Yesterday, Lucas Giolito went 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks as he was called up to take Reynaldo’s rotation spot.  The shine, as they say at the complaint desk for a shoeshine man, has come off Giolito.  I was all ready to mock Keith Law.  I was going to look at what Law said in 2012 vs. now, but I overestimated Law.  This past winter he said Giolito could be a #1 starter.  I can’t imagine what he said in 2012.  Likely that he’s the best starter in the draft.  He wouldn’t have been alone with that.  Most loved Giolito at the time.  Also, as that last sentence sounds, he was the most loved Giolito, with Sammy “The Bull” Giolito a distant 2nd.  Lucas’s value has rebounded a bit this year vs. last year.  In Endorphin Ralph’s top 100 prospects in the 2nd half, Giolito was ranked 82nd.  As a fantasy baseball prospect list vs. a real baseball one, that’s a solid ranking — or is that a solid Ralphing?  For this year, I’d avoid outside of the best matchups.  Rookie pitchers bring more heartache than your high school sweetheart friending you on Facebook.  “Ugh, she’s happy?  Such BS!”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, and, like, his 18th homer in the last week.  I’m gonna call him Dracarys cause he’s spitting fire with his bat.

Jorge Polanco – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, and 3rd homer in the last three games.  Yo, Eddie Rosario, hold my beer!  I’m doing that meme wrong, aren’t I?  These Twins are good dogs, Brent.   Am I doing that wrong too?

Masahiro Tanaka – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.86, as he was activated.  He’s returning from shoulder inflammation, which was tacked on with masking tape to his partially torn tendon.  By 2020, Tanaka is going to be arm-free, playing mid-field for the New York Cosmos.

Gary Sanchez – 3-for-6, 4 RBIs and his 24th and 25th homer.  G. Love and the Special Sanchez says it’s too early for dancing, but here comes the music…music.

Aaron Hicks – 2-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  He’s cooled off a bit since I told you to buy him last Friday, but he’s the kind of player who I would just own as long as he’s healthy and starting.

Trea Turner – Began his rehab assignment, and I just need him to steal 20 bags in September.  Can he promise me that?  Please.

Carlos Correa – Hopes to begin rehab games on Thursday.  Put hope in one hand, and rehab games in the other hand, and you have nothing in either hand because they’re amorphous things!

Ryon Healy – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 22nd and 23rd homer.  There’s seven bazillion stars in the galaxy, and there’s the same number of home runs hit every day.  These are proven scientific facts.

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Manny Machado – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer, hitting .263.  Damn, he salvaged his season quick-fast.  By the way, have you ever heard anyone who isn’t Jamaican say quick-fast in real life?  Me neither.

Michael Conforto – Didn’t start yesterday with a sore thumb.  Or as the Mets’ training staff said, “Conforto’s got a thing with his thing.”

David Wright – Started a rehab assignment.  This is going to end well.  Hashtag no sarcasm.  Seriously.  Ugh, I can never sound sincere.  This will end well because Wright will return for the final week of the season, then announce his retirement.  Watch, he’ll even hit a home run in his final at-bat.  “Great analysis!  Let’s now send it back to the tudio.”  “It’s ‘studio,’ Mr. Wright.”  That’s David Wright practicing his Fox audition tape.

Noah Syndergaard – Will throw a batting practice session on Wednesday.  Hey, that’s today!  You snuck up on me!

Amed Rosario – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .257.  This may mean nothing, but his first two home runs were opposite field, barely out of the park shots.  Yesterday’s was a moonshot.  What’s that, Seth Smith?  He’s Amedzing!

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 26th homer and–Meouch!  I just went to his ESPN player page, and one of those stupid auto-play videos played and Linda Cohn was there and, is she auditioning to play Erin Brockovich?  When did she dye her and get those gazoombas?

Patrick Corbin – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.09.  He’s been good, I like him, but this start was the magic of present-day Metco.

Joey Gallo – Hit the DL with a concussion.  The doctors were worried when Gallo started dropping expletives during the concussion tests, but less so after they explained they weren’t seeing if he can cuss.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .231.  We’ve been looking Pujols for so long, yet it’s still pretty surprising to see an end in sight.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-3, 1 RBI as he was activated from the DL.  For a guy that runs a 3-minute, 60-yard dash, that was fast.

Kelvin Herrera – Loaded the bases then left the game with tightness in his forearm.  That’s what happens when you try to fit five arms in a forearm.  It’s also what happens right before a closer hits the DL.  I looked for Brandon Maurer, his setup man, on waivers, but was so happy to find he was taken.  Then, I grabbed Mike Minor, and, as I did it, I knew it would backfire on me.

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer.  I found this peacock on the side of the road with all its feathers in a pile next to it, so I’ve glued the feathers back on and now I will let him air-dry by the window–NOOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

Jon Gray – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.54.  Halp, Ralph and I were talking about this on the podcast yesterday, but it’s so hard to stream guys on the road, then you have the poor suckers who you can’t start at home because of their park, i.e., Gray.

Lucas Duda – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer, and 2nd in three games.  He’s the type to get smoking hot for a short period of time, so Duda Duda day.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  He’s hit .206 in the 2nd half with six homers (give or take on the average; I can never find timely splits stats.  Any hoo!).  Maybe yesterday is the light of day Dickerson needs like Joan Jett was to Michael J. Fox in Light of Day.  Timely reference!

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.76.  I was thinking how Archer always seems to get ten Ks, then I looked at his strikeout rate, and he’s ranked fourth in the majors.  Sale, Scherzer, Kluber then him.

Josh Donaldson – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer.  Keep tacking on the stats for next year’s drafters.  I’m going to start a foundation just for Donaldson, Stats for Suckers.

Alex Wood – Hit the DL with a joint inflammation of his shoulder.  He said he’ll return in ten days, but with joint inflammation, he should be *pinkie to mouth* tokin’ his time.

Cody Bellinger – Hit the DL with “the Dodgers clinched their division three months ago, take your time and come back rested and healthy.”  There’s only one cure, the Giants and Padres winning fifteen straight, so the cure is merely hypothetical.

Jameson Taillon – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.85.  I wonder if losing a ball has messed up his balance, and his mechanics.  Well, it had to be asked!

Starling Marte – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games.  He is totally salvaging this season (if he hits 15 HRs and steals 25 bases in September).

Scooter Gennett – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .289.  Twitter poll that’s not on Twitter:  Scooter gets to 27 homers this year, do you draft him next year as your 2nd baseman?  Or take a late-round MI flyer on him?

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 22nd and 23rd homer, hitting .270.  The guy who drafted Eugenio and Scooter after 250 overall this year is laughing.  That smug bastard!

John Lackey – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.91.  He’s exhausted me.  You win, Lackey!  And by ‘win,’ I mean you don’t win baseball games!

Jason Heyward – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Cubs scored 13 runs without one home run because:  Reds pitching.

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.67.  A good matchup that turned out well for Samardzija?  I’m standing here beside myself like I’m Fisher Stevens in Short Circuit.

Danny Salazar – Hit the DL with elbow inflammation.  Should’ve seen that coming after he got rocked last time out.  Salazar, bud, pal, friend-oh, how about you tell us you have elbow inflammation before the start?  He could come back this year, but I wouldn’t count on it and have already dropped him.  Only wish I dropped him prior to his last start.

Carlos Carrasco – 6 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.95.  You ever have a day with pitching where you don’t even want to look at your teams?  Yesterday was that day for me.

Doug Fister – 9 IP, 1 Hit, 1 ER, 2 walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.78.  Not to be a revisionist with history, but I would’ve guessed the Indians had a chance if they only had to face a Fister.  Send Jim Thorpe out there, he’ll beat his head in.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – Hit his 14th homer, but left the game with a thumb injury, and will have an MRI.  “I’ve had an MRI before and that’s a big machine to just put a thumb into it,” said the world’s most ignorant man.

Eduardo Nunez – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 9th homer.  See what I said for Hicks, and double it for Nunez.

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.17.  Me yesterday before games, “I have Lynn, Lackey, Carrasco and Nola starting, how bad could this be?” Me after, “*burp*  What did you say your name was?  *burp*” as I harass someone at a bar.

Stephen Piscotty – 2-for-3 and his 7th homer.  There were so many homers hit last night I will bet someone not a significant amount of money that Piscotty was given a home run and he’s still in the minors.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, 2nd homer in as many games.  I like to reserve the hot schmotato designation for guys under 50% owned, and I was surprised to see Gyorko is owned in nearly 65% of leagues.  More than a few of those have to own Gyorko and have moved on to fantasy football leagues.  Join ours!  (Perfect segue.)

Austin Hedges – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Also, in this game for the Padres, Yangervis hit his 14th homer with 6 RBIs, Margot had 3 runs and Wikileaks’ Carlos Assange had two hits.  Member previous years’ narratives of the Padres hitting well in August?  Yeah, that’s not the case.  They’ve been bad this month.  Sorry to blue balls you with a narrative.

Lucas Sims –  6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.13.  Yesterday felt like this in the majors.  All pitchers who people own got rocked; all pitchers on waivers pitched well.

Aaron Nola – 6 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.58.  The Marlins stuck a “sco” on Nola’s jersey when he wasn’t looking in the bottom of the 6th.

Rhys Hoskins – 2-for-7 and his 6th homer in, ya know, 13 major league games.  So, he’s on pace for 500 homers in just under two seasons.  Totally achievable!

Tommy Joseph – 3-for-8, 3 runs and his 17th and 18th homer.  Aw, how cute, Tommy Joseph is like the older dog trying to be cute after you bring home a puppy.  “Go play with your bone, ToJo, we’re playing with Hoskins now.”  *ToJo tippy-toes by wearing a top hat, carrying a tea cup, we ignore him*

Marcell Ozuna – 3-for-8, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 28th and 29th homer.  Having a great season.  No doubt, Stefani.  Still, Giancarlo has almost twenty more homers than OZUNA.  OZUNA not worthy like all of us with Lindsey Vonn pictures.

Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-10, 2 RBIs and his 46th homer, hitting .287.  All of the Giancarlo power this year has made me rambunctious.  And, for what it’s worth, Cougs refuses to change her name to Ginacarlo, Giancarla or Ginacarla.

J.T. Realmuto – 4-for-10, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .290.  Literally every Marlin and Phillie player homered yesterday.

Jose Urena – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.68.  You looking at the guy in your league who’s beating you, “I have Johnny Cueto, Verlander and Carrasco, and this guy is beating me with Chacin, Ervin and Urena!  Oy gevalt.”

Dan Straily – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.83.  Whether he’s a streamer or not, as the Stream-o-Nator points out, his next start is vs. the Padres, so all hands on deck.

Vince Velasquez – Will undergo surgery on his middle finger.  The Phils got the very best middle finger surgeon to operate.  It’s the same doctor who did Roseanne Barr’s middle finger and Frank Zappa’s.  By the way, the Wikipedia photos for the middle finger entry are the funniest thing on the internet.  One picture’s caption, “Homeless children sniffing glue and giving the middle finger.”

Henderson Alvarez – Signed with the Phils for $750,000 after hitting 98 MPH on the radar gun at the Long Island Ducks game in the Independent League.  Idea Alert!  I join the Long Island Ducks, and pay the radar gun guy half of whatever it is a major league team pays me.  All the radar guy has to do is set the radar gun to show me throwing 98 MPH.  I’m not saying that’s what Alvarez did, but last time he was in the major leagues two years ago he was throwing 90 MPH, so that’s what I’m saying he did.

  1. Ace of Basement! says:
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    14 Team H2H Redraft League. I’m down to $5 FAAB budget (5 moves). Hitting categories are: Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS

    My team

    C: W Ramos
    1B: Encarnacion
    2B: Dozier
    3B: J Harrison
    SS: Bregman
    OF: Trout
    OF: Souza
    OF: Pham
    UTL: Smoak

    Who is the best/safest 3B option for ROS or hold with Harrison?

    Healy, Solarte, T Frazier, Castellanos, Chapman, Harrison?

    Thanks!

  2. muskysmell says:
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    Has it been discussed yet that Rizzo has 2B eligibility now? That’s freaking bonkers.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @muskysmell: yeah it was “AU RIZZ day!” the day that happened.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: at a poker game me and a guy were discussing that we think it’s the first time ever in fantasy that somebody got a position ONLY from shifts.

          • Jurickson BROfar says:
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            @mthom42: Keep 3 next season.

            Goldy, Trea, Rizzo and Stanton.

            Is Stanton the odd man out due to Rizzo being 2b eligible?

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Grey: agree. this is dumb. what about when teams shift their 3B over in between 2B and SS? is he playing shortstop and the typical SS is now playing 3B?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah and don’t remember this any previous year, is this a new scoring change?

  3. Fatbob166 says:
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    Gyorko, and To-Jo blurbs had me cracking up….Top notch today G…

  4. Tony_Sal says:
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    Keeper leagues, keep 7 position players : Machado, Devers, Bregman, Cano , Sano, Myers, McCutchen, Polanco, O.Herrera, Margot, Zimmerman, Mazarra.

    Other question : If I dont keep Herrera, is he done for the season ?

    Keep 5 pitchers : Kershaw, Ray, Taillon, Nelson, Salazar, Gray, Bundy, Osuna and Giles.

    Other question : Should I drop Salazar, done for the season ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony_Sal: Drop Salazar — Keep Herrera for now

  5. mthom42 says:
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    I’m thinking Giolito takes the Archie Bradley path.

    What’s the rank – keeper in H2H pts

    Bellinger, T Turner, Lindor? That it?

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @mthom42: I’d go Turner, Lindor, Bellinger — based on position and scarcity of SBs vs. HRs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mthom42: Yeah, might be on Giolito… Agree with Yabu

      • mthom42 says:
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        @Grey: thanks. Was thinking Bellinger because it’s a pts league and steals don’t add has much value. Lindor has been very consistent, too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, all very close…

  6. Matt says:
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    Grey –
    Not alot on the pitching waiver wire, thoughts on dropping Salazar for a start today from any of Mannea, M.Moore, Senzatela, Montgomery? 5×5 ros league
    Thanks!

    • mthom42 says:
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      @Matt: Moore. SON loves him today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Agree with mm

  7. ryan says:
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    Please help me out, Gray. Prepping for the playoffs.

    1- Freeman
    2- Altuve
    3- Rendon
    S- Seager
    I- Lemahieu
    O- Cruz
    O- Cespedes
    O- Conforto
    U- Devers
    U- Odor
    B- Hamilton
    B- Myers

    I need to drop one for a streamer. Who? I’m leaning Myers. *I like the French DJ, so not him; he’s good for my league settings.

    • mthom42 says:
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      @ryan: I’d say it’s a toss up b/t Myers and Hamilton depending on needs or match ups

  8. Grey Matter says:
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    Your comments on Gennett/Suarez made me cringe. The defending champ and current league leader has them both….one late rounder, one WW. He also got Schoop. He went all in for pitching draft day and then traded for even more. Sick staff for a 12 teamer: Scherzer, Kluber, MadBum, Quintana, Hendricks, DeGrom, Duffy. So my question is: when does football start again LOL.

  9. Questions I Know The Answers To But Have Issues says:
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    Playoffs start in 13 days! Exciting times. I took a flier two weeks ago and stashed Noah despite having Kershaw in my sole DL spot. I loved your suggestion to do so…medium risk, high potential rewards!

    I am confused by where he is physically. Folks are reporting he is throwing batting practice. Hooray. What the heck does that mean? Rehab assignment soon or is this a lost cause? Any chance he could be of value by the week of September 4th? 11th? Or are we dealing with The Mess here.

  10. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Oy vey. I’m trying to find my things after not remembering what happened last night. Complete “walk-of-shame feeling” this morning after Nola and Carrasco’s little stinkers. Especially since I traded FOR Carrasco right before his Boston collapse a few weeks ago.

    Out of 11 tms. roto; I have 6 points in hitting, 9 in runs, 9 in RBI’s, 8 in BB’s, 5 in SB’s and 3 in avg. I’m tied for first place and in a lot of those categories, not far from the person ahead of me. Currently own Pham, Buxton, Souza, Cain and Melky as OF. Gardner is available, as well as Granderson, Fowler, DeShields, Reddick and Broxton. Add anyone over who I currently have?

    ¡Muchas Gracias muchachos y cinco muchachas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scuffy McGee: So awful last night…. Grandy, Gardner ove Melky and Pham

  11. Grey Matter says:
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    Cobb seems to have a nice matchup at home v The Jays on Thursday but SON is not impressed. He faces Happ who has had some good starts no doubt. Is this more about his toe, time off? I usually like guys coming back with a slightly fresher arm…you? My other choice is likely Ryu at Pirates v Kuhl. I feel a “none” answer brewing here.

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      @Grey Matter: I’m starting Cobb, but more out of necessity. I don’t like your fresher arm theory. I subscribe to the out of rhythm theory. I feel like first starts off the DL don’t usually go well, and they surely don’t go many innings.

      • Grey Matter says:
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        @Cram It:
        Good point. Thanks for your comment. Berrios got dropped. So Ryu or Berrios it is. More coffee needed to make this momentous decision !

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey Matter: I’m just hoping for 6IP/3ER/Win. Thankfully he’s at home. But out of those options, I’d go Berrios against the Sox.

  12. Synyster says:
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    Justin Turner is cooling off. Suarez is avail. What say you?

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Synyster: Tomato, tomato pronounced differently.

  13. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey, what do you make of Donaldson if he somehow gets SS eligibility for Yahoo? Still 100% avoid?

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @The JoGarza: No, that would make a HUGE difference to his value — he’d definitely be in the top 10 SS’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The JoGarza: Nah, no one (well few) are 100% avoid, but I bet he answers this for us in the preseason next year when he hurts himself

  14. LeggoPens says:
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    Ryu or Fister ROS?

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @LeggoPens: Ryu, though he won’t get many Ws since he doesn’t ever pitch past the 5th inning.

  15. Nomahhh! says:
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    Suarez was dropped in my 12T h2h league, drop Margot or Broxton for em? Looking fine on speed w Altuve Betts Buxton and Goldy all chipping in. Thanks Grey!

  16. Scott says:
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    I own Hoskins. Miggy benched. Can I cut miggy in a 10 team league? He does have a series coming up at Coors next week. I guess I can wait for that but I am not expecting anything better.

    I could use another reserve OF or someone with positional flexibility. Would you cut him for reddick, keirmaier (leading off, provides a little bit of everything), pearce (2b,1b,OF), Kike Hernandez (mashes lefties, qualifies everywhere except 1b and C, I own granderson), cron (cooled off this week). Thx

  17. PrinceRudynasim says:
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    Love the shots taken at those ESPN schmucks. The real people in the fantasy baseball community know those guy dont know $hit about baseball.

  18. PrinceRudynasim says:
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    As scary as coors is Gray is 4-0 with 3 era this season there

  19. SDub88 says:
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    I want to pick up Wilson Ramos since he’s been hot. Would you dump Domingo or Hicks for him? My current catcher is Schwarber.

    Or instead dump Melancon for him? (other RPs are Bedrosian, Hand, Neris, Chapman). Do you see Melancon closing again this year?

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @SDub88: Melancon is unlikely to close again this season, but I’d still rather stash him than an extra catcher. Hold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SDub88: Dump Schwarber unless keeper, then just hold

  20. Matt says:
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    Say what you will about Donaldson, but he is one game away from being SS eligible the rest of thai season and next. Wouldnt that make him top 5? 10? in that position?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Prolly top 7

  21. ctrengove says:
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    You dropping Herrera or holding for now?

    (my league = 10-team points)

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @ctrengove: hold until the situation is cleared up one way or the other

  22. Five-On-One says:
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    Need to start five from the below for this week (5×5, weekly line-ups). Hitter Tron next 7-day value included, as well as number of games and handedness of the scheduled pitchers. Who starts and who sits? Just looking at stats for the past week (to see who is hot) would lead to sitting three of Margot, Pirela, Moncada or Arcia. But maybe Bradley because of the uncertainty around his thumb? And Hitter Tron doesn’t like Gyorky or Alonso, but they have been relatively hot lately. Please help.

    Bradley ($11.9) – 7 games (1 lefthanded)
    Margot ($9.5) – 7 games (5 right)
    Pirela ($4.1) – 7 games (5 right)
    DeShields ($1.1) – 6 games (4 right)
    Moncada ($0.3) – 6 games (switch)
    Gyorko (-$0.3) – 6 games (5 right)
    Alonso (-$0.9) – 6 games (1 left)
    Arcia (-$12.5) – 5 games (3 right)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: I’d go top 3 and Alonso and Gyorko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: Wait, top one is JBJ? He’s injured…. Start all except Moncada

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Apparently, X-Rays on Bradley’s thumb came back negative. Need to sit 3. So from your responses above, Moncada and two of Arcia, DeShields and Bradley. Which 2? Guessing Arcia and Bradley (due to uncertainty), but appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Arcia, Bradley

  23. peacecoast says:
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    Line of Duty update: now finished S1E2. Some shit going down now son. Did not expect it. Thought it was gonna be kinda boring and all about investigating the horny black dude. But then some guys show up and cut his GF’s throat what??

    sit chacin tonight I assume?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peacecoast: WHAT!? I know! It gets so good — Sit Chacin in all away games

  24. speill says:
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    Hi Grey. Looking to stream either Hill at Pittsburg. Maeta home vs Brewers. Rondon at Tigers. Need QS and wins. Thanks

  25. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Great write-up, read in a New York minute.

    a. Just got in from a village whose name I can’t pronounce.

    b. John Rambo Quote of the day for August 23

    Rambo: ‘Tell everyone to stay down, don´t make a sound.’

    Random group member: ‘-Who are they?’

    Michael Burnett: ‘-lt´s all right, it´s all right. -Just keep…’

    Rambo: ‘-Don´t talk!’

    [after they pass the area populated by the pirates, Michael Burnett gets up to approach Rambo.]

    Michael Burnett: ‘-Any more of them?’

    Rambo: ‘-Maybe. What do you wanna do?’

    Michael Burnett: ‘We should keep going. We made a commitment.’

    Rambo: ‘-What do you wanna do?’

    Michael Burnett: ‘-We´re a group here. lf they wanna vote…’

    Rambo: ‘-Sit down!

    Michael Burnett: ‘-lf it´s money they want…’

    [The approaching boat starts to shoot at Rambo’s boat.]

    Rambo: ‘Nobody talks. Heads down. Keep your heads down and nobody look them in the eye, or they´ll kill you.’

    [Rambo’s talking from experience.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Haha, don’t get lost, might be hard to find your way back B. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        a. Dur, I’m back already. Hence my tardiness on the Rambo quote? I guess I have to explain it to you using Spicey’s dollies! Lol, j/k. Am still a little loopy from my trip over the bumpy road – 20 miles in just over 1 hour!

        b. Question for league 1…Start 1 at 1B/3B

        1. Nicky D @ home versus MIN (Santana)
        2. Daniel Murphy @HOU (Fiers)
        3. Reynolds @KC (Kennedy)
        4. Cron @ home versus TEX (Cashner)

        c. In League 1…start 1 at the U

        1. Any reject from ‘b’ above
        2. Cozart @ home versus CHC (Montgomery)

        d. In League 2…start 1 at 1B/3B

        1. Shaw @SF (Moore)
        2. Josh Bell @ home versus LAD (Hill)
        3. Spangenberg @STL (Weaver)

        e. In League 2…start 1 at U

        1. Rejects from ‘d’ above
        2. Margot @ STL (Weaver)
        3. DeShields @LAA (Heaney)
        4. Cozart @ home versus CHC (Montgomery)

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Haha B. Murphy… C. Reynolds D. Shaw…Bell

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            Many, thanks!

            Have a pleasant afternoon / evening.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

  26. Stumanji! says:
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    Drop Parra for Grandy or Kalhoun, or hold? OPS league.

  27. lwomack58 says:
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    Pickup Mauer as insurance-I would need to drop H. Kenrick, Cam or German.

    My closers are Herrea, Dyson, Jansen and Cam

    Thanks-

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cam is not closer anymore

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        I guess I was holding out for Cam getting the closer role.

        • lwomack58 says:
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          @lwomack58:

          Sorry for followup-Minor vs Mauer? There are no other potential closers on wire right now.
          Thanks

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Mauer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t seem likely at this point, he keeps coming into the 7th inning

          • lwomack58 says:
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            @Grey:

            Thank you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  28. waffles says:
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    Happ @TB or G Marquez @ KC ?

    thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  29. Citizen5 says:
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    1. Which of these SPs would you add for 2 starts remaining in the month of August?
    Colon – @TOR, CHW
    Dickey – SEA, @PHI
    M. Gonzalez – DET, @MIN
    Kuhl – LAD, @CHC
    Moore – MIL, @SD
    Senzatela – @KC, DET

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore, none, Gonzalez

  30. LeggoPens says:
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    Scooter was just dropped in my league. I thought it was laughable when people were so high on him earlier in the year but looks like the jokes on me.

    Would you stick with Beckham or go for Razor Scooter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Scooter

  31. Michael DePinto says:
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    Things that only bother me I guess…So Nola was pitching a solid game yesterday (or what passes for solid these days) through 6 innings…6 IP 3 ER 7 Baserunners.

    The Phillies send him back out for the seventh to allow two base runners and then a 3-run homer to Ichiro. Then they proceed to leave him in the game to get one out and then let Stanton hit a blast before they finally take him out of the game.

    Normally I like when managers try to push their guys but then I read after the game that the Phillies are concerned that he is fatigued because he has thrown 130 innings so far this season. So if that is the case then why did you send him back out for the 7th inning and let him get his head handed to him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Builds character! Yeah I have no idea… stupid managers

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Michael DePinto: That wasn’t his head that got handed to him…

  32. Not your average Joe says:
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    Suddenly my pitching is in trouble. I’m out of DL slots because I have C orrea and Cueto on them. But Taillon stinks and Salazar + Wood are both DL. The only positive news is that there are three weeks left on the season and I’m in 1st place by 15 games, so I don’t have to make panic moves.

    Would you drop anyone (like Taillon, Wood, or Salazar) to add or stash one of Estrada, Glasnow, Hammel, Dickey, Conley, E-Jax, J.Montgomery, Harvey, or F-Her?

    12-team, h2h, 5×5, redraft.
    C – Realmuto; 1B – Smoak; 2B – Dozier; 3B – Freeman; SS – Machado; OF – Merrifield, Duvall, Melky ; Util – Pham; Bench – Souza; DL – Correa
    SP – Severino, Taillon, Chacin, Corbin, Wood (DL), Salazar (DL) DL – Cueto
    RP – Holland, Greene, Doolittle, Vizcaino, Bedrosian

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Salazar, Taillon for two SPs, depending on matchups

  33. Christopher Hadvab says:
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    You told me to cut miggy but didnt tell me who you prefer. I could use another reserve OF or someone with positional flexibility. Would you cut him for reddick, keirmaier (leading off, provides a little bit of everything), pearce (2b,1b,OF), Kike Hernandez (mashes lefties, qualifies everywhere except 1b and C, I own granderson), cron (cooled off this week), margot, pirela (2b/of). The names avaialble show you what i think miggy will do ros. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Margot

  34. Prince George says:
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    Hi Grey, love your work. 15 team dynasty and building for the future, no salaries or conracts. Trade either of my A. Vizciano or S. Green for his T. Story? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Trade Greene

  35. Scandalous Bob says:
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    Bauer’s been great lately, but are you starting him tomorrow vs Boston? I need quality starts more than I need K’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am, but I’m scared

  36. Game of Throws says:
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    David Robertson was dropped in my league… How much would you bid on him? 12 team H2H league 5×5 (no points for holds). $0 – $100?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $6

  37. Mr Baseball says:
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    Do you like either of these players for next year

    Ryan McMahon Brandon Woodruff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, both… hitter more

  38. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Lovely night of pitching last evening: the Padres and Giants beating up on my pitchers. Business as usual this season for me.
    The Jimmy Nelson Babip hoodoo continues up to around .350 on the season despite not giving up much hard contact. He’s got the Dodgers, Nats, and the surprisingly good Reds offense coming up. I’ve moved on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah makes sense… so frustrating

  39. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Oh yeah, whom do you prefer for streaming today:

    Weaver, of the Luke variety, vs. Padres (Chacin) $18

    Bundy vs. Oak (Gossett) -0.1

    Go with SON?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weaver

  40. Eric says:
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    Rodon, Bauer or Gray ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer, but ROS is iffy

  41. Fungazi says:
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    Some guy in my 12 team picked up Wright to stash him. LOL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is a good laugh

    • RobPopp says:
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      @Fungazi: Lol, better off grabbing Tebow!

  42. Chris says:
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    I’m in championship week of my H2H points league. I’ve only got 2 moves left that I’m allowed. I have Herrera as one of my closers. Brad Ziegler is available with some favorable matchups this week. Should I use one of my moves to make the switch or wait it out with Herrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Herrera sounds like he’ll be ok

  43. Scott says:
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    Is Desmond (1b/OF) worth holding onto in a 10 team league that starts 5 OF. Are you expecting anything from him? Rockies are in a wild card race and they paid him a lot of money so I would think he is part of their plans in September when he gets back.

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Scott: Depends who you’re dropping him for, but probably not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt he’s a difference maker, but hold him if you have room

  44. Hoboken Squat Cobblers says:
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    I think Taillon is my favorite Uni-Baller! Good stuff as usual Grey!

    If you were forced to start one, which would you choose:

    A.) Moore vs Milwaukee (in SF) 12.5
    B.) Heaney vs Texas (in Anaheim) 10.0

    Thanks Lothario!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Moore

  45. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Need someone to replace Wood. My options are Berrios, Bauer, Conley, Urena, Stratton, or Fiers.

    Also would you take Lyons over Phelp’s and O’day for holds?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Lyons — Berrios

      • SF says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  46. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Grey.. I’m def in the playoffs and pretty much set for a buy week.. No jinx but my points are so much higher then all the teams so even if it came to a tie for first or 2nd i would win. Thanks to you and everyone at Razzball again!!!! do i hold Gallo since i’m not competing for the next 2 weeks? Plus i got Sherzer and Faria on the DL. You think they’ll be ready in 2 weeks? Thnx man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Yes, hold for 2 weeks

  47. Johnny2Seam says:
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    Need to pick up 2 or 3 of the following pitchers:

    Miranda
    Sabathia
    AJ Griffin
    Graveman
    Miguel Gonzalez
    Clayton Richard
    Chris Stratton

    • Johnny2Seam says:
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      @Johnny2Seam: Dropping Drury, Wilson Ramos and LeMahieu/Haniger if I get a third.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of these… Look at matchups

      • Johnny2Seam says:
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        @Grey: Which guys commonly available guys would you recommend? I need to get to my 25 IP minimum.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No idea who’s available in your league

          • Johnny2Seam says:
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            @Grey: Including the ones listed above, these guys have starts before the matchup ends:

            Hellickson, Junis, Holland, Martin Perez, Albers, Fister, Cotton, Big Sexy, Boyd, Gsellman, Tillman, Lively, Nicolino, Gibson, Montero, Stephenson

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d look at matchups

  48. Winter is Coming says:
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    Hey guys don’t have to have keepers in until April but I’m already stressing about valuing prospects more or proven guys. Really only focusing on pitching Robbie ray (15th rd) is the only pitcher I would consider keeping. Currently I’m debating with :

    Rizzo 2nd rd
    Lindor 1st rd
    Bellinger 25th rd
    Sano 25th rd
    Acuna 25th rd
    Moncada 25th
    Devers 25th
    Hoskins 25th
    Rosario 25th
    Jose Ramirez 5th rd

    Can only pick 5 of these. Thanks guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, Bellinger, Sano, Devers, Hoskins

      • Winter is Coming says:
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        @Grey: thanks grey! Also is this stupid or is it just me, our commissioner refuses to increase the amount of keepers even though over half the league wants more I feel like every time I’m on here every other league gets more than 5 keepers lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, my keeper is a league with five…I prefer it, gives everyone a chance without one team becoming too dominant

          • Winter is Coming says:
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            @Grey: ha yeah the kid who always has the best record has arenado trout Harper Betts and seager and they’re all keep forever25 th rounders ….I hear what you’re saying though thanks for the response man you guys are the best

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  49. herschel says:
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    @Grey: no point hanging on to rosey, right? drop him for any of norris, maurer, lyons or melancon? which two do you like best for sagnof?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him, Melancon, Norris

  50. Robert Schroeder says:
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    Bradley Jr DL. Is Chris Young a decent replacement in deep league? Or look elsewhere?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who else is out there, Young is a platoon player, will platoon with Holt

  51. Questions I Know The Answers To But Have Issues says:
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    Saves and holds league. I am considering dropping Melancon since it looks like Bochy will stick with Dyson. This will open up a streamer spot since I have a lot of guys hurt. He is pitching well but holds guys seem easier to get off the wire based on matchups. I would stream Berrios at WSox for example. Then whoever is pitching against The Mets LOL. Cool or hold?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        We do like closers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

      • Questions I Know The Answers To But Have Issues says:
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        @Grey:

        Berrios still on the wire v White Sox and Holland. Road game but sill this seems solid. Would you pick him up for this start or hold in H2H matchup. Ratios matter as well as W and L.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would

  52. mikestatic says:
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    Hey Gray, 12 team h2h 5×5. Do I drop Semien, Beckham or Solarte for Polanco? Also looking ahead to playoffs, Manaea and Taillon havent been good. Do I hang onto them, or drop for a Glasnow, Snell, Suter (coming off dl soon), or Andriese (off dl soon)? Love the articles, thanks!

    • mikestatic says:
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      @mikestatic:

      Thats Jorge Polanco**

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

  53. iChiro says:
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    Adam Jones:”…will likely have zero hits today because he needs to level out yesterday’s wonderful with a strong helping of boring.”

    Adam Jones 0/4, lol.

    And scene.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, of course

  54. Robert Steinberg says:
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    In a NL dynasty do you prefer Chad Kuhl or Conley as a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kuhl

  55. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    If anyone is desperately speccing on saves, John Curtiss just got called up by the Twinkies. He might be worth an add.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: NP. Now, if ESPN would actually add him to their game, this could be of some use.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Matt Belisle conspiracy theory to hold back more competent relievers

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Grey: Indeed. Ugh, I picked up Belisle recently. Not likely to end well, but these are the things one is forced to do when the Sciosciapath has an Ernesto Frieriesque obsession with Bud Norris.

            WTF is wrong with using, erm I don’t know, superior relievers like Bedrosian or Parker to close? Maybe Scioscia can share the industrial size bag of D’s I told Norris to eat.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That whole bullpen and the Sciosciapath can eat the big D!

  56. mrbaseball says:
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    Paul DeJong – trying to setup for next year – DeJong numbers look good – can I expect the same better or worst next year – go all in or stay away far away

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Worst

  57. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Rajai Davis traded to Red Sox.

    Davis or Deshields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis will platoon but SAGNOF

  58. Russell says:
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    Hey Grey!

    12 Team H2H Categories

    Drop C. Santana for Hoskins?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  59. Nevik Rowe says:
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    Drop Faria (10 day DL with no updates I’ve seen) for Glasnow stash or wait it out?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure go for it

  60. Nevik Rowe says:
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    Drop Morales for Wong? Gotta be OF for OF. Also available are Inciarte,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender

  61. John Cooks says:
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    Drop Morales for Wong, Broxton, Inciarte, Deshiz or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender

      • John Cooks says:
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        @Grey: thanks! Sorry for the double/messed up post!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  62. Questions I Know The Answers To But Have Issues says:
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    Any concern over The Mets delaying Noah’s batting practice session today? I added him two weeks ago for the playoff run I hope to make. Playoff spot is in hand but a bye is an outside opportunity. Continue to be patient or add a guy like Berrios or Ryu instead? Or even a bat like Gallo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah I’d be concerned…. add Berrios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Though why not wait until tomorrow to see how his throwing goes?

      • Questions I Know The Answers To But Have Issues says:
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        @Grey:
        Good to know the delay was only one day. I missed that nugget.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  63. Chris says:
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    Need a spot starter for Sunday in a h2h points league. Neither are good options.

    J. Cotton vs Texas (Ross) SON 2.2

    Or

    K. Gibson @ Tor (Rowley) SON (-15.7)

    I wouldn’t ordinarily consider Gibson but he was good at CHW yesterday. Which should I pick up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson, neither are good

  64. goodfold2 says:
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    ok, seriously, what the F is going on with e-jax. pitcher roids? in any h2h and any deep league with all these crazy SP injuries i’ve definitely added him and even started him, but looking at some SP i have going today in some instances i figure i’d be like 0-3 or even 0-4 in decent starts, and he keeps on shining.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know

  65. glory daze says:
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    ros
    Kiermaier or Buxton
    thanks and good night

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux

  66. Nightpandas says:
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    Jesus Rhyst….number 7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy!

  67. goodfold2 says:
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    drop bedrosian for graveman (or others, also will be dropping pruitt today for flaherty just in case) in saves only 12 teamer with injuries and this
    SP: carmart/carrasco/chacin/quintana/eickhoff/davies/folty/straily
    DL faria/paxton
    RP soylent greene/bedrosian/osuna/viz/treinen
    NA glasnow
    damn shame i just so happened to have rodon the monster right when he was at his most droppable (which was JUST before he got good again, after maybe 5 out of 6 awful starts)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, go for it

  68. Mike in Busan says:
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    Yeah, Rhys is the shizz.
    Is Godley dead, and have we killed him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have we? Oh no!

      • Mike in Busan says:
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        @Grey: 1.69 WHIP over past three starts, ugh…

  69. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP limited moves (budget)

    Earlier this week you advised me to hold onto Bundy (solid start today 6 IP 3ER 8K), however with playoffs a week and a half away, I really need to do well these last two weeks to ensure I keep the second place spot and a buy week in the first round of the playoffs. I am currently in second place, up 8.5 games from third place, so it’s entirely possible for one of the teams in third, fourth or fifth (all very close together) to catch me if I don’t do well these last two weeks.

    Anyways, here is my situation. I am currently up 22 strike outs, down 1 win, and marginally winning ERA and WHIP.

    I have 5 starts remaining:

    Carrasco v KC
    Corbin v SF
    Strasburg @HOU
    Nelson @ LAD
    Nola v CHC

    My opponent has 8 remaining starts:

    Happ @ TB
    Cmart v SD
    Arrieta @ CIN
    Vargas @ CLE
    Morton @ LAA
    Clevenger v KC
    Nova @ CIN
    Archer @ STL

    I would probably win strike outs if I stood pat, but I think it’s a risky move that could back fire. I think I would just feel safer if I picked up an additional start this week to ensure I win strike outs and to give me a slightly better chance at another win, without hurting my ERA/WHIP in the process.

    Which of these options do you like best if I were to drop Bundy:

    Snell @StL, @CHW
    McHugh @LAA, TEX
    Lamet @MIA, LAD
    Teheran COL, @PHI
    Chacin SF, LAD
    Sabathia SEA, CLE
    Newcomb COL, @CHC

    I’m probably leaning towards Snell or McHugh.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chacin at home is money

  70. Grey Matter says:
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    The Holland comeback story is a nightmare right now. 4 blown saves out of last 6 games. I have Viz, Treinen and Melancon so this is a problem area. Minaya the only true closer on the wire. Or do I grab someone on The Rockies? Or just bench him and hope he straightens out by Sept 4th first round of playoffs? #sad

    • Grey Matter says:
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      @Grey Matter:
      Bedrosian???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neshek

  71. herschel says:
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    McGee or Neshek on colorado? Anyone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Neshek

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey: thanks for the late reply. Kinda scared by the “I don’t wanna close” talk….

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