Doh!  A deer, a female deer and also what the Dodgers say.  Ray, a drop of golden filth.  Me, a name I call myself who owns J.D. Martinez and Robbie Ray.  Fa, a long long way to run if a Bostonian is saying far.  SO another name for strikeouts.  LA is where the game took place.  Ti I dribble down my face, when J.D. Martinez and Robbie Ray play.  Yesterday, Ray went 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 hits, zero walks, 14 Ks, ERA down to 2.80.  Robbie Ray is an ace.  No matter how you slice that pecan pie, he’s an ace.  No matter how you put that pancake batter on the skittle.  No matter how you put whipped cream in my mouth.  My God, I’m so hungry.  Cougs has got me doing this Whole30 diet and I’m legit about to eat my hand.  At Endorphin Ralph’s top 100 starters for this week, Ray’s ranked 6th.  Can’t argue that, and last night he dunked all over the LA K’ers.  Then, J.D. Martinez got my goosepimples all a-titter.  He went 4-for-5, 6 RBIs with his 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 34th homer.  Someone has to Just Dong, so who better than Just Dong?  Who?!  Sorry, I’m writing this wearing an owl costume.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Paul Goldschmidt – Went for an MRI on his elbow.  Okay, don’t want to cry just yet.  Thinking worst case scenario is we had a good five months from him.  Oh, man, I’m scared.  We need a prayer octagon.

Brandon Drury – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  I was hesitant to say anything about Drury yesterday.  Not because his name makes me sound drunk, but, coincidentally enough, because of Coors.

Corey Seager – Might need offseason elbow surgery.  Oh God, please tell me Goldschmidt’s doctor was reading Seager’s MRI.  The ol’ MRI switcheroo!  Please!

Rich Hill – 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.67.  You know who Hill is?  A sexier Hendricks.  I will call Hill, Lenny Kravitz.

Carlos Martinez – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.34.  For almost every player, you Google their name and the first suggestion is, “Is he Jewish?”  Or, “Who’s his girlfriend?”  It’s like all people care about is whether or not someone is Jewish and/or what their girlfriend looks like.  Carlos Martinez’s 1st Google suggestion is perfect, “Hair color?”  Carlos Martinez has been busted for tweeting porn, and is known for having outrageous hair.  In another life, Carlos Martinez could’ve been one of the guys on the Vegas strip that tries to get you to go to a strip club when you and your friends are really drunk.  In this life, he’s a top 15 starter.  *looks at Endorphin Ralph’s top 100 starters*  At 19, that’s pretty close.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, 1 run and his 18th steal, though he left with a sore shoulder.  Not before he stole 2nd and pulled this maneuver:

Matt Carpenter – Left yesterday with shoulder tendinitis.  He better not have sneezed on Pham!

Bradley Zimmer – Headed for concussion tests.  Actually, he’s going for tests, because he headed the ground.

Trevor Bauer – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.39, which is irrelevant because his last-30-day ERA is 2.31 with a 10.2 K/9.  Right now, I’m in 1st in my NFBC league, and incredibly Bauer is a big part of the reason.  Oh, and Stream-o-Nator likes his next start if you need some robot nudging.  Damn, a robot is taking my job!

Jose Ramirez – 1-for-3 and his 23rd homer, hitting .310.  His August, where he struggled, is a distant memory, and now has five homers in the last week, and looks like a lock for 100/25/75/.300/18, i.e., what you want from every hitter to win your league.

Carlos Santana – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .255.  If he gets to 27 HRs, .260, you’re gonna have a hard time convincing people this offseason that Santana didn’t do exactly what you wanted from him, i.e., Your Carlos is someone else’s Cargain.

Denard Span – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 10th homer.  Simultaneously, 700 miles away, Ben Revere held a seashell up to his ear and heard cheers.

Joe Panik – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Panik! At the San Francisco because Panik is the third best Giants hitter behind Posey and Bumgarner.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 33rd homer, hitting .342.  Chazz Noir’s on the cover of a romance novel, with his fake afro blowing in the wind, taking fantasy baseballers to the promise land.  The novel’s called, “The Chazz Swinger.”

Matt Harvey – Will pitch on short rest on Wednesday.  They’re getting him ready for the playoffs.  Those playoffs are Korean Baseball League playoffs where Harvey will be pitching in three years after reconstructive elbow surgery due to the Mets handling of him.

David Wright – Will have rotator cuff surgery.  Wright said, “Injuries are a fart of the game,” then his intern, who is helping Wright get ready for life after baseball, shook his head and pointed at the teleprompter.

Ryan Braun – 3-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .279.  Comatose Brewers Fan wakes from a four-month coma to see Braun’s stats, “Damn, another lost season for my beloved Brewers.  If Braun’s not doing anything, we don’t have the pitching or other hitting to make a run at the playoffs.”  Hey, Comatose Brewers Fan, we’ve got good news for you!

Orlando Arcia – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and a home run, hitting .269.  Guess how many homers he has.  Go ahead.  Keep in mind Braun has 14 homers.  Give up?  Arcia’s got 14 homers too.

Billy Hamilton – 2-for-5 and his 4th homer, hitting .250.  His home run was a walk-off shot, because Keon Broxton can only stretch so far.

Dallas Keuchel – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.88.  H2H owners and Astros fans exhale as Daylass Koochel bounces back from a hideous 6 IP, 6 ER last outing.  Wheels are back on, now keep it rolling.  By the way, I’m rooting hard for Houston in the playoffs.  I know football’s got viewers, and basketball’s got Kardashians, but baseball’s got magical moments, and Houston could provide one.

Yulieski Gurriel – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer, as he returned to the lineup.  Gurriel has never really been crazy hot all year, so maybe this is starting something, but it feels like nothing.

Kyle Seager – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Betcha he gets to 25 homers, and someone next year says something like, “Grey, you are handsome AF, but why so down on Seager?  All he does is hit 25 homers every year.”  That person is not here now living this yawnstipating Seager season.

Rougned Odor – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 28th homer, hitting .213.  You know a guy is struggling when he takes fives days to make me look stupid for saying to sell him.

Elvis Andrus – 1-for-5 and his 19th homer.  The real Elvis never even left the building this much.

Andrew Cashner – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.29.  I wouldn’t own him even if the Stream-o-Nator liked him.

Corey Dickerson – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer.  Also, in this game, Logan Morrison (3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 36th homer.  Not saying that you would’ve been better off drafting Morrison/Dickerson instead of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, but, well, I’m not not saying it either.

Jose Berrios – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.01.  I’m screaming at the Twins to shut down Berrios like a 10-year-old me was screaming for Rowdy Roddy Piper to stop hurting Snuka.

J.P. Crawford – Will be called up for today’s game.  Phils’ manager, Macktheknife said, “The Phillies intend to play Galvis all 162 games, but not all will be at shortstop.”  Guess the Phils are hoping to sell those 100,000 FreGa shirts they made.  Cheesesteak and an all-star shortstop?  FreGalvaboutit!  Seriously, I wonder who Galvis has naked pics of to get to play 162 games in his arbitration year.  They must be lurid.  Any hoo!  Crawford will play here and there, and might hit a few homers.  Outside of NL-Only, I’m not bothering yet.

Odubel Herrera – 1-for-1, 2 RBI pinch-hitting, as he was activated from the DL.  If only the original ODB could come back.  RIP, Dirt McDirty Baby Jesus.

Aaron Altherr – Didn’t play but was activated from the DL.  If the Phils get back a recently DL’d Mike Schmidt.  They might make this a race!

Jose Reyes – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  I know, he’s not super exciting, unless you’re an impotent 65-year-old who remembers better times, but he has four steals in the last week, and is hitting near-.350 in that time.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last four games.  No joke, I think those are his only hits in that time too.  Going off memory because I actually picked up Asdrubal for the doubleheader the other day, and, well, waivers aren’t great right now for a new MI in my league, and this is the most boring run-on sentence ever!

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 26th homer, and his first hit after three games, but, before that he hit three homers in one game, and is this the same run-on sentence from above?

Justin Smoak – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 37th homer.  Now’s the time we put the rubber to the H2H road, so let’s see, Smoak.  Though, without keeping anyone in neutral.  I know that smoking tire trick.

Jose Bautista – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 21st homer, hitting .206.  He should really retire after this season.  When will he retire?  My guess is in three years.

Jake Arrieta – 2 1/3 IP, 3 ER, but left with a hamstring injury that looked like it would sideline him for at least two weeks, possibly into the playoffs.  This would suck for his owners, but, since I’m not one of them, I will attempt to empathize.  Attempathize?

Josh Bell – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .264.  In any other year–Okay, maybe not from 1997-2002, but any other year than that, Bell would be a big story.  Shoot, throw Bell’s year in the 80’s and he’s an All-Star, and I have a hundred of his rookie cards.

David Freese – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  A’la Arnie in that terrible Batman movie, “That ball was hit into the deep…Freese.”

Matt Olson – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer, and three homers in two games.  Yesterday, I said schmotato.  Today, I’m saying SCHMOTATO.  Bit more emphasis.

Luis Valbuena – 1-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting…meh.  It doesn’t matter what he’s hitting.  He does usually homer more than once in a three-game span.

Martin Maldonado – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homers, hitting .227.  Fun fact!  When Martin Maldonado has a gassy uncle, they call Fartin Maldonado.

Blake Parker – 1 IP, 2 ER, though does anyone know what The Sciosciapath is doing?  I mean, really.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-3 and his 53rd homer.  Halp and I discuss Giancarlo on today’s podcast.  I only make one overt mention of being aroused.

Anthony Rendon – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  Been a long time since I’ve mentioned him.  Which means he’s done nothing.  Which means he’s hurting my team.  Which means stop doing that!

Gary Sanchez – Suspension reduced to three games.  When he went to see Joe Torre about his suspension, it was like a scene out of School Ties, where Torre opened the meeting with asking Sanchez how his mother was doing, then ended the meeting with him saying to say hello to Girardi for him.

Jordan Montgomery – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.12.  Hasn’t pitched deeper in a game than 5 1/3 IP for six weeks.  Lovely innings management the Yanks are doing with Montgomery.  Why not just Roshambo to see who gets to use the elbow tendon that Tanaka and Montgomery will be sharing next year?

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .289, as he hits cleanup.  The Gregorius D.I.D. got the Biography A&E treatment last night, and you know I was poppin’ that shizz to the fullest, Didi is the illest.  I wanna watch it again already.  So good!

Starlin Castro – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .313, as he hits third.  Due to injuries, Starlin’s season-long numbers are lacking, and, since he has no speed, it’s counting stats or bust with Castro.

Dylan Bundy – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 4.12.  After his last start, I said, “I’d continue to ignore him in shallower mixed leagues or use the Stream-o-Nator.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Some people had a problem with that.  Of course, I wasn’t saying it without looking at his upcoming matchups first.  Come for the ‘stache, and you better not miss.

Chris Davis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .224.  He’d have 12 homers with non-OJ’d balls.

Tim Beckham – 1-for-3 and his 19th homer, hitting .292.  Don’t worry, Rays fans, you have the recently DFA’d Danny Espinosa!

Welington Castillo – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer, and, like, his 25th homer in the last week.  Beef hasn’t been this hot since the day before Oprah ruined the cattle industry.

Jarrod Dyson – Could have a hernia.  The nurse said, “Cough,” and he said, “Dems my peanuts!”  This could knock out Dyson for the year.

Salvador Perez – 1-for-5 and his 22nd homer.  If you click Perez’s name, it magically transports you to his player page where his Last 30 Days are listed.  Meouch, he’s been goofy bad.

Scott Alexander – 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his third save because “Garbage 99.8% Of The Time” Brandon Maurer (2/3 IP, 3 ER) showed up at the park yesterday.  Here’s to the other .2% showing up today.  As for half of the screenwriting duo behind The People vs. Larry Flynt/O.J. Simpson, Scott Alexander is a lefty, so hard to recommend him.  Maybe he’ll get some shituational saves.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .318.  It’s little Joey Votto!  Joe-ier Votto?

Alcides Escobar – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer.  Member when everyone compared Alcides to Elvis Andrus?  Now, Alcides looks closer in value to Alex Presley.

Nick Castellanos – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .252, as he hits third.  The Tigers right now are like the last baseball team on Easter Island before European disease wiped everyone out.

 
  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up!

    a. You made a bad night feel better! Thank God there’s more to life than fantasy baseball.

    b. John Rambo Quote of the day for September 5

    [The group is on board an army truck, don’t know where that came from.]

    Lewis: ‘Let’s move. Once School Boy’s on the tower, we got 15 minutes. Set your watches to 1:45. ln, out, no waiting around for nobody. We meet at the base of the tower. -All set?’

    The group: ‘-Yeah.’

    [As School Boy stabs the watch tower man, the army truck gets waved into the compound.]

    Rambo: ‘Set. We´re in. Go.’

    [Each of the group infiltrates the POW camp as the Burmese soldiers (as luck would have it) are being entertained by four female dancers on a stage.]

    Rambo (seeing Michael Burnett): ‘Don’t talk. We’re getting you out. -Where’s the girl?’

    Michael Burnett: ‘-She’s over there.’

    Rambo: ‘You untie him. We’ll be back for you.

    Rambo (to Diaz): ‘Here. There’s two of them in the cage, near the pigs. -Get them.’

    Diaz: ‘-Got it.’

    [Myint liberates a Burmese prisoner. Rambo follows a river, looking desperately for Sarah Miller.]

    [The meeting time at the base of the tower approaches as only a few prisoners have been located AND the stage show, distracting the Burmese soldiers, is starting to break up.]

    [Diaz comes to take Michael Burnett to safety.]

    Diaz: ‘-Come on, come on.’

    Michael Burnett: ‘-Do you have Sarah?’

    Diaz: ‘Shut up, come on.’

    Lewis: ‘We can’t find shit.’

    Rambo: ‘One minute. -There’s one of them in there.’

    Lewis: ‘-Leave them.’

    Rambo: ‘-You leave.’

    Lewis: ‘-What the fuck are they to you, boat man?’

    Rambo: ‘Run.’

    Lewis (to the group, minus Rambo): -Let’s move.’

    School Boy: ‘-Where’s the boat man?’

    Michael Burnett: ‘-And Sarah.’

    Lewis: ‘-Fifteen minutes. That’s the deal. -We’re leaving.’

    Soldier X: ‘-Let’s go!’

    School Boy: ‘-Five more minutes.’

    En-Joo: ‘-Bullshit.’

    Lewis: ‘He knew the deal.’

    School Boy: ‘Hey, we came together, we fucking leave together!’

    Lewis: ‘-Your life. Let’s go.’

    Michael Burnett: ‘-Not without her!’

    [Lewis grabs Michael Burnett, bears his knife and hurls Michael Burnett on the ground.]

    Lewis: ‘God didn’t save your life, we did. And if you risk your life one more time, l will fucking take your life right here. Now fucking get up. Get up. Move!’

    Myint: ‘This way.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Yes, there’s fantasy football, see comment above B. Nice!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Signed up for my first fantasy Jai alai league. We used to call it wall ball when I was in grade school.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            a. Just kidding, actually watched a game of Jai Alai (still a sport!!!). Never studied the rules, yet understood everything within 3 minutes of watching! Most boring sport in the history of humanity!!!

            b. Fantasy Jai Alai is actually untenable for the same reason that the Nativity scene couldn’t be staged in Newfoundland! In Newfoundland, impossible to find three wise men and a virgin. Jai Alai doesn’t even have enough players for 1 league. Don’t look now here come either the Newfoundland defense police or the Jai Alai defense league. What’s that? Neither nor? Ah, shucks!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. But the best uniforms of any sport? They’re like regular-sized jockeys B. haha

  2. Jake says:
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    With Luis Castillo being shut down after Wednesday’s start, I need to pick up a SP. L. McCullers, B. Woodruff, or L. Giolito?

    Also, I currently have R. Devers at 3B. Hold him, or drop for E. Suarez or Y. Gurriel?

    Thanks.

    • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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      @Jake: I asked a pretty similar question yesterday. Pretty sure answer is McCullers, and hold or go with the hot bat depending on needs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake: McCullers — I’d hold Devers

  3. Brian says:
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    A School Ties reference, after a long weekend, well done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: Haha, thanks!

  4. Alex Sutara says:
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    What is the stance when you have just lost beltre, Conforto, currently without Goldschmidt Pham and Hicks… And yet you’re going going against jd Martinez among 5 other he yesterday in h2h playoffs…. Not looking too bright

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Alex Sutara: you’re probably screwed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex Sutara: Depends on league depth, and if a keeper

      • Alex S says:
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        @Grey:

        Nah no keeper, I streamed all of SON’s favorable matchups possible,
        Montero yesterday
        wacha, and ryu today with Salazar and Ed Rod
        Lamet tomorrow with Castillo
        Thinking about taking a chance on Harvey Wednesday too based on how today goes, think that’s worth it?

        Ofensive categories include
        RBI, R, HR, 2B, K, SB, AVG, OPS

        I took a flyer and picked up Jed Lowrie and Rajai Davis to target SB and 2B and just hope I can take AVG and OPS.

        Shitty part is If we tie 7-7 at the end of the week, the tie breaker is HR. I’m hoping big time that SON’s is on its shit this week and I can rob all 6 pitching categories and take a couple hitting…

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          @Alex S:
          Also have Weaver and Rodon lines up this week so I’m not lacking too greatly in the SP department for the week. But any extra I’ll probably hop on which is why I’m contemplating Harvey, he’s just so damn sketchy to me. More liable to go hit 9 instead of pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No way on Harvey

  5. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    How much longer do you think Olson keeps up the schmotatoeness? I own Holland and McGee in a saves (no holds) league. Is it worth risking a McGee drop to roster Olson? I have a bye next week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Not Your Average Joe: Schmototes usually last about a week, but sometimes they turn into full-blown players to own — Wouldn’t drop McGee yet with a bye

  6. Jose says:
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    David Freese hit his HR off of Leonis Martin, who was making his Cubs and National League debut, as he covered mop up duty with the Cubs down big late.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: That’s right, forgot to mention

  7. Strolg says:
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    With Just His Dong, Martinez Gives Labor To Four Homers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Strolg: All he’s got is his dong

      • Strolg says:
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        @Grey: Know the feeling

  8. Adam P. says:
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    38% of Billy Hamilton’s career HR’s have come against the Brewers. :/

    • lt81 says:
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      @Adam P.: Is Billy Hamilton the Bizarro Eric Thames?

      • Adam P. says:
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        @lt81: Ha! Perhaps? Had not considered this.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @lt81: Haha

  9. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Of course Odor goes off the day after I drop him everywhere. We’re leaving him on waivers, right? Schoop at 2B with Beckham and Trea Turner able to fill in when needed.

    SON likes Mahle away at Mets (Lugo) and Tailon home vs. Cubs (Lester). Does the FML agree with SON?

    SON has little to no love for Nola away vs. Nats (Roark), but does give him the slight edge (perhaps no Harper + slumping Rendon?. SON hates Rodon at home vs. CLE (Kluber). Either of these guys worth a start? If we’re not starting them, do we drop them or hold for next weeks matchups in a h2h points league?

    • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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      @Marty Jannetty Was Set Up: If Ian Happ is playing today (@PIT, Brault SP) do you start him over Devers (Marco Estrada), Gallo (vs Tehran), Domingo Santana (Stepheson/CIN bullpen), Puig (Greinke).

      Id think over Puig vs. Greinke, but hittertron loves Puig today.

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    FWIW, Goldy apparently thinks the shoulder thing is NBD and was arguing to play yesterday . . . so if nothing on the MRI he could be back really soon. Prayer Circle!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I hope so, but I’m worried, could be something where he’s “fine” then in the offseason he needs surgery

  11. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Good luck on the whole 30! It’s quite a challenge. I recommend banana chips, apples with sunbutter, or Lara bars as whole 30 approved snacks if you are struggling.

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Wacha Wacha: I didn’t think there’d be anything more arousing than a Stanton homer, until I thought of Grey slowly biting into an apple with sunbutter, and the sunbutter gently oozing down his chin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wacha Wacha: I’m struggling every minute of every day… You did it only one time?

      • Wacha Wacha says:
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        @Grey:

        I only did it successfully one time… I made it 30 days and then went to a brunch buffet day 31 which you are not supposed to do… My wife was a champ and went 90 days. Our idea was to do it once a year to reset our habits. I think it gets alot easier after day 7-10 imo. Good luck!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! Day five is awful! I feel like I’m going to pass out

  12. Wilson says:
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    Gomez, Olson, Rosario, Hanover, Margot
    1. Pls rank for the coming week
    2. Pls rank for ROS

    • Wilson says:
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      Haniger .. typo.. not Hanover..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Olson, Haniger 2. Rosario, Margot

  13. peacecoast says:
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    Ryu at home vs ARI. SON likes it. Goldy prob not playing. JD though, /shiver. anyway start him?

    Also rolling out Salazar for what we both expect is a feast or famine proposition, am I right? I could use the K’s even if he doesn’t go 5.

    Watched Red Sox last night at Fenway with my daughter. They don’t really like a WS team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peacecoast: Hill was fine yesterday, I’d start Ryu — If you need the starts, go with Salazar… Nice on Fenway, and agreed on the team, they have Sale and no superstar hitter if Betts isn’t otherworldly which he hasn’t been

  14. Benintendo64 says:
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    Playoffs time! Am I crazy for benching Mookie to get Rhysus and schmotatos like J Polanco and Matt Olson in my lineup?
    We have daily changes so I base it off matchups but damn.. ole mooks has been the worst player on my team since the ASG, I mean I seriously consider playing schwarber and odor over him each night!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benintendo64: I’d play Betts over Polanco, but I guess on matchup it could change

  15. Wilson says:
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    Is it safe to start them tomorrow?
    Walker @LAD (Maeda)
    Castillo vs MIL (Garza)
    Snell vs MIN (Slegers)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Walker is not safe

  16. smegma says:
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    Scrounging for starts this week with Scherzer/Archer potentially unavailable. Pickup G. Richards for a stream today @ Oak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma: I wouldn’t mess with him, but I don’t know how dire your circumstances are

  17. BSA70 says:
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    There is a lot of crap along with this weekend’s HR for Smoak. CDavis-esque.
    Smoak, Betts, and Cruz hitting the wrong side of a streak at the wrong time of yr.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSA70: Agreed, they’re all like 0-for-15 games

      • BSA70 says:
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        @Grey: Yup – that crew makes up my bench.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not a bad bench crew, though bad recently

  18. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – in a H2H semifinals (week of 9/11), QS and W, would you . . .

    1. Drop one starters Clevinger (v. KC, Junis) and Mike Montgomery (v. STL, Wacha) for either of

    Reynaldo Lopez – Royals (Hammel); Det (Norris)

    Wooddruff – PIT (Cole), MIA (Straily)

    2. If Devers doesn’t kick his slump, what do you think about dropping a guy for Headley? Chase is scorching (4 hR 1 SB last 15 with .400+ OBP and near-1.000 OPS last 30) and faces 4 BAL pitchers plus Odorrizi, Snell, Archer.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Yeah – SON is about $1 for Clev and Montgomey . . . negative for first start of Lopez + 0.1 for first start of Wooddruff.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not great, right? Guess Clevinger/Montgomery if you need them

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Yeah not great at all. I’m in a bye week so I think I’ll see how they look this week + who my opponent is. It’s possible I face a guy with only 7-8 starts next week (to my 13-14), in which case I’ll probably drop one of Monty or Clev for a short schedule bat.

            I have a lot of “hold to see how they do” SPs like Cullers, Salazar, Cole, and honestly even Nola and Darvish. I could frankly see dropping any of them this time of year if they have a blow up during my bye week.

            • Grey

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              Oh, if you’re in a bye week I’d prolly hold to see on everyone

    • Norm Ginsberg says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I just dropped Devers. Boston now has Pedroia (back from IR) and Nunez to cover 2B/3B. Devers is an extra piece now.

  19. ctrengove says:
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    Streamonator loves Blake Snell tomorrow vs Minnesota. However, the Twins have been teeing off against left handers since July and have been striking out less than 20%. From the match-up, I don’t think I’d start Snell, but Streamonator’s love has me confused.

    What are your thoughts on Snell’s start tomorrow?

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      @ctrengove: This time of year, guys like Snell worry me, but he’s been solid and Twins in Tampa sounds pretty safe

  20. lwomack58 says:
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    Would you stash Faria for the possible few starts he might get?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, depends on circumstances

  21. Mike says:
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    Crazy to drop Reynolds for Matt Olson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy

  22. Five-On-One says:
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    Late in the year and can’t move in Saves. Looking to pick up a few precious points in Wins and K’s, while not losing ground in ERA and WHIP. Is it worthwhile to pick up a guy who qualifies as a RP but who is getting starts? Guys like Chris Stratton, Robert Stephenson and Trevor Williams are the best of that lot who are available. Or stick with mediocre closers like Sam Dyson, Blake Trienen. Or go with talented set-up guys like Chad Green and Mike Minor?