To find my preseason article, I Googled “Kevin Gausman sleeper” and Google asked, “Did you mean 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018?”  Google can be such a little snitch sometimes.  Yo, Google, mind your own business!  “Did you mean ‘How do I start my own business?’ or ‘How do I start my own business that actually makes money?'”  I hate you, Google!  In the preseason, I said, “In the 2nd half, Gausman was a top 20 starter-ish.  Top 20-ish?  Top-ish?  You get the drift.  In the 2nd half, he had the 16th best K/9 with a 2.8 BB/9.  He had the 21st best ERA with the 23rd best xFIP.  He had the 24th best fastball with the 3rd best splitter.  Or spliiter, if Desiigner is reading.  He averaged the 12th fastest, uh, fastball while throwing it the 12th most in the majors.  Some of these factoids are neither here nor there, but I’m filling in your charcoal sketch.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Yesterday, he went 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners (1 BB), 10 Ks, ERA at 3.48, and xFIP down to 3.65, which is the 29th best in the majors, between Hendricks and Newcomb.  And I ranked him 31st for starters in the preseason!  What does this mean?  Nothing really, but cool.  He has carried over that newfound command from the 2nd half and still striking out guys around mid-8 K/9.  Do I love owning an Orioles starter?  Do I look daffy?  But Gausman has been solid.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

James Shields – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.62.  The O’s made Shields look good, ’nuff said.  By the way, if I had a boy, I’d name him, Nuff.  And that kid would be so curt!  “Nuff, can you explain the Revolutionary War?”  “We beat Brits.  Nuff said!”

Dee GordonMariners are saying he’ll only miss ten days with a fractured toe.  Middle infielders are going down like crazy this year.  It is like they all have to take turns while Chase Utley takes them out one by one to stay in the league through attrition — Cano, Gordon, Harrison, Panik, Aledmys, Odor, Seager, LeMahieu, DeJong, Bogaerts, Andrus.  Also, if the M’s didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.  In his place, the M’s called up Daniel Vogelbach.  He can also steal 75 bags.  If he has a 79-foot lead.

Trevor Cahill– 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.75.  His peripherals are actually saying he’s been nearly that good, so I should take the brakes off my Cahill indifference.  Though, if it’s indifference, it’s not the brakes, but more neutral.  Then again, if you’re in neutral on a Cahill, you’d like go down–You know what?  I’m stepping out of this metaphor.  Cahill looks solid, and I can see owning him.

Willy Adames – 1-for-4 with his 1st homer, as he was called up for a few days while Joey Wendle has a baby; don’t ask how a baby kangaroo has a baby.  It’s similar to Russian nesting dolls though.  Why is Wendle so important that one of the Rays top prospects can’t stay on the major league roster?  See the 18,000-page tome, “MLB Teams Are Cheap AF.”

Wilson Ramos – Left with a hand contusion.  Or he has hand confusion and there’s a smudge on your computer screen cutting off the top of the ‘f.’  You’ll never know!

Jake Faria – Left last night’s game with an oblique strain.  Or yesterday’s game was the worst episode of The Strain ever.

Steven Souza – Hit the DL again.  And the band played on without Souza.

Matt Koch – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.77 vs. Jhoulys Chacin – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 3.32.  Apparently, the Regression Fairies were in Milwaukee for this game, but they couldn’t pull themselves away from the Laverne & Shirley museum.  The future and past is female!

Ryan Braun – Could return from the DL on Thursday if things go smoothly*.  *Things haven’t gone smoothly for him in five years.

Jameson Taillon – 6 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.567891011121314–Okay, I’ll stop.  If you’re curious, it wasn’t one of those games where Taillon got roughed up early, then gutted it out.  Oh no!  This is C**nt Hurdle we’re talking about!  Yeah, he was left in a few too many hitters and gave up a grand slam, then stayed in for two more hitters!

Austin Meadows – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .400.  Truly hope the Pirates keep him up after Marte returns, but knowing all I know it is so hard to imagine that.  I’m jaded, y’all!

Scooter Gennett – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 6 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .324.  Damn, he’s making a Scooter seem cool, and doing what Rays farmhand, Vespa Jones, could never do.

Matt Harvey – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.49.  This is a Catch 22.  Harvey seems like a total ass, but the NY Mess are the worst.  So hard to decide who to root for!

Mookie Betts – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .368.  Wanna see something funny that isn’t funny at all?  Check out how high Betts is on the Player Rater compared to everyone else.  Ha.  He’s like Chuck Yeager and everyone else is Pete Conrad.  Sorry, currently reading The Right Stuff.

Rafael Devers – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer.  Guess what he’s batting?  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  *sits, picks up my Cougar’s pocketbook and rifles through her purse*  Who was she talking to last night?!  Oh, right, Devers, he’s hitting .239.  Bleh.

Gleyber Torres – 2-for-4 and his 7th homer, and 3rd homer in the last two games, hitting .330.  Aaron Boone finally removed Brett Gardner from the leadoff spot.  And put Aaron Hicks (1-for-5, hitting .248) there instead.

Miguel Andujar – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .285.  The Yankees top of the lineup is trying to turn it over to get back to the bottom.

Elvis Andrus – Cleared to swing a bat.  Hey now!

Ronald Guzman – 2-for-3 and his 4th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Jurickson Profar – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .230.  He’s hitting cleanup.  Profar hitting cleanup wouldn’t make sense for any team.  If MLB went through a schoolyard pick ’em to pick through all 750 players, Profar would be in the last 10 guys picked.

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  His career has spanned that of Razzball’s history, and, brucely, I’m sick of talking about Hamels.  Can he retire?

Franchy Cordero – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .252.  That’s only in 36 games, so that’s good, but Franchy flies have been caught a lot recently.  Guess his luck had to ketchup to him.

Jeremy Hellickson – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.13.  He left the game with a blister because he simply read a news item about Rich Hill.  Damn you, Rich Hill!

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  He’s one homer off the major league lead and he took about five weeks off from the end of April until this week.

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 14th homer, hitting .286.  He takes offense to that Betts comment.  Ozzie actually takes offense everywhere, apparently.

Vince Velasquez – 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  He is the epitome of a pitcher who is in danger of being counted out with a TK’do every time he takes the field.  Velasquez is Mitch Green’s eye.

Marcell Ozuna – 3-for-4 and yet another steal (his 3rd), and he hasn’t stole that many since 2014, and has never stole more than five bags.  Stop stealing bases and start hitting homers!  Does he not know who he is?  Is he broke?  I’m gonna start calling him O’Zune.

Luke Weaver – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.31.  You could do worse.  Though, the pessimist would tell you can do better too.

Alex Gordon – 3-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .262.  He’s out-slugging Ozuna.  Kill me now.

Trevor Bauer – 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.35.  Every one of you should spam other fantasy sites with comments like, “Yo, why didn’t you tell me to draft Bauer as aggressively as Grey Albright, the Fantasy Master Lothario?  And don’t abbreviate it!”

Jose Ramirez – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .297.  And you were cursing me under your breath for telling you to draft Ramirez in the top 12.  I got a pfft for you somewhere.  One serious scoff!

Tyler Chatwood – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.74.  He threw six walks.  Must be why he’s known as The Toy Rifle, because of an armful of BBs.

Ian Happ – 1-for-1 and his 8th homer, a pinch-hitter homer.  I can’t even with Maddon.  Are you grooming Happ to be Rusty Staub?!

J.A. Happ – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.97.  The only thing I don’t like about Just Apricot this year is his last name makes me sing that Pharrell song, Happy, which is the worst earworm since Moves Like Jagger.

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .178.  It sure isn’t the era of the DH.  Ron Blomberg is rolling over in his grave.  He’s not dead, but he sleeps in soil.

Garrett Richards – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.10.  Richards gave up five runs in the 1st inning, but four were unearned for the heart-stopping ticker shock!  A really unnecessary box scare.

Gerrit Cole – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.86.  Of course, he’s not a 1.86 ERA pitcher.  Even Mr. Exposition doesn’t need to inform you of that.

Tony Kemp – 2-for-2, 5 RBIs, hitting .429.  Matt’s little brother has been swinging a hot bat, and I’m not talking about how he’s dating Lil’ Rihanna, Sprite’s claymation Rihanna.  He’s more of SAGNOF play, though.  Think 25+ steal speed.  He’s also platooning with about four guys.

Madison Bumgarner – Threw a sim game.  He’s a total Bella Goth.

Brandon Crawford – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .308.  That’s his 2nd home run in the last week, and he’s hitting near-.550 in the last week.  There is no hotter hot schmotato in the land.

Brock Stewart – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.72, as he was recalled.  By me.  And the Dodgers.  And the Rockies.  Everyone recalls Brock Stewart!

Yasiel Puig – 1-for-1, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and fifth homer in the last seven games.  Quick, get him out of your lineup, Dave Roberts!

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .180, which is about sixty points off where his average should be.  Your Buy Low Window will not last forever.  You have been advised, Nick Capozzi.

Jeimer Candelario – Ready for his rehab assignment.  First step, make amends to your fantasy owners for abandoning them.

Matt Boyd – Left yesterday’s game with an oblique spasm.  I’m just going to make the portmanteau, O’Boydlique, and leave it at that.

Derek Dietrich – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer, hitting over .300 in the last week.  I’d say schmotato, but you just know Don Mattingly’s going to bench him today for no reason.

Caleb Smith – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.83.  Let me let you in on a little secret.  The Stream-o-Nator loves home starts, and hates rookies.  So, if it’s an away start and a rookie, as it was for Caleb, and SON still likes it, it means the other team is awful.  Good stuff, Metropolitans!

Jose Bautista –  1-for-3, 1 run as he signed with the Mets, as Bautista takes the casino bus to another stop.  It should be, “Signed, Mets:  We Don’t Care.”   Basically, Bautista is everything that is wrong with the Mets.  They’ve now signed Jason Vargas, Jose Reyes, A-Gon, Tood Frazier, Jay Bruce and now Bautista, while cutting playing time out of Wilmer Flores, Nimmo, Amed, Conforto and Gsellman at different times.  They are operating like a small market team — they’re in NEW YORK!   Granted, Flushing, which is a signifier of something else entirely, but still.  The Mets have gone from a few years ago blaming fans for their losses — there’s not enough of you in the stands to root for us!  They’ve received money from MLB to stay afloat, after Madoff, and now it looks like Madoff is running some Ponzi scheme from his jail cell signing players.  The Mets even tried to put a casino on their grounds.  Maybe they still will after they sign Jacoby Ellsbury!  Through all of that, they’re only 3 games out of 1st in the NL East, while they actively try to sabotage their team!

   
  1. Padre says:
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    Grey,
    Any point in trying to buy low on Buxton or is it even worth it with the way he has played? Still expect/hope for a potentially solid turn around?

    • Krinks says:
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      @Padre: NO

    • dingo37 says:
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      @Padre: I’d pick him up in a free agent pool to sit on my bench for a possible turn around, but I wouldn’t give up anything for him at this point.

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Padre: Depends what low means (what are you giving up or who are you cutting?). Definitely a buy low candidate

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Padre: He’s a buy low candidate, if price is right

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Gr8 stuff, again pace yourself man! You’re on a 162 HR pace with all your goodness. How will you hit ’em out in the dog days of August?

    a. One word…Scooter!!!

    b. With Dee going on the DL, moved Happ to 2B (maddening!), Scoots can remain where he is cemented to his MI position and added Muncy (with the free waiver pick when Dee went on the DL) to play in the outfield. Maybe he can help in BAA and runs. At least hold the fort until Dee comes back?

    c. Need a confirmation. Nate Jones is the closer for the WhiteSux, right? I know the WhiteSux suck (almost stutterer) and who cares really if someone saves some (alliteration @ Razzball!!!) of their miserable 30 wins this year but he’s the man, right?

    d. Mark Twain quote of the day for May 23

    Old Man: ‘The impulse which moves a person to do things–the only impulse that ever moves a person to do a thing. ‘

    Young Man: ‘The only one! Is there but one? ‘

    Old Man: ‘That is all. There is only one. ‘

    Young Man: ‘Well, certainly that is a strange enough doctrine. What is the sole impulse that ever moves a person to do a thing?’

    Old Man: ‘ The impulse to content his own spirit–the necessity of contenting his own spirit and winning its approval.’

    Remember this one, because this idea of ‘the impulse’ will be re-visited throughout the season.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • kilkennybrian says:
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      @Ante GALIC:
      Thank god I didn’t have the impulse to drop Yasiel Puig

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @kilkennybrian: Kilkenny!!

        Hehe!

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Padre: Hey. Y’all need to watch Monday’s video: Buy/Sell/Hold for this week. Buxton featured prominently in one of the segments. Go watch. It’s great.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @JakeTPE: Ugh. Wrong comment! Sorry!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha, thanks! A. Nice! B. Makes sense C. Yup D. Awesome! You’re the best, Ante…

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        I hate to disagree with you, but you are the best. These quotes are from his essays. It’s pretty awesome to be able to read them, let alone being able to share them with you all. So thank you for offering the venue for such an awesome experience.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Appreciate you sharing them!

  3. Adam says:
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    Would u drop Didi G for Scooter G?
    Thanks

    • Krinks says:
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      @Adam: Most definitely. I want to be in a league where he is still available.

    • dingo37 says:
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      @Adam: For me it would depend on the position replacement.

    • Rudboy says:
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      @Adam:

      Going into the season Didi was not a top 10 SS and he will not finish now. He had a crazy hot streak to start season this is why hes been over valued in standaed leagues. Dont over think dropping that guy for another hot player. Scooter is hot then ride him the same way you rode Didi. Didi NoGlorious is not a good hitter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Gotta be someone else for you to drop

      • TraderJoel says:
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        @Grey: If you want a WTF moment, look at Correa and Scooter’s number over the past 2 seasons. I traded him in the first week of the season for Olson. Descend with me into the Pit of Misery!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I know, crazy… I did write a Correa overrated post this preseason

          • TraderJoel says:
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            @Grey: I traded Correa last year in a keeper league for Rich Hill, Andrew Miller and Villar and really feel indifferent either way. Needed pitching for the playoffs and still got eliminated in a tiebreaker H2H.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, oh well

              • TraderJoel says:
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                @Grey: relevant to this season: what starting pitcher would you be looking for in return for B. Dozier and same question for Adam Jones?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Dozier I’d want a top 10 SP… Jones I’d take anything, maybe Pivetta

  4. Zee Kay says:
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    Hey Grey!

    What’s your take on Kyle Freeland for ROS? Considering streaming him tomorrow @LAD. Jon Gray and Manaea would be on the hot seat for reference. Thanks!

  5. Jake says:
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    Another helpful write-up. Thanks for taking time to do that each night.

    I’m in a standard $50 Yahoo 12-team 5 x 5 league. My team is currently in 1st place, and I have been trying to upgrade 3B without success. I’ve just been offered M. Machado for my C. Kluber. I have K. Seager at 3B and J. Segura at SS, so Machado would fit in well replacing K. Seager at 3B (and I could use Manny’s pop).

    I would be dealing from strength as my other SP’s are – Syndergaard, Bauer, Carrasco, Newcomb, Wacha, Castillo, Morton, Skaggs, and C. Martinez (DL).

    I feel I should pull the trigger and make the trade. What say ye?

    If yes, which pitcher should I grab off the wire to replace Kluber until C-Mart comes back – Godley, Strippling, Heaney, Mengden, Cahill, Bettis, Ed Rod?

    Thanks!!

    • dingo37 says:
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      @Jake: I’d do it. Maybe Cahill, but I’d likely just stream if those were my best options.

      • WhiteRabbit says:
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        @dingo37: yes – Godley

    • Rudboy says:
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      @Jake:

      If you are in 1st, why fix what isnt broken? Did you know the majority of hitters who hit 300 in 1st half wont do it second half? Manny’s price is prob higher than it would ever be right now. Remember, ALL hitters go thru slumps and he hasnt yet. Youre pitching is great but can you really count on Thor (injury), Carrasco (injury), Morton ( its charlie), Newcomb (rookie), Casillo ( sophomore) the way you can trust the tank Kluber is? You trade Klube and any of those guys regress or get hurt and you are now thin. I would try trading Thor and someone else for Manny. ..

      • Jake says:
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        @Rudboy:
        Yeah, everything you wrote I have considered. Especially…why dink with a 1st place team, will Machado keep it up, and countering with a lesser pitcher (Synder). That’s why I am seeking some input here. More heads are better than one (“That’s what she said!”).

        Thanks for everyone’s input. Looking forward to what the Master Grey-tor thinks.

        • Rudboy says:
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          @Jake: have you considered trading for Travis Shaw? He hasnt locked in, is a top 6-8 3B option, and you can prob get him dirt cheap right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake: Yes, Heaney, but I’d look at future matchups, maybe Cahill

  6. Zee Kay says:
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    Hey Grey!

    What’s your take on Kyle Freeland for ROS? Considering streaming him tomorrow @LAD. Jon Gray and Sean Manaea would be on the hot seat for reference. Or I could drop 2B C. Hernandez but the Phillies are too much fun right now. Thanks!

  7. Scott says:
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    I hope the cubs miss out on the playoffs and maddon get canned. His treatment of happ is criminal. Happ is on pace for 33 hr in limited time. Depsite the strikeouts and I argue that he can reduce them if given consistent AB’s, he has a .366 obp and .905 ops for the year, yet he can’t get in the lineup. Happ gets benched despite being their best hitter over the last week with a .438 average over last 7 days. I don’t know how this kind of nonsense can be tolerated any more from the cubs brass, its fans and the local media. The division is wide open and if some teams get healthy, the cubs may not even make a wildcard. They should just trade him and get something for him instead of letting a 23 year old rot on the bench. I am sure he would generate plenty of interest.

    • Scott says:
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      Just an fyi, Happ’s ops is currently better than Charlie Blackmon, Jose Abreu and Gary Sanchez. That’s just taking a quick look too and comparing him to other big name players.

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Scott: Package him up and get Machado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Preaching to choir with me

  8. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    Great stuff as always, Grey!

    Right now, I’ve got Goldy, JoMa, Carpenter, and Cron as my options at 1B. Would you drop any of them to scoop up Desmond? (obviously not Goldy, even if he’s getting outperformed by the majority of waiver wire options at the moment….)

    Also, I’m currently holding both Gohara and Soroka—you high on either ROS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill Buttlicker: Thanks! Carp — I’d drop both pitchers if opportunity presented itself

  9. Packers says:
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    Fun read. My coach always keeps a bottle of ketchup in the dugout so if we fall behind he squits some out hoping we can ketchup.
    Dr. Andrews sent Tommy John a congratulatory 75th birthday card yesterday, sources say.
    We play 5 outfields and two of mine are Mallex and T. Hernandez.
    On waivers this week are Mancini, Polonco and Desmond. Lamb is there also and he is an upgrade over Duffy.
    How would you set your priority claim of Mancini, Polonco, Lamb and Desmond?

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      @Packers:

      comments like that don’t pass mustard

    • dingo37 says:
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      @Packers: I relish them

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @dingo37: Stop being such a hot dog!

      • Game of Throws says:
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        @dingo37: These puns are so cheesy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey, you don’t have to grill ’em

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: Haha, nice… Hilarious on Andrews… Lamb over Matt Duffy… All of them over him… Desmond, Lamb

    • Count de Monetballl says:
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      Congratulations, we have a wiener

  10. I also sleep in soil. It’s replenishing. Ask a worm.

  11. Mark Chumley says:
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    As a Reds fan, I’m hoping that Harvey really turns it around. Then we can trade him at the deadline for a mediocre prospect.

  12. Tigres says:
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    Grey – Just Apricot strikes again! And to think, I was gonna leave him on waivers…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: He’s too good for waivers, top 25 SP right now

  13. thatguy says:
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    DeShields. FML

  14. jon says:
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    stream Gibson at home vs Twins ?

    • dingo37 says:
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      @jon: I guess if I had to. Det doesnt score/scare much, but hasn’t he been horrible at home this year?

  15. coacher says:
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    How long does Tyler O’Neill stay up? How about Juan-a-soto? DR. PEPPER!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @coacher: Dr. Pepper me! O’Neill and Soto are up all year if they keep hitting, same if they don’t, could be sent down within 2 weeks

  16. Dirk Diggler says:
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    Should I trade away Snell or Bauer for Realmuto or Smoak? If so, who should I trade away and who should I ask for? My SPs are below:

    Price
    Snell
    Bauer
    Darvish
    Happ
    Godley
    Heaney
    Freeland

      • Dirk Diggler says:
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        @Grey: thanks! And if I can get Mous instead, Mous or Smoak?

  17. wilto1be says:
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    Candelario or longoria

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @wilto1be: Longo, but could go either way, don’t have strong feelings on either

  18. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Please let the Mets get Odor! The bobble head night possibilities alone would be worth it!

    1. Keep forever….$3 Bellinger or $6 JoRam? Is it close?

    2. Drop Martin and spend a buck on Pina or Maldonado, or same difference?

  19. Mr. Peabody says:
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    Just took first in a 10 team, standard 10 category, roto league. Doing great in every category except avg, steals and wins. Have a tough call on who to drop to activate Braun and Alex Reyes coming up.

    Let me know which two you would drop please.

    C – Gary
    1b – Rizzo
    2b – Gleyber
    SS – Baez
    3b – Torenado
    If – Donaldson
    Of – Eddie Rosario, Mazara, Puig, Mancini
    Util – Gardner, Mallex, Eugenio
    Bn – Soto, Villanueva

    SP – Verlander, Carrasco ohtani
    Rp – Chapman, Herrera,
    P – Giles boxberger Strickland archer
    Bn – Alex wood, Jon Gray, Fulmer, pivetta

    DL – Braun eaton Reyes
    Na – Eloy, kopech

    • Mr. Peabody says:
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      @Mr. Peabody:
      Also there’s a 1900 innings limit. I’m on pace for more like 1850 currently using 2 bench bats most of the year.

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Mr. Peabody: thats a solid lineup. Better to package up a two or three for 1 trade and not have to lose two guys. I’d say Gardner but you need steals – I’m not sure Braun is not the odd one out. Maybe Fulmer (Michael?) too – he’s on a bad team so wins will be hard to come by and his ERA is not going to help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Peabody: Might be able to trade low for Gordon right now… Villanueva, Gray

  20. chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    TO stream a hitter this rest of the week:

    Trumbo @CHW and @TB
    or
    Miguel Andujar vs LAA

    thanks

  21. John says:
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    I asked about Taillon/Lester a couple of days ago… since you weren’t sold on either decided to see if I could get more. Final deal was my Lester/ChrisTaylor for his Taillon/Moncada. 5 player keeper league, h2h points. How’d I do?

    Thanks for the advice. Appreciate your work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Sounds decent, thanks!

  22. Ozzie Smith says:
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    10 team shallow h2h league, made a risky move when Torres got called up and dropped Daniel Murphy to grab Torres. Wow has that move paid off big time, especially with Murph malingering through his recovery.

    I know Mazara was a sleeper crush to start the year and he’s had a couple good spells but I’m just about to pull the trigger on dropping him to pick up Puig. It’s probably a coin flip but do you like this move?

    How are you feeling about starting Archer against Boston today? My ratios are awesome so far this week thanks to Pivetta, Bauer, and Buehler but I could definitely use some K’s and wins.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ozzie Smith: Such a malinger! I’d go Puig — Archer’s a start, sadly

  23. Henry says:
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    Do I give Folty for Andujar in a 16-team OPS keeper? Got Davidson and JRam with 3B eligibility, with Senzel in my MiLB.

  24. Peacecoast says:
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    so I pick up Vlad to stash but using a roster spot because Cesp is expected back this week. Then K Davis goes down and no DL announcement by my FAAB day. Then Dee goes on the DL after FAAB day. Then we hear Cesp ain’t coming back anytime soon. So now I have 4 hitter spots that are getting no stats for the time being. I hate this game sometimes. And Deshizz looks like shite now. Remember some dude saying that he might end up batting 9th by mid-season bla bla bla? Ya that was you ya red-eyed-sunglass-wearing mofa. Blaming your housekeeper for your eye damage is such a first world problem. Mine is named Hilda and I totally get the problem with missing every day items. Also how the hell are you supposed to read what the cleaning bottle really is when you have your contacts out, right? I MEAN FOR FUCKS SAKE.

    No I didn’t have an actual question. I’m dumb tho and glad you missed when I asked if you liked skiing when you said y’all were going to Aspen over ASB (ya it’s Summertime). You gonna go hiking a lot? Do you take your dog on these trips?

    Today might be one of those hyper PC days, son. I can feel it. I am in the office all day and you are my only non-masturbatory outlet although that can change if you send me nudes.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Peacecoast:

      This is my favorite post ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: Haha, I was thinking exactly that #firstworldproblems big time…. Ted stays home on trips, he doesn’t travel well… I don’t hike, or do outdoorsy stuff at all really… Wife’s parents wedding turns 50 and they rented a house in Aspen for everyone… So family outing…

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: What about a dog that takes shits in every room of a house doesn’t travel well?

  25. Hawk says:
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    “Or yesterday’s game was the worst episode of The Strain ever”

    I dunno…I watched every episode of The Strain. It was pretty bad at parts. And by “at parts” I mean the parts between the title credits and the end credits. And by that I mean it sucked. That show sucked. And no, I don’t mean in the vampire way, over the internet friend. I mean in the teenager-who-hates-everything-and-rolls-their-eyes-so-much-they-might-be-possessed sort of way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Haha, I never saw it, but will take your word for it

  26. Jeff says:
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    Good read this morning. Needing help on what to do Rhys Hoskins. Debating on making a trade to acquire Brandon Belt or picking up Michael Brantley. Any help is appreciated.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Jeff:

      Stop what you’re doing. Take your hand off your electronic device. Back away.

      Don’t do either of those things.

      • Jeff says:
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        @Hawk: bahaha! That’s what I needed to hear!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Thanks! Hold

  27. Kyle Reed says:
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    My:
    Markakis
    Madison Bumgarner

    for

    His:
    Trey Mancini
    Jon Gray
    Sonny Gray
    Luke Weaver

    • Hawk says:
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      @Kyle Reed:

      It’s a no from me. You’re not getting enough quality back for Bumgarner.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Kyle Reed: to me ,
      it depends on what you are dropping to make room and what is available on the waivers, and how large the league is

      but it’s not crazy

  28. frank cloud says:
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    so…whatch watching lately…killing eve is pretty good…any suggestions?

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @frank cloud: The Expanse! Esp if you like sci-fi.

    • dingo37 says:
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      @frank cloud: eve is killing it; checked out the terror? kinda interesting/weird.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank cloud: Killing Eve is solid… I just watched two seasons of The Expanse, was solid, first season’s aight, 2nd season is great

  29. Spyre says:
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    Who’s the best OF5 for a points league?

    Aaron Hicks
    Austin Meadows
    Tyler O’Neill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spyre: O’Neill, depends a bit on needs

  30. Chris D says:
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    Dynasty League Question: Is Kyle Seager cutable at this point? I Can’t trade him, I Lost DeJong (Gleyber is my SS) but don’t have any backups. I’m covered at 3b with Shaw, Sano and Scooter.

    Wanted to drop Seager for Semien or Crawford.

    Hold, Semien or Crawford? (Also that is now going to be my future band name, just have to learn how to play an instrument now)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris D: Haha, that rocks! Literally…. Meh, Seager’s not that bad…

      • Chris D says:
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        @Grey: and that’s what makes this hard, his numbers are passable (sans avg) but just 0 playing time for him on my team. Baseball logic tells me hold based on his career track record, but quick impulse me says just get it over with and go with what you might need.

        I think I’ll wait it out until end of Month, see where my team is at/going and go from there. Thanks Grey, have a great one today!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  31. Dude says:
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    Grey, thanks as always. Some deep league fodder for you: Brandon McCarthy with a significant velo boost over last two (rather nice) starts. Check it out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dude: I did, didn’t seem that revelatory… Still threw what? 5 1/3? Meh

  32. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    5×5 Roto league.. was offered Ian Desmond for my Rougned Odor.. both would be utilized in a utility spot. Who do you like for the rest of the season? Thanks!

      • Josh-NYC says:
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        @Grey:

        Is it close?

  33. Rudboy says:
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    Amazing preseason article on Gausman. I kept telling people this guy is nice but everyone laughed. At least you knew what was good

  34. Curtis W. Jones says:
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    Grey – my love for Pivetta may be clouding my judgment. Have an offer for a closer in a 12 team, 5×5 NL Only league. I’m in 2nd, but only have 3 points in saves (acquired Strickland a few weeks back). Staff is Corbin, Thor, Blisters Hill, Gray, Trevor Williams, Pivetta, Guerra, Clayton Richard, Straily, Blach, Brock Stewart. Offer is my Pivetta and Dexter Fowler (I also have Ozuna and Tyler O’Neill) for his Brad Hand and Albert Almora. I initially offered Gray for Hand, but he already has Anderson and Marquez, and can’t stomach another Rockies starter.

    Rudy’s trade analyzer has Fowler worth a lot more than Almora, though that certainly hasn’t been the case to date. I wasn’t starting Fowler, but with Pollock and Braun hurt, I am now again. Thoughts? Thanks man.

    Curtis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curtis W. Jones: I’d take Hand if it can help a lot in your league standings

  35. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    My issue involves Chris Taylor, Ian Happ, and Tyler O’Neill…. I guess this is more about Dave Martinez, Joe Maddon, and Walter Matthau I mean Mike Matheny and how often they play these guys. Chris Taylor is more about position in the batting order but damn i just feel like i should cut out Happ and O’neil because of their managers and just wait out to see if Taylor is what he was last year. I play in a weekly lock -in so you can see how the playing time issue is maddening. I’m feeling lost about it all. very frustrating !

    Been cyclopsing Trevor Cahill and Caleb Smith. I know that smith was against the mets but still, looking ok. Take up Cahill in case he has a renaissance ?

    side note- i wish Happ had the right color hair for this: ” Le Grand Orange part Deux”… maybe he is a ginger, never checked

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johnnyhobbes: Prolly the safest course of action… I’d go Cahill over Smith — He’s not a ginger — Kole Calhoun is tho

  36. JNiz3 says:
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    10 Team H2H. Nola and Pham too much or little for Rizzo? Thoughts Please and Thanks.

  37. Murph says:
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    Morning Grey – really enjoyed the writeup
    Trying to gain some offensive traction….specifically need RBIs and AVG

    WW has Santana, Zimmerman, Crawford, Almora, Parra, Odor, Alex Gordon
    Droppable players: Conforto, Soler

    Worth making a move?
    Thanks sir
    p.s. the Gordon blurb made me laugh out loud – straight to the point!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Ha, thanks! I’d try Crawford and Santana

  38. Alex says:
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    Mancini or Desmond ROS OBP league?

  39. FrankGrimes says:
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    Every episode was the worst episode
    Of the Strain.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: HAHA, you should be writing AV Club reviews

  40. MetsFanMisery says:
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    Chris Taylor and Healy for Hoskins?

  41. Jerseyjon says:
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    Barnhart batted 2nd yesterday and went 3-4

    • Jerseyjon says:
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      He could see a lot better pitching hitting in front of Votto rather than the pitcher should he stick there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jerseyjon: I saw that, sad but potential fantasy value if they do it again

  42. APiatt34 says:
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    Which side….

    Sean Newcomb for Gleyber Torres?

    Redraft league

  43. Noble says:
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    12 team H2H 5×5 OPS / no BA

    Took a flyer on O’Neill
    Buxton, Odor, Desmond, Chapman, Conforto are available.
    Drop O’Neill for one of the above?

    Thanks!

  44. Rob Loblaw says:
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    Great work as always. I love this site. Long time reader first time commenter.
    Would you drop any of the following for Bird?
    Suarez, schoop, j Martinez

    12 team 6×6 obp.

  45. jose says:
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    Grey, I hear you on Harvey! I think I just root for both to continue to spiral.

    Picked up Dyson hoping for some SB action. He beat the throw to the bag and slid past it for a caught stealing. Go figure…

    On a happier note, I moved on from Iannetta and picked up the Beef. Was rewarded with a 3/4 night and an RBI. Going to be cyclopsing Iannetta, but had to move on for now.

    I think I’ll look into trading for Desmond. Thanks for the push.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: Haha, yup! No problem

  46. ctrengove says:
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    Grey,

    My league has a 10-SP cap per week and I have 11 currently scheduled. Of the following 3 SPs that I own, which 1 of the 3 would you bench this week?

    Archer home vs Boston (Price)
    Snell home vs Boston (Pomeranz)
    Newcomb at Boston (Porcello)

    Thanks!

  47. The Shoe says:
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    What do you think of my Morton or Quintana plus W. Ramos for his Poser? I’m really loving Morton (thanks to you, Grey!) and Quintana may be on the rise as you’ve pointed out, so I’m hesitant to part with them.

    My current staff is Morton, Quintana, Godley, Corbin, Clevinger, Wacha, Cahill, Pivetta. 12 Team H2H OBP league.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Shoe: Poser? Do you mean Posey? Awful trade

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Haha, yes Posey. Appreciate the slap in the face to bring me to my senses.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Well, it appears I’ve traded Corbin/Ramos for Posey. I neglected to reveal that I had originally proposed Corbin/Ramos for Posey and that he countered with the Morton package.

        In the end, how did I do?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully it works out for you

    • ctrengove says:
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      @The Shoe:

      Don’t make that trade, dude.

  48. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Would you still hold on Taillon in a 12-team? His last month of starts have been… less than impressive.

    • dingo37 says:
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      @Shopgurrrl: fwiw hes avail in my 12 teamer

  49. primetime says:
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    Grey, 10 team keeper league 5×5.

    keep 7 players. I could keep hoskins, albies and devers (dee gordon) and pitchers. CMART Bum McCullers &

    Offer Bumgarner, CMART and AJ Pollak and 2019 1st rd for Freeman, Paxton and Godley 2019 3rd rd pick.

    Thoughts?

  50. Brett says:
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    Can you rank Moncada, Chris Taylor, Torres for the rest of the year.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: Moncada, Gleyber

  51. Woodrow the Impaler says:
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    12 team standard roto mixer…

    Is it bananas to cut ties with Jon Gray and Taillion and replace them with two of either Gohara, Cahill, and Caleb Smith?

    Also, was offered Rendon and Soto for Acuña in the same league. I’ve already got Shaw at 3B; Springer, LoCain, and Dickerson as my OF’s aside from Acuña.

    Thanks in advance for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Woodrow the Impaler: They’re on waivers in my 12 team league… Cahill, Gohara — Rendon side

      • Woodrow the Impaler says:
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        @Grey: very appreciative for the guidance, Grey

        Mahalo!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hola!

  52. GusPike says:
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    What’s up with Goldschmidt? Kept him as one of my keepers this year at the cost of JD Martinez and Chris Sale and he’s now under .200 (don’t get me started on how my other keepers of Rizzo and Stanton are doing).

    Is he ever going to right the ship?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GusPike: We go over Goldy in yesterday’s podcast, things don’t look great

  53. Clint Zenk says:
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    So no dropping Peraza for Adames in a 12 team roto redraft then, I presume? Damned Rays! No wonder you had to drop the ‘Devil’ from the team name, it was too obvious.

  54. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    You think Melancon is worth holding on to? DL is getting full, and it seems that Strickland is going to retain the job. Do you think that it’s Strickland’s job at this point? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh-NYC: Giants said Melancon will not be the closer when he returns

  55. Disenfranchised says:
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    In a 12 team points league (yahoo, 3 keepers), I have Musgrove and Alex Reyes both coming back from the DL. I’m planning on dropping Vargas to start Musgrove Friday. But I don’t know who to drop for Reyes. My roster is:

    C – Alfaro
    1B – Santana/Bell
    2B – Rizzo
    3B – Gallo/Lamb
    SS – Semien
    3OF – Betts, Benintendi, Mazara/Herrera
    B – Odor
    (we have 1 U)

    Kluber
    Snell
    Newcomb
    Archer
    T. Williams
    Taillon
    L. Weaver
    Mahle
    Chatwood
    Vargas

    The daily pitching lineup is 2 SP, 2 RP, and 2 P. I use Williams and Chatwood as RPs and Musgrove is also RP eligible. I’m leaning towards dropping Vargas and Chatwood. However I could see dropping a batter like Lamb, Odor or Bell. Given the shallow pitcher lineup I run the risk of having to skip a start though. Please advise. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Disenfranchised: Vargas is not ownable, neither really is Mahle, Chatwood and Weaver/Taillon are pretty borderline

      • Disenfranchised says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey! There is a move limit before you have to pay for each one. Also it’s h2h and if you exceed that limit you’re limited to 5 moves per week in the playoffs. I’m trying to stay well under the limit and so far so good. I’m undefeated!

        I’m going to drop Chatwood because Mahle’s K/9 and K:BB look promising. Thanks for the advice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Disenfranchised says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey! There is a move limit before you have to pay for each one. Also it’s h2h and if you exceed that limit you’re limited to 5 moves per week in the playoffs. I’m trying to stay well under the limit and so far so good. I’m undefeated!

        I’m going to drop Chatwood because Mahle’s K/9 and K:BB look promising. Thanks for the advice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  56. Five-on-One says:
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    Two quick questions:

    1) Please Rank:
    SonnyG v LAA ($2.0)
    VinceV @LAD (-$1.7)
    2-start Straily @NYM (-$6.8) and @SD $2.5)

    2) In a 5×5, 12-team league, do you start or sit each?

    Thanks.

  57. Tony C says:
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    Drop Chase Anderson for Caleb Smith, Hellickson, Edwards, R. Osuna, Devenski or Bradley. 12 team QS no Holds league .

  58. Mike says:
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    Would you trade Charlie Morton for Marcell Ozuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Could see it, might backfire

  59. Schoolboy P says:
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    Perez, Bell, Albies, Bryant, Machado, Schoop, Shaw, Blackmon, Bellinger, Santana, Dahl, Cron.
    Verlander, McCullers, Corbin, Morton, Weaver, Wood, Tallion, Velasquez, Godley, Boxburger.

    Trade Corbin for Edwin and upgrade my 1b?

  60. Oppo Taco says:
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    Grey, Im in a rebuild mode in our 12 team 5×5 keeper. We keep 8 guys. As of now I’d be keeping :
    Goldy, Rizzo, Trea Turner, Hoskins, Upton, Freeman, Bumgarner and one of Baez/Bregman/Bauer/Alex Reyes going in to next year.

    Would you flip Baez and Bauer to try to get either Jo-Ram or Torenado? Which guy would you prefer long term out of those two. Thanks!

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Baez is the guy I’m really struggling on year ROS and long term outlook

    • Cram It says:
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      @Oppo Taco: I’d keep Baez and Bregman over Upton and Bum

  61. Jason Murray says:
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    Which side in a 10-team, H2H keeper? Rizzo/Gleyber Torres or Hoskins/Javy Baez? What about Rizzo/Torres or Bellinger/Baez? Thanks!

  62. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Happy Hump Day folks! Great write-up, as yoosh.

    C- Realmuto
    1B – HanRam
    2B – Schoop
    3B – Machado (SS eligibility)
    SS – Tim Anderson
    OF – Trout
    OF – Ozuna
    OF – Rosario
    Uti – Polanco
    Uti – Jose Ramirez
    Bn – Hosmer

    This is a 12-tm H2h, redraft. Would you keep the lineup as is and dump Polanco or someone else for Puig, Domingo, or Buxton? OR would you dump Tim Anderson and slide Machado to SS and Jose Ramirez to 3B and pick up one of Puig, Domingo, or Buxton?

    Gracias!

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, my fearless leader

  63. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    I wanna grab Desmond while I can; good idea to drop Mancini?

    I figure the reasoning of crappy O’s and super summertime Coors alone is good logic and Desmond is money when he gets a little schmotato in him.

    Thanks!

  64. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Looking for some advice on my team. 5 standard batting cats with OBP and K’s added on

    C- Grandal
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Merrifield
    3B – Rendon
    SS – Lindor
    OF – Betts, Rosario, Gallo
    UTIL – Shaw
    B – Chris Taylor, Yoan Moncada

    I’ve been doing a bit of overmanaging and shuttling Gallo out when I think he’ll have a 3-4 K game to limit my exposure to the K category, but should I just Ron Pompeil my lineup and drop my bench bats (Taylor/Moncada) for the following?

    1. Blake Parker (currently have 4 closers), Austin Meadows, Gyorko, Desmond
    2. Who is a better DL-stash – Sano or Wil Myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William Hung: I’d just start Gallo 1. Desmond 2. Myers

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Should I drop Taylor or Moncada for Desmond? I tried to use Fangraphs but they essentially have them as the same ROS

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Taylor

  65. Chucky says:
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    Contemplating a mega trade. 12 t Dynasty, no contracts. Max, Pollock and his choice of Polanco, DDS or Teo……..for Otani, Springer and A Wood?

  66. jOEandaTOE says:
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    Drop Matt Adams for Ian Desmond? Lots of home games coming up for Ian…

      • jOEandaTOE says:
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        @Grey: thank you! I hope your eyes are feeling better and benefitted from the streak-free properties of Windex

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  67. ctrengove says:
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    If the Democrats win the House this November, do you think Nancy Pelosi will be the next Speaker or will the Dems vote for another leader?

    And why do Republicans hate Nancy Pelosi so vehemently?

    Changing up theme of questions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ctrengove: Ha, no idea, but they should vote her out, just for some fresh perspective and make masses think they’re heading in new direction…Need fresh blood, though I think she’s been fine

      • ctrengove says:
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        @Grey:

        Good perspective. Largely agree. Symbol of a fresh face would probably help Dems’ brand, though her resume while Speaker and minority leader is impressive. No one holds their party-vote in line quite like she has.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, she’s earned her spot, but maybe just a fresh face would help…

          • Fogimon says:
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            Worst fantasy baseball writer, Scott White or Al [email protected]Grey: Pelosi and fresh face …. oh the irony

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  68. Launch Angle says:
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    Do you think Trout outperforms Betts in counting stats ROS? His ISO is way above career norm for him, but it just looks like one of those video game years like Blackmon in 2017. With all the BB Trout takes, it could dampen his counting stats compared to Betts. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bet on Trout

  69. Dau Tranh says:
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    Yonder-Villanueva-Cron–please rank. Thank you.

    • Chucky says:
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      Swap Cron and Villy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron, Yonder

  70. William Holcomb says:
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    Would you own Blake Parker or Nate Jones?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey:
        I Think the scosiopath has factored factored into your decision big time :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  71. Roger Podacter says:
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    GREY!! God you’re so briliant, and handsome.

    What would a handsome and brilliant guy such as yourself say to the HOLD on Brock Stew? Would you let it stew?

  72. cutchs dreads says:
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    Morning Grey!

    12tm,Redraft, H2H Categories, +OBP & +QS

    Have an offer on the table to acquire Goldy:

    Albies + Bentendi + Belt + Heaney
    for
    Goldy + Acuna + Dex Fowler

    My thinking is that I am overpaying slightly and would rather swap Markakis for Fowler or offer a lesser option than Bentendi….

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies side

  73. Roger Podacter says:
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    Also, (hitting wise) who do you think is a good trade candidate for Alex Reyes, I stashed him and want to reap the benefits – or will he be so unbelievably great that no one will realistically pony up a decent enough offer for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Cain…

      • kilkennybrian says:
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        @Grey: You would trade Lorenzo Cain for Alex Reyes? Cain has been a stud this year, 5 cat guy.. I’m guessing that means you’d trade a Gregory Polanco or Odor up for him too? Are you that high on him?

        • kilkennybrian says:
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          @kilkennybrian: Oh I just realized the question was who he would RECIEVE.. sorry! Misread. Alex Reyes is a really tricky valuation right now, I’ll say that.

          • Roger Podacter says:
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            @kilkennybrian: This is why I gotta ask the best – I appreciate the feedback !!

            I honestly think I’m going to hold for now and hope he gets irresistibly good, I really need to max the value on the trade if I have any hopes of recovering from the skid I’m currently in.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fair — Polanco and Odor are easy trades for Reyes

      • Roger Podacter says:
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        @Grey: Driving that Cain, high on Rogaine. Greysie Jones you better go and watch your leagues.

        (thanks agian!)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Taillon

  74. M says:
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    Drop any of Domingo, Polanco, Mazara, C.Santana , Desmond for – Puig, or Happ?
    or hold.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco for Puig

  75. Fabsy says:
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    Drop any of these for Alex Reyes?

    Nola, Bauer, Pax, Mccullers Jr, Clev, Pivetta, Ray

    (Also have MadBum coming back from the DL soon)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s some staff… I guess Pivetta

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: heyo!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey yo you!

  76. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey,

    O’Neill is out of the lineup today. Not giving way to Fowler, but to Bader. Does the kid seriously have to hit a home run every single game to stay in the lineup? He’s still had a hit each game since his call up. After homering his way into the lineup you’d think Tyler would deserve a little bit of that long leash Fowler has had to stink it up for weeks at a time? Friggin’ Matheny.

    Great take on the Metsies as usual. Their dysfunction is doubly infuriating because the team is doing their annual early stretch of competitive ball, creating the illusion to the Wilpons that the team is just fine as it is. Another month or so they’ll be in the basement and blame it all on injuries…injuries to all the old, injury-prone players they signed. Ugh. I’ve lived in LA almost six months now, but I still get so heated when I talk Mets, Jets & Knicks. Will that ever leave me, Grey? Will I slowly lose the NYC anger and get some of that laid-back left-coast chill?

    Anywho… just had a basic question about your take on using SPs in the RCLs. Do you basically focus on a few starters who are start-able every time, then see where you are in August as far as streaming? Or is it good to chase a few solid win chances now if there’s a SON heavy favorite on the wire to stream? Curious…

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve been in LA for 20 years, I haven’t gained much chill…. Maybe 3 or 4 starters in RCL is fine, depends who they are… Streaming options always available — Matheny is frustrating, hard to say what he’s ever going to do, didn’t think O’Neill would be out of the lineup today

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Whoah, if 20 years can’t do it, I will stop kicking myself around. Thanks.

        UPDATE: Tyler O’Neill is now in the lineup, batting cleanup and Ozuna is now sitting. I think Matheny got a call from Management after he posted his earlier lineup. This has been GrassyNoelRedding from ESPN’s Get Him In Your Lineup department.

        PS: You’d pickup Yonder Alonso over Dustin Fowler, correct? Thanks again, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Alonso — Nice on O’Neill

        • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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          @GrassyKnollRedding: PPS: Moving up to the 2 hole today is Juan Soto. Why did you just hand me a Dr Pepper…?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

  77. RobMac says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff as usual!

    Delino has been scuffling.

    Do you consider him as a hold right now to see if he turns it around or drop to fill other needs/schmotato? 11-team roto with Avg and OBP.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop

  78. Fabsy says:
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    Drop any of these pitchers for Alex Reyes?

    Nola, Bauer, Pax, Mccullers, Clev, Pivetta, Ray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered

  79. kilkennybrian says:
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    Any players come to mind that you’d “buy high” on? Maybe guys you feels a ton better than what the usual public perception is? (Besides the obvious Albies, Pivetta)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        JA, though not even sure if people are high on him

  80. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey, my MI is a mess, need to start 2 of these guys, obviously a little needs based with Peraza included, but in a vacuum, shallow mixed league, which 2 would you roll with for the short term?….Gyorko, J Harrison, Marwin, Peraza, Ed Escobar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza, Harrison

  81. kilkennybrian says:
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    What do I do with Gregory Polanco? Do you think there’s some sell high in him? Fancy name, good early season #s… thinking about lobbing him around a bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can drop in shallower leagues, maybe sell…

  82. kilkennybrian says:
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    You starting Fedde today? He was bad last year but has a good matchup today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

    • Cram It says:
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      @kilkennybrian: You’re having a rough day.

      • kilkennybrian says:
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        @Cram It: I’m in a lot of leagues, and Grey is my gospel

  83. Cohen says:
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    Grey, would u start Junis at Cards?
    SON likes the start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

  84. Christian herman says:
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    Morton and Pivetta for C Mart & Matt Chapman. Standard 12 team with quality starts.
    Other pitchers include Degrom, Severino, Snell, Price, Corbin, Castillo, Newcomb, Happ, Quintana, & C Smith.

    I have the Morton side. Which side do you prefer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  85. Bad Ash says:
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    O’Boydlique, O’Boydlaque, life goes ooooonnnnnn, … Barack?

    Good book! RIP Mr. Wolfe (and I guess to a lesser extent, because he was supposedly kind of an ahole, Mr. Roth).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — Yeah, book’s solid so far — never saw the movie either

      • Bad Ash says:
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        @Grey:

        Movie won’t hold up as well, but worth watching, and enjoy the book. His lesser appreciated great ish, I thought, was A Man in Full and I Am Charlotte Simmons. Bonfire and Electric are tops.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Swear to god, I didn’t realize Right Stuff was nonfiction when I started reading it (I’m dumb)

          • Bad Ash says:
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            @Grey:

            You are an underappreciated gem.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  86. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey, can you pick three of these guys to roster for SAGNOF purposes in a 5×5 standard league?

    Rondon, Edubray Ramos, Addison Reed (the three I currently have), Ziegler, O’Day (should be back soon), Fields, Winkler, Joe Kelly. Fry

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edubray, Reed, Fry

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @Grey: grazie!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ciao!

  87. Alex says:
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    HOsmer and jo ma or Nelson Cruz in an OBP league which side wins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey:
        Could pick up Alonso with the extra roster spot still no for the trade?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh

  88. Fogimon says:
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    Whenever Vlad Jr is called up, he is an automatic plug and play I would assume. Meaning I can trade away Shaw when the time comes.

    Is the same true for when Adames is called up for good? I have Tim Anderson there right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup on Vlad — Sure on Willy

  89. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Peralta or Desmond?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  90. Fogimon says:
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    Worst fantasy baseball writer, Scott White or Al Melchoir?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And there’s worst

  91. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Quick one: Drop Blake Parker for a hot bat, or might he be the closer and we just don’t know it yet? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

    • Fogimon says:
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      @GrassyKnollRedding: maybe. mayyyyybe. Who is the hot bat?
      There’s a huge difference between the slump buster sitting at the bar during last call, and the bookworm who took her glasses off to reveal a beaut!

  92. Ty says:
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    10 team h2h I never win saves. I have Chapman, Allen, and Norris. Crazy to drop one of them for a hot bat?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Norris

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: not Buddy!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Chip butty?

  93. Internet Commenter 9501 says:
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    How badly are we feeling about Goldy? Was offered Goldschmidt and Heaney for Berrios and Smoak. I have SP depth and need some offense, so this is a no-brainer…right? Right?! Right?

    (12-Team, H2H, redraft)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rqalph and I cover Goldy in the podcast — I’m concerned, not Smoak concerned

      • Internet Commenter 9501 says:
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        @Grey: meaning you’d do the deal? Sorry at work at the Revenue Company 4 Business so won’t be able to listen to podcast until this evening, and dealing with a guy that changes his mind every 15 min.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hold, I’d want more than Smoak

          • Internet Commenter 9501 says:
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            @Grey: I’d be the guy getting Goldy, so I’m going to do it. The Business 4 Revenue Company and I thank you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, then get Goldy

  94. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. assuming ramos isnt heading to the dl, who would you rather have at catcher, ramos or hicks (he has catcher eligability in cbs)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos

  95. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Don’t store that rolled up carpet in the freezer yet, Goldsmitty’s hand just poked out the bottom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  96. rally monkey says:
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    Thanks for the write ups Grey!

    12 team redraft obp league…was offered Schwarber for G Richards. I’m lacking power at the moment. Lost Marte for a bit and now Haniger dtd. But losing Richards leaves me with Snell Pivetta and Mikolas as my top 3 SPs. Trade analyzer says pretty close. Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it

      • rally monkey says:
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        @Grey: arigato!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sapporo!

  97. knucks says:
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    Shirt?

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Just read that his album is the first Hip Hop album released on Jack White’s label, which is interesting if nothing else.

      Did you watch the new season of Atlanta?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I have Atlanta on my DVR, haven’t watched yet, was it good?

        • knucks says:
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          @Grey: Yea it was really good. One episode specifically, it’ll stand out when you see it. I haven’t watched Get Out yet, but I think its got some Get Out vibes.

          Donny Glover has that talent. No joke.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Just don’t call him Dong Lover

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I heard about the one episode that stood out too, will watch soon

            • joemorganhair says:
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              @Grey: Donald Glover is on top of the game for real . Atlanta is good on many levels. It can crack you up, confuse you, and sometimes punch you in the gut. I’m still stuck on Redbone and how much it sounds like a Parliament / Maggot Brain thing.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, I like his music…Watched first season of Atlanta, will catch up on 2nd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      First I’m hearing it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Liking this!

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: It was a Spotify rec, based off of me listening to that Bishop Nehru album a bunch, I think.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m listening to it on repeat… How’s his album?

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: Not bad, not as catchy as this song. But worth the 30ish mins. I really like the beats alot

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, I see now

              • knucks says:
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                @Grey: Zebra is a good song as well. This is my 2nd time through the album and I like it even more than I thought I might.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I just downloaded it, nice recommendation! Will try Zebra next

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Do It Right is another good one from that album. Those are the two catchier songs. Album is called “Pure Beauty”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This song is still on repeat, loving it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Album good?

  98. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey, 1) trade my Corbin for his Whit Merrifield? 2) trade my Smoak for his Buxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure 2) Meh

  99. Dave D says:
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    With Reddick hitting the DL, I now have 6 OF’s from my NFBC draft champions team on the DL (Cespedes, Zimmer, Delmonico, Goodwin, Powell). I thought I would be safe. Drafting 10 for 5 starting positions…. but no!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, only one other position player on DL, just all my OF’s at once. Thankfully Fowler got recalled and hoping Zimmer comes back this weekend. Thats kind of offset by owning and starting Rajai and Melky too, but whatevs. Cleveland outfield is like a turnstile at tge amusement park. OAK too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  100. JP says:
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    Count me in the “Not sure what to think of Goldy Crowd”

    I’ve been offered My Beltre/Morton for his Goldy? Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Goldy

  101. Dave D says:
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    Btw, when is the next fantasy baseball group therapy meeting?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Today at 11:30 PST, you were supposed to bring the donuts!

      • Dave D says:
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        Ha!

  102. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    I picked up a while ago Pedroia for S & G.
    He maybe activated this weekend. Do I drop Chris taylor or Peraza for him
    11 team league
    Also
    Is Tailion a streamer at this point in a 11 team league is he droppable for
    Maeda, Wacha Cahill, Hamels or E-Rod
    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop for Peraza — Taillon is a streamer — Wacha

      • Alps says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks for the help

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  103. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Enjoyable pod as usual with you and Ralph. I hear ya, can’t trade Corbin to save my life. He’s been walking a tightrope for a major blowup in a few of his recent starts. I would posit that his walks are up due to his drop in velocity. Trying to be too fine because his “heater” is crap.

    You mentioned Robertson as well. I read recently he’s changed his swing to add more loft. Looks a decent player for deeper formats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Robertson’s an add in deeper leagues, but it’s whether he can get that 12 team mixed excitement

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Yeah. I saw a baseball writer of some repute, maybe on fangraphs, say he was a 25 home run hitter now. I think that’s really aggressive. If he gets upper teens, you count your profits and walk away with a smile.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally, 17 HRs? Big win for him and his owners

  104. Espn writer looking for advice says:
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    Yo G

    My Goldie for Kershaw?

    It’s a keeper league but you seem very down on Goldie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not down on him, I just have some concerns… I don’t want Kershaw anywhere

  105. jose says:
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    Grey,
    Our boy Enyel De Los Santos had another great outing . Seven innings , five hits , one earned run, one walk and five Ks, lowering his ERA to 1.39.

    We have to do something to create an opening for him in the Phillies rotation, maybe they can put Velasques in the pen as a setup man for the closer. They don’t even let him go five Innings when he is pitching well.

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love it! Not sure if the Phils do it tho… Maybe if someone gets hurt in the rotation, think it’s our only chance

  106. Chris Herman says:
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    Edwin & Pivetta for Acuna. Which side do you prefer? OBP & Quality starts 12 team. My other 1st baseman are Belt & Smoak. My outfielders are Trout Marte Soto Buxton Soler. Trying to be Concious of my OBP & starting Edwin over Belt or Smoak is unlikely most weeks for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  107. I'm Keith Hernandeaz says:
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    Drop Ozuna for O’Neill?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  108. kilkennybrian says:
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    Got offered Nate Jones and JA Happ for Whit Merrifield.

    5×5 roto, little thin in both closers and starters (1800 innings, pitching hard to come by).

    I’m also pretty deep at MI (Cesar, Rizzo, Segura) so I can afford to lose Whit, although he’s been good.

    Take on the pitchers? Or hold Whit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Merrifield side, it’s fair

  109. edietrich1962 says:
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    would you give Gregory Polanco and Mitch Moreland to get Mitch Haniger and Jesus Aguilar?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  110. Cram It says:
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    Thanks Godley! #*@%^&*!

    • edietrich1962 says:
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      @Cram It: I hear ya!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That actually looked worse than it ended up

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Good to see Shaw’s bat waking up – it’s amazing how Ks as a category skews his value in my league. In terms of player rater, he’s 80+ spots higher than Matt Davidson and 100 spots higher than Villanueva

        • Cram It says:
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          @William Hung: Wake up? He’s been pretty consistent. Just not hitting for average, which is to be expected.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: That’s a real comfort.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  111. Dee Gordon’s Greater Toe says:
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    Thanks for all you do, Grey!

    Is it time to move on from Godley? I’m growing sick of his lack of control, but pitching is scarce in my league. Think he’ll regain the form he had for his first two starts this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      God yes, move on

  112. Fogimon says:
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    2 Catcher roto 5×5 league;

    Was offered Yadier for my Trevor Williams

    My current catchers are Mesoraco and Ramos. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  113. Negatto says:
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    Looking to pick up Desmond

    Who’s the drop between these: Jones, Parker, T. Williams, Taillon?

    Still trying to find a few saves out of either Jones or Parker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  114. mthom42 says:
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    Start Fedde vs SD today? SON says it’s decent

  115. Hoskins Homer says:
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    I wanna buy Hoskins before he gets hot again. Would love to have him as a keeper option next year. I haven’t loved my keeper options the last few seasons(Dozier, J.D. and Strasburg this year). I’ve been comparing line-ups for days trying to come up with a fair offer but I keep throwing up my non-decisive hands. Leaning towards packaging 2 guys for him because I’d like another streamer spot, but that always feels low ball to me when I get offered those packages. Is that just me? Any thoughts?

    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS and Batting Average Against-3 Keepers-no penalties(CBS)

    Mine:
    C-Cervelli
    1B-Encarnacion
    2B-Dozier
    3B-Rendon
    SS-Segura
    OF-J.D. Martinez
    OF-Upton
    OF-Rosario
    OF-Polanco
    U-Moustakas
    U-Franco
    Peralta
    T. Anderson
    Mancini
    W. Calhoun

    Strasburg
    Carassco
    Bauer
    Nola
    Wacha
    Buehler
    Duffy
    Pomeranz
    Williams
    Colome
    Rodney
    Ziegler
    DL-Salazar

    His:
    C-Realmuto
    1B-Hoskins
    2B-Schoop
    3B-Lamb
    SS-Lindor
    OF-Choo
    OF-Judge
    OF-Jose Martinez
    OF-D. Santana
    U-Carpenter
    U-Moncada
    Vlad
    Adames
    Marwin Gonzales
    Meadows
    Gyorko
    Kinsler
    Pujols
    DL-Cespedes
    DL-Pollock
    DL-Sano

    Sale
    Corbin
    Bundy
    Fulmer
    Hamels
    Sanchez
    Skaggs
    Kimbrel
    Berrios
    DL-Melancon
    DL-E. Santana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the question?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I think “here is my team, pick 2 guys to trade for Hoskins”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hard to say, don’t know what the other team wants, I’d ask them

  116. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    With Mac Williamson coming back this weekend, I’m thinking of dropping Arcia for him in my NL-Only H2H OBP league. I’d like to see if Brito can do something while he’s up with AZ since Arcia has been trash for some time now and is sitting out twice a week.

    CA Barnhardt
    1B Au Schizz
    2B Scooter
    3B Rendon
    SS A. Rosario
    INF Muncy
    OFs Acuna, Polanco, Pederson, Meadows
    UTIL Arcia
    DL Souza

    SP Hendricks, Castillo, Godley, Weaver, Mikolas, Stripling, Efflin, Kuhl
    RP Knebel, Fields
    B Brito, Robles

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure try it with Williamson

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  117. Steve says:
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    14T keeper QS k/9

    Would you look to move Kershaw due to injury risk and natural decline? Is Nola the right level? Cole?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw has been injured three years running… he’s great, can’t expect more than 140 IP tho

  118. MrC22 says:
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    Considering trading Yelich and Roark for Kuechel. My offense is pretty strong (including bench) and looking to upgrade pitching. But do you think Kuechel is enough of an upgrade to sell Yelich?

    5×5 league, W/K/ERA/WHIP/S

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  119. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    What are your thoughts on Gleyber as a late round keeper in a deep roto? I’m thinking of moving a proven bat like Dozier for him but seems like he could end up being a better real life player than fantasy.

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great keeper

      • Jimmy Jack James says:
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        @Grey: Thank you – do you prefer Gleyber in the 15th or Albies in the 9th?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Albies

  120. lettiere1 says:
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    You and Ralph were talking about the possibility of Juan Soto being sent down later in the year. Why would they do that if he’s hitting well? Contract control? Injured players returning? Would you try to trade him for something now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If he slumps for a week, he’s not staying around very long

      • lettiere1 says:
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        @Grey: so trade him now on the early success in a redraft league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What can you get?

          • lettiere1 says:
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            @Grey: no idea… didn’t think about it until I listened to the podcast. I can start fielding some offers. Any suggestion as to the range of players I should target? 6×6 ops holds redraft

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Moncada?

  121. Steve says:
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    Is something wrong with Archie? He’s been giving up hits and runs like crazy lately…

    Still striking guys out but hate the ERA hits – FIP 12.11 today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, I’d have to look at him

  122. Crime Dog says:
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    how would you rank in an OPS league?

    Happ, Escobar, Odor, Andujar, Lamb, Cron

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron, Andujar, Lamb

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: Sorry should’ve rephrased this, who are first 2 out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ, Escobar

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: thank you one true FB lothario!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am!

  123. Fabsy says:
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    Donaldson or Rendon ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

  124. Alex says:
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    If I wanted to package jo ma and Cron got another hitter who would be a good buy low?obp league. Thinking Cespedes anyone else you can think of? Tried Ozuna and E5 already with no success

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich?

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: will try him. Think Cespedes is good to try as well? Injury history is somewhat worrying

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s a solid buy low

  125. Steve says:
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    Who’s closer in Cinn with Iglesias on the DL? Hughes?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes

  126. Taylor Sims says:
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    Why do you think the Player Rater ROS has been slowly increasing Longoria’s worth while Suarez’s worth has staggered out? They were both around 9.0 a little over a week ago with Longoria reaching up to 13.5 currently and Suarez staying around 10.3 currently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Question for Rudy

  127. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Thinking about picking up Eflin or Gaviglio and dropping Junis to try to out-inning/out-K my head-to-head opponent this week.
    Is it worth it or should I hold on to Junis?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who they’re facing

      • 200 Proof says:
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        @Grey:
        Each other. Gaviglio is facing the Phillies and Eflin is facing the Blue Jays.

        I would most likely stream a couple of pitchers (starting with one of those 2) and then try to pick Junis back up before his next start if able to… always a risk losing him through waivers though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re both negatives on SON

  128. Launch Angle says:
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    Trade my Trout/Correa for Betts/Lindor or hold?

    My OF currently is Trout, Judge, Springer, Rosario. Don’t think there’s much difference between Lindor and Correa to make this move.

  129. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    I dropped Desmond a week or so ago, but he seems to be hitting again, so I am thinking of adding him back. Should I drop Dahl (he sucks!) or O’Neill in our Yahoo 12 Team H2H League with OPS and Holds? It’s also a 2 Keeper League. I thought I did great picking up Dahl on both of my teams, but he never plays, and when he does, well you know how this goes…

    Oh, and thank God I sat Godley (hey, look what I did) this week. He is not good either.

    Thanks much Grey.

  130. Jon says:
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    Room to add someone. 5×5 scoring:

    Kinsler, Jankowski, Parra, Hicks, Michael Taylor, Vince Velasquez, Chacin, Stripling, Lyles, Sabathia, Bettis, Jeffress, Goeddel, Kelly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes? Hicks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keeping it classy!

  131. JP says:
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    One more Goldy question, in a partial keeper league would you trade Morton/Torres (or Didi) – All of which can be kept for cheap for Goldy/Kimbrel (Neither of which can be kept)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Goldy

  132. Oppo Taco says:
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    Trade Kela and one of Wacha or Newcomb for Bregman? Thinking Wacha first. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Grey: he countered with wacha/kela for Donaldson. Pull the trigger?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fair, I don’t like Donaldson

  133. Mr. A Knife says:
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    man it’s a shame fedde didn’t pitch like this last year. now streaming him in like 6 deeper spots today, thanks SON! it’s the kind of stream that people in 12’ers that aren’t desperate probably wouldn’t have done, but perfect for 16’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice!

  134. Taylor Sims says:
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    Greinke and Brantley for G. Sanchez and T. Anderson?

    I’m pretty comfortable with BA as is and desperately need homers. My current C is Castillo. My current OFs are Rosario, Soto, and Puig with a few more OFs on FA that are almost on Puig’s level. My pitchers include: Syndergaard, Greinke, G. Richards, Manaea, Godly, Fulmer, Castillo, Ross, and Cahill. Anderson is pretty much a throwaway, could use him until Andrus comes back and sell off Semien now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gary

  135. Dangerfield51 says:
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    Have Hanley as my 1st baseman. Would you drop him for Ian Desmond? H2H points.
    Thanks much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  136. JC says:
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    Eflin or Junis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Junis

  137. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Drop Dahl or O’Neill for Desmond in our Yahoo 12 Team H2H Keeper League with Holds and OPS?

    Thanks much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      O’Neill

  138. Steve says:
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    Adames or Baretto MI

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adames

  139. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    man, remember back when bell (mostly as a prospect) couldn’t decide between hitting for power or contact (and good AVG)? well he figured out the way to solve that one, just do neither. problem with this is it’s like going to the store, realizing you can buy a lot of cheap lesser quality stuff or a smaller amount of higher quality stuff, and since you can’t decide you just take all your money and burn it to avoid this annoying problem.

    thank god i have bell nowhere at all. the man never paid for the drugs, not even once.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup!

  140. Jason says:
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    Mous or Smoak ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  141. Thunder Thighs says:
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    Hi Grey, Appreciate all your work!

    A. Thinking of moving on from McCutchen. Would he be droppable for a guy like Gardner, Moran, or Meadows (if he’s staying up), Reynolds, Adams, Puig?

    B. If I were to trade McCutchen, could you name a couple players at the level you’d target?

    C. Would you rather hold on to Godley or roll with Stripling, C. Smith, VV, Gibson?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Sure, Puig B. Maybe Pivetta C. Gibson

  142. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    I cannot believe the Washington Nationals still let Michael Taylor bat. Is there a better rally killer in all of baseball?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s the worst…but so sexy on power/speed!

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Haha, you’re so easy!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am!

  143. Let's Play Two says:
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    Current OF of Trout, Judge, Springer, Rosario. I have Benintendi, Bregman and Abreu for my 2 UTIL spots and Bench spot. My other 2 bench spots are for SP.

    Would you trade both Judge and Benintendi for Mookie or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  144. lwomack58 says:
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    Trevor Bauer for S. Marte- which side do you like
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, it’s fair

  145. Dodgers says:
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    Mallex or Delino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Delino

  146. DidgerWindowClosed says:
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    Mallex or DeShizz? Sorry if a dupe

  147. DonnieB says:
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    Would you trade my Corbin and Hader for his Marcell Ozuna? My OF and DH are Yelich,Cain,Conforto,Castellanos and Domingo with Yuli at DH. I also have Sano coming off DL. Corbin and Hader are keepers and Ozuna is not. It’s a 12 team. My pitching replacements would be Gausman and Nate Jones. Is Ozuna enough of an upgrade over Conforto,Domingo or Yuli? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d just go with Domingo

      • DonnieB says:
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        So decline trade?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  148. Brett says:
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    Jon gray or Taillon in qs league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Taillon

  149. Raset says:
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    Dynasty League: Rizzo and Faria for W. Buehler and Kyle Wright?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  150. joemorganhair says:
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    I’m feeling good about my SP in a 12 team H2H and in need of an offensive upgrade

    Thor
    Carrasco
    Morton
    Newcomb
    Mikolas
    Castillo
    Richards
    Luke Weaver
    DL – Reyes

    That stuff can go without an ace, right? Trade Carrasco / Tim Anderson for Bregman?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bregman

  151. Terrence Mann says:
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    Tomorrow’s tagline,

    “Men are from Mars, Regression Fairies are from Plutko”

    • Terrence Mann says:
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      @Terrence Mann: Tyson punches out Galotta Nats?

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Terrence Mann: Beef Welington recipe sure to give you diarrhea?

  152. joemorganhair says:
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    @Grey: Sweet! Deal was just accepted. Feeling good about that one. Now I’m okay with your Carrasco is hurt voodoo talk.

  153. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Drop clippard? Blew another one horribly

  154. Ty says:
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    Profar is going bananas. Do you trust him as a pickup?

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