One day, late-summer, when your cousin, who you don’t like, started posting her kids going-back-to-school pictures on Facebook and a Russian troll farm began mining said pictures and getting your cousin’s kids to distribute propaganda, your so-called ace, James Paxton, decided to show up and be spoken for, after five months of grueling ‘what’s wrong with him/is there something wrong with him/is there something wrong with us for not accepting James Paxton for who he is’ questions. Yesterday’s Paxton line of 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 12 Ks, ERA at 4.16, was what we signed up for! (If we signed up for it, I didn’t, but that’s semantics.) If you drill down on Paxton — hey now! — his velocity is relatively samesies; his K/9 is fine; his walks are up (3.4 BB/9); his FIP is the highest it’s been in almost five years and he’s getting choked by the long ball like a zipper on a senior. This looks like poor luck and worse command. For 2020, a lot depends on how much the ball is flying out still, and I imagine a lot, but it’s hard to not think he should rebound, no matter what your cousin’s brats’ leaflets say.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 33rd and 34th homer, hitting .237. Sanchez has 34 homers and 11 doubles and that’s basically the 2019 stat line in a nutshell and there’s nothing odd about the baseball at all.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer as he returned from the IL. Edwin can hit homers with a fractured wrist as long as he has his parrot. “Polly want homers!” Chillax, Polly!  “Polly. Wants. Homers.”

Brett Gardner – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer. Oddly enough, he’s also been thrown out of 20 games. 19 for arguing with umps, once after someone mistakenly thought he was an alien from Mars Attacks! Their exclamation, not mine.

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer. Member when Aaron Judge hit homers and not “everyone but Aaron Judge?” Good times!

Jack Flaherty – 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.14. In his last 70 1/3 IP, his ERA is 0.90. Somewhere, my “reason for drafting German Marquez this year after his huge 2nd half last year” is howling in laughter.

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-3 and his 25th homer. OZUNA homer and feel brand new. OZUNA love new-OZUNA smell.

Dereck Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.15. I was intrigued by Der-Rodri coming into this year for deep leagues, but, at this point, I don’t trust him no matter where he’s pitching or who he’s facing.

Adam Eaton – Out with a bad bone bruise, or if George Thorogood is reading, a bruise that’s bad to the bone.

Juan Soto – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 32nd homer, hitting .299. His name is Sexy Dr. Pepper, but he’s so dependable and more like Classic Coke.

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.76 vs. Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.60. Scherzer didn’t look that sharp, but neither pitcher looked as bad as their lines appear. It’s just 2019, man.

Edwin Diaz – 0 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 5.65, 6th blown save, moves record to 1-7, and about a week after the season ends it’s revealed the Mets ignored Diaz when he said his elbow needs surgery. Crazy that Mickey Callaway (or any manager) hitches his wagon to any closer that is clearly leading him to getting fired.

Pete Alonso – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 44th homer. Albombso!

Jeff McNeil – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, 2nd homer in as many games, hitting .323. I liked McNeil a lot in the preseason, but all of my preseason enthusiasm for David Fletcher should have been harnessed towards McNeil too.

Brandon Nimmo – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (2), hitting well since his return from the IL, but Nimmo’s more of an NL-Only play for now, unless you find yourself in a jam or being flushed down a toilet.

Mike Foltynewicz – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.28. Here’s a good comparison:  look at what Verlander just did to the Blew Kays and what Faultyelbowitz did. Obviously, every pitcher isn’t Verlander, but there’s a stark difference.

Rowdy Tellez – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. I’m hesitant to shine a hot schmotato light on Tellez, because the Kays could do something inexplicable like start Smoak.

Andrew Benintendi – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .283. “We can sell him as chum for the sequel of Sharknado–Wait! Benintendi moved! He’s alive!” Honestly, Benintendi doesn’t have a bad line. Dot dot dot. If this were April!

Rick Porcello – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.63. This year’s Porcello’s gone full-Mushaboom. Never go full-Mushaboom.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-4 and his 35th homer, hitting .310. Nelson Cruz is such a beast and always wildly underrated. Not the type I usually draft, but I think I’m going to go all-in on him next year. You’ve been warned that he will finally have a down year.

Miguel Sano – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 27th homer, in a bit more than half a season (87 games). He’ll start next year still 26 years old and I am going to get so burned by so many Twins next year! Everyone except Buxton. Eff that doode. (Yes, he’ll be the one good Twins hitter next year now. I realize this.)

Mike Clevinger – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.71. Clevinger was the AL Pitcher of the Month for August. He held the award and said, “This means so much to me after my early season troubles,” then someone pointed out he was holding up a bucket of Dubble Bubble.

Carlos Carrasco – 1 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.51. Okay, are we at all worried that in the middle of the heartwarming story of the year he’s screwing up his arm?

Roberto Perez – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .228. Ro-Pe is the world’s longest unedited take of why you should punt catchers.

Eloy Jimenez – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd and 24th homer, hitting .252. He’s so quiet this year I’m going to start calling him, The Librarian.

Dylan Cease – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 6.75. Streamonator is barely positive for his next start, but I’d be lying if I said I was trusting Cease at all this year. At best, he’s raising awareness for 2020. Dylan is Cease’ing next year.

Willson Contreras – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 20th homer, as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “When I’m on vacation, I go by the name Skip Hassles.”

Nicholas Castellanos – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and 37th homer on the Cubs. Coolwhip recently gave you a Nicholas Castellanos breakdown. It was a good read about recent differences between Tigers and Cubs’ Greek God of Hard Contact.

Kyle Schwarber – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 33rd homer. Yadda-blabbity-bloo, saw an article yesterday that said MLB is strongly considering altering the baseball for the 2021 season. Hahahahahaha–Breathe, Grey! Breathe! Yo, MLB, just stop by Modell’s on the way to the park today and buy some new balls! You don’t need 20 months to get new balls!

Anthony Santander – 2-for-8 and his 17th homer in roughly half a season. In March, I drafted Santander, knowing the O’s weren’t competing, so I figured they’d let Santander play the whole year, and I liked what I saw from him. However, the O’s kept Santander in the minors for over two months. Let’s recap to illustrate not my genius but the O’s stupidity. Santander should’ve been playing the whole year and they’re so dumb for not promoting Mountcastle.

Scott Kingery – 1-for-3 and his 17th homer, hitting .276, and his 2nd homer in as many games. As anyone that owned Kingery in the 1st half of the year can tell you, when Kingery gets hot, he gets scalding. Anoint him King Schmotato.

Jorge Soler – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and slam (39) and legs (2), hitting .255, as he set the Royals’ home run record. I wonder if in ten years Jorge Soler’s 40+ homer season will be looked at with the same bemusement as Brady Anderson’s 50-homer season. I’d guess no, since he also doesn’t have the sideburns.

Victor Reyes – 4-for-5, 1 RBI, hitting .315, hitting near-.450 in the last week with three steals. Hot schmotato alert!

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4 and his 37th homer, hitting .312.  I’m going to place the last four years of my tax returns by this open window to signify what a breeze this IRS audit is going to be–NOOOOO!!!  Torenado!

Daniel Murphy – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .284. Wow, Murphy and Benintendi homering in the same night. There’s some last place team in your league having a heck of a night!

Julio Urias – 3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.55. When Urias was asked if he could throw more innings the next time out, he slyly winked, and never stopped winking.

Gavin Lux – 1-for-4 as he hit leadoff. Sorry, don’t want to be a Homer Homeystein, but good for Dave Roberts and the Dodgers deserve to win. Screw the Astros and their playing of Josh Reddick over Kyle Tucker. Reddick and his .209 post-All-Star break average with zero homers.

George Springer – Left the game after being carted off the field. Too bad, so sad! Kyle Tucker could have some daylight now!  Though, I am worried, something tells me Hinch will play Tony Kemp over Tucker, and Kemp isn’t even on the Astros anymore.

Carlos Correa – Hitting off a tee. Astros expect him back in time for the 2020 All-Star Game.

Jordan Lyles – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.46. Pirates’ starters overall ERA is 18.71; Pirates’ starters off the Pirates: 0.00 ERA.

Mitch Keller – Left yesterday’s start after a line drive hit his wrist. Pirates pitching coach, Ray Searage said, “I tell them pitch to contact. Some of the younger guys don’t know what contact I mean.”

Adam Frazier – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. I’m saying hot schmotato through gritted teeth, because the leadoff slot is for…Newman!

Sandy Alcantara – 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.26. In one deeper league, I grabbed Alcantara for this start, and his next one, which the Streamonator loves. Won’t Sandy be the one you want too?

Jose Urena – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save, ERA at 4.58, as he looks like the new Marlins’ closer, which turns his value to 11, but it’s out of 100.

Justin Upton – 2-for-3 and his 11th homer, and 2nd homer in his last two games. Could be hot, but I’m more curious if Upton’s got a Zombino-type year in him left for 2020, because he’s definitely gonna be all but forgotten in next year’s drafts.

Albert Pujols – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer. This homer was significant because he also has 21 grandkids.

Mike Trout – 1-for-3 and his 44th homer. I hope Trout wins the Home Run Derby this year. That is what we’re witnessing, right? The world’s longest Home Run Derby.

  1. toolshed says:
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    Springer going down with a head injury is horrible news, but, tucker came in as a replacement and went 0 for 2. Hinch probably thinks that was his chance and he has seen enough. Tucker has 3 AB’s over 2 games and is 0 for 3. I am sure marisnack will be in there tomorrow. Alvarez and correa were off so Alvarez is an option too. Or they can call up another minor league player to play him instead of tucker. Btw, tucker is never going to hit if he doesn’t get everyday AB’s.

    • bigbear says:
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      Alvarez hasn’t played in the field in NL stadiums (@ MIL). He must be a butcher in the field. I doubt Hinch starts playing him there now. Probably Tucker.

      • Russ says:
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        Alvarez started in the OF on Monday though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Marisnick seems like a good bat to play over Tucker, if I’m Hinch

  2. toolshed says:
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    Saw the Mets put up 10 runs sans jd davis so I figured conforto did something. Of course not. What is up with him? He looks like he is getting hot and then is invisible for a couple of weeks. It’s been that way all year. He hasnt been able to sustain any kind of hot streak. His 2nd half numbers are better but I expected so much more and have been waiting for him to go on an extended run. I don’t know if it’s happening this year. Is it me, or are you left with wanting more from him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t he have a big game the day before?

      • toolshed says:
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        1 for 5 with a run and 3k

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          In his last 7 games, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, .286

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Excellent report, loved it. You know the day I don’t open with that we have a nuclear holocaust, so I do not dare not open without that. Phew!

    a. So happy I dropped Paxton before his start in LA, three starts ago! The guy has been money ever since, as opposed to the nightmare season he’s had (more or less minus the Ks) when I owned him. I blame it on…

    1. 2019
    2. Rio
    3. My stupid noggin

    b. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for September 4

    Here Come the Co-Eds, 1945. It’s a movie about 2 guys who become caretakers (!!!) at an all-girls college (!!!). And one wonders where psycho killers get their ideas!

    Costello (Oliver Quackenbush): I really don’t like dancing because it’s nothing but hugging set to music.

    Woman in Trailer: What don’t you like about it?

    Costello (Oliver Quackenbush): The music.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks, won’t use launch codes today

      A. It’s definitely 2

      B. Haha, classic flick!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        Thanks, man.

        a. Another great film that I watched. Really awesome and highly recommended.

        https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9352780/

        b. I dropped Allard for Zimmerman. He’s playing and on a short schedule like today, better to have a bird in the hand (Zimmerman) than 2 in the bush (Allard tomorrow). Allard could get crushed by the Os. It’s possible in this Murphy’s law 2019 MLB season.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. That actually looks awesome, I love stuff like that… You ever watch the film about the 22 July film?

          B. Don’t love either, tbh, prolly lean Allard, but who knows

          • galica says:
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            Grey!

            a. I keep saying yes to that question. Now I realize that I was thinking of the film below which is not the one you are referring to.

            https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1736633/

            b. Now I see it, 22 July. Definitely will check it out.

            c. Also like this movie ’cause it was shot in ONE (!!!) take from start to finish. A lot of things have to go right to make a movie in one take, right?

            Director: Like no laughing guys, let’s get serious, we only have enough film for 1 take so be responsible!

            https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4226388/

            It’s kind of an artsy movie and has 0 character development ’cause dur, it was shot in 1 take!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. That looks good… B. It’s super sad

              C. Yeah, heard of it, haven’t seen it… So, you got the Rope reference than on one take?

  4. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Catcher question – Will Smith or Contreras?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Smith for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  5. Ciwa says:
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    Hi Grey!
    I need two starts in this playoff week, what are the best according to you?

    Stripling vs SF (if he will start)
    Means vs Tex
    Desclafani vs Ari
    Montgomery @ Mia
    Bailey vs Det
    Burke @ Bal
    McKay vs Tor
    Valdez vs Sea
    Duffy @Mia
    Allard @Bal

    And, second question, will you start tomorrow Boyd @KC?
    I like the matchup but I’m really scared about what Boyd did the last few starts.

    Thanks from evertything from Italy!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      McKay and Framber for me.

      I’ll start Boyd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeSclafani, Homer

      I’d start Boyd

  6. BH says:
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    Are you staring any of these guys today:

    Wheeler @ Wash
    Lynn @ Yankees
    Gallen vs SD

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d start all of em

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  7. sportivetricks says:
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    YototheYo,

    Who da better stream tonight: Junis v DET or Williams v MIA. Bot likes them both 25.9 and 14.5, respectively . . . but I am iffy on both of them, even in those matchups.

    LurvvvvvvveYas!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Junis for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yo!

      Junis

      Lurves!

  8. Twins Peaker says:
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    With MLB saying they MIGHT introduce modified balls in 2021, how are you tackling pitching in 2020? Assume regression from pitchers? Or will they adapt? What kind of pitchers will succeed….2 pitch pitchers? Or those with 3-4 pitches? Veterans who are crafty enough to adapt?

    I’m in a pts league where we lose 14 pts for every hr surrendered. This season, I’d say 75% of every game I’ve streamed a pitcher, that guy has gotten rocked, despite it being a good matchup. I feel like my staff for next year is okay: Greinke, Paddack, C. Smith, Ohtani, Price and Pablo is decent….but the happy fun ball is frustrating.

    So I get that my question above is broad. Just didn’t know if you had any advice at all

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d guess the guys with more than two pitches will still be more successful. I’m sure Grey is still fading the top pitchers…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not drafting top starters, they’re all terrible — In a points league, I might let up on that a little, but for every Strasburg there’s a Wade Miley

      • Twins Peaker says:
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        I feel the same way! Anyone can give up a HR quite easily….

        The staff I listed above, plus Will Smith, Josh James, Hector Neris and Ross Stripling is a total of $44 for a total of 10 players….with a $300 budget and Grienke costing $35, which is significantly cheaper than the elites which are at least twice as much. Not comparing to other teams in my league but based on how you think they’ll perform in a pts league, does this look solid?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That looks awesome for that price

          • Twins Peaker says:
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            Thanks. I was considering paying for deGrom or Scherzer, but I’m leaning now towards spending the remaining $225 budget I’ll have with 3 roster spots to fill on elite hitting: Trout, Altuve, etc.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’d grab a top bat

  9. dude says:
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    Rays play double header and no mention of any of there bats…oh yea they only scored 4 runs total. Good thing they left N. Lowe on the bench for both. Thought he might have a chance to get some playing time upon call up, especially after the HR, but TB keeps being TB. Assume he’s a drop for re-draft? Also have him in keeper league and curious what you think he can be next year and beyond?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Drop in redraft, I think he can be a top 100 player next year…maybe more.

      • dude says:
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        Yea, everything in his profile looks legit. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — I’m dropping Lowe today (benched him yesterday)

  10. Will says:
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    Sano this year plus last year: 158 games, 581 at bats, 40 home runs, 31 doubles, 102 RBIs…and a .220 average along with 247 K’s. And yes on Buxton, I’ve been burned so many times but keep holding on to both Sano and Buxton. Is there term for this? PostPostPostHypeSleepers Anonymous maybe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, there should be a term, I’ll pose it to the masses one of these days

  11. Scoop says:
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    Can we dare trust Ed-Rod against MIN tonight? I’ve stubbornly held him all season but it’s the playoffs and this feels like one of those 6 ER starts that kills the ratios. (H2H with QS instead of W.) And yet I want to leave him in there.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d start him but if you already feel great about your pitching counting stats in the match up then maybe no need

      • Scoop says:
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        I need the Ks (and a chance at a QS) but am leading ratios so far. Leaning toward throwing caution to the wind and rolling with him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch him

  12. Five-on-One says:
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    12-team, 5×5 weekly lineups (lock today).

    I have been using Dannys, Ford, VanMeter and Dyson, but lots of others are available. Listed below, in order of Hitter-Tron’s values for the next seven days, are possibilities. Please rank top 4.

    Dannys (21.3)
    Longoria (11.7)
    Starlin the Marlin (6.2)
    Adam Frazier (5.6)
    Dyson (4.3)
    Will Myers (3.6)
    Josh Rojas (3.4)
    Moreland (3.1)
    VanMeter (-0.9)
    H.Alberto (-1.1)
    Ford (-1.3)
    Cano (-2.4)

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Tough to argue with the bot, it knows more about parks and match ups than we do without digging in…but I’d move VanMeter and Rojas up to #3 and #4 on the list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — I’d look at Hittertron — Don’t trust Frazier to play every game tho, so I’d prolly skip to Rojas over him

  13. elzo says:
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    You starting Wheeler @ Washington? (Vs Sanchez)

  14. omar says:
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    Which schmatato has the most staying power ROS?
    Newman
    Canha
    J. Rojas
    Wong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You mean careerwise? Newman/Rojas

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Dur, I see you said ROS — I’d say Newman, Canha, that order

  15. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    GREY! Who’s the drop in these two scenarios, Dynasty league looking forward to next year and beyond (can keep for 5 years).

    1 – DJ Stewart $3, Travis Demeritte $5, Greg Allen $6.

    2. Danny Jansen $4, Jake Rogers $1, Zack Collins $7.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Allen 2. Collins

  16. saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    12 Team H2H 6×6 QS Redraft Daily

    Semi final match up off to a good start, however I may need to use my final move of the week to add a streamer as my opponent has more starters going the rest of the week.

    Please rank the following available options with Streamonator’s number listed. Will be dropping Folty -4.4 @PHI next Monday.

    Framber 33.2 SEA
    P. Lopez 20.8 KC
    Gonsolin 9.3 SF

    All home starts.

    Thanks again for your thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lopez, Gonsolin

      • saint says:
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        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  17. Damien D. says:
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    Albombso? How about Algonzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How about Pete Beef?

    • galica says:
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      Damien D!!

      Algonzo reminds us too much of Adrian Gonzalez and you don’t want Pete to EVER associate with Adrian Gonzalez. EVER. Like offseason for defense, NO AND NEVER!!!

      Cheers,
      Ante

  18. Thundergunn says:
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    Mike Ford not getting playing time, is it time to move on to new schmotato horizons …

    Schwarber, a frazier, seth brown, victor reyes..someone else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, depends on needs… Schwarber

  19. Curious George says:
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    Start or sit Bauer today vs phi? First week of two week playoff matchup. H2h qs and w

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I benched him

  20. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    ROS: Yarbrough or Miley?

  21. Metric Man says:
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    Catcher question- Willson contreras or Will Smith ROS this standard roto? Smith has only 7 fewer HR in a third fewer AAB.

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        In my earlier question (Will Smith or Contreras), you and DT answered Smith (12 minutes earlier). Are you essentially saying it’s “too close to call”?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Flip a coin, Contreras has more counting stats, Smith is higher upside

  22. Edgar Gonzalez says:
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    What to make of Patrick Sandoval pitching at Oakland. Is he a start or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems like he could get blown up any moment, too many walks

    • Coolwhip

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      He’s the ultimate feast or famine pitcher, gets blown up or blows them away. I’d hard pass, and rather spend my luck at the casino, lol.

  23. steve stevenson says:
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    SON really likes Ryu v Col and Bauer v Phi today, but they’ve both been booty lately. Are you starting either of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting Ryu

  24. JakeTPE says:
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    Grey, DT, and Razzball homies,

    What’s up?! Sorry, I’ve been in fantasy baseball detox (necessitated in part by my roto team’s poor performance) BUT there’s still H2H, right?!

    Could you please rank these pitchers for fantasy playoffs — we do QS and W:

    Montgomery, Allard, Urias, Stripling, Dugger, Richards

    Drops would be struggling established guys like Bauer (why couldn’t you be like you last season??!!) and Caleb Smith (three bad starts on the trot). I gather from previous posts their time is up and are safe to drop.

    TIA guys. Hope y’all are well. Can’t wait for next season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you!

      I’d look at matchups — But in general Montgomery, Allard, Richards

  25. lwomack58 says:
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    Is Mike Moustakas a drop at this point. I could use his spot to stream pitching. Currently have McNeil @ 2nd and Devers @ 3rd.

    Do you like Plesac tomorrow vs CHW. Son has him at +12.1 and his home era is 3.06.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can drop Moose

      I grabbed Plesac already

      • lwomack58 says:
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        He’s gone. What about Lamet vs Colo. Home era is not that [email protected] 5.85. Couple of other options are

        B. Anderson vs Det. home era @ 4.82 SON @ +0.7
        Allard @ Balt. Away era @ 2.76. Son +5.4. Going against Means and Balt. crushes lefty’s.

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Lamet

  26. frankgrimes says:
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    i love when Upton get hot. #nohomo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Which Upton are we talking about here — squiggly face emoji

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        H2H points champion game next week
        Would you start the Paddack/Folty/Roarks with mediocre matchups but two starts
        Vs one start Soroka giolito Castillo’s?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What are their matchups? Seems likely for some

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Pad cubs @col
            Folty @phi @was
            Roark @hou @tex
            Castillo @az
            Gio kc
            Soroka @was

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d start Gio, Soroka, Castillo…wow, those are all terrible matchups

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                I know that’s why I having you talk me out of it haha

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, they’re all not good tho, unfortch

  27. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Long time no comment.
    Wondering who you would be dropping to activate E.Encarnacion? Trying to get this H2H keeper league team as ready for the playoffs as I can. I have a couple of other guys that may be off the DL soon as well in Kluber/Snell.
    C-T.D’ARNAUD
    1B-JD DAVIS
    2B-O.ALBIES
    3B-N.ARENADO
    SS-A.BREGMAN
    OF-TROUT, ACUNA, SOTO,
    UTIL-KEPLER, OZUNA
    BENCH-C.SEAGER, K.TUCKER
    DL-E.ENCARNACION

    SP-J.PAXTON, P.CORBIN, S.BIEBER, D.GERMAN, A.HEANEY, ED.RODRIGUEZ, C.SMITH
    RP-IGLESIAS, HENDRICKS, T.ROGERS, H.NERIS
    DL-KLUBER, SNELL

    • Russ says:
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      I feel like you posted just to humble brag about your lineup lol, that’s a hell of a Dynasty roster especially the hitting

  28. jose says:
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    I have 1 acquistion left in my H2H points league with a spot in the championship on the line. Best SP options left are Frambar Valdez vs SEA (33.2) and Brendam McKay vs TOR (27.6) and Joe Musgrove vs STL (10.).

    My SP roster limit is full until I get through a streamer start tomorrow. Would you…

    A) Wait out the Valdez pickup on the chance that someone picks him up in the mean time

    B) Pick up McKay now because he is primary 1B eligable and doesn’t count toward my SP roster limit

    C)

    D) Joe Musgrove isn’t really a great 3rd option?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I guess McKay, don’t trust Framber at all or Musgrove

      • jose says:
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        Someone got desperate and dropped Heany. I’ll put in a waiver claim for Friday and hope for the best.

  29. greggpatenaude says:
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    have to drop a bat, which one should i drop, jon berti, jd davis, or bryan reynolds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Needs? I guess Reynolds

  30. Dave D says:
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    Yeah, Springer going down is terrible timing. I guess I’ll have to rely on “Mrs. Garrett” Cooper for some different strokes and to pick up his slack. I’ll take the faulty win from Folty and the Urinator’s first save. Whateves. I’m trying to scavenge my way to prize money this time ‘round.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Mrs. Garrett is maid to order!

  31. Basement Artie says:
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    Stick a beard and a scowl on Kevin Newman and he’s Bryce Harper.

    • Basement Artie says:
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      And why does Mitch Garver not play more often than he does?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, who knows

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re not wrong

  32. cyler8 says:
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    Can I get a bit of trade advice…

    10 team keep forever dynasty league. standard cats + OPS

    My Juan Soto + Michael Conforto

    FOR

    His Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado

  33. lwomack58 says:
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    Would you pickup Lamet vs Colo. Home era is not that [email protected] 5.85. SON @ +38

    Couple of other options are

    B. Anderson vs Det. home era @ 4.82 SON @ +0.7
    Allard @ Balt. Away era @ 2.76. Son +5.4. Going against Means and Balt. crushes lefty’s.
    Bundy vs TEX-SON+16.7

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Lamet

  34. Trader says:
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    Faced Paxton and Clevenger last night. McCann ruined the latter’s win. But he was also on the team I faced. So that was fun. He also has Tucker so Springer’s cartwheel was good timing too. Ugh, what a night.

    I have tried SAGNOF for RP with mixed success over the years…but this year I finally got it right (at least lately). Glad I acquired Pagan, Anderson, Lugo, Rogers instead of drafting Kenley and Edwin. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

      • Trader says:
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        A bit surprised Dakota is not loved by The Bot. Been pitching great, at home v a slumping Giants team. I would have to drop Moose to get him then stream him out for a weekend starter. Maybe Matz at home v Phillies.

        I fear Moose is gonna be out a while. I read you think he is a drop. Thoughts on the SP plan above. 4 moves left this week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I grabbed Dakota for his next start — Moose was a specific drop for that one guy in the comments, not necessarily everyone

          • Trader says:
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            Got it. Thanks for the clarification.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  35. toolshed says:
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    Are you using paddack today at AZ? He had a good start last time but played SF. Cant afford a bad game / hit to my era or whip. I have only so many innings left. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am, but he’s barely on my team if he looks wonky, he’s gone

  36. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write up! So the H2H playoffs start next week for me. Standard 5×5 category league.

    C: Grandal
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Mondesi
    3B: Baez
    SS: story
    CI: Voit
    MI: Lux
    OF: Acuña, Soto, judge, Benintendi
    UTIL: Kyle Seager, Matt Olson
    DL: Ramon Laureano

    1) do you drop grandal for yadier molina?

    2) do you drop anyone for any of these guys? I was thinking benintendi could be dropped…if you like multiple guys over him, how would you set the waivers? players available:
    -Kevin Pillar (slumping last 2 weeks)
    -Willie Calhoun (also slowed down)
    -Scott Kingery
    -Dannys Antana
    -Oscar Mercado
    -Lourdes Gurriel (probably returning tomorrow)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nah 2. Kingery over Seager…Wouldn’t drop Benintendi right after he homers, could heat up

  37. Smitty says:
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    2020 continued – all over “The Librarian” & completely off Correa (ready by 2020 Allstar Game- HA). Should be a paradise for hitters – maybe Trea, Judge, JoRam, Mondy, get a slight discount?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed… Goodbye, Correa, don’t care what your price is

  38. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    The most interesting part of the Mets epic meltdown last night was reading Pharoahe Monch’s tweets on the subject.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? Oh I have to check that out

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s awesome… I used to love him…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Not that I stopped bc he’s a Mets fan

            • Fred Garvin MP says:
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              I enjoy that you were so concerned that I might possibly think that you stopped loving Pharaohe Monch that you had to clarify.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha, I’m more worried about him eavesdropping on this convo

  39. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Grey,

    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. 3moves per week (1 move left this week).

    Planning ahead to next week, after Roark Pitches tonight, drop him for one of these (hopefully 2-starters next week) I’m kinda leaning towards Ivan Nova (# represents expected pitch date)?:

    D. Cease LAA – 8, @SEA – 14
    I. Nova KC – 10, @SEA – 15
    R. Dugger MIL – 9, @SF – 14
    E. Hernandez MIL -10, @SF – 15
    C. Anderson @MIA – 10, @STL – 15
    L. Webb PIT – 10, MIA – 15

    thanks bud

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bunch of these look decent…Nova sounds good

  40. toolshed says:
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    Dodgers said they were going to build up urias’s pitch count so that he could start in the playoffs. He threw 44 pitches yesterday. In his last rehab outing he threw 43. That’s quite a step up! At this rate he will be able to 5 innings by the end of next year. Do you see him going 5 innings at all during the regular season (the 2018 regular season).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt it, maybe by his last start

  41. Old School Brother says:
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    two week h2h playoffs,am I crazy starting Bauer? After back to back shellackings he’s gotta be due for a decent bounce back right?

    I’ve got a 3.52 ERA and 1.11 WHIP to my opponents 7.11 ERA 1.41 WHIP so at least i got some cushion

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him there, but in some leagues I am not starting him

      • Old School Brother says:
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        at 4pm we’re having a Bevi tasting at the office

        https://www.bevi.co/

        Can’t be tastier than Bubly right? I think its an elaborate scheme by my office assistant to get her out of having to restock the work fridge with Bubly. Workers these days are so damn lazy!

  42. Cram It says:
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    Real talk – You’re a long time vaper. I started JUULing 6 months ago in lieu of cigarettes. What’s your take on states starting to ban e-cigs and the recent scare with all these hospitalizations with respiratory problems, even some deaths, allegedly connected to vaping? I’ve done some research and wondering if it’s unique to just black market/knock off stuff.

    • Old School Brother says:
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      Do the opposite of the San Franciscans. Bottled Water and JUUL 4 lyfe!

      • Cram It says:
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        I thought San Franciscan’s invented bottled water…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it’s some shady crap vape bc there’s no real barrier for entry… There’s a lot of garbage out there that is your cousin Frank just brewing vape in his basement… Also, how many people died of cigarettes in the last 6 months compared to vaping?

      • Cram It says:
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        Yeah that’s what I was thinking. There was a recent rash of hospitalizations that came out of nowhere (to the vaper), a few people died, people on ventilators. So I’m hoping it’s was due to some uncontrolled garbage vape circulating.

        • Old School Brother says:
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          It’s those fat cats on wall street who are shorting Altria stock. They’re rolling out bogus stories

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Totally, OSB

          • Cram It says:
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            This is some deep state stuff I can’t wrap my head around.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Warren Commission ain’t got nothing on this!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not to sound too crazy, but I think it’s false flags

          • Cram It says:
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            That sounds a little crazy. At whose hand? RJ Reynolds?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Big Tobacco, man!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                (This is crazy)

                • Old School Brother says:
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                  want to talk about a real conspiracy, we’re having a Bevi tasting in the office this afternoon

                  https://www.bevi.co/

                  Our office admin swears its amazing, but word around the office is office admin is looking for a way out of her daily chore of restocking the breakroom fridge with Bubly and La Croix. Quite the conspiracy…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    We said nothing and they came for our seltzer

              • Cram It says:
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                Putting out their own deadly vape…I’ve heard of worse. (Yes, still crazy)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, it’s a conspiracy man!

    • Jo-Bu says:
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      Hey just a suggestion, skip the Juul and buy a refillable Uwell Caliburn. You can buy a bazilion flavours of salt nic juice (lots of reputable vendors), save a pile of money too, but the best part is prob that you can go down in nic concentration to all sorts of the levels – the Juul pods are way strong and will keep you super hooked on nic.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agreed, I don’t use Juul… I buy separate flavors…And have downed my nicotine to 3 mgs from 20

  43. Harley Earl says:
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    So I just lost Muncy and Hiura late last week and now I lose Springer. How am I supposed to win now?

    I am sad. :o(

  44. Cram It says:
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    Jesus H. Christ with this Mets bullpen!!! %@$%&*!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t believe Nats bullpen is worse, doesn’t seem like it, right?

      • Cram It says:
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        Right. I don’t know if it’s just that when the Mets blow it, they REALLY blow it and the Nats bullpen gives up runs in garbage time or whatever. But it’s really getting highlighted down the stretch here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, and Mickey needs to go, he can’t manage a bullpen

          • Cram It says:
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            Nope, can’t manage pitching at all. Leave guys in too long, takes guys out too early. He can’t get any of that shizz right.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, he seems in his head and now seems like he’s just sticking to his guns bc he knows he’s lost — Edwin yesterday was so silly and Edwin seems clearly hurt

  45. Lil Mo with the gimpy leg says:
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    10tm H2H playoffs with QS k’s and k\9 for Saturday who do you prefer C.Smith vs KC or Lucchesi vs Col?

  46. KCC26 says:
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    Oh man…H2H playoffs. (6×6, with OPS and k:bb ratio)

    I’m playing a team without a closer, but he got a rogue save from Maeda in Monday’s blowout. I’m over the weekly innings minimum and can sit on my 1.97 ERA/0.74 WHIP and 25.0 k:bb ratio. I’m still running closers out there to get a second save.

    My opponent has a 2.57/1.10 ERA/WHIP and is starting Bumgarner and Lynn tonight. I’m a bit fearful of ceding my lead in ratios with a random reliever blowup.

    Anyway, leaning toward sitting Aaron Nola tonight purely for that reason. If I can lock up 4 pitching categories, I’ll only need 2/6 hitting categories to win (I own tiebreaker). Sit Nola?? Feels ridiculous!!

    Btw—He has one more start than I do for the week. I’m up 5 ks and 1 W.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t seem like you need Nola

  47. Sam says:
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    JOC is available , my options to drop are Voit eloy lux or Laureano. Make the move or stay put?
    I’m currently in a bye week, 2nd rd starts Monday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  48. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey 12 Team H2H Cat

    I have 3 moves left for the week. Just seeing what moves I should plan on making from what I think is the best available.
    Could you give me your top two of the hitters and top two of the pitchers.

    Hitting:
    Josh Rojas: 3 @CIN all RHP
    Avisaill Garcia: 4 vsTOR all RHP
    Luis Arraez: [email protected], 3 vs CLE
    Jake Cave: Same ^all RHP but facing Clevinger Sunday

    Pitching: Ws AND Qs
    Dakota Hudson: vs SF (Logan Webb)
    Joey Lucchesi: vs COL(Jeff Hoffman)
    Pablo Lopez vs KC (Jorge Lopez)
    Gonsolin vs SF (Samardjiza)

    Thank You!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail, Rojas
      Lucchesi, Hudson

      • Russ says:
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        Would you part ways with Galvis to add Avisail?

  49. Richard Nelson says:
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    Start Berrios @ BOS tonight in a Head to Head Points League?

  50. knucks says:
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    Thinking about making this trade that will have ROS 2019 implications, as well as 2020 Keeper implications.

    10 Team- 6×6 Roto (Keep 5)
    R / HR / RBI / SB / OBP / SLG
    The pitching cats don’t matter for this exercise

    I am in 2nd place and feel like I have a better shot at catch the 1st place team by leaping a few people in SBs, rather than in HR and RBI.

    Currently, I have 6 guys that I will likely end up picking from for 2020 Keepers

    1) Acuna
    2) Bellinger
    3) Treat Urner
    4) Harper
    5) Machado
    6) Kris Bryant

    If I can move either of Machado or KBryant for Mondessi right now, you do it right? No looking back? I feel like Mondessi could be a better keeper over Machado or KBryant too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I do that, Bryant easily

      • knucks says:
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        Awesome, thx man! Was inspired to do this based off of the Bryant convo you have with Ralph on the pod. You still do it if he declines and wants Machado instead though?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, still prefer Mondesi

          • knucks says:
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            Right on, thank you kindly

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  51. Scott Kimmel says:
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    who would you drop to pick up Seth Brown?

    Jose Iglesias
    VanMeter
    Yaz?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        ok thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  52. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Who is your favorite bench bat ROS in roto:

    Canha
    Josh Rojas
    Moran

    Thanks!

    • Jimmy Jack James says:
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      Also add Bobby Cano to that list – thanks

  53. avogt555 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for helping me get the #1 seed in my league! The time and effort you put into this everyday is amazing. My league is a 6×6 H2H redraft.

    Hitting:
    Playoffs start next week, and injuries might be my demise (Hiura, Muncy and Urshela).
    My starting lineup:
    C: Contreras
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Baez
    3B:
    SS: Story
    IF: Mondesi
    OF: Blackmon
    OF: Alvarez
    OF: Rosario
    OF: Osuna
    UT: Hoskins
    IL: Muncy (hopefully back early next week)
    Bench: Eloy, Hiura and Urshela

    Would you drop the likes of Hoskins (1B OF), Eloy (OF), Hiura IL (2B) or Urshela IL (3B) (who should be back Sunday) for any of these free agents based on my team needs?
    Lourdes SS,2B,OF
    Newman SS,2B
    G Lux SS
    Voit 1B
    Encarnacion 1B
    JD Davis 3B
    Seager 3B

    Pitching:

    I have Boyd, but he is facing NYY at home next week, would you drop him for Heaney (TB at home) or Manaea (@Tex) instead?

    I know this is long but want to make the right moves at the right time, thanks and I really appreciate your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

      Lose Hiura, Urshela, Boyd for Heaney, Lux, Davis

  54. baby seal says:
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    Damn, I suck. So I dropped Wheeler and Voit.

    Wheeler had a very meh start, but got a WIN!

    Picked up Berti a day AFTER he gets a hit, run, and steal (which is fine since I’m up 2-0 in legs in H2H), but now the FKer isn’t starting today???

    WHYYY?!?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh Baby Seal! Any relation to Baby Shark?

  55. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    If Urshela returns Sunday and no new injuries, who’s my cut?:

    League-1. Canha or Nunez
    League-2. Newman or Alberto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nuñez…Alberto

  56. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Logan Morrison???

  57. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Starlin castro or Kingery for final 2.5 weeks? Castro with another HR

  58. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto . Do you like either of these two start options next week?

    Junis – @cws, vs hou
    Nova – vs kc, @ sea

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither, but Nova

  59. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Lorenzen’s had quite a day. A one-in-an-almost-100-year-day

  60. Trader says:
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    Kept Berrios on my bench. Then sadly cut him lose. I hope he rights the ship. Too close a week to mess around anymore.

    Cutting him for Lucchesi sounds absurd. But such are the playoffs. Lucchesi v Colorado at home was too good to pass up in a tight race to advance.

    Catcher question: I have owned Will Smith since he first came up. Struggling last 30 days and Roberts seems to love Martin. Hold or stream? Murphy, d’Arnaud, on the wire which would possibly give me several more at bats.
    Seems like a hold but,,,,,thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed on Berrios

      I’d want Smith

      • Trader says:
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        Thanks!

    • Trader says:
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      20 days not 30 on Smith. Typing lessons needed

  61. Stephen Lyon says:
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    JOC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, when he gets in these streaks

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        Got back in on him a few days ago. Can’t give him up for long!

  62. Stephen Lyon says:
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    And just like that, the Junis Quality Start is gone. Sad trombone.

    He was so good after the first inning, and then his bullpen let him – I mean me – down.

  63. Alex says:
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    Now I’m ready for Paddack to get shut down. I drafted him, then recently dropped him for Luzardo, and seeing him dominate on another team that I’m lined up to face in round two is depressing.

    Haven’t seen any news on him actually being shutdown.

  64. Stephen Lyon says:
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    J.O.C.

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