I was feeling reflective yesterday, so I turned to the mirror and said, I bought a toothbrush, some toothpaste–Mirror, “Please don’t sing that song.”–Pajamas, a hairbrush–“Please stop, please.”–New shoes, and a case!  I said to my reflection, where in my rankings did Jose Ramirez place?!–“NO MORE!”  I’d figured you’d like that song.  “No.”  You’ve heard it before?  “Shut up.”  Whoa, grumpy mirror.  Yet another great day from Jose Ramirez (1-for-2, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a slam (22) and legs (10), hitting .291) is what brought about my reflection.  Through a 75-second detour through that website that puts everyone’s rankings together, I found out the person who ranked Jose Ramirez the highest last year ranked him 13th overall.  Then I looked at where I ranked him — jackpot in my ass! — I ranked him 13th overall.  I was the highest on Jo-Ram.  By the by, someone ranked Jo-Ram around 130th overall.  That person should quit this fake business.  Bonus if it’s Clara Bell.  In my rankings, I even said I wanted to rank Ramirez 12th, but wanted to separate Lindor and him.  Sadly, I didn’t draft Jo-Ram anywhere, because I drafted Lindor everywhere, and, by the time the draft came back to me, Jo-Ram was gone.  This was a fun trip down memory lane.  Unlike when Memory Lane intersects with Cody Bellinger.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Corey Kluber – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.10.  The funniest thing about yesterday’s game (extremely unfunny), Kluber didn’t even look like he was bringing his A game.  He was throwing 86 MPH slide-pieces with shrug emojis and the White Sox were removing their batting gloves on two-strike counts like, “Okay, this is unfair, game under protest, no one can hit that shizz.”

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last three games.  When I dropped that Odortross from my teams, I nearly grabbed Kipnis, and might still.  He has been schmotato’ing (.333 in last week).

Brandon Morrow – Hit the DL with a sore lower back, which I presumed here after reading shizz elsewhere.  I grabbed Steve Cishek.  I tried to go Pedro Strop too, because I’m a save vulture and it’s a disease that causes me to spit up my food with stomach acid and re-digest my regurgitation while taking in saves.  Justin Wilson could even get 9th inning looks, but I didn’t go that far.  That is a SAGNOF too far for even me.  Alec Guinness in The Bridge Over The River ‘My Closer’s Down, Why?’ would say, “Show some dignity and grab a reliever!”

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 2.10.  Great, fabulous, adjective, but Lester has one job as far as I’m concerned, since I don’t own him, and that’s to allow steals!  Nary a steal yesterday by the Dodgers.  P to the fft.

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-3 and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Also, it was the 2nd day in a row Joe Buck asked his mom to stop at a highway rest stop for “seven minutes in heaven.”

Franchy Cordero – Bone spur in his elbow and might need surgery.  Franch toast.

Wil Myers – Could return this weekend.  He called a fantasy owner to let him know how he was doing and the owner replied, “New phone, who dis?”

Joey Lucchesi – 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 3.86, as he was activated from the DL.  Guess picking him up for this start was not the move.  *paints self to look like traffic cone, volunteers to work the parallel parking portion of the driving test*  I didn’t even know that many runs allowed were allowed in Petco.  Have rules changed?  I’m assuming he’s not healthy and will be back on the DL any moment now.

Christian Villanueva – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting .228.  “Are those smelling salts you’re curing that salmon with?”  “Yes, for Villanueva.”  “Well, it worked!  You un-lox’d him!”

Franklin Barreto – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  He was rarely starting, but with Chapman out, Jed Lowrie (2-for-5, 2 RBIs, 11th homer) has moved to 3rd and Barreto has started playing at 2nd.  Either way, that’s Situation: Fra-Bar.

Matt Olson – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .237.  Can’t believe Allahson has out-performed Rhysus so far.  Though, Carpenter has picked up some slack on the vague religious allusion front.  Guess we also still have the Greek God of Hard Contact who wears Nike.

Mark Canha – 1-for-5 and his 9th homer, and his 2nd homer in his last three games.  Canha isn’t just a verb for laughter, but could be a hot schmotato.

Frankie Montas – 6 2/3 Ip, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.41.  Nope, don’t fully buy it, however (we’re turning this ship!), the Stream-o-Nator loves his next start, and Montas has shown enough to trust him in a favorable matchup.

Ryan Braun – Out a few days after undergoing cryotherapy on his thumb.  You know those awful desserts at Italian restaurants that are sorbet inside of a fruit?  Well, Braun has that but as a thumb.

Jonathan Loaisiga – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.12.  Johnny Lasagna forced the Yanks to go to the penne early when his cheese turned out to be flat meatballs on the plate.  In most leagues, you can move on, though the Stream-o-Nator likes his next start, so I’m gonna stick around in a deeper league.  Like Baby Jessica, wish me well.

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .197.  I hate, hate, hurve catchers, but, c’mon, Sanchez is obviously not this bad.  He’s likely about to go off.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .255.  Sometimes I sing Lady Marmalade to a poster of Giancarlo, “Caramel mocha Giancarlo ya ya (oh yea)!”

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 15th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Grandpa, I found a letter you wrote to grandma during WWII, before I read it to you on your death bed for your last special moment, let me carelessly air dry it by a window–NOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

Noah Syndergaard – Nearing mound work.  Hope he has his Local 606 member card.  The grounds crew union is very exclusive.

Dominic Smith – 3-for-5, 2 runs. He took over left field because Bruce is hurt and the Mets thought a guy who never played left before would be fun out there.  Smith is around that of a 12-homer, .235 hitter, so an upgrade on Bruce.

Sam Dyson – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and Reyes Moronta got the 1/3 IP save, when we learned a few things about Dyson:  he’s a Cuddle Boy, he’s a gingerbeard, he’s likely no longer the closer, and I hope he dresses up next Halloween as a door at a party with Hunter Strickland.  I always get major FOMO when new closers are appointed, and most of the time it ends up burning me when I grab the first guy who the managers say is closing.  I’d guess now it’s Tony Watson, Mark Melancon, Will Smith or, maybe even Reyes Moronta for the next save.  I’d grab them in that order.  And, yes, Bruce “El Grande Cabeza” Bochy may even try Dyson again.

Jose Altuve – 3-for-4 and his 6th and 7th homer, hitting .347.  Pretty much what I said for Gary Sanchez, but Altuve’s not hitting for a bad average, his power’s just been down.  Not ironic, even though he is 4’11”.  He’ll get hot for power; guys and five girl readers, players are who they are, until they prove they’re not.

Alex Bregman – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer, hitting .268.  In the same vein of thought as Altuve, Bregman has yet prove he’s a 20+ homer hitter.

Max Kepler – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .226.  Member when I called Kepler a sleeper two years ago?  I meant it as in he’ll put you to sleep.  You need to read for my intention, not the words.

Michael Wacha – Left yesterday’s extremely mediocre start with an oblique strain.  Might be good for him to have a few weeks off to come back correct, unless he returns to face the Cubs, then don’t come back until the start after that.  Also, don’t want him to miss months with this injury like Robbie Ray.  Okay, so some caveats.

Yadier Molina – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer, and 2nd and 3rd homer in the last three games.  Yadda, yadda, Yadier.

Cesar Hernandez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Cesar hit that ball TOGA!  No?  Okay.

Odubel Herrera – 3-for-4 and his 12th homer, and his 4th straight game with a homer, and fifth homer in six games.  I’ll get to the ODB lyric drop, but I watched Odubel’s at-bats and he is so locked in that Tony Curtis playing Houdini couldn’t get him out.  Ooh, baby, he likes it raw!  Now give him a pitch so he can hit it away, off a fastball or change, Bon Voyage!

Adam Morgan – 2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 4.50, and his 1st save.  It means nothing because Seranthony had worked too many previous games, or it means everything and Kapler has settled on a lefty with a career 5.07 ERA as his closer.  Not even sure this would be the fifth wackiest thing Kapler did this year.

J.A. Happ – 8 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.56 (with a battered Tepera giving up two inherited runs to lessen Happ’s glory).  We’re not here to talk about the time Prospector Ralph said Ohtani would be more valuable than Happ.  I’m not going to mention that all year, every time I mention Happ.  I just want to say Happ is pitching like a top 20 starter.  ERA be damned.

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I’d love to sit here and tell you I made a Kendrys batty call because I can choose hitters off waivers without a sentient, horny, grabby-handed robot like the Hitter-Tron, but it’s not true.  Thank you, you horny robot!

Kurt Suzuki – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .281.  Yesterday, frequent commenter, Fred Garvin MP said, “I’ve been meaning to ask you:  do you sing Kurt Suzuki’s name to the tune of 2 Live Crew’s “Pop that C**chie?”

Peter Bourjos – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  You wanted the Braves to test my theory from yesterday that they could get production from anyone they put in the outfield?  Well, eat a carrot, you horses who were saying nay.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 0 Ks, ERA at 4.58.  Also, in this game, Isiah Kiner-Falefa (1-for-4) caught him, which was the first time two hyphenated names were a pitching-catching battery since Courtney Thorne-Smith caught Daniel Day-Lewis in a celebrity softball game at a Wal-Mart parking lot, which aired on VH-1.

Rougned Odor – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  HAHAHAHAHAHA–Breathe, Grey, breathe!  We’re losing him! *eyes roll back in head*  I think I’ll feel better if I just sit down.  OH MY GOD, I AM SITTING!!!

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer.  Moistasskiss!

Jakob Junis – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 4.43.  Been super yawnstipating in the last three starts, two starts that should’ve produced better results.  His next start isn’t terrible, assuming he avoids the guy named after a fish, so I might hold him in the deeper league, where I own him, but I could see moving on in shallower leagues.

Jeimer Candelario – 2-for-3 and his 11th homer, hitting .252.  As great as my Kendrys batty call was — thanks again, HT! — I did drop Jeimer earlier this week, which left the spot in my lineup.  I had dropped Jeimer because, woof, he’s been terrible recently. That’s not a good woof either like every woof that’s ever come from a dog.  I love dogs, y’all.  I’d be a crazy dog person with 17 of them if circumstances allowed.  I see a dog picture on social media and I’m slamming that Like no matter who’s posting it.

Niko Goodrum – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .248.  I wouldn’t say Goodrum is top shelf.

Tyler Mahle – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 3.89. Stream-o-Nator loved this start yesterday, and hates his next one, so if you grabbed him, stream on, streamer.

Scooter Gennett –  1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .336.  He’s definitely cooled off in June.  Ya know, he’s only hitting .320 on the month.

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer, hitting .295.  Oh, and in case you forgot, he’s putting up these stats in a season when he fractured his thumb.  Whoever peed on Eugenio’s thumb to make it so strong — Moises Alou?  A unicorn?  A lifeguard thinking it was a jellyfish sting? — get them to pee on anyone else who has hand problems ever.  Rich Hill, stick your hand through that glory hole!

   
  1. TraderBro says:
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    Rougie the Lougie finally hocked up a HR ball! He needs to go out on the town more often with Mendez.

  2. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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    holy crap, i hadn’t looked at rosterresource on TB’s pitchers in a while now. they’re up to 60% bullpen starts. i’ve been saying for years (at least to myself mostly) that this is how optimal pitching staffs would be run. nobody EVER has to go through a lineup 3 times. you just have a HUGE (11 man) bullpen and in this case 2 starters (right now eovaldi/snell). yarbrough and some others maybe do the more standard 5 or so innings some of the time, but mostly not. this is pretty much exactly how we’d run our staffs in NES baseball games like baseball simultor 1000 way back too.

    – on the “kevin from espn” bit i thought there actually WAS a guy doing something that inane, as i never followed espn/yahoo’s “advice”. admittedly i DID for football years and years ago (their weekly rankings and that bald stooge guy’s posts about guys he loved or hated weekly) but never for baseball, i went right from ron shandler’s yearly book to here (got lucky on that one). the shandler book (no matter whether HE himself cares or competes anymore) is still a good resource year in and year out as well. only issue is it comes out too many months early, but it’s about player skills (not roles) so it is still good.

      • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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        @Grey: yeah i’ve heard you mention that for years now he does extremely badly. one of those “better teacher than player” situations. i’d GUESS (don’t know this) he simply spends very little time on those rosters at this stage, and only stays in them at all to further promote his book and website (baseball HQ). THOSE are useful though. that book was (from what i read) the FIRST useful fantasy yearly strategy book though and has been coming out since we were little kids (you too, yr slightly older than me). the info in it is NOT outdated crap though. it goes into very deep detail about player skills as use for pronosticating performances. i’m sure rudy’s seen his books and is aware of them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Rudy’s read them (I think)

          • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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            @Grey: i’d venture to guess that back in the late 90’s (or roundabouts when youse guys were in college and getting into this stuff if my timeline is right) rudy was very much into those. and baseball HQ in some ways attempts to do what rudy’s bots do now. back in those days nobody else was close to this.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’m sure too

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up!

    Swamped today so…Mark Twain quote of the day for June 21

    Young Man: There is one thing which bothers me: I can’t tell where you draw the line between material covetousness and spiritual covetousness.

    Old Man: I don’t draw any.

    Young Man: How do you mean?

    Old Man: There is no such thing as material covetousness. All covetousness is spiritual.

    Young Man: All longings, desires, ambitions spiritual, never material?

    Old Man: Yes. The Master in you requires that in all cases you shall content his spirit –that alone. He never requires anything else, he never interests himself in any other matter.

    Young Man: Ah, come! When he covets somebody’s money–isn’t that rather distinctly material and gross?

    Old Man: No. The money is merely a symbol–it represents in visible and concrete form a spiritual desire. Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.

    Young Man: Please particularize.

    Old Man: Very well. Maybe the thing longed for is a new hat. You get it and your vanity is pleased, your spirit contented. Suppose your friends deride the hat, make fun of it: at once it loses its value; you are ashamed of it, you put it out of your sight, you never want to see it
    again.

    Young Man: I think I see. Go on.

    Old Man: It is the same hat, isn’t it? It is in no way altered. But it wasn’t the hat you wanted, but only what it stood for–a something to please and content your spirit. When it failed of that, the whole of its value was gone. There are no material values; there are only
    spiritual ones. You will hunt in vain for a material value that is actual, real–there is no such thing. The only value it possesses, for even a moment, is the spiritual value back of it: remove that end and it is at once worthless–like the hat.

    Young Man: Can you extend that to money?

    Old Man: Yes. It is merely a symbol, it has no material value; you think you desire it for its own sake, but it is not so. You desire it for the spiritual content it will bring; if it fail of that, you discover that its value is gone. There is that pathetic tale of the man who labored like a slave, unresting, unsatisfied, until he had accumulated a fortune, and was happy over it, jubilant about it; then in a single week a pestilence swept away all whom he held dear and left him desolate. His money’s value was gone. He realized that his joy in it came not from the money itself, but from the spiritual contentment he got out of his family’s enjoyment of the pleasures and delights it lavished upon them. Money has no material value; if you remove its spiritual value nothing is left but dross. It is so with all things, little or big, majestic
    or trivial–there are no exceptions. Crowns, scepters, pennies, paste jewels, village notoriety, world-wide fame–they are all the same, they have no material value: while they content the spirit they are precious, when this fails they are worthless.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      @Ante GALIC: Hope you make it out of the swamp!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Made it, man! There will be a new one tomorrow, no doubt!

        Question? In a 5X5 RCL where you need wins, ERA, would you start Suter tonight at home versus STL (C-Mart)?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          I’m starting Suter, but not in an RCL

  4. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Maybe one day Niko Goodrum will face Captain Adam Morgan — might just be the most yawnstipating boozy hookup of all time.

  5. Aardvark says:
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    Who should I roster. Hamels, rich hill, Alex wood or mike Montgomery

  6. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    I’m trying my damndest to sell Carlos Martinez in a league where my other SPs are: Bauer, McCullers, Archer (DL), Musgrove, Maeda, Bundy, Domingo German, Johnny Lasagna (streamer), and Mahle (streamer).

    I was going to offer up Martinez/Bellinger for Blackmon. My outfield is: Harper/Springer/Mazara/Braun/Conforto.

    Too much? Not enough? Should I try and get better pitching? Blackmon’s owner has the worst pitching staff in the league.

    • Rudboy says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up:

      I wouldnt trade C-Mart, youre pitching isnt deep enough. Lol dont sell low on that guy as you will regret. Bench him if anything.

      Btw, belinger/cmart for Blackmon is fair but too much.

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Rudboy: ‘preciate the input man!

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: I feel you brother. As of now Im locked in a 4 way tie for first…with a 4 way tie for 2nd, and the other 4 teams have strong rosters. Unreal parity in this league this year (I think my league mates found Razzball!). All in a h2h points league fwiw.

        I’m in a situation where if I dont win out my h2h matchups at around a .700 clip I could realistically miss the playoffs/payout.

        I’ve been experiencing about a 2:1 ratio on streaming W’s, and have been riding the weekly pitching planner hard (Thanks Rudy!) so an “ace” doesnt necessarily mean as much as 1 solid bat that plays every day and can take advantage of this leagues bonuses for doubles, trips, and Homer’s.

        Thanks for all you do brotherman!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, good luck!

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Not getting many bites at all on Bellinger, despite being $3 in my keep forever 12 teamer. Would you flip for a nonkeeper ($33) Kershaw 1:1? I assume not, but I have no idea what Bellinger’s value is anymore…he’s getting benched for Muncy!

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        @Cram It: Thanks guys. Yeah, flags fly forever, but the value / upside is too great.

        Short term funny anecdote . . . I benched him for Muncy this week in a weekly league and so far it worked out. Obviously just playing the hot hand, of course (not a permanent thing).

        • Cram It says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: That’s how you do it! Bellinger’s been garbage, but again, in a keeper, you can’t just give him away over that.

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Cram It: Here here! Muncy and Nimmo have been godsends while I wait for Bellinger / Harper to heat up + Acuna to return.

  8. J-Hov says:
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    You get a ton of credit for Jo-Ram and Bauer. You were incredibly higher than anyone else in the industry on both. Great calls! You also championed Logic who I couldn’t get into but Jo-Ram and Bauer more than make up for it!

    C-Mart is a definite sit @ MIl, right? Streamonator doesn’t hate it but i cant see myself pulling the trigger until he gets his control back… if ever.

    We usually have 10-15 GOT references by this time in the season. F HBO for this hold up. What are you currently watching?

    • bigbear says:
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      @J-Hov: In my H2H I think I’m hesitantly starting him. But in a points league he would be benched.

    • Rudboy says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up:

      I wouldnt trade C-Mart, youre pitching isnt deep enough. Lol dont sell low on that guy as you will regret. Bench him if anything.

      Btw, belinger/cmart for Blackmon is fair but too much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Hov: Haha, I like Logic, haven’t listened to him in a while, so not the biggest fan… Not sure I even listened to his last album… Did you watch Gomorra on Netflix? It was dope, but subtitled… I like Expanse, but it’s sci-fi which isn’t everyone’s bag… Also watched Goliath… Don’t think you can start C-Mart right now

      • J-Hov says:
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        @Grey:

        Goliath looks cool, i’ll Check that. My wife started Downtown Abbey so have been stuck with it for a month. Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tell her in the end they can’t figure out which fork to use, and move on

  9. Dancin Homer says:
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    Morning Grey,

    So is Lucchesi flat out droppable now or still worth a hold?

    Cheers!

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        @Grey: 12-team, but deep benches.

        Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can drop him

  10. Joel says:
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    Tomorrow:

    Start

    CC @ TB

    or

    Bieber @ Det

    SON has a stellar projection for Bieber but as you know, Bieber has been less than stellar.

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      11 IP. Been okish I guess

  11. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey

    You are always on your funny game, but this week you’ve been in a zone. I cant remember a week where I have spit up my morning coffee so much while reading your whimsy observations. This week you’ve gone from being a perennial all star to a hall of famer. Thanks for both the advice and entertainment.

    I have offered my Goldy and Andujar for Treat Urner and Hoskins…The other owner said he would sleep on it. I am guessing you like the Hoskins side but am asking to make sure.
    I am also guessing that he will come back to me today and counter by asking for K Bryant instead of Andujar. If Im guessing correctly on his counter, which side would win Goldy/ Bryant or Trea and Rhys….one note. the 6 cats for this roto league are your standard five plus OBP. ( part of the reason I hesitate to part with both Goldy and Bryant, in standard 5 cat leagues I probably would take it without asking for help )

    As always, thanks in advance.

    • Grey

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      @Ace of Spades: Ha, thanks! Trea side in first trade, Bryant side in 2nd

  12. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Happ’s 2 run 9thmare really makes the case for why quality starts are poorly designed. A guy can allow 3 over 6 innings, but that 4th run in 8+ innings disqualifies Happ, even though his in-game ERA was below 4.50. I have so much hatred in my heart over that inning that it inspired the term “9thmare” and made me realize that I just might have too much emotional investment in baseball math results.

    As for an engaging question, if you could only stash (!) 1 pitcher currently on the DL that probably won’t be back before the all star break, who is that pitcher would going to be named?

    • knucks says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: I don’t like roto leagues that do QS ONLY. And I don’t like Ws ONLY either. But this is my first time in a league that counts both QS and Ws as separate roto cats and I’m pretty sure that it is the best I’ve felt about both categories. I’ll be pushing for that in all roto leagues that I play in next year.

      Also, I’d say Yu or Strasburg…? I dunno. Who is available?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: Agreed on the QS, it’s flawed too… Agree with knucks, who’s available?

  13. Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,
    8 Team H2H point league. Dynasty league where each team keeps 15 players every year. Would you trade Corbin to get Benintendi? Each week, every team only gets 7 starts from their SP’s. If I lose Corbin, I’m left with Severino, Nola, Snell, McCullers, Wacha, Aaron Sanchez and Alex Wood. Thanks.

      • Tom says:
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        what really needs to happen is MLB has to change the rule for awarding wins. i’m thinking it should be something along the lines of if a starting pitcher goes the requisite 5 innings and leaves with the lead, no matter how many times the bullpen blows the lead the win automatically reverts back to the starter that left with the lead. In those circumstances where a starter has pitched the required 5 innings in order to qualify for a W and has left the game with the lead can a reliever be awarded a W. No more of the ridiculous lines of 1/3 IP 3 ER and a W for relievers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like that, but vulture wins in fantasy are one of the funniest things to get — love the random win from one of my MRs

          • Tom says:
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            I agree, love it when my guys get those vulture wins and hate it when my competitors do. Still think it’s an awful system. In my system you could still pick up a vulture win although they would be a lot rarer. starter goes five innings and leaves in a tie game, win goes to the next pitcher of the winning team that finishes an inning with the lead. or starter doesn’t make the five same rule applies.

            • Grey

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              Ah, yeah, I see… Agree as it is is not good…

  14. Baldy says:
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    Grey need some of your wisdom again:
    14 Head to Head league
    C Molina
    1b Muncy
    2b LeMahieu
    3b Rendon
    Ss ??
    OF Stanton
    OF Eaton
    OF Markakis
    Bench Harrison, Gurriel

    Pictching: Scherzer, Clevinger, Pivetta, Velasquez, Berrios, Flaherty, Buehler

    A: Was offered this trade but not sure if I should jump on it: Blackmon for Scherzer straight up
    B: For my ss spot who would be the better pickup for the ROS Semien or Peraza

    • baldy says:
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      @Baldy: Barreto is also available off waivers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baldy: A. Sounds fair, you look like you need both guys, but you look like you need Scherzer more B. Semien

      • baldy says:
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        @Grey: Really appreciate the help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  15. Earl says:
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    Would you do following trades?:

    1) give Freddie Freeman for Jose Ramirez. I seem to love Freeman this year.

    2) give Schoop to get Yoan Moncada; or is that an apple for an apple?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: 1. It’s fair 2. Moncada side

  16. Rick Flair says:
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    Keep forever league, How would you rank devenski, gsellman, joe jimenez, and jordan hicks as future closers. They keep passing up devenski and hicks doesnt have an opportunity unless Bud Bundy gets hurt but hes dreamy.
    Also are any of these guys droppable? Pitching is at a huge premium. Duffy, king felix, bucholz, and barria. Any holds here? Thank you as always. You run fantasy baseball advice. I owe you money haa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rick Flair: Ha, Hicks, Devenski, Jimenez… I would not own Duffy, Barria or Felix, but I guess it depends on the league and what you’re dropping them for

  17. NH says:
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    Grey,

    I need your help. I have been offered these five trades for Charlie Morton. In which order would you accept these trades in?

    Gio Gonzalez/Freeland
    Pivetta/Eduardo Rodriquez
    Newcomb/Carlos Martinez
    Bumgarner/Lester
    Clevinger/Greinke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NH: Newcomb/C-Mart, Bum, Clevinger

    • Justin says:
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      @NH:

      Bum/Lester
      Newcomb/CMart
      Clevinger/Greinke
      Pivetta/Rod

      Wouldn’t accept Gio/Freeland

  18. NH says:
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    Grey,

    Would you sell high or low for Didi?

    • Cram It says:
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      @NH: I don’t think that’s a thing. You sell him for whatever nets you the better return.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NH: Agree with Cram

  19. sportivetricks says:
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    Heyyyyyyyyy Grey!

    I’m seriously having a closer crisis this week, so pardon me for asking about them yet again.

    SF looks like a mess, so I’m probably not touching it.

    Yates and Giselle look like the best bets to take over the role on crummy teams, but G-Sell got G-shelled last night. Who do you think is the better option to roster?

    LOVE YAS!!! (ans thank you!!)

  20. vee says:
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    penne – LOL how do you come up with all of these? pure gold! jeez

    continuing from my post from yesterday – give bregman+samdyson for gleyber+newcomb .. im starting to not want to trade bregman since hes on fire lately, and i dont know if gleyber will continue at his pace (he’s already cooled off a bit).

    which side if i offer bregman+kimbrel for correa+newcomb ?
    thx as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vee: Thanks! Correa

  21. Mr Mutski says:
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    Keeper auction league, please advise.

    Would you receive Machado(38 ) for Charlie Morton ($1) and Carlos Martinez ($22)

  22. Josh says:
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    Are we starting CarMart today @ Milwaukee?

    Or do I continue to bench my supposed #2 SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: Think we have to bench him until he shows something

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey:

        as usual you’re the voice of reason. although he’ll throw a QS for sure now that I’m sitting him.

        thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  23. m0se says:
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    drop any of deshields, dickerson, andujar, a hicks, teoscar for any of meadows, grichuk, parra?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @m0se: Meh — DeShields for Grichuk if you don’t need runs/SBs and need HRs/RBIs

  24. Finding Nimmo says:
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    Which side: Kluber, Lemahieu, and Thames for Bregman, J.A. Happ, Archer, and Markakis

  25. prey879 says:
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    Do you trust Gibson at all @ Red Sox? Sounds like a death sentence but he did manage a solid start @CLE last time out, should I press my luck again or play it safe?

    • prey879 says:
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      @prey879: Little extra context. It’s a weekly H2H league and all pitching categories for the week – Ks, QS, ERA, and WHIP – are extremely close at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prey879: You can’t start him

  26. Tom says:
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    Is there a more useless everyday player than Joe Mauer? Buxton doesn’t count he’s injured. What will it take for the Twins to decide it’s time to move on from that guy?

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @Tom: The automatic answer to the worst of anything questions has to be Chris Davis. Mauer is #2

      • Tom says:
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        Fair point this year.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Fungazi 2.0: There’s a bar here in Baltimore that is giving out free shots any time Davis gets a hit. Patrons have yet to cash in since they started it.

        • Tom says:
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          To be fair he hasn’t played since June 11th, he had a hit on the 10th so you’re talking one game. Now if they wanted to go bankrupt quickly they could give out free shots every time he strikes out.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha

        • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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          @Cram It: You know, I actually believe that’s true.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Mauer’s had a useless six years

  27. papasmurf says:
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    Hopefully when Myers makes that call, he’s using Siri cuz for a man of his endurance, it’s a dangerous endeavor. Could easily dislocate his thumb trying to reach for the “1” on the digital dialpad.

    Damn that Odubel. Last year I had him and he was hot garbage. This year he fell in the draft and the first place team has him. The team has about 5 breakout guys drafted mid to late rounds in a 16 team league.

    I wish Odubel would use the same trainer as Wil Myers: Jinx Smurf!

  28. Jays for Days says:
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    is bryant and darvish way too much to pay for Ramirez? If so is Yelich and darvish enough?

      • Jays for Days says:
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        @Grey: should I add a draft pick in with yelich and yu? Or am I going too crazy?

        Thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, add

  29. jose says:
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    How about our good friend Buck Showalter making sure no one got a save last night. He used Britton for a nearly clean 1 1/3 innings only to bring in Brach to get the last 2 outs with a 3 run lead….and it wasn’t pretty.

    Brach has been a good pick up for my RCL, but once Britton gets a save, we’re moving on? Maybe pick him back up a week or two before the trade deadline?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: I saw that, no save for anyone… I’d move on already from Brach

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • jose says:
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      @jose: Also, Owning JoRam has been great in RCL. Great Call!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice!

  30. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Johnny Lasagna got that noodle arm!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi 2.0: You can’t come here and steal my future blurbs! (emoji)

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        @Grey: Fungazi’s Lasagna blurbs – fresh out the oven

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh cmon!

  31. Petty Tendergrass says:
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    I’m visiting Corona CA in July. Which stadium should I make it a point to visit, Angels or Dodgers?

  32. Gonzo says:
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    A few trades on the table… pick the sides, please!

    10tm 5×5, hurting in HR and saves, big lead in Runs
    Stanton, CMart & Wade Davis for Beni & Soto
    Taillon for Boxberger

    10tm 5×5 AL only with deep lineups and a hole at CI (currently filled with David Fletcher…)
    Bregman for Happ and my 7th rd pick next year

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gonzo: Stanton…Taillon…Bregman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gonzo: Belated you’re welcome

  33. foul balls says:
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    Good stuff as always, trade kershaw altuve asdrubal, receive trout and t Turner? 12tm h2h

  34. Brian says:
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    16 team 6×6 h2h dynasty with k/bb and QS.

    drawn out strategy question if you don’t mind.
    I’m leading in ratios (ERA 3.26 – 6.40, WHIP 1.32 – 1.47, and K/BB 5.43 – 2.12). I have 30 IP, he has 45 IP. He’s beating me in Ks 53-38. I’m up in QS 3-2.
    My remainings SPs are madbum v SD, gausman @ WAS, Quintana @ CIN, wood @ NYM, Duffy @ HOU, Sonny @ TB, Teheran v BAL, Verlander V KC, and Clev V DET.

    My opponent has Ross @ SF, Porcello @MIN, Godley @ PIT, Stratton v SD, Kennedy @ HOU, Covey v OAK, ERod v SEA, Odorizzi v TEX, Desclafani v CHC, Pivetta @ WAS, Boyd @ CLE, Caleb @ COL. So he obviously has a lot of unfavorable matchups and if he continues to get hammered in ratios I’d expect him to continue just rolling them all out to win Ks and QS.

    I’m definitely benching Duffy and will consider benching Teheran since he’s at home even though he’s facing BAL. But as of today, would you sit Gaus? I’m leaning to rolling with him since most of my SPs are facing weaker offenses rest of week so a gaus clunker wouldn’t kill me, and my opponent’s matchups are pretty bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: Sure, start Gausman, you shouldn’t lose ratios or QS

  35. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey

    Follow up to a question above you answered above already. Concerning my offer of Goldy/Andujar for Trea and Hoskins…He has countered with Goldy/ W Myers for Trea and Hoskins ( again, its 6 cats with OBP in addition to standard 5 ) …Im tempted to pull trigger and welcome Trea and Rhys to my team…Should I ? or should I hold.

    Thanks again in advance.

  36. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Holds and saves league. H2H. Still trying to deal Seager. S Dominguez a good choice for me? Or maybe Parker? I have Britton, BesrClaw, Herrera in my pen now. So I tend to lose both categories. Need another arm to compete in either cat. Thanks

  37. Kyle says:
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    Keeper league, this trade was offered.

    my:
    Tanaka
    Cole Hamels

    for

    his:
    Sonny Gray
    Luke Weaver

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kyle: Neither side? Take Gray/Weaver

      • Kyle says:
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        @Grey: fair enough. thanks for the reply

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  38. Jays for Days says:
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    Also just was offered Segura, Andrus, Rodriguez for my Correa and Darvish.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jays for Days: Don’t know who Rodriguez is but doesn’t look good

      • Jays for Days says:
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        @Grey: pitcher from boston, Eduardo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I figured, kinda meh

          • Jays for Days says:
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            @Grey: Alright, I’ll reject and try yelich and yu for Ramirez

            • Jays for Days says:
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              @Jays for Days: Would it be worth it to even throw a draft pick in with yel/yu?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Sure

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Word

  39. Synyster says:
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    My pitchers all seem to be getting injured at the same time. Any recommendations for who to pickup for the foreseeable future? I can’t stream since we are capped 70 moves/season. This is assuming Wacha goes to DL and frees one pickup for me. Anyone else to lose either? This is a H2H 6×6 w/ QS. I am in 1st by 19 games, and only used 14 moves so far. Thanks Grey!

    deGrom, Snell, Bauer, Berrios, Newcomb, Stripling, Ed-Rod, Wacha (DTD,prob DL), Urena (DTD, prob DL), Ohtani (DL), Chapman, Britton, Norris.

    Available: Lance Lynn, Leake, Chacin, Manaea, Freddy P, Velazquez. Shelby Miller

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        thx

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          np

  40. NH says:
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    Grey,

    The one GM changed his mind the trade. He now wants to do this.

    I give him Kimbrel/Morton
    I get Lester/Bumgarner

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NH: Sounds fair if you need SPs

      • NH says:
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        What do you think? Here is my pitching rotation

        RP – Kimbrel and Hand
        SP – Serverino, Morton, Sale, DeGrom, Bauer and Tailon.
        Bench – Robbie Ray
        DL – Kershaw

        I would like to drop Tailon tho.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think your starting staff is stacked, not sure why you’re trying to get another SP

          • NH says:
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            Trying to replace Tailon.

            My offense is pretty good too.
            C – Molina
            1B – Votto
            2B – Jose Ramirez
            3B – Arenado
            SS – Machado
            OF – Hoskins, Judge, Stanton
            Bench – Didi, Pollock, Sterling Marte and Cain.

            Anyone you recommend trading? Any areas you think I should upgrade in?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You have too many bench bats, upgrade Taillon by trading Pollock, Didi, Marte and/or Cain

  41. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey, great work! Do you think Stripling will remain in the starting rotation if the other 5 guys are healthy? Maybe they go to a quasi 6 man rotation using the dl.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, he’s not going anywhere with how he’s pitching, and you’re talking about some world where all Dodger starters are healthy that will never happen

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: You’ll be able to watch home games on MLB.TV(even in Guam) before the all Dodger starters are healthy thing happens.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, prolly

  42. Jason Murray says:
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    Albies or Torres as my 2B in a H2H keeper league with no limits? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies

  43. Big Dog says:
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    Grey – Nice write-ups!
    I dropped J.Turner for KANG (hoping near future will be up w/pirates). thoughts?
    Also, what do I do with Strikland and Herrera?
    nothing really on waivers, who would be a value appropriate ask for G. Torres in trade?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner, the Dodgers #3 hitter for a guy who hasn’t played in 2 years? That’s not good

  44. Scuffy McGee says:
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    LOL’d this morning with the write-up, great stuff!! Apologies if these have been asked or answered already.

    Are you feeling C-Mart at MIL? His lack of control since the DL has me nervous.

    Gibson at home vs BOS? I started him versus Cleveland last week and that worked out.

    Thanks and have a great rest of the day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’m not starting C-Mart or Gibson

  45. M says:
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    What to do with Strickland and Herrera?
    nothing on waivers… who would be an appropriate value for Gleyber Torres in a trade?
    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can drop Herrera, DL Strickland or drop him, depends on the league

  46. OddBall Herrera says:
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    If only Braun had needed cryotherapy on both thumbs – he could’ve named one Wesley and the other Stallone and then they could’ve had a thumb war after they thawed out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  47. Alex says:
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    Are Rodon and Loaisiga equally streamers in a 12 team H2H?

    I own Loaisiga, but Rodon just came available. Problem is I have a small budget remaining, $29. I’m in 2nd place, so I can play it safe for a bit and roll with Loaisiga.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Rodon

    • I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @Alex: it’s funny, i’m seeing rodon the monster being dropped too, he did OK in horrible matchups, SON loves him and he has easier schedule coming up (by a lot) and pitches in the worst division in baseball, particularly IF you are ON CLE (WSOX, KC, DET, MIN ain’t that scary with sano not doing anything)

  48. Humm Baby says:
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    I dropped Odor on Tuesday, and knew he was going to go deep last night… but hey, there’s lots of guys with 2 jacks and 1 SB on waivers, we don’t want them either…

    Who do you like more, Villar or Kipnis to replace Odor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed… Kipnis

  49. Scandalous Bob says:
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    Which side wins this trade? Is it fair?

    C. Blackmon for R. Iglesias, S. Dyson, and E. Thames

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon – not really

  50. Luke T says:
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    Sir, Bregman and Bryant for Severino, fair? If not, which side wins. My offense is tops, and I am doing well in pitching. I want to bolster my lead but can’t pry Severino from this guy with one or the other. Thanks for your time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman

  51. SK says:
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    Another great one today, Grey.

    Weekly H-2-H, 5×5 (plus QS and L, instead of W). Thinking of a grab-n-stash with Kyle Tucker and was wondering what pitcher to drop.

    CC, Roark, C.Richard, or K.Gibson. Thinking Roark would be the first go.

    Also, for future reference, who would be 2nd and 3rd to go when my Tanaka and G.Richards come off the DL (assuming these two are better options than any of the four).

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Roark, Richard

  52. kilkennybrian says:
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    I went from confident at RP to crushed in like days (Strickland, Morrow, Herrera, Dominguez, Parker)

    I need to spec/stash some RP until I can find worthy trades.

    How do you rank these guys in terms of owning? Please rank all best you can, I need to add a handful in varying leagues:
    KYates, TWatson, Strop, Cishek, Jiminez, ‘anyone in TB or KC’ (Romo? Hill?), W. smith, Moronta

    I know it’s a meh question but its pretty rough out there!

    Thanks as always!

    PS- I traded Blackmon for JRam as keepers before the season started and my league mates laughed at me. I bet you know who’s laughing now, and you certainly know who gave me that idea… #AlmightyGrey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yates, Watson, Cishek — nice trade!

  53. Bobby says:
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    Rank the following when speculating saves: Devenski, Hicks, Osuna, Yates

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks, Yates

  54. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h OPS
    Tomorrow would you start Puig @ NYM (wheeler) or Anderson @ COL (Gray)?

    Also, would you regularly start Anderson over Puig until he hits a hot streak?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whoever is in Coors — no, not regularly over Puig

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Though I don’t know who Anderson is

        • bobbo says:
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          @Grey: Brian Anderson of the Marlins. Sorry.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Still, whoever’s in Coors

  55. kilkennybrian says:
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    12 Team league

    Should I drop Peralta? He may not start until next week or possibly get called down.

    Also probably gotta DL Wacha later but should I just drop so I can pick up some streamers today? Or is he someone you’d hold for the month+ he’s likely gone for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s hear how long Wacha is out — you can likely drop Peralta

  56. MH says:
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    Grey, 15 team who do you prefer for 2nd UTIL slot? Kendrys, Grichuk or Avisail?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk

  57. DonnieB says:
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    Good morning Grey… Need to drop one..for ROS, would you DROP Conforto,Kiermaier or Joc? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kiermaer

  58. MH says:
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    Grey, 15 team league who do you prefer for 2nd UTIL slot? Kendrys, Grichuk or Avisail? Thanks!

  59. Molina Bros BBQ says:
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    Hahaha Odor!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  60. jack florida says:
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    best two out of this crew, pts h2h

    soroka, peralta, pivetta, mahle, german

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta, Soroka

      • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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        @Grey: you know yr asking for a 20 post troll war with this one right from wily mo (ego) penial enlargement.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  61. Cohen says:
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    Gsellman or Joe Jimenez moving forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jimenez

  62. Keeks says:
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    5×5 HR, RBI, Stls,OBP,SLG & QS, ERA,WHIP,K/9, Sv+Hlds

    Have Rendon as my everyday 3b and Khris Davis as an everyday util because of Mookie, Rhys, & Benintendi filling the OF slots. That situation has left me one util spot to choose between Muncy (3B 6 in this league), Jesus Aguilar, Conforto, and soon to be Acuna each day.

    SP: Nola, Snell, Corbin, Clevinger, Rodon, flaherty.

    Just traded my Muncy and Jack Flaherty for Trevor Bauer.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know I love Bauer

  63. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Lasagna or Montas in AL keeper where I’m in first place and playing to win now too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Montas, just bc safer rotation spot, but Lasagna has higher upside

  64. Cram It says:
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    How’s NFBC going?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m in 1st by like 10 points, Oaktown thinks he’s close in 3rd place… How about you?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Awesome dude! I’ve been in 2nd for a while.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Yeah, it’s a tough league to do much in-season, really need help with injuries

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: My offense is doing great. I still just need the pitchers I drafted at the top to act like it, and yeah, stay healthy. If Quintana, Godley and Hill could, I don’t know, get in the top 250! Pomeranz really F’d me too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Quintana should be better, the other day are varying degrees of bleh potentially…. I drafted David Dahl as my 2nd OF, and have been playing Pillar all year instead

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: With injuries and whatnot, at this point in the season, sometimes you just need a warm body in there. I’ve had to deploy Nick Ahmed here and there. Rudy has John Hicks at utility and some guy is playing Jordy Mercer.

                • @Cram It: my offense is rising from the dead. Rough start on injury front + Ozuna and Margot struggles. a healthy DeJong + Souza will help.

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Rudy Gamble: Ugh, Margot has been so awful. You’ve got a lot of ground to make up buddy. Idk if those guys can carry the weight but you’ve got time on your side.

                    • yeah, I’m also hoping the Tigers bring up Stewart but offense has not gone as planned, that’s for sure.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I have Hicks as one of my catchers, luckily

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    The fact I think it’s lucky is sad

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Hicks is great at Catcher. Not so much as utility.

                    Hey, I feel lucky that Camargo is relevant!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, that’s how I feel in the league where I have Camargo

  65. Joel says:
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    Nelson Cruz and a 2nd tier closer. That go the same for Bauer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That go the same? What?

      • Joel says:
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        @Grey: Sorry. You have a lot of comments daily. Yesterday the topic of Syndergaard. A fair trade suggestion was Cruz and (donkeycorn) Brad Hand. Is this too a fair trade offer for Bauer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, that sounds fair

  66. Walter White says:
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    Which one for both short term/long term (keeper league): Jon Gray, Freddy Peralta, Seth Lugo, Nick Pevetta, Danny Duffy or Daniel Mengden?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta

  67. Scott says:
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    Cargo or joc p ros? Obp league. I know you are not a big cargo fan, but he plays in Coors and probably has more secure playing time. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joc

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Scott: i’ll take that “more secure playing time” bet. we know joc doesn’t play vs lefties sure, but how confident are you that cargo 1 stays healthy to GET those at bats. if you can add both i’d stream cargo 1 at home when joc doesn’t play. since cargo 1 IS healthy right now i’d think i could get 3/2 on my claim (40% break even point)

  68. I Am The Danger says:
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    Which one both short term/long term (keeper league): Jon Gray, Freddy Peralta, Seth Lugo, Nick Pevetta, Danny Duffy or Daniel Mengden?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta

  69. Chris D says:
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    Would you move Arrieta and Grandal for Will Myers?

    • Chris D says:
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      @Chris D: dynasty league format

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, seems fair enough

  70. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Took your advice and traded away Ohtani for Sanchez, Berrios, and Allen in my 12-team keeper league. As you alluded to, Sanchez’s stats aren’t that bad considering he’s only hitting around the Mendoza line. He’s overdue to go off.

    Starting Happ as my MI and I’m tired of seeing him play two games, sit one, etc.. Is Lowrie, Kipnis, Harrison, Simien, or Russell a better option in an OBP and SLG% league? Have a good day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s good, ‘poop?

      Semien

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: So go for Semien over Happ? Are any of the rest of waiver wire guys (e.g., Lowrie, Kipnis, Harrison, and Russell) better than Happ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All these are different versions of meh, I’d prolly try Kipnis

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Appreciate you…as always!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, ‘poop!

  71. jason batteiger says:
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    nunez being benched for BROCK freakin’ HOLT! now
    14 team h2h redraft with OBP over AVG, hits and total bases added
    C cervelli
    1B au rizz
    2B whit (1B/OF)
    SS machado (3B)
    3B healy (got lucky when sano more went out that he’s out there at all)
    OF (3) puig, rosario, yelich
    util (2) schebler, joc
    BN nunez (2B/SS/3B/OF)
    NA (1) big willie
    duffy (2B/3B) or nunez. i’d lose the SS backup, but machado mostly plays every day anyway. nunez was supposed to be there for steals (which he had EVERY other year in the league)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Duffy

  72. R.J. says:
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    In a way-too-deep dynasty league, would you rather have Randal Grichuk or J.D. Davis for the future?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

      • R.J. says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  73. prey879 says:
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    Mike Soroka or Mike Montgomery?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soroka

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Context matters tho

      • prey879 says:
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        @Grey: 12 team mixed redraft league. 5×5 w/ Quality Starts instead of Wins.

        • prey879 says:
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          @prey879: I have Montgomery now w/ Soroka hitting waivers after his last start. Was just wondering if I should make the swap.

          If that’s the context you’re looking for, not really sure.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’d hold for now

            • prey879 says:
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              @Grey: Thanks!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

    • The Harrow says:
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      @prey879: he’s likely going to say soroka, at the very least the bots hate M2.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @The Harrow: yep, the context indicating how likely it is to be able to add soroka at a future date (or M2 if you go soroka first)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  74. Scott says:
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    As much as I hate asking this question, but do you like Devon travis more than happ ros? Travis has better stats last 14 and 30 days. Happ just doenst play, do you expect that to change? Why hasn’t He gone down to the minors to get right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with 3 days of Happ over 6 days of Travis

  75. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Between injuries and other unpleasant things, my team could use a little pep in its step. My league right now is pretty trade averse. Any add/drops you think I should be doing? I’m worried LeMahieu is going to be a boring run-scorer and not much else all year, that Pederson sits too often (how many lefty SPs does the NL have?!), Roark is basically a streamer, and Simmons lost the magic and isn’t getting it back.

    FAs of note: Profar, Jay, Conforto, German, Montas, Lynn, Cishek, any other Giants RP

    12-Team, Yahoo, H2H, 5×5 Redraft League
    C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Carpenter, 3B – Suarez, SS – Machado, OF – Stanton/Cain/Teoscar Util –  Rendon , Bench – LeMahieu, Pederson, Simmons

    SP – Berrios, Corbin, Ross, Roark, Velasquez, Newcomb; RP – Davis, Barraclough, Dyson, Morrow (inj)

    DL (2 spots)-  Cespedes, Darvish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto, German, Cishek… Roark, Simmons, Joc

  76. Another Dan says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Any comeback from the bake off audition ? Token straight guy ?

    In my 12 team dynasty I am nowhere near competitive, as expected. But I am struggling with pitching strategy. It’s 7×7 so QS and HLD are extra cats. 1600IP minimum. We have 4 x SP, 4 x RP and 4 x P slots. How would you structure your pitching staff ? 5 x SP plus a streamer spot and 8 x RP seem the right numbers ?

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t heard anything yet from bake off, they said end of the month… 5-6 SPs always, 3 closers, 3 holds, then wild cards on last spots depending who is available

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks.

        Trying to work out who is worth holding on to in the hope they become viable down the line. And what I should ask for in trade negotiations.

        Thanks, again for all your input.

        Another Dan

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  77. Kcc26 says:
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    12 team H2H mixed 6×6 (OPS, QS)

    probably need to drop a hitter (carrying two bench guys, have a few DL’d pitchers). Team has struggled to hit for power (thanks Votto/Bryant/Rendon)!

    Drop C. Santana, Aguilar, Conforto, or Joc?

    Or hold? Would really just be to open up a spot to stream starters.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana

  78. wiz says:
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    Trea Turner and Yu Darvish for Chris Sale and Carlos Santana.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea side

      • wiz says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, sir. What about if you subbed Ozuna for Santana? It’s a redraft league and I can find steals on waivers. Or you expecting Treat to be dominant second half?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Trea, not sure what you mean by sub Ozuna for Santana, they’re not close to same value

  79. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Flaherty or Hill?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill if healthy, which is never

      • Norm Ginsberg says:
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        @Grey: Even w blisters, Hill would be my healthiest starter, and healthier than either closer (strickland/morrow).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

  80. Bad Ash says:
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    Start CMart tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not

  81. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. my aroldis for madbum? other closers are box, rondon and britton (whatever hes worth). think i can get a better sp for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should do better

  82. Jt says:
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    Wacha to dL open spot. Already added Braun as a bench bat my teams not hitting I have another open spot
    Parra @ Coors vs Miami, Camargo vs baltmore, Pablo vs San Diego, Barreto @ White Sox double header, Frazier @ Tampa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parra

  83. CP says:
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    Thoughts on Parra? He’s been a schmotato lately and is playing basically everyday hitting 6th in that Rockies lineup. I know he’s kinda meh but does have 6 bag swipes and hitting .300. Do you see a 10/75/.300/15 season out of him this year?

    Jacques Cousteau could never get this low

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CP: I’d grab him as long as the Rox are in Coors

  84. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Should I be a Be-lieber to start Shane against Detroit at home, Covey-dovey to start Dylan at home against Oakland or Eflin insane to start Zach at Washington?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not starting any of them, Beiber seems safest tho

      • 200 Proof says:
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        @Grey:
        I’d really love to pick up LeBlanc (and hold him), but he’s at Boston and that just seems nutso.
        Bieber’s start (and stream) over LeBlanc?

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @BOS is nutso

  85. Cram It says:
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    One more thing about Fantrax…I can’t drop a guy that has already played for a guy whose team isn’t even playing today. Like, when the hell can I add him? When the sunrises? After all games have started for the day? After all games have ended? 3 A.M. EST? Da fuh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, I had that problem at one point too… Also, how do I find just SPs who are scheduled for tomorrow? I don’t want all pitchers with a schedule, I just want tomorrow’s SPs, is that possible?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Nope! You have to scroll through all of them. It’s a real hoot on a phone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh, that’s what I was afraid of… How can that work for anyone?

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Grey: there’s a probable button on the players page which after all of that day’s games start show the next day’s starters. i always have SON open already so i know who to look for. pretty sure you can drop a player you have on your BN right away for somebody who hasn’t played yet. otherwise it functions like yahoo daily-today in that if you are trying to drop a player who WAS in your lineup for today you’ll have to wait for the next day’s rosters to unlock so that’s 3 AM eastern.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yuck

              • The Harrow says:
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                @Grey: yeah but the benefit is that (unlike in espn) if anything changes THAT day you can add somebody right up till THAT player plays. in espn if a day had games at 11 AM eastern, and somebody in the 7 PM pacific games was ruled DTD after 11 AM eastern you COULDN’T sub for them at all. here you could in fact do that. you could also find a last minute batty call or the replacement pitcher etc.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s true

  86. Last One Out of Liberty City says:
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    12 man obp, total bases, and slugging percentage league

    Would you trade K. Davis, Upton, Shaw, and Cueto for Correa, T. Bauer, and A. Meadows

    I was thinking of countering with adding in Bellinger instead of Meadows.

    My team
    C Hicks
    1b Goldy
    2b c. taylor
    3b devers
    ss bogaerts
    of harper, upton, k. davis
    util – rosario, soto
    bench – shaw, braun, m. taylor

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try Bellinger

  87. Favio Vasquez says:
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    Yo Grey, what up, speaking on the hypothetical, if you had Eugenio Swatez, Manny Much-hitto, Giancarlo Smackin, Judge (I had nothing) and Marcell O-zuno-hes-gonna-homer. Would you offer Ozuno”””””””” for Bryce will start hitting them out of the Park’r-Harper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would take Harper

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Favio Vasquez: are you saying ONLY ozuna for harper? nobody with harper would ever sell you harper for him. harper is only having BABIP luck problems.

  88. DodgersWindowClosed says:
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    Wonder how hurt Dee is? No SBs for weeks. So hot early this season that it almost made up for Severino and DeGrom going right before my draft pick in round #3. Average ok but without steals not close to worth it.

    Hold or try to deal for Dozier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Dozier

      • Launch Angle says:
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        I’ve been wondering the same thing about Flash. I own him too. Frustrating.

        Dozier is down in the SB dept this year too…he had 10 at this time last season. He’s only 2 HR’s and RBI’s at this time last season though, but average is down 25 points.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I said to sell Gordon 2 weeks ago

          • Launch Angle says:
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            Keep Whit for SB and trade Gordon instead?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

              • Launch Angle says:
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                Target Scooter or Albies as my 2B?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Albies

    • Launch Angle says:
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      Gordon has now gone 16 consecutive games w/o a SB, but he has been caught a couple times. I looked back at last year and he went a period of 13 consecutive games w/o a SB one month.

      I wondered if it was his fractured toe, but it hasn’t kept him from running the bases on balls in play or playing in the field.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Likely his toe

        • Launch Angle says:
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          Think he take 45-50+ this year?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Maybe, he might be hurt

            • Launch Angle says:
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              Whit swipe more this year or about the same???

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                About same

  89. Matty says:
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    I’m admittedly getting so spoiled with Jo-Ram that I saw the Indians score yesterday, and his line, and initially thought “only 3 RBI and 3 R and 1 HR and 1 SB? What a ticker tease”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  90. Play Ball says:
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    Does Yadier Molina put up better R, HR, RBI numbers than Sal Perez ROS? Does he come close in HR’s?

    KC lineup is garbage. Don’t see how Perez gets the R and RBI opportunities as he did last year. Could get even worse if they trade Moose or Whit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly close, I’d guess Molina beats him in runs and RBIs, but not HRs

      • Play Ball says:
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        And a better average :)

        BTW, where is Willson Contreras’ power this year? Only one extra base hit all month. Sad.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, crazy on Willson, I’d guess he’ll come around, but yikes

  91. B.Loblaw says:
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    Getting ready to drop Wacha (no DL spots) to stream. Who do you start with? Stratton vSD, Richard @SF, Wheeler vLAD, J.Gray vMIA, Bassitt @CWS. Or hold?

  92. JP says:
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    Chris Davis Toast?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that on the menu?

    • Crazy J says:
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      JAM!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Let the boys be boys!

  93. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Happy Thursday!

    Grey, the Wacha blurb spoke directly to me.

    A) I own Wacha
    B ) I own Ray
    C) I’m lucky there is no C

    Only 2 DL Spots available. I have been watching Ray and Donaldson vacation there forever.

    Wasn’t big on Donaldson coming into the year, but ended up w/ him via trade. Current 3B is Andujar

    Drop one of the 3 now? If so, who is the drop? OR Try to hold out until Ray returns (sounds soonish)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C) Ha! Lose Wacha, he’s out until August prolly

      • Sandlot Bully says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  94. Worm Burner says:
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    Grey,

    I have the chance to buy albies for Gleyber in redraft. Jump on it Or just a toss-up?

    Thanks for all of your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Albies

  95. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    So now joining Ray, Darvish, Buehler and Strasburg on my DL is Michael f’n Wacha, or Fwacha as I will start calling him. My God, that means I need to start Jon Gray – Nooooooo!!!!!!

    Ok, that’s all. Time to watch the not yet DL’d but kinda husky Godley fumble his way through the Buccos.

    Oh, and the Torenado snippets continue to be fantastic!

    Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  96. Thunder Thighs says:
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    Yo Grey,

    How do you rank Gibson, Musgrove, Eflin, Peralta ROS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Musgrove, Gibson

  97. DonnieB says:
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    Who would be your #1 saves speculation right now: Dyson, Hicks, Cishek, or Romo? Thanks and great write up today—as Always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Can I say none? Cishek

  98. Skeezix says:
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    I’m in a 10 team roto keeper league (deep rosters) where each team keeps 4 hitters, 2 pitchers. My keeper hitters are kinda weak (4 of Stanton, Rizzo, Rendon, Marte, Story). I know you’re not a fan, but Corey Seager just got dropped and I’m largely out of it. Given that I wouldn’t be able to keep both Story and Seager, would you bother picking him up for a $5 claim (real dollars)? Basically I’m asking ridiculously early which of those two you expect to be better next year. I was also thinking that worst case he’s trade bait later for other teams hard up for keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story’s better, but I’d grab Seager just in case, it’s only $5

  99. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Hey, at least Cartinez only walked 2. I give you the lowerest case of yays.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  100. Crazy J says:
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    Go ahead… ask me if I am going to start my ACE, Carlos mArtinEz, against Cleveland next week! FFS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously

  101. Kyzr5 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    10-Team H2H

    Should I make a drop to pick up Yu Darvish (DL until Jun 30) for ROS? or no change?

    (others available: M. Leake, C. Kuhl, J. Taillon, J. Teheran, V. Velasquez, R. Lopez, M. Estrada, A. Sanchez, K. Maeda, S. Wright, A. Heaney, G. Richards, J. Guerra, F. Peralta, J. Hellickson, L. Castillo)

    Current staff:
    SP: B. Snell, S. Newcomb, N. Pivetta, K. Hendricks, J. Flaherty, A. Wood, W. Buehler (DL)
    RP: W. Davis, C. Knebel, J. Familia
    Injured: J. Cueto

    Thanks!!

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