Alex Gordon is out for eight weeks with a seriously strained groin.  To add insult to injury, his strained groin was in the smallest colander they could find.  Ouch!  Sure, in deep leagues, this one hurts.  I’m not doubting that.  Okay, I am, but let’s stay on good footing today since it’s Friday, and say I’m not doubting it.  However (Grey’s cranking the sail and turning this boat around!), Gordon getting hurt in shallower leagues is actually a blessing.  Now you can grab hot waiver wire guys and stop relying on boring production from Gordon.  Real Talk with Grey Albright.  One such guy that I’d grab is Gordon’s teammate and all-around vacuuming chicken, Jarrod Dyson (2-for-4 and his 11th steal).  There might not be a bigger value change for one player in the last week, let alone the last month than this one for Dyson.  Maybe all year if I can be stupidly hyperbolic without getting called on it.  Dyson had the biggest value change since 1925 when Wally Pipp had a tooth pulled and Gehrig got a start at 1st.  Dyson had the biggest value change since big pox decided to downgrade to small pox.  Dyson could steal 25 bases in eight weeks.  No, I’m no longer exaggerating.  I’d grab him everywhere I needed SAGNOF!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Yordano Ventura – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.73 as he returned from the DL.  This was his shortest start of the year that didn’t end in assault and battery charges.

Lorenzo Cain – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (8) and legs (17), and 2nd homer in as many games.  One thing you don’t hear discussed much when it comes to the All-Star Game, I don’t want the break for some guys because it means they’ll have chance to cool off.  Send Cain…Sugar! to Cuba for a few days so he can keep playing during the break!

Salvador Perez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Because the All-Star Game airs on Fox and Fox (or any main network really) is about seven years behind the times with their musical choices on the pre-game show, five over-the-internet dollars says the opening has this in it:  Wiz Khalifa singing, “No love for ’em breaking balls, at catcher, Perez to start…black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow!”

John Jaso – 1-for-4, 1 RBI as he got his first career start in the outfield.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column and I can promise you he will be the most uninteresting name there.

Nate Karns – 6 IP, 7 ER.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  Major League Baseball realized that the Royals fans are the most active fan base, so to cater to them, they’re using juiced balls at Royals games.

Steven Matz – Sidelined with a partially torn lat muscle and won’t throw for three weeks.  Matz + torn lat = Dratz.  Hey, the math was actually right there!  For those that don’t understand how this could happen to Matz, one word explains it:  Mets.  If he won’t even throw for three weeks, that gives this timetable:  throws in three weeks, feels good, goes on a rehab assignment for two weeks and returns in the sixth week from today (September).  That’s the best case scenario.  In mixed redraft leagues, I could see dropping him.  In keepers and NL-Only, I’d hold but we might only see another four to six starts from him this year, if that.

Drew Stubbs – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer.  Last year in just over 400 ABs, Stubbs was a top 40 outfielder for mixed leagues.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because I’m telling you right here, right now, Jesus Jones, grab him, for at least his games in Coors.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-5, 1 run.  Man, I love hitters in their prime in Coors.

Alex Wood – 0 IP, 0 ER, out after two pitches.  That’s because there was two pitches thrown and then a two-hour rain delay.  You might think it’s insane Fredi pulled him after two pitches, but it’s much crazier that the umpires started the game at all.  If you can’t get through an inning, how do you start the game?  Then you allow the 2nd half of the 1st inning to begin so a guy can throw two pitches?  Insane!

Jace Peterson – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs.  Yadda, yadda, ya he’s in Coors for the next three days.

Zack Greinke – 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 0 walks, 8 Ks, ERA down to 1.39.  I’d start Miss Marple vs. the Phils.

Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  He had eight homers in April and hit .383.  Guess who told you to sell him?  (Hint: It was me.)  In May, two homers, hit .274.  In June, 3 homers and hit .248.

Yasiel Puig – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Finally.  I was seriously thinking we might be waiting for pigs to fly.

Casey McGehee – Re-signed with the MarlinsMarlins fans, your prayers have been answered.  Assuming you have the worst prayers ever.

Jose Fernandez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Next year, J-Fer will be a top 10 starter?  Top 5?  Top 3?  Top top?  Top top top?  I’m gonna go with five, but I have no argument against three or top top.  Top top top seems a bit much.

Dee Gordon – 2-for-3, 2 runs and 3 steals (31, 32, 33), hitting .336.  He’d have to hit around .240 in the 2nd half to get below .300 and I just don’t see that happening, which means he’s gone from a guy that couldn’t hit his way out of a paper bag to a .300 hitter in three years.  Though, I’d still take the paper bag if it were double-ply and Gordon didn’t have a bat with him.

Starling Marte – Could be headed to the DL.  Maybe I’m going through the five stages of grief and am in serious denial, but I don’t mind him being DL’d.  Better that than he tries to play this weekend and hurts himself more.  Let him have this week and next week, then returns on the tail end of the following week with a refurbished oblique.

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-4 and a homer.  Player A:  56/11/42/.304/18, Player B:  46/11/54/.301/5.  Player A is A.J. Pollock and B is McCutchen.

Kolten Wong – Says he can play Friday.  I don’t want to kick a gift Wong in the mouth — Huh? — but I sorta wish he’d wait until next week to play.  I guess, if he feels good, then I’m not one to hold a good Wong down.  What?

Carlos Martinez – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 2.52.  For dropping this guy, I kinda want to curl into a ball in the bottom of a bottle.

Yadier Molina – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st steal.  That’s his first steal since January 27th when he stole brother Benjie’s last bite of chop suey with the ol’ “Hey, look over there” gambit.

Alexei Ramirez – Sat out yesterday with a foot bruise.  He’s been playing too much pickup soccer, which sounds like an oxymoron.

Melky Cabrera – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer.  Put your password in the comments and I’ll pick up Melky for you.  I promise I won’t say anything if your password is Goonies4ever.

Jeff Samardzija – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 4.02.  It’s obviouzija that he’s pitching better than he was, but five Ks in nine innings screams to me that he’s not close to pitching the same he was even last year.  Looking deeper at his numbers shows he’s doubled his cutter usage and has severely cut back on his fastball.  Lots of cutters means more ground balls, right?  Actually, they’re down (not literally).  I don’t know why, but he’s a different pitcher this year.

Cody Anderson – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 0.89.  *on the phone, listening to ABBA hold music, finally someone picks up*  Where’s the Regression Fairies?!

Francisco Lindor – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  He has one steal.  In Double-A last year?  25 steals and six homers.  In Triple-A this year?  2 homers and nine steals.  In other words, dubya tee eff!  Is he a pen pal with Alcides Escobar?

Hank Conger – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer, hitting .240.  The Astros never did the smart thing and made this guy the starter, but if they had, he has 5 homers in 100 at-bats.  If he had 400 ABs?  20 homers!  Don’t scoff, I had to take off my shoes to count those.

Jesus Montero – Was recalled from Triple-A.  Jesus will serve as the DH vs. left handers and as an inspiration to billions of people.

Logan Morrison – 1-for-5, 2 runs and his 12th homer as he hits leadoff again.  Austin Jackson’s out and that’s it?  They have no one else to hit leadoff?  Am I the only making something out of this?  Logan Morrison hitting leadoff is like Wilson Ramos hitting leadoff.  It’s absolutely bizzonkers!

Felix Hernandez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.84.  F-Her always seems to bring it vs. the Angels.  Was that a Whitesnake album title?

Dustin Ackley – 2-for-5, 2 runs and homered on Wednesday.  He’s now batting around .375 in the last week, and could be a rising hot schmotato.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-5 and his 10th homer, hitting .266.  It’s funny (not funny), at the end of the year, Calhoun has 22 homers and good counting stats and all looks fine, but when he’s in July and hitting one homer every ten days or so, it looks a lot less desirable.

Huston Street – “Well, that’s an odd sign.”  “Which one, Unkie Grey?”  “Street closed, use Joe Smith.”  “What happened, Unkie Grey?”  “Street tweaked his groin.”  “Unkie Grey, this is getting weird.  I wanna go home.”  Sounds like Street will be down for a few days, I’d use the service road and grab Smith.

David Price – 8 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Twins.  The Twins actually didn’t look that bad against Price.  For them.  Which is still bad.

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  You right after your draft, “Look at my middle infield, Kinsler and Cano!  I’m taking that into a bar to get laid!”  You now, “Poor me another one, I’m a jerk off for trusting these schmohawks!”

Jesse Hahn – Scratched from his Saturday start and headed for an MRI due to his right elbow.  I’m sure this will turn out well.

Jesse Chavez – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I still like Chavez, but this was a tough matchup, that I agreed with the Stream-o-Nator on.  He shouldn’t have been started in most leagues.

Brett Gardner – 3-for-5 and his 10th homer, hitting .303.  As I’ve mentioned, I’m currently busy putting together a top 100 for the 2nd half.  Gardner’s a tricky one, because right now, he’s a top 20 player.  Not a top 20 outfielder.  That’s all of baseball.

Masahiro Tanaka – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 3.63.  My preseason projections for him were “don’t draft him” and 10-4/3.49/1.15/150.  His WHIP’s at 1.03, but otherwise I’m spot-on.  He just got his fifth win with 67 Ks.  My Magic Eight Ball don’t play.

Chase Headley – Out with an swollen calf.  That sounds like a farmer who misread the directions on how to make foie gras.

Delmon YoungOrioles cut ties with Delmon.  At a press conference, Delmon appeared in a yarmulke with payess, showing repentance, but it was too little, too Yentl.

 
  1. Mike B says:
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    Hello sir, one of my teams is in rebuild and I’m looking to improve my last keeper spot. Targeting Joc. It’s an OBP league and he is kept in the 19th round(10 team). Do you expect to see some speed from him down the stretch or did he leave that tool at AAA? Somewhat puzzling given the amount of time on 1st base and his spot in lineup. The long and short of this is would you consider him an elite keeper to sell the farm for?

    Also, I own Marte everywhere (although he’s not my man servant) and I agree this is as good a time as any to rest up and get healthy for the second half. Great work as always!

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Mike B: He is a worthy add, not sure about farm worthy, but go make offers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike B: Thanks! I’d expect to see some speed from Joc, he’s elite…

  2. The Theory says:
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    Stellar Agatha Christie reference.

    You on fire, sir.

  3. Biscotti says:
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    No Cargo today?
    3-4, 3 2B, R, RBI
    I got it for ya. The least I can do to thank you for all the good advice over the season.

    Have Wong & Travis. Want to acquire Odor to use & also to keep him out of opponents hands in a weekly league.

    Safe to drop Duda for him? (Own C Davis, Moss, & Moreland)

  4. Kiss a Bum says:
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    ?Cojerias Usted Stubbs o Dyson (16 equipos)¿ Gracias Señor Grey. Soy un aficianado.

  5. Pinkman says:
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    Been offered Lester/Salazar for my Jfer/TWalker. Better side rest of season?

  6. Wild Thing says:
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    Keeper league. Which side do you like?

    Betts, Puig, Rodon or Springer, Myers and Matz

    Team getting springer is out of it and other team still in the playoff hunt. Thanks!

    • Wild Thing says:
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      @Wild Thing: @Wild Thing:

      Sorry the deal should have been Betts, Puig, Rodon for Springer, CarGo and Matz. Thoughts?

    • Jake taylor says:
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      @Wild Thing:

      Springer side but fair

  7. griff says:
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    In a dynasty league, would you drop Chen or Heaney for Nola?

  8. SallyCips says:
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    As a former DC Comics employee, I appreciate the title today. ;)

  9. Chucky says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OBP
    KDavis, Moreland, Tucker, Fowler ROS?
    Hahn ,Chavez, Hendricks, Gibson, VinnyV, Erasmo ROS?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chucky: Davis…. Chavez

  10. The Phatman says:
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    In a 17 team league with only 15 total moves…a guy dropped Trumbo and I have great waiver priority. I’ve only got 5 moves left for the year and I’d need to drop one of Canha or Rusney Castillo. Should I pick up Trumbo? If so, who should I drop?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @The Phatman: All about that base, no Trumbo. Hold onto your 5 remaining moves.

      • The Phatman says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I Canha do it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  11. eric says:
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    You think they put Matz on the DL ? or should i drop him and stream Kyle Hendricks against the white sox

    • SallyCips says:
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      @eric: Of course they’re putting him on the DL. Patience.

      • eric says:
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        @SallyCips: would you start hamels against bumgarner tonight? I’m kinda skeptical

        • SallyCips says:
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          @eric: I would. Phil’s playing better lately.

        • FKA Ralph says:
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          @eric: the opposing pitcher is not relevant. Also, start your aces every time.

        • Peter Nincompoop says:
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          @eric: Yep

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @eric: if NYM were CIN they might not.

  12. Jhall33 says:
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    Grey,

    Had matz and need to drop in redraft league. Some of the names out there to backfill (Corbin, Moore, rodon, fiers, ventura, wood). Can you rank?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Jhall33: Ugghhh..I’d just stream the spot. I go Wood, Corbin, Fiers, Ventura, Moore and Rodon.

  13. Robert says:
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    ROS: Erasmo Ramirez, Kyle Gibson, Graveman?
    Drop Eaton for Dyson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: Erasmo…Hold Eaton

  14. J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Shallow 10 Teamer

    I have CDick and Rendon occupying the DL already.

    Lose Matz for:
    Heaney, Hendricks, Latos, Chavez, Corbin, Chase, Niese, Kennedy, Rodon, Stream

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: Stream

  15. Ttom with 2 T's says:
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    Drop Desmond for Dyson in shallow leagues?

  16. Tony C says:
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    Pick 3 to keep ROS, 12team H2H 9×9 cats: Fiers, Koehler, Karns, Volquez and Peavy. Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Not Koehler, Edinson

  17. chief says:
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    I think traditionally unsexy guys like Gardner and Pollock deserve top 20 for the second half this season. the blend of some power and a bunch of speed looks real to me. of course, I just landed Pollock in trade, so he’s the best player in the world right now!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chief: Ha, I hear ya

  18. TheOne says:
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    More hate on the Shark? 5 ks screams….he was facing one of most dangerous hitting teams in baseball. Oh did we forget to mention he took no hitter into 6th and was throwing 98mph to the last batter. I bought low on this guy a little over a month ago and he’s been great.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @TheOne: It is Shark Week!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheOne: He’s pitching differently all year, even his high school friend in the comments below says so

      • someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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        @Grey: i’ve watched every game he pitched this year something is different

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, there’s a big enough sample size at this point, his numbers don’t lie

  19. C says:
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    Thoughts on the following:

    S. Marte, S. Matz and J. Turner for A.J. Pollock and C. Carracco

    • C says:
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      @C:

      12 team 6×6 redraft.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @C: Matz getting hurt ruins the deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C: Pollock

  20. Clint says:
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    Which bench bat would you drop (if any) in a 12 team roto league where you’re near top in power numbers but slightly lacking in avg/steals to pick up Dyson: Trumbo, Duda, Jace, or Alexei?

  21. SallyCips says:
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    Pollack and Carrasco sitting in a tree…

  22. Nick says:
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    12 team redraft, 7 starts per week pts league

    Vogt
    Abreu
    Travis/Panik
    Correa
    Arenado
    Burns
    Maybin
    Blackmon
    Encarnacion
    Bench: Soler Polanco Sano Buxton Myers
    Pitchers: Lester Carrasco Tanaka C. Martinez, Jamie Garcia, Bolsinger, Morton, Gio, Teheran, Chavez Ramos Gregerson Ziegler Kimbrel Banuelos

    thoughts? should I try and trade EE or Abreu and a pitch for degrom or another ace?

    who is droppable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: You don’t need another ace, you need to pick up better SPs off of waivers… Bolsinger, Morton, Gio, Teheran, Banuelos are droppable

  23. Phil of the Future says:
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    BB,
    Really limping into the break here. I’m needing to bust out next three days. Can’t go into the all star break on a loss, now can we? You with me?

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Well bully for you, then….Must be sooooo nice, huh….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I sense tension between us, but every good BB has moments like these…Look at Abbot and Costello (You’re Abbot)

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: I am totally Abbot, BB. I can play a really good annoyed/angry whilst at the same time endearing myself to the crowd.

            It’s all good, man. I can feel it. Breakout’s coming tonight. I’m just gonna drive around town tonight until I find another elderly couple to save and then I should be set.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m the lovable fatty! Actually, your fate turned downwards once you helped that elderly couple… I’m not saying you have to reverse course and kidnap an elderly couple, but, well…

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Don’t think the thought hadn’t crossed my mind.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I think the disconnect here is he has h2h emotions and you are a roto man. Apples and oranges…now if we can get him to kick that disgusting h2h habit and play a real fantasy game then harmony will be had.

            • Phil of the Future says:
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              @J-FOH: I’m addicted to the weekly action, man. But I can’t argue that in roto you clearly know who the best team is. Numbers don’t lie.

              I think I’d like playing in some sort of hybrid roto/h2h kind of set up. Do they have those? Like where every team plays each team every week? So say in a 12 team league you play 11 teams H2H each week. It would mitigate the intense luck factor of single H2H I should think. Who’s with me?

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Phil of the Future: i’ve brought this up about 3 times over last few years. they are mentioned each year in Baseball Forecaster. If we can get some others i’m all for it. So if you are the best team but rather than if you happended to play the 2nd best team instead of having a 6-5-1 record for the week you’ll have a great record like 99-33 or so, since you’ll play all 11 teams all the time.

  24. Who Dat Ninja! says:
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    Grey, do you like Jungmann over Chavez ROS or are they just streamers?

    Also Jaso or Phlegle?

  25. Chad says:
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    Always Greyt stuff!

    10 team full keeper league: I get Carlos Martinez and he gets Maikel Franco.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chad: Thanks! I want Franco

  26. Will says:
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    Any concern that Orlando will steal ABs from Dyson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: Yup, some concern

  27. pablo says:
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    whats kevin pillar’s scouting report? is he a hot schmatato or can he be AJ Pollock-ish ROS.

    I ask because i play in a keeper league and would like to make a deal before the deadline. I picked up pillar so have him for the minimum, but have no idea if he’s for real. Between him and hunter pence who do you like ROS? is it close?

    I feel like keeping both pence and pillar might be an option, and dealing a $22 Upton (more name value), but only want to do that if these 3 might provide somewhat similar value ROS.

    basically, would you deal one of pence ($16), pillar ($10), or upton ($22) and $10 sano, ervin santana for $30 grienke, $25 chris davis, $14 garret richards, $20 evin gattis?

    thanks. sorry for the conrusing post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pablo: Pillar is a sneaky pick, but not over Pence or Upton…No on this trade

  28. Bob says:
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    Any Concern of an innings cap on Carlos Martinez for the 2nd Half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Yup, he could be shut down

  29. Scott says:
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    Dude, have you seen Miss Marple’s sinker?

  30. itsfridayfridayfriday says:
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    please rank ROS: salazar, chavez, wood, ervin santana

    should all be owned in a weekly h2h roto? having a deep rotation helps rack up k’s/qs’s but subjects you to more blowups and ruining ratios for the week.

    one more: cody allen or david robertson ROS (strictly in # of saves you project they’ll get)

  31. Ron D says:
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    Is it time to drop parra for melky?.. I’m itching to pick him up, feel like he’s gonna have like a 20 game hit streak and end up hitting .300 for the rest of the year

  32. maneater says:
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    in a keeper league to a team running out of gas before the playoffs, is this a fair deal? would you do it?

    minimum Correa, mccullers, matz For unkeepable felix/tulowitzki.

    sounds like a ridiculous trade now that i type it out but teams not making the playoffs and not able to keep these players make these deals every year. thoughts? i could throw in a DL’d cory dickerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @maneater: I’d want Correa in a keeper, very risky trade

  33. Nat David says:
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    The Matz write-up was beautiful. Grey is en fuego right now.

  34. Scott says:
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    Segura or Lindor?

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @Scott: i have the same question. I think Grey answered it a few days ago and said Lindor.

  35. sniff test says:
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    Xander or Avisail for DH spot?

  36. NBC says:
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    Do you guys think Beachy or Jon Gray is worth an add at this point? Gray seems to have turned it around and some report a call up could happen soon, but pitching in Coors could be a disaster for him.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @NBC: Depending on matchups types of players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NBC: I wouldn’t touch either in almost all leagues

  37. Chris says:
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    Looking to rework the bottom of my rotation in a H2H Pts League. Looking to keep the top five out of this group. Who should it be?
    Syndergaard
    T. Ross
    Y. Ventura
    Montgomery
    Iwakuma
    Quintana
    McCullers
    T. Walker

    Thanks.

    • Ron D says:
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      @Chris: drop Montgomery and Quintana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with Ron

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: I can only keep five so drop Quintana, montgomery and who??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Iwakuma

          • Chris says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  38. Steve D. says:
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    Never thought I’d be asking this, but…

    Sano or Beltre in a 10 team redraft?

    I have Arenado and Machado at third, and someone had dropped Beltre back in the beginning of May, so I took the flier. Been rolling him out of UTIL. But since then his numbers have been largely “meh”. Give him a little more rope, or go with the flashy prospect and upside?

  39. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Drop Revere for Dyson?

  40. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Traded JoFern and a couple smaller pieces for Bryant yesterday – still love the trade, but I will definitely be hearing Lionel Richie’s Hello in my head whenever I see JoFern’s lines.

    Anyway, in my other league – standard Roto redraft – looking to trade Giancarlo per your podcast recommendation. I’ve got a healthy lead in HR, looking primarily for more for AVG, R, SB…

    Which, if any, of the following guys would you trade 1:1 for your Giancarlo?

    A. Jones, Brantley, Pollock, JD, or Yoenis?

    Thanks!

  41. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey,

    With Holliday coming off the DL, I have to make some room. Would you drop Pillar or De Aza. Pillar’s been great, but hasnt contributed much toward counting stats lately.

    12-team H2H with OBP.

    Thanks!

    • Ron D says:
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      @Eric: de Aza will lose playing time

  42. dizzystpizzy says:
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    Howdy Grey,
    You like Dyson or Billy Burns for the next month or so? I need the SB but am not saying no to other counting stats if you think Burns has some left in the tank.
    Thanks hombre!

    • dizzystpizzy says:
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      @dizzystpizzy: Rights I’m talking standard 5×5 leagues, 12/10 teamers.

  43. papasmurf says:
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    Would you rather start Dyson or Deshields?

  44. Five-On-One says:
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    Who do y’all prefer ROS, Pollock or Joc? No, seriously.

  45. Jax says:
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    Great stuff, as usual, Grey!

    Take this for what it’s worth, and I promise I’m not “that guy”, but I live in NW Indiana (Valparaiso area) where Samardzija played ball. Played football against him, too (he murdered us). I recently started playing softball with Samardjiza’s best-good-friend from childhood. They talk on the regular, so I feel like I talk to Samardjiza on the reg (or so I tell myself). Our mutual buddy has told me that he started pitching to contact, instead of trying to K batters, in order to last longer in games. Once I heard that, I was off drafting him. So, this probably explains his up-tick in his cutter usage, and doesn’t seem like that will change going forward.

    But, you probably around deduced all of that, b/c you’re the FML!

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Jax

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jax: Nice heads up! What’s your friend’s name? We should have him on the podcast as Alphabet Soup’s friend

      • Jax says:
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        @Grey: Justin Price. I’m sure he’d love to make an appearance! Similar sense of humor, and that’s why he and I, like you and I (over the internet), are 2nd best friends!

  46. Randall says:
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    Can you rank these guys ROS: Stubbs, Melky, Khris Davis, CJ Cron? Thank ya!

    • Ron D says:
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      @Randall: Davis or Melky depending on needs

      • Randall says:
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        @Grey: Sorry I didn’t ask the question clearly, I can only keep 3 of the 4, who’s less valuable, Stubbs or Cron?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cron

  47. Curt C. says:
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    Forsythe or Scoop for ROS?

    • Curt C. says:
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      @Curt C.: Schoop I meant

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Curt C.: Chocolate chip, honey dip, can I get a scoop?

        • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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          @Mrs.Featherbottom: Is he a hot schomato – Jung Ho Kang. What’s up with that thang?

  48. Dave says:
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    Jaso, Wieters, or Castillo for rest of reason?

    Cheers!

  49. Jon says:
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    Sit/start for this weekend?

    Graveman @ CLE
    Erasmo vs HOU
    Harvey vs ARI
    Zimmermann @ BAL
    McCullers @ TB

    • Ron D says:
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      @Jon: maybe sit graveman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Sit Graveman

  50. scrotchs says:
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    I was offered Carlos Gomez for Kole Calhoun and Wei Yen Chen.

    I like the deal but it leaves me a little short on pitching as I just lost Matz too.

    Do I do the deal anyway and stream pitching? Or can Kole have a big second half that equals Gomez

    • Ron D says:
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      @scrotchs: I’d take Gomez Chen will probably regress some

  51. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    3 days ago traded Hanley and ARod for Scherzer and Melky – then last night after beer league softball flipped Correa for the Puig. I’m feeling pretty good about the trade, less-so about my team’s 19-11 loss.

  52. Mike says:
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    Morning Grey,

    I was offered Price and Duffy for Encarcion. Should i pull the trigger or hold?

    • Ron D says:
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      @Mike: yes, Duffy is droppable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Edwin, it’s fair

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey:
        so make the trade then dump Duff . I don’t see any value in him, but I need the help in pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dump him

  53. Brett says:
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    You starting gio tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: No idea the matchup

  54. Awesome Auger says:
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    Rest of season your son Sonny Gray or J-Fer?

  55. WalleyWorld says:
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    Hello Grey, good stuff. Always the best part of my morning when I can waste the first hour or two at work on razz. Dynasty question for you. What kind of arm can I expect to get in return for Hosmer? I’ve tried to acquire Carlos martinez, but his owner won’t budge. Any other names you can suggest I target? Looking for youth with lots of upside. Thanks.

  56. Pat says:
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    Dyson and Tyson Ross enough to part with Brantley?

  57. Joe says:
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    5×5, 12-team, h2h yahoo. Redraft. I have to activate Ellsbury, so that’s one drop. Dyson, Erasmo, and Heaney are also available.

    Who are my adds and drops?

    Roster:
    C – Perez, 1B – Bautista, 2B – Dozier, 3B – Arenado, SS – Desmond, OF – Puig, OF- Tomas, OF – Burns, Util – Duffy, Bench – Colabello, Moss, DL – Ellsbury

    SP – Kluber, Shields, Carrasco, Richards, Salazar, Quintana
    RP – Grilli, Soria, Allen, Gregerson, Miller
    DL – Strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Drop Cola and Duffy, Erasmo

  58. Dangerfield51 says:
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    Not the most interesting man in the world…
    I don’t always follow Grey’s advice, (C-Mart) and when I don’t sometimes I’m very happy.
    Ha.
    Have a great weekend Grey.

  59. gogulls says:
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    Time to drop Leonys.
    ROS can u rank Stubbs, Melky, Byrd, Kris Davis.
    Also ROS Bour over Aramis Ramirez for CI?

    Thanks for the words of wisdom…Let it be

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gogulls: Melky, Byrd, Davis… Aramis

  60. Knucks says:
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    after what we have seen in a month from lindor… Would you rather have segura? Just curious if segura was on the wire in an 11 team redraft, you would drop lindor for segura right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Knucks: Not sure why you would drop the guy that just homered

  61. Double H says:
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    15 team roto league – which side do you favor: Martin Perez/Trumbo, Eaton or Stubbs for Torii?

    If the Perez side,which of those OFs do you grab first?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton

  62. Don't want to say as others in my league read this site says:
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    Loving the site and your write ups.

    What are the odds we will see Robert Stephenson this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      20% chance

  63. slimbo says:
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    With matz headed to the dl who do I pickup off the wire?

    T hunter, Parra, colabello, Phillips, N walker, Aybar, Cron

    Gonzalez, Teheran, mchugh, quintana

    Thx buddy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana

      • slimbo says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks

        So how about cano? Time to give up on him? Guy offered me Dyson

        Am I crazy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crazy

  64. Wild Thing says:
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    One more… in the keeper league, if I were going to trade Gregory Polanco for a SP which won would you target… Syndergaard, McCullers or E-Rod or other (and if so who would be fair value?). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noah

  65. Lorenzo says:
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    Cain for Lind

    which side? yes it depends on needs somewhat, but outside of needs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  66. claw dog says:
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    Hey Grey great read as always.

    What are your thoughts on Sonny Gray the rest of the way? I just got an offer of Gray and Reyes for Sano and Cashner. Keep in mind this is a 12 team H2H 5×5 Keep 8 and Keep 3 minor leaguers forever until they hit 750 ABs(hitters obviously) league. Sano is one of my minor leaguers which makes him more valuable since he can basically be my 9th keeper for next year. Just for reference, my pitching is Greinke and Lynn as my top 2 right now with stras and odorizzi on the DL and I have Donaldson and Arenado as 3B and Alcides is my SS(unless I use sano there this season since he has that eligibility for some reason). Am I an idiot for not clicking accept immediately?

    Thanks for the advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano side

  67. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Odorizzi or Iwakuma ROS in a roto league?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, my man. Worth keeping Kuma over any of these other guys in your opinion?

        Salazar, Richards, Kazmir?

        Other wise i’ll dump Hisashi altogether and my rotation will be: Cole, Carrasco, Salazar, Richards, Kazmir, Odor.

        Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly not but I’d listen for Kazmir health news

  68. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Grey! Moreland or Grandal in 5×5 roto for ROS ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moreland

      • JohnnyBeGood says:
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        @Grey: thanks bro, hopefullly Moreland gets it going again, painful to watch right now as Grandal hitting bombs

        • JohnnyBeGood says:
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          @JohnnyBeGood: Are they close tho?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  69. AJ says:
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    Sup Grey, need to drop 1 , Burns/Pillar/Cesar Hernandez? Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cesar

  70. Brett says:
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    Starting gio at Baltimore?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  71. Ron Burgundy says:
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    Puig and Tanaka for Avisail and Kershaw .. who wins this deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw

  72. SteveO says:
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    2 questions:
    1-JHamilton, Wisler, McHugh for Moreland and Shields?
    2-JHamilton, McHugh for Moreland and Shields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Shields 2. Shields

  73. joe says:
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    khris davis or pillar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pillar

  74. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Can you please rank these guys for ROS:
    Pillar, Burns, Dyson, David Peralta, De Aza
    (12-team H2H, OBP)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs…. Burns, Pillar

  75. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points keeper league. I added my possible keeper rounds for next year. Can only keep 3….

    C. S. Perez
    1b pujols
    2b d. Gordon (rd 8 k)
    3b Seager
    Ss Alexei Ramirez
    oF matte
    Of Brantley (rd 9 keeper)
    oF Adam jones
    Ut c. Santana 1b/3b
    Ut sano 3b rd (10 k)
    Bench y. Tomas 3b/of (rd 11k)
    Bench c. seager ss (rd 12 k)
    P scherzer
    P Arrieta
    P Garrett Richards
    P carrasco
    P Teheran
    P Ervin Santana
    RP tolleson
    RP Cody Allen

    Offer in to me is his Bumgarner and Maybin for my g. Richards and keeper rights to Brantley…

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need Bum

  76. Atlas says:
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    Which pitcher do you like most to get a W today, G ?

    Santana Vs Detroit (verlander)

    Graveman Vs @Clev (salazar)

    Hendricks Vs CWS (rodon)

    Montgomery Vs LAA (santiago)

    Thanx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks

  77. C says:
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    I am in a 12 team 6×6 (OBP, NSB, QS, Hold) redraft league. Matz was my 5th starter and I have reached the year-long move limit, so need to trade for a pitcher.

    I’ve been offered Y. Ventura for my C. Yelich.

    My other SP are: G. Cole, J. deGrom, C. Archer, and N. Syndergaard
    My other OF (we start 1 LF, 1 RF, and 1 CF): S. Marte, K. Calhoun, B. Revere, J. Dyson, and B. Buxton (DL)

    I am currently in first place on ERA and WHIP and 3rd place on Ks. What are your thoughts on this trade? I don’t mind shopping Yelich, so if I don’t get Ventura, any thoughts on another SP to target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  78. Matt Alexander says:
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    In my 12 team keeper league, I have Donaldson at 3B and need to drop eith Franco or Sano so I can grab Dyson, since Springer is out for a while. Who should I drop?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

  79. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, Are you running Bucholz out there against the Yanks in a 12-team 5×5 mixer? Obviously he’s been ridiculous lately, but some stupid advanced metrics show that the Yanks hit righties and particularly hit outside pitches, which apparently Bucholz throws a lot of. So roll with the roll or what?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him

  80. trigger cut says:
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    Are we being patient with Singleton? Is this a stash-on-the-bench-and-wait kind of thing, or is he droppable in 12-team roto? He just doesn’t seem to have a knack for hitting major league pitching.

    • trigger cut says:
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      @trigger cut: More specifically, please rank the stashability (<– totally a word) of Singleton, Ozuna and Schwarber in a redraft.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Singleton, Ozuna

  81. OneI'dWilly says:
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    Hey! I didn’t have room for Melky! I hate when you talk about me like I’m even here!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Mea culpa

  82. SteveO says:
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    Freeman or Heyward?
    And I’m not worried about the next 2 weeks on the DL for Freeman. I’m thinking Freeman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman

  83. Joeg414 says:
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    Iwakuma or Teheran ? 6×6 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blech, Teheran

  84. Grichuk says:
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    Grey, what do you think my playing time will look like once Holliday is back? I think I’ve been showing signs of snapping out of this slump – have I proven myself enough to keep getting regular ABs? And if so, should my buddies hand onto me in their roto league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Likely platoon guy, Pham could get pushed to bench

  85. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    is franco for sonny grey fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should do better

  86. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. need runs, sbs, avg. who to go with between eaton, dyson, melky and stubbs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melky

  87. Bro Jackson says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Do you remember Corey Dickerson? Sigh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t, who?

  88. Joeg414 says:
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    Iwakuma or Teheran ros ? 6×6 roto
    Or a coin flip ?
    Looking to deal for one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip, deal for Teheran

  89. SteveO says:
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    Freeman for Betts?
    Freeman and Heston for Betts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts, Betts

  90. Christopher says:
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    Would you drop pillar for Melky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  91. Aaron from the Philippines says:
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    I’m having quite the terrible year and from last place I’ve been trying to make drastic trades to give me a fighting chance. Last week I traded HanRam, Beltre and Tanaka for d. price and Adam Jones. What do y’all think?

    Now I’ve been offered Teheran and JH Kang for Cano. Would you do it if you were in my place?

    Thanks for the help…. AA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love the trade…I’d take Cano there

  92. ebudz says:
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    Need to find a replacement for Matz so which available SP should I pick up? I know they’re all streamers for the most part and I’ve been streaming out of Erasmo’s spot and will continue to so but would you make any other add/drops in general with my staff ?

    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)

    (4) SP: Scherzer, Lynn, Fiers, T. Walker
    (3) RP: Chapman, Kimbrel, K. Jansen
    Bench: (McCullers, Syndergaard, Hendricks, E. Ramirez, Matz)
    Bench Total: (5)

    Available SP: Chen, Ross, Chavez, Quintana, A. Wood, Cashner, Milone, Latos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen, Chavez, Ross, on matchups

  93. Scott says:
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    Taking a chance on McHugh tonight, wish me luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck!

  94. herschel says:
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    @Grey: report Beachy is starting on sat for Dodgers. Assuming he sticks in the rotation, is he anything more than a streamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just went over him

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: my bad, yo.

  95. BornTooLate says:
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    Smooth work today, sir. Do I drop any of these batters or pitchers to pull Holliday off the DL or do I drop Holliday. Tried to deal him with no success. 12 team H2h 6×5 (ops added) and in second place 8 games ahead and 4 behind. Average on power lately (I do have arenado and Joc) and average on speed (Wong, odor, maybin giving me most steals)

    Maybin, Lind, Pillar, Hosmer (I have fielder for1B as well, 2 utility spots)

    My rotation and rp: scherzer, Lester, McCullers, Heston, Chavez, Santana, K Hendricks, w Davis, aj Ramos, storen, gregerson

  96. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ***********THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME**************

  97. Jay_0321 says:
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    Grehthario,

    Burns sucks, I get no bags. Drop him even though he is a Y! top 120 player for Melk Man or Dyson? Or hold??

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