Twenty-six years after my Lord and Savior, Reggie Jackson, retired from professional baseball to collect cars, full-length fur coats and start a business where you use cocktail franks as cocktail stirrers, I saw a young Mariner by the name of Brad Miller.  To this day, when you Google “Brad Miller sleeper,” you still see archival footage of Grey’s massive excitement — that’s not what she said!  I was jazzed back in 2013 because Miller had hit 20 HRs, stole 11 bases and over .300 between the majors and minors.  Then 2014 and 2015 happened, Miller did nothing, and I retreated into my cubby hole of snack food that I eat out of sight from my Cougar wife.  “I’m snacking on kale, baby doll!”  “Grey, you sound louder than usual.”  I was being amplified due to eating a nacho cheese Bugle.  Finally, this year I was sure not to own Miller anywhere.  So, of course, he breaks out.  Yesterday, Brad Miller went 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer, 5th homer this week, while hitting .265.  On our 30-day Player Rater, Miller is 5th most valuable for hitters.  The top 4 –> Blackmon, Hamilton, Braun, Betts.  Yeah, pretty good company, like Reggie’s cocktail frank stirrers’ company, The Dog That Stirs The Drink, Inc.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Nick Franklin – Was hit by the backswing of his teammate’s bat in the on-deck circle.  “Now, I told everyone, and I was pretty clear, always look behind you before swinging your bat.”  That’s a Little League coach in 2003, the last time this happened.

Chris Archer – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Due to an abundance of saves, in June, I traded Carlos Estevez to Rudy for DJ LeMahieu.  Right after, I traded K-Rod (still too many saves) and LeMahieu (I own Altuve) for Chris Archer, I received this email from Pianowski, “Was there undisclosed cash in that Archer deal?”  Meaning, of course, I’m an idiot, which is still debatable.  Since the trade, Archer’s numbers:  3 Wins, 3.70 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 83 Ks in 70 2/3 IP.  With DJ hitting near-.500 in the month of August, maybe that deal isn’t a slam dunk, but I think it shows William Goldman’s axiom about Hollywood, “Nobody knows anything,” holds true for fantasy.

Colin Rea – Opted against Tommy John surgery.  One opts against staying at a Ramada Inn that is hosting a Brony convention.  One doesn’t opt against Tommy John when you need it.

Yasiel Puig – Hitting near-.500 in a week of Triple-A.  Stills of three of his hits he cropped into a photo montage with one picture of his bare butt and he Snapchat’d to all his friends.

Rich Hill – Will throw a simulated game on Thursday.  His plan is to give his blister three Ambiens, throw the game real fast, and finish before the blister wakes.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homers, as he stays two homers in front of the drunk man with one leg pace of Joe Mauer.

Justin Turner – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  Turner’s gonna end the year with 27 homers and next year will still go undrafted in some leagues.  Bet you five imaginary dollars.

Scott Kazmir – 5 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.41.  This game was vs. the Phils, and the Dodgers piled on the runs for Kazmir making it a cakewalk, which is Matt Adams’ favorite type of exercise, and Kazmir still nearly fell through the icing.

Vince Velasquez – Will make “3 or 4 more starts” this season, according to Phils’ manager, Pete Macktheknife.  Pretty cool quote.  Maybe he can get into Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.  “3 or 4 more starts” — Pete Macktheknife, 2016.  Brilliant!

Aaron Nola – Phils announced he’s officially done.  FEMA would’ve been quicker declaring Nola a disaster area.

Tommy Joseph – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting .252.  ToJo!  Who let the dogs out?!  No, really, a few them are rabid without vaccination papers.

Carlos Carrasco – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.34.  Some time around the All-Star break, the Indians’ starters made like my Polish neighbor growing up and said, “No can do.”  Pre-All-Star break team ERA:  3.63; post-All-Star break team ERA:  4.32.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  On the reverse tip, Indians’ post-All-Star break team OPS is .810, which is best in the majors.

Carlos Santana – 2-for-4 and a slam (26) and legs (5).  Oye como yay!

Cody Allen – 1/3 IP, 5 ER and the blown save.  Damn, that blown save was like a case of explosive diarrhea.  Know why?  Eaton, that grand salami!  High five the crap out of me!  C’mon!  Okay, we’ll hold off on the high-five.  So, Allen looked awful, just too bad the Indians have no on else in their pen that can close games.  Ow!  Sorry, eye roll headache.

Tim Anderson – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .274.  The more he hits, the lower in the order he’s batting.  Yesterday, 8th.  In related news, concussion tests were flimsy back when Robin Ventura was noogied by Nolan Ryan.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer, as previously mentioned a grand slam off Allen.  Eaton has three homers in the last ten games and two homers in the last three games and one homer in the last game.  Okay, you get the point.

Zack Wheeler – After reporting discomfort, as he rehabs from Tommy John, his elbow was checked and the Mets reported there was “nothing devastating” found.  All they found was a newspaper from the future dated, November 9th, with the headline, “Trump and Clinton Both Lose.”  Wait, that’s wrong.  They found a flexor strain, which they say isn’t bad.  Yeah, sure, Mets.

Rubby de la Rosa – Decided to rehab his elbow injury rather than have Dr. James Andrews operating on it.  And, now, Dr. James Andrews can’t have Beluga caviar on his Wagyu beef burger.  I hope you’re happy, Rubby!

Rickie Weeks – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and two homers (7, 8).  Sonavabench!  Don’t even ask why I not only own Weeks but also don’t have him in my lineup.  It’s a deep league, all right?

Yasmany Tomas – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 6 RBIs and his 24th and 25th homers, and 17th homer in the last 5 games.  Do you get points for homers on waivers?  Cause if you do, you can continue to ignore Yasmany.

Tyler Skaggs – 3 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.19.  Okay, I’m done trying this whole Skaggs thing.

Yunel Escobar – 5-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  It’s almost like he was facing Skaggs.

Alex Gordon – 1-for-2, and his 10th homer.  Yesterday, I called him a hot schmotato due to his .400-plus average over the last week.  Today, I’m saying he also has homers in two straight.

Yordano Ventura – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.46.  His ERA is an even 3 since the All-Star break in 45 IP.  He’s also been in zero melees in that time.  Coinkidink?  Probably not.  Speaking of which, I Googled “coinkidink” for spelling and the dictionary had listed as an example of use, “It is no big “coinkidink” that mom is dead and that the dad has the three kids,” from Nancy Grace.  I coinkidink you not.  The Stream-o-Nator didn’t love Ventura’s start yesterday, but it slightly more optimistic about his next one, though just barely.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Thank you, Jesus Alou, for making Hosmer hot.

Anibal Sanchez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.94.  Yeah, and his last start was 8 ER in 4 IP and now E! is cancelling ‘I Am Anibal.’

Victor Martinez – 2-for-4 and his 22nd homer, hitting .303.  True story, I wore the number 22 in Little League because I would say, “I’m half the player of Reggie Jackson,” and I used to write him birthday cards on May 18th, always signing it, “May your future be as bright as the sun.”

Eduardo Rodriguez – Red Sox expect him to start on Sunday.  Ed-Rod owes his quick recovery from tightness in his hamstring to Tom Cruise and Scientology.

David Price – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 4.19.  I’m going to say this was a form of serendiPPDy, because rain had the game called after six before Price was able to fall apart in the later innings.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .284.  It’s always interesting (to me at least) the guys that play for big market teams, but don’t get the same hype.  I bet JBJ will be drafted way later than he should be next year.  No idea why, and I’m contraceptive to ideas like an IUD.

Sandy Leon – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .383.  How awesome would it be if he carried a .450 BABIP for the next ten years?  Fangraphs would need to rethink all of their equations.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-3, 3 runs and his 19th steal, hitting .317.  Giancarlo and I decided we’d have an open relationship if he were ever sidelined, so it’s fine that I want to do weird things to Betts.

Dylan Bundy – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Sure glad I started him in a weekly league to have him go on short rest and against the Red Sox.  That worked out awesomely.

Chris Davis – 1-for-2 and his 25th homer, hitting .220. He’s been the dog’s breakfast recently, but he’s also the type to hit ten homers in two weeks.

Sonny Gray – A’s said he hasn’t been ruled out for the season.  To use the name of one of their players that homered yesterday, what a bunch of Smolinskis.

Coco Crisp – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer.  Bangfizzle!

Yu Darvish – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.75.  Gotta be honest, I was expecting a 13-K game vs. the A’s for Darvish.  Maybe I am just like my mother.  She’s never satisfied.

Kevin Pillar – Says he will return on August 23rd.  Further saying, my word is my bond, and my bond is my word, and I’m a Pillar made of alabaster, so you should trust that.

Josh Donaldson – Left yesterday’s game with a jammed thumb after getting into a relatively lukewarm argument with manager, John Gibbons.  Don’t come into Yankee Stadium with that weaksauce arguing or the Ghost of Billy Martin will spray whiskey in front of a Zippo lighter and Hulk-smash some skulls.

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-3 and his 5th homer.  Mean’s while, I own Tyler Austin (0-for-4) who is now a lefty platoon guy, apparently.  *maniacally grabs coins from a well*  This one, this one right here.  This was my dream, my wish.  And it didn’t come true.  So I’m taking it back.  I’m taking them all back.

CC Sabathia – 6 IP, 7 ER, 10 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 4.49.  Owning this CC is about as enjoyable as being CC’d on an email chain with 80 other people who think they’re funny.  Stop replying all, you are not funny!

Starlin Castro – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer, hitting .260.  This was his third homer this week.  By the by, doesn’t it look like the right half of his face is a ventriloquist’s dummy?

Chase Headley – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 11th homer.  Elias Sports Bureau said Chase Headley is also the best username for Grindr.

Russell Martin – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting near-.400 in the last week.  I’ll be a Thelonious Monk’s uncle, Russell John Coltrane Martin is hot.

Melvin Upton – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer, and 1st homer as a Jay.  I’ve been missing B.J.  Not Upton, I don’t own him, I meant due to being married.

J.A. Happ – 7 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.05.  Happ leads the majors in wins (17-3).  Just as everyone expected in the preseason.  Sigh, wins are stupid.

Keon Broxton – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 16th and 17th steals.  You are disrespecting the basic tenets of SAGNOF by not picking up Broxton.

Jorge Soler – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  He has four homers in the last ten games, and is worth a looksie if you need a hot schmotato.

Carlos Martinez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  He limped (not literally) into this start with some pretty poor results recently (7.36 ERA in August; 5.10 post-ASB), but righted the ship against Altuve, Springer, Correa and the six rookies who can’t hit, as they’re colloquially known.

Brandon Moss – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  Member Last Week Grey was so helpful with repeatedly saying to pick up Moss?  Let’s catch up with him now.  “Go fly a drone!  That’s ‘go fly a kite’ for millennials.”  Last Week Grey is mean!

Jeremy Hazelbaker – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 9th homer.  April called, they want their Hazelbaker back!

Alex Bregman – 2-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting .198.  He has hit in 11 of the past 13 games, so he might be coming out of his early call-up funk, which is not a Bruno Mars song.  Thankfully!

Angel Pagan – 3-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .297, hitting near-.400 in the last week, and has hit in every game in August.  Hot schmotato alert!

Matt Cain – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER vs. Ivan Nova – 4 IP, 4 ER.  In a matchup that was billed as, “Anything you can do I can do wetter…wetter…Why won’t this thing let me say better?”

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .248.  How old do you think McCutchen is?  Because you know he’s declining statistically, so he must be getting older.  So, how old?  31?  32?  He’s 29!  Doode’s aged worse than Missy Franklin!

Andrew Cashner – 5 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 1 K, ERA at 4.92 vs. Homer Bailey – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.66.  This was a matchup of two guys that I feel the exact same level of apathy towards.  I don’t every pay attention, never stay on topic.  I got ADD with these pitchers, if they ain’t about profit.

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, hitting .281.  OZUNA never drive car home.  OZUNA mostly take home run.  OZUNA sometimes take brisk walk home.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  There is no ill Coors can’t cure; no wrong Coors can’t right; no stain Coors can’t Didi Seven.

Stephen Strasburg – 1 2/3 IP, 9 ER, ERA at 3.59.  Even the marijuana lobby couldn’t convince Washington it’s fun to be high in Colorado.  Strasburg’s start was so bad that cops are reflexively calling in Kobe Bryant for questioning.  Here’s classic Dusty:  Strasburg gives up 7 runs but is left in the game for the 2nd inning even when his turn up to bat comes up in the previous half inning, then is pulled from the game in the 2nd inning when he’s about to face Jon Gray.

Jonathan PapelbonRed Sox GM said he’s wait and see on whether to sign Papelbon.  Think he’s weighing on how hard it will be to later remove a clubhouse cancer.  I blame Obamacare.

Jon Gray – 4 IP, 4 ER.  Damn, it hurts so much more when a pitcher is staked to a huge lead and can’t stick it out for five innings.  There should be a glossary term for this.  Please suggest in the comments.

Tony Wolters – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Not bad, but I wish Wolters would return to The View.  We miss you, Tony Wawa!

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs.  Solid game by Rico Suave, but he was simply filling in for a CarGo with a flat.

Miguel Sano – Remained out with his elbow problem that is no problem at all.  Just a good-as-new, 100% fine, elbow that needed an MRI.

Kyle Gibson – 9 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.90.  Yesterday’s start was against the Braves, and, even there, when I went to pick up Gibson, I reflexively pumped my arm away from my mouse.

Jorge Polanco – 3-for-6 and his 3rd steal, hitting .320.  Has been batting 2nd, but the three steals over 30 games is where my enthusiasm is at, or lack of, or Jorge Lacko.

Trevor Plouffe – 3-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting .259.  Wow, two straight three-hit nights without a home run.  I mean, wow to me.  I’m easily amused.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, and 55th and 56th RBI.  Looks like Freeman’s going to break the chains of 60 RBIs with a strong assist from Ender Inciarte who’s been hot for a few weeks in front of Freeman.  75 RBIs, which is what he’s on pace for, is still nothing to receive butt pats and whipped cream in the face.  I’m gonna start celebrating like ballplayers when my friends do something good and see how they react.  “Thanks for picking up the check.”  *butt smack, whipped cream face*

Dansby Swanson – 2-for-4 as he hit 8th.  8th on the Braves?  Apparently, the Braves are like Veruca Salt.  “A Dansby?  Whoever heard of a Dansby?”

Tyler Flowers – Activated from the 15-day DL.  Sadly ironic that Flowers returned on the day Arthur Hiller, the director of Love Story, died, because next to flowers, Love Story is the 2nd best way to get some action.

 
  1. Captainpyper says:
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    Hawaiian-5-NO

    How would you rank these keepers?

    Judge
    Kepler
    Dahl
    Moncada

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Captainpyper: Moncada, Dahl, Kepler, Judge for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Captainpyper: That’s pretty solid, actually… I’ll put it on the list to Rudy… Agree with F on keepers

  2. Scott says:
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    I am looking to add a second catcher to use when my regular has an off day (realmuto). I am in too close of a race to miss out on opportunities in runs, rbi and hr. Who is the add: zunino, leon, wieters, or darnaud. Leon is the highest rated catcher avail over last 30 days. Im not sure if I am buying into him though. I’ve said that about a lot of guys who are having great seasons who I passed up on that I could have used though. Thanks

    • Scott says:
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      forgot that Vogt is avail too.

  3. Packers says:
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    You’re only looking at a guy for 2 or 3 games a week. Take the hot hand in Leon. You can always switch. If you really want to do some research check schedules for the same off days and day games following a night game. Pitcher match ups as well, LH, RH.

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Some really classic stuff here! Thoroughly enjoyed.

    a. On Sanotebook, they’re not using him (according to Molitor and all the oversized sweater wearers) in the interleague games because of no-DH in the NL. Apparently he’ll be back to play as DH as soon as today. Let’s see.

    b. It’s my wife’s birthday today. I did the best I could, I sent her an e-greeting from 1-2-3 greetings. I’ll make up for it when I see her next 3 weeks tomorrow.

    c. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (August 18)

    Woman: Our appointment’s at 8:00.
    Man: Yeah, and our doctor’s still in bed sleeping.
    Officer: (taps window) Get out the car! (screaming) get out the car!
    Woman: All right, all right.
    Officer: Get out, lady, unless you and me want to find a Hey, don’t touch her! (screams) Get out the car! Get out of the car, run!
    Woman: Don’t shoot, I’m pregnant.
    Officer: I don’t care! Get the hell out!
    Woman: Oh, my god! The hell is that? All of a sudden, this body just fell down. Get off me, man! I didn’t do it.
    Man: The hell you looking at? It’s not like I put the body there.
    Horatio: That our carjacker, frank?
    Tripp: The one and only. Tried to make a run, but he was too banged up to get very far.
    Horatio: What did he say?
    Tripp: Same as the couple he carjacked– Body fell out of the ficus. I’m gonna head back to the station, See if I can’t get started On this barnum and bailey crime scene.
    Horatio: Thank you, Frank.
    Walter: (siren chirping) (camera shutter snaps) Sir, dent seems a little big for a guy to fall from a tree, If you ask me.
    Horatio: (garbled police radio transmission) That’s ’cause he didn’t fall from a tree, walter.
    Walter: How do you mean?
    Horatio: Take a look at this. See, the tops of these branches are sheared off, walter. Means he fell through the tree, not from it.
    Walter: Suggesting a much higher fall, right? (chuckles) I don’t see any buildings to jump from.
    Horatio: That’s because (cue the queue o sunglasses) he fell from the sky.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! A. Gotcha B. You guys aren’t together? I thought she went to Africa with you…. Damn, that’s tough… C. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Don’t make it any tougher by actually thinking that she was here with me. Who would take care of our children? Worse still who would take care of her nagging mother?

        b. I swear, her mother! When I was out of work, she tells my wife. ‘Why doesn’t Ante do the ironing (given that he is not working). I tell my wife to tell her ‘Mostly because I would destroy 50% of the ironing and the other 50% I would put the crease in the wrong place.’

        c. Then, when I was unemployed another time, she tells my wife. ‘Why don’t you guys convert your 5-year mortgage into a 25-year mortgage?’ I told my wife that her plan would make us pay the principle 3 times over. Not good.

        d. She is truly meddlesome unless it’s something that she is supposed to do. She destroyed my wife’s laptop by watching like 10 hours’ worth of Indian (of all things!) soap operas in one sitting. Destroyed the hard drive, the computer analyst said he had never seen a more filthy/dusty mother board before that day.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Damn, that’s a long time to be away from the family, that sucks, man. B. Ha! C. Hahaha D. Hilarious

  5. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    I told Bundy to move over on the bench, cause Strasburg needed a seat..So glad I did..

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: Didn’t trust Bundy v the Bosucks and with all that second hand weed smoke in the mile HIGH city, didn’t want Stras eating brownies between innings and trying to pitch well…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  6. PB and J says:
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    Jon Gray’s next game is @MIL. The Brew Crew strikes out a ton but pitching at the hitter friendly Miller Park gives me pause.

    You starting him next time out (SON likes the start)? Is he a streamer at this point?

  7. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I just dropped Grandal in a 12 team redraft league for Gary Sanchez. I am a Yankees fan so this might have influenced the decision. Was this crazy to do? I don’t think anyone will grab grandal.. The few teams left who are in it have good catchers.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Josh-NYC: I’d want Grandal but not crazy with how Sanchez has looked.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Sanchez has looked great what you talkin about Willis, err JeF…Somebody that is a NY C that has not looked well is, De Are No pitches that I can hit..

  8. Billy Tell says:
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    Oh God, please don’t jinx Mookie!

    In a long term dynasty, how would you compare Javier Baez and Dansby Swanson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Billy Tell: Haha, sorry! Swanson above Baez, Baez looks to be who he is, Swanson could be a top SS in the game

  9. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    The guy I’m facing this week has three of the five top hitters in the top 30 day player rater…………..this is fine……..everything is fine

  10. Tony C says:
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    Good article again today Grey! 12 team h2h my OF and Util position is Marte, Kepler, Ozuna, Piscotty and Soler. I just picked up Soler for Taijuan . Also available are Broxton, Gordon, Rajai, and Kendrick. Should I keep what I have or do you see a better FA alternative?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks! Rajai over Soler if you can platoon when Rajai’s out

  11. Don says:
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    I replaced Story with Miller, which is good for my team, but disappointing in a way because Story doesn’t seem as extraordinary now. Our love was so strong and now I barely miss him.

    Gary Sanchez or Grandal?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Don: Grandal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: Ha! Grandal

  12. G says:
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    Hey Grey. What’s your thoughts on better source of holds for rest of the week, Wilhemson or Felipe Rivero?

    And how you feeling about Smyly start his week coming up against Texas? Has been pitching well recently. Looking to possibly pick him up since he seems like the best option on waivers for streaming, but not the greatest matchup. I used to own him at the beginning of the year before he started to get shelled so have mixed emotions about the guy. Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Rivero… I’d start Smyly at home, not on road

  13. Todd says:
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    Term for a pitcher that is staked to a huge lead and can’t last long enough to get the win…premature ejerkulation

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd: It’s okay, Rudy’s not going to okay it

  14. Ryan Kowalczyk says:
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    I got offered Lester ($38) & Joe Ross ($5) for A. Sanchez ($6) & De Leon ($0) in my auction dynasty league.

    With Felix, Salazar, Manaea, Ventura, Gausman, T. Ross, Moore, Kennedy, Bradley, Walker and Reyes filling the rest of my staff I feel like I could use a strong starter in Lester.

    So do I bulk up for the playoffs or hold on and hope Sanchez is the real deal and De Leon is legit.

    Side trade: Castellanos ($3) for Sonny Gray ($13) + $5 draft cash

    Love your articles man keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan Kowalczyk: Think you have to hold Sanchez…. Castellanos, thanks!

  15. Goldie showers says:
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    Moss or soler or ozuna for 4th OF?

  16. Shaggy says:
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    Have you noticed that Ozuna starts hitting HRs every time Stanton takes a vay-cay?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Shaggy: I’ve been saying the same thing. Nothing when Stanton was hot. Only when DL’d or slumping.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shaggy: Yeah, noticed it when Chicken Dinner said it the other day

    • knucks says:
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      @Shaggy: Meanwhile, in the Big Easy…

      Xavier Scruggs has reached base in 21 of his last 22 starts. Since the start of July, he leads the PCL with 12 homers. His 58 Walks are 9th most in the PCL this year.

      Not sure when Bour will be back, but thought I read that he currently doesn’t have a timeline. Scruggs isn’t a big prospect (I didn’t see him on the list of top 30 in the MIA system). Just saying, homey is on a tear. They been using Dietrich there….

      Digging deeper… When he was called up in 2014 in STL, Scruggs was the 8th player in the MLB to have a first name that starts with an “X”.

  17. Adam P. says:
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    I know this doesn’t help you at all, but my buddy and I still talk about the time Doug Davis for the Brewers was staked to a 10 run lead in the top half of the first inning at Washington many moons ago and proceeded to shit the bed and got pulled when it was something like 10-9 in the 5th for a no decision. We call that a “Doug Davis”, although I understand if you want to call it something less specific here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam P.: Ha, that’s funny, but prolly too specific (or in need of an explanation)

  18. Jon A says:
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    Archie Bradley today @ SD?

    Looking for a QS

  19. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Between Miller and Gyorko, it’s return of the Grey Darlings!

    Anyway, in a keeper league, would you trade your $1 Ozuna (keep for $4) for a $16 Frazier (keep for $19) plus another smaller piece?

    That piece would be some sort of non-keepable guy who would help me this year or in offseason trades (a two start pitcher with nice matchups like Cashner, or maybe Bundy after that Red Sox start, etc. or Brantley, who I would try packaging to someone in the offseason who likes name value).

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Probably wherever I dropped off Gyorko that year after holding him for 2.5 months of fugly!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: What about Miller and Franklin both hitting on the same team, something they were suppose to do in Seattle as two top prospects..From what I have seen of Franklin, I feel a breakout is coming for him just Miller’s..Franklin’s first full year in pro baseball he went 23/25 & hit .283..