The Padres began yesterday by lifting their brown, monk robe they purchased from the Dan Brown collection and showed their first twig of the prospect tree they have cloaked beneath:  Luis Urias.  Whenever you hear the Padres fans shout about their MI prospect — they scream, “Our Luis Urias,” and they sound like John McEnroe barking at a line judge.  BTW, you know you’re old if you’ve ever asked a barber to give you a Jimmy Connors, and then complained after they gave you a Pete Rose.  Podcaster Ralph and I go over Luis Urias on today’s pod, but, I will give you the general gist, which was also my high school band name.  You might remember General Gist from such noteworthy songs as, “Keep Me Near You Or Thereabouts.”  Urias is a solid all-around bat, think .300 hitter, without huge power or speed.  He’s young though, which means he could blossom, so remain calm.  For now, I will call you, Zen Bobrist.  I would grab him if you’re struggling at MI to see if he can catch fire and master Zen and the Art of MI Maintenance.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jose Bautista – 0-for-3, hitting .196.  Phils claimed him off waivers and now the Mets will try to get Rhys Hoskins for Bautista, and end up with Hector Neris, who they will promptly make their closer.

Noah Syndergaard – 6 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.51.  I mentioned this last time he started when I pointed out how low he was on the 30-day Player Rater, and I don’t want to scream in the theater that is Razzball, but Syndergaard has not been good in the 2nd half, and for Mets pitchers that means one thing:  he’s Hacky-Sack’ing the ball to the plate because he has a broken arm.

Michael Conforto – 1-for-3 and his 19th homer.  Can we all mind meld Conforto into going 0-for-September, so he keeps his 2019 draft price down?

Kevin Plawecki – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 5th homer.  Fun fact!  If you say his last name three times, pierogis fall from your ceiling.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.67.  As bad as Syndergaard’s been in the 2nd half, at least his ERA wasn’t 7.05 entering yesterday’s game.  *cough* Lester* *cough* Regression. *cough* Anyone have a lozenge?

Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Pedro Strop – 1/3 IP, 0 ER and pulled after three batters in the 9th, which comes after he blew his last save.  Why can’t we have anything nice?  Look at how sad and soulful my eyes are when I ask you that?  My eyes could sing (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman they’re so freakin’ soulful!  Not sure if we’re there yet, but Brandon Kintzler or Carl’s Jr. Edwards would likely be next for saves.  However, the Cubs have a lot of options.  Just what Maddon needs.

Marco Gonzales – Hit the Disgraceful List with a neck strain.  He suffered the injury watching line drives get hit back up the middle.

Chris Sale – Resumed a throwing program.  The Red Sox threw him for three pitches, saw they had a 75 game lead for the playoffs, and told Sale to take the rest of the day off.

Marcus Semien – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Not sure if anyone remembers, but I traded Brad Boxberger for Semien and Tanaka back in, like, April to MattTruss.  Ever since then, it feels like I’m carrying Semien and Tanaka around like I’ve been cuckolded by Truss and am caring for his kids.  And they’re no good brats!

Matt Chapman – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, and 3rd homer in two games, and fourth homer in the last four games, and I see Martini on top of the A’s lineup, but Chapman’s the one that’s got me happy-drunk.

Brett Anderson – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.02.  Got demolished, but because there’s no quit in the A’s — that’s what he tried to convinced her of! — they still made it a game, until Bregman handed the A’s their, uh, A’s.  As (you said A’s again, didn’t you?) for Anderson, Stream-o-Nator hates him, and I wouldn’t touch him.

Alex Bregman – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 25th homer.  He’s also killing it if your league has a category called, “Times Stared Into A Camera.”

Tyler White – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Only four players with 100+ plate appearances have a better OPS than White (Betts, Trout, Jo-Ram and Just Dong).  Not bad company, and not Bad Company, the group either.

Carlos Rodon – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 2 Ks, ERA at 2.70.  Four walks and two Ks vs. the Yankees and comes out smelling like roses.  Man, Rodon is walking between the raindrops and not getting wet.  Keep doing this for another four weeks so some huckleberry overdrafts you next year.  Please.

Masahiro Tanaka – 7 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.97.  This start was vs. the White Sox and he’s the exact opposite of Rodon.  Tanaka is getting wet — the bad way — over nearly any tiny drizzle.  Tanaka is even Stream-o-Nator proof.  Stream-o-Nator can say a 9 IP, 0 ER, 12 Ks game is on the horizon, and the SON just shakes its head dolefully and goes back into hibernation for five days until his next start like a fantasy baseball groundhog.  And Groundhog’s Day is Tanaka getting housed!  Amiright?  Or amiright right right?

Gleyber Torres – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  I just looked at his post-All-Star break numbers and *shudders*  Do yourself a favor and don’t even look.  On the bright side, he’s getting his sophomore slump out of the way his freshman year, similar to how you told your friends freshman year of college why you were 0-for-78 in first dates.

Trey Mancini – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .239.  Speaking of sophomore slumps, Mancini was the 2nd runner-up for the Rookie of the Year last year, this year he’s just getting run up.

Jon Gray – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.76.  I’m pretty sure it’s worse to have optimism and get ganked than have no expectations at all, because, like Tanaka, Gray just kills me every time he uses my fantasy team as a toilet in what is supposed to be a good matchup.

DJ LeMahieu – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .283.  ‘Member when he had five homers in April and we were talking about DJ Launch Angle marching towards 30 homers?  Me too, but barely.

Matt Shoemaker – Cleared for a rehab start.  You know what I always say, you can’t hurt your elbow if you’re not pitching.

Shohei Ohtani – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer.  Figures it would be Ohtani who homered off Gray.  He had it out for me since day one!

Chris Stratton – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.99.  I know this trick!  You pick him up and he shows you why he has a 5 ERA.  Not a cool trick, Stratton!

Hunter Strickland – 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his 14th save.  Apparently, it’s not Melancon or Will Smith, now it’s Strickland getting saves.  There is so little rhyme or reason this year with saves, right?  It’s like, it’s not Melancon, it’s not Melancon, it’s Smith…Psyche!  It’s Strickland.  Just kidding, Wily Peralta!  *screams like a madman*  I need a woobie.

Rhys Hoskins – 2-for-3 and his 27th homer.  Rhysus, Mary and thank God you didn’t turn into Caleb Joseph!

Zach Eflin – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.99.  On one hand, he was a two-start starter this week.  On the other hand, neither start was supposed to be good.  On a third hand that is actually Thing from The Addams Family, this start could’ve been much worse.

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.15.  I’d laugh if it didn’t hurt and sound extremely sad.  Why couldn’t he look better in his first start off the DL, so I would’ve started him?  Not that this was an amazing start by any means, but it was better than that shizzshow he turned out when he first came off the DL.  Still think he’s likely going to say his inverted W (just call it an M!) has broke his back once again, but maybe he’s on the mend.  With Strasburg, you never know.  Reassuring!

Matt Wieters – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer.  For a fortified fantasy breakfast, don’t eat your Wieters, and uh-oh Chirinos isn’t much better.  Maybe skip to lunch.

Kelvin Herrera – Hit the DL with a Lisfranc tear.  Lisfranc sounds like some kind of European treaty.  “At the Lisfranc Accords, Goebbels dropped trou and asked the Austrian diplomat to kiss his birthmark that looked just like a poppyseed bagel.”   A little history lesson for everyone.  Goebbels was very proud of his poppyseed bagel birthmark that resided on his backside, but he called it a poopyseed bagel.  So, this obviously sucks major poopyseed bagels for Herrera, but I could see grabbing Justin Miller (1 IP, 0 ER, and the save), Ryan Madson (1 IP, 1 ER in the 8th inning) or Koda Glover for saves, that order.  Neither are particularly great, but SAGNOF.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Excellent write-up, the kind you don’t send home to mother!

    a. Wieters is so good every time he homers it goes Kieboom off the bench. Get it? Best catcher since Johnny Bench, right?

    b. Wife has the hibachi open, client coming in less than 20 minutes, so…..

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 28

    Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Ha, thanks! A. HA, nice! B. Jealous! C. That’s what I’ve been saying about myself!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. You are 100% genius. Recognized by this nation.

        b. My wife’s a massage therapist. I’m proud of her, she had a vision and great hands for massaging, I had the money she needed to take the 6 month course. She graduated top of her class (both for the theoretical side which involved a complete knowledge of anatomy and the names of all 212 bones and their functionality ‘inter alia’ AND the practical side which she really knows well intuitively). She competed with students WAAAAAAAAAAY younger than her but she had motivation on her side. favorable circumstances + motivation=win almost every time, right?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Aw, geez…Thanks! B. That must be a nice perk for you to have too!

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            She feels entitled and helps the family as well in times when I’m not employed or deployed in the field. She heard about this book on how to make 1 million dollars as a massage therapist after she became a massage therapist. The book basically says that one cannot make 1 million dollars by massaging 8 hours a day for 300 days a year, because it would kill you at the end of that year. In essence, making a million as a massage therapist requires being a good massage therapist, networking, mentoring, and opening up your own place to deploy other qualified massage therapists to make a 30% cut from each of their massages etc. Just massaging like a donkey for 8 hours a day ain’t gonna cut it. She liked the idea, we’re still in the phase before mentoring. She built up her network from 2 people she never knew to like over 100 and she has to beat them away with a stick ’cause even 4 massages a day of 1 hour each is very taxing for her at 47 years old. It’s kind of like your job – networking, mentoring and taking 0.0000000067 of a $ for each click! Only 1000000000 more clicks to 1000000$.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it’s why we have 25 writers and not just me churning out content

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                Yeah, otherwise you’d die of carpal tunnel syndrome.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Or need to be firmer on the 100 monkeys typing these posts

        • Slappy Jack says:
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          @Ante Galic: so you get to travel the world, have a sugar mama (with bonus mama points for professional world class tier 1 massages), and have the time to play fantasy baseball ?
          and quote super intelligent thoughtful quotes daily ?!?!?

          *rethinks his life*

  2. Packers says:
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    Thanks for being here.
    Which Tyler in a dynasty keep all White or Austin?
    We play 2 at each position and my guys are getting old, Kendrys, Zim and Abreau. It’s an OPS league.
    Worth a stash? I would drop one of my streamer pitchers.

    • DonnieB says:
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      O’Neill

      • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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        @DonnieB: Glasnow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: No problem — White

  3. icefire1 says:
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    Eloy went 4 for 4 yesterday. He’s hitting .621 over his last seven games. I wonder which boxes Hahn thinks still have to be checked?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @icefire1: “Gotta work on his Defense…something, something….mumble…extra year of team control…..” – Hahn (probably)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @icefire1: So ridiculous how him and Vlad are still in minors

  4. Quickly Down Under says:
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    Buy a boba? Do you live in Alhambra?

  5. stayinhot says:
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    Morning Grey,
    Both Kyle Tucker and Willie Calhoun are available in my league. With rosters expanding which should I pick up? Tucker is on a tear but I worry about playing time. Its a 14 team 6×6 OPS league.

  6. bbboston says:
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    Grey,

    What are your thoughts on Ohtani? Does he eventually get TJS or rehab through the partial tear. Thoughts on what that might mean for him as a batter, if TJS option happens?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bbboston: He should’ve had TJS 18 months ago in Japan when he initially hurt himself

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bbboston: I’d guess they’d lose him as a batter for 12 months

    • Dave D, Licensed Scosciapthologist says:
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      As an Angel fan I can tell you that they prioritize Ohtani as a pitcher and when he blows his arm out he will not be brought back as a hitter until he’s ready as a pitcher. I think they should shelve him as a pitcher, at least temporarily.

      But if you take a deeper look at the Angels pitching there is clearly an institutional problem. There are plenty of guys with talent and none remain healthy for long periods. Look at how many starts missed the last few years by Richards, Shoemaker, Skaggs, Heaney, Tropeano. Compare that with other teams and they are probably on the bottom of the heap with the Mets and Royals.

      • Grey

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        Exactly!

        • Dave D says:
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          The Angels really need to decide what season they’re playing for soon. They’ve got two more years of Trout at $33 mil per, three more years of Pujols at total $87 mil.

          I say if they want any chance if re-signing Trout they need to play for next year, convince Ohtani to be full time bat rather than risk TJS, sign or trade for a true #1, get a real bullpen in off season and go all in for 2019.

          Not much else makes sense to me? How with two years left of Trout do they let themselves lose Ohtani’s bat and arm next year and compete in a stacked division?

          • Grey

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            I know you’re an Angels fan, so sadly I don’t think they have a real shot next year unless they overhaul their entire lineup… They need 3 arms and sizable middle of the order bat to go with Trout… The fact they didn’t try to get Moose this year when they knew they had no one at 3rd makes me think they don’t know what they need — and Ohtani needs surgery…

            • Dave D says:
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              I’m not holding out much hope for another WS ring in my lifetime.

              • Grey

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                Hopefully you live a long life and they do get another, just not sure it’s during the age of Trout’s current contract

      • Slappy Jack says:
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        @Dave D, Licensed Scosciapthologist: It’s cool that he’s a good pitcher and all
        but like… 35/20 .275 guys don’t grow on trees, and he’s still young
        He’s the best hitter on that team outside of trout , and i’m not sure it’s close

  7. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Chris Stratton is trying to lure you in like Beetlejuice and the Zagnut bar.

  8. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write up!

    1) willy Adames, Tyler white, or Luke voit in a standard 5×5 roto league? Looking for a boost in HR and RBI
    2) are you starting Morton against the A’s tonight in a roto league where ERA and WHIP are very close? I definitely should be starting every pitcher that I can to catch up in innings/Ks but I don’t want to nuke my ratios. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sandman: Thanks! 1. White 2. Yes

  9. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Championship week in a 12 tm with K/9 as a cat.

    Lance Lynn vs. CHW
    Junis vs. DET

    SoN prefers Lynn but I’m not so sure. Could also start neither one and look for better options going forward. Thanks!

  10. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Brother Grey, I jumped out to a huge lead in a must win h2h matchup thanks to hitter-tron and accidently starting Strasburg (forgot to hit “submit” when swapping him out of my roster).

    Any hoo, I grabbed Pannone when SON loved him at BAL…today the robot dropped him down to $1.00. Do you start him anyway to fade the O’s?

    SON is still pretty high on Junis home vs. DET and Brian Johnson home vs. MIA.

    Would you start all 3, some, or none if you have options later in the week?

    Also, Hittron loves Pearce and A. Diaz the next few days. Would you HODL them if you absolutely need to win this week at the expense of dropping Tim Anderson and Tyler O’Neil…or shouId I roll both of the latters’ hot bats despite poor robot ratings?

    Much appreciated for all you do, I’m out here tryna win some champeenships!

    • jlfc42 says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: I take back the SON love for Brian Johnsson, it actually hates his guts now…but still, the Marlins are not good.

      Sigh…cant believe I’m agonizing this much over Junis’ splits. Most frustrating hobby ever!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: Better to be lucky than good! Don’t start Pannone, Johnson and Junis are iffy…Drop Anderson and O’Neill if you have better matchups

      • Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Mayne, I’m gonna ditch Junis and Pannone asap before lineups lock to grab a few spot bats in the event Pearce and any of the Blue Jays I picked up get sat tonight.

        Which of these streams would you roll with if W’s and not getting absolutely blown up are top priority?

        1. Danny Duffy home vs DET (12.9) tomorrow
        2. Plutko home vs MIN ($4.0) tomorrow
        3. Senzatela @ SD Thursday (7.0)
        4. Pivetta home vs Cubs (8.2) Thursday
        5. Framber Valdez home vs LAA (9.4) Friday
        6. Any of the Padres home vs CO Thurs-Sunday? (all SON Approved)

        Thanks in advance for all you do. It makes the agonizing “why do I spend my entire summer managing 4 different format FBB teams when even if I win all 4 leagues it comes out to minimum wage pay” grind infinitely more easy to digest.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t really like any of these guys, but I’d go with SON except for Duffy and Pivetta who I don’t trust at all

          • Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I’m not too thrilled about options on waivers in the league I’m needing most guideance in (h2h points league, 12 teams, daily roster moves with unlimited add drops and 6 U spots). As always, the bottom teams have added the best SP’s off waivers weeks ago when they still had a shot; now only the playoff contenders are making moves leaving jack spit for options.

            Appreciate you my dude, “Trust in SON” it is.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

      • Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: I dug way deeper than I wanted to on Junis though. This season hes owned DET with a 1.60 ERA, over 22IP; allowing a .190 BA.

        Over that span vs. DET he has 18 K’s vs 18 Hits/Walks. Of all the Tigers players he’s faced in his short career…Miguel Cabrera is the only one to hit him well.

        I’m going to roll that ja-moke out there and hope he doesn’t have a complete meltdown. Probably will regret not going with the Fantasy Master Lothario’s advice, but my opponent has stacked SP’s and will definitely throw the 12 start maximum.

        ‘Preciate ya man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’ve sold me, I’m rolling him out too!

          • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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            @Grey: Junis ‘Neva know!

  11. Jays for Days says:
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    Do I keep Laureano as a bench bat and hope he piles up numbers? Or add Madson for an extra closer since smith and strop are struggling? I also have Giles, Leclerc, and Davis as closers.

    • Jays for days says:
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      @Jays for Days: I just seen odor got dropped so I’m going to put a waiver claim in for him instead and drop laureano. No brainer right?

      • Jays for Days says:
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        @Jays for days: and with that being said would you drop any of the previously mentioned closers for Madson? Thanks dude

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Jays for days: No brainer to get Odor, seeing this after Madson reply

      • Jays for Days says:
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        @Grey: do you think I should try Madson over smith, strop, giles, leclerc?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can try over Smith, but risky

          • Jays for Days says:
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            @Grey: how about strickland over smith? or hold out, just a little lost on what to do with closers right meow.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d hold if you can. but I think Strickland might be over Smith now, it’s not clear

  12. Adam says:
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    Drop Morales for Voit?

    • Roger Anderson says:
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      @Adam: Is this your last week and need to make the playoffs because Morales may sit a few times due to National League park games. Voit is hot but will it last?

      • Adam says:
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        @Roger Anderson: this week and next week, I’m in second.

    • Adam says:
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      @Adam: or morales for white?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Adam: White if Morales in NL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: If Kendrys is in NL it’s not good

  13. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? I try to make it a point to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance at least once a year. Are you trusting Felix @ SD tonight? The robot likes it, but I’m not so sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimcompoop: This says maybe too much about me, but I used to read Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends once a year — I wouldn’t start Felix in any league

  14. Bobbi Morris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    Which spot starter for today? A win would always be good but need points.

    Pannone 0.0 @ Bal (BKline -17.0)

    Junis 11.8 vs Det (Boyd 5.2)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bobbi Morris: Junis if you have to, I don’t trust him

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: ‘junis neva know

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Junis sais quoi

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA

  15. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP limited moves ($70 left in budget with $3 moves this week and then $5 moves in playoffs)

    1) Please rank your top 3 starter options for my playoffs (Sept 10-23)

    Heaney TEX, SEA, @HOU
    Sabathia TOR, BAL
    Fulmer @CLE, KC
    Efflin MIA, NYM
    Velasquez WAS, NYM, @ATL
    D Holland ATL, @SD
    DeSclafani LAD, @MIL, @MIA
    Giolito @KC, @BAL, CHC
    Gomber PIT, LAD, SF
    Matz MIA, @PHI, @WAS
    Minor @LAA, @SD, SEA
    Musgrove @STL, @MIL, MIL
    Lucchesi TEX, @LAD

    2) Continue to hold L Castillo (@CHC, @MIA) or drop for one of the aforementioned pitchers?

    3) or…behind door number 3, drop Castillo and pick up Ohtani? He just threw a 50 pitch simulated game and sound like he could be back in September. The next two weeks are pretty inconsequential for me so I can afford to stash him. Those two weeks of playoffs would be 3 v TEX, 4 v SEA, 3 @ OAK, 3 @HOU.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: 1. No SON values? I’d prolly say Gomber, Holland, CC, wow that sounds crazy 2. Drop for VV 3. No

  16. Five-on-One says:
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    please rank for MI – Chris Taylor, Villar, Forsythe, Wong. Wong has been the hottest, but just not sure…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-on-One: Villar, Logan — Wong’s hurt, isn’t he?

  17. Deepseed says:
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    Best use of the word “gank” in lyrics:

    Smooth to the ooze came Butter
    Try to gank my style and I’ll hip you to the heater

    -Butterfly from Digable Planets
    “Appointment at the Fat Clinic “

  18. Cram It says:
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    Did you SEE Conforto’s HR? Good God. 472 feet to dead center. And off of a lefty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Yeah, I saw clip, he could be special as soon as next year

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Oh he will be.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Fogimon says:
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            @Grey: He’s hit lefties better than righties this season. Small sample size, but….

            maybe he has retooled something and won’t be so exposed next year.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could be

  19. Gotime says:
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    Well HR to the Rizzo 4 homers in last 8 games for 22. Think he has enough road (season) to get up to 88mph? (30)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gotime: Ha, I hope so!

  20. M says:
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    Roster has W Smith, Minter, Strop, Giles.
    Should I drop any for Madson, Strickland, Streck (Miami guy) ??? Or just stand pat.

    Also, rest of season Franco or Chapman??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough calls right now on closers… Risky, but I could see Strickland for Smith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Oh, and Chapman

  21. johnnyhobbes says:
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    I had to vent about Stanton last night… sorry,.. i had rodon on my bench as well

    assuming i can make it out of the playoffs this week who do you like more to stay hot the next few weeks… Tyler white, Kendrys Morales, or Kole Calhoun?

  22. johnnyhobbes says:
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    I had to vent about Stanton last night… sorry,.. i had rodon on my bench as well

    assuming i can make it out of the playoffs this week who do you like more to stay hot the next few weeks… Tyler white, Kendrys Morales, or Kole Calhoun?

  23. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft

    Drop Archer for Newcomb or stream?

    Start Newcomb tomorrow home against the Rays?

    thanks man!

    • Cram It says:
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      @ryanoger: Newcomb, but depends on options for streaming. I’d start him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For Newcomb

  24. E says:
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    McNeil or Urias ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @E: Urias

  25. CARLOS says:
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    GREY GREY GREY.

    Another year in the playoffs man. Another first round bye. Thank you.

    Mancini or Renfroe for playoff Smotato purposes? Renfroe has a higher HR/AB ratio (which is my favorite stat for fantasy with daily lineups) but Mancini seems hotter.

    Also, I know you hate catcher questions, but this one is kind of complicated. Free agency “locks” in my league tomorrow. No more waiver adds for the season. Between playoffs and championship ball, I have about 4 weeks left. Cervelli is my catcher. He’s been good enough. My concern is he takes a foul ball of the dome and then I am out a catcher- then I fall WAY behind on ABs.

    It pains me to carry a back up catcher, but is it worth it? I could drop CJ Cron- he isnt getting ABs and I am stacked at CI/1B. Possible waiver adds include Hedges, Hundley, and Lucroy. I could also outright drop Cervelli for either of these jabronis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem — Renfroe — That is a tough call on catcher, I’d prolly drop Cervelli for Hedges and just play him

    • American Troutfisher says:
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      @CARLOS: Something to consider is that Pads may call up Francisco Mejia on Sept. 1. Hedges may become a half-time player.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yes, this

        • DonnieB says:
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          Is it worth the risk to add Mejia over Ward now in weekly lineup league? He should be up,right? Thanks for Brett Anderson “don’t start” yesterday.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Meh, if he comes up, where’s he playing? Hedges won’t get cut (unless Hedges gets injured)

  26. Ashtray says:
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    I’m going to have to start making some cuts when/if Bryant is activated. In a 14 team OBP/SLG league who do you like ROS at 2b out of Torres, Odor, and Urias? Who do you like better for 2019?

  27. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Morning Grey! Last week of regular season and need a 7-3 win to sneak in. Gotta choose a couple sits, which two batters ya got hittin the pine tonight?

    Olson @ HOU (Morton)
    Adames @ ATL (Teheran)
    Albies v. TOR (Stanek)
    Franco v. WSH (Scherzer)
    Piscotty @ HOU (Morton)

    Thanks as always mi amigo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maikel, Piscotty

  28. Five-on-One says:
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    Please rank for saves: Melancon, Strickland, Britton, Robertson. Any worth starting in a 12 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, Robertson, Strickland

  29. Five-On-One says:
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    I own Freeman, Aguilar, Suarez and Bryant. Does Tyler White start over any of them once Bryant comes back later this week?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Five-On-One: Not on the reg. Certain matchups, yeah. And if Bryant isn’t really healthy.

  30. shibboleth says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks as always. Urias over… Belt? Cano? Teh oscar?

    c- Chirinos
    1b- Myers (Belt)
    2b- Rizzo
    3b- Muncy
    ss- Turner
    mi- Cano
    ci- Seager
    of- Betts, JD, Yelich, O’Neil (Teoscar)
    u- Escobar
    sp- Severino, Ryu, Flaherty, Marquez, B Anderson, D Holland
    rp- Treinan, Hand, Oh, Sora

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Teoscar

  31. Raider says:
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    Nothing like smelling the roses passing through the countryside on the sweet SAGNOF train of Jonathan Villar

  32. Roger Anderson says:
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    So, is the Taylor Ward experiment over? Sciociapath replaced him mid-game and he has not been great as of late. Time to look at Jansen or Narvarez as a backup backstop to Wilson Ramos. The 3B eligibility was a nice bonus but he has to hit.

    FYI – Roman “The Mighty” Quinn did ok yesterday. I think he’s a keeper over Taylor, for now.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Roger Anderson: Ah, the all important backup-catcher-to-a-good-catcher-who-will-see-one-game-a-week decision. Surely this call will win you the league with a month left.

      I’m a d*ck.

      • Roger Anderson says:
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        @Cram It: we start playoffs next week, so it could very well make a difference. I have found that a second C can get the HR or BB you need. A few years ago a rookie named Posey got me to the W.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, try Jansen

  33. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey hey, Grey,

    I really interested to find out that the Bill McKinney, that guy from my office who always wants to talk about golf has been hot lately.

    (No serious question. Just want to point out that almost everyone who works in an office works with a guy named Bill McKinney who wears button down shits from Sears.)

    Love yas!

  34. Jack says:
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    1. Please rank ROS – Nimmo, Tyler Austin, Tyler O’Neill, & Will Myers.
    2. Moncada or Adames?
    3. Wieters, Maldonado, or Ward?
    Thanks!

    • Jack says:
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      1. Or how about Voit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers, O’Neill
      2. Adames
      3. Wieters

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        You’re a closet Wieters lover, admit it! Seriously though, you must really hate his other options at C. Wieters is losing plenty of at bats to Kieboom! That’s the sound that Wieters makes off the bench every time Kieboom hits a HR.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, Wieters and I are on a break (forever)

  35. Keeks says:
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    Svs+Hlds league with K/9

    Drop siranthony domiguez for Neshek?

    Seems like Neshek brings down the K/9 but Dominguez has been wrecking my ratios. Who would you prefer?

  36. John Lettiere says:
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    upton returning soon, if you had to drop a hitter who would it be? OPS league

    seager, zimmerman, marwin, kendrys, albies, n williams

  37. Launch Angle says:
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    Tyler White or Kendrys Morales ROS in a standard roto for HR/RBI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      White if Kendrys in NL parks

      • Launch Angle says:
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        @Grey:

        Jays only have one more series in an NL park (Miami). With that in mind, who will provide me the greatest bump in HR/RBI the ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d guess Morales, but might be coin flip

          • Launch Angle says:
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            @Grey:

            Yeah…but, looking at White’s HR/AB rate I’m thinking maybe he could be a Muncy type of pick up with more upside than Kendrys ROS. He’s also in a better lineup to drive in runs.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could be

  38. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    Which spot starter for today?

    Junis 11.8 vs Det (Boyd 5.2)

    or

    King Felix 9.1 @ SD (Nix -0.8)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Junis if you have to

  39. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    How sure should I be with Strop? — Drop him for Madsen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure at all, I have no clue what Maddon’s doing… My guess is Strop will still another save opp, but unclear

  40. Cohen says:
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    Grey, i know u dont like Junis today. Would u start him or drop for Musgrove at Cards or Suarez at home vs Mets.Really trying to be super careful with about 28 starts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Suarez

  41. Sam says:
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    Who to drop, cano, yonder, Pham, or matty Olson?
    Also, is it worth dropping Cody allen for jeffress, as Cody hasn’t been very good the the tribe has 2 other closers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pham — yes, Jeffress

  42. Mike Malizia says:
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    whats up grey!?

    can i drop wilson contreras in a 1 catcher league… please?
    we dont talk enough about how bad he has been.

    on the wire are narvaez, wieters, garver….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those options aren’t much better

  43. Cohen says:
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    Bieber at home vs Tampa or
    Holland at home vs Mets
    SON likes both starts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland

  44. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Bench one tonight

    Cano @SD (Nix)
    Gurriel Jr. @Bal (Rogers)
    O’Neill vs Pit (Nova)
    Dahl @LAA (Ramirez)
    A. Rosario @CHC (Hamels)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gurriel

      • CaptainKnauer says:
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        @Grey: how do you like him rest of season? Seems like there are some decent fliers on Toronto right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t mind him, but he’s done nothing since he returned

  45. jose says:
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    I’m pretty sure you committed to Freeland until he proves otherwise, but how do you feel about him today against LAA? Would you take the over or under on the 5 2/3, 4.41, 1.41?

    • jose says:
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      @jose: @LAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Under (is that better?)

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Now that I read it again, it is confusing. I’m going with under is better. Even though it could mean under on innings which would probably be worse…I’ll stream him.

        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think better, no reason to not trust him until further notice

  46. Fogimon says:
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    Crucial week, need BA, HR, R, and SB roto cats to win this thing.

    Pick 2;

    Encarnacion vMin(3)vTB(3)
    Aguilar @Cin(3)@Was(3) – all righties
    Odor vLaD(2)vMin(3) – 2 lefties

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Jesus

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: Can he raise himself from the dead in September?
        I’m worried about his 2019 at this point, but I’m still aiming to keep him.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Fogimon: The dead? He’s 4/17/.267 in August. That’s hardly dead.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, all those guys are close, no clear cut sit

          • Fogimon says:
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            @Grey: He may not need to be rhysin, but he isn’t exactly walking on water at the moment.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  47. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    A couple of closer points:

    Strickland was brought in as part because of a platoon advantage. Melancon and Smith were both unavailable. Melancon due to pitching the prior three 3 days in a row, and, per Boche, Smith due to scheduled days off as the club wants to manage his workload coming off TJ. Strickland is likely 3rd, at best, in the pecking order for saves right now.

    Strop is still likely first choice for saves. Joe Maddon, in one of his better moments, had the pen up just in case Strop was wonky. He was, and thus, we saw Wilson and Chavez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, but if Smith or Strop are wonky in their next outings, their leashes might be done

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: I think it’s Melancon, but then again I refuse to believe that Boche doesn’t see how bad Strickland is. Melancon is no great shakes, but he’s better than Stickland.

        For the Cubs, I would have to think it’s Carl’s Jr., or Hardee’s as he used to be called in the midwest.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Melancon makes sense going into next year, doesn’t it? Hardee’s har har!

  48. Fogimon says:
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    Also very close in my roto pitching cats W, ERA, K

    Pick 1;

    Bieber vTB
    Berrios @Tex
    Wood @Tex

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber

  49. mvcoachsean says:
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    What no mention of the Sciosciapath dropping in his 6th option at closer and getting Noe Ramirez a save? I

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My head explodes thinking about it

  50. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    RE: “1. I’d prolly say Gomber, Holland, CC, wow that sounds crazy 2. Drop for VV”

    So VV is 1st or 4th among those pitchers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      4th

  51. Rafael says:
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    Rendon, Shaw or Moose?

    • Rafael says:
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      @Rafael: Ad Bryant as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

      • Rafael says:
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        @Grey: Only 1 homer in 40 days. How about the other 3. Please rank the 4 including Bryant.

  52. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    my team is picking a great time to either slump or get injured. My pitching staff looked amazing a month ago. Now i am suffering. Have McCullers, Paxton, Chapman, Manaea on the DL. Just dropped Heaney and Maeda. One for sucking, one for not starting. Already streaming one slot and considering dropping McCullers or Manaea as well. Problem is, there isnt much out there. I am streaming Boyd tonight @ KC. Cahill/Glasnow may be the best arms out there. That should prove my point. I have a pretty healthy lead in first in my 12 team H2H keeper league so I may be healthy by the time the playoffs start. What would you do?

    Best options to stream tomorrow are Duffy vs DET or Fulmer @ KC?

    Also I still have Zunino and his 3 for 30 over the last 2 weeks in my C slot. Keep him? or drop him for whatever flavour of the month is hittiing. Sad. Maybe stash Mejia in my N/a slot and hope for the best

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those options are not good, but Fulmer if you have to — Cahill and Glasnow over McCullers and Manaea — forget the catcher problem

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        So officially dropping Manaea.
        Thinking I could keep one streaming spot and grab another reliever with a chance at saves. Would you rather grab Giles or D.Robertson? I know Giles is the official closer but he still scares the crap out of me. Gselman and Strictland are also available.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm…tough call, prolly go Giles and pray

  53. Rafael says:
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    Drop 2: Voit, White, Oneill, Eloy Jimenez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Voit, Eloy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant, pick your poison… White, O’Neill, Eloy

  54. Fogimon says:
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    @Rafael: if any of these are bench spots, not Eloy

  55. johnnyhobbes says:
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    assuming i can make it out of the playoffs this week who do you like more to stay hot the next few weeks… Tyler white, Kendrys Morales, or Kole Calhoun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      White

  56. Eddie Harris says:
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    Pick 1 for UTIL spot today J.Soto @Nola or Toddfather @ Hamels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Frazier I guess

  57. herschel says:
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    @Grey: better keeper for next year? benintendi in the 8th or acuna in the 6th?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benintendi

  58. Tinman95 says:
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    How do you feel about Kole Calhoun ROS? I currently own these two outfielders that I’m considering him over.

    Dahl
    O’Neill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl, O’Neill, Calhoun, that order

  59. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    12 team keeper 260 budget. Currently in first

    Would you trade Freeman ($28) and Clevenger ($2) to get Kluber and Altuve?

    Freeman is in last year of contract and I’d like to move him so I can keep

    Acuna @ 17 or Snell @3 instead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  60. Chris says:
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    10 Team H2H points league

    Need a streamer for tomorrow:

    Fulmer (13.5) @ KC (Duffy 12.9)

    or

    F. Peralta (13.1) @ Cin (Harvey -8.4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freddy

  61. Stumanji! says:
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    Better Tyler for power: White or O’Neill?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      White

      • Stumanji! says:
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        @Grey: Or Nimmo for better overall stats and guaranteed PT?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Better for runs, not much else

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Forget Nimmo, the Mets have him batting 8th

          • Stumanji! says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, I’ll stop trying to…find Nimmo.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, No problem

  62. Utah Green Sox says:
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    Thanks again for the good read Gray.
    Random thought….I never seem to do very well with the first few rounds of my draft. I had the 10th pick of 12 in a H2h league.

    Bryant (Scherzer and Lindor available)
    Freeman (Machado was available but I went for what I thought was a safer pick)
    Abreu (Strassburg and Hoskins available)
    Rendon (Bregman was there or I was thinking Severino)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just bad luck…Strasburg wouldn’t have been better tho

      • Utah Green Sox says:
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        @Grey: Thanks mate, appreciate it!

  63. Jonas says:
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    Hey there,
    ROS: Voit, Austin Tyler, Bird?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, Voit seems to be hitting now, but I don’t trust him for PT… Can try him tho

      • Jonas says:
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        @Grey: I read somewhere that Austin Tyler’s Pop was ranting and raving against Bird and the Yankees. All this while Austin is going off in Min. Maybe Austin has some sort of soul and the Baseball Gods demand revenge/ justice or balance?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That could be!

  64. Rafael says:
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    Drop Wil Myers for Tyler White?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you need power and shallow league, sure, try it

  65. prescriptionnugs says:
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    which tyler? white or o’neill?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      White

  66. LG Baseball says:
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    Awesome write-up Grey!

    Jeffress over either Box or Leclerc?

    Thanks!
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  67. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Would you lose dejong for him? I have muncy and dejong spltting time at 2b with story at ss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose DeJong

  68. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Mancini dejong Urias pick one ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Mancini, been a little hot

  69. Fleeced says:
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    Drop either Adames, O’Neil, Conforto Muncy Dahl, or Villar for
    Voit, Urias, Mckinney, Or Laureano?

    Or hold?

    • Fleeced says:
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      @Fleeced: or add Mancini

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, if you have to start Muncy every day, then him for Mancini, but prolly hold

  70. The Shoe says:
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    Yo Grey! Would you take Holland in the playoffs vs ATL and @SD over either Gibson @KC and @Det or Eflin vs MIA and vs NYM?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Gibson

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: How do you stack up Freddy P. against these guys… he’ll get vs PIT and @PIT in the playoffs…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Freddy, but what guys?

  71. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    yikes2/3 of the way into SON’s idea of streaming all TOR pitchers @ BAL not working out so well.

  72. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, h2h pts for ROS – Mancini or Morales?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini

  73. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: This glitch in the matrix has lasted 9 days now – it’s been that long since I’ve had a lead in H2H, not a good look with playoffs looming in 2 weeks.

    My team is currently:
    C- Hedges
    1B- Morales
    2B- Merrifield
    3B- Rendon
    SS- Lindor
    OF- Betts, Rosario, Hicks
    UTIL- Shaw
    B- Morales, Vlad Jr.
    DL- Abreu

    SP- Severino, Corbin, J. Gray, Gausman, Kopech, Bauer
    RP- Treinen, Boxberger, Minter, Dominguez, Madson

    Some guys who are available for saves: Hildenberger, Givens, as well as the White Sox guys and Marlins guys. I figure the Nats are the “best” team so if Madson proves his health, he should be getting saves… right? Also, Neris is incredible right now – you think he takes over soon?

    Some bats who are available: Gregory Polanco, Renfroe, Conforto, LeMahieu, Alonso, and Mancini

    I am thinking of getting in on Mancini for some schmotato action at 1B to pair with Morales – but my drop would be Sano… is that a good move on my part?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t touch Neris, doubt Madson is ‘the’ guy until he can throw a clean inning or three… DJ and Mancini are hot, Mancini over Morales

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: dammit – I picked up Morales yesterday too!

        OK – Sano is saved from the chopping block

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Morales is sitting then headed to NL, so bye to him

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: Kendrys got traded?

            • William Hung says:
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              @William Hung: nvm – you were referring to the schedule

              • The Harrow says:
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                @William Hung: this makes sense, and explains how in the hell mancini is an add right now over the guy with 8 HR’s in last 7 games (before yesterday anyway)

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