The story of German Marquez isn’t one they tell you in your parochial schools.  It’s an ugly story punctuated with cowardice and the worst atrocities in history.  You’d think if a family emigrated from 1940’s Germany they would’ve had the common decency to not name their child German.   Also, his father claiming to be an appliance repairman who specializes in ovens is disgusting.  The last straw was when his family tried to claim sauerkraut was good in tacos.  Shame on you!  What’s less shameful is how he’s pitched in the 2nd half.  He now has a 2.64 ERA in the 2nd half in 68 1/3 IP, and his peripherals on the year are gorgeous — 10.2 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 3.21 xFIP.  He’s doing it with newfound success in his slider, which he throws 15% of the time. That slider is top 15 in the majors, and is supported with a 95 MPH fastball.  In other words, this breakout appears real.  Last night, he went 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.94, and I see no reason to not start him in any matchup, even in Coors.  Or Löwenbräu as he calls it.  Disgraceful!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Trevor Story – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 32nd homer.  Story, can you please share your narrative with Arenado?  Please, I need him so badly.

David Dahl – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer.  This was at home, but he hasn’t been much when on the road.  Surprised, Road Dahl sounds like a fairy tale.

Brad BoxbergerDiamondbacks will be going to a closer by committee.  The only thing ever made better by committee is jerk seasoning.  Not sure why they couldn’t just say Yoshihisa Hirano is the closer.  Sadly, even though Archie Bradley has struggled almost as badly as Boxberger, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get first look at closer.  At this point, whoever converts one might be the closer for the rest of the year.

Zack Godley – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.67.  He might want to consider a name change.  Zack Humanly?

Carlos Martinez – 1 IP, 1 ER, and his 3rd save, ERA at 3.25.  The Shildt Head announced that the Cards’ Opening Day starter is now their closer.  Wasn’t a bad Opening Day starter either.  If I would’ve projected C-Mart for saves in March, as I ranked him in the top 20 starters, people would’ve called for my head, and now they’d be burning me on a stake for being a witch — SALEMAGNOF?

Michael Wacha – Was moved to a 60-day DL with this strained oblique and his season is done.  Obliques are so devastatingly vague like the meaning of life.  Whoa, deep.

Adam Wainwright – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.70, as he returned from the DL.  If I’m being 100% honest, I thought he retired a few months back.  Now I will change that to I think he should’ve retired a few months ago.

Trevor Williams – 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.28.  Bleh.  He got rained out from pitching an easy matchup vs. the Marlins and got pushed to a much tougher matchup in St. Louis.  As my favorite group sang, “Blame it on the rain.”

Starling Marte – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Most people have checked out already, so this will be between us.  A lot of my overrated schmohawk posts rely on where others rank a guy, but Marte is almost assuredly going to be overrated next year.  Older guy who relies on his legs for fantasy value?  Who are you, McCuthen before he cut his hair, i.e., The Dread Pirate?

Colin Moran – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer.  Member when some people were calling Moran a sleeper this preseason?  They’re now researching fantasy basketball rankings.  (The Russian judge gives me a 9.7 on that segue to ruin my perfect score.)

Kyle Gibson – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.67.  He wasn’t particularly copathetic yesterday, or much of a borinnings eater.  He did have a bit of a Junis sais quoi going for him since he was facing the Yanks.  Okay, so I didn’t land on a glossary term for Gibson-types who give boring Quality Starts.

J.A. Happ – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  Happ handcuffed the Twins like he was Aroldis Chapman on Spring Break.  “Turndown service will uncuff you in a few hours, I am late for my rehab game.”  That’s Aroldis keeping his priorities in order.

Gary Sanchez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, and his 16th homer.  He was totally worth that 3rd round draft pick!  Wait, he’s hitting .189.  And he has 42 runs and 46 RBIs.  Umm…Well, at least he’s not Greg Bird!  As Tyler Austin’s dad would say.

Aaron Judge – Took batting practice and said the pain is not gone.  Ha, and this is why they call it gambling.  Yesterday, I said My Bookie had a bet on whether or not Aaron Judge would get an at-bat this year, and I said it seemed like easy money.  Easy money gives you a wedgie in 5th grade gym class when you call it easy money.

Josh Donaldson – Will be activated today from the DL.  Indians said, he will serve as the 3rd baseman, then on the bench Wednesday and back in lineup on Friday.  I expect him to homer at least once, throw a four-hopper to first base, and be injured again by Saturday.

Corey Kluber – 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.91.  This game was against the Rays, so I guess he was auditioning for the role of The Opener.

Brad Hand – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  Francona moves the Lazy Susan just a hair and Cody Allen is the closer again.  Maybe.  Hard to say, but that was a pretty brutal blown game.

Jake Bauers – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .196.  I hadn’t thought about Bauers much in the last month or so, then someone asked me about him yesterday, and I told that person to drop him.  Wash yourselves in tomato soup, we’re all skunked!

Ji-Man Choi – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, and his 3rd homer in the last week and hitting near-.300 in that time.  Hot schmotato alert!

Wade Miley – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 2.23.  I just gave you my Wade Miley fantasy–Wait, or was that Wade LeBlanc?  It was Wade someone who shouldn’t be pitching as well as he is, but is pitching as well as he is.  Good grammar points!

Jeremy Jeffress – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks and his 11th save, ERA at 1.41.  Lots of talk in the comments yesterday about Corey Knebel and what he’s doing recently.  Okay, great, terrific, adjective, but look at Jeffress’ ERA once more.

Jon Lester – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.57, and left with lower back tightness.  Such a baseball injury.  I’ve had lower back tightness since 2012!  Get out there, you wuss!

Albert Pujols – Will have elbow surgery this week after having knee surgery a few weeks back.  Pujols will be playing 1st in a body cast next year with Luis Valbuena DH’ing.  I know, Valbuena was DFA’d, but don’t you worry!

Jaime Barria – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.53.  That start makes me want to wander into traffic.  Not cars sitting in rush hour traffic, but wander into a group of drug mules in jail putting on a stage play of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic.  By the by, I hope the finale of The Deuce is the camera slowly pulls back and reveals it’s a stage play in jail put on by The Wire characters.  Any hoo!  The Stream-o-Nator dislikes Barria’s next start, and I wouldn’t go near him.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.72.  He received a hero’s welcome in Detroit from the 1,800 people in attendance, 600 of which were elderly ushers.  Why is every usher 87 years old?  First rule of Usher Club:  Don’t talk about Usher Club.  2nd Rule of Usher Club:  What was the 1st rule again?

Kenley Jansen – Rejoined the Dodgers in Cincy.  If you were the Reds, would you put a strategically placed cat in a bullpen closet to jump out right when Jansen opened it or no?  I.e., fair play or a move by Johnny Fairplay?

Julio Urias – Back after anterior capsule surgery last June.  He didn’t look great in the minors and, while I still like him longterm, there’s nothing here for 2018.  *looking at picture of him*  Am I right?  Yup, see, he blinked in confirmation.

Alex Wood – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.65.  What’s the difference between Alex and Natalie Wood?  Alex is an anchor, Robert Wagner tied one to Natalie’s ankle.

Chris Taylor – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, and his 2nd homer in three games.  I saw Taylor went H.A.M. the other day and considered mentioning it, but I, and more importantly Dave Roberts, have no idea if Taylor’s going to play again today, tomorrow or whenever.

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-4 and his 32nd homer, hitting .291.  Good or bad comparison:  Look at Eugenio in 2019 like you looked at Beltre for twelve years during his prime?

Scooter Gennett – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, hitting .320.  He had four singles for the Juan Pierre Cycle!  After the game, Juan called him, saying, “Congratulations!  You qualify for refinancing on your house!”

Jose Peraza – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI and two steals (21, 22), hitting .292.  He’s nearly a top 50 hitter on the year on our Player Rater.  Seriously.

Jake Junis – 8 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.28.  He definitely has that Junis sais quoi.  He doesn’t leave home without it.  He is a popular two-start guy this week, and I see no reason this start would change that.

Whit Merrifield – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .301.  For fantasy, he is a dream — double digit power, great steals (31) and average.  Plus, he plays on a terrible team so he will have a draft discount for no reason.  It’s amazing how many people every year discount a guy for his lack of runs or RBIs.  Like they know how many runs or RBIs he’s going to get!

Ryan O’Hearn – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, and his 4th homer in the last ten games.  I’m done fighting it, hot schmotato alert!

Lucas Giolito – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.76.  Hey, 76 is a chain of gas stations and there’s Lucas oil.  What are you trying to tell me, universe?!  What?!  *listens closely*  Take out the garbage?  Weird, the universe sounds a lot like my cougar wife.  So, Giolito didn’t look great in his previous start, but then put together a Quality Start against a poor team, and he gets another one in his next start (O’s).  Stream-o-Nator‘s iffy on it because it’s in The ‘More.

Daniel Palka – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, and his 3rd homer in his last seven games, but that’s not in the White Sox last seven games, because he platoons.  OR DOES HE?!  I’m with you there, Reversal Question, I think the White Sox might have Matt Davidson just play half the time wearing a Palka uniform.

Jose Abreu – 3-for-4, 1 run as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “We’ve shifted our focus to fantasy football.  Good luck in your (fill-in other sport) league!”

Maikel Franco – Was ready to go before the rainout.  He missed a week, due to bone bruise in his wrist, but I guess he’s fine.  Unlike the Phils’ field early yesterday.  Did you hear about what was going on in Philly yesterday?  They brought in wheelbarrows of blowtorches and propane tanks to burn the water out of the grass.  I am not joking.  They should’ve got noted mouth-breather and sufferer of halitosis, Gabe Kapler, to close-talk to the field.

  1. Cersy says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Awesome write up! No one does it better!
    Would you start Pivetta at home against the Nats? The Nats have lit him up twice this year badly and he’s very inconsistent in general so for me it’s a coin flip. My opponent suffered through Barria’s start and Hand’s blown save last night so I do have a bit of leeway.
    Thanks,
    Cersy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cersy: Thanks! I wouldn’t in a mixed league

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Beautiful write-up, like morning dew on a hot summer day.

    a. Riding that O’Hearn guy. Basically now I’m just trying to match up righty hitters versus LHP and lefty hitters versus RHP. Seems to be working, only took me 5+ months to figure it out.

    b. Signed up Heaney dropping Knebel. Proof of the pudding was yesterday’s save by Jeffress. There’s always next year for Knebel.

    c. In a 5X5 RCL where I need wins and Ks, start Glasnow at home versus CLE (Bieber)?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    d In a 5X5 RCL where I need wins and Ks, start Ryu at CIN (Castillo)?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    e. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 11

    There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Ha, thanks! A. Haha, nice B. Yeah C. I think so, I wonder what SON says D. I am E. Awesome!

  3. Scott says:
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    I need an INF in a 10 team league since I have albies who isnt hitting despite a decent game last night. Who do I add out of peraza or beltre. Both have been hot. Obp league with total bases. I really don’t need steals but I need r,rbi,tb,hr and obp (no particular order).

  4. Succos Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    What are you doing with Sale today? Activating him for the start? I know he’s just being an Opener, didn’t know if you would take the 2-ish innings for ratios and Ks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Succos Baseball: Don’t see why not if you don’t have a games start limit

      • Succos Baseball says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! What are your thoughts on Stripling getting a start tomorrow? No games start limit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think he’s going to go 5 IP or less

  5. Cersy says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Are you starting Pivetta today?
    Thanks,
    Cersy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cersy: I am, technically, but not in a mixed league

  6. Slappy Jack says:
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    Since June 23rd Rizzo has hit .322 35 14 44
    not too shabby… wonder how far he’ll drop in drafts?

    here’s another guy who everyone knows started cold but got hot faster
    Since May 23rd AuShizz has hit .346 63 28 70
    holy shizz! I feel like no one even talks about poor Goldy anymore

    let compare that to say…hmm.. JUST DONGS
    since May 23rd JD has hit .326 73 25 80
    is there a huge difference between JD and AuShizz? Slappy doesn’t know!

    But I am going to assume everyone is taking JD before they even consider Goldy in drafts next year. The first 6 rounds are going to be very interesting to navigate in 2019.

    That’s all. Random stats from arbitrary time points.

    Thanks for the write up Grey ,
    Do you every get a little depressed when most of the blurbs are about players being awful?
    Have a good day my dude!

    • Grey

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      @Slappy Jack: Goldy just came back to his old self, nothing to say about him — good point with JD, yeah, people will be all over JD next year and maybe not so on Goldy — ha, I hadn’t noticed they were about being awful… The lede guy was good, German

  7. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    3rd rules of Usher Club: make love in this club.

  8. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Start Bellinger @ Castillo or Haniger v Mitchell?

  9. J-Hova says:
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    Great write up Grey!

    You were a year early on Story. This should have been last year but i really think that early injury threw him off. I feel like Bellinger will be that guy next year, hopefully with Roberts gone. It seems like that early benching really impacted his flow and season. I’m in first by a hair thanks to your rankings of Ramirez, Bauer and the power of the tools. I’ve been able to get by with Bauer gone thanks to Streamonator and i feel like hittertron is huge late in season when guys get benched etc. THanks for everything you guys do. The tools pay for themself in league payouts, DFS payouts etc.

    Did you ever get into Mac Miller. I guess he was in that new school that i never really got into but did check his last album when it dropped a few months ago and liked it. Really sad. Have you heard the new Atmosphere song? It’s really good, hoping for a rebound from Fishing Blues.

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Hova: No problem, thanks for the kind words! I don’t know Mac Miller at all, worth listening to his new album? Nice on Atmosphere! I hadn’t heard yet

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Saw Mac Miller on Colbert (Nikki Minaj episode). So good.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          Don’t know him at all

  10. Savoy Special says:
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    14 Team H2H auction redraft league. 6×6: Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and K’s, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9.

    I have $6 FAAB left and now have a bye week as the 1 seed. I’ve decided that my roster is essentially set, but still have a couple tricks left up the sleeve.

    1) Ian Desmond is away from Colorado next week and is @Dodgers (Ryu, Kershaw, Buehler), @Arizona (Godley, Greinke, Corbin).
    Drop Desmond for the following? Please rank pickup order: Niko Goodrum who is vs MIN (Odorizzi, Gonsaves, Berrios), vs KC (Kennedy, Junis, Keller, Fillmyer) or Trey Mancini (vs Blue Jays, @NYY), Ryan O’Hearn (@Pirates, @Tigers), Hunter Dozier (@Pirates, @Tigers), Max Muncy (vs Rockies, vs Padres).

    2) Desmond is back at home in Colorado for the final week vs Philly, vs Nationals. If he’s still on the wire, pick him back up here?

    3) Mitch Haniger is @Houston (Valdez, Cole, Morton), @Texas (Jurado, Minor, TBD). Dance with the girl I brought or drop him for a hitter with easier matchups for first half of the week? Options to pickup are: Brandon Nimmo (@Philly, @Nationals), Randal Grichuk (@Orioles, vs Rays), Hunter Dozier (@Pirates, @Tigers), Scott Schebler (@Brewers, @Marlins).

    4) Please rank all of Willy Adames, Goodrum, Jason Kipnis, Robinson Cano, Adam Frazier. (Adames actually has nice matchups next week @Tex, @Tor)

    5) It’s my bye week and I still feel like I need a Xanax.

    C: Kurt Suzuki
    1B: Ian Desmond
    2B: Willy Adames
    3B: Matt Chapman
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    OF: Aaron Hicks
    UTL: Ramon Laureano

    P: Max Scherzer
    P: Keon Kela
    P: Jesse Biddle
    P: Craig Stammen
    P: Jose Castillo
    SP: Wei-Yin Chen
    SP: Matthew Boyd
    BH: Clayton Kershaw
    BH: Mike Foltynewicz
    BH: Miles Mikolas
    BH: Blake Snell

    DL: Michael Wacha

    Thanks as always!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Savoy Special: 1. Agree that Desmond should be dropped but can you wait a few days to see who is blistering hot by next Monday? 2. Sure 3. Again, can we wait to see who is hot? 4. Goodrum, Kipnis, Adames 5. Ha

  11. VinWins

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    Not totally sure. but I think that should be “well grammar points.”

  12. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Rain Sux!…………7 players in postponed games on first day of playoffs! Same thing happened last day of championship a few years back and i got eliminated.

    Hopefully the Carolinas don’t sustain too much damage.

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood:

      Forgot to mention the Phillies trying to dry the field with blow torches last night it sums up their season. And Kaplar out there running the bases to test the field a complete embarassment.

        • Lennydykstraisjust misunderstood says:
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          @Grey:

          They need to buy some of those flamethrowers from Elon musk

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            From his Boring company? Think he’s using them to dig underground tunnels

            • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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              @Grey:

              Yes the boring company .he is selling the flame throwers for $2k……….
              But Based on his interview with Jon Rogan the other i think he is using all his flame throwers to light up his spliffs

              • Grey

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                HA!

  13. Jays for Days says:
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    Do I pick up Piscotty and drop any of these three? If so which one? Or hold.

    Asdrubal Cabreara
    Desmond
    Mallex Smith
    Tyler White

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jays for Days: Meh, doesn’t feel necessary, but I guess White if you’re feeling it

      • Jays for days says:
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        @Grey: okay thanks man! I’ll hold.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  14. NJ says:
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    Anyone starting Suarez vs ATL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NJ: Rudy, I just looked at his team

  15. TrickRey says:
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    Are we starting Zack Greinke in Colorado?

    • Grey

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      @TrickRey: Doesn’t feel worth it

  16. VinWins

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    Obviously it would have been stupid to draft Gary in the 3rd round. But I got him in the 4th!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: That’ll show em!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: BTW, Jack Ryan was great! Good call…

  17. sportivetricks says:
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    Dear Mr. Albright,

    Thanks, as always, for a lovely column that I enjoyed with my morning coffee while I sat on the . . . ummm TMI.

    Anyway, just wondering if you could give a human, Grady-Little-gut-feeling rank to these streaming options for tonight:

    -Gonzales v. SD ($19.3)
    -Fiers @BAL ($6.3)
    -Musgrove @STL ($10.2)

    I’m thinking Gonzales and Fiers, but open to Musgrove. Oh, and the Grady Little thing was just a joke . . . I’m looking for you to give a serious, educated opinion, not to throw grass up in the air and see which way the wind takes it.

    Lurrrrrrrve yas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sportivetricks: Haha, Musgrove, Fiers, Marco — best Grady for ya!

  18. Chazzball says:
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    Dear Grey,

    Donaldson is coming back, and my league requires that I either drop him or Correa to waivers. What makes it worse is my biggest threat in the playoffs has the top waiver priority. Who is going to hurt me less when I play this team in the finals next week, Donaldson or Correa?

    • Bob says:
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      If somebody adds them, it will benefit you. Correa won’t be right until next year. He’s complaining that his back still bothers him. He has 2 extra base hits since he came back (see Miguel cabrera) last year. Donaldson may play a few games and then aggravate his calf (last time I checked you have to run if you are a hitter) or be a bench bat with a few starts.

      • Chazzball says:
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        @Bob: The advantage to dropping Correa is that it gives me enough salary room to pick up a replacement for the injured Molina. Right now I’m playing without a catcher. If I drop Donaldson I would also have to drop Brad Hand to get enough cap for waivers. Luckily I have 5 other closers. What is a worse loss, Correa + no catcher (lol) or Donaldson + Hand?

  19. bigbear says:
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    It’s confirmed, you’re going to burn. More from the Natalie Wood anchor reference than from being a witch. Doesn’t matter though.

    Suarez/Beltre comparison = spot on! I’ll probably draft him next year during an autodraft and be pissed. Then by mid-season I’ll have forgotten he’s on my team, yet he’ll be a top 30ish type guy with no excuse to drop him. Rinse/repeat for 2020.

    You’ve probably answered this while I was playing the part of Jedediah Smith. But where do you think Tildaddy will rank heading into next year? Top 5 is a stretch. Top 20 easily. Top 10? He’s a legit 30/30+ type guy (maybe 40/40+). Trout, Betts, Ramirez, and Lindor are no brainers. Beyond that, I’m sure an ‘upside’ argument can be made compared to some of the risks/warts that Harper, Judge, JD, and the like have etc…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Haha, — Agree on Eugenio — Easy top 20, maybe top 10, thinking 12-15 range — remember who was highest out of anyone on him this year!

      • bigbear says:
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        @Grey: Oh Captain my Captain! I’m a Razzballian cleric, Order of Grey! Promised land or bust.

        Serious props to you, Rudy, and crew here at Razzball nation. These daily write ups are gold. Your rankings/draft philosophy are legit. You may have nailed Tildaddy, but I think your real knack is projecting pitchers (a la Bauer).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, bear!

  20. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Sit one tonight

    Odor @LAA (Johnson)
    Mancini Vs. OAK (Fiers)
    Frazier @STL (Mikolas)
    Cano Vs. SD (Mitchell)

  21. lwomack58 says:
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    Streamer for tomorrow

    Pena vs Tex-Son +14.9-Home ERA is 6.17 with a whip of 1.46
    [email protected] +5.1-Away ERA is 2.98 with a whip of 1.04
    Vargas vs Mia-Son +14.6-Home ERA is 5.19 with a whip of 1.42

    Not great chooses-but need to keep pace with other manager for Wins, Ratios and K’s

    Thank you

  22. B says:
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    Would you drop Profar for Dejong in redraft? Both have been kinda cool, but Dejong is getting counting stats and seems to be putting good wood on the ball. ESPN doesn’t let me drop correa ugh, so I’m stuck contemplating other drops. Thanks to you and the whole Razzball crew for the best fantasy site on the web!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B: Sounds fine –No problem!

  23. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Brother Grey!

    Start Pivetta at home vs. WAS or nah?

    I’ve got Mikolas and Musgrove going against each other. Do I start both, one, or none?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: I’m starting Pivetta in an NL-Only league, I’m not in a mixed league — I’m starting Mikolas in a mixed league, don’t own Musgrove, but would start him too

  24. Bucktail30 says:
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    Rest of season for a bench bat/fill in…….Max Muncy, Niko Goodrum or Joey Wendle?

  25. Bucktail30 says:
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    Rest of season for a bench bat/fill in…….Max Muncy, Niko Goodrum or Joey Wendle?

  26. agl2018 says:
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    Voit or Aledmys Diaz next year \o/

  27. the shit says:
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    I see above you said to not start Pivetta vs WAS. Streamonator is high on him at ($16.1). Still stay away even though the bot likes him?

    I also have Cobb at home vs OAK, seems like a decent start but the bot has it at (-$2.9). Start him?

    I dont technically need these two starts but will need to use my last two moves of the week on SPs if i dont. In the championship, ESPN 14 teamer, trying to defend the title against the guy i beat last year (he was pretty pissed i whooped on him bad lol).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the shit: I wouldn’t start Pivetta in a mixed league, wouldn’t start Cobb either

  28. jose says:
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    Monday Jose checks his sets his lineup during lunch: “Hey I’ve got Kluber going today against TB. Maybe I can get a W!”

    Monday Jose checks his stat line before going to bed: “6.2 IP, cool…No win, dang…12 Ks, sweet…5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, whatever…Wait… Kluber went 1 2/3! What the heck…Oh Thanks Hader 2 IP 6 Ks, Chavez, Cishek, and Presley.”

    A haiku for your morning (I think…I don’t think I’ve ever written a Haiku since I was forced to in High School)

    Wins are stupid, Grey
    Why can’t my team win a game
    Fantasy Baseball (read with head hung in frustration)

    • jose says:
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      @jose: And my grammar in that post speaks for how little I learned in High School. Oof

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Awesome haiku, that should be on Razzball’s bathroom stall

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Haha! Do people still write on bathroom stalls? Aren’t they too busy on their phones?

        In all seriousness. Thanks for helping all of us who are still grinding finish strong!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They still write on the bathroom stalls at Razzball HQ…Donkey Teeth!

      • jose says:
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        @Grey@Grey: Haha! Do people still write on bathroom stalls? Aren’t they too busy on their phones?

        In all seriousness. Thanks for helping all of us who are still grinding finish strong!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They still write on the bathroom stalls at Razzball HQ…Donkey Teeth!

  29. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey!

    I love any post that manages to seamlessly blend Milli Vanilli with Robert Wagner murder accusations. When someone asks me if Wagner killed Natalie? I always reply: Girl, you know it’s true. Someone’s gotta grill Christopher Walken on what he heard on the yacht that night. That guy knows something. But I digress…

    BTW, “borinnings eater” is such a great term. I don’t know if anything describes a Gibson/Lynn/Junis-type player so well.

    So I’ve been cycling guys in and out based on matchups, and other than being exhausting, it’s kinda liberating. You and Ralph talked on a previous podcast about how annoying it is to not be able to drop name players because of where you drafted them (a Strasburg type) whereas you don’t mind dropping a lesser player (a Fiers type) for a hotter player. This time of year is all about that shizz and I’m loving it. Speaking of which…

    I’m giving Sal Perez today (against Covey, whom Salvy has hit well) to sink or swim. After that I’m thinking of playing hot hands at catcher ros. I think his thumb is still an issue. Sound like a plan? Or just leave him in there cause all catchers suck anyway?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve been listening to a podcast about Natalie Wood and her sister (!) says Wagner and Walken were having sex that night and Wood caught them (!!!)

      Speaking of sinking and swimming, I can see losing Sal Perez and just playing hot hands for the next few weeks…

      Borinnings eater it is!

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: I LOVE Lana Wood! She’s one of the hottest (lesser) Bond girls. And like many a gorgeous lady who’s known tragedy, she says some bonkers things. But I SO want to believe that theory–and it would explain so much about that night, as well as the hush-hush nature of the murder investigation/findings. Where can I find that podcast?

        And keep Wagner away from Sal Perez!!! “Swim, Sal! Swim!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fatal Voyage on iTunes (guessing it’s on iTunes, I use Overcast to speed shizz up) — It’s pretty crazy how guilty Wagner sounds

          • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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            @Grey: I’m knee deep in Fatal Voyage and loving it! Thanks for the heads up. And yeah, only a few episodes in and already Wagner is shady AF!

            PS: Which start do you like better: Reynaldo Lopez @ Baltimore or Lucchesi @ Seattle? SON has Reynaldo by a hair. Thanks!

            • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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              @GrassyKnollRedding: Oh, can you please add Fiers start @ Baltimore today to the above mix? Like one? All of them? Do tell. Thanks again!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Seeing Fiers now… Um…Don’t like any of them if honest, I guess Fiers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wagner and Walken are having sex and Lana’s sippin’ tea!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, and PS: Lopez

              • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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                @Grey: Ha! Thanks on all fronts. I tend to agree with you. Was leaning Reynaldo, but might pass on all of them. Something about Baltimore in Baltimore doesn’t sound like a cakewalk to me. These teams with nothing but pride to play for scare me more than more competitive teams, if that makes any sense. Always feel they’re just lying in wait, daring me to stream against them.

                And it seems like Wagner was jealous in every way you could be jealous. He clearly was furious that Natalie to be with Warren or Walken–but now I’m wondering if it was because he’d have wanted to be with Warren and Walken himself? This whole podcast has my kind of “In Search Of” level conjecture.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, agreed…I don’t love O’s in O’Land either

                  Ha re; Podcast — They pull no punches on Wagner — I saw him once about 2 years ago, I wish I had this knowledge now back then, I would’ve totally embarrassed myself!

  30. Fantasy Freak says:
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    Hi, Bellinger is batting 8 when playing. Do you consider him better than White, Morrow or Ohearns. Can you rank the 4?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do like Bellinger, but I hear ya… Morrow tho?

  31. Fantasy Freak says:
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    Any recomendations on relief pitchers on a hold league for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure who’s available, give me some names

  32. Fantasy Freak says:
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    Is Taylor Ward a good option ROS considering he plays every single day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good? Maybe in some leagues, has he done anything with his playing time?

  33. dubjay says:
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    Morning grey,
    So I am looking to drop Boxberger for another RP.
    Who do you like best of this group?
    Y.Hirano, A.Bradley, Hildenberger, Knebel, T.Hunter, C.Allen, R.Gsellman, Streckenrider
    I already lost Chapman and have D.Robertson to replace him for the occasional save and help with ratios. Could drop him as well. But only have 5 moves for the week and have already used one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hildenberger

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Berger for Berger

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Bergers

          • dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            Are we sure about Hildenberger over Allen? He just got another save.

  34. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    I have a bye week but I’m trying to prepare my bullpen before my playoff starts. Thinking of picking up Peralta for saves and dropping either Boxberger or Romo. Boxberger’s no longer the closer and Romo has only pitched in 1 game since 8/25 (what did he do wrong?).

    Anyway, drop Boxberger or Romo (for Peralta) (or drop both and pick up Buttrey (mmmmm) for holds too)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Box

  35. Five-on-One says:
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    With G. Polanco down for the year, I need a replacement – any position. Can you rank the following:

    Kiermaier, Candelario, Avisail, J. Polanco, LourdesG, Tyler Austin, Alex Gordon, Moran, Choi, Goodrum, Grichuk, Kipnis, Wendel … There are others, but if you could give me your top 3 from the list… I think I like Goodrum and Kiermaier the best, but I really dunno.

    Thank you.

    • Five-on-One says:
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      @Five-on-One: Or Puig (playing time unpredictable)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Puig is getting killed by Roberts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goodrum, Grichuk, Kiermaier

      • Five-on-One says:
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        @Grey: thanks – These three guys over Chris Taylor too (also getting killed by Roberts, but on a bit of a roll)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, hard to say when Taylor will play, but he has been and leading off

  36. NH says:
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    Grey,

    Next week is the last week in my league. Would you drop Judge?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  37. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – SON loves M-Gonz coming off DL against Padres today ($19.3) + also doesn’t hate Sunday’s @LAA matchup ($6). In H2H semi finals, would you roll with him for QS/W if your opponent has 2 more starts than you?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with him

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: thanks – will steer clear

  38. Jake says:
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    I could use a few saves. Should I drop Seranthony for one of W. Peralta, J. Alvarado, or R. Gsellman?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta

  39. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you start any of these guys tonight? (H2H with QS)

    Sonny Gray @MIN
    Andrew Suarez vs. ATL
    Jose Urena @NYM

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Suarez

  40. Drew says:
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    Who’s the drop to activate Sale (NSVH counted): Knebel, CJ Edwards, Familia, or Fiers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers

  41. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Hand or Strop for Saves ROS?

    • Norm Ginsberg says:
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      @Norm Ginsberg: Another question (never expected to contemplate this). Should I drop Correa for either Mondesi or Yuli?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Mondesi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strop

  42. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Romo has 0.2 IP in the last 16 days. Is he on an IP limit so he can come out fresh next year? Seriously, why are they not blowing this sucker’s arm off? He’s UFA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, not sure, tbbh

  43. Cohen says:
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    Grey, can only start 2 of these streamers. Which 2?
    Leblanc at home vs SD
    Suarez at home vs Atl
    Holland at home vs Atl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Suarez

  44. Old man river says:
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    Would you start Beltre over Aguilar, moustakas, Jmart or JDonaldson at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Donaldson until we actually see something from him

  45. Steve says:
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    Think Nate Jones gets plugged back into the 9th? Fry hasn’t been dominant, worth a speculative add over say, Seranthony?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe on Jones, but doubtful… I’d hold for now

  46. Dante says:
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    Ryu just dropped in my league.

    Would you add him to replace any of these?

    Rodon
    Gausman
    Felix Pena
    D-Rod

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Pena

  47. Keeks says:
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    In your opinion how should a H2H league handle a worst case scenario where all the East Coast games get postponed during semi finals? It doesnt look like ESPN allows you to push back the matchup at this point.

    I’ve got Rhys, Mookie, Benintendi, Khris Davis, Freeman, Gary Sanchez, Rendon, Villar, Voit, Nola, Strasburg, Dominguez and Britton all with games over that way this weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s your options? I’d drop guys who weren’t playing and add guys who are if you’re in a playoffs scenario

  48. Cohen says:
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    Diaz,Zimm,Goodrum,Morales,Healy , Candelario for c/i spot. Needs rbi, avg, hr

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goodrum’s been stroking recently

  49. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey!

    12 Team H2H Categories

    Best best for holds? I have Andrew Miller in the DL slot right now but he was activated Monday and I have Ryan Pressly on the active roster. Need to drop one so I can start making streaming choices.

    So who would you rather have for holds Miller or Pressly?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

      • Russ says:
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        @Grey:How about Miller or Bradley?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bradley better chance for saves right now

          • Russ says:
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            @Grey: I’m looking for Holds/the better ratios, who do you think?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Miller

  50. IV says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Looking for Wins and QS in my 12 team H2H/Roto league.
    Following pitchers are available to stream today, can only start 1:

    Jose Urena @ NYM
    Shane Bieber @ TB
    Andrew Suarez vs ATL

    Based on your comments above, should I assume Suarez is the call?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems like best or Bieber, not like I have a ton of faith in either

      • IV says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, it seems like the best move may be not to play at all.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, if you can just sit them out

  51. trigger cut says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for everything you do.

    Got a quick keeper question and an embarassment of riches. I have to choose four of the following, keep for three years (except for Bregman), no salaries or other complicating factors:

    Acuna Jr.
    Albies
    Bregman (only keep two years)
    Juan Soto
    Vlad Jr.

    Your picks? “Thanks in advance,” as they say.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Soto

      • trigger cut says:
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        @Grey: That has been my inclination, but I’d recently been second-guessing myself. Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  52. Tinman95 says:
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    Best outfielder for the rest of the week for homers

    Renfroe/Reyes: 4 games ([email protected], 3 Vs. TEX)
    Grichuk: 5 games (2 @BOS, 3 @NYY)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Renfroe

  53. FrankGrimes says:
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    Think I’m done with Springer.
    He never had that big HOT streak this year either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So not a THOT

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        Haha

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        Dammit I should have grabbed White!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How about Bieber?!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Pimpin’

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wish I was pimpin’ wit’ h’m

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:

                #metoo

                Per usual my playoff teams go Ice Cold.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, effin sucks

  54. Launch Angle says:
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    Grey,
    I’m in a standard 5×5 roto – this season only redraft league (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). I have a sizeable lead overall and can’t lose the league. I’m just trying to win as many categories as I can. In the HR category I’m behind by 1. In the SB category I’m only ahead by 8 and the team behind me has Turner and Marte. In the RBI category I’m ahead by 20.

    My lineup:
    1B Goldy
    2B Baez (only 2 SB since 8/1)
    3B Bregman
    SS Lindor
    OF Trout
    OF Betts
    OF Piscotty
    OF Benintendi (only 1 SB and 2 attempts in over a month)
    UTIL White (been one of my best RBI producers the last month)
    UTIL Mallex Smith (just added)
    BENCH Arenado (only 3HR and 17 RBI since 7/31)
    BENCH Freeman (only 6 HR since 7/1)

    I need to keep close in the HR category, while maintaining my lead in RBI and SB. Villar is available in my league. Based on the above roster and their recent performances, would you drop anyone to add Villar and “runaway” with with the SB category w/o sacrificing HR and RBI categories?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to get power and speed — that ain’t easy — Don’t see how Villar plays, maybe drop White for him, but that’s about it

      • Launch Angle says:
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        @Grey:

        White’s been killing it (HR and 2 more RBI today) and I don’t see him falling off the last 2 1/2 weeks of the season. Hits in a great spot in a great lineup too. He’s a guy I want to hold onto. What about swapping Mallex for Villar for the power/speed??? Villar hit a HR today and has same power and speed as Merrifield with a lower average.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mallex for Villar works for me

          • Launch Angle says:
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            @Grey:

            Don’t flip out on this one, but take a pick at my roster above in the original post again. What about dropping Freeman for Villar? I don’t need his AVG and I have others I can put in the UTIL slot that can provide RBI’s and I don’t think this is his year in the HR department – only 6 since 7/1 and there are less than 20 games remaining in the season.

  55. Felix Lopez or Derrick Holland. Need era whip and padding KS wouldnt hurt. Am I asking to much of your fortune

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland

  56. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – curious what your thoughts are on Matt Chapman compared to Rhysus in standard leagues (not obp)…

    Love both, and Rhys has insane upside, but seems like they’re pretty similar with power / counting stats (at least in second half where Chapman has been in the 2 hole and tapping into power). Chapman has been better on the BA front, Rhys gets a few more SB.

    Still Rhys over Chapman for me, but if you could get Rhys for $20-$30 next year or Chapman for $6-12, I feel like better value might be Chapman, no?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rhysus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman does seem underrated, but he also feels like a hiccup away from a 24 HR, .245 season and Hoskins is a lock for 30+ HRs and maybe 40

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: v true – Chapman is firing on all cylinders meanwhile Rhysus has “sophomore slumped” to 30+ and likely 100/100 or thereabouts…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly!

  57. Db says:
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    Starting pivetta @atlanta next week or drop him to make some room

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him

  58. Gotime says:
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    H2H semi finals next week (weekly league) pick up 2 start Bieber vs White Sox and vs Bos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, not sure if too soon but what about 2 start Musgrove at home vs KC and Mil and Newcomb at home to Stl and Phi? I’d be dropping Pivetta Eflin etc. (random garbage)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go with both

  59. Steve says:
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    1. Avísail or Puig? ROS

    2. Best keeper for 2019: Aguilar on 21st, White in 21st, Puig in 11th (14T OBP keep forever)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Garcia 2. Aguilar

  60. Ozzie Smith says:
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    H2h 5×5 semifinal round…
    Would you start Stripling @ Cincy tomorrow if you were looking to lower Whip and ERA?
    Reports say he will only pitch 3 innings or around 45 pitches.
    Wood wrecked my ratios pretty bad last night so I’ve got some catching up to do buddy.
    Also just about to drop Bellinger, Chapman, or Andujar to pick up Conforto who just hit another homer.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3 IP is not worth it, you should find someone else… Lose Bellinger for him

  61. Stephen Lyon says:
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    First the good news, thanks to a fortunate confluence of circumstances I finished top i the regular season standings in the ol’ H2H and thus have a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

    Now the bad news. The “permanent” starters on my pitching staff are Eovaldi and Montgomery (traded Keuchel away in a deal to get Machado and Bauer is on the DL).

    I’ve grabbed Fulmer who appears to be the highest non-owned guy on the ROS rater but I’m hardly turning cartwheels over that.

    I’d love for there to be a solution other than SON-ing it and hoping like hell, but there really isn’t is there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So high to start, then so low to end… I don’t see why you can’t stream like crazy, the league can’t be that deep

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: 14 teams and only 10 adds per week so have to be a little careful…

  62. The Shoe says:
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    Hey Grey,

    A. So I wasn’t able to nab Matz. Thus, I have to start one of the following: Stripling at CIN or J. Gray vs ARI. Who should it be?

    B. I guess the alternative is picking up one of the following:
    VV vs MIA
    Eflin vs MIA
    Barria vs SEA
    Gibson vs @KC

    Like any of those starts better than Stripling or Gray?

    D. Pitching question continued: if Stripling pitches well tomorrow, could you see him getting a start next week and going deeper into the game?

  63. Tee Not Air Jags says:
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    NL only, have a bye this week. holds and saves sold separately. have sera anthony, minter, boxy, hand. after having TOO many saves too few holds for a while now it’s going the other way with boxy demoted, the viz back saving shortly probably. hand gets both. sera anthony gets both. drop anybody (clearly boxy at least) for: steck, neshek, venters (TONS of holds), p.baez, lugo, j.miller (but doolittle back so he’s 7th inning now, holland sticks the 8th).

  64. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Grey: As the original contributor of “copathetic”, I offer you instead “Quantity Shart” as an alternative to describe Gibson’s pitching performance. Keep up the great work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shart’s bad tho, it’s not bad as much as boring… There’s a new post for followups

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