*nervous finger tap*  How many days without baseball?  So, I can close my fantasy baseball team browser window without missing anything?  Okay.  *throws computer out window*  What?  Was there another way to close my fantasy team page?  I hadn’t in so long I forgot.  What do you mean I can go outside without worrying about missing anything in baseball?  But there’s real people out there!  I’m staying right here, thank you very much!  So, we’re headed to the break, and it couldn’t have come at a worst time for Jack Flaherty (7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.64).  Let him pitch again tomorrow, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or until his ERA is under 4!  Also, can he pitch against the Giants for all of those?  Even if Alex Dickerson is as strong a cleanup man as you can find (in any Division II school’s lineup). Flaherty’s peripherals (9.9 K/9, 3 BB/9, 4.07 xFIP) aren’t exactly whistling Dixie; they’re closer to ‘fixing dinner from stuff found on the floor of a Winn-Dixie.’  “Toomgis hate Winn-Dixie. Their bath salts are lame.”  I know, Toomgis, I know. Flaherty won’t appear in the top 100 for the 2nd half that’s coming tomorrow, but at least he’s headed to the break looking better than he has all year, even if it was vs. the Aints. By the way, I hear the Orioles are going to pitch on Monday to stay in game shape. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jeff Samardzija – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.01.  Oh, by the way, as bad as the Aints are?  Yeah, Cards are worse.

Jake Arrieta – Dealing with a bone spur in his elbow. Phils say he might be able to wait until after the season for surgery. His 6.50+ ERA over the last two months say he should’ve had the surgery two months ago.

Aaron Nola – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.74.  As I went over the last time, Nola has turned his season around in his last four starts.  Good for him and his fantasy owners, though, who are we kidding, mostly his owners.

Jay Bruce – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 23rd and 24th homer. Too bad the Phils had to give up Jarred Kelenic to get him!  Oops, that was the Mets and Edwin Diaz and Cano.

Zack Wheeler – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.69.  *buries head in the sand, muffled screams, spits some sand out of mouth so you can hear* He had a great 2nd half last year. *sand refills my pie hole*

Pete Alonso – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer.  Albombso!

Andrew Cashner – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.83.  I mentioned this the other day, but since I’m a massive jerk I will say again, Cashner is ranked higher on the Player Rater than Blake Snell.  How’s dem apples?  Sour!

Chance Sisco – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer, that’s six homers in 19 games.  To think the O’s called him up at first and didn’t play him.  Amazing the Orioles ever win a game. *finger to ear bud* I’m being told they don’t.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (16) and legs (3).  You have to wonder if he’ll ever cool off, and, if you were to wonder that, check out Coolwhip’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr. fantasy.

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.56.  Streamonator loved this start for him, but you know what I love?  Not starting Pineda so he doesn’t blow up my shizz.

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.30.  He also stole a base, uncontested, while in the same game Treat Urner was caught stealing. I’m not bitter though.  *urinates on pH test strip* See, I’m acidic, but not bitter.

Patrick Corbin – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.34.  Ended up getting a no decision because Fernando Rodney is still in the major leagues.  Are we at all concerned that Rodney might be 3,000 years old and made of toxic waste that never decomposes?  “Hello, I am here from the year 2342. We believe Fernando Rodney is a time traveler because in the year 2342 the world has been overrun by imaginary monsters and everyone walks around shooting imaginary arrows.”

Victor Robles – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .246.  In my 2nd half top 100 that comes out tomorrow, there’s no Robles, but any guy that can give all five categories is a threat to be a top 100 guy.

Caleb Smith – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.50, as he returned from the IL.  He was out much longer than I expected.  The good news is he could pitch from now until the end of the season without being needlessly shut down. The bad news, I was wrong about how long he’d be out, so why would I be right now?  Damn, the bad news was especially humbling.

Garrett Cooper – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .306.  If he could get 550 ABs, he’d be as valuable as Jose Abreu.  Seriously.

Max Fried – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.29.  He had a 2.43 ERA in April, 4.11 ERA in May, 5.68 ERA in June, 9.00 ERA in July.  Can’t wait for his 36.00 ERA in August!

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Sigh.  My jinx didn’t work.  Though, perhaps that is the jinx I need.  We’re back on, jinxie! *assembles Fritos statue of Donaldson, bites into calf* Delicious, Fritos calf, you will be mine!

Blake Snell – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.70.  Not bad, but he’s no Andrew Cashner.  I’m such a massive jerk!

Emilio Pagan – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.75 and his 5th save.  Pagan putting the Devil back in the Rays!  Will he continue to get saves? I have no effin’ idea, but worth a shot.

Christian Vazquez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer. He had ten homers in his career entering this season.  He’s on pace for 24 homers.  Totally normal baseballs!

Heath Hembree – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.67, and his 2nd save.  Eovaldi’s going to return like he’s coming nine minutes into a ten-minute session of Musical Chairs.

Brandon Dixon – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and third homer in the last ten games.  Not going to say anyone’s a schmotato going into the break because it’s impossible to say how well people will be hitting on the other side of the break, but I’ve been owning Bra-Dix for the better part of two weeks.

David Price – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  As a proud owner of Price, I’d take a “5 IP, 1 ER and the win” start ten times in the 2nd half and be very happy.

Carlos Carrasco – Diagnosed with leukemia. Damn, hold your loved ones close, especially if they’re major league pitchers. Carrasco says he has the disease under control, and should return at some point. I’d guess 2019 is off the table, but he’s aiming for it. #CookieStrong

Shane Bieber – 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.45. In the top 100 for the 2nd half that’s coming tomorrow, Bieber is definitely going to make the list. Honestly, there’s a case to be made he’s above Bauer.  Definitely above Bauers.  How many Bauers do the Indians have anyway? They get a deal on Bauers?

Trevor Bauer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.61. Also, in this game, Jake Bauers (2-for-5, 2 RBIs) hit his 11th homer.  Tauer Naquin (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 7th homer.  Trevorancisco Lindur went–Greybot 5000 short circuiting…having…Bauer…outage.

Greg Allen – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .211.  Allen won ‘The least likely guy to help you yesterday who ended up helping you yesterday’ award. He hasn’t picked up his award yet, but if anyone sees him, let him know there’s an award that doesn’t exist waiting for him.

Marco Gonzales – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.24.  Occasionally, Marco pops up from the pool of pitchers with a great game, which makes me think someone on the M’s coaching staff should yell Polo more often.

Matt Olson – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .250.  That’s in 51 games.  Dude didn’t have his hamate bone removed, he had an aluminum bat inserted into his forearm. Prove me wrong.

Marcus Semien – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 14th homer, hitting .271. Semien blasted that off LeBlanc, which sounds like the purest definition of Friends with benefits.

Ramon Laureano – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 16th homer, hitting .265.  Damn, he would’ve been a great buy low on May 1st.

Liam Hendriks – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.24 and his 5th save. Really hope the A’s do the right thing and continue to go to Hendriks. How’sever, Treinen pitched on Saturday, so he might not have been available.

Omar Narvaez – 4-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer, hitting .294.  Omar’s comin’ yo!

Francisco Cervelli – On the concussion list again and said he will no longer catch, i.e., Cervelli’s been reading Razzball and is punting catcher.

Bryan Reynolds – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .342.  Great, terrific, adjective, and this isn’t about him, but why the hell did C**nt Hurdle move Hello Newman (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, 6th steal, hitting .327) to the bottom of the order and how do we reverse that?

Jesus Aguilar – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th and 8th homer.  Comatose Aguilar Fantasy Owner, “Damn, I thought I was out cold for three months, but I see Aguilar only has eight homers, so what’s the most I could’ve been comatose?  Two weeks?  Three weeks?  Guys?  Why are you tiptoeing out of my hospital room?”

Keston Hiura – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, as he hit cleanup.  Love for that to stick, but it’s because Yelich was out with back pain, which was contrived so he didn’t have to participate in the Home Run Derby.  Yelich should’ve just linked his stereo up with a mannequin in his bed, and programmed it to snore whenever anyone entered his bedroom.

Madison Bumgarner – 2 IP, 1 ER, ERA ar 4.03, but left after taking a line drive back off his elbow. Giants said he’s fine and continued, “We will literally trade him or anyone for anything, but someone over the age of 35 is preferred.  Can we trade for Evan Gattis? What’s that? He’s available? Holy crap!”

Jose Urquidy – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 10.50.  Back to the drawing board trying to find a safe number five starter.  And by drawing board, I mean the Streamonator.

Yuli Gurriel – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 14th homer.  “As I move to pick up people, I just want Gurriels under my thumb.” — A quote from Iceberg Slim’s book, but also a smart fantasy owner moving their mouse through waivers.

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Something that I don’t think I’ve mentioned before — but maybe I did say it and don’t remember since I write about 17,000 words a day and I’ve been hit on the head a few times — I wonder if the Angels will send Ohtani to the minors in August to get him some starts, which would obviously hurt his value.

Mike Trout – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 27th and 28th homer, hitting .301.  If only he boozed between innings like Mickey Mantle so he had personality. Shame really.

Jonathan Lucroy – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, but left after a nasty collision with Marisnick.  Or as it was formerly known, “a pre-2016 collision.”

German Marquez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.45.  I don’t want to nitpick, but Marquez was outpitched by Alex Young (6 IP, 0 ER, 0 hits, 1 walk, 3 Ks, ERA at 0.68) who I believed played Einhorn/Finkle.

Lucas Giolito – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.15.  Not a great way to go into the break, but he’s had two bad starts in the last three months and they were both against the Cubs, so less worried about Giolito and more worried about how he’s prepping when he hears he’s about to face Chicago. Giolito in mirror, “I see we’re facing each other once again.”

Eloy Jimenez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  I talk about this more in the top 100 for the 2nd half, but what’s the worst you can imagine from Eloy?  Pretty much what he did in the 1st half, and he still wasn’t that bad.

Ben ZobristCubs said they expect Zobrist back some time this year.  I’d be surprised to see him, I mean he’s going through a *making bunny ears* “divorce.” Has anyone ever returned to work during a divorce? Maybe if Zobrist can put down that box of Kleenex and pick up his big boy pants, he’ll be able to continue.

Robel Garcia – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  And I began adding him in all of my deeper leagues. He had 15 HRs in 50 minor league games with an insane strikeout rate, but I’m going to own him during the break and dream of how he’s going to hit 20 HRs in the 2nd half and I’m going to win the Robel Prize for Fantasy.

Max Muncy – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer.  He didn’t dare tell the opposing pitcher, Lucchesi, that he hit that into the ocean, because that would mean the ball sleeps with the fishes.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer.  FTJ!  Fun the Jewels fast!

Joey Lucchesi – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.94.  Joey ‘The Bull’ Lucchesi of the Cannoli Crime Syndicate was on my bench for this start, because I don’t fully trust him in away games, which makes my left brain say, “Which pitchers do you trust and where?” Touché, Left Brain!

Chris Paddack – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.84.  They call Paddack the Sheriff. The Padres are also using kid gloves with him, which makes me think he’s the star of some bad Disney movie, where a 12-year-old becomes sheriff, so Paddack is star of Middle School Cop.  “I saw you eating Lemonheads in 4th period, which just so happened to coincide with Jennie Ruskin losing her Lemonheads in 3rd period. What you got to say for yourself, Billy?”  Billy starts to sweat as Paddack moseys around him. Just then, a frazzled 11-year-old enters with a briefcase exploding with paper, “I need to speak to my client.” Paddack spits chew into his Scooby thermos, “Your client’s stolen candy for the last time and–And…” Paddack tries to lift his boot, but he’s got gum stuck to it. “Aw, man. These are new boots.”

  1. ozunaiknow says:
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    Thank you Grey, Donkey, and friends.

    #1 Best utility to roster Cruz, Bruce or Gurriel (Hou)?

    #2 Best infielder to roster/stash – Swanson, Segura, Urias, or Bichette. Already have Anderson DL and Gurriel Jr (Tor). Categories Hr’s, avg, OPS, SB, Rbi’s, Runs

    10 team roto.

    Thanks for your opinion

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1) Cruz
      2) Segura

      No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with DT

  2. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    AL only with holds added, QS over wins, OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, total bases added and we keep 3 at previous season’s ADP’s. (so i got these guys to keep, 3 of: gallo (5th), otani hitter (10th), vlad (3rd), bieber (8th), minor (16th or 17th))
    C jansen
    1B gallo (OF)
    2B altuve
    SS villar (2B, he’ll be a 5th next year)
    3B vlad
    MI odor (2B)
    CI tellez (1B)
    OF (4) grichuk, upton, mercado, bauers (1B)
    util (1) otani
    BN dannys antana (1-2B/OF)
    DL pence, a.diaz, duffy
    SP: bieber, minor, paxton, porcello, duffy, gibson, urquidy (he’s being dropped, maybe for framber again, hard to think urquidy keeps a SP job), yarbrough
    RP (4): barnes, wittgren, pressly, buttrey
    NA (1): manning

    got a trade offer of:
    my bieber for
    canning + k.davis

    is this good enough, thing is i’d have to drop a hitter in this. guessing that would be tellez and bauers or dannys antana to CI. bieber in the 8th would be a great keeper, but so are all 3 of gallo (5), otani (10), vlad (3), and if no bieber or minor (16-17) those are almost certainly my 3.

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      in the short term if this was done i’d not drop a hitter to make sure neither of upton/grichuk actually go DL’d. i have urquidy to drop here, hoping we get some news on maybe reid foley (done damn well lately) or framber (i owned before, dropped for urquidy) or other bum types like d.norris available, but till then i have an open SP spot (and that’s assuming yarbrough will be back, but maybe faria gets that spot going forward)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d want the Khris Davis side. It does hurt your pitching which isn’t great but at least you’re getting Canning back…

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        could also get ed-rod instead, this is the 3rd try offer from the opp here, they have gotten better each time (if we assume canning is better, but any worries about benching into playoff september time for him? h2h league here). this opp has serious pitching issues, his best guy is canning (with ed-rod, kikuchi, m.perez, bailey)

        – also, if this deal is done i’d have to drop…… guessing tellez right? (bauers and/or dannys antana move to CI). he has t.white (who i’m almost certain will be the guy losing playing time when correa is back); i could move tellez as part of this deal for a draft pick or at least attempt that. looking at HOU’s depth chart, i’d assume bregman moves back to 3B when correa is back, gurriel to 1st and white BN. gurriel has hit better than white all year long, way before his HR binge lately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take EdRod over Canning and the Davis side

      Sure, Tellez

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        ed-rod over canning from canning maybe getting shut down or just the player rater. player rater and FIP say ed-rod over canning alone now that i checked.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go EdRod over Canning

          • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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            i’m contacting the opp now about ed-rod over canning and seeing if i can move tellez to him (since i’d be dropping anyway, plus he’ll have t.white (his util guy now) losing playing time when correa is back). he has parker and pagan (i need saves with wittgren/buttrey/pressly/barnes). move out any/all of those to get pagan here? so deal would be

            bieber + tellez + one of my RP (if not all of them which wouldn’t move?)
            for
            ed-rod + k.davis + pagan (or parker). if he won’t do the pagan or parker to me i could try for the draft pick for tellez (and remove my RP going back)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds fine for EdRod/Davis with Pagan or Parker, that order

              • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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                and move any one of my RP in that or are pressly/buttrey off limits and only wittgren/barnes could move? guessing all of them as pressly/buttrey better than the other 2 but not so much to not get saves that i need.

                • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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                  he’s not doing pagan, so i’m ruling out pressly/buttrey for parker as parker is by far the worst pitcher out of these, and hasn’t gotten many saves in a long while either. will still to move wittgren for him though.

  3. Ivanmakebasket says:
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    Why the hell didnt the Yankees go after Morton this past off-season? Morton owns the yanks and they let him sign in Tampa for 2 seasons on a cheap deal. He’s been a top starter for a while now. What a shame.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  4. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    First time long time Grey,

    Hey this brosseau kid doesn’t look too bad. His MiLB numbers are solid: BB and K %s are pretty good, hits a shit ton of line drives, and started hitting for power in AAA this year.

    Lourdes, do you think hes got keeper potential? Been seeing that he made some slight adjustments in his hand position and bath path to the ball. Definitely paying off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lourdes has keeper potential, but depends on your league

      Brosseau isn’t an everyday player right now, but he does hit for average, it would appear

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Also how are you 1st time long time? You’ve been commenting for years, no?

      • Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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        Yeah I’ve been a frequent commenter, I haven’t thrown my two cents in the comment section in a few months though lol *first time in a long time is a more appropriate phrase

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, gotcha… Well, good to see you (again)!

  5. Steve Anus says:
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    12 team 5×5. 2 DL’s. have the 2 catchers since it was late in the week and i had one move left and didn’t want to blow up ratios on bad streams esp since i knew i was winning K’s and wins anyway. 6 moves a week, we have a long week in yahoo coming up (10 game days starts friday, unless you count the HOU-TEX, then 11 days)
    C jansen
    1B rizzo
    2B mondesi (SS)
    SS story
    3B chapman
    OF (3) acuna, meadows, joc (1B)
    util (2) otani, alonso
    BN vazquez (C), conforto
    DL (2) e.rosario

    drop joc for which of: bruce, dickerson (7 day TRON loves him), joc hasn’t done much for a while, sounds like he’ll lose more time when the other white fish is back, which i think is upcoming.

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      vazquez was kept here, only 2 catchers since i had one move left last week and i didn’t need/want to stream anybody with that move. jansen turned into pagan (have alvarado also, and closers pretty vacant in FA).

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Bruce for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  6. i've got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    14 teamer with OBP over AVG, hits, total bases and OPS added. drop molina for which of: sisco, r.perez? would say kelly is an option here too but he gets less starts than any of these

    • i've got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      2. also, for different league, sisco or jansen to replace molina (i saw the vazquez > than both of sisco/jansen over molina a few days back, but he’s not available here)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d try Jansen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Sisco, but prolly Perez is better

  7. Save Khaki says:
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    Thanks for all your work . For second half , pick two out of Bauers , Candy Man , Thames , Winker .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

      Candy, Bauers

  8. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Nice report.

    a. You and I can share the Robel award, well we can share it 80-20 in your favor, okay? Started him last night.

    b. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for July 8

    Radiokommentator: Dizzy Dean in der ersten Base!

    Abbott: Du magst Ballspiele?

    Costello: Ich liebe sie.

    Abbott: Komm her. Sag kein Wort zu Roscoe. Ich habe eine Ballmannschaft.

    Costello: Hast du?

    Abbott: Sicher.

    Costello: Sie geben den Ballspielern heutzutage sehr merkwürdige Namen.

    Abbott: Komische Namen?

    Costello: Spitznamen. Wie Dizzy Dean, Daffy Dean.

    Abbott: Sein Bruder Daffy.

    Costello: Wie heißen die Jungs?

    Abbott: Mal sehen. Wer ist auf der ersten, Was ist auf der zweiten, Ich weiß nicht, ist auf der dritten.

    Costello: Das möchte ich herausfinden.

    Abbott: Ich sage, wer an erster Stelle ist, was an zweiter Stelle ist, ich weiß nicht, was an dritter Stelle ist.

    Costello: Sind Sie der Manager? Kennst du die Namen der Spieler?

    Abbott: Nun, ich sollte.

    Costello: Wer ist auf der ersten Basis?

    Abbott: Ja.

    Costello: Ich meine den Namen der Spieler. Der erste Baseman.

    Abbott: Wer? Wer ist zuerst dran.

    Costello: Das möchte ich herausfinden.

    Abbott: Das sage ich Ihnen.

    Costello: Hast du einen First Baseman? Wer spielt da?

    Abbott: Auf jeden Fall. Ja. Wer.

    Costello: Ich meine den Namen des Spielers. Auf der ersten Basis.

    Abbott: Das ist der Name des Mannes.

    Costello: So heißt wer?

    Abbott: Ja.

    Costello: Haben Sie einen Vertrag mit dem ersten Baseman?

    Abbott: Natürlich.

    Costello: Wer hat den Vertrag unterschrieben?

    Abbott: Sie würden nicht erwarten, dass jemand anderes es unterschreibt.

    Costello: Aber wer?

    Abbott: Ja.

    Costello: Wer bekommt das Geld, wenn Sie den ersten Baseman auszahlen?

    Abbott: Jeder Dollar davon. Ja.

    Costello: Tut er das?

    Abbott: Jeder Dollar.

    Costello: Jeder Dollar.

    Abbott: Er bekommt jeden Dollar.

    Costello: Mm-hmm. Ich versuche nur herauszufinden, wie der Name des Gefährten lautet.

    Abbott: Jetzt warte. Was ist auf der zweiten Basis.

    Costello: Ich frage nicht, wer Zweiter ist.

    Abbott: Wer ist zuerst dran.

    Costello: Ich weiß es nicht.

    Abbott: Er ist auf der dritten Basis.

    Costello: Wie bin ich auf die dritte Basis gekommen?

    Abbott: Sie haben seinen Namen erwähnt.

    Costello: Ich habe seinen Namen erwähnt? Wenn ich den Namen des dritten Baseman erwähnte, wen habe ich dann als dritten Baseman bezeichnet?

    Abbott: Oh nein. Wer ist zuerst da.

    Costello: Egal zuerst! Ich möchte wissen, wie der Name des Spielers auf dem dritten Platz lautet.

    Abbott: Aber was ist auf dem zweiten Platz?

    Costello: Wer ist Zweiter?

    Abbott: Wer ist zuerst da.

    Costello: Ich weiß es nicht.

    Abbott: Er ist Dritter.

    Costello: Da bin ich wieder auf dem dritten Platz.

    Abbott: Das kann ich nicht ändern.

    Costello: Lass uns auf dem dritten Platz bleiben.

    Abbott: Was wollen Sie wissen?

    Costello: Wer spielt die dritte Base?

    Abbott: Warum bestehen Sie darauf, Who auf die dritte Basis zu stellen?

    Costello: Wen stelle ich auf den dritten?

    Abbott: Ja, aber wir wollen ihn dort nicht.

    Costello: Willst du nicht, wer da ist?

    Abbott: Nein.

    Costello: Also, wie heißt der Typ, der da hingehört?

    Abbott: Was auf die zweite Basis gehört.

    Costello: Wer gehört zur zweiten Basis?

    Abbott: Wer ist auf der ersten Basis?

    Costello: Ich weiß es nicht.

    Abbott: Dritte Base.

    Costello: Dritte Basis? Jetzt bin ich wieder auf der dritten Basis.

    Abbott: Das kann ich nicht ändern.

    Costello: Hast du einen Baseballkrug?

    Abbott: Natürlich.

    Costello: Wie heißt der Baseball-Werfer?

    Abbott: Nein, was ist auf der zweiten Basis.

    Costello: Wer ist auf der zweiten Basis?

    Abbott: Wer ist auf der ersten Basis.

    Costello: Ich weiß es nicht!

    Abbott: Dritte Base!

    Costello: Ich bin auch ein Fänger, weißt du?

    Abbott: Was ist damit.

    Costello: Ich werde Ihr Team fangen. Der Heavy Hitter steht auf.

    Abbott: Also?

    Costello: Er schlägt den Ball. Da ich ein guter Fänger bin, möchte ich den Ball auf die erste Base werfen. Also werfe ich es wem?

    Abbott: Nun, das ist das erste, was Sie richtig gesagt haben!

    Costello: Das habe ich als erstes richtig gesagt. Ich weiß nicht einmal, wovon ich rede!

    Abbott: Mm-mmm!

    Costello: Wenn ich den Ball aufhebe, wirf ich ihn zuerst zu, wer bekommt ihn?

    Abbott: Richtig, richtig. Absolut richtig. Wenn du zur ersten Basis wirfst, wer ist verpflichtet, sie zu bekommen.

    Costello: Ich weiß es nicht!

    Abbott und Costello (unisono): Dritte Basis!

    c. Enjoy the ASB but definitely see you tomorrow for the 2nd half report.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Deal!

      HAHAHA, you really did it in German, that’s pretty good

      C. Thanks, 2nd half rankings tomorrow!

      • TVC says:
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        Why post something in German? Even if the original text was in German the majority of readers won’t be able to read it…just seems a touch bizarre

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Roberto Perez has 16 homers, I’d say a touch of bizarre is exactly right — might have to put my top 100 in German

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Thanks, man. I got it prepped in Swahili, French, Spanish and Italian. My buddy from Uganda is just putting the final touches on the Swahili version. It actually works in Swahili, surprisingly.

        b. Yes, looking forward to the rankings.

        c. Doing anything for the break? Could you suggest something for me? Looks like my wife and I with our son will be going to THAT island paradise with little, bad or sometimes NO internet from the guy’s internet who’s password is 12345678. Btw, my wife’s good friend from college was the one who stumbled upon this gem. Usually it’s our children who figure that stuff out (in restaurants and when we go out for gelato) so score 1 for generation X!!

        d. Our daughter is still with the seaman and they went ahead of us to THAT island paradise. Today’s her birthday and he arranged for everything at a really nice restaurant for lunch and then his stupid ‘friend’ who owns a yacht invited our daughter and all her friends (who happen to be young ladies all around 19) to go boating leaving the seaman behind. His ‘friend’ is like Richie Rich, he can do whatever he wants, didn’t even finish high school, does nothing except spend money all day and all night. The seaman is an honest man, isn’t swimming in dough but makes more than enough every day for catching fish. Also, he goes diving to like 50 feet for oysters and made a whole supper after diving to collect them for our daughter. Then she lives him high and dry at the restaurant, meanwhile Richie Rich swoops in. I’m sure the seaman is a somewhat jealous of Richie Rich. I’m rooting for the seaman.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Yes! Can’t wait for Swahili c. I’m headed to Portland, never been, we’re gonna check it out for a few days…

          D. Sounds like I wanna come back in my next life as Richie Rich

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!

            The seaman drove Richie Rich 1000 miles in ONE day to go and buy the yacht that Richie Rich is now using to make the seaman jealous. Don’t be Richie Rich, man. Be you in your next life!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, fair enough! I’m me!

  9. moses mashers says:
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    Great write-up. I’m looking forward to the rankings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  10. Stuey says:
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    Can’t wait to constantly check my teams over the next couple of days, only to see nothing has changed! I’m even going to make a few DFS lineups for the ASG just to keep myself entertained…woof.

    What did you think of Alex Young? His 6.09 ERA in AAA this year isn’t….great, but pitching in the bigs is apparently easier!

    • baseballbanter says:
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      i think hes a bot.

      throws a paltry high 80’s fastball. meh secondaries. good command has been keeping him in the game. but then you need to ask yourself, are you really going to rely on a rookie to maintain a strong grip on control?

      hes a fine option to stream here and there as exhibited against the colorado zombies. but nothing more than that.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m convinced the slower guys throw the better they are, see my diatribe from 2 weeks ago when discussing Greinke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, same same!

      Pitching in the bigs — nbd

  11. FantasyLand says:
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    Grey,

    A. who do you think hits more homers during the second half, Laureano or Desmond? Been carrying and playing Desmond when he plays at Coors.

    B. Is giving Harper too much to get Aroldis?

    C. Pick a side: Giolito + Moncada or Sale

    Roto keeper league.

    Thanks

    • Tim Anderson Project says:
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      1. Laureano

      2. Its not even close

      3. Gio and Yoan side

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with TA Project

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  12. Tristan Thomas says:
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    Yadier Molina or Mitch Garver…rest of season.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Garver

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  13. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey!

    I’m sorry for asking a C question but I need to ask it…

    James McCann, Sisco, Kelly or Alfaro ROS?

    Thanks,

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Alfaro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Harley Earl says:
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        I have to take both of you to task on this. I just don’t buy Alfaro being better the rest of the way. Look at their current numbers.

        McCann is clearly the better hitter. There’s really no argument there. Secondly, look at what Sisco is doing. I would not be surprised if Sisco out-hits them all in the second half. That kid looks like he’s made the adjustment. And he plays in Camden Yards.

        Don’t forget, Alfaro plays in the pitcher’s paradise of Miami. No thanks. Take McCann or Sisco and skip the flashy prospect that is still searching for a batting average.

  14. Cable says:
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    h/h points 12 team redraft….weekly lineup set….thoughts on team ROS ….start 5 pitchers per week …..record is 9-5 …8 weeks left in season

    1b…M Olson
    2b..Gurriel jr
    SS..T Turner
    3b..E Suarez
    Of…Merrifield
    Of..Hoskins
    of…Y Alvarez
    DH….F Tatis

    Bench….A Riley…Do Santana…E Andrus

    SP…Scherzer
    SP.G Cole
    SP…Giolito
    SP..Wheeler
    SP..Do German
    SP..Tanaka
    SP…Pleasac
    SP…..McKay
    SP…Fried

    RP…Yates
    RP..Giles

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Looks good to me, can probably move on from Plesac for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade Riley and Andrus for an upgrade, and agree with DT about Plesac

  15. Slappy Jack says:
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    What happened to Meadows?
    no homers since the end of May !?
    hitting only .266 since fouling a ball off his leg in late April

    I have him almost everywhere and just dropped him for Laureano in a shallow-ish 10 team

    How much rope are we giving him in 12 teamers ?

    Oddly enough I compared him to Benintendi early on in the season but, I didn’t see the comparison working out the way it has (ie they have both kinda been bench tier players for two months)

    Very much looking forward to the mid season rankings!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d give him a bit of rope in a 12 teamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit more rope, he wasn’t as good as he was in April and not this bad now

      So true on Benintendi! Ugh

  16. Curious George says:
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    Morning! Question for you guys: how would you rank L. Hendricks, B. Workman, and E. pagan for saves and holds in a cats league ROS?

    Also thanks for the shoutout in the mailbag, Grey! Never thought my question would end up there! Keep up the good work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! Liam, Pagan, Workman

      Ha, No problem!

  17. Cabsen says:
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    Choose one (H2H points league)

    Taylor
    Murphy
    Hiura
    Danny Santana
    Marwin

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hiura for me, Murphy a close 2nd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  18. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-team OBP league.
    Robel Garcia over Barreto?

    (Saves+Holds) also
    Hembree over Shawn Kelley, Hendriks, or Hand?

    (also available Y. Petit, Bummer, Chafin, Poche, Stammen, and S.Dyson)

    • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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      barreto since
      1. he’s a starter for his team
      2. guys with awful minors K rates tend to get exploited pretty quickly in MLB, which is esp bad for OBP leagues (i don’t know if he has a good BB rate, do know from above his K rate is bad though)

      hold yr RP over those guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with SSG

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        Thanks fellas….enjoy the HR Derby.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  19. Wondo says:
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    Here’s the squad heading into the break (H2H points)

    Jansen, Bellinger, Muncy, Bryant, Segura, Mondesi, Trout, Dahl, Domingod, Eloy, Cruz
    Bench: Laureano, Olson

    Flaherty, Marquez, Wheeler, Luchessi, Gallen, Cease, McKay

    Diaz, Doolittle, Robles, CMart

    I’m looking to acquire some starters. What batters would you consider moving? Obviously players like Bellinger, Bryant, and Trout are untouchable. Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Id try to move Dahl, Domingo, Cruz, or the bench bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT, consolidate your bench bats into a better SP

  20. Chucky says:
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    Better ROS stash? Luis Urias or Isan Diaz?

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      almost certainly this is urias, both just since he’s better and he’s been up before.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Urias

    • knucks says:
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      They been sitting Kinsler the last few games before the break, so I gotta think (hope?) they pull Urias up shortly, I;m thinking not long after this break. But I know we have been waiting for over a month or two, so some of us are growing impatient.

      • Chucky says:
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        Very impatient. Don’t have N/A slots so he’s occupying a roster spot

        • knucks says:
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          I feel ya. If its any help… I have been adding and dropping him in a 12 Team roto league that I consider very competitive. So I was able to drop and re-add him in the past couple weeks at least twice. I just grabbed him again yesterday after one of my 2 for 1 trade deals went through. So maybe that’s why I sound so hopeful that we see him in a few days/weeks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Impatience isn’t going to help with Isan

          • WheelhouseWreck says:
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            Ha, damn double negs always get me thinking. So holding him in an NA is good, right?
            When Urias gets called up, would you dump meh D. Murphy or JP Crawford?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like them but no guarantee they’re up soon…they should be… dump Crawford

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urias

  21. Brennan Cassidy says:
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    Great write-up! Do you think Yuli Gurriel will continue his hot streak into the second half of the season? In a shallow points league where he is available and currently have Suarez stinking up my 3B spot. Make the swap? Eugenio is my boy but I feel like his thumb/hand is still bothering him, and I don’t know if we’ll be seeing a late surge (this season) from him

    • Eric The Waiter With Hands For Hands says:
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      i’d hold suarez, unless this is so shallow you can just reacquire suarez later.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold Suarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

      • Brennan Cassidy says:
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        Thanks all!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  22. Eddie the Mush says:
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    Since I drafted Flaherty with the hopes that he would be the No. 2 of my staff, it was great to see him finally pitch well and not like he was going No. 2. He is also the reason that I have traded to completely change all of my starting pitchers, yet I have held on to R. Ray cuz I love lots of walks by the beach.
    Onto my question: if I could make the trade happen…who do you want ROS: R. Ray or B. Woodruff?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      Ray is safer, but I like Woodruff

  23. MJP says:
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    Whit or Goldschmidt?

    Is it even close?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Whit. Depends on needs…

      • MJP says:
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        It’s a yahoo Pro $250 draft and my offense is INSANE, so looking for upside more than anything, possibly a little speed too?

        Current roster

        C: G Sanchez
        1: Goldy
        2: Mondesi
        3: Arenado
        Ss: Lindor
        Of: Trout
        Of: Betts
        Of: Acuna
        UTIL: Soto
        UTIL: Springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whit

  24. Kliff says:
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    ROS

    Jansen, Alfaro, or Perez

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Jansen for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  25. JC says:
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    Nice Wire reference. One of my favs. Any recommendations for binge watching since, ya know, no baseball for awhile. And waiting for Ozarks to return.

    • knucks says:
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      Twin Peaks

    • The Harrow says:
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      oh yeah, i forgot ozark back sometime this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Bridge on Hulu — Dark on Netflix

      • JC says:
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        Thanks everyone!

  26. Steve says:
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    1. 10T – Laureano or Meadows?
    2. 12T roto, please rank: German, Lynn, Fried
    3. Is Alvarado ok or are you dropping him? He’s been pretty awful since returning.

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Meadows for me
      2. That order for me
      3. Holding if desperate for saves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  27. Murph says:
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    Hey Hey
    Sorry if this is going to be answered in the top 100 post, but…
    1) Better SP pickup for second half – Dinelson Lamet, Michael Pineda or Sonny Gray?
    2) Better DL stash right now – Danny Salazar, Alex Wood, Brad Peacock, Tyler Glasnow?
    Thanks!!!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Lamet for me
      2. Don’t love any but Glasnow has the most upside. Peacock if it’s a deeper league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They won’t be

      1. All close, I’d go Gray

      2. Agree with DT

  28. knucks says:
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    I just pulled the following trade off in my 12 Team 5×5 Roto. Should I expect my other leaguemates to be mad? (I’m in 1st ;)

    Got Bregman
    Gave Lourdes, McNeil, Ian Kennedy

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      They’ll be mad

      • knucks says:
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        Hah, perfect! Thanks DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They should be mad, but since you got the trade they might not know better

  29. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    AHHHH, get me out of here. I hate allstar week. Baseball needs to change this and have this all star shit after the season, like all other sports..You award an allstar spot for a half of season of work..Such BS..Stop the season half way through and play a meaningless game, WHY??

    OK, next, never fails, you can hang onto players for months and the minute you cut them, they decide to go off..Looking at you Jesus A.

    Hey commissioner Rob, take the juice out of the balls, fix the lame all star game and make baseball great again..

    OK I will go take a chill pill now and go hibernate until Friday!!

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      hockey’s is in right of middle of season, and now they do a longer time off then they used to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Basketball’s in middle of season

  30. Matt says:
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    Hey Grey ,

    Wilson Ramos or Danny Jansen rest of season ?

    Thanks !

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Jansen for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  31. Trickrey says:
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    So I went catcher-less for the last few games heading into the break knowing i’d have a few days to figure out what to do with my roster. If I can’t make a trade over these next few days, who would you drop for any available catcher in a 12 tm roto redraft 5×5 (QS, OBP, SV+H) league:

    C – Empty
    1b – Freeman
    2b – Moncada
    3b – Bryant
    SS – Mondesi
    OF – Betts, Soto, Dahl
    Util – Alonso
    Bench – Jose Ramirez, Eloy, Hiura

    SP – Buehler, Flaherty, Clevinger, Wheeler, Giolito, Paddack, Lamet
    RP – Pressley, Neris, Hendriks

    I’m personally thinking it’s between Hiura and Lamet. While I like Hiura more of the two, I just unfortunately don’t see him bringing a ton of value as a 3rd bench bat outside of a Moncada injury. I’m also leading my league in most offensive categories, whereas I’m weaker in the pitching cats.

    Thanks for any help!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hiura works

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why don’t you make a trade? Jo-Ram and Eloy for an SP?

      • Trickrey says:
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        Plan A is trade, it’s just been hard to make trades in my league this year, I’ve been trying to trade Jo Ram for past two months lol. But sending out trade offers is gonna be how I survive this AS break

        Would offering Jo Ram and Eloy for Morton be too much? My offer for Cole was declined as was my offer for Nola so kind of looking at Top 10-20 range starters.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems a bit much

          • Trickrey says:
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            Thought it might be. Think i’ll just wait for your Top 100 for the second half to see where you rank certain starters and start firing out offers that way.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool

              • Trickrey says:
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                Not sure if you’ll still see this but somebody did offer JT Realmuto for my Jose Ramirez. Would you do that in my situation even though I know you wouldn’t trade for top catchers?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah

  32. Quintz says:
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    Who would you want to buy low on out of these guys

    Clevinger
    Nola
    Morton
    Minor

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m not sure any really qualify as buy lows at this point. I’d buy any of the 1st 3 though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  33. DonnieB says:
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    Is Aaron Hicks a good add over Hiura? Seems like he was hot last week and Stanton is still out a while. Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I prefer Hiura but they’re close

    • The Harrow says:
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      hicks isn’t the one to lose playing time if/when stanton gets back, hicks was one of the starters when he was playing.

      • The Harrow says:
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        that isn’t me disagreeing about hiura vs hicks though. just not a factor, stanton back or not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  34. Stuey says:
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    Biggio or Robles ROS? Is it close?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Robles, not too close for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  35. Twins Peaker says:
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    AL Only, picked up Poche and Bunmer for speculative saves. I think Colome gets dealt and Bummer steps in. In first, but could always use saves. How many saves would you say this group gets rest of the year:

    Brasier, S. Armstrong, Poche, Bummer

    I realize it is all kind of ugly at best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cumulative? Maybe 7 saves

      • Twins Peaker says:
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        Fugly for sure.

        Here’s hoping Will Smith or Yates get traded to the AL and I can overbid on them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup!

  36. DonnieB says:
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    How about Hicks over Senzel?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Yes Hicks over Senzel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

  37. MookieBestt says:
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    Its probably time to move on from Marquez in 12 team leagues right? He has basically been unstartable most of the last month and a half.

    • Weird Fishes says:
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      10-team h2h NL-only. I carry one bench bat. Daily changes so it pays to have a stable of SPs.

      Need to drop one of the following: L Urias, Stripling, Wainwright, Eflin. Instinctively I would say Waino but he’s been a lot better than Stripling and Eflin the last 30 days. Who’s the drop?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Waino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m holding him

  38. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    With Mondesi back i have to drop someone who would you lose Shoop or Jay Bruce

    • knucks says:
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      Schoop. Bruce is too hot to drop.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        Thanks Knucks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knucks

  39. Ciwa says:
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    Could you put these 4 pitchers in order ROS?
    Sonny Gray, Yamamoto, Lucchesi, Cease

    Thanks a lot Grey and Donkey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray, Lucchesi, Cease

  40. Travis Hafner says:
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    So, in my two main 5×5 10 team leagues, I find myself with amazing hitting, but horrific pitching (specifically ratios) to this point. My ERA is in the 4.15 area and my whip around 1.26. Guys like Wheeler, Marquez, Trienen, plus many others are to thank.

    I’m doing well but I need to improve my pitching to climb to the top. And streaming is JUST not working out (Strahm, Allen, Bassit, Pomeranz recently)

    I made one trade (tell me what you think) in one league-
    1.) Traded my Gallo and KMarte away, got Degrom and Caleb. Did I over pay? Degrom felt like the best pitcher I could get.

    2.) I have an offer sitting in the other one (context, I have Bellinger, Trout, Gallo, Rendon, Freeman, to name a few of the many awesome bats I have)
    I’d trade my Bellinger away to get Verlander and Eloy.

    Verlander may not be the best pitcher on the market (although the Max owner won’t budge) but the combo of Eloy is interesting.

    Maybe I should fish Bellinger around some more? Or should I take this offer and move forward before he pulls back?

    Hate over paying for pitching, but needs are needs. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nice trade

      2. I wouldn’t do that, but it’s close to fair

  41. phil says:
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    If you had to pick one of the below for the rest of this year? Need HR and BA.
    c.moran, e.sogard, c.Biggio, g.cooper, r.nunez, d. smith, d. freese

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cooper

  42. Rafi says:
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    Good morning Grey!

    Please rank for second half: Sonny Gray, Darvish, Canning, K Gibson. Feel free to mention if gaps between are small or large.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning, sir!

      Gray…Yu, Gibson…Canning

  43. Rafi says:
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    Also what minor league players are worth a stash at this point? 14 team obp redraft with minimal bench spots. Should I be finding a way to roster Bichette for the sb upside?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think Bichette is a difference maker this year… Still think Luis Urias comes up and can make a difference

  44. knucks says:
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    12 Team, 5×5 Roto

    Victor Robles, Hunter Dozier, Vogelbach

    For DeGrom

    Is this fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeGrom side, not that fair

  45. Vash says:
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    José Urquidy…no chance he sticks?

    Robel Garcia….super strike prone and the Cubs seem to be loaded. I assume this is a blind faith buy? I see the power but so is every guy in the league.

    Also, any info about the league switching the baseball again? I read the MLB was in the process of adjusting the manufacturing of the balls after they did so in 2017, but do you have any insight of when it will come into play? This season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blind faith buy on Robel — don’t drop anyone good

      Urquidy hasn’t been great, but I guess he might stick, not sure I care

      I heard they were testing balls and might switch, but I don’t know if they will in-season, that would be crazy

  46. Hip hip jorge says:
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    Haniger was dropped in my league. Is he worth adding at this point?

    • knucks says:
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      Yea, especially if you can DL him and pick up someone else. Or… who are you dropping for him?

      • Hip hip jirge says:
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        Dropped Liam Hendricks in a save and holds league. Hoping to pick him back up (if not I’ll fall back to b Workman, e pagan, or t buttrey)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d own Haniger

      • Hip hip jorge says:
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        Do you like him better than Dahl or d Santana ros?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  47. Matt says:
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    2 part question.. Who is Austin Meadows? Started the season on a tear, hit the IL, and hasn’t been the same since he came back. Is he somewhere between who he was in the first month and who he is now? Is he a 5 tool stud? Realistic expectations if he were to stay healthy and put a full season together? Will he do it in the 2nd half?

    Have him as a 19th rd. in flair league. Each year he moves up a round. Have a chance to grab Rizzo (2nd) or Olson (8th) and shore up RP with Yates and W Smith. I’m leaning towards Olson simply for value. OF is currently JD, Yordan and Meadows, but I would shift Bellinger to cover Meadows.

    Would you make this deal when Meadows, Olson and Rizzo would be the 7th keeper at this point? If so, Rizzo or Olson? Thanks!

    • Matt says:
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      Edit for info- LEAGUE 5x 5 OPS, keep 6.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meadows is prolly somewhere in the middle….

      I’d take Olson/Yates/Smith

      • Matt says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. James Bolger says:
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    Would you recommend dropping Gallen to pick up McKay ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  49. Weird Fishes says:
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    10-team h2h NL-only. I carry one bench bat. Daily changes so it pays to have a stable of SPs.

    Need to drop one of the following: L Urias, Stripling, Wainwright, Eflin. Instinctively I would say Waino but he’s been a lot better than Stripling and Eflin the last 30 days. Who’s the drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Waino

      • Weird Fishes says:
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        Thanks, Grey! We agree. Only hesitation is Rudy’s ROS NL-only projections has Waino at #151 ($5.20 in value) and Stripling at #225 ($0). I’m not sure why there such a Do you such a large spread between the two? Am I overthinking this one or is it a coin-flip?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Coin flip I guess, but the ROS projections are likely considering Stripling as a good bet to go back to middle relief, which might happen, but I don’t like Waino at all

          • Weird Fishes says:
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            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  50. knucks says:
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    Caleb Smith + Garret Cooper

    Or Victor Robles

    12 Team Roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith/Cooper — it’s fair tho

  51. steve stevenson says:
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    AL-only keeper, I’m in position to go for it this year. Give $7 Eloy for $37 Cole? Would leave my OF risky (Bra-Dix, M. Smith, Mancini, Fletcher & JBJ) unless Giancarlo comes back and does something, but the 1st place team is directly above me in ERA, WHIP and W and reachable in K, so Cole would be a good get.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Win it this year, grab Cole if he does it

  52. Mitchell Clearfield says:
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    AJ Pollock is expected back right after the All-Star Break —
    Any guesses how playing time will shake out? Do you think anyone’s value will take a significant hit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Imagine 4 days on, 2 days off

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Everyone but Cody will take a small hit

  53. William Hung says:
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    Had a rough week – but still clinging to first place in H2H by .5 and 1.5 respectively… it’s a crowded top 3

    Love that both Flaherty and Benintendi made the RW blog about bad first halves and they are shading them in the 2nd half… RW tends to be wrong, so I have some sliver of hope they are here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still in 1st is good!

      • William Hung says:
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        Here is my ragtag bunch heading into the 2nd half – pitching will continue to be musical chairs, but my bats are pretty much cemented, though 2 bench bats is no bueno…

        C- Contreras
        1B- Bellinger
        2B- Mondesi
        3B- Kingery
        SS- Lindor
        OF- Benintendi, Dahl, Betts
        UTIL- Story
        B- Alvarez, Gurriel Jr.

        SP- Hendricks, Marquez, Flaherty, McKay, Gallen, Lynn, Teheran (streaming spot)
        RP- Hendriks, Neris, Holland, Givens
        DL- Eovaldi

        Nobody in my league likes to trade since they don’t want to help me win 4 in a row, so it’s just using WW for me. When the trade deadline closepocolypse shows up, I’ll be ready.

        In terms of my one bat to drop for pitching needs, I’m guessing Benintendi gets the boot, as much as that pains me to say

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh, can’t drop Benintendi

  54. Stream Weaver says:
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    Saves plus holds league: drop Alvarado for Dyson. DL spots are full and Alvarado out 2-6 weeks. Dyson scares me but has great numbers. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense

  55. pinkman says:
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    12-team 5×5 roto. Mercado slumped hard to end the first half and the 1st place guy dropped him. I have Billy Hamilton who stinks and is losing PT.

    Drop BHam for Mercado with limited moves remaining (~15)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Mercado

  56. Cyler says:
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    Great first half. Thank you Grey and all the razz ballers.

    Wanted to get judgement on a trade I completed over the weekend. I didn’t have time to present it at the time.

    10 team 6 X 6 OPS league. 10 Keepers per year and keep forever.

    My Luis Castillo and Eddie Rosario for his Juan Soto and Thor.

    I felt like it was a really good deal so I jumped on it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great to get Soto, but prolly just fair

  57. Dancin Homer says:
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    Ahh, the midsummer classic week….or, the most boring week of the season.

    I hope you at least had a great Independence Day and weekend!

    I got a DL question for ya:

    12-team, 6×6, H2H, redraft league.

    Had a few guys come off the DL, so I need to figure out who to drop (need to drop 1 player).

    Current Roster:
    c: Realmuto
    1b: Alonso
    2b: Muncy
    3b: Machado
    ss: Bogaerts
    if: Hiura
    of: Trout, Gallo, Y. Alvarez
    utl: Ohtani
    bn: H. Dozier, Pederson, Kingery

    sp: Clevinger, Nola, Kershaw, Lucchesi, Woodruff, Caleb Smith, Paddack, Heaney, Gallen
    rp: Giles, Hendricks, L. Jackson, Treinen
    DL: Taillon*

    I’ve narrowed it down to the below (notes in parentheses):

    Bats:
    – Kingery (backup SS, 3B, OF, IF – only hitting ~.200 over the last 2 weeks)
    – Dozier (backup 1b, 3b, IF – hitting .173 the last 2 weeks & .190 the last month)
    – Pederson (backup 1b, IF, OF – sits vs. Lefties, but still has 20HR on the season)

    Arms:
    – Gallen (too soon to give up on him, right?)
    – Heaney (would be my 1st drop, but SON LOVES his next start)
    – Treinen (Is he even still the closer in OAK???)

    Thanks, as always, and apologies for the lengthy post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Dancin Homer! You too!

      Lose Pederson, Heaney

  58. Curious George says:
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    10 team cats league – Should I trade machado to make room for mondesi every day? Trade ideas?

    C – none
    1b – Rizzo
    2b – Hiura (could keep in the 24th instead of others?)
    3b – Vlad (keeping in 22nd round)
    Ss – machado
    Mi – Tatis (keeping in the 24th)
    Ci – Bregman
    Of – acuna
    Of – Soto (keeping in 21st)
    Of – Marte
    Of – Dahl
    Of – Domingo Santana
    Utl – arenado
    Bench – mondesi
    IL – Haniger

    SP – Verlander, Bauer, buehler, Marquez, flaherty, McKay, syndergaard, gray
    RP – Giles, Doolittle, Vazquez, Hendricks
    IL – Glasnow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Machado for deGrom?

      • Curious George says:
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        What about Domingo Santana and machado for scherzer and lauerano?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me, but you’re paying

          • Curious George says:
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            Would I be better off trying to deal mondesi to someone instead?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Depends what you need

          • Curious George says:
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            Or would you prefer just holding? Thanks for the help!

  59. ThE sHiT says:
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    Moncada/Chavis/Domingo German for JoRam/Domingo Santana, what side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        Which one? Lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, sorry.. Domingo Santana side

  60. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    A) PCorbin has been on tear. last 4 starts he’s gone 7inn and allowed 1 run or less, those extra 2 days off seemed to have cleared his mind etc.

    B) Trout the last 30 days: 24/12/26/1/.317/.431/.723
    Gurriel Jr. last 30 days: 24/12/24/1/.343/.387/.741
    how about them apples!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Agreed, been great for two of my teams

      B. That’s crazy!

  61. Stuey says:
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    I’ve got some IF depth, and I could use another SP in my OBP/QS league. I was offered my Hiura for his Robbie Ray. I’m gunshy because I love Keston. Hiura is my UTIL guy right now with Newman, Hicks, and Robles on the bench. Fair?

    Thanks for all the awesome content!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair enough, but I want Hiura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s what I’ve been saying! Now do it in the actual derby!

  62. lwomack58 says:
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    B. Reynolds over D Gordon, Pederson, or M Smith?

    J Martinez over Joc Pederson

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Gordon

      Over Joc

  63. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh Great Grey,

    I need an OF rest of season pts league. Please pick one:

    A Jones, Pollack, Pillar, Bry Reynolds, Bri Anderson, Dickerson, G Cooper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cooper

  64. Cohen says:
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    Grey, please pick best streamer out of these?
    Waino vs Ariz
    Fiers vs White Sox
    Lucckessi vs Atl
    All at home

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi

  65. TJ says:
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    Yo Grey, love you.

    Anyways.. who do you prefer for the future for fantasy purposes. Gavin Lux or Kieboom?

    Follow up question..

    Which side in 12team H2H redraft. A) Nola & 25th RD B) Lux or Kieboom & 8th rounder

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t get mushy on me now, TJ!

      Kieboom

      I want Nola

  66. John Means is available in my league, would you pick him up in a 10 man league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  67. Capt says:
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    I’m looking to acquire Giolito. He’s willing to offer any of these bats in addition for my Bellinger.

    McNeil
    Kingery
    Chavis
    Ohtani
    Corey Seager

    He also has these other pitchers

    Odorizzi
    Domingo German
    Stroman
    Scherzer

    I’m also willing to offer any of these bats

    Laureano
    Olson
    Eloy
    Dahl
    Domingod
    Cruz

    Should I even consider trading Belly for Giolito and some parts? What moves should I try to make out of this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade Bellinger for Scherzer, that’s it

    • Capt says:
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      He’s also has Cole

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I want Scherzer

  68. Kyle says:
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    10 team 5×5 H2H redraft

    C- Ramos
    1B- Alonso
    2B- Mondesi
    3B- Machado
    SS- Didi
    MI- Andrus
    OF- Harper, Upton, Gallo, Cain
    UTL- Olson, Hosmer
    Bench- Dozier, Riley, D. Gordon,
    DL- B.Lowe, Ozuna

    SP- Scherzer, Buehler, Bauer, Soroka, Minor, Darvish, Cease
    RP- Hader, Greene, Neris, Kimbrel

    Obviously too many Bench guys; trying to land SP in a 2 for 1

    Targeting Wheeler or Flaherty

    Which two can get it done?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley and Hosmer?

  69. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Thoughts on that Lucroy/Marisnick shizz? People calling Marisnick dirty obivously haven’t, like you said, been watching baseball prior to 2016. Not really sure what happened just looked like bad luck. I’m not even sure what the rule is for a catcher blocking the plate anymore…I thought runners were now always supposed to avoid the catcher and it didn’t look like Lucroy was blocking it that badly, really at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seemed like an unfortunate accident with them… I don’t see how anyone can fault Marisnick but it was bizarre he thought it was a good idea to veer inside…but was a spur of moment mistake…

    • Coolwhip

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      agree with Grey… To me, it looked like both players rolled dice, and both came up snake eyes. Marisnik thought going inside (where the ball was coming from) was a good idea. And Lucroy took an awkward position and the ball coming in led him into where Marisnik was going at the same time. Just an unfortunate turn of events.

    • Racehorse says:
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      It was a dirty play by Marisnick.

      He clearly had a lane to slide and would’ve been safe rather easily … but instead went straight for Lucroy and delivered a shoulder shiver that made Hal McRea weep with envy.

      Dirty is dirty … and I’ve been watching baseball since Babe Ruth was a sperm.

      If I was Lucroy, I’d tell Marisnick to go to hell.

  70. red says:
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    morning grey,
    1. drop stripping for c.smith?
    2. IL stash, plz rank, kluber, carrasco, salazer, Glasgow

    thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes 2. None of these guys are worth anything maybe Salazar

  71. Let's Play Two says:
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    How many saves does C-Mart get for the Cards ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe 10, if you’re lucky

  72. Danny Almonte says:
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    Trout expiring end of 2020 season
    or
    Machado 2020, Buxton 2021?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  73. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Using tonight’s HR derby to decide our fantasy football draft order. I’m the reigning champ so got to actually pick my first hitter and selected Yelich. Doesn’t feel quite as fun now that I have Matt Chapman but what can ya do.

    So considering Robles won’t be a top 100 guy, are him and Eloy at least close? Thinking I made the wrong decision deciding to keep Robles over him in a trade.

    I know I mentioned this already but Freddie Gibbs’ new album Bandana is phenomenal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robles just missed top 100 and Eloy just made it…. I need to listen to Gibbs, been meaning to

      • Here Comes the Pizza says:
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        Thanks! This new album is the follow up to Pinata, also very good. Something about Madlib production and Gibbs raps just sounds perfect

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I need to get up on all of these albums… I need them in my ears now….

  74. rhodyballer says:
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    Apples and eggs, but yould you take Khrush Davis for Shane Bieber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  75. Cohen says:
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    Grey, another streamer question
    Yu vs Pirates or
    Lucchessi vs Braves
    Both at home
    SON likes both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both

  76. Your thoughts on Gallen and Canning the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Gallen better

  77. Drew says:
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    I’ve got J. McCann at C in my 16-team OPS league, but R. Perez and Vazquez are on the wire. Should I make a switch or hold?

    Also wondering if I should try and sell high on Newman and/or McNeill. I picked up both to cover for guys on the IL, who are all back now. If so, would you sell Newman or McNeil?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I guess Vazquez… if you can sell them, sure… I’d sell Newman 1st

  78. BintZ says:
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    Dahl or Domingo Santana ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Close, rankings come out tomorrow

      • Racehorse says:
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        Yeah !!!

  79. toolshed says:
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    Which 2 pitchers do I cut out of stripling, gallen and anibal Sanchez? Qs league. Sanchez is on a nice run. Gallen looks pretty good but hasnt gone 6 yet. Dont know what to make of stripling. Stretch out process should be over after 3 starts since replacing hill. He hasnt gone past 5 ip yet. LAD probably trades for a pitcher, but ryu & Kershaw arent exactly bastions of health.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stripling, Anibal

  80. toolshed says:
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    Which catcher ros, obp lesgue: Perez (cle), sisco, Carson Kelly, Mejia? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sisco

  81. Jedi says:
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    Grey,

    Someone dropped Vlad Jr. in my league last week so I used my (#1) waiver status to pick him up but now I have a bench bat (whereas before I didn’t). Am I crazy for doing that? I had to, right? His 2nd half will be worth it, right? I have Rendon @ 3rd and my Utility spot is used up by Josh Bell (Rizzo is @ 1st) so I don’t have an active daily roster spot available for him..
    I’m in a keeper league as well, but too early to hold onto a keeper for keepers’ sake when I’m still actively trying to win the league..

    Worth holding onto him (and having 7 SPs instead of 8 (or 7 +a streamer))?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Insane that he was dropped, great grab, hold him

  82. Moonraker says:
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    I gotta know, my Acuna for his Bellinger? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  83. knucks says:
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    In my deep leagues, liking my Austin Slater shares after grabbing him per your advice on Friday. At least for the immediate future, as the G-aints are heading to Milwaukee and Colorado coming out of the break. Looks like a double header on Monday the 15th.

    And had grabbed Barretto in similar leagues when Susan Slushie mentioned he was gonna start over Profar, so I was ecstatic to seem him headline the buy column.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, very nice!

    • knucks says:
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      And what a fall from grace for AJ Reed, latching on with a minors deal in Chicago.

      I remember holding him a few years ago like we’ve been holding Kyle Tucker and Luis Urias all summer this year. My guess is that the Sox are thinking about moving Abreu in a few weeks and will see what AJ Reed has to offer later in the summer if he can hit a bit in the minors in the next few weeks. Though I wouldn’t be shocked if the Sox turn around and try to re-sign Abreu (and maybe his nephew and best friends) in the offseason after moving on from him for prospects. Also, if my amateur reading of the tea leaves is correct, then those Aaron Bummer shares I’ve been snatching up could pay off pretty soon too.

      Its speculation season baby! Looking forward to tomorrow’s ranks.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Surprised no one else took a flyer on Reed… He never had a chance in Houston… Not sure he will in Chicago either tho, but if Abreau goes then of course Reed gets looks…

  84. Quite says:
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    Trade for

    Domingo German,
    Odorizzi,
    or Stroman

    I can give up any combination of

    Dahl
    Domingod
    Olson
    Cruz
    Laureano
    Eloy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I guess Laureano

  85. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Got an unexpected trade offer in my 12-team, 6×6, keeper league over the weekend. I sent Gerrit Cole for Gleyber Torres, Shohei Ohtani, and Michael Chavis (I should mention that I cut Kevin Newman and Daniel Murphy to make it work). What grade would you give that deal?

    That being said, I now either have Benintendi or Reynolds expendable as trade bait. Assuming that an underachieving Benintendi is still worth more than Reynolds what are a couple of starting pitchers that would be fair to target?

    Not sure I love the song, but it has a catchy beat…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rQ6bmLHkBg

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poop!

      Looks like a solid B-

      Yeah, Benintendi is worth more than Reynolds

      Can’t listen right now bc on plane but will check it out later

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          Kind of like the commenter below, I’ve been shopping Benintendi (who holds more value in our keeper league) in 1-for-1 deals for a SP.

          Started high in targeting Nola, Snell, and Paddack. Nobody’s got back to me so that either means they don’t like it, or, they’re thinking about it. Is Wheeler too low to target for Benintendi?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Feels a bit low, but I could see it working out

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Poop!

  86. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Please rank – Lucchsi; Strippling; Cease; Galling.

    • knucks says:
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      Joey Luc, Gallen, Strippling I think for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You make up some of these names?

  87. Bilt says:
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    Hold 2 trade 1

    Wheeler
    Marquez
    Flaherty

    • knucks says:
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      Trade all 3 for Trout and stream pitching.

      • Bilt says:
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        Already have Trout. I need better pitching

        • knucks says:
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          Nice!

          Go to every team and offer 1 for 1s for the bat you like most on everyone else’s roster. You gotta ask your leaguemates to find out.

          It looks like Wheeler will face the Marlins coming out of the break. Maybe wait and see if he shuts them out and then package him up with a lesser bat for a big bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade whoever gets you the most

  88. chris pierce says:
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    Rank ROS OBP 5×5.

    Puig, Cain, L Gurrel, Kingery, S Marte, Pham

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, Pham, Puig

  89. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    Shallow League Decisions are tough. I’m in a 10-team standard roto (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, K, QS, ERA, WHIP). Currently in 1st place by a decent margin, but the AVG, QS, ERA, SV categories are tight among the top four teams.

    I have some choices to make prior to E. Rosario coming off the IL.

    C Sanchez
    1B Bell
    2B Beaz (2B, 3B, SS)
    SS Story
    OF Yelich
    OF Acuna
    OF Hoskins (1B/OF)
    UTIL Mondesi (SS)
    UTIL Lourdes (2B, SS, OF)
    BENCH Yordan
    IL E. Rosario

    SP Cole
    SP Buehler
    SP Corbin
    SP DeGrom
    RP Jansen
    RP Diaz
    RP Hand
    BENCH Clevinger
    BENCH Morton

    I was thinking of doing the following and wanted your opinion:

    1. Since Lourdes and Yordan are performing so well and depending on your 2nd half outlook for them both I can leave them in the lineup and NOT activate Rosario until one gets hotter than the other and drop the least productive at a later date.

    2. Trade Diaz AND either Lourdes or Yordan for Will Smith to make room to activate Rosario. Some concern about Diaz losing his closer job and/or the Mets go by committee makes this option appealing.

    3. Drop either Lourdes or Yordan to make room to activate Rosario and keep Diaz.

    4. I was offered Soto for both Lourdes and Yordan. I thought about this one to improve AVG in place of Hoskins without losing HR/RBI production. But , I could always activate Rosario and bench Hoskins for better AVG. Don’t know if Soto moves the needle and Lourdes and Yordan seems like an overpay for him.

    What would you do counselor? Or is there another option I haven’t considered?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Ok 2. Sounds terrible 3. No 4. Seems fine

      • Shallow League Decisions says:
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        It’s tough…love Lourdes and Yordan.

        So out of the #1 and #4 you like which would you do? It’s you name that will go on my championship trophy too. :)

        Option 1 – Keep Rosario on IL and continue riding Lourdes and Yordan to see who does better seems the best to me.

        Option 4 – If I make a trade giving up Lourdes and Yordan for Soto I need to do it before ESPN makes Rosario eligible to come of IL or the platform will make me drop someone first.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… I’d do 4, since you need Rosario in your lineup

          • Shallow League Decisions says:
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            Maybe I found secret option 5 –

            I think the P. Alonso owner would be willing to move him.

            Would you give both Lourdes and Yordan for him instead of taking Soto?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d go Alonso

              • Shallow League Decisions says:
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                Owner countered and wants Hoskins and Yordan or Lourdes for his Alonso. Keep in mind I need to trade 2 for 1 to be able to activate Rosario when he comes off IL.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yordan/Lourdes for Alonso works for me

                  • Shallow League Decisions says:
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                    So walk away if he wants Hoskins and Yordan or Lourdes?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Seems a bit much

  90. Bobby Styles says:
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    Sorry for the following Catcher question:

    Can you rank Garver, Christian Vazquez, Danny Jansen, and Roberto Perez in the 2nd half? Points league with -0.5 for strikeouts. I’m have Garver but he seems to be sitting every other game now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vazquez

  91. KrazyIvan says:
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    What’s good Gray,
    My team is in last place still but I’m not throwing in the towel yet. The past three weeks in H2H have been good offensively-pretty solid in all categories (runs, hits, 2B,3B, Ks, BBs,SBs, avg. and OBP.-the only categories that suck are HRs and slugging%)
    C: Jansen
    3B: Santana
    SS: Story
    2B: Newman (or) Biggio
    1B: Cooper (or) Pederson (or) Smoak
    OF: Betts
    OF: Dahl
    OF: Conforto
    Utility: Choo (or any bench IF)
    Utility: Calhoun (or any bench IF)

    What roster advice would you lend to me? Should I keep this roster and play match ups (what I’ve been doing)?
    Would you try and make a trade?
    Would you trim down the roster and use some open slots for pitching (my pitching is awful but that requires a post more painful this one)?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • KrazyIvan says:
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        12 team. There are so many counting categories that you are really never out of it going into the weekend. It is limited keeper, 1 hitter, 1 pitcher, that has to go back into the redraft after two years.

        Top six play for the prize money and the bottom six play for #1 draft pick next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade if you can upgrade 1B or 3B

      • KrazyIvan says:
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        Ok Grey,

        I’m horrible at pitching. My SP are:
        Buehler
        Musgrove
        Gallen
        Gibson
        Means
        (Streaming position)

        RPs (Saves and Holds)
        Yates
        Smith
        Bummer

        I could try selling Smith and/or Yates for a plug and play 3B/1B. That would make me SAGNOF the rest of the way but could really boost the offense.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trade Smith right now for bat or SP if you can

          • KrazyIvan says:
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            Smith for Vogelbach?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Do better than that

  92. Alex says:
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    Hey, Grey. Would you trade Paxton and Wade Davis for Blackmon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Alex says:
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        How about Paxton, Davis, Benintendi for Blackmon and Jon Gray?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Blackmon, but fair could go either way

  93. Brian says:
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    Who are some relievers that could inherit closer jobs after deadline deals? I am holding Reyes Moronta and Michael Lorenzen, but those feel like total shots in the dark.

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      Aaron Bummer is one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sam Dyson

  94. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I’ll be interested to see where you have Tatis Jr. ranked for the 2nd half. He’s due for a massive correction in his line, particularly in BA. Solid hard hit rate, crummy soft contact rate, near 30% HR/FB rate, and a .419 babip with the K rate sniffing 30%.

    Don’t get me wrong; he’s immensely talented for our game, but the odds are against him skipping regression.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed, which makes me wonder if I’m going to be the only one out on him next year (if he doesn’t regress this year)

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        I’m with you. Not many guys skip the regression stop on the journey from lucky to legit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally

  95. Jr says:
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    Thoughts on Jose Ramirez in a dynasty league? It’s an obp league with walks as an extra hitting stat so that helps him.

    Is he a buy low option, or is he just not good?

    • Jr says:
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      Also, rest of season would you prefer H. Dozier or S. Gray?

      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Dozier

        • Jr says:
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          Thanks gray. Sano is currently on waivers in this league. Would you prefer him over dozier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see if the price is low enough

  96. Power Outage says:
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    Trade Buehler for Blackmon?
    10 team H2H points
    Have strong pitching , fair offense

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  97. Justin Ralph says:
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    Which two would you take? Lester, Syndegard or Stroman ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1st two

  98. Charlie says:
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    A team offered me two separate trades in a H2H league. Which one would you accept? Kingery is my SS right now. Should I hold?

    Trade Soto and Price for Story
    or
    Price for Mondessi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Mondesi

  99. Power Outage says:
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    10 team H2H points:

    Please rank C ROS:
    Molina, Garver, Sisco, Ramos, Perez (Cle), Alfaro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alfaro

  100. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Any chance Robinson Cano has a solid 2nd half, or move on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Move on

  101. crimedog says:
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    Happy halfway point Grey. Thanks for all the great content this year so far.

    I didn’t realize how truly incredible Yelich’s pace was. he’s currently on pace for 55 homers and 35 steals, that’s just prorating his current stats for ROS assuming he plays in 65 out of 71 remaining games. The most stolen bases by a 50 homer guy is 24 (Mays, Arod) and the most homers by a 30 steal guy is 49 by larry walker (33 & 49). This is stuff we haven’t seen in ages Grey, what a time to be alive and playing fantasy baseball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s incredible… Ralph and I talk about this on the next podcast that’s coming tomorrow (I think)… Yelich has done already what you would’ve taken from Betts for the whole year

      • Crime Dog says:
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        Yes exactly that’s a great full season for anyone, that’s insane! I don’t own him anywhere. I knew he had been killing it but I haven’t actually taken a step back to realize what he’s actually doing, and it’s nuts.

        To think I took turner over him in a league, ugh, and that was a coin flip for me. Goes back to your point on the pod a week or two ago. There’s no way to predict that pre season. Pre-season him and turner are truly a coin flip, and then results end up being night and day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly… You own Yelich and are not doing well in your league, you have to have some big time anchors

  102. Hello Rockview says:
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    12 team 7×7 league (total bases, OBP)

    Would you pickup Laureano over anyone ?
    C chirinos
    1B bell
    2B albies
    3b Riley
    Ss lindor
    Of Jd
    Of springer
    Of benintendi
    Util Ohtani
    Util Olson
    Bench conforto , hiura, gennett

    Thanks a lot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Scooter

  103. toneDEAF! says:
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    Someone dropped Darvish in my 12-team H2H Pts league. I know he hasn’t been the greatest this season but he’s serviceable right? I would drop Plesac.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Plesac for him

  104. Bill says:
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    Gotta unload some bats. Who stays and who would you move between Dahl and Domingod in a H2H points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d move whoever got me a better piece… Prolly Dahl

  105. TJ says:
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    Scooter, B McKay, Pollock, Verdugo ROS?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock, McKay

  106. Jr says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Follow up to a question from earlier about Hunter Dozier. 10 team dynasty league with obp instead of avg and bb as an added counting stat.

    Sano is a free agent right now. Would you prefer him over dozier in this type of league?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Sano, but pretty close

      • Jr says:
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        Thanks! I have a trade for dozier offered so I’ll do that and then just pick up Sano.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay

  107. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    Why do you call Juan Soto Sexy Dr. Pepper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Because Juan Soto sounds like “Want Soda?” and yes I do, a Sexy Dr. Pepper

      • Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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        Lolz. Would not have guessed that.

  108. Primetime says:
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    Grey, when does the 2nd half rankings come out?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      from earlier comments it appears tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomorrow

  109. KrazyIvan says:
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    I just picked up Matt Chapmans dad from the WW.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have a sperm category?

      • KrazyIvan says:
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        Haha

  110. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need to pick one of these guys this week. who do you like?

    hiura: 3 vs sf
    riley: 3 @ sd
    benintendi: 3 vs lad

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benintendi, but I’d look at matchups

  111. Alex says:
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    How about trading Paxton, Wade Davis, and Benintendi for Eddie Rosario and Yu Darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  112. Bonx says:
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    My Matt Olson and Kris Bryant for his Carpenter and Nola? Which side?

  113. JC says:
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    1. Khris Davis owner is impatient. I can get him for any of these OF..Soler, Maz, Eloy, Laureno. Ten hitting category league so Eloy’s and Soler’s K rates are an issue. The robot says send Soler but i am leaning Maz just cuz I don’t see much upside. What say you?

    2. I was offered Sale for one of Albies, Hoskins or Moose. I carry no bench bat so I would have to use the thin wire and grab Yandy. My pitching drop would be Yamamoto. Sale’s numbers don’t make a lot of sense. Bad record, mediocre ERA, but good WHIP and K rate. And injury prone. H2h league, in 6th place. My staff is Morton, Berrios, Bieber, Castillo, Paddack, Lucchesi, Yonny and Yamamoto/streamer spot. I am not convinced I need Sake but he has name allure. Thoughts?

  114. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    I added Robel Garcia the first day he came available in my league, which was Sunday. I know it’s a long shot but I love stories like his and occasionally, they do happen. It’s also just part of what makes the game fun for me as a fan. I don’t even like the Cubs but I want to root for this guy.

    Great stash, hope he makes us look like geniuses!

  115. HamPorter says:
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    Who do you like more in an NL only 10 team 5×5 roto league, Matt Beaty or Robel Garcia? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robel

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