Was thinking about this the other day.  Bear with me, it’s not fully formed (like the rest of this shizz).  Is there a higher upside move than becoming a magician?  David Blaine scored, Penn & Teller seemed to have done all right for themselves, Siegfried & Roy did fine until that white cat went ape…But how about all of the 18-year-old’s who are like, “Mom, Dad, I’m declining the full ride to Brown.  I want to do this…” *pulls sheet off table to reveal their daughter sawed in half*  “Oh, crap.  Marci?”  The world is littered with failed magicians!  You want upside?  There’s no greater upside call than deciding you want to be a magician for the rest of your life.  The Indians team?  They’re all freakin’ magicians!  Hey, Jose Ramirez (2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 26th and 27th homer), you’re David Blaine!  Francisco Lindor (1-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer)?  You’re David Blaine!   Michael Brantley (2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs)?  You’re David Blaine!  You’re all David Blaine!  We even have some David Blaine magic for Jason Kipnis (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games).  If you went Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez with your 1st two picks, you’re also a magician, according to the Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  (The other way to look at this theory is only a handful of knuckleheads are actually stupid enough to want to be a magician, and the world is not littered with failed magicians and no one is turning down a free ride to an Ivy League school to become a magician, but we don’t talk about this part of the Upside Magician Theory.)  Thank you, Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor and all the Indians, I believe your magic is real.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Scooter Gennett – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 15th homer, hitting .325.  Okay, Scooter, you can be The Amazing Jonathan.

Jesse Winker – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting near-.450 in the last week, hitting near-.460 in July, hit .308 in June and still randomly benched by Riggleman.

Chad Kuhl – Shut down for another four weeks.  If this affects your fantasy team, then you’re telling me your league only uses Pirates players.  Can you own Pie Traynor in case he returns as a zombie?  Is your team name ZomPie?  Does it still upset you Kiner took his announcing talents to the Mets?  Is your best celebrity sighting of Jason Kendall?  Do you throw sandwiches without fries directly in the garbage?  I got questions, y’all!

Starling Marte – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .282.  Now on pace for 19 homers!  Can one Pirates hitter break 20 homers this year when other teams have multiple guys over 20 already?  Might come down to the wire in September, but if they’re relying on Polanco or Marte to cross the 20-homer threshold they got bigger fish to fry than Arthur Treacher.

Trevor Williams – 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.36.  Not sure what’s sadder, I was excited about owning this guy this year or that the Nats couldn’t hit him.

Bryce Harper – 0-for-2, but only one K.  Maybe the pretzel penis is working?!

Bruce Rondon – DFA’d by the White Sox.  My rap alias, B. Fire, would tell you, it just wasn’t Rondon’s times.  It’s plural because I’m inside Grey’s Anatomy, created by Shonda Rhimes.

Vince Velasquez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, as he was activated from the DL.  Funny his initials are VV because he is anything but peaceful to own.  Yesterday, you got the good Velasquez; I cannot guarantee his next start will be as placid.

Yoenis Cespedes – Could begin playing rehab games during the All-Star break and has been working out at first base.  Why first base?  Because ta he Mets will do anything to get their most clutch hitter, Wilmer Flores, out of their lineup.  It’s almost like the Mets want to see Wilmer cry.  Sick f*cks.

Jacob deGrom – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.68.  He’s on pace for nine wins.  That’s gonna hurt his Murray Chass Cy Young vote.

Ken Giles – Optioned to the minors.  It gets worst; he was sent to Fresno.  Fresno is famous for its homeless people with diarrhea that Redfoo of LMFAO tried to eradicate.  Wait, I’m thinking of a short story I wrote in my (e)book, Pigeons on a Table!  Shameless plug!  Then, we have the shameless butt plug that is Ken Giles.  Ooh, Giles, things are gonna get easier…Because you will be facing minor leaguers!  Filling in for him for the last month-plus has been Hector Rondon, so ESPN said fantasy owners should look at Brad Peacock and Chris Devenski.  I’d laugh if it wasn’t so pathetic how bad they are at fantasy advice.

Lance McCullers – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.77.  Not to yell fire in the theater of Razzball, but look at McCullers’ max innings in a season and look at how many he has.

Shelby Miller – Left his start with tightness in his elbow.  Michael Lewis should stop going to Fantasy camps to sign copies of Moneyball and start working on his next book, “Dr. James Andrews Has An Exotic Car Problem And Is Causing Pitchers To Need Multiple Surgeries.”

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-2 and his 21st homer.  Au Shizz!

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-5, 4 runs, 6 RBIs and his 9th and 10th homer, as the Rockies exploded for a bajillion runs.  Chazz Noir (3-for-3, 4 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 18th homer; Ian Desmond (3-for-5, 5 RBIs) hit his 18th homer and German Marquez homered off Daniel Descalso, which I’m not even sure is a pitchslap, because Descalso is a utility infielder.  Daniel Descalso was already in the game for the Diamondbacks in the 4th inning!  A hitter pitching is fun like a monkey riding a bicycle.  They can do it, but they look ridiculous.

Luke Weaver – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.72 vs. Carlos Rodon – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.56.  This matchup was a double CWM for me.  I want to own both of these guys, if they’re going right.  Am already more inclined on Weaver, but if Rodon comes around, I could see grabbing him too in the 2nd half.  For now, still looking at the Stream-o-Nator.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.23.  Anyone who has a sub-2.50 ERA in today’s offensive-bent climate should get an automatic pass to Cooperstown.  Skip the five-year waiting period, just put in Sale, Snell, deGrom, etc.

Mike Foltynewicz – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.66.  I was watching this game, and it was Cruise City — six scoreless, woohoo!  I was on one of those party trolleys where everyone’s pedaling and having a good time and then the guy steering started drinking and now we’re on a sidewalk and WE’RE HEADED FOR A POLICEMAN ON A HORSE!  Wow, that shizz went sideways quick.  Am excited to have Faultywirewitz have the break to rest, think he could use it (because we all know rest will fix an out-of-whack xFIP).  Hey, he’s a 3.50-3.75 pitcher and regressing; it’s gonna happen.

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homer.  *takes a deep breathe*  Smells like April powers (no, that’s not the name of a porn actress).

Justin Smoak – 1-for-3 and his 14th homer, and his 3rd homer this week.  I was half kidding yesterday when I said if Smoak keeps homering I might have to include him in my top 100 of the 2nd half, but, well, I might.

Elvis Andrus – 3-for-5, 1 run and a steal.  My call in the preseason that Andrus was overrated was so right on I haven’t even had a chance to point it out because he hasn’t done anything in months!  Yesterday, his steal was what number on the year?  Go ahead, guess.  Forget it, you’re never guess.  It was his first steal all year!  To go with his 2 homers!  People were drafting him in the top 50 overall!  Haha, oopsie.

Dan Straily – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.29.  I was thisclose to streaming him because the Stream-o-Nator liked the start, but I didn’t have big enough pants garbanzos.

Freddy Peralta – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA up to 2.65.  Just your usual rookie hiccups.  His peripherals are still highly attractive and I might start call him Freddy Purr-rawr-ta.

Jesus Aguilar – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs, hitting .307.  Something I don’t mention much because it hurts, but I dropped Aguilar in one league.  Don’t worry, I can displace the blame — stupid Counsell kept benching him for Braun!  Now Counsell’s like, “Oh, Aguilar is not only an All-Star, but he’s our MVP.”  W(here)TF was that when I owned him?!

Marco Gonzales – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.41.  I feel like I keep making excuses to not like Gonzales.  I mean, he’s ooooohkaaaay. *having arm twisted*

Garrett Richards – Has damage to his UCL elbow.

Brian Dozier – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer, and his 3rd homer in four games.  You are Gwyneth Paltrow standing on the subway platform in Sliding Doors and the subway comes, opens its door, then shuts its door and you’re still standing there as the train leaves.  On the back of the train, the destination:  Owning Brian Dozier.  The train left the station without you, Gwyn-ey.

Addison Reed – Hit the DL with right triceps tendinitis.  Now I need Rodney to go down to vulture me some saves with Trevor Hildenberger.  Yes, this is all about me.

Ian Kennedy – Hit the DL with an oblique strain.  Some have theorized Kennedy’s injury is due to the Magic Bullet Theory, which says he strained his oblique while making a smoothie.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .217.  That’s American League All-Star Salvador Perez!  Eat that whole D, Blake Snell!

Mike Moustakas – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 18th and 19th homer.  Two homers?  That’s an open-mouthed Moistasskiss!

Sonny Gray – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.46.  That’s nice, do it for three more months and maybe I’ll allow you to spread your disease on my 2019 teams.

Giancarlo Stanton – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .276.  Member when he was hitting .218 in April and people were like, “Giancarlo can’t hit in New York, it’s too much pressure, do you still want to hug his wienie, Grey?”  And now he could be hitting .280 by the All-Star break.

Greg Bird – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Austin Romine – 2-for-5 and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Did Kyle Higashioka sneeze on him?  Can he sneeze on Gary Sanchez?

Joey Lucchesi – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.34.  You know what’s coming?  I know what’s coming.  Want me to tell you?  The Padres are going to randomly announce Lucchesi has been having an arm/shoulder/elbow/forearm problem, and how he was trying to pitch through it.

C.J. Cron – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games.  Curtis Jackson is Cron-o-matic!  Get the strap!

Kevin Kiermaier – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  This was his 2nd homer in the last however many games he’s played this year.  *winks*  Accuracy.

Shane Greene – Will return from the DL on Friday to closer duties.  I’m happy to hear it; I own him, but doesn’t it seem obvious an extra week of rest through the All-Star break would’ve made more sense?  Hopefully, for Greene’s sake, it wasn’t painfully obvious.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.71.  Definitely tied his owners to the WHIPping post with all those baserunners, but until the C.J. Cron homer on his last batter, he wasn’t pitching that poorly.  Stream-o-Nator doesn’t have his next start yet, so I’d likely hold for now if you can.

James McCann – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  You just can’t bring any balls near McCann.

Mike Montgomery – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.91 vs. Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.36.  What a snooze, which is not the same as Jon Niese, that’s ‘what a schnoz.’  If you’re wondering if Cueto made my top 100 for the 2nd half that’s coming next week, you’ve outed yourself as a Cueto owner.  Literally no one else cares.  He’s been fantastically bleh — fantablehous — since returning from injury, and his peripherals are equally fantablehous.

Jason Heyward – 3-for-6, 2 runs and his 6th homer, hitting .284.  It was way back in last Friday’s Buy I told you about Heyward, and you said, “Gee, golly,” and here we are.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .280, as he returned from…Where the hell was he anyway?  A rehab assignment?  For the whole season?  Has he played this year yet?  I don’t remember seeing him do anything all year.  Am I wrong?  *Googles ‘when was last time Bryant played’*  Bryant played for the Lakers?  I don’t think Google is accurate and now my life is metaphorically a whirling dervish, which means if you were to call to me, I’d be ‘You Dervish.’  I need to sit down.  I’m Yu Darvish?  When did this happen?

   
  1. brian says:
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    Grey would you keep alex Reyes in a dynasty league given his injury history and now having similar surgery to jake peavey?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @brian: If its a full dynasty league, I think you hold him and see how things go through spring training. He was the top pitching prospect in baseball and he has elite skills. If he is recovered, you have a potential ace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brian: Jake Peavy! You pulled that name out… Agree with b

  2. BirdMan says:
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    McCullers threw 157 innings in 2015 between AA and the Astros. He’s still also only 24. Knocking on wood he can stay healthy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BirdMan: Not great 157 IP in minors and majors in 2015 is best defense

  3. Nick says:
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    Trade offer : Keeper team

    i get JD martinez
    i give Acuña + corey S

    Nick

    • Mike L says:
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      @Nick: No way in a keeper

    • ctrengove says:
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      @Nick:

      Are you competitive this season or not? that’ll prolly answer your question.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nick: Not unless it helps you win this year.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Nick: Echoing what others say…if you can win this year, make the deal. If you are borderline or out of it, no way in a keeper, assuming you keep a large number of people for multiple years. Don’t know keeper rules or salaries etc.,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Agree with others

  4. El Famous Burrito says:
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    TINSTAAMP

  5. Jocaro says:
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    Has anyone pointed out that andrus broke his wrist like 2 weeks into the season and got off the DL like a month ago?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jocaro: One steal in 33 games is not good, unless he runs on his broken wrist

  6. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Do you think the PRP guy also sells Herbalife out of his Subaru Outback?

    What a great scam. It’s like the movie The Road to Wellville with Chief O’Brien from ST:TNG and his, uh, questionable treatments for female problems.

  7. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Loved the write-up! Marvie!

    a. In a 5X5 RCL where I need Ws and Ks (well ERA too after McCullers screwed the pooch), would you start Happ tonight @BOS (David Price)? Just picked him up off waivers this AM after the story that he might be traded to the Bronx.

    b. Mark Twain quote of the day for July 12

    After a few days I was out of money. Then Circumstance arrived, with another turning-point of my life–a new link. On my way down, I had made the acquaintance of a pilot. I begged him to teach me the river, and he consented. I became a pilot.

    By and by Circumstance came again–introducing the Civil War, this time, in order to push me ahead another stage or two toward the literary profession. The boats stopped running, my livelihood was gone.

    Circumstance came to the rescue with a new turning-point and a fresh link. My brother was appointed secretary to the new Territory of Nevada, and he invited me to go with him and help him in his office. I accepted.

    In Nevada, Circumstance furnished me the silver fever and I went into the mines to make a fortune, as I supposed; but that was not the idea. The idea was to advance me another step toward literature. For amusement I scribbled things for the Virginia City ENTERPRISE. One isn’t a printer ten years without setting up acres of good and bad literature, and learning–unconsciously at first, consciously later–to discriminate between the two, within his mental limitations; and meantime he is unconsciously acquiring what is called a “style.” One of my efforts attracted attention, and the ENTERPRISE sent for me and put me on its staff.

    And so I became a journalist–another link. By and by Circumstance and the Sacramento UNION sent me to the Sandwich Islands for five or six months, to write up sugar. I did it; and threw in a good deal of extraneous matter that hadn’t anything to do with sugar. But it was this extraneous matter that helped me to another link.

    It made me notorious, and San Francisco invited me to lecture. Which I did. And profitably. I had long had a desire to travel and see the world, and now Circumstance had most kindly and unexpectedly hurled me upon the platform and furnished me the means. So I joined the “Quaker City Excursion.”

    When I returned to America, Circumstance was waiting on the pier–with the LAST link–the conspicuous, the consummating, the victorious link: I was asked to WRITE A BOOK, and I did it, and called it THE INNOCENTS ABROAD. Thus I became at last a member of the literary guild. That was forty-two years ago, and I have been a member ever since. Leaving the Rubicon incident away back where it belongs, I can say with truth that the reason I am in the literary profession is because I had the measles when I was twelve years old.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Think you have to B. Awesome!

  8. Tony C says:
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    Good morning Grey and great article today as always! I totally agree with you on ESPN fantasy advice……Bleh. Please rank top 5 for ROS: Keirmaier, Hicks, Nimmo, Desmond, Hosmer, Winker, Smoak and Cron. Thanks

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Tony C: Desmond, Hicks, Winker, Nimmo, Hosmer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks! Desmond, Hosmer, Smoak, depends a bit on needs

  9. Doc Samson says:
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    Loved your comment about Rondon. I guess ESPN is waiting until he gets the next 12 saves. ESPN reminds me of Ringo Starr. Ringo kept saying he was the greatest drummer in the world. But nobody knew if he was joking or he was serious. Just like ESPN.

  10. Nate says:
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    Would you drop Acuna for Tucker?

    BTW- Thank you for Bauer/Morton/Corbin! 11-3 on the year

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Nate: Nope

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Nate: I think I would at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nate: Nah — nice!

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Nate: Acuna has not really had a hot stretch this season, and I cannot help but feel that at some point this season, he is going to have a heater that lasts for probably like 3 or 4 weeks that you do NOT want to miss.

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    I actually looked up Chaz Noir to pick him up, it’s early…

    I had one of those roto days where my team does 323/2/16Rbi/9Run and I lost 3 hitting points. I hate this game.

    • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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      @Peacecoast: Chaz Noir. I love it. Chuck Nazty is the man.

      At least you didn’t pick up Chaz Roe. He’s on the DL and has ZERO homers….of course, he does have 19 Holds for the Rays…and when he dies, on his deathbed, he will receive total consciousness. So he has that goin’ for him, which is nice.

  12. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Well you called it, Richards is a Class A PLEB

  13. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Are you starting Gausman tonight vs. Philly in a 12 team mixed with a weekly starts cap?

    SON had it as a $9 start earlier this week but it has slowly creeped down to $2.2. Gausman has looked great lately, but Camden is a tough park and that defense is TOTAL SHIT.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Pine Tar Incident: Nah. Philly can hit some HRs and thats a ballpark that gives them up. The Def is also terrible, so I would keep him on the bench tonight.

    • Rudboy says:
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      @Pine Tar Incident:

      Way too Risky. Gausman is a stud on the low but one thing he does give up is HRs. Philly has also started to heat up.

      Past 7 days:

      5 hitters hitting over 280
      6 hitters obp over 344
      4 hitters slg over 511

      Philly is 7-3 last 10 games
      Bal 2-8 last 10

      Gausman past 30 days
      1W 2.93era 1.11whip 6.16k/9

      What are you really going for here? Too much risk, not much reward

      • rudboy says:
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        @Rudboy:
        i know you like that advice and analysis

  14. I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    embarrassment of riches time (for a 10 team AL only), QS over wins, need to drop somebody to activate skaggs
    have already morton, heaney, pena, gibson, happ, archer, nazi in exile east (NYY), borucki
    DL skaggs, font

  15. Happyharry says:
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    Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6×6.. Your advise a while back was to drop Chris Taylor over Ceasr Hernandez. Now, who is the drop of these three-Taylor, Hernandez or Hosmer? Thanks Man.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Happyharry: Drop Hernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Happyharry: All different shades of same thing… Guess can lose Cesar if the Taylor advice didn’t stick… It’s between those two

  16. Elliot

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    I am eyeing Roberto Osuna and Robinson Cano in my FA pool. I have a playoff spot more or less locked up so I am considering putting them on my bench. Could play dividends in September?

    How soon do you start stashing these guys? Osuna set to return Aug 5. Cano to return Aug 15.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Elliot: I’m thinking about stashing Cano, but am going to wait two more weeks, or three weeks until he’s set to come back.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Elliot: Depends on your league and how the other managers perceive them. In 2 of my 3 leagues Osuna is still owned. In the other, Im waiting until about a week before because I think I can.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elliot: I’d stash Osuna now, Cano is reportedly not going to play full-time, so I’d wait until beginning of August for his lottery ticket

      • Elliot

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        @Grey: Thanks. I dropped Jimenez for Osuna. Will wait a bit on Cano.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  17. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Polling the group! My C2 Tom Murphy gambit seems to have gone the way of Tapia and McMahon. I have my choice in a 12 team roto trade of Hicks or Suzuki as my replacement C2….who you taking?

    Looking for set it and forget it non-shitty production. Leaning hicks due to playing time but what do you think?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @b the esq.: thanks all! Neither are available – I have a trade set up with an owner who is out this year and has both catchers (so in the trade return I get my choice of either). He actually drafted both hicks and Suzuki, so good for him!

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  18. bigbear says:
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    Sonny Gray was #@Balt. So yeah, another few starts…

    3 closers, 3.1 IP, 8 Ks, and…… 1 SV! Come on Morrow and Bearclaw! Get your shiz together!

  19. KailuaBoy says:
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    April powers (no, that’s not the name of a porn actress) There will be one soon!!! lol

  20. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    Also, with Greene back – time to drop Jimenez?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Elliot: In a saves only league, probably. Although there is always the possibility of another injury or trade, so maybe hold a couple weeks if you can to see what happens before July 31.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elliot: If you need the room, sure

  21. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Not baseball relate but Happy Birthday Shady McCoy!

    Ironically Shady shares a July 12 birthday with another kindred Spirit with Philly Ties……..

    the one and only Bill Cosby .

  22. m0se says:
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    6×6 ops. drop gallo to get smoak ROS?

  23. Steve says:
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    14T keep forever obp

    Give Kershaw/Harper
    Get Severino/JoRam

    Thanks

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Steve: I would…

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Steve: I love me some Kershaw, but in a keep forever, I want Severino and Ramirez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Agree with others

  24. Rudboy says:
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    Lindor showed up to camp bigger than ever, Ramirez is about to hit 40 bombs…..what are the chances both of cats…… juiced af?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rudboy: Maybe, baseballs could be juiced too

  25. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    Do I hang onto Lucchesi in a 16 team keeper league?

    Odorizzi and Wheeler are still available.

    Thanks!

  26. Don says:
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    What do I do with Buxton? 4th round pick for me. I’m hesitant to drop him but can’t find any information on what the Twins plan to do with him. I could use the extra roster spot. What do u recommend?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: Drop him

  27. Brett says:
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    Would you trade moncada for Alex wood? Qs instead of wins

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Brett: sure, depending on team context and needs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: Agree with b

  28. prey879 says:
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    In a bit of a dilemma, in my H2H league I’m currently neck and neck for K’s and QS this week while having a sizable ERA & WHIP lead (currently 1.09 to 4.154 ERA & 1.061 to 1.442 WHIP with both teams throwing approx. 34 innings).

    Question is do I risk the ERA and WHIP in order to keep the pace with K’s and QS by starting any of my risky starters tonight:

    Pivetta @ BAL
    Gibson vs TB
    Happ @ BOS

    • Cram It says:
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      @prey879: Do you not have this dilemma almost every week? Isn’t this the main strategy in playing H2H?

      I wouldn’t start Happ.

      • prey879 says:
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        @Cram It: This is true. It’s a little harder to judge this week though because my weekly matchup extends through next week due to the All-Star break and post-All star starters haven’t been announced. Hard to bench starters not knowing the # of remaining starts for each team.

        Guess I’m really just trying to avoid the potential 2IP, 6 run type starts that Happ and Pivetta have been accustomed to lately.

        Thanks for the advice!

        • Cram It says:
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          @prey879: If Pivetta has another outing like that, I will personally wait for him after the game and give him a piece of my mind!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @prey879: I’m starting Pivetta against the Orioles amidst SON’s advice. Haven’t made my mind up on Happ yet…prolly not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prey879: Might not start any of them, but I don’t your matchups deeper into the weekend

  29. Lindorphins says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS? Star-Mart or Dozier? Close? Thanks!

  30. Keeks says:
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    What up Grey and fellow Razzballians,

    Pitching categories include ERA, WHIP, QS, K/9, Sv+Hlds

    Currently working with Bauer, Snell, Nola, Corbin and Clevinger with Archer now healthy on my DL. The top 4 starters have been so good that carrying 6 is overkill so looking to trade for a solid reliever.

    Of my 6 starters I am looking to trade either Clevinger or Archer and the Guy I am negotiating with has Rodney, Boxbeger, and Tony Watson that seem attainable.

    Would you mind ranking those 3 relievers and also adding which of Archer and Clevinger that you would prefer to keep in vacuum?

    • ctrengove says:
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      @Keeks:

      I would kid think that Archer and Clevinger are more valuable than any of those 3 closers.

      • Kyler Shaw says:
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        @ctrengove: I would agree however as constructed its just inefficient for me to be carrying a 6th starter despite how deep the rotation is. Snell, bauer, Nola are top 10 in my league and Corbin top 15, can pretty much win QS each week with great ratios only using those 4 and maybe a 5th. Would rather have a reliever I can trust each night going for svs/hlds than continue to bench my 6th starter each week.

        Appreciate the reply though homie, would you care to give your thoughts on the original question? Having trouble choosing my offer I want to make.

        • ctrengove says:
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          @Kyler Shaw:

          Your efficiency point makes sense!

          So I own Archer, and he’s maddening to me, personally. But I feel he has more upside than Clevinger… but Clevinger is on a better team…

          I’d prolly rather keep Clevinger of those two.

          RP rank (IMO): Boxberger, Rodney, Wilson (though first 2 are close)

          • Kyler Shaw says:
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            @ctrengove: Thanks again brother.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Keeks: Box is the only one I think I would really trade for. I dont trust Rodney or Watson. I would probably keep Archer. He wont get wins, but that doesnt hurt you in the stats and his K/9 should be good.

      • Kyler Shaw says:
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        @b the esq.: Thanks man, leaning boxberger as the target as well. Curious what Grey’s thoughts are.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Keeks: Agree with ctrengove

  31. Matty says:
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    Any chance Harper turns this around?
    In a win-now H2H dynasty where he’ll be unaffordable next year I’m sitting on an offer of Cruz and Polanco for him.
    The potential always makes me really reluctant to move him.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Matty: Hold

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Matty: Wouldnt move him in that deal, but would not be afraid to do so in a better deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Agree with others

  32. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!! Happy Thursday! Let’s do this thing….

    1) rank the top 2 pitchers out of these guys
    Alex Wood, Cueto, Tanaka, Keuchel, LeBlanc

    2) rank the top 2 hitters out of these guys….
    Mitch Moreland, Cron, Kiermaier, Nimmo, or Polonco

    3) what shows are u watching? Do you watch any reality tv? PS. Snowfall comes back next week i believe

    4) do you ever pass thru STL?

    5) Cahill or Heaney worth owning or are they streamers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightmare!: Haha, 1. Wood, Cueto 2. Cron, Kiermaier (none really for 2nd) 3. I do watch reality TV, Survivor, and the cooking competitions (MasterChef, Top Chef, etc) — Did you watch Gomorrah on Netflix? 4. I did once, haven’t in years 5. Stream

  33. Mad Beach Bum says:
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    Harper or Machado in dynasty h2h 7×7 with ops & hits as the extra cats?
    Thanks

  34. AB says:
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    Morton for Britton, Eflin, and Soto. Which side?

    • Cram It says:
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      @AB: Soto

    • b the esq. says:
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      @AB: League context would help, but Soto side, probably. Britton most likely isnt closing soon, and Eflin is good, not great.

    • ctrengove says:
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      @b the esq.: @AB:

      Agree with Cram and b

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AB: Agree with others

  35. MH says:
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    Grey, dealing with a few injuries in a 15 teamer, who would you pick as a short term filler in one of my UTIL slots? Reddick, Kepler, Franco, Goodrum, Daniel Robertson?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @MH: Reddick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MH: Agree with b

  36. ctrengove says:
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    Grey,

    Thank you for opening up. I, too, have a confession I’ve been hoarding for a month.

    I also dropped The Jesus when Counsell began platooning him. He is now gone to someone who believed in him more than I.

    That said, I dropped him for Max Muncy. So… maximize your failings with Jesus?

    • Kyler Shaw says:
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      @ctrengove: Getting either really has been such a steal this season. I was #blessed last year by adding Rhys and Matt olson down the home stretch last year to win the league and this year I somehow managed to pickup both Aguilar and Muncy. Waivers are king

      • ctrengove says:
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        @Kyler Shaw:

        Kyler, you and I were clearly both Apostles last year; I, too, grabbed Rhysus and Olson in the final month and won my league with their Glory.

        Well done on both Jesus and Maximus. …something something Christianity vs Paganism analogy something something…

    • b the esq. says:
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      @ctrengove: I also dropped the The Jesus in one league. I dropped him for Shin Shoo Choo…..which could have been worse to this point I guess…..stupid Counsell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ctrengove: We were not worthy of their gifts

  37. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h
    Start Pivetta @ BAL?
    No way you start Ray @ COL right?
    Thinking of benching both.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @bobbo: depends how you are looking in the categories to this point, but probably benching both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bobbo: I’m not starting either

  38. Fred says:
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    Junior Guerra and Joe Musgrove are both on the WW…..which one should I grab for the ROS?

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Fred: Guerra has the better stats right now, but I’d go with Musgrove.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fred: Agree with ‘poop

  39. Jays For Days says:
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    Bryant or Acuna ROS? Wouldn’t be keeping either of them for next year.

  40. pivetta rules? says:
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    thanks for all the info Grey!
    saw yesterday that you felt Quintana is more of a streamer at this point, no longer considered a hold as a starter each time out. same with Pivetta.

    there’s almost always a streamer the SON likes from day to day, do I continue to churn pitchers from one day to the next based on matchups & talent, or stick with these guys & hope the two of them together provide the necessary roto stats to keep me close to the top?

  41. prey879 says:
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    What are your thoughts on Andrew Suarez in a 12 tm mixed redraft? I’m assuming just a streamer but wanted to know if you saw any potential of him being anything more.

    Don’t have much experience w/ examining the underlying pitching stats but just based off what I see you talk about he has a 3.30 xFIP compared to his 3.75 ERA which has steadily been coming down after a rough stretch to start his season.

    It’s a H2H league 5×5 w/ QS instead of Wins.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prey879: Streamer… Mostly home streamer

  42. Cram It says:
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    That was me scooping up Aguilar. Yay me! But I also dropped Muncy when he was in and out of the lineup. Boo me!

    • ctrengove says:
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      @Cram It:

      Cram, we’re opposites! Yay for diversity!

      • Cram It says:
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        @ctrengove: I saw that. Sometimes we’re smart, sometimes we’re not!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Haha, if I drop Robbie Ray will you promise to pick him up?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Yes. I’m desperate for scraps.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, me too!

  43. Gregarious says:
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    Grey – pretty sure you’re skeptical that Kershaw stays healthy ROS. In which case, do you like:

    my Kershaw and DPeralta for his Trout? Remaining pitchers aren’t exactly a murderer’s row, but serviceable: Greinke, Price, Newcomb, Flaherty, FPeralta, Weaver, Rodon, Darvish, Treinen

    Thanks (as always!)

    • Cram It says:
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      @Gregarious: I’d want Trout regardless of Kershaw’s health.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Gregarious: Trout. The answer is pretty much always going to be the Trout side…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gregarious: Agree with others, it’s not close

  44. Captain Knauer says:
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    ROS Eflin or Pivetta

  45. TG says:
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    ROS, please rank

    Luis Castillo, Luke Weaver, Zach Godley

    Thanks!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @TG: Weaver……..Godley, Castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TG: Agree with b

  46. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Thank God I read Razzball and have owned Rondon for a while now, will be nice SAGNOF’ing in 4 leagues.

    I own both Pivetta and Gausman, and they face off against each other Baltimore today.

    Would you start either of them, one, or neither?

    Appreciate you brothah!

  47. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h OPS
    Who’s the drop?
    Teoscar Hernandez
    Steven Souza
    Niko Goodrum
    Brian Anderson

  48. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    after giving up weaver and scooter for Dozier, I am jumping back in on Rodon; Head first / shallow end, baby!

  49. Thomas Petrone says:
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    is Andrew Miller worth a pickup and D/L stash?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Thomas Petrone: In what league context? Holds? yes. Saves only, probably not unless its deeper and his potential ratios and Ks will help, but he wasnt great before the DL.

  50. Justin Ralph says:
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    Drop Hosmer for Smoak?

    • Justin Ralph says:
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      @Justin Ralph: In a dynasty league (keep 5) would you trade Strasburg for Jesus Aguilar?

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        @Justin Ralph: Jesus would be a replacement for Hosmer.

  51. Will says:
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    If you put Marte’s first half this year together with his 2nd half last year, you get a .280 / 18 / 71 / 44 season over 157 games (610 AB). That will play in most leagues. Particularly the 44 steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: Yup, he’s a top 30 player, still doesn’t mean it’s not crazy the Pirates may not have one player hit 20 HRs while many guys already have 20 HRs

      • Will says:
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        Agreed, HRs are crazy again this year as you point out w/ Lindor and Ramirez

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, nuts

  52. Nightpandas says:
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    Morning FML,

    Out walking my dog but no DeLorean yet…

    Got a couple of moves left in a 15 team keep 11…looking for a 2019 run

    Would you drop Margot for Winker or to stash Adell, Trammell, Alonso or McMahon?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nightpandas: I’m a Winker fan.

      • Ralphy says:
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        @Cram It: Would you drop Forrest Whitley for Trammell on a minor league roster?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Ralphy: Deep minor leagues isn’t my bag. Sorry.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightpandas: Keep looking for a DeLorean! It’ll be there, eventually!

      Winker

  53. Mookie Cookie says:
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    Rather have benintendi or neslon cruz ROS?

  54. Dr Y says:
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    I was offered tommy pham for wil myers? What is going on with pham?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dr Y: Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Y: It’s fair, I’d prolly go Pham, but could go either way

  55. I most of been sauced or salty, eff it I’m a passionate person Grey and Sterling Marte was sucking a week and a half back. That said thanks for convincing me not to send him packing when I had 5 DL stints hit me. Now who is more ownnable in a 5×5 league Dylan Bundy who has pitched like Ted in two starts off the DL or Gio Gon… Dylan plays in the beast in the east but I believe has more upside and do you think we seen Gio’s floor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dnut Eastwood: Neither? Bundy — I don’t like Gio at all

  56. Dancin Homer says:
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    So, is Garrett Richards worth holding onto until the “official” word comes in on what they intend to do with him or is he done for 2018?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Dancin Homer: If you have the option, and you have been relying on him, wait for the official announcement, but its probably coming.

  57. gapboy says:
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    H2H Points League. This is my starting roster:
    C: realmumota
    1: Rizzo
    2: Lemaheiu
    3: J. Turner
    ss: T Turner
    2b/ss: Daniel Murphy
    1b/3b: Votto
    OF: yelich
    OF: Acuna
    OF: Marte
    OF: Polllock
    OF: Pham
    UTIL: Aguilar\
    BE: Upton, Hicks, Pham

    SP: Strasburg, Porcello, Quintana, Wood, E-Rod, Knebel, Eflin Maeda, Hill (Only allowed to fill the 9 pitching slots) no bench.

    Available off Waivers:
    Andrus, Myers, Schoop, Tucker, Piscotty, Odor, Mccutch, Devers, Hosmer, Crawford, Eaton, T Anderson

    Available SP: Weaver, Darvish, Buehler, Jon gray, Msugrove, Rodon, Iglesias, Vazquez, Cueto, Manaea

    Would you drop anyone for any of these players for one listed on waivers?

    Thanks Grey!

    • gapboy says:
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      Ozuna is starting OF not Pham. My bad. @gapboy:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gapboy: Myers over Hicks, but doubt he even plays on that team… Buehler over Hill

  58. LG Baseball says:
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    Great write-up Grey!

    Who do you like better in a keep forever?

    C.Seager or Tucker?

    Thanks,
    LG

  59. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you take ROS in a UTIL spot; Encarnacion or Dozier?

      • hanklongball says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey! I should have asked this before, but it Dozier a better bet than Acuna in the second half?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  60. Synyster says:
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    Where do you think Machado ends up? People are saying I am crazy for wanting him to go the Yanks. They say he will burn out there real quick. Fake news.

  61. fudgemybudge says:
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    hold these guys or stream the spot(s) in a 10T H2H:

    weaver
    musgrove
    bundy
    suarez
    eovaldi
    minor

    also, in the same format is hosmer droppable for any of these (starting gurriel at 1B, would be for a util spot):
    profar
    piscotty
    peraza
    seager
    winkler

    thx

  62. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey!

    So glad you outed yourself as an Aguilar dropper. I did the same thing back when Counsell was refusing to give him everyday at bats. He was promptly scooped up by the biggest jerk in my league. (His whole team actually looks like a hand-me-down version of mine [is there a name for that kind of manager?], but at least Aguilar is the only one who’s beasting.) I feel sacrilegious actively rooting against Jesus to succeed.

    Can you guys make walks a thing in the RCL next year, so some dumb schmuck like me who’s rostering both Harper and C Santana can feel like a genius? Or how about making Right Kind Of Contact a category? Most Barrels Per Out? All jokes aside, Harper/Santana are a couple of guys you’re buying in the second half, correct…? Please…

    Looks like Kyle Tucker’s starting to heat up. Let me just check the lineup. Ah, Astros are giving Kyle a breather and starting Tony Kemp. That makes sense. If there’s one thing I remember about being 21 years old, it was how much rest I needed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GrassyKnollRedding: Yup, sucks on Jesus… Haha, will see about Barrels!

      Ridiculous on how these guys don’t play their rookies after calling them up

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Well, the worst thing that can happen to us Kyle Tucker owners is happening: Tony Kemp is having a big day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  63. Bk says:
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    1.)Im treading into the sad “sell low” territory with Hosmer.
    Any of these guys you’d trade straight up for him?
    Smoak, Gurriel, Belt

    2.) How do you see Madbum ROS? (I know rankings will soon unveil) is he a top 10 guy? Top 20?(pitchers)

    3.) Would you start Matz today? (Wsh, +3)
    10-12 Team roto, pretty deep at P

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d ride it out 2. top 20 SP 3. Yes

      • Bk says:
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        @Grey: What are some SP in his tier you’d trade him for? Bauer, Noah, Berrios, Snell? Prefer any of those?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take any of those guys for him — Noah, Bauer, Snell

  64. henncoop says:
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    1)Better pickup for CI Franco or C Santana the drop would be Flores but he is facing Scherzer today & ROS I assume one of the other 2 guys are the better bet ROS. Funny thing is I traded Santana away & I guess I might take him back after being ice cold for a couple of weeks he was dropped. Plus I assume Wimer won’t be seeing the ball as well thru the tears.

    2)Same RCL team where I recently picked up Kepler who seemed to be heating up but facing Snell today …drop him for Kiermaier (while healthy) for today? ROS??
    As always …thanks. Great to be on the Razzball

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Maikel – haha 2. Yeah, go Kiermaier — thanks!

  65. jose says:
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    I had Weaver, Valasquez, and deGrom throwing last night between two different teams. Their combined line was 20 IP, 20 baserunners, 17 Ks and 1 ER and 1 Loss. Not to complain, but would it be too much to ask for 1 Win out of that night? Haha

    With the short schedule day, I should probably drop a couple of guys to collect some counting stats for my hitting.

    Current RCL staff (upcoming matchups): Morton, Quintana (Post ASB), Wheeler (vs. Nat – $5.8 on 7/14), Velasquez (Post ASB, probably SD), Weaver (Post ASB (probably CHC)), D. German (@CLE, -3.4, 7/13)

    Have been trying to hold German, but feels like a true streamer until at least 2019, Have had Wheeler 3 starts now, Streamed VV and Weaver last night. I’m thinking hold VV and drop the rest. Having a harder time letting go of Weaver though, even if I wouldn’t start him against CHC?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya… What’s the question? Who to drop? German, Wheeler, Weaver…That order

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Ha, yeah that’s the question. Dropped those three and picked up two bats and Musgrove against MIL $14.3!

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  66. Gotime says:
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    So I have an $8 Bauer in a redraft on the recommendation of a mustache sportin’ BTTF lovin’ son of a gun (whoooooo). That being said, would you do any of these trades in a weekly league:
    1. My Bauer for Manny
    2. My Bauer for Springer

    My SS is Asdrubal and my OF are Trout, Benintendi, ERosario and Ozuna at Util (Tucker on bench). Have 1B Rizzo 2B Albies 3B Freeman.

    My pitching would look like Carrasco, Wood, Maeda, Eflin, Flaherty, Folty, Newcomb, and maybe PIvetta depending on tongiht.

    I’m in 2nd, do any of these trades or stay put. Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! 1. Yes 2. Yes — Machado is a top 10 overall player, Bauer’s barely a top 50

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: For sure, Bauer for Manny was nixed.
        Which 1 bat would you take for my Bauer… Springer, Bellinger, KDavis, Soto

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Springer

          • Gotime says:
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            @Grey: Accepted, how we do.. Springer now my number 3 OF behind Trout and Benny had to take the bat right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like it!

  67. Perfect Game says:
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    Hey Grey.

    You commented on one of my posts yesterday that you would take Hector Rondon over Cody Allen ROS.

    All the projections (Fangraphs, FantasyPros, Razzball) I looked at show Allen getting a lot more saves ROS and he seems to get into games a little more frequently than Rondon too (appearances over the last month).

    I think Rondon probably has better ratios ROS, but who do you see getting more saves ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Rondon, SAGNOF

      • Perfect Game says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m new to Razzball this year and glad I found this site…what does SAGNOF mean?

  68. ERad says:
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    Any concerns with Bauer for next year? Dude throws 200 pitches a game but he’s a robot soooo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Every pitcher has concerns every year

  69. HM says:
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    14 tm H2H, is a rotation of Kluber, Severino, Carrasco, Corbin, Mikolas, Archer. Castillo, Rodriguez enough to get it done or do I try and consolidate two like Carrasco and Archer/Castillo + Adell into Verlander?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine as it is, Archer/Carrasco into Verlander works for me tho

  70. OldMIlwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey!

    It would require beach-ball sized cojones to start Shane Bieber against the Yankees, right? Stream-o-Nator seems to like the start but I am kind of scared just thinking about it.

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I wouldn’t

  71. Brian says:
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    David Peralta out of the lineup in Coors – his third time being benched in seven games. My hope is that over the All-Star break, Lovullo will look up the Diamondbacks stats on Baseball Reference.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  72. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    14 team h2h with OPS, holds, QS, total bases added. max 12 starts a week
    C cervelli
    1B goldy
    2B schoop
    SS anderson
    3B is the door ajar?
    MI gone varnish (2B/SS)
    CI muncy (1B/3B will get 2B soon, this is espn()
    LF brantley
    CF mallex (LF)
    RF stanton (LF)
    OF rhysus (1B/LF)
    util (1) otani (have both for price of one)
    BN harrison (2B/3B), mcclutchin'(CF/RF)
    DL puig (RF)
    SP: heaney, morton, pivetta, V2, cueto, suarez, wood, bieber, eovaldi
    RP (room for 5): kimbrel, hand, bradley, kelly, alexander
    DL darvish

    somebody just dropped trumbo, hold these pitchers or nab him over one (and which) of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Suarez for him

  73. MALARKY says:
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    Would you start Bieber home against the Yankees tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  74. crenshaw07 says:
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    Pivetta or Suarez (SF) Ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta

      • Crenshaw07 says:
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        @Grey: @MALARKY: would you start him today at Bal? Son is in the negatives but it’s a head to head on All Star week so I need the starts unless they are poo

        • Crenshaw07 says:
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          @Crenshaw07: not sure how I got malarkey in on this. Phone

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am not

  75. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    would you add Kingham or VV over any of the following? 2 roster moves a week so streaming is tough…

    Eovaldi, Gausman, Taillon, Pivetta, Peralta, E-Rod

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • MediOAKer Matt says:
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        @Grey: thanks grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  76. ERad says:
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    DeGrom has a 1.68 ERA – that’s insane

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know — and 5 wins!

  77. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Pick two moving forward. Position doesnt matter:

    Gattis, Kyle Tucker or Schoop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tucker

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: Which of the other two to keep? Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Chris: Oh, sorry… Tucker, Gattis

  78. Phil says:
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    Bullpen question, Grey. I need to drop one:

    Boxberger, Norris, Romo, Barraclough, W. Smith, Hader.

    Categories affected by bullpen pitchers: relief wins, relief appearances, saves, K’s, era, whip.

    SF has lots of save opps, so I’m bullish on Smith. Barraclough plays for a crappy team, and he’s been lousy lately, so I’m leaning him. Then, I look at Hader and wonder if we’ve seen his best for the year. He doesn’t get saves (which have lower value in my league), and he makes less appearances. The K’s are nice, tho.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Romo

      • Phil says:
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        Why Romo, if you don’t mind? He’s killing it right now. Do you think he’ll be traded in the next two weeks? Is he due to flop?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Phil: These guys are all good, not sure how to answer this… You wanna drop Barraclough? Be my guest — Hader is a top 5 reliever

          • Phil says:
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            Yes, agreed. Its a good problem to have. Just spitballing.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear ya

  79. Mike says:
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    Keeper league where I’m sitting in 1st and need a SS.

    R.Devers, K.Tucker, R. Ray
    for
    Trevor Story (owner is sitting in last with no chance to make the playoffs)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story

  80. ellis says:
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    Corbin or Maeda ROS
    thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin

  81. Hepcat13 says:
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    Pivetta or Odorizzi ROS?

    H2H 5×5

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip… Pivetta

  82. Tucker? No Tuck Yu says:
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    With Kyle Tucker being called up, just wondering if there are any other prospects out there that you are really paying attention that if called up could be solid fantasy contributors during the second half/playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun

  83. Turd Wendell says:
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    Odor Polanco Bird pick 2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Polanco or Odor depending on needs

  84. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    see these teams taking even more advantage of the “LAD DL slot”. devers and others that were just slumping are being given a free extra 6 days off, i’d love to hear just what % of these guys are actually injured vs “hey get yr head straight dingbat” “DL stints”. it isn’t just giles here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Grey: AL only, already nabbed fletcher to replace correa, now need somebody for devers with this lineup (OBP over AVG, total bases added, net steals over steals)
        C hicks (1B)
        1B yonder
        2B whit (1B/OF)
        SS nunez (2B/3B/OF)
        3B mostsuckass
        MI lowrie (2B/3B)
        CI fletcher (3B/SS)
        OF (4) mancini (1B), tucker, grichuk, fowler
        util (1) brantley
        BN
        DL correa/devers
        options: r.herrera, yin (BOS, but maybe holt just plays every day and yin barely does), valencia (really bad lately, i used to have him, but he plays most of the time), naquin or allen (naquin doing pretty well lately), kemp (little playing time BUT he’s kinda tucker’s handcuff too), george boneface, cave, chirinos (could move hicks to CI spot or 1B when yonder plays a lefty)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Would just go the other side of the possible platoon, Kemp

  85. Steve says:
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    Hold N Williams or stash Calhoun, bench bat?

    Roster Trivino or Jeffress, ratios and vulture W, SV – are they basically the same? Jeffress has been lights out!

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold… Trivino

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        They are basically same

  86. joe says:
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    SON loves jameson today vs MIL but i’m wary.. . would you start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Home? I would

  87. Matty says:
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    I have the rights to Winker and Bader in a deep 5×5 dynasty- who do you like more for RoS?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winker, tough call

  88. Phil says:
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    Are you comfortable dropping Quintana in a 10-team H2H league? I have: Severino, Bauer, Carrasco, Cmart, Flaherty, Eflin, Marco, Eovaldi. Right now Quintana is the worst in just about every way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  89. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft – wheeler, gausman or rodon? best option to be more than a streamer in the second half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  90. The Shoe says:
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    Hi Grey,

    How would you rank these guys: Gibson, D. Rodriguez, Eovaldi, VV, Musgrove, Cahill

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi, Musgrove

      • Eric Hsu says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. On another note… What the heck, Morton. I saw a sparkling line through 4 innings… went out for a spin around the block and come back to this mess. What happened?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s worrying, he’s pushing high on his IP

          • The Shoe says:
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            @Grey: A. Oy vey, now Pivetta is killing me (oh wait, just checked and it’s not super bad) after I dropped him – he was picked up by the 1st place team who I’m facing this week, so dumb. That’s the fantasy baseball life for ya.

            B. Ok, enough complaning: The owner of Weaver is interested in dealing him. My pitching staff is Morton, Clevinger, Stripling, Quintana, Bieber, Gibson, Eflin, Eovaldi. I’ve been looking for a reliable SP1 or SP2 to help me when the playoffs – do you think Weaver could fit the bill? I’m guessing I should aim higher. Nonetheless, who would you offer up out of the following bats to get him: Posey, Haniger, Cain, C. Santana, Aguilar, Merrifield?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. Yup B. No way on is Weaver reliable, could be okay, prolly streamer

  91. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Looking for some Devers replacement help (I need a 3b or MI). Who do you like for this short-term fill in, in a 12 team roto? Below are the top last-30-days options on the wire:

    [Strong Last-30 Stats]
    Camargo
    Kipnis
    L. Gurriel

    [Other Options]
    Matt Chapman (fav so far)
    Davidson
    Moran

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kipnis

  92. Ty says:
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    Andrus or Franco ROS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maikel

  93. m0se says:
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    6×6 OPS/QS who do you want ROS, Mccullers or Mazara? I have good pitching stats

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maz

  94. Alex says:
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    With Skaggs and Buehler both coming off the DL, who are the two drops?

    Quintana, Hill, Purr-rawr-ta, Zimmerman, (Skaggs, Buehler)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana, Hill

  95. Don Majikowski says:
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    Better keeper for the next 2 years Blackmon or Wil Myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon

  96. Worm Burner says:
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    Grey,

    Who do you like ROS, Acuna or Rizzo?

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  97. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Apologies in advance but Kiner-Falefa or Stassi in an AL Dynasty League?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Isiah

  98. Bob says:
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    Saw the earlier comment about cron. You like hosmer more than cron ros? Hosmer looks awful. Highest k rate if his career and 61% gb rate. Was this decision one of those that you were on the fence about or do you feel confident that hosmer will outproduce cron ros? Cron has about as many at bats now that he under scosciapath all season. Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bob: Hosmer’s a proven guy with a track record. Gotta play the odds he and Cron regress to the mean from opposite directions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’m not confident in Hosmer, but his track record says he should be better

  99. Paul says:
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    Haniger and Vazquez for Harper?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Paul: Harper please and thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Paul: wow BABIP creates crazy magic, such as the haniger owner thinking this would get through.

  100. JP says:
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    Need a hot hitter to boost short term stats, Kipnis, Cargo or Reynolds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kipnis

  101. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Papa ‘Poop had knee replacement surgery and I spent the last week-and-a-half down at his riverside house in Oregon helping him out. Not a lot of personal free time, but have gone out every night at dusk to fly-fish. Can’t complain about that. Anythehoo, my point is I’ve spent a lot of time watching crappy television series with him. Papa ‘Poop is into Ray Donovan and to be truthful, albeit jumping into the series mid-way I think it’s not that bad. Have you ever seen it? Kind of reminds me of a Soprano’s light.

    Got home a couple of days ago and my ‘Cougs’ is into “Love” written by Rust & Apatow. I think I like it as well. Just curious on your thoughts on both shows.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks about your pops, hope he gets better soon! I started watching Ray Donovan, watched 1st season I think, then left it… Felt so Showtimey, if that makes sense… Haven’t watched Love yet, my Cougs wants to watch and we likely will one of these days, but she takes forever to watch anything, so it might be 2 years (no joke)

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: “Showtimey” totally makes sense and the show definitely comes across over produced and predictable. I liked it a little, but when you’re in solitary confinement on a TV series, you get a little of Stockholm Syndrome:) I’ll probably follow up with it just to find out what happens with a couple of the characters. Fan of Jon Voight though…he must be loving playing that role in later acting career.

        It’s just my gut feeling, but I think you’d like watching “Love”. The main female lede (Gillian Jacobs) is a great actress in her role, but her character is a total B. I could go on, but you’ll get it if you end up watching it. Snoogins

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Gillian Jacobs, she’s funny… Yeah, Voigt was solid the 1st season I watched, was about the only part I really liked… You should watch Gomorrah on Netflix, though it’s subtitled

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: I’ll check it out.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Now you promised!

  102. gapboy says:
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    Would you trade Pollock for Dozier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  103. Jon says:
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    Looking to add a pitcher, 5×5 scoring:

    Lucchesi
    Musgrove
    Kingham
    Lynn
    Harvey
    Mike Montgomery
    Montas
    Giles
    Trivino
    Suter
    Jeffress

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jon: Stream

      • Jon says:
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        @Cram It: League rules don’t allow it

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Jon: Musgrove or Lynn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you can’t stream, Jeffress

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually, Trivino, but one in the same

  104. Chris says:
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    Gattis or Schoop in a points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gattis

  105. Robert says:
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    Should I be looking to trade McCullers for fear of potential injury?He has almost reached his innings level from last year. If so, who are the hitters I could target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, that’s what I’m saying in the post you’re commenting on

  106. Ron Swanson says:
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    Chase Anderson, Rodon, or Sonny Gray ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? Rodon

  107. Kyler Shaw says:
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    Wanted to see how you handle a situation when the pitcher planner rating is pretty low for one of your aces?

    I.e. Snell today @ minny. No reason at all I shouldn’t trust him at this point and the matchup doesn’t seem scary on paper but clearly something doesn’t jive within the tool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Snell everywhere

  108. Jon says:
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    Jeffress or Minter in 5×5 scoring?

    Saves would be awesome but not mandatory.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jeffress

  109. Bk says:
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    Trade Trea Turner for Jose Altuve?

    I’m really strong in steals, for what it’s worth. Is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you need AVG, it sounds fine

      • Crazy J says:
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        @Grey:

        No “you’ll come up short” joke? What’s on your mind, Grey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  110. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Steve Pearce was just taken out of the game after being hit on the shin in his first at bat. So much for my brilliant batty call today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, ouch

  111. William Hung says:
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    Am I reading the Red Sox lineup correctly – Blake Swihart at cleanup???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce was injured in 1st

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: I keep forgetting to refresh my browser before posting a comment. Saw GrassyKnoll’s comment right after mine was added

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  112. William Hung says:
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    Severino not helping out the cause tonight

    • Perfect Game says:
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      @William Hung:
      I have both Kluber and Severino going tonight.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  113. Perfect Game says:
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    I’m trying to improve my closer situation after dropping Allen for Rondon to use Rondon as a trade chip for Knebel since his ratios are more appealing to the eye than Allen’s unsightly ERA.

    Who do you like for SV and ratios – Knebel or Rondon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Knebel

  114. Ty says:
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    Cargo, Cron, Franco…who you like best ROS?
    As a last bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron or Franco, flip a coin, prolly go Cron if really ROS

  115. Crazy J says:
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    Byron BustSon!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Crazy J says:
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      Is it TRES turner? Like 3 (tres) for his last 28?

      or, for the pessimist 0 for his last 20 … which would make him Zip Turner.

      • Crazy J says:
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        Oh SNAP, he must read Razzball. Sorry Uno Turner!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah

  116. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    I have a solid staff with Max, MadBum, Bauer, Morton, Wood, Hendricks and Peralta in tow in my 12 team H2H league. I stashed Ryu on DL slot as well. My RPs blow….Osuna, Parker, Bear Claw.
    Way out in front so only fine tuning for Sept playoffs.

    1. When Ryu gets back which starter would you cut?
    2. I have been aiming for Knebel but the owner keeps changing his mind. He also owns Norris. Hard to believe he is the closer for the Cards. Is he still there in Sept and would you trade one of my SPs for him?
    3. On the hitting side, JoMa and Peralta getting benched a bunch lately. Would you package the two for Starling and Trumbo? I need steals. Batting average, low Ks and high walks carrying me so far. So Trumbo, while not a favorite, would be who he tries to send me I am sure and I could stomach him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Ask when Ryu returns 2. Hendricks or Peralta 3. Yes

      • DodgersWindowClosed says:
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        @Grey:

        Perfect. Thanks.

        Tucker is on the wire. You drop Peralta for him or hold?

  117. Gotime says:
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    Annnnntonnnnioooooo Rrrrrrrrrennnndon! (2 HRs thanks) Sounds like it would have been a good name for WWF wrestler in the late 70s era..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Tag team partner with Bruno Sammartino

  118. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: My team heard my cry for more RBIs – last night Desmond with 5 and now Betts tonight with 5

    Looking at Desmond – he’s actually been better on the road than at Coors so far this season. That fact shocked me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw that too about Desmond, so weird

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: #ShallowLeagueProblems

        Looking to free up a spot for an SP streamer/closer

        Batting cats are: standard 5 plus OBP and Ks – which batter is my drop:
        C- Posey
        1B- Abreu
        2B- Merrifield
        3B- Rendon
        SS- Lindor
        OF- Desmond, Betts, Rosario
        UTIL- Shaw
        B- Gallo, Tucker, B-Ham

        I was hoping that the combo of Gallo/B-Ham would lead to a 40/40 frankenstein player and I’d kill teams in HRs and SBs each week, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way

  119. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    man the guys at rotoworld sure are stupid sometimes, this is the BEST possible outcome, we’ve already seen at least one other one with otani and richards and torn elbows they thought they could cheat on andrews with. now we KNOW he’ll be ok (just in 14 or so months of course), now they do otani like this and boom, back to sane behaviors.
    http://rotoworld.com/player/mlb/6237/garrett-richards

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, crazy

  120. Matt G. says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Couple of questions for you about my H2H 5×5 (OBP and QS) . My current team is as follows:

    C: Buster Posey
    1B: Rhys Hoskins
    2B: Whit Merrifield
    3B: Nolan Arenado
    SS: Trea Turner
    OF1: Eddie Rosario
    OF2: Khris Davis
    OF3: Michael Brantley
    UTIL: Eugenio Suarez/Max Muncy/Mazara
    SP’s: Kluber, Newcomb, Manaea, Alex Wood, and Buehler
    RP’s: Cody Allen, Morrow, Blake Parker, Britton
    Bench: Matt Olson, Paul DeJong, Muncy/Suarez/Mazara (2 of the 3).

    A friend of mine in the league is trying to get Arenado and/or Kluber from me, and he has possibly the most powerful infield I’ve seen in a 12-team league. He’s got Goldy, JoRam, Lindor, Machado, and Dozier as his utility. What are your thoughts on Machado vs. Arenado ROS and same goes for Ramirez vs. Arenado ROS? Any trade ideas to land Machado and/or JoRam, or do you think Arenado will have better stats ROS? Trying to get an idea of how much value I should be getting back for Kluber and/or Arenado. Let me know what you think when you have a chance please. Thanks for your help.

    -Matt G.

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