Yesterday, the Indians were to the Yankees as the Yankees were to the Orioles and the Orioles were to the Orioles during split-squad games in Spring Training and Spring Training is to Kevin Bacon. Five degrees! Take that, dentist of the mailman whose wife goes to Kyra Sedgwick manicurist!  This Indians’ scalping of the Yankees was a long, long time coming. What a narrative for Jose Ramirez this year. From April until June 30th, he had 5 HRs and was hitting .214.  In the next six weeks, he has 14 homers and is hitting around .300 (around because I didn’t feel like doing the math, deal with it), including yesterday’s part in the drubbing (2-for-3, 6 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homer).  Jos-Rami is the 1st time I can remember feeling like I nailed his preseason overrated post, while taking the W for saying to buy him in June.  A double W, a double-dub, a dubya with a dubya, a–Okay, you get the point. For 2020, I bet everyone will be ranking Jose Ramirez in the same place where I had him this year, tail-end of the 1st round vs. that top five crap they were all coming with this year. Otherwise? More W’s for Grey! A triple dubya, a worldwide W, a–All right, enough. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche! Before we move into the roundup, there’s a new fantasy football video at the top of this post. Watch, review and rate. Kidding, you goofs! You just need to watch. 2nd of all, join one of our fantasy football leagues before they’re all filled. Anyway II, the roundup:

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-6 and his 12th homer, hitting around-.230 in the last week with no homers, so Kipnis cooled off with the quickness (I’m a poet and aware of it!).

Carlos Santana – 3-for-5, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and his 28th and 29th homer, hitting .290. Carlos Santana is having the quietest great season that’s not really quiet because I say he’s having a quietly great season almost every day.

Roberto Perez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer. Least likely storylines this year:  Roberto Perez having 20 homers, Roberto Perez having more than seven homers or Roberto Perez having fantasy value? I’m going with all three.

Greg Allen – 4-for-5, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .257. He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy, because he’s here now, but he has two homers and a steal in the last week, and might be supplanting Mercado for the starting job. Member two weeks away when we loved Mercado? *fade away air ball*

Gary Sanchez – 1-for-4 and his 27th homer, and 2nd homer in 2nd straight game. You know him, yadda-blabbity-bloo. What I wanted to mention briefly is why don’t teams who are up by ten or more runs let position players pitch? Especially after the losing team let a position player pitch. It would save the winning team’s arms and, if shizz goes real sideways, you can always bring in a real pitcher. Does it matter if you win by ten or five runs?

Mike Fiers – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.46. 1st subpar start from him in three months, and, compared to most pitchers, this still wasn’t that bad. Streamonator is iffy on Fiers’s next start too, and I get it, it’s vs. the Yanks led by Gio Urshela, and that’s not being sarcastic.

Matt Olson – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 24th and 25th homer. Allahson, your aim is true, and your timing is better because I was thinking about dropping you.

Matt Chapman – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 28th and 29th homer, and 2nd two-homer game in two days. A’s are taking opponents to the Matts! High-five the crap out of me! C’mon! No? Okay.

Carlos Correa – 2-for-4 and his 18th and 19th homer, hitting .290. You prorate his season out and his year would be incredible. Unfortch, you have to prorate out his career so far.

Michael Brantley – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 17th and 18th homer. Baseball is bizzonkers this year. If you’re not getting five homers from your fantasy team on a short schedule, you’re getting dusted.

Aaron Sanchez – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.79. Buh-buh-buh-buh-buh-BUT what about his new spin rate? Ditching the sinker? Maybe we shouldn’t have embraced the narrative faster than Alyssa Milano embraced the vampire.

Dustin May – Dave Roberts isn’t sure if May will start on Sunday. Roberts said, “We’re up by 50 games. Maybe I’ll start Russell Martin.”

Corey Seager – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, and 3rd homer in as many games, hitting .266. Three days ago, it seemed like a normal morning, but Corey Seager clicked on an email from his mother with the subject: YOUR BROTHER SAYS THE BALL IS JUICED.

Max Muncy – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .259. As soon as he ripped the ball for a home run, I began screaming, “This is Muncy TV!” I was dressed as a peacock. Meh, guess you had to be there.

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and a slam (40) and legs (10), hitting .317. Just thought of a fun wrinkle to the MVP race. Whoever comes in 2nd has to award the winner with the trophy, through gritted teeth.

Kyle Garlick – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer. If your trading deadline hasn’t passed, try to trade Garlick for Trout, and when they refuse, ask them, “Are you a vampire? Ya know, Alyssa Milano liked vampires and Dodgers.”

Walker Buehler – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.31. Great, a reason for the Dodgers to conjure up some fake injury for him.  “Sorry to say Buehler’s got a bad case of pretendinitis and will be sidelined anywhere from 10 to 30 days.”

Jorge Alfaro – 3-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting .259. He hadn’t done anything for a while, so I dropped him for Dom Nunez two days ago. Rockies benched Nunez yesterday (of course), and Alfaro will now become the greatest hitting catcher since Mickey Tettleton in R.B.I. Baseball 3.

Caleb Smith – 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.63.  Seriously:  Caleb Smith or Paddack for 2020?  And I’m the world’s biggest Paddack fan, but I’m tilting hard towards Smith.

Jared Hughes – Claimed off waivers by the Phils.  This has Charlie Manuel’s fingerprints all over it.  “Charlie, any thoughts on Jared Hughes?”  Charlie, “Scramming a pumpkin takes a sharpened haystack otherwise you’re gonna get wheelbarrowed.”  Everyone looks at each other, “Are you saying we should get Jared Hughes?”  Damn, Kapler’s losing this team!

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and a slam (25) and legs (7), a walk-off grand salami. Nothing cured beef can’t fix. If it can cure itself, it can cure you! When asked about Harper’s hot bat, Charlie Manuel said something that linguistic experts are still deciphering.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer. HR to the Izzo! Damn, had been a long time since one of those. Rizzo been injured? He retire in June and unretire in August? Tell me true, I don’t own him.

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-5 and his 28th homer and his 100th career homer.  Oddly enough, Joe Buck has gone into his mom’s bathroom and screamed in ecstasy 100 times too.

Yu Darvish – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners (zero walks), 10 Ks, ERA at 4.21. Forget a solid #2, Yu looks like he could be a sneaky ace next year. Sorry, bad stereotype.

Pedro Strop – 0 ER, 2 ER, ERA at 5.46. Seems like a solid closer to me!  Then Derek Holland (0 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 5.59) finished the Cubs’ bullpen disaster. Kimbrel’s likely a day away, so you can lose all of these other scrubs. Don’t want no scrubs!

Jose Abreu – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 25th and 26th homer, hitting .278. I wanna say it’s boring to own Abreu, but then I think back four blurbs ago to Rizzo. Seriously, has Rizzo missed time? What the eff, my dudes?

Andrew Heaney – 7 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.76 vs. Reynaldo Lopez – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.29. This matchup was billed as, “When the Streamonator is right, streamers delight, when the Streamonator is wrong, where’s my bong?”

Mike Trout – 4-for-4, 4 runs and his 40th homer. Hey, Trout, 5’s beat 4’s and aces beat both, i.e., since this is the 1st year maybe ever I’ve owned Trout, it’s been pretty awesome, but could he throw 200 IP of a sub-3 ERA?

Michael Pineda – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.20, as he was activated from the IL. Pineda had a triceps injury, so I was hoping to see a terrible start from him or a great start. This way we knew what side of the fence to get on with owning Pineda going forward. Yet, he does the most confusing start to read into, i.e., Pineda’s filled with mystery flavored Dum-Dums.

Marwin Gonzalez – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .260. 2019 has me so damaged with extreme offense that every time I see a guy with four hits, I assume cycle. Marwin’s homered twice this week, and, after yesterday’s big game, I’m gonna say hot schmotato alert.

Luis Arraez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .355. For the last three weeks, I’ve looked at Arraez for possible inclusion in the Friday Buy, and, well, he has a nice average.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 22nd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. If everyone and Mark Mothersbaugh’s mother is hitting home runs, it doesn’t mean much, but Sano is having a nice partial season for power.

Hunter Pence – 1-for-3 and his 18th homer. I remember someone coming into the comments in the early months saying how Pence was going to hit more than 27 homers and I kept telling them Pence would get injured and cool off. Not sure what happened to that person, but they might still end up on the right side of this with a strong, final six weeks.

Willie Calhoun – 2-for-4 and his 11h homer, hitting .274. I’ve owned Willie for the better part of August, let’s look at what he’s done — .180 average and 4 HRs.  Okay, wish I hadn’t looked!

Sonny Gray – 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.98. Gray has 18 straight scoreless innings, and this shows you that you should always trust yourself, even if ‘you’ are spelled differently. Watched a lot of this game, because, well, my MLB app has decided to only broadcast en Espanol for most broadcasts, except the Reds. Gray looks like his brilliant self from the A’s days. Absolute filthy 94 MPH two-seamers cutting in, dirty sliders breaking off the table to lefties. I wrote him off in the preseason, but I was wrong.

Julio Teheran – 1 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.71. This is interesting, so Teheran’s sister city is a Dumpster Fire. Feels like that might have deeper meaning. As I’ve said before, I would not own Teheran in most mixed leagues.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 27th and 28th homer, hitting .265. Also, in this game, Freddie Freeman (2-for-3) hit his 30th and 31st homer. Tildaddy hit his 35th; Matt Joyce hit his 4th, and the Braves lost.  If some time traveler from the past ever saw that, they’d think fences were moved in 350 feet in each stadium.  “When I watched baseball in the 80’s, if someone hit a home run, we celebrated by chugging New Coke and watching a video from Blockbuster. There were so few homers, New Coke went flat and Blockbuster went out of business!”

Pete Alonso – 5-for-5, 6 RBIs and his 39th homer.  Albombso!

Amed Rosario – 5-for-6, 4 runs, 1 RBI and a home run short of a cycle. We call that a 1871-2018 cycle.

Dereck Rodriguez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.79. I actually looked at the Streamonator for his next matchup and Streamonator laughed in my face.

Evan Longoria – 3-for-5, 4 RBI and his 15th homer.  Anyone under 20 homers leaves me with a sad pit in my stomach? Do you even lift, bro?

Dylan Moore – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer. Am I the only who wants to call him Dinty Moore and scream at any man named Mel, “You’re a whore, Mel!” Meh, maybe it’s just me.

Mallex Smith – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 33rd and 34th steal, hitting .238. Mallex P. SAGNOF talks about the trickle-down economy with his hippie parents and steals bases from the poor to give to the rich.

Kyle Seager – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs, hitting over-.400 in the last week with five homers in the last eight games and he’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, which should be more than enticing for you. I mean, Kyle Seager!  C’mon!  I’m sparking joy!

Spencer Turnbull – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.75. Early on in the season, I said Turnbull should be pronounced by Charles Barkley because that’s how good he’s gonna be and we had some laughs!  Mostly me.  Now, checking back in on him, he’s had a decent season — 8.5 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 3.93 FIP, and, earlier in his career in the minors, he had more Ks, and moments of better command. Might need to cyclops him in the offseason, could see liking him more next year.

Miguel Cabrera – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer. Statcast timed Miggy’s home run trot at 37 minutes but that was mostly due to how long it took the Postmates guy to meet him at 2nd base.

  1. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Need to rest one of these starts (only 3 more this week):
    – Marquez (@Col) vs Mia
    – Yarbrough vs Det
    – Giolitto @ LAA
    – Minor vs Min

    SON hates the Giolito start. Do you agree?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d sit Marquez, don’t hate the Giolito start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  2. Mike says:
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    You starting Minor at home vs Min in H2H?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I am

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  3. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Sick Alussa Milano deep-cut!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Deep cut!

  4. Dave D says:
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    I’m truly shocked that the Angels made a mediocre pitcher seem mediocre. Ok then. What’s next, Justin Upton looking valuable again?

    I’m glad you’re finally turning bullish on the Turnbull. He has served me well in two DCs as a forty something round pick. Might be a decent deep league sleeper again in 2020.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turnbullish? Yeah, his peripherals look better than I remember, and giving up less HRs than Boyd

  5. Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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    The Mets tried your throw a position player on the mound while ahead by ten runs today plan except it was with Drew Gagnon.

    What’s a reasonable offer for Carlos Santana these days? Which side would you take of Stras and Ryan McMahon for Santana and Charlie Morton? And is it close?

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      he the Mets have a history of blowign leads …..

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d want the Morton side but it’s closeish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Russell Martin did what I was suggesting about a position player only a few days ago, I had missed it… Looks like Dave Roberts and I think similarly which is so scary…

      Agree with DT

  6. Steve says:
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    Springer or Pete Alonso next year? Thanks!

    • Steve says:
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      And which one in a keeper league generally, in case you think that question has a different answer than which one just next year, thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’ll take Springer but it’s very close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  7. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Yeah charliue manual is like boomhuer on King of the HIll……..Kaplar / Manual is a starange post game dynamic

    the one thing i ever heard charlie say clearly was when he told howard eskin he was going to kick his ass

    • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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      So happy that Charlie Manuel is back for Grey. And, yes, Lenny Dykstra IS just misunderstood.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        Lenny can’t type very well either…….damn autocorrect

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup!

  8. Gigorilla says:
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    Is scoring way up this year or what?

    4 teams scored in double figures last night, which is now common place. I remember when a team scoring 11 or 12 runs was a big deal. Now scoring 13 or more runs is happening regularly.

    I don’t have any stats, but I do not remember ever seeing so many double digit runs scored, by so many teams, that is happening so regularly this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, yeah, completely… Everyone hits two homers a game

  9. William Hung says:
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    i need 1 L from Minor and Paddack in my H2H matchup… Let’s go Twins & Phillies!

    • William Hung says:
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      On the flip side I am running a mini Red Sox stack of Vazquez, Betts, and Benintendi v. O’s so I need the Red Sox to not make Aaron Brooks the 2nd coming of Cy Young the way they did with Asher Woj.. earlier this season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We are not aligned rooting against Paddack

      • William Hung says:
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        any other situation i would be rooting for Paddack, but i’m trying to stay in 1st!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn

  10. Tom says:
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    Brantley + 1.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  11. Chucky says:
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    Rizzo hasn’t missed time. What you say? You need that groundball to 2nd into the shift? Rizzo is your guy. 22 HRs in the year of the HR, for a guy that hits near the top of the order, who plays everyday? Meh. I’m not impressed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, me either

  12. galica says:
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    Grey!

    Fantastic report.

    a. When I said, yesterday’s report was ‘above average’, that was above average for y’all which is superior for the rest of us mere mortals. Your average day is our best day, all right?

    b. Rizzo’s been around but it looks like he’s aiming for a month-long trip to stripper heaven after the season is over on account of he’s been collecting singles galore for a while. Last 30 days…

    1. ISO=.160 (including yesterday’s HR)
    2. BABIP=.306
    3. WOBA=.369

    in 100 PAs, 3HRs, 8 runs, 14 RBIs, 1SBs and .287 BA. All singles, prepping for his mission to stripper heaven soon, said the happy Rizzo owner. If that was my only player X13, I would be a dead man for sure. I might even drop him soon.

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 16

    Costello: Wake up. Hey, listen. Come on.

    Abbott: What time is it?

    [Abbott just got hit in the head with a chair after Lou showed the public Abbott’s con on how he made a bottle and a glass swap places from one table to another table.]

    Costello: It’s time to get out. I think I started another riot.

    d. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Thanks, Ante!

      B. Yeah, yikes

      C. Ha,

      D. You too!

  13. Box says:
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    Would you add marwin over anyone here in a points league?

    Eloy
    Tauchman
    Dannys Antana
    JD Davis
    Didi
    Hiura

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold

      • Box says:
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        Same list, but would you add Franmil over the following?

        • Donkey Teeth

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          If position doesn’t matter then I’d try Franmil over Didi…guy is super streaky and he might be heating up again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  14. Gary C says:
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    H2H points, please rank ROS

    Eloy
    Franmil
    Grisham
    Josh Rojas

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Eloy, Grisham, Franmil for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  15. Cam says:
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    Temp check on Bradley . Would you add these guys over him in 2 leagues?

    League 1

    Giles
    Jimenez
    Workman

    League 2

    Robles
    Jimenez

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I think these guys are all in the same area. Rank em Giles, Workman, Robles, Bradley, Jimenez but splitting hairs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  16. Homer's got the Runs says:
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    Considering an SP streamer for today. Houser vs Washington or Porcello vs Baltimore? Looking for win potential and strikeouts as my ERA is shot for the week. Leaning towards Porcello.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Neither? Porcello

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d say neither Houser

    • Homers got the runs says:
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      Thanks. Not really wanting to pick up either but my ERA is terrible already so not really concerned. It’s H2H so I just want strikeouts so I can win that category.

  17. Matt says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Pick an A(h)med – Amed Rosario or Nick Ahmed ROS ?

    Thanks !

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Rosario for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Crazy J says:
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        “Name an Ahmed” is one of my favorite games, along with “Can you beat a Kike?”

      • Loyal Fan says:
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        Can you please ban Crazy J and delete his comment linked to this post? That is incredibly offensive, childish, and ignorant. Thanks!

  18. Huh says:
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    Would you drop Wood who is @ Pit next week, and May to stream 2 of these guys next week? All have two starts

    Gonzales @ TB, vs Tor
    Hudson vs Mil, vs Col
    McKay vs Sea, @ Bal
    Means vs KC, vs TB
    Allard vs LAA, @ CWS

    • Huh says:
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      And also name the third option you like as well

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        I’d lose Wood for McKay and try to keep May. But if you need the stream then Means is my 2nd choice followed by Gonzales.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McKay, Dakota, May

  19. Don't be a Hader says:
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    Not to poo-poo on the Greg Alen’s parade, but the HR was against Mike Ford(1B), and not Whitey (HOF).
    Still, would you be dropping guys like Choo, Margot, or Inciarte for him?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Choo is pretty ice cold, I’d try Allen over him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, true

      Agree with DT

  20. Y says:
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    Would you drop Tauchman for Brian Reynolds?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d want Reynolds

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  21. Slowmez says:
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    Someone dropped Stanton in our keeper league, any guesses where he’d get drafted next year? Top 50 player? Higher than Rizzo?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Top 50 seems right. Maybe 40-50 range?

      I’ll take him over Rizzo next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly around 30, over Rizzo

  22. Five-on-One says:
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    Looking to get the jump on the competition for the 2-start pitchers next week (Wed-Wed), so second start not yet up on SON. Please rank (and, if you can who should start and who should sit in a 12 team 5×5 roto):

    Marquez – @STL ($18.8), vBOS (first start is nice, but the second one can’t be pretty)
    JA Happ – @OAK ($1.1), @SEA (could this be the week to start him – away from home?)
    Plutko – @NYM ($3.4), @DET (this one looks good too)
    Jurado – vLAA ($1.4), @LAA (two starts in a row against the same opponent???)
    Houser – @STL (-$17.3), vSTL (SON hates it, but Son’s last post recommended him. So…)

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      No a pretty group.

      I’d gamble on Marquez considering the other options. Happ and Plutko after him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Houser, German

      • Five-on-One says:
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        If you had to pick a third, who would t be? But I assume from your first response that you wouldn’t start the third choice in a 12-team 5×5 roto?

  23. NestingIssues says:
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    I feel like some analysis should be completed on JRam’s stats while his girlfriend was pregnant vs post baby being born (6/27). Probably found out they were pregnant last Sept. It all adds up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is like how he was called out for steroids last year right before the slump

  24. Cram It says:
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    Whoa, whoa, whoa…since when do you do fantasy football? I was putzing around on the football side and there’s Grey doing a video about Waywardson Johnson. When did you get involved?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Someone had to take charge over there and Anime Grey was just the toon. That lil guy learns quick!

      • Cram It says:
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        Haha. You guys must write the script for him, because he doesn’t sound confident in the words coming out of his mouth.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          You caught us! I handled the running back and tight end scripts, Rudy did quarterbacks and wide receivers which should both drop next week.

          • Cram It says:
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            That’s hilarious!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, DT and Rudy are writing scripts for me

  25. Luvdarooks says:
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    If N Anderson is not getting saves ( will he??? ) should i dump him or Melancon for houser as i really need wins. Was hoping for the same number of wins from anderson as houser without hurting my WHIP or ERA. DO I STAY WITH MY RELIEVERS AS I am in a A 5 way tie for wins at the top of the standings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson for Houser

      • Luvdarooks says:
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        Wainwright is also available it is a 4 x 4 without strike out… So drop Nick Anderson and who to pick up Wainright or Houser
        U R awesome!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Matchups for Waino? Maybe him

          • Lovedarooks says:
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            No match up so it is one move for rest of year sorry I should’ve said that so which one thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Waino for ROS? Meh

  26. Slappy Jack says:
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    Caleb Smith since MAY 26 (which is about when I mentioned that we should be selling him) :

    4.76 ERA / 5.71 FIP / 5.40 xFIP with a 9.2 k/9

    I don’t know that I would take him over Paddack unless some crazy shizz happens over these final weeks. I just don’t trust Caleb to be more than a good strikeout guy with meh ratios.

    I have been known to be wrong though ,
    from time to time.

    • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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      Chris Paddack since May 26:

      4.42 ERA/5.17 FIP/4.49 xFIP with a 9 K/9

      I totally see what you’re saying about Smith, I do think Paddack and Smith are very comparable and Smith pitches in a ++ pitchers’ park which is a draw to me.

      One thing that could be accounting for that high FIP/xFIP is his BB/9 have gone up from between 2 and 3 BB/9 earlier in the year to nearly 4 at 3.8 . Smith hasnt been all that bad either had a rough June where he only pitched 5 innings but had a great July. His 3 starts in August have been 5 IP 4 K 1 ER, 4.2 IP 4 K 6 earned, and 5 IP 4 K 1 earned. He’s given up 8 walks, 4 homers in August which accounts for a 6.98 FIP and 6.3 xFIP. I honestly think those are outlier numbers for him and they’ll come back down. Same with Paddack since May 26. They can both be better and I trust both I guess.

      • Slappy Jack says:
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        fair stat comaprison, although this is Paddack’s first rodeo and I think he has more coming
        and at 28 yrs old, Caleb probably isn’t getting much better than this

        originally I had chosen late May because that’s when Caleb stopped being elite, got hurt, and was kinda meh the rest of the season… LAST year…
        and I was nervous he’d do it to us again… and he basically has so far
        I was sort of piggy-backing off an old comment and this is all probably more coincidence than anything else to be honest but, I felt like it was worth pointing out

        and so if I’m picking for next year and they are close in draft position, I think I’m taking Paddack’s upside (he also has a good defense/decent park and a better offense)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re not off, Slappy… I like Paddack a lot, haven’t on my 2020 preference yet, but Caleb’s underappreciated too (I think, could be wrong)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Also, I point you to when Kluber, Arrieta and a bunch of others broke out… Was later, like 28, vs. younger

    • Cram It says:
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      I think both of those guys are feeling the affects of an extended workload and will be relatively ineffective the last 6 weeks.

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        agree with Cram. Issa longggggg season and theyre both young

        • Slappy Jack says:
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          while i agree with cram , Caled is 28 and Paddack is 23

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Slappy Jack, why do you hate wonderful?

      • Slappy Jack says:
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        beauty is in the eye of the beholder
        i guess

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah

  27. ben says:
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    Dyson or Kiermaier for some speed down the stretch? Thank you.

    • ben says:
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      And different question, which of Aquino or JD Davis? Thanks again.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Aquino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson

      • Ben says:
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        Cool, thanks. Of Christian Walker, D. Peralta, Dyson, JD Davis, Aquino, who are the bottom two? Guessing Peralta is one of them…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Peralta, Walker

  28. Steve says:
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    Lucchesi or Miley better to hold here on out in a 12 team mixed? Or both streamers? Thanks!

    • Steve says:
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      Please also add Wheeler to that list – Lucchesi, Wheeler, or Miley the better hold ROS in a 12 team mixed? Or all streamers? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler

      • Steve says:
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        Thanks, how about Heaney vs Lucchesi?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends on matchups, Heaney in a vacuum

  29. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    haha… To be fair, watching Sanchez’s start last night, he left his command on the bus. Was way less consistent than his first couple starts. Next start is vs DET followed by Angels (both home) for a 2 start week, i’m holding.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, those are juicy matchups too

    • Trader says:
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      So you are saying s guy who gave up 4 home runs in 5 innings did not have good command? Good to know.

  30. Keeks says:
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    OBP/SLG league

    Need to stream some starts. Hold Rosario or Kipnis?

    Thanks fam

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amed

  31. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey!

    Goodness, my team is suddenly in shambles. Among my other problems, Slumpin’ Hoskins had x-rays, and now I definitely need to chose a 1B playing Coors: Yonder Alonso or Garrett Cooper?

    Alonso’s been kinda hot lately, but day off. And, out of the two meh players, Cooper’s having the less-meh season (and you were sweet on him a month ago).

    Or should I shut up and wait until this afternoon?

    Lurveeeeeyas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso at home, Cooper otherwise

      Lurves!

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Thank you, sir!

  32. Dude at Dudes says:
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    Safe to drop Glasnow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  33. Mike says:
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    What’s going on with FTJ’s injury status? He was on the IR, now he’s not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He wasn’t IL’d?

      • Mike says:
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        He was as of yesterday, but today CBS fantasy took him off, and the MLB site now only lists him as “Day to Day”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So confusing… Maybe he wasn’t IL’d?

  34. Steven says:
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    Trade help:

    Dynasty keeper league and I am out of this year playing for next year rebuild.

    My: Springer

    His: Will Smith (Catcher), Franmil Reyes, Khris Davis

    Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, it’s fair — how deep is this league? Do you need depth vs. an actual superstar?

  35. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    a) Even though everyone is hitting bombs this year, I feel lucky I snagged Sano to play 1B with how shallow 1B has been and with Hoskins doing what he’s doing. Dannys, Caste, and Sano have all been keeping my team barely afloat in the race for first after Gallo, Dahl, Contreras, Mondesi, Tatis all went down.

    b) Speaking of Tatis, Yahoo put him on the 10 day and then made him DTD with the only news being of Tatis going on IL…never seen that before

    c) And Grey you’re spot on with your sentiment of Baseball being bizzonkers this year. I lost a lot of power on my team and felt encouraged to have 2 homers yesterday with only 6 guys playing. My opponent had 5 guys going and had Abreu 2x, Chapman 2x and Rosario all go yard. It’s like setting up Christmas lights on your house and thinking you’ve done a great job and look over to see your neighbor with the Disney castle of christmas lights…such a buzzkill!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      I had 5 going yesterday with 3 HRs hitting .476, thought i was on top of the world… looks at other dude… 5 HRs .500+ 15 rbis (Jo-Ram and Santana)… Sad Trumbone

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        That’s crazy dude! This fantasy season has had awesome moments, and then moments of ultimate buzzkill…knowing other people are going thru it helps…maybe there should be fantasy therapy that involves mutual schadenfreude lol.

        BTW Cdubs while I have you (and eventually Grey) here….you like Canning v CWS ($27.6) this weekend or Ed Rod v BAL (~$30) ?

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          i like the canning start, and ERod sounds pretty good too, but with him you never know hahaha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go EdRod

          • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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            Thanks fellas. I like the Canning start too and I’m a sucker for Ed Rod…gonna think it over

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I just don’t trust Canning, but he could be better, neither jumping off screen for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yup, he’s been solid

      B. Haha, classic

      C. HA, yup!

  36. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Closer options so difficult now — everyone has a plus and a minor (or two) so please order for ROS saves — Albers; Jimenez; Law.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jimenez, Albers

  37. Dong Show says:
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    Grey and Donkey (I see you!)

    Dynasty trade question for you: I’ve been trying to figure out ways to capitalize on Blackmons current dynasty value, but no one seems to bite on him. I know it’s going to be harder to sell in the offseason. I found a taker which I’m happy for, but just wonder if this is worth it (I’m 5 games out of 1st). I don’t think it’s not fair based on the impact these guys can have. Blackmon and his 50/50 splits have me questioning him some.

    Both of your overall thoughts?

    Thor
    Blackmon
    Kristian Robinson

    For

    Harper
    Caleb Smith

    Thanks gents! Have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper/Smith

      • Dong Show says:
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        He got cold feet and came back with this.

        Acuna for Harper and Wander Franco

        I’m utterly terrified of moving Acuna. I think it’s fair, but Acuna man. He’s unreal. I don’t know what Wander can do at MLB level yet. Harper is great but not consistent

        Just want industry opinion on this one if you don’t mind. Don’t think I’ll do it, but curious on your thoughts

        Thanks again Grey for the above answer!

        • Tim Anderson Project says:
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          Hold

          Franco is a lotto ticket thats not scratched off.

          Acuna is a winning lotto ticket already scratch off.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yes, what TAP said

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Acuna is a #1 talent for a decade, forget that

          • Dong Show says:
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            And that’s my reason. Thanks for backing me up gents. Appreciate both of the responses!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  38. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Happy Friday Razzballers! DT, the Snacks Express comin for ya in our RCL FF League!!! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snacks attacks!

  39. Teddy Ballgame says:
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    I agree about Pineda. Going into his start its like a win-win (alright, if he does crappy then I can drop.) Had the toughest time deciding if he was a hold but I think he is based on upcoming schedule (need Wins).

    Also liking Luis Arraez as a Jeff McNeil replacement.

    Good luck down the final stretch!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

      Thanks, Teddy, you too!

  40. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Start/sit Roark at home vs. the Houston boom squad today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, bleh, not worth it

  41. citizen5 says:
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    Bench Boyd? @TB, @MIN, vs CLE
    For
    Minor vs MIN, vs LAA, @ LAA

    SAGNOF
    Also, R. Iglesias over F. Vasquez?

    Thanks in advance,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      Felipe

  42. CARLOS says:
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    GREY!

    Start Jeff Samardz or Jon Gray tonight? Jeff has been hot. Jon is at home with the juicier matchup (Marlins), but he’s coming off that weirdo ankle injury. Feel like Jeff is the safe play but I like Jon’s upside. Thoughts? Who would you roll with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who is Jeff pitching vs?

      • Carlos says:
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        GREY!

        Jeff is pitching against M Leake. SON gives him a -$7.

        SON gives Jon a $14.6

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go with SON

  43. TurnandCoughlin says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Do you think Will Smith is for reals?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  44. Ellis says:
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    Which two should I sit next week, all are close, thank you for your help!

    Giolito v TEX
    Archer v WAS & v CIN
    Odorizzi v CHW
    Corbin @ PIT
    S Gray v SD
    Castillo v SD
    Hendricks v SF
    Marquez @ STL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? Archer, Odorizzi

      • Ellis says:
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        I know!

  45. Five-on-One says:
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    Glut of mediocre OFs on the team. Looking to drop one (or two) to stream SPs:

    Please rank from most drop-worthy to least.

    Domingo, Dyson, Grisham, Braun, Soler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo, Braun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grisham

      • Five-n-One says:
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        Sorry, confused. drop Grisham before the other guys, or third?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Third on drop list

  46. William Hung says:
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    Rolling Berti @ Coors this weekend to hopefully get some nice BA, Rs, and SBs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too!

  47. tshank13 says:
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    SON moderately likes Sandoval vs. CHW(+$9.6) today. Likes Porcello vs. BAL about the same(cringe). Either worth a stream In a H2H where I need a start to keep up in IP, K’s and W’s, or too much of a risk for my ratios?

  48. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Aaron Sanchez and Eric Hosmer for Eddie Rosario?

    I almost never win HR and this included the first 16 weeks when I had Yelich.

    OBP instead of AVG

    Do it or hold Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        K, thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  49. Steve says:
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    10T 5×5 at UTIL

    Who’s the odd man out?

    Segura, T Anderson, Olson, Pham

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

  50. FantasyLand says:
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    Grey, you mentioned earlier this week – I think – how Giolito may be a top 15 SP for 2020.

    Given Sonny Gray’s performance, where do you think he could be in the SP rankings for next year? I mean, his season does not seem like a fluke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems like he’s made his case for top 15-20ish too

  51. hankg says:
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    Best replacement for Ray – Fried, E-Rod, Gibson or Yarbough? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yarbrough

  52. Trust the Process says:
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    Grey! Whatup man .. complete overhaul in a keep 10 + 10 farm/stash… 12 team roto … are you trading Ketel Marte for Gallo and Woodruff?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte side

  53. Crazy J says:
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    2018 and 2019 I thought I had good pitching and I was wrong. Maybe Krayton’s 150IP is A.O.K.!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, seriously

  54. Pony up junction says:
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    Drop Bauer for Heaney? 10 team h2h. Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*************

  56. C says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Great work on all the write ups this week. I ended up blowing up my roster, dealing both Yelich and Bellinger in one trade and Hader in another (punting saves) in an effort to close some pitching categories. Still firmly in second place, but out of moves and trade deadline approaching in my 12-team 6×6 (obp, holds).

    I may actually be overstaffed in pitching now and am not thrilled with my Util bats, but again pitching is where I think I have the most ground to gain a 1250 IP limit and I am on track to just meet it or be slightly over at this point. You see anything I should try to adjust with a trade before the deadline in a few weeks?

    C – J. McCann
    1B – M. Olson
    2B – M. Moustakas
    3B – A. Rendon
    SS – T. Story
    OF – Y. Alvarez
    OF – M. Betts
    OF – A. Bennetendi
    Util – J. Polanco
    Util – P. DeJong
    DL – M. Haniger

    P – G. Cole
    P – S. Bieber
    P – J. DeGrom
    P – E. Rodriguez
    DL – C. Kluber
    DL – B. Snell
    DL – T. Glasnow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*************

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*************

  58. Loyal Fan says:
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    Hi! Please review this comment above:
    Crazy J says:
    August 16, 2019 at 10:35 am (link)
    “Name an Ahmed” is one of my favorite games, along with “Can you beat a Kike?”

    This is offensive, childish, ignorant, and trolling. Thanks!

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