I have Michael Jackson’s autograph from his three distinct artistic periods — Jackson 5, breakout solo artist, fondler — and while they are priceless, I’m going to put them by this open window–NOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!  I been pouring out some liquor for the fact that Arenado’s homers are gone, gone, gone.  And trying to help fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) if their Correa is gone.  And since Arenado starting to bubble like a tub full of Calgon.  Guess it’s only right that I should help you with how much Nolan Arenado hits are gone.  Sorry, that song was on my iTunes, and felt appropriate.  If my baby boo bae, Giancarlo, wasn’t metaphorically already all over my bedsheets, Arenado would be right there.  Yesterday, he went 5-for-6, 4 runs, 7 RBIs with three homers (19, 20, 21), and the summer is here in Coors.  Yippee, you mothertruckers!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Gerardo Parra – 4-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .364.  You can’t stop him, you can only hope the Rockies decide to do something hella stupid and bench him for no good reason.

Trevor Story – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  The Trevorending Story has been in one super long intermission all season, but maybe the show’s finally back on.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .329.  The Coors argument might take some of the gusto out of his sail-oh, but Chazz Noir is a legit MVP candidate.  I bet I know what cologne he’d wear to the MVP ceremony.  Chazz Darker Noir, of course.

Clayton Richard – 3 2/3 IP, 11 ER.  Clayton Kershaw meets Richard.  That’s any Richard who has never pitched a day in his life.  Richard Dawson — sure; Little Richard — yup; Richard Nixon — I can’t throw a hook.  Call him Poor Richard’s AllERmanac.

Kris Bryant – Left yesterday’s game after sliding head-first into third base, and was diagnosed with a sprained pinkie.  “When are players going to stop sliding head-first into bases,” said everyone who is trying for a hot take.  Listen, your hot take is cold diarrhea.  Baseball is already about as contact as Ultimate Frisbee.  If players can’t slide head-first, we may as well dress them up in an adult girl’s tutu and let them put one hand on their coach’s shoulder while they ronde de jambe.  Players get hurt, sliding head-first or not.

Mike Montgomery – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.83, and he pitchslapped Dickey, which makes him sound like a jerk off.  I’m pretty iffy on a bunch of the Cubs’ starters, but I do love me some Montgomery, maybe even a bit more than I should.  I’m a Gomer for Montgomery.  Totally a saying.

Javier Baez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Joe Maddon’s aight, and he gets plenty of credit, but how hard is it to, say, put The Federalist at the bottom of the lineup and Baez at the top of it?  Feels easy, actually.

Addison Russell – 4-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .240.  Russell seems like the type who can fluidly go from a 4-for-4 game to an 0-for-5 game without skipping a beat.

Freddie Freeman – Left yesterday’s game due to an illness.  Uh-oh, feeling my rap alter ego, B. Fire, coming on.  Freddie’s feeling unsteady, that’s heavy, said Wile E. Coyote about an anvil…Neidhart.  Yo, check out the way I rep, Gephardt.  He’s a lobbyist for Boeing?  Well, when I see Giancarlo, I’m a lobbyist for Boing!  [Chorus]  Ding dong, ding dong, Grey’s a lobbyist for Boing.

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer, hitting .306.  He’s been remarkably consistent across the season.  He hit .336 for two straight months, and near-.300 in July, and a couple of homers and steals in each of the past three months.  Sadly, a ‘couple’ means two.  Hopefully, he’ll start stealing more bags, because Grey Diggity could use some.  Naw’mean?

J.D. Martinez – Left yesterday’s game after being hit on the hand.  Oh, Dong, don’t get injured already.  Peoples’ hopes are up like the direction Sandy Duncan went in the down staircase.  Totally hip reference!

David Peralta – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .318 as he hit leadoff in the new-look Diamondbacks.  “What’s up?”  I said ‘new-look’ not ‘no-look,’ Magic.  “My b.”  Love Peralta as it is, hitting leadoff would be gorge.

Zack Cozart – 4-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  So happy to see pre-injury Cozart show back up, was beginning to think it derailed his season like injuries had derailed his previous ones.  Cozart is not waiting to derail, Ryan Adams.

Zach Davies – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.76.  Hmm, maybe Davies worked out The Kinks.  Or maybe he got lucky on baserunners, and has an ugly 6 K/9 and 3 BB/9.  Like Altuve, I’m going with the latter.

Domingo Santana – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 16th homer.  With the submergence (opposite of emergence?) of Villar, Sunday Santana has been moved to the leadoff spot, and, ya know what, I’m cool with it.  Like to see him get more ribbies like Billy Butler at an AYCE, but I’ll take the runs.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  Gerrit should be in a red-tinted window in Amsterdam, because this guy is a serious tease.

Enrique Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th and 10th homers.  Kike really performed well in the Guaranteed Rate Field!  Hey, isn’t that lyrics from Jay-Z’s new album?

Corey Seager – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .301.  Between this guy and Kyle, 2nd half of the year is going to be the Summer of Seager.  Too bad Bob’s busy singing Against the Wind into an industrial fan and wasting all of this positive juju.

Chris Taylor – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .307.  Yesterday, I pointed out how Taylor should just be owned, and, today, well, yup.

Tyler ClippardWhite Sox announced Clippard will serve as the closer, unless the White Sox Clippard gets Joe D. Moralized, and Swarzak needs to replace him.  If I may be frank, this is some bullshizz.  It would be a nice confidence boost to go with the guy who has done great for you this year (Swarzak) vs. the new guy who hasn’t even been good this year (4.95 ERA on the year).  I mean, isn’t that just common decency?

Carlos Rodon – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.75.  On the bright side, he’s making it so easy to ignore him next year, too.

Melky Cabrera – 1-for-3 and his 12th homer.  On our Player Rater, who’s higher Melky or Miggy?  Nope, and it’s not close.  Melky has been more than twice as valuable.

Alex Meyer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.74.  He throws 96 MPH — zoinks!  His K-rate is over 10 — big time zoinks!  His walk rate is over 5 — bad zoinks.  I’d continue to use the Stream-o-Nator for him.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games, but he’s only started one of those, and I don’t trust The Sciosciapath to start Cron ever.

Steven Souza – Left yesterday’s game after attempting a steal with a hip strain.  I mean, he strained his hip from the attempt, he wasn’t attempting it with the strain.  He also wasn’t shooting elephants in his pajamas.  Sounds like Souza’s headed to the DL.

Jacob Faria – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.52.  Oh boy, the long, slow march to a 3.75 ERA.  His BABIP is .261, and walk rate in the majors has been better than where it was in the minors, so I do think Faria could be meeting with the Regression Fairies in the near future.

Joey Gallo – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer, hitting .191.  His season RBI total is now up to 23.  Kidding, but you wouldn’t have been totally surprised, would you have?

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 6.11.  Let’s make a deal–Why are you dressing up like a farmer’s daughter?  No, no, not Let’s Make A Deal like that.  Let’s promise each other (better?), we don’t pick up Gausman until his ERA is under five.  I mean, he’s coming off a 3 IP, 8 ER game after all.

Adam Jones – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  His career offensive output seems to have taken the same route as Cal Ripken, but Cal had that whole consecutive game streak thing going, so 20 homers and .270 seasons were more understandable.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.54.  Early on, Verlander’s only blow was Moss.  Hey, how many model Kates is this guy hooking up with?!

Kelvin Herrera – Left yesterday’s game with the trainer, but he had a 102 fever prior to the game, so that might be all it was.  That’s Fahrenheit, by the way.  I realize with Kelvin that might be confusing.  Joakim Soria would be the handcuff if there’s anything else here.

Chris Carter – Signed with the A’s.  *Beane smacks his hands together to indicate all done*  And fixed!  If a .220 DH is what the A’s needed, color me purple and call me Oprah.

Sonny Gray – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.66.  Don’t mistake my honesty for modesty (is that a Sarah McLaughlin lyric?), but Gray doesn’t elicit much enthusiasm in me.  He’s been better than any previous year for peripherals — 8.4 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 3.39 xFIP, velocity’s right back where it should be — but he’s just not exciting me as much as I think he should.

Rajai Davis – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting near-.400 in the last week, and you know the King of SAGNOF could steal many bags if the spirit moves him in that direction.  Since I’m hurting for steals in one league, I grabbed The King on Tuesday.

Corey Kluber – Won’t start on Friday due to a neck issue.  His neck issue appears minor, which reminds me, all my pitchers except Kluber should be in the minors, so hurry back!

Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.62.  See, here’s the thing.  Carrasco does excite me, but hasn’t really pitched better than Sonny Gray, and I realize that.  As Helen Keller once said, acknowledging blind spots are the first step.

Denard Span – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer.  Oddly enough, as Span was rounding the bases, Ben Revere held a seashell up to his ear and heard cheers.

Pablo Sandoval – Released by the Red Sox.  Let’s see, he has $40 million still coming to him and he’s not playing.  Yeah, he’ll definitely maintain his weight loss!

Drew Pomeranz – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.51 vs. Aaron Sanchez – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.25.  This was a matchup billed as, “Grey doesn’t like either of these guys.”  As you can imagine, not a ton of people call it this.  Oh, and Aaron Sanchez has a blister again, because of course he does.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting near-.430 in the last week.  Schmotato, indeed, but I’ll admit it takes some shine off him that he’s hitting towards the bottom of the Mets’ lineup.

James Paxton – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.05.  Excellent start vs. the 1927 Astros’ offense, though I guess they are missing the Correan missile now.  By the way, they hit Yulieski Gurriel in the three hole?  I get that you like Springer in the leadoff slot, but you’re not as smart as you think you are.  Move Springer down, move Altuve up and…Damn, who can hit third in that lineup now?  That lineup looks so much weaker now.  Oh, and, no, I have no idea why I’m talking about all of this in Paxton’s blurb.  With stream of consciousness, sometimes you get the Yangtze, sometimes you get the “Y’all don’t see.”

Ben Gamel – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Since no one reads the USA Today’s top five MLB stat leaders anymore, people may not know this, but Gamel?  He’s top 5 for batting average in the AL.  Um, WUT.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4 and his 30th homer.  See how many nice things happen for you when you’re eliminated in the 1st round of the Home Run Derby?

Dan Straily – 5 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.49.  Terrible Phils’ offense meets pitcher having breakout season, and *make kaboom noise while hands mime an explosion*  Neither Stream-o-Nator nor I expect Straily to bounce back in his next start.  By the way, if you ever say ‘nor’ in everyday conversation, the person you’re talking to has the right to punch you in the nose.

Nick Williams – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and continues to hit third and make dinner like a latch-key kid’s supposed to.  I’d definitely grab him for some schmotatoness.

Daniel Nava – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs, hitting .300.  Everyone on the Phils had multiple hits yesterday except for ODB (1-for-5, 1 RBI), but ODB is hitting .261 with not much power or speed, so it’s been one of those kinda years.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs, hitting .233, hitting near-.430 in the last week.  Ya know what he’s doing, right?  He’s making himself attractive again for next preseason.  Hey, since I own him this year, I’ll take it.

Rob Refsnyder – Was DFA’d by the Yankees.  Well, they did give him almost ninety-five games to prove himself at the major league level.  Real talk:  Refsnyder is likely better than at least one infielder on 15 other major league teams.

Ji-Man Choi – Also DFA’d by the Yanks.  Ji-Man should be playing for New York’s football team anyway.  Speaking of football (not awkward!), Jay’s started up his fantasy football rankings.

Jose Berrios – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.50.  Solid start vs. the Yankees, but they were resting a bunch of their regulars, and started C. Frazier instead of T. Frazier.  Why does all this talk of Frazier have me singing, Chains of Love?  Come to me, cover me, hold me, together we’ll break these chains of love!  Don’t give up, don’t give up now…

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  I mentioned this a few months (weeks) ago.  Sano’s average has come way down since I told you to sell him in May, but, if you’re waiting for people to stop hitting homers to regress, you need to write a strongly worded letter to the Guatemalan baseball factory to get them to change their sewing techniques.  Oh my god!  Great idea!  We need to write a letter as if it’s coming from Manfred.

Dear Guatemalan baseball sewers,

That’s people who sew, by the way.  I’m not addressing the sewers of Guatemala.  This is Commissioner Rob Manfred.  I’m not going to make it down to Guatemala again to address you in person, so this letter will act as a substitute.  Also, don’t try to call me.  The calling cards I bought everyone can be used to call relatives.  You’re welcome.  Any hoo!  I need you to stop juicing the balls.  I know I said I wanted “Mucho Super Balls that come with airplane wings,” but pitchers are complaining of blisters and home runs are through the roof — literally, in some instances.  Please loosen your stitches, snitches!

Yours Manfredly,

Rob

  1. DJ says:
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    Kinsler or C Taylor? (Leaning Taylor for 2b,ss,3b, of eligibility as only bench bat)

    Hold Thames or drop for Hanley, Cast, Parra, Pham?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @DJ: Taylor/Parra

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DJ: Agree with F

  2. Z says:
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    Hey Grey! Awesome write up per usual.

    I’ve been scouring my waivers for a MI. Anyone you like here for ROS, or are they all similar?

    Kinsler, Semien, A. Simmons, A. Russell, B. Miller, Forsythe.

    Thanks in advance!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Z: Simmons for now but Semien may be the best long term this year IMO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Z: Thanks! All similar… I’d go Simmons

  3. Scott says:
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    Mancini or bradley Zimmer? I need r,hr,tb,sb equally as bad. Close in all 4 categories. Zimmer has been leading off lately if that means anything. Mancini slumped for a while but has had a few nice games this week. Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Scott: Mancini

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Agree with F

  4. CrazyJ says:
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    So, how did Reynolds do yesterday? Colorado had 18 runs, so it must’ve been sweet.

    I feel like Maeda is my Andy Petit… he’s on a winning team so no matter how average his is pitching, I just can’t seem to let go. Am I crazy?

    Thanks for the write-up!

    • Sean says:
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      @CrazyJ: oh you know the very sweet 0-6 with 3 Ks line…what a ticker tease!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CrazyJ: Ha, ticker tease!

  5. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    grey, Dahl in minors, worth holding? 10 team roto OPS

  6. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    anybody see this one, proof from a different angle than the record setting HR on average for all players last year with at least 650 at bats about the balls

    “http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/news/marcus-stroman-blister-mlb-juiced-baseball-conspiracy-study-data/1jcro9k980kqa1hzfdbfuis2xo”

  7. Blender says:
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    Do you like Hernan Perez? I missed on Arcia and need some help there.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Blender: What are your other options

      • Blender says:
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        @Grey: galvis, reyes, escobar, difo, tim anderson, kike…

        • Blender says:
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          @Blender: cesar hernandez. my main concerns are sbs and ops

  8. your mom says:
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    Hi. Which side is better: springer/abreu/lackey/brach or rizzo/ray/merrifield/soria?

    Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @your mom: Springer side for me

    • Cram It says:
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      @your mom: Springer, more offense.

      • your mom says:
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        @Grey: thanks. How bout knebel instead of soria? Does that change anything? Is it close?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

  9. Hurling darvishes says:
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    I’m a science teacher, so I love the kelvin reference!

    10 team h2h keeper. Which side you like?
    Taillon, rendon, bellinger, Arica
    For
    Sale, Lindor, Donaldson, Matt Adams

    Thanks for your thoughts!

  10. Steve says:
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    Dead last in HR in a roto league, are McCullers or Severino too much for JD?

    Other starters: Stras, Wood, Ray, Faria, Hoffman

    Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Steve: Not too much

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Agree with F

  11. Josh says:
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    How do you rank the following in redraft:
    Taillon
    Clevinger
    Faria

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Josh: Clevinger, Taillon, Faria

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: The way you have them

  12. Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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    20 teamer h2h with QS. even though SON likes upcoming games by these 2 more which is the drop for meyer?
    anibal (@ MIN -5.4, vs KC -1.1)
    lamet (@ SF .1, vs PIT 5.8)

    meyer (@ CLE -14.9, and probably vs PHI and vs OAK after, those are great)

  13. Luvdarooks says:
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    I am picking up S Marte so who to drop in a 5×5 OBP?

    Forsythe
    J Baez
    Werth (who I believe will be back in a couple of weeks right ?) I have utley replacing him.

  14. Andrew Ball says:
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    What kind of pitcher would you target with mous, Justin turner, or castellanos, and who would you use?

    I have arenado as well so I’m basically holding a few 3b hostage.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Andrew Ball: I’d use whichever draws the most interest and gets you the best return…Shoot high to start and get a feel what others are willing to pay for these guys.

  15. Ante Galic says:
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    Loved, loved, lurved the write-up!

    a. Made it to Don Ameche. Tomorrow N’Djamena (forever), back in Farchana, USA on July 31!!

    b. John Rambo Quote of the day for July 20

    [Rambo safely lands the helicopter.]

    Soldiers waiting: ‘Get in there! Let’s go! Let’s go, let’s go! All right, come on. Easy, easy now. Easy. All right, easy now.

    [Rambo arms a machine gun and goes looking for Murdock.]

    Ericson: ‘Glad you made it! Come on, you’re doing good. OK, easy with that now.’

    [Rambo hits him in the stomach with the butt of his gun. Rambo enters the command center and shoots it up.]

    Murdock: Rambo, I don’t make the orders. I take ’em, just like you. I swear to God, I didn’t know it was supposed to happen like this. It was just supposed to be another assignment.

    [Rambo grabs Murdock by the tie and holds him to the desk.]

    Rambo: ‘Mission……accomplished. You know there’s more men out there. You know where they are. Find ’em, or I’ll find you.

    Soldiers treating POWs: ‘Right over there. Easy. Easy.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘John. Where you going?’

    Rambo: ‘I don’t know.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You’ll get a second Medal of Honor for this.’

    Rambo: ‘You should give it to them. They deserve it more.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You can’t keep running, John. You’re free now. Come back with us.’

    Rambo: ‘Back to what? My friends died here. Part of me died here.

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Everything that happened here may be wrong, but damn it, don’t hate your country for it.’

    Rambo: ‘Hey. I’d die for it.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Then what is it you want?’

    Rambo: ‘I want……what they want and every other guy who came over here and spilt his guts and gave everything he had wants. For our country to love us as much as we love it. That’s what I want.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘How will you live, John?’

    Rambo: ‘Day by day.’

    [Wow! Rambo lives his life like fantasy ballers (Grey’s mom’s term) do!]

    Queue the song ‘Peace in our Life’ – lyrics by Frank Stallone

    c. Tomorrow, Rambo III (1988)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Good to hear! B. Wow…C. Amazing!

  16. dfrench23 says:
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    Heyward over Jacoby Ellsbury? 14-team 5×5 roto (OBP) where my other OFs are Trout, McCutcheon, Braun and Choo.

    Also, do you like Jon Gray and Jose Berrios ROS? I might have a shot at trading for them.

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @dfrench23: Yes Heyward over Ells…I like both pitchers but you’ll need a “safe starter” or 2 to balance out ERA/WHIP

      • dfrench23 says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Thanks F. You and Grey are usually in agreement…..

        Safe starter or two? I don’t like to brag but I do have Kershaw AND Scherzer….

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @dfrench23: Yeah so you’re in good shape, just depends on the cost to get them on your team then.

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            @JeF WiTh 1 F: I might have to give up $10 Choo and a $5 Osuna. I have other closers (Britton and Knebel) and throw in a hurt $10 Maybin to get it done.

  17. Kas says:
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    Morning Grey. I need a SS replacement now that Correa is on the DL. Baez, Russell, or Difo? Thank you.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Kas: Baez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: Agree with F

  18. Wilson says:
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    I need SV and was trying to trade my Frazier for his Wade Davis.
    But the guy loves rookie and request my Mondaca only for his Wade Davis.

    So ok to trade Mondaca for W Davis? Thoughts appreciated.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Wilson: Hold…unless this is a redraft then I’d make the move if it helps you win this year.

      • Wilson says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F:
        Keeper league, 6 keepers.
        My keepers would be Rizzo (1B), Lindor (SS), Machado (3B/SS), Blackmon (OF), Springer (OF) and a starter (maybe Carrasco)

        And more SV can help me to win ..
        Can Mondaca potentially replace any keepers I plan to keep?

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Wilson: You look set with keepers, i just feel like you may be able to get a bit more for Moncada…Whoever trades for him is most likely planning on keeping him…I’d target some of the bottom teams in the league that are willing to overpay in order to get a keeper.

          • Wilson says:
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            @JeF WiTh 1 F:
            Good idea, the guy owns W Davis is bottom of team.
            So should I propose like.. trade my Moncada + Leclerc (he is Tex fan) for his W Davis + Ender due to I also need SB and R ..?

            • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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              @Wilson: Sure…If he cant win and is looking for a keeper in Moncada, he should be willing to pay.

              • Wilson says:
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                @JeF WiTh 1 F:
                Thanks

                One more question, for W Davis or Holland? Who’s better (or close)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Agree with F, Davis

  19. Mel says:
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    Better keeper: Bellinger, or Ian Happ? Is it close?

    • Mel says:
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      @Mel:
      I’m thinking Bellinger, and not close

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Mel: Obviously Bellinger. Don’t overthink it.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Mel: Bellinger…Not too close for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mel: Agree w/ others

  20. Knucks says:
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    Knuck’s from Razz Comments “Git Heem in your Lineup” Dept Batty Call of the Day:

    Kendrys Morales @Fenway w/ a BVP vs. Fister of 8/25 with 3HR and 5RBI.

    • knucks says:
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      @Knucks: Wow, according to the Player Rater he is owned in 97 % of RCLs? Already being used in a lot more lineups already than I would have realized I guess.

    • knucks says:
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      @Knucks: ** 93 % **

      Retractions abound. The Razz Comments GHIYL dept needs a better editor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Knucks: Damn, I grabbed V-Mart today for matchup fun

  21. Branta says:
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    Carter fits the A’s shtick so well that it surprises me he’s only played 106 games for them in his career before today.

    Also Refsnyder as a Yankee was a straight bum. So, naturally, I expect him to move to the Pirates and blossom into a full-time regular with surprisingly decent stats

  22. peacecoast says:
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    hey dude.
    NSVH league. Need to drop one:
    nicasio, bradley, betances, devensky, kahnle, rivero

    not sure what role kahnle will have going forward. nicasio is good cuz he would usually go the inning before rivero so i pick up 2 if all goes well. bradley is awesome but not that many holds so far.

  23. Timbo says:
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    In an OBP keeper league…. who’s the better keeper?
    Blackmon or Jose Ramirez?
    It seems pretty close to me.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Timbo: Probably Blackmon but i agree, its really close and could see going either way based on roster make up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Timbo: Agree with F

  24. Wilson says:
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    I want Diaz for SV, and Diaz’s owner request my Desmond.
    I also got Springer, Blackmon, K Davis in OF and I need SB as well so I am not sure which one is better
    1. My Desmond for Diaz
    2. My K Davis for Diaz (or plus Villa?)

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Wilson: I’d do the Davis deal

      • Wilson says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: thanks for comment
        Do You prefer to trade K Davis for Diaz plus Villar?

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Wilson: Yes

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wilson: Getting Villar also is better than just Diaz. Maybe it’s just me.

        • Wilson says:
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          Just not sure about Villar…
          He seems not better after star game break…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Wilson: Why would getting an extra player be worse?

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: I give up on humans.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’m optimistic

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Grey: I used to be. Then the Cheeto got elected, and now Wilson. It’s just too much.

                  • Wilson says:
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                    Thank you all.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You sound like you need a mimosa and some sun, but not too much sun so an umbrella on the ready

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: I drink everyday and get plenty of sun. I’m probably just cranky due to news that I have a torn rotator cuff and probably need surgery. The Mets should sign me.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ugh, I’m sorry, how’d it happen? Not from answering comments, right?

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Ha. It may have exacerbated it with 25 years of playing baseball.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Were you a semi-pro player?

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Nah. Just adult baseball leagues since I left college. My buddy and I were going to try out for the Long Island Ducks in their inaugural season but we partied too much the night before. It was more for shits and giggles because we were 1000-1 shots anyway.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’re Dennis Quaid making one last chance for glory, but played by Will Ferrell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Agree with others

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        So better to trade K Davis instead of Desmond if I can get extra like Villar?
        I do hope Villar can come back like last year if I can get it.

        How do you predict possibility if Villar can recover? High / Middle / Few

  25. enrique says:
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    Grey, fellow Razzballers — What’re your thoughts on streaming Ian Kennedy tomorrow at home against the White Sox?

    The SoN has him at $7 and change, in the $5-to-$10 range that always sounds like “meh-be” to me. He got shelled at home by the Sox early in the season. But they’re only hitting .240 as a team over the last week and they’ve traded away their bullpen. Plus, sucky James Shields is starting for Chicago.

    I need Ws but don’t want to risk waking up to a 4.1-inning, 7-ER affair given how tight this 14-team roto league is in ERA and WHIP.

    Any advice?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @enrique: I’d start him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @enrique: I’m not in the starting Kennedy business, but SON does like it

      • enrique says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: @Grey: Thank you gentlemen. I’m falling behind on innings and so I picked him up and will hope for the best.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: As you pick Kennedy up and two other streamers at 12:10. Do you have a bot making your streamer pick ups everyday at precisely 1st game time?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I’m trying to thwart Ralph, I’m not even going to start these guys

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Ha, nice! I like the gamesmanship.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Did you pitch?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: wasn’t starting him any them way. I don’t mess with Ervin on the Cobb.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know that reverse psychology trick, good try, Ralph!

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Shocked you didn’t steal Cahill or Bauer. I trust Bauer for no reason at all. It’s a disorder.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You picked up Bauer to stream, and you’re trying to sell me that you wouldn’t have picked up the guys I grabbed? Give me the decency to be straight with me

  26. mrbaseball says:
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    You have to make a choice in dynasty league – who would you pick – Hunter Renfroe or Nick Williams

  27. Vottoman Empire says:
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    Speaking as the captain of a Regionals-level club ultimate frisbee team, baseball has way less contact than ultimate. Among other instances, the Phillies learned this from us (bc it happens 20-30 times per game): https://t.co/jOV2LTwugn

  28. David Kohn says:
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    Schebler or Peralta?

    Thanks

  29. Damien says:
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    Thanks, as always, Grey!
    When Bregman reaches SS eligibility, you think his ros value is higher than Owings?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Damien: Similar

      • Sean says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: to piggyback this question Bregman or Villar?

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Sean: Bregman for me

            • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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              @Sean: NP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Damien: Owings above him

  30. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Morning!

    Would you do the below trade:

    Give: Miguel Cabrera + Brantley (I can give Dickerson or Thames instead)

    Get: Rendon + Kris Davis

    Thanks for your help!

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris:
      also possibility:

      Give: Miguel Cabrera + C. Santana + mid round pick next year

      Get: Rendon + Kris Davis

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Chris: I’d want Bryant side in both

      • Chris says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F:
        I JeF.. not Bryant, it’s Michael Brantley

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Chris: Oops read this wrong..i saw Kris and thought Bryant lol…..Id do it with Thames or Santana in the deal.

  31. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Is there any life left in Thames?

    I am considering dropping him for:

    Yoan Moncada
    Jose Bautista
    Noah Syndergaard (hoping for a return)

    My 1Bs are:

    Anthony Rizzo
    Jose Abreu
    Wil Myers

    My OFs (start 5) are:

    A.J. Pollock
    Billy Hamilton
    Christian Yelich
    Justin Upton
    Matt Kemp
    Ryan Braun

    So I think I have a little flexibility and I picked him up for HRs – which has grinded to a halt in the 20s.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Mike: I’d take the lottery ticket in Moncada over Thames on your team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Agree with F

  32. Is it time to cut ties with Ryan Braun need the abats. And same with bogarts thanks

  33. Shits&Giggles says:
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    Machado for Schoop and Marte? I get the paiir. Good deal ?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Shits&Giggles: Fair but I’d want Machado

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Only if you’re hurting for SBs from Marte. It’s fair, but Machado and Schoop play different positions (unless this is a middle infidel situation) so I don’t know how it would impact your lineup on the whole.

        In a vacuum, Machado is the best player.

  34. MeatBall says:
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    Drop Thames and/or Conforto? Can pick up Reddick, Joc, Castellanos, Parra

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @MeatBall: Thames for Parra…Grey may say to lose both but I think Conforto is coming back around so I’d keep him.

  35. CMUTimmah says:
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    Ed Nunez – to hold or not to hold. I like his versatility, but that only matters if he’s not sitting on the bench because of his balky hammy…

    Other options:

    Thames
    Puig
    Peralta

    Points, 10 teams (start 5 OFs, so OF isn’t as shallow as 10 teams makes it sound…)

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @CMUTimmah: I’d go with Peralta right now, he’s been hitting

  36. Robert says:
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    In a 10 team h2h league, Wacha or Taillon ROS?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Robert: Wacha but close and match ups will matter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: Taillon, agree it’s close

  37. mcgaffer says:
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    Would you do either of these deals?

    Moncada/Schoop
    for
    Segura
    (currently starting Schoop and Simmons with Correa going down)
    Or
    Moncada and Hamilton
    for
    Segura

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @mcgaffer: If you don’t need the steals I’d do the second one

      • mcgaffer says:
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        Needs are pretty evenly distributed. They will only do Schoop and Moncada for Segura, so the other idea is off the table.
        I would have to go with Whit Merrifield and Segura until Correa comes back

        Or I hold and go Andrelton and Schoop (and hang onto Moncada) until Correa comes back.
        Segura is pretty darn good….im torn

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Simmons/Schoop/Moncada

  38. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Lost correa:

    Dejong, Reyes (ugh), Ad Russ, or Brad Miller ?

  39. Nightmare! says:
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    Hey Bro Montana. Snowfall was good last night, feels like I’m watching it on HBO with the cursing and blood.

    Would you drop Conforto or Desmond for Domingo Santana? Chris Taylor, melky, and D peralta also free agents.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Nightmare!: Any one else you can drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightmare!: Conforto…I haven’t watched it yet

  40. BSA70 says:
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    Lost Correa – sent a trade asking to get Machado for Benini and Marte. Denied – very annoying way to start my day.
    Seeing Parra excitement with him sitting in FA and I have Polanco on my team. Thoughts on making the move to drop Polanco for Parra in a keeper. Outfielders include Betts, Benini, Cruz, Marte, Polanco with Brinson on hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSA70: Ha, of course that was denied — I’d want Polanco, can lose Brinson depending on league depth

  41. Mr Glass says:
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    Is Benny baseball and carrasco too much to give up for Kershaw in a Standard H2H yahoo points league?

  42. The JoGarza says:
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    12-tm OBP

    Taylor or Notorious D.I.D

  43. The JoGarza says:
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    Follow up, who would you drop for Bruce Rondon — Swarzak or Madson?

  44. Lubes says:
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    Who’s the OF add out of these guys (dropping Calhoun)-
    Reddick
    Hicks
    Bell
    Melky
    Parra
    Peralta

    I’m punting avg, doing fine in steals, focused on the others.

    thanks!

  45. Pipa says:
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    Morning!~ Do you think Faria and Fulmer for Bummy is fair, too much, or too little?!

    W, L, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS, SV, HLD CG

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  46. Johnny says:
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    Judge for Jram and Schoop. Which side do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge

  47. Brett says:
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    only can stash one for saves: Vizcaino or Barraclaugh with Phelps now traded.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barra

  48. lwomack58 says:
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    Two questions

    M. Reynolds or Reddick as a bench bat?

    J. Gray, Faria or Morton-which one is a drop?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds — Morton

  49. John Hagar says:
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    cbssports.com shocker!

    I play in a cbssports.com fantasy baseball league. At the beginning of the All-Star break, another owner and I agreed to the following trade. It processed and the players switched teams. I was happy and he was happy. We have them on our roster this week.

    However, last night, cbssports.com accused us of collusion and reversed the trade. The other owner and I don’t know each other and we’ve never communicated with each other outside of the fantasy league trade system they have for their fantasy leagues. There was no collusion.

    Here’s the trade: He received Corey Dickerson, Steven Souza, Trevor Story and Mike Foltynewicz and I received Manny Machado, Johnny Cueto and Cole Hamels.

    Here is his reaction posted on our league homepage: Machado is batting .238 and the 119th rated player not the 10th best when i drafted. Cueto and Hammels have 10 win combined. I’m in last place because these guys haven’t lived up to expectations. I don’t know anyone in this league so how could it be collusion. I was ready to try some different players.

    Here is my reaction posted on our league homepage: This was simply me offering MT2B an all-star in Dickerson, a player having a career year in Souza, a player who should have a much better 2nd half in Colorado in Story, and a pitcher having a good season in Foltynewicz (especially with the way pitching has been this season) for 3 players who have all either been injured or underperformed all season. I was hoping they’d rebound, and MT2B just wanted some new players who had been performing better. There was no collusion whatsoever, and this trade was not unreasonable at all. For it to be overturned and then us to be accused of collusion is unreasonable.

    Is this BS and what can I do about it? Again, there was no collusion and we were both just trying to make our teams better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s lame, no idea what you can do about it — you prolly did yourself a favor by the trade being vetoed… No guarantee Machado side would be better

      • John Hagar says:
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        @Grey: Gotcha. I wanted Machado with the hopes of a big 2nd half, and I have a surplus of OF’s.

        I think more than anything, being accused of collusion is what stings the most. I don’t know any of the owners in that league and definitely am not a cheater. Is the trade even unfair? Obviously it would be based on preseason projections, but the players involved haven’t performed like their preseason projections…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, liek I said, the trade could go either way, how is that unfair?

  50. Brian says:
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    16 team 6×6 h2h dynasty league with OPS. need a SS to fill in for correa. WW is rough. best options are mercer, aybar, kike hernandez or iglesias. which crap option should I take a shot at?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuck, Kike

  51. primetime says:
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    Grey, looking at my team below.. Would my team benefit from K Davis or Ender? Was going to try to trade for both and put them in via match up.

    Drop JBJ and either Hosmer or Jones.

    We can only start 1 Utlity and 3 OF.

    Starters
    Grandal
    Freeman
    Schoop
    Arenado
    Seager C
    Marte
    Cruz
    Bellinger
    Jones A

    Bench
    Hosmer
    LeMiehu
    Moncada
    Arcia
    Bradley JR
    Conforto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender — Hosmer

  52. BAC says:
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    L. Castillo home vs. Ari
    McCarthy home vs. Atl.

    Streaming either one today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCarthy

  53. knucks says:
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    I like the odds of the Kela monster, coming off the DL today, grabbing the closer role and watching the Rangers slide out of the WC picture (they’ve lost the last 4). So I don’t expect them to buy a closer next weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  54. lwomack58 says:
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    Steaming pitchers
    Blach vs SD-SON rates him at 0.8-going against Lamet

    Lackey vs CHW-no SON rating-showing Hendricks as pitcher-but he’s doing rehab start on Sat.

    Thanks as always for your advice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blach

  55. mthom42 says:
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    Grey & Comment Section, I have Trout and Betts in a 2 Keeper pts league. Goldy’s owner is interested in Betts. Make the swap?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • mthom42 says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  56. Robert says:
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    A. Benitendi and Severino for Keuchel
    B. Benitendi and Severino for Greinke
    I am trying to upgrade my pitching. Fair or not enough?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke, fair tho

  57. Jake says:
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    Drop Thames for Desmond?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  58. Tom ki says:
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    Would you drop schebler for parra? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  59. Bill Brasky says:
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    Cahill’s home/road splits are ridiculous this season:

    Home: 4-0, 25.0 IP, 28 K, 0.72 ERA, 0.88 WHIP
    Road: 0-3, 32.1 IP, 43 K, 5.01 ERA, 1.52 WHIP

    However, tomorrow he gets the Giants’ weak offense. SON says “meep beep beep -7.4”

    Do I dare go against the machine?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I mentioned that last time he pitched

  60. Chucky says:
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    Villar a drop? Even Counsell has benched the K King the past two games? Is Counsell beginning to pay attention to what everybody else already knows?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see it

  61. haha, trevorending story…

    that was my team name [http://i.imgur.com/pMh7m5K.png] until i was in like 10th place and my guys were shitting the bed. went to the wire, dropped story (and about five others), and retooled. renamed the team to something more appropriate [http://i.imgur.com/Yn70taA.png]. another guy picked up story and assumed the name… sorta [http://i.imgur.com/OSjGaWZ.png]. gotta love that he kept up movie imagery!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  62. Bad News Sugarbear says:
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    in an attempt to land a couple closers i currently have Rosenthal, Claudio, and Kela (coming off DL today) – with the Phelps trade, would Barraclough be better than any of those options? obv i’m planning to drop one of the two TEX guys at some point but i’m still not sure who it’ll be with Kela back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barra over Claudio

      • Bad News Sugarbear says:
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        @Grey: ok, thanks much!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  63. OaktownSteve says:
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    Let’s go Greg Garcia….said only me and probably also Cardinals uber homer Mike Shannon. Short day slim pickin’s streamer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll say it too, but to support you rather than have a vested interest

  64. lwomack58 says:
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    Tallion on wire-drop Erod or I. Happ for him? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ed-Rod

    • Cram It says:
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      @lwomack58: You asked this yesterday. And he said over E-Rod. Do you go in such a circle with variations of the same question every day that you end up at the beginning?

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Cram It:

        I asked about Ian Happ-today. I. Happ is a bench bat for me. Yesterday I asked about JA Happ.

        • Boom says:
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          @lwomack58: hahaha. You got him!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Boom: Sort of. He still asked Taillon or ERod already. He can have this one. I’d rather be gotten than incapable of making a fantasy baseball decision every day. Must be rough.

            • lwomack58 says:
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              @Cram It:

              Not sure why you feel the need to throw insults. I was under the impression this blog was to reaffirm possible fantasy moves. I’m very capable of making decision. So please leave your personal comments to yourself and only discuss baseball related items. Thank you

              • Cram It says:
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                @lwomack58: I feel the need because I come from a broken home with an abusive stepfather who would always take take take and couldn’t get off the couch himself to get a beer. I see a lot of him in you. I hope you’re buying Grey a case of daquiris.

                • lwomack58 says:
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                  @Cram It:

                  I guess you didn’t read what I had to say. There are plenty of other people who post a lot of questions and I don’t see you attacking them. Just lay off man.

  65. Foul balls says:
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    Thanks for all your insights and great humor, what stats are the most important to you when drafting, trading or picking up a pitcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      K/9, BB/9, xFIP

      • Foul balls says:
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        @Grey: thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  66. Gordon $humway says:
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    Hey there Grey- pop up had disappeared last night but unfortunately appears to be back today. Have a great day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eff me, okay, will look into it

  67. Dhouse42 says:
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    Dreaded catcher question:

    12 tm roto cats. I have Avila now. Ramos coming off waivers tomorrow.

    Someone also just offered me his schwarber for my peacock. Other sp are verlander, price, Gerrit cole, nelson, faria.

    Wire is bleak to replace peacock. Could pick up kennedy, dickey, and/or stream.

    What would you do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I would just pick up Ramos

  68. Rob says:
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    My outfield is overloaded…Good problem to have for sure…Stanton and Springer obviously start…Start 3 between J Upton, Conforto, D. Santana, Cespedes, Hamilton, JBJ and Kemp…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look at matchups

      • Rob says:
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        @Grey: Makes sense…Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  69. Dhouse42 says:
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    Thanks! Ill put in a claim

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  70. jon says:
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    Might be a tough question but I am looking for a relief pitcher with SP status in a yahoo league.

    We have inning limits and I want to manage the innings I have left

    Devenski not available but Phelps and Martes are… should I grab one and drop Morton? anyone else come to mind?

    Current staff: Madbum, Carrasco, Cole, Stroman, Paxton, Ray, Maeda, Salazar

    I really don’t think I need Morton with that excellent staff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Phelps

  71. omar says:
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    Got a doozie here. 8-team AL Only 5×5 Standard roto. 1 year keeper – 3 players max.

    **I fully realize in advance this is an overpay in a vacuum, but I think it may help my team. Understand that this is an AL Only, so the player pool is not as vast as a full MLB league.

    Give:
    Lindor
    McCullers
    Healy

    Get:
    Smoak
    Castellanos
    Andrelton Simmons

    Rationale: The goal here is to improve my IF. I’ve had a black hole in my IF slot pretty much all year, subbing a combo of Gallo and Avila, both of whom I got tired of and recently dropped.

    Current bats:
    c – W. Ramos
    1b – Healy
    2b – Altuve
    ss – Lindor
    3b – Machado
    if – S. Pearce
    of – Betts
    of – Springer
    of – C. Frazier
    of – B. Zimmer
    util – Kepler
    bn – C. Moran
    dl – Chisenhall
    **just lost JD due to the trade to the NL

    Smoak would replace Healy at 1b, Machado to ss, Casty to 3rd, Simmons to IF, and eventually drop one of Pearce, Moran.

    Hate to lose McCullers, but losing trust in him quickly, and I think I can absorb the pitching hit.

    Current arms:
    sp – Kluber
    sp – McCullers
    sp – Berrios
    sp – Devenski
    rp – Chapman
    rp – J. Wilson
    p – Kela
    p – Claudio
    p – Clippard
    bn – Faria
    bn – Ed-Rod
    bn – LeClerq
    bn – Bedrosian
    dl – Salazar

    Hoping Kela grabs the TX closer gig on his return, will drop the other 2 Rangers if so to free up roster space (when I need it).

    **The biggest drawback for me is not being able to keep Lindor thru 2018. But I’m starting to wonder if 2016 was an anomaly for him, and 2017 is the real Frankie. He was never hyped as an elite bat as a prospect. I typically don’t keep pitchers, but if I do this, I could keep Altuve, Springer, and Kluber (or Smoak if his production doesn’t fall off ROS).

    Thoughts??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks decent for you

  72. Shujun says:
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    Who do you like better ROS in an OBP/SLG league: Castellanos or Franco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castellanos

      • Shujun says:
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        @Grey: Thanks a lot, man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  73. Righty says:
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    AWood/JNelson for Machado – go for it? Rolling Baez at SS and rent a waiver at MI after Correa down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Righty says:
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      @Righty: Actually will be Baez SS, Story MI after another trade goes through. My Ps will be Lynn, Shark, Walker, Nova, Nola, Manaea, Folty, stream… after deal.

  74. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Flight booked. September 6th-14th. Bring in da Noise, bring in da funk!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fingers crossed Spirit Airlines doesn’t go bankrupt in next six weeks! Looking forward to it… Where you staying?

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Haha, you just ruined it. Staying in Elysian Park. Hosts seem cool (made a point of stating 420 friendly), and easier for FOH to come get me if he so chooses.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What’s an Elysian Park? AirBnb?

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, cheap place too. My buddy from home is in the valley I believe, but I’ll be able to link up with him too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cheap’s good tho, not like you’re staying there long

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: And oh…what’s “an” Elysian Park….the place right by Dodger Stadium? No, am I saying the wrong neighborhood?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t leave my bubble, but right by Dodger Stadium isn’t the nicest of neighborhoods… It’s aight, I guess, don’t know it that well

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: The area seems pretty legit. It’s on the east side of the park, closer to Silver Lake. Who knows, maybe I’ll get mugged my first hour there.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, could be solid, I don’t go that far east except to see a game, and I haven’t seen a game since last year… But, for you, I’m going east, baby (Richard Vitale)!

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @Grey: Either way, I don’t plan on spending much time wherever I stay.

                    Most def, we’ll have to work something out. I know that game is Sept 8th, but if FOH hates you now that could be awkward, ha.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah we might have to figure something else out

  75. asdfasdf says:
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    Hi Grey, I’m having a bit of a dilemma about my #1 waiver pick. I’m in an NL-only league, so I could use it on JD Martinez since he just joined the NL, but my hitting is already pretty stacked (if I start him, he would push Pham to the bench, so my bench would have Matt Adams, Duda, Carlos Santana, and Pham). My pitching is a bit weaker so I don’t know whether I should just wait to see if someone else gets traded to the NL (Darvish would be awesome, for example). Would you claim JD or wait?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait for a pitcher, or take JD and trade him for a pitcher

  76. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Dearest Grey

    As I watch Pirates drop their third bloop rbi single of the afternoon in over my lunch, a result of Chris Stewart’s 2nd! hit of the day and another Brewers defensive miscue, I am reminded of simpler, fairer times where a pitcher would strike out 5, walk 1 over 5 innings, and not give up 4 earned runs.

    In summation: this is bullsh*t, f**k pitching.

    Your Comrade In Fantasy,

    Fred

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank you, Fred Garvin, Military Police

  77. Burt Macklin, FBI says:
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    Any obvious moves jump out?

    C – Sal Perez
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Odor
    SS – Segura
    3B – Donaldson
    IF – Encarnacion
    LF – Inciarte
    CF – Marte
    RF – Stanton
    OF – Domingo
    Util – Trumbo
    BN – Pedroia, Parra, Dickerson, Reynolds

    SP – Wood, McCullers, Carlos Martinez, Verlander, Clevinger, Salazar
    RP – Herrera, Knebel, Brach, Wilson, Kela, Bradley
    DL – Melancon

    Top FA Batters: Pham, Andrelton, Peralta, Bour, Yonder, Merrifield, Happ, Castellanos, Belt, Arcia
    Top FA Starters: Vargas, Davies, Sabathia, Straily, Godley, Fiers, Jon Gray, Folty
    Top FA Relievers: Doolittle, Rosenthal, Kahnle, Swarzak, Boxberger, Will Harris, Barraclough

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castellanos over Pedroia, stream out of Verlander’s spot, Doolittle over Brach

  78. Jordan says:
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    Grey, is JBJ worth dropping for someone like Tommy Pham?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Jordan says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  79. Good Wood says:
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    Hello. I need to find a replacement for Correra.
    via trade I can get:
    Story, Cozart or Bregman (he’ll eventually be SS eligible)

    Thanks for the advice.

  80. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    Another for Correa replacement help! Which should I pick up moving forward.

    A. Simmons or T. Story

    Would say Story but K’s are (-1) so wondering if Simmons would be better. Which for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Simmons

  81. Grey,

    In need of a replacement for Correa in a 12 team H2h with hitting categories of R, H, HR, RBI, AVG, OPS, SB and pitching categories of W, S, H, K, ERA, WHIP and QS.

    Received this trade offer:

    Give McCullers. Get Tulo and Odorizzi

    Your thoughts? Thanks!

    • I should have added that might be able to get Gio or Straily instead of Odorizzi, if that makes a difference.

      Thanks, again.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Straily

  82. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    15 team roto keeper w/ QS instead of W:

    Cespedes (5th round, can be kept for 1 year) for Nelson (can’t be kept), Salazar (20th round, can be kept for 2 years)

    Which side do you like?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yoenis

  83. MLBeastmode says:
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    Hi all,

    ROS bench bats (pick 2)

    Eugenio Suarez
    Joey Gallo
    Scott Schebler
    Mitch Haniger

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eugenio, Schebler… why do you have bench bats?

      • MLBeastmode says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks – it’s a 16 team weekly h2h league and waivers only run on weekends.

  84. Los Putos says:
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    Appears to be a lot of music lovers here.

    Chester Bennington of Linkin Park found dead of apparent suicide.

    Some shit news for you if you were a fan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t really know them

  85. Blender says:
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    galvis, reyes, escobar, difo, tim anderson, kike, cesar hernandez, hernan perez

    SBs and ops

    Pick which one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs

      • Blender says:
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        @Grey: Just say “That’s a good question!” It’s just this is the second time I asked, is this the Japanese three?

        • Blender says:
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          @Blender: I will continue to shuffle.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I answer questions on the app, I literally see “Just say “That’s a good question!” It’s just this is the second time I asked, is this the Japanese three?”

          I have no idea what you’re asking

          • Blender says:
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            @Grey: I was being a dick and I am sorry.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No worries, was just trying to explain why I wasn’t following

  86. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Give Nola + Kela/Neris to get Pham and Peralta? A small AVG boost is worth a ton of roto points…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  87. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Grey –

    I made a deal for Trout. Thoughts?

    Trout can be kept 3 years

    for

    Each kept for 5 years:
    Bellinger
    Eloy Jimenez
    D Santana
    Alex Reyes

    I feel like I gave up a lot but I have a ton of prospects leftover and Mike Trout should help me win over the next 3 years. Win now, right???

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Wild Thing: Not sure of your league format, but love it for Trout. Trout’s only 3 yrs older than Bell! Win now + in the future.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope it works out!

  88. MARK IT ZERO says:
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    H2H 10 team 8×8 league
    R, HR, RBI, SB, K, AVG, OBP, SLG

    With Rizzo only needing 1 more appearance at 2B to gain eligibility, I’m trying to trade for a good 1B to slide Rizzo over to 2B.

    My Conforto & Alonso for his Jose Abreu
    Fair? Too much? Should I try to get more than Abreu? Conforto & Alonso are buried on my bench

    • MARK IT ZERO says:
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      @MARK IT ZERO: Or should I stick with Alonso?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @MARK IT ZERO: For what it’s worth, Rizzo’s been stuck at 9 appearances at 2B for months. I’d assume he gets at least one more by season’s end, but there’s the possibility that they’re just not doing that shift anymore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu side

  89. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Talked yesterday about me trading either Wood, McCullers, or Carrasco for a closer and a middle infielder in my H2H, 6×6 (OBP and K/9), keeper league. Just traded McCullers for Murphy and Knebel. Initial thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that’s terrible! Kidding, poop, you did solid

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the affirmation. You the poop!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I just follow your poop lead

  90. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    So from the above comments looks like your confidence in Thames is dropping?
    1. Get rid of him for G Parra, L Cain, D Peralta, Melky, Broxton, JBJ or Souza?
    2. Should I try to trade Thames for Moncada first or are the aforementioned options better?

    3. Please pick one to drop: T Walker, E Santana, I Nova, or Ed Rod?

    Thanks!

    • 200 Proof says:
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      @200 Proof:
      Never mind question 2, I’d be short an OF.
      Please still answer #1 and #3.

      Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Parra 2. Sure, try it 3. Ed_rod

  91. JakeTheSnake says:
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    Hey Grey!

    W Vargas likely to regress 2nd half and Klubers neck a bit of a concern. Looking for SP strength.

    Got offered 2 trades.

    1) Cole for Lindor
    2) Taillon and Severino for Travis shaw
    Do you take both? Either? I’m inclined to both.

    Team as of this post

    1)Smoak/Shaw
    2)Odor/Owings
    3)Lamb
    Ss)Lindor
    OF)Harper, Dickerson, Mccutchen, Gardner, Avi Garcia, JBJ

    SP
    Kluber, Vargas, Cobb, Shark, Mike/Jordan Montgomery, C.c, Ed Rod

    RP
    Kintzler, Rivero, Doolittle.

    Picking up a Catcher tn
    either Cervelli or Avila?

    What say you oh wise one?
    Drop 2 from whole squad.

    Cheers guru

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2

      Avila

      Is this a 6 OF league, why not list who’s your bench?

      • JakeTheSnake says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry No, just 3 OF 2 Util.

        Garcia, Gardner and JBJ are my bench rn.
        Shaw Owings in the util.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s too much, lose some of your bench bats… I’d start at Gardner and JBJ

          • JakeTheSnake says:
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            @Grey:

            Sounds good! Thanks Grey.

            As for the catchers (i know, catcher question) I was leaning cervelli for this week as he’s been getting piece a lot and they’re in Colorado this weekend. Then drop and grab Avila Monday?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cervelli’s one of the worst hitters in the majors, but if you want to try him in Coors, go for it

  92. demribbies says:
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    Gonna need to drop one of Desmond or Smoak to activate a player coming off the DL.

    Smoak today just jacked #25 and his 60 & 61st RBI. Desmond has 10 SB but just hasn’t been able to sustain any kind of run so far.

    Who are you rolling with trying to win this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re dropping Smoak? What does he have to do to stay on the squad? Smoak wants to know

      • Andrew Ball says:
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        @Grey: dear fantasy gods have mercy on his soul

  93. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    I have Carpenter and Peralta on the bench with a staff of Yu, Lester, Duffy, McHugh, Chase Anderson, Giles, Rivero, Iglesias, Miller, Betances, Bradley. The following are on the table:

    1. Carpenter/Betances for Taillon/Kintzler
    2. Rivero/Peralta for Hill/Clippard/H. Perez

    Would you take either? Both? None?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes
      2. Sure

  94. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6X6 OPS QS

    Drop Jackie Bradley Jr. for Parra?

    Madson or Clippard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…Clippard

  95. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    Rizzo and smoak or goldy ros

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  96. ERad says:
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    Write ups are always on point – just stopping in to pay my respect!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, homey!

  97. jon says:
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    Neris or Bush or Claudio/Kela whatever lol ROS… will Bush get closer role back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neris… Claudio

  98. Los locos says:
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    Grey, you like benetini or ender ROS?

  99. Nightmare! says:
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    Who do you prefer for SAGNOF….

    Knebel or Edwin Diaz

    • mthom42 says:
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      @Nightmare!: Diaz looks like last year again. I’d roll with him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz

  100. Surfer dude says:
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    Hi, h2h pts, Faria, Maeda, Berrios – how do you rank for ROS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berrios, Faria

  101. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Crazy to trade Donaldson for Rendon? OBP keeper league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy

  102. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    in a league where i own all of WAS/DET/KC’s pitching staffs as of late march i got screwed when madson/doolittle came in. but i lucked out that treinen appears to be the 8th inning guy at OAK now
    soria/treinen/kelvin/rondon/j.wilson/albers. albers i want to replace with somebody that actually gets saves or holds. we have saves and holds and net saves and holds in this h2h 10 team redraft. i also have COL/SD/BAL hitting. got 2 deal ideas

    1. trade c.davis for k-rob
    2. trade parra for one of madson/doolittle

    but also
    3. should i wait till trade deadline to see if WAS trades for anybody else before doing either of these?

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: oh here’s my starting lineup now
      C beef welington
      C h.sanchez
      1B myers (RF)
      1B mini donkey
      2B schoop
      2B dj
      SS machado
      SS story
      3B spangenberg (solarte when healthy)
      3B arenado
      LF desmond (1B/LF/CF)
      CF blackmon
      RF trumbo
      OF mancini (1B/LF)
      OF b.hamilton (traded cargo for him, THAT was a good trade)
      BN pirela (2B/LF), wolters, jones (CF)
      DL hedges

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Not good 2. Sounds fine, I’d take either, Madson first 3. Meh, think Madson’s safely getting holds at least

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Grey: i’m assuming k-rob is safely getting holds too, so c.davis this much better than parra i guess. i suppose if mini donkey falls off a cliff i can actually start davis, but at current time i’ve been putting mancini at 1B when mini donkey is on road. myers has been pretty bad would you play c.davis over him, could drop myers for davis (we own these players nobody else can add them)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think Davis is that much better than Parra… Davis could get white-hot, Parra could lose his starting job at any moment

          • and says:
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            @Grey: yeah another reason i’m trying to sling him or adam freaking jones for a holds or saves guy too.

  103. Mike

    Mike says:
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    …and when you couldn’t find one (AYCE) Mrs. Butler?

    “We went fishing” *tears*

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Mike: hey mike. i’m sure YOU own n.williams in more % of leagues than me, and i’ve been adding (or already had such as NL only day he came up) him all over.

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