For as batshizz crazy 2020 is, I will say that it is exciting. Maybe exciting isn’t the right word. Maybe batshizz crazy is the right thing to say, and leave it at that. Every day we have another rookie callup and I’m here for it, even if it might lead to roofies and waking up to wonder why a member of al Qaeda is making a lampshade out of your back skin. “Que quiero mi torso…lampshade?” Al Qaeda, “We don’t speak Spanish.” So, yesterday the Padres called up Luis Patino. My mom is always telling people about her kitchen cabinets’ faux patina, so this must be good. Check it out: Here he is in Prospect Itch’s top 25 prospects for 2020 fantasy baseball. Also, Prospect Hobbs wrote about 1200 words in his Luis Patino fantasy. I’m jazzed like hands and psyched like a shrink! Here’s a small snippet from PH’s post, “Even with just two refined pitches (and another two in the making), Patino has completely baffled right-handed hitters, as they produced a meager .163/.259/.220 slash against him in 2019. Clearly, Patino could step into a big league bullpen tomorrow and be elite. Like, ya know, the opposite of whatever Grey is.” Oh, man, cmon! So, is this the end of Joey Lucchesi of the Doing Crimes To Your Fantasy Team Crime Family? Not sure, but even if Patino is a long man in the bullpen, he’s worth a flyer in leagues 12-team mixed and deeper, depending on needs. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joe Musgrove – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.75. So, I guess we should’ve sat him for this start. And I oop. Streamonator hated this start, and loves his next one, so if you’re not having too many Musgrovings, I could see starting him in his next one.

Phillip Evans – 3-for-5, 1 RBI hitting .393 with a .500 BABIP. I know Phillip Ervin. I know Evans, White and Longoria. Phillip Evans, I don’t know. Looking at his player page tells me he’s a journeyman who should not be playing in front of Jose Osuna, but the Pirates will continue to Pirate.

Jose Berrios – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.80. Been a while since John Smoltz has broadcast a weekday game, but I saw so many people yesterday complaining that at Target Field someone drones on over the play–*intern whispers in ear* Oh, a drone at the game? That’s weird.

Austin Meadows – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI as he returned from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “I’m trying to be responsible after having Mexican for lunch, so I’m wearing a mask on my butt.”

Mitch Moreland – 1-for-2 and his 3rd homer. Red Sox right now, “Ya think Moreland can pitch?”

Charlie Morton – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.52. He was touching 95 MPH early on, and then down to around 93.5 by mid-innings. He averaged 94 MPH last year, so, honestly, I think he’s fine, and I’m not as worried anymore. If anything, this was like his 5th and final Spring Training start in a normal year. “Did someone say normal year?” That’s 2020 maniacally laughing.

Nick Anderson – 2/3 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save, ERA at 0.00. MLB managers hate your fantasy teams.

Joey Wendle – 3-for-4, 1 run and his 1st steal, hitting .357. Watch for platoons, but definitely a hot schmotato alert!

Tyler Mahle – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.80. T. Mahle looked Reds hot. What, I’m just being Frank’s. I actually own this guy in one deeper league, because I’ve always loved him. I’d now say I’d be careful about matchups, and check Streamonator, but the Reds haven’t released a schedule for their pitchers, not even saying who was going today. (Though, likely Castillo.)

Nick Castellanos – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer; that’s in 11 games for those keeping track. The Greek God of Hard Contact is really letting out his frustrations over not being able to have any contact during quarantine. About to start calling him Pandenick.

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .103. This Eugenius figured out the season began.

Franmil Reyes – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .179. Well done, you $54 vending machine steak! (For those new, where you been? But also:  Franmil Reyes looks like a cross between Kyle Blanks and a vending machine that dispenses steaks. “Damn, I thought this was the crappy hot chocolate vending machine and now I just got charged $54 for a T-bone.” That’s someone getting a vending machine steak.)

Brad Hand – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 3rd save, ERA at 10.80. Indians are committed to Hand; let’s see if it proves they should be committed.

Jeff McNeil – Has a low-grade intercostal strain. That’s usually at least a 15-day IL stint, but looking 15 days in the future this year feels optimistic.

Michael Conforto – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .318. At least one Mets player isn’t missing their favorite woobie named Chili Davis and can still hit. I’m talking to you, Pete Alonso!

Steven Matz – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.65. He can’t pitch in away games. Since he’s a Long Island boy, lucky that he’s even on the Mets so he can get at least half of his games near home. Matz’s parents really shouldn’t have done attachment parenting.

Howie Kendrick – 4-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st homer, hitting .300. Way to make the big guys hurt you, Matz. What a giant jerk Matz is. Can you tell I own Matz in nearly every league? He’s the worst! Also, why is Juan Soto being activated but not playing? What is this shizz about?! Okay, now I’m rambling, I am just so mad!

Josh Harrison – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (1). Yes! A Harrison with a slam and legs! Dot dot dot. Too bad it’s not Monte.

Caleb Smith – Hit the IL with Covid, along with 12 other Marlins players. Only other fantasy-relevant player was Sandy Alcantara. So, that’s the good news. The great news is the Marlins now have on their team, Josh A. Smith and Josh D. Smith, to signify a new era, because A and D stand for Anno Domini.

Jorge Guzman – One of the Marlins’ call-ups that I’m cyclops’ing. Repeat: cyclops with a monocle for Guzman. I’m not picking him up anywhere yet, and if someone else grabs him, then oh well, as Apathy says.

Monte Harrison – 0-for-3, 3 Ks, as he hit ninth. Not the greatest lineup position, but I’m still in on Monte, and here’s my Monte Harrison fantasy.

Eddy Alvarez – True story:  He’s 30 years old and a former Olympic speed skater. Look at that, the 2020 Marlins is the Cool Runnings sequel you didn’t even know you were getting.

Jon Berti – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 1st steal, as he hit 2nd. I told you in December the Marlins would find room for Berti.

Jesus Aguilar – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer. A week off can’t cool the schmotato that is Aguilar. Jesus, take the wheel!

Pablo Lopez – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 7 Ks in his 1st start of the year. In one league, I dropped Lopez last week, because, well, the Marlins weren’t filming their Cool Runnings feel-good story yet, but I picked Lopez back up, because I like him a lot, and own him on multiple teams. Doesn’t strike me as a streamer either, but tough matchups are obviously wait-and-see.

Ozzie Albies – 0-for-4 as the Braves scored ten runs. Ticker tease! Albies says he’s playing with a hurt wrist. Burn it all down! “Great idea!” That’s a guy hosting a going-out-of-business sale in a candle store.

Ronald Acuña Jr. – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 1st steal, hitting .250. Tildaddy’s alive!

Matt Adams – 1-for-2 and his 2nd homer, hitting .212. Wanna weep with me? In one NL-Only league, I have Adams on the bench, and I’d be better off with him than Pete Alonso.

Austin Riley – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .138. He Ks too much, huh?

Matt Shoemaker – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.91. This Shoemaker start reminded me of the woman who lived in the shoe trying to feed her children after her husband left her without child support.

Mike Trout – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer, and I’d say his first homer as a father, but he’s been everyone’s daddy for many years.

Albert Pujols – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. They stopped the game as he rounded 2nd, so he could sit down and watch an episode of Law & Order.

David Fletcher – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .357. Fletcher doing what I expected of him last year, when he disappointed, but was also saddled with Brad Assmunch.

Jo Adell – 1-for-4. His only hit was a weak dribbler to 3rd that he beat out at first. He’s the youngest hitter in the majors. Maybe he can get Juan Soto to buy him beer. I compared him to a young Justin Upton yesterday. Sending him and us mo-Jo!

Ty Buttrey – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save as Maddon said Hansel Robles is out as closer. Mets fans are like, “We could’ve told you that three years ago.” Crazy when you think how awful Robles was his whole career prior to Anaheim that he even had a chance to close. Prolly Buttrey’s job to lose. Did I say lose, I meant close. If you want to speculate deeper, Felix Pena is the most interesting name behind Butt(rey).

Brady Singer – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.80 vs. Kyle Hendricks – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.54. This matchup was billed as, “Hendricks/Singer better than watching Carlos Santana doing anything.”

Jason Heyward – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .233. Also, better than Pete Alonso.

Willson Contreras – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, hitting .314. I just had a random thought, whatever happened to Gary Sanchez? Is he playing this year?

Craig Kimbrel – 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 32.40. Kimbrel would have an easier time convincing people the decimal in his ERA is misplaced than pitching better.

Kyle Ryan – 2/3 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save. Oh, yeah, Kyle Ryan, of course. Maybe David Ross doesn’t want to use the bullpen phone because he wants to prove he’s new school, so he’s just randomly pointing at the bullpen and whoever is around comes in.

Lance Lynn – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 0.49. Last year around September I started saying how I couldn’t wait to draft Lynn everywhere as an underappreciated vet, and, boy, did I have to wait. But I did, and have been loving it!

Matt Chapman – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer. So far there’s been one good A’s Matt, and one requiring a hazmat.

Stephen Piscotty – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .276. Hey, what do you know, Piscotty doesn’t know! Piscotty doesn’t know!

Jesus Luzardo – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.31 in his first major league start. His changeup is unfair. Then he can quick pitch a 96 speedball like en bee dee. Man, he’s gorgeous. Love, love, Lovezardo. I do still worry he will be kept on a strict IP limit this year, limiting his fantasy appeal.

German Marquez – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 1.89. Thanks for reverting to your awesome self the year I don’t own. Mucho appreciado.

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-3, 2 runs, and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games. In my attic, I just found the kite Benjamin Franklin used to discover electricity. It must be priceless, so I’m just going to carelessly leave it by this open window–NOOOOOO!!! Torenado!

Dinelson Lamet – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 1.72. Dinelson keeping the whacks off.

Dustin May – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.63. Give me all your NL West starters, besides Rockies, and let me love on them.

Yency Almonte – 1 2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.35, and his 1st save. I want to believe this is just Jairo Diaz working the day before, but I also know what a shizzshow this year’s bullpens have been.

Madison Bumgarner – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 7.04. With how his velocity has looked, allow me to start the countdown to his IL stint.

Cristian Javier – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 1.42. We went over Javier in the last podcast. Well, actually Podcaster Ralph went over him for about ten minutes. Streamonator also loves his next start.

Jose Altuve – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer, hitting .163. Did you hear what was revealed yesterday? Altuve is actually six-two. Geez, this guy.

Carlos Correa – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, hitting .389. We knew one guy who could never stay on the field for 162 games was going to excel in a 60-game season. Not sure anyone wanted it to be Correa.

Roberto Osuna – Dusty Baker said Osuna’s elbow ‘doesn’t look real good.’ Hearing Tommy John is on the table. Finally, they reopen restaurants and someone put goddamn Tommy John on the table! I thought this was a Jimmy John’s! What the fu–So, Ryan Pressly is the fill-in, but he’s had his own arm troubles. I’d look at Blake Taylor or Andre Scrubb, if speculating deep.

Ben Gamel – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games, but that’s going back about five days, so maybe schmotato, hard to say.

Nick Madrigal – Left with an injured shoulder. Welp, that’s better than a wrist injury, which it appeared to be at first. Though, a subluxation isn’t good and he can barely power a ball 125-feet so this might not be good either way.

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 5.17 vs. Brandon Woodruff – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.08. I have these guys on more teams than I wanna cop to, and I’m not defunding any of them voluntarily. Puh-leeze.

Eloy Jimenez – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. My boy Eloy!

Luis Robert – 2-for-4 and his 4th steal, hitting .364. Reminds me of Acuña in that he’s wonderful, and he seems to have not received the message about no one stealing anymore.

Yadier Molina – Hit the IL after testing positive. Add it to the resume, Yadier has now also caught Covid.

Paul DeJong – Tested positive for Covid. It was Colonel Mustard in the library without a mask touching his face.

 
  1. I know and I drink things says:
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    Trade Monte Harrison for wainwright? 20 teams thank you

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d prefer Monte

    • scoboticus says:
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      Careful about trading Monte right now. He’s a buy low opportunity.

  2. Dr Easy says:
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    I thought Patino played Joey Lucchesi of the Crime Family in some movie in the 70s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He played his brother, I believe

  3. Yaz Mantle says:
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    drop alec mills for kikuchi?

    • Cram It says:
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      I would for his next start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  4. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great report, informative yet really funny! Woodward and Bernstein can’t stand in your shadow!

    a. My friends from the Italian community in Toronto (mostly from the south of Italy) at the glass factory where I worked going through college used the word “shoemaker” (but spoken in Italian English “sh-u-meh-k-r”) to describe any Anglo-Saxon Canadian when they did a lousy job of something. Like, they’d ask me “Hey, Ante? Who cut your hair, the “shu-meh-k-r”?” And then a cackle of laughter would erupt from the Italian community in the cafeteria. The meaning? Someone gave you a bad haircut, it must have been by the shoemaker. I did some research, apparently in Italy everyone can become a shoemaker – everyone! As such, it became a catchall for someone who does a haphazard job kind of like Shoemaker’s effort last night – he was the epitome of a “shu-meh-k-r”. Get it? Ah geez!

    b. How many pollacks does it take to get one Pollock into your lineup while he’s putting up Ruthian SLG numbers?

    c. Been studying the Rox bullpen after Davis and Oberg went down. All three Latino and all three with 96 MPH fastball. Only difference is Almonte and Estevez are 6’6″ while Jairo has Sandoval’s body type – 6’0″ and kind of rolly-polly. I guess the save goes to ‘Soup du jour’ which as you said yesterday will end in (a Greek) tragedy.

    d. Added

    1. Riley (over Solak)
    2. Jesus Aguilar (over Monte)
    3. AJ Polllock (over O’Neill)

    Please grade my homework for each pickup.

    e. MLB quote of the day for August 5, 2020.

    ‘I was and will be the greatest base stealer of all time. I stole over 100 bases on many years and if they ever re-count the record I will get my just reward.’

    William Robert Hamilton, aka Billy Hamilton (no not that one, his grandpa), aka Sliding Billy. Hamilton played most of his career in the 19th century, while he retired in 1901 playing 1 year in the 20th century. Hamilton is one of only five players to hit a leadoff HR and a walkoff HR in the same game! The others are Vic Power (1957), Darin Erstad (2000), Reed Johnson (2003) and Ian Kinsler (2009). Hamilton set the all-time standard for runs scored in a season (198). Ruth came the closest with 177.

    His 162-game average was as follows.

    773 PA, 639 AB, 172 R, 220 H, 25 2B, 10 3B, 4 HR, 75 RBI, 93 SB, 121 BB, 37 K, .344/.455/.432 slash line, 141 OPS+, 276 TB

    His best season was in 1894 when he scored the aforementioned 198 runs in the season.

    702 PA, 558 AB, 198 R, 198 H, 25 2B, 15 3B, 4 HR, 90 RBI, 100 SB, 128 BB, 19 K, .403/.521/.523 slash line, 157 OPS+, 292 TB

    He put up those numbers in 132 games!! His major feats include.

    1. .455 OBP which ranks him fourth all-time behind Williams, Ruth and McGraw;
    2. one of only 3 players who averaged more than 1 run per game;
    3. His 912 SB ranks him third behind Rickey and Lou Brock.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Ante!

      A. Ha, that’s awesome! Never heard that before, wonder if it was a Canadian/Italian thing

      B. Yeah, not sure why they don’t just play him, but they do have a lot of bats

      C. Yeah

      D. That all works

      E. Still surprises me when I think about how there were two Billy Hamiltons 120 years apart who stole bases

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Even more shocking on Billy Hamilton? The older Hamilton who had a career is second to our current mishap of a Billy Hamilton! He gets more hits in google ’cause dur he posts at least one pic a day to his instagram page whereas the older Hamilton can’t – ergo, ipso facto, younger Billy Hamilton is winning!

        b. Start Garrett Richards tonight at home versus LAD (Stripling)? SON says he wouldn’t and in SON I trust. But then it begs the question is he rosterable? Please don’t sugar-coat it for me, give me the truth. I do need Ks and am 1st in ERA, 4th in WHIP but am afraid he won’t even get the Ks.

        c. Did you see Hittertron’s rating for Stanton for his double dip today? Like 70+ for the first game (Cobb) and then 40+ for the second game (Asher W)!! Is it possible he hits 3 grand slams today in the two games??

        d. Could Canadian/Italian thing. People from that same community would say stuff like ‘Good enough for Canada’, meaning sloppy work but stupid average Canadian wouldn’t figure it out. Seriously in the 1990s, houses which needed basic landscaping (chopping the 6′ lawn, cleaning up the hedges and planting a plum and a cherry tree) and an outside paint job were being bought for 90000$ (ooh, so ugly) and re-sold after the quick fix up for 140000 (wow! love what you’ve done!). Canadians don’t need perfection.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. Haha

          B. If SON is against it, it’s best to listen, but why roster him then?

          C. HAHA, bring it on!

          D. Ha! That’s very funny

        • AmericanTroutfisher says:
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          Marlins and Orioles double-heading today, Yanks at Phils.

  5. RicoSuave says:
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    Awesome stuff Grey!

    M Gore or Patiño?

    Mahle or Pablo Lopez?

    Thanks

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Hey Rico

      Gore and Pablo for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Patino, Lopez

  6. Dancin Homer says:
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    Happy hump day!

    Matthew Boyd was dropped and it looks like he’s in line to start Friday vs. PIT. SON loves his start too.

    Who (if anyone) would you drop for him?

    12-team, 6×6, Roto redraft league

    My team:

    C. Contreras
    1B. Bellinger
    2B. K. Marte
    3B. Sano
    SS. Correa
    IF. Villar
    OF. Judge, Franmil, Kyle Lewis
    UTL. Joc Pederson
    Bn. Kyle Tucker, Adell, Monte Harrison

    SP. Bieber, Berrios, G. Marquez, Urias, Robbie Ray, Canning, Merrill Kelly, Kikuchi (Picked up for his start on Friday)

    RP: Hader, Workman, Wick, Jeffress (planned to hold both Wick & Jeffress to see how it shakes out)
    IL. W. Davis, A. Wood
    NA. Mize

    Thanks in advance (as always)

    • Bobbo says:
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      Lose Robbie Ray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Monte

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        thank you (both Bobbo & Grey).

        was leaning toward dropping Monte, but wasn’t sure if that would be cutting bait too soon (especially knowing your affinity toward him).

        Robbie Ray might not be long for my roster either; planned to keep him on the bench, as he gets HOU today and next start if @COL…

        Regardless, thank you for the insight

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great stuff!

    Robert is so tasty he’s even walking more, so hopefully he keeps that up when the babip comes down.

    Eloy too making some great improvements. Small sample size and all but he’s drastically cut his soft contact (18% to 5%) and traded about 90% of that difference for hard contact (37% to 50%!).

    1. As long as I’m on the White Sox – E5 was removed yesterday for some sort of injury something (no IL announced) but, either way, are you holding him in 12 teamers or moving on for any schmotato?

    2. I’d been waiting to see who Miami still had starting + pumped to see Berti there hitting 2. Should be his everyday spot for at least a couple weeks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup and yup! They’ve looked so great

      1. Shoulder I think — I’d wait to hear today, but likely can move on

      2. Hope so!

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    It took a Covid outbreak and the Marlins placing 1/2 their team on the IL for Berti to get playing time – I think this is evidence Berti is behind the virus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, on the depth charts? Nice

  9. Phil says:
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    1) start Houser against the White Sox?
    2) start Richards against the Dodgers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on size of league, but if you own them, start them or drop them

  10. BBBHHI says:
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    Current thoughts on Andrew Heaney?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wrote a sleeper post on him 7 months ago, I like him a lot…#2/3 SP

      • Bbhhi says:
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        Ahh… I’m looking for it now; thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. Cram It says:
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    Franmil might just be Kyle Blanks. :/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was firing them until yesterday

    • LenFuego says:
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      Between Franmil, Polar Bear, and Rhys, I am throwing up a lot of blanks this year from the power portion of the lineup. (Yeah, I am in last place in HRs and RBIs.)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, same

  12. Omar says:
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    10 team Weekly H2H 6×5 (standard +OPS):

    Give Story and Ozuna for Yelich and Vlad?

    Can keep 3 players for 1 year. Story was one of my keepers this year. I could keep Yelich for 2021 (possibly Vlad too – current keeper possibilities are Lindor, Hiura, Robert, Olson, Cruz, Clev – don’t normally keep pitchers). I beat this guy 10-0 in week 1, so he may be desperate enough to bite; he can’t keep Yelich but could keep Story. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  13. Mike says:
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    We have a $50 funny money budget for the abbreviated year. How much do you think I need to spend on Adell today to get him? How much would you spend?

    • Mike says:
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      To follow up on my previous post, our league is 8 team, MLB universe, 5×5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $13

      • Mike says:
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        We mind-melded. I had to put in a bid by 11:00 am ET, and put in exactly $13!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  14. chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Good morning.

    Leagues, both Roto with OBP.

    League 1:
    Drop Mercado or Akiyama or both for:
    Matt Kemp, Alex Dickerson, Howie Kendricks, or Inciarte (running lately)??

    I was thinking about Inciarte for the SB, and then the best possible bat?

    thanks for your help.

    • chris says:
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      Hi Grey,

      also, time to move away from SP Luke Weaver or wait until his next start at San Diego?

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Inciatre for steals

        Howie for the hot bat

        Get rid of Luke, he sucks..lol

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agree with MP, can lose Weaver

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mercado for Howie

  15. mojoman says:
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    nice article Grey ??

    Nick Madrigal or Jon Berti ROS?
    need Steals and decent OBP.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I prefer Madrigal by a bit but if you really need steals badly I think Berti will have more…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — but Madrigal could be out due to injury, might decide it for you

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Is it too early for us all to take a victory lap on calling that the Matt Kemp signing would definitely mess with Garret Hampson and/or Hilliard?

    Also, am I part of the problem if I’m into grabbing Kemp over Hillaird to stream next week’s 6 games in Colorado?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah they’re all streamers, take whoevers playing on a given day…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Besides Dahl, Arenado and Blackmon, not sure I’d own Rockies expecting PT — I just pick them up and drop them

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I guess Murphy too, but he ain’t my bag

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        What’s Story, Chopped Liver?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sauced, you?

  17. Who says:
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    Burn my #1 waiver on Josh Donaldson or Jesus luzardo?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Luzardo, especially if its a keeper league

      • Who says:
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        Thanks MP! It’s not a keeper league

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Depends on needs and hard to say for sure without knowing more about the league, but there isn’t that much of the season left so have at it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson

  18. happyharry says:
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    Grey, keep up the good work! 12 team, H2H, 6×6, Time to drop Paxton? your top three, in order, WW pickups-possibly ROS:
    Bassit
    Javier
    Richards
    Manaea
    Canning
    Howard
    Mahle
    Lopez

    • happyharry says:
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      Houser available too!….thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Houser, Canning, Howard for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at matchups, but most of these are better than Pax — Houser, Bassitt

  19. Mark says:
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    JT Brubaker-Pirates and Brandon Bielak-Astros might be starting this week. Never heard of them till the announcements. They both have hard stuff. Any idea about them….?

    • Mark says:
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      Correction: JT Brubaker-Pirates will be starting…..

      Any reports on him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Deep league flyer, matchups in shallower leagues, doesn’t look great on paper

  20. Bobbo says:
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    Grey, any thoughts on why David Ross called on Kimbrel in the 9th last night?

    I figure Ross may be one of those “I believe in my guys” managers, and a 3-run lead against the bottom of the Royals’ lineup is about as easy a spot as you can give to a struggling closer.

    But he couldn’t even get the Royals out.

    Jeffress worked the 8th, and it was Kyle Ryan (lefty) who came in to face the lefty but, of course, with the 3-batter minimum, had to stay on.

    What do you think? Will we see Rowan Wick in the next Cubs save opp? OR is this just a total shizzshow, and I am being way too concerned about the Cubs bullpen because I have Hendricks and just dropped Jeffress for Wick before the game yesterday.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m expecting Wick next time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think David Ross knows what he’s doing — Wick is getting next save opp is my guess

    • Bobbo says:
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      Thanks both!

  21. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    ROS –

    1. JD-Mart or Eloy?
    2. In a QS league. I have to trade one of my SP as a 2 for 1 to make room for Soto now. Who would you give up Woodruff or Giolito? Woodruff was a waiver add for me.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. JD Mart
      2. I’d give up Woodruff first

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Shallow League Decisions says:
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        Woodruff or Glasnow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Like 1A and 1B, prolly go Woodruff

  22. pjohnson says:
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    Per Grey’s comment about German Marquez…I traded him away for Ryan Yarbrough thinking long relief wins would be more likely than erratic SP at Coors in 2020…that’s what I get for thinking, haha(that’s 2020 laughing maniacally as Grey said).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yarbrough’s been terrific

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Though obviously the logic to getting there wasn’t 100% sound

  23. roolhaas says:
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    have an offer of sending my Meadows for Pete. but all this Alonso shade makes my wanna hold. 12 team dynasty roto league. (already have belly, goldy and nate lowe). hold?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      It’s fair, but I’d hold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Alonso

  24. Mrbaseball says:
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    who is closing for Astros

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Pressly I’m guessing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See post

  25. Cohen says:
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    Berti or Buxton for a bench bat?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Buxton for me but kind of a coin flip

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  26. detroit696969 says:
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    Hey Grey! Great write up as usual.

    A) With your McNeil blurb I guess it’s time to find another 2B for a while. Would need to drop one of these guys: Grisham, Teoscar, Yaz, Adell

    B) Need to pick up one of these guys: Fletcher, H. Alberto, Villar, Edman, Lowe, Happ

    C) is fletcher schmotato’ing right now or are you interested in him full season?

    Thanks again and anyone’s help is appreciated.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      A) Grisham or Adell
      B) Villar for me
      C) Schmotato

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Agree with DT
      B. Agree with DT
      C. Agree with DT

  27. BigEasy says:
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    14 team dynasty

    Too impulsive to drop MadBum for someone like Chatwood or Kikuchi?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold MadBum, but not sure there’s such a thing as too impulsive this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Chatwood

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, I see now dynasty — meh, I guess hold

  28. Giacomo says:
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    Hi Grey, your doing a great job, thank You!
    Would You trade Lynn for May in a Dyansty Keeper League?
    tnx again

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      If you’re in it this year then I’d keep Lynn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with DT

  29. DonnieB says:
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    Please rank Pablo Lopez, Jake Odorizzi, Corbin Burnes and Merrill Kelly?

    Nick Anderson an add over any of Hudson,Bradley or Bass?

    Thanks for being willing to throw out your thoughts in this crazy season!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Odorizzi, Burnes, Kelly

      Anderson over Bass for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odorizzi, Kelly, Lopez

      Agree with DT on Bass

      No problem

  30. Jason Murray says:
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    Trade offer opinion in a 10-team H2H keeper:

    Team A: Arenado, Clevinger, Keuchel

    Team B: Moncada, Nola, Luis Castillo

    Team A is in last place and looking to get younger. Team B is in 1st place and would still have Paddack, Glasnow, Darvish, May, Javier, and Gore in the minors.

    Which side do you prefer? Thanks!

    • Jason Murray says:
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      Team A would give Arenado/Clevinger/Keuchel, Team B would give Moncada and the starters.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d want the Arenado side and not that close for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  31. Hepcat13 says:
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    Greyt write up and Greyt podcast!

    12 team yahoo 5×5 H2H

    What is going on in Tampa Bay for closers? Hold Anderson?

    Thanks!

    I LOVE the smell of mustache wax in the morning!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold Anderson

  32. Elvis says:
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    Replacing Albies

    Fletcher, Solano, Alberto or Happ?

    Great stuff as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alberto

  33. Funny Name says:
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    Just about 2 weeks into the season, so short sample size, but I noticed 1B is pathetic. If you take the top 10 pre-ranked players on yahoo minus Grandal (should be ppls Cather) and Vlad Jr (not drafted as a 1B) 7 are hitting under .200, with Rizzo hitting .222. Only top 1B drafted that’s holding value is Abreu. I expected some of these guys to have slow starts but not all of them. Just an observation. Great article as usual.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya, what can do

  34. joe says:
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    Jo Adell or Teoscar this year? standard roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar

  35. frank rizzo says:
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    Olson is feeling like Rhys Hoskins 2.0. Can you please promise me he’s going to snap out of this crap? Guys like Voit and Moreland putting him to shame.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so!

  36. 3mango says:
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    Good Morning Grey!
    Thoughts: Rank top 4 (position irrelevant, want to drop 2 of below)-12team roto 6×6 OPS
    Ian Happ
    Rio Ruiz
    Nico Hoerner
    Garrett Hampson
    Sam Hilliard
    Andrew Mccutchen
    As always, appreciate everything!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCutchen, Happ, Hampson, Hilliard

  37. Jake says:
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    League with 5 bench spots-drop Verlander to try and stream or hold out another week or two to see how it plays out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  38. steve stevenson says:
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    10×10 H2H (BB, K and TB all count) with limited moves (17 left for the season), need to replace Albies: Alberto, B. Lowe, McMahon or Kendrick? ‘Tron/ROS projections say Kendrick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Howie or McMahon

  39. Dave D says:
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    Now that H.Robles has destroyed my ERA, in the past day I’ve also lost DeJong and Albies, had Aquino sent down. Im not getting EdRod back and Tom Murphy still AWOL. Fortunately, Robert, Fletcher, Story, Vazquez still raking, so I’m doing relatively well despite. Could the Cardinals and Cubs at least play this weekend?

    Im getting whiplash from all the roster instability. Never has been getting a full lineup in play so challenging.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I think the Cards/Cubs might play — how’s that for confidence?

      I’ve been fairly lucky by not really owning many Cards and Marlins, but it’s been a mess

      • Dave D says:
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        I never own Cards but Andrew talked me into DeJong. Flaherty was all my idea after Bieber was gone at #22. What a difference in results between Bieber at 20, and Flaherty at 22.

        Now I gotta find some more saves in Drake aint doing much and Kennedy seems a wash. I have 5 days of games before next FAAB,

        Its good to see you plugged Fletcher in the lineup finally in our DC! A homer already this week and hopefully another SB or two!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Fletcher’s been great, better than expected, hopefully he keeps it going…This should’ve been him last year too!

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, it is evidence how demoralizing it must have been for Fletch playing for Assmunch last year. I hear Brad got a job with Dr. Fauci as his bullpen coach. I wish him well, I think.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  40. Taco Bellinger says:
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    Drop Rob Ray for Dustin May? points league
    Or cut ties with Canning?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      Meh, for what?

  41. scoboticus says:
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    Do you think Robles is just tired, and will work better on a committee? Or should I replace him with Middleton (the other committe members are taken)?

    Trevor May is also available, if you think I should avoid the Angels situation.

    • scoboticus says:
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      Just saw F Pena was available so replace MIddleton with him in above question.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Go with Pena

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think Robles is good

      I’d try Middleton

  42. Luke says:
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    Would you move Heaney for Kepler in a roto league?

    My OFs are
    Robert
    Robles
    Mercado
    JaCoby Jones
    Carlson
    (McNeill/Biggio/Belli if necessary)

    I have Spencer Howard stashed away who would replace Heaney, and lose Jones or Mercado if he continues to stink to up to make room. No time to waste.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  43. Five-on-One says:
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    11-team, 5×5 league with weekly lineups (setting today):

    1) Please rank for RP: Hudson, Melancon, Pressly, Karinchak, Buttrey, Williams.

    2) Grey says SON loves Javier’s next start. I see a value of -11.5 for his next start. Am I doing it wrong?

    3) Need to sit two of the following SPs this week:
    Javier (@OAK),
    Kikuchi (vCOL),
    2-start Houser (@CHW and vMIN)
    May (vSD)
    2-start Yarbrough (vBOS and @BOS)
    2-start Gallen (vHOU and @COL)

    Probably sit Gallen, despite the two starts, because of who he is facing (and where), and then maybe Javier? But dunno.

    4) Have a bit of a logjam at OF/U and need to sit one of Acuna, Laureano, Conforto, Lewis (thank you Grey), Teoscar, Myers (MVP!) and Didi. Who sits?

    Thank you, sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. That rank looks fine

      2. His matchup changed since yesterday — he was facing Giants next, now he’s not according to SON — my bad

      3. Javier, Gallen

      4. Didi

  44. Perfect Game says:
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    Who do you want ROS in a standard roto league for this year – K Marte or Gleyber? Yankees look great and Gleyber has yet to get going.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  45. Whip It Good says:
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    Hosmer or G Cooper if Encarnacion is out? Kinda like Coop cuz they still have like 59 games left.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cooper has Covid, doesn’t he?

      • Whip It Good says:
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        Yes,but per his 10 day IL stint he is suppose to be back by start of next week, assuming he didn’t get sick from it and he doesn’t take longer to recover..

  46. prestige says:
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    Would you stream Newcomb at home vs Blue Jays today in 12 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  47. prestige says:
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    Antone @Indians
    M Perez @Rays
    K Gibson @A’s

    SON hates them all. Would you stream any in 12 teamer?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  48. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    As a Hand owner, trade my Mercado (riding my bench and no plans to start) for Karenchak in case Hand implodes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  49. Cohen says:
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    Monte Harrison or Buxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux

  50. aintlifegrand says:
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    So after Kimbrel’s implosion again, but Wick not being brought out to relieve him and Ryan looking a little shaky, did last night increase your faith that Wick is the man, or is it more clear as mud than ever?

    Also trying to figure out if I should churn the bottom of my roster. Unlimited moves. Lose any of Monte, Ray, Didi for May, Kikuchi, Merrill Kelly, Yarborough, Bassitt?

    My bats: French Terminator, Olson, Gleyber, Adalberto, Story, Walker, Rosario, Grisham, Meadows, Teoscar, Soler, Laureano, Kyle Lewis, Monte, Didi (Can start 3 OF, 2 U)

    Pitching: Sonny, Lynn, Giolito, Fried, Stripling, Ray, Wick, Workman, Bass

    6×6 roto 10 Tm, IP/start is the 6th, K/9, HRA, no wins or QS; Ks for batters is the 6th, OBP not Avg.

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wick had worked previous nights, don’t think last night indicated much

      All three — May, Kelly, Yarbrough

    • cyler8 says:
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      I like May over pretty much all of those guys you mentioned.

  51. cyler8 says:
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    I put a feeler out to my league on moving Trout. My current roster is below and I have a ton of OF so I think maybe I can make my team better?

    10 team 6 X 6 OPS league.

    I have 2 offers that are decent right now

    Trout for Julio Rodriguez, Dylan Carlson and Tatis JR

    OR

    Trout for Jarred Kelenic, Gavin Lux and Xander Bogaerts

    Do either of those get it done or hang on to the fishman?

    C – Tromp
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Moustakas
    SS – Trea Turner
    3B – Moncada
    OF – Meadows
    OF – Trout
    OF – Springer
    UT – Robles
    UT – Bregman
    UT – Grisham
    BN – Kieboom
    BN – Hilliard
    BN – Yastremski
    IL – Yordan Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2nd one sounds decent for future years

  52. happyharry says:
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    Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6×6. Will need a MI for DeJong..Please rank your top three:
    Howie Kendrick
    Cesar Hernandez
    J.P. Crawford
    Starlin Castro
    Jean Segura
    Hanser Alberto
    Shed Long
    Amed Rosario

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amed, Alberto, Howie

  53. Jaco says:
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    What up Grey—couple quick ones today

    12 team 5×5 roto. My batting is balanced, no great need of power vs. speed at the moment (except a great need for both naw mean?)

    A). Assuming Madrigal bad news, do I:
    1- replace him with Wong, Schoop, or Shed
    2- run Kingery as only eligible 2B and pick up best available like Canha, Aguilar, Pollock (wire is quite lean for bats) for bench bat

    B). Should get a good look at Sulser tonight depending on scores, but do you like Patiño over him regardless of, let’s say, if Sulser locks in another clean save tonight?

    C). I like Montgomery today vs a Phillies team that has been through some shiz to start the season, is this a meh stream? Does the meh stream feed into the blech river? Big if true

    D1). Can u explain the seemingly unanimous calls to stream Kikuchi vs COL? I know they aren’t the Yankees or dodgers but just seems like a mediocre stream option to me

    D2 (the mighty ducks). Just of an observation—watching Lamet is like a rollercoaster, he will throw two pitches that look like, “okay he’s losing control this is finna be a disaster”, then he paints two 99MPH fastballs at the tippy top of the zone hahaha. It’s a wild ride owning him and watching his starts . 2 K’s tho who does he think he is Hyun Jin Lamet???

    Thanks in advance as always!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1./2. Kingery — Aguilar

      B. Different things, do you need saves? Then Sulser

      C. Seems fine to stream him

      D. They’re terrible on road

      D2. Ha, gotcha

      • Jaco says:
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        B). Currently tied for 1st in saves, but with a shaky group— Jansen, Hand, Karinchak, Pomeranz, Sulser; Karinchak and Pomeranz have 3 of my 7 saves.

        Follow up on C). — drop Montgomery for Kikuchi then grab Howard, Merrill Kelly, or Bassitt? 22IP behind projection. Current staff is Giolito, Castillo, Paddack, Lamet, Houser, Gallen, streamer spot (currently Montgomery as I said)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          B. Ok

          C. Ok — Kelly

  54. Troy says:
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    Sounds like Alex Reyes will be called up with everyone else on the Cardinals roster having the RONA. Are you picking him up anywhere?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Five-on-One says:
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        I don’t know much. Is Reyes gonna be a SP or a RP. if a RP, is he the new closer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d guess rotation — maybe 4-5 IP

  55. prestige says:
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    You a fan of Dobnak? SON has -$9 for today @Pitt.

    Solid stream in 12 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not at all

  56. Earl says:
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    should I start Garrett Richards at home against Dodgers??

    What do you think of Jason Kipnis as he seems to be having good start to season?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At home sounds fine

      I don’t think Kipnis is good, but could be hot

  57. Trader says:
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    Morton’s increased velocity a good reminder that first few starts for many were part of the build up process. Too late for me as I “cleverly” traded him due to arm concerns. And so it goes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  58. Mookie Wilson 1 says:
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    NL only 5×5, ROS SHoward or JQuintana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Howard

  59. Chet says:
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    Hey, Grey! Would you start Wheeler in NY (Yankees) this afternoon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  60. prestige says:
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    Can you pick your top 2 for getting the W today?

    Yarbrough home vs Red Sox (Perez)
    Clevinger home vs Reds (Antone)
    McCullers @Dbacks (Ray)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Yarbrough

  61. Steve says:
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    Flier in Alex Reyes or Sulser for SAGNOF speculation?

    14T k/9

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes could be in rotation

      • Steve says:
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        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  62. William Hung says:
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    Part of me wants some players like Alonso to slump a bit for that 2021 discount, but then this also got me thinking – how much does this season really matter for certain players if they slump? Like if Eugenio Suarez hits .220, does that suddenly make him great value next year, or do people still draft him as a Top 5 3B? As I stare at Bellinger’s batting line right now, I’m like – whatever happens happens, but he’s still a keeper for 2021 for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah I was thinking about that the other day…Does 2020 change the value dramatically for anyone in the top five of any position? Barring injury, I’m not sure

    • LenFuego says:
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      I would personally be more likely to push a guy up then drag a guy down. Like, e.g., if a young guy like Vlad Jr. or Moncada raked .317/16 HRs this year, I might be inclined to move him up some. But if a vet like Arenado slips to .233/8? I am leaving him where he is — buying the long-term performance and looking at him as a buying opportunity next year.

  63. Cohen says:
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    Happ or Renfroe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

      • Cohen says:
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        Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  64. Joe Beísbol says:
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    Lost Albies. Had two open spots after dropping a streamer, so I added Kendrick. Now I have one spot left. Category wise, I could use some steals (it’s my weakest category). Obv. Kendrick doesn’t bring that. Should I pick up Shed Long, who is 2B/OF eligible and has wheels, but not necessarily the ability to get on base? Or should I try for Avisail (who is on waivers), who offers less speed but is a more rounded player (and then hope Trea Turner starts running soon)? I’m #1 in the league, and have 8 points or better in each category except steals, where I have 3 (no thanks to Trea).

    Lineup in a 12-team, 10-cat ROTO redraft:

    C – Perez; 1B – Abreu; 2B – Kendrick, 3B – Chapman; SS – Turner; OF – Judge, Laureano, Brantley; Util – Voit; IL – H.Dozier, Albies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shed

  65. Travis Hafner says:
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    Grey,

    1.) Surprised to see you said start Wheeler above, I’ll roll him out there in 10 team. How about houser! You said depends on league size, I have him in 10-12 teamers, been holding. Guess I’ll whirl him too?

    2.) Ive been holding Hernandez on TEX as a spec closer; he’s actually been really good (4IP, like 7 Ks and a win) but is he anything more? Do we still think he’s the guy to own?

    3.) Is Diego Castillo an own in spec 10-12 teamers? I know Anderson and drake have been the move, but he’s a great reliever and they’ve rolled him out there over the pasT year. Figure tonight if they win a close one it will be him or drake. Worth owning?

    4.) Shoemaker always screws me when I start to feel good about him. Other pitchers who do that to me:
    Gausman, Gibson, Matz, Vince Velasquez… always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure

      2. Hold for saves

      3. I’d drop Castillo

      4. Yeah, I hear ya

  66. DLev45 says:
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    12 team 5×5 Roto (6 keepers), unlimited moves/innings

    Time to cut bait on Robbie Ray or hold? He already put up two stinkers and plays the Astros today.

    If cut bait, would you go (a) streamer, (b) firm starter, or (c) saves? Or would you hold Ray and cut bait elsewhere for (a)-(c) above?

    My SPs:
    Cole
    Buehler
    Clevinger
    Urias
    May
    Stripling
    Bassitt
    Pearson
    Ray
    Mize (NA)

    My Saves:
    Jansen
    Kintzler
    Pressly

    Top WW SPs:
    Canning
    Howard
    Patino
    Kikuchi
    Chirinos
    Mills
    Senzatela

    Top WW Closers:
    Buttrey
    Jeffress
    Williams (SEA)
    Almonte
    Drake
    Goody

    • DLev45 says:
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      Can also add in Alex Reyes on the WW for what its worth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream with those options

      • DLev45 says:
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        So you’re cutting Robbie Ray for a streamer?

        It’s tough to rectify based on his history. 33 wins, 1.33 Ks/inning, 3.97 ERA, and 1.27 WHIP over the last 3 years.

        But based on the shortened 2020, he has sucked 1st 2 starts, and now he has the Astros tonight and @ Coors in his next.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t mess with Ray in those next two starts, so lose him

  67. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey hey hey,

    Who is the better hold for a spare closer: Anderson(over Drake now, I guess?) or Buttery Nipple?

    Lurrrrrrrrrrr
    v
    e
    !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I guess Buttrey, but prolly coin flip

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Argh, and now your chat with TH above has me considering J. Hernandez. Is that the best route?

        F-ing 2020 bullpens . . .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I’d go Buttrey

          • sportivetricks says:
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            TY, HOTIF

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              YW

  68. hondo says:
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    I’m a little worried about Moose.I can’t find any video of him getting hurt. I can’t see a guy who I’ve seen play with 12 broken fingers miss time because of a “bruise”. Any idea what’s going on?Alberto is starting to look pretty good but I’d have to swap them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        But you can’t drop Moose for Hanser right now

        • hondo says:
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          Yeah I know,was just getting FOMO on the double headers today.My 2B is hanging by a Howie hamstring.I’ll probably get McNeil back this weekend.I’ve got 3 D2D guys but nobody to cut.I was hoping with tomorrows roster reduction 1 of them would get IL’ed.Thanks.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, that sucks…No problem

  69. Green monstahh says:
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    Good afternoon Grey! H2h pts weekly

    Need 2b help, I dropped Villar (2b/SS) a week ago with the marlins mess, picked up Cano now he’s on IL. On my bench for next week & beyond I have Cavan biggio & Freddy galvis (SS/2b)

    Question drop cano or move to IL? Either way I’ll be picking up a 2b; options are Jonathan villar (2b/SS), nico hoerner (SS/2b), leury garcia (2b/OF), Joey Wendle (2b/3b), Seth long jr, Wilmer Flores

    Not the best list , at this point just roll with biggio / galvis most weeks?

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  70. TC says:
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    Fried and Conforto for Ketel? Standard 5×5 roto
    Fair offer? Which side? I have extra arms and I’m trying to upgrade my OF spots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ketel, seems more than fair

  71. Brett says:
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    Drop Edman for Wil Myers?

    Thanks

    • Brett says:
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      Add Franmil Reyes into that mix as well

      • Brett says:
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        … and AJ Pollock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franmil

  72. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    I’m deep in SP and I got an offer of Cole for both Corbin and Woodruff from an owner that needs SP depth. It’s a small friends league where all teams are stacked. Would you take Cole? He doesn’t look as sharp/dominant so far as he has the last couple years in the games I’ve watched.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cole

  73. Cohen says:
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    Renfroe or Buxton? Bench bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux

  74. Dr Easy says:
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    Drop Benintendi on a claim for Senzel? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  75. Dancin Homer says:
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    Kwang-Hyun Kim moving to the rotation;

    better bet for saves: Helsley or Gallegos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallegos

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hearing Hels gonna close

  76. prey879 says:
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    Piggybacking off the comment above, but in a SV+H league I have Nick Burdi, Karinchak, Nick Anderson, and Zack Britton. Would you pick-up Helsley in place of any of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Burdi

      • hot corner says:
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        Burdi just put on 45-day IL with elbow issues.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ouch

  77. Dan says:
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    Start Ryu vs ATL tonight? Seems dicey…

    Getting the itch to drop him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  78. southside dom says:
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    Dynasty keep forever league

    Kopech and a 2021 4th rounder for Jose Abreu

    My pitching is solid and I need some bats

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  79. Cohen says:
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    Please pick best 2 for spec saves?
    Helsley
    Pena
    Almonte
    Givens
    Magill
    Watson
    Reyes
    Castillo
    Alvarado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hels, Pena

  80. William Hung says:
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    Curious lineup placement for Adalberto tonight – batting 5th – if only he could face Kimbrel all the time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw he was hitting almost .290 yesterday, and I don’t understand the problem

      • William Hung says:
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        yeah it looks like he’s finally getting going – plus drawing a walk or 2 over the past few games to boot. The only downside is that he’s 1 for 3 stealing bases

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’ll come

          • William Hung says:
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            looks like there’s a lineup update – he’s batting 7th now

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn

  81. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    14 team QS/ERA/WHIP/K/BB÷K

    Starting Garret Richards at home v Dodgers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  82. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    16 teamer with OPS, hits, total bases, OBP over AVG, drop a.dickerson or kemp for soto back (dickerson still @ COL for 2 more days, kemp finally benched to allow tapia to play again). probably a-dick in case kemp keeps mostly starting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

      • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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        i was close to right about STL possibly moving kim to starter when mikolas stayed out (not “went out” since it was the same injury he had in march, we were just led to believe otherwise for 4ish months), with carmart out with corona (but he’s the kind of twit (the only one out of 7) that didn’t allow them to say he has corona, as if we don’t know already) kim’s back to starting (PIT matchup great of course, don’t drop in non shallows)

        – 12 teamer, have kim (but also matz to stream or drop), pick up which of pressly, helsley, sulser, buttrey? saves only. also have hudson, iglesias, rogers (MIN)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm…I guess Pressly, all close tho

  83. LenFuego says:
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    Ruh-roh. Scherzer removed after an inning with an apparent injury.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes

  84. Curious George says:
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    Saves/holds league – bullpens are a mess!

    Would you please rank your top 3 of the following:
    Helsley, Alex Reyes, Jairo Diaz, Daniel Hudson, and Patino

    Much thanks, Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hudson, Jairo, Hels

  85. William Hung says:
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    Prayer Octagon for both Bryce and Scherzer – its like one heard the other was hurt and wanted to give the other company

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m with you on Bryce

      • William Hung says:
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        don’t own either but figured it’d be good karma for my guys…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, fair

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      harper’s fine. in the 2nd game. scherzer’s obv been hurt for over a year now, probably not good on him.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah agreed

  86. Play Ball says:
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    Do I want Woodruff or Corbin for counting stats (K, QS) and ratios? In a normal season, I like Corbin. This season I like the Central Division schedule better for SP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin

      • Play Ball says:
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        Thanks, Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  87. Dave D says:
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    You know youre a bad MLB manager when your DH is a guy with 6 HR in his last 1200 plate appearances (Torey Lovullo/ John Jay).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, love to see it

  88. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Effing Lindor. Leaving the bases loaded like it’s his job. Second day running.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah brutal

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        And now Yarborough *sob*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Killing me

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            Any interest in this Tauchman fellow? Been quite productive the last week or so (ie pretty much the whole season).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure, but platooning

  89. Hepcat13 says:
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    Drop Musgrove for Patino in Yahoo 12 team H2H 5×5?

    Rest of Pitchers:
    Lynn
    Fried
    Maeda
    Giolitto
    Houser
    Bauer
    Bassitt
    Liam Hendricks
    Bass

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Hepcat13 says:
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        Ah! I just traded Musgrove for Dahl. Maybe drop Houser for Luis Patino?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, hold for now

  90. krazyivan says:
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    This season is brutal. Every pitcher spent the pandemic changing grips, building their arm strength, getting better and every hitter sat in his basement playing MLB the Show. This is what we’re left with.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • krazyivan says:
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        Ryan McMahon has struck out 17 times in 34 ABs. The Pirates as a team are batting .188. I only mention these stats because it is the only thing to compare my teams to and feel better about them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  91. Licketty Splits says:
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    In 12 team Yahoo dynasty league currently in 1st place. I have a decent staff with Buehler, Paddock, Woodruff, Bauer, Ray, Heaney, C Smith, Kikuchi, & Peterson with Wood & Kluber on the IL.
    I noticed Gausman, Turnbull, Mahle, Walker, T Williams, Dobnak, Pena, & Framber are available.
    Seems C Smith is an easy drop since my IL slots are full. So this being dynasty who should I pick up? Also I was looking to hold Peterson for a bit just to see how he pitches but is he dropable as well considering some decent arms out there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream out of Peterson’s spot

  92. Primetime says:
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    Kim back in cardinals Rotation.

    Gallaos the closer over helsey?

    Drop karenchek?

    I know the spelling is way off lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hels

      Sure

  93. Milarky says:
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    Yo Grey, great stuff as always. Looking to pickup a closer to cuff Kimbrel. I can spare one of my bench guys to pickup one of these guys – just need to pick the right one as we only have limited waivers. Who do you have the most confidence in?

    Bass
    Pressly
    Buttrey
    Jairo Diaz
    Nick Anderson
    Oliver Drake
    Ryan Helsley
    Trevor Rosenthal
    Ask me again on Friday

    Thanks!

    • Milarky says:
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      Or do I say screw it and use my only waiver claim this week for Patino??? Doesn’t help me to replace Kimbrel, but at least I can put Givens in there as an RP for now.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not if you need saves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…prolly Pressly or Jairo

  94. Crazy J says:
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    Oscar Mercado or Nick Castellanos?

    … but seriously, hold Mercado? I’ve got pitchers hitting better than him!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castellanos, it’s not close

  95. Stephen Lyon says:
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    JOC (wish I owned him)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        How about that Kyle Gibson? QS and 9 Ks!

        SON likes LeBlanc tomorrow – gotta give him a whirl against those Marlins, right?

  96. Fish says:
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    Oh man, Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department giving us his takes on Covid is the hero
    America deserves right now… And probably the one it needs, too

  97. Perfect Game says:
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    Maeda or Montas?

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