Our long national nightmare is over (except for the actual long national nightmare that isn’t over — sigh, to be a person with parenthetical blindness and not have to read this caveat)! We did it, boys and five girl readers. We f*cking did it! Not us, per se. We didn’t do shizz, except draft some baseball players for fantasy. But, ya know what, that’s enough for me! See, with lowered goals and expectations, you’re never disappointed. It’s a zen thing; you wouldn’t understand. It was a mere nine months ago when we started talking about sleepers and rankings and…How old am I now?

Well, whatever, baseball is back and that’s all that matter. Singing like an absolute loon, “Baseball’s back and I want to get married — hey nah, hey nah — baseball’s back!” And, now in my mind, I’m married to Giancarlo Stanton. Ask yourself why you didn’t send us a wedding gift. Selfish much? Of course, Opening Day couldn’t have happened in any other way in 2020. It had to be met with cold-ass reality, which why Juan Soto tested positive for Covid. It sucks, Mr. Obvious said, but it’s also a reminder of what this year will be. It’s going to be waiver wire pickups, the Streamonator, the Hittertron and playing of matchups. If you’re curious and want to torture yourself, Juan Soto fell to 179th overall in the final 2020 preseason rankings. Stepping in to replace Juan Soto will be Andrew Stevenson, the James Spader of replacements. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Emilio Bonifacio – Made the Nats’ team. So nice to see Emily Goodface again, I thought she retired to Amherst and opened an artisanal olive oil shop.

Austin Voth – Will open season as the Nats’ 5th starter. I’ll tell ya what after saying “I’ll tell ya what,” I’m having a hard time getting excited about any 5th starters. If they get skipped and get eight-ish starts this year, I’m more interested in streaming.

Max Scherzer – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 11 Ks. I am not a pitching coach. I actually turned off Real Sports when Trevor Bauer started talking about grips and shizz. Hows’ever, Scherzer was either A) Not finishing his pitches. B) Trying to avoid injuring his back, which will injure his back. C) There’s no C. It didn’t look like the Scherzer of old, or, simply, he got old. It happens. I hear. This year pitching is going to be a mess, and I don’t want to oversimplify Scherzer’s next 11 starts into just his first, but he looked like a top 20 starter vs. a top three.

Adam Eaton – 1-for-2 and his 1st homer. He also just missed a 2nd homer. Could he…could we…do I just say it…? Eaton’s chowing down a hot schmotato!

DJ LeMahieu – Was activated from the IL, but didn’t start. By the by, as you likely heard, there’s gonna be expanded playoffs. More teams in the playoffs means more teams resting guys at the end of September, when there’s already very few projected ABs and IP. It’s not great for fantasy. In real life, I love it, more baseball, gimme gimme gimme.

Gerrit Cole – 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 5 Ks. Gerrit Cole really kept the crowd out of this game.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. During the lightning storm that ended the game early, it was a little hairy, me guiding that hang-glider over the stadium, but to look down, for only a brief second, at Giancarlo’s pectorals, it was all worth it. Please, you absolute Greek God of muscles, stay healthy.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI. I also just avoided banging my knee hang-gliding over Judge’s head. I *pinkie to mouth* misjudged.

Clayton Kershaw – Hit the IL with back stiffness. Which gave me front stiffness for his replacement, The Giant Carrot…

Dustin May – 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, as he started in place of Clayton Kershaw. May was originally optioned to the alternate training site where human-sized rabbits salivated for The Giant Carrot, but not today human-sized rabbits! I originally had Dustin May tangentially mentioned in this afternoon’s Buy column, but removed him because he’s here now and he’s gorgeous! (Also, the Buy column was released yesterday to our Patreons. It will be released a day early all year in our Patreon, and there’s an extra weekly podcast for Patreons.)

Austin Barnes – 0-for-4, 1 RBI, as he started over Will Smith. Dave Roberts said, and I am laughing as I type this, he doesn’t want to overwork the youngster, Smith. Dude, there’s 60 games this year, and this was Opening Day!

Enrique Hernandez – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 1st homer. Damn! I was looking at him, but I went with another random streamer like Donovan Solano (0-for-1) who didn’t start. Also, not starting, was Chris Taylor, hero of Summer Camp — Hero of Summer Camp sounds like a bad movie with Sean Astin. So, I don’t know which way Dave Roberts is going between Hernandez and Taylor, but whichever is starting is worth streaming because of the lineup.

Mookie Betts – 1-for-5, 1 run. That’s one hit every $365 million. What a joke!

Johnny Cueto – 4 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks. Cueto looked good in this start–Oh, who am I kidding? He looked fine! I was just happy to see baseball, and dreaming about buying cutouts. I want fan cutouts so bad! Anyone want to go halfsie with me, I want to get J. Lo and Ben Affleck cutouts just to mess with A-Rod. Or how about Andre the Giant cutouts? A cutout with Larry King sleeping in Mary Hart’s lap? I’m about to sell my house for fan cutouts!

Tyler Rogers – 2/3 IP, 4 ER. Is he the closer? Then Kazaam! A mere 48 hours ago I was so happy about winning a Tyler Rogers FAAB bid. 48-Hour-Ago Grey is an absolute idiot.

Edward Olivares – Made the Padres. Went over him in my Franchy Cordero trade recap, i.e., I let my Franch flag fly.

Yonder Alonso – Optioned to alternate training site. Guess the Braves got Matt Adams and were over Yonder. *insert yodeling*

Cole Hamels – Hit the 45-day IL. That puts him in line to pitch two-thirds of an inning on September 24th.

Kyle Wright – Assigned to be Braves’ 5th starter. I own him in Tout Wars (12-team, NL-Only), so this isn’t for everyone. He works around 95 MPH on the speedball, and throws a slider a lot for good reason, it’s solid pitch — could be a 8.5 K/9, 3.50 BB/9, low-4 ERA guy. In shallow leagues, I’d wait and see.

Anthony DeSclafani – Hit the IL with a mild “right teres major strain.” Make up your mind, DeSclafani’s body! Are you minor or major? DeSclafani says it’s a small issue, and might only miss one start. It does heat up the T. Mahle. Ay caramba!

Drew Butera – Will open the season as the Rockies’ 3rd catcher behind Elias Diaz, who is behind Tony Wolters. That is one giant crapfecta!

Brendan Rodgers – Optioned to alternate training site and Bud Black said, “Would love to get Rodgers playing time before he’s 35 years old, but no promises.”

Eduardo Rodriguez – Shut down due to minor complications with Covid. Hopefully he’s okay, and much better than how the Red Sox rotation looks without him.

Roberto Osuna – Is on the Astros’ Re-Opening Day roster so Ryan Pressly, while in this afternoon’s Buy, may have a very short stint as the closer. That is the first time ‘short’ and ‘Astros’ have appeared in same sentence without an Altuve mention.

Brad Peacock – Hit the IL with shoulder soreness. Ironically, losing Peacock is a major blow for the Astros. Because of the cheating, it’s a limb filled with Dodgers fans, but the Astros aren’t going to be very good this year, and it 100% has nothing to do with being unable to cheat.

Jake Fraley – Optioned to alternate training site where he will do shake weights, Jane Fonda workouts and other alternative training methods.

John Means – Hit the IL with arm fatigue. It’s pronounced fah-tee-gay — it’s Italian!

Hunter Harvey – Hit the IL with elbow soreness. “Is Dustin May a giant carrot?” That’s Harvey licking his lips.

Jake OdorizziTwins defined Odorizzi’s back pain as a right intercostal strain, which seems a ton more ominous. Odorizzi…Ominous…Odorous? Yup, exactly.

Yoan Moncada – Activated from the IL. In our Razzball staff picks, I chose Jose Abreu for MVP, but I wasn’t sure if Moncada would be ready when I made the pick. I could’ve easily chose Moncada for MVP, and I have Luis Robert for ROY (of course) and Giolito for Cy Young, can you tell who I think is going to the playoffs?

Zack Collins – Made the White Sox roster as a backup…Well, every position, including catcher. Won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but in AL-only or Zack-Only leagues, Collins could be sneaky power.

Kevin Cron – Made the team, but, sadly, he’s on the weak-side of the platoon. I wonder if the Cron brothers ever get together and fight for shotgun in a car, only to realize no one is driving.

Michael Fulmer – Activated from the IL after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He missed three months–Wait, he didn’t miss any time. Hey, nice timing on that surgery, Fulms! Any hoo! He’ll be used as an Opener for now and has no real value yet.

Jordy Mercer – Made the Tigers team. Find someone to love like cheap-ass teams love signing Jordy Mercer as a utility guy.

Brendan McKay – Assigned to the alternate training site. Serious question, has there been any talk about him being a herbathrowdite this year? I haven’t heard a thing.

Bradley Zimmer – Made the MLB roster, i.e., the Indians are composing a team that is not sans Zimmer.

James Karinchak – Made the major league roster. Karinchak is the only good Karen.

 
  1. LenFuego says:
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    Ahhhhhh, the first daily notes column of the season … like putting on an old favorite comfy pair of slippers. Best line: “That is one giant crapfecta!” [of Rockies catchers].

    Welcome back, baseball. And welcome back, fantasy baseballers (<— Grey's mother's term).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks! Good to see you!

      • LaRockakis says:
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        No, the best line was “back stiffness gave me front stiffness.” Made me actually lmao and now it is hard to sit down.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  2. Member Berries says:
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    I knew you’d get excited for Giancarlo but how could you not lead with Kike’s glorious mustache that propelled him to the #1 fantasy player of 2020?

    Austin Barnes should be a bench coach…

    Watching Cueto throw is hilarious. Dustin May is naaasssssty. Kershaw had two new commercials – maybe he was out filming a 3rd

    So 2020 to get late July rain for the opening game and always a good idea to get an old man to throw the first pitch! Glad we finally got recap Grey though.

    • Member Berries says:
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      Forgot to mention, I literally laughed out loud when I saw the Giants opening day roster. I follow baseball pretty close but I had never heard of Heineman andJoe McCarthy – I hope he doesnt accuse… nevermind

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, Heineman bc Joey Bart isn’t ready, but will be ready in 6 more days

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I couldn’t believe when Eduardo Perez started ragging on Kike’s stache. Good thing he back pedaled on that pretty quickly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget to mention the mustache, and for that I will bear unbelievable shame

      Kershaw in a suit of armor with a bad back — mmkay

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Holy crap, amazing report!

    a. Sign up Kike for my utility? I have Braun there currently.

    b. MLB quote of the day for July 24, 2020.

    ‘Fact is, I’ve got so much speed today, I’ll burn the catcher’s glove up if I don’t do something.’
    [To a teammate when he poured a bucket of ice water over his pitching arm before a game.]

    George Edward Waddell, aka Rube.

    Some quotes about this rube.

    Connie Mack, owner of the Athletics

    Mack described Waddell as “the atom bomb of baseball long before the atom bomb was discovered.”

    Baseball historian, Lee Allen

    Waddell began the 1903 season sleeping in a firehouse at Camden, New Jersey, and ended it tending bar in a saloon in Wheeling, West Virginia. In between those events, he won 22 games for the Philadelphia Athletics; toured the nation in a vaudeville play called The Stain of Guilt; courted, married, and became separated from May Wynne Skinner of Lynn, Massachusetts; saved a woman from drowning; accidentally shot a friend through the hand; and was bitten by a lion.

    Waddell still holds the AL single-season strikeout record for LHP at 349 Ks.

    His 162-game average.

    18-13, 2.16 ERA, 31 GS, 24 CG, 270 IP, 224 H, 97 R, 65 ER, 73 BB, 211 K, 135 ERA+, 2.03 FIP, 1.102 WHIP, 0.1 HR9 (!!), 2.88 K/BB

    His 1904 season….

    25-19, 1.62 ERA, 46 GS, 39 CG, 8 shutouts, 383 IP, 307 H, 109 R, 69 ER, 91 BB, 349 K, 167 ERA+, 1.59 FIP, 1.039 WHIP, 3.84 K/BB. His 1905 season was also very good as were his years with the Athletics as a whole.

    We need a Rube Waddell for the corona 2020 timeline.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • bigbear says:
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      Rube! He also won the triple crown for pitchers in 1905. The great Cy Young ducked pitching against him toward the end of the season. Then Rube mysteriously missed the playoffs… injury or bribed by gamblers?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Donkey Breath sends her best

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Nah

      B. We need more Rubes!

  4. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Got this trade offer in a dynasty league. I’m a contender, although I rank more around #4 to #6, while he’s in rebuilding mode. Unsure about making a big trade in a 60-game season when I’d be trading a lot of my future for the here and now. Winning a 60-game title doesn’t even matter to me. But year 2021 does matter to me. So here’s the offer:

    I get: Jose Ramirez.

    He gets: Julio Rodriguez & Luis Patino.

    So it’s two top prospects for an established star. But this isn’t a one-year league. This is forever. What would you do?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Tough one, Harley. I’d pull the trigger but I don’t blame you for hesitating…could look pretty ugly in 3-4 years….if we’re still alive.

    • Schmidt's Moustache says:
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      You said it yourself – 2021 means more than this year’s shortened season to you. So, don’t do this deal. Rodriguez is a stud.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  5. mrs. featherbottom says:
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    NICE! Hope all is well – go Brewers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      mrs. featherbottom, it is great to see you!

  6. Lubes says:
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    Keeper league thoughts- do we stash sale and syndergaard?
    My league is 5 player keeper auction, and I’d get either of them for $10 next year. Likely other keepers will be Trout, Hiura, Gioloto, and potentially Olson, Chapman, Laureano, or Mercado.
    First question is will that even be that great of value for s&s next year? If they’ll only be $14 pitchers then keeping them for $10 all season isn’t that big a savings.
    Second is how much IL will get used. I already have dozier in one IL spot and had to drop Ed rod to do that.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Nah ditch em

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  7. Tigres says:
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    BASEBALL, GREY! baseball. ¡béisbol! YAY!

    That said, I got tired and went to sleep when the Yankees game went into rain delay, and didn’t see any of Los Doyers. I’m not in midseason shape yet. Will do better next week, coach!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s always today!

  8. Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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    Went all Grey last night in a late 11 team draft. Moncada, Olson , Giolito, Castillo, Story ( round 1 out of the 9 slot) Tatis, Gleyber, Mercado…yada yada
    Used your top.500 list to perfection. Only real deviation was Stripling. We reached a little for him
    Adam says if we don’t do well, it’s your fault.
    Stay safe and 6’ away from Stanton

    • Donkey Teeth

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      6 feet AKA a Stanton penis length

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s great, hope you’re doing well, man!

  9. Swaggerjackers says:
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    Didn’t Hernandez start out crazy hot last year too? Or was that a couple years ago?

    • William Hung says:
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      I was just thinking this feels like deja vu with Hernandez

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yeah he hit two dongs on opening day last year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and Donkey said he would hit 30 HRs on the year

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Thereabouts. What’s 13 homers between friends?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Donkey Teeth, taking a bite out terrible predictions!

  10. Cram It says:
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    There go my Jake Fraley hopes and dreams. My NFBC season is shot!

    I’ll just have to win the ‘Pert league instead.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Not so fast! I have a commanding lead, doubt there’s enough games left for anyone to catch me.

      • Cram It says:
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        Insurmountable!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Donkey’s 1st taste of 1st ever, breathe it in, donks

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Ahhhh Grey left a fart up here!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I carry farts around with me everywhere I go, fyi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, bring it!

  11. Nitro says:
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    It is a good thing I moved D. May to my Minor league spot so I could roster another player until his expected call up next week. When I lose the league by 4 points I will remember opening day! I blame Kershaw!!! This is going to be one heck of a year.

    • Grey

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      Haha, yup!

  12. KarlJ says:
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    Grey,
    Super psyched to be reading your daily updates again.
    Had my 11 team 5 x 5 roto draft ( redraft league) last night.
    C- W Smith
    1B- Freeman
    2B- Moustakas
    3B. Y Gurriel
    SS- Lindor
    CI- Andujar
    MI- Tatis Jr
    OF- Soler
    OF- Alvarez
    OF- F Reyes
    UT- Mondesi
    SP- Gioliti
    SP- Morton
    SP S Gray
    SP Lamet
    SP Houser
    RP Hendricks
    RP Doolittle
    P E Rodriguez

    Bench: H Dozier, L. Gurriel, D Carlson, J Adell, K. Kim, K Wright, Kintzler

    I tried to draft a balanced team. Maybe I could be a little weak in Batting Avg ( nitpicking?). What do you think?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Looks good, the health of Freeman and Alvarez will be key. I think average is fine, it’s probably gonna be a pretty random category this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with DT, except I do think you’re weak in AVG, of course it could be highly mercurial this year

  13. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    How long is Soto Estimated to be out?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Guess it would depend if he ends up developing symptoms

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt Soto even knows — maybe 10 days if we’re lucky

    • jose says:
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      He has to test negative twice at least 24 hours apart. 10 days, as Grey said, would probably be a best case scenario.

  14. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the great report Grey.

    16 team weekly points league.

    Bench bat/UTIL spot. I need two:

    Riley, K Lewis, Shogo, K Tucker, A Rosario, Lux, Hays

    Thanks again

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Shogo and Lux for me in points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Agree with DT

  15. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Is it me, or does Keke ALWAYS have an amazing first few weeks?

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      its not just you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, someone mentioned above in the comments, it led Donkey to make one of his best predictions last year

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        I think I still have work to do round these parts if I’m still referred to as “someone” by Grey. *sheds a tear*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  16. FBV says:
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    José Marmolejos getting the nod in LF for Seattle. Who…huh…what? Has 1B and soon OF eligibility. Need the lowdown of this cat for a 16 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait….who?

  17. RoarOf84 says:
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    Best bench OF option? I currently have Calhoun and Carlson. They are OF5/6 for me (start 4). Would you drop either/both for Brian Anderson, Pollock, Grisham or Hays.

    • Cram It says:
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      Hays over Carlson.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d keep Carlson for now. I think he’s up next week and could be a league winner. Might wait and see if Willie is good to go too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  18. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    GREY!

    Need a short term (hopefully) replacement for Yordan Alvarez in a 12 tm AL only. Would you take Christin Stewart or Bradley Zimmer?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Depends on needs. Stewart for power, Zimmer for speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither…Zimmer

  19. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    Teeth here, checking back in for duty.

    Duty, hehe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice teeth!

  20. J-Hova says:
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    Great to finally read daily notes from actual games – even if it’s in late July with my 1st rd draft pick out with covid… anyways – a small glimmer of hope, seems that Soto may have been a false positive and could return early next week?? Really hoping

    Years back you put me on to Logic – havnt liked his last few but his new album is getting positive feedback.. Have you checked it out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t yet…Did you check out Juice Wrld?

      • J-Hova says:
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        I did – honestly, I’m so old so it’s not my style but I really liked it. I didnt know his back story so hearing he rap about his anxiety/drug dependency and then reading how he died is really sad and tragic. Super talented. Thanks for the recommendation, its a really good but depressing album. STILL the only fantasy podcast that had RA the Rugged Man as a guest!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, appreciate you! I love Man of the Year and Righteous, but it is more “new” sounding, I admit that

  21. DonnieB says:
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    I was looking forward to baseball last night until A-Rod started talking.Let me say that Anthony Fauci could not have been a college point guard. Then A-Rod, with verbal diarrhea the whole evening, says he has been “playing point guard for the country this year”. I think he has zero assists to finish analogy. And what is with BLM everywhere? Why would MLB be celebrating a Marxist organization founded by Communist/Marxists? I love Dustin May though.

    • Cram It says:
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      “He was a great basketball player,” President Donald Trump interjected during a recent press briefing. “Did anybody know that? He was a little on the short side for the NBA, but he was talented. He won a game, I read the story, he won a game that was unwinnable against a great team.”

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        He sure can’t throw a baseball……….you would think if you were going throw out a pitch you would practice a little before going on TV.

        • Cram It says:
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          He’s 80 years old, who cares, really?

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            apparently you do or you would not have commented

            • Cram It says:
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              *eye roll* Good one.

        • Cram It says:
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          At least he accepted the honor…unlike “the patriot”, who declined in 2017.

        • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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          Don’t worry Lenny. Fauci still has wayyyy more credibility than the Commander-in-Cheese. Lysol anyone?

  22. Jon Gray’s Broken Toe says:
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    Nice to see this article back! What do you think of Carlos Rodon making the rotation? On the surface his stats last year leading up to TJ were not great, but when you look at a per game basis, he was pretty damn good until the last few games before he got shut down, almost like his elbow was bugging him. In a 60 game season, a guy’s playing time when returning from TJ after 14 months could look pretty similar to other starters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I think Rodon is not very good gamble unless we see something good from him in a game — but I will watch him to see

    • Coolwhip

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      i’ve got my eye on him for his first start, key with him is location. His troubles have always been walks /missing spots. I’d watch and wait.

  23. jose says:
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    Picked up Taylor as well over Hernandez…choosing incorrectly for a stream at noon for a night game makes things feel a little more normal…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, totally

  24. Powdered Toast Man says:
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    Great write up Grey. Glad to have some fantasy baseball back. I put Odorizzi on the IL in a deep league I am in and added Voth. Pickings are slim. He has to be better than Feede.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Me too!

  25. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Betts deal deferred payments details…
    “His deal calls for $8 million to be deferred each year from 2021-25, $10 million in both 2026 and 2027, and $11 million in each of the last five seasons, The money is payable each July 1 from 2033-44: $8 million for the first five payments, $10 million for the next two and $11 million for the final five.”

    2044! LOL… Bobby Bonilla day will soon be Mookie Betts Day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, wow, hadn’t heard that — So optimistic to think there will be a world in 2044

  26. Tony C says:
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    Sorry Grey here comes a dreaded catcher question. In a 12 team Roto league is Kiner-Falefa worth adding over Vazquez, Carson Kelly and Sean Murphy since he is eligible at catcher and is the regular 3b for Texas and would seemingly be in the lineup everyday?

    Please pick one for holds among Gallegos, Bummer, Buttery, Stephenson or Lorenzen.

    Finally a rookie please for all around good production among Carlson, White, Lewis, Cron,Hays, Hilliard,Adell, Kieboom or Solak to replace Soto in my lineup.

    Thanks Grey. You’re awesome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Falefa, why not

      Bummer

      Hays

      Thanks!

  27. Schoolboy P says:
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    Madrigal didn’t make the cut. Replace with:
    Akiyama
    Verdugo
    Senzel
    Hilliard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verdugo

  28. NUX says:
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    I called the Giancarlo shot in multiple places yesterday. Yet neglected to throw a few bucks at it. For shame.

    Today’s pick is Jay Bruce.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jay Bruce is starting? For shame

      • NUX says:
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        Probs, they got the DH now Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m a big DH proponent

  29. Trader says:
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    Best stash given Odorizzi update:

    Stroman, Odorizzi or H Dozier

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      I’d Odorizzi, looks like as of right now he’s only expected to miss 1 start and scheduled for bullpen session this weekend.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d go with Coolwhip’s knowledge, I honestly hadn’t heard on Odorizzi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? I guess Stroman’s update was ok — Dozier is good too, but apples/oranges

  30. hustla says:
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    Grey… thanks for all you do!

    Question about Roto… Our first year doing Roto due to the shortened season.. its 5×5 10tm with 74 GS limit

    Never played with a limit like that before, and I didn’t find out till after I had drafted. I drafted mostly starters but I have a feeling I will need to start gathering middle relievers and closers no? Because 74 starts isn’t much, since most pitchers are projected to pitch 60-70 innings that would be about 7-10 starts maybe? .. thoughts on strategy for this? and since more teams in playoffs, team may rest pitchers late so do I get those 74 starts earlier than later?
    lol maybe I’m over thinking it.

    I currently have
    Bieber
    Luzardo
    Urias
    K Hendricks
    Stripling
    Musgrove
    Maeda
    R Hill
    Lucchesi

    E Diaz
    R Pressly
    Betances
    Gallegos (IL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

      74 seems like a decent amount this year — Why do you think it’s not much? Just avoid some terrible matchups with your guys — Lucchesi in away games, etc

      • hustla says:
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        I’m used to streaming a lot so maybe that is why 74 seems low, it is the standard espn limit so they obviously prorated it from a full season… but you are right, I have to avoid the terrible matchups and that will help manage the games started

        THX again Grey!

        thoughts on Teoscar now in a 10tm league? I drafted him but dropped him but thinking I might need to grab him if he is playing in Buffalo…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love Teoscar — grab him

  31. Jr says:
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    What do you think of Hoskins in a h2h dynasty league. Hitter cats are HR, TB, BB, OBP, SLG, NSB. So his walks and obp make him more valuable than a normal league. He someone worth investing in as my 1b for years or meh? I currently have him, Goldy, Sano, dozier and Riley who all either have or will get 1b eligibility this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’s fine if the ball is flying out, he hits a lot of FBs

      • Jr says:
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        Not sure if it’d even be accepted, but is Hoskins for kelenic and Howard enough of a return ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Howard side

  32. steve stevenson says:
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    Shallow H2H, SP aren’t super important because ER, L and HLD are cats. That said, you do need a few and someone dropped Lamet last night. Use one of my 20 pickups on the season and #3 waiver priority to put in a claim, dropping Houser (my SP5)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  33. Boomer19 says:
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    Looks like the Jays are playing home games in Buffalo. Anyone know the park dimensions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Power up, pitchers down

      • hot corner says:
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        Sweet. Teoscar for MVP!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes!

    • 325 to left, 404 to center, and 325 to right

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yummo!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Lefty Power up

  34. Cram It says:
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    Curious what people use to watch any game they want. With all the streaming capabilities, there has to be an option outside of purchasing the MLB package directly, no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think so, MLB has that monopoly tight — BTW, you can change pitchers out in NFBC today if you had started Tyler Rogers, you can move him to your bench and it doesn’t count

      • Cram It says:
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        Gotcha.

        That’s strange. I don’t own him anywhere, but I do own Taylor Rogers in multiple places, and got a little freaked when I saw his name. I do own Watson in NFBC so hopefully Tyler doesn’t get the call again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool, well, anyone you want to retroactively take out, do it now…Not sure how Rudy heard this, but he told me and I was surprised to hear it

          • Cram It says:
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            I will! I can get May out of there for another starter. Still, very strange…like, you can have Thursday’s stats, or not!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, was this announced? I have no idea

              • Cram It says:
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                Oh, I’m just going by what you said here. Whatevs, I’ll try it. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup!

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Try MLB streams on reddit
      Think only was charged $45 for mlb.tv this season now

      • Cram It says:
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        Word, thanks.

        Though that’s pretty cheap enough.

    • baseball is fun says:
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      MLB tv and Hulu + Live TV for me – usually split MLB tv with league mates and only signed up for Hulu for the season for the local blacked-out games (Sox and Cubs), plan to cancel it after that. Not sure there is a better solution, but if someone else knows do share!

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      If you happen to use T-Mobile, MLB.tv has been free the last few years since they’re a major sponsor.

  35. Ozzie Smith says:
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    Matt Carpenter first player to 10 homers this season, calling it right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carp as MVP!

  36. Will says:
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    I dropped Stroman after reading about his torn calf muscle figuring it might cost him half the season. But now he’s out saying basically it’s no big deal. Pick him back up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, can grab him if you have IL room

  37. detroit696969 says:
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    Having the same last name as Adam, I heard a lot of “That’s how you get Eaton out” playing baseball.

    Cole demonstrated how its not always easy to find a way to get Eaton out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t been Eaton out in a long time, man.

      • detroit696969 says:
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        Getting Eaton out is pretty tough to come by. Is it hot in here?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  38. Brian says:
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    HI Grey!
    I’m in a 5×5 10 team yahoo league that autodrafted for all the teams. just wondering your thoughts on my team and also one of the mgrs is interested in trading for my Zac Gallen and Mallex Smith. Should I stick with what I have? I was thinking of asking for his Ross Stripling and Adrian House but I feel he would get the better end of the deal. Thank you sir!

    C) JT Realmuto
    1B) Yasmani Grandal
    2B)K Hiura
    3B)M. Moustakas
    SS) J. Baez
    IF)Corey Seager
    OF)Mallex Smith
    OF)V Robles
    OF)R Laureano
    Utl) K Schwarber

    SP) G Cole
    SP)M. Clevinger
    SP)Z. Gallen
    SP)M. Fried
    SP) K Maeda
    RP) K. Yates
    RP)R. Pressley
    P) J. Musgrove

    BN)D. Peralta (OF), Carlos Martinez Stl (RP), I have 3 more open spots on my bench so couldtry to fill needs via waiver wire.

    IL) J. Soto (OF), Will Smith (RP), Jose Urquidy (SP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What are you trading them for? Bats? Then good

      Your pitching is way too good and your hitting is lacking…You’re low on AVG, runs and possibly power

  39. johnnyhobbes says:
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    As I am pondering the patreon version….will there be any more levels to razzball after patreon level, or is it the final door? Is it simply content released earlier or will it have some exclusive content?

    Glad to be reading the morning news that doesn’t make me want to hide in my basement and prep for the next armageddon….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Final door for now

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        Such a teaser… Here I come, then

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  40. Dave D says:
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    Grey, congrats on being one place ahead of me in 14th in our early DC.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, you see my comment above to Cram? I think you can change lineups from yesterday if you want and not get charged with pitching (if you had Rogers)

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, strangely I drafted Rogers in my 1st DC, but not ours. Bad move. I also drafted Tyler Wade in like round 49, and he started yesterday. I had Dubon in and he hit 7th with donuts. WTF, Kapler, hitting Wilmer Flores 2nd!!!???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I know, makes no sense

          • Dave D says:
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            Phillip Ervin getting the start over Shogo and leading off. Looks like platoon to start. Ervin on roster over Aquino seems ridiculous.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, I saw…Makes no sense whatsoever

              • Dave D says:
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                Whats even more ridiculous is Matt Davison gets the nod at DH. Lets see, do we want a 29 year old journeyman who hit 32 homers in AAA last year or a 26 year old who hit 47 between minors and MLB?

                What did he do to Dick Williams? Grope his daughter?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hahaha, poor Aquino too right?

  41. scoboticus says:
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    Need a CI while waiting for Evan White to come up.

    Do you recommend
    M Gonzalez
    K Seager
    J Bruce
    T Frazier
    C Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuck…Seager

      • scoboticus says:
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        Yuck indeed. Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. Cohen says:
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    Grey, better bat today?
    Nimmo vs Soroka or Ervin vs Boyd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ervin

      • Cohen says:
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        Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  43. Cohen says:
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    Tsutsugo or Teoscar as a bench bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar

  44. Chin Music and Astros says:
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    It’s official. Buffalo home of the Jays.

    Looking at the Jays new park and the offense there, would you take either Lourdes, Biggio over Luis Robert?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not over Robert

      • Dave D says:
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        If he took Lourdes over Robert he might be able to claim that he’s the only FBB player on planet who did! Thats worth something isnt it?

        • swaggerjackers says:
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          If he did that, he could change his team name to “Oh Lourdes, What Did I Do?”

          • Dave D says:
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            Haha!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  45. billwet says:
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    Are you as down on Musgrove @ STL and Woodruff @CHC as Streamonator? Have both starting now but am nervous after looking at those $.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start both

  46. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    I don’t have to set my lineup until Tuesday; however, I’m curious about the StreamONator.

    Roberts confirms Walker Buehler starts Tuesday in Houston.
    Glasnow lines up to start either the third or fourth game of the season against the Blue Jays on Sunday or Monday.
    Carlos Carrasco is scheduled for Sunday against Kansas City in the third game.

    I can’t find any of these three guys in the StreamOnator??
    My other guys who are recommended are Bassitt vs LAA, D.Duffy @DET, and Lynn vs COL.
    Not sure about relievers Matt Barnes or Diego Castillo. Chad Green was a positive number and K.Kim was a neg number in StreamONator.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s constantly running so when things become official, it will update, but you can ask Rudy in comments at bottom of SON

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        Got it. Rudy is the best….well….errr, ummm…….besides you, of course, Grey!

  47. Gary Z says:
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    Whats up Grey, DT, Coolwhip, Cram and the rest of the regulars!! Great read today and loving the hilarious commentary back and forth, it helps make things seem back to a little more normal, keep it coming!!!……BASEBALL IS BACK!!!

    In a 10 team OPS,
    A) is it worth owning Cespedes

    B) If yes, would you start him over Braun today?

    Thanks and go Brewers!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Yup

      B. Yup

      • Gary Z says:
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        Sweet, thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. NUX says:
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    Eyes on Roman Quinn tonight, for deep league implications. Hope he does something to warrant more starts like this going forward.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  49. Grey

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

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