Marcus Stroman went from calf tightness to a tear. That’s what the cow said! Huh? Sorry, I’m a little freakin’ delirious because I own Stroman in not one, not two–I can’t even count how many leagues I own him in because I don’t have enough fingers and toes, and this is a PG show and we can’t count with anything else, you absolute pervs! Hey, serious question, has anything ever good happened to the Mets? Not to get all metaphysical rolling magnets around my shakras, but The Curse of The Bambino became The Curse of 1986. I won’t hear different. Bill Buckner allie-kazoo’d some voodoo on Mookie Wilson and the Mets have never been the same. Alas, I would drop Stroman in every league, aside from maybe NL-Only, but even there it’s pretty meh. He’s week-to-week, so maybe he returns by the end of August. What are you holding that for? The S’s and G’s train left the station a long time ago. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brian Dozier – Signed with the Mets. If you’re a Wilpon, the only thing better than Jed Lowrie is signing a poor man’s Lowrie.

Juan Lagares – Signed with the Mets. The Mets heard what a great ratings draw an Old Timers’ Game can be and are not above a stunt.

Gordon Beckham – Released by the Mets. They have Dozier for the poor man’s Lowrie role. No room for two, Gordon. You were a role player, and that role has been filled.

Hyun-Jin RyuJays still don’t have a home. Pittsburgh fell through. That’s too bad, because, with traffic, Pittsburgh is closer to Toronto than Anaheim is to Los Angeles, so in a lot of ways the Pittsburgh Blue Jays of Toronto makes more sense than the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I still think a last second deal will be made for Buffalo, but right now the Jays are gonna be a traveling circus, moving around the country, carrying all their shizz like Steve Martin in The Jerk. Vlad Jr., “All I need is this chair…and this stapler…and this glove…” All the projections in the Streamonator and Hittertron are up-to-date with Jays as neutral, but they will get updated based on wherever they play, so I imagine you might see some changes when things solidify.

Nate Pearson – Will be called up on July 29th. At exactly midnight on July 29th, Pearson will emerge from his cocoon, a fully realized butterfly, capable of being a star MLB pitcher. Or, ya know, usual BS service time manipulation.

Hunter Dozier – Hit the IL with Covid. We lasted all the way from when I wrote my Hunter Dozier sleeper post in November to Re-Opening Day in July and now I lose Dozier. *cry-snorts* I would’ve removed Dozier from my rankings, but they’re finally locked in. I’m no longer reranking guys, roughly 7 months after I began. Praise you, Jesus Christ-Aguilar-Montero!

Brady SingerRoyals’ 1st round pick in 2019 will start on Saturday. Up until today I thought Brady Singer was the annoying person who, after hearing about someone’s remarriage, would sing, “Here’s the story of a lovely lady…” Prospect Itch said of Singer, “Once in the conversation with Casey Mize for top overall pick, Singer fell to pick 18 after an up-and-down college stretch but came out strong as a pro and remains a low-floor, decent-topside arm with a ground ball profile. If only I could floor Grey.” What the hell, my dude! So, I grabbed Singer in one 15-team mixed league where I might’ve lost Marcus Stroman forever, and Singer was owned in an AL-Only league. Shallower, I didn’t bother looking.

Mike Trout – Plans to play the whole year, impressed with how MLB is handling the pandemic. He said, “Everything’s been great, but how come no one is answering when I call the Blue Jays’ clubhouse?” I would move Trout back up to 3rd or 4th overall, coin flipping him and Bellinger, if I were still changing my rankings, or if you have a very late draft.

Anthony Rendon – Could miss a couple of games of the regular season. Or as I’m calling it, “Really? We’re playing real baseball games that count? It must be a dream!”

Zack Wheeler – His child came early and I couldn’t even tell he was pregnant! Wheeler’s owners will be happy to know they will be dining out on placenta, and fantasy value this year. He’s not opting out.

Framber Valdez – Will start the Astros’ 5th game of the season, while Jose Urquidy is on mend. With this toothpick, Dusty poked a hole in his mask and said, “We’ll see how long Framber stays in the rotation.” Yes, we will!

Jake Odorizzi – Will begin the season on the IL with upper back soreness. Sounds like I’m down to one starter in some leagues just in time for Re-Opening Day. Bring on the madness!

Jordan Montgomery – Will start the 6th game of the season. Or after one-tenth of the season is played. I don’t hate JoMo for the stream in certain circumstances — Certances? Cercumstances? Oh, definitely not that. — but you need to play the Streamonator more than you need to get tied to a guy who might be in and out of the rotation, or as the 5th starter.

DJ LeMahieu – Still trying to figure out when he’ll be ready for Re-Opening Day. Not to, ya know, pressure anyone, but he kinda needs to be ready today.

Tom Murphy – Will begin season on IL with a broken bone in his foot. Welp, I’ve already dropped my catcher. Bring on the Frankencatchers, long live the Frankencatchers.

Freddy Peralta – Will start the third game of the season. Feels like for every terrible thing we get five more terrible things and then, maybe, if we’re lucky, we get one good thing. Well, I don’t know what terrible things Peralta-into-the-rotation is offsetting, but it’s a good thing.

Alec Mills – Named Cubs’ 5th starter. You might remember Alec Mills as the mom on The Wonder Years. More relevantly, he relies on offspeed stuff, and you would too if you had an 89 MPH fastball. Not surprisingly, he had 104 IP in Triple-A last year with a 5.11 ERA and turns 29 in November. Jose Quintana will be back shortly to take the rotation spot. Can tell Mills is not good without being smart, Alec.

Mookie Betts – Signed a deal with the Dodgers through 2032. Ha. We are barely getting through 2020, and y’all out here signing deals through 2032. Mookie Betts in 2032 is gonna be I Am Legend playing baseball with a German Shepherd, and an automated Al Gore head with an electronically altered voice talking like Max Headroom.

Ke’Bryan Hayes – Optioned to Pirates alternative training site at Altoona. More like Altoon-up! Right?! C’mon, high-five the crap out of me! Not literally! We can’t touch!

Keone Kela – Says he’s tested positive for Covid since June 30th with no symptoms. Good news is he has to return a negative test soon. Bad news is why hasn’t he already and can others remain sidelined for that long? Related news, Kyle Crick should get saves in his stead. Unrelated news, I just burped.

Austin Riley – Announced as the starter at 3rd base on Re-Opening Day and I am floating on air. Don’t pull me down! Let me float! Oh, crap, Austin Riley wires!

Austin Dean – Made the Cards’ team as a backup outfielder. He’s a Quad-A player, or in his case, the Dean of students.

Nomar Mazara – Hit the IL with undisclosed reasons. Mazara was called up originally in 2016 at the age of 21, was told the average age for player breakouts is 27, and is a strong proponent of confirmation bias.

Jake Bauers – Optioned to alternate training site. He’s had one of the longer leashes to prove himself, but I guess for Jake Bauers his time is up. *dramatic sting, commercial break* Next up, baseball! Finally!

 
  1. Fister Furbush says:
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    Grey Albright!

    My god it’s been far far far too long my hero.
    Well I had my yearly 12 team H2H points league.

    Would you please give me your brief and honest opinion on how I did? I need your gratification! (Or your stern verbal disciplining).

    C Kiner-Falefa. -_-
    1st Bellinger
    2nd Hiura
    3rd Escobar
    SS Story
    OF Judge
    OF Eloy
    OF Soler
    Util. Mostsuckass

    SP Giolito
    SP Glasnow
    SP Woodruff
    SP Keuchel
    SP Musgrove
    RP Jansen
    RP Rogers

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      Looks like sbs are missing and average could be low but I love the power

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

      I like the pitching a lot, looks stacked…Agree with AL, you have no speed, but in Points that’s fine, you might have a lot of all or nothing guys tho, which could hurt if they slump

  2. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Wow we are going to play ball. Had two drafts the last two nights and had to use my phone app. One for espn and one for Fantrax. I don’t recommend drafting by phone .Very difficult to maneuver around and had to enlarge screen to hit the que or draft button then downsize to hit ok then scroll left or right etc. only big miscue was grabbing Justin Turner accidentally but actually managed pretty well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baseball is back!

      Yeah, try to avoid drafting by phone when possible

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Amazing report!

    a. So now only 2 IL slots taken on team A (Chappy and Odorizzi) and only 2 IL slots on team B (Odorizzi and Dozier).

    1. Team A – signed up Corbin Burnes (Chappy) and Trent Grisham (Odorizzi)

    2. Team B – signed up Dustin May (Dozier) and Trent Grisham (Odorizzi).

    How’d I do? I had initially drafted Grisham, but he’s looking really good and his only challenger is someone named Olivares or something. He’ll play even against LHP.

    b. Season hasn’t started yet and already goofed with Kim! He’s the closer and will probably be lockdown good! Oh, well.

    c. MLB quote of the day for July 23, 2020.

    ‘I threw so hard (after striking out Art Fletcher & Doc Crandall in the 9th inning of Game 1 of the 1912 World Series) I thought my arm would fly right off my body.’

    Howard Ellsworth ‘Smoky Joe’ Wood, aka Smoky Joe Wood. He was an emancipated man even before it was popular! He posed as a woman so that he could play on Bloomer Girl rosters and this quote by Ted Williams in 1950 about Smoky Joe Wood is crazy!

    ‘The pitcher I’m talking about was the immortal Smoky Joe Wood. A pitcher who can never be forgotten even though he did get his start posing as a girl.’

    The Smoky Joe name came from his blazing fastball. Really? Wouldn’t Blazing be enough?

    Walter Johnson also commented on his fastball.

    ‘Can I throw harder than Joe Wood? Listen, my friend, there’s no man alive can throw harder than Smoky Joe Wood!’

    He pitched with the Red Sox and Indians and hit some too, not really great as a hitter.

    His 162-game average as a pitcher.

    21-10, ERA 2.03, 28 GS 21 CG (only 75%, yawn!), 255 IP, 202 H, 88 R, 58 ER, 75 BB, 176 K, 146 ERA+, 2.26 FIP, 1.087 WHIP, 0.1 HR9 (!!), 2.35 K/BB.

    His best year was 1912 when he finished 5th in the MVP voting.

    34-5, 38 GS, 35 CG (92%!!), 10 shutouts!, 1 S (YES, that’s a save!), 344 IP, 267 H, 82 BB, 258 K, 177 ERA+, 2.25 FIP, 3.15 K/BB.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!
      1. Cool
      2. Sounds fine, but May is now sent to minors so woof a little
      B. Ha, not a big deal I imagine

      C. Smoky Joe! Nice!

  4. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    14 team mixed league rotoscoped 6X6 (OBP,HR, R, RBI, SB, TB) & (ERA, WHIP, K, QS, SV+HLD, K/BB)

    1) Currently have 3 IL eligible players with only 2 spots available: Yordan Alvarez, AJ Puk, Keona Kela

    Hold all 3 (obviously holding Alvarez or drop for someone on the waiver? Sounds like Puk will be out at least 2 weeks and Kela could return sooner than later.

    Here are some waiver options for pitching:

    RP Ottavino, Stamen, Diekman, Crick, Roe

    SP Cueto, Montgomery, Voth, Peralta

    2) Hold Winker as my only bench bat or drop for: Carlson, O’Neil, Piscotti, Tapia, Cordero, Bruce, J Martinez

    Thanks!

    • bossmanjunior333 says:
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      Rotoscoped? Weird autocorrect

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rotoscoped sounds painful

      1. You can drop Puk in a non-keeper

      Cueto, though prolly not tonight — Peralta otherwise

      2. Tapia at home, O’Neill

  5. Colin Robinson says:
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    Oh jeez you are not going to believe what happened at Dunkin Donuts today. Well it wasn’t actually to me but this woman that I met online at the DMV her sister’s husband’s boss he almost got in a bad car wreck. He was traveling on his way home from work and thinking to himself does Eric Thames even qualify at catcher? What about Luke Voit does he qualify or even need to take the 95 on his way home. He could probably get away with going the Merritt depending on what time of day he was exiting. Or what direction of travel he was inclined towards that evening. The Tappan Zee could have just as easily been traversed. My roommate stubbed his toe on the way out of the shower. He drafted Danny Jansen this year from the team playing in Pittsburgh, Maryland. That’s known as upstate for those residing in New York City or Yonkers or New Rochelle or White Plains or Hudson County or even parts of Kingsbridge. The nurse said that it wasn’t actually broken but you should stay off of it for a few weeks. It’s hard to stay off of it when you’re taking the subway and there is not too many places to sit. Not to mention the hikes to the park where the squirrels seem to be having quite the year. I mean successful would technically be an understatement. They have nuts on nuts on nuts on acorns on nuts on nuts galore. I haven’t seen they’re tails shaking so much since the feathers on the tails of birds were shaking so much. I mean it’s really something. From earlier. I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I now that I think about it I never even got to my question. When catchers are always bending down and throwing the baseball back to the pitcher and sometimes to the second basemen or short stop depending on who is covering second base which usually depends on the handedness of the batter unless of course the batter often hits the baseball “the other way” on the ground and sometimes the second basemen will open his mouth behind his glove to hide his mouth openness or closedness from the batter and the first basecoach and the third basecoach and all of the bench of the other team also. Here are my earlier thoughts as well to review. I was thinking about dropping my catchers when they go to San Francisco and maybe picking up catchers when they go to Denver Colorado. My aunt was supposed to be going on a trip to Denver Colorado but instead she ended up going to San Antonio Texas. It rained for two days straight which I’m told is rare for San Diego California because it doesn’t rain that often in Southern California and when it does it often floods. The flooding causes the soil to erode and the combination of eroded soil and freshwater rain end up flowing to the ocean instead of hydrating the soil because after all much of Southern California is desert and without the creation of the artificial Los Angeles River there would not be any water. The water in Los Angeles actually starts off as snow in the mountains and my aunt ended up not staying at the zoo as long as she would have otherwise liked to due to the rain but if she was being honest she would not have stayed long enough to feed the giraffes anyway due to her diarhhea. It seems that she may have been exposed to a stomach bug when she was aboard the greyhound bus that she traveled on on her way to San Antonio Texas. I often get sick when I travel by bus and I have heard that it is not uncommon for people to get explosive diarhhea for a few days after doing a lot of traveling. Susan who works at Ralph’s said she got sick after traveling by bus to Oklahoma, Kansas. It was not her first choice she and her boyfriend could not agree on which place to visit so Oklahoma Kansas ended up being their compromise. An agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions. This is where we shall have to be for to you long.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      Colin Robinson = silicon born on

      Perhaps a better one? Virus racoon

      Fun with anagrams, OD edition

    • Hawk says:
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      Wall of Text hits YOU for 99 damage!

      • Philsfan76 says:
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        hahaha!

      • baseball is fun says:
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        I laughed way too hard at this, thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stop sucking my energy, Colin Robinson!

  6. Big Magoo

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    It’s nice to know that we still don’t know where Ryu and the other Jays pitchers will be pitching during home games, you know, on OPENING DAY. Thanks Manfred.

    • Hawk says:
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      The Canadian government and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health are the ones making the decisions here. This isn’t on Manfred unless you think he should have upped the bribe to get it done.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        Thanks Obama

      • Dave D says:
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        Pennsylvania Public Health Director Levine doesn’t seem to be a big enough baseball fan unfortunately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup! Whee!

  7. Don Juan says:
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    Nick Burdi will get first crack at saves in Pitt and he might run with the job. Dude is nasTy.

    • NUX says:
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      With you everything here except that Crick should get first Save opp.

      And promptly blow it. Which hopefully gives us Burdi rest of the way

    • NUX says:
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      With you *on* everything here

    • SheaSeraSera says:
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      Crick has been bad, would you drop him for Burdi at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold both if I were desperate but watch Kela return after five days, and get 1st save

  8. Harley Earl says:
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    Question, do you think Aquino gets the call at some point this summer or have the Reds seen something that has derailed him into nothing more than a trivia question for future generations? I’m leaning towards the latter. I don’t know what pitch it is that he can’t hit, but apparently there’s one that he’s getting exploited with. At least that’s my guess.

    Also, Austin Riley hit two bombs as well yesterday.

    See? No need to panic. Dude is solid and will play everyday. Matt Adams is a hasbeen wannabe.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      as a STL fan ain’t you happy they finally sliced off that wart shaped cecil contract! next up fowler, right.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Yes!!! and Fowler is next !!!

        Can you tell I can’t stand Mozeliak????

    • JDB says:
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      I wish I had listened to you and not some of the other opinions that were flying around yesterday. I dropped Riley for Kyle Lewis after seeing that Freeman is basically back and the Adams news…not a terrible swap, but the chances of me getting Riley back after he clears waivers are not good. Ug….

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Kyle Lewis is not a bad swap at all. Yeah, I’m sure you’d rather have Riley now that it’s completely clear. I’ve just followed Riley’s career very closely and couldn’t buy into all the nonsense that he wasn’t going to get to play, especially over an old fatass fart like Matt Adams.

        Some things we think really look ridiculous in hindsight. Thankfully, I didn’t buy into that thought process.

        Maybe you can get Riley back. I doubt it. But at least you did get Lewis. Not that bad really.

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      I def would not be waiting around on Aquino at this point. He could at some point get the call, but there are so many damn options in Cincy that he seems to be buried. You can pick him back up later if needed. There are likely better ways to use his roster spot right now though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Yeah, I dumped Aquino. It was a nice run. But I’m afraid he’s nothing more than the answer to a trivia question now.

  9. Big Magoo

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    Not to jinx it, but the only key players who are iffy for my one team (jeebus) at this time are Willie Calhoun and Odorizzi, and they should be back soon. Could be enough to take on Rudy’s core of Neris, Urquidy, and Hosmer early on… or is it? Until the next shoe drops…

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Lost Stroman and Odorizzi on the NFBC online championship team I just drafted. Went from having a solid rotation to putting in a big FAAB bid on Wade Miley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was fine until Stroman, which is relatively unscathed

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Well, I have Odorizzi and Calhoun too, but I don’t even think they’re really injured, just behind others in camp

      • Will says:
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        I’ve taken a beating so far – Puig, Polanco, H Dozier, Buxton, Hamels and Stroman – all before the season has even started! I’ve resorted to picking up warm bodies to plug roster holes at this point.

        • Grey

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          Need to clear your roster

  10. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Happy 2020 Baseball Opening Day! Let’s Go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  11. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    tell rudy to add fatt adams to hittertron’s numbers, not in there yet. how am i supposed to jump back and forth on bruce vs fatt adams on a daily basis (except when they are against lefties, neither will play on those days) without the help of that thing. if riley keeps double bombing though he might just nab that fatt adams spot anyway (doubt they move out camargo vs righties from the def upgrade)

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      and yr doing that same thing as rotoworld with ryu representing TOR as a team with the news. they’ll leave a manager or well known player name for stuff that isn’t about that player, but the entire org. sometimes even the owner, albeit that’s rarer.

      • Grey

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        Ryu seemed natural rep since he’s only real change if they go to hitters or pitchers park

        • Better Call Limehouse says:
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          that’s certainly true, like rudy reported few days/week ago about the likely to be used BUF minor stadium being VERY hitter friendly. love how the players are coming out whining about which stadium they WANT to play in as opposed to others, as if them saying that carries any weight at all. when a few dozen spoiled millionaires butt heads with the kind of life they never had to have lived (or not in a while for some), being told what/when/how they’ll be playing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Told, thanks!

  12. Joe Beísbol says:
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    Is Dozier a stash or a drop? I had him slotted at Util in a non keeper. Tanaka and Urquidy already take up my IL slots. Should I drop one of them to stash Dozier on the IL or just drop Dozier?

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      I’d drop Tanaka and keep Hunter Dozier. Though maybe you can list some other SPs that are in the waiver pool. Will make it easier to decide if you can find a Tanaka like arm when you need to hit the wire for an SP

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        Canning and Desclafani are the most enticing FA SPs. Would you roster either of them over Tanaka?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

      I’d try Desclafani

  13. Dave D says:
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    Opening Day!!! Amazing! What a relief from 24/7 COVID stuff it will be. Im excited even though ai own Tom Murphy on all three of my teams. Here’s to hoping Daulton Varsho is on the 30-man to pinch hit daily.

    3 1/2 months after spring training ended so abruptly and here we are… hurray!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, finally! I have Murphy everywhere too, but oh well, at least it’s just a catcher

  14. RobMac says:
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    11 team Roto standard categories, what order do you put these guys:

    Stripling
    Houser
    Garrett Richards

    Thanks for all you do!

    • NUX says:
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      Grey will prob point you to the rankings, where Strip is buried, prob because of role uncertainty and the Doyers are likely to mess with him and most of that rotation outside of Walker B.

      Houser is above Richards in Grey’s ranks by about 10 SPs. But I like Richards over Houser I think. They are close. Reason I’m leaning Richards is bc of the fact that he is in a walk year and the Padres should push him if he is on a roll, so they can get everything they can out of him. Though I will admit that I also had read that they are planning to be careful with turns through the order for SPs.

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      If he stays healthy it’s Richards for me and it is not close.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      i’m guessing you ranked them appropriately for right now, since stripling has a rotation spot currently. also they all pitch on different days so you could do all 3.

    • Grey

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      Houser, Stripling

  15. lg baseball says:
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    Hi Grey! We finally made it to opening day! Great write up.

    My 10 team league recently added some bench spots to accommodate for the craziness. I don’t have any real needs but looking for a bench spot for either an upside dart throw or someone in a good spot to fill up the stat sheet. As you can see our wire is pretty strong.

    Who are you top 2 from either list?

    Bats:
    Lewis, Happ, Grisham, Hays, McCutchen, Shogo, Senzel, Kingsley, C. Walker, Calhoun, Myers, Arraez, E. White

    Arms:
    Houser, Robbie Ray, Hendricks, Cease, A. Bradley, Canning

    Thanks!
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We made it!

      Kingsley? You mean Kingery? Him and Calhoun

      Houser, Hendricks

      • lg baseball says:
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        Thanks! Yes Kingery!

  16. JakeTPE says:
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    Altoon-up! Ha!

    Love that one, Grey!

    Happy Opening Day, Razzball! We made it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HOD!

      Thanks!

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    Blackmon/M. Ozuna for Springer/Glasnow

    12 team roto dynasty

    Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      Springer side

    • Grey

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      Springer

  18. lubes says:
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    Hey grey! Thanks for all the continual updates. Finally had my re-re-reascheduled draft last night. 10 team h2h w/ obp. Thoughts? And yes I drafted degrom early but btw h2h and short season wanted to try that

    Jorge Alfaro Mia – C
    Matt Olson Oak – 1B
    Jonathan Villar Mia – 2B,SS
    Matt Chapman Oak – 3B
    Francisco Lindor Cle – SS
    Anthony Rizzo ChC – 1B
    Eduardo Escobar Ari – 2B,3B
    George Springer Hou – OF
    Ramón Laureano Oak – OF
    Oscar Mercado Cle – OF
    Joc Pederson LAD – 1B,OF
    Danny Santana Tex – 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF

    Bench
    Brandon Lowe TB – 1B,2B,OF
    Kyle Lewis Sea – OF
    Sean Murphy Oak – C

    Jacob deGrom NYM – SP
    Lucas Giolito CWS – SP
    Liam Hendriks Oak – RP
    Ian Kennedy KC – RP
    Sonny Gray Cin – SP
    José Alvarado TB – RP
    Daniel Hudson Was – RP
    Andrew Heaney LAA – SP

    IL
    Eduardo Rodriguez Bos – SP
    Héctor Neris Phi – RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a stacked team, don’t think deGrom early hurt your hitting, but it is a very shallow league, so you need to work waivers

  19. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Can’t remember which one but was listening to one the national sports talk shows yesterday and they were talking Nola and Zach Wheeler as top CY Young cadidates for the short season. I that just crazy talk?

    also what is nate pearson’s story never heard of him…….where would you rank him?

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      He’s a top notch prospect for the Sploo Jays. The Prospects Live boys had him above Dustin May and Forrest Whitley and Kopech. And I know for a fact that our boy the Itch lurvesss him.

      He was in Grey’s buy from last week. And here’s Grey’s post from end of April:
      https://razzball.com/nate-pearson-2020-fantasy-baseball/

      Oh and on the crazy talk, it sounds like that was likely 97.5 or 94.1 to me lol

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        Thx on the pearson info….. i change channels a lot so cant remember what station it was

        • NUX says:
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          Yea, I’m just thinking that it was Philly station and not national is all i was getting at. That 100% sounds like something Gargano would be saying yesterday. Though I think he had the day off

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            Yeah probably a local ………….probably some idiot like joe dicamara

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      grey did an entire corona timeline sleeper post that you can probably find with GIFs of pearson murdering hitters some month or months ago. i tried searching for it just now but he’s mentioned too many times (his player page only shows the most recent 3 times). if you hit grey’s name then look backwards for a while (month or months) an entire post is named for pearson though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a Lenny Dykstra dream scenario

      Agree with Nux

  20. Old School Brother says:
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    Grey! Drafted this squad last night 6×6 with OPS and QS added

    C Will Smith
    1B Bellinger
    2B Keston Hiura
    3B Jose Ramirez
    SS Tatis Jr
    2B/SS Jonathan Villar
    1B/3B Matt Olson
    OF Eloy Jimenez
    OF Jorge Soler
    OF Ramon Laureano (not Laurencio)
    OF Luis Robert
    OF Lo Cain
    UTIL Tim Anderson

    SP Lucas Giolito
    SP Luis Castillo
    SP Lance Lynn
    SP Zac Gallen
    SP German Marquez
    SP Andrew Heaney
    RP Archie Bradley
    RP Sean Doolittle
    RP Brandon Knitzler
    RP Tony Watson
    RP Mark Melancon

    I started off solid… they had hot ginger Jager on sale at Specs for $3 a bottle, that kind of took hold half way and I wound up with guys like Andrew Heaney. Should be a wacky 60 days!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Laurencio!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      OSB! Good to see you!

      Marquez, some of those closers and LoCain worry me, but otherwise I like the team — Those aren’t major issues — I think you might be low on power tho, and with OPS that could be an issue

  21. MattH says:
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    US-Grey…US-Grey…US-Grey!!

    What you and your mustache have done for fantasy baseball during this pandemic is nothing short of what Tom Selleck’s mustache has done for reverse loan mortgages.

    Thank you, and happy Opening Day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, we made it!

      Thank you!

  22. Rabbit says:
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    Quick SP lineup question for my weekly league: should I start Robbie Ray @SD or Max Fried @NYM this week? 5×5 roto league, but K/9 replaces total Ks, so pitching is very ratio-centric, particularly with Wins probably being wonky this year.
    Thanks.

    • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      SON likes porcello’s start by 6 bucks, BUT if K/9 replaces total K’s that certainly helps ray.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start both

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If only one, then Ray

  23. The Great Knoche says:
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    Finished up our modified home league rosters last night. 10 Team keepers, normally auction but just drafted remaining slots for this year. 6×6 w/ OBP and Holds. 5 SP 4 RP required.

    Here’s what Razzball can do for you against average players

    C Jansen
    C Sean Murphy
    1B Olson
    2b Villar
    SS Story
    3B Arenado
    MI Moistasskiss
    CI Pete Alonso
    OF Betts
    OF Buxton
    OF JD Davis
    OF Tucker
    OF Robert
    U Cruz

    SP Degrom
    SP Flaherty
    SP Paddack
    SP Snell
    SP Lamet
    RP Hendriks
    RP Yates
    RP Duffey
    RP Pagan

    Now that’s sexy.

    • Grey

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      Haha, this team is ridunk, I mean you have what 6 top 20 players? Cmon

    • Nice! Took Buxton in my homer as well. Post-post-post hype payoff I hope. Good luck

    • Coolwhip says:
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      LOL very nice Knoche…

      My 10t home league with OBP SLG, QS, and holds looks like (opted for redraft this year):
      C W.Smith
      1B Olson
      2B Muncy
      SS Lindor
      3B Devers
      MI Biggio
      CI Rendon
      OF Springer, Stanton, Soler
      UT Sano
      UT Kingery

      SP Castillo, Morton, Odorizzi, Ryu, Montas, Hill, Pearson(NA)
      RP Neris, Robles, Iglesias, Doolittle, Lugo, Pomeranz

  24. Dave says:
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    Grey! So excited for the season to start and to read your daily blurbs. Can you give me an honest assessment of my team? Roto 12 team. I had the first pick (yay)

    C: Carson Kelly
    1B: Pete Alonso
    2B: Keston Hiura
    3B: Eugenio Suarez
    SS: Carlos Correa
    OF: Acuna
    OF: Dahl
    OF: Kyle Tucker
    Util: Moncada
    Util: Cavan Biggio
    P: Verlander
    P: Luis Castillo
    P: Corey Kluber
    P: Max Fried
    P: Carlos Carrasco
    P: Ken Giles
    P: Brandon Kintzler
    Bench: Yordan Alvarez (in my IL spot, got him in the 13th round)
    Bench: Luke Weaver
    Bench: Ryan Pressly
    Bench: Joey Lucchesi
    Picked up Christian Walker to take Alvarez’ spot while he’s on the IL

    Thanks for the feedback!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I like the hitting, but you have low AVG and might struggle on power…I like the pitching, but it does feel a bit risky with Kluber/Carrasco and your RPs aren’t great, which is fine

  25. tACO slice says:
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    Hey Grey can we rank the re-ranks in the mid season ranks? On another note I got to draft a 14 team 6×6 (OPS+QS) last night and went wild with no SP

    C- I. Kiner Phalepha
    1b- Rhys Hoskins
    2b- Howie Kendrick
    ss-Trevor Story
    MI- Adalberto Mondesi
    CI- Justin Smoak
    OF- Giancarlo
    OF-Ramon Laureano
    OF-David Dahl
    OF- Garret Hampson
    DH- Jorge Sole
    Util- Cesar Hernandez
    BE- Kyle Lewis
    BE- Jarrod Dyson

    P- Josh Hader
    P- Yu Darvish
    P- Kenta Maeda
    P-Craig Kimbrel
    P- Joe Musgrove
    P-Dylan Cease
    P-Garret Richards
    P- Miles Mikolas
    P- Jordan Montgomerry
    P- Kyle Crick
    p-Josh Lindblom
    P-Brad Peacock
    p-Hunter Harvey

    There is an 80 game minimum starts so I plan on streaming as much as possible. Feels a little ballsy but i figured pitching will be a crap shoot regardless of who youve got!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you better get streaming immediately to get there…But you do have the SPs to stream since many are droppable…Your hitting looks better, if low on AVG and maybe OPS

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      you will have no issue meeting that 80, it gets interesting on what the max is though. 80 in 9.57 weeks is only 8.36 per week. having only 6 SP you’ll be using most starts and i’d turn one spot into streaming one (but usually somebody gets injured and you won’t have to drop anybody)

  26. NUX says:
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    I know we should take what player’s say with a grain of salt. And yes, he’s going to miss time and the season is short. But I’m happy to see Stroman saying its a minor setback and he only feels it when jogging/sprinting, fwiw

    • Cram It says:
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      Maybe it’s me, but I never thought Stroman was going to make or break a season. He’s a replaceable 4 or 5 to me. I guess in NFBC type weeklies he has more value.

      • NUX says:
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        Yea more value in real ball than in our game of fake baseball. But I was banking on him for QS, he’s at least good for that. Can’t be counting on many guys off of waivers for those. Now i turn to…. Marco Gonzo. Yuck

        Also, LGM

        • Cram It says:
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          LGM. No better chance at a winning season than a severely shortened one!

          • mets3145 says:
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            That SNY MLB sim has the Mets play the Twins for the WS – essentially the Mets got real hot mid May and never looked back. Stro was exactly what you say he is in this sim.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so too since I own him literally on every team

  27. Stu says:
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    Grey! 6×6 (OBP & QS) 10 team roto auction draft. How’d I do? I need to trade a SS, right (Xander?)? Also maybe go after a closer who doesn’t suck, or let those shmo’s ride? Thoughts are appreciated!

    C – Ramos
    1B – Alonso
    2B – Gleyber (2b/ss)
    3B – Ramirez
    SS – Fun The Jewels
    CI – Muncy (1b/2b/3b)
    MI – Xander (ss)
    OF – Pham
    OF – Soler
    OF – Brantley
    OF – Franmil
    OF – J Up
    UTIL – Mondesi (ss)
    BN – Olson (1b)
    BN – Biggio (2b/of)
    BN – Shogo (of)
    BN – Kingery (2b/3b/ss/of)
    BN – Wong (2b)

    SP – Flaherty
    SP – Giolito
    SP – Woodruff
    SP – Yu
    RP – Diaz
    RP – Kimbrel
    P – T Watson
    P – Jimenez
    P – Wade Davis
    BN – Lamet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with you, your hitting looks great and your pitching looks solid aside from RPs…I think Xander or FTJ for a power OF bat and move Brantley to a platoon depending on matchups

      • Stu says:
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        Thanks! And happy Opening Day!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  28. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Need an MI/UTL 6×6 12 team re-draft yahoo with the extra offensive category being OPS. Best options look like Nick Solack, Chris Taylor, or hold onto Nick Madgrial who I drafted but isn’t in the the player pool yet. Who you go with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  29. Jason Morgan says:
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    Cespedes or Chris Taylor in points leagues?

    The winner of the above comparison vs Brian Anderson?

    Thank you.

    • NUX says:
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      Yo over Taylor

      BAnderson over Yo

      We know Brian Anderson will bat atop that lineup. Unsure yet with Yo. But if Yo comes out the gate hot, then make the switch.

    • NUX says:
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      And by atop, I mean to say that Roster Resource has him batting 2nd for the fish. But Mattingly could be shuffling that up often. He should still be batting 2nd, 3rd or 4th. They show Yo batting 4th, so it could be closer than I’m making it sound. But I like BAnderson alot and its been a while since we seen Yo, so I don’t trust him yet

    • Cram It says:
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      Yo over both for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yoenis

      Yoenis

      • NUX says:
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        For LGM reasons I hope you are both right.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      While it slightly depends on your scoring system, I have Cespedes over Taylor. However, if you consider Taylor’s position eligibility it’s close.

      The next comparison is even tougher. Do you really think Cespedes is going to make it through 60 games without succumbing to an injury. I’m not very confident in that given his history.

      Anderson is 27 years old. He played 156 games in 2018 and only missed the end of 2019 because he fractured his hand by getting hit with a 94 MPH fastball.

      I think his numbers will be very close to Cespedes. If he doesn’t get hurt Cespedes will hit a few more homers, but in points leagues there is more than one way to get points. With Anderson having eligibility at 3B and OF, I’m going with Anderson.

    • malamoney

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      While it slightly depends on your scoring system, I have Cespedes over Taylor. However, if you consider Taylor’s position eligibility it’s close.

      The next comparison is even tougher. Do you really think Cespedes is going to make it through 60 games without succumbing to an injury. I’m not very confident in that given his history.

      Anderson is 27 years old. He played 156 games in 2018 and only missed the end of 2019 because he fractured his hand by getting hit with a 94 MPH fastball.

      I think his numbers will be very close to Cespedes. If he doesn’t get hurt Cespedes will hit a few more homers, but in points leagues there is more than one way to get points. With Anderson having eligibility at 3B and OF, I’m going with Anderson.

  30. NCPhilly says:
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    Scrolling through all the comments wondering on which day I will see someone posting their fantasy roster and it is a perfect match to one of my own.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then you win Razzball and you get to answer comments every day!

  31. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just drafted in my 10-team, Roto, 5×5 category league.

    C: Garver
    1B: Olson
    2B: Villar
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Bogaerts
    CI: Christian Walker
    MI: Brandon Lowe
    OF: Acuna, Harper, JD Martinez, Kyle Lewis
    UTIL: Willie Calhoun, Miguel Andujar
    IL: Hunter Dozier, Yordan Alvarez
    NA: Madrigal

    SP: Giolito, Darvish, Lamet, Wheeler, Houser, Heaney, L. Weaver, Lucchesi
    RP: Jansen, Kimbrel, Kennedy, Melancon
    IL: Odorizzi

    1) What are your thoughts, any recommendations on stats to target?

    2) I have one open spot due to someone getting added to the IL… I figure I can continue to stream bench bats or SP. The following guys are available:
    Bats:
    Riley, Arraez, Gardner, Renato Nunez, Tapia

    Pitchers:
    Velasquez vs. MIA
    Martin Perez vs. BOS
    Jon Gray @ TEX.

    3) Are any of the guys on my roster droppable for any of the above FA that I mentioned in question 2?

    Thank you again!!!!!!

    • Sandman says:
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      Also have MacKenzie Gore on the Wire

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Team looks solid…I guess I worry a little about Walker, if he’s injured and Willie and Andujar’s PT, but looks fine for right now

      2. Riley

      3. Is this a double UTIL league? You need guys who will play every day, so watch Andujar — Lucchesi is 1st guy off your team but not for any of those SPs in 2

  32. jayhann says:
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    Pick two (OPS league): Austin Riley, Ian Happ, Willie Calhoun

    Thanks Grey – Happy Opening Day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley, Happ

      You too!

  33. Fat Mack says:
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    Mister Master Lothario! Would love your quick thoughts on this team. 16 team, 6×6 with OPS and BB allowed as the extra categories. 3 keepers allowed for 3 years total; mine noted with (K) below. Auction prices get crazy in this league with tildaddy over $90, Trout Bellinger Betts and others over $80. I like my SP and IF, but OF is a wildcard.

    C – d’Arnaud $2
    1b – J Abreu $29
    2b – K Wong $3
    Ss – A Mondesi $19 (K)
    3b – J Donaldson $26
    Of – B Harper $65
    Of – O Mercado $15
    Of – J Pederson $10
    UT – A Verdugo $5
    Bn – I Happ $1
    Bn – A Hays $3

    Sp – L Castillo $12 (K), Y Darvish $33, L Lynn $18, A Heaney $2, G Marquez $3
    Rp – L Hendricks $1 (K), S Doolittle $9, D Hudson $2, T Watson $1

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid for 16 team! I love the SPs until German and your RPs look fine…I think hitting looks good too, maybe a little low on power

      • Fat Mack says:
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        Thanks, it’s hard assessing with 16 teams. I’ll probably use German only away, or if needed since it’s H2H. That was a late night brain freeze bid.

        Glad baseball is finally here, and look forward to your daily write ups!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

  34. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    14 team h2h with OBP over AVG, hits and total bases added. reason for this many BN bats is it’s 12 max starts per week (the matchup this time is 11 so it’s 19 total for this matchup), plus i have some guys who either aren’t up yet (carlson, for 6 days almost certainly not more), otani (off when pitching and day after), tucker (dusty, and if/when yordan is back real trouble with at bats). after staring at this roster for a while no matter what war room says i thought it looked HR weakish, so dropped DTD arnaud (who could backup goldy and catcher) and la STELLA for moreland and o’neill (gets way more at bats till carlson is back).
    C ramos
    1B goldy
    2B villar (SS)
    SS treat
    3B mostsuckass (2B)
    MI didi (SS)
    CI kingery (CF/3B)
    LF ozuna
    CF cain sugar (war room didn’t mind me loading up runs at this point)
    RF stanton
    OF tucker (LF)
    util (1) otani (got the pitcher too for price of one, espn here)
    BN: o’neill (LF/RF),
    – happ (damn shame he only has CF in espn, but’ll get LF (not that i need that) shortly, only got him since he was by far best hitter left near end of draft)
    – carlson (RF, but he’ll have LF by season’s end almost for sure, maybe CF, but probably not in espn)
    – moreland (seemed like better option than say swiggy as i don’t need him to start everyday, at least for HR’s)

    hold moreland here or go back to DTD arnaud, lastella or even peraza (2B/SS/LF)

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      so i also have 5 RP and 8 SP (including otani), albeit i drafted urquidy at a corona discount and odorizzi just went out (this was drafted tues night). now have duffy and fiers (duffy probably dropped shortly for the stream spot). also got a super cheap kela discount (have kimbrel/rogers/romo/buttrey/d.castillo for now)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think I’d revert to d’Arnaud

  35. Dancin Homer says:
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    Ahhhh Baseball is back…finally!!!!

    Had my last draft last night and neither Freddy Peralta, nor Kyle Lewis was not scooped. Would you drop any of the following for either/ both?

    12-team 6×6 Roto league

    roster:
    c: Contreras
    1b: Bellinger
    2b: K. Marte
    3b: Sano
    ss: Villar
    if: Correa
    of: Judge, Kyle Tucker, Pederson
    utl: Akiyama
    bn: Chris Taylor, Hilliard

    sp: Bieber, Berrios, IUias, Carlos Martinez, G. Marquez, Burnes, Canning, Civale, Cease
    rp: Hader, Workman, Doolittle, Wade Davis

    Thanks in advance

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      you appear to have meant “neither peralta nor lewis was scooped”. if neither was NOT scooped you couldn’t get them now (well you could trade for them i guess)

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        “Neither WAS scooped”

        Even though my grammar was incorrect, I assume the above was implied since I’m asking if I should pick them up.

        Thanks for pointing out

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          yeah i mistype that stuff all the time too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Finally!

      Hmm…Peralta over Civale and Lewis over Taylor

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. BAC says:
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    12 team 5×5 OBP.

    Evan White on waivers. Light on power if Giancarlo does not come through. Drop S. Hilliard, D. Swanson, Austin Riley, Kyle Lewis or hold?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      everyone of those except swanson easily projects for more HR than white. (outside of if riley/hilliard don’t get much playing time, hell riley could end up getting half the at bats of e.white and still have more than him). if this COL writers only report (neither manager nor depth charts actually shows nor said tapia has his job, but he could) about hilliard not being the LF and tapia IS that ends up being true hilliard would be an easy drop though.

    • Cram It says:
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      Hilliard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo

  37. k-dog says:
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    who to grab for stroman?

    Canning
    Velasquez
    Wood
    R. Lopez (cws)
    Spencer Howard (is he being called up in a week?)

    Thanks Grey, love the site!

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      SON has wood’s first start pretty good and in not long. VV gets MIA first so if you’d ever use him that one is one of them. NOT reylop (@ CLE and worst SON numbers on first start of these). howard hopefully up but not known (no news saying he is either like with pearson). from the dates could nab wood, drop for VV the next day too, then canning the day after that.

    • Grey

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      Thanks!

      I’d prolly try Canning if I couldn’t stream

  38. Phil says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff as always. I wanted to get your general opinion and thoughts on the results of my draft conducted last night (12 team 5×5 roto, 525 innings limit, one and done/non-keeper):

    C-Jorge Alfaro
    1B-Josh Bell
    2B- Ozzie Albies
    3B-Manny Machado
    SS- Trevor Story
    MI- Scott Kingery
    CI-Howie Kendrick
    OF-Juan Soto
    OF-Luis Robert
    OF-Kyle Schwarber
    OF-Oscar Mercado
    Util-Teoscar Hernandez
    BN-S. Murphy

    SP-Chris Paddack
    SP-Brandon Woodruff
    SP-Dinelson Lamet
    SP-K. Maeda
    SP-Andrew Heaney
    RP-Edwin Diaz
    RP-Joe Jimenez
    RP-KHH (STL closer)
    P-Wade Davis
    P-Emilio Pagan
    P-Will Smith
    P-Chad Green

    You think I should replace the CI, MI, and/or Util with Nick Solak, Nick Madrigal, and/or Kyle Lewis or Austin Hays, respectively?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I love the pitching and hitting, don’t really see any problems, maybe RPs but that’s minor…I’d stash Madrigal if I could over Murphy

  39. waffles says:
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    happy opening night grey! looking forward to another season of blurbs

    12 team 5×5 roto

    C Carson Kelly (pick 264)
    1B Hoskins (144)
    2B Lourdes Gurriel (192)
    3B Jose Ramirez (24)
    SS Mondesi (49)
    CI Donaldson (97)
    MI Segura (168)
    OF Acuna (1)
    OF JD Martinez (25)
    OF E Jimenez (72)
    OF JD Davis (145)
    OF Shogo Akiyama (217)
    U I Happ (288)

    P L Castillo (48)
    P Woodruff (73)
    P S Gray (96)
    P Liam Hendricks (120)
    P Carrasco (121)
    P Kimbrel (169)
    P Carlos Martinez (193)
    P Kwang Hyun Kim (216)
    P Stripling (240)

    I Kennedy (241)
    Civale (265)
    M Keller (289)
    W Davis (312)
    Crick (313)

    any thoughts? i like having pretty much the whole staff pitch in the central. thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love that staff tho! I think I want only Central SPs this year, what terrible lineups on some teams…I like the hitting too, but you look low on power, which isn’t ideal

  40. krazyivan says:
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    In a 12 team H2H with a lot of categories. Here is my hitting: Categories are Runs/Hits/2B/3B/HR/RBI/SB/BB/AVG/OBP/Slugging%
    Narvaez
    Bellinger
    Ketel Marte
    Semien
    Vlad Jr
    Betts
    Soler
    Lourdes Jr
    Gurriel
    Carlos Santana
    Peraza

    Gregory Polanco IR
    Yordan IR

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

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      Looks solid, maybe low on speed, but with those cats it doesn’t bother me

  41. Dan says:
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    Take one…

    Christian Walker, Austin Riley, J.D. Davis

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      J.D.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

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

    Opening day is here! Although I saw there’s a chance that Yankees/Nats gets rained out, which would be the most 2020 outcome possible.

    My league decided not to redraft (dumb) but instead increase the IL spots from 2 to 4. Unfortunately for me, I’ve got seven (!) players on the IL right now: Yordan, Moncada, Dozier, Odorizzi, Stroman, Kela, Urquidy. As of typing this, I’m dropping Dozier for Shogo since you seem to be highest on him out of all the guys available on the wire. Moncada should be back soon too so no issues not putting him in the IL. Would you lose Stroman or Urquidy to open up a streaming spot? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes! That would be so 2020

      Lose Stroman

  43. erad says:
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    It feels like my life has purpose again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      you ain’t kidding, JACK!

  44. Evan says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Wow am I glad the world is “normal” enough for me to send this to you for your thoughts. I truly hope you are hanging in there and thank you again for your effort during the wide world of weird.

    Do you think this is competitive?

    14 team, mixed

    C Tyler Heineman C | SF
    C James McCann C | CHW
    1B Anthony Rizzo 1B | CHC
    2B Keston Hiura 2B | MIL
    3B Eduardo Escobar 2B,3B | ARI
    SS Francisco Lindor SS | CLE
    MI Dansby Swanson SS | ATL
    CI Christian Walker 1B | ARI
    OF Franchy Cordero OF | KC
    OF Ian Happ OF | CHC
    OF Ramon Laureano OF | OAK
    OF Oscar Mercado OF | CLE
    OF Juan Soto OF | WAS
    U Miguel Andujar U | NYY
    U Rougned Odor 2B | TEX
    RESERVES
    OF Teoscar Hernandez OF | TOR
    OF Kevin Kiermaier OF | TB
    OF Manuel Margot OF | TB

    PITCHERS
    SP Luis Castillo SP | CIN
    SP Marco Gonzales SP | SEA
    SP Adrian Houser RP,SP | MIL
    SP Lance Lynn SP | TEX
    SP Zach Plesac SP | CLE
    SP Brandon Woodruff SP | MIL
    RP Kenley Jansen RP | LAD
    RP Jose Leclerc RP | TEX
    RP Mark Melancon RP | ATL
    RP Hansel Robles RP | LAA
    RESERVES
    SP Pablo Lopez SP | MIA
    RP Corey Knebel RP | MIL
    INJURED
    SP Jake Odorizzi SP | MIN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope you’re well!

      I don’t like Gonzales, Plesac and your pitching just has major issues in general… Hitting looks stacked and out of hitting or pitching, I prefer a good hitting team, so you’re gonna be decent enough

      • Evan says:
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        Thank you so much! It’s always a good day when I get your feedback.

        Yeah, I’ll be working the wire for pitching!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, No problem!

  45. mets3145 says:
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    Oh god, Quintana – persona non grata to me for costing me my spot in the finals last year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  46. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Thanks, man.

    a. Have since dropped Burnes ’cause I can’t start him for any of his first two starts (per SON) so I’m using it for streamers. First up, Eovaldi for his first start.

    b. Question about SON and the $ score. Obvi, JV at home versus the Mariners should be a lock hence his good score for Ks, Ws and probably everything else. What score is the absolute lowest you’d take to start a pitcher that you believed in? Eovaldi is going at 9.9$ at home versus the Os, so he should be good for something. Obviously most pitchers in Colorado are going to have a negative score and should be avoided if possible, even if they are around ‘0’, right? Do you have a range of confidence? Like…

    1. 20 and above, got to start him, like JV at home vs the Ms
    2. 5 – 20, fairly confident. Start him if the other pitcher is gonna get bombed at least for a W.
    3. 0-5, tread with caution.
    4. less than 0, try to avoid if possible.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, hey, look at you down here

      A. Be careful with Eovaldi but O’s are bad, so I can see it

      B. I try to avoid negative #s

      3. Tread w/ caution

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Don’t know what happened, automatic update and low I was down there. Took too long to make my comment.

        b. Yeah, on Eo I was also stunned by 9.9$. Must be a mirage and by gameday SON will slap himself in the face for such terrible job. Gonna drop Eo for Hudson, maybe he latches on as closer? Haven’t seen anything good from the Nats’ camp on Doolittle.

        c. Signed up Britton by some luck! Dropped Dustin May for the second time.

        d. Not happy about Madrigal to the farm news. Hopefully he gets back in 7 days! If not back in 7, then I’ll have to drop if something hot is afoot!

        e. Happy OD. May all your dreams come true today.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Ha

          B. Juan Soto tested positive, everything is broke

          C. Cool

          D. He’ll be back

          E. You too!

  47. Bqw says:
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    12 team NL only Aristedes Aquino. Drop or hold?

  48. Bqw says:
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    12 team NL only Aristedes Aquino. Drop or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  49. 3mango says:
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    Loved Max Headroom reference.
    Thought Title of post should’ve been:
    ‘Stromanm my pain with his calf string….’
    HA! NOW try and gettin that out of your head!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  50. Trader says:
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    The danger of too many mock drafts reared its ugly head last night in my real Friends League draft. It appears they are smarter than the average Joe- maybe even Razzball readers! I may have reached a few times for short positions which I hate to do. Ended up with 7 guys I never acquired in any mock draft. Ugh. I will need to make some moves! Here is the team – 12 teamer Roto with ten hitting and nine pitching cats so it rewards guys that have a high average, walk and don’t strike out much.

    C- Perez
    CI- Abreau, Suarez, Dannys
    MI- Tatis, Newman, C Hernandez
    OF- Yelich, Brantley, Mercado, Laureano, C Dick (!)
    Util: Ohtani
    SP: Stras, Morton, Hendricks, CMart (Ohtani)
    RP: Hand, Iglesias, Betances, Pagan, Treinen (S&H)
    Bench: D Murphy, Dyson

    I can move Dannys to OF and pickup a CI if that helps.

    Best on wire:
    H Dozier, Thames, Piscotty, Fletcher, Fletcher, Chavis, Puig, Hays, Hays, Hilliard, Taylor, Puljos, Smoak, Berti

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why do you own Cesar, Murphy and Dickerson?

      I’d grab Thames for now — Hays over Dickerson, and Berti over Cesar

      • Trader says:
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        Cuz I panicked! Cesar and Murphy 50% owned and clock was ticking down (30 seconds per pick)

        Hopefully I can fix! Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  51. Hot dogs at the ready. Check.

    Plenty of beer on ice. Check

    The usual card board cut out friends waiting on the couch. Check.

    The neighbors already pumping in unusually high levels of crowd noise. Check.

    Just finished an hour of 100 yard long toss. Check.

    Getting some pepper going in an hour. Check.

    Got my good spikes on inside on the hardwood. Check.

    Cup check. Ouch.

    Man opening day is feeling good!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA — hope you have a cutout of me there!

      • Wake Up says:
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        Yes you are a parrot apparently…I didn’t realize I was doing Razzball social media…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yes, I was inspired…Want me to remove, say the word

          • The process of being mentally stimulated to do something creative.

            This means copy word for word?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I got overly jazzed about baseball returning and thought it was funny, you’re right, it was deleted — apologies, Wake

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I deleted it, didn’t want you to upset you

  52. Smell The Glove says:
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    Starting the season without both of my closers (Chapman and Gallegos). It ain’t pretty out there but Wade Davis or Kyle Crick? (I know, don’t judge)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crick

  53. 3mango says:
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    Quick Moment, as I wish your thoughts please:
    12 Team Roto (R, HR, TB, RBI, BB, SB, AVE, OPS // K, QS, W, SV, ERA, WHIP, PTW, K-BB
    C Willson Contreras
    1B Danny Santana OF, 1B
    2B Mike Moustakas 3B, 2B
    3B Jose Ramirez 3B
    SS Carter Kieboom SS
    2B/SS Garrett Hampson 2B, OF
    1B/3B Hanser Alberto 2B, 3B
    OF Giancarlo Stanton OF
    OF Luis Robert OF
    OF Lorenzo Cain OF
    UTIL Kyle Lewis OF
    Bench Ryan Braun OF
    Bench Tommy Edman 3B, 2B
    Bench Sam Hilliard OF

    PITCHERS
    P Josh Hader RP
    P Kirby Yates RP
    P Edwin Diaz RP
    P Carlos Carrasco SP, RP
    P James Paxton SP
    P Lance Lynn SP
    Bench Andrew Heaney SP
    Bench Corbin Burnes SP

    • Cram It says:
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      It looks like you had 2 picks in the first 4 rounds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks fine, if a little light on OPS and you have no pitching — looks like you’re going with a strategy, so hopefully it works

    • The Harrow says:
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      cram’s right, you went well over (i mean under in number) ADP in probably quite a few spots to have those hitters, and those pitchers in a 12’er. it looks like stanton was yr 2nd round pick (i love stanton, and he’s going like 72nd overall or some silly b.s.). went closer/closer probably at around pick 45-60 (and diaz ain’t that cheap either for the 3rd one). unless you have an unusually small innings cap i’d dump some BN hitters for SP (keep edman over beef jerky man alberto).

  54. steve stevenson says:
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    Mixed 5×5, 17 bats, 11 arms, 0 bench, I can add a bat and an arm to replace IL guys, pick one of each:

    bats: Braun, Eaton, K. Lewis, Madrigal
    arms: Yarbrough, SAGNOF (W. Davis or one of the SF guys) or a MR for ratios (D. Castillo, Karinchak, Buttrey to cuff my Robles, or Pagan)

    FWIW I should be about middle of the pack in SV with my current roster and my SP are Rico Suave.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs…Braun is safest, Madrigal is stash, Lewis is sexiest
      Yarbrough

  55. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Sal Perez or Kiner-Falefa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

    • The Harrow says:
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      this isn’t close, salvy. all those “but but falafel man hit all those spring training HR’s” (after minor and major league career of nearly none), salvy pretty sure just HR’d in back to back summer camp games within the last 3 days or so. not that i care about those, but every damn one of these falafel man guys love to use that stuff (as they have nothing else TO use). the ONLY true and positive thing about falafel man is you’d have a starting 3B with catcher elig, so less off days. however, if yr in a more ratio based situation like say OPS, falafel man will bring those down even more FROM that those extra at bats. plus salvy (along with molina) basically never gets any off days anyway, he’s like the safest floor catcher there is from those.

  56. rhodyballer says:
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    Flier on Burnes, Lucchessi or Civale?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burnes

  57. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for answering my question above! I have Andujar as a UTIL, and Lucchesi at the end of my rotation. I was thinking of replacing one or both of them to bolster my bats, or hold?

    C: Garver
    1B: Olson
    2B: Villar
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Bogaerts
    CI: Austin Riley
    MI: Brandon Lowe
    OF: Acuna
    OF: Harper
    OF: JD Martinez
    OF: Kyle Lewis
    UTIL: Willie Calhoun,
    UTIL: Miguel Andujar
    BENCH: Christian Walker
    IL: Hunter Dozier, Yordan Alvarez
    NA: Madrigal

    SP: Giolito, Darvish, Lamet, Wheeler, Houser, Heaney, L. Weaver, Lucchesi
    RP: Jansen, Kimbrel, Kennedy, Melancon
    IL: Odorizzi

    Available Bats:
    -Arraez
    -Gardner
    -Renato Nunez
    -Tapia
    -Brian Anderson
    -Trent Grisham
    -Jon Berti
    -Michael Chavis
    -Nick Solak

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grisham and Nunez

  58. DLev45 says:
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    12 team 5×5 Roto (6 keepers)

    C – Vazquez
    1B – Olson
    2B – Biggio
    SS – Baez
    3B – Chapman
    OF – JD Martinez
    OF – Laureano
    OF – Conforto
    UT – Ohtani
    UT – Mallex
    BN – Happ
    BN – Willie Calhoun
    IL – Dozier
    NA – Madrigal

    SP – Cole
    SP – Buehler
    SP – Clevinger
    SP – Stripling
    SP – Ray
    SP – Urias
    SP – May
    SP – Gore
    SP – Pearson

    RP – Jansen
    RP – Kintzler
    RP – Wade Davis

    Would you make a move to add Pressly, Watson, or Crick to chase some Saves?

    RP is my weakest spot, and having a hard time deciding if I want to ditch one of the SPs. Would think May based on the roster news, but he seems too good to drop for a rent-a-closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Watson

      I’d lose Gore before May, or even Davis

  59. The Harrow says:
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    mahle time bitches! desclafani has a “mild right teres major strain” bye bye wacha in NL only

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice for Mahle!

    • The Harrow says:
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      so desclafani is the “very model of a mild/major general” here. sounds oxymoronic here.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

  60. Curious George says:
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    Thoughts on Andres Giménez for 2020? Mets gave promoted him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, bench role, right?

      • Curious George says:
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        Hadn’t seen specifics. If he were in an everyday role?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, if

  61. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    First start or bench question of the new season.

    Would you start Johnny Cueto in LA tonight. I am thinking NO..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  62. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I’m curious as to what your ‘Perts league team looks like. Got a link?

  63. Bonk says:
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    Hill (MIN) vs. Keuchel (@CHW)
    or
    Velasquez (@PHI) vs. Urena (MIA)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Either really, I think Vince, but would check SON

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

    I am in the same boat – we only have two IL spots in this league and I just watched Dozier get COVID, Stroman and Odorizzi go down and I already had Kela on the IL. I’m assuming I hold on to Stro for the time being but it’s difficult with only two IL spots.

    For a last-roster-spot-dart-throw do I go with Cespedes or Riley? Cain and Shogo are there too but I have a lot of speed.
    Team: Sano, Muncy, Bregs, Lindo, Springer, Ozuna, Franmil, Mondesi, Bichette
    BN: Mcneil, Mercado, Cespedes IL: Dozier

    Thanks!!!

    • detroit696969 says:
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      I have another league where I have Khris Davis as my last roster spot. Davis over Riley? Or drop a guy like Pressly for riley in a SV + Hld league where I have 5 relievers including Pressly. Thanks again!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d go Riley — Can lose Pressly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley or Yo is close, prolly Riley

      Lose Stroman

      • detroit696969 says:
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        Time to grab a blanket and throw on some Sarah Mclachlan for one of my favorite pitchers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  65. Bonk says:
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    Hill vs. Keuchel @CHW
    or
    Velasquez vs. Urena @PHI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  66. Trader says:
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    Burnes starting Saturday vs Cubs and Darvish. That was fast!

    Best stash (short term): Stroman, Uquidy, Odorizzi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odorizzi

  67. bbmedic3195 says:
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    Marcus’s calf blowing like a Stroman Candle made me laugh and cry at the same time as I was hoping he would anchor the back of my rotation. Now Im stuck with making the tough call as to the likes of Framber Valdez, Elieser Hernandez or Yusiel Kikuchi. Any advice for this less than ideal situation would be great. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Framber, easy call

  68. Skufer says:
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    Got offered Jorge Polanco for my Jeff McNeil. I don’t have a SS so I kind of have to take this deal, right ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  69. Gigorilla says:
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    Grey — please ask Donkey Teeth if his name is from a Supernatural episode 9/16 from 2014.

    Then you could call him the ‘First Blade’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he took it from Key and Peele

      • Gigorilla says:
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        Thanks, just looked it up. Scary funny.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  70. herschel says:
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    @Grey: sagnof week 1, who do you like better? britton (3 @ was) or pressly (3 vs sea)? happy opening day (finally)!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Britton

  71. NUX says:
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    Ugh Juan soto just tested positive :/

  72. detroit696969 says:
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    JUAN SOTO GETS COVID

    JUAN COV-OTO

    NOOOOOOOOO :'( that one hurts me bad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  73. rhodyballer says:
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    Watson or Kitzler for SAGNOF?

    • rhodyballer says:
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      Or Helsey?

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        helsley ain’t closer now, for sure (at least to start)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Watson

  74. whitt23 says:
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    Opening day trade offer. My Laureano, L Hendricks, H Alberto for his Castellanos, Plesac. I have Rogers, Kimbrel, Pressly (for a couple weeks at least) as closers as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  75. stevie says:
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    Arrgh! The covid got Sexy Dr. Pepper! This year is gonna be funky

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        What’s the correct most PC way to handle news like this?

        Step 1 – Hope he’s ok
        Step 2- Check all my rosters for shares of Less Sexy Dr. Pepper
        Step 3 – No Shares
        Step 4 – Do a Jig
        Step 5 – Remind self that most important thing is it isn’t serious for him
        Step 6 – Jump in air and click heels together

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just did Step 2 and I have him in Tout — oh well, that team feels doomed anyway

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Was that the Matz is my ace team?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hey, welcome aboard!

  76. erad says:
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    For real baseball (and real life) COVID is terrible – but for fantasy purposes, I almost welcome this newfound chaos.

    Embrace it bb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, may as well

  77. We made it! Dodgers vs Giants tonight! I’ll take whatever we get, let’s play ball!
    What a long, strange trip it’s been.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same, same!

  78. Russ says:
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    Whats up Grey,
    12 Team Roto 6×6 OBP, sv and holds separate cats
    What do you think?

    C – O. Navarez
    1B – P. Alonzo
    2B – E. Escobar
    3B – J. Ramirez
    SS – A. Mondesi
    MI – T. Anderson
    CI – J. Donaldson
    OF – C. Bellinger
    OF – J.D. Davis
    OF – A. Hicks
    OF – A. Verdugo
    OF – M. Cahna
    UTL – N. Cruz
    BN – Shogo

    SP – Darvish
    SP – S. Gray
    SP – Lynn
    SP – Gallen
    SP – Musgrove
    SP – R. Hill
    CL -Melancon
    CL – Kintzler
    HD – D. Castillo
    HD – S. Lugo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love the pitching…Great staff…Hitting looks okay, but low on OBP

      • Russ says:
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        Typo on my part, I meant OPS, does that change your outlook on the team?

  79. letsgobravos says:
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    FMFBL…drafted Soto 9th overall in a roto draft. Odds of winning this league just went down by about 75%.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto fell to 179th overall in our projections

      • Dave D says:
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        Ouch! And here I was feeling sorry for myself regarding Tom Murphy… maybe EdRod can add to my woes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Dave D says:
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            I don’t think I’m brave enough to replace EdRod with [email protected] I think he’s -$22 on streamonator. Kinda confirms my fears for him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yikes

              • Dave D says:
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                It actually increased to -$33!!! I’m not sure what to think since he’s 18 months post TJS and they’re making him their #2.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I’m not sure SON knows either tbh — lots of unknown there

      • letsgobravos says:
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        Brutal. This is the 4th year in a row my 1st round pick will be a complete bust and this time, it happened before the first pitch of the year. Unreal bad luck.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, effin’ sucks

          • Dave D says:
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            It Eflin sucks

  80. PK says:
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    Happy Re-Opening Day, Grey!

    Just wanted to drop a note of appreciation for you. With everything so unpredictable right now, it’s reassuring to know that your witty analysis is waiting for me every weekday when I wake up. Keep up the fantastic work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate you!

    • Sandman says:
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      I fully second this. Your writing is important to a lot of people. Keep up the good fight.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks!

        • johnnyhobbes says:
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          I third this!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks!

  81. Cohen says:
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    Grey, please pick two best streamers?
    SON like them all
    VV at home vs Mia
    P.Lopez at home vs Balt
    Houser at Pitt
    E.Hernandez at home vs Balt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Houser, Lopez

  82. Omar says:
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    Weekly Standard + OPS: pick one to replace Soto (essentially bench bat):

    Austin Hays
    Kyle Lewis
    Riley
    Hilliard
    Canha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hays

  83. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I need your help. I put in a bid for Buster Posey, and awaiting for him to comer off the WW. Also, I have 4 guys on the IL because of the Covid-19 (Freeman, Gallego, Will Smith, and I think Yordan Alvarez). I just brought up the kid from SD Olivares, currently i have 42 active players. If I get Posey i will have 43. If I activate the 4 it will put 2 over the roster limit so I need to make room for them by dropping 2 players and not sure who to drop these are my choices on my team:

    Fulmer
    Wacha
    Profar

    I am leaning towards the 2 SP. What are your thoughts? please advise

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      Grey what’s up man….

      With the puk injury , my life got easy on which arm to drop for a Catcher to finally pick up. Now the I only have the odious task of picking up a catcher …. In points league who do suggest..
      Sean Murphy
      Francisco Mejia
      I. Kinser-Falefa
      Danny Jansen

      Thank you!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hey, good to see you!

        Murphy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Posey opted out this year

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        i know. I can protect him for next year. So what do you think?

        • Scott Kimmel says:
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          which two of the three?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            in fact let me re do the list. Pick two of the 4 to throw back

            Fullmer
            Wacha
            Profar
            Kahnle

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Fulmer, Kahnle

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he’s next to worthless

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            i can withdraw the bid on Posey ($6)

  84. YC says:
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    Hey Grey-I hope this finds you well. I need to choose 2 OF out of the following 4 for the week 1 ESPN lock which is 11 days long:
    K Lewis
    I Happ
    Akiyama
    Sam Hilliard

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ, Lewis

  85. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Grey what’s up man….

    With the puk injury , my life got easy on which arm to drop for a Catcher to finally pick up. Now the I only have the odious task of picking up a catcher …. In points league who do suggest..
    Sean Murphy
    Francisco Mejia
    I. Kinser-Falefa
    Danny Jansen

    Thank you!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, good to see you!

      Murphy

  86. Whirlaway says:
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    Grey! hope all is well.

    10 Team h2h with OBP and SLG league. Can you rank top three of these for UTIL:

    Grisham, Riely, Hays, Happ, Calhoun, Biggio, C. Walker, D. Peralta, C Taylor

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker, Peralta, Willie

  87. Hot cakes says:
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    Is Juan soto worth drafting after pick 100 in a standard league? Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think he fell to 179 in Rudy’s ranks

  88. Jr says:
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    It’s here! It’s here! Finally get some baseball!

    10 team h2h dynasty league. Know you don’t like Goldy and blackmon and they’re two of my older players. I’m not in it this year, but what would you be looking for in a trade for them? The sale/syndergaard owner is running Vogelbach at 1B so might be able to get some future pitching from him. My top 3 arms are Ray, Edrod, and Lamet.

    I know my roster is a lot of guys you don’t like, but things went south fast.

    C – Jansen
    1b- goldy
    2b – Altuve
    3b – machado
    Ss – Baez
    Of – blackmon, franmil, Tucker
    Util – Hoskins
    BN/IL/prospects- Sano, Riley, Kendrick, h. Dozier, Franco, bohm, rutschman, brujan

    So- edrod; ray, lamet, Weaver, Marquez, Wright, lucchesi, manaea,
    IL/prospects – tailllon, mize, Hunter green, honeywell, DeSclafani, rodon

    So my pitching is a disaster, hitting not much better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, you know I don’t like these guys, but you drafted them? The pitching looks very risky and your hitting looks like it has some holes, but you know this

      • Jr says:
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        It’s a dynasty league. So I’ve had altuve, blackmon, Goldy etc. for years now. Typically 20-25 guys, including minor leaguers, are kept every year, so not a ton of turnover.

        Thoughts on trading them for prospects or those injured starters?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha…Yeah, I’d start to move on to younger players — Honeywell and DeSclafani are not useful at all, Green is maybe, but barely

  89. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Thoughts on 16 team playoffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Might cause more teams to coast in Sept., which isn’t great for fantasy

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Agreed. Smart minds think alike..

  90. Play Ball says:
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    I have a spot open now that Soto is on COVID-IL.

    I was going to fill his position with Luis Robert or move Belli to OF and trade Robert for Vlad who will have 1B eligibility in 5 games (Yahoo). Good move or no?

    For FA which of these would you grab while Soto is out?

    J.D. Davis (3B/OF)
    Lourdes (2B/OF)
    Yuli (1B/3B)
    Howie Kendrick (1B, 2B, 3B)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Vlad too

      • Play Ball says:
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        Sano or Vlad?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vlad

  91. Steverino says:
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    My H2H opponent has Soto. Not sure how to feel.

    Sanguine is probably best. Could easily be one of my guys next…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  92. The Harrow says:
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    yikes, WAS waits till today to say soto even has corona. that or he just like yesterday flunked a test after negativing the others. got freeman in one spot soto is in too, that could’ve turned out badly. a 16 teamer too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • The Harrow says:
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        he must’ve flunked a last night or this morning test, pretty sure week or more ago he had it too (or complications of getting answer to a test). but then played just fine for a while after that.

        • Grey

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          Not sure how he didn’t come in contact anyone on the Nats in the last few days, but here’s hoping

          • The Harrow says:
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            yeah, when they were playing together most of those days. my guess is once you get this you can always just test positive again later, it would explain a whole lot. and you likely never had any reason to even know you had this. this probably is just how this disease works. so it’s really not good for jobs that require negative tests AND test you again later, often.

            • The Harrow says:
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              that in fact would jibe with how common flus work too, they are always “in” basically everybody; and almost always there’s no symptoms.

              • The Harrow says:
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                remember they’ve only even HAD a test for this thing for 6-7 months max, so not much time to quality control it. would also explain how people are:
                1. testing postive
                2. 2 days later testing negative
                3. 2-5 days later testing positive again
                4. some days later negative again, maybe 1 day later

                all 3 with no symptoms. the actually cool thing us non experts is we’d probably never learn these things EXCEPT for seeing the sports players go through this stuff. WYSIATI (unless you can find accurate data elsewhere, which i don’t know where to do)

        • hondo says:
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          It was from Tuesday,

  93. RoarOf84 says:
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    Who you picking up as a Soto replacement? Brian Anderson, Grisham, Pollock, or Riley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley

  94. mets3145 says:
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    Will Smith is only gonna play 3 out of 5 games to start the season… sigh…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, don’t buy a catcher

      • mets3145 says:
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        yeeeeeeep – was the last bat drafted until I went with my pitchers – didn’t want to deal with everyone else. At least there’s upside!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      good thing only spot i own him is a deep dynasty with small innings cap such that you should/could use a BN spot for a backup, i got suzuki last night in that one. and in that i got him off WW’s last year didn’t have to pay his this year draft price.

  95. hal_incandenza says:
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    Hello Grey and fellow Razzballers!

    I’m sure you’ve been wondering how Hal’s teams look this year, and when he drafted them. Fortunately, I am Hal and therefore able to provide answers to exactly these things!

    I started this league in 2002, and a couple of long-term owners opted out this year. Those were even pre-pandemic decisions! So we’re scraping by with just 10 teams in a 6×6 Roto with OPS and Holds. We drafted early March to mid-March. Looking at the team feels a bit like opening a time capsule.

    C: Y Grandal
    1B: Pete Alonso
    2B: Brandon Lowe or Ryan McMahon
    3B: Jose Ramirez
    SS: Mondesi
    IF: Matt Olson
    LF: E. Rosario
    CF: Tilldaddy
    RF: McCutchen
    OF: Choo
    Util: Bichette

    Bench
    Brandon Lowe or Ryan McMahon
    David Peralta
    Kingery
    Buxton

    Pitching
    Corbin
    Giolito
    Lynn
    Ryu
    Gallen

    A. Chapman (IL)
    Edwin Diaz
    Neris
    Doolittle
    D. Castillo
    Daniel Hudson
    Blake Treinen
    Andrew Miller

    I currently have an open roster spot with Aroldis to the IL. Suggestions on who to add? Obvious drops? I realize you have no idea who is available in my league unless I state more. More: Rich Hill, Crick, Givens, Stripling, Kyle Lewis. Top %ROST bats that are FAs: Lux, Gregorius, Hicks, Hosmer, Odor, Renfroe, Cespedes. Obviously not the deepest league so there may be others that are “hot” at Razz that could be looked over in a 10-teamer.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That team is “hot,” Hal. Very “hot!” I enjoyed looking at it, and glad you shared…. No lose Treinen or Miller, add Hill hold on the rest and McMahon over Lowe since he’s been hitting well in camp

  96. Licketty Splits says:
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    Completed my last draft of the year last night & maybe my best (IMHO). It was a Fantrax 12 team best ball points league with 40 picks …but every player is assigned a position so no multi-positional players …which would be so handy in these Covid times.
    I feel really good about the team overall …some real values fell to me (I think).
    Anyhoo here’s what I ended up with:
    C Vasquez (242), Suzuki (386)
    1B Olson (47), Walker (218)
    2B Lowe (170), Odor (287), Cano (314), Madigral (383) just missed my target a couple of time but then saw
    value at the end
    3B Chapman(98), Shaw (311), Bote (455)
    SS Tatis (26), Didi (167), Camargo (479)
    OF Acuna (2), Jimenez (50), Robert (95), Laureano (119), Mercado( 146) Love this starting 5 if they stay healthy
    Carlson (266), Adell (335), Keirmaier (362) Puig(407), Jose Martinez (431) went mostly upside with backups
    SP Clevinger (23), Woodruff(74), Pearson (122), Wood (194), Houser(239), Burnes(263), Howard(338),
    Kikichi(359), F Peralta(410), Lyles(434), Urena(458)
    RP Yates(71), Chapman(143), Anderson(191), Robles(215), Melancon (311) seemed Chapman was way devalued
    over Covid
    I think I should’ve taken at least one less OF & one less 2B & maybe added a C, 1B or some MRs. But i’d very much would like your evaluation of this team or anyone else wanting to chime in. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the team, Licketty! I think your OF is fine, and your hitting looks good overall…Maybe a little weakish at 3B, but I love Chapman — pitching looks solid too! I like this team a lot!

  97. slew says:
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    Appreciate the Razz.
    Wise man once said, you put the men in mensch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  98. FrankGrimes says:
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    Kershaw to IL with back stif…..er covid!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Giancarlo!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My baby boy!

  99. jason batteiger says:
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    wow, LAD never had ANY indication kershaw had any issue at all, pretty sure, albeit i don’t own him anywhere, so this is good for may, stripling and later probably gonsolin too (do have HIM in one deep dynasty stashed). maybe even graterol too eventually. or m.white. is everybody turning into the mess here with these medical teams? or did kershaw just hide this for the entire summer camp? obv could be both, or kershaw underplayed it massively (so much that he never even had a DTD)

    • jason batteiger says:
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      sorry, yeah once a back issue always a back issue for rest of his life, could always just flare up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly had it for whole camp

      • jason batteiger says:
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        of course, pulled the old wainwrong (who pretended he was healthy for 3-4 str training camps when he wasn’t back when his contract was still huge, and as “team captain” one spring training about 6 other STL players did it) on it. this ain’t working at UPS to feed your 7 kids, “pushing through it” ain’t a good thing. it makes you a worse player results-wise, and screws over your team. the guys playing for their contracts/jobs i get why they might do it, but he’s not in that boat (neither was wainwrong for those 3-4 years)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  100. Steverino says:
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    At least we can chuckle at anyone who drafted Kershaw in defiance of Razzball policy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  101. Rick Brown says:
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    Just heard Kershaw to DL with back stiffness.Dustin May starts tonite.
    RICK

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’t get it RICK

      • mets3145 says:
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        I was gonna run to pick May up as well, but i don’t even know if he’ll even get to 5 innings

  102. Cohen says:
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    Grey, while i wait for Madrigal whos the pick up among these 2B?
    I assume Peraza
    Peraza
    Profar
    Alberto
    Cabrera
    A.Frazier
    Long

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza

  103. Chin Music and Astros says:
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    Streaming a hitter today after Soto went down.

    Do I go with Howie against Cole or Justin Turner against SF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner

    • The Harrow says:
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      oh baby i wish i had those choices, i have kike/pence. and i don’t even know if pence is playing yet. in another soto spot i ONLY have pence.

      • The Harrow says:
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        well that kike over pence decision went well. only existed since wong had a flag in fantrax. would’ve went suzuki over him (did already nab him with moving soto to DL slot too)

  104. The Harrow says:
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    soto’s already testing negative (from a testing place that doesn’t count as “official” MLB ones). so this might not be long at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully

    • Cram It says:
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      The rapid tests are reportedly pretty unreliable. Abbott’s and the antigen test have been proven to be inaccurate. It’s all a crapshoot, basically.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

  105. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Wittgren or Buttrey in an AL only keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wittgren

  106. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Gee, so glad that I lost all three of my Stanton shares…

    It’s so weird watching them play in an empty stadium

  107. letsgobravos says:
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    Stanton takes a little of the sting off losing Soto with the first homer of the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LFG!

  108. Cram It says:
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    I can’t tell if the pumped in crowd noise is just for the broadcast or actually in the stadium over the PA. I’m also a few scotches deep so I could be hearing things. Yeah baseball!

    • mets3145 says:
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      Starlin Castro and Howie Kendrick as your 3 and 4 hitters would make me want to down some scotch too

      • Cram It says:
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        Bodes well for the Mets and I don’t own any Nats hitters so this is all good.

        • mets3145 says:
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          I’m a little scared as my team is heavy on California players (LAD, SD, OAK)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            It doesn’t rain in California so you good

            • mets3145 says:
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              oh not referring to rain, but the rona

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s stadium PA

  109. Curious George says:
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    Ugh. IL hit me hard today. Hanser Alberto or Cano for just this first 10 days?

    • Curious George says:
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      Or peraza

      • Cram It says:
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        Peraza

  110. mets3145 says:
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    within the first game of the season, we had a player a test positive for the rona and a rain delay… i wonder how they’ll deal with rain outs during this 60 game sprint… if it’s the last day of the series, do they just skip the game? there’s no time to reschedule

  111. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    In an NL only keeper could you rank Cespedes, Alex Dickerson and Olivares?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yo, Olivares

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        So Grey, there’s no bench in this league. We’ve got to play the guy every day. Does that change your opinion?

        • Cram It says:
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          Make sure you emphasize that it’s a keeper league when you ask the third time. *Burn*

          • Schmohawks Bob says:
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            I did say it was a keeper in the original question. It was actually two questions, not three.

        • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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          cespedes unless don’t care about competing, from the at bats. but let’s get those keeper details, if it’s like a keep 6 none of this matters and just go cespedes.

  112. BriPhx says:
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    HI Grey!
    I’m in a 5×5 10 team yahoo league that autodrafted for all the teams. just wondering your thoughts on my team and also one of the mgrs is interested in trading for my Zac Gallen and Mallex Smith. Not sure if I should ask for his Ross Stripling and Adrian Houser? Should I stick with what I have? I feel he would get the better end of the deal if I were to ask for those guys in return. Thank you sir!

    C) JT Realmuto
    1B) Yasmani Grandal
    2B)K Hiura
    3B)M. Moustakas
    SS) J. Baez
    IF)Corey Seager
    OF)Mallex Smith
    OF)V Robles
    OF)R Laureano
    Utl) K Schwarber

    SP) G Cole
    SP)M. Clevinger
    SP)Z. Gallen
    SP)M. Fried
    SP) K Maeda
    SP) K Maeda
    RP) K. Yates
    RP)R. Pressley
    P) J. Musgrove

    BN)D. Peralta // Carlos Martinez Stl (RP), have 3 more open spots on my bench.

    IL) J. Soto (OF), Will Smith (RP), Jose Urquidy (SP)

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