On Saturday, Isan Diaz opted out of the season. Someone doesn’t want to sneak out to the strip club anymore. Then, on Sunday, the Marlins said they would bring up Monte Harrison and summon a bunch of journeymen to Baltimore for their next series, starting on Tuesday. I don’t care if they have one player, as long as that player’s Monte Harrison. Outside of Harrison, it sounds like their lineup might be filled with Matt Joyce, Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla. “Bah gawd…it’s Ricky Nolasco’s music!” Last year, Harrison went 9/20/.274 in 56 Triple-A games. *does the robot as I head to my waiver wires to pick up Monte Harrison in every league* Robot voice, “Don’t…mind…if…I…” Damn, I was messing around, and someone got him before me. Stupid slow robot! So, grab Monte Harrison in every league for some power and great speed, though he might hit .210. I’d wait and see on Jorge Cantu. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Stephen Strasburg – Threw off of flat ground. “I told you!” That’s Kyrie Irving.

Tyler Glasnow – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.12. The Rays should just stack Snell and Glasnow in one game so they can guarantee themselves a win every fifth day, because if teams keep falling out, 12 wins might get you into the 16-team playoffs. By the by, how crazy is MLB that they think they’ll have 16 teams for their 16-team playoffs? They’re gonna have to have the Yankees do a split squad for dem playoff TV dollars. Now that I think about it, MLB might want that.

Brandon Lowe – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .286, and 2nd homer in the last three games, and hitting in the three-hole. Do I smell a hot schmotato heating up?

Cole Sulser – 2 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save. Two words that sum up bullpens in 2020:  Cole Sulser. I know cold seltzer, I do not know Cole Sulser, and I do not wish to.

Renato Nunez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games. O’s just chewed up Rays’ pitching. Yes, exactly what you expected going into this series.

Kenta Maeda – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.64. Before the shutdown, Maeda was the one guy I wanted in every league. Since that was pre-pandemic, and I can’t remember pre-pandemic, who knows if I own him, but I wanted him. (Funny how I remember wanting him, and conveniently can’t remember if I own him, huh? I’m beguiling, and a person who doesn’t know what beguiling is.)

Mitch Garver – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer. Better step up his game if he wants to get back on his HR/Game pace of last year. We ain’t got time for bird sex and we ain’t got time for lollygagging.

Aaron Civale – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.75. What’s this BS? Indians pitchers only throw 10+ K complete games.

Eduardo Rodriguez – Shut down for the remainder of the season, but luckily his heart is functioning properly again. Ed-Rod on the mend — check! Ed-Rod not the Tin Man — check!

Xander Bogaerts – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homer. I stand by Friday’s Sell. The Red Sox look so checked out; I’m not excited about their expensive bats at all. You gotta want to play this year, the Red Sox look like a bunch of Dottie Bobos with no interest. Christian Vazquez? Well, whatever, he’s a catcher. Just Dong, Bogaerts, Rafael Devers (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer)? I don’t know, guys and five girls.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 5th and 6th homer in the last five games. Better pick up his pace if he wants to catch Maris.

Luke Voit – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer. Be nice to see him get to 12 homers this year. That’s good, bee tee dubya.

James Paxton – 3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 13.50. As I said after his last start, he’s injured, he just hasn’t announced it yet.

Rowan Wick – Recorded the save on Saturday. Craig Kimbrel is turd relish. Jeremy Jeffress (1 IP, 0 ER yesterday) could be next in line too.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 0.82. All about that leff esort.

Keone Kela – Tested negative twice and can rejoin the Pirates soon to presumably be their closer. That’s bad news for…what’s the wordy again? Oh, yeah, Burdi’s the wordy.

Kevin Newman – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .179. What a miserable start. Dot dot dot. That’s been better than Pete Alonso. Kill me now.

Mitch Keller – 2 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.52, but left with oblique discomfort. In some ways, we’re all on the oblique timeline.

Tyler Chatwood – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 0.71. Streamonator hates his next start, but Chatwood sounds like someone who just wants to talk on OnlyFans, and I’m picking him up in every league. He’s throwing his cutter a lot more; his fastball a lot less, and it’s working.

Forrest Whitley – Had arm discomfort. Can’t see the Forrest through the Dr. Freeze.

Roberto Osuna – Hit the IL with elbow soreness. The Astros could turn to Ryan Pressly, if he’s healthy, which I’m not sure he is, or, in two leagues, I speculated on Lori Greiner’s Andre Scrubb Daddy. “Listen, I know you don’t want to give me 75% of your company for 1/8th of its value, but I turned Andre Scrubb Daddy into a $100 million dollar business and it’s a sponge.”

Hansel Robles – 1 IP, 3 ER on Saturday. Robles is in the running for the Gas-X Bloated ERA Award, there’s a 30-way tie with every closer. No change is official, but you could grab Ty Buttrey (1 2/3 IP, 1 ER), even though he was overworked on Sunday and did not appear to be the new closer.

Shohei Ohtani – 1 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 37.80. Allowing Ohtani to throw batting practice once a week is an interesting strategy.

Albert Pujols – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .143. Was pretty cool that during his home run trot they let Pujols sit on 2nd base for 10 minutes to gather energy to get around the bases.

Danny Santana – Hit the IL with a forearm strain. With Dannys Antana out, Nick Solak should be a near-everyday player, which is great. Also, they have Scott Heineman, which is weird. How many Heinemans are there in MLB? Heinemen? Heinies?

Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .150. Don those fishbowl platform shoes, it’s time for The Seoul Train!

Joey Gallo – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .310. Cherry on top of this shizzshow is gonna be Gallo hitting .300 this year, isn’t it?

Chadwick Tromp – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. After the ball sailed over the wall, Tromp convened his best people to investigate how that happened.

Tim Anderson – Placed on the 10-day IL with a groin strain. I’ll admit that I didn’t think there was 10-day IL stints this year. I thought they rolled back to 15-day for real injuries and whatever-day IL stints for Covid. This isn’t a joke, I’m legit confused.

Nick Madrigal – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI. He recorded his 1st career hit the same game he went 4-for-5. Yo, Madrigal, are you the centerfold for Hitman Magazine? Because I didn’t know they did any centerfolds after Mattingly retired. 4-for-5 in his 1st career game with a hit! Can you believe this? That hasn’t been done since…Daniel Palka. Welp, now I’m even more impressed.

Dylan Cease – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 6.48. Streamonator actually kinda likes his next start, but I don’t trust him, and the season is too short to cyclops him with a monocle.

Billy Hamilton – Acquired by the Mets. Well, the word got around, they said, this kid’s OBP is insane, man. Took up a collection just to send him to 1st, man. And the world’s gonna know your name. What’s your name, man? BILLY HAMILTON! In New York you can be a new man, JUST YOU WAIT!

Yoenis Cespedes – The Mets said they didn’t know where Cespedes was, and everyone was rightfully worried for his safety, then about an hour later the Mets said they knew Yoenis was safe. Since it’s impossible to know a player is safe and not know where he is, it appears the Mets just wanted to shame Cespedes for not being at the game. The Mets are so stupid, yet still surprisingly stupid. It truly is remarkable. Finally, we received word that Yo was opting out. Trader Joe’s execs, “For products we know we have, but don’t know where they are in the store, we’ll call them Trader Yo’s.”

Pete Alonso – 0-for-5, hitting .175. More like Alons-ohferfive. Get it together! I own you in literally every league!

David Peterson – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.86. By the 2nd start I’ve watched on him, I’ve cemented my opinion on him. He’s…fine. Not F-I-N-E fine, just fine. Almost entirely neither here nor there. Serviceable. My thesaurus allows three adjectives per week, so there ya go.

Touki Toussaint – 4 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 8.10, but in his 1st start of the year, and already their last starter is a Faultymemorywitz. Touki’s next is at home vs. the Jays, but at home home not on the road home. You know exactly what I’m saying because you’re also like, “2020 Fantasy Baseball: This shizz is nuts, but I’m here for it.”

Joey Votto – Hit the IL with reported uh-oh symptoms, which means he could be on the IL anywhere from a few days to the rest of the season. I told everyone to play roto this year instead of head-to-head, but I’m now realizing everyone’s playing head-to-head, as in every fantasy team has one player on it and they’re going against other teams with one player. Fantasy Baseball 2020: It’s a bit like Hunger Games.

Trevor Bauer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 0.68, and the complete game. Person waking from one-month coma, “What is Grey talking about? Bauer was two innings short of a complete game.” Hey, lover of baseball, I got something to tell you. Rob Manfred has made doubleheaders into seven innings and pitchers can now get participation trophy complete games.

Nick Castellanos – Hit two homers (3, 4). Usually it’s shish, but sheesh, Greek God of Hard Contact!

Tyler Alexander – 3 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 1 walk, 10 Ks in middle relief, as he tied franchise record holder, Doug Fister, with nine consecutive strikeouts. You know you’re doing something right when you’re tying Fister in punch outs.

Casey Mize – With service time no longer a consideration, Mize will be called up, likely by the time you read this. Will likely be my lede in the next day or two, so I will hold back a little bit, but, yes, pick him up in every league.

Chris Bassitt – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 0.93. People were out chasing Turnbull, Boyd and an array of other pitchers that I couldn’t understand, while almost completely ignoring Bassitt, who I’ve loved since back in January (of this year, I know by now it’s confusing what year it is).

Ramon Laureano – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .290. And I love Laureano too. What am I, an A’s Stan? Where am I from, PakA’s-stan? Okay, I pushed too far.

Yusei Kikuchi – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.66. Sitting 95 on his fastball after throwing 92 MPH last year. Completely abandoning his slider and curve, adding a cutter that was inducing lots of swings and misses. Yusei? Yes, I do! Kikuchi-kuchi-coo! Never thought I’d be interested, but here I am interested. He looks marvelous. Streamonator loves his next start, and I’m wit’ it.

Kyle Lewis – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .425. Heard Ken Burns is working on a 10-part documentary about Kyle Lewis’s 10-game 2020 season.

Wade Davis – Hit the IL with a shoulder strain. No closer is saving 10 games this year. Just not happening. Bullpens this year are like Princess Di and corgis walking through a field of land mines. So, I grabbed Jairo Diaz (save yesterday) in a few leagues, this will work out great for me.

Matt Kemp – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games. Great call by Bud Black to start him over Garrett Hampson. Don’t make me put that in sarcastic font. Of course, it’s freakin’ egregious. Can you imagine not giving Hampson time to prove himself because, ya know, he could have a future with the Rockies, unlike Kemp, who is just passing through? There’s a lot of terrible managers in the majors, but Bud Black is the worst.

Daniel Murphy – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .364. Another guy who should’ve been DFA’d years ago. Doesn’t even matter that he’s started this season well. Well, it does for fantasy, but wasting entire years on vets with declining skills is quite the strategy. Oh, and Black started Chris Owings over Raimel Tapia yesterday too. Dig to the bottom of the giant pile of dinosaur crap in Jurassic Park and let out a chef’s kiss.

Ryan McMahon – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Lift the ball, Ryan! Everyone’s doing it.

Luke Weaver – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 14.73. Puke Weaver.

Merrill Kelly – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.63. Tough start vs. the Dodgers and threw the Quality Start, I’m taking the W on Friday’s Buy.

Julio Urias – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.45. Even though the season is barely ten days old, let’s be honest, we’re not sure if we’re getting another ten days. Okay, I think we do get a full 60 games, because games are money, and the MLB’s not trying to leave money on the table, but right now I’m thinking about how I want Urias on every team in 2021. He’s a top 20 starter waiting for a full season of innings.

Clayton Kershaw – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, as he was activated from the IL. Must be nice to have him back, which is different than it being nice to have his back.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-3, and his 2nd homer, but left game early with wrist soreness. Best to wish Betts your best. <–not a palindrome!

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .150. A 1st round pick that hasn’t made me want to pull my luscious hair from my head? No way!

Ryan Braun – Hit the IL with an infected index finger. Leave it to Braun to hit the IL during a weekend the Brewers weren’t even playing. What the hell was he doing with his finger? No one can go to the movies, so why’s he picking his seat!

Lorenzo Cain – Opted out of the remainder of the season. Don’t blame him at all. Brewers haven’t been able to play, so can you imagine being paid millions of dollars to sit in a five-star hotel and watch TV all day? That sounds awful! Also, do the Brewers need a clubhouse attendant? Asking for a friend.

Jack FlahertyCardinals have come back with multiple positives. So what does that mean for the Cardinals? Prolly taking the road previously un-traveled by the Marlins. They’ll sit in their hotel for a week. Occasionally, they’ll peek their heads out their room, see Mike Shildt sitting there as a hall monitor, and go back in their room. Only what they don’t know is it’s a scarecrow in a Shildt jersey.

 
  1. Humm Baby says:
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    I thought I read that it was supposed to be a 10 day IL for hitters, and 15 days for pitchers (to avoid what Dodgers do with their IL). This was pre-Covid madness. My Yahoo league notes 10 days for everyone. Yahoo been a mess all year. So I have no idea if the 10 day, 15 day split still happening for non-Covid injuries.

    • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      yahoo’s always a mess, actually LESS so this year (added corona tags, now allow 10 DL slots, never more than 5 before, ever)

    • BB says:
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      Nope, that was the preseason plan but still 10 for everyone now with the shortened schedule.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ah, yes, that makes sense, BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, maybe, I hadn’t heard or forgot — thanks!

  2. Kyeh says:
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    Hi Grey,

    How would you rate the following (semi)-rookie pitchers for this year (we dont know for how long…):
    Corbin Burnes, Cristian Javier, Zach Plesac, Dustin May… It looks like both Javier and May may be demoted to the bullpen role soon if without injuries on the team..

    Thank you!

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      who are taking javier/may’s jobs coming back from injury? i can’t find who they might be (assuming javier continues to do well anyway). they both got those roles from injuries in the first place (pruitt/verlander, wood). verlander is out for likely a while (min few weeks and i’d lay even money more than 2), no news on pruitt positive (plus they’d be batty to bench javier for him now anyway), on LAD i’ve not seen anything suggesting a.wood is getting better (and his “injury” might have only been from LAD and his performance so far anyway)

      • The Harrow says:
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        urquidy will remove framber likely (unless say javier sucks going forward and i’d think that would take 2 shitty starts, not one), and that’s still weeks away too.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Plesac, May, Javier for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  3. Member Berries says:
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    Driveline guys:
    Bauer, Kikuchi, Kershaw, Pearson, Kenley Jansen, Alex Wood, Matt Boyd

    Kikuchi Kershaw Jansen I’ve seen throw harder than last year. Kershaw looked awesome. Jansen looked better than last year but still worrisome.

    Over the Dodgers Astros broadcast, heard Orel hershiser say that the astros swung at zero(!) of the 51 breaking balls kershaw threw in 2017 playoffs at houston. Crazy

    2020 is wild. Even in daily leagues. I Cannot keep an active roster due to cancelled games and limited weekly roster moves but it’s all a part of the madness. Will CKieboom hit – wait until next week to find out.

    Arizona needs to let Varsho play. Fantasy community needs to know if there’s a hidden catcher gem. Until then, falafel man it is.

    Googled it, the Heinemans are brothers. I thought I read a box score wrong this weekend and laughed out loud when I saw another Heineman. this is a simulation…

    • Grey

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      That isn’t exactly a list of guys I’d jump at immediately

      Yeah, trying to fill your roster is #1 importance

      Varsho being called up and not playing is just so dumb

      They’re brothers! Haha, I had no idea

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Varsho has what TWO Ab’s..ridiculous, lets see what the kid can do..

      • Member Berries says:
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        I only heard of driveline this offseason, so I was curious of results. Reading the master lothario’s take on Kikuchi and watching Kershaw throw reminded me of driveline.

        Bauer’s been dominant and KJansens numbers are excellent (4ip 1h 2bb 4k 0 era)

        Wood is injured and I havent seen Boyd throw but his numbers are terrible, so there’s that.

        (Dodger fan) If healthy, I think Kershaw will be in cy young contention. Be great if Kershaw got his groove back.

        Rewatched Billy Chapel throw a perfect game this weekend with Vin Scully calling it – have you seen For Love of the Game?

        • Grey

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          Ha, yeah, I saw it when it came out…Nothing better than a feel good baseball movie

  4. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    20 team redraft h2h with innings as a scoring category (so as many SP as possible, but max 80 moves, which, in a normal season is quite prohibitive, not this year though) and QS, holds. have this:
    SP: gausman, junis, wright, j.gray, clevinger, gibson, lynn, singer, lindblom
    RP: (room for 5): wittgren, karinchak, watson gott
    these RP out there: phelps, j.hernandez, farmer, diekman, soria, romano

    1. who’s my SP drop for that 5th RP slot (junis or gausman i’d think, actually SON hates wright the most pretty much all the time (likely rookie + control issues))

    2. drop watson for a 2nd of those RP or hold?

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      osuna in DL slot, that’s why i have this move to make.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. I’d try Hernandez over Junis
      2. I’d hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  5. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    What a report!

    a. The Tyler Alexander blurb was a little boring. I only get stoked when a middle reliever retires ALL BATTERS FACED with the K rather than the sloppy 10/11 effort put in by Alexander! Tying the Fister (Fister?, I wouldn’t touch her), shame on youse! He has to beat the fister for it to be exciting.

    b. Start SGray today at home versus Cleveland (Zach Plesac). SON mildly likes him (7.8$). Plesac (-6.3$)? SON don’t like this start. You?

    1. SGray=7.8$
    2. Plesac=-9.3$, but with all the Reds’ injuries…

    c. Signed up Darin Ruf (who???!!!, is he still playing???!!!) as SF is going to Coors and I need a CI after Rio’s recent injury. Straight dropped Rio for Ruf. You okay with that?

    d. MLB quote of the day for August 3, 2020

    ‘You probably don’t call home and say, “Hi, mom. I am facing Pete Schourek tonight.” Names and stats don’t do it. You have to do it out on the field.’

    Carlos Juan Delgado Hernandez. Converted from catcher to first base (after a failed attempted move to left field) by the Blue Jays (his alma mater), Delgado was one of the most feared sluggers of his era. He is one of only 6 hitters to hit 30 homeruns in ten (10) consecutive seasons. He never won the MVP, but come on let’s be frank Canadians kind of fly under the radar, right?

    His 162-game average…

    689 PA, 580 AB, 99 R, 162 H, 38 2B, 1 3B, 38 HR, 120 RBI, 88 BB, 139 K, .280/.383/.546 slash line, 138 OPS+, 317 TB

    It’s open for debate, but his best season was probably his 2000 season…

    711 PA, 569 AB, 115 R, 196 H, 57 2B, 1 3B, 41 HR, 137 RBI, 123 BB, 104 K, .344/.470/.664 slash line, 181 OPS+, 378 TB.

    He led the league in 2000 in TB (no kidding) and hit by the pitch (15). He also led the league in doubles and games played (162). He came in fourth for the MVP voting. Oh, Canada! But the Blue Jays finished 3rd in the AL East (4.5 games behind NYY), so that was probably the reason. Yeah? I guess Andre Dawson winning the MVP for the Cubs in 1987 (when they finished DEAD LAST – 18.5 games behind the winning St. Louis Cardinals) was justified while Delgado not winning is justified ’cause Canada didn’t become the 51st state. I keed, I keed!

    This was the voting results in 2000 for the MVP.

    1. Giambi 317
    2. Thomas 285
    3. PayRod 218
    4. Delgado 206
    5. Pedro Martinez 103

    The voting was close between Giambi and Thomas, Giambi having a 7.8 WAR to Thomas’s 6.0 WAR.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’m starting both Gray and Plesac

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Ha

      B. Yes, both

      C. Woof on Ruf

      D. He got robbed of spotlight by steroids guys or he was also on, that’s the thing, impossible to know…Maddux might’ve been on steroids

  6. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    A haiku for Grimey, wherever I may find him.

    Signed Raisel, Sulser
    ‘Cause you know one or both could
    give you an ulcer

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

      • galica says:
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        Grey!

        Blimey, Grimley. Where’s Frank at? Tell him I said hello.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grimey! Grimey! Grimey!

          There, that’ll do it

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          ante love you too…
          altho I skip most your posts :)
          a true razz OG.

          • galica says:
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            Grimey!!!

            Sorry for misspelling your name (my ‘puter autocorrected Grimey to Grimley, why do you know someone named Jason?). OG for sure, much respect. Gotta be strictly business in this business.

            Cheers,
            Ante

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    16 teamer with saves + holds and net saves, separate categories (but since these cats you’d rather have closers (unless they are horrible) than holds guys in general). have these and bass/doolittle have to come out of stash slots tomorrow when they are back to not having postponed games from having matchups delayed from corona related stuff. so gotta drop 2.
    – burdi (kela back soon now)
    – sulser
    – d.castillo
    – g.holland (committee)
    – gott
    – r.iggy
    – bass
    – doolittle (out of closer role so far and also not doing well)

    also K/BF (true K%, K per 9 isn’t that) as a category, so far sulser (18%), gott (esp him, 8%), bass and doolittle (14%) not excelling in that. the others good (iggy/holland) to great (burdi, castillo)

    and it’s hilarious that cespedes opts out thinking he deserves a contract where his bonuses have to trigger. if he didn’t like how much his base rate was he shouldn’t have signed it. dude with broken down numerous leg parts don’t tend to get good deals for obv reasons (i mean if puig couldn’t get a deal he liked while NOT being injured (back in pre-april before his corona test(s) were positive) not like the market is exactly throwing a party for guys like cespedes)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d lose Sulser and Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland for sure, then prolly Doolittle

  8. Sandman says:
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    The Billy Hamilton blurb is gold. awesome stuff

    1) Trevor Gott or Rowan Wick?
    2) Madrigal or Monte?

    Thank you!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I like:

      1. Gott
      2.Monte

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Gott and Madrigal for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with DT

  9. Kas says:
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    Grey,

    Would you drop any of the following for Mize?

    McCullers, Hill, Houser, Wheeler.

    Also, Biggio or Madrigal ROS? Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d hold those arms. Biggio for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Morning Grey!

    1. You’re avoiding all cardinals in weekly leagues right? Was excited for O’Neill getting 4 @DET, but doesn’t seem to be in the . . . CARDS!

    2. Do you think Burdi is safe to start for saves for this week? (Re kela)

    3. Psyched about Solak. With odor potentially IL or at least out for a bit he could be 2B and OF elig soon!

    4. Barring meltdown, Jairo is closer in COL rest of season, no? Suddenly my most reliable closer ROS is hudson (I have Hand Britton Burdi Lugo [and had drafted Anderson..oops]

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Avoid
      2. I’d start him
      4. Could be

    • galica says:
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      Duda!

      Love ya. A couple of points on the Rox BP.

      1. Not 100% but I think Estevez is first in the pecking order with Davis and Oberg out.

      2. Don’t count out Yency Almonte yet. Has improved FB location this year (96 – 97 on the gun) and has a killer splitter as his outpitch at 85-86. On top of that when he’s missing with the splitter it’s missing down and away out of the strike zone. I know he pitched badly in the minors, but this is a weird year and the Rox are winning out of the gate. Maybe, who knows.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes

      2. Vs. who?

      3. Yup!

      4. Yes

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Pirates face Twins 4 times (low save chance) and Tigers 3 times (good save chance). seems like Kela is close, but maybe a next week sort of thing?

        If I didn’t start Burdi this week, I’d be sending out Stripling @SD ($1.2), Descl at MIL (-$11.7) Corbin Burnes expected v CIN (-$5.4),Wheeler v either the Yanks (-$10) or maybe ATL (probably meh too, and Phillies haven’t set their rotation that far out yet). So, not great options in lieu of Burdi as a saves bet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kela wait until next week — I’d go Stripling

  11. Dr Y says:
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    Is it time to wait for willie Calhoun power surge to come on the waiver wire? It’s been brutal

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Prob can lose him. Who’s available?

      • Dr Y says:
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        Some decent streaming pitchers, potential closers. Daily league so I have Joc as streaming hitter. I’ll just plug him in full time and take my lumps or what for a hitter to emerge

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  12. Dave D says:
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    Dude, I almost lost my sh*t when I read your Cole Sulser take. If you could say that while drooling you’ll put it over the top.

    I think the Cespedes thing is all about being bitter after losing that money because the Mets found out he was injured while doing amateur rodeo hour at his “ranch“ and the domesticated cattle won.

    In any event, I’ll take Cespedes antics anyday over Reese McGuire. Holy sh*t. What the….??? No words. If you dont know what Im talking about search: “Reese McGuire TMZ”. Its horrifying. The dude is toast. No way he lives this down in MLB. He’s gonna have the nickname “PeeWee Herman” now.

    That almost takes my mind off of what Hansel Robles did to my teams last week. Adding insult to injury, I own Canning on one of the teams and Hansel’s meltdown denied him a needed “W”. I knew he was throwing BP after Reddick homered off him. I would have pulled him there. Who does that? I already knew when Springer stepped in what would transpire.

    One more take: did anyone else see Matt Thaiss AB in the 9th inning yesterday? How the F do you take strike three looking with the bases loaded on a 3-2 count and a fastball down the middle of the plate? Dude does not have good baseball IQ. Gotta swing at anything near the plate in that situation unless he knows he cant hit worth a crap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

      Mets gonna Mets, and yes it’s about $, it always is…The mets weren’t playing him to avoid paying him, usual garbage

      Yeah, I wrote something snarky about McGuire when it happened

      I didn’t see Thaiss but sounds like Angels have Trout and everyone else

      • Dave D says:
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        Trout and Fletcher, but, sadly, no cold seltzer for the 9th inning…

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          i think we see Rendon step forward this week. His contact is looking better.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      I did see that! I yelled at my TV… Thaiss made me so mad. But not near as mad as the Angels bullpen has and Maddon running Robles out there repeatedly knowing full well his velo is still down. c’mon man. 5 blown saves in 10 games! ughhh, we should be in first.

      Also Canning has looked great so far. That curve is nasty.

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, I was really bummed for Canning and myself. I woulda been in first in one league if Robles had a clean SV there. Ohtani is probably toast. Not looking good. Id rather see Ward, Ohtani, Walsh, Marsh at 1B over Thaiss. I mean, I knew when I was ten years old in little league to swing in that situation unless the ball was in the dirt or hitting the backstop…

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          for real, thats the first thing you learn in live-pitch ball, hahaha, full count swing at anything close. smh

  13. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Are you done with E5 until he shows something, or would you be starting him (despite 3 @CLE and having to face Woodruff in the brewers series) over a guy like Solak (Angels and As this week, facing no one particularly scary)?

    Thanks again!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Try Solak

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  14. krazyivan says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Great report. I heard MLB is going to experiment with another change. Starting in the 2nd inning the Pirates will be allowed to put the man AB that ended the last inning on 2nd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Pirates might need more

  15. toolshed says:
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    Maeda has piqued my interest for several years based on some of his advanced stats. The problem was he played for LAD. This is the year I dont I own him and his draft day price will skyrocket next year after getting a chance to start. His contract was very incentive laden with LAD and they manipulated the $hit out of it. He was jockeyed back and forth to the bullpen and occassionally had Dodgeritis better known as the mysterious IL trip from time to time. All of this to curtail his innings. So frustrating to have owned him and he would get pulled after 5 innings or less, not qualify for a win or qs despite cruising at times while on the mound.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  16. wesnelson14 says:
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    Standard Points League – Teoscar or Monte?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Teoscar for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. Dancin Homer says:
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    Hope you had a great weekend; Monday’s are always rough, but at least I get the extended daily dose here to ease the Monday blues.

    12-team, 6×6, Roto redraft league.

    My roster:
    C: Contreras
    1B: Bellinger
    2B: K. Marte
    3B: Sano
    SS: Correa
    IF: Schoop
    OF: Judge, Joc Pederson, Franmil Reyes
    UTL: Kyle Lewis
    BN: Kyle Tucker, Villar (is the Marlins ever play again)
    NA: Adell

    SP: Bieber, Berrios, G. Marquez, R. Ray, Urias, M. Kelly, Canning, Carlos Martinez
    RP: Hader, Workman, Jeffres, Burdi

    IL: A. Wood, Wade Davis

    Who would you drop for Monte Harrison?

    Is Sulser, Wick, Romo, &/or Tyler Alexander worth adding to my RP pen? If so, who would you drop?

    Thanks as always!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Monte over Schoop.

      Wick over Jeffress for me

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        Thanks Donkey.

        I just claimed Jeffres on waivers with the speculation he’d be the closer, but I’m a Cubs fan living in Chicago and still have no clue who the closer is. Do you see Wick over Jeffres as the closer?

        Also, with Crick supposedly coming back soon and PIT just not being very good, where do you see Burdi’s value moving forward?

        • Dancin Homer says:
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          multi-tasking = bad on monday morning.

          Replace Crick with Kela, but the above question still applies

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kela is PItt’s closer

          • Dancin Homer says:
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            thanks Grey;

            would you drop Burdi for Sulser or Wick then?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wick

              • Dancin Homer says:
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                thanks again

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Yeah Wick as closer is my guess…unless Kimbrel is straightened out.

          • Dancin Homer says:
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            thank you. Dropped Burdi for Wick and am holding Jeffres to see how it plays out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, you too!

      Agree with DT

  18. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Yo Grey, struggling for first base in a pts league…. Just picked up C. Walker but I’m staring at Renato Nunez…. Who do you like more right now? Have a good one.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Walker for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  19. DonnieB says:
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    I have Kyle Seager at 3rd at a $1 and Austin Riley at DH at $10. Riley is eligible now at 3rd. I want to add Madrigal. Just add Madrigal and drop Riley or move Riley to third and drop Seager or hold?

    Thanks. Ask Biggio to get going.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Madrigal over Riley for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  20. 8 team small money league. One owner just quit. What the best way to move forward. We won’t be able to find a new owner to take over his team. Could put his players back in F.A. But that’s not fair. Any Ideas? thanks again.

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      if a new owner of that team is able to win money you’ll find an owner for that team, everybody loves a freeroll.

    • Cram It says:
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      Just leave his team as is. It’s no different than a dead manager who quits playing halfway through a season.

      • hondo says:
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        Yep.But the 1 team that doesn’t get to pile on is gonna be pissed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  21. LOLmets says:
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    What a shame, Judge looks as good as any player I’ve ever seen right now. He looks trimmer, maybe he can find a way to have a long career in that enormous body.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, if every season is 9 games long, he’s got it

      • LOLmets says:
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        Good point Grey… It’s not like Judge led MLB in WAR his rookie season or anything… Wait…

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Yeah both him and Stanton look a bit leaner… maybe they went to same trainer who was like “full yoke is broke, don’t be a joke”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        All about bench pressing Tiffany Haddish!

  22. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Saves ROS

    Romo or bass?

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      bass.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  23. scoboticus says:
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    Drop Santander for Harrison? I have a need for speed. So far my only SB is from Kyle Seager!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Harrison for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  24. Timmy says:
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    Pearson or Plesac rest of season?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Plesac for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      I’d prefer Pearson in non-QS leagues, and Plesac if it counts QS

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That’s fair too

  25. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    NL only with holds added. have these for bullpen: jeffress, watson, raise the church, gott. chuck watson for any of: morgan (hasn’t played yet, but appears to be 8th inning), phelps (best numbers on MIL so far), d-will (MIL, probably behind phelps though), boxy (MIA), estevez, j.guerra (possibly the 8th inning guy), rainey (possibly over doolittle at WAS with harris out), c.martin.

    2. different league (16 team dynasty with net saves + holds together over saves), have:
    ginkel, buttrey, gott, raise the church, d.castillo (giles in DL), drop anybody for any of: j.hernandez, phelps, morgan, jeffress, j.wilson, j.diaz, rainey?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Meh, hold
      2. I’d grab Diaz and lose Castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  26. Jake says:
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    Who do your prefer ROS Griffin Canning or Marco Gonzales?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Canning for me

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      agree with DT, Canning has been good, Margo is booty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  27. RicoSuave says:
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    Thank you Grey for the great work!

    16 team points league… H2H against everyone every week. Weird…

    Anyway, last week (11 day week) I went 8-7 and due to so many postponed games and lost a few pitching starts.

    This is my team:

    C Falafel (Alfaro IL)
    1B Olson
    2B Madrigal/ Alberto (bench)
    3B Sano
    SS Treat Urner
    OF Laureano
    OF K Lewis (Soto IL)
    OF L Robert
    UTIL Franmil
    Bench- Kingery

    SP

    Flaherty
    Giolito
    Fried
    Gallen
    Richards
    Eovaldi (bench)
    M Keller (IL)
    C. Mize ( bench)
    M. Gore(Bench)

    SP/RP
    May
    Urias
    C Martinez

    RP

    Daniel Hudson (Kela IL)

    I need your help…

    2B. Madrigal 4x vs MIL and 3x vs CLE Or
    H Alberto 1x vs NYY and 3x @ WASH

    With Soto coming back for this week. I need to drop either Madrigal/Alberto or Kingery… who should I drop…?

    I need to start 5 SPs and 3 RPs…

    SP- Flaherty 1x @ DET and 1x vs CHC
    SP- Giolito 1x @ MIL and 1x vs CLE
    SP- Eovaldi 1x @ TB
    SP- Fried 1x vs TOR and 1x @ PHI
    SP- Gallen 1x vs HOU
    SP- Richards 1x vs LAD

    SP/RP- D. May 1x @ SD
    SP/RP- Urias 1x vs SF
    SP/RP- C. Martinez 1x vs DET
    RP- Daniel Hudson 2x vs NYM and 3x vs BAL

    Thanks so much in advance Grey…(streamonator and hittertron not easy to check on my phone)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d start Madrigal, lose Alberto, bench Flaherty and CMart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • RicoSuave says:
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        Thanks guys!

        Who should I bench for Soto in my OF/UTIL?

        It sucks that the Cards won’t be playing this week…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess Franmil

          • RicoSuave says:
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            Yep, he’s been cold… I hope I don’t get a sonofabench!
            Muchas gracias Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problemo

  28. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    12 Team Roto 6×6 OPS QS Daily

    I’m looking to add Kikuchi this morning. I currently roster Castillo, Darvish, Lynn, Gallen, Ray, Canning, Montgomery, Burnes, Melancon, Jimenez, Drake, and Kintzler.

    Who is the drop here? Thanks in advance for your thoughts

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d lose Montgomery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kintzler

      • Saint says:
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        Thanks Grey

    • Hater Bell

      Grey says:
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      Kintzler

      • Saint says:
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        Thanks again Grey

    • 183414 says:
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      Ray

  29. Prettay, Prettay, Prettaaaay... Prettay Good says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve been reading you for years and I’m always amazed at how much quality content you provide vs. any other site, not to mention entertainment value.

    Thanks to your advice, I have Kyle Lewis on my team for a $1, which means I can have him for cheap for the next 4 years in our league. I’ve noticed he has K’d in 17 of 40 ABs this year. And gotten hits in 17 of 40. Should I be selling high on him given his windmill tendencies or hold for the longer term?

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      sell highs are always about who you are selling for. k.lewis has always had both the high K rates and high power tool ratings.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Drexl but wouldn’t be actively trying to sell a $1 Lewis in a keeper.

    • Hater Bell

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with others — for who?

  30. Umpy 70 says:
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    Urg, what to do with Josh James, im desperate for pitching, but in a 12 team league, not much else out there.

    Is he a drop regardless?

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      drops are always about who you’d be dropping for.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Aremianless

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

    • 183414 says:
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      I prefer Valdez.

  31. Kas says:
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    Grey,

    Would you drop any of these guys for Mize?

    McCullers, Hill, Wheeler, Houser…

    Also, Biggio or Madrigal ROS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  32. swaggerjackers says:
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    Is Will Smith (catcher) officially a bust in weekly leagues due to limited ABs? He chould be dropped for Falefa or Severino.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d keep Smith over those two

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  33. Justin Ralph says:
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    Civil or Chatwood ROS?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      chat (ROS is a hard concept less than 2 full years removed from the dude who posted the worst BB rate over that many innings in the history of baseball (chatwood)) for now.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Chatwood for me

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Chatwood all day

      • Dave D says:
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        ex-Angel, Chatwood, that is.,.

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          don’t get me started!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  34. Tony C says:
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    Hey Grey thank you for what you do! I’m in a 12 team Roto league with 21 categories (11×10). In my league I am in the top 2 in R, H, HR, RBI, AVG, OPS and last in SB and BB for hitting. For pitching I’m top 3 in K, K/9, QS, W, S, ERA and WHIP

    This morning I dropped Hanser Robles and picked up Monte Harrison for steals. Also available in my league are JP Crawford.
    A few interesting pitchers available for Holds or otherwise are: J. Wilson, S, Romo, T. May, Burdi, Diekman, Taylor Wiliams, Goody, M. Kelly, Turnbull, Kikuchi and Richards.

    Who should I drop to activate Soto tomorrow?

    Should I pickup JP Crawford, a pitcher or both? Who would you drop?

    Hitting cats: H, R, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, K, BB, BA and OPS
    Pitching cats: W, L, S, Holds, QS, CG, K, K/9, ERA and WHIP

    My roster:
    C -Vazquez
    1b-Rizzo
    2b-Moose
    3b-Devers
    ss-Bogaerts
    OF-Ozuna,
    OF-Franmil
    OF-Kepler
    Ut-JD Davis
    UT-N. Cruz
    BN-Edman, M. Harrison
    IL-Soto

    SP- Morton, Woodruff, Maeda, Gallen, Lynn, Marquez, Pearson, Byrnes, Howard
    RP- T. Rogers – MN
    IL- Odorizzi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Howard, Burnes

      Kelly, Soto

  35. BAC says:
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    5×5 12 team OBP. Saves+holds.

    Drop Josh James for Shoemaker or stream? Streamonator hates Shoemaker’s next start (@ATL, -9.0) but he could be a guy to hold in this type of season. Was going to keep James if he heads to the bullpen but I think they have to keep starting him based on lack of other options.

    Drop Hilliard for Monte Harrison?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  36. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    for anybody not aware of or fairly new to closermonkey, here’s a funny post from a few years ago about the worst RP they’ve documented that they put out while bored during an all star break (been around since 2011, which really really doesn’t feel like 9 years ago, i think i started fantasy baseball in this same year or close to it)

    https://closermonkey.com/test/2018/07/19/from-matt-anderson-to-joel-zumaya-an-a-to-z-list-of-the-closers-who-couldnt-quite-hack-it/?utm_source=FT+8%2F3%2F20+Daily&utm_campaign=Daily+8%2F3%2F20&utm_medium=email

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  37. frito pendejo says:
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    I’m just here for the Lord Chadwick Tromp esq. updates. #58 on the Hittertron today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  38. Seth Dodge says:
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    Matt Olson.

    Soooo… gonna start hitting soon, or…?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Him and Alonso have been fun to own

  39. Joet says:
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    Is BAL facing Mia in the beginning of the week? Or not?

    I read 4 games in 3 days – but I can’t find the series on any published baseball schedule.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re facing them, I think

      • Player X says:
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        Did the Marlins release the names of players who have covid?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just Alcantara and Alfaro

  40. baby seal says:
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    Yo Grey, I’m 1st place Overall in the DC!!

    https://nfc.shgn.com/standings_overall/baseball/159

    Site seems slow btw, but works fine, just FYI.

    Saves are the hottest mess since Britney Spears, Lohan, and Miley… lol (NOT Wade Miley, who is also a mess)

    Fun fact: I started Miley over Plesac in that 1st overall team last week! *facepalms*

    *Picking up Romo in my shallow 12-team H2H home league… although we have 6 bench spots for 2020 I just realized… go 2020!

    Thinking I need to can Do Little and/or Helsley — also holding Lindblom and Howard, for now. Recs on drops? We only get 4 moves per week… ahhh!!!! Already got Diaz and have Jansen. Thinking I might want to grab Turnbull too (your fav)… :-)

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      nice work.

      yeah i’m cutting the cord with Dolittle too since he has, coincidentally, done very little for me.

      • baby seal says:
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        Thanks bro!

    • Atta Baby!

      • baby seal says:
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        gracias amigo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baby Seal! That’s amazing! Imagine we have two frequent commenters win two years in a row — that would be awesome! Pulling for you!

      Agree with whip — Doolittle and Hels — you can move on

      • baby seal says:
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        Thank you both for the confirmation bias! Haha, and thanks man, this was the first team I drafted, so definitely highly based on your ranks (FYI, your site is still a bit slow for me, but maybe it’s just me?)

        Starting staff for a 15… Darvish, Sonny, Lynn, Maeda, Yarbro… Turnbull, Plesac, Stroman. But closing situation is a bit rough. Hand and Lugo… Hirano, Buttrey, May? Yikes.

        Things are so tight but this team has been top-100 the entire time. Swanson, Moran, Story, Xander last night… pulling weight.

        My other DCs are 1st, 3rd, 5th. The 1st place was around 1,000 overall most of the week and now is 90s. The 3rd place one is the Razzball one, where I’ve been 1st most of the season and was top-100 until yesterday, now ranked 1,100… lol. I actually love that team.

        Things obviously still moving a lot. Just plugging guys like Dickserson to get ABs is actually huge in these things… nice pick 600 guy, which I gleaned from your ranks and have all over the place!

        Later man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully you get the overall that would be so cool, sadly a long way to go even if there’s not a long season — love that pitching — looks like mine in a lot of leagues — I’m 1st overall in TGFBI for whatever that means

    • 183414 says:
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      Killing it Alex. Great s.p.’s., even for a 12 teamer. You posted OC Overall, and the team leading is Team Seals OC 1. Thought it was you at 1st.
      Amazing that I’m 9th OA, with Hiura, Edman, Teoscar, Gurriel, Hosmer, and Dubon getting zero a.b. over the last 3 days. Plus Snell, Ray, and Cueto. Thought I’d get Carlson back on friday, now it won’t be until every Cardinal , they’re coaching staff, announcers, fans, all test negative for 2 consecutive tests.
      Manfred destroying 2020.

    • Dave D says:
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      Congrats so far. Imagine your lead if Plesac was in over Miley last week. Good luck rest of the way! Nice lineup.

  41. Trader says:
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    Please advise which of these trades you would accept.

    1. Yelich and Newman for his Trout and Shedd.
    2. Yelich and Newman for his Cole and Arreaz
    3. Abreu and Morton for his Story and Cron

    • Matt says:
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      take Story!

      • Trader says:
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        Hoping for answers on each

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      1. could go either way, but with Trout coming back quicker than i thought, I’d say yes
      2. No
      3. Yes 1000%

      • Trader says:
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        Thanks! Love me a Story as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. No
      2. No
      3. Yes

      • Trader says:
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        Thanks! Executed #3. Held Yelich but asked you due to potential knee concerns.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, No problem!

  42. Sam says:
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    Happy Monday!
    Is josh James a drop yet? Spencer Howard, McKay, gore, Montgomery, kikuchi are some guys available… I also have Robbie ray and luccessi Who haven’t been very good… make the sewap for any of these dudes?

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      yeah i think we can move on from James now as much as it pains me, the command improvements I saw in Spring Training part 1 are no where to be found right now. Def try Kikuchi at least for next start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with whip

  43. DonnieB says:
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    I have Burnes,May and Kelly as my last three starters. Could I upgrade with DeSclafani,,Waino, or Ass a closer like Diaz? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These aren’t upgrades

  44. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Good Morning, Grey!

    I think I speak for all Fantasy nerds when I say, “I’m glad you haven’t opted out of the rest of 2020…yet!”

    SS – Adames, Hoerner, or JP Crawford?
    MI – Adames, Hoerner, JP Crawford, Dubon, Schoop, Solano, or Wilmer Flores?
    CI – Longoria or Moreland?

    12-team 5×5 OBP roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, it was an easy decision!

      Hoerner
      Crawford
      Longo

  45. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Saves ROS

    Sulser or bass?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sulser

      • 183414 says:
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        Hope not. Picked up Bass last week. Giles with shoulder strain…..Bass looking good.

  46. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Which two starters would you want for the ROS? Plesac, Gallen, Musgrove, or Singer

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plesac, Gallen — there’s really no ROS this year tho

      • SF says:
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        So true.

  47. LaRockakis says:
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    Per the Tatis trade…

    12 team keeper league. Points.

    Is Chapman + Hiura too much to pay for Tatis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many keepers, it’s close, I’d prolly take Tatis

      • LaRockakis says:
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        Five hitter keepers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tatis

  48. Big Ticket says:
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    Thanks Grey! All this outbreak madness is rough, especially in weekly leagues. Would you roll the dice this week and make Flaherty active? Alternative would be Fiers … TIA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think the Cards play

      • 183414 says:
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        How can there be a fantasy season, if you lose key players for a week at a time ? Can someone just summarily fire Manfred. This is pure insanity !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I know

  49. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Garver – Looked over some film, and was confirmed by another dude on twitter, like some others his bat is still “in camp” as he’s fouling off pitches he normally gets to as his hands are back more, thus slower. He discipline is still extraodinary as he’s only been chasing 12% of pitches so far and his contact rate in the zone is currently down 12% despite swing rate in zone up. So he needs more ABs.

    Robles – Velo is still down and his command has been meh. hanging way to many breakers. Angels have 5 blown saves in 10 games… okayyyyyy. Great, wonderful. Could be in 1st place in all mlb, instead bleh.

    Bauer – The Tinkerer is crazy, as he changes habits so many times in season its hard to track trends in approach etc. But currently digging into his success to see whats up(or down).

    Matt Kemp “The Hilltopper” – because literally everytime he plays, personally, i see him climbing over the corpse of Hilliard, though Bud is certainly hampering other value.

    Belli – pulled a change down the rightfield line on that one, good sign of things to come I hope. Swing adjustments were totally worth it! digging morer into that as well, briefly mentioned some of it in Summer Camp #2 Top outfielders

    Chatwood – So money, yes on the cutter more but he also made some changes – will be diving into him for this week.

    CLE Starters – So basically we all should have just drafted their starting rotation and we all would be leading our league in pitching stats – check! In one league I now have Bieber, Cookie, Civale and Plesac…. yep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Such a Garver stan! Haha

      Robles looks awful

      Imagine drafting Greinke before Bauer, which some did

      HAHAHA, nice on Kemp

      Hope so on Belly

      Yes on Chat!

      Yeah, pretty much on Indians

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Garver 4 Life! (until he finishes the season batting .200)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Get a room!

  50. Five-on-One says:
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    1) Mize or Kikuchi over any of Javier or Houser or May? Or hold?

    2) Monte or Solak over any of Teoscar, Didi or Wil Myers? Or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Mize over Javier if he’s called up

      2. Meh, I guess Monte over Myers, but could go other way

  51. Chris says:
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    Love your work! Gotta say I disagree with you on your takes on Gallo and Kemp.

    It is not surprising to see Gallo hitting so well. He was crushing it last year before he was injured.
    From 2018 to 2019, Gallo’s rate of swinging at pitches outside of the zone dropped from 32.3% to 24.2%. His OBP jumped up from .312 to .389. This tells me he is maturing, and taking what is given to him rather than forcing his will every at bat.

    Now onto Kemp/Bud Black..
    In a shortened season when anyone has a chance, I would much rather take a proven veteran over a young player that has a future with the team (Unless your the Marlins or Tigers and a few other teams). Every game counts, and the difference from making the playoffs and not making the playoffs could be Kemp batting .260 with 9 HR and 30 RBI versus Hampson batting .250 with 2 HR and 15 RBI and 5 SB. (i just made those numbers up in my head :P)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That makes sense on Gallo

      Kemp, hard disagree, but we can remain friends and disagree — you have 60 games, let Hampson develop — 10 HRs from Kemp gets you nowhere in big picture

      • Chris says:
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        For sure! I enjoy a healthy debate and appreciate your perspective!

        Looking forward to your analysis the rest of the year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  52. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey Hey,

    First off, impossible question that I don’t think you’ll feel like answering in comments: what the hell are we supposed to be doing now? That is, I normally just spend April sitting and looking at what I’ve got. I only make piddling moves with the last few spots on my roster to speculate on guys grabbing the CL role for the rest of the season, stream pitchers here and there when there are super-juicy matchups, and maybe grab a callup like I did with FTJ last year. But now? What the F, yo? Am I waiting and seeing what I’ve got for two weeks? Three? Playing like it’s July?? I have no clue, and don’t expect you to, either, but it’s relevant to my Qs below . . .

    1. Matt Olson. I had a WOOOOOODski to reach for this guy in my draft. So far pppppthhh. I’d rather have Jose Canseco in 2000. How long do I wait on a dude that I’m expecting mostly power from?

    2. Mize/Howard . . . do we even have time to wait for rookie nookie and play the right matchups or . . .

    3. . . . is Bassitt a hold in the spot I could use for the kids ?

    Lurvey Lurve Lurves!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Have to wait still

      2. I’d try Mize, forget Howard until Phils announce something

      3. Depends on his next matchup more than anything, which I honestly don’t know

      Lurves!

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Thank you, my dearest over-the-internet friend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, No problem — be well sportive!

  53. Matt says:
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    hey Grey – I’ve recieved the following offer after your buy/ sell post on friday. In a 12 team h2h 5×5: Gerrit Cole, Segura, Shogo for my Xander, Soler, Wheeler. Below is my team:

    1b- Olson
    2b- Ketel
    3b- Ramirez
    Ss- Bogaerts
    Of – Trout, Judge, Soler
    Util- Teoscar, Grisham
    Bn- Edwin, Edman
    Sp- Berrios, S. Gray, Lamet, Wheeler, Gallen, Pearson, Hill, May, Luzardo
    Rp- Britton, Bass, Karinchak

    Do I take Cole? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  54. Joe Beísbol says:
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    Feels like my team has extras I do not need, like an extra 1B in Walker or Voit, extra questionable RPs in Kintzler and Kim (and maybe Pressly, we’ll see), and Britton by the end of the week. I want to free up some space to do more steaming of bats and pitchers due to the short season, though currently I’m first. Would you drop any of my spare 1Bs or RPs to stream someone like Christian Javier? And/or would you look to offer Abreu, Voit, or Walker in a trade?

    Team in a 12-team, redraft, Roto

    C – Perez, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Ozzie, 3B – Chapman, SS – Trea, OF – Laureano, Judge, Brantley, Util – Voit, Bench – Walker (though sometimes I play him over Voit)

    SP – Clevinger, Gray, Hendricks, Turnbull, Disclafani, Tanaka,
    RP – Britton, Jairo, Bass, Kintzler, KH Kim, Pressly

    IL – Dozier, Verlander

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, trade if you can — Voit/Walker for one SP like Wheeler?

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        Will do. Who do you think is better ROS: Voit or Walker? Walker seems to be hitting well for average and putting up Rs and RBIs, but no HRs yet and that lineup is, overall, pretty bad except for like, him, Marte, and Ketel.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Walker, but barely

  55. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Here’s to W2 being better with the bats and that my pitching keeps it up – naturally my early investment in bats didn’t work W1, while my pitching was ridiculous…

    Need Olson, Bellinger, Suarez, Will Smith (C), and Mondesi to get going. Following up on Mondesi, prayer octagons for both Mondesi and Betts and that whatever injuries they have are super minor and they only end up missing a game or 2…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, me too!

      • William Hung says:
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        Get ready for that 2021 Adalberto Mondesi sleeper post – he’s batting 8th tonight and unless he gets going with the bat and glove soon, i have a feeling things are gonna get rough. If my league didn’t count errors, I wouldn’t know he had 4 errors last week, and i think 3 of them came in 4 games

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, he just needs one good game — buy low!

          • William Hung says:
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            Happened to Suarez again in his first AB – 2 pitches that showed as outside for strikes – that 2nd one that he took for strike 3 was outside

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn

              • William Hung says:
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                You can see it’s getting to Suarez too

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s getting to me too bc I own him

                  • William Hung says:
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                    I’m not even mad at Suarez cause it’s not like he’s swinging wildly and missing – it’s these BS calls… dunno what he’s supposed to do other than expand the strike zone and strike out anyway?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m too mad at Alonso to think about it

  56. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    Saves are 10 pts
    Holds are 4 pts

    Got to drop one of the following:

    Nick Anderson
    Hector Neris
    Alex Colome
    Kirby Yates

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  57. Prestige says:
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    Am I crazy to want to stream Chi chi gonzalez at home (colorado) vs the Giants today??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, crazy

  58. Maaatttttt says:
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    Turnbull or Kikuchi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kikuchi

      • Maaattttt says:
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        Okay thanks! I just activated desclafani, drop for kikuchi?

        Also was rostering Diego Castillo and Chad green in a league with holds, I dropped chad green and Oliver drake to move desclafani from
        IL to bench, should I drop Castillo and pick up green or drake or just keep Castillo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, Kikuchi

          Yes, Drake

          • Maaattttt says:
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            Thanks again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

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

    Hitting:

    C – Christian Vazquez
    1B – Matt Olson
    2B – Cavan Biggio
    3B – Matt Chapman
    SS – Javier Baez
    OF – J.D. Martinez
    OF – Ramon Laureano
    OF – Michael Conforto
    Util – Shohei Ohtani
    Util – Teoscar Hernandez
    BN – Nick Madrigal
    BN – Ian Happ
    BN – Willie Calhoun
    IL – Hunter Dozier

    Looks like Willie Calhoun would be the weakest link as a bat at the moment.
    Make a move for any of the top bats on the WW?

    Monte Harrison
    Jacoby Jones
    Renato Nunez
    Kyle Tucker
    Brian Goodwin
    Shed Long
    Paul DeJong
    Danny Santana

    Pitching:

    SP – Gerrit Cole
    SP – Walker Buehler
    SP – Mike Clevinger
    SP – Robbie Ray
    SP – Julio Urias
    SP – Dustin May
    SP – Ross Stripling
    SP – Nate Pearson
    RP – Kenley Jansen
    RP – Brandon Kintzler
    RP – Ryan Pressly
    IL – Noah Syndergaard
    NA – Casey Mize

    Pitching wise, really up in the air about what to do. Grabbed Pressly on the Osuna news, and then Kintzler is in Marlins purgatory. What area would you target at the weak spot, and who would be the drop when Mize comes up and is no longer NA eligible? Would you move on any of the below?

    Pitching WW:
    RP – Craig Kimbrel
    RP – Sergio Romo
    RP – Oliver Drake
    RP – Cole Sulser
    RP – Taylor Willias
    RP – Nick Burdi
    RP – Trevor Rosenthal

    SP – Yusei Kickuchi
    SP – Griffin Canning
    SP – Yonny Chirinos
    SP – Alec Mills
    SP – Anthony DeSclafani
    SP – Kyle Freeland
    SP – Chris Bassitt
    SP – Tyler Alexander*
    SP – Wade Leblanc
    SP – Antonio Senzatela
    SP – Mike Fiers
    SP – Alex Wood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tucker is prolly best, but I’d try Monte

      I’d lose Senzatela, Freeland and Wood to stream, or one for Mize

  60. Jason Murray says:
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    Has Karinchak bypassed Hand at closer, or am I better off picking up Jairo Diaz or Wick? I have Hudson and Bradley as my other closers. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz

  61. scoboticus says:
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    Wick over Gallegos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  62. RicoSuave says:
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    Points league…
    Dobnak or Eovaldi ROS?
    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Eovaldi

      • RicoSuave says:
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        I know… it’s just with positives and postponed games I need to make harsh decisions…
        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  63. Matt says:
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    Drake , Jeffress, Sulser or J. Hernandez in a RCL? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…None? Flip a coin? I guess Sulser

  64. Harley Earl says:
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    You left one out Grey!

    Wil Myers: Went 2/4 with a triple and three RBIs on Sunday. Myers’ triple came with the bases loaded in the 8th inning as the Padres’ rally fell short. Myers is batting .257 with a .366 OBP, two HR, 8 RBIs and 1 SB.

    Myers winks at Grey, who does not own any shares of him, then tips his cat to Harley Earl who owns him on every team he has. Meanwhile, Pete Alonso continues his whiff brigade with 15 Ks in 40 at-bats.

    Come on, throw some more Hate to my boy Myers! You know you want to!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  65. Harley Earl says:
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    You left one out Grey!

    Wil Myers: Went 2/4 with a triple and three RBIs on Sunday. Myers’ triple came with the bases loaded in the 8th inning as the Padres’ rally fell short. Myers is batting .257 with a .366 OBP, two HR, 8 RBIs and 1 SB.

    Myers winks at Grey, who does not own any shares of him, then tips his cap to Harley Earl who owns him on every team he has. Meanwhile, Pete Alonso continues his whiff brigade with 15 Ks in 40 at-bats.

    Come on, throw some more Hate to my boy Myers! You know you want to!

  66. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Also, guess who drafted Freeland in RazzSlam? This guy. and they laughed at me… who’s laughing now?! bahahahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’ll be laughing soon after a Coors blowup

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        RazzSlam is bestball though *thug glasses* , 2019 his mechanics went bad but in 2018 he was actually better in Coors… so we’ll see. His mechanics were good in Spring and so I grabbed him as my last pick in RazzSlam, can’t argue with that LOL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not at all! I don’t mind Rox SPs in Best Ball at all

  67. Jaco says:
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    Mr Grey Mr Grey how how goes it, I hope you had a splendid weekend—

    A). You dropping Canha for Monte?

    B). On pace to be 30 IP short—would prefer to keep my RPs but don’t think I have a SP to drop and stream to catch up in IP. Merrill Kelly, Bassitt, Montgomery on the wire to give you an idea of the quality of streamers I could have (although all those guys should be owned and could be snagged off the wire tomorrow who knows). Any suggestion of a drop to stream or just hold?

    For ref: Yahoo 5×5 roto

    C – Contreras
    1 – Olson
    2 – Madrigal
    Ss- Baez
    3 – Machado
    Of – Ozuna, Grisham, Myers
    Ut- Eugenio Suarez, Canha
    B- Kingery

    Sp- Giolito, Castillo, Paddack, Gallen, Lamet, Houser
    Rp- Jansen, Hand, karinchak, Pomeranz, Burdi, Sulser

    Also, this is nothing but it happened in my brain so I have to tell someone; looking at my RPs—Kenley Jergens on my Drew palmeranz with my nick Burdi in my Brad Hand….please don’t ban me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yes

      B. Stream out some of your RPs — Sulser and Burdi — blech

      • Jaco says:
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        Do you like Adell over Monte? Saw you recommend Adell over Kingery, but I only have him and Madrigal for 2B…if adell> Monte (or someone else) how much faab in 100$ league? I have 47 left and got Madrigal for 35…second highest bid was 6 bucks hahaha

        Thank you again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah — $12

          • Jaco says:
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            U are los man per usual. Mucho appreciadado Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  68. Cohen says:
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    Grey, this is my staff
    L.Castillo
    S.Gray
    Lynn
    Houser
    Kelly
    Would u drop any for Mize,Bassitt,Javier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  69. Zach says:
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    Morning Grey

    Who gets the boot when Soto gets activated? Thanks as always.

    Will Smith
    Josh Bell
    Ozzie Albies
    Xander Bogaerts
    Dansby Swanson
    David Fletcher
    Starling Marte
    Teoscar Hernandez
    Kyel Lewis
    Franmil Reyes
    Marcell Ozuna
    Kyel Schwarber

    Luis Castillo
    Tyler Glasnow
    Ross Stripling
    Liam Hendriks
    Brandon Workman
    Adrian Houser
    Dinelson Lamet
    Mike Soroka
    Ryan Yarbourgh
    Tyler Chatwood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I guess Schwarber

      • Zach says:
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        Ugh is right. So Schwarber over Reyes, huh?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, close tho

  70. The Great Knoche says:
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    Best Ball 10s standings update. No team currently better than 7th place.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me? That might be true, I haven’t check in a few

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Nope. Me.

  71. scoboticus says:
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    Grey, I’m sensing you’re lukewarm on Sulser. What are your concerns?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      O’s are terrible, they have Givens

  72. eric says:
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    Young Eloy for Old Greinke?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eloy, not close

    • 183414 says:
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      Not close !!!

  73. Dave D says:
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    “Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that all of the Marlins’ COVID-19 tests came back negative again on Monday.”

    Shouldn’t the headline coming out of these results be: “ False Positive COVID tests nearly MLB season, tests to be halted for asymptomatic players until testing accuracy improves”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Testing has been a mess — you can’t have guys testing positive then negative back to back

      • Dave D says:
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        It definitely seems like chaos is the goal, a la “Plandemic”. Why else would something so unreliable be relied upon for making important decisions about nearly everything? MLB issues are pretty small compared to Bob the restaurant owner’s or such. But, man, it sucks trying to navigate this important job of bidding on FAAB’s and setting my FBB rosters!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Something is wrong with MLB’s testing — NHL, NBA etc aren’t having these problems

          • goodfold2 says:
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            hmmm, a sport with no salary cap ceiling nor floor cheaps out on tests when compared to the other sports, nobody saw that one coming right.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  74. Dave D says:
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    “Nearly end“

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Testing has been a mess

  75. dontbichetteme says:
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    Morning Grey,
    I have some tough decisions to make in order to activate Trout and Soto in my 12team H2H keeper league(keep 10). Ive been stockpiling borderline closers lately. More than happy to drop one of them. I picked up KARINCHAK, BURDI and PRESSLY this week. The other drop will be one of J.PEDERSON, K.TUCKER, T.GRISHAM, CJ CRON. I drafted pederson and cron to play 1b. Neither has really run away with it yet. I like Tucker as a potential keeper but hes struggled as well.
    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Cron, Burdi

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        Thanks. My team is stacked but 1B is a real black hole. I wish one of my stud bats would get 1B eligibility. Any sneaky trade targets due to gain 1B eligibility soon? I was thinking of trying to buy low on Olson but with such a short season, Im not sure that it makes sense

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Olson? Vlad?

  76. JC says:
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    Which side? Holds and saves are separate.

    I give: Hand, Yelich, Morton, Abreu
    I get; E Rosario, Cole, Story, Cron

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually…It’s close…Just seeing Story buried in your list…I guess Story side

  77. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Waiting on the results of the MRI on Ohtani. Are the results in yet on the MRI? I fully expect a stint in the IL. So I am looking for a replacement. These are my choices:

    Tyler Alexander
    Tejay Antone
    Thomas Hatch
    Michael Wacha

    Also anyword on a Casey Mize call up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t own Ohtani to pitch no matter the MRI

      Alexander — no word yet on Mize

  78. Fogimon says:
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    Hey Grey!
    Never thought I’d say this in my lifetime, but I am majorly thirsting for some Phillies baseball!!

    1 to bench;

    Springer- 6 games ([email protected], [email protected])
    Blackmon- 7 games (4vSF, [email protected])
    Bryce – 7 games ([email protected], [email protected], 2vNyY)
    Conforto – 6 games (3vMia, [email protected], [email protected])
    Franmil – 7 games ([email protected], [email protected], 2vCin)
    KLewis – 7 games (3vLaA, 3vCol, 1vOak)
    Teoscar- 6 games ([email protected], [email protected])

    Wise man once said, the most important ability is availability.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      Conforto

      • Fogimon says:
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        Well, benching Conforto for the week pretty much sucks.

        Yay me.

  79. dmax04 says:
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    Points league – Arraez or McMahon

    Also – would you chance starting Flaherty this week in a two-start week? Lineup lock at first pitch tonight. Alternative is Kyle Gibson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McMahon

      Cards won’t play until Friday at earliest

  80. Fogimon says:
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    Me again, hi.

    2 start Cueto (@Col, @LAD) or 1 start Merrill (@SD), OR 1 start DeSclafani (unannounced, but schedule is Mil or Cle)

    I knew before I asked, the @Col and @LAD are benchable offenses for the smallest of crimes. Only the top tier guys would I put through that torture, but damn if I hate wasting 2 start weeks!

  81. Fogimon says:
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    Drop Kiner-Falafel when Jorge Alfaro comes back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alfaro has Covid

    • goodfold2 says:
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      easy yes when back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

  82. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. Need to start one, who do you like?

    K Tucker – 3 @ Ari, 3 @ oak
    Moran – 2 @ min, 2 vs min, 3 vs det
    Madrigal – 2 @ mil, 2 vs mil, 3 vs cle
    Riley – 1 vs nym, 3 vs tor, 3 @ phi

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, prolly go Madrigal

  83. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Drop kimbrel for wick or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d prolly try it

  84. Russ says:
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    What’s up Grey,

    Who would you drop first for Monte or just hold?

    Happ, Verdugo

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verdugo

  85. lg baseball says:
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    Awesome weekend recap Grey!

    This is madness and tough to keep a team afloat in a weekly league. I’m in a 10 team H2H keeper with 7×5 categories geared towards OBP. Would you do the following trade?

    My Ketel and K. Lewis for Baez and Adell?

    I’m not worried about positions but more total value.

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Ketel side

  86. Presting says:
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    Start or sit Plesac @Cinci today in 12 teamer?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  87. Game of Throws says:
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    I’m sure you’ve been asked variations of this a million times but if you had to pick one of these guys who would it be?

    Shoemaker, Burnes, Canning

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Canning’s looked fine, I’d look at matchups

  88. Brett says:
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    Drop Nick Anderson for J. Diaz?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  89. Robert Schroeder says:
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    Sulser or Drake ROY?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drake

  90. Lil Petey says:
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    My only 1B-eligible players are “paused” (Goldschmidt and Hoskins).

    C Walker and W Myers available – which one to pick as a stop-gap?

    Thanks for all the daily stuffs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Walker

    • goodfold2 says:
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      hoskins back right now (he’s playing right now, batting 2nd)

  91. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- hope this finds you well. In a 12 team weekly mixed league:
    1) is Luke Weaver a drop for streamers? His next 2 starts are @SD and @ Col
    2) McCutchen or Hilliard (4 home games)?
    3) is Holland worth anything at this point? My closers are not in good shape.
    4) play Mondesi this week (given his injury)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes
      2. McCutchen
      3. Nope
      4. Yes

  92. RicoSuave says:
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    Joe Adell getting called up…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  93. zombie says:
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    I promised myself that I would not let any of this bogus season’s happenstance aggravate me. Butt, with the Cardinal shut down (upcoming series & potentially the Cub series) and absence of info. as to which players have got the covid, what onGodsgreenearth am I o do with Tommy Edman and Dylan Carlson? A likely one week off just seems like too many missed roto stats this year. Replacement options like Villar, Tucker, Kingery, Solak, Kieboom aren’t spectacular. &/or maybe take a shot at arms like Howard or Kikuchi? If you recommend dropping both Cardinals (redraft), could you please recommend your top two-three bats & choose between the two arms (assuming that Howard gets the call). Ugh. Sorry, I really was not supposed to get aggravated this season.

    • zombie says:
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      I guess add Adell to the options; THANKS.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Villar, Adell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar and Kingery are good replacements

      • zombie says:
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        thanks, grey! happy monday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  94. RicoSuave says:
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    Jo Adell or Kingery for bench bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adell

  95. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: is Flaherty startable this week? 12 team weekly roto.

    • RicoSuave says:
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      First 4 games cancelled for the Cardinals and who knows if there are more to
      Come… too risky imo

  96. RicoSuave says:
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    Falafel, Alfaro (When he comes back) or Garver(someone dropped him and I’ll put in a waiver claim if he’s the better option of the three)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garver

  97. southside dom says:
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    Not a question. Just another prayer hexagon/reverse jinx/whatever it takes to get Alonso, Will Smith, Matt Olson, Oscar Mercado, etc etc going!!!!

    • RicoSuave says:
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      Yes! And please include Franmil!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed!

  98. Steve says:
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    Drop K Lewis or Hand to pick up Adell in 10T 5×5 redraft

    OF:
    Acuña
    Ozuna
    Laureano
    UTIL
    K Lewis

    BN
    Altuve
    Polanco

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hand

  99. The Great Knoche says:
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    Just picked up first share of Chadwick Tromp in a daily for Coors tonight. Yippy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can’t lose!

  100. Dancin Homer says:
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    Marlins promoting their entire farm system in advance of tomorrow’s game.

    Jordan Yamamoto is among them and presumably will occupy a rotation spot immediately.

    Marlins stink and they’re essentially tolling out the B-squad, but what are your thoughts on Yamamoto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, he’s garbage

    • The Harrow says:
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      not that i read in this list:
      https://www.rotoworld.com/baseball/mlb/player/15034/jordan-yamamoto

      if you missed ed cab, sixo, l.diaz, chisholm, jesus sanchez it’s because they aren’t there. only highish end prospects they are promoting are monte and jorge guzman. this assumes this post is comprehensive and accurate (it probably isn’t)

  101. Sam says:
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    Should I add Jo adell over your boy Lourdes or Christian Walker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lourdes

  102. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Happy Jo Adell Day. JO ADELL SZN. however, we need like 2 SP and a closer, bahahaha… everything is fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  103. lwomack58 says:
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    Drop Peraza for JP Crawford, H. Kendrick, M. Harrison or Solak.

    Could you rank your choices.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Monte, Solak

  104. Eric Pehrson says:
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    Grey, long time lurker here. Would you drop any of the below for Yusei Kikuchi? 12 teams, 6×6 with no bench players. The extra cats are QS and OBP.

    Yu Darvish
    Dinelson Lamet
    Lance Lynn
    Chris Paddack
    Nate Pearson
    Julio Urias
    Adrian Houser
    Joe Jimenez
    Hector Neris
    Taylor Rogers

    Also, drop Jose Peraza, Ian Happ, or Amed Rosario for Jo Adell?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold on that staff

      Drop Peraza for him

  105. Cohen says:
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    Grey, please pick top 3 streamers?
    Shoe at Braves
    Matz at Wash
    Montgomery at Phil
    M.Perez at Tampa
    Richards at home vs Dodgers
    Javier at Arizona
    Fiers at home vs Tex
    Kikuchi at home vs Rockies
    Lucchessi at home vs Arizona
    Wacha at home vs Mia
    Bassitt at home vs Astros

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Richards, Kikuchi, Bassitt

  106. JC says:
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    Kingery, B Anderson, CDick, Shogo,

    Please rank top two.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery, Shogo

  107. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey, with Hill being scratched for general mild soreness, do you think Hill will get his second start this week @KC? It’s a tasty matchup if he gets it! If not, I’d start Stripling in San Diego…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Stripling

  108. Steve says:
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    14t h2h k/9

    Kikuchi or P Lopez?

    SP:
    Soroka
    Lynn
    Lamet
    Shoemaker
    Burnes
    Kikuchi

    RP:
    Hader
    Familia
    Anderson
    Jeffress
    Chad Green

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kikuchi

  109. Steverino says:
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    Holding Corbin Burns. Any point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        Not on the ground like y’all, but from this distance the season could stop at any moment.

        Pretty pleased to be on an island at the bottom of the world right now!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How are things in NZ?

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            Pretty much normal. Everything is open, crowds at sports games etc.

            The border is basically shut though, and any New Zealander returning from overseas has to go into managed isolation for 14 days (during which time they are tested twice) – in the last three months the only reported cases have been from people in those facilities, so there’s no community transmission – at least as far as can be determined.

            Can’t be complacent though. In the state of Victoria in Australia, it’s basically out of control again and they’re essentially in full lockdown.

            I think we did a really good job of squashing it, but the way things are going elsewhere now, I’m so glad we are somewhat isolated with closed borders.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, that sounds blissful…Maybe when season’s over I’ll go sit in 14 day lockdown in NZ

              • Stephen Lyon says:
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                Ha!

                And once you’re out, this is where we will go eat – https://pastureakl.com/

                Meant to tell you earlier in the year, but Covid. It is EPIC. Check out pasture_akl in the Insta as the website is pretty minimalist…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That looks wonderful!

                  • Stephen Lyon says:
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                    So, so good. No wait staff – you sit at the counter and the chefs do everything. Cook, serve, the whole lot.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I haven’t been out to eat in 5 months

                  • Stephen Lyon says:
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                    That cooking course all those years ago is finally paying off!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, yup

  110. The Great Knoche says:
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    Soroka ouch!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, don’t own him but ouch

  111. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Are we leary of Leury? Or does any fool who’s hitting really need to be owned?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Own him!

  112. William Hung says:
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    Gotta find some voodoo to get Matt Olson going – that opening day grand salami seems like last season

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      I have him and Chapman. Owning them isn’t quite the fun I thought it would be.

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