Times like this you wish Noah Syndergaard wasn’t complaining of a ligament strain and just had a bad lisp.   “Oh no! My finger is Thor, and it needs a Syndergaard.”  More like Noah Fingergaard!  Noah Syndergaard hit the DL with a finger ligament strain.  I’m fully aware that at least one person in every league ignored my advice to ignore Syndergaard and drafted him very early, so I will do something I’ve never done before, not gloat.  True story, my crazy aunt used to say I gloated all the time behind her back (I did) and I drove her into a mental asylum.  See, when I say my ‘crazy’ aunt, I’m being literal!  So, without gloating, let me just say when a pitcher proves himself to be injury prone, take his word for it.  His Synderwoord?  DeGrom’s already had a dislocated elbow, and my money’s on him getting injured at some point again soon too.  Same goes for Kershaw.  Not trying to be harsh, it’s just truth bombs.  If you own Syndergaard, hope he returns relatively soon, but this is the kind of injury that sidelines a pitcher for an entire season.  Sorry, another truth bomb.  Oh, and the Mets said Syndergaard can return in ten days.  What’s the opposite of a truth bomb?  That’s what that is.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Steven Matz – Left yesterday’s game, also dealing with a finger issue.  He’ll be fine:

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th and 10th homer, hitting .315.  Been a real bright spot for the Mets.  No sarcasm.  Ugh, I don’t even believe myself when I’m sincere.  Such a cynical bastard.

Brandon Nimmo – 2-for-3, 2 runs and two steals (4, 5), hitting .271.  First, you win me with hitting well at the top of the order, then you show power, now steals?  Swoon.

Mike Soroka – Will start a rehab game this Friday.  Doesn’t his last name sound like a movie Benicio Del Toro would mumble through?  No?  Maybe it’s just me.

Anibal Sanchez – 4 IP, 4 ER as he was activated from the DL.  The universe takes Syndergaard, but gives us Anibal.  Yo, universe, you’re about $50 short on your tab!

Johan Camargo – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .230.  Not doing a lot straight 5×5-wise, so your mileage may vary, but he has a .391 OBP, and is walking a bit more than your average senior at 8 AM in the mall.

Matt Carpenter – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 3rd homer in the last four games.  I’m not a huge fan of Carpenter, so the fact that I’ve mentioned him boku times this week tells you how hot he is.

Harrison Bader – 3-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .274.  Don’t challenge the Cards to randomly bench Jo-Ma, who is hitting .340 in the last two weeks, and make another hitter just as valuable, because the Cards will do it.

Michael Wacha – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 2.71.  You know what hushes that velocity fuss?  Throwing an under-3 ERA.

Brian McCann – Hit the DL with knee soreness.  That will give an opportunity to Max Stassi.  I wouldn’t worry about being the fascist to waivers to grab Stassi.

Evan Gattis – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .236.  As garbagey as Gattis was earlier this season — Garbattis? — he’s definitely worth owning recently, with three homers in the last three games.

Charlie Morton – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.26.  How good is 80/20 Filet Mignon/Ground Chuck?  The Stream-o-Nator loved him in yesterday’s game in the Bronx, which is never an easy matchup.  All about those Ks dancing like the Ying Yang Twins.  (I have not stopped listening to Pusha T’s newest in days.)

Chris Devenski – 1 IP, 2 ER and the blown save, ERA at 2.08.  Astros are like, “Alex Colome was on the trade market?  Why didn’t we get an iCal alert?”  Who’s next in line to save games for the AstrosBrad Ziegler?  Kidding, Astros!  Don’t trade for him!  Before you answer Brad Peacock (2/3 IP, 1 ER), he lost the game for them.  Back to Ken’t Giles!

Brett Gardner – 4-for-5 and his 3rd and 4th homer, 2nd and 3rd homer this week and hitting near-.375 in that time.  You know the drill!

Daniel Murphy – Sounds like he’s less than a week from returning to the Nats.  On the reals, no reason why he can’t perform at a level of, say, what you were getting from pre-PEDs Cano.  Asking Murphy to save your team is asking too much.

Bryce Harper – 3-for-5 and his 17th homer, hitting .238.  He’s been teasing with breaking out of this almost five-week slump, and, with his haircut, that makes him a cocktease.  Hopefully this game was the light in that tunnel.  Yes, a guy with 17 homers has slumped for more than a month.  Crazy.

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer, hitting .417.  Doesn’t play every day, but Mini Donkey has had a hot schmotato tear going for a few now.

Juan Soto – 3-for-3, and his 1st steal, hitting .393.  Juan Soto is bubbling up like a case of Mentos in an ocean of Pepsi.

Dylan Bundy – 6 IP, 3 ERA, 11 baserunners (0 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 4.46.  Considering how bad O’s starters go when they go bad, let’s just be glad Bundy wasn’t out for a count of 5.

Austin Meadows – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 4th homer, hitting .439, as he plays over Polanco.  I give Hurdle a bunch of crap, but I’m feeling this move.  Nah’mean?

Elias Diaz – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, as he wheeled his gurney out to home plate to catch yesterday’s game.  Kidding, but if you’re following all of these ‘Rizzo’s slide was dirty’ narratives, then you’d imagine that’s the only way Diaz could’ve played yesterday.  Diaz is not hurt, and there’s all of this talk about a slide?  Really?  Ya’ll ain’t got nothing better to narrative?

Nick Kingham – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  This was a tough matchup, but I said yesterday I’d grab him in most mixed leagues.  Today, I’m saying samesies.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.71.  Seemed like John Lackey invaded Lester’s spirit.  No, not because it looked like he could eat a whole bale of hay, but his body language was just miserable.  Who stole your lollipop?

Kyle Schwarber – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 10th home run, hitting .257.  “Mom, can you stop knocking?!”  That’s Joe Buck in the bathroom after Brett Gardner and Kyle Schwarber homered in the same day.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3 and his 8th homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Kyle Gibson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.57 vs. Danny Duffy – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 5.71.  This matchup was billed as, “The two pitchers who are in the early lead for being dropped and picked up 20 times this season.”  You should likely stop hitting on twenty for the ace, and just hold Gibson.

Daniel Descalso – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Finally, the Diamondbacks get some production from their 1st baseman!  *sees Goldy’s owner weeping*  I’m sorry, come here.  Metaphorically!  Don’t actually come here, I’m a germaphobe!

Robbie Ray – Threw a bullpen session, which means he could be about two weeks away from aggravating us at the major league level again.  Lowercase joy.

A.J. Pollock – Thumb fracture not fully healed.  That’s what they call in the biz, a setback.  Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollock get on a ferris wheel, does the AMC (Association of Mindful Carnies) immediately shut it down?

Luis Castillo – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.49.  I’ve been low key telling people to drop Castillo in the comments.  I think we’ve seen enough in shallower leagues; he just doesn’t look right.

Sergio Romo – 1 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 6.33, as he got the save.  But how do you get the save in the 1st inning, you’re thinking.  You’re too woke for your own good!  This Rays’ bullpen is such a mess of Biblical proportions, God’s like, “I’m going to take one more rib and make a McRib.”  If I had to guess, I’d say Chaz Roe and Romo are the co-closers-slash-1st inning men.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .268.  We’ve finally found a Curtis Jackson who can play baseball!

Daniel Robertson – 2-for-3 and his 6th homer, hitting .268.  The Rays don’t have the worst offense; they’re top three for batting average, but Robertson hitting towards the bottom of the order does take some of the shine off him.  Maybe Kevin Cash will move Joey Wendle (1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .283) out of the 3-hole, or Brad Miller (1-for-4, hitting .243) out of leadoff.  Worth a cyclops, to be sure.

Franmil Reyes – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  All he does is homer!  No, literally, he’s hitting .189.

J.T. Riddle – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  He was just called up the other day to replace Prado.  Yes, the Marlins have more Jerry Tomato’s on their team than All-Stars, but I did grab Riddle in an NL-Only league, because he should play.

Matt Shoemaker – Done for the season after something happened to his arm.  I’m too lazy to figure out what happened this time.  I’m also too lazy to go back to preseason comments and find everyone who said something to me like, “Grey, you are very handsome, this can not be denied, but why are you so low on Shoemaker?  He says he’s healthy.”

Nick Tropeano – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.80.  Stream-o-Nator didn’t have any kind words for Tropeano yesterday, so let’s see if we can figure out why.  *looks at his player page*  Woof.  No thanks.  By the by, the line that SON didn’t like that it predicted:  5 1/3, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, which is exactly what he did.  You know you’re able to ask me anything on start and sit matchups, but I defer to SON for my own starts.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .195.  Damn, this guy bottomed out, huh?  Remember, he said last year that he didn’t like how Hispanic players celebrated on home runs?  Could he be so against it that he doesn’t want to do anything worth celebrating?  With all that said (Grey’s turning the ship!), Kinsler does seem like he’s finally heating up.

Luis Valbuena – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th and 6th homer.  Valbuena is the kind of guy who can take a home run into a hot schmotato run in a blink, so much so, he started his hot schmotato run by the 8th inning and his 2nd homer.

Miguel Cabrera – Doing running drills to get into game shape.  This marks the first time Miggy’s run in 12 years.

Jeimer Candelario – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer, hitting .274, as he hits third.  That really shouldn’t change, no matter what Miggy’s doing with his barely ambulatory gams.

JaCoby Jones – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, hitting .237.  Elias Sports Bureau says he’s the fist MLB player to sound like a three-person law firm.

Michael Brantley – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .343.  Since this was the only game on for about an hour, I watched Brantely’s home run.  Doode launched it, no doubt, Stefani.  Still waiting on the other, non-healthy, foot to drop with Brantley, but he’s doing work so far.

Mike Clevinger – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.14.  Pi!  Yeah, I pretty much put lipstick on Lassie and screwed the pooch by dropping Clevinger earlier in the year.  Oh well, they’re not all gems, as LDC said in Blood Diamond.

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .296.  Super early, but was thinking of this today.  Next year, Jo-Ram way above Goldy in the preseason rankings, right?

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .197.  “Okay, I just woke from an 80-day coma, but I see my Spring Training favorite, Kipnis, is still paying dividends!  Amiright or what?!  What?”

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 7.53.  He can’t fool a hitter with 100 MPH fastball and a wool blindfold.

Madison Bumgarner – Due back next Tuesday.  BMX riders everywhere are pouring out their 40 for losing another ride or die.  Podcast Ralph and I go over Bumgarner’s return on this week’s podcast.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-4 and his 9th and 10th homer, hitting .263.  Longoria as a Rockies player is a 35-homer hitter, true or false?  I’m leaning true.

Jeff Samardzija – Left after one inning with shoulder tightness in Coors after allowing two earned runs.  You don’t give up walks.  Now you give up walks all the time.  Are you hurt or do you lie?  We live in a wheel where ratios are real, but when you pitch the ball goes out to all fields.  Don’t let the runs come in, Samardzijarine.

Kyle Freeland – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.43.  Some guys you just will never get me to recommend wholeheartedly.  Freeland’s in that category.  Much love, but I just can’t.

David Dahl – 1-for-1 and his 4th homer.  Sonavabench!  The epitome of not cool is sitting Dahl in home games only for him to come in late and homer on my bench.  And you thought the epitome of not cool was your brother’s sweatpants.

Kenta Maeda – Left in the 2nd inning with a right hip strain.  Or the Dodgers are copying the Rays’ “opener” strategy.

Max Muncy – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting .256, and now leading off.  Brucely, I keep looking at Muncy’s recent stats expecting more, and I’m always left a bit yawnstipated.  He does seem to be the apple of Dave Roberts’ eye.  Well, Muncy and 2nd base for a steal attempt.

Tyler Saladino – Was helped off the field after doing a nasty rond de jambe into the 2nd base bag.  Since no one ever seems to want to start Villar, we should be seeing Orlando Arcia again soon, who I’m sure has solved his early season woes with a 36-hour demotion.

Josh Donaldson – Couldn’t play yesterday, but, don’t worry, the Jays have Russell Martin to cover for 3rd base.  Whew.  Not sure who else they could start at 3rd.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer.  I have dreams of Smoak rising and Vlad Jr. playing 3rd base.  Though, it’s smoke and it’s this weird recurring magician dream I keep having.  Should’ve never ate something called unicorn poop.

Sandy Leon – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, hitting .254.  Hitting over .300 in the last week, and, well, wouldn’t say he’s Hurricane Sandy.  Rainforest Cafe Sandy?

Mookie Betts – Aiming to return on Thursday.  Oh, please, Hayzeus Cristo, may your reindeers bring us extra frankincense and Betts.

Rick Porcello – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.65.  Think I’ve said this before, but I can’t even remember, so here goes again for maybe the 2nd time.  Porcello is pretty much a 3.55-3.75 ERA pitcher with neutral luck.  And that’s me maybe paraphrasing me!

Adam Lind – Signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.  The Red Sox are the ultimate PUA, if they’re trying to f**k a Mitch.

  1. MadHatter says:
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    Great as always. I’m in a 12 team, 6 keeper H2H league. (HR, R, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG and SO, QS, W, SV, WHIP, H/9 and ERA)

    I’ve been offered his Bellinger for my C.Morton. Based on my team, should I take this offer?

    C Flowers, Tyler
    1B Hosmer, Eric
    2B Merrifield, Whit
    3B Arenado, Nolan
    SS Correa, Carlos
    OF Blackmon, Charlie
    OF Rosario, Eddie
    OF Taylor, Chris
    UT Rizzo, Anthony
    DL Molina, Yadier

    SP Reyes, Alex
    SP Richard, Clayton
    RP Giles, Ken
    RP Kela, Keone
    P Cahill, Trevor
    P Iglesias, Raisel
    P Morton, Charlie
    BE Heaney, Andrew
    BE Mikolas, Miles
    BE Pivetta, Nick
    BE Bauer, Trevor
    BE Gausman, Kevin

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @MadHatter: Hold. Morton is more valuable in a vacuum anyway, and based on your roster you’d have a big step down in pitching without gaining all that much in hitting.

  2. Scott says:
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    Nimmo also was hit by a pitch twice. He was on base 4 times in 5 AB’s. .422 obp on the year.

    This was the 3rd day in a row that devenski pitched. I am not surprised his outing wasn’t stellar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: True and true

  3. Lue says:
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    Stassi, Flowers or Mesoraco? ROS?
    In 14 point leagues

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Lue: Mesoraco by process of elimination (Stassi mostly injury-replacement for McCann, Flowers sharing time with Suzuki)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lue: Flowers likely longterm, but Devin’s been a bit hotter

  4. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Was just offered Goldy and Asdrubal for my Encarnacion and Soto. Trying to buy low on Goldy, but is that giving up too much?
    Thanks Grey!

  5. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    Crazy how terrible Giolito has been after being pretty much universally considered a can’t-miss prospect. A demotion must be imminent to get his head right, right? Maybe go all the way down to A-ball for a bit a la Roy Halladay in 2001?

    Also could use your advice on a couple things: Enjoying the Mesoraco hot streak right now, but would you lose him if guys like Gattis, Hicks, Flowers, and Barnhart are available on the wire? The upside is tantalizing, but we all know Mesoraco could be back on the DL by the time you read this.

    Finally, what’s your take on Aaron Hicks? He’s hitting the ball as hard as he’s ever hit it, but the counting stats aren’t really showing up some reason, even while being in that Yankee lineup. You still high on him ROS, or are you looking to move on?

    Thanks as always, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill Buttlicker: Yeah, maybe on Giolito… He might get there, might take a few years… Arrieta and Kluber weren’t great for the 1st few years in the league… Gattis — Hicks is a decent 17/10/.275 guy who can’t stay on the field… I’d own him while he was healthy

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Bill Buttlicker: When Giolito was a “can’t-miss prospect”, he was sitting 97-98 on his fastball and could uncork one on occasion at 100 mph. That heat has steadily declined year after year. Now? Fangraphs has him at 91.5 for 2018, another mph lower than last year.

      So there is nothing wrong with his head. He simply does not have the stuff he had that made him can’t-miss. It is a bit of a mystery why the stuff has gone away, but make no mistake, it has. Unless he recaptures the velocity, and there is absolutely no reason to think he will, Giolito is just another shining example of TINSTAAPP.

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Nice write-up, nice PUA reference. Neil said pay me my 0.0000000001$ royalty!

    a. Four words from last night… finally Gardner paying dividends!

    b. Added Muncy for the second time. The guy seems like he could be interesting until you really see him go 0/4 with a run scored.

    c. Have to activate Dee Gordon from the DL.

    This is the current team

    C Contreras
    1B Freeman
    2B Gennett
    3B Lamb
    SS Anderson
    CI Cron
    MI Happ
    OF Adams
    OF Gardner
    OF Harper
    OF Leonys
    OF Muncy
    U Inciarte

    Bench – Olson, Chapman, Vlad Jr
    IR – Dee Gordon and Acuna

    SP Flaherty, McCullers, Verlander
    RP Bradley, Green, Jansen, Knebel, Norris, Strickland
    IR Rodon

    I’m leaning Muncy or Happ. If Muncy, then I’d move Inciarte to the OF and move whoever from the bench to the U. Don’t think I can drop any pitchers. I think Muncy is the choice given Happ’s position flexibility at 2B and OF.

    d. Drop Adams or Leonys for Cargo (COL)? I think CarGo can have another one of his 20 HR months of June in him.

    e. Mark Twain quote of the day for May 30

    If Shakespeare had been born and bred on a barren and unvisited rock in the ocean his mighty intellect would have had no outside material to work with, and could have invented none; and no outside influences, teachings, moldings, persuasions, inspirations, of a valuable sort, and could have invented none; and so Shakespeare would have produced nothing.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha! The Game! A. Seriously B. Bit of a yawnstipating one C. Muncy D. Adams’ schmotato seems to have run its course E. Nice!

  7. Succos Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    Are you starting to think Ian Desmond is a buy? 12 tm mixed H2H league with OBP instead of AVG. Thinking about dropping Mancini or Descalso.

      • Succos Baseball says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Would you rather drop Mancini or Descalso for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Desclaso

  8. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Jram and a cast of hundreds rated above Goldy next year, Goldy reminds me of Konerko when he hit the wall at about the same age. Went from .320 to .220 overnight.

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Uno Mas Cerveza: Konerko is not an apt comparison at all. Konerko hit .312 w/39 HRs, .300 with 31 HRs and .298 with 26 HRs at ages 34, 35 and 36, respectively, a nice steady decline that led to a .244 season at age 37. Goldschmidt is only 30 and has fallen off a cliff.

      This appears like it may be humidor-driven. Last year he hit .275 with 16 HRs on the road, and this year he is at .257 and on pace for 18-19 HRs. Hardly any difference whatsoever.

      But at home? At home, Goldy is hitting .154 at home with zero (ZERO!) HRs. Last year he hit .321 with 20 HRs at home.

  9. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Great write up.. rest of season, Tyson Ross or Luis Castillo? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sandman: Neither really, Castillo

  10. Jogon says:
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    One year keeper.

    Drop one sp : j.gray, l. Weaver, l. Castillo, z.godley

    Who should i pick up ros :
    D.santana, t anderson, a russell, y guriel, th hernandez.
    Lookin for the best all around player

  11. VinWins

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    It was a dirty slide, in that it was against the rules. If you allow it, then maybe next time a catcher does get injured.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: I think ‘dirty’ brings to mind some injury-inducing rumble-tumble… He took out his legs, he was fine… Illegal slide, yes; dirty slide? Meh

      • Conktown Tinker says:
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        @Grey: Grey, you provocative purveyor of pulchritudinousness, you. I find you a dapper Adonis, but why can’t we handle the slide baseball-style to the Rizzo.

        Some lanky middling reliever should zing a ding in his wing and hope he charges to the Rizzo.

        No one should ever charge.

        A man with a goddamn hand cannon has you covered from an elevated position. Why walk into General Hummel’s wrong goddamn shower room?

        Any which who, plunk to the Rizzo and be done with it.

    • batflix says:
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      @VinWins: Feel like people are all up in arms about it because it was Rizzo and the Cubs
      If it was like say… Jesmuel Valentín of the Phillies, I don’t think anyone would even be talking about it

  12. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Swapping Khris Davis for Inciarte a good move if I’m looking for a SB upgrade? Is that giving up too much? Thanks!

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: That’s a LOT to give up — K.Davis isn’t sexy, but he’s money. Seems too early in the season to overpay for a specific category, so I’d try to get Inciarte for less.

  13. Dave Funnell says:
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    I watched Castillo last night. He was all over the place and didn’t seem to locate his pitches all that well. He kept missing the corners. Almost as if he was trying too hard. Wasn’t missing bats at all.

    I’m trying to trade for Berrios and C. Hernandez and, possibly, freeing up a spot in the process. Which of the following 4 players should I trade for them in a keeper points league?

    JA Happ, Price, DeShields, L. Castillo.

    I’m worried about all 3 pitchers either getting hurt or just regressing, and I’m not 100% confident in DeShields. Is that just the pessimist in me? Hernandez would be for depth or a Util spot while Berrios seems to be turning into a stud.

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      @Dave Funnell: I would offer all four. I doubt it is accepted.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave Funnell: Gotcha on Castillo… Would think all of these SPs won’t get you Berrios, but can try any of them… and DeShields

  14. VinWins

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    I don’t understand how it happened, but Butera was 0 for 5 yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: That’s inconceivable!

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: You keep using that word … I do not thi …. well, it was just the once really. One time. But still.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  15. KCC26 says:
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    Good morning!

    H2H, 6×6 (OPS, QS) mixed

    Cervelli
    1b Votto
    2b C. Hernandez
    Ss Semien
    3b Bryant
    INF Rendon
    OF Cruz
    OF Benintendi
    OF Cain
    OF C. Santana
    Util: Jose Martinez/Jesus Aguilar/Schwarber

    Would you trade Cain for Elvis Andrus or hold with Semien?

    Thanks!

    • KCC26 says:
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      @KCC26: sorry, 12 team

      • KCC26 says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks!

        Pitching staff is:

        DeGrom
        Corbin
        Price
        Richards
        Pivetta
        Wacha
        Cale B
        Stripling

        Corbin for Andrus? Pivetta?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pivetta is fair, I didn’t like Andrus at all this year, is he close to returning?

          • KCC26 says:
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            @Grey: eh, sounds like maybe 3 weeks from now

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh

  16. knucks says:
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    Yesterday I traded away Felipe/Devers for Rendon in a 12 team league. Grey, I saw you say last night that you liked it, so now I’m feeling even better about that.

    15 team 6×6 Roto (OPS and QS)

    Today I have an offer on the table of his Mancini for my Felipe in a 15 teamer. Are you taking that? I have a batty call type of Util slot. Or he could takeover in my CI slot, which has been occupied by Franco. Otherwise Mancini would be my one and only bench bat, if I were to go that route. More than a decent chance that Felipe isn’t right? Did anyone watch him pitch last night? I know Mancini has been in a bit of a rut and dropped in the order.

    I’m in 2nd for Saves. Will still have Raisel/Treinen. Estimate that I lose maybe 2 Roto points in the Saves category. But then again, Felipe could be announced as done for the year any day now. Get whatever I can now? I had been pitching offers around like crazy… most were declined. I got two counters. One deal was this Mancini one. Other was for Bundy (hard pass).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: I’d guess Felipe isn’t right, I didn’t see him…Mancini feels like a low ball tho

  17. Mr. Peabody says:
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    1st place in a 10 team standard 10 category roto league. Doing great in all the categories except steals, avg and wins. About 50 innings behind the innings limit pace using mainly 2 bench bats this year. Have 3 right now.

    Have Alex Reyes stashed who do I drop to activate him for today’s debut?

    C – Gary
    1b – Rizzo
    2b – Gleyber
    SS – Baez
    3b – Arenado
    IF – Donaldson
    OF – Eddie Rosario, Mazara, Puig, Braun
    Util – Saurez, Gardy, Soto
    Bn – Meadows, Mancini, Mallex

    SP – Verlander, Carrasco, Archer
    Rp – Chapman, Giles
    P – Boxberger, Strickland, Herrera, Ohtani
    BN – Alex wood, Michael Fulmer, Pivetta

  18. knucks says:
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    Soler seems to have flamed out a bit last few weeks. We cool with dropping him for Mac? Someone just dropped Mac, so hoping to win him, though I’m #10 on waiver order.

    12 team roto, starved for power

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: I did watch the video btw! Just asking if we are done with Soler for now I guess was really the question.

  19. Five-on-One says:
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    12-team 5×5 league with weekly moves:

    Need to sit one of the following corner guys for the coming week:
    Yonder (6 games, all righties, robot says $14.4);
    Suarez (5 games, 3 @SD, $5.0, but REALLY hot lately); or
    Aguillar (5 games, 1 is Klubot, $4.0, but also REALLY hot).

    Who sits this week?

  20. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Is it finally time to give up on Samardzija? Drop for any of these:

    Manaea
    Ross
    Musgrove
    Freeland
    Cahill
    Boyd
    Velasquez

    My pitching is solid overall so no particular need – just want someone who I might actually start from time to time.

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: Rickey!!

      Run, don’t walk!! Drop him for Cahill!!!

      Cheers,
      Ante

  21. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh Great Grey,

    Cesar Hernandez has been MORE than a serviceable replacement for Murphy. So, do I drop Hernandez when Murph returns??

    • Stumanji! says:
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      @Jeffe: @Jeffe: Doesn’t look like you really need [email protected]Josh Freeman: I’m holding Cesar and trying to fit both him and Murphy into my lineup. You don’t have another drop?

      • Stumanji! says:
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        @Stumanji!: sorry for the weird combined post. Ignore Jeffe reply.

  22. Rudboy says:
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    I love you with all my heart Grey! Thank you for always making my mornings! Hilarious piece today.

  23. knucks says:
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    I guess we have to wait until Biebs actually pitches on Thursday before ESPN adds him into the player pool. Cool.

  24. Ben W says:
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    Are either Trey Mancini or Billy Hamilton droppable? 14 team mixed league.

    Picking up Nimmo would be nice.

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Ben W: Drop Trey for Nimmo.
      If you don’t need steals, try to trade Hamilton to someone who does. Otherwise, hold and hope that he starts running.

    • Rudboy says:
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      @Ben W:
      Billy ham suck, that guy is as good as dyson and ppl will get over owning him. Trey is actually a decent hitter and prob has more value than Nimmo as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben W: Agree with Yabu, thogh also with Rudboy, Hamilton’s nothing special either

  25. Clay says:
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    Interesting that you mention Kipnis. I have absolutely zero data or evidence to support this, but I think he might get hot, and it might be a good idea to pick him up. Thoughts?

    • knucks says:
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      @Clay: He is a super boring player. And it feels like he hasn’t been hot for years. With that said, you can drop your 2nd catcher for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clay: Maybe he gets hot for a week or two, can try him

  26. braves uk says:
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    Hey Grey / other helpful commenters!

    Thanks as always of these write ups, so helpful!

    15 team roto with OBP

    Give: Lorenzo Cain, ODB herrera

    Get” Whit Merrifield, Nelson Cruz

    Is this enough of an upgrade to warrant clogging up my UT spot and dropping Jesus Aguilar in the process?

    Thanks!

      • braves uk says:
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        @Grey: oh ok, was hoping for more than that, will hold! Thanks as always…!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. NJJN says:
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    Good morning! I was offered Smoak and Quintana (neither of which is setting the world on fire) for Alex Reyes?!?! Is Reyes going to be Sandy Koufax or something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NJJN: Sounds fair, try it

  28. Zola says:
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    Activating Reyes this morning…. Need to drop one of:

    Bundy, Ross, Taillon.

    Been pulling my hair out since Monday trying to figure this out. Please help!

  29. eric says:
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    Nimmo or Desmond?

    • knucks says:
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      @eric: I’d go Desmond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @eric: Agree with knucks

  30. The sportsguy says:
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    10 team AL 5×5….must and I mean must get Estrada out of my rotation…FA tonight… Montas or Bieber? I know Bieber has more hype (and would cost more) but will he stay in majors?

  31. Luke says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Is it time to drop Osuna? We don’t have NA spots, and I have Kersh coming off the DL. I wanted to hang onto him until the court date but it’s getting hard, I still have Davis, Rodney, and Strickland for RP, if I don’t drop him it will either have to be Kemp or Harrison.

    Thoughts?

    • knucks says:
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      @Luke: Drop him. You will feel alot better and you seem to have enough saves to carry you for now.

      Are Kemp/Harrison starting for you? Are they both bench bats? Who do you play over them?

      • Luke says:
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        @knucks: they are bench bats, my other batters are: Ramos, Bour, Dozier, Longoria, Machado, Yelich, stanton, suarez, bettes, Cabrera.

        Pitchers (not mentioned above): Pivetta, Manea, Wacha, Porcello, hamels, Sale, Newcomb, Kershaw, Cueto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke: Drop Osuna, Harrison’s next guy off your team

      • Luke says:
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        @Grey: should I drop Harrison for Nimmo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

          • Luke says:
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            @Grey: last question, of my players above, who should I offer for Donaldson? Have a feeling he’s going to turn it up and I could use some help at 3B

            • Luke says:
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              @Luke: Or should i buy low on someone else? Ideas?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t like Donaldson

              • Luke says:
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                @Grey: any idea on who would be a good buy low person to chase? and what I should look to move?

  32. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!!!!!!! Happy Hump day my dude. Ready for rapid fire?

    1) Americans tonight!!! U think they gonna die? Ahhh i hope Stan Beeman gives Philip the ole razzle dazzle

    2) buy, sell, or hold Rhys Hoskins. Dood has been bad bro

    3) any of these guys deserved to be owned? Gibson, Stratton, Tropeano, Minor, Eovaldi

    4) does Ted stay by your leg while you answer every single persons questions all day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightmare!: 1. The ultimate would be Phillip has to kill Stan… AHHHHHHH!!! 2. Real bad, buy 3. Gibson 4. Rarely, he’s a momma’s dog

  33. Lovdarooks says:
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    Deep NL $ 260 5 x 5 standard keeper. —I am in last place in saves nine away from the pack and have Hader and Melancon .
    Was offered my Dahl . Who will be $17 NEXT YEAR for familia ( not a keeper).
    —-I have W Myers ready to take Dahl’s active spot and still have Domingo Santana and Jack Peterson and parra on the bench .
    The only way I see myself moving up is if Melanced and comes back or one of the fire teams above loses a closer should I make this deal or will it come back to haunt me that Dahl becomes a $29 player second half or next year

    Seems I will only gain ground Melanced and comes back or a reliever on the four teams above me gets hurt .
    Since Daun will be 17 next year is he worth trading for the milia and now as I do have a sir plus and Amelia will not be a keeper. I am looking to move up in the standings this year.

    • Lovdarooks says:
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      Sorry I spoke the last part …. MAKE THE DEAL FOR FAMILIA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lovdarooks: Sounds like it makes sense for you, $17 isn’t really a great price anyway

  34. Hawk says:
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    Aaron Judge goes 2-4 with a homer, a double and doesn’t get a blurb? Disappointing.
    Gary Sanchez goes 0-5 with 3 Ks and doesn’t get a blurb? Sneaky!

  35. Danny almonte says:
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    Odor, contract expires end of 2020
    Or cano, expires end of 2019?

    Thx

    • knucks says:
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      @Danny almonte: So almost 3 years of Odor. Or basically one year of a non-juiced Cano? I’d say Odor. Are you making this decision now because you want to drop Cano?

  36. Gonzo says:
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    Dennis Santana called up for start in Coors this weekend, maybe more. Immediate pickup in deep 10tm 5×5 or just cyclopsin’ for now?

    • knucks says:
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      @Gonzo: I don’t know a lot about him really. And I know what you mean by deep 10 team league, as I am in one as well. I would cyclopse for now, as it sounds like he isn’t up for long. And would you really start him in Coors?

      • Gonzo says:
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        @knucks: I would stash him and see what happens. That Dodgers rookie nookie got me like ^_^ Rockies are really bad right now, but it’s getting warm there and the air is thinning out… Prob gonna hold off. Thanks!

  37. coacher says:
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    I am offered Nelson Cruz (14-team 5×5 OBP…QS) for Wacha.

    Do it? Trade analyzer says…YES!

    • knucks says:
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      @coacher: It certainly sounds fair. And Cruz hitting one out helps. He had been a bit cold since coming off the DL, but seems like he might be fine.

      • coacher says:
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        @knucks: OK, thanks. Next question…my OF is J.Bruce, LoCain, Trout, Soto and Mac Williamson (2 doubles!). Utility is R.Guzman (4-4) (1b Goldy and CI Healy) so if I trade for Cruz he is strictly U. Who goes?

      • coacher says:
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        @Grey: drop Healy, Mac or R.Guzman?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Guzman

  38. Willy Mo says:
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    .208 babip so far in 2018 for desmond with a career babip over 300 and putting the bat to the ball the last few games.

    I added him this morning. I think he has a huge june with a few home series in coors and also road series in cinci, philly and texas

    • Stumanji! says:
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      @Willy Mo: You’re late. I grabbed him when he was even more of a schmohawk with a .193 BABIP! Seems like he could be heating up a bit?

      After that hopeful comment, he will def go 0-4 with 3 Ks tonight smh.

  39. jose says:
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    Morton and Snell lining up to start the same day the last 3 go rounds has been a welcomed occurrence for my RCL team. They’ve been a huge value from where I drafted them. Not to be picky (I’m being picky), but could have really used that W from Morton.

    Thanks for all the work Grey!

    • knucks says:
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      @jose: I try to not even look at the W column too much, as its not in my control as much as the other categories are.

      I had played in a roto league that replaced W with QS for the past few years. This year I’m in one that has both categories. I think I’m feelin it. Seems like a better way to balance out the nonsensical luck/randomness of what those Stats are trying to capture for fantasy. Plus I still get the rando vulture wins from relievers in this league that include both.

      • jose says:
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        @knucks: This is my first year for RCL or ROTO for that matter. I don’t worry too much about the W’s either, but when Morton left with a 3 run lead I kinda got my hopes up. I’ll take the above average Ks over the W any day.

        • LenFuego says:
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          @jose: Yeah, I was in the same boat. I already had Ws from Hellickson and Wacha and wanted to have maybe my first 3 W day ever.

          To be fair, Morton left only with a 2 run lead. This is literally what went through my head going into the 9th: “OK, so far so good and Devenski is solid. But damn, with the Yankees you are always just a walk and an HR away from giving up two runs.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: Yeah, they’ve been terrific

  40. Cable says:
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    My thought……Astros go get Z Britton

  41. MadBatter says:
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    Chris Taylor in 12 man leagues; Are you still holding out hope or should we move on? I’ll send out feelers but I think the return will be minimal.

    • Willy Mo says:
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      @MadBatter: hes a hold. Last 2 weeks his hitting .286 with 2 homers and over 900 OPS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MadBatter: Depends what’s out there, but could see looking elsewhere

  42. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Good morning Grey,
    I own Polanco, hold or trade bait?
    Cahill or King am or Caleb ROS?
    Ian Desmond is available in my twelve team points league 11 bat spots 7pitcher spots 4 bench spots. You’ve been giving the green light on Desmond so go for it? Droppings bats Mac Williamson, Ian happ, Gregory Polanco, and Brandon Nimrod. I just got Nimrod and Williamson, I want to see them work for a couple weeks, so happ?
    Side bar, counselor, I bought Giancarlo with my first pick 3rd overall. Hindsight whatever should have got Betts….BUT what does your gut say – NYC is eating him alive and he’s a small market player or we are in for an awesome second d half? (It’s hard question, Confirmation bias is a he’ll of a drug)

    • Johnnyhobbes says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: misspellings and poor grammar is my drug of choice…. *hell of a drug

      • Johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Johnnyhobbes: Nimmo not Nimrod. holy auto correct, Batman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: Haha… Trade bait on Polanco… Cahill… Desmond should be owned… Happ… Giancarlo could have a 20-homer month… He’ll be fine

      • Johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: My Man I’m Pumped let win the is mother! Thank you!

        • Johnnyhobbes says:
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          @Johnnyhobbes: god i suck at typing- im excited, lets just leave it at that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  43. Shitwolf says:
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    hey Grey my current hitters are contreras/bellinger/rizzo/machado/sano/stanton/cruz/marte/benentendi and conforto or smoak for my last uT spot 5×5 12 team obp instead of avg.. should I make a move for soto or just bath in the luxury of my already stacked hitting?

    thanks man

    yates is my 3rd Rp (also have miller on dl) and caleb Smith is my worst pitcher

  44. Wilsonian says:
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    My OF is kind of a shizz-show right now. These are the guys I’m currently rostering:

    Stanton, Rosario, Puig, Scooter (who is by far my best OFer, which tells you how bad this year is going), Happ

    Are you dumping any of them for Choo, Adams, Nimmo, Kipper, Desmond, Gorkys, Braun?

    *and I know, I won’t be dropping Stanton even though he’s been pretty meh this year

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: add Soto to that list of available OFers.

      • The Big Yabu says:
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        @Wilsonian: In a league that shallow, you can drop Puig. Desmond ROS, or you could play matchups.

    • Grey

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      @Wilsonian: Agree with Yabu, Puig for Soto tho for a few

  45. Stumanji! says:
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    Kevin Cash said he’s considering using Chris Archer to close games on days in between his starts.

    Just kidding. OR AM I??? Your call.

  46. Jeffe says:
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    Was offered A. Chapman for Javier Baez. Have G. Torres or Whit to replace him at 2B. Who wins? Closers are Allen, Familia and Treinan.

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Jeffe: That’s a fair value, but it doesn’t look like it improves your team overall. Unless you’re confident you can flip one of the closers later, I’d hold.

    • Grey

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      @Jeffe: It’s fair, depends on needs, I’d prefer Baez

    • Stumanji! says:
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      @Jeffe: seems like you don’t really need Chapman. If you want to sell Baez, I’d aim for another hole on your roster.

  47. Lindorphins says:
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    Blow up Dahl!

    Correa + Starling Marte for Harper looks pretty fair on the trade analyzer – you agree?

  48. Ashtray says:
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    Ryan McMahon is on the brink of picking up 2nd and 3rd base eligibility and I’m hoping I can replace Semien as my MI guy but McMahon is pounding everything in to the dirt (5.2 gb/fb).

    Continue to hold in a 14 team OPS league hoping to replace Semien or use that roster spot on a back of the rotation starter (like Marquez, Kuhl, Kennedy, Chacin, Sabathia)?

  49. Fred McGriff says:
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    Kershaw coming off DL tomorrow, who to drop in a dynasty league?

    Bundy, Fernando Romero, Luis Castillo, or JA Happ?

      • Fred McGriff says:
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        @Grey: Aaron Sanchez was dropped too yesterday, who to drop in the claim outta the other 3?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t own Aaron Sanchez

  50. Jubaka says:
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    Just lost Thor, still I’m not bad off with pitching. Should I drop Andrew Miller, and or Castillo, for any of these guys? Roark, wacha, saroka, Kyle Gibson, Straily, tropeano.

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Jubaka: Drop both for Wacha and Roark

  51. JC says:
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    Pitch Musgrove at home vs Cubs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JC: Sure

  52. Five-on-One says:
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    I hear ya on the ‘no thanks’ on Tropeano. But, SON does have him valued at $12.6 @ Tex for his next start. Would you trust SON and go with him over Wacha (vPIT $4.2) or Vince V (@SF $6.3) or Mengden (vTB $5.7)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-on-One: I trust SON, @TEX is a good matchup — I’d go Wacha first tho

      • Five-on-One says:
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        @Grey: So Tropeano over VV and Mengden? Of the two, which one sits?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sit VV

  53. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h OPS
    Who would you sit today?
    Ozuna @ MIL (Guerra)
    Puig vs PHI (Eflin)
    Teoscar @ BOS (Erod)

  54. Tom says:
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    What’s fair is fair, Cubs game bottom of 9th inning score tied, opposing team batting with a runner on third one out, ground ball to 3b, runner on 3b stays put, throw goes to first, Rizzo makes the catch, runner going to first leg whips Rizzo taking him down, runner from 3rd scores Cubs lose. Rizzo torn ligament in knee. This is all good right? The runner was just playing hard to benefit his team.

  55. Kelley says:
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    Great way to start the day reading your website. Always have a great belly laugh. In a weekly h2h points league. Please advise on the following. 1. Start [email protected] Mil or [email protected] SF 2.rank ros Lamb, Sano, Devers 3.rank ros Aquillar, Soto, Odor Buxton. Needing to keep at least one of the 3rd basemen,which two would you drop from lists 2 and3 combined. Thanks Grey

    • Grey

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      @Kelley: Thanks! 1. Has to be either or and not both?
      Reyes 2. Devers, Sano 3. Soto, Odor

  56. William Hung says:
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    Should I drop Moncada for Tim Anderson? Swap White Sock for White Sock?

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: So far so good with your push for me to pick up Ian Desmond. I was a non-believer but #TrustGrey

        Now I need to figure out which pitcher to pick up for Luis Castillo… he’s a bum! I am 100% regretting dropping Alex Reyes back in April when I needed that DL spot :(

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: Should I drop Castillo for Jon Gray @ Home v. SF?

            • Grey

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              Meh

  57. Ashtray says:
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    So are we starting Reyes this afternoon?

  58. Corleone22 says:
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    like many- I have reyes and Iglesias coming back. I need to drop 2.
    Im crystal clear that you think Castillo would be #1 to drop- correct?
    Can you please rank or comment on the remaining in droppable order?
    ERod- good k/good team
    Fernando Romero- stats are impressive but I don’t trust him
    Mikolas – keeps putting in quality starts
    Flaherty- will he stay in rotation all year?

    thanks per usual- I love your stuff!

  59. Chris says:
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    I am torn between if we should do a prayer circle for Goldy or if we should get everyone to ask to drop him just to make the universe work

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Ugh, I know, so bad

  60. Murph says:
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    Grey!!
    Look into your crystal balls and tell me –
    1 should i drop Castillo for Clevinger, Godley or Bundy?
    2 are you cyclopsing David Dahl? (.368 over the past week)
    Thanks sir

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: 1. Clevinger 2. I own him

  61. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for the great write-up. I’m trying to take your advice from Friday and move on Segura; here are the three offers I’m considering making for Segura/Snell:

    1. Verlander/Didi
    2. MadBum/Bogaerts
    3. Strasburg/Story

    Would you consider any of these three offers? Any that I should not offer?

      • hanklongball says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey! I appreciate the sanity check that these offers might be a reach. Would Anderson/Nola be sufficient for this offer, or is that too low a return?

        • Grey

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          Sounds fair

  62. Kevin says:
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    Drop Pedro Severino for JR Murphy, Sandy Leon or Elias Diaz?

  63. Bobby says:
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    In a 12-team standard Yahoo keeper league. Currently in 1st, but last in saves. Here’s my roster:

    C- Gattis
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Merrifield
    3B – Bryant
    SS – Gregorius
    OF – Betts, Blackmon, Brantley, Ozuna, Soto, Williamson
    SP – C-Mart, McCullers, Bauer, Snell, Taillon, Flaherty
    RP – Strickland, Osuna, Devenski, Edwards, Reed

    I was offered Kershaw, Jansen, & Encarnacion for Rizzo, Bauer, & Ozuna (Rizzo, Kershaw, and Jansen are in their last years). Would you accept this offer or remain patient and hope Devenski, Reed, (and maybe even Osuna & Edwards) begin closing games?

    • Grey

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      @Bobby: You’re making this trade for saves? I’d hope not… If you need saves, trade Soto for Raisel or something like that

  64. phil says:
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    Is Lugo a pitcher you would pick up? Is he a number 2-3 or 4 pitcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phil: I’m not picking him up in mixed leagues

  65. jose says:
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    SON likes Gonzalez at home against TB just slightly more the Valasquez at SF. In RCL I’m leaning Velasquez for potential Ks?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: Soudns fine, SON prolly predicts more Ks for VV too, right?

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Yep, more Ks for VV.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, so I agree

          • jose says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  66. hisroyaljohn says:
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    Trying to decide who to start in my last OF spot tonight:
    Stanton home vs HOU (Keuchel)
    Desmond home vs SF (Holland)
    Hittertron likes both but I can only pick one

  67. Play Ball says:
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    As good a year as Treinen is having, would you trade him for Jansen? Yes, no or an enthusiastic absolutely?

  68. Adam says:
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    do I drop Harrison for Nimmo??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  69. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 team h2h league someone just dropped Ohtani, Shohei is it worth picking him up his numbers look good to me?

    Ramos, Goldsmidt, gleyber torres, muchado, trea turner, kris bryant, bryce harper, starling marte, cody bellinger, Encarnacion, dee gordon, Juan Soto

    Archer, Sonny Gray, Nola, Paxton, Alex Reyes, Ed Diaz, Brad Hand
    Madison Bumgarner, Alex Wood

    i was thinking maybe sonny gray what do you think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BTW, my friend in Jersey was the one who arrested Dykstra

      • Cable says:
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        @Grey:

        Speaking of NJ I’ll be at the Borgata this weekend

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Have fun!

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey ………… which arrest are you referring to the uber one? ..with dykstra you have to be specific….I’m sure it was just a misunderstanding dude!

        I loved watching Dykstra play such a clutch player, but he always was a knuckle head

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The uber one in Jersey…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He signed an autograph for him!

          • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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            @Grey:

            That’s cool….he is always living on the edge; but he is a man of the people part of the reason people still like him

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, plus only seems to hurt himself, and MURICA!

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Grey:

        Crazy times in Phill Brian Colangelo Fake Twitter accounts ; My conspiracy theory is either Lebron James is behind Fake accounts to get Colangelo fired so he can come to philly and be the first ever Player / General Manager or Hinkey is framing him to restart the process….

          • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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            @Grey:

            I think i’ll stay away from twitter………..looks like TheRealColengelo is following the Razz feed though

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA, all five of Colangelo’s accounts

              • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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                @Grey:

                also forgot about Embiid getting in a pickup game in the parking lot near pat’s steaks bouncing a ball of some guys face then doing a windmill dunk over him and Fultz who was hurt all season doing 5 cartwheels at his birthday party……never a slow news day in philly any more……if you have not seen those videos check them out

                https://youtu.be/8dmRsAyKwYA

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha! That’s amazing

  70. Murph says:
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    Grey
    Cut Conforto for Dahl?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  71. Squat Cobblers says:
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    How come Luis Castillo’s stat lines remind me of that Price is Right game where they try to guess the price of the car…BUT only on days when The Price is Right doesn’t want to give away a car?

    Barker (or Drew Carey): “Oooo sorry, the correct price is 45,654.”
    Contestant: “Are you sure Bob? I’ve never seen a price of a car without a zero or a nine in it.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Hilarious

  72. Lubes says:
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    Been pretty happy with my “wait, Morton didn’t get drafted? first day pickup of him”

    5×5 w/obp, 5 player keeper league
    Give up rizzo for dee gordon? Or is he finally coming around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too shabby on Morton! I’d hold Rizzo

  73. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team H2H 7×7 keeper league with OPS and TB. Is it time to drop Domingo Santana because of playing time or do I continue to hold? Other options are Peralta, Soler, Teoscar and Trey Mancini

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  74. Bill says:
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    Grey

    Buxton or Desmond?

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  75. Cable says:
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    In H/H points league is Snell & Mikolas to much of not enough for G Cole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d take Cole

  76. Filkarri says:
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    Looking to move L Cain for a starter. Think a guy like G Cole is a good target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cole, it’s fair

  77. Any thoughts on Seranthony Dominguez, RP PHI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love him, own him in a few leagues, he’s an MR tho

      • bobbo says:
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        @Grey: worth the accumulated stats though? Wire in my league is garbage so I’m fostering him.

  78. Joel says:
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    Wait around for Acuna (with my team’s DL players over capacity) or drop for Cainye MidWest?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Own Cain

  79. Brian Boyle says:
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    Hey Grey what a way to start my hump day off. I think I want to pickup Cahill, but not sure if i should or not.

    12 team H2H 6×5 with OPS and 5OF.
    Who to drop to get him or hold and I also have BUM coming off the DL next week so not sure?

    Zuinio, Goldy, A Cabrerra, Bregman, LIndor, Ozuna, C taylor, E Rosario, Polanco, MAC, J Turner utility Bench Hosmer, M Carp, Ohtani DL Acuna

    Mikolas, Pivetta, Buehler, Maeda, Ohtani, Newcomb, A Reyes, Flaherty RP Hader, Kela, N Jones
    DL BUM.

    Thanks and have a great day!!

    BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Maeda, you too!

      • Brian Boyle says:
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        @Grey: Who do I drop when BUM gets off of the DL??

        BB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can you ask in a few days?

  80. vee says:
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    Ender is back hitting leadoff and has steal potential again while acuna out…

    but.. would you drop him for Meadows or Nimmo for the long haul? if i drop ender in my league, he’ll probably get snatched up

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Ender, he’s been great

  81. Danny Salazar. No news for 3 weeks. Worth picking up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  82. asdf says:
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    Hey Grey

    Walker Buehler or Gleyber Torres ROS in a vacuum?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Torres

    • Willy mo says:
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      @asdf: idk how you could possibly even consider dropping Torres in any league.

      • asdf says:
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        @Willy mo:
        Not dropping, want to trade for him.

  83. Righty says:
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    Rodon and Soroka coming back shortly. Are we holding them over…

    Cron
    RZimm

    Boyd
    SGray
    Kingham
    TWilliams

    Basically, drop 2, including Rodon and Soroka as possible drops. Deeper league, little pitching on the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Boyd or Gray, and two risky Pirates isn’t ideal either

  84. Willy Mo says:
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    just listened to the podcast, you guys were going trough scooter the top 2b and got to 7 or 8 without mentioning Gleyber Torres? im a yankee homer but hes top 5 for sure for sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, yeah, he’s in that range

  85. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    15 team roto, need to dump one:

    Teoscar Hernandez
    Josh Harrison
    Eduardo Escobar

    They’re all part of a revolving door I use at Util/bench

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harrison

      • Jimmy Jack James says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – would you slot in Candelario ahead of any of those dudes?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Above Eduardo

  86. Bob's Your Uncle says:
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    I’m not winning many games in my H2H and I’m wondering if Sano is worth holding over these guys:

    Nimmo, Jankowski (steals), Matt Adams, Ian Happ (2B, OF eligibility to help me at 2B where I have Lowrie and Dee Gordon)?

    I have Abreu or Jesus Aguilar for 1B and Manny Machado for 3B so I would use Sano at UT any given week whereas OF eligibility is more helpful to me (Acuna on DL so I’m putting Gordon out there next week).

    I know Sano can provide power but I also feel like he might be a bust ROS given his batting profile.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano just homered this week, now’s not the time to move on

      • Bob's Your Uncle says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. I’ll get out the leash from the closet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  87. Roger Anderson says:
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    Have K Davis is coming off the DL( 6X6 H2H)
    Who do I drop?

    Matt Adams – my only 1B backup to Votto, while I wait for Myers
    Villar – I need SBs so bad it hurts
    Y Moncada – My hoped for SB leader
    Mallex Smith – another SB bust.

    • Roger Anderson says:
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      @Roger Anderson:
      Rest of the squad:
      Gary Sanchez
      Joey Votto
      Travis Shaw
      Justin Turner
      Mike Trout
      Aaron Judge
      Chris Taylor
      Juan Soto
      Austin Meadows
      Eugenio Suarez
      Gleyber Torres

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mallex

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually, maybe Adams if you need SBs badly

        • Roger Anderson says:
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          @Grey:
          Thanks.

          Mallex was my thinking since I have OF covered and he has a whole 1 SB in the past week.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Go for it

  88. What's a Drexl? says:
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    20 team redraft with hits, OPS, total bases, slugging added. h2h. with jedong on DL i’m scrounging for 2B guys. had flores but he’s hurt. now got the falafel man at TEX but he’s gross. somebody dropped the quite cold EE. best option out of EE/falafel man/difo/camargo?

    2. panik seems back soon, him when he’s back over above? don’t have DL stash room but could stay on top of it (hopefully)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1 Edwin was dropped in a 20 team league? 2. Meh, over Kiner-F

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        @Grey: sorry, meant E2 (MIN) or E squared. E5 is what i thought edwin encarnacion was known as.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, gotcha… Eduardo over Kiner-F

  89. knucks says:
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    I’m here to ask about Felipe Rivero 7 times this week :)

    In my 15 team 6×6 (OPS and QS) that I mentioned today and yesterday…

    I rejected his Mancini for Felipe based off your earlier reply about this league. He just sent an offer of his Sano for my Felipe. I’ve kind of been ignoring him and the rest of the Twins. Haven’t watched any ABs since he got back from the DL. I’m not super psyched about him. He hasn’t come out of the gate hot, not that I’d expect it. I could even flip him to some other team maybe (if he starts hitting in the next week or so, I’ll prob do that).

    Here are the bats from this roster fwiw…

    C- Your mom
    1B- Smoak
    2B- Peraza
    3B- Bryant
    SS- Story
    MI- Odor
    CI- Franco
    OF-Yelich
    OF- Puig
    OF- Rosario
    OF- Brantley
    DH- Mazara
    UT- Candelario (or a batty call)

    The DH slot is so dumb and has already been voted out of the league for next year. Sano is eligible and could slot there if I wanted to move Mazara around I guess.

    Here is a look at the wire, just for reference: Hanley, Dexter Fowler, Piscotty, Guzman, Franmil, Preston Tucker, Aaron Altherr, etc

    I’m in first in this league. Don’t need the Saves (still have Raisel and Treinen). Don’t need the Power really either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Sano

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Done! Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  90. AC010202 says:
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    Grey,

    I’m looking to move a bat off my team to gain pitching. Should I move Haniger, Puig, or Meadows? i.e. who will be the worst ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meadows

  91. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Happy Wednesday!

    Desmond and Nimmo are available

    Drop Ozuna or Curtis Jackson Cron for either (Util spots)? or Hold?

    12 team 6X6 (OBP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Desmond, but I’d hold there

      • Sandlot Bully says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Maybe I’ll use a streaming spot and add Desmond for a bit

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  92. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Questions in 3 leagues.
    1. League with no remaining DL slot: Drop Pollack for Vlad? (I wonder who will be available first)
    2. League with 1 remaining DL slot: Soroka or Nelson?
    3. Who do you want Schwarber or Dickerson? How close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Meh 2. Pollock 3. Schwarber

      • Norm Ginsberg says:
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        @Grey: Is that “drop Pollack” or “keep Pollack”?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Keep

  93. Matty Ice says:
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    Grey! Long time reader, 1st time poster. OBP league, need advice:

    Trade Donaldson and Lowrie for Buehler?

    I already have Gallo at the corner, and also have Schoop/Merrifield/Taylor for MI spots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Buehler

  94. alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    my patience with Polanco are wearing thin
    11 team
    If he goes another 0-fer would you drop him for
    either Guzman, Muncy, Gyorko or Kepler.
    I can use RBI’s and average
    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kepler

  95. Stumanji! says:
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    Tomorrow’s headline if he throws another gem today:
    EVERYTHING MUS-GROVE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes!

  96. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Yeah, I too dropped Clevenger early on, and now regret it. I also added Maeda last week, so I was sitting back ready to enjoy 2 Starts this week, and then…why Kenta have my Eda? Yeah, that was pathetic. I will leave the pithy writing to you my friend.

    Anyway, I am ratcheting back my Darvish prediction following the inflammation news from out all season to out until the ASB. We ain’t gonna see that mannequin until July.

    Great work as usual. Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Prolly right on Yu

  97. jason batteiger says:
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    reyes looking fairly wild 2nd inning. seems normal for guys just back from TJ.

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @jason batteiger: and the pitcher just lined out off of him. that ain’t good.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @jason batteiger: surprisingly he’s ahead in counts too most of the time, then at bat goes on much longer than you’d think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, looks like just about every other pitcher coming back from Tommy John

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Grey: well it turns out they are at least pretending he’s injured already. velo lossage and no coincidence they’re claiming something happened right after the 1st inning (the only one he looked good in). yeah, any leagues without at least 5 DL’s are F’d.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s hurt?

        • jason batteiger says:
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          @jason batteiger: rotoworld claiming “velo declined to a “alarming degree””, well his last 4 pitches thrown were all fastballs at 95-96 (same as 1st inning). however the 2nd and 3rd to last batters he was only throwing 92’s on those (3 four seamers thrown in those 2 at bats), so maybe he realized this and blew something out trying to overexert on the last at bat with villar.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’m not sure there was an injury, I think he was just gassed

          • jason batteiger says:
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            @jason batteiger: http://rotoworld.com/player/mlb/7756/alex-reyes

            here’s the thing though, what kind of line could i get that he isn’t hurt at all, just at 73 pitches, not locating well, getting hit fairly hard (lots of lineouts, even to a pitcher). 73 pitches isn’t really a small number to get yanked at, even if the other concerns weren’t there for a newly back TJ guy.

            i’d take 3-2 he’s not any bit injured here after piecing this together, and it’s just rotoworld going out on a limb. nowhere in that blurb is there anything saying “he complained to a trainer/pitching coach”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I think he’s fine…I watched some of the start, he was just all over the map, and gassed

              • Crime Dog says:
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                @Grey: Grey, in regards to your comment above about this being typical for pitchers coming back from TJ. How long does that usually last, mainly the lack of control and anything else that you’re referring to about players coming from TJ. Do these symptoms usually last a few starts, or more like a year?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Couple months, took Corbin about 3-4 months I think

  98. Jason Murray says:
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    Do you prefer Carlos Rodon over Roark, Folty, Musgrove, or Pivetta ROS? Also, Meadows over O. Herrera, Markakis, Schoop, or Devers? 12-team H2H keeper. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope on Rodon… Over Markakis

  99. knucks says:
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    I mess around with the Trade Analyzer often. The past few weeks, I noticed that something strange happens when you add multiple players and switch around the league types. Where do we ping Rudy about this? I’d like to give him specifics to maybe help diagnose.

    Sano is worth $15 in a 15 team league. But when I had added Franco, Candelerio, then Sano. They are all showing as worth about $5.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: I didn’t make it clear in my Sano example. But it happens when the players are already added, but I flip around through league types. It fixes itself when you empty the players and re-add. But I just thought I would mention it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I sent him your comment, he’ll hit you back when he gets a chance

    • yes, seen the same. you need to remove/re-add all but the top player when switching league formats. Glitch that should be repaired sooner vs later.

      • knucks says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Coolio, yea its easy enough to re-add. Just wanted to make sure you fellers were aware of it.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: is it really a glitch though when a guy doesn’t reset it when changing parameters. this is like not clearing a calculator before doing different problems on it (or it sounds that way), of course the previous stuff will be left in for the 2nd problem. just hit reset first.

        • it’d be better if it handled this use case by recalculating. if not, it could lead to incorrect results.

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: incorrect results even if you aren’t changing league parameters midcalculation, that is bad (if possible).

  100. coacher says:
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    Jose Peraza, Pedroia, Villar, Addison Russell, Yolmer Sanchez, Descalso, Ahmed, Difo, Gyorko, Hernan Perez, Camargo, N.Walker

    I need a 2B, MI, SS for ROS from this list. Can you help a brotha out?…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza

      • coacher says:
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        @Grey: OK, thanks. Peraza can be any of the 3. For the other spots I’m thinking Villar and Russell. Is there anything better on the list? Pedroia? Descalso?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Villar/Russell works for me

  101. Willy mo says:
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    Thank god i held e-rod through the FUD (praying emoji)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  102. mookie says:
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    11 team AL-only keeper auction ($260) league. Going for 1st this year. Any hesitation for this one:

    I give: Welington Castillo ($7, can be kept 3 more years); Jeimer Candelario ($1, 4 more); Forrest Whitley (‘free’ next year, 4 more); Yordan Alvarez (free, 4 more); Blake Treinen ($8, 3 more)
    I get: Xander Bogaerts, Nelson Cruz, Blake Swihart, Fernando Rodney, Jefry Marte

    It’s a 2 catcher league and my other catcher is Zunino. My SS/MI situation is pretty dire – Joey Wendle (2B/SS), Dixon Machado (2B/SS), Luis Valbuena (2B), & Brad Miller (2B) with Jorge Polanco (SS) suspended. My OF is fine – Betts, JD Martinez, Buxton, Mancini, Bradley, Field, Palka – but obviously Cruz would be an upgrade (in our league I can use him as a OF). None of the guys I’m being offered are good keeper value (unless Swihart suddenly becomes awesome).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Xander

  103. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Start Eflin tonight against Dodgers?

    Thanks your write ups are great!

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Hebrew Hammer: Nope. Maybe in a superdeep league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, thanks!

  104. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Man, ERod being efficient, throwing strikes and generally looking great. I can’t wait until I stream him against the Royals and he gets shithoused.

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: Within minutes of posting this, Giovani Urshela worked an 8 pitch walk, and Teoscar hit a 2 run homer off him, and ended up throwing around 20 pitches to the final 3 batters of the inning. Service as usual has resumed.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, was watching… So hard to trust him fully

  105. Lucky Dog says:
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    I take neither pride nor joy in making a 100% accurate prediction about Reyes. As a share holder I’m feeling ill about it, TBH.

    I knew it was all jusy too good to be true. :cryemoji:

  106. Willy Mo says:
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    Since you said to sell JD Martinez hes been the best fantasy player and i don’t think its close really.

    Good call on Didi doe…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: oh right I forgot, you meant only to sell him if he got injured (moonface)

    • Cram It says:
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      @Willy Mo: Since you said the Mets had the best pitching staff in baseball, they…well, ya know. Good call on Mookie Betts though.

  107. herschel says:
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    is it time to form some kind of prayer rhombus for reyes or was it just the cards being careful with him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think they’re just being careful, haven’t heard anything, but someone commented above that he might be hurt

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: yeah, saw yahoo reported something, but seemed like he was fine in the dugout. not talking to the trainer or anything….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never trust Yahoo on those notes

        • jason batteiger says:
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          @herschel: yahoo got that from rotoworld. there’s no quote on just which twit on rotoworld invented this though. not that i’m defending yahoo, just accuracy.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Totally

  108. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Honestly stumped here…is it better to put somebody like Michael Taylor on my bench and see if he figures out the power and average or just jettison him for an extra arm – I don’t really need the pitching but I also don’t really need his steals. Regular old 12-teamer and I’m in position to win now. My gut says keep him around. What do you think? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mike! Think he’s droppable unless desperate for speed…

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Brilliant thank you sir…Go Phils!

        Creeping on the site every day…love the new tools and writeups! :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Mike! Appreciate you!

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Is that old school prospect Mike?

            • Slimcompoop says:
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              @Slimcompoop: If it is the former “Prospect Mike”, I miss you man. Always appreciated your intel and candor. Prospector Ralph, albeit really smart, only responds to people that agree with him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That was him!

  109. William Hung says:
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    Alex Reyes… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wha’ happened?

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Per RW:
        Alex Reyes was removed from Wednesday’s game against the Brewers with an apparent injury.

        Reyes was making his season debut after a long recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He looked dominant in the first inning but struggled with his control in the second and his velocity dipped to a concerning degree in the ensuing frames. The 23-year-old right-hander was lifted after throwing 73 pitches over four scoreless innings. There should be an update soon from Miller Park in Milwaukee.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure I believe it, I think he’s fine, if gassed

          • Lucky Dog says:
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            @Grey: they’re saying he’s not talking to trainers on the bench which is probably good.

            Also his velo dipped noticeably, but the last few pitches were 94-95

            Fingers crossef

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He just seemed gassed to me…

              • Count de Monetballl says:
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                Thanks for the update G’man, that roto update gave me a minor heart palpitation, and not the kind I got when I first saw Alana Blanchard circa 2012, i might add…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

            • jason batteiger says:
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              @Lucky Dog: exactly, his last 4 pitches were all four seamers at exact same velo as 1st inning (95-96). this really screams somebody on rotoworld going rogue on it for clicks. not quite as bad as the twat who invented that rosenthal was signed by MIA (which was completely fabricated according to his agent, himself, and all later data) but still not cool. could actually be the same twat, it’s not named indexed.

  110. William Hung says:
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    Someone get Abreu a blanket, cause he’s ICE cold right now…

    Since that sweet 4/4 game, he’s 0/13 with 6 Ks and with probably 2 more ABs left to go today. Nobody wants to get on the plane outta Cleveland more than him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, yeah, been feeling that in one league

    • Cram It says:
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      @William Hung: 13 AB’s? The sky is falling! And before that he raised his avg 30 points in 9 games. Go pick on someone else. He will end up where he always does.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Cram It: Lol, not picking on him. Just saying he had a rough series against the Indians.

  111. Slimcompoop says:
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    Jose Ramirez is fo’ sho ahead of Goldy next year. Thinking top-8 for Ramirez, maybe 30-to-40 for Goldschmidt.

    P.S. I traded Dansby Swanson last year for Jose Ramirez and $10 auction dollars. Might be my best trade of all time:)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, prolly true… Nice trade! Damn…

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: It was last year and Ramirez was off to a cold start and the other dude was a prospect whore in our keeper-league, but still pretty nice.

  112. Gotime says:
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    Grey, would you drop Castillo in a 12tm redraft to roster Flaherty? Or drop and hold that spot for later. Not sure if Flaherty will stay up. About 20 moves left thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Flaherty

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Musgrove available as well, still Flaherty at this point?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can switch them if you like

  113. Daytona says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Amazing work per ush (usual abbreviated). I’m thinking of sending Duppy to waivers in favor of Story of Adidon. This seems like a no brainer right?

    PUSH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Daytona! Story of Adidon, done!

  114. ThatManIsSickSickSick says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Amazing work per ush (usual abbreviated). I’m thinking of sending Duppy to the waiver wire in favor of Story of Adidon. This seems like a no brainer right?

    PUSH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Push!

      • ThatManIsSickSickSick says:
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        @Grey: Sorry for the double!! PUSH (whats your fave song on the album and why is it hard piano?)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never trust a girl who finds love in a camera!

          PUSH!

          I love the whole album, prolly lean Come Back Baby

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s where the kings go, down to Santo Domingo!

  115. demRibbies says:
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    in a 10 team QS league would you drop Cahill or Stripling for Seranthony (SP eligible in my league). Word is that Seranthony was warming up last night when it was a save op, but when PHI opened the score up they sat him. I think it’s happening soon. Leaning Stripling b/c LA will get some guys back soon and tend to screw QS leaguers by yanking starters not named Kershaw at the 5IP mark.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stripling

  116. OaktownSteve says:
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    Back when I had a tv I used to see ads for ambien. Never once did I hear “side effects may include racist tweeting.”

    The keyboard player for Guns and Roses is hanging out in the store cafe and Sweet Child just came on the radio.

    Albono I think we’ve talked about this before..,when employing the wait on starting pitching strategy, I would say when those teams have flopped it was because the offense was crappy twice as often as the pitching being bad. Why do you think it is that you can spend your first 9 picks on hitters and wind up with poor results?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Side effects language is said so fast, can we be sure?

      Ha! That’s awesome on GnR!

      Sometimes luck is just bad with hitters…It happens

  117. The Great Knoche says:
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    MRI says no structural damage in elbow for Darvish. Maybe check him for vaginitis?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @The Great Knoche:

      I know we’re not supposed to put any stock in post season but it sure seemed like there was something terribly wrong with him at the end last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  118. The Shoe says:
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    Hi Grey, What percent chance do you give Meadows to stay up through the ROS? Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      50%

  119. OaktownSteve says:
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    When ERod comes x-fire and gets the fastball above the letters he is really tough. Lots of late hop.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, looked good, but had moments of bleh

  120. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    What is your term for the batty call gone completely wrong? Dee out, grabbed Kipnis…he blows but good matchup today. Check scores this morning to see Cleveland up 9-0 in the 4th. Kipnis only guy without a hit or RBI. Goes 0-4 with 2 Ks which count. Batty Call Denied? Lost Batty Call? Batty Call Disconnected? Whatever it is, hating it right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, damn!

  121. jon says:
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    ewwwwww Corbin… wtw!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

    • Crime Dog says:
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      @jon: @Grey: Anyone watching? doesn’t seem like he’s pitching bad, gave up a couple GB singles, his only walk, and an untimely homer

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Just a little bad BABIP luck and regression, nothing awful

      • jon says:
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        @Crime Dog:

        Two homers.. urgghh

  122. Brent says:
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    I was offered my Ozzie Albies ($1 for 15 yrs) for his Nolan Arenado ($13) and Marcus Stroman ($9) and he’s paying the difference between both contracts for 2 years. Is this a deal I should do? I have Moustakas currently at 3b and Ozzie is my starting 2b but I can slide Gleyber Torres into 2b.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Arenado

      • Brent says:
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        This League is a 14 team head to head points league with $150 salary cap.
        My team consists of
        C) Buster Posey
        1b) Freddie Freeman
        2b) Ozzie Albies
        3b) Mike Moustakas
        Ss) Xander Bogaerts
        Of) Lorenzo Cain
        Of) Mookie Betts
        Of) Michael Conforto
        DH) Gleyber Torres

        Bench
        Brandon Nimmo, Devin Mesoraco, Ronald Acunà, Yonder Alonso, Marcus Semien, David Peralta

        Minors
        Peter Alonso, Josh Naylor, Bo Bichette, Freudis Nova, Keibert Ruiz, Lewis Brinson, DJ Peters

        Current trade offer is my previous post would you still do the trade?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Arenado is better than Albies, Stroman is useless

  123. MikeZ says:
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    Do you think Albies + Tanaka would be enough to pick up jose ramirez? He needs pitching, and I’ve got a surplus. Would you make this trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try it, I doubt it

  124. Let's Play Two says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS in a standard roto league (QS, K, WHIP, ERA) – Verlander or Kershaw?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander

  125. henncoop says:
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    in a 12 team roto with weekly lineups with deep rosters of 30 players
    Pickup Nimmo by dropping either Polanco or Moreland??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  126. Mr Basebgall says:
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    I have Alex Reyes in keeper league – what type of player would you want in return for him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 30 bat

  127. Ty says:
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    F MI L! I could use a little 2B/SS help. Would you drop…Conforto, Desmond, or Moreland for Swanson? I have Cabrera and Guerrero stashed as well. Really don’t want to drop any of these guys and it’s nothing urgent, but I feel I’m always shorted starts with My Odor, Semien, and Baez MI.
    Hope that makes sense & Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, hold

  128. Crazy J says:
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    Maybe next year the notes should read “look to pick Buxton up in July, but don’t waste a draft pick on him”?

    • henncoop says:
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      @Crazy J: seriously???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally

  129. fishfanuk says:
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    You’ve said before in a comment you’d want mokolas Over keuchal ROS. How would you rank them as keepers?
    More specifically how big a gap would you put on them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d rank them close, I’d lean Mikolas

  130. Kyzr5 says:
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    Grey,

    Alex Reyes says he was “gassed” ;)

    From CBS article:

    “”Reyes said he wasn’t sure why his velocity dipped during his 2018 big-league debut Wednesday, but the 23-year-old didn’t seem overly concerned about the issue. “I felt fine, a little fatigued but anything beside that, I wasn’t really worried about,” the right-hander said. “I’m not really worried about it now.””

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s what I thought above

  131. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Again Grey,
    Would you add Cahill over any of the following in a Yahoo 12 Team H2H League with OPS and Holds and 2 Keepers:

    SPs: Tanaka, Bauer, Snell, Pivetta, Heaney, Flaherty, Corbin, Bundy

    RPs: W. Davis, A. Viz, Nate Jones and Robertson

    I won’t bore you with my crummy offense, although I probably have too many bench bats.

    Thanks very much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cahill over Bundy

  132. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Yet again Grey,
    Are we adding either Meadows or Gardner over Dahl in a Yahoo 10 Team H2H Points League? I’m anticipating the “meh”, but I figured I would ask. Dahl kinda pisses me off with his playing time, but a pinch hit HR is quite lovely.

    And somewhat related, there is probably no need to hang onto Carpenter in same league with Gordon coming back, so perhaps he is the drop for one of the 2 OFs mentioned above.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner over Dahl

  133. SpecialFNK says:
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    yahoo, 5×5, roto, 16 team keeper league. (keep 5)

    give- Jay Bruce, Teoscar Hernandez.
    get- Adrian Beltre, Gerardo Parra.

    I’m looking for an upgrade in AVG.

    MY TEAM
    C- Gattis. 1B- Cron. 2B- Harrison. 3B- Healy. SS- Machado. IN- Bruce.
    OF- Cruz. OF- LCain. OF- Nimmo. OF- Soto. UT- THernandez.
    BN- DPerlta, ARosario, MWilliamson, Jankowski, Hicks, Senzel.
    DL- DeJong.
    SP- Nola. SP- LCastillo. RP- Morrow. RP- SDominguez.
    P- Winkler. P- SDominguez. AGarrett.
    BN- Junis, Maeda, Tepera, RRodriguez.
    DL- Bumgarner. DL- Britton. DL- Lucchesi.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  134. The Dude says:
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    I’m in desperate need for saves, am I ovepaying for Familia?

    Familia + Aaron Hicks
    for
    Schwarber

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  135. Db says:
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    Harper and Junis
    Or Goldy and Paxton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper, but fair

  136. Scott says:
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    Boring OF question!

    Duvall or Trumbo ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Trumbo

  137. DonnieB says:
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    What’s up with Corbin in your opinion? Ten Ks but 6 ERs. Seems inconsistent for a guy with velocity porblems. I didn’t see game but stats ok early in the game. Would you trade my Hader and Corbin for Marcell Ozuna or is Hader too valuable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Ozuna but prolly just fair and might lose the trade

  138. Ty says:
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    Would you trade a fractured jaw having Hoskins for a soon to return Elvis Andrus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  139. KevinB says:
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    Thanks for your humor!!

    Nimmo or Mac Williamson rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Apples/oranges… Nimmo

  140. CP says:
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    NL-only league, I want to deal Nimmo for an arm. How do you feel about Soroka ROS when he comes back? Is that a good trade target or who would you look to get?

    He’ll flip you. Flip ya for real!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d take Soroka…Maybe you can do better…Pivetta?

  141. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Alcides Escobar. Two-hole hitter.

    The Royals must have no farm system at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Does seem like you should be able to do better

  142. dau says:
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    starling marte for T Bauer—?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d take either

  143. lwomack58 says:
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    K. Hendricks for Beltre. Which side

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks, it’s fair

  144. Nightpandas says:
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    Pollock + Ohtani (bat only)

    Or

    Odubel Lemahieu Newcomb

    Keep 11

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ODB side

  145. Nightpandas says:
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    My three are all maybe keepers…would definitely keep Pollock if I did this

  146. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    uh oh, i only have romero in like 4 or so spots, some rotos. i knew he was related to that other famous romero with this kind of horror. so i stole yr title for tomorrow there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s that?

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Grey: romero got lit up badly, the reference is to george romero (the horror)

  147. tradepix says:
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    Got a guy in a keeper league who is not doing well, and he is offering trades for draft picks. I’m sitting in first but the top has been unstable. I could use RBI/SB help the most, and I have surplus R, SV+H, and K. The league is Yahoo roto 6×6 OPS, QS and SV+H, positions below.

    Is it worth trading my draft picks at this point for any of the following, or should I just hold: J Martinez, Baez, Yelich, Scherzer, Snell, Nola

    My team currently:
    C: Cervelli
    1B: Goldy
    2B: C Hernandez
    3B: Rendon
    SS: Story
    OF: Mookie, Soto, Benintendi
    UT: Schoop, Gallo
    Bn: Guzman, Tucker (DL: Acuna)

    SP: Corbin, Paxton, Romero, Clevinger, Wacha, Bauer, Smith, Flaherty (DL: Darvish)
    RP: Chapman, Vazquez, Bradley, Boxberger, Green

    • tradepix says:
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      @tradepix: Sorry meant to say I could use RBI/AVG help the most. I am OK on SB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade draft picks to win… Definitely worth it for Scherzer, Snell or Nola — less concerned about your hitting, but Baez would be an upgrade over Hernandez

      • tradepix says:
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        @Grey: yeah I’ve been top 3 in almost all pitching cats most of the season, but I agree they’re all good gets. I was considering Baez for the rbis

  148. Terrence Mann says:
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    How do you expect Tigers starting pitching to perform vs. Toronto Friday and Saturday?

    It’s a Hardy Boyd mystery.

    (Yes, that one’s mostly for Rudy).

  149. John says:
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    Ok, so….

    My league: 3 keeper 10 team h2h R,HR,RBI,SB,AVG,OPS K,QS,ERA,WHIP,K-9,SVHLD.

    My pitching is a fucking disaster of biblical proportions. I am in last place. But I am foolishly thinking I could still turn it around. I have been offered Sale for Freeman. Should I grab Cron and do the deal like an optimist?

    Or become dark and concede this early and deal what non keepers I have for potential keepers…because what difference can one pitcher make really?

    My team (excluding RP because who cares, also, a lot of these SP I know could be dropped but our rosters expanded like crazy this year and everyone is holding starters so even though the league is shallow it isnt exactly ):

    Zunin
    Freeman
    Scooter
    Jose Ramirez
    Tim Anderson
    Eddie Rosario
    Buxton (kill me)
    Giancarlo
    Travis Shaw
    Yoan Moncada

    Bench:
    Michael Taylor
    Juan Soto
    Puig
    VLAD
    DL: Daniel Murphy

    Trashfire Pitching Staff:

    Corbin
    Ray
    Darvish
    Castillo
    Weaver
    Tyson Ross
    Soroka
    Velasquez
    Ross Stripling
    Sonny Gray

  150. Terrence Mann says:
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    If you look up today’s profile on Maikel Franco on Fantrax, he’s “batting .200 over his last nine starts, so he’ll stick to the bench for the second straight game in order to clear his head”. First, he’s 8 for 31 in his last nine starts. And 8 for 24 (.333) in his last seven starts. How bout they just called up the rookie and faced righties on back to back nights, ya dipshizzes? Jeebus, can’t trust anybody.

  151. Alex says:
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    You like Nimmo or Meadows? Looking for a solid bench bat. Steals seem to be a nice plus with both of them.

  152. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Are we holding onto Manaea any longer? Currently have Acuna and now Hoskins heading to the DL and could use a bench bat (currently have none). Thanks!

  153. letsgobravos says:
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    Damn, Ohtani doesn’t pitch for a week to keep his innings down and a half and they pull him tonight after 83 pitches and 5 inningts?! Serves the sociopath right that they got rocked in the 6th.

  154. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    12 team dynasty with OPS, holds.
    C kraken
    1B E5
    2B scooter (3B/LF)
    SS taylor (2B/CF/LF)
    3B muncy (was gyorko earlier, but needed a backup RF as well, 1B/RF)
    LF upton
    CF cain sugar
    RF brocktune (LF)
    util fatt adams (1B/LF)
    BN gattis (while hot but now with k.davis back i probably drop)
    BN kingery (2B/SS/3B will have RF and LF at some point, only 2-3 starts left at both)
    BN chavis (highest ranked by ralph 3B, but suspended and it’s yahoo so i can’t NA stash)
    DL k.davis (LF, back today)
    DL thames (1B/LF), acuna (CF/LF)
    NA (7) y.alvarez 1B/LF, big willie LF, javier SS, r.lewis SS, bradley 1B

    SP kluber, richards, gibson, hendricks, pivetta, reyes, carrasco, arrieta, b.norris (in SP slot)
    RP (5 slots): fields, kelly, knebel, morrow, hand
    DL ryu, carmart, raise the church roof

    who’s my drop out of norris, knebel, hand, morrow? gonna add cahill. thinking norris even with the SP eligility due to long term value. could also keep norris and just drop chavis or gattis. both probably gotta leave later anyway though when acuna/thames get back.

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: also NA: keller, osuna. osuna wouldn’t count against NA max 7, that only applies to prospects, if a guy is NA’d for pregnancies, sickness, suspensions etc that player could be on BN and not count against the max.

  155. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    14 teamer keep 9. OPS, total bases, hits, holds, QS added. have to keep 2 RP, 2 SP, 5 hitters from differing positions (max 2 OF, but can use qualifying slots)
    C uncle fester
    1B goldy (K)
    2B schoop (K)
    3B sano (K)
    SS anderson
    MI harrison (2B/3B)
    CI gyorko (3B)
    LF brantley
    CF delino (CF/RF maybe mallex if the waiver works)
    RF stanton (LF, K)
    OF puig (RF)
    util otani (have both it’s espn)
    BN r-zimm, andujar, gone varnish (2B/SS), mcclutchin CF/RF

    DL (only 3 slots though) rhysus (1B/LF, K, needs some o dat jebus powers when he SHOWS US HIS FACE!)

    SP (max 12 starts per week): otani (K), pivetta, V2, romero, morton (K, or darvish), heaney, wood, trop (streamer)
    RP (max 5 slots): kimbrel (K), hand (K), bradley, kelly, kintzler
    DL darvish, cueto

    1. hold gyorko/andujar over all of: muncy (1B/3B), candelman (DET)

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