Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr. sit in the airport, waiting for their flight out to Toronto, trying to make small talk, “How has post-Hall of Fame life been?”  “Good, good, how has post, uh, mustache life been?”  “Fine, yeah, fine.”  Finally, a Cooperstown employee approaches, “Where do you want Dale Long’s sarcophagus?”  “Are you not staying with it?”  “I was just told to deliver it.  Now, if Kendrys Morales breaks the home run record, you press this button on the side of the sarcophagus.”  Ken and Don look at each other and decide to try the button.  Dale’s sarcophagus opens and what resembles a crypt keeper says, “Wow, I can’t believe he broke our record.  That’s outta sight!”  And Dale’s mummified eyes spin like a slot machine.  This is reenactment of what Mattingly and Griffey are going through as they join Kendrys for the chase of their home runs in eight straight games record.  Yesterday, Morales homered in his 7th straight game, going 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, and that was his 21st homer.  I actually just picked up Kendrys Morales in my RCL league, after I picked up my jaw from surprise that he was still available.  He’s so smooth right now, they call him Kendrys Alba.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Aaron Sanchez – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.95, as he was activated from the DL.  He was sidelined due to middle finger injury, but of course!  It’s the FUpocalypse!

Josh Donaldson – Nears a rehab assignment.  Donaldson’s gonna be in game shape in time for the Winter Meetings.

Rhys Hoskins – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 26th homer.  Rhysus, you’re supposed to rest on Sunday!  Or is that his daddy?  I’m a bad Christian Yelich.

Carlos Santana – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Oye como yay!

Maikel Franco – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  Serious question, next year Maikel Franco or Kyle Seager?  Is it even close?

Wilson Ramos – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer, and his 1st homer on the Phils.  Now I see why in Germantown they keep calling him Philson.

Buster Posey – Having season-ending surgery today and you can send condolence cards to his owners, postmarked, “I never listen to Grey and still draft top catchers.”  Post office will know where to send it.

Andrew Suarez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.42.  The Stream-o-Nator loved this start, and I wouldn’t start Suarez without the robot’s permission.  The Ghost of Isaac Asimov is nodding, “I told ya.”

Derek Holland – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.65.  I streamed Holland yesterday, because of the Stream-o-Nator and since I have nothing to lose.  Well, that’s not completely accurate, I have a fantasy league to lose, potentially.

Mark Melancon – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 3rd save, and saves in back-to-back games.  Good work Strickland and Smith, you made Melancon look good enough to return him to the closer role.  I grabbed Melancon in two leagues, that’s gonna work out splendidly!

David Bote – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .284.  Hurry, Maddon, get him out of the lineup!  He’s only supposed to be used in special, special circumstances, like when the Cubs need offense.

Kyle Hendricks – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.86.  Thanks to the Stream-o-Nator I streamed Hendricks yesterday.  *blows on knuckles, cockily wipes knuckles on shirt, realizes not wearing shirt*  Brushing my knuckles on my nips excites me.

Luis Castillo – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.07.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  Castillo has performed poorly this whole year to lower his draft value in 2019.

Nick Kingham – Was recalled from the minor leagues, and seems headed for long relief for the time being.  Little trivia for you, we’re human beings, but Flava Flav is a time being, which is why he wears a giant clock.  Unless he’s wearing a wristwatch like a choker.

Chris Archer – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.75 on the Pirates.  For Archer’s career’s sake, please let the Pirates trade him to the Astros.

Adam Frazier – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  A Frazier cake is a strawberry pie placed on top of a butt, and you thought my baking knowledge was perfunctory.  Joke’s on you, I don’t even know what perfunctory means.  Also, Frazier has been a light schmotato.

Manny Pina – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and a slam (7) and legs (2).  You know you have a fantasy baseball problem when you’re thinking about how you’re excited about drafting Manny Pina in the final rounds next year.

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  Moistasskiss!

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 19th homer.  Okay, but he’s a glorified platoon player now.  Brewers also did this with Scooter and Villar, and I’m not saying they didn’t all deserve it, but sometimes you just gotta play your guys.  Brewers might benefit from being in a competitive NL-Only league, that’s where I learned.

Jeremy Jeffress – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 7th save, ERA at 1.43, and his 3rd save since August 20th.  Seems to be in pole position for who Counsell wants to go to for saves in Milwaukee.  Speaking of Pole Position, have you ever seen Craig Counsell play a video game?  The joystick is over his head with body fully twisted.

Nathan Eovaldi – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.15.  This start was against his former team, but that’s fairly self-evident since he’s played for every team in the East.  Stream-o-Nator loves his next start, and, even though he hasn’t been great recently, I could see going with him.

Blake Snell – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.05.  Yesterday, a Fangraphs writer adjusted his saved draft tweet that he plans to post in November, adding in a few caps to fully illustrate how upset he is at Snell not getting the AL Cy Young.

Ross Stripling – Expected to return on Tuesday.  It’s unclear how he will return.  I’m guessing by plane.  *intern whispers in my ear*  Ah, it’s unclear if he’ll return as a starter or reliever.

Alex Wood – Had his start pushed to Wednesday.  That’s a long time to get Wood up.

Franmil Reyes – 1-for-2 and his 11th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Or as Lil’ Wayne calls him, Franmilli a milli a milli.  Appears to be a solid bet for some power right now.

Hunter Renfroe – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .253.  You know what he’s doing, right?  He’s roping us in again.  Hey, what’s three straight years for a Renfroe fantasy sleeper?

Michael Kopech – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (0 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 1.13.  Know what’s kinda interesting (to me)?  Kopech appears to have no command, but he’s not allowing walks because hitters don’t know to wait on pitches yet.  (Here comes the interesting part.)  It’s wild to me (okay, not interesting, now it’s wild) that major league teams have to face certain guys to know how to attack them rather than get a scouting report.

Kolten Wong – Pulled his hamstring, after Wong pulled up lame on a grounder.  That reminds me of an old joke.  A guy wants to be Adam for Halloween and he goes to the costume store and tries on a leaf, but it’s not big enough, so the costume clerk says, “Why don’t you throw it over your shoulder and go as a gas pump?”

Matt Carpenter – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, with four doubles, which is supposedly a major league record.  Did we lose some floppy disks that were storing lesser records?  Because it’s surprising to hear that’s a record.  No one ever hit five doubles in a game?  Are we sure?

Austin Gomber – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.79.  This start came in Coors.  I know that, of course, because that was the reason I benched him for his 2-start week and goddamnit!  Mean’s while, I’m over here rocking two Giants relievers who are apparently no longer getting saves.  Yes, this is about me!

Tyler O’Neill – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and three homers in the last four games, and, yes, grab him.  Yes, now.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 30th homer.  Au Shizz!

Felix Pena – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.52.  He has more Ks than innings, so you best believe I’m cyclops’ing him.  He was pretty forgettable until about a year ago.  He added a curve that he’s now throwing 35% of the time.  Could be something here, until he needs the inevitable Tommy John surgery in three weeks.

Lance McCullers – Not close to mound work.  “Looks easier than it is, huh?”  That’s a grounds crew worker.

Framber Valdez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 0.96.  The Regression Fairies will be eating his brain custard in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.

Zack Wheeler – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.46.  His ERA in the 2nd half is…Wait for it…here it is…I think I left it in the downstairs pantry by the seltzer…Cougs!  Could you check on something for me?!…Wheeler’s 2nd half ERA is…1.17!

Brandon Nimmo – Activated from the DL but didn’t play.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “If we’re trying to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, why do we keep calling these meetings, ‘All Hands On Deb?’  Wait, it’s deck?”

Steven Matz – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.36.  Matz showed the Nats the door, but they saw the doormats in the form of the Mets relievers who gave up about 47 runs in the final two innings yesterday.

Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.95.  His 2nd half ERA was next to Wheeler’s in the pantry and is 1.61.

Adam Eaton – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (5) and legs (6), hitting .304.  It’s not an exaggeration to say this game accounted for 20% of his value for the whole year.  It’s bad math compounded by a lazy percentage.  It’s not an exaggeration though.

Wilmer Difo – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .240.  Wilmer Difo is deadly in a platoon, and Oscar-worthy.

Kelvin Herrera – Was carted off the field.  Damn, MLB has taken this pace of game thing too far!  Just let him walk off!  *intern whispers in my ear*  Turns out Herrera was seriously injured.  I own Koda Glover in one league.  He’s been miserably bleh, but until Sean Doolittle returns, that’s prolly the Nats’ best option.  Maybe Ryan Madson, when he returns on Tuesday.

Lucas Giolito – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.85.  Hold onto your hats, prematurely balding men, Giolito has three straight Quality Starts!  He’s starting to pique the 2019 taste buds, but you’re crazy eh-eff if you think I’m picking him up this year.

Sonny Gray – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.05.  I still wouldn’t touch him, but this made me laugh, Sonny Gray’s nickname is Pickles, so someone asked Josh Phegley why Gray was nicknamed Pickles on the A’s.  Phegley said, “Because he likes to eat them.”  That is also why Bartolo’s nickname is called, “Everything.”

Sean Manaea – Hit the DL with shoulder impingement.  My guess is the A’s placed him on the DL with an injury surrounded by finger quotes, but either way, you can lose him if you don’t have DL room.

Mike Fiers – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.15.  I said this last time, and because I am a man of the people and always keep my word, I am holding onto Fiers until he pitches poorly.  *cranks up Prodigy’s Firestarter, screams at passing motorists*

Matt Chapman – 3-for-5, 3 runs and two homers (19, 20).  He has 10 homers on both sides of the All-Star break, but is hitting near-.340 in the 2nd half.  His BABIP in the 2nd half is near-.400.  To put that in layman’s terms, he hits a grounder right to the 2nd baseman for an easy out, and a squirrel grabs the ball and tosses it into the outfield for a single.

Stephen Piscotty – 3-for-4 and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games.  Maybe Piscotty does know.

Tyler Austin – 2-for-4 and his 13th and 14th homer.  Yankees moving Austin for Lynn was a move that didn’t make many headlines, but I bet this ends up working out nicely for Minnesota.  Fun fact!  If you put soda in a shot glass, it’s the state drink of Minnesota.

Wei-Yin Chen – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.91.  I’ve been Wei-Yin for a start like that from Chen for two years.

Kevin Gausman – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners (1 Hit), 5 Ks, ERA at 1.69 on the Braves.  Obviously, there’s the narrative that moving to the NL East is a boost in value, but don’t forget Gausman’s huge 2nd half last year was the reason why I loved him coming into this season.  Gausman’s got more narratives than The Brothers Grimm.

Lucas Duda – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!  And before you scoff, because I know you like to scoff, you scoffer, like anyone thought Kendrys would go on the run he’s on, so Duda could very well be a schmotato, you scoffing scoffer!

Salvador Perez – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  Outside of the Royals, everyone wants Posey, but Salvador is a KC MasterP’ez.  (Yes, people abbreviate Perez “P’ez” all the time, shut up.)

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-2,  4 runs, 1 RBI, hitting close to .375 in the last week.  Got Melk?  Maybe you should consider it.

Corey Kluber – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 2.91.  This start came against the Royals because up is down and cats are making love to dogs.   You’re weird, world!

Jason Kipnis – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (12) and legs (6), hitting .223.  A triple short of the cycle, and a big game could lead Kipnis to Hot Schmotato Land, which is what I’ve altered Molasses Swamp to on my Candy Land board.  No one uses time as productively as I.  Or is it me?  I need to spend 45 minutes researching that.

  1. Charlie says:
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    Are you buying into Marwin Gonzalez’s current streak?
    10 for 26 & an OPS. at 1.369
    Current avg. is .249; 2017 avg. was .304

    I’m thinking about starting him over Aguilar this week.

    Does it deserve to be a hard decision?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, start Marwin over Jesus

  2. Fleeced says:
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    Should I pick up O’Neil over Villar, Sano or Adames?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Fleeced: To start everyday or as a bench player / fill-in? What type of league? I could see losing Sano for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Sano

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Loved the write-up. Those who say ‘Nothing is better than Smackdown Live’ have NEVER been here!!!

    a. Added Voit over Gardner. I liked that. He’s got a good swing.

    b. One word, two-headed switch-hitter…..Kendrys! Got him for 3 of his record-breaking 7 HRs!

    c. Dropped DeJong for Diaz. DeJong’s done nothing, so there’s that.

    d. Gausman and Ryu (11 hits, Dang a hit machine!). Liking 2 wins!

    e. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 27

    Praise is well, compliment is well, but affection – that is the last and final and most precious reward that any man can win, whether by character or achievement.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! 1. Nice B. I got him for one! C. Makes sense D. Well done! E. Awesome!

  4. Murph says:
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    Hey grey
    1 Stripling or Hicks for ratios and possible saves?
    2 Sabathia or Musgrove going forward?
    3 Fry worth a pickup for saves?
    4 Calhoun or billy McKinney going forward?
    Thanks!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Murph: 1. Stripling for ratios, Hicks for possible saves.
      2. Musgrove
      3. All 2 of them rest of season on that team? Nah
      4. Calhoun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Saves? Hicks 2. Musgrove 3. Not really, but if desperate 4. Calhoun

  5. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Good morning Grey great read!

    Start EFFFFLIN tonight at home against Nats?

    Thanks!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Hebrew Hammer: What does SoN say? I would lean no.

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        @b the esq.:

        I have not confided in SON. But, I feel same, thanks B

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Confide, Hebrew, confide

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I would start him

  6. Eric The Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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    villar and scooter def didn’t deserve it, just like no small part of MIL’s SP don’t deserve to be starting anywhere near a competitive team’s rotation.

    16 team OPS.
    C uh oh (losing playing time, uh oh indeed)
    1B goldy
    2B segura
    SS gone varnish
    3B torenado
    OF (3) puig, box wine (TEX, 1B/3B), choo
    util (2) pollock, semien
    BN thames
    thames also losing playing time to braun of all people

    1. who’s best catcher with uh oh losing playing time: plawecki, maldonado, narvaez, hedges, romine, lucroy

    2. best hitter to replace thames: quinn (might be hurt), pillar, o’hearn, a.frazier (might be a starter if harrison gets DL’d), bock choi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe at times they deserved it, but not really for the guys who started over them at times 1. Hedges 2. Pillar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice username, btw

      • Eric The Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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        @Grey: wonder if anybody else round here gets this reference. i hadn’t seen this in a LONG time till just recently.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          KitH, right?

          • Eric The Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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            @Grey: yeppers. basically the “hands for hands” part is pretty damn memorable.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UbKLZoJzP8

            “i appreciate your honesty, i like that better than cowardice”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, yeah… HAHA, so funny

              • jason batteiger says:
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                @Grey: “your mistake was to think i’d PAY the bill” “(knaw knaw knaw)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  7. Tom says:
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    The Padres completely dicked over Renfroe at the start of the season opting to start Jose Pirela over him. you read that right Jose Pirela. This was of course after adding the great slugger, Eric Hosmer. Renfroe and Hosmer’s numbers are pretty much identical but Hosmer has had 220 more ab’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that makes me think no matter how great the Padres farm system is they’ll always make Pirela type moves

  8. The Skrimmer says:
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    Final week of the season, behind first place by 1 game…guy ahead of me has 5 two-start pitchers…my goal is to try and win ERA, WHIP, and Saves this week since I have a slim chance of winning Ks and Wins. I am definitely starting the following: Cole, Mad-Bum, Folty, Kimbrel, Norris, W. Davis…
    Who are my final two starters? Thanks.
    K. Yates
    Arrieta v WAS
    Cahill @ HOU
    Ray @ LAD
    Pivetta v CHC

    • b the esq. says:
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      @The Skrimmer: Yates would be the only one with a chance at saves, so him…..and leave the other spot open? Pick up a streamer or mid reliever for the ratios? I wouldnt feel great starting any of those SPs to protect by ERA and WHIP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yates, Arrieta

  9. Rocky says:
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    Grey

    Last week before playoffs and in a dog fight to keep a bye going into next week. A few questions…

    My lineup:
    C Molina
    1B Kendrys
    2B Merrifield
    3B Moose
    SS Semien
    OF JD
    OF Bellinger
    OF Marte
    U Marwin 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF
    BN RyZi
    DL Upton, Mallex

    1. Would you go with Marwin over Semien at SS and drop Semien for a Melky, McKinney, Ramon/Roman, Jeff McNeil type guy who is a schmotato right now? Or just get extra P streamers in there like Pannone, Yarborough and Gomber? (5 pickups max)
    2. Moose or Maik going forward? I like the Brew Crew’s matchups this week and the Phils have arguably the worst matchups this week…
    3. Pitching-wise, ditch Britton (RPs are Norris, Osuna, Minter) for Melancon, Glover or aforementioned streamer options?

    Thanks so much in advance and good luck this week!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Rocky: Marwin, drop Semien for McNeil.
      2. Moose
      3. Keep Britton until Aroldis is back….Britton picked up a save this weekend I believe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. McNeil’s hurt, Marwin, Gomber 2. Moose 3. Glover

  10. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Voit worth the add over Braun? If not, would you add Voit or Bader over Dahl?

    Happy Monday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try him over Bader for power, otherwise I’d hold

      Monday!

  11. vee says:
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    sup Grey

    been a while. great stuff as usual, esp not having read it for months now

    are you holding on to Abreu after his surprise-attack surgery? think he’ll be back and productive? the timetable that roto has mentioned is mid sept but i feel that’s a bit ambitious

    for reference, i am currently 3rd place, and comfortably in the playoffs, which start in 2 weeks

    cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where the hell you been? Can lose Abreu if tight for DL spots

  12. Tinman95 says:
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    Are we still trusting Musgrove after that last start? He’s got St. Louis this week, but Brett Anderson is available tonight against Houston. Keep Musgrove or try stream another starter?

    • Tee Not Air Jags says:
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      @Tinman95: do NOT grab anderson @ HOU. quite possible to stream that slot though.

      • Tinman95 says:
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        @Tee Not Air Jags: D-Rod at home against Arizona this week over Musgrove?

        • Tee Not Air Jags says:
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          @Tinman95: could you do both here, i’d do d-rod at home vs almost any streamer now. @STL isn’t good, once they cut matheny’s ass everybody is doing everything right now, like an NL version of OAK (actually they’re winning MORE than them, 9 straight series’ in a row, most of them against playoff spot competitors)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Musgrove between those two

    • RoPo says:
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      @Tinman95: I’m rolling the dice on Anderson to keep his hot streak streakin’. Houston has notably weaker batting at home and post-allstar break: http://www.espn.com/mlb/team/stats/splits/_/name/hou/houston-astros
      albeit with better lefty split… so I see an “average” batting result…
      Not envisioning a perfect game but a 6.1 inning, 2-run QS and no decision with 6 Ks is my prediction. Let’s go A’s!

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        @RoPo: Aye carumba. I hope you listened to Grey and stayed far away from my tomfoolery

        • Tee Not Air Jags says:
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          @RoPo: you got close on the 2 and the 6, but you had the innings and ER inverted.

          • RoPo says:
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            @Tee Not Air Jags: Lol! Thanks for the positive spin, though undue. Not my best work I admit. I did get a great game out of Hess though, and my opponent had a stinker out of Eflin, so hope is not lost!

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    NL only, OBP over AVG, total bases added
    C ramos
    1B freeman (3B)
    2B dozier
    SS peraza
    3B longo
    MI legs mcneil (2B/3B)
    CI b.anderson (OF)
    OF (4) rhysus (1B), harper, marte, thames (1B/OF)
    util (1) kike (2B/3B/SS/OF)
    BN harrison (2B/3B/OF)
    DL nimmo
    good lord PIT needs to DL harrison on the quick, if they do, a.frazier just got dropped. he’s off WW tonight though, drop anybody for him here? thames also losing playing time and i’d guess he’s the drop for nimmo when he’s back shortly. this might be risky though as braun could go DTD or actual DL at any time and then he’s back in lineup any righty day. kike i just added so i could probably drop him and reaquire if necessary.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Harrison for him if can’t DL, Thames for Nimmo makes sense

  14. stevie says:
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    I need to say goodbye to one of my DL stashes, who would you drop for this season?
    Judge, Ozuna, Abreu, or Bauer
    Also, for a 1st base or outfield replacement who would you like most?
    Alonso, Braun, Melky, Desmond, or do you think Kendrys will keep it rolling?
    Thanks!

    • Tee Not Air Jags says:
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      @stevie: he’s said numerous times to drop bauer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose all them except Judge likely… I’d lose Bauer first — Alonso — no on Kendrys, but I’d own while he is hitting

  15. Dave Funnell says:
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    Jose Berrios. Your frustrate me. You should be better than this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, next year

  16. Five-on-One says:
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    12-team, 5×5 league with weekly line-ups.

    1) please rank – Iglesias, Minter, Melancon

    2) please rank – Chris Taylor, Villar, Forsythe

    Thank you.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Five-on-One: 1. Minter, Iglesias, Melancon
      2. you did

    • Five-on-One says:
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      @Five-on-One: Can you Add Kolten Wong to the MIs listed in question 2?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. You did 2. Villar, Logan

  17. Master P says:
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    What do you think about Rodon @NYY tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

  18. Gator says:
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    In a keeper league. Trust Severino’s first half was no fluke, or worry he’s more like second half and try to trade him? Where do you see him ranked for 2019? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a top ten SP

  19. Red Robin Yount says:
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    Is Knebel headed to (or in) the closer graveyard?

    If there’s a decent chance he retakes the role next year I’d try to hold on to him. Or has that ship sailed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s gone

  20. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Good Morning Dude

    got some questions for ya…..

    Mark Melancon taking over the closer role? Boxberger or Giles, or Melancon over Glasnow in a pints league . Boxberger has @SF and @ LAD. Giles is at BAL and @MIA, Glasnow has a start at ATL. Saves are 5 Blown saves are -5

    Its playoff round one for me and I m sweating bullets- just picked up lance lynn for the double start and jacob junis against Det. SON has high hopes for these two dudes this week. Should I be going with Derek and Dereck in SF with their relatively higher floor compared to really rolling dice with the alliteration crew LL and JJ?

    Lastly- somebody dropped berrios yesterday…. hes a pick up right? just put a claim in and hope i get him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench Melancon — Don’t know who Giants are facing — I’d pick up Berrios

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: Smudge Rod is upagainst Arizona and Holland is going against Mets (both home )

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha — Those starts sound decent, Holland is better, prolly, but I’d listen to SON values

          • johnnyhobbes says:
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            @Grey: yessir

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You yessir!

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: [email protected]Grey: @Grey: My first year with Razz has been cool, but I still need translations… you saying stick with glasnow this week? will be in RCL league for sure next year , will tell friends

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Johnny Hobbes! I’d go Box over out of those choices — thought you were asking Melancon over any of them

  21. Give says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Do you still have hope for Eric Hosmer, or time to drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him

  22. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS – drop Olsen for Luke Voit or Desond – thanks!

    • surfer dude says:
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      @surfer dude: *Desmond, Voit, or Tyler Austin – thanks x 2

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d go with Olson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  23. Gurb says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Still have hope for Eric Hosmer, or time to drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop

  24. Gurb says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Still have hope for Eric Hosmer, or time to drop?

    • Gurb says:
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      @Gurb: sorry I wrote the same question three times haha, technical difficulties !

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s okay, Gurb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose, Gurb

  25. Bucktail30 says:
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    Need to drop three in a keep forever dynasty league, holds and saves are categories…

    Ken Giles
    Corey Knebel
    Andrew Miller
    Jordan Hicks
    Will Smith
    Brad Hand
    Sergio Romo
    Trevor Hildenberger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller, Knebel, Smith

  26. TEC says:
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    After good starts against the Yankees (x2), Indians, Boston and Tampa in his last 5 starts, can Cobb be trusted going forward? Is he just a S-O-N call? Surprised he hasn’t been mentioned much after his last couple starts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure I’d start him even if SON liked him, but I guess if matchup was decent enough

  27. peacecoast says:
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    sup G
    vaca was nice, we had a house on Narraganset bay in RI. Weather was ok. Rented a boat and went up to Bristol for lunch. Let me tell you boating around is kinda cool but you go nowhere fast, especially when there is some chop (waves). Fished a bit, had exactly zero bites but a lot of seaweed. Couple nice days at the beach. Gained about 6 pounds. All in all a nice vacation.

    Kopech really worth an add considering his next start is BOS? He has what, 4 starts left? But I could keep him for a year. Thing is I am in second and trying to win. I need to make up 10 points and I get a few in ERA/WHIP/K. I would have to drop Holland/Gomber/Gibson. Holland has NYM next. The obvious drop is Gibson (CLE next). But I was planning on dropping him for BJohnson for the MIA/CHW douible start! Please advise.

    Stripling worth holding on for now considering I am in a S+H league right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds nice, wait, that’s where I was, the Long Island Sound… I was on East Coast for last few days…Kopech could be excellent for next year, worth owning for that — Don’t trust Gibson at all… Stripling’s worth owning, for sure

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: ya that was closish! wtf were you doing on the EC?

        gave up on The Sinner. bah fuck that pseudo drama. There is so much on Netflix it is crazy, don’t even know where to start next. I will finish the Americans eventually.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yo, Peace, you got a problem finishing shows? Cmon, man! Finish The Americans, prizzonto! I was back east for my grandfather’s 91st bday

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Were you on Long Island?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My moms’ — Locust Valley

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Fancy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hehe… I never lived there… Grew up in Jersey…

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: I know, Jersey Boy. We’ve discussed how you grew up a Mets fan and they ruined your childhood and that’s why you sh*t on them so much. It was a one-way discussion, but that’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, I grew up going to see the Mets bc they were easier to get to the stadium, wouldn’t say I was a Mets fan, I liked both New York teams, prolly leaned Yanks

  28. Old School Brother says:
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    Ryu and Severino both go 5.2 innings when I need QS badly. GRRR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grr, OSB

  29. jaone says:
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    Do I drop Puig, Morales, Desmond to stash Eloy Jimenez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  30. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: sagnof for this week. Who do you like more?

    Jeffress – 3 @ cin, 3 @ was
    Robertson – 3 vs cws, 4 vs det

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, Jeffress

  31. Launch Angle says:
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    In a standard, 5×5 roto this season only redraft league. Concerned about Jansen, but the available options in my league for RP that can close games without destroying my ratios is limited – Jeffress, Melancon, Minter or hold onto Jansen.

    In the OF, I have Trout, Betts, Benintendi and Soto. I’m in 1st place by a wide margin, but want to catch the team ahead of me in HR’s (behind by 14). Soto hasn’t been doing much of anything in the HR department for awhile now. Again, not much available. There’s Tyler O’Neill who has tremendous power, but K’s too often and he’s just filling in for Ozuna and Melky is available. Do I hold Soto or drop for Melky or O’Neill. I have been without Trout for over 3 weeks and he could make up some ground in the HR category.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Jansen and pray… I’d hold Soto

      • Launch Angle says:
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        @Grey:

        What about Marwin or Soto? ‘Stros offense is coming together and Marwin has me intrigued for HR/RBI.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Soto

  32. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Start Lourdes over DJ L this week? Looking for RBI and maybe a homer, SON has DJ as 0 or negative this week out of Coors . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense

  33. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey, just dropped in to thank u for advising me 2 pick up Romo over Minter & Strop. All he did was lead my team in points and was the reason why I won my 1st playoff game!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  34. Dubs23 says:
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    Need a corner for the week…Camargo or Carlos Santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana

  35. William Hung says:
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    Playing the team in 2nd place with a 14.5 game cushion in the 2nd to last week of the season. Can’t say I’m too confident after that “glitch in the matrix” last week that lead to a 3-10-1 loss for me. On the bright side, it was better than the 13-1 hole I was in on Saturday.

    Hopefully my players got their slumps out of the way and it’s just rainbows and sunshine the rest of the way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s fart rainbows from no on!

  36. Alex says:
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    Dahl or O’Neil ROS OBP league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

  37. Gotime says:
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    1. Last pitching spot H2H cats.. still roll out Archer @Atl (SON is positive) or 2 start Eflin vs Was and Cubs (SON negative)
    2. Bench 1 for weekly H2H cats, tough call here, and it’s a 12tm league, leaning Springer because of health but what you say..
    ERosario 6 (@Cle @Tex)
    Torres 7 (vs CWS vs Det)
    Springer 7 (vs Oak vs LAA)
    Benintendi 6 (vs Mia @ CWS)
    Bellinger 6 (@ Tex and 4 vs Ari)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Don’t think you can go Archer after what he’s shown, so guess Eflin 2. Springer if he doesn’t play today, I’d wait to see

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Got Kopech vs Bos as well but probably too risky?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That is risky

          • Gotime says:
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            @Grey: Looks like Springer is a go… leaning benching Bellinger this week as he is up against 3 lefties, thoughts? (1st place hitting problems)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Makes sense

  38. YC says:
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    Hey Grey – I hope all is well. Dickerson has been brutal the last month. More than anything I need average. Any of: Mancini, Teoscar, Avisail, Laureano, McKinney, Quinn, Adam Frazier, Franmil worth an add over him? OF is thin on the WW. Weekly 12 team league.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of these guys are necessarily great… Guess can try Frazier, appears to be hottest

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: I’ve been adding Laureano everywhere. He’s great. Couldn’t tell you what team he is on off the top of my head, though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A’s

  39. Alex says:
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    Hosmer or voit ros? OBP league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  40. johnnyhobbes says:
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    anybody else hate playoffs as much as they love playoffs? this truly is the closest I get to The Agony And The Ecstasy of it all…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  41. Steve says:
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    Hey,
    Dereck Rodriguez is still on my DL and I’m having a hard time to drop anyone, I absolutely don’t know what to do. Also, I’m thinking about adding Marwin Gonzalez. My “worst” players (last 30 days) are Desmond, DeJong, N.Williams, Puig and J.Peraza. I’m well set at SS, and have another 2B. Williams is my only CF behind Springer.

    So, which two would you drop? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Williams and Peraza

  42. wudaben says:
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    Who would you start this week in a H2H points league?

    Alex Wood @TEX (Minor)
    Rich Hill vs ARI (Ray)
    Taillon @ATL (Sanchez)

    Streamonator says Hill and has him ranked very high this week BUT Hill has a lifetime 1-6 record vs Arizona over 58 innings with a 5.9 era. He also gave up 7 and 5 earned in the only two times they played this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start all three in some instances… Hill, Taillon, that order

  43. Cohen says:
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    In what order would u start these streamers if any?
    Junis at home vs Det
    Luccessi at home vs Sea
    Boyd at KC
    Glasnow at Atl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You ranked them

  44. Scott says:
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    Would you use Strasburg today. His last start fresh off the dl was mot good. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t unless desperate

  45. Jake says:
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    Drop Eovaldi for either Trevor Williams or Derek Holland?

    Add Seranthony and drop either Cody Allen, D. Steckenrider, or T. Hildenberger?

    Dop Dahl for either Mallex or Villar?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland…Allen… Dahl or Mallex is a needs thing, whatcha need?

      • Jake says:
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        @Grey:
        Average. Steals wouldn’t hurt. Will Mallex be healthy?

        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mallex might be out for a few, definitely DL’d

  46. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    Thanks as always Grey.

    Who would you prefer to cut in a 12 team H2H points league in order to fill other needs for the stretch run, Puig or Hosmer?

    Puig has slightly more value to me because I’m thin-ish at OF, and deep at 1B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Hosmer

  47. Jt says:
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    Yahoo 12 team h2hi have a first round bye in 2 weeks
    Any adds?
    3b/Tb/Ops/net steals
    L/hr given up/complete games/net saves are added cats

    C chirinos
    1b Sano
    2b Albies
    3b moose
    If Rosario
    Ss Tim Anderson
    Of benetendi, haniger, Cain, O’Neill
    Util Palka, Delmonico
    Bench Ozuna,Abreu, jankowski, Dahl
    DL Bryant

    Sale, Nola, gray, pivetta, Gonsalves, Osuna, seranthony, Jeffress, winkler, rondon, bauer dl

    Waivers
    Voit, panonne, gavigilo, McKinney, Melky, Melancon, Renfroe, Gyorko,Franmil, Madson, Glover, kiermaier, Austin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jankowski should be replaced by an SP, but those you’re listing are streamers, unless you need RPs

      • Jt says:
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        @Grey: awesome

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re awesome!

  48. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Any inside scoop on Dr Dolittle. Any word on his return to Nats closing duties? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t heard, leaning towards him not returning this year, or maybe for another 2 weeks, don’t know tho honestly

  49. MrC22 says:
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    Think Gomber is a good stash for next few weeks. Cardinals schedule looks favorable. Would drop Asdrubal who’s on my bench. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

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

    gausman – vs pit
    b johnson – vs mia, @ cws

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  51. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Sup Grey!

    I somehow manage to find myself in a must win situation this week to make playoffs in a h2h league…even tho I’m currently in 2nd place.

    Start both, one, or none in a league where Im not yet desperate:

    1. Strasburg tonight @ Phil?
    2. Gaviglio tonight @ Bal?

    Gaviglio has awful road splits, but has been great vs. The Orioles, and that was before their fire sale.

    If we’re skipping Gaviglio tonight, would we start Pannone tomorrow @ Bal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start Strasburg, Gaviglio looks ok on SON

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: Do you think Strasburg is still dealing with a lingering injury…or is he just washed up in respects to the hype he had when he was younger?

        Lost Bauer, and luckily traded away C-Mart and mcCullers. Thought I struck gold grabbing Strasburg from waivers, but if I make playoffs in this league I’m rolling pretty much all streamers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, I think Stras is dealing with an injury — don’t think he’s washed up, but have little faith in him to ever stay healthy, the upside down W has not been kind to him

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        To extend Marty’s question . . . Gavig tonight ($4.9) or Pannone tomorrow ($8.5) both @BAL. Gavig scares me and Marty already mentioned the conflicting info from his splits, and I don’t know anything about Pannone . . . other than he 1-hit the O’s in his only start in the majors.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d lean on SON for both, they seem startable, but Pannone is obviously favored… Neither are quote-unquote safe, but who is

          • sportivetricks says:
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            @Grey:

            Grey, YOU are quote-unquote safe. At least for good advice and some laughs. Thank you!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, No problem

  52. Ozzie Smith says:
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    Time to dump Albies in a 10 team h2h redraft buddy?
    It was a fun ride in the first half considering he was my last pick in the draft but he hasn’t been productive in any category in over a month.
    The trade deadline was brutal for me this year as I own Shaw, Moose, and Muncy. I’m still rostering all 3 since I’m putting together my roster for the playoffs that start in two weeks and I’m already locked in to first but I’m thinking I’m going to probably have to drop two of the three eventually. Would you drop any of them now for Eloy Jimenez, Matt Chapman, Melky Cabrera, or Kendrys Morales now?
    I dumped Rondon this morning to pick up Jeffress so hopefully he sticks in Mil for a few more weeks!
    A couple starters on the wire that I’m on the edge of picking up and holding vs just streaming, would you grab any of these to hold for down the stretch?
    Fiers, Marquez, Gomber, Musgrove, Bieber.

    Thanks buddy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Muncy for Chapman, Shaw for Morales — I’d own Fiers, Gomber and Musgrove…

  53. ctrengove says:
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    Are you starting Kopech this Friday at home vs Boston (Porcello)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not, but he might be all right

  54. Bob says:
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    Bruce homered on Friday. He is known to be streaky. Do you like him a speculative add? Some time off could have helped. Mets say he will play and see tike at 1b. Do you like him more than melky ros? Not sure how long melky will stay hot. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What did he do Saturday and Sunday? I’d try Bruce for power over Melky, but doodie bubble is hot himself

  55. Taking14DaTeam says:
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    My first place team has been getting punished these past few weeks making me think my first half dominance was a mirage. My first week in the playoffs will start Sept 10. Here is my club and best on the wire, Any advice is more than welcomed!

    Wire: CC (projects to start at Twins), Musgrove ( at Cards, at Brewers), Jax (at Rays), Gomber (home v Pirates and Dodgers), Holland (home v Braves), Pivetta (just kidding).
    RP – Melancon, W Peralta

    Batters: Ramos (3 v Nats, 3 v Marlins), DeJong (3 v Pirates, 4 v Dodgers), Amed (4 v Marlins, 3 at Red Sox), Pham (3 v Indians, 3 v A’s)

    C- Salvador (7 games)
    MI – Bregman, Cano, Dee (has OF eligibility)
    CI – Freeman, Eugenio, Zimmerman
    OF – Trout, Rosario, Peralta, Haniger, Mazara
    DH – Cruz
    Bench – C Santana (walks help, rotates with Zimm depending on matchups), O’Neill (just picked up cuz hot now…Ozuna hurt his PT later?).
    SP – Max, Kluber, Hendricks (v Pirates, Brewers), Chacin (at Cubs), Ryu (at Reds), Wood (at Cards). Bauer…sadly had to drop but I miss him so he is an honorary member
    RP- Leclerc, Osuna, Allen
    DL- EdRod

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomber, Holland, CC over Chacin, Ryu and Wood

  56. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Is Pivetta droppable in redraft? At this point, I don’t know that I’d feel comfortable rolling him out during the playoffs under any circumstances. Thinking I’d rather have Dereck Rodriguez even though his walks aren’t great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, can lose Pivetta for Dereck

  57. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Also, does Minter still have the closing job? I’ve got Will Smith and LeClerc, but I want to lock down saves. Hold Minter or pick up Jeffress?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick up Jeffress

  58. ctrengove says:
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    Thanks for the above anser, Grey! Picking up Kopech for vs BOS and vs DET is very tempting…

    So I’ve made it to the championship round (2nd consecutive season!). Thanks for all your excellent advice throughout the season.

    With a 20-SP cap in a 2-week round (points), am I crazy to start Rodon tonight AT NYY? He’s had such a good (if not marginally lucky) run…

    Also, who the heck is closing in PHI? Dominguez worth holding over (my) final 2 weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, crazy, don’t start Rodon — Dominguez/Neshek are in a committee, that order

      • ctrengove says:
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        @Grey:

        Good advice. Cheers, Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Guess who will be starting Rodon on multiple teams?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope he works out for you, but eek

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. I guess I’ll bench him on my top team.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  59. Taran says:
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    In a 6×6, are Pivetta and Ray worth holding onto for the fantasy playoffs? Are they even streaming options for the last month due to K upside, or is the damage they do to WHIP and ERA not worth the trouble?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose them both, wouldn’t mess with them

  60. ERad says:
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    Any faith in True Detective 3.0?

    • ctrengove says:
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      @ERad:

      HA. This is a top-5 question for Grey in 2018.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Marshala Ali (sp?) a lot, but I have no faith in the writer, so not a ton of faith, will watch tho

  61. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Looking for a streamer to start for tomorrow.
    Would you go with Pannone @ BAL, B.Johnson vs MIA or Boyd @ KC?
    Looks like a 25-30% chance of rain in Kc tomorrow but they are expecting even more for Wednesday so I think that they may try to get this game in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go by SON, outside of that, I guess Johnson

  62. Friendly Orc says:
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    Hello green…er…grey! #trulyhilarious

    Drop Olson for Hicks or Herrera?

    Drop Heaney or Gomber for Qunitana or Duffy?

    Thanks pally!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Aaron/Jordan — Odubel/Kelvin?

      Hold on SPs

      • Friendly Orc says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry…Odubel Herrera and Aaron Hicks.

        Thanks

  63. Big League Wood says:
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    Chasing wins and Ks.

    Would you roll with Brett Anderson at Houston and at home vs Seattle or start C Mart ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I wouldn’t start Anderson

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Coach !!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, Sam!

  64. Five-on-One says:
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    Can you rank the following 2-start pitchers (Wed-Tues week):

    Erasmo @OAK (-$0.7) and v BAL ($20.1)
    Plutko vMIN ($4.3) and vKC ($14.0)
    Fulmer @NYY ($0.0) and @CHW ($21.0)
    Boruky @BAL ($1.5) and vTB ($3.7)
    Duffy vDET ($13.4) and @CLE (-$1.7)

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? Erasmo, Plutko, Fulmer

  65. Racehorse says:
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    As someone who has Greg Bird in a 16-team keeper league with very large keeper rosters …

    I DO NOT like this Voit guy.

    And while I’m at it, I’m no fan of the Phillies parking Carlos Santana at 1B in front of my main guy Hoskins.

    But I’m not all piss and vinegar today … I’m fairly certain in yahoo leagues Robbie Cano qualifies at 1B with one start there — thank the Baseball Godz for that one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I hear ya… Voit looks better than Bird in 3 games than Bird’s been in 3 years

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Grey: true dat!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True dat you!

    • Racehorse says:
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      @Racehorse:
      “with one MORE start there”
      ^

  66. M says:
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    Drop Semien for A Diaz or Rosario going forward? Need a SS
    Drop Cano for Chapman? Rostering Odor and Altuve already….could use 3b help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amed, I guess… has Semien been that bad? I own him, he’s been all right… sure on Cano for Chapman

  67. Babatino says:
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    O’Neill or Dickerson ROS (including playoffs)? 12- team H2H Cat 5×5

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      O’Neill

  68. Gotime says:
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    @Grey: I think this is the only point this season I wished for a top 10 SP! Toss up, go with the 2 start or ride the rookie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rookie!

  69. Gotime says:
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    @Gotime: Meaning Eflin (vs Was / Cubs) or Kopech (vs Box)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kopech

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: That’s it Kopech it is.. coming in hot!! Hope the landing is safe!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so!

  70. johnnyhobbes says:
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    this is kind of a flow chart style question…

    Start Dereck Rod (ARI) $3.8 or Eovaldi @CHW 21.5$?

    Drop “the person you don’t start from the first question” or Tyler Glasnow for Boxberger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dereck… Drop Glasnow

  71. Steve says:
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    1. Can you please rank RP for who you think has more value for saves down the stretch?

    Melancon, Neshek, Barraclough

    Have Dominguez & Steckenrider and wondering if I should flip either for one of the guys listed.

    2. Lourdes Gurriel worth hanging on to for the ROS or think his schomato run’s over?

    3. Do you like Marco Gonzales down the stretch or is a bench bat like Tyler O’Neil a better use of the spot?

    Thanks, trying to plan for my semi’s next week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neshek, Melancon — I’d go with who you have 2. Can lose him 3. O’Neill

  72. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    ROS — Mullins and his ouchy hip, or Kiermaier and his ouchy everything?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, Kiermaier

  73. Jerseyjon says:
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    Hey Grey thanks for guiding me to the playoffs once again. 3 year keeper eligibility can only keep 2 of the following. Linder Harper Stanton Hoskins. Who you got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor, Stanton

  74. H says:
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    Is Kelvin Herrera a drop after his latest injury?

    Who would you drop to activate Dereck Rodriguez? Heaney, Eflin, or neither.

    Also would you still hold on to Britton, I grabbed him for saves when Chapman went down but with Robertson back he may not be the closer now. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, drop Kelvin… Eflin… I’m holding Britton for now

      • H says:
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        @Grey: thank you for the quick reply!

        Follow up question on Britton, would you rather pick up Ryan Madson or hold Britton? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hold for now

  75. DonnieB says:
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    Start Steckenrider or Brett Anderson at Houston? Weekly lineup set. In 180 team overall title format and currently in first by 25 points. Anderson two start worth the risk? Thanks for all your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steckenrider

  76. Steve says:
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    Who do you like better at 2B this week:

    Cano 6 gms @SD @OAK
    Villar 6gms, TOR, @KC

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  77. Soooo Soda drunk in MN says:
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    Kinsler or Schoop – grabbed McNeil then he gets the shizzz. Important Grey – very important HAHA! This week and playoff push ??? Thoughts. Thanks much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop — haha

      • Not really drunk yet in MN says:
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        @Grey: You rock – crazy work day and then I see Schoop has a decent run going and who to ask but you my fine sir and now I can sleep! Cheers!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, No problem

      • Soooo Soda drunk in MN says:
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        @Grey: You rock – thanks as always… Cheers!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  78. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    When Upton returns from Dl, who should I drop? Soto; Cain; Polanco; or Jo Mo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  79. hondo says:
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    I’m kind of caught in the Yuli-Tyler White semi time share.Drop either to spec on Eloy?Bye week is locked up 2 weeks from now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuli

  80. curiousgeorgespringer says:
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    Need some SAGNOF: (Sv+hold lg)

    Probably need to add two of these guys, filling a void in my heart where Kelvin Herrera was and dropping Amed Rosario:

    Pedro Strop
    Ryan Madson
    Wily Peralta
    Paul Fry
    Alex Claudio
    Justin Anderson

    Facing a guy who has loaded up on RPs, but I think I can be competitive in Sv+holds if I add a couple guys. I know, this is not a good group. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strop, Peralta

      • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey — I’m sure a lot of people are wondering whether to add Paul Fry, so this will save you from answering a bunch of those :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jace?

          • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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            @Grey: Oh, no. I already have Jace. I was talking about Paul Fry — who seems to be getting a few holds for the Orioles (2 in the last two weeks) and posting a high K-rate. This is yesterday’s post, though, so I’m probably responding to nobody. Cheers, empty internet page!

  81. ryanoger says:
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    Start Jon Lester home against the Mets tonight?

    thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Robbie Ray is a streamer in a 10 team right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  82. jadsf;k says:
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    in first heading to playoffs. guy in 2nd just dropped aguilar for kendrys, i have zimmerman at 1b, should i stick w/ zimm or try to waiver jesus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now

      • aggds says:
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        cool, thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      @jadsf;k: maybe find a time machine and go back in time to three days ago when Morales had homered in 4 straight games and punch your past-self in the face for not adding him five days ago?

      • jadsf;k says:
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        or i could realize i’m in first place by 14 games and just keep doing what i’m doing

  83. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Grey-
    Thanks for all of your advice so far this year. It’s helped me immensely……Question for my 10 team H2H category league. Unfortunately I own Archer and Robbie Ray. Is it time to jump ship on these bozos or should I ride em out and see? Some pitchers I could add instead would be….Gant, Gomber, Jon Gray, Holland, Roark, Freddy Peralta, Newcomb, Roark, Touki. Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Roark and Gray

      • Andrew Mellars says:
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        @Grey: I’m gonna put in a claim for Gray since he’s in Waivers. If I don’t get him, would you drop Archer or Ray to add Roark? Ray looks like he has a rough schedule coming up and well, both of them suck so it’s a tough one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Either… Ray

  84. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Thoughts on Gaviglio today in a 14 teamer? SON has gone a bit colder on him since I picked him up…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him there

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: It was all going so well :-(

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw man

  85. J-Money says:
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    What Up G,

    Starting Lynn at home vs CWS tomorrow? SON is pretty high on him, but Lynn has looked pretty high his last couple starts. And not the good kind of high.

    Thanks Homie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would in some leagues

      • J-Money says:
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        @Grey: Two week semifinals start today…K/9 league…likely be decided based on how Gray and Tanaka pitch tonight

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let’s see how it goes then

  86. thejacks says:
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    Who’s the odd one out this week? Kendrys, M Franco, Peralta, or Jose Martinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JoMa

  87. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Grey,

    Appreciate all the help you have given this year. Who’s rankings do you recommend for Fantasy Football season?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ours, top ten two years in a row

  88. Cohen says:
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    Better streamer or forget it
    Marquez at SD or
    Suarez at home vs Mets

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      German

  89. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great work my man. I have a first round bye in my h2h playoffs and this current week doesn’t matter since my position is locked in so essentially I have two weeks off before my playoffs start. Eovaldi is on my squad, will he have a rotation spot in 2 weeks? I’m kind of thinking he won’t and luis urias is getting called up. Would you drop eovaldi for urias? Thanks bud and keep up the good work. By the way, pitching is way overvalued in this league.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Looks like urias is ss and will be 2b too. My current situations there are marwin (4 spots), albies and bregman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, drop Eovaldi for Urias

  90. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Strasburg’s next two starts are Milwaukee and Cubs. Cut him now? He looks horrible.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  91. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    For me and everyone else that saw the Gaviglio/Hess match up as a good batty call opportunity, this is rather disappointing.

    Good pitching beats good hitting, so I guess bad pitching beats bad hitting as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think SON was on that as a pitchers’ matchup

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Which furthers the notion that bad pitching beats bad hitting.

        The Orioles have done their part now. Had a chance to grab Mancini, but took Tyler White instead. Oh well, c’est la guerre.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA, yup

  92. johnnyhobbes says:
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    I love you and the guys and five girls…. Giancarlo has 37 stikeouts in August… I can’t draft him ever again… No tafyer I just saw Carlos Rodon mow him down in three pitches

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: FYI tafyer is the johnnyhobbes version of covfefe

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  93. Alex says:
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    Kendrys is still hanging in one of my leagues too. Problem is I have $6 left.

    1. Would you drop Kole Calhoun for Kendrys, Greg Allen, Semien, or Mancini?

    2. Drop H. Rondon for Melancon?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Save your money, unless you have free bids too, then drop Calhoun for him and a $1 2. Sure

  94. Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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    I bow to your insight..started the season with Strasburg, Carlos Martinez and Morton..traded Morton and Brantley for Giancarlo in late June, picked up Wheeler, Holland,Cahill and Fiers to go with mediocre Chase Anderson (who I’ve had all year). We have crawled back from 13th to 7th with a good shot at the money thanks to wins and improved era (first 5 in a 15 team league) Why pay for pitchers when Wheeler et al are there if you just listen to the mustachioed genius.
    So..who’s closing for Miami and the Giants? I have Steckenrider and Smith? Need saves to advance to the money

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I’d guess Melancon and Steckenrider, but I could see Smith possibly in San Fran too

  95. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: better keeper for next year, Acuna in the 6th or Benintendi in the 8th?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Herschel:

      Acuna!

  96. Taking14DaTeam says:
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    Pointing to Sept 10 playoffs….
    1.What are you thinking on Tyler White’s prospects? Astros play so many guys and Gurriel there. Would you drop either Zimm or C Santana for him?

    2. Similar question on O’Neill with Ozuna coming back, Jo Ma, Bader, etc. Do you like him over Mazara who does not look right since his injury? Or be patient with Maz?

    3. I could use steals and average…..Mallex or Pham?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Taking14DaTeam:

      1. nah 2. O’neil (or any schmotato) 3. Mallex

  97. johnnyhobbes says:
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    assuming i can make it out of the playoffs this week who do you like more to stay hot the next few weeks… Tyler white, Kendrys Morales, or Kole Calhoun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      White

  98. Pat says:
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    Need to drop somebody from this group: Melky, Greg Allen, Dahl, Tyler White

    I’d probably lean Greg Allen but my team kind of needs his SBs for playoff matchups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melky

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