Throwing a 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 12 Ks game against the 1927 Twins by Lucas Giolito can mean only one thing, today, we celebrate Lucas Giolito’s Star Mitzvah! Mazel tov! Here’s a check for $18.  Many blessings from your bubbeleh. But, oy, it’s hot in here, can we turn on the fan? Forget the electric bill for one day, it’s a Star Mitzvah! Your uncle, Shlomo, didn’t retire to Boca Raton and leave me with the money he won from scratch-off tickets so I can’t turn on the fan once in a while. Guys and five girl readers, Giolito is a legend. Who isn’t a Giolito fan? (Besides the Streamonator; why the long face, tin can head?) I’ve already given you my Lucas Giolito 2020 fantasy too, that’s what a legend he is. This is his 2nd insane game this month, and, brucely, it’s more fun to revel in great pitching performances this year than the 400th three-homer game. Last time, I said Giolito would be a top 15 starter. Now I’m starting to think I was being too low. Dude’s so lit he’s got that shizz in his last name! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joey Votto – Expected back on Sunday. Terrific news if you’ve been living in a cave for five months and think this is terrific news.

Jose Iglesias – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .295 and in the two hole. Also, in this game, Raisel Iglesias recorded his 26th save. Elias Sports Bureau said this was the most religious game since the 2007 Nats’ Ryan Church and Cristian Guzman’s fates aligned with Jesus Colome.

Luis Castillo – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.04. You look at Castillo’s peripherals (3.73 FIP) and you’re slightly underwhelmed, but then you see him throw some of his pitches and you are full-on whelmed. You are whelming in your pants and standing with your front side towards a corner you are embarrassed at how whelmed you are.

Francisco Mejia – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, hitting .272. His 1st and third at-bat yesterday are perfect examples of what makes baseball so great. He struck out in his 1st AB looking as bad as a hitter can look, then homered in his 3rd at-bat. “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.  And, if I die, wrap my head in a snowball.”

Jon Gray – Fractured foot ends his season. Now he’s trying to figure out if he needs surgery. Great, someone else is debating healthcare.

Tim Melville – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks in his 4th career start as a 29-year-old Quad-A player. But, yesterday, Melville with a whale of a start! *shuts book that I was reading, cover reads, “Dad Jokes For Every Occasion”* Pretty solid read.

Mike Leake – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.77. Like when you’re in a kiddie pool with a bunch of floating drinks, I picked a bad time to stream a Leake.

Ketel Marte – 1-for-3 and his 27th homer, hitting .319. Real question:  Ketel Marte or Starling Marte in 2020? Damaso Marte is not an acceptable answer.

Alex Avila – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer, hitting .229. Now I understand why the Diamondbacks never play Carson Kelly. I’m kidding. I have no freakin’ idea.

Brian McCann – Hit the IL with a knee sprain. Lucky they have Flowers to fill-in McCann (hehe).

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 36th homer, and his billionth caught stealing trying to get 30 steals.  Love, love, lurve Tildaddy. Praise heaped on him like a pornucopia of sex gadgets, but he’s trying so hard for his 30th steal that I’m A) Loving it, because he wants to get us fantasy value and B) Not loving it, because at some point the Braves are gonna be like, “Stop running, fool, you keep getting caught.” C) There’s no C.

Julio Teheran – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.53. Teheran’s usual MIA stuff looked IA vs. MIA, get lost!

Caleb Smith – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.82. Between him and Paddack, my pitching boner has gone limp. Might need some gas station boner pills. By the way, did you hear this yesterday? Report came (bad word) out that players are getting busted for PEDs this year, due to gas station boner pills. Seriously, ESPN reported that players who are taking over-the-counter Viagra pills are testing positive. Tim Beckham feels so seen right now.  Tim Beckham, “I wined and dined her on gas station sushi and Four Loko and we were feeling amorous.” Then, Goose Gossage added, “When we were in the league, our sexual enhancement was brushback pitches and bunts.”

Marcus Stroman – 4 IP, 1 ER, but left with a tight hamstring. More like a tight pigletstring. I mean, he’s only 5′ 4″.

Carlos Santana – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 30th homer, hitting .291. Having your standard 33-year-old breakout season. Oye como Zombino!

Griffin Canning – Back to the IL with more elbow inflammation. If it wasn’t for Trout, the Angels wouldn’t have anything but bad luck.

Willie Calhoun – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 13th homer, hitting .295 The Rangers screwed me good when they benched him in one random game earlier this week and I rage-dropped him. He’s hitting around .500 since then with multiple homers.

Mike Minor – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.17. He had a 1/23 ERA in August in 22 IP, prior to this start, after a rocky July, a superb June, a great May–Okay, you can look at his player page yourself, if you’re interested.

Brandon Morrow – Suffered a setback with his elbow and will miss the rest of the season. Backdate this to July of last year.

Nicholas Castellanos – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer and 3rd straight 1st-inning homer. The Greek God of Hard Contact delicately picks a gravy fry from the plate, winds up and hits the Heinz bottle 420 feet! He hit it on the 57!

Yu Darvish – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.43. But he didn’t walk anyone.  Lowercase yay!

Mike Yastrzemski – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, and 7th homer in 11 games, hitting .282. Not sure what I was waiting up until yesterday, but I grabbed him in my shallowest league and now I’m riding the Polish lightning and calling it thunder!

Kevin Pillar – 1-for-5 and his 19th homer, and his 6th homer in 11 games, hitting .261. Yo, the Giants are insane right now. You need to get on these schmotatoes.

Adrian Houser – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.62. Okay, Streamonator hates him, but I’m going in on Houser in all of my leagues, until further notice. His 9.3 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 are more than ownable.

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-1, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer. Moistasskiss!

J.A. Happ – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.58. Just Awful is aptly named. Has he had one good start this year?

Khris Davis – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer. It’s an early Khristmas miracle!

Marcus Semien – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .273. In one league where I’ve been in 1st on and off all year, I drafted Semien and have owned him all year. Wanna win? Gotta go with the money shot.

Will Smith – 1-for4 and his 12th homer, his 6th homer in the last seven games. He has 12 homers in only 28 games! Ya know, the ol’ 60-homer pace.

Kenley Jansen – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.70 and the blown save. Dodgers have said Jansen won’t work more than once in each series, adding, “How games do we need to win the division by? 25? 30?”

Patrick Corbin – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.17. His preseason price was so right on with his actual value, and attainable, even if you’re like me and don’t draft top starters. I know this, because I own Corbin in a few leagues. Wish I grabbed him in every league, instead of my stupid Nazi in Exile crush.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in three games. Asdrubal is the type to get goofy hot for a week or two. However, he is in a platoon. Though, not with Wilmer Difo.

Joe Musgrove – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.74. Pirates’ pitching coach, Ray Searage, said this was a decent game because Musgrove pitched to contact and only threw 84 pitches. Saving his arm for more bad pitching!

Jonathan Villar – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .278. Due to the Orioles, I bet Villar is underrated again next year for how valuable he actually is. You get an O’s discount. They pay you back in Cashner.

Renato Nunez – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 28th homer, hitting .240. Another guy who will be essentially free next year. Foresight for 2020 is 20/20 because hindsight tells me no one wants Orioles.

Anthony Santander – 1-for-5 and his 12th homer. Now has done almost all of his damage in the 2nd half, but, in recent games, he hasn’t been so hot (.038 in the last week).

John Hicks – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer. When searching for catcher bats in fantasy over the last week with the most hits who were available in my 15-team league, I saw John Hicks, and I nearly replace Tom Murphy with him. This was Saturday, before Tom Murphy Ruth was born.

Justin Verlander – 9 IP, 2 ER, 2 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.77, and took the loss vs. the Tigers. In the last 12 years, this was the 5th biggest upset in baseball betting (according to lines). Someone in Vegas bet $63,250 on the Astros to win $11,000, and someone else bet $55,000 to win $10,000. Can empathize, I bet $5 for Travis Shaw to win the NL MVP.

Robinson Chirinos – 4-for-4 and his 14th homer.  Uh-oh, Chirinos! Is it me or are all catchers hotter cumulatively than any other position? Not to answer, but to ruminate.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 27th, hitting .254, and has seemed more locked-in with Charlie Manuel as the Phils’ hitting coach. Charlie Manuel just needed to instill this wisdom, “Why do scarecrows wear overalls?” Off everyone’s puzzled looks, Charlie continued, “I’m not being philosophical, I’d like to borrow a well-dressed scarecrow’s outfit.”

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting near-.315 in the last week, two homers in two games and four homers in the last seven games. Hot schmotato alert!

Matt Magill – 0 IP, 2 ER and the loss, ERA at 4.54. Who could’ve ever predicted someone named Matt Magill would suck as a closer? The good news is Matt Magill is not the actor who starred opposite of Ed Burns in his early films. The bad news is I’m not 100% sure of the good news.

Daniel Vogelbach – 1-for-3 and his 28th homer. The Jelly Donut of Swat is having the most snoozefesty 30-homer season. When you pick him up off waivers, he should come with a free pillow.

Kevin Kiermaier – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and a slam (13) and legs (19). Damn, was so close to making him a batty call yesterday. My batty call didn’t turn out bad, I must confess, going to Iglesias.

Avisail Garcia – Will begin a rehab assignment in Charlotte at the Rays’ High-A affiliate. They’re known in town as the Charlotte Rae’s.

  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome right-up, man!

    Gotta rush so…

    Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 22

    The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, 1947

    Costello: That wild goose chase of yours is going to lay an egg.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Oh, Lou

  2. toolshed says:
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    Brad Hand doing it again. 3rd straight blown save! Last 4 appearances: 7 ER’s, 14 baserunners in 3 2/3 innings. Thats a 17.2 era and 3.8 whip. Is this a rough patch or are you concerned? Velocity still there. Francona used him a ton this year and he broke allen & miller but it took a few years for him to do that.

    • Grey

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      Seems like a rough patch, and Francona said the closer job is not changing Hand…s

  3. Homer's got the Runs says:
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    Next week I have Pablo Lopez coming off the IL. Who do you drop? Lopez, Civale or Houser?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lopez

      • Homers got the runs says:
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        That surprises me. Lopez other than one start was fantastic this year. What do Civale and Houser have over him out of curiosity?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He had a shoulder issue, tough to trust him

          • Homers got the runs says:
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            Thank you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  4. Knighttown says:
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    It’s time to start looking ahead to my keepers for next year so I can trade the excess for draft picks. I can keep 5 of these batters and it’s just straight up drafting after that…their draft spot doesn’t matter. I’ll keep Acuna and Bellinger for sure.

    So rank these others for next season and the future;
    -Rendon, Harper, Alonso, Lindor, E. Escobar, Urshela, C. Seager, Mondesi

    And pitchers I can keep 2;
    Corbin, Yates, Sonny, Glasnow

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Acuna, Bellinger, Lindor, Mondesi, Rendon, Harper, Corbin is the order I have em

      • JB says:
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        I think you have to keep Alonso over Rendon/Harper

        • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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          Same, I’d be keeping Alonso and package Rendon/Harper for Betts or an ace or something instead of just picks

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I can understand the anti-Haper argument, but what’s with the Rendon hate? Guy is hitting .323 and will end up with low 30s HRs.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Donkey loves Rendon, narrative formed

            • Donkey Teeth

              Donkey Teeth says:
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              Rendon is no Donkey

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Donkey abandons Rendon after minutes of love, new narrative forming

                • Donkey Teeth

                  Donkey Teeth says:
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                  Here today, Donkey tomorrow

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha, nice… knew it already though, was reading the Teeth leaves

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Acuna, Bellinger, Lindor, Alonso, Mondesi, Rendon, Harper, Escobar, Seagar, Ushela

      Corbin and I’d take the chance on Glasnow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Knighttown, what’s up, haven’t seen you in a while…

      Acuna, Bellinger, Lindor, Mondesi

      Corbin, Gray

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sorry, can keep two pitchers or have to? I guess Acuna, Bellinger, Lindor, Mondesi, Corbin

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          You like Mondesi better than Alonso for next year?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Pretty close prolly… 15-25 for both

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Why no respect for Rendon?

          • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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            He’s getting his elderly respect

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Respek

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Rendon over which hitter, Donkey Teeth?

            • Donkey Teeth

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              Over Corbin. Or was pitching required? Maybe I misunderstood…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Donkey Teeth, loves Rendon, narrative set!

                Yeah, Rendon over Corbin if he doesn’t want an SP, agreed

                • Verlander and Rendon carrying my club – agree with DT

  5. Dan says:
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    I’m a position where I have to drop Hader or Heaney due to salary cap issues. We start three RP and I have Yates, Robles, Bradley, so might be OK there. My SP needs more help, but obv Hader is a bit more valuable than Heaney overall, right? Thoughts? Thanks Grey!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d lose Heaney

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  6. FantasyLand says:
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    Stream o nator hated Giolito for yesterday. So, of course, I benched him.

    • Homers got the runs says:
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      I always start any pitcher who is at least an SP2. They can often shutdown those top offenses.

    • Matt says:
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      I feel your pain, I also benched him for this reason.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Never bench Giolito

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No reason to bench Giolito at this point

  7. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Scarecrow is the new black………………can you explain the logic of putting a slumping power hitter with good defensive skills in the EH Postion and lead off then putting the best defensive catcher in baseball at fist base in his place?

    I would like to see Kaplar’s analytics behind that decesion it must be a “linear regression algorithm”

    please blog help me understand

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, I don’t know, it’s like Kapler is trying to get Hoskins out of his slump by getting him more at-bats

    • Huffin Gas says:
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      Do you think Kapler is two and out? Seems to me muscle milk is gone after this season. The Phillies are now only better than the Marlins in that division. And while Charlie isn’t going to permanently take over the team (he shouldn’t), you don’t bring the most popular Phillies manager back into the clubhouse- and who is also as old school as it gets- if you think the manger you have now is your long term guy. That’s a big shadow Kapler is standing under.

      Kapler is in a lose-lose situation. If the Phils do well it’s because they brought in Charlie. If they don’t it’s still the manager’s fault. Can’t imagine Joe Girardi doesn’t get strong consideration this offseason.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Honestly I’m not even sure Kapler is the issue… they’re big bats have struggled and the pitching is a bit of a mess

        • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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          I think Kaplar is gone unless the have a significant turn around. Agree, Girardi is probably the leading candidate for next year.

          The bats struggle but it is part him with the awkward lineups and the plate approach. He has them taking too many pitches. He also never plays small ball even when the stiuation begs for it. He lost that team

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Could be, I don’t watch them much… but no matter the manager, they need pitching and Hoskins, Segura and others to do something… maybe that is him though

            • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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              unfortunately it is pretty much all i watch

              definitely not all his fault McCutchen was huge, Herrerra debacle and the pitching injuries.

              but everything is over thought constantly changing line ups and positions you can tell they don’t like it

              he may be a good manager some day but he needs to go

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh yeah, McCutchen, had forgotten about him too… I’m all for these managers getting less job security, so wouldn’t bother me… I want Charlie Manuel back in the driver’s seat!

  8. Matt says:
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    Dustin May back in the rotation, possibly for ROS? Is he a must add in leagues where he was dropped?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Nope, His K rate in upper levels hasn’t progressed enough yet. I think he’s gonna have some struggles. I’d check streamonator.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Knoche

  9. Zeus says:
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    obp league. Need that and runs. Drop Alfaro for MEjia, Wellington or Molina?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mejia

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d take a chance on Molina. Plays most days, playoff hunt.

  10. Snacks Zillion says:
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    I know, I know the dreaded catcher question but Murphy is en fuego- Should I drop the everyday playing Perez for him? Next meaningful week is playoffs week 1 so looking long term. 12 team weekly h2h, as always Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Murphy

      • Snacks Zillion says:
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        Done, thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. BigEasy says:
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    14 team dynasty and need an arm for this year.

    Houser, Webb, Montgomery, Allard, or take a flier on someone like Clase, J. Diaz? Graterol also available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Houser

  12. Scott says:
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    Melville…Flowers…Leake… That “Dad Jokes” book is really paying off, huh? Great job, Grey.

    Looking for a bench bat to close out the year and (hopefully) the playoffs. H-2-H, standard 5×5 plus 2B and BB. Any of these guys stand out for ROS? Thanks!

    Yaz, Choo, Sano, MarGonzalez, Mercado, K.Seager, Senzel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Seager

  13. The Great Knoche says:
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    This is the year Hurdle and Searage get fired right. How many pitchers can you ruin with philosophy?

    They leave they become stars (Or mildly injured stars on edge of breakout – Glasnow!)
    They show up and they blowup.

    • Grey

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      It’s amazing they haven’t been… Not sure why teams have ‘what feels like’ tenure, like they can’t fire these bums… If anyone else lost as much as they’ve lost in any other field, they’d be gone years ago

  14. Jammer McSlam says:
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    12team H2H 6×6 OBP – My team is stacked and I am shockingly still looking to make it isn’t the playoffs (damn you H2H!!!) Who are my drops?

    I get back soon:
    Dahl
    Mondesi
    Stanton (someday?)

    Potential Drops:
    Bryan Reynolds
    Kyle Seager
    Austin Meadows
    J. Soler
    Yuli G.
    Caleb Smith
    Yu Darvish
    E. Rodriguez
    A. Heany

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith, EdRod, Reynolds

    • Moscowitz says:
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      Seriously why would you even consider dropping Soler, one of the biggest power bats in baseball?

  15. Leonard says:
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    Big (and costly) misses by Streamonator recently … McKay (repeatedly), Nola and Giolito. At least those.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  16. Lindorphins says:
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    Looks like Toro will be up to play third while Bregman fills in for Correa at shortstop. Would you drop somebody like Kingery or Mercado for him to try and catch lightning in a bottle? He’s been mashing in AAA.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mercado

  17. lwomack58 says:
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    Need to pickup a bat for the weekend. Who do you like best for overall productions?

    Galvis @ Pitt
    C. Dickerson @ Mia
    Luis Arraez vs Det
    Asdrubal Cabrera @ Cubs
    DeShields @ Whitesox
    Leurys Garcia vs Tex
    Canha vs SF

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal if playing, Arraez

      • lwomack58 says:
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        Sorry for the followup-But would you try Toro over any of your choices?

        Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Try him

  18. J-Money says:
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    Whatup G,

    Follow up question from yesterday. I’m currently rostering Hendricks, Martinez and Magill in a H2H league heading into the second round of the playoffs. Would you hold Magill or drop for Lucchesi’s start next Friday at SF in the hopes of netting a QS. Thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop for Lucchesi

  19. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    So I think I”m going to stream Gibson against the Tigers. Heaven help the fool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve abandoned hope for Gibson, enjoy the ride!

  20. fausto

    fausto says:
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    hey Grae! hope all is well.
    mallex or delino more sb rest of season?
    i would say mallex no brainer but he got benched for “mental mistakes” wondering if that slows his sagnof roll…who you taking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mallex

  21. Dave D says:
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    Yeah, I’m with you on Giolito. The one DC where I drafted him he has been a godsend. Kinda like Bauer last year. He’s outpaced my other starters on that team easily: Berrios, Hendricks, Lucchesi. Given that every position player is going to hit 20 homers this year, I think I’m going to be much more careful next year with my SPs. I’ll definitely be drafting Gioloto, though I don’t think Ill be able to draft him at #446 overall again next year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      446! Insane the value… So many great starters later too, as many as early on, as always… but 446, damn

      • Dave D says:
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        Isn’t that crazy? If Id drafted Bieber too Id be running away with the league. Im ashamed to admit I took Lucchesi over him inexplicably. I’m still in top 3 with a decent shot at winning but any 15 team league where someone drafted BOTH Bieber and Gioloto has to be doing pretty damn well. I wasn’t aggressive enough on Bieber in my early drafts but wont make that mistake again. I’ll be targeting both guys widely in 2020.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s what I was saying the other day about coin flips… taking a Lucchesi or Bieber wasn’t as obvious in the preseason…

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, true, but kinda frustrating. I really nailed pitching last year but was real hit and muss this year. I’m in the running in half my leagues, so it’s not a lost season but I’m not in the drivers seat anywhere. Its a little frustrating because I made some good pics such as Robles, McNeil, Ohtani, Bieber, M. Adams etc on many of my teams but I don’t have one team where everything totally clicked. Heaney really screwed me too as I drafted him x 5 and he sucked all year until late August. Where I had him and Glasnow I wasn’t able to fill the void adequately.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, agreed… I wonder if there’s any wisdom to just trusting yourself and drafting all relatively the same players vs. mixing it up… Would suck if you’re wrong across all leagues, but would be awesome if you’re right, guess that’s the drawback

  22. Gotime says:
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    Picked up May for potential start @ SD next week (Wins and QS H2H) now thiking should I just roll with either Lucchesi @ SF or Gallen vs Dodgers instead (already on bench)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi

  23. Mr. G-Unit says:
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    Hey Grey

    Someone dropped dee gordon in my league. Auction draft, but with keepers. What do you think hes worth next year? Is 10$ too much for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s too much

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Though, I don’t know how deep your league is… But seems doubtful

        • Mr. G-Unit says:
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          12 teams, c 1b 2b ss 3b 4 OF 2 UT standard obp 5×5 260 auction

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He’s not a $10 player there

  24. TurnandCoughlin says:
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    Just dropped Happ. He’ll probably turn into Johnny Vander Meer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s the worst of some terrible SPs this year

  25. William Hung says:
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    Laureano is returning soon – should I roll Laureano over Benintendi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  26. Lil Petey says:
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    The stars and planets aligned nicely for me yesterday having started Luis Castillo, Lucas Giolito and Walker Buehler. Even Craig Kimbrell decided to join in on the fun.

    Combined result:

    23 IP, 0.39 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, 26 Ks, 2 Wins and a Save

    Not too shabby!

    Is Paddack useful anymore in a 10 team H2H redraft?
    I have had him since day 1, In addition to him and the 3 arms above, I have Flaherty, Soroka and Bieber (maybe I am set barring catastrophe?). Names like Gallen, Lamet, Matz, Heanney, Houser are available and one more week to go til playoffs start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nicely done! I think we can move on from Paddack for this year

      • Lil Petey says:
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        Thanks Grey! Been cruising in 1st place for the last 15 weeks in spite of drafting Jose Ramirez in the first round (only because I neglected my off-season Razzball reading which I promise never to do again). Have a great day!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How dare you! Kidding, good luck!

      • Sam says:
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        Piggybacking off the paddack question… I can either keep Giolito in the 12 th rd next season, Capt jack in the 19th, or paddack in like the 22nd . I can keep for the original season plus 3 more, each year moving up 2 rds.( I kept Capt jack for the 1st time this past year at the 21 st rd) . Should I try to offer paddack to a guy out of contention that has g cole? He may do it bc it would be his keeper in a late round

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, try for Cole

  27. Sam says:
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    Anything to look forward to with glasnow this season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think so

  28. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Running up against a starts limit: Yarbrough @ Bal (Woj) or Marquez @ Stl (Mikolas)?

    Who do you like?

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      wins are the biggest concern

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yarbrough

  29. Phillip says:
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    Grey, what’s your long term outlook for Alex Verdugo? He just hit the wire in my 20 team keeper league. Would you use your top waiver priority for him?

    • Phillip says:
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      Forever keeper with no salary

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab him… could be top 40 OF next year

      • Phillip says:
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        Cool. Thanks! what is his upside in the long term?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Top 20 OF

          • Phillip says:
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            Thanks, Grey. From your mouth to the fantasy gods’ ears.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  30. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Like Roark at home against NYY? 11 tm roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  31. Joe Beisbol says:
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    How do you rank Cain, Pence, Pillar, and W.Calhoun ROS in a standard 5×5 h2h?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun, Cain, Pillar

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        Thank you, Mustachioed Sir! Now, say you had a “friend,” and that “friend” was riding Kyle Seager’s hot streak at util with zero bench players, and that friend also had a silly surplus of closers (Bradley, C-Mart, Hendriks, Leclerc, Robles, Vazquez), would you advise said “friend” to drop one of those closers for Calhoun, and not to wait until November to grow a mustache?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, grow mustache right now, and lose Leclerc for Calhoun

  32. Cohen says:
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    Grey, please pick top 2 streamers?
    Plesac home vs KC
    Cease home vs Tex
    Lamet home vs Bos
    Fried at Mets
    Lucchessi home vs Bos
    Matz home vs Atl
    Heaney at Hou

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz, Plesac

  33. Dr Y says:
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    10 team mixed, 5 outfielder. Eloy was dropped and looking to pick him up. The three I would consider moving on from are Justin Upton, Franmil Reyes or Willie Calhoun. Are you making a claim and who are you dropping?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Franmil

  34. zach jany says:
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    Calhoun, c. Taylor, deshields, or fletcher Ros rest of the year 12 team H2H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun

  35. “Teeth Leaves” some funny sh*t – Gallen’s suicide Sunday start aside, he’s at home vs LAD next!??! Start him? Benching Ed Rod @ COL – thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Gallen, but it does sound risky

  36. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Ah, Jeff Samardzija’s ability to regularly throw belt high fastballs in the low 90s and have them hit directly at defenders is once again on full display today. I wonder when he’s an old man if he’ll think that having the devil own his soul for all eternity was totally worth his 2019 ERA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA… Haven’t been watching, but sounds about right

  37. southside dom says:
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    Props for the Damaso Marte reference. Used to always shudder when the ol’ #43 came running in from the bullpen. “Damashole Farte” we called him.

    Jokes on us, dude has 2 world series rings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, he had two World Series rings, he prolly sold them on eBay

  38. Thundershoe says:
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    Heyo, Hope things have been going well for you this summer, Grey!

    Out of the following pitchers, who are the top three keepers?

    Clevinger ($26)
    Castillo ($17)
    Marquez ($14)
    Glasnow ($15)
    Bieber ($14)
    Paddack ($15)
    Giolito ($7)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Bieber, Lucas, Castillo

  39. So tired of these over analytical managers trying to hard – Francona generally sound, but just saw Mercado is out again (2nd straight) vs Syndergard. I get it – tough righty, but game before it was vs Stroman. So are we in a platoon now Terry? Crap, Merc is hitting .282 vs RHP, and 8 for his last 21 with a HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, & 2 bags in his last 5 starts. Need SB’s but not sure if I want a part-timer next week. Wish Frustrancona would just let the kid play

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Mercado’s been getting platoon for a few now with Allen

  40. Brett says:
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    For holds will Harris or ottavino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ottavino

  41. crimedog says:
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    Are you doing football now Grey? or just the vids for them?

      • Crazy J says:
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        Sorry to piggyback this post, but I am looking for a roto-scoring football league. Know of one? The ones I used LONG ago aren’t around, and I can’t stand H2H playoffs.

  42. Brett says:
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    Have a 25 save lead over 2nd current closers Hendriks lugo Chapman Bradley kanley kimbrel. Who should I move. More concerned on era whip k then saves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bradley

  43. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Need a bench bat who can play 2B/SS for rest of season. The following are available.
    Alberto (Balt)
    Arraez
    Iglesus
    Nola (slight extra credit since he catches)

    Who should I take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arraez

  44. Trader says:
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    Is it possible that Galvis is an add in a 12 teamer? Wire incredibly thin…VanMeter, Nola, Belt, Myers, Demeritte, Haniger, C Walker, Ervin, Renato, Kole.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, he’s hot, I could see it

  45. Metric Man says:
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    Jansen or Pagan ROS for saves and ratios? Jansen’s workload will be limited heading into final month and he hasn’t exactly been elite. Pagan has better ratios and no restrictions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pagan

      • Metric Man says:
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        Sorry Grey…drop Jansen or T. Rogers for Pagan for saves and ratios?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jansen

          • Metric Man says:
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            Thanks. I’m in a tight race for saves.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

              • Metric Man says:
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                Hand has been getting whacked his last 4 outings. Would you keep him or Jansen?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Lose Hand

                  • Metric Man says:
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                    Thx Grey. Trying to sort out my closer situation for the stretch run. Would you drop Jansen for Detroit’s Jimenez? Only 3 runs in last 12 IP and converted 4/5 save chances since 8/9.

  46. Curious George says:
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    Do you like Velazquez vs Mia or DeSclafani vs pit as a stream tomorrow? If so do you like one better than the other?

  47. Crazy J says:
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    Sucks to have the Law in my lineup, but WTG Kike!

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