Yesterday, Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .184.  As I’ve mentioned, I’m busy on the backend of the site doing year-end recaps for every position, and, yes, even the catchers, which will be released after the season ends.  With that said, did good ol’ Gary have the worst season ever for a consensus number one at a position?  Was it consensual?  “Why ya gotta put the word sensual in consensual?” every man in 2018.  By the by, was there a grabby hands discount coupon at GropeOn that I missed?  Sanchez’s year makes Cervelli look like a first ballot Hall of Famer.  And, if there’s ever a wing for concussions, I hope Cervelli’s CTE is one day in there.  Sanchez might be the first person to ever achieve exactly half of his preseason projections.  Even his batting average is about half of what was expected.  For 2019, I could see him recovering, but I won’t be the one to draft him to find out.  In other words, I’ll be bringing out major hedges with Sanchez, while drafting Austin Hedges.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Luis Severino – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.39.  Likely his last time on the mound this regular season, and finishes with a bleh start to put the meh cherry on the whatevs sundae.

Miguel Andujar – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .298.  His Rookie of the Year candidacy is starting to pick up steam from about Stamford to Jersey City.

Avisail Garcia – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  White Sox announced Avisail will have knee surgery on October 2nd.  If the White Sox go 65-0 over their final five games, Avisail will miss the playoffs.

Trevor Bauer – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 2.26.  Meh, not bad when you consider he’s likely looking at these games as spring training for the playoffs.  Obviously, he’s no Billy Butler aka Mr. Grapefruit.

Yan Gomes – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  If you’re wondering, yes, you would’ve been better off drafting Yan Gomes than Gary Sanchez.

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.53, as he reached 300 Ks.  Scherzer vs. the Marlins was a $64 start on the Stream-o-Nator.  Might be wrong, but I think that’s the highest I’ve ever seen.  It predicted a line of 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10.5 Ks.  It ended up being 10 Ks, you dopey robot!

Anthony Rendon – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 24th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Someone is locked in like every sitcom character in the 80’s that ever went into a meat locker, and like Bill Cosby now.

Matt Wieters – 3-for-4, 1 RBI and two straight games prior with homers.  Hot schmotato alert!

Peter O’Brien – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer in 18 games.  I’m not embarrassed to say I own O’Brien in multiple leagues.  Okay, a little embarrassed.  Like embarrhalfassed.

Mike Montgomery – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.99.  I have no stake in any teams in October, but the Cubs are one of the worst 90-win teams of recent memory.

Kris Bryant – Left yesterday’s game with a wrist injury.  Yo, KB, go home now, and rest your whole shizz until March.  Unless you’re impersonating the ‘merely a flesh wound’ guy on purpose.

Pablo Reyes – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Who?  I have no idea, but hot schmotato alert!

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.30 on the Pirates, and 4.31 on the Rays — see, the NL is better for pitchers!  He’s one of the few starters going tonight who is scheduled to start again this year.  Will he?  I’d guess so, but no one has any idea.  The Stream-o-Nator loves it, for what it’s Werth.

Austin Gomber – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.07.  A Cardinals starter with an ERA over 4?!  You will be banished to the Isle of Justin Morneau with their chief physician, Dr. Dave Duncan.

Yadier Molina – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Try to tell your slightly younger cousin about how Molna used to be a 7-homer hitter.  They’ll never believe you.  But that might have more to do with how you convinced them there was a Santa until they were 12.

Gio Gonzalez – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA a 4.34.  Would line up to start the last day of the season, but it seems highly unlikely he’d start that game if the Brewers don’t need him, and even less likely I’d trust him.

Jesus Aguilar – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 34th homer.  Let’s reopen a wound, shall we!  We shall, we shall.  I dropped Aguilar in one league after a long weekend of him hitting well.  Why?  That’s one big Shruggy the Emoji.  No clue, Colonel Mustard.

Ryan Braun – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 17th and 18th homer, and three homers in the past two games.  He is two homers from getting exactly to his preseason projections and that has been so painful to own.  Like watching paint dry.  Blue and gold, steroidy paint.

Christian Yelich – 2-for-6, 6 RBIs and his 33rd homer, hitting .321.  Save some for next year’s suckers who draft you in the top five overall!

Trevor Hildenberger – 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.25, as he came into the game to start the 8th inning.  Nothing like losing a $1,000 league because the Twins thought a two-inning save was a fun idea.  *opens The Bell Jar, sticks head in oven*  Could someone turn on the pilot light?

David Dahl – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  I drafted Dahl as my 2nd outfielder in one league (the NFBC league where I’m in 1st but barely), and could see doubling down on that boneheaded move.  I got crackers in the medulla!

Mike Leake – 1 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.36.  If you streamed him, Leake needs to present to you 65 signed character witnesses because you were violated.

Jean Segura – 2-for-6, 2 runs and his 10th homer, hitting .303.  Right now, he’s battling between 8 and 10th for shortstops on the Player Rater.  On a more interesting note, Bregman is 6th for shortstops.  That’s screaming overrated to me.  Which is why I’m wearing earmuffs.

Hunter Pence – 2-for-5, 3 runs and his 4th homer.  The Gangly Manbird now leads the Giants in homers.  I kid.  He’s 2nd.  Okay, no, but not far off.  The Giants might not get a 20-homer hitter this year.  Buster Posey was close with five, but sadly he’s injured.

Walker Buehler – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.76.  Incredible season, and maybe next year Rich Hill can use Buehler’s torn-noodled elbow to throw another 100 IP.

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-4 and his 24th homer.  Sonavabench!  To be clear, I’m benching my 2nd round pick!  On a larger point, it shows one poor early round pick doesn’t sink your team.   I mean, Bellinger wasn’t the worst 2nd rounder, but he was no J.D. Martinez.  This is, again, the league where I’m holding on to 1st by the skin of my Dracula teeth.  (For those keeping track, Dahl and Bellinger are both on this team.  Lindor, Giancarlo, Yelich, Bauer, Mikolas and others haven’t hurt.  My 1st starter in this league was Darvish, so, again, one bad pick doesn’t sink you.  Or three.)

Joey Gallo – 1-for-3 and his 40th homer, hitting .210.  You know how when sluggers age their batting average bottoms out?  Chris Davis, for example.  Well, Gallo is going to hit .078 one year or is currently 78 years old.

Shohei Ohtani – Will have Tommy John surgery next week.  There’s no balloons rising on the screen like this a Facebook Live party, but I’m extremely excited by this news.  It means he can’t pitch next year, but can hit, oh (tani), I don’t know, 30+ homers?  Then return to pitching in 2020.  First bit of good news for the Angels since The Sciosciapath accidentally thought Mike Trout was Luis Valbuena and played him for six months before catching the mistake.

Touki Toussaint – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  One of those players I’m already excited about drafting for 2019, then dropping in April after one bad start, then watching him put together a dream season from May-September.  It is written, so it shall be.

Ozzie Albies – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .265.  Maybe it’s pronounced all-B’s, but I give his 2nd half all C’s.

Noah Syndergaard – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.22.  Better than he’s been, but less Ks than innings still isn’t the pitcher you expect to see from him.  The people who are commenting that say he’s just not motivated, yeah, I’m not hearing that excuse.

Ryan O’Hearn – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  He could very well homer again today, so I could see grabbing him, but wanted to mention something real fast.  The Royals are playing the Reds the final week of the season.  This says MLB knew these teams were going to be awful this year.  If you know a team’s going to be awful, maybe, I don’t know, figure out a way you don’t think teams are already awful in January.

Hunter Dozier – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer.  Usually Dozier and O’Hearn form a blahtoon, but wouldn’t mind see both of them get starts every day the rest of the way.  Sorry to the three Alcides Escobar owners.

Lourdes Gurriel – Done for the season.  Be interesting to see where he lands in drafts next year.  My guess is no one will be drafting him, which makes him appealing.  “Love what you’re saying here!”  No, Mitch Garver, just because no one will be drafting someone doesn’t make them appealing.  “You make Mitch Garver sad.”

Aaron Sanchez – Underwent surgery on his right index finger.  If you have any pointers for his recovery, send them his way.

Alex Bregman – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer, hitting .289.  The calls for MVP are growing louder, especially if you don’t ask anyone but Astros fans.

Roberto Osuna – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 20th save, ERA at 2.43.  Had assault charges withdrawn.  Someone should write behind the Astros home plate, “No pepper games allowed with your assault.”

   
  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up.

    a. So sorry about the 1000$ league and Hildenberger. He should be called Hindenberger though you all should have known better to smoke inside a helium-filled baloon, dur!

    b. Wife went on a surprise road trip with her best friend (who is a woman, they know each other from college and have been friends ever since they found out they were born on the same day in the same hospital. They do the comparison thing – her husband v. me, their kids v. our kids. Lots of suffrage going on.). Kids went to school early so home alone for some me time. Yeah.

    c. Enjoying Michael Palin in North Korea – 2 part series. Pretty cool, the trip to the DPRK has been seen before for sure but his trip is to unseen stuff and getting to meet real people. Looks good so far. I’ll ask Jake if he likes it.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 26

    Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Ante Galic:

      Ante!
      Next year please do quotes from the Rock.

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Grimey!

        That’d do for the first week of quotes! Then what? I could continue right up until Skyscraper…Just kidding ’cause I know you’re kidding. Next year it’s WC Fields quote of the day. Grey said we need to bring a little humor back to the quote section. It was pretty solemn last year with Rambo, too rude with Norm quotes, too trite with CSI Miami quote.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Haha, hopefully I can hold on, all hope is not lost (yet) B. What if the friend’s husband was FrankGrimes? C. I’ll have to check it out C. Thanks, Twain!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Lol! Basically, my wife’s friend married her father (more or less). The guy was like 15 years older than her. When they got married it was okay, but he retired like 5 years ago and she still has 17 years to go. He’s fat and bald and spends money frivolously (like every time he goes to a shopping mall he has to buy a CD of something that’s on special (like for 8$ or less) but never uses it or it has a defect and can’t be returned. She is the breadwinner, decision-maker, and bad cop in the house and she gets tired of it constantly.

        If she married Grimey, well, I don’t think I’d be able to stack up. So it’s a good thing she’s not married to Grimey.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t knock the discount CD bin!

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            Knock it if you spend like 500$ per year on shit that you will never use or is defective after one use!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Haha, but what if it’s Roxette’s Greatest Hits?

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                Haha! Or ELO greatest hits for that matter. But it’s Europe so it’s worst of the worst compilation of Italian music with crap quality recordings and songs no one ever heard because they are stank. Other compilations are French songs but at least 3 titles out of 10 are repeated. It’s pretty bad overall but he goes all doe-eyed over anything foreign. People from the former Yugoslavia are still suffering from not having much before 1991 and are now gorging on the rebound with their new-found freedom.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Are you saying ELO is better than Roxette? Whoa nelly!

                  • Ante Galic says:
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                    @Grey: Grey!

                    I was born in ’67. In the summer of ’78 it was ELO, Eagles, etc that got a lot of playing time on our local radio. There were only 3 radio stations at the time in Toronto. Kind of a sentimental choice (emphasis on the mental). Sorry, very nice music Roxette.

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You got the look!

  2. Sandman says:
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    Oh Fantasy Master Lothario

    Looking to stream saves this weekend for the final push. Have one roster move left on the year.
    Which 2-3 do you like most?
    -MIA: Steckenrider/Conley @ NYM
    -KC: Peralta vs. CLE
    -MIN: Trevor may/Trevor hildenberger/Rogers Vs. DET and CHW
    -CHC: Chavez/Cishek/De La Rosa vs. PIT and STL
    -PHI: Seranthony/Neshek/Hunter @COL and vs. ATL
    -NYM: Lugo/Swarzak vs. MIA

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sandman: Peralta, Cishek — that is a mess of names, tbh

  3. Joe Beisbol says:
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    In what has to be a cruel mockery of us from our discussion yesterday about dropping Buehler after his start (which was scheduled to be his final regular season start), the Dodgers just decided to skip Rich Hill in the rotation this week, hold him out for a potential game 163 or WC, and thus Buehler is starting on Sunday. I really wish these managers would have more consideration for our fantasy leagues.

    • Roger Anderson says:
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      @Joe Beisbol: Son of a …I held onto Hill for his next start. Was about to drop Buehler for Reed but thought I should wait for some Razzball wisdom. Thanks for the tip. Now, if LAD clinches, they’ll pull Walker and I will be short the starts I need.

      Oh well, I’m only up 6-5-1 in a 6×6 H2H leagues against my son for the final crown and it’s the 4th time in 5 years. He usually wins anyway so why should this year be different? Next year I am changing leagues.

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @Roger Anderson:

        Ya. I think Grey and I probably had/have it right. I can’t see Buehler starting and going more than 2-3 innings in almost any circumstance unless it comes down to the last game of the season, at which point we’ll all be wondering why they skipped Rich Hill and didn’t just line up Kershaw to throw game 162.

        Still. Ungh.

  4. Fish says:
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    Any batty calls you’re eyeing with tomorrow’s limited schedule?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: Check back in like two hours after tomorrow’s games start

  5. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Grey and All thanks for the great info. Reading others questions and the i received to my own helped me all season.

    Grey – looks like serious talk of firing Kapla. I don’t like him but it seems excessive to me even with the phil’s recent free fall. He must have lost the locker room or they are concerned free agents don’t want to play for him.

    Looks like My name next year will probably not be WelcomeBackKaplar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: No problem! Honestly, I think he was bad… An uneventful manager like a Gardenhire could’ve got them into the playoffs… Due to ADHD, Kapler tried to do too much

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Grey:

        absolutely he over managed…….i prefer the Charlie Manual, Jim Fergosi approach believe in your guys and roll with them until they are not producing ………..shifts and short hooks are crazy. ballplayers like to know where they stand

        • Grey

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          Yeah, exactly… On small example…How could anyone close when no one knew who was closing on any given day?

  6. JakeTPE says:
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    Head Blogger Grey!

    Thanks for the recap. Please don’t forget Escobar. Didn’t start but pinch hit late and then sent the customers in AZ home happy with the walk-off HR. Another fine call by you and those of us who grabbed him aren’t disappointed. He was great in MIN and then settled in nicely in the desert after the trade.

    Continuing on from yesterday’s comment (thanks!), if you make it over here you should definitely hit up Tokyo/Kyoto. Then I’d suggest you give China a miss (unless you are into the Orwellian stuff like their new Social Credit System) and visit Taiwan instead. Folks don’t take themselves nearly as serious here. I think you’d get a kick out of this place (and the boba!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: No problem! Escobar was a sweet call, I have him in a couple of leagues, I don’t usually mention pinch hit homers… Cougs used to live in Hong Kong, and I’d like to check that out, have you been?

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: Ah, gotcha. Hong Kong is cool. I haven’t been since the early aughts and it has certainly experienced some changes since then (and the handover in 1997). A buddy from college is working there now so I hope to make it over soon to see him and his family. The flight is only like an hour. That’s neat Cougs lived there!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I want to go to Tokyo too, is that where you are?

          • JakeTPE says:
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            @Grey: Good morning! I’m in Taipei. Yeah, Tokyo is an incredible city with so much to see. Hope to get back there soon too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, nice, thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hence the TPE?

              • JakeTPE says:
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                @Grey: at this risk of outing myself as someome who’s rather uncreative when it comes to Internet handles, yes.

  7. Peacecoast says:
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    sigh Bryant. I had him last year too and he under performed as well remember. How far do you think he falls next year?

    Holy shit look at Ohtani’s hitting stats for only 300 AB. *whistles* But seriously we all knew he was going down for the TJS.

    I haven’t looked at DPeralta’s underlying hit stats, do you think he repeats next year?

    Funny about Ryan Phillippe, the only thing I know about him is he was married to Reese Witherspoon. I am slowly going through Shooter in my own PC way. Did you finish Ozark?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Peacecoast:

      No spoilers. I’m only in season one. Haha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: Ozark was awesome, I did finish… Shooter comes off rails in season 2, but season 1 was solid… Peralta won’t repeat, but I think for his draft price, he’ll be good value, thinking around 150-75 overall… Ohtani’s got crazy HR/AB, really nice season from him… Bryant, maybe top 40, prolly not far enough, might take the pass in 2019 and see how he does

  8. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I have to sit one of these guys today:
    Palka vs Bieber
    Piscotty @ F-Her
    Carpenter vs Chacin
    Stanton @ Stanek

    Avg. wise Carp has been struggling the most recently (with Palka close). Carp, though, has a solid record against Chacin. Bieber has struggled but dominated the ChiSox last time. Hittertron likes Piscotty least, though I don’t know why since Piscotty has more pop on the road and has hit Felix just fine historically.

    Tl;dr, I’m leaning toward sitting Palka. Agree, or would you sit Carp?

  9. Cram It says:
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    Sure, Bryant hasn’t sunk my NFBC team, but goddamn, ANYONE else I’m pretty sure would have put me over the top. I wonder where KB’s season ranks among the worst first round draft picks ever.

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Cram It: Was he a first rounder this year? I seriously can’t remember.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Shill Team 6: Was around 12 overall, I think, for ADP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Yeah, Bryant has been about half of that of Bellinger, who hasn’t been good himself, so cry me a river, Grey, on owning Bellinger… Bryant’s been especially horrid bc he hasn’t been on the DL the whole time and still awful

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Haha. Yeah, half. Half! I would have gotten more production from his spot if he was just DL’d more instead of playing injured. Anyway, I look forward to drafting him in the 2nd round next year!

        • Grey

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          Haha, I’m not sure I take him as late as 4th… Wonky shoulders on hitters are so scary

  10. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the hey GREY!

    I’m going to spend the remaining few days of the season thanking you. It’s gotten to the point where half the fun of playing fantasy baseball is reading your column and comments. Thank you!

    Now then. I’ve got some ugly looking streaming choices today. Ks and Ws would be helpful right now, but I’m definitely not desperate, and Ls could hurt. Here’s what I have to chose from:

    Heaney v. TEX ($31.1, but I fucking hate him)
    Biebs @CHW ($28.8, but he looks gassed to you, right?, and his last few starts have sucked)
    Cody Reed v. KC ($19.6, and I literally cannot believe this looks like the most comfortable to me)
    Stripling @ARI Grienke ($12.4, but dude is running a string of 3 inning losses)

    I’d probably pass on all of these, unless you think anyone is a definite green light.

    LurrvrvrvrvvrvrvrvrvvrvrvrvvrvrvrYAS!

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @sportivetricks: I’m feelin Heaney against the Rangers. Bannister’s fired, team is in last place and in give up mode, and Shoemaker had 5 solid innings against them last night

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @sportivetricks: I really like Cody Reed vs KC. The Royals lose a lot of their punch against lefties. Good luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sportivetricks: No problem! Heaney, agree with OSB, Rangers are not good, and worse on road

  11. ChiCitySox23 says:
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    Would you give up 4 keeper years of Vlad Jr. for 1 year of Mike Trout next season?
    I have Vlad on my minor league roster and can keep for 4 seasons. In return for him would get the 1st pick in the draft next season. I also have the 3rd and 5th picks in the first round.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ChiCitySox23: How deep is this league? I think Vlad could be top 20 overall as soon as 2020

      • ChiCitySox23 says:
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        @Grey:
        It’s a pretty deep league. With the keeper rules, getting guys early is key. I will probably hang on to Vlad, just thought I might be able to get away with something.

        Thanks

        • Grey

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          Yeah, think you should

  12. zombie says:
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    Terrific write-up, Grey. Being from up that way, your Andujar comment is comically true. Really appreciate how your creative and informative juices continue to flow when most have moved onto football. But enough about your juices. Also considering doubling down on Dahl, but dont think that there’s room in my 12 Team H2H. If only Colorado could see the fantasy goodness! I know that it’s early, but which 7 players would you Keep from the following list of players (& round kept): Harper (Rnd.1), Acuna (Rnd.2, & thanks Grey. Soundly laughed at after the pick), Hoskins (4), Bauer (8), Baez (9), Didi (11), Dahl (12), Meadows (14), Suarez (15), Haniger (19), and Hicks (23)? Thanks again for another terrific Razzball season.

    • Grey

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      @zombie: Ha, No problem! 1st 6 for sure, then Dahl or Haniger, I’d lean Haniger, then just redraft Dahl

  13. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    That feeling when all the guys who crapped the bed last week during your playoffs start producing the following week after you’re out. H2H, you are a foul, fickle mistess!

  14. Wally Pipp says:
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    Jose ramirez is hitting like 170 in september with 1 homer- 70 at bats. And he only hit 245 in august with 5 homers -95 at bats. Makes no sense since he keeps facing scrubs. By the end of the July I thought this guy was going to have a historic season. Is there any doubt that he takes some kind of ped?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wally Pipp: Yes, it makes it no sense that a guy didn’t keep a 60/40 pace through a whole season. Because usually guys do.

      • Dave D says:
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        @Cram It:

        Should I be complaining too about Matt Olson not hitting 72 homers this year after his torrid last couple months last year. And here I was content with 30 homers. I must set my expectations too low. But at least that way when they exceed expectations I can be happy. Should I have a shit-eating grin for drafting David Peralta or a scowl for drafting Gary Sanchez?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Dave D: I’d rather enjoy the shit-eating grin than complain about a guy who gave you oodles more than what you expected out of him. Unless of course you expected an historic season. I don’t know why they call it a shit-eating grin. I mean, who would feel that way after eating shit?

          • Dave D says:
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            @Cram It:

            My dog?

            • Cram It says:
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              @Dave D: Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wally Pipp: Guys go through slumps… Jo-Ram was likely more of a 25/20 guy masquerading as a 35/30 guy

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: If he had his September in April, no one would be knocking the final result. Actually, I don’t think anyone is, except this yazoo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Actually, if he had this Sept in April, a ton of people would’ve gave me crap in April for ranking him so high then would’ve disappeared and never said anything when he had a great Sept, so bully for Jo-Ram performing when he did!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: So true.

  15. Dave D says:
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    Grey, Is there any prize for drafting Gary Sanchez and still winning your 15 team NFBC league by ten points? If so, I will let you know by PO Box number so you can mail me the prize. Don’t make me draft him next year just to spite you. I drafted Kurt Suzuki in round 30 as my second catcher in case you’re wondering. Can you blame a guy for missing Mike Piazza who helped propel me to fantasy greatness in the late 1990’s? I’m still looking for that 30/100/.315 catcher. Where will I find him now that you jinxed him in 2018 (and beyond???).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave D: Well done! That goes to my point in the Bellinger blurb… I had some bad picks too and still am in first (barely)…

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, its a little like hitting. You might strike out 1/5th of time but if you hit a HR every 12th at bat and swipe a bag a week you’re a winner. My HR’s were Tim A 11 Peralta 17, Folty 21, Suzuki 30. I hit several doubles with Rendon 4, Bauer 10, Morton 14, Kemp 20. My K’s were Sanchez, Knebel, B. Zimmer.

        Plus FA’ s matter a great deal in the regular format. Man, I sucked in DC though. I could bail out my crap draft with the waiver wire.. I won one a few years back but I flat out sucked in DC this year. 1/2 in NFBC I’ll take. I’ve got next years entry fees taken care if and will try and build on it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should get in our NFBC leagues next year… In my league, if you dare…muahahahaha

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            I’ll take you up on that (as long as its not a Diamond league!) I would have no problem maintaining “confidentiality” too since I already do that for a living…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What’s a Diamond league?

              • Dave D says:
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                @Grey:

                10k entry, 75k 1st place. 35k 2nd, etc.

                • Grey

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                  Ah…Nah, it’s the leagues we organize thru Razzball, it’s like $250 entry, no waivers all year

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Actually, might be $150 per league

                    • Dave D says:
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                      @Grey:

                      I can definitely afford that. Count me in.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice, we do signups late-Feb, early March

                    • Dave D says:
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                      @Dave:

                      I did a 15 team league @Grey:

                      Thanks. It was a 15 team league. I was in second most of year but slipped to 3rd on the last Friday of season. 3rd paid out 5k though. Not bad.

                    • Grey

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                      That’s not bad at all!

                  • Dave says:
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                    @Grey:

                    I did a $2500 entry last year. Didn’t win but luckily I placed.
                    Thank God! Scaled it back this year though with the 3rd kid coming down the pipeline last March.

                    • Grey

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                      Congrats on kid, but even more so congrats on placing! How many teams is in that league?

  16. Fantasy Freak says:
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    Hi Grey,

    1. Below was my draft first six picks:

    1. (5) Trea Turner (Was – SS)
    2. (24) Cody Bellinger (LAD – 1B,OF)
    3. (33) Brian Dozier (LAD – 2B)
    4. (52) Byron Buxton (Min – OF)
    5. (61) Wil Myers (SD – 1B,3B,OF)
    6. (80) Domingo Santana (Mil – OF)

    Only Turner has survive and I am playing for championship this week thanks in part to your help. So you are not done with a bad draft, but you are certainly running uphill. I was able to grab Acuna and Soto.

    2. Please Rank these pitchers for today: Tanaka (@TB), Edwin Jackson (@Sea), Odorizi (Det), Chen (@Was)

    3. Please Rank these ones for tomorrow: Gonzales (Tex), Sabathia (@TB), Glasnow (NYY)

    • Grey

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      @Fantasy Freak: See that, you can survive a bad draft! 2. Tanaka, Odorizzi, Edwin (though wouldn’t touch him) 3. Marco, CC,

      • Fantasy Freak says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, didnt understand this: Edwin (though wouldn’t touch him)

        • Grey

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          Edwin is third in that ranking, but he’s risky…

  17. dr y says:
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    cody reed v KC

    or

    odorizzi v Det

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dr y: Odorizzi

  18. Wilson says:
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    Need QS/ERA/WHIP to win this year.
    Only 3 GS left.. need to bench one of them.. which one to bench?
    Williams @ CHC on 27th
    Castillo vs PIT on 28th
    Ryu @ SF on 28th
    Buehler @SF on 30th

  19. Troy says:
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    Raise your hand if you had a dirty Sanchez all year, but still won your root league by 20 points! It helps I had him as a $6 keeper so he probably only under performed his price by $7

    • Grey

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      @Troy: Nice!

  20. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Mornin’ Grey!

    So I did an innings-limit SP stack yesterday in my RCL to take one last shot as some W’s. With nine starting pitchers (granted, of varying quality) I was expecting at least 2-3 victories–maybe even 4-5 if luck was on my side. You know how many wins I got yesterday? One. (Thank the universe for Josh James.) A lesson I learned this season is I can’t chase wins, they either happen or don’t happen.

    I didn’t have the best RCL draft, so I don’t wanna think about what my season would have looked like without early pickups of Soto, Gleyber, Flaherty and Buehler. Trying to hang onto second place while I play out the string. My team’s pretty depressing these days, a sea of strikeouts with the occasional homer. If you had told me fifteen years ago that between Adam Dunn and Ichiro, one of their skill sets was a glimpse into the future of baseball… Yeah, I would have gotten that one wrong.

    Have a good one!

    • Grey

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      @GrassyKnollRedding: It really is morning! Yeah, wins are so fluky, which is another reason to punt 1st ten starters… They don’t give you saves and wins are fluky… So true on Dunn/Ichiro… You too!

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: I’m dying for wins in most leagues, but last night in a no-transaction league I got wins from Boxberger, Colome, and Melancon!

        • Grey

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          Haha, nice!

        • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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          @Vinwins: Whoah! You’re living a charmed life, Vin

          • VinWins

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            @GrassyKnollRedding: Ha! Sounds like it, but the truth is those 3 gave that team 42 wins, half of which were contributed by Snell.

            And now I hear my ace on a few teams has been shut down. Luis Castillo finished with 5 wins, 80 Ks, and a 2.63 ERA for the last 3 months. Of course, I didn’t count all those stats as it took a while to trust him again.

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      @GrassyKnollRedding: Great season! I don’t know how many times I’d consider picking a guy up, go do some research on him, and come back to him being on the Hawaiian Punks. It kept things fun!

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @jose: Haha! Right back at you! I wish I could say it’s the first time in my life I’ve been held back by Fear and Ignorance. Congrats on your total second-half domination. I can honestly say I’ve never lost to a nicer guy. There’s one or two categories I’m trying to tread water into so I can hold onto second place.

        PS: I’m also curious how the final standings will look when the two guys who don’t make their innings minimum have their pitching stats scrubbed…

  21. m says:
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    Drop Minter for Vizcaino? Thought I read that he’s back to being the closer.

    Does it really mater?? haha….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @m: Yeah, grab Vizcaino

  22. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    Looking ahead to 2019, who do you like better in a vacuum in a 10-team OPS league where we keep 8?

    Michael Conforto or Matt Chapman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto

  23. J-Hova says:
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    Thanks for the write up. Streaming Archer in anticipation of Hurdle starting him…

    In a tight whip, wins and k race. SON likes beiber, Heaney and odorizzi. Start all three?? I’ve never wanted a season to end so badly. Holding onto first by a thread Thanks!!

    • Grey

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      Start all three, good luck!

  24. brian says:
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    some start sit questions for 2 leagues. both are 6×6 leagues with QS and k/bb

    League 1:
    in this league I still have Sale, verlander, morton, buehler to finish out the week, in addition to any streamers I grab. so not a ton of IPs left. My opponent has Tanaka, Chacin @ stl, Chen @ was, ejax @ SEA, fiers @ laa, ian kennedy v cle, kluber @ kc, happ @ bos, cahill @ laa, and gio v det. so he has a ton of arms left to go. although we’re currently close in the counting stats it’s unlikely i’m going to take Ks or QS. Of the guys below, who would you start? pretty sure I’m not starting pivetta.
    Stripling @ ARI
    Reed v KC
    Pivetta @ COL
    Gant v MIL

    League 2:
    In this league i still have verlander, price, quintana, teheran @ nym, and clevinger to finish out the week, in addition to any streamers I grab. my opponent has degrom, tanaka, lester, [email protected], holland v lad, lucchesi v ari. we both have a low # of IPs right now so even tho i’m up in ratios and he’s up in counting stats it can all change quickly. so who of these 2 would you start?
    Stripling @ ARI
    Gant v MIL

    thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t start Pivetta — I’d start both and pray, or bench Gant if you don’t want to risk it

      • brian says:
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        @Grey: what about cody reed v kc?

        • Grey

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          Works for me

  25. Chris Sherwin says:
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    12 team h2h 7×7 (hits, avg, obp, hr, runs, sb, rbi)

    Can keep 4 guys. (currently acuna, freeman, machado, Rendon/robles/senzel)

    Am I offering too much by giving up Freddie Freeman for Vlad Jr.?

    • Grey

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      Forever? I’d take Vlad

  26. bigbear says:
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    As a Cubs fan, I agree they are one of the worst 90 win teams that I recall too! Other than Baez, they seem like a bunch of underachievers (or breakeven at best) this year.

    Say your Buehler concerns ain’t so!? Too many IPs? Dude’s been lights out this year. I was thinking top 15-20ish starter for next year.

    I didn’t have any shares of Albies this year. I actually tried trading for him early in the season and was rejected. Where do you see him going next year?

    • Grey

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      I hope Buehler is okay, but a ton of IP on his arm this year… Albies prolly around 30 overall, but this 2nd half has been gutting… Yeah, Cubs have gutted out a bunch of wins this year, but I don’t know who their starting or closing games with in playoffs

  27. Hal_Incandenza says:
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    I saw this regarding ATL’s bullpen:

    Snitker also said after Tuesday’s win that Chad Sobotka, who struck out two in a four-out eighth inning, will get more high-leverage looks.

    Having paid attention, I just know that Sobotka is destined for back issues.

    • Grey

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      Haha, yup!

  28. Laura Holt

    Laura Holt says:
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    Man I somehow forget every year how absolutely excruciating this last week always is. Pretty sure Chapman not being able to pick up/throw a baseball & therefore blowing Trienen’s save is going to end up costing me a few hundred bucks…

    • Grey

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      Ugh, I know, Hildenberger absolutely crushed me yesterday… Why was he in the 8th, it literally makes no sense

  29. Anodyne says:
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    Would you rather own Trevor Cahill or Andrew Suarez in 2019?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither…Suarez

      • Anodyne says:
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        @Grey: I hear you on “neither.” It’s a deep keeper, almost to the point of being like an AL- or NL-only.

  30. the tone ranger says:
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    hey grey! Im looking forward to next season. thanks for all the laughs.

    In what order would you rank these guys as keepers in a 12 teamer league where I could keep these guys as last round lotto tickets?

    Conforto
    Muncy
    Darvish
    Travis Shaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Conforto, Muncy, Shaw

  31. cp says:
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    pick one to stream tomorrow:

    vargas vs braves
    senzatela vs phillies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, Vargas

  32. synyster says:
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    Grey!! Brantley injured and not starting tonight. I need to drop him and pick someone else up right? Thinking Dahl. I have no one else on my bench right now.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, grab Dahl

  33. Molina Bros BBQ says:
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    Grey,

    I have 2 moves left to take flyers on guys I could potentially keep for next year (and possibly the year after). 12 team OBP no avg league. Salaries listed for 2019 and 2020. Pick two!
    Sounds crazy but part of me wants to take Givens and one other guy… High likelihood he is the closer and holds the job.. competitive league for closers. He’s pitched very well over last month or so and has pitched well prior to this year. Obviously not a ceiling like the other guys. Meh, I dunno. Whaddya thinK?

    I came up a little short this year after winning last year. Looking like I’ll be 3rd or 4th. But always appreciate the advice. It’s fun being in the hunt but more fun when you take home the title. Thanks!

    Touki ($10, $13)
    Josh James ($10, $13)
    Christin Stewart ($10, $13)
    Kyle Tucker ($10, $13)
    Willie Calhoun ($10, $13)
    Mychal Givens ($10, $13)
    Alex Reyes ($6, $9)
    Nathaniel Lowe ($10, $13)

    • Grey

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      Sucks you didn’t win… Touki, for sure… Then likely Tucker… Stewart maybe… No way Givens

      • Molina bros bbq says:
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        @Grey: thanks grey. I understand givens is on a bad team and he hasnt pitched well for much of the year. And he could be traded at the deadline… Something is telling me he will have a good year next year. Maybe feelings like this are why i am in fourth and not first this year haha! I was actually leaning tucker too i can see the astros moving on from marwin and opening up a spot for him but who knows. Thanks again grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  34. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Any thoughts on Willians Astudillo? Flash in the pan? One-hit wonder? Better than Sanchez already? The Real deal??? Greatest nickname ever for a baseball player?

    What’s your take on “El Tortugo” ???

    Personally, I love the guy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love watching him, but these rotundas have little room for error…See teammate Miguel Sano

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, he’s a longshot for sure. But man he’s hard not to root for. What do you make his minor league numbers? He’s carried the same walk/K rate throughout his whole career. So bizarre.

        • Grey

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          He’s one of those those swing at everything and make contact guys, right?

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey:

            Yeah, it’s insane. He never strikes out and he never walks. Doing the same thing in the majors, too. In 75 at-bats, he’s got two strike outs and one walk. Been that way his whole career. Is that even possible to sustain a ratio like that?

  35. Fish says:
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    Any SP stream you could bring yourself to start tomorrow?
    CC (TB), Senzatela (PHI), Vargas (ATL) are the most attractive* FA in my league.

    *Attractive is relative.

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