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Yesterday, Matt Olson went 1-for-2, 2 RBIs with his 18th homer, hitting .273, all in only 49 games, and seven homers in his last ten games.  Dizzamn, who is he the American League’s Rhysus?  I’d call him Olsonus, but that sounds stupid.  We’re ridin’ the Ols-mobile?  That’s better (not)!  Like me after Taco Bell, he is Olplosive (much worse!).  I hear the train a comin’ rollin’ round the bend!  I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when!  Well I’m stuck with Matt Olson and time keeps dragging on!  While a train keeps a rollin’ like Olson to San Antone!  Well when I was just a baby my mama told me Olson, Olson, OLSON!  Always be a good boy don’t ever play with guns (flexes, showing gun show).  Well I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die, not OLSON!  When I hear that whistle blowin’ I hang my head and I cry because I don’t have OLSON!  Whew, that was exhausting.  So, obviously, if you need power, you should grab Olsonus, and ride the Ols-mobile.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Doug Fister – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.40, and his first bad start since July.  Ouch.  He really pulled the rug out from under us.  For a Fister, I can only imagine what rug he’s pulling out from under us. *shudders*

Lucas Giolito – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.56.  The good news?  Everything besides the bad news.  The bad news?  3 walks to 3 Ks in this game, 7 .4 K/9 to 3.1 BB/9 in his 31 2/3 IP, and his velocity is down from last year.  He still throws ‘hard enough,’ so less concerned with that last bit of bad news.  Finally, Stream-o-Nator couldn’t dislike his next start in Houston any more, but, I will say this, if the Astros clinch right before the start, it could be a stream.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-5, 1 run and his 11th steal, hitting near-.400 in the last week with four steals and one homer.  Yo, Tim Anderson is winning me leagues right now.  That won’t be forgotten in the offseason.  Also, Halp and I heap praise on Anderson in this week’s podcast.

Scott Alexander – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and the loss.  Mean’s while, Kelvin Herrera (1 IP, 0 ER) pitched the 8th and looked like fire.  Excuse me, he looked like 1800 degrees Kelvin.

Bryce Harper – Did some light running yesterday.  He has knee and calf issues and he’s running on lights?!  Oh!  My b.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 2.59.  Hopefully he’s healthy — hopealthy? — but not a ton of hopealthy coming from me for Scherzer because I don’t own him.  Yes, this is all about me.

Luiz Gohara – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 6.30, but only thru two starts, so it’s kinda irrelevant.  Gohara gets the Nats again at home, and, while it’s not recommended highly, the Nats might still be coasting to the playoffs.  By the way, doesn’t Luiz Gohara sound like a character actor that would’ve been in Casablanca?  No?  Okay, maybe it’s me.

Matt Harvey – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA 6.14.  Looks to be in midseason form, because, ya know, at the midseason point, he was throwing softballs to a catcher in Florida trying to see if his elbow still bent the right way.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer.  About the fifth time in the last four days I’ve told you to grab him.  Schmotato, snitches!

Javier Baez – 4-for-5, 3 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .274.  Not a bad year for Baez.  Maybe some day one of us will get to ask Maddon why he insists on batting Zobrist leadoff all year.  My guess there will be some ‘intangible’ answer.

Kris Bryant – 3-for-5, 4 runs, hitting .289.  Of course, the Cubs scored 17 runs and Bryant recorded zero RBIs.  This has to be one of the more bizarre years ever.  I get it; he’s batting 2nd, but DJ LeMahieu has more RBIs batting 2nd than Bryant does.

Albert Almora Jr. – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 6 RBIs and his 7th homer.  However, he came in as a pinch hitter, and doesn’t play every day, because the Cubs have 12 weapons and eight spots in the lineup.

Dan Straily – 6 IP, 8 ER, ERA up to 4.24.  Shame how bad his ERA’s gonna look–Well, not as bad as 75% of other pitchers, but bad for how well Straily has pitched if you’ve used him right.  As in, at home.  This start was especially mangled by Mattingly.  Hey, that’s his new name, Don Mangley.  Don Mangley should’ve never let him pitch the 6th inning when Straily was on fumes and with the 40-man roster.

Aaron Nola – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.60.  Like after Katrina, we’re going back in on Nola, right?  Yeah, you should be.  Whatever issues he was having seem to be behind him.

Odubel Herrera – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .292, and 2nd day in a row I’ve mentioned him for hitting well, so ODB is hot like Mariah.

Rhys Hoskins – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .310.  That’s 17 homers in 33 games.  Ya know, the ol’ 85 homer pace.  I hope they don’t check Rhysus for PEDs, because there might be problems when they see his blood is wine.  PEDs Tester swirls Rhysus’ blood, “Hmm…Is this a Cabernet from Trader Joe’s?”

Mike Zunino – 2-for-2 and his 22nd and 23rd homer.  Welington why?!  Uh-oh Chirinos what?!  Who’s Zunino’ing who now?

Jean Segura – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 2nd homer in four games.  Happy to see him start to pick up his hitting for his owners.  Though, I kinda wish he would’ve taken September off too, so he would’ve came at more of a discount next March.

Mitch Haniger – 2-for-5, 1 run.  Mitch don’t kill my vibe!  Seriously, he doesn’t.

Mike Leake – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.41 on the M’s and 4.01 overall.  He feels like the type that will pitch until he’s 40, right?  Any hoo!  He’s got a favorable next start, according to the Stream-o-Nator.

Tyler Glasnow – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  I’m just going to put my Fanta down on the counter and use the bathroom in this lovely Afghani bar.  *five hours later*  Hey, why are you hanging that lamb kidney over the furnace to dry?  Wait, that’s not a lamb kidney?!  That’s MINE!!!  AH!!!  ROOFIE!!!  Technically, I didn’t like this start, so I’m not holding it against him, but this has killed any confidence I had in him.

Chase Anderson – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at…Go ahead guess.  Please!  You’ll never guess!  This mothereffer’s ERA is 2.88!

Eric Thames – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  It was never the Reds.  It was teams near the Allegheny!  Of course!

Patrick Corbin – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.06.  Bunch of people asking if they should start Corbin yesterday.  Here’s a hint.  On our 30-day Player Rater for pitchers, there’s a top 20.  You should likely start all of them because of how well they’re going.

A.J. Pollock – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Okay, but if you count all the foul pop-ups behind home plate that this Pollock counted as homers, he’s got thirty of them.

Yu Darvish – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.08.  Hey, Yu, must’ve found his Taye Diggs in Jamaica!  About time.

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 37th homer.  He might get to 40 homers, and he missed a month of games.  It’s all about the Cody Launchangler, baby!

Lance McCullers – Skipped with arm fatigue.  Unless he’s wearing a camouflage sleeve and they mean he’s wearing fatigues, I’ve lost all hope for him this year.  In my redraft league, I dropped him, while pouring out a little bit of my protein shake.

Luis Valbuena – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, and 2nd home run in three games.  Without even looking, I promise you after his last home run I said he’d hit another homer in the next three games.  And that’s me prolly quoting me!

Tyler Skaggs – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.37.  What he’s done this season is remarkable.  Sorry, I was watching MasterChef, and was channeling Gordon Ramsay.  Yeah, Skaggs hasn’t been remarkable so far, but that doesn’t matter.  All that matters is black lives and what the Stream-o-Nator says.

Kevin Gausman – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.83 vs. Marcus Stroman – 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.08.  This matchup was Gausmano a Stromano.  No holds barred, literally O’Day got a Hold.  For those wondering where they went wrong in life that they didn’t start Gausman, you can’t start him right now.  He could easily have a 3 IP, 5 ER as easily as what he did.  As for Stroman, well, he’s been butter all yeah with the -er.

Jedd Gyorko – Was activated from the DL, but might still be dealing with his hamstring strain, and used as a bench bat.  If you’re wondering, he has the same number of RBIs on the year as Kris Bryant.

Tyler Mahle – 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.70.  Not bragging when I say this, but I should just be posting my moves every day, because I seriously can’t do anything wrong this year.  Listen, I’m a ‘pert, we know this, but I don’t always make the right moves.  This year?  I’ve made very few bad moves.  With that said, I own Mahle in one league where I’m winning by 20+ points, and his next start isn’t awful.

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .270.  This here, in deep leagues, is the kind of guy that wins you leagues.  Not those flyers on J.P. Crawford in March, but old standbys like Eugenio.

Dinelson Lamet – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.15.  I’ll say it for you, sonavabench!  Meh, can’t beat yourself up over it too much.  Ew, who are you, Ted Cruz?!  I said beat yourself up!  Up!  Not off!

Ervin Santana – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.35.  You know the drill by now, right? You know what he’s setting you up for, don’t you?  You’re gonna draft him next year and he’s going to have a 6+ ERA.  Guaranteed.

Eddie Rosario – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games, hitting .292.  Next year, no one’s going to be talking about Rosario.  Betcha five over-the-internet dollars.  I may not even.  By the time I got to the end of this blurb, I’ve already forgotten who I was talking about.

Roberto Perez – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, as the Indians won their American League record best 21st straight game.  The Indians’ winning streak is all that’s great with America — winning and calling a minority group something they don’t want to be called.

Mike Clevinger – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.21.  When they make the movie about this Indians’ winning streak, you know who they should get to play Clevinger?  Noah Syndergaard.  What, he’s done some Game of Thrones work.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 34th homer.  When he homered yesterday, Indians fans had more than 140 characters’ worth of praise to heap on him:  “best acquisition by playoff bound team,” “Bruce was just what this club needed,” and “I’m having a baby with Kenny Lofton and we’re gonna name him, ‘Bruce.'”  How many homers does Bruce have with the Indians since the August 9th trade?  Five, as he hits .253 for them.  If that’s filing a hole, I think there’s a vacuum there continually emptying it.

Chris Archer – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.06, as he returned from forearm tightness, and looks 100% out of a 1000%.  Weird, because “Archer back” sounds so erotic, but he was so not there.  The Rays should shut him down, but, even if they don’t, I’d have to be up a shizz creek to start Archer again this year.

Kevin Kiermaier – 2-for-5 and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Get in while the gettin’s good, as they say in places where ‘gettin’ is every third word.

Jaime Garcia – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, and pulled after 78 pitches while the Yankees had the lead.  Windoh!  On the reals, one thing scorekeepers don’t do enough is just give the win to the best relief pitcher in the game rather than the guy who leaves after the fifth inning with the lead.  I bet a lot of casual baseball fans don’t even realize this is a rule.  It’s instituted about as much the law that says you can’t take a picture of a rabbit from January through April in Wyoming.  (Real law.)  My guess why is people are real lonely during those months in Wyoming, and they don’t want compromising photos being leaked.

   
  1. Baskets says:
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    Best chance for saves from now till Sunday. Kelvin, Osuna, Maurer, Ziegler??
    ??

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Baskets: zuna or maurer.

  2. chris says:
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    #$%@ Glasnow. He’s dead to me.

  3. goodfold2 says:
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    a guy who i’m playing this week in 1st round playoffs attempted to “curse” my hoskins, as apparently BEFORE yesterday of hoskins’ HR’s 8 of them had come against my opp (bad scheduling luck there of course). so i set a line of .5 HR (roughly his exact HR per game average before yesterday) over/under. hahaha. i didn’t check whether hoskins actually had 8 HR in the ONE week my opp played me weeks ago, but it could be true. up to 9 now against just this guy.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: and WTF kind of research do you have to be doing to know that wyoming rabbit picture law? i’m not making fun, i loved that picture a few weeks back of the young asian supposedly homeless (but their shirts looked brand new from goodwill, and clean, like mine) kids huffing glue giving the finger.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: Haha, I was looking up something about arcane laws…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: We all owe that Hoskins curser a thanks!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: exactly. hope he keeps on doing it if he thinks anything he says influences hoskins for this week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  4. Cannot spell wrong without Ron says:
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    Who is the best choice for my last start this week. H2H points:

    Woodruff @ Miami,

    Ryu @ Wash.

    Or drop one of these guys for Cashner home vs. Seattle. If so who is the drop?

    Thanks for your input.

      • Cannot spell wrong without Ron says:
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        @bossmanjunior333:

        I picked Woodruff up for his last start and that was worth minus 5 points in our league. That is why I’m hesitant on using him. I like him better than Ryu but Cashner has been very solid, 8 of his 10 second half starts have been quality starts and he is the only one at home.

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Haha those Fister and Rhys blurbs!

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!!!

    Great write-up. You seem to be also in mid-season form just like Harvey only your mid-season form is bench-pressing 500-lb, right?

    a. On Thames, I did a little analysis.

    He’s hit 17/30 HRs versus teams with red uniforms (CIN (10), STL (5), WAS (1) and BOS (1); 4/30 versus teams with orange uniforms (SF (1), MIA (1), BAL (2); 3/30 versus teams with yellow uniforms (PIT); and 6/30 versus teams with blue uniforms (CHC (1), COL (1), NYM (1), LAD (1), SD (2)). If you accept that red, orange and yellow are more or less in the same range / wavelength that’s 24/30 (80%) hit against teams with red, orange and yellow colors.

    Also, 19/30 were at home and 11/30 on the road.

    So, in short and as always, you are right! Thames mostly hits homers off teams with red-orange-yellow uniforms.

    b. I told you a couple of days ago I was in the WAT (West Africa time zone). Correction, I’m in the WCT (West Central African timezone!!!). Didn’t know that was a thing.

    c. Rambo quote for September 14 (from Rambo I (First Blood)), from the week of May 22 when the word ‘first blood’ was used in the movie.

    Sheriff: ‘- That’s him, get on it.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘- Rambo. Are you alright? Over.’

    Rambo: ‘Baker team, they’re all dead, Sir.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Not Delmare Berry, he made it.’

    Rambo: ‘Berry’s gone too, Sir.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘How?’

    Rambo: ‘Got himself killed in Nam…Didn’t even know it. Cancer ate him down to the bone.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t know.’

    Rambo: ‘I’m the last one, Sir.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘lt’s good to hear your voice, Johnny. It’s been a long time!’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Look, John, you’ve done some damage here, but they don’t want any more trouble.’

    Sheriff: ‘He’s north-west!’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘That’s why I’ve come. I’m gonna come in and fly you the hell out. Just you and me. We’ll work this out together. Is that fair enough?’

    Rambo: ‘Where’d you come from, Sir?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Bragg.’

    Rambo: ‘I tried to get in touch with you, but the guys at Bragg never knew where to find you.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Well, I haven’t been spending much time there lately, they’ve got me down in DC. I’m shining a seat with my ass.’

    Rambo: ‘I wish I was back in Bragg now.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘We’ll talk about that when you come in.’

    Rambo: ‘I can’t do that, Sir.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Well, look, John, we can’t have you running around out there, wasting friendly civilians.’

    Rambo: ‘- There are no friendly civilians.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘- I’m your friend, Johnny. I was there with you, knee deep in blood and guts. I covered your ass more than once! Seems like bailing you out of trouble is becoming a lifetime job for me!’

    Rambo: ‘There wouldn’t be no trouble except for that king shit cop!’

    Rambo: ‘All I wanted was something to eat. But the man kept pushin’, Sir.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Well, you did some pushin’ on your own, John!’

    Rambo: ‘They drew first blood, not me.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Look Johnny… Let me come in, and get you the hell outta there.’

    Rambo: ‘They drew first blood…’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Rambo! Are you still reading me? Company leader to Raven! Rambo, acknowledge!’

    Sheriff: ‘He’s all finished, Colonel! We’ve got a real good fix on him now. Come first light, I’m gonna put every man I got upon that ridge. Then we’ll get him my way!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Now that we know the uniform color HR percentage distribution, the next question is what is the percentage distribution of Thames’ games (heh, it rhymes!) against each color uniform. If it turned out that 82% of his games are against teams with red/orange/yellow uniforms, then he is actually *less* likely to hit a HR against those teams than against other colors!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @LenFuego: LenFuego!

        It’s a little bit tricky I guess because there is a difference between road and home uniforms. But putting that difference aside.

        This is the breakdown of the 105 games Thames has appeared in.

        ATL 6 gm – 0 HRs
        AZ 6 gm – 0 HRs
        BAL 2 gm – 2 HRs
        BOS 3 gm – 1 HR
        CHC 8 gm – 1 HR
        CIN 15 gm – 10 HRs
        COL 6 gm – 1 HR
        LAD 5 gm – 1 HR
        MIA 2 gm – 1 HR
        MIN 3 gm – 0 HR
        NYM 7 gm – 1 HR
        NYY 2 gm – 0 HR
        PHI 6 gm – 0 HR
        PIT 15 gm – 3 HRs
        SD 4 gm – 1 HR
        SF 6 gm – 1 HR
        STL 14 gm – 5 HRs
        TB 3 gm – 0 HR
        TOR 3 gm – 0 HR
        WAS 4 gm – 1 HR

        So, against teams with red, orange and / or yellow uniforms he hit 24 HRs in 79 games. He hit his remaining 6 HRs in 31 games off teams with blue uniforms. So, Thames is definitely more likely to hit HRs off teams with red-orange-yellow uniforms versus teams with blue uniforms.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Ante GALIC says:
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          @Ante GALIC: LenFuego,

          That’d be 110 games played and not 105. My secretary (aka she doesn’t exist) had the day off.

          Cheers,
          Ante

        • Roger Anderson says:
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          @Ante GALIC: Amazing, and thanks.

        • LenFuego says:
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          @Ante GALIC: Good stuff, Ante!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Ha, nice! We’ll call him Roy G. BIV B. News to me! C. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Btw and after all the analysis, red is really his color. He has hit 17 of his 30 HRs off teams with red uniforms. He has played 54 of 110 games against teams with red uniforms. So the 57% of his HRs he has hit against teams with red uniforms have come in 49% of his games played. Those teams are ATL (0 in 6 gm), BOS (1 in 3 gm), AZ (0 in 6 gm), STL (5 in 14 gm), CIN (10 in 15 gm), PHI (0 in 6 gm) and WAS (1 in 4 gm) for a total of 17 in 54 games.

        So, your powers of observation (as obvious you think they are) are (stutterer) quite on the mark! Well done, again!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, thanks! I was mostly just goofing on the red uniform thing

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            HA! Too bad he couldn’t play all of his games against CIN and BAL!!! He was on pace for 162 HR season versus BAL pitching and 108 HR season versus CIN pitching. Also, the more games he’s played the more HRs he’s hit, although not against PIT. I say to his manager, just let the man hit. This benching stuff probably doesn’t help. Need to check how often MIL won games when he hit a HR and then send to his agent to re-negotiate that 3-year, 15 mil contract with the option in 2020. He’s worth more than 5 mil per annum.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              You should be his agent!

  7. Dancin Homer says:
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    So true on the espn home page…I’d say it’s sad, but it’s really just expected now.

    Im in a battle this week in the playoffs and need to stream one of the below SP’s:

    Tomlin vs. KC
    F-Her @ TEX

    I’m down in: K’s, W’s, & QS (already lost ERA & WHIP).

    Thanks in advance

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Dancin Homer: Hard to bet against a CLE pitcher right now for a W…..

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Dancin Homer: Bad choices. I think you have to go Tomlin. I can’t see Felix going 6 innings (or even 5) coming back from the DL at Texas.

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        @Curious George Springer:

        thanks for the input; for a 12-team league, the SP’s available are pretty baron. only other options are:

        Lugo @ CHC
        Bell vs. CWS
        Anderson @ MIN
        Thompson vs. MIA
        Garrett @ STL

        So, I figured Tomlin or Felix gave me the best chances. likely going to grab Tomlin

        Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dancin Homer: Ridiculous with the home page thing…. Tomlin, but he doesn’t K anyone

  8. Synyster says:
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    Great write up thanks Grey! For once I actually don’t have any questions for you. Just trying to set the cruise control in first place right now. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!

  9. Crime dog says:
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    Feel lost now that my season is over. When do 2018 ranks come out haha

  10. I don't want to say because others in my league read this sight. says:
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    Whats the word on Jen-Ho Tseng?

  11. MarvPesos

    MarV says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Obviously, sorry so long but I highly value your advice/comments)
    H2H 10-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS)

    (1) move left this week and have (2) left for next week. Also keep in mind it is a keeper league (keep 12)

    1) Someone has dropped Clevinger and he becomes available on the wire on Sat (thinking of grabbing him for next week 2 start – early prep). I was thinking of putting Diaz in as the waiver claim drop (and only riding Chapman, Holland and Davis), thoughts?
    2) As I have Paxton coming back Friday and need to have Richards start on Sunday, I figured I’d drop one of my extra OF spots for him ? (leaning towards Cain as McCutch and Cargo seem to be somewhat hotter at the moment) what do you think ? (as i’m dropping someone this doesn’t count as a move)
    3) Then on Monday, I’ll grab (2) pitchers for next weeks matchup (would need to be Tuesday start, leaning towards G. Marquez (@SD, @SF) and one of T. Skaggs (CLE, HOU) or M. Leake (TEX, CLE) or Glasnow (MIL, STL)

    Waiver:
    Hit –,Jose Reyes, M. Reynolds, R. Chirinos, M. Zuzino, M. Haniger, J. Martinez, I. Kinsler, M Trumbo, T. Beckham, N. Castellanos, K. Morales, M Olsen, J. Polanco, T. Mancini, M. Taylor, T. Anderson
    PIT – Clevinger (sep16, @LAA, @SEA), H-Jin Ryu, Glasnow, D. Straily, D Fister, G. Marquez, T. Skaggs, Jose Urena, Mike Leake,

    My Team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Brian Dozier
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Xander Bogearts
    Mi – Trea Turner
    CI – Justin Turner
    LF – Christian Yelich
    CF – Charlie Blackmon
    RF – Carlos Gonzalez
    Util- Ryan Braun
    BN –Lorenzo Cain
    BN –Andrew McCutchen

    Sp – Carlos Carrasco
    SP – Gerrit Cole
    SP – Justin Verlander
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    Rp – Greg Holland
    P- Edwin Diaz
    P – Wade Davis
    BN- Garret Richards
    BN – Masahiro Tanaka
    BN –T. Bauer
    BN –Jose Quintana
    BN – Alex Wood
    DL – James Paxton

    thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MarV: 1. Sure 2. Cain 3. Skaggs, Leake

    • LenFuego says:
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      @MarV: My favorite part of your roster is that you have an empty catcher slot! LOL.

      1) I like the Clevinger pick-up (facing Skaggs and Leake), but I would probably drop a starter that you are not planning to use (Tanaka?). If you are determined to drop a RP instead, I would be tempted to drop Chapman rather than Diaz. Chapman has a sexy pedigree, but Diaz has more Ks, more SVs, lower WHIP and ERA and is 6 years younger for keeper purposes.

      2) Before you drop Cain (or anyone else), make sure he would not be useful to your opponents.

      3) Meh on all those pitchers. Marquez could not have better matchups and locations (read: not in Coors), but he is coming off a start where he gave up 11 hits with only 1 K in 3 1/3 innings … and I trust those other three even less (but it is Leake for me if you are determined to go that way).

      4) Are you sure an empty C slot is better than plugging in Chirinos or Zunino?

  12. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    H2H playoffs…drop McCullers for Davies @MIA ?

  13. Armchair QB says:
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    R, RBI, SB are very tight in OBP roto …

    Upton vs. Peacock or Deshields vs. Felix tonight?

    • Armchair QB says:
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      @Armchair QB: Sorry, posted too soon. Happ, Cargo, and Reddick are other OF options. Need to bench 1 of the 5.

      • b the esq. says:
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        @Armchair QB: Bench Happ. He isn’t playing everyday.

        • Armchair QB says:
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          @b the esq.: Daily league. Plus, Happ has more RBI in the last 15 than Rizzo, Upton, or Votto. Obviously I bench him if he doesn’t play.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Armchair QB: I guess Happ, but I’d wait until tonight to see if he’s playing

      • Armchair QB says:
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        @Grey: So if he plays, who gets benched?

  14. GFY250 says:
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    Serious question: BellinGOD or Rhysus next year?

    • Cannot spell wrong without Ron says:
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      @GFY250:

      Coin flip.? I want both.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @GFY250: Launchangler, but find a way to get both.

    • chris says:
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      @GFY250: Rhysus for me. That OBP (I’m only in OB leagues) is sexy sexy.

  15. Anal Hershiser says:
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    Buxton or Olson? Trying to finish strong for some cash.

    • Justin Ralph says:
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      I own both of them. I don’t think you can sit Olson right now unless you are chasing SBs.

  16. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Giolito is getting by on good vibes and bad farts, guy has given up 6 homers in 5 games.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Long before I was Ralph the writer I was the guy that used Razzball jokes in daily life. Thanks for Goldy and Max in 2013 BTW hahaha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ralph’s day drinking and loving on me!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: It’s turning into twitter beef tonight as soon as I dispose of that Renaissance Fair.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Of course it is

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Grey, let’s really take a step back and think about this. I have beef with a fair based around LARPing. That’s amazing! No joke, my Mom is super proud.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Re-LARP, brah!

  17. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Hittertron loves Devers/Chisenhall/Happ today, and I have Tim Beckham at SS and Jose Martinez at CI in a h2h points league.

    Assuming everyone is starting today, would you start Jose Reyes over anyone of the above.

    Good lord, the waiver today on streamers is so bleak! James Shields (CWS) is on the road vs. Chad Bell (Bell). Either of them worth a gamble on fading bad offenses? I’ve only got t starts left this week in a h2h playoff matchup. have Severino going tomorrow and if you think there are better options I’ll hold off.

    Thanks for everything!

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Marty Jannetty Was Set Up: I think Shields is going to get blown up today (and every day he pitches). No idea on Bell.

      • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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        @Curious George Springer: Thanks man, I feel the same way. My opponent is going to burn through all his SP starts in the next 2 days, and has Godley/Peacock both going today. After today I can assess the damage and find 5 good starts and pray my bats do the rest.

        H2H points leagues…ugh. Dominate all season, leave it all up to luck when the money’s on the line…

      • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  18. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    Im way on board the T. Anderson train to cheap keepersville he looks like a 15/30 slams’n’legs SS in a lineup that’s getting good pretty soon.

    Ben Lively, Ed Rod, S. Brault or play matchups? Need an sp 5 for semis next week, dropped clevinger last week to stash the ”fixed” Glasnow… utgjtrtkofdsr… Sorry typing with elbows, flattened hands with hammer and put thru paper shredder after Glasnows start last nite… Do I dare run him out in a h2h playoff next week?..
    Appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fausto: Agreed on Anderson… Loving him…. Play matchups… I wouldn’t trust Glasnow

      • iChiro says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for yesterday. I safely watched Glasnow f up my bench stats and subsequently dropped, and was able to drop Souza for Timmmmmy Anderson for the 4 game DET series starting today, and hopefully I’m still playing for something next week.
        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, nice!

  19. Lubey says:
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    PLAYOFFS!?!?!

    Thanks for another yr in the postseason

    Are you adding olson for zimmerman? My league slightly rewards hr

    Reyes or sanchez for chris taylor?

    Thanks as always brotha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubey: I’d hold Zimm… Reyes

  20. Kas says:
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    Good morning Grey,

    So I’m in the semis and I’ve got a question for you. As far as keepers go, here’s who I’m keeping from my team: Goldy, Correa, Blackmon, Benintendi, and…that’s where you come in. Please help me pick my fifth keeper for next season. Clint Frazier or Carrasco? If you pick Carlos, I could drop Clint and pick up Yasiel for extra OF help. If you say Clint, I keep him and ride it out with the rest of my guys: Haniger, M. Taylor, Benintendi, Ozuna. I’m relying on you, kind sir! What should I do? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: Carrasco

  21. Chris says:
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    I’m in a 10 team H2H points league that allows 6 keepers. 5 of my keepers are set in stone but I’m wondering about the 6th. All 5 I’ve set are offensive players. For my last keeper, should I keep:

    Rhys Hoskins
    Rendon
    Encarnacion
    Benintendi

    or should I keep a pitcher such as:

    Bumgarner
    Robbie Ray
    Severino

    Which of the above should be my final keeper for next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Be nice to know who your other keepers are

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: Stanton, Arenado, Bryant, Correa and Bellinger.

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Chris: I think it comes down to the three Rs (Rhys, Rendon or Ray).

      Rendon is the safest bet but I would swing for the fences with Hoskins – he may out-homer Rendon this season (23-17 so far) in only 7 1/2 weeks of major league action. That just cannot be ignored.

      OTOH, with 5 hitters already protected I would not quibble with Ray either – top 5-7 SP for next year and just 25 years old.

  22. Cecil Gandon says:
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    Starter cats are QS, K’s, K/BB, ERA, WHIP… I have three streaming options left for the week.. What do you think about these matchups?

    Cashner @ SEA
    Lopez @ DET
    Lively vs OAK

    Any other streaming matchups you like this weekend?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cecil Gandon: Lively, but someone above said Cashner was home

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: correct. SEA @ TEX

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s a bit better, Cashner obviously sucks in general

  23. hankp says:
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    Grey
    I need trust one of these two for my 5×5 H2H championship next week and cut the other one to add a bat (the rest of this week doesn’t really matter). Would you keep Lackey @ MIL, or Glasnow home vs. MIL? Neither one exactly inspires confidence….Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hankp: Glasnow

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: Something tells me Grey misread the question as who you would drop, because I cannot imagine using Glasnow over Lackey.

  24. Roger Anderson says:
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    Is it wrong to wish that in H2H leagues, where playoffs have begun, that people with teams in the consolation brackets discontinue grabbing players off the waiver wire and just zombie the final weeks?

    • John says:
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      @Roger Anderson:

      I’m out and I still do it. I’m hopeful they drop someone good, or, win the 2nd half highest total pool, and, quite honestly, cause some frustration if I can too:)

    • Nomahhh says:
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      @Roger Anderson: In my main league we ban anyone from making moves during H2H playoffs unless you are still in the runnings. With decent money (and more so pride) on the line, someone popping in that came in 12th place and snagging Matt Olson or a dropped Patrick Corbin for the fun of it just doesn’t sit well. However, if there’s a last place “prize” of having to run a naked lap or something, maybe a different scenario.

      • Roger Anderson says:
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        @Nomahhh: I can also see it in Keeper situations, but we do 100 redraft, and not $ or naked run penalties.

        I think someone is letting a son, or grandson have fun with his account.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Roger Anderson: Yeah, hard to enforce not allowing teams to pick up players they want

  25. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    So, I’m up 11-1-0 in my H2H semifinals with 1 move left, but most categories are very close…match ends Sunday. I advance if it ties. Trying to figure out if I should use it on an extra pitcher or bat. What do you think based on the below? Leaning slightly towards streaming a pitcher.

    OFFENSE SO FAR
    R (+3 me), HR (+4), RBI (-4), SB (+1), OBP (.356 to his .300), and OPS (.931 to his .637).

    – He has Trout Rizzo Blackmon, who have been quiet so far, and Blackmon’s in Colorado soon.
    – I have Domingo DTD (expected back Friday) and Devers who always is at risk of being benched any given game.
    – I have an open spot today, but no clear benches rest of week unless one of my regulars sits or if I wanted to bench Machado against Severino/Gray or Devers against Cobb/Odorrizi.

    Bat options would be CarGo (Godley in ARZ today, @COL hitting SD pitchers all weekend) OR Olson (@Pomeranz today, then in PHI hitting bad RHPs all weekend).

    PITCHING SO FAR
    K (+27), QS (+3), W (+2), SV (+1), ERA (my 4.24 to his 6.75 thanks to Scherzer), and WHIP (my 1.31 to his 1.65).
    – We each have 7 starts left, or 8 if we use our last waivers on a streamer.

    If I streamed I’d do Morton v. SEA tomorrow against a returning Paxton (that’s the last “safe” streamer option this week).

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – so you would bench Manny v. Severino friday + Devers v. Cobb, Odorizzi Saturday/Sunday for CarGo?

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: True . . . make a difference that he would outpace me by 3 SP instead of 1?

            Just realized Teheran is scheduled for NYM on Sunday (not next week), and he gets Duffy back on Sunday.

            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Who has Teheran?

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Grey: he does (and Duffy)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hmm, then I’d just go Morton

                  • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                    @Grey: thanks! Agreed I think.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  26. lwomack58 says:
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    I have to fill the void of losing Nunez-my choices are
    A. Cabrera, Escobar, Albies, or K. Marte.

    Who do you think is the best player moving forward.

    Thanks

  27. Michael DePinto says:
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    SON doesn’t like either start but in H2H playoffs streaming Teheran vs Mets and Jonathan Gray vs Padres are no brainers right. (Both pitching at home.)

    Teheran is bad at home and Coors is always iffy but both guys have been among the Top 20 pitchers for the past month.

      • Michael DePinto says:
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        No he is facing the Mets at home. I believe he just faced the Nationals on Tuesday.

        • Michael DePinto says:
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          I just realized that the SON has Teheran’s next scheduled start to be on Tuesday against the Nationals.

          However, Yahoo and the Braves’ website have him scheduled to start on Sunday against the Mets.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            So where does that leave us?

            • Michael DePinto says:
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              I guess in a holding pattern. I hate September baseball especially when it is the most important time of the fantasy season.

              If Teheran is indeed facing the Mets on Sunday he is a must start right?

              Is Jonathan Gray a must start as well against the Padres?

              Thank you.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’d start Teheran vs. the Mets and Gray vs. Padres

                • Michael DePinto says:
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                  Thank you very much. Sorry for the confusion.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    No problem

  28. Fleeced says:
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    Would you prefer Nick Williams or Moss in a redraft?

  29. Hawk says:
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    My pitching in my season long roto league had a 4.57 ERA in the first half . I’ve dropped it to a 4.04 ERA with Arrieta, Archer and Nelson. All three are gone now (well, Archer should be at least).

    It’s a 10 teamer and I’m streaming three spots now. I’m not looking for advice – I’ve got Stream-O-Nator for that.

    I’m holding on to 2nd place overall and the difference between 2nd and 3rd is hundreds of dollars…wish me luck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Good luck!

  30. knucks says:
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    I have a comment waiting moderation and was just curious about the process there. Is it because I posted a Link within the Comment? Its for the guy asking about Tseng.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: We don’t have a process… The blog software might just catch links to avoid spam

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: In other words, I have no idea

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Haha yea would make sense. Thank you for your honesty Grey.

      Thought it was because I haven’t been posting daily and Razz thought I was a stranger!

      Good luck with your teams last few weeks bruthaman.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You too!

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @knucks: The stranger the better around here, it seems. :)

  31. Nomahhh says:
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    Morning Grey, gotta sit one between Buxton v. Toronto (B. Anderson) Haniger @ TEX (Cashner) or Olson @ BOS (Pomeranz)? Nice lead for HR’s and RBI’s in H2H semis, down by 1 SB and decent lead in runs, average. (pitching side looking good so far too in all 5). Appreciate it!

    Also on a sidenote, whenever I’m signed in my real name pops up under comments instead of my rotation of randomness (although Nomahhh could stick) – I clicked on Edit Profile in the top right corner to change this but it keeps telling me I don’t have access. Any way to make the adjustment so my fellow league mates can’t counter my moves after my comment haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nomahhh: If you need steals, there’s only one option there… Buxton… Not sure about the real name thing, you can email rudy{at}razzball.com and ask him, he prolly can help, has something to do with the tools

      • Nomahhh says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate it Grey, what about Haniger v. Olson? Leaning Haniger since he’s better for average and runs and my HR and RBI lead is pretty substantial as is.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Haniger

        • LenFuego says:
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          @Nomahhh: Haniger is also more likely to get a how-do-you-do steal, so yeah, him.

  32. lwomack58 says:
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    What do you make of Jen-Ho Tseng-is he worth picking up?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream him

  33. lwomack58 says:
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    Sorry for all the questions today.

    3 of my teams have had a bye this week. I have Nunez on all 3. Would you wait it out and see where Nunez is by Monday or drop him?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hold on Nunez for now

      • Larry womack says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you-he’s been a stud for me this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  34. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I’m kind of “bunkering down” with my starting pitching right now to protect ratios. Would you start Weaver at home vs. the Reds (Garrett), or is it pretty risky? Streamonator is heavily in favor (10.3), but I’m not near as confident.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the input.

        1. Nice Archer blurb. I chortled, would chortle again.
        2. Fellow Tim Anderson owner here. Dude is racking up the stats, also the k’s, but who cares this time of year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Thanks! 2. Totes!

  35. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Flight is already delayed and I don’t even leave for 5 hours. I think Lil Wayne has a hand in this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly passing blunts to the pilot

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: He doesn’t pass and he ashes on the table.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And Porcelain sits on your leg

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: That Porcelain definitely had some cracks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! And just crack

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yo, you should go to the International terminal if you have time… Best food at LAX there

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: Good to know. I’ll probably be there early. I’m crazy when it comes to things like this.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I could tell yesterday…You had to let me know you were going to be a few minutes late…. Wait until you live in LA, you’ll be showing up to places 45 mins late like you’re early

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @Grey: Haha. I’m a prompt fella. Not sure if I posted this before, a parting gift if not

                    https://youtu.be/L3dtIyt6U1E

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes!

  36. Brian says:
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    20 team dynasty. 6×6 h2h. only use saves, no holds. I have MRs to help in ratios and as CL specs for next year.

    2nd rd of playoffs next week. i’m on bye this week. my offense is taking hits so i need to add bats. going to drop a reliever to pick up yolmer sanchez. trying to balance this year v the future. which one should I drop? ziegler, barraclough, givens, nicasio, belisle.

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Givens

  37. BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover says:
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    Love these daily articles. Have helped immensely picking up hotter hitters. Polanco has been a great add since you recommended him. Gracias.

    I have a dynasty trade question and want to know if I am thinking right.

    In a 10 keeper dynasty league 6 X 6 where QS and OPS are the extra categories. I was offered Cody Bellinger and Yoan Moncada for Charlie Blackmon and Anthony Rizzo.

    This manager claims that Bellinger is much more valuable than either Rizzo or Blackmon because he is so much younger. But I don’t agree with that.

    What are your thoughts on the trade?
    Also how to do value age in a dynasty league? Is Bellinger more valuable than Rizzo simply because of age? Their stat lines are similar and I question if Bellinger can do this every year. We have a much larger sample size from Rizzo.

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! I’d hold — Bellinger = Rizzo; Blackmon much better than Yoan

  38. BK says:
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    Limping to the finish line with Archer, McCullers and wondering how deep to dip to replace Archer/McCullers innings. Upcoming possibilities:

    top 250 guys last 30:
    Snell v CHC
    Samardzija v COL
    Straily v NYM
    Erasmo @HOU
    Lackey v STL
    Sabathia v BAL

    targeting bad offenses:
    Bailey, Stephenson v PIT
    Chatwood, Freeland vSD
    Marquez, Bettis @SF

    I mean, I get that the guys I have look like toast but the options are …. ugly. I probably have enough roster flexibility to grab a couple of these guys ahead of their starts. Any you recommend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily at home, Samard at home

  39. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who would you start tomorrow? 12-team H2H with QS

    Chatwood at home vs. the Friars
    Homer Bailey at home vs. the Bucs
    Mengden away @ Philly

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None

  40. happyharry1958 says:
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    12 team, H2H, 6X6 – How would you rank these three SP’s for my upcoming scoring period? …………K.Gibson(vs TOR, vs.DET), A.Cobb(vs. BOS, @BAL), R.Lopez( @ DET, vs.KC)..Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson, Lopez

  41. Paul Lamb says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto keeper

    Been offered Abreu for Rhysus. I also have Rizzo

    Take the proven or believe in the philly Savior?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Abreu

  42. Russell says:
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    12 Team H2H Categories

    Rest of Season (these 3 are all different leagues)

    1. Odor, Pham, Rosario

    2. Miggy, Odor, Avisaíl García

    3. Cargo, LeMahieu, Pham

    Thanks a bunch Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pham…. Miggy…. Pham

  43. lwomack58 says:
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    Beltre at DH today-do you think he offers any value going forward?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not especially

  44. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Nice work from dipshit Ausmus. Brings in his closer down 11. Granted Greene should’ve been out of the inning with only 3 baserunners and O ER, but Iglesias made a terrible bonehead play. The official scorer compounded things by making his own bonehead move calling it a hit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So effin annoying

  45. Bobby says:
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    Starting Carson fulmer @ Detroit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  46. Packing says:
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    ERA/whip win is essential for me winning the week. Tanaka at home vs. Bal a go or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go

  47. Corey says:
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    Is Jose Martinez for real? Like, keep him next year real? Or is this the matrix?

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Corey: Cardinal devil magic. It would have to be an extraordinarily deep keeper format to keep him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, you’re in the Matrix, brah

  48. iChiro says:
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    So for 2b/SS/MI I’ve got rotation of Albies, Moncada, Beckham, Happ, Timmmy Anderson.

    I’ve got K Davis (poppa leave), A Jones, Thames, Delino for the 3 OF spots

    Pick up Miggy over Beckham going forward for Util spot? I have 2 moves left for this week.

    12 team H2H with 5 keepers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, hold

  49. Steve says:
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    What do you think about Tyler Anderson’s start tomorrow at home v Padres? Need IP, QS and a W would be nice but not vital. Other options, Leiter at home v OAK, Fulmer @DET or Richard @COL.

    Whole30 idea of the day: https://nocrumbsleft.net/category/whole30/

    Just finished my second challenge, 13lbs lost. How’s today going? What’s been your favorite thing to eat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steak, steak and more steak… I don’t think I’m losing weight, I think I might be gaining it…. Cougs loves your links, she was earlier like, “Hey, has Steve given a new recipe yet today?”

      Any hoo! Tyler Anderson?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: thanks.
        Awesome re: meals. The individual recipes I send you are my very favorite.

        That recipe I sent for broccoli beef a few days back – you should sub out flank steak for top sirloin, makes the dish much better (forgot to mention that).

        As far as a new recipe, check out the tomato-coconut chicken curry in “The Whole30 Cookbook;” it’s legit as tasty or tastier than most Indian food you can buy at a restaurant. My wife said she’d pay for it if a restaurant sold it. So simple and over cauliflower rice it’s very tasty. I’d provide a link but can’t find one, Hartwig wants her $$$

        • Grey

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          Can I use ribeye? I just bought 2 lbs of that today…. I can’t convince Cougs to touch Indian food, but I love so will check it out in case she’s out at any point

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: ribeye’s great, just cut it into thin slices, 1/4″

            I’ve been reading this blog for a few years and gathered we live in the same hood. Runyon a few times a week makes a huge difference in the results. Part of the “lifestyle” is more energy, which you notice as the hill gets progressively easier to climb…takes 45-hour and you can call it your mental decompress for the day.

            • Grey

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              Thanks, Steve! Or should I call you Stevegang Puck?

              45-hours? Quite the hike! Yeah, I’m going back to the gym tomorrow for the first time in 2 weeks. I stopped b/c I just didn’t have energy for it, but more so now… I wouldn’t start Chatwood, btw, I figured out who you meant

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                @Grey: whoops, nice pick up – Chatwood’s out then. I still need a warm body so i don’t lose IP in the playoffs. My ratios are blasted so I care more about an innings eater. It’s a pretty competitive league so there’s slim pickings – Kuhl, Vargas, Montero, Richard..

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                  @Steve: also, re: indian food, a billion+ people can’t be wrong.

                  • Grey

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                    Yeah, but I’m not about to tell my wife she’s wrong either

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey: smart man

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I have my moments

                • Grey

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                  Depends really on matchups…. Of these, Kuhl’s the best one

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: thanks, fingers crossed

                    • Grey

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                      No problem

  50. Not your average Joe says:
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    On bye. Three add/drops left this week. Dare I keep leaving Olson on the wire? Do I trust Glasnow next week as much as SON does? Is Pollock back to sucking? Have the last embers gone cold on Smoak? Mirror mirror on Grey’s wall, do you see any add/drops at all?

    FAs: Reyes, Olson, F-Her, Estrada, Folty, J.Garcia (2-start next week), Brault (prolly 2-starts too)

    12-team, h2h, 5×5, redraft.
    C – Realmuto; 1B – Freeman; 2B – Dozier; 3B – Machado; SS – Correa; OF – Merrifield, Hoskins, Pollock; Util – Pham; Bench – Smoak, Kiermaier
    SP – Severino, Corbin, Weaver, Wood, Cueto, Glasnow
    RP – Greene, Doolittle, Vizcaino, Holland, Nicasio

    • Grey

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      Pollock homered last night… Olson over Smoak

    • Grey

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      Oh and wouldn’t trust Glasnow

  51. Daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    I need SB’s and Average
    I have Starling Marte ( yes he did have 2 SB’s yesterday but his average sucks)
    last 21 days Avg 208 and 4 SB’s
    last 14 days Avg 208 and 3 SB’s
    last 7 days Avg 120 and 2 SB’s
    would you drop him for either Moncada or Tim Anderson
    Thanks

    • Grey

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      Anderson

      • Daze says:
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        @Grey:
        thanks for the quick response

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  52. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Still playing in the championship round and reading your daily write-ups. Wanted to thank you for all your insight as its been invaluable. You the poop!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, I’m the poop!

  53. Jeff With 1 F says:
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    My Salty ass is back boo…who you like in this deal…Dynasty …A.Wood or Flaherty and J.Nelson…I Like Nelson side but curios of your thoughts …..

    • Jef With 1 F says:
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      @Jeff With 1 F:
      Fixed the extra F

    • Grey

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      Hey, where ya been? This Nelson injury worries me, for next year, I’d go Wood, but it’s fair, and could lean Nelson if he’s healthy again

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Been a crazy fee weeks..moving …traveling for work…finally settling down…yeah agree on Nelson, shoulders scare me but then again can wood stay healthy? Doubt it. I may take it, need depth on this team and I like Flaherty too…tough call

        • Grey

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          Agreed, tough call… Flaherty could end best on in the deal

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: yeah that’s what I’m thinking

  54. goodfold2 says:
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    hahaha, i was all worried when i got beat to devers/albies/amed but that hoskins stashing just before call up is working out just fine. weird stuff, yesterday i had an OBP in this bigger money league (for me) over .600 with 35 bases and only 4 HR’s (hard to have that many bases without like at least 7 HR), now today opp has a .659 after more than 20 PA. need steals, pham killed me today. come on treat urner or odubel.

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      @goodfold2: hahaha, au rizz!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh yeah!

    • Grey

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      Yeah Hoskins has been ridiculous

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        @Grey: i’ve done well in this legaue with stashing, we have 1 NA slot, last year i had treat when he basically won steals most weeks by himself, and probably runs/OBP/total bases sometimes too. hoskins is like rizzo on drugs for whatever weeks now. and since rizzo has 2B in yahoo now, bye bye odor.

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          @goodfold2: woah, AL AL is back in the AL central, has he seriously spent his whole career ONLY in the AL central? KC/DET/WSOX for sure.

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            @goodfold2: sweet crap my roster is playing over it’s freakin head, i need 2 steals and WHOSH

        • Grey

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          Yeah, exactly

  55. morningsunshine says:
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    Grey, in H2H 6×6 standard cats+OBP, would you add Beltre or Castellanos? Castys been hot since moving to OF and hitting 4th (altho the Tigers are a weak lineup) and Beltre is DHing !

    Most likely cutting Moustakas or Gennett..

    • Grey

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      Casty, lose Scooter

  56. CrazyJ says:
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    I know wins are impossible to predict, but can you do it anyhow?

    Monday 9/18

    Fister vs Bundy @ BAL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy

      • CrazyJ says:
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        @Grey:

        C) None of the above

        Ugh…

        • Grey

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          Haha

  57. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    h2h playoffs…how would you rank these starting options (tied in wins, down a couple strike outs, decent lead in ERA/WHIP):

    Davies @MIA, Teheran NYM, Paxton @HOU (limited pitch count), Gibson TOR, Kuhl @CIN

    * I currently have Paxton on the DL, so If I activated him for his start tomorrow, I wouldn’t be able to pick up one of these other steamers

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Gibson, Teheran

  58. Dubjay says:
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    Hey grey,
    Looking for a little advice. I have 3 moves left in my h2h playoffs. I’d like to keep at least 1 to grab a 2 starter for next week.I picked up Haniger and M.taylor to boost my offense for the week. They’ve both been ok so far. Trying to decide if I should drop one
    Haniger has been red hot but has a 3 game set in houston(Morton, keuchel, verlander)
    M.taylor has been hot too and faces the nationals in WSH(wood, hill, Ryu). Home cooking and he loves the LHPs
    N.castellanos has the next 9 games at home against some brutal pitching(chw, oak, min)
    The other option is to drop 1 and grab Newcomb for his home start against the mets tomorrow.
    What do you think?

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