So, how’s everyone doing after four days of games? Still early, right? Actually, it’s not early. It’s never early this year. Early took the first train out of the station with your wife and dog. Say goodbye to your life, Early walked off with it. Four days this year is approximately three weeks into a regular season. Four days into the season this year is a cherry and whipped topping into this sundae, and one scoop in there might be chocolate chip mint, which you have to skip because it tastes like sugary toothpaste. One guy whose entire Sunday was chocolate chip mint is Justin Verlander. Sounds like he’s out for the season with a forearm strain, which is usually a precursor for much worse news. Won’t speculate what this means for his career, but if this is the last time he plays, it truly bums me out, even if I never wanted to own him. He was glorious to watch, in and out of the bathroom mirror with Kate. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Aledmys Diaz – Hit the IL with a groin strain. Fantasy baseballers suffered similar injuries thinking about Kyle Tucker now playing every day. Well, Dusty Baker’s ensuring blue balls, and started Taylor Jones at DH yesterday.

Lance McCullers – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks. In retrospect, McCullers would’ve been a great February/March draft pick. Shame I didn’t foresee a worldwide pandemic.

Kyle Lewis – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, now hitting third and with two homers this weekend. *dips Kyle Lewis’s head into water, baptizing him* You are now Sweet Lew. May you remain forever blessed, and may we never hear from Lou’s niece who is an attorney, Sue Piniella. Hold on, Sweet Lew is calling my cell. “What’s that, Kyle? You’re better than who…? Babe Ruth? Great, I will pass on the message.” Sweet Lew, we love you!

Matt Magill – 1 IP, 0 ER, as he pitched in the 5th inning. Just like a normie closer. What a shizzshow bullpens are. I put in a FAAB bid on Taylor Williams (1 IP, 1 ER), who got yesterday’s save, but if I’m being honest, I didn’t want to win him.

Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks. Carrasco nasty like Tabasco on toe jam! That’s a compliment. “Everyone knows you gotta go with Frank’s Hot Sauce on toe jam.” That’s Quentin Tarantino. Not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but in April I was growing out my hair into a jheri curl, because I misheard and accidentally thought we were all in Quarantino. Carrasco was even better than his line indicates. He looked back to the pitcher he was before the sidetracking of 2019, which was far from a guarantee at his age (33). Easily holding a velocity of 94 into the 6th inning, and the only real drawback was he was a bit up in the zone.

Jose Ramirez – 3-for-5, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer. It’s death, taxes, and “drafters needing their arm twisted to take Jose Ramirez in the 2nd round.”

Brady Singer – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks. Because I’m your “every MLB team correspondent,” I figured you’d want me to watch Singer’s debut, and, have to admit, he looked good. Lots of hooks going “where’d that go” by the hitter, and he was locating with a chef’s kiss. I’ve already picked him up in one mixed league (15 team), and I’m looking to add him elsewhere. A pitcher that hitters aren’t familiar with might have a nice run in 60 games. Long term? Well, long term is a bit optimistic during a pandemic, but he wasn’t that impressive.

Greg Holland – Save on Saturday, as Ian Kennedy pitched in the 6th. With baseball this year, games could end in the 6th and random runners could start the inning on base, so maybe Matheny got confused, but this isn’t a great sign for Kennedy.

Garrett Cooper – Hit the IL with Covid with Harold Ramirez and Jose Urena. That’s after Jorge Alfaro went down with it the other day. Rob Manfred, “To keep the integrity of the season intact, we’re going with a 30-team playoff and whichever team gets to the park first wins the World Series.” So, for fantasy, Monte Harrison should be up on Wednesday and top prospect Jesus Sanchez might get called up too. Plus, Travis Snider was just signed, so I’d say it must be 2009, but I’m reporting on a pandemic, so that doesn’t track.

Jesus Aguilar – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 2nd homer. Hot schmotato alert!

Zack Wheeler – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks. Being a daddy is agreeing with Wheeler. His sons are the Marlins.

Vince Velasquez – 3 IP, 4 ER. You can throw VV out there, and pretend it’s a W, but it’s definitely not. In totally related news, Spencer Howard appears ready for his 1st major league start on Friday. Pick him up now!

Adam Haseley – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 1 RBI, as he hit leadoff. If that sticks, and he plays every day, and roses are red and violets are blue and if this rhymes, oh em gee:  Haseley.

Carson Fulmer – Claimed by the Tigers so they can pitch at least one Fulmer every day.  Tigers’ manager Ron Gardenhire on the mound, “You don’t seem yourself, Fulmer…” Ron notices something, then pulls masking tape off the back of the uniform, revealing, “Hey, you’re a Farmer! Buck…you!”

C.J. Cron – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. C.J. stands for Cheap Jacks.

Aristides Aquino – 1-for-2, 1 RBI as he pinch-hit, after being recalled on Saturday when Matt Davidson tested positive for Covid. It’s the return of the GGOATOAT! Dot dot dot. To pinch-hit? Why do the Reds refuse to play the GGOATOAT? Is David Bell from Kyrgyzstan? Because they have this weird game with goats I saw on Netflix.

Joey Votto – 1-for-5, 1 RBI and his 2nd homer on Saturday. Ridiculous prediction that I will forget about unless it comes true:  Votto’s winning the Triple Crown.

Curt Casali – 0-for-3, hit a homer on Saturday and has been starting because Tucker Barnhart is on paternity leave. Nine months ago, “Call me *ucker Bonehard.”

Mike Moustakas – Hit the IL when he woke up not feeling well. This sounds like nothing, but not nothing like an undisclosed nothing. Though, you never know if a disclosed nothing is an undisclosed nothing or if a disclosed nothing is nothing nothing. Even more alarming is Matt Davidson had a similar undisclosed nothing that wasn’t nothing. This might be something.

Nick Senzel – Scratched because he wasn’t feeling well. Maybe the Reds and Marlins can go play 60 games and the winner faces the last team to make the playoffs.

Trevor Bauer – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 13 Ks as he threw 105 pitches, which is like 300 pitches in a normal year. I’m sure I’m not the first to say this, but Bauer gives some Nolan Ryan vibes, right?

Yu Darvish – 4 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners (zero walks), 5 Ks. The command is good, and gives me hope for his next start, but was really hoping his pitching was up to his Twitter game.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer. HR to the Izzo!

Ian Happ – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Might be the one guy on all my teams that actually came out of the gate hot. Well, besides my baby boos, Lou Bob and Sweet Lew. Big year for Lous. Gonna rename my dog, Lou Lew. He’ll understand.

Corbin Burnes – 3 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks. Hoping Major League star, Corbin Burnes, was K-Put vs. him just not being able to throw more pitches (yanked at 75). By the by, that just made me have a thought (uh-oh). This year will be funky, but I wonder if there’s an NL DH next year, it will mean NL starters go deeper because no double switches.

Freddy Peralta – 3 IP, 4 ER. If your fantasy league has an Upside With No Results category, these Brewers starters are excelling.

Steven Matz – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks. Matz, usual 2nd half beast, going beast mode in the 1st half that’s happening in the 2nd half!

Edwin Diaz – 1 IP, 1 ER and his 1st blown save on Saturday. Good to see him in midseason form. Since this led to extra innings, allow the quick rant. “Ya know, this free runner on 2nd base in extras isn’t such a bad idea.” SAID LITERALLY NO ONE! If Rob Manfred likes this batshizz stupid shizz, then he is an alien. Yo, Rob Manfred, you a lizard?

Rick Porcello – 2 IP, 7 ER. How’s the saying go, wherever Porcello goes, there he is?

Mark Melancon – Dealing with back issues. Ugh, I learned your C isn’t hard for what, Melancon? For what, I ask you! Will Smith is set to return to the Braves, so Melancon might be on outside looking in by this time next week. Or he’s the closer. Honestly, all pens are a mess. SAGNOF like you’ve never SAGNOF’d before.

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. OZUNA feeling good. OZUNA feeling well. OZUNA always confuse which one to use.

Austin Riley – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. Also, in this game, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies hit their 1st. Now someone unplug Tildaddy, blow in his ear and plug him back in.

Sean Manaea – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER. I didn’t watch this game, but I heard he was cruising until the end. That’s nice. I was out on Manaea this year, so I see he threw 55 pitches, look askew at his earned runs, and confirm my bias.

Dylan Bundy – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks. He’s breaking out! Finally! Or not. It’s one start. Streamonator does like his next start though.

Shohei Ohtani – 0 IP, 5 ER. Not going to rub in an “I told you so,” but *looks both ways, whispers* I did tell you not to draft him. Now he’s out for what, two days? Then he returns for a couple games to hit, then pitches again next Sunday? Don’t see the value at all. Sorry, I know he’s “fun” for real baseball.

David Fletcher – 4-for-4, 1 run and his 1st steal, as he hit leadoff. Sonavabench! I don’t know why I had him on my bench. Too many drafts during the shutdown and now I’m scrambling to set my lineups. Also, I was watching the Nats’ game yesterday and saw “DC” in the outfield grass and thought it was abbreviating Dairy Cween, so I am also very stupid.

Mike Trout – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer.

Chris Herrmann – Signed with the Giants. He/him/herr/mann will prolly take over catching duties, because the Giants tossed the towel in for this season in November, 2019.

A.J. Pollock – 1-for-4 as he returned from paternity leave. The Pollocks welcomed a girl after some early confusion. A family friend told the Pollocks that spitting out a baby is no problem, then Mrs. Pollock tried for a few hours to vomit a baby out of her mouth.

Trevor Gott – 1 IP, 1 ER, and his 2nd save. I got Gott, and worry if I hold him, I’ll really get Gott, but get out now while the Gott’ings good? Gott out of here.

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer on Saturday. Even if we get a vaccine in time for next season, Didi should wear the mask. Don’t mess with success!

Robbie Ray – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER. Maybe because the preseason was lengthened by about five months, or maybe because I don’t own him, but Ray’s like the pitching version of Garrett Hampson. Everyone loves these guys in the preseason, then, after a few games, no one can remember why they loved them. If you’re old, you’ll remember Ricky Nolasco had similar vibes every year. We should have a glossary term for this type of player. Please suggest in the comments.

Dinelson Lamet – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks. It’s one start, but we only need ten more just like it, and I’m gonna be so glad I own Lamet in so many leagues.

Garrett Richards – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks. Please, just give me 50 IP from this schmohawk.

Tommy Pham – 0-for-4 but four steals in the 1st two games. I will call him 60-Game Rickey. On the reals, everyone was stealing off the Diamondbacks, they might be a good target to run on.

James Paxton – 1 IP, 3 ER. His mechanics were off, and the Nats played like a garage band. (That makes sense if you don’t think about it.) Paxton’s velocity was way off, and he couldn’t get comfortable. I’m expecting Paxton to hit the IL with a back or arm issue any day now. Hopefully I’m wrong (I’m never wrong).

Gleyber Torres – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. I’d say he could prove me wrong this year by hitting homers against teams other than the Orioles, but the Yanks have 57 more gams, and half are against the O’s, Marlins and Red Sox teams, so how bad could he be?

Luke Voit – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. Voit put a charge into that ball! Voit/Volt, get it? No? Okay.

Stephen Strasburg – Scratched from his Saturday start with a nerve issue in his hand. The nerve was pinched, but straight. If it had been curly, it would’ve been a noive. Nats are saying it’s day-to-day, which is fine-dandy for his handy-hand, but we only have 60 of dem days in the season, so make it snappy, fingers. More ominously, Strasburg said this season was a mess and he wants to think about big picture. If I owned him, I’d be concerned.

Patrick Corbin – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 8 Ks. Corbin making them look like Yankee Noodle Dandies.

Trea Turner – 2-for-4, and his 1st homer. Who’s the good boy? Treat Urner!

Sean Doolittle – 2/3 IP, 1 ER as he worked the 7th. I said something this preseason like you might win the saves category in your league with 20 total saves. I might’ve been overestimating what a mess pens would be.

Matt Shoemaker – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks. He was in Friday’s Buy, but he’s really just an own until further notice, because he’s the type of guy (oh, wee, oh) who could have a Cy Young 50-ish IP.

Ken Giles – Out with elbow soreness, and that’s one less person in Buffalo whenever the Jays can actually go to Buffalo. If you’re fishing for saves, grab Bass.

Ryan Yarbrough – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K. One strikeout doesn’t exactly inflate the pants tent, but Yarbrough was a sleeper for me back in December (hilarious), and I like him a lot.

Blake Snell – 2 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks. Blake Snell = high-priced Robbie Ray. Throwing shade like an umbrella!

Ji-Man Choi – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs, as he hit leadoff, and his 1st homer, and 1st career MLB homer from the right side. Ji-Man popped his cherry! Prior, he hit righty just 17 times right-handed in 3,397 career plate appearances, including international play. That deserves a hot schmotato alert! You can get with this or you can get with that, the Choi’s is yours.

Oliver Drake – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save on Saturday. Remind me not to trust Ray’s supposed closers next preseason. Wait, that’s in like eight weeks. I can remember.

Nelson Cruz – 4-for-5, 4 runs, 7 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homer. Cruz is first person to lead the majors in homers the same month he was featured on the cover of the AARP magazine.

Jake Cave – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and 1st homer. Sorry, Clint Frazier, Cave is the best 4th outfielder

Dallas Keuchel – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 1 K. Apparently, it’s not impossible to pitch vs. the Twins. I’m farting in your general direction, Lucas Giolito.

Reynaldo Lopez – 2/3 IP, 4 ER. He was grimacing with each pitch, and his velocity was off five to six MPH all game. Someone flag down Dr. James Andrews’s Lamborghini.

Luis Robert – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Trying to suppress “what could’ve been,” but I struggle not to think about Lou Bob having a huge April and having one of the best rookie seasons ever.

Eloy Jimenez – Left the game with light-headedness. Maybe he owns Luis Robert. It’s doing that to me too.

Corey Kluber – Lifted with shoulder tightness. Lifting sounds like exact opposite of what you want to do. I told everyone to avoid Kluber this year. He was not right last year, even after returning from the broken forearm.

Joey Gallo – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer. I fully expect to eat the road skating past Gallo this year.

Trevor Story – 2-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer. I just went over a Brady Singer, but here’s a Story.

Randy Dobnak – 4 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks. Fun fact! Dobnak is a word Mork from Ork says.

Adam Wainwright – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks. Can I stream everyone against the Pirates? Please, Streamonator, I’m asking politely. They’re starting Adam Frazier as their three-hole hitter, and I don’t think it’s sarcastic!

Dakota Hudson – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER. Okay, stream everyone but Dakota Hudson.

Kyle Crick – 2/3 IP, 0 ER but 4 unearned runs for the early ticker shock. Maybe the official scorer of the game owns Crick in one league. Thankfully, because those Crick runs might’ve eliminated me in all leagues after two games (and Giolito). Related: I’d own Nick Burdi (1 IP, 0 ER) now.

Jose Osuna – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Not much time this year to cyclops with a monocle, but I still am with Osuna. Have been a fan of his bat, and, if he’s hot, then schmotato will carry.

Colin Moran – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. “Eat it, Chachi,” screamed Moran.

Alex Cobb – 5 1/3 IP, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks. He made the Red Sox look like a bunch of chumps. Get you love drunk from the pitcher’s hump. Red Sox are little chumps. They chumps. Okay, song is catchy though. Streamonator hates Cobb’s next start vs. the Marlins, but I’m streaming everyone this year, and would try that in a few leagues.

Jose Iglesias – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI. Baltimore’s offense meeting the Red Sox’s pitching — the movable object crashes into the easily moved. A study in movements.

Anthony Santander – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Another movement.

Rio Ruiz – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. That’s two movements! Speaking of which, thinking the move is to stream hitters against all Red Sox and Orioles’ pitching.

Hanser Alberto – 2-for-4, 1 run. Bill Cosby’s alias when getting illegal Spanish Fly was Handsier Alberto.

Kevin Pillar – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer. Red Sox’s offense meeting the Orioles’ pitching — Humpty Dumpty meets an egg cracker.

Ryan Weber – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER. Boston’s pitching staff this year is pitching in the state of Notworthatwoshits.

 
  1. Sandman says:
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    Great write up!

    Lots of COVID spreading within the MLB. I hope we can finish off this season!!!

    Anyways, Trent Grisham or Bryan Reynolds? Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Reynolds for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Yeah, doesn’t sound good

      Grisham

  2. ermahgerd! Bersbhell!

    ‘Sup

    Fun to see the Greatest Team I Ever Drafted get some real games in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucky Dog! Great to see you, hope hot sauce business is doing better than the baseball business!

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        So far so good… No COVID-19 here yet.
        (Knock on Kerry Wood)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Excellent!

  3. Big Magoo

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    Is Rudy a Macho Man fan? Snap into a Slim Jim (Andrews)!

    Nellie was the one guy that I forgot to write up in my offseason OF post around… what? Three years ago? Dude is the new Big Papi. Will rake until he hangs em up.

    Went cheap in the OF and Lou Bob, Happ, and Santander are looking pretty good so far. Going Calhoun over Nick Anderson was the decision that I really struggled with, and isn’t looking good at the moment.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the Marlins and their mini COVID scare. We’ll see how it plays out, but this thing could get messy in a hurry.

    How’s everything with you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who isn’t a Macho Man fan? A…Macho Fan, if you will

      Cruz is UTIL only so we forgive you

      Things are fine, I hope you’re well

      • J-FOH says:
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        I always rooted for George the Animal Steele when it came to the Macho Man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I rooted for Superfly over everyone!

          • jnienow says:
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            Pampero Firpo for me!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Who?

  4. toolshed says:
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    As much as I love having baseball back, I think we are dangerously close to a failed experiment. The word precipice comes to mind. Mlb is teetering on the edge of falling off a huge cliff.

    The Marlins played despite having three players learn Sunday that they’d tested positive for COVID-19, just two days after a fourth player learned of a positive test on Friday. This seems like an outbreak within a team. Their travel back to Miami was halted. The O’s are talking about sitting out in their series with Miami starting tomorrow. The Phillies were potentially exposed to the virus against miami. The reds seem to have an internal problem now with moose & senzel feeling ill after a teammate tested positive. Eduardo Rodriguez has a heart condition that is being linked to covid. These are just a few things I had to bring up.

    I am not interested in opinions of whether they should play or not, but the worst case scenario for mlb is starting to take shape and it could be exponential. I can totally see the plug being pulled on this season as soon as tomorrow. Maybe longer because of the money at stake and the lack of leadership from the commissioner’s office. And also because baseball is the last of any major sport who I’d expect to do something correctly when it comes to maintaining a controlled environment and doing the right thing.

    Even the players that are not infected by covid seem to be getting hurt at a high frequency perhaps because they did not ramp up like normal.

    • Cram It says:
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      That they might have to shut down after they started was always a possibility, if not a probability. If it happens, it happens.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if we lose a few teams along the way. The show must go on, billionaires need more money!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Also think the Marlins might just take a few days, and reevaluate — then call up alternate camp guys

          • Cram It says:
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            The Florida jokes are too easy here.

            • William Hung says:
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              I’m surprised I haven’t seen any “they are young athletes and low risk! Let them play!” or those downplaying these positive cases… maybe there’s hope yet that everyone knows how serious this is???

      • toolshed says:
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        O’s and marlins fame postponed

        • toolshed says:
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          Yanks and phillies cancelled

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Damn, just seeing this now as I have morning coffee…Welp, this isn’t good

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Really? Crap

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            “postponed” at this point plan on reschedule at some point during the 4 game series …time will tell

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hope so!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It doesn’t look good right now, toolshed…It will be what it will be

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      everybody was quite sure they’re be more injuries (esp to pitchers) with short summer camps. it was mentioned around here often. also pitchers trying to do more than their bodies can handle etc.

  5. Member Berries says:
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    Some observations

    Watched Joe Kelly throw 15 consecutive curveballs then threw back to back 99mph fastballs with movement.

    Giancarlo averaged 470ft on his 2 Homeruns

    Pham’s rated #1 in yahoo with 4SBs while Nelson Cruz 7hits, 7runs, 3HRs, and 10RBIs is good for 14 overall

    Lots of early offense …

    Grey, you need to add your dog to the mets OF cardboard cutout section…I’m blanking on your dog’s name

    I feel like Vince Velasquez pitched slapped me, I should be happy I dont own Verlander or Ohtani. Seattle pitchers did a terrible job at hitting Astro hitters

    Sonavabench Victor Robles on Saturday but got Happs two hrs this weekend.

    I was considering Heineman in a 2 catcher league then laughed at myself. No catcher question but Heineman had some good at bats.

    NBA player got caught going to a strip club. Hilarious! Same player is known for having two girlfriends
    “it was revealed back in 2014 that Lou Will was running the triangle offense with 2 different women — Ashley Henderson and Rece Mitchell — who were cool with him spreading the love.”

    • Big Magoo

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      Nellie’s a stud. Elite power and plate discipline. Age hasn’t slowed him down a bit.

      Happ is ripe for a breakout. Good power, improved contact rate, prime age, now has playing time.

      Any semi-productive catcher is a useful one. Plus anyone named heinie man can’t be all bad…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ted! My dog’s name is Ted! Haha

      Triangle offense! HA! That is good

  6. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Outstanding report!

    a. Man, I was shocked by a few things this weekend.

    1. Giolito (what an a$$).
    2. Moose went on the DL, but the shocking part? Hanser Alberto was available in my league!!!??? He’s Moose’s handcuff until Moose is back if at all.
    3. Britton got a save!
    4. Cespedes was available after he homered! Can’t wait for him to make Osich so sick today!
    5. CJ Cron was available!!! And I can’t wait for him to meet Mike Montgomery later today too!

    b. MLB quote of the day for July 27, 2020.

    ‘Tension is the greatest curse in sport. I’ve never had any tension. You give the best you have – you win or lose. What’s the difference if you give all you’ve got to give?’

    Charles Albert ‘Chief’ Bender. Major league pitcher during the 1910s and 1920s. Bender tied a record by pitching three complete games in a World Series (1911). Born in Crow Wing County (MN), his name in Ojibwe was ‘Mandowescence’ meaning ‘Little Spirit Animal’. He preferred to be known as a pitcher rather than an Indian, so that’s how we’ll remember him too. In that way we should probably remove the Chief part too (stupid me).

    His 162-game average was…

    18-11, 2.46 ERA, 29 GS, 22 CG, 259 IP, 227 H, 95 R, 71 ER, 61 BB, 147 K, 2.29 FIP, 1.113 WHIP, 0.1 HR9, 2.40 K/BB

    Hard to single out his best year. For example, he had a 1.58 FIP and 3.58 K/BB in 1909, he finished 22nd in the MVP voting in 1913, he had an .850 winning percentage in 2014 (17-3) and led the league with a 1.7 BB9 in 1912.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. 1. He crushed my soul
      2. Nice!
      3. Yup!
      4. There ya go!
      5. Nice!
      B. This is a great quote!

  7. Taylor Sims says:
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    Benintendi, Buxton, Braun, K.Lewis, A.Garcia, Happ

    > pick 4

    • Big Magoo

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      Beni, Buxton, Lewis, Happ

      Lewis and Happ have breakout potential and Beni and Buxton have elite talent

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with Magoo. But ready to move on from Happ quick if he has a couple 0-fer games…

      • hondo says:
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        Or if he sits vs lefties.Can’t have anything nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  8. Tom Emanski says:
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    It’s so freaking nice to have these back, Grey.

    Glossary suggestion:

    Coyote Sucky

    I’m old enough to have woken up with Nolasco on my arm a couple times after a drunken preseason of hype

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Will put it on the list!

  9. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Some weekly lineup Qs for ya:

    1. Need to start 3 of these pitchers + already have 3 closers in my lineup for the week. Which 3 you starting?

    Lugo ($16.6 – 11th best pitcher this week per son!)
    Griffin (2 starts, As and Astros – $12.3)
    Daniel Hudson (now in line for saves I assume $4.4)
    Burnes (v STL – $2.3)
    Giolito (@CLE – only $2.2)
    Strip (@ARZ – -$1.1 – I like strip a lot more than this…)
    Nate Pearson (@Nats, not in SON yet)

    2. With A Chapman getting his first negative covid test on Saturday, would you start Daniel Hudson over Britton for the week?

    3. Tron says C Walker (4 @dodgers, 2 @Texas, 1 @padres)…over Berti (4 against BAL, 3 v WAS) or Riley (4 against TB, 3 v NYM) this week. Do you agree?

    Thanks again!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Giolito, Canning, Pearson for me

      2. I’d stick with Britton for one more week

      3. I’d go with Tron there unless you need steals, then Berti…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  10. Dong Show says:
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    Grey! Man is it good to have these recaps back. What is your take on Hosmer’s hot start and do you think he’s truly changed his swing to join the revolution of flys?

    The aside to that question is should I be overreacting and cutting Evan White for Hosmer in my Dynasty league (10 teams) if I’m a top 3 contending team and 1b is by far my weakest backup position (I have Bell as primary).

    Hope you have a great one Grey and thanks in advance!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d keep White for a week and see if he gets anything going

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      You too!

      • Dong Show says:
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        Thanks Gents! Appreciate it and that’s logical. Hell I hope we have baseball in a week after today’s news. This just sucks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, same

  11. Darren says:
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    A few “Steaminatir hates his next start” comments there. Well Streaminator hates everyone’s next start! I know there’s a note that Rudy dropped everyone’s IP 10% that might explain it, but tough to find streamers right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s not easy when they’re cancelling games too

  12. Sam says:
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    Need a Covid replacement… Aguilar, Aquino, Grisham, or kike?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Aguilar for me. Assuming he isn’t one of the 20 Marlins with COVID. Also assuming the Marlins season isn’t cancelled.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Grisham

  13. Schewnami says:
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    SHET =Spring Hopes, Eternally Tank

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Knocked it out of the park! I will add to list, but you’re in lead

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        This is the winner.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  14. erad says:
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    I own and start 5 shortstops – I might have a problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, SS are good!

  15. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    Alex Wood or Dylan Bundy moving forward?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Bundy for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  16. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Colin Moran – Eat it Chachi! …took a second to get the reference – and I used to watch Happy Days. Then I had to Google Joanie/Erin Moran. Talk about a depressing Wikipedia read…terrible sad story ending in her death from cancer.

    I’ll take a flier on Spencer Howard. Who would you drop?

    5×5 roto INN, ERA, WHIP, K, Sv+Holds

    Bassitt, Buehler, Carrasco, Glasnow, Heaney, D.Duffy, and Lynn.
    M.Barnes, D.Castillo, C.Green, and Kwang Hyun Kim.
    (start 9 – bench 2)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Eh, could try Howard over Duffy. More upside with Howard for sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, sorry you went down that rabbit hole!

      Agree with DT

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        No problem, thanks DT and Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  17. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    I dropped C.Hernandez for Nick Madrigal to start at 2B. Tell me they are gonna bring him up. (checks box score and starting 2B Leury Garcia goes yard TWICE Saturday…)

    Talk me off the Madrigal Ledge.

    Keep him, right?

    David Fletcher and his 4-4 with a swipe is hard to resist…along with FAs like Galvis, Goodrum, A.Cabrera, Flores, and guys that might have 20 SBs like Shed Long and Profar.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Guessing Madrigal is up later this week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  18. Play Ball says:
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    Votto or Yuli Gurriel ? Was leaning Votto until the Reds around him in the lineup became “ill”.

    McCullers or Maeda? Twins have the better matchups for pitchers in the central and Maeda handled the White Sox.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Votto and McCullers for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  19. Will says:
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    Marlins home opener against Baltimore tonight has been canceled. Team is still in Philly. Either 8 (or 14 depending on which source you read) players and coaches have tested positive.

    Does this cancel the season? Let’s hope not…

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Won’t be surprised if a couple teams have to drop out along the way, but I expect the show goes on. Just my guess…

      • Will says:
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        Surely they gamed this scenario out ahead of time? Otherwise what would be the point of 60 man player pools and separate training facilities with backup players there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Everyone’s safety vs. capitalism

      • DonnieB says:
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        I think you are a capitalist,aren’t you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am

  20. Tomtom says:
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    Receive Joe Musgrove, Pit SP
    Receive Ian Kennedy, KC RP
    Receive Francisco Lindor, Cle SS

    Send Alex Colome, ChW RP
    Send Jose Ramirez, Cle 3B
    Send Luis Castillo, Cin SP

    Should I accept or decline? Thank you.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d decline

      • TomTom says:
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        Thanks!!

    • Mike L says:
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      Take it and run!

    • Mike L says:
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      I tend to forget when I comment I’m always thinking dynasty format because that’s what I’m used to…its really a push in redrafts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  21. Jason Lieberman says:
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    Canning or james?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Canning for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  22. Old School Brother says:
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    Rangers go hitless through 6.1 against German Marquez on opening day to christen their new barn ballpark. So fitting that it makes me cry a little bit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, OSB!

  23. Homer's got the Runs says:
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    Hey Grey, loving the posts. What is your advice on stacking? I presently own Freeman, Ozuna and Swanson. I also was thinking of offering a guy in my league Yelich, Devers, Kela and Keller for Acuna, Albies and Lamet. That would give me 5 Braves bats.
    With teams playing almost everyday there wont be many days where those 5 bats wouldn’t Play. Just love that offense.

    • Mike L says:
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      But on a bad day that would hurt.

      • Homer's got the Runs says:
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        Its roto…so shouldn’t hurt too much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I like the stack this season, treat this year like DFS

  24. ellis says:
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    So much for following protocols, read the Rosenthal article, Mattingly and the Marlins blew it. Maybe not playing this year is inevitable but making a stupid decision doesn’t help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not great

  25. Green monstah says:
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    Hey Jam Master Grey!

    I’m in a H2h pts weekly league. I want to make some adds for week 2 & beyond

    Here are some bats I’m targeting:
    Kyle “Sweet Lew” Lewis, Cespedes, Jesus Aguilar, Keston hiura

    Some pitchers I’m looking at:
    Sandy Alcantara, matz, Matt shoemaker

    On the batty side here is who I’d drop: Travis Shaw, carter kieboom, Freddy galvis

    On the flip for pitchers I’d like to add one or two pitchers I own Strasberg & now I’m worried about his numbness. Rest of my SP’s are Nola, soroka, Trevor Bauer, kechel, folty,. At RP slots I have houser & also striplingbotg are SP/RP so I could add one of them to SP & Kim the closer for Cardinals to RP

    Thanks man lol I don’t move like I used to my son just turned 3 yesterday & we had a little get together & rented a bounce house my back is toast lol , have a good one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hiura, Lewis, Yoenis

      Matz, Shoemaker

      Go Hiura, Lewis and Matz

  26. Play Ball says:
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    Trust Civale against White Sox today!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  27. Five-on-One says:
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    Hey Gray and Razzball – Its great to have baseball back!!!!

    1) Closers – I own Kintzler, Davis, Melancon, Pressley and Watson and plan to start 2, 3 or 4 in any given week. Gott, T. Williams are available. Make any changes?

    2) SS – I own Baez, Anderson, Gregorius and Swanson, but can start only 3 (SS, MI, U). Trades are very difficult in my league. Advice on who to choose to start any given week? I left out Swanson this week – in hindsight, not a good choice.

    3) OF – In addition to Acuna and Laureano (must-starts, I think), I started Conforto, Benintendi and Mercado and have Riley and Berti on my bench. Cron, Happ and Lewis are available. Advice on who to grab and who to start?

    Thanks all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hmm…I’d prolly go Gott over Kintzler — could backfire tho

      2. Look at matchups

      3. Same as 2

  28. jose says:
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    Is SON just not sure of what to think of pitching after the delay of the start of the season or are SP just terrible now? These choices look pretty meh at best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SP might be terrible today, not sure who’s starting, I’d look at SON myself

  29. Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limit of 20 moves/year

    Well, that was an interesting weekend. Both Verlander and Kluber out for me. Currently can pick 1 person up but I assume I’ll be moving Kluber to the IL as well. So, looking at my team and the wire, who would be the 2 you’d add ? I was originally thinking one would be a closer but is it even worth it this year or maybe I just punt save ?

    WIRE
    HIT- D. Fletcher, M. Rojas, C.J. Cron, J. Aguilar, J. McCann (c), A. Haseley, C. Moran, C. Kelly (c), R. Odor, O. Narvaez (c), C. Dickerson, J. Peraza

    PIT- S. Turnbull, T. Chatwood, K. Freeland, A. Cobb, J. Urquidy (IL), D. Cease, C. Bassit, S. Newcomb,

    RP- K.H. Kim, J. Jimenez, I. Kennedy, W. Smith, K. Kela, B. Kintzler,

    My team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – A. Rizzo
    2B – K. Marte
    3B – E. Suarez
    SS –T. Turner
    CI –P. Goldschmidt
    MI – D. Santana
    LF – J.D. Martinez
    CF – I. Happ
    RF – C. Yelich
    Util – C. Blackmon
    BN – M. Smith
    BN – D. Carlson (N/A)

    SP – C. Burnes
    SP – W. Buehler
    SP – S. Gray
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    RP – J. James
    P – C. Smith
    P – C. Martinez
    BN – J. Lindblom
    BN – A. Voth
    BN – S. Howard (N/A)
    BN – C. Kluber (Day to Day)
    IL – J. Verlander (10-day)

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d add 2 SPs and with SPs, I’d look at matchups

      Adding a bench bat does nothing for me

  30. Travis Hafner says:
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    Streamonator has like everyone as a raging fade (-10 and more) for whatever reason this year. Do I just use it as a sliding scale?

    I’m asking because I have Folty (@TB -17) Weaver (@SD -10) and Houser (@ PIT -16 somehow). Normally I’d expect them to have a bit better $. Start them anyway? 10 team 5×5

    • William Hung says:
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      if you got them rostered then you got the confidence in them in a 10 teamer so roll ’em out. This is the season of YOLO.

      If you plan to stream, then just stream off SON values

      • Travis Hafner says:
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        I’m just wondering, it seems different. Usually perceived iffy starts are around 0.0, and good starts around 10+. Now everyone is in the -10 range.

        • NUX says:
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          Its gonna be hard to keep SON as reliable as usual in such a weird year. I wouldn’t lean on it this early as much as I would in a regular baseball season.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Agree with Nux

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hey, Nux, is there waivers in those Best Balls we were doing?

            • NUX says:
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              Nah no waivers in those Bestball 10s at all, those are just straight draft and hold. I only have to worry about FAAB in the Razzslam.

              I bet that’s the answer you were hoping for on those Bestball 10s? Keeping lineups straight is already a headache for me, 5 days in lol

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yes! Thank you! Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those 1st two are terrible matchups, but I am starting Houser — Steamer never liked Houser all preseason

  31. Travis Hafner says:
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    Also what about Gott? New closer in SF? Thought it woulda been Watson

    • William Hung says:
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      never trust any bullpen run by Gabe Kapler – and his process is only gonna get crazier since it worked in splitting the series against the Dodgers

    • NUX says:
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      Agree with Hung. I had already decided the Kapler thing makes it not worth it for me unless i’m crazy desperate. Gabe is such a weirdo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Hung, but I do own Gott in 2 leagues

  32. Mike says:
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    Should I take a flier on Canning or Spencer Howard?

    • Mike L says:
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      Not sure I like Jays for his first start but I’d take the chance on Howard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can you go Canning for next start, then Howard? If not, Howard

      • Mike says:
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        Would you drop chirinos for Howard? If so, I could pick up both

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  33. Ozzie Smith says:
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    David Fletcher has my attention now, great average, decent speed, and should score a shit load of runs in front of trout and Rendon. Little to Zero pop but the multi position eligibility is sweet for a two category producer.
    Thinking of adding him over Rosario or Kingery, whatcha think?

    • NUX says:
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      Not sure that it matters, but Eddie or Amed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Amed for runs and AVG

  34. zombie says:
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    Always a sucker for a solid grappling reference with the elbow drop. But, to interject Erin Moran? I have got to ramp up to speed. I thought that you would ease into that type of content. But in a 60 game season, on the first Monday and 4th game of the season, you may be right on schedule. GREAT extensive recap! Personally, not too optimistic after this Marlin shizz. But if we continue, after the 3 1/3 innings performance out of K-Putter Corbin Burnes, might you swap him for Spencer Howard? Or does he offer much of the same, along with the rookie blow-up which would be particularly damaging this year? Speaking of blowups and your glossary term request; everyone grew up loving a piece of Dubble Bubble gum in that twisty wrapper. Especially from a little league bucket. But, not unlike the juicy tastiness of preseason Robby Ray-like optimism, after a few games or rounds of chewing, you completely forget why it is that you chose to become so enamored with something that just becomes bland and an exercise in futility. A Dubble Bubble pitcher renders itself useless.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I’d give Burnes another start….I like SHET suggestion above better, but that’s not bad, zombie!

  35. Harley Earl says:
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    Just wondering how dumb you think I am for doing this LOL, so call me dumb and I’ll be cool with it LOL.

    So my normal catcher Travis D’Arnaud came down with the ‘Rona and I needed a replacement. Originally, I replaced him with Wilson Ramson and I thought this was a pretty smooth move and quite possibly the better of the two catchers. So I waited and watched. Two games in and Ramos does nothing. I think he was 1 for 8 with no counting stats.

    Ramos is 34 and I’m thinking, yeah it’s way too early to say he’s in decline. But I also thought, I don’t really care about winning this season and I really don’t want an aging catcher that might be in decline.

    For this season, I’m more into finding good young players, dart throws, hidden gems, etc. because I play in a dynasty league and winning a 60-game flukey title is meaningless in a dynasty league.

    So I dropped Ramos. And I picked up William Contreras against all better judgment. I had read some very nice stories about Contreras from Spring/Summer Training that said he had made some adjustments and was looking MUCH better and had even passed Shangraleers or whatever his name is that the Braves drafted. So Contreras gets an RBI double Saturday night in a pinch hit appearance, then goes 3 for 5 Sunday night. Yeah, I know, it’s way too early to crown him the next Realmuto.

    But I do like the move even more now. I can hold him for eternity or drop him whenever. If he keeps hitting, I might just keep him and let D’Arnaud go back into the player pool. Again, this season is more about prospecting for me than winning a flukey title.

    So, what do you think? Dumb? I ask because I’m curious what your opinion on Contreras is. Do you think there might be something there? Seems to me he’s showing signs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Thanks! I thought you might say I was an idiot lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Cohen says:
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    Grey, looking to add a 4 th and 5 th starter
    Which 2 do u like ?
    Canning
    Shoe
    Bassitt
    Singer
    Howard
    Houser

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Houser, Bassitt long term

  37. baby seal says:
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    yo yo Grey,

    It’s been too long! Sorry man, I have many excuses for my absence, but I’ll spare ya. I did get very sick that last full week before the season started (not COVID!), so that was difficult. Anyways…

    I never bought back in after I lost my 2 OC teams. Already had plenty of teams, and the 60-game season (yuck) / Covid situation in the US is pretty bad. Agreed w/ NFBC decision, but was still salty. Fair or not–I do not care!!

    Last I checked, was 1st in two DCs, 2nd in another, and 10th in the last. We’re basically 2 months in, right? lol

    It’s pretty clear the delay always had more to do w/ the labor dispute than health concerns, and the whole thing was fairly disgusting to watch, IMO. Big turn off.

    Too bad about my OC teams, those players are doing well so far. Let’s go Bieber!! lol

    Hope you’re doing well man! Will be sure to check in more now :)

    Later!
    sealy seal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh no! I’m glad you’re okay, my sweet baby seal!

      Yeah, of course it’s a money/union thing always with these leagues, and especially MLB from what I gather, but I don’t know other leagues as intimately

      • baby seal says:
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        hahahaha, “my sweet baby seal”

        It’s always the same shiz. NBA PA had something similar with revenue sharing and the cap not that long ago. It’s just amplified now for MLB thanks to the timing of it all…

        NFL PA wants better contracts, and you can’t blame them.

        AKA… dolla, dolla bills, y’all

        • baby seal says:
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          go figure… my cable / wifi just went down for the last 4 hours lol… just in case I forgot it’s still 2020 — I was reminded, once again

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Wait, it’s 2020?! When did that happen?!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like dollars too, but I mean damn

  38. baby seal says:
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    Also, the Mike Trout-Astros tweet and blurb was great. Happy to be back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  39. Jason Murray says:
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    I have Anderson and Bradley as my current closers. Who should be the third, Hudson or Gallegos? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hudson

  40. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Happy to see some baseball again but man its weird.
    Need to drop a SP to activate Soto when he comes off the IL. Trying to decide between Canning or C.Smith? Or would you just drop both and get Gott. I also will have to activate the fresh prince when he comes off of the IL later this week. So that is an option as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Smith

  41. Judge Stanton says:
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    Want to bolster my outfield by picking up Madrigal and moving Ketel from 2b to OF. Without any other consideration of team needs, who is the best drop of the following to make this move?

    1B: L. Voit/C. Walker
    OF: W. Calhoun/J. Upton/D. Carlson/A. Riley
    RP: R. Pressly/B. Kintzler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carlson

  42. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey hey!!!

    So, should we be dropping Watson for Gott? Or is that premature?

    I think Kapler actually has access to my fantasy roster and will send out whichever one I don’t own. Argh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would do it, get out in front of Gott

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Gotcha.

  43. Cohen says:
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    Needs not an issue
    Drop Teoscar, Kingery or Akiyama for Hays or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hays over Shogo

  44. swaggerjackers says:
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    Recommended term for the Robbie Ray / Hampson example:

    Premature Infatuation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I kinda like SHET from above

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        Damn. Mine is punny and needs no explanation.

        SHET is an acronym. I like it, but it doesn’t have the same high school locker room humor that this site thrives on. If we’re going with abbreviations, can it at least be SHIT?

        Spring Hopes, Inevitably Tank

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I kinda like SHET instead, so I don’t have to go around abbreviating SHIT every time, as we aim for a level of respectability

          • swaggerjackers says:
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            I hear ya. More of an all-ages demographic.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  45. hitzone says:
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    16 team dynasty pts 3 OF, 2 Util

    A) my Matt Olson, Daniel Espino for Verdugo, Whitley

    B) My Darvish, Christian Walker, Alex Thomas for Jose Barry, jarred kelenic

    Which side? Have a feeling this season is going sideways, trying to build for next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Olson

      B. Barry? Prolly Yu side

      • hitzone says:
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        Abreu

  46. The Great Knoche says:
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    Guess my one thought as I read all the news this morning other than hope everyone is ok.

    I wish someone had the foresight to change all weekly leagues to daily formats or best ball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed…Best Ball is way to go this year, or daily, but really Best Ball…Let the computer figure out lineups

  47. Tyler says:
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    Someone in my league dropped Riley. Would you drop Urshela for him or hold? Also who do you think gets more saves between Bass, Gott, Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Riley over Gio

      Gott

      • Tyler says:
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        Riley over Urshela because of playing time ( Yankees filtering in other guys in the lineup) or just higher ceiling for Riley? Just curious. Been trying to prioritize guys hitting 1-4 ( grabbed Nuñez as well) I know you were high on Riley. Thanks man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Riley over Gio on upside

          • Tyler says:
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            Gotcha. Thanks again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  48. happyharry says:
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    Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6×6. Benintendi was dropped..Do I drop either Lourdes Gurriel or Mercado ….or hold? Thanks Man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Mercado for him

  49. Ghost of Grady Little says:
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    Well.. it was great to have baseball back for a little while.

    3 months in the Arizona bubble (like NBA/NHL) was clearly the way to go.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe, hard to say…One person in Arizona bubble gets it and it might’ve been same outcome, who knows

  50. JP says:
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    Pick 2 of 3 OFs: Domingo Santana, Austin Hays, Aquino?

    5X5 Roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Aquino

      • Dave D says:
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        Just for that he’s gonna hit two dingers tonight. They are actually starting him. Batting 5th. He must have apologized to Dick Wlliams about his daughter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, not sure I can even get him in my lineups where I have him — actually in one league I have to start all guys I bid on, so I have him in Tout

          • Dave D says:
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            Haha. Now I know why you like BestBall do much!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, this year it feels like the best (pun?) option

              • Dave D says:
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                Youre probably right on that one… what a mess!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You guilted me into look at all my NFBC teams and I don’t have Aquino on any — surprised by that actually

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Well, I hope it doesnt backfire on you if he gets hot. Hes free now and probably no one else available in many formats with his kind of upside if he gets hot.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’s owned in all my leagues…I was surprised to get him in Tout after not bidding much — especially since it’s 12-team NL-Only

  51. Jason Murray says:
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    4th OF this week, JBJ or Peraza vs. NYM or Tsutsugo vs. ATL? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tsutsugo

  52. Jason says:
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    Cespedes or Peralta in OPS league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yo

  53. Dancin Homer says:
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    whoa, what an opening weekend!

    Who would you peg as the rotation replacement for Verlander? I added Valdez in a few leagues, but not sure if there’s a better name.

    Also, I currently have Cease benched tonight @ CLE, but would you plug him, keep him on the bench, or drop him to snag Spencer Howard?

    Lastly, any thoughts on when MacKenzie Gore might get the call? worth stashing now or wait?

    Thanks in advance and hope you have a great Monday/ week!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I tried to add Framber

      Drop Cease

      Think this week for Gore, honestly not 100% sure

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        Thanks as always Grey!

        I figure adding Gore now before he gets the call is a smart move. Current roster listed below, who would you drop (if anyone) for Gore? We have 1x “NA” spot which is currently occupied by Adell.

        12-team, 6×6, Roto redraft league

        c: Contreras
        1b: Bellinger
        2b: K. Marte
        3b: Sano
        ss: Villar
        if: Correa
        of: Judge, Kyle Lewis, Pederson
        utl: Akiyama
        bn: Kyle Tucker, Hilliard
        Na: Adell

        sp: Bieber, Berrios, IUias, Carlos Martinez, G. Marquez, Burnes, Canning, Valdez, Howard
        rp: Hader, Workman, Doolittle, Wade Davis

        Thanks again!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Framber

  54. hitzone says:
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    16 team pts dynasty

    Auto correct got me above post. One more offer

    1)My Darvish/walker/alek Thomas for Jose abreu/kelenic

    2) my Olson/gausman/piscotty for Pearson/Cron/Simeon woods Richardson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Abreu
      2. Olson

  55. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    I summarized what I saw from Ohtani so i’ll just link it here ;-)
    https://twitter.com/CoolwhipRB/status/1287549642318774273
    i.e. he’s still not mentally over it so I wouldn’t start him pitching anywhere until i see 97 poppin the mit. Castro was moving his glove around like he was Mr Miyagi. not good.

    Fletcher is in midseason form… that 91% contact rate was on full display, his bat-hands control is something to watch. and a tasty SB to boot. They say Arraez, I say Fletcher.

    I’ll add a shoutout for Tyle Chatwood. Dude dominated the Brewers and K’d Yeli 3 times. hawt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  56. Joe Beísbol says:
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    Are we holding a Verlander for “a couple of weeks” until he’s re-evaluated or moving on? I have Dozier and Tanaka currently on my IL so I either drop Verlander or drop one of Dozier or a Tanaka and stash Verlander in that slot.

    • Coolwhip

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      I’d be looking to move him for something useful, forearm strains don;t just go away. Glasnow had forearm strain and missed nearly half a season – half a season this season is the whole season. Verlander won’t even throw for 2 weeks, so after 2 weeks he’ll need time to ramp up again in a best-case scenario.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you can move on, but I’d prolly drop Tanaka 1st

  57. Slimcompoop says:
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    Love the LL drop in the Shoemaker blurb. Well done sir, well done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  58. Dave D says:
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    Fletcher led off the game today with a double before Bassitt struck out Trout, Ohtani, Upton in order.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Bleh… Fletcher is so hawt right now. bat to ball skill TURNT UP.

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Thats twice now, Fletch on with no payoff -_-

        • Dave D says:
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          He was aggressive on basepaths in 5th yesterday. I saw 1st inning today but not after. I hope that continues. He’s helping me so far with AVG and SB. They were do much more fun to watch yesterday with Maddon. Doing hit and runs, being aggressive. UnScioscia-like.

          • Coolwhip

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            haha unSciosciable you might say. Canning has been cruising until this last inning when Maddon fell in love with super-shift, Canning limited the dmg eventually… Pujols is so effing slow on basepaths, geez.

            • Coolwhip

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              facepalm… simmons ended our bases-loaded rally with a double play -_-

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have him in my lineup now!

  59. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Kluber grade 2 tear of shoulder muscle, shut down for 4 weeks (i.e. basically the whole season)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sucks, but would’ve never drafted him

      • Dave D says:
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        I think the same guys who were rescued from themselves after drafting Sale, Syndergaard, Severino were compelled to step in it again with Verlander and Kluber. For me, I’m just going straight COVID, no-injury type SP’s…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, again, those guys were easy ‘no draft’ guys for me

  60. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh Great Grey,

    need to replace Verlander. Mind picking one or two for me? Thanks!

    Glasnow, Ryu, Bumgarner, Soroka, Manaea, Marquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glasnow, Ryu

  61. stevie says:
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    Giles being hurt, wondering if you think A. Bass is a better pickup than either Kwang Hyun Kim or Daniel Hudson, or stay put.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, hold

  62. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who do you like for this week?

    cease – @ cle, @ kc (assuming his second start doesnt get bumped with todays rain out)
    madbum – @ tex
    sheffield – @ laa, vs oak
    keller – @ chc

    thanks!

    • Tigres says:
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      Indians vs White Sox now postponed too…

      • hondo says:
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        Fuggggg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum

  63. Son says:
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    It’s mint chocolate chip and it’s f’ing delicious!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard and I’ve heard a ton of ridiculous things, I’m the king of saying ridiculous things and I’ve heard everything I’ve said

  64. Dan says:
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    Im offered eloy jiminez for hiura . Ya or na ???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  65. Cohen says:
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    Grey, please pick 3 best streamers?
    Framber at home vs Dodgers
    Musgrove at home vs Mil
    Singer at Det
    Nova at home vs KC
    Caleb at home vs Wash
    Burnes at home vs Stl
    Newcomb at home vs Mets
    Chatwood at home vs Pitt
    Shoemaker at home vs Philly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoe, Singer, Musgrove

    • Brett says:
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      Teoscar or yoenis Cesp.?

      Thanks

  66. Got beat on Yo but picked up Sweet Lew and Grish – mashing and healthy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  67. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    would you pick up JBJ for Profar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        is JBJ worth picking up at all

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  68. Cohen says:
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    Grey, thank you for the Teoscar grab!!
    2 bombs!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

      • hot corner says:
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        From the lead-off slot and both opposite field.

        Teoscar for MVP!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes!

  69. Brett says:
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    Teoscar or yoenis Cesp.?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yo

  70. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: In the event Villar is part of the contingent of positives with the Marlins, who is a better 2B replacement: Ian Happ, Brandon Lowe, Scott Kingery, La Stella

    Lowe appears to be batting 2nd consistently, and La Stella is anywhere from 3-6. Happ and Kingery were sleepers but batting 8/9

    Scoring for me is standard 5×5 with Ks, OPS, and Errors (yes, errors…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  71. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Drop Luke Weaver for Matz?

    Mostly streaming that spot.. figure Matz has a nice matchup against the Red Sox on Thursday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  72. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Saves and Holds separate categories

    Diego Castillo or Gallegos?

    • Russ says:
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      Diego came back today from paternity leave and worked a clean inning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diego

  73. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Are we dropping any of these guys Christian Walker, willie Calhoun, Austin Riley, Trent Grisham

    for dansby or renfrow?

    Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun for Renfroe, and hold

  74. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    10 team redraft h2h where we draft 3 real life hitting and pitching teams in march, and from that date nobody moves for our purposes, except first signings (so if puig signs he’s property of that hitting team rest of the year). we can make our own trades. this year we’re roto from the shortened season (max 625 innings). usually if h2h there are 8 moves per week and you stream your own rosters, with roto and games/innings limits no moves maxes, and never waivers anyway as nobody else can obtain your own players.
    i got: hitting: MIN, SD, KC
    pitching: NYM, SD, PIT
    so optimally it looks like this:
    C (2): garver, salvy
    1B (2): hosmer (or myers), sano
    2B (2): whit, arraez
    SS (2): mondesi, tatis
    3B (2): machado, son of donald
    LF (1): pham
    CF (1): kepler (RF)
    RF (1): rosario (LF)
    OF (3): soler (RF), grisham (all OF), myers (1B/LF/CF)
    util (1): cruz
    SP (best of NYM/PIT/SD but i stream them all): musgrove, keller, matz, degrom, richards, paddack, lamet

    so i got j.polanco who can’t ever play. trying to trade him for SP or 1B upgrades. i can get one of darvish/l.castillo/s.gray/bauer for j.polanco + one of matz/keller/musgrove.

    1. do this, and if so which of mine for which of his, he seems amenable to any on both sides. if mondesi or tatis got hurt i’d have to go with one of marwin (when he plays), nicky lopez, franco (and h.dozier when he’s back at 3B would work fine).

  75. Grey – I’m sure a lot of these get overlooked by the sheer amount of content you’re putting out there, but that little “Brady Singer/Story” joke – *perfection*. That is all.

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