It’s all Rangers, all the time up in this Mug’s Root Beer.  You in your 90’s, “Hey, kiddo, I remember back in the August of 2018, this young man, Grey Albright.  He had a full head of hair and a gorgeous hairlip.  Well, that young squirrel talked at length about the Texas Rangers.  Texas?  You don’t remember that?  It was a state.  It became a part of Meh-eee-co after the War of 2020, when Admiral Kushner tried to invade Tijuana to erect a large-scale fence twenty yards from an already erected fence.  Oh, well, it was nice talking to you, I’m going back to watch The Real Housewives of Miami Island.”  Yesterday, Joey Gallo (3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 30th and 31st homer) lit up the scoreboard like the Macy’s Day Parade.  Macy’s Day is a holiday when jeans you don’t want are purchased cheaply by relatives and handed to you, much to your chagrin.  It’s a tradition; don’t act above it.  You, “Can this guy really talk for 500 words about Joey Gallo without talking about Joey Gallo?”  Just try me!  So, Gallo is on pace for a nearly identical year to last year when he hit 41 HRs and .209.  Right now, his average is at .202, but, don’t worry, he’s got at least .007 in that bat!  His strikeout rate never budged from last year no matter what spring training narratives were saying about him cutting his Ks down.  Have you seen his swing?  He starts in Austin and ends in Arlington.  Never the hoo!  He is who he is, and good at what he does — hit bombs.  Now, see you back here tomorrow for all the dirt on Isiah Kiner’s Korner with Falafel.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Nomar Mazara – Set to begin a rehab assignment.  Or if his father Ramon is reading, a baher assignment.

Elvis Andrus – 2-for-5, 2 runs and extends his hitting streak to 19 games.  There’s no truth to him being the love child of Elvis Presley and The Andrus Sisters, because they were The Andrews Sisters.  And it’s true.

Mike Zunino – 2-for-3, 3 runs and his 15th and 16th homer.  The great thing if you own Gallo and Zunino is you have a boatload of homers.  The bad thing *starts 4-hour egg timer* you got some time?  What, you don’t like 4-hour eggs?

Marco Gonzales – 5 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.79.  Marco…Regressio!  Marco…Regressio!  Marco…Regressio!

Vince Velasquez – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.98.  You before the game, “Velasquez has pitched well for over a month!”  You after game, “It doesn’t matter with Velasquez, does it?”  No, it doesn’t.

David Peralta – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and hitting over .500 in the last week with three homers.  I don’t want to call him a hot schmotato because that implies he’s not owned in 50% of leagues, and I want to believe you people — yes, you people! — are better than that.

Patrick Corbin – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.15.  Sadly, I can only toot my horn figuratively, so let me give you my monthly reminder I called Corbin a sleeper this year and told everyone to draft him.

David Dahl – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  I know this gives the impression that I’m never happy and don’t want Dahl to play, but A) Why is Dahl suddenly playing every day and Desmond not at all?  I get it, Desmond hasn’t been great, but July was easily his best month, hitting .321.  Suddenly, the Rox are over him?  B) Just because Dahl’s playing now does not mean he will be playing every day by this weekend.  C) There’s no C.  D)  I’d still own Dahl, and do.

Chris Archer – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.36.  Gotta love how the Pirates went into Coors like Travis Scott went into the summer of rap albums and shoved Drake, Kanye and everyone else out of the way.  By the by, Archer is seemingly the Pirates’ third best starter.

Rafael Devers – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Is it really sexual harassment when I say, ‘I like how you hold your melons,’ and someone is eating fruit salad?”

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer, as he hits leadoff.  That is almost as bad as Hunter Renfroe hitting third.  In fact, might be worse.  However, Grichuk is the type to get hot for short spurts — hey now! — so can see grabbing him.

John Gant – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.89.  So far, so good on me streaming Cardinals pitchers vs. the Mehlins.  Next up, Gomber vs. the Royals.  Wish me luck, I’m going gorilla!  And I don’t even know what that means.  (No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative.)

Yadier Molina – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .285.  No dog in the fight, which is every podcast’s favorite saying, but I don’t want Molina to get into the Hall of Fame.  Not because I care, but I wanna see Cards fans’ heads explode.

Matt Carpenter – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 31st homer, and 5th homer in the last six games.  I hope Carpenter screams at each home run ball as it sails away, “That died for your sins!”

Hunter Renfroe – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and his third game with a homer.  He can homer every game the rest of the year and it still makes no sense for him in the three hole.  Though, yes, definitely hot schmotato.

Jesus Aguilar – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 28th homer.  Also, in this game, Travis Shaw (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) hit his 23rd; Eric Thames (1-for-4) mollywhopped his 16th; Christian Yelich (1-for-5) badonkadonked his 18th and Orlando Arcia (3-for-4) tapped out his third.  The Ghost of Harvey Kuenn is enjoying all that wallbanger’ing.  Mean’s while, Teddy Higuera would be a welcome addition to their staff.

Miguel Sano – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 8th homer.  Guys and five girl readers, if Sano goes off, you will never hear the end of my ‘I told you so’s.

Cody Allen – 1 IP, 1 ER and the blown save, but the win when Franciso Lindor’s 29th homer bailed him out.  The term here is an escape goat pulling one out of his sphinctory, but I’m not sure the Indians are going to be so generous and they might talk to the Hand.

Jose Quintana – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.28.  This start was against the Royals while being schooled by his opponent, Heath Fillmyer.  That’s right, someone said, “Name your favorite candy bar, and street you grew up on,” and Quintana lost to him.

Adalberto Mondesi – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .259.  In the last week, he has four steals and not much else, but maybe this will ignite Thee Disowner Of Raul.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 27th homer.  This was the 1st homer he’s hit since I hid in his closet to watch his reaction as he opened my gift-wrapped plushie.

Mike Fiers – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.40.  I cannot tell a lie, I streamed Fiers a few starts ago and have not dropped him since.  Yes, I feel dirty, but that’s again about me hiding in Giancarlo’s bedroom.

Robert Stephenson – 4 IP, 3 ER as he was recalled.  His numbers in Triple-A have been awesome this year.  Then again, he’s 42 years old pitching to kids that are 12 and they’re like, “Cool, I thought only Bryce Harper’s daddy pitched to him.”  Robert Stephenson wrote Treasure Island and died in 1894, so you tell me how old he is?  That’s spooky, brah.  Okay, Stephenson is only 25, but that’s still a little old, but maybe he’s a late bloomer like the Chinese man who got into the Guinness Book of World Records at the age of 89 for having 67-foot-long toenails.  For now, I’m not even streaming Stephenson.

Jose Bautista – 0-for-3, 1 run, hitting .197, as he scored his 1,000th run.  I’m told they are not counting the run when he sees Rougned Odor coming.

Amed Rosario – 1-for-4, 1 RBI and his 11th steal, hitting .230.  I’ve abandoned my “I told you so” from earlier in the year when I was begging the Mets to move Amed to the leadoff slot, and not just because Rosario was hitting .141 coming into this game out of the leadoff slot.  Though, that would’ve been a good reason.  Go Mets!

Austin Jackson – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs, hitting near-.375 in the last week with a home run.  Could be a light schmotato or just a reason to scream, “Action Jackson!”

Jacob deGrom – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 1.77.  Well, he has six wins now:

Jacob Nix – This Padres pitching prospect will make his debut this weekend vs. the Phils.  Visually, I’m thinking ‘Padres’ and ‘pitching’ should be underlined in that sentence, but I have too much faith in you to draw attention to those two words, though just to make sure I’m not overestimating you, I’ve chosen to write another sentence about what should be emphasized.  His numbers aren’t get out of bed and slap yo’ mama sexy in the minors (7 K/9, 3.96 xFIP in Double-A), but one shouldn’t “slap yo’ mama” anyway.  What kind of heathen are you?  She birthed you.  Podcaster Ralph listed Nix in his top 500 fantasy baseball prospects.  For now, he’s a streamer-slash-NL-Only play.

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting .265.  I’ve said four times in the last week Trumbo is the type to get to 30 homers with a huge 2nd half.  Know how I know I said it four times?  Bee-cee that’s how many times he’s homered in the last week.

Tim Beckham – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in two games.  You can wait to see him homer once again in the next game or two or you can just grab his schmotato ass.

Andrew Cashner – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.83.  No lie, I swore that he pitched two days ago, and had an identical line, so I went to look and it was Alex Cobb.  Why is every Orioles starter completely interchangeable?  Peter Angelos starring in Multiplicity:  Orioles Starters!

Mallex Smith – 1-for-5, 1 run and two more steals (24, 25), hitting .298.  Take or leave it from a real baseball standpoint, but I love it for fantasy when it feels like a guy is trying to pad his own stats.  Mallex B. Stealin’ is a capitalist!

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 15th homer, and 18th homer of the 2nd half.  Kole’s turned into a diamond, “Aw, man, it’s nuts.”

Justin Upton – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and 2nd in as many games, and the Angels are finally a .500 club now that they got rid of that Trout fella.  Go hang out with Tim Salmon, would ya please.

Jaime Barria – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.59.  He’s a totally fine streamer when the Stream-o-Nator says, as it did yesterday.

John Hicks – Hit the DL with a groin strain.  Baseball players are either scratching their groins, adjusting their groins or straining their groins!  It’s time we made it mandatory that all minor leagues are neutered.  I’m Grey Albright, and I approve this message.

Tyler Flowers – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  I believe Charlie Culberson has hit that many homers this week.  Oh (Rockies reliever), Culberson (2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) hit another homer yesterday, his third game with one.  Open a separate wing at Cooperstown for Culberson!

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Tilde break of dawn!  (Underrated De La Soul song.)

Mike Foltynewicz – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.98.  If you were in the comments yesterday, you might’ve heard me say I have to start Faultywirewitz, but not excited about it.  So, today, you might be thinking, ‘Hey, Grey, turned out okay for you.’  Yeah, well, the thing is, I also had to start his opponent, Tommy Milone (6 IP, 7 ER).

Kelvin Herrera – Hit the DL with right rotator cuff impingement.  Ryan Madson is the clearcut replacement, until Madson pitches, then everyone will be in play.  I grabbed Justin Miller, but that will almost undoubtedly turn out terrible.  Koda Glover is reportedly 2nd in line.  In related news, how long will Sean Doolittle be dealing with foot stress?

Juan Soto – Was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.  Yearly Rant Alert!  The game is not doing well with a younger generation.  We got pitch clocks!  Mound visit counters!  We’ve already lost the intentional walk of four pitches thrown!  Okay, no great loss there, but there’s a change afoot.  Here’s a super easy fix.  Stop empowering umpires to eject people over absolutely nothing!  Imagine you’ve taken your kid to the ballpark.  Spent $250 on tickets.  Another $100 on concessions.  Wanted to show your kid this Juan Soto, 19-year-old, kid.  Talk about him the whole way to the stadium.  Then he’s ejected for whispering under his breath he thought a strike was outside?  Is this supposed to engender people to appreciate the game more?  Are you kidding?  What in the serious eff.  My fix comes with one rule, if an umpire kicks out someone for nothing, he will be suspended without pay for two weeks.  Stop bending over backwards for umpires.  No one is at a game to see them.  /end rant

   
  1. hondo says:
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    How about all umpires get suspended by their (non-base)balls for 2 centuries?I’m sure Hittertron has a cousin or something that could do a more accurate job.

    We need some Hitteron nepotism,not to be confused with Hitler Nipponism(or Heather’s nipples).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hondo: Whoa, that was the fastest argument reaching Godwin’s Law in history

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up!

    a. Thanks for the advice to not start Milone. Sorry it went sideways for you where you had no choice. Nice Folty start at least?

    b. Thanks also for the Trumbomb advice. He should buoy my chances a bit.

    c. Signed up Franmil for a batty call for tonight. Hopefully he can continue to HR in Miller Park.

    d. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 9

    Mrs. Horr was a New England lady of middle age with New England ways and principles and she always opened school with prayer and a chapter from the New Testament; also she explained the chapter with a brief talk. In one of these talks she spoke about “Ask and ye shall receive,” and said that whoever prayed for a thing with earnestness and strong desire need not doubt that his prayer would be answered.

    I was so forcibly struck with this information and so pleased by the opportunities that it offered that I thought I would give it a trial. I prayed for gingerbread. Margaret Kooneman, who was the baker’s daughter, brought a piece of gingerbread to school every morning; she had always kept it out of sight before but when I finished my prayer and glanced up, there it was in easy reach and she was looking the other way.

    In all my life I never enjoyed an answer to prayer more than that one; and I was convinced, too. I had no end of wants and they had always remained unsatisfied up to that time, but I meant to supply them and increase them now that I had found out how to do it.

    But this dream was like almost all the other dreams we have in life: there was nothing to it. I did as much praying during the next two or three days as anyone in that town, I suppose, and I was very honest and earnest about it too, but nothing came of it. I found that not even the most powerful prayer could lift that gingerbread again, and I came to the conclusion that if a person remains faithful to his gingerbread and keeps his eye on it he need not trouble himself about prayers.

    Something about the way I was acting troubled my mother and she took me aside and questioned me. I did not want to reveal to her the change that had come over me, for it would grieve me to distress her kind heart, but at last I confessed, with many tears, that I had ceased being a Christian. She was heartbroken and asked me why. I said it was because I had found out that I was a Christian just for what I could get out of it, and I could not bear the thought of that. She gathered me to her breast and comforted me. I had gathered from what she said that if I would continue in that condition I would never be lonely. My mother had a good deal of trouble with me but I think she enjoyed it. She had none at all with my brother Henry, who was two years younger than I, and I think that all his goodness and truthfulness, obeying everybody, would have been a burden to her but for the relief which I furnished in the other direction. I was valuable to her. I never thought of it before but now I see it.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Yup B. I made you a friend in a neighboring country C. Nice D. Awesome!

  3. John Hicks goes down another mfer that I don’t have room for on my DL list. Who do you like Russell The Love Muscle Martin (porn name Stallone gave him I’ve heard through the streets of West Hollywood) Austin Hedges, Caleb Joesph ect. Wish I had the future HOFer Yadier you made my head explode Molina But I don’t gots dammit. Now answer me. Or is there any other fly by nighters the have low ownership you might recommend. Sorry for my French Grey but Yadi did so much for the cards defensively and game calling, pitch framing. Look at the Cards team ERA over his career when he is behind the plate opposed to when he was sidelined on the DL or taking a day off.

    • @Dnut Eastwood: check out what Don Mattingly had to say yesterday today any way

      Marlins manager Don Mattingly credited Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina for calling great games behind the plate the entire series.

      “We saw a lot of the same, but we talked about before the series that if you don’t stick to the game plan, Yadi will cut you up,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s calling that game. Those young pitchers aren’t calling the game. And if you don’t stick with the game plan, he’s not going to give in. He knows you’ll chase or what you’ll swing at and we saw that the whole series.”

      Basically this is what I’m saying too

      • @Grey: Ha… nice read compadre… Just funny how I was recently debating a friend is Yadi a HOFer. I think he is on his defense alone but chicks dig the long balls. But that’s why we have a bunch of triffling assterick Beach’s getting called out by Kanye for being gold diggers. Now I aint sayin she a gold digger i only see her messin with those old BLEEPS

        • Grey

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          Thanks! See, but what I think Kanye was saying there is they are gold diggers

          • @Grey: old people have pong balls too supposedly and chicks go for old men with money haha speaking in to many tongues for even the best linguists to comprehend my friend

  4. BornTooLate says:
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    Got offered my Snell for Berrios and Moistasskiss. Feeling like I should take it. Think Berrios will end up on an innings limit like it seems Snell is?

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @BornTooLate: Berrios threw 185 innings LY. I wouldn’t worry about an innings limit

  5. Mike says:
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    Who do you like for the rest if the season, mallex Smith or Dee Gordon for steals?

    Or do you think they will both end the season with prertty similar stats?

  6. Mark says:
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    Looking from a far. observing Modesi in the minors and now the majors…..it seems he has 20 homer, 50 steal talent and ability. He hates walking, so a .250 average seems his high water mark unless he improves….not sure

    But I digress, his talent seems to be multi-tool and playing SS and 2B is even more valuable. I guess I am pretty happy with his numbers but his OBP would make Billy Hamilton cringe. IS this someone worth keeping as a keeper over say, Ahmed Rosario?

    • Grey

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      @Mark: 20 HRs seems high, but I guess one never knows — I’d keep him over Rosario for upside if you kept a ton of guys

  7. Succos Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    Would you start Stripling today fresh off the DL at Rockies? 12 tm, mixed H2H league with QS instead of W, SH+H instead of SV

    If so, who would you drop?

    Familia
    Yates
    Quintana
    Pivetta
    Cahill

    Thanks

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Succos Baseball:
      a few things I try to avoid:
      1. Don’t start Pitchers fresh of the DL
      2. Don’t start non-Ace pitchers in away games vs decent teams
      3. Don start anyone in Colorado unless desperate

      • Succos Baseball says:
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        @Slappy Jack:

        Same here. I usually avoid fresh of the DL, unless it’s a stud ala Sale on Sunday and I need the stats.

  8. SallyCips says:
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    Thinking about getting a new Dahl, but I’ll have to see if he plays today. Otherwise I’m sticking to my old G.I. Joes.

  9. Dave Funnell says:
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    I’m torn here.

    There are 5 teams in contention and one of them is about to give up. He wants to trade away expiring contracts of expensive players for players he can control with smaller contracts. I offered him $1 Devers, $1 Olson, $1 C. Taylor for expiring Arenado and $87 Harper. He told me that if I want them both, it would cost $1 Rhys. Hoskins has one year left 2019 then becomes RFA where the owner of his gets a 25% discount off his draft price.

    I’m in 2nd place and have a pretty good team. I’ve been surging upwards and still have Altuve on the DL. I currently have Bregman and Devers as my 3B, but Bregman qualifies at SS. If I take this deal I think I win this league, but it would bunch me up in the draft as I’d have a $67 Goldy, $66 Altuve and $87 Harper occupying most of my $300 budget, so Harper can’t really be kept. But championship banners live forever and I could rebuild a bit, though I have Rodgers, Tatis and Vlad waiting in the wings.

    I know Rhys is your guy Grey, so what should I do? I’d hate to trade him away and lose the damn league. If I do make the deal, here’s my starting lineup:

    C- Perez, 1B Abreu, 2B-Rizzo, 3B- Arenado SS- Bregman MI – Altuve LF-Acuna CF- Merrfield RF-Harper OF-Olson OF- Schwarber Util- Goldy
    BN- Devers, Olson, C. Taylor, Polanco

    Pitching wise I have 3 aces, 2 mediocre SP and a big pen.

    As an alternative, he told me that I could trade Devers and Olson for either Arenado OR Harper. So that way I could keep Rhys and acquire one of the studs. The only negative here is that it takes off all of my 3B off the books for next season as Bregman is RFA.

    Points keeper league.

    Damn that looks good now that I type it.

    I feel like I’m trying to be too tight here and should just go for it. I’m nervous about taking the plunge so really want the opinions of others. Sorry for the long post. Thanks.

    • Stumanji! says:
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      @Dave Funnell: I’d take Arenado for Devers/Olson and keep Rhys. Harper isn’t an $86 upgrade over him.

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        @Stumanji!:

        Thanks for the reply. That’s a good point and next season I’d have a $1 Rhys as opposed to drafting a $1 less than Rhys. I’d have Vlad at my 3B slot and could then draft someone else.

        I guess I’m just curious too if I should just go for it this year or potentially win 2 years in a row.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave Funnell: Agree with Stumaniji! Rhys and Harper are nearly equal, not worth crazy keeper vs. $87

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Acuna was a slam and legs no less!

  11. Richard says:
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    In an NL only keeper league would you trade $12 Mikalos, contract 2020, Brendan Rogers on farm team and first round 2019 draft choice for one season (2019) of Syndergaard at $12

  12. Flag says:
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    Hmm. So make the umpires hapless punching bags – there only for comic relief, I guess, like the Globetrotters/Generals refs. Not sure that will really bring the fans back.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Flag: I think it’s really just a handful of umps making them all look bad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Flag: Not hapless punching bags, but you can’t throw out a guy for mumbling a strike call under his breath, did you see the play?

  13. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    It’s been a while, Grey—great write-up as usual!

    Please tell me you jumped back on the Jon Gray train to enjoy at least some compensation for all the suffering he put us through early in the season (but you’re still benching him Friday in Coors vs. the Dodgers, right?).

    Also, I can’t figure out Chris Taylor’s fantasy value. Hits in a stacked lineup and seems to be involved in a lot of big plays, but the counting stats don’t seem to correlate? Would you drop him for Villar, especially if the latter picks up SS eligibility in Baltimore?

    Thanks as always! Have a good one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill Buttlicker: Thanks, Buttlicker! Where I own Gray, I could never drop him, so have had him the whole time… Taylor’s droppable for Villar

  14. M says:
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    Are we worried about Kershaw’s velocityv?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: I’ce been worried about Kershaw for 2 years

  15. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6X6 OPS

    Drop M. Muncy for T. Beckham, M. Gonzalez, Y. Moncada?

    Also have R. Cano stashed.

  16. VinWins

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    OK, OK, we get it. Enough with Mallex Smith.

    If our heads haven’t exploded the last couple years watching the Cards’ baserunning, I think we’re safe.

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: Oh, I hadn’t noticed that.

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @Grey: Nowadays, everybody wanna talk
            Like they got somethin’ to say
            But nothin’ comes out when they move their lips
            Just a bunch of gibberish
            And *other*uckers act like they forgot about steals

            all i know is since ive been calling for mallex mentions is his ownership has doubled on espn from 17% to 34%. I miss smallworld fantasy baseball with salary caps where players were stocks. was a ton of fun.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, I’m glad you at least noticed!

              • Wally Pipp says:
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                @Grey: *peering eyes emoji*

  17. Tinman95 says:
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    ROS Sano or Souza Jr

  18. M says:
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    Drop conforto, kemp, Franco, piscotty for any of:
    Devers, mallex, Dahl, trumbo ???

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @M: Drop Piscotty for anything

      • Mr. A Knife says:
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        @Slappy Jack: piscotty isn’t only not HR’ing anymore, he’s gone back to only slightly better than what he was before his mother died of lou gehrig’s.

    • bigbear says:
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      @M: Drop Conforto for anyone too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Agree with Slappy and big — Trumbo, Devers, unless you need SBs then Mallex

  19. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey hay hey hay, Grey.

    We’ve now reached the point in the season when I’ve moved from incessantly nagging you about closers to incessantly nagging you about streamers.

    How you feeling about Junior Guerra hosting the Hodgres ($9.3)? I don’t trust the player, but I like the team matchup.

    Tomorrow I have my choice between your boy, Gomber, and Bieby, Bieby, Bieby, ohhhh, who me and SoN both really like.

    Thank you, as always, and I will leave you with this:

    “The smell, you know that Razzball smell, the whole league. Smelled like … victory.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sportivetricks: I’ll take incessant nagging anyway I can get it from you — I’d start all 3, maybe… Bieber’s against who?

      • bigbear says:
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        @Grey: ChiSox

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s a good matchup

          • sportivetricks says:
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            @Grey:

            Against Rodon ($11.3) @CHW, which gives me a little pause. But it’s Biebs ($20). It’s got to be done, no?

  20. Cram It says:
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    Carpenter has 31 HR’s?!! What. The. Frack.

    • Eager Beaver says:
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      @Cram It: someone dropped him in my league earlier in the year when he was scuffling. Hooray for me!

  21. Scott says:
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    Trumbo or cron ros? Obp league

    • bigbear says:
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      @Scott: Go with the hot bat. Trumbo.

  22. Seize The Trea says:
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    Deep 14-Team H2H OBP Keep 6 Forever League;

    My keepers as of now would be Trea, Judge, Correa, Rendon, Stras, and Moncada/Robles. Would you trade Correa for Hoskins for the long term? I might also be able to land Stanton for Correa but not sure about giving up the age difference since Stanton will be 29 in three months. Would you do both those deals?

  23. Robert Schroeder says:
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    Is Ohtani the SP worth stashing in a deep league?

  24. norm ginsberg says:
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    Need to drop RP — which one? Osuna, Rondon, Hand.

  25. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Schoop has been absolutely horrendous yet again (like much of the year) since joining the Brew Crew. Cano still available on the waiver wire. That being said, Schoop or Cano ROS?

  26. Cable says:
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    H/H points……ROS…..Odor or Schoop & the next SPer for the Astros will be Peacock or McHugh

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cable: Odor is like the hottest hitter in the galaxy. No brainer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cable: The McHugh thing is a guess, btw, if anyone else is reading, I have no idea

  27. Skillz says:
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    Another great write up Grey… need some help… I own Castellanos, but have Devers sitting on waivers…. who do you think has a better finish to 2018?

  28. Tout Chaser says:
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    Can you still toot your own horn when you called Corbin a Sell back in May?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tout Chaser: Of course, he was, and is giving the production that Grey predicted ahead of everyone else. And a sell doesn’t mean the player is no longer valuable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tout Chaser: Yeah, he went from a 2.12 ERA to a 3.15 ERA, that was a sell, didn’t say to get nothing for him

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      @Tout Chaser: Takes a lot of balls to use your hindsight supervision and make comments

      • The Harrow says:
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        @johnnyhobbes: it’s pretty clear who this guy is, his name rhymes with “billy jo”. in fact if he’s going to continue to do this he might as well actually name himself Billy Jo, the transparency we all see through would be made fun of better with the super meta of doing that.

  29. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Hang on with VV or go with Trevor Williams? Familia or Trivino?

    Have a great day!

  30. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Morning Grey! In a 10 team mixed H2H with 4 weeks until playoffs, how do you view the following 4 pitchers? Keuchel, Hendricks, Happ, Stripling – are they all still roster-worthy or are some of these guys falling into the streamer category? I ask because I have all 4 and the last 2 are coming off the DL today – I can either cut Happ and Strip outright, drop Schoop (bench bat) and 1 of them – or sneak a trade in before the deadline. As of now I have an owner willing to send me Marte for Upton/Keuchel. Appreciate any thoughts from the mustachioed one as always you handsome devil you!

      • Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate the insight – should’ve mentioned its a 6 cat league with QS – does that change your outlook or ranking of those three?

          • Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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            @Grey: You da mang

  31. Cable says:
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    time to address my closer situation rolling with Hector Rondon now but this looks like at best a split with Osuna ……H/H points ROS weekly lineup set …RPers that are FA need one

    Yates
    W Smith
    Greene
    Leclerc
    Strop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cable: We don’t know if it is a split at this point, it’s been less than a week… Strop’s been great

  32. Eager Beaver says:
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    Looking to pick up Sano…do I drop Muncy or Bauers for him?

  33. Worm Burner says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who do you like more tomorrow Bieber or Eflin?

    Bieber ($20.00) @ CWS Rodon ($11.30)

    Eflin ($9.20) @ SD J.Nix (-$3.20)

    Thanks G

  34. KarlJ says:
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    What are your thoughts on Anibal Sanchez? ERA under 3.00 with a K rate around 9.0 and a FIP of 3.70. He was so awful the last few years though and his fastball barely hits 90 MPH now.
    I need to pick up a SP with all these injuries but do not have a lot of moves left. ROS- Sanchez, Roark or should I wait to see what shakes out in Houston with the replacement for McCullers ( McHugh, Peacock)?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KarlJ: I’d have to dig into Anibal’s #’s, my guess is he’s learned how to use a new pitch and it’s working for him… If the xFIP is 3.70 that that’s ownable — Roark is okay, don’t trust him in a lot of matchups, even if McHugh is named, he won’t be able to throw 6+ IP

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @KarlJ: I was just looking in to Anibal the other day myself and Grey’s correct he’s leaning on his Cutter more now, and less on his Slider and Fastball.
      That being said, nothing else really looked legit.
      SwStr was the same, contact was the same, no notable increase or decrease in Velo
      and .245 babip looks really lucky, but maybe his new Cutter is helping with that because his soft% is up
      Also after his next start vs Miami his schedule looked pretty garbage RoS iirc

      all that is to say I would probably stream his next start (mia) assuming he makes it out of Washington tonight alive, but after that I’d tread carefully

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks, Slappy!

        • Slappy Jack says:
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          @Grey: LOL He totally didn’t make it out unscathed , hit by comebacker out of game in like the 3rd
          I bet he’ll be ok for next week tho, but I feel bad for jinxing him

          this actually might help out his RoS schedule if they shift him a couple of days
          for example after tomorrow Gausman was looking at like multiple Miami games and some Mets, maybe Anibal with get some of that sweet action now

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You did jinx him tho…. True on matchups

  35. Rudboy says:
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    Great stuff as always..

    Grichuk or Beckham?

  36. B says:
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    Drop Choo for Trumbo? I feel like trumbo could have a huge second half and Choo has been batting like .200 his past 30 games, redraft league and he’s more of a bench bat than starter on my team

    • Cram It says:
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      @B: Did you read the blurb on Trumbo above?

      • B says:
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        @Cram It: I did so I’m taking your reply as a yes lol I like second opinions

        • Cram It says:
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          @B: Yes! Dude is so hot right now…ride him like a pegasus holding a lightning bolt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B: Go with Trumbo

  37. ryanoger says:
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    Trumbo or Sano?

      • ryangoer says:
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        @Grey:

        Smoak over both Trumbo and Sano or no?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly over Sano

  38. bigbear says:
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    How does Conforto (the #3/4 hitter) have 0 RBIs for the past two weeks? #Mess I’m out for Trumbomb!

    Think I’m selling Chris Taylor too. He’s mostly been batting at the bottom since the Machado/Dozier deals.

    My CLs have torpedoed me the past two weeks – Kimbrel, Box, Dominguez… Strop’s been carrying the load… Should I drop Box or Dominguez for Madson? Or hold?

    Lester’s been hot trash… (As you’ve been saying prior to him actually being hot trash.) I’ve shopped him a bit with no takers. Droppable for a stream spot? Biebs would be the flavor of the day…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: All about the Mess! I’d likely hold, but if Madson was better than Seranthony for saves it wouldn’t shock me with how Kabler is managing — drop Lester

        • bigbear says:
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          @Grey: He’s like walking a dog that doesn’t know where to piss… Annoying on it’s best days. F’n ridiculous when shizz is on the line! #MyFakeTeamMattersToo!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            #Metoo Hey, did I just invite a hashtag?

  39. NH says:
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    Grey,

    Thoughts on this trade offer that was sent to me.

    I give Matt Carpenter, Machado, S. Marte and Corbin
    I get Lowrie, Berrios, Tanaka and Lindor

    • NH says:
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      Should I counter offer this trade and take out Lowrie and ask for Ender Inciarte?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @NH: crapenter side. lindor isn’t that much better than machado, lowrie is a LOT worse than the other players listed in this and one side has 2 pitchers in it. if you need pitching trade somebody else for a single pitcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NH: Agree with goodfold

  40. johnnyhobbes says:
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    E. Rossario and Kole Calhoun / Ian Desmond for Carlos Carrasco…. need one lock down pitcher. Between Desmond and Kole who do I give up. I? Thanks

  41. goodfold2 says:
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    starting to appear that mcmahon figured out to memorize some prayers or face towards jerusalem or somewhere when he praises jebus. desmond BN two days in a row for mcmahon. dahl might be noticing this is the ticket with that idiot organization too.

  42. Ty says:
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    Drop Healy for Trumbo?

  43. Luke says:
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    Trying to trade stanton for a top pitcher (as I have arenado, Jram, acuna as keepers), but no one will bite, so thinking of offering stanton and taillon for bauer and rendon, thoughts?

    • Luke says:
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      @Luke: or I can offer manaea instead of taillon, or hold, I just really need another pitching keeper for next year as I only have sherzer, and the guy with bauer seems to be the only one interested.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke: You’re getting hosed, but if you really need an SP you do what you gotta do

  44. Mike says:
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    Giles or Madson in a saves league?

  45. Mike says:
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    Please rank Giles, Madson and Cody Allen for rest of season in a Saves league.

  46. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Indians starters are all going to get a bump in W (as if any of them need one) next year when the Indians I imagine replace Allen with a closer that can still close! As a Clevinger owner, he’s lost at least 3 Ws at the hands of Allen / CLE bullpen.

    Plus, who doesn’t want Cleve to go 8 then have Hand and come in so we can have a Cleve’d-Hand? Was that joke a strech? Maybe!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Lazy comparison, but it’s easy to envision him Trevor-Bauering next year (or at least top 20 all year). After March/April, his K/9 has lived in the ~9 K/9+ range (only 7.26 in August but that will likely change with a larger sample size).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Could happen, for sure

  47. Murph says:
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    Grey
    Whats with all the schmotato middle infielders all of a sudden?
    1 Please rank ROS: Villar, Diaz, Kinsler, Travis, Ahmed
    2 Take Dahl over Ahmed or Villar for a bench bat?
    3 Cut Roark for Bieber? (@ Chicago White Sox tomorrow)
    Thanks friend
    p.s. i had that Velasquez conversation in my head almost word-for-word – damn you over-the-internet mind reader!!

    • Murph says:
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      @Murph: also add Schoop and Cano to the list in question 1 please

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: 1. Schoop, Villar, Cano 2. Ahmed 3. Sure — haha

  48. Brian says:
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    16 team h2h dynasty 6×6 with k/bb and qs. My sps are Verlander, madbum, clevinger, Quintana, gaus, teheran, Duffy, sonny gray, stripling, alex wood, ervin. I’m in 1st and looking to repeat. .

    Been offered marco Gonzales for sonny gray and one of yusniel, mountcastle, graterol, or pache. Would you make the deal, and if so who would you include?

    Not sure I buy into marco especially long term but he’s been solid for 4 mos

    Thanks grey

  49. Jays for days says:
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    drop muncy for trumbo?

  50. Jack says:
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    ROS – Please rank Cahill, Weaver, Glasnow, and Alex Cobb. Thanks.

  51. sall goooood man says:
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    i’m surprised you didn’t mention robert stephenson’s 5 BBs. that’s been his issue.

    he then told a reds reporter basically he understands walks are his problem, but he won’t change his approach. there isn’t a lot of optimism from reds fans after that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sall goooood man: Honestly, didn’t notice yesterday, but I do know BBs are an issue for him… Work in progress for 5 years now

  52. Jack says:
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    Trumbo or Braun?

  53. Dave Funnell says:
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    Do you ever go against the stream o nator? Should I start Berrios at Cleveland or Stripling at Colorado?

    It’s my bible for streaming so I’m benching them both, especially in a points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, sometimes, don’t make a habit out of it tho… Those are not great starts, I’d start Berrios tho

  54. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Cut 1 (saves & wins). Hand; Osuna; Rondon

  55. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Need 1 ROS

    Dahl
    Trumbo
    Sano
    Souza Jr

  56. synyster says:
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    My offense has basically shut down. Anyone worth dropping to pickup a power/HR hitter? Trumbo is available. Do I really need Hosmer anymore? Thanks!

    C. Cervelli
    1. Bellinger
    2. JoRam
    3. Machado
    SS. Didi
    OF. Merrifield
    OF. Sugar Cain
    OF. Brantley
    Util. Hosmer
    Bench. Trout

  57. lwomack58 says:
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    Drop Marco Gonzales for Glasnow?

    Thanks

  58. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league, yahoo, roto, 5×5. KEEP 5.

    I’m not in contention this year and considering a trade for 2019 plus.

    should I trade 32 year old OF Lorenzo Cain for 30 year old 2B/OF Dee Gordon.

    right now my top 5 keepers would be SP Bumgarner, SP Nola, 3B/SS Machado, OF Soto, OF Cain. Dee Gordon could give me 2B/OF who could/should supply elite SB for 2019 plus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Cain over Gordon

  59. Hugman says:
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    Why do you want my head to explode, Grey? I thought we was cool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Figuratively! Praise be!

  60. mUshi says:
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    Hi. In a 20 team h2h keeper league (keep 8/ keep forever), would you trade nola for devers and paxton?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, but it’s fair

  61. Kenny says:
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    What’s your outlook on Mazara ROS? I was offered Mazara for Minter. I have closers to spare but most of them are a bit scary and Minter is consistent. My OF needs work though. Like the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, Mazara is pretty replaceable from now until end of season

  62. Starz says:
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    Is Eloy getting called up this month and/or before O’Neill returns from DL? Trying to figure out which one to stash.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure on his arbitration, but I can’t imagine Eloy is called up before Sept

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Starz: ONeill will be back shortly

  63. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I have one add/drop left this week. Should I:

    1. Use it to drop Kepler for Sano? Kepler’s stats aren’t living up to his peripherals, but I’d also have no place to really play Sano consistently, because nobody wants to trade for one of my 3B. Ever since Razzball, everybody assumes they can waiver wire and not trade, so I blame you for this.

    2. Drop Kepler, Hedges (punt C), or someone else to stream Bieber or Holland? Streamonator likes Bieber (@CWS) more than Holland (vs PIT), but Holland has obviously been better of late.

    3. Hold

    12-Team, Yahoo, H2H, 5×5 Redraft League
    C – Hedges, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Carp 3B – Suarez, SS – Machado, OF – Stanton/Cain/Calhoun, Util –  Mallex , Bench –  Rendon, Kepler
    SP – Berrios, Corbin, Newcomb, Eovaldi, Wheeler, D.Rod; RP – Davis, Seranthony, Madson
    DL (2 spots)-  Ramos, Morrow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab Bieber

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And drop Kepler

  64. Taking14DaTeam says:
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    Herrera’s injury seems minor according to reports. This changes my question i had for you yesterday to this one:

    Saves and Holds league. Sept 10th starts playoffs for me as I have secured a bye for sure. Pen is not a strong suit ….Allen, Osuna, Leclerc, Hicks and one open spot. Fill with Herrera and wait for him to be the holds guy or maybe saves guy later in the year? Or grab W. Peralta , Edwards?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait until Sept 9th to make this decision if you can

  65. JC says:
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    I can pick up Dahl off waivers. Would need to drop Cano, Moustakas or Chapman. Moustakas seems to be sitting every 3rd or 4th day, So I feel like I need Chapman….unless you think Moustakas is clear cut over Chapman?
    So drop Cano, Moustakas or Chapman for Dahl or hold?
    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano is bench bat? Can lose him

  66. Dave D, Sotofan says:
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    First Juan argues with you yesterday on the message boards about recommending Hoskins over him for power, then he argues with the umpire about a called strike from the previous at bat. Intense guy.

    I saw both at bats yesterday. Both were great despite the outcome. He worked a full count on both. He was right too on that ball being inside, he has a great eye. Superb really.

    But arguing the next at bat about the previous at bat is a little much. I agree with you that umpires should not get in the way of the game but he probably deserved the toss. I didn’t like it as a Soto owner and fan, but he should have channeled his anger toward ripping a salami off Folty. That would have been a better statement to make.

    Note to Juan: Let Grey speak with his mouth (or Colon) and you speak with your bat!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, good note to Juan, and I appreciate the insight, you are Supreme Court Judge Mayor Sotofan

  67. TipsyTurvy says:
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    1 ROS

    Gausman
    D. German
    T. Richards

  68. CoreyII says:
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    Is Brian Anderson for Cole Hamels fair in an NL Only 5×5? Feels like a sure thing, but I dunno…

    I need help in Ks, Ws, ERA, and WHIP. Worried Hamels might be more bad for the ratios than he is helpful in counting stats… and Avg is my only offensive category in question, which is where Anderson is best. Colin Moran would replace Anderson for me. Hamels would replace a reliever like Steckenrider in the starting lineup.

  69. TTM says:
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    Offense: Grandal, Bauers, Gennett, Turner, Andrus, Marte, Dickerson, Villar, Taylor, Franco, Garcia, Souza, Dee Gordon…

    Would you trade Gordon for Matt Olson??

    Thanks in advance!

  70. Chucky says:
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    Dynasty with no contracts. Berrios for Godley, Skaggs, Whitley and JPolanco

  71. Rafi says:
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    I got offered 1, my Edwin Diaz for Miguel Andujar and Bud Norris or 2. my Blake Treinen for Andujar and Sergio Romo.

    I have Morrow on DL who might return to give me some playoff saves but not bankable. My pitching is likely strong enough to weather ratios hit. Andujar a definite upgrade on my corner situation (currently 1b and CI are matchup plays out of Healy, Kendrys, Flores, Duffy, yeesh)

    I feel like maybe I should make a deal here. This guy has other meh corner options on his roster as well, like Yonder Alonso, CJ Cron, Ian Desmond. OBP league. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take 1, and the upgrade at CI, then hope Norris holds together

  72. lwomack58 says:
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    Would you start Gausman vs Mil tomorrow-Son has him at +5.2. He’s pitching against Peralta.

    Thanks

  73. TTM says:
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    Offense: Grandal, Bauers, Gennett, Turner, Andrus, Marte, Dickerson, Villar, Taylor, Franco, Souza, A. Garcia, Dee Gordon

    Trade Gordon for Matt Olson??

    Thanks in advance!!

  74. mookie says:
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    Mixed league daily H2H 12-team keeper league (6×6 with OBP replacing AVG and TB and L as the additional categories).

    I’ve been offered Lindor and Goldschmidt for my Bellinger. Bellinger can be kept in the 20th round next year, the 17th round the following year and then cannot be kept any longer. Lindor and Goldschmidt cannot be kept.

    I’m in 4th, 6 teams make playoffs. Would you do this? No brainer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you do it to win this year

  75. Call Me Mabry says:
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    It’s not sounding like Altuve is going to return this weekend so I need to pick up a 2nd baseman for this weekend. Hitter-tron has deJong (3vs KC) and Mcmahon (3 home vs LAD) about the same. Not sure if McMahon will play all 3 of those games however. Which would you pick up for the weekend?

    Also I need to drop one of the following pitchers to pick him up Marquez, VV, Chase Anderson, Gausman. Who would you drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeJong — Anderson

      • Call Me Mabry says:
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        @Grey: thanks for the consult. keep up the good work.

  76. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Is it worth grabbing Dahl with Desmond slumping? Have Desmond already but thinking of dropping Jeff Mcneil hot schmotato for Dahl.

    6×6 redraft league with OPS as extra category McNeil was grabbed as back up for Beckham whose a backup for injured Bryant on my DL.

  77. Todd says:
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    Grey!

    I need your advice. Should I trade Harper for Scherzer and Puig in a keeper league? I think Scherzer can help me more this year.

    (My 5 keepers will come from: Arenado, JD Martinez, Nola, Bauer, Acuna, Kershaw, and either Harper or Scherzer.)

    Thanks!
    Todd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I guess if he wins you the title this year, prefer Harper moving forward tho

  78. The Mudkat says:
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    Drop V. Valsquez for Givens for ratios/saves or grab Glasnow? Can also hold. Not liking that banger yesterday.

    Other options are Guassman/Miley or hold/stream.

    W/L/K/ERA/WHIP/NSV/K:BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs, I’d go Givens tho

    • The Mudkat says:
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      @The Mudkat:

      Also, currently have Nola/Thor/Paxton/Stripling/Newcomb/Roark/Darvish/Wood and Rodney/Trienan/Madson/Minter/Parker already on the staff.

      • The Mudkat says:
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        @The Mudkat:

        Not trying to spam, could also grab a bat. Trumbo is out there as is Renfroe.

  79. alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    as per your advice i traded Mazarra for Gerrit Cole
    Now I have to drop someone because Mazzara was on my DL not my active roster
    It is a keeper league
    Here are my options
    Willy Peralta, Taillion, Freddy Peralta, Romo, Will Smith, and Hector Rondon
    all guys would be $6 next year
    Thanks Grey
    I am leaning towards Willy P or Romo but what do you think

  80. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Been busy the last few days and have been reading but haven’t had a chance to comment. I saw you liked Astroworld, I’m really enjoying it so far. Definitely Travis best project since Rodeo. If you’re looking for something new, Denzel Curry recently dropped an album and it’s pretty good as well.

    Just building off your other responses about Trumbo, definitely lose Hosmer for him right?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, will check it out… Astroworld my fave album this year, loving it… Yeah, lose Hosmer

      • here comes the pizza says:
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        @Grey: I agree! The first half of Astroworld is incredibly strong. Thanks for the advice as always

    • here comes the pizza says:
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      @here comes the pizza: In another 12 tm league, would you lose Ozuna for Trumbo too?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nah, but I can’t say it doesn’t make sense

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s nah on Ozuna

          • here comes the pizza says:
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            @Grey: Haha I hear you on that. Ozuna is just so yawnstipating

            • Grey

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              I know, I own him

  81. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I hear ya on the umpiring stuff. I watched the video last night, and all the ump had to do was tell Soto that’s enough, or to kill it lest he be run. Instead, he chose to blow things out of proportion.

    Also, since MLB is so worried about pace of play, bring in electronic umpiring. Shrinking strike zones and worsening umpiring are causing at bats that are prolonged unfairly. This ultimately has a unjust effect on the outcomes of games. As I write this, Berrios throws a 3-2 pitch that is absolutely a strike, but is called ball four.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saw that on Berrios… Yeah, out of all the proposals, I’m most in line with AI umpiring, this would speed the game up and make it more accurate… Or umps should only be allowed to throw out managers… Throwing out players for muttering about a strike call is BS

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Indeed. I’ll draw up the petition. I told you Folty would be just fine due to his being started by Mr. Lucky in my home league.

        • Grey

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          Haha, true, and unearned runs for Folty too! More luck

  82. 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. LIMIT of 35 moves – no streaming

    I’ve been approached by a team out of playoffs to acquire Rizzo. He’s been trying to offer Corbin OR Berrios plus a bat (E. Escobar, G. Polanco) for my Rizzo. I can also add J. Gray to his trade (acquire him). What do you think ? Do you think: My Rizzo, Glassnow for His Berrios OR Corbin and J. Gray will help or should I stick ?

    I’m in first and think I have a decent team but can also improve. I can only keep 12 next year but obviously going for the win. My team is below.

    My team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – B. Dozier
    3B – Eugenio Suarez
    SS – T. Turner
    CI – A. Rizzo
    MI – X. Bogaerts
    LF – C. Yelich
    CF – C. Blackmon
    RF – M. Haniger
    Util – J. Upton
    BN – J. Villar
    DL– W. Ramos (10-day DL)

    SP – C. Carrasco
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – N. Syndergaard
    RP – W. Davis (RP)
    RP – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – A.J. Minter (RP)
    P – R. Osuna (RP)
    BN – J. Taillon
    BN – J. Paxton
    BN – R. Hill
    BN – L. Lynn
    BN – T. Glassnow
    BN – W. Buehler
    Thanks bud
    Marv

      • MarvPesos

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        @Grey: thanks bud, I’ve had another team come at me for a trade, what about this one:

        My Rizzo, W. Buehler, Lynn for His Gallo and Bauer ?

  83. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey!

    Great point on Soto. It would be nice if umpires had to think twice before ejecting a guy, “If I’m called on the carpet about this ejection, is it defensible?” Crazy that at Soto’s age, he’s almost got that “Mr. Williams will let you know when it’s a strike” batter’s eye. Ump’s aren’t used to that from kids. I wonder if the ump didn’t already know he blew that last at bat and so he had a quick trigger when questioned about it.

    You summed up my thoughts about my misguided stream of VV yesterday perfectly. I just wish one of the V’s in VV stood for victory.

    Sitting Berrios at Cleveland today. I really hope next year he’s closer to a set-it-and-forget-it guy. It’s been annoying this year sitting him for every third or fourth start, then having to root against him so I don’t regret it.

    Picked up Muncy off the wire this morning for the Coors series. Didn’t cost me anything so I figured what the hell. Think that might work out?

    Any predictions for the kind of stats Cano puts up when he returns? Post PED Starling Marte doesn’t seem to be missing any juice. (Of course, he’s younger/better.) Just curious about his value over replacement level.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! Yeah, it def had something to do with the previous at-bat but I still say an umpire shouldn’t be able to eject anyone over balls and strikes except for a manager… Let the team discipline Soto for getting his manager ejected if that’s what they want to do… Agreed on Berrios and like anyone in Coors, Muncy’s as good as anyone! Cano might hit 5-7 HRs, .280 with no steals

  84. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Please pick 3:

    Eflin @ SD (Nix) 9.2

    Eovaldi vs. Bal (Bundy) 17.6

    Wheeler @ Mia (Urena) 10.7

    Gibson @ Det (Liriano) 12.3

  85. The Big Yabu says:
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    Did anyone watch the Yankees game yesterday? Wondering whether to start trusting Severino again, or whether that was more about the White Sux…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I watched pieces, Severino was against a garbage team, means little (and still gave up runs)

      • The Big Yabu says:
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        @Grey: Hm. His upcoming schedule looks easy (vs NYM, vs Tor, @ Bal), so I guess he’s startable in those games — but I was hoping for more reason to be confident…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That does sound like a next upcoming schedule

  86. Drew says:
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    My Muncy and Folty for his Rendon and Andrew Miller in a 16-team OPS h2h? Would leave me only Sale, Nola, Flaherty, and JA Happ as SPs. My RPs would be stacked (Knebel, S. Dominguez, Vazquez, E. Diaz, CJ Edwards), but would have one on the bench.

    • Grey

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      Rendon side, but it’s about needs and it doesn’t sound like you needs Rendon side as much as Folty

      • Drew says:
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        @Grey:Yeah, that’s what I’m trying to figure out now. Rendon would slot into 3B, JRam would go to 2B (in place of Ian Happ/Muncy). Looking at another deal that would slot Bundy into the Folty void–figure the production ROS wouldn’t be *that much different.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, don’t love it

          • Drew says:
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            @Grey: aight. Thanks much.

  87. Crazy J says:
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    This catcher scab is starting to itch!

    Let’s go Falafel!!!

    • Crazy J says:
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      I totally agree on the ejections. Furthermore, I have seen so many poor calls (both for and against) and I’m ready for technology to take over calling balls and strikes.

      Finally, I have seen so many walked batters this season, especially lead-off walks… is it just me, or is it just the Dodgers? (the only team I really watch!)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Funny, Dodgers (and Angels) are like the only team(s) I don’t watch (black out games)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have a ball, with Falafel!

  88. Chris says:
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    10 team 5×5 OBP keeper

    I am in third, probably will finish 2 or 3 with current team. I can trade $5 Soto and $6 Albies for unkeepable Trout for ROS… probably improves my odds of winning to 30%. Is it worth taking the shot or keeping ammo for next season?

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey:

        He countered with Soto and Corbin for his Trout and Hader

  89. Ty says:
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    Mr A, bench guys question, just had Devers come off the DL … Who’s my drop. Devers, T. Anderson, Hosmer

      • Ty says:
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        @Grey: Thanks buddy. Is it time to give up on Gibson? I can drop him for Fiers, Pivetta or Cahill. Or are they all the same person. Also, just binge watched The Sinner. Pretty damn good but I’m sure you and the cougs have a serious back log of shows to watch.

        • Grey

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          I’d go with one of them if the matchup was decent, Pivetta is least safe tho — Nah, I need a show to watch, what’s that on Netflix?

            • Ty says:
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              @Ty: reminds me of the night of because you keep saying wtf is going on ?!?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Sweet, I liked that!

          • Ty says:
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            @Grey: just checked. It’s on Netflix . If you need a movie to watch check out You Were Never Really Here with Joaquin Phoenix.. shit is nuts

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, cool, Netflix makes it easier

  90. Zack says:
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    Does calling Corbin a Sell in early May negate calling him a Sleeper in the preseason?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was a sell when he had a 2.15 ERA

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: I think people are confusing “sell” with drop or trade for 50 cents on the dollar.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that might be the problem

  91. curiousgeorgespringer says:
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    Re the Umpshow — I think it is pretty much 100% a generational thing. Most umpires are boomers and gen xers, while the players are pretty much all millennials and now maybe a few Gen Zs.

    Those older generations have this attitude that everything is black and white and that people in certain positions are entitled to however much respect and deference they feel like they are entitled to. They fear change and resent that the younger generation is starting to figure out that the older generations are pretty much sitting on a throne of lies.

    You see that black and white perspective in responses to things like this. You suggest that an umpire shouldn’t be allowed to throw out a star player (or, presumably any player) for mumbling under his breath and immediately you see people (I would be you anything they are boomers) suggesting that the only alternative to Soto getting thrown out of that game is that baseball become professional wrestling.

    Anyway, end of rant — robot umps forever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Such a great comment, CGS… Yeah, or as I suggested in a comment, player argues strike call? Manager gets thrown out then they can handle the fall out within the team…

      • Curiousgeorgespringer says:
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        @Grey: I like it!

  92. JC says:
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    Jon Lester was dropped in one league.
    Do I pick him up & use regularly (he would be taking a streaming spot)? He has been pitching poorly since the break….

  93. jose says:
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    Good afternoon!

    May be too late for the day, but I may have gotten a bit cocky and put myself into a spot here and need some advice.

    I finally dropped Quintana today…but he has technically been my #2 since I traded Snell and Soria for Marte back in June. My real #2 has probably been SON and my #1 has been Morton. So my staff now is Morton, SON (currently Guerra and Bieber), and then relievers Diaz, Betances, Rondon, Strop, Romo, and Barnes.

    I do have Darvish and Nelson in my DL slots, but those are just lottery tickets at this point.

    I’m in 1st in the RCL league, but it’s still competitive.

    So here’s the question, with available SPs like Freeland, VV, Heany , Quintana (now), Weaver, Lynn do I need to try to get Quintana back off WW or make a trade for a SP before the deadline or do you think I could make it work using SON?

    Thanks!

    • jose says:
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      @jose: For Wins I’m +2 from 8th and -9 from 5th/6th, For Ks I’m +15 from 3rd and -78 from 1st (1st may hit the innings limit early or mid Sept), Saves I’m +18 from 3rd and -25 from 1st, ERA I’m +0.07 from 5th and -0.19 from 3rd, for WHIP I’m +.004 from 5th and -.012 from 3rd.

      It’s worth noting that the guy chasing me in Wins is also the guy killing me in Saves and shows no sign of changing direction.

      Thank you for any input that you can make sense of from all this rambling!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, man, forget Quintana… Can try to make a trade, but you can stream in an RCL

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I was thinking too, but wanted your opinion with the trade deadline fast approaching.

        My best hitting category is steals +14 over 2nd and plenty of contributors, should I look to move a Turner for Scherzer type, more like a Peraza for Cahill, or somewhere in between?

        Thanks for the late reply!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Turner for Scherzer-type if you can

  94. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    I’m streaming Bieber vs CHW ($20) tomorrow and tempted by the PIT @ SF game.. do you agree agree with SON that Holland ($7) is the better stream than Williams ($-9) ?

  95. Keith says:
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    Keeper League; I have best pitching in league (Kluber, Severino, Nola, Foltynewicz, Cahill, Happ, Eovaldi) with one of the worst hitting in the league. Being offered a trade where I send EE and Nola and get back Christian Yelich. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t like it

  96. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Franmil es muy caliente! Do you like him ROS over one of these guys?

    Villar
    Trumbo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s try him over Villar, be well!

  97. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    I have Ryu on DL. E Rod is on the wire. Red Sox play at home versus Jays and Mets the week of my first round playoffs. It is tempting to grab E Rod for one of my Dodgers given they play on the road at Cincy and then the Cards. Agree or hold?

    Or I could drop a RP like Hicks or Wily. Saves and holds league. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When’s the 1st week? Will Ed-Rod be back?

  98. DonnieB says:
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    Maybe Hader now gets to be closer with Knebel out of job and Soroa hurt. Can we hope? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hope so

  99. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Hunter Renfro or Jankowski in an NL only keeper league? I realize it’s apples/ oranges.

  100. Gotime says:
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    So checked the scores for the first time today and saw Knebel.. dubbya t f Grey… I have a free spot but only 13 moves in my H2H weekly cats league. Wait until Sunday to see what plays out or make a move for Jeffress or Leclerc (or both) Other closer is Minter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wait until Sunday to see, but liking Leclerc

  101. LG Basebeall says:
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    Loved the write-up Grey!

    Please let me know which side you like in a Dynasty for the following trades:

    1) Albies, Hoskins or Rizzo, Devers
    2) Albies, Hoskins or Stanton, Eloy
    3) Albies, Hoskins or Judge

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Albies 2. Stanton 3. Albies

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey!

  102. herschel says:
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    Rodney to Oakland. Heisenberg looks like hes been smoking blue ice recently. Who do we like for sagnof?

    • hal_incandenza says:
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      @herschel: I’m sticking with Hildenberger, but I’m also looking for confirmation I didn’t grab the wrong guy.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @hal_incandenza: i’m going rogers, he’s been (other than pressly who for some idiot reason wasn’t used in high leverage and he’s gone now anyway to HOU (who IS using him in high leverage, immediately)) by far the best guy there (esp lately), FIPs of these:
        hildenberger: 4.31
        rogers (and it’s even better since off DL too): 2.54
        rodney (better than i thought actually): 3.79
        reed (bad ALL year): 4.89
        may (dark horse here if they go with skills): -.67 (this is in less than 4 innings though)

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          @goodfold2: in particular,
          -once rogers got the better (later) inning than hildenberger since off DL
          – EVERY other time hildenberger HAD gotten a later inning since rogers is back(and actually EVERY inning hildenberger HAS played since rogers is back anyway) he’s F’d it up.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @herschel: and smoking blue ice (at least for a while) would probably make him a BETTER pitcher, not bad like he’s been. maybe he was smoking way too much of it earlier in the year when he was doing well, and now is strung out.

  103. fleeced says:
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    Franmil Reyes, Renfroe, or Jeff McNeil?

  104. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    20 teamer with holds and saves sold separately. just before bearclaw turned into trash i had to drop one RP, i dropped soylent greene. now have: arano, alexander, bearclaw, yates, colome. rogers was just nabbed a day or so before bearclaw lost his job, but parker and tepera have been dropped lately. drop bearclaw for which of them to get a 2nd closer? probably parker since we’re more sure about him being the closer.

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