DJ LeMahieu hit the DL with an oblique injury, and is out for months.  It happened when DJ was carrying a crate of records.  “Aunt Audrey is requesting the Electric–Side!  My side!”  As DJ collapsed into a heap of bar mitzvah party favors he’d collected.  Garrett Hampson (0-for-3) was called up to fill in for him, and I tried to add him everywhere.  Prospector Ralph had him in his top 100 fantasy baseball prospects, and said, “Hampson brings a nice mix of plus contact and plus-plus base running ability. With his combination of contact, speed, and plate approach he has a shot to carve out a niche as a top of the order run producer, which is different than Grey who is a ‘runs producer,’ as in he produces crap.”  Hey!  Hampson could have a 6 HR, 15 steal 2nd half, or, knowing the Rockies, Hampson will sit on the bench four out of five games while Pat Valaika plays.  I wish these were laughter tears.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Ian Desmond – 1-for-3 and his 19th homer.  He’s almost as sexy as Selma Diamond.  *makes heart shape with hands on chest*

Zack Greinke – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 3.05.  Greinke reminds me of every Kings of Leon song off the Aha Shake Heartbreak album.  Just neurotic moaning with some enthusiastic whee’ing.  Wish I could get some of that ooooooh….whee’ing on my teams.  (If you’re having a hard time picturing what I mean in your head, listen to Milk.  It was Kings of Leon before they just rhymed ‘somebody’ with ‘somebody.’)

Nick Kingham – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.11.  I streamed Kingham in this Saturday start (Starturday?), so I can say from firsthand knowledge, I didn’t feel great about it.  Not sure if I’d ever feel completely confident about starting him, but here goes nothing because C-Mart and Robbie Ray have destroyed my teams.  Lowercase yay!

Corey Dickerson – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and about a zillion* homers since the break.  Co-Dick isn’t just a cute name for Siamese Twins attached at the genitals, he could be Player 101 on the top 100 for the 2nd half.  You nah’mean’ing?  *Five homers in the last four games.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .237.  The Reds made my bet that no one on the Pirates would get to 20 homers this year fairly ridiculous.  Unless someone on the Reds was who bet me.  Hmm, has Pete Rose been reinstated?

Starling Marte – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Pete Rose in a paste-on mustache, “I am Rete Pose and would like to take the over on 20 homers against Grey Albright.”

Matt Harvey – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 5.21.  Sticking with the gambling theme, the Reds were like the guy at the casino who is up early, so he extends his trip for three more days and ends up losing so badly that he asks if he can refund his seafood buffet by barfing into a bucket.  The Reds might’ve been able to sell Harvey for 75 cents on the dollar before yesterday’s game, now they might have to barf their lunch into a bucket.

Jeurys Familia – Traded to the A’s.  The Jeurys with the verdict:  your fantasy value is kaput.  Taking over in Messland, it would appear to be Gsellman on most occasions, and Swarzak on some.  The Mess seem like they’re going this route:  we don’t want to commit to Gsellman as our closer, so we’re going to bring him into games in the 8th inning and keep him partially stretched out.  Or they’re just trying to ruin his arm, and one inning just won’t cut it.  Whereas Swarzak can only pitch one inning.  Honestly, not sure on the Mess’ pen, even though some seem to definitely think it’s Gsellman.

Yoenis Cespedes – Returned on Friday, underwent MRIs on Saturday, and, on Sunday, he rested.  Sounds like a Metssiah.

Noah Syndergaard – Hit the DL with hand, foot and mouth disease.  It’s a disease common amongst toddlers.  Can only assume Syndergaard got it because the Mets replaced sunflower seeds with used pacifiers in the clubhouse to save a couple bucks.  Or the Mets patch up their uniforms with old baby blankets.

Dylan Covey – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.95.  The Covey is known for the most delightful dolphin meat and a solid start every dozen or so starts.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  My promise to you, no matter how much I’ll want to rank Tim Anderson inside the top 50 next year, I won’t.

Mike Zunino – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL, hitting .185.  He missed a month with an ankle injury, but, if you owned him and left him in a catcher slot, you might not have noticed he was gone, instead just happy to be avoiding 0-for-4’s.

Ryon Healy – 3-for-4, 6 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homer, hitting .244.  Hadn’t done much in July until yesterday, but had eight homers in June, and is on pace for 32 homers.  On my team I call that, “Better than Jose Abreu.”

Carlos Martinez – Hit the DL with a strained oblique.  Is there a chance he’s been dealing with an injury for the last few months and subjecting his owners to subpar pitching all this time?  I don’t doubt it.  It has been a glorious time to own C-Mart.  Reminds me of the time I was pantsed in middle school.  I was wearing brown underwear!

Jose Martinez – 0-for-3, hitting .295.  Last week TMZ caught Jo-Ma with Mike Shildt’s wife and he has only played sporadically since.  I’m guessing, because Jo-Ma ‘can’t play defense’ goes only so far when he’s one of your best hitters.  What is a Mike Shildt anyway?  Sounds like an off-brand Mike Schmidt.  Yo, Mike Shildt, you a Costco Mike Schmidt?  Between LeMahieu, C-Mart and Jo-Ma, the top 100 for the 2nd half took a bunch of hits in less than a week.

Jose Quintana – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.87.  He’s been dealing with shoulder fatigue, which would explain why he’s been terrible, if, ya know, this shoulder problem dated back about 18 months.  If you think this is a good sign for Quintana moving forward, I have a bridge game with four elderly women to sell you.  Oh, and the Cubs said Yu Darvish is nearing mound work, so maybe they can share an arm.

Pablo Lopez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.09.  He was acquired as part of the David Phelps deal from the Mariners.  Phelps?!  What are you thinking trading away Buhner?!  Pabs throws 92, has three pitches, serviceable 4th or 5th starter for the Marlins, not for you, unless the Stream-o-Nator has somehow lost its mind.

Kyle Barraclough – 2/3 IP, 5 ER and his 4th blown save, ERA up to 2.45.  On Friday of last week, I sent a text to Podcaster Ralph (same guy as Prospector Ralph, different hat), saying, “We should talk about Adam Conley on the next podcast.”  PR responded, “Yup, picked him up in my leagues last week.”  Until then, check out Conley’s peripherals:  10.6 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 2.73 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, fastball up from 89 MPH last year to 95 this year (!!!).

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (0 BBs), 13 Ks, ERA at 4.30.  I liked Archer Season 7 a lot more than Chris Archer Season 7, but 13 Ks a start can win me over still.

J.A. Happ – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  In case this is his last start with the Jays, he signed the game ball, “Please let this be my last game on the Jays,” then placed it at the gravestone of the seagull Dave Winfield killed.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer this weekend.  Hot schmotato alert!

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 12th homer, hitting .231, as he hits third now with the Machado’s departure.  I don’t mean to laugh, and I don’t hate Schoop, but the Orioles are some sad tea.

Mike Fiers – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.49.   *looks at Fiers’ ERA, then looks at C-Mart and Robbie Ray’s combined ERA on my team, ties cement block to ankle, drops cement block into pool, cement cracks bottom of pool causing water to pour out*  Cougs, I broke the pool!

Walker Buehler – Will return on Wednesday.  Yup, I picked him up.  We’ve gone over him so much, if you’re not picking him up at this point, not sure what else I can say.  Is this like the dentist?  Do I need to promise you a lollipop?

Matt Kemp – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 16th and 17th homers, hitting .316.  Serious question, if Dave Roberts were to mistake an electrical outlet for a pencil sharpener and the electrical current were to subtract 15 IQ points for every zap, how many times can he ‘sharpen’ his pencil and still win with the lineup he has?  Let’s say he’s starting at an IQ of 125 so we’re all on the same page.  I think four zaps and he’s still fine.

Sean Doolittle – Turns out his ‘ouchie’ on his toe is a stress reaction on the bridge of his foot and will sideline him for weeks.  You know what’s hilarious to me?  Sacha Baron Cohen.  You know what’s infuriatingly hilarious?  There is millions of dollars riding on a player’s health and teams can’t just get a simply x-ray of someone’s foot.  How does a stubbed toe become a stress reaction of the bridge of someone’s foot?  I am incredulous.  Kelvin Herrera (save yesterday) should be the first replacement option, but Martinez has already shown he might go occasionally with Ryan Madson.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (24) and legs (8), hitting .218.  Aw, his daddy would be so proud, as he lifts a Camaro in a strongman competition.

Mike Foltynewicz – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 2.85.  I don’t know what’s worse, he gives up 8 ER in 2/3 IP to get his ERA closer to 3.50, as it should be, or just a month’s worth of yawnstipating starts.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.19.  Once a pitcher is over 2.00 ERA there’s no way to get back below it.  Mathematically, it’s impossible.  People reading this like, “Um, I think it is mathematically possible.”  It’s not possible, stop thinking about it.  But — again with some stank — BUT! if it were possible Verlander would pull off that ridiculousness.

Lance McCullers – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.01.  I hate when I’m right about guys who should be sells, especially when I own them.  Actually, only when I own them I hate it.

Andrew Heaney – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.66.  Heaney seems like the ideal candidate to stream, but I went to look at the Stream-o-Nator, not for his next matchup, but to see his ownership number, and he’s not exactly a streamer.  He’s owned in too many leagues for that, which does make sense.

Mike Trout – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (26) and legs (16), hitting .307.  It’s still surprising to me that The Sciosciapath plays Trout every day.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .190 and his first hits in the 2nd half, as he hits leadoff.  Hey, he’s a redhead so he at least looks like he’s on fire.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-4, 3 runs 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting near-.300 in the last week, and homered off a position player.  Hey, they all count, right?  By the by, more position players pitching this year or is it me?  Hint:  it’s not me.

Chris Sale – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.13.  Okay, okay, Sale could pull off that Verlander feat too.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs, hitting .211.  I saw JBJ made it on some ‘perts list of guys who can be better in the 2nd half.  As Fantasy Baseball Tupac says, “All respect to those that try to keep their sleepers’ expectations in check,” but can JBJ be worse in the 2nd half?  What’s the expectations on JBJ?  7 HRs, .270?  Um, okay, cool.  Corey Dickerson did that shizz in the opening weekend after the break.

Nick Pivetta – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER at home vs. the Padres, raising his ERA to 4.78.  There is literally no one worst than Pivetta.  When you’re bad and you pitch bad, that’s fine, but when you have incredibly sexy peripherals and you go out and throw terrible games, you are literally the worst.

Vince Velasquez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.09.  You mean the Padres that rocked Pivetta aren’t really that good?  What a complete shock.  Reevaluating everything.

Rhys Hoskins – 3-for-9, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homers.  Rhysus has rhysen!

Madison Bumgarner – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.19.  His ERA is still more than respectable; his name still should attract interest.  But if you own Bumgarner, I’d be looking to sell him everywhere.

Matt Olson – 2-for-4 and his 20th and 21st homer.  Like how the Palestinians and Israelis keep each other on their toes, let’s hope Allahson and Rhysus keep pushing each other to be better!

Khris Davis – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 22nd and 23rd homer, hitting .249.  Be cool to see Davis be this year’s home run champ.  Don’t think it happens necessarily, but would be cool so the average baseball fan can think it’s Chris Davis from the Orioles.

Sean Manaea – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  Sure glad I dropped Manaea and kept C-Mart, McCullers and Robbie Ray.  So, so glad.  *lies on train tracks, train skids to halt, just short of me*  Conductor, “Hey, aren’t you the guy who told me to drop Manaea?”  *starts up train again*

Willie Calhoun – 0-for-3.  He was called up on Friday, and Dan Pants gave you a rundown, and I told you to Buy him on Friday and I’ve been saying to grab him for the last two years, so, yeah, I’m not the reason why you don’t own him.  I do love how the Rangers have started him batting 8th, and by ‘love’ I mean, seriously, dubya tee eff?  You want to hide Calhoun’s glove, his bat is not the issue.  Why would you bat him at the bottom of the order?  Is it because you’re trying to protect him from pressure?  Well, here’s the thing, you effin’ numbskulls, there’s more pressure when hitting around you is Uh-oh Chirinos and a platoon of DeShizz and Stanley Tucci, or whoever the hell the Rangers are batting ninth!  Being protected in the middle of the order is easier.  Major league managers are legit giving me an ulcer.

Rougned Odor – 3-for-3, 3 RBIs and a slam (7) and legs (8), hitting .259, and near-.500 in the last week.  I can’t believe Odor and I ever broke up, which is exactly what everyone says right before they return home to find their loved one screwing someone else in their beanbag they’ve dressed to look like Jonathan Gold.  RIP.

Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.37.  I wrote approximately 217 words (who’s counting?) about how good Odorizzi is looking, then I saw he’s in Fenway next time out and almost deleted Odorizzi’s blurb completely, but I figured people would be looking for him, so here ya go.

Ervin Santana – Will make season debut on Wednesday  If you’re hoping for some magic, you’re thinking of the wrong Ervin.  He’s an okay bet for a fantasy number four to five.  That’s magic if you’ve ever read Wikihow’s “Separating Finger Trick” page.

Drew Butera – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, which was an inside-the-park homer for a guy who has a negative 15 speed score.  Butera once got down the line in 12.9 seconds, but it was only because his Uber arrived at the plate right as he was swinging.  So, how did he hit an inside-the-park homer?  I don’t know, let’s assume the 2nd baseman got a grounder and decided to do the hidden ball trick for ten minutes.

Brian GoodwinRoyals acquired him from the Nats.  The Royals GM, Dayton Moore, in China, “No, we need it even smaller.  C’mon, you are known for your craftsmanship.”  An older Chinese woman looks up.  Dayton corrects himself, “Craftspersonship.”  The older Chinese woman nods, that’s better.  An older Chinese man approaches.  He could be anywhere from 55 years old to 98 years old.  He speaks slowly to the GM, “We will have it ready for your Brian Goodwin trade, can we interest you in a back scratcher too?”  Dayton smiles, “I’m fine, just the mic.”  And that’s how the Royals bought the world’s smallest mic to drop after acquiring Brian Goodwin.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fantastic write-up. I was lost at sea without y’all!!!

    a. Signed up Hampson. Put in a waiver wire pickup for Happ, dropping said Hampson because I’m 6th in pitching.

    1. Question: Would you hold Hampson or keep the waiver wire claim in for Happ? I find out tomorrow morning (09h00 EST) if I get back Happ.

    2. Alternatively, I have Eovaldi on the roster. Could drop him for Happ and keep Hampson.

    3. Or door number 3, Bob….Cancel the claim for Happ altogether and keep Hampson and Eovaldi.

    b. I started Happ yesterday. If you can’t get Jace Peterson out with 2 outs and 1st and 2nd occupied, I don’t know…Also that O’s lineup was really bad what with Adam Jones and Chris Davis resting for their new teams! The team batting average of yesterday’s lineup was about .210 with Trumbomb the highest at 0.250!!!

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for July 23

    I will give you a valuable hint. When a man is making a speech and you are to follow him don’t jot down notes to speak from, jot down PICTURES. It is awkward and embarrassing to have to keep referring to notes; and besides it breaks up your speech and makes it ragged and non-coherent; but you can tear up your pictures as soon as you have made them—they will stay fresh and strong in your memory in the order and sequence in which you scratched them down. And many will admire to see what a good memory you are furnished with, when perhaps your memory is not any better than mine.

    Sixteen years ago when my children were little creatures the governess was trying to hammer some primer histories into their heads. Part of this fun–if you like to call it that–consisted in the memorizing of the accession dates of the thirty-seven personages who had ruled over England from the Conqueror down. These little people found it a bitter, hard contract. It was all dates, they all looked alike, and they wouldn’t stick. Day after day of the summer vacation dribbled by, and still the kings held the fort; the children couldn’t conquer any six of them.

    With my lecture experience in mind I was aware that I could invent some way out of the trouble with pictures, but I hoped a way could be found which would let them romp in the open air while they learned the kings. I found it, and then they mastered all the monarchs in a day or two.

    The idea was to make them SEE the reigns with their eyes; that would be a large help. We were at the farm then. From the house-porch the grounds sloped gradually down to the lower fence and rose on the right to the high ground where my small work-den stood. A carriage-road wound through the grounds and up the hill. I staked it out with the English monarchs, beginning with the Conqueror, and you could stand on the porch and clearly see every reign and its length, from the Conquest down to Victoria, then in the forty-sixth year of her reign–EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN YEARS OF English history under your eye at once!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Arrabers Greg says:
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      @Ante Galic:
      W….T…F?

    • Starz says:
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      @Ante Galic: At this point, just give Grey your fantasy login info.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. 1. I’d try Hampson 2. Yes, if JA Happ B. Ah, I see, it is JA, yes, own him C. Nice!

      • Thurgood Congo says:
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        @Grey: for all you Mark Twain lovers out there, here’s an absolutely fire campfire jam:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Drop Hampson or Eovaldi for JA Happ?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eovaldi

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            ‘k, thanks! Will let you know tomorrow!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Good luck!

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    Hey grey
    Love the post – RIP Selma diamond, Bull, Harry the judge and NBCs entire Thursday night lineup. Anyhoo… need help evaluating a big trade.
    I’m in a 10 team 5×5 – leading in runs and steals and solid in hitting cats but trailing in Ks and WHIP and ERA – 3rd overall
    Lineup:
    C Perez
    1b freeman
    2b Schoop
    3b devers
    SS lindor
    Mi Bregman
    Ci Olson
    Of Stanton marte Soto acuna Winker Puig
    Bench Happ Bird Cesar H
    P Bauer Syndergaard snell Flaherty VV Wood C-Mart
    RP Rodney kela Rondon Brach
    Here are the trade offers. Please tell me if u would take them and lastly which u think is best for me
    1 give: lindor and snell. Get: sale and severino
    2 give: lindor snell Winker
    Get: sale cano Jansen
    3 give: marte. Get: severino
    4 which do u prefer?
    I invite everyone to weigh in – big trade. Help me grey and fellow razz ballers!

    • Packers says:
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      @Murph: #3. With Thor and Cmart not reliable I’d want a SP. Not sure who would replace Lindor at SS unless you can move Bregman there and play Happ at MI. I would want to keep both Snell and Lindor.

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Packers: Murph!

        Agree with Packers on #1 and #2, definitely out. On #3, you’re giving up too much for Severino. So, none of these trades do you any service. You are also counting on Devers and he has been really disappointing so far. Others are doing well – Betts and JD come to mind – so I don’t think it’s a team thing. You lose a lot by losing Lindor or Marte.

        Try Marte for Sale or Marte + Winker for Sale.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Packers@Murph:
      Agree with Packers.

      • Murph says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: all helpful- thank u. Guess I’m not convinced snell can keep it up. Grey – what say u? Any of these trade ideas fluff your moustache?

    • Curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      @Murph: if you can get Severino for Marte, go for it.

      • Murph says:
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        @Curiousgeorgespringer: I will mention that for trade option #1, Rudy’s Trade Analyzer has it $65 (Sale/Severino) to $49 (Lindor/Snell)…

    • ShillTeam 6 says:
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      @Murph: I’d do trade #1 in a 10 team redraft.

    • Starz says:
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      @Murph: Don’t move Lindor. Selling high on Bregman would be better choice.
      Is it a keeper league? If not, then try and trade Soto for an upgrade. If it’s a keeper, then I would still entertain moving him since he’s worth more in that format. Flags fly forever.

      Cano isn’t worth much. I would trade Marte for Severino. Keep Snell unless you’re getting a clear upgrade but try and keep Snell and Lindor.

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        @Starz: Redraft league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Haha, yeah, RIP indeed 3 is best, 1 isn’t bad if redraft, don’t love 2

  3. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Hope you had a good weekend. Fab recap, sir. Fab.

    Man, Thor and the Mets… My kids have got HFMD before. It sucks. If more than three kids get it here, they shut the kindergarten or elementary school class down for a week since it’s highly contagious. Then you’re left scrambling to find someone to look after your kid or you gotta take time off work. So hopefully they won’t shut down the Mets!

    I’ll save my question until we find out if Soria and Romo are getting moved. So until then, have a good week!

    • Ante Galic says:
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      @JakeTPE: Jake!!

      It reminded of the time summer of 2013 that our son got the chicken pox! My wife was working and I stayed home to take care of him. It’s what we are here for. Hope no new sightings of HFMD for the Mess.

      On the Mess, did you see the story about CesPoopDes’s heels? He might need 10-14 months (!!!) for the recovery if he opts for his heel operations! That’d be 29 HRs for 110 million=3.7 HR/million, not bad.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Ante Galic:Ante sir!

        Thanks for chiming in. You’re right. The first couple times it was OK. I mean, I got to watch Star Wars DVDs during the day and chill with the boys. But when they get it almost every summer, it gets old. Curse of subtropical living I guess. And it’s good you could look after your boy during his chicken pox. Imagine my surprise when I learned they vaccinate against that here. I’m not antivax but c’mon! Chicken pox isn’t bad for kids…

        Ah Cespedes… With “ped” in his name, you’d hope he’d have good wheels. Kind of a nominative determinism thing maybe? Seems like no one is immune to the calamities that strike the Mets.

        Hope you have a good day and things are on the up!

    • Grey

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      @JakeTPE: Thanks! Haha, maybe it’s best if they do shut the Mets down

  4. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Drop Kyle Tucker for Hampson, or hold? Tucker just stashed on my bench with a solid OF. Tucker feels like Derek Fisher all over again. Starting to lose at bats already with his slow start. If the Rox hit Hampson at the top of the order and he clicks he could be scary at Coors!

  5. Mike says:
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    I am in in first place in my league of 14 teams. I am a little concerned about my second half pitching (Scherzer, Snell, Mikolas, Arrieta, Eflin). I am considering trading Carlos Correa for Kershaw. Thoughts?

    This is a dynasty league with seven keepers. I also have Machado, Acuna, Trout, Soto.

    • Starz says:
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      @Mike: Nothing to worry about with your pitching, IMO.
      That’s not a bad offer for Kershaw. Impressive roster for a 14-team.

  6. JC says:
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    Do you have a clear preference between Willie Calhounand Kyle Tucker or is it a toss up?
    Don’t have room for both on my roster.
    Thank you, Grey!

    • Starz says:
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      @JC: To add-on to this question, how about Calhoun or Hampton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JC: Tucker

  7. Tony_Sal says:
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    W. Calhoun, J. Bradley or Grichuk ROS ?

    Pick 3 keeper league:
    Pivetta, Godley, Folty, J.Gray, Cole Hamels, E.Stantana. T.Anderson. Gibson, Eovaldi

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tony_Sal: Pivetta, Folty, Gray

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @Tony_Sal: i think a lot will depend on how the season plays out. i feel like with gibsons improvement and strong finish to 2017 and his solid season this year, i look for him to have a big season next year before his first crack at becoming a free agent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony_Sal: Willie — Agree with Cram and Wally

      • Grey

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        @Grey: As in those three, but they could change

  8. Crazy J says:
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    Awesome write up!

    My only consolation for me at this point in regards to Castillo, Weaver, and Pivetta is watching them blow up teams other than mine!

    Totally the wrong Ervin! haha

    “My promise to you, no matter how much I’ll want to rank Tim Anderson inside the top 50 next year, I won’t.” … no that’s reserved for BUSTSON! j/k I know you’ll knock him down a round. ;)

  9. Jean Genie says:
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    Does Brian Goodwin get ABs in KC? Does anyone care?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jean Genie: He’ll get some, and seems unlikely to matter

  10. Skillz says:
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    Great write up as always… need some help…. in an 8 team keeper league… Roster is:
    C -Realmuto
    1B – Belt
    2B – Gordon
    3B – Castellanos
    SS – Lindor
    OF – Yellich
    OF – Cain
    OF – Benintendi
    Util – T. Turner
    Util – Pollock
    Bench – Choo
    NA – CALHOUN
    Teams have made moves where I literally don’t have a pitcher to drop, because it is stacked. Only can keep 4 guys, and we do an odd keeper method by draft rounds. Looking at this lineup, would you drop anyone for Calhoun, or is he the one to drop?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Skillz:
      Drop Calhoun

  11. David says:
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    10-team dynasty league, 11×11 and pretty deep lineups

    would you trade greinke to get buehler? I’m solely looking at this from long term perspective.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David: I’d want more

  12. fudgemybudge says:
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    Rick Porc was just dropped in my 10t h2h
    How much out of 133 to spend?

  13. Happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12 team, H2H, 6×6. I will be activating Paxton. Who is the drop – Godley, Pivetta, Tanaka? Ty

  14. DonnieB says:
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    I have Tucker as my 5th OF with Hader and Yates as my 2 reserves, Avisail is available. Do you drop any of the three to add Avi or Reddick to replace Tucker in my starting OF or just wait him out until he starts hitting? . Also, afraid he will start losing AB. I am in second now chasing the leader. Thanks,Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: I’d hold for a few more days

  15. Tent Pitcher says:
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    Pivetta or Stroman?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Tent Pitcher:
      I’d go Pivetta, Stroman has a lot of bad match-ups in the AL beast. Pivetta gets to throw v the Mess and I always try and take an NL over AL arm when I can.

  16. Dave Funnell says:
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    Ugh it’s Monday morning.

    But then I read this and see that the reigning, defending, undisputed champion and current first place Tout Wars Champion, Grrrrrrey from Rrrrrrazzzball (using my inner Paul Heyman here) recommends Garrett Hampson and he’s still available in my deep league?!?! Well that’s one hell of a way to start a week!

  17. Jose Antonio Masini Torres says:
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    Four add drops for the week. Gonna start with Chacin. I’m also not married to Yoenis, Seranthony, or Barraclough. (Or Darvish, if you think he won’t be useful ROS). Any adds you’d make?

    FA Hitters: Avisail, Bauers, Kepler, Puig, Wendle, Winker
    FA Pitchers: Gray, Lucchesi, Rodon, Ross, Velasquez

    12-Team, Yahoo, H2H, 5×5 Redraft League
    C – EMPTY, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Carpenter, 3B – Suarez, SS – Machado, OF – Stanton/Cain/Piscotty Util –  Rendon , Bench –  Yoenis

    SP – Berrios, Corbin, Newcomb, Eovaldi, Wheeler, Duffy, D.Rodriguez, Suarez, Chacin; RP – Davis, Morrow, Seranthony, Barraclough

    DL (2 spots)-  Ramos, Darvish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose Antonio Masini Torres: You can lose Darvish if that frees room for you — Not 100% who you’re grabbing tho… Depends on matchups for the SPs

  18. Scamson says:
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    ROS Eflin or Musgrove

      • Starz says:
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        @Grey: Intriguing! Musgrove seems so MEH to me, but at that tier it’s all a little Meh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All little meh, yeah

  19. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Hahahaha…that Chinese mic drop was gold!

    I’m incredibly log jammed in OF after picking up Winker and Willie Calhoun: Harper, Springer, Hoskins, Chris Taylor, Winker, Calhoun, Braun, A. Garcia.

    Been trying my damndest to trade Avasail Garcia and Ryan Braun before they came off the DL, but absolutely no one buying in the league I need to sell them in. Should I just drop them to the waiver? I need to clear up space for streamers ASAP, but ROS player rater has mad love for them.

  20. Cram It says:
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    I got Hand, Foot and Mouth disease last year. Also known as Coxsackie virus. So I find it funny when Callaway and Mets brass are talking about how it went down and the symptoms and seeming not to understand what the hell it is. I guess they don’t talk to their doctors. Because if they did, they also should’ve known about Cespedes’ heels. But I digress.

    I finally dropped Pivetta. I’m on the verge of straight dropping McCullers too. 3.7 BB/9? C’mon guy.

    I picked up Diego Castillo at the ASB in ‘Perts…great ratios, maybe an outside shot of picking up some saves with a Romo trade or suckage. He proceeds to give up 4 ER (.2 IP) in two days. I just dropped him so I expect him to be getting saves by the weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Haha, hilarious… Yeah, I’m about to drop McCullers too, the problem is I will then have no SPs… My pitching in ‘perts has been next level awful

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I’m right there next to you in awful ERA/WHIP.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haven’t had a year like this in a while in any league, can’t find my chi

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: You can’t go looking for chi, you have to let it come to you. Wait, that’s love, or something.

            You can find Thor. I’ll give him to you, for Benintendi. Deal? Cool.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That[‘s the problem, I keep looking for my chi — Haha

    • Starz says:
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      @Cram It: Oh, they knew about the heels. What they say publicly is very different than what they known privately, and that’s part of the problem with the organization. By not disclosing the severity of these injuries, they drag their players behind enabling beat writers and fans to attack the players instead of the organizations. It’s shameful. They did all of this with Beltran when he needed knee surgery, the team advised against it b/c it would hurt the roster that season. Beltran had it done and played six more years when team doctors said he was done. All the while, Beltran was killed by fans and the media for “taking his time” in recovery.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Starz: I believe that. I haven’t been wanting to admit that the Mets are just a poorly run organization at every turn. But I’ve reached that point.

  21. TC says:
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    Winker or Dickerson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  22. MB says:
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    Grey-

    Drop GALLO for any of 3b going forward for season: R.Healy, M.Chapman, I.HAPP, M.FRANCO, J.Turner, M.Duffy, or hold hoping gallo goes on a tear (doubtful)?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MB: Gallo seems like he’s hot right now

  23. Wally Pipp says:
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    In 37 July at bats, Mallex Smith has 3 doubles, 3 triples, a homer and 2 steals- hitting .432 over that stretch with 5 k’s and 4 walks. Everybody sleeping on this guy. 13.9% owned in espn leagues.

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @Wally Pipp: How many homer he have in the first 241 AB?

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Fungazi 2.0: Who gives af, everyone is starving for steals and he is hitting. Instead of trading for Dee Gordon (.290 avg 22 steals), just pick up Mallex Smith (.288 avg 17 steals)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wally Pipp: Yeah, he’s been relatively solid all year

  24. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Hey Grey- Great write as per your usual. Looking through Streamonator and ROS values- for this week go Wheeler (SD, @Pit), Sonny Gray (KC), or Rodon (@LAA, Tor) ? Thanks !

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: leaning Wheeler

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        @johnnyhobbes: Andrew Suarez (recent Buy!) is also an available option

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: Thanks! I would look at SON… Guessing Wheeler

  25. Ranchero says:
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    If you had to pick 2 out of this group: Jon Gray, Pivetta, Suarez, and Jordan Zimmerman?

    Also Kyle Tucket was dropped in my redraft league after I missed out on him originally…would you drop Souza for him or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ranchero: Suarez, Zimm — I’d go Tucker

  26. PanteraPantheon says:
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    ROS Norris or Minter

  27. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m just here for the “legal steroid turning men into beasts” ads. Though nothing will ever top the “get the breasts you’ve always wanted” banners of 2015.

    Mildly impressed with Giants Derek Rodriguez. The ultra slow curve gives him a 20 mph range across 4 pitches. Has some attitude out there. Command was good but not great. Deception limited hard contact but k upside seems limited. He also slots into the all Rod team occupying the D-Rod slot on a list that will eventually span from Alex to Zebulon.

    My dream is that some day a Doc-type figure circa 1850 will appear at the Mets podium to announce deGrom has the rheum, Cabrera has dropsy and they’re sending Cespedes to the barber for the leaches.

    The iPhone tries to correct Khris to Khrushchev’s. Thanks iPhone. Davis’ swing is really, really good. Super simple. Hands really stay back and he generates a ton of torque through the torso. Anybody who wants to criticize Billy Beane should start with the Davis trade and then go check themselves in to a nuthouse. A’s have been legit competitive for most of Beane’s tenure with plenty of playoffs if no WS. This year’s team has the lowest payroll in MLB and they’re 17 games over .500.,,

    And they’re getting good work out of Edwin Jackson. Throwing harder than I remember. Hit 94 on Friday night.

    I can’t remember seeing a catcher receive the ball more softly and quietly than Lucroy. Never even a flinch. Tremendous at blocking balls in the dirt. Should receive some credit for holding the A’s patchwork SPs together.

    56000 at the Saturday Bay Bridge game. A’s stadium gets full and loud when A’s in the hunt. Place blows for the players I’m sure but for me it’s a great place to see a game.

    The go to the pen and start throwing hard narratives a la Coneley are still weird to me. “Ok we’re going to let you in on a little secret we keep down here in the bullpen…the harder you throw it, the harder it is to hit.,,”

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Also I accidentally autodtafted Greinke in RCL this year, traded him for Matt Carpenter and dropped Carpenter when he was hitting .030 in May. Hey Culligan Man.

      Oaktown Kids have Dickerson. Embarrassment of riches. 121 points as of last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Haha, check out Andrew Suarez, let me know what you think… Hilarious on the Mets… Khris Davis was yet another Mr. Bungle by the Brewers, they are almost as good as the Rockies at not playing who they should play and committing to vets… Conley looks good! Crazy on the Oaktown kids’ run!

  28. Joel says:
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    Do you trust Suarez to tomorrow vs. Seattle? SON seems ‘okish’ on him. Otherwise, I’ll drop him now to snag Buehler before someone else does.

    Fanks!

    If Quintana has been experiencing shoulder fatigue, why the H-E -Hockeysticks (X2) did they let him pitch 121 pitches last night. Uggg, you’re right…MANAGERS!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Joel: Don’t be a rube, get Buehler.

      • Joel says:
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        @Cram It: thanks Cram!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: Yeah, grab Buehler

  29. Bk says:
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    I’m 9s and 10s in hitting (roto) in one league and REALLY strong at steals (almost 30 steals from 3rd most).

    My k/9 is low and my wins, so I’ve targeted Severino; however, the owner asked for Trea Turner AND carpenter.

    Is that too much if it plays for needs? Should I try to do Trea straight up? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: Too much, yes, straight up

  30. Alex says:
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    Given the uncertainty of the Mets’ closer situation, would you add Wily Peralta or Gsellman? Yuck. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: I’d go Gsellman, at least he’s a decent pitcher

  31. Wiz says:
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    In a 12-team keeper league, where I’m only allowed 4 keepers. DJ (2B COL) would cost $17, so likely not worth it. Any point holding him for remainder of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wiz: He’s not a keeper

  32. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Forgot to mention I have Brad Hand… hold for now in a points league? Kelvin Herrera, Kirby Yates are both available. Finished season 3 of Expanse.. need new show to hit up- suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: You watched Gomorrah already? On Netflix, it’s great, subtitled tho… I watched Marcella on Netflix, it was decent…

      I’d go Yates

  33. ESPN position eligibility is 10 games…

    July 1st – Max Muncy declared “everyday 2nd baseman” by Sir Dave Roberts
    *Starts next four games and total of 8 games on season at 2b*
    July 6th – July 22nd: Starts one game at 2b and every other game either 1b or 3b repeatedly leaving him at 9 games at 2b

    I think Dave’s already “sharpened his pencil” too many times…

  34. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Baseball, Baseball, oh Baseball. Where have you gone? What have you done to this beautiful game. Shifts?? RP’s starting games,Home run derby during games, chicks dig the long ball, well, I dig strategy and the chess match that used to be the game we love. Three true outcome batters?? Stadiums that look like NASCARS, crazy priced tickets, Players making millions for playing a kids game, where the average Joe and Josephine’s can’t afford to go with their 4 kids. ALMOST all night games, so kids can’t watch?? WTF are you doing, you fucking greedy owners?!?! You have turned a game into a business, assholes!!

    FU Commish Rob MADfred, STOP THE MADNESS! Baseball needs more Mike Trouts on & off the field.

    BRING BACK SMALL BALL! Salaries based on performance would be nice as well.

    And yes I did get up on on the wrong side of the baseball bed this morning!

    I LOVE BASEBALL, but I really miss the game I grew up with.

    • philip lutz says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: corporatized. go watch a high school game b4 it happens to them,

  35. Bk says:
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    Also, from previously mentioned trade question (great hitting/deep at steals, need wins and K/9)

    I got offered Nola for Hoskins and either Ozuna/Cain

    Ozuna has sucked but I don’t need Cain’s steals, so it’s a toss up. But are too good bats too much for Nola? Need the pitching though.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bk: Both trades are too much to pay in a vacuum. But you need to do what you need to do to win. If you can afford to give up the offense, then do it.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Bk:
      I’d move Hoskins and Cain for Nola and hope OZUNA figures it out in the 2nd half.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: Agree with Cram, they’re overpays

  36. mthom42 says:
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    Can we please see Willie in the two hole.

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @mthom42: LOL only on your birthday

    • Joel says:
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      @mthom42: or the blowhole

  37. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey, in my 12-team ESPN league with deep rosters, the back end of my hitting currently looks like this:

    OF: Piscotty
    UTIL: Calhoun
    Bench: Bauers
    DL : Puig

    With Puig coming off of the DL this week, I’m looking to drop one or two of these guys in place of a streaming spot for a starter. Can you rank those four ROS? Thanks!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @mrm3711: Puig, Piscotty, Calhoun, and Bauers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrm3711: Piscotty, Puig, Willie

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I’m probably going to lose Bauers then hold Willie as a bench bat and likely starter most days given the size of rosters. Appreciated as always!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  38. aardvark says:
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    Trade Corbin for kemp?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @aardvark:
      If you need the bat, go for it.

      • aardvark says:
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        @Grey: at this point is kemp a better own than ozuna

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, as long as he stays healthy

  39. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Good day Grey-

    Robbie Ray was sent to the waiver wire…..my SPs are Degrom, Archer, Snell, Buehler, Taillon, Quintana and Flaherty…..would you drop any of them to add Ray? Thanks

  40. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!!! Happy Monday! Did u catch snowfall? Solid first episode, excited to see how it’s gonba play out this season.

    1) Ervin Santana or Musgrove moving forward?

    2) my upton/Cody Allen/Ray for his Marte/Berrios/Barraclough??

    3) buy or sell Daniel Murphy

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Nightmare!:
      (1) Flip a coin
      (2) Marte/Berrios side
      (3) Sell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightmare!: I stopped watchign Snowfall middle of last season… Maybe I’ll go back at some point, but didn’t like it (and it’s the type of show I should’ve loved)

      1-3 Agree with ‘poop

  41. Ted says:
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    When is Ozuna droppable in 12 team leagues?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Ted:
      I hold through this month.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ted: Agree with MP

  42. Savoy Special says:
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    I hate Ryon Healy.

    I’ve picked him up, dropped him, picked him up, dropped him and he hits two 3-run HRs yesterday. There’s nothing else but hot garbage on waivers right now. I’m just hoping Dietrich gets trading to a contender right now.

    1) Healy or Derek Dietrich ROS?

    Last 30 Days:

    Healy: 6 Runs, 6 HR, 19 RBI, .209 AVG, .641 OPS
    Dietrich: 19 Runs, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, .282 AVG, .857 OPS

    C: Evan Gattis
    1B: Ian Desmond
    2B: Cesar Hernandez
    3B: Derek Dietrich
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    OF: Eddie Rosario
    UTL: Aaron Hicks
    Bench: Yoan Moncada

    Thanks!

  43. Five-on-One says:
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    1 – Calhoun or Grichuck over any of Braun, Avisail, Gallo or Puig? I have a glut of OFs – two of these guys are on my bench.

    2 – Please rank for MI: Hampson, Chris Taylor (playing time?), Wong, Mondesi, Marte, Russell, Villar, Zobrist, Hernan…

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-on-One: 1. Meh, I’d hold 2. Hampson, Taylor, Ketel

  44. phil says:
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    Would you drop Kingery or Franco or not for Garrett Hampson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phil: Drop Kingery

  45. SimsponSassle says:
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    ROS free Willie or Tucker

  46. William Hung says:
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    Talk about sleepwalking out of the ASB – 5 guys batting .150 or lower with Jose Abreu leading the charge here…

    Is it time for us shallow leaguers to get back on the Odor bandwagon? My drop would be Merrifield or Shaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William Hung: Can lose Whit if you need power, otherwise I’d hold

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Abreu’s slump has me in a tough spot because if he turns it back on, then the answer is no, i won’t need power… but right now my team is:

        C- Posey
        1B- Abreu
        2B- Merrifield
        3B- Rendon
        SS- Lindor
        OF- Rosario, Betts, Desmond
        UTIL- Shaw
        B- Tucker, Willie Calhoun, Devers

        • Grey

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          Gotta wait it out a little while longer

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: yeah i hear ya – I guess my question is really if you think Odor has more upside than any of my current players. I’m still in first and should finish with a top 2 placement heading into the H2H playoffs barring a massive Mets-like collapse, which is why I’m targeting upside players and have a bench of Tucker, Calhoun, and Devers right now.

            • Grey

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              I’d lose Calhoun for Odor

              • William Hung says:
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                @Grey: Cool – thanks Grey!

                In a bit of overmathing (is that a word?) I’m currently @ 137 wins with 7 games to go (including the current matchup). History in my league says that 155 wins gets you into the playoffs and 170 gets you a top 2 seed and a bye. We have 14 categories up for grabs per game, so as long as I get 5-6 wins per week ROS, I should get a bye. Just to give you context of where my team stands, and how your advice has me in the drivers seat.

                • Grey

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                  Gotcha

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Awesome!

  47. bill amodeo says:
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    Good stuff Grey.

    I dropped Tucker for Odor this morning.
    Will I regret this??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bill amodeo: I don’t think I would’ve, but hopefully it works out

  48. Five-on-One says:
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    One more (for now)

    Please Rank Minter, Hicks and Conley for Saves ROS. Thanks

  49. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Props to you Grey, I made a trade that everyone else I talked to shit on at the time it was made, and you were the only one who said it was a good trade for me. This was before breg started going off mind you, rosario started going insane, and right when goldy started bouncing back. I’ve also lost only 2 games since (h2h league, sometimes you lose to bad teams):
    My goldy (one more year at $38)
    Devers (no contract yet, can keep at 7)
    Rich hill
    Teoscar (when he was going off)

    For his: newcomb ($1 keeper)
    Abreu (33)
    Rosario (7 bucks, right before he started going off)
    Bregman (2 more years at $10 a year)

    So basically thanks man for all the free great content you provide for us.

  50. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    My bullpen needs help in a 12 teamer, Saves and holds H2H league. Osuna, Bear Claw, Parker and Robertson. Best on the wire….Alexander, Strickland, Hicks, Watson, W Peralta, Cishek.

    1. Do I just hold to see how trades work out? Bear Claw to contender as holds guy seems like a consideration. Or do you see a drop and add here.

    2. In addition, I am about done with Hendricks. I have Max, Kluber, Bauer, Wood, Heaney, and Hendricks with Ryu on DL. He Still may have some name value. Move him for a guy like Norris or Rodney? Or again wait until the dust settles on trades?

    3. Come Sept would you rather have Braun or Cano as a bench bat?

  51. Woolly the Mammoth says:
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    Excellent writing Grey! 10 team H2H keep forever points league. I currently have the best record and want to win now. I have a tentative deal where I receive Justin Verlander in exchange for Miguel Sano and one other player from the following list. Who would you trade and overall do you like this deal for me?

    Byron Buxton
    Lucas Giolito
    Austin Meadows
    Lewis Brinson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I like it, any of them… Send Giolito, Brinson, Buxton, Meadows, that order

  52. mex says:
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    I’m starting to lose my patience with Pivetta . Is it time to drop him and just stream his spot in my rotation?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @mex:

      Drop and stream.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @mex: Depends on depth of league and scoring.

      • mex says:
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        @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:
        14 team, mixed Roto. guys on the wire are: Gibson, Holland, LeBlanc, Luchessi, Kingham, Barria, T. Anderson, Zimmerman, Yarborough, etc

        • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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          @mex: Man that’s right on the borderline I’d say. If you need k’s keep him, if not and he’s your worst pitcher you can stream. None of those guys are great tho, maybe kingham is the best.

    • Grey

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      @mex: Agree with others

  53. Rafael Kam says:
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    Morning Grey!

    1. Who do you like of guys to stash that aren’t currently closing that might end up doing so? i.e. Stammen, Hildenberger, Fry, Givens available in my league. Who are your favs and in what order?

    2. Would you spend a 4th (of 14) waiver priority on Tepera? Would you spend it on Garrett Hampson? Or would you sit tight with it?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Rafael Kam: You want to speculate on a saves add but aren’t sure if you should add Tepera, who is getting saves now?

      • Rafael Kam says:
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        @Cram It:
        If Tepera was Free Agent like those guys, I’d have already added. The question is whether it’s worth losing a good waiver priority in a league where those don’t reset weekly. Toronto situation still murky too – see Clippard getting yesterday’s save.

        • Rafael Kam says:
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          @Rafael Kam:

          And they’re 2 separate questions bc I may do both or still want to know who to speculate on if someone ahead of me gets Tepera.

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Rafael Kam:
            2. I’d want Hampson, if I am using a 4th pick..

            Hope this helps, regarding your Tepera decision:
            Roberto Osuna is eligible to return from his suspension Aug. 5. He’s expected to immediately return to his closer role upon activation

        • Cram It says:
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          @Rafael Kam: Waiver priority is overrated unless it’s a keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Givens, Stammen, Hildenberger 2. Hampson if you need an MI, Tepera if you need an RP — I’d use it, but depends on needs

  54. A guy says:
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    If you were shooting 9’s across the board in an rcl league would you trade jose martinez for brad hand? Martinez would be my utility bat. Thanks for the good reads

    • Cram It says:
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      @A guy: Yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @A guy: Agree with Cram

  55. Starz says:
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    I struck out trying to acquire Gary Sanchez (guy accepted M. Brantley offer over my Haniger offer – which was a bit odd since he’s out of it and he could have kept Haniger for 22nd round pick).

    I turned around and acquired Grandal for my Godley (I have W. Ramos on DL). Not a sexy move but seemed like a decent idea.

    Would you pick-up Kingham or Cahill and drop Castillo? (Kingham vs. Mets on Thurs is appealing).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice trade! Kingham

  56. Scen says:
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    Drop Quintana or rich hill for Andrew Suarez? 10 team h2h QS league

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Scen:
      hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scen: I’d stream out of Hil’s rotation spot

  57. Dave Funnell says:
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    A rebuilding owner is selling a $67×2 Altuve and his $16×3 R. Iglesias. I am contending and would drop them both after the season. He seems enamoured with my $26×3 Ray, my $1×1 Mazara, my $1×1 Rodgers and my $1×1 Hoskins. What combo would you offer? Mazara, while expiring, can be retained after the draft at 25% by its last owner.

    If I take on Iglesias, I also have Vazquez, Bradley, Norris, Gsellman, Edwards Jr, Reed and Vizcaino in my pen and would probably drop one. Gsellman and Norris can spot into my SP with dual eligibility. Any thoughts on who to drop?

    Is Mazara, Ray and Rodgers for Altuve and Iglesias doable? Too much?

    Pts league with points for holds/sv and points lost for hr surrendered.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Dave Funnell:
      Is Mazara, Ray and Rodgers for Altuve and Iglesias is very doable. DO IT!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave Funnell: I’d take Altuve, but that doesn’t sound like a fair offer if that’s what you’re asking

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        @Grey:

        As in I’m not asking enough or I’m giving up too much?

        I’m guessing by the two responses that it’s leaning towards my side.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s in your favor, I doubt it’s giving up enough from you

  58. Scrapski says:
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    Bad news about Thor, that sucks.
    Mets sayin he got it from a Kyndergaardtner….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  59. The Shoe says:
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    Morning, Grey! Another hilarious write-up!

    I have a trade offer sitting on my table: MY Stripling, Aguilar, Haniger, and Bieber for HIS Kimbrel, S. Marte, and LeMahieu.

    A. Is it fair? Do you like the trade for me?

    B. I’m hesitant to give up Stripling, as he’s been my best starter for the past couple of months, and I’m going to try to get LeMahieu replaced with M. Gonzales. If I proposed to swap out Stripling, who would you go with first out of Quintana, Eflin, or Gibson? Guessing Quintana.

    Background info: I’m in a 12-tm H2H points league, and my roster is: Posey, C. Santana, Merrifield, Bregman, Arenado, Trout, Cain, Haniger, Cruz, Aguilar, Tucker; Morton, Quintana, Clevinger, Stripling, Bieber, Gibson, J. Gray, Eflin (DL), Ryu (DL), J. Hicks, Treinen, Rondon, Oh.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Shoe: A. Hold B. DJ may do nothing this year, so how bad do you need Kimbrel and Marte bc you are overpaying

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your input.

        B. I’ve had little success in acquiring another SP1 or SP2 which I think is my greatest need – owners of starters I’m interested in just haven’t been responding. I think Kimbrel is an interesting way to get the extra points I’ve been seeking instead of the SP1 or SP2. As for Marte, I think he could present a slight upgrade to my offense but doesn’t fill a real need.

        Which guys on my side represent the overpaying element? Stripling, Aguilar? Is Kimbrel not worth the gamble?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aguilar = Kimbrel, Stripling + Haniger and Bieber > S. Marte — DJ’s worthless

          • The Shoe says:
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            @Grey: My head is now filled with fantasy math. OK, really grateful for your perspective. I’ll try to make some counter offers that make the math work out better for me.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and thanks!

  60. Thomas Petrone says:
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    is Jose Martinez a straight drop yet? would you rather have JoMA, Steven Souza, Randall Grichuk or Mark Trumbo ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Thomas Petrone: I’m holding Jo-Ma through this week, maybe he gets traded…

  61. Justin Ralph says:
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    Drop German for Odorizzi, Ryu, Kingham, or Duffy? Its a league with a 50 move cap so hopefully this pick up is ROS.

    • Justin Ralph says:
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      @Justin Ralph: Or Ervin Santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Who would be your second choice in case I drop Newcomb after today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Newcomb ROS

  62. Lindorphins says:
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    Looking for DJ replacement. Odor over Ketel ROS? Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Lindorphins:
      Odor

    • Lindorphins says:
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      @Lindorphins: Or Hampson, I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  63. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Rank these keepers in H2H 5×5 league for next year

    Baez in 11th
    Correa in 15th
    Story in 10th

    Thanks!!

  64. Brett says:
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    Currently in first in a 12 team daily league. 6×6 with ops and holds the extra categories. We keep 5 with a 260 budget.

    Currently in 1st in all hitting categories:
    Runs 38 runs ahead of 2nd
    hr’s 10 hr’s over second
    rbi’s 47 rbi’s over second
    steals 33 steals over second
    avg i’m batting .2737 second is 2725
    ops .8343 second is 8243

    Current hitters: No catcher, freeman, albies, baez, Devers, Machado, Moncada, Marte, Bennitendi, Hoskins, Bellinger, Acuna, moncada have a bench of Tucker and Vlad. I also have Torres and Ramos on the dl

    I’m set on keepers. Team in last has Cain and can’t keep him. Would you deal Vlad who can only be kept for 1 year at $5and moncada $15 for 2 years for Cain? This would also allow me to activate Torres and keep tucker. Otherwise I’m probably cutting either Vlad or Tucker to activate Torres.

    Thanks

    • brett says:
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      @Brett: Or do you think my hitting is fine and focus on pitching? My starters are Severino, Snell, Clevinger, Happ, Flaherty, Buehler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: I’d take Cain to free up space

  65. beege1979 says:
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    Hey Grey!

    In need of HR and RBI, 12 team H2H…

    Drop Abreu for Healy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  66. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team OBP H2h limited season moves (budget)

    Drop Gibson (@BOS, CLE, @CLE) for

    Rodon @LAA, TOR, @TB
    Lucchesi @NYM, SF, @CHC
    Castillo PHI, @WAS, @NYM
    Wheeler @PIT, @WAS, CIN
    Matz @PIT, ATL, CIN
    D Rodriguez MIL, @SD, HOU

    Thanks!

  67. Bob's Your Uncle says:
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    Please rank ROS to help reach for a playoff spot:

    Jesse Winker, Kyle Tucker, Tim Anderson, Aaron Hicks, Rougned Odor

    Thank you.

      • Bob's Your Uncle says:
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        @Grey: tHANKS :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  68. Keith Labelle says:
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    Kluber + Haniger or Votto + Muncy?

  69. Slimcompoop says:
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    Couldn’t agree more about Kings of Leon. Everything went down hill following Aha Shake Heartbreak. Great road trip album. The song “Four Kicks” still gets me fired up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Such a great album! I love like 11 songs out of 13

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Before I met my wife I basically listened to old school rap (e.g., Wu-Tang, Outkast, Del, Hieroglyphics, etc.). She gave me a copy of that album in 2009 and I basically listened to it for two years straight then went immediately back to rap.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! We are soulmates, same-same, only I forget who gave it to me

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: When I lived down in San Diego my wife and I went to a music festival where Kings of Leon were playing. I’m thinking it was like 2011 or 2012, which at that point I think KOL had a couple of albums since Aha Shake Heartbreak. They played like a 12-song set and the crowd (including myself and my wife) only cared about the 5 songs they played from Aha Shake.

            Anythehoo…do you listen to the likes of Tame Impala, Grizzly Bear, Temples, King Krule, Mac DeMarco, Toro y Moi, or Beach House?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Street Scene? I might’ve been there that year (with Rudy), REM and Macy Gray also played… I don’t know any of those bands you listed

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Think I’ve heard of Tame Impala, that’s about it tho

              • Macy Gray was so unnecessary NC-17. Wilco played too. Don’t remember any other acts.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, she was lit, before there was a lit

  70. LenFuego says:
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    Between Ray, Paxton, McCullers, Pivetta, and even Bauer and Morton, I am about ready to slit my throat. Three weeks ago, when I was firmly dominating my league in pitching, I never dreamt that Jeremy Hellickson would look like my most reliable starter in short order.

    • LenFuego says:
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      @LenFuego: There is no question, by the way, just had to vent.

  71. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Good morning!

    12 tm h2h, would you add Eaton over any of K Seager, Winker, K Tucker?

    11 tm keeper – Activating Eflin for today. Who is the drop?

    Gurriel, Abreu, or Hicks? My other 1B/OF are Bellinger, Rhysus, Rosario, Blackmon and K Tucker.

    Thanks

  72. J-Hova says:
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    Great write up!

    I was just offered Votto & Greinke for Goldy
    I’m battling a few on power but pitchers are Pivetta, Maeda, BAuer, Corbin & C-Mart

    I’m thinking do it?

    Thanks!

  73. aardvark says:
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    Who’s the better pickup for ROS. Dereck Rodrigues, Buehler, Ervin Santana or Teheran,

  74. LenFuego says:
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    It is nice to get an early start on your 2019 rankings … so we have Tim Anderson firmly slotted in at number 51. Good to know.

  75. ACR says:
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    End of the roster for a spot that isn’t starting yet, big HR lead already but close in SB. Speculate on Tucker, WCalhoun, or Hampson, or just hold Healy just because?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ACR: Tucker

  76. NH says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I need your help this week for two lineup positions.

    For Outfield, which three would you start?

    Judge – @TB, KC
    Stanton – @TB, KC
    Springer – @COL, TEX – Only plays 5 games this week.
    Pollock – @CHC, @SD
    S. Marte – @CLE, NYM

    For 1B which one would you start?

    Votto – STL, PHI
    Hoskins – LAD, @CIN

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NH: Judge, Stanton — Hoskins

      • NH says:
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        Who would be your third outfielder
        Pollock, Springer or Marte

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Springer

  77. Hi Grey —

    Drop Moncada for Hampson, or hold?

    Thanks!

  78. DeRose says:
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    Ian Happ or Piscotty ROS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty

  79. Steve Jaguar says:
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    Trade Proposed to me:

    His:
    Lester, Wacha, Kyle Tucker, Justin Bour

    My:
    Madbum Willie Calhoun

    Dynasty league. 10 teams. H2H.

    My concern is Lester and Wacha having down second-half production and breaking down.
    But also thinking I need to sell MadBum while I can because of his velocity dip and struggles.

    Thoughts on this?

  80. Molina Bros BBQ says:
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    E Escobar, M Tayor, Folty, Jon Gray (all keepable cheap) for Starling Marte

    Do the deal for Starling if I need steals for the stretch run?

    My offense is solid, but my other pitchers are Verlander, Mikolas, Pivetta, Kingham, Bieber, Heaney, Yates, Seranthony, Doolittle (DL)

    Hoping to nab another closer or two as trades occur and jobs change.

    Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine for Marte to win this year

  81. Sansbae89 says:
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    My current middle infielders include Crawford and Dejong. With Crawford slumping, would you hold both players or explore other options such as the following:

    Happ
    Odor
    Kingery
    Ketel Marte
    Cano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Odor

      • Sansbae89 says:
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        @Grey: Which guy would you drop for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crawford

  82. lwomack58 says:
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    Which two pitchers do you like best for ROS:
    D. Duffy, Eovaldi, Kingman, Freeland, Dereck Rodriguez, VV, Cahill, S. Gray, or Lucchesi.

    Thanks and have a great day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There is no ROS with these guys… Kingham, VV

  83. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Good stuff as usual. Would you add Hampson over Kike to play either 2B or SS in a Yahoo 12 Team H2H League with OPS and Holds? I should really insert him over Daniel Murphy, but something is holding me back.

    And really glad the CMART for Marte trade that I made early on paid off (I sent CMART away, so I am being serious). Then again, I thought I had enough pitching with Stras, Ray, Darvish Godley and Bauer, but alas… Yeah, I ain’t doing well.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, I’d try Hampson — nice trade!

  84. Diego says:
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    Is my Muncy and Donaldson for Kershaw a good trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

      • Diego says:
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        @Grey:

        I also am working on a deal that trades my Ray and Deshields for Rendon and Osuna. I can only accept one of these two deals. Which do you like more? I have a lead in first place so I can afford Osuna not playing for a few weeks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rendon side, it’s not close

  85. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey!

    I’ve got a 12 team, 5×5, h2h, keeper league question for you…My team, while being pretty talent loaded, is scuffling lately.

    I’m likely going to make the playoffs, but I’m really lacking in lots of hitting categories right now. There is a team who is out of it looking to add a keeper for several players. I’m thinking of offering one of my keepers to add some help. Would you consider moving any of these players;

    Rizzo, Springer, Bellinger, Acuna

    for a return of; Aguilar, Moustakas, Carrasco

    I was considering offering Andujar + Rizzo, but I’m hesitant to give him up still.

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems a bit much

  86. NH says:
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    Grey,

    There is a GM trying to make a trade with me.

    Here are the list of pitchers he is willing to talk about
    Tanaka, Stripling, Greinke, Buehler, Eovaldi, Allen, Berrios

    Here is the list of players I am willing to part ways with.
    Votto, Winker, S. Marte, Pollock, Morton, Corbin, C-Mart

    Who would you trade and who would you trade for? Any package deal you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C-Mart, Winker for Berrios and Stripling?

  87. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Double dipped in streamers with the Padres yesterday. That Velasquez start took away all my Pivetta rage.

    It was nice to see an official scorer get it right in the first game. When a player misplays a routine fly ball, and it falls in, it’s absolutely an error. Saved Pivetta a couple earned runs.

    I was about to give up on Snowfall and not watch this season, but I gave the first episode a shot. I thought it was pretty good. The CIA guy’s role is enmeshed with the more interesting plot lines, and it has been lessened. It’s a hold for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw that on Pivetta’s earned runs, wish the same happened with Suter and Folty and Robbie Ray and C-Mart…Ugh…. Oh yeah on Snowfall? The first season was weak

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Yikes on your pitching. I would put Snowfall in a similar situation as 3 of the pitchers you mentioned: ready to cut bait at a moment’s notice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, I might wait until it hits Netflix and just binge it doing a cold run

  88. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    One more Grey,
    I dropped Godley to add a 4th OF in our 10 Team H2H Points League, which is a position I have been rotating through all season. I have done ok with my adds. I probably should have dropped Pivetta instead? I really couldn’t see where I would start Godley, but he has been doing kinda ok lately. So Pivetta or Godley?

    Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta, neither really

  89. B.Loblaw says:
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    Would you grab K.Herrera for Hand with a 20 save lead over second place?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  90. Bob says:
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    I’ve been offered rendon for archer. Do I take that offer? 13k yesterday / looking healthy and the fact that he may be pitching for a new team has me on the fence. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Rendon

  91. waffles says:
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    i like the Greinke blurb

    would you rather own Odor or Schoop?
    would you rather pitch Hamels (OAK) or Eflin (LAD) today?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor — Eflin — neither tho

  92. Cable says:
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    H/H points….Gallo and Tucker are on my short bench Jon Gray ,T Ross and Cahill are FA you drop either hitter for one of these SPers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not right now

      • Canle says:
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        @Grey:

        Waiting till NLB trade deadline ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  93. Fogimon says:
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    I’m all in, Grey. Made 3 deals to hopefully improve my chances, but I traded future for now so hopefully it pans out.

    10 x 10 Roto – Keeper league

    My Verdugo for his Cain (expiring)
    My Yelich & Bichette for his Scherzer
    My Vlad & Bauers for his Machado

    Grade them? I am sitting in 3rd, chances to gain in every category.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They look good!

  94. Jason says:
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    Best bet for saves in the short term…Strop, Edwards, Tepera, Clippard, or Arano? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tepera

  95. JESSE LIBROT says:
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    Grey, thanks for the help already today. Question – –

    Is it worth holding on to Buxton, Gio Gonzalez, Sano at this point? Drafted all 3 sadly. H2H league, looking forward to playoffs as my spot is mostly locked up.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose all three if there were better options

  96. Jason Morgan says:
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    Why doesn’t it show Strasburg as scheduled for a start yet this week? WTF, I’ve got weekly lineups to set in a few hours!!!

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @Grey: Where does it get it’s data? All other sites don’t show him scheduled.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Question for Rudy

          • Jason Morgan says:
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            @Grey: Huxtable?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes

        • @Jason Morgan: i have a feed that looks at team-announced probable pitchers and some educated guesses. i have an algorithm that fills in the remaining slots based on active roster, DL, etc.

          i checked one other source (Onroto) and the have Strasburg in rotation this week too.

  97. hankp says:
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    Grey
    2 groups, Rank ROS: Hosmer, Yuli, Gallo
    and Pivetta, Eduardo, Wacha

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer, Gallo — Pivetta, DL, DL

  98. SquareCircle99 says:
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    Drop 3

    Eovaldi
    Buehler
    Musgrove
    Heaney
    Suarez
    Eflin
    Pivetta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why not look at matchups? I guess Eovaldi, Eflin, Pivetta

  99. Cubjet says:
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    Drop Sabathia or Pivetta?

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta

  100. Cohen says:
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    Heaney or Buehler?
    Also would u trust starting Lucchessi at Mets tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no way to trust Lucchesi — Buehler

  101. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Winkler or Arano, long term?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winkler

  102. RazzCommenter says:
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    Gotta drop 1 in a 12-team, 6×6 OPS league: Andrelton Simmons, Yuli Gurriel (has 3B eligibility), Hampson (I’d prefer to hold to see what he does), and Tim Anderson.

    I’ve got Machado at 3B/SS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuli

  103. JP says:
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    Grey-absolutely love the Goodwin comment. I read everyday, donate annually and ask questions often I do not however thank you enough. Thanks Grey for making my sense of humor look normal and for your tireless efforts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, thanks!

  104. Wright says:
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    Need saves and pretty much everything.
    Going to liquify Arenado.

    I was offered two great offers

    A. Nelson Cruz, Degrom, and F Vazquez

    B. Carrasco, Moustakas, Acuna, and KJansen

    Which side? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. sounds fine if you need SPs and it’s a redraft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: We just can’t proclaim our devout love again, can we? It just makes me sad, because, well, it was such a beautiful relationship. Once that trust is gone though, I understand. Sniff Sniff. Hope we can catch a movie sometime soon.
        signed, yours always,
        Rougned

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We’re together still, you can’t send me a Dear John letter!

  105. JP says:
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    ROS: Hosmer or Abreu? Also, Aaron Hicks or Dickerson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu — Dickerson

  106. DonnieB says:
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    Do you like Hampson,Tucker or Reddick for ROS? Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not ROS, I’d try Tucker for a few

  107. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Braun, Haniger, Peralta….who gets cut?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta

  108. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    I just noticed Schoop is a FA. Would you drop Merrifield for Schoop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  109. Slimcompoop says:
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    I dropped Teoscar Hernandez and spent $9 to pick up Willie Calhoun in my 12-team keeper league team. I think it’s a decent trade-off/gamble, but the interesting thing is that nobody else even put in a single bid on Calhoun. Which makes you start wondering…Am I high? I don’t think I’m high (slapping yourself). Damn, maybe I am high.

    Is there a glossary term for when you bid on a player and nobody else in your league does?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think we have a term for that (yet)

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey:

        Winner winner solo dinner

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  110. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Thoughts on this STL SP

    Daniel Poncedeleon is slated to make his major league debut in a start Monday against the Reds. The 26-year-old has posted a a 2.15 ERA and 103/48 K/BB ratio over 92 innings this season in Triple-A.

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Worth watching, but that walk rate is pretty bad, and his periphs are nothing great. One of the prospects guys could probably give you a much better idea than me.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: I was checking him out too. But I’m not going near him with a BB rate like that .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram, his walk rate is insane

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Fred Garvin MP: @Cram It: @Grey:

        He has survived being hit in the head with a line drive that caused a fractured skull. I sure am rooting for him to succeed. Could be a nice feel good story..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m rooting that he doesn’t have CTE

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey:
            CTE?

            • VinWins

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              @Malicious Phenoms: It’s an actual thing, not a made-up Grey thing, so probably caused you confusion. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @VinWins: never heard of grey “made up” injury. clearly MP doesn’t follow any contact sport if he didn’t know what that is. CTE almost never comes from one head injury though, even one that requires your skull to be drilled to relieve the pressure.

  111. Steve says:
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    Rosario moved to top of the order, like him or Swanson more for MI upside? Will be cyclopsing is Rosario’s given the green light to start running….

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amed

  112. thejacks says:
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    Drop Trumbo or Smoak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo

  113. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft

    In need of pitching….Rendon for Nola? I have Devers I can slot at 3B if I made this trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  114. Dancin Homer says:
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    I’m in a 12-team, H2H, 6×6 (OPS & QS) redraft league.

    I have 2 moves left this week (we get 5 per week and with All-Star, this was an extended week).

    Would you add Hampson to play 2b/IF/UTL over the following players (currently have Albies hurt):
    Ian Happ
    Olson
    Lamb
    Y. Gurriel

    Also, same scenario as above with # of moves; would add Gsellman this week or hold to stream a SP?

    As always, thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Happ — hold in case you need to stream

  115. Mex says:
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    currently have Kike Hernandez as my 2B, Guys at the end of my roster are(I start 2 of these on a week to week basis): J. Polanco, M. Taylor, N. Williams, Teoscar, B. Hamilton.

    Swap out any of those guys for Hamson, Wong, Gyorko, Kingery, Villar, Dan Robertson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hampson over Polanco

      • Mex says:
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        @Grey: thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  116. southside dom says:
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    In a dynasty keep forever, would you trade Haniger for Dozier?

    It’s a 10 team weekly league with OBP, deep benches, and we only start 9 position players plus a utility bat.

    I’ve been running out Moncada at 2B. New starting OF would be Springer, Rosario, and Khris Davis, with Desmond, Polanco, and Willie Calhoun on the bench.

    Thanks G

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  117. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Long time no talk Grey how u been? With Wong going on DL im hoping this JMart Stupidity ends…..they have the same record as the Rays and arent in the AL east!!! ROS and Beyond add verdugo to drop chapman, longo, or Sano who I just stashed for the AAA callup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you! Agree, please let the dumbness end — lose Longo

  118. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good afternoon, Grey! Great update as usual.

    As further proof of how clueless the Texas Rangers are, they’re sitting Willie today–ostensibly so they can see what they have in Ryan Rua. God knows he’s their future. WTF?

    I already own both Tucker and Willie. For Util slot, should I drop Willie for Yonder, Ketel 1, Mallex or Bauers? Any of those upgrades over what Willie can do? Or do I hold and hope Texas goes full Willie post trade deadline?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are you serious? They’re now benching Calhoun?! HA, I can’t even — Yonder (they’re all better possibly), but I’d wait for Willie if you can

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, crazy. If they’re extremely lucky what do they win the rest of the way? 20 games? 25 if they go beast mode? For what? Play the kids!

        Incidentally Ryan Rua is a fun name to say while doing a Sly Stallone impression.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          When I hear Ryan Rua in my head, I hear an Asian lion

          • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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            @Grey: Ha! That’s why you get the big bucks

  119. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Slim pickings at SS after I traded off my only guy eligible at SS.

    Camargo, Iglesias, Gyorko, Miller, Beckham, and Swanson.

    I’m leaning toward Beckham.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        @Grey: Yes, you are right. It’s an OBP league. I probably don’t want Beckham if Gyorko is out there. Thanks.

        Which RP goes? Robertson or Yates?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Robertson

          • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. One more time….I mustache you a question…I have Ian Happ at MI but he’s eligible at 1B. I can pick up your lede and drop CJ Cron.

            Do you love Hampson that much? To drop CJ Cron or Ian Happ for him? I do have Villar coming back off the DL. Rank ROS: Cron, Happ, Hampson, Villar.

  120. Clive says:
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    Keeper league and I’m in contention (2nd place). Would you trade your Rd 14 K Bryant for Rd 1 Machado and Rd 20 R Ray? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would to win this year

  121. aardvark says:
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    In need of pitching help. I’m thinking of moving cmart for Taillon and Jon gray. What do you think? Seems like a lost season for cmart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do it

  122. Toph says:
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    Hope you had a great weekend Grey. Dynasty trade:

    My MadBum and Scooter for his Freddie Freeman.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Freeman side

  123. Bobby says:
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    In a 12-team standard mixed Yahoo keeper league. Here is my roster:
    C – Gattis
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Merrifield
    3B – Bryant
    SS – Gregorius
    OF – Betts, Blackmon, Brantley, Soto, Ozuna
    SP – Bauer, Snell, C-Mart, McCullers, Taillon, Flaherty
    RP – Osuna, Rondon, Soria, Yates, Hicks, Strickland

    With both C-Mart and Snell on the DL, I need pitching help. I could also improve my hitting. Would you make this trade?: I give up Bryant, Brantley, & Snell for Freddie Freeman & Luis Severino.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

    • Bobby says:
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      I should note that the other team is already playing for next year and Freeman can’t be kept for next year (Bryant & Snell could be kept for 2019 & 2020; Severino for 2019 only). He also has Edwin Diaz (who can’t be kept), but that would probably require me giving up a 2nd round pick next year for that whole package.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You’re paying, but if it helps you win, it’s worth it

  124. Josh C says:
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    Drop Andrus for Hampson?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Josh C says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  125. Repa says:
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    Starting Corbin tonight in Chicago?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  126. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m streaming Barria today against the Light Sox. That is all. Actually, post script, I might back that with a DFS play. Anybody got a pick to click?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poncedeleon

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: nice he looked pretty good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looking great!

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey: 7 no hit innings deceptive looking guy hard, to pick up the high heat.. added him before the start was oh soo close to starting him!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, looked solid, but no Ks and walks

  127. RobMac says:
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    Hey Grey, trying to take your advice and sell MadBum.

    Got an offer for MadBum + Eugenio Suarez for Justin Turner (now on DL) + Castellanos + Betances

    11 team 6×6 OBP and 6×6 Sv+Hd

    Which side?

    Thanks! Awesome stuff as usual.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @RobMac: FWIW, I’d hold for sure + ask for a lot more. Bum isn’t too great anymore, but Turner will barely play this year, and the other pieces are very meh . . . your Eugenio is really the centerpiece there, he’s a stud!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eugenio side

  128. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Who would you bench from the below options? Need Ws + ratios primarily.

    Kingham v. Mets ($6.6 son – against Matz)

    Dereck Rodriguez v MIL ($6 – against Miley)

    Hendricks v ARZ (Bucholz, $6.7) and @STL (-$2, Mikolas).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks

  129. Ben Marrow's Killa Pants says:
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    What’s up Grey? Trade offer in a Dynasty, H2H league: Springer for Ryan Mountcastle, Jason Groome, Miles Mikolas, Jalen Beeks, and Roman Quinn. One team is in contention and the other is not. Is this a fair trade or not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer side

  130. Trea says:
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    Who do you like better ROS, Robbie Ray or Mike Moustakas? I’m a bit lighter on pitching, two aces in Nola and Bauer, but the only depth behind is Taillon and Kingham.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  131. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Here’s a fun Clevinger stat:

    March/April: 6.25 k/9

    May: 8.78

    June: 9.19

    July: 11.31

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  132. Molina Bros BBQ says:
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    Would you drop Michael taylor for Hampson? Taylor is hardly playing but I can’t help the feeling that Eaton (who I also own) is never long for the active roster.

    Top three you would you grab speculating on save chances from this list?
    Jimenez, Jace Fry, Mychal Givens, Hildenberger, LeClerc, Steckenrider, Swarzak

    Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Hampson — Givens, Jimenez, Hidlenberger

  133. Ty says:
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    Andrus, Free willy, or Healy overall value bench bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy or Andrus depends on needs

  134. Denver says:
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    Grey, got a trade question. H2H, Dynasty league: Springer for Mountcastle, Jason Groome, Roman Quinn, Jaleen Beeks, and Miles Mikolas. What do you think about this trade? Is this too much or not enough for Springer? One team is in non contention while the other is in the mix.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered

  135. Arnold says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I’ve got a huge deal for you to grade…
    I get Harper, Osuna, Moustakas, and Lowrie for Muncy, Ray, Deshields, Pivetta, Donaldson

    Which end do you like better, team needs notwithstanding?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  136. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    AL only with holds and saves sold separately. have romo/j.anderson/k.herrera (we don’t lose guys midseason unless we drop them when they move to NL, albeit if they start next year in NL we can’t KEEP them, we only keep 3 anyway so RP not really keepers)/brach.
    familia is in FAAB bidding. 10/100 is winning. worth nabbing here or not really an upgrade over j.anderson/brach and what romo would turn into if moved in trade (holds guy).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, hold

  137. Allan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    My team has fallen so far out I think it’s over for me. I have Jose Ramirez and Stanton in a 3 keeper league for next year. Have Sale as well and it seems like I can get Bryce Harper for Sale in a one on one swap. Thoughts on that? Think Harper can recover and have a good year next year? Seems like this might be a fluke, thanks man…

    Allan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Harper over Sale

  138. John says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Previous comment disappeared so forgive me if this becomes a double post. My team is pretty much out of it. I have Jose Ramirez and Stanton for next year (3 keepers) and seems like I can get Harper straight up for Sale. Thoughts?

    Think Bryce can have a big year next year? Seems like this is a fluke year.

    Best,

    John

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just answered above

  139. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    smokey’s been showing how bad the mess are at catching stealers. only proof you’d ever need hedges and christ new town/house just did in same inning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally

  140. Gotime says:
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    Evening Grey! So my pitching is a hot mess, it’s a redraft H2H cats weekly league and I’m comfortably in 2nd for now.
    15 moves left, my hitting near tops every week. What’s the strategy here hold the moves and stay afloat and use for September (obviously as long as bats stay healthy) or start streaming a move a week for 2 starters? pitchers to drop and make spots for streamers are Eflin Pivetta Newcomb for now..
    Guess I can ask this on Sunday since it’s weekly haha.. ugh… Watching Eflins box score made me want to be Bill Murray and Eflin be Ned Ryerson for the KO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold as many moves as I could until Sept

  141. LG Baseball says:
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    Awesome write up Grey!

    Do you like Baez or Bregman in a keeper?

    Thanks!
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  142. Taking14DaTeam says:
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    1. Sounds like you believe in Heaney. More so than a Hendricks return to form? One of them needs to go into a trade so trying to decide who helps me more so in September playoffs.

    2. Of these closers, who would you cut? Osuna, Bear Claw, Parker
    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I like Heaney more right now, but he has more risk if shallow league, it’s fine, but I don’t know what to expect from him in Sept. 2. All of them? Kidding (kinda)… Osuna

      • Taking14DaTeam says:
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        @Grey:

        1. 12 teamer, 24 spots.

        2. I know – ugh. Hence the trade. I have 7 starters so trying to get a Wade Davis or Knebel for a SP. Maybe both for a SP and a bench bat. SAGNOF has not been kind to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Hendricks in Sept
          2. I hear ya

  143. William Hung says:
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    So Severino doesn’t like July huh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Apparently

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: My pitching has been absolute trash from the get go after the ASB – Seranthony tonight, Barraclough over the weekend, Bauer and Severino… Also have Archer so I enjoyed the 13 Ks but everything else was meh

        My batters have officially combined to hit below the mendoza line for the week, so this is a full team effort in futility right now.

  144. Robert says:
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    ROS in a 10 team h2h league: Ray or Gray?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Gray

  145. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    @Grey: 7 no hit innings deceptive looking guy hard, to pick up the high heat.. added him before the start was oh soo close to starting him!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above (or below)

  146. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    It’s nuts what your boy Trevor Williams is doing to the Indians. There’s not a glossary term for a pitcher killing it against a team you would never in a million years start him against is there? Even if I owned him I would’ve benched him for that matchup.

  147. Worm Burner says:
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    Is a currently healthy Madbum worth more than hand/foot/mouth Syndergaard ROS?

    Do you like Trea turner & Madbum OR
    Lindor & syndergaard ROS?
    OR why bother?

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, Noah is a top 7 SP, Bum may not be top 20 — Lindor side, it is not close

  148. Justin Ralph says:
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    Chris Taylor was dropped in my league. I have a very good IF except that Hosmer has been killing me. I could drop him for Taylor. Or I could drop Rodon or Seranthony Dominguez?

    Marcell Ozuna was also dropped. My OF is stacked but I hate to see a guy like Ozuna sitting there. What do you think Grey?

  149. uncle ernie says:
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    Need a fifth starter. Maeda. Duffy. Tanaka or Wood. Thank you sir

  150. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I tried asking Ralph about the trade offer, but hasn’t responded as of yet

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