Yesterday, Kyle Schwarber was demoted to Triple-A to clear his head.  But Joe Buck would’ve cleared it for him!  Guess Schwarber is just one less thing for Joe Buck to plug.  Joe Buck is now the new Crying Jordan meme.  Also, yesterday, Jason Heyward was DL’d.  Right now, Joe Maddon is like, “All I need is Ian Happ.   And this chair.  All I need is Ian Happ, this chair and this remote control.  And Tommy La Stella.  All I need is Ian Happ, this chair, this remote control and Tommy La Stella.  And these Buddy Holly glasses.  Happ, chair, remote, La Stella and these glasses!  That’s all I need!”  I’m sure Schwarber will be back at some point, but, in most mixed leagues, you can move on.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kris Bryant – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer.  If you’re lying in wait, expecting Bryant’s value to stay low all year, you’re going to be left holding the bag, and said bag is the bag that was thrown against Kenneth’s house in Can’t Buy Me Love.

Willson Contreras – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer this week.  In related news, has Tom Murphy gotten a hit yet?

Addison Russell – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, and four homers in the last ten games.  Happarently, the Cubs finally got rid of that anchor Schwarber and it’s all coming together.

Ian Happ – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 1st steal, and five homers in the last ten games.  You just know Happ’s gonna be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  It’s my Happ’ening and it’s freakin’ me out!

Jake Arrieta – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.36.  We’re gonna keep this positive and not focus too much on the fact he only K’d three guys.  I just made this negative again, didn’t I?

Adeiny HechavarriaMarlins are expected to trade him.  The Marlins were waiting to announce this until Jeb Bush dropped out of his potential bid to buy the club.  Jeb’s favorite player is the boring AF Hechavarria.  Jeb’s like Lena Dunham.  If there’s one thing Democrats and Republicans can both agree on, Jeb and Dunham are equally terrible.

Matt Chapman – Hit the DL with an infection in his knee.  He was prescribed antibiotics and the doctor said, “Maybe you shower once in a while.”

Stephen Vogt – Designated for assignment.  Just when you’re hoping something can instill your confidence back in the Vogt.

Bruce Maxwell – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI as he takes over for Vogt.  Think you should pick up Maxwell?  Get Smart!

Jesse Hahn – 2 IP, 9 ER, ERA at 4.66.  That was Jesse crashing on pills for fantasy owners and A’s fans, and Hahnukah for the rest of us who didn’t start him.

George Springer – Left the game after being hit on his hand by a pitch.  …and a hush fell over the crowd.  One strong man, dressed in Zubaz and a tank top, lifted the hush and carried it towards the exit.  We need a hush net to stop other hushes from falling on the crowd!  Okay, veered off topic there.  So, Astros are calling Springer day-to-day with a bruised hand.  I’d still like to join in a prayer hexagon, because these things easily take a turn for the far worse.

Jake Marisnick – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .255.  If Asterisknick were on a weaker team, he’d be starting every day and would be Schebler.  It’ll depend on how long Springer’s out (please not long), but Asterisknick might have a bit of short-term value, since he has four homers in his last seven games, though that’s over about twelve days.

Josh Reddick – 3-for-4, 4 runs and his 7th homer, hitting .294.  Reddick’s returned from his concussion hitting as well as he has all year.  Fun fact!  A Reddick concussion in Thailand is called a “you pass out from sucky.”  I should be a cultural attaché.

Marwin Gonzalez – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Similar boat to Asterisknick, the Astros just have too many weapons for Marwin to get everyday playing time.  The Astros’ bench — Gattis, Marwin, Asterisknick — is better than the Padres’ team.

Francisco Cervelli – Hit the concussion DL again.  Dude’s had like 17 concussions in the last three years.  He’s going to start singing Ethel Merman between at-bats he’s so daffy.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer, which shows you wishes do come true.  Unfortunately, wishes are also accompanied by two months of the worst case scenario.

Chase Anderson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at…  Guess.  Okay, you don’t need to guess exactly, but within .15.  Forget it, I’ll tell you.  His ERA is 2.92.  “Um, hello, Masahiro Tanaka?  Yes, I’ll wait for the translator.  Hey, Jimbo Transatlanticon, tell Tanaka his services are no longer needed,” should’ve said every Tanaka owner a month ago.

Travis Shaw – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .298.  Mean’s while, Thames was seen in the dugout asking, “When do we face the next team with red jerseys?  Phillies coming up?”

Cody Allen – Out on paternity leave.  Like Roger Clemens named all his kids with a K, Cody should name all his kids with a high leverage situation.  Jameshighleveragesituation, Kevinhighleveragesituation, etc.

Huston Street – Activated from the DL.  I have no idea if he’s getting saves this year.  I don’t think The Sciosciapath knows.  Street, Hernandez, Bedrosian is how I’d put their potential 9th inning guys.

Cameron Maybin – 1-for-3, 3 runs and a slam (6) and legs (22).  Did Trout not get injured but take over Maybin’s body in some weird voodoo hijinks?  Is Maybin Fred Savage or Judge Reinhold?  Did Ghost Trout possess Maybin?  I have question, y’all!

Matt Shoemaker – Had an MRI on his forearm.  The MRI showed nothing.  OH MY GOD WHERE’S HIS ARM?!  Oh, it showed nothing wrong with his arm.  Got it.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .331.  Judge Mollywhopner thinks regression is for fairies.

Luis Severino – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.30.  Member those days when there were more than three reliable starters.  Ah, yes, the memories.

Jose Abreu – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and 2nd in three games, and hitting near-.330 in June.  Swoon.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  He’s so overdue he’s going to give birth to an elephant baby-sized home run streak.

Matt Davidson – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 17th homer, and, like, 19th homer in the last two weeks.  Davidson shows up again in this afternoon’s Buy, but, if you weren’t convinced last week when he homered in four straight games, I’m not sure you’re going to be convinced now.  I’m losing faith in you, prematurely balding everyman.

Adam Engel – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs, hitting .344 as he fills in for Leury Garcia.  The White Sox had made a pact to only use Garcias in center, so I’m disappointed.

Jose Quintana – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.69.  He had a five-run lead before even taking the mound and he was facing a turkey Turley, so it’s a solid start, but I’d want to see more.

Jaime Garcia – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.13.  The month of May with the 2.45 ERA is a distant memory like phones that flipped open.

Matt Adams – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and six homers in the past ten games, then homered later in the game under the pseudonym Lane Adams.  Like Becky with the good hair, I will now call you Matt Adams with the good bod.  You deserve good tidings, you non-fat bastard.

Jim Johnson – 1 IP, 2 ER and his 14th save, ERA up to 3.98.  Things were moving along for him for the better part of the first two months, but now has a Blown Save and two earned in back-to-back games.  He’ll likely stay in the role at least through the trading deadline, but I could see him moved or just demoted after July for Arodys Vizcaino.

Joe Panik – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Also, in this game, Buster Posey (3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 10th homer.  Panik/Posey sounds like a night out with Bill Cosby.  CNN (fake news!) was reporting yesterday Cosby is going to do town halls educating the public on sexual assault (not joking).  They should drug him prior, then reenact a scene from Black Mirror.  Doing my best Jesse Pinkman, “Jello makes you into a sociopath, yo.”

Zack Godley – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.53.  This start came in Coors, because Godley is not a human!  *screams*  They’ve come for us heathens!!!  I was sonavabenched by Godley, as I’m sure most were.  Sucks, but I’m glad I have him.  His peripherals look kinda purdy — 8.2 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 3.23 xFIP.  His speedball doesn’t do much, but he also doesn’t throw it a ton.  If he qualified, he would possess the sixth least used fastball, while relying on a curveball 30% of the time.  This is good since it’s one of the best curves in baseball.  Currently, I own Godley in one mixed league, and would look to invest further as long as he continues to go to the hook.

Paul Goldschmidt – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .335.  Au Shizz!

Chris Owings – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .291.  My MI positions this year have been held together by duct tape, Odor, Owings and a bunch of elbow grease.

Andrew Moore – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks in his 1st start.  I just went over Moore yesterday, the short of it is the Stream-o-Nator likes his next start and it never likes rookie pitchers, so I’m intrigued like an alien meeting a cat.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4, 6 RBIs and his 12th and 13th homers.  Hard to compete when everyone and Yelich’s mother are on pace for 25+ homers, but, without any huge hot streaks, Cano is on pace for his usual 27 HRs, 100 RBIs and .290.

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and a slam (8) and legs (6), and 3rd homer in as many games.  Someone flipped the switch in Kinsler.  I imagine it was his Jewish mother guilting him.  “You know, Ian, there’s a lot of people depending on you.  Would it hurt you so much to hit some homers?  Before you answer, have some soup.”

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .271.  Told you to sell him about a month ago, but I even feel like he can’t be quite this bad.  I mean, his sample size of being good is so huge — that’s what she never said!

Asdrubal Cabrera – The Mets might move Asdrubal to 2B when he returns from the DL today, because, if no one is playing shortstop, it will be easier to explain why they’re not calling up Amed Rosario.  *removes rubber mallet from toolbox, slams mallet into head*

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Lowercase yay.  You know who’s all but stopped playing due to the Mets being morons?  Rhymes with Korforto.

Steven Matz – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 3.60.  Not to be Debbie Downer or Adam Bomb or any Garbage Pail Kid, but five walks in six innings is not good.  He’s lucky this wasn’t a 2 IP, 7 ER game.

Justin Turner – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, and third homer in four games, which joins the entire Dodgers team with homering in every at-bat for the series vs. the Mets.  In yesterday’s game, Joc Pederson hit his 5th homer, and Kike Hernandez, no relation to Kinsler, hit his 7th homer.

Jose Bautista – 2-for-4, 1 run and a caught stealing as he hit leadoff again.  I legit cackled when I saw he was caught stealing.  Bautista is like, “Yo, I’m slow as dog balls but if you got me hitting leadoff, then I am going to turn my leadoff game into an eleven.”  Halfway to second during steal, “Damn, how far is this next base?”

Marcus Stroman – 4 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.69.  Stream-o-Nator said, stay away fools, cause the Rangers rule, on the offense attack.  Tin roof rusted.

Carlos Gomez – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homers, and has three homers in the last two games, and is in this afternoon’s Buy column, and…*panting*  I’m out of breath!  Grab Gomez now if you need a hot outfield bat.  It’s…all…I…have…to….say!  *collapses at computer*  Cougs, bring me a mint julep!  Please!  No, I’m not faking!  I’m winded, woman!  What do you mean from what?  From typing!

Mike Napoli – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  I gave Napoli a batty call yesterday, and the whole time I thought I was batty calling his moms.  I’m a dirty bird!

Robinson Chirinos – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 9th homer.  Drafting a Rangers catcher wasn’t a terrible idea.  You just drafted the wrong one.

Carlos Martinez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.87.  Has some of the best stuff in the game, but always seems to make one mistake per game from immaturity.  For instance, did you see his hair at the beginning of the season?  Are you a Pointer Sister?

Paul DeJong – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer.  I was thisclose to streaming DeJong for the batty call, and you don’t get closer than no spaces and italics!  In the bigger picture, DeJong has three homers in the past week and, brucely, looks better than Wong looked, plus, Matheny hates Wong.  By the way, if Wong and De Jong embrace in the dugout, does Lance Berkman get upset?

Aaron Nola – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.32.  I love me some Nola, and I point that out to emphasis how cruel you must be in shallow mixed leagues, because I streamed him, thanks to the Stream-o-Nator, and dropped Nola before the game even finished.

Tommy Joseph – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  On one hand, he’s on pace for 24 homers.  On the other hand, some players already have 24 homers.  On a third hand that is actually a glove on Howie Mandel’s head, you can’t throw a stone without hitting a corner man that gives power.  Under his eye.

Cam Perkins – 0-for-4 as he leadoff.  Cam Perkins?  Who the hell?  Cam Perkins sounds like an Appalachian gang.  “Are they related?  They’re more than related!  They’re Camper Kins!”

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Loved the write-up! Sorry to all Schwarber owners, there’s always next year and Fantasy football is almost here!

    Busy putting the plan to go get our son from the capital, so….

    John Rambo Quote of the day for June 23-25

    Rambo: ‘We were in this bar in Saigon, and this kid comes up, this kid carrying a shoe shine box. And there, he says: ”Shine please, shine!” I said no, and he kept askin’, yeah, and Joe would say ‘yeah’. And…I went to get a couple of beers. And the box was wired. He opened up the box… Fucking blew his body all over the place. He’s laying there and he’s fucking screaming, there’s pieces of him all over me! And I’m trying to pull them off, you know…my friend! It’s all over me! I got blood and everything and…I’m trying to hold him together, I put him together the fucking entrails keep coming out! And nobody would help! He’s saying, sayin’, ”I want to go home!” just calling my name. ”I wanna go home, Johnny, I wanna drive my Chevy!” I said: “Why I can’t find your fuckin’ legs.” ”I can’t find your legs!” I can’t get it out of my head. lt was seven years. Every day it hurts. Sometimes I wake up and don’t know where I am. I don’t talk to anybody. Sometimes a day. Sometimes a week. I can’t put it outta my mind…’

    [The movie ends with Rambo crying into Colonel Trautman’s shoulder. After he surrenders with Captain Dave accompanying him in handcuffs. Rambo looks in scorn at Sheriff Teasle who’s lying on a stretcher bed just before being carted off into an ambulance and continues to walk with Colonel Trautman and Captain Dave and freeze the frame (a la most movies at that time). Cue the queue for the credits!! Next up First Blood (1985), part 2].

    [As a message to all, I propose that we all go down to our local VA and hug a veteran then tell about it on a Friday.]

    Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike Patton says:
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      @Ante Galic:

      a single pair of clapping hands is heard, at a 96 beats per minute tempo.
      Loved watching Rambo on this format, can’t wait to start pt. 2
      anyone got any Goobers?

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Mike Patton: Mike!

        Thanks a lot. Rambo First Blood, part 2 starts on Monday. Be there or be square! Actually, Rambo II has a lot more action than Rambo First Blood and as a consequence less dialogue. Maybe I can get through the Quadrilogy (1982-2008) by the end of the season.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Lt says:
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          @Ante Galic: I read this everyday and at first honestly I didn’t understand what you were doing, I literally was so entertained by you doing Rambo man so thank you. You’re a pretty interesting dude and like your writeup each day. Keep going

          • Fanthead says:
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            @Lt: I concur with Lt. Took me a while to figure out Ante Galic’s daily sharing of script–thought it was just craziness–even though I always dug his accompanying baseball views–but now I learned it’s craziness…with intent. Fun!

  2. Mike in Busan says:
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    I almost gagged when I realized that I was starting Godley In a week when he pitched at Coors; then to find it was Luis who was killing my ratios…

  3. G says:
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    Hey Grey. Hope all is well. In my 5×5 head to head redraft league which uses K/9 (instead of Ks) I was offered Chapman for Segura. I have declined the offer already but he l offered me it again in addition to another version where I add Kahnle and he adds Owings. Now starting to wonder if I should consider it. I’ve already won in Saves more than I expected thanks to SAGNOF but only have Bush and Kintzler now. I also have Story at utility to take over Segura if I am to take the deal. People is this league tend to overvalue closers, and K/9 category seems to play into this to some degree.

    This is my offense

    C Zunino/Hedges
    1B Bour/Carlos Santana (Freeman on DL)
    2b Peraza
    3b Rendon
    SS Segura
    OF Betts
    OF Judge
    OF JBJ/Gardner
    Utility Story

    My RPs: Bush, Kintzler, Devenski, Kahnle, Neshek, Chafin

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @G: I like wither one of them. If you did the 1 for 1, what are you UTIL options?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Sounds fine, agree with B

      • G says:
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        @Grey:

        My bench is usually Santana, Gardner and when Freeman returns that will likely push JBJ or Bour to the bench.

        What deal is preferable to you. The one for one Segura or Chapman or Segura/Kahnle for Chapman/Owings?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aroldis/Owings

  4. J Dilla says:
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    I can only imagine how tedious it is for you to answer every single fantasy question that these peons have. You probably don’t even feel a little bit bad when you give wrong advice by now, and I don’t blame you.

    My question is: Have you ever collaborated with FanGraphs on any pieces (or been approached by them)? You obviously know your stuff and use advanced stats to make projections, and I feel like with your writing style you’d attract an even larger fanbase of nerds with male pattern baldness if you got exposure there.

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: fangraphs writes about minutiae it seems just for the sake of writing it. Grey keeps it real and doesn’t try to show off with the skills analysis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You don’t build the Sistine Chapel, then ask 7-11 how they fortified their roof

          • dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            nicely done

  5. Yager says:
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    How do you feel about this trade: I give Ray, Wood, Schebler, and Simmons, I get Lindor, Kluber, and Bradley Jr. I already pulled the trigger, but wanted to get your take. Thanks as always, I always enjoy the material!

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @Yager: I give you my seal of approval.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Yager: Good deal for you

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Yager: Thumbs up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yager: Agree with others

  6. Tony C says:
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    Nice opening paragraph, you jerk.

  7. Mike in Busan says:
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    Oh, and, as always, great write-up. Was nice to see Ted yesterday, as well. So, I’m thinking of grabbing Addison Russell again, as I currently have Hernan as my SS. Should I drop Hernan, Broxton, or one of my speculative closers (Neshek and Doolittle). Thanks in advance, and may you put your faith in Godley, and may He bless you!

  8. Jimbo says:
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    ROS.. Hanley or Healy?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jimbo: Healy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimbo: Agree with F

  9. Grant says:
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    Would you sell Bellinger for an ace like Kluber?? It’s a keeper league, I have Bellinger for $1 and the price goes up $5 every year. We are talking multiple year impact here if he is a stud.

    My staff right now is decent already: deGrom, Arrieta, Ray, Severino, Wood, and Berrios.

    Not sure I NEED an ace, but I also feel like if I’m trading him, now is the time. If I traded Bellinger someone like Bregman would fill his lineup spot.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Grant: Hold…get cheaper pitching like a Nova type

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Grant: you don’t need another SP, Linus.

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Grant: Keeper league for $1 I think you have to hold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grant: Agree with others

  10. Fabsy says:
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    Roto Categories
    Pitching categories set as [K QS W SV ERA WHIP]
    Last in ERA and Last in WHIP do you start Porcello tonight against LAA?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Fabsy: If you’re not starting him tonight then you should drop him.

      • B the Esq. says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Agree with 1F. If you aren’t starting him against the Troutless angels, when are you starting him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fabsy: Agree with others

  11. FeverDog says:
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    12-team, h2h, 5×5

    A) I drafted Russell at SS and ended up dropping him for Gregorious about a month ago.

    Should I reverse the swap and add Russell and drop Gregorious?

    B) Do I drop any of my SP (thinking Bundy) for Andrew Moore?

    sp-degrom, nova, quintana, severino, straily, wood, walker, berrios, pineda, bundy
    rp-allen, rivero, neris
    dl-jon gray

    Thanks!

      • FeverDog says:
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        @Grey: I should have also asked, do I risk waiting another day to get Bundy’s start tomorrow, or is Moore dropping Bundy for right now?

        And Thank you again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Moore for his Sunday start

  12. Carrot Cake me a Meat Bat says:
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    Grey, Need a healthy alternative for Jake Lamb- any ideas for 3B?

      • Carrot Cake me a Meat Bat says:
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        nice one! gotcha…took Matt Davidson for $1

  13. Yum Yum Fish says:
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    Did you mean, get smart- pick up Maxwell… or, Get Smart- don’t pick up Maxwell? I picked him up. Better to be stupid than late in a 20 team.

  14. H says:
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    How would you rate these starters?

    Stroman, Nova, Chase Anderson, Nelson

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @H: Nelson, Stroman, Nova, Anderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @H: Nelson, Nova

  15. Adam Magerman says:
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    Heyoooo. Would you drop merrifield for Addison Russell for my MI spot? Thank youuu

  16. sall goooood man says:
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    It’s weird seeing Adam Engel’s name on the rundown. He graduated from my high school one year after me. I hope to see you call him Adam Garcia so I can remain the most athletic from my hometown in my head.

    • sall goooood man says:
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      @sall goooood man: But ya know, sall goooood, man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sall goooood man: If it’s in your head, why not just say you were the most athletic?

      • sall goooood man says:
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        @Grey: My head is spinning.

  17. mcmi11ions says:
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    Grey, great opening, though I was saddened you didn’t take it all the way to the paddle ball, then I read the mint julip line and started lol-ing for real. Well done.

  18. Murph says:
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    Morning grey

    1 i have mallex and ODB and mezuzah in my outfield. Drop any for reddick or Ian happ?

    2 opponent looking to deal Sano. Fair to offer Casilla and benitendi or is that too much? Also could offer Casilla and ODB or mezuzah. What’s your advice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: 1. Why? 2. Too much

      • Murph says:
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        @Grey: thanks – sometimes it’s just tough to sit tight. I’m a rosterbator! Help me!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  19. Cram It says:
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    I think I’m pretty goddamn patient with guys I like that I draft. I dropped Polanco and Russell from the same team on July 16th. They both homer the next day and well, ya know. Really hard to carry two guys who are sinking your team when you have limited bench spots. I don’t think they’ll tear it up and finish having strong seasons overall, but just my life that they both go on tears literally the day after I drop them.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Cram It: I’m having that type of season in a few leagues myself bro.

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Cram It: Cram, are you hemming into Phil from the Future’s territory here?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Curious George Springer: Listening to people complain about something everyday, I think I’ve earned enough credit to vent once in a blue moon ;)

        • nick the smooth dick says:
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          @Cram It: If you close your eyes you won’t hear the complaining anymore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: So are you saying we should pick them up on July 15th?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Cram: Or is this last year bugaboo that still haunts you?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: Everyone gets hot. I’m guessing they’ll go back to being average soon enough. I was never a Polanco guy. Pegged him as my “Bust” last year when you all were making your player picks. Was a year early. I didn’t draft him with hopes of studliness, but he’d been god awful.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You said July in your opening — I didn’t get Polanco anywhere, but I would’ve taken him, didn’t see any of this coming…Kinda bummed, I liked him and Marte, but eff ’em

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: Oh. Derp. My bizzle. June 16th. Not looking back in anger. Let’s go Lackey!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ugh, hope Lackey just gives like 6 IP, 3 ER

                • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                  @Grey: Get the feed bag ready

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha

              • Curious George Springer says:
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                @Cram It: This took longer than I was expecting.

  20. Chris says:
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    Did I make the right move here? Accepted a trade yesterday..received Arrieta & Jeff Samardjiza for Carlos Martinez.

    12 team, H2H, redraft… wins, losses, QS, K, ERA, WHIP, saves, IP are the categories. Other SP on my team are Fulmer, Paxton, Nola, Hill, Gray, McCarthy, & Fiers

    Thanks in advance!

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Chris: don’t love it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with CGS

  21. bigbear says:
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    Who to drop when McCullers comes back?
    C – Avila
    1B – Reynolds, Alonso
    2B – Odor, Taylor
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Story, Simmons
    CF – Maybin, Desmond
    OF – Stanton, Gardner, Bellinger
    SP – McCullers, Duffy, Stroman, Wood, Vargas, McCarthy, Peacock, Faria
    RP – Giles, Wilson, Bush, Ramos

    12 team H2H 6×6 (standard + QS and OBP). I’ve got 3 bench bats. I’ll probably stash Bailey to see how he does as part of this move.

      • bigbear says:
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        @Grey: Duffy’s on the DL currently. Should have added that. Anyone else?

  22. peacecoast says:
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    sup dude,

    tonight sit one: Hicks versus Darvish, Mazara vs Tanaka, Schebler vs strasburg, odubel versus corbin, gomez vs tanaka

    Tron says ODB. makes sense L on L. guess I answered my own question.

  23. NJ JN says:
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    Bautista actually got caught stealing at 3rd making the final out of the inning. Not good! Can I drop him now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NJ JN: Prolly should’ve dropped him 4 weeks ago

  24. Basement Artie says:
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    Haha! Great Steve Martin reference. Haven’t thought about that movie in a while. You’ve found your ‘special purpose!’

  25. Ashtray says:
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    This season has been amazing. It used to be that you could assume you lost your matchup if a couple of your pitchers got shelled. Now it’s no longer a sure thing cause the other guy most likely got hit just as bad. I’ve got a team ERA of 5.32 and I’m still winning 9-5.

  26. TheOne says:
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    Your boy Nola has a few good games coming up

  27. Ted says:
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    Hanley droppable in a 12 team mixed league? Need a streaming spot.

    • Ted says:
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      @Ted: could also drop Hendricks or Gyorko.

      • bigbear says:
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        @Ted: I’d probably drop Gyorko unless you like position eligibility, but they’re similar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ted: Gyorko

  28. Lance

    Lance says:
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    Grey! How do you feel on my Bellinger for McCullers swap in 5×5 H2H cats? (otherwise consider it in a vacuum)

    I think I’m leaning towards pulling the trigger, just wanted to see what other people are getting for him value-wise

    • bigbear says:
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      @Lance: Impressive. Odds are that Bellinger will hit some dry spells as teams adjust. Depends on need…

    • nick the smooth dick says:
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      @Lance: <3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lance: Bellinger side — 7 day guy in H2H vs. a guy that pitches once a week and has injury history and is currently on the DL

  29. Chucky says:
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    Contemplating a few streamer moves for the near term. Looking to swap out the likes of Wacha and/or Guerra for Lamet and/or Newcomb. Wins not QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chucky: No idea of matchups

  30. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    This would be a crazy question a month ago …

    Drop James Paxton for Jose Quintana?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

  31. OaktownSteve says:
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    Watched Andrew Moore yesterday. Undersized, listed at 6’0″ which might be a touch generous. Grew up in the Pac NW and wouldn’t be surprised if he took some influence from Timmy. He’s got a similar mechanical motion with a straight over the top, stiff arm delivery. He doesn’t have any of the velocity of early Lincecum. The over the top deliver gives the fastball a touch of downward plane and he’s got a good amount of armside run but no actual sink so the pitch feels pretty straight. Right handers will get a good look at it as on the ball Kinsler crushed. At 89-90 he’s going to have to pitch ahead in the count (which he did very well) and consistently locate down and on the edges.

    He pitched to a wide range of velocities with a very slow curve in the mid 70’s and slider change up comb from the low to mid 80’s. Also showed a willingness to pitch up with good location. I felt like the darting fastball played well with left handers and the off speed stuff, especially the change being featured to right handers.

    Definitely gave the appearance of good make up. Carried himself well. Showed good composure and some “pitchability.” Deep league rotation depth and occasional match up streamer with no upside as reported here yesterday.

    Ben Gamel’s .465 BABIP is totally sustainable right? Ok, that being said, he’s a very confident looking player. Got the cave man hair and looks like he plays with a bit of edge and athleticism. One thing for sure, he is seeing the ball really well. The took a couple of Dan Norris sliders away and spit on them before ripping a mistake fastball into the right center gap. He’s got that Cano open stance and his move into the hitting position from there and the front side looks very solid. Right now his wOBA vs left and right are nearly the same. Bodes well for him getting every day ABs if he’s not going to have split issues. He’s limited for fantasy with no speed/power but it does look like he could hit near .300 and stick near the top of the Mariners order.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @bigbear:

        Thanks man. My pleasure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Agreed on both counts… Moore looks like he could be a #4 on deep leagues where safety is what counts, like a poor man’s Nova… Gamel looks schmotatoey

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Wouldn’t a poor man’s Nova be an AMC Hornet?

        Gamel is totally out of his mind…but once he cools off how much will he cool is the question. In RCL he has all the makings of a bungee chump (glossary term).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA… I could see bungee chump… He feels like a Yunel, except more tolerant

          • ryanoger says:
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            @Grey:

            Heading to the razz dictionary now…

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Seriously, big thanks OTS, happy Friday dudes!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @ryanoger:

          Thanks dude. Happy “full slate” Friday

    • Packers says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I love your comments. Thanks.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Packers:

        You bet. Thanks brohammerson.

  32. Tony C says:
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    Good morning Mr. Grayandctvanjs for your incomparable insight!
    Matt Davidson or Bregman ROS?
    Who wins: Darvish for Nola and Upton?
    Or Carlos Martinez for JD Martinez?
    Thanks and have a great weekend.

    • Tony C says:
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      Spell check on smart phones suck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Davidson == Yu — JD

  33. Tony C says:
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    Mr. Gray

  34. Jason Lieberman says:
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    Pick up Gomez and drop someone from my list?

    I’m in a 12 team mixed H2H YAHOO redraft league.

    MY TEAM:
    ========

    HITTING:
    C: Salvador Perez (C)
    1B: Jose Abreau (1B)
    2B: Jonathan Schoop (2B)
    3B: Manny Machado (3B, SS)
    SS: Carlos Correa (SS)
    OF: Cody Bellinger (1B, OF)
    OF: Adam Duvall (OF)
    OF: Aaron Judge (OF)
    UTIL: Ryan Zimmerman (1B)

    BENCH:
    Ian Desmond (OF)
    DL: Freeman (1B)
    DL: Wilson Ramos (C)

    PITCHING:
    SP: Chris Archer
    SP: Jimmy Nelson
    SP: Carlos Martinez
    SP: Drew Pomeranz
    SP: Luis Severino
    SP: Sean Manaea
    SP: Quintana
    SP: Mike Leake
    SP: Brandon McCarthy
    SP: Taijuan Walker
    RP: Brandon Kintzler
    RP: Greg Holland
    RP: Addison Reed

    League Settings:
    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL
    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Hits (H), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)
    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Losses (L), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Quality Starts (QS)

  35. Oppo Taco says:
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    Trade Zimmer for Estrada? What side do you prefer. Thanks

    • Fausto Sagnofacio says:
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      @Oppo Taco: hold Zimm, Estrada still hasnt landed from the cliff he fell off of a month ago.
      EstNada is a streamer in most leagues. Check his last month plus starts. Its no bueno my friend. I dropped him for fiers after monday.

  36. Davidson, Happ, or Franco.... says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve been holding Franco all season in hopes he could be halfway decent. He’s been getting on base lately, but would you drop him for Matt Davidson or Ian Happ?

    Appreciate it

  37. Who says:
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    Cool to drop Hanley in a 12 man?

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Who: for what? But not out of the question.

      • Who says:
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        To stream. My lineups stacked, he’s just a bench bat I never play

        • Cram It says:
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          @Who: Then yeah.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Who: Agree with Cram

  38. demribbies says:
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    In a keeper, would you consider dealing a $17 Altuve for a $35 Goldy or is that just too good a value? Salaries increase 10% per year w/ no cap on # of years owned (Altuve 17/19/21/24 vs Goldy 35/39/43/48).

    I’m not eager to deal Altuve but I’m thinking abt trying to get a solid player for him b/c I think he’s misused in the 3 spot. the SB’s have dried up and he’s just not going to be able to hang w/ the best of the 3/4 hitters in terms of HR/RBI.

    Also have 2B eligible Rizzo and pairing Goldy/Rizzo/Smoak seems nastier than Rizzo/Altuve/Smoak.

    Would you do it?

    • Cram It says:
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      @demribbies: Goldy > Altuve. $35 is good value to. Take Goldy.

      • demribbies says:
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        @Cram It: Would the Chase humidor give you any pause in acquiring Goldy in a keeper?

        • Cram It says:
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          @demribbies: Nope. He’s a stud.

  39. Curious George Springer says:
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    Probably going to cut Martes for Moore’s Sunday start at home against the Mets. you like?

    So yesterday, on a short schedule day, I had Davidson, Russell, Joseph, and Adams in my lineup (but who am I kidding, with all the guys I have injured, three of those are fixtures in my lineup these days). Blessed be the fruit.

    • nick the smooth dick says:
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      @Curious George Springer: Why don’t you answer your own question so Grey can just say he agrees with you?

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Grey: If only me thinking that Fargo actually turned out pretty damn good overall could get an agree with Nick

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t agree, was disappointed with this season… She got shot by some random cop? Stussy got shot by the random deaf dude? Burgle did nothing all season? Bleh

          • nick the smooth dick says:
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            @Grey: Hold up hold up….she ends up teaming with Mr. Fucking Wrench from season 1 and you call him some random deaf dude?!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can’t figure out why they even teamed up, Wrench was that moved by her story that she couldn’t communicate to him?

              • nick the smooth dick says:
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                @Grey: They we’re shackled together and saved eachother from Varga’s henchmen. You think he didn’t become a little smitten with this kitten on top of being part of her scheme to get 2 million dollars?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  The kitten is Ray, man! Yeah, that’s fair on Wrench, I felt like it was being too clever for clever sake, and it didn’t move me like the 1st two seasons

                  • nick the smooth dick says:
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                    @Grey: That’s fair enough. I know it wasn’t AS good as the other seasons. But from where it started, kinda slow and meh, I think it ended up being pretty damn good

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I can agree it got better, it just didn’t get all the way there for me

                    • Curious George Springer says:
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                      @nick the smooth dick: The last episode ruined it for me. The shootout on the highway was dumb and felt forced. Then the ending (which felt a bit like the last season of Parks and Recreation when Leslie is suddenly working for the national parks service) with Burgle at DHS? I also hate that stupid tactic where they set up two possible endings and then “leave it up to the audience.” No, schmohawk, you’re the writer. Write the ending.

          • nick the smooth dick says:
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            @Grey: The randomness is a theme of this season dude. Human justice. Cosmic justice. Started with the random killing of Glorias step dad. Just when Nikki is gonna get her justice-randomness. She gave Wrench the money, she just wanted Emmit. She didnt get him, so Wrench got him for her.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, randomness doesn’t emotional resonant with me… I prefer when I’m watching a character for ten episodes for it to matter when they’re killed

              • nick the smooth dick says:
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                @Grey: It mattered because the randomness prevented her from getting the one thing she wanted out of the whole thing, her justice. Dammit Grey! Poo poo to you

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sorry, just didn’t love it on an instinctual level… Intellectually it was fine, but blech to intellectually

                  • nick the smooth dick says:
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                    @Grey: Alright I think we are back on the same page, I gets ya….

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We’ve resolve this discussion better than season three resolved

                  • nick the smooth dick says:
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                    @Grey: Haha no cliffhangers or make your own interpretations here!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We like our endings here in the Razzball comments

  40. Shane Paps says:
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    Haha Best article headlines in the game!

  41. m0se says:
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    give pineda to get kimbrel?

    • m0se says:
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      @m0se: or perhaps nova to get kimbrel?

      • Roger Rabbit says:
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        @m0se: Either one of these would be a fantastic get, but a Kimbrel owner likely wants more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @m0se: Agree with RR

  42. Antonio Bastardo's Love Child says:
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    in a keeper – drop Han-Ram for Matt Adams or Greg Bird who I can store on the DL? Technically I can cut Han-Ram, grab Bird, DL him and then grab Adams…just not sure I should give up on Han-Ram just yet…dude seems to heat up in the summer…but that shoulder doh!!!???

    What I’m working with:
    C-Perez
    1B Alonso, Han-Ram
    2B Dee, Peddy
    3B Moose, (Moncada)
    SS Seager, Owings, (A.Rosario & B.Rodgers)
    OF Desmond
    OF K.Bryant
    OF J.Upton
    UTL. G.Stanton
    DL – Dahl & an open spot avail)

  43. lwomack58 says:
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    Braun or JBJ?

  44. Josh says:
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    Start 3 of these OF tonight. Who would you start?

    Schebler vs. Strasburg
    Yelich vs. Lackey
    Haniger vs. Musgrove
    Souza vs. Jiminez
    Peralta vs. Leiter (Philly rookie)

    Thanks!

    • bigbear says:
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      @Josh: Anyone but Schebler. Yelich, Haniger and Sourza would be my choices.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: Sit Yelich, Schebler

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks both

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: PHOP!

  45. balls in play says:
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    Would you dump Gattis for Happ?

  46. Tweak says:
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    Great, now I’m going to have to tell my family that it’s 10 minutes to Judge Mollywhopner before Yankees games start. Thanks, Grey.

    K-Mart sucks.

  47. Jason says:
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    I need 2 SPs to go along with Archer this weekend. Who do you like among Faria vs. BAL, Taillon @ STL, Cole @ STL, and Pineda vs TEX? SON seems to suggest Taillon and Pineda, but Faria and Cole are pitching very well lately. Thanks!

  48. Alex says:
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    Add Davidson over Story?

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: Happ or Davidson over Story?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Alex: Hold Story – he’s hitting ~.290 in the last 30 and summer’s coming to Coors.

      • Alex says:
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        @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I’m rooting for him, and haven’t considered dropping him until now. My team needs a power surge for sure. Thanks!

  49. Great Bambino says:
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    Ian Happ or Aaron Hicks ROS? Thanks!

  50. Boomer19 says:
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    Good morning. Starting off a holiday and reading over trade offers in my pools. Got offered Justin Turner and Buxton for Severino and Brinson. Redraft 14 team league. No real needs just a value trade. Thoughts?

    Enjoy the day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19: Turner side, it’s fair

  51. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Happy Friday!

    1. Alex Meyer worth rostering in weekly 12 teamers? Definitely intriguing – figured he’s a bench guy except on 2 start weeks…certainly beats Tyson Ross!

    2. I’m starved for saves with Neris as my 3rd closer. Albers (who I think? is the Nats closer) is on the wire. Drop either of Ross or Neris for him?

    Didn’t realize how good looking Albers’ peripherals are…11+ K/9 2 BB/9 with a 3/sub 3 FIP/xFIP.

  52. matt ball says:
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    i have the following offer on the table in a 6×6 (OPS) – his Lindor and Gallo for my Springer. Do I take it? Who do I drop?

    C- Grandal
    1b- C Santana
    2b- Kendrick
    3b- Beltre
    Ss- Russell
    Of- Springer
    Of- OZUNA
    Of- JBJ
    Util- Choo
    Util- Gardner
    Bn- Nunez, Hanley
    DL- Trout, Freeman
    Sp- Archer, Verlander, Severino, Stroman, Manaea, Walker
    Rp- Reed, Brach, Knebel, Bettances, D Hernandez

  53. sportivetricks says:
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    Felix Hernandez coming off the DL to start against HOU tonight . . . the activersion is strong in this one.

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        So petrified tonight, but I also see some upside. Maybe he’ll end up being like a Schilling who learns to “pitch” rather than dominate with stuff. Right? Maybe?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d like to see that a few time before I expected it

  54. Hugman says:
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    Russell’s wife is leaving him so now he can focus on hitting baseballs.

  55. Sam Sabulis says:
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    Nothing better than the Friday Grey double whammy. Trying to conjure up a 3-for-2 or 2-for-1 trade so as to avoid having to just drop someone when McCullers comes off the DL tomorrow. 12-team mixed points league, my roster below:

    C – Zunino
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Odor
    3B – Turner
    SS – Correa
    MI – Russell
    CI – Reynolds
    OF – Stanton, JBJ, Desmond, Conforto, Zimmer
    UTIL – Beltre
    Bench – Healy, H. Perez, Rosario
    SP – Darvish, McCullers, A. Wood, Nova, Severino, Nelson, Happ
    RP – Kintzler, Rodney, Iglesias, Bedrosian

    Rizzo becomes 2B eligible with one more Maddon shift, at which point I can lose Russell when/if he cools off. Thinking of trying the following trades with teams that need OF/SP:

    1) Reynolds/Conforto/Severino for Goldschmidt/Mazara
    2) Conforto/Severino for Harper

    Am I leaving my pitching too thin by losing Severino? SON has liked him for most of the year and not much to be had on waivers. Think I ought to aim to upgrade an SP instead (i.e. Conforto/Severino for a top 5-10 SP)? Many thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1. Goldy side not really close 2. Harper less close

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Sam Sabulis: No risk of losing Severino by making these offers.

  56. Mike says:
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    Would you drop Chris Taylor, Josh Harrison, or Bregman for Ian Happ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them…. Bregman

  57. Nightmare! says:
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    Hey buddy boy! So last night I picked up maybin and dropped Kemp and oh man what a sweet relief it was.

    1)Would you trade miggy for Bogaerts/Lomo? No brainer right?

    2)Also who do u like in this trade….
    Strasburg, owings and miggy for verlander, ozuna, bogaerts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes 2. Stras

  58. Fabsy says:
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    Brantley or Lorenzo Cain?

    Thoughts on picking up Jon Gray from FA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain — I would stash Gray if I had room and the league was deeper than 12 teams

  59. Peter Pyper says:
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    OBP league…..
    1. Judge or Bellinger short term?
    2. Judge or Bellinger long term?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge, Bellinger

  60. Hugman says:
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    Great. Now I have Brach, Street, Bedrosian, Norris, Maurer, Doolittle, Enny Romero, and Matt Albers on my team. If I give you my address will you come smother me with my pillow while I sleep tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whatcha got in the fridge for after?

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:
        Great come back

      • Hugman says:
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        @Grey: Ha!

  61. Pazz says:
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    Should I sell machado for kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  62. lwomack58 says:
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    Yahoo sports is saying that B. Norris should come off DL on the 29th and resume the closer role. What do you think regarding hi role. I’m been holding Norris.

    Would you start A. Meyer @ BOS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stash Norris, no on Meyer

  63. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Finkel or Einhorn, Happ or Brox ROS?!?! Cobb or Happ ROS,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ — Happ

  64. lwomack58 says:
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    I have room on my roster-would you stash Marte.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  65. Roughneck Odors says:
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    Chapman for Mallex Smith, Shebler, and Derek Fisher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aroldis

  66. Fabsy says:
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    Votto Murphy Cole for Verlander Abreu Dozier

    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  67. Great Bambino says:
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    Ian Happ or Mallex Smith ROS. in a vacuum. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Needs

  68. Luke says:
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    Does Kris Bryant/Benintendi/McCarthy for Arenado/Bellinger seem fair to you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  69. Bad Ash says:
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    Buxton or Peraza ROS

    …ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza

  70. BAC says:
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    5X5 OBP Which side?

    Pineda and Faria for Turner and Haniger
    Darvish for Turner and Haniger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner — Yu

      • bacca72 says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

  71. RICE says:
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    been hitting myself in the head with that Rosario mallet for a month now…

    What’s up with Moustakas? The numbers have been great, but he’s still Moustakas right?

    Drop one of the below for Happ?

    Hanley, Rosario, Moustakas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s moist — Amed

      • RICE says:
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        @Grey: I was afraid of that.

        Follow-up… dropped Addison for Andrelton weeks ago. Hold tight or reverse course?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  72. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Which side do you like in 12 team H2H keeper leagues . . . Haniger ($3) or Quintana ($17). I’ve got a bunch of bench hitters who are too good to drop but who are clogging my ability to have the most pitchers going each matchup… Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Cram It: I like him as a keeper – the tricky part is that despite being 12 teams, the active rosters are small (only 3 OF, no MI or CI).

        So my standard starting OF is Harper (expensive), Blackmon ($36 next yr), Upton ($13 next year), with Alonso ($3) at UTL. So I’m stuck with Haniger and Maybin on the bench, playing them only when Upton or Alonso has bad matchups, or if Harper/Blackmon faces Kershaw-types.

        Maybe I should try and sell Upton (or Blackmon?) instead for a better pitcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger

  73. dtbran says:
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    Got your book recently it’s been a great read! You could change the “Hold my beer” references to “Hold Nan’s cigarette”…
    Happ worth picking up to drop ODB, AJones or hold with limited moves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks! I’d hold

  74. Jedi says:
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    Grey,

    T Walker or McCarthy?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  75. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m starting the King in Seattle v Astros. My confidence level is set to “not entirely confident.”

    I think all you can hope for from Maxwell is that he’ll drain your average less than others at the position. I’m actually rostering him in the deep league as my other catcher is Gattis and he’s on the every other day plan.

    I’m interested to see Luis Castillo today. Alboatswain I know you, like I, enjoy a good young flame thrower. He’s the kind of guy you pick up if you can get him and there’s a 50/50 chance he’s still on your roster by the 3 inning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m bummed Vogt was released, I’m now down to 1 catcher in a 2 catcher NFBC, set it and forget league… Lost Susac and Garneau — Oh, I grabbed Castillo in 3 leagues, I’m pumped to see him too

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s possible Vogt will resurface before too long. Great clubhouse guy. Had big hits in the playoffs for the A’s. Can play 1st and, surprisingly, a little OF in a pinch. Left hand bench bat. Rays come to mind as a good place for him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope so bc right now my only catcher is Herrmann

  76. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    RONALD MILLER!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  77. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h (OPS/QS)
    Starting $3.4 Perdomo vs. DET today? Need the stats if it’s a reasonable risk.
    Thanks!

    • bobbo says:
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      @bobbo: or a $10.5 Matt Moore Sunday vs. NYM instead?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Moore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  78. PHIL says:
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    I could use a back up catcher. Should I pick up Maxwell? I would need to drop Reddick or Brinson for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you have to… Brinson

  79. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Grey,
    H2H 10-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS) – 35 moves max a year (no streaming), but we have very deep teams, with 6 bench spots.

    I’m close to a deal to get Tanaka off my team but other than him can you comment on my team, what do you think I need ? I’ve included Waiver guys just in case you see anyone worth swapping.

    Waiver:
    Hit –C. Gomez, J. Pederson, C. Maybin, K. Morales, S. Souza, M. Davidson, Trey Mancini, Souza Jr., C. Santana, HanRam, E. Gattis, A. Avila, W. Castillo, R. Martin, T. Murphy
    PIT – T. Bauer, J. Guerra, A. Breadley, R. Hill, C. Davenski, A. Cobb, B. Peacock, J. Guerra, T. Bauer, J. Gray,

    My Team :
    C – EMPTY
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Brian Dozier
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Xander Bogearts
    Mi- Trea Turner
    CI – Justin Turner
    LF – Christian Yelich
    CF – Charlie Blackmon
    RF – Lorenzo Cain
    Util- Justin Smoak
    BN – Corey Dickerson
    BN – Jedd Gyorko
    DL –Ryan Braun
    DL – Jonathan Villar

    Sp – Alex Wood
    SP – Sean Maneae
    SP – Carlos Carrasco
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    Rp – Greg Holland
    P- Brandon Kintzler
    P – James Paxton
    BN- Ivan Nova
    BN – Gerrit Cole
    BN- Masahiro Tanaka
    BN – Justin Verlander
    BN – Jimmy Nelson

    Thanks in advance bud

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybin over Gyorko

  80. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey Grey

    In 10 team h2h obp pick 1 hitter and 1 pitcher to add this week.

    Haniger, Mallex, choo
    Tanaka, faria, j Nelson

    Thanks for the advice!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger, Nelson

  81. Gator says:
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    Is Smoak finally realizing his potential? Does Toronto have this impact on hitters? Where do you see him ranked for 2018?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too early to say

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Gator: Probably close to the other 50 players that are going to finish with 32 homers and .278 average

  82. peacecoast says:
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    wtf is a simulated game?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @peacecoast:

      Whole bunch of things go into it. Sock throws. Dry swings. Functional running. Flat mound 40 feet away.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

        • peacecoast says:
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          @Grey: wait isn’t he serious?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Pitcher throws a game and coach calls out, hit and how many runners and pitcher deals with game like there’s imaginary runners, like what we did when we were 12

            • peacecoast says:
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              @Grey: so in Salazar’s case the coach will just alternate in saying strikeout and homerun?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha! Yup!

  83. Mike says:
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    Send Carlos Santana, get Odor

    league with standard 5 plus walks, ops, and hits.

    Right now I have Ian Happ/Chris Taylor at 2nd. If I lost Carlos my outfield would be Wil Myers, Polanco and Happ or Taylor depending on matchups.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Mike: That’s even a thing? There are so many 1b playing better than Santana. Odor’s value has really shit the bed. Santana’s boderline droppable in a 12 team mixer, right?

  84. Once I was Matt Carpenter says:
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    I’m in a 12 team 8 x 8 league with (OBP, total bases, and slugging percentage) (holds, losses, QS)

    Would you make any swaps? I am currently sitting in first and debating picking up Marte. Other free agents include: lackey, suarez, gyorko, polanco, matt bush)

    C- mccann
    1b – rizzo
    2b – castro
    3b – beltre
    ss – correa
    of – stanton, ozuna, judge
    util – benintendi, springer
    bench – conforto, turner
    sp – chase anderson, strasburg, severino, stroman, peacock, faria
    rp – giles, j. wilson, ramos, andrew miler, osuna

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  85. Cram It says:
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    Ken Rosenthal reports the Nats showing interest in Neshek with Neshek himself saying he’s likely to be traded before the deadline. Neshek stock rise high!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oddly enough, Neshek doesn’t even show interest in himself

  86. Laffy Taffy > Pine Tar says:
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    In a 10-team H2H categories league w/ OPS, how would you rank the following dudes ROS?

    Pujols, Sunday Santana, Choo, Piscotty

    Thanks to Grey & all the Razzballers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty, Pujols

      • Laffy Taffy > Pine Tar says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! You think Smoak slots in at 3rd within that crew?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          2nd

  87. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. just traded maybin as part of a bigger trade for scherzer. need a sbs/avg/runs guy to help replace him. who do you like between zimmer, mallex and gamel?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mallex

  88. Chucky says:
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    Dynasty question. Would you continue to stash Cargo and Polanco, or move on to the Broxtons, Phams, Odubels and Chisenalls of the world?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  89. Packers says:
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    M. Semien is on the wire, and I need a SS. What’s the latest on him? I know he is playing in the minors. Worth a stash or wait?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Back in a week to 10 days

      • Packers says:
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        @Grey: Thanks and have a great weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  90. Josh says:
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    would you give up any of these pitchers for Matt Carpenter? I’m in a 13 team mixed keeper league and buddy looking to move him for SP. I could use the eligibility and OPS

    Godley
    Berrios
    Faria

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Godley

  91. Slowmez says:
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    Drop Healy for Davidson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  92. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team keeper league with OBP. My current 1B/CI’s are Yonder Alonzo and Marwin Gonzalez. I have a team that has Smoak, Healy and Bour looking to trade for a MI.
    Are any of those enough of an upgrade (I’d probably drop Marwin)? And, if so, which would you unload: Peraza, Pedroia or Owings? Or do I just hold? Keep in mind, my team is doing very well but is a little weak on steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedroia for Bour? Drop marwin if so

  93. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. drop piscotty for any of gamel, joc or davidson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  94. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    i didn’t think you were much of a drinker, a mint julep is just whiskey in a cup with mint leaves crushed up in it (it’s awesome). so it’s technically got more booze in it than even a standard martini (with vermouth mixer).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just has a funny name, I have no idea what it is

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Grey: agreed with the funny name.

  95. Kratos says:
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    C.taylor or Happ for 2b?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  96. Mookie Wilson 1 says:
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    5×5 NL only…ROS, RGrichuk or JJay? Thank you Mr. Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oy…Grichuk

  97. Every29Years says:
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    Trying to get Kluber. Would you send these deals?

    1. My Verlander and Severino for his Kluber
    2. Severino and Nova for “. “. ”
    3. Severino and Conforto for. “. “. “

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2

  98. NoOneIsHome says:
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    All of this Polanco talk has me wondering if you think Souza is better than Souza ROS? Thanks!

    • NoOneIsHome says:
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      @NoOneIsHome: Is Souza better than Polanco ROS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza has easily been better, worth trying

  99. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    More value ROS as a bench bat in deep roto: Happ or Choo?

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jimmy Jack James: Equal value…because they’re on your bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  100. Grey

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

  101. Ralphy says:
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    You shit on my house! You shit on my house!

    Thanks for advising me to dump Whitfield and pick up Kinsler. Its working out great!

  102. Grey

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

  103. Osnam says:
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    Great stuff as always! I unfortunately I have too many shortstops. Do I keep Chris Taylor or do I keep Trevor story? Thanks as always

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