Matt Harvey did a 180 on his 180.  This weekend he announced that he’s not pitching past 180 innings.  Come rain, come shine, come playoffs.  Then, when met with a huge backlash, he reverted course to say he will not pitch past 180 innings in the regular season, so he can pitch in the playoffs.  Somewhere, Nolan Ryan is cackling like a mad man (though, after he cackles, his arm falls off and he needs to Crazy Glue it back on).  I don’t have anything personally against Harvey’s decision, but, to announce it yourself, it comes off like a selfish decision.  PR 101, have the team announce it.  And, don’t, whatever you do, have your agent announce anything, especially while Boras is wearing that horned costume with the pitchfork.  Or maybe I just saw a picture doctored by a Mets fan.  This is not at all surprising.  He’s coming off of Tommy John surgery.  He should be shut down at some point.  Glad to hear he’s pitching in the playoffs, those innings won’t count towards his innings count for next year.  Of course, I’m being sarcastic.  None of this bodes well for how much I’ll like Harvey next year, since I prefer pitchers to get babied, but I guess this won’t be an issue if the Mets are bounced early in the playoffs.  Let’s go Dodgers!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Steven Matz – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks but left yesterday’s game with a blister issue.  Is it too late to trade for a starter?  Yeah?  Okay, how about if the Mets stretch out Clippard?  No?  How about they stretch out Colon on a rack like he’s taffy, cut him in half and turn him into two pitchers?  Yeah?  Excellent.

Wilmer Flores – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer and his 2nd homer in the past two games.  Mean’s while, Yoenis Cespedes (2-for-4, 2 runs) hit his 30th homer, and fourth homer in the past five games.  Loving this back-and-forth, home run one-upmanship Yoenis and Flores are having.  So far, Yoenis is saying, “Whatever you can do, I can yabba dabba doo better, Wilmer.”

Lucas Duda – Will rejoin the Mets on Monday after rehabbing in Binghamton, which was founded by dissenters from Googleville.

Giancarlo Stanton – May not return this season.  He met with his doctors and they’re still planning out a course of action.  Though, Giancarlo wonders why this one doctor needs to keep checking his hernia.  Little does he know that doctor is me in disguise.  Muahahahahaha.  Fo’serious, I told you to sell him for fifty cents on the dollar when he was first injured.  The Marlins would be morons to let him return, which is to say, he will return for about ten days, play a game or two here and there and then get shut down early.

Jose Fernandez – Speaking of the Marlins being stupid, Fernandez is set to return to the Marlins rotation between the 12th and 17th.  Ex-Little League coach and Marlins current manager, Dan Jennings said, “If he’s on the bus, he can pitch.  I don’t want any of my guys riding their bike to the stadium.  Far too many dangerous roads to cross.”

Justin Bour – 1-for-1 and his 16th homer.  This one came as a pinch-hitter, but he’s a hot schmotato and should be playing every day, i.e., the lineup card should never read that Bour’s out for the brothers who ain’t usually there.

Matt Moore – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER in his return to the majors.  You can protest to your leaguemates to have this start removed, saying,”But he was good in the minors in his last start.”

Asdrubal Cabrera – 3-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (11) and legs (6).  He’s been on again, off again hot for the past two months, and more on than off.  Did I just write a Katy Perry song?

Kevin Kiermaier – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, and third homer in the last week while hitting near-.325.  Next year, who you drafting first:  Kiermaier or Longoria?

Chris Archer – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.88 vs. Ivan Nova 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.50.  When I saw my novio, Archer, was going against Nova, I thought about how he was going to try to shoot the moon, which is term from the game Hearts, and the band Heart sang, “Barracuda,” which was used by Sarah Palin during the 2008 election when she was known as Saracuda and she sunk McCain just like Brian McCann (1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer) sunk Archer.  The irony!

Alex Rodriguez – 2-for-4 and his 28th homer, and his 2nd homer in the past three days.  That gives him a career 28 home runs since he’s been clean.

Carlos Carrasco – Will return on Tuesday.  Hopefully he looks better than Danny Salazar’s return (3 2/3 IP, 6 ER).  Actually, I wouldn’t mind if he looks better than every pitcher who’s ever returned from any injury ever.  No pressure!

Cody Anderson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.72.  He throws fast, but that velocitease is only taking me so far until I see his K/9 is 4 in 65 1/3 IP and I get cold feet.  This blurb was brought to you by dress socks.  Never get cold feet again.  Hey, we’ll take sponsors wherever we can get ’em.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.43.  My turnaround on Verlander after not liking him for the past two years proves that Taylor Swift is wrong when she says Band-Aids don’t fix bullet holes and that we can’t solve bad blood.  We can, TS.

Nori Aoki – May get shutdown due to post-concussion syndrome.  The doctors are worried he might be saying he’s all right when he’s not, because every time they ask him to state his name he says Aoki.

Joe Panik – Expected back today.  Just in time for the Giants to realize they need to start winning games.  Nothing like Panik to get people moving.

Buster Posey – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 17th homer.  He hit this bomb off of Flande, i.e., he creamed that caramel.

Marlon Byrd – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Ah, Coors, you make everyone look like the good DiMaggio.

Nolan Arenado – 0-for-3.  Homered in six straight games up until Saturday.  Sad to see him stop homering, but glad to see my house stop spinning and land on top of Hanley’s legs.

Matt GarzaBrewers shut him down for the rest of the season.  All other teams will mourn the loss.

Jay Bruce – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Hehe.  You’re very welcome for me saying he was droppable.

Brandon Phillips – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Currently, on our Player Rater, Phillips is ranked 6th overall for 2nd basemen, which is to say it’s been an awful year for 2nd basemen (and shortstops are worse).

Marcus Stroman – Could return to the Blue Jays rotation next weekend.  For those expecting Marcus to give you a black star line and Stroman your pain with his fingers, I’d try to keep expectations in Prague.  Or somewhere in Czech.  Would I own him?  Aw, heck’s yeah.  Would I expect more than 6 IP, 3 ER?  Nope.

Jose Bautista – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer.  I look forward to the round of the playoffs between the Blue Jays and Royals when games are routinely 12-10.  Should get them ready for Kershaw and Greinke.  No, it’s not quite as insightful as ESPN’s analcysts picking the playoff teams with about 25 games left.

Kevin Pillar – 1-for-3, 2 runs and a slam (10) and legs (18).  Being a hitter in the Blue Jays lineup is like a bonus round for a video game when you just run around like mad, collecting coins.  Get those counting stats, Mario!

Ben Revere – 3-for-5, 3 runs.  He’s on top of the 1927 Blue Jays lineup.  You want to own him.

Alex Wood – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks.  Well, lookie-lookie!  An impressive start from Wood (just don’t go looking at how many walks he threw vs. strikeouts).  Wood gets an awful start next time out, according to the Stream-o-Nator, and I agree, I’d lose him in most mixed leagues.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer.  Do I dare add another post next year onto the post-post-post-post-post-hype sleeper, Gyorko?

Derek Holland – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I haven’t been a fan of Holland’s for a long time.  Too many windmills, too much splitting the check, but, as I said the last few times Derek’s pitched, I’d own him in all leagues.  Saturday’s brilliant start didn’t damper my enthusiasm.  Unless I’m calling my undershorts “enthusiasm.”

Matt Shoemaker – Won’t pitch today due to a forearm strain.  That’s what happens when you try to cram a fivearm into a forearm.

Hector Santiago – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (6 BBs), 3 Ks.  That’s about as bad as a one-hit, six inning game can look, and about as good as a six walks in six innings start can go.

David Freese – 3-for-4, 2 runs, but left early because he’s either hurt or he was removed to avoid injury.  Anyone want to take bets?

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks vs. Braves.  I think “vs. Braves” says all you need to about starting Gio and feeling safe.

Joe Ross – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  I don’t like Fister at all — that’s what she said! — but even I would’ve switched Ross out of the rotation for Fister at this point.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4 and his 34th homer, and his 3rd homer in as many games.  Look at Harper making a run at the top spot in 2016 drafts.  But, yeah, it ain’t happening.  I go over my thoughts on the top ten in today’s podcast that’s coming later today.  Harper’s in the discussion, but I don’t think he’s reached the promise land, which in his case is Utah.

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer.  Totally worth that fourth round pick.  Thanks to the Fantasy Baseball Overlord working hand-in-hand with the Karma Gods!

Jayson Werth – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting over .350 in the last week and has three homers in the past eight games.  Oh, and Werth’s been awful all year, but still not as bad as Rendon.

Shelby Miller – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  The Regression Fairies laugh at the meme, ‘Of course Kim Davis has no gay friends, look at her hair,’ they know what culottes are and they will rip out your ratios’ heart and leave them beating on the side of the road.

Eduardo Escobar – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Fo’serious, he’s had a home run, like, in every roundup for the past week.  You people need to grab him already so one of you jinxes him and he stops homering.

Brian Dozier – 1-for-4 and his 27th homer.  JB and I talk about Dozier on this afternoon’s podcast.  Yes, we’re working on Labor Day.  Wait, that seems right.  Only A.J. Pollock would take off on Labor Day.

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-5 and his 9th homer.  I already gave you a Aaron Hicks 2016 sleeper taste and there will be more to come this offseason.  Prepare for the offseason of Twins.  Lowercase yay!

Ervin Santana – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks vs. Lance McCullers 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  This matchup was billed as, “Sometimes you get Magic and rookie nookie, other times you get an STD.”

Dallas Keuchel – 8 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.29 and his 17th win.  Keuchel is a case example of a pitcher who beats you with great control.  Control to hit corners so he strikes you out.  Control to induce weak contact.  Control to get a ton of ground balls.  And like the biggest hit off of Control, he’s Nasty.

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, and third homer this week and hitting over .500 in the last week.  Holy schmotatoes, look at that bat, man!

Johnny Cueto – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.86 on the Royals.  Unloading Cueto is making the Reds look like geniuses right about now.  Other than, ya know, being 31 games out of first.

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Without looking it up, who has more homers, Dyson or Omar Infante (0-for-2)?  Keep in mind, Infante has about 250 extra at-bats.   Dyson has twice as many.

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer in his first game back in about a week.  You can’t stop the Moistasskiss.  You can only hope it eventually dries up.

Erik Johnson – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Solid enough start against a tough opponent (the Royals), but I wouldn’t even stream him unless he were going against the Twins and the Twins’ flight missed its connection and the Twins had to field a team they put together off of Craigslist.

Adam Eaton – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer this weekend.  Really no reason he shouldn’t be owned in every league, but, with that said (Grey’s changing course!), I’ve seen him on waivers in one of my leagues and I can’t figure out who to drop for him.

Kyle Schwarber – Due to his ribs, he’s likely out through the Cards series that ends on Wednesday.  When asked if he’d be available before, Joe Maddon said, “I would say probably not, but I don’t know that.  I’d have to guess.”  Funny, McClendon never speaks unless he’s guessing.

Jake Arrieta – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 2.03, notching his 18th win.  If he can get to 20 wins, he’ll at least get Murray Chass’s Cy Young vote.  Which is the only vote that matters since Chass knew Cy Young personally.

Kyle Hendricks – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I’m so surprised a Hendricks or a Hammel actually pitched well after being favored in a game, I’m going to ignore the fact he only threw 75 pitches.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 23rd homer.  The Cubs won yesterday, so I guess it doesn’t matter, but batting third for the Cubs was Chris Coghlan (1-for-4, 1 run).  Yeah, Joe Maddon’s a genius.  Okie dokie.

Miguel Montero – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer.  How’d that not punting catcher thing work out for you?

Welington Castillo – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs.  Forget where’s the boeuf, forget everything you know except one thing:  Welington has 18 homers in only 283 ABs.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Hisashi my dashi, slurp SLURP!  Hisashi was only touched up by Billy Butler (2-for-4 and his 10th homer), which was depicted back in Hishashi’s home country with an anime dumpling drinking the broth he’s floating in.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.54. Huge game for Cole yesterday in St. Louis.  I had Archer, who got hit, and– Oh, yeah, big game for Cole in regards to real baseball too.  But, man, I really needed it.

Starling Marte – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Please get hot, and thank you.

Jaime Garcia – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  ERA is at 1.89 on the year.  Furthermore (uh-oh, Grey’s got more!), I still have to tell people to pick up and start Garcia.

Randal Grichuk – Was activated from the DL.  He can’t throw from the outfield, which will limit him to pinch-hitting.  Weird, not throwing from the outfield never stopped Johnny Damon.

Odubel Herrera – 3-for-4, hitting near-.500 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Wade Miley – 9 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.43.  The Stream-o-Nator liked this past start and doesn’t like his next one.  Not to do everything a robot tells me but I agree.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to update my iCal so my computer can tell me what to do.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  This weekend it was the Red Sux pitching vs. the Phillies hitting.  It’s the most movable object vs. the pitch of least resistance.

David Ortiz – 1-for-1, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer, but exited yesterday’s game with tightness in his calf.  With the size of his gams, I’d card that calf, looks like a fully grown cow to me.

Hanley Ramirez – Hit the 15-day DL.  He only sat in my active weekly lineup for two weeks saying he was coming back any day.  Does he even have an injury?  It says here that he has fatigue in his shoulder.  Fatigue in his shoulder?  Great, don’t pitch.  This guy is such a baby he’d be the first celebrity on an episode of MTV Cribs that sleeps in an actual crib.

Dustin Pedroia – Could return on Tuesday.  He’s looking forward to taking the spitting, scratching himself and other baseball activities he’s been doing in the past two weeks out onto the field.

Pablo Sandoval – Missed the entire weekend series with mid-back tightness.  And that, boys and girls, was the only time tightness was ever used to describe a part of Sandoval’s body.

  1. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Stanton, Hanley and Pablo blurbs were real gems!

    Domingo Santana is:

    a) A poor man’s khris davis
    b) A latino khris davis
    C) A rich man’s khris davis

  2. Noam says:
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    Hey, can you help me with this one?
    Which six would you start?
    Lester @STL
    Cole vMIL
    Sale vCLE vMIN
    Salazar vDET
    J Garcia @CIN
    McHugh @OAK
    Arrieta @PHI
    Smyly @DET vBOS
    Hammel @STL @PHI

    Also, would you start R Iglesias vPIT instead of Gregerson or C Allen?

    I appreciate it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Noam: No on Raisel… Not Smyly, Hammel, Lester

  3. LittleJoeyCora says:
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    Great stuff Grey! Thanks for taking time during your Labor Day weekend to provide us with your sweet insight.

    I’m in need of HR and BA. Who would you start this week out of:
    – Werth
    – Gardner
    – Springer

    Thanks again

    • LittleJoeyCora says:
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      @: should probably mention that Gardner gets 7 games and both Springer and Werth get 6 (weekly lineups)

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Hope you had a gr8 weekend. We were okay if a little wet from the rain. Otherwise, everything’s a go. In two leagues I’m in the playoffs and in two leagues I need a win this week and a loss elsewhere to qualify for the playoffs.

    a. We should start a lessons learned blog for would-be ballers for next year and beyond.

    i. Don’t draft a catcher in the first 10 rounds (My catchers this year have been Avila for week 1, Vogt until the ASB and then a combination of Schwarber mixed with Montero.) In short, I have killed at the Catcher position while making better use of a first 10 round pick.

    ii. Listen to June Grey’s advice, Cargo being a tiny example of what that advice could do for you.

    iii. Don’t ever gloat it will come back to bite you. Just take your winnings with a smile in your heart.

    b. Starling Marte prayer hexagon activated!!! Get hot, Starling, get hot!

    c. Lost my breakfast on the Archer to McCann segue blurb!! Totally agree. Had bet on TB winning when I saw the matchup, which is to say there was no matchup – Archer v Nova. Nova has been stank since his return, Archer has been a demi-God. He was rocking a 3-0 lead until the roof collapsed and he gave up 3 big XBH’s! A small bump in the road. Still, TB bench was saddened when NYY scored the 5th run. They had all bet the under for TB as a team – 4.5 runs. They just couldn’t go beyond 4 runs.

    d. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa, competed in the GE Blenheim triathlon this weekend where she finished with an impressive time of just under 1 hour and 27 minutes. However, her sister married a prince so Pippa’s achievement means jack shite to her parents.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. We should’ve known these things coming in B. Agreed! C. Ha, thanks! D. Hehe

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!! Have access again to the site! Joy and bliss. You are right about knowing the stuff before the season. Damn, you are right EVERY time!!! Yet another lesson learned.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, we had major server issues

  5. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Analcysts!

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: In other news, I’m the #1 seed in both my money leagues (both re-drafts)- starting the first round of four this week in League A, and the second round of three in League B (puts league).

      In League A I made 17 trades and 193 waiver wire moves – a strategy that has often put me in the back end of the standings – but this year, seems to have worked out well.

      Thanks to you, Ruddy and his robits, J-Foh, JB, and the other commentors for a fun 2015!

  6. malamoney

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    I’m headed to Pawtucket today to watch Stroman pitch. At least few the first few innings. I’m stashing him on my team and want to see if he’s going to be worth a start in the next 3 weeks if he joins the rotation…

      • malamoney

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        @Grey: He did not pitch well. 3 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs and 4 walks. He did have 3 strikeouts. He got a lot of 2-strike counts. His defense didn’t help him. There should have been an inning ending double play in the second which would have kept them from scoring 2 runs. There was another ball hit up the middle that the second baseman and shortstop seemed like they each expected the other to get it. There was also a 2-2 pitch that was clearly a strike that the ump called a ball. Stroman was halfway off the mound when he called it a ball. Half of the hits against were not hit hard, but found holes. The other half were hit well. They pulled him after the 3rd and I left shortly after to escape the 94 degree weather…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yikes, not a good sign for his first start in the majors, but I prolly wouldn’t start him in most leagues without a bit of desperation

  7. M says:
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    Are you starting Big Papi in a weekly league in which rosters lock when the first game begins today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Yes

  8. JoeG414 says:
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    Looking ahead ; the last day of the season : all games start at 15:00 est ? Strange .

  9. WisBrave says:
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    In need of SB and AVG. Should I bench J.Heyward or C.Yelich in favor of B.Burns for the week?

  10. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I made the playoffs in both leagues. One has the best record and the other has the 2nd best record. Now we will see if either of these teams falls apart in the postseason. I haven’t won a h2h league since 2009. I have played in about a dozen since then and lost 7 of 8 championship matches.

  11. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Better to pick up Eduardo Escobar and drop Brandon Crawford or stick with Crawford? Thinking hot bat makes most sense in playoffs…

    Also.. OPS
    Comforto Yelich Rusney Beltran

  12. Blake says:
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    Grey,

    I have 1 add left. I am in 1st place in my pts league. I have a couple of players that are hurt. wanted to know if I should pickup anyone or if you would hold:

    C: Ramos
    1B: A Pujols
    2B: B Zobrist
    SS: C Correa
    3B: C Davis
    OF: R Braun
    OF: R GrichuK
    OF: J Upton
    U: E Hosmer
    B: K schwarber
    B:A Russel
    DL: G Stanton

    schwarber and grichuk are hurt

    following is available

    Trumbo
    C Crawford
    F gutierez

    Plus others

    • Grey

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      @Blake: I’d hold my moves

  13. Alex says:
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    Morning mr. Grey!
    Good recap as always.. 2B question for you ROS….keep Odor or drop for WFlores? Your thoughts? Thanks much!

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex:
      Also thinking of dropping Longoria for EEscobar for ROS….what do you think?

      • Alex says:
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        @Alex:
        Or…KSeager is also available at 3B ROS…thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Thanks! Go Flores… I’d go Seager

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    I was so close to taking Rendon in Rd 2, I think the injury news and your blurb to drop him a rd came out the day of my draft
    Do you like happ @ cinnci or Salazar vs det?

    Thanks grey!

  15. ryanoger says:
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    Eaton or Khris Davis for the playoffs?

    thanks grey!
    ryan

  16. Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Playoffs in my 12-team weekly league. Who do I start at catcher this week? Schwarber, Montero, Castillo, Molina, or Gomes?

    I really have no idea what to do. I don’t like that 3 of them play for the same team, but Molina has been slumping and Gomes is meh. Help. Me.

    Thanks!

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Wizard of Oz(una): I would start Montero. I heard Schwarber is out till at least Wednesday.

      • Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson:

        Montero or d’Arnuad?

  17. Pat says:
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    Is Kluber getting a start this week?

    • down goes steven says:
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      @Pat: I hope so, playoffs starting in two weeks and this guy hurts his leg jogging the poles, cmon man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pat: I don’t think so, maybe

  18. malamoney

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    Am I bat shit crazy for considering sitting Felix or Gerrit Cole for a two-start Taylor Jungmann? Jungmann gets MIA and PIT and is 3-0 against the Pirates this season with some very nice numbers. Felix and Cole looked great yesterday. Felix gets Texas whom he has had success against this year. Cole gets Milwaukee who chased him out after 4 innings last week.

    Rub the stache and spread your wisdom. H2H points league of course. That’s how I roll…

  19. Cram It says:
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    NFBC team miraculously in 5th place. Carrasco back. Mets/Nats series kicking off. Steaks will be grilling. Here’s to a glorious Labor Day!

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Cram It: nfbc- h2h or Roto? Will 5th place win you any money?

      I will also watch the Mets game but then again I watch all their games so long as I am home.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson: Nope, but I’m making a charge. It’s roto

        Ditto. But this series is huge. Yuge dawg!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: I can’t believe how much you gained recently, you must’ve been on a tear… I’ve plummeted

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Donaldson, Crush and Cespedes.

        Conforto! Oppo jack off Scherzer. Impressed with this kid more and more every game.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, those are huge… Those three are better than five of my guys combined, no exaggeration

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: No doubt. Now if only my first round pick would show up. What a bust Gomez has been.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My 2nd round Beltre’s been pure bliss

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Ouchee for sure,

                Donaldson and Cespedes…yard. haha

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I have them on teams…teams that are doing well… Yoenis is out of his mind in the last six weeks or so

  20. down goes steven says:
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    Hey grey! Thanks for all your help this season!

    Machado is now eligible at ss in my league,

    So would you prefer rendon or Desmond? H2h points league.

  21. Alex says:
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    I’m liking Herrera… Would you take Herrera over Billy Burns? Currently rostering Burns, but he hasn’t done much lately. Or how about Herrera over Baez?

    I’m in an OBP league, and Baez’s style could hurt me more than help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Yes, Odubel over Baez

  22. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Piscotty or Grichuk in a Dynasty League?

  23. Dangerfield 51 says:
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    I know this doesn’t only happen to me but to everyone that still owns Bruce (all 3 of you) you are welcome. Drafted him and owned him until Sunday mornin, ha.

    Grey I have the same problem with Eaton…starting to think K Davis would be a good drop, what say you?
    Thanks,
    Happy Labor day to all.

  24. Stanton's Hammate Bone says:
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    Which 2-bagger for this week’s playoff run? Robbie Cano or Logey Forsythe?

  25. Wilson says:
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    Will Kluber come back this season? Is he droppable in a non-keeper league? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Likely droppable

  26. Wilson says:
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    Is it safe to start Teheran (@PHI Morgan) or Richards (vs MIA Latos) or Happ (@CIN Holmberg) tomorrow? Or pick who to sit? Thanks.

    • Dangerfield 51 says:
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      @Wilson:
      Latos is on the LAD

      • Wilson says:
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        @Dangerfield 51: right, thanks for reminder. LAD.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: None are safe

  27. Robert says:
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    Liriano, Burnett or Happ with playoffs in one week?

  28. JoeG414 says:
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    Big Met fan , but I have Zimm , Harper , Des and Rendon on my team , plus J.Zimm. Hoping for two 10-9 Met wins. And one 1-0 Nat win .

  29. Robert says:
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    Do you think Raisel gets moved to the bullpen to limit his innings?

  30. Tom says:
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    Thanks for the analysis, much appreciated! I’m hurting for starts this week and considering starting Harang but it would be in place of Strasburg, just not sure I trust Strasburg to go more than a few innings and also because the Mets already destroyed him earlier this season. I know I’m overthinking this but would really appreciate your opinion/guidance on this. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: I’d start Stras

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Thanks, I went with Stras. After watching Harang yesterday I feel dumb for even asking the question. Classic over managing!

  31. Green monstah says:
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    Hey grey! Playoffs begin this week woo hoo!

    It’s h2h points / weekly lock

    For OF we start 4; Bryce Harper , Jay Bruce, Khris Davis & I just added Jackie Bradley jr.

    – would you roll with those 3; Harper is cemented there & not going anywhere

    On my bench I have joc pederson, schwarber. On my DL puig & Hanley Ramirez.

    Available OF’s; Stephen piscotty (3b/OF), Eduardo escobar(3b/SS/OF), Jayson werth, Adam eaton & conforto.

    Next roll with my Baez at 2b or drop for either Brett lawrie, or Brandon Philips ?

  32. Left Hangs Lower says:
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    Revere or Inciarte?

    Stroman instead of Matz/Severino/Liriano?

  33. SallyCips says:
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    OK, one week till my 12 team h2h playoffs. Standing pat for the most part as I’m in and I only have 16 moves left. I have Carrasco and Billy Hamilton due off the DL this week, so good there. Stanton hurts me because I couldn’t sell him. He was supposed to be my secret weapon. Still hoping the news is better this week. Here’s my pre playoffs roster:

    C: Gattis
    1b: Frazier
    2b: Dozier
    SS: Flores
    3b: Donaldson
    MI: Kipnis
    CI: Arenado
    LF: Piscotty don’t know
    CF: Bradley
    RF: Beltran
    Of: Buxton (dropping for Billy H)
    Of: Burns
    Utl: Tendon
    Bn: Crawford
    SP: Cueto (ugh)
    SP: Chen
    SP: Ventura
    SP: Pineda
    SP: Fiers
    SP: Shields
    RP: Britton
    RP: Perkins
    RP: Boxberger
    RP: Familigia
    RP: Tawaza ( dropping for Carrasco)

    Thoughts?

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: Contender?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It looks good, it’s H2H, you gotta hope your guys get hot

          • SallyCips says:
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            @Grey: Totes. I’ve been burned before by playoff slumps. Worst is the remaining moves. Can’t expend too much unless I’m losing bad.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear ya

  34. royce! says:
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    My two DL stashes got activated so now I’m stuck with the following decision: drop two of Wil Myers, Morneau, Rusney Castillo, OZUNA, Corey Seager, or Conforto?

    Bee tee dub, I finally picked up that garlic spread from Whole Foods. It’s boss. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: Morneau, Rusney…No problem, I’m doing Plated meals now, pretty awesome, have you looked into anything like that?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: We did a trial 6 meal thing with one of those companies. I was okay with it…kinda felt disappointed with myself for not just getting my shizz together enough to be able to shop for an interesting meal all by myself. I can’t remember which company it was, but it wasn’t Plated, and apparently Plated has better quality food than the others, so maybe if I tried theirs I could overcome my shame.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think I might be able to get you a free week trial if you want…I don’t think I get anything else from it, so not trying to come off like an Avon salesman… It’s really solid, have had three solid meals a week for about six weeks…

  35. RicoSuave says:
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    Great as usual Grey!

    14 team H2H points league…

    Would you start Richards at home vs LAD or Hendricks away @ PHI?
    Also,
    For my 3rd. RP slot (I have Kenley and Chapman) should I start Alex Wood @ ARI or Giles (7 games… 3 vs ATL and 4 vs CHC)

    Thanks again

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: Thanks so much man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. ebudz says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Can you please pick the best streamers for tomorrow for my first week of my 2 week playoff matchup?

    ESPN 10 Team H2H Points:
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    T. Walker vs. TEX (11.7)
    Iglesias vs. PIT (9.8)
    Heaney vs. LAD (5.2)
    C. Anderson vs. SF (-1.1)
    Jungmann @MIA (-6.5)
    Gausman @NYY (-15.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ebudz: I’d go on SON’s values

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Gotchya already picked up Walker but you’d also start Iglesias and Heaney too if possible?

        Gotta figure out who I’d drop out of the following but I suppose I should look at their next starts but I think SON likes them all…

        Syndergaard, J. Garcia, Ross, Rodon, or Fiers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d start all three…Drop Ross

  37. Cheis says:
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    There should be a term for players like Bruce. I wonder if he leads the league in weekend home runs. So frustrating in a weekly lineup, he always seems to make you take him out of your lineup then he hits a hr on Sunday and he makes you put him back in!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m all ears

  38. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Im looking to replace J.Ross with a streamer for Wednesdays slate. Who do you like best out of
    Medlen vs Min
    Happ @ Cin
    Heston @ Ari
    Or am I just better off grabbing one of D.Pomeranz, S.Doolittle or B.Rondon for the occasional save.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  39. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Crawford or Suarez for ROS??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eugenio

  40. Tank1 says:
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    Better spot start today Kennedy or Ventura? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura

  41. yg says:
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    Have billy h coming off dl. Rendon @2nd wong on the bench seager in na.

    Do I drop inciarte for billy?

    Drop wong for seager or eduardo escobar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Ender…Wong for Eduardo

  42. Gabe says:
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    Eaton, K. Davis, Conforto or Werth for the playoffs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton

      • Gabe says:
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        @Grey: Thoughts on Conforto? What to expect

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve gone over him many times on the site…

  43. docs says:
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    Start Tajuan vs texas @home?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  44. Dangerfield 51 says:
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    Start Corbin at home vs San Fran today???
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  45. Dorian says:
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    Hey Grey! Thanks for the write up (and everyone else too). Love your blurb on Anthony Rendon, because boy oh boy, is that how I feel when I built my team around him this season. Sigh.

    Question for you. Who do you think I should make as my 8 keepers? I’ve got the scoring, roster and all that at the end of the post.

    I’ve got the following on my team (and yes, I dropped my RPs to load up on potentials). Also, I’ve added the Round cost to keep and Years which after 3 increases cost value. But here’s who I get to choose from.
    C/OF – Kyle Schwarber – Round 20, Year 1
    1B – Justin Bour – Round 20, Year 1
    2B – Rougned Odor – Round 4, Year 1 (someone else drafted him, ugh)
    2B – Devon Travis – Round 20, Year 1
    2B – Javier Baez – Round 20, Year 1
    2B/SS – Asdrubel Cabrera – Round 16, Year 1
    2B/SS(?) – Jurickson Profar – Round 20, Year 1
    2B/3B – Anthony Rendon – Round 20, Year 3
    SS – Ketel Marte – Round 20, Year 1
    SS – Orlando Arcia – Round 20, Year 1
    3B – Manny Machado – Round 15, Year 4
    OF – George Springer – Round 10, Year 2
    OF – Gregory Polanco – Round 12, Year 2
    OF – Steven Souza – Round 14, Year 1
    OF – Bradley Zimmer – Round 20, Year 1
    OF – Michael A. Taylor – Round 20, Year 1
    OF – Odubel Herrera – Round 20, Year 1
    OF – Preston Tucker – Round 20, Year 1
    SP – David Price – Round 1, Year 8 (traded for him, didn’t help :( )
    SP – Jake Odorizzi – Round 13, Year 1
    SP – Jacob deGrom – Round 20, Year 2
    SP – Jake Arrieta – Round 20, Year 2
    SP – Joe Ross – Round 20, Year 1

    And yes, a lot of these guys came off of waivers/FA, so yes, I did piss poor with my draft. Can’t deny that. Anyways, personally for keepers I’m looking at that list and going “I want to keep more than 8”, but since I only get 8, I’m thinking Machado, deGrom, Arrieta, Schwarber for sure. About the only players I can look at for next season and go “yup, totally who I should have”.

    After that I’m not so positive. I mean, I’ve got loaded for OFs for next season with Springer, Souza and Taylor providing homers and speed. Herrera and Polanco both are speedsters who could put up nice homer (10+) totals as a bonus. Tucker and Domingo just mash, so it would be a good idea to consider them as well. I’ve got no actual production from Zimmer to work with, but I’ve heard people say he’s like Schwarber and I don’t wanna give that up.

    Even though Odor costs a Round 4 pick, he’s put up a good enough line that I need to consider keeping him. Anthony Rendon will only cost me a Round 20, so he’s definitely worth the chance on retaining him. Javier Baez is intriguing, since it seems like he’s now the starting 2B. Devon Travis is in the Toronto lineup and he was the best 2B until he went down, so there’s that. Ketel Marte might be the new leadoff hitter for the Mariners and I don’t have a #1 slot hitter, so that’s intriguing. Arcia seems to bring a little of everything, which I like. Bour is a 20+ HR hitter if he has a full season.

    As for pitchers, I got David freaking Price and he’s really good. Jake Odorizzi is a nice price and did pretty well considering he got hurt. Also before Joe Ross tired out, he was freaking great.

    I’m probably over thinking the hell out of this, but I just want to have a starting 8 that actually performs next season. I only got half of the 8 with the production I wanted out of them.

    As I said earlier, you can find the scoring roster and teams here: Scoring is R/HR/RBI/SB/OBP/SLG/W/SV/K/HLD/ERA/WHIP, Roster is C/1B/2B/SS/3B/3OF/UT/3SP/2RP/2P/6BN/2NA/2DL, 14 teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s too early to say on keepers, things happen in the offseason… Right now, Machado, deGrom, Arrieta, Schwarber, Price, Polanco, Springer, Rendon

      • Dorian says:
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        @Grey:
        Well, my season’s over as I’m in 10th, hence why I’m currently thinking about keepers already. That and I’m trying to figure out who I should probably trade away during the off-season, as we’re allowed to do that. As that’s how I got Manny this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Manny’s gonna be a nice one for many years

  46. Sandlot Bully says:
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    “Weird, not throwing from the outfield never stopped Johnny Damon.”

    …Or Barry Bonds

    Grey!!

    Labor Day has to be the most underrated Holiday on the calendar: Still Summer. Football begins. 3 Day weekend. Sneaky good… unless you are a kid- means the beginning of the school year .

    My assault on first round playoff bye fell short so have to prepare for playoffs that begin next week. 12 team H2H. OBP/QS

    C- McCann
    1B- Abreu
    2B- Altuve
    SS- Tulo
    3B- Seattle Seager
    OF- Marte/ Harper/KDavis
    Util- Lil Seager/Dozier
    Bench- 1 Stream spot

    Picked up lil Seags just to spite the guys with over 150 moves on the year.

    1) Time to stream Dozier and/or Lil Seager spots? Or roll with them. Would like to get to no bench bats for playoffs

    2) Drop McCann for Lucroy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sandlot! 1) I’d roll with them 2) Nah

      • Sandlot Bully says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Man! It was another great season thanks to you and all of the Razzballers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  47. Steve says:
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    What to do with Vogt in the playoffs… jettison for M. Montero or hold on and not waste the roster spot accumulating 0-fers until he may or may not come back?

    Decisions decisions. Any thoughts (keeper-question rule notwithstanding)

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: meant, catcher-question

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Montero

  48. mzyptlk says:
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    H2H and it’s a bye week…..2B question…..Asdrubel, Wilmer, or Josh H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilmer

  49. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    last week of regular season. in playoffs but could literall be any seed from 1st (with a bye) to 6th. OBP over AVG, total bases and hits and losses added. Smyly already blown up today. 12 teamer but with deep enough benches to make it roster-wise a 14.5 teamer.
    D’Arnaud
    E5
    Dozier
    Sano
    Bogaerts
    OF Bautista/Marte/Rusney
    Util Beef welington/e.escobar
    BN Burns/conforto
    SP price/matz/wood/fiers/smyly/j.ross/nola/thor/liriano/fatlolo (streamed from SON and am keeping now the way he’s going)/hammel
    RP (only slots for 4)- kaiser/familia/the VIZ/osuna/perkins
    DL stroman
    NA berrios (just in case at this point, i don’t really have anybody else to stash)
    It looks like i should turn J.Ross’s spot into streamer spot.
    1. should i just grab Happ now (he’s been great), or stream Elias today first? With the dates on their starts it’s actually possible to grab Elias, Happ, Hendricks, Ross back again anyway.
    2. should i drop Perkins now for Happ (to assume keeping him) or an extra hitter? Kaiser seems to have the job at SEA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I don’t know Elias’s matchup 2. Sure

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: elias vs TEX, SON loves it, TEX must be bad vs lefties. 17.5 rating. that’s huge in this league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Start Elias then and get Happ too

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: done and done

  50. Cohen says:
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    Grey, would u start Nola vs Atl tommorow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, or drop him

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey:
        I was going to stream him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha…Well, I don’t know your options, but he’s a decent streamer

          • Cohen says:
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            @Grey: thank u

            • Cohen says:
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              @Cohen: My starters are Kershaw,Arietta,Salazar and JZimm,i am in 1st place because of your knowledge. You are the Man

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Indeed!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  51. HighHeat17 says:
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    Grey, This sounds crazy to even ask BUT at this point of the year in a redraft going into the playoffs next week would you drop Tulo for Flores, Santana or Gregorius Could use help in H, R ,Av Thanks as always!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  52. hondo says:
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    Smyly or Pineda?
    I’ve got a bye locked up next week and don’t have to do anything when Carrasco comes of the DL,so I can leave him there for now and speculate on whether 1 of those 2 get their control back in the next 2 weeks before I have to make a move.

    • hondo says:
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      @hondo: Or Medlen,please rank.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, hmm…Pineda, Smyly, Medlen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda, neither really

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks,I’ve got Carrasco and Stroman DL’ed so I’m just using the time off to speculate on 1 more possible SP.Once the playoffs start in this league the streaming takes off and guys who were on and off the WW all year get stuck on a roster after the current owner gets eliminated.
        Also you’ve got to grab the good streams 2 or 3 days ahead of their start even if you don’t need them,just to drop them on the WW to prevent anyone else from using them if you can’t.Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  53. Slimcompoop says:
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    Happy Labor Day doode! I think Pollock was upset with your reference on Dozier’s blurb and went 2-for-4 with a dong. Met up with a friend from the Bay Area this weekend that I used to play DII hoops with back in college. He designs skate parks now and still has held onto his penchant for tattoos. He still doesn’t have any on his neck or head (which is good), but just got a bowling ball cracking a strike tat on his wrist with the tag line, “Let’s Go Bowling”. I asked him if that was a Big Lebowski reference, and he had no clue. Sigh. Which begs the question, what’s your tattoo situation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Labor Day, Slim! I have one tattoo, a Bam Bam tramp stamp… Don’t ask, Rudy and I were drunk in college…

  54. FrankGrimes says:
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    Fuck Matt Harvey!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Did anybody sign up for your fantasy football offers?

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Slimcompoop: Sigh…so many dooooode!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Labor Day, Grimey!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        you too brother!
        you really have that tattoo?
        haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, drunk Spring Break in college…

  55. Cohen says:
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    Grey, Myers or Hicks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  56. MAshers says:
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    Drop Jay bruce for hicks or cron?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

      • MAshers says:
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        @Grey
        : cron,cahna,bird,morrison,Ozuna?

        Lindor or Flores?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ozuna…Lindor

  57. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Whilst watching my stream du jour Yordano getting pummeled by the crappy Twins offense, I came across the news that Gerrit Cole is going to have his next start vs. the Brewers skipped so and he will next start against the Cubs on the 15th.

    I would like to classify this comment as an informative complaint.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: I hate this time of the year

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Seriously, Fungazi

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Fungazi: Amen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, that sucks…

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: His final four starts: vs. ChC (Lester or Arrieta), @ LA (Kershaw), @ ChC , vs. StL . The only silver-lining is it looks like he won’t start at Coors.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lowercase yay

  58. JoeG414 says:
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    Top four of these : Beltran , Ozuna , Bour , Hicks , E.Escobar and M.Byrd.
    6×6 daily roto

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @JoeG414:
      Also, how does Dom Santana rank with this group ? Who is he ahead of ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Bour, Beltran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd, Ozuna, Hicks, Eduardo, Domingo

  59. CMUTimmah says:
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    I got the bye this week by a half game… it came down to a Cargo outfield assist.

    The fact that an outfield assist comes into play is why I hate my league… but I’ll still enjoy the week off.

    I was in first place all year (well, since week 2.) I almost ended up in third due to my competitors playing absentee owners.

    It’s my farewell season to this league (a keeper league, mind you), due to my comments above.

    Is there anything worse than a bad commish in a league? Lack of communication during the season, rules changing year to year in a keeper league, etc. It’s taken a big part of the fun out of my summer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that sucks

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