Yesterday, Phillip Ervin went 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd home run and 2nd in as many games.  This blew my mind:  there was no mention of Phillip Ervin on this site since 2014, when then-prospector Scott Evans said, “We’ll have a much better feel for (Ervin) after he’s had a chance to settle in at a full-season assignment, but on the surface, Ervin looks like a potential 20/20 outfielder who’ll also help in AVG and OBP.   I hope Grey reads this in three years…IN HELL!”  Damn, some animosity there.   Now, the real puzzler maker, as they say in the Haus of Rubik, Prospector Ralph hasn’t spoken about Ervin once.  So, I took it up with Endorphin Ralph on text, and he said, “He’s a 25-year-old, slugging fourth outfielder that’s Quad-A.  RUSNEY IS BETTER!!!”  So, Ervin’s a former 1st rounder, who might not be anything, due to weak contact he makes too often.  In Triple-A, he did have 7 HRs and 23 SBs with a .256 average.  He might just be a schmotato, that cools off and vanishes, but a speed/power combo plays in fantasy if he plays, which he is.  Better than Rusney Castillo?  WE SHALL SEE.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jon Lester – 1 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA up to 4.37.  After he was pulled from the game, he was diagnosed with lat tightness.  Insert eye roll.  Funny how no one ever complains of an injury after they pitch brilliantly or before they pitch terribly.  Nope.  Always after they pitch lousy.  Sure, maybe they didn’t pitch brilliantly because of the injury or didn’t get injured until pitching terribly, but who’s side are you on?  You Commie?  Antifa?  An tifa com mie?  HMM!?  I wanna interrogate you so bad.  You will rattle!

Ian Happ – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and two homers (16, 17).  This is good for a chuckle.  In 550 at-bats prorated out, Happ would have 37 HRs and 16 SBs.  He doesn’t even start for the Cubs!  I wonder if Joe Maddon even knows Happ is a switch-hitter.  I mean, platooning him is cool and all (it’s not cool).  Would I platoon him (no, obviously not)?  Whose at-bats would you give to Happ (Zobrist)?  I can’t imagine one player on the Cubs who he could replace (Zobrist).  Not one single guy (seriously Zobrist).  Not even if I try to find a rhyme with Wobrist can I think of a guy (I give up).

Kyle Schwarber – 3-for-5 and his 20th homer, hitting .204, but hitting near .217 in the last week.  Kidding, he’s been better.  Near .300 in the last week and another home run.  If the ball is flying out of Wrigley, brucely, I’d take anyone.

Alex Avila – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Well, thankfully, he’s been better than Matt Wieters, but not quite as good as Keith Law’s thoughts on Matt Wieters.

Javier Baez – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer.  Okay, everyone homered on the Cubs. *makes farting noise with armpit*  Wrigley in August is a wondrous place for hitters.

Trevor Rosenthal – Hit the DL with elbow irritation and it’s the same side of the elbow as the Tommy John bone.  Uh, Oh.  Literally.  That’s who the Cards will turn to to (stutterer!) replace Rosenthal.  To be continued…

Seung Hwan Oh – 1 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.74.  Uh, Oh.  Again, literally!  Oh might be a Cuddle Boy, huh?  I  grabbed Seung Hwan in one league where I needed some SAGNOF, but have no faith in him.  I could see also grabbing Tyler Lyons.

Jedd Gyorko – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 16th homer, hitting .273.  His 30-homer 2016 looks like the aberration as of now, but I guess there’s still time for Gyorko to pull himself up by his, um, well, yeah.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 15th homer, hitting .312.  It had been a while, I’ve been Phamished.

Jameson Taillon – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.64, and the rain delay prolly came at the best time so he didn’t go back out for another inning.  I like Taillon — you show cancer that Danza ain’t the only boss! — but he’s been underperforming for the last two months, and you can likely do better on waivers.

Josh Harrison – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  People stand up for some interesting causes.  I don’t mean the People’s Liberation Army of Things Found Between Seat Cushions.  I mean, say something bad about Josh Harrison and I bet someone comes to his defense.

Nick Williams – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, hitting .291.  He’s doing more than respectable, so I’m not really sure why this is, but he’s not exciting me.  What am I missing?

Aaron Nola – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.26.  Against the Giants.  Against the Giants?!  You go into Coors and do well, but the Giants?!

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.79.  This guy has never met a game he couldn’t keep close.

Jose Reyes – Hit the DL with an oblique strain.  For those Apple geeks out there, an oblique strain is sometimes referred to as OS X: Injured Poodle.

Steven Matz – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.08.  Someone asked the other day if they should start Matz.  I’ll simplify, you should not own.

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 19th homer, and his 4th homer this week.  There’s a strong case for him to be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s not.  He’s here now, don’t make Greylord double up his recommendations.

Tyler Austin – Recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Going from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the Bronx is like training your soldiers by sending them to the Middle Eastern restaurant in Epcot.

Aroldis Chapman – Threw a pen session as he supposedly works through a hamstring injury.  He’s really committed to this, huh?  As if the injury was really an issue and not that he was just sucking.  He’s like Simple Jack, but Aroldis is going “full rehab.”  Oh, and Dellin Betances (1 IP, 0 ER) got his 8th save yesterday, but I’d own David Robertson too.

Luis Severino – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.18.  After his last start where his owners wanted to Sever-ino him, it was good to see him bounce back.  It was a fairly easy matchup (sorry, Mets!), and his next will be a bit more of a challenge, but not even that difficult (sorry, Tigers!).

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .277.  I Googled “Gary Sanchez nickname” and it came back with The Kraken, which was bestowed on him by Brian Cashman.  Sorry, GMs can’t nickname their players.  That would be like your boss at Chick-Fil-A nicknaming you, Pimplestiltskin, and everyone thinking it’s cool to call you that.  It’s not.  Any hoo!  I’m tempted to go with G. Love and the Special Sanchez.

Yoan Moncada – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .195.  Some come up like Bellinger and some Moncada.  Doesn’t mean Moncada’s not going to be terrific, very small sample size — that’s what she spitefully said!

Jose Abreu – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  He has plenty of time to get to 30+ homers, but he sure doesn’t feel like the type that is going to turn it on.  He’s the 27-homer, 100-RBI, .285-average guy and don’t expect more or less.

Reynaldo Lopez – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.97, and left with side tightness.  I’m going to leave this Sprite right here on the counter in this North Korean bar and go to the bathroom, I’m sure my drink will be fine. *three hours later*  Hey, is your Supreme Leader eating my…kidney?!  AHH!!!  ROOFIE!!!

Nomar Mazara – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 16th homer, and 2nd homer in two games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Brett Nicholas – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Is it me or do the Rangers have more guys that do nothing but homer than any other team?

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-3, 3 runs and a double slam (9, 10) and double legs (16, 17), hitting .300.  Double slam and legs is also known as the Speedy Lumberjack Hungry Man.

Freddie Freeman – 2-for-5 and his 22nd homer, hitting .321.  Every player should get one season in Coors.  Can’t be in an arbitration or contract year.  Just one year to see what they can do there.  “Freeman’s never been a 50-homer guy before with a .350 average, but, thank you, Coors!”  That’s me owning Freeman in a fantasy league in my fantasy scenario.

Nolan Arenado – Left yesterday’s game after re-injuring his hand.  For now, he says it’s a bruise on top of a bruise.  Please, join me in a prayer octagon with only good thoughts.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer, a ninth-inning, it-don’t-matter-just-don’t-bite-it, garbage-time, I’ll-take-it-if-you-don’t-mind, Chazz Noir blizzast!

Stephen Strasburg – Will return on Saturday to face the Padres.  There’s someone that knows timing!  Unless he’s on your bench in weekly leagues, then his impeccable timing is prolly annoying.

Edwin Jackson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.43.  Wish this game was anywhere but Petco, because then it would be clearcut how well he was doing.  Now it’s easy to write it off as a matchup, and the Stream-o-Nator hates his next one, so it’s hard for me to fully trust him.

Byron Buxton – 2-for-7, 2 runs, and a slam (7) and legs (21) on both sides of the doubleheader for the Ernie Banks Special, and hitting near-.330 in the 2nd half.  He will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but there’s no reason to wait, unless…*pushes hair back, bats eyelashes* …you really want to.  You can be grossed out if you want, but I just sexed your eyeballs with my words.

Robbie Grossman – Fractured his thumb in a collision with Buxton.  Grossman will miss the rest of the season, and is in no mood to do his Fonzie impersonation.

Matt Belisle – 2/3 IP, 0 ER, and the save.  Seems like Paul Molitor has more faith in Belisle than I do, maybe Molitor knows something I don’t.  I mean, besides knowing how to work a 39-game hitting streak into every conversation.

Jose Ramirez – Removed after being hit by a pitch on his forearm, but no fear, bock beer, x-rays came back negative.

Jason Kipnis – 3-for-9, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  I feel bad for the schmohawk next year who is going to show up at his fantasy draft with no prep and be like, “200 overall for Kipnis?!  I’ll take that!”

Mike Clevinger – 2 2/3 IP, 2 ER in middle relief on three days rest.  Oh, boy, Tito Francona was trying something.  You guessing what he was trying, “Blow out Clevinger’s arm?”  Yeah, might be.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-3, 3 runs, and his 19th and 20th homers.  “Wow, I thought Kipnis was a bargain, but Donaldson’s price is so cheap too!  This is the best draft I’m unprepared for ever!”

Justin Smoak – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer, hitting .296.  Honestly, I’m super interested in seeing where January Grey ranks him next year.  Think he’s one of those guys that could be anywhere from top 50 to barely top 100.

Chris Archer – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.84.  After I saw this, I was thinking he is the king of this type of start.  This being:  barely a Quality Start, great Ks.  So, I did some research.  He has the fifth most Quality Starts, and, from that list, he has the worst ERA (barely; Yu has a 3.83 ERA), but Archer easily has best Ks.  In conclusion, yes, he is the king of the terrible Quality Start as far as runs are concerned, but great for Ks.

Patrick Corbin – 8 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.25.  Whoa, not sure where that came from.  I mean, I like Corbin in the big picture.  Have discussed him in the past as a guy who will be on the short list of sleepers for next year, but, damn, that start was in Houston.  Even Stream-o-Nator was like, nah, ya crazy.  Corbin’s peripherals are saying all the right things — 8.8 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 3.79 xFIP — and I’d look at grabbing him.

Jake Lamb – 1-for-4 and his 26th homer.  Wham, bam, thank you, Lamb!

Yasmany Tomas – Had another setback with his groin.  He’s had more problems with his groin than a rapper’s non-bitch related problems.  Yasmany has 99 problems and they are all with his groin!

  1. Chester says:
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    You the man, man.

    Dump Fulmer, Ryu, Bundy, Morton, or Gausman for Corbin?

    • Joakim Blackwell says:
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      @Chester: Ryu, Bundy…

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Chester: Ryu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chester: Thanks, dawg, dawg — Fulmer, Gausman

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up, loved it!

    a. Got a meeting in 30 minutes and I promised a draft of a plan of action that I have to draft! Lol. TGIF because we only work 1/2 days but it’s the same amount of work packed into 0.5 days so, no TGIF.

    b. John Rambo Quote of the day for August 18-20

    [Scene change, Rambo and Sarah Miller standing in the rain next to Rambo’s boat]

    Sarah Miller: ‘-You care.’

    Rambo: ‘-What?’

    Sarah Miller: ‘You care. Because if you didn’t, you would have taken us there, taken the money and be done with it. But you didn’t do that. Maybe…Maybe you’ve lost your faith in people, but you must still be faithful to something. Believe me, l´m scared. And l love my life and l don´t Want to lose it. But trying to save a life isn’t wasting your life, is it? Will you help us?’

    [After a short delay, Rambo relents.]

    Rambo: ‘All right.’

    Sarah Miller: ‘Thank you.’

    c. Have a gr8t weekend!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Good luck! Though this might be after that now…. B. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Thanks, man!

        a. Meeting was a piece of cake. Hands down in jockey language.

        b. In a 12-team RCL (5X5),

        1. start Dickey tonight at home versus Cinci (Romano)
        2. start C-Mart at PIT

        c. In RCL league 1 (5X5), at 1b/3b, start 1

        1. Hoskins at SF verus Moore
        2. Miggy at home versus LAD (Hill)
        3. Reynolds at home versus MIL (Garza)

        d. At the U, start 1

        Anyone rejected in ‘c’ above
        1. Arcia @COL facing Marquez
        2. Semien @HOU facing Keuchel
        3. ODB @SF facing Moore

        e. In RCL league 2 (5X5), start 1 at 1B/3B

        1. Hoskins at SF verus Moore
        2. Pujols at BAL versus Hellickson
        3. Shaw @COL versus Marquez
        4. Bell at home vs. STL (C-Mart)

        f. start 1 at the U

        All rejected in ‘e’ above
        1. Wong at PIT versus Williams (Williams has the second-lowest OPS second time through the order – only Kershaw beats him!! – but that first time what a doozy! j/k have no idea on first time OPS.)
        2. Trumbo at home versus LAA (Heaney)

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Tina Fey there? B. 1. Meh 2. Yes C. Reynolds D. Arcia E. Shaw F. Wong

          Always start hitters at Coors

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, man!

            a. Worried about Arcia’s DTD so signed up Neil Walker, dropping Dickey. Added Walker to the U because Coors.

            b. Signed up Nerd Power for the same Arcia DTD. Starting Spangenberg over Pirela with Sogard at the MI.

            c. These are hard times. Like Richard Pryor used to say, there is no date or time period describing these ‘hard times’. They are just known in history as ‘hard times’.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              A. Now you’re talking B. Nice C. Haha

  3. Ciwa says:
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    Hi grey!
    Who i should cut for Strasburg return?
    Manaea,Marquez,Nova,Taillon?

    Thanks

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Ciwa: Marquez. Can’t trust him in half his games (Coors).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ciwa: Agree with b, though all cuttable

  4. DJ says:
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    Buxton or Domingo Ros?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @DJ: sunday, unless dynasty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DJ: Agree with gf2

  5. goodfold2 says:
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    wow, i don’t even remember you having a prospect guy back in 2014, not sure which of these rules the cause of that: me not reading them (not too likely), me not remembering them (more likely), or they were infrequent (which could be the cause of both prior causes).

    16 teamer with holds/QS have these:
    SP chacin/wood/pomeranz/rodon/morton/kuhl/pruitt
    RP middleton/minaya/britton/rivero/tepera/j.barnes
    DL thor
    NA yates (to activate yates i can drop mcmahon who had been stashed in case he was starting, and i have arenado as well, but would prefer one BN bat, not 2).
    1. who’s the drop out of middleton/tepera to grab e-jax (doing better than he’s probably ever done over this many starts in at least 5 years). woodruff also out there.
    2. any reason to worry about arenado and just hold mcmahon?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: it’s a keep 6 so mcmahon’s keeper status doesn’t come into play. have goldy/segura/thor/odor/arenado and one of pollock/wood/sunday/alonso for the last.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: You don’t remember Scott Evans? That’s surprising, he was around for a while… 1. Middleton 2. Enough worry to hold for now

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: probably just not the name. i remember FOR SURE from mike on. if he was the guy before mike i very likely read him but i’m thinking he wrote less often than mike or certainly ralph.

        • Grey

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          He was right before Mike

  6. Dave says:
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    Great as always.

    Should I start Manaea tonight at Houston or bench him? He’s been awful for quite awhile and the Astros have the ability to light it up. Plus, I’m over my projected innings cap, so preservation could be key.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Dave: Sounds like you know the answer…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agree with Dave

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Dave: @Grey: Agree with you both

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Dave: are you seeing ONE reason to play him today? i see 3 against it.

      • Dave says:
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        @goodfold2: me too. It’s nice to have ideas confirmed.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Dave: No. No you should not.

    • Mike in Busan says:
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      @Dave: If you like asking yourself “why the hell did I do that?” then perhaps starting Manaea against Houston could feasibly be right up your alley.

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        I’ve been where you are 1000 times. I know not to start someone, but it is so boring having a SP on your bench. Then you check the box score through two innings and you are furious with yourself.

        • Dave says:
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          @Justin Ralph: that’s what I am worried about.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Justin Ralph: Then 3 innings in and you remember why you benched him

  7. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey,

    trade advice: both in keeper

    trade1: Archer + C.Rodon / Salazar + Taillon
    trade2: Archer + Gurriel / Salazar + Arenado

    Nick

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Nick: Trade 1 Archer side….Trade 2 Arenado side and its not close.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Nick: whoever even sent the arenado one should never been listened to again in trade negotiations. or ONCE inform that person you aren’t a mark and if you want further contact try that stuff elsewhere (say so in a nice way of course the FIRST time). it’s a fair thing if somebody is just checking to see how stupid you might be, after that it’s definitely insulting.

      • Joakim Blackwell says:
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        @goodfold2: That was the hardest paragraph to read.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Joakim Blackwell: ah yes the reason why twitter exists. what’s the cap, 30 words or so

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Nick: If you are getting Arenado, accept that one immediately.

      Would lean the Archer side on the Trade 1.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Agree with F

  8. Michael DePinto says:
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    With regards to Clevinger, Francona also brought Bauer in for 0.2 of an inning while Cleveland was losing..

    Bauer is supposed to start on Saturday against KC. I was going to stream him since he is hot but now I am afraid. I have seen this move before and whomever the pitcher is always seems to get bombed in their next start,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Michael DePinto: That might’ve just a throw day for him, Clevinger just pitched 3 days ago and went 3 IP, that’s insane

      • Michael DePinto says:
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        It’s crazy that he torched 40% of his starting rotation in relief yesterday. The beat writers said Joe Smith was still available.

        Would you still start Bauer at KC tomorrow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bauer’s not a good start there either way

  9. H says:
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    Corbin over Berrios ROS? Im having a hard time trusting Berrios every time out, but kinda feel the same about Corbin. Who do you prefer? Thank you!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @H: Corbin

    • b the esq. says:
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      @H: RoS probably Corbin, but they both feel like StreamONator calls each time out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @H: Agree with F

  10. M says:
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    E.Rosario or Hanley ROS 6×6 roto obp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Eddie

  11. Brett says:
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    Need holds Addison Reed or Tyler Lyons?

    Also, can you rank Duffy, Fulmer, Staily and Tailon

    Thanks

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Brett: reed is definitely 8th inning guy at BOS, lyons likely is (or even closer maybe) at STL, so unless you really think STL will just get more holds ROS reed.

    • Grey

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      @Brett: Reed — Straily, Duffy

  12. Goldie showers says:
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    Great work as always… I’m sitting comfortably in first so will should have Perez/correa/paxton all back for semis (and hopefully a healthy arenado?! prayer circle commence!!)

    For pitching, Should I make the swap for Corbin over Faria to save the concern of an IP limit? worried about Faria for down the stretch, do you think they will shut him down?

  13. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Needing the best combo of hits, runs, RBI, Avg and SB’s to stay in first place (11 tm keeper roto) would you add Buxton over Pham, Souza, Cain, Melky? Or, have Cesar at 2B and Chris Taylor at utility. Could drop Cesar or Hoskins (have Bellinger at 1B). Lots of names. Sorry for any confusion.

    Thanks! Happy Fri-yay!!

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Okay, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  14. eljefe says:
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    The Shark never met a game he couldn’t keep close is hilarious!

    I need to pick one SP to start this weekend in points league: Godley, Lamet, Gray, Castillo ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @eljefe: I laughed when I wrote that too, IIBH

      Be nice to have matchups on these guys

      • eljefe says:
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        @Grey:

        Godley @ min
        Lamet v was
        Gray @ bos
        Castillo @ atl

        Thx!

        • Fabsy says:
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          @eljefe: Godley

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lamet

          • eljefe says:
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            @Grey:
            Donelson… Cool thx

  15. Jim says:
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    Hoskins or Buxton ROS, don’t need SBs, just power & counting stats…
    Thx

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Jim: hoskins

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Jim: Hoskins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Agree with others

  16. PineTarIncident says:
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    Yo Gray-

    Is it time to drop Miggy in a 12-team mixed league keeper with OBP? Dood has 13 home runs! I’ve kept him for 9 years at this point and it seems that this is the year he has dropped out of keeper viability.

    Have Hoskins, and can mix and match based on hittertron. Sampling of available 1b on waivers: Reynolds, Mancini, HanRam, Pujols, Moreland….

    • Justin Ralph says:
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      I just dropped him in a 10 team H2H. It wasn’t easy to do and he was scooped up on waivers but it feels like this is his first lost season.

  17. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    It was a 25 year old with a sub-.400 slugging in AAA. You and your Ervin!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, he’s only hit two homers in two days off the defending world champs (ESPN narrative?)… Maybe you’re mad bc you don’t have him (I don’t either anymore)

  18. John says:
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    C Castillo
    1b goldy
    2b odor
    3b rendon
    Ss segura
    If Hanley
    Of Mazara, springer, inciarte, Broxton
    Util pujols, semien
    Bench Cesar

    On waivers
    Amed Rosario, Ervin, Curtis granderson, Neil Walker

    Make any move?

    9×9 league runs/2b/3b/hr/rbi/total bases/ steals/ net steals/ avg/ ops

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: I’d try Amed, Grandy and Walker over Pujols, Semien and Cesar, get some fresh blood in there, John!

  19. Asking For a Friend says:
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    Grey,

    I had such high hopes for Rusney Castillo. Drafted him way too early, named my team “The Rusney Trombone”, then it all fell apart.

    I see Buxton’s been heating up, but so has Villar in last 14 days. Who do you like better rest of season? 10 team standard.

      • Asking For a Friend says:
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        @Grey:

        I believed in the power of the name.

        Miguel just got dropped… him or buxton?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bux

  20. Milarky says:
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    I have 4 solid closers, but can only start 3. Which one do you sit next week out of the following? I seem to be leaning Giles, since he just doesn’t seem to be getting the volume of save chances compared to the others. Each of them have 6 games, and I’ve included the matchups.

    Osuna (MIN, @TB)
    Giles (WAS, @LAA)
    Knebel (@SF, @LAD)
    Doolittle (NYM, @HOU)

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Milarky: I might consider benching Knebel…What are the odds they have a save chance at the Dodgers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Milarky: Flip a coin, Doolittle

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Milarky: add up the SON winning chances of the SP in all those games. OR if you have the deluxe DFS package you can add up the % win chances of all 4 of those teams.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Goodfold2 is a good Razzballer!

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Grey: i tried to convince rudy that the teamnonator should be part of the cheaper non DFS package as it has use for regular fantasy purposes (like figuring what guy to stream for holds). his point (which is certainly valid, and he didn’t actually say this, but i’m sure he had it in mind and he’s right) being that teamonator is most germaine to sports betting, and it truly is both for picking winners against a money line and winners for total runs scored. teamonator here is his best option to find out which team is least likely to get wins during that time period. my guess is the bench has to be osuna but lately TOR has won a bunch of games compared to MIL so maybe knebel. benching either of a WAS/HOU closer seems odd, esp when they are playing each other for a period.
          i like the gf2

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Nice, I like gf2 too

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            And yes I think that is Rudy’s thoughts on it

  21. Clive says:
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    Drop J Baez for Buxton?

    Drop Taillon for Corbin or Tanaka? Which do you like more ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clive: Meh, Baez has homered like 3 times in the last week, hasn’t he? Corbin

  22. What?! I thought this was America! says:
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    Great shit as always G!

    Kinsler or Happ Ros 12 team ops keep 7 at years end.

    Cano is my primary 2b and this is a bench bat. Been trying to flip kinsler for a pick or something but no one wants him.

  23. Auntie Pfa says:
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    Cargo or Buxton?

  24. Steve says:
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    Drop Rosie for a streaming spot? If there’s no structural damage, think he comes back this season?

  25. vee says:
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    “and here comes Arenado again, pinch hitting in the bottom of the 9th…”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vee: “…and homering on my bench, sonavabench!”

  26. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    STL isn’t quite as stupid as NYM but there were clear reports that wainwrong’s back was acting up in the last week and then another one that he himself admitted to shoulder or upper arm soreness ONE day before they still started him. meanwhile they already had weaver called up and could’ve done the same with flaherty (not sure if his clock would’ve worked though, obv weaver’s did). sometimes pitchers do mention an injury in advance and the team (and player) are still just that stupid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Yeah, makes no sense… Sometimes I think teams just don’t want to make the hard decisions, like putting out to pasture a guy that has been great for them 7 years ago

  27. Grey Matters! says:
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    Rizzo at 2B finally….changes things up for me I think. Squad listed below in my 12 teamer, playoffs start September 4th. Ten hitting cats….Runs, 1B, 2B, 3B, HRs, RBIs, BB, Ks, steals and ave. Best on wire: Solarte, Grandy, Williams, Schwarber, Zimmer, Kendrick, Galvis. I have one bench bat since Dyson gets platooned.

    C- Realmuto
    CI – Freeman, Lamb, Morrison/Marwin
    MI – Rizzo, Dee, Simmons
    OF – must play 5…Conforto, Souza, Melky, Dyson, Marwin, Mazara
    Util- Mikie
    SP – Kershaw, Noah, Severino, Verlander, Lackey, Morton, Wacha (one of these is a drop when Kershaw and/or Noah returns – please God come back in August!)
    RP – Holland, Viz, Melancon

    1. Any hitter swaps?
    2. Cobb, Castillo, Rodon, Treinen best on the wire if you would swap a SP or add a reliever.
    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey Matters!: 1. Looks fine for now, I’d keep an eye on Mikie tho 2. Hold for now, but Melancon has me worried

      • Grey Matters! says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Mikie been playing well above his head.

  28. BSA70 says:
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    Ok – just have to ask – Buxton, ERosario, or Beckham going forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSA70: That’s what you have to ask? Beckham

  29. Yo Grey!! Got Domingo in a trade (hes plugged into my util slot right now) but I think there are better options out there. I got Trea coming back soon hopefully and Domingo was going to be my drop for him, so I only need a fill in for the short term I guess. Avail is Ender, Fowler, Spangen, Mazara, Buxton, DeJong. What are your thoughts? Or hold?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Synyster: They’re all pretty hot right now. Depends on needs. Ender for average, Maz for power, Bux for speed, etc.

      • @Grey:

        Thanks dudes. Since domingo is in Coors tonight Im going to roll with him for now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  30. Daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    Cron, Buxton or Mazarra
    I need RBI’s

    • Cram It says:
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      @Daze: Maz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Daze: Agree with Cram

  31. playadlc says:
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    I’ve got Happ @ChC, Pomeranz NYY and Hill @Det. You starting any of these guys?

  32. Justin Ralph says:
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    Are you starting Dallas againnst OAK? I have no chance in Ks so just need to win ratio’s this week.

    • Justin Ralph says:
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      And the Steamonator loves the start.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Justin Ralph: Sure, why not? Houston good, Oakland not.

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        Thats what I thought and his last start does give me some confidence. My only concern is the starts before that. Ok Ill stop overanalyzing this! Thanks Cram.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Justin Ralph: Every front line guy is having their duds this year. You have to roll him out there, especially in this matchup.

  33. CMUTimmah says:
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    OK – I’ve never loved Donaldson, and I didn’t want to take him this year, but it happened. Moreover, I didn’t do enough injury research to know he had a balky calf coming in.

    But since the last month, Donaldson appears healthy and flourishing. His perifs are even good. He’s not a first or second or even third rounder next year, but I still think he’s in that 40-60 overall range at worst. (30-40 hitter range)

    If he starts the year healthy, you could draft him in that range and still have some possible upside. His position alone gives him some added draft boost.

    But he’ll end up drafted in the third round all over next year… which will mean I won’t get a chance at that upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CMUTimmah: Yeah, maybe… Feels like a nagging injury away from missing another 3 months next year

    • Cram It says:
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      @CMUTimmah: Nah he’ll go 2nd round at worst, maybe 3rd in some. People aren’t going to overlook that if he were healthy all year (prorated stats) he’d be 40/100 again.

  34. Roger Anderson says:
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    Would you drop Michael who is A Tailor for this MN outfielder Buck Stone I hear so much about? Can’t find him on ESPN player list but I’ll keep looking. I need SB since the non-ginger Turner will not be back until September.

  35. Justin Ralph says:
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    Hicks, Souza or Buxton. This is probably the 30th time I have been convinced that Buxton has finally figured it out.

    BTW I was also feeling Phamished!

  36. Scott says:
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    Inciarte or zimmer ros. Love zimmer but he is in a funk. Maybe kipnis will get hurt again and he will hit / go back to leadoff.

  37. Ted says:
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    Who would you drop for a streamer (12 team mixed league)?

    Trumbo
    Desmond
    Faria
    Lester
    Villar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ted: Lester

  38. I only use Grey Poupon because of Razzball says:
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    Morning Grey! Absolutely dead from the Buxton blurb. Lose Parra for Buxton? Beliske for Oh? Thanks!

  39. iChiro says:
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    HOLY SIT with Corbin yesterday.

    If Ian Happ starts today….we can only hope….Happ vs Happ.

    Happenstance incarnate!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • iChiro says:
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        @Grey: It’s HAPPening, It’s HAPPening!!!

        Oooh, I think I just quoted Jake Lloyd in SWEP1….not sure how we feel about that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eek!

  40. Justin Ralph says:
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    Hicks or Buxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Happy Friday Boo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

  42. Rock D says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS regardless of need or roster make up. Beltre or Braun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun

  43. Weird Fishes says:
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    Grey, my man … 10-team NL-only h2h … Solarte, Arcia or Albies ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies

      • Weird Fishes says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  44. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey hey,

    SoN likes Matt Moore against PHI tonight ($15.9), but he, uhhh, sucks. Thoughts?

    La la love yas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Moore at home vs. Philly

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you, sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Scott says:
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    Drop Roark or shark for Corbin? Roark has HOU next and LAD in Sept decent matchups otherwise. Shark has some good matchups like SD (2) but has to face LAD and SD hit him hard in back to back starts after all star break. Corbin has 1 start in Coors but a nice slate otherwise. Looking for W and QS with decent ratios. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark

  46. PHIL says:
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    Kiermaier or Mahtook rest of the year ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mahtook

      • vee says:
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        @Grey: His name qualifies him to be part of the Dothraki. probably a high position too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Those immigrants!

  47. Brett says:
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    Lance Lynn or Duffy? Is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lynn

  48. Weird Fishes says:
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    Drop B Goodwin or AJ Ramos to pick up Luke Weaver?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goodwin

  49. Looking for some pitching help tomorrow. Ryu vs DET of McHugh vs OAK?

    Either a ROS option?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McHugh

  50. Jack says:
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    Spangenberg, Villar, Walker, or Cesar Hernandez? Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Spangeberg

  51. Old School Brother says:
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    Where’s the buy column Grey?! I can’t wait to see if you included Chirinos or Brett Nicholas (I’m hoping both)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      OSB, you know you gotta wait until 12 PST

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: You and J-FOH with your zany Pacific time

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          20 years later and my family still doesn’t understand it

  52. Curious George Springer says:
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    Hey FML!

    I need to start either Pirela (facing Scherzer at Petco) or Andrelton (facing Hellickson at BAL)

    Pirela has been hot-ish (.766 OPS over the last seven days), while Andrelton has been ice cold (.349 OPS over the last seven days)

    Who do I start?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Simmons

  53. My Seven Rizzos says:
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    Yo Grey!
    SON hates Rich Hill tonight @DET, do you agree? Is he a sit or start?

    Have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, doesn’t seem great

  54. adam goldstein says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. SON has a weird fetish for Skaggs next week and Walker has been very meh lately. Who do you like better for next week?

    Skaggs – vs tex, vs hou
    Walker – @nym, vs sf

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs

      • adam goldstein says:
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        @Grey: just curious, is this strictly a SON call or do you like him at home as well?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Home is just better

  55. ferris says:
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    Adrian Gonzalez or Derek Dietrich ROS nl-only?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dietrich

  56. Toughdrops says:
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    P Ervin or Grichuk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ervin

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME***********

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