Remove Giancarlo’s hamate bone! Please! Actually, remove all players’ hamate bones immediately! Sorry, not to get all The Handmaid’s Tale here, but have Aunt Lydia line up all hitters and scalpel their hamates out of their hands. No, no, no, seriously! What if the hamateless hand is just a millisecond quicker around on a swing adding to exit velocity and–Ugh! Can’t that be a possibility? I will remove my tinfoil hat for you to answer me. Okay, I can’t risk Thetans invading my between-the-ears-space so I’m putting the hat back on. Sorry. So, Jose Ramirez returned from the IL, hamateless, and did what Matt Olson and legions of others (maybe no one else) have done before and homered a bazillion times. Yesterday, Jose Ramirez went 2-for-3, 7 RBIs with his 21st and 22nd homer. In 2020, I imagine Jose Ramirez will be ranked in the preseason by everyone like I ranked him coming into this year — at some point in the 2nd round vs. that top five ranking everyone was giving him like a bunch of loons. Though, now that hamate removal surgery is the new cortisone shot… Hmm…  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Oscar Mercado – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer, and 3rd homer in last three games. Someone didn’t like the shine off of them. Shine back on, Mercado. Shine back on.

Roberto Perez – 2-for-4 and his 24th homer. Person who drafted Buster Posey this year wishes they were hanging wit’ Mr. Ro-Pe.

Mike Clevinger – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.39. Us in the preseason, “Indians are gonna have the best pitching staff.”  Us now, “Yes, but weren’t you talking about with Kluber and Carrasco?” Us in the preseason, “How are you even talking to me? We’re in different times of the year.”

Trea Turner – 5-for-8, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer. I want Trea Turner’s hits and Jon Berti’s steals combined into one player, which I thought was Trea Turner, but it’s Jon Berti.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.92. Scherzer’s 2020 draft price isn’t taking a hit like his 2nd half pitching should indicate, but I think it should be.

Yan Gomes – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer. Now has six homers in September, and I’ve added him in one league, and it’s never too late to schmotato! Though, it is getting close to too late.

Aaron Nola – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.87. Speaking of aces who are taking hits but maybe not to their draft price, well, I’m not sure Nola’s draft price won’t be hit — double negatives be damned! Nola does not seem like an ace anymore and I’m not sure many disagree. (Too many negatives to count!)

Brad Miller – 3-for-7, 4 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer. The Phils were eliminated from playoff contention, sat Bryce Harper for the 2nd game of the doubleheader, and, finally, they find The Answer. Though, Harper did hit his 34th homer in a pinch-hit appearance. So, la di da!

Ryan Braun – 2-for-3 and his 21st homer, hitting .283. #JewsThatRake! *insert GIF of a rabbi raking a lawn*

Sonny Gray – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.87. Gray is only the 13th Reds pitcher to get 200 Ks in a season, joining teammate Luis Castillo. Only 13 is surprising, since the Reds have been around longer than anyone who is alive. I think the Reds were originally formed from a baseball, a mustache and barrel being shipped to Nucky Thompson.

Noah Syndergaard – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.30. As someone who has watched a lot of Syndergaard this year, he’s been hit. A little bit of bad luck is unavoidable. But, again, for the back of the room, he’s been hit. Isan Diaz hit a bomb off him yesterday, a no doubt, bye-bye, and Syndergaard just has not looked overpowering. With that said (reversal time!), Syndergaard feels like someone who could get out of New York and have a huge career.

Michael Conforto – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 32nd and 33rd homer, hitting .255. If Conforto gets to 35 homers this year, he will be simultaneously valuable and yawnstipating.

Sandy Alcantara – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.95.  Streamonator hates his last start of the year, and I get it, it’s in Philly, but there’s something to pitchers throwing against teams who have nothing to play for.

Jon Berti – 3-for-5, 1 RBI and four steals (13, 14, 15, 16), hitting .282. I will call you, Jon Bertreaturneri.

Kyle Hendricks – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.51. Cubs are ending this year like they want to be the first team to win 82 games and finish under .500.

Mitch Keller – 5 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 7.13. His ERA’s irrelevant at this point. Keller should be in that last-pitcher-drafted round of drafts in 2020 — think Julio Urias’s area of the draft over the last three years. So, Keller or Justus or Urias? How about none and we call it a day? I kid, I’d go Urias even if the Dodgers will never start him for 20 games.

Jack Flaherty – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.85. One of the best calls to buy low came from our very own, Donkey Teeth, who on July 1st said Flaherty was the biggest buy low. At the time, his stats were:  4.75 ERA, 1.23 WHIP in 85 1/3 IP. Since July 1st, his ERA is 1.30 and his WHIP is 0.79 in 104 IP.  Wow.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.90, and he pitchslapped Jeff Hoffman. So, Bumgarner officially hassled the Hoff.

Buster Posey – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer. Some poor schnook is gonna draft Posey again next year. Don’t let it be you.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (20) and legs (3), and maybe more but the game wouldn’t end — outlaw the filibuster — and I already had my Celestial Seasonings tea. If watching what Miguel Cabrera’s aged into is sad, how sad is it watching Evan Longoria? Like needing urgent care because you lost a Star Wars action figure up your butt.

Garrett Hampson – 3-for-6, 3 runs and his 7th and 8th homer, three homers in two games, four homers in four games, and has four steals in that time. Sounds like a good time to get him out of your lineup, Bud Black! Jokes aside, can you imagine not giving Hampson 500+ ABs this year to get his feet wet for 2020? Bud Black apparently could and wanted to keep his feet dry. He didn’t even give him 300 ABs! Incredible.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .254. There was seven homers last night in Coors–Wait, it was in San Fran. Oh, wait again, it’s 2019.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners (zero walks), 14 Ks, ERA at 2.52. He went from a possible number two to a solid back-end number one to “How is he not the 1st pitcher off the board in 2020?”

Alex Bregman – 2-for-4 and his 40th homer, hitting .295. You refused to draft him in March because you were worried about his elbow! Nelson Muntz, “Ha HA!”

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.76. If this is his last start, it’s a lame way to go out in what was a solid year. Yes, I priming you for the third year in a row with a Eduardo Rodriguez sleeper post!

Mookie Betts – 1-for-2 and his 29th homer, hitting .294. Mookie Ballgame!

Rougned Odor – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 28th homer, hitting .202. Like a guy who sniffs armpits at a deodorant lab can tell you, you can’t keep a bad Odor away.

Rich Hill – 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.59. I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume Hill’s hurt by this time tomorrow. Actually, Hill could get hurt by starting a sentence with “I’m gonna go out on a limb.”

Max Muncy – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 34th homer. He’s now one home run off his 35-homer breakout of last season. Will ignore that means he’s 17 homers off his pace when figuring in juiced balls.

Frankie Montas – Will return from his suspension today to start. Doubt he’s able to go very long. Unless he found some new drugs to take.

Khris Davis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .220. Only a streak of 25-for-26 away from getting .247!

Julio Teheran – 2 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.81. Look at The Regression Fairies sneaking into Teheran during its rebuild.

Dwight Smith Jr. – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .243. He wasn’t originally in the O’s lineup yesterday, but the Jays changed their starter and the O’s were like, “Hey, that Dwight Smith dude hasn’t shown he sucks in almost two months, let’s give him a poopsie-oops.”

Trey Mancini – 5-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .293. Mancini having 34 homers and sneaking up on .300 is so 2019 and so not 2019. You’re an anomaly wrapped in a whodunit.

Austin Wynns – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer. If you started Wynns, admit it was just a blind gamble.

Derek Fisher – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer. Look at the Jays starting Derek Fisher just for my segues to our fantasy basketball leagues now forming.

Spencer Turnbull – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.59 vs. Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.51. Will either of these guys start again this year? Streamonator seems to think so and loves both of their last starts. I have my doubts on Odorizzi. He left with a tight hammy and the Twins are in the playoffs, but Turnbull might not be a “Charles Barkley saying Turnbull” option.

Ji-Man Choi – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games and third homer in the last seven games, and fifth homer in the last eleven games and 18th homer in the last 125 games. Okay, you get the point.

Cameron Maybin – 1-for-5 and his 10th homer, setting another home run record as the Yankees become the 1st team in the modern era to have 14 players hit 10 homers or more. The last time this was accomplished was in 1873 when the Jamestown Colonists had every member of their 56 player team (regulation then) hit 10 homers, but they used potatoes as balls and if you smashed it, it counted as a homer. Hence, the tater, and the ‘rustic smashed potato.’

  1. LenFuego says:
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    I doubt that was EdRod’s last start of the season. They are trying to get him to 20 wins – no way they would have left him in that game unless that is the goal. Count on him starting on Sunday against Miami.

    • LenFuego says:
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      Oops. I meant against Baltimore, not Miami. You’ve seen one sucky offense, you’ve seen them all.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you’re prolly right

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!!

    What a report, in so many easy steps!

    a. So true on Catchers this year. I had a mixture of Garver and Perez this year from the Catcher slot, I would take them all really. Next year, Garver at 200 and just start him and leave him in forever. Maybe schmotato in Perez or McCann (Detroit) on off days, that could net you 40 HRs from the Catcherstein!

    b. Rambo V is in theaters now!! Am taking ideas for 2020 quotes. I guess first discover the genre (funny, somber, serious, scary)…..

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for September 25

    In Society, 1944

    Costello (Albert Mansfield): Lady, he ain’t dead, he’s hiding!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. A masterwork of catcher scabbing

      B. Cannot wait!

      C. Haha

  3. RotoSlayer says:
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    My boy Bregman, your AL MVP!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “Watch out for the elbow” — someone in March

  4. Alex says:
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    I’m in a tough keeper jam. Can only keep three. Who would you keep?

    Adalberto – $11
    Yordan – $8
    Giolito – $7
    Bregman – $37

    Thinking out loud, I wonder if I’d be able to draft Bregman next year for the same price, and I may be able to afford him for a bit more given the others I’d keep for cheap.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Adalberto & Yordan for sure. Then it just depends how much you think each of Giolito and Bregman will go for in your auction…you know your league best. Take the one you think is at a bigger discount. It’s hard to say without knowing more about your league and auction, but I think I’d take Giolito.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Lucas

  5. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey,

    championship over in dynatsy , but i finished 3rd !! back romlast place 2 seasons ago , i put together a good team, a bit low in pitching

    i need to drop 2 for next season, and can pick up precious guys for 2020

    Starting team is :
    C. Mejia
    1B Abreu
    2B Villar
    3B Rendon
    SS Lindor
    Of1 Acuña
    Of2 JD Martinez
    Of3 Castellanos
    Util Tim Anderson
    Bench : OF Lourdes Gurriel / Aristides Aquino/ Khris Davis /1B Encarnacion
    IL : 3B Andujar

    SP1 Blake Snell
    SP2 Domingo German
    SP3 Giolito
    SP4 Yarbrough
    RP1 Pagan TB
    RP2 Robles LAA
    P Glasnow
    P Alex Young
    Bench : Lucchesi /Lamet / Heaney

    my drops would be 2 between : Encarnacion /Andujar / an unuseful pitcher? /an expendable OF ?

    i can pick up from FA :
    C Alfaro /Murphy / Chirinos / D’Arnaud (over Mejia?)
    1B Joc Pederson/Christian Walker / Ryan Braun ( i traded Peter AlBOMBso for Snell)
    2B Adames / Galvis / Fletcher
    3B Urshela
    SS DeJong/Hampson/Rosario
    OF Hays / Laureano / Pillar / Kyle Lewis
    Util: Berti/Profar/Fletcher

    i’d love some Berti/Hampson combo for next season
    but i’d need a backup to Abreu at 1B ? or drop E5 for one of them?

    Pitching would be my priority
    Available SPs :
    for WINS : Miley / Matz / Roark / Lester / Leake
    For Ks : Junis / Eflin / Reynaldo Lopez / Bundy
    Oldies : Hamels / Archer /Quintana /Porcello / A.Sanchez
    Youngsters : Thornton / Alex Reyes / Josh James / Turnbull / Civale / Honeywell

    RPs: but i’d rather hold for HOLDS !! and SAGNOF
    Romo / Leclerc / Junior Guerra / Stammen / Diekman / Yusmero Petit / Felipe Vasquez

    my bet would be :
    drop Andujar/Encarnacion / Heaney
    pick Berti/Hampson /Civale

    Are Gurriel or Aquino expendable? so i can pick one like Pederson or Lewis / Hays

    THANKS for your time and the reading,,,
    awaiting your call :)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d drop Alex Young and Encarnacion, add Civale and Hampson.

      Gurriel and Aquino are worth holding IMO.

      • Nick says:
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        Thanks Donkey,

        i like Young, traded for him when he got called up
        Heaney is so injury prone…

        Oldy-but-goody E5 may not hold up the pace of 35homers/year so he’s not my dynasty crush for 2020. Hampson is grooving up!
        but i’d need a 1B to back up Abreu, just in case .. Pederson is 1B eligible in Fantrax

        … is Domingo German supposed to be suspended? !!

      • LenFuego says:
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        Gurriel now has essentially one full season’s worth of at bats — 149 games and 563 ABs. He has hit 31 HRs with a .279 batting average, chipping in 7 SBs, 85 RBIs, and 82 runs. That seem useful to you? Yeah, me too. (And he hit third all year in a lineup that should be much more potent next year with Bichette and Vlad entrenched in the lineup and developing, and is hitting his prime age of 26.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lourdes, Young

      Hampson/Civale

  6. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Who would you start out of Samardzija at home vs. Colorado or Manaea at Seattle?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Samardzija for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  7. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Are there any analytics available to predict the launch angle and velocity when gabe kaplar getw the boot today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, today? Not even finish the year?

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        Yes it would be end of year no sense doing it now. Kaplar will be a good manager some day somewhere but today is not it.

        • Grey

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          They have to be one of the most underperforming teams

  8. Gator says:
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    Does Hampson get a 2020 Sleeper article? What range do you think he will be in the rankings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are the Rockies playing him? They never played Tapia, Rodgers, Hampson, Murphy

  9. bigbear says:
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    Maybe all HS prospects should have TJ and hamate removal surgery as a pre-requisite to the draft?

    I had Alcantara and Flaherty going last night. My opponent had Scherzer and EdRod. I’m winning K, ERA, WHIP. But he took home the W’s… Dah!

    Re Urias: The Dodgers are so deep at SP they are buying themselves some arbitration value.

    April 5th, April 25th and April 27th put me in the championship in one league. Those were the days I grabbed Giolito, Flaherty and Ryu off waivers. Thanks for the Giolito stamp of approval!

    I forget which commenter mentioned Ian Kennedy as the favorite for SVs in KC, but thanks! He led one of my teams in SVs this year. SAGNOF! #Razznation

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Congrats, bigbear!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, Kennedy’s been great… Those waiver wire picks are chef’s kiss beautiful

  10. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Mookie re-hurt his foot yesterday; the TV station said he’ll probably miss the rest of season.

    Bad luck note: I picked up Hampson; Berti; and Daniel Hudson yesterday morning (so his stats don’t help me until today).

    • Grey

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      That sucks on Mookie, hadn’t heard

      Damn!

  11. Bailey says:
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    20 teamer
    3-5 places are all separated by .5 pts right now
    3rd gets $3500
    4th 2500
    5th- zilch
    Offered 2000 each
    Just took it
    Feel less like a man now, but pressure is off
    Please tell me I made the right decision

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to say without seeing all your teams, but take the money and run

  12. Dave D says:
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    Man, Kyle Hendricks killed me yesterday. He held Pittsburgh scoreless through six innings and only allowed two hits, no walks. Cruising. Then he comes out for the seventh and gives up five consecutive hits and every runner scores. WTH???!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I saw the score thru 6, that was a mess, and it’s the Pirates… The Cubs really screwed the pooch

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, it’s the Cubs afterall. Like I learned long ago with my Angels, you don’t want to sustain or build upon your winning ways. You want to shit where you eat and call it pudding, and if another team out-chokes you (here’s to you Dusty Baker) make sure you tear down your roster, or stop watering the garden, so a dynasty cannot develop and grow.

        Speaking of which, your takes on Orioles and Rockies of late are priceless and completely accurate. As a perpetually wounded Angels fan I’m feeling my organization’s dysfunction is not getting its fair turn to overbake under the 7-11 heat lamps like that 27-hour old hot dog that is the Angels improvement project.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, sadly, the Angels without Trout are such a nonentity they don’t even rate enough to get mad at

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          right there with you Dave, haha

          • Dave D says:
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            Its brutal isn’t it, Coolwhip? Its bad enough that we can’t develop players or especially an ace, and then what few decent starters we develop seem to get injured or die. How pitiful it is. Cole would be nice but we need more than that and then some…

            • Coolwhip

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              For sure bro, we are incapable of maintaining decent pitching ever since we let Greinke drive up the 5. I feel like the strength and conditioning team, plus the coaches that teach/cultivate mechanics need to be fired. To have this many issues this often has got to be a degree of methodology above just damn luck.

  13. themendozaline says:
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    SON is loving Heaney and Shark today. Are you loving both? I’m not sure how I feel on Heaney.. he likes to betray me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  14. LaRockakis says:
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    Mancini!

    Also, might lose because I didn’t start Jo-Ram. Ha-HAH!

    Shit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, crap!

  15. Five-on-One says:
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    Last line-up questions for the year. Thanks for all the advice this year. Desperately trying to finish in-the-money (but far from first).

    SPs – Need Wins, and don’t want to blow up my WHIP, but ERA and Ks are locked. According to SON, top six are easy to spot, but want to get the gang’s thoughts as well.

    Ryu @SF on Saturday ($21.9). LAD have nothing to play for, so will he start, and how far will they push him for the Win they have a few days off, so…
    Corbin vCLE on Saturday ($22.0). WAS has the wildcard spot locked, and might be playing for home field advantage. But same concerns about whether he starts and how far they push him.
    Clevinger @WAS on Sunday ($20.9). CLE is in the thick of the wildcard chase and this game will probably matter, Gatta start him, righty?
    Reynaldo Lopez vDET on Friday ($29.1). I know Detroit is bad, but so is Rey-Lo. Is SON on crack? or is this for real?
    Rich Hill @SF on Sunday ($20.5). Still being stretched out, so maybe he starts, but any chance he goes 5 Innings?
    Heaney vOAK on Wed ($20.0). OK, I guess.

    First question – any of these guys need to sit?

    Second question – Please pick the top 2 or 3 of the rest:
    Wacha @ARI Wed (-$5.6). Against a very tired Arizona team (19 innings last night).
    Luccessi vLAD on Thurs ($6.0). He will definitely start, but hasn’t been great lately.
    Urquidy @LAA on Fir ($12.5). Not bad, right?
    Freeland @SF on Thurs ($2.8).
    Plesac vWAS on Fir (-$6.3).
    A Young vSD on Sunday (-$3.9).

    Last question – Start any from the second list over any in the first?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch Lopez

      2. Lucchesi, Freeland, Wacha — tough call on the 2nd and 3rd

  16. Five-on-One says:
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    OK – One more question for my hitters. RBI is super-close. HR and SB are somewhat close. Please select tope two for the last 5 days of the season:

    VanMeter, Baez (may not play), Betts (may not play), Desmond, Berti

    Thanks again for all the help and advice this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond, Berti

  17. William Hung says:
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    That Captain Jack blurb is why I didn’t even try to sell low in my shallow league even though I swap pitchers in and out throughout the year (for example: I dropped Clevinger when we all thought that back injury prognosis wasn’t good)

    Now we get to rank him in the first tier where Grey targets pitchers!!! (4th/5th round overall)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s where Flaherty was this year, prolly above that in 2020

      • William Hung says:
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        So you think he’ll be priced too high for you?

        • Grey

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          He might, not sure yet tbh

  18. toolshed says:
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    Would you start lamet tonight vs LAD? He just pitched a gem in mil. I need k, w, qs, but I cant take a hit to my era. Kind of a tricky situation. The problem is that as we get later in the week, the likelihood of pitchers going deeper in games goes down. I also own pitchers who wont pitch much this week because they are going to the playoffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  19. bob says:
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    I’m in a tight race for 1st against a guy who has been a jerk all season. I have room to stream 4 SP tomorrow. Need W’s & K’s, hopefully without destroying my rations. These are my five options, in the order that Streamonator likes them. Assuming I start 4, which one would you NOT START?

    D. Cease vs Cle
    F. Hernández vs Oak
    J. Quintana @ Pit
    J. Lucchesi vs LAD
    J. Musgrove vs ChC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch the 1st two

  20. William Hung says:
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    Follow up on Mookie Ballgame – he left the game yesterday right after he hit that bomb – reaggravated his foot injury. Looks like he’s done for the rest of the season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks

  21. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – time for us all to lose our hamates! Two quick ones for ya:

    1. Keep forever, OBP OPS league. $5 Yordan (UTL only) or $7 Vladito? Is it close? I’m the Vlad owner but wondering if I should be all in on Yordan instead and move Vlad before people realize Yordan is sort of better.

    2. As someone who fell into a Scherzer keeper (traded a $2 Ryu at his peak), keepable for $31 ($18 less than what Verlander went for in the draft this year) . . . I assume Scherzer is still an easy top 5 SP for you in 2020, just not the no doubt #1 he’d been in the past? I’ve never kept an ace before, but assuming I don’t trade Scherzer, would your strategy with Max be the same as the usual, i.e., spend nothing significant on the rest of your SP staff + just dig for sleepers / breakouts and trust Max will be at least 80% his usual?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Vlad

      2. Yeah, he’s still fine to keep

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  22. HappyJax says:
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    Hays or Hampson? Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hampson

  23. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Grey,
    In the finals and looking for a few streamers for the last week
    Thursday
    D.Cease vs CLE 11.5
    J.Musgrove vs CHC 5.6
    Friday
    I.Nova vs DET 18.6
    V.Velasquez vs MIA 16.1
    saturday
    Eflin vs MIA 12
    H.Santiago vs Det 12.8
    I can start one each day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Musgrove, Nova, Eflin, Velasquez

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ignore last one since you can only start one each day

        • dontbichetteme says:
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          Turns out that EE is still on my DL even though he is just DTD now. So I would have to either drop him or J Davis Davis to pick up Musgrove. Which one would you drop? I could use EEs power but JDD has been hitting pretty well lately too.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Lose EE

            • dontbichetteme says:
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              done. thanks

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

  24. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Catcher question. Y. Gomes or R. Perez? H2h Points league. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomes

  25. Coolwhip

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    Speaking of 2019, MLB has/will set the single season record for both Strikeouts and HRs as league in the same season. And footnote, Ks have risen every year now since 2008. Thats 12 years straight of rising Ks. That is so 2019, the Launch Angle Revolution has stormed the Bastille, and decapitated the old guard of singles, small ball, and move the runners. 3457 GDP in 2018, yet there have been 3361 in 2019. So due to Ks and HR up, this has gone down. SB are at 2192 in 2019, and definitely will fall short of the 2474 from 2018 by 250+. 15422 BBs this year compared to 15686 BBs in 2018, walks surprisingly are actually down a tick. So walks are down a tick, Ks are up a tick, and HRs are up a few ticks. And because offense is up thanks to HRs, avg Runs/game have gone up from 4.45 in 2018, to 4.85 in 2019.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, hence my Mancini comment today… HRs and AVG have gone in opposite directions (and OBP)… It’s easy to find Conforto, it’s hard to find Mancini

      • Coolwhip

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        exactly ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is it weird that Manfred doesn’t even seem like he likes baseball?

          • Coolwhip

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            very… appoint me!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Anyone that, I don’t know, likes baseball

              • LaRockakis says:
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                Mancini. :)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hehe

                  • LaRockakis says:
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                    Another dongo by Jo-Ram. I swear if I lose my championship matchup, I won’t blame you. Promise.

    • bigbear says:
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      How’s OPS been tracking?

      Gotta think the Mondesi value keeps climbing given the lack of SBs that won’t torpedo other stats.

      Hmm… So you’re saying Dylan Bundy’s 4.79 ERA is better than league average? Yikes!

      • Coolwhip

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        OPS for the league is up 30 pts to .758 from .728, highest since 2007. That was runs per game (score for the game), not average ERA. League avg ERA is up to 4.52 from 4.15!

  26. toolshed says:
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    Braves said soroka is going to have shorter start today. Does that mean bench him to you if you have an innings cap with only 15 innings left? Should I save the bullets and use someone else where I have a better chance at a win or a qs. Btw, I think wins are now easier to get that qs. This sucks because he faces kc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, save the IP

      • toolshed says:
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        Just heard he has been bumped to Sunday so he is on schedule to start game 3 of playoffs

        • Grey

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          Still not gonna throw many IP

  27. James says:
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    Can only start two of the following three in an AL-only league in the last fews days here. Which two?

    Urquidy (@ LAA)
    Miley (@LAA)
    Roark (@SEA)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Not Miley

  28. toolshed says:
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    Woukd you start m kelly today vs stl. He has pitched well over his last 3 outings. They also played a 19 inning game last night that ended after midnight and it’s an early game today if that means anything.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, I would

  29. stevie says:
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    Would you pick up Cease vs Cle or Beede vs Col as a spot-starter for tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beede

  30. RicoSuave says:
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    A BIG THANK YOU! to GREY and the RAZZ_CREW for a great season!!!!

    Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

  31. Sean says:
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    Are we starting Mahle vs MIL $13.9?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am, pray for me

      • Sean says:
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        haha, will do

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  32. JP says:
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    Can keep one for next year, same price for all

    Domingo Santana, Grisham, Ahmed, Renfroe, or Joc?

    • Grey

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      Tough call, don’t know everyone’s playing time right now…Domingo or Grisham

      • JP says:
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        Thanks, I’m already done for this year, just have an extra roster spot for my keeper league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  33. TurnandCoughlin says:
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    Great post as always and thanks for insights. Finished 1st and 4th in my 2 leagues.
    Question for my keeper league, 4th OF to go with Soto, Robles and Jimenez.
    Conforto or Benintendi?
    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Tough call, I’d go Conforto

  34. Smitty says:
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    Good ol’ Buddy Black finally lettin the kid play? Seems headed for a super utility role, but high potential if given a shot. Recall Dahl was jacked around as well

    • Grey

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      Every Rockies hitter is jacked around except Arenado

  35. normgi says:
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    Points league, and I’ve maneuvered so I can pitch as many guys as I want on Saturday. ESPN scoring (average score above zero, but really bad game could be as low as -20). Will probably have 5 guys to decide upon. My choices.

    2 guys on my current team: Matz (vs Atl); and Bauer (@Pit)

    3 top FA cliaims: Yarbrough (@ Tor); Eflin (Mia); Brett Anderson (@ Sea)

    1 RP: Pomeranz (who has the advantage of extra roster days)

    2 FA viable backups: Caleb (vs Phi); Lopez (Det)

    2 guys to avoid: Plutko (@Was); Thornton (TB)

    Anything obviously wrong with this grouping? And who are your top 5 choices?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t trust Yarbrough and Anderson may not pitch more than a few innings… If the Rays have clinched their seed, I don’t see why Thornton can’t be possible stream

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        A few effective innings is good; I would want Anderson since this will provide some points.

        Please order: Caleb; Lopez (SON loves); Anderson; Plutko; and Thornton.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Caleb, Thornton, Anderson, Lopez

  36. normgi says:
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    Actually another opening possible since I have Schertzer (who goes Sunday) who I can drop and claim on waivers since I have the top choice.

  37. Stephen Lyon says:
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    With the Brewers still having something to play for, Thames gotta be worth a grab, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  38. Dan says:
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    Thanks for advice throughout the year! In a 14 team, 10 keeper, $260 limit. Trade $10 Soler and $10 j McNeil for $10 yordan?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

      That trade sounds fair, I’d take Yordan, could go either way

  39. Stephen Lyon says:
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    JOC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whee!

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        Acuna shut down for the regular season. If you’re in an H2H final, that sucks REAL BAD.

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