf says:
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    After fighting with the balrog, Grandalf has swung a mighty stick.

    I rather have a guy like him who sucks for a few months but is very good in the other few months than someone who’s consistently mediocre.

  24. Jah says:
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    Can you guys help me out? I’m stuck on this decision. Pick 3 starts from the following:
    Jon Gray @ PHI (Thompson)
    Ian Kennedy V. CWS (Quintana)
    Adam Conley v. CWS (Shields)
    Zach Davies v. CIN (Straily)
    Kevin Gausman @ SF (Bumgarner)

    Now that I’ve typed this out and since we get big points in our league for W’s, I think its Gray, Kennedy and Davies. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jah: Gray, Kennedy, Conley

  25. dem ribbies says:
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    AJ Pollock doing what we’d expect of a player of his caliber in a lower league.

    3/3 with a pair of R and RBI, a HR and a SB

    Love to see the speed there. Nobody’s running anymore it seems.

  26. Gb says:
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    Walker or giolito for na

    If giolito drop walker from team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gb: Walker

  27. Gb says:
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    Altherr or judge for bench spot

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Gb: Judge for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gb: Agree with F

  28. Gb says:
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    Keon or jankowski

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gb: Jank

  29. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Dickerson or Alvarez?

    • Kendrick Llama says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: Alex Dickerson that is

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: Alvarez vs. righties, Dickerson if can’t platoon

  30. Count de Monetball says:
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    Lurve the Ottavino quip!!

    Who are the worst two SP’s ROS of this bunch:
    Michael Fulmer
    Jon Gray
    Bundy
    Price (yeah, sad to even include him in this list)
    Taillon

    Would you drop any of these guys for
    Carlos Martinez
    Jeremy Hellickson
    DeSclafani

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        Thanks, Pujols or Crush Davis ROS?

        • Count de Monetball says:
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          Yikes, didn’t know Davis has been sucking so bad… Davis or B. Moss ROS (considering I can stream Moss only when he is playing against righty’s).

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Davis

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Davis

  31. Eric says:
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    Bundy, Musgrave, A Reyes ROS:

    Trade one: A Miller, Herrera, Giles, Watson ROS

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Eric: Bundy….Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Agree with F

  32. Scott says:
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    Nice bit of culture with the Renoir!

    Care for a beignet?

  33. Scott says:
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    If I could only keep one, would it be Bundy or Musgrove?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Scott: Bundy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Agree with F

  34. jiggy says:
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    Concerned about Giancarlo? I can hardly afford another dL trip.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jiggy: He says he’ll be fine by Friday, here’s hoping

  35. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    Schoop has been hitting 8th in the order lately and the counting stats just haven’t been there (for at least the last month). Am I crazy as a coconut for thinking of dropping him for Forsythe? Or is my other MI, Hernan Perez the more obvious drop here?

    I’m about 8 games out of my league’s final playoff spot, so riding the hot hand(s) is crucial these next few weeks. As always, thanks for the help.

  36. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I love Old Miggy going Lloyd Bentsen on Jose Abreu!

    Are you as high on Benintendi as Ralph? Wait, that’s impossible. But would you rather have him or Trea Turner in your Util spot for overall roto production going forward?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grassy Knoll Redding: Haha… I’d prefer Turner, but Benintendi has been great so far, just lower in the order and Turner has bene great too

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Grassy Knoll Redding: If I could chop Benintendi into lines and snort him I would…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  37. Jon A says:
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    Doug Fister @ Minn tomorrow

    Can I expect a W and sub 4 era with a QS

  38. Dude OF Life says:
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    My Kepler & L. Weaver for his Bentendi & Betances?
    20 team H2H roto

    Will Kepler keep smacking HR?

  39. Jason says:
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    In a H2H matchup this week. I have a small lead in the pitching categories, and the league has the following pitching categories:

    IP QS W ERA WHIP K/9 K/BB HRA

    I’m torn – Would you risk starting Shark today against the Marlins? Stanton is sitting.

    start or sit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: I’d risk it

  40. Boy Wonder says:
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    Start/bench Vogelsong at home vs San Diego?

  41. Rice says:
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    Who is the WORST closer of the group below? I need to drop one.

    Dyson
    Diaz
    Giles
    Thornburg
    Rodney

    • DozierTheDozierian says:
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      @Rice: Thornburg will probably see the fewest opportunities.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rice: Thornburg

  42. Steve says:
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    When’s a good time to start panicking about Ozuna? He’s 0 for his last 18! Yeesh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: What’s that? Five games?

    • Ozuna Here says:
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      @Steve: YOU DON’T PANIC OVER OZUNA, OZUNA PANIC OVER YOU!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  43. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you drop JBJ for Kyle Seager? It wold be for a UTIL slot.

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

  44. Reid-A-Book says:
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    Green light to start Snell today?

  45. Steve says:
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    Severino or Bauer?

  46. Alex says:
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    Now that Reyes has a scheduled start, do you like him or Tyler Anderson?

  47. DoubleDroppingDueces says:
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    Great write up!

    10 team dynasty
    Should Benintendi be starting over any of the following (we have 2 UTIL spots):
    David Ortiz
    Nelson Cruz
    Chris Davis
    Matt Carpenter

    Also, James Paxton is low man on my pitching staff. Can I drop him and stream for better results or stick with him ROS?

    • DoubleDroppingDueces says:
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      @DoubleDroppingDueces: To get an ideas of the streamers in our league, top guys right now on the waiver wire are:
      Andrew Cashner
      Bartolo Colon
      Tom Koehler
      Wade Miley
      Brandon Finnegan
      Yovani Gallardo
      RA Dickey
      CC Sabathia

      • DozierTheDozierian says:
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        @DoubleDroppingDueces: I’d stick with Paxton over any of those guys.

  48. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Grey, Musgrove or A Reyes for ROS ?

    Thanks!!

  49. jb says:
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    If Terry Francona played fantasy, then he would pick up the hot player and immediately put him on the bench (so he could “manage” him). Would I love to trade with this guy. Love the Stream-O-Nator references!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jb: Ha, true

  50. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Would you consider trading Arrieta for Greinke+ Kenley Jansen?
    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Chris: If i needed a closer i would.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with F

  51. Branta says:
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    Thanks to trades and waiver wire vulturing in my keeper league, I have:

    David Dahl
    Andrew Benintendi
    Aaron Judge
    Yoan Moncada
    Alex Reyes
    Lucas Giolito
    Michael Fulmer

    On top of that I have Kris Bryant (who I traded for prior to his call up last year), Francisco Lindor (also traded for before call up), Jurickson Profar, Gary Sanchez, Michael Conforto (I held him and traded Joc)…I have so many top prospects that I can hear Ralph getting jelly. No idea what I’m gonna do when I have to pick only 9 guys to keep (and also have names like Betts, Gordon, Duffy, Kluber, Arrieta, & Tanaka)

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Branta: I would settle on your top guys and then trade the rest for even better keepers, until you get to nine..

  52. D'arnaudoubt says:
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    Drop Dyson (TEX) for Ottavino?

  53. Scott says:
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    Dynasty league, Elvis Andrus or Scott Kazmir?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Scott: Andrus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Agree with F

  54. Ryan says:
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    Benintendi or semien ROS? Positions don’t really matter just who should contribute more

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Ryan: Benintendi all around, Semien if you’re looking for more power

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Agree with F

  55. Jon A says:
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    Please rank for a keeper

    Votto, Hosmer, Abreu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon A: Hosmer, Votto

  56. JP says:
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    Thanks for the great write up. Who do you like better Altherr or Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr

  57. Jedimasters says:
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    Grey should I stream Garcia (SON $14.8) vs Cinn (DeScalafini) today? Stl has been scuffling.

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

  58. Huddy says:
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    Ha, “loose moose” comment…fun fact, there’s a bar called the Loose Moose in Toronto, 10 minute walk from Rogers Centre…
    Springer Just Dong Duvall OF spots HPerez Franco in utility. Semien SS, picked up Benintendi, see anywhere where I should drop anyone for Bregmen? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice… Can lose Perez if you don’t need steals

  59. Great Bambino says:
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    Start/bench Chase Anderson at home vs Atlanta?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  60. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Hearing Fenway chant “we want A-Rod” was something I never thought I’d hear in my life. What a bizarre ending this year for the last 2 guys left from the height of the red sox yankees rivalry.

    Just saw Jon Snow in an Infiniti commercial and almost made me forget my question haha

    Robbie ray (@NYM) or Vogelsong (SD) today? SoN prefers ray but leaning Vogel. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, haven’t seen it yet… I’d lean Vogel

  61. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    You were very high on Kepler in the podcast with JB. Think he’ll go on another homer streak soon or is MLB pitching finally catching up with how to pitch to him?

    Is Brad Miller’s breakout this season for real? He seems like one of those guys who cools down the second you pick him up, then goes cold until you drop him. Or was that just me…? Do you like Kepler over Miller? Benintendi over either of them?

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll hit another home run at some point… I’d prefer Kepler over Miller, likely a tossup this year

  62. Duke says:
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    I’ve got a pretty healthy ratio lead this week thanks to Vince V’s dumpster-fire True Detective 2-like performance yesterday. I’m wondering if I should risk running Blake Snell out there today at the Homer Dome tho…

    ( sees Grey not endorse starting Snell today in the comments above )

    I’ll just show myself out then

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t go near Snell

  63. stu jones says:
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    Neil Walker: the Supplicant

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  64. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Better DL Stash – C. Lewis or T. Glasnow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glasnow

  65. Scott says:
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    Start/sit Gio today vs Cle?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  66. Great Bambino says:
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    Vogelson vs SD or Chase Anderson vs ATL?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  67. Frank Dux says:
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    Snell or Salazar ROS and long term dynasty? Injuries decimated my SP, and my OF is littered with young bats. Trying to package a couple up with an SP or two to get Syndergaard, maybe Keuchel and/or Stroman, and Trea Turner (2b also a weak spot for me). Guy asked for Snell, but Snell isn’t injured and can help me Next couple weeks. Whereas Salazar may be better, but out next couple weeks so can’t help. And also looking long term. Snell younger, but is Salazar the better SP? Thanks for the help Grey (and anyone else who chimes in)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar better long term, for this year he’s hurt… Dont go near Keuchel

  68. SWAT290 says:
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    Schoop or Walker 2b ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  69. Post says:
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    Pick up Pedro Alvarez, Aaron Altherr, or Joc Pederson for rest of season, no specific counting stat need?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr

  70. Carl66 says:
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    Keeper question. League where 2B and BB count. Who would you rather keep Rizzo or Arenado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  71. Joe says:
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    I have one empty roster slot and also two adds left for the week. These pitchers are all available: Manaea and Graveman (mediOAKers, but Manaea starts at home this week)
    Koehler (much better since July)
    Luke Weaver (wundercard)
    Eovaldi (if not for those HRs

    Would you use an add on any of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weaver, Manaea

  72. Jack says:
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    I have found no evidence of this alleged Reyes start coming up. Have you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  73. Eric says:
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    Dervish for A Miller and T Watson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish, depends on needs

  74. B.o.B says:
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    My RP: Osuna, Britton, Miller and just picked up Reyes yesterday right when they announced his call-up. Of course soon after they said he’ll be in the bullpen. Is Cody Allen worth owning? Is Reyes? Do you anticipate Cleveland to continue these head games???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Allen

  75. Josh-NYC says:
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    Bryce Harper has been absolutely killing me. He’s been my weakest player as of late.

    I was offered Daniel Murphy for Bryce Harper straight up. It’s absolutely crazy that I have to consider this.

    My team:
    C: Grandal
    1B: E5
    2B: Schoop
    3B: Frazier
    SS: Seager
    OF: Starlin Marte, Yasmany Tomas, Khris Davis
    Util: Votto, Dahl
    Bench: Bryce Harper

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy

  76. Stumanji says:
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    Glossary terms for the following?
    -You pick up a Batty Call and then the guy gets the day off.
    -Daily lineup leagues: One of your normal starters gets the day off, so you bench him…then he ends up hitting a pinch hit HR.

    Both of these happened to me recently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sonavabench on the 2nd one

  77. Vinny Boombatz says:
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    Nunez preferable to Baez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really

  78. ERad says:
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    I also own Villar and Altuve – samesies!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We’re two pees and a poop!

  79. The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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    I must say you called your shot yesterday. I took a dive and you went up in the perts standings. Lately my batting average feels like I have a team full of alex Gordons. This may end up being a wild ride for the finish. …damn I hate that you were right

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You really thought because you had one good week of streaming it would carry for the rest of the season?

      • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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        @Grey: I’ve had lIke 4 good weeks fool. My dead bats are what’s killing me. I’ve gone up in all pitching cats

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          4.50+ ERA last week in 90 IP was good? Or you’re picking and choosing 4 good weeks across 4 years?

          • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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            @Grey: your need to be right is so you. My streamers excluding that god awful Jimmy Nelson start(4 innings 6 ER) was 64.1 innings 62 K’s 2.24 ERA and 4 wins. The ERA got smashed by the really bad Carrasco start and his solid one (3.2 innings 8 earned runs and 7 innings 3 earned runs) and that O’Day blowup. Point is the streamers have been fine, its just eliminating the bad ones by my own starters and BTW, Carrasco aint hurt and he’s on the block

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              So, you’re saying a 4.50+ ERA in 90+ IP was good? I’d like you to clarify, cause I thought that was not good

              • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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                @Grey: All my STREAMERS except one were great, but this is your site and you can’t possibly be wrong

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I can, all the time, but a 90+ IP with a 4.50 ERA for the week isn’t good…Unless it is, and I’m wrong

                  • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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                    @Grey: but the 4.50 wasnt from streamers, thats my point, but who cares, I went up in pitching by streaming well and didnt hurt myself. Come and get me!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha…Now, you’re talking! Now, I want some!

  80. John says:
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    Starting Santana at home versus Houston (Keuchel)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  81. peacecoast says:
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    Jabari Blash is such an awesome name.

    curious if you can answer this. If exit velocity on homers is around 95-105 MPH, then can a pitcher throw a ball from home plate for a home run? Conversely can a strong arm outfielder throw it from the fence all the way to home plate with no bounce? I don’t think so.
    Charlie Blackmon hit a 425 ft HR yesterday and the exit velo was like 98 MPH.

    SOMEONE EXPLAIN IT TO ME.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Trevor Bauer

    • Scott says:
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      @peacecoast: I think it’s the point at which the velocity is measured. If the home run is measured much further away from impact than the pitch is measured from release, then the ball would have slowed down a lot more and thus indicate a higher velocity at the start.

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  82. Worm Turner says:
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    Hi Grey,
    K.D. Land graphic novel- Heh!
    Question–
    H2H, linear weights points. No limits, no W/L.
    Looking to stream two start pitchers.

    Available are:
    Fartolo @ARI & @SF
    Kennedy @DET & MIN
    Koehler @CIN & @PIT (last 4 starts have been pretty nice)
    Or just roll with:
    Eickoff STL
    Snell SD

    Thanks for all you do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Eickhoff and Snell

  83. Josh-NYC says:
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    So do you take Daniel Murphy for your Bryce Harper? Is it time to say goodbye to bryce?

    I’d have to say goodbye to my team name “Sons of the Harper” Game of thrones reference

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice team name… I’d go Murphy

  84. Scott says:
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    If I can only keep one, who do I keep out of Skaggs or Musgrove?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Musgrove

  85. Gb says:
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    Bedrosian or bour who’s the drop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bed

  86. Alex says:
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    Time to drop Duvall in a 10 team league? He is killing me…..Kepler is out there maybe a good replacement?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try it

  87. King Andrus says:
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    Great write up as always Grey, can’t thank you enough for all you and your team does!
    Anyways I could use some advice…shocking huh

    ESPN mixed redraft H2H 6×6 w/QS & OPS
    Current pitchers: JoFer, Carrasco, Duffy, DeSclafani, Bundy, Gausman, T Anderson, Betances, Dyson, Seung Oh…I also have Rich Hill, McCullers, and Salazar. I had to drop Joe Ross, who I freakin drafted, after his latest setback and move Salazar to the D/L since my bench had no active players.

    Anyway there’s quite a few players available I’m interested in but due to the sort of injured pitcher limbo I find myself in, I’m having a tough time figuring out which players make the most sense to add as well as drop for the stretch run. Sorry for being that guy who lists his entire team but I figure you kinda need to know who I have offensively if you’re gonna make any recommendations haha

    Batting: Gattis, Miggy, Odor, Desmond, Donaldson, Dan Murphy, Bregman, Betts, Marte, Polanco, Braun, Dahl, Travis

    Available:
    Pitchers: Alex Reyes, Weaver, Urias, De Leon, Skaggs, Ventura, Paxton, Rodon, Ottavino
    Batters: Contreras, Schoop, Nunez, Benintendi, Altherr, Choo, Sanchez, Rupp, Gurriel, Moss

    Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Sorry so wordy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. Don’t see how you can drop any of your hitters…. I’d drop McCullers if he’s bench and no DL and pick up Paxton, and I’d drop Gausman for Skaggs

      • King Andrus says:
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        @Grey: Awesome thanks for the quick reply, do you think Joe Ross will provide anymore fantasy value this season?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  88. JH says:
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    Starting fresh off of paternity leave Hammel today home against LAA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  89. Maverick says:
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    I have locked in on my roster the following: MadBum, Kluber, Quintana, Kershaw (DL)
    I will likely hang on to Iwakuma, Gio, Taillon,
    My closers are: Colomé, Diaz, Miller,
    On my bench and DL…. McCullers, Rodon, Bundy, Musgrove, Nola

    It’s a 14-Team Keeper… Would like target another pitcher using these and possibly McCutcheon but think I’d like to hold on Cutch before dealing in the offseason,

    Who could I trade?
    Targetting Lackey, Porcello, Maeda, Duffy, or other ideas you may have.

    What order do I target??? Best reasonable offer to put out there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz and Rodon for Lackey? Maeda? Duffy?

  90. Maverick says:
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    In another league, I have three 2B but also have two utilities. I like idea of cutting others off from high end 2B, but if I was going to trade one in a one-year league, who would have the LEAST value for the ROS?

    Altuve, Kinsler or Gordon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler or Gordon, depending on needs

  91. Scott says:
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    Evaluate trade please:

    Odor + Melancon
    for
    Zobrist + Cueto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor side, it’s fair

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: or is this more fair?

      Odor + Melancon
      for
      Zobrist + Scherzer

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Scherzer side

  92. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Weaver is like a young Jered Weaver as funny as that sounds (no relation). Fly ball pitcher but he’s only allowed 7 homers in 200 minor league innings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was thinking that too, but Jered is such garbage now I didn’t want people getting wrong impression

  93. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Where in the world is Scott Kimmel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Figuring out how he got himself locked in his bathroom

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey: HAHAHAHA!!! Classic Grey, classic.

      • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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        @Grey: Did the Unbreakable Kimmel Scott got locked in the bathroom….is this an episode I missed (I havent watched season 2 so please no spoilers)

          • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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            @Grey: Ttius gets some?….oh jesus christ

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I won’t ruin who he gets some from, but it’s perfect

              • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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                @Grey: Charles nelson riley?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, that would be even better, now you ruined it!

                  • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I should be in casting

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Charles Nelson Reilly for every part? Yes! Make it happen!

                    • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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                      Jack, we needy a gritty cop type who has mother issues and drinks away his past…how about Charles nelson Riley!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We need a love interest for Tom Cruise… You know who I’m gonna say!

                    • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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                      Steve Cartel doing his Paul Lynde from bewitched

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  94. Whatever says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Ten Team Mixed Keeper League with OBP. For next year would you rather have a 13 dollar Carrasco or an 18 dollar kyle seager?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco

  95. herschel says:
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    @Grey: sagnof, maurer or barrett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barrett

  96. Josh-NYC says:
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    Villar or Daniel Murphy rest of season? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy, depends on needs

  97. Happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey. 12 Team,H2H,6X6 – ROS who is the drop out of this group of SP’s?
    Pineda, Velasques or Berrios….Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them? Velasquez

  98. BelikeMaik says:
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    Brotha man countered with villar or Hamilton for my Duffy/chapman in a S/H league. Too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shithead league? I’d want Villar or Hamiltonif I needed steals, if I didn’t need steals, I’d want the SPs

  99. Pu$$y Control says:
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    Robbie Ray is the 2nd highest ranked pitcher today by SON. 18.3 I’m picking him up for the stream. Does this seem like a bad idea to you. He is facing Bif Colon @ NY.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch him

  100. Jon A says:
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    Abreu, Cain and Cmart for Goldy? If i get Goldy do it right?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Jon A: Quickly!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  101. blevins says:
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    Reddick, E. Rosario, Jankowski, Miller, Tomas or Alvarez ROS?

    Realmuto
    Pujols
    Altuve
    Lindor
    Arenado
    Blackmon
    K. Davis
    Kepler
    C. Carter
    J. Upton
    Ramirez

    is my current lineup with Castellanos on the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  102. Raoul Duke says:
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    Which two do you like best out of Altherr, Pederson, Alex Dickerson and Soler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr, Dickerson

      • Raoul Duke says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Do you think this season ends up being a career year for Wil Myers, or is this a legitimate breakout for him? I know it might be too early to say, but is he in your top 100 for next year? Top 50?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s already a career year for him, easily in the top 50

  103. Hanklongball says:
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    Trade my Polanco for his Maikel Franco and Matt Kemp? I’m throwing Bregman at 3B and Didi at short. OF is Harper, Justin Upton and Betts and RBIs/avg are the most sensitive categories.

    If I make the move, does Bregman go to short or do I keep Didi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense for you, move Bregman to SS

      • Hanklongball says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey, I always appreciate the help. One last question: Lackey or Hammel ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lackey

  104. Scott says:
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    Mazuza or Odoubler?

    Rather,
    Nomar Mazara or Odubel Herrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odubel

  105. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    Baez or Rendon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

      • Jackie Treehorn says:
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        Rendon or Franco?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Franco

  106. alps says:
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    you have talked about dropping Saunders for the right guy
    Well as much as I like Piscotty, he isnt bringing it either.
    Who do you drop 1st.
    the waiver pick up would probably be dickerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saunders

  107. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h obp limited moves

    Should I start Snell today @ TOR?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  108. Garbage Day says:
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    Besides being totally sucko for the past week, is Naquin now in a platoon, and if so is he dumpable for someone like, say, Matt Holliday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go Holliday

  109. Jim says:
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    I am desperate to improve my WHIP (2nd to last )
    Was offered Hosmer & Tallion or Roark for my Votto.
    Votto playing great lately, Hosmer not so much. Any concerns on Hosmer ?
    If You recommend this trade, which pitcher would you take

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is not how you improve your WHIP…

      • Jim says:
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        Please tell me how to improve my WHIP roto, where I need to make up points.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trade a big bat for a big arm…Eliminate Hosmer and just go after a better arm

  110. DonnieB says:
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    Drop Kimbrel for Ottavino or Herrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  111. Johnc says:
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    Musgrove or Moore? Stats are wins, losses, era, whip, HR allowed and k’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Musgrove

  112. Bob says:
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    Hi grey, would appreciate some lineup help for today! Need to choose two:
    Abreu vs. Kennedy
    Frazier vs. Kennedy
    Beltre vs. de la rosa

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, Beltre

  113. David Bowie Music Videos says:
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    Robot doesn’t lurve DeSclafani today against STL (-7.5).

    Could this be an example where our human brain might overrule the systematic and computational mind of a robot and start him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch DeSclafani either, call me Mr. Robot

  114. ThE sHiT says:
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    Give up Cole for CarGo if i want an OF who could be a difference maker down the stretch? Have Archer and Greinke achoring my staff (hopefully). H2H 12 team 6×6 OPS and L extra cats

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @ThE sHiT: or maybe offer up Greinke instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me, give up Greinke first

  115. The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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    Not sure if this has been said but I blame vegetarianism for Prince’s decline. When he was a meat eater he was on point and when he left us for that he wet into massive decline. If there was ever a man built for meat it was him….what a shame

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s the curse of the nude ESPN magazine… He’s prolly a vegetarian like girls in college, all they ate was mac and cheese. Like that’s healthy…

      • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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        @Grey: hahaha, the mac and cheese vegetarians are hilarious. I was at Panda last night getting the kid dinner and this guy ordered easily 200 grams of carbs but no meat. He didnt even look healthy. Speaking of carbs to get my diabetes on track I havent had a starch in over two weeks and to be honest I dont really miss it…except fries, I want fries.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s impressive! Good for you! I went without gluten for about a month and felt better, but I did miss it like crazy and am eating it again…

          • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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            @Grey: Ive lost 15 pounds already, pretty soon Ill be able to see my dick again….without the mirror!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s a goal!

  116. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Ugh. I traded for Kenley Jansen just this morning. Sorry everybody.

    I guess we can add Kenley Jansen to the long list of elite relief pitchers who cannot work in non-save situations. Which is something everyone–except MLB managers–already knows.

      • Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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        @Grey: Damn! I knew Shaq was behind this!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s behind everything

          • Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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            @Grey: I think where the appearance really went sideways is when they made one of the best closers in the game intentionally walk Freddy friggin’ Galvis right before Ryan Howard came up to bat. Dave Robers: Shaqtin’ a Fool!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You were right, bringing a closer into a losing a game has never worked, only people who don’t know this are major league managers

  117. Caesar says:
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    ROS:

    Papi or Pujols?

    Forsythe or Brad Miller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Papi…Logan

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Caesar: the old preseason papi vs pujols i chose many many times this year.

  118. danny almonte says:
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    If u had to add one and had to hold ROS, Weaver or Koehler? QS league, thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Koehler

  119. goodfold2 says:
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    hehe, it turns out properly using your bullpen for leverage spots with your best guys isn’t just painful for fantasy owners, it’s hurting francona as well

    “Indians manager Terry Francona is expected back in the dugout for Wednesday’s game against the Nationals.
    Francona sat out Tuesday night after experiencing chest pains during his pregame media session. He said it was probably just indigestion and he returned to Nationals Park on Wednesday morning in good spirits”
    from rotoworld.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  120. The G says:
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    Grey,

    Lookng for a power upgrade and my insatiable desire for Rookie Nookie…drop Duvall to stash Judge? Thanks G!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

      • The G says:
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        @Grey: thanks for the quick reply! By the way, my 4yr old son loves when i call him Brocktune after he homers off me in wiffle ball…lol. He was Conforto for most of spring…then Trout after we went to the Angels game where he went 3 for 4 with a cpl of rbi’s and a head-first slide into second for a double that shld have been a single. And now he switches back and forth from Justin Turner(im a Dodgers fan, wife is Angels fan) and Brocktune lol. J-FOH is joining my fantasy football league again…i have an opening…interesting in joining?

        • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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          @The G: Grey knows as much about football as I do about quantum physics

          • The G says:
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            @The Hack Formerly Known as Hate: sounds like Grey needs a mandate with Jay and Tehol…lol. Mixing in Jenn might make Cougs jealous and Grey paranoid, so much so that he doesnt learn shit about football and drafts a kicker in the first round…lolu

            • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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              @The G: I wouldnt take any of those peoples fantasy advice ever

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know football, but love that you’re raising a next generation Razzballer!

          • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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            @Grey: Hey daddy look, that lady is a SAGNOF

          • The G says:
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            @Grey: haha….SAGNOF will be the lesson after “dome is dome”…my buddy Nick loved fat girls with low self-esteem….lol

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! I hope Nick is a reader too

            • J-FOH says:
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              @The G: thats funny, fat girls with low self esteem always loved me….they thought they had a shot….and they did!

  121. griff says:
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    Dynasty league: Skaggs or Paxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pax

  122. Huddy says:
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    Closer overload, I have Melancon Jansen Kimbrel EDiaz Giles…no I won’t talk about what happened in the last 24 hours with 2 of these guys, but would you drop any of them for Paxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  123. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Has offense slowed, or just every player on every team of mine? Real question, my very different teams have all plummeted in the rankings due to nothing but empty hits.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My teams are taking today, but they’ve been good recently so I can only empathize so far

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Bummer.

        First pair of my boring ass shoes (according to you) arrived via eBay today. All went according to plan, this could be trouble for me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I might have to get some Diadoras to see what all the hypes about.

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: The raffle just in order to have the chance to buy those Skeletors is Friday. Yes, that’s what happens sometimes, a raffle to have a chance to buy. I signed my girl up too so I had more raffle entries.

  124. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Has this been the most boring three days of baseball or is it just me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What? Carlos Gomez got DFA’d!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin Jackson had a no hitter thru five innings!

  125. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    SON putting in dat work on ray today! hells yeah.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  126. J-FOH says:
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    Im having a SteveNZ day at the dish (4/33)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t you been slumping for a few? I got the nothings too today

      • J-Money says:
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        @Grey: 2/31 so far…and J Up hasn’t even had his first AB yet… *prayer circle*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA, I’m in

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Now at 8 for 43 with a slam and legs…by my TEAM

  127. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    sure looks like everybody knows hanram is still hurt, ortiz getting BB’ed all day long.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  128. Chris says:
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    H2h points league

    I have JUpton in my outfield who continues to do nothing. These outfielders are available:
    Billy Hamilton
    Ozuna
    Odubel Herrera
    Choo

    Should I switch upton out for one of these for ROS.

  129. SoupNazi says:
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    Can you rank these keepers? They are all essentially last round keepers for the next 3 years. Thanks!

    10 Team Keeper, Roto, 6×6 (R/HR/RBI/SB/OBP/SLG)

    Dahl (24th round 2017, 2018, 2019)
    Wilson Contreras (24th round 2017, 2018, 2019)
    Benintendi (24th round 2017, 2018, 2019)
    Gurriel (24th round 2017, 2018, 2019)
    Bregman (24th round 2017, 2018, 2019)
    AJ Reed (24th round 2017, 2018, 2019)

  130. Coleslaw says:
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    Would you drop Duvall, Upton, and/or Contreras for upside pitchers/streamers in a 10 team h2h? I haven’t had any luck unloading these guys via trade. I’m carrying two too many bats. I will also need to drop someone once R Hill comes off the DL. Without looking at schedules, best waiver options include Paxton, Skaggs, T Anderson, and Matz. Grandal is my catcher when he’s starting. Also note that my team is assured a playoff spot at this point (thanks mainly to razzball).

    Thanks!!

  131. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey, would you move Harvey for Giolito with 2017 in mind? Harvey is maybe one of my 11 keepers in a 15 team league

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