I have an unpopular opinion, that I know will never fly.  Pants with magnet buttons.  Okay, I have another one:  knock people over the head and when they wake, tell them they’re on Mars and film it.  Like Survivor but more panicked.  My final unpopular opinion, allow teams to forfeit.  I know in today’s charged political climate it’s not cool to say anything bad about herbathrowdites, but hitters pitching is stupid.  It’s okay for a quick laugh, but a team has obviously forfeited if they’re pitching Jace Peterson.  Just let them throw a white flag, and call the game.  Of course, this would be wildly unpopular with fans who paid a lot of money to see nine innings, but are people sticking around in a 19-3 game.  I don’t know, maybe they are.  So, yesterday, Xander Bogaerts (2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs) collected his 100th RBI and 22nd homer.  Just Dong Martinez (3-for-6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 42nd, a number I thought was retired.  Mookie Betts joined the 30/30 club (more on him after the jump).  Blake Swihart went 3-for-8, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (6), inching closer to Buster Posey’s year-long homer total.  Rafael Devers (5-for-8, 3 runs, 6 RBIs) stole the show, hitting his 20th and 21st homer.  I’ve collected 1,000 praying mantises and joined them in a prayer circle that feels insectually correct, hoping Devers doesn’t push up his 2019 fantasy value in this final week.  I talked a bit about this on the last podcast, but Devers is only 21 years old, and could easily be a middle of the order bat for the Red Sox next year.  That’s very good, assuming every team they’re facing doesn’t forfeit.  Or assuming every team does.  I don’t know, let’s figure this out together!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mookie Betts – 2-for-2, 1 run and his 30th steal.  Got a small chuckle today from ESPN saying Betts joined the rare 30/30 club.  Not that they called it rare, it is rare nowadays.  Also, of course, it’s rare for the Red Sox, it’s only their 2nd one in team history (and done in 126 less at-bats than their previous with Jacoby Ellsbury.)  There’s also only four in history where the batter hit .333+.  The chuckle came from the fact that 30/30 is now rare.  I’d say around the year 1987, it became popular.  Everyone was doing it.  Even the hotel chain, Howard Johnson, did it.  Take that, Ramada!  Many years there was at least one player, most years from 1987 thru 2012 there were multiple players doing it.  Sometimes, there were people doing 40/40!  Then, it just disappeared.  No 30/30 players since 2012.  Everyone stopped running.   Of course, this year, we already had Jo-Ram, and now Betts.  I hope it’s no longer rare.  Please vote this November for Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it), he wants everyone to once again see with 30/30 vision.

Chris Sale – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA up to a whooping 2.11.  Since I enjoy drama, I wanted Sale to finish with an ERA under 2 for the hot takes about his Cy Young bid.  I guess some Sawx fans will argue for Sale over Snell for Cy Young even with their argument losing a little muster.  Never underestimate a Sawx fan’s ability to argue.

Trey Mancini – 3-for-8, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 24th homer.  Did not have a good year.  Again with douchey one word sentences.  Did.  Not.  Have.  A.  Good.  Year.  However (throw out the preceding sentences!), his home run yesterday was a gorgeous blast, that gave me a little glimmer of hope.

Renato Nunez – 2-for-7 and his 8th homer, and his 3rd homer in five games, hitting near-.500 in the last week, so, yes, hot schmotato alert!

Bryce Harper – 0-for-4, with the Nats scoring 9 runs.  I had such a massive ticker tease with Harper yesterday.  I was like, “Aw sookie, it’s his potential last home game ever for the Nats until they trade for him in 2028 for his final season when he’s 320 pounds but still has a good OBP.  He must be having a huge game!”  Well, yeah, if he changed his name to Victor Robles.

Victor Robles – 4-for-4, 5 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (2).  I know what you’re thinking, but I wouldn’t worry, I don’t think Robles is going to be high on many people’s radars next year.  Ya know, besides people who read Razzball.

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer.  Grichuk is everyone’s potential March darling, who everyone forgets about by mid-April.  If the groundhog sees its shadow, two extra weeks of Grichuk appearing better than anyone else on waivers.

Ken Giles – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 25th save, ERA at 4.74, as he pitched against his former team.  To show there was no hard feelings against the Astros, after the save, Giles punched himself in the head.

Jose Peraza – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .292.  I don’t get the sense people are appreciating Peraza as much as they should be.  Batman yell, “To the Player Rater, Robin!”  This year Peraza has been as valuable as Xander Boagerts, a top ten shortstop.

Adalberto Mondesi – 2-for-5, 2 runs and 2 steals (28, 29).  He was so bad last year, yet here we are.  This is the best turn around after dumping a dad’s name since Angelina Voight.

Heath Fillmyer – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.26.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  Fillmyer is really…Wil Myers!  He stopped hitting, became a pitcher and did a shoddy name change.  I think this theory has some merit.

Kevin Kiermaier – Has a hairline fracture in his foot.  He succumbed to injury pointing out to his teammates how he hadn’t been injured in three days.

Yonny Chirinos – 4 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.51.  I streamed him and can’t believe I guessed right on who the Rays were going to use for the bulk of their innings.  It’s like Raysian roulette.

Tommy Pham – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 21st homer, hitting .346 on the Rays.  Since his steals are down, he’s a little bit of a bust this year, but nowhere near where I envisioned.  He put together a solid 2nd half, even after a fractured foot sounded like it was putting the kibosh on him.  He turned kibosh into kielbasa.

Jhoulys Chacin – 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.56.  Because what really gets your juices percolating is what a guy does for me, Chacin’s streaming stats on my team were 53 2/3 IP with a 3.02 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.   Thanks, Stream-o-Nator!

Corey Dickerson – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer.  He didn’t homer much this year, but at one point, he homered in four straight games.  Therefore, Co-Dick isn’t just the nickname of Siamese Twins, he could be a hot schmotato.

Jason Heyward – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Easy there, Heyward, save some for next year’s spring training.

A.J. Pollock – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Not having a bad year, per se, French bistro, but he was moved down to the six hole and it feels overdue.  It also feels like a slap in the face.  How do you move a vet like Pollock down the order during the last week?  Imagine Mike Trout was struggling–okay, bad example.  Imagine Joey Votto was suddenly moved to the six hole in the last week on an eliminated team.  It would be a serious dubya tee eff.

Matt Olson – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 29th homer.  Allahson, your aim is true.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Semien, your aim is true.

Felix Hernandez – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.55.  Your AIM username is F-Her.  Okay, I’m done.

Andrew Heaney – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Thank you, Stream-o-Nator, may I have another!

Shohei Ohtani – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .283.  Ohtani’s going to go from a consensus top 100 pick this year as a pitcher to a top 100 pick next year as a hitter.  First time that’s happened since Babe Ruth.  Back in the 1920’s though, half your league died of rubella at the draft.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Seems doubtful, but I hope he retires.  Just tip your cap and say goodbye, so we can see what you have on your head that you don’t want anyone touching.  Is it Faberge?

Jurickson Profar – 2-for-4, and his 20th homer.  Here’s something funny that’s not funny at all.  Profar will be drafted about 400 spots before Tyler Austin.  Look at how many homers each has in how many at-bats.

David Dahl – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th of the season, and his 3rd homer in three games.  This season Dahl’s having a fairy tale ending; the ball must look like a giant peach.

German Marquez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.76.  He struck out eight to start the game to tie a major league record.  He could’ve easily had the record, but Pivetta ruined it, like he ruins everything.  The Exiled Nazi is going to be hard to stay away from next year, but I’ve made a strict no Rockies starters policy (that I will stop at the first sign of value).

Trevor Story – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer.  You remember Kirk Gibson’s World Series home run trot, pumping his fist?  Story’s gonna do that and lose his arm while pumping it.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Is it me or does it feel like Coors is finally playing like Coors?

Dansby Swanson – Has a partially torn ligament in his hand.  He flew back to Atlanta to see a hand specialist who once operated on Hamburger Helper.

Sean Newcomb – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.90.  Started Newcomb last night thanks to the Stream-o-Nator, and I figured, since he was facing deGrom, Newcomb would be good for a win.

Dominic Smith – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Somewhere, Peter Alonso is like, “That’s my homer!”

Michael Conforto – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 28th homer.  I’m not joking when I say if he hits 29 homers he will be at least three rounds later in drafts than if he hits 30.  Even if you own him, root against him for our sake.

Jacob deGrom – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 1.70.  A moment of rejoicing for one of the best pitcher seasons in history.  Everyone is hitting lasers over the fence; everyone is launching their angles.  DeGrom is like… *wipes dandruff off shoulder*  No problem.  217 IP and 269 Ks with a ridiculous 1.70 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.  He should’ve won 30 games this year, but the Mets are gonna Mets.  Now a moment of silence because if he got one more out he would’ve ended the year with a 1.69 ERA.  Damn, so close!

Tyler Austin – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Yes, better than Greg Bird.  Literally anyone is better than Greg Bird.  Big Bird is better than Greg Bird.  However, this knocked my socks off and I was wearing flip-flops, so I now look less like I should be waiting in line for bread.  Austin’s HR/AB is a little over 13, about that of J.D. Martinez.

Johnny Field – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer.  Let’s hope Johnny Field finds his family so he finds out what his real name is.

Francisco Lindor – 2-for-5 and his 37th homer.  His homer came off Jace Fry.  In the 9th?  Nope, Fry went from closer to opener.  It’s like starting with dessert, quick way to get indigestion.

Edwin Encarnacion – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 32nd homer.  He homered off someone named R. Burr.  I’m not going to open his player page, but rather assume he homered off Perry Mason.  The White Sox opened with Fry, Bummer, Burr.  That sounds like the three stages of grief walking through a fast food drive-thru.  “Give me a Fry….You don’t have any?  Bummer.  I’m cold.  Burr.”

Shane Bieber – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.55.  Not sure how all of these innings on his arm are going to translate to next year.  My Verducci Rosetta Stone is in the mail.

Jose Abreu – Has been shut down due to his ingrown hair on his thigh.  The official name of the conditions is manscaperitis ugotsajungledownthere.  Doctors are saying he needs to have the ingrown hair plucked, so they’re currently at a head shop buying a roach clip.

  1. gc tacos says:
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    Pick three for next year— Kyle Freeland, Dereck Rodriguez, Shane Bieber, Luis Castillo, Robbie Ray, Marco Gonzales.

    • LenFuego says:
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      @gc tacos: Ray, Castillo and Freeland for me. If you are afraid of Coors, you could go Bieber or Rodriquez over Freeland.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gc tacos: Freeland, Castillo, Bieber

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: Is Castillo worth $17 next season ($260 budget)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    So good on the write-up, was chuckling, laughing and str8 up amazed by everything present.

    a. Sad on Abreu.

    The Grande Dolor is a-coming
    when the proctologist
    does his a-plucking.

    b. Just want to get it out there before my Senate nomination is confirmed. I never molested or even tried to molest anyone. I went to an all boys school and my first real contact with girls (like past 2nd base) was in college. Again, no one was molested, drugged or otherwise coerced.

    c. Do you think Gausman gets a start before the end of the season?

    d. I hope the UK gets a soft Brexit, no one wants a hard Brexit – get it? Ah, you’re no fun.

    e. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 27

    Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Haha B. Entered in the record C. Not sure, is he scheduled? D. Haha E. Nice!

  3. Tigres says:
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    Grey – man, Pivetta really DOES ruin everything! Thanks for another great season of analysis, humor, and TV & music tips!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: No problem!

  4. Dave Funnell says:
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    In a race for first with limited innings.

    A) Here’s a question I should have asked earlier this year but here I am: the price for stream o nator, how much does a win matter in that price? I’m in a points league and wins don’t matter. Tomorrow MadBum has a low price around $8, but if he pitches well enough could garner me some points. Should I start him (hits, bb and hr allowed take away).

    B) Start Vargas, Gonzalves today?

    C) Any good streams that your particularly like this weekend?

    D) Finally, any guesses as to which position players will play both games of tomorrow’s double header between the Twins and the White Sox? I’m guessing Palka, Kepler and Polanco. I’d appreciate your input too. Thanks.

    • jose says:
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      @Dave Funnell: You should be able to take the game category breakdowns and translate them exactly to your points league scoring model. Just take his projected innings pitched and multiply it by how many points you get per inning pitched, how many Ks he’s projected for and multiply it by your points per K, etc. Once you have all the positive points take the negative categories (assuming you get deducted for hits allowed, etc.) and do the same. Once you have both totals do the math and see if you think he’s worth the start.

      Easy peasy! Good luck!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @jose: Thank you!

        • jose says:
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          @Grey:No problem! I do it all the time for questionable starts. It’s a pain, but it’s accurate.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Nice!

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        @jose:

        Thanks! I wish I had done that all year.

        • jose says:
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          @Dave Funnell: It’s definitely helpful on the marginal starts. There does seem to be some $ value from Ws and QS so going line by line is a good way to break it down. SON is well worth the money!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave Funnell: A. It’s a question for Rudy, should ask in SON’s comments, he’ll answer B. Matchups? C. I don’t know who’s available, you have SON? I’d use that D. Palka doesn’t play every day, but I don’t know the matchups

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks for the help. Sorry for the vague questions.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  5. Wilson says:
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    Would you start Williams @CHC (Lester) today? Need QS/ERA/WHIP to win this year.

    • Wilson says:
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      Would you start Gonzales vs TEX today? Need QS/ERA/WHIP to win this year.

      And, Williams or Gonzales if both are ok to start?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wilson: Gonzales is safer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: I am starting him, it feels risky

  6. Polish neighbor says:
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    Hi,
    Your thoughts on Chris Archer for 2019?

  7. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Here’s something that doesn’t happen often: Romo gave up 4 earned runs, and got the save.

  8. manormachine? says:
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    I traded Robles for a two month DeGrom rental in dynasty. Currently tied in the final after a first place finish. Worth it.

    Anyways, I’m going to throw a buck at a RF for next year. 10 team H2H. Rank these three choices: McCutchen, Conforto, Dahl.

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: what if Conforto gets to 30?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends more if Dahl has a starting job to start year

  9. Cram It says:
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    I did my end of year, stream everyone available to go over the max IP limit. Fillmyer was one of 7 SP’s I picked up. I was like “ehhhh, I’m throwing a little too much sh*t at the wall. I’m going to sit Fillmyer.” The other 6 starters failed to get to 5 innings, shat on my ratios, said F you on the way out, and I didn’t even hit the max. Yup, been that kind of year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Been there! I streamed all my guys yesterday too, meh, was okay I guess

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: I got 4 wins and 44 Ks, with ratios of oops, gotta go.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, nice…I didn’t fare as well

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: Well, wasn’t total streaming, as I had Marquez. And when you see the ratios (5.68/1.56), it does lose some luster.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ouchies

  10. Steve says:
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    Are we giving up on Odor @SEA for Galvis vARI or Lin v NYY?

    Need Obp & SB

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Sorry, yes, Galvis

  11. RePete says:
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    I have the off season to decide but wanted your opinion on keepers if I had to pick today;

    Deep 14-Team H2H OBP Keep 6 Forever League;

    Judge
    Trea
    Correa
    Rendon
    Stras
    Robles
    Moncada
    Mondesi

    We start 5 OF along with an added MI and CI slot and 1 Utility slot. The first 4 are locked in for me but can’t decide if I should keep Stras and pray for a healthy season or keep all hitters and draft my top SP early. We trade draft picks in this league and I have the 8th, 15th, and 19th pick in the first two rounds. Looooove Mondesi but he takes a huge hit in OBP leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RePete: I don’t understand how you can keep all hitters and not Strasburg but you can only keep 6

  12. M says:
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    Stream CC @ Tampa or Teheran @ NYM? Or wait for better streamers in the week? Only have 4 more adds to use for week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Wait if there’s better options

  13. Old School Brother says:
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    Heaney! S/O to Rudy and the streamonator, that was a huge stream for me in my h2h championship

    Shout out to those awful Rangers too!

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Old School Brother: Just picked up Marco Gonzalez, this train being run on the Rangers ain’t gon stop

  14. alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    You think Carrasco is worth $30 next year in a 12 team mixed keeper league
    Thanks as always
    By the way I clinched first place in my league about 2 months ago. There money coming my way!
    Thanks for all your help throughout the season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @alps: Will likely go around that price– No problem

  15. synyster says:
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    deGrom is done for the regular season right? Drop city?

    Thanks!

      • synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        Crazy to start Senzatela today @ Coors vs PHI?

        Right now I am up in the following: 2-1 in wins, 43-30 in K, 3.13 vs 4.70 in ERA, 1.37 to 1.38 in WHIP, and 2-0 in QS.

        Thx.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, bit crazy, but could be ok

  16. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Give me 5 Heaneys (Heanies?) who give you 6 full innings consistently over 1 Quintana who cruises to 5.1, 5.2 every damn time.

  17. VinWins

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    ESPN has made everyone droppable now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Yahoo too — Yatoo?

  18. jose says:
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    Morning Grey!

    So I’ve definitely wrapped up 1st in my RCL, but looking to make a push still in the final standings. Sitting at 1392.2 innings pitched and am 28 Ks behind first (who has already topped out). I’ve lined up a battery of guys (currently 6)to throw on the 29th. I have two options until then.

    1) Hold onto Hader (off today then at DET and chasing CHC for penant), Betances (TB and BOS), and Diaz (TEX) today and tomorrow hoping to get a couple more high K innings before throwing the kitchen sink at em on the 29th.

    2) Drop all 3 of my relievers to stream hitters today and start Glasnow tomorrow (his start was pushed) vs. TOR @ $32.4. I’m also 1 run behind the guy in front of me for Runs, so hitters are pretty valuable too. My only concern is that TB gets squirrely and decides to let Glasnow throw more than 7 IP and I top out too early.

    For what it’s worth, I’m leaning toward options 2.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: Nice! Congrats! Try 2

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Going for 2 it is then!

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  19. The Great Knoche says:
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    Anybody know if game 163 counts for RCLs if there is one?

  20. Syllogism says:
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    Hello Greyman … down to the flnal daze, as it were.

    Two transactions left for the week (and season) … playing for Gold! :P

    I will need one or two streaming pitchers from the scarce pickings remaining. I primarily need Ks and K/9. WHIP would be nice. I’m’willing to punt ERA.

    Lucchesi v ARI; Eikoff v ATL; Sampson @ SEA; Mengden @ LAA (NO MUSTACHE BIAS!); Urena @ NYM; Davies v DET; Godley @ SD; T Richards @ NYM; Lauer V ARI; Covey (ugh) @ MIN; Giolito @ MIN

    I automatically eliminated any pitchers facing MIL, BOS, NYY, CLE

    Could you rank your top 4?

    As always … thanks for your thoughts – both now and over the course of the long season.

    – mg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urena, Lucchesi, Godley, Covey

      • Syllogism says:
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        @Grey:

        Ya, that seems good to me too. Thanks!

        Remaining starts for me:

        Toussaint @ PHI
        Alcantara @ NYM
        Severino @ BOS (ugh)
        Matz v MIA
        Waino @ CHC
        Corbin @ SD

        Scherzer and Holland were maybe-Sunday but right now, neither are looking like they will go.

        Enemy camp starts remaining – 6 (though I hear Flaherty will only go if standings-needed):
        Arrieta @ COL
        Strasb @ COL
        Ana Sanchez @ PHI
        Buehler @ SF
        Archer @ CIN
        Flaherty @ CHC

        I’m behind 1 win and 7 Ks. Ahead in K/9 and WHIP but not safely so in either. Currently leading 9-5, but I don’t think I’ve locked up any cat yet.

        Coming down to the wire. Last year, it came down to the last at bat on the last day of the week … 1 SB, 1 R, OR 2 RBI would have made the difference. Egads – looking the same this year, but with the balance being held in the pitching.

        Thanks again for the season, amigo. :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, good luck!

  21. JoeG414 says:
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    Looking for a W , with keeping my era & whip low. Pick One: Dereck Rod Home LAD, ZDavis vs Det, Oswalt Home vs Mia, Urena at NYM ?

  22. John Lettiere says:
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    starting Vargas at home vs Braves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  23. Swat290 says:
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    I lost my morning coffee on that Abreu blurb….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  24. bacca72 says:
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    Vargas vs. Braves (13.4) or Liriano @Min (-7.6). I know it seems Vargas but Liriano has been pitching well.

    Need everything, K’s, Ws, ERA to keep 1pt lead

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vargas

    • bacca72 says:
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      @bacca72: Nevermind, Vargas just gone, Start Liriano? I have enough solid streamonator starts to fill up my 24 innings I think.

      Glasnow (32.4) Tor
      Ray (26.2) @SD
      Gibson (26.9) CHW
      Richards (6.6) @NYM
      Pena (16.4) Oak (don’t love this one)
      Morton (30.3) @BAL (might not go 5)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I wouldn’t mess with Liriano

  25. Fogimon says:
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    Value for next season Villar vs McNeil ?

    I really do think Villar leads the AL in stolen bases next season, but all McNeil does is hit!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  26. DonnieB says:
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    How do you rank the following as keepers for 2019:Dave Dahl,Michael Conforto and Matt Chapman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That looks about right

  27. Jp says:
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    Trying to squeeze in as many at bats as possible to make up ground in hitting stats, would you roll w/ Tyler Austin or Jessie Cave (both have 5 games left) over Aaron Hicks (at best 3 games)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Austin

  28. Syllogism says:
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    Hi GA …

    At one point it looked like Holland and Scherzer were going to get Sunday starts … and then … not. Scherzer having reached the 300 … ya, maybe not … unless COL lives or dies on whether they win or not. I can see WAS starting Scherzer then.

    Also, I’ve seen Toussaint listed as a Sunday SP, and also … not.

    I have the three rostered, and I have others to drop for my last two transactions … but if one or more of those guys start, it means picking up a bat, perhaps, instead of 2 pitchers.

    Are you hearing “start” from anywhere for: Scherzer, Holland, Toussaint?

    Thanks.

    mg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Touki’s supposed to start, don’t see why he wouldn’t, I’d guess Holland and Scherzer too

      • Syllogism says:
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        @Grey:

        I have FBB playoffs that go into the last chaos-week of MLB. lol

        On the other hand … I’m in a finals, so let’s not complain too much. :)

        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, No problem

  29. Joe Beisbol says:
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    H2H 5×5 redraft league. One add left. I’m up 6-4 on my opponent. Right now we are super close in 7 categories, with a little more distance in RBI (up 25-13), and more distance in ERA & WHIP (down, 5.57 – 3.24 and 1.81 – 1.14 respectively). I have as few as 4 pitchers left, as many as 7. He has as few as 6, and as many as 10, because he’s not used any of his 4 adds this week (yet). Perhaps most importantly, I own the tie breaker, so all I need is to not lose. So. Thoughts. I could use my last add on:

    1. Another RP – Vizcaino is out there – and hope to at least snag saves where I’m down one.

    2. One more starter, like Panone for tomorrow’s start @ TB, or try to re-acquire Buehler off of waivers and hope he actually pitches a full start on Sunday. I’d probably be making a play for ERA/WHIP somehow because I’m not sure I can beat him on Ks or Wins unless he sits some of his guys to try to protect ERA/WHIP.

    3. Try to add a hot hitting hand like Devers, or Allen (sagnof) to try and beef up any cold spells in my lineup, though that could leave me with a glut of hitters.

    4. Forego adding anyone right now and wait and see. Obvious downside is the more you wait, the more you hope specific stats happen on one particular day.

    C – Ramos, 1B – Carpenter, 2B – Mondesi, 3B – Rendon, SS – Manny, OF – Stanton, Cain, Dahl, DH – Piscotty, Bench Palka

    SP *left to pitch* – Berrios, Corbin, D-Rod, R.Lopez, Holland (maybe), Keller (maybe)
    RP – Davis, Giles, Jeffress

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe 2 is there other pitchers later in weekend to add?

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @Grey:

        There are always pitchers to add. Pickings may be slim though. And my two SON calls this week (Odoriferous and Code Red Reed) went last night and bombed badly. Not that SON loves Panone – only moderately likes – which makes sense since the sample size as an SP is minuscule.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you need it, I say go for Pannone… Don’t trust Buehler to pitch enough innings

          • Joe Beisbol says:
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            @Grey: No idea whether I need it or he’d make a difference in the long run. Truthfully, I’m just going back and forth most likely between Pannone and Vizcaino.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s hard to say, no easy answer… Is this your last pickup of the year?

              • Joe Beisbol says:
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                @Grey:

                Last week. Last pickup. The end.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Depends then who are the possible pickups on Saturday or Sunday and if you need an SP

                  • Joe Beisbol says:
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                    @Grey:
                    Fri
                    Pannone @TB

                    Sat
                    Eovaldi vs NYY
                    Lynn @ BOS
                    Gibson vs CWS

                    Sun
                    Buehler @ SF
                    Pena vs OAK
                    Lucchesi vs ARI

                    SON aside, most of these guys are a coin flip at this point (either because they’re unreliable, facing a good team, or pitching on Sunday subject to end of season change).

                    • Grey

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                      I guess what I’m saying is can you wait until tomorrow and see where you stand before deciding? If you must decide now, I’d try Gibson and hope for best

  30. Peacecoast says:
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    wtf is this Luke Voit kid? I picked him up for this last week. His minor league numbers are great wtf has he been? Does he stick for next year? Keeper?

    Hit another HR today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s just in a good groove, I doubt this continues next year

  31. Jerseyjon says:
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    Hey Grey just want to say thanks for all the laughs and great advice throughout the year especially your draft rankings. Love starting my day with a cup of coffee and your blog before the every day b/s of a 40 hour work week. In great position to bring home the cash in my h2h. Thanks again and keep up the great work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, congrats!

  32. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Rockies starting to look an awful lot like that team that gets hot at exactly the right time, and can ride a couple of good starters and a solid bullpen guy (all of which they have) all the way to the WS.

    Where they get crushed by the Red Sox lol.

    Seriously does anyone want to pitch to that lineup right now? Especially in Coors…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they just need their pitching to hold the fort — which after their top two might be an issue… Also, who’s their #2? I guess German

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: The way he’s been going, he’s probably the #1 right now isn’t he? Time for Gray to step up!

        And yeah, I guess they’re better set up for a 5 game series than a 7 game one…

        • Grey

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          I could see them going deep if German and Gray step up, but I’d say Freeland’s their one, but remember any offense that Coors yields for the Rockies also gives their opponents a boost… Acuna in Coors? Don’t mind that!

  33. Jp says:
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    Drop Goldy for Tyler Austin? Non-Keeper League

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  34. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    You scared me the last couple weeks with all your snarky Trevor Story comments. I think we can officially close the books on his “torn” UCL. Two homers in two days plus a triple. He’s fine. PTL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not fine, Ohtani can hit with a torn UCL too… At some point it is a problem tho

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey:

        Crap! Now I’m scared again!!!

        • Harley Earl says:
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          @Harley Earl:

          Stop scaring me!!!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, sorry!

  35. mets3145 says:
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    @Grey: Trusting you over the robot since the robot messed me up last year –

    Here are the projected streamers I am intrigued by for FRI-SAT with SUN expected to be a shit show of garbage/abbreviated starts – I have 3 moves left this week – I need some Ks while trying to limit my Ls

    DeScalfani v. PITT
    Urena @ Mets
    Giolito @ MIN
    Zimmerman @ MIL
    Barria v. OAK
    Eovaldi v. NYY
    J. Gray v. WASH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urena, Barria, DeSclafani

      • mets3145 says:
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        @Grey: I’m going to be pissed if Derek Holland doesn’t start this weekend – I only picked him up because he was supposed to have 2 starts. I would’ve left him on the wire if I knew he was most likely a 1 start guy and not get stuck with his awful start against SD.

        I went into the week with 3 expected 2 start guys: Gausman, Severino, and Holland and will end up with 0… that hurts for the championship

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s so hard to know who’s starting the final weekend

  36. Jp says:
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    Grey-13 team AL only 4×4 wins, saves, era and whip. Do you like any of these guys for next year. Beeks, Loaisagne, Norris, lance Lynn, Odorizzi, David Paulino. I have a free pitching spot due to injury which guy above would you take a chance on at no cost for next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Lasagna

  37. Cohen says:
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    Austin or Cron?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

  38. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    New question. Do you think Jorge Alfaro gets the Phillies’ full-time catcher job next year? Wilson Ramos will be a free agent after the season is over and is 31. Alfaro is 25 and his numbers suggest he’s ready for the job. Very similar production as Ramos with slightly less power.

    I’d like to pick him up but I’m unsure about what to do. Would you pick Alfaro up? Or, would you go the prospect route and pick up Colton Welker?

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