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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.

   
    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: If it were a throwback to 1988 league with only Miami Dolphins, I’d so be in it

    • knucks says:
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      @Jay: Jay, I’m in 3 leagues ! ! !

      This is prob the wrong place for this question. But I know that the CB/DB situation was fixed in my league with Maher. But it looks like it hasn’t been yet in the league I’m in with Jen Warner. And then the third draft with Mike hasn’t happened yet. Do you know if that is getting fixed league by league, rather than all leagues at once?

      Also. on Fantrax, it doesn’t look like PPR points will accrue. Am I missing something?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You should ask him over there (football)

  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

              Grey says:
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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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose the closers for Stephenson and Williams

  23. @Grey: Robots don’t know humor or sarcasm; how to laugh, to cry, to love… your job is safe for now. And once it’s not, there will always be robo-Giancarlo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can we can that robot, Giancarla? Just so I don’t feel weird

  24. Fogimon says:
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    Benched Braun & Odor for the week because of their ice cold streaks, and BOOM, big days from both.
    Pushed me into 2nd place, and I am fighting in Average, HR, RBI, and R.

    Do I stop fidgeting with the lineup and just play my guys the last 3 weeks?

    Replaced Braun with Reddick, replaced Odor with Mancini.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on options, Reddick and Mancini don’t excite me much

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: Other options are Kemp for the OF spot, and either Duda or Simmons for the Odor spot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, those options aren’t great

  25. Fogimon says:
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    Twins making me a little nervous with Berrios too (my dynasty league).

    But I’m in it to win it this year, and he JUST pitched a gem…. does he have any more in him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He just pitched a gem? When?

      • Slappy Jack says:
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        @Grey: ~6 days ago

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: It was a cool August evening in Target Field. I was there to witness greatness. Berrios took the mound and looked like everything magnificent you can imagine rolled into one. His control was impeccable. His velocity electric. The beer flowed, keeping me perched precariously on the edge of my seat. Berrios went seven innings, with a 0.71 WHIP, 0 ER, and 11 strikeouts. He was magnificent.

        then he pitched again on September 4th…

        My thoughts, as a Twins fan, are that he pitched 169.2 innings across AAA and MLB last year, so I would expect him to not have much of any innings limit (My guess would be that they’d like to keep him from going much over 200 innings, but that’s effectively not a limit). That, to me, means that unless it becomes clear that they have locked up the wild card they will use him normally.

        I don’t anticipate that they will lock up the wild card until the very end of the regular season, so the only risk you have on that end is that they decide to use him in the wild card game (I think they’d use Santana if they can), so they skip his last RS start.

        Now, who knows about fatigue. Hard to believe a guy who looked as electric as he looked on 8/30 is out of gas, though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure out of gas is the problem, but the arm wear for next year on a young kid

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Grey: eh, if they bump him up from 170 last year to 200 this year, that’s pretty normal, no?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              To 200 is normal, yeah… But pushing a young kid for what? I don’t know, don’t love it… I like kid gloves with young SPs

  26. crimedog says:
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    Would you start Wil Myers or Carlos Santana this week? Myers (vs. Stl 2 days, @Ari 3 days), Santana (@CWS 2 days, vs. Bal 3 days)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana

  27. Slappy Jack says:
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    if you prorate S.Castro’s stats to make up for missed time… he’s Daniel Murphy
    kinda sneaky good

    Mr. Grey, do you think Starlin is a top 150 player next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m good with Castro, but 150 feels pushing it…Likely around 200-225, though I like him there

      • Slappy Jack says:
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        @Grey: thx dude

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          NP

    • Chucky says:
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      Starlin is a big part of the Yankee recent offensive resurgence. Make no mistake about that. His return to that lineup has not gone unnoticed

  28. SR says:
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    40 man dynasty, 16 team. Trade my AJ Ramos for Wil Myers?

    No brainer, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  29. Who to drop to activate McCullers off DL for tomorrow? 10 moves left in a 70 move league. Going to have to start streaming at some point. Snell vs Min tomorrow, Rodon vs Cleveland as well. Lineup below.

    Snell, Lamet, Holland, Hand, Weaver, Treinen, Cole, Verlander, Severino, Gray, Rodon, Kluber, Peacock.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon

      • @Grey:

        Thanks Grey!!! In first place by 2pts. I’ve cashed most years but never finished in first! Hope to bring you good news at the end of this month.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Eg says:
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    Start Bartolo tonight vs TB?

    Lose Devers in Util for Olson? Goldy on bench in meantime (which will be occupied by Devers if/when Goldy is back). Bias to power, in H2H 12 team league

    • Eg says:
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      @Eg: Sorry, Happ and LoMo also available, in addition to Olson

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Happ I like, but you need to platoon him, can you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start Colon — I’d hold Devers

  31. Packing says:
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    Starting Graveman at home vs. LAA, my opponent has Chatwood in Coors vs SF. Both terrible but I prefer my guy. Or should I bench Graveman? SON likes Gohara vs Tex at home at 11.0–worth a shot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Gohara before Graveman

  32. Packing says:
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    Aaaaand Olson over Bird?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  33. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    Looking to finish this last week strong and lock up 1st place and a playoff bye week next week! Can’t say thanks enough for your help all year!

    1) So with McCullers getting activated off the DL tomorrow, I’m having a hard time deciding who to drop from my SPs below?! I already dropped Chacin last night for Wacha to start him today @SD since I saw Chacin had two away starts coming up? My next guess for the weakest link is McHugh based on upcoming matchups, but you tell me who’d you drop to activate McCullers?

    deGrom vs. PHI (36.5), vs. CIN (30.4)
    Severino @TEX (12.3), vs. BAL (24.5)
    Ryu vs. ARI (11.4), @SF (12.2)
    Snell vs. MIN (19.3), vs. NYY (8.0)
    McCullers @SEA (5.1), @LAA (3.1)
    [email protected] (7.0), vs. CIN (3.7)
    Weaver vs. PIT (14.3), vs. CIN (13.9)
    Corbin vs. SD (6.7), vs. COL (7.5)
    McHugh @OAK (1.7), @LAA (-4.5)
    Wacha @SD (11.6), vs. PIT (6.6)
    Morton @OAK (10.4)
    Bauer vs. BAL (11.9)

    Also have the following RPs: Knebel, Ramos, Hand, Betances if you think I should drop one of them instead?

    2) Also have the following streaming options, but would need to drop another couple of pitchers if I decided to stream any of these guys? Anyone worth picking up and who are the pitchers you’d be willing to drop next out of who I listed above?

    9/6
    Castillo vs. MIL (8.3)
    Pivetta @NYM (3.1)
    Flaherty @SD (2.7)
    Skaggs @OAK (2.3)

    9/8
    Giolito vs. SF (-10.3)
    Chacin @ARI (-10.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. McHugh 2. Hold

  34. Steve Anus says:
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    20 team h2h with 10 moves left on season. this pitching staff (holds/QS)
    archer/peacock/junis/ray/morton/flaherty/lamet/montero
    RP vincent/diaz/oh/yates/treinen
    DL faria/duffy
    grab gohara, if so over who? the issue appears to be that flaherty isn’t getting any starts past his @ SD tomorrow. but same might be able to be said for gohara’s today one. montero has decent SON numbers and will get further starts (and is clearly the drop IF faria/duffy come back). i’m in 2nd place so i don’t NEED today’s gohara start

    • Steve Anus says:
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      @Steve Anus: also, in NL only drop both chacin/flaherty for gohara? chacin’s next 3 are
      @ ARI
      @ COL
      vs ARI
      then later gets another against LAD. i think only one good start left on year and it ain’t next 3. in the NL only i’m easily in 1st (h2h). playoffs next week in both these leagues.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Can lose Chacin here

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      EDIT: Actually hold

      • Steve Anus says:
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        @Grey: i guess hold the move in the 20 from only having 10 moves and gohara might not start again and i don’t need today’s. in the NL only i noticed e-jax is out there and he’s above streamer level, and certainly safer than chacin’s
        @ ARI
        @ COL
        vs ARI
        @ LAD
        @ SF
        to end year (this is whole list)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is this Chacin’s remaining starts?

          • Steve Anus says:
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            @Grey: yeppers. see only one good one.

            • Steve Anus says:
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              @Steve Anus: and that’s either vs ARI (not great either) or @ SF.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yikes, that sucks since I own him everywhere in NL-Onlys

  35. Nomahhh says:
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    Start Lamet at home over McCullers off the DL? Streamonator loves em some Dinelson tomorrow.

    Currently in the Goldy prayer circle as well, snagged a bye for playoffs Sunday night by 1 Gary Sanchez RBI in the 7th. Whew! Waiting on him, McCullers, and Paxton so it feels like this prayer circle is getting rather large…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting Lamet

  36. speill says:
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    Help please!!! Weekend starts. The Shark at White Sox or Godley home vs Padres. Darvish home vs Rockies. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shark

  37. Fogimon says:
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    Why would HOU drop Peacock to the bullpen and not Fiers & Morton?

    Peacock is their 4th best starter, and maybe their 3rd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who knows

  38. Five-On-One says:
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    Please rank for ROS: Semien, Reyes, Alonso

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes, Semien

  39. Stephen Davies says:
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    With Moncada coming off the DL do I drop Jorge Polanco or just send Moncada right to waivers? Looks like Polanco might be coming back down to Earth, but this is about a 2 days too soon to make a judgement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Polanco

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Moncada over Reyes?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, prolly not

  40. Count de Monetball says:
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    One thing about being out of it this early (looking at you Odor, Dropperson Russell, Trumbo, not starting Rendon on his superhuman day… as well as other under achievers – Myers, Darvish, McCullers, Duffy), it is kinda fun to play spoiler and go all out on a couple categories. I’ve racked up 33 steals in the last 21 days (37.5% of my season total).

    Plus…
    It’s plain to see, you can’t change me, Cause I’mma play Odor for life…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love spoilers like you, hate TV or movie spoilers… Tattoo reads: Odor Life

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        I shall not fear no man but Odor!
        Though I walk through the valley of 5th (place)
        I shed so many tears (if I should lose before I september)
        Please Odor get hot for me (grab a stolen base and take me to 4th)
        Back in preseason, I thrived on an awesome three
        Left me alone and I now I have a dyin’ team
        Inside my waivers couldn’t find a replacement for 2nd
        Cause I got that Odor Life tatted on my chest

        Tell me can you feel me? I’m not livin” in the past, I finished last
        Be tha first to draft, remember Odor
        No longer da-bomb, he’s diseased
        Call on the ump, seen him K’d while in the seats
        Now sit in peace
        Is there heaven for a last season’s champ? Remember me
        So many homies in the cellar, shed so many tears

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can feel ya!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This was awesome btw

          • Count de Monetball says:
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            ;), nice to have an over-the-internet friend that can appreciate Pac.

            BTW, the new drop-downs in the main menu are fantastic.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, nice! Glad you like them, they only cost us a small fortune

  41. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? The SON has Matt Harvey at a $11.3 vs. PHI tomorrow after he got blown up by the Astro’s last time out. Are you trusting the SON, or moving on to another spot starter? You da poop!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no way I’m starting Harvey — I’m da poop!

  42. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    A couple of quick questions.
    I need to drop a SP to activate Salazar and/or pickup Snell for his start tomorrow vs MIN. Options are:
    1.drop Cobb(next 2 starts @BOS vsBOS), pickup Snell and sit Salazar for his start tonight.
    2.drop Cobb, activate Salazar for his start, drop Ed. Rod for Snell
    3.keep Cobb who actually has good numbers against the Red Sox although the premise of starting him in Fenway scares the crap out of me, and just drop Ed Rod for Snell.
    4.Do nothing and sit Salazar tonight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Would you start ED Rod vs the Jays tonight as well? I would still have him on my team for tonight if i dropped him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t own him in most leagues

          • dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            but if you did…..hes on my roster. Start him against the Smoak-less Jays

  43. Scott says:
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    Kendrys Morales, Yuli Gurriel or Yonder Alonso ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morales

  44. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Uh oh, Devers benched for 2 days in a row now.

    1. Moncada (OBP OPS format) or the aforementioned Headley as a replacement for H2H semis (if still being benched)? I could also shift Machado to 3B and grab Albies or Beckham for SS.

    2. Would you drop a $5 Devers in this keeper league (keep 5 only) if the below would be your other keeper options? Roster space is limited, so can’t hold much dead weight . . .

    $51 Goldy* (* = likely keeping)
    $56 Harper*
    $27 Dozier
    $13 JUpton*
    $5 Rhysus*

    $4 Severino*
    $56 Kershaw

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Headley 2.yeah

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Curious George Springer says:
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    I’ve got some questions, y’all.

    These questions all relate to a 10 teamer, H2H, with deep-ish rosters (325 or so players owned, depending on DL/NA stashes). Categories: R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG and IP, QS, WHIP, ERA, K/9, and Sv+Hold. I’ve got a bye this week, so I’m looking forward to next week.

    First, I’m rocking Buster Posey as my catcher, but his matchups next week look atrocious — he gets Kershaw, Darvish, Ray, and Greinke (this is assuming these guys all stay on turn). I’m thinking about adding a hot schmotato catcher to hopefully fill in off-days, but I’m thinking that will create a temptation to sit Posey. Can you tell me unequivocally that I should start Posey if he is starting?

    2. Thames is an easy drop, right? I figure I will hold him for Monday since the Brewers are facing a RHP, then cut him loose for a hot guy who has a game on Thursday. We use continuous waivers in this league, so I can’t wait to see who is actually playing on Thursday and we have 6 moves/week. It looks like he gets 6 RHPs next week.

    C. (there is a C!) I’m also planning to cut Eddie Rosario in favor of someone who has games on Monday and Thursday (the Twins are off on Monday). He seems to have cooled off, so this seems easy enough. Agreed?

    IV. in a keep 10 (at most), where Castillo is probably my 9th or 10th best keeper, how much should I wring my hands over cutting him loose to open up a useful roster spot? I think if I cut him I’d likely end up keeping Pham, Greg Bird, Blake Snell or some high upside guy I grab with a waiver move once the fantasy postseason is over. It’s possible (though highly unlikely) that Castillo would be overlooked and I could add him back later.

    My keepers are turning out to be pretty pitcher heavy, as is — Ray, Springer, Freeman, Trout, C-Mart, Darvish, Albies, and Castillo at the moment. I could also keep DeGrom and Posey in rounds 1&2, but I’m probably going to roll the dice and see who gets thrown back.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. You’re between Posey and who? 2. Yeah, prolly, but if you’re in a bye week, why drop him now? What if he gets hot this weekend? C. I’d hold there, but maybe, no idea who you’re grabbing him IV. Sure, can lose him

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: I’m in a bye week and just over analyzing everything!

        Re Thames, my thought would be that, assuming he hasn’t heated up I would drop him next week and add someone who was hot and had a game on Thursday.

        re Rosario, since he doesn’t have a game on Monday, assuming he doesn’t heat back up, I think I’m going to drop him for a hot schmotato.

        re Posey, I’m planning to add Zunino, since the Mariners have games on Monday and Thursday. That one was more of a joke, but I will be having a hard time starting him against Kershaw if Zunino homered the day before…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, definitely overanalyzing everything… These all feel like weekend moves to see how players look at last possible moment

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Grey: yeah, agreed.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Curious George Springer: sounds like you’re in a similar spot as me. I’m eyeing devers and Souza and thinking of dropping for hotter bats for semis next week. Planning to go with whoever is hot + with the best matchups.

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yeah. The bye week is obviously a luxury, but it’s also sort of agonizing.

  46. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    sweet jebus, whoever runs BOS is out his F’ing mind. really gotta get all of hanram/moreland/pedroia into that lineup over devers huh. smart guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  47. Five-On-One says:
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    Moncada over Semien or Reyes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, over Semien is you really want to play Moncada, not like he’s earned it tho

  48. Waldorf says:
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    Grey, I’m sad that I even need to ask this question but who do you like most for the next week and a half? Need a streamer bat to move in and out in H2H. Moreland, Kepler or Davidson? Altherr being off the DL but not actually playing is currently an issue.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moreland

  49. jaybo903 says:
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    Getting crushed by injuries. Have Goldy out and have limited adds for playoffs, so I’m looking for a 1st basemen who can carry me through the two weeks (or at least one) if it’s possible. OBP 5×5 H2H Keeper, so not dropping Goldy. Planning to drop Spangenberg, Avisail Garcia, or Frazier. Please advise.

    Available in my league by ownership

    Pujols
    Hanley Ramirez
    Gurriel
    Desmond
    Alonso
    Mauer
    Bird
    Napoli

    Available by PR15 or hot (and not mentioned above)

    Olson
    Headley
    Moreland
    Cron
    Valbuena

    Thanks for the help. Need a real miracle now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Corey — Olson

  50. Larry, Daryl and Daryl Strawberry (snort) says:
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    Salazar’s abbreviated start or Hendricks @ Pit? Abbreviating starts to “st” is taking the “art” out of pitching if you ask me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Salazar

  51. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    gohara at least in rotation a 2nd start.

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: 16 teamer. drop sabathia (funny as he’s comped to the “young sabathia”) or e-jax WAS? QS h2h.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      (Because he’s fat) CC

  52. The Harrow says:
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    i don’t quite know what an “apple watch” is, but unless it somehow tapes the opponents and their sign meetings themselves i fail to see how this is cheating. i am not a BOS/NYY fan, just sense. if you have exploitable signs you get what you deserve. if you have exploitable signs, somehow KNOW you are being exploited, fail to change the signs to NOT be exploited, then bitch about the exploitation itself, well, one can imagine what adjective(s) describe you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t read the whole article, but my guess is someone watched the signs, saw it was a fastball, then pinged the apple watch on the batter’s wrist. One ping fastball, two pings curve, etc

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: oh, so it was being relayed to the batter just before he had to swing at a pitch every pitch. yeah that would be actual cheating.

        • Grey

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          I’d guess that’s what it was, just buzz the batter with the signal

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Grey: I’m reading the article now. Apparently they were using the replay video to see the signal in the clubhouse, then texting the information to the trainer in the dugout who would then relay that information to the runner on second base who would signal to the batter.

            There are apparently rules against using any sort of technology, including cameras and binoculars, to steal signs.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, classic move… They should’ve just deflated the baseballs!

              • Curious George Springer says:
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                @Grey: yeah, this is the most convoluted thing I can imagine. why go to all that trouble to devise a method of cheating that you can only use when you have a runner on second base?

            • The Harrow says:
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              @Curious George Springer: ok, so this wasn’t some “new” technology situation, this could’ve been done with pagers (in place of phone texting).

              • The Harrow says:
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                @The Harrow: also, unless NYY would in fact change their signs every so often (inning maybe) this could be done WITHOUT technology anyway, only thing is you’d have to have that runner on base already to use it.

                • Grey

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                  I find stealing signs so silly anyway, everyone uses the same catcher number of fingers, it’s not cracking Fort Knox

                  • Curious George Springer says:
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                    @Grey: Not sure I follow. Usually where there is a runner on second base, the catcher will use a sequence of signs to the runner won’t know which one is the real pitch that’s coming next.

              • Curious George Springer says:
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                @The Harrow: The impression I got that that the confluence of having that feed of video which is intended for the team to use to decide if they want to ask for a replay and MLB allowing the trainers to wear Apple Watches. it seems MLB has been wary of allowing any communication devices into the dugouts, and the article mentioned that Ned Yost got slapped for wearing an Apple Watch (though he didn’t get fined or anything).

  53. tank1 says:
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    Drop either Duvall or J. Polanco for any of the following- Gennett, Reyes, Deshields, Choo or Maybin? Trying to pick up a point or two in steals while not losing too much in the other categories. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco for Scooter

  54. joemorganhair says:
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    You starting this Gohara younging at home, Atl vs. Texas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • joemorganhair says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s a points league by the way. Down by 60 points with 5 days left. I need yo add another start this week.

        Pivetta @ NYM
        Skaggs @ OAK
        Newcomb @ Mia

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          None of these…. Newcomb

      • joemorganhair says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s a points league by the way. Down by 60 points with 5 days left. I need to add another midweek start. Who are your top 2?

        Pivetta @ NYM
        Skaggs @ OAK
        Newcomb vs Mia
        Straily @ Atl
        Rodon vs Cleveland

        Thanks!
        Mahle @ Mets

        • joemorganhair says:
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          @joemorganhair: all sorts of iPhone typing issues! Mahle is supposed to be up in that group.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Who is Mahle pitching vs?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          These are terrible…. Straily, Newcomb

          • joemorganhair says:
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            @Grey: I know, slim pickings. But I’m fighting for any positive points.

  55. peacecoast says:
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    I GUESS THAT ANSWERS THE SALAZAR QUESTION TONIGHT. FOR FUCKS SAKE.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, kinda figured, unfortch

  56. glory daze says:
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    salazar gets rocked
    do i drop him for
    giolito , clevinger ,stephenson or woodruff
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giolito

  57. John says:
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    Start fister ummm tomo?? Vs Tor

    Hold berrios for next start this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start Fister, I guess hold Berrios, but don’t know your options

      • John says:
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        @Grey: clevinger and cashner longer term in place of berrios

        Tomorrow Flaherty @SD or Peters vs Was

  58. John says:
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    Looking at thursday…rather Mahle vs Mets or Straily v Atl which is stringer Start? try to grab both?

  59. Winter is Coming says:
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    Crazy to think about keeping Robbie (15th rd) in a league where you can only keep 5?

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