Felix Hernandez went 6 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.73 vs. Bartolo Colon – 7 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.18.  Or is that Bartolo Colon, weighing in at 518 pounds from parts unknown and ratios you don’t want to know?  This matchup was billed as, “F-Her/Colon, rated NC-17.  Or maybe simply NR, as in Not Recommended.”  All kidding aside, F-Her’s fallen so far, Colon is outpitching him, and Colon is not outpitching anyone else.  That’s a Trump tweeted, “Sad!”  On the bright side, Rougned Odor (2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 14th homer) has rediscovered our love.  Two years ago, Odor beat up Jose Bautista.  Last year, he beat up his fantasy owners.  This year, he’s beating back the beat like Vinny from The Jersey Shore.  I’m glad I went back in on him because making up is sweeter than caramel honey on your bed sheets. (Is that an R. Kelly song?  It should be.)   I’d contend (for the featherweight title) that Odor really hasn’t done anything different this year.  Yes, his walk rate is nearly double, but his BABIP has turned around.  Here’s what that leads me to believe:  You get a little bit luckier, so you don’t feel compelled to swing at everything, so you get more selective.  It’s a self-fullfilling prophecy in direct opposition to what happened to him last year.  Does this mean I’m going back in him for a third year in a row next year?  Damn skippy!  He can’t fail me again! (He totally can!)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jurickson Profar – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Here’s a good example as to why I can’t 100% jump in on Profar.  He’s been solid since June.  Odor has only been good since July, and his stats are blowing away Profar. Profar’s ceiling is like the 7 1/2 floor in the Mertin-Flemmer Building.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer.  Speaking of low ceilings, Beltre’s changing ceiling fan light bulbs without using a chair.  By the by, did you see Beltre and F-Her hamming it up yesterday?  F-Her struck him out and started cackling, and Beltre joined in.  Two opponents laughing it up?  Nolan Ryan rolled over him in his American Flag-themed barn while wearing rawhide pajamas.  Then, because F-Her sucks, and Beltre is slightly better, Beltre took him deep and F-Her’s face was like, “Hey, I thought we were just playing around.”

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-3 and his 30th homer.  Death, taxes and Nelson Cruz hitting homers.  Not in that order hopefully.

Kyle Barraclough – Was removed from the closer role.  Bearclaw just wasn’t making the donuts.  Don Mattingly said he will use a committee.  Should use a committee to find where he misplaced his mustache.  Hashtag never forget.  I’d lean Drew Steckenrider as the favorite to take over the role.  Adam Conley’s been good too, but feels like a clearcut second option.

Derek Dietrich – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting .285.  Derek on the Marlins has a diet rich on hits this year.

Pablo Lopez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.32.  Crazy talk if you think I’m starting Pa-Lop (very catchy) without consulting with the Stream-o-Nator first, but his peripherals are starting to round into form (7.1 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 3.82 xFIP).

Paul DeJong – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  “We found DeJong in the back of the freezer with Thanksgiving leftovers.  Think we should just chuck him, can’t salvage–Whoa!  He’s showing signs of life!” I’m not sure if DeJong is finally fully out of his slump, but I’m definitely cyclops’ing him.

Miles Mikolas – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 2.74.  Love the ratios, but when you have as many K’s in your name as you throw, it’s super yawnstipating.  And I’m not even counting how I always wanna call him Mike.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.69.  Not an easy matchup, and don’t want to be a hater (okay, I do), but he hasn’t had double digit Ks in a game since Opening Day last year.

Tyler White – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  White hit that homer off Ray Black.  Later today I will be publishing my column at Mother Jones on the ramifications of White’s homer off Black.  Is it merely a home run because White was trying to get away from Black?  More later.

Shohei Ohtani – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a slam (12) and legs (5).  Will throw a bullpen session on Saturday.  Also, for Saturday, Ohtani’s iCal reads, “Get new elbow tendon.”

Nick Tropeano – Placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation.  Bold strategy by the Angels to actually DL a pitcher with an injury.

Jesus Aguilar – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer.  Quick, Counsell, get him out of the lineup!

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  Moistasskiss!

Franmil Reyes – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  For power?  Hot schmotato alert!

Hunter Renfroe – 2-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  So that’s why they’re batting him third (it still makes absolutely no sense).

Manuel Margot – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 5th homer.  I was about to drop some Elias Sports Bureau massive knowledge on you about how the Padres were one of the best hitting clubs in August for the last few years.  Then, I went back and looked at the actual stats, and this is why I don’t work for Elias.  They were awful in August the last two years.  Any hoo!  Margot seems to be heating up.

Jameson Taillon – 9 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.63.  It took balls to start him in Coors, but only a ball to pitch there.

Starling Marte – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 17th homer, hitting .284.  He’s great yadda3, but on a gripe only I likely have, can Starling and Starlin Castro get on the same page with the spelling of their names?  It always trips me up.  Can they compromise on an apostrophe a’la Starlin’?

David Bote – 2-for-3, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting .344.  Easily the Cubs hottest hitter after Baez, so, of course, Maddon’s only started Bote twice in the last four games.  Maddoning, indeed.

CC Sabathia – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.49.  In what was a night for old jalopies out doing their thang, CC’s been better than F-Her and Colon combined, i.e., CC me before F-Her/Colon, I have some advice for you.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer.  That homer put the Yankees up but they couldn’t hold the lead, due to Zach Britton blowing the save.  How can a Yankee trust a Britton?  C’mon, that’s common sense!  Plus, where is Aroldis Chapman?  Yankees had two separate save situations and they went Britton then Sonny Gray.  I’m so confused I’m talking about this in my bae Giancarlo’s blurb.

Reynaldo Lopez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.30.  Solid outing in what was a tough matchup.  His next matchup gets much easier, according to the Stream-o-Nator, and I could see giving him a go.

Nick Pivetta – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.51.  He should be much better than his ERA purports, but he’s should’ve been better than that mother-purportin’ ERA for the last four months!

Nick Williams – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 16th homer, hitting .260.  Williams has been frustrating to own and not own.  Gone like this:  He didn’t do anything, now he’s being benched, dropping him.  Next game, he homers.  Okay, I’ll pick him back up.  Then nothing, and the cycle begins again.

Pat Neshek – 1 IP and the save, ERA at 0.73.  Changing bullpen roles is how Kapler does burpees.

Yasiel Puig – 2-for-4 and his 8th steal.  So classic he goes from possibly hitting the DL to stealing bases.  Almost as classic as him hitting 8th.  Kiké really needs to hit cleanup?  Not rhetorical, I’d love to hear Dave Roberts’ explanation.

Mike Fiers – Will start on Wednesday for the A’s.  Also, the A’s are on Fiers.

Chris Sale – Will return on Saturday against the O’s.  For those keeping track of blurbs’ proximity, this was your Fiers/Sale notification.

J.D. Martinez – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 34th homer, hitting .328.  You know what’s coming next preseason from me, right?  I refuse to believe Just Dong can stay healthy one more full season, so he’ll either shake the injury bug like Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler did earlier in their careers, or I’ll finally be able to exhale with an ‘I told you so.’

Mitch Moreland – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .264.  I was thinking to myself, “Hey, handsome, you should grab Moreland and platoon him in your corner slot with Shaw.”  What I should be thinking is, “Hey, handsome, me again, why don’t you own Moreland and Pearce?  It’s foolproof like your mustache in a room filled with Cougars.”

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .211.  He was hitting .167 in the last week with no homers.  So, maybe JBJ is about to turn his schmotato to hot, but it hasn’t been there.

Josh Donaldson – News said Donaldson is close to sprinting workouts.  Apparently, he just stands nearby without disturbing them.

Brandon Drury – Hit the DL with a hand fracture.  This will give Devon Travis some daylight to expose himself like Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant.

Devon Travis – 2-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer as he pulled over a motorist for no reason and exposed himself.

Ken Giles – 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Picking up right where he left off!  Luckily, in Canada a 6.21 ERA is only 4.76.

Marcus Stroman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.20.  Great, super, adjective, but he left the game with a blister on his middle finger.  He said he should be fine, as this injury usually only sidelines truck drivers.

Phillip Ervin – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting near-.425 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!  Dot dot dot.  When the Reds play him, which is not every day.  Stupid Reds and trying to divvy out resources to everyone.

Adalberto Mejia – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.01.  Don’t ask, won’t matter, because Mejia has a “stinging in his forearm.”  Unless he’s part of the Killer Bees, I don’t think that’s great news.

Tyler Glasnow – 4 IP, 1 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.57 on the Rays.  Easy, Glasnow, don’t ruin my sleeper post on you for next year.  Before we start touching each other’s unmentionables, this start was vs. the O’s and he still can’t get to five innings.  The Stream-o-Nator does like his next start though.

Trey Mancini – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  That’s his third homer this week, but he’s hitting .208 in that time, so, yeah, maybe schmotato, but not a resounding Mancini eff yeah!

Tim Beckham – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 5th homer, hitting near-.300 in the last week.  Now this schmotato I could see more clearly.  (Now that the Rays are gone.  I can see all obstacles in my way.)

Max Fried – Strained his groin — who hasn’t?!  Kolby Allard (2 IP, 4 ER) would appear to be an option to replace him, but he leaves too many ducks on the pond.  Who?  Umm, Allard.  (Pun points!)

Charlie Culberson – 2-for-5 and his 6th homer in the 1st game, and 7th homer in the nightcap of the doubleheader.  Fun fact!  Charlie Culberson sounds so much like a daytime talk show host sometimes he’s compelled to interview teen moms about their baby daddy.

Sean Newcomb – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.15.  *kicks self*  Should’ve just held onto Newcomb.  *kicks self*  Stop that–*sees ‘Kick me’ sign on back*  This is the last time I tutor 15-year-olds in fantasy.

Greg Holland – Signed with the Nats.  Seems to be a good fit.  Team had Doolittle, now they have Doocrappy.

Kelvin Herrera – Gave up some runs and went for the mandatory blown save MRI on his shoulder.  His handcuff, Ryan Madson was already owned in my leagues, so I went for the 2nd best choice in Justin Miller.  You know what happens when you grab the 2nd best guy?  He’ll give up 3 ER in 1/3 IP in the 7th inning today.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-9, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer.  After the game, Harper called his father and asked him, “Do you think you can send me a chef’s kiss emoji for my home run?”

Ryan Zimmerman – 6-for-8, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .253, but not playing every day.  Sorry to the little Herschels and Shlomos out there who have Zimmermania.

Wander Suero – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.20.  First, the Nats have Nat-Gio now Wander.  Are we sure Nats isn’t short for Nature Lovers?

  1. Turd Fergusons says:
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    I want to ride Phil Ervin so bad in my NL onlys… I was pleasantly surprised at seeing his blend of mild pop and good speed in the minors… but the dReds have to play Preston Tucker apparently. And mason Williams? Ugghhhh. But I am cyclopsing the shizz out of P-Erv. Wait that’s not a good nickname…

  2. Manley Ramirez says:
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    This one was thick with innuendo and a Bad Lieutenant reference to boot, oh my!

    How about “Pappa-Lo” for Pablo Lopez?

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Great write-up!

    a. But, but, but….you didn’t mention Chargois’s (or is it Chargois’, never learned that rule – or is it learnt?) excellent 8th inning hold of the HOT As, getting Chapman, Lowrie (not be confused with Lawrie) and Khrush in order. His K of Chapman was epic! But now you don’t have to, how ’bout them apples? Nice save by Jansen to boot putting the As winning streak to sleep at 6 games!

    b. Grey, Cram, The Great Knoche et al..Are we starting Milone today in a 5X5 RCL where I need wins desperately? Do we start a survey? Anyone? Ok, I’ll just man up and start him.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 8

    When my mother died In October 1890 she was In her eighty­-eighth year, a mighty age, a well­-fought fight for life for one who at forty was so delicate of body as to be considered an invalid and soon to die. I knew her well during the first twenty-­five years of my life; but after that I saw her only at wide intervals, for we lived many days’ journey apart. I am not proposing to write about her but merely to talk about her. What becomes of the many photographs which one’s mind takes of people? Out of the millions of this, my first and closest friend, only one clear one of early date remains. It goes back forty-­seven years; she was forty years old then, and I was eight. She held me by the hand and we were on our knees by the bedside of my brother, two years older than I, who lay dead, and the tears were flowing down her cheeks. She had a slender, small body but a large heart—a heart so large that everybody’s grief and everybody’s joys found welcome in it.

    The greatest difference which I find between her and the rest of the people whom I have known is this: those others felt a strong interest in a few things, but to the very day of her death she felt a strong interest in the whole world and everything and everybody in it. In all her life she never knew such a thing as a halfhearted interest in affairs and people, or an interest which drew a line and left out certain affairs and was indifferent to certain people. Her interest in people and other animals was warm, personal, friendly. She always found something to excuse, and as a rule to love, in the roughest of them—even if she had to put it there herself. She was the natural friend of the friendless.

    One day in St. Louis she walked out into the street and greatly surprised a cartman who was beating his horse over the head with a handle of his heavy whip; for she took the whip away from him and forced him to promise that he would never be cruel to a horse again. That sort of action in the cause of mistreated animals was a common thing with her all her life, and her manner and intent always carried her point and sometimes won the friendship of the very people she challenged. The homeless, hunted, and meanest of cats followed her home, and were welcome. We had nineteen cats at one time, in 1845. And there wasn’t one in the lot that had any character, not one that had any merit. They were a vast burden to all of us—including my mother—but they were out of luck and that was enough; they had to stay. However, better these than no pets at all; children must have pets and we were not allowed to have caged ones. My mother would not have allowed a rat to be imprisoned.

    d. Today is the birthday of Ian Galioto. He died of a heart attack a few years ago tragically in his sleep. He left behind a wife and two children. He and I went to grade school together. I was kind of an outsider, given that it was 1978 and everyone in THAT school was wearing Calvin Klein and Gucci jeans and I was wearing North Star sneakers. He accepted me as his science fair partner. He was a nice guy. Happy birthday, Ian.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Thanks! B. Nah C. Nice! D. Aw, HBD, Ian!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Had a few comments to make about Giles. It’s mostly bad mixed with a little bit of context.

        1. His fastball maxed out around 97 I think so not the ‘miles and miles of Giles’ that we know and love. His slider was up the whole time.

        2. The Toronto outfield is really bad. The Toronto infield is bad, a little better than the outfield. The triple that Betts hit is caught by other better qualified centerfielders.

        3. The ball was really carrying last night in Toronto, it was very humid. Kimbrel gave up a HR to Smoak to tie in the 9th.

        Anyway, not a ringing endorsement of Giles. He also looked like he was tipping pitches because I saw Betts talking to someone approaching home plate. He must have been tipping his pitches. Not saying he’s gonna be great. He has to recover the extra velocity or he’s washed up.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          1. His slider has been the problem all year… If he can get his slider back, he could get back 2. Agreed, not good 3. Yup

          I think if Giles can get back the slider, he could be okay again, prolly not this year

    • Bas says:
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      @Ante Galic:
      Hey Ante!
      I’m in Holland u r in the area? Perhaps u wanna meet?
      Bas from holland

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Bas: Bas!

        It would be my pleasure. I am in Croatia (near Rijeka). Where are you based in NL?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          That seems relatively close

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            LOL, a two-hour flight from Zagreb to Amsterdam. It takes about 2 hours to get to Zagreb from our house, so it could be done in the same day. So, yeah! Piece of cake.

            Grey! So sooooooory for the fires in CA. Really sorry.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              No worries, they’re not near me… less than a 2-hour flight tho!

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                a. We’re really close to a complete environmental collapse.

                b. I told my wife that a 1C increase (that’s 1.8F) in the global temperature will have a cataclysmic effect that cannot be corrected. He response? Don’t be so negative!

                c. I also downloaded this movie https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5752360/…All-star cast, all-star movie idea…found the Croatian subs…put it all together. Perfect chick flick, right? Only my wife didn’t like it because it was ‘too slow’! That’s nuts, right?

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  A. Well, yeah! And? B. I agree with your wife, you should too! C. Never heard of it, looks like something Cougs might like

        • Bas says:
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          @Ante Galic:

          @Ante I work in Amsterdam, live in Amersfoort. I would be a honor to show u around if you are in the area.

          @ Grey Ante is so close I can almost hear him.;-)

          Bas from Holland

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ante, you loud talker? Bas can hear you.

  4. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Just to clarify, Glasnow was on a 60 pitch limit as they continue to stretch him out. Ended up throwing 63 pitches.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: it’ll be a bit till he matters in wins or QS leagues, but he’s kicking serious ass till then anyway. i’ve added in deep leagues where possible. generally those mean deep non-dynasties as he’s owned anyway.

      • Keith says:
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        @Grey: would you rather own Alex Wood, Ross Stripling or Glasnow in a keeper league? My staff already has Scherzer, CMart, and Bauer. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Glasnow

          • Keith says:
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            @Grey: I also have the option of Whitley instead of Glasnow. Stick with Glasnow??

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hold for now

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    i’m guessing this went under the radar as i’d bet most people just thought o’neill tweaked something during a baseball game. but i thought it kinda odd that he was penciled in sat, then ruled out with like 10 minutes till gametime, then…
    – the manager himself makes some comment to the effect that he “was told” and he was “surprised” he was out, as he sure didn’t know about him having any issue at end of the friday game the night before
    – the GM (mozeliak still does this stuff, but he named some other guy with the official title, that guy probably just gives out some press releases and gets him coffee/has his bow ties laundered etc) says recently:
    “i’m not going to tell you (this is to a reporter) exactly what he’s dealing with, because i can’t explain it exactly, but he’s got a condition in his groin, that needed to be treated. it’s a non baseball-related condition in the groin area that had to be treated.” the GM didn’t expect him to miss any longer than 10 days. “my understanding is that the condition goes away. this is right after o’neill saw a MIA doctor at start of this series.

    so i ask ya, what does this SOUND like (hahahaha). sounds like penicillin after a not-so-discerning encounter to me and showed up the game on sat with some nasty stuff going on down there.

    – oh baby, i just now for first time this year got my hands on dozier in NL only not even a week ago and in the NL he’s now gone .565/.941/1.506 (this is the OBP/SLG/OPS line as this in an OBP with total bases league) in 6 games.

      • Hugman says:
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        @Grey: He probably just had a mishap doing Jack Black’s patented dick push-ups, trying to beef up the only part of his body that isn’t ripped

        • Grey

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          That word beef in that sentence tho

        • Dougie says:
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          @Hugman: WASN’T ripped.

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    Hey Grey! Great write up as usual. I know you probably hate closer questions, but could you assist with the following ?
    1) I just dropped Hector Rondon for Leclerc because I thought rondon had lost his job. But now he just got 2 saves in the last 2 days. Do you think rondon stays closer or osuna takes over?
    2) what are your thoughts on Corey knebel? Seems as though he’s not primary closer anymore?
    3) how do you rank these closers ROS for saves and peripherals? Rondon, knebel, leclerc

    Thank you!!

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Isabella: you should’ve dropped knebel before rondon (assuming these questions were for the same league), that’s IF those 2 were you’re only possible drops.

      • Isabella says:
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        @The Harrow:

        My closets are knebel, leclerc, Rodney, Vasquez, Norris

        • Isabella says:
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          @Isabella:

          And thinking of grabbing rondon back

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Isabella: somebody else will waiver rondon (unless this league isn’t competitive)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Isabella: Thanks! 1. I think Osuna takes over, so at least gets some saves 2. I think he’s the closer, but there’s a committee there 3. Leclerc, Rondon

  7. The Harrow says:
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    NL only, with QS over wins. have these (stripling off DL but @ COL so that’s a BN for the first game): gomber/gant/weaver/d-rod/suarez/miley/guerra/wheeler
    and these in DL: stripling, ryu (sounds like only one more rehab game), wacha, darvish. who’s my stripling drop, gotta be one of gomber/gant/suarez (really bad after being really good for a while before that). t.ross for now didn’t take gomber’s spot.

  8. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Need 1 RoS

    Souza Jr
    Diaz
    Ahmed
    Mancini

  9. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Do you like Madson or Strop more for saves and ratios ROS?

    Thanks!

      • Jammer McSlam says:
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        @Grey: assuming Steckenrider gets the job where would he land here?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          After Strop

  10. AdamH says:
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    Follow up to yesterday’s Altuve trade question:

    Give up Altuve, Mikolas, and Cody Allen for Cole, Springer, and Treinen?

    It is a no cost keeper league if that makes any difference.

    Other keepers right now are Benintendi, Rhysus, Rosario, Acuna, Carpenter(?)

    • AdamH says:
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      @AdamH: Another option is Altuve for Didi, Paxton, Edwin Diaz

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @AdamH: Other option isn’t as good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH: I’d take Springer/Cole

  11. Chris says:
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    10 Team H2H Points League

    Ian Desmond or Profar moving forward?

  12. Bk says:
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    10 Team league
    Start-
    Velasquez (@ARI, 2.4)
    Folty (@WAS, -8.6)

    Either or? I’m leaning VV since he’s been hot.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bk: I’m starting VV. I’m not starting Folty, but I might change my mind last minute after a few whiskeys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: VV

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    if Stripling comes off DL I have to drop one of Derek Rod, Gibson, Marco Gonz, JGray or Castillo. TORN!
    I like em all! Leaning towards dropping Castillo. Gibson has two nice starts coming up. Gray looks quasi-elite. DRod/MGonz are both rolling.

    do you think Stripling is headed to bullpen eventually?

    Drafted Odor. Dropped him midway. Picked him back up for a buck. Now can’t stop smiling as I accumulate those sweet counting stats.

    • Cram It says:
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      @peacecoast: Castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peacecoast: Bad Odor has lifted, good Odor has remained — I will call him Fabreze Odor — You know what ya gotta do, bye Castillo

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: btw picked Carpenter up off the WW for $1 when he was trash in May. Boy did that one pay off!
        He would be a round 8 keeper in a 12 team mixed roto league if I keep him for next year. Any value? Do we trust him for next year? Somehow I think not.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like a back end keeper — hey now!

          What are we watching now?

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: same old Americans now and then, crawling slowly through. Hooked on a game at the moment. Called Darkest Dungeon. Fuck I’m such a nerd.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Never heard of it, don’t know games at all

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Americans is awesome tho!

  14. Wilson says:
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    Tim Anderson is hurting my OBP now.. and not much contribtion in other figures recently too.
    Would like to pick up hot players e.g. , Beckham to replace him.
    Thoughts appreciated.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wilson: Sure, but not Beckham

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Agree with Cram

  15. Jt says:
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    C Chirinos
    1b Abreu
    2b Albies
    3b Moustakas
    Ss Tim Anderson
    If Sano
    Of Trumbo, benetendi, Ozuna, Cain
    Util Diaz, McNeil
    Bench Dahl, reddick, haniger

    Drop anyone for Franmil, puig, Zimmerman, nick Williams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jt: Williams over McNeil, Zimmerman over Diaz

  16. Bas says:
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    Sir Grey,

    I hope all is well with you.

    Glad I kept Rondon not sure I’m still happy with Tepera.;-)

    I might have a slim chance to go back to back in my 5×5 12 team keeper league (we keep 8 forever). runs/hr/rbi’s are pretty close and I’am in second place. I can get Cruz for my 2019 season 9th round pick. I would drop Gardner or Zunino/Hicks (both in my 2nd catcher spot).
    I also have Mazara and Judge on my IR so could be a roster crunch in upcoming weeks.

    Or would Edwin Encarnacion for Corey Seager be a better trade (if I can pull that one of).

    Thanks Grey!

    Bas from Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: Hey, Bas! You should connect with Ante, he lives close to you… I’d drop Zunino and give the pick for Cruz

      • Bas says:
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        @Ante Galic:
        Hey Ante, I’m in Amsterdam right now. And U?
        Thanks,
        [email protected]Grey:

        Thanks Sir Grey!
        1) Just made the offer for Cruz.
        2) If I want to go all-out I can still do Edwin for Corey Seager. ;-)
        3) Thanks for the tip. Just contacted Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Cool 2. Meh 3. No problem, to contact him tho, you might need to @ him in his comment thread above

  17. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Anybody see Hernadez Little league home run bunt? fundemental base running at first run thru, break down, look right for an overthrow.

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Grey:

        lol Yellich was shell shocked by a straight on liner know that feeling…. guess the little league homers are more common than i thought

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If anyone should know how to deal with a Little League anything, it’s Yelich

  18. Starz says:
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    Pretty amazing that I traded Bregman away a month ago and my offense has only gotten better. (grabbed Odor a month ago and Carpenter in early May).

  19. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the hey Grey.

    First off, were you serious about streaming Gant ($0.5) and Gomber($6.1) this week?

    Second, we haven’t talked much about Folty here lately. Is he rostering or streamering material now that it’s August and he seems to be gently regressing?

    LURRRVAVAVAVAVAVAYAYSSYYSYSYYAS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sportivetricks: I am streaming them, they’re not save — Roster Folty, but today’s matchup isn’t great

      Lurvya

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man!!!

        (“Not save” = not safe?)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No one is SAFE!

          • sportivetricks says:
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            @Grey:

            Oh fuck. My fantasy baseball guru has gone all Colonel Kurtz on me.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You came down the river for truth, did you not?

              • sportivetricks says:
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                @Grey:

                Never get out of the boat!!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m already out!!!

                  • sportivetricks says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Grey got off the boat. He split from the whole fucking program.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I thought that was part of the program

  20. Happierton says:
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    1 RoS

    Pivetta
    Gausman
    D-Rod
    Roark

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Happierton: Gausman seems safest if you really mean ROS

  21. NYC says:
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    Stream Robert Stephenson today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NYC: I am not

  22. Bk says:
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    Tim Anderson and Hosmer I own in 3 of my most important leagues (10 and 12 team roto)

    Tim has been great, but he’s been awful recently and I kinda don’t need the steals.

    Hosmer has been awful period. He’s hit for some average recently, but there’s no power and the lineup sucks.

    Are they both droppable? I generally stream guys until one stays hot and I hold, but I could replace Hosmer with Zimmerman/bench bats for now.

    I use hittertron to dictate lineup decisions but also pick up guys daily to start, and I feel like that would be better than hoping for these two guys to provide enough value worth holding.

    Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bk: Sure, stream the spots if you have options.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: Yeah, can lose them

  23. Vash says:
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    Want to invest in Franmil Reyes and Tyler White. The Pads scare me because of all the competition they have in the OF for playing time.

    Same with Tyler White. How can he start when the Astros have so many pieces? Is it wise to invest or avoid because of the PT situation?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Vash: I’d start White against lefties (I’m leaning towards that’s when they deploy him). You can invest if you have the room.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vash: Agree with Cram — Franmil is a decent bet for power and nothing else

  24. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I just dropped Blake Parker for Steckenrider – what do you think? Angels are obviously the better team, but there’s no save opps – over the last 30 days Parker has 0 saves and an ERA over 5. Btw, I also have Leclerc, Treinen and Greene – so not exactly desperate for saves.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Like the move

  25. H says:
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    Who do you like ROS? Thank you!

    Rodon, Roark, Pivetta or Cahill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @H: Cahill or Roark — really ROS? I’d play matchups if I could

  26. B says:
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    Any worry about Seranthony? Will Smith is still on waivers and I’m concerned Kapler is gonna feel motivated to go on his reliever carnival ride again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B: Yeah, I’m concerned, Smith might be safer for saves, but I wouldn’t make the move just yet

  27. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    When Franmail does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  28. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Great writeup!

    Jo-Ma gets benched, then comes off bench and gets RBIs (still on my fantasy bench of course ) . Hey look he’s starting this week! What’s that? Nothingness and an error, Cool.

    Hey Shohei! No doubt you love to play [email protected]#k the fanatasy owner too? After. 19 avg at the plate since the break Scosciopath benched him, said he will begin light tossing cotton balls and may pitch again this season #optimistic. Alert, alert, Ohtanis back in the lineup last weekend..(so what).
    After work I found out he Shohei me the middle finger and hit 3 homers in a night, cool. And last night again..i mentally rage dropped him, but not in 16 team Dynasty league.

    Anyways,

    You starting Folty at Wash tonight??

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hebrew Hammer: Haha, I wouldn’t start Folty I had to, and I do

  29. Omar says:
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    Asked a similar question yesterday, but the players have changed a bit. AL Only 5×5 standard Roto. 1 year keeper – 3 players max.

    Give: Lindor, Khrush, Bregman

    Get: Trout, Judge, Andrus

    Comfortably in 1st place (15 point lead). Trade boils down to keepers. Trade partner is in 2nd, but is trying to improve his keepers for next year. Currently his keepers would probably be Mookie, Gleyber, and the rest of his options suck. The keepers on my current team are Sale, Jo-Ram, and one of Bregman, Khrush, or Bauer – (can’t keep Lindor) so I’m good there. But if I accept, my keepers would be Trout, Jo-Ram and Sale or Judge. I’m pretty sure I can withstand the hit ROS from giving up so much (even though Judge doesn’t appear close to returning) and still win this year.

    I’d be doing him a favor by boosting his keepers, but for 1.25 yrs of Trout, I’m thinking it may be worth it.

    Grab Trout while I can?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Omar: Trout

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Omar: You’re getting dragged over coals on last pieces, but to get Trout think you have to

  30. Big Ticket says:
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    Sano was just dropped in my OBP keeper league. Top 70ish are kept. Is he worth stashing as a potential last keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a keeper

  31. Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist says:
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    Outrageous and hilarious write up Grey!

    I must apologize for not posting earlier in the week regarding your Valbuena/Sciosciapath write up. Good stuff. Although I am clearly not a Mike Scioscia advocate at this point, given Arte Moreno has never hired a manager I am happy but also have some trepidation. Given his dubious track record of GM’s and signing all the wrong free agents to the worst possible deals, I am not optimistic. They will find some way to Phuket up.

    Speaking of which, given they have no chance at anything this year why the F would they have Ohtani even throw a bullpen session? What’s their thinking? Oh, he’s raking now as a hitter, we better blow out his elbow then… makes NO sense at all. Honestly, I would just leave him at DH against RHP and platoon him. Against LHP, not sure what I would do about his .523 OBP. He’s ove .500 points higher against RHP. Maybe convince him to bat right handed against LHP? Like why not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist: Thanks! It is so absolutely crazy to have him throw at all… He’s gonna throw a bullpen session, but he can’t even play the field, how’s that work?

      • Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist says:
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        Yeah totally. I miswrote one thing: OPS is 1.035 versus RHP and .523 versus LHP. I cant help wondering why in the world as a natural right handed person why he would bat left handed against LHP? If I were Eric Hinske I would make him start taking BP against left handers as a right handed hitter. Maybe theyre afraid it would screw him up but he’s so bad against LHP it seems worth exploring. I think thats the worst split I’ve ever seen, or at least in a long time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, that is a terrible split, didn’t realize… Maybe to protect him arm?

  32. phennore says:
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    16-team 5×5 keeper league. Rank for ROS:

    Heaney, Pivetta, Glasnow

    How about same guys for next year? Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phennore: That rank for this year… Next year, who knows at this point, I guess reverse order

  33. Cale Tesch says:
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    Who do you think you’ll have ranked higher next year for a keeper league, Correa or Didi?

  34. Herschel says:
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    I <3 zim.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  35. 3B24 says:
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    OK to be done with Jed Lowrie, or is he worth hanging on to? The level of replacement player available is on the order of Ryan Healy, Nick Williams, etc…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose him

  36. Savoy Special says:
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    14 Team H2H auction redraft league. 6×6

    Drop Yoan Moncada or Cesar Hernandez to pick up Jeff McNeil? Or hold?

    Thanks!

  37. alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    would you trade Mazzara for Gerit Cole
    Mazzara probably comes off DL within a week
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  38. Call Me Mabry says:
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    what kind of #’s you think Adolis Garcia might put up ROS? He is coming off waivers on my NL only and my mixed league. Is he mixed league worthy or just NL only?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just NL for now, no idea if Cards play him anywhere near full time… Maybe 7 HRs, 2 SBs, .265…Which isn’t awful if he gets the PT

  39. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Would you drop Gausman or Gibson for Glasnow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson

  40. COJason says:
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    Steckenrider or Madson for saves? I also have Strop and Yates…am I wrong in thinking they are my top 2 closers? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They are your top 2 closers… Steckenrider

  41. Clive says:
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    May have been mentioned elsewhere, but who do you think gets the Astros 5th spot? McHugh or Peacock?

    Or should I go with W Peralta or Glasnow instead?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoping McHugh, have no idea yet — Go with Peralta for saves, Glasnow for Ks

  42. Josh C says:
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    start Folty @ WAS tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not safe

      • Josh C says:
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        @Grey:

        Like he’s in danger? is this a naked gun 2 situation?

        thanks

        • Josh C says:
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          @Josh C:

          Also, Yahoo said this: “Start him with confidence Wednesday when the Braves visit the Nationals.”

          seemed a bit suspect….

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’d love to know reasoning behind confidence there — now I feel awful I have to start him

            • Dave D, Sotofan says:
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              I benched my Folty because he is going up against a 19 rookie with a .999 OPS who is trying to win me my league. Basically I like Folty but a little shaky lately and WAS has been hot.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Agreed, it’s not safe

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Nice username, btw

                • Dave D, Licensed Sotofan says:
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                  Thx, my “prefix” is fixed but my suffix is subject to creative variation, emotion instability, divine inspiration, medication changes, etc.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Interested in what could’ve been left out in etc

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’ve implanted a kill switch in Acuna

  43. lwomack58 says:
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    A few of questions: These are for the various teams I have

    Dominguez or Giles

    Puig, Castellanos or Dickerson

    Belt, Yuli or Zimmermann

    Zimmermann, Braun, Moreland or Cron

    Mazara or Simmons or Kemp

    Thank you have a great day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dominguez
      Dickerson
      Zimm
      Zimm
      Kemp

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • lwomack58 says:
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            @Grey:

            Sorry for followup
            Puig or Castellanos
            Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Castellanos

              • lwomack58 says:
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                @Grey:

                Thank you again

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  44. Gonzo says:
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    10-tm AL only with deep rosters and keepers. Would you trade Tanaka (can be kept for $14 next year only) and L Gurriel (can be kept next two years for >$10) for Mazara (can be kept for $12 next year only) and a high draft pick? I’m pretty much out of it this year and looking to build for a big 2019

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Gonzo says:
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        @Grey: Still do it if he’s hesitant to surrender a draft pick?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why is he hesitant? Should I talk to him?

          • Gonzo says:
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            @Grey: Haha… I think it’s because he’s unlikely to crack top 2 this year and would be unlikely to keep L Gurriel.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s not your fault

  45. George Bonanza says:
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    Souza Jr or Muncy ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly Souza

  46. Kelley says:
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    Hey Grey, h2h points ,holds count same as saves. Please rank ROS Madson, Oh, Leclerc, Barnes, Strop. One more ranking please ros. P.Erv, Hicks, Souza, Dahl, Joc. Been reading every day and following advise. Won 6 in a row and tied for 1st heading into playoffs next week. THANK YOU

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strop, Leclerc, Madson — Aaron? Hicks, Souza, Joc — Nice, let’s get you another win!

  47. Nathan says:
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    B-Harp or M-Carp ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harp

  48. Jbone says:
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    Was offered archer for my Hosmer. I have Desmond and Hoskins also At 1b but Hoskins usually slots in for OF for me. So as off now Hosmer, Desmond, Dietrich, and Puig alternate In my utility and 1b slots in my active roster with two on bench. Thoughts? I have kershaw, Severino, Sale, CC Freeland, Musgrove so my pitching isn’t bad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Archer, Hosmer looks broken

  49. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Would you give Rendon, K.Calhoun, and Eovaldi to get Blackmon and Quintana? N-brainer based on Blackmon’s upside, even if he’s been scuffling this summer, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon side

  50. Darrell Lester says:
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    Trying to gauge Odor’s value in a keeper as the trade deadline looms. Where do you think you’ll have Odor next year? Latter half of top 100?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense

  51. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – in my keep 7 forever 12-teamer, weekly lineups, I was offered the below trade from the guy I’m fighting with for second place (we’re both still 10 points from 1st unfortunately). He’s lost Altuve and Bryant, so he’s really hurting for offense now.

    Which side do you like if you were me?

    I give my $21 Harper (+$3 annually, so he’s $24 in 2019) + $1 Muncy.

    I get his $12 Bryant, $0 Buehler (who I assume you’ll like for 2019), $1 Villar, plus potentially $20 MadBum.

    It seems to come down mostly to what you think of Bryant for 2019+ and, to a lesser extent, Buehler’s outlook.

    In case helpful . . .
    – To lock up 2nd place and make a bid for 1st, I’d need pitching (esp. wins, K, and whip) + just acquired Kershaw on the cheap to do so. Getting Villar would also secure me SB + maybe help get a point or two in runs that I may lose in HR or RBI.

    – I’d replace Harper’s spot with someone like Healy or Nick Williams. Might be able to trade separately for nonkeeper-priced Cruz or a $30 Yelich.

    – My current 7 keepers are $21 Harper, $13 Just Dong, $31 Betts, $26 Blackmon . . . $18 Rhys . . . two of $1 Tim Anderson, $1 Muncy, $8 Clevinger, $0 Mikolas. So, Bryant would replace Harper, Buehler would replace my 6th or 7th keeper . . . Bum I can trade at his $23 2019 price + $1 Villar could get interesting if he resigns with BAL or goes to a similarly shitty team.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant side, especially if Bum and he helps you this year

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: whoops, he’s now revised his offer + here’s his confirmed final pitch, two options:

        A. What I said above, but I give my $13 JDM (and muncy) instead of my $21 Harper for the package. Feels like a lot. JDM at DH has me thinking the injury risk is far lower, given than that most injuries were in the field making goofy plays.

        B. Or, same deal but no MadBum (ie just Bryant Beuhler Villar for Harper Muncy)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. That’s insane B. Sounds fine, but not sure how it helps your pitching issue

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: agreed on all fronts. Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  52. J-Money says:
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    What up Grey,

    Priming for the playoffs, pitching has been a mess, hopeful to get your thoughts and any advice…12 team OPS + K/9 league…

    C – Grandal
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Schoop
    SS – Lindor
    3B – Arenado
    MI – Diaz
    CI – Rendon
    OF – Yelich, Acuna, Merrifield, Kalhoun
    Util – Mallex
    B – Puig
    SP – (LOL) Tanaka, Gausman, Maeda, Gray, Pivetta, Gibson, Musgrove
    RP – Boxberger, Minter, Madson
    DL – Darvish

    I know the pitching is a mess, actually moved Morton for Yelich before Yelichs crazy hot stretch,, thought I’d work to win hitting categories and stream starters/win saves. Would you add Zimmerman/Williams over any bats? The wire is fairly picked clean…Any other thoughts? Thanks for another great season!

  53. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    What has 2 wheels and gives up 13 baserunners and 6 ER over 6 innings against the Padres?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A guy from a Murderball league?

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: haha Chase Anderson and Josh Hader on a tandem bike.

        Good guess, though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, would’ve been 2nd guess!

        • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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          @Fred Garvin MP: Ha! Nice one. I own Hader and although he hurt me last night, my ratios weren’t totally destroyed until Ken Giles came riding in on his unicycle.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @GrassyKnollRedding: Ugh that stinks. Just think of the poor souls speccing on saves that owned Tepera, too.

            Hehe, Ken Giles on a unicycle.

  54. Tony says:
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    Would you drop yonny chirinos or gibson for chase anderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yonny

  55. Crowe says:
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    Get deGrom and give Correa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  56. The Mudkat says:
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    Pick up Peacock in case he starts for Houston? Or do you think McHugh is the guy? I’d be dropping Velasquez, or holding if no move.

    Pitching stats: W/L/K/K:BB/ERA/WHIP/NSV, 10 teem keep 8 H2H.

    Thanks again Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I own McHugh, so hoping it’s him

  57. Alex says:
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    Gsellmen or steckenrider for saves ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steckenrider

  58. Jesse says:
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    I need help with WHIP and Wins. Please rank ROS:
    German Marquez
    Cahill
    Mikolas
    Bieber
    Folty

    Thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mikolas, Cahill, Folty

  59. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I wouldn’t worry too much about starting Folty against the Nats. The guy in my home league who seems to have to the market cornered on good fortune and lucky BS is rolling him out there. So, at the minimum, it will be a non-disaster start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m seriously shook, but I have to start him

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I get it’s a necessity that you do it in a deep NL only (I’m guessing this is your Tout team), but I’m unsure as to why anyone would do it in a shallow mixed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s Tout — can’t see myself starting him in any mixed league

  60. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Grey,
    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 35 moves – no streaming

    My current closers are: E. Diaz, W. Davis, A.J. Minter, K. Barraclough and have Osuna on the Bench.

    I’ll be dropping Barraclough and with no real pitching available on the wire, do I pick up an additional Bat (bench bat) OR do I pick up an additional Closer (which would be a bench closer) ?

    Waiver
    HIT: C. Gonzales, C. Dickerson, M. Gonzales, R. Chirinos, A. Garcia, Mallex Smith, R. Zimmerman, M. Margot, A. Diaz, N. Ahmed, R. Martin, M. Trumbo, J. Bauers, Souza
    PIT: C. Buchholz, G. Marquez, J. Hellickson, D. Holland, I. Nova, T. Glasnow, M. Minor
    RP: F. Rodney, S. Greene, H. Rondon, P. Strop, J. Leclerc, D. Steckenrider

    My team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – B. Dozier
    3B – Eugenio Suarez
    SS – T. Turner
    CI – A. Rizzo
    MI – X. Bogaerts
    LF – C. Yelich
    CF – C. Blackmon
    RF – M. Haniger
    Util – J. Upton
    BN – J. Villar
    DL– W. Ramos (10-day DL)

    SP – C. Carrasco
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – N. Syndergaard
    RP – W. Davis (RP)
    RP – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – A.J. Minter (RP)
    P – K. Baraclough (RP)
    BN – J. Taillon
    BN – J. Paxton
    BN – R. Hill
    BN – L. Lynn
    BN – R. Osuna
    BN – W. Buehler

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Glasnow

  61. Poo Bird says:
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    Hicks to the DL…my 1B/C windfall comes to an end. Man C sucks right now. I think I’m going to pick Lucroy since he plays for the A’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, that hurts massively in my NFBC league

      • Poo Bird says:
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        @Grey: oh wait Hedges is out there. I’m going to try him. Thoughts and prayers to your NFBC league team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Poo Bird

  62. Gotime says:
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    13 moves left, would you make a move to pick up either Leclerc, Musgrove or Glasnow or hold until playoffs (Mid Sept for our league.. H2H weekly cats) I have Minter and Knebel right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Save your moves for now

  63. Count Midichlorian says:
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    The Biebs or Glasnow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinda stanning Glasnow

  64. Jvillan says:
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    Hey grey, great read always!
    ROS questions
    I’ve got Bellinger and Chris Taylor with schebler and yuli gurriel on bench do you like Margot,Souza,or franmil Reyes over any of those.
    My Quintana, Buehler, Marco Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmerman would you replace any of them with Glasnow, V Velasquez, pivetta, or Carlos Rodon.
    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza, Margot over Schebler and Yuli — VV over Zimm

      • Jvillan says:
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        @Grey: are Souza & Margot to start over Bellinger & Taylor. In weekly lineups?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Souza over Taylor

  65. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    How long is Willie Calhoun a hold in a 12 tm league? Bauers, Souza, Margot, Williams, Braun, Conforto available…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose him — Williams

  66. William Hung says:
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    Am I being patient with Ian Desmond or cutting his slumping ass? #shallowleagueproblems

    I have Sano in my lineup right now in his place

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aren’t you on a honeymoon? Yes, can cut Desmond

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: lol yeah but I’m 6 hours ahead so I do my team check at the hotel before dinner and bed

        • William Hung says:
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          Plus I miss you

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, miss you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  67. gogulls says:
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    I like yourself don’t work for the Elias sports bureau but gonna go out on a limb and say last nights matchup Taillon vs Bettis was the first where both starters cobined only had 2 balls!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  68. Fogimon says:
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    I really hate Craig Counsell.

    JESUS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So ridiculous

  69. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Villar over Muncy ROS?

    Same answer if weekly lineups?

    Thanks!

    PS – unrelated, but is deGrom the first guy to ever successfully do a reverse Samson (cutting his flowing locks and improving even more)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Villar — Ha! Totally on Samson, nice

  70. Crime Dog says:
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    Being in finance that Ken Giles Band Fx ERA rate joke got me good. haha

    • Crime Dog says:
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      @Crime Dog: Where do you think you’ll have Soto next year? The world has yet to see him falter at any level. walks a lot and doesn’t really strike out. literally has no flaws in his offense I would say. Sprays the field. to me he seems like a better Tony Rendon with more power. top 30?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Soto will be between 30 and 45

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No speed hurts him a little

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  71. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    Dahl hitting 3rd and w/ a HR. Prefer him over Williams? Rockies at home this weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do if he’s playing

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: In classic Rockies fashion, they will play him for a week straight, then bench him for 2 weeks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly!

  72. Launch Angle says:
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    I couldn’t find my post from yesterday, so I apologize if you already answered my question. I’m in a 5×5 standard this season only roto. First place overall by a decent margin…in 2nd place in the HR and RBI categories (down by 3 and 10 respectively).

    I’m looking to deal Soto for Hoskins to keep pace or pass the team ahead of me in HR and RBI. But, looking at Soto his HR per AB is the same as Hoskins with a higher average. My team batting average is .285 with the team behind me at .280. Hoskins and Soto bat 2nd in their lineups. Who do you like better for the HR and RBI counts ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Hoskins

      • Juan Soto says:
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        I am posting the greatest numbers ever for a 19 year old and still you doubt me, Grey?

        Doubt me at your own peril.

        Sincerely,

        Juan

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never doubted you, Juan

  73. DLev45 says:
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    C – Realmuto
    1b – Hoskins
    2b – Merrifield
    SS – Gleyber
    3B – Baez
    OF – J.D., Benintendi, Blackmon
    Util – Ozuna, J. Turner
    Bench – Kemp, Desmond, Haniger, Devers (DL)

    Would you drop any of those bench guys for the likes of Hosmer, Braun, Eaton, Sano, Marwin, Zobrist, or Moreland for the stretch run? Or would you hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond has stopped playing, but I don’t see you playing those waiver guys, so hold

  74. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Give: Harper + Brach

    Get: Gardner, Lester & Minter.

    Analyser actually has it pretty close, but you wouldn’t do that in a blue fit, right? especially as he says all his top guys (ie the first rounder that you’d expect in return for Bryce) are” untouchable”…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t do that

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, seems odd that he considers his Correa, Bregman, Acuna and Corbin untouchable, but Harper is somehow “touchable”…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, makes no sense

  75. fudgemybudge says:
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    Maeda droppable for streamer in 11tm roto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • fudgemybudge says:
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        @Grey: also shd any of these be owned not just streamed in same league:
        Cahill
        Bieber
        Musgrove
        Wheeler

        Thx

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How deep is this league?

          • fudgemybudge says:
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            @Grey: 11 team roto

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Musgrove is best, but they’re streamers

  76. akboognish says:
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    Hi Grey! Should I drop Muncy for either LeMahieu or Villar? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DJ

      • akboognish says:
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        @Grey: thumbs up, thanks as always!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  77. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    SON (i can’t see anywhere else last night that says this) has whitley taking mccullers’ spot. 20 teamer with QS, drop which of these for whitley?
    suarez/gomber. have 6 others but they are all currently (or always been) better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SON fills in with “most likely” SP, doesn’t mean it’s Whitley, just a robot guess… Over Suarez tho if it happens

      • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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        @Grey: HOU hasn’t said ANYTHING about this yet, MF’ers. i tried searching everywhere too. i readded peacock in a different 20 teamer (dynasty) where i had just dropped peacock too. if it’s not his job i should go back to streaming that slot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Heard

  78. DonnieB says:
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    Williams,Bader,O’Neiil(when healthy) or Souza ROS? Do you like Matt Chapman ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Chapman… Williams or Souza, on matchups

      • DonnieB says:
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        How about Dahl v. Souza or Williams. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can try Dahl just not sure he’ll play every day

  79. Robert says:
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    Do you think Gallo is going to maintain for a few weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could, sure

  80. IntendedSteb says:
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    In dynasty Vlad Jr and Bauer for Goldschmidt and Peter Alonso. Im on Vlad/Bauer side and not going to catch up to leaders this year. I do need a 1B. Still I’m thinking no.
    Thanks and happy ESPN the Ocho day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Need more info, league size, keep how many? Goldy is best in trade, but the other side is solid

      • IntendedSteb says:
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        @Grey: 12 teams, keeping 20 forever. No budget. I already have Baez, Bregman and Machado who can play 3B.
        I also got offered Stanton for my Machado. My OF is just ok, so upgrade there would be welcome as well.
        So keep Vlad and get Stanton or go Vlad for Goldy. Or hold?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Stanton and hold

  81. The Shoe says:
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    Hey Grey, You got me laughing out loud with these write-ups!

    I know this is a matchups-dependent question, but which 2 would be the odd men out for the rest of the season into the playoffs among the following:

    Gibson
    Eflin
    Stripling
    Ryu (assuming healthy)
    Gonzales

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Don’t trust Ryu or Gonzales, but heavily matchups dependent

  82. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP limited moves (budget)

    1. Best SP option (with upcoming starts)

    Gibson DET, @DET, @CHW, @CLE
    D Rodriguez PIT, @CIN, @NYM, ARI
    Eflin @SD, NYM, @WAS, WAS

    2. Hold Haniger or drop for: Bauers, Chapman, Aguilar, Cargo, Dickerson, Conforto, Souza

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. D-Rod looks pretty solid there 2. Hold

  83. Taking14DaTeam says:
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    A month away from the playoffs. Thought I would test your 30 day out vision. A report card will be issued by the end of Sept! What moves if any would you make tomorrow? 12 team, saves and holds, ten hitting cats, nine pitching cats.

    Best on the wire: Trumbo, DeJong, Pham, Kepler, Pearce, Williams, Wendle, Ramos
    W Peralta, E Rod, Chase, Viz, Lynn, Pivetta, Fiers

    Team: Gattis – Villar, Bregman, Dee – Freeman, Eugenio, Santana – Trout, Mazara, Rosario, Peralta, Haniger – DH Cruz. Bench Bat: Cano ( or used for Villar if he slumps).
    Max, Kluber, Bauer, Wood, Hendricks – Leclerc, Osuna, Allen, Hicks, Madson ( Madson spec grab…may not be worth it in a month? Doolittle and/or Herrera back? )
    Ryu in DL spot

    Thank you and good luck :-)

    Lots of Mariners some how. Four game set versus Astros in week #1 of playoffs is a concern.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was never very good at school, but here goes nothing! Pivetta over Madson; hold on hitting, and pray

      • Taking14DaTeam says:
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        @Grey:
        Ha ha! Perfect. I was sent off to Catholic school so I am used to praying before tests. Pivetta burned me earlier but he sure is dealing now and Phillies have good playoff week matchups. I was torn between him and Peralta but KC may not get many wins come Sept. Gracias Senior Grey.

  84. Ozzie Albies' Helmet says:
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    I was offered Matt Carpenter and Nomar Mazara for Kershaw in a keeper league with no restrictions on who you keep at the end of the year. I countered with Carpenter and Rendon for Kershaw. If he doesn’t accept that do I accept his first offer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d want more on the first one, Rendon’s better than Mazara

  85. Long Bawls says:
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    A month ago dude offered me Rhys Hoskins for Jean Segura. I jumped on that, got I think 7 HRs from Hoskins in 2 weeks, then somebody offered me Giancarlo for Hoskins.

    I am tempted to put this in bubble wrap and wait until the end of the season to post it, but a reminder that it’s better to be lucky than good. It’s best of all to be Giancarlo’s pool boy, but until the arsenic kicks in that position is filled.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like you’ve killed someone, but they were asking for it, I say terrific!

  86. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Take the Nova for a spin in SF tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If desperate, not safe

  87. Favio Vasquez says:
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    Grey, hope you got time for one more, who would you ride into Coors;

    C Taylor
    J Pederson
    M Muncy
    or
    do I go get David Peralta whos going into a series with the Reds and then the Rangers, both of whom are top five in HR’s given up in the league??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Peralta, hot as fire

      • Favio Vasquez says:
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        Dunzo, Thanks Grey!!!

  88. buster moon says:
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    Heard any ETA on Doolittle? Worth rostering?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m rostering him, I’d guess beginning of Sept

  89. Josh C says:
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    Ohtani batter just got dropped in my league. Worth grabbing? I’d be dropping Nick Williams.

    Thanks

    • Josh C says:
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      @Josh C:

      Ervin also available. Ohtani or Ervin over Williams?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sure as in Ohtani (if platooning)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if can platoon

      • Josh C says:
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        @Grey:

        Which do you prefer – Ervin or Ohtani? I have one bench spot so platooning ok in daily league.

        Thanks

  90. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team 5×5 redraft

    Happ coming off the DL.

    Possible drops: Happ, Cahill, Tepera, Giles, Givens, Knebel, Rondon, Osuna, Puig

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tepera

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