Robbie Ray is using Spider Tack, but not to make the baseball sticky. He’s using it to apply his pants. Robbie Ray’s pants are so young, they haven’t even been born yet. Robbie Ray doesn’t dress in the morning, he paints. Don’t know what I’m talking about?

So, Robbie Ray had another great outing last night — 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 3.36. Amazing that Robbie Ray fixed himself by just throwing strikes, but that’s exactly what has happened. Feels way longer than most guys who suddenly become strike throwers — Max Scherzer and Randy Johnson come to mind. Randy was obviously much closer to Ray’s transformation; Max’s command wasn’t that bad. Good that someone finally got through to Ray, because his stuff was so good all he needed to do was pump it into the zone and let hitters try to hit it. They haven’t, and Ray’s extraneous balls have disappeared. Um, ya know what I mean. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Riley Adams – 1-for-3 as he was recalled by the Blue Jays from Triple-A Buffalo. That’s a short trip. Riley’s a catcher with power. Maybe the Jays realized, “Anything’s better than Danny Jansen,” especially after Jansen was IL’d with, “Man, this dude sucks,” and there’s no known cure.

Andrew Vaughn – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer. He got the tightly pantsed Ray as he reached 100 pitches, and should’ve likely been out of the game.

Carlos Rodon – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.96. I know what you’re wondering, and his peripherals aren’t quite that good, but they’re also not that far off either. We’re not even halfway through this shebang, and if Rodon wins the Cy Young this year, it wouldn’t shock me.

Jack Flaherty – Announced that he’s likely out until the All-Star Break. I’d guess closer to August. It sucks and so do paper straws, but not the good suck. Can we return to plastic straws please? I hate to be Mr. I’m Old, but these freakin’ paper straws break in half and you can’t use them! You ever think maybe a dolphin might like a plastic straw in its blowhole to breathe through?

Carlos Martinez – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.21. Beginning to think I might have to drop C-Mart in my league. *slowly turns into The Joker, laughs maniacally*

Jose Ramirez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .271. I’m so bummed Jo-Ram lost all his value when Lindor went to the Mets. You were very correct telling me in the preseason to lower my Jo-Ram projections.

Amed Rosario – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI. Also, in this game, Eddie Rosario (3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 7th steal). The box score reads A. Rosario and E. Rosario. Cleveland owes it to themselves to sign an I. O. U. Rosario.

Lance McCullers – Will go out on a rehab assignment on Thursday, and that likely will be it, and he’ll return early next week. Assuming no setbacks. Just once I’d like to hear about a setforward.

Michael Brantley – 1-for-4, 1 run, as he was activated from the IL. Usually I do the whole Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” schtick when it’s a guy who clearly should be started as soon as he’s back from the IL, but with Brantley? I don’t know. I guess he’s startable in all leagues, but he gives me a severe case of the yawns.

Framber Valdez – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners (zero walks), 8 Ks, ERA at 1.47. Someone asked about starting Framber yesterday. A few people, ACKCHUALLY. I’d start Framber anywhere, until he gives you reason not to start him. I see him as a top 20-25 starter.

Carlos Correa – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .288. Was this his 1st 1st (stutterer!) inning homer ever? Thought he only homered in the 8th or later.

Yordan Alvarez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .295. If I were reranking Yordan, I’d still put him in the top 50, because he’s one of the few who could hit 20 homers in a month, without killing you if he doesn’t.

Martin Perez – 2 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.88. Martin? Damn, Gina.

Miguel Andujar – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 4th homer, and 3rd homer this month and, like, 7th time I’ve pointed out to you he’s a hot schmotato.

Michael Pineda – 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.46, as he returned from forearm tightness. This is going well, said Baby Jessica.

Christian Walker – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a homer, hitting .206. Guess how many homers he has. Go ahead, no one will make fun you. We’re here to make fun of the players. He has two homers. Um, yuck?

Chris Bassitt – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.44. Quick review alert! On my starters to target (SPs you can draft after 200), I listed Bassitt, Stroman, Dustin May, Mahle, Gausman, Tejay Antone, Means, Eovaldi, and Kikuchi. In the sleepers before pick 200, there was Framber and Eflin.

Shohei Ohtani – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer. He hit a 470-foot blast and you could almost feel the Ghost of Tawny Kitaen smiling down.

Justin Upton – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 14th homer. This is his 60th homer in the last two weeks. Don’t ask how that’s possible. It just is.

Max Stassi – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in two games. Catcher questions in 3, 2, 1…

Jose Iglesias – 1-for-4, and his 5th homer. Also, in this game, Taylor Ward (1-for-4, 2 RBIs) hit his 6th homer. All the Angels are shining without that large shadow in the shape of a fish.

Andrew Heaney – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.37. He has a 4.47 ERA in 560+ career innings, yet he gets more questions than guys with a 3.50 ERA.

Adbert Alzolay – Hit the IL with a blister on his middle finger. Can’t even blame that on playing Money For Nothing on Guitar Hero.

Patrick Wisdom – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer. He has seven homers in a nine-game stretch. First Cubs’ hitter to do that since Kris Bryant in 2016. Wisdom also in the first hitter in history to steal Barry Bonds’s blood in a middle-of-the-night transfusion.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer. HR to the Izzo!

Dinelson Lamet – 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.52, as he threw 78 pitches. He was efficient in getting rocked. Lowercase yay!

Trevor Story – Could return today from the IL. It’s really up to whether or not Bud Black remembers he has Story on his team.

Pablo Lopez – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.76. It’s nice to have a guy who pitches well whose spin rate isn’t absurdly moving up and down, huh?

Pete Alonso – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer. Albombso…so!

Maikel Franco -2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer. Can’t believe I doubted Donkey Teeth when he said he bet all his crypto on Maikel winning the AL MVP.

Anthony Santander – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer, hitting .276. Get hot, Ant-Sant!

Eric Haase – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer. That’s in 20 games. I Can Haase Powerburger. He’s so high on the 7-day Player Rater, you’d think he was something other than a catcher.

Jose Cisnero – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 4.01, and his 2nd save. Coincidentally, Jose is Cis Nero. He’s also seemingly the Tigers’ newest closer, as he saved the game three days ago, coming in after Gregory Soto.

Matthew Boyd – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.56. Streamonator loved this start, and hates his next. That’s all you need to know.

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .288. Tildaddy tells you a bedtime story! Acuña is currently on place to join the 50-30 club, not achieved since Michael Douglas married Catherine Zeta-Jones.

William Contreras – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer. Well, he’s no Eric Haase, but he’s at least a Contreraase.

Austin Riley – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .313. Recently, I sent Riley away in a trade for Tommy Edman. I prolly got short-end of the trade, but I needed runs and steals, and had so much power to trade away, leading the league by about 30 homers. It’s what happens when you get Treat Urner in the first round for speed, and all he does is homer.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer. So happy to see this homer, was beginning to think him and Juan Soto were sharing a shoulder.

Ke’Bryan Hayes – 1-for-4, hitting .333. Had a home run called an out because he missed 1st base when rounding the bases. Is hitting the home run the home run or is touching each base the home run? It’s a stupid rule saying you have to touch the bases. That shizz is ceremonial after the homer. It’s like after a seppuku, if your bowels don’t fall into the ceremonial ramen bowl, no one brings you back to life.

Bryan Reynolds – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer. Bryan didn’t forget to touch the bases. Sigh, oh, Ke’.

Walker Buehler – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.56. Buehler’s line was assisted by the Hayes mulligan. Fun fact! Hayes Mulligan was a classic matchup between Blackjack and the Fabulous Freebirds.

Sonny Gray – Was throwing a gem (3 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks) when he was pulled with “Grey Can’t Have Anything Nice” and apparently the injury got the spelling right and wrong. Gray will undergo an MRI on his groin today. Not sure what he’s hoping here — that they do or don’t find something?

Joey Votto – 0-for-2 as he was activated from the IL. Votto returns from a fractured left thumb. Joey caught his thumb on a kangaroo pouch.

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and Avisail is literally the only decent Brewers’ bat. He’s been more-than-decent though, so, reluctantly, Avisail is literally the only more-than-decent Brewers’ bat.

Adrian Houser – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.66. Whatever on the results, couldn’t have started him in Great American, that way is crazy-making, but I’d check Streamonator for his next.

Tyler Glasnow – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.57. Ya know what’s interesting (to me, at least). Glasnow looks capable of staying on the field for more innings than ever before. Of course, that’s up to whether or not he stays healthy, but it’s trending that way. So, what’s interesting is this is coming after the goofy season, but it might not matter. Glasnow was going to break out this year, whether he pitched a full 2020 or not.

Manuel Margot – 2-for-5 and his 6th homer, as he hit leadoff for the offensive juggernaut Rays. And that’s not sarcastic.

Diego Castillo – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.78, and his 10th save. Kevin Cash is doing a two-week cycle at closer. Every two weeks, the closers move up an inning. When they get to the 9th, they cycle back to the 7th.

Brandon Crawford – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer, hitting .269. He’s having one of those years where you get to the end of the season, look at Crawford and the shortstop you actually have on your team instead of picking up Crawford, and Crawford was way better than him.

Brandon Belt – 3-for4, 3 runs, hitting .246, as he was activated from the IL. Prior to the injury, Belt was up to his waist in ‘having a nice season.’

Alex Wood – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.79. This start was vs. the Rangers and I’m about to ironically ask Wood to walk the plank. Maybe that’s not irony, I don’t know. I’m sad. Wood sucks. That’s irony, right? Still no? Sigh.

Ian Kennedy – Dealing with hamstring tightness. The good news is the Rangers never have a lead. Sborz head of the fill-in committee. What a ham.

Joey Gallo – Hit his 11th homer, but then was removed with groin tightness. The groin tightness occurred when he prematurely got excited about getting traded away from the Rangers.

Khris Davis – Designated for assignment. Were the Rangers surprised by the player they received for Andrus from the A’s? Because if they were, they should be fined by the league, and made to watch an instructional video like you’d see in a probation office, only instead of, “This is what happens when you drive recklessly,” it should be, “This is what happens when you’re super stupid,” then just put up a picture of Khris Davis and a list of the Rangers’ top 10 prospects.

 
  1. Edgar says:
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    What would you say about a Luis Castillo for Trey Mancini trade? Trade occurred in my league and don’t know how to evaluate this trade. This league is a 5×5 standard league with QS and not W as a category.

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      Nothing objectionable…..gambling on the upside of Castillo v. the current production of Mancini. Team needs….its all good.

  2. DE9 says:
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    How secure is Luis Garcia’s rotation spot? He’s been fantastic, but does he get bumped when McCullers comes back? Or does Odorizzi lose his spot? Trying to decide if I should look to trade Garcia before he potentially loses all value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Odorizzi loses his spot

  3. toolshed says:
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    So is wood reverting back to the guy we thought we were going to see when the season started? That’s 15 er over his last 15 innings. He went 5 1/3 and put guys on base in the 6th via walks and the reliever allowed 2 of inherited runners to score. Do we hold or move on in a 10 team roto format? I’ll give him a mulligan against LAD but the last 2 starts were against LAA and Texas. I think he gets AZ next. Thanks

    • bigbear says:
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      Setting aside matchups for now, in a 10 teamer you can move on. It was a nice ride, tip your Uber driver. That said, AZ is a decent match up to exploit IMO. But if you see a nice streamer match up along the way, I wouldn’t let that hold me back.

      • toolshed says:
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        Yeah it was a nice run. I thought there may be more to it though and it woukd stick as long as his velocity held and if he stayed healthy (big if). His slider seemed different this year, more bite, excellent csw%. That’s why I am not sure. Lots of injuries and not sure if we hold until thre wheels completely fall off unless they already have.

        • bigbear says:
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          Fair enough, especially on the slider and csw%. But given his history and recent performance I’m not married to him.

          For reference: I had him on all three teams (12 team mixed). I’ve dropped him in two leagues. He was picked up in one and is still a FA in the other.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      AZ is a nice matchup, I’d go one start at a time with him now

  4. toolshed says:
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    You also think Mccullers is back after one rehab start. Does luis garcia stick in the rotation? Odorizzi signed a $23.5m contract and then there is the Dusty Baker factor which can’t be understated.

    • Justin Ralph says:
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      A number of us on here are very intrigued by the HOU pitching situation. They are loaded and McCullers is coming back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess they go to a six man rotation before Garcia is just straight up bumped — of course I’m just guessing

  5. muskysmell says:
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    Where do you have Robbie Ray ranked in your list of pitchers? Top 20?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, maybe around 35-40

  6. Crazy J says:
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    YEAH Boyyyyd!

    Totally agree on the HR BS, just like Bellinger when he passed the other baserunner. If pitchers don’t have to throw 4 balls to walk, then you shouldn’t have to trot for the HR. Just celebrate, sit down, and score it!

    The injuries this year seem overwhelming… or my dudes being sent down… gah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, exactly, Crazy J!

  7. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    all kinds of nastyness on the paper straws, they get stuck to your lips, certain kinds of stuff get stuck in them sometimes, they break etc.

    12 team 5×5. drop upton or l.gurriel first, gurriel’s 2B/OF (yahoo) is useful for backup at numerous spots for off days on others. upton obtained just lately (clearly goes cold the sec i add him, kidding 1 game yesterday very small sample to even think something like that). i got story back shortly. look how quickly that comment aged, upton another HR less than an hour after i typed it last night. and leading off now too. still got a spot in my heart for upton (not that i’d let that affect this, in 2020 i drafted upton in AL only and held on way too long, probably 2019 too), he was my first ever 1st round pick in fantasy baseball (i went from never playing to playing a 150 buy in league 16 ‘er h2h with fantasy football people i know, this league here is with similar people now. i did ok in year one, got like 5th or something).

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      noticed that story already allows me a guy to move spots (bregman 3B/SS, mcmahon 1-3B, semien 2B/SS, bellinger 1B/OF) so l.gurriel’s 2B/OF value isn’t really needed. probably makes this easier possibly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They suck

      Upton

  8. Roll Tribe says:
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    Grey

    I thought Hayes Mulligan was what happened to La Russa when he got the CWS job after his last DUI?

    BTW, I ACKCHUALLY drafted Bassitt, Mahle, Tejay Antone, Framber, Eflin, Rodon, and Burnes, picked up Pablo and Alzolay and can’t lose on my pitching unless I try and overthink it…

    Being an ALBRIGHTIAN isn’t bad at all

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      somebody dropped pab lop in this league? you could’ve meant trade i guess, but sounded like added from FA.

    • I drafted Gausman, Bassitt, Mahle, Gray, Lynn, and Berrios and am in 1st place; the guy that drafted Cole 1st, Bauer 2nd, and Glasnow 5th is in 7th place. Course, ’tis a long season, friends. But all hail the Albright.

  9. Mex says:
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    5×5, mixed roto…keep forever league, we can keep up to 5 guys.

    I was offered:

    my Tatis for his Woodruff, K. Jansen and Bogarts

    My other top guys to keep are: machado, albies, story, olson, giolito

    I need pitching to make a run at winning this year.

    I have to be crazy for even considering this deal, right?

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      In a keep forever, you can’t give up Tatis, I dont think.

      • Jr says:
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        Agreed, please don’t trade him in a keep forever. Don’t make the same mistake I did!!!

      • Mex says:
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        Gentlemen(based on Grey’s statistics), thanks for the feedback…Tatis is staying put.

        • Mex says:
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          Would Story be a fair counter offer or is he not enough for Woodruff, K. Jansen and Boegarts?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That works for me

  10. Mordacious Levator says:
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    it’s entirely stupid that they even have anybody run the bases after a HR anyway, and for anybody that thinks that bat flipping or starting slowly to run the bases since you are admiring your HR is you shoving it up the pitcher’s ass when you HR, well whoever thought up running the bases on a HR, yeah that guy certainly wasn’t having it cooked into the rules to be shoving it up the pitcher’s ass already right.

    – but having said that, is there something going on at PIT where grown men that’ve likely played baseball like their whole lives don’t remember the basic rules of baseball, first we got w.craig not realizing to tag 1B with 2 outs and the inning is over when the batter hadn’t got to 1B yet, now we got their best player hayes (both now and long term likely) not remembering to tag a base after a HR. i mean, if you were like 8 years old your coach and likely entire team would bitch you out and likely you get benched at least for doing stuff like this. but guys making millions to do it professionally for likely decades (or at least over one decade in the case of mid 20 year olds like craig/hayes) somehow forget this stuff. WTF. imagine being somebody in their lower minors being told how to correct something or get better at any element of the game with hopes of making MLB in PIT’s org. at what point do you stop trusting what anybody says that works for this org when guys in MLB can’t perform basic plays/rules. imagine being a fan that paid to go see this team and seeing this stuff. imagine being a PIT player (not hayes or craig) that has to go home to wife/friends/family and explaining how you are on a team where this stuff goes on. imagine being hayes or craig and having to explain this to anybody, ever.

    – i wonder what kind of line one could get betting something like this happening once, twice, however many more times this year with PIT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yes! 1st base is like the Bermuda Triangle in Pittsburgh

    • bigbear says:
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      Back in the day there wasn’t a fence. So they had to run to get a HR.

      Baseball and it’s traditions. Circling the bases is pageantry now. A time for the fans to celebrate and the hitter to be center stage. Do the slow stroll and enjoy the moment!

      It’ll a HOFer type player twisting an ankle to review the base touching rule.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        yeah well an OF’er or these days somebody who works for the league could go get the HR if that was even a thing. it isn’t though, the fans get it. completely ridiculous, like religious rituals

    • theblackcanoe says:
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      Just DO NOT touch that HR hitter prior to him touching home plate!

  11. relaxntakeitez says:
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    Got room for 1:
    Ty France Solak or Haase?

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      Do you need a catcher?

      • relaxntakeitez says:
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        Not really, I have ATL Contreras.

        Was reading Haase may end up getting time at other positions, hit bat is HOT right now.

      • theblackcanoe says:
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        Haase, Murphy, Stassi, or Sanchez.

        Ha.

        FML

  12. call me el jefe says:
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    Nicely put on JRam, though I remember crying a little bit on the inside for my dynasty teams having Lindor and hearing he was going to the Mets….

  13. Joseph Landry says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Schwarber has been bleh, lately. Dump him for Andujar or Margot?

    Thanks!

    • NUX says:
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      He feels like bleh, especially over the last week, but he is #51 on the last 30 day Player Rater. And they just gave him a chance at leadoff. For reference, Andujar is #154 and Margot is #94.

      Andujar has been scorching, so I could see that right now if this is a shallow-ish league. Which it must be, if those 2 are available still and Schwarber feels droppable. I guess Margot could be the guy if desperate for SBs right now, but be ready to watch him ride the bench for no reason twice a week. I bet you can find more consistent SBs than him if he and Andujar are both available.

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    Grey, is Paddock getting dropped in a 10 team h2h so I can stream after deciding Framber is here to stay?
    Also have you ever held a prospect on your bench that it became a matter of principle (spite) to not drop him? Dudes broke balls while I waited for Kiriloff, Kelenic, now Wander is left and I am sick of waiting. Thanks fir another great write up

    • NUX says:
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      You really shouldn’t be holding more than 1 prospect to wait around for at a time. Especially in a 10 teamer.

      • lt81 says:
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        I wouldn’t normally but I hit on the Grey crystal ball pitching suggestions and started the year on fire with Gausman, Peralta, Means, etc. I waited some time for Kelenic and have been getting tired of waiting for Wander. Kiriloff was just like a week of waiting. Either way I’ll remember for next time thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Paddack

      Yes, I’ve spitefully held Jesus Sanchez for a month now

  15. Dude says:
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    What do you make of Cora’s most recent comments on Duran? He said he is a guy that will impact the team but that doesn’t mean tomorrow or in a month, maybe next year or 2 years. Is it time to drop Duran is we are stashing him? Or is Cora just talking?

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      I think (and hope) its just Cora talking. He was lighting things up in the minors before going to the olympic qualifiers. The Sox outfield isnt anything special, and Durran could be a top of the lineup hitter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teams say all kinds of things, but I wouldn’t hold Duran in most shallower redraft leagues

  16. Jeremy Burke says:
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    Can you imagine back in the day, a pitcher going on the DL for a blister?
    In 1919 Ray Caldwell got struck by lightning on the pitchers mound, was revived, and finished the game. Pitched a no hitter a few weeks later. The whole country has gone soft.

    • Five-on-One says:
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      Maybe, just maybe, ‘they’ have figured out that playing a guy at 80% (or whatever % a guy with a blister on his finger can pitch at) is not as good as letting that guy heal and miss a turn or two in the rotation and having a replacement guy pitch at 100%. Just because something was done a certain way a long time ago, doesn’t make it right (or even good).

      • Jeremy Burke says:
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        I would keep the blister to myself and stay in the rotation. Nobody plays hurt anymore. Some of these guys like Troy Tulowitzki when he was playing or Ellsbury or Stanton—how the hell do you even have the guts to go and say—“hey skip im hurt again”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If obliques were invented in 2009, blisters were around 1995

    • hal_incandenza says:
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      His stuff was electric!

      • the black canoe says:
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        Nicely done.

        He also probably wasn’t sitting on a fully guaranteed $5.2M salary.

  17. ellis says:
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    Got Story coming back, who’s my drop, thank you!

    Biggio Aguilar Benintendi Votto or Dannys Antana

    • captain obvious says:
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      Votto

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      Votto was just reactiviated, I think I would lose Dannys, see what votto can contribute.

  18. G says:
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    Thoughts on starting Manoah @Chisox and Elflon vs Atlanta? Weekly H2H league. Had a couple great starts from my guys yesterday and thinking it’s early in the week to give these guys shots at starting still. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Eflin

  19. tbone1 says:
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    Posted yesterday about whether to buy, sell, or hold on Jazz Chisholm in my dynasty league.

    I was offered Javier Baez and Will Smith.

    What do you think?

    • captain obvious says:
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      Take Baez.

    • NUX says:
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      The catcher or the pitcher?

      • tbone1 says:
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        Closer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Baez

  20. Mike says:
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    Who to drop in redraft league out of the following:
    Adolis Garcia
    Lourdes Gurriel Jr
    Randal Grichuk

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      Why are you dropping one of them?

  21. J-Hova says:
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    Great write up! You should be taking more of a victory lap on Gausman’s performance so far. He seems to be causing a stir among the fantasy community on twitter. I listen to a few other podcasts (you guys are my go to by far but i do drive a ton) but you are the only expert that i remember telling people to draft Guasman, especially from your rankings (pretty sure you were highest on him) and sleeper post. Thanks again for the great insight.

    Question, are you starting Manoah @ Chicago tonight? Streamonator doesnt like it. If not, is he even worth rostering in a 10 team? Starting to think that no rookie pitcher is…

    If you have a chance today, check out the brand new Old Droog featuring MF Doom song, Dropout Boogie produced by one of my favorite artists , Edan!

    • Mitt face says:
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      sorry to interject, but felt the need to say:

      the world needs more edan!! Beauty and the Beat was wayyyyyyyy too long ago. the homeboy project was great, but way too short. More edan, please, universe!

      now back to your regularly-scheduled program.

      • Mitt Face says:
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        one last thing, sorry… too excited at the confluence of Razzball and Edan, forgot to mention the confluence of Edan + Doom +the beefheart-referencing track title. giving me the vapors!

        • J-hova says:
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          Haha – agree. LOVE Edan. I really like the project with homeboy sandman – it’s was short but hs sounded great on his production. Would really love another solo project. He seems to be pretty content djing so hoping we see something someday. Beauty and the beat is a masterpiece!

          • Mitt Face says:
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            Masterpiece, indeed! Funky Voltron never fails me.
            Thanks for the link, man. Highlight of my day to have so many things i love brought together. I didn’t notice Edan actually sampled Dropout boogie, at first. Bonkers, the confluence, i sez!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

      I’m not starting Alek in a 10 teamer

      Definitely will! Thanks, man!

      • J-hova says:
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        Thanks!! Let us know what you think of the song if you can!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Downloaded it, but dog is sleeping next to me, and if I put on music he will be woken

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yo, this song is awesome!

  22. Hyun-Jin & Juice says:
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    12 team, 5×5 roto

    Domingo German or Alzolay?

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      Alzolay just went on IL, so German for now….

  23. Cram It says:
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    Except that hitting a HR is one of the most fun things you can do in any sport. I don’t think players would go for not letting them trot it out. Maybe you could make rounding the bases optional. But who wants to be the chump that doesn’t? Meaning Hayes would still miss touching first base anyway.

    • NUX says:
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      Cram! Having a good summer so far?

      Did you see they did the same thing to Bobby Witt yesterday too, in the minors? I think that one was actually even more ridic, bc from what I saw… he touched home plate. Very confusing.

      Change nothing. Except stop caring if they touch the base or not, simple as that. Ball goes over the fence. Trot it out around the typical basepath, touch the base or get close (like the old days with turning two) then move on the the next AB.

      Or just continue down the typical MLB path of doing every single thing possible to get in your own way, such a classic MLB moment.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Yeah, Just dumb.

      • Cram It says:
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        I didn’t see Witt. I didn’t see Hayes’ either. I mean, it’s the rule. I don’t know if the other team challenged it, but the umps can’t not call it. But you’re right, just not caring if they touch the base or not would be best. MLB can’t change that in the middle of the season, so maybe they will in the offseason. That and the Bellinger/Turner baserunning debacle on the HR. If it’s a homerun, the play should be over and everyone should score automatically.

        Crushing the summer so far. Been staying in a cabin in the smoky mountains for a month. Tubing and whitewater rafting every weekend. This working remotely thing is the tits! May all your fantasy teams be successful.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, you sound like you’re enjoying the life right now!

          • Cram It says:
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            Life is good, man! My shitty fantasy baseball season can’t bring me down. LGM!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, good to hear!

        • NUX says:
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          Sick man, love the Smokes. Yea we stayed down there in a tiny town called Sevierville, near Pigeon Forge. Loved it. And will be going back with the baby this summer or next.

          • Cram It says:
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            I assume you went to Gatlinburg since you were so close? That place is bananas. It’s like the Ocean City boardwalk meets Disneyworld, on steroids, in the mountains.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              pretty sure where i went for a week twice was gatlinberg. we had like a 5 floor cabin with like 15-17 people partying the whole time, barely went into town (which was pretty gross, country music blasting out of cars, zero non white people, many of them looked like classic tropes of giant headed cops (i mean likely non cops, just looked like them), sort of how steadman made the rubes look in HST’s kentucky derby story (the first team up of h.thompson and steadman), which would make sense, similar area).

              – we walked in the woods, got wasted in the cabin (i was basically drunk the whole time or at least buzzed, brought an entire suitcase of booze + other stuff), it was fun, the scenery was cool. only really went into town like once, and got groceries in a GIANT walmart just outside of town near the highway, enough for 15-17 people for a week. i’m only like 8-9 hour drive away from there.

  24. Human Greyth Hormones says:
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    I cannot imagine writing that many zingers about baseball every day, all while providing actual fantasy-relevant insights. *standyclaps* You kick ass, sir!

  25. Five-on-One says:
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    Weekly lineups due today (5×5 league) – 2 OF spots available

    7 games from Hampson (2 home)
    6 games from Odubel
    5 games from Andujar

      • Five-on-One says:
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        I need to play 2. So do you mean that Hampson sits? or Hampson is your first choice? Sorry to need clarification.

  26. Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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    You are at the top of you game today Grey with no “a”

    “the 50-30 club, not achieved since Michael Douglas married Catherine Zeta-Jones.”

    and That picture of Ray looks like he is taking a leak………….

    as for the HR if you are too incompetent not to touch em all you deserve to get called out

    • NUX says:
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      Why though? Why do you care so much about if they touch the base when the ball is over the fence? Please elaborate. Genuinely curious. Is this just because, “that’s what the rule book says”?

      • Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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        Face it baseball full of obscure rules that don’t always make sense or add value (this is one of them) but if they are on the books it think you need to follow them or get called on it……..if the rule is you have to touch them all then do it or get called out. If they change the rule it does’nt matter to me it would speed things up. I would say don’t run at all. But to me you can’t have “Hard Rules” and ” Rules that we follow when we feel like it”.

        • Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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          Also, if i recall from my umpire days, a missed base an appeal play correct? How do you tell the other manage you can’t apply the rule if it is on the books?

          • NUX says:
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            No clue on some of those q’s there, but I like how you explained it though. Makes sense. So silly though, isnt it?

            • Coriell says:
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              How hard is it to touch all of the bases during a home run trot? I mean come on.

              • 183414 says:
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                You want to shorten the game by letting a batter go to 1st on an intentional walk with not. a pitch being thrown. What’s so hard about throwing a ball to home plate. C’mon dude, batter hit a home run. What a joke !

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        it’s both ridiculous that that rule is in place AND of course that hayes can’t remember to touch a base.

    • 183414 says:
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      Intentional walks don’t require a pitcher even throw 1 ball.
      Dude hits a home run. It’s a home run.
      Give me a break.
      Idiotic that Buehler gave up no runs yesterday and Hayes didn’t get a home run.
      But an intentional walk, fuck it, just go to 2st.
      Everything Manfraud touches sucks !

  27. Vash says:
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    Kolby Allard Texas any news about him. I picked him up and wondering if he’ll be effective this year in Texas. Has 33ks and 8 walk I think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t heard a thing

  28. BAC says:
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    11 team 5×5.

    Drop Alex wood for a streamer spot?

    Starting McClanahan today (WSH $7.3)?

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      Yes and Yes.

  29. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!

    Like they say in Canada…Beauty, eh?!!

    a. Thanks for the tip on Framber last night! Most definitely started him and now he’s in must-start territory unless maybe Coors in late August.

    b. Marx Brothers quote of the day for June 9, 2021

    ‘Honk honk!’

    Harpo

    c. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for June 9, 2021

    ‘Fall forward. Here’s what I mean: Reggie Jackson struck out 2,600 times in his career – the most in the history of baseball. But you don’t hear about the strikeouts. People remember the home runs. Fall forward. Thomas Edison conducted 1,000 failed experiments. Did you know that? I didn’t either – because number 1,001 was the light bulb. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.’

    Denzel Washington

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Nice

      B. Haha

      C. Awesome!

  30. Bbboston says:
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    Grey,

    Two questions:
    1) ROS: McCullers or Ray
    2) which side of trade ?
    McCullers $8 for Ray $11 and Kinet Falefa $14

    12- team Al only 8 keeper league

    • BtheEsq. says:
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      Ray is the answer to both.

  31. ray says:
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    LOL Grey, I was wondering what was up with Ray wearing little league pants, but he is in my fantasy lineup, so he can pitch in a thong for all I care….I’ll take it.
    Are you worried about Aaron Nola at all? I feel like he has had a very difficult schedule and will be fine…peripherals are a bit better, too.
    Thnx.

    • NUX says:
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      Nola been driving me nuts in my QS league where he is my “ace”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      I’m a little worried about Nola, yeah

  32. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Couple Qs for you in a 12 team keeper league (also, that sounds like an awesome actual friends and fam league re most recent podcast!)…

    1. On your comments about Yordan…would you trade a $15 Yordan (keepable for $18) for a $4 Riley (keepable for $7) $18 Lindor (keepable for $21) or $12 Albies (keepable for $15)?

    2. I’ve settled into the pair of Zunino and Stephenson at C1 and C2…worth a buck or two of faab for Haase? No zero dollar bids.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d take Lindor/Riley

      2. Sure, over Stephenson

  33. Speaking of being on place…whenever I get a sore throat I think about Falling Down Michael Douglas as Going Down Michael Douglas and it always gets me safely under the lasers…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, miss you, Wake!

  34. ray says:
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    LOL Grey, I was wondering why Robbie Ray was wearing his little league, but if he keeps pitching like this for my fantasy team, he can pitch in a leopard skin thong for all I care.
    Are you concerned about Aaron Nola at all? I feel like he has had a very tough schedule so far, and will be fine…peripherals are also pretty good.
    Thanks.

  35. ray says:
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    Yikes….sry for the duplicate post. Computer crashed and thought it failed.

  36. ERad says:
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    Don’t get me started on the paper straws, I get it – my wife is an environmentalist – but wow what terrible form and function.

    In one of my many diatribes against paper straws, I exclaimed, “what’s next, paper cups?!?”

    Took me a minute to realize what I had just done.

    • NUX says:
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      Hahaha still though… why do the cups work but the straws SUCK (the adjective, not the verb)!

      • Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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        Nux…. My company Manufactures Paper cups for the fast food industry. The cups work because the millage of the paper, plus the roll at the lip of the cup, the glue on the seam, and there is rigid bottom stock with a raised seam that all combine to give it structure. There is also a plant based coating on the cup to keep it from getting soggy. Unfortunately, it does’nt work on straws because the paper is too thin. To make it thick enough would be too costly.

        • NUX says:
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          WOW! Never in a million years did I expect someone to reply here with an actual answer. Incredible day in the Razz comments here, love it. Be well Len!

          • Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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            The engineering involved in the process is amazing and incredible speeds….. the completed cups shoot to the packing stations through translucent overhead pneumatic tubes. It is a sight to see.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          Awesome!

        • ERad says:
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          Wow TIL

          I will try to interject this info in all my conversations now.

          Much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…They’re awful, and they serve no porpoise

      • William Hung says:
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        The purpose of paper straws is to force people to finish their drinks before the straws disintegrate… It’s a conspiracy by Big Juice to get people to buy more beverages

  37. Love this game says:
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    I’m in a small 6 team roto redraft that uses QS. My rotation has performed well, but I’m thinking about moving Buehler and/or Kershaw.

    1. Buehler has a problem getting strikeouts this year with a K/9 less than 9. His xERA; FIP, xFIP and SIERA are nearly a full run higher than his ERA. Loving the QS, but I have a feeling the ERA is going to be moving up and without the K’s.

    2. Kershaw’ peripherals look good – better than Buehler’s – but that 3.66 ERA with some rough games this year.

    Would you trade Buehler and/or Kershaw for any of the below and in what order would you rank/trust ROS:

    Kershaw, Buehler, Framber, Rodon, Ray

    Thanks is for your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I saw that too

      2. Yes

      I’d take Framber, or Rodon over Kershaw

      • Love this game says:
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        Have an offer pending. Would you take Framber over Buehler or hold Buehler?

  38. Coriell says:
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    Good morning Grey!

    Lourdes Gurriel or Teoscar?

    We done with Alex Wood?

    Thanks for the help! Have a great day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar

      He’s a streamer

  39. TomTom says:
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    Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting these players!
    Crawford
    Means
    Bassitt
    Cronenworth
    India

    Also wanted to mentioned that I am 1st place in the league so far!

  40. cliffyw says:
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    In a 12 team mixed, keep 4 dynasty:

    Was offered Bregman, Carlson and Berrios for my Albombso and Yimi Garcia.

    Very tempted but I’m out of the running this year and think Alonso is the only clear keeper of the bunch.

  41. stevie says:
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    Morning Grey! I can’t believe it’s come to this but I have 5 players on the IL and 4 IL spots. I’m going to have to cut one, which one would you cut? Maybe I can get him back later. 12 team non-keeper H2H categories.
    Alzolay
    Conforto
    Grisham
    Means
    Springer

  42. omar says:
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    10 team Weekly H2H 6×5 (standard + OPS):

    A: Yordan, Trev Rogers
    B: Judge, Aaron Nola

  43. Gary says:
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    Any concerns over Anthony Rendon? With Wisdom gaining 3B, would you pick him up and bench Rendon until he starts producing? If so, drop Mountcastle (Bench bat) or Skubal? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, drop Mount

  44. Glizzy says:
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    Sup Grey wizard. Glizz here. We rolling w staumont or barlow for saves? and are either worthy of a spot over fulmer once hes back? thanks brutha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I guess Barlow — not really worth a spot if Fulmer’s healthy and getting saves

  45. Matty says:
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    Cleveland should put Y Rosario in a platoon.

  46. ryanoger says:
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    Posey was dropped – would you rather have Posey or McCann ros?

    thanks man

  47. Michael B says:
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    I dropped rosario the same day he scored 3 runs in one game continuing his hot streak. Are any of these guys people I should drop for him? Jonathan schoop, josh Rojas, jonathan india, hunter renfroe, odubel Herrera.
    1. Are any of these worth dropping for amed rosario
    2. Even if there not could you rank them best to worst including rosario? Thanks grey!

      • Michael b says:
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        Should I drop odubel for Rosario? Or robbie grossman? Or I could drop more than one for both

          • Michael b says:
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            Do you know anything about that jonathan schoop guy? He has those two 2hr games but outside of that I cant see what makes him good, could you let me know if hes actually good or not? I know hes probably just kinda hot rn but if hes a genuinely good player I’ll keep him a while even if he slumps

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s decent for power, not much else

  48. Michael B says:
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    I dropped rosario the same day he scored 3 runs in one game continuing his hot streak. Are any of these guys people I should drop for him? Jonathan schoop, josh Rojas, jonathan india, hunter renfroe, odubel Herrera.
    1. Are any of these worth dropping for amed rosario
    2. Even if there not could you rank them best to worst including rosario? Thanks grey! (Btw I cant believe I predicted the resurrection of robbie ray)

    • Michael B says:
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      Sorry I commented twice I was having technical difficulties and my phone was being weird

  49. Stat Man says:
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    JD’s last 87 at-bats he’s posted a 11/2/8/.299 line.

    He’s had only 3 HR since May 1st with 9 of his 12 HR coming in April.

    The statcast on him is still excellent and he could get hot again.

    With HR/RBI the priority, would you try and trade him for someone like Correa, K. Bryant or Obtain or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Ohtani

      • Stat Man says:
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        Other owner said he will take JD for Ohtani.

        Before I send JD to him wanted to make sure our keys turn at the same time and this is a great deal…do it?

        Sucks Ohtani only has UTIL eligibility and JD has OF in my Yahoo league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair, if you’re worried about JD, it works…I don’t trust JD, if you want my opinion

  50. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you rather have Urias or Polanco at 2B. H2H with OBP.

    Thanks!

    • Eric says:
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      FYI I already have Polanco starting and Urias is a FA. I have Hampson on the bench and can potentially drop him to have Polanco AND Urias.

      Let me know what you think!

    • NUX says:
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      So I been watching the Rox lineups closely, bc I have some Daza investments in deep leagues. I think Daza about to lose the slight grip he seemed to have had over the last week on his starting role, now that Story is back and they need to keep playing both Hampson and Rogers. Though its silly of me to act like we have any clue about what the Rox will do next with the lineup card.

      But I wouldn’t drop Hampson for Luis Urias I guess is what I’m getting at. You’d regret that when there are some weeks with a bunch of Coors games over the summer. Best of luck!

  51. McKinzie says:
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    Wood a drop or hold in a 12 man roto redraft?

    Is he just not a streamer like about 90% of the league?

  52. Dave Funnell says:
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    1) Do you think every pitcher uses something for added grip?
    2) Do you feel that Cole’s beginnings in Houston, where he elevated his talents to Cy Young, were the start of his usage, if at all….
    3) Would you say that now with Spin Rate going down, weather getting warmer, swings getting faster and adjustments being made, that having an elite offence is more beneficial ROS or elite arms?
    4) Who have been your Top 5 MVP this year? In order, I’m picking Ohtani, deGrom, Vlad, Acuna, Burnes…..though for where he was taken, Gausman gets it for value…..but was curious what your thoughts were.

    Thanks

    • Bob Frank says:
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      I currently have schoop, india, renfroe, odubel herrera, and josh Rojas who I’m willing to drop. Amed rosario and robbie Grossman are available,
      1. are either better than people in my lineup.
      2. Please rank them even if they arent better

    • NUX says:
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      1) Yea, for the most part
      2) Most likely, that’s what it seems like
      3) Yep, bats over arms, we’ve never really wavered on that
      4) Not a bad rank. But just curious, where does Woodruff land in this for you? I noticed you mentioned Gausman (who I own in the same dynasty where I have Woodruff), but I’m pulling for Woodruff to somehow win Cy Young over deGrom, and I guess Gausman, so that I can turn $25 into $650 on Fanduel!

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        Definitely bats over arms, was just curious if that took another giant step in that direction now.

        Woodruff >> Gausman, however I only mentioned Gausman in terms of where he was drafted. Incredible value.

        • NUX says:
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          Oh my b, I didn’t even realize you were talking Fantasy MVP here. Thought you meant MLB MVP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Like rosin? Sure
      2. Yes
      3. Bats are always more trustworthy
      4. Those 5 seem good, Tatis over Burnes

  53. pizza5788 says:
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    Please rank Hosmer Sano Vaughn Agulilar

  54. BAC says:
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    11 team 5×5 OBP
    One more. Thank you.

    Which side?
    Adolis and T. Rogers for Story
    Dylan Moore for Framber

  55. Ace Man says:
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    Haase or McCann 6×6 with OPB and XBH?

  56. eballs says:
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    Shit pitchers but start one (points league)

    Gilbert @ CLE
    Davies vs STL
    Houser vs PIT
    Sheffield @ DET

  57. LaRockakis says:
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    I got Bassitt, Stroman, and Gausman all late. Haha! Spank you, Grey.

      • LaRockakis says:
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        On 6/9 too. Berry nice.

  58. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Chase deJung is garbage and looking for a replacement. Here are my choices:

    Alex Cobb
    Caleb Smith
    dane dunning

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        i also like sam long as well. Would you drop Odorizzi and Dejung to pick up Smith and Long?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            chase dejong. sorry

            • Scott Kimmel says:
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              would you drop dejong for caleb smith or Sam Long. Leaning towards long

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Smith and Long over DeJong and Odorizzi

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            so get both long and caleb smith and drop odorizzi and long

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re getting Long and dropping Long?

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                im dropping chase dejong and possibly odorizzi for caleb smith and sam Long. sorry Grey, typed too fast

  59. Garbage Day says:
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    Hey hey Grey.

    Is Manoah more of a streamer or a fantasy rotation fixture (12 team league)? Big battle for first place this week and would like to stream to rack up counting stats but don’t want to drop the kid for the Alex Cobbs of the world.

    Also: What do you think of the use of exit velocity and all these other high-falutin batter metrics fantasy writers are using these days. I get the usefulness of sabermetrics but I’m more of an Earl Weaver-Don Zimmer-Larry Bowa think with your gut, spit some tabaccah and enjoy the game kind of guy. If the ball goes over the wall, who cares how hard it was hit?

    Thanks for the forthcoming answer and listening to my rant.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be more than a streamer, but he needs to step up today

      Exit velocity is kind bells-and-whistley, it’s cool to look at, doesn’t tell us a ton w/out context

  60. citizen5 says:
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    Pick one please… for QS and Ks

    Eovaldi (vs. HOU) (vs. TOR)
    Garcia, L (@ MIN) (vs. CWH)
    Hill, R. (vs. BAL) (@ SEA)

    Thanks in advance…

  61. Dan says:
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    Haase, Stassi, or Grandal ROS?

    12 team 6×5 with AVG and Total Bases

    Thanks!

  62. Coconut Willie says:
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    Old man rook here:
    Starting
    Kelly, Olson, Schoop, Wisdom, Edman, Haniger, Bellinger, Belt
    Bench
    India, Galvis, Mercedes, Mountcastle, Ward
    IL
    A. With Story coming back and Biggio/Conforto out, who do I drop from healthy and do you see more than one?
    B. Nobody wants Kelly… has he seen his best and should I move on to Haase or Zunnino?

    Really appreciate the info and entertainment!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Galvis
      B. Sure, Haase

      • Coconut Willie says:
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        ??Time to go worst to first!

  63. 183414 says:
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    Today, you can intentionally walk someone without throwing a pitch.
    You’re being kind calling it a stupid rule that turns a home run into an out if the hitter misses a base or even passes a runner as Bellinger did earlier in the year.
    Buehler didn’t give up zero runs. He gave up a h.r.
    Hayes hit a h.r.
    Another bullshit baseball rule.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, agreed, it’s a home run when it leaves the park

  64. ray says:
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    Grey, hasn’t Aaron Nola had one of the tougher schedules in the game?

    4/1 ATL *
    4/7 NYM
    4/13 @NYM
    4/18 STL
    4/24 @ COL*
    4/29 STL
    5/4 MIL
    5/9 @ ATL *
    5/15 @ TOR*
    5/21 BOS *
    5/26 @ MIA
    6/1 @ CIN *
    6/8 ATL *

    7/13 Starts have been against ATL, BOS, CIN and @Coors….he’s beaten who he should for the most part…been a bit unlucky, too.

    • 183414 says:
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      Bundy has also has super tough matchups. Then again, to deGrom, it wouldn’t matter.

      • ray says:
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        Well, no one is arguing that Nola is in Degrom’s league. He’s a solid #2 ROS IMO. Also rates highly for attrition, which is big this year. May not have elite ratios, but he’s good and will pitch a lot.

  65. 183414 says:
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    My #1 team in the online championship (for the short time being at least) was led yesterday, besides JoRam, by the 2 catchers I picked up the last 2 sundays, William Contreras and Eric Haase. That was a 1st.
    Made up for starting Meadows over Amed.

  66. Jack says:
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    Odubel or Santander?

  67. Coolwhip says:
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    There’s so much groin tightness going around its like Youth Camp and everyone’s passing around a Playboy.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      +5

  68. Will says:
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    Thoughts on Sp Howard? He hasn’t thrown past 4 IP in his 3 starts but he has a 2.89 ERA in those 3 starts. He’s got the Yankees later this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have him in a 12-team NL-Only, but wouldn’t grab him shallower yet

      • Will says:
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        Thanks

        Btw, Buxton went 2 for 3 with a triple in St Paul yesterday. They better activate him and not waste those at bats in the minors before he gets hurt again.

        • 183414 says:
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          If only. Needs to play o.f. 2st, but I wouldn’t mind if he just dh’s.
          I need him to come back soon.

  69. scoboticus says:
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    Looking ahead to my next stream:
    EdRod vs Hou
    Sheffield @Det
    Cobb @Ari

    Any of these good?

  70. OaktownSteve says:
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    My guy Daulton Jeffries is getting close. I can’t wait for him to come up and provide my team with a .2/7/7/0 outing like the other stud rookie pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know, seriously…We wait forever for rookies to come up, then they kill us

    • zombie says:
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      Drafted ‘your guy’ with your endorsement, OakT. & have been monocaling since, to see him continuing his strong spring. Upon call up, do you like him more (or hate him less) than Montas? Thanks, bro.

  71. NUX says:
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    Forgetting about this Sborz guy for a second. I’m adding DeMarcus Evans everywhere that I can right meow. You in? Check in with Itch about him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s ginormous, I know about him…He looks decent, but Rangers have been using him in what role?

      • NUX says:
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        No idear. He has a Hold. Rest of the guys in that pen are just guys. This guy looks like a beast

      • NUX says:
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        But for what its worth, I’m playing mostly dynasty/deep keeps. So I’m looking at now, but also very much towards a month or two from now as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Evans looks good

    • goodfold2 says:
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      it’s very likely j-rod till it’s not, his FIP is light years better than his ERA and he’s usually used as 8th inning guy for holds. if not him it’ll be sborz right off. evens it’ll likely eventually be, but i’d bet green money it ain’t right off and probably not for a while.

  72. OaktownSteve says:
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    Chadwick Tromp is the catcher on the all name team, no? Seriously, the Giants have him, Jason Vosler in the line up today. Still best record in baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was having fun with Chadwick Tromp when you were checked out

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Looking at my teams, I wonder if I ever checked back in.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, tough but fair

        • Coolwhip says:
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          HAHA

  73. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    14 team keeper 6×6 with QS and TB

    My starting pitching has been amazing this year (top 3 in all cats) but offense has been middleing (bottom 5 in most cats), so I traded Lynn for Grisham yesterday. Still have a starting staff of Glasnow, Alcantara, P Lopez, Carrasco, Gonsolin, German, Paddack, McClanahan, and Manoah. Did I do ok?

  74. The Wild Card says:
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    I need to make room for Trevor Story. Which do you drop?

    Amed Rosario, Villar, or India?

    thanks Grey!!

      • William Hung says:
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        India over Villar? I’d imagine Villar would be more valuable batting leadoff and attempting SBs over India who up till the past week-ish has been really meh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          India’s hot this time of year

          • William Hung says:
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            India is available in my league as well, but didn’t think he’d be an upgrade over Villar and didn’t give him much thought until I saw this.

  75. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Straws in general are pretty dumb, so paper straws are the natural progression:) Idiocracy (underrated movie)! If somebody hits a 3-pointer after the clock expired, it doesn’t count. Play is dead. Same should be true when a baseball exits the playing field…the play is dead so who cares what occurs after? Nah mean?

    Speaking of things that are dumb…bench bats. You can play all the matchups and occasionally fill-in a dude for someone who isn’t playing, but I can’t stand seeing counting stats sitting on the bench. Thoughts in general on bench bats, and who’s the odd man out between N.Lowe, Cronenworth, and India?

    Make it a good one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, I nah exactly mean, Poop!

      Lose Lowe

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        Should I try to get anything for Lowe, or just drop him in a 12-teamer?

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          Prolly wouldn’t get anything as other owners will just look at him as a “shop-n-drop” (i.e., that mediocre dude that someone is trying to trade to you when you know he’ll just be dropped the next claim day).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think he’s droppable

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            Roger that…thanks!

  76. rhodyballer says:
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    Happ or Pollock?

  77. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Are you dropping Yordan for Riley in a vacuum? I have Devers at 3B and only one UTL spot so can’t start both. 8 tm keeper and I’m starting Vidal B FYI

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        Thank you, sir. And I meant stashing Vidal, not starting.

  78. Earl says:
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    I have some combo of Brujan, Adell, Jesus Sanchez and Bobby Witt Jr stashed on almost all my teams waiting for them to come up.

    I have 2 or 3 of them on most teams and not sure how sound that strategy is.

    See how long I can keep waiting for them; lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think Witt’s near a promotion, but maybe I guess

  79. Thundershoe says:
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    You’ve got me laughing and puking at the same time with the Ke’Bryan seppuku joke. Nice!

      • Thundershoe says:
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        And you’ve ruined ramen for me for the next little stretch here too!

  80. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Util – Swanson or Suarez?

  81. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Howdy- I am holding w Calhoun- looking on the waiver wire- M Margot, T Pham, ODB Herrera. Pick up any of them over Calhoun? points league. THANK YOU in advance

  82. herschel says:
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    @Grey: with kennedy going on the dl, need me some sagnof. currently have pressly, kennedy, clase and fry. in a redraft league, would you drop any of k lewis, franmil, luzardo, mcclanahan or duran for any of robles, sborz or cisnero? or just hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lewis for Robles

    • William Hung says:
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      Def drop Kyle Lewis – he’s not coming back any time soon and prob for Robles

  83. toneDEAF! says:
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    Matt Chapman was dropped in my league. Should i nab him? My low guys are Lux and Moran. 12 – team points league.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, can try him over Lux

    • Pops says:
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      As a Chapman owner/sufferer, I must warn you of the pain you’re about to endure by rostering him. Every metric indicates that he hasn’t recovered from the hip injury – he’s just not hitting the ball with authority.

      If you’re picking him up, it’s on the chance that he regains health/skills as the season goes on. You’re going to have to be patient, because right now he sucks. I’d only roster him if you have room to stick him on your bench and wait for a turnaround.

  84. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I’ve been hammered by injuries all season in my 12-team h2h redraft. Some of the guys may start to come back soon, like Grisham and Graveman. Who on my team should I be considering as a drop or a sell high?

    C – Grandal, 1B – Santana, 2B – Frazier, 3B – Arenado, SS – Trea, OF – Bellinger, Riley, Canha, Util – Mountcastle, Bench – Chisolm, Laureano

    SP – Desclafani, Fried, Gausman, Gibson, Musgrove, Rodon
    RP – Sims, Staumont, Trivino Ty.Rogers, Yimi

    IL – Conforto, Grisham, Gallen, Graveman, Turnbull

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m also hammered — Trade Trea, play Jazz — get a better 1B — Freeman?

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        Trade Trea! Are you expecting an injury or a crappy team related decline? And/or are you just that high on Jazz?

        Man. I always dreamed of getting hammered with my favorite fantasy writer! Wait, that came out ambiguously…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          Nah, I love Trea…I’m hoping it fixes your team — you play Jazz and upgrade your 1B

          • Joe Beisbol says:
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            The Freeman owner has Lindor at SS and while disappointed, isn’t looking for a SS. I perused other teams and trade Trea options for 1B could include:

            Trading with Team 1: Asking for LeMahieu and Bichette as a package;
            Trading with Team 2. Asking for Alonso OR Muncy plus someone else like a Baez, Sal Perez, or Lynn.

            I looked at Chisolm’s peripherals, particularly his K rate, and I do have some concerns about his average cratering.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Alonso seems fine, but not for Trea…You’d have to trade someone else to them, Jazz plus someone?

              • Joe Beisbol says:
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                I’d keep Jazz but see who they wanted as a throw in. I agree Trea requires more than just Alonso which is why I’d want someone else substantial from them like a Baez or a Perez or a Lynn but I’m not sure that’s enough.

                Or I could ask for Alonso and Muncy but then I’d have to see what substantial player of mine they’d want along with Trea to make that work. Maybe I can sell high on Canha.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, you’re going backwards — If selling Trea, you need a top 2 1B

  85. scoboticus says:
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    Better IL stash in a keeper league?
    Adbert Alzolay
    Spencer Turnbull

  86. toolshed says:
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    Are you rolling with manoah today vs white Sox in a 10 team roto with inning cap? He didn’t look like the same guy last time. Fwiw, the Sox have been striking out a lot. Upside is there but not sure what version of mount manoah will show up

  87. uncle wighty says:
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    India or polanco

  88. scoboticus says:
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    Kiriloff vs Gerritt Cole
    or
    Renfroe vs Odorizzi

  89. Whatever says:
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    Are we rolling with Gonsolin tonight? (12 team mixed who all of a sudden needs SP)

  90. IAmNotASmartMan says:
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    Grey!

    A bro-seph in my 5×5 non-keeper cat league just offered me Soto for Lindor and Yordan. Feels high to me, but I’m an ignoramus. What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold

      • IAmNotASmartMan says:
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        Ok so in your opinion what’s a good trade for Soto in terms of ROS quality player? Would Lindor straight up be about right? Top 25 for him? Or more like top 50? Thanks as always!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want a top 20 guy, Lindor’s below him but close

  91. uncle wighty says:
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    Tapia or avisail

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Different things…Tapia at home, Avisail otherwise

  92. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good x2 Grey? Just got offered Kershaw and Walsh FOR Yelich in a 12-team keeper league. Feels like good value although if the season ended today, given the construction of my roster, I wouldn’t be keeping either. What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d want more, seems fairish tho

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        I know…He also has Bryant, Just Dong, and Meadows in the outfield who I could ask for along with Kershaw for Yelich. Or, I could ask for Sherzer and Walsh as well?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like that better

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            Roger that…thanks again!

  93. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    I have Sonny and Gallo

  94. John Donnell says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for the great combination of fun and solid analysis.

    Starting to think Solak’s slump isn’t worth sticking out in my 10 team 5×5 league (he’s a bench bat anyway). Could pick up Schoop, India or Margot, like one of those RoS over Solak?

  95. Let’s Play Two says:
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    ROS – Albies or Teoscar?

    I have Semien at 2B now. His xBA is below .250 and AVG could crater.

    Looking to offer Teoscar for Albies, Teoscar doesn’t get in my lineup often. I need RBI and I like that Albies hits 3rd in the lineup giving him plenty RBI opportunities with Acuna and Freeman ahead of him.

    On the other hand, Tesocar’s peripherals are awesome and he can go on a tear when I would play him more. Strikeouts are below 30% this year.

      • Let’s Play Two says:
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        Great…thanks.

        Albies over Semien?

  96. BtheEsq. says:
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    Grandal or Haase? OBP instead of AVG.

    thanks!

  97. Big Dog says:
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    By any chance do you seen a small turnaround from Luis Castillo over his past two starts? He was solid against the Cubs and then very good against St. Louis. He has two consecutive favorable matchups coming up against Milwaukee. Is there anything in the underlying numbers that show him turning the corner?

    Would love to replace Gray with him if there is any life left in him for fantasy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He just needs to command his pitches better, he hadn’t lost velocity or anything else that was bad, so, yes, he can and should be better

  98. William Hung says:
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    Wanted to discuss potentially moving Villar for India – Trade Analyzer actually has them equal, but wanted to see what your crystal ball has in terms of my format. Standard 5 batting cats + OPS, Ks, and ABs… does India pretty much go toe to toe with Villar with the exception of SBs? Is there any category that India has the clear advantage?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try India

    • 183414 says:
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      youth ! Probably b. avg. and power. Villar has been good for my team the last 2-3 weeks, but will lose a.b.’s when McNeil returns.

    • 183414 says:
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      I’m actually going to bid on India next sunday for Wendle. Won’t bid more than a few $$$, but if he continues to lead off. But Ding Dong Bell is a clown, and will bat Joey Over The Hill Votto 1st.
      Cora hit Kike leadoff, then Marwin, and then Santana over Verdugo. Roberts hits Pujols cleanup over Bellinger and Pollock.
      Maybe 3 good mgrs. in all of baseball.

  99. Dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Wondering which of these bats you would sit tonight?
    A.RILEY @Eflin
    A.BREGMAN @Eovaldi
    ARENADO vs J.Mejia(cle)
    J.UPTON vs Keller
    Normally I would just sit upton. But Bregman has been ice cold and Arenado hasn’t done much either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Impossible question, I guess Bregman

      • dubjay says:
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        I know its tough. Good problem to have though. For some reason hittertron has Arenado at -5 against Mejia. Upton is at 2 but he has been red hot.

  100. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey!

    Is Shed Long (SP-SF) a decent pickup?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Not especially

  101. Keeks says:
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    Had Hayes on my bench, saw the homer alert and said sonovabench! but then that shizz happened and idk if I am happy or not ha!

    Apologizing in advance for the long question…

    Lost Alzolay and Gray yesterday. Might need to trade for a SP (QS league).
    My Rotation:

    Here is my roster (daily lineups):
    C- who cares
    1b- Alonso
    2b- Muncy
    SS- Lindor
    3b- Devers
    Of- Belli
    Of- Gallo (DTD right now)
    Of- Pham
    UT- Yordan
    UT- O’Neill
    Bench- Hayes, Jazz

    Hitting cats are OBP, SLG, HR, RBI, and SB

    How would you rank Pham, O’Neill, and Hayes in terms of trade value?
    Would Framber be a good target for one of them? Just looking for a few names to target

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      Hayes, O’Neill — I’d take Framber for any of them

      • Keeks says:
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        Thanks!
        Don’t have enough IL spots for everyone.. worth holding Alzolay in case he only misses 1 start? Or stream his spot?

    • 183414 says:
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      Hayes in a class way above the other 2. Would hate to let him go. Framber is a good one, but so is Hayes.

      • Keeks says:
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        Agreed, gonna try to get someone with the other two first.

  102. ESPN Points, ROS

    Is this ranking accurate?

    1-Eflin
    2-Domingo German
    3-McClanahan
    4-Yarbrough
    5-Caleb Smith
    6-Houser

    Thanks

  103. stevie says:
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    Catcher question in 3, 2, 1….
    Is Eric Haase an upgrade over any of Yasmani, Vasquez, or Kelly?
    Thanks!

    • 183414 says:
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      Well, he plays the o.f. as well as catcher. Vaz will steal a few bases. I don’t think I’d drop Grandal or Vaz, unless there was an injury.
      My 2 catchers Ramos and Garver were injured, and I picked up William Contreras and Haase. Happy with yesterday, but Stassi also would be a nice option as would McCann.

    • scoboticus says:
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      Check out the Itch’s article. He says Haase is a top 10 catcher.

      • stevie says:
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        That’s why I’m asking. Would any of you replace Grandal, Vasquez or C. Kelly with Haase?

        • scoboticus says:
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          Not Grandal.

  104. Perfect Game says:
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    Ray’s SIERA 3.03 now!

    What’s your opinion on him for the rest of the season and those ratios? Trust him? It’s been 8 or 9 starts in a row now where he’s walked two or less a game. And he’s getting quality starts going deeper in games. More quality starts than Kershaw or tied with him I think.

    He seems to have changed his approach going to just a two pitch mix of fastball/slider with increased velo and pounding the zone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trust Ray as long as he’s throwing strikes

      • 183414 says:
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        Ray was so bad for me last year, I guess I’ll let him beat me this year. Have no choice since he hasn’t been on the waiver wire since he was drafted everywhere.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, bad every other year, he just finally figured out his release point

  105. 183414 says:
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    Dave Roberts hitting 45 year old Pujols 4th and Bellinger 5th. People call this a good mgr ? He and Joey Cora would be Ding Dong Bell with the same team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know, makes no sense

      • 183414 says:
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        Insanity.

  106. scoboticus says:
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    Ugh. Dropped Wisdom for a third baseman, and the next day, he gets 3B eligibility. Is there a term for that?

  107. William Hung says:
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    Carson Kelly hit the loudest warning track fly ball I’ve seen in awhile… while IKF singles, steals a base, then scores the tying run… and that’s just one of the reasons why my team sucks this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, saw that

  108. swaggerjackers says:
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    Best option ROS for a weekly H2H format with OBP:

    Nate Lowe, Bohm, Matt Chapman?

  109. Robin Yount says:
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    Possible trades 5×5 10 team roto

    Stanton or Adolis?
    Semien and E Escobar or Bichette

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adolis, Bichette

      • Robin Yount says:
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        Thanks! pulled the trigger on bichette.

        S Marte or K Hayes and benintendi?

          • Robin Yount says:
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            Cool thanks.

            Btw I think Bohm is starting to wake up, I’m irrationally holding tight.

  110. Earl says:
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    Would you give up James Kaparillian to get Eddie Rosario?

    My team needs a lot of help across the board and might need pitching a little more than hitting. But suppose could try and get pitching on waivers if anything decent exists.

  111. SteveNZ says:
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    Man, SON got a lot of hate for Eovaldi v HOU – 16.7!

    You starting him? Got to at home, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would or drop him

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Oh, not dropping him. Sorry – I didn’t type it clearly above, SON has him at MINUS 16.7, so not good at all.

        Anyway, I’m starting him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I meant, if you don’t start him at home, then he’s not worth rostering

          • SteveNZ says:
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            Yeah, I figured that’s what you meant. The SON rating gave me pause for this start is all.

            Let’s go Nathan, let’s go!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it’s gonna be easy but sometimes you gotta let it fly

              • SteveNZ says:
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                Jesus Christ, even a midget like Altuve could hit that.

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  Blech.

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      Eh, you gotta be able to start a guy at home. He could play his part but not throwing it right down the effing middle.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, SON tried to warn us…Effin SON that smug bastard

  112. GC says:
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    Is Ozuna done for the year? He will not play and is droppable, correct?

    • Keeks says:
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      Droppable unless keeper league, but even then probably droppable

  113. larry womack says:
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    Would you accept a Yermin for Taillon trade? Trade Analyzer favors Taillon

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Yermin

  114. Gregg Jeffries, Future Star says:
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    1. Starting Eovaldi vs Houston tonight?

    I’ve started him with confidence against the Tigers and Mariners and gotten burned, and subsequently benched him as he threw gems against Texas and the Yankees. I don’t wanna get hurt again!

    2. What’s it called when one of my players gets a game-tying (or game-winning) RBI off one of my closers, resulting in a blown save or a loss? See Adolis/Tyler Rogers just minutes ago!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure
      2. Used to be called f***ing your stepsister

  115. Justin Ralph says:
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    I have Hosmer and he’s getting tiring. Its a league with a 50 move limit so I have to waste moves for no upgrade but would you drop Hosmer for any of these guys? Jesus Aguilar, Lourdes, Bryan Reynolds, Wisdom or Upton?

    My original plan was to wait for Franmil Reyes to return but Hosmer is on a long stretch of boring which is shocking since he’s batting 5th in a loaded lineup!

  116. Steve says:
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    Like McGee or Robles more for saves?

    Thanks

  117. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Please rank best saves options until Kennedy returns:

    Cisnero, Staumont, Joely Rodriguez

    Thanks

      • Saint says:
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        Or Sborz or still Cisnero?

        Thank you again

  118. martinrostoker says:
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    Hi Grey,

    1.Would you activate Jeff Springs?

    2. Would you grab Brandon Belt? Is a potential star or an also ran?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure
      2. If you need him, Belt’s not a star

  119. Joe says:
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    Albombso!

  120. Brett says:
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    Luzardo start anytime soon? Is he worth holding onto in a 11 team league? Or is Brujan a better stash?

      • Around the Horn says:
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        Any word on when Brujan will be up? Kid is raking.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haven’t heard

  121. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Who best for saves ROS — Robles (I assume your choice); Tyler Rogers (SF); Bard; or Sims? Thank you.

  122. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    One more Robles question — Robles or Dick-Rod?

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        Surprised. I know he’s better, but is your choice because he may get traded or do you actually believe Pittsburgh will give him chances?

        • Grey

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          I’d guess he’s traded to a team and is the closer…Plus, he’s good

  123. Play Ball says:
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    Got a couple trade offers and need your opinion on who you would take.

    Albombso or Ohtani?

    Looked up Ohtani and he’s only hitting .230 in the last month and the average has been same or worse in the last week and two weeks. He strikes out nearly 29% of the time and still has a .266 xBA.

    Alonso xBA is .272 and he’s been striking out far less than in the past.

    Basically, who’s average is going to suck more over the year?

    I’m in a small 6-team 5×5 roto redraft league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ohtani, but prolly coin flip

      • Play Ball says:
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        Ohtani’ a average will suck more or you would take Ohtani over Alonso? :-)

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          i’ll bet long term otani’s AVG is better than alonso’s too, along with the steals. he shouldn’t win in HR’s of course long term (i’d think anyway).

  124. Joe says:
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    Think the hitting will come around, with the crackdown on sticky stuff?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      we’ve seen what actual crackdown (other than gallegos’ hat being stolen and him being charged with nothing)…. other than certain players’ spin rates lowering a lot since they got worried it might happen. if/when it happens will it be like the large penalties given to the HOU players (oh wait they didn’t get anything).

      • Joe says:
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        Certain players like Gerrit Cole? I expect a rebound in BA. Already 4 10 game suspensions in the minors.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          it’s a lot more than just cole (a whole bunch of LAD pitchers grey mentioned) but yeah he’s one of them. didn’t know about the suspensions in minors, albeit that doesn’t entail yet they’d do the same with MLB’ers, MLBPA has always been fine with not protecting the rights of minor guys compared to MLB’ers. (see the HOU thing for one reference).

          – to be fair, bauer during this has allowed more hits, so that’s some evidence of what could happen. my guess is the pitchers are back doing what they’ve always done in maybe a month or less. esp if nothing happens to them about this, it hasn’t yet.

          • Joe says:
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            True. I don’t believe minor leaguers are unionized (Not sure though.)

            • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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              they sure don’t have rights like somebody that is for sure.

  125. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    just got a trade offer in a keep 9 (5 hitters/4 pitchers per year, no costs) 14 teamer OPS/hits added h2h league. people are trying to trade j.a. garcia for tucker (my tucker). hehe. no thanks.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      i’ll have these for next year likely:
      – tucker (max 2 OF’ers kept)
      – treat urner
      – walsh (replaces goldy kept this year likely)
      – otani (both, this is espn, this year he was kept as pitcher but i can keep to any position player has)
      – grisham (drafted in 1st round, sucky part is hiura was 2nd rounder, since dropped just before he was sent down the 2nd time, wasted that lineup slot for long enough)
      likely not keeping these who i did going into year: ozuna, stanton (can’t play both of otani and stanton, both only DH’s here with 1 util), goldy
      – ryu (kept this year)
      – bieber (kept this year)
      – gausman
      – 1 RP (have to keep at least one RP and at least one SP) out of some good options

      not the best team here from ozuna/hiura for sure (and grisham/others injuries but still a top 4 one).

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, that’s solid

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, that’s bad

  126. Hank says:
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    Grey,

    I have completely bungled 1B this year so bad it’s come to this. Do you pick up Kiriloff or Votto for a 5×5 OBP league that allows three keepers?

  127. William Hung says:
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    Prayer Hexagon STAT on Abreu

    • William Hung says:
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      Wow – false alarm… the umpire threw a bat right at his shin as the runner was crossing home and he went down. Taking his AB now though.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        is the ump related to machado here (anybody remember when machado threw that bat at son of donald for what i’m talking about here).

  128. William Hung says:
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    I like how Gonsolin is making sure he throws plenty of pitches cause Dave Roberts prob wasn’t going to let him throw a bunch of innings tonight

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Ugh five F’n walks ha

  129. Aardvark says:
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    How much faab out of $100 would you bid on Zach Eflin in a 10 team league?

      • Aardvark says:
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        Thanks man

  130. Joe says:
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    Firstly, I love the rip on Ray’s pants, wtf?. Secondly, is Wood a drop in 14 teamer’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d prolly hold

  131. Joe says:
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    Thanks, as always Grey. But those pants . . .

  132. SteveNZ says:
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    Effing Sano. How are you supposed to know when to start him?

    • Grey

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      You’re not, haha

  133. Chin Music says:
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    Would you take K. Bryant over Castellenos ROS? It’s a standard roto league.

  134. SteveNZ says:
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    As a Lynn owner, I am so glad our league changed from Wins to QSs…

  135. scoboticus says:
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    Manoah did pretty good tonight.
    Better than McClanahan.

  136. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    i had the balls to obtain and start t.anderson vs LAD in 10 team NL only QS over wins and that went as well as it could’ve (i guess more K’s could’ve been a thing, but ain’t whining), albeit i did NOT have the balls to do it in another 20 teamer where i added b.zimmerman instead since lately. anybody else gambling this hard

  137. scoboticus says:
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    I need to drop one of Villar, Renfroe and Josh Rojas
    Who gets the axe?

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