Baseball’s Rat Pack is back! A classic saxophone beat starts playing. It’s Bobby Darin’s Don’t Rain on My Parade. A disembodied voice can be heard, “Hey world here I am!” Just then Jose Altuve stands up from an umbrella stand, “Don’t tell me not to hit a deep fly, I’ve simply got to!” George Springer walks out banging on a bucket, “If someone takes a spill, it’s me and not you! Ow, my hamstring!” Alex Bregman walks out, and faux bashfully closes Altuve’s jersey, “Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on our 2017 World Series parade.” Yesterday, was a sign of old stolen signs. Alex Bregman (3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 5th homer, and came within a single of the cycle. The Hungry Man cycle! For 2021, Bregman seems less impacted by this egregious season. He was never going to reach last year’s peak, but he can also avoid this year’s nadir. Speaking of low points (segue!), Jose Altuve (3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 4th homer, and his 1st homer in more than a month. Mentioned this a few times on recent podcasts, but I tested positive for a 2021 Jose Altuve not being on my teams. He won’t be drafted in the top 25 again, and I’m not sure if he’ll be in the top 100. Finally, George Springer (3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 14th homer, and, well, he’s acksually been good, when he’s been on the field, which, like usual, is nowhere nearly enough. Now watch the Astros get hot at the perfect time for the playoffs, and give MLB one of the worst storylines for a team contending for the playoffs since the 1920 White Sox were led by “Wearing Shoes” Jim Jackson, Joe’s dandy brother. “Take your shoes off, Jim! You’re embarrassing yourself!” Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche! Before we get into the roundup, here’s a podcast I guested on with some Hollywood types, where we talked about my run-in with Suge Knight, making the finals of The Great American Bake-Off, working with Bobby Brown and how that Jose Canseco interview came to happen. Anyway II, the roundup:

Lance Lynn – 5 2/3 IP, 9 ER, ERA at 3.32. Eff me. I don’t buy for a second the manager, Steve Winwood, told Lance Lynn to just roll with it. If Lynn wanted out of his final game to preserve his ERA, he would’ve been lifted. What I think happened, Lynn felt like it was better to keep his streak of 100 pitches in a game going, rather than, ya know, be actually freakin’ good!

Willie Calhoun – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .193. It feels like Willie needs a change of environment. Or looser fitting pants. There won’t be a Buy column this afternoon, because, well, only a few days left. Everyone is droppable and pickupable (totally a word!). If there were a Buy, Calhoun would be there, because I’m a sucker for Willie. Hey now! Maybe this is Calhoun getting hot for the final weekend. As for our Patreons, there will still be a weekly podcast, and it’s $5/month. The price of one-and-a-third tanks of gas.

Nate Pearson – Activated today to pitch out of the bullpen, have a setback and not be able to pitch again until 2022. Well, not explicitly that reason.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 8th homer, hitting .263. Pretty yawnstipating year from Vladdy the Mini Impaler, but the Jays are going to the playoffs. This could be Buffalo’s first championship in…Google’s not returning results, but will keep checking.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.69. He is the best kept secret, that, for whatever reason, doesn’t seem possible to ruin. No one wants to draft Ryu ever, and he does nothing but return value…Every. Single. Year. Yes, I brought out the douchey single word sentences.

David Peterson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.44. With all due respect, Peterson has not looked as good as the results. Any hoo! Season’s over for him, but maybe not for you! If you need a starter for this weekend, make sure to check out the Streamonator.

Jose Iglesias – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .373. Jose limped around the bases on his home run like he was a 1988 Kirk Gibson, or a 2020 Grey starting Kyle Gibson.

Austin Hays – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games. Hot schmotato alert!

Pablo Lopez – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.61. Was even more sparkling this year than his ERA tells us. Not sure Pab-lo has ace potential, but in Crayola Canyon across a full season I could see a pitcher who wavers between a number two and three fantasy starter for all leagues, which is not bad at all.

Jesus Aguilar – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. *puts Jesus on a fantasy team that is 27 points out of 1st, puts on Mike and the Mechanics’ All I Need Is A Miracle* Let’s go!

Ian Anderson – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.95. Next year’s crop of pitchers is going to be like staggering walls for crash test dummies. At some point, every pitcher is going to hit a wall, just a matter of time. Ian Anderson will hit the hard rock embankment, which I will call the Jethro Wall.

Corey Seager – 1-for-3 and his 15th homer, hitting .325. Don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say Seager’s having a good season for him in a 162-game season.

Chad Kuhl – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.27. Said like John Oliver, “Kuhl.” It’s pretty amazing that this wasn’t the outcome of more games for the Cubs. Have you looked at their lineup? Jason Heyward hit third yesterday, and it made sense! Javier Baez has fallen to the seven-hole and is hitting .196, and he’s blowing away the season Kris Bryant is having. Anthony Rizzo is their leadoff man with a .222 average, and they acquired Cameron Maybin, and he’s their 2nd best hitter!

Colin Moran – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 9th homer, hitting .255. Also, in this game, Adam Frazier (2-for-5, 2 RBIs) hit his 7th homer; Bryan Reynolds (3-for-4, 2 runs) hit his 6th homer, and Josh Bell (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) hit his 8th homer. All of those Pirates suck. Dot dot dot. And they’re all better than their Cubs’ counterpart!

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.68. Was a bit touch-and-go like your Uncle Morty, but Gausman closed out a great season (two months) with a solid final effort. If I win any leagues, it will be thanks to him, so I will send out a message in a bottle, thanking him. Here’s to reading the tide charts correctly!

Joey Bart – 1-for-3, 1 run, hitting .247. Bart runs slow and can’t hit worth a shizz. I kid, but he makes me think there should be an acronym like TINSTAPP but for catchers. TINSTAPP stands for There Is No Such Thing As Pitching Prospects. If you want to suggest in the comments a TINSTAPP for catchers without it being just TINSTACP, go for it! Maybe we can get a last-minute glossary term in before the season ends. Though, everyone might be at fantasy football already (in no way clickbait).

Garrett Hampson – 1-for-4, 1 run, and two steals (5, 6). After the game, Bud Black said, “The thing I’m most looking forward to this offseason is not watching Garrett Hampson play for six months. I love not seeing him play. It fills me with joy.”

Zach Plesac – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.28. Can’t wait to see what the playoffs have in store for Plesac. I’m hoping at least one ‘missed curfew’ and a TikTok explaining why ‘rules weren’t made for Zach P.’

Cesar Hernandez – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and hitting near .350 in the last week with a homer. Cesar came, he saw, he schmotato’ed.

Carlos Martinez – Hit the IL with an oblique strain. Could return in three weeks for the Cardinals’ final home stand. Kidding. He’s done.

Kwang-Hyun Kim – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 1.62. He won’t be in the Streamonator (at least not yet), but I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s games on Monday, then Kim could be called on. If you know you’re gonna need the starts, I’d stash him now.

Dylan Carlson – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and now has two big games in the last three games, and, yes, I’m grasping at straws, but the final straw broke the camel’s back and I’m about to start toking Camels if I don’t win some of these goofy 60-game leagues.

Willi Castro – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .350. Fun fact! Willi in the Castro is a totally different thing.

Miguel Cabrera – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .250, and this homer sailed 450 feet, which is also the number you can count to in the time it takes Miggy to round the bases.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .360. This year is so discombobulated it’s really two months and not a year, and Perez could have a chance at being the top catcher for fantasy this year, after missing three weeks, due to testing positive for bad contact lenses.

Adalberto Mondesi – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and two steals (21, 22). “Just put on Eye of the Tiger when I enter the room.” “Why?” “Because I have Adalberto Mondesi on my fantasy team–Stop asking questions! I’m gonna walk out and reenter, and when I do, play it.” This is a verbatim conversation between Cougs and I. *punches the air on the drum beat* RISING UP!

Alex Gordon – 0-for-3, will be retiring after 14 years. Alex Gordon and Ryan Braun were both drafted in the first 5 picks of the 2005 draft as third basemen, and both moved to the outfield. They were different in almost every other way. Braun’s righty; Gordon’s lefty. Braun was great on offense; Gordon was great on defense. Braun used PEDs and threw a FedEx delivery guy under a bus; Alex Gordon ate Pez and delivered a championship to KC.

 
  1. Duntroon68 says:
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    Sitting Miggy these last four days may cost me a championship and some money. It may not but I’d have three or four more points if I had played him. Things you didn’t ever see yourself saying again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that sucks — sometimes you roll sevens coming out, sometimes sevens rolls you

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you start the following in a

    QS K:9 ERA WHIP S+H K league

    Jack Flahtery Vs MIL
    Dinelson Lamet Vs SF
    Spencer Turnbull Vs KC
    Taijuan Walker Vs BAL
    Mitch Keller Vs CLE

    Would start Profar in a DH against SF or Gleyber Torres for Alcantara and MIA in MIA?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      With no other context, I’d start them all… Profar

      • Dave D says:
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        I understand the logic of short starts for playoff pitchers the final games, but 42 pitches for Taijuan is ridiculous. Dude only had 50 IP coming in. He easily have gotten through 5 IP with 70 or less total pitches (and more importantly, earned me a win). Now is he not stretched out enough to go 9IP if needed in his next playoff start if he’s throwing well? Looks like TOR got a great deal. Pearson looked good too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pitchers won’t be able throw any IP next year… it’s gonna be so goofy…Pearson did look good but I really hate arm injuries

  3. Colin6889 says:
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    CRAPIDEA
    (Catchers Regarded As Prospects I Don’t Ever Affirm)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, I like it! You’re in the lead

      • LaRockakis says:
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        Was gonna ask…is Rutschman worth a roster spot? He’s obvs v highly ranked, but am I really EVER gonna keep a catcher?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, prolly not — plus, when are the O’s actually promoting him?

          • LaRockakis says:
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            My insider #sources are saying 2023. Irl tho, I imagine he’ll be starting for us next year some time.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d hope so, but I don’t know, they held down Mountcastle for so long

              • LaRockakis says:
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                Severino played well and Sisco (let me see thaaat thoooooooong) finally played like his job was on the line so who knows.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I kinda like Sisco and Severino, O’s have too many catcher bats

  4. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fantastic report!!!

    a. If this the last update of the regular season 2020, then it makes me really sad. Oh well, we still have the playoffs updates, all the awards updates, the AFL updates, winter deals updates, the Dominican winter league updates, ST updates (Kipnis takes the ST HR title 3 years running!!) and the start of next year. Hopefully, the situ will be better in ’21 than this year.

    b. Start Heaney tonight at LAD (Kershaw)? Still need IP (I need 20 IP to get to 370 IP, so I think I’ll be okay.). SON is favorable $12.2 even if Kershaw is more favorable.

    My other pitchers for the weekend include the following. Would you start them if you need IP to qualify?

    1. Bumgarner (don’t laugh) at home on Saturday versus the Rox (German Marquez). SON likes $15.5 and doesn’t mind Marquez ($4.2).
    2. Sonny Gray at Minnesota on Sunday (Rich Hill). SON=-$8.5. (I’m leaning, no).
    3. Minor at home versus Seattle on Saturday (Dunn). SON=$11.7 for Minor and Dunn is -$18.1.
    4. Smyly (again please refrain from laughing) at home versus SD on Sunday (Zach Davies). SON=$2.7 for Smyly and Davies is -$7.6.

    Should be able to get 20 IP from Heaney, Bum, Minor and Smyly without using Gray, right? I also have Nick Anderson, Chapman and Greg Holland in the RP. Maybe I get a couple of innings out of them, hard to tell.

    c. Have a nice weekend.

    d. MLB quote of the day for September 25, 2020.

    ‘The biggest thing I’ve learned is location.’

    ‘I enjoy talking pitching and talking baseball. And I don’t have all the answers. I don’t claim to, but I’m more than happy to share my beliefs.’

    ‘We tried to do everything we could to get back as soon as possible.’

    Harry Leroy ‘Roy’ Halladay III, aka ‘Doc’ even though his name is spelled Halladay and Doc was Holliday.

    Halladay is my pick for best player in Toronto Blue Jays’ franchise history. He won the CY in 2003 in the AL and 2010 in the NL. He pitched a perfect game (May 29, 2010) and a postseason no-hitter (October 6, 2010). RIP Roy Halladay.

    His 162-game average.

    17-9 W-L, .659 PCT., 3.38 ERA, 33 GS, 6 CG, 2 SHO, 232 IP, 223 H, 96 R, 87 ER, 50 BB, 179 K, 131 ERA+, 3.39 FIP, 1.178 WHIP

    His best years were many, but I guess 2003, and 2008-2011. What do you all say was his best year?

    2003

    22-7 W-L, .759 PCT., 3.25 ERA, 36 GS, 9 CG, 2 SHO, 266 IP, 253 H, 111 R, 96 ER, 32 BB, 204 K, 145 ERA+, 3.23 FIP, 1.071 WHIP

    2008

    20-11 W-L, .645 PCT., 2.78 ERA, 33 GS, 9 CG, 2 SHO, 246 IP, 220 H, 88 R, 76 ER, 39 BB, 206 K, 152 ERA+, 3.03 FIP, 1.053 WHIP

    2009

    17-10 W-L, .630 PCT., 2.79 ERA, 32 GS, 9 CG, 4 SHO, 239 IP, 234 H, 82 R, 74 ER, 35 BB, 208 K, 159 ERA+, 3.06 FIP, 1.126 WHIP

    2010

    21-10 W-L, .677 PCT., 2.44 ERA, 33 GS, 9 CG, 4 SHO, 250.2 IP, 231 H, 74 R, 68 ER, 30 BB, 219 K, 167 ERA+, 3.01 FIP, 1.040 WHIP

    2011

    19-6 W-L, .760 PCT., 2.35 ERA, 32 GS, 8 CG, 1 SHO, 233.2 IP, 208 H, 65 R, 61 ER, 35 BB, 220 K, 163 ERA+, 2.20 FIP, 1.040 WHIP

    My pick is 2011 even though he won the CY in 2003 and 2010. Wins are a fickle mistress.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. I’ll do one more on Monday of Sunday games and a wrap — Did you get the job in TJ?

      B. I would start Heaney — and I’d start all 4 of those, but it would be a game time decision on Smyly and Gray…If Padres and Twins were sitting regulars, then I’d start them — Reds/Giants are still playing fro something, those others aren’t — could be a good situation

      C. You too!

      D. That’s awesome, I take 2011 too — RIP

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        Thanks man.

        TJ still up in the air. Will let you know, for sure.

        Yep, samesies on Smyly and Gray.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup! No problem!

  5. Harley Earl says:
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    Oh come on Grey.

    Any league that still has Kim as a streaming option at this point is a joke. Your advice to those people should be, “If Kim is available on your waiver wire for games that may possibly be played on Monday, you need to join a new fucking league because your league is full of dumbasses.”

    As I’ve said since spring training, Kim was always a name to know and draft late since nobody seemed to know anything about him. His strikeout totals will leave you asking for more, but that 1.62 ERA and 1.03 WHIP is gorgeous and worth rostering all the time. I bet you’re on his ass next year!

    • Philsfan76 says:
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      lmao. Relax. He’s an average pitcher at best and rostered in 67% of CBS leagues. Yeah, he’s a streamer.

      • Cram It says:
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        And 60% owned in Yahoo. Harley just has to keep reminding everyone how great his call was until Grey bows to him.

    • A lot of leagues season ends Sunday. Even if there are games played on Monday So your theory only applies to some.As Kim goes he only a steamer at best. Your league sounds like a bunch of…….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe I’ll like Kim, will have to check him out further, he did have a nice ERA, but that means little

  6. Joel says:
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    Grey, that podcast was a lot of fun! Such great stories, and I laughed the entire time! And listening to that Jose Canseco interview again after all these years… I had forgotten how crazy it was.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, it was fun doing it!

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    It’s really too bad what the Jays are doing with Pearson. Hopefully they don’t ride him too hard in the playoffs and let him get back to health in earnest over the offseason.

    Thanks to you and the Razz team/tron/son, it’s looking like I’ve locked my 1st place win in my main keeper league (currently opened up to a 14 point lead over 2nd) and 2nd in my other life friends and family one. Thanks guys!

    So, naturally, would love your way too early keeper thoughts in each! Here are my options and their 2021 salaries…

    1. KEEP 7 (standard stats, roto, weekly)

    Definitely keeping:
    Acuna ($32)
    Story ($19)
    Eloy ($10)
    Bieber ($19)

    Options for Final 3 spots (if I can’t make an off-season trade):
    Machado ($31)
    Burnes ($4)
    Clint Frazier ($4)
    Luis Robert ($24 – mentioned him a week ago…I’m definitely rostering him next year, but know he’s going to be draftable for this price or lower in my league, so not any keeper savings)
    Ryu ($17)
    Carrasco ($12)
    Snell ($19)
    Wheeler ($13)
    Gausman ($6)
    Cronenwoth ($6)
    Teoscar ($19 – he’ll be cheaper to draft)

    2. KEEP 5 (OBP OPS (no average), QS)

    Definitely keeping:
    Sexy Dr Pepper ($11)
    Story ($16)
    Bellinger ($14)

    Options for Final 2 Spots (barring trade):
    Robert ($5 – but huge drag on OBP)
    Voit ($6)
    Yordan Alvarez ($8)
    Bohm and his .400 obp ($5)
    Sixto ($5)
    Ian Anderson ($5)
    Glasnow ($15)

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      1. Machado, Robert
      2. Voit, Bohm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram, but I might go Robert over Bohm, hard to turn down a guy who could be Acuna for a guy who could be Rendon — both great, but Acuna beats Rendon

  8. LaRockakis says:
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    Do we think Mondesi bounces back next year? He was so dreadful to start, but the late turn around has been nice.

    Fuck, man. Season’s already over and my team stunk this year. Total bummer. I miss commenting every day, and I’m really scraping the bottom of the barrel just to have something to talk about.

    At least I was able to pick up Mancini as a potential 2021 keeper after someone drafted him, kept him for six weeks, and then dropped him (lol). I guess you could say I “did my time, took my chances”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It sucks to think Mondesi is getting dinged for not being good 8 of 8 weeks, but I guess he is…He’s a top guy in fantasy when he’s good — I’m here all winter, you can still scrap barrel to talk to me

      • LaRockakis says:
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        Sure but he was p awful for over a month. He got moved to 9th for Cripe’s sake. But I know what you mean. In the winter, I’m pretty much just a football boi so I’ll be razzing DonkeyFace and MB, although they are much less fun to razz. Razz the Razzers!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, no worries! Give Donkey hell for me!

          • LaRockakis says:
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            He’s such a piece of shit. Don’t tell him I said that. Plus, he hates you! If you ever need a writer to replace him, I’m your man. Except I’m not that great at writing. Dece at best.

            Is the home remodel… aka moving the kitchen 6 inches…done yet?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, kitchen is six inches to the left, looks same, but I hear it’s better for feng shui

  9. CTFDU says:
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    Thanks for your great job writing and as general advisor. Do you think Lamet and Paddack will pitch their normal today or will be on a short outing? Start Senzatela or Heaney today? Lindblon, Velasquez an Suter also available. Sorry, but this playoff scheme is driving me crazy. I forgot to tell that I am looking for K, ERA and QS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guessing short outings for the Padres — I’d start Heaney and Senzatela — don’t know who all those others are facing

  10. Jorginho says:
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    Is Lamet throwing 6 IP tonight for a QS? he’ll start on Sep 30 playoffs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems unlikely, unless he coasts thru on 75 pitches

  11. Daniel Schwartz says:
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    New acronym: CHAS – Catcher hitting aint scoutable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think I like CRAPIDEA better, but will put CHAS on list

  12. Cram It says:
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    I also have Willi Castro on my NFBC team. My drafted bench has easily outperformed my drafted starting team. Tied for 2nd going into the weekend. Wili, Mauricio, Roman and A-Dick…bring me that 2nd place money!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s pretty impressive you drafted Willi Castro, I’m not sure I knew who he was when we were drafting

  13. Doghouse12 says:
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    Grey, should we expect a full load from Darvish or Flaherty today? Both teams still have something to play for, but this last week of the season always seems to mess with me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be shocked on Yu, but Cards need Flaherty so if he can pitch well, he’s throwing 9 IP

  14. Marco Esquandolas says:
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    Hi Razzball, long time reader and thanks for the work you guys do. I read Razzball every morning.

    Who gets any / the most saves from this point forward?

    Barnes, Dolis, miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’m gonna guess Miller, but it is a guess

  15. pinkman says:
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    Halt When Catcher’s On Fire? Maybe not but made myself laugh and that’s all that matters, kids.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I think CRAPIDEA above is still best

  16. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Glossary term: Der Wieterschnitzel. May seem like a good idea if you’re drunk, but you’ll have regrets.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’ll add it to list, but I still liek CRAPIDEA from above

  17. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I’m still ahead in my Roto league by over 10 points but my opponent had a 6 point swing overnight. I guess it made me a little nervous. Two questions:

    1. Relative to whoever is behind me in these cats, I’m 3 ahead of the next team, 40Ks ahead, 0.12 ahead in ERA, and 0.04 ahead in WHIP. ‘m already starting Taijuan and Urquidy. Would you start today any of Mahle (@MIN), Senzatela (@ARI), or Turnbull @KC? SON dislikes all three, but hates Turnbull least.

    2. I want a backup OF for tomorrow and Sunday in case one of my players (like Judge) gets rested. One of Canha, Franmil, or Laureano seems like the best choice. The As have two games, but Franmil faces Pittsburgh, and Hittertron prefers him. Do I go Franmil?

    12-team, 10-cat, roto redraft

    C – Realmuto, 1B – Abreu; 2B – Albies; 3B – Bohm; SS – Trea; OF – Judge, Dickerson, Pillar; Util – Voit; Bench – Franco

    SP – Deivi, Justus, Maeda, Mahle*, Senzatela*, Taijuan*, Turnbull*, Urquidy*,
    RP – Bard, Hunter, Miller, Pressly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I would start Senzatela if I needed the start, but you don’t sound like you need it

      2. Canha

  18. Jimmy says:
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    3B in my points league dynasty is a wasteland for 2021. Our league gives this pandemic season the option to freeze contracts a year, so essentially there isn’t much left at 3B and I won’t know until March if anyone was dropped. That said, I only have Austin Riley as a 3B heading into the offseason. Was offered a deal for JD Davis….yes we can still trade. Any interest in him going forward? Do you think he gets moved? Improves? Anything at all?

    I know it sucks that he’s an option for me. Losing Vlad to 1B hurt the plan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…I still like Davis, he doesn’t seem like much more than a 25-homer, no steals, .255 hitter tho — so lower ceiling

      • Jimmy says:
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        He sounds a lot like Riley, though maybe .255 is a bit high….so unless I’m trading someone I won’t need (like a Sean Murphy), I should probably hold tight until the draft and hope someone else is there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, could see him and Riley near each other in 2021 rankings

  19. Rob says:
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    Garrett Hampson – 1-for-4, 1 run, and two steals (5, 6). After the game, Bud Black said, “The thing I’m most looking forward to this offseason is not watching Garrett Hampson play for six months. I love not seeing him play. It fills me with joy.”

    As a Garrett Hampson owner, this made me laugh out loud (yet cry on the inside because it seems to be the truth when it comes to his usage this year). I was counting on Hampson to get much more PT (and many more SBs) than he has this year.

    • molina bros bbq says:
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      1. Would you start Yarbrough vs PHI (Wheeler) tomorrow?
      2. Would you bench either B. Anderson or M. Rojas (both @NYY against J. Happ) to stream Y. Tsutsugo vs PHI (Velasquez) today? Assuming Tsutsugo is in the line up of course which I’d check before swapping out.

      Scratching and clawing trying to win this H2H championship matchup. I’m down but it’s close. Today is a key day. I’ve got Yu and Urquidy going and a bunch of hitters in the double headers. It’s OBP no avg with a bunch of strange categories but basically I’m down in counting stats for hitting. HR, R, RBI, H, TB, BB (told you, strange categories).

      Love the hittertron and streamonator. Just did the 2 day trial to check it out. I’ll be signing up for a full membership next year for sure (assuming we have a season).

      Thanks Grey!

      • molina bros bbq says:
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        Whoops not sure why this posted as a reply to another comment, my bad.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        1. I doubt Rays pitch him more than a few innings, but I’d start him

        2. I’d start the Marlins

        No problem! Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, imagine if you were Hampson — Black has literally cost him his career — Hampson could be a top 10 2B in the league, instead he’s a utility player

  20. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    fire Lance Lynn into the sun

    • molina bros bbq says:
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      LOL!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      AMEN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  21. here comes the pizza says:
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    Last stream of the year. Which one would you prefer?

    Shoemaker v. BAL (8.6)
    C. Smith v. COL (10.7)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith

  22. Steve says:
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    1. Start Stanton vs Alcantara or Duvall v. Mazza

    Obp, SLG, hr, rbi

    2. Like Vinny V @ Rays today?

    3. Like Porcello @ Nats today or Wright vs. BoSox?

    Thanks, flailing in the finals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Duvall

      2. Nah

      3. Neither…Porcello

  23. NUX says:
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    Grey, thx for another fun year of content. A weird year for sure, but so grateful we even had baseball at all.

    I’m looking at those $10 bestballs we were doing on NFBC during the shutdown. It looks like I might win a little bit of cash from the one. And I see you are in 1st in one too!

    I’m in the top half of Razzslam (97 of 216), but I’m already looking forward to a redo in that in 2021 bc stuff like Yelich, Altuve, Danny Santana, Muncy, Stroman, Moncada really wrecked what felt like such a good bestball roster at the time

    Outside of those leagues, I think I’m gonna win my usual amount of cash from my redrafts and keeper leagues I play in, but damn, even in a short 2 month season… that grind was feels more exhausting than usual. Oh and I turned around a dynasty squad that I had taken over at the end of last year really quickly thanks to our guy the Itch. That man knows his shizz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I check about once a week on the $10 bestballs…Glad to get my $ back by winning one, will have paid for others

      Really tough on RazzSlam or any league this year…It was an all around crapshoot — Itch is great, agreed! He turns around dynasty teams quick

  24. tha chaz says:
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    Anyone starting Senzatela today? Streamonator doesnt seem to like the matchup, but the diamondbacks arent exactly a good lineup, and don’t have S Marte anymore either?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

      • tha chaz says:
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        That makes me feel a little less terrified of starting him, thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, I’m still scared tho! But yeah he’s been good, so here goes

    • tha chaz says:
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      Head to head, tight on all 6 pitching categories (W, QS, ERA, WHIP, Ks, S) and guy has Lamet, Castillo and Berrios going this weekend. Currently ahead on all but only slightly and my big guns (bieber, maeda, keuchel) have all gone already.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, I’m starting him

  25. Joe Cooper says:
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    Glossary Term:
    CRAPSHOOT

    Catchers Rarely Achieve Potential So Hold Off Or Toss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, that might be better — I will confer with Rudy between CRAPIDEA and CRAPSHOOT

      • Larry Frye says:
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        COVID-NP2. Catchers Over Valued In Draft – No Position 2

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think I like CRAPSHOOT the best

    • Joe Cooper says:
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      Trade could also work for the end. I’d much rather trade Bart so someone who believes in his profile.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, true

  26. Hobo says:
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    Mondesi is the anti-K. Marte (I had both).

    Thanks for a great season Grey! This stuff really kept me going (for 90 days). I will now take a nap until April.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, No problem!

  27. Thanks Grey you are the best!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  28. Humpy says:
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    Seriously? A Catcher Prospect? Under No Circumstances Holmes

    SACPUNCH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I think CRAPSHOOT or CRAPIDEA is better, but not bad!

  29. Hafner says:
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    Going all out on streamers to try and max volume state while hopefully not shooting ratios into the sun. Which of these would you start, and in what order?

    Kyle Wright BOS -0.7

    Ponce De Leon MIL -5.5

    VVelasquez @TB -7.0

    Keller @CLE -14.6

    Mahle @MIN -19.5

    Lindbloom @STL (no metrics posted)

    Taylor Clarke COL 3.9

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Leon, Clarke, Lindblom, Keller, Wright

  30. Evan Menzel says:
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    CATBUTT
    Can’t Always Trust Backstop Upside Theories Tho

    • Evan Menzel says:
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      when it comes to catching prospects, u always wanna make sure u lift the tail and check it out

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HAHA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, Catbutt made me laugh, but I think CRAPSHOOT gets point across better

  31. Joel AKA Hugman says:
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    Thanks Grey! Don’t miss out on that great podcast episode folks! It’s got a five-Grey-cackles guarantee!

    Also, this season was a dumpster fire fantasy wise for me. EXCEPT FOR DAKOTA HUDSON and Thrift Store Ryu (Kim)!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, it was fun doing it!

  32. El Zoro Hombre says:
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    Grey,
    I am trying to chase a team down for W’s but have some pitching restrictions to deal with.
    Do you have any suggestions on teams to target, as I add some RPs off the waiver wire?
    I get it, this is the definition of a crap shoot.
    But if you got a team or two, I am willing to take a chance.
    Appreciate your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I don’t know…Hmm…Giants and Cards

      • El Zoro Hombre says:
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        I will take it. Your guess is as good as mine here.
        Wasn’t sure if any team might limit starters or something. Just bouncing ideas.

        H2H championship
        We have SP restrictions
        I am just trying to maximize my potential
        W’s are a B, thanks so much.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Will says:
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    Last day of the season potential starts – would you start

    Quintana @ CWS
    Freeland @ AZ
    Montas vs SEA

    or none of the above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start none if I didn’t need to

      • Will says:
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        Clinging to a 3 point lead in a standard 5×5 league. Distance behind the category leader: wins 4, Ks 39, middle of the pack in ERA and WHIP with other teams very close. So it would be a potential gamble to snare possible wins and get some Ks versus potential ERA and WHIP damage. Normally this late in the season the ratio categories would be much more stable but with only 60 games they’re still capable of moving around a lot !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d try Freeland then

  34. aintlifegrand says:
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    Lynn shaved 7 points off my 12 point lead going into the last three games. I kept hoping the white towel would fly out of the dugout before the third homer. Hoping Urquidy can smooth out some of the damage tonight in his final start and fight to clinch the playoffs for the Stros.

    Now I really need to boost some batting cats though no particular need.

    Would you start Grisham and Alex Dickerson today with their doubleheaders? Grisham has been pretty cold though and Dickerson faces Paddack and Lamet. Other options include:
    Clint Frazier and/or Hicks vs Alcantara
    Duvall vs Mazza (BOS)
    Olson vs Kikuchi
    Walsh @Kershaw
    Dom Smith @Scherzer
    Dalbec @Kyle Wright
    Sano vs Mahle (#7 on the SON today despite being cold)
    Nate Lowe vs Velasquez

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Lynn was an amazingly terrible start so late in the season

      I’d start Grisham, and Dickerson

  35. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I have very mixed emotions on baseball this year. On the one hand, I hate this “season”. It is essentially meaningless and is not an indicator of who was the best performing players or fantasy managers.

    On the other hand, I’m grateful for some baseball and don’t want it to end.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same and same

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Man, though I’m looking forward to next season though.

        Since we are still playing though I have some Q’s for today:

        Hernandez vs. Mitch Keller or Hiura vs. Flaherty and Ponce De Leon

        Miggy @ Brad Keller or Maikel Franco vs. Turnbull

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, same — feel like I have blue balls for a real season

          Hiura

          Miggy

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            I hear ya. I’m probably going to have to hop on here in December and ask random matchup questions just to get my fill.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, never Colin Moran tho

    • Storyhole Joel says:
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      Man, 100% the same. Our league was won by the guy that drafted Fun The Jewels, Abreu, Lamet, Darvish, and Cole (not in that order). He’s had it wrapped up since week 4.
      On top of it I’m a Cards fan, and they can be so unfun these days since we’re in year two of switching to a more analytical approach to hitting that is going to take like three to five years to realize. AND Jack Flaherty is terrible this year.

      Still love watching baseball tho!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Storyhole Joel! So fancy now

        • StoryJoel says:
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          Haha

  36. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    Springer @ TEX or T. Anderson vs. Cubs ROS? Going for league win.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  37. PrawnLord says:
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    Would you start Mahle at MIN today?
    Have a slight lead in Ks and whip, trying to come back in ERA and QS (down 1). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  38. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    One more question for today:

    Pick 2

    Arozarena vs. Velasquez

    Taylor vs. Heaney

    Hays vs. Taijuan

    Profar vs. Anderson and some random SF starter

    Dickerson vs. Lamet and Paddock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar, Dickerson — I’d stock up on DHs

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Profar probably won’t play both ends of the DH. Second choice to him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hays

  39. Eddie says:
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    Grey
    1. starting heaney vs dodgers?
    2. alcantara vs yanks?

    3. who would you stream out of these pitchers musgrove vs cleveland or mccullerss vs texas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. yes
      2. Sure
      3. McCullers

  40. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Who do you think is the better start and safer bet to go 6+?
    Marco Gonzalez @ OAK on Sunday
    Lance McCullers @ TEX on Saturday

    Maybe Oakland is sitting some starters Sunday to make that one a little easier for Marco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gonzales

      • pflip says:
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        Am I crazy to bench Trout today? He’s been dismal for awhile.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Little crazy, yeah

  41. Funk says:
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    First off sorry to be long winded! Long time reader took 1st in regular season or playoffs (both pay out) 3 out of 5 years much thanks to this website.

    H2H finals this week 16 teams 6×6. I have 6 starts left on paper but could be less depending if they throw Sonny Gray, Seth Lugo and Dane Dunning for normal starts. Also picked up Keegan Akin for double start this week but not really trusting him sunday @ Buffalo wild wings (son around -15). Have Brady singer on Sunday as well (son around +8)

    Team I’m playing has 1 start Urquidy @ tex today and 3 adds to use between sat and Sunday.

    Losing categories 5-7 right now with rbis being close in his favor and hr in his favor but possible to grab (down by 2 and 3 respectively)

    W 2-1 for me
    L 2-3 for me
    Saves 0-1 for him (Montero, Crichton, Mayers for me and Holland, Watson for him)
    Ks 41-40 for me
    Era 4.08- 2.86 for him (montero 2 runs in non save situation yesterday really sucked)
    Whip 1.19-1.23 for me

    Looking to grab a streamer to start if need be but at least to keep best option off the board for him

    Limited options but best that stand out

    Shoemaker vs Baltimore (son +8.6)
    Gomber vs mil (-3)
    Musgrove @ cle (-12.9>
    Never Kyle Gibson! @ hou (-9.5)
    Josh Fleming vs Phi (-5.5)
    Brett Anderson @ stl (-11.7)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks pretty good on your end with pitching…I’d try Gomber, Musgrove, Anderson but none are good, and I’d prolly hold off on starting anyone until I saw where I stood after today

      • Funk says:
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        I have turnbull @ kc tonight (-3.8). So you think I should sit him and see how his urquidy does tonight and go from there? Devin Williams chipped in a scoreless inning for me today no ks though which is pretty surprising for him this year.

        Thanks a bunch!

        Was also wondering what is the process like for you guys finding people to write? Overall whats its like for you trying to support yourself/supplement income with writing? I went to school for creative writing but once I graduated hopped right into retail to pay the bills like so many before me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Williams got one K…yeah, I’d wait on Turnbull…we’re always looking for writers, just send an email to [email protected] and you can CC me if you like… grey @ same — it wasn’t easy when first out of college, did a lot of bad jobs but gotta grind on…

          • Funk says:
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            Cool will do! Thanks for the info

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  42. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Hey man, Just want to say thanks to you and the site for always being here in this shit show of a year. I really appreciate all you and your terrific team of writers do to bring joy and info to our fantasy baseball world!!

    Have a great weekend. See ya on Monday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Have a good weekend, MP!

  43. jorginho says:
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    Is degrom throwing more than 5ip?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be shocked if he doesn’t

  44. Primetime says:
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    2021 rank. 10 team keeper league. K/9

    Pineda, singer, tailon, Keller l patino.. Logan gilbert.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keller? Which? Mitch? Him, Pineda, Singer

  45. Dave D says:
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    Looks like you need a barrage of HR/R to catch Smitty in our DC. Hernan seems to want to cough up 3rd. I only need 5 points to catch him in 4th, 7 for deCleo in 3rd. Im hoping for a couple good starts and some SBs to get a last minute bump. Either way you and Smitty get some $$$ and the rest of us are looking up at your a$$es!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, I thought for a second I caught him yesterday, but must’ve been a glitch because I’m not that close

    • Smitty says:
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      Too early and too close DD! Believe you’d prolly be right there with a healthy Yordy. Are you like me thinkin he and Mondy are 2 of the best bargains for ’21? 2020 sure has been crazaycy!
      Fortunate to be in a league with guys like you, Grey, Hernan, Weimer, Warner, Knoche and the others. Thanks again for all your help. You and Grey enabled a tech-challenged guy get through 50 rounds of bliss.
      Grey, your writeup has me wondering; if you’re actually my age with the Winwood and Tull references. Ha!
      Have a great weekend gents!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, Grey might be old, find out at a later time, when he will assuredly be older!

      • Dave D says:
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        Id guess Grey is 47.2, Smitty. Thats old enough to say “shazbot, nanu, nanu” to someone and if they laugh they must be in the 45-55 range.

        Yeah, Yordan was a real bummer for me. He and Morton were daggers for me. If those two replicated the previous year things would have been much better for me. The rest of my team has been mostly solid.

        You struck gold with Tatis, Abreu, N. Cruz. Very solid trio. You took a rather un-Albright approach with Buehler, Snell and Castillo in the first four rounds, and ironically may just beat Grey while commiting the blasphemy of taking Gary Sanchez In round 6. It goes to show taking that making more good picks than not wins a league more than a strategy more times than not.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Imagine if he took a good pick instead of Gary Sanchez, he could be in hunt for overall

          • Dave D says:
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            Probably true. Im excited for this year to be over. My first year in awhile not placing $ in NFBC ( unless I get a miracle or two Sunday). I only played 3 leagues. Lost 4 in the COVID league dump they did. Would have liked to retain a couple teams where I had Tatis/Lamet/Davies. Hopefully 2021 will be better if we still have a countryin April.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, hoping for best, expecting the worst, feels most realistic

          • Smitty says:
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            Agree on Sanchez, and I submit CSUCK as the acronym for catchers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, not bad, I think I like CRAPSHOOT best

              • Dave D says:
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                You should be rooting for Bumgarner right now, Albright. If he gets me a W, I tie Smitty in the cat and that ties you with him. “You’re welcome” in advance.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Seriously? Cmon, Bum! (I’ve been too nervous to look)

                  • Dave D says:
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                    No joke. Trea is mashing. You paseed Smitty in HR and tied Warner in W. You are in lead now!

                    • Dave D says:
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                      Tied Warner in R, I mean.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Get him! Haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice! I benched Alonso bc he was rained out on Friday and I’m glad I didn’t bench Trea too

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Smitty and I keep changing places on AVG. If I pass him you definitely will win. We are both at .256 now. Ill tie him in W shortly when AZ finishes. That’ll give you .5 more.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes!

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Yeah, you’d be 100% clinched now if you started Alonso, ironically. Youve got a .5 lead now that AZ Bum W posted. Pray it holds!!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Fingers crossed!

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Its a slam dunk. No MIN players can affect outcome in relevant cats.

                    YOU WIN!!!

                    Congrats, dude, awesome photo finish victory. Who would have ever thought Bumgarner would finally help you win a league?

                    Enjoy the $1000!!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Now I can give $1000 to my wife! Of all the ways to win too, Bumgarner’s so bad now! Haha

        • Smitty says:
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          Yep and Grey was right – 1 W from Buehler – Snell was just OK – and Castillo meh. Maeda and Teoscar came up huge, Tanaka serviceable, some love from Loaisiga, T. McKenzie and JA Happ. Decent fillers W, Flores, Js. Iglesias, and Hampson (“I love not seeing him play. It fills me with joy.” – best ever Grey!) helped. Oh, and some guy named Dalbec (8th bomb tonight!) L. Hendriks and Colome held the pen well. I’d never drafted that many rounds and love the format – definitely tests you! Going Grey route with all hitters for at least 4-5 rounds in ’21!

          • Dave D says:
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            Good fight, Smitty. Solid season. Took my place as runner up this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My favorite!

      Fargo starts tomorrow night, with Genny!

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Sweet. Gonna be hard to not see him as Genny.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, saw a trailer and I was like, that’s Genny!

  46. greggpatenaude says:
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    are you starting dunning today? i’m up 2.60 to 3.12 in era, 1.08 to 1.30 in whip and 5-4 in qs, he has wheeler and boyd to my dunning today and i have lugo and smyly to his akin tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would not

      • greggpatenaude says:
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        you’re the man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  47. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Al only. Josh Naylor or Nomar Mazara for next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Prolly try Naylor

  48. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey!

    It’s the final day.

    Minus closers

    I have:

    Sonny Gray Vs MIN
    Marco Gonzales Vs OAK
    Brady Singer VS DET
    Frankie Montas Vs SEA

    He has:

    Brett Anderson VS STL

    I’m on the top he’s on the bottom –

    R HR RBI SB OBP

    18/2/18/4/.350
    28/7/24/4/.290

    As you can see my offense went ice cold (counting stats wise)

    Somehow I’m in the lead because of pitching

    W SV K ERA WHIP

    5/4/64/3.12/1.17
    3/2/58/4.06/1.47

    I can’t risk losing K’s
    Thanks
    My question, who would you start?

    I’d bench them all if I wasn’t up only 6 K’s, but I can’t risk losing K’s if day he gets a bunch of gifted wins

    He owns Diego Castillo, Rasiel Iglesias, Mark Melancon, and Yoshihiro Hirano

    I own

    Brandon Kintzler, Stefan Crichton, and Andrew Miller.

    I think I’m starting Singer and he’s a 10:15AM game, depending on what he does goes with if I’m going to bench everyone else.

    Thanks for the help Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t really have Gray…Reds are going to the playoffs…maybe he pitches 3 IP, you might not have Montas either…Sure, try Singer and see where you are…Marco seems like a great start too

  49. The Great Knoche says:
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    Anyone still in contention looking for some wins to closeout the season and no decent starters left? Grab Freddy Peralta. Good chance he’s in game before end of 5th inning today with a chance to get a W.

    Also grab STL and DET players after lineups lock.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? He’s back with the club?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Yup and in a meaningful game with Anderson starting he will be in there for third time through lineup.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice since I have him in one league

  50. Brett says:
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    Start one today..

    Rich Hill vs. Cin

    Gomber vs. Mil

    Singer vs. Detroit

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Singer

  51. greggpatenaude says:
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    Last ? of the year

    I’m up 6-3 going to final day. I’m up 88-81 in k’s, winning 2.52 to 3.42 in era, winning 1.05 to 1.32 in whip and QS is 5-5. He has akin going, I have lugo and smyly as probable’s. Should I start neither, both, or one? If one, which one? SON has them both close.

    Thanks for all your help and have a great offseason.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start either

      • greggpatenaude says:
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        i can’t see it, but what if akin gets a qs and 9 k’s, then I could be in trouble. If you had to pick one between lugo and smyly which would you pick?

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Then you are still up 6-5 unless you’re worried about your offense. He’s not catching WHIp or ERA

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lugo

  52. FrankGrimes says:
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    That baking show story was too funny

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Now I’m expecting a birthday cake

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I might just surprise you!

  53. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Final Day strategy question: Is it best to load up on bats on teams that are in contention for the playoffs or completely out of it? My thinking is that the guys on these teams are most likely to get their full compliment of AB’s today, as opposed to the playoff teams that are likely to yank their starters after a few AB’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, go for out of contention teams

  54. William Hung says:
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    Better batty call today – Jon Berti or Arozarena? I need all batting help…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arozarena

      • William Hung says:
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        For some reason I thought there would be crap pitching all around, but I saw the Phillies are throwing Nola out there today… I’m shifting gears are gonna try to get a steal today so debating between Villar (batting 7th), Berti (assuming he plays), and Tapia

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think the Phils have to win today, no? Tapia

          • William Hung says:
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            Yeah I kinda stopped paying attention to the playoff scenarios once it was obvious the Mets were out

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha

  55. Crazy J says:
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    TreaT urner for power in 2021?

    I missed so much of your commentary this year because I was so out-of-sync with the season, especially from a fantasy perspective… I only drafted one team and that was back before this whole mess started.

    Anyhow, appreciative you are still at it, and looking forward to next season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate you too! I can’t imagine Trea’s projected for more than 17 HRs, which is still great if he can chip in 30+ steals

  56. Steverino says:
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    So Lindor goes 0-5 and Olson rounds out the year by striking out with the bases loaded (stranded 8 guys combined). Having drafted these guys 1 and 2 (could have drafted Story instead of Lindor), it makes you wonder how I managed to win the ol’ H2H for the third year running ;-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice! Congrats!

      • Steverino says:
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        Had two of the top 5 hitters for striking out on my team haha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, whatever gets it done *squiggly face emoji*

          • Steverino says:
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            Not quite sure how I did it! Top 5 in R, HR, RBI and SB helps I guess, but dead last in AVG and OBP!

            #1 in QS and #2 in Ks. I guess that’s what drafting Gioloto, Castillo and Maeda + SON can do…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s a rock solid front 3 on SPs, and you must’ve had some boppers for top 5 in HRs and RBIs

              • Steverino says:
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                More a range of solid contributors I think. Not like I owned Voit or anyone like that.

                Olson, Springer, Sano. Plus picked up the Dread Pirate about a month ago and a couple of well-timed ownership stints with Calhoun towards the end of the season. All adds up I guess.

  57. Primetime says:
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    Grey,

    10 team OBP keeper. No draft in 21. Today is the last day to pick up players for me next yeAr.

    Not many players left on waivers benantini, dozier, Karenchak, tailon, Mitch Keller, kieboom. Not much with upside. Solak, Riley hosmer.

    I’ll need to drop 3 by end of next spring.

    Thoughts, drop someone for another player?

    Starters:
    Smith w
    Freeman
    Biggio
    Arenado
    Story
    Bellinger
    Rosario
    Stanton
    Mondesi

    Bench
    Brujan (just Incase)
    Chapman M IL
    Moose
    Julio Rodriguez (hopeful he will be up 2021)
    Mountcastle
    Robles (picked up for next year)
    Vaughn (picked up for next year) 3 weeks into 2021 think he starts
    K Lewis

    Pitchers
    Bieber
    Nola
    Glasnow
    Maeda
    Civale
    Hicks (picked up for next season)
    Osuna (picked up for next season)

    Bench
    Urias
    Skubal
    Gore M
    Patino (picked up today)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robles, Patino, for Keller and Riley

  58. Smitty says:
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    Your team won it fair and square. Really great race and your big final day did it, and I tip my hat to you. Congrats Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Wasn’t expecting to win going into today, tbh — you put up a great fight!

  59. mcstarrs says:
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    Father,

    Mondesi won me my league. Thank you for your omniscience.

    Your Petulant Mondesi Loving Son.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, Son!

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