In 1776 on July 1st, Ben Franklin grabbed Betsy Ross and four of her friends, and was like, “This will be better than Flag Day.  We will call this Flagellation Day.  Now twerk with a firework!”  That lasted for three days until Ben yelled out an Astros’ hitter last name and called for a volunteer fire department to put out his redness.  As the fire department extinguished his Reddick, Ben proclaimed July 4th to be a day of national celebration and the rest is history.  It’s also when The Stros Spangled Banner was written.  Any hoo!  Josh Reddick (3-for-4, 2 RBIs) had a slam (8) and legs (4) yesterday, and it’s 2nd day in a row with a homer.  He’s owned in only 30% of leagues and that is a crime to humanity, a first world one, at least.  God Bless America and Ben Franklin’s Reddick!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ken Giles – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save, ERA at 3.94.  Giles is A.J. Hinch’s fetch.  He’s really trying to make Giles happen.  I’d continue to hold Hector Rondon, he did get a four-out save the previous night.

Gerrit Cole – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.70.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t rooting for the Regression Fairies to find Cole outside a discotheque while wearing their platform shoes with a dead goldfish in them.  Yesterday’s game, though, was just natural ebb and flow of the season.  Cole’s peripherals still look gorge.

Yuli Gurriel – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 5th homer, hitting .296.  Okay, I’m starting to confuse Yuli and Lourdes Gurriel.  Can one of them be a Jr.?  *intern whispers in my ear*  I’m told the Jr. thing is not gonna help.

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Astros, ERA at 4.63.  Was this the lowest scoring 4th of July ever or was it me?  Not a lot of offense, right?  No?  Yes?  Hello?  Crap, I just realized I accidentally hung up on you.  Calling back now.  So, I gave you a Mike Minor fantasy last week after his last gem.  The peripherals don’t exactly back this up, but I think you have to pick him up until further notice.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting .289.  I know, he’s only six away from his career high in homers of 22, but you really taking the over bet?  Seriously?  I’d put all kinds of fake cash down that he still only hits 22 homers or under.  How about I bet you one page view or .0000000642 of a penny?  Too rich for you?

Manny Machado – 0-for-3 and his 7th steal.  Was traded yesterday to every team and the O’s received back way less than they should’ve.  Okay, not yet.  But it’s coming.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.84.  Since it was the early game, I watched a lot of this game.  Ya know, 4th of July, baseball, boba and Cougs at Orange Theory (whatever the eff that is).  Not to take anything away from Ed-Rod, which is what everyone says before taking something away from someone, the Nats look lifeless.  If Bryce grounds out one more time, I may start posing with tourists in Norway outside an Edvard Munch museum.

Erick Fedde – Left yesterday’s game with shoulder issue, but an MRI revealed no structural damage.  The MRI added, “There’s no fantasy value here either.”  Coldblooded.

Gleyber Torres – Hit the DL with a hip strain.  I don’t want to scream in the commedia dell’arte of Razzball, but what’s he 15 years old?  How does he have hip problems?

Aaron Judge – 1-for-4 and his 24th homer.  I’m not saying he’s going to hit 50+ homers, but if you watch his home run yesterday, it’s ludicrous he doesn’t hit every pitch out.  His infield popups are homers.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer.

Kyle Higashioka – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer.   He’s only started five games!  He has 16 ABs!  Higashioka, can I ask you a private question?  Are you really Tom Murphy?  If yes, just nod and get on my fantasy team.  If no, get on my team anyway.

CC Sabathia – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.02.  *letters in alphabet soup form “You own Tanaka and refuse to pick up Sabathia question mark”*  Damn, soup.  Stream-o-Nator even has CC as a positive in his next start (barely).

Freddie Freeman – Left after being hit by a pitch.  Freeman has a contusion, which is doctor mumbo-jumbo for a bruise.

Johan Camargo – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer, hitting .260.  He has 31 walks and only 41 Ks (.363 OBP); his pitches swung at outside the strike zone has dropped by almost 6%, same with his first pitch strikes, and his launch angle has increased by 3%, putting him over league average.  His exit velocity is 89.8 MPH which is the same as Castellanos.  Am I grabbing him everywhere?  No, but I could see a place for Camargoadams outside of Wade Boggs’ bedroom.

Sean Manaea – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.33.  So few Ks, but he made them “hit ’em where they were,” like a reverse Willie Keeler.  I will call him, Killie Weeler, which, if I’m being honest, is what most people call him.

Lou Trivino – 2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.49.  He now has a 7-1 record, and I think he’s best pitcher on my RCL team.  I want to cry.  Please hold me.  Metaphorically!  Why are you taking off your shirt?

Christian Villanueva – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .231.  Ever wonder why Villanueva waits until after you drop him to homer?  It’s not a coincidence.  Villanueva is very spiteful.

Andrew Suarez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.92 vs. Tyler Anderson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.90.  This game was in Coors, which proves my point, this was the lowest scoring July 4th since at least 1968.

Chris Iannetta – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .244.  You don’t need to bring a shovel to Tom Murphy’s funeral, the Rockies will supply it.

Kole Calhoun – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Calhoun continues to quiet the critics who say he shouldn’t be hitting leadoff.  I’m kidding, of course!  It’s madness he’s hitting leadoff!  He’s hitting .180 with a .230 OBP!  Ohtani hitting leadoff makes more sense.  Like a lot more sense.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-5 as he was dropped down to the five hole for the first time since his rookie year.  He should’ve been dropped to the six hole about three years ago.  Pujols has gotten more rope than Kevin Smith after Clerks.  “Okay, Kevin Smith’s done 17 terrible films since Clerks, but I hear this one is good.”  It’s not!  They’re all bad!

Kyle Seager – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, average up to .239, after floundering in the .225 range for eternity for men.  Mentioned this a few weeks ago, but Seager can be hitting .250 with, like, one bloop falling in every ten games.

Ryon Healy – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer, hitting .252.  You can take your Lindor and Jo-Ram, Cleveland!  We’ve got Healy and Seager!  Said maybe one or two M’s fans.

Yoan Moncada – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  He’s going to end the year with 25 homers and 20 steals and you’re gonna be like, “Hmm, guess I should’ve held him all year.  It’s also weird I’m thinking about Yoan Moncada when I’ve been playing fantasy football for the last two months.”

Daniel Palka – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, and 3rd homer in two days.  Hot schmotato alert!

Corey Oswalt – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 7.94.  The Mets call him C.E. Roy Oswalt.  C.E. is for Current ERA:  7.94.

Brandon Nimmo – 1-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBI, hitting .265.  Where the hell has Nimmo been?  Googling Nimmo’s previous whereabouts tells me he was co-starring with Ellen.

Marcus Stroman – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.50.  Was not a big fan of Stroman in the preseason, and now he’s coming off a shoulder injury, so let’s say you’d have a hard time limboing my expectations on him.  (Even if Stroman would not have a hard time limboing under any stick.  He’s tiny.)

Kendrys Morales – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 9th homer.  You know what’s weird?  Don’t worry, I’m gonna tell you.  There’s a crapton of offense everywhere (except yesterday), but there’s no decent DHs.

Gregory Polanco – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .231.  Wow, one Pirates player may actually get to 20 homers this year.  Ya know, what Max Muncy already has.

Francisco Lindor – 0-for-4, 1 run and his 11th steal.  Not to be outdone, Jose Ramirez also went hitless but he stole 2 bags (16, 17).  Incredible.

Patrick Corbin – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.05 vs. Miles Mikolas – 6 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.63.  This was a matchup billed as, “They both wear serious musk to avoid an interaction with the Regression Fairies.”

Travis Shaw – 2-for-3 and his 15th homer.  So happy to see this because now I can stop my fretting — I’m a fretter, y’all! — about Shaw’s wrist.

Chase Anderson – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.99. Jon Lester has the biggest difference between his ERA and his xFIP but Chase Anderson is hoisting a koozie to hold his beer.  Or maybe beer mittens.  Beer mittens aren’t a thing?  I have one word to say to that:  YET!

Nate Orf – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  Not a great hitter, but during rain delays, when Orf kneels, pretending to be extremely short and does these Orf on Golf routines?  He’s just great!

Brad Miller – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer, hitting .338.  I don’t care how well he’s hitting, he is standing between me and Keston Hiura!  Though, yes, Miller has been fine.  Said begrudgingly!

Jose Berrios – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.54.  Berrios is taking one of those old school paths to greatest, waiting for his third year.  No idea yet, but I’m guessing he sneaks into my top 20 overall for starters next year.  Love me some Berrios.  Oh yeah!  *smashes through wall*

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-4, and his 13th homer, hitting .277.  Apparently, he’s still playing with the return of Jorge Polanco (2-for-3, 1 RBI and his 1st steal).  Yes, this just became a flustercuck of playing time.

J.T. Riddle – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .258, and came up a double short of the cycle.  I’ve mentioned this before, but I have Riddle on one of my more charmed teams (Tout Wars) and for that reason alone he’ll likely do well.  Plus, I’m wearing Riddler leotards as I type this.  Too much synergy to be denied.

Shane Greene – Will have an MRI on his shoulder.  That sounds terri… –fic or –ble?  Twitter poll results:  85% for –ble, 10% for –fic, 5% for Jill Stein.

John Hicks – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer, hitting .280.  During a moment in mid-June, I felt this scratching sensation, and it was my catcher scab calling for me to scratch it.  Unable to #resist, I picked Zunino off my team and added Hicks.  Best moment of my life.  Sorry, wedding ceremony, you’re moving down the list!

Nicholas Castellanos – 1-for-3 and his 14th homer, hitting .309.  The Greek God of Hard Contact came down from his booth atop the Mt. Olympus Diner and gave us a 4th of July Light Show, while refilling our coffee.

Javier Baez – 1-for-4, 1 run and two steals (14, 15), and one of those steals was of home.  Liriano threw to first, appearing to forget there was a runner on first, but later revealed he has dyslexia and thought he was throwing home.

Willson Contreras – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Hitting for a solid average (.284), but has really yet to catch fire, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see those emojis get lit soon.

Jose Quintana – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.22.  Quick question, can Quintana be more yawnstipating?  What a snoozecannon this guy is.  He is walking that fine line of “I would own him, but when I own him I’m not going to want to own him.”

David Bote – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  Hues Corporation tried to warn us, don’t rock the Bote, don’t tip the Bote over.  Don’t rock the Bote, baby.  Don’t tip the Bote over.  So, I’d like to know, where’d you get the notion?

   
  1. Scott says:
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    Reddick, Pederson or Bradley Jr ros? Bradley hitting better recently and glove keeps him in the lineup. Pederson sits vs lhp. Reddick good lineup but has been ice cold intil last couple of days. Obp league. Thanks

    • Mr. A Knife says:
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      @Scott: if you can do it just stream somebody else on joc’s lefty days. JBJ you’d be better off finding somebody even every day to stream over.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Agree with Mr. Knife, but Reddick if can’t platoon

  2. Scott says:
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    Ian happ or b Crawford ros? Obp league. Thx

  3. Wilson says:
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    Where do you rank Corbin now? Seems great till now.

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: he is great. Will you rank him top 5 SP in the end of this year?

  4. JakeTPE says:
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    Grey sir,

    Happy day after July 4th, or as I like to call it: Trevor Bauer Day!

    Yesterday against the Royals he went 7.2, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.45. And that’s like his 6th QS in a row. He’s fantastic.

    If you’re not gonna say it because you’re tired of repeating yourself, I don’t mind helping out. You were higher on Bauer than any other ‘pert, so if anybody missed out on him, either you play with a lot of Razzball readers (which is great!) or you have to do a lot better at drafting next year. Don’t worry. It’ll be OK. But Bauer, man….. It would have been nice to have him so far this year, right?

    Have a good short schedule day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Thanks! Yeah, he’s gotten so good don’t even feel like mentioning him…

      • Slappy Jack says:
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        @Grey: Man I was so off Bauer, I didn’t care what he did.
        And no amount of Grey love was going to change that at draft time, second half stats be damned!

        Mistakes were made
        Much ragrets

        • Grey

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          Oh well, Gausman’s 2nd half didn’t seem to matter so there’s that

  5. aardvark says:
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    Walker Buehler worth an add to put in my DL spot? Or have we seen the best of him

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      @aardvark: he’s nearly gotta be a top 5 possible DL stash, unless you have very odd leaguemates, or are in ridiculously shallow league.

  6. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up, staggeringly great! Hope you had a good 4th!

    a. Signed up Goodrum as a batty call, it was kind of desperate. Hope he does something useful tonight.

    b. Mark Twain quote of the day for July 5

    Old Man: I do. Men perceive, and their brain-machines automatically combine the things perceived. That is all.

    Young Man: The steam-engine?

    Old Man: It takes fifty men a hundred years to invent it. One meaning of invent is discover. I use the word in that sense. Little by little they discover and apply the multitude of details that go to make the perfect engine. Watt noticed that confined steam was strong enough to lift the lid of the teapot. He didn’t create the idea, he merely discovered the fact; the cat had noticed it a hundred times. From the teapot he evolved the cylinder–from the displaced lid he evolved the piston-rod. To attach something to the piston-rod to be moved by it, was a simple matter–crank and wheel. And so there was a working engine.

    One by one, improvements were discovered by men who used their eyes, not their creating powers–for they hadn’t any–and now, after a hundred years the patient contributions of fifty or a hundred observers stand compacted in the wonderful machine which drives the ocean liner.

    Young Man: A Shakespearean play?

    Old Man: The process is the same. The first actor was a savage. He reproduced in his theatrical war-dances, scalp–dances, and so on, incidents which he had seen in real life. A more advanced civilization produced more incidents, more episodes; the actor and the story-teller borrowed them. And so the drama grew, little by little, stage by stage. It is made up of the facts of life, not creations. It took centuries to develop the Greek drama. It borrowed from preceding ages; it lent to the ages that came after. Men observe and combine, that is all. So does a rat.

    Young Man: How?

    Old Man: He observes a smell, he infers a cheese, he seeks and finds. The astronomer observes this and that; adds his this and that to the this-and-thats of a hundred predecessors, infers an invisible planet, seeks it and finds it. The rat gets into a trap; gets out with trouble; infers that cheese in traps lacks value, and meddles with that trap no
    more. The astronomer is very proud of his achievement, the rat is proud of his. Yet both are machines; they have done machine work, they have originated nothing, they have no right to be vain; the whole credit belongs to their Maker. They are entitled to no honors, no praises, no monuments when they die, no remembrance. One is a complex and elaborate machine, the other a simple and limited machine, but they are alike in principle, function, and process, and neither of them works otherwise than automatically, and neither of them may righteously claim a personal superiority or a personal dignity above the other.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Haha, I hear ya… B. Wow, this guy’s pretty good, huh?

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        In the quote, you are our Maker. We just follow. Even those who decry to go ‘against’ Greyism of drafting pitchers over hitters in their quest to win soon find out that it’s wrong, try to trade and get back to something similar to Greyism. Rats in the rat trap trying to win our leagues. The sooner you accept the better.

        Cheers,
        Ante

  7. VinWins

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    Hill left Wednesday’ game against the Pirates with neck tightness after sliding headfirst into home plate, Pedro Moura of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.

    You’ve got to be kidding me.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @VinWins: wtf is Hill of all people doing sliding headfirst anywhere?!! Or sliding?!

  8. DatBum says:
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    Ever blow your mind how fast an MLB player can get an MRI in comparison to us common folk? We need our employers to start offering the MLB Player Health Insurance Plan. For you Grey, that’ll cost .000000445 of your .000000642 you get each page click but how cool would this be: Grey left his writing post early today when he strained his right pinky finger reaching for the zero-key. Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief as an MRI revealed he will avoid a trip to the DL and return in an hour to finish today’s write-up.

    • DatBum says:
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      @DatBum: Kevin from ESPN’s Get Him In Your Lineup department reports Grey will be on a strict word count when he returns later this evening.

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      @DatBum: yet they still cheap out and don’t do it as soon as they should (i.e. exactly as fast as they even suspect somebody is injured). hundreds of millions budgets some of these teams have and they sure make sure to risk their players if they think it’s somehow feasible.

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        @Sinkhole Demayo:

        I think that an MRI scan needs to be done after swelling and bruising have gone down which in some cases can explain the delay in MRI’s taking place. Note I said some.

        Over here we have the NHS (70 years old this week). TBH I’ve been lucky and have never had much use for it, but the tabloid papers are always happy to publish stories of people waiting to be put in a waiting list.

        Another Dan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DatBum: Haha, see I think sometimes I could get an MRI faster than most.. You’ll hear about players taking 5 days to get an MRI

      • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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        @Grey: yeah and sometimes it’s weeks after they’re hurt, whether DL’d or not. most recent example they DL greene then later think maybe he should get an MRI? why wouldn’t he automatically get that anyway, he’s hurt. buxton’s toe/foot, the list goes on and on. too many STL players to count on one hand just this year.

  9. Chris Sortino says:
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    Loved the Twitter Poll-Jill Stein joke! Would you rank the following MI guys ROS only? 12 Team Mixed League, Standard 5×5 Roto Categories. Thanks!
    P DeJong
    M Semien
    A Russell
    J Profar

  10. JC says:
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    ROS Ian Desmond or Aaron Hicks?
    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JC: Desmond, becoming harder to say that tho

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    since they’d only get him for like 2.5 or so months they really shouldn’t get much for machado, unless of course he wants to help out BAL and actually agrees to something longer with the team he’s traded to. and even though it’d probably only cost him like 12 or so million out of what will end up being a few hundred million i’d guess he still won’t do that.

      • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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        @Grey: really, except of course for that one time where they got trumbo for a minor league backup catcher likely serial killer (s.clevinger). seriously THAT trade was stupid, even for SEA’s standards. i knew BAL was stupid about raising pitchers or drafting any players with OBP skills, didn’t know they had the rep of bad traders as well. they got that beckhham for about nothing last year too.

        • Grey

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          Oh, yeah, SEA’s made some classic WTF trades — Adam Jones

          • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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            @Grey: exactly, jones, trumbo, both ended up at BAL (albeit i don’t know if jones went direct from SEA to BAL). what were some bad BAL trades (keep in mind they are so bad at pitcher growing that arrieta might not count as a bad trade, as they had trained him badly, so he was bad at that time, plus i don’t remember if that was a trade or CUBS just signed him). jones/trumbo/beckham are all instances of BAL getting the better of others.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, what a mess

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Don’t forget the M’s sending David Ortiz to Minnesota for Dave Hollins, OR, Derrick Lowe & Jason Varitek to Boston for Heathcliff Slocumb!

  12. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP limited season moves

    Trying to move a hitter for a pitcher…

    Trade Gallo for Taillon?

  13. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Listening to your podcast…keep forever would you swap $21 Harper for $23 Manny?

    Other option is a $9 Correa – looking to win this year, not sure which of these 3 guys you’d want most.

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

        Bold Manny Prediction: BAL doesn’t trade him because they don’t like the offers, decide to take nothing instead and keep him for a meaningless O’s season (like what the Yanks did Cano, but worse bc O’s have no shot at playoffs).

        • Grey

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          They’ll prolly get Nate Orf for him

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

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t laugh, the O’s are capable of it

              • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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                @Grey: yeah except that the twat that runs MIL won’t trade away literally any human who might take away villar’s at bats, so probably not orf.

  14. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    Traded my Jansen and Clippard for Verlander and Jimenez, which leaves me with Jimenez, Iglesias, Rondon, and Barraclough for closers. How’d I do? I’m hoping Giles wound up with the save yesterday since Rondon threw 35 pitches the night before. Also, is Strickland a worthy DL stash if he’s available?

    Thanks, Grey—hope you had a great Fourth!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill Buttlicker: I enjoy your username… Nice trade — thanks! You too, Bill Buttlicker!

      • batflix says:
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        @Grey: weird
        I thought the name was meh,
        but the thought of someone enjoying it was really funny

        behold the power of GREY

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, meh is meh is meh is ya know

  15. Dave Funnell says:
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    How does this sound as a plan?

    A) trade JA Happ for Cesar Hernandez
    B) trade my 2B Rizzo for Sale
    C) drop Barreto for Peter Alonso

    keeper points

  16. Holds Are Dumb says:
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    1. Peralta or Buehler….best chance to stay in rotation ROS?

  17. Jordan says:
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    12 team H2H with Total Bases and OBP instead of HR and Avg

    I trade: Bregman and Will Myers
    I get: Judge, Ozuna and Dozier

    I have Carpenter to move over to third or I could probably get Seager from the guy as part of the deal. We play 3 OF and 1 UTIL. I have Blackmon, Springer, Cruz already starting.

    Do it?

  18. bigbear says:
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    3 truths and a question:
    1. Please Fantasy Overlords, make Nate Orf a thing!
    2. Javier Baez is fun to watch!
    3. Mikolas, Berrios, Manaea netted me 7 K’s over 20 IPs… Not gonna cut it!

    Q: Ohtani, Winker, Kike, Reddick, or Camargo??? For a UTIL spot (currently have Ohtani from waivers there now).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: 1. HA! 2. He is! 3. Yeah, not great Q. I’d hold for now

  19. Bk says:
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    Hey Grey, great write-up.

    Few Questions:

    1.) Catcher Question!
    Done with Tom Murphy (think you agree)… pick up E Diaz or Higashioka?

    2.) Scooped Reddick in all my leagues. Question is, should I continue to hold Grichuk? He’s cooled off a bit (10-12 Team leagues)

    3.) Do I start M Gonzales today in 12 Team QS league? He’s a -2 on SON.

    4.) Rank (right now) –
    Grichuk, Healy, Ohtani, Matt Adams
    Need to own two I think, but would like to know how you feel about them..

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: 1. Higashioka 2. Lose Grichuk 3. Meh 4. Healy, Ohtani,

  20. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Drop Salvatore Perez for Hicks (Det C). Thanks.

    • Joel says:
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      @Joel: ***Rodon

    • knucks says:
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      @Joel: Yea SON hates the Rodon start, but I def did a double take at first… I tuned out of baseball for two days and the Stro’s closer was shipped to TB?!? And he is now a Starter!??

      Oh Houston is playing the Pale Hose. Oh that Ro(n)don.

    • Grey

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      @Joel: Rodon – yes — Maeda sounds fine… No froblem

  21. Doc Samson says:
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    Great write up, Mr. Grey! It seems like more and more managers are now hesitant to use closers on back-to-back days. That said, does it make sense to carry a pair of closers that are on the same team like Rondon and Giles if you have the room?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doc Samson: I wouldn’t carry Giles unless league was deep… Guys like Trivino over him

  22. phennore says:
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    16-team 5×5 league. Who gets dropped from the following:
    Kiermaier, Nimmo, Ketel Marte, Matt Adams, Alen Hanson? Thanks,

  23. mrm3711 says:
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    More catchers questions, Grey, but I’ll be quick!

    Yesterday I asked about putting in a claim for Cervelli with Zunino on my roster, and you said hold. Also hold on Zunino for Higashioka or pick up Kyle because he’s not a jamoka? Woof. I’ll leave the clever turns of phrase to you, thanks as always Grey!

    • mrm3711 says:
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      @mrm3711: Also, same league (12-team standard Y!), holding Puig but Peraza just got released on to waivers, put in a Peraza claim or hold on Puig? Thanks again!

  24. mushi says:
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    hi! who is the better keeper?

    albies or blackmon?

    thanks!

  25. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I’m sitting in 7th place in a h2h league and while I’m middling in most categories except power and saves, I’m probably weakest in ERA. I’m not desperate to trade Suarez or Rendon – they’re both doing very well – but I’m worried that with an awful and injured Darvish, my pitching is mostly volume based. Should I offer up one of Suarez/Rendon for one of Morton/Paxton and, if so, who for whom?

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

    SP – Berrios, Corbin, Ross, Newcomb, Eovaldi, Wheeler, D.Rodriguez; RP – Davis, Morrow, Seranthony, Barraclough

    DL (2 spots)-  Cespedes, Darvish

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @Grey: Oooh, for all your Suarez love you prefer Rendon! How interesting! I don’t necessarily disagree. I just don’t know what to make of Suarez’s breakout.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re coin flips, Rendon is a little safer

  26. Murph says:
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    Hey Grey – you on fire today
    flustercuck, snoozecannon…. two of my new favorite words. and they’re kid friendly!
    Thinking I can cut Minter –
    Who would you grab as a bench bat – Reddick or Winker?
    Thaaaanks buddy

  27. Kershawshank says:
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    Struggling with this – it’s a keeper league, 8×8 so a few extra snazzy cats..

    My $13 Freeman
    His $3 Jo Mart, $10 Castellanos and unkeepable Aroldis.

    I’m in go-for-it mode – am I getting enough to move the big man?

  28. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Needed a Gleyber replacement and went with old friend Odor for now.

    In a vacuum, you like Odor over Moncada, Nunez, DeJong, Happ?

    Thanks!

  29. Starz says:
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    Please rank ROS:
    Adam Eaton, Mini-Miggy (Avisail) or Finding Nimmo ?

  30. Dancin Homer says:
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    Is Yuli Gurriel worth adding/ starting in a 12-team league?

    I had him earlier in the year and dropped him, but had no idea he was hitting almost .300! to be fair, its not like i was actually tracking him or anything,

    Cheers & hope you had a great Independence Day!

  31. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    Yo Grey, hope you had a good fourth. I have tyler anderson as FA in my league. Whats your take on him- should be owned? stream away games? he just put up 34 points home against san fran… 32 points at Dodgers…. both 8 inning outings . I know we hate the rockies for what up with Gray but my starting pitching staff may need help. right now its, morton, mikolas, f. peralta, eovaldi, carlos rodon, taillon. ( i recentanlty have tilted toward hitting with some trades – gave up c-mart and jack flaherty for au shizz) Anderson worth dropping someone? (also have k. marte as a droppable bat)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johnnyhobbes: I wouldn’t mess with Rockies starters… Rodon is pretty borderline tho (and Peralta and Eovaldi)… Sounds like a deep league tho

  32. Ciizen5 says:
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    Taillon for Cespedes?

  33. Play Ball says:
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    Archer comes of DL soon and is available in my league. Would you rather have Berrios or Archer ROS in a standard roto using QS- K-SV-ERA-WHIP ?

  34. NH says:
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    Grey,

    Would you accept any of these trades

    I give Votto
    I get Rizzo

    Or

    I give Votto and Brad Hand
    I get Rizzo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NH: Don’t see the point

  35. Goodman says:
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    Good read Grey!!

    Odor, Schoop or Kike (2b) RoS 14 point league?
    Thanks always

  36. Savoy Special says:
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    14 Team H2H auction redraft league: 6×6. Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and K’s, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9

    1) drop Cesar Hernandez for Yoan Moncada?

    2) is there a term (aside from Son-of-a-bench) for 2 players that you are platooning but always bench the good stats and start the 0 fers? Benched Healy’s homer yesterday and Lambs couple hits he day before. Maybe “Musical Pairs”? Maybe others can help in the comments too

    C: Evan Gattis
    1B: Ian Desmond
    2B: Cesar Hernandez
    3B: Ryon Healy
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    OF: Eddie Rosario
    UTL: Aaron Hicks
    Bench: Jake Lamb

    P: Max Scherzer
    P: Blake Snell
    P: Matt Barnes
    P: Keon Kela
    P: Hector Rondon
    P: Mike Foltynewicz
    P: Miles Mikolas
    Bench: Clayton Kershaw
    Bench: Freddy Peralta
    Bench: Nathan Eovaldi

    DL: Michael Wacha

    Thanks as always!

  37. lubey says:
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    Sir Anthony Dominguez is sitting on waivers. I’ve currently got Sir Fernando Rodney. Pull the trigger or hold?

    Thanks Grey. Hope you had a wonderful 4th

    • lubey says:
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      @lubey: Ya never know what wiley, old Gabe will come up with next!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @lubey: Yeah, but Dominguez is a top 7 reliever, saves or not

  38. Brett says:
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    Have room to stash one prospect Vlad or tucker?

  39. Bk says:
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    Reddick or Healy?

  40. MJ says:
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    Shelby Miller at home today vs. San Diego – worth a stream, or stay away?

  41. mthom42 says:
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    Bauer for Abreu? H2H points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, but it’s fair

  42. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS: Buehler in, who’s out (1 drop)?
    Mikolas
    Bieber
    Newcomb
    Mazara
    Desmond
    Acuna
    A.Garcia
    …many thanks.

  43. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team 7×7 keeper league (OPS and TB). Have an extra spot now with Gleyber on the DL. Pick up either Castro, Heyward, K. Marte, Bird or M. Adams? Been leaning toward a hitter since I only have one bench bat now, but could also pick up a pitcher instead: Minor, C. Anderson, Rodon or Leake.

  44. Ralphy says:
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    Drop Hosmer for Kyle Seager or Yoan Moncada?

      • Ralphy says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Ok I’m not even sure what that means but keep up the good work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem, and thanks again!

          • Ralphy says:
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            @Grey: BTW I think I’m leading the Razzball league in responses that start with meh!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, only in one league with a Meh category

  45. Cahills Have Eyes says:
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    Drop Gurriel from a UTIL spot for any of these hot schmotatos? G. Polanco, Reddick, Camargo, Piscotty?

    12-team H2H weekly categories w/ OPS. Thanks Grey!

  46. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Good morning! Hope you all had a great 4th of July holiday.

    11 tm keeper, roto. I had picked up M Taylor to get me back in the SB race and he’s done that…but he’s my 4th OF (Hoskins, Bellinger, Rosario). Would you add A Hicks or A Garcia over Taylor right now? Are you still holding Hosmer with Abreu at 1B and guys like Hoskins and Bellinger having 1B eligibility over Hicks/Garcia/etc.

    12 tm h2h redraft: Do you like Trivino over Ottavino or Kirby Yates? Add Reddick over Schebler or Puig?

    Thank you for your help, as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks — Trivino over Ottavino — Reddick over Schebler

      The 4th!

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: THAAAAAAAAAA 4th.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          THAAAAAAA Right?!

  47. Scott Kocsis says:
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    Hey, Grey. Another superb write-up.. Reddick?….beautiful.

    10-team, mixed H-2-H…standard 5×5, plus QS (and L instead of W). Looking to possibly shake up my pitching staff and was wondering if any of the current WW guys are worth grabbing to replace some of mine.

    My Guys: C.Richard, K.Gibson, K.Hendricks, G.Richards, M.Tanaka
    On the Wire: N.Pivetta, A.Suarez, J.Gray, C.Rodon, D.Price

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Pivetta over Richard

  48. Scott says:
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    Brad Miller has been productive in mil. Do you think he plays just about every day ros. He qual at 1b,2b,ss which is nice to have as bench bat. He had a 30 hr year in 2016. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could play 4-5 days a week

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Scott: yeah he’s been kicking serious ass i’m pissed i held taylor just long enough to find out just how many at bats he’s been losing over miller in NL only, and i did just add him in a 20 team league (no MI/CI slots of course or he’d have been gone already). turning back into the b.miller we’ve all known and owned for many years.

  49. Savoy Special says:
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    14 Team H2H auction redraft league: 6×6. Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and K’s, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9

    1) drop Cesar Hernandez, Ryon Healy, or Jake Lamb for Yoan Moncada?

    C: Evan Gattis
    1B: Ian Desmond
    2B: Cesar Hernandez
    3B: Ryon Healy
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    OF: Eddie Rosario
    UTL: Aaron Hicks
    Bench: Jake Lamb

    P: Max Scherzer
    P: Blake Snell
    P: Matt Barnes
    P: Keon Kela
    P: Hector Rondon
    P: Mike Foltynewicz
    P: Miles Mikolas
    Bench: Clayton Kershaw
    Bench: Freddy Peralta
    Bench: Nathan Eovaldi

    DL: Michael Wacha

    Thanks as always!

  50. Ellis says:
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    Rank for only saves ROS, including possibility of being traded and not being a closer, how does this look? thank you!

    Morrow Hand Rondon

  51. Don Majikowski says:
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    Roughly where would you rank Wil Myers overall for next year?

  52. Ellis says:
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    Also loved the Kevin Smith comment, his movies have been awful, although… I have a soft spot for Mallrats, it was really funny, maybe not so much anymore, especially loved the early shout out for his love for the Hartford Whalers, I bleed green!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, his movies are so terrible… Mallrats was okay, but it was like 20 years ago

    • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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      @Ellis: clerks 1/mallrats/chasing amy were quite good, albeit so damn long ago. the whalers left town 2 years after mallrats to carolina so technically it would be a “late” call out (hartford whalers 71-97)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’ll give him those three… He’s been making terrible movies for at least 18 years tho

        • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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          @Grey: dogma/clerks 2/jay and silent bob (for fans of his, at the time was) were fine, as was the clerks cartoon show (even that was 17 or so years ago now though), yeah everything else…. yuck. only thing not utter crap was zack and miri make a porno since about 2001.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Mileage may vary on those

            • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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              @Grey: that’s a good answer.

  53. Synyster says:
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    Feel like my team is coming back down to Earth after a few hot months. Any moves you can see making? H2H 6×6 w/ OBP and QS. Moves capped at 70, I am at 17 moves. 1st place 19 games ahead.

    C. Romine (will drop once Cervelli is back),
    1. Hosmer,
    2. JoRa,
    3. Machado,
    SS. Didi,
    OF. Brantley,
    OF. Trout,
    OF. Merrifilder,
    Util. Bellinger,
    Bench-Cain(DL) DL-Cervelli

    Ed-Rod, Berrios, Chapman, Britton, Norris, Bauer, Manaea, Snell, Newcomb, Peralta, Stripling, deGrom, Wacha (DL)

    Bats avail are Cesar H, Lowrie, Hicks, Maz, Avisail.

    Pitch avail are Chase Anderson, Tyler Anderson, really nothing else out there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, your hitting is great… Your pitching is okay, prolly good enough… Those waiver options are kinda meh

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!!

      • Starz says:
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        @Grey: Snell, Bauer, Chapman, and deGrom is considered “good enough.” lol

          • Starz says:
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            @Grey: Oh it definitely is. For whatever reason, I had read your comment in the voice of it just barely being good enough. To me, that’s a great pitching staff.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yeah, I hear ya

  54. Salsa24 says:
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    Once/If Darvish comes back this year I will need to free up some roster space in order to activate him. Currently I have a six man rotation consisting of the following players not including Darvish:

    Thor
    Paxton
    Eflin
    Ed-Rod
    Bieber
    Peralta

    Would you recommend dropping one of the following pitchers to free up the roster spot or drop one of the two following players:

    Odor
    Trumbo

    Also, Kike is currently on waivers and I was wondering if you valued him over Trumbo or Odor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish can’t throw, he’s not coming back

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: You would trade Darvish for Pivetta right now if you could in a 15 team roto?

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: Great! Thank you. Hoping he hits accept before Pivetta throws a gem tomorrow. This is the only league that I’m doing for $ that I don’t own Pivetta in.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              njica9u12–Fingers crossed

      • Starz says:
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        @Grey: Why wouldn’t he come back? Absent misdiagnosis or another setback (not unrealistic), he’ll be back in August. Cubs have every reason to be cautious with him to get him on a mound by September. Granted, he still shouldn’t be a buy-low target, but just for those where he’s already stashed on DL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He hasn’t been right in 10 months

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Starz: he needs to get surgery on something (doesn’t appear to be TJ though)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, anything at this point

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Starz: misdiagnosis or not he had a quote himself a week or so back about “being in pain when he pitched” that’s not good. i know there was a lot of writing about him “tipping” stuff in the playoffs, but it’s way more likely he’s just been hurt for like grey said just short of a year. i own the man in TONS of dynasties or keepers that used to be him slam dunk kept (like around 5) and it’s been rough.

  55. Steve says:
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    do you like Trivino over Chad Green? (ratios, Ks, occasional W)

    Odor, Peraza, Thames, Gallo – who’s out? (5×5 H2H)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Trivino — Thames

  56. ERad says:
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    I think you could go the rest of the year without writing a blurb for Quintana and no one would notice.

  57. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    In 13 starts not against the Yankees, the numbers for this SP are

    5-2 W/L, 10.5 K/9, 2.58 ERA, and 1.11 WHIP yet you think he’s a pleb

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        @Grey: I was thinking more along the lines of this century, specifically 2018. Garrett Richards!

        Speaking of plebs, where are the hockey boys? No articles in 3 months.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hockey guy, Viz, is in the World Series of poker (think he’s still alive in it)… He usually takes the summer off…

          • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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            @Grey: Oh, that’s good to hear. I couldn’t remember how much they did in the summer, thought there were sleeper posts or something. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Garrett Richards is fine, btw! I don’t hate him… He can’t stay on the field tho

          • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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            @Grey: I was judging your hatred of him based on his blurbless notes up top. He’s staying on the field this time!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hope he does for you Fungazi, but (sorry) he won’t, he never does, I’m jaded, ya’ll!

              • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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                @Grey: Stay woke, Garrett’s creepin!

                • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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                  @Fungazi 2.0: still has a damaged elbow, and in a similar vein boss tanaka (who used to be and probably still would and could again be a top 10 overall SP IF he ever got his fixed) ain’t right, please please please otani don’t listen to that sad sack medical team at LAA and do what’s right to get good again.

  58. twig and berrios says:
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    Is Robbie Ray a top 10 SP ROS?

  59. Don Majikowski says:
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    Would you rather have Tim Anderson or Wil Myers heading into next year in a keeper?

  60. Thomas Petrone says:
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    Stephen Piscotty, Teoscar Hernandez, Matt Chapman – which 2 to keep ROS? and Stephen Souza – good add?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Piscotty — Souza’s a decent add

  61. Wilson says:
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    Corbin or Greinke for ROS? QS/WHIP/ERA/K league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke, bit safer

  62. Dave D says:
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    Some laughed, some ridiculed my OF on my NFBC team but My patience with Reddick is finally paying off. My current starting OF:

    D. Peralta
    Red-dick (no scab yet)
    M. Kemp
    Soto
    Acuña

    Reserves:
    Leury G.
    Rajai

  63. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who would you rather have for saves at the moment, Clippard or Romo?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip, Clippard I guess

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Confidence building!

        • Eric says:
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          @Grey: haha for sure. Sage advice as always. Thanks!

  64. alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    I need SP
    Would you give up
    Hoskins and Mazzara or
    Bellinger and Mazzara
    for either Greinke or Kershaw
    I doubt Hoskins or Bellinger by themsleves would do it but I could try
    Is it fair
    It is a keeper league but Kershaw would be too expensve to keep next year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade cheaper pieces for cheaper SPs

  65. The Great Knoche says:
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    Calhoun is hitting .306 with 4 HRs in 14 games since coming back off the DL. Maybe he was hurt? I’ve been rocking him since they put him at top of lineup.

    Bote is pronounced BO-tee, when I read that I was wondering why Grey was rocking a BO-tee, and sailing with with a cargo full of love and devotion.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Also can you say something bad about Joey Votto. He hit the 4 HRs in 4 days in April, and has hit 4 in the 2 months since then. Give him some bulletin board material.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, will do my best

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well, I pronounce it boat! I also can’t pronounce anything

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Can you pronounce all star voting is a sham?

        Sparkakis leading the NL OF voting.

        AL 1B – Abreu, Yuli (Come On), Moreland, Pujols, Cabrera. Where’s Healy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Read somewhere Braves had more home games, but it’s a total sham either way… Just shows what teams can inspire their fans to vote the most

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: I thought it was all online now? Do they still do the punch/ scan cards at the games?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not sure, but if fans are at home games and reminded to vote while there it could help… Not sure, but something’s broke with their system

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @Grey: You should do a reader poll. Maybe spice it up a little bit and see who the all star Razzball writer would be? I’d vote Lance this year, but Tehol always has that Wow factor the appeals to the fans.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Tehol I think is a Hall of Famer so no longer eligible for yearly votes

  66. Launch Angle says:
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    Grey,

    Couple questions/concerns:

    1. Springer has had just 1 HR and 1 RBI in his last 19 games played. In June, he hit just 4 HR and 8 RBI while batting .190. I’m losing faith in him. For 4 or 5 category stats ROS, are there better options to try and trade him for – Castellanos, Hoskins?

    2. It might sound crazy, but would you trade Correa for Tim Anderson? Correa has 36 fewer AB’s, but their stats are similar with the SB Anderson provides standing out among them. I have both Correa and Story for SS. I don’t necessary need Anderson’s SB, but he looks to provide solid 4-category production.

    Correa 269 AB / 46 R / 13 HR / 49 RBI / 2 SB / .268
    Anderson 305 AB / 48 R / 13 HR / 34 RBI / 19 SB / .252

    I’m in a standard, 5×5 season-long roto – R / RBI / HR / SB / AVG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Keep faith 2. Yes, little crazy

  67. Scandalous Bob says:
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    I’ve been hanging onto Greg Holland, hoping that he might work his way back into some saves. But I’m not sure if that’s going to happen this year.

    Hang on a little longer or drop him?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Scandalous Bob: He hasn’t been good since 2014. Injuries, a couple years older, and 2 guys performing in front of him mean he’s likely not gonna see the 9th unless the Cards are losing 10-2

  68. Rene De La Torre says:
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    Team is offering me

    Nolan Arenado, George Springer and Adam Jones

    In exchange for…

    Manny Machado, Eddie Rosario and Scooter Gennett

    I checked the trade analyzer and I was surprised to see Gennet’s value so low.

    What do you think?

    Your blogs are as good as ever!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Scooter side of that

  69. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!
    Got a scenario for ya so stay with me now…..

    Team A wants to make a trade with Team B. Team A really wants a Greinke or a Cueto with some Bryce Harper mixed in. Who should team B be asking for?

    Team A players to possibly trade: Gary Sanchez, Goldy, Blackmon, Quintana, price,

    Team B players to possibly trade: Greinke, Harper, arrieta, Cueto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy and Quintana for Harper and Arrieta or Cueto?

  70. Dock Ellis says:
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    Drop Eaton for Reddick?

  71. JP says:
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    Please Pick 3 ROS: Puig, Matt Kemp, Parra, Aaron Hicks

    I currently have Kemp, Parra and Hicks and essentially platoon Parra

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp, Puig, Hicks

      • JP says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, would you take Reddick over any of those 3?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I may, over who?

          • JP says:
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            @Grey: would you take Reddick over Matt Kemp, Puig or Aaron Hicks?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh, him and last two are close

  72. Paul says:
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    I was offered Harper, Giles, Suter for my Corbin, Kimbrel, tyson Ross

    Should I take this, Should I have him swap Suter for Clippard so I dont lose saves? Maybe I can take this and add ottavino as a speculative closer for the deadline?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper side, prefer Clippard to Suter, so switch if able

  73. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Is Carlos Rodon (4.55 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 6.67 K/9) droppable in a 12-teamer yet? The Stream-O-Nator is telling me to not start him tonight against Houston and I’m thinking of just dropping him for weekend spot start (e.g., Marquez, Kingham, Zimmerman, Odorizzi, etc.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s good, ‘poop? I dropped Rodon, his perfs are ugly, whoa boy

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: You convinced me to drop him, but do I roll him out for tonight just to get his IP (which our league counts) and take the ERA and WHIP, or just drop him outright?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I dropped him before today’s start

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Listening to RTJ now…Not sure about the Carters

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: My Cougs like’s the song by the Carter’s, and it’s grown on me. I still think the whole Jay-Z cheating thing was a ploy to sell Beyonce’s last album that’s why I don’t like them.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              This summer was filled with terrible albums… I loved Pusha, from there it was downhill… Nas had like 2 songs, Cudi like one song, Kanye like 1 song, Drake 1 song

              • Slimcompoop says:
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                @Grey: Totally agree as it’s been lackluster. Kind of building off what I’ve mentioned the previous days (not that you remember my exact team constructs), but got an interesting offer in my keeper league considering I’m in 1st place and this guy is in 2nd.

                I give Turner, Kluber, Sanchez (I have Realmuto already), and Nimmo.

                He gives Betts and Tim Anderson.

                Thoughts?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Meh, don’t love it

  74. Jason Murray says:
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    I was offered Blackmon, Darvish, Abreu, Happ, Wade Davis and Luis Urias for my Bellinger, Berrios, Kingery, Eloy Jimenez and Sixto Sanchez. The league is a 10-team H2H keeper. The other team is rebuilding and I’m trying to maintain a playoff spot. The veteran players would be nice but I have two main issues…the health of Darvish and my team would get old in a hurry. I’m thinking I’ll hold, but I could use another opinion. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish is garbage, get trade is still good for Blackmon and Abreu tho

  75. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft, scooter/box for berrios/peraza?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter or Berrios? Whatcha need?

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: i would be giving up scooter (getting berrios). definitely need pitching help. i could also try tim anderson/box for berrios straight up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take Berrios straight up for Anderson/Box

  76. Bk says:
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    Are Thames and Schebler guys to own in 10-12 team daily pickup roto leagues? I know, depends on who’s out there, but generally? They’re both so meh.

  77. Hepcat13 says:
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    Thoughts on Teheran overall?

    Worth holding or picking up on waivers say, Bentances, Danny Duffy, or Andrew Miller?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Duffy… He’s pretty grabagey tho (both are really)

  78. Hankg says:
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    Who do you prefer ROS – Ray or Berrios?

    Is Ray, Alvarado and 5th pick too much for Berrios, Knebel and 14th pick (particularly when Ray has better keeper value, by round, for next year)?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berrios — Can you keep Berrios?

      • Hankg says:
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        @Grey: Yes. But he would cost a 6th round pick next year while Ray would cost a 24th round pick. The way our league is set up it’s unlikely I would keep Berrios under these circumstances.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then it depends on how badly you want to gamble on this year, would likely hold there

  79. Dougie says:
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    Would you trade Paxton straight up for Dozier? It’s H2h with k9 and BBs. He asked for Cueto and Bieber or Morton straight up.
    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair for Cueto and Bieber

  80. Screwballs says:
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    Hope you survived the 4th ok. One of my leagues is a 8 team H2H keeper league with 15 keepers. We can also hold 4 NA’s off the roster, including any player on the DL list who is out for the season. I am currently sitting with 7 players in this position and would appreciate your thoughts on ranking them and whether any are worth an roster or DL spot. My active roster is much stronger batting than pitching.

    Byron Buxton
    Miguel Sano
    Alex Reyes
    Jonathan Loasisgia
    Kyle Tucker [may be up soon]
    Jo Adell [Ralph is high on hime]
    Brendan McKay [the only pitcher]

    Thank you in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, you too! Tucker, Buxton, Adell…Rest are whatever…Can stash Sano and Reyes if you have room I guess

  81. alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    i asked earlier but now i have a trade offer made to me
    I give Hoskins
    I get Greinke
    I am in 1st place and I need SP
    it is a keeper league and Hoskins would be $16 next year
    Greinke would not be kept because he would be too much
    What do you think
    Should I hold ormake that trade

  82. Puigy Bank says:
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    Which Catcher should I roll with for the foreseeable future?

    Zunino, Barnhart, Stassi, Higashioka, or Cervelli (when he returns)?

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Grey: think romine salad is back pretty soon.

  83. crimedog says:
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    Grand Master lothario. Apologies if you’ve had these questions recently. Been busy moving to a new city and getting settled in and haven’t been reading as much as I would like.

    Are you picking up Osuna every where he is unowned? Due back Aug 5 and I think the Jay’s have said he’s closer right when he’s back considering no one else in Toronto has done anything.

    Also wanted to give you a shout out because I’m in 1st, 1st, and 5th so far in my 3 leagues mostly thanks to some of yours calls on players and your advice in the columns. So thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab Osuna… nice! Safe travels!

  84. Dougie says:
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    Peraza or Dejong ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza until we see DeJong’s PT

  85. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Max Muncy – someone to trade for? Looks like it’s his year but ROS Rater has him at -$24.5 for my league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you’re sending… Send Keuchel!

  86. robhalla says:
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    JUST INCASE EVERYONE FORGOT

    JUST INCASE ANYONE ELSE WAS FOOLED

    JEREMY HELICKSON FKING SUCKS.!

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: some guy in my league streamed him 10 mins. before the game was gonna start – hahahahaha sucker!

  87. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    The Nationals performance today really makes a bad case for players-only meetings.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: spoke too soon….

          • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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            @Grey: I like to think my comment made them turn it around, fellas. That’s right. I shamed them. You’re welcome.

  88. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: SON says Schoop is gonna turn things around – agree or disagree?

  89. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    ROS. Garret Richard or Shane Bieber?

  90. Robert says:
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    Odor, Camargo, B. Miller to fill in for Gleyber?

  91. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. you have any faith in harper doing anything more than his best joey gallo impersonation ros? need pitching help. harper for severino or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Severino, it’s fair

  92. SteveNZ says:
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    Harper and Rendon 0-8. Awesome.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: But Schoop is dope!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So great! Right?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Are you seeing anything with Harper? I mean, the guy gets on base and hits homers on the reg, but that AVG!

        Is it maybe that he got off to such an unbelievable start that he felt like he could swing at anything and get away with it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He looks lost, grounding out everything weakly or popping up… Weak contact everywhere

  93. FrankGrimes says:
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    Have a day Trea!

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @FrankGrimes: He definitely gets to headline the player blurbs tomorrow.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Fuck that, he didn’t even steal a base!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wish Harper would

  94. William Hung says:
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    Can we get someone to wake up Abreu’s bat? I have no idea how he has 50 RBIs when he’s been batting under .200 for almost a month now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How about Bryce Harper?

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Harper is on my rival’s team – he can kick rocks for all I care

  95. Terrence Mann says:
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    Jeebus. I hope someone besides me just saw the brutal interview with Orlando Cepeda and his grandson on MLB. “It’s not time for your grandpa to go yet.” What dafuq? Good Lord, lady.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Missed that

  96. Stephen Lyon says:
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    *Puts on David Tennant Broadchurch voice*

    Miller!

  97. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    weaver perfect game through 5 and this is the joy of playing in deeper leagues cause it’s very very likely few competitive teams in shallow leagues
    1. own weaver
    2. start him if they do own him

    but 20’s, 16’s, weaver is still being started.

  98. Brian says:
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    Using random relievers for ratio help has really screwed me today.! With Adam Conley and Justin Miller, today my team has an ERA of 94.50 and WHIP of 12.00.

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