Why do I keep hearing in my head Deniece Williams?   “Let’s hear it for the boy!  Let’s give that ball a hand!”  Am I the only one hearing that?  Recently, Jameson Taillon mentioned that he always smells the ball before playing catch.  What is with guys smelling balls?  Don’t pretend I’m the only one!  Is that a carryover from our gorilla days?  I’m like John Scopes with a monocle!  Speaking of evolution, I was recently thinking about how we’ve managed to stand upright, but thousands of years and we’re not using our feet as hands yet?  Like you wouldn’t take three hands and hop on one leg all day, please.  Any hoo!  Jameson Taillon threw a gem yesterday — 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  I’m going to like him in 2019, as I’ve liked him for the last few years, but I can’t say I’m as excited about his 8 .4 K/0, 2.2 BB/9 and 3.56 xFIP as I wish I were.  His fastball velocity of 95 MPH should be producing a tad more.  I think there’s a 10 K/9 in there somewhere, but since he’s basically repeated his previous year’s stats, it’s hard to expect that much more in 2019.  Still, have to give the ball a hand!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jose Abreu – Out with an infection due to an ingrown hair.  This is why in 2019 I’m only drafting players who use Nair.

Daniel Palka – 1-for-4 and his 25th homer, and his 3rd homer in the last two games, but still doesn’t play every game.  Why do I get the feeling I’m going to like Palka a lot next year, and I’m going to be greeted with the second coming of C.J. Cron.  Call him Tantric Sex Cron.

Carlos Rodon – 7 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.30.  Don’t you dare regress now!  You’re supposed to have an artificially low ERA to fool drafters next year!

Corey Kluber – 8 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.93.  Right now, I’m in the process of recapping all the positions that will be posted after the season ends.  Kluber is creeping into the top 5 starters on Player Rater, but it’s helping him that Chris Sale is simply an Opener.  Granted, a better opener than Louis CK’s, “Wanna come back to my hotel room?”

Rajai Davis – 0-for-0 and his 20th steal.  The King of SAGNOF is 21st in the league for steals and has less than 200 ABs.  Feed him grapes and tell him how much you love him.

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-3 and his 16th homer, hitting .228.  Watching a player turn 31 years old is a lot like watching a dog turn 10.  They’re still able to do some of the old tricks, but it’s also a little sad.

Trevor Bauer – Faced live hitters and feels great.  It’s those dead hitters you gotta watch out for and their penchant for eating brain custard!  Bauer could return as a middle reliever by the end of the week.

Michael Fulmer – Diagnosed with a torn meniscus, and now will go see Dr. James Andrews.  “Do you think I should get a banana-colored yacht or hunting-season orange?”  That’s Dr. James Andrews moments before seeing Fulmer.

Jake Odorizzi – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.35.  The Stream-o-Nator was gently into this start, but loves is next one, and if he’s available in my leagues, I’m going in on him.

Brandon Morrow – Shut down for the season.  I.e., there’s no Morrow.  *Little Orphan Annie starts bawling*  Stop, you were going to find out sometime.

Daniel Murphy – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and Javier Baez (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 33rd homer.  Diamondbacks gave this game away starting a bunch of mediocre bullpen arms, then pulled their regulars, because they only need to win every game the rest of the way, but…Well, I’ll let Shruggy The Emoji tell you what I think:  Shruggy shrugs.  Thanks, Shruggy!

Hunter Pence – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (5), hitting .215.  The Gangly Manbird should get his car, stick his head out the sunroof, pickup David Wright and ride off into the sunset.

Derek Holland – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.57.  Could’ve sworn this start vs. the Padres was going to work out better.  It can’t because I’ve owned Holland for so long that I’ve forgotten that I’m a prisoner of his.  Stockholm isn’t even in Holland.

Joey Lucchesi – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.74.  Solid Ks, but if you would’ve told me before the game Lucchesi would give up three runs in Petco to the Giants, I’m not sure I could’ve told you who would do the damage.  Pence wouldn’t have been my guess, I can tell you that.  I would’ve guessed Kelby Tomlinson before him, and before last night, I thought Tomlinson played football and I don’t know any football players.  Our fantasy football writers do though!  (Segue that shizz!)

Freddy Galvis – 4-for-5, 2 runs.  Get dem licks in now, Galvis, you have ten more games before Tatis takes over!  (Prolly more like 60 games.)

Tyler Skaggs – 3 IP, 0 ER, 0 hits, 2 walks, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.69, as he returned…from where again?  The Angels pitchers disappear so often I get confused where they went.  Was this a ripped tendon or a wonky shoulder?  Well, either way, it’s a decent sign for him going forward, which is great if he’s a shark, but I’d still ignore in fantasy for this year.

Peter O’Brien – 2-for-2 and his 3rd homer, and 3rd homer in a week, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but hot schmotato alert.  151 got me drunk AF.  That’s game 151.

Sandy Alcantara – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 2.35.  His perfs (that’s what the kids call them) are barfs.

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.83.  I’m always down for a little palindromic ERA, especially from someone who anagrams to “He reps bung starts.”  As the sign reads above Scott Boras’ desk reads, “Scott Boras doesn’t rep starters making bung starts.”

Jose Peraza – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .292.  Because only cold hard facts will sway you in the morning with The Wake Up Show, Peraza is a top 10 shortstop on the Player Rater, and the top ten shortstops are no joke, which is less of a fact, but still true.

Paul DeJong – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Chicken Park DeJong!

Austin Gomber – 5 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.63.  No Cardinals pitcher has ever had a 4+ ERA.  This is of course not true, but it feels it.

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 1-for-5 and his 26th homer, hitting .295.  Tildaddy gives you your allowance, you will sit with your hands folded!

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.01.  He has the 12th best ERA in baseball.  Zoinks!

Willy Adames – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games.  I’m currently starting Adames over Segura in one league, which I hate doing.  I hate benching ‘my guys,’ but, ya know what, Adames is my guy now and you’re not, Segura.  Yes, that sentence started talking to you and ended talking to Segura.  Excuse me, Strunk & White!

Blake Snell – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, ERA at 1.97 and his 20th win.  I hope the Rays shut him down and put the ball in the baseball writers’ hands for the Cy Young vote.  It’s not like you can fault Snell for stopping a week and a half early, Sale hasn’t really pitched in six weeks.

Joey Wendle – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .298.  Go ahead, Mr. Wendle!

Josh James – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.81.  On the Prospect-o-Nator, his projections look purdy.  Maybe it’s the 100 MPH fire emoji.  I just had a vision of the future, where he pitches in the postseason and is absolute lights out in middle relief, and becomes a household name.  Some people have visions of moneymaking opportunities; I see clean middle relief innings.

Cedric Mullins – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, and hitting near-.325 in the last week, hitting leadoff for the O’s, and could be a hot schmotato.

Dylan Bundy – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.48 vs. Aaron Sanchez – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.97.  This matchup was billed as, “Once promising guys who I have even a hard time starting if the Stream-o-Nator likes them.”  Okay, not many people called the matchup that.

Jorge Alfaro – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and a slam (10) and legs (3), hitting .259.  The Phils traded for a top five catcher in baseball (who is hitting .391 on the Phils) and, due to Kapler needing to make everything more difficult for himself, has started Alfaro about 50% of the time.

Steven Matz – 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.03.  If I had my druthers and knew what the eff druthers were, I ‘d shut down all the Mets starters except Vargas.  Let Vargas start every game the rest of the way!

Aaron Judge – 0-for-4 as he returned to the lineup.  Damn, wish I would’ve made that bet at My Bookie about Judge getting at-bats this year.  A few weeks ago you could’ve bet whether or not he’d see at-bats again this year, and it was so obvious that he would, and this is how it starts and, before I know it, I’m betting a customer on the Starbucks line whether the barista will spell Grey with an A or E.

J.A. Happ – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.98 vs. Nathan Eovaldi – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.62.  This early October sneak peek of the two best teams in the AL East was heralded as, “Everything that’s right with baseball,” by the Yankees, Red Sox and manager and front office of the Marlins.

Neil Walker – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  That homer came off Brasier, so he unclasped a 3-run homer.  Think technically he was supposed to stop at 2nd base.

Aroldis Chapman – Should be activated in the next day or so, and Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and David Robertson should go back to holding each other in the middle innings.  Cuddle Boys, the lot of you!

Mookie Betts – Sat out yesterday and the Red Sox said his side soreness “is nothing serious, and he’s out due to weather conditions.”  Which is what they say in May right before someone goes on the DL for three weeks.  I hope I’m wrong; I really do.

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 2.45.  Kershaw tied Sandy Koufax for games started with remarkable similar stats.  It’s a Yom Kippur miracle!  Which used to be finding a piece of hard candy in your pants in shul.

Chris Taylor – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer.  He will now hit another homer today, then get benched for Pederson, who will then homer.  I’m onto you, Dodgers!

Trevor Story – Could return in a few days because, and this is where it gets good, his “ulnar collateral ligament is still intact.”  O’really.  Wait, wait, wait, one more…O’really.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard in my life my ulnar collateral ligament is still intact.  If I had a nickel, I tell you!  “Hey, Grey, could you hand me the remote control?”  “Certainly!  My ulnar collateral ligament is still intact!”  I minored in BS at the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston, so I hope the Rockies aren’t BS’ing the number one BS’er.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    So good, man! Pace yourself we still have like 1.5 weeks left!!!

    a. High 5 for the Walker blurb, especially the getting to 2nd base part!!

    b. Still in 1st, gained 1 pt to 93 with 2nd losing 1 pt to 90! Still super volatile at the top.

    c. In a 5X5 RCL where I need Ws and Ks and am 3rd in ERA off by 0.02 of the lead – aka 2 clean innings – would you add Stratton tonight @SD versus Robbie Erlin? Would you drop him for any of the following bats?

    1. Voit
    2. O’Hearn
    3. Amed Rosario (have Gennett, DeJong, Cano at 2B, SS, MI)
    4. Olson
    5. Cano (he has done about jacksh*t since he was reinstated)

    d. If yes in ‘c’ above, would you start him in that same RCL? My guess is he will have a letdown from his previous CGSH versus the Rox. I have no starters today but upcoming schedule is as follows.

    Gausman Thursday Sep 20 at home versus PHI (VV)
    JV Saturday Sep 22 at home versus LAA (Barria)
    Happ Sunday Sep 23 at home versus BAL (TBD)
    Ryu Sunday Sep 23 at home versus SDG (Mitchell)
    Kershaw Monday Sep 24 @ AZ (TBD)

    I’m pretty stoked about the schedule for these pitchers so I might not even go for Stratton, keeping bats instead. You?

    e. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 19

    Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Haha — thanks! A. Thanks! B. Have you screamed at your team, “Giddy up?” C. I would add him; would you drop him? Huh? We just added him with my 1st recommendation — Cano is droppable tho D. Yes, start Stratton — vs. Rox? You just said Padres. Pretty confused, might need caffeine E. Benjamin Button would differ on said opinion

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Stratton starts against the Pades in SD versus Erlin

        His last start was a CGSH versus the Rox (2 hitter).

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start Stratton vs. Padres

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        And yes, it’s the plot for the movie! So awful of Hollywood to steal from Twain.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As a reader of Twain quotes every day, I demand retribution!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            For Twain’s estate, of course, not myself

            • Ante Galic says:
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              @Grey: Grey!

              Nothing is sacred anymore.

              Did you like Jack Ryan?

              Watching this …

              https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7412482/

              My wife says it’s too slow plus she doesn’t like Sean Penn. So…But I like it and would recommend it for sure. Except that it’s on Hulu and that’s Jack’s favorite channel, right?

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Jack Ryan was awesome! I’ll watch The First at some point, right now I’m watching Fauda on Netflix, which is great

                • Ante Galic says:
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                  @Grey: Grey!

                  Loved Fauda, Season 1.

                  Cheers,
                  Ante

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Check out season 2

  2. Justin says:
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    Great write up as always!

    Thinking ahead to 2019 rankings. Would you rather take Bryant or Story? I have a keeper league trade that I’m on the fence about.

    Thanks!

    • stayinhot says:
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      @Justin: As a Bryant owner, I know if someone offered me Story (injury aside) I would take it in a heartbeat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Thanks! Story easy as long as his UCL is intact

  3. bbboston says:
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    12 Team, AL Only Keeper League (Can only keep 8).

    From list below (at 2019 prices) who would you keep?

    Tyler White $10
    Gallo $6
    Profar $10
    Merrifield $10
    J. Polanco $10
    Hicks $7
    Betts $30
    Clevinger $13
    Heaney $5
    Skaggs $11

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bbboston: Not Heaney or Skaggs

  4. The Harrow says:
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    chapman back soon. drop which of my other closers: treinen, yates, givens, gsellman, w.smith. has to be givens or gsell

  5. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Are you starting Severino vs. Boston today in a roto league where you need ERA, WHIP, Ks and wins with the season winding down? I’m thinking no? Thanks !

  6. Drew says:
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    Thanks for the write-up.

    How would you rank these RP for the last week+? Seranthony, Romo, Familia, Knebel.

    Net saves+holds is a cat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drew: Knebel, Familia, Romo

  7. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H playoffs. I own Myers who stole a base on Monday and I’m down to $2 FAAB. Dancing with the girl that I brought makes sense, but O’hearn isn’t slowing down… the other manager has 4 injuries with only $3 FAAB left if it makes a difference.

    1) Please rank:

    Wil Myers – vs SF, @LAD
    Ryan O’Hearn – @Pit, @Det
    Jay Bruce – @Phi, @Wsh
    Ian Desmond – @LAD, @Ari

    Thanks!

  8. David Kohn says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m having a hard time picking up Liriano. For some reason the Royals have killed me this year.

    How do you rank the below starts?

    09/21/18 – Francisco Liriano vs KC IKennedy – 11.3
    09/21/18 – Ian Kennedy @ DET FLiriano – 8.3
    09/22/18 – Thomas Pannone vs TB TGlasnow – 9.9
    09/23/18 – Joe Musgrove vs MIL WMiley – 12.4

    Thanks!

  9. bigbear says:
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    Ha! The Strasburg anagram is great! How long did it take to come up with that?! Inquiring minds want to know…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Just under 45 mins! I kid, maybe a few

  10. Gator says:
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    Another great season. Thanks. Who do you like better for 2019 – Syndergaard or Buehler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gator: Thanks! Syndergaard, but I’m concerned about him

  11. Curtis W. Jones says:
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    Holland’s start should’ve been better. Clear fan interference on the Reyes HR! Also, I started Holland and Lucchesi on the same team, and obvi came up with no W, haha.

      • Curtis Jones says:
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        @Grey: haha, I’m back down 4 to Eephus, though I picked up Andrew Suarez for the 2 start week in that league. Had both sides of the SF/SD game on my JonesCurtisW OC2 NFBC team, which is fighting for 2nd (only top 2 pay in those, probably because so much $$$ goes into the overall prize pool).

        I know you’ve said you don’t have nearly enough of the SPs you recommended, but thanks to your Bauer, Snell, Corbin, and Mikolas rankings, my SPs just killed it this year. Makes it easier to stream late when your ratios are so dominant.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Yeah, if I would’ve taken Mikolas and Corbin in my Tout league, I wouldn’t be looking at a 7 point deficit right now

  12. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    you guys having rotoworld glitches too, not working, i’ve tried 3 browers, multiple devices, for about 5 or more hours now.

  13. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Gettin down to it in the championship week as we hit hump day! My sleep has taken a major hit the last couple nights as I’ve stayed up to watch Hendricks then Kershaw pitch for the squad until about 1 am (ugh I miss the west coast for better sports timing)

    3 moves left which I’ll stream, who are your top 3 choices (standard 5 plus QS):

    Miley @ PIT
    Lopez v. CHC
    Gibson @ OAK
    Keller @ DET
    Glasnow @ TOR
    Borucki v. TB
    Pannone v. TB
    Reid-Foley v. TB

    Thanks as always Grey! I owe you some brewskies next time you’re at Fenway as a thank you

  14. John Hobson says:
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    Hey Grey, Hope you are well. I’m out of the fantasy baseball playoffs, (ehh in a third place consolation round) the agony and the ecstasy of fantasy baseball has proven more agony this year but Thanks for a great season of very entertaining and informative write ups.

    Keep one bat keep one arm for next season:
    J Baez 406 points 2.7 per game
    E Rosario 361 points 2.6 per game
    Tyler White 155 points 2.8 per game

    Taillon
    Treinen
    Glasnow
    Mikolas

    Its a points league so Treinen was my points leader for pitching this year (hes actually my overall points leader with 428)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Hobson: No problem! Baez — How many points does Taillon have?

      • Johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: Taillon has 304

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Johnnyhobbes: Wow, that’s a huge swing… I guess Treinen

          • Johnnyhobbes says:
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            @Grey: I was surprised buy the difference too. I think Taillon has had an even performance the past two months with Treinen- but more performance over more time wins out i’d say

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How many points are wins? Saves?

              • johnnyhobbes says:
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                @Grey: hey sorry I didn’t see you responded but I think it’s five points for saves – 3 points for blown saves and Five Points Four Wins and -5 points for losses

  15. Dean Kongslie says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I am getting errors I login to see Stream-o-Nator. Saying I do not have access. Is there any chance that my season memership ran out? Can I get that extended or something – I’m in the championship of my H2H playoffs (thanks to you and the SON).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dean Kongslie: Season membership wouldn’t run out, right now you can’t log in?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You’re set to expire in December, so it should be working

        • Laguna BobbyI says:
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          @Grey: am having the same issue, after submitting login info it says I do not have access. Any help is appreciated. Thanks Grey

          • Laguna BobbyI says:
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            @Laguna BobbyI: disregard my message Grey. I just tried logging in again and it is working now. Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ok

  16. Justin Ralph says:
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    Are we giving the prayer hexagon a chance or are we dropping Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin Ralph: Think I’m gonna drop him today, think hexagonal prayers won’t help him

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        @Grey: Damn this is a tough time of the year! I added Grichuk the other night when I heard about the injury due to him having good matchups this week. Would you stick with him or would you add Palka, Puig, Pete O’Brien, Kiermaie, Zobrist or Adam Jones instead?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Puig

          • Justin Ralph says:
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            @Grey: Ok thanks! It must be the end of the year because I feel like Grey never recommends Puig!

            • Justin Ralph says:
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              @Justin Ralph: But you like guys that are in must win games. Are you dropping Zack Wheeler. It sounds like he may be done but it hasn’t been confirmed.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Think Wheeler’s done

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, he’s been hot tho

        • @Justin Ralph: If you have enough moves to squander on a guy for one game, Palka gets Josh Tomlin tomorrow, the walking home run donation machine. After that he gets lined up against a bunch of poopy lefties.

  17. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- the best part of the end of season weekly streams is when you analyze every factor/variable in who to choose and who not choose. So you use a season’s worth of knowledge and finally settle on who you’re going to stream. But then you remember that who you choose usually fails and who you pass on always pitches well so you decide to choose the opposite. Then you lock in the opposite, but suddenly consider that maybe the fates knew you would choose the opposite so you go with the opposite of the opposite. So then you lock in with the opposite of the opposite and then Joe Musgrove happens. So maybe the lesson is that the opposite of the opposite isn’t the right choice but rather the opposite of the opposite of the opposite is the way to go.

    Another great season and enjoyed all the posts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! I hear ya… Thanks!

    • The Shoe says:
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      @YC: This makes perfect sense to me and resonates to the core of my fantasy soul.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA, me too, sadly

  18. hondo says:
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    Any idea why the crazy robot has Justin Bour listed as the #8 hitter tomorrow? Dude hasn’t started a game in over a week.Yeah,it is against Gausman,para yo no comprendo(that’s Jersey Spanish,I’m not liable for whatever it means.)Maybe incorrect diction will get me some free ED meds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jersey City, specifically… No idea with Bour, I wouldn’t touch him tho, he never plays… What this is saying tho, MLB managers should be using Hitter-Tron, and starting Bour tomorrow

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: I was blessed by being born in the lovely town of Camden.Rules of language(or anything) don’t really apply.

        Thanks

        • Grey

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          Not too far from New Hope, right?

          • hondo says:
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            @Grey: I’d just embarrass myself talking Jersey stuff. My family moved to a safer area when I was a kid.(I keed)

            I grew up on the Senators,then the Orioles after the Bob Short debacle.Nothing is more satisfying than attending an Orioles game and getting home alive.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You leave Jersey, Jersey never leaves you.

              • hondo says:
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                @Grey: Yep.My last steady was a Philly expatriate who lived in South J.I’d make the drive 3 times a week because she was worth it.Nothing like home cooking.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That must’ve been some good Taylor Ham!

                  • hondo says:
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                    @Grey: I hated that stuff,but when it came to her,I’d eat anything.

                    Ahem-to move on, my parents owned AKC Champ Irish Wolfhounds,so we went back there a lot for shows,also to PA.I don’t have real strong memories because I was a kid,but the smell of an an arena filled with confused dogs with no place to poop does not leave you.
                    Kurt Vonnegut had a great moment about an extremely confused Irish Wolfhound kept in a NY apartment that was forced to poop in a roasting pan.That is how I feel when FBB season ends.
                    Damn-I think these non FBB comments mean the season is almost over.It can’t be true.
                    Thanks again for another great season of advice.You’re the best!

                    • Grey

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                      HA — hey now!

                      Love that imagery, I might steal that from Vonnegut — No problem!

  19. Leon says:
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    for 2019, 7×7 keeper league, can keep up to 7 keepers or less. avg/obp/slg league

    Judge, Hoskins, Conforto, Albies, Correa, Odor, jose Mart, glasnow. who would you go with? thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Glasnow – depth of league might matter

      • Leon says:
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        @Grey:

        sorry, 18 man

        • Leon says:
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          @Leon:

          main concern is correa ,odor, jose mart

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Right, but those are keepers in a league that deep… Biggest concern there is Jo-Mart

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, deep… Okay, yeah, no Glasnow

          • Leon says:
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            @Grey:

            thanks! haha. i feel a sleeper post coming for glasnow!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I do too, but gotta go bats in keeper

  20. Jt says:
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    Albies vsflahtery or Tim Anderson vs carrasco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies

  21. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey
    12 Team H2H Categories
    Final streams of the week. could you pick the top 4 of these please
    Thanks!

    E. Rod @ NYY
    Glasnow @ TOR
    A. Suarez @ STL
    Keller @ DET
    Kennedy @ DET
    DeSclafani @ MIA
    LeBlanc @ TEX
    Wainwright vs. SF
    Liriano vs. DET
    Borucki vs TB (I have Snell on my team going against him that day)
    Chen vs CIN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wainwright, Glasnow, Chen, LeBlanc

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not great, fwiw

  22. Cersy says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Is Stratton a good spot start in San Diego tonight? He has been pitching really well lately.

    Thanks,

    Cersy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  23. Synyster says:
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    Grey, I really have no idea what to do here. Especially with Chapman coming off the DL. My lineup as follows. 6×6 OBP/QS. I think I need all the SP I can get since I am only winning those categories right now. Do I drop Cain since hes DTD to make room for Chapman returning from the DL? OR do I drop Givens since he hasn’t gotten a save in over a week and roll with Chapman as my only Saves guy? Thoughts? Thanks!

    Cervelli
    Merrifield
    Mondesi
    Ramirez
    Machado
    Trout
    Brantley
    Bellinger
    Gregorius
    Bench-Sugar Cain (DTD with an injury)

    deGrom, Snell, Berrios, Ed-Rod, Stratton, Eflin, Stripling, Davies, Lynn, Odorizzi, Castillo, Chapman, Givens, DL- Bauer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, I think you can lose Cain, but if this move doesn’t go into effect until tomorrow, I’d hold for right now to see if there’s any news later today

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        It would go into effect today. Maybe I’ll hold tight for one more day. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. The Shoe says:
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    Hey Grey, There’s still a lot of baseball left in the week, but it feels like I’m hanging by my last threads – down 60+ points with the same number of starts left as my opponent in my H2H matchup. How have you been faring? The fantasy playoffs in H2H formats can feel like such a crapshoot – your team is hot one week then slumping the next.

    A. Cain is evidently dealing with “intercostal soreness” after a bad swing over the weekend. Should I be looking to drop him for someone like Adames, Choi, Eaton, or some other schmotato? Meeehhhhhh

    B. Suzuki has been cold ever since I picked him up. Sitting again today. Should I drop him for Hedges or some other hot schmotato catcher? Uggghhh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not great in the last week A. Adames if Cain is out, I’d wait to hear later today B. Yes, Hedges

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But Hedges has played 4 days in a row so he may be rested for a day

  25. Dave D says:
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    Grey, fantastic write-up. I am glad Abreu’s testicle is ok, but I’m a little worried about the in-grown hair. Is he waxing or shaving his legs? Is he wearing White Stockings as part of his uniform? Are his testosterone levels dropping substantially already? I own him this year but red flags are flying.

    In other news, the Butt-king nailed down a five out, three K, no ER save in OAK last night and gets no cred from Grey. Wtf? Does he have to make a music video with Sir Mix-a-lot or get into gay porn to get your attention? Geez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu is staving off Father Time like he’s 76 years old… Butt-king is on all my teams where he was available, I love that Butt-king, it was a late game tho and we were having issues with the site… I apologize a thousand times

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        Ok. Ill go easy on you. He got me a much needed save last night too in my most important league. I benched Abreu this week and plugged in O’hearn after his 0-20 streak last week anyway. Rotten Tomato.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A 5-out beauty too!

  26. Joe Beisbol says:
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    We get 4 adds a week and I’m down to 3. How confident are you in dropping Abreu, Wheeler, or anyone else on my team? I’m looking to add Buttrey, maybe another SP to stream (Glasnow? Odorizzi?), and maybe an OF if Cain has to miss sometime. I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot by dropping guys I might need for the championship week but neither do I want to wait around for several days on guys who will have minimal impact ROS or who are all but shut down (except the team won’t announce it yet).

    C – Ramos, 1B – Carp, 2B – Mondesi, SS – Manny, 3B – Rendon, OF – Stanton, Piscotty, Cain, 3B – Suarez.

    SP – Berrios, Buehler, Corbin, D-Rod, D.Holland, Junis, Lucchesi, R.Lopez, Wheeler
    RP – Davis, Giles, Jeffress

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Abreu and Wheeler can be dropped, need to fill in for Cain and grab a streamer

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s slim pickings at OF: Kepler, Gordon, Schleber, Bauer, Bruce types. Guys I gag to waste an add on unless Cain will be out more than today (we have next day adds).

        For streamers, the options are mostly Roark vs. Mets, Odorizzi @DET, Keller @DET, and Glasnow @ TOR. Roark was scheduled for Sat, but he’s away for birth of child. Odorizzi may well go on Monday instead. Keller is likely a go on Saturday, and Glasnow…who knows with the Rays.

        I swear, given how some in my league have attacked the wire the past two years, I’m growing increasingly certain somebody figured out my favorite fantasy site…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I hope so! I’d wait until last possible moment on adding someone to replace Cain (wait for tonight’s news on Cain)… Glasnow should start and pitch until at least 5th inning unless he gets bombed… I like Roark and Odorizzi too

          • Joe Beisbol says:
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            @Grey:

            Yeah, I like Odoriferous too, but if he’s going on Monday, sigh. I’d have to save an add for this week to use for a player who would be useful next week. I’ve sadly failed to convince our Commish on the folly of next-day adds, especially come playoff season when guys get rested, skipped, or pushed back without much warning.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, not sure on him

  27. Rosterbating says:
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    Hey Grey! Need some advice my man…Everyones favorite topic…catcher! Playoff time obviously so every position helps…looks like Sal Perez is most likely done…I had dropped him a couple weeks ago for Tucker Barnhadt….who looks like he’s contracted a case of the suck…available options are Austin Hedges, Willians Astudilo, Wilson Contreras (who was just dropped), Beef Welington, Mike Zunino, Kurt Suzuki??? Stick with Barnhardt? Yeesh what a choice…its like asking which bone would you like broken first. Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hedges

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        I picked up Astudillo on Sunday and he’s got 3 ribbies already this week. Can’t complain about that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can’t spell his name without stud

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            Pick up Astudillo not A-studd(ed)-dildo

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  28. TwistedFlux says:
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    Best start this week

    D-Rod @STL
    Minor vs Sea
    Gausman vs Phi
    Ed-Rod @NYY

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  29. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – in H2H finals and my opponent just dropped his $1 Eugenio Suarez keeper for a streamer ($4 in 2019). Obp ops league.

    Would you keep Eugenio over a $11 Albies in that league? (Albies would be my last keeper currently).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, but I’d want Albies

  30. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    who gets more saves this week?
    Buttery, Alvarado, or Knebel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buttrey

  31. EG says:
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    Replace Gallo with McNeil or Odor?

    Also, Puig or Ohtani? Think Puig will get fewer ABs through this weekend, so leaning keeping Ohtani.

    H2H playoffs, limited moves for week… Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McNeil — Ohtani if healthy

  32. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    In a 12 team keeper league that uses 4 OF”s and 3 Utility spots
    A) Would you drop Tyler white for Austin Meadows.
    Thinking for next year.
    B) Are either player worth $6 next year.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. No B. Unlikely

      • Alps says:
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        @Grey:
        Cool
        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Another nice post from Grey!

    Here’s one from Captain Extrapolator…RON ACUNA …100 games played currently projected out to today (152 games minus 5 for days off) = 147 games .

    His pace would be 106 RS (same JustDong), 38 HR (same as JoRam), 84 RBI (same as OZUNA), 21 SB (same as Baez) along with a .295 BA (also same as Baez). This equates to $42.0 on the ol’ Season-To-Date Player Rater. That’s good for 7th, below Yelich and ahead of Story.

    For next year, Trout, JoRam, Betts, Yelich. And, while it’s gonna be tough deciding between Acuna, Lindor, Story, Just Dong and Treat Urner…Acuna has the most upside IMHO.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Don’t disagree about Acuna… He’s going to be special for a decade… Easy 35/15/.275 with upside on all of that

  34. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Cant’t wait for your 2019 projections. Any chance we can get them in December??

    I’m definitely drinking the Acuna Kool Aid. He’s gotta be .290/35/20 with upside on all those right?

    • Squat Cobblers says:
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      @Squat Cobblers: Nevermind you answered above!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LET’S DO IT! Wait, no, I’m not doing them in December

  35. IntendedSteb says:
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    I got an offer of Altuve for my Yelich in a dynasty 6×6 (OPS) league. My 2b is Gleyber Torres, my OFs are Acuna, Yelich, Betts, Nelson Cruz, Marte and Upton. Should I get Altuve or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  36. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Are we close enough to see who will be probables on the last day of the season?

    I’m in a nail biter and want to proactively grab pitchers to start and keep away at others. Any tool or mapping for that or is it still too fluid?

  37. Jt says:
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    C Mejia
    1b Abreu D2D
    2b Albies
    3b Bryant
    Ss Rosario
    If moose
    Of benetendi, Ozuna, Dahl, haniger
    Util Tim Anderson, Lowe
    Bench Cain d2d, hedges (Mejia just got elegible)

    Gray @arizona Sunday, Nola @atl Sunday, joe Ross vs Mets, Boyd vs Kansas City, sale, Gonsalves pitching right now got 3 innings under his belt, Sheffield

    Seranthony, Osuna, knebel, Jeffress, c-mart

    The cats I need to beat him in are average, steals, doubles, triples More strikeouts, better era, more wins, less losses, less homers given up he’ll get me in saves and net saves he has to much pitching. I have him in steals and net steals 2-0 right now and tied in doubles and both are averages suck so not picking up a new first baseman as of today. He has carrasco and Thor going today I have no one. 11.2 innings pitched for me 0 wins, 0 losses, 1 homer given up, 15 strikeouts, 2.31 era, 1.11 whip, 0qs. he has 12 innings 1 win, 0 losses, 0 homers given up, 11 strikeouts, 3.00 era, .92 whip, 0qs

    I have Ross and Boyd tomorrow he has no one I also have 5 adds left drop any of my guys for this current situation for
    Reed @miami, Vargas @washington, shoemaker @Oakland, Velasquez @atlanta, Tomlin @whitesox

    My potentiknal drops are hedges, Abreu, Sheffield, seranthony, Gonsalves,

    • Grey

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      What are you asking?

      • Jt says:
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        @Grey: if I should drop anyone for these streamers or he’s going to end up kicking my ass in pitching he has Thor, carrasco, sherzer, Bumgarner, Cole,

        Gonsalves what a nice day thanks for 6 straight bad outings for this good one.

        He has 5 pitchers starts left and 3 adds I have 5 pitcher starts left and 5 adds stay put for another day and see how his pitchers do today?

        • Jt says:
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          @Jt: and if I shouldn’t pick up any streamers do I drop anyone for meadows rays just called him up in case I make the championship next week

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Can lose Sheffield for Meadows, but I know nothing about your league, is it a keeper?

    • Grey

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      Don’t carry 2 catchers — drop Hedges, Gonsalvesd — Shoemaker, Reed — these options are awful

      • Jt says:
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        @Grey: not a keeper I dropped Gonsalves for meadows I have 4 adds left Mejia gets 2 lefties and a righty vs dodges rather keep hedges instead of him for the weekend right?

        • Grey

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          Sure, lose Mejia then

  38. Steve says:
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    Looks like Odor picked the wrong time to go ice cold. What happened to homers every day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, ugh

  39. Crime Dog says:
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    I’m just now discovering the latest Royce da 5’9″ album. it’s awesome. have you listened?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, good tho huh?

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: yeah I like it a lot. Definitely worth a listen

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have Rose Royce in my iTunes, no Royce da Height

          • Crime Dog says:
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            @Grey: haha I’ve never heard Rose Royce, any good?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              She sings Car Wash

              • Crime Dog says:
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                @Grey: HA that’s who sings that song? classic…work, and work!

              • Crime Dog says:
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                @Grey: HA, that’s who sings that? classic….wash, and wash!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, yup!

  40. Joel

    Joel says:
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    If you had to bench one today out of these guys who would it be: Alex [email protected] Archer, Haniger @ Keuchel, Dahl @Buehler, Pollock vs. Hamels.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

  41. dau says:
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    Bauer to start vs Red Sox—prolly won’t go long time–maybe good for k’s–activate?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, for 3 solid innings

  42. Junkmastah says:
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    Who’s the better streamer Thursday:

    Jackson
    Reed
    Shoemaker
    Vargas
    Tomlin
    Lopez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea of matchups, but prolly Shoemaker

      • Junkmastah says:
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        @Grey:

        Jackson vs. LAA
        Reed vs. MIA
        Shoemaker vs. OAK
        Vargas vs. WAS
        Tomlin vs. CWS
        Lopez vs. DET

        • Grey

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          Not easy call, but Shoemaker still

  43. William Hung says:
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    Hamels just F’d me – it’ll take some work for me to make up this damage… and it’s only the 1st inning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He screwed me good too, across multiple leagues

  44. dau says:
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    Not allowed to access tools–neeeed it. please can fix? TU

  45. dau tranh says:
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    Not allowed to access tools–neeeed it. please can fix?

  46. dau says:
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    sorry duplicate

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