Another huge Yankees’ threat was activated last night, and he’s a big, big threat, I mean, big, big, big, it’s Aaron Judge, guys and five girls! And, wouldn’t you know it, the Yankees hit seven homers, with three of them from Kyle Higashioka (3-for-4, 5 RBIs with his 2nd, 3rd and 4th homer); DJ LeMahieu (3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs) hit two homers (8, 9); Luke Voit? Oh, you know Voit (1-for-4, 3 RBIs) hit one of them! He has 19! Clint Frazier (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) even got in on the action, hitting his 7th homer. Oprah screaming like a lunatic, “You get a home run! You get a home run! You get a home run!” Aaron Judge looks under his seat, pulls out a gift-wrapped box, “I get…an 0-for-4?” *hears Final Jeopardy music* “What is six games?” “Oh, I’m sorry, that’s wrong. Aaron Judge will be injured again in four games.” Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.00. Solid start, definitely worth a top five overall pick. Much better than, say, Dinelson Lamet, who went 150 picks later.

Ken Giles – Hit the IL with elbow issues, which comes just a week after he returned from elbow issues, which comes only a year or so after I said he needs arm surgery, and I have no idea what the Jays are doing. You really have to wonder about MLB teams’ ability to make the simplest of calls. A MLB team should employ me as their Common Sense Specialist to make the easy calls. Any hoo! Rafael Dolis will see saves for the rest of the year. Or maybe Anthony Bass, but that fish don’t hunt.

Teoscar Hernandez – Returned from the IL, but wasn’t in the lineup. This feels totally rushed, and I don’t trust Teoscar to be healthy. Again, Jays being dumbnuts.

Luis Garcia – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, a deep blast off Nick Anderson (1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 0.69) who gave up his first run of the season. All good things must come to an end, as a wiseman once said on January 1st, 2020.

Brandon Lowe – 3-for-4 and a slam (13) and legs (3), hitting .269. Someone’s hearing the whispers. “You think Nate Lowe (1-for-2, 1 RBI) is better than Brandon Lowe?” “Brandon Lowe is Brandon Lau and Nate Lowe is good but below him.” “Is B. Lowe a third Lowe brother?” “No, below, as in beneath.” “B. Neath? There’s a Brandon Neath?” The whispers are from madmen who get thoroughly confused by the Lowes. “Lowes? The one with all the lumber?” Shut up, madmen!

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.87 vs. Brandon Woodruff – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.45. Wow, a double complete 7-inning game. This is like Smoltz vs. Jack Morris in the ’91 World Series! As with all pitchers at this point, I’d go with the Streamonator.

Brad Miller – 2-for-6 and his 7th homer. Coincidentally, the Taiwanese shut down all their bra mills right as Bra-Mill starting breaking out. Hmm.

Tyler O’Neill – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer. On a very personal level, Tyler O’Neill’s been one of the most disappointing guys I own. He does nothing, except the once a week homer.

Keston Hiura – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer. Not sure I’m gonna be able to draft him next year with where he’ll prolly go. Outside of the pop, he’s been brutal to own too.

Luis Castillo – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.03. For my own personal sanity, I hope MLB loses the 7-inning games. I keep seeing 7 IP from a starter and I immediately try to figure out if it was a complete game or Quality Start. In the grand scheme, maybe not the biggest issue facing us, but still.

Brady Singer – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.14. Here’s a story…of a starter breaking out. Maybe. I’m gonna have to dig in on this Singer in the offseason like I’m Simon Cowell and Clive Davis sending shovel emojis back and forth to each other and understanding what they’re talking about without any context. My quick takeaway is Singer looks like a borderline number four fantasy starter.

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-5, 2 runs and 2 steals (9, 10). Also, in this game, Adalberto Mondesi (2-for-4, 1 run) stole one bag (17). I love that it feels the Royals are just out there collecting stats for their own personal statline. Run it up, folks!

Jon Gray – Shut down for the year. Lucky for his owners!

German Marquez – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.33 vs. Mike Fiers – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.67. Yet another Coors pitching duel–Oh my God, I just realized something. We’re living in The Upside Down.

Keegan Akin – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.38. Same boat as Brady Singer — The Love Boat! — No, that I’ll have to dig in this offseason. I do get the sense there’s gonna be more SP hazards in 2021, because of the sample sizes. Could see getting excited about a guy like Akin off a nothing sample, and getting burned. For this year, Streamonator.

Jake Arrieta – Has a Grade 1 strain of his hamstring. Bad year to have anything to do with a Grade 1 anything. He’s gonna need to do some distance learning with his doctor for treatment and try to get his hamstring to pay attention while cartoons play on mute behind it.

Mickey Moniak – Was called up because the 2020 season is like, “Meh, you know what, who gives a f*ck?” Moniak hasn’t been good in a lot of minor league games below Triple-A, but has speed and power, and prolly won’t play, so okay.

J.D. Davis – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer. Jonathan Davis Davis with his sixth home run of the year which felt like his 1st. I thought he retired he’s been so yawnstipating.

Jean Segura – 4-for-4 and his 6th homer, but a triple short of the cycle. “Egads!” That’s a pimply teenager thinking they read there’s no tetracycline.

Hector Neris – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.86, as he lost the game. Does managing the Phillies make one dumb? Why did the Phils go from Workman to Neris? I get it, Workman hasn’t been great, but, here’s the thing, Neris hasn’t either. Neris really had to throw three games in a row?

Zack Wheeler – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.62. Impressive start. Not because of the pitching, but because he was able to get on his pants.

Jacob deGrom – 2 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 2.09, and left with a hamstring spasm. New Mets owner, Steve Cohen 48 hours ago, “I’m excited about the team I’m getting:  Alonso, McNeil…” Reporter, “DeGrom.” Steve, downplaying it, “Yeah, sure, sure. He seems good.” Today Cohen, “I SPENT 2-POINT-BILLION-SOMETHING AND DEGROM’S HURT?” Sounds like deGrom’s gonna be okay, but, and I know deGrom’s fantasy owners don’t want to hear this, I’d shut deGrom down if I were the Mets.

Kyle Gibson – 9 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 5.18. Hahahahahahahahaha–breathe, Grey, breathe! Seriously, I finally move on from this schmohawk and he throws his best start of the year in Houston? I hate Kyle Gibson so much.

Lance McCullers – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.87, as he returned from the IL. When you get a chance, check out his home/road splits. McCullers is gonna be a force in the playoffs if it’s more of a Texas thing than a Houston thing.

Jake Odorizzi – 3 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 6.59, as he returned from the IL. Seems unlikely he’ll get up to 5+ innings, or worth holding to find out. Take it easy, Odorizzi.

Byron Buxton – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Buxton ain’t happy just screwing over his owners every year. He has to make it alluring for the next year for a new group of suckers.

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 11th homer, hitting .251. That’s a win for his quick elbow recovery. Guess you can say *pinkie to mouth* a Wbow.

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.53. Not amazing like Bieber, but solid 3.00-3.50 ERA and Ks, like a robot low-end #1. Call him Lucas-1 Giobot.

Aaron Civale – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.80. Same as what I said for Singer and Akin. The good thing about all three is they’re on teams that spend zero dollars in the offseason, so I bet they’ll all be in their respective team’s rotations.

Oscar Mercado – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer. Big time sleeper value! *dodges thrown tomato* Hey, cmon! *dodges head of cabbage*

Dylan Bundy – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.12. Bundy kept his real self down for 1, 2, 3, 4, but he got his count of five.

Jared Walsh – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer. Okay, Walsh is better than Trout or nah? Yes, right? Or nah, right? Yes or no? Sí or no sí? Damn, Walsh is the hottest schmotato in this whole godforsaken league and I don’t own him anywhere.

Justin Upton – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Welp, here goes one of Upton’s insane runs as he hits 15 homers in 12 games, and ends the year as the home run champ.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and third homer in two games. I said it yesterday. Besides Grichuk, Calhoun is one of the quickest guys to figure out if they’re hot. His name is Kole and he has red hair — dur! Hot!

David Peralta – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Don’t think it’s just terrible pitching. The DBags are heating up.

Drew Smyly – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.94, as he returned to being a starter, and that start should be an ender for starting.

Brandon Belt – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .305. Not exactly Luke Voit, but Belt has been productive in this goofy season vs. how he usually is. Maybe the Giants can sneak into the playoffs, because I’d love to see Zack Wheeler in a rematch against a Belt.

Walker Buehler – Not on the road trip to Colorado, and won’t be able to shop for legal ganja or pitch this weekend.

A.J. Pollock – 1-for-3 and his 11th homer, but left with a cramp. Can’t believe I would’ve been massively better off drafting Pollock than that stinkpot David Dahl. I hate David Dahl and the Rockies’ hitters (besides Story and Arenado, though the latter appears hurt) so much. Such effin’ teases!

Chris Taylor – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, and 3rd homer in the last five games. Hot schmotato alert!

Dustin May – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.68, as he entered the game in the 3rd. I kinda like him coming in after a few innings so we have a better chance for a win from him. Though, yesterday, the win went to Kolarek who went two-thirds of an inning. It’s so stupid that scorer’s can’t give the win to the right pitcher. Any hoo! Getting Horny on Main for May with him following an Opener.

Jurickson Profar – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .270. Is it me or do the Padres have more homers from their nine-hole hitters than any other team? Higashioka made a run yesterday, but I still think the Padres have the Yanks edged out.

Manny Machado – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .314. Does any hitter fluctuate more year-to-year in preseason rankings than Machado? ‘Perts be like, “Machado’s a top ten hitter!” Then, “He’s barely a top 50 hitter!” Then, “I’d sell my left nut on eBay, I’m a Power Seller by the way, to draft Machado!” To, “Meh, I think C.J. Cron gives you the same stats 400 picks later.”

 
  1. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Love how you cherry pick starters to fit your don’t draft pitchers early narrative, as if you couldn’t do the same with hitters.

    “Solid game from Yelich, definitely worth a top five overall pick. Much better than, say, Brandon Lowe, who went 150 picks later.”

    • packers2018 says:
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      I think the whole point is, it’s easier to find SP’s later in a draft that can have round 1or 2 value than it is to find a late round bat that turns out to have round 1 or 2 value.

      Grey recommends to pass on the SP’s that have ADP’s for round 1 and 2 and instead grab a bat.

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        packers gets it

    • Cram It says:
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      Point blank, it’s easier to target starters later.

      • We are all trying to find the perfect strategy for playing this game but I doubt that any of us will ever succeed. Here is the craziest strategy I ever saw anyone use to win a league. The first 10 picks were 7 pitchers 2 catchers and 1 position player. A standard 5×5 with OBP instead of BA. If that doesn’t prove there is more than one way to skin a cat I doubt that anything will ever prove it.

        • Cram It says:
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          Surely, there’s more than one strategy. There’s luck involved, players have to perform, you have to make the right decisions in-season, etc. But no one will ever convince some of us to take a SP in the first few rounds.

          It’s also a lot easier to identify streaming pitchers than bats.

          • Would definitely agree that it’s easier streaming pitchers than bats.

    • pinkman says:
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      Swing and a miss for Manley, much like Hanley looks to be doing in the avi. To put the cherry on top, pitchers get hurt much more often than hitters. If you can’t see the inherent risk, we can’t help you

    • Tom says:
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      I tend to agree with your point Manley, but it’s my opinion from a fantasy standpoint you can toss this whole season in the garbage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s right, it’s a narrative

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That narrative is titled, Winning

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Authored by me

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Foreword by Dan Marino

            • Cram It says:
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              Take care of the hands that take care of you, with Isotoner gloves.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                It’s all he wrote, but I’m happy he was able to contribute

        • Phil says:
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          this one got me. HA HA!

    • Trader says:
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      True!
      Thank you.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

    • Trader says:
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      Manley, you have woke the children of the corn! Tread carefully.

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Beautiful report from a beautifully-mustached man!

    a. True story ensues (heard outside Angels’ Stadium last night, ’cause dur 0 fans inside!).

    Fan A: ‘Yet another Angels’ loss featuring a pitcher named Noe.’
    Fan B (after gently removing his illegal Apple earbuds): ‘The Angels lost? No way, bummer dude.’
    Fan A: ‘Ah, I give up.’

    b. I started Odorizzi in the league where I’m desperate for IP. Funny thing? He injured himself returning from the IL!!

    c. Loving Walsh. He was a 39th round draft pick (1185th pick overall) from Duluth, GA (not to be confused with Duluth, MN where my mom went swimming from Thunder Bay, Canada). He was young and scrawny in college and didn’t hit for power, but boy has he grown up to be a man now and as you say the direct beneficiary of batting second in front of Trout and no one wants to face Trout with ducks on the pond and Trout’s been slumping a bit (batting average down from .296 to .294 so totally slumping) so you know Trout will murder the ball from the next pitcher who gives him something good to hit!

    d. Funny on Machado. The guy who drafted him this year in round 1 just came out of an 8-year coma and thought of all the great Os players in the 2013 season like – Chris (aka Crush) Davis, JJ Hardy, Nolan Reimold, Adam Jones and Michael Morse (aka The Horse).

    e. MLB quote of the day for September 17, 2020

    ‘I hate the ballplayer who says, ‘I did everything I could have possibly done.’ Because if you didn’t win it all, you obviously didn’t do everything you could have done.’

    Todd Lynn Helton, aka ‘The Toddfather’ and my pick as the best player in Rockies’ franchise history (Arenado is coming on strong hopefully he finishes career healthy, despite Grey).

    During Helton’s college career, he pitched 193 innings with a 2.24 ERA, 172 Ks and only 23 walks. He also STILL holds the NCAA division I record for most scoreless innings at 47!!! As a pitcher!!!

    Among his numerous achievements…..

    1. The only player to have 100+ XBHs in consecutive seasons 103 in 2000 and 105 in 2001. [The only others to do it twice (but not consecutively) were Gehrig and Chuck Klein.]
    2. One of only 4 to reach 400+ TBs in consecutive seasons (405 in 2000 and 402 in 2001). [Klein, Foxx and Gehrig].
    3. One of only 5 to have at least 200 hits, 40 HR, 100 RBI, 100 R, 100 XBHs and 100 BBs in one season (2000). [Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Greenberg]
    4. One of only 3 1B to hit .315 in 8 consecutive seasons (Gehrig and Bill Terry).

    His 162-game average

    682 PA, 574 AB, 101 R, 182 H, 43 2B, 3 3B, 27 HR, 101 RBI, 96 BB, 85 K, .316/.414/.539 slash line, 133 OPS+, 309 TB

    He had four really great seasons, the rest were just great. You all tell me his best year.

    2000

    697 PA, 580 AB, 138 R, 216 H, 59 2B, 2 3B, 42 HR, 147 RBI, 103 BB, 61 K, .372/.463/.698 slash line, 163 OPS+, 405 TB

    2001

    697 PA, 587 AB, 132 R, 197 H, 54 2B, 2 3B, 49 HR, 146 RBI, 98 BB, 104 K, .336/.432/.685 slash line, 160 OPS+, 402 TB

    2003

    703 PA, 583 AB, 135 R, 209 H, 49 2B, 5 3B, 33 HR, 117 RBI, 111 BB, 72 K, .358/.458/.630 slash line, 165 OPS+, 367 TB

    2004

    683 PA, 547 AB, 115 R, 190 H, 49 2B, 2 3B, 32 HR, 96 RBI, 127 BB, 72 K, .347/.469/.620 slash line, 165 OPS+, 339 TB

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha
      B. Did he? I missed that
      C. Yup, agreed!
      D. Nolan Reimold! HAHA
      E. Todd Helton’s best year was the year he retired –kidding that 2000 year is so insane

      • galica says:
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        Grey!

        2000 for sure

        On Odorizzi his right middle finger was trembling. I would love to make that injury up. Sorry, Sir. My middle finger is trembling.

        Cheers
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve had my middle finger tremble before too…usually in traffic

  3. CTFDU says:
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    Start Gallen Tomorrow at Houston? Plesac at Detroit? Both?

    • CTFDU says:
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      Or Bassit vs SF?

      • mojoman says:
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        Houston hitting sucks this yr. Detroit better slightly, but SF is really strong.
        it seems Gallen and Plesac are must-start.

  4. LaRockakis says:
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    Walker Buehler lives in LA (he’s your neighbor!) that has legal ganja.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ya know, true story, federal crackdown arrested a friend of mine for working in a weed shop — such BS — but you’re right, legalize it, mon

      • LaRockakis says:
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        I thought you said you don’t have friends outside of Cougs and Ralph?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t! Why you make fun?

          • LaRockakis says:
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            So was it Ralph or Cougs?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, Ralph!

  5. keith o branstetter says:
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    I thought a pitcher had to go 5 for a win, how can a P pitch 2/3 of the 2nd inn and get a win ?

    • LaRockakis says:
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      Relief? Starters have to go 5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s so dopey

    • NUX says:
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      Yea if no pitcher goes 5 innings, but the team wins, they gotta give it to someone. And they havent used a lot of openers this year, but when I saw that Yarbro was about to bulk for TB earlier this week I added him right away. He always thrived in that role and just seems comfortable in it, he got the Win

  6. Hepcat13 says:
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    Greyt Write Up! Hard to believe it is almost over already…

    Do you start Maeda @ White Sox today in Yahoo 12 team H2H? Pitching is my strong suit:
    Maeda, Giolito, Gonsolin, McKenzie, Lynn, Bauer, Sanchez, I. Anderson, Fried….
    SO gamble against hot team? OR will that hurt my numbers?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, Manfred cheated us out of at least 40 games this year

      I start Maeda

  7. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Coming down to the short strokes in my league… need a spot start this week – all of these guys are similarly ranked on SON

    Barria vs Texas
    Houser vs. KC
    Boyd vs. Cleveland

    Basically any improvement in pitching (Ks, QS, WHIP, ERA) would help me… so I’m open to the high-k potential implosion of Boyd. I doubt any of these guys is a real QS candidate.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…I’m starting Barria, all are risky tho

  8. zombie says:
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    The KKB five count! Outstanding heel stunt. Good stuff, Grey. As was the Action Park shizz, yesterday. Still have multiple scars. Seriously. Speaking of injuries, Dahl back in the lineup yesterday set my optimistic self up for the o-fer as well. Frustrating as hell. Prepping for your next to impossible of f of this fakakta season 2021 projections, get your “Playing time concerns (PT?)” cut & paste on tap for just about every Rockie but Arenado and Story. & with Black, you can count on Kemp’s PT next season. Or any other retread OF that will ruin Hilliard’s career. Only Bud’s presence can spoil the bounty that is Colorado offensive production. He’s like the ultimate Cooler stepping into the casino/clubhouse. Big ol’Hilliard (or McMahon, or Hampson, or Rodgers, etc.) ought to 5 count him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

      I have emotional scars from AP

      Ha, yup on Black, it’s pretty incredible, he hates anything new

  9. Duntroon68 says:
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    I wish I knew how many times I’ve checked a game to see my starter out with 6-7 IP and a lead only to come back to a tied game in the ninth.

    I own Judge everywhere, because I’m a sucker for two things: injury prone discounts and guys who can hit 40+ HRs. Yesterday, I notice he’s playing at 7:02 and I cannot manipulate any of my lineups to get him in. Sometimes you get lucky. Although this sudden activation reminds me of the nightmare that is hockey and the way they deal with injuries. Baseball usually lets you know. Hockey, a player will be day to day for six weeks and returning players you notice because stats start appearing on your team page. “What? He’s back? I thought he was dead!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, that’s fantastic

  10. Lipson says:
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    Own both Workman and Neris, what do? Jojo is a tempting pickup for the Holds I need…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I guess Neris, I don’t know tbh…I have Workman in a few leagues, so I hope it’s him again

  11. Will says:
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    Buxton last year: 10 home runs in 271 at bats (87 games)
    Buxton this year: 10 home runs in 107 at bats (33 games)

    HE’S ON PACE TO HIT 50!!!!

    In a full season. If he ever posts one. (checks Buxton career stats). What do you mean he’s never even gotten 500 at bats in his six seasons? Or that he’s only had more than 400 at bats once in six seasons? Or that he’s only played more than 100 games once in six seasons?

    HE’S ONLY 26 AND HE’S DUE!!!

    Aaaaaaarrrrrgggghhhhhh, can’t swear of the Buxton kryptonite…

    OK, never mind.

    Am I crazy to start Urias at the Rockies today? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — little bit crazy on Urias, but Rockies look bad and Coors has been playing light this year, so I am

  12. Brett says:
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    Drop yuli gurriel for…

    Nate Lowe, Aguilar, Profar (just best player)

    Thanks!

  13. Dude at Dude's says:
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    Any deep league bats you like today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m grabbing all Marlins vs. terrible Red Sox pitching, have Anderson and Cooper so far

    • NUX says:
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      Check if Kemp is in lineup against Urias at Coors. I feel like he enjoys hitting dingers against the Doyers. Any of the random Rox/Doyers guys that appear in today’s lineup are prob worthy. I grabbed Kiké for today, cause i needed to fill my MI slot, so hopefully he is in the lineup against Freeland

      Wilmer Flores and Ty France each get a Lefty today

      Mercado hit one out yesterday, maybe he is finally ready to step it up

      Travis Shaw has gone 3 for 13 against Tanaka, but 2 of those hits were dingers

      Josh Rojas might lead off today again and has some wheels if looking for SAGNOF

      And speaking of SAGNOF, if they are in the lineup, I’m always rotating guys like Roman Quinn and Cedric Mullins into my rosters even in bad matchups. It was obvi a terrible matchup for Quinn yesterday against deGrom but he still got a steal. And in a deep roto league, that one steal could make a difference

  14. c says:
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    evidently Walsh made some adjustments to his swing in the offseason, allowing him to tap into his power (which is Votto-ian, according to some “rumors” and “prospectors”).

    I think he could be a valuabe guy in Dynastys hitting in that lineup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed, I’m interested

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      I’m all in on Walsh. He completely and utterly destroyed AAA, then came up to the bigs last year and wasn’t very good. Made adjustments and has stopped striking out. Hitting all the XBHs.

      Gimme all the Walsh shares.

  15. The Wild Card says:
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    Grey,

    Needing to stream 1 maybe 2 out of the following. Could you rank in order which you would stream.

    Rich Hill at CHC – SON $4.7
    Jaime Barria vs TEX – SON $9
    Adrian Houser vs KC – SON $7.6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barria, Houser

  16. Will says:
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    Also, I’m with you on Neris. I had him on my bench b/c I figured there’s no way they throw him out there 3 games in a row. Do you think they go back to Workman for saves now? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so, I own Workman

  17. DonnieB says:
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    As a keeper, is Profar nearing Biggio plus better lineup but worse spot in order. Would you switch them out? How about Walsh over Walker or Seager—who has slowed down a lot?
    Finally, you think Singer has two good starts left in him? Drop Workman for hIm. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Biggio

      Walsh over Seager

      Prolly on Singer, but I don’t know his matchups

  18. The Wild Card says:
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    Is Taylor Rogers dropable? I still need saves but I need wings as well and i have Romo. I would think the Twins would go to Romo in any save situation, especially if there are 2 right handed bats coming up. Rogers has been a turd all year and keeps blowing saves and giving up hits/runs even if he still gets the save. He’s killing my ERA and WHIP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, if you need the room, but if you need saves, I’d hold

  19. Let’s Play Two says:
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    In what order ROS – Voit, Duvall, Teoascar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That order

  20. NUX says:
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    Skubal showing a little growth last night at the MLB level, giving up a dinger in the first and then settling in and cruising to a QS. I’m excited for Skubal in 2021.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think he’ll be around a 200th overall pick, so value will be there

  21. hot corner says:
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    Will be interesting to see what people say about Brady Singer during the off season. I am definitely interested as an SP4 in 2021. He finishes with starts against STL and DET. He could finish with a sub-4.00 ERA, sub-1.18 WHIP and around 9.0 K/9. Not bad for a rookie who skipped AAA and had a 6 start stretch against CHC / MIN (3) / CHW (2).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      8.5/3.0 is a lot different than 9/2.5 so will have to see

  22. lwomack58 says:
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    Would you stream Eovaldi today @ Mia. Son at +14.4 for his start. Could use the K’s and hopefully not much damage to ratio’s. It’s either him or T. Anderson and his 1.95 era at home.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m streaming Anderson

  23. Play Ball says:
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    Jared Walsh or Teoscar ROS?

  24. aintlifegrand says:
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    Looking to make two drops to bring Teoscar of the IL and pick up Upton for his run to the HR crown as you have foretold, but which two? Batter K, OBP Roto 6×6.

    Grisham
    Bohm
    Dom Smith
    Sano (the coldest of them all but hit another slam yesterday)
    Mountcastle
    Frazier
    Duvall
    Walsh

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano, Bohm

  25. foul balls1 says:
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    Would you start eovaldi vs Miami today and a young vs angels, thanks

  26. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Crunch time. It seems as though 1st is out of reach, but can easily win 2nd.

    I only have 30 innings left.

    Which starters do you start to preserve ERA/WHIP?

    -Friday, 9/18 – Plesac @ DET
    -Friday, 9/18 – Sixto Mode v. WAS
    -Sat, 9/19 – Ryu @ PHI
    -Sun, 9/20 – Darvish v. MIN
    -Mon, 9/21 – Giolito @ Cle
    -Tue, 9/22 – Lamet v. LAA
    -Wed, 9/23 – Plesac v. CWS
    -Wed, 9/23 – Sixto Mode @ATL
    -Fri, 9/25 – Darvish @ CWS
    -Fri, 9/25 – Ryu v. BAL
    -Sat, 9/26 – Giolito v. CHC

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish x2, Giolito x2, Lamet, Plesac home, Ryu x 2

      • Sandman says:
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        Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. primetime says:
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    Looking at your 2020 List of Top 40 pitchers. Easely Singer belongs there. He started the whole season, 8/K9 walks look great. Next season I can see QS happening.

    Civale will be right there. Keenan Akin, showed a history of walks so I am out on him especially in that ball park.

    Another guy Pablo Lopez. I can see him in your top 40.

    I wish Padres would have let Patino start and I wish Seattle would of brought up Logan Gilbert. His command and k/9 in the minors look elite. If you had to grab one for next season who you take?

  28. lwomack58 says:
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    Another question: Need hitter for next few days

    N. Lowe 2 games today vs Balt. and for the weekend

    Flores vs Sea and @ Oak

    Calhoun @ LAA then 3 at Hou. but all righties

    D. Peralta- same as above

    Edman- 5 @ Pitt

    JD [email protected] Phil and Nola and than 3 vs Atl

    Thanks

      • lwomack58 says:
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        Do you think he will sit vs Lefties?

        Also Segura is available and is @ NYM and home for 4 vs Tor

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He might — Calhoun’s hot

  29. Yaz Mantle says:
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    1. pick two for tomw: Kikuchi (4.7), trevor williams (-3.7). Carlos Martinez (SON hasn’t listed) facing Trevor Williams (in pittsburgh).

    2. matt kemp or gavin lux for tonight in colorado?

    3. choose one: bobby dalbec, joey gallo, brandon belt.

    thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Kikuchi, CMart
      2. Kemp
      3. Belt

  30. Craig says:
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    Hey Grey
    Muncy or Moustakas?

  31. rhodyballer says:
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    Pham, Walsh, Teoscar, Stewart, Riley, Mountcastle, Peralta or Laureano….need 3 por favor!

    Gracias.

    • rhodyballer says:
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      Upton available too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walsh, Mountcastle, Upton

  32. rhodyballer says:
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    Also – would you mess with Cole Hamels 2-start week vs MIA and BOS next week or just stream Singer?

  33. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Walsh hit 36(!) home runs in just 98 games at AAA last year. Granted he was 26, so it’s not like he was a prodigy. But still.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m intrigued

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        careful, he might Ike Davis us.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Get your foot out the bucket, Ike!

  34. Will says:
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    Buxton just hit another home run today. That’s #11 on the year in 108 at bats.

    YOU CANNOT STOP THE BUXTANITY !!!!

    Top 5 OF next year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Easy top 5, maybe above Trout

      • Will says:
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        LOL

      • Will says:
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        HE JUST HIT ANOTHER ONE!

        Number 12 in 109 at bats

        I’m having a Buxtgasm over here…

        LOL. What was that you wrote yesterday about Buxton suckering people back in every year???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He does it every year!

  35. scoboticus says:
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    No mention of my Sonuvabench Longoria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry bro, my b

  36. Gary Z says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Trying to decide on my bats for the playoffs this week and next…Any you would cut and if so, who would you add? Thanks!!

    C- W. Smith
    1B-Votto
    2B-LaStella
    SS- Lindor
    3B-Moncada
    IF -Trea Turner
    LF-Schwarber
    CF-Chris Taylor
    RF-Springer
    OF-E. Jimenez
    UT- Cruz
    UT- Carlos Santana
    BN- Matt Olson, Ketel Marte
    Waiver wire: Walsh, Teoscar, Nimmo, Pham, Corey Dickerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walsh over Santana

      • Gary Z says:
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        Thanks Grey!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  37. DonnieB says:
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    I have Nick Anderson as one of my closers. He has 6 games next week. With Giles back on IL, is Dolis a better option with 7 games at home? It is a keeper league if it matters.

    For 2021, how would you rank Gallen, Burnes, May, Javier,Urquidy and Singer as of now?

    Thanks for your insights always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, Anderson is better

      Gallen, Burnes, May

      • DonnieB says:
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        Would you pick up Singer over Urquidy or Javier? Trying to decide who I can drop for Singer. Or just hold. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Over Javier

  38. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I know the Rays are the Rays, but taking Snell out after 76 pitches while he’s cruising only to allow the bullpen to immediately mess up his scoreless W is peak Rays.

    Definitely not complaining because I own snell and need W [eyes emoji]

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I was watching it, Snell didn’t seem happy about it, and I can’t figure out Cash

  39. scoboticus says:
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    Come on Nola, get on the boat!

  40. pflip says:
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    Replacing Dakota Hudson—Kremer, Akin. Gausman, Montgomery or Means?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at their matchups

    • William Hung says:
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      Isn’t Gausman hurt?

      • pflip says:
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        supposedly will face Oak this weekend….Kremer and Akin both slated for TB at home.

  41. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    Nelson Cruz or Voit ROS?

  42. Crazy J says:
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    This… “I’d sell my left nut on eBay, I’m a Power Seller by the way” and the first post were worth the scrolling! HAHA

    WTF did Lugo do? Fn LUGO!!!

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