What do we say to the devil? Not today, devil. But they say, “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.” And devil’s in the details.  So, for the last five months, Giancarlo Stanton (1-for-3) was the devil I didn’t know any details about, but yesterday we said, “Today, devil,” so where does that leave us? In hell still, as the Yankees said they will baby Stanton, sending him out for only a few at-bats. Yo, are you Arthriticarlo Stanton? Should’ve never held him all year, but his thighs are so beautiful and well-lotioned in bed! Sorry, was reading a well-tailored-to-me fortune cookie. I suppose if Stanton’s out there, you can add him, and play him, but a few at-bats here and there doesn’t exactly instill confidence. Hopefully, by the time 2020 rolls around, Giancarlo will be less Arthriticarlo and more the Giancarlo I’ve pasted to my pillow. And that’s not Elmer’s Glue. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

CC Sabathia – 2 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.99. He made his last regular season home start of his career. It was an emotional moment for CC. He told reporters after the game, “I’m not sure which team I’ll get on my Hall of Fame plaque, but I’m pretty sure the Yankees can outbid the Indians.”  Touching stuff.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer. So nice to see Judge rise to the challenge, and I’m hearsay’ing it!

Luis Rengifo – Out with a broken hamate bone. Matt Olson said, “Rub it on me!”

Sam Hilliard – 2-for-4 and two homers (3, 4). Gotta give Bud Black props for taking pressure off his rookie hitters, because no one could ever feel pressure when they’re only going to play once a week, whether they hit or not.

Jairo Diaz – 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.50, and the ugly blown save, as he entered the game in the 8th for some mysterious reason. It was totally important for him to face the 6th and 7th man in the Mets’ lineup? A guy who was 1-for-the-series and the hitless Amed Rosario? That was who he had to face? Bud Black is giving me an ulcer.

Noah Syndergaard – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.22. Well, he can’t throw to Rene Rivera either. Next up, grab a catcher’s mitt, Jed Lowrie!

Pete Alonso – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 49th homer. Albombso!

Jeff McNeil – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 22nd homer. Serious question:  In 2020, do you want McNeil or DJ LeMahieu? I don’t think it’s close, and it’s not the guy from the team in New York. Dot dot dot. Who plays 2nd base. Dot dot dot. For a team that spends money. Dot dot dot. Not on ponzi schemes.

Magneuris Sierra – 2-for-5 and his 3rd steal, leading off, and he has only 32 ABs. Far from a sexy name — you’re thinking of Magnum P.I. — but if you need steals, you could do worse.

Starlin Castro – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 20th homer. He’s the 13,187th player to hit 20 homers this season. Or as Snoop would say, “Thirteen thousand and a 1-8-7 on a juiced ball.”

Austin Dean – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, and back-to-back solid games. That’s a small sample — which is what she said derisively! — but there’s not much time left and I could see a quick schmotato.

Mike Leake – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.38. Streamonator loved this start, but is lukewarm about his next one, or, is that, *pinkie to mouth* Leake-warm?

Christian Walker – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 26th homer, hitting .259. In the D-Backs’ lineup, it goes Christian Walker, then Lamb like some kind of incel shepherd.  “I don’t have sex prior to marriage, which is why…” Body rocks the air, “I f*ck what ya herd.”

Joey GalloRangers aren’t expecting Gallo back this year. Don’t worry, balls will be juiced next year like they’re at the Spearmint Rhino.

Yuli Gurriel – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer. That gives the Astros three 30-homer guys for the 1st time since Jeff Bagwell, Richard Hidalgo and Moises Alou. As Moises might say, I’m going to pee myself.

Jose Altuve – 1-for-4 and his 29th homer. Altuve picked it up in the 2nd half, it helps that his 2nd half is only two feet off the ground for ease of picking it up.

Gerrit Cole – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.61. He’s only the 18th pitcher since 1900 to reach 300 strikeouts. “Would’ve looked a lot better as 300 ground outs to 2nd base.” That’s Ray Searage.  Ya know, Cole wasn’t cheap this year, but he was a relative bargain compared to where he’s gonna go next year. Welcome to the top 15 overall in most people’s rankings. (Top 10? Won’t be me, can’t even think straight about it.)

Dylan Bundy – 5 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.89. Streamonator‘s liked Bundy in some home matchups here and there (this was one), but, tee bee aitch, I think you might be slightly loose in the coconut if you’re starting him.

Jonathan Villar – 3-for-6, 3 runs and a slam (23) and legs (36), and 2nd homer in as many games. Half of me (the Lily Tomlin half) thinks I could write another Villar sleeper post this year like I did last and it would be fairly accurate. People don’t want in on the O’s and I get it.

Anthony Santander – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Fun fact! My mom calls Santana — “Santander.”  The mangled-pronunciation apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 30th homer, and his 4th homer in three games and 5th homer in five games. You can try to find a hotter schmotato, but, after a few moments, you’ll just wonder why you’re bothering and pick up Grichuk anyway.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and a slam (32) and legs (14). Have made fun of the Phils’ deal to get Harper a lot this year, but you can’t put a price on coming in only three games out of the final Wild Card. You can’t mostly because it’s an amorphous thing that doesn’t have a price tag.

Zach Eflin – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.00. All starts now are about what team is the pitcher facing next and Eflin’s going to Wash, so it’s nice he respects cleanliness but no thank you.

Mike Yastrzemski – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .265. Did you see his grandfather, Carl, throw out the 1st pitch to Mike? Was something really special, and all I could think was I was glad it wasn’t Barry Zito and his grandfather.

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.64. How bad is the Red Sox rotation? Samardzija would’ve been their ace.

David Price – Shut down for the year. From baseball. Fortnite is still on the table.

Rafael Devers – 1-for-3 and his 30th homer. Can’t fight the Devers!

Aaron Civale – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at–Guess. Go ahead. I’ll count it if you get within 0.25 of his ERA. You’ll never do it. I have faith in you. I’d leave my dog with you for an over-the-internet friend and pooch sleepover, but I still don’t think you can guess his ERA.  I’ll give you a hint, it’s 1.82. Okay, bad hint.

Spencer Turnbull – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.66. Random Prediction Alert! You will pick up Turnbull next year when he strings together three good starts, then you will comment, “Grey, handsome sayer of soothes, what do you think of Turnbull?”  And I’ll say maybe he’s breaking out, then he won’t break out.  Or maybe that was this year.

Dinelson Lamet – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 3.84. Damn, Cousin Sweatpants, let out my drawstring, it’s getting tight in here!  Can I draft Lamet as my number two starter in every 2020 league already? Please, just let me draft him now and I’ll fill out the rest of my team in March. On a related note regarding this year, we might want to discount how bad the Brewers are without Yelich, even at home.

Keston Hiura – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, hitting .303. Hiura got his groove back and I Taye Diggs it! Sorry if that caused you to throw your computer out the window. It’s a fair response.

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 45th homer. Prolly the clear-cut NL MVP, but some time when you diddling around the internet, check out his 2nd half numbers. Let’s just say, he had a better 1st half. By a lot.

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-5 and his 48th homer. Gonna be hilarious in 20 years when they talk about how 2019 was the year of the home run and Jorge Soler and Eugenio Suarez are gonna lead their leagues.

Willson Contreras – 1-for-4 and his 24th homer. I could’ve guessed Schwarber would hit another homer, which is why you shouldn’t guess.

Tom Murphy – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 18th homer. This was all the Mariners needed to down the Pirates. The Mariners vs. the Pirates *breathes in deeply* late-September baseball brought to you by who gives a f*ck.

Kyle Lewis – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer in eight games. Guys and five girls, Aristides Aquino who? Kyle Lewis has the Maas Appeal now and he’s not letting it go for one single second. Ya know, I wasn’t a huge Lewis fan — more into Martin; God, that guy can croon — but Podcaster Ralph was selling me on Lewis on yesterday’s podcast, and I trust Ralph. I mean, I handily beat him this year in our RCL, but still.

Homer Bailey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.55 vs. Danny Duffy – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.30. Homer vs. The Duff Man but it left Moes-desi surprisingly empty. Not much of a peep from Mark Nelson Muntz Can-HA-HA until late in the game, while Sheldon Mill-Neuse was prank-calling with Bart about Semien.

Blake Treinen – Out for the season with a stress reaction on his back. Maybe his back drafted him in the 5th round this year and it was a delayed stress reaction. Be interesting to see if Treinen is even considered for the closer role next year. My guess is nope.

Max Scherzer – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 2.81. Not saying it should matter but there’s no chance Scherzer’s 2nd half plays any meaningful role in his 2020 ADP, right? He’ll just be drafted as a top three starter in every league like, “En bee dee, his 2nd half was bleh, but don’t care.”

Trea Turner – 2-for-5, 1 RBI and gets on base every game and doesn’t steal one gee-dee bag!  What in the holy eff is going on with Treat Urner?! My teams need steals. Run, you motherfudger, run!

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.83. The Cardinals be doing some voodoo on the mound. Do the Cardinals even know every other pitcher in the league has a 5 ERA? Do they know what’s going on in the league? Do they practice black magic?! I got questions, y’all!

Tommy Edman – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .286. Who is this Tommy Edman? Well, I’m glad you asked. See, former Cardinals’ 2nd baseman Tommy Herr had a kid with a man named Jim, and Jim and Tommy fought over whose last name they were were going to give the kid. Neither would back down, but Jim was a slightly better player, so they decided to alter his name slightly, finally deciding to go with Tommy Edman. At that point, the die was cast and the legend was written. The Jim in question was Jim Edmonds.

  1. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    NL only h2h 10 teamer with OBP over AVG, total bases added and net steals over steals. had p.baez to drop for kelly, LAD off today so i added zobrist. gotta think even though he has no upside at all he’s gonna score more runs than berti does leading off for CUBS even without rizzo/baez. who’s my drop tomorrow
    C molina
    1B freeman
    2B wong
    SS newman (2B)
    3B mcneil (2B/OF)
    MI lux (2B/SS)
    CI edman (2B/3B/SS/OF)
    OF (4) rhysus, conforto, harper, dyson
    util (1) berti (2B/SS
    BN bader/zobrist (2B/OF)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      How desperate are you for steals? Dyson has been pretty worthless…

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        it’s net steals so more desperate than regular leagues even though here i have a decent amount of steals guys already (bader, wong, berti, newman, some others get some too). but steals guys also get caught sometimes, so they can hurt you too, having a successful steals guy gives at least those (dyson is that)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bader

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Beautiful report, as in a bounty full of booty!

    a. Nice save by Raisel. Since the calendar changed to September, he’s been taking me to Church just like last year. Reds playing the role of spoiler, woo-hoo. Fun times in MLB. We need to find that couple of sociologists who put the schedules together in the 80s/90s. These schedules are spoiling the game and completely out of whack or the person making the schedule is whack or they need to up the reward part for the monkeys making the schedule.

    b. Thanks for the advice not to start Noah! I did not start him and I shaved 0.01 off the ERA with Raisel’s clean inning in the tenth.

    c. SON loves ($37.0) Heaney’s start tonight @NYY (Tanaka). Yankees have clinched so it’s just a matter of getting past Maybin which shouldn’t be a problem, right? I’m starting him, you?

    d. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for September 19

    Here Come the Co-Eds, 1945

    Peggy Ryan (Patty): Oliver, aren’t you gonna kiss me goodbye?

    Costello (Oliver): Yes, Patty. Patty, the time has come to say goodbye.

    [He kisses her, then licks his lips. And gets an idea to repeat.]

    Costello (Oliver): Patty, the time has come to say goodbye.

    [He kisses her for a second time.]

    Costello (Oliver): – Patty, the time has come…

    Peggy Ryan (Patty): – You just said that.

    Costello (Oliver): You shut up. Goodbye.

    [He kisses her for a third time!!]

    Peggy Ryan (Patty): I feel just like Donald O’Connor!

    The inimitable Peggy Ryan sings ‘Let’s play’ with Lou Costello. Check it out on YouTube.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Agreed, he’s been so much better

      B. Nice!

      C. Yeah, seems fine

      D. Haha, gonna have to now!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        Thanks, man. Hopefully it’ll work out (Heaney’s start).

        a. I watched (remotely on CBS scoreboard) the Rox Mess game. Here’s my skinny on your advice:

        1. Chapter 1 (1st inning): Damn, Grey! He’s struck out the side, I am going to kill you!

        2. Chapter 2 (2nd inning): Ok, no big deal. He gave up a solo HR. 4Ks and 1-1, I’m going to kill Grey tomorrow.

        3. Chapter 3 (3rd inning): More of the same above (Ibid, right?)

        4. Chapter 4 (4th, 5th and 6th innings): Ok, I’m very sorry for ever having doubted you Unkie Grey! You win, you are the best and your mustache is more attractive than even Anthony John (“Tony”) Wolters himself.

        His final stat line was pretty bad and no W so yeah not such a great maiden game for Syndergaard in Coors. Better luck next year! Thanks again, mensch! Yu da mensch!

        b. Seriously, your next book should be entitled….’Grey Albright, a man of a thousand faces’. Here’s my explanation.

        1. You have the face that gives advice all year long.

        2. You have the face that gives us advice just before the start of the season with the top 500, sleeper and other reports.

        3. Then you have the face that gives us daily advice in the tiny microcosm of today’s game ONLY.

        4. Then you have the face that tells us to flip DeGrom in 2014 because he pitched better than he did in the minors. Oh, well.

        5. There’s also the face of Grey who tells us not to sign this guy.

        6. There’s also the face of Grey who also gives us advice that can NOT be found ANYWHERE else so yeah.

        Grey Albright, man of a thousand faces. It’d be a good read for sure.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so!

          1-4. You might not be wrong!

          B. Haha, the title, “One Piece of Pie With Twelve Spoons (One Spoon Per Face)”

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!!

            Or, ‘How many sleeping cushions does one happy dog deserve? 19!!!’

            On the subject of dogs, our daughter found a dog. He’s the joy of our household! He’s mostly Bichon Frise, really intelligent, born July 11 2019. We got him last Saturday and already toilet trained only does his numbers (1 and 2) in the same spot outside. Super smart dog. My wife wanted to clean up the space where he lives – it’s a drawer with a super soft blanket, a soft pillow, a few toys. She removes all the toys from this drawer. What does he do? He goes and brings all of the items that were in his drawer and puts them back in place where they were!! Guy is super genius. We call him Simba because he’s got a mane just like a lion. He doesn’t respond to Simba as much as ‘come and get it’ or hearing the zipl lock on his bag of lamb cookies open up. Maybe with time.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah…A dog has domesticated you! Love to hear it!

  3. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    20 team h2h redraft with pretty much all hitting cats added (slugging, total bases, OBP, hits, OPS etc).
    C s.murphy
    1B vaquez (C, i know but these 2 are simply better like this than any 1B in FA, lost rizzo)
    2B mostsuckass
    SS polanco
    3B k.seager (amazing how awful he was but very solid for last 2 months or so for deep leagues)
    OF (3) nimmo (added since COL), mcneil (2B/3B), wendle (SS/2B/3B)
    util (1) segura
    BN bader

    DL gallo, stanton (he’s back BABY!)

    drop bader or nimmo or wendle for stanton for tomorrow (today when this is read)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d lose Wendle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  4. muskysmell says:
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    Gotta give a big thanks to Grey and Co. !!

    I started following/reading this blog about 4 years ago and if my 22pt lead holds up in my roto keeper league, it’ll be my 2nd win in the last 4 years. And razzball has been a big reason why.

    Grassy ass fellas!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Congrats, nice work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Congrats!

  5. Moses' Mashers says:
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    Guess you missed the Nats game. Max dominated. In the 7th, Soto lost a pop fly in the sun that would have been the 3rd out. The ball dropped at his feet for a double. This was followed by a single and homer of course because why not. Soto makes play and line is 7 IP, 4 h, 2 ER, 0 walks, 11 ks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  6. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    This is a fun comparison:

    Player A: .255, 32 HR, 14 SB
    Player B: .278 23 HR, 36 SB

    Not knocking Harper (A), but I’m sure he’ll go ahead of Villar (B) in 2020…

    • Dan says:
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      Grey

      Your lack of appetite for investing in an expensive arm is well documented.

      So if Lamet is the #2 you are targeting who, as of now, is your #1 you are targeting?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not sure yet, Dan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right?! I know

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Right I know so for Duda

  7. Chebe says:
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    Grey , DT we in the midst of a championship week

    Starting gibson vs KC tonight?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d pass unless the circumstances are right….really need counting stats, not worried about ERA/WHIP blow up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  8. David says:
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    Madbum or Lamet next year?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Depends where Madbum signs but I lean Madbum

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lamet

  9. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey and DT, I just want to thank you for all your help this season!
    I managed to finish the season in 1st in back to back years thanks to finding Razzball early last season. Unfortunately I’ve lost Woodruff, Glasnow, Giolito, and Domingo German in different capacities and I’m trying to clinch my first title. I’ve used your advice and the SON to stream Caleb Smith and Homer Bailey, so I’ve pulled ahead in K’s, but could use another W. My dilemma is the matchup is pretty even (H2H) at this point with K’s being the only real lead. I have one move left on the week and I’m considering streaming M. Kelly or Musgrove, leaning towards Kelly. The only concern I have is offensively I have 3 players going today vs 7 for my opponent. As far as starters go i have 4 left vs their 5. I’m trying to figure out if I should stream a bat for today (C. Biggio?), grab a closer (Workman/LeClerc) for the rest of the matchup ( I have Hendricks, Hader, and W. Smith) or roll with another starter (Kelly). I really appreciate any advice you can offer with my last pick up this season. Thanks again for all the advice and a great season!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hey Mike, no problem!

      Don’t feel great about it but I’d try Kelly, he seems to be throwing well right now.

      Good luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

      You need everything? I’d go Workman

  10. Bay of Puigs says:
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    Hey, Grey. Great stuff as always. You like DeSclafani at home against the Mets on Saturday? QS instead of Wins in this league, btw. Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I do

  11. ty says:
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    10th! Jim freakin Edmonds that was great

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  12. phennore says:
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    16 5×5 weekly keeper league. I’m currently in 2nd place and desperately need home runs. Machado will cost me $40 to keep next year and Benintendi will cost me $21. Would you drop one or both to pick up some one like Teoscar Hernandez, Rowdy Tellez, or Harrison Bader to try to squeeze out some extra home runs for the final week? Next week’s schedule for the players:
    Machado: LAD, @ARI
    Benintendi: @TEX, BAL
    Hernandez and Tellez: BAL, TB
    Bader: @ARI, CHC

    Thanks,

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d lose Benintendi for Tellez and look to stream anyone in that last Coors series next weekend (Brewers/Rockies).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And other people in your league can’t pick up who you drop? I’d lose Machado and Benintendi for Teoscar, Tellz and agree with DT about Coors

  13. Gator says:
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    In a keeper league…is it time to drop Syndergaard for Lamet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  14. jose says:
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    Just here to say I’ve had the Big Red jingle stuck in my head since 5 AM yesterday….It was a fun memory from my childhood until about 5:30. Now it just goes on and on…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, sorry!

      • jose says:
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        It was a great line. Maybe if my brain wasn’t so empty it wouldn’t still be rattling around in there. Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, it’s rattling around in my noggin too!

  15. Stumanji! says:
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    1 move left in my championship H2H matchup and I desperately need a QS. Here are my best options available:
    Lucchesi @ Mil
    Happ vs B Jays
    Plutko vs Phi
    Pablo Lopez vs Nats
    Smyly @ Cle
    Voth @ Mia

    Guhhhhh. This is why I hate H2H. A full season of fantasy baseballing and the championship comes down to whether or not one of these jamokes can throw 6 quality innings.

    Leaning Lucchesi after Lamet’s performance against the Beermen last night. Who ya got?

    • Coolwhip

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      for me its a toss up between Lucchesi and Plutko, Philly is not as good on the road.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plutko

  16. stevie says:
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    Who are your favorite streamers for this weekend? I made a list based on who was available and who they play. If you could pick 3 or 4 that would be awesome.
    Marco Gonzales @ Bal
    Anibal Sanchez @ Mia
    Kyle Gibson KC
    Chase Anderson Pit
    JA Happ Tor
    Austin Voth @ Mia
    Elisner Hernandez Wash
    Trevor Richards Ari
    Tyler Alexander CWS
    Cal Quantrill Ari
    Martin Perez KC
    Rick Porcello @Tampa
    Ivan Nova @ Det
    Dylan Cease @ Det
    Felix Hernandez @ Balt
    Jordan Zimmerman CWS
    Thanks for all of your advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal. Marco, Perez

      • stevie says:
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        Alright, thanks for your reply!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  17. Dude at Dudes says:
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    Looking for a saves over the next 4 days pick one: Kela, Wittgren or Goody?

    Thanks for all the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kela

  18. knucks says:
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    Going with Shed as my batty call today. Leading off against Musgrove. S’go!!!

    • knucks says:
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      Batty call… with eyes for this upcoming @BAL series over the weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I grabbed Austin Nola, Austin Riley and Jose Osuna (there wasn’t another Austin)

  19. Synyster says:
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    Need some words of encouragement. Had a 1st round bye last week, my team went off that week with crazy stats, and now they are crapping to bed this week that actually matters. Still four days left.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to win your league, synster! Stop messing around!

      • synyster says:
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        Tied up 5-5 thanks to K-Rod.

        If I am worried about ERA/WHIP do I start Lucchesi @ MIL today? Thx!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sit him

  20. Steve says:
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    Hiura or Grichuk for HR & AVG?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk

  21. letsgobravos says:
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    FML, I dropped Corbin after his last start as he was slated to not pitch again until Monday and now he has been moved up to Sunday. Of course the guy in the 3rd place game of our H2H is up at 4am grabbing up every good pitcher on waivers and somehow notices that and takes him. He’s also grabbed all the streamers I was planning to use this weekend.

    That Jairo blow-up yesterday was a killer as well. I was up 2-1 in saves, tied in Ws and had a close lead in ERA and WHIP. Not only did he cost me the lead in ERA and WHIP, my opponent has Lugo so Jairo’s BS led to him taking the lead in Ws as well. Unreal.

    Tied 5-5 though so still in the fight.

    • here comes the pizza says:
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      MLB.com probable pitcher page has Voth listed for Sunday, not Corbin.

    • here comes the pizza says:
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      Hoth starting Sunday, not Corbin

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Voth, yeah

        • here comes the pizza says:
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          Yes, that guy!

          • letsgobravos says:
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            That’s what yahoo showed previously, but now they have Corbin lined up Sunday which was cause for my lamentation. ESPN still shows Corbin on Monday so I hope that’s the case.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s go, letsgobravos!

      • letsgobravos says:
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        Thanks Grey! Opponent has a stacked pitching lineup for this weekend while I am streaming mostly streaming bad options in hopes I can win Ks. I grabbed Matz off waivers for his Sunday start, but that speaks to how bad my options are to be overly thrilled with getting him. ERA is close now (290-.300) and I lead by 6 in ks, but he has Verlander, Berrios, Strasburg and Keuchal yet to pitch. I do have Clevinger today and Bauer, but to have a shot in Ks, I’ll be running out guys like Nova, Thornton, Cueto, Merril Kelly and Cueto. I really need my hitters to catch fire and carry me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yikes, hopefully you get some luck!

  22. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Welcome back Hiura!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You see him tho? He’s limping around, he prolly should be shut down

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        ugh no didn’t see game. i didn’t want to hear that…. but… thats how awesome he is! hitting .300 with a HR on one leg!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, it was why I’d guess he was replaced late in the game — he didn’t look good, barely able to move in the field

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            btw this week’s post is on Hiura, with a bit of a different angle ;-)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, nice! Awesome!

              • Coolwhip

                Coolwhip says:
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                LOL… so if he’s still gimpy… why is Counsell batting him 2nd tonight? #BrewersLogic

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, great question but he didn’t look good yesterday

                  • Coolwhip

                    Coolwhip says:
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                    they held him up at 3rd coming from 2nd, after braun singled deep. luckily he was batted in soon after. so they are definitely trying to keep him from going full speed.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that makes sense, he looks limpy AF

      • Smitty says:
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        Didn’t see him limping around, but welcome back to the keystone Keston! I’ll be keepin a close eye on the young stud. Already trying to figure out how to get Tatis, Bichette & Hiura as my SS/2B/MI in ’20

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s sexy!

  23. here comes the pizza says:
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    I’m so close to winning the championship, I can taste the victory champagne!

    Streaming options for this weekend are so bad! My opponent still have 8 starters left v. my 2 (Anibal, Lynn). Don’t want to pick up a streamer that could potentially fuck up my 3.30 era.

    Grabbed Biggio for today as a hot bat. Let’s go Cavan!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cavan, pizza, Cavan to victory!

      • William Hung says:
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        FYI – Yahoo is showing Lynn as getting skipped on Sunday – is there any sort of confirmation Lynn is pitching?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haven’t heard anything about it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pizza, just saw your comments fell into spam filter… Sorry about that… I haven’t read Rick Ross’s biography

  24. Dave D says:
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    Well you said “Should’ve never held him all year“, but can’t fault you for doing that in our DC since its not an option. Maybe you should blame yourself for something, but not that. Maybe for not handcuffing him with Tauchmann or Maybin, lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, crazy that I actually knew to grab Austin Riley and it looked brilliant for like a blip

      • Dave D says:
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        17 HRs from where you grabbed him was solid nonetheless. If he stayed healthy it might have helped a lot more.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, nothing would’ve saved this team except for Stanton and Happ to step up

          • Dave D says:
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            Well, at least you don’t have to be rooting for Lewis Brinson to actually hit a homer. I need HRs in our DC and when G. Cooper went down I had my choice of him or Dee Gordon, so Im still waiting for his 1st homer after 205 ABs this year at AAAA/MLB. How does he hit 16 HRs in a half season of AAA then goose eggs?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I know, I have him in another league… He’s the one guy who hasn’t been helped by juiced balls

  25. NickNice says:
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    M.kellly at sd or plesac vs philly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plesac

  26. Pyrrhic Victory says:
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    It’s late September, so that means it’s time for 2020 keeper questions!

    Specifically, what to do with Adalberto? I drafted him everywhere I could this year, and for a while he was looking like a world-beater, but those year end statistics aren’t looking great, especially in an OBP league. Are you still on the Mondesi train for next year, you think?

    Some concrete examples:

    League 1, 10-team stanard 5×5 roto H2H, keep 7
    No brainers (6): Arenado, Bellinger, Bogaerts, Tatis Jr. , Springer, Buehler
    In play (pick 1): Giolito, S. Marte, Mondesi

    League 2, 12 team 6×6 (OBP, SLG) roto H2H, keep 5 (at least one pitcher)
    No brainers (2): Baez, Severino
    In play (pick 3): Gallo, Albies, Meadows, Mondesi, Kingery

    In both leagues, I already have the SS slot filled, and it looks like Mondesi will be losing 2B. Also, he’s been pretty brutal in OBP this year, which has really brought down his value in League 2.

    Thanks for all the Fantasy wisdom this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi’s stats look solid — no one is stealing right now, he can win you a category and not kill you in others

      If you don’t need a SS then it’s a pass tho — and he’s not good in OBP

  27. schloofy says:
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    Thanks for all you do, Grey and DT.

    In my ESPN keeper roto 6×6 league, which I’ve been in for many years, one of our categories is innings pitched, which I’ve never really understood. It becomes more of an issue at the end of the season, because we have a 180-start limit, but ESPN will let you start as many guys as you want on the day you reach that limit, so it becomes this free-for-all type thing where the top teams all pick up as many “safe” starters as possible, and basically drop everyone they don’t plan to keep for next year.

    I’ve always hated this. I want everyone to stick to 180 starts, and we can use the honor system. The league manager could even go in and bench guys if they have too many starters going. Does that make more sense? Am I just whining because our current way of playing has screwed me out of a money spot on several occasions, and may this year again? What do other people think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem — I don’t think it’s a problem, tbh… Only fair way is that you get to 179 starts then start as many as you can and hope… You can’t ask other people to bench players

      • schloofy says:
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        Thanks. I have more 4th place finishes than any other team in the league, so that probably affects my judgment when it comes to rules like this. If others think this is fair, I won’t complain about it.

        How do you feel about IP as a category in general?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          IP is more fair, decreased MR’s value but if you have a 1400 IP limit and get to 1395, you can go way over 1400 too

  28. schloofy says:
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    I’m gonna double dip here because I need more SP help.

    I don’t trust Tanaka at all at this point, but do you think it’s safe to start him today against the Angels? I could use a QS, but I’m more concerned about keeping my WHIP and ERA down and K/9 up.

    With that in mind, could you rank the following starters?

    Folty vs SF
    Happ vs Toronto
    Merrill K at SD
    Anibal at Miami
    Disco vs Mets

    2) Also, please rank this group:

    Robbie Ray at SD
    Keuchel vs SF
    Severino vs Toronto
    Waino at AZ
    Eflin at Wash

    Thanks again for a great season on Razzball! Best money I’ve ever invested in FLB!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Folty, Anibal, Disco, Kelly

      2.Dallas, Ray, Severino, Waino

      No problem!

  29. Game Of Throws says:
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    I’m out of the playoffs… but just wanted to thank you for another great year of analysis and entertainment… or anal-tainment for short.

    Would you keep Bellinger as your number one pick next year? His second half is scaring me. I feel like he could be the 2019 first half / 2017 player or the 2019 second half / 2018 player next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, No problem!

      I’d keep Belly, but I don’t know your options

  30. Twins Peaker says:
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    Is Christian Walker fantasy relevant in 2020? 1B starter in a11 team roto?

    Any chance Yastrzemski goes to the Red Sox in the offseason? I think he might as aUFA. I could see him progressing well there too. No?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, unlikely on Walker

      Why would Yaz go to the Red Sox?

      • Twins Peaker says:
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        After the success and festivities of this weekend….purely speculative.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, seems doubtful — he must be under Giants’ control for a while, he was just called up

  31. G says:
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    Thoughts on potential Sunday starters of Woodruff vs Pitt or Reynaldo Lopez @Detroit? I have only one pickup left for a Sunday start if needed, and no starters going Sunday so think I should snag one. Leaning Woodruff but wondering if they will let him go enough innings. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woodruff won’t go more than 4 IP…So, I guess Lopez

  32. Cheap Stevie says:
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    Hey Grey and DT.

    Im going to win this year because of Razzball and all your advice so thank you.
    Im in a BA 10 team keeper league where we can protect 5 guys. Who would you go with?
    Here are my top candidates.

    Story
    Mondesi
    Bogaerts
    Marte
    Jose Ramirez
    Alonso
    Aquino
    Cole
    Bieber
    Clevinger

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

      Nice keepers! Tough call… Cole, Alonso, Story, Xander, then prolly Bieber… Tough call tho

  33. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Of pitchers with 20 or more starts this year, which are your3 worst?

    I’m going Sparkman, Senzetela, and Kikuchi.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No Tigers or White Sox SPs? Did you do the 20 start cutoff to avoid Edwin Jackson?

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        hahahahaha, yeah, Hands-Free Ejack was too easy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tigers are sneaky, Edwin Jackson is being used to make all of their other pitchers look much better

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            LOL like MLB Network’s darling Matthew Boyd… with a 4.54 ERA (4.36 FIP)! yeahhh he’s realllll good (at coughing up runs between Ks).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hahaha, yup! MLB network is so bad

  34. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Grey, you’re handsome, smart and other words for those two traits, but was just wondering…you said you think Bellinger is prolly the clear cut MVP, and the talk has really been about him and Yelich all year.

    How does Acuña lose to those two when’s he’s about to go 40/40?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Bellinger locked it up already, but you’re right maybe Acuña’s more in the convo then I’m giving him credit for

  35. Gotime says:
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    Domingo German on admin leave, is he a drop in redrafts (was using for ratios/possible Wins in relief)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, lose him

  36. J-Money says:
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    Whatup G,

    You starting Hendricks tonight vs STL? In the championship in a H2H league, tie gets the ring. Hoping for some Ks and more importantly a QS. Think he delivers the goods?

    Thanks homie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

  37. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    BryRey has picked the worst time to go cold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too deep a league to drop him?

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        due to everyone getting injured im out of moves, LOL. And i didn’t swap him out earlier cus he’s facing SEA and MIL this week. It was supposed to go according to plan! all i need him to do really is buoy AVG/OBP!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha — hopefully he catches fire then!

  38. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    So, will anyone in Milwaukee get fired when they miss the playoffs by 1 or 2 games because they sent Hiura back down for a month so that Travis Shaw could prove for another 30 games he could still hit .168 ?

    Gotta be the dumbest move ever by a club when you realize Shaw had options. Stoopid, and that’s with two Os and not a U.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Counsell doesn’t seem like he’s on the hot seat — and was likely a team decision, can’t fire the owners

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      you are assuming the team’s goal is the win a world series, i.e. be a winning ballclub

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        True, Coolwhip

        • William Hung says:
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          Travis Shaw – Grey’s pick for Comeback Player of the Year 2020

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yes!

            • Harley Earl says:
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              Well Shaw’s days at 2B are over. Moistasskiss has a club option for 2020, so I guess he could play 1B.

              Personally, I think Shaw is Allen Craig 2.0. He’ll never be the same.

  39. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Latest Keith Law article on ESPN:

    Shane Bieber and four other players I was wrong about

    The tough part was narrowing it down to 5 players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who are the other ones?

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Not sure. It’s a pay article because bafflingly ESPN generates revenue through the inane musings of KLaw, et al.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, not worth knowing!

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          wow… thats f*cking brilliant in the dumbest cheapest way possible… you have to pay to learn why you shouldn’t be paying for or paying attention to anything Keith Law says.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HAHAHA

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            This analysis is genius in its simplicity.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      hahaha… i can almost guarantee grey was right on all 5

      • schloofy says:
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        Boyd, McNeil, Castillo, and Suarez, if anyone cares.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hang on, Schloofy…Schloofy hang on!

          • schloofy says:
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            Haha, I’ve heard that one.

            I actually saw Rick Derringer live when I was in high school. Ted Nugent was also on the bill. People didn’t even know he was um, the way he is, back then. (Trying not to offend your wingnut readers.)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HAHA, gotcha

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            HAHAHA… thats fantastic.

  40. toolshed says:
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    It is hard to find bodies this time of the year who are in the lineup. I need another hitter. Nola from seattle or bader? Bader is hitting 8th but he has 4 sb over the last 14 days. I swear guys stop running when I add them to my team. I owned deshields for 2 weeks and all he did was kill my batting average, no sb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  41. toolshed says:
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    Do you like thames as an add for the rest of the year. Mil is in good parks for the rest of the season and looks like they will only face one lhp rest of the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t mind that, but depends on options, of course

      • toolshed says:
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        What about seth brown? They have a nice schedule as well. Looking for dual eligibility guys

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s solid, but he does platoon out vs. lefties… What about changing your name to Toolshed Long?

          • toolshed says:
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            I like it. Thanks for the suggestion

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, just messin, I know toolshed is a family name

  42. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    oh man, Corbin moved up to Sunday @MIA… shoot that right into my veins. finally some luck breaking my way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  43. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Now that Acuna got his 40 dongs, you just KNOW he’s running literally every chance he gets for those last 3 SB…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotta love it!

  44. Harley Earl says:
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    Jordan Lyles 4 2/3 innings today, one run allowed. Last week went 4 1/3 innings and one run allowed. WTF is Craig Counsell’s problem???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He hates us

      • Harley Earl says:
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        He must. What an asshole.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

        • Fred Garvin MP says:
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          Agree. I’ve started him on teams against the Marlins and Padres, he hasn’t made it through 5. Counsell can eat one.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

            • Harley Earl says:
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              It makes me think there’s some sort of clause in Lyles contract that gives him a bonus each time he goes 5 innings or gets a win!!! Ridiculous.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      #BrewersLogic i want to make this a thing lol

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  45. jdred5 says:
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    With 1.5 weeks left to go in the season, my team is currently clinging to 1st place. Out of 13 starting hitters, Segura’s injury today leaves me with ONE hitter that I drafted! (Trout, Dahl, Rizzo, Domingo, etc.) I need my ship of scrubs (Edman! K Lewis! Markakis!) to schmotato me to glory! I need suggestions of low owned hitters that are hot or have sneakily great matchups for next week. The only one who stands out to me is Luplow, who has looked good and is getting consistent PT at the moment. A few other options available are Renfroe, Yaz, Marwin, Riley, V Reyes, and Zobrist. Any of these sound at all appealing? Any other names to throw out there as 1 week batty calls? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, schmotato to glory they will — if you believe!

      Marwin, Yaz and Zobrist, that order

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I would just look at matchups tho (anyone going to Coors?)

        • jdred5 says:
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          I checked that – Rockies second series is at home vs MIL. Orlando Arcia maybe? Can’t see Shaw, Grisham hasn’t been hitting, but Coors could cure him …

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Grisham

            • jdred5 says:
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              Thank you! Shmotatos to glory!

  46. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    RIIIZZZZOOO is back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that’s out of nowhere

  47. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Would you drop Michael Pineda to activate Craig Kimbrel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  48. Thurman says:
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    in the finals in my 5×5 12 team league and i have 1 transaction left for the week. currently tied in wins, up 2 k’s, and barely behind in both era and whip. who would you take:

    -anibal @ marlins
    -cease @ tigers
    -fher @ orioles
    -tyler alexander Vs. whitesox

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal

  49. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Is it just me or has Yahoo suddenly got a bit unreliable as far as indicating probable starters? Grabbed Gibson at a time yesterday that would have him start tomorrow as was indicated. And now he’s starting today (angry, red-faced emoji). When you only have 10 adds a week this is a real pain in the ass.

    Normally they’re the most reliable of anyone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re better off not starting Gibson, methinks…

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        Yeah, might end up working in my favour, it’s using up the add that really grinds – and now I have to burn one on a Segura replacement…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            Edman’s available – I’m thinking you’d probably rather have him than Segura anyway?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      I accept things are a bit all over the place at this point in the season, but still…

  50. The Harrow says:
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    CUBS are getting up there with LAA on being lying douchebags. nobody that actually needs to wear a boot can run that fast on rizzo that soon after an injury that actually required that. dropped him in 2 spots (redrafts obviously) now somebody else’ll be WW’ing him. so they had him wear a boot to trick opp’s, what value did that have to them? maddon is nuts.

    • The Harrow says:
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      and espn is down entirely, i checked, worldwide from the people responding in that page.

      • The Harrow says:
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        whew, just got rizzo back in the money league. i’ll be beat in the other one though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn

        • The Harrow says:
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          espn is back now too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He got that morphine/cortisone inject!

      • The Harrow says:
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        got him back in both, i was lucky i could drop j.kelly in the 2nd league (holds too there) since he didn’t play today. dropped solak in the other.

  51. FrankGrimes says:
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    F Stanton!
    I’m sticking to my Acuna First overall stance as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s go Acuña!

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